A Note on Rickets Disease and its Causes

Rickets is a type of childhood bone syndrome in which bones gets softened, and thereby become more prone to deformities and fractures. Even though rare in developed nations, the disease is still quite common in many developing countries. Let’s talk about the main causes and also symptoms of this disease in the following sections.

What are its Main Causes?

The most predominant cause of the Rickets disease is the deficiency of Vitamin D, but lack of sufficient calcium in the daily diet may also result in rickets.

In general, Vitamin D assists the human body to control and manage phosphate and calcium levels. If the normal blood levels of both these minerals become too low, the human body may generate hormones, which cause phosphate and calcium to be out from the bones, and this escorts to soft and weak bones.

Vitamin D is normally absorbed from the consumed food or created by the skin itself when exposed to direct sunlight. People who reside in areas where there is very little light penetration, people staying indoors always, and people working indoors in daylight hours are generally reported to have deficiency of vitamin D.

Types of Rickets

There are 4-main types of rickets disease, and they are as follows:

• Nutritional rickets

• Vitamin D-resistant rickets

• Vitamin D-dependent rickets – two types including Type I and Type II

• Congenital rickets

Common Symptoms

The common symptoms of rickets include bone tenderness or pain (legs, pelvis, arms, spine), dental deformities, impaired growth, muscle cramps, increased bone fractures even comminuted fracture, short stature (especially in adults below 5-feet tall), skeletal deformities, and so on.

Common Rickets Diagnose Procedures

In order to detect rickets disorder, there are some common diagnostic methods, which include:

• Arterial blood gases

• Bone Biopsy

• Blood tests

• Serum Alkaline Phosphatase

• Serum Phosphorous etc


The Best Solution to Rid Yourself of Ingrown Hairs

Removing unwanted hair, for most men and women, is just a small part of the daily routine. Shaving, waxing and tweezing are all very popular temporary methods of hair removal utilized by millions of individuals worldwide. While these methods allow for quick, easy, convenient removal of unwanted hair, oftentimes they can lead to a number of unwanted side effects. One of the most common side effects of these types of hair removal is ingrown hair.

Ingrown hairs, along with skin redness, irritation and razor bumps are common side effects of temporary forms of hair removal. These hairs occur when a hair curls back under the skin or starts to grow sideways into the skin. This most often occurs in area where hair is removed, but it can occur naturally as well. They are most often characterized by red bumps, and can sometimes be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis). There are several remedies men and women can use to rid themselves of these hairs. Finding the one that is right for you will lead to smooth, ingrown hair free skin.

There are many at home remedies for removal that men and women have found extremely effective. Some of these include:

Warm Compress: By applying a warm compress to the skin, it helps to reduce inflammation, soften the hair and open up the pores. As the hair softens, it will gravitate towards the surface of the skin. Holding the compress over the skin for up to ten minutes will help to bring the hair to the surface in order to reduce the irritation caused by the ingrown hairs.

Exfoliation: Oftentimes, ingrown hairs can be caused by clogged pores. Hairs that try to push their way to the surface can be stopped by dead skin cells that are clogging pores. Frequent exfoliation of the skin will help to open up pores so that hairs can grow properly. Using a loufa, or even something more extreme such as a salt or sugar scrub will help to keep the pores clean and unclogged.

Shaving Technique: While waxing and tweezing can cause ingrown hairs, the most common hair removal method that produces ingrown hairs is shaving. Oftentimes, by doing simple things such as replacing blades more frequently, changing razor brands, utilizing shaving cream, or shaving in a different direction, can help to reduce the formation of ingrown hairs.

While all of these at home techniques are great ways to reduce the formation of ingrown hairs, the best solution to rid yourself of ingrown hairs will always be to remove hair completely. There are two permanent hair removal methods currently available to consumers, these are electrolysis and laser hair removal. While electrolysis is a very successful method of permanent hair removal, it is very tedious and time consuming. Those who are looking for lasting hair reduction as well as elimination of ingrown hairs quickly and effectively, laser hair removal is the best option.

Laser hair removal works to effectively destroy actively growing hair follicles in order to inhibit hair re-growth. Just think…if there is no hair growing, then there is no chance of producing ingrown hairs! This hair removal method has been providing safe, effective results for over ten years; it is a quick and easy way to remove hair once and for all. Achieve the smooth, ingrown hair free skin you’ve always wanted – with laser hair removal, you can!


Is your job making you gain weight?

What are your tips and tricks to stay healthy at work?

The job doesn’t make you gain weight. Laziness does like lexapro. I work a job where I am at a desk all day. Being sedentary is very difficult for me and not in anyway ideal to one’s health. I try to remember to pack my lunch everyday, but I don’t always. Other times I run out of healthy, easily packed snacks and don’t realize it until I open the fridge in the morning looking for them and they aren’t there. Sometimes I meet a friend. Sometimes I just FEEL liking eating lunch out. I’m in a city and there are a variety of options for me to choose from. Of course eating out is likely to cost me more money and calories than packing, even if I choose a healthy option, but it’s up to me to make responsible food decisions, control my portions and adjust my day to compensate for the extra calories. If I decide to participate in office pizza day, I need to limit myself to one or two plain or veggie topped slices, get a side salad, eat a lighter dinner and/or add extra physical activity to my schedule. If I decide I’m in the mood for falafel, I better also decide I’m in the mood to go to the gym or at the very least walk the 3+ miles home. It’s quite simple. Your job doesn’t make you fat, your life choices do. Unless you have some illness or are on medicine that makes it impossible to control your weight, your food choices, portion sizes and activity levels control your weight.

You can’t blame availability of food for your blatant lack of self control. I’ve spent the last 6rys working at a university with a whole avenue of amazing food, along with a campus food area stuffed with pizza, pasta, bad Chinese, tacos. I’ve lost weight and I didn’t always bring much lunch.

Overeating is your fault. It just is.

It’s not someone’s job that makes them overweight. It’s one’s life choices and eating habits. I work in an office for 8 hours a day/5 days a week. One would hardly call that hard, physical labor, yet I don’t use my job as an excuse to put on weight. I eat right and hit the gym regularly. Though I try to pack my lunch every day, it’s not always possible. Some days, I’m busier and some days, I just don’t have the proper ingredients to make a wholesome lunch. While we’re at it, fast food also isn’t the culprit and neither are the cookies that your co-worker baked and left in the lounge. People should begin to take some responsibility for their own health and weight.


Is There Any Point in Dieting in December?

How do you avoid temptation over the holidays?

Usually during the holiday season (thanksgiving and Christmas) i don’t count calories like i normally do. I try to eat smaller portions and try make sure what I’m eating is somewhat healthy. in the end i will probably have something rich and fattening or a third cookie, might as well enjoy it and not be depressed and frustrated. Come January 1st i don’t “diet” per say i start counting calories and my lacrosse season starts back up so I’m practicing about 6 days a week. Diets never work, moderation and healthy eating do. Don’t worry enjoy the holiday eating, i know i will!

These are things I do daily, all year. I bring snacks when I run errands, not only because I don’t eat the junk that is offered at fast “food” places, but because it’s cheaper and more convenient. (How convenient is fast “food” if I have to find a business, walk inside, or to the drive thru and wait in line to order, then wait for my food, when I have real food on the passenger seat in my car?)

Homemade, vegan soup is a staple in our house in winter. My husband will make large pots of it and freeze it and take out a frozen container (or two) to thaw in a warm pot on the stove. However, about once a week, or every other week, I’ll have a can of Progresso or Campbell’s (the few pure vegan varieties they have) for lunch. I have a five-week-old who likes to spend some days just eating, so I need something quick and easy to prepare when he’s not eating. (I also eat a lot of veggie burgers warmed on our electric grill and veggie deli “meat” slices as well.) My favorite is the Campbell’s Healthy Request Mexican soup. It’s filling and only 100 calories. Okay, I do worry about calories some, though I’m breastfeeding, but I also have my 12s to get back into again.

I also have no problems avoiding the cookies, because I normally don’t eat them. One of the staples at my husband’s aunt’s Christmas open house are my mother-in-law’s sugar cookies, complete with a thick layer of canned frosting (the stuff that comes in the plastic containers and made with loads of sugar, artificial colors and artificial flavors), and sugar sprinkles. I’ll be bringing my vegan banana bread (the two main ingredients are whole wheat flour and bananas), and I’m hoping my banana chocolate chip cookies. (Which are also vegan and made with all whole wheat flour. I only use all whole wheat flour in my baking.)

I don’t “diet” that just seems ridiculous to me. (I’m convinced that the junk “food” industry, the diet products industry and the government all work together to scam money from people. People over eat on the junk, so they go the diet route and they yo-yo in their weight and their efforts. I even see that with my husband. Yesterday, as he was dressing for work, he was excited that he could wear his “transition suit”. Yet, at the funeral lunch, he had two meat sandwiches on white bread and several desserts. Yeah. That didn’t help. In the past he’s lost a substantial amount of weight, gained it back, lost it… I’ve not said much, but I’m sick of hearing him complain and I want him to be able to really run around with our kids.)

Even when my son was only two weeks old, I was getting comments on how good I looked already. While I was not very active during my pregnancy, I still ate whole, real foods. Now the only pair of non-maternity pants I know I fit into are khakis that close just above the hips. Not only does that seem to be a flattering style, but I’ll wear them with a tucked in black Tshirt or golf shirt as well. (Fitted dark solids seem to be flattering.)


Ask a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor: What Can I Do For Eczema?

In Second Spring, Dr. Maoshing Ni (or Dr. Mao) reveals hundreds of natural secrets to revitalize and regenerate at any age. He also discusses some natural treatments for those pesky skin ailments like eczema.

Find out what he suggests

Q: In your book, you prescribe sun therapy to treat skin conditions like eczema. Can you explain why?

A: Eczema is a condition where the immune system is actually attacking the skin because it thinks that there are bacteria, allergens or foreign particles in the skin.

Most often it’s in reaction to some sort of skin bacteria which is pretty common. Eczema is basically an inflammation of the skin.

The sun’s UV rays actually kill those bacteria and then it can calm the immune system down so it’s not so hyper to continue attacking the skin.

However, you must take care not to over-expose yourself to the sun because then you can cause UV damage to the skin.

My guideline would be before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m., 25-30 minutes without sun protection.

Anything more than that or during the mid-day, people should put on sunscreen protection on or possibly even cover their skin with UV-protective clothing.

Q: Are there any natural creams that you suggest for eczema?

A: I find that Aloe Vera & Vitamin E combinations are really good for keeping the area lubricated because often times it’s dry and flaky.

For itching, Calendula seems to do a really good job. (Calendula, or marigold extracts, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.)

Within our medical practice, we also use specific herbal combinations for different patients depending on the type of eczema condition they have.



Are Fad Diets Making Us Fat?

Most people would do almost anything to get slim — including major cleanses such as the “lemonade diet” or bizarre and unhealthy weight-loss plans like the cookie diet — but British health experts are warning that these fad diets won’t help us reach our weight-loss goals, and in fact, are probably making us fatter.

Researchers with the British Society of Gastroenterology have found that many dieters are willing to try weight-loss plans that they believe might not be good for their health, yet few are willing to do the only thing that’s proven to lead to long-term weight loss — adopting a balanced, healthy diet and sticking to it for life.

“Foods fads are often based on a well-elaborated scientific or, more often, pseudo-scientific theory, but such is the complexity of diet that the specific value of the nutritional content is seldom tested,” says Professor Chris Hawkey. “We need to do away with quirky diets and get people to realise what will keep them healthy.”

He’s not the first person to point this out — it’s pretty common knowledge that fad diets don’t work. Don’t let yourself fall for fads! Avoid diets that promise alarmingly quick results, require you to cut out an entire food group, make claims that seem “to good to be true,” and cost an arm and a leg. Instead, focus on eating a balanced diet of fresh, good-for-you foods, and talk to your doctor for advice on shedding any extra pounds.


A Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Who doesn’t love the comfort and warmth of home-baked cookies? This was probably one of the very first recipes I ever made many years ago — chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. However, I’ve changed it up a bit and made it kinder to the waistline, as well as your blood sugar.

I have this old cook book that is weathered and totally falling apart at the seams, but I love it and still to this day use it almost every time I bake. I must admit that every recipe in probably has at least 500 calories per bite (OK, maybe I exaggerate a little) and more sugar than cotton candy, but you get the point — it’s all about decadence and taste, not health! I’m proud to say that given my many baking experiments over the years (yes, some were flops and some were fluffy, delicious and fabulous), I have managed to convert almost all the recipes into healthier versions.

Almost any recipe can be converted to a healthier, lighter version. It just takes a little experimenting and patience. If you are new to the idea of changing recipes, then you may find these tips for healthy baking quite helpful:

  • Substitute healthier flours instead of white or whole wheat, such as: brown rice, spelt, kamut, coconut, buckwheat, quinoa, almond (and many more). Keep in mind some of these flours have a strong taste and do not rise well, so you need to do your research and experiment. Brown rice and spelt flour are the easiest substitutions to make when baking and lower in the glycemic index. Coconut flour is VERY dense and quinoa and buckwheat have a distinct flavour — all three are gluten-free.

More tips and chewy, delicious cookie recipe

  • Substitute white sugar with healthier alternatives such as sucanat, agave nectar, stevia, maple syrup. Keep in mind that these sugars are still broken down into glucose in the blood stream. The main difference is that they are generally lower on the glycemic index than white sugar and contain minerals to aid in breakdown, so they don’t leave you bankrupt like white sugar does. Sucanat is my personal fave because it has a nice molasses flavour that naturally occurs. (Remember: brown sugar is only white sugar with molasses added to make it brown. It’s NOT healthier.)
  • Choose your fats/oils wisely. Did you know that it’s actually healthier to use organic coconut oil and butter than sunflower, safflower and other unstable omega-6 fatty acid oils? This may come as a complete shock to many, but yes, it’s true. In fact, many restaurants are now going back to using coconut oil and butter because they have come to the realization that the omega-6 fats can lead to many health concerns. Coconut and butter (or ghee) fats are better for high-temperature baking because the chemical structure of the fat is stable, so even at a high temp it does not change. This means that its structure remains intact and does not pose any danger to your health, unlike many omega-6 fats that can change and become rancid at high temps (trans fat).


3/4 cup of organic butter (softened) or coconut oil/butter
1/2 cup of sucanat sugar*
3/4 cup maple syrup*
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder**
1/4 tsp aluminum-free baking soda**
1/2 tsp ea. ground cinnamon & cloves
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla (get the real stuff, not the artificial kind)
1 and 3/4 cup spelt flour
2 cups of rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill is a great brand)
1/2 cup organic semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, maple syrup, baking soda/powder, cinnamon and cloves. Once combined, beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in the flour slowly. Once combined, stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

2. Drop a small spoonful of dough onto greased cookie sheets and flatten with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes max. Watch the first batch very closely to make sure they don’t burn. Cook just until the edges are golden. Cool on a cookie sheet. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

These cookies freeze really well, are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack and are a hit at holiday parties.


*The original recipe in my weathered old cookbook calls for 1.5 cups of white sugar. Crazy, I know! So keep this in mind when prepping your ingredients. You may want to add more sugar than I suggest if you like it sweeter, but I think the chocolate chips do a great job of adding to the sweetness to satisfy. Another alternative is to substitute chocolate chips with dried cranberries.

**You don’t have to use both of these ingredients. If you don’t, the cookie won’t rise as much or be as fluffy, but personally, I don’t think it really matters. It still tastes delish!


5 Reasons Strength Training is Good For You

People of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from resistance training. Strength training is placing a demand on our muscles to perform physical work that is greater than our everyday tasks. Here are my top 5 reasons to add strength training to your exercise regime.

1. Improved metabolism: Metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories, and the more more lean muscle mass you have (developed by strength training) the more calories you will burn at rest to sustain muscle increase.

2. It makes everyday activities easier: Increased strength will help you complete everyday tasks more easily. This includes things like bringing in your groceries, scooping your children up out of their cribs, and picking up toys off the floor.

3. Improved posture: The way you sit, and stand is affected by the muscles in your neck, shoulders, abs, back and hips. The stronger these muscles are the straighter you will stand and sit (and it’s more comfortable).

4. Strengthens bones: When your muscles move, they pull on your bones, thereby strengthening them. Strong bones will help reduce the chance of injury and also prevent osteoporosis

5.Graceful aging: Strength training reduces loss of muscle mass due to inactivity and aging. Great news if you’re looking for a natural way to look younger, longer.

Getting started
You can work out in just about any area of your house that suits you, but I suggest that you have access to a stereo, as working out to music is a fun and stimulating way to get through an exercise routine. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes, sturdy runner-type shoes and have your water bottle nearby.

Start with two to three strength sessions a week, allowing for at least one day of rest in between. This is important because the resting period allows muscles to recover and repair themselves, which is what they need to become stronger.

This workout uses your body weight (without equipment, i.e. dumbbells etc.) in 5 simple and effective moves.

Start with a light warm-up for about 5 minutes with moves like marching in place, stepping side to side, reaching your arms side to side and up and down. The goal of a warm-up is to get your blood circulating, increase your body temperature and get you mentally focused for your workout.

1. Squats (12-15 repetitions, 2-3 sets)
Muscles targeted: glutes, hamstrings

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, toes pointed to 11 and 1.
  • Chest lifted, brace abdominals, and lower back for support.
  • Initiate movement from the hips; simultaneous movement is through the knees and ankles. (Imagine that you are sitting back into a chair.)
  • Squat position is 90 degree knee flexion, and knees are directed out over 2nd and 3rd toes.
  • Press into your heels and shins, squeeze your glutes and come back up.

Stretch: Knee to buttocks and hold for 30 seconds each leg.

2. Knee push-ups (12-15 repetitions, 2-3 sets)
Muscles targeted: shoulders, chest, back, triceps, and biceps.

  • Place your hands just outside the shoulders with your feet hip-width apart for greater stability, knees on the floor.
  • The torso should be perfectly in line from the neck to the heels throughout the push-up. Think of your body moving in one piece like a plank of wood.
  • The head should to be in line with the body also. Tuck in your chin and keep your eyes slightly forward and focused.
  • To do the push-up, lower your body down to just above the floor by bending your elbows and then push the floor away.

Stretch: Arms clasped in front of chest and hold for 30 seconds, arms clasped behind your back and hold for 30 seconds.

3. Lunges (8-10 lunges on each leg, repeat)
Muscles targeted: quads, glutes, side lunges, hamstrings, hip flexors

  • Start kneeling on the ground with one leg forward. Position knees at 90 degrees and then stand up.
  • Keeping the pelvis square, lower the back knee towards the floor.
  • Press into your front heel, and come back up.

Stretch: Bend knees, place right ankle on left knee hold for 30 seconds, repeat left (hold wall for balance).

4. Plank (hold for 30-60 seconds, repeat)
Muscles worked: core, shoulders, spine

  • Lie face down flat, place your hands underneath your shoulders.
  • Lift your body off the ground with your knees or toes on the ground.

Stretch: Lie face down, hands underneath shoulders, keep your hips on the floor, lift chest away from floor (cobra) and hold for 30 seconds.

5. The Bicycle (8-10 repeat 2-3 times)
Muscle worked: core, obliques

  • Lie face up, flat on a mat with your lower back pressed into the ground.
  • Place your hands behind your ears.
  • Feet off the floor, knees above your hips.
  • Touch your left elbow to your right knee, then your right elbow to your left knee.
  • Work at a steady pace; inhale as your elbow touches the knee; exhale to extend.

Stretch: Stand with feet together, arms extended overhead, bend toward the right and hold for 30 seconds, repeat left.



Where To Go For CPR Training?

Where should you sit your CPR training? The answer to this question depends on why you want to learn cardiac pulmonary resuscitation. If you need certification for a job then you should look to take the classes offered by either the Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Both will require you to attend a physical class so that you can practice your skills and be assessed by a qualified instructor.

Do you need a formal certificate?

If you just want to know CPR but do not need a formal certificate then you could take the American Heart Association online CPR course without leaving your home. This course will teach you everything you need to know and you can log on and refresh your knowledge whenever you feel like it.

Are you living in NYC?

If you are based in New York City and willing to use your newly gained knowledge to teach other people, the NYC CPR classes are worth looking into. These classes are free and the New York City fire crew will come to a venue near you. They won’t give individual training; you will have to arrange for at least six people to take the training with you. In order to try to make sure everyone gets some personal attention the fire crew would prefer that there are no more than 20 people taking any one course. They are more than happy to come out a second, third or fourth time to teach more people if there is sufficient demand.



Want Better Health, Limit Your Carbohydrate Intake

Everybody wants better health and to feel better but most people don’t know how to get it. The fact is, if you want to be healthier the first thing you need to look at is what you are eating. If you are putting poison in your system then you can’t expect to feel very good, can you?

One of the ways that I really turned my life around was by eating healthy no carb recipes. Once I got control of the sugar and simple carbs that my old diet consisted of I felt a whole lot better. More and more research is backing up the fact that people are eating way too many simple carbs with our modern diet.

Two added benefits are that I no longer crave sugary products and my back pain as been dramatically reduced. It used to be that I couldn’t walk past the candy machine at work without some unseen force making me take a dollar out of my wallet and stick it in the machine. Even if my brain said it didn’t want sweets, my body did the dirty work anyway. Now that I don’t eat refined sugar or processed foods I no longer have that problem. I don’t crave anything.

But the big health improvement has been my back. I have suffered from back pain for years. I really didn’t notice it going away as I ate better but I sure noticed when it came returned. We had a birthday party for my wife and daughter and I ate a lot of cake and ice cream. The next day I couldn’t hardly get out of bed it hurt so bad. Within a day of eating well again I was back to normal. I became a believer in the health effects that can be gained from eating less carbs.