How to Avoid Lower Back Pain

lower back pain

Millions of people keep wondering how to avoid lower back pain, as they struggle through chronic or frequently occurring episodes. The methods used by most, however, focus on managing the pain itself, rather than eliminating the root cause.

As someone who likes lifting free weights that are considered heavy relative to my body weight, I always get surprised looks when I tell people that exercising with heavy weights does not injure your back – quite the contrary.  As well, there is a lot of misunderstanding around what causes, what cures and how to avoid lower back pain.

Let’s take a closer look at what you should and shouldn’t do, as well as a few minor tweaks you can make to experience no more back pain.

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Planning my retirement: future value of present decisions

Retirement

I am planning my retirement future.  Not in a traditional sense, such as preparing for austerity, downsizing my living space, restricting spending and depending on others, including the Government (we have seen in the article on tax-deferred plans that this could be a bad idea).  By contrast, my plans have some grandeur, financial freedom, and ever-increasing quality of life.

I do not plan to be forced to significantly reduce my spending after retiring at the risk of having to eat cat food otherwise.  I do not anticipate being involved in the typical cliché retirement pastimes, like playing bingo, doing gardening and living off some modest investments with no aspirations and occasional trip to a tropical location in the cheap part of the Caribbean (at most).

Unfortunately, this typical post-retirement scenario is what most people will face.  A lot of soon-to-be retirees will have to face this harsh reality – not the perfect lives filled with smiles, walks along the beach in Bali while holding hands, luxury cars and multiple cottages, as painted by investment companies who want your money – but the actual struggle to live from pension cheque to pension cheque and living in hopes that the money they have managed to accumulate in the past doesn’t run out too soon.

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Genetically modified organisms: the real facts

Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are restricted or banned in more than 60 countries in the world, but happily ingested by unsuspecting consumers in the USA, Canada, China, India, Brazil, Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay, Australia and many other countries.

Even if a country does not commercially grow genetically modified crops (like the EU, for example, that only had small-scale field trials so far) doesn’t necessarily mean that population in that country is not consuming them – with Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) now in place, US may import genetically modified crops into EU (which they do).  This includes human food, animal feed, agricultural crops and products from GMO- fed animals.

What’s the big deal?  Let’s take a closer look.

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Nourishing good bacteria to improve health

bad and good bacteria

How bad and good bacteria influence everything in your life

You have 100 trillion bacteria in your gut.  This is 10 times the number of all other cells in all your other tissues combined.

You may not think much of bacteria and, in fact, try to eradicate it when you get a chance (using anti-bacterial sanitizers, soaps and shampoos to clean yourself up and gobbling up antibiotics when you get sick) – the symbiotic relationship of your gut bacteria with the rest of your biology has some people argue that we are nothing more than just vessels and vehicles for bacteria that control what we do, how we eat and how long we live – all as a part of a devious plan to ensure their survival and domination.

While this sounds a bit too much like science fiction, the reality may not be very far from it when you start considering a few facts.  We mostly think of our intestinal flora in the context of digestion problems, gas and stomach pains (and an odd yogurt advertised on TV), but it is so much more than just that.

In fact, your microbiome (gut bacteria) are responsible for a wide variety of functions, such as:

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