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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or simply Lupus is a very complicated health condition. While no one has ever died from the disease per se, so many people have died from related complications. Perhaps the thing that makes Lupus such a difficult condition is the fact that it is very hard to diagnose it and even harder to find the right treatment. Being a chronic condition, there is no one single test yet that can singlehandedly diagnose the disease, making the whole process even more complex.

Lupus risk factors and prevalence
Lupus is a terminal autoimmune disease that is capable of debilitating someone and even result to death as it attacks healthy body tissues, cells, the central nervous system, the skin, the blood, the brain, the heart, lungs, and kidneys among other vital organs of the human body. Lupus is not a contagious disease, neither is it cancerous in nature, but it is very much prevalent than diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and even HIV/AIDS. While Lupus attacks men, women, the aged, and children, it tends to be more prevalent in women than in their male counterparts, and it is actually very common in women of color than it is in whites.

Types of Lupus
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, there currently are four major types of Lupus
1. Drug induced Lupus Erythematosus
2. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
3. Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
4. Neonatal Lupus

The most common type of Lupus is the Systemic one; hence it is the one people refer to when the word Lupus is mentioned. It can be mild or severe depending on the situation and can attack any tissue, cell, or system in the human body. If left untreated, Systemic Lupus can be life-threatening. The worst thing about this condition is that it

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Almost every man in the world who is capable of masturbating has experienced the pleasure of masturbation. Solo sex simply feels good. It has been known to aid in sleep and help relieve both sexual and mental stress. Here’s five facts men may not have known about their bed time habits:

1. “Abnormal” masturbation does not exist.
Many men worry that their form of masturbation is the “wrong” or “abnormal” way to masturbate. Experts explain that many men exhibit various techniques when undergoing masturbation and the frequency of masturbation is also something that is individual to each person. PhD Betty Dodson, a New York sexologist who authored Sex for One, explains that since each human being’s personality is unique, it makes sense that each masturbation technique fits their unique personality. Author of The Big Book of Masturbation, Martha Cornog, explains that men may not only utilize their hands during masturbation. Men have also been known to utilize sex toys, inanimate objects, looks at specific reading materials while masturbating, or even watch themselves in the mirror while performing solo sex.

2. Masturbation is “safe” but can be dangerous.
One of the most positive attributes of masturbation is that you probably will be unable to give yourself a sexually transmitted disease. Sex with a partner can also be filled with many emotional and physical strains that masturbation is inherently free of. Yet while masturbation is some of the “safest sex possible” states Cornog, it can also be inherently harmful if not treated with care.
Over-masturbation is a common (although rarely spoken about publically) issue that occurs when a man masturbates too frequently or too vigorously. An unhealthy amount and/or type of masturbation can cause damage to a person’s penis. The most common effect of

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Overview
Vaginal Yeast infections are the second most common infections that affect women, coming a close second to Urinary tract Infection (UTI). Otherwise referred to as thrush or Candidiasis, a vaginal yeast infection can be very uncomfortable. Candida albicans is the scientific name given to yeast, a species naturally found in the vaginal area, in the mouth, and basically in moist parts of the human body. Circa 20-50 per cent of healthy women today have yeast in their vagina, which is perfectly normal?

However, an infection ensues when the normal balance of yeast is upset, say when someone uses antibiotics medication to cure an infection in a different part of the body, or during pregnancy. Antibiotics are known to thwart healthy bacteria that subsist in the vagina, giving the yeast species room to multiply. It is this multiplication of yeast that results to the uncomfortable infection.

On the flip side of the coin when a woman is pregnant, the immunity tends to be depressed, a biological adaptation of the human body, thus giving room for such organisms to multiply. There are other situations that can lead to the multiplication of yeast which results in an infection, such as putting on extremely tight trousers, using nylon undergarments, presence of chlorine in swimming pool water, and even the common toilet paper used. Simply put, the results are the same regardless of the underlying cause of the infection.

It can be very tempting to treat yourself especially if you are familiar with the symptoms say because of a prior infection. However, a yeast infection can be very stubborn so if you experience a recurrent situation, the best course of action would be to consult a qualified physician who will be in a position to diagnose the underlying cause and administer the right treatment.

How

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Do you know your Body Mass Index (BMI)? Did you know that if you have a BMI of above 30 you are prone to many health complications? And did you know if you have 50 or more pounds above your average weight as per your BMI you are considered overweight? Obesity is a serious cause for concern today as more and more people are leading sedentary lifestyles and putting their healths at risk. The health risks associated with obesity are well known – heart complications, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, all which are life threatening to say the least.

Not to be discouraged though. There is some good news in form of a program known as Optifast. This is a whole new approach to obesity and if the current statistics are anything to go by, it is taking the world by a storm. See when Optifast came into being, it was only limited to consumers in the US and Canada. Today, thanks to the many success stories and attributes it has received over the years, it has become an international commodity, and is actually the most sought after product today among weight watchers and obese individuals.

Optifast is a whole new and unique approach to the obesity menace. The diet program is designed by legendary physicians, nutritionists and counsellors and is about using a caloric-controlled liquid formula very potent in nutritional value. Perhaps the other great thing about this diet program is that it comes with counselling sessions, a learning process that will help you not only shed off the unwanted pounds but also maintain the right amount of weight through healthy weight management options.
The Optifast diet program is backed by thorough research that entails educating the users on the right lifestyle changes to make, and more importantly portion control methods and

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Did you know that a simple visit to the doctor for a ‘simple’ checkup can turn out very expensive in the end? Yes you heard it right. Dentist fees can fast accumulate to thousands of dollars in a very short time, especially if you have a condition that needs regular checkups. Common dental health problems include cavities, plaque, dentures or root canal braising, all which can add up to a lot of money. Some good news however is that with dental insurance, you can be able to visit the dentist with confidence that your dental health problems will be well taken care of without having to worry about a hefty dental bill.

Discuss with your dentist because today most of them have dental insurance plans in place to help their patients save money. For starters you can even opt for a group insurance plan that will give you lots of flexibility even if you are seeing a dentist out of your locality. A Dental insurance plan will help make payments easy and affordable. This is because when you become an insurance policy holder, you will only be expected to pay a small part of the bill and the policy will offset the remaining. Your insurance service provider will make payments to your dentist once every month so you can always go with confidence knowing you are getting quality dental services thanks to your dental insurance policy that entitles you to dental checkups.

As is like any other type of insurance today, finding an affordable dental insurance plan isn’t a hard nut to crack. You can do so by simply going online and browsing about dental insurance plans in your local area. The internet is a very rich resource with lots of information regarding different insurance companies, so you can be

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The health benefits of normal green tea are very many and equally very amazing. Even more amazing are the health benefits of a very potent version of green tea known as the Matcha green tea. So potent it is that it is believed to contain 15 times more nutrients than your everyday type of green tea. Notably, it has very many antioxidants than it has blueberries. Matcha is made of only the first 2-3 top leaves which are ground carefully into very fine powder. This explains the reason why the tea is always absorbed fast and easily in your bloodstream upon consumption.

Nutritional benefits of the Matcha
• Vitamins A, C, E, K and B-Complex
• High chlorophyll content that detoxifies the blood
• Has 70 times the amount of antioxidants found in orange juice
• Very rich in catechins, particularly EGCG and polyphenols (antioxidants) which are known to help in fighting cancer. According to a recent research released by the University of Colorado, this kind of green tea contains 137 times more catechins than those found in regular tea
• A great source of fiber to your diet
• Significantly boosts your metabolism by up to 40% thus helping in sustainable weight loss
• Trace amounts of minerals copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, sodium, and phosphorus

With the above list, it is therefore evident that Matcha tea is undoubtedly the most potent green tea yet in the world. It traces its origins back in Japan, where it has been consumed for over a 1000 years. Actually, Matcha was first discovered by Buddhist Monks and since then, it has become a household name in Japan, being the only type of tea served in special Japanese tea parties. The reason this tea is so special is because it is carefully grown and specially shaded to retain the

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If you are like many people on a mission to lose weight, you wish you could stitch and staple your mouth shut so you can avoid the temptation of putting all that you come across in the mouth, but this is something that is impossible to do. Today more than ever before, people are very conscious of their appearance and health, justifying the availability of a million and one weight loss diets in the market. As is expected, there are weight loss diets which are effective and others which are ineffective. The ineffective diets encourage people to live on diet pills or juices alone, others claim to help people lose as much as 10 pounds a week, while still others will encourage avoiding a list of foods in order to lose weight successfully.

On the flip side of the coin there are diets (read south beach diet) which have proven effective, well at least if the current statistics of success rates are anything to go by. Perhaps the main reason why the South Beach Diet is such a success is because it is a very easy and straight forward diet to follow and besides it is very clear on instructions, explaining why you have to eat, and not eat this and that. The South Beach Diet is the wonderful work of the celebrated Arthur Agatston, who takes the time to explain why there are good and bad carbs, and the difference between the two.

According to Agatson, when you consume food rich in carbs, you will get hungry in an hour or so since the body has the natural ability of digesting carbohydrates very fast. In the process, your blood sugar levels will rise. Based on this, the South Beach Diet advocates for the eradication of carbs and replacing

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We all want to have flat abs don’t we? This urge for flat abs has been triggered by the search for that elusive yet admirable 6-pack which is only seen in the movies and soap operas. Luckily, there are so many products and equipment in the market to help achieve the 6-pack, if only you could take the time to search for one that suits you. There are machines that will contract the abs; others will twist the waist, while still others are designed specifically to help in doing crunches.

One thing however that you ought to know when wanting to achieve the 6-pack is that spot training alone doesn’t help much, it has to be coupled with some cardio exercises so fat can be melted away. Thus, exercises that focus on expending fat so the abdominals can be clearly defined are the best abs exercises that you should be looking at. Luckily, the market has several customized exercise programs that focus on toning the abs in a healthy and safe way.

A very good example is the Hip Hop Abs formulated by renowned Hip Hop Abs instructor Shaun T. This involves the Tilt Tuck n’ Tighten technique which, when coupled with some choreographed dance moves, you are able to chisel your Abs without compromising on your health. The Tilt Tuck n’ Tighten technique entails tilting the shoulders forward as you tuck your tail bone while at the same time tightening the abs section. Even though this may take some regular practice to master the technique while concurrently following the choreography, in a matter of days it will be on your fingertips.

Nothing beats dance as an exciting way of working out the abs because while in it you will actually be enjoying the dance moves and not feel anything

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the Basic Dental Care

How would life have been without a smile? Just imagine for a second how it would have been if people couldn’t smile. Relationships would be complicated as it would have been hard to define the personality and attitude of a person. A smile is very important and the only way you can be guaranteed of a confident and beautiful smile is by taking good care of your teeth. Dental health and dental care is one of the most researched topics today, with the focus mainly on creating awareness on good dental care and hygiene.

Your teeth were not put there to only grind and cutter or to flash the occasional smile when situations warrant; your teeth play an integral part in your body just like all other parts of the human body, reason why they too need good care. Basically, dental health entails good oral hygiene and very simple routine practices that do not involve medical intervention and which keeps the dentist away. The saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ has never been any truer in dental health since taking good care of your dental health will go a very long way in keeping bad breath, tooth-decays, canker sores, plaque, and gum-diseases a safe distance from you, thus guaranteeing you a beautiful and infectious smile every day of your life.

Dental care starts by knowing how to brush and floss your teeth, how to use the right kind of toothpaste and how to choose what you eat and drink to avoid compromising on your dental health. Note that your diet plays an integral role in strengthening, or weakening thereof, your teeth, fighting halitosis (bad breath) and generally ensuring your oral hygiene is perfect. Some of the common

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