Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Job Posting - Development Associate

Philadelphia VIP is looking to hire a Development Associate as soon as possible.
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Responding to Emails After Work is Bad for Your Health

Responding to Emails After Work is Bad for Your Health

Email was supposed to give us extra time – you can send an online message instead of meeting up in person, work remotely, and think more about what you have to say before you actually say it. But now that everyone can be reached almost instantly, work email has been oozing into our after-work hours, subtly demanding a quicker response when we aren’t really supposed to be working.
More than half of Americans say they stay connected to work during the evening, on weekends, on vacation and when out sick. Many feel that ignoring email is more stressful than just sending out a quick response.
Unfortunately that constant connection seems to be coming at a cost to our health, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Lead author of the study, Larissa Barber, calls it “telepressure” – the compulsion to answer every work-related email the moment you receive it, no matter what time of day. By doing this, she says, you’re exposing yourself to workplace stressors when you’re at home. Some of the health effects of this continuous work connection researchers found included worse sleep, higher levels of burnout and more health-related absences from work.
Barber remarked, “When people don’t have this recovery time, it switches them into an exhaustion state, so they go to work the next day not being engaged.”
She also noted that it’s one thing to be aware of “telepressure,” but another thing altogether to stop feeling it, suggesting that those who are struggling with this issue meet with their employer or employees about email expectations to avoid that pressure from starting in the first place.
typeBarber also suggests that instead of emailing someone about what they’re doing after work, for example, ask in person, and save longer, work-related messages for email. If you don’t send personal emails, you’ll be less likely to take a longer response time personally.
Conversational back-and-forth emails like that all but demand an immediate response, partly because it just feels rude not to reply. Being explicit about the purpose and timeline of the email can make a big difference, she says.
While we may get our work done more quickly because of telepressure, we’re likely damaging our health in the process. Change this bad habit by fighting the urge to check email when you aren’t working as well as the urge to pressure others to get back to you quickly.
-The Alternative Daily

Could You Have Prediabetes and Not Know It?

Could You Have Prediabetes and Not Know It?

Published Nov 12, 2014

With diabetes affecting more than 29 million people in the United States and new cases being diagnosed every day, it may seem surprising to know that diabetes does not develop overnight. Rather, blood glucose levels usually rise over several years due to factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, and aging. When blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, you have a condition known as prediabetes — and a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prediabetes affects about 86 million people age 20 and older in the United States. There are usually no symptoms, so most don’t even know they have it unless they have their blood glucose levels tested. Not only is prediabetes likely to lead to full-blown type 2 diabetes, it also can cause serious health problems. Many people with prediabetes will develop conditions often associated with diabetes, such as an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, and other complications. A recent study also found that prediabetes can increase the risk of some types of cancer.

Should You Be Tested?

Since prediabetes generally has no symptoms, the only way to know for sure if you have it is through a blood glucose test. You may be diagnosed with prediabetes if you have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), impaired fasting glucose (IFG), or a combination of both. IGT means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal without fasting, while IFG means that your blood glucose levels are higher than normal after you have been fasting.
One of several tests may be used. The fasting plasma glucose test (FPG) measures glucose levels first thing in the morning after you have fasted during the night, since eating or drinking may raise blood glucose. A fasting blood glucose level below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) is considered normal; 100 mg/dL to 126 mg/dL is considered “at risk” for diabetes.
The oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) measures fasting blood glucose levels, and then measures them again after you have consumed a high-glucose beverage. A blood glucose level below 140 mg/dL after the second test is considered normal.
A non-fasting test, HbA1C or the A1C test, measures how well average blood glucose has been controlled over a period of several months. Less than 5.7 percent is considered normal.
In general, you may want to consider testing if you have risk factors for diabetes or prediabetes; for example, if you are overweight, have a family history of diabetes or gestational diabetes, or have high blood pressure or high triglycerides. Ask your physician if you should be tested.

Diabetes Is Not Your Destiny

Having prediabetes does not mean you are destined to develop type 2 diabetes. By taking steps to reduce your risk factors, such as losing excess weight and increasing your exercise, you can lower your risk. In 2001, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a large prevention study of overweight or obese American adults at high risk of diabetes, found that losing just 5 percent to 7 percent of body weight and increasing exercise helped reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. In some cases, participants even saw their blood glucose levels return to normal levels as a result of this treatment. An extension of the DPP study recently reported that, 15 years later, study participants who lost weight and exercised continue to have lower rates of type 2 diabetes than those who did not make lifestyle changes.
If you think you might be at increased risk for diabetes, talk with your doctor about testing and steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD, is an endocrinologist and the corporate vice president for the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Health in San Diego.

13 Stupid Things You May Waste Money On

13 Stupid Things You May Waste Money On

Saving money is hard, so make it easier on yourself by making sure you are not spending your money on things that aren’t worth the repetitive price tag. Are you wasting your money on any of these stupid things?Coffee – The average cost of a 16 ounce grande Starbucks coffee is $2.10. The average cost to make 16 ounces of home brewed coffee is $.08. If you exchanged your daily coffee for home brewed you save $2.02 a day. That’s around $60 a month or $730 per year.

Movies – If you and 3 friends decide to go to a movie you will likely each spend around $8 for a ticket. When the smell gets to you, you will probably buy some popcorn. That will cost around another $8 each.

That’s already $64 to go see a movie (for the four of you), not including gas to get there.If you and your friends stay home, rent a redbox movie for $1.20 and make a batch of homemade popcorn with coconut oil for about $5, you will save about $58.80. If you did this twice a month instead of going to the theaters you would save $1,392, or $348 per person.

Fast food – Eating at fast food restaurants is not only dangerous for your waistline, but also for your wallet. Even if you eat a salad at a fast food you will spend $4-$7. You can make a great healthy salad at home for about $1.50. If you changed a fast food salad once a week at $4 to a DIY salad for $1.50, you could save $130 per year. Bottled Water – It may be the cheapest and healthiest drink you can buy, however, the cost of bottled water is far higher than if you brought your own water bottle from home. The average cost of bottled water sold in a 16 ounce bottle is $7.50 a gallon.
Thats 300x higher than the cost of tap water. If you spend $1 every day on a bottle of water you are spending $365 a year on water. If you fill a reusable BPA free bottle you will save more than $350 a year.
Laundry detergent – Buying and using name brand detergent can cost you more than $0.19 a load. If you do a load of laundry each day it could cost more than $70 a year. Homemade detergent can cost you under $.02 a load. Homemade could save you more than $60 a year. Soap nuts are another option for super cheap and healthy laundry.
Shampoo – Shampoo costs anywhere between $1-$20 a bottle. If you use middle-of -the-line shampoo you may spend $4 a month. Thats $48 a year. Baking soda makes a great shampoo and costs only around $0.50 a box. If you use a box a month thats a $42 saving.
Cleaning supplies – All purpose cleaner will cost you around $3 a bottle in most stores. You can usually expect a bottle to last about month. Thats $36 a year. Vinegar is a much healthier, cheaper option. A bottle of vinegar can give you cleaning supplies for 2 months and will only cost about $2.50. Thats a saving of $21 per year.
Car wash – You can pay upwards of $8 for a decent drive through car wash. A bottle of dish soap will cost you around $2 and should contain enough soap to wash your car once a month for a year (probably a lot more than that, actually). Your car will be just as clean and you will have benefitted from using a little elbow grease. If you clean your car once a month that’s a savings of $94.
Unused gym membership – The average cost of a gym membership is $55 a month. Thats adds up to $660 a year. Thats a lot of money if you don’t ever go. There are lots of great exercises you can do at home without going to the gym. You will be saving on gas as well!
Magazines from the store – A store-bought magazine will cost around $5. Usually you can subscribe to the same magazine for $15 for the year or less. If you bought a magazine every month that’s a savings of $45 a year.
Cable TV – The average cost for cable TV is $80 a month. Netflix will cost you about $8 a month. Thats $864 of savings per year. You also won’t have to watch commercials urging you to spend your money on more stupid things!
Your cell phone plan – Ok, you don’t have to get rid of your phone, but you may consider swapping out your plan. The average data plan costs about $140 a month. There are several cell phone providers that give you a no-contract data plan for under $40 a month. You could be saving $1,200 a year. In other words, think twice about getting that cheap or free phone bundled into a 2 year contract.
moneyLeftover Food – According to National Resources Defense Council about $165 billion worth of food is discarded each year. That’s about $529 per person per year. Remember to buy only what you need and no more. Have at least one leftover night a week so you are not just throwing away cash.
Are you a stupid spender? It’s time to reevaluate if you are. Making these 13 simple changes to your spending could save you more than $5,000 every year. That’s a lot of saving!
-The Alternative Daily

Banish Congestion with Super Spicy Peppers

Banish Congestion with Super Spicy Peppers

For some, they are a delicious treat. For others, they are something to eat on a dare. Yet others avoid them like the plague: hot peppers. Whether you love them or think they’re too intense, spicy peppers contain a wealth of health benefits, and it may be worth adding some to your meals, even in tiny amounts!
The heat quotient of peppers including cayenne, jalapeno, habanero and serrano, as well as crazy-spicy varieties such as ghost and scorpion, is determined by the concentration of capsaicin. Along with providing these peppers with their kick, capsaicin is a compound with many potent therapeutic qualities.
Because of these qualities, and also the antioxidants found in the peppers themselves, chilis of all sorts have been used around the world for both culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

The following are seven noted healing properties of spicy chili peppers: Cardiovascular perks
Chili peppers are well known to help increase circulation, and may also stabilize blood pressure. They may even help to remove existing arterial blockages. Cayenne pepper, for just one example, has been found to help improve cholesterol levels, detoxify the blood, clear arterial plaque, and supply vital nutrition to the heart.
Antioxidant richness
Aside from capsaicin, spicy peppers are rich in carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidants. These compounds, including beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and is vital to immune system and eye health, fight inflammation and oxidative stress throughout the body, thus lowering the risk of chronic illness.
Pain relieving qualities
Capsaicin, and especially cayenne pepper, have been found to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities in numerous studies. This compound has been found to help relieve back pain (http://www.thealternativedaily.com/chili-peppers-help-relieve-chronic-back-pain/), joint pain, arthritic pain, neuropathy, headache and migraine symptoms, and the itch of certain inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis.
Decongestant abilities
Don’t let cold and flu season take its toll on your sinuses – this year, get some organic cayenne pepper, for use in both teas and meals. Capsaicin can help to clear congestion and allow you to breathe easier, as it is thought to thin mucus and stimulate the sinuses. You may initially find that eating hot peppers makes your nose run and eyes water, but when you put down your tissue, you will feel worlds clearer.
Note: When adding cayenne pepper to teas, use caution! A quarter of a teaspoon is enough, and may even be a bit much for some individuals.
Amplified metabolism
Spicy foods are well-known to amplify metabolism. Not only can having some jalapeno salsa help you to burn more calories and shed pounds when you exercise, it may also help you to lose weight by curbing cravings. Researchers from Laval University in Quebec found that consuming cayenne pepper at breakfast-time made participants less hungry throughout the day, and therefore less likely to grab unhealthy snacks.
Improved digestion
It is a common – though false – myth that spicy food leads to digestive discomfort. In the cases that this does happen, it is likely because the individual ate something far too spicy for their comfort level, and their body was not acclimated to it. In fact, capsaicin is actually linked to repairing the stomach lining and aiding in healing ulcers.
Because capsaicin also stimulates intestinal movement (peristalsis), eating foods which contain it may also help to ease abdominal cramping and gas.
Cancer-busting potential
The antioxidants found in spicy peppers, including flavonoids and carotenoids, along with capsaicin itself, have been shown to have exciting anticarcinogenic promise. Some research has found lower instances of prostate cancer among individuals who eat chili peppers on a regular basis.
A study performed at Loma Linda University found that capsaicin may help prevent lung cancer in individuals who smoke, and a study performed by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine linked chili pepper consumption to protection from colorectal cancer. And, these examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
 pepperIf you’re a hot pepper newbie, remember to start slow! There is no health benefit to taking a bite of a habanero, or worse, a ghost pepper, and spending the next half hour writhing in pain. Start with less spicy peppers, such as jalapenos, and try to incorporate them into lunch or dinner, increasing the amount as your palate dictates. Using them in salsas and sauces is a great start.
Note: While spicy peppers have a great deal of benefits, always consult a health professional you trust before taking them in large doses, or to treat a specific condition. Foods are nature’s original medicine, and it is wise to approach them with respect.
-The Alternative Daily

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Dealing with Menopause

Dealing with Menopause
Menopause...just the sound of that word is scary for a lot of woman- especially the "pause" part. Don't get down about something that is a natural part of life for all women and don't press the pause button on life either. Embrace the course nature is taking you on and let Natural Solutions be apart of it with a few articles we thought might help you! And remember- not all women go through menopause at the same time- for some it can happen much earlier than others. But don't fret- we are here to help guide the way!
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The Big Bad Change
Are you ready for the "great change of life"? Menopause is a phase all women will eventually endure, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're ready for it. Menopause significantly impacts a woman's daily life, and some begin to feel frustrated and helpless. Common symptoms such as sleep disruption, low sex drive, and night sweats begin to surface, leaving women feeling unnatural.
A Guide to the Great Change
If you have considered selling the home heating system at a yard sale, if you write your kids' names on post-it notes around the house, or if you define "a good time" as getting a few hours of uninterrupted sleep-it's time to face the music. You are menopausal! Besides the obvious physical differences between men and women, our true distinction lurks in the far corners of the mind, in the delicate balance between testosterone and estrogen. The distinction rears its ugly head in the form of erratic behaviors unfamiliar (and often unexplainable) to the opposite sex, often leaving them in a foggy bubble of self-conscious awareness. Mastering these hormones can work wonders for you and for your relationships. Even better, this can be done through a variety of natural, complementary methods.
Feel Sexy and Healthy in Every Stage of Life
It's natural that our bodies and brains change as we age. For many women, concerns associated with aging and menopause can range from wrinkles to energy levels to healthy sexual function. Studies show that women are more likely than men to be surprised by sexual challenges as the result of aging. Kathleen Van Kirk, PhD-known simply as Dr. Kat- is a renowned sexologist, marriage and family therapist, and expert consultant for Twinlab health and wellness products. She has helped thousands of people suffering from poor sexual health. Here, Dr. Kat offers information and practical advice to anyone looking to feel vibrant, sexy, and healthy-no matter what age!