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Most Common Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

There are three main types of skin cancer:

Basal cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

Melanoma – the most dangerous form of membrane cancer

Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma membrane cancer.

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with membrane cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 434,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma membrane cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,* melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian women and the fourth most common cancer in men, and the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years. In 2012, 12,036 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.

Every year, in Australia:

• skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers

• between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun

• GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer

• The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.

*Non-melanoma skin cancers are not notified to cancer registries.

Check for signs of skin cancer

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.

It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.

It’s important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.

Develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing freckles or moles.

How to check your skin

• Make sure you check your entire body as skin cancers can sometimes occur in parts of the body not exposed to the sun, for example soles of the feet, between fingers and toes and under nails.

• Undress completely and make sure you have good light.

• Use a mirror to check hard to see spots, like your back and scalp, or get a family member, partner or friend to check it for you.

What to look for

There are three main types of skin cancer- melanoma (including nodular melanoma), basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Melanoma

• Most deadly form of skin cancer.

• If left untreated can spread to other parts of the body.

• Appears as a new spot or an existing spot that changes in color, size or shape.

Can appear on skin not normally exposed to the sun.

Nodular melanoma

• Grows quickly.

• Looks different from common melanomas. Raised and even in color.

• Many are red or pink and some are brown or black.

• They are firm to touch and dome-shaped.

• After a while they begin to bleed and crust

Basal cell carcinoma

• Most common, least dangerous form of skin cancer.

• Red, pale or pearly in colour, appears as a lump or dry, scaly area.

• May ulcerate or fail to completely heal.

• Grows slowly, usually on areas that are often exposed to the sun.

Squamous cell carcinoma

• A thickened, red scaly spot that may bleed easily, crust or ulcerate.

• Grows over some months, usually on areas often exposed to the sun.

• More likely to occur in people over 50 years of age.

ABCD melanoma detection guide

A is for Asymmetry – Look for spots that lack symmetry. That is, if a line was drawn through the middle, the two sides would not match up.

B is for Border – A spot with a spreading or irregular edge (notched).

C is for Colour – Blotchy spots with a number of colours such as black, blue, red, white and/or grey.

D is for Diameter – Look for spots that are getting bigger.

These are some changes to look out for when checking your skin for signs of any cancer:

• New moles.

• Moles that increases in size.

• An outline of a mole that becomes notched.

• A spot that changes colour from brown to black or is varied.

• A spot that becomes raised or develops a lump within it.

• The surface of a mole becoming rough, scaly or ulcerated.

• Moles that itch or tingle.

• Moles that bleed or weep.

• Spots that looks different from the others.

Mole or skin cancer?

Almost all of us have moles. Moles are not normally present at birth, but appear in childhood and early teenage years. By the age of 15, Australian children have an average of more than 50 moles.

Normal moles usually look alike. See your doctor if a mole looks different or if a new mole appears after the age of 25. The more moles a person have, the higher the risk of melanoma.

• Harmless colored spots that range from 1mm to 10mm.

• Uniform in shape and even coloured. May be raised.

• The more moles or freckles you have the higher your risk of skin cancer.

• May have uneven borders and multiple colours like brown and black.

• Observe moles carefully for any sign of change.

Although you may notice one or more skin changes, it does not necessarily mean that you have skin cancer however it is important that you visit your GP to have them investigated further. Your GP can discuss your skin cancer risk and advise you on your need for medical checks or self-examination.

It can be difficult to know whether something on your skin is a harmless mole or normal sun damage, or a sign of cancer. When in doubt, speak to your GP.

What is my skin type?

Skin types that are more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) radiation burn more quickly and are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

All skin types can be damaged by too much UV radiation. Skin types that are more sensitive to UV radiation burn more quickly and are at a greater risk of skin cancer.

People with naturally very dark skin (usually skin type V or VI) still need to take care in the sun even though they may rarely, if ever, get sunburnt. The larger amount of melanin in very dark skin provides natural protection from UV radiation. This means the risk of skin cancer is lower.

Eye damage can occur regardless of skin type. High levels of UV radiation have also been linked to harmful effects on the immune system.

People with very dark skin do not normally need to apply sunscreen (but this remains a personal decision) but they should wear hats or sunglasses to protect their eyes.

Vitamin D deficiency may be a greater health concern for people with naturally very dark skin, as it is more difficult for people with this skin type to make vitamin D. People with naturally darker skin may require up to three to six times more sun exposure to help with their vitamin D levels.

Skin types

Type I

Often burns, rarely tans. Tends to have freckles, red or fair hair, blue or green eyes.

Type II

usually burns, sometimes tans. Tends to have light hair, blue or brown eyes.

Type III

sometimes burns, usually tans. Tends to have brown hair and eyes.

Type IV

rarely burns, often tans. Tends to have dark brown eyes and hair.

Type V

Dark brown skin. Rarely burns, tans profusely.

Type VI

Deeply pigmented, dark brown to black skin. Never burns.

* Source of information

http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/about-skin-cancer.html

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Mastering Relationships, Jealousy and Insecurity With David Deida

Relationships, jealousy and insecurity are only the tip of the iceberg for best-selling author, powerfully insightful teacher, and provocative master of his craft, David Deida. For relationships, jealousy, insecurity – as well as intimate connection and spiritual union in sexual loving – he is arguably your man if you are looking to study sexuality as spirituality.

In addition to countless students, David’s work has inspired the likes of well-known achievement coach Tony Robbins, Ken Wilber of the Integral Institute and minister and spiritual spokeswoman, Marianne Williamson. For as many hearts he’s inspired to ecstasy and minds he’s blown wide open to divine love, there are just as many who’ve come away pissed off and disillusioned, hurt and burnt.

I first encountered David Deida’s work when my fiancée handed me the book, The Way of the Superior Man. Just the title set off alarm bells to my neo-feminist sensibilities, but I read it anyways and became hooked on Deida’s heartfelt prescription for erotically-charged harmony between the sexes. I’ve since read most of Deida’s books, heard him speak numerous times and have placed myself (and fiancée) in Deida’s masterful hands during a week-long intensive. The heart of Deida’s work is about living your deepest truth and giving your greatest gifts, in the face of pain, broken hearts, confusing partners, and your own personality maze. He offers information, skills and energetic/body practices so as to be of service to the force of divine love in the universe, through your loving, love-making and relating.

In a moment, you’ll meet two other couples: Kendra and Decker and Bryan and KC, who have recently taken a week-long intensive with Deida. One couple finds their marriage deepening and opening; the other broke up as a result of the workshop. What is it about Deida’s sensual and spiritual truths that have the power to send two hearts more deeply aflame in connection, and for two others, sears their relationship to cinders?

Deida offers potent definitions of the essence of – and the interplay between – the divine masculine and feminine. He describes the masculine as depth of presence; archetypically and energetically it is piercing presence, stillness, purpose and will, a penetrating force by which and through which the world and all experience is felt and known. The feminine is all possibility, all movement and dynamic creative energies; fire and fury, sweetness and comfort changing on a dime, the fierce beauty of life and experience itself. The feminine is attracted to depth of presence and the masculine is attracted to that which is flush with energy.

Deida positions the romantic relationship as a means to understand and be in service of the divine feminine and masculine within your self and within your partner; it is a way of continually opening to more love and appreciation, and for sensuality to be divine prayer. I dive deeper into how to align the masculine and feminine aspects within ourselves, as well as the other vital keys to having an extraordinary relationship – with yourself first.

Many people can misunderstand Deida’s work and assume simply that women should be more feminine and men more masculine. As Deida says in an interview with Bodhi Tree Bookstore, “We’re multidimensional and fluid beings. There’s nothing wrong with any of us identifying with more masculine or more feminine, more consciousness or more light at any particular moment except when it creates closure or problems because we’re not using it wisely.”

Another important principle in Deida’s work is that of polarity. As with magnets, there is the most irresistible pull between distinctly different charges – negative on one side, positive on the other. Deida adds, “Any time one person is in their masculine and one person is in their feminine, it’s like a magnet or electricity happens between them, and it doesn’t matter if they’re committed in a relationship or total strangers.” Much of Deida’s work is about cultivating polarity – with masculine on one end of the spectrum and feminine on the other, to maintain and deepen sexual attraction.

Another important aspect of Deida’s work revolves around his three stages of development: “Any time you’re doing something for yourself, for me, me, me, it’s the first stage. Any time you’re doing something on the sense of equality and sharing making sure you’re both safe and okay, it’s the second stage. And any time you’re doing something for the sake of all beings, it’s the third stage. You may die in the process. Martin Luther King, Jesus Christ, and Mother Teresa are third stage people, but we could all have those moments every day. All you have to do is be in a disposition of serving, regardless of the outcome to yourself, and that’s the third stage.”

It was for this and more that we all came. Kendra and Decker, recently married, were well aware of the potential to get bored and take each other for granted over the span of their marriage and they decided to fix it before it was broken in 5, 15 or 50 years. The wanted to be able to continue to appreciate and truly know each other as well as deepen their sensual connection; they wanted to be able to have moments of tantric merging at will, rather than at random. The urging of their good friend and business partner, Bryan, was the deciding factor to dive in. Bryan is a coach and leads seminars for men – the Authentic Man Program – along with Decker and Kendra, and KC is a meditation teacher and sensuality coach. KC and Bryan decided similarly to do the workshop for similar reasons: a more solid relationship and deeper sexual practices. A long time student of Deida, Bryan wanted to receive the direct benefits and transmission possible through being with him personally.

The week-long intensive I attended with my partner was called the Yoga of Sex and Relationship. Obviously confused at the outset, we thought we were going to do a little yoga and learn some sensual practices that would amplify our connection. When we got there, we were all told there was to be no touching, kissing or exchanging bodily fluids for the whole week, not even with our partner. The next morning we found out that yoga in Deida-land doesn’t mean familiar stretchy, sweaty, feel-good asanas.

Deida draws a distinction between therapy, yoga and spirituality: therapy is past and healing-based; the whys and hows. To use a metaphor of a hole in a panel of stained glass, therapy is fixing the hole. Yoga – disciplined practice, a means and a way – is the polishing of the colored glass, regardless of the hole, making beauty out of the hole. It is the ability to take whatever you’ve got, whether or not it’s what you like or prefer, no matter how ugly, and transform it into art, surrendering to the divine, regardless. Spirituality? Well, everything’s perfect, as it is; there never was any hole in the stained glass. Deida defines his work as yoga with the goal of making art out of sexing and loving. Although it can be useful to at times go back and do some therapy on stuff, and his work does rub up against spirituality, Deida is about yoga. Attending his yogic workshops for most is like an interactive, intense, challenging co-creation of art – and a certain level of comfort can’t be your priority. At then end of each break throughout the day, I had to gird my loins to go back in and continue to do yoga and make art.

Relationship is as good a spiritual vehicle as any to experience divinity – but possibly the most challenging. For those of us who haven’t committed to being celibate monks and who choose relationship as spiritual path, Deida offers a map. In addition to a greater appreciation for herself, Kendra’s greatest take-away was to see how the masculine and feminine naturally clash and to not take it so seriously when it comes up in life. The problem isn’t over there with the opposite sex; your partner will continue to baffle, annoy, anger and disappoint you; it all comes with the territory. The feminine can often appear as volatile and unstable and the masculine can often appear as dense and inconsiderate. In a moment of humor, Deida says, “Ask yourself, is this the crazy b** I want to be with?” or “is this the stupid a** I want to be with?” Rather than bemoaning it, or assuming the next one will be less wacky or less of a jerk, the key is to learn how to dance with the essence of feminine and masculine, as an expression of your greatest truth in each moment.

All of us who took the workshop are facilitators and coaches and represent a younger generation of teachers working with men and women who want deeper relating, the ability to truly connect with others, and greater authenticity. One of the things taught in the Authentic Man Program is how to cultivate connection, to really “get” where another is at, often called resonance. Decker walked away from the week with Deida with the profound distinction of polarity versus resonance. The choice of when to go for resonance and connect with another, and when to choose polarity in order to retain powerful presence and purposeful separateness, has changed his life, relationship, organization and marriage – forever. Rather than always defaulting to being intimate and close, he is grateful for the choice of being able to bring his best, no matter what ride his partner is on.

With tears in her eyes, KC attempts to convey the depth of gratitude for what she got from the challenging workshop and the fallout – her breakup: a space of profoundly valuing herself, the gift of opening heart and body to another, and an understanding of her “blueprint” for attraction. When we take things we think are ugly, dark and wrong and shine light and love through them, they have this miraculous effect of being able to open the heart and body. Deida’s work can be remarkably transformational because he isn’t afraid to go to the dark epicenter and make art by finding beauty everywhere, in every moment. And then we become no longer afraid of ourselves, nor of living fully.

Bryan left with a deep sense of what he is and what he is not; getting himself as perfect, yet wanting more for himself. The workshop compounded issues between him and KC and broke them apart. Although the type of solid masculine man of deep character espoused by Deida is something that Bryan aspires to, he realized it just isn’t him. It’s like going against his natural strengths of fluidity and movement. One of the unfortunate pitfalls of Deida’s work is that many try to become “Deida-bots,” adapting postures or behaviors, developing an exoskeleton (of the kind Deida is actually trying to dissolve), and never make it back to themselves. Although not totally Bryan’s experience, he still says, “For the month after the workshop, I was raking myself over the coals, trying to become someone I am not. I am still sorting through what is true for me,” After periods of mourning and grieving the year of being together with KC, he is still left feeling infinitely deepened. As he says, “Can you stay open in the face of some of the most painful emotional experiences you’ve ever had? The cup of your joy is carved by your sorrow.”

Although Deida’s workshops are not inherently unsafe or dangerous, it is up to each participant to honor themselves. It can be important to separate teacher from teachings, since some masters or enlightened beings still have a shadow side and could do with a little therapy themselves. Deida is the first to acknowledge he’s far from perfect. Deida has profound mastery of his topics, lives much like a social recluse and shirks any markings of being a guru. Whether or not participants make him into a guru is another matter. His workshops are designed as a microcosm of real life and relationship; they are designed to push edges, because this is really how it’s going to feel and be with your partner. If you are not strong and supple, upset in the relationship will just be another excuse not to love.

Looking back at the experience, we all agree: being in the room with Deida for a long week is inherently beneficial for anyone hungry, aware or developed enough to receive it. He’s the real deal. With a bent more toward rigor than compassion, Deida’s work is still that of a living master. It’s not for everyone. Most wouldn’t trade it, but there aren’t many who are clear they’d do it again. As KC puts it, “You have to be kind of crazy to do something like this, but crazy in a really gorgeous way, so hungry for the most beautiful, raw living – and that isn’t always what you think it is.”

Deida offers us an avenue to meet the dark stuff – that we all share, teachers and students alike – with love. It is about cultivating discipline and ferocious intensity, but for the ultimate goal of living in beauty and union, of striving toward the divine through sex and love. Deida offers a way to open your heart, give your greatest gifts and love as fully as you can this lifetime. Yes, he’ll urge you to push your edges in yoga and in practices, when you have a week, weekend or hour set aside for it. But the rest of the time, he reminds us to make our lives as kind as we possibly can for this gentle soul we find ourselves in relationship with. David Deida offers a demanding path to become strong – so that we can be sweet.

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How to Gain Weight For Women – How to Go From Skinny to Curvy and Put on Weight Fast

To a society that seems obsessed with LOSING weight, it may seem strange when you ask how you can GAIN weight. Ask anyone how to lose weight and they’ll run off a huge list diets, contraptions, clubs and gizmos that everyone seems to have tried, but without much success. However, ask people how skinny girls can put on weight, and you’ll no doubt get a blank expression or worse, a sarcastic and questioning answer like “why do you want to put on weight? I wish I had your ‘problem’!”

Well, to the hardgainer like you and me this IS a real problem, as being skinny affects our confidence, health and self-esteem. But every problem has a solution, and so today I’m gonna give you 5 tips that skinny girls are using to solve the problem of how to gain weight for women.

You ready?… let’s go!

How To Gain Weight For Women Tip 1 – Put On Some Muscle

Packing on a few pounds of muscle is the surest and healthiest way for women to put on weight and accentuate their natural sexy curves. Muscle weighs more than fat so it makes sense to put on muscle weight rather than fat, plus you get to decide where the muscles grow (I say this because people put fat on in different places depending on their body type… trust me, it’ll always end up where you least want it – typically on a woman this is around her butt and waist)

Don’t be afraid of building muscle by weight training – you won’t get huge like Arnie or anything… in fact a woman’s body simply doesn’t produce enough testosterone to get big.

Make a weight training routine part of your workouts at the gym and you’ll put on weight quickly and in the places that you want.

How To Gain Weight For Women Tip 2 – Reduce Your Cardio Exercises

Cardio is a staple part of most womens workouts and is always recommended in most magazines, but if you’re looking for how to gain weight, then cardio will actually be making your life more difficult, as it is simply burning more fat and calories and leaving nothing for your body to store.

If you’re looking to gain weight, sort out a workout routine that focuses more on mass building exercises like weights and less on cardio.

How To Gain Weight For Women Tip 3 – Sleep More

And you thought this weight gain for women thing was all gonna be hard work? This is the easy bit, and the most often overlooked.

When we sleep our bodies produce natural growth hormones which help repair our muscles and enable to gain weight and muscle mass. The highest secretions of these hormones are during deep sleep, and so it is important to get a good night’s rest when thinking about how to gain weight for women. Around 8 hours is ideal. Try to eliminate as much stress from your daily life as possible as this can affect your sleep and cause to lose more weight rather than gain it.

How To Gain Weight For Women Tip 4 – Eat More

In addition to starting a weight training program you should be eating a lot more. Muscle mass and weight are gained by consuming more calories than we burn off, so you should consume an extra 500-1000 calories per day compared to the average woman (avg. is around 2000, so you should try to get about 2,500-3000 per day).

Split this over 6 smaller meals per day and focus on your proteins – which are the building blocks of muscle.

How To Gain Weight For Women Tip 5 – Use Protein Powders And Shakes

To build muscle and gain weight you’ll need to focus on your proteins – around 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight (i.e. if you weigh 150 pounds then you should be consuming around 150 grams of protein per day).

The best way to consume these proteins is in the form of natural foods like lean meats, fish, beans and pulses, eggs and milk. However, this can be difficult in today’s busy lifestyles, so think about incorporating a protein shake into your daily meal plans. One serving of a protein shake can provide you with as much as 50-60 grams of protein in one shot, so it’s extremely convenient.

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How to Regain Lost Hair and Prevent Baldness – 3 Killer Tips to Combat Male Pattern Baldness

Male Pattern Baldness is a condition that has affected more than 65% of the male population around the world. It can strike you at whatever age and when you least expect it.

Hair loss symptoms can be either mild or moderate. While most of them are still struggling with their hair loss and hopes to regrow their hair, only a small group manages to regain their lost hair. One of the reason is the lack of urgency when it comes to seeking treatment.

Here, it is important for you to start early and not wait till you start to see signs of baldness. Here are some tips to help you to join those who have succeeded in combating male pattern baldness.

1. Nutrition

Many people are under the wrong idea that hair restoration surgery is the only way to grow back their hair. Well, if you want to generate new hair, you need to ensure your body has the right amount of vitamins and minerals that can help to support and facilitate hair reproductions. This means that you should eat foods that are high in vitamins A, B, E as well as minerals such as Zinc, magnesium and iron. These nutrients can help to stem hair thinning and promote healthy scalp for hair regrowth.

2. Saw Palmetto

Many people who are losing their hair does not use Saw Palmetto. Well, there is a mistake. If you are really serious about regaining your lost hair, then you would definitely make use of herbs that does not give you any side effects but yet are proven to aid hair growth. I strongly suggest you give Saw Palmetto a try because it can inhibit the activity of DHT, which is a reason for male pattern baldness.

3. Massage

While you can not control when you lose your hair, you can do many things to prevent baldness from happening to you. One good way is to massage your scalp for at least 5 minutes per day. By doing so, you are improving blood circulation your scalp for better hair follicles health. You'll need to complement this with other hair loss remedies for

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How to Meditate in a Noisy Environment

The first thing any meditation text will tell you is to find a quiet place with little or no distractions. In a perfect world, these silent places would exist for everyone. But, in many people's lives, distractions are the rule rather than the exception.

Let's face it; life is hectic these days. If you share your home with children, parents, or roommates, you have built-in distractions at every turn. Whether it's the television, earsplitting music, or just loud conversation, you may not be able to get a moment's peace in your home no matter how hard you try.

You may ask, "How can I possibly meditate under these conditions?"

Unfortunately, many people just give up. They feel the noise and distractions in their lives make it impossible for them to enjoy the advantages of a daily meditation practice, which include stress-relief, mental relaxation, and physical rejuvenation. Ironically, these are exactly what we all need in these stressful, hectic times.

Well, the good news is, you can! The method I'll describe has been effective for me and many of my friends and associates. It takes practice though; along with acceptance, patience, and perseverance. Here's how it works:

The key to meditating in a noisy environment is to change the way you think about noise. Rather than letting the external sounds distract you from your meditation, use them in your meditation.

Try this: Sit calmly and just listen to the noise around you. Let the sounds fill your head. Focus on the tones and vibrations of the sound rather than their origin.

All sound – whether distracting like a television, a baby crying, a dog barking – or calming like ocean waves or a running stream – are just vibrations. If you break the noise down to its components, you can focus on the deep underlining vibrations and actually enhance your meditative state. If a sound is a sound is a sound, then this sound could easily be comforting rather than annoying.

Acceptance – You can not make the noise go away. You could try ignoring it but this is usually futile. You could try blocking it out with music but you will find that lulls in the music will allow the outside noises back in. The intermittent nature of this can prove to be even more distracting. You may even find yourself dreading the soft parts of the music or the silence between songs.

In order to meditate in this kind of environment, you have to acknowledge the unwanted sounds in your space and understand that you must coexist. If you can accept them and are determined to meditate "with" them, not in spite of them, they lose the power to control your life.

Patience – Give yourself a break. Do not expect to be able to do this right away or 100% of the time. Be patient with yourself and realize that ALL meditation is about catching the mind wandering and bringing it back to your "object of meditation." If you feel you're getting frustrated with yourself because the sounds are still annoying you, pat yourself on the back instead and accept that you are only human. Just smile and focus back on your meditative mind, you will ever succeed and – believe me – it will be worth the effort.

Perseverance – Do not give up. There will be times, especially at first, when you just can not help being annoyed by the unwanted sounds. You're non-meditative mind will "know" that these sounds are distracting and it will naturally want to be distracted. Just focus as best you can for your meditation session and come back tomorrow and try again. You'll find that the meditative mind will start to learn that these sounds are part of the process and it will become easier and easier to reach your meditative state.

So, if your life is full of noise and distraction, you do not have to give up on a healthy meditation practice. Try the method above and see if it works for you. I sincerely hope this information helps because I strongly believe everyone should include meditation in their daily lives regardless of their living situation.

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3 Intense Tricep Exercises You Can Do at Home!

Do you find that you're day is too busy to head over to the gym? You're not the only one with a busy schedule. With today's fast paced society, people do not want to spend money on a gym membership that they do not have time to go to. A solution to this problem is to do workouts at home. Here in this article, you can use your furniture and normal household items for your home tricep exercises. I will be focusing on three important tricep exercises that you should do if you want to build up your triceps.

1. Close Grip Push Up – This will be one of the core tricep exercises of your workout. This is similar to the close grip bench press in that it places heavy emphasis on your triceps.
a. Assume the standard pushup position (Face down, legs together, fingers forward).
b. When you get into position, you want to move your hands closer to each other so that they are only about 6-8 inches apart from each other. Remember to keep your back straight.
c. Slowly lower yourself until you're about to touch the ground, then push back up to the starting position.

Out of all the tricep exercises, people will find this difficult. But if you find it getting easy, you can add weight easily by putting on a backpack with some books.

2. Tricep Dip – This is one of those tricep exercises where you'll need to find two strong and flat surfaces (such as two tables, two chairs, etc.) Make sure they are of equal height. Basically, with these two surfaces, you are going to be doing the standard dips:
a. Put your hands on both of the surfaces, and make sure that your entire weight is being supported by those two objects.
b. Lift up your legs (you may need to bend them so significantly that they do not touch the ground).
c. Lower your body until your chest is on the same level as your hands.
d. Push back up until your arms are straight; be sure that your elbows do not lock.

3. Lying Tricep Extension – This is one of the better tricep exercises that you can do at home, because the lying tricep extension completely isolates your triceps. It will ensure that you'll have great muscle growth! Find a backpack and put some weighted objects into it (such as books). We will be doing the same movement as in a lying tricep extension in the gym, except it will be slightly changed to adapt for at home workouts.
a. Lay down on the ground (or any flat surface, such as a bench).
b. Grab your backpack with both hands, and make sure that they are 5-8 inches apart from each other.
c. Have the weight directly above your head with your arms straight, and then move it back a little bit. At this point, it should be slightly behind your head.
d. Now lower the weight until it's almost touching your forehead. (Your arms will be forming an upside down "V")
e. Now slowly raise your weight back to the starting position.

Remember that you should do this tricep exercises slowly. If you want to build muscles, then do about 6-8 reps, and if you want your muscles to be toned, do about 12-15 reps. You should start out with about 3 sets of each of these exercises. If you find these a little too easy and would like a more intense workout, you can try to do supersets (which is when you do one set, and then immediately move onto the next exercise. ). You'll have a large boost in muscle growth once you do these tricep exercises!

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History of Skincare Part 12: The Late Middle Ages and Italian Renaissance, 1400-1499

Smile Like the Mona Lisa

While medieval feudalism continued throughout most of Europe, the thirteenth century saw a cultural rebirth take place in Italy. Aptly named the Renaissance, French for “rebirth,” this period saw culture blossom in a way it had not since the time of the Roman Empire. In fact, the Renaissance started as a revitalization of Classical culture, inspired by the unearthing of great Roman monuments that had been buried for centuries. During this period, the citizens of Italian cities such as Florence and Rome, attempted to recreate what they believed to be authentic Classical society. They encouraged philosophy, invention and the arts and this movement gave birth to many multi-talented Renaissance Men such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.

You need look no further than the art of the Renaissance to see the era’s ideals of feminine beauty. Portraits show women in loose, flowing robes. Their skin is pale, their cheeks are shiny and their lips are often a deep red. The ideal Renaissance woman was somewhat voluptuous and although her dress was loose, the material was thin and clingy and revealed far more of her body than was permitted during the Middle Ages. In spite of the more revealing clothing, the face, and especially the forehead, continued to be the focal point of the body. It was also the part of the body that received the most attention in the form of skin care products and cosmetics.

An Effervescent Glow

Many materials used in the make up of this period would be considered toxic today. At the time, however, women believed that they were using natural powders and minerals to lighten their faces and give their skin an effervescent glow. As had been the case for centuries, a pale complexion was still considered a sign of wealth and beauty. While Renaissance women did not have any way to permanently bleach their skin, their skin care regimens included dusting the face with a number of white powders. White lead and chalk were still two of the most common ingredients in face powders, and some women even attempted to lighten their skin with arsenic powder.

Once the perfect pale complexion had been achieved, Italian women would apply a number of other powders to highlight their cheeks, lips and bust line. Silver mercury was often mixed with lead or chalk and brushed onto the apples of the cheeks and across the top of the chest. Vermillion, a red substance that was made from cinnabar, was used to paint the lips. While deep red lips were considered fashionable, it was also acceptable to have natural, or lightly tinted lips. Women continued to tweeze their hair lines and eyebrows in order to give themselves a smooth, expansive forehead. To combat any signs of redness or irritation, they would also rub pumice stones along the hairline. (You can read more about Renaissance cosmetics here: http://www.thebeautybiz.com/78/article/history/beauty-through-ages-renaissance)

Cleanliness: An Artistic Concern

Throughout the Renaissance, cleanliness and hygiene began to be increasingly common themes in paintings and literature. A clean body was often used as a metaphor for a clean spirit. Alternately, the latrine became a sign of filth and was often used as a metaphor for moral baseness. It is unsurprising that the citizens of Renaissance Italy were obsessed with hygiene, given that they modeled their society on the Romans, who had been legendary for their bathing rituals. Cleanliness was not only an artistic metaphor, however, but a practical concern. Italy had survived a number of plague outbreaks and staying free from germs was a matter of life and death. Additionally, many people strove to live out the philosophies that were explored in the art of the time. Frequent bathing was a sign of dignity and social distinction. These were subjects of great concern to many Renaissance artists and philosophers. (You can read more about attitudes toward cleanliness here: http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100824360)

Skin care treatments during the Italian Renaissance were, in practice, very similar to what they had been throughout the Middle Ages. Bathing rituals were similar, skin care products were similar and cosmetics were similar. What had changed, however, was the attitude toward these practices. While medieval women had seen cosmetics simply as a way to appear more attractive, the women of the Renaissance strove to achieve a transcendent ideal that combined Classical philosophy and art with physical beauty and human distinction.

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How Will Yoga Poses Eliminate Extreme Back Pain?

I have been experiencing some severe back pain the past several months. It has preceded me from holding my daughter and going out on a run. I have been trying everything I can think of to find some relief. Some people told me to rest my back, while my doctor prescribed pain medication and therapy.

I tried all of these things, but nothing was helping. A friend suggested I try yoga, as she found it to help some of her back pain. I figured it would not hurt anything – I was already in pain. The first couple times several of the poses hurt, but then I learned which yoga poses would help give my pain.

How will the right yoga poses give back pain?

– Regular exercise strengnthens and stretches the back muscles.
– Yoga is one of the better exercises for taking care of back pain.
– Learn which positions will help back pain, as some will aggravate it.
– Do not push a pose if you're experiencing pain.
– Hold the poses for five to ten seconds.
– Make sure you have a comfortable yoga mat.

Those who do not understand the healing behind yoga would say rest is a better option for a painful back. However, this just makes it weaker and pain will not be eliminated. It has been found that regular exercise will help relieve back pain because it strengthens the back muscles and stretches the tissues in this area.

In actuality, yoga is one of the better workouts for someone struggling with back pain. It does not have to be high intensity and you can hold positions for as little as possible. This will help the muscles gradually become stronger.

It's also important to remember that regular yoga will help relieve tension and stress. However, you need to know which yoga poses will treat pain, as there are several positions that will aggravate the problem. It is suggested to hold the poses for five to ten seconds, but do not push it if it becomes too painful.

The positions that will help with back pain is the shoulder-stand and the bridge pose. You will also want to try the fish pose. Whatever pose you're doing, make sure you are using a good yoga mat.

Talk to your instructor if you need other yoga poses. Another place to discover positions is by searching online. Learning how to eliminate pain will help you live life more fully.

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Female Bodybuilding Diet: Tips to Make It Work

A female bodybuilding diet is an important element of bodybuilding. For women who want to get fit, going to the gym and spending hours running on the treadmill or lifting weights will never be enough if they do not follow a particular bodybuilding diet. Such diet will ensure that your efforts are not done in vain as it will help maximize your bodybuilding training.

Women normally face challenges through their bodybuilding training and care that are different from that of men. One of the apparent reasons why some of them face these challenges is the lack of sufficient information about the subject female bodybuilding. This is because almost all of the information available over the Web is understood to men. When I first started out i felt very frustrated with it all. Can not women also have healthy defined bodies? Without enough information, it would be too risky to go on with this activity as one's physical health may be compromised in case a mistake in the training is done. Although some of the advices directed to men can also be applied to a woman's bodybuilding regime, this is not always the case. A specific female bodybuilding diet, for instance, should be clearly laid down and followed.

Tips for Women Bodybuilding Diet

Female bodybuilding diet is an important element of any efficient bodybuilding program for women. Here are some tips that you can follow to make your venture sure work.

Changing your eating habits – If you are serious about building your body healthily, you should begin by changing your everyday eating habits. Basically, you need to quit the three-full-meal system. Eating big meals three times a day is not really healthy although it may seem energizing – especially if you've been used to it. What you should do instead is to eat small meals several times a day (about seven times a day or every three hours).

You see, your body needs a constant flow of nutrients especially if you are burning a lot of calories through working out. Eating three big meals will leave long gaps in between. The lack of constant flow of nutrients may be more harmful to women than men, so make sure that you follow this new routine.

Eating balanced meals – Following a proper and balanced female bodybuilding diet is very critical if you want to gain optimal results. There are a lot of women who vigorously work out and train to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, some of them complain of insufficient results. This is normally due to improper and imbalanced diet.

Basically, protein is very important when trying to lose fat and gain muscles. Protein is basically the building blocks of the body and muscles. You should consume more lean meat and products that are high in protein such as chicken, fish, lean red meat parts and protein shakes. You should also take much of these proteins during breakfast for maximum effect.

Employing the right trainer or coach – Bodybuilding can be a daunting activity especially for a woman. The assistance of an expert trainer or coach who can lead you all the way towards the achievement of your bodybuilding goals is important especially if you are just starting out. The coach or trainer can provide you with good advices and tips on the female bodybuilding diet and in my opinion is it paramount for someone who is serious about getting tended and lean to consult in the right expert advice and training. They can take you to your perfect body goal quickly, saving you time and effort that you might have spent trying things that have no hope in getting you to your dream body. It is also necessary to get into a program that understands you and your requirements. It took me a long time before I got to where I wanted to be because I was seeking advice from the wrong people and programs!

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Hair Loss in Squirrels

Squirrels lose hair for a variety of reasons. Many people assume that when they see a squirrel missing patches of hair, that it has contracted Mange. Mange in squirrels is caused by a tiny mite called Notoedres douglasi. They’re similar to mites that cause scabies in humans in that they cause intense itching, but there’s no report of squirrel mange ever being transmitted to humans! Healthy squirrels can usually recover from an infestation of mange, but it can take a considerable amount of time, and a lack of hair covering can leave squirrels at the mercy of the weather especially in winter!

Another cause of hair loss in Squirrels is a fungal infection called dermatophytoses. The squirrel doesn’t actually lose its hair, it’s just that the fungus causes it to break off at the skin. Most fungus like warm, moist environment to grow, therefore dermatophytoses is seen in warm moist climates, and during unusually wet periods. A squirrel can recover from this fungal hair loss as long as it’s immune system is in good shape. A sick or immune compromised Squirrel may not be so lucky!

Dietary insufficiency, or poor diet, is another cause of hair loss in Squirrels. A severe lack of Calcium will cause poor hair growth and/or cause the hair to fall out. This is especially true in Squirrels that are kept in captivity! Special attention need to be paid to the diet as well as daily exposure to natural light or sunlight.

Following closely on poor diet is the condition called Metabolic Bone Disease. Hair loss and loss of Calcium from bones are the characteristics of severe Calcium deficiency. Squirrels rapidly develop a condition called Rickets, and will lose the use of their rear legs. This causes them to shuffle when they try to walk and their bones become quite brittle and prone to breakage. Left untreated, Metabolic bone disease will advance to permanent nerve and bone damage and heart failure. Poor diet and metabolic bone disease is treatable as long as it is caught in the early stages. Foods rich in Calcium and Calcium supplementation are a must in all captive Squirrels!

The last potential cause of hair loss, especially in Gray or Fox Squirrels, is a hereditary defect. There are some Squirrels born missing the hair growing chromosome, just as there are some born missing the pigmentation chromosome, (Albino Squirrels,) These hairless Squirrels never develop hair. It’s rare for them to survive in the colder climates, and difficult at best to survive even in warm climates due to the fact that they are not recognized by their kind and are often rejected and even attacked or killed.

All dietary causes of hair loss in Squirrels are very easily treated through feeding a proper diet and insuring that there is sufficient quantities of Calcium and essential vitamins in their diet. Through working with Squirrels and researching natural products, I’ve been able to improve on some tried and true recipes for squirrel food supplements. One major improvement that I found was the addition of Organic Raw Coconut Oil.

Unprocessed Coconut Oil is rich in a substance called Lauric Acid which is a natural anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral substance. You can read about the effect of this amazing substance on Candida Albicans, a common yeast type organism at: http://www.candida-albicans-cure.com/coconut-oil.html #R2. Since I’ve added Raw Coconut Oil to my Squirrel Supplements, my Squirrels have grown out hair that feels as soft as mink!

Hair loss in Squirrels can be a problem! But, I’ve found that improving the diet of affected Squirrels, and adding the right natural products to what they eat, goes a long way toward solving most of the problems!

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