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Monday, March 30, 2009

Nature Deficit Disorder

It’s no secret that kids these days are seeing less green space and more screen space.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average American child spends 44 hours per week—more than six hours a day—staring at some kind of electronic screen. According to the American Obesity Association approximately 30 percent of children between the ages 6 to 11 are overweight and 15 percent are obese.

Richard Louv, author of Last Child In The Woods, refers to this growing problem as “nature deficit disorder.” He believes nature-deficit disorder is causing more problems than just obesity. He argues that many mental and spiritual health problems facing kids and adolescents today stem from a lack of connection to the outdoors.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mercury In Products With Corn Syrup

Along with being staples in our everyday diet, they are also among the many food products that use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Now a new study has shown that this corn syrup often contains mercury. Specifically, two separate studies – one published in the journal Environmental Health, and the other done by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy – have done testing that has led to the discovery of detectable mercury in many popular and name-brand products.

There’s an even uglier fact associated with this discovery: according to the Environmental Health article, the Food and Drug Administration had evidence concerning the presence of mercury in HFCS and did not make any attempts to do further testing or create awareness among consumers about the issue. Withholding this information from consumers – as well as not circulating it among the food industry – is not only irresponsible, but dangerous.

Source: Food and Water Watch.org.

Read more: Studies find mercury in much U.S. corn syrup.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cellular Health

Cells Need Exercise
By Albert E. Carter


Nobody ever questions that exercise helps to strengthen the striated muscles, the skeletal muscles also known as the voluntary muscles. Health clubs and exercise programs, books and magazine articles depend on the ability of these muscles becoming stronger with increased resistance, but are they the only cells that are improved by exercise?

The other two classifications of muscles, involuntary muscles and cardiac muscles are made up of cells that have much the same material. All muscle cells have the ability to contract enhanced by some type of increased physical stimulation. Aerobic exercises are designed specifically for strengthening the cells of the heart and the cells of the walls of the arteries making them stronger and more elastic.

People who exercise regularly find that their skin (the largest organ of the body) is stronger and suppler. Skin cells are not muscle cells but they do react to various types of stimulation.

Lack of exercise weakens bones of the skeletal system (space flight) while a vigorous exercise program causes the cells of the bones to request more bone material from the extracellular fluid and deposit it in the bone matrix, thus making the bones mineralized dense and strong.

The cells anti-gravity muscles (muscles of posture) are challenged with any kind of consistent body movement and the cells of the vestibular system in the inner ear adjusts to physical activity. Properly stimulated the cells of the balancing mechanisms become more sensitive to any and all body movement. Better balance, coordination, and rhythm are the result.

Vision is a talent and as such can be improved by exercise and proper stimulation. From the time we are born until the time we die we are constantly exercising the cells of the eyes. Sadly we do not think of looking to see as a form of exercise so most people do not concentrate on exercising the cells of the eyes. Rather they prefer to compensate a weakness with glasses. Vision therapists have been using trampolining very successfully to strengthen the cells of the eyes and improve vision for over forty years. Read the entire article.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stress and Adrenals

Stress depletes both our energy and our health. In today’s society we are inundated with stress that doesn’t let up. Chronic stress repeatedly forces the adrenal glands to sustain high levels of cortisol.

High cortisol levels also damage healthy tissue. Eventually, adrenal fatigue sets in, and many experience symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, fuzzy thinking, depression, cravings and mood swings. Once the adrenals become depleted, it can lead to adrenal exhaustion.

Some indications of adrenal insufficiency include lagging energy during the day, feeling emotionally unbalanced much of the time, sleeping poorly or sleeping less than seven hours a night, inability to lose excess weight while dieting or frequent need to use caffeine or carbohydrates as “pick-me-ups.” Read the entire article.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Ways To Get Rid Of Your Gut

In 1960 the average American man weighed 166 pounds. The average woman weighed 140. Today, the average man weighs 191 pounds, and the average woman checks in at 164. The scariest statistics can be found at the top of the scale: The number of Americans who are considered obese, essentially 30 or more pounds overweight, has almost doubled to around 40 million.

Mom and Dad shouldn’t feel guilty for laying guilt on us. Blame the savvy marketers who created the enormous portions and the extra-value meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has documented this unhealthy growth in food portion size:

* In 1957, a serving of popcorn at the drive-in was 3 cups. Today a medium-size popcorn at the multiplex is 16 cups.
* In 1957, 1 ounce of cooked ground beef made up your typical hamburger. Today the average hamburger is 6 ounces.
* Muffins were tiny in 1957, about 1 1/2 ounces. Now they typically weigh in at 8 ounces and pack 400 calories.
* A large soda in 1957 measured 8 fluid ounces compared with 32 ounces in 1997, or often 64 ounces today.

Get tips on losing the weight in the article.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Quit Smoking For Pets

Smokers are motivated to quit the habit to protect their pets from secondhand smoke, a new survey shows.

Researchers led by Sharon M. Milberger, ScD, of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, found that 28.4% of smokers who participated in an online survey said learning that secondhand smoke was bad for their pet's health would motivate them to quit. And 8.7% said knowing the potential adverse health effects of secondhand smoke would spur them to ask their partners to quit.

The results are published in Tobacco Control, a BMJ specialty publication. The researchers write that 3,300 people responded to an online survey for pet owners; 66% were dog owners, 53% kept cats, and 10% had birds. Most of the survey participants were white females from Michigan.

Published evidence is convincing that secondhand smoke is dangerous not only for humans, but for pets, too, according to the article.

Exposure to tobacco smoke has been associated with certain cancers in dogs and cats, allergies in dogs, and eye and skin diseases and respiratory problems in birds, according to the researchers.

"This new source of motivation could be particularly strong for smokers who, aside from their companion animals, live alone," the researchers suggest.

Source: WebMD.com
Read the entire article at:
www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20090209/risk-to-pets-motivates-smokers-to-quit

Turmeric's Incredible Health Benefits

Most cultures of the world include herbs in their medicinal approach to health. Even the Bible mentions use of spices by the priests in I Chronicles 9:30: "the sons of the priests made the ointment of the spices." India has been using turmeric in their foods and medicinally for 3,000 years. Ancient India healers used turmeric to treat skin wounds, jaundice, indigestion and several other ailments. The flavor you taste in curries has a lot to do with turmeric.

I find it interesting that many cuisines of the world include spices and herbs in their traditional recipes ... while the United States seems to focus on salt and pepper. In knowing the beginning and the end, God knew man would need help battling disease, so He created natural plant medicines to help us.

A lot of research is now being done on turmeric. It's the root of the broad-leaf plant that is being used. Preliminary research shows turmeric lowering total blood cholesterol by 11 percent and increasing good cholesterol by 29 percent. Most hopeful is medicinal use of the spice to treat Alzheimer's, and even reverse it.

The active constituent in the spice is a substance called curcumin. In lab tests, curcumin is shown to aid the body in ridding itself of amyloid-beta plaques that result in Alzheimer’s disease. These results are also supported in a population study done in India. A study of people over 65 years of age in India who ate turmeric showed that the incidence of Alzheimer’s was 25 percent of what it is in Western countries.

Read about more research on turmeric relating to many other health issues.

Personally I don't like the flavor of turmeric since I'm not fond of curries. I prefer to take turmeric in capsule form that includes a blend of herbs to gain the benefits of synergism. I like Nature's Sunshine's Super Antioxidant with turmeric being the main ingredient. Right now I'm using Super ORAC. I like to swap around.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hope For Peanut Allergy

A handful of children once severely allergic to peanuts now can munch them without worry. Scientists retrained their bodies to tolerate peanuts by feeding them tiny amounts of the very food that endangered them.

It's the first evidence that life-threatening peanut allergies one day may be cured. Immune system tests show no sign of remaining allergy in five children, and others can withstand amounts that once would have left them wheezing or worse.

Are the five cured? Doctors at Duke University Medical Center and Arkansas Children's Hospital must track them years longer to be sure.

"We're optimistic that they have lost their peanut allergy," said lead researcher Dr. Wesley Burks, Duke's allergy chief. "We've not seen this before medically. We'll have to see what happens to them." Read the entire article.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Food Companies Not Required To Report Contamination

A federal probe into a deadly salmonella outbreak has exposed a dirty secret: Food producers in most states are not required to alert health regulators if internal tests show possible contamination at their plants.

The legal loophole surfaced this week when federal investigators disclosed internal Peanut Corp. of America reports that documented at least 12 positive tests for salmonella between 2007 and 2008 at their Blakely, Ga., plant, which has been identified as the source of the nationwide outbreak. In each case, the plant did not alert state or federal regulators.

The flaw has infuriated regulators and food safety experts, who are pushing legislation that would require the alerts at the first sign of contamination. They say stricter requirements could have stemmed an outbreak, which may have started months ago and has sickened at 529 people and may have led to eight deaths. Read the entire article.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Diet Soda Associated With Type 2 Diabetes

If you’re in the habit of drinking diet soda every day – or, like many people these days, several times a day – here’s some important news that could have a significant impact on your health. New research has confirmed what I’ve seen in my practice consistently – there is a link between diet soda consumption and metabolic syndrome, a condition which can lead to development of diabetes.

So, here’s the latest development reported in the latest issue of Diabetes Care. If you drink diet soda every day, your risk of having metabolic syndrome is 36 percent higher than those who don’t drink those beverages daily. Your risk of having type 2 diabetes is 67 percent higher.

No doubt you’ve heard about metabolic syndrome by now. It’s a group of risk factors that predispose you to a variety of health problems – not only type 2 diabetes but also heart disease and stroke. The risk factors include elevated blood sugar, too much belly fat, high blood pressure and low levels of good cholesterol. It’s sometimes called the insulin resistance syndrome because people with these risk factors frequently have insulin resistance that eventually leads to high blood sugar readings. Read the entire article. Read more about diabetes and natural alternatives.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Smokers Have Rapid Aging Defect

Cigarette smoke causes the same cellular defect seen in people with Werner's syndrome -- a rare genetic disease that makes people age very fast.

Smoking speeds the aging process, causing smokers to die about 10 years before their time. Now researchers may have found a clue to this process, giving them unexpected new paths to treatment.

The clue comes from the observation that smokers aren't the only people who age too fast. In their 20s, people with a rare genetic disorder called Werner's syndrome get gray hair, thin skin, and hoarse voices.

They soon develop cataracts, diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and weak bones. In their 40s or 50s, they tend to die of heart disease and cancer.

Smokers also age prematurely and tend to die of heart disease and cancer. Might there be a link? University of Iowa researchers Toru Nyunoya, MD, and colleagues say yes. Read the entire article.

Friday, March 13, 2009

ADHD Brain Develops Differently

A National Institutes of Health study from November 2007 found that in youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the brain matures in a normal pattern. However, it is delayed three years in some regions, on average, compared with youth without the disorder. The researchers used a new image analysis technique that allowed them to pinpoint the thinning and thickening of sites in the cortex of the brains of hundreds of children and teens with and without the disorder. The findings bolster the idea that ADHD results from a delay in the maturation of the cortex. Read the entire article.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vitamin D Deficiency Health Issues

Vitamin D deficiency is common across populations and particularly among people with darker skin. Nutritional rickets among nursing infants whose mothers have insufficient levels of vitamin D is an increasingly common, yet preventable disorder.

In a paper entitled, "Does Vitamin D Make the World Go 'Round'?" the authors point out that vitamin D is now viewed not simply as a vitamin with a role in promoting bone health, but as a complex hormone that helps to regulate immune system function. Long-term vitamin D deficiency has been linked to immune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, and cancer.

"Vitamin D is a hormone not a vitamin and it is not just for kids anymore," writes Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine, from the Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in an accompanying editorial. "Perhaps the most startling information is that adults are commonly deficit in modern society. Vitamin D is now recognized as a pivotal hormone in the human immune system, a role far beyond the prevention of rickets, as pointed out in the article by Wagner et al in this month's issue of Breastfeeding Medicine."

The newly recognized disease risks associated with vitamin D deficiency are clearly documented in a report in the December issue (Volume 3, Number 4) of Breastfeeding Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (http://www.liebertpub.com), and the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (http://www.bfmed.org). The paper is available free online.

Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Contaminated Meat

Exotic Meats USA of San Antonio, TX is initiating a voluntary recall of Elk Tenderloin because it may contain meat derived from an elk confirmed to have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

CWD is one of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, which includes BSE — “Mad Cow Disease.”

Of course the FDA says concerns about the safety of the meat are purely “theoretical." At the present time, FDA believes the risk of becoming ill from eating CWD-positive elk or deer meat is remote.

What else could they say when they already allow cattle with cancerous tumors to be processed for human consumption? In 2000 the ruling was made that cancerous tumors and open sores were to be reclassified as "aesthetic" problems.

However, the FDA strongly advises consumers to return the elk meat product to the place of purchase, rather than disposing of it themselves, due to environmental concerns.

Here's another story with Colorado contaminated elk.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Growing Your Own Fresh Air

Kamal Meattle used three just three indoor plant species to increase oxygen, filter air, and boost general health at a a New Delhi business park. You can use them, too, in any indoor environment.

Meattle's presentation at the TED 2009 conference details a large-scale success, using thousands of plants for hundreds of workers. In any living or working space, though, the three plants — Areca palm, Mother-in-law's Tongue, and a "Money Plant" — can be used to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, remove organic compounds, and generally filter and freshen the ambient air.

A single person looks to need a minimum of 11 total plants, and certain climates with less sunlight could require a bit of hydroponic growing, but Meattle swears by the health, productivity, and atmosphere benefits. Meattle lived in India and his lung capacity had gone down to 70%. He became allergic to the indoor air. Check out the detailed slides from his TED talk.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Favorite Health Supplement

Since I don't use drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, people ask what I do use. The main product that is a top performer on my program, is Nature's Sunshine Omega 3 EPA. There is an immense amount of research, some provided below, done on the benefits and necessity of having these nutrients in our body. Studies relating to rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular, diabetes, osteoporosis, skin health, nervous system (learning, depression and brain function) and even eye health.

Nature's Sunshine adds lemon essential oil so there's increased digestibility and no burping. If you're burping your fish oils, they're not being assimilated to be of use to your body. There's the factor of how the oil is processed and that affects digestibility. If you've had your gall bladder out, you will need to add fat-digesting enzymes to digest and process fat in your diet ... or you'll be storing it away in additional weight. Hi-Lipase digests fats and is of great benefit to those without a gall bladder.

Flax seed oil contains omega 3 oils and is a less expensive source for these essential fatty acids (EFAs), but it does not come close to the benefits of the fish oils, and it can even produce more inflammation. It requires specific enzymes to break it down and convert it to use and if they're not present, it actually gets converted to the inflammatory form of eiconsanoids, rather than the anti-inflammatory that the Omega 3 fish oils provides.

Consider these research findings:

• 1,000 mg a day of a fish oil concentrate reduced the risk of sudden death from heart‐related causes by 45% - April 9, 2002 issue of Circulation

• Women who consumed a minimum of five servings of fish per week over a 16‐year period lowered their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by more than a third, and reduced their risk of fatal heart attack by half. - April 10, 2002 issue of JAMA

• Men without heart disease were 81% less likely to experience sudden death due to fatal arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) when their blood levels of omega‐3 fatty acids were high regardless of their age, smoking habits or amount of other types of fatty acids in their blood. - April 11, 2002 New England Journal of Medicine

• Patients who ate fish and had high serum levels of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), (EPA), and (DHA) reduced their risk of all‐cause mortality in direct relation to the amounts consumed. Patients who consumed the most omega‐3 had a 55% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke, and a 51% lower risk of death from coronary artery disease. - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (July 2003).

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Behavioral Choices Affect Aging

Genes play a role in your appearance as you get older, but the real villains of the wrinkles of aging involve behavioral choices such as smoking, eating, and sun exposure, a new study shows.

The study is published online in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Environmental factors and personal lifestyle choices more than genes can add years to a person's appearance. Read the entire article.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

EPA Sued

Six environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a new rule exempting dairies and other large-scale livestock operations from having to alert officials when toxic emissions are released.

These environmental groups say that the exemption threatens the health and safety of people living and working near lagoons that store farm animals' urine and feces, sources of dangerous ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. Read the entire article.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hospitals Take Meat Off Menus

Given the concern of greenhouse gases emission around the globe, the National Health Service in the UK is urging hospitals to offer meat-free menus, as well as other initiatives, as part of a strategy to cut global warming emissions.

Dr David Pencheon, director of the NHS sustainable development unit, said the amount of NHS emissions meant it had to act to make cuts, and the changes would save money, which could be spent on better services for patients. Read the entire article.