Archive for February, 2007

  • Introduction To Body Mass Index

    Introduction To Body Mass Index

    As you come to the knowledge of being overweight or underweight or maybe even if you surprise yourself by being in the normal weight, you will eventually encounter the term BMI. It is short for "Body Mass Index" which is a statistical benchmark of the weight or mass or a person which is accordingly scaled to his or her height.Back in the 1980s there was a particularly alarming period when obese people started becoming more and more predominant. It was a clearly a grave issue that had the medical...

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  • Ephedra: The Herb That Failed

    Ephedra: The Herb That Failed

    On April 12, 2004 the United States Food and Drug Administration officially banned the sale of any and all supplements containing ephedra from the shelves of pharmacies. What is Ephedra and why has it garnered so much concern? Traditionally the herb ephedra was used by Chinese doctors as a primary treatment for asthma, bronchiti, swelling in the joints and the bones. In contemporary China, ephedra is often a component of a multi-herb cold formula made by boiling ephedra with cinnamon twig, licor...

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  • Xenical: Weight Loss Pill

    Xenical: Weight Loss Pill

    Xenical or going by the generic name orlistat is a diet pill that works by blocking some of the fat from being absorbed by your body. Orlistat, the generic name for Xenical, is not intended as a magical pill to make you instantly lose weight. You should use Orlistat with a proper diet and the right amount of physical exercise. But before you can beg your doctor to prescribe you this drug here are some facts and figures you should know before taking this medicine. Orlistat is usually taken with e...

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  • Vitamin B12 and Weight Loss

    Vitamin B12 and Weight Loss

    There is no evidence that vitamin B-12 in any form — including vitamin B-12 injections — enhances weight loss. One study published in 2005 suggested that people who took a number of different supplements, including vitamin B-12, gained weight more slowly over a 10-year period than did those who took no supplements. However, many factors have to be considered, including the fact that people who take dietary supplements tend to be more health conscious, which may contribute to better w...

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