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April 25, 2009

Stop Faking and Get Real

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 4:33 pm

If you’re a woman, chances are you’ve faked an orgasim at least once in your sexually active life.  Of course, you’re probably not going to admit it here but that’s OK.    

For those of you who are still faking you may be happy to know there is a spray used by men that is now claiming to improve the sex lives of millions of women.   According to an article in the Sindh Newspaper this nasal spray is currently being sold to men in Australia to help them with their erectile disfunction.  Now the makers are saying  it will help women who suffer from low libido.

Using the advertising slogan “Stop Faking, Get Real”, the manufacturer is hoping thousands of women will fess up and fork up 4000 pounds in order to have a more enjoyable sex life.

Now 4000 pounds of Australian currency is the equivalent to nearly 6000 US dollars.

I don’t know about you but “fakin’ for free works for me!”

April 21, 2009

Inhaling a Heart Attack?

In case you haven’t heard, heart disease is the number one killer of women over the age of 40.  We are used to thinking of heart disease as a product of genetic factors or lifestyle choices, such as what we eat and how much we exercise. But now it appears there is another road to heart disease: breathing.

Researchers at the University of Louisville and the University of Michigan say there are a number of studies connecting pollution with heart disease:

• A study of six U.S. cities found that people died earlier when they lived in cities with higher pollution levels. A majority of these deaths were due to heart disease.
• A study of 250 metropolitan areas around the world found a spike in air pollution is followed by a spike in heart attacks.
• A study in Salt Lake City found that when a nearby steel mill shut down for a period of months, there was a 4-6% drop in mortality. The mortality rose to previous levels when the steel mill re-opened.

The people who seem to be most susceptible to environmental pollutants are the people who are already vulnerable, including the elderly and people with coronary artery disease. There is also some evidence that diabetics, women and people who are obese may be at greater risk.

One intriguing statistic is that the risk of heart attack increases in parallel with time spent in traffic the previous day. In animal experiments, researchers found that aldehydes — a toxic class of chemicals found in most forms of smoke, including cigarette smoke and car exhaust — increase blood cholesterol levels and activate enzymes that cause plaque in the blood vessels to rupture. When plaque ruptures, it can cause a blood clot, which may block an artery and lead to a heart attack.

If you live in an area where pollution levels may be high, doctors say you can take steps to reduce the risk of air pollution.  During times when air quality is unhealthy, exercise indoors, because indoor air is filtered. If you exercise outdoors, particularly if you’re at risk for heart disease, do it when pollutants are at lower levels. Avoid peak traffic times.

March 28, 2009

Menopause Blamed for Crime Spree

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 9:58 pm
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A woman in the United Kingdom blamed menopause as the reason behind her stealing thousands of dollars from elderly residents.

The 51-year-old post office assistant told police she didn’t need the money and the only reason that could be found for her dishonesty was she was going through menopause.

She was quoted as saying, “Whenever I do it, I feel guilty. Still I do it. I don’t know why. I was telling God as well.”

This menopause crime mama was convicted of stealing from four victims between the ages of 65 and 94 from January 2007 to May 2008.  Instead of getting some jail time, the judge decided to show her mercy by ordering her to do 240 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs.

Question:  Did the judge let her off too lightly?  

March 19, 2009

Menopause and Osteoarthritis

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 1:42 pm

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.  It is also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is more common after the age of 45 and is also more common in women. Osteoarthritis of the hands is more common in women as they go through the menopause.

 

Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary with each patient, some people find the symptoms disabling where as others may have few symptoms. The following symptoms may indicate that you have osteoarthritis:

  • Swelling and inflammation in one or more joints.
  • Stiffness around the joints.
  • Constant or recurring pain in a joint.
  • Sudden difficulty in moving or using a joint.
  • A crack or click noise may be heard when you move the affected joint.
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There may be some good news on the horizon as it relates to osteoarthritis.  According to reseachers with the Baylor Research Institute, tart cherries, in pill form, may be a promising pain-reliever. 

 

Made from Montmorency tart cherries, this preparation is made up of ground whole cherries and given as a soft gelatin capsule (marketed under the brand name CherryFlex®).

 

Baylor Research Institute together with the Arthritis Care & Research Institute is currently enrolling patients in a second study, which will test cherry pills versus placebo in an eight week double blind study.

For more information about this study, call 1-800-4BAYLOR.

March 18, 2009

Good Sleep Equals Good Health

Good sleep equals good health.  That’s the diagnosis from experts at the Comprehensive Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders Center at Baylor Regional Medical Center in California.  Unfortunately, more than half of women report problems with insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “women’s lack of sleep affects nearly every aspect of their time-pressed lives, leaving them late for work, stressed out, tired and with little time for friends.” What’s going on? There are several factors, and all relate to poor sleep hygiene.

1. Too much java
Coffee consumption has jumped dramatically. It’s like a vicious cycle. People drink coffee at night and stay up late watching TV or surfing the Internet. Then they need a jolt at 6 a.m. to get started for the day. Eventually, that takes a toll on the body. Caffeine is a stimulant and it is advised that you refrain from drinking it at least six hours before bed.

2. Stressed out
Are you someone known as a “worry wart?”  Night time is the time some of us start thinking about what we forgot to do, about the kids, work deadlines, unpaid bills, and the economy.  That makes it hard to relax but once your head, your only duty is to sleep.

3. Stay cool
Body temperature lowers about one degree during sleep. Working out too close to bedtime or having an alcoholic night cap is counterproductive—it will take three hours to cool down enough for sleep to take place.  Tossing and turning also has an impact on your body temperature.  Every small amount of exertion consumes energy, which raises the body’s temperature, further delaying sleep.

4. The bottom line
Developing good sleep hygiene can help you avoid relying on medication.  Experts suggest you try the following:

1)  Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

2)  Have bedtime ritual.  Thirty minutes before bed turn off loud music, make the atmosphere calm, dim the lights, take a warm (not hot) shower.

3) Read in bed for a maximum of 15 minutes, turn off the lights, close your eyes and relax.

March 5, 2009

How Your Marriage Affects Your Heart

Filed under: health and wellness — Beverly Mahone @ 8:44 pm
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Women in strained marriages are more likely to feel depressed and suffer high blood pressure, obesity and other signs of “metabolic syndrome,” a group of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, University of Utah psychologists found.

The same study found men in strained marriages also are more likely to feel depressed, yet – unlike women – do not face an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by five symptoms: hypertension, obesity around the waistline, high blood sugar, high triglycerides and low levels of HDL, which is “good cholesterol.”

Women who reported experiencing more conflict, hostility and disagreement with their spouses would be more depressed, which in turn would be associated with a higher risk of heart disease due to metabolic syndrome.  

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. 

So what’s the answer?   Try getting along better and enjoying each other more, which should improve your mood.  If that doesn’t work, get a divorce!

February 11, 2009

Perrie Meno-Pudge Cartoon of the Week

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February 4, 2009

Let’s Talk About Yeast Infections

Have you ever felt like going somewhere or just walking around the house without wearing any panties?  Some doctors say it’s actually a lot healthier to go without because certain panties have been known to cause yeast infections.  Doctors recommend you go without wearing panties on occasion to allow the vaginal area to “air out.”

So what is a yeast infection?  Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in the vagina in small numbers.  A vaginal years infection means too many yeast cells are growing in the vagina.  These infections are very common and can be bothersome, but are usuallt not serious.

A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you go to the bathroom or have sex.  Another sign is you will notice discolored urine that appears thicker than normal.

You can prevent yeast infections by making sure your vaginal area stays as dry as possible and can “breathe.”

Avoid douches, feminine sprays, scented toilet paper and deoderant tampons. 

And when you do wear panties, make sure they’re cotton, not nylon, and not tight-fitting.  That means NO THONGS. 

 

January 31, 2009

Masturbation and Cancer

OK…you all know this is a blog geared specifically for women but every now and then when there’s a “juicy” story about men, I feel compelled to post it.

This is one of those stories.  It was recently announced that getting your “rocks off” as a young man may come back to haunt you when you’re older according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have determined that men who masturbate frequently in their 20s and 30s are more likely to develop prostate cancer.  For men in their 20s, “frequent masturbation” was two to seven times per week. Compared to same-age men who reported masturbating less than once per month, 20-something frequent masturbators had a 79% higher risk of prostate cancer by age 60.

But there is GOOD NEWS for baby boomer men on this subject.  The risk of prostate cancer is lower for baby boomer men in their 50s who masturbate. For men in their 50s, “frequent masturbation” was classified as one or more times per week. Compared to same-age men who reported never masturbating, 50-something frequent masturbators had a 70% lower risk of prostate cancer.

Researchers say in mature age, it may be more important that toxins get flushed out of the system and because the masturbation frequency was not as high in the men’s 50s as it was in their 20s, even low levels of masturbation in the 50s has a protective effect.

January 28, 2009

Perrie Meno-Pudge Cartoon of the Week

Cartoon 1/27/2009

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