Eat All You Want and Lose Weight. Would that be great, or what? Just pig
out on all the good stuff we want and drop the extra pounds at the
same time! WOW! Get a grip, girls, that isn’t going to happen. Of
course, you can eat all you want of what you want, if all you want is
lettuce and carrots but that would mean you were a rabbit and not a
human living out in the real world surrounded by fast food joints and
friends who love to eat. There are, however, ways to eat enough so
that we aren’t starving to death, have a roaring headache and shaky
hands all the time while we try to lose weight. The Anne Collins
Program will design a diet for you that you can actually live with and
live with long enough to do some good. You can gather enough
information from the Weight Loss secrets ebook so that you can
maintain your weight loss for the rest of your life, and get off the
yo-yo cycle of weight loss-weight gain. Learning to eat a well-
balanced and healthy diet now will keep you healthy, fit and active for
the rest of your life. Portion control is a central part of learning
to control your diet. Can you REALLY judge how big a piece of chicken
weighs four ounces? I doubt it and I’d even bet that what you thought
weighed 4 ounces actually would weigh closer to 8 ounces. You really
should invest in a food scale. They don’t cost much and they are worth
every penny of what they do cost. Also, measuring is essential for
weight control. By using the Anne Collins Program you really can eat
all you want but it will be foods that are lower in calories and fat
than what you have been eating. It will still be a diet that consist
of foods that you enjoy so you wont feel mistreated or deprived while
you lose those pounds.

To be eligible for gastric bypass surgery or
banding you are required to have a body mass index of at least 40.
If you have life threatening health risks such as diabetes or
respiratory diseases a BMI of 35 is acceptable. You will also have
to be considered motivated, accepting of associated risks and view
surgery as a last resort after diet and exercise has failed. This
surgery doesn’t come cheap. The average cost of surgery is $25,000
and can range from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on the surgeon,
clinic or hospital and location. There are two types of the
surgery. A smaller new stomach is created by a line of staples and
is connected to a loop of the small bowel. This procedure is
gastric bypass surgery. Gastric banding is another form.

A silicone band is placed around the upper stomach creating a small
reservoir and a restricted passage to the lower stomach. Gastric
banding is more easily reversible. Both procedures reduce stomach
volume to about 30 ml. After surgery the amount of food intake must
decrease and all food must be chewed thoroughly. Benefits of the
surgery include weight loss and reversal of such diseases as type
II diabetes and sleep apnea. However, the patient should be aware
of surgical risks. Complications include respiratory failure, staple
leaking, stenosis(obstruction of the stomach and bleeding. You
can expect to be in the hospital for two or three days and expect to
be absent from work for three to six weeks depending upon what your
job is. For the first several days you will experience some pain
and be unable to eat solid foods as your body adjusts to the
surgery. Then you will be able to consume food in only very small
quantities. The types of foods that you will be allowed to consume
like sugars, fats and carbohydrates, may be limited.

From the Sept. 16, 2009 Newscaster by Sally Price
   A concerned parent called the Newscaster and said they heard there were several cases of Swine Flu (H1N1) at Yankeetown School (YTS). Checking with Patty Thompson, YTS Health Aid, I was told there are rumors but no confirmed cases of Swine Flu confirmed at YTS and she would know because that is her job. Patty said as a precaution she does have masks available for anyone who feels the need for one.  Patty said I would need to contact the Levy County School Board (LCSB).
   I spoke to the LCSB Director of Adminstration Jeff Edison who said there is Swine Flu in all communities in Levy County but had no verification of the Swine Flu in any particular schools. Jeff said that the health dept. did a presentation of facts with the LCSB of universal precautions so the schools could monitor symptoms. 
   I was told to call the Levy County Health Department (LCHD).  Barbara Locke,  Administrator of LCHD replied, “In answer to your question, the school has sent home 10 students with Influenza like illness. We have not had any positive tests for Swine Flu reported to us for students in Yankeetown. This does not mean there haven’t been any,  just that none have been reported to us.” 
   I said most parents would take their children to Seven Rivers  Hospital or a Citrus County doctor, which would report to the Citrus County Health Department (CCHD). 
    Judy Tear, Public Relations with the CCHD said that the health department had been instructed by the Center For Disease Control (CDC) not to test for Swine Flu (H1N1) but to just treat patients if they had symptoms that appeared consistent with Swine Flu.  CCHD website said that as of July 24, 2009 the CDC stopped reporting the number of confirmed and probable cases.  Physicians were to do diagnosis based on signs and symptoms. Judy said as of right now the only people tested are those that are actually hospitalized. 
    I again called Barbara Locke back at the LCHD in Bronson. I asked if it was true about not testing for Swine Flu unless you are hospitalized. Barbara said yes it is true but some doctors might test on their own if they wanted. She said Bronson would not test any either according to the CDC except that the LCHD is a Surveillance Test Sight and their clinic does test the first 5 people who come in with influenza like symptoms.  After the first 5 each day they do not test any more that day.
   Locke also said there are many different strains of the regular flu folks get yearly shots for. Each year it is determined which strain might be the most prevalent and circulating so the vaccine is prepared for that strain. The previous year’s vaccine can’t be used again. I counted over 200 strains on the internet.
   My granddaughter  at age 4 months was given a new vaccine called Prevnar (PCV7) which is for Pneumococcal viruses which Prevnar only covered 7 of 5500 strains. We were told if she had the vaccine she would not have ear infections. After the vaccine, she started having ear infections and would every time have a full blown turn blue quit breathing seizure. You know my opinion of vaccines and flu shots.  

There are approximately 430 million bald or balding men in the world. Losing your hair is probably on everyone’s list of worst-case scenarios. More than 66 percent of men will experience some hair loss (alopecia) during their lifetime. Those who become bald usually have significant hair loss by the age of 35. 1 of every 4 women will also experience hair loss. The human head has about 100,000 hairs and the average person loses approximately 100 to 200 hairs a day with more men than women losing their hair. Under normal circumstances, about 90 percent of hairs are in a growing stage all of the time, so no hair loss is usually evident. Hair loss can have many causes including chemotherapy and radiation, self-induced hair loss from pulling or tugging at the hair, from sudden stress, and from scarring related to infections and lupus. One type, alopecia areata, is believed to be an autoimmune disorder. The most common cause of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, most commonly known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. 95 percent of hair loss can be attributed to this type. It starts when an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase in a hair follicle combines with testosterone. The enzyme changes testosterone into a hormone called dilhydrotestosterone, or DHT. It is believed that DHT causes the hair follicle to shrink until the hair grows thinner and smaller, eventually disappearing altogether. Men in their early twenties can begin losing their hair.
The younger you are when hair loss begins, the more likely you are to become bald. If your mother’s father or her male relatives were bald, you are likely to go bald, too, because hereditary male-pattern baldness usually passes through the mother’s genes. Although Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine) are the only currently approved non-surgical treatments for hair loss, other treatments are on the horizon. Studies continue on various medications, gene therapy, and even cloning. One such prospect is known as RU 58841, a non-steroid antiandrogen. When applied to the skin, it has shown to affect androgen production at the follicle site, but not to affect other organs. An oral drug known as GI198745 may be available for men in the years to come. It is similar to Finasteride (Propecia), but may be more effective. Women in their childbearing years may not use, handle, or touch Propecia under any circumstance as there is a risk of systemic absorption of the drug and potential damage to a fetus. Post-menopausal women and women who have undergone hysterectomies or tubal ligations may use Propecia with success. Many shampoos, gels and styling products are currently on the market with varying degrees of success.
Many experts believe that the future will bring better, more specific agents to treat alopecia with fewer side effects and better results. Options such as hairpieces and sprays that combine with your own hair to make it look fuller are also available as cosmetic options. Some drugs, whose primary use has been to treat another medical condition, may also grow hair in some cases. They include oral contraceptives for women, a diuretic called spironolactone, a systemic antiandrogen called flutamide, the hormone progesterone, cyproterone acetate and cimetidine (Tagamet). In advanced baldness, a procedure is available called scalp reduction, which removes areas of bald scalp if the skin is very loose. This procedure may be used in conjunction with hair transplantation, so that the person’s available hair can provide more coverage. New hair can not be created, but the existing hair may be relocated to help cover bald areas. Hair transplantation has become a common procedure in the past three decades and many improvements to the technique have been developed. The use of micrografts and minigrafts now gives a natural permanent change in appearance. You can engage in activities such as swimming, working out, and riding against a strong wind, without fear of dislodging a hair piece or a comb-over hairstyle. Hair restoration is considered minor surgery, much like a dental procedure. General anesthesia is rarely necessary, except during the most aggressive form of hair restoration called the flap technique, which is not commonly performed. Many surgeons feel that surgical procedures are more appropriate for patients 30 years old and up, because the pattern of future hair loss will be more predictable by then. Surgical procedures will be more likely to yield satisfactory results if the surgeon can anticipate the patient’s future pattern of baldness. It is also wise to wait because there are new techniques being introduced all the time. The longer you can wait, the more likely you will benefit from the latest techniques in surgical hair transplanting. Dr. Gho in the Netherlands is experimenting with a technique that can split a single follicle into several follicles, multiplying the total number of grafts that can be transplanted. However, it will probably be years before this technique becomes available to the public.

Tallahassee,FL – The Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention has received funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a statewide planning grant to develop an obesity prevention program. The Bureau’s Cardiovascular Health Program and Diabetes Control Program will work closely with this grant to develop strategies and activities to combat obesity.
In October of 2001, the DOH released findings from “The Obesity Epidemic in Florida” report. The data details the major public health threat that obesity has become. Since 1986, when weight and height were first monitored in adults, the rate of obesity has nearly doubled. Today, nearly one of every five Florida adults is obese. The sharp increase of overweight and obesity observed in adults has also been seen in children, who have experienced a near doubling in the rate of obesity, as well. Currently in Florida, 38.3 percent of adults are overweight and an additional 18.5 percent are obese, representing increases of 17.5 percent and 94 percent since 1986. Among young adults between the ages of 18 to 29, the prevalence of obesity has increased by 110 percent. One-third of Americans are obese, and two-thirds are overweight. 25 percent of children are overweight. 40 million adults are 20 percent or greater than their ideal weight. Eating too much and not getting enough physical activity are the main causes of obesity. 24 percent of Americans are completely sedentary, 54 percent do not get enough exercise and only 20 percent of Americans get enough exercise to have a positive effect on health and weight. Since 1977, men have increased the number of calories consumed by over 200 a day. In the same time period, women have increased their calorie intake by over 110 each day. In general, calorie intake has increased by 6 percent since 1979. This translates into a weight gain of 22.5 pounds a year for men, and almost 12 pounds a year for women, if those extra calories were stored as fat. Obesity has increased 55 percent since 1980. Morbid obesity is a term applied to people who are 60 percent above their ideal weight and at least 100 pounds overweight. Obesity is defined as a body mass index of 30 or more or a person who is 20 percent or greater than his ideal weight.
Overweight is defined as a body mass index of 25 or more. Weight reduction is advised for a body mass index 27 or greater. If you carry fat mainly around your waist, you are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems. Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches, or men with a waist measurement of more than 40 inches have a higher health risk because of their fat distribution. Each fat cell can balloon to more than 10 times its original size, but if the available cells get filled to the brim, new ones will form. As the body stores more fat, weight and girth increase. At any time, 45 percent of women and 25 percent of men are trying to lose weight. Americans spend $30 to $40 billion annually trying to lose weight. In 1996, Americans spent $467 million on prescription diet pills and another $32 million on over-the-counter diet pills. Medical costs associated with obesity exceed $100 billion per year. Obesity results in 300,000 premature deaths in the U.S. annually, second only to smoking.
Obesity triples the risk for asthma and increases the risk of diabetes, gallstones, arthritis, asthma, kidney failure, stroke, heart attacks, and some cancers. In overweight young adults ages 20 to 45, the prevalence of hypertension is 6 times that of normal-weight people. Dying from a heart attack is 3.5 more likely for someone who is obese. Diabetes is up to 26 times more likely in people who are obese. Musculoskeletal problems, such as low back pain and arthritis, are common among the obese. Sleep apnea and depression have been linked to being overweight. Increased stomach pressure from abdominal fat results in a high rate of gastro-intestinal reflux. Urinary incontinence may result from a large, heavy abdomen weakening the urinary bladder valve. Overweight men have a significantly higher mortality rate for colorectal and prostate cancers, compared to men of average weight. Obesity may be responsible for female hormone abnormalities resulting in infertility, ovarian cysts and irregular menstrual periods. Menopausal women with upper body fat localization have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Overweight women also have higher rates of cancer of the uterus and ovaries. The treatment for obesity depends on the level of obesity, a person’s overall health condition, and the motivation to lose weight. A combination of diet, exercise, behavior modification and, sometimes, weight-loss drugs may be used. In cases of severe obesity, gastrointestinal surgery may be performed. Remember, weight control is a life-long effort. For more information about overweight and obesity, visit the Department of Health website at

A two-shot series of Swine Flu (H1N1) vaccine will be available around mid-November, according to Inverness B&W Rexall owner/pharmacist Ken Heimann, who says that hand Washing, proper diet and adequate sleep will help the immune system resist airborne cold and flu viruses, which are spread mainly by droplets in the air from an infected person coughing or sneezing, or from a a person touching an object or surface that an infected person has touched after coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of swine flu include cough, fever, sore throat, body aches, chills and fatigue – and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Those at highest risk of contracting viruses are the very young and elderly, and people who come into contact with many people.

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