Showing posts from September 3, 2017

Warning Signs of Psoriatic Arthritis

What Is It?

When you have psoriasis -- a condition that makes thick patches of itchy red, white, or silvery skin -- you could get psoriatic arthritis, too. The inflammation of your skin comes from your body's immune system going haywire. Your immune system might also attack your joints, making them swollen and stiff. An early diagnosis can prevent or limit the damage.

Who Gets It?

Most people who get psoriatic arthritis already have psoriasis. Only about 15% get it without any history of skin trouble.

If you have psoriasis and you notice joint pain, see a doctor who specializes in arthritis. Up to 3 in 10 people who have psoriasis get psoriatic arthritis.


We don't know exactly what causes it. It's most likely passed on in families. About 40% of people with the condition have a close relative who has joint or skin problems, too. Infections like strep throat may also have some links to psoriasis.

Warning Signs

Stiff, puffy, sausage-like fingers or toes are common, along with …



10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Can You Make Your Metabolism Better?

Boosting metabolism is the holy grail of weight watchers everywhere, but how fast your body burns calories depends on several things. Some people inherit a speedy metabolism. Men tend to burn more calories than women, even while resting. And for most people, metabolism slows steadily after age 40. Although you can't control your age, gender, or genetics, there are other ways to improve your metabolism. Here are 10 of them.

Build Muscle

Your body constantly burns calories, even when you're doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. That small difference can add up over time. After a session of strength training, muscles are activated all over your body, raising your average daily metabolic rate.

Step Up Your Workout

Aerobic exercise may not build big muscles, but it can rev up yo…

Inspirational Quote – September 09, 2017

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”

This reminds me of kids who don’t want to hear what they are being told so stick their fingers in their ears and sing loudly! I guess we can all be like these kids at times. We all have our own opinions on anything and everything and, once we have formed out opinion on certain topics or certain people then that’s it! A done deal! So, well done us eh? We have effectively prevented ourselves from ever having to rethink or change what we have set in stone. So, what does that make us? Definitely not the brightest bulbs in the box!

Ready to Start Living? First Consider Death

What would you do if today was your last day alive? There's nothing more compelling than the thought of living, breathing and experiencing the playground of life when we consider that all of what we know and are may one day come to an end. Connecting with this powerful reminder will connect you to life in a way where you move from auto-pilot living to a curious, excited energy for what life can bring. In acknowledging the changing nature of reality, the value that each day can hold for you, and the gift that is our life, we live from an inspired place of conscious joy.

How Many Different Human Emotions Are There?

A new study identifies 27 categories of emotion and shows how they blend together in our everyday experience.BY YASMIN ANWAR
Psychology once assumed that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust. But a new study from Greater Good Science Center faculty director Dacher Keltner suggests that there are at least 27 distinct emotions—and they are intimately connected with each other.

Using novel statistical models to analyze the responses of more than 800 men and women to over 2,000 emotionally evocative video clips, Keltner and his colleagues at UC Berkeley created a multidimensional, interactive map to show how feelings like envy, joy, pride, and sadness relate to each other.

“We found that 27 distinct dimensions, not six, were necessary to account for the way hundreds of people reliably reported feeling in response to each video,” said study senior author Keltner, whose findings recently appeared in Proceedings of th…

Six Myths about Success That Can Hold You Back

According to a new book, many of the things we learn about how to be successful are wrong.BY KIRA M. NEWMAN

How do you use 20 pieces of spaghetti, some tape, and a piece of string to build the biggest tower you can that will support a single marshmallow? Designer Peter Skillman has given this challenge to everyone from Stanford students to Taiwanese engineers, and one group is the clear winner: kindergarteners. It turns out this Marshmallow Challenge is a good metaphor for life: The path to success isn’t all that straightforward (at least for adults). We often find ourselves getting stuck before we even get started, or watching as everything comes tumbling down. In his new book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, science blogger Eric Barker pulls together a wide range of research that can help you achieve whatever kind of success you’re after—whether that means boosting your productivity, earning more money, or becoming an expert in your field. Along the way, he debunks six common myths that man…

Inspirational Quote – September 08, 2017

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

No one on our beautiful planet knows everything about everything. Saying that, every new day does present each and every one of us with opportunities and the potential to learn and to grow as human beings. However, occasionally, we may tend to be impatient because we feel we’re not learning as fast as we think we could or should, perhaps comparing ourselves unfavorably with other people. However, look on the positive side, at least we are taking steps to actively learn and progress. We’re not choosing to be at a standstill! Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, brings us closer to what we dream of achieving just for us. So take heart and carry on…………

You Could Have a Brain Aneurysm and Not Know It

What Is It?

An aneurysm is a weak spot in one of your brain’s arteries (blood vessels that carry oxygen from your heart to the rest of your body). They tend to happen where arteries fork. Over time, flowing blood puts pressure on that spot and makes it give way and balloon out. It’s a lot like a worn-out garden hose that bulges where it’s gotten thin. Most people who have an aneurysm don’t know it. But if it bursts, it can be life-threatening and cause brain damage.

Types of Aneurysms

There are two basic kinds, based on their shape. Saccular aneurysms, also called berry aneurysms, are by far the most common. A small pouch forms on one side of the artery wall, so it looks like a berry with a short stem. Fusiform aneurysms make the artery bulge out in one area. They tend to be more common in people who have hardened arteries (when cholesterol and other fatty substances build up in your arteries and make them narrow).

Symptoms of an Unruptured Aneurysm

This is one that hasn’t burst. Small one…