Looking At The Right Reasons Why To Stop Smoking

By Martin Elmer

It might seem to be a good idea to quit smoking. But you might need some actual reasons why to do it.

For many people there are some benefits that are immediately obvious. Of course, your clothes and house will smell a lot better, and if you have been a car smoker, your car will start to smell better as well. However, if you dive beyond these shallow reasons, what can you really expect to gain by quitting? The issues of money and even your health are far greater than any minor smells that cigarettes can give off.

You can save a lot of money if you quit the cigarettes. On pack a day can easily save you $35 a week, $150 a month and $1,825 a year. So if you really want to save some money, be honest and calculate how much it cost you to smoke the number of cigarettes, you are smoking today.

While the money is obviously nice to save, there are huge benefits to your health as well. For example, research tells us that as little as 20 minutes after you stop smoking you will be able to see a difference in your health.

If you stop smoking you can improve your health by reducing the risk of breathing complications, lung cancer, high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke. Research has shown that only a short period after the last cigarette many of the harmful effects that smoking has caused will start to reverse; even if you are a long time smoker.

If you quit for just a period of 5 years the risk of a stroke is the same as for someone who have never smoked. If you continue to smoke the risk will be at least the double

And it gets better. 15 years after you have stopped smoking the risk of coronary heart disease is the same as for non-smokers. It might seem like small steps, but you can be sure that they will improve your health; and thereby also the quality of your life.

There are many reasons to quit smoking; no matter if you look at the money or the health. So stop today and see an improvement tomorrow. - 30784

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Fighting Cholesterol With Drugs May Not Be The Answer

By Christian Goodman

The quality and quantity of the diet that we consume has borne the brunt of many physicians and experts because it is considered to be one of the main aspects that lead to high cholesterol.

High cholesterol can lead to various heart disease if unchecked. High content of cholesterol may lead to blocks in arteries.

What many people do not know is that the majority of the cholesterol that is found in the body is synthesized by our own bodies. However, it is also important to note that the cholesterol that is created in the body is a by-product of a synthesis of what we eat.

So, while you may take as many conventional drugs as you want and increase the side effects that you face and manage, it is mandatory to eat smart so that you are able to abate the production of cholesterol in the body.

Some foods that are known to be beneficial for patients who suffer from high cholesterol have been detailed by naturopaths to help in reducing this cholesterol epidemic that seems to have become a menace.

1. One of the good foods for cholesterol is pecans. Consuming a cup of pecans without sugar and corn syrup will reduce the bad cholesterol in the body by 10 percentage. This reduction was attained by keeping all other aspects of diet intact. The study was conducted in New Mexico.

2.Ginger, a standard ingredient in oriental cuisine, is known to have great properties. Among them is the capability of ginger to help in reducing LDL cholesterol.

But ginger should not consumed as ginger cookies. The juice should be extracted from ginger and should be added to tea of food preparations.

3. 3. Another food that contains large amount of calcium, fiber, iron, manganese, potassium and vitamin B6 in cassava. The presence of large amount fiber helps it to reduce cholesterol.

A recent study conducted in Philippines shows that cassava was instrumental in reducing total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. The food also helped in decreasing the level of triglycerides in the body.

You can learn more about how these foods can help you in the fight against cholesterol from our upcoming cholesterol guide. Barley, oatmeal, wheatgrass, garlic and apples are some of the food that has the capacity to reduce the cholesterol levels in the body.

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High Blood Pressure: A Significant Risk Factor for Stroke

By Christian Goodman

October 29 is World Stroke Day. Promoted by the World Stroke Organization, the topic of World Stroke Day this year is "What can I do?"

The World Stroke Organization states, you can learn to identify risk elements and symptoms of stroke - and do something about them.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for stroke as well as heart disease. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, obesity, and smoking all elevate the risk of stroke and hypertension.

A stroke is kind of like a heart attack, but it happens in the brain. Stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel and interrupts blood flow to the brain. A lack of blood flow causes brain damage; brain cells begin to die. Stroke may cause weakness in limbs, paralyzed limbs, or loss of ability to speak.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability. Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable with healthy lifestyle choices.

"Stroke is not an inevitable consequence of ageing," points of Professor Lars Ryden of the Karolinska Institute in Stockhom. "So by identifying and modifying risk factors, there are chances to reduce the incidence and fatality rate of this destructive condition."

Worldwide, stroke is the second leading cause of death (second only to heart disease), accounting for nearly 6 million deaths each year. The number of stroke victims proceeds to rise around the world.

High blood pressure is the most critical risk factor for stroke. The Framingham Heart Study discovered that hypertension doubles the probability of stroke. Smoking also doubles the risk of stroke.

To reduce the risk of stroke, you can stop smoking (if you smoke), lose weight, lower blood pressure, eat healthier foods, and exercise regularly. Excessive alcohol consumption and excessive salt intake also increase the risk for high blood pressure as well as stroke. Consistent exercise is the key to losing weight, lowering blood pressure, and lowering your risk of stroke.

Walking is a great exercise, and you have no excuses to avoid walking. If the weather is bad outdoors, you can walk indoors in a mall, for instance. One Japanese study found that regular vigorous walking reduced the risk of stroke by upwards of 20 percent. In a similar Finnish study, researchers found that leisure-time physical activity is a deterrent of stroke. Lying on the couch and watching television might seem like the most relaxing activity, but when that's your only leisure-time activity, then it's actually creating more stress and anxiety within your body. You must maintain physical activity levels to release that stress and keep your body healthy.

In summation, to reduce your risk of stroke, follow these simple guidelines: Stop smoking. Walk or exercise daily. Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels within healthy ranges.

See high blood pressure exercises for additional pointers on reducing blood pressure naturally.

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Women Using Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Birth Control Can Have Heart Attacks, Blood Clots, Strokes

By Bruce Westbrook

Pharmaceutical companies have a duty to produce safe drugs for consumers. Yet the oral contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, which are used by many women, can be dangerous if not fatal.

Such birth control pills include a drug named DRSP, or drospirenone, which is believed to cause blood clots, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and even death in women who take Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella for birth control.

Women who suffer as a result have a right to press for just and fair financial recovery for their hardships, including medical costs, lost present and future salary, and pain and suffering. In order to gain such compensation, they may need a defective drugs lawyer or attorney from Jim S. Adler & Associates, a veteran personal injury law firm which serves Texans across the state from offices in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Channelview.

A Yasmin, Yaz or Ocella defective drugs legal action can hold negligent pharmaceutical companies responsible in the legal realm. They include Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin, and Barr, which produces the generic brand of the drug called Ocella.

Not only are such drugs dangerous, but Bayer received complaints from the Food and Drug Administration and the attorneys general of 27 states due to its advertising. Bayer's ads suggested that its birth control pills eased PMS (premenstrual syndrome), PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and mild acne. None of these claims was true, and Bayer was forced to run additional advertising to counter them.

Users of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella should be alert to these side effects and symptoms: confusion, sudden dizziness, fainting, sudden shortness of breath, tingling, weakness or numbness in the legs or arms, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, severe headaches, vision problems, coughing up blood, pain, warmth or swelling in the groin or calf and chest pain or pain in the jaw or left arm.

Those with such symptoms should see a physician immediately. At a later time they also should consider alerting a defective drugs attorney to seek the economic recovery to which they are entitled under the law. - 30784

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High Blood Pressure Can Cause Vertigo And Dizziness

By Chrisitan Goodman

"What was that?" A friend of mine was startled while we stood in line for to purchase our tickets. Naturally, I asked him to elaborate on what he meant. I suddenly felt kind of dizzy."

He mentioned that this wasn't the first time, so we began discussing the occurrences. Knowing that he had been diagnosed with hypertension not long ago was certainly worth taking into consideration.

While dizziness as well as headache, blurred vision and fatigue are all symptoms of high blood pressure, my friend had none of these symtpoms until it came up in a routine physical.

What is now known is that more times than not, it is actually low blood pressue that causes the dizziness. When blood pressure drops, dizziness ensues.

Research indicates that low blood pressure usually accounts for feeling dizzy.

The fact that one's blood pressure drops is not so notable as how it drops. Is there a pattern of a suddend drop in pressure. Is this when the symptoms occur? This is likely an indicator of a much larger medical problem.

An ambulatory cuff allows one to measure blood pressure several times a day. This is important since it's the only true way to tell if you have high or low blood pressure.

I thought that my friend may have vertigo (the sensation of either people and objects moving or spinning around you or that you are spinning when you aren't). Vertigo is by definition, dizziness.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of vertigo. This is an inner ear disorder in which dizziness suddenly occurs when one bends one's head in a certain position.

Even though my friend's doctor didn't even bother to mention that dizziness could be a side effect of his hypertension medicine, I was concerned.

Once my friend had his prescription filled, it was actually the pharmicist who went into detail about the side effects. This got my friend's attention.

Even after repeated attempts to get his doctor to explore the possiblity that his medicine could be causing his dizziness, it wasn't until he threatened to stop taking the medicine that his doctor finally prescribed something else. Yes, the dizziness went away but then a new set of side effects cropped up. This is how I ended up recommending my program.

Almost immediately my friend's blood pressure readings went down. Eventually, they returned to normal and my friend was able to get off his medication.

I recommend my High Blood Pressure program for those suffering from high blood pressure. If vertigo or dizziness is your problem, I also suggest my Vertigo and Dizziness program. It's all natural and it works! - 30784

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