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Ford Super Duty Gets Tweaked and Empowered

Ford Super Duty Gets Tweaked and Empowered

Ford’s Super Duty truck has received a new 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine for the 2011 model year. When the truck went on sale earlier in 2010, the Power Stroke diesel returned 390 pound-feet of torque and 735 horsepower. In addition, Baldwin-Wallace College says that the truck gets 29.2 miles to the gallon.

But Ford has found a way to improve power and fuel economy by offering a software upgrade. That 30 minute adjustment, performed at the dealer level, will yield 400 pound-feet of torque and 800 horsepower, providing best in class performance. Importantly, Ford says that fuel economy will improve, although those numbers have yet to be confirmed.

Smart Move

The upgrade isn’t unusual, but how it was handled is. Instead of waiting for the next model year trucks to be assembled, Ford has offered the upgrade for all new trucks and those already sold to customers. That means if you own a 2011 Power Stroke diesel, you can get the upgrade at no cost. Ford says that customers are likely to opt for the change especially if they use their trucks for hauling and other rigorous work.

Power Stroke has served Ford well, a capable line of engines previously produced by Navistar for Ford, but now handled in-house. A previous version of the engine had some technical problems which cost Ford a mint to fix, but the current engine is more powerful and offers best in class fuel economy. The EPA doesn’t track fuel efficiency in this class of vehicles, but the Ford Super Duty beats the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 and Dodge Ram Heavy Duty truck in most independent tests.

More Tweaks

Software plays an important part in the way any vehicle works these days. All vehicles have a central computer which controls the essential functions. Torque, horsepower, fuel efficiency and a host of in-cabin and handling matters are computer controlled or enhanced, allowing manufacturers to squeeze more power and efficiency out of every vehicle. Indeed, software engineers can sometimes find ways to make a vehicle more efficient after the fact, giving customers the chance to enjoy a complimentary upgrade.

Owners of any late model car should keep track of recalls and other notices related to their vehicles. Not all recalls suggest a quality problem, but keeping cars compliant can go a long way toward ensuring that your vehicle operates optimally. Recalls are a cost covered by the manufacturer, with upgrades usually part of your vehicle’s warranty plan.…

The Truth About B12 and Weight Loss!

The Truth About B12 and Weight Loss!

Vitamin B12 was discovered decades ago, but for years it really did not get much attention. Lately, however, all that has changed. Now it seems like everywhere you turn you are hearing about yet another medical benefit of taking B12. One idea that has gotten a lot of attention is that idea that B12 can help with weight loss. Is there any truth behind this claim? Is B12 the magical cure you are looking for to help solve your weight issues?

The truth is that while B12 and B12 shots certainly do have some medical benefits, there is no proof that simply taking a B12 shot will help you drop weight. The reality is that you are going to have to work to lose weight, regardless of what type of supplements you are taking. There is some evidence that people who take vitamin supplements tend to gain less weight over time, but this research is not specific to vitamin B12.

What a B12 shot can do is help you feel better while you are losing weight. Many people (myself included) report that their energy levels are higher when they get a regular B12 shot. Having more energy can help you to stick with your diet and also may make you much more likely to exercise.

B12 is also known to increase your metabolism, so taking a regular B12 shot can help you burn a few extra calories and speed up the rate with which you lose weight. So, B12 can help you lose weight but it is certainly not a magical weight loss cure.

Very often, when you hear of doctors and weight loss clinics giving B12 shots as part of a weight loss program, the shots that they are giving are actually B12 combined with another fat burner. Very often, this is lipotropic complex. Lipotropic complex supports the liver and helps it get rid of fat. Essentially, lipotropic helps the body to liquefy fat and reduces the amount of fat build up in the liver.

If you are considering taking vitamin B12 shots for weight loss, the key is that you must be realistic about what they can and cannot do for you. While they can help you to have more energy and feel good, they are not some magical cure all that is going to miraculously melt the pounds away.…

Do You Know the Signs of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion?

Do You Know the Signs of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion?

Summertime is when most outside activities occur. Going fishing, bike riding, jogging, and a myriad of other activities will fill a day or weekend. This is the time to have family fun. However, a hidden danger lurks in the midst.

Heat Exhaustion and Stroke Can Be Lethal

Heat exhaustion and stroke can ruin a family fun day and cause serious health problems. Heat exhaustion left untreated can cause heat stroke, which can be paralyzing and lethal. The best way to ruin your outing is for someone to have a heat stroke.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are preventable if you follow some basic guidelines, and know the symptoms.

The old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure fits the bill when it comes to heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

When it is hot outside, minimize your exposure to direct sunlight. Use an umbrella and a hat to cover your head.

Alcohol will keep your body from cooling itself down as well as dehydrate yourself. So don’t drink alcoholic beverages when it is hot outside.

Caffeine drinks will also keep your natural body’s defenses from cooling itself.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Your body cannot cool itself if you become dehydrated, so drink lots of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids like water and sports drinks, even if you don’t think you are thirsty.

Limit your time in direct sunlight, the sun will pull the natural energies from your body and limit your body’s ability to cool itself down.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

The symptoms and heat exhaustion symptoms are very similar. Therefore, be careful if you expect yourself or one of your family members are in danger of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

It would be best for you to take the responsibility for you and your family to research heat stroke and heat exhaustion online or with your doctor prior to planning an outing in a high heat environment. It will be best to know who is at a high risk and what to do, if something happens. If you even have a small suspicion of heat exhaustion for yourself or your family, get out of the sun, cool yourself down. Cool yourself with cool cloths or cool water. Then, drink plenty of water, cool water if you have it.

Your main priority should be keeping you and your family cool while in the heat.

Signs of a Heat Stroke

According to the Mayo Clinic if you or you love ones have any one of theses symptoms you should remove them from the heat, start cooling them down, lay them down, elevate their feet, and call 911 immediately.

Rapid heartbeat,

Rapid shallow breathing,

Elevated or lower blood pressure,

Cessation of sweating,


Confusion or unconsciousness,

Heat related headache,

Nausea, or


These are the most common symptoms of a heat stroke; so don’t hesitate to call 911.

Prepare yourself and your family for the hot …

The Story About Strokes – An Acquired Brain Injury

The Story About Strokes – An Acquired Brain Injury

There are two major types of strokes:

– The ischemic stroke is when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. If a clot forms in a narrow artery, it is called a thrombotic stroke. If the clot breaks off and travels to the brain, it is called a cerebral embolism.

– A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in part of the brain bursts open and blood leaks into the brain. This usually causes a severe headache.

The causes of a stroke are high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, high cholesterol, a family history of strokes, being over fifty-five years of age, living an unhealthy lifestyle, having heart disease, being overweight, drinking heavily, smoking, using illegal drugs, ethnicity, a previous history of strokes or TIA’s and women over thirty-five who are on birth control pills, especially if they smoke.

Some of the symptoms are a severe headache, slurred speech, inability to speak or to understand, loss of balance or coordination, confusion, numbness or tingling on one side of the body, vision problems and muscle weakness.

For best prognosis, it is extremely important to get medical treatment within three hours of first symptoms but no later than four to five hours. At the first signs of a stroke, it will be imperative to call 911 in order to get immediate treatment. This reduces disability and can save lives. Medical staff will examine and possibly give a clot-dissolving drug, do tests with probably tests using all or some of the following – an Angiogram, a CT scan, an MRI, and an Echocardiogram. There will probably be lab tests done as well.

Treatment and prognosis will depend on the cause of the stroke, the severity of the stroke, what has been affected and how quickly treatment was begun. There may be bladder and bowel problems, muscle and nerve problems, speech, memory and thinking difficulties as well.

There are three coping strategies for emotional problems related to strokes:

– approach-oriented coping where the patient consciously works towards minimizing the emotional challenges of the acquired brain injury;

– coping which indicates a lack of motivation where patient chooses not to express his/her emotions;

– avoidance coping where the patient actively avoids coping with their emotions. With this type of coping, there is usually a high level of depression.

Patients who have suffered a stroke may possibly need physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and swallowing therapy. And because it is common for patients to at least initially experience memory loss, rehabilitation in this area may be required as well as using memory aids such as a diary, calendar or a daytimer.

To reduce your risk of of having a stroke, exercise at least thirty minutes each day, eat a nutritional died rich in fruits, vegetables and beans, low-fat dairy products and foods that are low in sodium and fats.

Because a stroke is loss of blood to …

Too Much Protein Is Not Good For The Heart

Too Much Protein Is Not Good For The Heart

Protein Storage – A Time Bomb!

Obese people have both high concentrations of fats and excessive amounts of protein in the blood. The blood’s tendency towards clotting, considered to be the greatest cause for heart attack or stroke, stems almost exclusively from the saturation of proteins in the blood. (Note that smoking also increases blood protein concentrations, as shown below). Fats, on the other hand, have no blood-clotting ability. In their attempt to avert a heart attack, the capillary cells absorb the excessive protein, convert it into collagen fiber, and store it in their basal membranes. Although this emergency response has a blood-thinning and, therefore, life-saving effect, it also makes the blood walls thicker and more vulnerable to injury.

Examinations of connective tissue in obese people have proved that it contains not only plump fat cells, but also large amounts of dense collagen-fiber. Collagen is 100 percent pure protein. Building more collagen-fiber than normally needed is one of the main emergency measures the body takes to deal with dangerously high protein concentrations in the blood. By removing the protein from the blood and thereby putting it out of circulation, the blood becomes thin and a major crisis is avoided. But the situation changes drastically when the body’s ‘protein stores’ are all filled up to capacity, and protein consumption continues. This time, the blood becomes and remains saturated with protein. In such a case, the blood begins to permanently thicken and develop a tendency towards clotting.

Unless the afflicted person takes aspirin, which has a blood-thinning effect, a stroke or heart attack may occur. Yet in the long term, aspirin not only fails to prevent such an incidence but strongly encourages it. A heightened risk of deadly uncontrolled bleeding may also result from regular or excessive use of aspirin. In addition, once aspirin treatment discontinues, the risk of suffering a heart attack is greatly increased.

Warning: If you suffer from macular degeneration, the #1 cause of blindness in people over 55 years old, avoid taking aspirin. Also avoid smoking. Recent research found that smoking is the leading cause of macular degeneration; half of all smokers develop it. As soon as a person stops smoking, the risk lessens by one third. A major study linked aspirin to America’s epidemic of macular degeneration. The often prescribed one-aspirin-a-day routine makes the retinas more likely to hemorrhage. Besides, aspirin belongs to the same class of painkillers as Vioxx, Celebrex and Aleve, all of which were found to increase heart attack and stroke risk by over 50 percent.

Tests have shown that abstaining from food for a periodic length of time reduces the size and amount of both fat cells and collagen fiber deposits. This also demonstrates that overeating protein does, in fact, increase protein tissue in the body. As explained before, and to emphasize this crucial point, the protein deposits accumulate in the basal membranes of the capillary walls and the connective tissues that surround the …

Art Literally Brought Me Back To A Full Life

Art Literally Brought Me Back To A Full Life

Nickolas Hale has a compelling tale to tell. He actually sought us out to relay his story.

He was working three jobs simultaneously and at 24 believed he was invincible. Well, that was, until he suffered a stroke as a consequence. As he lay in the Nepean Hospital and listened to the doctors pronounce that he would never walk again, it made him determine one thing, that he would prove them wrong.

As well as doing the rehab advised by the physiotherapists, he also began to express himself through art. Only five of the 40 who were in the same section as he, chose to do so. He definitely advanced more quickly than the other 35. After four months he walked out of hospital and is so grateful for the contribution art played in his recovery. He is married now with a son and maintains permanent employment. Art is his relaxation, therapy and hobby. He didn’t paint before the stroke but has unleashed a hidden talent now.

Meeting Nickolas and hearing his journey was made the more remarkable when I learnt that he also does volunteer work. This brave young man works with disabled children using both his expertise as a chef and as an artist. He shows them how to use the plate as a canvas. The children are encouraged to arrange food in tempting and colourful patterns. It is a favourite time of the week and he is astounded with the progress they have made.

Nickolas warns all would be, ‘invincible people’ to take time out and enjoy life.

Art played an enormous role in the life of Sylvia during her recovery from breast cancer. Encouraged by the Breast Cancer group in her area, she began painting with water colours. Her tutor saw her emerge from a nervous, worried lady to one of serenity and hope. It appeared as though healing and happiness grew with each brush stroke. Her career had been an academic one and she found little time for the arts.

With each new painting, so her skill developed from rank amateur to exhibition status. No one was more amazed than she, when her work sold and indeed, was sort after by art life took on a whole new perspective and led to a career and lifestyle change. Gone was the nervous woman and in her place a new Sylvia, who actually took time to see and enjoy the world around her. Her new found contentment was expressed in her subject matter and choice of colours. She is enthusiastic about life and is now encouraging others to explore their potential.

She has found art to be a soothing, satisfying way of alleviating stress in breast cancer victims and reports that many other ladies have developed new found talents too. Don’t wait for adversity to set you on the path of creativity. Start now in whatever medium you choose. You may be surprised by your hidden talents.

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Eat Fat and Loose Weight

Eat Fat and Loose Weight

One teaspoon of FAT!

When you are on a diet to loose weight the fear of hunger and the reality of poor nutrition is a concern. A first practice for dieting is eating less. This is a good thing if the quality of nutrition is very high and the absorption rate is effective for good health and energy.

If 1 teaspoon of fat is eaten with every meal the delay in digestion will give less hunger time before the next meal. Fat takes a longer time to digest than other foods. Eaten in combination with other foods delays digestion.

Savoring the taste of fat is pleasurable and will also add to the time taken to eat. It takes about twenty minutes for the brain to get the message of satiety so this slower eating practice will lessen the amount taken in. If you eat without realizing your need you will take in food that is unnecessary. Eat slowly with thoughtful awareness of your need.

Fat is a crucial solvent for Vitamins A, D, E and K. This is not a complete list as there are other nutrients that need the presence of fat to be absorbed and digested. If fat is present then more nutrients are accessible by the body systems and good health is a result. Less food will give good health because of the higher efficiency of digestion. Fat is the key.

One teaspoon of peanut butter is one serving of fat for an average adult. Other nut butters such as almond, sesame (in the form of tahini), walnut, sunflower seeds are good choices also. Some may prefer grape seed or sesame seed oils and saturated fats such as coconut and avocado.

Eat fat and loose weight. Savor the valuable servings of fat.…

Golfing Handicap System – The Basics

Golfing Handicap System – The Basics

What is the handicap system?

When buying golf equipment, it is recommended to ask the supplier what level of handicap the club is best suited for. Some golfing equipment is specifically tailored for scratch players whilst some is more suitable for higher handicap players. For optimum playing it is recommended that golfers find out what their handicap is and find a golf club to suit. This is why understanding the handicap system is so important in the world of golf.

In golf, the handicap system is used to establish fair play between different levels of golfers in tournaments or friendly play. The handicap system is copyrighted by the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) and is a recognised system within the UK and Ireland. It basically measures an amateur golfer’s current standard of play. It also stands as a great way of measuring whether a golfer is making progress and highlights areas of a golfer’s technique requiring improvement. The higher the handicap of the golfer, the lower their golfing ability is considered to be.

How does a handicap work?

The extra shots a handicap player is allowed to take ensures that all golfers of different ability levels can play together as equals using a fair system and makes the game more interesting. The number of handicaps is deducted from the handicap golfer’s score on certain holes. Handicap scores range from 1 to 28 for men and 1 to 36 for women.

A golfer’s handicap score represents how many strokes are allowed to be deducted on particular holes. A scratch player is a person with zero handicaps and is expected to complete the course with the same score as the standard scratch score (SSS) of the course. The scratch score of a course isn’t necessarily the sum of par. The County Union calculates the scratch score by taking the length of the course and naturally difficult conditions into account and bases the SSS on that.

What are the methods of applying for a handicap?

Only golf clubs affiliated with CONGU may administer handicaps to amateur golfers. In order to obtain a handicap, golfers have to become a member of an affiliated club and submit 3 or more score cards to the club for calculation. The club will then assess a suitable handicap score using the golfer’s lowest score and calculating the difference between that and the scratch score of the course.

How are handicaps applied to different games?

Handicaps are used differently in match play and stroke play. In match play the handicap score is calculated using the difference between the players/teams’ handicaps and is distributed over the holes to be played. For example on an 18 hole course, if player A has a handicap of 18 and player B has a handicap of 24 then player B is allowed 6 strokes over the six hardest holes with no stroke allowance on the remaining 12. Player A would be regarded as the scratch player. Once …

Cholesterol Versus Homocysteine

Cholesterol Versus Homocysteine

Has your doctor ever recommended a blood test to check your homocysteine level?

After you have read this article, I guarantee you will wonder why. Not many people have ever heard of it, yet it is responsible for 15% of all heart attacks and strokes in the world.

Wouldn’t it be worth to know more about this major killer, more so when you realize that you can correct it by simply taking vitamin B? The research on homocysteine was done by Dr. Kelmer Mc Cully, a promising pathologist and researcher, who graduated from the Harvard Medical School in the mid 1960’s.

Dr. Mc Cullly was in particular interested in studies that involved the connection of biochemistry with disease. He earned a strong reputation and became assistant professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Mc Cully discovered that children who had a genetic defect that kept them from breaking down an essential amino acid called methionine. These children showed a tremendous buildup of a by-product, called homocysteine.

Dr. Mc Cully looked at two special cases of two under eight years old boys, who died from a heart attack. When he examined the boys’ pathology slides, he discovered that the damage to the arteries was similar to that of an elderly man, who had severe hardening of the arteries.

This led Dr. Mc Cully to wonder whether mild to moderate elevations of homocysteine that were present over a lifetime could be a cause of heart attacks and strokes in the average patient. Homocysteine is an intermediate byproduct that we produce when our bodies breakdown the amino acid called methionine. It is found in large quantities in meat, eggs, milk, cheese, white flour, canned foods and highly processed foods.

Unlike cholesterol, which the body needs for the production of certain cell parts and hormones, homocysteine provides no health benefit. The higher the level of homocysteine, the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Homocysteine is converted by our bodies into either cysteine or back to methionine again. These products are not harmful, however, the enzymes to break down homocysteine into cysteine, need folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. If we are deficient in these nutrients, the homocysteine levels in our blood begin to rise.

Dr. Mc Cully’s theory was shut down and he lost his job at Harvard’s, because at that time the cholesterol- heart attack theory was gaining tremendous momentum and Dr Mc Cully’s hypothesis were a threat to its future.

The cholesterol theory achieved great victory and killed all other threatening theories.

Drug companies made their fortunes and everybody was convinced that heart attacks and strokes were associated with high blood cholesterol levels. Are you? If you have read my article about Nutritional Medicine, you should know better!

Anyway, the medical society and the pharmaceutical Companies did an excellent job selling this to the medical community and to the general public.…

Type 2 Diabetes – High Blood Sugar Levels and Your Heart

Type 2 Diabetes – High Blood Sugar Levels and Your Heart

People who have Type 2 diabetes are two to four times more likely than non-diabetics to develop heart disease or have a stroke. It is also true approximately three-fourths of all diabetics die from heart disease.

But many diabetics might not be really aware of just how much diabetes can impact their heart, and in how many ways it can occur.

Cardio refers to “heart” and vascular means “blood vessels.” These two go hand-in-hand because the heart is the machine that pumps blood through your vessels. A problem anywhere in your body will affect how the cardiovascular system works.

Why does this happen? The same hormone, insulin, whose job it is to carry sugar into your cells for fuel also helps to lead fat into other body cells for storage. So if you lack insulin, or if it doesn’t work as it is supposed to, fat continues to circulate in your bloodstream. Too much sugar and too much fat floating around in your bloodstream leads to clogged blood vessels.

What is the result? The result is then:

high blood pressure,

clots forming, and

extra strain placed on your heart,

hence heart attack and stroke.

Blood Pressure: When blood vessels constrict and become pressurized, this pressure translates into elevated blood pressure throughout your body and especially in your heart. The damage allows plaque to build up, a condition known as atherosclerosis. This blockage allows even more pressure to build. When your blood pressure increases, even a little, it puts unnecessary strain on your heart making it work harder. But increasing it to this level, the strain it produces is extreme.

When blood pressure becomes elevated it also means there is a restricted flow of oxygen to your brain, other major organs, and your heart. This starving of oxygen also means tissue fed by this blood becomes starved, as well.

As Type 2 diabetes runs out-of-control, it means there are also dramatic negative changes within your blood. Elevated blood sugar levels means elevated LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, lower levels of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and elevated triglyceride levels, which reflect the amount of fat in your blood. High blood sugar also means there is a significant increase in the likelihood of clotting, which is why diabetes increases the incidence of stroke.

If the person with diabetes also has a sedentary lifestyle, now the odds are increased even more. Add smoking or a high consumption of alcohol and they rise even higher. If these habits are not changed their heart is, in essence, the same as a ticking time bomb, waiting to experience an episode.

This is why it is vital all diabetics maintain ideal blood sugar levels… not only to keep their disease under control, but for all the other medical complications it creates.…