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The Best Weapon Against Cardiovascular Disease

According to the CDC the number 1 cause of death in the United States is Heart Disease. They estimate that in 2009 785,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack and about 470,000 will have a recurrent attack. In 2005 the CDC went on to state that 454,000 women died from heart disease and 410,000 American males died as result of it. How can we stop this relentless disease? Which new medication should we be taking to save the day? Well even though there are many cardiovascular medications on the market it may be surprising for one to know that the number 1 suggestion from the CDC to prevent Heart Disease is lifestyle changes. They state that it is the best weapon we have against cardiovascular disease.

What Lifestyle Changes?

Well again, according to the CDC that involves diet, nutrition and exercise. If you keep up with the latest news on health you may have noticed a lot of reporting about childhood obesity. Obesity however seems to be a problem with the young as well as the old. This problem no doubt is contributing to a rise not only in cardiovascular disease but also in diabetes. Diabetes is not only a sugar problem but it is also a cardiovascular problem. Diabetics have a tremendous difficulty in circulatory issues. That is why wounds fail to heal in a timely manner and many times a diabetic must have an amputation to save their lives. It seems so tragic that these two diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes for the most part are self induced diseases. Of course we are not saying that every case of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is self induced. There are some who are predisposed, however that would be the exception not the rule.

What about Supplements?

There are many supplements that can be used to improve your cardiovascular health. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to lower triglycerides and improve blood flow. Vitamin D has been in the news lately regarding it’s positive effect on the heart. L. Arginine, an amino acid that assist the body in making Nitric Oxide is very helpful in increasing blood flow. Nitric Oxide is a chemical that has a great deal of positive benefits for circulation as well as improving our immune system according to Wikipedia. Citrulline is another amino acid that helps with the production of Nitric Oxide. In fact, Citrulline is what had many people excited this summer. Scientist reported that Watermelons had the ability to mimic the effects of Viagra due to its high Citrulline content. B Vitamins especially folic acid has been shown to be important to our cardiovascular system as well as coenzyme Q10. These supplements and more are in a product that I use every day and promote called Cardio Cocktail. You can find out more about cardiovascular disease and Cardio Cocktail by visiting my website at Cardiovascular disease can be reversed if we give our bodies the right weapons to combat this disease. Stop being a statistic and start feeding yourself healthy nutritious foods. Make exercise a part of your everyday life and give yourself the right supplements and you will experience a life free of Cardiovascular disease and its effects.

Travel Information – A Quick Guide to Rome

Food and drink is very expensive in Rome, but you can find some very nice cheaper cafes and restaurants if you come away from the main tourist areas.

There are hundreds of shops selling souvenirs but mostly selling the same kind of things, rosary beads and religious memorabilia.

You will never get to see everything in Rome in just a few days, but the easiest way to get an idea of the city is on an open top tour bus. They charge about 15 Euros and the ticket last for 24 hours. They will give you headphones which you plug into the socket beside your seat, and then you can listen to a running commentary of the places of interest that you are passing. Just jump off when you get to a place you want to visit and back on another bus whenever you feel like it.

St Peter’s is amazing. Try to avoid the weekend as it is extremely busy, but during the week hardly any queue. You have to go through the same security as you do at the airport to get in. If you go up to the dome, remember there are hundreds of steep steps to climb. They have a lift but this only takes you to the base of the dome. Do not forget to visit the shop run by the nuns inside. Where you will be able to buy rosaries that have been blessed by the pope. And look out for the Swiss guards as you leave the Vatican. They look really colourful and smart in their Orange, White & Blue Uniform.

The Colisseum will take your breath away. It costs 12 euros to get in but the queue is horrendous. For 20 euros join a guided tour. There are lots of people offering them outside. But make sure you choose someone who is wearing a licensed badge. You will not have to queue to get in, and that in its self is well worth the extra 8 euros. You will get a full guided tour of the Colisseum, The Palatine and The Forum which lasts about 2 hours. And if you’re lucky they will give you a ticket for a free tour in another part of the city.

Your Travels Can Be Whatever You Choose

If you are interested in European travel, keep in mind that it should be whatever you choose. No one knows better than you what your money and time limits are OR what interests you most.

Get a handle on your finances before making a plan. Each level of European travel requires a different financial outlay. When you choose small, out of the way destinations, you will find less expensive accommodations and often less expensive meals and fares as well. Trains that take you to large cities can drop you off in small ones to spend the night. Shopping markets for daily meals can keep your costs down considerably.

Another important financial aspect of your trip will be exchange rates. With the Euro as the main currency in sixteen or more European countries, the ratio of Euro-to-dollar will be important. England retains its own currency. The English pound measured against the dollar may be another factor in your decision. Or, you may want to research the exchange rate in Eastern Europe. The former Soviet states have the same beautiful architecture and interesting histories as their better-traveled Western European neighbors.

Also look at travel costs to European airports. Some have better deals than others. This can be like an invitation to discover the area. Renting a car is not necessary if you can rely on public transportation like buses or trains. With financial considerations in mind, you can plan and enjoy an extensive trip without the benefit of a pricey tour. Even boat travel is possible by choosing ferry routes over pricier tour boats.

A Travel Guide on Rome

The Coliseum is one of Rome’s most famous buildings, thousands of people and animals died within the Coliseum during the gladiator games and other fighting shows that were held here to entertain the people of Rome. The Coliseum is a very popular attraction which means that the queues can be quite long! In order to avoid the queues there are a number of guided tours you can join which will also provide you with some knowledge of the Coliseum’s history. I would advise that you look up some of these tours online to guarantee a place.

The Pantheon is another one of Rome’s famous buildings and was built as a temple for the Ancient Rome gods. One of the main things that makes the Pantheon a popular tourist attraction is its dome, it’s one of the largest in the world and the only light comes from the oculus (the centre of the dome). It is a marvellous site that is open every day and is free to enter, if you’d prefer a tour then this will only cost you a few Euros.

If you want to learn more about Rome then visit the Sistine Chapel within the Vatican, this is the most religious place in the world and full of culture. The Vatican museums are also a must as they provide you with all of the history and the wonderful Gallery of Tapestries which will leave you standing in awe at all the detail that went into these amazing pieces. The Vatican actually offers a Sistine Chapel and Vatican museum tour which I would recommend if you’re not familiar with the history. The guided tours cost around 30 Euros.

If you’ve still got some time left, then why not take a trip to one of Rome’s more relaxed attractions, the Pasta Museum. The museum is open every day and entry costs around 10 Euros per person.

Credit Crunch and Credit Bubbles

Credit cycles are an unavoidable result of reckless growth in credit markets, magnified by dangerous and inadequate central bank policy, causing interest rates to stay artificially low for sustained periods. This leads to speculative market bubbles, characterised by a reduction in savings and excessive credit growth. When interest rates remain too low for too long, the excessive credit growth results in an unstable and volatile imbalance between investment and saving. Low interest rates encourage borrowing, and the expansion of credit results in an expansion of the money supply due to the money creation process inherent in fractional reserve banking. This causes an unsustainable credit boom where the excessive easy credit seeks out new and increasingly risky investment (or malinvestment) opportunities.

A credit crunch then becomes inevitable when this exponential creation of credit can no longer be sustained, at which stage the supply of money contracts sharply, forcing available resources to be allocated back to more appropriate uses. During such a credit crisis, there is a reduction in the availability of credit and a sharp tightening of conditions necessary to obtain credit from lenders. Because this reduction in credit availability (credit rationing) occurs independently of official interest rates rises (credit is less available regardless of official interest rates), the normal relationship between interest rates and availability of credit changes, Generally, a credit crunch will be accompanied by a ‘flight to quality’ by investors and banks, as they seek out less risky investment opportunities.

The sustained period of excessive and reckless lending that preceded the credit crunch will normally have resulted in sharp losses for banks and investors when the loans turned bad and the full extent of toxic debts became apparent. These lenders may then ‘ration’ credit, and raise the cost of credit by lifting commercial interest rates. In extreme cases, banks may be completely unable to lend even if they wanted to, due to prior losses. There are several reasons why lenders might slow or cease lending activity. It might occur due to the perception of a future drop in the value of the assets used by lenders to secure the credit, or a perceived risk of insolvency within other lenders and investors. It might also occur due to a change in monetary policy, whereby central banks impose regulatory constraints on lending, or raise reserve requirements. Alternatively, the government might implement new credit controls on the banking system.

Participants of a credit bubble rarely recognise the point of collapse in advance, however in retrospect this point of collapse is often obvious. Following the credit crunch, market values of those previously overvalued assets will often collapse precipitously, resulting in widespread bankruptcy or foreclosure, especially for the investors who entered the market too late, close to the peak of the bubble. In this case, the best option might be to ‘mark to market’, and potentially liquidate all assets if the affected business is not capable of surviving the downturn. With the artificial credit induced boost to GDP and employment now gone, economic activity stalls and unemployment rises.

Frequently, central banks and governments respond to this economic downturn by slashing interest rates and stimulating asset markets. Ironically, this stimulus is often financed by the acquisition of more government debt. If managed poorly, as if often the case, the result is a renewed credit bubble, often greater in magnitude than the previous one. And so the cycle repeats.