~Thoughts for Thinking People~


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

OBESITY NEARLY AS DEADLY AS SMOKING:  According to the CDC, deaths due to poor diet and lack of exercise have risen by more than a third in the last ten years and could soon overtake tobacco as the leading preventable cause of death.  Modifiable behavioral risk factors (that means things we are voluntarily doing to ourselves!) are leading causes of mortality in the United States, with tobacco use being the leading cause of death in the year 2000 (18.1% of total U.S. deaths), poor diet and physical inactivity (16.6%) coming in a close second, followed by alcohol consumption (3.5%).  Approximately 129.6 million Americans (64% of the US population) are overweight or obese – a physical condition known to increase the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. (J Am Med Assoc, 2004; 291:1238-45.)

YOU CAN PREVENT BREAST CANCER:  Research shows that the typical Western diet, high in sugars and fats, red meat and dairy products, is directly linked to breast cancer risk.  High levels of sex hormones and insulin-like growth factors are associated with cancer risk, and the typical Western diet increases their biological effect.  It is also known that breast cancer risk can be reduced by avoiding hormone replacement therapy, increasing physical activity, not being overweight, and eating a more healthy diet.  But despite all of this knowledge, most are doing little to prevent the disease. (4th European Breast Cancer Conference, 2004, Hamburg, Germany.)

VITAMIN B12 TO PREVENT BONE LOSS:  According to a new study, older women with lower levels of vitamin B12 are more likely to experience rapid bone loss.  Vitamin B12 is found naturally in animal products such as meat, shellfish, milk, cheese and eggs. It is also required to produce red blood cells and maintain a healthy nervous system.

VITAMIN D OVERVIEW:  A recently published review of the medical literature has shown the various health benefits provided by vitamin D and the consequences of vitamin D deficiency. Without vitamin D, the small intestine would only be able to absorb 10 to 15% of dietary calcium intake, leading to osteoporosis. Other health consequences of vitamin D deficiency include common cancers, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, psoriasis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.  Exposure to sunlight supplies the majority of the vitamin D the body requires.(Am J Clin Nutr, 2004; 79(3):362-71.)

PROBIOTICS & PREBIOTICS REDUCE COLON CANCER RISK:  A combination of prebiotics and probiotic bacteria, called "synbiotics," has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer.  Researchers believe that synbiotics can be more potent than their prebiotic or probiotic components alone, since they both replace the beneficial bacteria in the gut and add a carbohydrate source that stimulates the bacteria to multiply, encouraging the body's own defense mechanisms to manage disease.  Cancer of the colon or rectum is the second deadliest form of cancer after lung cancer but is also considered one of the most preventable types of cancer, as there are several dietary factors that appear to play a protective role against the disease.

LUTEIN TO REVERSE MACULAR DEGENERATION:  Lutein supplements can reverse some of the damage done by ‘dry’ age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study.  The trial showed that patients who took lutein supplements experienced improvements in several symptoms, including glare recovery, contrast sensitivity and visual acuity, compared with patients taking a placebo.  Patients also experienced a 50% increase in macular pigment density relative to those on placebo.  Lutein is a naturally occurring molecule found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the western world

MARTIAL ARTS GOOD FOR BABY BOOMERS:  A study found martial arts to be a safe and effective way for baby boomers, 40- and 50-somethings, to get back into shape. Experts described martial arts as fun, good for self-defense and helpful for long-term prevention against disease.  The overall fitness of  individuals between 40 and 60 years was examined. Results of the study showed that overall, those committed to martial arts have more flexibility, leg strength, less body fat, better balance and better aerobic conditioning compared to a sedentary group.