Welcome to the March 26, 2009 edition of Take Charge of Your Health Care Carnival. It’s still a bit chilly here in the U. S. Northeast, but it is so refreshing to see the tulips and daffodils sprouting, trees and bushes budding, and my crocuses bloomed 2 days before the start of spring. Spring is always a new beginning, and this can be your new beginning in getting started on a health regimen.Starting with our April edition, all blogs submitted to the carnival should have comments enabled. Also, as with previous editions, I will only accept 2 articles per author for each edition. If you submit more than 2 blog posts, I will select the 2 best or most appropriate articles. I want to keep this carnival manageable and also with a focus on good quality and content. I personally review every blog post submitted for content.
With nice weather on the horizon, I am going to add a new category—Recreation. Recreation is important to both mental and physical well being. Perhaps this could also belong under the category of diet and fitness, but I am thinking more in terms of lighter activities, recreation, brain fitness, activities that promote well being and better mental health.A good internet marketing friend of mine is having a contest. Submit a graphic of an Easter egg and receive free advertising on her website. Visit her website at: http://wildheartsworks.com for more information.
We had a large number of quality submissions this month. Thanks for your enthusiastic support of this carnival.
Sarah Scrafford presents 50 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Brain's Performance posted at Online Best Colleges.com, saying, “with these 50 tips and ideas for flexing your brain power, you’ll be able to boost performance right now and in the future.”
Dean Moyer presents Sciatica Relapse Question posted at The Back Pain Blog, saying, "This week we attempt to answer the question, Sciatica and Food: Is There a Secret Cure? Apparently, planting your face in a watermelon isn't the panacea we've all been hoping for. (At least, when it comes to sciatic nerve pain.)"
James Colquhoun presents Heart Disease Prevention Made Easy posted at FOODMATTERS. Editor’s note: Good post on the role that nutritional supplements play in helping to prevent or reverse heart disease.
Aparna presents Zinc pills to help rosacea posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, saying, "Rosacea is a common but little-known disorder of the facial skin that affects mostly fair-skinned people. It’s often mistaken for acne. While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, today medical help is available that can control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disruptive disorder. Some symptoms include redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, small visible blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples on the face and watery or irritated eyes."
Brandon Harshe presents Superior Brain Congestion-Inferior Body Starvation posted at The Atlas of Life. Editor’s note: The author discusses some of the benefits of chiropractic treatment.
Lindsay presents 3 Home Remedies to Fix Your Allergies Naturally posted at Off the Urban Grid. Editor’s note: Some good advice for those that suffer from allergies. The author even suggests the burning of Bees Wax candles to reduce allergens.
Tami Blodgett presents "Inspired Choices for Staying Emotionally Balanced posted at Online Wellness: A Safe Haven, saying, "During this time of tremendous emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and economic upheaval, it is imperative that we set a conscious intention to stay rooted within ourselves. Catherine offers choices for Staying Emotionally Balanced. Online Wellness Association provides a safe platform for online practitioners and clients."
Sigrid Landau presents Learn The Natural Cold Sore Cures posted at A1 How To, saying, "It has been said that the viruses that causes cold sores actually do not leave your body once you contract them. However, this bitter fact must not keep you from looking for home remedies to lessen your pain."
Alvin Hopkinson presents How Fats in our Diet Cause High Blood Pressure posted at High Blood Pressure Treatment and Medication Reviews, saying, "Aside from salt we also include in our diet, fats that can cause high blood pressure. Fats in our diets come in different forms wherein some may promote good blood circulation while others will cause poor blood circulation."
Victor presents Facing Reality in How to Get Rid of Panic and Anxiety. Self Help Guide. posted at How to get rid of anxiety and panic. Editor’s note: Some good psychological advice.
Consumer Driven Health Care
Sarah McCurdy presents Preventing Acne. posted at Health Log, saying, "Many people want to know if there are ways of preventing acne. Well, if someone has a predisposition to acne, it cannot be totally prevented but it can be controlled somewhat."
Sarah Scrafford presents 50 Successful Open Source Projects That Are Changing Medicine posted at Nursing Assistant Guides. Editor’s note: The author presents a well-researched list of open source projects for the medical field.
J.D. Bell presents Barack Obama Says Grow Old and Die posted at It Takes Work. Editor’s note: We do need some form of National health care in the U.S., but this article raises some concerns and potential problems that need to be considered.
J.D. Bell presents The Answer: Popsicles, Pizza, and Painkillers posted at It Takes Work. Editor’s note: While I am not a fan of big Pharma, as a benefits consultant with AmeriPlan, our Prescription Advocacy Program, which is based on the Patient Assistance Programs sponsored by the Pharmaceutical companies, has the patient’s medications delivered to the patient’s own pharmacy or doctor’s office. These are not left over samples.
Roy Schwartz presents 10 (Proven!) Reasons to Quit Smoking and How You Can Start posted at A Disease A Day. Editor’s note: Some good reasons to quit smoking with some helpful hints on how to quit.
Nancy Miller presents Bioethics and a Woman’s Right to Choose posted at Becoming A Radiologist, saying, “With all these issues that affect the women who are pregnant and who wish to abort their unborn babies for some reason or the other, why is it that it’s the policymakers and lobbyists who get to decide on an inflammatory subject like abortion? Isn’t it more a question of personal choice and belief?”
John Catanach presents How Effective The Birth Control Shot Is posted at Woman Health News. Editor’s note: It is important to know the side effects and possible dangers of various birth control methods.
Dr Tooth presents Dental Tourism - Dentistry In The Time Of Crisis posted at WorlDental, saying, "Dental care in Europe and America is notoriously expensive. With the economic crisis wreaking havoc in the pockets of workers in the West, taking care of one’s teeth has become prohibitive."
Dr. Davon Jacobson presents Easy Dental Care with Highly Sensitive Teeth posted at *Health and Nutrition Facts*. Editor’s note: The author offers some helpful advice for dealing with the problem of highly sensitive teeth.
Diet & Fitness
Helene Zemel presents AC-11 and DNA Repair posted at Health Plans Plus, saying, "Most of us are familiar with the role that antioxidants provide in protecting our bodies from the damage and inflammation caused by free radicals. Are there also compounds that will actually repair DNA damage?"
robert galway presents Fitness posted at robertgalway.com, saying, "Fitness is also about good nutrition, flexibility, relaxation, sleep, and more. Fitness is good for your heart, lungs, bones, and joints. And it lowers your risk for heart attack, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure."
Mike Robbins presents Body Solid Fitness posted at BODY SOLID FITNESS, saying, "I was unbalanced, I was unhappy, I was depressed. Happily I found my way out of it. I began what I knew to do and got back in shape again. So I'm not one of those people looking from the outside in."
J.D. Bell presents Get On Your Bikes and Ride posted at It Takes Work, saying, "The title of this post is an obscure lyric reference to an old Queen song called Fat Bottomed Girls. This was the first thought that entered my head when I read about a gym in San Francisco that offers bikaraoke classes." Editor’s note: Bike riding is a great way to combine fun and fitness.
John Duke presents Acai Berry Capsules posted at Pure Acai - Acai Berry Info Blog, saying, "he acai berry fruit is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, essential omegas, fibers and protein. The intake of Acai Berry Capsules is therefore beneficial for weight reduction, boosting sustained energy level, healthy cholesterol management, improvement of digestive system, strengthening of immune system among others."
John Duke presents Pure Acai Berry Ingredients - Good or Bad? posted at Pure Acai - Acai Berry Info Blog, saying, "You will have heard of the acai berry recently catapulted from humble beginnings as a niche health food, to the worlds number one super food but you might not be aware of just how much good it can do your body. Hopefully this brief idea will give you a better idea as to why you should be considering adding the acai berry, or at least some acai berry products into the diet of you and your family."
Helene Zemel presents Despite the Weak Economy, Sales of Nutritional Supplements are Up posted at Work at Home Mom and Dad, saying, "Since the start of the economic recession, we read every day how retail sales are down for almost every product category including cars, restaurant meals, clothing, jewelry, and movies and entertainment. Despite the gloomy economic picture, there is one bright light. Sales of nutritional supplements have been increasing."
Kara-Leah Grant presents FEATURED POST: Top Eleven reasons to start practicing yoga TODAY! Prana Flow NZ posted at Prana Flow NZ, saying, "You know you've been thinking about starting yoga for ages now... here's eleven reasons why you want to take the leap and start practicing today!"
Joel Gray presents Summer Tea: Blackberry/ Raspberry Leaf Tea posted at Health Tips 101, saying, “During the warm and fall months, try a new flavor in your tea. Use the blackberry/ raspberry tealeaf to bring wild fruitiness to your drink. Read this article to know more about it.”
PK Shukla presents Nutrition Tips posted at Fenny Lopez, saying, "Nutrition forum is a great place to share your experience in dieting, eating habits or possible disorders. Are your eating habits supporting a healthy lifestyle? Read the questions and answers posted on this forum."
PK Shukla presents Latest Beauty Tips posted at Fenny Lopez, saying, "We at Latest Beauty Tips look forward to provide you the best. Latest-Beauty-Tips.com is a platform to discuss about beauty tips, fashion, health care, weight loss, cosmetic surgery, makeup trick and lot of similar issues. Please feel free to post all feedback, concerns, comments & suggestions here."
The Smarter Wallet presents 8 Weight Loss Tips and Weight Management Ideas To Battle The Bulge posted at The Smarter Wallet. Editor’s note: The author presents some helpful tips on how to avoid temptation during holidays and at restaurants.
John Catanach presents Weight Loss Surgery For Men Should Include A Medical ID posted at My Passion for Better Health, saying, "Big Little John is a blog about better health for men."
James presents Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle Review posted at Lose Weight In A Week, saying, "Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle is a comprehensive 357 page fat loss guide. This guide has helped thousands of people lose weight and tone muscle naturally. Written by Tom Venuto, a professional bodybuilder of almost 20 years and certified conditioning specialist and personal trainer. You are assured to receive the most effective fat loss technique provided in his guide. Tom relates all he knows about fat loss in a very concise and easy to read manner."
Steve Faber presents Belly Fat Loser » The Ab Diet – the Lucky 13 Foods posted at Belly Fat Loser, saying, "Americans eat too much garbage every year. To be proactive about your health, diet is an area that absolutely must be addressed."
Logan presents The Secrets to Weight Loss After Pregnancy posted at Lose Over Weight, saying, “Over time, you should be able to lose the weight you gained during your pregnancy. In fact, you might find that you’re actually healthier after your baby is born.”
Steve Philips presents MedicaDepot.com The Blog- Botox, Radiesse, Juvederm posted at Medicadepot.com The Blog. Editor’s note: Some good information on various cosmetic surgery techniques.
Save Money on Health Care
Chris presents Medical Tourism - 5 Reasons to consider Goa posted at nomad4ever. Editor’s note: Medical tourism is becoming increasingly more popular due to the exorbitant costs in the West especially here in the U.S.
Jenny Jen presents PhotoLab Reviewed posted at JennyReviews.com, saying, "Health, Beauty, Software, and As Seen On TV Product reviews by Jenny and friends. Add Your Review for a Chance to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card."
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