Monday, January 31, 2011

Exercise and AIDS

People with AIDS should be extra careful working out. They may be at the stage of their muscles atrophying. Each person will have different reactions to different drugs. Their physicians must be conducted before they start any exercise endeavor. You can find articles on this on www.pubmed.gov. Someone suggested I write a post on this, which I am doing but I am not conducting immense research. The above link will show you the latest, as well as older, studies.

Exercise is not a cure for AIDS. People that are HIV-positive may not have full-blown AIDS. The disease manifests itself differently in each person. However, some studies have found beneficial effects of exercise in HIV-positive individuals. Studies showed that the CD4 cell count increased after 24 months of exercise. See this link with information from Dr. Veljko Velkovic.

The LA Times article today HIV and AIDS Patients Find Exercise Improves Their Health shows that exercise helps persons with AIDS feel better and do more physically. They also cited several studies: a 2006 Massachusetts General Hospital study found that exercise manages symptoms of "metabolic syndrome," which as many as 45 percent of HIV-positive people have. This syndrome increases the likelihood of heart and diabetes complications. A 2005 Columbia University study found that moderate exercise with antiretroviral drugs, led to improved nervous-system function and circulation in HIV-positive persons.

Because I believe there is a lot of truth in mind over matter, exercise can’t be bad for HIV-positive or other people to feel better, breath better, be happier and thereby affect their cells, so I recommend it!

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Great Web Site on Supplements

Here is a great Web site on supplements, posted by fellow fitness trainer, Joe Canone, who has a degree in biochemistry. Joe, as I do, thinks that the Food and Drug Administration, or another body, should regulate supplements. Many people are gullible or may experience side effects, especially if they take too many supplements. Already, the first post on Vitamin B12 is great. http://www.google.com/search?q=joe+canone+supplements&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Microbes in Our Guts

In the December 17, 2010 issue of Science was great in summing up the past year's events. One article was about all the microbes we have in our gut. I have been using sterilizer for a while, even before it became common in libraries, schools and gyms. I saw a news show portion weeks ago about how it is not good to overuse it, since we may then not build up immunity to microbes on our own, and since we have many microbes in us anyway.

I thought of that when I read the Science article by Elizabeth Pennisi. She talked about 200 Nobel Laureate's Joshua Lederberg's call to think of organisms like us with many tiny ones living symbiotically with us as superorganisms, rather than the we are good and they are bad usual thinking.

I was amazed to read that nine out of 10 dells in our body are microbial! This is more than I had thought. Only a few species of them make us sick. Others help us digest food and serve other functions as well. In 1999 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, David Relman and others found 3,956 types of bacteria, two-thirds new to science, in culture from human gums. Does this make you want to kiss anyone? In 2006, Steven Gill of the University in Buffalo, New York and in 2010 Jun Wang of BGI-Shenzhen in China did genetic studies to show that many gut bacteria genes complement our own and so together break down fiber, amino acids and drugs. This is fascinating.

Some bacteria help us fight disease. For instance Faecalibacterium prausnitzii has anti-inflammatory properties and may protect us against Crohn's disease. According to Sarkis Mazmanian of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Baceteroides fragilis keeps mice from getting colitis. Other bacteria form healthy gut cured diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. Bacteria can protect against other bacteria and viruses. Herbert Virgin of Washington University School of Medicine found that dormant herpesviruses pushed the immune system of mice to protect them against certain bacterial infections.

The more researchers learn about this, the more they can use bacteria and viruses, or their genetic material, to prevent and fight disease, and also to help humans and animals in their bodily functions. I am so excited about the new genetics building opening up shortly at New York University!

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Great Post on Types of Fat

As I have written before, fat is not bad and many people have a phobia about it. It is needed, and even helps with maintaining the proper function of insulin and a good heartbeat.

Here is a good post by a North Carolina personal trainer and author Darvis Simms. Isn't it great how the Internet connects us? http://personaltrainersunited.com/all-about-fat/

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.louizapatsis.com, http://www.authorhouse.com, www.bn.com and http://www.amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Come Join My New York City Fitness Meetup Group

The first meeting is on Saturday January 15th. We can schedule an individual session prior to that.

http://www.meetup.com/Manhattan-and-Queens-Fitness-Group/

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Bar for Abdominals and Obliques

Get a bar with a weight that will work you out and that you can use for five sets of ten repetitions. Hold the bar vertically with both hands in front of you. Push down on it so it can be secure in the ground. This is part of the workout. Keep your hips steady and legs shoulder width apart. Rotate for half a circle clockwise "around the bar". Do the same counterclockwise. This is one repetition.

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on www.LouizaPatsis.com, http://www.Authorhouse.com, www.BarnesandNoble.com and http://www.Amazon.com. If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New York Times: Placebo May Work Even If Patients Know About It

In a recent study, docotrs told patients they'd receive a placebo. The placebo still made a difference. To me, this may show how powerful language is and how mind presides over body and may be some extension of a law of attraction.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/health/research/28perceptions.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=placebo%20effect&st=cse