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Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Spot Of Good Cheer From Australia


Hello dear readers, I was so inspired by my friend Leah from Australia's webpage, she offers great products at bargain prices,


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A Bit About Leah
I'm a hard-working mom who loves to crochet in her spare time. I donate most of the blankets and little amigurumi crochet toys & creatures I make to the local animal shelters - with the exception of a few orders for friends and family in between. I have a wonderful husband and a gorgeous daughter who I love to bits and I also love to write!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Hi, I just had myself a great laugh, and felt like sharing this joke, which my daughter, living in Dublin, Ireland had sent me, It goes like this… What do you do if a Kerryman throws a pin at you? You run like hell – he’s probably got the grenade between his teeth, read on... 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

WARNING! Your Gum Disease May Have Caused Your Erectile Dysfunction

“To associate gum disease, the major preventable cause of tooth loss in adults, with such a taboo subject amongst males is not something that should be taken lightly,” Carter said. “If, in theory, four out of five men who suffer from erectile dysfunction have poor oral health, the effect it could have on their general health poses a serious health risk to those individuals affected.”

According to Carter, it is well known that gum disease has been linked to many conditions in the past that could have a detrimental effect on general health, such as heart disease and diabetes. When people have gum disease, bacteria from the mouth may enter their bloodstream; therefore, it should come as no surprise that this piece of research has linked vascular erectile dysfunction, another cardiac-related condition, with gum disease.

You Can Reverse the symptoms, seriously, moderate exercise, (loose jut a tiny bit of flab) Brush and floss your teeth minimum 3 times a day, There may be some bleeding of the gums at first, then gradually they will toughen up and you will even start feeling, less sluggish and feel a lift in your energy level. As you brush and do a little bit of exercise, drink some water an eat more protein foods, fish, meat, eggs, avocados, beans and nuts, see how you go in the department concerned, give it time, you may have a touch of performance anxiety at first, i'ts natural

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Strength training affects your libido directly, by increasing testosterone. 
You need to focus on your large muscle groups and never train the same muscles on consecutive days. Stick with a higher weight but fewer repetitions, to boost your testosterone levels. While women produce less testosterone -- about one-tenth of men -- it still has a powerful effect on 
the stability and balance of their hormones in general as well as their 
libido levels and the strength in both genders:


There are off course various ways of doing Kegel exercises but I shall only describe the two methods I have used with success.

1. In this method, you are required to lie down
flat on your back, then keeping your shoulders flat against the bed or mat surface, raise only your hips as far as you can. Hold this position for about 15 seconds, then lower your bottom slowly until it touches the mat, relax, and repeat raising up you bottom, while doing this, concentrate on your anal and pelvic muscles and concentrate on squeezing them tight as you lift up your bottom. Do 
these exercises for about 15 minutes every 
morning and again before you go to bed at 

2. These exercises you can do throughout the day. Wherever you are seated, imagine that you are squeezing your pelvic and anal muscles, squeeze for as long as you are able, then relax, continue doing this as often as you can.

NOTE: Depending on the severity of your condition, you should start noticing a marked improvement withing 3 to 5 weeks.

In addition to these Kegel exercises, if you are 
able to include any or all of the below foods etc.
all of which are well known testosterone 
boosters, then do so by all means.

9 Ways to Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels

1. Lose Weight
If you're overweight, shedding the excess pounds may increase your testosterone levels, according to research presented at the Endocrine Society's 2012 meeting. Overweight men are more likely to have low testosterone levels to begin with, so this is an important trick to increase your body's testosterone production when you need it most.

If you are serious about losing weight, you have got to strictly limit the amount of processed sugar in your diet, as evidence is mounting that excess sugar, and fructose in particular, is the primary driving factor in the obesity epidemic. So cutting soda from your diet is essential, as is limiting fructose found in processed foods, fruit juice, excessive fruit and so-called "healthy" sweeteners like agave.

Ideally you should keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day and this includes fruits. This is especially true if you have insulin resistance and are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.

In addition to eliminating or severely limiting fructose, it will be vital to eliminate all grains and milk (even raw) in your diet. Milk has a sugar called lactose, which has been shown to increase insulin resistance so it will be wise to avoid it if you are seeking to lose weight.

Refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods also quickly break down to sugar, increase your insulin levels, and cause insulin resistance, which is the number one underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.

As you cut these dietary troublemakers from your meals, you need to replace them with healthy substitutes like vegetables and healthy fats (including natural saturated fats!). Your body prefers the carbohydrates in micronutrient-dense vegetables rather than grains and sugars because it slows the conversion to simple sugars like glucose, and decreases your insulin level. When you cut grains and sugar from your meals, you typically will need to radically increase the amount of vegetables you eat, as well as make sure you are also consuming protein and healthy fats regularly.

I've detailed a step-by-step guide to this type of healthy eating program in my comprehensive nutrition plan, and I urge you to consult this guide if you are trying to lose weight.

The foods you choose to eat will be the driving force behind successfully achieving your weight loss goals -- high-intensity, short-burst-type exercises, such as my Peak Fitness Program, two to three times per week, combined with a comprehensive fitness plan, is important too, and has an additional benefit as well (see below)!

2. High-Intensity Exercise like Top Fitness (Especially Combined with Intermittent Fasting)

Both intermittent fasting and short intense exercise have been shown to boost testosterone.

Short intense exercise has a proven positive effect on increasing testosterone levels and preventing its decline.That's unlike aerobics or prolonged moderate exercise, which have shown to have negative or no effect on testosterone levels.

Intermittent fasting boosts testosterone by increasing the expression of satiety hormones including insulin, leptin, adiponectin, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), colecystokinin (CKK) and melanocortins, all of which are known to potentiate healthy testosterone actions, increase libido and prevent age-related testosterone decline.

Having a whey protein meal after exercise can further enhance the satiety/testosterone-boosting impact (hunger hormones cause the opposite effect on your testosterone and libido). Here's a summary of what a typical high-intensity Peak Fitness routine might look like:

  • Warm up for three minutes
  • Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds
  • Recover at a slow to moderate pace for 90 seconds
  • Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times

As you can see, the entire workout is only 20 minutes. Twenty minutes! That really is a beautiful thing. And within those 20 minutes, 75 percent of that time is warming up, recovering or cooling down. You're really only working out intensely for four minutes. It's hard to believe if you have never done this that you can actually get that much benefit from four minutes of exercise. That's all it is.

Keep in mind that you can use virtually any type of equipment you want for this – an elliptical machine, a treadmill, swimming, even sprinting outdoors (although you will need to do this very carefully to avoid injury) -- as long as you're pushing yourself as hard as you can for 30 seconds. But do be sure to stretch properly and start slowly to avoid injury. Start with two or three repetitions and work your way up, don't expect to do all eight repetitions the first time you try this, especially if you are out of shape.

You can find more information about this in an article previously written on intermittent fasting.

3. Consume Plenty of Zinc

The mineral zinc is important for testosterone production, and supplementing your diet for as little as six weeks has been shown to cause a marked improvement in testosterone among men with low levels. Likewise, research has shown that restricting dietary sources of zinc leads to a significant decrease in testosterone, while zinc supplementation increases it significantly and even protects men from exercised-induced reductions in testosterone levels.

It's estimated that up to 45 percent of adults over the age of 60 may have lower than recommended zinc intakes; even when dietary supplements were added in, an estimated 20-25 percent of older adults still had inadequate zinc intakes, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Your diet is the best source of zinc; along with protein-rich foods like meats and fish, other good dietary sources of zinc include raw milk, raw cheese, beans, and yogurt or kefir made from raw milk. It can be difficult to obtain enough dietary zinc if you're a vegetarian, and also for meat-eaters as well, largely because of conventional farming methods that rely heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals deplete the soil of nutrients ... nutrients like zinc that must be absorbed by plants in order to be passed on to you.

In many cases, you may further deplete the nutrients in your food by the way you prepare it. For most food, cooking it will drastically reduce its levels of nutrients like zinc … particularly over-cooking, which many people do.

If you decide to use a zinc supplement, stick to a dosage of less than 40 mg a day, as this is the recommended adult upper limit. Taking too much zinc can interfere with your body's ability to absorb other minerals, especially copper, and may cause nausea as a side effect.

4. Strength Training

In addition to top Fitness, strength training it also boosts your testosterone levels, provided you are doing intense enough. When strength training to boost testosterone, you'll want to increase the weight and lower your number of reps, and then focus on exercises that work a large number of muscles, such as dead lifts or squats.

You can "turbo-charge" your weight training by going slower. By slowing down your movement, you're actually turning it into a high-intensity exercise. Super Slow movement allows your muscle, at the microscopic level, to access the maximum number of cross-bridges between the protein filaments that produce movement in the muscle.

5. Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D, a steroid hormone, is essential for the healthy development of the nucleus of the sperm cell, and helps maintain semen quality and sperm count. Vitamin D also increases levels of testosterone, which may boost libido. In one study, overweight men who were given vitamin D supplements had a significant increase in testosterone levels after one year.5

Vitamin D deficiency is currently at epidemic proportions in the United States and many other regions around the world, largely because people do not spend enough time in the sun to facilitate this important process of vitamin D production.

So the first step to ensuring you are receiving all the benefits of vitamin D is to find out what your levels are using a 25(OH)D test, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

A few years back, the recommended level was between 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml), but more recently the optimal vitamin D level has been raised to 50-70 ng/ml.

To get your levels into the healthy range, sun exposure is the BEST way to optimize your vitamin D levels; exposing a large amount of your skin until it turns the lightest shade of pink, as near to solar noon as possible, is typically necessary to achieve adequate vitamin D production. If sun exposure is not an option, a safe tanning bed (with electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ballasts, to avoid unnecessary exposure to EMF fields) can be used.

As a last resort, a vitamin D3 supplement can be taken orally, but research suggests the average adult needs to take 8,000 IU's of vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40 ng/ml, which is the absolute minimum for disease prevention.

6. Reduce Stress

When you're under a lot of stress, your body releases high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone actuallyblocks the effects of testosterone,6 presumably because, from a biological standpoint, testosterone-associated behaviors (mating, competing, aggression) may have lowered your chances of survival in an emergency (hence, the "fight or flight" response is dominant, courtesy of cortisol).

In the modern world, chronic stress, and subsequently elevated levels of cortisol, could mean that testosterone's effects are blocked in the long term, which is what you want to avoid.

My favorite overall tool to manage stress is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), which is like acupuncture without the needles. It's a handy, free tool for unloading emotional baggage quickly and painlessly, and so easy that even children can learn it. Other common stress-reduction tools with a high success rate include prayer, meditation, laughter and yoga, for example. Learning relaxation skills, such as deep breathing and positive visualization, which is the "language" of the subconscious.

When you create a visual image of how you'd like to feel, your subconscious will understand and begin to help you by making the needed biochemical and neurological changes.

7. Limit or Eliminate Sugar from Your Diet

Testosterone levels decrease after you eat sugar, which is likely because the sugar leads to a high insulin level, another factor leading to low testosterone.7

Based on USDA estimates, the average American consumes 12 teaspoons of sugar a day, which equates to about TWO TONS of sugar during a lifetime.

Why we eat this much sugar is not difficult to understand -- it tastes good, and it gives us pleasure by triggering an innate process in your brain via dopamine and opioid signals.

What it is doing to us on both a physical and emotional level is another story entirely, and most people stand to reap major improvements in their health by cutting back on, or eliminating, sugar altogether from their diets. Remember foods that contain added sugar and fructose, as well as grains like bread and pasta, should all be limited.

If you're struggling with sugar addiction and having trouble dealing with cravings, I highly recommend trying an energy psychology technique called Turbo Tapping, which has helped many "soda addicts" kick their sweet habit, and it should work for any type of sweet craving you may have.

8. Eat Healthy Fats

By healthy, this means not only mon- and polyunsaturated fats, like that found in avocados and nuts, but also saturated, as these are essential for building testosterone. Research shows that a diet with less than 40 percent of energy as fat (and that mainly from animal sources, i.e. saturated) lead to a decrease in testosterone levels.8

My personal diet is about 60-70 percent healthy fat, and other experts agree that the ideal diet includes somewhere between 50-70 percent fat.

It's important to understand that your body require saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources (such as meat, dairy, certain oils, and tropical plants like coconut) for optimal functioning, and if you neglect this important food group in favour of sugar, grains and other starchy carbs, your Libido is almost guaranteed to suffer. Examples of healthy fats you can eat more of to give your testosterone levels a boost include:


1. Olives and Olive oil

2. Coconuts and coconut oil.

3. Butter made made from grass-fed organic milk.

4. Almonds

5. Pecans

      6. Grass-fed meats.

      7. Organic egg yolks.

      8. Palm oil.

      9. Avocados.

    10. Cold pressed nut oils.

9.   Boost Your Intake of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) from Foods Like Whey Protein
Research suggests that BCAAs result in higher testosterone levels, particularly when taken along with resistance training.9While BCAAs are available in supplement form, you'll find the highest concentrations of BCAAs like leucine in dairy products – especially quality cheeses and whey protein.
Even when getting leucine from your natural food supply, it's often wasted or used as a building block instead of an anabolic agent. So to create the correct anabolic environment, you need to boost leucine consumption way beyond mere maintenance levels.
That said, keep in mind that using leucine as a free form amino acid can be highly counterproductive as when free form amino acids are artificially administrated, they rapidly enter your circulation while disrupting insulin function, and impairing your body's glycemic control. Food-based leucine is really the ideal form that can benefit your muscles without side effects.

Friday, May 16, 2014

I Investigated Kegel Exercises 

Kegel Exercises for men are yet another natural solution that has been shown in many males to be as powerful as a Viagra or Cialis, exercise of course being another. The power of Kegel Exercises over Erectile Dysfunction was shown in one 2005 British study which put men in two groups:  1) men who made lifestyle changes (such as smoking cessation, weight reduction, exercise, etc.) and 2) those who made lifestyle changes + Kegel exercises. [1] After 3 months the results of group #2 were so dramatic that the researchers put everyone on Kegel exercises. 
Think about that:the Kegel Exercises for Men group did much better than a group that quit smoking, was exercising and reducing weight, all of which are proven erectile dysfunction fighters. After six months 76% of the men had significantly improved their erectile function.That's three out of four and is on par with Viagra or any other erection-enhancing drug out there.The researchers concluded that "this study suggests that pelvic floor exercises should be considered as a first-line approach for men seeking long-term resolution of their erectile dysfunction".  In other words, Kegels improve erectile dysfunction in a strong majority of cases.Read on... 

Kegels: The Secret to Better Sex
Kegel exercises for sex? Now there’s something you don’t hear every day. We always hear about the health benefits of pelvic floor exercises but did you know that they can also help you have better sex? Dr. Kegel’s Surprise Discovery Kegel exercises as they are known today were developed in the 1940s by gynecologist Dr. Arnold Kegel, who recommended that women recovering from childbirth exercise their pelvic floor to prevent health problems. However, in follow-up examinations he soon discovered a very exciting side-effect to the treatment: patients doing Kegel exercises regularly were achieving orgasm more easily, more frequently, and more intensely. Read on

Monday, March 31, 2014


Do you know your testosterone count? Breast cancer, these words have the power to produce a cold shudder down the spines of most women, and not without reason: breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. In spite of the fact, that several billions of dollars are being spent on research and treatment since the early 1970s, it has been steadily increasing in incidence. It was estimated in 2004, that about 300,000 American women had been diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 46,000 died from the disease. evidence now reveals that women also become testosterone deficient and are largely being ignored. Controlled studies show that by slightly increasing testosterone levels in aging women restores arousal sexual drive, sexual fantasies and frequency. low testosterone levels in women of all ages seem to drastically suppress libido and cause several other sexual dysfunction. Restoring youthful testosterone in women is showing improved mood and well being, and is providing many other health and social enhancement benefits.Low testosterone is now also associated with heart attack, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and depression. Just because you feel okay, does not mean, that you are well, you owe it to yourself and your partner, to have a testosterone deficiency test done, you will be soo glad you did.


Testosterone Basics The hormone testosterone is a vital of men’s health. It helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, and sex drive for starters. For men, testosterone production is at its highest in early adulthood and drops a little each year after. A disease called hypogonadism makes it harder to produce the right amount of testosterone. Men diagnosed with hypogonadism can benefit from testosterone therapy. Therapy isn’t usually recommended, however, if your testosterone levels fall within the normal range for your age. There’s no magic solution to boosting your testosterone, but there are some natural things you can do to help.Read on

Friday, March 7, 2014

Just in case you missed it...

3/02/14 – Your doctor can’t offer you a singular "magic pill" for preventing or treating heart disease. Even if they could, it could never be as safe and effective as this natural remedy. This ancient Indian secret is an all-in-one solution to protecting your heart from disease—everything from angina, to blood pressure, cholesterol, and more.
3/04/14 – It’s one of the most dangerous—and addictive—substances you can put in your body. It’s a major cause of the most deadly diseases around. This stuff is 94 percent more addictive than cocaine, and it’s hiding in your pantry.

3/05/14 – Allergies, hives, arthritis... They’re all autoimmune conditions and most medications do nothing to help painful symptoms. That’s because drugs don’t fix what’s really wrong. This natural vitamin reduces your symptoms by 30 percent in just one week.
3/06/14 – A stunning cancer breakthrough has come from a place you’d never expect. Deep in the Austrian Alps, a thawing glacier has uncovered a medical secret hidden since before the pyramids of Egypt. And this discovery may hold the key to a cure for cancer.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Resveratrol and Metabolic Disease

Resveratrol and Metabolic Disease


The Science of Growing Younger

The science, I believe, of telomeres offers the most exciting and viable possibility for extreme life extension—the kind of anti-aging program that is in effect, regenerating  cell growth or "age reversal." Researchers are still hard at work finalizing the pharmaceutical research to complete this, but the solid evidence that a simple lifestyle strategy and nutritional intervention can hold the fountain of youth key, is quite positive. This is great news, as short telomeres are a risk factor not just for death itself, but for many diseases as well. I will soon explain all the breathtaking information contained in my research, which contain the names of 11 vitamins and minerals which are powerful beyond words, even miraculous as some have described the rejuvenating results after trying the program in a report which I will soon be publishing.

Warm regards,
Andre' G Hartslief

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


The fastest growing segment of the US population, are Centenarians, and numbers are doubling every decade; by the year 2050, the number of people who will have reached the century mark, is expected to pass one million.
Research shows Centenarians will have 60 percent lower rates of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, yet their longevity and good health remain a scientific anomaly.
The happiness and optimism of Centenarians is almost a dominant factor and they have extremely low rates of depression and other psychiatric problems, suggesting that personality traits may be one of the most significant factors in longevity.
Hundreds of centenarians have been interviewed about what they believe explains their long life, and 10 key themes have been identified If you want to live to be 100, there are four key nutrients important for overall brain health, helping prevent dementia and cognitive decline, they are:
  1. vitamin D
  2. DHA.
  3. folate,
  4. magnesium




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sarah Brightman - One Day like This

THE BIRTH OF A PRINCESS 23 December 2013


"A legend was born on 23 December 2013, she will be free to roam and inspire every living creature she meets on her journey, it is her destiny."

"The Light of Eternal Wisdom"

"One day when you have reached the age in the video, It will be the year 2035 I will be 84 or most likely I will only be a dim memory my child, but in your life I deeply pray, you will have had a full measure of abundance,dearest child."May you also be inspired by Sarah Brightman's video, "One Day Like This." It certainly opened up my mind to great possibilities in my own life...

Your Oupa Andre'