Buyer Beware: fragrances contain endocrine disrupting and cancer causing compounds

Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein Eternity, and Britney Spears? Curious, to name a few, contain a dozen or more chemicals not listed on their labels that have not been assessed for safety by the beauty industries self policing review panel. Many of these chemicals cause allergic reactions, disrupt hormones, and could play a role in developing cancer.

A recent study found that out of the 91 ingredients identified, a scant 19 have been reviewed by the beauty industry, and only 27 have been assessed by the international Fragrance association and the Research institute for Fragrance Materials.

For this study, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of health and environmental groups, commissioned tests of 17 fragranced products at an independent laboratory. Campaign partner Environmental Working Group assessed data from the tests and the product labels. The analysis reveals that the 17 products contained, on average:
? Fourteen secret chemicals not listed on labels due to a loophole in federal law that allows companies to claim fragrances as trade secrets. American Eagle Seventy Seven contained 24 hidden chemicals, the highest number of any product in the study.
? Ten sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio contained 19 different sensitizing chemicals, more than any other product in the study
? Four hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. Halle by Halle Berry, Quicksilver and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow each contained seven different chemicals with the potential to disrupt the hormone system.

Fend off wrinkles by training your face

Exercise your face? Well think about it, your face is comprised of 20 muscles. Ask yourself, what’s the difference between working out the muscles in your legs, chest, or abs and your face? Facial muscles are the same as any other muscle in your body, and require the same type of stimulation to stay strong and of normal size. If they are not used they will become weak and unable to support the skin and adipose tissue that lies above them, promoting sagging and wrinkles.

Intent.com suggests the following to keep your face looking young:

* Raise your eyebrows as high as you can and hold them for five seconds.
* Open your mouth as wide as possible and stick your tongue out as far as you can and hold for a few seconds.
* Using your three center fingers, press down on your cheeks and smile as hard as you can to raise your cheek muscles against your fingers.
* Move your nose as much as you can from side to side.
* Lift your eyebrows as high as you can, open your eyes as wide as possible and frown at the same time.
* Pucker your lips out as far as possible into the shape of an “O.” Then change your expression into a wide smile. Repeat several times.
* Sit in a comfortable chair and look up at the ceiling. Pucker your lips and stick your tongue out as far as possible to exercise your neck muscles.

Xyience offers a chance to win a UFC weekend

XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), announces that one lucky winner of its new Las Vegas/UFC Weekend Experience Sweepstakes will have a chance to spend the weekend in Las Vegas, attend a UFC fight and to train at XYIENCE team athlete Wanderlei Silva?s state-of-the-art mixed martial arts (MMA) training facility, Wand Fight Team. The sweepstakes, which kicks off on May 1 and runs through August 31, 2010 is being held in conjunction with up to 40,000 of XYIENCE?s independent retailers across the United States (excluding Ark., Fla., Miss, N.C., N.Y., R.I. and S.C.) The grand prize also includes airfare, hotel accommodations and two tickets to a UFC event. Entries can be submitted at www.xyience.com/promo. No purchase necessary to enter, though winners must be legal residents of the United States and at least 18 years old with valid proof of age. Winners will be selected at random and announced in mid September.

XYIENCE will also award 10 second-place prize packages that will include a video game console and a 2010 edition of an MMA video game. Thirty third-place winners receive gift cards redeemable for a future UFC pay-per-view event.

Little goals leads to big goals

The hardest part to attaining goals is pre-payment. The goal is attained only after you?ve paid the price or done the work. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Attaining a goal requires effort and you get what you put in. The life you lead today is a reflection of the work you put in up to the present. The life you lead in the future is determined by the work you put in between now and then.

Many people bite off more than they can chew. They set lofty goals usually while they?re caught up in emotion, work hard for a while, don?t see big returns, get discouraged and quit. Achieving big goals is a lot of work and fitness is no different than any other aspect of your life. There is an old saying that if you save your pennies, the dollars take care of themselves. We need to set and achieve smaller goals and gradually we?ll realize bigger goals.

To reach a big goal, one must set small goals. Remember, every journey begins with one step. Simply take your big goals and segment them into smaller, more attainable goals. Look at these smaller goals as rungs on a ladder. Not only does each rung get you one more step toward the top, you must hit each one to safely and effectively reach your destination.

How To Choose The Right Emergency Loans: Finding Companies With Clearly-Stated Extension Fees

If you choose to use emergency loans, be sure to work with a company that clearly states their extension fees. Sure, we all fall short sometimes and it doesn’t feel good to be behind on bills and short on cash. It’s also hard to be in a position where you have to pay for a sudden, unexpected expense. Emergency loans can help in these situations.

But what if you continue to have financial problems and can’t pay back your emergency loans in time? This is a tough position to be in, but you can make it easier by choosing to work with a company that is very clear about how much you will have to pay in fees to get an extension on your loans.

You want emergency loans to help you when you are in a tough spot, not to put you in an ever more difficult position in the future. For this reason, it is best to work with a company that will give you a very clear idea of how much you will have to pay if you need an extension on your loan. Having this information will help you prepare if you are late on repaying your emergency loans.

Also, companies that offer this kind of information up front are also the kind of companies that are less likely to have sky-high extension fees and hidden fees that will create more financial hardship for you in the future. So, when you are choosing a company that offers emergency loans, be sure to get all of the information up front and make a financial plan for what you will have to do if you can’t repay your loan in time. Doing these things will help you to have a more financial future and will help you to save money in the long run.

Discount Printing Is Key For Restaurants

Although many people who are mere patrons of restaurants don’t realize this, restaurants rely on large amounts of printed material to conduct day-to-day business. Menus, place mats, business cards, printed bar napkins, and posters and banners advertising specials or events are all important to restaurants. One way that restaurants can reduce their overhead costs is to use a discount printing service to handle the manufacturing of all of these kinds of printed materials.

Restaurants that regularly change their menu can certainly rely on a discount printing service to supply them with updated menus on a regular basis. Also, restaurants that offer delivery services can benefit from using discount printing. With every delivery, an extra menu should be tucked in with the receipt so that the customer will be able to order again. A discount printing service can also help a restaurant that offers delivery to print fliers and coupons specifically for customers who order their meals instead of dining in the restaurant.

Discount printing can also be useful for a restaurant that offers gift certificates. Well-designed gift certificates make great gifts for birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries. They are especially well received if the design is attractive. A discount printing service can help a restaurant to design a great looking gift certificate that needs nothing more than the inked-in name of the recipient and the dollar value of the gift.

Design services are available for ala discount printing products for restaurants including menus, business cards, bar napkins, and place mats. A well-designed menu is an important feature for a successful restaurant. The menu should be appealing, well-laid out and attractive in an overall sense. The design services and template options to be had by using a discount printing service can ensure that all of the printed matter, including the menu, looks great.

Top 11 tips to look and feel better for the summer

I know, I know — who makes an article with 11 tips and not 10? Well, I had a hard enough time getting down to the top 11. I felt there was absolutely nothing else to cut.

Anyway, summer is around the corner, and chances are you aren?t looking or feeling your best. You want to get in shape, but like most you?ve put it off again and again since January. The following are some changes you can make that will not only improve your look in a hurry, but your health as well. Everything on this list is designed to optimize your metabolism and turn you into a fat burning machine.

Top 11 tips Here

Calorie restriction or carb depletion to increase lifespan

Since the discovery that calorie restriction increased lifespan, many studies have been performed including studies with non-human primates; all with overwhelming evidence. However, the mechanism by which lifespan increases through calorie restriction, has eluded researchers.

Data on the physiologic effects of caloric restriction in rhesus monkeys resembles rodent studies demonstrating reduced body and fat mass, lower blood glucose, insulin, leptin, free T3 (decreased body temperature), and serum triglycerides. Interestingly, centenarians have lower blood glucose, insulin, leptin, free T3 and serum triglycerides than those who do not live to be over one hundred years old. One can conclude, the fundamental mechanism by which calorie restriction improves lifespan appears to alter these metabolic factors.

A new study analyzed the data from patients attending a private practice. These patients were referred for the treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, overweight, fatigue, and other chronic diseases of aging.

The diet:
? Calories were not explicitly restricted; patients were told to eat when they were hungry.
? Recommended sources of fat included; raw nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, olive oil, flax oil, and cod liver oil.
? Protein intake was limited to 1.0g/kg of lean body mass. If the subjects exercised it was increased to 1.25g/kg.
? Recommended sources of protein included sardines, fish, eggs, tofu, chicken, turkey, wild meats, low fat cheeses, seafood, and vege burgers.
? Carbohydrate sources included only non-starchy fibrous veges; lettuce, greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.
The average daily macronutrient intake ended up being 20% carbs (most of which was fiber), 20% protein, and 60% fats.

The results: Serum insulin decreased by 48 percent, leptin decreased by 8 percent, fasting glucose by 40 percent, triglyceride by nearly 8 percent, and free T3 by almost 6 percent.

The key factor in this study is the participants were not limited in the amount of food they could consume. The researchers wanted to focus on the types of foods or macronutrients that would result in improved health and a longer life.

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