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Table of Contents:
> Antioxidant
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Breast Cancer
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Obesity
> Parkinson's Disease
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Premenstrual Syndrome
> Urinary Tract Infection
> Vaccine



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ANTIOXIDANTSOrganic produce has significantly higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants than traditionally grown foods, according to a new study.  For example, levels of antioxidants in sustainably grown corn were 58.5% higher than conventionally grown corn, while organically and sustainably grown marionberries had about 50% more antioxidants than conventionally grown berries. The study suggested that the pesticides and herbicides used by conventional growers hampers the plants' production of phenolics, chemicals that naturally defend the plants and are beneficial to the health of those who consume them.  Plants produce flavonoids - phenolic compounds that have potent antioxidant activity - in response to environmental stressors, such as insects or competing plants. Plants that have been exposed to herbicides and pesticides have less of a need to produce such compounds, and therefore produce fewer antioxidants than organically grown food.  The higher level of antioxidants in the organically grown food is enough to have a significant impact on health and nutrition, researchers noted. (1-3
    *Further Reading:
        The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
        Organic Foods Are More Nutritious
        Directory of Alternative Resources
 
BREAST CANCER:  Women who eat one egg daily as teenagers are 18% less likely to develop breast cancer as adults.  Those who eat vegetable fat and fiber are also less likely to later be diagnosed with breast cancer.   Eggs contain many high levels of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, which may explain their protective effect.  Fiber may yield a protective effect by lowering levels of estrogen, a hormone that promotes growth of the disease. (4-5
    *Further Reading:
        The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
        Antioxidants in Eggs
        Prevention/Therapy Guide 
        Directory of Alternative Resources
 
OBESITYSuccessful or not, people who try to lose weight live longer than people who don't try and whose weight remains stable.  (The lowest death rates, of course, were in people who tried and actually succeeded in losing modest amounts of weight.)  Researchers believe this is because these people are watching what they eat and are also are engaging in other positive health behaviors.  Their weight may also be more stable. (6)  (Ann Intern Med, 2003; 138:383-9.)
    *Further Reading:
        The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
        The Synorgon Diet - How to Achieve Healthy Weight in a World of Excess
        Healthy Weight
        Obesity Is a Serious Health Issue
        Prevention/Therapy Guide
        Directory of Alternative Resources
 
PARKINSON'S DISEASE Although the cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, data suggests that environmental factors may play a critical role.  Researchers have found that chronic deficiency of folate, which is crucial to the metabolism of homocysteine, has been linked to Parkinson's Disease.  If homocysteine is not broken down it accumulates in the brain, sensitizing neurons to environmental toxins and increasing vulnerability to the toxic injury that leads to the disease.
    *Further Reading:
        The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
        Prevention/Therapy Guide 
        Directory of Alternative Resources
 
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME:  Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can alleviate their discomfort by consuming chaste tree berries.  The flavonoids found in these berries can help reduce the symptoms of PMS, including irritability, anger, bloating, headaches and breast tenderness, as well as reducing stress levels. (8)  (Br Med J, 2001; 322:134-7.)
    *Further Reading:
        The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
        How Diet Affects Premenstrual Syndrome
        Prevention/Therapy Guide 
        Directory of Alternative Resources
 
URINARY TRACT INFECTION:  Diet may play a role in the risk of contracting a urinary tract infection (UTI).  Cranberry and cranberry-lingonberry juices are particularly effective in preventing UTI recurrence, as women who consumed these berries are less likely to have experienced a UTI recently.   Most berries are rich in flavonols, which plants produce in response to microbial infection.  Further, flavonols prevent bacteria like E. coli from attaching to human cells. Since the bacteria cannot attach to the lining of the bladder wall, they slide out of the bladder without causing an infection.  Another dietary factor associated with a low UTI recurrence was frequent consumption of fermented milk products containing probiotics. (9-10
    *Further Reading:
        The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
        Competitive Exclusion
        Fighting Infection - Naturally
        Prevention/Therapy Guide 
        Directory of Alternative Resources
 
VACCINESEvidence suggests that like humans, dogs could be vaccinated with certain vaccines early in life and be protected for a lifetime, rather than receiving yearly doses.  Reportedly, with the exception of rabies, the core vaccines, which protect against life-threatening disease, could last for seven years and should not be given more frequently than every three years. Rabies shots have a three-year duration, according to research.  In terms of the non-core vaccines, many have a shorter duration and last about one year.  But according to researchers not every dog should get these vaccines because only some dogs are at risk of exposure. These vaccines, such as the shot for Lyme disease, can cause adverse effects and should only be given if the dog is at significant risk, as is the case with all vaccines.    Researchers say that veterinarians who have switched to three-year vaccinations, as opposed to annual vaccinations, have not seen an increase in the vaccine-preventable diseases.
    *Further Reading:
        The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
        How to Optimize Your Pet's Health  
        Directory of Alternative Resources

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