Monthly Archives: November 2010

Top Five Worst & Best U.S. Cities For Air Pollution

New research has just come to the surface linking air pollution to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The study was published in the online version of the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study was led by Zorana Andersen, Ph.D., post doctoral fellow at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology of the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen.

“We found significant positive associations between levels of all air pollution proxies and COPD incidence,” said Dr. Andersen. “When we adjusted for smoking status and other confounding factors, the association remained significant, indicating that long-term pollution exposure likely is a true risk factor for developing COPD.” For those of you who are wondering whether or not you live in a city with high or low air pollution, below is a handy list of the top five best and worst cities for air pollution. There are three categories that air pollution is rated in, year round particulate, short term particulate, and ozone. These ratings are for Best and Worst when taking an average of two of the three categories, namely short term and year round particulate. Worst Air Pollution:

  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
  4. Fresno-Madera, CA
  5. Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL

Least Air Pollution:

  1. Cheyenne, WY
  2. Santa Fe-Espanola, NM
  3. Tucson, AZ
  4. Amarillo, TX
  5. Salinas, CA

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The Dangers Of…Shampoo?

Have you ever wandered through the local health food store and observed the selection of natural hair care products? Have you noticed that the shampoo’s and conditioners have more labeling about what ingredients are NOT in them then there are for what ingredients ARE in them? Here are ten reasons why:

1. Of the twenty or so ingredients in the average shampoo, only about three of them actually have anything to do with cleaning your hair. 2. Roughly two-thirds of the average bottle’s volume serves a purpose other than cleaning your hair. 3. Nearly one-fourth of the ingredients are there simply to thicken the shampoo. Some of these thickening ingredients are benign, others not so much. Here are some commonly used thickeners: Glycol distearate, salt, cetyl alcohol, ammonium xylene sulfonate and others. 4. Some of the non-cleansing ingredients are put there to increase lather. Chemicals such as cocamide MEA and the plastic PEG-7M. 5. Coloring and sparkling agents are added as well. Chemicals used for coloring have a tainted history. Remember good old red dye no. 3 that was finally banned in the 1990′s? 6. Inorder to create a desired smell, shampoos are laced with ingredients that manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients for. Some may be toxic, while others are benign. 7. A silicone-based chemical called dimethicone that is found in caulking, Silly Putty, and herbicides is used in many shampoo’s as a conditioning agent to replace some of the natural oils removed while washing. 8. Countless ingredients like fruits, vitamins, herbs etc. are added for what may or may not be beneficial health reasons. They certainly don’t add much utility to the cleansing properties. 9. All of the differen’t non-detergent additives need to be preserved, and so preservatives are added to the mix. Sodium Benzoate ring a bell? 10. Natural shampoo manufacturers focus on creating a product that cleans your hair and then only has minimal, and natural additives to improve smell etc. These are ten reasons why it matters what isn’t in your shampoo. I hope you find them helpful.

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Probiotics Study Reveals Health Benefits

Natural health promoters have been touting the health benefits of probiotics for years. New research has just given probiotic fans scientific reasoning to back up what to them already seemed obvious, that they are good for human health.

A new study from the Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University, of Sweden, shows that the probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) is beneficial to human health. The bacteria L. reuteri naturally exists in around 30% of Americans and can be found in various foods like Kefir (a fermented milk similar to yogurt). The bacteria works with the intestines to improve overall health. This research, as well as other studies, show that L. reuteri has beneficial effects on everything from allergies to immune system response to dental health. “Studies show that L. reuteri is highly effective. We have multiple studies underway that directly address oral health and allergies,” concluded Gabriela Sinkiewicz, a researcher at the Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University.

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Colon Cancer’s Natural Remedy: Black Rasberries

Black rasberries can now be considered a serious contender for fighting colon cancer. New research has just been released showing how black rasberries can be used as a natural colon cancer remedy. The study was published in the November issue of the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

“We saw the black raspberry as a natural product, very powerful, and easy to access,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Wancai Yang, assistant professor of pathology at the UIC College of Medicine. Colon cancer is the second highest cause of cancer-related death, and the third most common cancer. Results from the study found that the antioxidants in black rasberries reduced tumors by 60%. This study is on of the first to look at the connection between black rasberries and will be instrumental in motivating further research on the topic.

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