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How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

Little did the Bee Gees know in 1971 when they wrote this great classic that one day this would indeed be possible.

So, how can you mend a broken heart?

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Stem cell therapy just might be the answer. The results of some recent clinical trials have proven that not only can stem cell therapy repair a broken heart, but it can also result in improved quality of life for the patient. For more than 10 years, scientists have been convinced that stem cells are the future when it comes to repairing organs, since they can become any cell in the body, reversing damage otherwise thought to be permanent.

Heart disease is the cause of the majority of deaths in the developed world and presently, in these matters of the heart, today’s medicines can only keep a patient from getting worse. Drugs can be prescribed to help keep the blood vessels open and lower blood pressure to manage the condition, but really, the only option at present is a heart transplant. Amazingly, this could now change, since a drug has indeed been invented, using stem cell therapy, that really can mend a broken heart.

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Regenerating damaged organs with stem cell therapy

A team of leading scientists and physicians have found a completely new method of regenerating damaged organs with stem cell therapy. Their innovative discovery of very rare and potent tissue-specific stem cells has enabled them to meticulously engineer them towards unique disease-specific cellular regenerative medicines. Whereas most stem cell companies follow a philosophy of “one cell fits all” (as in, one cell that can treat all diseases), they have now discovered disease-specific and tissue-specific cells which enable them to treat different parts of the body with unique and precise treatments.

Obviously, the process of getting a new drug to market is a long one, but this new heart fixer is already in the very late stages of clinical trials. The clinical trial approval process has many government rules and regulations to protect patients. If approved in clinical trials, a treatment then needs the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to develop it further to ready it for the worldwide market.

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The biotech industry is continuously finding new ways to heal people. Improving human health has always been their principal objective. Their successful methods of healing have been used for centuries and include such treatments as using leeches to draw blood or improve blood flow and maggots to remove rotten flesh. The more recent advances in biotechnology, genetics and stem cell biology, are paving the way for diagnosing and treating disease in the future.

The world’s leading scientists are testing and trying new ways to work with stem cells, and this discovery of tissue-specific and disease-specific cells to treat different parts of the body is quite exceptional and advanced. It opens up the door to so many other treatments. These particular scientists are already working on stem cell treatments for tendons, and this treatment is also in the late stages of clinical trials.

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Eleven patients, with very severely damaged hearts and whose only hope of survival was to receive a heart transplant, have been treated with this new drug. Each patient had severe heart failure and had a life expectancy of less than one year, with a 70% likelihood of one-year mortality. Two years on and since treatment with this new heart-fixing drug, all patients are not only still alive but their heart function has actually significantly improved. Their scars have diminished and their quality of life has improved and continues to do so!

So, mending a broken heart could be closer than we think. The Bee Gees would be baffled, but proud!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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