Thursday, March 27, 2014

This Woman Thought Her Sad Dog Was Dying. What Happened Next Shocked Her and Saved Her Life.

Dogs are truly a human’s best friend. Here is yet another story demonstrating how uniquely awesome dogs are and how much they enrich our lives.

When Maureen Burns noticed her dog Max had suddenly become very sad, she thought her 9-year-old dog was fading away. She began preparing herself for the worst, but what happened next saved her life.

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Top 11 Biggest Lies About Vegan Diets

Frustrated Young Woman With Vegetables on a Plate 
It is claimed that the vegan diet has strong evidence behind it.

It is said that it can make people lose weight and even reverse killer diseases.

However… vegan proponents usually don’t tell you the full story.

They make it seem like there is overwhelming evidence in favor of the vegan diet.

But in reality, this evidence is weak and there is a large body of evidence that they are ignoring.

The truth is, vegan diets can work… at least for some people.
There are also some ethical and environmental arguments to be made for avoiding animal foods (even though I personally don’t agree with them).

But many vegan advocates are incredibly dishonest about animal foods and spread unscientific fear mongering to convince people that their diet is healthy.

Here are the top 11 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions about vegan diets. 

1. The Health Benefits of Vegan Diets Are Due to Avoiding Animal Foods


There are a number of studies showing health benefits of vegan and vegetarian diets (1).

The proponents of such diets like to attribute these health benefits to the avoidance of animal foods.

However, there are many other factors at play.

A properly planned vegan diet consists primarily of whole foods. It is often called a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based (WFPB) diet.

This diet doesn’t just eliminate animal foods… it also eliminates a number of foods that science has shown to be harmful.

What else do they remove, besides animal foods? Let’s have a look…

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Can caffeine really affect your memory?


Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that is widely used on a daily basis. We know of caffeine as a brain stimulant and consume it to stay active and wakeful. However, lesser known effects of caffeine on memory and cognition have confounded researchers for years. New research has disclosed some interesting and previously unknown influences of caffeine on the human brain.

A study published in journal Nature Neuroscience (Feb, 2014) demonstrated a fascinating effect of caffeine on long-term human memory. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Irvine, conducted a study to investigate the effects of caffeine administration on human learning by taking an uncommon approach. Caffeine was given to the subjects "after" their learning exercise in a double-blind study involving caffeine-naive subjects. Participants were asked to memorize images and then administered with caffeine; salivary samples were collected to analyze for caffeine metabolized products. The subjects were tested for memory performance after 24 hours and were asked to evaluate old/new and similar items as shown to them on previous day.


Caffeine enhanced memory retrieval performance in the test subjects, which means they were better able to recall the memory acquired on the previous day. Even more interesting, although "basic recognition memory" was unaltered, retrieval of memory improved. This means that the brain of caffeinated subjects programmed and stored the visuals/memories better than the placebo subjects, and they could thus recall better.

Furthermore, a high dosage (200 mg) of caffeine consolidates memory better than lower dosage (100 mg). The authors also concluded that 200 mg is an ideal amount for memory consolidation. However, dosages higher than 300 mg were not studied, and it cannot be said if the consolidating effects increase with dosage. Therefore, there is no evidence to believe that higher dosages necessarily increase memory consolidation. The exact mechanism by which caffeine does so has not yet been deciphered. Scientists believe that it could be due to the role played by caffeine in inhibiting the adenosine function, which has adverse effects on memory functioning.

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Surprising organic foods that can hurt your intestines


The "organic" label on foods gives people the sense that the food is healthy, tasty and good for them. While it is true that organic foods are grown without the use of chemicals, such as pesticides, unlike foods that are grown with traditional methods, and this fact makes them healthier, even these foods can sometimes give people intestinal problems. For those people who notice that they have the signs of intestinal distress, watching out for the following foods is a good start to getting to the bottom of the issue.


This grain has long been the most popular grain used in a variety of foods. Filling, tasty and healthy, wheat can nevertheless cause people who are intolerant to its basic component, gluten, serious intestinal issues. From simply being gluten-intolerant to having celiac disease, gluten causes irritation and inflammation in the intestines of those people who are sensitive to it. Fortunately, these days, there are a number of grains that can be substituted for wheat, including corn, quinoa, buckwheat and more.

Cow's milk

This staple of childhood can actually lead to digestive issues, even though it does not contain the harmful hormones, antibodies and chemicals that are a cause for concern. Since the milk is almost always pasteurized, almost every trace of the beneficial enzymes and bacteria that are present within it are removed. This makes it much more difficult for humans to digest it. Drinking organic cow's milk that is raw should go a long way toward addressing any digestive issues.


Once it became well known that products made with soy were not only safe to eat but also good for the body, it became the darling of the health food industry. This legume also became a staple in the diets of many vegans who were looking for a tasty source of protein.

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Feeling Thirsty? How Drinking Water Satisfies the Brain


When a person is thirsty, a drink of water can be very satisfying, but after the thirst has been quenched, drinking more can be unpleasant. New research reveals the root of these experiences in the brain.

Researchers scanned the brains of people as they drank water. Brain areas involved in emotional decision-making lit up in the scanner when people drank in response to feeling thirsty, whereas regions involved in controlling movement kicked in when people forced themselves to keep drinking after quenching their thirst.

These brain circuits probably evolved to prevent people from drinking too much water, resulting in dangerously low sodium levels, the researchers reported today (March 24) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [7 Foods You Can Overdose On
The instinct for thirst in humans and other animals likely evolved when vertebrates (animals with backbones) colonized land during the Ordovician period, about 400 million years ago. Thirst ensures that creatures maintain a balance of hydration and nutrients, such as sodium, that are vital to the healthy functioning of cells.

But what's going on inside the human brain when a person drinks to satisfy a thirst?

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Air Pollution Linked to 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide

Sunset in Shanghai, smog line, pollution 

Shanghai before sunset in February 2008, seen from the Jin Mao tower observation deck. The sun has not yet dropped below the horizon; it has simply reached the smog line. 

Air pollution exposure contributes to one in eight deaths around the globe, according to estimates released Tuesday (March 25) by the World Health Organization.

More than doubling previous estimates of air pollution-related deaths, the new report says air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012, making it the No. 1 environmental health risk.

Respiratory ailments have long been linked to air pollution, but dirty air also has more insidious effects on health. 
WHO officials say they've found a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases; stroke and ischaemic heart disease accounted for a combined 80 percent of outdoor air pollution-caused deaths in 2012.

Air pollution isn't just a threat in major cities like Beijing, where thick layers of smog can sometimes be seen from space. Cooking over coal, wood and biomass stoves can create indoor air pollution, which was implicated in 4.3 million deaths in 2012, according to WHO data. This type of pollution disproportionately affects poor women and children. [In Photos: The World's Most Polluted Places]

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Old at Heart? New Tool Calculates Heart's True Age

An image shows a human heart with a cardiogram 
An image shows a human heart with a cardiogram 

A new tool helps even young people to estimate their risk for heart disease later in life, by calculating their heart's true age.

People's familial and lifestyle risk factors today contribute to their heart health when they get older, and should be considered when estimating their heart disease risk, according to new recommendations by researchers from several British medical societies, published today (March 25) in the BMJ journal Heart.

Current prevention strategies for heart disease are based on short-term, 10-year risk estimates, which are heavily dependent on age and gender, researchers said. Therefore, younger people and women tend to be excluded even if they are leading a lifestyle that puts them at high risk later in life. 
The new calculator has been designed to identify such people and predict how many years they can expect to live before they have a heart attack or stroke, based on the growing body of evidence showing that there is a long buildup to heart disease, said the researchers from the board of Joint British Societies’ consensus recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (JBS3). [Top 10 Amazing Facts About Your Heart]

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Hospital Stays Result in Over 720,000 Infections Yearly

a doctor standing in a hospital 

About 1 in 25 hospitalized patients in the United States has an infection related to their hospital stay, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlight the need for continued efforts to prevent such infections.

In 2011, an estimated 648,000 patients had at least one infection they aquired in a hospital, resulting in about 722,000 hospital-related infections for that year, according to a new report. On any given day, 4 percent of hospitalized patients had at least one hospital-related infection, and as many as 1 in 9 died from their infection, the report found.

The most common infections acquired in hospitals were pneumonia (about 22 percent of all infections), surgical site infections after an operation (22 percent), gastrointestinal infections (17 percent) and urinary tract infections (13 percent), according to the report, published today (March 26) in the New England Journal of Medicine. [6 Superbugs to Watch Out For
The most common microbes that caused these infections were the bacteria Clostridium difficile (12 percent of infections), the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (11 percent) and the bacteria Klebsiella (10 percent).

Still, some progress has been made in preventing such health care-associated infections in recent years, according to a second CDC report, also released today.

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Your Bones Don't Shatter Because They're Full of Goo

Your Bones Don't Shatter Because They're Full of Goo

Many of us have suffered from broken bones, but it's rare, outside of the most serious accidents, for bones to ever shatter. Now, researchers have worked out why: because our bones, it turns out, are filled with goo.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered that much of the mineral content from which bones are made is actually in the form of a goo, which sits trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating them—and, crucially, allowing for small movements. It's that flexibility that stops our bones from shattering, according the work they've published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The goo is made from citrate—a by-product of cell metabolism—mixed with water. It's a viscous fluid, and a thin layer of it sits between the nanocrystals—made of calcium phosphate—which make up the solid aspect of our bones. There's enough of it, though, to provide slip between the crystals, which absorbs the energy of impact that would otherwise shatter a solid piece of the crystal bone structure. Dr Melinda Duer, one of the researchers, explains:

"Bone mineral was thought to be closely related to this substance called hydroxyapatite. But what we've shown is that a large part of bone mineral – possibly as much as half of it in fact – is made up of this goo, where citrate is binding like a gel between mineral crystals. This nano-scopic layering of citrate fluid and mineral crystals in bone means that the crystals stay in flat, plate-like shapes that have the facility to slide with respect to each other. Without citrate, all crystals in bone mineral would collapse together, become one big crystal and shatter. It's this layered structure that's been missing from our knowledge, and we can now see that without it you're stuffed."

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Sonography May Help Unravel the Mystery of the Female Orgasm

Sonography May Help Unravel the Mystery of the Female Orgasm

I was recently intrigued by a study covered in the science section of several newspapers describing two different types of female orgasm. This study, they reported, was evidence that women can indeed potentially experience different kinds of pleasure from clitoral stimulation and penetration.

My first reaction to this "news" was an eye-roll: surely you could just ask any woman and she’d confirm that, yup, things feel different inside and out? As I looked into the study a little further, this derision turned to mild horror as I read through the details of a method that involved wet tampons and ultrasound probes. I decided to get in touch with one of the researchers and find out what it was all about.

The study in question was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine by Odile Buisson and Emmanuele Jannini, and it set out to use sonography (ultrasound) to see if there were any anatomical differences relating to the two different types of potential orgasm women report. It’s worth bearing in mind that it had a very small study size of just three subjects—it’s described as a pilot study—but the findings did suggest that, surprise surprise, women aren't all built the same when it comes to sex.

While the results might not be a great revelation, the idea of searching for strictly anatomical evidence for the phenomenon is an interesting one. Jannini, who works at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, has been involved in many other studies into the female sexual experience, from weighing in on the G-spot controversy (which is related to this latest work) to investigating glands that could be responsible for female ejaculation. Suffice to say he’s got a fair bit more scientific expertise on all things orgasmic than the likes of Cosmo magazine.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

45 Life Lessons Written by a "90-Year-Old Woman"


People often tell Regina Brett how great she looks for her age. Turns out, she is actually 54 years old — not 90. She wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Over that past decade, these lessons have gone viral on the Internet amid claims that she is 90 years old. Luckily, she finds humor in this misrepresentation, knowing how many lives she has touched.

Whatever her age might be, these universal lessons are relatable to anyone who needs a little reminder of what’s important in life.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
12. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

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Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. | What Should I Eat? Nutrition, the Autonomic Nervous System and Health

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Dr. Gonzalez discusses the scientific support for his approach to cancer and other degenerative diseases. Dr. Gonzalez has been treating cancer with his alternative therapy for over 20 years. His regimen can be broken down into the following basic components: diet, supplements (with proteolytic enzymes for cancer patients) and detoxification routines. Each treatment protocol is individualized for each patient, regardless of the underlying problem. In his lecture, Dr. Gonzalez reviews the rationale behind all aspects of his approach. Dr. Gonzalez's research has been funded by Procter & Gamble, Nestle, and the National Institutes of Health. Articles about his scientific efforts have been published in the conventional peer-reviewed literature. Over the years, Dr. Gonzalez has been featured in many magazines including the New Yorker, Life Extension, Prevention, and total health and has appeared repeatedly on various television venues. He was featured in the best-selling book Knockout written by Suzanne Somers and published in October 2009. Dr. Gonzalez continues to lecture frequently both abroad and in the US. He and his colleague Dr. Linda Isaacs currently practice in New York City.

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Dr. Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D., graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with a degree in English Literature. He subsequently worked as a journalist, first at Time Inc., before pursuing premedical studies at Columbia. He then received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1983. During a postgraduate immunology fellowship under Dr. Robert A. Good, considered the father of modern immunology, he completed a research study evaluating an aggressive nutritional therapy in the treatment of advanced cancer. Since 1987, Dr. Gonzalez has been in private practice in New York City, treating patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious degenerative illnesses. Results from a pilot study published in 1999 described the most positive data in the medical literature for pancreatic cancer.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New risk factor for Alzheimer's disease revealed: Are you getting a good night's sleep?


Extensive research over the past twenty years has repeatedly shown that Alzheimer's dementia is largely the result of a variety of lifestyle factors that promote the development of amyloid plaques and tau proteins in the brain that usher the onset of this dreaded disease. A diet high in processed carbohydrate and sugars, exposure to environmental and household pollutants and lack of physical activity have all been linked with development and progression of the disease. Now scientists have found that poor sleep patterns, as experienced by millions of aging adults, may be a powerful trigger for Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, reporting the results of their work in the journal, Neurobiology of Aging, have determined that people who experience chronic sleep disturbance, either through their work, insomnia or other reasons, could face an earlier onset of dementia and Alzheimer's. Prior research bodies have concluded that chronic sleep problems can inflame a number of health problems, ranging from cardiovascular disease and depression to cancer and diabetes.

Lack of restful sleep promotes brain tangle formation and early signs of Alzheimer's dementia

Lead study author, Dr. Domenico Pratico commented "The big biological question that we tried to address in this study is whether sleep disturbance is a risk factor to develop Alzheimer's or is it something that manifests with the disease." Using a transgenic mouse model known to simulate human neurological pathologies, the team examined the effects of sleep deprivation to determine the development of the two hallmark signs of Alzheimer's disease: amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles.

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Top 8 foods and herbs for healing cancer


With 44% of men and 39% of women now being diagnosed with cancer, it has become more important than ever to understand the foods that will not only nourish your body, but also detoxify it of any cancer causing agents. Here are some of the most potent cancer destroying foods and herbs.

Sea Vegetables

Kelp, kombu, and nori are three of the more common sea vegetables with remarkable effects on cancer. They are one of the richest and most bioavailable sources of iodine, a substance lacking in the average diet that is implicated in many patients with breast and ovarian cancer.

They are also rich in calcium and potassium, as well as all minerals, which assist in promoting a very alkaline environment, which makes it very difficult for existing cancer to survive.


Chlorella and spirulina are two of the most potent algae and are proven cancer fighters.

Due to their incredible detoxification action (including binding to and eliminating heavy metals) and immune boosting properties (by promoting production of healthy gut flora and fighting candida overgrowth), they are a must have when healing cancer.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage have been linked to lower cancer risks and have the ability to halt growth of cancer cells for tumors in the breast, uterine lining, lung, colon, liver, and cervix.

It appears that a phytochemical called sulforaphane can stimulate enzymes that detoxify carcinogens before they damage cells, as well as indole 3-carbinol and crambene, which are also suspected of activating detoxification enzymes.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms such as reishi and chaga have had a number of bioactive molecules, including anti-tumor agents, identified in their structure. These bioactive compounds include polysaccharides, alkaloids, tocopherols, phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids, folates, ascorbic acid enzymes, and organic acids.

Studies show that long-term consumption of reishi prevents tumor proliferation and growth by increasing the level of antioxidants in an individual's blood plasma while boosting the immunity of those suffering from advanced stage cancer.

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Scientists validate light therapy field of holistic medicine: light can halt pain


The future of pain management in humans could eventually center less around what people take for their aches and pains and more around what they shine at them. Experimental new research at Stanford University's Bio-X laboratory has found that unconventional light therapy can be used to mitigate chronic pain without the need for pharmaceutical drugs, an amazing breakthrough that has the potential to completely change the way modern medicine deals with pain.

Published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, the new study on light therapy reveals that pain-sensing nerves inside the body can be manipulated to respond in different ways to varying types of light. The glow of a yellow light, for instance, was found to help alleviate pain in mice models, where special light-sensitive proteins known as opsins were injected into the mice and later activated by shining light on them.

"This is an entirely new approach to study a huge public health issue," says Stanford bioengineering professor and Bio-X lab director Scott Delp, lead author of the new study. "It's a completely new tool that is now available to neuroscientists everywhere."

Known as optogenetics, the technique of injecting light-sensitive proteins into the body for the purpose of later using them in therapy was developed by Delp's colleague Karl Deisseroth, who also helped co-author the new study. Deisseroth originally came up with the idea on accident but found that it could be used as a way to activate certain regions of the brain to better understand brain function. As it turns out, this also works in activating or deactivating nerve cells.

After injecting opsins into a group of test mice, Delp and Deisseroth noticed that different lights could be shined onto the mice's paws to induce different pain. Some color temperatures helped alleviate pain in the mice while others actually increased it, a phenomenon that the duo and their other co-authors believe could help explain why some people with no obvious injuries or other conditions suffer from inexplicable pain.

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Monsanto package admits seeds treated with 'poison,' advises against human consumption


Images are surfacing across the internet that illustrate the true dangers associated with genetically modified (GM) seeds, as admitted by the seeds' manufacturers. The Food Warrior Network recently posted a photo of a seed package distributed by Monsanto India Limited, for instance, that warns users not to consume the seeds or use them as food, oil or animal feed, because they are poisonous.

This shocking photo is sparking controversy among many health advocates, particularly as the biotechnology industry ramps up the propaganda machine to reassure the public that GMOs are safe and no different from natural organisms. On the contrary, GM seeds are admittedly dangerous and not safe for human consumption, which means the widespread industry claim that they are substantially identical to natural seeds is wholly false.

"Caution: Seeds treated with poison," reads the package warning accompanying the seeds. "Do not use for food, feed or oil purpose."

You can view the telling image here:

Many commercial seeds treated with health-destroying poisons

As it turns out, all sorts of commercial seeds, including some non-GM conventional seeds, bear similar toxicity warnings that the average consumer will never see. A seed treatment known as Axcess, produced by chemical giant BASF, comes with a warning that clearly prohibits using treated seeds and even plant greens from treated seeds as any type of food, either for humans or animals.

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Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food

Researchers asked if one diet could be crowned best in terms of health outcomes. If diet is a set of rigid principles, the answer is a decisive no. In terms of broader guidelines, it's a decisive yes.  


Flailing in the swell of bestselling diet books, infomercials for cleanses, and secret tips in glossy magazines, is the credibility of nutrition science. Watching thoroughly-credentialed medical experts tout the addition or subtraction of one nutrient as deliverance—only to change the channel and hear someone equally-thoroughly-credentialed touting the opposite—it can be tempting to write off nutrition advice altogether. This month we hear something is good, and next we almost expect to hear it’s bad. Why not assume the latest research will all eventually be nullified, and just close our eyes and eat whatever tastes best? 

That notion is at once relatable and tragic, in that diet is inextricable from the amount of healthy time we spend on Earth. Improvements in diet are clearly associated with significant lengthening of lifespan and dramatic decreases in risk of most chronic diseases. Combining disease and longevity into the concept of healthspan, the number of healthy years of life—fundamentally more important but less readily quantifiable than lifespan—the data in favor of optimizing our diets are even more compelling. No one is arguing that diet is less than extremely important to health and well-being, but seemingly everyone is arguing as to what constitutes the best diet.

The voices that carry the farthest over the sea of diet recommendations are those of iconoclasts—those who promise the most for the least, and do so with certainty. Amid the clamor, Dr. David Katz is emerging as an iconoclast on the side of reason. At least, that’s how he describes himself. From his throne at Yale University's Prevention Research Center, where he is a practicing physician and researcher, said sea of popular diet media is the institution against which he rebels. It’s not that nutrition science is corrupt, just that the empty promises of memetic, of-the-moment diet crazes are themselves junk food. To Katz they are more than annoying and confusing; they are dangerous injustice.

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Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown

Comparing apples to oranges

Leave it to the to uncover the hidden treasures of the Internet. Recently, they were gabbing about Google's nutrition comparison tool, which was quietly at the end of 2013 and escaped us here at The Salt.

Using this clever little tool is as simple as searching for two types of food, preceded by the word "compare." The word "vs." between the two foods also seems to work for some comparisons but not every single one.

So, for example, say you want to compare the calories, sugar content and nutrients of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes? Just type in "," and boom, you get photos and an elegant chart revealing that sweet potatoes have 4.2 grams of sugar per 100 grams, compared with 0.5 grams in mashed potatoes. Scroll down and you'll see that sweet potatoes kill mashed potatoes in vitamin A, potassium and calcium content.

As you contrast ingredients, perhaps out of sheer curiosity, perhaps to design a meal plan, you'll learn a lot by playing around with the preparation and cooking method of the food. Tweak the mashed potatoes to "potato, mashed, with milk and butter," and unsurprisingly, the fat content jumps up.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

New Drugs May Transform Down Syndrome

Recent breakthroughs may lead to pharmacological treatments for the chromosomal disorde 


People born with Down syndrome have always been considered to be incurably developmentally delayed—until now. In the past few years a number of laboratories have uncovered critical drug targets within disabled chemical pathways in the brain that might be restored with medication. At least two clinical trials are currently studying the effects of such treatments on people with Down syndrome. Now geneticist Roger Reeves of Johns Hopkins University may have stumbled on another drug target—this one with the potential to correct the learning and memory deficits so central to the condition.

Down syndrome occurs in about one in 1,000 births annually worldwide. It arises from an extra copy of chromosome 21 and the overexpression of each of the 300 to 500 genes the chromosome carries. “If you go back even as recently as 2004, researchers didn't have much of a clue about the mechanisms involved in this developmental disability,” says Michael Harpold, chief scientific officer with the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation. But all that has changed. “In the past six or seven years there have been several breakthroughs—and ‘breakthroughs’ is not by any means too big a word—in understanding the neurochemistry in Down syndrome,” Reeves says.

This improved knowledge base has led to a series of discoveries with therapeutic promise, including the latest by Reeves. He and his team were attempting to restore the size of the cerebellum in mice engineered to show the hallmarks of Down syndrome. The cerebellum lies at the base of the brain and controls motor functions, motor learning and balance. In people with Down syndrome and in the Down mouse model the cerebellum is about 40 percent smaller than normal. By restoring its size, Reeves hoped to gain a clearer picture of the developmental processes that lead to anomalies in a brain with Down syndrome.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Americans agree: Sugar, alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than pot

If politicians and law enforcement are so eager to protect Americans from themselves, then they should break in and raid people's homes, taking their boxes of sugar cookies, sugar cereals and sugar jars instead, because, frankly, sugar is way more dangerous and addictive than pot. The American majority now agrees with this simple fact and is beginning to see right through the facade claiming that marijuana is a "dangerous gateway drug."

Poll shows that Americans now agree that sugar, alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than pot.

Americans also agree that tobacco and alcohol are more dangerous than pot. According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Americans think that tobacco is the most dangerous (49%), followed by alcohol (24%), sugar (15%) and marijuana (8%). Of the 1,000 surveyed, only (3%) were confused and chose all the above, while (1%) were not sure.

Since tobacco, alcohol and sugar lead the way as being the most dangerous legal substances, why does the federal government classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, just as dangerous as LSD and heroin and more dangerous than cocaine and Xanax?

Why does the DEA arm their SWAT teams and break in on those who are in possession of a very safe and potentially beneficial plant? No one is breaking down doors in search of cigarettes, which are loaded with a slew of toxic additives NOT found in marijuana.

So why are authorities raiding vehicles, breaking into homes, destroying lives and imprisoning people all over something so harmless? Why is nearly half the prison population in America (48%) made up of nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom are put there for something as frivolous as marijuana possession?

If you believe pot should be illegal, then soda, tobacco, alcohol and fast food should also be illegal and be classified as dangerous as heroin and LSD.

In America's history, alcohol used to be treated like cannabis is today. During the prohibition era, starting in 1920, people caught possessing dangerous alcohol had their belongings confiscated and were arrested. 

Violence and gangs abounded. Americans finally woke up to their insanity and repealed prohibition in 1933.

Soon thereafter, though, a new era of prohibition arose, as the American majority became infiltrated with propaganda claiming that cannabis makes people go crazy and jump off buildings. As the deceit mounted, politicians and law enforcement began to sincerely believe they had a duty to protect Americans from themselves and the very dangerous cannabis plant. This same deluded thinking, if applied consistently, could be used to outlaw fast food, soda and donuts, because Americans cannot be trusted, right? (By the way, these junk foods are all more addictive and dangerous than marijuana.)

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Morninga! The Miracle Tree

The Moringa Tree is an amazing health resource that here in America most of us have never even heard of. It contains 7 times the Vitamin C of oranges, 4 times the Vitamin A of carrots, 4 times the calcium of milk, 3 times the potassium of bananas and two times the protein of yogurt.

The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root can all be used medicinally.

Oil from moringa seeds can be used in foods, perfume, and hair care products, and as a machine lubricant. The seed cake remaining after oil extraction can even be used as a fertilizer and also to purify well water and to remove salt from seawater.

Moringa is an important food source in many parts of the world because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition.

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Destroy the Flu With These 3 Herbs!

National influenza trackers have noticed the flu virus begins circulating before it typically has in the years before. What this means is plenty of people suffering with high temperatures, achy bodies, and plenty of sore throats and sneezing taking place earlier and earlier in the year. Fortunately, you’re able to avoid all of this by building-up the strength of your immune system by using inexpensive herbs. If you do get caught with a bug, the below 3 herbs will help you destroy the flu in no time at all. These herbs have been employed as natural influenza treatments for generations, and may supply both protection against the influenza virus and an alleviation of the symptoms.

These herbs have been found, by scientific research, to be especially successful at fighting off the flu. They may be brewed as delicious organic teas or used as supplements.

1) Garlic
This herb fosters the welfare of your defense mechanisms, and numerous studies have discovered that when given routine doses of garlic supplements, you are better able to defend against viruses such as the influenza and different breeds of rhinovirus. In the event that you decide to take garlic raw, and if the flavor is very overpowering, simply dice a clove of garlic in with a little bit of honey.

2) Echinacea
Results of archaeological digs suggest that Native Americans could have used echinacea for over 400 years to take care of illnesses, snake bites, and lesions, and so much more.

Scientific studies have demonstrated that this herbaceous plant can keep immune systems powerful and healthy, shielding it entirely from common pathogens such as the flu virus. Studies also imply that echinacea may be beneficial in not just obliterating viruses like the flu, but that it can also help to impede the growth of tumors.

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Fish Oil Supplements: A Look at the Possible Benefits


Question: I keep hearing about how good fish oil is for you. Could you separate fact from fiction on this?

Answer: Fish oil is touted so often that it's beginning to sound like a cure-all. It isn't. And you have to be careful taking it. High doses of fish oil can be dangerous. Always check with your doctor before changing your intake of foods or supplements. 
You get fish oil from eating fish (surprise) or by taking supplements made from oily fish. Fish loaded with beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include anchovy, bluefish, herring, mackerel, menhaden, mullet, salmon, sardines, sturgeon, trout and tuna.

Fish oil is recommended for many conditions. These include: high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, heart disease, stroke, depression, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, menstrual pain, diabetes, asthma, dyslexia, obesity, kidney disease, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, heart arrhythmia, cancer...and more.

Holy mackerel!

How effective is fish oil? The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database provides ratings for fish oil. Here are many of them:


High triglycerides, blood fat related to cholesterol. Researchers believe that fish oil can reduce triglyceride levels by 20 to 50 percent.

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4 Reasons to Get Over Your Exercise Slump

A fit-looking woman raises her arms over her head in celebration. 

It can be tough to commit to exercising daily. Here are some science-supported reasons to exercise. 

 I don't know about you, but around this time of year, I start having some trouble with motivation. I reach a point where I'm absolutely ready for spring, but Mother Nature isn't ready to deliver. And it just gets harder to get out of bed — "five more minutes" quickly turns into no time for exercise.

So, I've had to get a little creative about finding motivation. Of course, I know that exercise is good for me, but when I remember just how good it is, my excuses fall by the wayside. I've collected my favorite studies on the topic, and I post reminders for myself around the house to help keep me motivated.

Here's a look at some of the health benefits of exercise:
  • Prevent cancer. Postmenopausal women who follow a healthy lifestyle, including recommendations on diet, exercise and alcohol intake, were 20 percent less likely to die from cancer than those who did not follow a healthy lifestyle, according to a 2014 study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. [7 Cancers You Can Ward Off With Exercise]
  • Prevent bone loss. An above-average level of physical activity may delay the onset of bone loss after a person has achieved peak bone mass, according to a 2006 study in the journal Sports Medicine.
  • Promote weight loss. Even moderate exercise does, in fact, contribute to weight loss, according to a 2012 study in the journal American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. Study participants were split into two groups, and one group was given directions to exercise. Exercisers were either assigned a moderate or intense exercise routine, while non-exercising participants were directed to go about business as normal (no exercise). Participants who exercised an average of 30 minutes daily experienced the most favorable outcome, with an average of seven pounds lost per person, according to the study.
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