If you ask 100 people to define beauty, you’ll get 100 different answers. Most will falter and offer descriptions instead.
"There are people who spend their entire lives allowing the reflection in the mirror to determine their self-esteem, submitting to a cultural judgment established decades ago. But in CrossFit gyms all over the world, mirrors are conspicuous by their absence. Fitness is gauged in reps, in speed, power, virtuosity. And beauty is measured in joy. And in pride"
You not looking getting further from them, you are looking to finish. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. ~ Captain and Company commander, Greg Plitt ~
In 2007, Congress mandated that the Department of Defense (DoD) create a center to advance our nation’s understanding about the invisible wounds from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This center would be designed to respond not only to the growing needs of those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions, but to serve as a center of excellence that would influence the military health system.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) led the fundraising effort for the NICoE by securing $65 million in private donations and overseeing the construction and equipment of the facility. The 72,000 square foot, two-story facility located on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
The NICoE began seeing patients in October of 2010. With a vision of “hope, healing, discovery and learning,” the NICoE is committed to providing interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations and treatment of complex TBI and PH conditions in a family-focused, collaborative environment that promotes physical, psychological and spiritual healing. In addition to advanced diagnostics and long-term treatment planning, the NICoE also provides family education and reintegration support to help a service member’s transition back into his or her career, and serves as a research hub by utilizing the most current technical and clinical resources to advance medical science in TBI and PH.
There are hundreds of formerly prosperous communities all over America that are being steadily transformed into rotting, decaying ruins. The good paying middle class jobs that once supported those communities are long deceased, when you visit those communities, it is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of the air. It can be absolutely heartbreaking to look into the hollow eyes of someone that has totally given in to despair, but unfortunately the number of Americas that are giving up on the economy continues to grow. The U.S. economy has been in decline for a long time, and the really bad news is that it appears that decline is about to accelerate. We are a nation that consumes far more wealth than we produce. We are a nation that buys far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us. We are a nation that has a “buy now, pay later” mentality.
It’s a portmanteau of ambiguous meaning, though as the bleak civic outlook suggest, the passage is far more terrifying. There’s no story here, no narrative, just a look as if through a window into a portion of the human existent. The lack of any real relatedness between the coven literature, fuel the sense of disconnectedness in a modern day. Though billed as a sort of cautionary tale about America, and explicitly intended to provoke political discussion, it isn’t exactly clear what conclusions we are supposed to draw from rigorist failure, or how it would inform any real debates or decision making, as the core conflicts and issues are not addressed in sufficient depth to enable the truth, and facts about the effects of commerce manipulation.
One reason we made the decision to leap into the unknown territory of corporate America, because we actually can. That is to say, there is a compose paradigm shift happening right now where consumers and entrepreneurs of every stripe and color have an infrastructure taking shape where the barrier to entry is dissolving. Are we supposed to feel dreadful, it has crossed our minds that this is possibly a mental thing to do and we are inviting a lot more adversity into our lives, no doubt. But we also gain a real sense of tolerance whom we can recognize the b@$>t for the first time. Capitalism do not and should not have to take any and every deal that comes their way, especially if there’s life, moral, and security are involve in a black market dictatorship style modus operandi.
Major big businesses completely exploit the apathy and nonchalant behavior of the investing public as the economic conditions continue to deteriorate. At some point in time, these condition will disintegrate more rapidly into an exponential free-fall. The consequences of decades of incredibly foolish decisions are starting to weigh in, and it is those at the bottom of the food chain that will suffer the most. Unfortunately, economic reality is not going to change even if all of us try to ignore it. Those that are willing to take an honest look at what is coming down the road are very troubling. When we step back and take a good, hard look at the numbers, they truly are staggering. What we are witnessing right now is the calm before the storm. Let us hope that it lasts for as long as possible so that we can have more time to prepare.
The endocrine system is made up of organs and tissues that produce hormones. Hormones are natural chemicals produced in one location, released into the bloodstream, then used by other target organs and systems. Some organ systems have their own internal control systems along with, or instead of, hormones. As we age, changes naturally occur in the way that body systems are controlled. Some target tissues become less sensitive to their controlling hormone, the amount of hormones produced may also change. Many of the organs that produce hormones are, in turn, controlled by other hormones. Aging also changes this process. For example, an endocrine tissue may produce less of its hormone than it did at a younger age, or it may produce the same amount at a slower rate.
The hormone or endocrine theory of aging asserts that the most important factors in aging are the changes brought about in the body by the endocrine system. The complex endocrine system of our body controls the hormones that regulate many body processes. As we age, these systems become less efficient, leading to changes in our bodies such as menopause. The hormone theory of aging believes that these changes eventually cause the effects of aging.
Hormonal changes are an important part of aging. Whether they control the pace at which aging happens or are a consequence of other changes in the body is unknown. It is unlikely that hormone substitution in humans will increase lifespan and can even be dangerous. Some anti-aging doctors will prescribe human growth hormone (HgH), but research does not show that this helps with aging.
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a large part in the development of male secondary sexual characteristics as well as helping to regulate bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength. Testosterone production peaks in adolescence and early adulthood. After that, testosterone levels slowly decline. However, throughout life most men produce large quantities of testosterone.
A lot of things we think are due to testosterone deficiency are actually related to the estrogen deficiency that accompanies it. Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. Men’s bodies convert some of it into estrogen, and levels of both decline with age. Until now, there was no way to tell which hormone was responsible for complaints of diminished libido, strength and energy. Some people call this midlife decline “male menopause” although men don’t menstruate and testosterone doesn’t fall off as sharply with age as estrogen does in women after menopause. ”Andropause would be more reasonable,” since testosterone is an androgen, a male sex hormone.
Doctors and fitness professionals still have a lot to learn about exercise and its effects on testosterone. Several factors besides your workout are involved. But one thing is clear, you need to make exercise a habit in order to get the benefits.
Lack of home cooking is just absolutely killing America. I think it’s killing the fabric of American society, and I think it is killing people through the obesity epidemic. People just aren’t eating real food anymore. ~ Jennifer Rubell ~
Americans have heard warning about high health spending:The U.S. spends a greater percentage of its economy on health care than any other nation, and the trend lines make clear that in future years we’ll be spending more still. More recently, we’ve seen media attention focus on the prices that Americans pay for health services. With a down economy some people choose to denied conventional health care, and lean over the idea of election analogy, to prevent spending in high cost of health care.
To get a sense of how out of whack American health care costs are, we need only look to Canada, a society whose standard of living and culture are very similar to that of the United States. Per person, the U.S. spends almost double what Canada does on health care, yet American health outcomes, like life expectancy, rank lower. And opinion polls show Canadians by large majorities are generally satisfied with their health system. There is no avoiding the cold reality that Americans exorbitantly overpay.
The current U.S. healthcare system is tragically corrupt and dysfunctional. It is destructive to the American business economy and our ability to compete globally. The structure of the system violates fundamental insurance risk principles and has inherent conflicts of interest that prevent quality national health care delivery and cost efficiency. For the most part, it’s not just about making Americans healthier - it’s about who can charge you the most, while delivering as little real care as possible.
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Stop playing it safe and start creating what’s truly possible in life by stretching yourself, taking risks and surrounding yourself with positive, nourishing people. Discover the key to greatness through powerful and inspiring insights on how to: Raise the bar and commit to higher goals; Recognize negative people and detoxify them from your life; Challenge yourself and put your fear of failure to rest; Stay hungry and make “no” your daily vitamin. ~ Les Brown ~
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless attempt may turn into pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow and obtain glorious success us we continue to work hard all the way with no complacency, just the passion to win out in the end.
Autism is a complex biological disorder characterised by difficulties with speech; abnormalities of posture or gesture; problems with understanding the feelings of others; sensory and visual misperceptions, fears and anxieties; and behavioural abnormalities such as compulsive/obsessive behaviour and ritualistic movements. The National Autistic Society estimates that more than half a million people have autism in the UK with four times more boys than girls affected.
No single cause has been established, although genetic and environmental factors are implicated. There is growing evidence that nutritional therapy can really make a big difference to children with autism. Many have severely disrupted digestion, so restoring balance in the gut is a key focus for nutritional therapy. Also important is balancing blood sugar, checking for brain-polluting heavy metals, excluding food additives, identifying food allergies and possible nutrient deficiencies, and ensuring an optimal intake of essential fats.
The intestinal lining is the first mechanism of defense for our immune system. The outer layers of intestinal cells (epithelial) are connected by structures called tight junctions. At the tips of these cells are the microvilli, which absorb properly digested nutrients and transport them through the epithelial cell and into the bloodstream. During normal digestion process the tight junctions stay closed, forcing all molecules to effectively be screened and only pass into the blood stream through the mucosa cells (think of them like bouncers at the front of a classy bar).
The first reaction our body has to these “foreign” bodies in your blood is to fight like hell. Initially, our Liver is called into action to work overtime and try to screen out all the particles that our intestinal lining was supposed to be taking care of. In most cases, the liver has no chance of keeping up with the constant flow of waste into our blood and all the toxins, undigested food molecules, yeast, and other pathogens start to accumulate in our body.
Now the sleeping giant wakes up (our immune system) and it is not happy. It goes into full battle mode to fight the evil intruders and get them out of the body ASAP. More often than not, the body cannot keep up with the task at hand and the majority of these foreign bodies absorb into tissues throughout the body… causing them to inflame.
Inflammation is also an immune response and causes even more stress in our system. Now that our body is focused on fighting the large war, the little battles are starting to be ignored, like filtering out the blood, calming inflamed areas of the body, fighting bacteria, regulating the gut, etc. This process flow can lead to our body fighting itself and an array of autoimmune diseases. Now the body will begin to produce antibody soldiers designed to fight against these foreign objects. It is all part of a reaction as a result of bad nutritional chooses.
New research is beginning to show that toxins and oxidative stress contribute to autism. These toxins and oxidative stress damage brain cells and upset the delicate balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, which can cause neurological damage, and in extreme cases, autism. Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant in the body. One of its key functions is to reduce oxidative stress and remove toxins. If we don’t have enough – bad things start to happen. Things like oxidative brain damage.
Children with autism have low levels of glutathione, and often have impaired glutathione detox pathways. The causes of this are many. Increased mercury levels in the environment, bad gut bacteria, and poor diet can all decrease glutathione levels. However, knowing this also lets us attack the problem.
A large-scale review published in the journal of Nutrition & Metabolism looked for possible mechanisms by which glutathione levels could affect autism risk. They found that reduced glutathione synthesis could easily be a key contributor to autism. This theory has sparked a new field of research focused on optimizing glutathione levels as a way to treat autism.
The vagus nerve is involved in digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. Unhealthy food, stress, and depression have negative effects on vagal activation. This shows that there is a direct correlation between your brain and gut because stress hinders your guts essential actions. Stress also influences your food choices, and increases insulin resistance. Stress increases maladaptive metabolic responses to unhealthy meals, which affects mood and proinflammatory responses to stressors.
High insulin levels in the body are at the center of many diseases. Together, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes account for almost 70% of all deaths in the United States – inflammation is a common link between these diseases. Inflammation is also linked to many autoimmune diseases and some mental health issues. Diets that promote inflammation are high in refined starches, sugar, and trans-fats. Refined starches and sugars can alter blood glucose and insulin levels, and postprandial hyperglycemia can increase production of free radicals as well as proinflammatory cytokines.
One of the most significant contributing factors in autism appears to be undesirable foods and chemicals that often reach the brain via the bloodstream because of faulty digestion and absorption. Much of the impetus for recognising the importance of dietary intervention has come from parents who’ve noticed vast improvements in their children after changing their diets. Diet and specific nutritional approaches will play a role in treating autism symptoms.
Divergent thinking has delivered “a great collection of ideas.” Convergent thinking, on the other hand, involves “separating the sand from the gold and the good ideas from the bad ideas, and you start editing those out.” The key to improve is simply to not allow yourself to start editing too quickly, we might left something good behind.
On February 24, 2013,the New York Times published an extremely disturbing article written by Michael Moss, titled The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food.The article takes the reader inside the rarely disclosed underworld of food manufacturing and exposes the ugly truth about food science and the deliberate intentions of big food conglomerates to create unhealthy, addictive foods in the name of greater financial gain regardless of the health consequences to us - their consumers. It explains how armies of food scientists are instructed to get as close as possible to what is considered to be the “Holy Grail” of addictive junk food.By dialing in the exact flavor, color and texture that creates the greatest amount of crave, food scientists work to push consumers to ingest as much of their franken-food as humanly possible, by making it nearly impossible for them to put it down. The article directly reveals that these well known manufacturers are not only guilty of producing these addictive junk foods, but also knowledgeable as to how these foods are adding to the health conditions and obesity epidemic that is limiting the lifespan of our youth, and yet still relentlessly press their companies toward increased profits and market share no matter the human price.
One of the main ingredients the article points out as a commonly used tool of crave manipulation, is sugar.Nutritionist identify sugar as one of our Poor Food ingredients—and explain to the reader its health depleting effects and addictive properties. The great effort required fight off a craving for sugars’ sweet taste is well documented; In fact, according to researchers out of the University of Bordeaux, refined sugar, the same ingredient added to many processed foods, is far more addictive than cocaine. This is one of the many reasons why we recommend removing it from your daily diet. It is time that we, as consumers, break free of the sugarcoated chains these contriving companies try to bind and control us with. Additionally, when these companies want to reduce costs, and squeeze out higher profits, they often throw high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) into the mix. What they don’t want you to know is that HFCS, unlike sugar, does not trigger the secretion of leptin, a hormone that tells your brain when you are full. Because of this, eating foods that contain HFCS can lead to increased caloric consumption and obesity. HFCS consumption may also lead to an increased risk of heart disease because it has been shown to cause elevated triglyceride levels. The ramifications of a diet filled with HFCS are well documented and yet, products containing this Poor Food ingredient fill nearly every aisle in the grocery store.
The deception of food science doesn’t end there. There is an additional ingredient not discussed in the article, but widely used by U.S. food manufactures, which scientists worldwide recognize as an obesity inducer – Monosodium Glutamate (aka. MSG). MSG has long been used by food scientists to trick us into thinking a food tastes better than it really does. In fact, this flavor enhancer, found in nearly all processed foods in one form or another, has been shown to increase food consumption in animals by 40% and evidence suggests that it may produce similar responses in humans. MSG works so well that it is used to rapidly increase the weight of lab rats when overweight or obese rats are needed for various experiments. The food scientists hired by these unscrupulous monsters of manufacturing are well aware that like HFCS, MSG also works to induce obesity because it seems to make us leptin resistant. Recall that leptin is the hormone that makes us feel satiated. Why would you ever put down the bag of MSG-laden chips if your brain never actually receives the message to stop eating them? The New York Times article also made it clear that the CEOs of America’s largest food companies are well aware of the fact, that the bagged, boxed and bottled products they are feverishly pushing onto society, are not only contributing to our obesity epidemic, but to the increase in diabetes and heart disease as well. In addition to everything else, MSG also causes the pancreas to secrete insulin, which drops your blood sugar quickly and makes you hungrier faster.
These “Kings of Conventional Packaged Foods” need us to purchase their products in order to fill the bank accounts that supply the funds necessary to pay the food scientist to build their addictive consumer mousetraps. But we have news for them; their addictive foods cannot trap us, cause our obesity and decrease our life spans if we are educated enough not to purchase them in the first place. There is a war going on right now, and we, as a nation, need to take a stand against this type of disgusting and moralless behavior. We need to hit these manufactures where it hurts— in their bank accounts.We need to cut the industry giants down to size and show them that they must be responsible for the products that they sell. As consumers we want to know that we are buying the safest, healthiest products that we can. Not products that these companies have manipulated to the point that we can’t stop eating them, but real food products that add to our health in a meaningful way. While many of these “Grocery Store Gods,” like Frito-Lay, Yoplait, and Coco-Cola named in the New York Times article, feel that conning consumers with drug-like addictive foods is the way to go to increase profits, selling more with every obesity-inducing fix, are there other companies out there finding new ways to increase profits without jeopardizing the health of the American public? Is it even possible? The answer is yes, and the good news is that food quality is now a trend that some conscientious companies are starting to pay close attention to. In 2011, the Hudson Institute, a think tank on public policy, reported that healthier foods have generated more than 70% of the growth in sales for consumer packaged-goods.
We applaud the companies, like Walmart, Disney, and Walgreens who are striving to meet the desires of the consumer by implementing conscientious advertising and offering healthier options in their stores and theme parks. And leaders like Michelle Obama who are bringing the issue of food quality and childhood obesity to the forefront. But we must do more if we want to turn around the health crisis America currently faces.There is a plague among us that must be eradicated; it is no longer lurking in the shadows behind closed doors. It has been exposed through the brave words of Michael Moss and it is up to us to do something about it. Real change will start with you. So get out your flag of personal responsibility and start waving it. Educate yourself and take control of your health through calculated action. This will not be a battle easily won, but it is a battle that must be fought if we are to save ourselves, and our children from the health conditions and diseases inflicted by the extraordinary science of addictive junk food.