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Nitrate Free Cured Meats

In an effort to meet the demand for cured meat that does not contain the chemical preservatives known as nitrates/nitrites, manufacturers have been increasing their output of cured meat that contains natural preservatives.

Naturally cured meats look and taste the same as the hot dogs and sausages that we are used to, only they don’t have the dangerous chemical preservatives. Organic cured meat producers have found the naturally occurring nitrates found in vegetables to be the perfect substitute. According to  Joseph Sebranek, an Iowa State University food science professor, “Consumers can’t tell the difference, except that they’re labeled natural and organic.” Natural/Organic cured meats can be found at stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or your local health food stores around the U.S. and in many places internationally.

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Cell Phone Radiation: Best & Worst Phones

The debate about whether or not electromagnetic fields (EMF’s), that cell phones radiate, are dangerous continues throughout the country. The answers about cell phone radiation safety may be a long time off and many people want to err on the side of safety.

While waiting for a definitive conclusion about EMF’s please find this list of the ten highest and ten lowest emitting phones currently on the market. Top Ten Lowest Emitting Cell Phones:

  1. Sanyo Katana II
  2. Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837)
  3. Samsung Memoir (SGH-T929)
  4. Samsung (SGH-t229)
  5. Helio Pantech Ocean
  6. Sony Ericsson W518a
  7. Samsung (SGH-a137)
  8. LG Shine II
  9. LG CF369
  10. Samsung Flight (SGH-A797)

Top Ten Highest Emitting Cell Phones:

  1. Motorola W385
  2. Motorola Boost i290
  3. HTC Magic
  4. Kyocera Jax S1300
  5. Motorola i355
  6. Motorola Bosst i335
  7. Blackberry Bold 9700
  8. Motorola Moto VE440
  9. Palm Pixi
  10. Blackberry 8820

For those of you who have an iphone 3GS and want to know where exactly it falls on this list, well it’s just about right in the middle. Cell phone radiation isn’t going away, nor is the debate over it’s safety. Hopefully this information will be helpful.

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GMO Crops Found In The Wild

One of the warnings that GMO opponents have continually issued since the beginning of Genetically Modified crop use is that genes from GMO’s would spread to the wild and reek havoc on natural biodiversity. It appears that they may be right.

Scientists from the University of Arkansas, North Dakota State University, California State University, Fresno and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced their discovery of established populations of genetically modified plants living in the wild, a finding that is sure to stir controversy around an already hot button issue. The researchers collected over 400 canola plants and found that 86% of them contained GMO genes. “There were also two instances of multiple transgenes in single individuals,” explained one of the study’s coauthors Cynthia Sagers, University of Arkansas. “Varieties with multiple transgenic traits have not yet been released commercially, so this finding suggests that feral populations are reproducing and have become established outside of cultivation. These observations have important implications for the ecology and management of native and weedy species, as well as for the management of biotech products in the U.S.” said Sagers. The battle over GMO crops continually rages between those that feel this technology is to dangerous to be used until they are further tested and proven safe, and those that feel that science has already

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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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