Having an acute sense of smell is no longer being seen as something that is nice to have, but instead a possible key player in our very health and wellness. Researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine have shown in a study that sense of smell plays a role in having shorter or longer lives. This study was published in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology. Scientist experimented with fruit flies and various worms to find the association between sense of smell and health. Results showed that by removing the ability to smell they lived longer. Researchers are unsure of exactly which specific sensory receptors are causing this. In this study the researchers found that the fruit flies who could not smell co2 lived longer, while in an older study they discovered that the ability to sense food or danger actually added to one’s lifespan. “We are working hard to understand how sensory perception affects health, and our new result really narrows the playing field.” -says Scott Pletcher, one of the lead researchers.
Vitamin K is revealing itself to be more than just a blood coagulant. Recent research has just come out about how it helps the the human body fight certain types of cancer. At the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Minnesota reported that the risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma was approximately 45 percent lower for participants who took higher vitamin K amounts, compared to participants who took less. This observation proved consistent even after accounting for other factors such as obesity, smoking, age, sex, education, alcohol use and even intake of foods with high amounts of antioxidants. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a type of immune system cancer and is the most common hematologic malignancy in the United States. Vitamin K acts to inhibit inflammatory cytokines which are thought to lead to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Until now, vitamin k has been seen primarily as the key factor in inducing blood clotting and not much more. “These results are provocative, since they are the first work we have done on the connection between vitamin K and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and this is a fairly strong protective effect,” explained the study’s lead author, James Cerhan, M.D., Ph.D., a cancer epidemiologist. “However, as with all new findings, this will need to be replicated in other studies.”
Portable infrared saunas are showing up in locker rooms and gyms around the country. They are being used as an integral part of pre-workout warm ups, post workout conditioning and injury recovery procedures. For athletes who want a thorough pre-workout warm-up to increase flexibility and prevent injury, a FIR sauna is the ideal “heat therapy room.” Fifteen minutes in a portable sauna just before performing is a great way to get that physical edge that every athletes wants, as well as to better prevent injury. To see an example of a Portable FIR sauna Click Here. Tissues heated to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (45 Celsius) and then stretched exhibit a non-elastic residual elongation of about 0.5-.9% that persists after the stretch is removed. Thus 20 stretching sessions can produce a 10-18% increase in the length of tissues that are stretched in conjunction with infrared heat. (Justus F Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition.) Countless are the many benefits that come specifically from the warming effects of the deeply penetrating infrared rays on sore, damaged or tired muscles. The heat will dilate blood vessels and increase blood circulation which will assist muscles to repair and strengthen themselves. Also, the pain of worn or tight muscles will be lessened by the loosening of muscles and reduction of lactic acids that result from infrared sauna use.
Infrared ray saunas are very useful for treating more serious injuries such as sprains. So long as the standard treatments of cold and compressions are first administered an athlete can then use the deep penetrating heat of the sauna to ease the pain and speed the recovery. Infrared heat also works in to the ailing joints of an athlete. By relaxing the muscles around the joints, less pressure and strain is put on the area. The joints are notoriously problematic for lacking circulation. The increased circulation coupled with the relaxed surrounding muscles improves the ability of blood flow in to joints which will greatly enhance the speed of healing and repair. As a result of injuries or a lack of time, many athletes struggle to stick to their workout schedules. Infrared saunas are a very effective tool to stay fit. The accelerated heart rate brought on by the infrared heat offers an fast, low impact cardiovascular workout for those time when you can’t get one the traditional way. According to the American Medical Association (AMA): “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system…. Regular use of indoor saunas may impact a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.”
A detailed report in JAMA explains that infrared saunas burn around 500 calories per sauna session on average, making an infrared sauna a great method to born calories, get rid of fat cells and stimulate the metabolism. Although extremely effective, infrared saunas should not be considered a 100% replacement for standard cardiovascular workouts. They are extremely useful as a warm-up, post work out therapy and method to stay fit while your body heals from injury. The improved physical performance, post-workout conditioning and enhanced injury recovery that athletes are getting from regular infrared sauna use explains why they are popular among athletes. Locker rooms everywhere will likely only see an increase in portable infrared ray sauna usage.
It has long been known that probiotics (intestinal bacteria that have a beneficial impact on health) are an important factor in having a healthy body. What seems to be new is the notion that people who suffer from allergies can benefit from eating foods that promote good levels of probiotics in the intestines. According to Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine: “The bacteria in our digestive system are essential to digestion and also serve to educate our immune system. They teach it how to react to strange substances. This remains a key in the development of a child’s immune system. Consuming probiotics during pregnancy could help reduce allergies in the child,” says Dr. Delespesse. “They are not a miracle remedy, yet they are one of many elements that improve our diet and our health.” In addition to eating foods with probiotics Dr. Guy explained that exposure to bacteria in our living environments on a daily basis is an important way for our bodies to develop their immune systems and function properly. “There is an inverse relationship between the level of hygiene and the incidence of allergies and autoimmune diseases,” says Dr. Delespesse. “The more sterile the environment a child lives in, the higher the risk he or she will develop allergies or an immune problem in their lifetime.” Perhaps we should all spend more time playing in the dirt and eating yogurt.
Conflicting studies surrounding the effects of the seasonal flu vaccine on human immune systems are causing general confusion among health conscious citizens across the nation. The most common assertion is that seasonal flu shots increase one’s likelihood of getting H1N1. The study being most cited is from the PLoS peer reviewed medical journal. Click Here to read it. The research showed that people who took the seasonal flu shot were 1.03- to 2.74-fold more likely to get H1N1 flue, which is a very disturbing finding. The research was reviewed and largely seen as good science, but conflicting results from other similar, peer reviewed studies in the U.S. and Australia showed no such effect, and in one case decreased likelihood of getting H1N1 after receiving the seasonal flu vaccine. According to an article in U.S. News: “The studies, published April 6 in the online journal PLoS Medicine, don’t show whether there is a true cause-and-effect relationship between seasonal flu vaccination and subsequent swine flu illness, or whether the association was possibly due to a common factor among the people in the study, said principal investigator Danuta Skowronski, of the British Columbia Center for Disease Control in Vancouver, and colleagues.” Whatever the case, the World Health Organization has gone ahead and recommended that changes be made to the seasonal flu shots to add additional protection against the H1N1 flue as a precaution until further research can verify the possible risk of increased H1N1 infection rate.
Ed Zimney, M.D., a medical director who is well known for his editorials on HealthTalk.com, has been an information source for patients, their caregivers and medical professionals who are involved with serious diseases and health conditions. Dr. Zimney recently denounced “Kinoki Detox Foot Pads” by placing them on the top of his list of “The Five Worst Health Scams in 2008.” He was enthralled by the “sheer audacity involved in their shameless marketing and the utter lack of either a scientific basis through which they might work or any medical studies proving that they do.” The four other companies that made list include “Flat Belly Diet” (because it doesn’t work), “CT Angiography” (this product has no diagnostic utility), “Pristiq” and “Treximet” (because of the use of unnecessary drugs) and “Master Cleanse” (because the lost weight is quickly regained after resumption of normal eating patterns). Some wonder if Ionic Foot Detox will soon end up on one of Dr. Zimney’s scam lists, but a January ’09 survey by HEALTHandMED.com seems to contradict that notion. If you have ever visited a day spa, a beauty salon, or a chiropractic office, you may have seen or heard about Ionic Detox. It is common for these facilities to offer programs that utilize Ionic Foot Detox Systems that are designed to assist their customers while they rid their bodies of toxins. In theory the human body is bombarded with toxic elements every day. You breathe pollution in the air when you leave your home, you consume toxic chemicals with every pill you swallow, and you are eating the same synthetically produced hormones that are force fed to American livestock whenever you sink your teeth into a sausage or a cheeseburger. Dr. M Amin, PH.D., Doctor of Natural Medicine finds these observations to be terrifying, “Over the years, loads of toxins, improper diet and lifestyle and the excretory organs of our bodies fail to function at their best. This leaves us feeling lethargic with a weakened immune system which can get overwhelmed by disease, leading to early and painful death.” As an advocate for body detoxification, Dr. Amin, PH.D feels that “Amongst all the detoxification methods in practice, Ionic Foot Detox is probably the best method.” Ionic Foot Detox is said to work by the principle of negative ion generation. But unlike other detox products, Ionic Foot Detox works through the ionization of water in a basin. When you put your feet in the tub the control unit ionizes the water and split it into H+ and OH- ions (and sometimes into H3O+ and H2O2 ions.) These ions are able to enter the body through the thousands of large pores of the feet and travel through the circulatory and lymphatic systems to the rest of the body. These ions neutralize oppositely charged ions that are connected to toxins in each cell, including those which are normally slow to exit the body. Once these toxins leave the body through the foot bath, sweat or the body when you go to the bathroom, all the body’s organs are said to be energized and stimulated to function optimally. In the Ionic Detox industry, supporters have found that the color and consistency of the water can change during a session. Many people believe that certain colors are associated with different body systems. However, research has found that the color of the water will change to an orange/brown color even without anyone sitting down at the machine. This discovery has been debated and questioned almost since Ionic Detox Systems were released to the public. Dr. Amin challenges these debates, “During the session, the water in the basin will always change to a brownish orange color due to the electrolytic reaction involving the array, salt, water, minerals and impurities in the water.” Even though the water will begin with a orange/brown color, when a person’s body is added to the system the consistency and color will effect the color and consistency will change. Dr. Amin states, “The colors are also affected by oils being released from the sebaceous glands, the dead skin cells and the users own acidity/alkalinity. Some of the neutralized toxins will also exit the body back out through the pores of the feet due to osmosis. An unusual amount of any particular color may indicate that a person has accumulated toxins in certain areas or from certain conditions and that ionic detox is helping those areas.” Studies and tests of or relating to this topic continue to grow. While the results are speculated, a January 2009 survey performed by HEALTHandMED.com shows that ionic foot detox seems to act by something more than just the placebo effect. 126 respondents shared specific health benefits that they or their clients received from HEALTHandMED ionic foot detox systems are tabulated below along with some of their comments. TOP TEN HEALTH BENEFITS 1. Pain Relief (42): [less pain in the following areas: joints(11), head (9), knees (5), feet (4), muscles (3), leg (2), arthritis (2), shoulder (2), wrist, lower back, discs and pulled muscles] 2. Increased Energy (29) 3. Improved Sleep (23) 4. Improved Digestion (10): [improved digestion (2), less bloated, (2), flatulence reduced (2), stimulated elimination, improved colon efficiency, constipation relieved, and acidity and heartburn reduced] 5. Toxin Reduction (9) 6. Decreased Swelling (9): [less swelling in the following areas: legs (2), eyes (2), feet, ankles, hands decreased, nails, water retention reduced] 7. Circulatory (9): [circulation improved (6), blood clots passed (2), decreased blood pressure 8. Reduced Weight (8): [Weight loss (5), metabolism increased (2), reduced carbohydrate food cravings] 9. Skin (7): [Skin suppleness improved, complexion improved, skin condition improved, calluses and corns reduced, eczema relieved, body odor disappeared, cleared up Athlete's Foot] 10. Emotional (5): [improvement in attitude, mood, alleviation of depression, less stress, better outlook on life] Other responses included improvements in the following categories: Sensory, Immune System, Diabetes, Reduced Yeast, 5 Others COMMENTS FROM HEALTHandMED.com FOOT DETOX SURVEY RESPONDENTS “We love our system! When we go too long in-between uses, I can feel it.” “The majority of our clients are seniors and the benefits are profound for them with the amount of toxins they have been exposed to in their life time. It is really satisfying to see and hear the positive results.”
I have been using detox foot bath because i wanted to get rid of foot pains, which was a complete success. I even got a bonus and that is better sleeping habits as well as more energy.” “I was receiving foot bath detoxes at my chiropractors office for treatment of fibromyalgia and it is nice that I can now do them at home.” “Clients say they usually get a cold this time of year but haven’t. They also say that with each treatment the soreness they have in feet and legs is gone.” “As a registered nurse. I believe that there is a benefit to these machines as a lot of folks don’t want to consume something to get a detox effect. With this, it is non-invasive non-disruptive to any body system which can be uncomfortable taking colonics. This is a way to get the same effect without taking a pill or drinking a drink.” “My husband has these brown veins or stripes around his ankles and when he does the detox they go away. He has had these marks on his ankles for years, no doctor knows what they are or why. When we started doing the detox we noticed that they start to disappear.” “I used the detox on a friend who was a metallurgist for 30 years. At first the smell of sulfur from all of the metals inside of him smelled like rotten eggs. I had to air out the room after he left. After 4 times, his detox didn’t do that anymore and you could tell that he was getting lots of metals out of him and that he was feeling better.” “Having started a detox clinic for drugs and smoking, the need to rid the body of toxins is paramount for this clinic. People who were so toxic that I could not recommend a detoxification diet because they would become too ill have done just fine with the foot bath. They decrease their toxic burden by up to 30% in only a few sessions and are thrilled by the physical improvements in their health and the rise in their energy and interest in life. They also find that they sleep better after an ionic cleanse foot bath! When we use the footbath, an amazing amount of heavy metals and dark brown toxins are removed. I am amazed at the amount of crud that we store in our bodies, even when we eat well and drink large amounts of water!” “My husband will be having knee replacement in both knees. He has a lot of swelling and pain but when using the machine, it pulls inflammation out and makes a world of difference. We both just feel better and can tell that our body is getting rid of toxins.” “The system helps them with swelling while they soak their feet in the warm water!!! They absolutely love it.” “Detoxification from working at Savannah River Site in a Nuclear Power Plant Environment as well as Military exposed to anything under the sun.” “At first I was skeptical that the detox foot bath would work, but believe me, after your first session a believer I am, its a great product, everyone should own one of these ionic detox foot bath system.” “I like the visual effect of seeing the toxins and other debris that are removed from my body. It has an effect of making me feel lighter and also makes me more conscious of what I put into my body in the first place.” “We are using it on 3 of us in the family. We feel like we have much more energy after using the foot detox. We are using it to rid our body of toxins. We live in a very polluted area of the world. And our daughter has hepatitis B so we are trying to detox her liver.” “I have had Lyme disease, and have read that many patients have benefited from detox treatments as they heal, and afterwords as well. I can also tell a difference in my joints (!) after a treatment, as they are not as stiff. This is the biggest help to my body. Also, if my lymph nodes are at all swollen, a treatment usually helps there as well.” “It helps my feet for circulation and makes me feel good.” “Feeling of well being, greater energy, body connectedness.” “I have never felt better. I use mine at least once a week and my skin looks better and my PH is going alkaline even more. I am 67 and perfect health. I use zero drugs. I do it all, eat only organic, do colonics occasionally. Never eat red meat. Only organic chicken and fish. No fried foods. The foot bath is working to clear all the junk I built up before my health mission. I look about 50 years old or less. ” “A feeling of general well being and more energy. ” “Takes away the aches & pains” “Feeling of increased well being, getting over illness more quickly. Improved energy.” “Every time I start to get a cold, I do a foot bath and the symptoms are gone. I have not had a cold in over a year now.” “Since I bought the system there is no doubt that I have been feeling very much better. I was diagnosed as an alcoholic and now I can really control my urges including my tobacco consumption.” “I encourage everyone considering purchasing an ionic foot bath system a great investment in creating a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. From detoxing the nicotine and alcohol from your body so you might consider quitting smoking to making your arthritis more manageable and creating a great wellness while you sleep more soundly to regain more energy to complete more of your goals and accomplishments the next day. This is a devise that every house hold should have to create a healthier lifestyle even if you don’t live one.” “You need to be careful and know what you are doing but they are tremendous help in a program designed to keep your body healthy.” “A lady friend of my wife and I said that she found relief in going asleep at night and staying asleep through the early morning hours until she gets up at 6-7 AM. We also find that the best benefit of all is that it continually detoxes the major organs in our bodies. It is just amazing that these are released through the bottoms of our feet.” “One of my clients deferred her pancreatic surgery because of the detox bath.
The Journal of the American Heart Association published a study about how the risk of having a stroke was reduced when women walked for two or more hours per week. The study included roughly 40,000 different women over ten years. Results showed that women who walked had a 30 percent lower risk of any type of stroke. For women who walked briskly (3-4mph) the chance for stroke was reduced by 37 percent. “Physical activity, including regular walking, is an important modifiable behavior for stroke prevention,” said Jacob R. Sattelmair, M.Sc., lead author and doctoral candidate in epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass. “Physical activity is essential to promoting cardiovascular health and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, and walking is one way of achieving physical activity.” Stroke is the leading cause of serious disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the AHA (American Heart Association) adults should be involved in at least l.5 hours of mild aerobic activity and 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity a week, to stay healthy and free from high stroke risk.
Prescription drug poisoning is now the 2nd leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. Over the past 15 years the number of deaths has steadily risen, even to the point of surpassing unintentional death by automobile accident. An article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that there has been a 65% increase in hospitalizations from tranquilizers, prescription opioids and sedatives. “Deaths and hospitalizations associated with prescription drug misuse have reached epidemic proportions,” said the study’s lead author, Jeffrey H. Coben, MD, of the West Virginia University School of Medicine. “It is essential that health care providers, pharmacists, insurance providers, state and federal agencies, and the general public all work together to address this crisis. Prescription medications are just as powerful and dangerous as other notorious street drugs, and we need to ensure people are aware of these dangers and that treatment services are available for those with substance abuse problems.” In addition to the rise in unintentional poisonings, intentional poisonings have also risen. Experts cite this fact as evidence that prescription drugs are continually gaining widespread availability in community settings.
New research has just come out about the importance of having protein in our diets, especially for breakfast. Scientists have found that eggs are a particularly effective way to get protein into your diet. “There is a growing body of evidence that supports the importance of high-quality protein in the diet for overall health and in particular the importance of protein at the breakfast meal,” said Maria Luz Fernandez, Ph.D., study author and professor in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Connecticut. “We examined two typical American breakfasts, and the participants’ self-reported appetite ratings reveal that a protein-rich breakfast helps keep hunger at bay.” The research showed that by consuming quality protein, calorie consumption was reduced throughout the day. In the test, men were fed either an egg-based breakfast of protein or a bagel-based breakfast of carbohydrates. The men in the egg group ended up eating 112 fewer calories at lunch and 400 fewer calories in the 24 hour period. Among the many other reasons to have protein in our diets, lessening our need for excess food can now be seen as an important one.
Portable infrared saunas have hit the American market with a lot of momentum, and are positioned to grow in popularity here as they have already done in Europe. This leaves most of us asking ourselves: “which portable infrared sauna should I bring home?” This Buyer’s Guide may be just what you are looking for. In order to have a wonderful experience buying and using a portable infrared sauna everyone should know the essentials. There aren’t too many things too know, just a few basics that should be taken into account. First there is the type of infrared heater. Most saunas advertised as far infrared actually use heaters with less than 50% of their emissions as far infrared, wile the rest emit medium infrared with smaller wavelengths that are damaging to the skin. With those saunas, you feel convection heat or heat only near the heater. Some so-called FIR saunas with flat carbon panel/sheet emitters actually only emit 5-10% far infrared! Various portable saunas and all dome saunas use this type of emitter, which also has a high output of unhealthy electromagnetic fields (EMF) because the wires have to be zig-zagged to cover the entire dome. Saunas with these types of heaters should be avoided. Click here to find more info and see pix of fir sauna heaters.
Far infrared ray heaters are most efficient when they are of the carbon coated ceramic make. Originally infrared heaters were ceramic, then came the carbon designs. By combing the two, portable infrared sauna manufacturers are able to benefit from the long waves that come from carbon and the high quantity of waves that come from the ceramic. Additionally, look for the saunas with heaters that heat up immediately. Another aspect of portable FIR saunas often overlooked is whether or not the infrared heaters continuously emit infrared rays. Most saunas get too hot and automatically turn off to prevent overheating. You cannot detect that they are turning on and off because infrared rays have wavelengths out of range for the human eye. You will most likely come across the handy temperature control feature that some of the portable saunas on the market have. Note that this feature causes the infrared heater to shut the FIR emissions off in order to maintain a certain temperature. More recent designs have been able to partially remedy this issue by varying the system’s voltage so as to only loose some of the infrared rays. If you must have the thermostat controls, look for such models. It is important to find a portable FIR sauna that reaches the right temperature. For improved metabolism and increased blood flow and lymph circulation your sauna should be around 170F (75C.) Don’t waste your time with infrared saunas that only reach temperatures of around 110F (43C.) Don’t forget to consider the size of the portable infrared sauna.
In all the efforts to find the right sauna it can be easy to overlook the sauna size. If you end up with a sauna that doesn’t work for you size, you’ll be disappointed and the handy portability of your sauna will be of no benefit. By far the most flexible design style is the portable infrared sauna that is somewhat cube-like in shape and has a chair in the middle to sit on. This shape seems to fit the largest variety of body shapes and sizes.
You may have noticed that the majority of these points are directly related to finding a portable infrared sauna with the right infrared heater. If you can find a sauna with a quality heater then you’re on your way to enjoying your very own portable infrared sauna.