Do celebs owe us an explanation for their addictions and breakdowns?

Every celebrity is different when it comes to how much of their personal lives they share with the public. Some avoid paparazzi at all costs and refuse to discuss their children or their relationships. Others talk incessantly about where and how frequently they have sex, or openly trash their exes. When it comes to  getting arrested or heading to rehab, most stars keep quiet.

Several weeks ago rampant rumors spread about Mischa Barton suffering a nervous breakdown. Supposedly this led to her being placed under involuntary psychiatric hold at LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and caused her to miss the premiere event for her new show, “Beautiful People,” and pushed back production. Barton now adamantly denies the breakdown and any substance problems, claiming she had “terrible” wisdom tooth surgery. As for why she was removed from her West Hollywood home July 15 by police, Barton remains vague.

“I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once,” says Barton. “I was down in the dumps about everything there for a while…Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things and have to get the most stressed out just to feel better again. I got completely stressed out and couldn’t handle everything, and now I feel really in control.” Hmm, that sounds like a breakdown to us. Barton is entitled to her privacy, but she chose to give an excuse that sounds questionable. We’re not sure why.

Kelly Osborne also just came clean about her recent issues. It’s no secret her whole famous family has battled with substance abuse problems. but we never knew how severe Kelly’s addictions were till now. She says that by 2002 she began experimented with drugs, alcohol and specifically subscription pills, at on point taking up to 50 Vicodin a day. “Most people would overdose on 10,” she says. After trying and failing at rehabilitation centers several times, she was placed under psychiatric care are the request of her parents. When she got home, she became a recluse. “I wasn’t prepared for the speed of my downward spiral,” says Osbourne. “Within a month I wasn’t showering or brushing my teeth and my only relationship was with the pizza delivery man. The fact I didn’t die is a miracle.” She is honest yet optimistic about staying sober. “If I think about relapsing again, I want to cry. I’m realistic. For the first time, I’ve learned my biggest lesson: there’s strong chance I will relapse. But because I recognize that, I feel like I’ve got the strength to fight it.”

We admire Osbourne’s strength and her willingness to share her struggle with others whom it may benefit. Do you think celebrities should share their personal battles? Do you think stars should lie about various incidents at the risk of lying, or would it be better for them to keep their private life private?

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Going Through Menopause?
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Tired of the sleepless nights?
Tired of being irritable?
Approximately 45 million women in the US are going through menopausal transition at any one time. The average age for a woman to start menopause is 51 years old, however some factors can cause early menopause, like being malnourished (4 yrs early) and smoking (1 1/2 years early).

According to hospital statistics, 40% of women suffer from at least one bone fracture after the age of 50.

75% of women experience menopause symptoms on a regular basis.

The average life expectancy for US women today is 84 years which means that many women spend around 50% of their adult life as a menopausal or post-menopausal female.
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Losing Weight- Tips and Tricks

It is not easy to lose some weight especially if you are aspiring to do it fast but to lose some fat can be quicker. There are various ways on how to lose weight but you have to do it consistently to get the result you wanted. If you want to maintain the acquired weight, you also have to continue with your dieting habits.

Here are some tips that will help you reduce some weights.

  • Exercise- it’s almost synonymous to diet. For example: Isometric Exercises may reduce your fat naturally. When you start your diet, always make sure that you do it with daily exercise
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  • Avoid eating when you don’t feel hungry.
  • Avoid soda.
  • Avoid junk food.
  • Eat foods that are low in calories
  • Don’t eat when you are on break, drink water instead
  • Never have a midnight snack
  • Try to avoid desserts
  • Don’t add monosodium glutamate (msg.) with your meals
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Envision your ideal weight and figure everyday
  • Look for a buddy/company who can do the “dieting” with you
  • Tell your friends and family that you are under “diet” for them to support and motivate you.

The last tips, visit some health site for latest diet information. Here try and learn more.

Musee d’Orsay a Treasured Experience

Self Portrait: Vincent van Gogh (1887-1888)
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)If you are planning a trip to Paris, France, you will want to be sure to visit the art museums particularly the Musee d’Orsay, France’s most well-known art museums.  With over two millions annual visitors the museum alone is worth the cost of the trip.

Musee d’Orsay is located in the Gare d’Orsay building and can be found at 1 Rue de la Legion d’Honneur. The Musee d’Orsay specializes in fine arts produced between the years 1848 and 1914.  The museum houses a treasure trove of artwork from some of the most well-known artists, as well as artwork from lesser known artists. You may find the work of van Gogh, Courbet, Renoir, Millet, and Monet. Regardless of the popularity of the artist, all works housed in the Musee d’Orsay are known for their quality, uniqueness, and historical importance.

The building that houses the Musee d’Orsay is just as intriguing as the artwork found inside. The building was built in 1900 for France’s World Fair. During World War II, it was then used to greet prisoners who were freed. In the early 1970s it appeared that demolition was certain; however, sanity ruled, and the beautiful old building became an art museum.

Just as is true in any fine art museum, the Musee d’Orsay has a few rules they ask guests to follow: food, drinks, cameras are not allowed inside the building. Touching of works of art is also prohibited. You must also turn off your cell phone so as not to disturb others who are enjoying the tour.

The Musee d’Orsay has everything beauty, history and nice places to eat. You will find a restaurant on the second level, as well as a tearoom.  On the fifth and six levels, you will find the Caf© des Hauteurs and Mezzanine, which are both fast food restaurants. You will also find a boutique, card shop, and bookstore for purchasing souvenirs.

In addition to the awesome tour of the work of famous artists. the museum is also home to special events throughout the year. These events are commonly held in the nearby auditorium. These special events may include concerts, learning courses, and other shows. So, be sure to check the schedule, as something may be happening on the day of your visit. Also, museum hours do vary depending on the season, so verify this information ahead of time. You should not have any difficulties gaining admittance should you start your day early.

I could go on but you get the picture (pun intended). There is just too many reasons of why you should visit the Musee d’Orsay to list here. So, if you love art and want to expand you art education you simply must plan to visit this great art museum.

Why is counting calories dangerous?

Counting: calories, points. This latter one is quite a new trend, maybe calories and counting them were getting boring somewhat, therefore a smart doctor or nutritionist came up with the idea of converting everything in points. Food on the one hand, and physical activities on the other hand. You can even find this “point-game” on the food-boxes. It is new as idea, but it is the same misleading as the calorie counting.

Let`s just see what this is all about. We need energy to function, basically to live. Food provides the energy, it is our fuel. Science invented the measure, the unit for this, the calories. Nowadays we are just obsessed with measuring everything, and we get confused if something is not measurable. It is strange. Why do we need figures for everything…? Anyway, getting back to calories. It is nothing wrong with the fact, that we can measure the energy provided by the food and the energy we need. However, as I said in a previous article, and as it is written in text books, it is very inexact and it shouldn`t constitute the point of reference when it comes about health, or even weight loss. It is inexact, because there are so many factors contributing to the fact how many calories we need on a certain day. Even the most professional doctor or nutritionist with the most professional tools will not be able to calculate the exact number of calories.

I want to point out why this is the wrong way. Why this is not the good approach if you want to be healthy, and it is the wrong way if you want to loose weight too. Again, you have to know that loosing weight is not the goal you should set.

Imagine your city`s drinking water supply. There is a certain quantity of water cleared, and ready to provide the city`s needs. Everyday, there is a quantity of water used by the population, and engineers make sure to clear the same amount of water in order to keep the supply balanced, to avoid shortage. The water tank has to have the same quantity of water all the time. Imagine our body as being the city`s water tank. The energy we use on a day is the water used by the city, and the energy we take in (through food) is the water filling the shortage.

Water out – water in, energy out – energy in. When we “operate at our best”, this energy out and in is the same. Of course taking more energy in than the energy we use, will lead to weight gain, and taking less energy in than the energy we use leads to weight loss. And here we are. This is the base of calorie counting and point counting. They say using this tool will help us keeping the balance. Mathematically, it is correct. But as for our health, it is totally wrong.

Let`s go back to the water tank example. Imagine that the engineers don`t pay attention to the quality of the water when they fill the tank, they just make sure the quantity makes up the quantity used by the population. They don`t care if the water is not cleared properly, they consider the job as being done once the tank is full again. What do you think is going to happen? Paying attention only to the quantity of the drinking water supply, will the population be affected? Of course they will. They will get sick. This will be an obvious result.

Now, going back to our body, and thinking about the water tank example. Do you think it is correct saying that after a pack of chips or cookies you have to run 30 minutes and you are done? This is a total ramp. Maybe you made the quantity part of it even, but what about quality? Just as the water supply needs to be cleared and safe for consuming, the food you eat needs to be clear and safe for consuming too. Only natural things are safe for our body, no artificial thing can make good to our health.

Despite of the fact that the nutritionist text-books emphasize, that nobody should follow a diet based on calorie counting, as it is inexact, companies and health professionals seem to forget it, and even more than that, they direct our attention on calculating. What we see now everywhere is eating this or that food needs this or that amount of sport to make things even. Unfortunately things won`t get even. Just as you would get sick after drinking the uncleared water, the same will happen if you eat the artificial food. In fact, you might get even in terms of energy, so you might not gain weight, but you do harm your health, which make you sick in the long run.

So stop counting calories and points, and start reading labels! Once your body gets only natural food, nothing artificial, it will be able to tell you what it needs, it will be able to tell you how much is enough, so you will be in the best shape ever without calculations. You will be healthy, and if you need to loose weight, that will come naturally, as a positive side effect of eating healthily.

Stop counting, start thinking!

History of Green Tea

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The green tea history is a very interesting one. The popularity of the green tea as a health drink is rooted thousands of years back then. Before it actually mingled into the mainstream of the western market, the green tea has first existed as a common drink among the Japanese and Chinese people. It took at least several centuries then before it was actually exported from the Asian continent. Moreover, if not for the clear proofs as stressed out by the scientific studies regarding the health benefits that the green tea exudes, it may not have gained a wide popularity.

The green tea history came from different countries all over the globe. Nobody can exactly figure out when the fame of green tea was amplified in China although most tea aficionados claim that it was approximately 3,000 years ago. A legend notes that its history started out in 2730 BC when Emperor Shen Nung mistakenly dropped the Camellia sinensis leaves into a boiling water. Regardless of its exact date, what is most important is that this drink has become really well known all over the world. Portugal started marketing green tea in the early phase of the 1500s, the Venetians during the latter phase of the century, while London sold it around 1650s.

Green tea is derived from the plant known as the Camellia sinensis. It comes from the same source as that of the black tea only that the green tea is organically processed therefore the beneficial ingredients are never stripped off during the method. The nutrients and chlorophyll components are likewise retained that is why it maintains its natural flavoring and coloring. The European and North American markets have patronized green tea in the recent years because of the medical findings that have hit the public. In the coming years, the green tea is foreseen to become more popular, even possibly to become a major drink in most households. The green tea history is as vibrant as the tea itself.

About Mammoth Art Guild

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Mammoth Art Guild is now Mono Council for the Arts! The Council works in partnership with many organizations in Mono and Inyo Counties to provide greater access to the arts in this isolated rural Eastern Sierra Corridor. To do this, the arts council will launch the “Trail of the Trout” in the Summer of 2008 where six foot fiberglass sculptures of Trout decorated by local artists and sponsored by local businesses and organizations, will be placed along 150 miles of Highway 395 from Lone Pine to Bridgeport. This endeavor will have its debut at the Labor Day Festival of the Arts, held in conjunction with Million Dollar Troutstock, and will serve to bring together all the organizations along the Eastern Sierra Corridor and unite them though art. In the fall of 2008, the Trout sculptures will be auctioned and revenues generated will go towards funding the new arts council and arts in education in Inyo and Mono Counties.

Labor Day Festival of the Arts

Mono Council for the Arts is the proud producer of the Labor Day Festival of the Arts now in its 38th year. It has become the Eastern Sierra’s premier arts festival featuring 100 artists from throughout the West. Bring the family, enjoy the art and wander around the forest. September 1,2,3, 2007.