Infographic: Why Sex is Good for Your Health

Monday, September 1, 2014 | comments

 Infographic: Why Sex is Good for Your Health

When I received this infographic on "Why Sex is Good for Your Health", I knew I just had to share. I have posted before how much health benefits can be got from good loving sex [here] and the only thing better is to see it all visually displayed.

This infographic details the many benefits of a healthy sex and provides interesting statistics around this topic.

For example, did you know that in a typical sex session lasting 25 minutes, men will on average burn 100 calories and women will burn 69?

Check it out below...

5 More Reasons To Have More Sex

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5 More Reasons To Have More Sex

Sex has its own reasons - love, pleasure, baby making, etc. However, according to science there are quite a few health benefits as well for getting intimate.

Sex burns calories

Sex can strengthen muscle tone and increase heart rate. In a way it gets your whole body working. In a study conducted last year, where volunteers wore activity trackers while having sex, men burnt about 101 calories per session while women torched an average of 69.

Sex helps you sleep

After orgasm, the body releases a relaxation hormone called prolactin. So next time your'e not feeling particularly tired, perform the deed while reaching orgasm and the next moment you might be nodding off.

Sex check blood pressure

According to the study, people who'd had sex, experience smaller blood pressure spikes while performing anxiety inducing tasks such as public speaking or solving math problems loudly. Further they recover from them more quickly. However the affect is only caused by penile-vaginal intercourse and not masturbation and other forms of sexual activities.

5 More Reasons To Have More Sex

Sex strengthens heart

A British study showed that people who had sex at least twice a week over a period of 20 years were less likely to have died from heart disease than those who got it on less than once a month.

Sex may protect against cancer

Some studies suggest that men who ejaculate more frequently have a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Another French study found that women who had sex at least once a month were less likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not.

The next time your partner asks, "Was it good for you?" you could reply, yes - in several ways.


How Meditation Changes Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains

Sunday, August 31, 2014 | comments

How Meditation Changes Your Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains

Do you struggle, like me, with monkey-mind? Is your brain also a little unsettled, restless, capricious, whimsical, fanciful, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable? That’s the definition of “monkey mind” I’ve been given!

If you need more motivation to take up this transformative practice, neuroscience research has shown that meditation and mindfulness training can cause neuroplastic changes to the gray matter of your brain. A group of Harvard neuroscientists interested in mindfulness meditation have reported that brain structures change after only eight weeks of meditation practice.

Sara Lazar, Ph.D., the study’s senior author, said in a press release,

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day.”

To test their idea the neuroscientists enrolled 16 people in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course. The course promised to improve participants’ mindfulness and well-being, and reduce their levels of stress. Everyone received audio recordings containing 45-minute guided mindfulness exercises (body scan, yoga, and sitting meditation) that they were instructed to practice daily at home. And to facilitate the integration of mindfulness into daily life, they were also taught to practice mindfulness informally in everyday activities such as eating, walking, washing the dishes, taking a shower, and so on. On average, the meditation group participants spent an average of 27 minutes a day practicing some form of mindfulness.

Magnetic resonance images (MRI scans) of everyone’s brains were taken before and after they completed the meditation training, and a control group of people who didn’t do any mindfulness training also had their brains scanned.After completing the mindfulness course, all participants reported significant improvement in measures of mindfulness, such as “acting with awareness” and “non-judging.”

What was startling was that the MRI scans showed that mindfulness groups increased gray matter concentrationwithin the left hippocampus, the posterior cingulate cortex, the temporo-parietal junction, and the cerebellum. Brain regions involved in learning and memory, emotion regulation, sense of self, and perspective taking!

Britta Hölzel, the lead author on the paper says,

“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life.”

Sarah Lazar also noted,

“This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”



What Your Sleep Style Says About You

Saturday, August 30, 2014 | comments

How often and how much you sleep can offer surprising clues about your health and lifestyle.

You're in a happy relationship

What Your Sleep Style Says About You

What you do: You and your partner fall asleep at the same time at night and wake up at around the same time each morning.

What this could mean:
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh tracked the sleep patterns of 46 couples over a 10-day period, and also asked each person to assess their relationship. Those couples who had similar sleep patterns with their spouses tended to be the most satisfied with their relationships, the scientists reported at the SLEEP 2014 conference in June. This makes sense: Early birds can have the mornings to themselves, while night owls can bond with each other while everyone else is asleep. But does it mean that couples who slumber together stay together? "There's data that being satisfied in the marriage might lead to a longer, happier marriage," says study author Heather Gunn, PhD. "What we found is that concordant sleep may be a part of that picture."

You're at risk for back pain (if you don't have it already). 

What Your Sleep Style Says About You

What you do: You sleep tummy-side-down.

What this could mean: Sleeping on your stomach, which is something 16 percent of us do, flattens the curve of the spine, which often leads to pain or stiffness the next day and back problems over time. It also forces you to twist your head to the side in order to breathe, putting stress on the neck, explains Nick Littlehales, a sleep coach based in the UK. Few people can maintain this position for the entire night, says Littlehales, leading to tossing and turning. It's worth learning a new way to doze off: Littlehales says that when you curl up on your non-dominant side (if you're a righty, that would be your left side), you not only take the pressure off your lower back, but you also put your body weight on the joints, muscles and tendons that are less used and therefore less sensitive. In other words, you make yourself comfy enough to stay put -- and stay asleep -- for most of the night. Front sleepers: Try propping pillows around your upper body to help you gradually turn to the side.

You come alive at night.

What Your Sleep Style Says About You

What you do: You refuse to eat anything when you get up on weekday mornings.

What this could mean: Those with a delayed internal clock (or "chronotype") would prefer to go to sleep and wake up later than average, explains Till Roenneberg, a German chronobiologist and the author of Internal Time. This means that when you're forced to wake up just after dawn for work, family or other obligations, your body would rather be sleeping, not eating. Your internal clock influences all physiological processes, says Roenneberg, so not only do you feel lethargic and grumpy, but in addition, your digestive system isn't ready to handle food. Another clue that you're a late chronotype: You're probably famished midmorning, which by your clock is time to eat. You can figure out your chronotype by taking a survey like one developed by Roenneberg. He also suggests this exercise: Note your wake time on non-work days when you don't need to get up with an alarm clock. Compare it with the time you fell asleep on those days. Then, chart the midpoint, which is called your "midsleep." If your midsleep is 6 a.m., and your alarm clock is going off at 7 a.m., is it any wonder you're not in the mood for eggs?

You're a snooze-aholic

What Your Sleep Style Says About You

What you do: You almost always remember your dreams when you wake up.

What it could mean: We cycle through several cycles of sleep during the night, and the REM sleep phase is when we have our most bizarre dreams. Waking up during this period usually leaves people not only able to vividly recall their dreams but also feeling woozy, disoriented and unrefreshed, says Rafael Pelayo, MD, a sleep specialist at Stanford University. If we're jolted awake out of REM sleep by an alarm clock and then use the snooze button to fall back asleep for a short time, we may slip right back into the same dream. (See why experts say you really should wean yourself off this habit.)

You're flat-out sleep deprived.

What Your Sleep Style Says About You

What you do: You can fall asleep anywhere, at any time.

What it could mean:
Assuming you've ruled out a disorder like narcolepsy, this tendency to nod off at the drop of a hat is probably a red flag that you need more sleep. One standard lab test is to put people in a dark, quiet room and measure how long it takes them to fall asleep, says Roenneberg. People who have had a restful night of sleep and who have woken up without an alarm clock don't usually doze off right away. It's usually those who aren't getting the sleep they need who have perfected the art of snatching zzz's whenever and wherever they can.


Mental Health Marijuana Use May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Friday, August 29, 2014 | comments

Mental Health Marijuana Use May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Marijuana could treat Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

Neuroscientists from the University of South Florida were able to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease using extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

After observing how marijuana affects Alzheimer's patients, scientists found that extremely low doses of THC can reduce the production of amyloid beta, a protein found in a soluble form in most aging brains. Low levels of THC can also and stop abnormal accumulation of amyloid beta. Researchers said this is important because the buildup of amyloid beta is believed to be one of the pathological hallmarks evident early in the neurodegenerative disease.

Mental Health Marijuana Use May Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Furthermore, researchers found that low levels of the marijuana compound help maintain brain health by enhancing mitochondrial function, which is needed to help supply energy and transmit signals.

"THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, but this is the first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer's pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation, and enhancing mitochondrial function," study lead author Chuanhai Cao, PhD and a neuroscientist at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute and the USF College of Pharmacy, said in a news release.

Mental Health Marijuana Use May Lower Alzheimer's Risk
"Decreased levels of amyloid beta means less aggregation, which may protect against the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Since THC is a natural and relatively safe amyloid inhibitor, THC or its analogs may help us develop an effective treatment in the future," he added.

Cao and his team noted that the doses examined in the latest study would not increase the risk of THC toxicity and memory impairment.

"While we are still far from a consensus, this study indicates that THC and THC-related compounds may be of therapeutic value in Alzheimer's disease," study co-author Neel Nabar said in a news release. "Are we advocating that people use illicit drugs to prevent the disease? No. It's important to keep I n mind that just because a drug may be effective doesn't mean it can be safely used by anyone. However, these findings may lead to the development of related compounds that are safe, legal, and useful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease."

The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.


Scientists Reveal Ramen Noodles Cause Heart Disease, Stroke & Metabolic Syndrome

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | comments

 Scientists Reveal Ramen Noodles Cause Heart Disease, Stroke & Metabolic Syndrome

The dangers of ramen noodles are self-evident to most, however there will always be those who will deny the dangers of consuming them. After all, it’s a staple food for college kids so how bad could it be? It can’t kill you right? New research from Baylor University and Harvard says it can. The noodles increase people’s risk of metabolic changes linked to heart disease and stroke, researchers found.

Ramen noodles contain Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), which is a byproduct of the petroleum industry and food additive frequently to preserve cheap processed foods. A gastrointestinal specialist conducted an experiment with a time lapse video inside the stomach to what would happen after two hours of digesting ramen noodles and the results were staggering.

In the most recent study in the Journal of Nutrition, women in South Korea who consumed more of the precooked blocks of dried noodles were more likely to have “metabolic syndrome” regardless of what else they ate, or how much they exercised, the researchers found. People with metabolic syndrome may have high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels, and face an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

The dried noodle block was originally created by flash frying cooked noodles, and this is still the main method used in Asian countries, though air-dried noodle blocks are favoured in Western countries. The main ingredients of the dried noodle are wheat flour, palm oil, and salt. Common ingredients of the flavouring powder are salt, monosodium glutamate, seasoning, and sugar. A typical cup-type instant noodles contain 2700 mg of sodium.

“Although instant noodle is a convenient and delicious food, there could be an increased risk for metabolic syndrome given [the food's] high sodium, unhealthy saturated fat and glycemic loads,” said study co-author Hyun Shin, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

VIDEO: Stomach-Turning Video Will Make You Reconsider Eating Ramen Noodles

Shin and his colleagues at Baylor University and Harvard analyzed the health and diet of nearly 11,000 adults in South Korea between ages 19 to 64. The participants reported what they ate, and the researchers categorized each participant’s diet as centered on either traditional healthy food or fast food, as well as how many times weekly they ate instant noodles.

The study focused on individuals in South Korea, Shin said, as the country has the highest per-capita number of instant noodle consumers in the world, and because, in recent years, health problems there, including heart disease and obesity, have been on the rise. But the findings appear to be quite relevant to consumers stateside too, as the United States ranked sixth globally in instant noodle sales, according to theWorld Instant Noodles Association, which found that the United States accounted for 4,300 billion units sold in 2013 (coming in just behind China, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, and India — and one spot above South Korea, in fact).

Women who ate instant noodles twice a week or more had a higher risk of metabolic syndrome than those who ate ramen less, or not at all, regardless of whether their diet style fell into the traditional or fast-food category. The researchers found the association even among young women who were leaner and reported doing more physical activity.

As for men, Shin and his colleagues guessed that biological differences between the genders, like the effect of sex hormones and metabolism, might account for the lack of an apparent association among males between eating instant noodles and developing metabolic syndrome.

The study was conducted in South Korea, an area known to have the largest ramen consumption group in the world, where people consumed 3.4 billion packages of instant noodles in 2010.

But the findings could apply to people in North American too, said Lisa Young, a nutritionist and professor at New York University who was not involved in the study. “We [in the States] don’t eat it as much, but the ramen noodles are being sold, so this could apply to anywhere they’re sold, and they’re sold almost everywhere.”

 Scientists Reveal Ramen Noodles Cause Heart Disease, Stroke & Metabolic Syndrome

So what’s so bad about instant noodles?

“Instant noodles are high in fat, high in salt, high in calories and they’re processed — all those factors could contribute to some of the health problems [the researchers] addressed,” Young said. “That doesn’t mean that every single person is going to respond the same way, but the piece to keep in mind is that it’s not a healthy product, and it is a processed food.”

In June 2012, the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) found Benzopyrene (a cancer causing substance) in six brands of noodles made by Nong Shim Company Ltd. Although the KFDA said the amounts were minuscule and not harmful, Nong Shim did identify particular batches of noodles with a problem, prompting a recall by October 2012.

They also contain TBHQ (Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone) which can have a long term effect on your health such as weakening of organs and contributing to the onset of cancers and tumors.

Processed foods generally contain high amounts of sugar and salt, primarily because they are designed to have long shelf lives.

Above all, however, Young said a little bit of preparation could help people avoid processed instant noodles altogether. “You can easily make noodles, homemade pasta, ground-rice pasta and veggies” at home, with a little bit of planning, she said.

Natasha Longo
 has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.

Can Running Add Years to Your Life?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | comments

Can Running Add Years to Your Life?

A new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, revealed that runners may live an average of three years longer than those who don’t run.

What was even more interesting was that the 15-year study suggested that you can reap the same benefit even running at slow speeds for just minutes each day.

Lead author, Dr. D.C. Lee, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, noted, “I hope this study can motivate more people to start running and to continue running as an attainable health goal.”

Lee told Yahoo Health, “this study encourages inactive people to participate in more physical activity including running,” and revealed that the two biggest surprises of the research were that “we can get significant mortality benefits by running even 30 to 60 minutes per week, which is below the recommendations by the World Health Organization and the US government,” and that some benefits matched those of the longer-distance runners.

He did caution that more studies are needed in order to determine the most optimal amount of running for various populations, but noted, “it is true that even little is better than none.”

It’s also not clear whether or not the longer lifespan is directly caused by running, though the researchers were able to establish a strong link. One factor may also be that those who run tend to live a healthier lifestyle in general, but researchers did try to account for that.

Can Running Add Years to Your Life?

Running was said to be linked to a 30 percent reduced risk of death from any cause, and a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke, compared to people who did not run at all. Running just a minimum of 30 to 59 minutes each week, or 5 to 10 minutes per day, was associated with a 28 percent lower overall risk of death, and a 58 percent reduced risk of death from heart disease.

The researchers also found that people who ran consistently over a period of six years reaped the most significant benefits on average, including a 29 percent lower risk of death in genera,l and a 50 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

The bottom line, says Dr. Michael Scott Emery, co-chair of the American College of Cardiology’s sports and exercise cardiology council, is an important message for people who don’t run or exercise at all. He explained to Yahoo Health, “any amount of exercise will help improve your overall health, particularly cardiovascular health — even just 5 to 10 minutes of running a day, according to these findings. I don’t think running is ideal for everyone, but you can probably extrapolate this to any exercise that is the equivalent in metabolic demand,” like biking, for example.

Walking for the same time, Emery notes, is not as beneficial, with a five minute run being as good as a 15 minute walk. A 25 minute run, he says, can “generate benefits that would require four times longer to accomplish walking.”

In addition to living longer, running has also been shown to offer a number of more immediate benefits, including making you feel happier. A 2013 study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, in which rats and mice got antidepressant-like effects from running on a wheel, found that the physical activity was an effective alternative to treating depression.

Can Running Add Years to Your Life?

A 2006 study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, showed that just a half hour of running during the week for three weeks was enough to boost mood, concentration during the day and sleep quality.

Running has also been proven to help one maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones and joints, keep your brain sharper as you age, and reduce the risk of a wide range of diseases and illness, including cancer.


12 Facts About Microwaves That Should Forever Terminate Their Use

Monday, August 25, 2014 | comments

12 Facts About Microwaves That Should Forever Terminate Their Use

Microwaves are a source of electromagnetic energy (a form ofnonionizing form of radiation) electronically generated. When penetrating the aliments, they trigger an inner rotation of the water molecules inside the food. This rotation triggers a friction between the molecules and the result is a rapid growth in temperature.

Microwaves use super-fast particles to literally radiate the contents of water inside food and bring it to boil. Not only has microwave use been linked to causing infertility in men, but it also denatures many of the essential proteins in the food making them virtually indigestible.

Most animals will only consume food in its natural, unprocessed state, but humans actually go out of their way to render food nutritionally worthless before eating it. Think about all the prepackaged and processed foods we purchase and consume annually. It's no wonder the state of our health is in dire straits.

Microwave ovens work physically, biochemically and physiologically, producing ions and various free radicals, which destroy viruses and bacteria, but not toxins and microtoxins. The experts have concluded that food cooked in microwaves loses between 60% and 90% of its vital energy and, at the same time, the structural disintegration processes accelerates. Also, the nutrient substances are altered, leading to digestive diseases. These microwaves can increase both the number of cancerous cells in blood and the number of stomach and intestinal cancerous cells.

Microwaves leaking radiation is a serious issue. Serious enough for the FDA to set legal limits on the leakage permitted by every microwave manufacturer. However, the only way to completely eliminate the radiation dangers associated with microwaves is not to use one. Microwave radiation has been known to cause cataracts, birth defects, cancer and other serious illnesses.

Because of these causes the microwave ovens were banned in the Soviet Union in 1976. Soviet scientists found that the microwave exposure decreases the ability of some vitamins to by absorbed by the human body, dramatically accelerates the structural disintegration of all foods and reduces the metabolic stress of the alkaloids, glycosides and galactoses.

In 1991, the Swiss Doctor Hans Ulrich Hertel made a study that demonstrated that cooking or heating food presents much greater risks for health than the traditionally cooked food. He found that people who ate microwave prepared food recorded losses in the hemoglobines and lymphoites.

In 2003, a Spanish governmental study elaborated in Murcia demonstrated that the vegetables and fruits cooked in a microwave lost a percentage of 97% of the substances that contribute to reducing the incidence of coronary heart diseases.

In Dr. Lita Lee's book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation -- Microwave Ovens, and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter, she stated that every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation, harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products.

In Comparative Study of Food Prepared Conventionally and in the Microwave Oven, published by Raum & Zelt in 1992, at 3(2): 43, it states:

"Artificially produced microwaves, including those in ovens, are produced from alternating current and force a billion or more polarity reversals per second in every food molecule they hit. Production of unnatural molecules is inevitable. Naturally occurring amino acids have been observed to undergo isomeric changes (changes in shape morphing) as well as transformation into toxic forms, under the impact of microwaves produced in ovens."

There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts. Microwaves quickly destroy the delicate molecules of vitamins and phytonutrients (plant medicines) naturally found in foods. One study showed that microwaving vegetables destroys up to 97% of the nutritional content (vitamins and other plant-based nutrients that prevent disease, boost immune function and enhance health).

Dr. Hertel was the first scientist to conceive and carry out a quality clinical study on the effects microwaved nutrients have on the blood and physiology of the human body. His small but well controlled study showed the degenerative force produced in microwave ovens and the food processed in them. The scientific conclusion showed that microwave cooking changed the nutrients in the food; and, changes took place in the participants' blood that could cause deterioration in the human system. Hertel's scientific study was done along with Dr. Bernard H. Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry.

12 Facts About Microwaves That Should Forever Terminate Their Use

12 Enumerated Effects of Microwaves

1. A breakdown of the human “life-energy field” in those who were exposed to microwave ovens while in operation, with side-effects to the human energy field of increasingly longer duration;

2. A degeneration of the cellular voltage parallels during the process of using the apparatus, especially in the blood and lymphatic areas;

3. A degeneration and destabilization of the external energy activated potentials of food utilization within the processes of human metabolism;

4. A degeneration and destabilization of internal cellular membrane potentials while transferring catabolic [metabolic breakdown] processes into the blood serum from the digestive process;

5. Degeneration and circuit breakdowns of electrical nerve impulses within the junction potentials of the cerebrum [the front portion of the brain where thought and higher functions reside];

6. A degeneration and breakdown of nerve electrical circuits and loss of energy field symmetry in the neuroplexuses [nerve centers] both in the front and the rear of the central and autonomic nervous systems;

7. Loss of balance and circuiting of the bioelectric strengths within the ascending reticular activating system [the system which controls the function of consciousness];

8. A long term cumulative loss of vital energies within humans, animals and plants that were located within a 500-meter radius of the operational equipment;

9. Long lasting residual effects of magnetic “deposits” were located throughout the nervous system and lymphatic system;

10. A destabilization and interruption in the production of hormones and maintenance of hormonal balance in males and females;

11. Markedly higher levels of brainwave disturbance in the alpha, theta, and delta wave signal patterns of persons exposed to microwave emission fields, and;

12. Because of this brainwave disturbance, negative psychological effects were noted, including loss of memory, loss of ability to concentrate, suppressed emotional threshold, deceleration of intellective processes, and interruptive sleep episodes in a statistically higher percentage of individuals subjected to continual range emissive field effects of microwave apparatus, either in cooking apparatus or in transmission stations.

Take a look around you at every person that still uses a microwave. The largest majority are unhealthy and overweight. The more you use the microwave, the worse your nutritional state gets, and the more likely you are to be diagnosed with various diseases and put on pharmaceuticals which, of course, will create other health problems that lead to a grand spiraling nosedive of health.

Of all the natural substances -- which are polar -- the oxygen of water molecules reacts most sensitively. This is how microwave cooking heat is generated -- friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed, called structural isomerism, and thus become impaired in quality. This is contrary to conventional heating of food where heat transfers convectionally from without to within. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat.

12 Facts About Microwaves That Should Forever Terminate Their Use

The following is a summary of the Russian investigations published by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland, Oregon:
  • - Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known carcinogen.
  • - Microwaving milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens.
  • - Thawing frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogenic substances.
  • - Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.
  • - Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables.
  • Russian researchers also reported a marked acceleration of structural degradation leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested. Among the changes observed were:
  • - Deceased bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics factors in all food tested.
  • - Various kinds of damaged to many plant substances, such as alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides. 
According to Dr. Lee, changes are observed in the blood chemistries and the rates of certain diseases among consumers of microwaved foods. The symptoms above can easily be caused by the observations shown below. The following is a sample of these changes: 

a.. Lymphatic disorders were observed, leading to decreased ability to prevent certain types of cancers.
b.. An increased rate of cancer cell formation was observed in the blood.
c.. Increased rates of stomach and intestinal cancers were observed.
d.. Higher rates of digestive disorders and a gradual breakdown of the systems of elimination were observed.

Decrease in Food Value

Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritive value of all foods researched. The following are the most important findings:

1. A decrease in the bioavailability [capability of the body to utilize the nutriment] of B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics in all foods;

2. A loss of 60-90% of the vital energy field content of all tested foods;

3. A reduction in the metabolic behavior and integration process capability of alkaloids [organic nitrogen based elements], glucosides and galactosides, and nitrilosides;

4. A destruction of the nutritive value of nucleoproteins in meats;

5. A marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods.

12 Facts About Microwaves That Should Forever Terminate Their Use

How Do You Heat Your Food The Healthy Way

This is kind of a misnomer because there is truthfully, with perhaps the exception of dehydration, no way to heat food and maintain its structural and nutritional value. However, gently heating food in a cast iron pan over the stove may be the healthiest alternative to nuking it. This is the old fashioned way and it never failed our ancestors.

Toss that microwave and strive to consume at least half of your diet from raw foods, that is a huge step in the right direction to maintain their nutritional value. My mother always used to tell me that if food comes from a package, or has to be heated to be eaten, there's a good a chance it's low in nutrition. She was right for the most part, so keep that in mind when venturing the aisles at the grocery. 


Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth‏

Sunday, August 24, 2014 | comments

Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth‏

Brushing your teeth: It’s something you (should) do twice a day, every day. But it’s not as a simple as just scrubbing and rinsing.Timothy Chase, D.M.D., a New York City-based cosmetic dentist, says these are the flubs most people make:

1. Using the wrong toothbrush

All toothbrush bristles have a rating — hard, medium, soft, and extra soft. Just ignore the medium and hard bristles altogether, says Chase. “I see a tremendous amount of [gum and tooth] damage from brushes that are not soft enough. Imagine you have a broom and you’re trying to get dust out of a corner. If you had a really stiff broom, you’d wind up scuffing up the wall. A soft broom would take the shape of a corner and remove the dust easily,” he says. The same goes for your toothbrush.

2. Using an old brush

You should buy a new toothbrush or, if you use an electric toothbrush, replace the head every three months. If you forget, pay attention to the bristles. When they begin to feel soft and lose their original shape, it’s time to pitch it (or at least retire it to the cleaning cabinet).

3. Not going in circles 

Every dentist will say it: The correct way to brush your teeth is in small circular movements. Remember that the only thing you should be removing is leftover food debris — not brushing so hard that you ruin your enamel. “Most people use a sawing motion back and forth, which can cause damage to the gums and tooth abrasion. This can lead to root exposure and sensitivity,” Chase says.

4. Using whitening toothpaste

“You don’t get a great result from whitening toothpaste,” warns Chase. “Instead, use a cavity-fighting toothpaste, and then use trays or white strips independent of brushing.” Another tip: Only squeeze out a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. “A good rule of thumb is half the brushing surface,” he says.

Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth‏


You only need to use a mouthwash if you like it, and if you’re going to use it, stick with an alcohol-free variety. (Chase likes Listerine Zero.) Your mouth needs saliva in order to clean itself, and alcohol can dry out your mouth. And before making your kids rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, check with your pediatric dentist. “Don’t just automatically assume your kids should use one,” says Chase.

8. Not brushing for long enough

Chase recommends that his patients spend a full two minutes brushing. There are some electronic toothbrushes that will automatically stop after two minutes, or simply use a timer until you get the timing down.

9. Not considering an electric toothbrush

It’s worth it to invest in a quality electric toothbrush, says Chase. It does all of the work for you and doesn’t overpoweryour teeth. But don’t be persuaded by the disposable electric toothbrush. “Some of the disposal electric toothbrushes cheap out on the most important part, which is the bristle,” he says. “Generally the bristles are so hard that you cause a lot of damage.”

Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth‏

Ways You’re Ruining Your Teeth

You only get one set of choppers, and repair costs more than prevention. So be kind to your teeth. Here are some mistakes you may not know you’re making.

Brushing Too Hard

“If you brush too vigorously, you can wear away at your enamel and cause sensitivity and even gum recession,” says dentist Nuntiya Kakanantadilok, director of the division of pediatric dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Buy a brush with soft bristles and move it in small circles, not side to side, she says.

Eating too Many Acidic Foods

“They can wear away enamel,” says Kakanantadilok. That’s a problem because that top protective layer of the teeth can never grow back. Nerves below it lose their protection, and you may start to feel pain from hot or cold. Some acidic, erosion-causing culprits: regular (and diet) soda, orange juice, wine, sports drinks, sour gummy candies, and lemons. “Think about your tooth as a seashell,” says dentist Martha Ann Keels, division chief for pediatric dentistry at Duke Children’s Hospital. “If you put a seashell in Coke, it will disappear.”

If you can’t resist these dental no-no’s, at least neutralize the pH in your mouth by consuming water or cheese with them, says Keels. And instead of swishing acidic drinks around your in mouth, use a straw to limit contact with teeth, says dentist Richard H. Price, an American Dental Association consumer adviser.

Too Much Teeth Whitening

It’s normal to want pearlier whites. After all, says Price, “As we get older, teeth get darker.” But don’t overdo it. “Basically, you’re exposing your teeth to a very mild acid,” says Kakanantadilok. “Excessive bleaching can weaken enamel. Over time, even mild acid can begin to erode the mineral content of the tooth, causing the enamel to become porous and eventually to break down and become more sensitive.”
Kakanantadilok says over-the-counter white strips are milder than in-office bleaching systems. And who wants teeth that look like Chiclets gum, anyway? “We try to educate people that ‘normal’ tooth color is not white but more ivory,” says Paul Casamassimo, director of the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth‏

Chasing Hot Pizza With a Cold Drink

When you bite into a piece of hot pizza, you’re expanding your enamel. “Then you take a big dose of cold cola, not with a straw, and you’re going to cause contraction,” says Price. That can create what’s called a “craze line” — a vertical, hair-thin crack in the enamel that can lead to breaks and stains. “It would be similar to what happens to a porcelain plate that goes from hot to cold,” says Price.
“Teeth will contract or expand with changes in temperature,” says Casamassimo. “When that happens, if it’s done too quickly, it’s damaging.” One solution: Like Price, eat hot pizza with a knife and fork.

Using the Wrong Toothpaste

Pick one that’s not too abrasive: The FDA rates toothpastes using a “relative dentin abrasion” (RDA) scale. Anything above 100 is considered abrasive, above 150 is highly abrasive, and above 200 is not recommended, says Kakanantadilok. For your reference: Colgate Total gets 70, Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening Toothpaste gets 145, and Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM gets 168.

Using Them As a Tool

You might think this sounds crazy, but lots of people do this absent-mindedly. “The teeth are meant to chew foods and look pretty when you smile, not to open up candy wrappers or chomp down on ice cubes,” says dentist Warren Brill, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

If you use your chompers to open nail polish bottles, beer bottles, or anything else, you can cause micro-fractures that may not be apparent for years, says Kakanantadilok. Such abuse can also cause teeth to break or fillings to pop out.

Not Brushing and Flossing Enough

Some people think this is enough — some people are wrong. Brush for two minutes a day, twice a day. Otherwise, you increase the odds that you’ll get cavities, which, if untreated, can spread into the jaw and cause infections. If you’re at work and can’t get to your toothbrush, a good solution is to keep a box of dental floss in your purse or drawer. “Floss first, if that’s all you can do,” says Keels.


7 Natural Remedies for Arthritis in Hands

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | comments

When joint cartilage wears away, bone rubs against bone, causing arthritis. Sounds painful? It is.

Arthritis seriously impairs the quality of life for 27 million Americans. Given that osteoarthritis is so disabling, painful and common, there are lots of quack “cures” out there, from shark cartilage to copper jewelry to snake venom. But here are some natural remedies that research suggests may actually help reduce arthritis pain.

Castor oil

1. Castor oil - has many powerful medicinal and curative powers. There is a component called ricinoleic acid found in castor oil that has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve arthritis pain. Gently massage a little castor oil on the affected area, you will need to do this twice a day to reduce pain. Or, you can boil 2 tablespoons of castor oil and add it to a glass of fresh orange juice, if you drink this juice before breakfast everyday you will notice an improvement in your condition within 2 weeks

Castor oil is also a laxative so do not drink too much castor oil or for too long.

Fenugreek seeds

2. Fenugreek seeds – Research has shown that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of fenugreek, also known as methi, could help treat inflammation associated with arthritis (i). Soak 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The next morning, eat the seeds and throw away the water, do this daily for a few months.


3. Turmeric - Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is another popular ingredient for treating hand arthritis. Turmeric also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of hot milk along with a little honey and drink once a day. Alternatively, heat approximately a quart of water adding 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and boil the solution for 10 minutes. Drink the cooled water daily.

Olive Oil

4. Olive Oil – Olive oil is said to help prevent arthritis. Olive oil has a special compound called oleocanthal present which helps prevent the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. Olive oil can also be used as a massage oil for your hands and fingers. Add a few drops of lavender oil to some warm olive oil and massage the affected area with gentle strokes to stop discomfort and inflammation. Using olive oil for cooking food can also help reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

Honey and Cinnamon

5. Honey and Cinnamon - Honey and cinnamon powder both have excellent healing properties, honey is known for its antiseptic qualities and cinnamon is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. By mixing the two together you will get a great natural way to treat arthritis in hands and help relax stiff muscles. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon powder. Consume this mixture every morning on an empty stomach for several weeks or until you find relief.

Epsom Salt

6. Epsom Salt - is good for reducing the stiffness, inflammation and pain linked with arthritis. It is high in magnesium which is important for bone health, many patients suffering with arthritis have demineralized bones. Magnesium also helps to decrease nerve pains. Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt in warm bath water. Soak your hands in it for 20 to 30 minutes. Do this 3 times a week for several weeks or until you are happy with the results.

Apple Cider Vinegar

7. Apple Cider Vinegar - is anti-inflammatory and has alkaline forming properties that can help reduce pain and stiffness in the hands from arthritis. Drink a glass of warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and some honey every day. You can also try mixing either one-quarter of a cayenne pepper or mix 1.5 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in 1 cup of warm apple cider vinegar. Soak the painful joint in it for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat daily until you see improvement.

 Ice Pack

8. Ice Pack - This is good for those suffering with hand arthritis. To lessen irritation and reduce soreness, use ice packs, a plastic bag filled with crushed ice or a bag of frozen vegetables. Apply regularly onto the sore hands and fingers. Please remember that different people may respond differently to cold therapy. All you need to do is put the ice pack on the affected area for a few minutes and then repeat. Repeat several times a day for about 20 minutes (make sure to put a thin towel between the ice pack and the skin to prevent frostbite).

Always consult with your doctor before starting any new treatments. Exercises and physical therapies will also surely help you have better joint movement in your fingers and hands.

Arthritis Pain Relief Massage Exercises



Here are 6 Reasons You Can Still Feel Hungry – Even After You Just Ate!

Friday, August 22, 2014 | comments

Here are 6 Reasons You Can Still Feel Hungry – Even After You Just Ate!

Why is it some people can feel hungry right after eating a large lunch or dinner? It is all down to specific foods and habits that can trick our bodies by failing to send our brains the signal that we are full. Here is how to eat to avoid these hunger pangs.



It is not a myth, breakfast really does set you up for the day.

Scientists from the the University of Cambridgestudied a group of nearly 7000 people over a period of 4 years, monitoring their calorific intake throughout the day. Those participants who ate just 300 calories for breakfast gained almost twice as much weight over the 4 years as those who ate consumed at least 500 calories for breakfast (i). This is because by eating a bigger breakfast we have smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, meaning we do not suffer from sudden food cravings.

Other research has shown that people who included at least 30-40 grams of food rich in protein such as eggs or sausages in their breakfast did not feel hungry throughout the morning, especially when compared with people who ate less protein.



Many people eat cereal as a snack as well as a breakfast food but, frustratingly, can often feel hungry again shortly afterwards. The key thing is which cereal you eat. Researchers fromLouisiana State University followed a group of adults who either ate a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, or a bowl of oatmeal, both measured out at 363 calories. The oatmeal eaters reported feeling fuller for longer and did not suffer from hunger pangs in comparison to those who ate the ready made cereal.

The increase in satisfaction is thought to be due to the viscosity of the oatmeal combined with the fact that it has more healthy soluble oat fiber than most cereals.



Many packaged and canned meals contain the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA. BPA was first used in plastics in the 1960´s. Some baby bottles, reusable food containers and water bottles are made from BPA and this chemical has been linked to heart problems, hormone imbalances leading to infertility, diabetes and obesity, early puberty as well as affecting the brain (ii). It also lines many cans containing foods.

Scientists have linked BPA exposure with abnormal surges in leptin that, according toHarvard University researchers, leads to food cravings and obesity.

It is believed that when heated and washed with a strong detergent these polycarbonate plastics can break down and leach BPA into our food. The FDA has labelled BPA as “a chemical of some concern”. Canada is the only country to date which has officially declared BPA as a “toxic substance.”



Soda’s, sweetened soft drinks and iced teas are all sources of high fructose corn syrup, with estimates suggesting that as much as two thirds of our annual intake of this ingredient coming from these drinks.

Scientists from Yale University studied a group of 20 healthy adults, looking at MRI scans of their brains whilst drinking various liquids. Although it was a small study, it was a blind study with a random order, crossover design. Blood tests measured circulating hormone levels and the volunteers were asked to rate their feelings of hunger, satiety, and fullness prior to and following the scan.

They found that drinks containing high fructose corn syrup reduced activity and blood flow in the areas of the brain known to regulate appetite. In addition the participants reported lower levels of satiety and fullness when compared to drinking liquids containing glucose. They concluded that after drinking something with fructose, the brain may fail to recognize the feeling of fullness that tells us to stop eating (iii).


The majority of Americans do not eat enough healthy leafy greens. These are rich sources of an essential B vitamin called folate which has been shown to help protect us from fatigue, weight gain and depression. Include romaine lettuce, spinach, collard greens, radicchio in your diet.

One study found that dieters who had the highest levels of folate in their blood lost 8.5 times as much weight as those found to have the lowest levels. Leafy greens are also high invitamin K, which is another insulin-regulating nutrient that can minimize cravings.



This is a big factor. People often mistake the feeling of hunger and of thirst and can suffer apparent hunger pangs when in reality they are dehydrated. When cells are dehydrated within the body they become depleted of energy. This sends signals to the brain which the majority of people confuse with hunger signals. This means we often eat more to restore energy whereas we should infact simply reach for a glass of water first (iv).

So next time you feel hungry shortly after eating a large meal try drinking a glass of water before rushing to eat more food.

Researchers have also found that people who drank 2 cups of water before eating a meal actually consumed between 75 and 90 calories less when compared to people who didn’t. This research project from Virginia Tech found that at the end of the twelve week study period the dieters who drank the water prior to their meals lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.


Bad Habits that Make You Age Faster

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | comments

Certain lifestyle choices can make you look and feel older than you are. Steer clear of these saboteurs to stay younger, longer.

How you look and feel when you’re older may depend on how you live your life when you’re younger. To a great extent, good senior health means making good choices early on. That means getting rid of bad habits now that could threaten your physical well-being later. Here are eight culprits that speed up the aging process.


1. Smoking

It’s certainly no secret that smoking is bad for your health. But did you know it’s bad for your looks, too? Studies show that in addition to shortening your life by increasing your risk for heart and lung disease, smoking can activate enzymes that break down the elasticity of your skin. Even if you’re a closet smoker, the fine wrinkles and pallor that cigarettes cause can give you away — just one more reason to snuff out those smokes.

Crash Dieting

2. Crash Dieting
Who hasn’t wanted to drop 10 pounds in a hurry before a special birthday or a long-awaited vacation? Quick fixes are tempting, but crash dieting is never a good idea. It’s not a long-term solution — in fact, it may be a long-term threat. Research shows that it can make you feel older by reducing your energy level, messing with your concentration, and making you depressed and irritable. Crash dieting can also cause wrinkles and sagging, because aging skin, which has less elasticity, doesn’t have time to adjust to the weight loss. Weight management is important for senior health, but don’t try to lose more than one or two pounds a week.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

3. Not Getting Enough Sleep
You may think that as you get older you don’t need as much sleep, but experts say you still need seven or eight hours every night for optimal senior health. Not getting enough sleep can keep you from functioning well during the day. It can also lead to weight gain, another drag on senior health. If you are going to bed at a reasonable hour, yet feel like you’re dragging during the day, talk to your doctor to rule out sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, which is common in seniors.

Skipping Fruits and Veggies

4. Skipping Fruits and Veggies
It’s true that as you get older you need fewer calories. However, if you want to have a spring in your step and the glow of healthy aging — rather than a drawn complexion with wrinkles — you need to get those calories from good, nutritious sources. A junk-food or meat-and-potatoes diet just won’t cut it. Experts say the best sources are lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. Also be sure your diet includes fish with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, as well as plenty of fiber from whole grains.

Holding on to Grudges

5. Holding on to Grudges

Life is too short and precious to hold on to old grudges. Learning how to let go and forgive may add years to your life and make the years you have left a lot more productive. (You might even notice fewer wrinkles from frowning.) Studies show that forgiveness leads to better physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Benefits include lower blood pressure, less depression, less stress, and less anxiety.

Carrying Around Stress

6. Carrying Around Stress
Nothing can make you feel or act older like mental decline. Studies show that letting go of stress can help you avoid cognitive impairment and keep your mind young. Try to identify your stressors and find ways to avoid them or to diffuse their effects through relaxation techniques such as meditation or exercise.

Becoming a Couch Potato

7. Becoming a Couch Potato
Speaking of exercise… Regular physical activity is a healthy aging essential for many things, from staving off heart disease to keeping stress at bay. But one of the main reasons to keep exercising is to prevent injury. An injury that limits mobility and, in turn, your independence is a potentially life-threatening blow to senior health. Research shows that just 30 minutes of walking three times a week can lower your risk for a fall, the leading cause of disabling injuries in seniors. So break the sloth habit and get moving.

Drinking Alcohol

8. Drinking Alcohol
You may have heard that moderate drinking is good for senior health, but what’s considered “moderate” changes as you get older. According to the American Geriatrics Society, more than one drink a day for an older man and half of one for an older woman can be too much. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause cognitive decline and may contribute to falls. Alcohol can also interfere with some medications. Ask your doctor how much alcohol — if any — is safe for you.


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