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Saturday, July 31, 2010

How Much Exercise Do You Need?

How much exercise do you really need to see benefits, and what types of exercises are best?

You say you don't have time to exercise? You're hardly alone. For many people, lack of time is the single biggest obstacle to fitness. But, experts say, you may be overestimating how much exercise you really need to get at one time. Instead of investing an hour at the gym, what if you could get fitter with 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there through your day?

There's building evidence that short but frequent bouts of exercise can yield plenty of health benefits. Consider these fitness findings.

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Call For Ban on Artificial Food Dyes

The group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), notes that none of the nine artificial food dyes approved for U.S. use have been proven safe.

"For a food additive that does not provide any health or safety benefit whatsoever, there should be a very strict standard for safety. Food dyes do not meet that standard," CSPI Executive Director and study co-author Michael F. Jacobson, PhD, tells WebMD.

"These colors carry risks," says Bernard Weiss, PhD, professor of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester. "The question for parents is this: Is it worth taking even minimal risks for benefits that do not exist?"

Weiss was not involved in the CSPI report. However, in 1980 he reported clinical studies showing that food dyes can cause behavioral problems in children.

On July 20, a European Union regulation passed in 2008 will take effect. It requires foods containing any of six food colors to carry a label warning "may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children." This is the concern that in 2008 led the CSPI to ask the FDA to ban the dyes. Now the group points to animal studies suggesting that the dyes -- and other chemicals bound to them -- can cause cancer. Read the entire article.

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Vitamin D Against Flu and Viruses

Vitamin D may help reduce the incidence and severity of viral respiratory tract infections including influenza, according to a new study conducted by investigators at Greenwich Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine.

Of the 18 participants who maintained vitamin D levels of 38 ng/ml or higher during the study period, only three (16.6 %) developed viral infections. Of the 180 other participants, 81 (45 %) developed viral infections. Those with the higher vitamin D levels also experienced a marked reduction in the number of days ill.

The data in this study suggests that supplementing with vitamin D to achieve a blood level 38 ng/ml or higher could result in a significant health benefit by reducing the incidence of viral infections of the respiratory tract. Further studies are necessary to examine the efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in the prevention of specific infections, including influenza. Read the entire article.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Head Lice Grow Resistant to Treatments

There is little else that triggers such a visceral reaction from parents than the words 'head lice,' especially when they are uttered in conjunction with an outbreak in their child's classroom or summer camp.

But when it comes to these creepy, crawly, head-dwelling creatures, there is nothing to fear except fear itself, say researchers in an updated report on the diagnosis and treatment of head lice in the August issue of journal of Pediatrics.

Yes, head lice are gross, but they are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene. They don't spread any disease, and controversial no-nit policies, which state that if your child has any sign of lice or their eggs (nits) they should be kept home, should be abandoned, they say.

'It's only a bug on your child, not in your child like the flu or pneumonia,' study author Barbara L. Frankowski, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont in Burlington, says in an email. 'Healthy children -- which includes children with head lice infestation -- should be in school learning.' Read the entire article. Find instructions for making Paw Paw Head Lice Shampoo.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

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Lecithin is composed of phosphoricacid, choline and inositol. In the brain, the choline in lecithin is transformed into acetylcholine, a chemical compound that relays information from one nerve cell to another. In the liver, lecithin metabolizes fat. In the bloodstream, lecithin prevents fats from accumulating on the walls of arteries. In the intestinal tract, lecithin enhances the absorption of vitamins A, D, and possibly E and K. These are just a few of its many roles.

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Its two key ingredients, bupleurum root and cyperus rhizome, support and nourish the liver, the organ (according to Chinese philosophy) that plays an integral role in mood. When the liver is functioning at its peak, positive mood may be maintained.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Seasonal Allergies

Respiratory allergies are a major health problem for many people worldwide. Epidemiologic data indicate that the incidence of allergies is continuing to rise.

Experts estimate that allergic rhinitis affects 20% of all adults and 40 % of children in the U.S. Allergic rhinitis is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed work/school due to chronic illness. Approximately 16.7 million physician office visits per year are attributed to allergic rhinitis. Learn more about a natural approach to allergies without drugs.

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How Much Water Do You Need?

What you might not know is: If you feel thirsty, you're likely to be already dehydrated.

"If you drink only when you're thirsty, you're probably behind the 8-ball when it comes to drinking water and to staying hydrated," said Dr. Sylvia Morris, assistant professor at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Dehydration can lead to your becoming overheated, exhausted and lightheaded, experts say. You could also develop an electrolyte imbalance, muscle cramps and an increased risk of heatstroke.
The old adage recommending "eight glasses of water a day" still holds to some extent -- but people need more than this, some doctors say. Read the entire article.

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Desk Jobs Are Bad For Health

In 2002, after 12 years as a nurse, Gavin took a new job that requires her to spend the bulk of her day in front of a computer screen. The switch to a more sedentary work life has left her with nerve pain in her neck, back, and left shoulder.

Gavin's problems aren't uncommon. The hazards of sitting all day long--whether you're staring at a computer screen at work or watching TV on the couch at home--are better understood now than ever. In recent years, researchers have linked too much sitting to back pain, repetitive stress injuries, obesity, and even an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. So what's a desk jockey to do?

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Resveratrol Found To Keep Hearts Young

How, scientists wonder, do the French get away with a clean bill of heart health despite a diet loaded with saturated fats?

The answer to the so-called "French paradox" may be found in red wine. More specifically, it may reside in small doses of resveratrol, a natural constituent of grapes, pomegranates, red wine and other foods, according to a new study by an international team of researchers.

Specifically, the researchers found that low doses of resveratrol mimic the effects of what is known as caloric restriction diets with 20-30 percent fewer calories than a typical diet-that in numerous studies has been shown to extend lifespan and blunt the effects of aging. Read the entire article.

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Blood Test To Predict Menopause

A simple doctor's-office blood test may one day be able to predict when a woman will start menopause, possibly even in women in their 20s.

Pending validation in future studies, the test could help women make reproductive decisions, say the authors of a study that will be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome.

'Women may want to know if they're OK waiting to start a family till they're 41,' says Dr. Jennifer Wu, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York City, who was not involved with the study. 'If they know they're going to start menopause at 45, they may not want to wait.'

But the test definitely isn't ready for prime time and may not be used primarily to guide family planning decisions, even if it is eventually brought to market, other experts say. Read the entire article.

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Americans Eat Too Much Salt - FDA Stepping In

Most U.S. adults should eat less than a teaspoon of salt each day, but a new government report says just 1 in 18 meet that goal.

'This is not good news,' said Janelle Peralez Gunn of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead author of a new study released Thursday.

Health officials currently say no adult should eat more than a teaspoon of salt each day. They go on to advise that 70 percent of adults - including people with high blood pressure, all African-Americans and everyone over 40 - should actually limit their salt intake to a more restrictive two-thirds of a teaspoon.

Sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, which is major cause of heart disease and stroke. Salt - or sodium chloride - is the main source of sodium for most people. Read the entire article and view video.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

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The B vitamins offer many health benefits. They help promote energy, maintain the nervous system, improve immune functions and buffer the effects of stress. Notably, the B vitamins influence the health of most of the internal organs of the body and may reverse the pathogenic courses of many diseases.

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Krill oil is a highly bioavailable source of Omega 3 essential fatty acid, extracted from Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) which naturally contains phospholipids, which bind to the omega-3 fatty acids, improving their absorption in the body. These phospholipids provide strength and elasticity to the cell membrane, helping to keep toxins out and let nutrients and oxygen in.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

$4.00 Shipping Option

The Herbs Place now offers the Mail Innovations shipping option for orders under one (1) pound. For those who order only 1-4 products (depending on weights), this option will appear on the pull-down menu of shipping options.

Mail Innovations means that the package ships from the warehouse by UPS, is delivered by UPS to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and then delivered to your door by USPS. That also means that Saturday delivery is possible since the post office delivers on Saturdays and UPS does not (without highly increased shipping fees).

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The Mail Innovations choice is not the fastest shipment choice for delivery. While UPS delivers within 1-3 business days, depending on how close you are to a warehouse, Mail Innovations may take 7-10 business days depending on how busy both UPS and USPS is with packages.

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Utah, Texas, Ohio and Georgia.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

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New, Improved Thai-Go Now Available

One of our best-selling products ever, and arguably our tastiest liquid supplement, Thai-Go has been improved with two added antioxidants that provide powerful support to the circulatory system.

Besides the original 11 ingredients which include mangosteen fruit and pericarp, wolfberry, sea buckthorn, red grapes, grape seeds, grape skin, raspberries, blueberries, apple extract and green tea, Nature's Sunshine is adding these two potent antioxidants:

Pomegranate fruit contains vascular-protective agents that guard the body’s endothelial cells against free-radical assault. Pomegranate contains polyphenols, tannins and anthocyanins; all are beneficial antioxidants. This fruit may support cholesterol and blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range, and it may help increase the amount of oxygen that gets to the heart.

Açai Berry is commonly found in Brazil and Peru, and is long-used by natives for its health benefits (especially antioxidant properties). Açai is also known to help the body rid itself of toxins, improve blood flow and support already-normal cholesterol levels. Açai berries are high in potassium.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Protecting Health With Vitamin D

The latest research reports are announcing ways that vitamin D may be involved in protecting against the development and progression of several common diseases. Unfortunately, many of these new disease connections are being made because of newly found widespread deficiencies of vitamin D in the U.S. population.

The current recommended daily intakes (RDIs) for vitamin D are 200 IU daily for those up to 50 years of age, 400 IU daily for those between 51 and 70, and 600 IU daily for those over 70. It has generally been thought that if you get enough time in the sun and eat a diet with foods like vitamin D-fortified milk, deficiency will not be a problem.

However, many factors come into play when it comes to your body receiving UV exposure to the sun and processing that into vitamin D in the body. Things like time spent in the sun, age, genetics, use of UV-blocking sunscreens, and even where you live can all have an effect.

In fact, much of what is being discovered about vitamin D has come about from population studies that have correlated increased risks of certain diseases to populations living in more northern latitudes that receive less sunshine. In attempts to correct deficiencies, it is being found that the RDIs may not be sufficient. The topic of officially increasing vitamin D intake recommendations is current under review. Read the entire article.

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Taking Care of Your Dog In Hot Weather

The "dog days" of summer can be dangerous for dogs — especially those dogs left inside hot cars.

Every year, countless dogs die after being locked in cars while their owners work, visit, shop, or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.

Through this Web site, you'll learn about what you can do to protect dogs from the dangers of hot cars. You can find out how quickly cars heat up in warm weather, whether it's too hot to take your dog along today, and how to get the word out that it's just not cool to leave a dog in a hot car, even for "just a minute." Spread the Word ... Visit the website.

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Dangers of GM Foods

The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable alternatives to harmful methods of food production technologies, estimates that more than 70 percent of the processed foods in U.S. grocery stores contain some genetically modified ingredients — mostly corn or soy. But, in most cases, these modified foods have received only limited testing.

For example, take the three genetically modified corn varieties already being sold by Monsanto that are the subject of new analysis by French scientists. Two of the varieties have been genetically modified to contain unique proteins designed to kill insects that eat them, and the third variety was engineered to tolerate Roundup, Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide.

Foods containing this “modified” corn are now being eaten by people all around the world, but the French researchers contend that Monsanto’s studies do not prove the corns are safe to consume. Read the entire article.

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Avandia Poses Heart Risk

People who take the widely used diabetes drug Avandia may be putting themselves at higher risk of developing fatal heart problems, according to two large studies published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The first study analyzed 56 studies totalling more than 35,000 patients that compared Avandia to other drugs used to lower blood sugar in patients with diabetes. Patients taking Avandia were 33 percent more likely to have a heart attack compared to those on other treatments, according to the study.

The second study, by Dr. David Graham, associate director of the Food and Drug Administration, analyzed data collected from more than 220,000 elderly patients in a Medicare health insurance program who either took Avandia or its equivalent class drug Actos.

While the study found an increased risk of heart failure, stroke and death among patients taking Avandia compared to those taking Actos, there was no difference in risk of heart attack among those taking Avandia and Actos. Watch the video.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

On SALE: B Complex & Nervous Pack

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The vitamins in Nature's Sunshine's B-complex are found in a unique base of acerola, inositol, lemon bioflavonoids, PABA, rose hips, rutin and wheat germ. This provides additional nutritive support for nervous, circulatory and immune systems plus vital nutrition.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lessons on Aging from Dogs

by: Blair S. Walker | from: AARP Bulletin

Researchers want to know if old dogs can teach them new tricks about aging and cancer.

That was the idea behind the Old Grey Muzzle Tour, a 23-day, nationwide expedition recently undertaken by David J. Waters, executive director of the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation in West Lafayette, Ind., to study the oldest living pet rottweilers in the United States. The tour, which stopped in 16 towns and cities, focused on rottweilers at least 13 years old, equivalent to a 100-year-old human.

Waters, who is also a veterinarian, examined each of the animals, collected DNA samples and observed them in their home environments.

“These exceptional dogs have lived at least 30 percent longer than average for their breed,” said Waters in a statement. “They have dodged cancer and other life-threatening diseases of aging. We believe studying them can shed light on what it takes to live well.”

Blair S. Walker frequently writes for the Bulletin’s In the News section.

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Junk-food Ads Move Online

By Tom Laskawy

Here's more compelling evidence that food companies, putative key 'partners' in the battle against obesity, aren't exactly acting in good faith. They may talk about calorie-cutting partnerships and donate money to healthy-living initiatives -- but they don't put their real money where their collective mouth is.

I'm referring, of course, to the billions of dollars in advertising that Big Food directs at children every year. Even as pressure continues to grow for government restrictions, Big Food has already moved on. A study out of UC Davis (via Science Daily) shows that the new frontier in junk food advertising is the Internet, thanks to an explosion of so-called 'advergames.' Read the entire article.

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Programs to Improve Employees Health & Insurance Rates

Zoe Finch Totten wants you to put down that Oreo. For good. "We're out to change public health," says the willowy 47-year-old entrepreneur. "And we won't change it unless we reeducate people about the power of food to improve their health."

She thinks she has found a lever to do it: your boss. Reeling from health-care sticker shock, 60% of big employers now offer wellness benefits, hoping to make workers healthier and cheaper to insure. (One insurer estimates that an employee with a body-mass index [BMI] over 30 adds $2,500 annually to a company's health-care bill on average.)

With studies showing that wellness plans provide ROIs of up to seven to one, the National Business Group on Health predicts that all large companies will jump on the wellness bandwagon by 2012.

Finch Totten's new company, the Full Yield, is the first wellness program that urges employees to eat only whole, unprocessed foods. And while Finch Totten says her goal is to make people healthier, not thinner, replacing chips with chickpeas can do both. Read the entire article.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

On SALE: Ginkgo Biloba Extract and Stress-J

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Research suggests that the extract from the leaves of the oldest tree on earth supports the memory function. Known as a powerful free radical scavenger, ginkgo also supports blood circulation to the brain, thereby optimizing the amount of oxygen supplied to brain cells. It may also help increase blood flow to the extremities.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Osteoarthritis

Let's say that the average person who suffers from osteoarthritis pays a modest $100 per year for treatment. Since 40% of those over 65 have it, that comes to a whopping $3.8 billion annually, and that figure is growing! It's no wonder that prevention research is well-funded.

A recent scientific paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed that the lower your serum vitamin D is during life, the more likely you are to develop poor joint health. This finding and others on osteomalacia confirm that we've become a sedentary, indoor society, and suggest there's a growing need for sensible supplements. Without enough sunlight, you won't make enough vitamin D; consequently, the alternative is a balanced multiple vitamin and/or calcium supplement with vitamin D.

Along with vitamin D, these findings also indicate other important nutritional factors: vitamin C, the B vitamins, minerals such as copper and zinc, and, of course, protein, since cartilage contains collagen, which is a protein.. These findings confirm that good, basic nutrition is essential.

Cartilage is a complex tissue like a very slippery, soft, synthetic rubber. Visualize a rubbery Teflon. About six rather complex components, including collagen, are essential for both its structure and function. Read the entire article.

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Information Overload Puts Over 50's at Risk

Society is screaming for your undivided attention. You can just say no!

Welcome to the Attention Crisis—also known as the "culture of distraction," information-fatigue syndrome," or simply "modern life." It's what happens when technology's flashing, beeping, dun-dun-daaahhhing stimuli scramble your focus, shred your nerves, and squander your productivity. Add an understaffed workplace (or the stress of job hunting), dealing with kids at home and aging parents, and other demands of 21st-century life, and it's no wonder your attention strains at the seams.

"We're really facing the limit of human ability to cope with stimuli in our environment," says Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. And the stimuli keep multiplying. Researchers at the University of California—San Diego recently found that, on average, Americans hear, see, or read 34 gigabytes worth of information a day—about 100,000 words—from TV, the Internet, books, radio, newspapers, and other sources. That figure has grown more than 5 percent annually since 1980.

What's worse, our coping mechanisms may increase our stress levels. We multitask frantically, but our to-do lists only grow. We pay "continuous partial attention," according to former Microsoft executive Linda Stone, who writes a blog called The Attention Project: we skim furiously, hoping not to miss anything.

We fall into black holes of time and emerge blinking, hours later, having accomplished nothing. We forget appointments, abandon projects, and risk our safety (16 percent of auto fatalities in 2008 were linked to distraction, up from 12 percent in 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports).Read the entire article.

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Ticks: Prevention and Remedies

There are better ways to survive tick season than using chemical insecticides. If you live near or often spend time in a wooded area, blood-sucking ticks are part of your world.

When tick populations rise in July and August, you’ll again feel those familiar tickling sensations on your legs and neck, and again drag the dog into the sunlight so you can spot and remove those darn ticks.

During this process, you may be wondering whether there are better ways to survive tick season, especially if you don’t want to use DEET (a chemical insecticide that may cause eye irritation, rash or other side effects) on yourself or veterinarian-grade pesticides on your pets. Even if you do use chemicals in your tick management plan, it’s still a good idea to back them up with sound natural strategies.

The stakes can be high. First described in 1977 as “Lyme arthritis,” tick-vectored (transmitted) Lyme disease is now the most common critter-vectored disease in North America. More than 30,000 cases were reported in 2008, including many in towns and cities where no previous infections had been recorded. Like an invasive weed, Lyme disease is slowly spreading inland from its stronghold along the northern Atlantic coast. Read the entire article.

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