Sugar Accelerates Aging Process as Much as Smoking Does, U.S. Study Says

canned-10080125According to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, drinking sodas has been found to be linked to a fast aging process. By analyzing stored DNA from more than 5,300 healthy Americans in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from some 14 years ago, researchers have revealed that drinking a 20-ounce bubbly beverage every day is linked to 4.6 years of additional aging. Interestingly, these results are similar to those that are linked to smoking. However, the cause-effect relationship has not been established yet. The studies regarding to the danger of sodas are continuously growing, what are your thoughts about the best way to decrease their consumption?

For more information, please visit National Post.

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Diet may influence ovarian cancer survival

female-reproductive-system-100273659A new study has revealed at a healthy diet prior to a diagnosis of ovarian cancer will increase the odds of survival in the following years. A healthier diet, rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and low in processed foods will help build immunity and reduce inflammation in the body. Both of these factors can be crucial when fighting the disease. In this observational study, women who consumed the healthiest diets were 27% less likely to die than those with the poorest diets. Those consuming the healthiest foods were also more likely to continue their good habits post-diagnosis and have access to better care. However, those with diabetes and a waist circumference over 34 inches, appeared to have lower survival rates. Before lifestyle recommendations can be standardized regarding prevention and increasing survival of ovarian cancer, randomized control trials should also be completed. Which lifestyle changes do you recommend in your practice for those looking to prevent ovarian cancer or better their prognosis?

 

For additional information on this study, go to Reuters.

 

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The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)

protection-10020053The most successful way to fight off a virus or infection is to build a strong immune system. Given the current Ebola outbreak, many are looking for ways to strengthen their natural defenses. Eating a clean diet, rich in whole foods, and also consuming herbs with antiviral and/or antibacterial properties have proven to be helpful in building immunity. Antibacterial herbs include turmeric, cayenne, lemon, clove, onion, and cinnamon, just to name a few. In your practice, what are some of the questions that you receive from concerned clients and what herbs and/or supplements do you recommend to strengthen immunity?

 

For additional information on how to strengthen your immune system, see NaturalNews.

 

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Scoliosis: Daily Yoga Pose May Reduce Spinal Curve

yoga-pose-shows-feel-posture-and-feeling-100281567According to a new study published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine, practicing a single yoga pose for one to two minutes a day for multiple days a week can greatly improve spinal curvature. There are currently 25 recommended yoga poses for scoliosis from the National Scoliosis Foundation. One group of children, ages 10-18, experienced a 49.2% improvement from practicing the side plank pose on their weaker side four times a week.  For some, especially children, this may be a great alternative or a helpful addition to the more unappealing treatments available, such as back braces or even surgery. On average, practicing this pose gave patients a 32% reduction in their spinal curvature. Larger studies must be conducted to confirm these findings, but this may be exciting news to the 2-3% of Americans who currently suffer from scoliosis. What other non-invasive therapies do you feel comfortable recommending to your patients with scoliosis?

 

For additional information, go to WebMD.

 

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Substance in broccoli improves autism symptoms: study

green-broccoli-10059461A recent small study has shown interesting results for the treatment of behavioral and social symptoms in young men with autism. An extract of the chemical, sulphoraphane, which is found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, was shown to improve symptoms in two-thirds of patients in the study’s treatment group. Since it has been noted that young individuals with autism show improved social skills when experiencing a fever, this could mean that sulphoraphane produces the same sort of stress response without the associated negative side effects. As the men were being observed, staff and caregivers claimed that they could tell which patients were in the treatment group versus the placebo group. While this provided promising results for many involved, more research must be done to confirm results and explore other patient demographics. Based on your experience with your patients, which supplements, nutrients or lifestyle modifications have been efficacious in treating the symptoms of autism?

 

For additional information, go to Reuters.

 

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Egg-Rich Diet Not Harmful in Type 2 Diabetes

eggs-on-white-background-100229881A new study has revealed that eating eggs does not have bad effects on cholesterol level in people with type 2 diabetes. In contrast, egg-rich diet has more benefits than harm. The study, conducted in Australia and presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes 2014 Meeting, has found that eating 2 eggs per day for 6 days per week for 3 months did not show a significant change in the cholesterol level comparing to eating less than 2 eggs a week for the same period. On the other hand, the high-egg group showed a trend toward HDL improvement. Moreover, egg-rich diet was reported to be more enjoyable and hunger-fulfilling. What are your favorite egg recipes?

For additional information, please visit WebMD.

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Fried Foods and Gestational Diabetes

buffalo-chicken-wing-100225553Gestational diabetes, a common pregnancy complication, has been found to be possibly related to eating fried foods on a regular basis. The research published in the journal Diabetologia discovered 13% increase in gestational diabetes among pregnant women who eat fried foods one to three times per week comparing to ones who eat once a week. The percentage escalates to 31% and more than 50% for those who eat four to six times and seven or more times per week, respectively. However, the cause-effect relationship has not been yet established in this study, and more evidence is needed. How do you typically counsel your pregnant patients about healthy nutrition? What are some of the recommendations that you make?

For more information, please visit WebMD.

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How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains

kids-playing-soccer-10078413A new study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has found that exercise improves the cognitive ability in children. By performing 70 minutes of physical activity in two-hour session daily for nine months, the 110 children enrolled in the test group has showcased substantial improvements in the assigned cognitive tests at the end of the program in comparison to the corresponding control group. Based on these new findings, how would you pursue your patients to incorporate regular exercise in their lifestyle, and to encourage their children to do so?
For more reading, please visit The New York Times.
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U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming.

transgenic-rice-100238189As consumers continue to grow curious about the origins of their food, there has been a shift to support famers markets and purchase food grown locally. To support this change, the US Department of Agriculture will supply $52 million to help the businesses of local farmers and fund research on organic cultivation. There are now 8,268 farmers markets in the country, which is a 78% increase from 2008. Considering this growth, we can also see that restaurants and super markets have started to integrate local foods into their sales. Backing local food operations is not only a good investment for reducing health care costs, but it also helps the economy through providing more employment opportunities. A list of farmers markets in your area can be seen by visiting the USDA website. What are your typical recommendations in terms of purchasing food to your patients?

For additional information, go to The New York Times.
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How physical exercise protects the brain from stress-induced depression.

badminton-player-isolated-on-white-background-100204162For years, exercise has been recognized as an effective way to prevent stress-induced depression, yet until now the mechanism had not been understood. It was initially believed that trained skeletal muscle produced a substance protective towards the brain. However, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shared their findings using mice models showing something different. Instead of generating a protective substance in the body, the exercised skeletal muscle produces an enzyme that helps to excrete damaging, stress-related substances from the blood. Depression remains to be a widely misunderstood disorder, but this research reinforces the importance of exercise in its treatment and could provide insight into novel therapies.  What other non-pharmacological interventions do you recommend to patients who experience stress-induced depression?

 

 

For additional information, please visit ScienceDaily.

 

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