~Thoughts for Thinking People~


Current Research and Thoughts You Can Use for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The Wysong Optimal Health Program™

CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D TO REDUCE COLORECTAL CANCER RISK:  A recent study showed that vitamin D and calcium taken together reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, but are essentially ineffective when taken alone.  Researchers report calcium supplements prevent tumor growth only in people who have higher than normal levels of vitamin D. Similarly, vitamin D levels are associated with reduced occurrence of tumors only in those individuals who are taking calcium supplements. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2003; 95(23):1765-71 .)
CHICKEN SOUP REALLY DOES HELP:  Doctors and researchers – not to mention grandma – say chicken soup actually helps reduce the inflammation and mucus production characteristic of a cold.  The result?   A nose that is less stuffy, a throat that isn't as sore, less coughing and less congestion.  It is not a cure, but it does make cold and flu sufferers feel better.   Researchers speculate that it is a combination of things, from the vitamins and minerals in the ingredients to the heat of the soup, which provides these benefits.   And, of course, soup is a liquid, which is recommended for cold and flu sufferers to stave off dehydration.  (Chest, 2000; 118(4):1150-7.)
DEODORANT LINKED TO BREAST CANCER?:  Researchers speculate that there are plausible scientific mechanisms by which the urban legend that underarm antiperspirants cause breast cancer could have some validity.  Scientists believe the culprits in these antiperspirants are the toxins in aluminum salts such as aluminum chlorohydrate, which don't normally penetrate the skin enough to cause a problem...unless the skin is shaven. If the skin is disrupted by shaving, it can open up the door, because just under the skin is the lymphatic system, which is connected to the breast.
IT'S NOT THE ALCOHOL:  A recent study has shown that it is not the alcohol in red wine that is beneficial to health.  The study indicated that the consumption of dealcoholized red wine, which contains polyphenolic compounds, decreases atherosclerosis (as do red and, to a lesser degree, white wines).  Researchers determined that when consumed in moderation, dealcoholized red wine may decrease atherosclerosis. (Am J Clin Nutr, 2004; 79(1):123-30.)
LEISURE ACTIVITIES CUT RISK OF DEMENTIA:  A study in the New England Journal of Medicine has determined that leisure activities – such as reading, playing board games, playing musical instruments and dancing – are associated with a reduced risk of dementia.  For example, people who solve crossword puzzles four times a week reduce their risk of dementia to nearly half that of subjects who do puzzles only once a week.
SMOKING RAISES BREAST CANCER RISK:  A major study of more than 116,000 women has linked smoking to a marked increase in the risk of breast cancer. The rate among women who are current smokers is approximately 30% higher than among those who had never smoked. Women who started smoking before the age of 20, and those who started at least five years before their first pregnancy appear to be most at risk.  Heavy smoking or smoking over a long period of time also increases the risk.  On an encouraging note to former smokers, the study also showed no evidence of a significantly increased breast cancer risk among those who had previously smoked but had quit – so it's not too late to give up this deadly habit.  (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2004; 96(1):29-37.)
SOAK DRY HANDS:  If done correctly, soaking hands in water can be an effective way to fight the dry skin that plagues many people, especially in winter.  The most important (and logical) treatment for dry skin is to put water back into it.  An effective way to rehydrate dry skin on the hands and help them heal is to let them soak in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes, giving the skin time to absorb the much-needed water. Then pat skin dry and immediately apply a thick layer of an occlusive moisturizer to seal that water in.  (An occlusive moisturizer has a thick ointment or cream base rather than a thinner lotion base.)   Moisturizer is 10 times more effective when applied to skin that has been soaked in water because it can soak more deeply into the top layer of skin, creating a more effective barrier against water loss.  If hands still feel dry, wear a pair of light cotton gloves to bed at night after the above treatment to further reduce water loss.
VITAMIN D TO PREVENT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS:  A new study has shown that adequate vitamin D intake is associated with lowered incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS).  Because the number of cases of MS increases the farther you get from the equator, researchers hypothesized that sunlight exposure and high levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of MS.  This study revealed that those with the highest intake of vitamin D from supplements (400 IU or more per day) are 40% less likely to develop MS than those who used no supplements.  Food and supplements are sources of vitamin D, but the body also makes vitamin D through exposure to sunlight.
Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.