Sports & Gambling – Where Is Sportsmanship?

It was only a couple of thousand years ago that sports was culminated by the Romans when they had what they called their own version of the Olympic games. The progress of these games saw what we now have as the modern day Olympics.

Since then, many other sports have risen in popularity in modern times with the biggest being football which is followed by almost 2 billion followers around the world. Many of these sports have made millionaires of the players who excel and represent their sports in the international arena.

The most famous being Tiger Woods (#1 ranked golfer in the world) who has been proclaimed as the 1st billionaire sportsman since the beginning of sports.

There is also Michael Jordan (rated by many as the greatest basketball player of all times) who is a few hundred million short of becoming a billionaire himself.

With these players one cannot easily say that they have not performed 100% each time they go out and play. Looking at their performance record it would be more easy to say that they have excelled 90% of the times they have played. Being humans we all have our bad days due to illness, stress, family issues etc. Thus, the few substandard performances.

But there are sports that is so glaringly transparent that gambling has got a hold in their hallowed halls of management. The sport that I am talking about is FOOTBALL.

Take the recent World Cup for example. There were more than 20 incidences where a wrong call or no call by the referee or linesman made a critical difference to the outcome of the match. This would seem insignificant to most viewers except those who had bets on the outcome of the game. And it is the belief that at least 5% of viewers bet on the matches around the world. This would amount to 100 million viewers globally. If the value of each bet was $10 that would make the value of each match a cool $1 billion. There were more than 30 matches throughout the tournament. That’s more than $30 billion at stake. Astounding isn’t it. Just over a period of about 30 days.

You see, the mistakes that were made by the referee or linesmen could have been avoided if FIFA (world governing body for football) had agreed to install the video playback which is currently used by other sports like tennis and badminton. It takes only a few seconds for the playback verification. It also takes out the ‘unfair play’ factor. Joseph Blatter (FIFA chairman) has made a statement on ‘fair play and respect’. What fair play? Millions were lost to syndicates. So why the indifference by FIFA? Could it be that the gambling syndicates have their support even within FIFA???

This means that past history on football could very well have changed if video playback technology was implemented and I would like to recall that most famous incident involving Diego Maradona and his ‘hand of god’ incident against England. He scored with his hand which is in effect a foul. Not a goal.

Let’s take a look at one example, a top team playing with a team ranked in the 70s. The odds of the top team going through would probably be 3 or less to 1. That means whoever betted on the top team stands to win $30 or less if they had betted $10. If 10 million viewers did the same thing then the stake of the match would be about $300 million. It is very easy to BUY someone for let’s say $1 million when the stake is $300 million wouldn’t you agree? It is very hard as a human to ignore this kind of temptation when you earn about $100 to $200 per game (as in the case of the linesmen and referees and to not make a call at a critical stage during the match).

Let’s take a look at the same example but with a different betting stake. Most bets are on a variable stake. That means that the bet is broken down into several stakes. Take team A (top team) and team X (ranked 70s). The bet would look something like this:

Team A beat Team X = Odds are 3 to 1

Team A beat Team X by 1 goal = Odds are 3 to 1

Team A beat Team X by 2 goals = Odds are 5 to 1

Team A draws with Team X (90 minutes) = Odds are 10 to 1

So if there is a result where Team X beats Team A or draws with Team A (full match including overtime), it’s all profits for the syndicates.

There have been recorded incidences in the past about referees and linesmen being involved in match fixing. There were also recorded incidences in the past about football players being involved in match fixing. So with all this sordid history, wouldn’t you think FIFA would want to implement video playback technology? If they have not done so and are postponing this glaring truth technology you have to ask yourself why? WHY?

This would not even be considered if video playback technology was implemented.

Sjogren’s Syndrome: The Medical World is Gambling with Your Life

Sjogren’s (pronounced “Show-grins”) Syndrome: Had you ever heard of it before?

Sjogren’s Syndrome is a chronic, autoimmune disease that is quite debilitating. Sjogren’s Syndrome begins with a number of symptoms that appear to be merely irritating. The temptation with Sjogren’s Syndrome is to treat the symptoms as something odd and temporary. Don’t. You’ve got precious little time while your body’s immune system is wrecking havoc with your exocrine glands.

Quite literally, your body is attacking the moisture producing glands. This autoimmune disease (Sjogren’s) usually first attacks the moisture producing glands of the mouth (salivary glands) and eyes (tear glands – “lacrimal glands”). Later, often, other exocrine glands are involved, such as the vagina, skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.

I said you had precious little time. I meant that. Normally, doctors will be quite encouraging that there are “months and years” before Sjogren’s symptoms really cause serious health problems. That is misleading.

As a (retired) surgeon, I have seen patients first waste months – even years – in sheer wonderment. However, the symptoms increase their effect in Sjogren’s Syndrome constantly. Nuisances grow gradually worse in Sjogren’s, no doubt.

The next step is the really damaging “time-waster” in Sjogren’s. That’s when a Sjogren’s Syndrome victim sees the doctor. Diagnosis is necessary in all cases of chronic disease (including autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s).

In Sjogren’s Syndrome patients, there are several published criteria for the diagnosis of Sjogren’s. The European Community Criteria is very practical. It requires 4 of 6 criteria for the diagnosis of Sjogren’s:

Sjogren’s Syndrome creates complications in the moisture of the eyes.

Sjogren’s Syndrome also creates oral symptoms (mouth moisture problems).

Sjogren’s Syndrome often can show keratoconjunctivitis sicca (inadequate tear film protection of the cornea resulting in excessively fast evaporation or premature destruction of the tear film).

Sjogren’s Syndrome often shows inflammation and swelling of salivary glands.

Sjogren’s Syndrome deteriorates into further salivary gland involvement.

Sjogren’s Syndrome builds autoantibodies in patient serum.

The real “time-waster” is what happens next. To understand this, you must understand something about doctors before you tackle Sjogren’s Syndrome or autoimmune disease in general.

Doctors are literally surrounded by drug company representatives from the first day of medical school until retirement. You see, doctors are the life blood of the drug company (prescription) business. Without doctors, drug company business would “dry up”.

Here’s the “kicker”. Doctors are officially the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer.

I saw many patients whom I believed died of many kinds of chronic and autoimmune diseases, because I suspected their doctors had prescribed their drug regimen incorrectly. I was wrong. Doctors are officially the third leading cause of death because they prescribe drug regimens correctly, just as the drug companies instruct them to do. And people are dying..

The problem is a simple one. The drugs, at best, waste the precious months and years until the autoimmune functions of Sjogren’s have done tremendous damage. At worse, they make matters much worse. The real problem is that autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s Syndrome are caused by a deficiency of glyconutrition.

The drug companies know all about glyconutrition and its impact upon Sjogren’s and other autoimmune diseases. But, they can’t make any money on glyconutrition. And it threatens to wipe out a whole industry full of autoimmune drug therapies (including Sjogren’s, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and many more), totaling literally billions of dollars. Since the drug companies are the ones endowing the medical schools, drugs – not glyconutrition or supplements – are taught to the doctors.

Most doctors know very little about supplements, let alone glyconutrition. Despite the fact that four Nobel Prizes have been won in glyconutrition…cellular communication… (that is unprecedented in Medicine), most doctors don’t have any real knowledge of glyconutrition because they don’t have the time to learn it (or many other health subjects). They depend on the research of the drug companies to keep them abreast. They trust the drug companies just as Sjogren’s patients trust the doctors.

Glyconutrition is the need for 8 specific saccharides, vital to immune system functions. No matter what other supplements you are taking, without glyconutrition, humans will die of chronic disease. Glyconutrition is not a vitamin or mineral supplement. So, if you are taking supplements, that fact will not help you with Sjogren’s Syndrome necessarily.

Think of it this way. If you took the “world supplement super pill” of some kind but it lacked Vitamin C, you would die of scurvy.

The same is true of glyconutrition. Without it, your immune system will not function. In fact, as in autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s, the immune system cannot regulate itself properly, so it cannot distinguish between good tissue and bad. Sjogren’s Syndrome is the specific autoimmune complication lacking proper amounts and use of the glyconutrients galactose and n-acetylglucosamine.

If you or someone you love has Sjogren’s, get the glyconutrition. Clinical trials and testimonies of Sjogren’s patients have been literally amazing. Often, the results are quick. Mere days to weeks for improvement. I am talking real improvement here too.

Don’t wait to ask your doctor about it. They’re as ignorant of glyconutrition as Sjogren’s patients are (usually). I know. I deal with them all the time. None of my friends (doctors) knew anything about glyconutrition.

Stop wasting time. Oh yes. You might not want to trust your “instincts” here.

Why?

Well, Sjogren’s Syndrome often causes “fuzzy thinking” too. That’s why Sjogren’s patients are fearful, indecisive, and cannot make a decision their doctor – or family – doesn’t agree with.

Make the decision. Get the glyconutrition. Now.

You’re running out of time.

Gambling Addiction Basics

The coming age has brought with it numerous new pathological addictions, one of them being addiction to gambling. Pathological gambling was conferred with the status of a disease by the American Psychiatric Association back in 1980s. Robert L. Custer, M.D., is a pioneer in this field of problem gambling.

People who fall prey to this addiction are usually those who secure an income by means of blackjack, poker or other gambling activities. They are professional players who visit casinos not for fun sake, but to employ their skills and earn.

Based on their way of playing and the driving force behind it, gamblers can be categorized. For example, while professional gamblers are skillful and good in their game a casual gamblers plays merely for recreation.

The symptoms of gambling addiction are usually hard to identify. Since this disease is different from other substance related addictions like drug or alcohol abuse, the indications of this sickness are subtle. The nearest possible way in which the symptoms of this addiction can be stated is through the “Custer three Phase Model”. According tot his model, the gambling addiction can be characterized by three phases: the wining phase, the losing phase and the desperation phase.

In the wining stage, the compulsive gambler is ecstatic and overexcited with this earnings and is unwilling to quit gambling. Therefore, the addict usually increases his intensity of gambling . However, losing being the other half of gambling, his wining streak is short-lived. Nonetheless, recurrent losses do not deter him as he wants to win again and get his money back. Addicted gamblers suffer from financial stress, loss of sleep, and mental fatigue in this phase. They face problems at the family front. The patient also tends to borrow huge amounts or avail some money making schemes. As the gambler continues to face loss on every alternate day, he finds it difficult to stay away from gambling. Compulsive gamblers may resort to any means to raise funds for their obsession. They become desperate, with their debts becoming unmanageable. Loss of jobs, fight with friends and family, committing crimes or suicidal tendencies define this phase.

The question as to why does one gamble, can not be answered in definitive terms. One of the dominant reasons is the mental health of the gambler. For some people gambling serves as a n escape route from their lives. A compulsive gambler plays for kicks. He is just unable to stay away from it. Many researchers also blame the easy accessibility to casinos. The government and its lottery fund is also widely condemned.

Treatment programs and centers exist to treat this disease. Regular therapy and counseling is an effective and a widely used technique to cure this disease. Various support groups have also cropped up, where the addicts share their experiences and strengthen each others desire to quit gambling. Some groups that fund such programs include casinos and state lotteries. Some casinos lay stress on responsible gambling and have taken steps to make the people aware about his addiction.

However the first step, before undertaking nay treatment would be to acknowledge this disease. With very slight symptoms and effects this addiction is difficult to catch and acknowledge. Hence it helps to be aware to act wisely.

Top 10 Reasons To Avoid Gambling

10. The cause of indolence

Gambling affects your life negatively. If you are a regular, you might have missed your work occasionally because of a late night games at the casino. On the other hand, if in case, after a major loss you make an attempt to work you won’t be able to concentrate for your mind will be preoccupied with the depressing thoughts from the loss. Many of the gamblers depend on the “luck factor” and start day dreaming ultimately losing interest in their job.

9. Results in depression and anxiety

Gambling addiction can be the reason of anxiety, depression and a host of other mental problems. The pressure of gambling addiction can generate terrific emotional pain which can only get worse over time. If you are a gambler and you feel anxious or depressed, it is suggested that you seek help right away. Gambling addiction has the highest number of suicide rates. Individuals are overwhelmed by this obsession and become despondent and hopeless, believing suicide is the only way out of the pain.

8. Deteriorates your physical health

If you have been gambling on a regular basis your physical health is at stake. People who gamble impulsively start neglecting their health. Additionally, the stress of the gambling obsession can even cause stress on your heart, particularly after shocking monetary losses. The emotional fall can in fact have an effect on your physical body in negative ways. A sheer game of luck, it will only cause you pain and nothing else. Is it not one of the big reasons to avoid gambling?

7. Makes you selfish, moody and rude

I have witnessed a lot of individuals who underwent a moral transformation to the worse after they got into gambling. The habit destroys the person ethically and makes him moody and rude. The greediness keeps his mind engrossed in the imaginary money, ultimately making him selfish. Inveterate gamblers don’t think about other people. Their only aim of life is to finance their addiction and to win back their lost money.

6. Will make you lose your friends

You might be wondering how this habit of yours will make you lose friends. Well, if you are in a habit of gambling then it is more likely that if not today maybe later you’ll borrow money from them. Chances are you’ll not be able to pay them in time due to frequent losses. This will really cause strain in your relations. In addition, your addiction will make you ignore your friends as you will be preoccupied with gambling. You may then even miss social outings and some very important events.

5. Ruins your family

Gamblers are too tough to reform ultimately turning out to be a loser and having no family. Not a soul wants to be in this world with a gambler who is grumpy, unstable and squanders funds. So the outcome is the spouse filing a case of divorce or just leaving the partner. Many families have been torn apart by this disastrous obsession.

4. Induces crime

Fascination of gambling compels people to commit crimes to support their game. An impulsive gambler never leaves this addiction even when he is left with no money and instead takes on crime to finance his very basic need of gambling. Some people even turn towards domestic violence and torture their spouse on a daily basis.

3. Diverts you from your aim

When your life is all about gambling and just gambling, it then becomes your primary activity. All of your vigor, motivation, energy and inspiration are only gambling related and you tend to lose focus on the main aspects of your life. If you have any special talents or hobbies, it is most likely that these hobbies will not be given priority and you’ll choose to ignore them.

2. Puts on hold all your future goals and aspirations

When you are addicted to gambling, it is obvious to stop thinking about the future. A gambler always lives for the moment and desires only instant gratification to feel what is known as the “gamblers high”. It becomes very hard then to focus on any of the future prospects as they tend to live in a world of fantasy, placing bets and dreaming that big jackpot. Neglecting aspirations and all future goals is living a worthless life and therefore this is one of the prime reasons to avoid gambling.

1. A curse that destroys you financially

It doesn’t take a lot of time to dig up a huge financial hole if you have an impulsive gambling obsession. Gambling can take away hundreds or perhaps even thousands of dollars in no time and add up to your debts. I have seen that people take lots of years to clear the debt and in their endeavor they even become bankrupt, ultimately devastating financial as well as personal life. Money is the reason why we all live and therefore the biggest of all reasons to avoid gambling is to save money.