How to differentiate a bad cayenne pepper powder from a good one

Who would say an ingredient such as cayenne pepper that adds spice to Mexican, Spanish, and Asian dishes was going to be considered a remarkable herb for its medicinal benefits. Today it is found in various forms; an ointment for external uses and powder and capsules to take orally for internal body benefits.

The pepper is found to heal various external and internal diseases and pains. To start off, it cures stiff muscles, relieves pain associated with all kinds of skin rashes even shingles, breast cancer, hypertension, heart problems, and many, many more diseases.

Just a word of caution; although it is a remarkable product with amazing medical benefits to it, it does not replace medical help or medical treatment. If you are sick or injured you need medical attention and must see your doctor at once to get treated and do not depend on cayenne pepper alone. Everything that was created on this planet has a good and a bad side to it and no one can live a healthy life eating or drinking only one particular product; you must have a combination of everything to live a balanced healthy life.

Today you will read about the benefits of cayenne pepper and tomorrow about another product, so does that mean you forget it and hold on to this new found medicinal benefit. No you do not because you need to consume everything to stay healthy. This fact of life is common sense.

So how can we find out which cayenne pepper diet is good and which is not. First off, you would need to check for a cayenne pepper that has minimum of 30,000 to 50,000 scoville heat units. It is not the hottest pepper on this planet, so at first if you are not used to spices particularly peppers then you are going to feel as if you ate the hottest pepper on this planet but do not worry it is not and gradually you will get used to it. Next the color of the pepper should also help you distinguish which is good or bad. If it looks dark red then it is not of good quality.

It is always advisable to buy it from herbal or health food stores as they sell only fresh products with medicinal benefits. To help you better look for products that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant. GMP is implemented by FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

Essential Life and Time Management Tools

Source: By MARK MOYES

Use tools to help you set, organize, and execute on all the deadlines you set for yourself, whether they’re personal or work-related.

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn,” said poet and philosopher George Santayana. So why not take the fact that you’re sending the kids off to school as inspiration for you to tackle new projects and learn new things? The tools will help you set, organize, and execute on all the deadlines you set for yourself, whether they’re personal or work-related.

Essential Time Management Tools

LifeHacker.com
LifeHacker.com launched in 2005 with the goal of sharing tips, tricks and downloads to make everyday life more efficient. Posts cover a wide gamut of everyday life topics, from “Peak Performance Times for Morning People and Night Owls”, to “Cool Down a Scorching Car as Quickly as Possible”, to “How to Send Back Restaurant Food”, to more geeky stuff like “Get Google Gears Up and Running in Firefox 3.5”. And more. Oh, so much more.

HTC Dream
Sitting somewhere squarely between the iPhone’s entertainment-device feel and a Blackberry’s enterprising-executive aesthetic is the HTC Dream, one of the first phones in Canada to use Google’s new mobile phone operating system.

The HTC Dream has a touch screen and a full Qwerty keyboard: Just pop the screen up and writing emails, text messages or filling out web forms is a snap. But it’s the little things that make it a winner. For Gmail users, all your contacts are automatically imported; fill in a contact’s phone number, and you’ll see it’s been automatically updated in Gmail next time you log in.

There’s also seemless integration with Google Calendar and search. On the downside, there are nowhere near as many games as there are on the iPhone-which will probably make you more productive. $99 with a 3-year contract from Rogers.

Things
Computer-based to-do lists may be the last straw for luddites-do we really need a computer to check off items?-but there’s been an explosion of online and desktop versions in the past few years, and for good reason. The digital versions can send you email reminders, sort items by date, tags and projects, and can be taken with you anywhere your mobile device. Mac users and iPhone owners should try the simple and elegant Things. If you’re on a PC or prefer an online tool, set up an account on RememberTheMilk.com , then integrate it with Google Calendar for a flexible time-specific task manager.

EA Sports Active
If you’re one of the people who made Wii Fit one of the best-selling videogames of 2008, you know that it can be a good at-home fitness scheduler. But chances are, your workouts lagged after a few months because you found it repetitive, or not challenging enough.

Never fear: The experts have been ga-ga over EA Sports Active’s full-featured and effective workout routines. The 30-day challenge puts you through 20 customized workouts; you can also select pre-programmed sessions or create your own. The scheduler keeps track of your progress – and your diet, if you choose.

Supercook.com
Sometimes you’ve got your time so perfectly managed that you forget to get groceries. No problem. Enter the ingredients that you have, and Supercook.com will scour the web for recipes using just those things. If there are tempting dishes that take only one or two more ingredients, it will list those too, highlighting the things you’ll need to pick up. You can also exclude ingredients, and specify whether you’re looking for a starter, an entrée or a desert.

LifeHacker.com

LifeHacker.com launched in 2005 with the goal of sharing tips, tricks and downloads to make everyday life more efficient. Posts cover a wide gamut of everyday life topics, from “Peak Performance Times for Morning People and Night Owls”, to “Cool Down a Scorching Car as Quickly as Possible”, to “How to Send Back Restaurant Food”, to more geeky stuff like “Get Google Gears Up and Running in Firefox 3.5”. And more. Oh, so much more.

HTC Dream

Sitting somewhere squarely between the iPhone’s entertainment-device feel and a Blackberry’s enterprising-executive aesthetic is the HTC Dream, one of the first phones in Canada to use Google’s new mobile phone operating system.

The HTC Dream has a touch screen and a full Qwerty keyboard: Just pop the screen up and writing emails, text messages or filling out web forms is a snap. But it’s the little things that make it a winner. For Gmail users, all your contacts are automatically imported; fill in a contact’s phone number, and you’ll see it’s been automatically updated in Gmail next time you log in.

There’s also seemless integration with Google Calendar and search. On the downside, there are nowhere near as many games as there are on the iPhone—which will probably make you more productive. $99 with a 3-year contract from Rogers.

Things

Computer-based to-do lists may be the last straw for luddites—do we really need a computer to check off items?—but there’s been an explosion of online and desktop versions in the past few years, and for good reason. The digital versions can send you email reminders, sort items by date, tags and projects, and can be taken with you anywhere your mobile device. Mac users and iPhone owners should try the simple and elegant Things. If you’re on a PC or prefer an online tool, set up an account on
RememberTheMilk.com
, then integrate it with Google Calendar for a flexible time-specific task manager.

EA Sports Active

If you’re one of the people who made Wii Fit one of the best-selling videogames of 2008, you know that it can be a good at-home fitness scheduler. But chances are, your workouts lagged after a few months because you found it repetitive, or not challenging enough.

Never fear: The experts have been ga-ga over EA Sports Active’s full-featured and effective workout routines. The 30-day challenge puts you through 20 customized workouts; you can also select pre-programmed sessions or create your own. The scheduler keeps track of your progress – and your diet, if you choose.

Supercook.com

Sometimes you’ve got your time so perfectly managed that you forget to get groceries. No problem. Enter the ingredients that you have, and Supercook.com will scour the web for recipes using just those things. If there are tempting dishes that take only one or two more ingredients, it will list those too, highlighting the things you’ll need to pick up. You can also exclude ingredients, and specify whether you’re looking for a starter, an entrée or a desert.

Blogging Block Broken?

Don’t know if I’d actually call it a ‘block’ that has been responsible for my lack of posting both here and on The Social Software Weblog (where Barb Dybwad has been doing an amazing job of filling in!) But, last night I wrote my first two posts in well over a month and they are up on Slashfood – Grilled Cheese and Asparagus, and Grilled Cheese and Roasted Veggies. I actually had the opportunity to take the whole weekend ‘off’ and had a great time making grilled cheese creations with my sister Lucy, her husband Dave, and my friend Salem.

I’ve been busier than ever these past few months with 120 WIN bloggers. But, it’s an excellent and tremendously fun busy. And, it’s not just the massive quantity of bloggers, along with the avalanche of posts that they produce, that has been keeping me busy either. (Although there certainly is a ton to be done when working with a team of about 120 independently contracted writers!)

Since there is nothing rigid about the deals we make with our bloggers here at WIN – end of month activities are insanely detailed and last for about a week! But fun is key, as our WIN bloggers are team players one and all. Our model of having anywhere from 3 to 20 bloggers posting on any given blog wouldn’t really work without the full cooperation of our ‘team’ spirited writers.

I love our bloggers! At least four of our current contributors — Todd Carter, Brad Hill, Jan Kabili, and C.K. Sample — are closing book deals, finishing up on their first, seventh, or twentieth new book, while working on their PhDs, writing for high profile industry and trade publications – magazines, newspapers, etc. These four bloggers, and over 100 more, give us a most impressive assembly of gifted communicators — now spanning the entire planet, from a geographical perspective, with bloggers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, Japan, South America, etc. And this is just a small sampling of our group of fine, talented writers blogging away here on WIN.

My intention is to endeavor to start blogging more regularly here on The Judith Meskill Weblog. I will continue to tell you about the openings we have for new bloggers. Actually, we have quite a few spots right now. If you respond, or have responded in the past, to any of our calls for bloggers, please know this:

We thank you so much for thinking of us! If you submitted sample posts, we are reviewing them right now (or reviewed them when you submitted them) and, if we think you are a good fit for one of our weblogs, we will be contacting you shortly. If your blogging style and topics do not match up with one of our current or soon-to-be-launched blogging opportunities, we will keep your sample posts on file but, you will only hear back from us if we believe that you are a match for one of our open blogging opportunities. If you did not submit the three requested sample posts with your contact information, then please do go ahead and submit them, as your request to be reviewed for a blogging contract with WIN will not be considered without them.

Please know that we receive thousands of requests to blog with us, and understand that it is often not feasible to respond to each and every request in either a personal or timely manner. Thank you again for thinking of us and happy blogging trails!

Pooping Blood

We all love to be healthy throughout our lifetime. To achieve it, we do follow lots of methods and mechanisms. Pooping blood is a very common problem for lots of people, and they are looking for various methods to recover from this situation.

If you see poop blood for the first time, it may be due to some sort of a small issue. However, if you see bloody poop regularly or very often, you shouldn’t consider it as a normal thing or nothing serious. Since you can’t see the internal damages of your stomachache it is always better to visit your medical practitioner to get the best assistance with regard to the issue.

Generally, the poop with blood can happen due to wounds of your internal veins and other connected organs. Therefore, if you don’t consider about the matter seriously, it can make a huge disaster for your health status, and you will have to face with lots of consequences accordingly. So, am sure you will not like to make the situation much worse than currently it is.

Additionally, it is always better to attend to your medical practitioner at the first discovery of such condition, and you will be able to get the satisfactory results on the process. Furthermore, it won’t be much difficult to control and recover from the situation if you receive medical attention at the very beginning of the situation. So you will get the opportunity to live a normal life as other folks in the society.

However, if you just ignore these kinds of symptoms without considering much about them, it can spread inside your body, and you may have to seek more medical attention in order to keep your body fitness.

Furthermore, you must be extra careful if you get pooping blood with brown or black color. In any case, if you get such discolored blood with your poop, you need to be hurry to visit your doctor as there should be something serious inside your stomach. Furthermore, you must know that the blood is not fresh and there can be much more blood inside your stomach in dried condition. Therefore, you should follow immediate medical guidelines and give your support to remove those blocked blood under medical supervision.

Anyway, you need to get these works done through a recommended and a reputed medical practitioner who has the similar capacity of experiences. If the medical practitioner doesn’t carry such experiences, then you will not be able to get the quickest results for your ailment, and you might have to come across with various difficult consequences. Therefore, it is always better to get assistance from the professionals in the industry rather going for mysterious methods and mechanisms, which are familiar in the community. So you will be able to get the best satisfactory results in a very short period of time. However, you must keep in mind to use the medical treatments as they have recommended until they confirm you to stop using them. So you will be able to live a normal life accordingly.

Anti-inflammatory Herb-Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is one of the main ingredients in FlameEz-Prostate. The Saw palmetto plant is a member of the fan palm family that is native to the southeastern United States. Saw palmetto berries were a staple food among Native Americans and have long been used to treat prostate troubles. Saw palmetto berries can increase urine flow, reduce inflammation, and relieve muscle spasms. They were also used to treat digestive problems and intestinal disease. Early in the 20th century, Saw palmetto was listed in the US Pharmacopoeia as an effective remedy for bladder and urinary tract inflammation, breast disorders, bronchitis, laryngitis, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 

Saw palmetto’s main active ingredients are fatty acids. The berries also contain high molecular weight polysaccharides, which are usually associated with anti-inflammatory or immune-stimulant effects. The sterol components act similarly to estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone, depending on whether the herb is taken by a man or a woman. Other constituents include small quantities of polyphenols, diterpenes, sesquiterpenes, triterpenes, steroids, volatile oils, and tannins. The Saw palmetto berry has high content of phosphorus, zinc, chromium, crude fibre, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, and thiamine.

In animal and laboratory studies, Saw palmetto has been shown to:

Increase the breakdown of DHT and prevent DHT  binding to androgen receptors*
Inhibit testosterone action on the prostate*
Inhibit cyclooxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase pathways that produce prostaglandin E2 and leukotrienes*
Stimulate immune response*
Inhibit androgen and estrogen receptor activity and help to balance hormones*
Possess anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory activity*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

References (for abstracts and additional references, click here):

Shi R.et al. Effect of saw palmetto soft gel capsule on lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia: a randomized trial in Shanghai, China. Journal of Urology. 179(2):610-5, 2008
Yang Y. et al. Saw Palmetto induces growth arrest and apoptosis of androgen-dependent prostate cancer LNCaP cells via inactivation of STAT 3 and androgen receptor signaling. International Journal of Oncology. 31(3):593-600, 2007
Sorenson WR. Sullivan D. Determination of campesterol, stigmasterol, and beta-sitosterol in saw palmetto raw materials and dietary supplements by gas chromatography: collaborative study. Journal of AOAC International. 90(3):670-8, 2007
Wadsworth TL. et al. Effects of dietary saw palmetto on the prostate of transgenic adenocarcinoma of the mouse prostate model (TRAMP). Prostate. 67(6):661-73, 2007
Ulbricht C. et al. Evidence-based systematic review of saw palmetto by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration. [Review] [100 refs] Journal Of The Society For Integrative Oncology. 4(4):170-86, 2006.
Bonnar-Pizzorno RM. Littman AJ. Kestin M. White E. Saw palmetto supplement use and prostate cancer risk. Nutrition & Cancer. 55(1):21-7, 2006
Nickel JC. The overlapping lower urinary tract symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatitis. [Review] [38 refs] Current Opinion in Urology. 16(1):5-10, 2006

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