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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On Plagiarism: Understanding Your Thief

In our biology, parasites are living things that feed on unsuspecting hosts, stealing nutrients and at the same time causing inconveniences. When ignored these parasites can create great damage and may cause death. In the writing world, parasites are also referred to plagiarists. These are people who copy articles, claiming them as their own.

Some styles of plagiarism are as follows:

  • Copying the whole article with the name of the plagiarist instead of the original writer
  • Copying the whole article and the name of the original writer without any back links
  • Impersonating the writer – stealing his articles along with his name

Monday, February 27, 2012

Senna As a Slimming Herbal Tea

When senna cleanses and eliminates the toxin through defecation, it also takes out the fatty and oily food from inside the body. Its laxative composition flushes the food out of the body, minimizing the absorption of calories.

While senna tea can be brewed at home, there are prepared branded types that can be bought in drugstore outlets and groceries. Some commercial brands of senna tea include Biguerlai, Biofit and Bija Gentle Senna.

One cup of senna tea is indicated once a day.

Senna tea is not to be given to an individual who has a heart disease, to someone who has intestinal obstruction or bowel disorders like ulcerative colitis. It is also to be used in precaution with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. In addition, children under 12 years old are also not advised to take senna tea.

The common side effects of senna tea include stomach pains, nausea and diarrhea.

Senna tea can interfere with the effect of lanoxin, a heart medication and it should not be used with diuretics to avoid lessening of potassium. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Stay Beautiful, Stop Smoking Cigarettes

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 This article was originally entitled 'Seven More Reasons to Quit Smoking' published by Phoenix Montoya under the user name phoenix35.

It was copy pasted by different blog sites:






from its original website Bukisa


The Main Article:

We all know that cigarette or tobacco smoking is bad for the health. It arises many risks such as pulmonary diseases, emphysema, heart attacks, stroke, cancer etc. In spite of these complications, many people, particularly those belonging to the younger generations, think of smoking as part of being cool. While some believe that smoking adds appeal to a man’s rogue effect, women who smoke are regarded as sophisticated. Not all can have the same opinion to these, yet one thing is quite agreeable, that smoking can be very bad for the body’s physical features. Smoking can robe a person’s good looks and youth.
Smoking kills but if you are vain about your looks. The following facts can be more frightening to you that death.

  • Dry and fragile skin
Smoking reduces the water content of the skin’s outer layer.
  • Wrinkles around the nose and mouth
Chemicals in cigarette or tobacco such as nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar and lead reduce blood flow to the skin, reducing circulating of oxygen and break down the skin’s collagen and elastin.

  • Risk of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a disease that causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. It can be usually seen in the skin of the elbows and knees, but can also affect any area including the scalp and genitals.  Studies reveal that the risk of psoriasis was 37% higher among past smokers and 78% higher among current smokers.

  • Skin cancer
Smokers are more than three times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma of the skin than non-smokers. Smoking induces skin cancer by holding back the immune system. And patients with suppressed immune systems are more susceptible to squamous cell carcinoma in many locations, including the skin.

  • Hair loss
Hair is able to grow because of hair follicles. The dermal papilla, which are near the bottom of hair follicles, are responsible for creating new cells. The new cells shove themselves upward, moving the old cells upward. When the cells reach the middle of the hair follicle, they die out and become hard. They become the central core of the hair follicle and afterward, become the new hair shaft. Smoking prevents dermal papilla from growing. This hinders the hair from growing.
  • Yellow teeth
Nicotine and tar leaves a sticky residue on the teeth. Even with one inhalation of cigarette smoke, stains are left behind. There are brands of cigarettes that contain more nicotine and tar than the others. The higher the ratio of nicotine and tar, the more the teeth will be stained by the cigarette.

  • Yellow nails
Tar and nicotine are also components of cigarette or tobacco that cause yellow fingernails.  These two stain the fingernails and the skin surrounding the fingers that hold the cigarette.

There is nothing cool about smoking. So, if you love your looks, stop smoking cigarette.  It can definitely rob one's youth and beauty.

(c) Phoenix Montoya @ September 14, 2010

Friday, February 3, 2012