Monthly Archives: December 2016

Practicing Yoga helps the heart!

The downward dog could one day be doctor’s orders. Yoga can help treat patients with stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiac disease, depression, and anxiety, according to researchers.

Aside from its ability to stretch and strengthen your muscles, yoga offers somesurprising health perks. It can soothe back pain, boost your memory, help you sleep better, and even ease ahangover. Now that’s my kind of workout.
In a new paper, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), New York Medical College, and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons explore evidence that yoga may be an effective part of treating patients with stress-related conditions, namely, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, depression, and anxiety.
Their theory, published online in Medical Hypotheses and based on earlier studies from BUSM, suggests a mind-body approach to managing certain conditions, paired with standard treatments, could indeed work.
“Western and Eastern medicine complement one another. Yoga is known to improve stress-related nervous system imbalances,” says lead study author Chris Streeter, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at BUSM and Boston Medical Center, in a Boston University release.


“This news was particularly share-worthy for me and should be for everybody especially the seniors like myself. Monday I’ll be starting Yoga, really today with little movements, but after I’m full in on the Shred Diet. Didn’t want to start two things at one time. I’ll keep you posted as to my results.

How to Get Small Business Credit

As a smaller business, getting access to small business credit can either be really easy or really hard; There is no real middle ground. It really all depends on how old and profitable your company is. The older your company and the more money you make, the easier it is to get it. The younger your company and the less money you make, the harder it is to get it.

Here are a few ways to try:

1) Maintain Your Personal Credit
While there are ways around this, the average person can only get access to business credit if he/she has good personal credit. Conducting a credit check on your personal financials is usually the only means that a banker has to determine whether or not you are too risky for them. If your personal credit sucks, fix it. It will be well worth your time – however long it takes!
2) Shop For Banks
Always remember that banks need you just as much as you need them. Giving you access to credit creates revenue for them. Therefore, if one bank turns you down – try another. In your community, there are probably at least 25 different banks. All of them have a different application process, all have them have different criteria, but at the end of the day – they all want to do business with you. is a great tool to find banks in your area.
3) Search Online
In addition to the banks in your local community, there are tons more on the web. These virtual banks may have higher rates, but they too are very desperate for your business. Many offer business loans and business credit cards. Conduct extensive research using Google, Yahoo, and business directories such as
4) Find a Broker
A broker is a person or company that can help you find the best bank available. They can save you a lot of time and energy, and may even bring opportunities to your attention that you would’ve never found. Be careful about shady brokers who are so desperate for your business that they will connect you with loan sharks.
5) Attend Financial Seminars
If you’re aware of a financial seminar or workshop in your area, make every effort to attend. What better way to be educated about the best financial options for your company, then to be advised by a local expert? Usually these events are free to attend, and the person hosting it is usually very knowledgeable about the best banks and financial institutions to do business with. As always, double-check any references by doing your own research.
6) Attend Business Conferences
Every year, hundreds of business organizations and publications host their own annual conferences. Most have expos where companies such as banks can set up booths to recruit new clients. This is a great opportunity for you to inquire about their services, collect literature, and learn exactly what you need to do to apply and be approved.
7) Read Business Magazines
Publications such as Forbes, Inc, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, Hispanic Business, and even Business Week, report regularly on the business credit and financing industries. They often provide unique tips and techniques that can be used. Not only can you benefit from the content from the articles within, but you can also benefit from the advertisements (both display and classified) that promote various opportunities.
8) Shop For Business Credit Cards
In addition to shopping for banks, you can also shop for credit cards from banks that you don’t even belong to. If your own bank won’t give you a card, that doesn’t necessarily mean that others will also deny you. There are many to choose from, with various interest rates and rewards programs that can benefit your business.

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