Olympic Hockey – The Early Years Trivia

Disguised as winter sport event, the first World Championship games were a demonstration event at the 1920 Summer Olympic Games. One stipulation was that, if hockey was played, figure skating had to be included. Sweden blanked the host Belgium team 8 – 0 April 23, 1920 in Antwerp in game #1. Bill Hewitt refereed the first hockey game. Kristmundur “Chris” Fridfinnson scored the goal that gave Canada its first Olympic Gold medal. Einar Svenson scored the first goal against Canada in Olympic competition. Nursing a 3 – 0 lead, Svenson scored for the Swedes at 15:58 of the first half. It should be noted that the first Olympic hockey games were divided into 2 – 20 minute halves.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – United States… Bronze – Czechoslovakia

1924: The 1924 Winter Olympics, officially known as the First Olympic Winter Games, were held in Chamonix, France. Originally called Semaine des Sports d’Hiver “International Winter Sports Week” and held in association with the 1924 Summer Olympics, the sports competitions held at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, Haute-Savoie between January 25th and February 5th. Harry Watson played 5 games and scored a hat trick in each contest. Off to a fast start, Harry scored totals 11, 13 and 6 goals – 3 games in three days. After a day off, Watson scored hat tricks against Great Britain and the U.S.A. in medal competition. Still a scoring total record…36 goals for the tournament. Canada divided 17 hat tricks amongst 4 players. After representing the U.S.A. in the 1924 Olympic Games, Al “Frenchy” Lacroix became George Vezina’s backup with the Canadiens. Lacroix relieved Vezina during the 1925 – 26 season. Alphonse Albert Lacroix hailed from Newton, Massachusetts.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – United States… Bronze – Great Britain

1928: At the 1928 Olympics, the Canadian Gold Medal winners completely “shutout” the opposition. Represented by the U. of Toronto Grads, Canada blanked the European opposition three straight. Because of their well known superiority, Canada was given an automatic “bye” into the medal round. They claimed Gold by blanking Sweden 11 – 0, Great Britain 14 – 0 and Switzerland 13 – 0. Dr. Joe Sullivan recorded the shutouts in games #1 and #3. “Stuffy” Mueller blanked Great Britain. Future Montreal Maroons teammates Hugh Plaxton and Dave Trottier led the Canadian scoring with 12 goals each. Despite not being behind the bench, Conn Smythe was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1928 Olympics. Two of Canada’s players, Hugh Plaxton and Joe Sullivan, lobbied to get their relatives on the 1928 Olympic team. Smythe did not agree. Frank Sullivan, Roger and Bert Plaxton were added. The players won the dispute. They went for the Gold. Conn Smythe stayed home. Manager Bill Hewitt was left in charge of the Canadian squad.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – Sweden… Bronze – Switzerland

1932: The rules regarding the amateur status of players competing at Olympic tournaments were very strict. Once again the U.S. Olympic Committee bent the rules of amateur vs. professional in 1932. Before the Lake Placid games the U.S. team played the Boston Bruins. The U.S. Olympic team received the receipts from the game. The Americans claimed that they could not afford to travel to the games if they did not accept the revenue. The Canadians declined to file a protest. The opening face-off of the 1932 Olympic matchup Canada vs. U.S. was delayed. Prior to the action, U.S. goaltender Frank Farrell had his goalie pads strapped so tightly that they were within the legal width. When the goalie’s knees were together the pads could not be wider than 20 inches. The two referee system was accepted. Only two men officiated all contests…Canada’s Lou Marsh and Don Sands from the United States. The tournament was a double round-robin series. The teams played 3 – 15 minute periods.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA… Silver – United States… Bronze – Germany

1936: The Port Arthur Bearcats were chosen as Canada’s representatives in the 1936 Olympic Games by default. The usual procedure was that the previous years Allan Cup champions would be Canada’s team of choice. However the 1935 Halifax Wolverines lost most of their top players after their Allan Cup victory. Impossible to assemble a competitive team, the Olympic committee chose the runner-up Bearcats. Canada’s Olympic streak reached 20 before suffering their first defeat. Following 3 wins in Group “A”, the Canadian squad were upended by Great Britain 2 – 1. February 10, 1936 – Chirp Brenchley scored the winner at 13:48 of the third period. Carl Erhardt was the oldest player to win an Olympic Gold medal for hockey. Born February 15, 1897, Erhardt was captain of the 1936 Olympic champions. Carl was 39 years of age at the time.

MEDALS: GOLD – GREAT BRITAIN… Silver – Canada… Bronze – United States

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Skiing in Paltinis

More and more tourists choose Austria when it comes to ski holidays. But if we want to ski in Romania, what options do we have?

The Paltinis ski slide, also known as the Oncesti slide, is situated in the northwestern part of the Cindrel Mountains, on the Oncesti massif, in Paltinis, one of the most popular mountainside cities from the Meridional Carpatian chain.

The tradition of this slide is old, mainly because Paltinis is the first touristical ski town in Romania.

The slide, but also the city of Paltinis, are strong related to Sibiu, the cultural capital of Romania, through a modern highway that also strikes the gorgeous land of Marginimea Sibiului.

Because of the over 1450m altitude, the slide has a montane climate defined by low temperatures and abundant snow which make numerous winter sports possible, including skiing.

Because the snow batch is very resistant, it lasts from December till April, Paltinis stays the number one choice for most of the winter sports lovers.

The Oncesti ski slide 1 is perfect both for the experienced athletes and the beginners, having an intermediate level of difficulty and being equipped with a cable transport installation with ski lift and baby lift. It is 1052 m long and also has a nocturnal installation.

Another destination all the winter sports lovers prefer is the Ski and Snowboard Resort Arena Platos, a big touristic resort situated in Poiana Poplacii, between Sibiu and Paltinis.

How do we get there?

Ski and Snowboard Resort Arena Platos is situated on DJ 106 A, which links Sibiu with Paltinis. It is on the left side of the road, on your way to Paltinis, from Sibiu, in Poiana Poplacii. If you are not driving your way there, you should know you have buses and mini vans that can take you there, on a route from Sibiu to Paltinis.

Where do we check-in?

There are many accommodation centers, hostels and hotels in Paltinis, situated very close to the slide. With a little research done you can definitely find the perfect place for you and your family or friends. When we say perfect, we mean excellent food, comfort and a warm welcoming.

What are the conditions for skiing?

The resort has five slides, four of them having lengths between 600 and 700 m and one being for children and beginners, with a length of 250m. For the cable transport you have four ski lifts.

The slides have efficient long length installation, with a capacity of over 1200 people per hour. All the slides have nocturnes and a water basin, specially built for supplementing the artificial snow cannons. There is also a slide for the little sleighs and a Fun Park for the pro riders.

Skipasses

For the adults, the prices differ depending on the time of the day they want to ski. For the children that are under 6 and are accompanied by their parents, everything is free. Groups of minimum 10 people get a 10% discount.

All of these being said, start packing your luggage (don’t forget your ski boots), call your friends and drive up together to a ski adventure in Paltinis!

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Why Has Snowboarding Become So Popular?

When Sherman Poppen decided to tie a couple of skis together back in 1965, he must have had little idea that he was about to start an incredibly popular sport. Despite its relatively short history, snowboarding has become one of the leading winter sports in the world.

This seems particularly hard to imagine when we think back to the way that it was seen as a poor relation to skiing. Ski enthusiasts felt that they commanded the slopes. There didn’t seem to be any place for snowboarding fans. But times have certainly changed, with most resorts now welcoming those wanting to take part in both sports.

So how did the sport grow? What are the secrets behind its success? From the outset, it was clear that snowboarding was being positioned as more than a sporting activity. While people might view cross-country running, for example, primarily as a means of getting some decent exercise, it’s hard to think of snowboarding in that way. Instead, it tends to be seen as something of a lifestyle choice.

It’s always had associations with skateboarding, extending to a certain sense of style. Looking good is at the centre of what this sport is all about. If you can’t manage to look good, both on and off the slopes, then you’re going to be rather out of place.

Indeed, in many senses this is where things differ considerably from skiing. There’s an expectation here that the board that you choose and the clothes that you wear will really say something about you. But it’s also the case that style is very much part of the sport. That’s not so evidently the case with skiing.

So the rise of the sport can be explained by its positioning. It’s offering something very different to other winter sports. It manages to combine danger, excitement, skills, fashion and style. These all help to explain why it has risen in popularity at such an astounding rate.

If you’ve not previously tried snowboarding, then you might like to investigate whether it’s possible to get lessons locally. There are also numerous online stores selling appropriate equipment and accessories.

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The Various Uses of Ski Masks

A ski mask, which also goes by the name of balaclava or balaclava helmet, is headgear made of cloth that is designed to cover most of your face. The name balaclava is derived from the use of these ski masks in the Battle of Balaclava. This is a town located close to Sevastopol, Crimea. The battle was fought in the Crimean war.

There are a variety of styles available and depending on the way that you wear it, you can expose just your eyes, or also your nose and mouth. You may also wear it so that your entire face is exposed. If you go with the design that exposes the whole face, you could roll it to make a hat that will cover your head or it may fold down so that it looks like a collar.

Balaclavas are worn outdoors especially by people who engage in winter sports including snowmobiling, snowboarding and skiing. They are a protection for the face against the lash of cold winds and help to maintain warmth. Lately they have also become part of what motorcyclists wear since they too have to deal with the lash of the wind.

Interestingly, firefighters also wear them although theirs are fire resistant and are made from a material known as nomex. The face opening on these modified ski masks is then covered by an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus). Fire retardant balaclavas are also worn by race drivers who must put them on under their helmets. In the racing events, various rally stages, hill climbs and the like, it has become mandatory for these to be worn along with other protective gear such as gloves, socks, long underwear and special shoes. Electrical workers also have a modified balaclava. Theirs is arc-flash rated and is usually worn with a shield over the face as well as other PPE to protect them as they work on their equipment.

Balaclavas can be purchased in a retail shop that sells sports gear or winter sports gear. Anyone running such a shop would have to purchase the wholesale ski mask from a wholesaler. They are actually able to select the style of balaclava to sell including casual, active, classic and formal. Since they come in a variety of colors and patterns, as a retailer, you can get the most attractive for your store. There are multicolored ones, plaid, print designs, striped and solid color ones too.

Of course it is cheaper to make a bulk order if you are a retailer than purchasing in small amounts. You may need to get on the internet and find wholesalers that will give you a good price before you can make a purchase. Saving money is always welcome. However, it is important to find a balance between quality and price. Cheap can end up being very costly, but you can also find well priced products of good quality. Payment methods will vary depending on the company you buy from. However, if you are required to make an online payment, you will find that for most of them, even PayPal is a valid payment option.

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Track and Field Athletics A Systematic Approach (Part 2)

Now that we’ve gone over some general considerations for setting up a year round track and field training program, let’s get a bit more specific and break the year down into a progression of training cycles. We’ll use a 3 phase program for our general purposes, Post Competition Phase, Pre Competition Phase and Competition Phase. These phases could also be broken down into more specific sub phases but for now let’s generalize for the sake of simplicity. For High School track and field athletes the outdoor competitive season generally runs from mid March until late May or early June including District, Conference and State Championships. For athletes coming off a winter sports season there may be only a couple weeks to rest before track and field practice begins.

These athletes should be monitored for overuse stress and injuries. Also athletes that have not been working out prior to the season will find themselves with only several short weeks to prepare for the outdoor track and field season’s first meets of the year. Once the spring track season ends some athletes may extend their season and make use of better weather (especially in the northern climes) by training for and competing in the summer USATF and AAU meets and Championships. By doing so the track and field season is now into late July or early August. A similar time frame could also be shared by college track and field athletes with Conference; Regional and National meets extending well into the summer months. We have already mentioned that those athletes who participate in other fall and winter sports will have different demands on their time than the singularly focused track and field only athlete. So let’s just look at schedules relating to track and field athletes and include their fall counterparts in competitive cross-country.

Phase 1: Post Competition; Late Summer, Fall and Early Winter

August

This is an active rest period for sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers. This is a time to rejuvenate mentally and physically. Stay active with recreational sports and activities but no serious training. This will of course be hard to accomplish for those athletes beginning practices for the fall sports seasons.

Active rest and a gradual building of an endurance base for those that will be Cross Country Runners in the fall.

September, October, November

Cross-country running for middle distance and distance runners, including intervals, hills, Fartlek training and general conditioning activities.

Sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers may also incorporate cross country as a way to stay fit and active if not involved in another fall sport. This should include form striding and general conditioning activities including weight training.

Throwers should be weight training extensively, as well as incorporating conditioning, sprinting, light plyometrics as well as technique work and drills.

At the middle to end of November some athletes may be branching from a general conditioning cycle and becoming more specific with their training for the upcoming indoor track and field season. This would also be when other winter sports athletes are gearing up their workouts and beginning practices for those competition seasons i.e. basketball, wrestling, swimming, skiing etc.

December

This is a good time to evaluate the progress of the fall training sessions. Are the athletes becoming tired and sore? Are they mentally flat and ready for a break? Or are they making gains in the weight room and becoming more energetic as the weeks go by? This is the time of year for those athletes not engaged in a competitive winter sports program to make adjustments and take an active rest if need be. Considering the social demands of the holiday season an active rest period and a mental break couldn’t come at a better time. The rewards of an active rest period are the staving off of overuse injuries later on and of a fresher more mentally eager athlete returning in January. Remember an active rest is not a sedentary rest with lots of over eating but it is a period to change gears from intense training to allow the body to rebuild while staying active with recreational activities that keep a body moving and a mind rejuvenating. An example might be to get out of the gym or off the roads and track and spend some time in the woods snowshoeing, hiking or cross country skiing. Or maybe if the athletes family vacations over break to swim in the ocean, run on the beach, explore their travel destination with hikes and long walks. Just break up the routine, stay active and come back in January ready to work.

That’s a general overview of an approach to Phase 1, the post competition phase, of a year long training cycle. In the next part of this article we’ll begin with Phase 2, the pre competition phase that generally begins with athletes ready to get back to business after the Holidays in the month of January.

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Hit the Slopes: Dreamy Snowboarding Vacations

The Thrill of Snowboarding

Snowboarding, the art of gliding across snowy slopes on a single elongated board, has become highly popular among lovers of winter sports. Even those who don’t like the cold, but love the thrill of physical activity, have found joy in snowboarding. No matter where in the world you live, there is a dreamy snowboarding location nearby. Before you plan your next vacation, you may want to consider the condition of the slopes.

Snowboarding Resorts

The nation is peppered with resorts that offer snowboarding lessons, to suit any vacation plan. You’ll find snowboarding resorts in states across the US, if you know where to look. In Canada, Lake Louise and Whistler are two highly popular spots for snowboarding and snowboarding lessons. California’s Squaw Valley is a great, dreamy snowboarding vacation resort for those wishing to learn the craft of snowboarding. Sun Valley in Idaho, and Moonlight Basin in Montana are popular Rocky Mountain snowboarding vacation destinations.

In Nevada, Heavenly is the best resort for snowboarding, and Jackson Hole is where you want to go if Wyoming is the state of your choice. If the resort you choose features snowboarding, there will be a bevy of other winter sports to enjoy as well. Amid lush mountain scenery and crisp white snow, you may discover that snowboarding is the answer to your dream vacation.

Utah is filled with great resorts; where you can do all the snowboarding you please and even receive lessons. Deer Valley, The Canyons, Snowbird, and Park City are all well-known and beautiful resorts that you might want to check out if you’re visiting Utah. For snowboarding, you can hardly do better than the beautiful peaks of Utah.

Unless, of course, you go to Colorado. The US capital of winter resorts, Colorado is known for their famous resorts…and their beautiful snow. No matter what winter activity you wish to engage in, this is one of the best places to go. Aspen is probably the most well-known of Colorado snowboarding and skiing hotspots. Other Colorado vacation locales include Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone, Breckenridge, Telluride, Steamboat Springs, Vail, Winter Park, and Beaver Creek.

A Dreamy Snowboarding Vacation

To have the perfect snowboarding vacation, location is important. But the willingness to try something new is also a must when it comes to snowboarding. Snowboarding is a sport that can be very thrilling and exciting, but also dangerous – so be sure to have all the right gear and take all the proper precautions. Inexperienced snowboarders should receive instruction from experts for safety’s sake. With proper instruction, snowboarding can be one of the greatest life experiences. A snowboarding vacation is not just a trip to a snowy land, but a true adventure.

Consider where you will go, and be sure to take all the equipment and gear you need for your dreamy snowboarding vacation. Proper planning is a must, so try to leave snowboarding lessons pre-arranged if they are needed. Once you get to your snowboarding vacation destination, you don’t want to waste any time. You want to get out there and hit the slopes right away, and get boarding out in the snow. So get everything ready beforehand, to get your dreamy snowboarding vacation off and running right away.

If you’re planning a snowboarding vacation, then you’re in for a lot of fun and excitement. Remember to stay safe, your dreamy snowboarding vacation will be a dream come true.

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Paddle Tennis – A Winter Sport

Paddle tennis, also known as platform tennis started in the 1920s. Two friends were looking for a way to practice their knacks in tennis during the winter season. They came upon a concept to construct an unusual court designed for winter. The dimension of the court was 30 ft by 60 ft, about a quarter of a tennis court, fenced by screens 12 ft in height. Aside from keeping the balls from straying off the court, the purpose of the screen was to let the players bounce off the balls from them as in racquetball or squash.

Little did the creators know that the sport would become popular enough to be played by men and women of different expertise & age levels. Or that it would be enjoyed all over the United States & Canada, not to mention different countries worldwide.

Paddle tennis is very easy to play. Anybody can just pick up a paddle and learn while having fun. Its not the same as tennis where you need speed and raw power to win. In paddle tennis, you need to have the patience & strategy of a chess player. It is because of this that it can be an addicting game.

The capability to play off the screens makes the game more interesting. Part of its appeal is to be able to turn the tables on a male-against-female match. A woman cannot be bested by a man’s raw power alone if she can play her cards right. Because of the screens, it is difficult to predict an opponent’s move. But this is part of the strategy.

Presently, the courts are constructed of aluminum with heating underneath so that the falling snow cannot accumulate because it melts upon landing on the surface. There are also warming huts nearby complete with fireplaces & contemporary amenities. The court is also equipped with lights for playing at night. From September to April, the season for this sport is longer than summer games.

This sport compliments your skills in tennis such as overheads & volleying. Thus, you don’t have to stop playing tennis altogether. The good thing about this sport is that women can play against men in tournaments. Unlike in tennis wherein the sexes have to be segregated because a man’s raw power is usually no match against a woman’s.

Another bright idea about this sport is that parks that are never used during winter can be equipped with courts to make them useful.

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Winter Sports – The Ultimate Challenge

Winter sports refer to a sport played on snow or ice, but it also includes sports played in winter all year round like basketball. It is called winter sport because the sport branch is played in winter and under winter circumstances. Winter sports are found more adventurous than other sport branches. Sporting with ice and snow is related with adrenalin. Here you can find some winter sports and information about them.

Sledding

Sledding is a popular winter sport. For it, a sled is required basically. There are amateur sledding activities especially among children. In addition to that, sledding is a professional sport branch. In some Olympics, sledding is an important sport. Sledding became a winter sport only in 19th century. Sledding is used as a way of transportation along with being a sport. It is a sport branch that requires special attention because injury, accidents are possible while sledding down from a slope.

Skating

Skate on the snow! Skating is one of the most interesting winter sports. The idea is very similar with ordinary skating. However this time player skates on the ice. Using skates, if you find a suitable area for skating, try this sport.

Skiing

Skiing is the most popular winter sport. It is such a widespread activity that skiing is a part of winter tourism. Along with being a professional sport, skiing is also an activity of amateurs. When people skied for the first time, the aim was not sport. They were trying to go from somewhere to somewhere else. Briefly, it was used as a transportation way. When everything was like this, the skiing equipment was also simple. People used tree as ski. Skiing was improved much. The methods, equipment, types, everything changed. There are many types of skiing. These change according to the equipment, area, way and the aim of the sport. Some skiing types are Nordic skiing, military skiing and kite skiing, alpine skiing and cross country skiing.

Snowboarding

As sport technologies developed more and more, new sport branches emerged. Snowboarding is one of them. It is a new winter sport branch. It became popular only after the second half of 20th century. Snowboarding is the combination of surfing, boarding and skiing. It is a sport branch that requires skill and hardworking. The player wears a special shoe that is on the board. Snowboarding is played on the slopes that are covered with snow.

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is played on the ice by two teams. It is a team sport. Ice hockey can be played on artificial hockey rink. However, it is classified, as a winter sport as playing on the natural ice is preferred. The basic aim of ice hockey is controlling the disc on the ice. The disc is played with sticks. The teams win point when they send the disc into the goal area. Six players play during ice hockey game. A team has more than 20 players. A game takes three periods of 15 or 20 minutes. Ice hockey is popular especially in United States of America, Canada, Finland and Czech Republic. It is popular in these countries as there were more suitable areas in these countries. But ice hockey can be played in every country now as playing on the artificial ice is also possible.

Snowball Fight

Snowball fight is generally categorized as a game. However, snowball fight is a part of some sport organizations. It is very simple. The players throw snowball to each other. The aim is just fun. Teams can play snowball fight. Each team tries to hit the other.

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Breast Obsessions and Body Image – Seven Tips to Go From Obsessions to Health

From Booby-Trapped to Treasured Chest

1. Why breast? Why now?

At the same time, during 1940’s when large female breasts were ‘discovered’ as the most efficient vehicle for promoting merchandize, advertisements agencies started using the image of large size female breasts for selling everything from toothpaste to cars.

The wishes of women, who perceived their breasts to be too small, came true with the invention of breast implants.

Now, with the advances of science, medicine, technology and art, the age of breast enhancement is here to stay. Millions of women volunteer to change their breast size and shape with hope to feel sexier, attractive or even just ‘normal’, the new normal that is.

2. Shame: The new emotion of our generation

Never before had the emotion ‘shame’ been self-inflicted on an entire generation of women.

Ask a healthy cheer-leader, a mother of three or a post-menopause grandmother: what is one body-part that ‘cost’ you the most energy, fantasy, grief, pride, pleasure and shame? Well, breasts will often be the first choice, while nose and hair will occupy far second and third choices…

Many women now treat their breasts as foreign objects. Our culture is only too happy to play along with their perceptions, frustrations and hopes.

All past generations, since the beginning of time, were concerned with women breasts as well. However, size and shape were not on anybody’s mind.

The true function of female breasts – breast feeding – was the main interest of the human family.

Shame for the appearance of one’s breasts is culture’s invention of the past several decades.

3. Large enough breasts on a size zero female body – the new dilemma

According to women fashion magazines and the entertainment industry; a female’s body size of zero with large size breasts is the new standard of beauty. This standard is running havoc in the body-image and health of millions of young women.

However, as you know, breasts are partially made of fat cells. The logic that follows is that very thin women would not develop large size breasts, right?

Well, who needs logic when you can have it all?

The combined forces of breast obsession and unhealthy body image have inspired the solution to the dilemma. Now a very thin body with large breast implants is the latest ‘hot look’ for women of all ages.

4. ‘Looking sexy’ is not necessarily feeling sexy

Body image is the perceptions/fantasies/wishes and sometime negative feelings we attach to our live body.

A woman could walk into a department store, buy all the latest fashions, cosmetics and accessories and be told by an army of sales associates, friends and lovers that she looks great, sexy, attractive and so on.

Coming home, removing the make-up and clothes: will those feelings linger?

In most cases that I have interviewed, encountered and treated, the looks of the person did not transmit the message to the body: I feel sexy.

The gap between feeling one’s powers and identity vs. one’s looks is widening. The reason for the gap is the barrages of messages around us combined with too little knowledge of our own body.

5. Teens and breast implants; the unseen dangers

Did you hear that the most popular high school graduation gift for girls is breast implants? Well, you have heard the wrong information. The car is back as the gift of choice for the graduates. And breast implants? Don’t worry, they did not disappear; they are the imperative gift for the Sweet Sixteen!

The danger here is that the process of sexualizing the mind of the young girl is starting before the fully developed body gave the signals: I am ready.

This process is irreversible. No therapists, drugs or treatments can give your child back their innocence.

Breast implants on a child of sixteen, or anytime before maturity is damaging and permanent.

6. Are men breast obsessed? Are women?

Men are attracted to women’s bodies and body-parts for the survival of our species.

Some men are attracted to a certain female’s body part more than other parts.

However, in the last couple of decades women ‘took over’ the lead and fascination with size and shape of females’ breast as their own interests. These days, breasts and other body-part obsessions and the industries behind them service women’s body image needs.

7. Is there a way out from obsession?

Yes.

The healing of an obsession is a process that encompasses one’s mental health, strength of character, spirituality and more.

It will engage your self awareness: are you aware of obsessions/preoccupations interfering with the quality of your life?

Breast obsession and body image issues are now a mental health hazard with a lot of painful consequences. In many instances you can see the beginning of the obsessions in boys and girls early on in their teen years.

Yes, I did say boys. We ‘teach’ boys at very young age how mom and dad are fascinated by large breasts… It’s somewhat like a code we are passing down the generations.

Therefore, one of the best ways to deal with the young generation’s skewed outlook on the human body is to treat it as a family issue.

There are powerful results when energy is focused on positive, healthy aliveness rather than the concerns of breast obsessions and body image issues.

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Dairy Not Just For Kids

The benefits of dairy products are not known to everyone. Milk, cheese, butter etc are dairy products that every mother includes in her child’s diet. But have you, as a woman, ever stopped to think how necessary these products are for your own health? Of course, there are times when you binge on cheese crackers and double burst pizzas, but are they enough? Choosing a healthy diet for you is important, but loading it with the goodness of these products is even more important. As you advance in age, it is important that you bolster your diet with dairy products so as to keep your system in a healthy condition.

Here are a few benefits that you probably didn’t know about:

  • Calcium boost

Studies have indicated about calcium loss in bones of women above 30. Dairy products are the best way to supplement your diet with loads of calcium and avoid disorders and conditions that arise out of calcium deficiency. According to several studies that have been published on women’s health, milk and milk products give you strong and healthy bones. Osteoporosis is a condition that affects many women as they advance in age. Intake of milk and dairy products can prevent this condition to a great extent.

  • Decreases the risk of kidney stones

Inclusion of dairy foodstuffs in the diet can reduce the risk of kidney stones. These products are rich in calcium, which can prevent the formation of kidney stones in women. So go ahead and include all the cheese, butter and milk that you can in your diet to give your body a complete and holistic nutritive diet.

  • Prevents Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a dangerous disease and recent studies have shown that a lot of women, especially in their menopausal stage, are prone to breast cancer. An element called Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) present in milk can reduce the chances of breast cancer in women. Women, especially those in their post menopausal stage, should include lots of milk and dairy products in their diet to increase the CLA levels in their bodies to prevent this deadly disease. Start with milk in your breakfast and try to include more dairy based products to protect your body from breast cancer.

  • Reduces risk of colon cancer

According to studies, consumption of milk and milk based and other dairy products can reduce the risk of colon cancer up to 40 per cent. Colon cancer is a major cause of fatality in many countries and the inclusion of dairy products in the diet is the safest and most economical way of preventing this disease. By including dairy foods in your diet, you not only facilitate good health, but also keep a number of deadly diseases and disorders at bay.

  • Reduces hypertension

According to a report, persons who consume more fruits, vegetables and milk products are at a lower risk of hypertension. The blood pressure volumes are controlled in such persons and hence they are at a lower risk of hypertension. According to studies, hypertension affects almost 25 per cent people of the total population and can lead to major health complications. By infusing the goodness of dairy goods in your diet, you can control this condition to a great extent. The goodness of milk and other dairy products can prevent strokes and heart attacks, apart from reducing hypertension.

  • Treatment for Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual cramps and discomfort are problems that many women face. It has been concluded from studies that these problems are associated with inadequate calcium intake. These problems can be cured with the inclusion of adequate amounts of dairy products in the diet. The recommended and efficient amount of calcium intake through dairy products for women is 1000 to 1300 milligrams per day. This intake can help women find relief from bloating, pain, cramps and other symptoms that are associated with the onset of the menstrual cycle.

  • Fights Insulin Resistance Syndrome

Insulin Resistance Syndrome is found in patients with hypertension, impaired glucose mechanism, low level of HDL, etc. and can lead to severe situation such as diabetes. The intake of dairy products can effectively fight this condition. According to research, a number of people who have been taking dairy foodstuffs regularly have shown an increased resistance to these syndromes.

  • Lowers risk of ovarian cancer

Milk and milk products have shown to increase immunity in women with ovarian cancer. According to a study, about 588 women who started a diet of dairy harvest halved their risk. No other calcium based supplement can provide this kind of immunity.

  • Get beautiful teeth

The best way to have a beautiful smile on your face is to take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing alone isn’t enough. Dairy products contain large amounts of calcium, which can make your teeth strong and beautiful. Very few know that milk protein and cheese can fight plaque and prevent the formation of gaps between teeth. These elements decrease the production of fermentable carbohydrate in the mouth and hence keep the mouth and teeth fresh and clean at all times.

  • Gives the body strength

Besides combating osteoporosis, milk can give your bones more strength and vigor. This will keep you fit and in shape for a longer time. Drinking three glasses of milk every day can keep your bones in stronger for a long time and keep you out of a wheelchair during old age.

The benefits of dairy products are innumerable. Milk, cheese, butter and various other derived products are powerhouses of energy and vitality. They can keep your body fit and healthy for a longer time. Not only they provide your body all the nutrition it requires, but also protect it from deadly diseases such as cancer. So switch to this effective and economical remedy today and give yourself and your family the protective cover of the goodness of dairy products today. So go ahead and throw in a little milk, butter or cheese into your meal right away!

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