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Luxury Spas - What is Safe for Weight Loss

Updated on December 20, 2013

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Best Weight Loss at Luxury Spa Resorts

What was a high end luxury is now common place. Luxurious spa resort packages are commonly given as gifts certificates. I am talking about a heath spa where you are be given those wonderful massages, facials, pedicures, body wraps and salt glows.

Some spas are giving a series of injections that are supposed to melt away your fat. Lipotherapy. Lipotherapy (also known as LipoDissolve, which is a combination of two drugs phosphatidylcholie and deoxycholate) is the term for fat melting injections which seems to have originated in Brazil, but is not approved for the United States according to the FDA.

The FDA states that it does not melt fat as the name suggests. They have sent warning letters to spas to stop giving the injections, and they are trying to regulate the two websites in Brazil that sell this product. It is advertised for men and women to get rid of 1 inch of fat with each treatment, and typically you would require 2-4 treatments.

It sounds great to get rid of those muffins, saddlebags, cellulite, lipomas, and help retraction. It can be used on the face and body. One reason the FDA hasn’t approved this medication is there are several other products in the injection beside the two drugs, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts. Certainly to be safe, go enjoy you massage or pedicure, but opt for safety with regard to a medication that hasn’t been thoroughly tested and different companies could be using different ingredients.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Benefits

There has been a lot of research recently on the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and the research is revealing wonderful benefits. The secret behind the diet is Olive Oil, particularly extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is produced without the use of chemicals or heat, so they contain photochemicals that are usually lost in the process. The Spanish have found adding nuts adds even more benefits, and you will ultimately live a longer life. The diet has been shown to lower the risk of asthma and allergies in children, and it may lessen the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, cancer and depression. Last month a study came out that found the Mediterranean diet also increases fertility.

One study was focused on individuals that already had metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of risk factors occurring together that increase the risk for developing heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. The researchers studied how the study group was affected by a diet rich in phenol compounds. They identified almost 100 genes whose inflammatory activity is dampened by the consumption of the extra virgin olive oil. The conclusion was that several of the repressed genes are typically involved in a pro-inflammatory process which suggests that the diet can switch the activity of immune system cells. Another great find was this may unlock the key to suppressing the breast cancer gene. One in eight American women gets breast cancer. It is the leading cause of death for women after lung cancer. Dr Javier Menendez from the Catalan Institute of Oncology said, “Our findings reveal for the first time that all major complex phenols present in extra-virgin olive oil drastically suppress over expression of the cancer gene HER2 in human breast cancer cells.”

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Addiction to Tanning Beds

Addictions aren’t only limited to drugs, alcohol and gambling. Indoor tanning has become the latest addiction. An addiction is any compulsive behavior, especially those that result a chemical change in the brain. Tanning beds are so popular that you can find them in any town spa or salon and many people have them in their homes. A poll was done at a Northeastern university and out of 421 students; almost 70% of the 229 students who admitted they used tanning beds met the criteria of addiction. Furthermore, they found that these particular students were more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and had an increased use of alcohol, marijuana and other addictive substances.

Beside the psychological addiction to tanning beds there are the health concerns for skin cancer. The amount of UVA light emitted in a tanning bed is 3 times greater than sunlight. Although people think tanning beds give them a healthier look, the tan is actually sun damage; the skin’s reaction to the UVA rays cause the body to produce more melanin, which is a pigment that darkens the skin. In time, this will lead to premature aging in the skin and in some cases cause skin cancer. Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the United States and worldwide. The World Health Organization classifies tanning beds that emit UVA rays as “carcinogenic to humans” – which places them in the agency's highest cancer-risk category. That category includes things like radon gas, plutonium, radium, tobacco and the hepatitis B virus. I have never tried a tanning bed as I am not supposed to get much sun since I have lupus but this information would convince me to stay away from them. Funny, I have always thought Florida's Governor Crist must use one, as I’ve never seen him when he didn’t have a perfect tan.

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In Summary

In summary, these are some of the newest findings on the heath scene. The idea is to keep you updated and healthy by knowing the latest information. There is a massive amount of research being done around the world every day, and we are learning how to live longer, healthier lives. Diet is obviously being studied like never before so there is always new information available. I wish you all a long healthy life.

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    Pamela, ewwww good hub I love it! I'm a naturalist who enjoys great success in the health department. Your dead on the answer is prevention and a healthy life style. Your tips and products offered are great tools to make huge changes that will show successful strides to good health. I rate this UP and call it a Must Read. Thanks and Peace :)

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Important hub Pamela,

    I am petrified of ticks, petrified!

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    Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

    Pamela,

    Great hub. There's no easy way to elimnate fat. I do like to use extra virgin olive oil however. I never used a tanning bed. The benefits of natural are good enough.(8D)

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    EnLydia Listener 7 years ago

    I like the variety of information you presented here.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Katiem, Thank you so much for your comments. I'm glad to view health care in the same way and I appreciate your rating up!

    Pop, I hate ticks also. I remember when my son got one and we had to use tweezers to get it out and it was really difficult. When they get on you they plan to stay. Disgusting!

    Tom, It sounds like you are already doing the healthy things. We switched to the olive oil a couple of years ago. You can only do the best you can with regards to your diet. We eat healthier today than we used to, and certainly healthier than the way I was raised as we didn't know all these things back then. Thanks for your comment.

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    tobey100 7 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

    Being a hick I don't really pay too much attention to ticks but we got 'em everywhere. We can walk down to the garden and have as many as 20 or 30 on us. Before coming back inside everyone has to perform a mandatory tick-check. Great hub.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Tobey, Thanks for your comment. We lived in the country for a period of time and had to check the children all the time also. Thanks for stopping by.

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    prayn4u 7 years ago

    Awesome information...thank you so very much for sharing this with us!!! God Bless :-)

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    Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

    Great and Useful info PAM definitely a Green Button Push for this one!!

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    thnak you, very good information Pam, tsk tsk, tanning is in my opinion, crazy hehe, Maita

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    rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

    Excellent advice, I particularity benefited from the advice giving on ticks, I seem to me a tick magnet. Thanks and definitely voted UP!

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    sheila b. 7 years ago

    For me, this was a good reminder I have to watch out for tics this year.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    A great informative hub and I thank you, Pamela.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Enlydia, prayn4u, Hmrjmr, Miata, rpalulis and Hello. I want to thank all of you for your wonderful comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate the support from each of you.

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    HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

    Thanks Pamela. Especially for the part about Lime's Disease. We are having a Lime's Disease scare here in Utah right now. People have been bit in their own yards. It is a hard thing to overcome once you have been bit.

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    RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

    Very interesting and read worthy. Thanks for sharing this important information.

    Forever His,

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    Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

    I am addicted to UV light. In the summer, I rely on my pool and natural sunlight, but the rest of the year, it's the tanning bed for me.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Healthy Hanna, Rev Lady and Habee, Thank you so much for your comments. For all the comments it sounds like Lymes disease might be a big problems this year.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    What a fantastic hub, I loved and enjoyed every word. I am a great fan, so keep teaching stuff, my favorite word is "stuff" thumbs up my friend.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Darlene, I am glad you enjoyed my hub and thank your for your comment.

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    She-rah 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

    Great hub Pamela! I had no idea about the injections, can't believe spas are doing that. We're already battling the ticks and having to check the kids constantly. Lyme really scares me when we all go camping.

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    JannyC 7 years ago

    A Gem of a hub Pamela! Nice health update!

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Thanks Pamela, you always give me something interesting. Especially about the healthy life.

    I also found about spa in my city. Only prestigious spa give this certificate. And the other spa have a member card. But like you said about extra virgin olive oil, I agree with you. I like something natural come from nature. I believe it useful for us. Good work, Pamela.

    Best, Prasetio

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    Zac828 7 years ago from England

    Hi there, this is really interesting. I've always been an advocate of olive oil and use it quite regularly. As for all the other things, nah, not for me. Great read, really enjoyed.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    She-rah, Janny & Prasetio, Thank you all so much for your comments. I agree with you Prasetio, that it is best when things are natural.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Zac828, Thank you for your comment. Your opinion is just like mine. Olive oil works for most cooking and that's all we use.

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    Excellent work Pamela99! You covered lots of information here. I use olive oil quite often after hearing of its many benefits. Your article made me aware of more of its benefits. You get a gold-star rating for this one!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Support Med, Thanks so much for your comment and I'm glad you choosing to try the olive oil.

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    katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

    Pamela, I had to come back and review the tick information. I live near a metropark where my daughters and I walk, they had a tick season sign up and it creeped my daughter out, I told her we'd check out your hub for the help to prevent ticks and here I am again and so grateful to you for the timely and helpful tick prevention. Thanks and Peace :)

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    nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

    Thank you for this very informative hub. When I was reading about lyme disease I got to worrying, because I've been outside all day. I checked my kids and they were fine. Then I felt something on my head. My daughter was sitting beside me and I asked her what she saw. She said mama you have a bug on your head. I totally freaked. So thank you very, very much for this hub. If I hadn't read it I probably wouldn't have checked for ticks.

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    Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

    Just reading the word tick makes me feel all gross! We have an extremely high rate of lyme disease in this area as the deer population has increased with each year. It is awful. In fact I was tested for it but thankfully got a clean bill of health as far as that is concerned so I really appreciate your advice and awareness on a devastating disease! Great hub, pamela!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Katiem, Nancy and Ann, Thank you so much for your comments. Nancy, I'm so glad you found that tick or bug in your head. I wonder if tick season will be worse this year?

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    alexandriaruthk 7 years ago from US

    thumbs up! you did a good research and I am rating this up,

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Alexandria, Thank you for your comment.

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    TnFlash 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

    Excellent Hub! Well written and well researched as always. You do great work!

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    Sage Williams 7 years ago

    What a powerful hub. You did a great job, researching and writing this hub. The information is all so valuable. Thanks so much for all this great advice.

    I can't believe that people would actually get injections to lose weight. I love the Mediterranean diet. Would never use tanning beds and appreciate the information on lyme disease.

    You did an amazing job, thanks so much.

    Sage

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    Kay Creates 7 years ago from Ohio

    Good information. I spent a lot of time walking in wooded areas so I needed a reminder to watch for those ticks.

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    Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

    Dearest Pam...

    Absorbing as always, your hubs on health are pretty good, indeed! Quite an interesting article! Thumbs up! Bookmarked and stumbled!

    Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

    Al

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Jack, Thank you for the compliment.

    Sage, I certainly appreciate all your comments. It sounds like you are all ready on a healthy course which is great.

    Kay, I'm glad you are reminded about the ticks as it is wonderful to walk in the woods. Thank you for your comment.

    Mystique, Thank you for your compliment and your comments. I appreciate them as always.

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    Great hub Pamela! A friend of mine was going to have those fat dissolving injections (prior to the harmful reports in the news). She paid half down and was scheduled to go in the next week when the shop was shutdown and went out of business.

    I'm not sure if the FDA closed them or what, but long story short, they took her money and ran. Two years later and she's still trying to get it back. Hard lesson learned on her part, but I told her she should be thankful that it was only money she lost and not her health like some people have. Thanks for sharing your insight. Rated up! :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Money Glitch, Thank you for your comments. It is a shame you friend hasn't gotten her money back and I suppose she won't now as its been so long. It is good that she has her health as you said.

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    Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    I was worried about the ticks when we we traveling with our dog as hard to see in their fur. greathub, I love the olive oil too. thanks

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Eileen, Thank you for your comments. I'm glad the hub might have helped you out. The ticks seem a little scary with pets as they are so small in all that fur.

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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    You ALWAYS have GREAT TIPS and information to share with us! WOW!!! I just love you!!!! Blessings!!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    drpastorcarlotta, Thank you so much for your comments. Love and Blessings to you also.

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    Madame X 6 years ago

    Cool stuff Pamela! My fav is the fat melting injection. Not quite sure how that would work though, as you have the same number of fat cells your whole life - and when you "get fat" all they do is enlarge. Seems people are always looking for the magic fat removal potion instead of actually putting in the hard work it really takes to slim down. Oh well, I guess I can't blame them :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Madame X, It seems like everyone is always looking for a magic formula. Thanks for your comment.

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