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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Health Benefits Of Probiotics: Eczema

A new study published in the British Journal of Dermatology is reporting that consuming probiotic rich dairy products during and after pregnancy drastically reduces eczema in children.

Researchers at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) authored this newly published ground breaking study on the effects of probiotics on young children.Their conclusions add to the existing data about the many health benefits of probiotics. “The results showed that probiotic bacteria reduced the incidence of eczema in children up to age two years by 40 percent. And the kids in ‘probiotics group’ who did have eczema, had less severe cases,” said Christian Kvikne Dotterud, a student in the Medical Student Research Programme at the Department of Community Medicine at NTNU. The research was performed with over 400 women and their children using an extremely accurate double blind method of testing. All of the women were randomly selected and then split into two groups. One received the probiotic milk, while the other received a placebo. “The taste of both products was similar, and the milk was delivered in unmarked milk cartons. This means that neither the participants in the study or the researchers knew who had received probiotic milk or placebo milk,” explained NTNU researcher Torbjørn Øien, one of the researchers. “We can therefore say with great certainty that it was the probiotic bacteria alone that caused the difference in the incidence of eczema between the two groups.” Article Source: NTNU

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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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Study Finds That Cashews Fight Diabetes

The long held notion that cashews are naturally anti-diabetic has recently come under scrutiny. New research has just come out supporting the traditional claims that cashew tree products fight diabetes. The study was performed by the University of Montreal (Canada) and the Université de Yaoundé (Cameroun) and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. Researchers took various parts (seeds, apples, leaves, bark etc.) of cashew trees to test for anti-diabetes properties.

“Of all the extracts tested, only cashew seed extract significantly stimulated blood sugar absorption by muscle cells,” explained Pierre S. Haddad, director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Aboriginal Anti-Diabetic Medicines at the University of Montreal. “Extracts of other plant parts had no such effect, indicating that cashew seed extract likely contains active compounds, which can have potential anti-diabetic properties.” “Our study validates the traditional use of cashew tree products in diabetes and points to some of its natural components that can serve to create new oral therapies,” said Haddad who is also the pharmacology professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine. This new research is needed to meet the growing demand for diabetes treatment. Among Americans aged 20 years or younger, less than one-quarter of 1% (about 186,300 people) have diabetes, while among Americans aged 20 years or older, 10.7% (23.5 million people) have diabetes. For more statistics, see CDC’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Danger: The Most Toxic Eyeliners

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Here is the list…and feel free too click on each product to visit the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website for more in-depth information about each product.

These toxic eyeliners are more dangerous than 99% of the eyeliners on the market. To make it on this list of the most toxic eyeliners each product must have scientific studies linking it to at least 3 of the 4 following health issues:

  • Cancer
  • Developmental/Reproductive toxicity
  • Allergies/Immunotoxicity

Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity,
Endocrine disruption,
Persistence and bioaccumulation,
Organ system toxicity (non-reporductive),
Multiple,
additive exposure sources,
irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs),
enhanced skin absorption,
contamination concerns,
occupational hazards
biochemical or cellular level changes.

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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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Simple Detox

Everywhere you look there are foods, drinks, gadgets and even complete programs dedicated to body detox. The problem most people are running into when considering a diet detox is that there is confusion surrounding a couple key points. First, what exactly does it mean to detox? Second, how does one best go about detoxifying their body? Put simply, detoxing is the process of cleaning impurities from the blood and the body in general. The body naturally eliminates toxins from the blood through the liver, then the rest of the body through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when your body’s natural system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. It is in this state of compromised immune-function that a good detox cleanse is needed. There are many popular and effective methods used for getting a great body detox. Portable Infrared Saunas are one of the most popular among them. This powerful device can take your average detox diet and change it into a truly body cleansing detox. The popularity of portable infrared saunas arose out of their strong ability to detox the everyday user. FIR saunas induce hyperthermia or fever, which is the body’s built in way of riding itself of viruses, bacteria and other toxic compounds through sweating them out through the skin. One of the better known ways to induce a rise in body temperature (hyperthermia) is by using an infrared sauna. The resulting increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, which then expel waste and built-up toxins through the skin.

By inducing a good sweat on a daily basis your body can better detoxify itself of accumulated heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, aluminum) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid, arsenic, cholesterol, ammonia, uric acid, hydrocarbon residues, narcotic drugs and hormone disrupting chemicals (dioxins, PCBs, formaldehyde, agricultural chemicals, industrial chemicals, gasoline, pesticides, food additives, etc.). Toxins like these are often deposited beneath the skin within the body fat and internal organs. Infrared heat is capable of penetrating deep into the body, causing the water molecules surrounding the cells to resonate. The the frequency of the infrared waves is a match with the natural resonance of the human body, it helps the water molecules to move more freely through the cell membranes. Sweat and oil is then secreted along with the toxins. Obtaining a thorough detox cleanse doesn’t need to have a large ongoing cost or huge amounts of time, you can achieve wonders by simply using a FIR sauna once a day for half an hour or less. Don’t over-complicate your detox, or you won’t stick with it, just keep things simple.

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Scientists: “Fish Oil Fights Breast Cancer.”

Natural medicine practitioners have praised fish oil as an important nutritional supplement for years. Now the mainstream medical establishment appears to be leaning towards a similar conclusion.

The latest research shows that fish oil is a powerfully effective tool for reducing breast cancer risk. The study was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, led by Emily White, Ph.D. The research showed that regular intake of high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, by means of fish oil supplements, was linked to a 32% less risk of developing the most common type of breast cancer -invasive ductal breast cancer. Dr. White observed that the cancer risk reduction was probably due to that fact that “the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are higher than most people would typically get from their diet.” “Without confirming studies specifically addressing this,” White cautioned, “we should not draw any conclusions about a causal relationship.” Here at HEALThandMED.com we proudly sell a high quality fish oil/Omega-3 supplement by Garden of Life. Check it out here.

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DEET: Repelling Mosquitos With A Human Neurotoxin?

With summer in full swing many people are having to deal with the seasonal mosquito problem. For decades the repellents of choice have employed the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) as the active ingredient. Researchers are now finding this to be problematic.

Vincent Corbel of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, led a team of researchers with Bruno Lapied of the University of Angers, France in an investigation of the toxicity of deet. Corbel said: “We’ve found that deet is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase, in both insects and mammals”. “These findings question the safety of deet, particularly in combination with other chemicals, and they highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the development of safer insect repellents for use in public health,” continued Corbel. Studies have been ongoing for several years to determine the safety of this common chemical repellent. According to Bahie Abou-Donia of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C, recent findings are right in line with studies that have previously been conducted. “DEET is a good chemical for protection against insects,” Abou-Donia explained. “But prolonged exposure results in neurological damage, and this is enhanced by other chemicals and medications.” Canada has banned using more that 30% DEET in bug repellent products, while here in the U.S. products with 100% DEET are still on the shelves.

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3 Sprinting Medals Earned by HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson in Utah Summer Games

We are pleased to announce that HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson has recently received three medals in the Utah Summer Games while competing against other athletes from his age group (40-44) from around Utah and some from other states. He received a Bronze medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.65 seconds while running against the wind. He received a Silver medal in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.98 seconds, just missing the gold medal by 0.24 seconds. The 400 meter dash (once around the track) was his best event.  He was able to earn a gold medal with a time of 1:03.97. Says Mark, “If I hadn’t earned any medals, I still would have felt like a star.  My wife Jenai and five daughters were right there near the finish line cheering exuberantly.”

Mark has never in his life competed in either the 100 or 200 meter dash, although he did compete in one or two indoor 400 meter races when he was 14 years old.  He very had little idea about how well he would be able to compete at the Summer Games.  “When I got to the starting blocks, I was like hmmm — how do I use those?” Mark prepared for the competition by running quarter mile once per week starting in the winter.  When the competition was one month away, he began training in earnest.  He checked online to learn the best warm-up exercises for sprinters such as the A-skip.  When he trained, he would run two 100’s, two 200’s and two 400’s at the Canyon View High School track in Cedar City, Utah at 6 a.m.  Sometimes, he would take his daughters with him.  They would run or act as starters or timers.  “I wanted my girls to see how a person can work hard for something and then actually accomplish it.” Another key to his preparation was taking the highest possible quality nutritional supplements for muscle building.  After completing a 30 day cleanse, he switched to the Isagenix Athlete’s Pak which consists of delicious IsaLean chocolate and vanilla meal replacement shakes with whey and casein protein, fiber calcium, vitamins and ionic alfalfa as well as Ionix Supreme with adaptogens that help neutralize the effects of power performance, IsaPro whey protein, IsaLean snack bars, and Want More Energy powder.   According to Mark, “The Isagenix products are also used by Willie Gault, a former wide receiver from my all time favorite football team, the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears.  He was also an Olympic champion — from the real Olympics. And many other well known athletes have found success while using Isagenix supplements.” With the all physical and nutritional preparation, Mark was feeling well prepared until two weeks before the event.  “I went to the fitness club and threw out my back somehow while using a squat machine!  This wasn’t just an ordinary back injury — it was the kind of injury that send people home from work for weeks.  As the guys at the office noticed, I walked with a forward hunch and leaning to the right!  I had to ask my daughter to carry my carry-on through the airport since I was too weak to do it.  And I only had two weeks to go before my big day!” Fortunately, Mark was already scheduled to fly to Chicago that day and was able to receive treatment from a woman that he calls, “the best back fixer in the world, Sharon Sauer.”  Ms. Sauer also taught Mark how to use trigger point compression, stretching and range of motion techniques so that he could fix his own back.  In fact, Ms. Sauer has just recently authored a book on the subject of self-care treatment for the back.   “I was using back-fixing techniques on myself regularly, even right up until a few minutes before my races. Mark Axelson hasn’t decided whether he will compete in the Utah Summer Games again next year or not.  “Maybe I will wait five years.”

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