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Post to 50 And More Social Media Sites, including Instant Blog Subscribers, Facebook and Twitter. China's Ding Junhui faces Mark Selby in the World Championship final when he bids to become the first Asian player to win snooker's most prestigious title. The 29-year-old Ding reached his first World Championship final in record style, with a break of 123 completing a decisive 17-11 victory over experienced Scottish cueman Alan McManus at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in northern England on Saturday.
Later in the day, 2014 world champion Selby, the world No 1, prevented an all-Chinese final when he defeated Hong Kong's Marco Fu 17-15. Ding's seventh century break of the semifinal saw him surpass the previous record of most centuries in a Crucible match (six) held jointly by Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
In the modern history of the World Championship, the only two winners from beyond Britain and Ireland are Canada's Cliff Thorburn (1980) and Australia's Neil Robertson (2010). A sign of snooker's increasing popularity in China is that, according to a tweet posted by World Snooker, 27.1 percent of the national television audience in the world's most populous country tuned in to watch his semifinal on CCTV5, an official state broadcaster. These were, in the words of the tweet, "incredible figures!" and an indication of snooker's increasing appeal in Asia. The defeated McManus had no doubts that Ding could go all the way, saying: "I think there's only one person stopping him and it's himself. Ding has been tipped to become a world champion ever since he won the UK Championship, snooker's second-most important title as an 18-year-old. The 2013-14 season saw Ding match snooker great Stephen Hendry's record of five ranking titles in a season and he rose to world No 1 in December 2014. However, a severe loss of form saw Ding drop out of the world's top 16 and meant he had to come through qualifying in order to gain a place in the main draw for this year's World Championship. Ding Junhui of China celebrates after beating Scotland's Alan McManus in the semifinal of the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.
He won an NBA championship his first season, went 39-4 as interim coach in place of Steve Kerr to start this season and was part of a team that set the single-season record for wins in the regular season. But when the Los Angeles Lakers came calling, Walton could not turn down the team he began his career with and which he helped win two NBA titles.
The Lakers announced Friday night that they had agreed to a contract to hire Walton just five days after firing Byron Scott. Kerr credited Walton for helping to create the culture that allowed Golden State to win 140 games the past two regular seasons, including a record 73 this season. Walton will remain with the Warriors until their playoff run ends, while using some down time to prepare for his new job. LaMarcus Aldridge had 38 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-92 on Saturday night, never trailing in Game 1 of the second-round series.
As the best pros on the planet battle for the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup, a crop of young Chinese players have their eyes firmly fixed on a more distant prize: the 2022 Winter Olympics. NHL draft pick Song Andong and national under-18 teammate Zhong Wei are part of a new wave of Chinese hockey players being groomed for Beijing in six years time. Last June, the teenaged Song was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 entry draft by the New York Islanders, making him the first Chinese player to be drafted in the history of the NHL. Song, who goes by the nickname Misha, is just one of a talented group of Chinese teenagers who are scattered among high school and junior leagues across North America that the country's hockey leaders hopes will provide the base for a future national team.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Song just finished playing as a post graduate student at Phillips Andover Academy in the Massachusetts high school league.
Song captained China at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's Division II B under-18 world championships and could play for China's under-20 team at this year's Division II B world championships. Like Song, who moved to Canada from China when he was nine, Zhong started playing hockey at a young age in Beijing before moving to North America. Zhong said he started playing hockey because he liked the speed and physical side of the game. Song, who wasn't ranked among the top 210 North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting department, was a surprise pick by the Islanders who are owned by Shanghai-born Charles Wang.
Song's selection by the Islanders raised a few eyebrows as he was chosen ahead of a US national team player and some major junior players but he is hoping to show the Islanders that one day he will fit into their organization. Paul Tortorella, varsity hockey coach for Song's Phillips Academy team, said his biggest asset is his skating. Inspired by NHL draft pick Song Andong and national under-18 star Zhong Wei, a new generation of Chinese hockey players is aiming to represent the nation at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The long-striding Jamaican suggested he might not stop there, leaving open the chance he could extend his career beyond the 2017 season he has said would be his last. Bolt has already swept the 100 and 200m sprints at the last two Olympics and added gold in the 4x100 relays in both Beijing (2008) and London (2012) with his Jamaican team mates. Bolt said he would ramp up his preparations carefully so he can end his Olympic career with a flourish. Bolt said he would run his first race in Cayman, then in Ostrava and then to his coach's June meet in Jamaica before the trials and then on to the Diamond League meeting in London. As for the legacy he hoped to leave the sport he has dominated for eight years, Bolt spoke about another Hublot spokesman, 75-year-old soccer great Pele.
It's almost 160 years since the first Australian Rules football club was formed, but women will take a significant step forward in the male-dominated sport when a female national league starts next year.
Women have long been involved in Aussie Rules - a dynamic game similar to Ireland's Gaelic football - with half of the sport's fan base made up of females. Yet the deeply traditional AFL, where two singlet-clad teams of 18 handle and kick a rugby-shaped ball on large, oval fields, has usually focused on men's teams.
Last year, the surprisingly high viewership for a televised women's exhibition game caught the attention of administrators, who decided to launch a national women's competition in 2017. It's not the only step into new territory for Aussie Rules, which is also eyeing the Chinese market with Port Adelaide set to play a league game in the Asian country next year. Women's AFL participation rates soared by 46 percent in 2015, while sports-mad Australia has also witnessed a surge in the profile of elite female athletes. Jockey Michelle Payne became the first woman to win Australia's 154-year-old Melbourne Cup, the Diamonds secured their third-straight Netball World Cup, while the Matildas became the first Australian football team to win a knockout game at a World Cup. Australia's women's cricket side was handed a big pay hike, becoming the country's top earners in any female team sport, after making the World Twenty20 final. Australia also has a rich heritage of world-beating women in individual sports like tennis, swimming, cycling and athletics. The Victoria Women's Football League became the first Aussie Rules competition for females when it was formed in 1981.
Interest in the game stretches back at least to 1876, said Hess, citing a girl's comments in a school magazine: "Why can't we have a football team just like the boys do? Today's female players, whose ranks are numbered at about 400,000, now dream of one day turning professional. The Atlanta Hawks had the best regular season in franchise history spoiled by a dismal showing against Cleveland in last year's Eastern Conference final. Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Hawks advanced to the second round with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each added 15 points for the Hawks, who earned their first playoff series win over Boston since the 1958 Finals.
Coming off a 27-point win in Game 5, the Hawks took advantage of poor shooting by the Celtics on Thursday, building on leads that stretched to as much as 28 points.
The Hawks blew the game open with a 39-point third quarter in which they shot 74 percent from the field.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points and 10 assists, but most of that came in the second half during the comeback effort after being bottled up early. Jae Crowder added 15 points for Boston, but it wasn't enough to turn around the second straight game underlined by their inconsistencies. Crowder fouled out with three minutes to play, but most of the damage was done much earlier.
Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Muscala fouls Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal in Boston on Thursday. Going for a layup, his leg buckled backward, parallel to the court, when he fell in a freak accident. Now, healthy and reliable, Livingston is making a new name for himself on the NBA's postseason stage. Livingston scored 16 points in each of his three starts during Golden State's 4-1 first-round series win over the Houston Rockets.
Livingston has played the most games of his career over the past two seasons, 78 each, and emerged as a trustworthy backup to Curry when he comes off the bench with high energy and aggression. Livingston overcame long medical odds just to get back on the court, and for that he is grateful every time he laces up his shoes for practice or games.
Livingston tore three major ligaments in his knee - the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral - as well as his lateral meniscus, then required extensive surgery performed by renowned orthopedist Dr. Though the injury could have potentially ended his career at age 21, he still believed he would play again - but first he had to walk again. After all that, the Warriors love watching him contribute in such a meaningful way as they chase a second straight championship. Livingston's remarkable comeback inspired coach Steve Kerr this season when he was coping with his own trying ordeal, a long leave of absence following complications from two back surgeries. Drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 2004, Livingstone was hit with plenty of injury hard luck well before the frightening knee blowout and had yet to even play a full NBA season because of injuries.
He has vowed to be aggressive and make things happen at every chance to keep Golden State's record-setting season going. The Warriors had an NBA-best 24-0 start on the way to a 73-9 record that topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' previous-best finish of 72-10. The Golden State Warriors have given the Los Angeles Lakers permission to approach assistant coach Luke Walton for their vacant top job.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed on Thursday the reigning NBA champions told Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak he could meet Walton following Golden State's series win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Walton is a firm favorite with the Lakers having played on two NBA championship teams during nine seasons as a Laker. The 36-year-old filled in for Kerr earlier this season and led the Warriors to a 39-4 record as the Golden State coach recovered from back surgery. Although the wins were credited to Kerr under NBA rules, Walton is seen as an up-and-coming coaching talent. He is already reported to have turned down an approach from the New York Knicks to be their head coach.
Since March 2015, the NBA's Last Two Minute Report has provided a public report card of sorts on everything that happens in the final two minutes of games that were within five points or less. The NBA said it releases the reports in an effort to be transparent and because it would get inquiries from teams and media about certain calls in close games anyway.
But outcomes never change whether calls are right or wrong, so it begs the question - why release the reports at all? The league reviewed 26 events down the stretch of the Miami-Charlotte game on Wednesday, in which the Hornets prevailed 90-88 for a 3-2 series lead.
The NBA did say Lee made "minor contact" with Wade's arm on the Heat guard's shot attempt, but not enough to merit a foul.
A review of the reports by Associated Press showed the league has probed 174 events in the final two regulation minutes over 11 close games so far in these playoffs.
Of those, 150 plays (86 percent) were found to have been handled correctly while 24 plays (14 percent) were arguable. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat drives against Charlotte Hornets' Courtney Lee during the first half of their quarterfinal game in Miami on Wednesday.
He has never seen a Premier League match live or even set foot outside his native country, but 16-year old Zhang Tianbo as become China's most famous fan of Leicester City.
For the last two years Zhang has run the most active Chinese social media account devoted to the Foxes, racking up more than 3,000 posts on Sina Weibo. The teenager happened upon Leicester City by chance in 2013 while picking a Premier League team to run while playing the simulation game FIFA Manager. When Zhang, a fan of Manchester United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, discovered that Schmeichel's son, Kasper, played for the team, "it was love at first sight". Domestic media outlets carried few reports on his favorite team, which left him devoid of information.
The teenager started to translate foreign soccer websites and share the information he was gathering online. The world's second-largest economy is a crucial market for many of soccer's biggest teams, who regularly play offseason friendlies in China. But until now Leicester has had a decidedly muted presence in China, and set up its own verified Weibo account just two weeks ago. Many of Leicester's more longstanding Chinese fans developed their loyalty as students in the Midlands city. Wang Song Aohan, now a 25-year-old communications officer in Beijing, lived just 10 minutes from King Power Stadium and took every opportunity to watch the team play.
He has met players and coaches and collected signed jerseys, and while he has supported other teams his relationship with the Foxes is unlike any other. But this season's expected triumph and the hordes of new fans jumping on the bandwagon are a bittersweet phenomenon for Wang Beilin. The 25-year-old, who wants to work in sports management, said she misses the private joy of rooting for the unknown underdog in the world's most populous country. Oshie was pretty sure he scored in overtime to complete a hat-trick and one of the biggest games of his NHL career on Thursday night.
Oshie's third goal of the game stood up after video review and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in an overtime thriller that was a classic start to the highly anticipated second-round playoff showdown between superstars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Oshie's wraparound just barely crossed the goal line against the right pad of Pittsburgh's Matt Murray 9:33 into overtime. The call on the ice was a goal, and the NHL's situation room said video replay confirmed the puck was completely over the line.
Murray, who made 31 saves but was beaten three times by Oshie and once by Andre Burakovsky, wasn't convinced.
To the Penguins, it was an inconclusive end to a fast game played at their usual blistering pace. Ben Lovejoy, Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino scored for Pittsburgh, which will try to even the best-of-seven series on Saturday night in Game 2.
The spotlight was on opposing captains Ovechkin and Crosby, in their first playoff meeting since 2009.
Ovechkin assisted on Oshie's second goal and was denied by Murray on two breakaways, while Crosby was on the ice for three goals against and won 68 percent of his faceoffs.
The Capitals won a playoff game in which Holtby allowed more than two goals for the first time since Game 5 against the Boston Bruins in 2012.
That started a run of three goals in 90 seconds, which ended with Oshie's breakaway marker off a turnover by Olli Maatta. After Oshie's third-period goal, Bonino scored with 10:18 left to help send the game to overtime. A game of few chances was decided by a brilliant goal in the dying seconds as Denis Suarez unselfishly squared for substitute Lopez to tap home from close range. Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool's best chance against the post in the second half as Jurgen Klopp's men now need another European comeback at Anfield to reach the final in Basel on May 18.
Sevilla is well-positioned to reach a third consecutive Europa League final as it drew 2-2 away at Shakhtar Donetsk in the other semifinal. Klopp was left frustrated at the manner at which Liverpool conceded late on having been seconds away from a creditable draw that would have given it the upper hand heading into the return leg.
However, Villarreal boss Marcelino claimed his side was more than deserving of the victory.
The 96 Liverpool fans who died at the Hillsborough tragedy 27 years ago were remembered before kickoff days after the biggest inquest in English legal history ruled they were unlawfully killed.
Once the action got underway, Liverpool had the first chance when Joe Allen's low shot from Adam Lallana's deflected cross was placed too close to Sergio Asenjo. Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado had the best chance of the half in the 10th minute but shot wide. Thomas Pina forced Simon Mignolet into a smart save low to his left before a curling effort from Soldado hit the side netting. Liverpool suffered a blow at halftime when an injured Coutinho was forced off and replaced by Jordan Ibe. Villarreal was inches away from opening the scoring a minute after the break when Cedric Bakambu's header caromed off the post. However, Liverpool also hit the woodwork at the other end with its best chance of the game 25 minutes from time when Firmino's low shot was brilliantly turned aside by Asenjo.
The game suddenly opened up in the final 10 minutes as Mignolet produced a stunning save to prevent Bakambu adding to his nine Europa League goals this season. From the resulting corner Liverpool pounced on an error from Suarez, and Alberto Moreno bore down on goal before firing wildly off target.
Suarez atoned in fine fashion deep into stoppage time as he trapped Bruno's pass to burst through the Liverpool defence before picking out the unmarked Lopez for an easy finish. In the other semifinal, Vitolo got Sevilla off to a perfect start when he fired between Andrey Pyatov's legs early on. The Ukrainians turned the game around before halftime on goals by Marlos and Taras Stepanenko.
However, Kevin Gameiro's penalty eight minutes from time gives Sevilla a huge advantage ahead of the return at the Sanchez Pizjuan in a week's time. Villarreal’s Adrian is congratulated by teammate Victor Luiz after scoring the winning goal against Liverpool in their UEFA Europa League semifinal firstleg match on Thursday at El Madrigal Stadium in Villarreal, Spain.
World No 1 Serena Williams heads to the WTA Madrid Open this week still searching for her first tournament win of the season. The 21-time Grand Slam champion has limited her schedule to just three tournaments so far this season, missing out in the final of both the Australian Open and Indian Wells before crashing out in the fourth round of the Miami Open last month. Williams has instead been boosting her profile off the court as she starred alongside Beyonce in the pop superstar's visual album this week.
Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich can become the first club to win a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, amidst the distraction of its Champions League semifinal. Bayern holds a seven-point lead and with three games left, a win over Gladbach at Munich's Allianz Arena will confirm a fourth straight German league title, a feat no other team has achieved before.
Former international star George Weah on Thursday said he would be a candidate in next year's presidential elections in Liberia - his second bid for the post. Weah, 49, was a candidate in the 2005 presidential elections, when he was defeated by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will not play again this season after being handed a three-game ban by the Football Association for violent conduct. The 20-year-old, elected England's Young Player of the Year last weekend, was punished after punching Claudio Yacob in the stomach during Spurs' 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday. He will miss Spurs' final three Premier League games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle United. The fourth China-Japan-South Korea Professional Pair Go Championship, which has drawn 16 participants from the three countries as well as amateur players from 16 Chinese cities, ended on Thursday in Hefei, Anhui province. The two-day game, attracting the largest number ever of professional players, saw Chinese players Tang Weixing (9 dan) and Yu Zhiying (5 dan) winning the championship, the fourth time China has taken the title. Wang Runan, president of Chinese Go Chess Association, said he hopes the game can help enhance friendship between the three nations. Klay Thompson knew Golden State had to come together, that every player needed to raise his game with Stephen Curry sidelined. He sure got things started, scoring 27 points with seven 3-pointers as the Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without their injured superstar, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday night in Game 5. Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winner of the Clippers-Trail Blazers series. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games while starting in Curry's place this series.
Curry, in a brown sport coat on the bench while nursing his sprained right knee, emphatically bobbed his head, clapped and bowed to Thompson during starter introductions.
Curry even queried the officials during a timeout and gestured with hand signals to celebrate the Warriors' big plays.
James Harden scored 25 of Houston's 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.
Thompson hit a way-back, Curry-like 3 from 31 feet at the top of the arc with 5:37 left in the third. Curry could only grin, cheer and enjoy every second of seeing his team do so well without him. The NBA's leading scorer is sidelined for at least two weeks with a sprained MCL that happened when he slipped awkwardly on the final play of the first half of Sunday's Game 4. A day after Kerr was voted NBA Coach of the Year, his team took the first step toward a repeat title by following up its record 73-win season by so confidently handling Houston. Dwight Howard capped his awful series with eight points on 3-for-13 shooting and 21 rebounds, remaining on the floor long after the rest of the starters were finished.
The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal against Houston that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak contacted Warriors GM Bob Myers, who said Walton could interview once the first-round series is done.
The 36-year-old Walton, who won two championships during his nine seasons playing for the Lakers, guided defending champion Golden State to a record 24-0 start this season while filling in for Kerr when the coach was on a leave of absence following complications from two back surgeries. Overall, Walton was 39-4 while Kerr was out, and he finished eighth in Coach of the Year voting.
Walton has not wanted to become a distraction during Golden State's quest for a second straight title when it comes to speaking about his coaching future. Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors flexes his muscles after draining a basket against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in Oakland. Lillard's 3-pointer was his only bucket in the period - but it was enough to get him going. He scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Blazers capitalized on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-98 in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal. Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland. Try as they might, the Clippers could not overcome the double-whammy of losing their two biggest stars. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Cole Aldrich defends. The Preds hung on until the final horn, emerging triumphant from their first Game 7 and opening a new chapter in franchise history with a 2-1 victory on the road. Rinne made 36 saves while Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad scored in the first period as the wild-card Predators advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Predators handled the pressure splendidly despite the franchise's total inexperience in a winner-take-all Game 7.
For the fourth consecutive season, the Ducks blew a 3-2 series lead and lost a Game 7 at home. Frederik Andersen made 18 saves and Ryan Kesler scored a powerplay goal early in the third period for the Ducks, who outshot Nashville 28-10 over the last 40 minutes. Anaheim was a popular Stanley Cup pick after its incredible second-half surge, but the Ducks couldn't break their cycle of Game 7 collapses over the past four seasons. They've been outscored by a combined 16-8 in seventh games since 2013, including 9-1 in the first periods of those games after Nashville took its 2-0 lead.
Although just four players remain from the 2013 loss to Detroit, in Game 7, Anaheim hasn't even led in a seventh game since 2006 - also the year of the club's last victory in a winner-take-all playoff game.
The New York Islanders know they've yet to see the best of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop.
Shane Prince scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had a goal and an assist on Wednesday night to help the Islanders beat one of the NHL's top goalies 5-3 in Game 1 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
The defending Eastern Conference champions pulled Bishop midway through the second period after the Isles scored four goals on their first 13 shots - one of them on a knuckler that fluttered through the 6-foot-7 goaltender's legs.
Taking up where he left off in helping the Islanders advance beyond the first round for the first time in 23 years, Tavares assisted on Travis Hamonic's goal that erased an early deficit and later scored his sixth postseason goal on a blistering shot from the left circle to give New York a 4-1 lead midway through the second.
Tyson Fury peeled off his T-shirt, pointed to his jelly belly, then turned to Wladimir Klitschko and blurted out: "Shame on you! It was just one of the many lively moments during Wednesday's expletive-filled media conference at Manchester Arena, featuring two fighters vying to become world heavyweight champion on July 9. The Ukrainian still can't believe his nine-year championship reign ended at the hands of Fury in a unanimous decision in Germany in November. But Fury, who comes from a bloodline of Gypsy boxers, is a talented fighter who has won all 25 of his professional bouts, 18 by knockout. Klitschko attended the Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid on Tuesday, and said 80 percent of the people that came up to him wanted him to beat Fury. Tyson Fury strips off his T-shirt during Wednesday's media conference in Manchester to promote his July 9 world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. A growing list of golfers have ruled themselves out of consideration for Rio de Janeiro in August, where golf is returning to the Games after a 112-year absence.
South Africans Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Day's Australian compatriot Adam Scott are among those who have withdrawn in recent weeks. But 28-year-old US PGA champion Day said he can't wait to head to Brazil to have a crack at Olympic glory. Scott faced stinging criticism in Australia for ruling himself out of the Olympics, with swimming legend Dawn Fraser among those taking aim at the golfer. Day said he has sympathy for players who have elected to skip the Olympics, acknowledging that majors were viewed as more important than medals.


While Rio remains a distant goal, in the short term Day is concentrating on the challenges ahead at TPC Louisiana this weekend, where the winner will take home $1.26 million and 500 FedEx Cup points.
South African journeyman Hennie Otto blasted a stunning nine-under-par 63 to lead the Volvo China Open after the first round on Thursday. Starting in the very first group on the 10th tee at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, the world No 392 was only three under halfway through his round. But he shot two birdies in his first three holes on the front nine and an eagle at the eighth saw him back in just 30 strokes. Otto will be 40 in June and turned professional in 1998 but had to wait a decade for the first of only three European tour wins, the 2008 Italian Open.
Otto was two strokes ahead of Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, who won the French Open last year, with four players tied one shot further back: Finland's Roope Kakko, Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti, Peter Hanson of Sweden and Frenchman Gregory Bourdy. Sweden's Rikard Karlberg had a hole-in-one with a seven iron at the 201-yard 16th, winning a Volvo XC90 car for his effort.
The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Games in Athens on Wednesday, 100 days before the opening ceremony in Brazil.
Dressed as a high priestess, actress Katerina Lehou led the brief ceremony at Panathenian Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern Olympics was held in 1896. Lehou, who lit the flame in Ancient Olympia last week, used a torch to light a cauldron inside the stadium. The flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to Greek Olympic Committee president Spyros Kapralos, who, in turn, passed it to Rio Games organizing head Carlos Nuzman. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is fighting impeachment over allegations of erroneous budget figures, declined an invitation to the lighting ceremony and start of the torch's six-day journey around Greece. In a highlight of the Greek torch relay, the flame made a symbolic stop Tuesday at a United Nations-run refugee camp in Athens.
After Wednesday's ceremony, the flame will travel to Switzerland, where it will visit the United Nations building in Geneva and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Organizers say it will reach most of the vast country's 200 million population, covering 12,000 miles by road and 10,000 miles by air to reach hundreds of cities and towns in a giant effort involving 12,000 torchbearers. Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is getting a second chance to be Spain's Olympic flag-bearer.
Four years ago, Nadal was selected to carry the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, but had to pull out of the Games with an injury. On Wednesday, Nadal was unanimously chosen as Spain's flag-bearer for the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Serbia has fired coach Radovan Curcic, five months after the country's national soccer team failed to qualify for the European Championship.
A statement by the country's soccer federation on Wednesday did not name a successor, but Belgrade media have linked Slavoljub Muslin to the position. The head of the British police force accused of covering up failings that led to the death of 96 fans at the Hillsborough soccer stadium in 1989 was suspended on Wednesday as lawmakers called for prosecutions.
The suspension of chief constable David Crompton of South Yorkshire Police came a day after an inquest jury concluded that Liverpool fans who died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the ground in Sheffield had been unlawfully killed, with police accepting catastrophic mistakes had been made.
The Tigre club in Argentina's first division plans to offer die-hard supporters a chance to implant a microchip in their skin.
Tigre official Ezequiel Rosino said Wednesday that there's nothing invasive about the chip because it doesn't have a tracking device and it carries only basic information about the fan.
The governing body of swimming said on Wednesday no action will be taken against France's water polo team for allegedly losing an Olympic qualifier on purpose to get a preferred opponent in the next round. France lost to Canada 13-5 in a group match at the men's qualifying tournament in Italy earlier this month. Both teams advanced to the quarterfinals, where the four winners would qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games. Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola conceded his side paid a heavy price for a slow start as Saul Niguez's sensational 11th minute solo effort handed Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win in their Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday. The German champion dominated possession but struggled to create chances as Atletico held on for its 33rd shutout of the season to take a huge step towards its second final in three years. Bayern also lost the first leg of its semifinal in Spain to Real Madrid and Barcelona in the previous two years of Guardiola's tenure. Despite being on the verge of a third German title in as many years in Munich, Guardiola's men must turn the tide if he is to avoid the embarrassment of leaving for Manchester without having conquered Europe. Bayern captain Philipp Lahm also lamented Bayern's inability to score an away goal and was far from happy with the state of Atletico's pitch. By contrast, Atletico was jubilant after 21-year-old Niguez announced his arrival on the European stage with what he described as the "most beautiful and most important goal" of his career. Niguez eased past four Bayern challenges before curling a left-footed shot into the net off the far post. Despite being under pressure for almost the entire second half, Atletico was inches away from doubling its advantage when Fernando Torres rattled a shot off the post 15 minutes from time.
Saul Niguez celebrates with Koke and Antoine Griezmann after scoring for Atletico Madrid during Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League semifinal first leg win over Bayern Munich. The 21-year-old snaked his way past Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara and then skipped away from Xabi Alonso and Juan Bernat before taking on David Alaba and producing a brilliant curled finish that sealed a 1-0 semifinal first leg win. Saul received his initial soccer education at Real Madrid, but said in a recent interview he was mistreated at Atletico's more illustrious city rivals. He switched to the Atletico academy as a 14-year-old and got his revenge against his former club last season by scoring a spectacular bicycle kick as Atletico thrashed Real 4-0, one of four goals he scored in 14 starts. Saul, who has made 36 starts this campaign, filling in as a defensive midfielder, centerback and on either wing, has impressed at both ends of the pitch.
Meanwhile, Atletico manager Diego Simeone will have to watch his team's remaining La Liga matches from the stands after being handed a three-game ban for allowing a ball to be thrown onto the pitch during last Saturday's 1-0 win over Malaga. The Spanish Football Federation's competition committee announced the ban on Wednesday and said Simeone would be fined $3,400 and Atletico $1,300.
Simeone was sent off at the end of the first half after a ball was thrown on to the pitch from the home side's technical area just as Malaga launched a counter attack.
Simeone said the ball was thrown by one of the ball boys, although replays show the coach appearing to encourage the boy to toss the ball onto the pitch.
The New York Islanders have been John Tavares' team from the moment he was the No 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. After enduring four losing seasons in his first five, the captain has led the Isles to consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and earlier this week gave the team's rabid fans the signature playoff victory they've been craving for 23 years.
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The following information has been compiled to help spread the good news with the hope of placing more people onA the path to greater health, relaxation and happiness. It all came together very fast as Walton interviewed in Oakland with Lakers owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday before getting the offer the following day. He started the call by telling Kerr he had good news - he got the offer to coach the Lakers - and bad news - he was going to take it.
Walton took over when Kerr was sidelined by complications from offseason back surgery to start this season and led Golden State to a record 24 straight wins to open the season. Thunder's Kevin Durant had 16 points, and Russell Westbrook added 14, but they were harassed into 11-for-34 shooting. The biggest adjustment was coping with the culture shock that included learning a new language and strange foods. I have two months before (Jamaican) trials and three and a half months before the championships," he said.
But he says to give it a chance, because I think my coach is pushing for me to go a few more years. They made a final charge to get as close as 10 points, but Atlanta was able to close it out.
Coach Brad Stevens rolled the dice and reinserted him, only for Crowder to be called for his fifth foul with 8:13 to play.
He has filled in admirably for Stephen Curry as Golden State moves on to the second round of the playoffs without the injured reigning league MVP. Not just this series, all year," Green said after Golden State eliminated Houston on Wednesday night, 114-81.
He had probably the worst knee injury that I've ever seen, that anybody's ever seen in NBA history, almost had his leg amputated," Kerr said this week after being named Coach of the Year. Now that the Foxes are poised to take the championship, that number has more than doubled to over 7,000.
Beyond Murray stoning Ovechkin and Braden Holtby turning aside 42 of 45 shots, there were goals off the rush, a knee-on-knee hit by Washington's Tom Wilson on Conor Sheary and even Jay Beagle getting a stick stuck between his helmet and visor.
The Vezina Trophy finalist was repeatedly tested, but made a big stop on Phil Kessel in the final minutes of regulation. That's where Oshie was the hero, much like he was for Team USA in the shootout against Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Louis Blues to the Capitals last summer, won for the first time in the playoffs when scoring a goal. Oshie stuffs the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray for the winning goal in overtime of Thursday’s opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. You lose your point guard, you lose the MVP, and to be able to throw Shaun Livingston out there, he's a fantastic player and a great teammate," coach Steve Kerr said.
For months, he has been considered a strong candidate to be in the Lakers' plans if they made a change. Green had 15 points as the Warriors cruised to a 114-81 victory to clinch the Western Conference quarterfinal series four games to one. The Blazers made six 3-pointers in the fourth, with Lillard hitting five as they outscored the Clippers 37-27. Paul is out indefinitely after breaking his right hand on a freakish play in Game 4, when Griffin aggravated a left quadriceps injury that had kept him out three months during the season.
Only six Predators had appeared in a seventh game with other teams, but they all ended up celebrating a breakthrough for Music City hockey at Honda Center. It started with him waltzing into the event backed by music and cheerleaders, and dancing in front of Klitschko.
Not because he doesn't think Fury is a bad boxer, but because he doesn't respect him as a person. His reach and movement caused Klitschko problems in the first fight and the 6-foot-6 Ukrainian barely landed a punch.
We are representing all the peoples of South America," he told a crowd of several thousand Athenians. The announcement was made at an event in Madrid marking the 100-day countdown to the Aug 5 opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana Stadium. A former Red Star Belgrade player, the 62-year-old Muslin has had a long coaching career at home and abroad. It would give them stadium access by pressing their bodies against scanners to open turnstiles. That's my main focus," Bolt told Reuters on Tuesday after helping sponsors Hublot open their biggest U.S. This was a huge stage for him to step up on, especially because Washington acquired him to win in the playoffs. They have lost only two home games total in the postseason dating to the start of last year's run. He says what he thinks and continues to offend people with his controversial views and language. Using a far infrared sauna can help strengthen the bodya€™s immune system by stimulating increased production of white blood cells by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus.A 2. Oshie raised his arms in celebration and looked at referee Dan O'Rourke, as fans littered the ice with hats. Far infrared rays improve blood circulation, stimulate endorphins, lower lactic acid, kill certain bacteria and parasites, and burn calories. Proponents of hyperthermia, also known as fever therapy, maintain that using far infrared energy to therapeutically induce higher body temperatures helps fight infections and even cancer.
Their argument is supported by the human body itself, which radiates infrared energy for the benefits of warmth and tissue repair.A 3. This is the heat you feel penetrate your skin when you stand in the sun and miss when you walk into the shade. When people do not receive adequate amounts of far infrared heat, they often can become ill or depressed.A 4. Far infrared saunas are recognized by health practitioners worldwide as perhaps the most effective method of removing both chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body.
Far infrared saunas are thought to be 7 times more effective at detoxifying heavy metals such as mercury, aluminium, and other environmental toxins than conventional heat or steam saunas. For many chronically ill patients as well as people who are well and wish to stay that way by reducing their toxic burden, the far infrared sauna is the detox method of choice.A 6. Bathing in a far infrared sauna in the early stages of a cold or flu has been known to stop the disease before symptoms occur.A 7. Far infrared heat can penetrate into the skin about an inch and a half to two inches deep and can have therapeutic benefits, such as helping to dissolve fat deposits under the skin.
Since toxins may be stored in the fat, the deep penetrating heat of a far infrared sauna can help eliminate them, especially toxins such as heavy metals and acidic compounds.A 8. The radiant heat of a far infrared sauna is efficient because it warms the sauna bather directly. The body absorbs as much as 93 percent of the heat, causing perspiration and producing a vast array of health benefits.A 9. Far infrared saunas can help clear cellulite, the gel-like lumps of fat, water and debris trapped in pockets beneath the skin. European beauty specialists routinely incorporate daily far infrared sauna baths in programs to reduce cellulite.A 10. Generally speaking, far infrared saunas are less expensive, easier to install, and require less maintenance than traditional saunas. They come in many sizes and are often quite portable, making them a great choice when limited space is available.A 11. Far infrared radiant heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.A 12.
Far infrared saunas are more cleansing than conventional saunas because they are designed to generate more than two to three times the amount of perspiration.
Unlike in traditional saunas where temperatures range from 140 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit (60 to 105 degrees Celsius), the temperatures of far infrared saunas typically range from 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 60 degrees Celsius).A 14.
This allows a person to perspire faster and to tolerate a longer period of time inside the sauna.
Typical sessions in a far infrared sauna last 20 to 30 minutes and can be repeated to maximize the benefits.A 15. The lower heat range of far infrared saunas is safer for people with cardiovascular risk factors or fragile health because lower temperatures dona€™t dramatically elevate heart rate and blood pressure.A 16. Far infrared saunas have been used to treat sprains, bursitis, rheumatism, muscle spasms, neuralgia and hemorrhoids. The effects of toxin, chemical and pesticide poisoning can be greatly reduced by the far infrared saunaa€™s detoxification action.
People who work with chemicals, as well as home gardeners who frequently use fertilizers and pesticides, are advised to use far infrared saunas on a regular basis.A 18.
Far infrared radiant heat is a form of naturally occurring energy that heats objects by direct light conversion.
Direct light conversion warms only the object and does not raise the temperature of the surrounding free air.A 19. Far infrared sauna use can help promote rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts, the connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury.
It also can help increase growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis, all of which is necessary during tissue repair and regeneration.A 21. In the electromagnetic spectrum, far infrared wavelengths measure between 5.6 and 1,000 microns. Wavelengths of between 6 and 14 microns are believed to be the most beneficial to humans and other living things on Earth.A  The human palm emits far infrared wavelengths of between 8 and 12 microns.
The energy output from far infrared saunas so closely match the human bodya€™s radiant energy that nearly 93 percent of the saunaa€™s far infrared waves reach the skin.A 22.
Far infrared sauna therapy has helped people with cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure and angina. It enhances endothelial nitric oxide, lowering blood pressure and improving cardiovascular function.A 23.
The radiant heat of far infrared saunas has been shown to be especially beneficial to people with sports injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions.A 24. There are some definite advantages to using far infrared sauna thermal heaters, such as no high heat claustrophobic reaction and better air circulation.
Far infrared heaters heat the body, not the air, so a bather is more comfortable and cooler. Far infrared saunas require 90 percent less electrical energy than conventional saunas, and no plumbing is required for a far infrared sauna.A 26. A 20 to 30-minute session in a far infrared sauna has been touted to burn as many calories as a six-mile run.A 27. Far infrared saunas are now used in health facilities for a range of health problems such as menopause, ulcers, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, ear infections, and allergies.A 28. You dona€™t have to worry about setting the sauna up on a waterproof floor or near plumbing, and you dona€™t have to worry about mildew.A 29. Unlike a traditional sauna, which requires a closed atmosphere to maintain heat levels required for therapeutic results, a far infrared sauna can be used with its door or window completely open if far infrared penetration is the only objective.A 30. Far infrared saunas benefit all your organs of elimination, from your lungs to your liver to your kidneys to your skin.A 31. Infrared light lies between the visible and microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Infrared light has a range of wavelengths, just like visible light has wavelengths that range from red light to violet.
Near infrared light is closest in wavelength to visible light, and far infrared light is closer to the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. A far infrared sauna is usually warm within 10 or 15 minutes, whereas a conventional sauna can take more than an hour to reach optimal temperatures.A 33. Another option, although quite costly, is to use far infrared bulbs, which can provide warming and stimulating color therapy.A 34. In addition to hemlock, wood choices for far infrared sauna construction include basswood, birch, oak, poplar, spruce and western red cedar.
When a wood type is stated to be hypoallergenic, it means that the wood contains minimal allergens and is therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction. When far infrared heat penetrates a bathera€™s body, he or she can experience a refreshed mind, relaxed mood, reduction of aches and pains, improved metabolism, and systemic regularity leading to an overall feeling of wellness.A 37. Hemlock is a very strong wood that is quite able to withstand the heat of a far infrared sauna.
It is also abundantly available, which means the end cost to the consumer is less than it might be for another wood type.A 38. Far infrared radiation is believed to be the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet radiation.A 39.
Certain alternative healing practices such as palm healing, a practice with some 3,000 years of tradition behind it in China, rely on the human bodya€™s ability to emit far infrared radiant energy.A 40.
And weight gain, muscle loss, decreased libido, wrinkles in our skin, and a growing number of aches and pains are probably other distressing concerns.A Some people try to defy nature by undergoing cosmetic surgery, utilizing every a€?anti-aginga€? skin care product available, taking stress management or meditation courses, or relocating to less polluted areas. These actions may have merits worthy of consideration, but the fact remains that no one, no matter how determined he or she may be, can slow down the passage of time.
We start aging even before we are born, and the process does not stop until the day we die.A While our efforts may not influence time itself, they can, however, affect how our bodies respond to and endure it. Qualified health professionals agree, for example, that regular exercise and good nutrition can have a long-term positive impact on a persona€™s quality of life.
As well, avoiding the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun is universally regarded as an effective way to help maintain healthy, youthful skin. And leta€™s not forget how quitting smoking has been shown to improve respiratory health and reduce the risk of cancer in many vital bodily organs.
A One activity that has been proven to be of great benefit to the lungs, heart, skin and other organs is far infrared sauna bathing.
The rays from a far infrared sauna can help improve cardiovascular functioning, strengthen the bodya€™s immune system, reduce fat and cellulite, revitalize skin cells, improve muscle tone and strength, improve nutrition and production of brain chemicals, and much more.A Far infrared sauna bathing also helps to flush toxic chemicals, heavy metals and other destructive agents from our bodies. Exposure to this highly toxic substance can reportedly increase blood pressure and cause fertility problems, nerve disorders, muscle and joint pain, and memory or concentration difficulties. Researchers have also linked lead exposure to Alzheimera€™s disease, a debilitating condition akin to dementia that most people associate with aging.A Various sources likewise suggest a connection between Alzheimera€™s disease and mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive element on Earth.
By definition, red is the color with the longest wavelengths of visible light, and violet is the color with the shortest wavelengths of visible light.
Among the types of invisible light or electromagnetic radiation that reside outside of the optical spectrum are infrared radiation (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Translated from Latin, a€?infraa€? and a€?ultraa€? mean a€?belowa€? and a€?beyond,a€? respectively, so infrared radiation, or infrared light, is literally a€?below red,a€? and ultraviolet light is a€?beyond violet.a€?The German-born astronomer William Herschel discovered infrared light while living in England in 1800, about 20 years after his historic first sighting of the planet Uranus. Measuring the heat from the optical spectrum, Herschel observed that the temperature in the colors increased as he went from violet to red.
He also noticed that the temperature continued to increase beyond the color red, into a region of invisible light that Herschel named a€?infrared.a€?Infrared light is divided into three distinct segments with precise ranges of wavelength measured by microns. Far infrared light is sometimes called thermal radiation or thermal light, and its wavelengths measure between 5.6 and 1,000 microns. The light or energy from sunlight and fire that we perceive as heat is far infrared.The far infrared radiation (FIR) emitted by the sun should not be confused with its deleterious ultraviolet radiation.
Chief among the consumer products utilizing the technology is the far infrared sauna or heat therapy room.
A key attribute of far infrared light is its ability to heat an object directly without elevating the temperature of the air surrounding the object.
This is called direct light conversion.A Direct light conversion is perhaps best demonstrated when youa€™re outside on a summer day and a big cloud moves in front of the sun.
In the shade, you dona€™t feel as warm as when you were basking in the direct path of the suna€™s energy. Yet, by positioning itself between you and the sun, the cloud has blocked the suna€™s far infrared rays from reaching you.
Thata€™s the reason you feel cooler even though the temperature of the air around you has not changed.A The value of far infrared light to human health and wellness must not be underestimated. Penetrating as deeply as three inches into our bodies, far infrared rays improve blood circulation, stimulate endorphins, destroy certain bacteria and parasites, lower lactic acid, and burn calories.Advocates of hyperthermia, also known as fever therapy, contend that employing such deep-penetrating far infrared energy to therapeutically induce higher body temperatures helps combat infections and even cancer. Their assertion is supported by the human body itself, which emits infrared energy for purposes of warmth and tissue repair.A Saunas have long been a tried, tested and true source of health benefits.
For centuries, traditional saunas have helped to improve cardiovascular function, promote body detoxification, maintain general health, and foster greater relaxation in sauna bathers around the world. For many sauna enthusiasts, the traditional hot sauna a€“ the Finnish sauna a€“ remains the preferred route to renewed health and a rejuvenated spirit.A Sometimes called radiant heat saunas, soft heat saunas or heat therapy rooms, far infrared saunas offer most of the same benefits that traditional Finnish saunas do, but they do so at lower, more tolerable temperatures.
While the air temperature in a typical Finnish sauna bath ranges from 170 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (77 to 93 degrees Celsius), such temperatures arena€™t required in a far infrared sauna to induce optimal bather perspiration.A By penetrating the bathera€™s body and effecting a deep, satisfying heat of just 100 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 55 degrees Celsius), the far infrared rays can create an enjoyably cleansing, detoxifying and revitalizing experience for the bather.
In fact, many sources claim that the volume of sweat produced during a far infrared sauna bath can be as much as three times greater than in a Finnish sauna bath.
The higher volume of sweat means a faster, more thorough, and thus more beneficial flushing of toxic chemicals and harmful heavy metals from the body.A Far infrared rays are a fundamental, indispensable part of life on Earth. And now, with far infrared heat therapy rooms and other infrared applications becoming increasingly common, we humans are wisely taking action to benefit from those rays and improve the quality of our own lives.A Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna UseThere are many benefits to be derived from proper and regular use of a far infrared sauna.
Far infrared sauna bathing can improve autonomic functions of the nervous system.Further Applications of Far Infrared EnergyFar infrared saunas are just one example of the application of infrared energy in contemporary society. Other uses of infrared energy have resulted in infrared hair dryers, infrared foot massagers, infrared pillows, infrared underwear, and even infrared leg wraps for horses.
There are far infrared ray-emitting paints and wallpaper that combat mold as well as fast-cooking far infrared ovens that reportedly kill E. Far infrared rays are being utilized to purify polluted air, promote growth in plants, keep newborn babies warm in hospitals, treat injured athletes, and even encourage new hair growth.Far Infrared Is Essential to LifeFar infrared rays are a fundamental, indispensable part of life on Earth.
And now, with far infrared saunas and other infrared applications becoming increasingly common, we humans are astutely taking steps to benefit from those remarkable rays and improve the quality of our own lives. Similarly, you may not pay much attention to far infrared saunas, but these fantastic devices offer health benefits that you may not be able to afford to ignore any longer.A As time progresses, it seems that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place. We live in an age of terrorist activities, nuclear weapons, dictatorships and religious fanaticism. Costly international conflicts show no sign of abating, and just about everyone feels more insecure and vulnerable than they did a decade ago.
Even in our local neighborhoods, many of us worry about rising crime rates and growing threats to our personal safety.A And, as if those problems were not enough for us to worry about, many of us have major health issues with which we have no choice but to contend. Not helping matters are all the poisons and contaminants that have found their way into our environment and into our bodies. Fortunately, though, we are not powerless against these mighty and malicious microscopic menaces.
In fact, we can start doing something about them right now - we can start fighting back with far infrared sauna detoxification therapy.A Far infrared saunas are revered by scientists and health professionals around the world for their ability to help flush out many of the toxic chemicals, heavy metals and other destructive agents that have accumulated deep within the bloodstream, skin and other vital organs of people from all walks of life. For individuals affected by mercury toxicity, lead poisoning, and other life-threatening exposures, the far infrared sauna is often viewed as an essential component of detoxification therapy.A If you think that only people in high-risk occupations qualify for far infrared sauna detoxification therapy, youa€™re wrong.
Exogenous toxins, which can be absorbed through the skin, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract, are those not produced by the body itself, and examples include mercury, lead, zinc and cadmium.


Sylver writes that a€?this category consists of waste produced by the body in the course of normal metabolic functioning and also pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites) and the waste they excrete.
Also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), CFS was once commonly referred to as the a€?yuppie flua€? after about 200 people, most of whom were white, wealthy, young females, come down with a strange illness in 1984. National Institutes of Health claim that, for some people, chronic fatigue syndrome can first appear after a cold, bronchitis, hepatitis or an intestinal bug; for others, it can follow a bout of glandular fever.
CDC and CFIDS Association of America announced in 2001 that stress may exacerbate but most likely does not cause the disorder.A On the polemical subject of CFS prevalence, Dr. Buist asserts that toxins can impede muscle metabolism, causing the pain and fatigability of muscles felt by many fatigued people.A Addressing the Well Mind Association in Seattle, WA, Dr.
The affected persona€™s detoxification system is clogged up or destroyed, they get a backlog of chemicals, and their immune system goes down.a€?A Dr.
Edelson and Deborah Mitchell, authors of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Autoimmune Disorders, put it like this: a€?The hallmark of CFIDS is overwhelming, persistent, incapacitating fatigue that leaves those afflicted unable to carry on their normal physical functions. Schmidt writes, a€?Researchers at Uppsala University Medical School in Sweden reported that patients with chronic fatigue contain abnormal levels of mercury within their cells. Of patients with chronic fatigue, 45 percent showed mercury hypersensitivity and 49 percent showed lead hypersensitivity. When the metal burden was removed from the body (in many cases, by removing mercury-containing silver dental fillings), 77 percent of patients reported improved health.a€?A If these conclusions are correct, how can sufferers retaliate after the damage of toxic build-up has manifested itself as chronic fatigue syndrome? Lyon recommend far infrared sauna therapy.A a€?For the chronic fatigue patient, a consistent program of infrared sauna therapy will assist the problem of autonomic dysregulation, which is common to the condition,a€? states Dr. These symptoms are reduced, as regular sauna therapy induces normal autonomic functioning.A a€?Through extensive research, it has been shown that saunas greatly assist in the elimination of accumulated toxins,a€? Lyon adds. It has become well known that people who take regular saunas (2-3 per week) reduce their incidence of colds and influenza by over 65% (a study by the British Medical Association).
While many people use saunas primarily for relaxation and stress reduction, the other health benefits are increasing the popularity of saunas.
An often agonizing muscle disorder in which the thin film or tissue holding muscle together becomes thickened or tightened, fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pains and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, mild to incapacitating fatigue, and disturbed sleep.A The pain of fibromyalgia is typically felt in the neck, back, shoulders and hands, but it is not exclusive to those areas.
Based on criteria set in 1990 by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), a diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a patient to have experienced widespread pain for a minimum of three months in 11 of 18 tender muscle sites.
Among those 18 sites are the hips, knees and rib cage.A Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include allergies, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, dizziness, headaches, irritable bowel symptoms, numbness, and tender skin. Most sufferers of fibromyalgia are women of childbearing age, but it has also been known to strike men, children and the elderly.As for what causes fibromyalgia, many theories exist.
The Alternative Medicine Guide to Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness states that a€?post-traumatic fibromyalgia is believed to develop after a fall, whiplash or back strain, whereas primary fibromyalgia has an uncertain origin.a€? However, in her book Detoxify or Die, Dr.
Nenah Sylver extols the sauna for its ability to increase cardiovascular activity and white blood cell, enzyme, and norepinephrine, beta-endorphin and possibly thyroxin production. As they, in turn, help to enhance circulation, increase waste removal and nutrient absorption, raise metabolism, and promote the elimination of toxins, foreign proteins and microbes, Dr. Sylver deems the aforementioned benefits of proper sauna use crucial in helping people with fibromyalgia.
She notes a€?there are actually very few health problems that cannot be helped (or would become worse) with sauna therapya€? but advises patients nevertheless to consult with their health providers before beginning sauna therapy.A Dr.
Rogers and other health professionals insist that the far infrared sauna, radiant heat sauna or heat therapy room is of greater benefit to fibromyalgia sufferers than the traditional hot Finnish sauna because of a fundamental difference between the two styles of sauna. Rogers calls the far infrared sauna a€?infinitely more tolerable,a€? particularly for people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or multiple sclerosis, because it can function effectively at a much lower temperature than a conventional Finnish sauna.A a€?Ia€™m convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone should do to restore health,a€? declares Dr. That such an effective detoxification tool exists should be welcome news to anyone suffering the ill effects of excessive lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic or aluminium in his or her body. A Not everyone may believe they have sufficient reason to worry about heavy metal and chemical toxicity, but many experts are urging the skeptics to think again.
Lead is a highly toxic substance, exposure to which can produce a wide range of adverse health effects. In adults, lead can reportedly increase blood pressure and cause fertility problems, nerve disorders, muscle and joint pain, irritability, and memory or concentration problems.
A Because their brains and central nervous systems are still being formed, young children under the age of six are especially vulnerable to leada€™s harmful health effects.
National Safety Council (NSC), a€?Even very low levels of exposure can result in reduced IQ, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, behavioral problems, stunted growth, impaired hearing, and kidney damage. Lead can also be found in automobile exhaust, pesticides, hair dye, ink, and some glazed dishware.Mercury, a ubiquitous environmental pollutant that can be found in tuna and swordfish, latex paint, dental amalgams, vaccines, cosmetics, contact lens solution, fabric softener and tap water, has also been classified by researchers as posing a grave threat to human health. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that no level of mercury can be considered to be safe, as it is the most toxic non-radioactive element on Earth.A In their book What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Autoimmune Disorders, Dr.
Like so many other heavy metals, cadmium can be found in air, water, soil and food.A Noting that the highest contributor to cadmium toxicity is cigarette smoke, the Center for Environmental and Integrative Medicine (CEIM) in Knoxville, TN, states that a€?cadmium can weaken the immune system and allow bacteria, viruses, yeast and parasites to proliferate. Cadmium may also promote skeletal demineralization and increase bone fragility and fracture risk. Department of Health and Human Servicesa€™ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
Eating food or drinking water with very high cadmium levels severely irritates the stomach, leading to vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes death. Breathing air with lower levels of cadmium, or eating lower levels of cadmium, over long periods of time can result in a build-up of cadmium in the kidneys. This has been seen mostly in workers exposed to arsenic at smelters, mines, and chemical factories, but also in residents living near smelters and arsenical chemical factories. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have all classified inorganic arsenic as a known human carcinogen.A Since arsenic is found naturally in the environment, humans risk exposure to it when they eat food, drink water, breathe air, or come in contact with contaminated soil or water. The same can be said for aluminium compounds.A People may also be exposing themselves to aluminium compounds when they ingest medicinal products like certain antacids, laxatives and buffered aspirin or have skin contact with aluminium metal, antiperspirants, or other substances that contain aluminium or aluminium compounds.
Mercola asserts that aluminium has been linked to serious illnesses such as osteoporosis, extreme nervousness, anemia, headache, decreased liver and kidney function, speech disturbances, and memory loss. He also contends that people who have died from Alzheimera€™s disease have been found to have up to four times the average amount of aluminium accumulated in the braina€™s nerve cells.A Offering its view on the subject, the ATSDR states that exposure to aluminium is usually not harmful but notes that some people who have kidney disease store a lot of aluminium in their bodies.
In these children, the bone damage is caused by aluminium in the stomach preventing the absorption of phosphate, (which is) required for healthy bones.a€?Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and aluminium are just five of an intimidating number of toxins capable of severely compromising your health.
Among the other heavy metals most often found at unacceptable levels in the body, according to Edelson and Mitchell, are nickel and tin.
Sherry Rogers writes, a€?The lungs, urine, stool and sweat are the main vehicles the body has for getting rid of nasty chemicals, but by far sweat is the most efficacious. And Mayo Clinic studies show that (utilizing) far infrared energy is the safest way to induce healing sweata€¦ Far infrared sauna technology is the only proven, most efficacious way of getting rid of stored environmental chemicals.a€?A A far infrared sauna has been cited as the best place to sweat because, whereas bathing in a conventional hot air sauna produces perspiration that is composed of approximately 97 percent water and three percent toxins, soaking in a far infrared sauna has been shown to produce sweat composed of about 80 percent water and 20 percent toxins.
As well, far infrared saunas can produce up to three times the sweat volume of a conventional hot air sauna while operating at a considerably cooler air temperature range of 110 to 130 degrees versus 180 to 235 degrees for hot air saunas. Ita€™s worthwhile to also note that, according to author and sauna historian Mikkel Aaland, a 15-minute far infrared sauna session can execute the same heavy metal excretion that would take the kidneys 24 working hours. In other words, sweating in a far infrared sauna can be a very efficient method of detoxification.A Even though sweating is a natural function of the human body, many people do not perspire properly because their skin has been damaged or deactivated by, among other culprits, chemicals in bath water, lotions, soaps and deodorants. Fortunately for these people, far infrared sauna therapy can greatly help to restore the skina€™s eliminative powers. Ita€™s just one more way far infrared saunas work to heal bodies compromised by harmful chemicals.A If you are concerned about how harmful chemicals and heavy metals can affect your health, consider the many benefits of owning a far infrared sauna. Most people have a casual understanding of each of those three, but it is the mercury included in the periodic table of elements that demands greater public contemplation. For if contemporary society placed more of an emphasis on the pernicious effects of mercury exposure, perhaps fewer people would be victimized by related illnesses and diseases.A Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element on Earth, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has proclaimed that no level of mercury can be regarded as being safe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in a 2001 study that one in every 10 American women of childbearing age is at risk for having a baby born with neurological problems due to mercury exposure.A There are three principal types of mercury, and each type presents a serious health hazard to humans.
The first type, elemental mercury, is a liquid that gives off mercury vapor at room temperature.
Elemental mercury can also enter the bloodstream by permeating the skin.A Inorganic mercury compounds, the second type, can also be inhaled as well as pass through the skin. Unlike elemental mercury, though, inorganic mercury compounds can also be absorbed through the stomach if swallowed. Elemental mercury, if swallowed, is not absorbed and usually exits the body without causing any harm. Many inorganic mercury compounds are irritating or corrosive to the skin, eyes and mucus membranes.A The third type of mercury, organic mercury compounds, can enter the body by way of all three routes a€“ lungs, skin and stomach.
Exposure to any form of mercury on a repeated basis, or even a very high single dose, can lead to chronic mercury poisoning.
According to the New Jersey State Department of Health, chronic mercury poisoning is characterized by three major symptoms:Gum problems. People with chronic mercury poisoning frequently experience wide mood swings, becoming irritable, frightened, excited or depressed very quickly for no apparent reason. Some people may become extremely upset at any criticism, lose all self-confidence, and become apathetic.
Memory loss, hallucinations, and inability to concentrate can also occur.Nervous system impairment. The earliest and most frequent symptom of chronic mercury poisoning is a fine tremor of the hand.
A person with chronic mercury poisoning may also experience difficulty balancing and walking.A In What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Autoimmune Disorders, authors Dr. Research has demonstrated that the bodya€™s tissues, especially in the brain, kidneys, jaw, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and liver, absorb and store mercury.a€?A With such research findings having caught the publica€™s attention, some people have begun insisting that their dentists use composite fillings, also known as a€?white fillings,a€? as a non-toxic alternative to amalgam fillings.
As well, some dental patients are demanding that their existing amalgam fillings be removed and replaced with composite fillings.A In her book Detoxify or Die, Dr. Rogers writes, a€?Autoimmune disease, heart disease, high cholesterol and triglycerides, chemical sensitivity, allergies, antibiotic-resistant infections, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and just about any symptom you can think of have improved once sufficient accumulated mercury was removed from the teeth and body.a€?Going a step further, Dr. Daniel Royal, member of the Nevada State Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners, states, a€?While removal of amalgam fillings stops further poisoning from mercury fillings, you still need to detoxify the body to eliminate the residual effect from mercury that remains behind in the body. Royal calls the sauna a useful adjunct to safe mercury removal because it induces profuse sweating. One reason is that far infrared saunas, also known as radiant heat saunas or soft heat saunas, can effectively function at temperatures lower than those characteristic of traditional hot Finnish saunas.
The findings of this study make a strong case that far infrared saunas are simply better detoxification devices than conventional hot saunas.A Before you begin a sauna detoxification program, or if you suspect that you suffer from mercury poisoning, you should discuss your plans or share your suspicions with a qualified health professional. And if you decide to purchase a far infrared sauna for any of its many therapeutic properties, be sure to research your choices thoroughly, as satisfied sauna buyers are typically well-informed sauna buyers.A Opening the Sauna Door to Better Healthby Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa You may think of a home sauna as being little more than a luxury, an object that offers pleasure and comfort but is ultimately inessential to your well-being.
However, the results of decades of research may just convince you of what sauna enthusiasts have believed for centuries a€“ that regular sauna bathing offers significant, perhaps even life-saving, health benefits.A A chief objective of any sauna bath is to make you perspire, and perspiration is a natural, necessary function of the human body. Ita€™s a means by which the body can rid itself of extra heat and water and eliminate harmful toxins that have, over time, built up inside it.
Included among these toxins are mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminium.A The health benefits of sauna bathing, however, go beyond aiding detoxification. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself during a hot sauna bath, your heart increases blood circulation. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate all increase, while diastolic blood pressure decreases, helping to improve overall cardiovascular fitness.A Sauna bathing may also contribute to healthy weight loss. A letter in a 1981 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association asserted that a€?a moderately conditioned person can easily a€?sweat offa€™ 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 calories, the equivalent of running two to three miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 to 800 calories with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water lost can be regained by rehydration with water, the calories consumed will not be.a€?A Most irrefutable are the claims that regular sauna bathing helps to relieve stress and promote relaxation. It has been demonstrated time and time again that spending just a few minutes in a hot sauna bath can reduce anxiety levels, sooth nerves and warm tight muscles. Not only has sauna bathing been shown to encourage deeper, more restful sleep, far infrared sauna therapy has proved effective in alleviating pain associated with arthritis, backache, bursitis, fibromyalgia, headache, sprains, strains and other muscular and skeletal ailments.A a€?I am convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone should do to restore health,a€? contends Dr. And while the condition known as Raynauda€™s disease has perhaps not received as much attention as those previously mentioned, credible sources suggest that sauna bathing can benefit its sufferers as well.A Raynauda€™s disease is a condition that causes some areas of your body, such as your fingers, toes, ears, cheeks, tongue, and the tip of your nose, to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. Named after Maurice Raynaud, the French physician who first described it in 1862, it is a disorder of the blood vessels that supply blood to your skin. During a Raynauda€™s attack, these arteries narrow, limiting blood flow to affected areas.A Accurately discussing Raynauda€™s can be challenging for some people, as two types of it exist, and each type has two names. What most laymen generically call Raynauda€™s disease could be either primary Raynauda€™s or secondary Raynauda€™s.A Primary Raynauda€™s, the most common form of the disorder, is what physicians and medical textbooks correctly refer to as Raynauda€™s disease.
Although anyone can develop the condition, primary Raynauda€™s mainly affects women between the ages of 15 and 40.
Ita€™s also more common in people who live in colder climates.A Secondary Raynauda€™s, also known as Raynauda€™s phenomenon, is caused by an underlying problem like scleroderma, Sjogrena€™s syndrome (both connective tissue diseases), lupus (an autoimmune disease), rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease), hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), diseases of the arteries (such as atherosclerosis and Buergera€™s disease), carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve damage, or chemical exposure. As well, people in certain occupations, such as those who operate vibrating tools, may be more vulnerable to secondary Raynauda€™s.A Most typically, cold temperatures provoke Raynauda€™s attacks.
Just taking an item out of your freezer, putting your hands in cold water, or exposing yourself to cold air could trigger one. For some people, however, cold is not even necessary; emotional stress is enough to instigate an episode. In both cases, the body seems to exaggerate its natural response of trying to preserve its core temperature by slowing blood supply to its extremities. During an attack, which can last from less than a minute to several hours, affected areas of your skin usually first turn white. As your blood circulation improves, the affected areas may turn red, throb, tingle or swell. Raynauda€™s attacks may grow more severe over time.A If the condition becomes severe, blood circulation to your extremities could permanently diminish, resulting in deformities in affected areas like your fingers or toes. Also, skin ulcers or gangrene could develop if an artery to an affected area becomes completely blocked.A Depending on the cause and severity of symptoms, treatment can take many forms.
Medications may include alpha blockers, calcium channel blockers, or vasodilators, all of which help relax blood vessels.
For example, during a session in either type of sauna, the bathera€™s heart responds to the sauna heat by increasing blood flow and perspiration production to cool the bathera€™s body. In this way, sauna bathing is a form of cardiovascular exercise.A Perspiring in a sauna, especially a far infrared sauna, also helps the body rid itself of harmful toxins that have built up over time. With experts having already drawn the connection between nicotine, secondhand smoke and Raynauda€™s, this benefit is certainly noteworthy.A As anyone who has stepped into a sauna seeking relief from muscle aches, sports injuries or ailments such as arthritis or fibromyalgia should already know, sauna bathing also offers a proven way to alleviate pain.
A clinical study conducted at Sunnybrook and Womena€™s College Health Science Centers at the University of Toronto confirmed that far infrared therapy can bring about significant improvements in both subjective measures of pain and discomfort associated with Raynauda€™s disease.A Lastly, sauna bathing fosters relaxation and stress relief.
To those Raynauda€™s sufferers whose attacks are caused by emotional stress, as well as to the innumerable Raynauda€™s sufferers whose emotional stress is understandably caused by their attacks, this news is likely very welcome.A If you think you may be suffering from Raynauda€™s disease or Raynauda€™s phenomenon, be sure to discuss your concerns with a qualified health professional. Meanwhile, youa€™d be wise to investigate the many ways a home sauna, be it a traditional Finnish sauna or a far infrared sauna, can improve your health and happiness.A Insomnia and the Far Infrared Saunaby Pertti Olavi JalasjaaYoua€™ve wisely avoided sleeping pills, but it seems as if youa€™ve tried almost everything else to get a better nighta€™s sleep. The comforting heat of a sauna works to induce healthy perspiration, assist respiratory function, benefit blood pressure, stimulate endorphins, cleanse skin, and relieve sore, tired muscles.
By raising your body temperature in a sauna bath right before bedtime, you compel it to normalize itself afterwards, and ita€™s this temperature readjustment following the sauna bath that helps to improve the quality of your sleep.A Of course, other effects of the heat bath can certainly contribute to improvements in your sleep. Regular sauna bathers routinely report that soaking in a hot sauna helps them rid their minds of the anxieties, frustrations and worries that may have been plaguing them prior to bathing. And by helping to alleviate any existing physical pain like headaches, muscle strain or joint stiffness, a sauna bath can effectively disarm many of the aggravations that might have impeded truly restful sleep.A Home saunas are available in many styles and sizes. Around the globe, doctors, researchers and other professionals have discovered the tremendous value of using sauna heat to help increase the human bodya€™s white blood cell count, stimulate its immune system, facilitate detoxification, and produce a state of general relaxation that is vital to the healing process.A In many countries, experts continue to research the therapeutic properties of the sauna. Chuwa Tei, professor of medicine and chair of the department of internal medicine at Japana€™s Kagoshima University, and his colleagues have demonstrated saunasa€™ usefulness in treating heart patients.A In one study, Tei and his colleagues compared 25 men with at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking, with a group of 10 healthy men. Each study participant spent 15 minutes in a 140-degree Fahrenheit (60-degree Celsius) dry sauna, followed by 30 minutes in a bed covered with blankets, once a day for two weeks.
The researchers then measured how well the participantsa€™ blood vessels expanded and contracted, a sign of the health of the vessels. The researchers also found that the sauna therapy lowered participantsa€™ blood pressure slightly.
The results of the study should be encouraging to anyone concerned about blood vessel diseases like atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and erectile dysfunction.In earlier studies, Tei and his colleagues demonstrated that sauna therapy improved the blood vessel function in hamsters with chronic heart failure. The hamsters that received sauna therapy also lived about three weeks longer than those that didna€™t receive sauna therapy.A German researchers recently studied 22 kindergarten children who took weekly sauna baths and compared them to a group of children that did not take any sauna baths. Both groups were followed for 18 months and closely monitored for any occurrence of ear infections, colds, or upper respiratory problems.
The researchers found that the children who did not take the weekly sauna baths took twice as many sick days as their counterparts.A Other findings suggest that it may be more than the heat of a sauna that is so advantageous to human health. Tests have indicated that the practice of tossing or splashing water on heated rocks in a traditional Finnish sauna produces a high quantity of negative ions in the air. Research has concluded that air abundant with negative ions offers great benefits, while a lack of negative ions or a higher ration of positive to negative ions in the air we breathe can cause physical harm.And while a June 2001 edition of The St. Lying above the 60th parallel, the southern boundary of the Arctic Circle, northernmost Finland receives little sunlight during the winter, which typically begins in November and lasts at least until May. Throughout all of Finland, winter days are remarkably short, with the sun low on the horizon even at midday. In the far north, the period known as a€?kaamosa€? or polar night, during which the sun never rises above the horizon, is nearly two months long.A Light deprivation is a serious concern during Finnish winters, particularly in areas where continuous darkness stretches several weeks.
Many experts believe it could explain why Finland has one of the worlda€™s highest suicide rates. Each year, 14 percent of northern populations reportedly experience the a€?winter blues,a€? and another six percent suffer from the more serious Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of clinical depression that, by definition, afflicts people only at certain times of the year.
A In addition to depression, common symptoms of SAD include anxiety, fatigue and low energy, irritability, increased sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and changes in appetite, most notably carbohydrate cravings.A For many people, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a seriously disabling illness that prevents them from functioning normally without continuous medical treatment. For others, it is a mild but debilitating condition that causes discomfort but not severe suffering. This milder form of SAD, called Subsyndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder, is what most people perceive to be the aforementioned winter blues.A Yet another form of SAD is Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (RSAD), and it typically strikes during the late spring or early summer and lasts throughout the warmer months. Also known as summer depression, RSAD is characterized by decreased sleep, weight loss, poor appetite, and other symptoms. Because treatment options can differ for SAD and RSAD, ita€™s important to note that the information in the following paragraphs pertains specifically to SAD a€“ in other words, winter depression.A According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder include monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOs), psychotherapy, and light therapy.
Certain sources claim that, in addition to being used to treat SAD, insomnia and jet lag, light therapy can also be beneficial for people suffering from skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and vitiglio.A For treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, the most commonly used phototherapy equipment is a portable lighting device known as a light box.
The patient sits in front of the box for a prescribed period of time that can be as brief as 15 minutes or as long as several hours.
The duration and frequency of light therapy sessions often depend on the patienta€™s physical needs and lifestyle. As one might surmise, light therapy sessions for SAD typically begin in the autumn months and continue throughout the winter, sometimes even into the early spring.A The light box may be mounted upright to a wall or slanted downwards and set on a table. The light from a slanted light box is designed to focus on the table upon which it sits, so patients may look down to read or enjoy other sedentary activities during their phototherapy sessions. Patients using an upright light box must face the light box, although they dona€™t need to look directly into the light. As for the brightness of the light utilized, the light sources in these light boxes typically range from 2,500 to 10,000 lux (units of illumination).
In comparison, average indoor lighting typically ranges from 300 to 500 lux, and a sunny summer day is roughly 100,000 lux.A Before undergoing any light therapy treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder, be sure to discuss your concerns and options with a qualified health professional. If you believe that you suffer from SAD, it is vital that you receive a proper diagnosis from a physician experienced in treating mood disorders. As well, certain risks (like potential eye strain, hypomania and headache, among others) are associated with phototherapy, especially for people who are photosensitive, so consulting with your doctor and an ophthalmologist could prevent additional problems from arising during or after your treatments. If you decide to pursue light therapy treatments without the assistance of a qualified health professional, be aware that different companies hold decidedly different stances on exactly what constitutes light therapy.
A Among the health-related companies that are now making light therapy part of their business are manufacturers and retailers of home saunas. It is a logical development since far infrared sauna therapy has repeatedly been proven to be an effective form of light therapy. The light found in a far infrared sauna is, of course, far infrared light, a type of invisible light located below the optical color red in the electromagnetic spectrum.A An indispensable part of life on Earth, far infrared light has long been used by humans to purify polluted air, keep newborn babies warm in hospitals, promote growth in plants, and more.
Little did the early sauna bathers of Finland realize centuries ago that their beloved heat baths might someday become a source of hope and healing, not just for the people of their own country but for everyone who finds the dark days of winter hard to weather.A Sweat and Far Infrared Saunas- Here's the Skinnyby Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa For whatever reason, most people feel uncomfortable talking about perspiration.
For example, ita€™s not unusual to hear someone remark that he or she a€?sweateda€? over an academic assignment, a€?worked up a sweata€? on the tennis courts, or a€?lost a pint of sweata€? while awaiting an important decision.
But these are simply colloquial expressions that many of us utilize to make a point about our mental or physical stress or exertion related to a particular undertaking or event. After all, to do so, polite society decrees, would be in poor taste.A And yet much could be gained if people felt free to discuss the natural biological process of perspiration without fear of judgment or reproach. When we perspire in a far infrared sauna, we help our bodies rid themselves of the countless toxins like mercury, lead, cadmium and other contaminants that have accumulated within us over time. As well, by intensely sweating in a far infrared sauna we benefit our hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs that are essential to our survival. Far infrared sauna bathing has also been proven to promote pain relief, muscle relaxation, and emotional tranquility.A For people suffering from certain skin diseases, far infrared sauna bathing can be particularly therapeutic. As the far infrared heat induces an increase in blood circulation to the skin, the bodya€™s defence against chronic skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis is considerably bolstered. As well, thorough sweating helps unclog the skin of whatever unhealthy remnants of soap, lotions, deodorants or makeup may be unnecessarily lodged in its pores. Dead skin cells are also effectively flushed away by a good sweat in a far infrared sauna.A Increased blood flow and decreased toxins and foreign material in our skin mean more natural nutrients and fewer reasons for irritations and disease.
Elasticity, texture, tone and color can all noticeably improve after just a few sessions in a far infrared sauna. These benefits are available even if your skin has suffered harsh damage from excessive exposure to the sun.A You dona€™t have to talk about perspiration if you dona€™t want to.
If you live a mostly sedentary lifestyle and therefore dona€™t perspire much on a regular basis, you must take action for the sake of the health of your heart, lungs, skin and other vital organs.
People face stress at home, at work, at school a€“ anywhere opportunities to react to internal or external stimulation exist.A That stimulation can come from a disagreement with a spouse, a conflict with a co-worker, criticism from a teacher, bad news from a doctor, and so on. And the stimulation need not be negative; people often become stressed when they start new jobs or enter into new relationships. Even a big, surprise win at the casino can cause stress.A A little stress isna€™t necessarily a bad thing.
Stress during a job interview can help you give the best answers to the people asking the tough questions. These hormones are not harmful in moderate amounts, but cortisol is secreted excessively in response to chronic stress and is extremely toxic in these larger amounts.A a€?Cortisol actually kills and disables your brain cells,a€? says Dr.
Chronic exposure to cortisol causes the mental haziness, forgetfulness and confusion that is associated with aging.a€?A People under stress may also be at higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Stress causes arteries to constrict and blood to become stickier, increase the probability of an artery-clogging blood clot.
As well, people who regularly experience sudden increases in blood pressure caused by stress may, over time, develop injuries in the inner lining of their blood vessels.A Studies suggest that chronic stress may increase a persona€™s chances for developing infections, having strokes, experiencing flare ups of multiple sclerosis, and suffering gastrointestinal problems like peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease. Chronic stress has also been linked to the development of insulin resistance, a key factor in diabetes. And ask anybody who has ever suffered from headaches, insomnia, skin disorders or sexual dysfunction if they believe that stress was at least partly to blame for their woes, and then construct your own conclusions about how damaging stress can be to onea€™s health and well being.A If you think you have a serious condition that has been caused or made worse by certain stressors in your life, you should discuss your concerns with a qualified physician. If, however, youa€™d like to improve the quality of your life by learning how to better cope with stress, many options exist. Perhaps your first focus should be on discovering the remarkable benefits of relaxation.Relaxation decreases blood pressure, respiration and pulse rates, releases muscle tension, and eases emotional strains. In their quests for greater relaxation, some people choose biofeedback while others opt for massage therapy. Studies indicate that soaking in a hot sauna bath can help improve respiratory function, increase cardiovascular strength, reduce and remove body toxins, strengthen the bodya€™s immune system, relieve headaches, and cleanse and beautify skin. Sauna bathing can also increase blood circulation, relaxing tight, tired or aching muscles by providing them with more oxygen.A If youa€™re searching for a healthy way to alleviate the stress in your life, consider purchasing a home sauna.
Residential saunas are available in a range of styles and sizes, from pre-cut Finnish sauna kits to outdoor barrel saunas and far infrared heat therapy rooms.
Seemingly ubiquitous advertisements and TV commercials for antiperspirants continue to convince generations of consumers that perspiration is an undesirable, offensive bodily function.
While no one would dispute that sweat can be quite unwelcome in important social and business situations, it would be imprudent not to acknowledge the necessity of perspiration and understand the critical role it plays in human health.A Sweating is an essential function of the human body, as essential as eating, breathing and sleeping. Skin is sometimes called a€?the third kidneya€? for this very reason.A Your body eliminates various toxins through a variety of metabolic processes, one being urination and another being perspiration. The kidneys filter waste materials from the blood and excrete them, along with water, as urine.
The temperature in a traditional Finnish sauna is usually between 180 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit (80 and 95 degrees Celsius). The two types of sauna operate differently, but, at their respective temperature ranges, working up a sufficient sweat in either type should be achievable for even the most inexperienced sauna bather.A Using high heat to induce perspiration has a great number of benefits. In addition to decreasing the amount of toxins and heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc, in your body, an intense sweat bath in a sauna can help cleanse it of other impurities like cholesterol, nicotine, sodium, and sulfuric acid. By improving blood circulation, regular sauna bathing can help draw the skina€™s own natural nutrients to the surface, leading to better tone, texture and elasticity. Thata€™s why sauna bathing is being increasingly included in high-intensity treatment programs for skin ailments like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Some beauty specialists in Europe even claim the sauna can be quite a powerful weapon in the war against cellulite.A As beneficial and therapeutic as sweating in a soothing hot sauna may be, however, it is imperative that bathers not allow the experience to dehydrate them.
As well, be sure to discuss your plans and expectations with your personal physician before you take to the sauna for the first time, as he or she should know of any existing conditions or limitations that pertain specifically to your health and might impact your sauna use.A As for all those advertisements and TV commercials that say sweating is bad, forget about them, and start doing what you know is best for your health.



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