Reasons for Cesareans

2011-08-25 / Health / Comments Off on Reasons for CesareansComments

Fifteen to 30 percent of births are done by cesarean today. The rise in cesarean deliveries is attributable to a variety of reasons. The United States used to have poor infant mortality statistics — we ranked sixteenth among the developed Western countries. But our surgeons were fantastic, and instead of focusing on preventive measures, they did more cesareans to improve an infant’s chances of surviving delivery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reiki

2011-08-24 / Massage Therapy / Comments Off on ReikiComments

Reiki is a method of spiritual healing and self-enlightenment. It is not truly massage therapy, because muscles aren’t manipulated.

The word Reiki is a universal life force energy describing the focus toward helping to heal the mind, body and spirit once it has become out of sync with itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exercise and Diabetes Post 2

2011-08-17 / Diabetes / Comments Off on Exercise and Diabetes Post 2Comments

Weight loss was not really impressive, but, importantly, it was accompanied by waist-to-hip circumference ratio increase indication that body fat distribution became less harmful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exercise and Diabetes Post 1

2011-08-12 / Diabetes / Comments Off on Exercise and Diabetes Post 1Comments

“Diabetes is essentially a self-management disease in which patients must learn to integrate blood glucose monitoring with nutrition management and physical activity and, if needed, oral agents or insulin. This almost always requires behavior change. The American Diabetes Association diet is no longer a meaningful prescription, because recommendations are now based on individualized nutrition assessment and treatment goals. Physical activity recommendations, as an adjunct to nutrition management, should also be individualized.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Food Labeling: Fact or Fiction

2011-08-11 / Health / Comments Off on Food Labeling: Fact or FictionComments

The Nutrition and Labeling Act of 1990, created a uniform labeling system that includes many foods. Since May 1994, nutritional information has been required on food labels. The Food and Drug Administration’s labeling standards for “nutrition facts” are definitely an improvement over the past lack of information. Unfortunately, these standards set by and overseen by the FDA, can often be very misleading.

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Go Bouldering

2011-08-05 / Rock Climbing / Comments Off on Go BoulderingComments

There comes a time when your climbing partner doesn’t want to climb, parks are too far away, the crags are above your level, etc. So what’s the next best thing? Bouldering!

Bouldering is just that: find a big rock and climb it as you would a face or wall or crack or whatever. Boulders are the Mini-me of standard faces,
meaning they often have the same characteristics of the big climbs, but on a scaled-down level. Equipment is cheap and easy: shoes and a chalk bag,
preferably filled with chalk. You can get a bouldering “crash pad,” but that’s all peripheral tripe.

A good trust-worthy friend can act as a spotter and, in all actuality, you should NEVER climb without one. Proper positioning for the spotter is arms up, like you’re worshipping the sun, eyes on the climber, and one foot back to give support in the event of a fall. Catch the climber under the armpits as best you can and lower them to the ground. Don’t catch them in your arms, because it hurts and yes, I’ve done it, and it’s wrong.

Bouldering can improve your climbing a hundred-fold. By bouldering in thirty-minute sessions or so, you train your body and mind for anything you may encounter in the crags. Boulders represent the crux, or the hardest part of a climb and, by continuously climbing them; you are essentially practicing your moves in a crux.

This translates into increased strength and stamina on climbs above and below cruxes. After extended bouldering sessions, climbing a face will seem like a walk in the park, so to speak. I’ll go into more detail on climbing holds and such for boulders later (hint: they are the same one you use on the face).

Just remember, bouldering can give you a vast array of moves to utilize when you’re climbing. If you’re stuck somewhere, rather than powering past the problem, or even worse, quitting and never trying again, find a similar problem on a boulder and work it until you’ve got it down. I’m not sure about everyone else, but climbing to me should be graceful and economical, not jerky, tight, and clumsy. Try a boulder for practice, then hit your own personal crux with all the finesse you’ve attained from these sessions.

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