Death: Prescription Drug Poisoning

Prescription drug poisoning is now the 2nd leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. Over the past 15 years theĀ  number of deaths has steadily risen, even to the point of surpassing unintentional death by automobile accident. An article published in theĀ  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.

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Protein For Breakfast

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.

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Which Infrared Sauna Is The Best?

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.

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What is Alternative Medicine?

What is alternative medicine? Well, it goes by many names and definitions. Here are some definitions from various sources. Alternative Medicine: any of the various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula taught in the United States and Britain -Webster’s Dictionary The Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Section staff of the National Library of Medicine classifies alternative medicine under the term complementary therapies. This is defined as therapeutic practices which are not currently considered an integral part of conventional allopathic medical practice. They may lack biomedical explanations but as they become better researched some, such as physical therapy, diet, and acupuncture, become widely accepted whereas others, such as humors or radium therapy, quietly fade away, yet are important historical footnotes. Therapies are termed as Complementary when used in addition to conventional treatments and as Alternative when used instead of conventional treatment. The National Library of Medicine’s previous definition was an unrelated group of non-orthodox therapeutic practices, often with explanatory systems that do not follow conventional biomedical explanations and non-orthodox therapeutic systems which have no satisfactory scientific explanation for their effectiveness. Some define alternative medicine as medical interventions not taught at United States medical schools or not available at United States hospitals. The Panel on Definition and Description, CAM Research Methodology Conference, Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, April 1995 defined complementary and alternative medicine as a broad domain of healing resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period. CAM includes all such practices and ideas self-defined by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting health and well being. Boundaries within CAM and between CAM domain and the domain of the dominant system are not always sharp or fixed. Alternative therapies include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: folk medicine, herbal medicine, diet fads, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, and music therapy.

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Vitamin A & D: Fermented Fish Oil

The debate goes on concerning the reliability of fish oil as a good source of vitamin A and D. Claims often assert that the vitamin A in fish oil can be toxic, while others feel the opposite. Many of the great historical cultures had one sacred food which they relied on to ensure strong mind, body, and spirit: Fermented fish/fish liver oil. Whether it was the Roman Soldier who was given a daily ration of fermented fish oil, or the Scandinavian Viking that had a drum of fermenting cod livers outside the door of his home, fish oil has long been considered a source for good health. Even grandma always had a bottle of cod liver oil in the back cupboard. Vitamins A and D levels for these fish oils vary widely depending on methodology, lab and batch. Fish oil, especially the one obtained from liver such as the cod liver oil, is a rich source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D. However, excessive dosage of cod liver oil can lead to Vitamin toxicity, accumulation of excessive vitamins in the body, which can cause side effects. A 1995 study that showed cod liver oil having negative effects, from which governmental policy has been derived, has been largely criticized by researchers for overstating the negative effects. The most likely culprits for negative results in the study are topical and oral vitamin A analogs, not cod liver oil. Only 1.4 percent of the people in the study took supplements exceeding 10,000 IU a day, not a large enough sample from which to draw conclusions. However, it is important to never combine cod liver oil or vitamin A from supplements with oral or topical medications for acne or other skin disorders treated with retinoic acid derivatives. Researchers at Weston Price recommended 2 table spoons of your standard cod liver oil daily. Too much use of cod liver oil, or any other natural remedy can be toxic, and therefore should be avoided.

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Vitamin A & D: Fermented Fish Oil

A major health problem that we are suffering from in the U.S. is high cholesterol. Flax seed is now being considered an effective new method to combat high cholesterol in males. Professor Suzanne Hendrich, an expert in food science and human nutrition, led a recent study which examined the effects of flaxseed lignan in ninety people with high cholesterol. By eating about three tablespoons (150 milligrams) of flaxseed lignans per day there were decreased cholesterol levels in men by just under 10 percent over the three month study. Dr. Hendrich explained that “Because there are people who can’t take something like Lipitor, this could at least give you some of that cholesterol-lowering benefit. The other thing is, there are certainly some people who would prefer to not use a drug, but rather use foods to try to maintain their health. So this potentially would be something to consider.” The number of people suffering from high cholesterol is now around 17%, according to the Center for Disease Control. Having a natural option for dealing with this problem mean a lot to many of the diagnosed.

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Lower Cholesterol With Flax Seed

A major health problem that we are suffering from in the U.S. is high cholesterol. Flax seed is now being considered an effective new method to combat high cholesterol in males. Professor Suzanne Hendrich, an expert in food science and human nutrition, led a recent study which examined the effects of flaxseed lignan in ninety people with high cholesterol. By eating about three tablespoons (150 milligrams) of flaxseed lignans per day there were decreased cholesterol levels in men by just under 10 percent over the three month study. Dr. Hendrich explained that “Because there are people who can’t take something like Lipitor, this could at least give you some of that cholesterol-lowering benefit. The other thing is, there are certainly some people who would prefer to not use a drug, but rather use foods to try to maintain their health. So this potentially would be something to consider.” The number of people suffering from high cholesterol is now around 17%, according to the Center for Disease Control. Having a natural option for dealing with this problem mean a lot to many of the diagnosed.

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You Can Heal Your Body With Ionic Detox

More than ever people around the world are struggling to find time to actively maintain their health. Most of us aren’t just procrastinating. In the majority of cases we are struggling to overcome our unhealthy lifestyle habits as well as deal with internal imbalances that beset our efforts. If we stop and look at what these various factors are in each of our individual lives we can then make the needed changes. There are several main issues that we all have to look at. 1. The state of our emotions- are we too stressed? 2. Our diet- too much fatty acids, preservatives or sugar? 3. Drug use- Legal or illegal. 4. Our environment- clean water and air are hard to find these days. 5. Gene pool- we have all ed a slew of strengths and weaknesses. The underlying factor in our health is our immune system. It is very important to work to have our immune system working well. When healthy, our immune system will prevent poor health. The entire idea behind ionic foot detox can be summed up very easily. It is a powerful method of helping our immune systems to do a better job at what they are already trying to do, which is to keep us healthy. During an ionic detox session we absorb negative ions that work throughout our bodies to neutralize free radicals and other toxins. As these toxins are neutralized our body’s immune system is able to more effectively clean them out. As Dr M. Amin, PH.D., Doctor of Naturopathy puts it, “Ionic Detox will strengthen the immune system to fight any invading germs, bacteria or viruses. I am a classic example. I do not take any medication including flu shots since 1989. Do I get the flu? never!”

Also vital to a healthy body is a proper acidity. The ideal body pH is 7.3 to 7.4, or slightly alkaline. Our living cells are acidic on the inside within an alkaline surrounding. The proper balance must be maintained for normal metabolic processing. Unfortunately, the average American diet is decidedly acidic, especially with the high doses of fatty acids and particularly sugar. Combining that with other acid increasers like stress and exposure to pollution makes keeping a proper balance difficult. A body that is too acidic will also hold onto more heavy metals like mercury. These metals also cause stress to the body, thus creating more acids and a cruel unhealthy cycle. Improving or maintaining the right balance of alkaline to acid should be done with multiple methods, the most important of which is a balanced diet with a roughly 60/40 ratio of alkaline foods to acid, even higher if the body is too acidic. In addition to a proper diet, ionic detox sessions can also help reduce the pH level in the body by neutralizing acids. Many of these steps towards a healthy body overlap in purpose and go hand in hand, like reducing toxins, increasing alkaline balance and reducing acidity. When your body becomes more alkaline and more efficient at removing toxins, sundry health benefits may occur. In a January 2009 survey, 126 ionic foot detox customers were asked what specific health benefits they or their clients received from using HEALTHandMED.com ionic detox foot bath systems. The most common they reported were pain relief, increased energy, improved sleep, improved digestion, decreased swelling, improved circulation, reduced weight, improved skin and emotional benefits. Here are some tips to having a healthy immune system and a strong body:1. Sleep-a well rested body can work much better than a tired one. 2. Eat Right-reduce acidic foods and increase alkaline food intake. 3. Ionic Foot Detox-reduce toxins and acid levels by helping the body excrete them. 4. Exercise-lowers stress and improved blood flows helps body work better. 5. Sunshine Exposure-fight viruses with vitamin D from the sun.

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New Research: Blackcurrents & Asthma

Asthma is one of the chronic illnesses that many people struggle to deal with effectively. New findings are providing an alternative avenue for dealing with chronic asthma allergies. A New Zealand government-owned science company, Plant & Food Research, is reporting that the natural chemicals in a New Zealand blackcurrent may help with asthma. The researchers observed in laboratory studies that blackcurrent works to suppress lung tissue inflammation as well as minimize it. “To find natural compounds that potentially reduce lung inflammation and complement the body’s own immune response is an exciting breakthrough,” says Dr Hurst of the Plant & Food Research team. Find out more here: Suzanne M. Hurst, Tony K. McGhie, Janine M. Cooney, Dwayne J. Jensen, Elaine M. Gould, Kirsty A. Lyall, Roger D. Hurst. Blackcurrant proanthocyanidins augment IFN-gamma-induced suppression of IL-4 stimulated CCL26 secretion in alveolar epithelial cells. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 12 Mar 2010 DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.200900297

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Pesticides Slow Childhood Development

Research continues to poor in about the harmful effects that chemical pesticides have on humans and the environment. The latest sudy shows how a specific pesticide used in various agricultural settings is linked with delaying childhood development. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have found an association between exposure to the pesticide Chlorpyrifos and diminished childhood developmental capabilities. Chlorpyrifos was banned from residential use in 2001 but continues to be widely used in agricultural applications such as fruits and vegetables Lead author of the study, Gina Lovasi explained that “this study helps to fill in the gaps about what is known about the effect of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on the development of young children by showing that there is a clear-cut association between this chemical and delayed mental and motor skill development in children even when there are other potentially harmful environmental factors present.” “Although this pesticide has been banned for residential use in the United States, chlorpyrifos and other organophosphorus insecticides are still commonly used for a variety of agricultural purposes,” explained study co-author Virginia Rauh, ScD, co-deputy director for the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, and professor of clinical population and family health. “We hope that the results of this study, further demonstrating the neurotoxicity of chlorpyrifos under a range of community conditions, may inform public health professionals and policy-makers about the potential hazards of exposure to this chemical for pregnant women and young children.”

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