Month: April 2016

Sensory distortion



Poor coordination of movement

Lowered reaction time

After an initial “up,” the user feels sleepy or depressed 

Increased heartbeat (and risk of heart attack)


Reduced resistance to common illnesses (colds, bronchitis, etc.)

Suppression of the immune system

Growth disorders

Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body

Reduction of male sex hormones

Rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions (injuries) to the brain could be permanent

Reduced sexual capacity

Study difficulties: reduced ability to learn and retain information

Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation

Personality and mood changes

Inability to understand things clearly



“I started using on a lark, a dare from a best friend who said that I was too chicken to smoke a joint and drink a quart of beer. I was fourteen at that time. After seven years of using and drinking I found myself at the end of the road with addiction. I was no longer using to feel euphoria, I was just using to feel some semblance of normality.
“Then I started having negative feelings about myself and my own abilities. I hated the paranoia.1 I hated looking over my shoulder all the time. I really hated not trusting my friends. I became so paranoid that I successfully drove everyone away and found myself in the terrible place no one wants to be in—I was alone. I’d wake up in the morning and start using and keep using throughout the day.” —Paul 

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How Alcohol Affects the Body from

Even a small amount of alcohol has an affect on your body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body. A tiny amount of alcohol exits your body in your urine and your breath.

You absorb alcohol more slowly if you eat, especially if the food is high in fat. However, if you drink more than your body can process, you’ll get drunk. How quickly alcohol is metabolized depends on your size and gender, among other things.

Alcohol consumption causes physical and emotional changes that can do great harm to your body. The long-term effects of alcohol abuse are many, putting your health in serious jeopardy and endangering your life.

Excretory System

The excretory system is responsible for processing and eliminating waste products like alcohol from your body. As part of that process, the pancreas secretes digestive enzymes that combine with bile from the gallbladder to help digest food. The pancreas also helps regulate insulin and glucose.

Excessive alcohol use can cause the pancreas to produce toxic substances that interfere with proper functioning. The resulting inflammation is called pancreatitis, a serious problem that can destroy the pancreas. One of the most frequent causes of chronic pancreatitis is alcohol abuse.

The liver’s job is to break down harmful substances, including alcohol. Excessive drinking can cause alcoholic hepatitis which can lead to the development of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Chronic liver inflammation can lead to severe scarring known as cirrhosis. This formation of scar tissue can destroy the liver. When the liver fails to perform, toxic substances remain in your body. Liver disease is life threatening. Women are at higher risk for alcoholic liver disease than men, because women’s bodies tend to absorb more alcohol and take longer to process it.

When the pancreas and liver don’t function properly, the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) rises. A damaged pancreas can cause the body to be unable to utilize sugar due to a lack of insulin, which can lead to hyperglycemia. Unbalanced blood sugar levels can be a dangerous problem, especially for people with diabetes. Alcohol abuse also raises your risk of liver cancer.

Central Nervous System

One of the first signs of alcohol in your system is a change in behavior. Alcohol travels through the body easily. It can quickly reach many parts of your body, including your brain and other parts of your central nervous system. That can make it harder to talk, causing slurred speech, the telltale sign that someone who has had too much to drink. It can also affect coordination, interfering with balance and the ability to walk.

Drink too much, and your ability to think clearly is in trouble, as are your impulse control and ability to form memories. Over the long term, drinking can actually shrink the frontal lobes of your brain. Acute alcoholic withdrawal can lead to seizures and delirium. And severe alcoholism can progress to permanent brain damage, causing dementia.

Damage to your nervous system can result in pain, numbness, or abnormal sensations in your feet and hands. Alcoholism can cause a thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency, which can result in involuntary rapid eye movements, weakness, or paralysis of the eye muscles.

Men and women metabolize alcohol differently. It generally takes less alcohol to affect women.

Over time, a heavy drinker can become physically and emotionally dependent on alcohol. It may be very difficult to gain control. Unlike most other common addictions, acute alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Cases of severe, chronic alcohol addiction often require medical detoxification.

When an alcoholic stops drinking abruptly, they’re likely to experience symptoms of withdrawal, such as:





In severe cases, it may lead to confusion, hallucinations (delirium tremens), and seizures. Detoxification can take between two and seven days. Medications can help prevent side effects of withdrawal.

Digestive System

Alcohol can wreak havoc on your digestive system, from your mouth all the way to your colon. Even a single incidence of heavy drinking can injure parts of your digestive tract.

Alcohol abuse can damage the salivary glands and irritate the mouth and tongue, leading to gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Heavy drinking can cause ulcers in the esophagus, acid reflux, and heartburn. Stomach ulcers and inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis) can occur.

Inflammation of the pancreas interferes with its ability to aid digestion and regulate metabolism. Damage to the digestive system can cause gassiness, abdominal fullness, and diarrhea. It can also lead to dangerous internal bleeding, which may be due to ulcers, hemorrhoids, or esophageal varices caused by cirrhosis.

Alcohol makes it harder for your digestive tract to absorb nutrients and B vitamins or control bacteria. Alcoholics often suffer from malnutrition. Heavy drinkers face higher risk of mouth, throat, and esophagus cancers. Moderate drinking in the presence of tobacco use can raise the risk of these upper-gastrointestinal cancers. Colon cancer is also a risk. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include nausea and vomiting.

Circulatory System

In some cases, a single episode of heavy drinking can cause trouble for your heart. It’s even more likely your heart will suffer if you’re a chronic drinker. Women who drink are at even higher risk of heart damage than men.

Circulatory system complications include:

poisoning of the heart muscle cells (cardiomyopathy)

irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)

high blood pressure


heart attack

heart failure

People with diabetes have an increased risk of low blood sugar levels, especially if they use insulin. Deficiencies in vitamin B6, vitamin B12, thiamine, and folic acid can cause lowered blood counts. A common symptom of anemia is fatigue.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Erectile dysfunction is a common side effect of alcohol abuse in men. It can also inhibit hormone production, affect testicular function, and cause infertility.

Excessive drinking can cause a woman to stop menstruating and become infertile. It also can increase her risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and stillbirth. Alcohol has a huge effect on fetal development. A range of problems, called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), can occur. FASD symptoms, which include physical abnormalities, learning difficulties, and emotional problems, can last a lifetime.

For women, the risk of breast cancer rises with alcohol use.

Skeletal and Muscle Systems

Long-term alcohol use makes it harder for your body to produce new bone. Drinking puts you at increased risk of osteoporosis (thinning bones) and bone fractures. Muscles become prone to weakness, cramps, and even atrophy.

Immune System

An immune system weakened by alcohol abuse has a hard time fighting off viruses, germs, and all types of illness. Heavy drinkers are more likely to get pneumonia or tuberculosis than the general population. Chronic alcohol use increases your risk of many forms of cancer.

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The Real Benefits of Functional Training
By Nadia Ellis

We hear a lot about functional and core training but is it just another passing “fitness fad” or should all of us be incorporating this concept into our exercise routines?
Having been in the fitness industry for more than 14 years I am convinced that the addition of functional movements into your current exercise routine will be one of the most important changes you could make for better overall fitness and good health.
Traditional “weightlifting” exercises generally target only one muscle for each exercise. Functional training exercise generally targets more than one body part with each movement or exercise. Functional training emerged primarily from the sports conditioning and rehabilitation world. Functional training refers to the type of exercises that contribute to better, more efficient and safer performance of real world activities or sports movements. 
The short list of functional training benefits are:
*Building “inner strength”
*Improve balance
*Improve range of motion
Functional training allows you to work your muscles on different planes (hitting different angles) and building strength in those “stabilizer” muscles as well as the main target muscle. Machines are pre-set using only the muscle and angle that the machine allows. Multi-plane exercises are more complex movements and more closely mimic movements that are used in everyday life.
The easy way to begin to add functional movements to your training is to simply write down what you do every day. What are your physical challenges? If you’re a secretary you may find that your legs and back ache at the end of the day from picking files from the floor. These would be your first areas to target. Don’t think of fitness as something that is done only in a gym. By simply taking advantage of your every day movements you can turn your office or home into an effective functional training area!
For more formal exercise, stability balls, resistance bands with handles or simply beginning to do some of your training on an unstable surface will be a good introduction to more functional training. Remember, it’s always safety first, so make sure you consult with your physician before starting any physical program and ask a certified personal trainer to help you get started if you’re unfamiliar with any new piece of equipment or training method.
I invite you to apply just some of the principles of functional strength training to see where it takes you. I’m convinced that by adding functional training to your current conditioning program you will begin to see tremendous results.
About The Author, Nadia Ellis

Nadia has over 14 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer. Nadia has exceptional knowledge in the fields of Core Stability & Functional Training, Weight Management, Toning and Sculpting as well as Post-Rehabilitation Training.
Nadia is also a “Trainer of Trainers” having educated personal trainers, fitness instructors and coaches through her participation as an instructor in the W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer Certification Course.
She is the founder, director and program developer of Rhythms Personal Training Center, located at the exclusive Mineral Spa and Resort just outside of New York City. Nadia is also the owner and president of Professional Fitness & Coaching, a company specializing in personal training, consulting and corporate team-building events…

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Not every workout should be about lifting heavy or punching hard! When your in that ring or cage, your going to, sometimes, just have to last another round while you recoup from a tough one where you gave it everything!
That’s where this style of training comes in handy! Give it a try! The Trainer Boxing/Functional Training Club Hood River #thetrainer #hoodriver#personaltrainer #functionaltraining #functionaltrainer#rusticparkour #psychology #muaythai #fitness #functionaltrainer #health #running #fitnessaddict #workout #cardio #mma #training #healthy #parkour #boxingfunctionaltrainingclubhoodriver #columbiarivergorge #active #strong #motivation #determination #lifestyle #getfit #fatloss #fatfighters7 #boxing

Coach: Ronda Rousey would win the women’s boxing world titleBy Marc Raimondi  @marc_raimondi on Jul 31, 2015, 3:00p 80 

Ronda Rousey was an Olympic medal-winning judoka with little striking experience before stepping into Glendale Fighting Club. There, she has become a dangerous boxer with knockout power. Just ask Alexis Davis.

Rousey’s hands have become so good that her coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, said she has never lost a round against female boxers at the gym. Does part of Tarverdyan wonder what would happen if “Rowdy” crossed over into the sweet science? Not really. He already thinks he knows.

“I know she can do it,” said Tarverdyan, who was an accomplished boxer and Muay Thai fighter. “I know she wins the boxing world title. Ronda has nothing to prove to me. I know what kind of fighter I have on my hands.”

Rousey meets Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190 on Aug. 1. The best part of Correia’s game is her stand up. She is coming off a TKO win over Rousey’s close friend Shayna Baszler last August. Tarverdyan thinks Rousey will get the better of Correia on the feet — and everywhere else.

He’s not the only one Most others feel the same. Rousey (11-0) is as much as a 15-to-1 favorite and the fight is being called one of the biggest title mismatches in UFC history. Tarverdyan doesn’t know what to do about it. Rousey, after all, has won her last two fights in a combined 30 seconds. She’s finished every single one of her opponents, all but one in the first round.

“I want there to be more fighters that are great,” Tarverdyan said. “She loves challenges. That’s what makes her great. The reality is that the girl is just too good.”

There is the potential of a fight with Cris Cyborg looming. Cyborg is the Invicta FC women’s featherweight champion and one of the most feared female fighters ever. Cyborg and Rousey are 1 and 2 with regards to the best women’s MMA fighters in the world, though the order is debatable.

Tarverdyan, though, doesn’t think Cyborg and her incomparable knockout power will pose much of a match for Rousey…. #thetrainer #hoodriver#personaltrainer #functionaltraining #functionaltrainer#boxing #psychology #muaythai #fitness #Thai Boxing 

The Elite Women’s National Team includes the three Olympic Trials champions (Virginia Fuchs, Mikaela Mayer, and Claressa Shields) and the winners from the World Team Trial. Fuchs, Mayer and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Shields must qualify internationally for the 2016 Olympic Games to secure their berths in Rio. 
All 10 weight classes are contested in Continental and World Championships action in the elite women’s division, which includes athletes ages 19-40. The three Olympic weight classes (flyweight/112 lbs, lightweight/132 lbs, and middleweight/165 lbs) are the only divisions contested at the Olympic and Pan American Games. 
























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