Month: January 2008

Study Finds Fitness Best Determinant of Future Cancer Risk

A study in the most recent edition of Obesity for the first time finds that fitness is more important than fatness in decreasing cancer mortality in men.

For the study, researchers from the not-for-profit Cooper Institute in Dallas tracked 38,410 men who completed a comprehensive baseline physical examination at Cooper Clinic in Dallas that included a maximal treadmill exercise test and measures of body mass index (BMI), percent body fat, and waist circumference. The men were then followed for an average of 17.2 years, during which 1,032 deaths from cancer occurred.

According to the researchers, there was a direct correlation between all measures of adiposity (body fat) and cancer mortality, with leaner men registering a significantly lower risk of cancer mortality than their fatter counterparts. In addition, the researchers also found a strong inverse relationship between cardio-respiratory fitness level and cancer mortality, with less fit men having a higher risk of cancer mortality than their fitter counterparts.

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Healthy Tastes Great!

Most Westerners aren’t too familiar with this type of cuisine. But if you are the adventurous type (and even if your not) giving sea vegetables a try is definitely worth a shot!

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Smart Fuel: Sea Vegetables

Is it a plant? Is it an animal? Who cares when it tastes this delicious!

Classified as an algae (so neither plant nor animal!), the sea vegetable family counts ultra-healthy seaweed, sea lettuce, nori and kelp among its many relatives. Mimicking the mineral content of the ocean – which incidentally mimics the mineral content of human blood – sea vegetables are, pound for pound, the most nutrient dense food in existence.

On the minerals side, sea vegetables provide each of the 56 minerals required by the body for optimum physiological function. In addition, these minerals are made available in colloidal form, meaning that they are small enough to be easily absorbed by the body.

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Olive Oil Does It Again

Those Mediterranean people have it all: a perfect climate, gorgeous beaches and terrain, incredible food, and pretty darn good health. Aren’t we getting a little tired of hearing good things about them?

Yes, we know: it’s the olive oil. Countless studies have analyzed the beneficial properties of the much lauded E.V.O.O., and this one is no exception. The cooperative study specifically targeted olive oil’s antioxidant properties and its benefit for those with degenerative diseases.

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Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weight in the treatment of obese patients with type 2 diabetes.
via Science Daily

I have to comment on this recent study that confirms, albeit circuitously, what we have said here for years: type 2 diabetes can be cured. In this case, the so-called medical solution falls under my Rube Goldberg term “Digging a hole to put the ladder in to wash the basement windows.” In this study we see that portion control – when rigorously enforced using risky lap-banding surgery – actually improves insulin sensitivity and, hence, returns blood sugar to more normal levels. Duh. And don’t you love this quote: “Type 2 diabetes is a disease that should aggressively be treated with surgery and not merely controlled with medications.”? Wow.

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Natural Alternatives to OTC Painkillers

Got a headache? Pop a pill! Pulled a muscle? Pop a pill! Broke your leg? Uhh…seek immediate medical treatment! While pills can’t cure everything, here in America they are the go-to remedy for almost every illness in the book!

But if you’re not convinced that popping pills is the way to go, it might be time to investigate the natural alternatives to everyday over-the-counter (OTC) pain remedies.

Willow Bark:
Although one of willow bark’s major claims to fame is that it was recommended by Hippocrates Cos (460-377 BC) to ease the pain associated with childbirth, the reality is this natural remedy was used centuries before by European practitioners and remains popular today for the treatment of pain, fever and inflammatory conditions. The key ingredient in willow bark – which also goes by the name salix alba and white willow – is salicilin, a derivative of the active ingredient in aspirin. In addition to willow bark, salicilin and salicylic acid can be found in several fruits including cantaloupe and grapes as well as the spices thyme, paprika, cumin, dill, oregano, turmeric, and curry powder.

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