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Physical Attractiveness Suggest Fertility and Health

Physical Attractiveness Suggests FertilityOften physical attractiveness is a combination of many factors, and include universal perceptions common to all human cultures, as well as aspects that are culturally and socially dependent, along with individual subjective preferences. There are many factors which influence one person’s attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them. Continue reading

Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person’s physical traits are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful. The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from the two; for example adults may regard children as attractive for various reasons.

Physical attractiveness is a characteristic that suggests fertility and health. These factors contribute to the probability of survival and reproduction for continuing life on Earth. Men, on average, tend to be attracted to women who are shorter than they are, have a youthful appearance, and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist-hip ratio. Women, on average, tend to be attracted to men who are taller than they are, display a high degree of facial symmetry, masculine facial dimorphism, and who have broad shoulders, a relatively narrow waist, and a V-shaped torso.

In recent times, evolutionary psychologists have tried to answer why individuals who are more physically attractive should also on average be more intelligent, and have put forward the notion that both general intelligence and physical attractiveness may be indicators of underlying genetic fitness.

Children’s Exposure to Bacteria

Children's Exposure to BacteriaIs the pursuit of a bacteria-free world making us sick? The rising incidence of asthma and allergies in the developed world could be tied to the relatively sterile environments our children live in compared to a generation ago. Children are not exposed to harmful bacteria and consequently are given antibiotics to kill bacteria, do not receive the germ Continue reading

exposure required to make antibodies. More specifically, they do not develop T-helper cells, which fight foreign cellular invaders and minimize allergies.

For several years scientists have been uncovering signs that illness can result when the immune system does not get enough practice fighting bacteria and viruses. Several epidemiological and experimental studies have put this hypothesis on firm ground. Although it had been thought that the immune system required periodic infections during childhood, researchers now argue that the main problem is that the children have become squeaky clean. They suspect that children need contact not with disease-causing microbes, but with bacteria in soil and untreated water, particularly with organisms called mycobacteria, to strengthen their immune system.

The continuing rise in allergies coincides with the acceptance and use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, the ultimate in excessive cleaning. Antibacterial soaps are applied to the hands and bodies in the shower or during hand washing with warm water, allowing them to easily enter the body while pores are open. There is gathering evidence that these anti-bacterial ingredients are also carcinogenic. Washing hands the old fashioned way, with regular soap and water will send the bacteria down the drain and no harmful substances enter the body’s bloodstream. Read more….

Time to Heal

Time to healCan it be true that time heals all wounds? Sounds simple, but does it work? Is it time or is it what you do with this time that heals?

Cuts, scrapes, burns and broken bones will heal, often on their own – but what about trauma and emotional wounds? Continue reading

This damage can be caused by a variety of conditions and may involve a single experience or an ongoing series of events that completely overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved with that experience.

Reactions to and symptoms of trauma can be wide and varied and differ in severity from person to person. A traumatized individual may experience a range of symptoms, leading to feelings of despair, loss of self-esteem and depression.

Healing from emotional and psychological trauma takes time and some basic steps towards recovery include:

1)         It is important to stay connected with others and to maintain relationships with friends and family.

2)         Many times, getting the problem out in the open can make it manageable.

3)         Forgive those involved. Forgiving does not condone what someone else did, it simply releases you from the pain of their actions.

4)         Most importantly, make a place for that event in your life and then put it away.

5)         It’s important to remember that it did happen and it did affect you. At the same time, it is in the past, much like a chapter in a book you have read and choose not to read again.

If you find yourself wanting to but unable to follow these suggestions, you may want to get professional help putting the past behind you.

Falling in Love

dreamstime_s_28706973-Falling in LovekissingTo fall in love usually means to enter an intimate relationship casually and blindly without the usual
precautions. Falling into a love relationship also means failing to take the time to evaluate the character, personality and history of the target of your affection, neglecting to measure compatibility and whether the foundations exist for a healthy lasting relationship. Falling in love often is a sure path to tragedy.                          Continue reading

It is easy to understand why one may be attracted at first sight to another human being of the opposite sex by way of a shared appreciation of certain things or mutual interests. However, the physical attraction alone may be the only basis for this affection and circumstances beyond the individuals control come into play.

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In most cases physical attraction plays a major role and this feature has a more frequent impact on the male observer being easily distracted by a vibrant, vivacious younger female.

The female counterpart although as easily distracted by an attractive male has additional requirements to take into consideration. At times it is the alpha male attitude or the bad boy image that is most appealing to a younger female but may change later to incorporate a taste for social statues and power positions in the workplace or the public arena.

Another consideration is the safety and security factor when a life partner or potential parent for a desired child is evaluated. This would include many additional traits, such as stability, commitment capability, maturity, devotion and the ability to financially and emotionally enter into a very intimate and demanding relationship.

Sexual Activity and Hair Loss

 

Older man with thinning hairIn Chinese medicine, which has its roots in Taoism, it is widely accepted that there is a direct correlation between kidney/adrenal health and the health of the hair. It has been recorded in both Taoist (Chinese) and Ayurvedic (Indian) medical texts for thousands of years Continue reading

that there is a connection between sexual activity in men and hair loss. It is maintained that excessive emission by men during intercourse or otherwise puts tremendous stress on the kidneys and results in pattern hair loss for those genetically predisposed.

“With frequent emission of sperm vitality ultimately declines. The big spender loses energy, his vision begins to weaken, he experiences hair loss and grows old before his time.”  Taoist masters maintain that the conservation of male sexual energy will reliably prevent hair loss in those genetically predisposed, but is less likely to grow hair back that has already been lost.

It’s a vicious cycle indeed. If standard sex promotes hair loss, than losing hair over time will reduce your likelihood of having sexual encounters to begin with in the future. Those who choose to outright dismiss the connection between hair loss and sexual activity because there is “no evidence” should bear in mind there is absolutely no evidence negating this connection either.

Syndrome X

Syndrome XIf you are putting on weight around the waistline despite healthy eating habits. If you feel constantly tired, relying on snacks or coffee to get you through the day? The problem might be Syndrome X. Continue reading

A commonly accepted definition of Syndrome X, also referred to as metabolic syndrome, might be a generalized disorder whose four main symptoms are hyperglycemia (a greater than normal amount of glucose in the blood)  hyper-lipidemia (an excess level of blood fat), hypertension (characterized by elevated blood pressure) and central obesity. Presenting two of the above is generally considered the diagnosis criteria for this disorder.

The main risk factors are:

Stress – recent research indicates prolonged stress can be an underlying cause of metabolic syndrome by upsetting the hormonal balance of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, causing high cortisol levels to circulate, raising glucose and insulin levels, which in turn cause insulin-mediated effects on adipose (fat) tissue.

Central obesity – is a key feature of the syndrome, reflecting the fact that the syndrome’s prevalence is driven by the strong relationship between waist circumference and increasing fat deposits. However, despite the importance of obesity, patients who are of normal weight may also be insulin-resistant and have syndrome X.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity – many components of metabolic syndrome are associated with a sedentary lifestyle, including increased adipose tissue, reduced HDL cholesterol and a trend toward increased triglycerides, blood pressure, and glucose levels.

Aging – Although the syndrome affects both men and women in the same way, women are particularly vulnerable, especially after middle age and with respect to that demographic, the percentage of women is much higher than that of men.

Symptoms may include muscular weakness, fatigue, dizziness, weight-gain or obesity, cravings for sugar and carbohydrates or stimulants such as coffee, tea or cigarettes.

The good news is that Syndrome X can be managed and the risk factors minimized by changes to lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity, weight reduction and stress management.

Jet Lag Syndrome

Jet Lag SyndromeJet lag syndrome, also known as “time zone change syndrome”, is a common problem associated with airline travel across multiple time zones. The majority of individuals traveling across 5 or more time zones will experience jet lag to some degree. Continue reading

Jet lag is the result of a rather sudden mismatch between the body’s own internal clock (circadian rhythms) and that of the environment around us. The body’s circadian rhythms usually cycle somewhere between a 24 to 25 hour time period and tell us when it is time to go to sleep and when to awaken. These rhythms are reset daily

A Healthy Baby

A Healthy BabyDoctors have long known that infants who are breast-fed contract fewer infections than those who are given formula. Humans are born extremely immature, with the major organs and immune system not fully developed. For its survival the infant depends on an extraordinary well-adapted evolutionary strategy shared by all mammals, Continue reading

breast-feeding. But what does milk contain that makes it so essential for the newborn and how does it provide immunity, nutrition and a source for optimal growth?

Human milk is a very complex living fluid which includes proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, cells and other biologically important components. These milk components interact with each other and their environment (the infants gut) with the final result being that breast-milk feeds and protects the newborn.

Most physicians presumed that breast-fed children fared better simply because milk supplied directly from the breast is free of bacteria. Yet even infants who receive sterilized formula suffer from more meningitis and infection in the gut, ear, respiratory tract and urinary tract. All newborns receive some coverage in advance of birth. During pregnancy the mother passes antibodies to her fetus through the placenta. These proteins and the added protection of breast-milk circulate in the infant’s blood for weeks to months after birth and because the mother makes antibodies to pathogens in her environment, the baby receives the protection it most needs against infectious agents it is most likely to encounter in the first few weeks of life.

It protects the infants against infection until they can protect themselves. Once foods other than breast-milk are introduced, the established microbes are ready to adapt and utilize the nutrients from a new source and should be able to maintain a healthy balance.

Given the importance of beneficial bacteria for a healthy baby it is essential that the mother’s health is ensured, preferably before pregnancy. A healthy mother is more likely to deliver a healthy baby.    Read more…