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Avoid or Control Diabetes with Low Glycemic Foods

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: wellbeing |

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So many of us have been misguided by the many different approaches to insulin resistance, leptin resistance (both insulin and leptin resistance is an indication of prediabetes) and diabetes itself. We have been told by some to eat high fibre diets, to eat a ‘balanced’ diet, to eat carbs to avoid carbs  and on and on…

I for one have written two books on these health challenges of the 21st century and they are available for immediate download HERE and will be available in the new year as a part of our new Vibrational Weightloss Program soon to be introduced on our soon to be overhauled site in the new year (we will be working hard on it over the new year just for you).

Back to diets and diabetes, the best approach is to eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit (these are carbohydrates too) for without carbohydrates in some form our muscles and brain cannot work efficiently. Add in some high quality protien, some good fats and last in small amounts add in some of the other carbs: Grains – ONLY wholegrains and in very small amounts.

As for high fibre if your dietician is still promoting this approach to you read this information on a study done to test this theory out from Medical News Today:

“The advice on the low glycemic diet suggested patients ate more: beans, peas, lentils, pasta, rice boiled briefly, low glycemic index bread such as pumpernickel, rye pitta, and quinoa and flaxseed, and cereals such as large flake oatmeal and oat bran.

The advice on the high cereal fiber diet suggested patients ate more: “brown” or whole grain foods such as whole grain bread, whole grain breakfast cereal, brown rice, potatoes with skins, whole wheat bread and crackers.

Both diets also emphasized fruit and vegetables.

Each patient’s blood was tested for blood glucose and cardiovascular risk factors before and after they went on the diet.

The researchers found:

  • Levels of glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a way of testing blood glucose using red blood cells, went down by 0.5 per cent absolute units in the low-glycemic diet compared to 0.18 decrease in the high-cereal fiber diet.
  • An increase of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the so-called “good” cholesterol or HDL-C, in the low-glycemic index diet of 1.7 mg/dL.
  • This compared with a decrease of HDL-C in the high-cereal fiber diet of 0.2 mg/dL.
  • There was a greater reduction in the ratio between “bad” cholesterol (low density lipoprotein cholesterol or LDL-C) and good cholesterol (LDL -C:HDL-C) in the low-glycemic index diet group compared with the high-cereal fiber diet group.

The authors concluded that:

“In patients with type 2 diabetes, 6-month treatment with a low-glycemic index diet resulted in moderately lower HbA1c levels compared with a high- cereal fiber diet.”

They wrote that:

“Lowering the glycemic index of the diet improved glycemic control and risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). ”

These findings have important implications for treating patients with diabetes where it is important to have tight glycemic control without complications, they added, explaining that although:

“The reduction in HbA1c was modest … we think it has clinical relevance.”

“Low-glycemic index diets may be useful as part of the strategy to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes taking antihyperglycemic medications,” they added.

The authors explained that drugs to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes often fail to address cardiovascular risk factors. They said that the ability of diet to address both glycemic control and reduce CHD risk increases the relevance of this type of treatment, especially for patients like the ones in this study who were overweight and also taking statins to reduce CHD risk.”

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Exercise Not Only Burns Fat it Also Suppresses Appetite

Posted on December 15, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

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Exercising for 1 hour has been shown to suppress two important appetite hormones and leave you feeling satiated earlier and hungy less often. The researchers found that aerobic exercise works much more effiently as an appeitite suppressant than resistance exercise, this could lead us to a better explanation of why we get hungier when we are veg-ing out than when we are busy.

So we now have another reason to exercise 1. burn the fat 2. suppress the urge to eat along with all the other benefits of exercising that keep you healthier and living longer.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 11, 2008) — “A vigorous 60-minute workout on a treadmill affects the release of two key appetite hormones, ghrelin and peptide YY, while 90 minutes of weight lifting affects the level of only ghrelin, according to a new study. Taken together, the research shows that aerobic exercise is better at suppressing appetite than non-aerobic exercise and provides a possible explanation for how that happens.”

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Women Are More Likely to Have Wider Waist Measurement if They Are Competitive

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Muscle Building, Odd Stuff, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

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Are you a resourceful and resilient woman? Are you competitive? Then your waist measurement may be larger than your less competitive and resourceful friends!

Don’t bemoan your so-called imperfections though, your larger waist to hip ratio may be doing you a really big favour.

“The hormonal profile associated with high WHR (waist-to-hip ratio) … may favor success in resource competition, particularly under stressful circumstances,” writes Cashdan. “The androgenic effects – stamina, initiative, risk-proneness, assertiveness, dominance – should be particularly useful where a woman must depend on her own resources to support herself and her family.”

In other words, trading the benefits of a thin waist for better ability to collect resources may be a good deal in certain societies and situations. And there is evidence that male mate preferences may reflect this trade-off, according to Cashdan.

In Japan, Greece and Portugal, where women tend to be less economically independent, men place a higher value on a thin waist than men in Britain or Denmark, where there tends to be more sexual equality. And in some non-Western societies where food is scarce and women bear the responsibility for finding it, men actually prefer larger waist-to-hip ratios.

“Waist-to-hip ratio may indeed be a useful signal to men, then, but whether men prefer a WHR associated with lower or higher androgen/estrogen ratios (or value them equally) should depend on the degree to which they want their mates to be strong, tough, economically successful and politically competitive,” Cashdan writes.

“And from a woman’s perspective, men’s preferences are not the only thing that matters.” Medical News Today

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Your Waistline Could Double Your Risk of Premature Death

Posted on November 17, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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This news item at Medical News Today says it all:

Large Waist Nearly Doubles Death Risk:

“The researchers wrote that previous studies relied heavily on BMI (body mass index, a person’s weight in kilos divided by the square of their height in metres) to assess the link between body fat (adiposity) and risk of death, but not many had looked into the effect of how the body fat is distributed.

For the study the researchers used data from 359,387 participants from 9 countries that were taking part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), one of the largest long-term prospective studies in the world. The average age of the participants when data were first collected was 51.5 years, and 65.4 per cent were women.

Using a statistical tool called Cox regression analysis the investigators looked for links between BMI, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio with risk of death, while taking into account other factors like age, location, education, smoking, alcohol, exercise and height.

The results showed that:

  • 14,723 of the participants died over a mean follow up period of 9.7 years.
  • Participants with a high BMI, compared with those in the medium range, were more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
  • Participants with a low BMI were more likely to die from respiratory diseases.
  • BMI of 25.3 for men and 24.3 for women was linked to the lowest risk of death.
  • After adjusting for BMI, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio were strongly linked to risk of death.
  • The 20 per cent of participants with the largest waist circumferences (the top quintile) had waistlines measuring more than 120 cm or 47.2 in for men and more than 100 cm or 39.4 in for women.
  • The 20 per cent with the smallest waist circumferences (the bottom quintile) had waists smaller than 80 cm or 31.5 in for men and less than 65 cm or 25.6 in for women.
  • For every 5 cm increase in waist circumference the risk of death went up by 17 per cent in men and 13 per cent in women.
  • Comparing the top quintile for men had a relative risk of death of 2.05 (95 per cent confidence interval(CI) of 1.80 to 2.33) and for women this figure was 1.78 (95 per cent CI 1.56 to 2.04).
  • For waist to hip ratio the top to bottom quintile relative risks were 1.68 (95 per cent CI 1.53 to 1.84) for men and 1.51 (95 per cent CI 1.37 to 1.66) for women.

The results also supported earlier findings that BMI is strongly linked to risk of death in that, as the authors explained:

“BMI remained significantly associated with the risk of death in models that included waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio (P<0.001).”

They conclude that these findings:

“Suggest that both general adiposity and abdominal adiposity are associated with the risk of death and support the use of waist circumference or waist -to-hip ratio in addition to BMI in assessing the risk of death.”

In a separate statement, the team from Imperial College London wrote that the study provides strong evidence that:

“Storing excess fat around the waist poses a significant health risk, even in people not considered to be overweight or obese.”

They said doctors should measure waistlines and hips as well as BMI when doing routine health checks.

The researchers found that waist to hip ratios varied widely among different countries in Europe.

They suggested that the reason increased waistlines are linked to higher risk of death could be that fatty tissue in the abdomen secretes cytokines, hormones and chemicals that are known to increase the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

The lead author of the study, Dr Tobias Pischon, a Private Docent at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbrücke, explained that:

“Abdominal fat is not only a mere energy depot, but it also releases messenger substances that can contribute to the development of chronic diseases. This may be the reason for the link.”

The European coordinator of EPIC, professor Elio Riboli, from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Imperial College London, said:

“Although smaller studies have suggested a link between mortality and waist size, we were surprised to see the waist size having such a powerful effect on people’s health and premature death.”

“Our study shows that accumulating excess fat around your middle can put your health at risk even if your weight is normal based on body mass index scores,” he added.

Riboli said that apart from smoking and drinking there are few other individual characteristics that can increase a person’s likelihood of early death.

Although the study did not look into why some people have larger waistlines the researchers suggested this was mainly due to genetic factors, physically inactive lifestyles and poor diets.

Riboli said:

“The good news is that you don’t need to take an expensive test and wait ages for the result to assess this aspect of your health – it costs virtually nothing to measure your waist and hip size.”

He said if you have a large waist you should exercise every day, avoid drinking too much alcohol and improve your diet.

“This could make a huge difference in reducing your risk of an early death,” he added.”

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10 Symptoms To Talk To Your Doctor About Immediately

Posted on November 7, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

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Some symptoms are worth an immediate trip to your doctor, even if they turn out to be nothing read this list and keep it handy so that you are ready/

This list originally comes from the Mayo Clinic compliments of Medical News Today, and it is well worth passing on to all:

1. Trouble seeing, speaking or moving

Numbness or paralysis on one side of the body, difficulty speaking, and blurred or decreased vision are classic signs of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), a ministroke that sometimes lasts only minutes. More atypical symptoms are fainting, shortness of breath or sudden feelings of facial pain, tiredness or a racing heart. Women may have the traditional stroke symptoms less often than men but also may be more likely than men to experience atypical symptoms first.

(Also look for sudden memory loss associated with a headache or feelings of pressure in the head, feeling as if a knife or hot needle has been inserted into the head or as if an electric shock or lightening has gone off in the head – people report their symptoms in odd ways at times.)

For any stroke symptoms, immediate emergency medical care is needed. Quick treatment for stroke can reduce the risk of brain damage or other complications.

2. A sudden excruciating headache

A headache that comes on like a thunderclap, with severe, excruciating pain could be caused by an aneurysm, bleeding in the brain, stroke, blood vessel inflammation, meningitis or a brain tumor. All require immediate medical attention. In addition, a headache that follows a head injury or is accompanied by fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or speaking difficulties is reason to seek care. (See above: headaches can be just that a headache brought on by stress of some kind, they can also be a symptom of something much more grave)

3. Unexplained weight loss

Losing weight without trying can be cause for concern. A doctor’s appointment is warranted for a loss of 5 percent of body weight in one month, or more than 10 percent in six to 12 months. Underlying medical conditions could be an overactive thyroid, liver disease, depression or even some cancers.

(At times you can lose weight just because you are busier, more stressed or eating something that burns fat, it is sudden and unexplained that are the key words here and it is dramatic weight loss in a short time.)

4. Any breast change

A doctor should be consulted about a lump, nipple discharge or distortion, itching or skin changes (redness, scales, dimples or puckers), persistent breast pain or a change in breast size or shape.

5. Vaginal bleeding after menopause

Vaginal spotting or bleeding after menopause may be caused by changes in vaginal tissue, which can become thinner and more fragile as estrogen levels decrease. In some cases, however, postmenopausal bleeding can be a symptom of gynecological cancer. A medical evaluation is important.

6. Change in bowel habits

Mild diarrhea that lasts more than a week, constipation that lasts more than two weeks, or unexplained, sudden urges to have a bowel movement are reasons to consult a doctor. Also on the list are bloody diarrhea or stools that are black or tar colored. These symptoms could result from infection, medication side effects, a digestive disorder or colon cancer.

(Also look for pain with no bowel movements, this can come on suddenly or manifest over time, it can mean a bowel obstruction and not all of them happen suddenly, especially in older people they can be preceded by months or weeks of unexplained bowel pain put down to normal constipation)

7. Feeling full after eating less

Feeling fuller than normal after eating less than usual could warn of gastrointestinal problems, ranging from indigestion caused by acid reflux to some cancers. If this feeling lasts for days or weeks, a physician should be consulted, especially if other symptoms are present such as nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain or bloating, fever and chills or weight changes. (See above)

8. Persistent cough

A cough that lingers more than a month, is affecting sleep or brings up blood or sputum, is cause for a checkup. A chronic cough could be caused by asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a respiratory tract infection, chronic bronchitis or even lung cancer.

9. Sad or depressed mood

Feeling sad for weeks or months is a symptom of depression, a medical illness that’s treatable. Other signs might include a loss of interest in normal activities, feeling hopeless, crying easily, trouble concentrating, unintentional weight loss and thoughts of wanting to die.

10. Persistent or high fever

A doctor should be consulted when a low-grade fever (100.4 to 103 F) persists for more than a week. Fever can indicate a urinary tract infection or more serious illnesses such as immune disorders or cancer. A sudden high fever, greater than 103 F, requires immediate evaluation.

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Diabetes May be Delayed by Drinking Green Tea

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

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The Medical College of Georgia has come out with some amazing research on Green Tea, a powerful antioxidant apparently lies lurking within it fresh, green depths that can help delay the onset of Diabetes 1.

“Researchers were testing EGCG, green tea’s predominant antioxidant, in a laboratory mouse with type 1 diabetes and primary Sjogren’s syndrome, which damages moisture-producing glands, causing dry mouth and eyes.

“Our study focused on Sjogren’s syndrome, so learning that EGCG also can prevent and delay insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes was a big surprise,” says Dr. Stephen Hsu, molecular/cell biologist in the School of Dentistry.

They found it also worked well in their original disease focus.

In the mouse, EGCG reduced the severity and delayed onset of salivary gland damage associated with Sjogren’s syndrome, which has no known cure.

“EGCG modulates several important genes, so it suppresses the abnormality at the molecular level in the salivary gland. It also significantly lowered the serum autoantibodies, reducing the severity of Sjogren’s syndrome-like symptoms,” Dr. Hsu says. Autoantibodies are antibodies the body makes against itself.

Both type 1 diabetes and Sjogren’s syndrome are autoimmune diseases, which cause the body to attack itself. Autoimmune disorders are the third most common group of diseases in the United States and affect about 8 percent of the population, says Dr. Hsu. Sjogren’s syndrome can occur alone or secondary to another autoimmune disease, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes.

The study, published in the Oct. 24 issue of Life Sciences, supports earlier research showing EGCG’s impact on helping prevent autoimmune disease.” (Physorg.com)

More and more information about antioxidants is coming out every day, but what does it really means for us? We need to get back to basics, back to eating real food, food that is farmed with nutrients in mind and eating it while it is still fresh and alive.

Get lots of organic, whole, raw food back into your diet and live longer and healthier is the outcome of all this new research into what’s good for us.

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Teenagers Are So Angry

Posted on October 20, 2008. Filed under: wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , |

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I was minding my own business yesterday, having just finished  hours of work on my computer (I am writing a book on the weekends), I sat down to watch a movie and… shouting, foul language and screaming in a teenage boys voice suddenly assaulted my ears. My 15 year old son came down out of his cave where he had been playing WOW and we both looked at eachother as the obviously angry tirade continued.

Wondering if someone was being hurt or was in trouble we walked out into the front yard, prepared to call the police or the ambulance. Across the street was a young man obviously in distress with a phone in one hand glued to his ear and a hammer in the other one tapping at the window of the house he was standing beside. He had a friend who was pacing back and forth from the next house to his, while this very angry young man continued his tirade into his phone.

After a little bit of eavesdropping to make sure they didn’t need help, my son and I figured out he was talking to his parents and really, really wanted them to come home and let him in (hence the hammer). My son and I turned to go back inside and leave them to it (no one was being hurt) when the second young man saw us watching. He immediately became abusive to me, his body language and langauge indicated he was prepared to come over and take me on, just for looking.

Now, I could have explained that we had come out to see if they needed help, but I realised that they would not listen anyway, and I didn’t want to provoke anything further, so I smiled and laughed and went inside. They were both a lot quieter after that.

It got me thinking about how angry our young people are, how once upon a time no-one of 16/17 would have been angry enough with the world to take on a women of my age, just for looking on at what was happening right across the road. Once upon a time these kids would have been ashamed to have been caught doing what they were doing (tapping on a window with a hammer with the obvious intent of breaking it). Once upon a time teenagers would not have screamed abuse (on the phone or off it) at their parents and insisted they have their way.

Now I am not saying that these kids are bad, there are too many of them to stand in judgement to say that, but I do ask where is there sense of community? Where is there respect for those who have gone before and paved their way? I also have to ask, why are they so angry at the world? These days these kids will just as soon bash each other as their parents, strangers or police. Why?

Is it because we as parents have become too busy just making ends meet and becoming successful that we have forgotten how to parent? Do our kids now recieve so many ‘things’ to keep them occupied while we work that they expect instant gratification of every whim? Are they so angry because they have lost the skills of compassion. community and love? It seems their love is prefaced by the statement: “I will love you only as long as you do what I want.”

This morning in my RSS there was a post from Lifehacker called Advice for a Teenage Daughter and the sentiments were really excellent, it is worth a read. It got me thinking about my experience yesterday and the ramifications of these angry young people becoming our next leaders and the advice I would like to give them before it is too late, some of it is synonymous with the Lifehack post with a few alterations and additions and is meant for all teenagers:

  1. Love and Respect Yourself – You are worthy of being loved and respected even by you. You are great and have so much potential take care not to flush it away with low self esteem, and anger at the world. Living and loving takes work but it is worth it, happiness is something you have to feel from within, it cannot be given to you on a plate or in a box.
  2. Don’t Get Obsessed with Your Appearance or With Social Standing – When you are happy just being yourself, it takes all the stress out of being a part of some group who doesn’t value you for who you are. If your friends are more obsessed with your appearance or peered reviewed ‘coolness’ than with who you really are, they are not your friends. It is only when you are real that you will find real friends.
  3. Never Live Beyond Your Means – Spend only what you can really afford, and save for your future, avoid debt as much as possible unless it is to buy an asset like a house or a business. No ‘thing’ is worth being in debt, it is like selling your soul to the devil you will regret it (this also goes with #2).
  4. Never Compromise Your Safety or That Of Your Friends – Think about your future, believe me when I say that these people who claim to be your friends and want you to hurt others for fun, take drugs, get drunk or hurt yourself are not and in 10 years time, you will hardly remember them, unless you are hurt or hurt another by your actions. This you will remember, it will haunt you for the rest of your life.
  5. Always Do Your Best – some days you may give more than others, but as long as you are giving your best you cannot fault yourself. Whether at work, with your family or at play be your best and give of your best and you cannot help but be successful in every area of your life love, career and fun.
  6. Always Remember Your Parents Love You – Whatever happens in life, your family will still be your family.  Whatever difficulties you encounter you can always talk to us and we will try to help.  We are here for you. Even when we do not give you what you think you want, remember we have lived longer than you and may make decisions that do not make sense to you now in an effort to keep you safe.
  7. Always Remember That You are Part of a Community – You are a part of many communities and each one of them deserves your compassion and respect. Your communities include your immediate friends and family, your town, your country, and the whole human race. Treat all of your communities with compassion and they will do the same for you. Humans need communities they keep us safe and sustain us when times are bad, they also give us the love and meet our social needs. Remember that when you feel the need to become angry or hurt another just for fun.
  8. What You Give Out Will Come Back to You – Karma always comes back to your one way or another, if you are angry at the world you will get anger from the world, if you are loving to the world you will get love from the world that is how communities work. If you want to live in a world thatsupports you when you need it, that loves you when you need it be that person. You know if you want friends, real friends who like you just the way you are – You first have to be one.
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10 Feng Shui Tips For October

Posted on October 13, 2008. Filed under: Odd Stuff, wellbeing | Tags: , , |

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October is the month of the Water Dog and is all about muting the effect of earth through wood and fire through water. Your Feng Shui tips for this month are:

  1. Avoid the colours Yellow, Brown, Red, Orange and Purple with one exception put one red sheet on your bed, just one – it could open the world for you.
  2. Avoid going South or facing South
  3. Stay away from dogs or sheep, unless they are animals who are in your circle of influence (family pets)
  4. Avoid spicy, barbequed and deep fried foods, might be good for your health as well 🙂
  5. Eat more vegetables and fish (also good for your health)
  6. Dig into your favorite books and magazines and keep them near you to open the world to your infuence.
  7. Go swimming or to the beach as often as you can (swimming at the beach also cleanses the energy around you and lightens your load.)
  8. Get a fish – I love Betta‘s (Siamese Fighters) as they have lots of personality.
  9. Be aware of the change of moon at the end of this week and make sure you honour the way you feel during this time.
  10. Spend a lot of time in the Southeast corner of your home as it is the Wealth Corner of your home for this month. If you are a solo woman or mum, the woman alone with benefit by spending time in the southwest area of your home as well, this is the more feminine area for wealth for you this month.

Good (auspicious days) for this month are: 11th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 29th, 30th, October, 4th November

Days to avoid doing anything important are: 19th October, 31st October

I hope you have an awesome October and leave you with this thought: “Being compassionate to all, even in your thoughts will bring you health, wealth and happiness.”

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ALS Could Be Linked to Diet Soda, Aspartame and Formaldehyde

Posted on October 3, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The next time you drink or eat something with “Diet” in the name think again! I have spent many years telling my clients about the dangers of using aspartame and other chemical sugars even showing the research that proves that they can cause diabetes and weight gain. There is nothing diet about them and they are really quite dangerous.

Anything that increases your exposure to chemicals like formaldehyde is going to affect your body in ways that become dangerous over time. Take a look at this research and the list of products that are mentioned including: diet drinks, aspartame, cigarettes, pesticides, glues, cosmetics, shampoo, and particle board.

Another piece of research I have seen recently about ALS which is becoming more prevalent is the research into glutathione and its very probably positive influence in managing this (so far) incurable disease. (See: ALS Options and Springerlink).

ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrigs disease) has been linked to exposure to formaldehyde found in Diet Soda, Aspartame, chicken and other products.

ALS is a disease of the nervous system that progressively causes damage to the brain and spinal cord. Patients eventually lose control of their muscles and become paralysed.

“The researchers found that 617 men and 539 women died of ALS during the study period. Only those who reported exposure to formaldehyde had a higher risk — 34 percent higher — of developing ALS.

Formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of a variety of products, including particle board, clothing, glues, cosmetics and shampoo. People who work in medical facilities and mortuaries may also encounter it on the job.

The pungent chemical has already been linked to higher rates of lung cancer and leukemia. It was not declared a probable human carcinogen at high exposure levels by the Environmental Protection Agency until 1987.

Those who reported more than 10 years of exposure to formaldehyde were almost four times more likely to develop ALS…

Researchers have considered pesticides to be a possible cause of ALS, but formaldehyde hasn’t been raised as a villain before, Weisskopf said. It’s not clear how it might be linked to development of the disease, but Weisskopf said it could set off brain damage by increasing the “stress” caused by oxygen.

SOURCES: Marc Weisskopf, Ph.D., assistant professor, epidemiology and environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, M.D., Ph.D., director, ALS Center, University of California, San Francisco; April 16, 2008, presentation, American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, Chicago

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“Nearly 25% of beauticians reported that they were exposed to formaldehyde.

Pharmacists, morticians, radio/lab technicians, dentists, firemen, photographers, printers, doctors, and nurses also reported high rates of formaldehyde exposure. Individuals in these high-exposure jobs had a 28% greater risk for ALS.”

“There are several possible mechanisms for formaldehyde neurotoxicity, said Dr. Weisskopf.

“…other factors that might contribute to ALS were controlled for, including sex, smoking status, military service, level of education, alcohol intake, occupation, vitamin E supplement use, and exposure to other chemicals.” Articles of Health

http://www.neurologyreviews.com/08june/FormaldehydeALS.html

If these products can have this affect on your cells what else can they do?

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Just One Exercise Session Can Kick Start Your Metabolism

Posted on September 28, 2008. Filed under: weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Scientists at the University of Michegan have found that it only takes one, yes 1 exercise session to kick start your metabolism. Giving hope to millions of overweight and obese individuals this makes every session seem worthwhile.

At times, when you are over weight all the exercise and lifestyle dietary changes can seem to be useless, it can be so difficult to keep your motivation up and your pain levels down when beginning and continuing on your weight loss and health journey. Yet, this news gives all of us hope.

Most weight related issues are now known to be caused by metabolic disorders such as insulin and leptin resistance, and the lifestyle changes needed to prevent many of the diseases associated with these health challenges can be a bit daunting. They are simple changes, but not always easy as one of the challenges of this kind of metabolic syndrome is depression.

However, if even one session of exercise can re-start our metabolism and increase our fat burning rate, we can keep our motivation up one session at a time.  “According to Andrea Cornford, a member of the research team, “Exercise decreases everyone’s insulin resistance and therefore reduces the chances of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes. This study shows that even a single bout of exercise helps obese individuals increase their body’s fat-burning rate and improve their metabolic health.”

A team of researchers has examined the effect of exercise on fat accumulation in a new study involving five obese women. In one session the women overate and did not exercise; in a follow-on session they overate and did exercise. The researchers found that:

  • the body’s fat-burning oxidation rate was reduced after one day of overeating;
  • conversely, just one session of exercise increased the rate of fat-burning oxidation; and
  • exercise increased the amount of fat that would eventually be stored in the muscle.Science Daily

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