Benefits of Aspirin for Seniors
Research and Thoughts You Can Use
for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The
Wysong Optimal Health Program™
For those over 70, an aspirin a day may not be worth
the risk caused by bleeding. A mathematical model based on 20,000 virtual men
and women aged 70-74 were “followed” to their deaths or until they
reached 100. The theoretical benefits and risks of low dose aspirin showed:
et al. . Epidemiological modeling of routine use of low
dose aspirin for the primary prevention of coronary heart* disease
and stroke in those aged 70. British Medical Journal May
500 extra episodes of gastric bleeding among men and 570
in women were calculated.
130 more men and women would suffer bleeding in the brain.
Dr. W Straight Talk: Stroke and heart attacks
are not caused by a deficiency in aspirin. Keep that concept in mind when you
take any medication for any condition. Increasing omega-3* fatty acids, vitamin
C and E, converting the diet to its natural state and exercise can do far more
to prevent and reverse heart disease and stroke - with no side effects - than
any drug ever thought of doing.
Boosts Breast Cancer Survival
Breast cancer patients reduced their chances of dying
of the disease by about half by exercising 3 to 5 hours a week, as compared to
sedentary women. Nearly 3,000 breast cancer patients’ health and exercise
habits were monitored for up to 18 years and results showed any amount of weekly
exercise increased patients' odds of surviving.
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who exercised for one hour to less than three hours a week
had a risk of death from breast cancer that was about 20
percent lower than those who exercised less.
20 out of 335 women who exercised three to five hours a
week died from breast cancer.
exercise was particularly beneficial to those with hormone-responsive
breast cancer, the most common form of cancer.
Dr. W Straight Talk: Every health condition
benefits from exercise. The reason for this is that is how we are designed. In
the wild if we did not exercise we did not eat. In our new synthetic world we
can eat without exercising at all. No wonder obesity and illness abound.
Factors for Childhood Obesity
Obesity affects over 10 percent of children worldwide.
Susceptibility to weight gain, as noted by a study of over 9,000 children monitored
since birth, can stem from habits developed early in life (even in the womb).
An early warning checklist was created for parents. The seven factors include:
(i) Early size, (ii) Early body fat, (iii) High birth
weight, (iv) Having obese parents, (v) Quick growth from ages 1-2, (vi) Watching
more than eight hours of TV a week, and (vii) Getting less than 10.5 hours of
sleep at night. Lifestyle choices were also shown to be a contributing factor
in childhood obesity. (Reilly et al., . Early life risk factors for obesity
in childhood: cohort study British Medical Journal May 20, 2005.)
Dr. W Straight Talk: If we try to grow a garden
in the backyard, we soon learn that we better fertilize, water and weed it or
we end up with disease ridden, insect infested plants overtaken by weeds. Nothing
good happens without concerted effort. So too, with children. They need careful
attention and intelligent nurturing or we give them a legacy of disease. If you
love your children, you do not show that by letting them do as they choose and
stuff themselves with starch and sugars and then go sit in front of the television
while swilling pop.
E Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk in Half
The main components of vitamin E, alpha and gamma tocopherol
appear to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by nearly 50 percent. Results from
an Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene* Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Study indicated
that men with the highest levels of alpha-tocopherol in their blood at baseline
were about 50 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those with
the lowest level of the vitamin, but it also showed:
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with highest levels of gamma-tocopherol were 43 percent
less likely to develop the cancer, compared with men with
the lowest levels.
connection between high tocopherol levels and low cancer
risk was stronger among individuals taking alpha-tocopherol
supplements compared to those not taking them.
Dr. W Straight Talk: In a previous article
in the e-HL you might recall a study that received widespread publicity
about how vitamin E supplements were linked to increased mortality. Although
that study was flawed in many respects, here is yet more evidence of the benefits
of the vitamin. But this won’t receive headline news. Figure it.
Patient care does not improve based on a doctor’s
experience and age according to researchers who analyzed 62 studies conducted
over the last four decades. Nearly 75% of the studies showed older doctors were
less likely to:
of a 2000 study with over 4,500 internists, cardiologists, and
family doctors found that patient mortality increased 0.5% for
every year after graduation. A potential solution is continuing
education to help keep doctors informed and up to date. (Annals
of Internal Medicine, Feb 15, 2005, Volume 142, Issue 4,
to guidelines for cancer screening
proper medications to treat heart attacks
other evidence-based treatments
Dr. W Straight Talk: I don’t believe
this study for many reasons. For one, medical intervention is the number one
killer. Secondly, young doctors
tend to use 10 medications for one condition while more seasoned physicians tend
to use one medication for 10 conditions. The inference from the above study would
lead one to believe that a new graduate who just emerged from being buried in
academic books is more competent than a physician with experience. That would
contradict everything we know about experience and wisdom. The only reason to
believe these results would be if older doctors have shifted their focus from
compassion to profit and simply do what is in their best economic interests rather
than what is in the patient’s health interests.
may impact brain functioning
Cocoa flavonols*, already shown to benefit heart health,
may also have an impact on the brain. In a study on 16 healthy young women, the
researcher tested the brain’s activation during cognitive tasks using functional
MRI. The subjects consumed the flavonol-rich cocoa drink (150 mg of flavonols),
once a day for five days prior to the study.
“We found that high cocoa flavonol drink was associated
with a higher blood flow response to selective areas of the brain”, concluded
the study. Two other independent studies have shown that (a) similar increases
in blood flow can be achieved among people with diabetes, thereby suggesting
that cocoa flavanols could aid in treatment of serious vascular complications
associated with long-term diabetes; and (b) specific cocoa molecules were also
identified in reduced platelet aggregation which may have potential benefits
for those at risk of heart disease and stroke.
Dr. W Straight Talk: It is hard to find a food
plant that does not have health-active molecules. We are genetically adapted
to natural foods - not synthetic foods or drugs - and it is from them that we
have our best prospects for prevention and healing. This study is not a reason
to gorge on sugar-laden chocolate, since the benefits of cocoa could be offset
by such ingredients. Find a healthy chocolate, not a mere candy.
in soft drinks linked to body fat increase
Drinking large amounts of beverages containing fructose*
adds body fat, and might explain why sweetening with fructose could be even worse
than using other sweeteners. The marked increase in the prevalence of obesity
in the United States has recently been attributed to the increased fructose consumption.
A new study observed an increase in body fat in subjects that drank the fructose-sweetened
water and soft drinks compared to controls. The findings suggest that the total
amount of calories consumed when fructose is added to diets may not be the only
explanation for weight gain. Fructose consumption appears to affect metabolic
rate in a way that favors fat storage. The researchers now also believe that
another factor contributing to the increased fat storage is that the liver metabolizes
fructose differently than it does other carbohydrates. "Similar to dietary fat,
fructose doesn't appear to fully trigger the hormonal systems involved in the
long-term control of food intake and energy metabolism," concludes the study.
(Jürgens, et al. . Consuming Fructose-sweetened Beverages Increases
Body Adiposity in Mice. Obesity Research 13:1146- 1156.)
Dr. W Straight Talk: Fructose is the predominant
sugar in fruits, a natural food that is not only not harmful, but immensely beneficial.
But if fructose is isolated and consumed in large doses, all bets are off. If
you would like to strip some pounds off, drink water, not fruit juice or sweetened
beverages. Drink about a gallon of pure water a day that is alkalinized and you
will also experience a host of health benefits. If you would like some fructose,
eat whole, fresh (organic if possible) fruit.
nutrient deficiency may increase adolescent violence
Malnutrition in the first few years of life leads to
antisocial and aggressive behavior throughout childhood and late adolescence,
report US researchers. Deficiency in iron*, protein and B vitamins* in infancy
can cause behavior problems right up until the end of teenage years. Diet plays
a role in preventing antisocial behavior. "Identifying the early risk factors
for this behavior in childhood and adolescence is an important first step for
developing successful prevention programs for adult violence," explained the
lead author of the study. Compared to those in the control group, the malnourished
children showed a 41 per cent increase in aggression at age eight, a 10 per cent
increase in aggression and delinquency at age 11 and a 51 per cent increase in
violent and antisocial behavior at age 17. While social class did not play a
significant factor in behavior, intelligence level did. "Poor nutrition, characterized
by zinc, iron, vitamin B and protein deficiencies, leads to low IQ, which leads
to later antisocial behavior - these are all nutrients linked to brain development," the
study concluded. Researchers also found that the more indicators of malnutrition
there were, the greater the antisocial behavior. (American Journal of Psychiatry [Nov
2004]. V. 161 pp. 2005-2013. )
Dr. W Straight Talk: Growing bodies and minds
need excellent nutrition. Instead, children are given whatever “they want.” If
there are behavior problems, gosh, maybe they need a therapist or Ritalin. How
crazy. If you love your kids, feed them right and give them a chance to develop
their full potential.
consumption and heart disease risk
The new association between coffee consumption and coronary
heart disease found that heavy coffee consumption does increase the short-term
risk of acute myocardial infarction or coronary death, independent of the brewing
method or currently recognized risk factors for coronary heart disease. The study
concludes that coffee consumption in excess of 800 ml per day results in a substantial
increase in the risk of acute myocardial infarction in middle aged men. (Journal
of Nutrition [Aug 2004]. Vol.148 .)
Dr. W Straight Talk: Although coffee comes
from a natural plant, brewing it creates a totally artificial and unnatural substance.
It is laced with chemicals and is strongly addictive and mood altering. In effect,
it is a drug. Why on earth would there not be health problems associated with
it? There is nothing of benefit coffee does for you that some fresh natural food
and exercise would not.
diet may contribute to child leukemia risk
The diet of women prior to pregnancy may contribute to
the risk level of their children developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the
most common childhood cancer and the second most common cause of mortality in
children aged 1-14. Based on recent studies indicating that the disease can originate
in the womb, this study examined the diets of women 12 months prior to pregnancy
using a 76-item food questionnaire. They concluded that consumption of vegetables,
fruits, and protein sources, as well as provitamin A carotenoids and the antioxidant
glutathione were all inversely related to the development of childhood leukemia.
(Jensen et al., . Maternal Dietary Risk Factors in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic
Leukemia [United States]. Cancer Causes and Control. V.15 . pp. 559 – 570)
Dr. W Straight Talk: It is a sad fact that
when many women get pregnant, rather than really reflecting on the quality of
the food they eat, they just start eating more of the same old processed junk
food fare. Pregnancy is an ethical responsibility to nurture the child properly.
Losing a child due to leukemia or some other preventable disease is an immense
tragedy. But mothers will never be told it was their fault, but rather that the
child’s disease is "just one of those things." No it's not, as the above
study and countless others demonstrate.