Good health and longevity interests people of all ages from around the world. As a result, the weight loss and fitness industries have been booming for years. There are so many diets that those seeking help with their weight loss or health needs don't know where to turn. Two diets that have become extremely popular recently are the Mediterranean Diet and the South Beach Diet. Here's a detailed comparison of both diets.Mediterranean Diet ExplainedThe Mediterranean Diet is often called "The Healthiest Diet in the World" because of its healthy weight loss benefits. Just as the name implies, the Mediterranean Diet has been enjoyed by people who live in the Mediterranean region, particularly Italy and Greece, for thousands of years and is now being adopted by many Americans and others around the world.It is a diet low in saturated fat with healthy mono-unsaturated fats being provided through fish, nuts and olive oil. It features foods such as dried fruits, vegetables, whole grains, small portions of meat such as salmon, turkey, lamb, and tuna, and a small amount of wine.The Mediterranean Diet is known for its many benefits such as help in the prevention of gallstones, breast cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, Lou Gehrig disease, high cholesterol, and other diseases.South Beach Diet Explained The South Beach Diet is a newer "no carb" type diet where carbohydrates are prohibited during the first phase of the diet, and then are slowly introduced back into the diet after two weeks. There are three phases all together, with the third being for maintenance. The focus is on lean meats such as chicken, turkey, shellfish, and fish as well as nuts, eggs, and low-fat cheese. The benefits are weight loss with a long-term balanced diet plan to help with weight maintenance.How the Diets are AlikeThe similarities of these two diets include eating restaurant quality recipes and promoting healthy monounsaturated fats. Both diets are low in unhealthy saturated fats. The unhealthy fats are found in cheese and meat. Both diets promote healthy foods. Both provide an avenue for fast weight loss with a plan for lifetime maintenance. Also, both diets offer online support and memberships for delicious diet recipes. For instance, Ayhan's Mediterranean Menu Plans are available for those who want to change over to a Mediterranean way of eating.How They DifferWith the Mediterranean Diet, alcohol (especially wine) is allowed in moderation. It is prohibited in the first phase of the South Beach Diet. The Mediterranean Diet is high in fiber while the South Beach Diet is low in fiber during its initial phase.Portion control is the main focus of the Mediterranean Diet while the South Beach Diet restricts "what" is eaten by prohibiting certain fruits and vegetables. Another major difference is that those who adopt the Mediterranean Diet may order foods, dressings and seasonings online for their cooking needs. The South Beach Diet does not offer products such as these. The South Beach Diet has only been around a few years while the Mediterranean Diet has been around for thousands of years. Studies have shown that those eating a Mediterranean Diet have less risk of major diseases and can even increase longevity.In this comparison, we see that both diets offer health and weight loss benefits. However, the Mediterranean Diet appears to be better for long-term good health and has fared well in many studies.
Although some medical scientists agreed upon the new features discovered and explained by Kanner, others didnt accept his ideas, claiming that autism couldnt be separated from other neurological disorders. Many medical scientists disagreed with Kanner and completely refused to see autism as a distinctive syndrome. This was due to the fact that Kanner failed to clarify various aspects of autism, leaving serious gaps in his research.By contrast, scientists who accepted Kanners ideas quickly began to apply his model of diagnosis in their psychiatric practice. However, considering the fact that Kanners concept of autism was confusing, most medical scientists who adopted his theories applied the model of diagnosis too widely. Due to misinterpretation of Kanners ideas, more and more people who suffered from neurological disorders were inappropriately diagnosed with autism. The concept of autism was finally clarified by Rutter in the late 70s. Rutter introduced new terminologies and developed new theories that would adjust the overall interpretation of autism. In an attempt to eliminate the confusion that surrounded the concept of autism, Rutter focused his work on improving Kanners model of diagnosis. Some of the new criteria introduced by Rutter in the process of diagnosing autism were:- Onset of the syndrome in early childhood, by the age of 30 months;- Abnormal social development (regarded separately from intellectual development);- Slow and impaired development of speech (regarded separately from intellectual development);- Poor adaptation skills, stereotype behaviors and insistence on routine.While Kanner claimed that autism and intellectual retardation should be regarded as two separate, distinctive units, Rutter revealed that the concept of autism included some degree of intellectual retardation. Rutter refused to accept that autism should be diagnosed without measuring the levels of performance intelligence and proved that Kanners syndrome and impaired cognitive functions went hand in hand. While this fact may seem controversial and contradictory to Kanners findings, the truth is that the Austrian scientist failed to correctly measure the IQ levels of the subjects he studied. In fact, Kanner only discovered good memory and logical skills in his subjects, not accounting for other aspects of performance intelligence. Rutter explained that in spite of their good memory and good logical skills, most autistics present some degree of impaired mental judgment.Rutters work had clarified many aspects of autism, enabling medical scientists to diagnose the syndrome in a more precise and approachable manner. Rutters improved model of diagnosis was a huge step forward in the practice of psychiatry, clarifying certain aspects omitted by his predecessors. Although there are still many uncertain aspects regarding the syndrome identified by Kanner, nowadays medical scientists are able to correctly diagnose children with autism.
The amount of people living and working at higher altitude has increased thanks to the advances weve made in technology with new rail, road and air systems weve been easily able to commute to higher climates but how is this going to affect us especially our health?Its been estimated that in the west of the U.S alone up to 30 million people either travel or live at heights over 5000 feet. But can we function as well up there as we can at sea levels. We all know that the body requires oxygen to function, normal air contains about 2o% oxygen but as we increase in altitude the levels of oxygen lowers in proportion and we find that our lungs have to work harder to take in the same amount. The problems from lack of oxygen or altitude sickness can range from blackouts to extreme conditions of seizures and coma. The body does adapt to the changes over time by increasing the amount of red cell production but how else can our bodies be affected?Research was done on a group of climbers who had traveled to Everest and after a year, it was found that 13 out of the 16 couldnt tap their fingers as fast as they could before the climb, these finding wasnt just limited to this group other studies even on elite climbers found the they also suffered this condition for between 2-10 months after climbing in high altitude.You may be thinking, Well thats climbers that got nothing to do with me but even at 12,000 ft your bodys oxygen level could be so low that if your body was like this at sea level you would be entitled to medical care.So..what does mean to you? Should you pack your oxygen tank for that skiing weekend break? Probably not. But dont expect your body to perform as well as it does at sea level!
Why pay a fortune for bottled water, When you can get it for less than a penny per gallon.Bottle Water is a great example of a highly sophisticated propaganda apparatus that is able to convince millions of people to buy into the sham and transforming water into a fashion statement. Bottle water is very expensive over the long term whereas my machine initial cost is only the equivalent of about two hundred gallons of water and the machine will last, as it has, for many years to come. Water filters are devices that can improve the overall taste, smell and appearance of drinking water and can remove some chemical substances. Water filters are basically used to purify water that can be used for drinking, irrigations, water aquariums and also for swimming pools. Bottled water companies are wasting resources and exacerbating climate change. Bottled water is one of many luxuries we afford ourselves in the developed world. Bottled water meets no higher quality standards than tap water, and the two best selling brands Aquafina and Dasani are simply municipal tap water that has been filtered. Bottled water is not necessarily healthier that tap. While different agencies govern tap water (Environmental Protection Agency) and bottled water (Food and Drug Administration), for the most part, similar standards have been adopted by both. Bottled water is one of the most ridiculous, destructive things we are doing to the planet we all claim to enjoy. "--Bottled water costs as much as $10 per gallon compared to less than a penny per gallon for tap water."--Worldwide, 2.7 million tons of plastic are used each year to make water bottles, but in the U.S., less than 20 percent of these bottles are recycled."--The total estimated energy needed to make, transport, and dispose of one bottle of water is equivalent to filling the same bottle one-quarter full of oil."--An estimated 40 percent of bottled water sold in the U.S. is just filtered tap water."FilterAt 30 to 50 cents per gallon, filtering your tap water is not only more cost effective, but it also gives you control over what chemicals or substances are removed from the water you drink. We filter ours and are just thankful for this resource to be so available to us. I do not need any of the big drink making companies filtering it for me. I installed a water filter , no more bottled water for me, no more recycling the plastic bottles. The best bet is to invest in a good water filter. Hence, this method works for me at the fraction of the cost of bottled water, with the same clear and pure taste, that mother nature intended for us. TasteIn blind taste tests using identical glasses and temperatures, bottled waters score no higher than tap water. Bottled water does not always taste better than tap water. I can tell you that there is a noticeable difference in the taste of the water when using the filter and it's cheaper to maintain than buying bottle water every week. Another popular alternative is to install a high quality water purifier to remove possible contaminates and improve the taste of your local water supplier's product. Most people think that bottle water is better because they cannot taste or smell chlorine because bottle water is filtered with a charcoal filter which does not remove but simply masked the taste and smell. ConclusionBottle water is a waste on every level. It is heavy, expensive and is unlikely to be as clean as is necessary, and it is also known to carry microbes. Water filters are a great alternative to purchasing bottled water. Water filters are an eco-friendly alternative because they use a small amount of energy, create a small amount of waste and don't require the manufacturing of large amounts of plastic. CRYSTAL QUEST have been recommended in "Child Health Guide Book - Holistic Pediatrics For Parents" by Dr. Randall Neustaedter, second edition 2007CRYSTAL QUEST products have been featured in "Hobby Farms magazine" in the May/June 2007 issue.
The concept of autism can sometimes be very confusing. The syndrome first explained by Austrian psychiatrist Leo Kanner in the 40s has generated many controversial opinions throughout the course of history. Autism is a very complex neurological disorder that can lead to different forms of behavioral, communicational, social and cognitive impairment. People with autism rarely fit the standard symptomatic profile introduced by medical scientists in the past. In fact, the syndrome generates a very wide spectrum of symptoms that can be experienced on multiple levels and at various intensities. In most cases, the criteria of diagnosis introduced by Rutter and other scientists may be enough to identify some categories of autistic children. However, some children may only present some characteristics of autism, showing no other signs of the disorder. Contemporary medical scientists have argued many times whether it is appropriate to consider this category of children autistic or not. Patients who partially fit the autistic profile could be referred to as borderline. The concept of borderline autism is very common these days and it generally includes patients who show clear signs of abnormality but they only reveal some symptoms of Kanners syndrome. In the past, many children with borderline autism were inappropriately diagnosed with psychosis or schizophrenia. Patients who dont fit the exact profile of autism but present certain signs of the syndrome might nowadays be diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Due to their common features, Aspergers Syndrome and Kanners Syndrome were considered to be the same concept. Many scientists believed that Aspergers Syndrome described a milder form of autism, while others completely failed to distinguish between them. In fact, the syndrome discovered by Asperger described patients who didnt fit the exact pattern of autism and hence, it could be referred to as a form of borderline autism. Aspergers Syndrome revealed how difficult it was to draw the line between autistic and normal children, proving that it was possible for patients to have only certain characteristics of autism. As Aspergers theories became popular, many children that have been previously diagnosed with mild autism were now considered to suffer from Aspergers Syndrome. Children with Aspergers Syndrome seemed more responsive to external stimuli and presented less preoccupation to sameness. Children with Aspergers Syndrome also seemed to have higher levels of performance intelligence and better communicational skills. Unlike autistic children, who hardly made any progress as they reached more advanced stages of development, some children diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome could be partially recovered in early childhood. With the help of specific medical treatments and with the means of appropriate educational programs, most children with Aspergers Syndrome showed signs of improvement on both behavioral and communicational levels. Nowadays, most patients diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome can be successfully integrated into the society and they can even live their lives independently. As adults, many patients with Aspergers Syndrome have proved to be very responsible and socially aware, showing few signs of neurological impairment.