Polio……a look at a once horrible disease!


Polio, short for Poliomyelitis, Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Younger children seem to be targeted more than other group of people.

A once rampant disease now has been eliminated in many countries in the world, thanks to a miraculous drug that was discovered in 1953.

It has been eliminated in nearly every country in the world but there are still several countries in the world where the disease still exist.

Many victims of the virus show no symptom at all but can still spread the disease and cause others to catch it.

Some signs of non-paralytic polio can be headache, fever, sore throat, vomiting and fatigue.

About 1 percent of polio cases can develop into paralytic polio. Paralytic polio leads to paralysis in the back or spinal column,

Some symptoms of the paralytic type of polio include loss of reflexes, severe spasms, muscle pain, floppy limbs, one side of the body, sudden paralysis, deformed limbs especially the hips, ankles, and feet.

This is a little known fact about the disease, even if a victim of polio has recovered, the disease can return even after many years.

Some signs of the return of the disease are muscle and joint weakness, easily to become exhausted or fatigued, having problems breathing and swallowing,
trouble with concentration and memory.


Polio is a very highly contagious virus, polio transmits through contact with feces.

Children toys that have come near infected feces, or bathroom cleaning tools can also transmit the virus.

Transmission can occur through a sneeze or a cough, as the virus lives in the throat and intestines.

People living in areas with no access to running water or toilets can contract the virus from drinking water that contaminated by animal waste.

Taking a trip to an area where the disease still is active should be of a great concern to you if you’ve not been vaccinated. Have visitors from an area where polio still active.


Doctors can only treat polio while the infection is actively running its course.

Although the best way is to get a vaccination against it, after the disease has begun the doctor may or bed rest, medications for pain, drugs to relax muscles, drugs for urinary tract infections, ventilators to help with breathing, physical therapy.

Polio is a highly contagious virus that can result in spinal cord and brain stem paralysis.

It would be wise that every country that doesn’t have a campaign against the horrid disease start one immediately so that all child would be immunized by their second month after birth.

The vaccination of young children in every part of the world could mean world free of the disease and no more suffering due to contracting it.








Building your body after 60…….get yours now!


First of all let’s discuss what body building really consist of. Bodybuilding, the act of lifting weights to make your muscles larger and stronger. You can have a strong body after 60.
You’re a woman over 60, weight training exercises can help you to regain lost muscle and look and feel years younger.

Let’s face it ladies, you do need to take your age, physical condition and any health concerns into consideration when you decide that you want to do some strength training.

Doing squats may be considered a basic bodybuilding exercise that target your quads and also your gluts and hamstrings.

You can do these alone or add a little weight like a barbell. Be Always aware of your posture when lifting, damage can occur if you’re not careful when lifting weights.
A word of caution, before beginning any exercise, consult your doctor and allow him or her to advise you on the amount of exercise you should consider or if you should place a limit on the kind of training is proper for you.
It is well-known that women who incorporate weight training into their exercise regimen see increases in muscular strength endurance and body tone just the same as men.
Lifting is of great importance to women, however, because of its positive effect on bone density, which naturally decreases in women with as they grow older.

So you’re a newbie and just starting out, there’s great benefits to weight training and no need to be afraid to jump right in there and give it go.

Weight training can be modified depending on your strength and training levels.
Start out by lifting one or two days per week. You want to allow your muscles plenty time to adapt to the new stress that has been put on them.

After you’ve been lifting for several weeks, increase your workout frequency to an extra day or two per week if you feel strong enough to handle it, remember be careful not to overdo it.

Never start a work-out with cold muscles, do a five to ten minute warm up first to prevent injury or worse.

Do seven or eight repetitions to start with and after your muscles have acclimated themselves, do an extra repetition.

Don’t hurry, I realize that you’re anxious to get your body in shape but this is a process and it takes time.
Want to target your shoulders? Do shoulder presses and lateral raises.

Both these exercises are perfect using a pair of weights while standing or if you don’t have weights, use a couple of large cans of vegetables.

With the weights at your shoulder level, push the weights over your head, then lower the weights back to your shoulders.

Do as many repetitions as you’re comfortable with but don’t over-do it.
Want to work the biceps? Hold the weights that are comfortable to you at your side, lift the weights in your hands to shoulder height and then lower the weight back to your side.

Remember to do a little each day until you have reached a level that is comfortable to you, as time progresses you can add extra weight to stress the muscles even more to get better results. Building a strong body takes time.

Important keyword to remember is “Caution” injury will negate any progress that you’ve made. Please be careful.

You can build a strong body after age 60 good luck!







Coffee and Heart Disease


It is a well-established fact that caffeine reduces the chances of you getting stroke, type two diabetes and heart disease.

First we’ll discuss what a stroke may be caused by and what can be done to help the victim.

We’ll show you how the use of caffeine is said to be helpful when it comes to helping anyone from falling victim to a stroke.

STROKE: what is it and the cause.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. There are two kinds of stroke, the two are ischemic and hemorrhagic.

The most common type is Ischemic and affects around eighty-five percent of those that fall victim to stroke.

It occurs when the artery that supplies oxygenated blood to the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot.

Hemorrhagic strokes occur when an artery of the brain leaks blood.


Symptoms may include weakness, trouble speaking, vision problems, headache, and dizziness.


Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for stroke as well. Another cause of stroke is Myocardial infarction.

Diabetes is one of the most common diagnoses in medicine and is an established risk factor for stroke as well.

Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder) that increases the risk for stroke.

Hyperlipidemia, or elevated levels of blood cholesterol, is an established risk factor for stroke.

Carotid artery disease is an important risk factor for someone to have a stroke.

Cigarette smoking is definitely a risk factor for those that indulge to have a stroke.

Excessive alcohol intake may increase the risk having a stroke.

Heredity refers to when members of a family pass traits from one generation to another through genes.

A person’s risk for stroke may be greater if a parent, grandparent, sister, or brother has had a stroke.

This risk increases as a person of that lineage increases in age.


Having a stroke can be absolutely devastating, in many cases the patient makes a full recovery in time, in many instances it can take almost the rest of the victim’s life to actually get better.

Be realistic, you just had a traumatic event take place in your life and change will come but it is a process.



Aphasia is the loss of the ability to speak, to understand what someone else is saying, or both.

It is a communication disorder that results when a part of the brain that contains speech become damaged.

People with Aphasia may have difficulty speaking, writing, understanding what others are saying and more.

Slurred speech and may even affect the muscles of the face that help to form words and also the tongue itself.

Aphasia therapy, in simple terms is a way of helping the victim of a stroke learn how to speak correctly, use the muscles that were effected by the stroke and to understand what others are saying to them. It’s sort of like learning to walk when you were a child.


Limit your conversations to one person at a time.

Make sure that the area you are in is very quiet so the victim can hear your every word and can maintain his or her focus directly on you.

Speak slowly and in a natural tone. Never speak loudly or erratically to them.

Make sure they get the meaning of each and every word that you say, use hand gestures or facial gestures to get the point across.

Don’t try and make the person speak perfectly this can be frustrating, give them ample space to express what they’re trying to say as well.

Strengthening your motor skills

This is a very important type of therapy, as it helps the person who has had a stroke regain the use of those muscles that helps him or her to swallow again.

In strengthening your motor skills, you can expect the victim to have better balance and coordination.

Building up their strength again is a very important part of a stroke victims life.


Along with physical and speech therapy,  certain drugs can help assist with recovery and help reduce the chance of have another stroke.

These drugs are blood thinners, blood pressure and cholesterol medicines.

Even something as simple as a low dose aspirin is prescribed by caregivers.


Specialists are still mystified by exactly why coffee causes a tremendous drop in having a risk of stroke.

It appears that coffee decreases inflammation or improves insulin resistance, the both of them can help you from getting a stroke.

Remember that just drinking coffee isn’t enough to completely remove the chance of getting a stroke or heart attack.

You must keep this in mind also, a healthy diet and staying faithful to an excercise routine each day is without a doubt the things that will keep your body running at its optimum level.








Pollution…. worlds biggest health and life threat


It has been stated that out of all the diseases in the world, pollution is probably the worse threat to mankind.

What kind of numbers would you take a guess to estimate the lives that are consumed by this invention of nature and mankind per year?

The tragic loss of life associated with pollution are absolutely staggering!


Hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, lower birth rates, still born, death in newborns due to respiratory problems are linked to this enemy of ours that makes our planet dirty and impure.

Death tolls are measured in the millions, of those precious souls that were lost to air and water pollution, such a tragedy.

Lives that are lost are three times higher than three of the world biggest killers combined.


We’ll not pick a country to point a finger at, this is a global problem and it needs to be addressed now to prevent an increase in deaths to the citizens of the whole world.

It is so sad that in generations to come,  debt that we created in dirty air and water will be the cause millions that will have to bear, the consequences of our negligence and shortsightedness.


There are many diseases that may be caused by air pollution.

Asthma is a disease that may be caused by air pollution. Asthma is a chronic, sometimes debilitating inflammatory disease of the airways caused by air pollution from cars, factories or even power plants.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or COPD is a disease that may be caused by air pollution.

Long-term exposure to air pollution, also automobile exhaust are reasons for lung dysfunctions and may cause premature deaths.

Lung cancer is a disease that may be caused by air pollution. Lung cancer is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs.


Poor indoor air quality may also be a risk to our health as well.  Air quality in a workplace if monitored, is often worse that outside air.

Some more noticeable symptoms of pollution are inflamed airways, eye irritation and damage to our respiratory tract.

An irritated respiratory tract can induce coughing, mucus secretion and long-term infection.

Over a period air pollution can even lead to cardiovascular disease or cancer.


Air pollution is not only man-made but can have natural causes too.

Think about the fallout from an erupting volcano. Dust from the eruption can have a far-reaching and long-lasting effect on human life. Let’s list a few of the causes of pollution.


There are still power plants that burn a lot of fossils fuel to make power for our cities and towns all over the world.

Natural gas and coal make up roughly eighty-five to ninety percent of the power producing plants fuel for producing electricity.

Vehicle exhausts make up a large part of our pollution problem because of the use of fossil fuel to power them.

Industry is another pollution maker in that chemicals that are used in production processes produce harmful chemicals that make our air and water dirty.


Cutting our forests to make wood products are a major cause of pollution.

Trees of our forests act as filters for the air in that trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.


Cigarette smokers are also to blame for the pollution of our air.

When smokers use tobacco in a cigar or cigarettes form, harmful chemicals are released.

Smokers are also to blame for a large segment of society being affected by what is termed second hand smoke.


Air pollution has other effects as well.  Air pollution makes your skin age and could actually be a contributor to attention deficit disorder in kids.

We must join together to make it go away forever, how long can this planet last at the rate we are going?





Women Infertility


Blocked Fallopian tubes

Blocked Fallopian tubes are one possible cause of female infertility. There are usually no symptoms.

The Fallopian tubes are muscular tubes that are lined with delicate hair-like structures.

These structures, for a better description let’s call them hairs.

They work in two directions helping the egg of the female to go from the ovaries down to the uterus, and also helping the sperm of the male to travel up from the uterus.

The Fallopian tubes play an important role in conception because they are where most eggs are fertilized.

If any part of these Fallopian tubes is damaged, for example an infection, they can become blocked by scar tissue.

Blockage of a Fallopian tube doesn’t always present any type of symptom.

A blocked Fallopian tube may cause some women to experience symptoms such as pain in the pelvis or belly.

Fallopian tubes my become blocked due to a history of Pelvic infection, or having a sexually transmitted disease,


Pelvic inflammatory disease, is an infection of the organs of a women’s reproductive system.

You might not notice any symptoms of PID early on. But as the infection gets worse.

Some symptoms might be pain in your lower belly and pelvis, a heavy, unpleasant discharge from the vagina, severe pain during sexual intercourse and pain when you urinate.


Endometriosis is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus, grows in other places such as the Fallopian tubes or ovaries.

The cause of endometriosis is unknown. It’s may also be possible that problems with the immune system contribute to the development of endometriosis, but it is only a theory.

The most common symptom of endometriosis is cramping during menstruation.

Although a lot of women experience a certain level of pain during their monthly cycle, women with endometriosis may have pain that registers much more severe than during their cycle.

Some women with endometriosis experience pain just before the start of their period.

This painful experience continues throughout the course of their monthly cycle and even lasts after their period has ended.

Women with Endometriosis may also experience pain while having sex, fatigue, painful urination or bowel movements.

Some women don’t experience any symptoms at all, but realize they have the condition.

About a third to a half of women with endometriosis have difficulties getting pregnant. However, that doesn’t mean all women with endometriosis can’t get pregnant.


Ovulation problems are one of the most common causes of infertility.

If you do not have regular periods each month, you may be a candidate for problems with ovulation. Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovaries.

Ovulation problems can be caused by drug or alcohol abuse, bulimia or obesity.



The cervix is the lower part of your womb which extends into the top of the vagina.

The cervix allows blood to flow from the uterus during a woman s period and the males’ sperm to travel inside during sexual intercourse.

Infections are caused by germs such as bacteria and viruses and lead to inflammation of the cervix.

Infections of your cervix are usually caught through having sex.

The most common sexually transmitted infections which affect the cervix are, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and tampons.


There are medications that can absolutely help with infertility.

We’re not talking about sterility of which there is no treatment or cure.

Practicing safe sex is one of the things that can be done to increase becoming pregnant.

Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea decreases the chances of a woman conceiving a child greatly.

We also must take into account the age of a woman that desires to be pregnant.

The older you are the less likely you are of becoming pregnant.

The older you are the number of eggs that a woman has decreases, health issues can cause issues.



Aging Skin-what to do?


Is there a difference between face cleansers and face washes? They both in fact do the job of removing oil, dirt, and make-up from your skin.

A good cleanser dissolves away dirt, oil and grime from your face along with any make-up that may be present.

These impurities can also be removed by a good face wash.

during the early years of your life, you probably didn’t care that much about your skin.

Everything looked perfectly fine. You didn’t give a second thought about using sun screen or anything else for that matter.

Look at your skin now, can you see a big difference from that baby smooth skin of yesteryear to what you have now?

Wrinkles, thinning, sagging and dryness are all part of this process of growing old.

Where that baby soft skin used to repair itself in just a short while, it doesn’t do that well now that you’ve added on a few birthdays, does it?

Those wonderful chemicals that kept your skin strong and elastic, are not doing their duty like they used to by a long shot.

Take notice of the process that worked so well before keeping your skin soft, glistening and lovely has somehow all but stopped.

The sad part is that you can’t do anything to completely stop what’s happening no matter how you try.

Now you’ve started checking out the members of your family to see how their skin is holding up.

You have discovered that the members on your Dad’s side of the family seem to not get wrinkles until their middle forties or so. But you Mom’s side of the family seem to get wrinkles earlier on in their life.

You’ve concluded that you’ll probably take after Mom family, so you better get busy now and try to head off the wrinkle monster!

Aging due to sunburns that we got working outside or at the beach, has a definite effect on our skin as we get on in our golden years.

Exposure to the sun definitely ages your skin it can have even more devastating consequences beyond wrinkles, age spots and a leathery look.

Even the food that you eat, and smoking can have an effect on how your skin looks.


Let me caution you that taking care of your aging skin will not cost you an arm and a leg like some would lead you to believe.

In fact, it’s pretty inexpensive, the only items you really need is a cleanser, a moisturizer and a sunscreen.

Whether you want to go to the drugstore or your cosmetic counter to look for other products that advertise to help aging skin is totally up to you.

Taking care of your skin isn’t just about the skin on face, oh no.

The skin that cover your entire body is very different from the skin on your face, remember that.

There are some important facts that you must remember about the skin. The skin on your face is quite a bit different from the skin on your body.

Your skin, in most cases, is quite thinner and more delicate on the face and hands.

Remember that Soaps may sometimes contain harsh detergent that tend to deplete the skin of some of its natural oils and leave your skin feeling tight and dry.

Just because you may have oily skin, you still need a light moisturizing, oil-less product that replaces the natural oil that were lost through washing or the sun. Just in case you have dry skin, look for a heavier cream.

A good sunscreen should be worn daily, if you are planning any outdoor activities at all.

Normally we might think of being sunburned as a summer event, did you know that you can get a sunburn even in winter?
Don’t forget to stay away from those tanning beds too ladies!

Even if you do everything that you think is right, there’s no way to stop its aging process entirely.

It matters not the products you use or the care you give to your skin, I’ sorry to say it but you are going to have a few wrinkles on that once baby soft skin anyway.


Chemical peels are meant to smooth out wrinkles and improve uneven skin tone and texture, but this process can be very painful to the user.

Face lifts are another way remove some of those crows feet, laugh lines and wrinkles.

There is another process where a fine piece of sandpaper is used to essentially grind down layers of skin to achieve a desired look.


What does a wrinkle here or there actually cause any harm? I think that maybe our ego gets in the way in most cases and just messes everything up.

Wear your wrinkles and laugh lines proudly, remember that aging is a process that no one has the power to stop.

The keyword today is “aging” and you’ve been blessed to reach this time in your life. Enjoy your life, wrinkles and all, be thankful you’re here to see those lovely little lines!




Cleanliness during your period


Many women feel self-conscious during their period, but there is no reason to feel that way. Your period is a natural cycle that all women go through at some point in their lives.

Women today have lots of products to help them feel more comfortable when that little visitor comes to their house. Consider some of these products.


Consider tampons, tampons are the most common menstrual hygiene product for women in America. Tampons are ideal tor the modern day woman because they are small and very easily used.

These tampons are soft and absorbent cotton inserts that are worn on the inside of the vagina to absorb the menstrual fluids that are discharged during a woman s period.

They are available in a variety of absorbency levels including light, regular, heavy, and super to coincide with the actual flow that a woman might experience.

They are easily concealed and disposable when they have completed their use. These tampons should be changed every seven or eight hours as needed.


Be aware that special care should be taken to not wear a tampon longer than a period of eight hours.

Wearing one of these inserts that are more absorbent than you need or longer than you should can cause a condition called Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Sanitary Napkins

If tampons are not your cup of tea, maybe sanitary napkins are more in line with what you prefer.

These napkins or towels, whichever you prefer, can be worn inside of the underwear and come in various lengths and absorbency levels.

They are made of an absorbent material called cellulose and must be thrown away after use.

A few women use them as a second layer of protection in case the tampon they are wearing just happens to leak for some reason.

There are other women that just prefer the pads. Sometimes the tampons make them uncomfortable, they don’t particularly like the feel of the insert inside of their vagina.

Because they have a leak-proof plastic backing, disposable pads can trap smells more than most other hygiene options.


Use a mild soap or body wash on your whole body, including your vulva, and rinse well.

You do not need to use a special soap during this time, this is only a way that stores try to get your money.

It is nothing more that a gimmick to make you feel self consciousness about you menstrual cycle.

A body is suppose to smell like a body and that includes genital that smell the way they are suppose to smell.

Please remember this one thing you should never clean inside your vagina, such as with douches.

Your vagina is a marvel of nature and it is a self-cleaning organ that naturally produces the right balance of mucus to flush out any contaminants, and a douche or wash can disrupt your bodys balance.


If you feel you need extra freshening between showers, try some baby wipes, unscented baby wipes will help get rid of odor.

Use the baby wipe just as you would toilet paper after visiting the bathroom. Wipe only on the outside of the vagina, never on the inside.

Discard the baby wipe in a trash can please, they cannot be flushed like toilet paper and will most likely stop up your drain.

Baby wipes are made for an infant’s skin so they should not irritate your body at all. Just in case you have a mild reaction to these wipes please discontinue use.


You can stay clean and avoid smells by changing your underwear regularly and also keep an eye out for leaks that may happen to slip through.

Be sure to wear cotton underwear. Cotton is a natural fabric that allows air to circulate properly, which can help prevent sweating and smell.

You should also avoid wearing thongs during your menstrual cycle, doing this can transfer germs and bacteria from you anus to the vagina and cause an infection.

Change your underwear if they become damp with sweat from working out or a buildup of fluid, or at least once a day.


Wash your clothing because at times body odor gets stronger during your menstrual cycle and can leave an unpleasant smell in them.

Just wash your clothing with the suggested amout of detergent, include all of your clothing including the underwear.

If blood gets on your clothing or sheets, rinse with cold water as soon as you are able to.

Treat them with a laundry pre-treatment product and let sit overnight. Wash them later with the rest of the laundry as usual.








The Fight Against Coronary Artery Disease.


Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. The arteries that supply blood to heart muscles become very hard due to buildup of plaque on the inner walls, this in turn makes it difficult for people with the disease to pump enough blood to their hearts.


Risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, lack of exercise, obesity, high blood cholesterol, poor diet, drinking excessive alcohol, family history, and depression, even job stress contributes to the risk of getting coronary artery disease.

Ways to greatly reduce the risk include eating a healthy diet, regularly exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking. Remember smoking just one cigarette a day greatly increases your risk.

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol, please take your medications as prescribed, this will reduce your chances of getting this condition greatly.


When plaque builds up, it narrows your coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow to your heart. Eventually, the decreased blood flow may cause chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, or other coronary artery disease signs and symptoms. A total restriction of blood can cause a heart attack.

Coronary artery disease can develop over decades, there’s a chance you might not even notice a problem until you have a significant blockage or a heart attack. There’s plenty you can do to prevent coronary artery disease. A healthy lifestyle can make a big impact.

Chest pain (angina). You may feel pressure or tightness in your chest, as if someone were standing on your chest. This pain, referred to as angina, usually occurs on the middle or left side of the chest. This is usually caused by physical or emotional stress.

The pain usually goes away within minutes after stopping the stressful activity. In some people, especially women, this pain may be fleeting or sharp and felt in the neck, arm or back.

Shortness of breath. If your heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, you may develop shortness of breath or extreme fatigue.
Heart attack. A completely blocked coronary artery will cause a heart attack. The classic signs of a heart attack include crushing pressure in your chest and pain in your shoulder or arm, sometimes with shortness of breath and sweating.

Women are more likely than men to experience less typical signs and symptoms of a heart attack, such as neck or jaw pain. Sometimes a heart attack occurs without any apparent signs or symptoms.


if you suspect you’re having a heart attack, call 911 or your local emergency number. If you don’t have access to emergency medical services, please get someone to drive you to the nearest hospital. Only drive yourself as a last resort.


f you have risk factors for coronary artery disease — such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, diabetes, a strong family history of heart disease or obesity, please talk to your doctor. He or she may give you a check up to get an in depth look into the condition.


There a many things that can be done to head off having to deal with coronary artery disease before it’s too far gone. Most of the things that have to be done only takes a little common sense.









Things that suck about spring!………guard yourself in the outdoors


Can’t wait to get outside and feel the warm breeze on my skin and hear the sounds of birds as they dart in and out of the trees. Happy day, it’s spring again!

We all realize that spring is the season of growth. The flowers and trees bud out and show their beautiful colors, Spring is also known as the time of year for cleaning. What a relief, no more cabin fever!

What’s not to love about spring, the days start getting longer, the temperature is rising so we can put up our winter garments.

The smell of rain and flowers blooming, no more snow, we can all come out of hibernation now. The skies are blue, no more cold wintry days.
Is it me or do couples fall in love more in the spring? You can open the windows and let the house breathe a sigh of relief, wow it’s good to be alive!

As much as spring is for new beginnings, warm days and new-found love. It’s also a time for those little creepy crawlers that annoys us and make us wish it were winter again!


Our number one pest this time of year is probably the mosquito. It appears that these insects have an insatiable appetite for our blood.

Just a word about these little guys. Mosquitoes can cause sickness and death through the diseases they can carry.

Apart from disease mosquitoes also cause nuisance problems.

Mosquitoes infect over 300 million people a year with Malaria and Dengue, two of the life threatening diseases mosquitoes can carry.

It is sad but 800,000 will die from Malaria and another 20,000 from Dengue.

As much anguish and pain as mosquitoes cause, there are other pests just as bad or worse.

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