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Recommended by healthcare professionals around the country, including doctors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, dieticians and chiropractors, this special exercise and therapy equipment from TherapyTrainer.com is also used by professional athletes, such as the San Francisco 49ers, and has been featured in an article on Oprah.com, “Don’t Just Sit There! How to Get Fit at Your Desk”. Crafted with the highest quality magnetic resistance in both the forward and reverse pedal motion, the smaller spindle radius and smooth magnetic pedal motion are easier on the joints than other models on the market.
Elberton, GA (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
Rehabmart.com, an online e-commerce company that sells rehabilitation and medical supplies, has joined into a distribution partnership with TherapyTrainer.com/Interactive Motivation, Incorporated, to offer physical therapy and exercise equipment to a larger consumer base. TherapyTrainer.com is a subsidiary of Interactive Motivation, a Woman-owned business headquartered in Colorado, specializing in the development of new products to help everyone who is in need of ongoing medical physical therapy. The interactive physical therapy and exercise equipment that they design and manufacture are the highest quality mini exercise bikes on the market and are perfect for rehabilitation from an injury, working to stay in shape, or for children or adults who love their PC games a little too much.
Recommended by healthcare professionals around the country, including doctors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, dieticians and chiropractors, this special exercise and therapy equipment from TherapyTrainer.com is also used by professional athletes, such as the San Francisco 49ers, and has been featured in an article on Oprah.com, “Don’t Just Sit There! How to Get Fit at Your Desk”. Crafted with the highest quality magnetic resistance in both the forward and reverse pedal motion, the smaller spindle radius and smooth magnetic pedal motion are easier on the joints than other models on the market. The interactive features of the bikes add fun and entertainment to physical therapy or exercise programs by simply plugging the bike into the USB port of a computer. The pedal motion then makes the user part of their favorite PC games or virtual reality worlds, including Second Life® and World of Warcraft®. Included software also helps the user keep track of daily workouts, and records their progress.
These mini bikes help users to get moving while reading a book, watching T.V., talking on the phone, working on the computer, and while sitting at a desk at home or at work, making it easy to get that important daily exercise in whenever the user is sitting down and their legs are free. These bikes are additionally used in physical therapy from an injury or disability and include hand-cycling products as well as foot-cycles. “We are proud to introduce this innovative physical therapy and exercise equipment from TherapyTrainer.com to more consumers,” said Hulet Smith, Founder and CEO of Rehabmart. “These mini bikes are great for use in hospitals, physical therapy clinics, nursing homes, chiropractic offices and dialysis centers, as well as in the home and office. Everyone will love how much better they feel with more movement in their lives, and the interactive aspect with PC games makes exercise fun and easy for children and adults alike.”
As Occupational Therapists, the founders of Rehabmart have the breadth of knowledge and experience necessary to match the needs of its customers with the very latest innovative products in the field of medical supplies and rehabilitation equipment. As parents of special needs children, they have a personal interest in finding the best products to improve the lives of those who are disabled and medically challenged. Rehabmart.com is committed to provide superior customer service, competitive pricing and exceptional product offerings.
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“You are what what you eat eats.”
In my last article I talked about the importance of eating real food and focused on how to choose the best ingredients which in my belief is the single most important consideration in healthy eating and leads to maintaining a healthy weight. Following the article, I got a good amount of feedback about it being helpful to people so now I’m going deeper into the topic. I hope you find it helpful when you shop.
Have you been to the market and seen these labels: Seasonal, Local, Organic, Natural, Grass fed, Biodynamic, Conventional, Antibiotic and Hormone Free, Whole, Free Range, Pastured, Wild, Farm Raised, Raw, Pasteurized, Ultra-Pasteurized? And there are more. How do you know what to buy? Wouldn’t it be great if food was raised the old fashioned way and chicken was just chicken or produce was just produce and you didn’t have to figure out the difference? Do you just finally choose something, not knowing if you made a good choice? Food shopping shouldn’t have to take so long or be so emotionally exhausting.
It doesn’t have to be confusing, but there is a lot to digest. You are entitled to understand the difference so I want to try and simplify it for you. Since there are so many different labels and so many things to consider, I’m going to organize it by looking at what you may be buying and the labels that could possibly apply to these items. To get started, let’s just look at produce, dairy products, beef and chicken. We can focus on fish, eggs and other things at a later date.
Produce: If the amount of pesticides used in growing your food is important to you, look for organically grown food in the store. If you are shopping at a Farmer’s Market or CSA, you can ask the farmer about their growing practices. Some small farms adhere to organic growing practices but have not gotten certified because of the cost involved. If you can speak with the person who grew the food you can make an informed decision. Conventionally grown produce does not adhere to these standards even if you buy it in a store that sells organic food or directly from the farmer. Seasonal and local labels also apply here. Seasonal is what is being harvested now and local means that it was produced in this area. So when you think about seasonal food, think about whether it grows in you climate during this time of year. It should be the freshest tasting and in most cases less expensive but it isn’t neces sarily organic. When faced with the choice between local conventional produce or organic, that is a personal decision. Some people will always go with the local, others with the organic. I typically base my decision upon what it is that I am buying. Berries for example absorb a lot of pesticides so I go for the organic, asparagus on the other hand don’t absorb as much so I choose local if I can get them. To get a list of what soaks up the most and least amounts of pesticides go to www.Foodnews.org.
Dairy Products: The labels that you will see here are typically Organic and Hormone Free. Sometimes you will also see Grass fed and Biodynamic. If your milk isn’t labeled any of these things then it is likely conventional and you have no guarantee of how the cows were raised or what they were fed. Remember, what goes into the animal, goes into their milk and that goes into you and your kids. In most parts of the country, unless you have a relationship with a farm, all milk that you can buy will be pasteurized and sometimes to lengthen the shelf life it will be ultra-pasteurized. Ultra pasteurized milk does not provide additional health benefits and it has been even more processed and therefore even further from the way nature created it. When I have the choice, I go for the dairy that comes from a grass-fed animal because grass is the natural diet of the animal. If I can’t get that, I go for the organic. Organic means that the animals were fed organic food and were not given hormones to increase their milk production. If a product is labeled biodynamic, it comes from a farm that is not only organic but also employs a certain method of farming that was created by Rudolf Steiner and requires compliance with additional standards to protect the land.
When buying cheese, I often look for raw milk products. They are readily available and flavorful. Raw milk cheese contains enzymes that are not present in pasteurized cheese. In fact, some people who have trouble digesting dairy products are able to eat raw cheese because the enzyme needed to aid in digestion is present in the raw cheese and not in the pasteurized products. Many European cheeses are made from grass- fed and raw milk and several American producers are making some delicious cheese this way as well. If you have access t o a good cheese shop or counter in a market, speak with the person there and sample some things.
Chicken: What you will commonly see here is antibiotic free and/or organic. Unless you are shopping in a store whose minimum standards are at least hormone and antibiotic free for meats, if the packaging does not say either of these things then it is likely neither of these things. If you can speak with a knowledgeable Butcher or the Farmer, you may be able to get additional information. When buying chickens, organic means that it has been fed a diet of organic food and also has not been given hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. It’s especially great if you can get a chicken that has been raised on pasture. I like to buy organic whenever possible but at a minimum, I buy chickens that are antibiotic free. I also like to know that the animal has been humanely raised and hasn’t spent its entire life indoors, in overcrowded conditions never seeing sunshine nor roaming freely. If you have not seen the movie Food Inc., I highly recommend it. You will learn so much on this subject that will help you to make educated decisions about your food.
Beef (you can use this as a guideline for other meat): Here, I am not addressing breeds or brands but rather the way in which the animals were fed and raised. The labels that apply here are hormone and antibiotic free, organic and grass or pasture fed. As with the chicken, if it is not labeled any of these things you do not know how the animal was raised or how it was fed unless the Butcher or Farmer can give you information on that. Much of the cattle today are fed a diet of grain, it’s readily available and most commonly used. Often the grain can be genetically modified and you wouldn’t know that. When buying beef I choose grass or pasture fed whenever possible. Since grass is the natural diet of the animal, an animal fed on grass is going to be the healthiest and supply you with the highest quality meat. In fact, I have read that the composition of grass fed meat is entirely different from b eef that comes from animals raised on grain. It is rich in Omega 3s, the same fat that makes salmon so good for us and high conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which helps to build lean muscle and has been said to fight cancer. I have also read that it is lower in fat than grain fed beef. Grass-fed beef is available in some stores, at some Farmers’ Markets and through many online sources. Additionally, beef from a grass-fed cow is said to be less likely to contain e coli because the animal has healthy digestion and also because of the way the meat is processed. Again, I would refer you to the movie Food Inc. for more on this subject.
I hope that this helps to make your food shopping less complicated and guides you to making choices that work best for you and your family. If you want more information or have questions about how to choose healthy food, feel free to contact me at www.TheConsciousplate.com.
High Reps With Low Weights Builds Muscle, Too
April 27, 2012 — Want to build up your muscles in time for beach season? High reps with low weights may be the way to go, a new study suggests.
“There is nothing magical about heavy weights beyond the fact that they make you work hard,” says researcher Nicholas Burd, PhD, of Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
In a series of experiments, Burd and colleagues tweaked some resistance-exercise variables to see which had the greatest effect on building muscle mass. More repetitions with lighter weights can build muscle as well as heavier weights — assuming they are done to the point of exercise-induced fatigue. And fatigue is the important point. That means even with light weight, the last two to three reps should be hard.
The findings appear in the June issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
This is not a slight to working out with heavier weights. They are effective at increasing muscle mass, too. “However, certain conditions may preclude an individual to train with heavy weights, such as the frail elderly, an athlete recovering from injury, or maybe [someone with] no access to heavier training weights,” Burd says. “The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with lifting heavy weights. Our work simply highlights that heavy weights are not the only way to build bigger muscles.”
High Praise for High Reps
The new findings are music to Jordan Metzl’s, MD, ears. He is a sports medicine doctor at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. They reinforce everything he tells his patients and what he does in his own life. “High reps with lower weights a couple of times a week is the answer.”
He encourages injured athletes and weekend warriors to engage in this type of strength training to help build the muscles around damaged joints or ligaments. “It helps prevent and treat injuries.”
To keep your muscles guessing, mixing high reps and low reps, either in the same or different workouts, is a great way to stimulate muscle growth and prevent boredom.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2012
The June IRON MAN is all about winning. No, Charlie did not make our cover, but the two BodySpace Model Search champions did. You’ll see how Laura Bailey and Craig Capurso put it all together to win it big on the L.A. Fitness Expo stage — and how you can do it too.
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Dr. Joe Klemczewski continues his tips on getting freaky ripped, pro Dan Hill reveals his quad-building program, and Bill Dobbins, co-author of Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, has tricks for how to pack your midback with mass. Speaking of Arnold, check out the big in-your-face photos from the Arnold Classic.
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Tired of the same old low fat meals devoid of flavor? Enter Fitness Model/Writer Jamie Eason, one of the most recognized faces in the fitness industry, spokesmodel for Bodybuilding.com and creator of the LiveFit Trainer. Each month Jamie’s Kitchen will feature one of her mouth-watering and totally fit meals such as Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread and Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. (The Lemon Protein Bars are to die for.) This month’s feature will be the one pot lean meal 3-Bean Turkey Chili.
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The Electoral Commission has revealed that people who were not able to register in the ongoing biometric registration exercise due to broken down equipment will be given a lifeline to register after the closure of the exercise.
The EC’s Acting Director of Public Affairs, Christian Owusu Parry disclosed this in an interview with Joy FM on Thursday.
“As it is now, we are monitoring the situation across the country and we are receiving reports. At the end of the 40 days, if it becomes obvious that there are still people who could still not register because of challenges that they faced with the equipment, then the Commission would have to consider an extension to the exercise,” Mr Owusu Parry said.
The EC however said calls for an outright extension of the ongoing exercise are premature and that this decision would have to be taken after a careful analysis of the 40-day exercise.
A group called the Coalition for Development of Ghanaians had earlier said not extending the deadline of the biometric registration exercise would be a disservice to Ghanaians who were not able to register due to broken down equipment.
The Executive Director of the Group, Agyei Kwame Williams said that many registration centers could not function fully due to broken down equipment.
The exercise which commenced on March 24, is scheduled to end on May 5. Eight million persons have registered as at the end of the second phase of the exercise as against a projected 6.5 million by the EC.
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TUCSON, Ariz., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
Repligen Corp., in Waltham, Mass., announced today that its experimental drug RG3039, designed to treat spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), was safe and well-tolerated in a phase 1 clinical trial. In addition, data suggested that the drug reached and acted on its biological target, an enzyme called DcpS.
The trial of RG3039 marked the first of a new drug specifically designed to treat SMA.
Data from the trial, in which 32 healthy volunteers received a single dose of the experimental therapy, may help determine the appropriate dose levels of RG3039 for later-stage trials.
“MDA is pleased to see that its support of Repligen’s advancement of RG3039 to a phase 1 trial has resulted in such a positive outcome,” said Jane Larkindale, MDA’s director of translational research. “These results represent a concrete step forward in the development of a therapy for SMA.”
MDA awarded Repligen $1.4 million in December 2010 to support the advancement of RG3039 into phase 1 clinical trials. The award was made through MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP), the drug development arm of MDA’s translational research program.
RG3039 is a small-molecule therapy designed to increase cellular levels of fully functional SMN protein, which is deficient in SMA. It has been shown to increase production of SMN protein in cells taken from people with SMA, and also to improve mobility, life span and the health of nerve cells (motor neurons) in animal models of the disease.
The U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) has granted RG3039 fast track and orphan drug designations. A fast track designation allows for faster review of drugs that treat serious diseases and fill an unmet need, while orphan drug status provides economic incentives to companies developing treatments for rare diseases. Repligen licensed RG3039 from the patient organization Families of SMA, which funded and directed its preclinical development.
For more on RG3039 and Repligen’s phase 1 trial, see the Quest News Online article “RG3039 Proves Safe in Phase 1 Trial for SMA.”
About spinal muscular atrophy
SMA is a genetic disease caused by a flawed or missing SMN1 gene, which leads to insufficient production of SMN protein. SMN, which stands for “survival of motor neuron,” is necessary for normal neuromuscular function. In people with SMA, motor neurons in the spinal cord die off, resulting in weakness and eventual paralysis of voluntary muscles, including those involved in breathing. The scope and severity of SMA vary widely, correlated with the age when symptoms begin. Newborns with SMA symptoms often don’t survive more than a few years, while those who develop symptoms later may live well into adulthood — although mobility and respiration may be significantly affected.
About MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP)
MVP is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s drug development program, which operates within MDA’s translational research program. MVP is exclusively focused on funding the discovery and clinical application of treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases. For more information, visit mda.org and follow MDA on Facebook (facebook.com/MDANational) and Twitter (@MDAnews).
About Repligen Corporation
Repligen Corporation is a leading supplier of critical biologic products used to manufacture biologic drugs. Repligen also applies its expertise in biologic product development to SecreFlo(TM), a synthetic hormone being developed as a novel imaging agent for the diagnosis of a variety of pancreatic diseases. In addition, the company has two central nervous system (CNS) rare disease programs in phase 1 clinical trials. Repligen’s corporate headquarters are located at 41 Seyon Street, Building 1, Suite 100, Waltham, MA 02453. Additional information may be requested at repligen.com.
SOURCE Muscular Dystrophy Association
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A new study presented at the Experimental Biology 2012 conference revealed that combining proteins after workouts provides more benefits. Protein is essential for muscle growth and has become a popular addition to many exercise regimens. As a coach, I am often asked about the best nutrient supplements. Although I prefer natural sources of protein from food, there are benefits to using protein blends for some athletes.
The Right Combination of Proteins
Previous studies on protein consumption after exercise have provided conflicting information. The latest research presented at the Experimental Biology 2012 conference indicates that a combination of casein, soy and whey protein may actually be the best solution for athletes. Instead of relying on one source, adding several types of proteins helps the body build muscles faster and longer.
Researchers claim that the best combination is 50 percent casein, 25 percent soy and 25 percent whey protein. The main advantage of using all three products is to release a constant amount of amino acids for the longest period of time. Since each type of protein is digested at a different rate, using three of them provides the most benefits.
Unfortunately, the sample group used by the researchers is limited in this case. They admit that the study only included 19 “young adults,” so the results may not be applicable to everyone. Furthermore, age is another factor that needs to be studied in more detail because the current research only focused on young adults. The study is basing its main benefits on the continuous flow of amino acid, but metabolic rates vary greatly for individuals, and they may not see the same results.
The study is credited to Dr. Blake Rasmussen at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Since the researchers used Solae SUPRO isolated soy protein, the company has been proudly displaying the results of the study on its website. Unfortunately, the summary that has been released has a limited amount of data. I will be looking forward to the full results that Dr. Blake Rasmussen plans to reveal at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.
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