12/05/2014 CNN Health News: The 5 Biggest Myths about Metabolism
“A source of confusion for some and a scapegoat for extra weight around the midsection for others, metabolism has long been a topic of hot conversation. Without it, we would lack the energy to get out of bed in the morning, let alone burn calories all day long. However, even with its numerous benefits, metabolism often gets the brunt of the blame for weight gain. With all of the fad diets and special tricks meant to speed up one’s metabolism (hot sauce anyone?), the facts often get blurred with fiction. To help clear up the confusion, we uncovered the truth behind the top five metabolism myths.
- Myth #1: Skinnier individuals have a higher metabolism.
- Myth #2: Skipping a meal slows down your metabolism.
- Myth #3: Everything eaten late-night turns to fat.
- Myth #4: Metabolism is all about burning calories and breaking things down.
- Myth #5: You have no control over your metabolism.”
Our thoughts: When it comes to weight management, following fads and fleeting advice is hardly a good idea. What is needed is a strategy that you can incorporate into your lifestyle today and every day for a lifetime. So, it’s important that your strategy is simple, easy to do and not too complex. Focusing on metabolism only for weight management may not be the best solution. First of all, you will read mass quantities of conflicting advice on the topics, and at the end of it all is that metabolism isn’’t the most important thing to focus on, because it isn’t the easiest to understand or the simplest to incorporate into your lifestyle today and every day for a lifetime. Instead, consider limiting your food choices at home and when you eat out to bulking up on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains (not bread, white rice and pasta), lean proteins (e.g. chicken, turkey, fish, steak, beans, tofu, etc.), moderate portion control, eliminate refined sugar consumption, consume moderate calories commensurate with your weight loss and sustainability goals and limit the amounts of healthy fats you consume: coconut oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, etc. Plus, include regular daily vigorous exercise—both aerobic and anaerobic—and drink plenty of fresh water every day. This strategy is simple to implement and incorporate into your lifestyle today and every day for sustained healthy weight management.
11/21/2014 CNN: Study Says a Bad Marriage Could Literally Break Your Heart/Why Happiness is Good for Your Heart
“If you are in an unhappy marriage, you may want to check in with a cardiologist. A study led by a Michigan State University sociologist has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives, have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed… And because the immune system declines as we age, heart issues due to marital stress can be even more severe, it seems. Those sad love songs about heartbreak aren’t just for young lovers.”
Our thoughts: The state of all of the relationships in your life matter, and particularly the stress that can come from unhealthy relationships can wreak havoc on your physical health. Specifically, this is a stress issue, and if the person you are most intimately linked to, your spouse, is a source of extreme stress in your life—it will lead to you having health issues, such as heart disease. While it is extremely important to manage stress in your life through your personal activities, it is equally important for you to address the relationships in your life. If your marriage is wrought with stress from finances, extreme criticism, continual arguments and if prolonged stress or even fear and sadness come from the relationship on a regular basis, now is the time to address the issues. It might be reasonable to consider marriage counseling or even separation or divorce. Understanding that all relationships are complex, no one who does not know you personally would ever recommend that you end your marriage outside of violence or other extreme circumstances; however, it is strongly recommended that you address the difficulties in your relationship head-on before they escalate into bigger problems such as critical health issues. There is no price that can be put on the value of having an opportunity for a peaceful, happy, healthy life.
11/10/2014 CNN: Kids Sickened by Detergent Pods
“Last year a Florida mother of a 7-month-old came back to her room to find that her baby had accidentally eaten one of those bright colored laundry detergent pods. He had been sleeping in a laundry basket with the pod when it happened. They rushed him to the hospital, but it was too late. He died, of poisoning from the detergent, according to the Kissimmee, Florida, police department. He is not the first child to mistake the potent packet for something else. Poison control centers around the country have gotten thousands of calls. In the period of about a year, 17,230 children under the age of 6 have been accidentally poisoned by the packets, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. That’s about one child every hour between March 2012 and April 2013. Of those cases, 4.4% of the children were hospitalized, and 7.5% experienced a “moderate or major medical outcome.”
Our thoughts: Our culture is experiencing breakthroughs and advancements in technology and chemicals as a dizzying pace, but it may come at a cost to the safety of our environment, not the least of which being our homes. While a new product may be amazingly convenient or successful in doing its job more effectively and efficiently than anything that came before, it may also be more hazardous. The chemicals used in these detergent pods, for instance, contain brightly colored chemicals that are far more dangerous than traditional boxed or liquid laundry detergent—more concentrated and different formulas that are even more hazardous to the health of curious children than the products we are used to having in our homes.
The best advice to prevent tragedy from striking as a result is three-fold:
- Be aware that there are potential dangers, knowledge empowers you to make the best decisions.
- Keep all potentially harmful products locked and out of reach from small children
- Try to use the least harmful chemicals possible in your household, it’s not only safer for your family but also for the environment as all of these chemicals eventually go down a drain and back into our waste systems.
11/04/2014 CNN: Decoding the Restaurant Menu: Words to Avoid for Healthful Eating
“For many of us, eating out happens more often than we would like to admit. It’s only natural that with our busy, can’t-catch-a-break lifestyles we farm out cooking to our favorite local restaurants. That’s ok, it’s not so much eating out that’s the problem. Rather, it’s what we eat at restaurants that can cause health issues. Too many carbohydrates, too much fat and too much salt can lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol issues. The problem is, restaurant menus are designed to entice your sense of taste, not tell you whether the foods they’re advertising are healthy. But I’m here to take the guesswork out of dining out: Fried Food Restaurant Code Words: Crunchy, tempura, battered, crispy, breaded, crusted, golden, sizzling; High Sugar Restaurant Code Words: Teriyaki, BBQ, glazed, sticky, honey-dipped; High Calorie Restaurant Code Words: Loaded, stuffed, creamy, cheesy, gooey, smothered, melted, rich, velvety, etc.”
Our thoughts: In a perfect world we would all take the time to buy fully organic whole foods, or even better—we would grow and raise our food at home, cook every meal and consume each healthful meal, filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, nuts and meats, six times per day. Oh, that’s not your life? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Chances are you’ll eat plenty of meals out at restaurants this year and into the next, and using important tips to learn how to decode the ingredients on delicious-sounding menu will go a long way to help you make healthier choices as you sit down to eat and offer up your order to your server.
10/07/2014 CNN: Orthorexia: When healthy eating becomes an obsession
If you follow a certain style of eating, like vegan, raw or organic, it takes vigilance and dedication to stick to it. Yet mental health experts are increasingly worried about people who take healthy eating to an extreme, developing such a restrictive diet it threatens their health and even relationships. There’s now a name for people dangerously addicted to all things healthy — a sufferer of orthorexia nervosa. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for “clean” or “healthy” foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat. They rigidly avoid any food they deem to be “unhealthy,” or spend excessive amounts of time and money in search of the “most pure” foods. “It’s different than going overboard because you want to be skinny,” explains Thomas Dunn, associate professor of psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and co-author of a recent paper in Psychosomatics that outlines diagnostic criteria for the disorder. “Rather, it’s linked to people who are trying to be as healthy as they can be.”
Our thoughts: Eating healthfully is extremely important; there’s no question about it. It’s critical for weight management, disease prevention, proper organ and biological system functioning, maintaining proper blood sugar levels and giving you vital nutrients to help you feed your cells and fuel energy throughout the day. And, it is important to be informed about what comprises a healthy diet, problems associated with food allergies, food security issues, why organic foods are superior in nutrients, why avoiding GMOs is a good idea, etc. However, we still have a need to eat and function in the modern world. That’s not to say that you must compromise your own standards of healthy eating, but an obsession with a food regimen can harmfully influence your social life and relationships. As the article points out:
“’Orthorexic eating becomes almost like a religion,’ she says ‘It becomes a position instead of a preference. You can’t eat out with a friend. You can’t go to the party. You have to bring your own food wherever you go.’ Health-conscious eaters might prefer fresh foods, but won’t fall apart if they eat a handful of tortilla chips at a party. At the other extreme, an orthorexic person might skip a cruise vacation if they don’t think they’ll like the food on the ship.”
Of course, feel free to bring your own food along with you if it’s important for you to eat a specific diet. Certainly bodybuilders and fitness models often cook specific meals for the week and carry their meals and snacks with them to ensure they are eating in accordance with their nutrition plans. Others who are trying to control a serious disease such as diabetes or celiac disease also often prepare their meals at home and bring them along with them, which is an excellent idea. However, it is important to note that under most circumstances, eating a bit of chicken, non-organic salad or even a slice of meatloaf at your grandmother’s house for dinner is not going to harm you. Moderation is usually okay and encouraged, but do consult with your physician if you have specific dietary restrictions that must be maintained for health purposes.
09/26/2014 CNN:: Beer May Be Good For Your Brain
“You may not guess if stopping by your average neighborhood fraternity party, but an element in beer may be good for your brain. Scientists discovered that xanthohumol, a type of flavonoid found in beer, seems to help cognitive function, at least in young mice. They tested this hypothesis in a study that ran in Behavioral Brain Research this week. Xanthohumol did not have the same impact on older mice. The dose they gave the mice was quite high — so high that if you were in this study, you’d actually have to drink 2,000 liters of beer a day to equal what the mice consumed. So scientists don’t suggest you run out and buy a six-pack before work. The research does suggest that this flavonoid and others should be studied closer. The researchers believe it and others, like the ones found in red wine, blueberries and dark chocolate, may play a role in helping you form memories.”
Our thoughts: While studies such as this are certainly interesting, and there may even be a humorous quip or two worthy of a chuckle from this type of article, there is a responsibility that those in the health and wellness fields have to provide a word of caution when discussing alcohol and other drug consumption so casually. In particular, this headline is misleading and potentially dangerous because the research results, as indicated in the article, did not conclude that beer may be good for your brain. Instead, an isolated flavanoid found in beer, distributed to young mice in very high doses, “may play a role in helping you form memories.” Unfortunately, many people do just read headlines and fail to read full articles. Not to mention the implicit dangers associated with any messages that could be misconstrued as promoting excessive drinking, which can lead to all manner of health issues not the least of which is addiction. So, be cautious with your words and how you present stories. Beer and wine in moderation may be fine, but excessive amounts of any type of alcohol is undoubtedly unhealthy.
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 news report:
- “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 illnesses seriously.
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 prescribed.
- Never take someone else’s prescription.
- Try alternative pain relievers such as over the counter medications.
- 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:
- 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.
July 30, 2014, CNN Health News: Ebola Doctor Dies
“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 statement.”
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.