Google Brings Ancient Egypt To Life

Visit the last standing wonder of the ancient world.

Come walk among the pharaohs.

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Bon Voyage Spartans! Cruise Sweepstakes Take Spartans By Storm

You’ve just completed your workout and are really feeling the tension in your muscles. You congratulate yourself on how hard you worked and dream about how much stronger you’ll be as a result.

What you’re forgetting, however, is the second key component of a great workout: muscle relaxation. Not only do you need to stimulate your muscles to grow, you must also provide them with enough rest and relaxation to heal and repair themselves so they will grow stronger.


That is just what Joe De Sena plans to teach the Spartan Community with the First-Ever Spartan Race cruise to a private Bahamas Island.

The three-night Friday afternoon through Monday morning experience will feature an all-inclusive Norwegian Cruise Line cruise on the luxurious Sky from Miami, a 3+mile/15+ obstacle Spartan Sprint on a private island in the Bahamas’ Great Stirrup Cay, live music, dancing, all meals, and what’s considered best of all: a $50,000 prize pool for Elite racers.

The oceanside course will be hosted by Spartan founder Joe De Sena who will join the estimated 2,000 race enthusiasts and their families for this first-ever totally immersive island experience.

*             The first 200 racers that sign up for the “Elite” wave will be eligible for the $50,000 prize pool. The 200 spots will be on a first come, first serve basis.

**             Kids Travel Free – Children 17 and under at the time of booking are free* but are required to pay the Port Charges/Taxes/ Gratuities/Admin Fee/Cancelation and Medical Emergency Insurance: $288.00 per child – *ONLY if they are the 3rd or 4th passenger in the cabin. Otherwise, they will pay full price.

Sand, surf and obstacles await you on this one of a kind Spartan adventure. Join fellow Spartans March 6-9, 2015 when you’ll be taken on a cruise liner from the Port of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas for a first of it’s kind Spartan Sprint! Can you say, “Best. Vacation. EVER!?” Don’t Miss the Boat – Cabins are SellingFast!

To register log onto: or call 800 248 7471.

For a free race use code: BOP71588689

This code will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US.

Use SPARTANBLOGGER to receive 10% off of any race.

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Five Things To Know About Beta Glucan

Although there’s no secret formula for a lifetime of good health, scores of research show that one daily supplement comes close: Beta Glucan. Hugely beneficial but little known, Beta Glucan is a polysaccharide, or a carb consisting of bonded sugar molecules, made of glucose. Glucose activates immune cells, which then trap foreign substances that shouldn’t be in your body. Below are five basic facts you need to know about this effective supplement:

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1. They’re Your Own Little Soldiers: Visualize that your immune cells are soldiers, and their job is to protect their homeland: your body. Beta Glucan can be thought of as your army’s General: the one who makes the decisions, trains its Immunocyte army, and then leads the attack on foreign pathogens. If you have a virus, for instance, Beta Glucan sounds the alarm to stimulate white blood cells to bind to the virus and destroy it. It’s important to have as strong an army – or immune system – as possible in order to fight off illness and prevent future diseases.

2. You Can’t Find it Everywhere: Unfortunately, Beta Glucan is not naturally occurring in the body, so the only way to get your hands on this incredibly important compound is through outside sources. Beta Glucan supplements can be purchased, and it can also be found in several common foods, including shiitake mushrooms, baker’s yeast, and cereal grains, like oats, wheat, rye, and barley. Think of it as another reason to eat your Cheerios.

3. …But They Are for Everyone: Because Beta Glucan is a lesser-known supplement, there exists the misconception that it’s not for everyone. Beta Glucan is, in fact, beneficial for all; however, until recently, it was not easily accessible to the public. Until six years ago, a 500mg bottle of the supplement could cost up to $60,000. Thankfully, recent advancements by A. J. Lanigan have lowered the price to $69.95. Today, whether you’re healthy or sick, it is recommended to take Beta Glucan every day.

4. It Can Help the Big and Small Infections: Having a stronger immune system means being able to respond better and faster to unknown pathogens in the body. This means that Beta Glucan, simply by strengthening the immune system, has the ability to battle bacteria, such as Staphylococcus or traveler’s diarrhea. In a 2008 study by the Montana Center for Work Physiology, it was shown that firemen given Beta Glucan had far fewer upper respiratory tract infections than those given a placebo. It’s also been reported to help with cancer and high cholesterol.

5. No Negative Side Effects: We know it sounds nearly too good to be true, but it’s been proven time and time again that Beta Glucan is safe and non-toxic. Multiple studies examining organs, tissues, and even brain function have shown that Beta Glucan only has positive effects. In fact, even people who were taking higher than recommended doses displayed zero side effects. There is no possibility of over-stimulating the immune system, nor is it unsafe to combine Beta Glucan with other prescribed medications. As Lanigan said, “Unless you hit somebody in the eye with the bottle, there is no harm that can be caused by this product.”

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You’re Only As Young As Your Spine Is Flexible.

This year I turned 35 years old. I can’t believe it. I rang in my new year with two herniated discs in my neck and never felt such excruciating pain – debilitating actually.

I saw multiple doctors. Anything to get rid of the pain and get me back to normal. An Orthopedic surgeon, acupuncturist, Chiropractor – you name it I probably pursued it.

Unfortunately for me, nothing really helped, until my parents bought me an inversion table for my birthday.


Now to most, this probably seems like a weird sort of gift. But, if you know my father and our family – it’s not really weird at all.

So from July 29th until today I have incorporated hanging upside down into my physical fitness routine of the day and I can’t believe I never tried this before! And, I’m happy to report the pain is finally gone.

What is Inversion?

Inversion is an ancient technique that dates back to around 400 B.C during the time of Hippocrates. Inversion is simply hanging upside down using specially designed equipment.

If you thought hanging upside down to relieve back pain is some wacky, new age idea?

Think again.

Evidence shows Ancient Egyptians have been practicing inversion therapy since antiquity. We know for sure that inversion was used at least as early as 400 B.C., when Hippocrates, the father of medicine, first watched a patient have his knees and ankles tied to a ladder to be hoisted upside down for a dose of what has come to be known as inversion therapy.

They were labeled crazy, quacks and charlatans. But they were forward thinkers, ahead of their times, just like the great minds of the past who modernized our world.

Today, the Greek theories on inversion are still valid, but today there is a much easier way to relieve the back pains most people experience from time to time.

For centuries traction had been one of the primary doctor prescribed therapies for back problems. Recently pain medication and surgical treatments became popular. Even though traction was recommended for centuries sometimes modern doctors will advise against inversion therapy.

One of the main reasons doctors today advise against inversion is because they do not understand that the user has total control over the angle of incline and extreme angels that may concern the physician are not recommended nor are they usually necessary for achieving great benefits.

What some doctors need to realize is that a person can set the table for horizontal or any mild degree of incline. When very mild angles are used the stresses on the body are minimal and any risks are reduced.

If you think about it inversion makes a lot of sense.

In the development of life on earth, no force is of greater consequence than the force of gravity. This force, without the intelligent use of exchange of postures, can deform, disable or even destroy your body. Gravity applies its constant, relentless force to the pliable, moldable, movable structures of the body; much like a potter manipulates and molds clay.

One doctor suggested that there are six basic human postural categories. Three of them are common postures. Most people spend their lives, twenty-four hours a day in these postures. The other three postures are uncommon.

Sitting and standing are the two main compression postures. We spend 2/3 of our lives in these postures every day. These postures put a tremendous amount of pressure to the spine, discs and to the weight bearing joints of the body.

Compressional fatigue shows up as sagging of the facial skin, chest, breasts and abdomen are the most obvious. And the less obvious is what is not visible but happens to the spine and discs subsequently.

Since we cannot see with the naked eye what’s going on inside we do not place a lot of importance to it.

That’s why it makes so much sense to hang upside down and decompress the body. All that compression needs to be reversed.

If you are in a vertical position, which is standing, sitting, bending forward this causes compression. But if you incorporate movement to any of these three postures you can negate some of the compressive force of gravity. This is one reason why exercise is so good for you.

The natural laws of nature by which we all live greatly affect our daily lives. The sun rises in the morning, travels the course of the day and sets in the evening. It is an inevitable cycle.   The moon rises and sets and the tides are affected by the moon’s cycle.

There are some tides that rise to a height of 16 feet. Gravity pulls this tide of water down again when the moon is taken away. The same effect is produced on our body. These things are unchangeable; they always will be, and so, when we recognize this effect they have on our lives, we can adjust ourselves to them.

Gravity is a law of nature that affects the human body just as much as it affects the trees and plant life. We cannot escape this inevitable law of nature, and so we should adapt ourselves to some procedure where by we can overcome any ill effects we might suffer because of the affects of this.

We exist under this law also and if we are tired and exhausted, we feel the pull of gravity pulling us down – we wish to lie down and rest.

Over time, the compressive force of gravity is particularly harsh on the spine because of the flattening effect on the spinal discs.

The intervertebral discs act as shock absorbers between the vertebra, and consist of a cartilage covering which surrounds a gelatin-like center. Combine the compressive effect of gravity with stress, weak back and stomach muscles, a lack of exercise and you have all of the ingredients for back pain.

Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints in the world. Every day, it is estimated that some eleven million Americans struggle to get through a day complicated by an aching back. In the United States alone, some 93 million workdays are lost each year due to back problems.

There is overwhelming evidence that spending a few minutes each day hanging inclined can be beneficial to your back, and to your general health, by simply counteracting the continuous downward pull of gravity.

Besides providing relief from back pain, a daily dose of inversion can help to promote good health by correcting common spinal alignment problems, eliminating tension headaches, reducing hemorrhoids, alleviating the discomfort of varicose veins, and stimulating mental alertness.

Many people suffer; especially in their later years from prolapsed internal organs that sag as a result of years of the downward pull of gravity.

Quite simply, inversion allows gravity to help the body to naturally correct and align itself. You stretch out and elongate your spine, get blood to the brain, invert and reposition internal organs, and take stress off of the heart, which usually has to pump blood uphill to the brain.

Of course, it is impossible to offset the gravitational effects of a lifetime just by jumping on an inversion table. But by spending a few minutes inverted each day, or two or three times a day, people usually begin to feel results by the end of the first week.

After a month of inversion, many people don’t know how they ever got along without it.

Both physicians and chiropractors report positive results from using natural gravity-inversion traction with patients.

A neurosurgeon in San Francisco says inversion seems to get people over the acute phase quicker than other forms of therapy. We believe that inversion can benefit the discs, strengthen ligaments and soft tissues, and relieve muscle spasms. We’ve also had success with patients suffering from herniated discs.

Other health and anti-aging benefits are: Improved circulation especially to the head and face; Relief of muscular tension in the neck and back, improved lymphatic circulation; and improved function of the glands and organs due to the hydrostatic/decongestioning effect of inversion.  In addition, improved brain function of memory, coordination and balance has also been reported.

However, there are a few conditions that may prevent one from hanging upside down.

Obvious contraindications are if you just had abdominal or chest surgery or have a recent rib or collarbone fracture. Persons with extremely high blood pressure or glaucoma may not be suitable. Every person is different and needs to be evaluated as such. If you have a contraindication you may not want to hang. Or, do a trial by using a mild angle on your   inversion machine (20-30 degrees) and see how you feel.

Certainly Inversion is not for everybody.  There are some contraindications, which I have already mentioned.  However, it would certainly be foolish NOT to try Inversion if you have been suffering with back pain.

As with any new exercise program, if someone is in doubt about his or her level of fitness, or if they are over the age of 40, consult a physician before starting an inversion program.

The key is to do your homework and explore all your options first.

The body is the most amazing machine that has ever been constructed and the work that it does in repairing itself is almost unbelievable.  God, who created this wonderful mechanism, is also able to maintain it in perfection, if we follow His natural laws.

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We Are Not Beggars, We Are Creators.

The most essential things for human beings are the elements – sun, air, water and food. These are the essential resources for people’s lives.  God decided that these things would be the enjoyment of all, so that all might live.  He does not intent that we monopolize the elements – yet because they’re so abundant, people treat them as trivial, so they do not take them seriously.

Agricultural products should be saved as a human right.  To live, people need to eat.  You cannot commercialize this!  It’s such an anti-human behavior, not just anti-social, but anti-people.

Globalizing the market has effectively transferred control of farming away from the farmer, and into the hands of those who can shape the market.

We are not beggars, we are creators.  We have self-respect and we can be self-reliant.  We can control our own resources. For that to happen, though, the forces that currently control the resources will need to be confronted and dismantled.

–Stuffed and Starved.

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When Will We Learn?

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The REAL Reason Why Children Fidget

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.


The mother goes on to explain how her son comes home every day with a yellow smiley face. The rest of his class goes home with green smiley faces for good behavior. Every day this child is reminded that his behavior is unacceptable, simply because he can’t sit still for long periods of time.

The mother starts crying. “He is starting to say things like, ‘I hate myself’ and ‘I’m no good at anything.’” This young boy’s self-esteem is plummeting all because he needs to move more often.

Over the past decade, more and more children are being coded as having attention issues and possibly ADHD. A local elementary teacher tells me that at least eight of her twenty-two students have trouble paying attention on a goodday. At the same time, children are expected to sit for longer periods of time. In fact, even kindergarteners are being asked to sit for thirty minutes during circle time at some schools.

The problem: children are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, and spinning in circles just for fun. Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are a thing of the past. Recess times have shortened due to increasing educational demands, and children rarely play outdoors due to parental fears, liability issues, and the hectic schedules of modern-day society. Lets face it: Children are not nearly moving enough, and it is really starting to become a problem.

I recently observed a fifth grade classroom as a favor to a teacher. I quietly went in and took a seat towards the back of the classroom. The teacher was reading a book to the children and it was towards the end of the day. I’ve never seen anything like it. Kids were tilting back their chairs back at extreme angles, others were rocking their bodies back and forth, a few were chewing on the ends of their pencils, and one child was hitting a water bottle against her forehead in a rhythmic pattern.

This was not a special needs classroom, but a typical classroom at a popular art-integrated charter school. My first thought was that the children might have been fidgeting because it was the end of the day and they were simply tired. Even though this may have been part of the problem, there was certainly another underlying reason.

We quickly learned after further testing, that most of the children in the classroom had poor core strength and balance. In fact, we tested a few other classrooms and found that when compared to children from the early 1980s, only one out of twelve children had normal strength and balance. Only one! Oh my goodness, I thought to myself. These children need to move!

Ironically, many children are walking around with an underdeveloped vestibular (balance) system today–due to restricted movement. In order to develop a strong balance system, children need to move their body in all directions, for hours at a time. Just like with exercising, they need to do this more than just once-a-week in order to reap the benefits. Therefore, having soccer practice once or twice a week is likely not enough movement for the child to develop a strong sensory system.

Children are going to class with bodies that are less prepared to learn than ever before. With sensory systems not quite working right, they are asked to sit and pay attention. Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their body so desperately needs and is not getting enough of to “turn their brain on.” What happens when the children start fidgeting? We ask them to sit still and pay attention; therefore, their brain goes back to “sleep.”

Fidgeting is a real problem. It is a strong indicator that children are not getting enough movement throughout the day. We need to fix the underlying issue. Recess times need to be extended and kids should be playing outside as soon as they get home from school. Twenty minutes of movement a day is not enough! They need hours of play outdoors in order to establish a healthy sensory system and to support higher-level attention and learning in the classroom.

 In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.

By Angela Hanscom.

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