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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

How Much Water Should I Drink?

We all know plenty of water is necessary for staying health and for weight loss; however, most people are not sure how much water is enough. This online calculator figures your daily water requirement for your individual customized needs.

Calculate water needs.

This website also has calculator to determine your ideal body weight.

Monday, January 28, 2008

NYC Wants Fruit & Veggie Street Carts

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn support legislation lifting a cap on the number of food pushcarts allowed on city streets — but only for vendors who exclusively sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

City officials hope to get as many as 1,500 new fruit and vegetable carts onto sidewalks in neighborhoods where vegetable consumption is low, including Harlem, southeast Queens and most of the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Read the entire article.

This could be a great precedent for other cities to do. Large cities seem to want to compete for the "greatest" new idea. This healthy one would be a good choice, especially for those who have such long commutes and tend to not eat as nutritiously as they should.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sustainable Family Farms Need Help

Your help is needed in a battle to stop the trend toward a sterilized and industrialized food system that threatens biodiversity and the very existence of family-scale farms that grow food in a safe, healthy, and environmentally sustainable way.

The USDA is considering a change in the federal regulations that could potentially require growers of all fresh leafy green vegetables to follow specified guidelines in the fields and during post-harvest handling.

The guidelines include growing practices that discourage biodiversity and sustainable/organic farming practices, deplete soil fertility, and create “sterile” fields—methods that have not been scientifically proven to actually reduce E. coli 0157 bacteria but are certain to reduce biodiversity, harm wildlife, and burden family-scale farms.

Read the entire article.

How Baldness Happens

The website on "how stuff works" has a real education on baldness. Reasons why it happens for both men and women, what solutions are being used, and a lot of information so you can be informed and stop baldness.

Read the entire article.

Learn CPR Step-by-Step

Every year, more than 600 times a day in the United States alone, somebody needs CPR. Sudden cardiopulmonary arrest is the leading cause of death for all adults, male or female.

Modern medicine has come up with a number of tools to combat cardiopulmonary arrest. Many require medical training and/or complex equipment, but cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can be used by lay people with only a little bit of training.

This article will explore how this simple first aid technique can help save lives and give you step-by-step instruction to learn it. This would be a good plan to include in some of your family time.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Twinkies From Chinese Oil Refinery

Although eight of the ingredients in the beloved little snack cake come from domestic corn and three from soybeans, there are others — including thiamine mononitrate — that come from petroleum.

Chinese petroleum. Chinese refineries and Chinese factories. And there are other unexpected ingredients that are much harder to trace. So much for the great "All-American" snack food.

Read the entire article.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Removing Ovaries Promotes Dementia

Women who undergo removal of one or both of their ovaries before menopause have a significantly higher risk of developing dementia. The research shows that ovary removal boosts risks for cognitive impairment and Parkinson's Disease also.

Read the entire article.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs in Supermarket Chicken

Millar's findings of a range of resistant bacteria in chickens that could compromise antibiotic treatment in humans are expected to cause similar waves in medical circles.

The key finding was that the bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics not used in the poultry industry but important for treating serious infections in humans.

Read the entire article.

Will Kids Outgrow ADHD

New findings that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may stem from a developmental delay that children could outgrow, rather than a cognitive deficit, have raised questions for parents of the 4.4 million children diagnosed with the disorder.

Read the entire article.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Caffeine Chemistry

For the plants, caffeine acts as a natural pesticide. It paralyzes and kills insects that attempt to feed on the plants. The molecule was first isolated by the German chemist Friedrich Ferdinand Runge in 1819.

When purified, caffeine is an intensely bitter white powder. It is added to colas and other soft drinks to impart a pleasing bitter note. However, caffeine is also an addictive stimulant. In humans, it stimulates the central nervous system, heart rate, and respiration, has psychotropic (mood altering) properties, and acts as a mild diuretic.

A normal dose of caffeine is generally considered to be 100 mg, which is roughly the amount found in a cup of coffee. However, more than half of all American adults consume more than 300 mg of caffeine every day, which makes it America's most popular drug.

Read the entire article.

Antibiotics and Sinus Infections

New research suggests routine sinus infections aren't really helped by antibiotics and other medicine that's often prescribed.

In the British study, people suffering from facial pain and a runny nose with greenish or yellowish mucous generally improved within about two weeks — whether they took the standard antibiotic amoxicillin, steroid nose spray or fake medicine.

Read the entire article.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Vitamin A Offers Hope For Gnarled Man

Sacked from his job, deserted by his wife, shunned by neighbours - "tree man" Dede has been treated as a freak for most of his life because of the gnarled growths sprouting from his hands and feet.

But now the 35-year-old Indonesian hopes a doctor in the United States will be able to treat the horn-like extensions that started appearing on his body in his teens and that earned him the "tree man" moniker.

Could a simple vitamin give this man a chance at life?

Read the entire article.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Honey Better Than Children’s Cough Syrups

Natural honey is a more effective remedy for children’s coughs than over-the-counter medicines, researchers say.

Honey did a better job of reducing the severity and frequency of night-time coughs. It also improved sleep quality for children and their parents.

Read the entire article.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

America's Disease Care System

Health care has been in the news for a long time without any positive change coming from it. It's one of the hot topics of this election year.

America's health care system is definitely not working. Although Americans only represent 5% of the world's population, we spend 15% of our hard-earned money on health care.

Half of all the prescriptions in the world are taken by Americans, and again, we only represent 5% of the world's population.

Not a pretty picture of a healthy nation. The World Health Organization in 2000 ranked us 37th in health care services and life expectancy ranks 42nd.

Here's a few more thoughts from the introduction to a DVD entitled, The Path To High Level Health, by Steven Horne:

Health is one of the greatest blessings we can enjoy in life, but most Americans aren’t experiencing the level of health they desire. If you aren’t aware of the facts, consider the following.

Millions of people die each year from the side effects of properly prescribed drugs, over two thirds of the population is seriously overweight, and finally, Americans consume 45% of the world's prescription drugs but have the worst life expectancy and health statistics of any Western country.

The fact is that we have a disease-care system, not a health care system. Our accountant-managed approach makes it much more profitable to manage the symptoms of disease instead of actually helping people get well.

As a result, people have been lead to believe that drugs and surgery are the only ways to heal. It’s time for a change.

The Path To High Level Health can be purchased at Tree of Light Publishing.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Stem Cell War May End

Dr. James A. Thomson’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin was one of two that in 1998 plucked stem cells from human embryos for the first time, destroying the embryos in the process and touching off a divisive national debate.

And on Tuesday, his laboratory was one of two that reported a new way to turn ordinary human skin cells into what appear to be embryonic stem cells without ever using a human embryo.

Read the entire article.

Monday, January 7, 2008

FDA Bans Health Info On Cherries

Being in the natural health industry and selling herbs and supplements for the past 25 years, I am well aware of how the FDA prefers to keep people from making their own health choices. The Operation Cure All law that was passed in 2001 has benefited all of us by pulling companies out of the marketplace that made exaggerated claims on life-threatening diseases such as cancer and AIDS.

Not that I don't believe there are natural products that have been used for these problems successfully since we have heard many such testimonies over the years, as anybody that's been in the natural foods realm. But when the FDA begins to remove information and allow the American public to make it's own health care decisions, I get real concerned.

There have been many bills presented that would require prescriptions for supplements. So far there's been enough public outrage that they've not gotten past, but on a state level things are being passed, and as people become more passive (mostly due to lack of time), more decisions will be made for them.

This news story about the FDA certainly concerns me:

The FDA is now threatening cherry growers with raids to confiscate their cherries, haul them into court, and put them out of business for doing one simple thing that the FDA cannot stand to allow: The distribution of scientific information describing the health benefits of cherries.

Read the entire article.

Man Regrows Fingertip

When a hobby-store owner in Cincinnati sliced off his fingertip, he went to the emergency room without the missing tip. He couldn't find it anywhere. The doctor bandaged the wound and recommended a skin graft.

This man happened to have a brother in the tissue-regeneration business, who told him to forego the skin graft and instead apply a powdered extract to the raw finger tip.

The extract, called extracellular matrix, lays the framework that cells use to generate any given body part. It's like a cellular scaffolding, and all animals have it. It holds the signals that direct cells to divide, differentiate and build themselves into a specific form.

In human fetuses, the substance works in concert with stem cells to grow and regrow everything from heart aortas to toes. Fetuses can regrow almost anything that gets damaged while in the womb.

Read the entire article.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Drug Company Avoids Prosecution - Half Billion $

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has agreed to a settlement in a variety of federal and state lawsuits accusing the company many issues of financial misconduct. The government is not going to pursue charges against the company, which keeps its relationship with government intact.

Between 2000 and 2003, Bristol-Myers Squibb paid out illegal gifts to doctors and health care providers to have them promote and prescribe the company's drugs.

The company was also accused of price inflation while defrauding public health care programs along with illegally promoting non-approved drugs for use on children and dementia patients.

What other industry could get away with so much and still be in good relationship with the government? Read the entire article.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Harvesting Aloe Vera Gel For Arthritis

Here's a great website that shows you step-by-step with photos how to harvest your own aloe vera gel for beauty, personal care and health benefits. It's very well done. Of course, you will need to have access to large aloe vera plants. Read the entire article.

Personally I would rather have the aloe vera without the harvest process, so I take whole leaf aloe vera each day from a bottle. It's made a world of difference on the inflammation of the rheumatoid arthritis.

Junk Food Is Healthy

Somebody at CNN must have had too much coca-cola for New Year's Day to publish this article the day after. How many people are going to believe you can eat it and stay slim? After all doesn't our nation's obesity rate already testify to what these foods do to your waistline? I would assume that the beef and dairy industry had some swing in these research projects.

CNN reports:

If you've been avoiding burgers, ice cream, and pizza thinking you're doing your waistline a favor, don't. They can actually help you lose weight -- and keep it off, too. Here are the hidden slim-down perks of five foods that get a bad rap and the best way to add each one back into your diet.

Read the entire article.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Prescription Drugs 16,400% More Deadly Than Terrorists

[This is an article from 2005, but it is so well written.]

America was rudely awakened to a new kind of danger on September 11, 2001: Terrorism. The attacks that day left 2,996 people dead, including the passengers on the four commercial airliners that were used as weapons. Many feel it was the most tragic day in U.S. history.

But what if six jumbo jets crashed every day in the United States, claiming the lives of 783,936 people every year? Well, forget "what if."

According to the groundbreaking 2003 medical report Death by Medicine, 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes. That's the equivalent of six jumbo jet crashes a day for an entire year.

Read the entire article.

Medical Schools Stop Using Dogs For Cardiology

By next month, all American medical schools will have abandoned a time-honored method of teaching cardiology: operating on dogs to examine their beating hearts, and disposing of them after the lesson.

Read the entire article.

Microwave Popcorn Toxic?

Some doctors and consumer groups have been concerned that a chemical used to give microwave popcorn its tasty butter flavor may pose a serious health hazard.

The chemical is called diacetyl, and it's used in the production of microwave popcorn, but it has also likely led to scores of factory workers developing a severe lung condition known by the medical name bronchiolitis obliterans.

The condition is caused by inhalation of diacetyl fumes, which cause scarring in the lungs. Sufferers of popcorn lung have difficulty exhaling, and when severe, the condition can be fatal.

Read the entire article.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Computer Vision Syndrome

Today, millions of people all over the world are affected by Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS without them realizing it.

Although some people claim that there is no scientific evidence that computer screens are harmful to the eyes, experts believe that anyone who stares at a computer monitor for more than two hours a day is likely to experience CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome to some extent.

Read the entire article for the symptoms.

Understanding Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism seems more popular than ever. Veggie burgers grace menus and barbecues across the country. Children and teenagers declare themselves vegetarian to assert dietary independence from their parents.

Vegetarian cosmetics and cruelty-free clothes fill corner drugstores and high-end shops. But although vegetarianism is trendy, sometimes rebellious and decidedly modern, it's actually one of the earliest diets.

Some cultures have subsisted without meat for millennia. Socrates, Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin and Thomas Edison were all vegetarians [source:].

Read the entire article.