By Blue Rose on Tuesday, 25 of August , 2009 at 3:38 pm
Body hair – “what’s normal” – stray hairs on breasts, toes and belly are common. The best way to remove them is by plucking. But if you notice a sudden growth of 10 or more hairs in one area, see your doctor – it may be caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (a treatable hormonal condition).
Tattoos – “are they safe?” – Usually, if done properly. But if the needle isn’t sterilized, there is a risk of getting blood-borne infections (like HIV or hepatitis C). Also, always make sure the tattoo artist uses new packaged needles.
Zits – “what causes them?” – Acne starts at puberty. As your hormone levels change, they trigger excess oil production that can clog pores and lead to zits. Pick products with salicylic acid to keep oil from building up. If that doesn’t help, consult your dermatologist for a stronger treatment.
Bumps – “why are they on my arms?” – It’s a condition called keratosis pilaris, which looks like chicken skin and is caused by dryness and sensitivity. To help get rid of it, use an alpha-hydroxy-acid cream and an exfoliating scrub twice a week.
Whitening – “my skin tone is uneven. How can I get radiant skin?” – Use whitening facial foam that contains important vitamins is skin needs (B3, B6, C, and E). This will gently wash away melanin (cause of dark spots) contained in dead cells, while retaining natural skin moisture.
Acne – “is it contagious?” – No, but staph bacteria (which can cause boils and sties) and the herpes virus (which causes cold sores) are contagious. These can be invisible, and both can be spread by sharing makeup – so use only your own.
Facials – “should I get one at a spa?” – They aren’t necessary for clear skin, but they can help unclog pores and get rid of flaky patches. Try a facial at home.
Stretch marks – “why do I have them?” – During a growth spurt or sudden weight gain, your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with, causing the elastic tissue under it to overstretch and leave a mark. A prescription Retin-A cream will fade the mark but wont totally erase it.
Itchy skin – “why do I get this?” – When the natural oils in your skin dry up, they create an itchy sensation. Scratching makes skin drier and even itchier. To get relief, take a cool five-minute shower daily, then use a rich cream on damp skin to seal in moisture.
Bacne – “what causes it?” – trapped sweat. But fluctuating hormones from your period can make bacne even worse. To prevent it, try wearing breathable fabrics (like Nike’s Dri-Fit) when exercising. If you still break out, try washing with an antibacterial soap, like safeguard or dial, and then use an acne treatment after showering.
By Blue Rose on Sunday, 23 of August , 2009 at 8:45 am
Starting your day with a few stretching exercises not only increase your flexibility and blood circulation, it also prepares your body for the rest of the day. “Wired as an instinct from our hunting days, morning stretching prepares our body for our daily tasks,” says physical therapist Rosauro Peciller, Jr. After six to eight hours of rest from the night before, our bodies need a wake-up call, signaling that it’s time for some work. “This simple act renews blood supply to our muscles and stimulates joint lubrication to allow ease in movement,” says Peciller. To maximize each stretch, make sure to follow these steps:
Warm up – rev up your muscles by ding light aerobic exercise for five minutes (like jogging or walking in place) before stretching to prevent you from straining your muscles.
Don’t go over board – gently ease yourself into the stretch and relax (don’t push too hard or bounce!). You’re after a stretch in the muscle – not pain.
Breathe right – don’t hold your breath! Inhale deeply while preparing to do the stretch, exhale as you execute it.
Hold it – keep the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Any shorter and you wont get any benefit from the stretch, but longer than that might cause injury.
Get into it – close your eyes and stay with it. Enjoy the warm feeling that comes with a good stretch (instead of rushing off to the next one).
By My Blue Heart on Wednesday, 19 of August , 2009 at 6:00 pm
‘Hitting it from the back’ is all well and good – but constantly opting for the classic doggy style can get a bit dull. Liven things up with this endurance-testing variation on an old classic – but resist the temptation to run forwards like you’re in the wheelbarrow race at school.
Step1 – Kneel down on one knee. Complain about the carpet scratching your leg, and then put a cushion underneath. She lowers herself down onto your bobbing old man, roughly at a ‘two o’clock’ position to you.
Step 2 – She leans forwards as though she’s being flung over a bonnet by a policeman. Still on one knee, you start ‘pounding it’, pausing only to flex a bicep and growl at yourself in the mirror, American Psycho-style.
Step 3 – Move you’re hands down to her thighs and stand up, shaking with the exertion as you do. Extend her legs behind you so her weight is being propped on her elbows. Try to avoid dropping her forwards onto her head.
By Blue Rose on Tuesday, 18 of August , 2009 at 5:44 pm
Light the way to have cancer – night falls, so you flick on your lights. But a theory has been gaining support in the past few years that artificial light at night may contribute to cancer, perhaps because it slows production of hormone melatonin. Now two studies add weight to the idea.
One, from Israel’s University of Haifa, analyzed satellite measurements of night-time light and cancer rates in 164 countries. The most brightly lit had the highest rates of prostate cancer, more than double those in the dimmest nations. Meanwhile, Harvard researchers who tracked more than 18,000 postmenopausal women reported that those with the lowest night-time levels of melatonin were about 60 percent more likely to develop breast cancer.
So how can you minimize the possible risk posed by modern lighting? Sleep in as dark a room as possible. Use blinds or shades if you live on a bright street. Keeps a night light in the bathroom for midnight’s visits instead turning on the over-head lamp. Even brief exposure to light can suppress melatonin. A red bulb is best: red-wavelengths cause a less precipitous drop of the hormone.
To reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, try to get most of your nutrients from whole foods rather than supplements.
By Blue Rose on Monday, 17 of August , 2009 at 5:32 pm
Though widely regarded as immoral and illegal, it’s the world’s oldest profession, and shows no sign of ever becoming obsolete. A comprehensive look at the psychology of prostitution
Webster defines the word prostitute as simply a woman “given to indiscriminate lewdness.” But to encapsulate the person, the profession, and the legal and moral implications in one perfunctory phrase is like looking at just the tip of the iceberg.
The origin of prostitution can be traced back to the Hetaerae, or a lady companion prevalent to Athens. These women were different from out currently regarded stereotype of the “buyable” woman; they were accomplished courtesans and sometimes, surprisingly even more educated than the “respectable” wives and daughters of the society. The role of these women in Athenian society seemed to be inevitable, given the tendencies of men to marry late, or to get trapped in arranged unions. The difference between these women and the common streetwalker we are familiar with is striking, “she dresses attractively and looks neat…smiles in a bewitching way…never cheats a visitor or as escort, and never throws herself at the men…” however, the basic purpose of such woman is clear: but her only aim is to attract the man and him love her.”
Other historical records show that the acceptance of a reward in money or in kind was not always considered the characteristics of prostitutions. According to ancient Roman law, a prostitute was a woman who wantonly offered herself passim et sine delecto (everywhere and without pleasure).
However the mental picture of a prostitute may have evolved, the basic idea of her practice stresses the lack of emotional participation, which lowers the sexual act to a mechanical function. Julia Roberts said it best in the movie Pretty Woman: “No kissing on the lips. It’s too personal.”
Desperate times, desperate measures
The majority of prostitutes enter their “occupation” for economic reasons; not because they were captured by “white slavers” or motivated by pathological sexual needs. The primary reason for the existence and extraordinary persistence of female prostitution is that it is an easy solution to the problems of poor women. Many girls (yes, some as young as 13) come from impoverished families, a journey to the big city seeking work they probably will not find.
“We don’t work there because we like the job or because we like American men,” said Alma, 36-year-old former bar worker from Olongapo, former bastion of the Subic US naval bas. “We go there because we need the money. We need to support the family.” These women are concerned with how to fill their stomachs on a day-to-day basis. They need money in hurry, and often times, the most feasible solution is to sleep with a man for an amount they can’t possibly earn through other means.
These girls pick their ways through several landmines: the threat of violence with the client or their pimp, the constant fear of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and the danger of being arrested. This economic disadvantage is aggravated by the inadequate wages paid to women and their dependence upon men to pr5ovide support after marriage and childbearing.
Yet to write of prostitution as just another kind of career is also unjust. This is a part of a speech delivered in the symposium “Prostitution: from Academia to Activism”, “if you have been in prostitution, you do not have tomorrow in your mind, because tomorrow is a very long time away. You cannot assume that you will live from minute to minute. If you do, then you are stupid, and to be stupid in the world of prostitution is to be hurt, is to be dead… in prostitution, no woman stays whole. It is impossible to use a human body in the way women’s bodies are used in prostitution and to have a whole human being at the end of it, or in the middle of it, or close to the beginning of it. It’s impossible. And no woman gets whole again later, after.”
Thus, a prostitute becomes more of a receptacle for sex than anything else. It gets even worse – she is seen as the source of STD, such as AIDS. The speech puts it bluntly: “…the prostituted woman is seeing as the generative source of everything that is bad and wrong and rotten with sex, with the man, with the woman.”
What the heck, don’t they have the right to defend themselves? Even if they are prostitutes, are they the only cause of these diseases? They have the right to live, to fight the poverty, to help their family, to feed their own stomach, to be part of the society. If they are educated, do you think they will do this type of job? Even some of the educated people are doing this kind of thing; the only difference is that they are not in the street, but why? Because of our economic situation, can you assured that all the men and women who graduate will have the better job?
It’s up for you to judge them or see them as a human being who just wants to live.
By Blue Rose on Saturday, 15 of August , 2009 at 8:00 pm
Add these foods into your diet to boost your brain with zen-like concentration…
As you mull over your tax returns your brain greedily chews through calories. But it’s a very picky eater so those croissants won’t help you find the extra deductions. By eating the right nutrients you’ll think quicker, get an elephantine memory and improve your concentration without having to bury your snout in books. Here are the best foods to help you flex your grey matter.
Blueberry hill – don’t revere blueberries solely for their antioxidant levels. The buffs at Tufts University in the US found that snacking on these super foods everyday slowed, even reversed, age-related brain decline, as well as improved short-term memory. Add one to two cups of blueberries to your diet each day or drink unsweetened blueberry juice.
Bean working all day – scoff your way to genius by eating baked beans for brekkie. Research at the University of Ulster discovered that eating toast alone boosted scores on cognitive tests, but when the tests got tougher; toast and beans got the best scores. The beans are also rich in fiber and protein which gives your brain a long lasting energy supply.
Red devil – roll out the pizzas because tomatoes harbor the powerful antioxidant, lycopene. In addition to fending off prostate cancer it boosts cognitive ability, according to research in the Journal of Gerontology. It’s also rich in vitamin C, which is used to make the neurotransmitters vital for securing you more answers in the pub quiz. Eat one a day – Bloody Marys don’t count.
Sharp shooter – yoghurt’s rich in vitamin B12 – the mechanic of your nervous system which repairs any damage to your nerves. This vitamin also helps your brain absorb energy from food and a deficiency is linked to depression and poor memory. Lathering your breakfast cereal with two small cups will give you half of your RDA of B12.
Happy fatty – chocolate gets a bad rep by running with a bad crowd, namely sugar and fats. But the cacao bean itself is a powerhouse of cognitive enhancement. It contains serotonin, tryptophan, anandamine and dopamine which all have a positive effect on your brain’s chemistry by promoting an overall sense of well-being and leave your thoughts sharper then a two-edged sword. Cram in a few blocks a day.
Happy to rise – when we say get some cereal down you, we don’t mean Sugar Puffs but anything with whole grains. These are fortified with vitamin E, which a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found helps to prevent goldfish-like memory. They are also a good source of serotonin, the chemical responsible for pleasure – a happy brain is a more efficient brain.
Nut case – they resemble our brains for good reason. Rich in protein, nuts also have high concentrations of omega-3s, vitamin E and serotonin. A recent study found that a diet that included walnuts improved people’s mental abilities and fought off Alzheimer’s disease. Eat one to two handfuls a day to keep your nut in nick.
Hydro-power – water delivers nutrients to your brain while dehydration prevents your brain circuitry from speeding in top gear. A study at Leeds University proved this by discovering that schoolchildren with the best results in class were those who drank up to eight glasses of water a day. Drink at least two liters of water every day to keep your thoughts ‘lubed’ for performance.
Something fishy – it’s no secret that the omega-3s in salmon boost brain power, but munching the wild version could mean the difference between being the dunce or the dux. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that farmed salmon have two to three times fewer fatty acids than their wild counterparts. Your noggin is made of 60% fat and a lack of omega-3s can lead to depression, a Honey Monster-battling low IQ, learning disabilities, dyslexia and ADD. Get plenty of this fat for the skinny on getting smart.
Tea, please – the British Empire was won and lost on cups of tea for a good reason. Researchers from the University of Innsbruck in Austria found that the caffeine in two cups of coffee increased brain activity in the memory-rich frontal lobe and the attention-controlling anterior coagulum. The best decisions really are made with a brew in hand.
Right said egg – eggs are rich in the proteins used to make neurotransmitters – your brain’s messenger boys. They are also rich in chorine who researchers at Boston University found enhances memory and minimizes mental fatigue. Other studies found that low levels of this chemical are linked with Alzheimer’s disease. Crack onto at least two eggs a day to break your brain out of its shell.
Think green – avocados are on par with blueberries at boosting your grey matter. They are extremely rich in all the nutrients needed to be your neighborhood Einstein. They also lower blood pressure which is good because high blood pressure makes your cognitive abilities decline. If you’re after one fruit for a hole-in-one brain injection then have an avocado each day.
Energy boost – Go for beans on toast in the morning. The iron in the beans will help stop that afternoon crash. Gym pain? Eggs are the answer: they contain chorine, a nutrient vital for reducing inflammation.
By Blue Rose on Saturday, 15 of August , 2009 at 4:29 pm
Limbering up with yoga will help you build a strong, supple body – and that leads to a lot more action in the bedroom, says Ellen Barrett, author of Sexy Yoga. Three more reasons to hit the mat before you hit the sack:
- Increase your overall blood flow. Some positions, such as the eagle pose, direct it straight toward your pelvis. All that blood rushing to your privates literally makes you hot, and can heighten your sensitivity and increase desire.
- Tone and strengthen your entire core, including your pelvic floor. “The more you work these muscles, the greater range of motion you have,” says Becky Jeffers, former fitness director at the, Berman Center for female sexual health in Chicago. This means stronger contractions and releases, and possibly, more intense orgasm. Yoga also eases pain in the bedroom by releasing hip and thigh tension, which can make sex tough for some women, especially runners.
- Stimulate your chakras. Yoga moves like the triangle and seated open-angle poses stimulate your chakras (yoga-speak for your body’s energy centers surrounding your spine). Yoga enriches these critical areas with blood and prana, the life force, says Barrette. That promotes openness and decreases sexual inhibition, making you a more game sex partner and, in turn, a much happier person.
By Blue Rose on Saturday, 15 of August , 2009 at 1:54 pm
Before raiding your medicine cabinet, look in your kitchen for natural ways to remedy that sour stomach or that skull-pounding headache. The following foods will provide instant relief-no prescription necessary.
Problem stinky breath; quick fix Parsley – all out of mints and gums? No worries. That spring of parsley on the side of your plate works just as well. According to James A. Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, fresh parsley is rich in the plant pigment chlorophyll – a powerful breath freshener. He recommends chewing parsley after an onion-heavy burrito or a cup of coffee to cure malodorous breath.
Problem motion sickness; quick fix Ginger – don’t let your transpacific flight feel like an afternoon on a roller coaster. Take 500 milligrams of powdered or raw ginger 30 minutes before departure, then another 500 milligrams every 3 to 4 hours, advises Norman Farnsworth, Ph.D., director of the program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Farnsworth believes ginger reduces motion sickness because it stimulates receptors in the digestive tract that helps release the soothing hormone serotonin.
Problem your new annual review; quick fix Chocolate – your Cadbury habit is a smart one – literally. Milk chocolate can help boost brain activity. According to a recent study at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, 15 minutes after eating about three ounces of chocolate, participants scored higher on a series of verbal and visual memory tests than those who ate none. Scientists believe that the nutrients released during chocolate consumption enhance cognitive performance. Pop a few Hershey’s Kisses before the big meeting and negotiate your way into a corner office.
Problem a hangover; quick fix Fruit Juice – pick up some OJ before cocktail hour. Fruit juice contains a natural form of sugar called fructose. “This helps you burn off the alcohol and get it out of your body faster,” says Merle Diamond, M.D., associate director of the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago. After an evening on the town, down an 8-to 10-ounce glass of fruit juice before slipping under the sheets “so you’re not so unhappy in the morning,” says Diamond.
Problem Headache; quick fix A Hard Boiled Egg – eating protein can sometimes stop the pounding before it starts – or at least reduce its severity. “It’s important to eat protein, not carbs, because you don’t want to raise your blood sugar too quickly,” Dr. Diamond says. Carbs send your blood sugar soaring, and then crashing, which can trigger headaches. Protein takes longer to digest, so it raises sugar levels slowly. Not an egg fan? Try nuts, string cheese, or a protein bar. Avoid aged cheeses, like Camembert, which have been shown to cause headaches.