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Cardiovascular
  
   > Common Cold
    
 > Contagion
    
 > Huntington's Disease
     
> Obesity
    
 > Vegetarianism


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

ARTHRITIS: A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, vegetables, and fish can ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. People who follow this eating regimen have less inflammation and are more active within three months. Researchers hypothesize that olive oil can be metabolized into agents with anti-inflammatory effects and it also has antioxidant properties. Vegetables are also rich in natural antioxidants, which help control inflammation. (1-5) (Ann Rheumatic Dis, 2003; 62:208-14.)

BEHAVIOR: Both boys and girls who watch a lot of violence on television have a heightened risk of aggressive adult behavior including spouse abuse and criminal offenses, no matter how they act in childhood. Researchers believe that televised violence suggests to young children that aggression is appropriate in some situations, especially when it is used by charismatic heroes. It also erodes a natural aversion to violence. The study argued against the idea that aggressive children seek out T.V. violence, or that the findings were due to the participants' socioeconomic status or intelligence, or their parents' childrearing practices. (Developmental Psychology, 2003; 39(2):201-21.)

CARDIOVASCULAR: Women who sleep five or fewer hours per night have an 82% higher risk of heart attack than those who sleep the suggested eight hours. Women who sleep six hours a night boost their heart attack risk by 30%. Researchers speculate that sleep deprivation can cause physiological changes such as boosting blood pressure that, in turn, increase heart disease risk. Only 37% of Americans get eight hours of sleep a night, and 31% get six or fewer hours. (The study also revealed that too much sleep isn't good, either. Those women who slept nine or more hours a night increased their heart disease risk by 57%.) (6-8) (Arch Intern Med, 2003; 163:205-9.)

COMMON COLD: In the United States each year, 1.6 million adults and children visit hospital emergency rooms for colds. Another 25 million head to the doctor's office with colds. Approximately 66% of parents believe bacteria can cause colds, and more than half believe that bacteria-killing antibiotics can cure colds. However, most colds are caused by viruses and do not require medical care. One problem with visiting a doctor for a cold is the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance from such prescriptions. (To make matters worse, once a person is given antibiotics to treat a cold, they are more likely to return to the doctor for the same reason.) (9-12) (Pediatrics, 2003;111(2):231-6.)

CONTAGION: Germs are ubiquitous. Your chances of avoiding them are pretty slim. When test viruses were placed on hands in a University of Arizona study, participants left 130,000 on a doorknob, 110,000 on a phone, and 90,000 on a stapler. Since it takes as few as 10 to infect with a nasty cold, you can see what you are up against. If you think hand washing is the answer, Columbus University researchers say otherwise. Hands washed with antibacterial soap were as contaminated as hands washed with regular soap. To work properly, the antimicrobial must stay in contact with the hands for several minutes. But if it does, the normal flora on the skin that helps keep pathogens in check may be reduced resulting in overgrowth of the pathogens. You can't win for losing. The solution is resistance, not attempting to vanquish the unvanquishable. Follow The Optimal Health ProgramT, fortify yourself with vim and vigor (and reasonable cleanliness) and those little monsters will be kept at bay.

HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE: A new study is the first to suggest that changes in diet can have an effect on the course of Huntington's disease. Researchers found that cutting back on the number of meals and calories consumed may help delay the onset of Huntington's disease and may extend the lives of those with the disease. Such fasting also protects nerve cells from genetically induced damage. Fasting subjects were also better able to regulate their glucose levels and didn't lose body weight as fast as the those on the unrestricted diet. (U.S. National Institute on Aging, news release, Feb. 10, 2003.)

OBESITY: Subtle changes in diet and lifestyle, including walking an extra mile or eating 100 fewer calories each day, could prevent the average weight gain of 1.8 to 2.0 pounds that Americans put on each year. While 100 fewer calories isn't enough to bring about weight loss, it represents a specific, manageable strategy that people can use to stop the current obesity trend facing America. Researchers estimate that individuals are consuming about 50 extra calories per day. Since excess energy is not stored at 100% efficiency, they reasoned that for every 100 extra calories consumed, at least 50 would be stored as fat. So, cutting only 100 calories out of the daily diet (roughly three bites of a fast-food hamburger or one cookie), or walking an extra mile a day (either all at once or divided up across the day) can at least curb the American obesity epidemic. If current trends do not change, by 2008 nearly 40% of Americans will be obese (currently, a staggering 25% of the U.S. population is obese and two-thirds are overweight). (Science, 2003; 299(5608):853-860.)

VEGETARIANISM: Vegetarian women who breast-feed may be putting their babies at risk for neurological problems, including speech and motor delays, if they do not supplement their diet with vitamin B12 - and the impairment may not always be reversible. Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is found principally in animal products such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs, putting vegetarians at a heightened risk for deficiency. It promotes healthy nerve cells and red blood cells, and also is involved in forming DNA. According to the CDC, the most widespread cause of cobalamin deficiency in infants and young children is a mother who lacks this essential nutrient. Lactating women, even more than pregnant women, are at risk for cobalamin deficiency. Vegetarians, especially ones who are pregnant or lactating, need to take a cobalamin supplement or eat fortified foods. Some cereals, meat substitutes, soy and rice beverages, and nutritional yeast are fortified with cobalamin. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2003; 52(4):61-4.)

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