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This is an article that was published on my Husbands website Sexcigarsbooze.com I believe it to be very profound and certainly a great new way of explaining the damage stress can do. I love simple, new ways of introducing an ‘Ahaa’ moment.
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
1. 25 Billion number of songs that have been downloaded from iTunes in the past decade, which equals an average of 6.8 million downloads per day.
2. 268,000 tweets per minute Beyoncé’s fierce halftime Superbowl performance generated .
3. 500 years ago King Richard 111 remains were buried in Leicester. They were recently discovered under a council car park. He was king for only 2 years. Careful Charles! Richard 111 was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field.
4. It appears that cuddling is not always an act of for-play. According to the researchers at Michigan University, only one in every six cuddles lead to sex. It fact it seems that most couples use a cuddle to start a conversation about their day. But on the other hand there study showed that those that cuddle a lot have a better sex life. The couch, armchair and bed seems to be the most popular spots.
5. Researchers for the ‘All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ have developed a patch that will destroy basal cell carcinomas in just three tree hour outpatient treatments over the course of a week in 80% of the patients treated. The patch apparently contains a radioactive substance called isotope phosphorus – 32 which targets the lesions but not harming deeper tissue. Bad news is it is not on the market yet. The usual tests have to be done by the appropriate departments to confirm its safety. Good news though I would say.
6. According to the journal of aging and physical activity , there is a 14% jump in older adults performance on working-memory tests after they strength trained using increasing resistance three days a week for six months.
Here are some amazing facts about our bodies. New to me and maybe new to you.
1. It’s possible for your body to survive without a surprisingly large fraction of its internal organs. Even if you lose your stomach, your spleen, 75% of your liver, 80% of your intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from your pelvic and groin area, you wouldn’t be very healthy, but you would live.
2. 1. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Ever wonder how you can react so fast to things around you or why that stubbed toe hurts right away? It’s due to the super-speedy movement of nerve impulses from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, bringing reactions at the speed of a high powered luxury sports car.
3. Scientists say the higher your I.Q. the more you dream. While this may be true, don’t take it as a sign you’re mentally lacking if you can’t recall your dreams. Most of us don’t remember many of our dreams and the average length of most dreams is only 2-3 seconds–barely long enough to register.
4. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. Unless you’re already bald, chances are good that you’re shedding pretty heavily on a daily basis. Your hair loss will vary in accordance with the season, pregnancy, illness, diet and age.
5. The adrenal glands change size throughout life. The adrenal glands, lying right above the kidneys, are responsible for releasing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. In the seventh month of a fetus’ development, the glands are roughly the same size as the kidneys. At birth, the glands have shrunk slightly and will continue to do so throughout life. In fact, by the time a person reaches old age, the glands are so small they can hardly be seen.
Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.With that kind of sweat-producing power it’s no wonder that your gym shoes have a stench that can peel paint. Additionally, men usually have much more active sweat glands than women.
6. On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth. Humans are a quickly proliferating species, and with about 4% of the world’s population having sex on any given day, it’s no wonder that birth rates continue to increase in many places all over the world.
Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. While few babies are born with teeth in place, the teeth that will eventually push through the gums of young children are formed long before the child even leaves the womb. At 9 to 12 weeks the fetus starts to form the teeth buds that will turn into baby teeth.
7. Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing. When babies look up at you with those big eyes, they’re the same size that they’ll be carrying around in their bodies for the rest of their lives. Their ears and nose, however, will grow throughout their lives and research has shown that growth peaks in seven year cycles.
This is an article I read from the ‘Mens Health – Big Black Book Of Secrets’. It is a book that I recieved with the Mens Health Subscription.
Anyway, one of the articles was about ‘How To Be a Good Dad’. At the end of this rather interesting article was ’10 Lies Every Parent should Tell’.
Some of them I thought were funny and the others ‘Right On’. I tacked my comment on the end of each one. So here they are:
1. “The tooth fairy called. She said the way you’re behaving, you might as well keep the tooth“. Parents threaten consequences all the time, but it helps to have a strong third party on call to bring perspective. From Halloween on, throw all your disciplinary needs onto Santa’s lap. (That would have so worked for me)
2. “Monsters like to eat dust bunnies. I bet you’re going to get lots of monsters in this room”. Call it a cleanliness incentive plan. (It would not have worked for me)
3. “Mommy and Daddy are not fighting; we are rearranging the kitchen”. Kids might not buy this one, but in our desire to be right, we jump into fights even if it means exposing our kids to adult conflicts. Need to scream? Get them out of the house first. (My parents did not fight – true)
4. “Mommy and Daddy are’nt fighting; we’re playing leapfrog, On the bed“. (with no clothes on?). In case the makeup sex gets out of hand. (I would believe the leapfrog – the thought of my parents having sex! UGH)
5. “Reading books will make you a millionaire“.
In todays screen-dominated world, kids must grow up knowing that books, not blogs, will unlock the secrets of their universe. (depending on what they read I agree)
6. “Don’t worry, sweetie, that can’t happen here“
Um, sure it can. Murder, terrorism, earthquakes-they can strike anytime, anywhere. But parents must be kiddie pepto-bismol: coat them, soothe them, relieve them.(Totally agree, they should not have to worry about anything – they will be adult long enough)
7. “I know everything“
Before teachers, coaches, and the kid down the street get their shot, parents must be a child’s go-to encyclopedia for all of life’s questions. The important thing is that your children, not you, believe it. (My Dad was always right – lets say I would never question his answers)
8. “That guy is homeless because he didn’t eat his vegetables”.
If you really stretch it, ther’s science to back this up, given the importance of nutrition to brain health. More important, this lie teaches cause and effect, and gives your child the power to determine his destiny. (well put, must have taken a while to think that one up)
9. “I am not afraid”.
Your smile is their Kevlar vest, your hug, proof that everything will in fact be okay, no matter how bleak reality might be. (very hard when you are about to do a bungee jump).
10. “This is Dad’s special juice, and it’s poison to children”.
Happy hour is sacred ground, folks. (This I totally agree with)
I received this in an email today. It is an article written by Al Sears MD a well-known authority on health matters. I always knew that Soy was not as healthy as it was to be made out, and this article gives you the facts, that hopefully will make you more informed on the subject. Of course it is your choice whether you consume soy or not, but after reading this I think I will be more aware and watch out for products that soy may be an ingredient.
We don’t want it to affect our sex life do we?
Buddhist monks live a strict life of depriving themselves. They don’t have any kind of sexual activity and try to stop themselves from even having any desires. They are not allowed to marry, or even touch a woman. Sex and lust are the most important things to avoid.
And do you know how they prevent all those sexual urges and desires?
They eat soy.
If that’s what you had to do to be healthy, I think I’d pass.
Soy promotes what I call testosterone resistance in your body. When you don’t have enough testosterone it can rob you of your sexual desire and energy. And studies show that soy’s two main estrogen-like compounds – genistein and daidzein –create this resistance to testosterone. They block your sex hormones, called androgens, from reaching their receptors.
Soy appears to have three ways it does this:
1. Soy interferes when testosterone wants to bind to its natural hormone receptors.
Genistein and daidzein bind so strongly to androgen receptors that they take the place of testosterone in your body. When researchers looked at how this affects development in boys, they found that it can wreak havoc on sexual development.2
2. Soy Increases SHBG.
Why is SHBG (or serum hormone binding globulin) so important? Because it regulates your sex hormones. When you have too much, it lowers the amount of free testosterone you have, and your hormones go out of whack…which can lead to impotence and low libido.
Japanese researchers gave healthy men only 60 mg of soy for three months. Their SHBG jumped, and their free testosterone went into free-fall.3 For women the effects are worse. In addition to diabetes, low SHBG levels can cause infertility, polycystic ovaries, acne and uterine cancer.
3. Soy lowers the amount of testosterone your body produces.
In a study investigating ways of reducing testosterone for prostate cancer patients, researchers discovered a surefire way to lower total testosterone in men: soy.
They fed animals less than 1 mg of soy and found that their testosterone levels dropped like a stone.4
To avoid testosterone resistance, my advice is that both men and women should avoid all soy products.
The problem is it’s not always easy to tell what has soy in it and what doesn’t.
Here are two ways to help you avoid hidden soy so you can keep your sex drive alive, have lots of energy and stay happy:
Step 1. You probably don’t like to read labels, but it’s best to be aware of how much soy you’re consuming, given the potential health hazards. Avoid these ingredients in your food. They are all usually made from or contain soy:
• Bulking Agent
• Glycerol monostearate
• Guar gum
• Gum arabic
• Hydrolyzed plant protein
• Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
• Liquid smoke
• Mixed tocopherols
• Mono and di-glyceride
• Monosodium glutamate
• Natural flavorings
• Protein concentrate
• Protein extender
• Protein isolates
• Smoke flavor
• Textured vegetable protein
• Thiamine mononitrate
• Thickening agent
• Vegetable broth
• Vegetable gum
• Vegetable oil
• Vegetable shortening
Step 2. Soy isn’t just hidden in your food, it’s hidden on your food – like fruits and vegetables.
To make them look shiny and delicious on store shelves, and to seal in moisture, produce is sprayed with a waxy coating. You may already know that these waxes can be made from petroleum, but what you may not know is that most are not.
Many waxy coatings – including officially organic-approved food-grade coatings made from vegetable, beeswax, carnauba wax or lac resin – use soy protein to thicken the wax so it sticks to the produce.
The government puts these coatings in their “generally recognized as safe” category, which is good enough for the big food manufacturers. Unfortunately, many people in the organic food business consider anything made from soy “natural,” meaning good for you, even though it’s anything but.
That’s why fruits and vegetables are one instance where organic isn’t good enough. I buy what I like to call “better than organic” – fresh, local produce. I love shopping at the farmer’s market near my house. It makes me feel good to know where my food is coming from.
To Your Good Health,
1 Nishizaki, Y., Ishimoto, Y., Hotta, Y., et al, “Effect of flavonoids on androgen and glucocorticoid receptors based on in vitro reporter gene assay,” Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. Aug. 15, 2009;19(16):4706-10
2 Sherrill, J.D., Sparks, M., Dennis, J., et al, “Developmental exposures of male rats to soy isoflavones impact Leydig cell differentiation,” Biol Reprod. Sept. 2010;83(3):488-501
3 Tanaka, M., et al, “Isoflavone supplements stimulated the production of serum equol and decreased the serum dihydrotestosterone levels in healthy male volunteers,” Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2009;12(3):247-52
4 Weber, K.S., Setchell, K.D., Stocco, D.M. et al, “Dietary soy-phytoestrogens decrease testosterone levels…” J. Endocrinol. Sept. 1, 2001;170:591-599
I bought a book several years ago called Joseph Corvo’s Zone therapy. It is an illustrated book on systems of pressure point massage. It was developed by him as a tool to fight illnes and old age. It will only take you ten minutes of your day to do these exercises.
Saves on Beauty treatments, gives good health, well being and confidence. Savings all round don’t you think.
Do I do them? Well I used to and now that I have found this book again I believe I will start to do them again. As I have said many times I believe in prevention not so much the cure. Saves on Doctors bills. That goes for the Ganoderma products that I am now promoting. I love to share with anyone things that will keep us healthy and vibrant.
I will go through the 10 minute regime but I suggest you get the book it is excellent.
1. MENTAL STIMULATION. Find the edge of the forehead where the bone indents,with indent fingers , then with a firm upward and outward circular movement , move slowley with both fingers in towards the centre of the forehead, then out again. Complete four times. Remember if it is tender thai because poisons are blocking the proper functiong of this Zone.
2. PITUITARY GLAND AND THIRD EYE. Find the slight indent in your forehead. Again massage upward and outward in a radius for thirty seconds.
3.THE COLONS. To massage pressure points 3 and 4 tap gently underneath the eye, starting on the outside and moving inwards towards the nose, then out again. Complete four times
4. KIDNEY STIMULATION. Same as 3.
5. HEALTHY BOWEL ACTION. Find the ridge of the cheekbone at its highest point, with indent fingers, then press up into it, then massage as hard as you can in a upward and outward circular movement while moving slowly the length of the cheekbone. Complete four times.
6. STOMACH PROBLEMS. Without lifting the fingers, slide along the skin of your now, press as hard as you feel comfortable with and rotate slowly for thirty seconds.
7. THE SPLEEN. Pressing inwards on either side of the ridge that runs from your nose to the middle of your upper lip, rotate your fingers in a circle. Press hard so that you feel your gums underneath.
8. PANCREAS. Starting at the extremeties of the underside of the lips, with your indent fingers work i8nwards with a firm rotating motion towards the centre, then out again. Complete four times. Feel your lower gums through your lower lip.
9. LUNGS. Find the muscle running down the length of the side of the mouth, with indent fingers, then press inwards and outwards with your rotating motion as hard as you can bear for thirty seconds.
10. SEXUAL DESIRE. Starting immediatly below the ear, rub with rotating movement of fingers along the ridge of the jawbone until you are directly underneath the pupils of your eyes. Work back again and repeat four times as hard as you can.
11. LIVER AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM. Find the deepest pit of the cheek, where the jawbone meets the cheekbones. Work in a circular movement as hard as you can for thirty seconds.
12. SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM. Toning up the whole nervous system. Work the centre point high on your forehead in a circular movement as hard as you are comfortable for thirty seconds.
These are only some of the examples in Joseph Corvo’s book. I find that in the evening when I get to bed is a good time to do these exercises. It is a peaceful time of day and only for 10 minutes.
I hope you can understand my instructions and wish you great health and no visits to the doctor.
By Julie Upton, RD
If you want to put some sizzle back into your sex life, food can help you set the mood. There’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner, featuring some R-rated foods to help turn up the heat. “There’s a growing body of evidence that some of the vitamins and components in foods can enhance sexual function and sexual experience,” says Jennifer R. Berman, MD, the director of the Berman Women’s Wellness Center, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The Aztecs referred to avocados as, ahem, testicles, because of their physical shape. But the scientific reason why avocados make sense as an aphrodisiac is that they are rich in unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, making them good for your heart and your arteries. Anything that keeps the heart beating strong helps keep blood flowing to all the right places; in fact, men with underlying heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).
Topping my list of feisty foods, almonds have long been purported to increase passion, act as a sexual stimulant, and aid with fertility. Like asparagus (another one of my favorite sexy foods), almonds are nutrient-dense and rich in several trace minerals that are important for sexual health and reproduction, such as zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. “Zinc helps enhance libido and sexual desire,” says Dr. Berman. “We don’t really understand the mechanisms behind it, but we know it works.”
The color red is known to help stoke the fire: A 2008 study found that men find women sexier if they’re wearing red, as opposed to cool colors such as blue or green. Strawberries are also an excellent source of folic acid, a B vitamin that helps ward off birth defects in women and, according to a University of California, Berkley study, may be tied to high sperm counts in men. This Valentine’s Day, try making dark-chocolate-dipped strawberries. And while we’re on the subject, there’s a reason we give chocolate on Valentine’s Day: It’s full of libido-boosting methylxanthines.
Despite their slippery and slimy texture, oysters may be the most well-known aphrodisiac. They’re also one of the best sources of libido-boosting zinc. But other types of seafood can also act as aphrodisiacs. Oily fish—like wild salmon and herring—contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy heart.
Arugula has been heralded as an arousal aid since the first century. Today, research reveals that the trace minerals and antioxidants packed into dark, leafy greens are essential for our sexual health because they help block absorption of some of the environmental contaminants thought to negatively impact our libido.
These funny-shaped fruits have a long history of being a fertility booster, and they make an excellent aphrodisiac because they are packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is important for heart health. Plus, high-fiber foods help fill you up, not out, so it’s easier to achieve that sexy bottom line—or belly.
Any member of this tropical fruit family is super-rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and folic acid—all of which are essential for men’s reproductive health. Enjoy a romantic salad that incorporates citrus, like pink grapefruit or mandarin oranges, or use a dressing made with lemon and lime.
That was a very interesting article by Julie, but I think I would prefer to eat what Kim Basinger is eating in the movie 9 1/2 Weeks. It looks like more fun.
Kim Basinger having fun in 9 1/2 Weeks