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In the April 2008 issue of the Harvard Health Letter, researchers explained how seven common conditions can be managed without medication. In many cases, the nonpharmacological approach can do as much or more than pills.
Arthritis: Combine weight loss with exercise, and you may have less pain and more mobility — especially if the exercise that doesn’t put any load on the joints, such as swimming, reduces pain.
Cholesterol: Adding soluble fiber to your diet can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
Cognitive decline: Memory training can help you stay sharp, and physical exercise can do even more.
Depression: Regular physical activity has a potent antidepressant effect.
Diabetes: Exercise makes muscle more receptive to the insulin, and eating fewer sweets and simple carbohydrates helps control blood sugar levels.
High blood pressure: Lose weight, get more exercise, and eat less sodium.
Osteoporosis: Weight-bearing exercise causes bone tissue to get stronger and denser. Extra vitamin D and calcium are key for your diet.
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Chemicals in processed food? “Empty calories” from high fat, high sugar foods or fast food?
Artifical this? Artificial that? It’s scary when you read the ingredient labels on some processed foods. You would need to be a scientist to even pronounce some of the ingredient names. And “they” expect us to eat it.
IN REALITY, NATURE KNOWS BEST!
Fresh whole foods really are what we should be eating. Nature has provided all the components to make a complete nutritionally balanced diet.
What’s more, because they are not processed they are more affordable, and with minimal packaging, the impact on the environment is lessened.
So what are nature’s whole foods?
FISH & SEAFOOD
BEANS & LEGUMES
POULTRY & LEAN MEATS
NUTS & SEEDS
SPICES & HERBS
It isn’t always easy to get the right amount of nutrition, even from whole foods. That’s where NATURAL SUPERFOODS come to the rescue , nutrient dense foods like:-
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I’m certainly not an expert, but I’m learning. I’ve done the research so you don’t have to.
Here is a Glycemic Index Reference Chart to download free. It contains links to The University of Sydney GI Library, so you can get more information direct from the researchers.
Well, still at the seminar. Long days, worthwhile, but tiring.
I needed an energy boost. So I bought an energy drink. As I started drinking it, I immediately regretted it when I thought about how much sugar and other unhealthy ingredients it contained.
I wish the new healthy energy drink was available here NOW (I live in Australia… coming soon but not yet). Check it out for yourself. It may be already available where you live. Lucky You!
What could possibly provoke this reaction? It’s really simple. Stabilized Rice Bran. Why?
Well, today I’m at a seminar. It started early (from me at least). I’m not good at early. So what can I have for breakfast? I want something fast, simple and healthy. The answer Stabilized Rice Bran.
I just whizzed up some guava juice and rice bran – there’s my delicious healthy breakfast. I simply included my usual Certified Organic Spirulina and Chlorella to give me sustained fullness.
Today I made a variation on my cake recipe. To make it real, here is a picture.
Using the leftover pulp from my morning juice (today’s was made from 4 oranges, 1 banana and a pear with stabilized rice bran added to make it satisfying and healthy) and inspired by a TV cooking show, which showed a citrus and yogurt cake, I added 3 desertspoons of greek style yogurt I had in the fridge, and two eggs, plus today I added a heaped desert spoonful of our lecithin, of course I used a commercial cake mix as a base, I omitted any butter or oil. I bake it in a loaf tin at a lower temp than recommended, but for a longer time.
It all came together very nicely, and tastes great. Of course it’s not a light fluffy cake, its quite dense and moist as you would imagine with all that fruit pulp.
In the course of a five-month inquiry, the a major news organisation discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking-water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas serving at least 41 million people — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville.
The findings came as no surprise to Judy Petersen, executive director of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, a group that lobbies for cleaner rivers and lakes.
“There is a drug cocktail, if you will, in our nation’s waters,” Petersen said, adding that there’s little known about how those drugs might be affecting people or the environment. “We’re kind of flying in the dark.”
Louisville Water Co. officials acknowledged an increased concern of the potential health effects of trace amounts of drugs in drinking water, even as they noted there are no national standards for pharmaceutical chemicals in the water supply.
It’s only been in recent years that technology has even allowed detection of the chemicals, said Barbara Crow, a water company spokeswoman.
But they and other companies say the amounts are so small that they don’t pose a health risk. But others worry that the long-term effects of even those small amounts aren’t certain.
Flushed into the system
How do the drugs get into the water?
People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down toilets.
Other pharmaceuticals end up in drinking water when people flush unused pills down toilets or drugs are used on farm animals that excrete back into the water supply.
Wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. And some of the water is cleansed again at drinking-water treatment plants, but not all the drug residue gets removed.
Rengao Song, manager of water quality and research for the Louisville Water Co., said the concentrations of drugs they found in two samples taken in 2005 were so weak that they do not suggest any public health risks. They were detected in parts per trillion and lower, he said.
Crow said it was those samples, taken as part of an industrywide study, that found their way with sampling results from other cities into the A P report.
Louisville Water doesn’t normally test for pharmaceutical drugs because it’s too expensive, said Jack Wang, director of water quality and production for the city-owned utility.
Way below medical dose
The concentrations of the pharmaceuticals are far below the levels of a medical dose, the A P reported.
But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of the nation’s drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also is taking notice.
“We recognize it is a growing concern, and we’re taking it very seriously,” said former Louisvillian Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the EPA.
Recent laboratory research has found that small amounts of medication have affected human embryonic kidney cells, human blood cells and human breast-cancer cells. The cancer cells proliferated too quickly; the kidney cells grew too slowly; and the blood cells showed biological activity associated with inflammation.
Even those who use bottled water and home-filtration systems don’t necessarily avoid exposure.
Bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the industry’s main trade group. The same goes for the makers of home-filtration systems.
Pharmaceuticals in waterways also are damaging wildlife, research shows. Notably, male fish are being feminized, creating egg yolk proteins that usually come from females.
Some scientists stress that the research is limited, and there are many unknowns. They say, though, that the documented health problems in wildlife are disconcerting.
“It brings a question to people’s minds that if the fish were affected … might there be a potential problem for humans?” EPA research biologist Vickie Wilson said.
Song, at the Louisville Water Co., largely attributed the problem to effluent discharged from treatment plants.
Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Bud Schardein said he’s aware of the issue, and he doesn’t want people flushing drugs down the toilet.
But Alex Novak, who runs MSD’s Morris Forman Wastewater Treatment Plant on the Ohio River in western Louisville, said MSD does not test for drugs in its effluent. He characterized concerns about health and environmental drugs in rivers or drinking water as being “more in the research realm at this point.”
Key test results
In its report, members of the A P National Investigative Team reviewed hundreds of scientific reports, analyzed federal drinking-water databases, visited environmental study sites and treatment plants and interviewed more than 230 officials, academics and scientists. They surveyed the nation’s 50 largest cities and a dozen other major water providers and smaller community water providers.
Some key test results:
Officials in Philadelphia said testing discovered 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems.
Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in Southern California.
A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco’s drinking water.
Of the 28 major metropolitan areas where tests were performed on drinking-water supplies, only Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; and Virginia Beach, Va.; said tests were negative. Arlington, Texas, acknowledged that traces of a pharmaceutical were detected in its drinking water but cited post-9/11 security concerns in refusing to identify the drug.
The AP also contacted 52 small water providers — one in each state, and two each in Missouri and Texas — that serve communities with populations around 25,000. All but one said their drinking water had not been screened for pharmaceuticals; officials in Emporia, Kan., refused to answer AP’s questions, also citing post-9/11 concerns.
Grumbles, the EPA’s water chief, acknowledged that just late last year the agency developed three new methods to “detect and quantify pharmaceuticals” in wastewater.
“We realize that we have a limited amount of data on the concentrations,” he said. “We’re going to be able to learn a lot more.”
Associated Press reporters Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard reported and wrote this story.
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Drinking a couple of cups of green tea before exercise could help burn fat, researchers at the University of Birmingham suggest.
Scientists have found that green tea can increase fat oxidation – the rate at which fat is broken down inside the body – during moderate intensity exercise. The beverage can also improve insulin sensitivity and glucose intolerance, meaning it could have the potential to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.It is believed that green tea exerts its effects on fat oxidation through the inhibition of catechol O-methyltransferase, an enzyme that degrades the hormone noradrenaline. Higher concentrations of noradrenaline could potentially result in a continuing stimulation of the mobilisation of fats from fat stores. These fats may then be transported to the muscle and used as a fuel during exercise.Experts from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences carried out the study, published in the current edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.The team of researchers, led by Dr Asker Jeukendrup, carried out two studies on young healthy men, who took either Green Tea Extract (GTE) – the equivalent of 3.5 cups – or a placebo before performing in cycling trials. Scientists found that in the first group, the average fat oxidation rates were higher and that the contribution of fat oxidation to total energy expenditure was also significantly higher.
Green tea, discovered in China nearly 5,000 years ago, has long been thought to have health benefits. Dr Jeukendrup said: ” Over the last 10 years we have tried to find ways to increase fat burning during exercise. Apart from exercise training none of these ways have been very successful. EGCG, the active compound in green tea, seems to be different and caused a significant increase in fat burning. This has potentially positive effects for athletes who want to increase their fat burning capacity or obese and diabetic patients who want to burn fat and lose weight.”
In addition to effects on fat metabolism, green tea may have an effect on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity by improving glycemic control after an oral glucose load. After a meal insulin increases and this hormone makes sure that the nutrients are taken up by different tissues. In patients with type 2 diabetes tissues are insensitive to insulin. The study showed, however, that green tea extract ingestion can increase insulin sensitivity by 13 per cent and can reduce the insulin response to a glucose load of 15 per cent.
Dr Jeukendrup said: “There is indirect evidence that the capacity to burn fat is related to various health benefits. An increased ability to burn fat may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
“The best way to increase the capacity to burn fat is by regular physical activity. Nutrition supplements, sold as ‘fat burners’, are often claimed to have these effects but most of them are ineffective. Therefore the findings of this study are very exciting. The green tea extract had substantial effects on fat oxidation. We now need to study this further and find out what doses are needed and what the clinical implications are for obese and diabetic patients.”
Source: By University Of Birmingham