Wake-up call: what’s your health worth?

Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:58 am

by Chuck Jaffe

What happened to me a year ago this week was not a “wake-up call.”

It was a heart attack.

For it to have been a wake-up call, the Clothing Fairy would have had to come in while I was sleeping, replacing my wardrobe with things that had an additional X in the sizing.

That didn’t happen. I am the one who made those changes, and somewhere in the process of expanding my wardrobe to match the expansion of my waist line, I should have thought “Hey, rather than spend the money on clothing you hope to someday shrink out of, why don’t you get off your butt and start exercising and dieting now?”

So while I appreciate the kind words of people who over the past 12 months have let me off the hook, there’s no denying that I’m the one who got myself in trouble.

I’m also the one to get myself out of danger in the past 12 months (though the doctors who inserted two stents and the cardiac rehab team get credit for giving me the chance).

I’m healthier than I have been in years. I won’t say how much weight I have lost, but it’s one-and-a-half chins. I have another half-chin to go and, trust me, that’s a lot. My goal for this year was 52 pounds in 52 weeks — mostly because I started the year exactly 52 pounds away from my target — and I was on that pace into July when things slowed; I won’t hit my goal for the year, but I will come close.

Along with letting me off the hook by suggesting my heart attack was a wake-up call, most assume that the changes to my health must have been accompanied by [continue]…

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Warning! This new vaccine is dangerous

Posted October 20, 2011 at 3:55 am

by Dr. Mercola

“Fluzone High-Dose” is a new influenza vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur.  The new vaccine was created specifically for seniors, 65 and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are quick to reassure seniors  that Fluzone is just as safe as regular seasonal flu vaccines.  If you read the details on the CDC website, however, you will quickly realize that Fluzone may not be as safe as claimed.

Fluzone appears to cause a lot more side effects, including fevers.

According to the CDC:

“The safety profile of Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is similar to that of regular flu vaccines, although adverse events (which are also reported after regular flu vaccines) were reported more frequently after vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose.

The most common adverse events experienced during clinical studies were mild and temporary and included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site and headache, muscle aches, fever and malaise.”

Why do Seniors Get a Higher Dose Vaccine?

One of the primary differences between the ‘regular’ Fluzone vaccine and Fluzone High-Dose for seniors is that the latter contains four times as much microbial antigen—the lab altered flu viruses – that prompt your body to produce antibodies to the three different influenza strains contained in the flu vaccine.

The idea is that seniors need more [continue]…

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To decrease your chance for a heart attack, increase this hormone

Posted October 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

by Amy Norton

Elderly men with naturally higher levels of testosterone may be less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those with lower levels of the hormone, a new study finds.

Researchers found that of 2,400 Swedish men in their 70s and 80s, those with the highest testosterone levels were less likely to have a heart attack or stroke over the next several years than men with the lowest levels.

Of 604 men in the bottom quarter for levels of the “male” hormone at the study’s start, 21 percent had a heart attack, severe chest pain or stroke over roughly five years.

That compared with roughly 16 percent of the 606 men who started out with the highest testosterone levels.

But the findings, reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, do not prove that testosterone, itself, deserves the credit.

And it’s too soon to recommend testosterone replacement to try to lower older men’s heart risks, according to Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“Low testosterone may be a marker of other health conditions that put men at higher risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Manson, who was not involved in the research.

It’s known that any serious health condition can lower testosterone levels, as can obesity.

In this study, the researchers accounted for a number of health factors — including the men’s weight, blood pressure and any diagnoses of diabetes, heart disease or stroke at the outset.

And men in the highest-testosterone group still showed a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease or stroke compared with the other three-quarters of the study group.

But that doesn’t rule out the possibility that something other than testosterone is at work, according to Manson.

What’s needed, she said, is [continue]….

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These 4 things happen right before a heart attack

Posted September 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

by S. A. Nickerson

Most people associate heart attack symptoms with chest pain, pain in the shoulder, or other well-known signs. However, according to renowned cardiologist Dr. Chauncey Crandall, there are some signs that are so minor, many people ignore them or chalk them up to symptoms of a less threatening ailment.

Each year, about 785,000 Americans suffer a first heart attack. And 470,000 more people who’ve already had at least one attack suffer yet another one.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it kills more men and women each year than all cancers combined, and is responsible for nearly a third of all deaths.

Because of these factors, heart health is crucial for Americans. This is particularly true for those over 35, many of whom already have the early stages of cardiovascular disease without even realizing it.

And as stated before, when it comes to symptoms, most people think of chest pain, or perhaps pain in the left shoulder or arm. But there are other, less obvious signs that you could be experiencing a heart attack.

Click here to see these hidden heart attack symptoms [continue]…

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One powerful cleaner for people, pets, & plants

Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:39 am

From the Global Healing Center

Grapefruit Seed Extract is a liquid substance extracted from the fruit and seeds of grapefruit, a sub-tropical citrus tree that grows in abundance throughout many countries. The extract from grapefruit seed was first documented for its medicinal uses in 1972 by Dr. Jacob Harich, a physicist who noticed its traditional use as a disinfectant in a multitude of countries.

Many traditional societies, from South America to Europe, to Asia have used the extract to clean the skin, hair, and home surfaces. These societies also valued the extract as a powerful anti-viral and bacterial.

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) has very high amounts of disease-fighting, free-radical eliminating antioxidants and phytonutrients called bioflavonoids. One of these powerful bioflavanoids (plant antioxidants) include the chemical component hesperidin, a well-known natural immune-system stimulator and booster.
 
Chemical analysis of grapefruit seed extract shows additional antioxidant constituents including Vitamin C, sterols, tocopherols, citric acid, liminoids, and other trace minerals. Perhaps most exciting in regard to GSE’s health benefits is its anti-cancer potentials.

Studies done on the compounds in GSE’s seed and pulp have found that these bioactive agents may be able to inhibit the occurrence of colon cancer.

A recent study done by Microbiologists from the University of Georgia found that GSE was a [continue]…

 

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Fatherhood decreases testosterone?

Posted September 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

from Parenting.com

A new study sheds some interesting light on what being a father does to the human body, reports the New York Times (and, no, it has nothing to do with sympathy weight gain or getting covered in spit-up or pee).

Once a man becomes a dad, his testosterone levels take a significant dip, especially if he’s a hands-on dad, the study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  found.

Researchers say this big life change and the resulting biological change is hard scientific evidence that men are hormonally wired to be involved in their children’s lives.

Researchers first measured testosterone levels in a group of men in the Philippines at age 21, when they were single and childless, and then again five years later.

Though testosterone levels drop with [continue]…

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Do you listen to what your body is telling you?

Posted September 20, 2011 at 3:55 am

by Mark Sisson

Question: what does your body feel like right now? Go ahead. Take an inventory. From the toes to the head, what’s going on in there at the present moment? How’s your back? How’s your stomach? Your head? How about muscles? Your energy level and mood? Is your thinking clear this morning?

Good and bad, what signals are you getting? Beyond the here and now, what’s your body been trying to tell you lately? Any changes since beginning the Challenge? Most important of all perhaps – are you accustomed to listening to what your body has to say?

Everything about our culture, it seems, discourages us from doing just that. From the commercials insisting we don’t need to put up with that headache to the glorification of binge drinking, taking a body’s hint isn’t exactly at the top of most people’s list of talents or priorities.

Why live with that pesky fever when you can simply beat it back with 1000 milligrams of extra strength head-in-the-sand? Indigestion from eating that second Big Mac today? Try some Pepcid AC.

Think about it. People bring a kind of pride to pushing through the [continue]…

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On going gluten-free

Posted September 16, 2011 at 1:43 am

by Harry Newton

Gluten is found in all wheat, barley and rye products. Many people are allergic to it. They may become malnourished because the carbohydrate energy they would normally get  from gluten goes straight through their body without being absorbed.

That can damage the small intestine. It can also cause weird allergic reactions. By stripping gluten from your diet you can cure strange symptoms — not normally associated with what’s known now as celiac disease. Novak Djokovic was diagnozed with celiac, went off gluten and went on to become this year’s US Open champion.

I wrote about gluten yesterday. Many readers wrote in, commenting that by going gluten-free, they or their friends and relatives had achieved remarkable improvements in their health. The comments are worth reading. Click here…

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Prostate cancer can be beaten

Posted September 6, 2011 at 1:28 am

The Marietta Times

It’s a time of the year when we urge readers to be aware — a time to look for something before it occurs.

September annually is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and this campaign serves as an important reminder to be aware of what is truly a “silent disease” growing.

Prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States, also is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

This cancer can develop without obvious symptoms, hence the “silent killer” label, but it definitely doesn’t have to be.

Early detection is so important in slowing down the disease.

Statistics from the National Prostate Cancer Coalition show approximately 317,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and approximately 41,000 will die as a result of the disease.

In an effort to make area residents more aware of the seriousness of prostate cancer, health officials are marking Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Men should know that nearly 100 percent of those diagnosed with prostate cancer are [continue]…

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The best places to raise your kids

Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:59 am

by Venessa Wong and Joel Stonington

No matter how hard you try, raising a family is complicated, not to mention expensive. For parents juggling concerns about their children’s safety, schools, expenses, and after school activities—and who also need to go to work on top of all this—living in the right place won’t solve all problems, but it can offer their children more opportunities and enhance the family’s lifestyle.

In our fifth annual ranking of best places to raise kids, Bloomberg and Businessweek.com shifted our focus from large, urbanized places to smaller towns and cities.

Using 2010 data from Onboard Informatics, a real estate information and technology company in New York, we evaluated a total of 5,418 locations nationwide with populations larger than the state median but no larger than 50,000. We considered only locations where the median income is within 20 percent of the state’s median.

The rankings put the most weight on school performance and the number of schools, crime statistics, and cost of living. Other factors included job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity, and access to recreational amenities (within the county), such as parks, zoos, theaters, and museums.

The following places we selected are neither rich suburbs nor havens for luxury living—so don’t expect to find mansions and elite country clubs (although some areas will have them). Rather, these are communities inhabited mostly by middle-income earners that have good public schools, low crime, and resources to keep the family entertained on weekends.

Click here to see the best place in each state to raise a family…

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