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This article was originally submitted for publication on August 9, 2010 and has since been updated and revised as additional information on BPA could be verified.

Take the number one and double it. Now take the number two and double it. And with the number four you now have the easy to remember formula to your “possible” good health. But not so fast. These three numbers, one, two and four, so-called “resin identification code” numbers found within the ubiquitous triangle on most, not all, plastic pieces were the brainchild of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) in 1988 for the environmental purpose of recycling. They stand in contrast to the numbers three, five, six and seven and what makes these three numbers “safe numbers” is their lack of the toxic chemical Bisphenol A, (BPA for short), which is inherent in the remaining four numbers.

BPA, a synthetic estrogen having industrial and dental applications, is the chemical that has been shown to leach into food including baby foods and formulas from BPA plastics and cans that are lined with BPA. This writer will not pretend to offer expertise on the subject. I have none. However, the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as of this writing, each post online over 300 technical entries on BPA. I’m sure other federal agencies may also address this serious matter of public health concern. The most comprehensive non-technical reporting on Bisphenol A is provided by the donation funded Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) and the search engine of the Center For Science In the Public Interest (CSPINET.org) also provides topics of concern on Bisphenol A while maverick physicians like Joseph Mercola, D.O. (mercola.com) openly discuss online the hazards posed by BPA.

In a random, non-scientific inquiry I inventoried my own home only to discover shocking results. Naturally my first inclination was to inventory any type of plastic that was even remotely connected to foods and beverages. Real old plastic containers used for food leftovers, like Rubbermaid for instance, understandably lack the numbered triangle. Instead, some pieces may have a number within a circle, the meaning of which is unknown. On to the post 1988 products and my first, and somewhat surprising item, is a Styrofoam carton housing a dozen eggs which bears the number six (6), a BPA-containing carton. I can’t help but wonder if somehow this toxic chemical can permeate a porous eggshell barrier over a given period of time so my egg purchases today come in sturdy cardboard cartons that have no possible adverse effects on eggs and are very safe to recycle.

From an egg carton I move on to the colorless plastic bottles used for juices such as Tropicana. I have several of these, different brands and sizes. I routinely use them to refrigerate filtered tap water and they all seem to have the number one (1), but I’m dismayed when, under magnification, I examine their hard, colored plastic bottle caps but find no resin identification codes. I force myself to avoid speculation.

I have two food containing tubs in the fridge, a Kraft Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese, a must for my customary lox and bagel breakfast, and Stonyfield’s Oikos Organic Greek (nonfat) Yogurt, my occasional health food lunch. They bear the numbers seven (7) and five (5) respectively and I’m too miffed to check the lids!

Over the years I somehow managed to accumulate those hard plastic water bottles with company logos that conveniently rest in automobile cup holders and often contain hot beverages. Now alarm sets in. All but two “safe” bottles, from the National Medical Association and G. H. Bass Clothing, bear the number five (5), but two findings compound the problem. None of the plastic caps have resin identification codes and all were manufactured in China, which notoriously manufactures merchandise having lead based paint. Add hot coffee, tea or other hot beverage to these vessels and the resulting chemical interaction could conceivably be harmful, even toxic, to a chemical sensitive person.

So it’s off to the fast food joints but only to check the take-out beverage fountain cups, not the Styrofoam food containing dishes. None of these cups can be used …

Ameriplan USA is a network marketing company that is best known for their discount health care programs along with a business opportunity to make money re-selling their products and bringing on new team members. They have gained a lot of notoriety in the last 18 years by the exposure they’ve received from some of their marketers and was also reported by Morley Safer of 60 minutes as having the best dental program in America. The bottom line question is simply this: Is Ameriplan USA a good opportunity or just another MLM/network marketing company? I will answer that in this review.

Ameriplan USA- The Good

The Company was founded by twin brothers Dennis and Daniel Bloom in the early 1990’s, their headquarters is in Plano, Texas and they saw the need for a value-oriented discount fee-for-service dental program. The business was an outgrowth of the demand for dental care services. Since then the Blooms expanded their vision to include a broad array of high quality money saving programs.

Ameriplan also offers a business opportunity for people to earn up to 90% commissions by recommending people enroll through their AP Flex Plus program. The AP Flex Plus program is a binary compensation plan that they launched in September of 2009 and is one of the most powerful compensation plan to hit the network marketing industry.

Ameriplan USA- The Other Side Of The Coin

Like so many other network marketing companies, Ameriplan recommends their distributors to make a list of friends and family members, holding meetings, cold calling and using the 3 foot rule in order to get new team members. Unfortunately, this is a model where many motivated distributors struggle, as most people don’t like selling to friends and family, and most family members don’t like being sold by other family members. In addition, they recommend 3-way calls with their upline, driving traffic to replicated websites, and other marketing techniques that create a lot of friction and frustration in growing a business from home.

Ameriplan has very good products and it’s a cool opportunity if you know how to market effectively and bring people to you who are already looking for what you have. Unless this is the case, growing ANY business is going to be a tough, slow road.

Source by Jim Coffman

There are various laughter therapies used across the world to treat various ailments. Some of the prominent few are listed below.

Laughter Therapy: The idea behind this therapy is a healthy and cheerful laugh that can make a person feel better, to relieve stress, combat diseases and strengthen the immune system. It is said that even one minute of laughter can give the body up to 45 minutes of therapeutic relaxation. It stimulates appetite and digestion and also expands the blood vessels and sends more blood racing to the extremities. This process sends more oxygen to every cell in the body, it also serves to speed tissue healing and stabilize many body functions. Laughter even produces a feeling of well being.

Laughter Yoga & Laughter Clubs: Somewhat similar to traditional yoga, laughter yoga is an exercise which incorporates breathing, yoga, stretching techniques along with laughter. The structured format includes several laughter exercises for a period of 30 to 45 minutes facilitated by a trained individual. It is practiced as a supplemental or preventative therapy. Laughter yoga can be performed in a group or a club. Therapeutic laughter clubs are extension of Laughter Yoga, but in a formalized club format. This form of laughter from the Laughter Clubs is about self generated laughing – not telling jokes or apparently about anything except laughing. Laughing till it hurts your belly, until tears are streaming down your face. We very often spot a large group of people standing in a circle and laughing hysterically in a park in your locality. Many people have formed such laughter clubs across the globe and practice this task of laughing religiously.

Laughter Meditation: In laughter meditation there are some similarities to usual meditation. However, it is the laughter that focuses the person to concentrate on the moment. There is a three stage process of stretching, laughing and or crying, and a period of meditative silence. In the first stage, the person places all energy into the stretching every muscle without laughter. In the second stage, the person starts with a gradual smile, and then slowly begins to purposely belly laugh or cry, whichever occurs. In the final stage, the person abruptly stops laughing or crying, then with their eyes now closed they breathe without a sound and focus their concentration on the moment. The process is approximately a 15 minute exercise. This may be awkward for some people as the laughter is not necessarily spontaneous. This is generally practiced on an individual basis.

Clown Therapy: Somebody once said, “A clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast.” In some hospitals “clown rounds” are made. The clowns perform various fun acts, share jokes etc that make the patients (usually children) laugh. For hospitalized children, clown therapy can increase patient cooperation and decrease parental & patient anxiety. In some children the need for sedation is reduced. Other benefits include pain reduction and the increased stimulation of immune function in children. This use of clown therapy is not limited hospitals. They can transform other places such as nursing homes, orphanages, refugee camps, war zones, and even prisons. The presence of clowns tends to have a positive effect. It was noted that 10 minutes of belly laughter can help the patients with two hours of pain-free sleep.

Humor Therapy: It is also known as therapeutic humor. Using humorous materials such as books, shows, movies, or stories to encourage spontaneous discussion of the patients own humorous experiences. This can be provided individually or in a group setting. The process is facilitated by clinician. There can be a disadvantage to humor therapy in a group format, as it can be difficult to provide materials that all participants find humorous. It is extremely important the clinician is sensitive to laugh “with” clients rather than “at” the clients.

Go ahead and laugh. Do it with pride, do it for your health!

Source by Satyakaam G

Everybody has a desire to have their dream home look beautiful and give good energy. According to traditional Indian beliefs, each house has its own energy type and is considered a living object. Once a person starts living in a house he comes under the influence of a specific energy field and he is now charged. Indian Vastu science has several remedies to ensure that a house remains blessed, without making any structural changes. Vastu shastra is based on natural energies such as solar energy, lunar energy, thermal energy, magnetic energy, light energy, wind energy. These energies can be balanced to enhance peace, prosperity and success.

Vastu comes from the same ancient scriptures of the Vedas that define the practises of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and Vedic astrology. Vastu is the yoga of interiors, bringing balance to your life, health and harmony to your environment, inner peace and tranquility through order, and unity. Meditation gives the experience of pure consciousness to the subtle spirit; Vastu enhances this and connects us with the source through proper channels of design. Ayurveda, is the discipline of the science of life, creating balance for health of the body. Vastu creates healthy buildings; this so absolutely affects our mental and physical health, happiness, and prosperity —- and the health of the environment. Vedic astrology gives knowledge of planetary influences on our lives, emotions, relationships, prosperity, career, and health. Applying an expert Vastu consultant’s recommendations and remedies helps correct negative influences in all areas of life. It also increases and creates positive effects well beyond the merely decorative.

Sacred Geometry or Yantras which create perfect geometrical three-dimensional energy fields and, when placed properly in the home, help neutralize any negative effects of improper vastu. A yantra is a visual mantra and are great tools for buildings that were not Vastu-designed. They protect from disturbing negative energies in the environment. When we focus upon a yantra mandala, the mind resonates with the energy of the deity and a higher awareness or consciousness is said to be obtained. The planets exert powerful vibratory effects on our bodies, minds, and emotions. Yantras give us help in creating harmony with nature rather than working against the forces from nature. Yantras are beautiful art, the original Vedic sacred geometry from ancient India. These cosmic diagrams generate beautiful energies that instill splendid divine consciousness into your surroundings.

North – East areas of your homes are considered as the energy generators. Placing a Sri Yantra in the North East corner will magnify the energy of prosperity and happiness. Sitting quietly in a comfortable position, allow your breathing to settle into a deep, slow rhythm, meditate and feel the energy of abundance and prosperity flowing through you.

Vastu recognizes five elements of creation that, when honored, enhance the flow of prana, universal life-force energy, within a building. Honoring nature is a sacred acknowledgement. The five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and space are energetically linked with particular directions. Earth is associated with the southwest; air, northwest; fire, southeast; and water the northeast. Space, akasha, is the expansiveness in the center of both the architectural form and each room.

Curtains, tapestry and cushion cover play an important role in interior decoration of the house. Colourful silk curtains, tapestry, cushion decorate the house and enhance the beauty of the rooms. If you choose the colour of curtains according to Vaastu principles, the environment of your house will be calm and quiet. The Vaastu friendly sari curtains bring fortune and gradually the unfavorable circumstances turn favorable.

Antique doors and furniture are ornately carved with symbols like the chakra and lotus which are associated with energy and harmony. Traditional carvings and antique wood armoires and cabinets bring in huge positivity into your home.

Source by Era Chandok

Well, good health is one of the best blessings that anyone can ever have. In today’s fast-paced life, the changing lifestyle has made it difficult to enjoy optimal health. Moreover, everyone is so busy in keeping pace with competition that health is left behind.

However, you can get your health back with a little discipline and will-power. We all were born healthy but health is not something that you can enjoy forever if you do not pay attention to it. Nowadays, we have to ‘earn’ health.

There are four pillars of good health.

E-Exercise

A-Attitude

R-Rest

N-Nutrition

Exercise is the Best Mantra for Healthy Body!

Who says that exercise is necessary for sports persons only? It is a must for everyone. We should practice some sort of exercise depending on our age and health. Considering your present health condition, you should start practising any of these types of exercise. A few of the best examples include brisk walk, yoga, meditation, stretches or whatever suits you. Even dancing can also be a good option if you love doing it.

Attitude Plays an Important Role!

If you have a negative attitude towards your surroundings or people around, you will never be able to enjoy good health. It is important to have a positive outlook to retain good health. Laughing at every now and then is a good way to keep your mind stress-free. Moreover, it lightens your heart and activates happy hormones in your body. So laugh out loud whenever you get a chance.

Rest is Necessary to Revive You!

Few people push it too hard to achieve optimal health. They try hard to exercise a lot while forgetting to take enough rest. Remember, what rest can do to your body, nothing else can do. So, do not ever ignore it and take plenty of rest. If you are working out and taking a sleep of 6-7 hours a day, you can revive yourself and gain energy for next day.

Nutrition Should Not Be Skipped!

Well, we have talked about 3 important aspects of health. Nutrition is the fourth most important pillar to achieve optimal health. Working out hard can help you stay fit and healthy but lack of nutrition can affect it. It is important to have fresh food, juicy fruits and lots of vegetables every day. Your diet should be a combination of protein, vitamins, fibre and minerals.

If your work on the above mentioned factors, it will definitely bring a positive change in your health. So, are you ready to make little changes to achieve great health? Go for it today!

Source by Uma M Singh

No matter how wealthy we are or how lavish our lifestyle is, if we do not have a healthy body then nothing else really matters. One can just not live a ‘happy’ life with a body full of diseases. We give a lot of importance to plenty of irrelevant things which ends up giving us temporary happiness and nothing more. We often tend to forget that our health is the most important thing and we should spend a lot of time in taking care of it so that we can live a healthy and a longer life which is far away from diseases, after all who likes going to the hospitals and consuming bitter medicines?

Things to Do For a Healthy Body-

1) Eat a balanced diet. Make sure that you don’t consume anything in excess. Your life shouldn’t be just revolving around junk food. Include green vegetables and fruits in your everyday diet.

2) Make sure to involve yourself in some or the other physical activity. It is not necessary to join a gym as there are many other options like jogging, dancing, brisk walking et cetera. It helps in removal of toxins from the body and keeps us healthy and active.

3) Keep yourself away from things like alcohol and smoke as it might give you a temporary pleasure at the moment but will definitely harm your body in the future. If you’re using all this to reduce stress then try to replace it with better options like meditation and soothing music.

4) Have a lot of water and sleep well. Try finishing 6-7 bottles every day as it keeps the body hydrated specially during the scorching heat of the summer season.

Why Is Good Health Important?

1) A good and a healthy body will help you to have a cheerful mood throughout the day.

2) It will save you from paying visits to the doctors.

3) You will have a stress free life without any kind of diseases.

4) A good health will lead you to a happy and a peaceful mind which is very necessary.

5) Having a good health will not stop you from working for long hours.

6) A good health will allow you to enjoy all the good things of life.

Therefore, good health is indeed one of the greatest blessings of life and we shouldn’t overlook this beautiful blessing. One should cherish it every now and the by taking special care of it.

Source by Achal Mehrotra

Human needs are unlimited. I heard that when we wish for something, we become very aggressive to achieve it but as we get it, another wish takes place. And I found it true but this is a long journey. So it is always good to make a control on our desires. By doing this we able to live our present and stop crying for more things.

So ideal way is to work with full of your energy and enjoy the things which come in your way. Short jokes are the best medium to enjoy the present moment. Whenever we crack a jokes, we are not only making ourselves happy but we are giving a reason others to enjoy.

It has rightly been said that "you grow up on that day when you have your real laugh at yourself." It is easy to laugh on others but the day when you learn how to laugh at your own self is the day you learn how to live life. When you laugh, you intake large amount of oxygen in huge gulps which is very good for your heart and healthy heart is the secret behind all success. Here I would like to share some experts opinion and research about the value of laughter:

Miller said that "the most significant study finding was that people with heart disease responded less humorously to everyday life situation." They laugh not much even the positive situations and they shown more anger and hostility.

Erma Bombeck said, "If I could live my life over, I would have laughed more." How beautifully she expressed the importance of laughter in our life.

Fun, humor and laughter are the reaffirmation of our life. There is lot of panic in everyone's life but laughter helps us to forget all the sorrows for a moment. It does not matter that how many problems are there in life but it really matters that how we deal with them. If the laughter is necessary for good health but short Jokes are essential for laughter.

So I stick on that the way to happiness can be achieve by passing through the street of short jokes as they create fun and humor. I would like to share some plus points of cracking pranks:

– It bring us in notice.
– It help us to keep away from negative thoughts.
– It is great way to live present moment.
– They polish our personality.
– It is the secret of good health.

When you can get all these great benefits with little efforts so what are you waiting for? Just start entertaining yourself as well as others.

Source by Bhawna K Kapoor

Some are born with an inbuilt knowledge of what one’s body needs. Others are easily misguided and led by fashion, popularity, and peer pressure into things that should be avoided. There is also the bodies willingness or otherwise to partake of harmful substances. In my case my body could not tolerate chemicals or anything that affected the brain. This was guided by my keen desire for knowledge and making my intelligence number one.

The lessons learned are that what we do when we are young has an impact on aging and on what diseases and handicaps we will face as the years pile up. Good body maintenance is about avoiding anything toxic and that includes even dangerous rides at carnivals.

The latest fad is to take rides on vehicles that cause a drop and sudden stop, as in some crazy fairground roller coaster adventures. Watching one of these recently it was hard for me to believe that people not only put their own bodies at risk but that of their children in the name of having fun. The human brain is soft and very easily damaged.

The body warns of impending danger through the adrenalin glands and the sensation that many find addictive. As adrenalin flows it increases the heart rate and provides us with a flight or fight experience. In other words, it prepares for recovery from harm.

As the body jerks into a sudden stop the cranium and brain collide. This causes a degree of bruising and can even result in death or paralysis. But that doesn’t have to happen immediately as delayed response may see the effects of concussion several hours or even a day after the event.

Headaches; nausea; dizziness; memory problems; irritability; as well as balance and sleeping difficulties may follow. Look at these symptoms and compare them to those of Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. With the latter there are huge changes in brain functions that include memory loss.While there is no proven correlation to support the linking of the two it doesn’t mean it is not correct.

Drugs also affect the brain and taking pills on a regular basis may also be leading to the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. While there are no studies to prove this is the case it’s still a matter of common sense.

If one is looking for a fitness regime then start with the brain and all other things will surely follow. It has the ability to tell us when we are going wrong. Drugs, on the other hand, interfere with that side of nature. We educate the brain by what we do to our bodies. If we stuff ourselves with things like sweets and alcohol, and tell it that the odd adrenalin rush is OK, then changes in that vital organ will impel us to take more of it.

Source by Norma Holt

The skyrocketing medical expenses, make health insurance plans very essential. When you have an insurance plan, you feel more secure because you are covered even in emergency medical situations. You do not have to start looking for money to get medical attention and you do not have to use the money you have to cater to the medical needs when you have a health insurance plan. There are so many health insurance providers today offering all sorts of plan and you therefore must know what features to look out for to get a plan that is most valuable for your medical needs.

1. Good room rent limits. This is an important feature when hospitalization is inevitable. A good health insurance plan should not have a maximum limit on the room rent so that you know this expense is well covered no matter how long you or a member of your family gets admitted in hospital. Such plans are however hard to find because most come with small percentages on maximum limits, they will pay for room rent. At least choose a reasonable percent to get better value from your plan.

2. Preexisting disease cover. A good plan should cover even pre-existing diseases you have before you buy your insurance plan. This is the best kind of policy because then you get the important medical care you need with the diseases compared to plans that do not include preexisting diseases in their plans. Choose a plan that covers the preexisting conditions and one that has a lower waiting period for claims on the same.

3. Impressive hospital network. When getting a health insurance plan, a good one is the one that makes it possible for you to get medical help from a number of hospitals. Such an impressive hospital network ensures that you get help as soon as you need it and from a hospital nearest to you. Choose a plan that directly ties you up with the good hospitals within your locality to enjoy better delivery of services. Cashless facilities are best because you won’t have to go through the process of filing for reimbursements.

4. High no claim bonuses. The truth is that you will not always make claims on your health insurance. For this reason, a good plan should offer you no claim bonuses when no claims are made. It affects the sum assured by the next renewal, but you definitely want to choose a policy that offers you high no claim bonus, so you get better value for your money even when you do not end up laying claim.

5. Least exclusions. A good health insurance plan should cover most of your health needs. There is always an exclusive section of the policies and unfortunately most people forget to go through it before taking up the policies. Ensure you check the section out and select a plan that has the least number of exclusions to help you relax knowing that it has you covered for most health issues.

Source by Jovia D’Souza

In 1948, the World Health Organization defined good health as; “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

This definition of health holds as true today as it did back in 1948. Though the WHO may have modified their definition since then, the state of health for many today is dismal. Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease are increasing rapidly throughout the world and no one appears to have a clue as to how to cure disease other than treat it through drugs and surgery.

Ask anyone on the street and you are likely to get the answer that health for them means the absence of pain and illness. Many say they are healthy even though they take a pharmacy of drugs and medications to feel that way.

As the years have slipped by more people have adopted the Western style diet, a diet of highly refined foods loaded with sodium, sugar, fat and chemical additives. Highly stressed lifestyles combined with bad habits such as smoking and the pollutants in the food, air and water insure that the quality of life is severely compromised. There’s little good in living longer if those extra years are filled with pain an disease.

Today’s diseases are the result of poor lifestyle choices. Aside from the fact that most diets are high in fat, most of the produce on supermarket shelves is severely depleted of the essential vitamins and minerals that were abundant in the diet of those who lived a hundred years ago. Today’s food is mass produced and comes from farms whose soils have been sterilized and robbed of minerals. Food is made to look good and have a long shelf life, but not produced to promote health.

Today’s medical establishment projects the idea that sickness is a part of life and inevitable. The older you get, the sicker you will be and the more you’ll require medical intervention. But the truth is that a healthy body doesn’t get sick. A body with a strong immune system has many checks and balances that insure that good health is maintained. Even today you’ll find centenarians that don’t require crutches to get around or languish in a nursery home waiting for the bliss of death to take them. Health is not all due to hereditary factors.

Those centenarians have no special health genes to help them live so long. What they do have is what’s lacking in the lives of the majority of people today. Those healthy old folks are active. They eat fresh fruits and vegetables, foods high in fiber and low in simple carbohydrates. They get fresh air and don’t smoke or drink to excess. You’ll likely find them living in their own homes and getting about without walkers and canes.

Maintaining good health has to start with the belief that it is possible to become healthy and stay that way by implementing good lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, few people have the incentive to make those changes. A stressed and hurried lifestyle doesn’t allow many to stop and take an inventory of themselves and the goals for future well-being.

With all that we’ve discovered about the functioning of the body and its ability to heal itself, there is no excuse why anyone should continue to live an an unhealthy lifestyle that shortens the quality of life. The real definition of good health is by making a complete change of lifestyle through eating a good diet, exercising regularly, living relatively stress free, getting enough sleep and throwing out the cigarettes and drugs. Doing so would reduce the epidemics of today’s modern diseases and restore the balance and enjoyment that life should be.

Source by Mario G Carini

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