WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
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& PLASTICS LINKED TO SKIN PROBLEMS:
Those suffering from persistent skin problems should examine their eating
and cooking habits. Some skin problems are being linked to allergies to
plastics in food. The Styrofoam containers and plastic wraps used to store
foods and drinks release toxic chemicals into food fats and oils. Once
consumed, these chemicals are in turn stored in the body's own fat supplies.
Unexplained skin rashes and other skin problems may be a result of the
skin attempting to release built-up toxins. These chemicals, which are
endocrine disrupters, are also suspected to be contributors to breast
cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid and other glandular problems.
REDUCE CHEMOTHERAPY SIDE-EFFECTS:
Children being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia are better able
to deal with their treatment if their levels of antioxidants don't drop
significantly. Those with higher concentrations of vitamin A, vitamin
E and total carotenoids tend to have fewer infections, improved quality
of life, less delay in treatment schedule, reduced toxicity and fewer
days spent in the hospital. Cancer outcomes among adults are also better
when they have higher antioxidant concentrations. 1 (Pediatr Blood Cancer,
DANGEROUS & INEFFECTIVE FOR HEART FAILURE:
Those with heart failure are not automatic candidates for antithrombotic
therapy, such as aspirin or warfarin. Such treatments have not proven
to be beneficial for patients with heart failure. There are no substantial
differences in deaths, nonfatal heart attacks or nonfatal stokes in those
taking aspirin or warfarin compared to those who take nothing at all.
Additionally, those taking aspirin or warfarin experienced minor bleeding
complications. 2 (Am Heart J, 2004; 148(1):157-64.)
DANGERS: Norwegian scientists found that
one of the main chemicals used in sunscreens to block the UV light, octyl-methoxycinnamate
(OCM), causes death in skin cells. When cells are exposed to only 5 PPM
of OMC (a much lower level than what is in most sunscreen), half of the
cells die. Unfortunately, the cell death is increased when exposed to
sunlight. And even worse, the chemical by-product created when OMC is
exposed to sunlight is two times as toxic as OMC alone. (Radiation Protective
Dosimetry, 2000; 91:283.)
AND INSULIN: Unexpectedly high rates
of depression can be found in patients with Type-2 diabetes (the most
common adult form of diabetes, characterized by insulin resistance and
relative insulin deficiency). It is suggested that insulin resistance
may be the result of an increased release of counter-regulatory hormones
linked to depression. 3 (Br Med J, 2005; 330:17-8.)
PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER: Avocados are
the richest source of lutein among commonly eaten fruits. This carotenoid
acts as an antioxidant and has been linked to a reduced risk of prostate
cancer. It is the whole fruit, however, that shows the greatest promise.
Lutein in combination with other vitamins and diverse compounds in avocados
have additive or synergistic effects against prostate cancer compared
with pure lutein alone. In addition to prostate cancer, lutein is also
thought to protect against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular
degeneration. 4 (J Nutr Biochem, 2005; 16(1):23-30.)
AND CANCER: High sugar levels could be a
risk factor in the development of several types of cancer. Those with
diabetes or high fasting blood sugar levels are more likely to develop
cancer or to die from cancer. Patients with the highest fasting glucose
levels (greater than 140 mg/dL) have higher death rates from all cancers
combined. 3 (J Am Med Assoc, 2005; 293(2):194-202.)
HEALTH PREVENTS RESPIRATORY ALLERGIES: Changes
in gut microflora caused by widespread use of antibiotics and today's
processed diet could be responsible for a major increase in allergies.
Changes in gut microflora following antibiotic use cause an overzealous
allergic response in the respiratory system. Further, dietary changes
such as switching from breast milk to formula, or eating a high-sugar,
low-fat diet can impact the makeup of beneficial gut microorganisms (probiotics).
Microflora lining the walls of the gastrointestinal tract are evidently
a major underlying factor responsible for the immune system's ability
to ignore inhaled allergens. This study is the first to link gut health
to an allergic response in the lung. 5 (Infect Immun, 2005; 73(1):30-8.
Infect Immun, 2004; 72:4996-5003.)
DEBT AFFECTS FERTILITY: Approximately 70%
of Americans suffer from an undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorder.
Sleep is essential not only to one's quality of life, but also to one's
fertility. Sleep is restorative to the mind and body, and is essential
to health. Sleep loss often leads to menstrual irregularity, thereby leading
to difficulty in conceiving. Half of the women employed in sleep-deprived
jobs, such as flight attendants and late-shift nurses, have irregular
menstrual cycles and some have stopped ovulating altogether. The amount
of daily light exposure also influences ovulation and reproduction. Lack
of sunlight can also trigger depression, which in turn suppresses fertility.
6 (Kittel M et al, Stay Fertile Longer, 2004.)
STONES NEW RISK FOR COFFEE DRINKERS: People
prone to kidney stones should limit their caffeine intake. Individuals
predisposed to developing kidney stones show more calcium in their urine
after ingesting caffeine following a 14 hour fast. Since calcium is a
key element in kidney stones, these individuals are placed at a higher
risk of forming kidney stones. Patients also experienced an increase in
sodium - another key component in developing stones. 7 (J Urol, 2004;
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