Health insurance is a hot topic these days but dental insurance can be just as complicated and as important. Oral health care has been linked to conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Traditional dental plans cover individuals or families. Buying into a dental plan generally reduces out-of-pocket expenses depending on which services are covered at 100%. Major services are generally covered at a certain percentage. The cost of these plans depends on the services within the scope of the dental plan. Blue Shield Dental Insurance offers different solutions for dental care through HMO, PPO and SmileNet.
Blue Shield Dental Insurance HMO and PPO offer hundreds to thousands of choices for the selection of a dentist in your location. HMO’s cover preventive services (cleanings and x-rays), basic services (fillings, extractions), and major surgical and restorative services (crowns, root canals), and orthodontics (braces). HMO’s have no claim forms that need to be sent in and has predictable out of pocket expenses. PPO’s offer much of the same as the HMO but you have the choice of going out-of-network for dental care, which may incur more out-of-pocket expenses, or staying in-network. PPO’s do not require a referral form if you need a specialist unlike an HMO. Dentist in HMO and PPO programs are contracted with the insurance company to accept a reduced fee.
SmileNet is a discount dental program by Blue Shield Dental Insurance. Currently it is only offered in California. Enrollment is easy and requires no waiting periods or health questionnaires. There is no disqualification for pre-existing conditions. There are also no claim forms or annual deductibles. Pre-approved dentists accept a discounted fee which is collected at the time of service. Individual policies are $80.00/year and family policies are $120.00/year. A one time $20.00 administrative fee is paid to the insurance company. The SmileNet policy is renewed once a year.…
Peak physical performance is the goal of every athlete. Proper training is of vital importance to achieve this goal. But keep in mind that while exercise moves the body, food not only fuels the body but actually makes the body.
We’ve all heard the analogy about needing to eat good food for high-energy fuel just as our cars need good gasoline. But a living organism is quite different from a car. Our fuel literally makes and remakes our bodies as we grow, metabolize, tear down, and ultimately rebuild our bodies on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly cycle. After several year’s time, you will have replaced virtually every cell and other component that makes up your body! And what are those made up of? Everything you eat. So the adage is true: “You are what you eat!”
Nutritional Components of Peak Performance
Why is this significant? Because to achieve peak physical performance, you need “high-octane” fuel for peak energy and high-quality fuel for building and maintaining your physical “machine.”
“High-octane” refers to the amount of energy that can be derived from the food eaten. We know that carbohydrates are important in creating short-term energy or fuel, while fats create a more sustained long-term energy source. Proteins work more in the area of building and rebuilding. So how do we go about getting the highest quality carbohydrates, fats, and proteins available?
The Search for the Best Foods for the Human Body
Flashback: When I was growing up, my grandmother Louise was a “health nut.” She read Prevention magazine, talked about foods that were “poisons,” such as sugar, and touted “miracle foods,” such as brewer’s yeast and blackstrap molasses (which she added to her cereal every morning). Everyone in our family thought she was a fanatic–except me, because Grandma Louise was the most positive, energetic person I knew, and I wanted to be just like her! Grandma loved life so much that she wanted to live forever (or at least to be 100!).
So I would constantly ask Grandma about different foods and whether they were “good for you” or “bad for you.” She would then explain to me the virtues and pitfalls of all the foods I asked about. I was so relentless with my questions that one day, frustrated, she gave up and said, “Roy, if it’s food, it’s good–don’t worry about it, just eat it!”
As I grew up, my interest in health and nutrition grew and eventually became my profession. The questions I had asked my grandmother were now being asked of me by my patients and clients. Life had come around full circle, and I could see that it was my destiny to help people answer this question once and for all: “How do you figure out which foods are the best (and the worst) for peak performance and for preventing disease?”
Creating the System to Identify the Best Foods
What I came up with is a new twist on a concept called “nutrient density.” Nutrient density …
The maqui superberry is a dark purple berry that can only be found deep within the Patagonia region of Chile. Known as a powerful and sacred plant, the Mapuche Indians of Central and Southern Chile have enjoyed its many benefits for hundreds of years. From the history, legends and myth behind this maqui berry, the many uses the Mapuche Indians were able to discover and some of the health benefits they enjoyed. This article aims to explain the history and untold legends of this magical maqui berry.
Unlike virtually every other Native American Indians, the Mapuche Indians have been able to remain unconquered. No other Indian group in the entire continent has been able to avoid this. First the Inca and then later the Spaniards attempted conquer without success. It has been said that they fought the Spanish for over 300 years. Legend would have it that their mythological power, strength and stamina was largely due to drinking the fermented maqui berry juice several times each day.
Over the centuries the maqui berry become a symbol or icon for strength and stamina. Its healing powers were believed to be profound and mystical. This was especially true during the winter months when the berries were used to increase warmth and stamina. Traditionally the Mapuche Indians would use the maqui berries for ailments including tumors, fever, sore throat, diarrhea, birth delivery, ulcers and hemorrhoids. There have been reports of the maqui leaves being used to treat diabetes, and reduce inflammation.
Today the Maqui berry and the native forests of the Mapuche Indians are under constant threat of deforestation and industrialization. Although there are a number of projects underway to help prevent this, the story of the maqui berry and the Mapuche Indians must be told before its it’s too late. Even today the berries are hand picked and harvested by the native families. Their environmentally friendly methods and plant sustaining practices are a great example for all of us.…
If you want to keep a secret – chop it into pieces and give each person a piece.
o No one person knows the whole story.
The practise of modern medicine is similar in structure to the above analogy.
o Health is divided up into small bits and pieces (read as: Symptoms)
o Specialists vie for the honour of treating each little bit
o And the pharmaceutical companies reap the monetary rewards of taking a little bit from each part.
To-days practitioners rarely stray from the cook-book formula of prescribing for symptoms – although I often hear words like; ‘My practitioner is holistic.’
The truth of the matter is this.
o I don’t know of a practitioner that is truly 100% holistic. The first question practitioners ask is, ‘what’s wrong with…and then they proceed to treat the part/symptom.
o All parts of the body are connected and inter-connected – no one part exists on its own.
o All parts of the body, from the smallest cell to the largest organ, work for the benefit of the whole – there is no ‘Selfishness’ here.
As a result of accepting the current medical philosophy of disease causation and treatment we agree to be ‘kept in the dark’ regarding our own body, how it woks, what it needs and what to do with it if it needs repair.
An environment, you must agree, that is most conducive to the proliferation of fear and the reliance of others for the supply of simple needs.
Don’t be left in the dark by concerning yourself with ‘parts of the whole.’
Education is the answer.
Health can be determined, read and understood by simply observing nature – or if you are so inclined – may I suggest that you pick up a good read about Nature Cure – you will be left in no doubt as to the truth about health.
To each and every reader we wish you all the best in your daily
efforts to apply the laws of health to your own lifestyle.…
A good roll in the hay or an especially sensual round of solo action can lead men to unbelievable ecstasy, followed a glow of satisfaction and a sense of relaxation and well-being. However, it can also lead to soreness, aching and a lingering feeling of discomfort – not the takeaway most men are looking for from the experience. While a sore penis after sex is common, and in general nothing serious, knowing how to prevent the pain from happening, and how to relieve it when it does occur – can improve men’s overall penis health and even enhance the sensations they feel during the proceedings.
What causes penis pain?
Penis pain can occur for a number of reasons and can even be related to more than one of these factors:
How to relieve a sore penis
When soreness and injuries do occur, pain relief may be the first thing on a man’s mind. In some cases, all that is needed is a little time off, but in others, some TLC at home can do the trick. Applying cold compresses (not too cold, or frostbite can be a real danger) or using an over-the-counter oral pain reliever may help to take the edge off while things heal. It is always a good idea to check with a doctor before trying any self-care techniques, however, especially in the case of sudden injury or for men …