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Why not check out the past issues of YDzine?
Summer has hit the Northern
Hemisphere, however, its still cold for us in Australia. Luckily
for Sydney-siders it’s a blissful winter with clear blue skies
and good cheer.
This months YDzine is
packed with even more great health tips and interesting information.
This month’s story about cell phones (we call them mobile
phones in Australia) highlights the potential dangers of this relatively
new technology and addresses concerns regarding safety.
Some people prefer proof
of safety before using new technologies which may effect their health,
however, past experience shows this may take many years. Can you
wait that long?
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Mary-Kate Olsen’s Anorexia?
Olsen twin Mary-Kate (the one with brown hair) is seeking treatment for
a “health-related issue”. Unfortunately she’s no longer
coming to Australia for the premier of her new film starring the twins
The word on everyone’s lips is that Mary-Kate Olsen has anorexia.
Her increasingly slender figure and protruding bones certainly suggest
an eating disorder. The disease is most common in teenage girls but also
The Hollywood crowd is notorious for its emphasis on keeping a slender
body. The pressure to conform to these ideals is understandable for an
18 year old who is constantly in the celebrity spotlight.
Some of the signs of anorexia are:
• Weighing less than 85% of what is expected for age and height.
• In women, menstrual periods stop. In men levels of sex hormones
• Young girls do not begin to menstruate at the appropriate age
• Person denies the dangers of low weight.
• Is terrified of becoming fat.
• Is terrified of gaining weight even though s/he is markedly underweight.
Anorexia is a mental condition that often coincides with other mood disorders.
These usually include depression, irritability, withdrawal, and peculiar
behaviors such as compulsive rituals, strange eating habits, and division
of foods into "good/safe" and "bad/dangerous" categories.
It is thought this may be an attempt to cope with the demands of a new
life stage often involved in adolescence.
Let’s hope she gets better soon.
"Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as
the only time of the month that I can be myself."
"Sex is like air; it's not important unless you aren't getting any."
If you commonly experience digestive complaints such as nausea, cramps,
bloating, gas or diarrhea, it may be worth checking for lactose intolerance.
This is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, a type
of sugar found in milk.
Most people tend to become less able to digest lactose as they get older.
Between 30 and 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant. Certain ethnic
groups are more widely affected than others. 90 percent of Asian Americans
and as many as 75 percent of African Americans and American Indians are
lactose intolerant. The condition is least common among persons of northern
There are tests available for lactose intolerance, but you may be able
to work it out for yourself. Try and see if your symptoms begin about
30 minutes to 2 hours after eating or drinking foods containing lactose.
The severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of lactose each
individual can tolerate. Make sure you read the ingredients on all foods
you eat as many foods have lactose or milk derivatives in them.
Cell Phones Might Decrease Sperm Production
Could men who carry their cell phone in their pocket be zapping their
One study has found a reduction in sperm count in men who place their
cell phone near their groin on a belt or in a pocket
The study by Hungarian researchers found that not only did the quantity
of sperm reduce but the remaining sperm showed abnormal movements, further
reducing fertility. Researchers from the University of Szeged studied
221 men for 13 months and compared the sperm of those who used their cell
phones heavily with those who did not.
Many other fertility experts are saying it’s too early to tell
people to throw away the cell phone yet. The number of people studied
is relatively small and other factors such as smoking and stress did not
appear to be taken into consideration.
Unlike previous studies, the researchers believe cell phones may cause
damage while in stand-by mode, when they are not in use but still make
regular transmission to maintain contact with radio towers. It had been
assumed such transmissions were too short to cause harm.
Go Take a Walk
Do it regularly for improved circulation, mental alertness, healthier
heart, improved moods and more restful sleep. You will probably find that
your endurance and fitness will improve after a week or two of walking.
In general, the longer the walk, the more benefits to your overall health.
Here are some fun and easy ways to increase walking in your everyday
* If you feel sluggish when the alarm goes off, wake up with a brisk walk.
* Walking is fun with company, so take a two- or four-legged friend with
* Go the distance: next time you go shopping, park as far away as you
can from the store entrance.
* Get a walking partner and stick to a regular schedule together.
* When the weather is bad, bring your walking shoes to the mall and put
in a few laps while window -shopping.
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