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BPA Damages Sperm

The chemical toxin BPA (Bisphenol A), which is found in plastic food and drink containers, is back in the news. This time BPA is linked to lowering sperm count and quality.

Research from a team led by John Meeker, assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health was recently published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. “We found that if we compare somebody in the top quartile of exposure with the lowest quartile of exposure, sperm concentration was on average about 23 percent lower in men with the highest BPA,” Meeker explained. “Much of the focus for BPA is on the exposures in utero or in early life, which is of course extremely important, but this suggests exposure may also be a concern for adults,” Meeker continued. “Research should focus on impacts of exposure throughout multiple life stages.” The scientists cautioned the public not to assume that the book is now closed on BPA’s role in human health. “The study from which these data came is currently in progress,” said the study’s co-author Russ Hauser, the Frederick Lee Hisaw Professor of Reproductive Physiology at Harvard School of Public Health. “With a larger sample size and enhanced study design, we will be able to more definitively investigate this preliminary association in the near future.”

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Chili Peppers Lower Blood Pressure

There is now one more reason to enjoy chilies with your food. New research shows that chili peppers contain a blood pressure reducing ingredient. Researchers at the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China have made a breakthrough with capsaicin, the naturally occurring component in chilies that are so beneficial for blood pressure.

“We found that long-term dietary consumption of capsaicin, one of the most abundant components in chili peppers, could reduce blood pressure in genetically hypertensive rats,” said Zhiming Zhu of Third Military Medical University. Zhu explained that this study clarifies some studies that had attempted to varify whether capsaicin actually reduced blood pressure. Their results are the first to document a long term cause and effect relationship between chilies and blood pressure. This study can also be seen as good news for members of the public who don’t like spicy food. A compound similar to capsaicin called capsinoids is found in a mild Japanese chili. “Limited studies show that these capsinoids produce effects similar to capsaicin,” Zhu says. “I believe that some people can adopt this sweet pepper.”

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We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Hastings Sanderson winner of a free Himalayan Salt Inhaler! We would also like to take a moment to thank everyone who took the time to enter our contest. For those of you who didn’t win, but are still interested, you can pick up a salt air inhaler here. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have. We offer a plethora of ways to get a hold of us through our contact page.

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Sleep Disorders: Early Signs Of Dementia

A new study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows that dimentia and Parkinson’s disease can now be detected up to 50 years in advance of their normal diagnosis.

Researchers from the American Academy of Neurology studied records from the Mayo Clinic in order to identify the link. “Our findings suggest that in some patients, conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or dementia with Lewy bodies have a very long span of activity within the brain and they also may have a long period of time where other symptoms aren’t apparent,” said study author Bradley F. Boeve, MD, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “More research is needed on this possible link so that scientists may be able to develop therapies that would slow down or stop the progression of these disorders years before the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or dementia appear.” The American Academy of Neurology is an association of more than 22,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system. More about the American Academy of Neurology: http://www.aan.com.

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Being Social Decreases Death Rates By 50%

If you want to increase you odds of living, or dying for that matter, change your social behavior. New research has just emerged showing a dirrect link between social interaction and life expectancy.

Professors from Brigham Young University found that having social connections decreases your chances of dying by 50%. These results also show that lacking social connections plays a greater role in causing death then more well known causes such as smoking, alcoholism, obesity and not exercising. “When someone is connected to a group and feels responsibility for other people, that sense of purpose and meaning translates to taking better care of themselves and taking fewer risks,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, one of the authors. “We take relationships for granted as humans — we’re like fish that don’t notice the water,” co-author Timothy Smith said. “That constant interaction is not only beneficial psychologically but directly to our physical health.” The researchers also pointed out that the death rate probably decreases by even more than 50% in reality. “The data simply show whether they were integrated in a social network,” Holt-Lunstad said. “That means the effects of negative relationships are lumped in there with the positive ones. They are all averaged together.” Information Source: PLoS Medicine

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Happy Pioneer Day!

We here at HEALTHandMED.com would like to wish everyone a happy Pioneer Day. For those unfamiliar with Pioneer Day, it is an official holiday in Utah that celebrates the pioneer heritage of Utah, as you may have guessed. The celebration day is set on the day Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Generally we have fireworks, barbecues, rodeos, parades and other events of the like. Much like an extra Fourth of July, except with more pioneer costumes, hand-carts and the like. While we are having some fun, I would also like to take a moment to remind everyone about our contest, which ends on Monday. Enter for your chance to win one of our Himalayan Salt Inhaler’s.

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What’s Special About Whole Food Supplements?

Not all vitamins are created equal, at least that’s the claim of a new kind of vitamin supplement. Whole Food Vitamins look to be the future of nutritional supplements.

Whole food supplements are not very complicated. They are what their name suggests: Supplements made from concentrated whole foods. This may sound like an obvious way to make vitamin supplements, but it is actually a radical deviation from how vitamin supplements have traditionally been made in the past. Traditional vitamin supplements are highly concentrated doses of vitamins that are removed and isolated from the basic foods where they are naturally found. In some scenarios, vitamin manufacturers use chemicals to synthesize vitamins, skipping over naturally occurring vitamins altogether. This is not the case with whole food supplements. Whole food supplements are made by leaving the vitamins in the foods where they are naturally found, but in order to get large amounts of them the foods are pulverized and condensed. Vic Shayne, PhD, author of Whole Food Nutrition: The Missing Link in Vitamin Therapy said, “Vitamins never exist in isolation, but rather within an interwoven complex of food nutrients and substances along with myriad co-factors and synergists.” For example, when you get vitamin A from a whole-food supplement you also get retino, retinal, retinoic acid, carotenes (there are more than 500 carotenoids in nature); essential fatty acids, fiber, grass factors, pigments, natural sugars, minerals (such as zinc and copper), lipids, bioflavonoids, and nutrients that fall under the broad spectrum of “phytochemicals,” ranging from terpenes to isoflavones. This is not the case with other vitamin supplements. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with vitamins. Getting vitamins that come with other synergistic food properties may be the best way to get them, and possibly the future of vitamin supplements.

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Cell Phone Radiation Controversy

A new law passed by the city of San Francisco has brought the controversy surounding cell phone radiation to a head. The Cellular Telephone Industry Association, CTIA for short, is putting pressure on the city to reverse the law.

The new law simply mandates that all cell phones must be clearly labeled with their radiation levels listed where consumers can see and use the information in deciding which phone to purchase. The listed radiation levels are based on available information from organizations such as the Environmental Working Group. The information was already public, but with the new law the information will be posted so that potential cell phone buyers can read it in stores, instead of being forced to dig through the fine print of websites, pamphlets, technical manuals etc. While the city and many other proponents of the law herald it as empowering consumers with greater choice, CTIA members hold a very different view.  “The ordinance will potentially mislead consumers, suggesting that some phones are ‘safer’ than others,” said CTIA Vice President John Walls. The controversy is centered around the fact that although there is research showing potential harm and certain medium to high levels of phone usage, there is still no conclusive evidence one way or the other. The European Union is funding a broad new study that, according to the lead scientist, will “investigate the risk of brain tumors from mobile phone use in childhood and adolescence.” Read more here.

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Study Links Female Body Shape To Brain Function

Obesity lessens brain function for women with certain body shapes. Depending on where the fat is stored, brain function changes accordingly. This new study of 8,745 cognitively normal, post-menopausal women ages 65 to 79 has just been released from Northwestern Medicine. Researchers are saying that women who carry weight on their hips (pear shaped) are prone to diminished brain function, vs women who carry fat on their stomachs (apple shaped).

“The message is obesity and a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) are not good for your cognition and your memory,” explained the study’s lead author Diana Kerwin, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine and a physician at Northwestern Medicine. “While the women’s scores were still in the normal range, the added weight definitely had a detrimental effect.” “Obesity is bad, but its effects are worse depending on where the fat is located,” Kerwin said. Different hormones are realeased by fat depending on its location on the body, which in turn effects the entire body, or in this case it appears to effect brain function. “We need to find out if one kind of fat is more detrimental than the other, and how it affects brain function,” Kerwin said. “The fat may contribute to the formation of plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease or a restricted blood flow to the brain.” “The study tells us if we have a woman in our office, and we know from her waist-to-hip ratio that she’s carrying excess fat on her hips, we might be more aggressive with weight loss,” Kerwin added.

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Enter to Win a Free Himalayan Salt Inhaler

Maybe you heard Dr. Oz talk about one of his two alternative health secrets of 2010 on his show or on Oprah. Maybe you are a fan of Himalayan salt or Himalayan salt lamps. Maybe you are a fan of natural remedies. Or maybe you just like a chance to win something free. Regardless of what drew you in, the Himalayan Salt Inhaler really is a great natural health product and HEALTHandMED.com would like to give YOU the chance to win one free. European medical trials and studies have shown the inhaler can alleviate symptoms of allergies, asthma, cold and flu distress, and other respiratory problems. Entering is easy, and each entry nets you an extra chance to win. Not only that, but the more people that enter, the more prizes we offer! We will start off by offering this Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler. This inhaler is conveniently sized for taking with you on the go, while still offering all of the health benefits of our larger inhalers. If 25 individuals enter the contest there will be two winners. We will also offer a Refillable Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler. This inhaler features an unbreakable plastic housing and is dishwasher safe. It offers a replaceable cartridge system, in case you need new salt. Refillable Ceramic Himalayan Salt Inhaler® At 50 individuals entered, we will extend the prize rack to three prizes and offer up the ever popular Refillable Ceramic Himalayan Salt Inhaler®. This is the most recognizable version of the Himalayan salt inhaler, done with a nice ceramic body. At 75 individuals we will offer four prizes by adding another Himalayan Salt Air inhaler to the prize bag, along with refills for the Refillable and Ceramic inhalers mentioned previously. At 100 individuals entered their will be five winners. We will add a second Ceramic inhaler, increasing everyone’s chances at winning one of these fabulous natural health products.

Now that you have seen the prizes, you probably want to know what you need to do to enter. We have made it simple for you and offer you the chance for up to 7 entries per person:

  • 1 Entry for posting a comment to this blog post.
  • 1 Entry for following us on Twitter.
  • 1 Entry for Liking us on Facebook.
  • 1 Entry for tweeting the contest or posting a link to the contest on Facebook.
  • 3 Entries for making a blog post of your own about the contest and giving us a link to it in a comment.

Regardless of how else you enter, please leave a comment on this post with a valid email address along with a list of entries that you have made, with links/twitter name/etc as applicable. You have two weeks to enter and spread the word. We will keep you updated as each prize tier is reached with further blog posts.  Winners will be announced on July 26, 2010 and contacted via the email you provide us with.

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