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

ANTIOXIDANTS PREVENT DIABETES:  A high intake of dietary antioxidants reduces the risk of Type-2 diabetes, according to a new study.  Those with a diet rich in vitamin E and carotenoids are significantly less likely to develop the disease.  The findings support advice to increase intake of fruits and vegetables, high in antioxidants, to reduce many of the risk factors associated with diabetes, including obesity. (Diabetes Care, 2004; 27(2):362-6.)

CDC LINKS VACCINE PRESERVATIVE TO AUTISM:  Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Datalink concluded that children who are given three thimerosal-containing vaccines are 27 times more likely to develop autism than children who receive thimerosol-free vaccines.   Thimerosal has been gradually removed from vaccines since 1999, however it is still present in some vaccinations – including virtually all flu shots.  One study that showed urinary mercury concentrations were six times higher in children with autism, as opposed to controls.  Evidence also suggests that the link between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism is stronger than that between lung cancer and smoking cigarettes.  (Institute of Medicine, "Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism," February 9, 2004.)

CHICKENPOX VACCINE INEFFECTIVE:  The effectiveness of the chickenpox vaccine decreases significantly after one year, researchers found in a study prompted by reports of chickenpox outbreaks among highly immunized groups. They also found that administering the vaccine to infants younger than 15 months lowered the vaccine’s effectiveness.  The natural chickenpox infection is known to be far better at providing immune protection.

MILK PREVENTS OBESITY AND BONE FRACTURES:   Children who avoid drinking milk are more likely to be both overweight and at higher risk of fractures, say researchers.  The researchers recommend that children and adolescents consume three to four servings of dairy foods each day to help prevent broken bones now and chronic conditions such as osteoporosis as adults.

MUSIC THERAPY FOR CANCER PATIENTS:  Patients undergoing stressful treatments for blood-related cancers can have their moods lifted by listening to music.  Patients who take part in music therapy sessions experience a 28% improvement on a anxiety/depression scale and a 37% improvement on a total mood disturbance test.  (Cancer, 2003; 98(12):2723-29.)

OSTEOPATHY PREVENTS EAR INFECTIONS:  A new study shows an alternative treatment may help prevent middle ear infections and decrease antibiotic overuse.  Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a gentle technique done by osteopathic physicians in which special techniques keep fluids draining from the head and neck so bacteria and viruses are less likely to grow. The hope is that this will reduce or even prevent ear infections. The study shows patients who received OMT had fewer recurrent ear infections, fewer surgical procedures and more time before they opted for surgery than those who only received standard care.   Researchers also report there were no adverse reactions to the alternative treatment.

VITAMIN B12 AND BONE LOSS: Older women with low levels of vitamin B12 are more likely to experience rapid bone loss, according to new research, which helps to establish the importance of the vitamin in bone health.  Rapid bone loss is a sign of osteoporosis, a condition that affects one in three women over the age of 50, and designated by the World Health Organization as the second leading global health care problem after cardiovascular disease. Bone density loss is usually gradual and without noticeable symptoms.   Vitamin B12, which is found in animal products, such as meat, shellfish, milk, cheese and eggs, is also needed to produce red blood cells and maintain a healthy nervous system. (J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2004; 89:1217-21.)

VITAMIN C AND ASTHMA:  Further evidence suggests that deficiency in vitamin C could increase the likelihood of children developing asthma.  The new study by a team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that children with asthma tend to have lower blood levels of vitamin C than children with healthy lungs.  Vitamin C and other antioxidants fight oxidation, thought to be a factor in disease. (Am J Epidemiol, 2004; 159:351-7.)
WHOLE GRAINS PREVENT HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES: Eating more whole grain foods can reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, say researchers.  Metabolic syndrome, characterized by obesity around the belly, low levels of HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure, strongly predicts both cardiovascular disease and Type-2 diabetes.    Three out of every 10 children have three or more features of the metabolic syndrome. (Diabetes Care, 2004; 27(2):538-46.)

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