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Charles asks…

How is beef steak aged? how long?

fresh beef straight from slaughtered cow is not good?

vti answers:

Aging beef is a method of controlled putrification – kind of like aging cheese. The meat decomposes slightly, and new subtle flavors emerge.

Dry aged beef is usually aged for 20-32 days at temperatures around just above freezing.

George asks…

how do you dry age beef?

vti answers:

1. Only the top grades of beef can be dry aged successfully. Use USDA Prime or USDA Choice – Yield Grade 1 or 2 (the highest quality of Choice) only. These have a thick layer of fat on the outside to protect the meat from spoiling during the aging process.

2. Buy a whole rib-eye or loin strip. [You cannot age individual steaks.] Unwrap it, rinse it well with cold water, and allow it to drain; then pat it very dry with paper towels.

3. Wrap the meat in immaculately clean, large, plain white cotton dish towels and place it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator – which is the coldest spot.

4. Change the towels each day, replacing the moisture-soiled towels with fresh. Continue to change towels as needed for 10 days, to 2 weeks. (See Step #7 for cleaning towels.)

5. After the desired aging time, you’re ready to cut off steaks from each end, trim as desired, and allow the rest to continue to age in the refrigerator.

6. If, after 21 days, you have not eaten all the meat, cut the remaining piece into steaks, wrap each steak in freezer-proof, heavy-duty plastic wrap, and freeze. The steaks will keep for several months in the freezer.

7. To clean the towels for re-use, soak the soiled towels, immediately upon removing them from the meat, in cold water overnight. Next, soak them in cold, salted water for 2-3 hours to remove any blood stains. Then launder as usual. [In olden days, butchers used to cover sides of beef with cotton “shrouds” during the aging process – this is essentially the same thing.]

Donald asks…

Why isn’t dry aged beef considered spoiled?

This is the video that started me thinking

http://screen.yahoo.com/secrets-of-signature-steakhouses-30750176.html

Now. In the video they say to dry age your steak on a cake / cookie rack for a week. In the restaurant they are dry aging their meat for almost a month. Now, It’s not curing because there is no salt rub on the meat to draw out moisture neither is there a smoking element to cure it either. My question is how is this beef still safe to eat? Any meat left in the fridge that long would go bad or be very unsafe to eat. Is it because he has the cake rack underneith it to allow proper airflow? I really want to try this but I’m worried I’ll just make myself sick. 10 points for people who actually want a challenging question.

vti answers:

The process of dry-aging usually also promotes growth of certain fungal (mold) species on the external surface of the meat. This doesn’t cause spoilage, but actually forms an external “crust” on the meat’s surface, which is trimmed off when the meat is prepared for cooking. These fungal species complement the natural enzymes in the beef by helping to tenderize and increase the flavor of the meat.

To age the beef properly, it has to be maintained at a near freezing temperature, It can also be done at home under refrigeration by various means–open air, with the presence of salt blocks and with the use of a moisture permeable drybag to protect the meat while aging.

Sandra asks…

how do you age beef?

i have a basic idea of the process. i have an extra frig and want to modify it to age beef does anyone know how to do this or a website that would tell me how to modify my frig to age beef?

vti answers:

1. Only the top grades of beef can be dry aged successfully. Use Prime or heavy Choice (the highest quality of Choice) only. These have a thick layer of fat on the outside to protect the meat from spoiling during the aging process.

2. Buy a whole rib-eye or loin strip. [You cannot age individual steaks.] Unwrap it, rinse it well with cold water, allow it to drain; then pat it very dry with paper towels.

3. Wrap the meat in immaculately clean, large, plain white cotton dish towel(s) and place it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator – which is the coldest spot.

4. Change the towel(s) each day, replacing the moisture-soiled towel(s) with fresh. Continue to change towels as needed for 10 days, to 2 weeks. (See Step #7 for cleaning towels.)

5. After the desired aging time, you’re ready to cut off steaks from each end, trim as desired, (enjoy!) and allow the rest to continue to age in the refrigerator.

6. If, after 21 days, you have not eaten all the meat, cut the remaining piece into steaks, wrap each steak in freezer-proof , heavy-duty plastic wrap, and freeze. The steaks will keep for several months in the freezer.

7. To clean the towels for re-use, soak the soiled towels, immediately upon removing them from the meat, in cold water overnight. Next, soak them in cold, salted water for 2-3 hours to remove any blood stains. Then launder as usual. [In olden days, butchers used to cover sides of beef with cotton “shrouds” during the aging process – this is essentially the same thing.]

William asks…

Can I “Dry Age” my own steaks and beef? How?

What kind of an environment do I have to set up to do this?

vti answers:

The first step to making dry aged beef at home is actually a food safety note. Home refrigerators aren’t as consistent or as cold as commercial meat lockers.

Before making dry aged beef at home, get a refrigerator thermometer and make sure your fridge is set to and can maintain a temperature below 40 F. Cook or freeze the meat within seven days of beginning the dry-aging process.

Next, buy a prime USDA boneless beef rib or loin roast from the best meat source in your area. USDA Prime meats are produced in limited quantities for use in the finest restaurants, hotels and gourmet markets. They are well marbled and have thick coverings of firm fat. Your local grocery store will not carry this type of meat. Unwrap the beef, rinse it well, and pat it dry with paper towels. Do not trim. Wrap the roast loosely in a triple layer of cheesecloth and set it on a rack over a rimmed baking sheet or other tray.

Refrigerate for three to seven days; the longer the beef ages, the tastier it gets. After the first day, carefully unwrap and then re wrap with the same cheesecloth to keep the cloth fibers from sticking to the meat.

When you are ready to roast, unwrap the meat and, with a sharp knife, shave off and discard the hard, dried outer layer of the meat. Shave away any dried areas of fat, too, but leave behind as much of the good fat as possible. Roast whole, or cut into steaks.

For a truly special occasion, like a Christmas or New Year’s dinner, dry aged beef is more than worth the extra time and effort!

Making your own dry aged beef at home is an all too often overlooked strategy to all but a handful of gourmet cooks. There is absolutely no reason you should not add this method to your personal culinary arsenal. People will be amazed!

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Robert asks…

Herbal Essences?

or Tresemme or Aussie?

Which one should I get for flyaways or frizzies after or before I straighten it?
Which one and which item?

=)

vti answers:

Herbal essences definitly does work for frizzy hair, however Aussie not only keep them down, but, at least for me, it makes my hair shiny even after sleeping on it and everything, it makes your hair smooth and it smells good too. Aussie would definitly be my first pic but tressemme and herbal essences are great too. Dont use pert! We use that to wash my dog.

Paul asks…

Sunsilk vs. Herbal Essences??

Hey guys, I was just wondering about these 2 shampoo and conditioner brands. I was wondering which is better in your experience and opinion: makes hair shiny, nice, pretty, and anything else. I have straight brown hair, which goes a little past my shoulders. Please tell me which brand and why.

Thanks!!!

vti answers:

I like Herbal Essences better because I tried a few of the Sunsilk shampoo and conditioners and hated it. With the Sunsilk, it left a residue on my hair. No matter how long I stayed in the shower rinsing it out, after it dried it felt disgusting like I didn’t get it all out. I made sure I got it out, I’m talking washing it out for like 20 minutes with HOT water.

Sandy asks…

Pert Plus or Herbal Essences?

I have oily hair. Right now I’m using Pert Plus (Light Conditioner)…which one is better, Pert Plus (Light) or Herbal Essences (Drama Clean)?

vti answers:

Herbal.

Tips and solutions for oily hair.

You’re using the wrong shampoo. Some shampoos are great for damaged, curly, wavy hair.
You’re having conditioner buildup. Some hair don’t need conditioner. I don’t!
You’re using oil on your hair, to protect your hair from straightening/curling tools.
You’re eating too many oily foods.
You’re shampooing frequently.
You’re using too many hair products: gel, mousse, you’re not letting your hair breath.
You’re going to bed with damp hair.
Your liquid make up or moisturizer can evaporate and touches your hair. Rinse your face well before going to bed.

After shampooing, use two towels (long hair) to absorb most of the water from your hair. Blow-dry only for 5 mins. Concentrate on the roots, before going to bed, if you’re shampooing before bed.

Find the cause then eliminate them.

Source(s):
I know hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. I wash with shampoo every 4-5 days when it starts to get oily on my bangs, using Garnier for Normal Hair.

Sharon asks…

Hello Hyderation vs. Touchably Smooth ?? (Herbal Essences)?

I’ve been using the hello hydration from herbal essences for a good amount of time now and I love it. But recently I discovered the touchably smooth from the herbal essences line and I was not sure which one to use. I’ve seen people ask such questions but all the answers say none so plz don’t say that !

vti answers:

Herbal essences is made for people with smooth straight hair – don’t even bother. Post this over in men’s health – you’ll get better answers.

For what it’s worth, I like smooth n’ shine (it’s at target in the black hair care section). But then again, I have really kinky, wirey hair down to my elbows that requires a bullwhip and a 400 degree iron to tame.

David asks…

Dove, Pantene or Herbal Essences?

Hey everyone, I’m debating over dove, pantene or herbal essences.
I’m currently using herbal essences dangerously straight and I find it okay, it definitely smells great, but my hair gets oily often and this has nothing happened to me before, I have very fine hair.
I’ve used dove and pantene in the past, and their both okay.

What do you think? Most detailed answer gets best answer (: Thank you!

vti answers:

Well in the last few days I’ve looked at different shampoos. I myself have battled with fine hair all my life and I was looking for a shampoo that helps with oily hair. I wouldn’t use Dove cause the thing with one quarter moisturizer in it makes me think it will leave my hair greasy. I have used Herbal Essence but it didn’t clean well. With Pantene I found that they make them for different hair types and one especially for thin hair. I found that Aussie makes one called Cleanse and Mend. It says it’s for oily roots and it helps with frazzled ends. I just bought a bottle of it the other day. It has a money back guarantee on it. One link has three great reviews on the product. You can’t lose anything by tryiing it. If I had to choose though between those three products you mentioned, I’d choose Pantene cause they make one for thin hair and there are some tips on what not to do while washing. Http://www.pantenepakistan.com/advices.php?type=hair_care&grp=straight

“Before getting into the shower, gently brush or finger-comb your hair to loosen up tangles and residue.
When washing your hair, leave hair hanging down and gently massage in shampoo starting at the roots and working down. Never pile hair on top of your head.
Wash with warm-not hot-water, and make sure to rinse thoroughly to prevent residue buildup, which can make hair flat, dull and hard to manage. Use Pantene Clarifying Shampoo once a week to help remove all residue for a squeaky-clean start.
For VOLUME, condition only the middle and ends of your hair where it’s most susceptible to damage. For super SHINE, condition the entire strand.”

Here’s a link on the product Aussie shampoo if you are intersted. I copied the info in case you can’t bring up the link.
Http://www.amazon.com/Aussie-Cleanse-Mend-Shampoo-13-5/dp/B000NGMR48

“Product Description
cleanse and mend collection: Shampoo: Cease the grease and quench the tips of tired, frazzled hair. Conditioner: Rebalance your hair. Self-adjusting moisturizers hydrate tips and rinse clean at the roots. Sometimes your roots are greasy, your ends are frazzled, and your car won’t start. This helps two of those problems. Listen – we’ve all got problems. If yours include greasy roots and frazzled ends, Cleanse & Mend shampoo can cease the grease and quench the tips. If your problems include greasy tips and frazzled roots, you’re in deep trouble. Made in USA of US and/or imported ingredients.”

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
says what it does and does what it says, August 14, 2007
By adobe princess “Laura” (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

“This shampoo is wonderful. I have hair that is fine, long and oily. This shampoo cleans my hair without stripping it. I was looking to replace expensive salon products and I found it with the cleanse and mend line of shampoo and conditioner.

I never knew what clean hair felt like until I tried this shampoo and conditioner. I usually use Herbal Essence’s Long Term Relationship shampoo and conditioner and I always thought it was great, then I got bored of it and decided to try this product. The difference is amazing. The shampoo smells great and citrusy and lathers wonderfully, I love it! And the conditioner is great too, it goes on kind of weird and makes it seem like you didn’t put enough on because it kind of soaks into your hair quickly, but once you rinse, WOW. When my hair dried it felt SUPER soft, and CLEAN, this is what clean hair feels like, it’s amazing! No residue! And it doesn’t weigh my hair down. My hair is really thin and pin straight, and gets oily and greasy really fast, even right after washing with my normal shampoo, but not with this shampoo! I highly recommend this shampoo and conditioner, my hair smells great and feels great!

After Herbal Essences decided to do away with my favorite shampoo, I went in search of a replacement. I was happy to read the description of this one because it fit my hair type exactly – greasy roots and frazzled ends.

I tried this shampoo and the frazzled ends became worse! I was truly puzzled, and thought it was my imagination. I even purchased the conditioner and used it only on the ends but it just didn’t make a difference.

One of the other odd things that I noticed is that I had to use more of this shampoo to wash my hair. With other shampoos, I can get a smaller amount and start at the scalp and it will work through all the way to the tips. However, I had to use 2x as much of this shampoo, as it seems to just absorb itself into my scalp and won’t spread to the tips.

I have given it a fair shake; I’ve been using it for 6 weeks consistently. You may want to purchase this locally first before buying a 4 pack to see how well it works for you.”

http://www.aussie.com/us/collections/cleanse_and_mend/shampoo.jsp

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Linda asks…

Health Food Stores vs Grocery Stores? HELP PLEASE!!!!?

Please help me and list why health food stores are better than grocery stores and the comparison!
thanks 🙂

vti answers:

Because health food stores have many brand products
that many grocery stores and supermarkets don’t.

Wikipedia has information on health food stores and their history at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_food_store

Wikipedia also have information on grocery stores and their history at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grocery_store

As well as information on supermarkets and their history at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarket

Lisa asks…

Good Brain Health Foods?

I know that Fish and foods rich in Amino Acids are good, but what foods are really good for brain health and memory?

vti answers:

8 Foods to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Senility, Alzheimer’s, and age-related memory loss: these conditions of mental decline that come with aging can be delayed or even prevented. Besides engaging in daily activities that work out your brain, a regular and balanced diet rich with essential amino acids, omega oils, minerals and vitamins will ensure a vibrant and sharp memory. Eat these foods to give your brain the nutrition it needs.
Senility, Alzheimer’s, and age-related memory loss: these conditions of mental decline that come with aging can be delayed or even prevented. Besides engaging in daily activities that work out your brain, a regular and balanced diet rich with essential amino acids, omega oils, minerals and vitamins will ensure a vibrant and sharp memory. Eat these foods to give your brain the nutrition it needs.

1. Fish
Protein, an important component in the making of neurotransmitters, is essential to improve mental performance. Aside from being an excellent source of high quality protein, fish are packed with essential oils, such as Omega-3, which protect the brain and supports its development and functioning. Deep sea fish have the highest amounts of fatty acids, and they include salmon, sea bass, halibut, mackerel, and sardines.

2. Blueberries
These delicious berries are full of powerful antioxidants, which eliminate free-radical damage that causes aging, and they also possess neuroprotective properties that can delay the onset of age-related memory loss by guarding brain cells from damage caused by chemicals, plaque, or trauma. And they combat inflammation, the other factor in aging.

3. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are wonder foods for your brain. Packed with protein and essential fatty acids, nuts and seeds are also chock full of the amino arginine, which stimulates the pituitary gland at the base of the brain to release growth hormone, a substance that declines quickly after age 35; this is a real anti-aging boon to your brain!

Whip up a batch of my “Anti-aging brain mix” to bring with you anywhere and eat a small handful in between meals as a daily snack. It will nourish and support your brain. Pack in sealed container or zip-lock bag to preserve freshness.
•1 cup walnut
•1/2 cup pine nuts
•1/4 cup sesame seeds
•1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
•1/3 cup of dried goji berries (also known as lycium berry, and easily found in health food stores)
•1/2 cup dried apricots

4. Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are all rich in choline, an essential nutrient for memory and brain health. Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which contributes to healthy and efficient brain processes. As we age, our body’s natural choline output declines, and its neurochemical action weakens. You can eat choline-rich foods to increase your production of acetylcholine, which will improve your brain power.

Other sources of choline include: eggs, soybeans, peanuts, cabbage, black beans, and kidney beans.

5. Oil: Monounsaturated Fats
Monounsaturated fats contain essential fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which are crucial for brain development and function, among many other excellent benefits for your health. Olive oil, sesame oil, canola oil, almond oil, flaxseed oil, and fish oil are rich in monounsaturated fats and are good choices for brain health. Population studies show that people with a diet that is high in unsaturated, unhydrogenated fats may have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, whereas those with a diet that is higher in saturated fats and trans fats have an increased risk.

6. L-carnitine Foods
Age-related memory problems are many times caused by plaque buildup and diminished blood supply to the brain, compromising the delivery of nutrients and oxygen. L-carnitine, an amino acid manufactured in your liver, increases circulation in the brain — among a myriad of powerful benefits for your health. Also, because it prevents fat oxidation in the brain, L-carnitine shows some promise in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Good sources of L-carnitine include: meats, fish, poultry, wheat, avocado, milk, and fermented soybeans.

7. Microalgae
Microalgaes from the ocean and uncontaminated lakes, including blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, seaweed, and kelp are easy-to-digest, high protein and high-energy supplements-and contain over a hundred trace minerals! Available in your health food store, microalgae are simple to incorporate into your diet to ensure a good, strong brain function. Look for powders you dissolve in juice or flakes you can sprinkle on your food.

8. Green Tea
Green tea prevents an enzyme found in Alzheimer’s disease and is also rich in polyphenols, antioxidants that help prevent premature brain aging. Drink two cups a day to get the brain benefits. To decaf tea, steep for 45 seconds and pour out the water, add fresh hot water to the leaves or tea bag — 95% of caff

Maria asks…

Why do my health food freak friends chew me out for,?

Drinking coffee? Several of them drink beer ( nothing wrong with that) but does caffeine deprivation do strange things to health food peoples minds or is it me that has a screw loose like they say?

vti answers:

Health food freaks as a group aren’t very bright; most of them don’t have the slightest clue about real science, chemistry, or nutrition, so they substitute rumors, ridiculous trends, and idiotic sayings like “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!”. They also seem to believe that anything we like MUST be bad for us, ie coffee. This despite the PROVEN FACT via dozens of studies that not only is it harmless, it has some moderate health benefits.

Helen asks…

Increasing hamster health (supplements, food, etc.)?

Hey there,
I have a Syrian Hamster that is approximately 17 months old. His name is Timbur.
I have recently noticed that he is starting to lose hair, and have dry skin. This really opened my eyes to how much I actually love this tiny animal, and that his life really is limited. So with this in mind, I want any tips possible to extend Timbur ‘s life. Currently, I am feeding him Ecotrition hamster food, and of course normal water. Other than that he has a pretty basic cage.
What I am interested in is tips- maybe different supplements I can buy for him, a different feed, etc..
Really, anything to improve his health and overall quality of life, I would greatly appreciate.
Thank you all so much! c:

vti answers:

I find that including fresh foods in the diet (in small amounts, of course! Since hamsters are tiny animals) helps more than some realize. A dime size a day should do. Hamsters tend to love spinach, broccoli, apples, and asparagus. Fruits and watery vegetables shouldn’t be given too often. I only offer them once a week. A protein once a week won’t hurt, either. A small dog biscuit, a small piece of egg, or a piece of plain chicken (baked or boiled).

I don’t know what kind of bedding you use, but it could be the bedding. Some beddings are better than others, and some rodents are allergic to certain types. I recommend aspen, Carefresh, Critter Care, or Eco Bedding. If you’re already using one, try another of the aforementioned. Change bedding weekly (I’m sure you know this!) and spot clean daily to bi-daily (not everyone knows that part).

Also, if you have the funds, a bigger cage might help. I found that my hamster stayed stress in her former cages (she was in the Hartz play city and then a ten gallon tank), but when I moved her to a 20 gallon tank, she seemed a lot healthier.

Ecotrition is a pretty okay food. Make sure he’s eating everything. If he’s picking out his favorite bits, you might want to consider switching foods or filling his dish less often (only filling it once all the food is gone). Some hamsters will pick out their favorite thing (like corn) from a food and not eat the rest, causing them to not get their proper nutrients. You could try a pellet (though know that not all hamsters will even touch pellets) food. I don’t know of any high quality pellets, to be honest. Though, if you want to switch seed mixes, Hazel Hamster is decent. As far as supplements go, the only supplement you should give them IMHO is fresh foods (though I offer uncooked oats and flax seed occasionally, which I guess is a supplement).

William asks…

How can I buy health food for cheap?

I always hear about how healthy things like quinoa, chia seeds, and different kinds of nut butter are, but they are always ridiculously expensive at the store (as are things in their league… you know what I’m talking about). How can I make my frugal parents willing to buy them at a lower price- but more importantly, where can I get a good price on them?

vti answers:

Most health food shops or healthy sections in the supermarket charge premium prices. The trick is to use fresh ingredients and make meals from scratch in order to eat healthier. I make all sorts or things for much cheaper than I can buy ready made meals and also I make in large amounts and then freeze some for later. It is cheaper to buy in bulk but only if you are going to use it all and not waste it.

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Sharon asks…

Opinion of Holistic Veterinarians?

Do they follow a different vaccination protocol than conventional vets? I have heard they are less expensive, is that true? Anything you want to share about personal experiences with this alternative medicine is great. Thanks

vti answers:

I bring my dog to a holistic vet who is very competent. She has done many additional courses outside of veterinary college to gain the knowledge she has in alternative medicine.

She does have a slightly different vaccine protocol. She gives puppy vaccines slightly later than traditional vets due to studies that show a puppies immune system at 6 weeks isn’t developed enough to properly build immunity to the vaccines being given at that age. She also separates the vaccines rather than giving them all at once to decrease the risk of vaccine reactions in all dogs (not just ones that react). After the puppy vaccines, instead of giving yearly vaccines, she recommends a titer test to test the antibody levels which are almost always way above the minimum.

As for expenses, it depends. The exam prices can sometimes be a little more. The vaccines are the same price as doing a titer test. Homeopathic remedies (which my vet specializes in) are much cheaper than the traditional medications, especially for things such as allergies.

I am very pleased with my vet. She does give the option to all of her clients of traditional medicine or homeopathic. The benefit for my dog with allergies of using homeopathics is that they are not hard on his organs in the long term as steroids are (which are often given in traditional medicine). Then again, if someone’s animal comes in and has an infection, she will always give the option of antibiotics, and if she feels antibiotics are necessary in a specific case (either because she can’t fit the right remedy at that time for that specific animal, or because the animal has a low immune system and won’t be able to fight the infection on its own), she will say so.

From my experience with holistic vets, a main difference is their connection to the animals. Because of the nature of holistic medicine, they are required to know the animal more personally, which makes the visits much more positive for the animal, and the owner always feels like they are heard and understood.

Hope that helped!

Laura asks…

what’s holistic research and education?

vti answers:

Hello. –

What is Holistic Education?

In order to bring together research in this field, it is important to begin by setting some boundaries about what is and is not “Holistic Education.”

Based on the literature written to date in this field, what seems to set Holistic Education apart from many other forms of education is the significance that it places on learning that relates to “the most” that it means to be human, such as the development of integrity or compassion. Such tacit forms of learning are often as important to holistic educators as explicit accumulations of knowledge, such as learning language, math, reading, physics, etc. The difficulty in defining the field is that its tacit implications can be discussed in so many ways and forms that there is not yet much commonality in the language used for referencing the field.

At its most general level, what distinguishes holistic education from other forms of education are its goals, its attention to experiential learning, and the signficance that it places on relationships and primary human values within the learning environment.

Other fields frequently considered within Holistic Education include the study of human nature, humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, radical education, spirituality and learning, and so on. Issues such as ecology, emancipation, social justice, authentic forms of educational assessment, or social action in education are often of interest to holistic educators as well. However, it is also possible to approach these topics from a perspective other than holistic education. Whether or not education that approaches these issues is “holistic education” depends upon how the issues are framed by the inquirer (or researcher), or it depends on the goal of the students and the teacher/parent.

For further explorations into the meaning of and expressions within Holistic Education, please review books within our Bibliography of Holistic Education in Theory and Practice. In addition, other pages in this web site with further discussions on the history and values of holistic education include Holistic Education: An Introduction, by Ron Miller (1999) and Values in Holistic Education by Scott H. Forbes (1996).

Note on Semantics: Holistic Education is sometimes referred to as “wholistic,” though “holistic” seems to be more commonly used by practitioners and writers in the field. Also, there is a discussion between myself and Ron Miller about whether Holistic Education is a proper noun describing the field (and therefore capitalized, like “Progressive Education”), or if it is more appropriate not to capitalize it so that “holistic” is an adjective to describe a general type of education (like “progressive education”).

–Robin Ann Martin, Ph.D.
June 2003–

Have a nice evening. 🙂

Robert asks…

Has anyone used Holistic Dentistry?

Can you give me information even if they are or pros and cons?

vti answers:

I am a fan of Holistic Medicine and practice it. However some things need to be handled by Modern Medicine.
From notes in undergrad school I learned that Holistic Dentistry is:
As people become increasingly concerned about medical techniques and learn more about alternative health procedures, a new field of dentistry has popped up. Known as holistic dentistry, this type of dentistry combines dental knowledge with procedures from a variety of medical systems that are designed to improve a person’s oral health. Rather than focus on one area of a person’s body, holistic dentistry is concerned with the patient’s overall health. Therefore, instead of focusing solely on a patient’s teeth, holistic dentists are concerned about the relationship between a person’s mouth and the rest of their body.

Holistic Dentistry stresses the use of nontoxic restorative materials for dental work, and often incorporates other alternative methods such as homeopathy, nutrition and acupuncture. It takes into account that dental problems can lead to an imbalance in the body and have a negative impact on overall health.

I do not chose this path but a traditional dentist for my teeth. I was very apprehensive to what was taught.

Susan asks…

how do i get into holistic medicine?

I know from a little bit of research that tis is a very wide field. There’s more to it then just eating salad (a little dry hunor there). I’m not exactly sure how to get into it…Do I just start reading different books, do I take classes on line? do I start out with conventional medicine?

vti answers:

Holistic medicine is a philosophical approach to medicine. Even many people consider osteopathic physicians (D.O.’s) to be the more holistic counterpart to allopathic medicine (M.D.’s). With that said, only M.D.’s and D.O.’s have the right to prescribe medications and treat you, they have real training, residencies in various specialties.

There are other fields of what are called alternative medicine, acupuncturists, naturopaths, tons of other things fit in this category and many of them may also follow a holistic philosophy. I’m very skeptical personally of being treated by these, since their training may vary and they don’t have widely known medical journals and published research proving that their techniques benefit any more than a placebo. Some people swear by them though.

If you want to work as a real practitioner of western medicine with a holistic approach, I’d look into osteopathic medicine. If you are more into chinese medicine or voodoo, then there are those as well, but you won’t be prescribing any FDA-approved medications.

Carol asks…

holistic marketing!!!!?

What is holistic marketing framework and what could be an empirical example emphasising on the role of business core competencies?

vti answers:

Holistic Marketing is the approach by which an entire marketing strategy is created and deployed keeping in mind all aspects of a business.

What this means is that a company realizes that every interaction they have with a client needs to be managed and utalized to constantly lead the client experience.

Here is an example of Holistic Marketing Online.

This example will use a website that sells furniture.

Initially, they write articles about decorating and room design to engage users interested in furniture.

Then the site has good SEO so when people find them in search results they go to relevant pages of the site.

Then the site is very usable and clearly navicable allowing users to find the products they want through many paths like room, style, material, type.

Once that is all in place a PPC campaign ic launched to capture qualified visitors.

Now that new visitors are using the site an email marketing campaign should be focused on getting special deals out to past clients or clients who have requested newsletters or tips.

You should also think about affiliate marketing to grow the sites reach. You should also look into getting products into shopping portals.

Once people have purchased products, you should include catalogs or other collateral with every product that ships oout.

The goal of holistic marketing to so support the company through every phase of the sales cycle in a consistent and strong messanging with actions at every step of the process.

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Daniel asks…

My 5 year old nephew as a terrible dry cough, what are some good home remedies?

He has a bad coughing attack, and cough medicines don’t work, what are some good home remedies to stop the coughing attacks? Help please.

vti answers:

I have this problem every time I get a cough.. I went to a pharmacist and she told me an incredible way to help me with my sore throat. So first of all it gets dry because of coughing so much and you get that tickle right? Well she told me its because you are dehydrated and not neccessarily from not drinking water, you are suppose to drink things with electrolytes in them such a gaterade, but what she recommended was this packaged stuff from the pharmacy I’m sorry I don’t have the name of what I drank but ask them they will help and it really worked!!! (even though it tastes alot like salt water)

Sharon asks…

Home remedies for a wet cough and runny nose?

Does anyone have any home remedies for a wet cough and runny nose?
I’ve taken
Mucxinex
Nyquil
And
Benadryl
None of them helped..
And I’m tired of taking medicine.. I’d rather do a natural thing for my body…
Any remedies?

vti answers:

I would suggest to you there can be several cough remedies and mild kids cough remedy available nowadays. Cough drop patches are scientifically proven and accepted as natural cough remedy and as a natural cure for cough by a large amount of masses. They are not only holistic in nature but also aim at natural healing processes like regenerating and cellular repair. For more information about this just visit thecoughdrop.com

Robert asks…

What are some at-home remedies for coughing?

I have been coughing at night lately, but nothing worth going to the doctor over. Are there any at-home remedies that I can try?

vti answers:

Take a hot shower.
Use Vapo rub at night
Drink hot tea.
Have a shot of whiskey.

If this continues for more than a few more days, see your doctor.

Thomas asks…

I was wondering if anyone had a home remedy to sooth a cough and sore throat? My mom has an upper respiratory?

inefection and has been put on antibiotics, and was told to take an over the counter medicine to relieve the coughing, but it doesn’t do much good, so without having to worry about different medicines interacting, what would be some good home remedies that might help her cough and coat her throat?
Besides drinking warm tea…

vti answers:

An awesome thing to do is for her to steam herself over a bowl of hot water.
Get a big glass bowl, fill with boiling water about half full – sit her at the kitchen table, she bends over the bowl with a big towel over her head and the bowl and breathes deeply. It sounds stupid to do, but works really well!
I have chronic bronchitis so when I get it, the above steaming works great.
Another good thing for her to have is a cool mist humidifier in the bedroom while she sleeps.
Taking as hot a shower as she can stand and just breathing in all that hot steam in the bathroom.
Vick’s rub on the chest really, really works.
Sucking on hard candies – not cough drops, but lemon sour candy, peppermints, etc.
If her coughing is really horrid, she could ask the pharmacist for a cough medicine with codeine – to be used really carefully, but it will at least let her sleep.
Hope she’s feeling better soon – lucky her to have you to look after her 🙂

Sandra asks…

Is there any home remedies to sooth the cough?

I am coughing really bad because of my allergies and there are lots of things I cant take because I am pregnant but does anyone know any kind of home remedies that might stop the coughing

vti answers:

There really isnt much you can take due to being pregnant. I suggest drinking more water than you already are. Even though this sounds like it would not do much but a lot of times the cough is being produced due to some kind of build up (flem etc.) in the lungs. With drinking more water the water can circulate and actually break things up in your lungs and make your cough a productive cough. This means that instead of coughing constantly you will probably have one or two good coughs until whatever it is inside you is gone.
Good luck with the allergies and the pregnancy.

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Lizzie asks…

Natural remedies for acid reflux at 27 weeks pregnant?

So basically, for the past couple of nights my acid reflux has gotten really bad, especially at night. My mother-in-law gave me these licorice chews that really helped, but then I read online that eating too much licorice can cause pre-term birth and/or harm to the baby, so I got worried and stopped eating them. I’m trying to keep myself propped up in bed, lay on my left side, etc, but it’s not helping much. Any other suggestions for natural remedies? Occasionally I take tums, but I’m trying not to take too many.

vti answers:

I used to use honey but you need to make sure its not the raw kind

Sandra asks…

What can I do for my dog with acid reflux?

My dog has severe acid reflux. I’ve seen vet after vet who’ve all told me there is nothing they can do for her. Someone told me of a natural remedy (Active Manuka Honey). Has anyone ever heard of this, let alone tried it? If there’s any other remedies you’ve heard please let me know. Thank you!

vti answers:

Has your dog had an endoscope and an ultrasound done? My dog had the same thing and was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. He was on medication for a bit and it is now managed with special foods.

Thomas asks…

What are some good remedies for heartburn?

It’s primarily from very spicy food or drinking the night before.

I need my doctor to prescribe me something for my acid reflux, but in the meantime I am wondering what I can do now. Whether it be quick fixes, natural remedies, or over the counter medication.

I’ve tried drinking milk, pickle juice, and eating raw potatoes which all actually work fairly well.

vti answers:

Hi There,

Solutions for acid reflux involve making lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, losing weight, and stopping smoking and exercising regularly.

Try to eat 4-5 small meals a day instead of 1-2 large, heavy meals. Do not eat just before going to bed and avoid eating in a hurry. Proper chewing is very important.

In acid reflux, the list of what not to eat is much bigger and specific than what to eat. Certain foods and fluids to avoid are:
• Salad vegetables like onions, radishes and cucumber hard to digest.
• Too much liquid, especially just after the meals, dilutes the digestive juices. Hence, liquids in small quantities should be taken before or during the meals only. A glass of wine on the other hand will aid in digestion.
• Peppermint tea, alcohol and coffee relax the esophagus sphincter thereby aiding in spurring of the backward flow of food from the stomach. Alcohol also causes stomach acidity whereas coffee causes irritation. So, it’s a double whammy for people facing acid reflux.
• Pectin in unripe foods makes them hard to digest whereas high fat content in cheese slows down digestion, especially if taken just before going to bed.
• Fats, protein and calcium present in the milk stimulate acid production in the stomach. Normal diet of milk is fine but don’t take it for treating acid reflux, as is advised by some wise people.
• Chocolate, containing fats and caffeine is also a usual suspect.
• Fizzy drinks expand your stomach having the same effect as that of overeating. Avoid them

Avoid the overuse of over-the-counter medications such as antacids, anti-gas or ant-flatulence drugs, oral suspension and H-2 receptor blockers as they may cause side effects such as constipation and diarrhea.

Try these simple techniques
– Never lie down flat on the bed immediately after the meals.
– Raise the head end of your bed by about 3-4 inches, using bed blocks or bricks. Pillows over pillows won’t help.
– Nicotine increase the amount of gastric acids secreted. It also loosens the valve, i.e., relaxes the sphincter. So, don’t smoke.
– Wear suspenders instead of a belt. This creates less pressure on the stomach.
– Bend on your knees if you are going down. If you bend your stomach, you’ll compress it forcing the acids upwards.
– Try yoga or some form of stress relieving exercises in addition to the herbs mentioned above.

Natural Remedies

Natural and holistic treatments have been used for centuries to treat and provide symptomatic relief for digestive problems. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective to use for people of all ages without unwanted side effects. Carefully selected ingredients such as Calc phos, Carbo veg, Nat phos, Mag carb and Silicea helps to neutralize acid in the stomach as well as cleanse and eliminate toxins from the body and relieve symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, bloating and gas.

Hope all that helped

Good Luck!

Charles asks…

How can I soothe my acid reflux?

I have terrible acid reflux and an ulcer. I am always in discomfort. And night time is the absolute worst. I take medication but it doesn’t always work. I always crave cold thick frostys from Wendy’s to make the burning go away and lots of carbonated drinks. Obviously I can’t be doing that forever and it’s not healthy. What is a natural remedy to help my acid reflux?

vti answers:

You should try going on a liquid diet for a couple days, and hopefully it should help with the frequency of the reflux.

Something that’s good to soothe is milk, because it helps neutralise the acids in the stomach. Not only is it healthy, you should replace your daily drinks which might include coke, fizzy drinks or coffee (if you do have any of these) with the milk.
The only other drink i can think of is soda water (carbonated water) because it helps release the gases from your stomach.

🙂

Paul asks…

What are natural home remedies for acid reflux and heartburn?

Ihave been told to take ranitidine by my doctor, but I would prefer not to have to take another drug for the rest of my life. What are some effective natural remedies I could try?

vti answers:

I actually had some very severe heartburn a few months back. I tried everything, even most of the heartburn home remedies listed above. Cinnamon and water did not work. Baking soda didnt work. I even tried the can of beer, which made my heartburn even worse. I actually thought I was doomed and destined to never cure heartburn and live with it forever. My doctor had even told me that acid reflux is a lifetime condition and that there was no cure. I randomly came across and ad one day while trying to find some acid reflux home remedies online and came across this book, Heartburn No More. This book took the holistic approach and sounded very appealing. I had nothing to lose so I bought the book and followed the program to the tee. I was really blown away by the fact that in approx 20 days since I started applying the dietary and cleansing principals outlined in the book, my acid reflux was completely cured. The burning sensation, the chest pain, the bloating and the constant burping have completely disappeared. It really feels like magic. Im telling you, try Heartburn No More, you wont be disappointed.

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William asks…

Home remedy for cold sores?

vti answers:

There is no home remedy that will work for cold sores as they are caused by a virus. You need to talk to your doctor about prescription medication that will help greatly.

Http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cold_sores/article_em.htm

There are things you can do to help with the symptoms. Keep the cold sores area clean and dry.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water and keep them clean at all times.

Avoid touching, squeezing or pinching your cold sores as doing these can cause an infection and prolong the time to heal. Cold sores are also very contagious and can easily spread to other parts of the body such as the nose and eyes if not careful.

Take over-the-counter pain killers such as acetaminophen to relieve pain.

Use a cold or warm compress on the area of the cold sores to relieve swelling and discomfort.

Apply a zinc based ointment that can be purchased at any drug store on the cold sores. Zinc helps to speed up the healing process.

Stay out of the sun. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can aggravate the cold sores and may cause new ones to appear. Use a sunscreen to protect the skin when out in the sun.

Exercise and sweat it out. Sweating removes toxins from the body.

Get sufficient sleep. Fatigue can stress the body and slow down the healing process.

Eat a healthy diet including lots of vegetables. Research shows that broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts contain a certain type of minerals that can prevent the spread of the cold sore virus.

Drink plenty of water.

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2067364_treat-cold-sores.html

Maria asks…

Are there any home remedies to get rid of a cold sore?

A cold sore popped up on my lip yesterday, i think its because of the weather but is there anything i can do at home to make it go away?

And also, what about pimples? I get them every week before i start my period, any help for those at home?

vti answers:

Buy a bottle of NEAT (100% pure) essential oil of Geranium. At the first sign of a cold sore starting place one drop of the oil on the sore using a clean finger or a cotton bud. Thereafter use diluted geranium oil. You make the diluted version by adding two drops of essential oil of geranium to a teaspoonful of carrier oil (this can be grapeseed oil, sweet almost oil or even the cooking oil that you normally use – but preferably NOT corn oil). The teaspoonful of the mix (which is referred to as an aromatherapy oil once diluted – rather than an essential oil) can be kept in a small container (an egg cup would do or a small plastic medicine cup. Use this as needed over the next few days and the cold sore should vanish.

This does not work as well if you don’t catch the cold sore immediately you feel that tell-tale tingle and sharp pain but it’s still worth doing.

I’m a qualified aromatherapist and retired lecturer on the subject and this has worked for everyone I’ve offered it to, including my elderly mother who was plagued with cold sores for most of her life. It will not prevent them coming back but it gets rid of the misery of them when they do appear.

A WARNING – Some stores sell diluted essential oils and give the impression that they are 100% pure. Read the label carefully and if it states that there is any other ingredient e.g. Sweet almost oil, it is not an essential oil – it is a ready mixed aromatherapy oil and should cost a fraction of the pure oil – but quite often they are as expensive. The label should say PURE ESSENTIAL OIL OF……and then the name of the plant. You can make very, very many ready mixed bottles from one bottle of the pure essential oil (which is the genuine plant extract). They should all come in brown glass bottles with a plastic dropper insert or a rubber pipette dropper. The plastic dropper is the better one because rubber will eventually perish.

Donald asks…

Home remedies for cold sores?

vti answers:

There is no over-the-counter medication or home remedy that cures cold sores. Only time will take care of that. But there is a good prescription medication for cold sores. It will make them go away much faster, and as a result of taking this medication you will have far fewer outbreaks of cold sores.

The absolute best treatment for cold sores is a prescription medication in pill form called Valtrex. It was intended for genital herpes, but cold sores are caused by the same family of viruses, and Valtrex stops colds sores in their tracks. None of the other treatments come close to the effectiveness of Valtrex, not the ointment Zovirax, and certainly not Abreva or anything else. Ask your doctor about it to see if you would be a good candidate for this medication. My doctor prescribed it for me for cold sores about five years ago and after taking it only a couple of times I hardly ever get a cold sore any more, and before Valtrex I was having several attacks a year. On the rare occasions that I do get one now, it is gone almost immediately when I take the medication – in about a day. In the meantime, here are a couple of informative links.

Http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/cold-sores-topic-overview
http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/aches/cold_sores.html
http://www.herpes.com/Transmission.shtml

Herpes Transmission


http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9542

Ruth asks…

Home remedy for a cold-sore?

I’ve used almost a full tube of Zovirax, and it hasn’t really helped.
I’m putting toothpaste on it as I heard this works, but is there anything else at home I can use to help the healing process?

vti answers:

Firstly, because another answerer has mentioned canker sores, just wanted to say that canker sores and cold sores are not the same so there is really no point in looking at canker sore treatments (i.e. The link they provided). Canker sores are mouth ulcers that occur inside the mouth: http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-a-Cold-Sore-or-Fever-Blisters

On the above link it is suggested that you change your toothbrush at the start of an outbreak because an infected toothbrush could keep re-infecting you, and to use a new toothbrush when the infection is over.

Other than toothpaste as an home remedy, there are some interesting ayurvedic home remedies:
http://www.ayurvediccure.com/home-remedies/cold-sores.htm

During an infection you should also make sure you don’t touch a cold sore with your fingers, so as not to spread the infection. Never share towels, etc, or kiss another during the infection. Avoid nuts and chocolate during an infection as these are rich in arginine and that can prolong the infection. You may benefit from taking a supplement of L-lysine. You may also benefit from drinking Lemon balm tea regularly as that has some known anti-viral properties against the cold sore virus.

Good luck.

Betty asks…

whats a home remedy to get rid of a cold sore ??

schools starting the day after tomorrow and i really need to get rid of this cuhs it makes my lips freakin HUGE

vti answers:

There is no over-the-counter medication or home remedy that cures cold sores. Only time will take care of that. But there is a good prescription medication for cold sores. It will make them go away much faster, and as a result of taking this medication you will have far fewer outbreaks of cold sores.

The absolute best treatment for cold sores is a prescription medication in pill form called Valtrex. It was intended for genital herpes, but cold sores are caused by the same family of viruses, and Valtrex stops colds sores in their tracks. None of the other treatments come close to the effectiveness of Valtrex, not the ointment Zovirax, and certainly not Abreva or anything else. Ask your doctor about it to see if you would be a good candidate for this medication. My doctor prescribed it for me for cold sores about five years ago and after taking it only a couple of times I hardly ever get a cold sore any more, and before Valtrex I was having several attacks a year. On the rare occasions that I do get one now, it is gone almost immediately when I take the medication – in about a day. In the meantime, here are a couple of informative links.

Http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/cold-sores-topic-overview
http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/aches/cold_sores.html

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Sharon asks…

Does taking protein supplements benefit cross country runners?

I am a distance runner in my last seasons of cross country/track for high school before I begin running at the collegiate level. Ive been trying to build up mass on my arms and chest for more drive in my stride. I take a pre workout energy/creatine supplement before my weight lifting workouts but would it be beneficial to take a post workout wheybolic protein? Im about 6’1 145-150lbs if that helps at all. Im just trying to burn off fat and put on bigger, more defined muscles but still trying to stay lean.

vti answers:

No. It benefits the retailers and manufacturers of the protein supplement.

Note that elite athletes (leastways, the ones I know) don’t use these supplements.

Chris asks…

Supplements for veggie athletes?

I eat a careful diet and I have been vegetarian for about five months. I am ready to start getting active again on my new diet (I had a lot of fatigue in the beginning before I got everything balanced) and I am wondering what supplements are truly necessary now that I will need more nutrients and energy.

What do you eat for a big protein boost? Do you take B vitamins or are they not necessary? Creatine? I have a friend who is a veggie and a runner/karate black belt who doesnt supplement.

I mostly do XC mountain biking, trail running, dance, and hiking. More endurance stuff than “power” exercise.

vti answers:

I’m very active, but I don’t really take supplements, I take a vitamin every day out of habit, it’s how I was raised and it can’t hurt 😉

Your biggest concerns should be the same ones all athletes face – making sure you stay hydrated (and that includes electrolytes and electrolyte balance) and making sure you eat enough calories to power your body.

Protein-wise, even on a vegan diet I get plenty of protein so I never really worried about that. It helps to reassure yourself by looking up the protein content of every day foods you eat. I really don’t analyze or think about my diet much anymore because once I stepped back and actually evaluated what I ate, I realized I was getting pretty much everything I needed and then some.

I make my own high-protein bars – they’re kind of like Odwalla Super Protein bars, except instead of paying a dollar fifty per bar, I can make enough bars to last through a week’s worth of gym visits, workouts, etc. For under ten dollars – if that, even. I use dried fruits and agave syrup to sweeten the bars, and I kind of vary – sometimes they’re oatmeal raisin, sometimes they’re chocolate flavored. I use whole grain rolled oats or other whole grains, soy protein powder and/or soynut butter. They’re usually 200-300 calories a bar and at the very least 15 grams of protein each. They’re filling and tasty. If you eat dairy or eggs you can get protein powder made with those ingredients too.

Michael asks…

What are the best supplements for long distance runners?

This question is for anyone who ran an event between the 2 mile and a marathon. If you have not, and you want to answer, please site your source when giving an answer.

vti answers:

Generally speaking, you shouldn’t need any “supplements” for races shorter than a half marathon. Your diet, if it is healthy, can and will provide you with everything you need.

For half and full marathons, most amateurs need a fueling strategy for their long runs and the race itself. It is easier to use things engineered for this (gels, for example) than to try and carry real food with you on your runs.

Some runners may need to consider vitamins if there is a gap in some nutrient that their diet doesn’t seem to be able to cover.

Generally speaking, anything labelled as a “supplement” is designed to get your money. If these things really worked, and the science bore that out, all of the professionals would be using them. Look at the body suits that they banned in swimming after the last olympics – the science was solid, everybody used the suits, and they set personal and world records in them.

Thomas asks…

Supplements for Cross Country?

I am a varsity cross country runner and an upcoming senior, I was wondering if I should take any supplements or vitamins to increase my abilities as a runner? My PR is a 17:05 5K, but I plan to break 17:00 AND 16:00 this year. I’ve been training since May when my track season ended, and the season starts in September. If I can push further or have more energy for a mile or so I think I would be fine. I already eat energy bars such as Clif bars, and I already know about chocolate milk, pizza(pasta), and bananas. Is there anything I’m missing that could possibly make me faster? I don’t have any abs, would that help? possibly more lifting in the arms for a better drive? Or do I just need stronger legs?

vti answers:

Have a diverse diet, with balance in each food group. Theres not much else to it. Hydrate as much as you can and also don’t neglect protein. Take whey protein, it helps rebuild muscle and helps you recover after hard workouts. Dietary supplements, like multivitamins and minerals are also useful.

I have experimented with caffeine, its a legal supplement that helps enhance endurance sport performance. I don’t think it helps me physically, but it really helps me feel awake and focused before racing. Look into it if you want. You can buy caffeine pills online.

For now, focus on building your base. Go out for aerobic. Long distance jogs, at very easy pace. Focus on the amount of time instead of the distance ran. Usually a long run of 60-90 minutes per week or twice a week with lots of recovery afterwards is a good distance to build up to.

PS: my personal tip (i did this during track) is to do a longer warmup before racing. It gets your heart rate up in preparation for racing, and gets you loose. Since the blood will be flowing and your heart racing, you wont have to shock your body into racing when you start the race. A longer warmup made me feel REALLY good and ready for the mile.

For XC some people actually warmup by jogging the entire 5k course, but anything from an easy and relaxed 15-20 minutes will do.

Regarding your previous statements about cliff bars, chocolate milk, carb loading, etc. Thats good long before you have a race, eg recovery. Dont eat that stuff right before racing, it wont help.

Also, focus on strengthening your legs with lifting and hill running, and also strengthen your core, its essential for sustaining running form.

John asks…

What supplements help distance runners? ?

I am a high school cross country runner and I am on the border of going to state. I know training is the best way to get faster and I do that very hard but I need something extra. Any suggestions on supplements that will help with endurance and speed? Thanx

vti answers:

WATER

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Sandy asks…

what are vitamins and minerals?

vti answers:

Vitamins and minerals make people’s bodies work properly. Although you get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat every day, some foods have more vitamins and minerals than others.
Vitamins are like a,b,c,d,k …………vitamins are of two type…………1-fat soluble and 2- water soluble…………..the diff is jst reveal through there names .
And the difference between minerals and vitamin is that Whereas vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals.
Body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.

Steven asks…

Do humans NEED vitamins and minerals?

If yes, then why are they not as stressed enough about as fat, carbs, and protein? I hear a bunch of talk about how we NEED fat, carbs, and protein everyday…but when it comes to vitamins, people say get as many different kinds as you can…as if vitamins are OPTIONAL, but not NEEDED.
So IS it okay to exclude vitamins from one’s diet?
Then how do I get ALL of the vitamins?

vti answers:

Without vitamins and minerals a human will die. They don’t just come from pills. Originally and normally they are found in a variety of foods. A person’s overall health will be reflected in part by the degree to which their diet contains an ideal balance of nutrients. The science behind nutrition is surprisingly poor, considering how important the concept is to good health. Synthetic nutritional supplements are only recently being determined as anywhere from useless to outright dangerous.
The focus on fat and carbs is only due to the poor understanding and frankly short attention span of the general public about nutrition as a whole. Just try to communicate as to how much copper, choline, vitamin D, vitamin B6, B12, iron, vitamin K people are supposed to get and they just can’t follow along.
Fortunately the human body can limp along on pretty poor nutrition, and that will continue to be the case as we eat more foods that have been so processed that even the predictable nutrients have been stripped from things like the whole wheat in “whole wheat crackers” or the vitamin C in “orange-flavored breakfast drink.”

Donna asks…

can you name some vitamins and minerals?

i would really appreciate it

vti answers:

Vitamins

A (Retinol Carotene), [B Vitamins as listed separately] B1(Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3(Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine) B9 (Folic Acid or Folate), B12 (Cyanocobalamin) C(Ascorbic Acid), D (Calciferol), E (antioxidant), H (Biotin), and K (building health bones)

When B and C vitamins are combined they can be used to combat stress.

There are two types of vitamins water soluable and fat soluable.

Water-soluable vitamins are: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B-2 (Ribolflavin), Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Folacin, Vitamin B-12, Pantothenic Acid and Biotin. Foods that contain water soluable vitamins are fruits and vegetables.

Fat-soluble vitamins are Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. Foods that contain fat soluble vitamins are fatty foods such as animal fats (butter and lard), vegetable oils, dairy foods, liver and oily fish.
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Minerals

Minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work properly.

Essential minerals are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulphur.

Trace elements are also essential nutrients that your body needs to work properly.

Trace minerals are boron, cobalt, copper, chromium, fluoride, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, silicon, and zinc.
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Suggested reading resources:

Books can be bought on line, in store locally, and some titles may be found at your local library.

Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible
http:/ /www.minimum.com/b.asp?a=vitamin-bible-mindell

The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book
by Shari Lieberman, Nancy Pauling Bruning “VITAMINS AND MINERALS are nutrients that are essential to life

The a to Z of Vitamins, Minerals And Supplements (A to Z Encyclopedias) (Paperback)
by Tova Navarra, Wendy Shankin-Cohen

The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs by Reader’s Digest Editors

The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs: How They Are Best Used to Promote Health and Well Being by Nicola Reavley

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/104-7683630-7747969?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Vitamins+and+Minerals

Mark asks…

Vitamins & Minerals in Biology?

1. Why should vitamin supplements be taken with a meal?
2. What happens to excess water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C?
3. Which of the vitamins can our body produce?
4. In general, why are minerals so important?

vti answers:

1. Vitamin supplements should be taken when the diet of the individual is generally deficient in vitamins. For example, people who eat mostly potato chips and Pepsi should definitely pop a few vitamins. Vitamin supplements should be taken with a meal because they will act in concert with the other nutrients taken in during the meal.
2. Excess water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C are excreted in the urine.
3. Vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
4. Minerals, like vitamins, operate in our bodies as co-enzymes.

William asks…

vitamins/minerals?

Lately I have been taking multi- vitamins, iron, zinc, vitamin A, calcium and amino acids. I’am 17 years old, is it bad to take 6 tablets a day?.. will it affect my growth or are these vitamins okay for me to take?
by the way I’am only taking 1 of each tablet listed daily.

vti answers:

Unless your multi-vitamin doesn’t already contain Vitamin A and Iron, I would lay off those two additional supplements in particular. An excess of either of those can be dangerous to your health (unlike Vitamin C, for example, that you can take pretty much as much as you want.) Seriously, unless you have some sort of deficiency or are an elite athlete or something, just a good multi-vitamin with minerals is really all you need. Anything beyond that and you’re just wasting your money and potentially threatening your health.

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Maria asks…

Who knows something about William Booth?

vti answers:

William Booth was born in Nottingham in 1829. At the age of 13 he was sent to work as an apprentice in a pawnbroker’s shop to help support his mother and sisters. He did not enjoy his job but it made him only too aware of the poverty in which people lived and how they suffered humiliation and degradation because of it. During his teenage years he became a Christian and spent much of his spare time trying to persuade other people to become Christians too.
When his apprenticeship was completed he moved to London, again to work in the pawnbroking trade. He joined up with the local Methodist Church and later decided to become a minister.

After his marriage to Catherine Mumford in 1855 he spent several years as a Methodist minister, travelling all around the country, preaching and sharing God’s word to all who would listen. Yet he felt that God wanted more from him, that he should be doing more to reach ordinary people. He returned to London with his family, having resigned his position as a Methodist minister.

One day in 1865 he found himself in the East End of London, preaching to crowds of people in the streets. Outside the Blind Beggar pub some missioners heard him speaking and were so impressed by his powerful preaching that they asked him to lead a series of meetings they were holding in a large tent.

The tent was situated on an old Quaker burial ground on Mile End waste in Whitechapel. The date for the first meeting was set for 2 July, 1865. To the poor and wretched of London’s East End, Booth brought the good news of Jesus Christ and his love for all men. Booth soon realised he had found his destiny. He formed his own movement, which he called ‘The Christian Mission’.

Slowly the mission began to grow but the work was hard and Booth would ‘stumble home night after night haggard with fatigue, often his clothes were torn and bloody bandages swathed his head where a stone had struck’, wrote his wife. Evening meetings were held in an old warehouse where urchins threw stones and fireworks through the window. Outposts were eventually established and in time attracted converts, yet the results remained discouraging-this was just another of the 500 charitable and religious groups trying to help in the East End. It was not until 1878 when The Christian Mission changed its name to The Salvation Army that things began to happen. The impetus changed. The idea of an Army fighting sin caught the imagination of the people and the Army began to grow rapidly. Booth’s fiery sermons and sharp imagery drove the message home and more and more people found themselves willing to leave their past behind and start a new life as a soldier in The Salvation Army.

Inevitably, the military spirit of the movement meant that The Salvation Army soon spread abroad. By the time Booth was ‘promoted to Glory’ in 1912 the Army was at work in 58 countries.

Paul asks…

Factfile on Charles Booth?

What do you know about charles booth? anything useful to do with the industrial revolution or poverty? Thank you for your help.

vti answers:

Charles Booth was born in Liverpool on the 30th of March 1840, the son of Charles Booth and Emily Fletcher. His father was a corn merchant, and both father and mother were committed Unitarians. Charles attended the Royal Institution School in Liverpool, undistinguished other than in arithmetic, until becoming apprenticed to Lamport and Holt’s shipping company at the age of sixteen.

Booth became a successful businessman. Booth’s success as a businessman can be attributed to many things: his good fortune in inheriting £20,000 capital; the support of his family and the culture of business in which he grew up; his energy, enthusiasm, courage and hard work; his assiduous gathering of facts and figures, and ability to interpret this data; and perhaps also his essential decency and integrity in his business dealings.

Booth also took an interest in politics. Booth campaigned unsuccessfully for the Liberal parliamentary candidate in the election of 1865. House to house canvassing in the slums of Toxteth, Liverpool was a shocking exposition of squalor and poverty, which must have contributed to his gradual abandonment of religious faith. But Booth developed a profound sense of obligation and responsibility towards the poor and to the improvement of social conditions.

The unprecedented scale of the problem of poverty in the rapidly growing Victorian cities was often sensationally reported in the contemporary press, and must have provoked a degree of fear amongst their readers. In order to combat the conjecture, prejudice and potential social unrest, Booth recognised the importance of a true description in facts and figures of the social landscape. From 1886 to 1903 he conducted an enquiry into the condition of workers in London, resulting in the publication of three editions of the survey, the final edition of Life and Labour of the People in London (London: Macmillan, 1902-1903) running to seventeen volumes. The work would absorb both Charles and Mary Booth and employ a team of social investigators including, at various times, Beatrice Webb, Arthur Baxter, Clara Collet, David Schloss, George Duckworth, Hubert Llewllyn Smith, Jesse Argyle, and Ernest Aves.

Betty asks…

who was william booth?

vti answers:

He was the founder of the Salvation Army:

William Booth was born in Nottingham in 1829. At the age of 13 he was sent to work as an apprentice in a pawnbroker’s shop to help support his mother and sisters. He did not enjoy his job but it made him only too aware of the poverty in which people lived and how they suffered humiliation and degradation because of it. During his teenage years he became a Christian and spent much of his spare time trying to persuade other people to become Christians too.

The young William preaching in the streets.

When his apprenticeship was completed he moved to London, again to work in the pawnbroking trade. He joined up with the local Methodist Church and later decided to become a minister.

After his marriage to Catherine Mumford in 1855 he spent several years as a Methodist minister, travelling all around the country, preaching and sharing God’s word to all who would listen. Yet he felt that God wanted more from him, that he should be doing more to reach ordinary people. He returned to London with his family, having resigned his position as a Methodist minister.

One day in 1865 he found himself in the East End of London, preaching to crowds of people in the streets. Outside the Blind Beggar pub some missioners heard him speaking and were so impressed by his powerful preaching that they asked him to lead a series of meetings they were holding in a large tent.

The tent was situated on an old Quaker burial ground on Mile End waste in Whitechapel. The date for the first meeting was set for 2 July, 1865. To the poor and wretched of London’s East End, Booth brought the good news of Jesus Christ and his love for all men. Booth soon realised he had found his destiny. He formed his own movement, which he called ‘The Christian Mission’.

Slowly the mission began to grow but the work was hard and Booth would ‘stumble home night after night haggard with fatigue, often his clothes were torn and bloody bandages swathed his head where a stone had struck’, wrote his wife. Evening meetings were held in an old warehouse where urchins threw stones and fireworks through the window. Outposts were eventually established and in time attracted converts, yet the results remained discouraging-this was just another of the 500 charitable and religious groups trying to help in the East End. It was not until 1878 when The Christian Mission changed its name to The Salvation Army that things began to happen. The impetus changed. The idea of an Army fighting sin caught the imagination of the people and the Army began to grow rapidly. Booth’s fiery sermons and sharp imagery drove the message home and more and more people found themselves willing to leave their past behind and start a new life as a soldier in The Salvation Army.

Inevitably, the military spirit of the movement meant that The Salvation Army soon spread abroad. By the time Booth was ‘promoted to Glory’ in 1912 the Army was at work in 58 countries.

There seems to be no evidence to support the statement made on some masonic websites that William Booth was a freemason.

As a footnote, my grandfather also used to tour with him, he used to put together the stage from where he preached from.

Sharon asks…

Is there an age thingie ?

Okay so i was just wondering if there was a free website where you can take like a child’s face and do an age transitioning like they did in this photo http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=575&tbm=isch&tbnid=8SNlD0IL5poxvM:&imgrefurl=http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/08/jonbenet_ramsey_at_21_what_would_she_have_looked_like_today.php&docid=mRb6XzD-Bz9ViM&imgurl=http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/jonbenet%252520ramsey%252520at%25252021.jpg&w=540&h=358&ei=UjQ1T4i7FMnv0gGPnpzdAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=245&vpy=147&dur=586&hovh=183&hovw=276&tx=153&ty=85&sig=101111931791660074909&page=1&tbnh=106&tbnw=160&start=0&ndsp=27&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0 , because I think my cousin (shes 2) looks Like Pearl Mckay and i was just wondering if i could do an age transition to what she’d look like when she’s 6 years old and see if she looks like Pearl. I also just wannt do it cause how cool would that be ????
Best answer get best points ! Thanks !
-Samantha

vti answers:

Well, there is age booth which you can download on any android phone, it is a great app that anyone can use! There is also age kiosk which makes an older person look even older! SO using a two year old they would probably loook around 50! It is really funny and gets the whole famiy involved! Xx

Lisa asks…

name for a middle ages booth for fair?

my friend and i are doing a booth for a fair in our school. (auctually it’s a school tradition to do this) any way, we were wondering about a name for the booth. and obviosly it has to be appropite for school. and it has to be related to middle ages. the fair is some timeis june or july. and i know it’s a long time from now, but our class is getting ready now, so by next week ( i think) we need to know what we are nameing our boots.

thx so much!

vti answers:

Angel magix………..

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