Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Kick that Works Every Time!

By Al Case

This is the most incredible kick that nobody knows. It's true, and I never see anybody else use this kick. Not in commercial school freestyle, not in tournaments, not even in the MMA.

This kick is as instantaneous as thought, but if I don't pull it and land it softly, I'm going to break a bunch of my opponent's ribs. To be truthful, this kick is probably the most powerful kick in all the martial arts. When I use it it always scores, and I mean big time.

The replacement spin side kick is what I call this kick--but I simply refer to it as the Pop Kick. When I use it I turn my back to my opponent, I can't even see him. Yet, the kick shakes his ribcage every single time.

To master this kick, you have to be able to fight out of a horse stance. There is a weakness in fighting out of a horse stance. Obviously, your opponent has your side closed, and your position is not very good.

So I make my position very temporary when I fight out of a horse stance. I usually let myself be manhandled into the seemingly bad position, and thus is the opponent lulled. When I deliver this kick, then, the surprise of my opponent is even greater.

Now, you've got to learn how to switch feet effectively. To practice for this switch I assume a horse stance and learn how to let the energy pop from my tan tien, I envision snapping the fingers--very important--the switching of the legs is just like the snapping of fingers.

Now, take a stance before a wall, breath easily, relax, and practice, when switching the feet, making the foot coming around the back to plant upon the wall. One foot lands on the floor, and the other foot lands on the wall, and they must do so at the same time. The key here is to visualize the kick, see it in your mind, relax, and just let it pop, a simple popping thought.

Do you see what I am doing here? I am practicing kicking at the speed of thought, and it really works, for the kick becomes instantaneous, like the snapping of a magicians fingers. I start out in one position, the other fellow shutting me half down and thinking that he's got me, and zingo bingo, I am popped to a spin and Side Kick. The sudden drop of the weight, the instant coordination, the strength of the side kick, the unexpectedness of it all, they all combine to make this one unstoppable mofo kick.

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