Health News History Log
July 2, 2014, CNN Health News: Restaurants slacking on cutting sodium from meals, report says
“Many Americans are trying to limit the amount of salt in their diets. They know that reducing sodium intake can help lower blood pressure and reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. But restaurants aren't making it easy to cut back, according to a
new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The advocacy organization says some meals at popular chains such as Red Lobster, Chili's and Olive Garden contain up to 5,000 milligrams of sodium -- more than double what a healthy adult should be eating each day. In recent years, Subway, Olive Garden, McDonald's and others have pledged to reduce the amount of sodium on their menus. To track their progress, the Center for Science in the Public Interest conducted a study analyzing 136 meals from 17 of the top restaurant chains in the United States. It looked at these meals in 2009 and then again in 2013 to see if there had been any change. There was good and bad news. The good is that on average, these 17 restaurant chains have reduced the sodium in their meals by 6%. The bad is that a few chains increased the amount of salt on their menus.”
Our thoughts: Reducing salt in your diet has more to do with taking personal responsibility for your food than assigning blame to restaurants. Instead, plan ahead for your meals and pack meals and snacks to take with you and for your family, controlling the amount of salt you add by consuming fresh, unprocessed foods you cook yourself. If you do eat out, try to frequent restaurants that cook food fresh. They will often not add salt in the cooking process, and ask for sauces and dressing that are often filled with salt, to be served on the side. Then, you can control how much you use.
06/09/2014 CNN: Are butter, cheese and meat that bad?
"To eat, or not to eat?" For many people these days, that really is the question. For the past four decades, we've been told to stay away from red meat, dairy and cheese -- foods high in saturated fats -- because saturated fat is bad for the heart. But investigative reporter Nina Teicholz says that isn't the case. "When the dietary recommendations came out in 1961 saying that saturated fat causes heart disease, that was based on total cholesterol," Teicholz said. "But our understanding of heart disease has evolved enormously." She said the science condemning saturated fats just isn't there. In her new book, "The Big Fat Surprise," Teicholz writes that the low-fat, fruit- and vegetable-filled diet that you thought was healthy doesn't have all the benefits it claims.
Our thoughts: There are a variety of healthful diets that one can pursue. They key is balance, variety, portion control and nutrition. Eating a wide variety of fresh, raw or gently cooked vegetables and fruits along with an ample amount of complete proteins, plant-based or animal-based, with an emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods is the key. Conclusive evidence exists to support the nutritional, health and even medical benefits of several vegan, vegetarian and omnivorous diets that consist of eating whole foods.
06/01/2014 Huffington Post: Could Root Canals Soon Be A Thing Of The Past?
Nobody likes having to undergo a root canal, but these painful procedures could soon be a thing of the past. The trick: laser light and stem cells. Researchers at Harvard University found that exposing the cells on the inside of a tooth to weak laser light stimulates the growth of dentin, the substance that makes up much of a tooth's structure. So far, the experiments have been done in rats and mice but the researchers have tested the technique on human cells in culture, and it seems to work, said Priveen Arany, an assistant clinical investigator at the National Institutes of Health.
Our thoughts: Root canals are not only a painful dental procedure, there are reported health risks associated with claims that bacteria from root canals can linger and cause secondary infections and other health problems. Therefore, seeking alternatives to root canals is a positive direction for our medical and dental health care community.
5/26/2014 CNN: Stores May Have Received Tainted Beef
Check your ground beef before you grill this Memorial Day weekend. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says stores in at least 15 states may have received beef contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The service announced this week that 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products were being recalled because they could be contaminated. The federal agency has since named businesses that may have received the tainted products.
Our thoughts: Pay close attention to news stories that involve a recall on food items, or you could be putting yourself and loved ones at grave risk. Particularly young children and elderly are at risk from food pathogens along with any individuals suffering with an compromised immune system. Also, while most people remember to think ahead and avoid purchasing potentially tainted food items, it is critical also to check food that you currently have in your refrigerator, freezer or cupboard.
We have always recommended grass-fed beef. If you research the science behind grass-fed beef, it appears that there is a much lower chance of getting tainted meat than with traditional grain-fed beef.
5/20/2014 CNN Health: E. Coli, MRSA Can Survive for Days on Planes
Ever sit on a plane and wonder how long the germs left by passengers past plan on hanging around?
A new study examined how long two potentially deadly bacteria - E. coli and MRSA - can live on various surfaces inside an airplane's cabin, and how easily they are transmitted by contact. [...]In general, bacteria lived longest on the most porous surfaces. For example, MRSA lasted seven days on the cloth seat pocket, six days on the rubber armrest and leather seat, five days on the plastic window shade and tray table, and four days on the steel toilet handle. E. coli, by one measure, survived four days on the rubber armrest, three days on the plastic tray table, and two days on the steel toilet handle.
Our thoughts: To prevent illness on airplanes, wash and disinfect your hands as often as possible and consider bringing and using disinfectant wipes on surface areas you and your family will touch on a plane. Also, avoid putting your hands near your face, especially mouth and eyes and make sure any wounds, cuts or abrasions are properly bandaged.
5/15/2014 HuffPost Healthy Living reports EWG's Dirty Dozen Report Lists The Most Pesticide-Heavy Fruits and Veggies Of 2014
An apple a day usually keeps the doctor away -- unless it's ridden with pesticides. For the 10th year in a row, nonprofit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce, and once again apples top the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen, part of the EWG's yearly Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, is compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture data on 48 fruits and veggies with pesticide residue data. About 65 percent of the produce samples test positive. That's bad news for a few reasons: Pesticides have been linked to developmental problems in children, and may act as carcinogens or throw off the endocrine system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Our thoughts: By organic produce whenever possible, and use a chemical-free produce cleanser to wash your fruits and vegetables. Also, consider starting your own garden, growing your own food in your yard or even inside your home or apartment, using the light from your window. Empower yourself by taking control of your own food supply and reducing your consumption of toxins.
5/12/2014 CDC: 5 things cause two-thirds of U.S. deaths
According to a recent release from the CDC: Five things kill more people in the United States than anything else: heart disease, cancer, lung disease such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, stroke and unintentional injuries such as those on roads or caused by medication overdoses. Together, these five conditions cause almost two-thirds of all deaths in the country -- nearly 900,000 each year.
Our thoughts: As preventable diseases are claiming the lives of most Americans, a shift towards more healthful living is critical. Introducing supplements in your diet to increase vital nutrition such as those provided by EarthTurn.com is one step towards improving your overall health. Also, exercising regularly and consuming a diet rich in whole, nutrient-rich unprocessed foods is key to preventing such diseases as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
February 16, 2013 - Vitamin D May Not Contain Correct Potency
According to a recent JAMA article, the vitamin D in your supplement bottle, may contain between 9% and 140% of what the label says. This variation in potency is disturbing and a 2009 Consumer Labs study had similar results.
Our Thoughts: This is one of the reasons EarthTurn.com sells only American made health supplements from reputable supplement manufacturers that are GMP certified. We will only sell supplements we are willing to have our families use.
December 15, 2012 - Pesticides in Water and Produce Increase Food Allergies
A recent study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reveals an association with pesticides in drinking water and in produce with an increase in food allergies. The researches found that those individuals with the highest levels of dichlorphenols in their urine had an 80% chance of having a food allergy.
Our Thoughts: Buy organic produce when possible. Avoid chlorinated water. And use a chemical free veggie wash when washing your fruits and vegetables.
November 13, 2012 - Dietary Fiber Lowers Risk of Death
Recent studies reveal that men and women who had the highest consumption of fiber had a lower risk of dying from any cause. In fact, the National Cancer Institute study of 400,000 people revealed that men had a 12% decrease in death and women had a 15% decrease in death for every 10 gram increase of dietary fiber. Most men should consume about 38 grams of fiber per day and most women should consume about 25 grams per day. Sadly, most Americans consume half that amount.
August 24, 2012 - Yoga Can Help Depression in Pregnant Women
Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System have recently discovered that "mindful yoga' was effective in combating depression in pregnant women. Not only did the women have less symptoms of depression, but they had stronger attachments to their babies in the womb.
June 14, 2012 - New Metagenics Product
Metagenics has recently released a new product called Coratin designed to help support normal cholesterol levels. The main ingredients are Red Yeast Rice and plant sterols. The use of Red Yeast Rice for lowering cholesterol dates back to 800 AD.
May 24, 2012 - Potassium for Heart Health
Cardiologist Martha Gulati, MD of Ohio State University reports that increasing potassium consumption and decreasing sodium consumption will help lower blood pressure. This is because potassium can hinder the blood pressure raising effects of sodium. It's been shown that folks with the unhealthiest ratios have twice the chance of dieing from a heart attack.
Our Thoughts: Our caveman/cavewoman ancestors consumed 10x the potassium as sodium. Americans consume 10x the sodium as potassium. Obviously, we need to improve these ratios and decrease our sodium consumption and increase potassium either with food or supplementation.
May 18, 2012 - Is Your Sunscreen Toxic?
Once again, science is catching up to what common sense has been telling us all along. Most sunscreens are toxic because they contain harmful chemicals that absorb through the skin.
According to the Environmental Working Group fifty six percent of sunscreens used for the beach and sports contain the harmful ingredient oxybenzone. They state that it is linked to hormone disruption, cell damage and even skin cancer. Obviously, the answer is to use a natural sunscreen that is non-toxic.
April 2, 2012 - Magnesium Can Help Lower High Blood Pressure
Researcher at the University of Hertfordshire has indicated that taking magnesium supplements can help to attain clinically significant reductions in high blood pressure. This information was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Elevated blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for death from heart disease. Lowering blood pressure naturally would save lives and money. Causes of high blood pressure, or hypertension are: diet high in salt, lack of exercise, smoking and deficiency in minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.
In the research study, the magnesium supplement doses ranged from 120 mg to 973 mg. The data revealed that taking a daily magnesium supplementation helped to reduce
systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
March 30, 2012 - Autism is on the Rise
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it appears that the diagnosis of Autism has risen over 20% in just the 2 year period from 2006 to 2008. This amounts to 1 child of every 88 getting the diagnosis by age 8. This number was 1 in 155 just 10 years ago in 2002.
There is little agreement on the reason for the rise, however, some researchers believe that the numbers reflect an expanded definition of or increased awareness.
Our Thoughts: For sure part of the rise has to do with increased awareness on the part of the doctors. However, we must assume, since our genes haven't changed, that either some environmental toxin or a nutritional deficiency may be partly responsible.
March 11, 2012 - Exercise Good for Your Brain
Evidence is mounting that exercise may not only be good for your body, but good for your brain too. According to many scientific studies, exercising the brain may help prevent Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The type of exercise these studies are referring too however is learning, or being 'mentally active'.
According to Dr. Arthur Toga, a neurology professor at the University of California, even during a conversation your mind is taking mental notes and remembering parts of the conversation and trying to make sense of it. All this, according to the professor helps your brain retain memory.
Our Thoughts: We're not sure why a scientific study was needed to prove what common sense already tells us, but we're pretty sure that regular physical exercise would also benefit brain health. Improving blood flow to the brain and neurological activity via exercise can only help. Of course keeping your brain active with regular reading and puzzles is probably a great idea too.
March 9, 2012 - Chemicals in Cleaning & Personal Care Products
According to a study that was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives, there are many dangerous chemicals that were found in cleaning products and personal care products. These harmful chemicals were linked to flair-ups in those with asthma and hormone disruption. The scientists advise consumers to reduce their exposure to these chemical laden products.
Our thoughts: Obviously, this scientific study discovered what we already knew. It is very important to use natural and chemical free household cleaning products and natural personal care products. Go Here to find Personal Care Products and Here to find Natural Household Cleaning Products.
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February 28, 2012 - Diets Deficient in Omega 3
According to a study published today in Neurology, it was found that if your diet does not contain enough omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA and EPA, as found in fish oil; your brain can age faster and lose part of its thinking abilities and memory. Supplementing with a fish oil supplement containing DHA and EPA can help prevent this deficiency.
February 25 2012 - Citrus Fruits & Stroke
Recent research reveals that eating citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits) can help reduce the incidence of clot-related stroke. The researchers believe the main reason has to do with a compound they contain called flavanone. You can find flavanones in DC Labs Natural Citrus Bioflavonoids.