A walk a day keeps the heart doctor away

We have all known for years that exercise has health benefits. Here’s yet another reason to get moving: Walking quickly for 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week, can really get your heart into shape. It can also improve your cholesterol.

The only problem is, left to our own devices, it seems that if you tell us to exercise five days a week, we’ll walk three. For a while. Then we’ll stop. And this will not provide the benefits that have been shown to occur when you are walking for five days a week or more. Darn. Where are my shoes?

And now you’re probably going to get “cell phone elbow.” Great.

Has the news of a medical condition called “cell phone elbow” kept you from talking so much today? I didn’t think so. But maybe it should.

The condition, which your doctor may refer to as cubital tunnel syndrome, can develop when the elbow is flexed for prolonged periods of time. In this position, pressure is placed on the ulnar nerve, which runs along the inside of the elbow. Blood flow to the area is restricted and the ulnar nerve can become compressed and inflamed. Numbness, tingling, and aching in the forearm and hand follow.

The upcoming issue of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine reports that, although they do not yet have estimates of how many people suffer from this syndrome, researchers do know that the number is rising during the current cell phone contract boom. Treatments range according to severity and include deep tissue massage, occupational therapy, anti-inflammation injections, and even surgery.

Women are more likely to have cell phone elbow than men, researchers said, and it’s likely due to our anatomy and hormonal changes. If you are middle-aged, you are more likely to develop it by holding your phone to your ear for long periods of time.

You can also develop cell phone elbow by bending and tucking arms while you are sleeping, driving with your elbow propped on a window, and sitting improperly at your desk.

You may be able to alleviate or prevent symptoms by simply:

* Sitting at your desk with your hands positioned at a 90-degree angle
* Using a hands-free headset while talking on the phone
* Using elbow pads to keep arms straighter while sleeping

Although I’m not in the highest risk age category (yet), I would say I have a good chance of developing this along with the inevitable carpal tunnel syndrome (which is still more common than cell phone elbow). Not only do I rely heavily on my cell phone, I am also in dire need of an ergonomics overhaul of my desk-laptop-office chair situation. First, though, I need to dig my headsets out of the bottom of my purse. In fact, I should probably do that today.. Before my fingers claw up and my forearm goes numb (this is no joke).

Are you as at risk as I am?

Have you experienced any of these symptoms? Do you talk on the phone enough that you are at risk for cell phone elbow?

Dermatend Reviews – What the Users Truly Say About

What the Users Truly Say About the Effectiveness of the Product in Skin Blemish Removal

The various Dermatend reviews in the internet can help people know and understand the new mole – removal product that is available in the market today. Dermatend presents an alternative means of removing moles, aside from costly surgical and laser mole removal methods.

What is it?

An affordable way to remove moles is by using mole removal creams like Dermatend. It is a new breakthrough in the removal of not just moles, but other skin blemishes like warts and skin tags. It is manufactured organic, herbal ingredients, and claims to remove moles and other skin imperfections within days.

Is it as effective as it claims?

To know the effectiveness of such product is to check what people say about it. There are several Dermatend feedback from consumers that have bought and tested this product. Some of the reviews are positive, while some are negative, but they give interested buyers a more apparent understanding of what to expect when they purchase and try this product.

Some reviews attest that most of the product’s claims are true, and it did help the customers put an end to their skin – blemish problems. Other reviews, however, are from unsatisfied customers who declare that the product leaves side effect, like scarring, or that Dermatend simply does not work at all.

These customers reviews can make or break a person’s decision to buy such product. The good thing about the feedback is that they eliminate any false expectations and give a real – life account on the usefulness of the item.

Workout To Lose Weight Fast

The most important thing with exercise is that you do it!  Any bit of exercise is helpful.  Park your car at the end of the parking lot.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Walk your dog often -it’s good for both of you and he’ll love you for it!   But, for the fastest way to lose weight, mix your exercises up with speed  intervals when you work out.  You don’t need to work out for  hours to get fast results.  Step up your intensity and you’ll burn the same number of calories or more in less time.  People who incorporate sprints into their cardio workouts lose three times as much body fat!

Bursts of speed may stimulate a fat-burning response within the muscle.  Whether you jog, bike or row, ramp things up to rev up your burn.  You can start by doing 3-10 second all-out sprints with 10 seconds of a slower pace in between.  Work your way up until you can do 30 minutes.  A great place to get a sprint cardio work out is the track.  Walk at least once around the track to warm up, then sprint hard for 200 meters, and walk for 200 meters, and repeat  at least 8 times.  Follow up with good old-fashioned callisthenics:   push-ups, lunges, step-ups and sit-ups. You will see results in record time.

Strength Training. Whats the fastest way to lose inches?  Slow down your strength training.  Count to three when you lower the weight down to the start position.  Slowing repetitions down increases the breakdown of muscle tissue.  The repair of the muscle’s breakdown pumps up your metabolism for as long as 72 hours after your session.   Use weights that challenge you -especially near the end of the reps. Many times, even if the scale remains the same, your measurements will be smaller when you incorporate weights into your workouts.  You will also burn fat much quicker because your muscles will be burning the fat hours after you are finished working out!  Now that makes it all worth it!

Omega oils. Fish-oil supplements increases the activity of your fat-burning enzymes.  You need at least 800 milligrams of the fatty acid EPA and 200 milligrams of the fatty acid DHA per capsule.  Take 2 of these capsules 2 hours before you work out to get the most of your workout for the fastest way to lose weight.

Recipe: Pasilla Chile Salsa

Description: The Pasilla pepper is a dried form of the chilaca pepper. It has a pretty low heat rating which makes this not the hottest salsa in the world, but mixed with all these other ingredients, I’ll bet you think it’s one of the tastiest.


  • 3 pasilla chiles, cut open, seeded, and veins removed (if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 black black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspons vegetable oil
  • 1 roma tomato, fnely chopped
  • 2 tablespoos chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste


  • Cut the chile into pieces and submerge into a bowl of hot water to cover, and soak 20 minutes.
  • Put the soaked chiles in a blender jar and then discard the water.
  • Add the vinegar, tomato sauce, onion, cumin seeds and peppercorn.
  • Blend until smooth. (The sauce will be about as thick as ketchup).
  • Heat the oil in a small sauce pan add the sauce and cook, stirring, 3 minutes to blend the flavors.
  • Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature.
  • Stir in the tomato, cilantro, and salt. Transfer to a medium bowl and serve.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

Fantasy Abstract Art

Myths, fantasies and magic don’t just exist in our imagination, but in abstract art as well. When these fantasies are translated to abstract art, then it is known as fantasy abstract art. This is a well known form of art that depicts all kinds of stories, magical legends, myths and dreams. Artists depict their own versions of fairy tales, fantastic beasts, Gods and much more in fantasy abstract art. Most of these art works are inspired from legends and myths across the world.  Folklore from China, traditions of Africa and legends of Greece are some of the well known themes used by the artists in this genre. Needless to say, this form of art is entirely dependent on the artist’s mind, dreams and imagination. Moreover, the interpretation of such works of art is mainly dependent on the imagination of the viewer or to put it more appropriately “fantasy lies in the eyes of the beholder”.

Fantasy abstracts are generally painted on canvas using oil paints. This makes the work look more realistic and attractive. In the 16th century, Heironymous Bosch, a well known Dutch artist was instrumental in making fantasy art popular. As years passed by and man discovered photography, art gained new and versatile forms. Artists began departing from the conventional genre making way for expressionism, cubism and abstract art. Mystical forms were imbibed with new forms of art. This lead to the birth of surrealism.

These days apart from the traditional demons, angels and other forms of fantasy drawings, newer versions of fantasy abstract art are being developed. These include aliens, fairies, dark beings, vampires and characters from sci-fi stories. This form of abstract art is perhaps one of the most loved genres and is slowly finding popularity with the masses probably due to the air of mystery that surrounds them.