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 […]

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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

From early age we are taught to kill bacteria – antibiotics, anti-bacterial soaps, sanitizing wipes, washing hands 50 times a day… Modern nutrition and medical practices exacerbate the problem even more, making us “too clean” sometimes. As a result, we create and promote perfect conditions for many debilitating diseases. The fix, however, may be quite simple – and may have a profound effect on how you feel, look, think and function…

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