PART 1 - GUIDE HORSES FOR THE BLIND
Using minature horses and ponies as guide animals for the blind, started in North Carolina, USA in 1999, although foretold in films many years previously. The cost of training these equines is about a third of that required for training dogs and the horses live about 3 times as long. Horses take a bit longer to train, but once trained they never forget. Recently a Guide Horse Training Center for the Blind has been established in Nottinghamshire, UK. As I know from taking Perry, the above mentioned donkey, into confined spaces, such as a small classroom, equines seem to enjoy the challenge and perform with aplomb. I feel the real challenge is going to be to educated the City authorities. Let your imagination fly, as you see a guide pony board a jet or bus, take an elevator (lift) or go shopping. I know Perry would be game, but what about my fellow citizens.
(More on this at a later time).
There seem to be at least 3 basic types of dieting:
TYPE 1 - Which I call Ethnic Inspired dieting.
Why can the French, for example, eat croissants and pastries, high in saturated fats, plus an assortment of breads and cheeses, drink plenty of wine and then be leaner and have less heart disease than the average American? The answer seem to be that they take time over their meals, enjoying the presentation, as well as the food items, thus ending up eating smaller portions with fewer total calories, than their American counterparts. Hence, moderation in all things, including moderation.
TYPE 2 - Which I call Big Name diets
For example, in the Atkins diet you are supposed to eat large amounts of protein and fat and very small quantities of carbohydrates, sugars, along with little fruit and vegetables and hence, little fiber. The question arises, does long term use of this diet, increase the possibility of kidney damage, loss of bone density and raised cholesterol levels? Two studies published in 2003 in the USA suggest not, however, experts in the UK consider the jury is still out and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, England has banned the use of the Atkins diet from their facilities. It would seem to me that total calories do count and long term, moderation should also be considered.
TYPE 3 - Which I call Novel Name diet pills
These pills are often highly advertised as "Loose a large amount of weight in a few weeks". After an initial loss in the first few weeks, about a pound per week is really "pushing" it. Consider your goals. Do you wish to loose say, 10 pounds rapidly and then change over to a slow, but steady loss, followed finally, by a "hold" pattern for the rest of your life?
When considering any diet pills, find out what is in them and what each ingredient contributes, for example, is it a laxative or diuretic, does it elevate cholesterol, etc. If the contents are not stated in the "advert", do a "Google Search" on the Name of the pill. For example, a Google Search on "Himalayan Diet Pill" turned up the following ingredients - Cardamom, Commiphora mukul, Boerhaavia, Tribulus terrestris, Emblica officinalis, Terminalia belercia, Terminalia chebula and Nepalese Mineral Pitch. (Many of the individual ingredients of common supplements and their main properties are listed under my Herb and Supplement section. Use of my Site Search Engine to find them can be helpful).
When dieting always consider you goals and then choose how you wish to achieve them. For example,
Grapes and grape seeds also contain a group of phytochemicals, often collectively called Pycnogenol, which contain about 50 times more antioxidants than Vitamins C and E and which may be helpful in a number of microcirculatory problems including chronic venous insufficiency and macular degeneration.
(More on this at a later time).
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