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Health Archive            Date Archived:  July 12th 2006
 
 

Diet of Vegetables Lowers Atherosclerosis Risk - Vegetarians Have Lower Blood Pressure and Increase Good Cholesterol HDL - Study

Diet of Vegetables Lowers Atherosclerosis Risk - Vegetarians Have Lower Blood Pressure and Increase Good Cholesterol HDL - Study

Vegetables

Researchers have discovered that vegetables are good for you because they reduce hardening of the arteries.  Scientists at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine conducted their research on mice that were predispose to developing atherosclerosis, the formation fatty plaques on blood vessel walls which will eventually protrude into the vessel's opening and can reduce blood flow.

The mice all had elevated levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL), which is a risk factor for atherosclerosis in humans.  The researchers fed half of the mice a diet consisting of 30 percent (of their calories) vegetables. These vegetables included a mixture of freeze-dried broccoli, green beans, corn, peas and carrots.  These are five of the top-10 vegetables eaten in the United States based on frequency of consumption.  Diet of Vegetables Lowers Atherosclerosis Risk - Vegetarians Have Lower Blood Pressure and Increase Good Cholesterol HDL - Study


Oprah's Weight Loss Plan Show on Monday - Diet and Exercise Daily - Winfey Boot Camp Includes Pilates Aerobics and Strength Training

Oprah's Weight Loss Plan Show on Monday - Diet and Exercise Daily - Winfey Boot Camp Includes Pilates Aerobics and Strength Training

Oprah Magazine

Oprah Winfrey will be having a special program on Monday concerning weight-loss.  She says that the most common questioned asked of her is “How does she lose weight and keep it off?”  Here special is expected to feature a man who lost 500 pounds without surgery.  A woman lost 85 pounds and will make her TV debut in a bikini.

Oprah had many years of weight gain and loss.  She would say on Monday “I'm going to do it" and then by Wednesday she would be failing.  She now realizes that the commitment to do well and to be well is a lifetime of choices that you make daily.  She says that true commitment does not come when you say "I'll try" Or "I want to" or "I really want to." The true commitment comes when you say, "I have decided."

Oprah says she does not have the genetics or body type to function without exercise.  She must make a daily choice to exercise to stay fit.  She says she does this the way she takes a bath, as a necessity.  Oprah's Weight Loss Plan Show on Monday - Diet and Exercise Daily - Winfey Boot Camp Includes Pilates Aerobics and Strength Training


Weight Lift to Lose Body Fat – Ideas to get you started in Lifting Free Weights

Weight Lift to Lose Body Fat – Ideas to get you started in Lifting Free Weights

Free Weights

If you need to lose weight and have be struggling along with modifying your diet and not losing weight, one way you can help to increase your metabolism and burn more fat is by weight lifting exercises.

You don’t need to join a fitness club to get access to weights.  You can purchase a couple of sets of free weights and bench to accomplish the goals.  If you have a difficult time challenging your weight lifting routine you can hire a personal trainer.  If you don’t have a budget for a personal trainer you can invest in body sculpting DVD’s that will couch you as you go.  Weight Lift to Lose Body Fat – Ideas to get you started in Lifting Free Weights


Cirrhosis Risk Reduced in Coffee Drinkers - No Reduction For Tea Consumers - Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis Risk Reduced in Coffee Drinkers - No Reduction For Tea Consumers - Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver

Coffee

Drinking coffee may reduce the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver, according to an article in the June12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.  Cirrhosis progressively replaces healthy liver tissue with scar tissue, and can be brought on by excessive alcohol consumption.

Other factors may play a role in determining who gets cirrhosis including genetics, diet and nutrition, smoking and the interaction of alcohol with other toxins that damage the liver.  Hepatitis C can also cause cirrhosis, but heavy alcohol consumption is the primary cause in developed countries.

Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland, California, analyzed data from 125,580 individuals who did not report liver disease when they had baseline examinations, between 1978 and 1985.  There were 55,247 men and 70,333 women in the study.  Cirrhosis Risk Reduced in Coffee Drinkers - No Reduction For Tea Consumers - Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver


Prostate Health - Beer Ingredient (Hops) May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Enlargement - Xanthohumol Inhibits NF-kappaB Protein in Gland 

Prostate Health - Beer Ingredient (Hops) May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Enlargement - Xanthohumol Inhibits NF-kappaB Protein in Gland

Supplement

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that xanthohumol, a compound found in hops, inhibits NF-kappaB protein in cells along the surface of the prostate gland.  Xanthohumol is a chief ingredient in beer and this finding may lead to a therapy that could prevent both prostate cancer and prostate enlargement.

According to Emily Ho, "We've shown that the addition of xanthohumol in a cell culture blocks the signal of NF-KappaB protein and works to slow down the growth of benign prostatic hyperplasia and malignant prostate cancer cell”.  Ho is assistant professor of nutrition and exercise sciences in OSU's College of Health and Human Sciences and a researcher with OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.  Prostate Health - Beer Ingredient (Hops) May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Enlargement - Xanthohumol Inhibits NF-kappaB Protein in Gland 


Possible Cow to Cow Transmission of Mad Cow Disease In Texas and Alabama - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BSE

Possible Cow to Cow Transmission of Mad Cow Disease In Texas and Alabama - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BSE

Health

New cases of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE) have appeared in cows in Texas and Alabama.  These cases appear to be an atypical form of the disease.  Scientists believe it may be a new strain of the disease that can be passed from cow to cow. 

Scientists theorize that cows pick up BSE, a cellular prion protein (prions are smaller than viruses), from their feed.  In this case however, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the existence of a rare strain and researchers are still unsure how the disease was transferred. 

"It's most important right now, till the science tells us otherwise, that we treat this as BSE regardless," the Agriculture Department's chief veterinarian, John Clifford, said.  According to FoodConsumer.org, laboratory studies on mice showed that both the classic and atypical strains could be spread from one animal to another.  Possible Cow to Cow Transmission of Mad Cow Disease In Texas and Alabama - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy BSE


Cancer and Heart Disease are much lower in Asia possibly from drinking Green Tea

Cancer and Heart Disease are much lower in Asia possibly from drinking Green Tea

Green Tea

Scientists call it the ‘Asian Paradox’ because of the lower amounts of cancer and cardiovascular disease in Asians, even though these countries have an abundance of heavy smokers.  Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine theorize that possibly it is related to the high consumption of green tea.  The article was first reported in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

"We do not yet have a full explanation for the 'Asian paradox,' which refers to the very low incidence of both heart disease and cancer in Asia, even though consumption of cigarettes is greater than in most other countries," said the lead author, Bauer Sumpio, M.D. who is a professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery. "But we now have some theories."  Cancer and Heart Disease are much lower in Asia possibly from drinking Green Tea


Yoga Improves Quality of Life For Radiation Therapy Patients - Exercise Program Planned for Breast Cancer Chemotherapy - Study

Yoga Improves Quality of Life For Radiation Therapy Patients - Exercise Program Planned for Breast Cancer Chemotherapy - Study

Yoga

Researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center believe yoga, as part of a treatment plan for cancer patients, can improve the quality of life.  Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at M. D. Anderson presented their findings at the 42nd annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The research included sixty-one women with breast cancer undergoing radiation.  They were randomized and some took yoga classes twice weekly at or around the time of their radiation therapy appointments.  They created a control group that was “to be offered yoga post-treatment.” The patients ranged from Stage 0 to Stage 3.

The researchers found that after just one week of yoga and radiation, the patients reported increased physical function, as well as general health, compared to the control group.  Also, this group reported better social functioning, significantly lower levels of sleep-related daytime dysfunction, as well as marginally lower levels of fatigue overall.  There was no difference in depression or anxiety levels between the two groups. Yoga Improves Quality of Life For Radiation Therapy Patients - Exercise Program Planned for Breast Cancer Chemotherapy - Study


Hoodia Supplements - Patented Hoodia Chewing Gum

Hoodia Supplements - Patented Hoodia Chewing Gum

Hoodia being packaged

Anna Nicole Smith lost 69lb with a product that contained Hoodia!

No More Taking Diet Pills Though, As New Proven Weight Loss Secret Revealed By Industry Leaders in Two New Products.

Herbal diet manufacturers specializing in Hoodia Gordonii proven weight loss products have pinpointed a real secret winner in chewing gum that has a powerful added active weight loss ingredient.

Two new products are finally unveiled by one of the industry leaders, Dietary Formulae Inc. We interviewed the sales director, Fay Thompson of Dietary Formulae Inc in January 2006 after learning the secret success with the new chewing gum to help you loose weight.  Hoodia Supplements - Patented Hoodia Chewing Gum


Overeating Costs Money - Hidden Costs Associated with Gaining Weight

Overeating Costs Money - Hidden Costs Associated with Gaining Weight

French Fries

Upsizing your meal to mega-size at the fast food restaurants may be inexpensive but there are hidden costs to eating excessively.

A group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison calculated how much money a single occurrence of overeating costs over the following year.  The study will be published in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

"When confronted with the overwhelming costs of obesity to society as a whole, people don't always take the statistics personally," said Rachel Close who worked with the professor of nutritional science, Dale Schoeller, as part of her master's thesis. "This is another way to present the costs associated with weight gain, and might help convince people that upsizing a meal is no bargain after all. With obesity projected to rise from the current 30 percent to 40 percent of the American population by 2010, this is an important message."  Overeating Costs Money - Hidden Costs Associated with Gaining Weight


Poor Physical Function First Signs of Dementia - Alzheimer's Disease Early Warnings May Include Loss of Balance Limp and Weak Hand Grip

Poor Physical Function First Signs of Dementia - Alzheimer's Disease Early Warnings May Include Loss of Balance Limp and Weak Hand Grip

Health

Researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, believe that poor physical performance may be early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  It has been shown that both physical performance and cognitive (thinking, learning and memory) ability tend to decline with age, but few studies have examined how physical performance is linked to the development of dementia or the intermediate stage known as cognitive impairment.

This study involved 2,288 participants, age 65 and older, who did not have dementia at the beginning of the study. Between 1994 and 1996, participants underwent initial testing to determine their cognitive abilities, which were scored on a scale from zero to 100.  Along with this testing, they performed four tests of physical function.  These tests included standing from a seated position five times, a standing balance assessment, a timed 10 foot walk, and a measured grip strength test performed on their dominant hand.  Poor Physical Function First Signs of Dementia - Alzheimer's Disease Early Warnings May Include Loss of Balance Limp and Weak Hand Grip


Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain - Women Who Slept More Less Likely To Become Obese or Fat - Study Hormone and Appetite Possible Cause

Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain - Women Who Slept More Less Likely To Become Obese or Fat - Study Hormone and Appetite Possible Cause

Health

Scientists discovered that women who slept 5 hours or less per night weighed more than those who slept 7 hour.  The women who slept 5 hours or les weighed 5.4 pounds more at the beginning of the study than those who slept 7.  Making matters worse, the women gained an additional 1.6 pounds more over the next 10 years.

Lead researcher Sanjay Patel, M.D said “That may not sound like much, but it is an average amount--some women gained much more than that, and even a small difference in weight can increase a person's risk of health problems such as diabetes and hypertension."  Patel is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  Lack of Sleep Linked to Weight Gain - Women Who Slept More Less Likely To Become Obese or Fat - Study Hormone and Appetite Possible Cause


Metabolic Syndrome – Increased risk for Heart Failure in Middle Age

Metabolic Syndrome – Increased risk for Heart Failure in Middle Age

Pritikin Diet

Metabolic syndrome is a condition which consists of a group of symptoms.  The symptoms includes abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels along with low HDL (“good”) and high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and diabetes.  Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey said that there are approximately 24 percent of adults in the United States over the age of 20 that have the metabolic syndrome.  Approximately 40 percent of the people over the age of 60 have the metabolic syndrome.  There are about 47 million people in the United States that have metabolic syndrome.

A report in Heart Online First said that people with metabolic syndrome have a significant increased risk for developing heart failure in their middle age years.  Metabolic Syndrome – Increased risk for Heart Failure in Middle Age


Benzene Found in 5 Soft Drinks - FDA Tested 100 Sodas - Exceeds EPA Levels of Cancer Causing Ingredients - List of Beverages

Benzene Found in 5 Soft Drinks - FDA Tested 100 Sodas - Exceeds EPA Levels of Cancer Causing Ingredients - List of Beverages

Health

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found benzene, a known carcinogen for humans, in several soft drinks.  The FDA says the levels are higher than 5 parts per billion, which is the limit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows for drinking water. 

The FDA said that “although one sample from a production lot may contain elevated benzene levels, it does not mean that all the products from that lot will have elevated levels, or that all lots of a given product will contain elevated levels."

The companies involved have been notified and have reformulated their drinks or plan to comply with EPA standards. According to Forbes reporter, Andrew Bridges, benzene is linked to leukemia and can form in soft drinks containing two ingredients: Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, and either of the two preservatives: sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate.  Benzene Found in 5 Soft Drinks - FDA Tested 100 Sodas - Exceeds EPA Levels of Cancer Causing Ingredients - List of Beverages


Cancer – Killing cancer cells with a modified Vitamin E Succinate

Cancer – Killing cancer cells with a modified Vitamin E Succinate

Vitamin E supplement

Researchers from The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) found that a derived form of vitamin E can cause cancer cells to die.  The study was first published in the April 28th issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Vitamin E succinate also known as alpha tocopheryl succinate which is available in supplement form is often taken due to the antioxidant benefits.  There has been some previous research that has shown a slight ability to kill cancer cells when taking this supplement.  Vitamin E succinate has been considered a chemopreventive agent.

The method the cancer cells are killed is through a natural process called apoptosis which is a programmed cell death.  The researchers wanted to further understand why the vitamin E succinate was capable of killing cancer cells.  Cancer – Killing cancer cells with a modified Vitamin E Succinate


Stomach Ulcers - Cayenne Peppers may help Improve Condition

Stomach Ulcers - Cayenne Peppers may help Improve Condition

Cayenne Peppers

If you suffer from a peptic or duodenal ulcer, the last thing you might consider taking is hot Cayenne Pepper. This goes against everything you've ever heard about what aggravates an ulcer, the facts are that most "spicy" foods do just the opposite.

Capsicum (Cayenne Pepper) can reduce pain which serves as a local anesthetic to ulcerated tissue in the stomach and can even help to control bleeding in the stomach. Some individuals may be bothered by eating "Red Pepper" or spicy foods, these foods do not cause the formation of gastric ulcers in normal people. An interesting note is that people suffering from ulcers usually avoid Cayenne Pepper, in fact those people may actually benefit from its therapeutic action. Stomach Ulcers - Cayenne Peppers may help Improve Condition


Exercise Prevents Cancer By Promoting Cell Death - Both Skin and Bowel Cancer Studies Show Voluntary Workouts Reduce Risk

Exercise Prevents Cancer By Promoting Cell Death - Both Skin and Bowel Cancer Studies Show Voluntary Workouts Reduce Risk

Skin cancer

Two studies highlight the benefits of exercise, including lower risks of skin cancer and bowel cancer.  In the first study, published in the journal Carcinogenesis, exposed female mice to ultraviolet B light (UVB).  The researchers found that the mice that had 24-hour access to running wheels took longer to develop skin tumors and had fewer of them.  The tumors were also smaller in the mice that were exercising. 

Scientists believe that programmed cell death, called apoptosis, can be triggered by exercise.  The problem with cancer cells is that they do not die like normal cells. Dr. Allan Conney said “Preliminary indications from follow-up work in the laboratory suggest that voluntary exercise enhances UVB-induced apoptosis in the skin, and that it also enhances apoptosis in UVB-induced tumors. So, although UVB is triggering the development of tumors, exercise is counteracting the effect by stimulating the death of the developing cancer cells.”  Dr. Conney is Garbe professor of Cancer and Leukemia Research.  Exercise Prevents Cancer By Promoting Cell Death - Both Skin and Bowel Cancer Studies Show Voluntary Workouts Reduce Risk


Prostate Cancer – Consuming excess Milk and Meat may Increase Risk

Prostate Cancer – Consuming excess Milk and Meat may Increas

Glass of Milk

According to a report on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website, consuming too much dairy and meat may increase a man’s risk for developing prostate cancer.

They have assembled a collection of studies that show possible clues as to why the dairy and meat may have contributed to the increased risk for prostate cancer in men. 

They believe that the risk is higher is due to the saturated fat levels among other factors.  In the American diet we consume way too much saturated fat in relationship to the unsaturated fat.  This dietary imbalance could be a large contributing factor.  Prostate Cancer – Consuming excess Milk and Meat may Increase Risk


Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medications may have dangerous interactions when taken with Grapefruit Juice

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medications may have dangerous interactions when taken with Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that some prescription drugs can possibly cause dangerous interactions when taken with grapefruit juice. 

It was originally believed that flavonoids from the grapefruit juice caused the interactions; however the researchers believe that it is because of a chemical called furanocoumarins that is found in the grapefruit which contributes to the problem.

Grapefruit juice causes some drugs to not be absorbed because an intestinal enzyme called CYP3A partially destroys the medication before it is absorbed.  The researchers first reported there discovery in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Medications may have dangerous interactions when taken with Grapefruit Juice


Dr. Oz’s 90 Day Plan showed Oprah and viewers how to get Younger and Healthier

Dr. Oz’s 90 Day Plan showed Oprah and viewers how to get Younger and Healthier

You: The Owner's Manual Book by Dr. OZ and Dr. Roizen

Oprah Winfrey had Dr. Oz on her show to share how to eat better to get healthier and younger.  Some was diet and exercise advice.  The authors Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet Oz M.D., shared some of the information from their book called, “YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger.”

Another book by Michael F. Roizen is called “The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life.”

One of the secrets is to understand what you are eating.  Look at the ingredients on the package label.  If sugar or high fructose corn syrup is top on the list of ingredients it is not a good food choice.  Dr. Oz recommends foods that have sugar in them also contain fiber or complex carbohydrates.  Mixing the sugar with a complex carbohydrate will slow the absorption of the sugar into the system and help to control an insulin rise and rapid drop following.  Dr. Oz’s 90 Day Plan showed Oprah and viewers how to get Younger and Healthier


Obesity – Statistics Underestimated more Americans are Overweight and Obese

Obesity – Statistics Underestimated more Americans are Overweight and Obese

Active Family

Obesity has been on the rise for both adults and children in the United States.  Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) believes that the currents statistics are too low and the more people are obese than previously thought.  The reason these researchers believe that the data is incorrect is because of the telephone surveys used to collect the information.  Telephone survey data showed that people may have underestimated their weight and height.  The report will be printed in the May issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

The data collected for the national and state level of obesity comes from two different sources.  The first source is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the other is the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

The BRFSS uses telephone surveys to collect data and is used in both the state and national levels for obtaining obesity statistics.  The other source, NHANES, used in-person interviews that measure the height and weight of those who participated in a clinical exam.  Obesity – Statistics Underestimated more Americans are Overweight and Obese


Pregnancy - Vitamins C and E Don’t Prevent Birth Complications – Symptoms - Preeclampsia Not Avoided by Large Doses of Antioxidants

Pregnancy - Vitamins C and E Don’t Prevent Birth Complications – Symptoms - Preeclampsia Not Avoided by Large Doses of Antioxidants

Vitamins

Large doses of vitamins C and E won’t prevent preeclampsia, according to research in the April 27th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Preeclampsia is a relatively common but potentially dangerous pregnancy complication, which affects 5-8% of all pregnancies. 

Preeclampsia occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine.  Symptoms include swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision, but according to the Preeclampsia Foundation, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

The study included 1,877 Australian women pregnant for the first time.  The researchers excluded women who were pregnant with multiple fetuses and women with chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease and high blood pressure. They found that the addition of these vitamins did not prevent preeclampsia or even lower the risk of complications for the infant.  Pregnancy - Vitamins C and E Don’t Prevent Birth Complications – Symptoms - Preeclampsia Not Avoided by Large Doses of Antioxidants  


Weight Loss - Lack of Sleep Link - Hormone Imbalance Due to Deprivation - Good Morning America Program Suggests Diet May Not Be Enough

Weight Loss - Lack of Sleep Link - Hormone Imbalance Due to Deprivation - Good Morning America Program Suggests Diet May Not Be Enough

Health

One reason people have a hard time losing weight could be because they don’t get enough sleep.  According to Dr. Eve Van Cauter, of the University of Chicago, sleep deprivation reduced the production of the growth hormone that helps control the body's proportion of muscle to fat.

The ABC News Program Good Morning America (GMA) ran a story that supports the idea that lack of sleep can cause weight gain.  Medical contributor, Dr. David Katz spotlighted a study that indicates that sleeping fewer than eight hours a night boosts our levels of ghrelin, a hormone that makes us feel hungry, while suppressing another hormone, leptin, that makes us feel full.  Katz said that "There's convincing evidence that a good night's sleep really can pay dividends in terms of weight control."  Weight Loss - Lack of Sleep Link - Hormone Imbalance Due to Deprivation - Good Morning America Program Suggests Diet May Not Be Enough


Getting the Most Out of Your Treadmill Workout

Getting the Most Out of Your Treadmill Workout

Treadmill Workout

You know what makes exercising on a treadmill so effective in losing weight and getting in shape ¬ the ability to adjust the incline. With the push of a button you can adjust the intensity level of your workout to any degree.

If you live in a flatlander state like Illinois and you run or walk outside, you’re stuck at one level. With a treadmill you can simulate running or walk on hills or mountains, and that is where you start getting the heart beating and the calories burning.

Breaking Out of the Exercise Rut For those of us who exercise regularly, we tend to get into a rut. And once you get stuck in a rut you reach a plateau. You find that you are not losing any more weight, and you are not getting in better shape.  Getting the Most Out of Your Treadmill Workout


Weight Loss Ear Staple – Mississippi Medical Board shuts down Businesses offering Ear Stapling for Losing Weight

Weight Loss Ear Staple – Mississippi Medical Board shuts down Businesses offering Ear Stapling for Losing Weight

Ear Stapling Equipment

The state medical board of Mississippi ordered 14 weight loss businesses that do ear stapling because they say they are doing so illegally.

According to a news report by ABC news, Mal Morgan who is the executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure had received several complaints of people that had the ear stapling performed causing serious ear infections.  Doctor’s in the state had more people coming in to get the staple removed and to treat the infection.

The ear stapling business advertised this as a weight loss procedure which is why they closed down the businesses as they are practicing medicine without a license.  Weight Loss Ear Staple – Mississippi Medical Board shuts down Businesses offering Ear Stapling for Losing Weight


Alzheimer’s disease – Mediterranean Diet reduces risk of getting Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease – Mediterranean Diet reduces risk of getting Alzheimer’s

Fruits and Vegetables

A study of Americans that ate a Mediterranean diet had a reduced risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease in their old age.  The report was first published in the April issue of the Annals of Neurology.

According to Oldway’s website they depict the Mediterranean diet along with other food pyramids based on cultures.  A Mediterranean diet includes lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, rice, pasta, beans, legumes and nuts are eaten on a daily basis.  Olive oil and other plant oils along with cheese and yogurt are all part of a daily eating plan.  Fish, poultry, eggs, and sweets are on a weekly basis, with red meat being eaten on a monthly basis.  Alzheimer’s disease – Mediterranean Diet reduces risk of getting Alzheimer’s


Nutrition – Why Consumers by Mega-Brand Name Food Even when they know it’s not Nutritious

Nutrition – Why Consumers by Mega-Brand Name Food Even when they know it’s not Nutritious

Grocery Store

Why do we still buy big brand name foods that we know are bad for us?  According to James Tillotson, PhD, MBA, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University said the reason why big brand names survive, “mega-brands maintain their strong grip on our diet because consumers, food companies, and supermarkets are intertwined in a symbiotic relationship that yields great benefits for all three.”

Tillotson has a two-part series in his Business and Nutrition column in Nutrition Today who looks at the brand name products and refers to them as “fortress brands” because they are hard for competitors to take their market share.

“In spite of a deluge of popular press coverage in recent years about pros and cons of following the Dietary Guideline recommendations, consumer surveys continue to report that taste still trumps all other rationales in motivating food purchases by catering to our strong liking for sweets, fats and oils, and salt,” Tillotson wrote in his column.  Nutrition – Why Consumers by Mega-Brand Name Food Even when they know it’s not Nutritious


Muscle Building and Weight Loss – Researchers find Protein that Increases Metabolism and Suppressing Appetite by Weightlifting

Muscle Building and Weight Loss – Researchers find Protein that Increases Metabolism and Suppressing Appetite by Weightlifting

Weightlifting

Canadian researchers have discovered a small protein that works in muscles to increase metabolism and is also able to suppress the appetite.  The protein is called ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF).  This study was first reported in the Nature Medicine journal.

Other research has focused on the leptin hormone for decreasing appetite. This research study was led by Dr. Greg Steinberg - a Target Obesity fellow funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Diabetes Association and found that CNTF could be a possible treatment for obesity.

The CNTF works by activating an enzyme called skeletal muscle AMP kinase.  This process increases the body’s ability to burn fat and sugar.  The understanding of the method that CNTF works could lead to new ways to help a person with losing weight.  Muscle Building and Weight Loss – Researchers find Protein that Increases Metabolism and Suppressing Appetite by Weightlifting


Fat Smash Diet – Four Phase approach to Losing Weight

Fat Smash Diet – Four Phase approach to Losing Weight

The Fat Smash Diet

Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the “Fat Smash Diet” and has helped Hollywood celebrities lose weight on VH1’s best rated show called “Celebrity Fit Club”.  Dr. Smith visited last Friday’s NBC Today show and shared what the different phases of the diet plan entails.

Phase 1 is called Detox Phase.  This phase lasts for 10 days and you limit your diet intake to fruits and vegetables.  The detox phase is intended to help clean your body of imperfections.  Dr. Smith said that people can lose anywhere from 6 – 10 pounds during this phase of the diet.

In Phase 2 called the Foundation you add 3 – 4 ounces of meat or seafood to your diet.  You add oatmeal, yogurt, brown rice and egg whites in addition to the fruit and vegetables that you are already eating.  You also start to add back cheese, cereal, and drinks to your diet.  You also learn about portions, but you don’t count calories.  Fat Smash Diet – Four Phase approach to Losing Weight


Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work

Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work

Skin Color Patch Available

Hoodia has been available in pill form for quite some time now, but recently it became available as a patch as well.  The drug works differently than stimulants like Ephedra and Phenfen that are now banned because of their dangerous side effects. Hoodia fools your brain into making you think that you are full. 

The nicotine patch has been available for smokers looking to quit, Ritalin is now available in patch form, and now we are seeing ads for hoodia patches.  Hoodia is a natural substance that has been featured on both 60 Minutes and the Oprah Winfrey Show. 

Hoodia is a bitter tasting cactus like plant that grows in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Leslie Stahl of 60 minutes traveled to the Kalahari Desert to report on the subject.  She had a guide cut off a piece of the hoodia plant so she cold taste it.  Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work


Xenical May be Approved for Over The Counter Sales - Non-Prescription Version of Orlistat May Win Approval By The FDA

Xenical May be Approved for Over The Counter Sales - Non-Prescription Version of Orlistat May Win Approval By The FDA

Xenical

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may approve an over the counter (OTC) version of the prescription weight loss drug Xenical (orlistat).  The FDA issued an “approval letter” Friday which says the agency believes the product is worthy of approval.  Jennifer Corbett Dooren of Marketwatch reported that there may be some conditions that need to be met before the drug is allowed to market.    

Xenical is marketed by Roche Holding AG, but the rights to the OTC version were sold to the British firm, GlaxoSmithKline PLC's (GSK).  This is expected to be a weaker version of Xenical.  The drug works by preventing fat from being absorbed by the body.  Some of the side effects may include excess gas and an oily discharge. 

If this drug ultimately wins approval, it would be the only weight loss drug approved for OTC sales by the FDA.  It is unknown what conditions need to be met, but GSK said in a statement, "GSK Consumer Healthcare will work with the FDA to address their comments and recommendations."  Xenical May be Approved for Over The Counter Sales - Non-Prescription Version of Orlistat May Win Approval By The FDA


Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married

Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married

Time for Change

Men are women are different when it comes to moving in together.  Women usually gain weight and men typically lose weight during relationships.  Men will also keep at a steady weight following breakups.  The lead author Amelia Lake, a research fellow with Newcastle University's Human Nutrition Research Centre, believes this is due to the so called “honeymoon period” where each partner takes on the other’s eating habits. 

It appears that women usually eat more healthy foods and begin to eat less healthy when they move in with men.  The reverse is also true.  Men usually eat less healthy, but begin to eat healthier when they move in with the woman. The woman’s healthy eating habits tend to have a positive long term impact on her partner.  

The researchers say that both partners try to please each other during the “honeymoon period”.  They tend to adjust their eating routine to suit their partners’.  Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married


Low Calorie Diet May Extend Life - Study in Humans Concludes Cutting Calories Influences Two Biomarkers of Longevity

Low Calorie Diet May Extend Life - Study in Humans Concludes Cutting Calories Influences Two Biomarkers of Longevity

Diet Book

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (JAMA) adds support to the contention that low calorie diets will help you live longer, or at least slow the aging process.  Earlier studies proved that mice on extremely low calorie diets lived longer than their peers that were fed normally.  Scientists have theorized that a low calorie diet impacts the metabolism, including alterations in insulin sensitivity and signaling, neuroendocrine function, stress response, or a combination of these.  These conditions will affect aging. 

The researchers in Louisiana used humans this time to determine whether a prolonged calorie diet could influence the aging process.  They used a control group to help determine if a calorie restrictive diet could influence the fasting insulin levels and body temperature, two biomarkers of longevity.  Low Calorie Diet May Extend Life - Study in Humans Concludes Cutting Calories Influences Two Biomarkers of Longevity


Moderate Drinking may not Prevent Heart Attacks - New Study Says Older Studies May Be Flawed - Glass of Wine Every Day Shows No Benefit

Moderate Drinking may not Prevent Heart Attacks - New Study Says Older Studies May Be Flawed - Glass of Wine Every Day Shows No Benefit

Not as Healthy?

Earlier studies that suggest moderate drinking or a drinking a glass of wine everyday may help prevent a heart attack might be flawed.  This may be because people in the studies that quit drinking may have quit consuming alcohol because of poor health.  This could have skewed the results to favor drinking.  According to the report, “This was only the case, however, when they deliberately included error by evaluating both long-term abstainers with people who had reduced alcohol intake or quit drinking recently. Study authors caution their report has not disproved the notion that light drinking is good for health.” 

The new study simply questions the extent to which these benefits actually translate into longer life.  Kaye Fillmore, Ph.D. of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), said “We know that older people who are light drinkers are usually healthier than their non-drinking peers.  Our research suggests light drinking is a sign of good health, not necessarily its cause."  Moderate Alcohol Drinking may not Prevent Heart Attacks - Older Studies May Be Flawed - Glass of Wine Every Day Shows No Benefit


Secrets of Thin People – Habits Can Help Keep Weight Under Control – ABC News Broadcast Highlights Real Simple Magazine Article

Secrets of Thin People – Habits Can Help Keep Weight Under Control – ABC News Broadcast Highlights Real Simple Magazine Article

More Vegetables

ABC News highlighted some habits that can be used by overweight people to become thin.  Researchers from Pennsylvania found that thin people tend to eat low calorie density foods.  These foods contain high water content.  Examples include fruits, vegetables, water-based soups and stews, and cooked whole grains.

They typically don’t count calories or carry a food scale around with them, according to Barbara Rolls, professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University.  Lorie Parch writes in Real Simple Magazine that thin people “keep an eye on what they eat without being obsessive, many focus on filling their plates with mostly fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.”  According to Rolls, thin people tend to eat five small meals a day rather than three squares.  This makes it easier to scale down portions.

Thin people don’t skip meals. According to the report, they don’t skip breakfast.  Breakfast is the most important meal.  According to the ABC News story “A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that people who ate breakfast were less likely to be overweight than those who didn't.”  I have to admit, I have met many thin people that did skip breakfast.  Secrets of Thin People – Habits Can Help Keep Weight Under Control – ABC News Broadcast Highlights Real Simple Magazine Article


Weight Loss Plateaus – How to get back on track to Losing Weight

Weight Loss Plateaus – How to get back on track to Losing Weigh

Free Weights

The weight no longer is coming off and you have reached a diet plateau.  No matter how hard you are trying to lose weight you don’t budge one pound.  You are still dieting and doing what you did before and the weight loss came to a stop.

This could be a process that your body is catching up with the changes going on in your body.  You could be reaching a point where the amount of calories and exercise are not enough to push past the plateau.  Adding more exercise will get you past the plateau, but you may need to add variety to your workout.  Weight Loss Plateaus – How to get back on track to Losing Weight


Metabolic Syndrome could be prevented by Eating a Diet Rich with Magnesium

Metabolic Syndrome could be prevented by Eating a Diet Rich with Magnesium

Soybeans

A 15 year study found that people that ate the most magnesium in their diets had a 31 percent less of a chance for developing metabolic syndrome. 

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that include high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.  The metabolic syndrome people usually have an excessive amount of weight around their waist.  They struggle with blood sugar levels and can often develop type 2 diabetes.  They are also at an increased risk for developing heart disease.  Metabolic Syndrome could be prevented by Eating a Diet Rich with Magnesium


Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK

Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK

White Teeth

A new study indicates that there is a connection between fluoride intake and fluorosis of the permanent incisors.  Fluorosis is characterized by white streaks or splotches on the teeth.  Kids in the study, who are currently 10 to 13 years of age, were followed since birth.  The Iowa Fluoride Study recorded food and beverage intakes multiple times throughout those years.

The well water and purchased beverages were analyzed for fluoride concentrations. When the kids were between 7.7 and 12 years of age, they had dental examinations, where researchers looked for evidence of fluorosis. 

The researchers compared amounts of fluoride consumed and children with and without fluorosis in their permanent incisors.  They found that 35% of the children had some evidence of dental fluorosis, most of which was mild.  Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK


Weight Training Twice as Effective Compared to Aerobic Exercise In Improving Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors After Surgery

Weight Training Twice as Effective Compared to Aerobic Exercise In Improving Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors After Surgery

Strength Training

Researchers believe that weight training significantly improves the quality of life in women recently treated for breast cancer.  Minnesota doctors found that six months of twice weekly exercise that improved strength and body composition was enough to result in improvements in the overall physical and emotional condition of the patients.

It is not unusual for newly diagnosed and treated breast cancer patients to suffer from multitude quality of life limiting complaints, including insomnia, weight gain, chronic fatigue, depression, and anxiety.  Although treatments for breast cancer have progressed rapidly, treatment for these secondary complaints has only recently been compared. 

There are several physical options available for the management of these secondary issues involving breast cancer survivors.  The researchers compared aerobic and weight training and found weight training produced better results.  Weight Training Twice as Effective Compared to Aerobic Exercise In Improving Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors After Surgery


Are You Full OF IT?  Cleansing and Detox Programs

Are You Full OF IT?  Cleansing and Detox Programs

Cleansing

Any way you cut it, cleansing will always be critically acclaimed by internal cleansing ethicist the world round.  They will sing their praises of what internal cleansing has done for them personally and other people.  Okay a person might want to address some of the underlying issues such as learning what to eat and how to eat.

These issues are almost always glossed over by main stream medicine.  I can remember an old vacation my husband and I took.  We vacationed seven whole days in beautiful Myrtle Beach.  On our way home from our much needed vacation, I realized something: “I LEFT FOOD OUT ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER.”  Yikes!  After flying up my front steps acting as if I could somehow stop the putrefying, rotting process.

Silly me!  I unlocked the door walked in to my home and W O S H!  The smell so pungent.  It stunk.  A smell that would send a herd of cattle running to the nearest exit.  Are You Full OF IT?  Cleansing and Detox Programs


Compare Diets – Low Calorie Diet With DASH Diet – One Proven to Lower Blood Pressure – Calorie Restriction (CR) Proven to Extend Life

Compare Diets – Low Calorie Diet With DASH Diet – One Proven to Lower Blood Pressure – Calorie Restriction (CR) Proven to Extend Life

Diets

Two doctors in the original DASH diet group have recommended a modification in their original regimen to help reduce triglycerides and increase the good HDL cholesterol, by increasing fat and protein in the diet.  The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet developed in the 1990s was designed to lower blood pressure, and at that time was the only diet proven to this.

The original DASH Diet was rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.  The diet also required reduced intakes of saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.  The diet proved to lower the bad LDL cholesterol but also lowered the good HDL cholesterol.  The diet had no effect on triglycerides levels. This prompted the two researchers to look further and improve the original plan.

The original DASH diet recommended 4 to 5 servings of both fruits and vegetables, 7 to 8 servings of grain products, some nuts and low-fat or non-fat dairy products, and even some snacks and sweets.  One goal was to reduce sodium intake, so crackers without salt was recommended, among other salt reductions.  Compare Diets – Low Calorie Diet With DASH Diet – One Proven to Lower Blood Pressure – Calorie Restriction (CR) Proven to Extend Life 


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Spread of Prostate Cancer - Fish Oil Better Than Vegetable Sources - Omega-6 Used as Energy By Cancer Cells and Tumors

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Spread of Prostate Cancer - Fish Oil Better Than Vegetable Sources - Omega-6 Used as Energy By Cancer Cells and Tumors

Fish Better Source for Omega

Scientists from the Paterson Institute at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, England, believe that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could block the spread of prostate cancer.  It has been known for some time that both omega-3 and omega-6 oils have promoted good health. 

Since the body can not make these fats, it is important to eat foods rich in them.  These foods include fish and fish oil, canola and flaxseed oils, and most raw nuts.  Nutritionists say it is important to keep a balance of the two fats / oils.  Some nutritionists believe that adults do better with fish oil rather than plant oils, but there are some benefits to the plant oils (nuts) as well. 

Dr. Mick Brown said “Omega-6 fats, found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, increased the spread of tumor cells into bone marrow. This invasion was blocked by omega 3 fats -- the ones found in oily fish.”  Brown is the chief scientist in the research.  Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Spread of Prostate Cancer - Fish Oil Better Than Vegetable Sources - Omega-6 Used as Energy By Cancer Cells and Tumors


Sudden Death Heart Attacks Rare in Women While Exercising - Men are 19 Times more Likely to Die - But Moderate Exertion Will Lower Long Term Risk

Sudden Death Heart Attacks Rare in Women While Exercising - Men are 19 Times more Likely to Die - But Moderate Exertion Will Lower Long Term Risk

Dr. Albert

There were three heart attacks and two deaths associated with the heart attacks at the Los Angeles Marathon the other day.  Experts want to remind people that sudden cardiac death during exertion is extremely rare in women.  All three heart attacks at the marathon involved men and this was the first time there was more than one heart attack during the LA Marathon.

Typically regular exercise may significantly lower the long-term risk, according to a study in the March 22/29 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on women's health.  Always check with your doctor before you begin an exercise regimen.

Sudden death heart attacks are more likely to strike men than women.  Christine Albert, M.D., told NBC reporters in an interview that "In comparison to a prior study that we did among male physicians, the risk of sudden cardiac death during vigorous exertion was approximately 19 times higher in men than in women."  Sudden Death Heart Attacks Rare in Women While Exercising - Men are 19 Times more Likely to Die - But Moderate Exertion Will Lower Long Term Risk 


“French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano offers Weight Loss by Lifestyle Changes

“French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano offers Weight Loss by Lifestyle Changes

"French Women Don't Get Fat" Book

Oprah Winfrey had a terrific show today about slowing down aging.  One of her guests was the author of Mireille Guiliano who is the author of the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” Oprah said on her show that 67% of Americans are fat, compared to only 11% of people in France.

When Oprah interviewed Mireille it was interesting to find out that her book was not intended as a weight loss diet fad type of book, but more of a lifestyle change in how to approach eating.

Mireille recommended that you spend 20 minutes to sit down to a meal.  Don’t try to multi-task while eating.  Eating is to be enjoyed she explains.  She said not to take away foods like many fad diets do.  Try to find a balance.  You can indulge in deserts and pizza, but find a balance.  The next day you might eat a more nutritious meal such as grapefruit with an egg and toast.  “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano offers Weight Loss by Lifestyle Changes


Gastric Bypass Surgery with Severely Obese patients helped Lower Blood Pressure

Gastric Bypass Surgery with Severely Obese patients helped Lower Blood Pressure

Body Weight calculate BMI

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh found that exceedingly obese patients that undergo gastric bypass bariatric surgery often have a long-term benefit of lowered blood pressure and some patients no longer need to take hypertensive medications.  This study was first published in the March issue of the Archives of Surgery.

The reason for the correction in blood pressure is that after the stomach is reduced in size the patients lose a large amount of weight.  This improves the patients overall health.  There are approximately two-thirds of the excessively obese patients that have high blood pressure.  Gastric Bypass Surgery with Severely Obese patients helped Lower Blood Pressure


Sciona DNA Diet Based On Genetic Analysis – May Be Better than Atkins South Beach or Zone Diets - Nutrigenomics May Prevent Disease

Sciona DNA Diet Based On Genetic Analysis – May Be Better than Atkins South Beach or Zone Diets - Nutrigenomics May Prevent Disease

Sciona Logo

There is a new genetic test customers can take at home that may help determine which diet is best for them.  Potential dieters swab the inside of their cheek to collect a DNA sample, fill out a questionnaire, and send them both back to Sciona.  Sciona is a privately held, international company that provides personalized health and nutrition recommendations based on an individual’s diet, lifestyle and unique genetic profile.

The company analyzes 19 genes that affect bone health, heart health, antioxidant and detoxification, insulin resistance, and inflammation.  After the analysis they will recommend dietary changes to counteract the customer’s genetic weaknesses.

Sciona’s Director of Nutrition, Yael Joffe says, “You may eat well, exercise, and take nutritional supplements, but minor variations in your genes can put you at risk."  The Nutrigenetic testing will identify genetic variations which may indicate an individual's risk for developing specific health conditions including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  Sciona DNA Diet Based On Genetic Analysis – May Be Better than Atkins South Beach or Zone Diets - Nutrigenomics May Prevent Disease 


Atkins Diet Warning - Researchers do not recommend for Weight Loss due to Health Risks

Atkins Diet Warning - Researchers do not recommend for Weight Loss due to Health Risks

Fruits and Vegetables

There have been questions whether or not the Atkins diet is safe.  A group of researchers from the New York School of Medicine says it is not safe and should not be recommended.

One of the complications that can occur on this diet is called ketoacidosis which can be life threatening if not treated.  Diabetic ketoacidosis is more commonly seen, but with low-carb dieting a person enters into a state called ketosis.  The Atkins diet encourages a person to get into the ketosis state for rapid weight loss.

Klaus-Dieter Lessnau along with colleagues did a case report about this life-threatening complication when a 40 year old obese woman was on the Atkins diet.  The woman was following the diet strictly.  She developed ketoacidosis which is caused when excessively high levels of acids called ketones are found in the blood.  When starvation occurs the liver produces Ketones.  Low carbohydrate diets like the Atkins diet leads to Ketones being produced.  Atkins Diet Warning - Researchers do not recommend for Weight Loss due to Health Risks


What is a Supplement and Why do you need one? 

What is a Supplement and Why do you need one?

Supplements

One of the easiest ways you can help your own effort to lose weight and get healthy is through the use of supplementation. A supplement shouldn't be some concentrated megadose vitamin that doesn't have the all of the other nutrients that exists in juice and fiber of the fruit or vegetable. No, a supplement should be "that which is closest to the actual content of the food, plus have as much of the nutrients in tact that is contained in the juice of the fruit or vegetable."

For years it has been difficult to avoid offering supplements of some sort - after all, everyone wants to take them. But optimally, the only supplements that should be taken are ones that fits many criteria, which up until now we have been unable to find. Some may fit many, but just about every supplement doesn't fit all of the necessary criteria.  What is a Supplement and Why do you need one? 

 


Low Glycemic Index Diets May Not Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Low Carbohydrate Diets Including Atkins and South Beach Questioned

Low Glycemic Index Diets May Not Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Low Carbohydrate Diets Including Atkins and South Beach Questioned

White Bread

Many dieticians recommend diets with a low glycemic index (GI), which is a measure of the effects of a given food on blood sugar levels. More accurately, the Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of the glycemic effect of carbohydrate in a particular food compared to an equivalent amount of carbohydrate in a standard amount of glucose or white bread.

There is another factor to consider besides GI, and that is Glycemic Load (GL).  The GL is the GI of the food divided by 100 and then multiplied by the grams of carbohydrate from a single serving of that food.  If the specific food in consumed in small quantities a high GI may not always equate to a high GL.  It may be more important to calculate the GL rather than the GI for people that need low sugar diets.

This may help explain why recent research has not been able to explain why studies have failed to find links between high-GI foods and elevated blood sugar and diabetes.  Low Glycemic Index GI Diets May Not Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Low Carbohydrate Diets Including Atkins and South Beach Questioned


Prostate Cancer – PSA lowered, Tumor Growth Stalled and Cancer Cell Death by eating Capsaicin found in Hot Peppers

Prostate Cancer – PSA lowered, Tumor Growth Stalled and Cancer Cell Death by eating Capsaicin found in Hot Peppers

Habanera Hot Peppers

A study found that the capsaicin that is found in hot peppers caused prostate cancer cells to kill themselves.  Researchers from the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA published their results in today’s issue of Cancer Research.

The capsaicin is what makes our tongue burn when eating a jalapeños hot pepper.  The researchers found that when they introduced the capsaicin to human prostate cancer cells it caused the cells to undergo a programmed cell death called apoptosis.  Prostate Cancer – PSA lowered, Tumor Growth Stalled and Cancer Cell Death by eating Capsaicin found in Hot Peppers


The Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss - Diets that Work Keep Pounds off

The Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss - Diets that Work Keep Pounds off

Article Author

Do you ever feel like losing weight is impossible or seems like a constant battle?  Do you feel like every fad diet or diet pill is long on promises and short on results?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that, because I’m going to tell you up front that this plan will probably be short on results?  What??! Why would I say that? I’ll tell you why….

I’m not going to promise that you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days.  It very well may be possible for you to do that, but I’ll just let you be pleasantly surprised by your own results! 

The reason that I’m not going to make that promise is because I don’t need to! That’s right…I don’t need to.  First of all, I’m not interested in having you lose 30 pounds in 30 days only to see you turn around and put it all back on…or more!  The Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss - Diets that Work Keep Pounds off


Trying to Put on Some Lean Muscle?  Use Breath Squats to Help you Grow and Lose Body Fat - Optimum Weight Training Technique

Trying to Put on Some Lean Muscle?  Use Breath Squats to Help you Grow and Lose Body Fat - Optimum Weight Training Technique

Squat Machine

It was about a year ago and I was going through my regimen as usual at the gym.  I was trying to gain some muscle mass before I started training for my upcoming fight (I compete in mixed martial arts).  I ended up getting in a conversation with an old school professional bodybuilder and I told him my goals for training.  To gain muscle mass he suggested that I try doing "breath squats". He said that this lift (along with shoe string deadlifts) were the only resistance exercises that would release growth hormones. 

Being young and open minded I decided to try it out. It was by far one of the toughest leg workouts I've ever done, but it gave me huge gains in leg strength.  I was also pleased to notice additional muscle gains in the rest of body which pleasantly surprising given the fact I’m a hard-gainer.  Trying to Put on Some Lean Muscle?  Use Breath Squats to Help you Grow and Lose Body Fat - Optimum Weight Training Technique


Folic Acid and Vitamin B did not Reduce Subsequent Heart Attack Risk - Two Studies Found Supplements Lowered Homocysteine Levels Not Risk

Folic Acid and Vitamin B did not Reduce Subsequent Heart Attack Risk - Two Studies Found Supplements Lowered Homocysteine Levels Not Risk

Artery

Combination Folic Acid with Vitamin B supplements may not lower cardiovascular risk, according to a new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  Researchers announced at the American College of Cardiology, in Atlanta that lowering homocysteine levels by supplementation has no effect in preventing heart attacks, and may even trigger them.  The studies focused on people that have already had heart attacks or suffer from diabetes and other ailments.

There were two studies in the NEJM concerning the supplements.  One of the studies indicated that there may be a "marginally significant" decrease in stroke risk after supplementation. This may not be worth the risk though.  The authors of one of the studies (Homocysteine Lowering and Cardiovascular Events after Acute Myocardial Infarction) concluded that “Treatment with B vitamins did not lower the risk of recurrent cardiovascular disease after acute myocardial infarction. A harmful effect from combined B vitamin treatment was suggested. Such treatment should therefore not be recommended.”  Folic Acid and Vitamin B did not Reduce Subsequent Heart Attack Risk - Two Studies Found Supplements Lowered Homocysteine Levels Not Risk 


Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  

Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  

Calcium Supplement

There may be a link between calcium deficiencies and two serious complications during pregnancy, preeclampsia and eclampsia, Preclampsia is the development of high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy.  Eclampsia is a life threatening condition that can kill both the mother and child.

Researchers under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), investigated whether a calcium supplement could reduce the complications and the mortality from these conditions.  They looked at 8,300 women with low dietary calcium and gave half 1.5 gram calcium supplements, while giving the other half a placebo. Before the study all of the women had a daily intake of 600 milligrams or less.  This was about half the recommended intake for pregnant women.   

Although the calcium supplements did not reduce the incidence of preeclampsia, it did lower their "severe preeclamptic complications index" and "severe maternal morbidity and mortality index."  They were less likely to die from the illness.  Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  


Xylitol Chewing Gum gaining in Popularity – Prevents Tooth Decay

Xylitol Chewing Gum gaining in Popularity – Prevents Tooth Decay

Xylitol Chewing Gum

First researched in Finland, Xylitol has shown in numerous studies to prevent tooth decay.  Other research conducted in Brazil and Michigan also show that Xylitol in chewing gum helps to prevent cavities.  Xylitol is a found in plants, trees, fruits and vegetables.  The more the chewing gum contains Xylitol, the better the benefits to preventing cavities.

The benefits to chewing gum with Xylitol are many.  It helps to prevent tooth decay.  It will replace minerals in the tooth decayed lesions.  It reduces the number of cavities and reduces the amount of plaque build-up on teeth.  Chewing gum with Xylitol will increase saliva production preventing dryness in the mouth.  Xylitol Chewing Gum gaining in Popularity – Prevents Tooth Decay


Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight

Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight

Fat Cells

Multiple research studies are coming to the same conclusion that excess body fat causes an inflammation response in their body that can be deadly.

A recent report in the International Journal of Obesity by researchers from the University of Warwick Medical School found that the biggest health risk to overweight and obese people is the killer inflammation response created from the excess body fat.

Professor F.P. Cappuccio and Dr. M.A. Miller looked at 3 different ethnic groups that were overweight or obese.  They measured the Body Mass Index (BMI) and the participant’s Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) to determine the amount of body fat a person was carrying.  Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight


Obese Children and Diet – Scientists making healthy foods to fight Obesity

Obese Children and Diet – Scientists making healthy foods to fight Obesity

Mozzarella Pizza

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are exploring how to make healthier yogurt and cheese products.

Yogurt could possibly become a heart healthy food choice with a C-Trim ingredient.  The C-Trim is a derivative of oats and barley and contains beta-glucan which is a soluble fiber.  The goal that ARS scientists have is to find ways to cut calories and to increase the foods nutritional value.

ARS scientists from across the country reported some of their successful results in the March 2006 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.  This issue’s main focus was all about obesity.  By improving the food nutrition and lowering calories it would hopefully turn the trend of obesity around.  Obese Children and Diet – Scientists making healthy foods to fight Obesity


Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery Sought - Researchers Looking for the Gold Standard Plan in Diet and Fitness Programs

Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery Sought - Researchers Looking for the Gold Standard Plan in Diet and Fitness Programs

Gastric Bypass

Researchers are looking for a safe alternative to gastric bypass surgery, in a attempt to find a “gold standard” treatment.  Nearly 170,000 patients underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2005 and spent an estimated 4.5 billion dollars on the procedure.  This is up 1000 percent from a decade early.

There have been concerns associated with the procedure, and most doctors look at operating as the last resort.  According to the Anne Collins website “About 10-20 percent of patients undergoing stomach bypass require follow-up operations to correct complications, the most common complaints being abdominal hernias.”

Most people that consider gastric bypass surgery have failed other weight loss plans and do turn to the procedure as a last resort.  According to an NBC News Story, BlueCross and BlueShield of Western New York sought the $5 million study by the University at Buffalo, after being unable to find a model treatment for the severely obese, defined as having a body mass index of greater than 40.  Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery Sought - Researchers Looking for the Gold Standard Plan in Diet and Fitness Programs


How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods

How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods

rolled oats

A recent study of cholesterol lowering foods such as soy protein, almonds, plant sterols that are put in special margarines, oats and barley showed that they will do a better job at lowering cholesterol when used together.  The participants that stayed on a specific diet of these foods were able to lower their LDL “bad” cholesterol as well as the first generation statin drugs did.

The study by Professor David Jenkins from the University of Toronto reported these findings in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods


Gene Can Determine Heart Attack Risk for Coffee Drinkers - Caffeine May Increase Risk and Cause Decreased Blood Flow During Exercise

Gene Can Determine Heart Attack Risk for Coffee Drinkers - Caffeine May Increase Risk and Cause Decreased Blood Flow During Exercise

2 cups maximum

A new study indicates that there may be genetic link between caffeine and heart attacks.   According to researchers from the University of Toronto, an enzyme called cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) metabolizes caffeine in the liver.  A gene variation for this enzyme can slow or quicken caffeine metabolism.

The Toronto team wanted to study whether this gene variation may be associated with an increased risk of non-fatal heart attacks.  They compared 2,014 patients with a first nonfatal heart attack with 2,014 healthy people. 

Their findings showed that participants with the slow-metabolism variation of the gene, who drank two to three cups of coffee a day, had a 36-percent increased risk of having a heart attack. Gene Can Determine Heart Attack Risk for Coffee Drinkers - Caffeine May Increase Risk and Cause Decreased Blood Flow During Exercise


Low Serotonin Levels May Play Role in Heat Disease – Raise Your Serotonin Levels Possibly with SAM-e and 5-HTP and Other Digestive Enzymes

Low Serotonin Levels May Play Role in Heat Disease – Raise Your Serotonin Levels Possibly with SAM-e and 5-HTP and Other Digestive Enzymes

5-HTP

Researcher may have found a link between serotonin levels and heart disease.  According to a study presented by University of Pittsburgh researchers at the 64th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver, a less active brain serotonin system is associated with early hardening of the arteries. 

This breakthrough could be helpful in developing a treatment for preventing heart disease and stroke.  Matthew F. Muldoon, M.D., said "Many of the known risk factors for heart disease and stroke – high blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking and lack of exercise – can, to some extent, be controlled by our lifestyle choices."  He said that there were no previous studies that examined brain abnormalities and atherosclerosis.  Low Serotonin Levels May Play Role in Heat Disease – Raise Your Serotonin Levels Possibly with SAM-e and 5-HTP and Other Digestive Enzymes 


Tahitian Noni Juice Drink Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Alternative Methods to Lowering LDL Besides Statin Medicine or Medications

Tahitian Noni Juice Drink Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Alternative Methods to Lowering LDL Besides Statin Medicine or Medications

The Popular Noni Drink

The human body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function, but too much cholesterol can cause health problems, including coronary heart disease.  Americans spent over $16 billion on statin drugs last year, according to the New York Times.  These drugs include Lipitor and Zocor.  

Consumers are always looking for inexpensive ways to lower their cholesterol without medication.  A recent study has shown that the Tahitian noni juice may lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides in smokers.  The sales of the drink have ballooned to over $1 billion after various news agencies including ABC News, reported on the study. 

Noni juice is made from a bumpy fruit of the noni plant.  The plants are found in the Polynesian Islands and have a medicinal history among the locals for some 2000 years.  Recent research has found that the drink contains high levels of anti-oxidants.   Tahitian Noni Juice Drink Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Alternative Methods to Lowering LDL Besides Statin Medicine or Medications


High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran

High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran

brown rice

A group of scientists from Japan reported in the March 8th issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that eating rice bran, the outer coating of brown rice, can lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol.  The researchers discovered that the rice bran acts in the same manor as an ACE inhibitor prescription medicine.

The study was conducted with rats.  The scientists from Tohoku University and Japan’s National Research Institute of Brewing showed that rats that were hypertensive and stroke-prone were able to lower their systolic blood pressure approximately 20 percent in the same method as ACE inhibitors.  High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran


Weight Lifting Helps Reduce Abdominal Body Fat Compared to other Unsupervised Exercise Programs - No Diet Change only Weight Training

Weight Lifting Helps Reduce Abdominal Body Fat Compared to other Unsupervised Exercise Programs - No Diet Change only Weight Training

Weight Lifting To Reduce Fat

Lifting weights just twice a week for an hour will help women stop the buildup of abdominal fat.  The study involved 164 overweight women ages 24 to 44, and was presented at the American Heart Association conference in Phoenix. 

The women were broken up in to two groups.  One group participated in a two-year weight-training program.  The other group was given a simple brochure that recommended exercise of 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week.  Both groups were told not to change their diets in a way that would lead to weight loss.  Weight Lifting Helps Reduce Abdominal Body Fat Compared to other Unsupervised Exercise Programs - No Diet Change only Weight Training 


Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight

Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight

Obese Rat and Normal Rat

"Obesity increases the risk of contracting cancer," said Dr. Javier Salvador, Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University Hospital of the University of Navarra.

Dr. Javier said that more people are overweight than ever before.  It is found in both industrialized countries and in developing countries as well.  He points out that in Spain 15% of the population suffers from obesity and 54% are overweight.  He believes that the cause for obesity is by people eating more calories and having a sedentary lifestyle.

Dr. Javier’s concerns for Western society is a rise in infant obesity. When these obese babies grow up they will become obese adults.  There are more obese children that are developing type II diabetes at young ages.  Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight


Chocolate May Lower Risk of Death by Heart Disease - Dutch Study Suggests Cocoa can Lower Blood Pressure and Lead to Better Health

Chocolate May Lower Risk of Death by Heart Disease - Dutch Study Suggests Cocoa can Lower Blood Pressure and Lead to Better Health

Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Best

Researchers from the Netherlands say that chocolate consumers were half as likely to die from cardiovascular problems as those who did not partake in the sweet products.  The data was extrapolated from Zutphen Elderly Study conducted between 1985 and 2000. 

Brian Bujisse of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, measured the cocoa intake of 470 men between the ages of 65 and 84. 

The researchers measured how many grams of cocoa each man consumed and divided the men into three groups according to their intake.  ABC News reported that the men who ate the most cocoa products had half the “risk of death”.  The experts have identified 24 cocoa-containing foods that the elderly men ate.  None of the men were taking blood pressure medicine, according to a report in Scientific American.   Chocolate May Lower Risk of Death by Heart Disease - Dutch Study Suggests Cocoa can Lower Blood Pressure and Lead to Better Health 


50 Top Secrets of the Fittest! - Diet & Exercise Tips To Lose Weight and Feel Better

50 Top Secrets of the Fittest! - Diet & Exercise Tips To Lose Weight and Feel Better

Julia Havey

Secrets of the Fittest...can you keep a secret. Better yet, can you use these secrets to change your life and your body for the better?! If you did nothing else than incorporate these secrets into your daily life, over a years time, they would amount to substantial change.

Here is what a fit person does:

1. Always has a water bottle and drinks from it often...water is the drink of choice, not soft drinks.

2. Looks at exercise as a pleasure and privilege not a burden or chore.

3. Thinks twice before deciding what to eat and why...making sure that it is healthy and will give their body good nutrition.  50 Top Secrets of the Fittest! - Diet & Exercise Tips To Lose Weight and Feel Better  


Osteoporosis Patients may Benefit From New Drug - Two Injections of Denosumab per Year will Increase Bone Mass in Postmenopausal Women

Osteoporosis Patients may Benefit From New Drug - Two Injections of Denosumab per Year will Increase Bone Mass in Postmenopausal Women

Osteoclasts

New research has found that an investigational therapy for bone loss, denosumab, demonstrated significant increases in bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.  A person’s BMD can be an indicator for fracture risk, according to a study published in the Feb. 23, 2006 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Denosumab is a RANK Ligand inhibitor under development by Amgen.  Ligand is a protein that is the primary “mediator” of osteoclast formation, function and survival.  These osteoclasts are responsible for bone removal. 

This study is in the second stage and the researchers were able to dmonstrate that “denosumab provides rapid and sustained responses of bone metabolism in patients with low BMD.”  Denosumad can be administered twice yearly and will increased total hip, spine, distal 1/3 radius and total body BMD similar to current therapy.  Osteoporosis Patients may Benefit From New Drug - Two Injections of Denosumab per Year will Increase Bone Mass in Postmenopausal Women


Heart and Brain Health Linked - Alzheimer's Disease Risk can be Lowered by Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Heart and Brain Health Linked - Alzheimer's Disease Risk can be Lowered by Exercise and Mental Stimulation

Lower Risk by Exercise

Heart health and brain health are associated with each other, according to a multi-Institute collaboration of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published online today in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.  It may be possible to maintain brain health as we age by making good lifestyle choices, such as exercise, learning new things and staying socially connected.

From the public health perspective, the researchers believe that by controlling cardiovascular (CV) risk factors we can help maintain “brain health”.  These factors include reducing blood pressure, reducing weight, reducing cholesterol, treating (or preferably avoiding) diabetes, and not smoking.

Committee chair Hugh Hendrie, MB, ChB, DSc, said “Based on our review of CV risk factors, the link between hypertension and cognitive decline was the most robust across studies.”  He is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Heart and Brain Health Linked - Alzheimer's Disease Risk can be Lowered by Exercise and Mental Stimulation


The Jerusalem Diet – 24 Hour Dieting

The Jerusalem Diet – 24 Hour Dieting

digital body fat scale

The Jerusalem Diet was created by Ted Haggard, a pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs.  The reason that the diet is called “The Jerusalem Diet” was that in 1998 he traveled to Jerusalem and had gained too much weight.  He thought he would eat only fruits, veggies and nuts for one day.  After a day of this he felt better and the clothes fit better.  His diet encourages you to weigh yourself every day so that you don’t get off your goal weight.

If he gains a pound or two he restricts his diet and exercises for an hour.  This usually turns into a weight correction within 24 hours.  He doesn’t promote fast weight loss, but makes it more manageable.  The diet also addresses addictions to food, cigarettes, and caffeine.  It sounds like exercise should be on a regular basis, more than just once a week.  He recommends 14 super foods to eat on the diet which are healthy foods choices.  The Jerusalem Diet – 24 Hour Dieting


I Hate Diets - New Approach to Weight Loss!

I Hate Diets Approach to Weight Loss!

Cyndi Hates Diets

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1999-2002 survey) determined that approximately 65% of the U.S. adult population was either obese or overweight. This survey also indicated that an estimated 16% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 years are overweight. And, there is no doubt that obesity is on the rise in our country!

Why the upwards trend in obesity? As most of us are aware, Americans have fallen prey to high-fat, high-sugar, high-calorie diets (common in fast food restaurants). We’re typically eating way-y-y more calories each day than we need for our lifestyles! (But, oh! Those ‘comfort’ foods sure taste good and temporarily soothe our psyches, don’t they?!) Let’s face it, though! If we constantly consume more calories than we burn, most likely we’ll eventually put on some extra weight!

Ironically, Americans often go through spurts of trying one fad diet after another or starting an exercise regimen, only to get bored with it and quit after only a few weeks or so. We refer to a ‘fitness craze.’ Do we call it a ‘craze’ because we get so hyped up about it one minute, pour all our efforts into losing weight and getting into shape…yet, soon, throw our hands up in the air in defeat? I Hate Diets - New Approach to Weight Loss!

McDonalds Faces Three Lawsuits - Celiac Disease Sufferers Claim the Company Misled Consumers About their French Fries

McDonalds Faces Three Lawsuits - Celiac Disease Sufferers Claim the Company Misled Consumers About their French Fries

French Fries

McDonald’s is facing at least three lawsuits by people with celiac disease. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the lawsuits claim that the company “misled” the public about the ingredients in their French fries. 

Last week McDonalds revealed that their fries contained both wheat and dairy products.  They may taste great, but the wheat products can cause gastrointestinal symptoms in people that suffer from celiac disease.  In fact gluten, a protein found in wheat, can cause damage to the intestines in people with celiac disease. 

The Associated press reported that Debra Moffatt of Lombard, Ill., seeks unspecified damages in a suit filed Friday in the Cook County Circuit Court.  She is accusing the company of misleading the public. McDonalds Faces Three Lawsuits - Celiac Disease Sufferers Claim the Company Misled Consumers About their French Fries


FDA defines term “Whole Grain” for Food Manufacturers

FDA defines term “Whole Grain” for Food Manufacturers

Wheat Berries

The Food and Drug Administration has helped to further define the term “whole grain” for food manufacturers.  This better definition of whole grain will improve the decisions that people make when purchasing ready made food from manufacturers.

What is “whole grain”?  FDA stated the following in a news release: “to include cereal grains that consist of the intact, ground, cracked or flaked fruit of the grains whose principal components -- the starchy endosperm, germ and bran -- are present in the same relative proportions as they exist in the intact grain. Such grains may include barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, millet, rice, rye, oats, sorghum, wheat and wild rice.”  FDA defines term “Whole Grain” for Food Manufacturers


Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Very Beneficial For Many Women over the Age of 60 - Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures

Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Very Beneficial For Many Women over the Age of 60 - Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures

Rebecca Jackson

Calcium and vitamin-D supplements play an important role in preventing bone fractures in older women, according to study published in the February 16th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Researchers say, in older women, “consistent use of calcium and vitamin-D supplements will play a role in reducing her risk for osteoporosis”.

Up until now the results have been conflicting.  Based on the data provided by the Women’s Health Initiative, lead author Rebecca Jackson, associate professor of internal medicine and physical medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center, said “The value of a study this large is that it does show, even if only on a small scale, that the intervention can be effective to lower the risk of osteoporosis within two to three years…. A physician isn't needed to prescribe these supplements. All this means any supplementation of this kind is potentially beneficial, particularly in women over 60 years old. That's a huge finding."  Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements Very Beneficial For Many Women over the Age of 60 - Helps Prevent Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures


Rimonabant Diet Pills Work and Lower HDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Weight Loss Drug for the Obese

Rimonabant Diet Pills Work and Lower HDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Weight Loss Drug for the Obese

Rimonabant

The diet pill rimonabant not only helped lower weight in test subjects and keep it off, it also lowered the bad cholesterol HDL and triglyceride levels.  According to the background information in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, the researchers believe that besides weight loss, obesity management should target improvement in certain cardiometabolic risk factors, which include abnormal cholesterol and glucose (blood sugar) levels and excess weight around the waist.

This research determined just that.  It looked at rimonabant in conjunction with promoting reductions in weight, waist circumference, long-term weight maintenance, and reduction of cardiometabolic risk factors in obese and higher risk overweight patients.  Rimonabant Diet Pills Work and Lower HDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Weight Loss Drug for the Obese


New Test Helps Determine the Risk of Death in the Next Four Years - Dying within 4 years odds quiz for those over the age of 50

New Test Helps Determine the Risk of Death in the Next Four Years - Risk of dying found for those over the age of 50 in 4 years

Dr. Sei Lee

A new test is available that may give those over the age of 50 odds of dying within the next 4 years.  The test considers 12 risk factors to determine the participant’s risk. 

The lower the test scores, the lower the odds of dying.  A score of 5 points means your risk of dying in four years is 4%.  A score of 14 points will make the risk rise to 64%.  Just being a man will give you 2 points.  You will get another 2 points for being diabetic or being a smoker.  If you are unable to walk two blocks without getting tired, you will get another 2 points.

The older you are the more points you will get.  Over the age of 60, points will begin to accrue just because of your age.  The researchers warn, don’t try this test at home.  They say a doctor can help you put things into perspective.  New Test Helps Determine the Risk of Death in the Next Four Years - Risk of dying within 4 years found for those over the age of 50 


Atkins Diet may not be good for your Heart

Atkins Diet may not be good for your Heart

Steak

A new study published in the February 13th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that low-carb dieters end up having higher total cholesterol and higher levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol.

The researchers did a comparison of the high protein and high fat diet (low-carb) versus the low fat dieters.  Atkins low-carb dieters are encouraged to eat all types of protein and high fat foods with very little carbs.  South Beach is another low-carb diet; however this diet focuses on healthy protein (like chicken and fish) with balanced and controlled fat intake along with anything that is low-carb (certain types of fruits and vegetables, and sometimes beans.)  South Beach is calling their low-carbs, "smart carbs" because of the nutrition.  Atkins Diet may not be good for your Heart


Does a Low Fat Diet Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? - Stroke? Heart Disease?

Does a Low Fat Diet Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? - Stroke? Heart Disease?

Fruit and Vegetable Diet

The new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues with the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Dietary Modification Trial that claims a low fat diet was no healthier than normal fat diet did more than raise eyebrows.  It has experts debating back and forth whether the study was legitimate.

Was it a flawed study?  The data was extrapolated from a huge number of participants; nearly 50,000 postmenopausal women.   Of those, 40% were asked to make dietary modifications including “consumption of a reduced amount of fat (20 percent of energy) and of an increased amount of vegetables and fruits (5 or more servings a day) and grains (6 or more servings a day).” The other 60% made no dietary modifications.

The study found little difference in breast cancer rates, cardiovascular disease or stroke.  The rate of breast cancer for the women that modified their diet was 3.35% while the rate for women that did not modify their diet was 3.66%.  The difference was considered slight.  Does a Low Fat Diet Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? - Stroke? Heart Disease?


Levels of Mercury in Humans Exceeds EPA Standards - Chart tells what Fish to Avoid

Levels of Mercury in Humans Exceeds EPA Standards - Chart tells what Fish to Avoid

Mercury Ore

Two environmental groups say that mercury levels in human subjects were higher than what is deemed safe.  The Sierra Club and Greenpeace tested hair samples from 6,600 people in all 50 states and found that New Yorkers had the highest contamination of mercury.  California, Colorado and Oregon were not far behind. 

According to a Sierra Club press release, one in five women tested nationwide has mercury levels higher than the EPA safe limit. This is important for women of childbearing age and their small children.  According to the Sierra Club exposure to mercury in the womb can cause “neurological damage and other health problems.” 

The EPA recommends mercury levels not to exceed one microgram per gram of hair.  The usual way mercury gets into the body is via food.  It has little to do with your home or work location.  The groups claim that coal burning power plants are the biggest single source of the mercury.  These power plants produce 42% of the country’s industrial mercury pollution.  Levels of Mercury in Humans Exceeds EPA Standards - Chart tells what Fish to Avoid


Enlarged Prostate Patients may not Benefit Saw Palmetto - Herbal Supplement Tested

Enlarged Prostate Patients may not Benefit Saw Palmetto - Herbal Supplement Tested

Saw Palmetto

New research indicates that the herbal extract saw palmetto was no more effective than the placebo for improving urinary symptoms in men with enlarged prostate.  Researchers led by Stephen Bent, MD, a staff physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and Andrew Avins, MD, MPH, of the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, conducted a double blind study involving 225 men.

The researchers randomly assigned patients with enlarged prostates a placebo or saw palmetto.  They took the tablets twice per day for one year. 

The subjects were tested for symptoms and side effects.  The symptoms were assessed according to a standard symptom score for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and objective measures of urinary function.  Enlarged Prostate Patients may not Benefit Saw Palmetto - Herbal Supplement Tested


Eating Vegetables may help boost DNA Repair and Guard against Cancer

Eating Vegetables may help boost DNA Repair and Guard against Cancer

Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower

Eating your vegetables is still good for you and the low-fat diet study shouldn’t get you to start a regular fast food diet of hamburgers.  The low-fat diet study currently in the news showed that a low-fat diet did not offer the cancer prevention health benefit menopausal women that lowered fat intake and increase fruits and vegetables.  Although the magnitude of the low-fat diet didn’t pan out, this study into vegetables reinforce the health benefits in cancer prevention.  This study was first published in Nature’s British Journal of Cancer and reflects how the chemical compounds found in certain vegetables can be beneficial in the prevention of cancer.  Eating Vegetables may help boost DNA Repair and Guard against Cancer

 


Low-Fat Diets are not as Beneficial as Thought

Low-Fat Diets not as Beneficial as Thought

Fruits and Vegetables

Postmenopausal women need to do more than just cut fat from their diet to stay healthy, according to a new study.  Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues with the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) Dietary Modification Trial conducted a very large scale study. 

They followed 48,835 women for eight years and found that “a diet low in fat, but high in fruit, vegetables and grains, does not significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.”  They examined the effect of a low-fat diet with the incidence of breast cancer. It was thought that a low fat diet would reduce breast cancer risk.  Low-Fat Diets are not as Beneficial as Thought


Celiac Disease Symptoms – Doctors need to be Aware of the Condition and Prescribe Drug Tests for it

Celiac Disease Symptoms – Doctors need to be Aware of the Condition and Prescribe Drug Tests for it

Digestive Tract

Celiac Disease is a relatively common disease that many people don’t even know they have.  The disease usually affects Caucasians.  In Ireland, about 1 in 150 people have Celiac disease.  In the US the number is 1 in 250 people.  Women are more susceptible to it.   

The symptoms include nonspecific abdominal pain, gas, bloating, depression, recurrent mouth sores, or may cause women to be infertile.  There are a lot of manifestations and doctors should become more aware of the symptoms.

Patients can develop diarrhea and lose weight. ABC News recently ran a story on the subject.  Katie Barrett, a 32 year old woman who has suffered with the disease since she was 9 years old, said "It wasn't just my stomach that was bloated, [it was] my whole entire body." She said she felt like the “Pillsbury dough boy”.  Celiac Disease Symptoms – Doctors need to be Aware of the Condition and Prescribe Drug Tests for it    


Fear of MRSA Staph Infections May Help Boost Home Gym Sales

Fear of MRSA Staph Infections May Help Boost Home Gym Sales

MRSA Super Bug

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) was once a disease reserved for Convalescent and Assisted Care facilities.  Today staph infections have become more common in gyms, locker rooms, whirlpools and from weightlifting equipment. 

Last April defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins, Brandon Noble, was sidelined with the infection.  According to doctors, if he had waited another 24 hours he could have died or lost a limb.  His story was recently featured on an ABC News segment about MRSA. 

MRSA usually enter the body from a cut or small scratch.  The area may become red and then the infected individual will experience flu like symptoms including intense pain.  Fear of MRSA Staph Infections May Help Boost Home Gym Sales


Pritikin Diet and Exercise Program helped treat Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in Obese and Overweight Patients

Pritikin Diet and Exercise Program helped treat Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in Obese and Overweight Patients

Pritikin Weight Loss Book

A recent study published in the online edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology, showed a 50 percent reversal in people with metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes by following the Pritikin diet and exercise program over a 3 week period of time.

The lead researcher, Christian Roberts, from the University of California, Los Angeles said, "The study shows, contrary to common belief, that Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome can be reversed solely through lifestyle changes."

"This regimen reversed a clinical diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome in about half the participants who had either of those conditions. However, the regimen may not have reversed damage such as plaque development in the arteries," Roberts said. "However, if Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome continue to be controlled, further damage would likely be minimized and it's plausible that continuing to follow the program long-term may result in reversal of atherosclerosis."   Pritikin Diet and Exercise Program helped treat Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in Obese and Overweight Patients


Obesity Doubles Childs Risk of Diabetes - Study Found Half of the Children are Twice as likely to become Diabetic

Obesity Doubles Childs Risk of Diabetes - Study Found Half of the Children are Twice as likely to become Diabetic

Kaufman's Book

A new study says that overweight children are twice as likely to develop diabetes as normal weight children.  Although few children in the study had diabetes, their risk factors were “very high”. 

The study included 1,740 eighth-graders from 12 U.S. schools.  They found that half of the children were either overweight or on the verge of becoming overweight.  Being overweight is one of the primary risk factors for type-2 diabetes. 

Of these children, 41 percent had elevated blood sugar levels and 36 percent had high levels of insulin.  Insulin is a hormone that helps process blood sugar.  High insulin and blood sugar levels signal that the body is becoming resistant to insulin.  This is a precursor to type-2 diabetes.  These tests were taken after fasting.  Obesity Doubles Childs Risk of Diabetes - Study Found Half of the Children are Twice as likely to become Diabetic


Vitamins: Why Do We Take Supplements

Vitamins: Why Do We Take Supplements

B-100 Complex vitamin

Vitamins supplements are so common among us. We can easily buy them at supermarkets or our local drugs store. But what are vitamins? And why should we take them? Nobel Laureate, Fritz Lipmann, once commented, "Doctors like to prescribe vitamins and millions of people take them, but it requires a good deal of biochemical sophistication to understand why they are needed and how the organism uses them."

Vitamins are essential micronutrients that the body cannot supply in sufficient quantities. They therefore must be obtained from the environment (diet or supplements). For simplification, vitamins are classified in two groups, according to whether they are water-soluble or fat-soluble. The water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins; these are considered for the most part relatively non-toxic. The fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, K, tend to accumulate in tissues and can be quite toxic at high doses.  Vitamins: Why Do We Take Supplements


Antioxidants - How to slow down Aging

Antioxidants - How to slow down Aging

colorful vegetables

We are a product of our environment and must be realistic in knowing that the environment is not pure and because of the basic instinct of greed, we are living in a polluted world. The people, who live the longest, exist in the high mountains where the air is not polluted, the water is full of healthy minerals and the food is free of synthetic chemicals.

In the polluted world, we must recognize that polluted air, water and food produce free radicals and pathogenic germs that cause us to prematurely age with diseases and pain. For those of us that live in the chemical world, we can live 20 years or even longer, if we prevent free radicals and pathogens from shortening our life. Anti-aging depends on fighting free radicals and pathogens. Conventional medicine may let us live 20 years longer, but with the expectation of suffering. Fortunately, the choice is ours.  Antioxidants - How to slow down Aging


Risk of Stroke reduced by eating more Fruits and Vegetables

Risk of Stroke reduced by eating more Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetable platter

A recent study published in The Lancet, a British journal, reported that eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day can reduce the risk of a stroke by 26 percent. 

The study accessed data from previous research looking at 257,551 people over an average time of 13 years.  What the researchers found was a correlation between having the highest risk for strokes in people that ate less than 3 servings of fruits or vegetables a day.  If the person ate 3 – 5 servings a day of fruits or vegetables they had a lower risk of having a stroke.  The group that ate 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day had the lowest risk of having a stroke.  Risk of Stroke reduced by eating more Fruits and Vegetables


A New Study Says a Virus Can Cause Obesity – Adenovirus Ad-37 May Make People Fat

A New Study Says a Virus Can Cause Obesity – Adenovirus Ad-37 May Make People Fat

Adenovirus

A Virus may be responsible for obesity in some people.  Researchers have found that adenovirus AD-37 causes obesity in chickens.  This finding builds on studies that two related viruses,Ad-36 and Ad-5, cause obesity in animals.  Lead researcher Leah D. Whigham said "Adipogenic potential of multiple human adenoviruses in vivo and in vitro in animals," in the January issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology published by the American Physiological Society.

There seems to be an “accumulating evidence” that viruses may cause obesity, in effect making obesity contagious, according Leah.  The researchers now say “Eat right, exercise, and wash your hands”. 

These three viruses, Ad-37, Ad-36 and Ad-5 are part of a family of approximately 50 viruses know as human adenoviruses.  Adenoviruses were first discovered in 1953 by investigators trying to establish cell-lines from adenoidal tissue of children removed during tonsillectomy.  A New Study Says a Virus Can Cause Obesity – Adenovirus Ad-37 May Make People Fat


Dance Dance Revolution helps kids lose weight - New Dancing Game from Japan

Dance Dance Revolution helps kids lose weight - New Dancing Game from Japan

Dance Revolution

Parents and teachers are always looking for ways to help kids lose weight.  A new game from Japan may help.  Dance Dance Revolution has been around the US for a few years, but now West Virginia is embracing the game for their middle school students.

According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in West Virginia, since many students don’t like traditional sports like basketball, football, baseball or soccer, this new game will give the kids a choice.  The schools are targeting youths between 10 to 14 years of age.  This is not to replace physical education or health classes, but as an option for students who dislike the other sports.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the problem with obesity is a significant health risk and close to half (46 percent) of more than 30,000 fifth graders screened for coronary artery risk project from 1999 to 2005 were overweight or obese. This is published in the Institute of Medicine guidelines.  Dance Dance Revolution helps kids lose weight - New Dancing Game from Japan


Tomatoes can Lower High Blood Pressure - Study in Israel Recommends Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes can Lower High Blood Pressure - Study in Israel Recommends Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes

It appears tomatoes can benefit people with high blood pressure. Israeli scientists asked 54 people with moderately high blood pressure, even when treated with medication, to add a daily dose of concentrated tomato extract in capsule form to their diet. Rather than add another medication the patients opted to try the tomato extract, equivalent to 4 tomatoes per day.     

The researchers conducted a double blind study where the patients were either given a placebo or a capsule of tomato complex.  The complex of ingredients included potent antioxidants, such as lycopene, phytoene, phytofluene, beta-carotene, tocopherols (vitamin E), phospolipids and phytosterols.  In a published article by Jamie Talan in Newsday, Dr. Esther Parn head of the hypertension division at Soroka medical center and professor of medicine at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, said the drop in blood pressure was equal to drop they would have looked for by prescribing another medication.  “But there are no side effects”, she said.  Tomatoes can Lower High Blood Pressure - Study in Israel Recommends Tomato Sauce


Study Says Omega-3 Fatty Acids Does Not Prevent Cancer - Fish Contains Omega3

Study Says Omega-3 Fatty Acids Does Not Prevent Cancer - Fish Contains Omega3

Omega 3 source

It appears that eating fish and taking supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids does not reduce cancer risk.  Catherine H. MacLean, M.D., Ph D, of RAND Health in Santa Monica California, and her colleagues looked at 38 articles published between 1966 and October 2005, and abstracted detailed data about the incidence of cancer. 

They compared cancer incidence with consumption of omega-3 and the elapsed time between the intervention and the “outcome measurements”.  Some of the epidemiological studies found that people that consume diets high in omega-3 fatty acids have a lower rate of some types of cancer.  The omega-3 acids are found in fish and some vegetables. 

Some of the smaller trials have attempted to connect omega-3 consumption with a lower incidence of cancer.  A number of dietary supplements containing omega-3 have labels that suggest that omega-3 fatty acids “protect against cancer”, even though the studies have reported mixed results. Study Says Omega-3 Fatty Acids Does Not Prevent Cancer - Fish Contains Omega3


FDA Panel Approves Orlistat (Xenical) For Over-The-Counter Sales - First Weight Loss - Diet Pill to ever be Approved by the FDA

FDA Panel Approves Orlistat (Xenical) For Over-The-Counter Sales - First Weight Loss - Diet Pill to ever be Approved by the FDA

Xenical

The weight loss drug orlistat (currently marketed as Xenical by Roche) may be available over-the-counter (OTC) soon.  A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel of doctors and scientists voted to recommend that the regulatory agency approve orlistat for over-the-counter sales today.  The FDA must still make the final approval.

The advisory panel vote was 11-2 to recommend approval.  It is likely the FDA will approve the drug for OTC sales.  This will be the first nonprescription weigh-loss drug approved for use in the United States by the FDA.

Xenical’s main rival is Abbott Laboratories Inc.’s Maridia.  Meridia works by suppressing the appetite.  Xenical is a fat-blocker but has some negative side effects. Its biggest drawbacks are excessive gas and uncontrollable bowel movements. FDA Panel Approves Orlistat (Xenical) For Over-The-Counter Sales - First Weight Loss - Diet Pill to ever be Approved by the FDA


FDA Warns Consumers Not To Use Brazilian Diet Supplements - Emergence Sim and Herbathin Imported From Brazil

FDA Warns Consumers Not To Use Brazilian Diet Supplements - Emergence Sim and Herbathin Imported From Brazil

Herbathin

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says Emagece Sim and Herbathin diet pills are not safe and could lead to very serious side effects.  According to the FDA the dietary supplement Herbathin may contain several active ingredients including controlled substances. 

Both supplements are made in Brazil by Fitoterpicos (sometimes spelled Fytoterapicos) and Phytotherm Sim.  Consumers are advised not to use the two supplements and return them to their supplier.  According to Dr. Steven Galson, Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, "There are dangers to consumers who purchase diet pills that contain drugs of unknown origin and quality.  These products are not approved by FDA and if people experience side effects, it is difficult to trace problems and for physicians to treat them."  FDA Warns Consumers Not To Use Brazilian Diet Supplements - Emergence Sim and Herbathin Imported From Brazil


Soy Tofu and Supplements Do Not Lower Cholesterol or Prevent Cancer

Soy Tofu and Supplements Do Not Lower Cholesterol or Prevent Cancer

Soy Beans

There have been many claims that soy can improve your health as of late.  Now the American Heart Association concludes soy does not reduce “bad” cholesterol all that much and has no effect on “good” cholesterol. 

It also appears the soy component isoflavone does not reduce the symptoms of menopause either.  Soy does not prevent hot flashes, breast, uterine or prostate cancer.  Earlier this month researchers found that soy may worsen certain heart failure conditions.

This may come as a blow to people that switched to soy as a source of protein.  Eating Tofu, soy butter, soy nuts and soy burgers may not be good for the heart even though they are a good source of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals.  Soy Tofu and Supplements Do Not Lower Cholesterol or Prevent Cancer


Wine drinkers eat healthier than Beer drinkers

Wine drinkers eat healthier than Beer drinkers

Wine and Fruit

A study first published in the BMJ online edition showed that wine drinkers had healthier diets than beer drinkers.

The researchers studied data from 3.5 million sales transactions from 98 retail supermarket chains in Denmark over a time period from September 2002 through February 2003.

They organized the data in groups of wine only, beer only, mixed, or non-alcohol consumers.  They also kept track of what items they bought and the total amount of each transaction spent on a shopping trip.

 Researchers discovered that wine buyers were more likely to buy healthy food items such as olives, fruit, vegetables, poultry, cooking oil, low-fat cheese, and meat.  Beer consumers bought more often pre-cooked food dishes, sugar, cold cuts, chips, pork, butter or margarine, sausages, lamb, and soft drinks.  Wine drinkers eat healthier than Beer drinkers


Eating Fish high in Omega-3 Fatty Acid makes Babies Smarter

Eating Fish high in Omega-3 Fatty Acid makes Babies Smarter

Smart Baby

A recent study reported by BBC News said that intelligence in a baby improves with mothers eating Omega-3 rich food during their pregnancy.

The study conducted in Avon, UK, looked at 9,000 mothers and children and found that those who had eaten less of Omega-3, an essential fatty acid, had lower IQs.

Institutes of Health in the US researched and calculated the data gathered in the Avon study and came up with the following statistics.  The mothers with the lowest intake of Omega-3 in their diet had children who on average were six points lower on verbal IQ.  Eating Fish high in Omega-3 Fatty Acid makes Babies Smarter


Saturated Fat Overload causes Cells to Die – Increased risk for Diabetes

Saturated Fat Overload causes Cells to Die – Increased risk for Diabetes

measuring body fat

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say that too much saturated fat spurs a protein to kill mammalian cells. 

The researchers were able to stop the production of the protein called EF1 A-1 which thrives with high levels of saturated fat palmitate.  When the production of the protein was stopped, it slowed the cell death.  If the cell was abundant with the palmitate fat, the cells would produce the EF1 A-1 protein and this caused these cells to die rapidly.  Saturated Fat Overload causes Cells to Die – Increased risk for Diabetes


Yogurt bacteria may help prevent AIDS and HIV Transmission

Yogurt bacteria may help prevent AIDS and HIV Transmission

Yogurt

Nature magazine reported that yogurt bacteria may be helpful in blocking HIV transmission according to researchers in the US and the UK.  The original research paper was reported in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Scientists at Brown Medical School in Rhode Island, and UK’s Food Research Institute used genetically altered yogurt bacterium, Lactococcus lactis, and made cyanovirin which was shown to stop HIV infection in the cells of monkeys and in humans.  Yogurt bacteria may help prevent AIDS and HIV Transmission


Heart Disease - Plant Compounds slow down Blood Clots - Sweet Pepper and Cocoa

Heart Disease - Plant Compounds slow down Blood Clots - Sweet Pepper and Cocoa

Chinese wolfberry

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have discovered two plant compounds that may be potentially healthy for your heart.  A person with heart disease may be helped by the plant compounds by slowing down the blood clotting process.

The research conducted by Jae B. Park at the Human Nutrition Research Center’s Phytonutrient Laboratory was first reported in the current issue of Agricultural Research magazine.  The two plant compounds were N-caffeoyldopamine and N-coumaroyldopamine.  The plant compounds are naturally occurring and are found in sweet peppers, Chinese wolfberry, and cocoa.  Heart Disease - Plant Compounds slow down Blood Clots - Sweet Pepper and Cocoa


 

Obesity caused by lack of Fatty Acids - triggers Overeating

Obesity caused by lack of Fatty Acids which triggers Overeating

EFA Supplement

Researchers have found that controlling fatty-acid levels in the brain could be a “promising way to treat obesity.”   The hypothalamus keeps track of the body’s nutritional status by monitoring the blood levels of several hormones and nutrients. The hypothalamus regulates our energy intake and metabolism.

Dr. Luciano Rossetti, director of the Diabetes Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine led the study.  Rossetti’s study shows how the hypothalamus monitors and regulates glucose levels in the body.   The researchers also found that this region in the brain also monitors fatty acid levels and responds by controlling appetite. Obesity caused by lack of Fatty Acids - triggers Overeating


The Curry Spice Tumeric Curcumin and Cabbage Fight Prostate Cancer

The Curry Spice Tumeric Curcumin and Cabbage Fight Prostate Cancer

Curry Spice Tumeric Curcumin

Amazingly certain vegetables may hold “real potential for the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer”, according to research out of Rutgers' Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.  The scientist discovered that the curry spice turmeric, also known as curcumin, when combined with watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips, significantly retarded the growth of cancerous tumors in mice.

There is a relatively high incidence of prostate cancer in the United States compared to India.  According to the researchers this has to do with dietary consumption of large amounts of plant-based foods rich in phytochemicals – nonnutritive plant chemicals that have protective or disease-preventive properties, by Indian men.  The Curry Spice Tumeric Curcumin and Cabbage Fight Prostate Cancer


Lipodrene Diet Pill supplements contains Ephedrine Alkaloids

Lipodrene Diet Pill supplements contains Ephdrine Alkaloids

Lipodrene

The FDA was requested by the U.S. Attorney’s Office from Pennsylvania for assistance in seizing ATF Fitness Products, Inc.’s Lipodrene inventory.  The dietary supplement contains ephedrine alkaloids and is harmful to the heart.

The U.S. Marshalls were sent to the company headquarters in Oakmont, Pennsylvania to stop the distribution of the Lipodrene by seizing five boxes worth approximately $16,000. 

Each daily dose of Lipodrene contains 50 mg of ephedrine alkaloids.  On April 12th, 2004, the FDA announced that it is prohibiting the distribution of ephedrine alkaloid containing supplements.  The ATF Fitness Products, Inc. was in violation of this rule.  The FDA made this rule because ephedrine alkaloids are stimulants that can pose dangerous effects on the heart.  Studies of ephedrine alkaloids show that it raises blood pressure and will stress the circulatory system which puts a person at a higher risk for having a heart attack or stroke.  Lipodrene Diet Pill supplements contains Ephedrine Alkaloids


Low Calorie Diet Helps Keep Heart Young Healthy and Elastic

Low Calorie Diet Helps Keep Heart Young Healthy and Elastic

Calorie Counting Best?

A low caloric diet may slow aging of your heart, according to investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  The researchers studied the heart function of members of the Caloric Restriction Society.

The hearts of these people appear to be more elastic than those of age and gender matched control subjects.  There hearts were able to relax between beats similar to the hearts of young people. 

Luigi Fontana MD PhD said "This is the first study to demonstrate that long-term calorie restriction with optimal nutrition has cardiac-specific effects that ameliorate age-associated declines in heart function.”  He is the assistant professor of medicine at Washington University and an investigator at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Rome, Italy.  Low Calorie Diet Helps Keep Heart Young Healthy and Elastic


Which Organic Foods are Best and Worth the Extra Money - According to Consumer Reports

Which Organic Foods are Best and Worth the Extra Money - According to Consumer Reports

Which is worth it?

Nearly two thirds of all consumers bought organic foods in 2005, even though they cost more than non organic foods.  According to Consumer Reports not all Organic food is worth the extra money.  Some are though.

The report found that fish is not worth the extra money.  In an interview on KABC TV in Los Angeles Tracy Evans of the Whole Foods Markets eating organic food will lessen the toxins in your system. She may be right.  In a study published back in September 2005, researchers found that kids that ate conventional foods had detectable amounts of pesticide in their urine. Which Organic Foods are Best and Worth the Extra Money - According to Consumer Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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