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New frontiers of cosmetic surgery

Published March 26, 2013 by Tony

Youth & Wellbeing have no limit

New fashions and the desire to have a body always youth and perfect has led people to resort more and more to cosmetic or plastic surgery. Obviously, between mammoplasty, facelifts and liposuction, women are the ones who undergo more to surgical procedures and, oddly enough, in recent years have increased also the demands for corrective actions towards the “private parts”.
Compared to 2011, in 2012 there was a 24% increase of the operations to the sexual organs, despite the high costs and risks deriving from such surgeries.
The most common (female) surgical procedures are:

Labioplasty – the reduction of small or big labia that is done for purely aesthetic reasons, in the name of the much-vaunted eternal youth.

Vaginoplasty – An intervention intended to tighten the vagina. It is used especially after childbirth, as a definitive act to treat the symptoms related to the relaxation of the perineal and vaginal canal, to improve its function and sexual activity, but also to give to the partner the feeling of having to deal with a teen-aged vagina.

Vulvar Rejuvenation – The objective of this surgery is to improve the external genitalia appearance. By injection of hyaluronic acid or fat in order to give a certain tone to the vulva. The “rejuvenation” can also interest mound and labia.

Hymenoplasty – Although the reconstruction of the hymen is required by women whose culture imposes the virginity for social or religious reasons, some women make recourse to this kind of surgery for pure ambition.

labiaplasty  vaginoplasty  labioplasty

For men,
instead, operations are primarily aimed at the enlargement or augmentation surgery (phalloplasty) of penis, which increase the length or width of the penis.

penis enlargement  girth enlargement  length and width enlargement

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SEX IS HEALTHY

Published March 15, 2013 by Tony

HEALTH BENEFICTS OF SEX

sex benefits

Some recent studies on sex show that it improves intellectual abilities and relieves headache’s symptoms.
Italian researchers at the University of Pavia, published a study that associates sex with the capabilities of the brain. By the tests conducted on various groups of couples, those who had a more intense sexual activity showed a greater nerve cells growth, which, as we know, is essential for body and mind’s well-being. This shows that frequent sex reduces stress and facilitate the functioning of the brain and thus of the intellect. These results, published in the German newspaper Berlin Zeitung, is related to the increase in prolactin that occurs during sexual activity and that improves cellular oxygenation in the brain.
These data are consistent with other researches linking sexual activity to physical and mental health. Among them, two Australian studies published in the International British Journal of Urology, whereof one showing that regular and numerous ejaculations reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men, and the other that a sexual satisfaction increases vitality and psychological well-being in women.
A healthy sexual activity is also able to relieve, in a partial or total way, the symptoms of headache, also when it comes to migraine or the worst ‘cluster headache’, as a recent study by the Department of Neurology at the University of Munster has demonstrated, after having analyzed the effects of the sexual activity on various forms of headache in 1,000 patients.

But, sex’s benefits do not end there, because other researches has shown that:
it helps to sleep;
activates the immune system and helps to be in shape;
in women decrease the risk of incontinence and defend the vaginal mucous membranes;
oxytocin and beta endorphins produced during sex, limit the action of stress hormones and this helps to keep our skin young and healthy, also protecting from the harmful effects of smoking and sun. A strong sex activity stimulates the production of oils in our body, helping the skin to stay elastic and hydrated;
in men hearty sex protects the heart and arteries due to higher testosterone production;

Is not that enough for you?
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SEXUAL IMPOTENCE

Published May 22, 2012 by Tony

5 Golden Rules to avoid Sexual Flops

Worldwide there are millions of men who, because of various diseases more or less serious, complain of sexual problems that affect their intercourse. Excluding cases due to mere psychological problems – requiring the intervention of a psychotherapist – and excluding also the severe cases, due to real “erectile dysfunction” – requiring a specialist –  most of the other cases can be solved by following a few tips that also can be followed from the lucky ones who still complain no problem because, as always, prevention is better than curing.
Often the underlying causes of impotence are linked to stress, abuse of drugs or alcohol, and to a wrong lifestyle. Other erectile dysfunction reasons may also be diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, heart failure and to ultrastructural changes of the erectile tissue or impaired nerve transmission device.
Anyway, for all males, here are the five golden rules,  to avoid flops in bed and not to endanger the “sexual health”.

1 – No smoking.
The smoke acts on the peripheral vasoconstriction and by problems of arterial insufficiency and therefore may give rise to “defaillance” during sexual intercourse.
2 – Make exercise.
Moderate exercise helps the body to increase production of testosterone, a hormone that controls the functions of sexual organs and stimulates the mechanisms of pleasure. In addition, the exercise improves cardiovascular functions and self-esteem.
3 – No to tight pants.
While it may seem trivial, especially with the warmer weather it is advisable to wear underwear and loose pants that do not inhibit the necessary heat exchanges in the testicles. The scrotum is outside because the testes, to work properly, need at least a temperature of 2 ° C lower than other organs. An increase in temperature testicular, in fact, can significantly damage the reproductive function of the testes.
4 – Eat cod or stockfish.
Even food can play an important role in the sexual life and experts say it is useful to eat cod and stockfish, or fish in general. These are both rich in arginine, a substance that improves male erectile properties because precursor of nitric oxide, a chemical neurotransmitter of the erection.
5 – Supplements, if necessary.
For those already notice slight hardness issue, it may be advisable to use natural dietary supplements that contain tradamixina, patented compound that exploits the properties of Ecklonia Bicyclis seaweed, together the plant Tribulus Terrestris and Glucosamine,  extracted from the shells of shrimp and crabs. This compound stimulates the production of male hormones, plays a powerful antioxidant action and helps to release nitric oxide, chemical mediator of the erection. Then, needless to mention Viagra or its successors who need no introduction. Although a drug born for erectile dysfunction, behind medical advice can be used to have an erection at the right time, also if their cost is still prohibitive for many.
Over and above these simple rules, to avoid problems and have certainties, with age are also recommended taurine analysis, some tests such as the PSA test, urinalysis and ultrasound.

RISKY TOURISTY DESTINATIONS

Published May 17, 2012 by Tony

INADVISABLE DESTINATIONS


In case you or any relative are planning a trip to distant lands, to visit an unusual place during vacation e.g. , first take a look to the following list because there are hazardous or inadvisable  destinations you’d better avoid, or going there well aware of what you’re getting.

CONFLICTS, CRIME, POVERTY


Burundi
According to the Wif (World Interesting Fact), Burundi has the highest death rate in relation to population / poverty rate / number of crimes.
Brazil
Among the industrialized countries it is perhaps the poorest because the recent crisis. In the favelas is daily survival.
Tripoli, Libya
Stuff of our days. Going to Tripoli now is unwise.
Pakistan
Despite its natural beauty, for the presence of Al Qaeda and Taliban, Pakistan is a country considered too dangerous for foreigners.
Senegal
The only safe tourist area seems to be Cap Skirring, while around the battles between rebels and army are frequent.
Iraq
Not only war. In parts of Iraq and the busiest centers is a high risk of infectious diseases. From May to November the focus from malaria, and throughout the year from infections due to food and drink.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
In the capital, civil tension is always high. Millions of people live in areas affected by natural disasters and lack of basic services.
Afghanistan
Although since 2004 is officially called the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, because the Taliban is an outbreak ready to explode at any time.
Sudan
People continue to die in Sudan. And getting sick here can be very dangerous: there is one of the worst health systems in the world. As AMREF reports.

POLLUTION, ENVIROMENTAL HEALTH


Riachuelo Basin, Argentina
Here reigns the wrongful refusal with about 42 open dumps.
Dzerzhinsk, Russia
The cities most polluted by chemicals in the world.
Appalachia, West Virginia
The site of the U.S. most polluted by clouds of coal mines.
Kabwe, Zambia
On the soil of this city is not growing anything more. It is one of the most polluted (for levels of lead) of the Earth.
Lake Karachay, Russia
The largest lake polluted by nuclear waste of the Earth.
La Oroya, Peru
99% of children in this city has rates of blood lead above the limit.
Haiti
After the earthquake of 2010 is still in a state of health emergency. Continue the cholera epidemic.
Niger
Research and UNICEF statistics say that  this is the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world for medical malpractice and infections.
Chernobyl
The long shadow of Chernobyl after 25 years is still present. Access to the center is forbidden for anyone who does not have a valid reason to enter.
Fukushima, Japan
After the disaster of 11 March and the release of radioactive material, is currently one of the most risky place of the Planet.

CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT


Dasht e Lut, Iran
This is the hottest desert in the world.
Australia
The only country where the species of venomous animals are more than non-poisonous.

EARTHQUAKES, ERUPTIONS, FLOOD, TSUNAMI


Christchurch, New Zealand
According to the WTO, New Zealand is one of the highest seismic risk zones in the world. The recent earthquake in Christchurch shows this.
Fiji Islands
This is a favorite destinations for many tourists (mostly Europeans) but also the favorite place for earthquake and resulting tsunami risks.
Panama
As for the Fiji Islands, Panama is also a destination for tourists. But even here, because of the significant level of seismic, tsunami warning is always present.
California
California people is accustomed to earthquakes but this not mean you have to be unworried.
Easter Island
It is the area of the world most surrounded by volcanoes and in marine surface (about 1,133).
Ubinas, Peru
The Peruvian authorities are certain: the eruptive activity of the volcano Ubinas, which had affected some provinces in the past, could resume.
Galeras, Colombia
One of the largest active volcanoes in Colombia, is located about 700 miles southwest of Bogota, and in recent years has seriously threatened the population of Narino.
Taiwan
It is the city in the world with more natural hazards: earthquakes, typhoons, landslides, floods.
Volcano Villarrica, Chile
A continuing goal of sightseeing but it is the most active volcano in Chile.

CELLPHONES AND RADIATIONS

Published February 27, 2012 by Tony

CELLULAR AND RADIATIONS

Put it out of your head …. the cellphone of course.
In a physical sense, because reading an Italian journalist’s investigation, by a book just called “Toglietelo dalla testa“, there is to turn pale: among potential tumors, collusion between industry and lobby, very detailed studies and real life experiences. Although someone “turns a deaf ear”, some indexes are clear: in 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer puts the mobile phone among the possibly carcinogenic device.
The same operating manuals advise us to keep them to 1 inches from the ear, while is Italian the first judgment on the world, by the Court of Brescia, which has established a claim towards a manager hit by a tumor in the head caused by the excessive use of the cellphone.
Between reportage and investigation, the book describes a system where the actors have too strong and chained interests in this field to resist the temptation, and end up blamed and crucified in a few decades, as the tobacco industries or asbestos factories.
The great contradiction is that most of studies are funded by the industries themselves. This is demonstrated by the fact that, while in 67% of independent studies the biological effects are evident, in the industries researches the probability falls to 28%.  A huge difference.
Maliciously, we may think that science, which is often not well funded by governments, has no interest in biting the hand that is feeding it. When they  are the factories to pay a research, it can be biased or some result occulted. Then there is an explanation of a psychological nature: no one wants to deal with the problem. We are too attached to our cell, we love it, too useful and necessary to look at it as a risky item.
The book recounts the cases of people with devastating tumors, but they were also 5-6 hours a day on phone. Readers might think just borderline cases. But no, because it is often a combined use of cellular and cordless phones, which works more or less with the same technology. Speaking of hours is not an exaggeration: there are people who use mobile phones 3-4 hours a day, forced by the kind of work they do.
Borderline cases are by now become routine.
Cell_Phone-RadiationThe big problem is the discovery that non-ionizing radiations don’t break the DNA, and hence the assumption that they are not risky and do not create direct damages. This is the boundary on which the mobile phones manufacturers are perched. Radiations do not break the DNA but change the functioning cell, anyway. This is demonstrate, among others, by Nora Volkow’s studies, that with an experiment conducted on 47 patients, has demonstrated, through a scanner for positron emission tomography, that these radiations accelerate the cellular metabolism of glucose, affecting the brain. The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), that sets guidelines for exposure to non-ionizing radiation, indicates the permissive limits, and if they change even one iota, the damage to the industry becomes incalculable.
After that the International Agency for Research on Cancer, on May 31, 2011 has included the radiation emitted by mobile phones among the ‘possibly carcinogenic’ ones (group 2B), the Italian Ministry of Health did not feel to say everything is still going fine, and since the Italian National Institute of Health has always had a calm attitude on this subject, addressed the superior council of  Health, which, in November 2011, with all the appropriate caveats, came to conclusion that people mustn’t do an indiscriminate use of cellphone and that children should limit use to a minimum. Not so much but a start, at least.
Besides, there also is a debate on what the manuals say, as some say that 1 inch is not at all sufficient, because the waves go beyond, aware they are dispersed according to the distance. When in doubt, we should privilege a more precautionary approach and keep cell well away from the head. If you use a Bluetooth headset there are other types of radiation in play. Although, for privacy, the speakerphone isn’t optimal, the wireless headset could be the most correct solution for the moment, at least.
And please, in future don’t say that you didn’t know this.