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Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

Swimmer Michael Phelps won Olympic gold again Sunday while covered in red — red spots, roughly medal-size, all over his shoulders and back.

The marks were the result of an ancient Eastern medicinal therapy known as cupping that is achieving new popularity among some athletes in the United States, including numerous Olympians.

Cupping typically involves treating muscle pain and other ailments with cups that apply suction to skin. Cupping is often combined with other forms of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and massage.

“The practice itself is very old,” says Karyn Farrar, a physical therapist at Rehab 2 Perform in Frederick, Md. “In the past five to 10 years it’s becoming prominent in terms of physical therapists, athletic trainers and massage therapists [in the United States] using it more and more.” Farrar’s office treats five to 10 athletes — mostly high school and college students — with cupping each day.

Farrar says cupping is like a reverse form of massage. Instead of applying pressure downward onto muscles, she says, “you’re using negative pressure to pull soft tissues apart” from the suction of the cup. “As you’re pulling, you’re also getting increased blood flow to the tissues.”

She claims the practice decreases swelling in acute injuries and speeds up healing. The large red spots are caused by the bursting of small blood vessels near the skin.

Farrar says she expects more athletes to ask about the treatment after seeing the very visible signs of its aftermath on some of this year’s Olympians.

According to Ted Kaptchuk, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who is trained in Asian medicine, the cupping trend isn’t exactly new in the U.S. Cupping has a long history in Western medicine and was commonly practiced by American physicians in the 18th and 19th centuries.

But Kaptchuk says cupping fell from favor in the U.S. in the 1920s when practitioners of Western medicine began to see the practice as “old-fashioned,” in part because of a lack of scientific evidence that it had a true healing effect.

Today, while some studies have explored the effects of cupping, there is still scant scientific evidence supporting its healing potential.

“We need rigorous research to understand whether there is a physiological effect associated with cupping and currently that is unknown,” says David Shurtleff, deputy director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

NCCIH currently doesn’t fund research on cupping, partly because the studies are challenging to design. It is difficult to know whether a patient feels better after cupping because the treatment worked on a physical level or because the patient expected to feel better and so does — in other words, the placebo effect.

But Shurtleff and Kaptchuk agree that a placebo effect from cupping could work to reduce pain with or without an underlying physical benefit.

While there is still limited scientific evidence supporting cupping, Kaptchuk says that “what we do have, is that people feel better after it’s done.”

For Olympians, that feeling may be just enough to help them on a trip to the medal podium. Read more on

Working Out with Your Dog

The loneliness of a long distance runner is a reality for many runners and walkers who are balancing family, a full-time job and a workout routine. Day after day you hit the road—pushing yourself to get through the workout. If you just had a training partner to help get you through some of those long days, your life certainly would be much easier.

Having a training partner can be the difference between choosing to workout each day or deciding instead to vegetate in front of the television set. Instead of searching the city for the perfect workout buddy, look no further than your backyard. Your family dog can make the ideal training mate.

Your dog won’t complain about the route that you run, the weather, or the way that you smell when you’re finished with your workout. However, working out with your canine does take some planning and careful consideration before you head out the door. The following tips will make your workout more enjoyable for you and your pooch.

Can My Dog Work Out with Me?

Most dogs will be able to tag along with you on your next walk or run, but some are better suited than others for the longer distances that runners and walkers tend to cover. If you don’t yet have a dog, and are seeking one that will also make a good training partner, you have countless options.

Mixed breeds are actually some of the best athletes because they aren’t as susceptible to hereditary problems as pure breeds. Retrievers, labradors, and many hunting dogs, as well as sighthounds, herding dogs and working dogs are also excellent runners. Particularly large and small breeds, however, like Great Danes and Chihuahuas, don’t handle distance running well, but can walk with you without problem. Dogs with smaller snouts, like bulldogs, pugs, and King Charles Cavaliers, should also be restricted from running because of their inability to breathe efficiently. However walking will do them no harm.

Visit the Vet

Before you even think of putting the leash on your dog and cruising the local streets, have your veterinarian give your dog a good once over. He will want to check out your pet’s cardiovascular system and joints, and may be able to provide you with additional tips that will make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your dog.

Check with the Weatherman

Dogs cannot handle the weather as efficiently as you can. Before you head out the door, make sure it is safe for your dog. Dogs cannot handle extreme heat. Hot weather puts them at greater risk for heat stoke and dehydration. If you workout early in the morning or when the sun goes down, you can avoid many of these heat related problems.

Train Your Dog

If your dog doesn’t obey you, running or walking will be a nightmare. It’s important that your dog is obedient and can follow basic commands such as “stop” and “sit,” and can be summoned when you call his name. A leash will also eliminate many problems. You’ll want to make sure you choose a leash that is safe for your dog. You can even purchase leashes that are specifically designed for working out.

Start Easy

Don’t take your dog out on your favorite ten miler on the first run or walk up the side of a mountain. You’ll need to give your pet some time to adjust to exercise. If you’re a runner, you’ll want to start by alternating running and walking—mostly walking during the first few weeks. Your dog will get in shape much more quickly than you do, so be patient for a few weeks, and before you know it your dog will be pulling you through the run. Walkers can work their dog in more quickly.

Monitor Your Dog

Just as you monitor your own condition while you’re working out, you need to keep an eye out for your pooch. Watch for limping, signs of discomfort, panting or anything that might look unusual. This is usually a sign that your pet is ready for a much-needed break. If you notice any of these signs, stop and walk or give your dog a chance to catch its breath. If the behavior continues, he may need to take a day or two off from workout out.

Keep the Fluids Handy

Because dogs sweat only through the pads of their feet and rely on panting to cool themselves, they’re much more vulnerable to heat exhaustion than their two-legged partners. A good rule of thumb is to give your dog access to fluids for every 20 minutes of activity. You may want to schedule a stop at home so your dog can gulp down some water before you continue on your run. It is also important to hydrate once the workout is complete.

Dogs in the Running

Some breeds are much better suited to distance running and intense walking sessions than others. Want to see how your pooch measures up? Here are some of the best running breeds—and keep in mind that a mixed breed often makes the best running partner: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Dalmations, Greyhounds, Afghan Hounds, Weimaraners, Dobermans, Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Huskies, Akitas, English Setters, Irish Setters, and German Shepherds.

Now that you have found the perfect training partner, the only challenge left is to try to keep up with your little workout buddy each day. The exercise that you do together each day will not only make you a healthy and happier dog owner, it will also bring you closer to the one training partner who will love you unconditionally—your family dog!

Get Involved and Give of Yourself

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the word; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead 

There is a secret to developing a healthier you. Those who know the secret understand how to tap into a power that can and will change their lives forever. The secret is . . . giving—of yourself, your time, and your talents. Those who do so will improve not only the lives of others, but also themselves—body, mind, and spirit!

Volunteering for a Healthier Body

Stay fit while helping out. Do you like to work with your hands, get out into the great outdoors, bang nails, or clean up the environment? Volunteering is a great way to stay fit and active.

You don’t have to look any farther than your own backyard. Organize a stream cleanup or volunteer to work with an environmental group that does one. You’ll enjoy the great outdoors and, at the same time, improve the parks and natural resources in your area for all to enjoy.

Maybe you’re a fix-it person who likes to get even more physical. Check out Habitat for Humanity, a group that has helped to build houses for over 150,000 homeless families so far.

Contribute your skills with hammer and saw, or learn these skills from others who are a part of the organization. The satisfaction that comes from building something with your own hands is deep and lasting. And the families who receive the homes will forever remember what you’ve done for them.

Often, nursing homes and other care facilities need your help too. You can take those who are wheelchair-bound for walks on the grounds, or help with some of the more physical jobs around the center.

For all who wish to benefit physically from volunteer work, keep in mind the words of General Norman Schwarzkopf: “You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.”

Volunteering for a Healthier Mind

Teachers, leaders, and mentors often say that the way to learn something really well is to teach it to someone else. In our fast-paced, “entertain-me-right-now” world, few people take the time to enjoy a good book anymore. Many do not have the skills to do so.

Check out volunteer opportunities at your local library or elementary schools. Taking time to read to children is an investment in our future.

And it’s not just about kids. According to the latest statistics published on the ABC Canada website, 22 percent of adult Canadians have serious problems dealing with any printed materials, and an additional 24 percent of Canadians can only deal with simple reading tasks.

In the U.S., according to EastSide Weekend Newsmagazine, 20 percent of American adults are functionally illiterate; another 34 percent have only marginal skills. The need for help is there.

Again, for seniors, tired eyes and worn out bodies can make reading difficult at times. And remember—the pleasure of having someone read to you is something that never goes away. It is a mind-expanding activity for both reader and listener. Who knows? You might make a new friend.

Volunteering for a Healthier Spirit

Volunteerism is an excellent way to give your spirits a lift. By volunteering, you expand your own personal network, forging relationships that may last a lifetime.

One of the best organizations that demonstrates this connectedness is Big Brothers / Big Sisters. They match children aged 7 to 14 from single-parent homes with a role model called a “Big Brother” or a “Big Sister”—basically, another adult role model. A quick search on the web or a check of the phone directory should be enough to locate your local chapter. Taking time out for a child is the greatest gift you can give:

“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, or how much money I had in the bank, but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in a child’s life.” –Forest E. Whitcraft

The Internet: A Whole New World of Opportunity

You have trouble getting out when others want your help? You’re stuck at home, and feel that you can’t volunteer because your free time happens only at midnight? There is a solution—become an e-volunteer and volunteer over the Internet.

What kinds of possibilities exist? More than you might have imagined. Use your computer skills to help develop web pages for community or nonprofit organizations. Give tutorials or lessons over the web to teach others how to make best use of the Internet. Write articles supporting good causes. Research and send them pages of links that may help them.

Want to Get Involved?

Here are website addresses for some of the organizations mentioned in the article—and a few more too!

Habitat for Humanity—building no-profit homes for the homeless
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
US Environmental Protection Agency
Sierra Club—promotes the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources
Partners in Learning—helps kids in grades K-12
Volunteer Match—get out and do good
Hearts and Minds—experience the warmth of meaningful connections
America’s Promise—works to mobilize people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation’s youth.
Idealist-Action without Borders—an extensive resource for volunteering, with links to over 20,000 organizations in 140 countries.
NetAid—help to relieve global poverty through virtual volunteering; sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme and Cisco Systems

You can make a difference. And the difference you make will come back to benefit you in countless ways—a healthier body, mind, and spirit, yes—but also a healthier outlook on the world and the positive changes that can be made, that are possible. You have this power. Join with others who have also learned the secret. Volunteer.

Unreasonable Resolutions

Now that 2015 has arrived, the vows of “I’m going to start exercising” will soon echo around the globe. Sound familiar? Most will fail miserably, as they are unknowingly behind the 8-ball. The result: empty wallets, excessive guilt, and expanding waistlines.

Why do we decide to get in shape during the holiday season anyway? Three reasons: Santa brings us treadmills, the New Year gives us a fresh start, and everybody is talking about health. The real problem is one of timing. This time of year, we are all exhausted and distracted. With holiday travel, meddlesome relatives, defective gifts, and bowl games, there is just too much to going on. Throw in some gigantic holiday dinners, a surplus of desserts and frequent alcohol consumption, and you’ve got the toughest time of the year to attempt a lifestyle change.

Making exercise a habit is tough work. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 75 percent of the nation doesn’t get enough physical activity, and 20 percent get none at all. However, the main problem is not laziness. The majority of us make serious attempts to get in shape, but we keep failing time after time. These failures result in guilt, self-doubt, and apathy towards exercise. Even worse, we end up missing out on a wealth of health benefits because we simply couldn’t stick to a routine.

Becoming a couch potato goes far beyond laziness. Several complex factors combine to determine who will get fit, and who will crash on the couch with a tube of Pringles. By educating yourself about the nuts and bolts of exercise behavior, you can avoid the following pitfalls that plague holiday fitness efforts.

Pitfall #1: Inadequate Preparation

Like building a house, developing a new lifestyle requires a detailed blueprint. This step is critical, yet is commonly skipped. A realistic exercise schedule must be set, attainable goals should be developed, and an exercise partner may need to be recruited. Additionally, back up plans need to be developed for unexpected events.  Weather issues, fatigue, work or family crises, and injury can all disrupt our exercise routines. Without solid preparation for dealing with the “what ifs”, your exercise efforts will be derailed, usually permanently.

Instead of preparing, most over-enthusiastically jump right into exercise itself. Things are great for a week and then something pops up. You have to work late, you get a cold, or your back is sore. What do you do? You say, “I’ll take a day or two off, then I’ll start again.” At that point, you are officially toast. You were not prepared to deal with these issues. Something will come up every single week, no matter how well you plan. Therefore, instead of hitting the gym immediately, go to your desk first. Start by making a realistic and flexible exercise schedule that fits your life. Then set goals that are habit-based, not performance based. How much you can run or lift at this point is irrelevant. Instead, aim to exercise a few days a week without skipping any sessions. Finally, develop a plan to deal with illness, fatigue, injury, and work or family issues. Being able to adapt to the unexpected is essential to long-term exercise success.

Pitfall #2: Too much, too fast

Even with excellent preparation and a solid plan, you can still fail. When motivation is high during the holidays, we tend to place unrealistic demands on ourselves. We get pumped up and excited, we exercise hard for a few days, and then “ouch!” Ever take 15-minutes to get from your bed to the shower in the morning? We’ve all been there. A profanity-laden limp to the shower, while repeatedly muttering “what the *%^$!?* was I thinking.”

Injury is the most cited reason for quitting an exercise program. You can’t be inactive for months or years and then jump into an active lifestyle. It is a shock to the system and your body will not respond kindly.  Thankfully, we now know that the “no pain, no gain” philosophy of exercise is nonsense. Soreness, stiffness and fatigue are normal when people start exercising, but will go away as your body adjusts. To achieve health benefits from exercise, one needs to exercise regularly, but not at full throttle.

The key to your success rests on whether you can develop exercise as a habit. Since the health benefits of exercise take several months, avoiding injury is a top priority. If you haven’t exercised in a long time, consult with your physician, start slow, and gradually ease up to a level that is challenging, but not overwhelming. If you push it too hard too early, your chances of quitting are very high.

Pitfall #3: Unrealistic Expectations

Another common reason for quitting exercise is disappointment. For many, the benefits of exercise just don’t come fast enough. We immediately want the chiseled abs and trim waist that was promised to us in the magazine and infomercial.  When the physical metamorphosis doesn’t happen right away, frustration and disappointment set in hard. People end up quitting because they feel that they are wasting their time. Unfortunately, most of these people are actually on track to get the results they want, they just don’t understand that changes take time.

Several mistakes during the holiday season lead to these unrealistic expectations. First, commercials and advertisements fool us into thinking that our physical appearance will change rapidly, which is false. A change in one’s physique and body weight takes many months, not weeks. We forget that the fitness industry’s top priority is making a profit, not trimming your waistline. Second, we put too much emphasis on physical appearance. Exercise provides many important benefits that are invisible, like lower blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels, increased energy and improved mood.  Most importantly, the very best health benefit of exercise are not buns of steel, it is longevity. Dozens of scientific studies show that people who exercise regularly live longer. Finally, we often make too many health promises to ourselves during the holidays. Many want to get in shape, eat better, and quit smoking this time of year.  Taking on multiple lifestyle changes simultaneously is a recipe for disaster, as it places too much pressure on you.

What can be done to keep expectations realistic? First, ignore the beautiful people in fitness commercials and disregard their promises of quick success. Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. Next, educate yourself about the health benefits of exercise and when you can expect results. Understand that physical changes take time and consistency. Finally, generate realistic and attainable goals that are consistent with your current fitness level. Aiming for your ideal weight or fitness level too soon may set you up for huge disappointments.

With the New Year right around the corner, it will be very tempting to commit to a lifestyle change. However, New Year’s resolutions that involve exercise consistently fail because they are untimely and unreasonable. People don’t prepare, they don’t ease into their new lifestyle, and they don’t have sensible expectations. Mix that in with the usual holiday distractions, and the chances of success are remote. If you want to start exercising this holiday season, remember the three P’s: preparation, patience, and practicality. With this strategic approach, that Christmas treadmill won’t be dusty in mid-February and you’ll be on the way to improved health.

Examining Actos Bladder Cancer Cases

Kidney cancer malignancy causes drop under various groups. If you or a loved one has been taking the pharmaceutical Actos, you might like to have a check-up as soon as possible. The stated treatment is under doubt for leading to this type of cancer malignancy and you may end up a sufferer. Please read on to give you an extra idea on what you might be experiencing.

Possible bladder cancer malignancy causes

One of primary bladder cancer malignancy causes is accumulate and increase of normal tissues inside the body. The unlimited development of these tissues usually results in serious bladder problems at its early start. Plenty of individuals who may have this infrequent development usually report pain and other difficulties.

When the tissues grow and collect eventually, this results to the rise of infrequent tissues. Abnormal tissues may come in the shape of cancers, which can be either cancer or noncancerous. There’s nothing to be concerned about if the tissues end up being noncancerous. If examinations expose these are cancer, these tissues might have the capacity to propagate and outcome in bladder cancer malignancy.

In worst-case circumstances, cancer malignancy development in the bladder might also propagate to connecting parts. This can lead to further individual decline, because other body parts may stop working properly.

Various other government bodies analyzing the condition feature bladder cancer malignancy to e cigarette smoking smoking cigarettes. While studies are still carried on, many assessment results display signs or symptoms that smoking cigarettes are also primary causes of all types of other cancer malignancy types. Hardly a big surprise, as there are risky materials and elements seen in smoking cigarettes. Heavy e cigarette smoking smoking cigarettes likewise has an effect on an peoples defense procedure.

Specific drugs may also outcome in bladder cancer malignancy. In truth, the Food and Drug Management (FDA) is analyzing the type two diabetes pharmaceutical Actos. Kidney cancer malignancy experts found out this treatment have side effects that may be responsible for bladder cancer malignancy. Looking for more information? health bladder control can really help you out regarding this.

Filing for Actos bladder cancer malignancy cases

Legal situations appropriate for Actos bladder cancer malignancy situations drop under injuries or possible category measures lawsuit lawsuit. Personal damage has a wide lawful opportunity, but is appropriate as this situation comes under substandard product claim. Furthermore, having this condition may also outcome in real and mental damage to the person.

Class measures law suit is also likely, but you have to keep in mind that once you computer file under this situation, you give up the lawful right to computer file a situation as an individual. If the situation benefits, you be successful as a party. The significant probability is if the lawful situation drops. When it drops, you simply can’t data declare another law suit as an individual.