Hiccups – How to cure that?

I am a grandfather. I have tried to cure my own hiccups, but when I was most anxious for a cure was when my children were suffering from them. We tried many things — a loud noise to scare them away, holding their breath, gulping water, even standing on their head. Nothing worked. But finally, finally — our local news reporter did a segment on home cures. She had heard of a teacher who had been curing his students of hiccups for 20 years. And it always worked — absolutely and immediately.

  • Put water in a small glass — cold or warm, it’s up to you.
  • Then light a match and douse it in the water. (Do not leave the match in the water – just put it out in it.)
  • Drink the water.
  • Hiccups gone.

A friend told me that he had known of this for years. When he was out on the town and someone in the group got the hiccups, they would use 3 matches doused in a shot glass of water. Always successful.

A day after seeing this report, my granddaughter had the hiccups. I tried the remedy, and the hiccups were gone immediately. We now use this, and it always works.

South Beach Diabetes Diet

In the twenty-first century, the popular culture is ruled by fad diets. The current wave of the diet craze is low carb. More people are ditching the bread and reaching for meat and cheese. Advocates for this type of dieting says that this type of lifestyle will lower the risk of obesity and diabetes, but fails to mention the impact of this type of eating on cholesterol and heart functioning. If you are a diabetic and are looking into a healthier way of eating, consider the south beach diabetes diet.
Here is some background on the south beach diabetes diet and why it may work better than the others:

Background on Diabetes
Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin production in the blood. When you eat something sugary, blood glucose levels are raised, which triggers the release of insulin into your system. Insulin will break down the glucose and covert is to energy. When you do not have enough insulin in your system, or when your body resists insulin, this can cause the sugar to be converted and stored to fat and not energy. More fat cells can cause a variety of health problems.

Diet Options
If you discover that you have diabetes, or insulin resistance, finding a diet that works well for your body is essential in maintaining good health and a healthy weight. Although some people suggest the Atkins diet, you may not want to consider that type of lifestyle. Atkins relies heavily on very low carb foods such as meat, cheese, and other high-fat foods that will not require as much insulin, and is slower to digest, thus causing a feeling of fullness and reduced eating leading to eventual weight loss. The only problem with this is while a diet high in fat is good for your waistline; it is not good for your heart or other organs. The south beach diabetes diet, however, is a little better rounded.

The south beach diabetes diet is a healthy balance of whole grains, fruit, lean meat, restricting most bread and sugars. It was born to reduce the negative effects of high cholesterol as well as stave of diabetes. If you are concerned about both health issues, the south beach diabetes diet may be a more beneficial diet for you than the others.
So, keep considering your options. No single diet if for everyone, and if you are living with diabetes, then you need to consider your options a little more closely.

How to turn your body into an automatic fat burning machine?

Have you ever wondered how some people will never gain a pound no matter what they eat or how much they eat?

Imagine your body having such capability of burning fat automatically, even while you are sleeping. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Wouldn’t you like to have that kind of body that burns fat even while you are watching TV, or sleeping, or just doing nothing?
And if you think it is not possible, you are wrong. It is very much possible.
Many have achieved that. And you can too.

I will show you how you can turn your body into an automatic fat burning machine.

Now before we proceed, do you know why those people never gain a pound no matter what they eat or how much they eat?

That’s because they have a high metabolism.

Metabolism plays an important role in burning fat even while you are at rest. This is called basal metabolism.

Everyone has different metabolisms. That is because it depends on your age, genetics, food habits, lifestyle, and body type.

You cannot definitely control your age and genetics. Lifestyle is difficult for most of us to change.

So, we are left with food habits and body type.
For this article, we shall work on body type. I will discuss food habits in a different article.

Now coming to the body type – what exactly are we looking for in a body that would increase the metabolism?

To increase metabolism, the need for energy should be increased. When the need for energy is increased, your body will burn more calories and hence the rise in metabolism.
This is exactly what we do when we do cardiovascular exercises, or work in the garden, etc.
But these are only temporary and will only last a few hours.

To make it permanent, you have to create the need that stays permanent.
And the answer to this puzzle is – lean muscle tissue.

Muscles, just by being there in your body, burn more calories than usual. It is pure science. Muscles require energy to survive. So, they burn more calories. If you have good lean muscles, your body is an automatic fat burning machine.

How effective is it?

One pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day.

Imagine you put on 10 pounds of muscle – the result is “a burn of 500 calories a day”.
That is equivalent to 1 ½ hour of playing tennis.

Now, you might ask – “Isn’t it bad to gain muscle when I am trying to lose weight?”

No. It is not bad at all. What you are trying to lose is not weight. You are trying to lose fat.
And fat weights lot less than muscle while it occupies more volume. It is like cotton and iron.
By gaining 10 pounds of muscle, you don’t look all that different. But by losing 10 pounds of fat, you look a lot different.

And above all, you also want a good shape while you lose fat. Don’t you?

By building lean muscle tissue, your body will get a great shape and sexy look.
So, don’t worry about the readings on the weigh scale.
The bottom line is to LOSE FAT (the inches) and build a GREAT SHAPE.

That said, don’t rush to your local gym yet and start lifting weights.

First, you have to understand certain facts about muscle building.

Lot of us has a wrong opinion that – the more often you lift weights, the more muscle you gain.

But that is completely wrong. If that were true, all the construction workers would be competing for Mr. Universe title.

The only way to build muscle is by following these 2 steps

1. Hurt your muscle, and
2. Allow it to repair itself

The first part – “Hurt your muscle” – can be done by lifting weights so heavy that your muscle tears.
The second part, the most ignored but most important one, is achieved by resting that muscle for a period of time. Usually a week’s time.
If you are thinking that a week is too long, you are wrong. Most bodybuilders rest a certain muscle group for a week. The whole process of building muscle happens while you are resting. This is a very important time. If you ignore this rest period, you will never see the results.
Note: You should also eat a lot of protein in order for your muscles to repair.

It doesn’t mean that you should workout only one day a week. You should divide the muscles into 3 groups (ideal) and work on one group per session. Thus resulting in 3 workout sessions per week.

The ideal division of muscle groups is –

Day 1 Legs
Day 2 Chest, Shoulder, and Triceps
Day 3 Back, and Biceps

Now that you know how to build muscles, it is also important that you learn the correct way to do the exercise routines so that you will not hurt your muscles beyond repair.
The best option is to get a personal physical trainer. But most of us cannot afford a personal physical trainer. The next option is to join a local gym, and/or to buy a book, or video, or get some expert help on the Internet.
Some of you may prefer to do workouts at home. There are varieties of tools you can use to do your workout at home. Some of them are exercise bands, exercise balls, dumbbells, barbells, or even free arms (nothing). There are videos and books available in the market that can guide you in your workouts.

Following is a great ebook that will help you build muscles.

Get Fit While You Sit – Jeff Ball, A.C.E. certified professional trainer, came up with a bunch of various exercises “specifically designed for people who have busy schedules”. He has put up “36 exercises that cover all the muscle groups in your body”. All these exercises “can be done either free arm or using simple tools like a phone book”. And the best yet is that “they can be done either at home, work, some even in your car or plane”.
You can visit his web site here. Get his ebook today and take your first step towards making your body an automatic fat burning machine.

Medical Billing Process

When you have medical problems with your family, you seek the necessary help. How can you do anything but get the necessary help? You want to see your child or spouse get better, and if seeing a doc or going to a hospital is necessary you just do it. At least that is my attitude.

I am fortunate to have health insurance through my job. I know that many people do not have that luxury these days due to the rapidly rising cost of premiums. Health costs are astronomical; we all know it, we all hate it. What gets me though is that medical billing is like no other business out there.

How many businesses do you deal with that don’t tell you upfront pricing, can bill you for months and seemingly even years later from the various parties involved and can provide terrible service with no assurance of quality or outcome? Let me break that down.

When you head into a hospital for care, you have no idea what things will cost. Of course, they don’t always have time to explain every treatment option and applicable pricing for you to make a fiduciary decision at every step of the way. That said, it would be nice to know up front based on your insurance what your costs are going to be for the daily stay, doctor fees, etc. In the heat of the moment, you are not going to be ticking off a list of what you can afford, but I do know I am the type as a parent that I would like to have a daily summary of my increasing bill printed out so I know what to expect once treatment is finished.

I always wonder if hospitals don’t want to produce an ongoing bill for you because they are afraid you will find their errors because it is so fresh in your mind. Do they wait months to start sending out bills so you have let the individual procedures and people involved slip your mind and just have to trust that they got things right? Perhaps they don’t have any idea themselves until they get some creative accounting underway and see what your insurance will tolerate, then send the remainder of costs on to you to cause another heart attack and start the treatment/billing cycle all over again.

Then comes the way billing takes place. Getting billed much later is not the only kick in the gut you are going to receive later on; it is the repeated kicks that really get you down. Usually, the facility itself is the first to arrive in your mailbox, large and in charge. After you work your way through that painful check writing process, then comes the treating doctor. Yep, they bill separately. Did you need any anesthetics in the process? Yep, different billing group for that. How about oxygen therapy…they have their own bill. Physical or occupational therapy…the list goes on. Even if all these treatments are housed and received under the same facility, they all have their own billing, and it all adds up big time.

Now, on to the quality of service and guarantee of outcome. Ok, I realize doctors cannot ensure you will always get better simply due to the nature of various injuries. I think I am typically a reasonable guy. I do think there should be some discount or reduction in costs if they fail to accomplish the tasks they set out to do. That kick in the gut I mentioned about delayed billing is nothing like the one you receive when you are paying for services that failed. I have a friend that talked to me about how painful it was to pay the bills for a difficult late-term miscarriage they went through. Yes, after having lost a child at nearly full term they had to pay costs that exceeded had the child actually been born. Let’s just kick them when they are really down.

Given the fact that medicine cannot solve all things, at least there should be some measure of the quality of service received and the ability to challenge fees when those services do not meet the required criteria. I know I have personally experienced mistakes and failings that have gone on to actually hurt a child of mine in a very real way. Though I never took this to legal recourse, I likely could have. With so much fear of legal battles the medical field cannot even reveal an ounce of wrong on their part for fear of big liabilities; because of this, we have no means of oversight or quality assurance in the care we receive.

All this comes to mind because of the recently hospitalized care my son is receiving. He was quickly moved to a care facility for his needs, but now that we are working through the treatment we have begun talking to the billing department to get a handle on what our costs are going to be. We are finding that even after what insurance covers our costs of being in this outfit rival a full hospitalization. As I mentioned in a previous post, we have had very frank talks with his treatment team on the ineffectiveness of most of what they are doing, to which they actually agree. Will we receive a discount because of their lack of ability to effectively treat my child…of course not. 1/3 of the treatment team seems adept at what they are doing, and that is the primary side of what we came for anyway. So, for the other doctors involved, I really don’t feel justified in paying them for services they cannot effectively render. Of course, the cost of the facility is fixed, and the doctors are billing on top of that.

In the end, I will pay the fees and move on; I really do not have a choice. Before you receive any services they force documents on you that are essentially a blank check. You promise your life away so they will begin care. In effect, the document you sign says you will pay whatever they deem necessary to bill associated with the treatment of your child. Other than medicine, what business these days could get away with that?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthBreast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and the second leading cause of cancer death. Breast cancer is three times more common than all gynecologic malignancies put together. The incidence of breast cancer has been increasing steadily every year and it needs to end. A cure needs to be found, and now.


  • Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
  • Seventy percent of all breast cancers are found through breast self-exams. Not all lumps are detectable by touch. We recommend regular mammograms and monthly breast self-exams.
  • Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. If you find a lump, don’t panic-call your doctor for an appointment.
  • Mammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt.
  • When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. This is good news! Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%.”
—National Breast Cancer Foundation

During the month of October many sites, stores, and charity organizations collect and or donate a percentage of their sales to Breast Cancer Funding. The Susan G. Komen foundation is the largest nonprofit to deliver funds Breast Cancer Awareness Monthdedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. And since it began in October 2000, The Breast Cancer Site has funded more than 16,000 free mammograms for low income, uninsured, and working poor women throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Both of these organizations are fabulous for women, men, and children in need and provide caring support for those who have ever been affected by breast cancer.

Support for this cause can come in all forms as well; purchases, donations, and even just a simple click of the mouse can fund research to help prevent and find a cure. Working together, we can make an impact and hopefully put an end to this fight for good!