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Charlie Sheen – “I am in fact HIV-positive”

Charlie Sheen went on The Today Show and made the confession, saying “I am in fact HIV-positive” and that he knew about his condition four years ago.

In the interview with Matt Lauer, Sheen said;

“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive, And I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about the (alleged) threatening the health of so many others, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” he said. “It’s a turning point in one’s life.”

He said he the diagnosis came after he suffered a series of migraines.

“After a battery of tests … they walked in the room and said, ‘Boom, here’s what’s going on,’ ” Sheen said.

He said he revealed the diagnosis to people he thought he trusted, but some of them demanded money to keep the information to themselves. He paid those people “in the millions,” he said.

“We’re talking about shakedowns,” he said. “I’ve paid those people — not that many.”

One of those people, he said was a prostitute who entered his bathroom, took a cellphone picture of his medication and threatened to sell the image to tabloids.

Asked if he would continue to pay the people he’d been paying, he said: “Not after today, I’m not.”


FactCheck – Rand Paul’s Claim about Vaccination is Totally “baseless”

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Dr. Rand Paul is a Republican running for President in 2016. That said, Rand Paul is running around the country telling people that “many” children have developed “profound mental disorders” after getting vaccinations.

Dr. Rand Paul is running trying to be the next president of the United States! O.M.G!

FactCheck.org looked into this claim by the doctor and has determined that Paul is one doctor who doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about!

There is no evidence that any currently recommended vaccine causes brain damage or other mental disorders in otherwise healthy children. Severe reactions do occur but are extremely rare.

Vaccine safety has become a central topic in recent weeks as a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California has spread. Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 102 people had confirmed cases of measles, a disease that the CDC declared “eliminated” from the United States in 2000 because of the highly effective vaccine. In recent years, a small but growing number of parents have avoided the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine because of fears related to debunked and fraudulent science.

Paul, a Republican from Kentucky who is considering a 2016 presidential bid and who also formerly was a practicing physician, said on CNBC that vaccines could cause serious problems in children.

Paul, Feb. 2: I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.

The senator’s office was unable to provide a single example of a vaccine causing a mental disorder; nor did his office provide any information on the specific type or types of mental disorders or vaccines that caused disorders to which Paul was referring. We contacted several experts on immunizations, however, and all of them agreed that there are no such links between common vaccines and mental disorders.

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Meet The Homeless Bodybuilder – Video


Although he has no place to call his home, Frenchman Jacques Sayagh maintains a body many would envy. In a YouTube video uploaded last week that has already gone viral, the 50 year old Jacques explained his motivation.

“I have grandchildren,” he said. “I don’t want them to think that their grandfather is an asshole. I want them to be proud of me, that’s all I want.”


Education #Food And Recipes

The diet that could save your life: A healthy heart doesn’t mean giving up the things you love


The chances are, if you are reading this, you have been to your GP, had a blood test and been told to reduce  your cholesterol. If that’s not you, it might be someone you know – as about 60 per cent  of the British population have blood cholesterol levels that increase the risk of heart disease.

The reason you’ve been told to get your levels down is to reduce that risk. So what now?

Last week in You magazine, we revealed how certain foods can lower cholesterol, with exclusive extracts from the first recipe book to combine them into a diet which could transform your health.

Laura Corr

Dr Food Ian Marber at his clinic in Holland Park

Dr Laura Carr and Ian Marber have written a book, Eat Your Way To Lower Cholesterol, published by Orion

This week, we explain exactly how much of each ingredient you need to eat, alongside more delicious meals for the whole family.

It is important to realise that although you need to know what your cholesterol level is, numbers are not everything. The risk of heart  disease depends on a number of  factors that also include genetic  predisposition, smoking cigarettes, diabetes, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and obesity.

In fact, the majority of those who suffer a heart attack have cholesterol levels that are considered ‘normal’. Even so, cholesterol is a fundamental part of the problem.

If your doctor has recommended medication in the form of statins, you should follow that advice.
But whether or not drug treatment is needed, lifestyle is fundamentally important.

A central part of lowering risk is diet – but it’s not all about cutting out foods.

Building certain ingredients into your diet can actually lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

We have looked at the most up-to-date international research and identified six foods for which there is the best evidence for this.

There are some foods, including nuts, olive and rapeseed oils, that may stop LDL from causing damage

There are some foods, including nuts, olive and rapeseed oils, that may stop LDL from causing damage

Studies have shown a reduction in LDL cholesterol (the bad type, see below) by as much as 20 per cent in three months when a combination of these foods was taken with a healthy diet. And the more often the foods were eaten, the greater the benefit.

With the help of dietician Dr Sarah Schenker, we have included these foods in healthy, easy-to-prepare, delicious recipes – featured in the new book Eat Your Way To Lower Cholesterol. Our hope is that everyone will enjoy them – whether or not they need help with their heart.

What is cholesterol anyway?

People think of cholesterol simply as a bad thing, but it’s not. In  fact, this fatty, waxy substance is  essential for building cells and  is also needed to make sex and stress hormones.

Most cholesterol in the blood is produced by the liver, which manufactures it from almost any food you eat. The liver adjusts the amount it makes in response to the amount of cholesterol circulating in the blood.

This is why, when cholesterol-containing foods like eggs or shellfish are eaten, in most people the blood cholesterol doesn’t change – as the liver simply makes less.

As well as releasing cholesterol directly into the blood, the liver uses some cholesterol to make bile, a digestive fluid secreted into the gut that helps us absorb fat from the food we eat.

Bile cholesterol is either re-absorbed and recycled by the liver, or is passed out as waste.

We all know that oil and water don’t mix, and because cholesterol is a type of fat, and blood is mostly water, they wouldn’t get along without an important addition. In order for the cholesterol to be transported easily in the bloodstream, the liver coats it in proteins.

The resulting tiny balls of fat are known as lipoproteins, and it is these we are usually referring to when we talk about cholesterol.

Read more: Daily Mail

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7-Minute Total Exercise Routine

No matter where you are, get that body fit with this new and wonderful 7-minute workout. It requires no gym equipment whatsoever, therefore no excuses. All you need is in your house already, a chair, a wall and your own body weight.

This routine combines the best 10 exercises to burn calories and stay fit and strong, and you should do each for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between in order for the workout to be effective.

Remember to always keep your abdominal muscles contracted in every exercise and in every position as well.

7 minute routine workout

#1 Jumping Jacks
The first step is to stand up straight with your feet together and your arms at your side, then bend your knees slightly and follow this with a jump. In mid-jump, bring your legs out to the side about shoulder width or slightly wider. As you are moving your legs outward, you should raise your arms up over your head to elevate your heart rate.

#2 Wall Sit
Stand approximately 2 feet in front of a wall with your back facing it, and lean against the wall slowly and begin to slide down the wall until your knees are bent at 90 degree angles, as though you are sitting in a chair. Keep this position for a minimum of 20 seconds or a maximum of 60 seconds.

#3 Push-Up
This exercise is great for targeting your pectoral muscles, triceps, and anterior deltoids. Push-ups are performed by pushing your body up and down using your upper body and arm strength. To do a correct push-up, you must raise your body up onto your toes so you are balanced on your hands and toes. It is important to keep your body in a straight line from head to toe without sagging your torso or arching your back.

#4 Abdominal Crunch
Lie on the floor, facing up, with your knees bent, then curl your shoulders towards your pelvis. You can either place your hands beside your neck, resting gently behind your neck, or placed across your chest. To perform a proper crunch, your lower back must remain resting against the floor allowing your hip flexors to rest so all of the attention can be focused on your abdominal muscles.

#5 Step-Up onto Chair
The step-up onto chair routine is super effective for your body. Not only does it work on your abdominal muscles, but it also builds lean muscle mass, boosts your metabolism and aids in weight control – Bonus!
Position a sturdy chair in front of you and stand with your feet about hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Next, step up onto the seat with one foot and press down while bringing your other foot up next to it. Step back with the leading foot and bring the trailing foot down beside it to finish one complete step-up.

#6 Squat
To perform a proper squat, your feet should be flat on the ground, about shoulder-width apart and point your feet slightly facing outward, rather than straight ahead. Never let your knees extend beyond your toes, as this will increase the likelihood of damage to your knees. Keep your back straight and bend at your knees as if you were going to sit back in a chair, thrust your hips forward and pull in your abs whilst keeping your back only slightly arched. Slowly lower your body so that your legs are almost parallel to the floor.

#7 Triceps Dip On Chair
Sit on the chair with the palms of your hands on the edge, and then slowly slide your buttocks off the seat whilst supporting your weight with your hands. First, straighten your right leg and keep your left leg bent at a 90-degree angle keeping your elbows bent all the time, slowly lower your buttocks towards the floor. Push back up until your arms are straight.

7-Minute Total Exercise Routine

#8 Plank
This exercise is vital for building your core and arm strength.
Lie face down on the floor with your elbows resting on the floor and your arms in a 90-degree position. You then push down on the toes of your feet to extend your feet and push your body so it is off the ground and resting on your elbows and toes. Hold the position for as long as you can.

#9 High Knees Running In Place
Perform a typical running motion while lifting your knees high into the air. Ensure that your legs are at 90-degree angles when being lifted high into the air and point your toes forward in order to maintain the correct form and to really benefit from this simple exercise. This exercise is great for the muscles in your legs and hips, and can even improve your lower body flexibility.

#10 Lunge
Lunges are great for toning a number of different areas of your body, so they are a particularly useful exercise.

To perform a basic lunge, you must first begin by standing up straight with your shoulders back and relaxed and your chin up, step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Maintain the weight in your heels as you then push up to the starting position.

h/t – positivemed

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8 Common Habits That May Damage Your Kidneys

The kidneys are important body organs, they take care of the urination process in our bodies by filtering body waste. Despite being such an important component of our body many of us do not properly care for them and millions of people die each year from kidney disease. There are habits many of us have that can harm our kidneys. Here is a list of some habits to avoid for healthy kidneys:

1. Drinking inadequate water
Not drinking enough water is the biggest contributor to damage that our kidneys bear everyday. The main job of our kidneys is to drain metabolic waste from the body and regulate erythrocyte balances. When we do not stay properly hydrated, the renal blood flow decreases, ultimately resulting in accumulation of toxins in the blood.

2. Long-term full bladder
A habit many of us have is delaying the call of nature. When we leave the bladder full of urine for an extended time, different complications in urinary tract may arise: Hypertrophy of detrusor muscle is one example of such complications which may lead to formation of diverticula. Hydronephrosis (increase of urine pressure in kidneys) is another example which is caused by chronic back pressure on kidneys, ultimately resulting in renal impairment.
Urinary incontinence due to overflow is also another serious complication of long term urinary retention.

8 Common Habits That May Damage Your Kidneys

3.Consuming too much sodium
Metabolizing the sodium we consume is another job for our kidneys. The salt we eat is the prime source of sodium and the majority of our sodium intake needs to be excreted. When we eat excessive salt the kidneys keep busy excreting sodium, which may cause long term stress on our kidneys. 90% of Americans consume too much salt and here are some useful tips to manage your salt intake.

4. Consumption of too much caffeine
When we feel thirsty we often choose beverages other than water like soft drinks and sodas. Many of these beverages contain caffeine. Caffeine can elevate blood pressure and high blood pressure puts strain on the kidneys which can damage them. According to Mayoclinic, most healthy adults, can consume about two to four cups of brewed coffee a day and stay away from harmful effects of caffeine.

5. Pain-killer abuse
Taking pain-killers for low-grade pain is a bad habit many people have. Most pain-killers have severe side effects and can damage different organs, such as kidneys. Research shows taking pain pills long term reduces blood flow and deteriorates kidney’s function.

6. Too much protein
Over-consumption of red meat and other protein-rich foods can deteriorate damaged kidneys condition. A protein-rich diet is essentially healthy unless you suffer from kidney damage and your doctor recommends a protein-restricted diet. Too much protein increases the metabolic load on our kidneys.

7. Ignoring colds and flu
Ignoring the common cold and flu is a habit that can cause kidney damage. Studies show people who have kidney disease also have a history of avoiding resting while sick. It is also observed that people with kidney disease are more sensitive to significant changes in weather.

8. Too much alcohol consumption
When we drink alcohol we often ignore the proper quantity suitable for good health. Too much alcoholic intake is a kidney-damaging habit. Alcohol contains toxins which put stress on our kidneys and can damage them.

kidney disease infographic

Source- http://www.kidney-support.org/living-with-kidney-disease/14.html
Source- http://www.zimbio.com/Kidney+Cancer/articles/S3f63FubRSv/bad+habits+lead+kidney+failure