Health News History Log
09/18/2014, CNN Health News: It's time to get your flu shot
“Flu season is about to begin: Get your flu shot now. That's the message both the National Foundation
for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sending to every
American older than 6 months. Nearly 60% of the flu cases reported to the CDC last flu season were
people between 18 and 64. That figure proves even the healthiest can come down with the flu, says Dr.
William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine. "Last year was an unfortunate reminder that no one is exempt from flu's most
severe consequences," Schaffner said Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington.”
Our thoughts: There are opposing views on whether flu vaccines are the healthiest way to prevent the
flu. In general, we recommend using universal precautions to prevent the transmission of disease such
as frequent hand
washing with soap and water, staying home when you are sick to prevent spreading
illnesses to others, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, and avoid contact with others who are ill
with a cold or flu. If you do decide to get a flu vaccine, please adhere to the recommendations in the full
- “If it's available, children between 2 and 8 should get the live attenuated influenza vaccine,
commonly known as FluMist, instead of the flu shot, the CDC says. The nasal spray flu vaccine
includes four influenza virus strains, and seems to be the best protection for this age group for
the 2014-2015 flu season.
- Because it is a live vaccine, the nasal spray is not recommended for women who are, or think
they may be, pregnant, and is only approved for people up to age 49.
- For those at least 65, the federal health agency says a one-two-three punch is the best way to
stay healthy all year long. The CDC recommends this age group be administered a high-dose flu
shot, which gives stronger immune response and a greater protection against the flu.
- It also recommends that those over 65 be given a two-dose series of pneumococcal vaccines --
the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, followed by the traditional pneumococcal
polysaccharide vaccine about six months later.”
Whether you get the flu vaccine or not, please understand that even the vaccine will not prevent you
from contracting all flu viruses, and that it is always important to pay attention to personal hygiene and
overall wellness for a
strong immune system such as positive stress management, proper nutrition and good physical fitness. Above all, if you do contract the flu, and if you experience symptoms of
dehydration, labored breathing, an uncontrolled high fever or symptoms such as vomiting, fever,
swollen throat and diarrhea that last for a prolonged period of time, seek medical attention
immediately. Untreated flu and related symptoms and infections can be deadly, particularly among the
very young, those with compromised immune systems and the elderly, so it is important to take these
08/30/2014, CNN Health News - Unintended Consequences: Why Painkiller Addicts Turn to Heroin
“The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. Back in the 1960s, heroin users were usually young
men, who started using around an average age of 16. They were most likely from low-income
neighborhoods, and when they turned to opiates, heroin was their first choice. Now, more than 50 years
later, a study from JAMA paints a very different picture. Today's typical heroin addict starts using at 23,
is more likely to live in the affluent suburbs and was likely unwittingly led to heroin through painkillers
prescribed by his or her doctor.”
Our thoughts: Drug addiction is not just a problem for the addict, it can tear families apart, leads to
domestic violence and juvenile dependency issues, creates workplace safety and security issues and is
costly to society in the form of medical costs, crime and recidivism and injuries or death of innocent
victims via car accidents, etc. In fact, the most cost effective way to combat the pervasive problems of
drug addiction is through evidence-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs, but the
government has cut funding to many of these critical life-saving programs.
To help prevent opiate
addiction from being a factor in your life, remember these tips:
- Never take more than you are
- Never take someone else’s prescription.
- Try alternative pain relievers such as over the
- Exercise can also help release the body’s natural pain killers like endorphins.
Most importantly, reach out to a doctor or seek treatment through a licensed treatment program if you
feel that opiate use may be having a negative effect on your life or the life of someone you love.
August 15, 2014, CNN Health News: Avoid the Back to School Plague
“As a first-grade teacher, Julie Miller is exposed to a horrifying number of germs on a daily
basis. ‘I've been thrown up on; they sneeze and cough on me. And lost teeth are a real big thing
for first-graders,’ said Miller, who teaches at Spring Hills Elementary in the suburbs of Chicago.
‘They're so cute and unaware, though. They'll have boogers hanging out of their nose and will be
talking to you and not think anything of it. Some teachers flip out, but I tell my students, 'Go get
a Kleenex and wash your hands.' When they sneeze, I teach them to do it into their elbows. They
learn eventually.’ On average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu
each school year, according to the CDC. For the older kids, it is about half that. Teachers and
parents commonly refer to it as the Back-to-School Plague. But there are simple ways to keep
your kids healthy. Miller, who is getting her son Justin ready to go to kindergarten, isn't worried.
'I’ve taught my kids healthy habits; I'm sure they'll be fine,’ Miller said. She makes sure they get
plenty of sleep, exercise regularly and eat healthy food. She's taught her children to wash their
hands often, and she's hooked antibacterial gels on their backpacks for when they can't.”
Our thoughts: To help your children avoid illness and to help prevent illness from spreading in
school and in the home, here are a few tips:
July 30, 2014, CNN Health News: Ebola Doctor Dies
- Make sure children get enough rest - about 10-11 hours of sleep for school-aged kids,
according to the CDC. When kids are tired and sleep deprived, this lowers the immune
system and they are more likely to contract an illness.
- Regular exercise - this helps support all systems in the body for proper balance and
health, including the immune system. A fit body will not only be less susceptible to
illness, it will be better conditioned to fight off an illness once one starts.
- Proper nutrition - make certain that children are eating a balanced diet, preferably one
that is full of fresh vegetables and fruit, lean proteins and low to no processed, sugar chemical-laden or overly-starchy foods. Children who have proper nutrients and
micronutrients in their diets are better equipped to fight off infection and disease than
those who eat a diet with fewer nutrients.
- Vitamin C isn’t a myth - eating foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, kiwis and
broccoli can help shorten the length of a cold. If you're kids aren't big on eating a lot of good food, perhaps a
children's supplement is a good idea.
- Hand washing - this is a powerful defense against spreading germs and preventing
illness. To keep germs from getting into the body, hand-washing is key.
- Tips for parents and teachers: Follow the advice above: get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious
meals, wash your hands, exercise and manage stress to help keep illness away and
prevent it from spreading once it comes.
“A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from
complications of the disease, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday. […] This disease typically
kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60%
because of early treatment. The outbreak is happening primarily in three West African
countries: Guinea, where it began, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of July 23, the World Health
Organization had confirmed more than 800 Ebola cases in the region, but it suspects there have
been many unreported infections and there may be as many as 1,200 cases. Sierra Leone has
been hardest hit, with approximately 525 cases. "Dr. Khan was an extremely determined and
courageous doctor who cared deeply for his patients," Doctors Without Borders said in a
Our thoughts: While Ebola is not a threat to United States residents at this time, unless they
were to travel into an area where there is an active outbreak, it is important to remember that
we should at all times use precautions to prevent against the spread of infectious diseases.
Simple things such as hand washing; covering cuts and wounds with bandages and keeping
clean; sneezing and coughing into your elbow; avoiding direct contact with exposed blood and
other bodily fluids, especially of sick people—these are all universal precautions we can all
benefit from. So, this is just a reminder that while Ebola may not be a threat in our country, we
should all take precautions to prevent the spread of any illness or infectious disease, even if it’s
just the common cold.
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.