For most of us, one of the most miserable physical experiences possible is unrelenting nausea. When that happens, over-the-counter medications have only limited effect, and prescription medicine is seldom at hand. There’s good news, however, if you keep some ginger in your kitchen.
In the realm of medicine, observational studies show how one condition can be correlated to another condition.
One of the more encouraging observational studies to make the news is how optimism can actually have a beneficial boost on your health.
At least that’s what’s been shown by more than a handful of studies.
What researchers have been able to determine is those who are optimistic generally have better health than those who aren’t. In particular they’ve been able to notice that their hearts and their immune systems work in an enhanced function comparatively
Scott Barry who writes for Scientific American wrote an article about these associations.
What he noted is quite enlightening.
This conception is important because optimism is particularly associated with positive immunological functioning and health. A 2012 review conducted by Julia Boehm and Laura Kubzansky concluded that in healthy populations, “optimism and vitality are consistently associated with reduced risk of incident cardiovascular events.” In fact, across both healthy and patient populations, optimism was “the most reliably associated with a reduced risk of cardiac events.
The association gives people yet another reason to practice optimism.
So how exactly does it work to promote heart health.
Well the one thing we know is it isn’t optimism that makes people’s hearts healthy, but what optimism foes for their mind and their body.
What was noted in those studies is that optimistic people are less likely to engage in risky practices likes smoking, drinking excessively, maintaining a poor diet etc.
By following through with those practices it gives both their body, as well as their heart, a chance to live without added stress that can contribute to cardiovascular disease.
But again, optimism isn’t what causes a healthy heart
As Barry wrote
As this review (which includes 10 studies) suggests, the link between optimism and a healthy heart is real and robust. But this is just an association. This research doesn’t mean that optimism causes a healthy heart. It’s possible that being healthy causes people to be more optimistic. Or even another variable might be at play here that causes both optimism and a healthy heart to be related. While there is increasing evidence that high well-being does cause better health and longevity, we definitely need more research that follows people up over a long period of time and looks at the precise mechanisms that cause these factors to be related.
What we know about cardiovascular health is for most people their hearts are affected by the food they eat.
And what most people don’t know is there’s a popular food that can really hurt their heart.
Some people even think it’s healthy…
Not sure what it is?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says half of Americans drink a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day, and 25 percent consume more than 12 ounces daily. Evidence continues to build that there is a strong causative relationship between sugary drinks and weight gain. Three studies were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine that provide new and compelling evidence that consuming heavily sweetened beverages contributes to obesity.
What you may or may not know is what you drink can have a pretty significant affect on your health.
What researchers have found is there’s a particular drink, an ancient beverage, that’s quite adept at helping improve health in a really big way.
The beverage in question is green tea.
The reason green tea is receiving so much love from researchers is because of a group of flavonoids called catechins.
In particular is the catechin known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). EGCG is an antioxidant, and as you know antioxidants have the extraordinary power to fight free radicals and resist cancer.
Now in terms of antioxidant power it’s believed that EGCG is anywhere from 25 to 100 times more powerful than other antioxidants like Vitamins C and E.
And what makes green tea so special is it has some of the highest concentrations of EGCG in the world.
Which makes green tea of one of the most potent natural cancer fighters known to man.
Dr. Mercola writes:
In a study examining the effects of green tea or green tea components on the prevention and progression of ovarian cancer cells, scientists found “significant associations” between green tea consumption and decreased incidences of ovarian cancer, as well as more positive prognoses due to green tea’s potential to generate the effects of cisplatin, a chemotherapeutic agent.1 Another study reported its potential to protect against breast cancer.2
Scientists reported that the known chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic properties in green tea was prompting further investigation, due to the evidence of possible preventive biological effects of tea polyphenols on human cancer cells.3
One interesting study showed a notable link between green tea consumption and an improvement in bladder dysfunction due to hormone deficiency in post-menopausal women.4 The research attributed this to the catechin content, with its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
And the truth is there’s quite more evidence to show how good green-tea is for fighting cancer.
For instance one study was able to show that women who drank green tea on a regular basis were up to 22% less likely to develop the most common cancer known to women, breast cancer.
And another study indicated when men drank green tea they had a 48% reduction in the likelihood they would develop the most prevalent mens’ cancer, prostate cancer. That’s a remarkable reduction of nearly half.
More astonishing? In a study of 69,710 Chinese it was shown that green tea consumption has helped to reduce colo-rectal cancers by as much a 57%!
These numbers are nothing to sneeze at.
And more amazing is how EGCG doesn’t just stop there.
In fact the antioxidants is believed to help with:
- Weight loss
- Brain function improvement
- Cardiovascular disease reduction
- Impeding the development of Type-II diabetes
And much more.
The few caveats to green tea consumption is it should always be consumed separate from added sugar. And, the higher quality the better, as lower quality green tea has high e=levels of dangerous fluoride.
If you are going to add green tea to your diet one of the first things you should do is make sure you have a healthy gut.
A healthy gut allows you to experience the best of health, as well as extract the nutrients from green tea.
Odds are you have some of this in a medicine cabinet at this very moment.
And whether you realize it or not, every dose you take, or hand out to loved ones, could be potentially life threatening.
The drug in question is acetaminophen.
You might know it by its brand name of Tylenol.
Whatever you call it, this drug is one of the most problematic in the world. Mainly because of its pervasiveness as well as the wealth of misinformation surrounding it.
The reason acetaminophen is so dangerous is because it can quickly cause liver failure. Even small amounts are enough to cause immense amounts of harm.
“Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose – or just two additional extra strength pills a day – has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. Taken all at once, a little less than four times the maximum daily dose can cause death…
Warnings on liver damage were added to the drug’s label in 2009 by the FDA, 32 years after an expert panel convened by the agency advised it was ‘obligatory’ to do so. The recommendation was a part of a broader safety review of acetaminophen, which the report says has not yet been completed.”
A large number of the people who die from liver failure as a result of acetaminophen poisoning do so in what’s known as a “staged overdose.”
Staged overdoses are often more deadly than a single time overdose because the consumer has used acetaminophen for so long that it has virtually destroyed the livers ability to function any longer.
That’s why part of the problem is balanced on the shoulders of the consumer.
Here’s how a staged overdose happens.
Many consumers will take more than one acetaminophen containing drug at a time, despite the significant danger.
Frequently they’ll be taking one medication for one ailment, and another for a different ailment.
Over time the use of the drug will have adverse effects on the liver as the organ is subjected to a constant overload of acetaminophen which will eventually cause severe liver damage.
And that damage can eventually result in death.
Despite the FDA’s knowledge of the harm associated with acetaminophen, very little has been done to help keep people safe from this drug.
A recent recommendation was made to have all manufacturer’s to reduce the amount contained in “extra-strength” to 325mg, down from 500 mg.
It’s not mandatory and less than 50% of manufacturer’s have complied.
The real responsibility lies on health practitioners to inform their patients of the dangers associated with acetaminophen.
And many have.
They have stressed that people should begin to shy away from using acetaminophen for every ache and pain. And many have told their patients matter of factly if they would change their diet and their lifestyle, they wouldn’t need to worry about the aches and pains they always deal with anyways.
If that sounds like something you could benefit from the link below might be of some use to you.
The New York Attorney General has sent “cease-and-desist” letters to GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, demanding that they remove certain herbal supplements from NY stores. The letters cite independent tests that showed the supplements do not contain the plant materials that are listed on their labels.
According to the tests, only 21% of the tested material contained DNA from plants matching the labels. The products contained, instead, worthless or potentially harmful contaminants, such as rice powder and house plant DNA.
The AG hired Dr. James A. Schulte II of Clarkson University, an expert in DNA barcoding, to examine the contents of herbal supplements labeled as Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, Garlic, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto, and Valerian Root.
According to the AG press release, the tests confirmed their suspicions:
“The DNA test results seem to confirm long-standing questions about the herbal supplement industry. Mislabeling, contamination, and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risks to New York families—especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”
Of all the tests, only 21% confirmed DNA barcodes from the plants on the labels. Plants that were not on the labels were found in 35% of the products tested and a significant number showed no plant matter of any kind. Some of the filler and contaminants identified were rice, beans, pine, citrus, asparagus, primrose, wheat, wild carrot, and various houseplants.
Consumers in the U.S. spend an estimated $61 billion dollars on dietary supplements annually.
Are you looking for the most efficient way to ensure good health? Check out this special report.
U.S. News and World Report has ranked 34 of the most popular diets with help from experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease.
The report urges readers to choose the best diet for themselves based on their own weight goals, their ability to follow diets in the past, budget, personality, and interest in exercise, but the information in this list can help you find the best diet for each.
The experts ranked each diet on a scale from 1-5 in 7 areas:
The first study comes from Uppsala University. Results from the study that followed patients for 40 years have finally just been released.
They report that elderly men who, late in life, begin to have difficulty sleeping are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men who do not say they have trouble sleeping.
A recent analysis of several studies that documented both tea consumption and the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in European countries has found good news. There appears to be an “inverse correlation” between the amount of tea people drink and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
In other words, countries that consume more tea see fewer people developing adult diabetes.
If you’ve ever tried yoga, you know that the gentle movements and meditative breathing can be surprisingly energizing, but you probably still feel you need to walk briskly or bike or swim, to get your heart rate up. A recently released analysis of 37 randomized controlled trials says you may not need to after all.