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