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Table of Contents:
Brain Cancer
Drug Dangers
Public Safety

Current Research and Thoughts You Can Use for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The Wysong Optimal Health ProgramT
ANTIOXIDANTSEating berries may fight cancer and heart disease by increasing levels of flavonoids in the blood.  Flavonoids, which are  found in certain fruits and vegetables, help fight the cell-damaging effects of oxidation.  Ideally, berries should be eaten raw, as heating and freezing destroy many antioxidants (although some antioxidants will remain).  Juices contain less of the beneficial compounds.
BRAIN CANCER Scientists have found that spending more than an hour on a mobile phone per day increases the risk of acoustic neuroma, a rare type of brain tumor, by some 30%.  Most frequently, the cancers are found on the side of the head that the user holds the phone to.  The association was found with digital mobile phones, old-style analogue mobile phones and digital enhanced cordless phones.  Researchers also found that the more often mobile phones are used, and the more years they are used, the higher the risk of brain tumors.
CANCERA study of 900,000 people conducted for 16 years found that excess weight may account for 14% of all cancer deaths in men and 20% in women.  This study found that excess weight is linked to cancers of the cervix, ovary, liver, pancreas, prostate, breast, uterus, colon, rectum, kidney, esophagus and gall bladder, as well as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Obesity also makes it harder to diagnose and treat cancer.  (Weight is assessed using body-mass index, height-to-weight ratio.  People with a BMI of 30 or above are considered obese; those between 25 and 30 are considered overweight.  Someone who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall who weighs 150 pounds would have a BMI of 25. At a weight of 180 pounds, this person's BMI would be 30.)  Researchers speculate that obesity prevention could help avert over 90,000 cancer deaths each year in the United States.   ($93 billion per year goes to treat health problems of people who are overweight.   About half that tab is picked up by the government through Medicare and Medicaid.   The average increase in spending over a person of normal weight was $732 per year - 37.4% more.  Medical spending attributable to extra weight totaled $78.5 billion in 1998, or $92.6 billion 2002.  The financial burden now rivals that attributable to smoking.)   (N Engl J Med, 2003; 348(17):1625-38.)
CARDIOVASCULARA new study has found that taking a combination of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) with the fish oil-derived omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves blood lipid and fatty acid profiles in healthy women.  This resulted in a 43% reduction in the 10-year risk of heart attack.  (Am J Clin Nutr, 2003; 77(1):37-42.)
DRUG DANGERS:  Elderly people fall victim to a large number of medication-related mistakes, more than a quarter of which are preventable.  If these findings are extended to the total Medicare population of about 38 million people, researchers hypothesize that more than 1.9 million adverse drug events are occurring each year, including 180,000 that are life-threatening or fatal.  More than 90% of people 65 years and older take at least one medication per week, more than 40% take five or more each week, and 12% take 10 or more.  (And this was among people who were not living in nursing homes or other institutions, who presumably would be taking even more.)  (J Am Med Assoc, 2003; 289:1107-16.)
INTELLIGENCEA recent study found that pregnant and breast-feeding women who add cod liver oil to their diets may improve their children's intelligence. Children with mothers who took cod liver oil scored higher than the other children on intelligence tests that looked at problem solving and information processing ability.  Cod liver oil is rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA), which are important for the development of the central nervous system.   (Pediatrics Online, 2003; 111(1):e39-e44.)
OBESITYA new study reports that obesity is the leading health problem for dogs.  Dogs are often overfed at mealtimes and fed snacks throughout the day. As is the case with humans, this, along with too little exercise, causes dogs to become obese.  The study noted that good health and fitness are essential for the long life of companion animals.  (The primary culprit in pet obesity, as it is with humans, is the predominance of carbohydrates in the diet.) 
PUBLIC SAFETY Refueling fires can be caused by a discharge of static electricity. Most fires occur when the driver starts the gas pump and then reenters the car while the gas tank is being filled. It is recommended that you never reenter your vehicle while refueling.  If it is necessary to get back in the vehicle, be sure sure to touch a metal object, such as a car door, once you have gotten out of the car to discharge any static electricity buildup before touching the gas nozzle.  (Petroleum Equipment Institute, 2003.)
SUGARInternational experts say people should limit their sugar intake to no more than 10% of calories in order to halt the global epidemic of obesity-related disease.  Two U.N. agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization commissioned the report, which was compiled by 30 international experts.  The U.S. National Soft Drink Association disapproved of the recommendation, saying that scientific literature does not show an association between sugar intake and obesity.  (Sounds kind of like the defense used by the tobacco industry for years.)  An average 12-ounce can of cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.

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