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Aluminum In Antiperspirants
A recent review of antiperspirants found that use of those with aluminum significantly increases the amount of aluminum absorbed. After a single underarm application, about 0.12% of the aluminum may be absorbed. Aluminum is toxic and can accumulate in the body. There are better and safer alternatives. Pharmacological Toxicology (see Wysong Natural Deodorants)

Disease Protection From Walnuts
A recent study by The University of Texas Health Science Center found that walnuts contain fair amounts of melatonin, an antioxidative hormone. The melatonin actively attacks free radicals before they can do harm, and may have a significant impact for people suffering from aging diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Walnuts are also high in Omega-3 fatty acids commonly deficient in the modern diet. University Of Texas Health Science Center (see Origins and Origins Un-Cereal)

Decreased Cognitive Skills Linked To Obesity
Researchers have recently reported that middle-aged overweight adults, when compared to their thinner peers, tend to have poorer mental functions. This may indicate a higher risk later in life for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, in those middle-aged adults that are obese. The two-part study included 2,223 healthy French adults between the ages of 32 and 62. They were tested for cognitive skills for memory, attention and speed of learning, and then re-tested after a 5-year span. Those adults with a high BMI (body mass index) consistently scored lower on the tests than those with a lower BMI. Additionally, the adults with a high BMI showed greater cognitive decline between the two test periods.
Other factors including age, education and general health were not found to explain the link. It is believed that excess body fat cells may have a direct impact on brain function, and may be linked to the “hunger” hormone leptin, which is produced by fat cells and plays a role in memory and learning. Neurology (See Wysong Weight Loss Program)

Diabetic Treatment Aided By Natural Herb
An herb native to India and Sri Lanka, Salacia oblonga, has been found to reduce insulin and blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. Participants in the study drank controlled amounts of the herb mixed in a chilled beverage form. The group drinking the highest level of the herb, 1000 mg, had the most dramatic reduction in blood glucose and insulin levels (23% and 29% less respectively compared to the control of zero herbal extract). The herb attaches to intestinal enzymes, which break down carbohydrates, resulting in less glucose released into the bloodstream. The herb can be taken with food or in a drink and may reduce the quantity of pills needed to control blood sugar diseases such as diabetes. Yet another example of the bounty of healing found within nature. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Green Tea Benefits Diabetics
The compound found in green tea, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), has been found to work as well as the drug Avandia in moderately diabetic mice. Researchers found that the EGCG preserved the insulin-producing tissue and limited damage that could worsen diabetes. These results suggest that green tea may also help treat diabetes in humans – which, of course, raises the question of why the experiments on lab animals were necessary at all. European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alternatives To Prescription Sleeping Aids
A new generation of prescription sleeping aids (Ambien, Lunesta and others) is becoming extremely popular even though these can cost up to $4 per pill and are linked with serious side effects such as sleepwalking, sleep-eating, amnesia, and worse.  Desperate for a good night’s sleep, the public buys into this method in spite of cost and risk.  But is it worth it? 
Recently the National Institutes of Health financed studies that disclosed that people fell asleep just over 12 minutes sooner using sleeping pills as opposed to placebo, and only increased their sleep time by approximately 11 minutes. Using older sleeping medications like Halcion and Restoril, studies showed people fell asleep 10 minutes faster, and slept an average of 32 minutes longer than placebo.  Vigorous daily activity, fresh air, a warm bath or shower and a set bedtime in a totally darkened room would be the wiser and much more healthy and safe “prescription” to follow.  Nutritional supplements are available also to augment a good night’s sleep and restfulness. National Institutes of Health (see Somniquil).

African American Women Can Benefit From More Vitamin D
Increasing evidence indicates that the current level limit of 2000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 may not be the upper dosage limit, but a daily minimum. This level of vitamin D is needed to ensure adequate blood levels of the vitamin, especially for post- menopausal women. Vitamin D is produced in the skin during exposure to sunlight but darker pigmented people produce less vitamin D and are at risk of deficiency. Optimizing your vitamin D levels can help reduce the risk of as many a 16 types of cancer. In a landmark study conducted by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, it was found that some 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented globally each year by increasing levels of vitamin D. Optimizing the vitamin can also help prevent and reverse:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (see O-Mega-D)

The Dangers of Soda
The average American is estimated to consume more than 60 gallons of soft drinks every year. Teenagers and children are among the largest consumers. Within the past 10 years, soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States. Recently the Center for Science in the Public Interest cited research based on government data indicating that teenage boys who drink soft drinks consume an average of three 12-ounce cans per day, while girls drink more than two cans.
Soft drinks are the number one source of calories in America. One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is laced with artificial food colors and sulphites. Out of over 100 soft drinks and other beverages analyzed by the government, five contained levels of benzene -- a cancer-causing chemical linked to leukemia -- that exceed federal standards set for benzene in drinking water, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Also, as quoted in the New York Times, drinking diet soda is found to be correlated with metabolic syndrome (collection of factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, including high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, and high blood glucose levels). This information comes from a study over a 9-year period of over 9,500 men and women ages 45 to 65. The risk of developing metabolic syndrome was 34% higher in those who drank one can of diet soda daily versus those who drank none. FDA

Birth Control Pills Can Be Deadly
Birth control pills can increase atheromatous plaques in arteries. A study of 1,300 healthy women between the ages of 35 and 55 showed there was a 20 to 30% increase of plaque for every 10 years of use. Millions of women have used birth control pills since they were first introduced in 1960. American Heart Association Conference

Can Alcohol Really Help Beat a Cold?
Alcohol has long been a recommended treatment for the common cold, but as it turns out alcohol does not prevent or shorten the time cold symptoms are experienced. Alcohol can temporarily lessen the symptoms but in reality the alcohol can prolong the disease by dehydrating tissues and impairing immune response. In a 1993 study by Carnegie Mellon, researchers found that alcohol in the form of wine, moderately used, has been shown to have preventative effect against colds. The wine’s antioxidant may have been responsible. In spite of these findings alcohol intake’s positive attributes are far outweighed by alcohol’s negative effects. Alcohol is a neurotoxin to the brain and nervous system. Alcohol can also cause serious disruptions of delicate hormonal balance. The following cancers have also been connected to alcohol intake: 
       - Mouth, larynx and esophagus
       - Liver
       - Colon
       - Breast
       - Pancreas
       - Lungs
The best way to prevent and treat a cold is to follow the Optimal Health Program
American Journal of Epidemiology