News of October, 2010

Young men are trusting Botox more than ever

Posted by Evan Brown On October - 29 - 2010

Young men are trusting Botox more than everWrinkles, forehead creases, crow’s feet, and bunny lines are not related to women alone. An increasing number of men are opting for anti-aging treatments such as Botox for staying good at the workplace or to match their partners in physical appearance.

Health experts say that the age of treatment for men starts as early as 35 and the reasons include pressure to look good and avoid premature wrinkles caused because of high stress levels.


‘An increasing number of men between 35 years and 60 years are opting for Botox procedure to fight the signs of ageing. Over the past five years, I would say, the demand has increased almost 200 percent,’ Navin Taneja, director of the National Skin Institute in New Delhi, told IANS.

‘The majority of men are executives between 40 and 45 years,’ he added.

Botox is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, giving the face a rejuvenated and youthful appearance. It is injected by a simple non-surgical procedure.

‘The protein called Botulinum type A (Bot-A) is injected in the facial muscles, which stretches them and reduces wrinkles and sagging skin. The effects last for about 6-8 months,’ said Mumbai-based dermatologist Satish Bhatia, of Cooperage Clinic.

‘Botox can be used to relax the forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, gummy smiles, and for reshaping eyebrows and jaws. The whole procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes and is not painful at all,’ he added.

‘For men at the top management level, their job profile is such that they always have to look fresh and good, and with so much stress and hard work often frown lines appear on the face. A lot of such men are coming to us and asking for removing the frowns,’ Taneja said.

Meenakshi Agarwal, a Mumbai-based cosmetic surgeon, believes that Botox will continue to stay popular as people look to fight signs of aging.

Fat loss may get halved by cutting sleep

Posted by Evan Brown On October - 20 - 2010

Fat loss may get halved by cutting sleep

Scientists have revealed that people skipping a full night’s sleep do not fare better when it comes to shedding those extra kilos.

Dieters who cut back on their sleep fail to shed the amount of fat they would have otherwise lost by adopting a strict eating practice, according to researchers at the Chicago University.


According to the researchers, skipping on sleep boosts the production of a hormone called ghrelin that suppresses physical activity and fat-burning processes in the body while increasing hunger.

Professor Plamen Penev of Chicago University, who led the study, said: “If your goal is to lose fat, skipping sleep is like poking sticks in your bicycle wheels.”

“Cutting back on sleep, a behaviour that is ubiquitous in modern society, appears to compromise efforts to lose fat through dieting. In our study it reduced fat loss by 55 per cent,” Professor Penev was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

For their study, Penev and colleagues recruited 10 overweight but healthy volunteers for four weeks. For the first fortnight they were allowed to sleep for up to 8.5 hours, and for the second two weeks for up to 5.5 hours.

In the event they slept on average for seven hours 24 minutes in the first part and five hours and 14 minutes in the second.

They found that while both groups lost about 6.5 pounds (3kg) over the course of the experiment, the well-rested group lost more weight from fat than the sleep deprived group.

The findings appeared in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Shape of ears could help in identifying people

Posted by Evan Brown On October - 15 - 2010

Shape of ears could help in identifying peopleAccording to a recent discovery by researchers, the shape of ears could provide an infallible new way of identifying people at airports.

It was suggested by the researchers that ears of each person have a unique shape and have created a system that is able to scan them.


Professor Mark Nixon, a computer scientist who led the team from the University of Southampton, said: ‘With facial recognition, the systems are often confused by crows feet and other signs of ageing.’

‘Your ears, however, age very gracefully. They grow proportionally larger and your lobe gets a bit more elongated, but otherwise your ears are fully formed from birth.’

Facial recognition software, for example, is often confused by changes in expression so people need to maintain a neutral expression and in some cases even avoid wearing make up.

The ear scanning technique uses a technology called image ray transform that highlights all the tubular structures of the ear and measures them.

Nixon believes ear scanning could take place as passengers walk though security gates, for example, by placing cameras on either side to capture an image of their ears.

Nixon and his team tested 252 images of different ears and found the system was able to match each ear to a separate image held in its database with 99 percent accuracy.

These findings were presented at the Fourth International Conference on Biometrics.

Losing weight with Aromatherapy

Posted by Evan Brown On October - 12 - 2010

Losing weight with AromatherapyAromatherapy could be used as a natural way of treating obesity with no side effects. A massage with pure essential oils could be more than just effective for really controlling the body appearance and warding off the extra accumulated fat.

Essential oils also demonstrate the ability of advancing cellular renewal by improved circulation, hydration, and toxin removal from the body.


Applying oil to the areas where fat has accumulated helps reduce the fat level and gives you a well shaped body. Essential oils are not just sweet smelling, but can also make your digestive system function well. One must take care to use the oils moderately and mix it with a carrier oil like sandalwood and jasmine oil.

Cellulite can be termed as mother of obesity. This problem starts when water and fat cellular waste combined (form a mass) are trapped in the tissues below the surface of the skin. This leads to wrinkles, swelling and visible bumps in the skin (usually in hips, thighs, legs, butts and stomach) and these are the main symptoms of cellulite.

The major causes of such a disorder are bad diet and routine, hormonal imbalance, lack of exercise, having less water, having too much of salt or sugar or caffeine, poor posture and stress.

The essential oils are second to none when it comes to reinstating the mineral balance of the body and losing extra kilos under the belt.

Thin is no longer happening

Posted by Evan Brown On October - 8 - 2010

Thin is no longer happening

The “waves of size zero” have finally subdued, for the betterment of fashion models and fitness conscious girls and women. The best part is that size zero is now considered too childish these days.

The Australian government has mulled a fresh ban on skinny models in an attempt to prevent glamorization of unhealthy eating patterns among young kids.


A controversy sparked off recently in international media when the pictures of Polish model, Kamilla Wladyka, were airbrushed before being featured on the cover page of a health magazine. With health magazines featuring size zero models, one simply doesn’t know where to draw the line between ‘realistic’ health magazines and ‘superficial’ fashion magazines. The size zero concept which was responsible for body image issues and eating disorders among thousands of women is finally being rebuked by nutritionists, celebrity photographers and youngsters all over the world.

Model Nayanika Chatterjee says, “I’m on a holiday right now but I’m more concerned about how I will manage to fit into those tiny, designer clothes once I’m back for the shoots. Even gaining 2kg can put a lot of stress on us. I’ve never been skinny. In fact, my size remains the same ever since I started modelling. However, one does see skinny models dominating the ramps now and I fail to understand why the designers expect us to fit into these really tiny clothes. I’ve never been in favour of this skinny trend. I wish the young girls could understand that there is a difference between being skinny and being healthy. And not everybody’s built is meant to be skinny but you can definitely choose to be healthy.”

Dr. Honey Khanna, head dietician at Max Hospital suggests that similar stringent actions like those imposed by the Australian government should be implemented in the Indian fashion industry too.

Quotations for Fitness conscious individuals

Posted by Evan Brown On October - 5 - 2010

Quotations for Fitness conscious individuals

If you are an individual looking to mend your ways to create and maintain high standards of health and fitness, this compilation of quotations for fitness conscious individuals is just meant for you. Read on to find more!

One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;” and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle. – Henry David Thoreau

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not. – Mark Twain

I venture to maintain that there are multitudes to whom the necessity of discharging the duties of a butcher would be so inexpressibly painful and revolting, that if they could obtain a flesh diet on no other condition, they would relinquish it forever. – W.E.H. Lecky

I just could not stand the idea of eating meat – I really do think that it has made me calmer….  People’s general awareness is getting much better, even down to buying a pint of milk:  the fact that the calves are actually killed so that the milk doesn’t go to them but to us cannot really be right, and if you have seen a cow in a state of extreme distress because it cannot understand why its calf isn’t by, it can make you think a lot. – Kate Bush

Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies. – Leo Tolstoy

Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;… and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man. – James H. West

Sickness is poor-spirited, and cannot serve anyone; it must husband its resources to live.  But health or fullness answers its own ends, and has to spare, runs over, and inundates the neighborhoods and creeks of other men’s necessities. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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