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Health Nut: There's A DJ Where My Heart Used To Be

If you read last week’s blog than you already know about my mono scare. If you didn’t read it, I suggest you look under my banked articles because I really don’t want to relive that moment.
 
I made a visit to my physician last week because of my mono scare and the doctor discovered something else affecting me other than mono.

Health Nut: There’s A DJ Where My Heart Used To Be

If you read last week’s blog than you already know about my mono scare. If you didn’t read it, I suggest you look under my banked articles because I really don’t want to relive that moment.
 
I made a visit to my physician last week because of my mono scare and the doctor discovered something else affecting me other than mono.

Dating 101: Alcohol + Dating = Potential Disaster

Drinking and dating just don't mix. Here's why.

Health Nut: The Kiss of Death?

I've been dating this new guy for the past couple of weeks and he's really big on kissing with tongue. I'm not a fan of French kissing because, well, it's too much saliva.

We went out last weekend to celebrate his birthday and in his best impression of an innocent child, he politely asked if he could kiss me with his tongue. I obliged--I figured why not? It’s his birthday, so why not give the kid a little treat?

Big mistake! A few days later he hits me up on AIM and says, “Hey baby I’ve been sick and I went to the doctor today and he said I have Mononucleosis.” I was confused. I didn’t even know if that was English. I got really scared and felt like he had given me an incurable STD--even though we hadn’t had any sexual contact--I pressed my caps button and said, “WHAT?????”

He said, “Boo, it’s just mono, you know? The kissing disease.” I felt like he was taking this situation way too lightly. I’ve heard that mono can hospitalize people. Just to clear up some truths and non-truths, I’ve done some research for myself and decided to pass it along to all of you readers out there.

Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This virus stays in your body for the rest of your life and sometimes you’ll never show any symptoms at all, but you can still pass it onto people. Some symptoms that show you have mono are fever, sore throat, loss of appetite, headaches, sore muscles,(note: as I’m writing this I’m beginning to feel all of these things) skin rash, swollen glands, etc. It spreads through kissing, holding/shaking hands, or sharing eating utensils.

There is no cure for mono, all you can do is wait until the illness goes away by itself which can take up to four weeks. For more information on Mononucleosis visit: http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/infections/common/mononucleosis.html.

Skin Deep: A Healthy Body = Healthy Skin

"With all the chemicals loaded in our foods nowadays, it is important that we flush all those toxins that infiltrate our blood out of our bodies...here are two extra things one can do to flush toxins out their system and gain not only healthy skin but also a healthy body."

Dating 101: Love Sick

Can falling in love actually affect your health?

Health Nut: First Gas Prices, Now Sex

Almost everything profitable in America has had some type of sale increase. Americans need gas for transportation, so there’s not much of a way in getting around the increase in gas prices. You kind of just have to give in.

College students--well most of them--need sex, so there’s no way in getting around an increase in price there either. Since President Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act, colleges and universities are no longer receiving top of the line birth control pills at a discounted rate. Birth control pills like Ortho Evra and Ortho Tricyclen were being sold at colleges and universities for as little as $12-$15 for a month’s supply. With the new Act being passed, colleges and universities are no longer receiving the discounted rate, which means students will have to pay as much $55 for a package of birth control.

Do you think that college women will begin to use no contraceptive at all? Or will the usage of condoms be the next best substitution?

Tasty End of Summer Treats

"As the end of summer approaches more speedily than anyone would wish, everyone wants to throw that last-hurrah barbecue or cocktail party, and these summer appetizers are delicious and easy to make. Finish them off with the suggested drink and kiss summer goodbye in style."

Health Nut: Bee Fell Down But She Got Up!

If you've been living under a rock lately, you probably don't know about the fall heard around the world.

Singer/dancer/actor Beyoncé Knowles took a tumble while performing in Orlando Florida last week. I've been trying desperately to see how this would relate to a health and fitness blog and it dawned on me: Beyoncé has got to be the Bionic Woman because she bounced right back up after taking such a hard tumble down several stairs doing her performance.

Beyoncé's workout routines consist of intense muscle and endurance building, which means she’s got more than buns of steel--her body might as well be made of steel as well!

Want to be as fit and strong as Beyoncé? Try this No Weight Workout routine for great ways to get in shape that can be done without any gym equipment.

Health Nut: Dude, Where's My Towel?

Ladies and ladies read this closely. Pay very close attention. I've got a story to tell, this is a story that can maybe one day save your life. Listen up!

How many of you out there dorm? Raise your hands--no one's looking. Okay, you can put your hands down. Now how many of you share a bathroom with more than two girls? Come on, put your hands back up. Damn that's a lot of you.

Now if you're one of those gals that leaves your towel in the bathroom because you're thinking you're the only person that uses it, I have bad news.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your roommate or your suitemate might go into the bathroom towel-less but comes out dry as hell after a shower? That chick used your towel. This should be disturbing to you. Not only is it nasty, it's also unhealthy. The body sheds skin cells constantly and those cells will cling to the towel that you will use the very next morning. All types of bacteria and germ-infested critters have now gotten onto your body and you're at risk for bacteria to infest your skin as well. Take this as a lesson--never leave your towel unattended!

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