|Diet and Exercise
|Eat Less and Live Long
According to a study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, following a strict low-calorie diet can decrease DNA
damage linked with aging. Some people who took part in the six-month
diet study ate as little as 890 calories a day. Their insulin levels fell
and metabolisms slowed, changes that are thought to increase longevity. US
Government dietary guidelines for weight maintenance recommend about 2,000
to 3,000 calories a day, depending on age, gender and activity level, with
the higher amount generally for very active men. The non-liquid diets
used in the study were high in fruits and vegetables with less than 30 percent
fat. Average weight loss was about 18 pounds, slightly more in the liquid-diet
More American children are getting fat, with more than one-third now
overweight. More of their dads are getting heavy, too. But the percentage
of women who are overweight seems to have peaked. Overall, larger proportions
of the U.S. public are overweight than ever before. But women, who as a
group are more obese, seem to be holding steady, according to the CDC report
published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The survey is considered the gold standard for obesity data.
According to a study that showed only 15 percent of people in that category
view themselves as obese. Such a lack of self-awareness can be deadly.
Among those consequences are heightened risk of heart disease, diabetes,
high blood pressure and arthritis. The CDC's latest survey reported 71 percent
of men are overweight and 31 percent are obese. For women, it's 62 percent
overweight and 33 percent obese.
More than four in 10 heart attacks go undiagnosed at the time they occur,
a new European study finds. And these so-called "silent heart attacks"
more often go unnoticed in women: More than half of the attacks in women
went unrecognized, compared with one-third in men, the researchers said.
Although the study was conducted in the Netherlands, the researchers believe
the results could be extrapolated to any developed country. A number
of factors may explain why heart attacks go unnoticed: atypical symptoms;
different symptoms in women than in men; different symptoms in the elderly
and people with diabetes, to name a few. The findings appear in the Feb.
14 issue of the European Heart Journal.
Many studies have shown that poorer, less-educated people have more medical
problems, such as heart disease. We have known for a long time that a person's
socioeconomic status is associated with health. There was a direct relationship
between level of education and the amount of coronary artery calcium found
in the nearly 3,000 participants, who were followed for 15 years, in a
new study. The finding appears in the April 19 issue of The
Journal of the American Medical Association.
Breastfeeding Cuts Obesity
Breastfeeding longer than three months can cut a child's risk of later
becoming overweight or obese by more than 40 percent, if the child was born
to an overweight mother diagnosed with diabetes during her pregnancy, according
to a study published in the May issue of Diabetes Care. The
study also found, however, that women who were obese (and whose children
were therefore at greater risk for obesity) were less motivated to breastfeed
than non-obese women. Obese women were twice as likely to forego breastfeeding
their children as women of healthier weights, the researchers noted.
High Milk Intake linked
to Heavier Birth Weight
Women who have higher milk and vitamin D intakes during pregnancy give
birth to heavier babies, says Canadian research. Increased intakes of the
vitamin have been linked to a wide range of benefits including reduced incidence
of certain cancers, and lower risk of osteoporosis. A recent study from the
University of Southampton reported that higher intake of vitamin D during
late-stage pregnancy was linked to stronger bones in children. The new study,
published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (Vol.
174, pp. 1273-1277), reports that women with low milk consumption during
pregnancy had lighter babies, an association linked to the vitamin D content
of the milk.
The United Nations is calling for the milk, which is rich in vitamins B
and C and has 10 times more iron than cow's milk, to be sold to the West.
Camels' milk, which is slightly saltier than traditional milk, is drunk widely
across the Arab world and is well suited to cheese production. As well as
its high mineral and vitamin content, research has suggested that antibodies
in camels' milk can help fight diseases like cancer, HIV/Aids Alzheimer's
and hepatitis C. And work is on-going to see whether it can have a role
in reducing the effects of diabetes and heart disease.
In Food Habits
In many developing countries, growing prosperity has led to vast changes
in diet and lifestyle. Easy access to cheap, fatty and/or high sugar foods
along with migration from rural farming areas into cities has altered the
way many people live. Each year cardiovascular disease kills 13 million
people in developing countries, almost triple the number who die from AIDS,
tuberculosis and malaria combined. Cardiovascular disease, including
heart disease, heart failure and stroke, is the world's biggest killer,
and it often strikes people in their prime working years of 35 to 64, experts
said during a four-day health conference. In China, deaths from cardiovascular
disease have skyrocketed alongside the country's rapid economic development,
making it the No. 1 killer, fueled by change in life style and smoking,
resulting in high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. The total disease
burden of cardiovascular disease in China is higher than in the United States
and most other Western countries. Cardiovascular disease has been the
leading cause of deaths in China since the 1990s, experts said during a four-day
health conference in China in April 2006.
Starting with Indians acquiring American accents and studying their
customs to work in call centers, apparently they are now turning into Americans
themselves! "These call center and customer support workers have trained
so hard to act American on the telephone that they have essentially become
Americans," lamented the Indian Prime Minister. "It is as if we suddenly
had a huge influx of American immigrants. The cultural ramifications have
been overwhelming." They are rude, they are suing everyone in sight, they
are watching the Fox network via satellite TV," Vajpayee complained. "Their
health has also declined and they no longer fit into most chairs. Please,
please stop doing this to us.” But do Indians have the right to complain?
No way, say the Americans. "They wanted these jobs; they got them. America's
a package deal, baby. Take it or leave it." (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/616323.cms)
The risk of obesity in India is highest in the 20% of the population
that consumes 80% of visible dietary fat. School surveys in Indian cities
show that 30% of adolescents from India's higher economic groups are overweight.
Although India's cereal production has soared, the cultivation of pulses,
fruits, and vegetables has stagnated. Indian nutritionists say the consumption
of fruits and vegetables in India is abysmally low less than 150 g a day,
against the recommended 400 g.
As obesity rises, India is beginning to feel the burden of associated
chronic diseases. Among these are heart disease, hypertension and adult-onset
diabetes. The World Health Organization estimates the latter will triple
there from 19.4 million cases in 1995 to 57.2 million in 2025. In
1993, the World Development Report showed an increase in consumption of
fat, saturated fat, sugar, salt and the clarified butter product known as
ghee in India. Surveys by the National Nutritional Monitoring Bureau revealed
that 5 percent of the Indian population were consuming 40 percent of the
available fat. A study in October 2001 issue of the Journal of Nutrition,
offered a surprise and cause for concern, scientists say. A significant,
growing percentage of Indian women are now overweight or obese, their research
shows. Conducted by investigators at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill’s schools of public health and medicine and Carolina Population
Center, the study concentrated on 4,032 women in both urban and rural parts
of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which has a population of nearly
80 million. Recent data from the Indian National Family Health Survey of
1998-1999 show the major nutrition problem facing women continues to be under-nutrition,
but 12 percent of the women could be classified as overweight, and 2 percent
were obese. In the large cities of Andhra Pradesh, where 4 percent of the
sample live, researchers found 37 percent of women were overweight or obese.
Subjects’ economic status was a better predictor of both overweight and
underweight than where the women lived, although urban living was an important
factor too. Those who were more affluent tended to weigh more than others.
Religion was a significant factor, they found, with Muslim women more likely
to be overweight or obese than women from Hindu religions. Those who watched
more television than others also tended to weigh more. At the same
time, more than half of the world’s undernourished population lives in India,
and more than half of Indian children are undernourished. More than 50 percent
of women are anemic.
A study has shown that a combined supplement containing omega-3, vitamin
E and niacin offer antioxidant could offer protection against heart disease.
The individual compounds have all been reported to protect against cardiovascular
disease (CVD), a disease that causes almost 50 per cent of deaths in Europe,
and is reported to cost the EU economy an estimated €169bn ($202bn) per
year, in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases
(Vol. 16, pp. 121-127).
Losing weight basically boils down to burning more calories than you take
in. But it hasn't been clear whether the intensity of a regular workout
makes a difference in body composition - that is, the proportions of fat
and lean tissue. A brisk walk through the park might be better than a fast
run when it comes to shedding pounds, a small study suggests in the International
Journal of Sports Medicine. In another study
that was released online before publication in the American Journal
of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology,
while increased food intake has the potential of increasing body weight,
the results suggest that it does not appear to be the primary cause of weight
gain during the adult years. Middle-aged Americans typically witness a jump
in weight, because of loss of activity. Staying active may be more of a factor
in fending off weight gain for adults, the study suggests.
University of Michigan researchers announced at the American Association
of Cancer Research that tests show ginger kills cancer cells. The
study also found that the spice had the added benefit of stopping the cells
from becoming resistant to treatment. Test showed gingerol - which gives ginger
its flavour - could slow the growth of human tumours in mice. Plants from
the ginger family have been used for thousands of years, and have been reported
to have anti-cancer properties.
Cholesterol linked to
Italian researchers have found what they call the first direct association
between high cholesterol levels and prostate cancer. In a nine-year
study of almost 3,000 men, the researchers discovered that those with prostate
cancer, particularly older men, were twice as likely to have high cholesterol
as those without. The findings were published in April in the online edition
of the Annals of Oncology. According to the American Cancer
Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men
after skin cancer. An estimated 234,460 new cases of prostate cancer will
be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2006 and about 27,350 men will die of the disease.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, following
Yoga for Security Personnel
Yoga is a system which is thousands of years old, conceived in India,
but now practiced worldwide. There is really no reason not to take up yoga,
if you are at all attracted to the idea. Choose a beginner's yoga class
at first, and go slowly - it can be harder than you think. Yoga is about
putting yourself into a variety of different positions, some more challenging
than others. The goal is to do it slowly, and work up a sweat - the idea
is to take those few positions and to do them perfectly - as precisely as
you possibly can. That way, your body is being trained in a precise skill
and discipline, and the position itself can have various benefits for your
health and your mind, as well.
All the different positions have their own benefits. For losing weight,
positions that bring the chin down to stimulate the thyroid gland are very
helpful - such as the classic shoulder stand. However, yoga in general is
helpful for weight loss because it makes you more conscious of your body,
of how you hold yourself and how you stand, while it also tones your muscles
and makes your body more flexible, easier to move. Even before you start
losing weight, yoga can make you look as if you're thinner and more attractive
by getting you to stand up straighter. (See for more: http://yoga.tips-and-gear.com/a/yoga.tips-and-gear.com/128664/Yoga+And+Losing+Weight.html)
Engaged as it is in an extremely high-pressure job for long hours, the
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF ) unit at Mahipalpur in the Capital
New Delhi has decided to go in for the ancient way of life to become more
alert and stress-free. When the yoga guru Swami Ramdev had paid a visit
to a CISF unit, sure enough it was house full with over 450 personnel attending
the camp. With Swami Ramdev being an ambassador for the yoga way
of life, even the CISF personnel not present at the camp sounded enthusiastic
A leading industry chamber, Assocham, has hosted Swami Ramdev to address
major players from the world of biotechnology and nanotechnology on the
importance of ayurveda in the modern world, sources told the Times of India.
The spiritual guru was invited to address a session on Nano-Bio Ayurveda
and talk about the benefits of yoga and ayurveda in improving quality of
Swami Ramdev says, "Sadly, Yoga and Ayurveda have never been given their
due in modern Indian society by those in power. I want to reverse the Government's
current spending of 97 per cent on allopathic cure and only 3 per cent
on what is wrongly called alternative medicine. In fact, it is allopathy
which should be the supplementary medicine. Once this is done, Ayurveda
shall rise to its true and deserving stature across the world, as a primary
medicine while allopathy will be a secondary treatment useful only in times
of emergency and surgery. I want to see a society where every Indian can
proclaim, 'Good health is my birthright!'"
Hindus strive for wisdom, knowledge and inner concentration, which clearly
overlap with Christian goals, Bordenkircher says. "My feeling was it's worked
for them, why shouldn't we be able to do that?" she says. So Bordenkircher
combined poses with Christian references. During the warrior pose, she talks
about breathing in the Holy Spirit. She relates the child's pose to being
at peace with God. And the balance poses are about finding spiritual balance.
"If it feels good for your body and soul, you should do it." Bordenkircher
is the author of "Yoga for Christians : A Christ-Centered Approach to Physical
and Spiritual Health through Yoga."
Dr. Seshagiri Rao KL, editor of the "Encyclopedia of Hinduism," says
some Christians think doing yoga will turn them into Hindus or fear yoga
will cause them to question their religious beliefs. Rao says yoga means "joining"
or "yoking" – whether it is the body to the mind, the individual to the universe
or the soul to God. Aspects of yoga, like breathing control, also help people
control impulses like rage, revenge and lust. Such control enables them to
become better people. "The more Christians practice yoga, the better for
all concerned," Rao says. Yoga can be beneficial to everyone, no matter what
religion they are, he says. But Dr. Russell Bush, academic vice president
at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, says "People
tend to shift in their own thinking depending on who they're around. That's
why we say Christians should go to church and be around other Christians."
May Prevent Breast Cancer
Asian women have lower breast cancer rates (39 per 100,000) than Western
women (133 per 100,000) and, when Asian women migrate to the United States,
their breast cancer rates tend to go up. This suggests that an environmental
factor, perhaps related to diet, is at play. Soy products (consumed more
in Asia) as they contain high quantities of isoflavones: molecules that
affect pathways that could change breast cancer risk. Indeed, more and
more women are taking high-dose soy or isoflavone supplements because of
their perceived benefits, which include lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
Consuming soy may be associated with a small reduction in breast cancer
risk, but the reduction is not big enough or clear enough to suggest that
women should be taking soy supplements, according to a study, which appeared
in the April 5 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
A range of foods such as soybeans, fruits and green tea contain powerful
antioxidants that help reduce a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer,
new studies find. Researchers presenting data in April at the American
Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., also
found that vitamin D lowers risks for these cancer.
Calcium helps Stroke Patients
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, calcium-rich foods
include dairy products, green vegetables such as broccoli or kale, legumes
and some nuts and seeds. High dietary calcium intake appears to lessen the
severity of a stroke should one occur, and improve the likelihood of good
post-stroke recovery, according to a new study presented at the American
Academy of Neurology annual meeting in San Diego in April.
Introducing Solid Foods to
Starting an infant on solid foods is something all parents look forward
to. And why not? It's a milestone: a sign that Baby isn't a newborn anymore
and assurance that he'll grow bigger and stronger. Follow the guidelines to
give your baby a head start at learning good eating habits, staying healthy,
and getting bigger in the right way: http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC275/35320/35325/462776.html?d=dmtHMSContent
New Opportunities due to Obesity
Unless exceptionally tall, a 3-year-old weighing more than 40 pounds
would generally be considered overweight. Many young children are too heavy
for standard car-safety seats, and manufacturers are starting to make heftier
models to accommodate them, according to research on the obesity epidemic's
widening impact. More than a quarter of a million U.S. children ages
1 to 6 are heavier than the weight limits for standard car seats, and most
are 3-year-olds who weigh more than 40 pounds, the study found. Based on
national growth charts and the 2000 Census, at least 283,305 children ages
1 to 6 are too heavy for standard safety seats. That includes nearly 190,000,
or almost 5 percent, of U.S. 3-year-olds, the researchers said. Using inadequate
car seats for heavy children could put them at increased risk for injury
in a car accident. Their study appears in the April edition of Pediatrics.
Optimum Spacing between
A Colombian study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association analyzed results of 67 previous studies representing
at a total of more than 11 million pregnancies. The researchers found that
18 months appeared to be the optimal minimal interval between pregnancies,
and 59 months was the upper limit. Women who waited less time between pregnancies
were at higher risk for preterm birth and for delivering babies with low birth
weight and small size for gestational age. For each month that the pregnancy
was shortened from 18 months, these risks increased -- by 1.9%, 3.3% and
1.5%, respectively. Waiting too long between pregnancies also carried risks
-- for each month that the interval between pregnancies was lengthened beyond
59 months, the risks of preterm birth grew by 0.6%, the risk of low birth
weight by 0.9% and the risk of small size 0.8%.
Melanoma is a particularly virulent form of skin cancer. It begins in
cells known as melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells that give skin its
color, but can spread quickly and unpredictably to other organs of the body.
An estimated 62,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma each year, according
to the American Cancer Society, and nearly 8,000 people die from the disease
annually. Recurrent melanoma is more common than previously thought, with
nearly 15 percent of people diagnosed with the potentially fatal skin cancer
at risk of a second diagnosis within two years, according to a study in
the April issue of Archives of Dermatology. Roughly
two-thirds of those who developed additional malignancies and 37 percent
of those who did not had at least one atypical mole, which is a risk factor
for additional melanomas. Someone with three or more atypical moles had
four times the risk of developing an additional tumor. Atypical moles have
at least three of the following features, the researchers said: a diameter
larger than 5 millimeters; redness; an irregular or ill-defined border;
a variety of colors or a portion that is flat.
TV is Harmful to Kids
Watching too much violent TV and playing too many violent video games
takes a toll on children's social and physical development, researchers report.
Another study found that violent video games appear to instill poor attitudes
in children when it comes to their own health, while promoting risky behaviors.
A third report found that mature-rated video games often include explicit
sexual imagery and language content not included on warning labels. One
report says that children exposed to violent media had a significant long-term
increase in aggressive behaviors, aggressive thoughts, angry feelings and
arousal levels. Another study found that children who watch more TV eat more
and gain more weight than children who watch less. Another report revealed
that, among teens whose parents expressed disapproval of teen sex, those
who watch more than two hours of television a day may begin having sex at
a younger age than those who don't. These studies appear in April's
special themed issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent
Most adults need between 8 to 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night
in order to function at their best. A typical sleep pattern usually involves
4 to 7 complete sleep cycles during the night, with each sleep cycle lasting
60 to 90 minutes. Getting enough uninterrupted sleep is important since
waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle usually leaves you feeling tired
or groggy or both. Here are some tips to help make sure you get your full
“40 winks” and wake up feeling mentally and physically refreshed. http://www.healthypages.net/newsitem.asp?newsid=5503
the Ancient Energy Dynamics
The chakras are an important part of our energy anatomy. Ideally we would
like to feel that all of the chakras in our body are fully functioning.
This is not the case. The un-empowering beliefs & excess electromagnetic
energy within our energy anatomy, which we hold onto, create blocks. EMF
Balancing Technique® is a new energy dynamic that uses chakras: http://www.healthypages.net/newsitem.asp?newsid=5502
Ayurveda, ancient Indian medicine
Ancient India’s Ayurvedic medicine is considered to be the oldest system
of natural medicine. More than three thousand years old, it predates Chinese,
Egyptian and Greek medicine. Today, many people have returned to Ayurvedic
methods that include herbs, oils, aromas, foods, massage and meditation
to achieve a more balanced healthy lifestyle. The following article discusses
the main principles of Ayurvedic medicine and how they may be able to help
A case of bubonic plague has been reported in the second largest US city
of Los Angeles for the first time in 22 years, health officials said.
An unidentified woman came down in April with symptoms of the disease, known
as the Black Death when it devastatingly swept across Europe in the 14th
century. Health officials said they believed the infected woman, who
remains hospitalized, was exposed to fleas in the area around her house and
stressed that the likelihood of a spread of the rare disease was very unlikely.
Health officials investigating the source of the disease set traps to catch
rodents and other wild animals in the area near where the woman lives.
is in His Fingers
Man's testosterone levels can be also tested by comparing the length of
the man's index finger compared to his ring finger. If the ring finger
is longer, it indicates a high testosterone level. Researchers found
that men in a study who had the highest levels performed worst in the test,
and suggest that is because they are particularly sensitive to sexual images.
Men about to play a financial game were shown images of sexy women or lingerie.
The men's performance in the tests showed those who had been exposed to
the "sexual cues" were more likely to accept an unfair offer than those
who were not. Catching sight of a pretty woman really is enough to throw
a man's decision-making skills into disarray, the study suggests. The more
testosterone he has, the stronger the effect, according to work by Belgian
researchers. Men, while genetically wired for looking for opportunities
to pass on their genes, may be tricked into losing financially or messing
up the given task. Women are not going fall for such tricks.
The researchers are conducting similar tests with women. But so far, they
have failed to find a visual stimulus, which will affect their behavior.
The odds of living to 100 and beyond double when a person is born to a
woman under 25 years of age, compared to those people born to older mothers,
according to one of the most rigorous studies on the subject yet conducted.
The study, which was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA)
and the Society of Actuaries, was presented recently at the Population Association
of America annual meeting, in Los Angeles. The finding may also help
clear up a statistical mystery, three years ago the same husband-and-wife
team of researchers found that being the first-born child in a family also
boosted longevity, although no one knew why.
2/3 cup mixed dried fruit, 2/3 cup apple juice, 115 g stale brown or
white bread, 1tsp mixed spice
1 large banana sliced, 2/3 cup skimmed milk, 1 tbsp sugar natural low
fat yogurt to serve
Preheat the oven to 200 c. Place the dried fruit in a small pan with
the apple juice and bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and
stir in the bread spice and banana spoon the mixture into a shallow 2 pint
/5cup oven proof dish and pour over the milk. Sprinkle with demurer sugar
and bake for 25-30 minutes until from and golden brown. Serve hot or cold
with natural yogurt.
Ingredients: 1 medium onion, 2 stalks chopped celery, 2 cloves minced
garlic, 1/3 medium red bell pepper diced, 2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp
thyme, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, 2 Tbsp oil, 2 Cups cooked black beans
lightly mashed, 1 Cup cooked brown rice (should be sticky not dry)
1/4 Cup sunflower seeds , chopped & toasted, 1/4 quick cooking rolled
oats, 2 Tbsp soy sauce / tamari.
Procedure: Saute onion, pepper, garlic, celery & spices in oil under
tender. Pour into large mixing bowl with other ingredients, mix well. Form
mixture into patties. Place on oiled baking sheet in a 350 degree preheated
oven. Bake 25-30 min turning after 15 min. Or panfry in a medium skillet.
Serve on a bun with you favorite condiments.
Earth Day (Saturday April 22nd) was celebrated as a community gathering
which reflects a grassroots effort to bring people together in cities around
the world to recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures
and life forms we are one family and one earth community with a common
Ingredients: 150g /1/4 cup semolina, 600 ml 2/1/2 cups semi skimmed milk,
30 ml /2 tbsp light muscovado sugar, 1 large orange, and 1 egg equivalent
of Ener-G Egg-replacer.
Preheat the oven to 200 c. Place the semolina in a nonstick pan with
the milk and sugar. Stir over a moderate heart until thickened and smooth.
Remove from the heart. Grate a few long shreds of orange rind from the
orange and save for decoration. Finely grate the remaining rind. Cut all
the peel and white pith from the orange and remove the segments. Stir into
the semolina with the orange rind. Whisk the egg replacer then fold lightly
and evenly into the mixture. Spoon into a 1 liter ovenproof dish and bake
for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Serve immediately.
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