Daily Archives: 21 December, 2012

Hemorrhoids Among Most Widely Searched Terms in 2012

aflogo-96x96Yes, that’s right. At the top of the list, accompanying Whitney Houston, Hurricane Sandy, Presidential Election, Kate Middleton, etc., as the most frequently searched terms this year, were “hemorrhoids,” according to Google’s annual “zeitgeist” report.

Analysts speculated that this could be due to the personal nature of the condition people prefer to cure hemorrhoids at home, rather than talk to their physician about it.

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that are found in and around the anus and lower rectum. They can be internal, which means inside the anus. Or, they may be external, which means they are found outside the anus.

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What are the causes and risks of the condition?


Hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels, but the reasons why they occur are not always clear. Some types of hemorrhoids run in families.

Other factors that increase a person’s risk for hemorrhoids include:

ActiveForever’s Patricka and Rocky Complete the Iron Girl 5k!!

aflogo-96x96ActiveForever is very proud of their own Patricka Fletcher and Raquel, (Rocky) Johnson for committing to, and completing, the annual Iron Girl 5K run this past weekend. Rocky’s daughter Kira joined in the fun too.

Go Patricka GO!!

All three women braved brutally early, pre-dawn hours and what felt like Subarctic temperatures to give it their all. This was Patricka’s fifth year participating in the run. It was the third year for both Rocky and Kira.

Although Patricka admits she did not train as often as she would’ve preferred, she remains consistently committed to a healthy diet and regular exercise and was able to finish a thoroughly impressive 24th in her age group!

CONGRATS PATRICKA, ROCKY and KIRA!!

Iron Girl was launched in 2004 as a way to celebrate and promote the idea of healthy living for women. They use their Web site as a resource with training and nutrition tips as well as health-oriented columns. The annual run serves as a platform by which fitness-focused women can display all the progress they’ve made toward a healthier lifestyle.

Participants choose between the 5k run and the 10 mile run.

SUCCESS!!!