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Health Concerns For Chinese Imitation Products

It’s as simple as doing a search on Google looking for “fake” or “imitation.” The Chinese market has become the go-to place for practically any counterfeit goods.

The internet has become the best way to dispose of fake products, mainly because the consumer neglects to look at those little details that could raise any alarms. But what hazards may pose to our health.

According to several US studies, many items, especially medicines, cosmetics and health care products contain alarming levels of lead, cadmium, insects, or even horse urine, causing various reactions from redness, irritation or itching to more serious damage as dermatitis, eye infections, and allergies.

Dangerous levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium found in products such as eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation or eye masks in uncontrolled doses, may involve severe damage such as renal failure , in the case of cadmium exposure or even affect the central nervous system , as in the case from lead as The Real Deal stated.

Counterfeit products’ are not subject to strict health checks required by law and therefore lack health registration numbers or have been tested prior to marketing, nor are monitored before, during and after production.

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Benefits of Tai Chi on Heart Health

Practiced for hundreds of years as a martial art, Tai Chi is now revered as a physical and mental exercise that brings great benefits including improved cardiovascular health.

Those like Sultan Alhokair who practice regularly find that they feel better, have more energy, the mind is more alert and they can better control their emotions.
Numerous studies show the positive effects of Tai Chi in the circulatory system. According to a Harvard Medical Center study, patients that practiced tai chi had “greater improvements in quality of life.”

The deep and controlled breathing allows the rib cage to assist the heart in the distribution of blood, and benefits occur in both healthy people and risk groups such as patients with cardiovascular problems and older adults with high blood pressure.

The Postgraduate Medical Journal published a study on improvements in cardiovascular health parameters in patients recovering from myocardial infarction. The slow flowing circular movements is an excellent moderate-intensity exercise routine.

Although not a substitute for proper medical treatment, tai chi can improve the health and quality of life of people dealing with a broad range of health problems including poor circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, immobility in joints, respiratory problems, digestive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia and others.

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What Makes Me Overeat?

Overeating usually results in weight gain. Even with the best of plans to cut down or exercise, we usually eat more calories than can be burned. These extra calories are then stored as fat. To prevent weight gain, you should think about your personal habits that may cause you to overeat without evening realizing.

Are you eating or snacking while doing other things like watching TV, listening to music, reading a book or working on the PC? All of these are great forms of entertainment, however, they are distracting. It is easy to work online tasks and not be aware of just how much you are eating. You are more aware of how much food you’re eating when you sit at a table without distractions.

Filling up on the main course is easy to do. However, a plateful of tacos or your favorite beef and potatoes usually consists of the bulk of your calories. Start meals with lower calorie foods like vegetables, soups or salads to help you fill up before eating higher calorie foods.

Eating foods that are high in salt or sugar tend to make you crave even more of these foods. Setting limitations on these types of foods forces you to enjoy a healthier, lower calorie diet according to Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center.

If you must diet, set realistic goals. Depriving yourself of too many food choices may send the wrong signal to your body. This can cause your body to store extra calories as fat and make it difficult for you to follow through on your diet.

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Ancient Tai Chi Ch’uan And It’s Many Health Benefits For Today

Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, also known as Tai Chi, is an ancient form of exercise first developed as a discipline regimen of self-defense. Today, evolving into a choice form of exercise for millions of people world-wide of any age group, Tai Chi is proving its many benefits to even the established medical field as duly noted by the prestigious Mayo Clinic.

Most Effective Benefits:

Used primarily as a gentle method to reduce stress and anxiety, it can also improve a person’s range of flexibility andbalance.

A myriad of illnesses can have their symptoms reduced or even experience healing to some degree after prolonged sessions with Tai. Improving low-thyroid conditions and increasing a body’s metabolism is one well-known benefit of Tai. Leg strengthening and coordination are other benefits. Equally effective is Tai’s ability to help fight vascular disease, strengthen the response of a body’s immune system, help in restoring one’s sleep pattern, provide a sense of well-being and self-worth and even help curtail dementia and other forms of cognitive insufficiency.

Its Personality:

An almost dance-like, graceful, body motion best defines its personality. Tai is meditation personified as practitioners of this ancient discipline focus on a non-competitive style of expression.

Usually practiced in an outdoor setting, some elderly people especially appreciate not having to do exercise that is too demanding as AnastasiaDate has written on. As such, some Tai can even be done sitting down or lying down. According to Dr. Chenchen Wang, director of the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Boston’s Tufts Medical Center, Tai Chi “can improve both physical and psycho-social health.”

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Thin People May Have Similar Health Risks As Obese People

Doctors believe that people are paying too much attention to who is thin and who is not as an indicator of health, when really they should be paying attention to overall health. It turns out that sometimes thin people can actually have the most harmful type of fat referred to as ‘skinny fat‘ .

Obesity is a large problem and many times people put so much emphasis on weight that they forget that skinny people can carry fat and a genetic makeup that also puts them at risk for the same issues. Although someone with a great metabolism may look healthy, they can in fact still suffer from poorly regulated blood sugar, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

A study conducted in 2008 discovered that about 25% of all adults in the US that had a normal BMI also had some sort of unhealthy health condition associated with poor health such as cholesterol or blood pressure issues stated Sultan Alhokair. Adults that fall into the normal BMI range but carry high levels of body fat sometimes referred to as skinny fat are actually at a high risk of early death and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, when the emphasis on weight needs to shift to health to change this dangerous perception.

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Homeopathy May Actually Be A Danger For Some People

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has recently released a report that they hope will discourage private health insurance companies from offering coverage and rebates on homeopathic treatment options. While homeopathy is used by many people to treat and prevent a host of medical issues many professionals feel that it is not effective for any health condition. Ricardo Guimarães BMG says that homeopaths disagree, stating that many homeopathic remedies can treat people in just a matter of a few small doses of safe and natural remedies. It is hoped that with the release of some new information, drug stores and retail chain stores will think twice before stocking natural, holistic remedies for their consumers.

Homeopaths utilize the process of diluting remedies in water or alcohol. The body will retain a memory of the mixture when originally taken and this is going to create a healing response in the body. The National Health and Medical Research Council believes that this is untrue and that there are studies that prove this. After reviewing 225 different research papers on homeopathic medicine, this Council released a statement saying that there does not seem to be any health conditions that can be treated or cured effectively with homeopathic treatments. It is also warned that people who prolong traditional medical attention and try homeopathic remedies instead may be missing their window of opportunity for effective treatment.

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Anxiety Away From Drugs

If you have anxiety attacks or have any hints of anxiety during the day, then you might think that medications would be a benefit. According to Daniel Amen, they can be addictive, and there are better ways that you can deal with the condition other than taking drugs all the time.

When you get hooked on drugs, you start to think that you need them in order to live a normal life. If you stop taking them, then you usually find that the issues that you have to deal with are worse than what you originally dealt with from the anxiety. There are medications that are very hard to get away from, and you might see that you need other medications just to get your life back to normal. This isn’t a way to live life. It’s not healthy to continue putting drugs in a body that is meant for natural substances.

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Vegetarian Diets Lowers Risk For Some Cancers

According to a new study, vegetarian diets lowers the risk for some cancers, especially if the diet includes fish.

Fish-eating vegetarians have a 43 percent lower risk of colorectal cancers than nonvegetarians according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated Paul Matheison.

This number was higher than results for vegans, who had a 16 percent lower risk of colorectal cancers. Vegetarians who eat milk and eggs, or lacto-ovo vegetarians, had an 18 percent lower chance. When combined together, every kind of vegetarians have a total of 22 percent reduced risk for colorectal cancers than nonvegetarians.

After lung cancer, colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the United States. Previous studies suggest that diets heavy in meat increase the risk for the condition. According to the researches, vegetarians who avoid red meats, also decrease their risk for colorectal cancer because they eat more plants, which contain fiber that is linked with a decreased risk.

Vegetarians in the group also consumed fewer fatty and processed foods than nonvegetarians, reducing the excess levels of insulin in the blood, another factor linked to elevated colorectal cancer risk.

However, it was the pescovegetarians that had the least risk for the condition. Researchers believe that consuming more omega-3 fatty acids decreases the risk for the cancers.

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McDonald’s Places Ban on Chicken Laced with Antibiotics

When it comes to healthy food, there are some who will stand strongly with the statement that no fast food can be good for you. When it comes to those who think that some fast food is okay in moderation, they will most often still oppose McDonald’s and the food that they have to offer. It seems, though, that McDonald’s has taken a step in the right direction, that they are making a change that may cause people to think again when it comes to the food that they have to offer and the nutritional value of that food.

Jason Halpern ( has read that McDonald’s has been said to have placed a ban on any chicken that is laced with antibiotics. This means that they will not serve food that contains chicken that has been treated with antibiotics, and this means that they are upholding some sort of quality standard when it comes to the food that they serve. McDonald’s might not make health food, per say, but at least they do care a bit about what they offer.

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A Nasal Spray That Can Help with Weight Loss

A new treatment may be available for obesity. This treatment is oxytocin, which is a hormone, in the form of a nasal spray. It seems to help individuals consume fewer calories. Medical researchers noticed that when the spray was used for its original purpose, as a nasal spray, it had the effect of helping individuals consume less calories. This was true no matter if the individuals were already overweight or of a normal weight.

This discovery has many individuals excited, particularly health professionals. Marc Sparks seems to think that health professionals are seeing the amount of individuals who are obese increasing and Twitter users have echoed that concern. Unfortunately, individuals who are obese are at higher risk for a variety of health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and even some mental health issues.

For many individuals who are obese, sticking to a diet and exercise routine is something that can be a large challenge. If individuals are able to get a little bit of help, they will likely be able to lose weight and be in a position to have much better health. This oxytocin nasal spray may be just the thing to help individuals.

Currently, this product is available in Europe. However, it has only been approved in the United States for clinical trials. More research is needed before it can be approved in the United States. Meanwhile, individuals fighting obesity can speak with their doctors about other alternatives to help them move in the right direction.

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