Poem: Sing This Body

Hands over eyes
A giggle sings in this body
Like a sweet chorus

Broad smile stretches across this face
That was once marred by sullen expression.
This sad face easily sacrificed for happy eyes

Once more, I say
Knowing that once more will not be enough
Happy, greedy me
Asking for more playful touches
For more thrilling tangled-body-moments


Wow! What a Body!

The human body is an amazing mechanical and electro-chemical machine. It is a carefully balanced system which depends on correct amounts of oxygen, carbon, magnesium and many other trace elements and minerals, combined with water. The quantities it needs for each function are exact but it is quite forgiving of shortage, or excess, in some areas.

Shortage of iron is one of the most problematic things in the system. If the body lacks iron, it becomes anemic and cannot carry enough oxygen around the body in the blood. This leads to all kinds of problems because the only way the muscles and organs of the body can get oxygen is through the blood.

Excess salt upsets the potassium-sodium balance of the body. Excess fluid is retained and the elimination system through the kidneys can't work properly. That's why we are told to watch our salt levels.

As long as this amazing mechanism is kept in reasonably good repair and fueled correctly, it serves us well.

An adult human has 206 bones and an infant has 300. Attached to these bones are 369 skeletal muscles. These are the bits that do the mechanics. They all link up together to enable movement using a system of levers and joints with muscles to pull them.

The tongue is the only muscle in the human body that isn't attached at both ends. To be more precise, the tongue is actually a group of muscles, not just one. It's surface is covered in taste buds.

In the human face there are ten different muscle groups. It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.

Eighty-five percent of the human brain is made up of water. It contains more than 100 billion neurones, each of which is connected to 10,000 other neurones. Even the most powerful computer system cannot boast that many connections. More than one quarter of the oxygen needed by the body is used by the brain.

At just twelve weeks old, the unborn fetus has fingerprints. These are unique and cannot be changed.

The smallest muscle in the body is inside the middle ear. It is just one millimeter long and supports one of the small bones inside the ear which is called the stirrup.

There are twenty-nine known human blood groups. The rarest of these is A-H which has only been found in very few families, mostly in Japan.

The strongest muscle in the body is called the masseter which is at the back of the jaw, and this is the one that allows the chewing of food, and the hardest substance in the human body is the enamel that covers the teeth.

Wow! What a body!


Fats and Your Body

Fat seems to be hard for people to properly understand its place in a diet. Many people are mistaken that ALL fats are bad. This however, is not the case. In my article, I'd like to explain the differences between fats.

There is not just one type of fat, but many kinds. We have fats that are not so healthy for us. And those of course, are what we need to avoid. And there are others that are actually good for you in the right amounts. The good fats, help your skin get the right moisture, lubricate your joints and help the bones, and some fats help you to stay satisfied longer as far as feeling full so that you don't overeat.

Healthy fats are those that are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. You can get sources of these fat types in your olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds, and avocados. Now your source for omega 3 fatty acids come from seafood like trout, shrimp, and other types of fish and also some nuts, and seeds. Omega 3's also help to prevent blood from clotting, and raises your HDL cholesterol, which is the good side. Your triglyceride levels will likely benefit from Omega 3's.

Insofar as bodily functions, both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats have also been known to protect women from breast cancers, and both men and women from colon cancers. Your monounsaturated fats also help your body to guard against heart diseases, and help to control your cholesterol. Vitamin E is also provided to you in monounsaturated fat sources.

The fats which you do not want to include too much of in your diet are the transfats, and also saturated fats. Your saturated fats are those fats which are highly likely to raise your cholesterol and cause a lot of heart disease and artherosclerosis, (hardening of the arteries). A lot of saturated fat sources come from
food that has been processed. When food is processed, then a lot of the healthier fats are converted into the
unhealthier fat types. Many of your cheeses, and meats which are processed. Creams and butters also contain a larger amount of the unsaturated fats.

So when planning your diet, make certain that you include some healthy fats each day for better health maintenance. By not at least allowing yourself the healthier fats, you are missing a very important part of a healthy balanced diet.


The Joint that Gives Your Body the Most Stability Can Cause You the Greatest Pain

What The Labrum Is And What Is Does

The hip joint is a very complex, important part of our body. Unfortunately the hip bears the brunt of almost every movement and even non-movement you make. Even while laying down, there is pressure on your hip joint. Perhaps this is why any type of disease or injury to this area can be debilitating. Where the head of the femur meets the body, is the hip socket. The head of the femur, a typically nicely formed and round fits very nicely into the socket. There is cartilage that forms a seal, a "rim" around this joint. This cartilage is the Labrum. The Labrum gives a cushion to the joint and absorbs the shock of your movements. The Labrum is important also in keeping the joint stable and in place.

Signs of a Labral Tear

If you have a Labral tear in your hip, you may start noticing a "clicking" sound when moving from one position to another. More painful is a "catching" sensation. It feels almost like one bone is caught on another and it causes pain and even possibly a fear to move at that point. Some people have no pain at all while in others it produces a severe pain. This pain may even run across your pelvic region or down your thigh. You may notice the inability to do certain things that you need to move your leg in or out for. Losing mobility in any direction happens is if your range of motion is affected. Range of motion is very important, as it can and will affect many other functions and cause a lot more pain by losing it. Losing range of motion is almost a snowball effect really.

Causes Of A Labral Tear

The most common cause for a Labal tear is athletic injury. A sudden twisting motion or sudden hit, like you would get in football and other contact sports is the most common for athletes. You need not be an athlete for this kind of injury though. Car accidents, and any injury that can cause a dislocation can cause the Labrum to tear. You don't need to have a dislocated hip to have the tear either, but it is a little more common with those types of injuries. Any type of structural problem with your hip, whether born that way or due to arthritic conditions raises the risk of a Labral tear.

Conservative Treatment Of A Labral Tear

Unfortunately, a Labral tear will not heal on its own. There are things you can do to give yourself a little comfort though. The Orthopdic doctor, particularly one that specializes in hips is the type of doctor needed to moniter and treat this condition. Typically, treatment starts with physical therapy to regain some of your range of motion. Typically, hydro-therapy is recommended because then there is no pressure on the joint. Pain relievers may be used depending on the severity of the pain. Sometimes crutches are used for a time. Again, the tear itself will not heal, but this treatment is used to reduce the pain enough to resume your normal activities.

Surgery To Repair A Labral Tear

If conservative therapy does not enable you to return to normal activity and won't restore your range of motion, surgery is the only other alternative. During the surgery, the tear is actually "shaved" or trimmed away in some cases. In other cases there is a possibility of stitching it together again. The trimming away of the tear, or fringed labrum is more common and is typically done via anthroscopy, …

Heed Your Body's Warnings

I learned young, and traumatically, to listen to my body. I was twenty-six years old, twenty-two weeks pregnant, and in labor. I was either ignorant or in denial or (most likely) a combination of the two. For sure, I did not pay attention to what my body had been telling me.

I woke up that fateful December morning in 1983 with an unusually heavy cramp. I prayed to God that he would just let me get thru my morning errands, put my feet up, and rest before our guests began to arrive. I was planning a surprise 30th birthday party for my husband. I kissed him goodbye, rushed him out the door to work, and hit the road with my very long to-do list.

Throughout the morning, as I picked up the borrowed tables and chairs and did my grocery shopping, the cramps became heavier with less pain-free time in-between. Finally, after my third call to the doctor, bent over in pain and spotting, I conceded to go in to see him.

I was in labor. From his office, we went to the hospital. The doctor did all he possibly could to prevent delivery. He brought me to the delivery room, gave me a spinal, and attempted to push the membrane back inside my uterus. If successful, his plan was to stitch the cervix closed and put me on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. He wasn't successful.

He then gave me medicine to stop the labor, and positioned my bed so that my feet were higher than my head. He had hoped that the membrane would slide back into my uterus on it's own, and he could then stitch the cervix closed. Unfortunately, that didn't work either.

My water broke some time around 10:00pm, and shortly after that my little boy was delivered still born. We had a strong heartbeat right up until the moment his little lungs hit the air. They just weren't developed enough to survive.

My body had actually begun to express its weakness at 20 weeks. I often described the feeling of not being able to support the weight of a baby, feeling it was going to slide out of me. In essence, that is exactly what happened. I have an incompetent cervix. My body knew that before my doctor did.

I didn't listen then, but I do now.


An Overview On Martial Arts

Martial arts are a series of techniques created for defense and combat in combat. They are characterized by the organized form of their methods of combat, by the coherence and codification of their techniques, which allowed them to differentiate themselves from street fights. Currently, martial arts are practiced for several reasons: personal protection, sports, health, mental discipline, self-confidence.

The most representative characteristics of these techniques are the way in which the balance between body, mind, and spirit is exercised; adding a philosophical current for each discipline that emanates and that moves from generation to generation, improving the style at every moment. Martial arts have been practiced since ancient times, emerging as a way to preserve physical integrity, causing the least possible damage to aggression and improving strength and endurance.

Martial arts are often linked to ancient and legendary arts in the eastern world, which is why the people who practice most are from China and Japan.

The modern conception of martial arts comprises a wide variety of styles that vary depending on their origins or philosophy. However, they are classified into two types: those aimed at armed combat and those that stand out for not using any type of weapon.

Martial Arts That Make Use of Weapons:

Martial Arts That Make Use of Weapons:

Ninjutsu: is a Japanese martial art, used for espionage and guerrillas. Traditionally, this method was used in ancient times by ninjas on the battlefield. Currently, ninjutsu is restricted only to the use of blows, joint movements, demolitions and the use of traditional weapons, among which the ninjato stands out as a very sharp sword; the “kaginawa” (hook attached to a rope); the “tekken” (rings with several metal tips).

Kenjutsu: represents an old-school Japanese martial art, whose objective is to teach how to fight effectively using the saber. Today, many schools of practice of this style still remain. Kenjutsu dojos still remain throughout Japanese territory. However, the number of practitioners is very small, this may be due to the martial nature of the practice and the detachment of the new generations to preserve the most typical aspects of Japanese culture.

Eskrima: is a Filipino martial art, which was influenced for a long time by different western and oriental martial disciplines, one of the most recent of the Spanish classic of fencing. This technique is based on the use of several combat weapons: wooden sticks, daggers, machetes, axes, etc.

Martial Arts That Don’t Use Weapons:

Karate: It is a traditional martial art from Japan, which consists of punching with the edge of the hand, elbows and feet.

Kung Fu: It is a traditional Chinese discipline whose philosophy is “healthy body and good health”. This martial art was initially practiced by Buddhist monks who performed it to help with their meditations; They ended up turning into fighting skills.

Taekwondo: It is a martial art of Korean origin, very popular today. This discipline combines methods of karate and kung fu.…

Young Boys and Body Parts

I have a five, almost six, year old son. I have done my best to teach him to talk properly and politely. Usually, he listens pretty well. He is ahead of his peers in his speech and , has an excellent grasp of the English language, is doing very well with reading and even better with writing. he uses big words all the time, and will often use a word in such the right context that all of us around him become suitably impressed and proud. So…whats the issue?

The Butt Stuff.

Honestly, its every day he goes on about his behind. I know a neighborhood kid introduced him to the word “booty” which led to a “Shake your Booty” dance that they practiced, unbeknownst to me, to perfection. As quickly as I tried to put a stop to it, my son still tries to get away with it now and again. The word booty has become another banned word from his vocabulary. Not so much that I believe its a bad word, but that he was saying it constantly.

The butt jokes.

Where do they come from? Do they all sit on the bus coming home from school and make them up? It gets so tiring. He loves to spell, and unfortunately he loves to spell butt all the time. Another favorite thing he does is inject these words into every day sentences. Such as, “Hey mom, can I have a peanut butter and butt sandwich?” Or “I’m going to Butt today!” And no matter how much I yell, its still so funny to him. I swear, I don’t teach him this, he doesn’t get it off of TV (well maybe SpongeBob, you never know with that sponge!) He also tries to get away with smacking his butt while doing the booty dance. Alas, the drama of a toddler!

Flatulence is another one. It never ends. His favorite, favorite, favorite word is fart. Why? Can anyone please explain why this cracks kids up so much? He does the same thing, injects it into various sentences, spells it out, and worst of all, has perfected the art of actually DOING it. For a five year old, his gas can pack a wallop. Which is then cause for mass hysteria on his part. I have a younger daughter, and if she happens to pass gas, the whole world must know. While walking in a store, God forbid something squeaks out a funny noise. You’ll hear him exclaim, hey who farted? Why? Why is it so darn funny?

Kids. You do you’re best to teach them, and they still don’t butt you. Ooops….see, he’s rubbing off. Sigh.


Drug Use and How it Can Affect the Body and Mind

The drug referred to in this article is amphetamine. To start off with, here is a generalized "menu" of what can be found in meth. It consists of different toxic and dangerous chemicals, which can be incredibly dangerous and sometimes lethal to ingest, even by themselves. Some of the most common components used are drain cleaners, ephedrine, hydrochloric acid, and even starting fluid. With any of those combined it's no wonder that the people making meth get burns on their skin and drug labs end up exploding!

Meth is a highly addictive and destructive drug. It is one of those drugs that reels you in bit by bit, until you reach the point that you feel as if you simply CANNOT live without it. As the old song goes, "the more you see, the more you do." And the more you do it, the more your body craves it. Physically, it can bring on a feeling of euphoria. It gives that feeling as if you are on top of the world and absolutely nothing can drag you down. It also can give you a false confidence. I say that because if you are normally a very introverted, shy and quiet individual, it can bring about a totally opposite change. You can become very outgoing, extroverted, and extremely "chatty", almost as if another personality has taken over your body. It can also cause you to miss many meals, as the appetite has been suppressed and hunger is basically nonexistent. Dehydration is another result from drug use. You simply don't think about taking in liquids, and normally don't want them until it's almost too late.

But the "valleys" after the "peaks" can wreak complete havoc and chaos. The come down from meth can be very sudden, incredibly painful, drastic and emotional. After being "up" physically, mentally and emotionally for X number of days and nights, the body pretty much does a full fledged "crash and burn". Sleep is inevitable, as the body has been deprived of it for so long and that's all it's ready to do. Sleep can last from mere hours to several days, depending on how long the drug binge lasted. Even after getting the much needed rest, the body will still feel tired, achy and run down from being abused so much and pumped full of toxicity.

Another thing that happens during the aftermath is that emotions and tempers run quite high. It is very easy to get upset over just about anything even to the point of violent reactions. Patience is very thin as well. Again, this comes from a lack of proper rest and nutrition and from the toxic chemicals still present in the body. And if your body is craving more "up time", all of those emotions and tempers are very much intensified.

Mentally, meth can cause quite a mess. It causes delusions, hallucinations and extremely poor judgment. Situations that would normally be easy for a clear minded person to deal with or avoid become major issues and catastrophes for those whose minds are fogged from drug use. Slurred, mixed up speech is usually a result as well. At times, a person on meth is unable to even get a straight or complete sentence out.

The best bet for anyone even contemplating trying this dangerous illicit drug is to NOT do it. Marriages have been destroyed by it; jobs have been terminated because of it; and lives have been torn apart and even ended because of the effects of it. Run the other direction as far from it as you can. Your mind, body and …

Doing Your Own Body Work

Doing body work can be challenging, frustrating, and time consuming if not properly prepared. There is almost not right or wrong way in achieving the proper shape to a panel after it's been damaged, body work is an art form that normally takes years to master, but with some helpful tips in this article you'll be on your way to getting that damaged body panel as flat as possible and saving yourself from the enormous bill that a body shop would charge you.

Things you will need: Stripper, palm sander, stud welder or screw slide hammer, body hammer (in case you pull the dent out too much), air compressor , 40, 80, 120 grit sand paper, sanding block or inline pneumatic sander, body filler and spreaders, and a catalyzed primer with primer gun.

**Before you begin doing any body work you are going to need to get down to the metal, this can be done in a number of ways, by using a stripper (such as a Dewalt), a DA (dual action sander), or a palm sander, or aircraft stripper if necessary; when stripping off paint to get down to the metal make sure you wear a dusty mask, you do not want to breath in body dust.

**Using a stud (or shank) welder is the contemporary proper way to pull out dents, but there are some things that you should know before you use one of these welding tools. First of all you should remove any interior parts that can be behind the panel in question such as interior panels and sound deadening material because stud welders are known to start fires, also place wet towels near the interior of the car where the panel in question is to have a stud welded into it. A hot cherry can fall into the interior of the car and a fire may be a result. Always use proper eye protection also. Begin welding your shanks in the very middle part of the panel where the dent is the deepest and space them about a ¾ to an inch apart depending on the length of the dent. After using your stud pulling slide hammer you may not get the desired results as far as pulling the dent out, so you might have to repeat the process again to get the desired results.

**Some people still use a drill and a slide hammer with a screw to pull out dents, although this method is still effective it can leave you with some nasty holes to fill. Make sure that you use a new good quality screw when pulling out the dent. Some screws are not the same quality as other and the screw in question should be very course threaded, this will give it the optimal opportunity of pulling out the dent. You should use a drill bit that is the same diameter as the body of the screw not the threads, drilling to big of a hole will be useless if you can't pull out the dent. Similar to a stud welder you will most likely have to drill multiple holes in the panel to get the desired effect and space them out just as you would a stud welder.

**Keep in mind also that some damaged panels are just beyond fixing and may need to be replaced, unless you're working on the roof of a car or the rear quarter panels you will most likely be in luck for easy removal and replacement of the said part with basic hand tools and of course all major collision damage should be done …

How Sitting at Work is Harming Your Body

Many of of have desk jobs, sitting in front of a computer or paperwork, a lot of us don’t know that sitting is actually very hard on our bodies and has even been shown to lower our life expectancy. Sitting for over 6 hours a day for more than a decade is shown to increase the risk of heart disease by 64 percent. Every year you can lose 1 percent of your bone marrow from sitting 6 hours a day. Still, after all the reasons to stand up, the average American still spends 90 percent of their leisure time sitting down.


How to Counteract the Negative of Sitting All Day

    • Get out of your chair and walk around or do some type of exercise (such as twenty jumping jacks) at least one time every hour.

  • Park further back in a parking lot to add a little extra walking in your day.
  • Use breaks you find during your day (commercials, the end of one episode and beginning of another, after you finish that project or step or any other break in your work.) Use this time to get up and walk around and exercise, after a while it will become a habit.
  • Try and get into an exercise routine, go for a jog or go to the gym in the morning or evening.
  • Try out a standing desk.

shows that just getting up once an hour to do a little exercise will help you to counteract these effects. So spend a few extra minutes standing up and moving a day and gain years back to your life.