Archive for December, 2010


Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Experimental shock therapy device offers hope for sleep apnea sufferers

Noisy snoring is not just a tiring irritation for partners but also can be a sign of sleep apnea. The National Institutes of Health reports that more than 12 million Americans suffer from the most common of the three varieties – obstructive sleep apnea, where the upper airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep. There are several treatment options already available and Minneapolis-based Inspire Medical Systems is about to add a shocking new addition to the treatment options on offer. The new system – which is about to enter clinical trials – electrically stimulates the nerve at the base of the tongue & keeps it from blocking the air’s journey to and from the lungs, and so offers the patient a good night’s sleep. Read More

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Monday, December 27th, 2010

Many clinical studies have proven that nuts are rich sources of numerous nutrients that provide a lot of health benefits for the body.  According to the results of a past study conducted by researchers from Harvard University published at the Longevity journal, women were found to be 35% less likely to develop a heart attack if they consumed 142g of nuts a week, compared to those women who only consumed less than 28g a month.

Nuts contain a lot of fiber, protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It all comes down to making the right choice as to what nuts will you be eating. Fortunately, there are a plethora of nuts that you can choose from. I am listing down my top choices of 8 nutritious nuts in order to help you attain better health.

Some of these healthy nuts are as follows:

  • Almonds

Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, healthy monounsaturated fat, and antioxidants. Some people may think that almonds are too fatty for the body; however, studies have shown that it can actually help lower blood cholesterol levels. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition last June 2010 stated that almonds can significantly help in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. Almonds can also aid in weight loss, help prevent osteoporosis and also regulates high blood pressure levels.

  • Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are seeds of enormous trees called Bertholletia excelsa that grows in many parts of the world. These nuts are quite similar to macadamia nuts, but with more concentration of monounsaturated fats. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium that acts as a powerful antioxidant which may help in reducing the risk of cancer and heart diseases. It is also considered as a protein-packed snack and it contains all the necessary amino acids needed by the body. Magnesium and zinc that are found in Brazil nuts can help promote proper nerve and muscle function and strengthens the immune system. A recent study conducted at the University of Illinois reported that Brazil nuts may have the possibility of contributing to the prevention of breast cancer.

  • Cashews

One of the most important benefits of cashew nuts is that it contains a lesser amount of fat. The fatty acids are made up of oleic acid, which is known to promote cardiovascular health and helps those people with cases of diabetes. Moreover, cashew nuts are rich in copper which produces an important hair and skin pigment called melanin. It also enhances the malleability of blood vessels. According to a new study, cashew nuts were found to reduce the risk of developing gallbladder stones. It also contains nutrients that aid in fighting carcinogens and heart diseases.

  • Cedar Nuts

In native Siberia, cedar nuts are considered to be treasures. They contain 70% of the amino acids that the body needs. The antioxidant it contains can also aid in slowing down the aging process. Rich amounts of Vitamin A, B, D and tocopherols (E group vitamins) can be found in cedar nuts. It also contains a particular kind of Vitamin P that helps in keeping the arterial walls free from inflammation and plaque that may cause diseases such as atherosclerosis. More importantly, it reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol in the body.

  • Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are seeds from the Australian trees called Macadamia ternifolia. Taking an average macadamia nut can add 18 calories to your diet. It would surprise you to know that macadamia nuts contain no cholesterol at all despite the fact that it contains high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, almost amounting to 86%, which aids in reducing blood cholesterol levels according to many studies. A study conducted at the Hawaii University reported that subjects who added macadamia nuts to their diet for one month were seen to have lower cholesterol levels. Therefore, researchers have recommended including macadamia nuts in one’s diet.

  • Pistachios Nuts

Pistachio nuts are also called green almonds. . According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it is packed with fiber, vitamins and nutrients, and also contains more anti-oxidants than green tea. Pistachios are also rich sources of protein and fat, but mostly “good” unsaturated fats. Eating two handfuls of pistachios can even reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by lowering LDL cholesterols.  This data is according to the research paper, The Cardiovascular Health Benefits of Pistachios written by researcher Sarah Gebauer from Pennsylvania State University last June 2007.

  • Pecans

According to the USDA, pecans are good alternatives for protein in people who are on a plant based diet. These nuts are great sources of proteins and carbohydrates, which are energy producing nutrients, and it also contains no cholesterol. Pecans also contain concentrated amounts of sterol, known to lower levels of cholesterol. They are also good sources of heart healthy unsaturated fats according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the US Dietary Guidelines. Pecans also give antioxidant protection to many diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Researchers from the New Mexico University State and Loma Linda University in California have proven that, when pecans are added to the daily diet, it can reduce risk of heart disease. It can also help in preventing breast cancer and in promoting weight control.

  • Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts provide many benefits if included in a well-balanced diet. These nuts have many health benefits that aid in protection against diseases. Hazelnuts are known for their Vitamin E components that are essential in developing the muscles, especially that of the heart – one of the most important organs in the body. Other benefits include reducing risk factors that may lead to the development of cancer, and these nuts can also serve as a form of protection from anemia, a disorder of the blood. Another major benefit of hazelnuts is that they increase the production of red blood cells that aid in transporting oxygen to all parts of the body. This is because hazelnuts are rich in folic acids that are needed by both babies and adults. Like other nuts, they also contain good amounts of protein necessary for the production of muscle tissues.

Each individual nut present immeasurable amount of nutrients that are good for the body. However, it is recommended to take precautions when eating nuts. It is a given that people with allergy to nuts should not take them. It is also recommended to stick to the raw, unsalted type since all nutrients are still present.

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Monday, December 27th, 2010


Gout is a serious illness that is caused by abnormal uric acid levels in the body, particularly in the joints. This condition usually affects the big toe of an individual. It occurs in two ways: one is when the liver secretes abnormally high levels of uric acid than what the body can excrete in the urine; the second reason for the high levels of uric acid inside the body is when an individual consumes purine-rich foods (such as red meat and red wine) than what the kidney can strain from the blood which ultimately leads to accumulation.

A person having gouty arthritis, as it is commonly known, experiences a severe pain felt on the affected body part. This condition could also possibly disable a person who has it, and can significantly affect a person’s quality of life. Unfortunately, most people do not take gout seriously. This is a severe matter to think of. Aside from that, the prevalence of this condition is quite high. In fact, there have been reports stating that about 840 individuals out of 100,000 individuals are diagnosed with this disease.

Another concern among individuals who have gout is the presence of “gout attacks”. Gout attacks occur irregularly. Although some people experience gout attacks between months or years, this can happen frequently, overtime. When left untreated, frequent gout attacks can damage your joints permanently that can lead to disability.

Common Signs and Symptoms

If you are unfamiliar with this condition, it would be important to know its signs and symptoms. This will help you understand and easily determine whether you are already experiencing a gout attack or not. One of the most common signs of gout is the appearance of a swollen, hot and reddish joint. This usually affects your big toe. However, almost all joints can be affected with this condition.

Other symptoms of gout include inflammation, swelling, redness, stiffness and pain on any joint in your body. Usually, people experiencing a gout attack feel tremendous pain on the affected joint. In fact, even the slightest movement of the affected joint can be excruciating. The interval of gout attack varies. However, initial gout attack usually occurs between months to a year.

Polyphenols – Reducing Gout Risks

A research study conducted at Japan’s Hyogo College of Medicine discovered that the branded form of polyphenols (Oligonol) can radically lower the excretion of uric acid in just a matter of an hour, accompanied by a decrease in uric acid concentration found in the serum. This study was published in the Journal of Functional Food.

Polyphenol is a substance found in most plant foods that exhibits anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-microbial properties. However, there have been no studies dedicated in determining polyphenols’ effects on uric acid metabolism in vivo.
The current study led by Yuji Moriwaki and other research experts aimed to determine whether Oligonol, a phenolic substance extracted from lychee that has extremely high bioavailability as compared to typical polyphenols, can decrease uric acid excretion and serum concentration. Aside from reporting a significant reduction in uric acid excretion and decreased serum concentration, Moriwaki and fellow researchers also reported that polyphenols could also withdraw xanthine oxidase activity. This is an enzyme that can catalyze xanthine oxidation to uric acid.

In conclusion, the researchers have concluded that Oligonol can effectively lower uric acid production as well as the serum concentration in uric acid. However, the exact method as to how this happens is still unknown. The researchers further recommend that more studies should be conducted in order to determine whether long-term consumption of Oligonol could help prevent the development of gout in individuals.

Natural Ways of Preventing Gout Risks

There are different medications that can help treat and prevent gout risks. Unfortunately, these medications can have some side effects. This is the main reason why the use of natural methods to prevent gout is highly recommended. Aside from preventing gout risks, these natural methods are also proven to have no side effects.

  • One way of preventing gout risks naturally is to change your diet. Having an anti-gout diet is essential in helping you avoid gout risks. Avoid foods that may increase your uric acid level such as fish eggs, haddocks, sardines, herrings, anchovies and cod. Scallops, lobster, shrimp, and tuna are also linked with gout risks.
  • Eating fruits that have anti-gout properties would also reduce your risk of developing one. Cherries and strawberries are said to be examples of these fruits.
  • You should also avoid foods high in purine. These kinds of foods can also increase your uric acid level. Examples of such foods are those that contain high amounts of purine such as organs like brain, kidney and liver as well as meat products like lamb, pork and beef.
  • Avoid consuming too much alcohol since this could also help prevent gout risks.
  • Drinking plenty of water is important. It helps cleanse your kidneys and at the same time, helps reduce the uric acid level on your body.
  • Vitamin C is also proven to prevent gout. The role of Vitamin C is that it helps excrete uric acid through your urine. At the same time, it also reduces the levels of uric acid present in the bloodstream. This means that Vitamin C does not only help you prevent gout risks but it also helps you manage gout attacks.
  • Eating pineapple can also help reduce your chances of developing gout. Pineapples have a substance called bromelain that is an anti-inflammatory enzyme. This property helps reduce the inflammation caused by gout.

Once a gout attack has occurred, the accompanying pain can cause one to miss work, or may hinder one from performing activities of daily living. But know that more options are available from you aside from taking pharmaceutical drugs – generally effective, and safer options. There are ways in order to help you deal with the pain. For example, placing an ice pack on the affected area for 10 minutes can help soothe the pain you are feeling.  You may then apply it alternately with a hot, moist towel compress. Other means include the use of spearmint, Mullein leaves, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.

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Monday, December 27th, 2010


Alzheimer’s disease and high levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol are very much common in western societies.  It is said that, in the United States alone, greater than 50 percent of its adult population has high cholesterol levels.  Approximately 1 percent of individuals aging between 65 to 69 years acquire Alzheimer’s disease.  For people who are older than 95 years old, the prevalence is increased by more than 60 percent.

Dyslipidemia:  Up Close

Increased levels of cholesterol present a variety of health hazards to the affected person.  This predisposes one to a multitude of illness, some of which are often fatal.  High cholesterol levels are tough on the blood vessels, especially on the arteries.  This may lead to the accumulation of fatty deposits within the walls and linings of the arteries which could seriously impede blood flow.  The blood flow in the specific area of the artery where fatty deposits have accumulated becomes sluggish.  This prompts the heart to pump harder in order to make sure that blood reaches the vital organs.  This doubles the heart effort, putting more workload to one of the most important organs in the body. As a result of the cascade of events, the dangers are foreseen:  high blood pressure, the possibility of embolism, stroke, heart attack, atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, kidney failure, heart failure and many more.  These are reason enough for you to make sure that essential steps are done in order to prevent the onset of dyslipidemia.

Shedding a Light on Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a report released by the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), an association composed of 73 Alzheimer’s organization, 5.3 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and approximately 500,000 new cases will be diagnosed by 2010.  The economic impact is devastating – Alzheimer’s disease severely affects the person’s quality of life as it causes the loss of normal cognitive functioning such as reasoning, remembering and thinking.  It is a progressive and irreversible disease that slowly destroys thinking skills and memory, and will eventually hinder the patient’s ability to perform even the most simple task.

Scientists are currently hard at work try to pinpoint the exact mechanism that causes Alzheimer’s disease, and why majority of the affected individuals are the elderly.  Because the cause is unknown, treatment also remains out of reach.

Associating Dyslipidemia and Alzheimer’s disease

A report published in the December issue of one of the JAMA/Archives journals, Archives of Neurology, stated that high amounts of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as the “good” form of cholesterol, seem to be linked to a lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly adults.

Dr. Christiane Reitz, Ph.D and her colleagues enrolled 1,130 elderly individuals in order for the researchers to examine the link between Alzheimer’s disease and the levels of fat present in the blood.  A random sampling of old adults with ages 65 and older and who are residents of Northern Manhattan was conducted.  The other criteria for inclusion include being a Medicare recipient and having no history of cognitive impairment or dementia.  The researchers’ definition of high cholesterol levels was at 55 milligrams per decilitre, or more.

In order to determine the link between HDL levels and Alzheimer’s disease, data were gathered from neuropsychological, neurological and medical evaluations.  Furthermore, the researchers assigned the following diagnosis based on the cause of dementia:

  • “Probable” Alzheimer’s disease – dementia onset could not be further explained by other disorders
  • “Possible” Alzheimer’s disease – the cause of dementia is mostly likely Alzheimer’s disease but other disorders are present which could contribute to the development of dementia, such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke.

For the duration of the follow-up period, 101 subjects were diagnosed with new cases of Alzheimer’s disease – 12 were possible, and 89 belonged to the probable category.  Average age of possible and probable onset of Alzheimer’s disease was 83 years.  It was found that Hispanic subjects as well as those who had higher incidence of diabetes at the beginning of the study have been shown to have developed dementia.  Moreover, for subjects who had higher levels of HDL in their plasma (55 mg/dl or higher), there was a decreased risk of developing both possible and probable Alzheimer’s disease, even after adjustments on lipid-lowering treatments and vascular risk factors were made.

Other Natural Means to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

  • The American Journal of Medicine has published a study indicating that people who consume at least three servings of vegetable and fruit juices each week have a 76 percent reduction in their risk of Alzheimer’s disease as compared to people who consume less than one serving each week.  However, for people who have problems with their blood sugar levels and because some fruits contain high sugar levels, vegetable juices are more recommended. Eating raw vegetables, with the absence of a juicer, can also help.Examples of vegetables and fruits include cherries, plums, raisins, blueberries, apples, red bell peppers, spinach and eggplant.
  • The regular intake of foods rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA),  can also help slow Alzheimer’s disease progression.  This is according to the results of a study which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Omega-3 fatty acids helps build and maintain the healthy state of the nervous system – the main system affected in Alzheimer’s disease.Excellent food sources include salmon, flax seeds, purslane, seaweeds, walnuts and cod liver oil.
  • The National Institutes of Health said that some aluminum compounds have been linked to the neurological damage featured in Alzheimer’s disease. Although it is impossible to totally avoid being exposed to aluminum because we may never know that the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food on our table may be contaminated, still, it is important to know the most common sources of aluminum exposure such as antiperspirants; over-the-counter drugs like buffered aspirin and antacids; and processed cheese.
  • Doing mentally-stimulating activities is a perfect way to exercise your brain cells. Adopt hobbies that will force you to think – go for the crossword puzzles in the morning paper, learn a new language, memorize a new poem, catch up with current events.  This will not only reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but it will also help you feel more in-touch, alert and enthusiastic.
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Monday, December 27th, 2010


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a form of a degenerative arthritis characterized by a functional or structural failure of one or more of the joints of the body. It is the most common form of arthritis and also a common disease among people all throughout the world in all population groups. However, several factors like age, gender, genetics, behavioral influences and ethnicity play a role in osteoarthritis risk.

It occurs equally among men and women; however, women tend to develop the symptoms of the disorder earlier than men. This often happens in women older than 45 years. Ligaments, which bind joints together, tend to become less elastic as people age, that’s why 70 to 90% of people 75 years old and up are the ones most commonly affected by osteoarthritis.

Even after years of research, no one has truly been able to define the root cause of OA. It still remains a mystery as to why particular joints are affected by osteoarthritis even if it has not suffered any injury. However, one primary cause of osteoarthritis is aging. As people age, the protein makeup of the cartilage of the joints slowly degenerate and deteriorate. In advanced cases, there is a total loss of the cartilage cushion between the bones of the joints that causes friction. Continuous use of worn joints can irritate the cartilage that causes joint pains and even limitation of joint mobility. Not only elderly people are in danger, but also athletes and laborers, may develop osteoarthritis in their later years.

In the United Kingdom, osteoarthritis is one of the most popular type of osteoarthritis in adults affecting almost 8 million people, where women are most prone to develop the condition compared to men. It affects the spine, knees and hips in the elderly and middle-aged people, causing pains and disability.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary from patient to patient. Daily activities and movements become more and more difficult as signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis develop. Some of them are as follows:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Limitation of mobility (in severe cases)

The only difference of osteoarthritis among other types of arthritis is that it does not affect any organ of the body, only joint pains with repetitive use. There can be swelling and creaking of the affected joints (crepitus). However, for severe cases, the cartilage cushion is completely lost and pain during rest and in motion is experienced, therefore limiting a person’s mobility.

Garlic against hip osteoarthritis

A relationship between body weight and osteoarthritis has been previously recognized, and although it is not completely understood yet, studies have been conducted in order to find out if dietary patterns could probably have a certain effect on the development and prevention of the condition. A study of researchers at the King’s College London and University of East Anglia also found out that women who consume a diet rich in allium, such as vegetables in the form of leeks, onions, and garlic, have lower incidence of cases of hip osteoarthritis. The study was published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders . Professor Ian Clark of University of East Anglia said that with further work and studies, this may open up a possibility of treating future cases of osteoarthritis with diet or dietary supplements.

The study of the research team involved looking at 1000 healthy female twins with no symptoms of osteoarthritis. They monitored the twins’ diet patterns, and later discovered early signs of osteoarthritis in the participants’ spine, knees and hips. They found out that those who consume a healthy diet, especially with allium rich garlic, had fewer incidence of hip osteoarthritis.

Furthermore, another research was conducted on the compounds in garlic and found out that it contains diallyl disulphide which decreases the amounts of enzymes that causes damage to the cartilage. The lead author of the Department of Twin Research at King’s College London, Dr. Frances Williams, said that these findings may pave the way for future osteoarthritis treatment as well as aid in the prevention of hip osteoarthritis. The study was funded by Arthritis Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and Dunhill Medical Trust.

Health Benefits of Garlic

We all think that garlic’s only use is to add flavor to our meals. It may be, but that’s not all. Garlic is widely known as a “cure-all” herb because of the wide range of health benefits it gives our body. While consuming garlic has been associated with foul breaths, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of garlic consumption.

Benefits of garlic are listed as follows:

  • It can help in the normalization of body functions.
  • Garlic can help stimulate white blood cells that strengthen the immune system.
  • It also helps the person avoid cardiovascular diseases. It has been known for its effects on people with high blood pressure which is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack and diabetes.
  • It helps in the treatment and management of patients with tuberculosis; as a lung decongestant; those with weak digestion; inhibits tumor-formation and platelets clumping; fights off influenza virus; prevent vaginal infection; in the management of nicotine poisoning as well as in diabetes mellitus.

Aside from pure garlic, garlic supplement may also do the job. The Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract™ is a great choice for garlic supplements since it gives the benefit of promoting cholesterol health and healthy cardiovascular function without the odor and discomforts that other garlic supplement brings. I am using Kyolic and I highly recommend the use of this brand.

Natural Means to Prevent Osteoarthritis

Everything in our body starts and ends with proper diet, nutrition and exercise. The best way to avoid osteoarthritis is by being cautious and careful of our daily diet and by keeping the body healthy and fit.

Exercising and taking proper diet, especially calcium, may reduce the risk of osteoarthritis. Make sure that the daily intake of food consists of the proper nutrients that one needs – not too much and not too less. It is observed that people who consume a healthy diet are less affected by this condition.

Taking proper precaution of the body while young, especially when indulging in hard physical activities, is the best way to avoid osteoarthritis. The daily intake of healthy foods must be coupled with the proper amount of exercise to help exercise the body’s muscles, without straining it too much. If continuous pain is experienced, consult the doctor as soon as possible, after all, early treatment and prevention is still the best way to prevent it from developing.

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Monday, December 27th, 2010


High blood pressure, or hypertension, means putting on unnecessary added pressure on the arteries. This is because the blood is pushing towards the wall of the blood vessel as the heart pumps out blood. If the pressure stays high, and it keeps on rising over time, this can lead to a lot of damages in many parts of the body. The dangers of hypertension include conditions such as heart failure, embolism, thrombosis, heart attack, and stroke.

However, the dangers of hypertension won’t happen if we all take extra precautionary measures to avoid high blood pressure. If you are already diagnosed with one, it is important that you implement ways on how to lower your blood pressure.

Some are as follows:

  1. Exercise daily – Getting regular exercise makes the heart stronger. Less effort will be needed to pump the blood out with a strong heart. The force on the arteries decreases and the blood pressure is lowered when the heart exerts less effort in pumping. Being active makes the systolic blood pressure – the first number in blood pressure reading – lower.However, it is essential to remember that, in order to achieve the health benefits that exercise promises, sticking to a regular exercise regimen is needed. It would take about three months for exercise to create an impact on your blood pressure, so continued action is advised.
  2. Avoid animal fats – Although some fat is required by the body, many studies have shown that it can even raise high blood pressure and increase the risk of stroke, depending on the type of fat that is consumed.In the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, a study showed that fats, specifically saturated animal fats, significantly increase blood pressure. When fats taken from marine sources were consumed, such as fish oils and plant oils, there was no significant increase in blood pressure. Saturated animal fats that can be found on chicken, pork and beef should be clearly avoided when trying to fight high blood pressure.
  3. Avoid tobacco and alcohol when trying to lower your blood pressure. Nicotine found in cigarette or tobacco products can raise your blood pressure. In addition, the chemicals can also damage the arteries. Too much alcohol consumption can also lead to the same effect, although drinking it at the right amount can sometimes help. You should also look out for caffeine since recent studies show that regular consumption can increase blood pressure. This may appear difficult since tobacco, alcohol and caffeine are mostly a part of some people’s daily routine, so intake must at least be limited.
  4. Reduce weight – Reducing or controlling your weight can significantly lower your blood pressure. It will help you feel better.  It is advised that you should engage in more exercise to keep your heart healthy. It’s best to do it slowly, eating fewer calories than you burn. For example, replace a chocolate bar with small apple for lunch; have baked chicken instead of fried chicken during dinner; and take a 15 minute brisk walk after meals instead of sitting aimlessly.
  5. Get sufficient sleep – A study by Dr. Kristen L. Knutson published in the June 8 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine linked the insufficiency of sleep to increasing levels of blood pressure. Results showed that subjects who had shorter and lower quality of sleep had increased systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings. It was suggested that insufficient sleep affects the way the body responds to stress that may lead to increased blood pressure.
  6. Purchase a home monitor – Buying your own blood pressure monitor will help you keep track of your blood pressure levels regularly, especially if you are continuously experiencing high blood pressures. This will help you find out how your blood pressure changes during the day. It will also help your doctor find out how your treatment regimen is working in order to stabilize your blood pressure.
  7. Increase magnesium intake – Studies suggest that there is a certain link between magnesium and blood pressure. Diets that include numerous fruits and vegetables, widely known to contain potassium and magnesium, is consistently said to be associated with lowered the blood pressure. It was said that consuming and sticking to a diet plan that is rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium and low in fat and sodium can significantly lower blood pressure according to the DASH study (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Another study also proved this case when they tested the effect of nutritional factors on 30,000 US male health professionals. The results of the study showed that lower risk of blood pressure was seen in those with greater magnesium intake.
  8. Listen to the sounds of soothing music – Listening to non-verbal, soothing, instrumental music for at least 30 minutes a day can have great effects on the human body. It relaxes the body through its slow and peaceful rhythm, thus lowering heart rate, and lightening up breathing and brain activity. This will reduce stress and eventually lower your blood pressure.
  9. Get Garlic – Consuming garlic, and garlic supplements, is of good use to people with mild high blood pressure, according to recent studies.  It can thin the blood and prevent it to clot, like aspirin – minus the side effects. Kyolic® Aged Garlic Extract™ is a totally balanced garlic supplement that gives the full benefits of garlic, without the odor and aftertaste of other garlic supplements. Garlic is widely known as a hypertensive medication. Even researchers at the University of Mississippi proved the potential of garlic to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
  10. Start Juicing – There are many fruits and vegetables that can aid in lowering blood pressure. Aside from directly eating them, you can also juice them. Some of my favorites include juicing carrot, apple, beet and celery because of their blood pressure-lowering activities. You can drink celery juice alone, or mix it with carrot. Beet root juice clearly helps in lowering and normalizing blood pressure. You can mix it with celery-carrot juice occasionally.
  11. Meditate – Meditation is considered by doctors worldwide to lower blood pressure levels. Stress is one of the major factors which cause high blood pressure, and meditating could help reduce stress. Transcendental Meditation (TM) is by far one of the easiest meditating techniques one could learn to lower high blood pressure at the same time reducing the need for blood pressure-lowering medications. This should be done daily. Research has also proven that TM can reduce high blood pressure without the need for medication.
  12. Visualize “lower blood pressure” – The mind has a very powerful control over the human body. It can influence our immunity and empower us to recover from conditions such as cancer and high blood pressure. Research has shown how visualization can trigger the body’s ability to self-heal. You can try visualizing your blood vessels opening as you exhale and this can actually help you relax. The mind has the greatest power than any other form of medication. If you try to visualize what happens in the body that can cause high blood pressure, you can see how things work, and think up of something to counter these.
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Monday, December 27th, 2010

AIRPORT screenings can give you a sexually transmitted disease

You could pick up a sex disease on your next trip – and you don’t even have to visit a hooker in a foreign city to get it.

Just a visit to the airport will do, because the perverted American government is spreading germs as it forces passengers to spread for its new “enhanced security screenings.”

You’ve probably heard a bit about these government-sanctioned gropings. One TV news producer singled out for a special pat down said the agent stuck a hand inside her pants and even felt around inside her panties.

“It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist,” she said. “It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate.”

It’s also a very real public health threat.

The TV news producer didn’t mention the rubber gloves worn by the screeners, but there have been multiple reports of Transportation Security Admininstration (TSA) workers using the same gloves from one passenger to the next.

And that means every visit with a TSA worker could be like a quick dip in a Tijuana whorehouse – because these guys could be passing out everything from herpes to the crabs all day and night.

That’s a bigger threat to passenger safety than any wannabe terrorist!

A breast cancer survivor was forced to remove her prosthetic breast. A bladder cancer survivor was left covered in his own urine when TSA workers caused his urostomy bag to burst. Children have been screaming through some very personal lessons in “bad touch.”

And in one case, a nursing mother who complained to the TSA after agents X-rayed bottles of pumped breast milk was singled out for retaliatory extra screening during her next trip.

Watch her 90-minute ordeal here.

Expect more stories like these, assuming people are still allowed to talk about them – because Uncle Sam has finally succeeded. He’s groped passenger rights away – and we might never get them back.

Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 24th, 2010

Can chess check-mate Alzheimer’s? (2:02)

Dec 8 – Russian chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov has pit his skills against French rival Joel Lautier as part of a scientific experiment to see if intellectual work can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Stuart McDill reports.

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

X-ray danger warning for frequent fliers

Dec 10 – A leading U.S. expert on radiation and its effects on the human body is warning frequent fliers to be wary of the X-ray scanning machines now commonly used in airports around the world. Rob Muir reports.

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Cure clues from cancer cell close-up

Dec 17 – Video of tumor growth in zebrafish is providing clues that could lead to new cancer treatments. Images from scientists in the UK and Italy show how new cancer cells co-opt the immune system into helping the disease spread. Rob Muir reports

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Cure clues from cancer cell close-up

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