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Romance and Travel May Be the Secret to Longevity
Looking for a good reason to add romance and travel to your life? How about living longer, healthier and happier?
Travel can help people establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle, says Dr. David Lipschitz, director of the Center on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and an author and syndicated columnist on aging.
Travel for Long Life
According to Lipschitz, the two most important factors for longevity are health and happiness, and travel helps to foster both. Planning a trip helps seniors stay sharp, exercise keeps them fit, and traveling with a spouse or significant other is a great way for couples to reconnect through shared experiences, rekindle romance and increase intimacy.
Researchers have found that having an intimate relationship as we grow older is a critical factor for health and longevity.
Married men live an average of 10 years longer than those who aren't married, and married women live approximately three years longer.
"Love is one thing that is needed for long life, and traveling will fuel it," Lipschitz told the Dallas Morning News. "Traveling to spend time alone together will not only broaden your horizons, but make you a healthier person."
Senior Travel is Changing
But the way seniors travel is changing dramatically, and it will change even further as more baby boomers reach their senior years with more energy, better health, and more disposable income than previous generations.
"What characterizes our generation is that we're very, very individualistic, and that's going to affect the way we will be traveling," Lipschitz told Knight Ridder Newspapers. "We are a well-traveled generation. Where haven't we been? Now I want to go to Antarctica, to the Galapagos Islands, to Mongolia. I want travel that makes me feel there's nothing in life I cannot do."
Seniors are Changing the Travel
The global population is aging so rapidly that the travel industry will be forced to accommodate their needs and preferences - from more healthful dining choices to a wider range of group and independent travel options tailored to seniors.
Some of these changes are already taking place. For example, Elderhostel, the world's largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over, has introduced more intergenerational travel and a Road Scholar program that offers more active and independent travel without the usual age restriction.
"For a number of years, we've been preparing for this next wave, this next generation aging into retirement years," said James Moses, Elderhostel's president. "We have some very specific differences between Road Scholar and Elderhostel." The new travel program is more active and tailored to self-exploration than the traditional Elderhostel trip, which includes comfortable accommodations, morning lectures, and afternoon field trips, always in a group that explores themes together."
Travel At Any Age
But it's not only younger seniors that are starting to hit the road in record numbers. Lipschitz notes that 50 percent of America's 85-year-olds now live independently and have more lifestyle options than ever before.
"They can do anything they want," he says. "I don't think major bus tours are the wave of the future."
A healthy diet cuts Alzheimer's risk by 40 percent
by Ethan A. Huff
(NaturalNews) A recent study conducted by researchers at Columbia University in New York has found that people who eat a diet rich in olive oil, fish, nuts, poultry, and fruits and vegetables, lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by 40 percent.
Dr. Yian Gu, one of the researchers involved in the study, commented on what most in the natural health community already know. "Diet is probably the easiest way to modify disease risk," she explained concerning the research.
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Women can dramatically slash their risk of strokes through regular walking
by S. L. Baker
(NaturalNews) A large, long-term study just reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke has great news for women. Once again, a non-drug approach to avoiding one of the country's top killers has been shown to be a powerful "prescription". Harvard researchers found that women can dramatically slash their risk for both clot-caused (ischemic) strokes as well as bleeding (hemorrhagic) strokes by simply walking regularly.
"Though the exact relationship among different types of physical activity and different stroke subtypes remains unclear, the results of this specific study indicate that walking, in particular, is associated with lower risk of stroke," Jacob R. Sattelmair, M.Sc., lead author and doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a statement to the media.
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10 Easy and Natural Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp and Active
by Tony Isaacs
Keeping your brain sharp and preventing mental decline involves more than just the brain itself. Healthy practices in many areas of life will help you keep your brain, as well as your body, in top shape.
To see 10 easy and natural ways to help keep your brain in top shape now and prevent problems later, click Here.
Blueberry Juice Improves Memory
By Sylvia Booth Hubbard
(NewsMaxHealth) The answer to a sharper memory may be as close as your grocer's shelves. A recent study found that drinking a couple of cups of blueberry juice each day may give aging memories a boost.
Researchers led by Robert Krikorian of the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center tested people in their 70s with age-related memory problems. One group of volunteers drank 16 to 20 ounces of a commercially available blueberry juice every day for two months. The control group drank a non-juice beverage.
At the end of two months, those volunteers who drank blueberry juice showed significant improvements on learning and memory tests. "These preliminary memory findings are encouraging and suggest that consistent supplementation with blueberries might offer an approach to forestall or mitigate neurodegeneration," the scientists wrote in a report published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Although previous animal studies had indicated that blueberries may help aging memories, until now there had been little actual testing of blueberries' effect on people.
According to WebMD, the study also indicated that the volunteers who drank blueberry juice had reduced symptoms of depression and lower glucose levels.
Blueberries are one of nature's richest sources of phytochemicals and antioxidants.
Ongoing studies are focusing on blueberries' ability to protect against stroke and lessen brain damage in stroke victims, slow vision loss, prevent cancer, and relieve or prevent upper urinary tract and bladder infections.
a Foundation for Better Health
by Tony Isaacs
Whether you want to live longer and healthier or you want to address a specific health concern, building a good healthy natural foundation is essential. Just like you cannot expect to get good results from patching a roof on a building with a shaky foundation, the same is true of your body.
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Eye Test Gives Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis
(Newsmax) British researchers have developed a simple eye test that could spot Alzheimer's years before symptoms appear. The test, which could be given by an optician, would allow treatment to begin immediately, giving hope of stopping and even reversing the dreaded disease.
The test uses eye drops containing a fluorescent dye followed by a photo taken with an infra-red camera. Dying nerve cells in the retina absorb the dye and show up as green dots.
"Few people realize that the retina is a direct, albeit thin, extension of the brain," lead author Professor Francesca Cordeiro of the University College London, said in a statement.
"It's entirely possible that in the future, a visit to a optician to check on your eyesight will also be a check on the state of your brain," she said.
With current methods, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis often comes late in the course of the disease. A test to spot it early could revolutionize treatment.
"The death of nerve cells is the key event in all neurodegenerative disorders—but until now it has not been possible to study cell death in real time," Cordeiro said. "This technique means we should be able to directly observe retinal nerve cell death in patients, which has a number of advantages in terms of effective diagnosis. This could be critically important since identification of the early stages could lead to successful reversal of the disease progression with treatment."
The equipment needed to perform the new test is inexpensive, non-invasive, and is basically the same used in hospitals and clinics worldwide.
"These findings have the potential to transform the way we diagnose Alzheimer's, greatly enhancing efforts to develop new treatments and cures," Rebecca Wood, of the U.K.'s Alzheimer's Research Trust, told BBC News.
"If we spot Alzheimer's in its earliest stages, we may be able to treat and reverse the progression of the disease as new treatments are developed."
Human trials of the technique are underway, and the test could be available within two years.
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Surprise: Research suggests that becoming more grateful could make each of us 25% happier -- and that being happy is the key to a longer, more successful life.
Our lives do not just seem better when we are happy -- they actually become better, according to a 2005 analysis of hundreds of psychological studies. Happy people tend to have longer, more loving marriages... are healthier... live an average of seven to nine years longer than chronically unhappy people... and have more successful careers. According to one study, happy college graduates had annual salaries $25,000 higher than unhappy graduates 16 years after graduation.
While an endless procession of self-help gurus have claimed to know the path to happiness, psychological studies generally have failed to confirm that proposed happiness strategies actually work.
One notable exception: Research conducted in the past decade appears to indicate that we can become happier by feeling more gratitude.
Bottom Line/Retirement asked psychology professor Robert A. Emmons, PhD, of the University of California, Davis, for more information...
What is "gratitude" to a psychologist?
In simple terms, gratitude is our affirmation of a benefit that we have received and our recognition that this benefit has come to us from outside of ourselves.
You say that becoming more grateful will make us happier. How do we know that it isn’t the other way around -- happiness creates gratitude?
Our research suggests that increases in happiness do not lead to increases in gratitude, but that increases in gratitude do in fact increase happiness. We designed a study to test this. Participants were divided into two groups, each of which were initially equally happy. Members of one of these groups were asked to write in a journal the things that they were grateful for, which made them more conscious of and grateful for the good fortune that came their way. At the end of the study, the journal-keeping group was 25% happier than members of the group that did not keep gratitude journals.
Why does feeling gratitude make us happier?
Primarily, I believe, it is because gratitude increases our sense of connection to other people. Having strong relationships is the single best predictor of happiness, and our relationships become stronger when we acknowledge the support we receive from those around us. Acknowledging the support we receive from others provides us with confirmation that we have value in other people’s eyes. Gratitude also buffers us from envy, resentment and regret, emotions that inhibit happiness.
Why do people often have trouble being grateful for what they have?
Lots of reasons. Most of us are fortunate to have pretty good lives, so our default reaction might be to take the benefits that come our way for granted. Consumerism and other cultural pressures can foster a sense that we deserve even more than we have. Our desire to see ourselves as self-sufficient makes it difficult to admit that someone else has helped us. And admitting gratitude can create uncomfortable feelings of indebtedness.
Can we consciously choose to become more grateful and thus happier?
Yes, I do believe it is a choice. Chronically unhappy people do not greatly differ from happy people in terms of their life circumstances -- they just approach life with a different set of attitudes. Unhappy people tend to see themselves as victims of their past, and feel entitled or exaggeratedly deserving when good fortune comes their way. Happy people are thankful that good things happen to them -- even though their lives might be no better than those of the unhappy people next door. We cannot always alter the events of our lives, but we can alter our attitudes.
What, specifically, can we do to become more grateful?
Make an effort to speak about your life using words of gratitude even if you do not feel very grateful. Though it seems counterintuitive, we can become more grateful by forcing ourselves to feign gratefulness that we do not initially feel. Speak in terms of gifts and givers, not regrets and setbacks. Refer to yourself as blessed or fortunate, not deserving or lacking. Say that you live in abundance, not in need. For example, say "I feel so grateful when I can sleep through the night," rather than "Most nights I wake up every few hours."
Keeping a gratitude journal also seems to encourage gratefulness. Every day or every week, write down five or more things for which you are grateful. Be specific -- "I’m grateful for my spouse" is little more than a cliché, but "I’m grateful that my spouse picked up my dry cleaning this afternoon" reminds us that we are grateful to our partner today for a particular reason. Try not to repeat entries -- gratitude journals are most effective when we think of new items each day.
Incidentally, if you are struggling to get to sleep at night, don’t count sheep, count your blessings. Grateful people sleep better and longer than ungrateful people, and wake feeling more refreshed.
What is the secret to being grateful in the face of struggle or tragedy?
The secret is not to wait until tragedy strikes. Become more grateful while your life is running smoothly, so that gratitude becomes an ingrained part of your "psychological immune system." That will make it easier to view difficulties as temporary and surmountable setbacks, or even as opportunities in disguise.
A grateful person mourns the passing of a close friend, but he/she also feels lucky to have known the friend as long as he did, and is glad that he has so many other friends remaining.
Many prayers are expressions of gratitude. So, do religious people have an advantage when it comes to actually feeling gratitude and being happy?
Yes, to some degree. One of the foundations of virtually every religion is that people should give thanks to God and to each other. Religious texts and religious teachings typically provide models of how to be grateful, such as prayers of gratitude and rituals of giving thanks. Spirituality appears to be particularly helpful for maintaining a grateful outlook in the face of suffering and adversity.
Bottom Line/Retirement interviewed Robert A. Emmons, PhD, professor of psychology, University of California, Davis. A leading scholar of positive psychology, he is author of Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton Mifflin).
Source: www.bls.bottomlinesecrets.comOlive oil component could avert Alzheimer’s
By Jane Byrne, 20-Oct-2009
Related topics: Nutritional lipids and oils, Cognitive and mental function
A compound in extra virgin olive oil could deter proteins from disrupting nerve cell function that causes the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease.
In findings published in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, US scientists explain how this naturally occurring compound, oleocanthal, beneficially alters the structure of highly toxic proteins known as ADDLs.
The researchers explain that ADDLs bind within the neural synapses of the brains of Alzheimer's patients and are believed to directly disrupt nerve cell function, eventually leading to memory loss, cell death and global disruption of brain function.
"Binding of ADDLs to nerve cell synapses is thought to be a crucial first step in the initiation of Alzheimer's disease," said the lead research William L. Klein.
"Oleocanthal alters ADDL structure in a way that deters the protein from binding to synapses."
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Antioxidant OPCs may boost memory: Animal study
By NutraIngredients staff reporter, 16-Oct-2009
Related topics: Research, Antioxidants, carotenoids, Phytochemicals, plant extracts, Cognitive and mental function
Supplements of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) improved memory in animals with age-related cognitive decline, says a new study from Japan and Korea.
Animals engineered to model the decline in cognitive function and memory that occurs naturally in humans had improved spatial and object recognition when supplemented with OPCs for five weeks, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers from the University of Toyama in Japan and Pusan National University in South Korea report that OPCs were associated with an increase in the densities of axons, dendrites and synapses in the brains of the animals, compared to control animals.
While cognitive function is known to decline naturally as we age, accelerated decline is associated with an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Currently, about 12 million people in the US plus the EU suffer from Alzheimer's, with some estimates predicting this figure will have tripled by 2050. The direct and indirect cost of Alzheimer care is over $100 bn (€ 81 bn) in the US alone. The direct cost of Alzheimer care in the UK was estimated at £15 bn (€ 22 bn).
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Exciting Research about Turmeric and Alzheimers
(Healthiertalk.com) In India, Alzheimer's disease is relatively uncommon. People over the age of 65 living in certain rural areas of India have a less than 1 percent (0.84%) chance of developing the disease. In the larger cities and rural areas of India, the risk is just 2.4 percent.
Compare these findings to people over the age of 65 living in the United States. Again, depending on where we are living, our chances of developing Alzheimer's disease range from a little under 5 percent to an astonishing 17 percent.
So what are people who are living in India doing that we aren't doing here in the US to account for these dramatic differences? The answer seems to be curry, that zesty spice and staple of Indian foods. Research has shown that a compound in curry not only prevents changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer's disease, it actually reverses some of the damage already present.
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Just a 'Spoonful of Sugar' Makes The Worms' Lifespan Go Down
November 24 2009
If worms are any indication, all the sugar in your diet could spell much more than obesity and type 2 diabetes. Researchers reporting in the November issue of Cell Metabolism say it might also be taking years off your life.
By adding just a small amount of glucose to C. elegans’ usual fare of straight bacteria, they found the worms lose about 20 percent of their usual lifespan. They trace the effect to insulin signals, which can block other life-extending molecular players.
Although the findings are in worms, Cynthia Kenyon of the University of California, San Francisco says there are known to be many similarities between worms and people in the insulin signaling pathways department.
As an aside, Kenyon says she read up on low-carb diets and changed her eating habits immediately -- cutting out essentially all starches and desserts -- after making the initial discovery in worms. The discovery was made several years ago, but had not been reported in a peer-reviewed journal until now.
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"The Closest Thing to The Fountain of Youth Yet Discovered"
Researchers Discover Natural Protein that Prevents and Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease
by Byron Richards
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have provided ground-breaking proof that a natural protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) can prevent and treat Alzheimer’s. The study was carried out in a variety of animal models including mice, rats, and monkeys.
“The effects of BDNF were potent,” said Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD, lead researcher. “When we administered BDNF to memory circuits in the brain, we directly stimulated their activity and prevented cell death from the underlying disease.”
The researchers reported that “In each case, when compared with control groups not treated with BDNF, the treated animals demonstrated significant improvement in the performance of a variety of learning and memory tests. Notably, the brains of the treated animals also exhibited restored BDNF gene expression, enhanced cell size, improved cell signaling, and activation of function in neurons that would otherwise have degenerated, compared to untreated animals. These benefits extended to the degenerating hippocampus where short-term memory is processed, one of the first regions of the brain to suffer damage in Alzheimer’s disease.”
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Mark Hyman, MD
he aging American population is facing a sharp increase in diagnosed cases of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect about 10% of people 65 and older. Among those in their mid-80s and older, up to half have a significant degree of cognitive impairment.
Millions of younger Americans suffer from less obvious mental impairments, including mild memory loss and diminished alertness, as well as brain-related disorders, such as depression and chronic anxiety.
Neurologists now believe that most mental impairments are caused by lifelong exposure to toxic agents, including pollution and tobacco, and to naturally occurring molecules that damage brain tissue and impair circulation to the brain.
Research clearly shows that some foods can improve mental performance and help prevent long-term damage. Best choices...
Sardines. They have two to three times more omega-3 fatty acids than most other fatty fish. Our bodies use omega-3s for the efficient transmission of brain signals. People who don’t get enough omega-3s in their diets are more likely to experience learning disabilities, dementia and depression.
Bonus: Omega-3s reduce inflammation and inhibit blood clots, the underlying cause of most strokes.
Fatty fish also are high in choline, a substance used to manufacture one of the main neurotransmitters (acetylcholine) involved in memory.
Recommended: Three cans of sardines a week. Sardines are less likely to accumulate mercury or other toxins than larger fish.
Caution: Many people believe that flaxseed is an adequate substitute for fish. Although it contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3, only about 10% of ALA is converted to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) or eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), the most beneficial forms of omega-3s and the ones that are plentiful in fish oil.
If you don’t like sardines, you can take fish oil supplements (1,000 mg twice a day).
Omega-3 eggs. They’re among the best foods for the brain because they contain folate along with omega-3s and choline. Folate is a B vitamin that’s strongly linked to mood and mental performance. A Finnish study of 2,682 men found that those with the lowest dietary intakes of folate were 67% more likely to experience depression than those with adequate amounts.
Recommended: Up to eight eggs a week. Only buy eggs that say "Omega-3" on the label. It means that the chickens were given a fish meal diet. Eggs without this label contain little or no omega-3s.
Low-glycemic carbohydrates. The glycemic index ranks foods according to how quickly they elevate glucose in the blood. Foods with low glycemic ratings include legumes (beans, lentils) and whole-grain breads. They slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream and prevent sharp rises in insulin.
Why it matters: Elevated insulin is associated with dementia. For example, diabetics with elevated insulin in the blood have four times the rate of dementia as people without diabetes. Elevated insulin damages blood vessels as well as neurons. The damage is so pronounced that some researchers call Alzheimer’s disease "type 3 diabetes."
Recommended: Always eat natural, minimally processed foods. They’re almost always low on the glycemic index. For example, eat apples instead of applesauce... whole-grain bread instead of white bread... or any of the legumes, such as chickpeas, lentils or soybeans.
Nuts. They’re among the few plant foods that contain appreciable amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain antioxidants, which reduce brain and arterial inflammation that can lead to cognitive decline.
Most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated -- it lowers harmful LDL cholesterol without depressing beneficial HDL cholesterol -- important for preventing stroke.
Recommended: One to two handfuls daily. Walnuts and macadamia nuts are among the highest in omega-3s, but all nuts are beneficial. Avoid highly salted and roasted nuts (the roasting changes the composition of the oils). Lightly toasted is okay.
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale. They contain detoxifying compounds that help the liver eliminate toxins that can damage the hippocampus and other areas of the brain involved in cognition.
Recommended: One cup daily is optimal, but at least four cups a week. Cooked usually is easier to digest than raw.
B-12 foods. Meat, dairy products and seafood are our only source (apart from supplements) of vitamin B-12 in the diet. This nutrient is critical for brain health. A study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that older adults with low levels of vitamin B-12 were more likely to experience rapid cognitive declines. Older adults have the highest risk for B-12 deficiency because the age-related decline in stomach acid impairs its absorption.
Recommended: Two to three daily servings of organic lean meat, low-fat dairy (including yogurt) or seafood. Also important: I advise everyone to take a multi-nutrient supplement that includes all of the B vitamins.
Green tea. It’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that also stimulates the liver’s ability to break down toxins. New research indicates that green tea improves insulin sensitivity -- important for preventing diabetes and neuro-damaging increases in insulin.
Recommended: One to two cups daily.
Berries, including blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. The darker the berry, the higher the concentration of antioxidant compounds. In studies at Tufts University, animals fed blueberries showed virtually no oxidative brain damage. They also performed better on cognitive tests than animals given a standard diet.
Recommended: One-half cup daily. Frozen berries contain roughly the same level of protective compounds as fresh berries.
Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is editor-in-chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a peer-reviewed professional journal in the fields of integrative medicine and alternative medicine. He is on the board of advisers and faculty of Food As Medicine, a professional nutrition training program at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, DC. He is author of many books on wellness, including The UltraMind Solution (Scribner). www.ultrawellness.com.
From: Bottom Line SecretsMultivitamins May Tap Fountain of Youth
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Taking multivitamins might make your cells biologically younger, according to a study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The study compared the length of DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes, called “telomeres,” of those who took multivitamins and those who did not. The length of the telomeres of those who took multivitamins was longer, which is thought to mean they were biologically younger than those of non-users.
The lifespan of cells is linked directly to telomeres, which act to limit the number of times a cell can divide. The telomeres ensure that cells keep their programmed arrangement and do not vary — any such variation can lead to cancer. Every time a cell replicates itself, the telomeres shorten, and once the telomeres are used up, the cell destroys itself.
Researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that the telomeres of those who take multivitamins every day seem to be about 5 percent longer than those who do not.
As their database, the researchers used telomere and vitamin statistics of 586 participants in the Sister Study, which is a national, long-term tracking study of women ages 35-74 who have never had breast cancer but who have a biological sister with the disease.
“Regular multivitamin users tend to follow a healthy lifestyle and have a higher intake of micronutrients, which sometimes makes it difficult to interpret epidemiologic observations on multivitamin use," research leader Dr. Honglei Chen wrote in the study report. "Further investigations would be needed to understand the role of multivitamin use and telomere length and its implication in the etiology of chronic diseases.”
About 35 percent of all adults in the United States take multivitamins regularly, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Natural Help for Osteoporosis
written and compiled by Tony Isaacs
As you age, your bones erode a bit. That's normal. But some people lose so much bone that their skeletons become riddled with weak spots. That's osteoporosis, and it causes a lot of hip, spine and forearm fractures. At its worst, bones become so frail that they crack under the body's own weight!
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Bone Drugs: The Latest Skeletons in Big Pharma's Closet by Tony Isaacs
(NaturalNews) Bisphosphonate bone drugs have been in the news recently, and if you look outside the mainstream media you will find that the news is not good at all. Instead of a product that actually cures illness or corrects deficiencies, bisphosphonates are just the latest scandalous skeletons in the closet of Big Pharma. Like many other skeletons in the closet, they are no more than scam drugs created for profit which cause more harm than good.
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Study Shows Grapefruit Pulp May Reduce the Risk of Osteoporosis by: David Gutierrez, Natural News staff writer
(NaturalNews) Consumption of red grapefruit pulp may increase bone strength and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, according to a study conducted by researchers from Texas A&M University and published in the journal Nutrition.
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Red Clover Shown to Improve Bone Mineral Density and Lower LDL Cholesterol by Barbara Minton, Natural News Natural Health Editor
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(NaturalNews) Red clover, that versatile flower little girls use to decorate their hair and string into necklaces, has been shown to be very good for big girls too. Women have a history of using red clover to alleviate the symptoms of estrogen insufficiency and help restore hormonal balance. Red clover has long been a staple of natural healers as one of their evidence based therapies. New studies are now documenting and quantifying the many benefits of red clover for women and also for men.
Overcoming Alzheimer's: Helping Wally
by Barbara Derrick, Ph.D
Editor's Note: This is a true story. Wally's story also appeared in the July/August 2004 issue of Venture Inward , and his case history was presented at the 8th Annual Edgar Cayce Health Symposium in September, 2003
Wally Decker is a widower who had cared for his wife of 52 years prior to her death. Though he was in his late 70s at the time, he took part in aerobics regularly and danced whenever he could find a partner. Like the hurricane that had once devastated the area around his South Carolina home, a storm arrived in Wally's life in 2002 at age 80. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He saw this diagnosis as a fate worse than death. For most of his life he had enjoyed perfect health. His Christian Science faith had sustained him through years clear of the usual maladies that plague most of us. As a matter of fact, he didn't even have a regular physician until he reached the age of 67. Now, his diagnosis presented him with a disaster worse than an ordinary lifetime's accumulation of illnesses. Wally's symptoms manifested as confusion, short term memory forgetfulness, and trouble with directional information causing him to go off in the wrong direction. His cognitive ability was diminishing also.
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Basil May Hold a Key To Anti-Ageing
Holy basil, (Latin name Ocimum sanctum), is a close relative of the herb commonly used in Western cooking. Native to India, its extract has long been used in the ancient system of Ayurvedic medicine practiced in India and other parts of Asia as a rejuvenation drug, to promote a youthful state of physical and mental health.
In the first formal study of the herb, pharmacy researchers found that holy basil extract was effective at actively searching for and eliminating harmful molecules and protecting against damage caused by some free radicals in key organs such as the heart, liver and brain.
The researchers, led by Dr Vaibhav Shinde from Poona College of Pharmacy, Maharashtra, India, studied the herb for anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties.
Dr Shinde said: "The study validates the traditional use of herb as a youth-promoting substance in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It also helps describe how the herb acts at a cellular level."
to Rebuild Your Lungs
By Al Sears, MD
Before you force yourself to blindly
do more exercise - for whatever
benefits you think it will have -
read what I'm going to tell you
today about Dr. Irving Dardik's
discoveries. He was the first
Chairman of the U.S. Olympic
Committee's Sports Medicine Council.
And the exercise techniques he
developed can actually reverse
chronic diseases as diverse as
Parkinson's, diabetes, multiple
sclerosis, and arthritis.
The story begins with the death of Dr. Dardik's friend Jack Kelly (brother of Grace Kelly). He was an Olympic oarsman and the President of the U.S. Olympic Committee. One morning, he went out for his usual run ... and then dropped dead of sudden heart failure.
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These eye exercises are taken from Dr. Chopra's audio tape set Magical Mind. Magical Body. Tape 5 covers sensory input to bring about changes in the physiology through the sense of sight. Research shows that what we take in through our sight profoundly influences our physiology, i.e. heart rate, blood pressure, hormones, etc. Enhanced sensory perception can result in improvement in memory, creativity, attention span, and learning ability. The following procedures are designed to improve vision, the sense of color perception and access different information in consciousness.
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Blackcurrant compounds target Alzheimer’s progression
By Stephen Daniells, 17-Nov-2008
Related topics: Research
Armed with a ₤60 million war chest from the Scottish government, researchers in Aberdeen are aiming to slow the progress of Alzheimer’ with bioactive compounds from blackcurrants.
The blackcurrant study, along with research into breads to help control diabetes and a tomato extract that may reduce heart disease, highlight how Scottish scientists are working to develop healthy food and drink choices to improve the Scots diet.
The research is being carried out by scientists from the University of Aberdeen's Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, Macaulay Institute, Moredun Research Institute, Scottish Agricultural College and the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI).
The list of research topics include the best ways to manage weight, identifying bio-active compounds in blackcurrants that may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, reducing the risk of food-borne illnesses such a E. coli O157, and the improvement of Scottish soil to improve crop yields.
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Living Longer with L-carnatine
"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 104?"
You may recognize that question as a slight rewording (or rather, renumbering) from the Beatles song "When I'm 64."
The original lyric, written by Paul McCartney, was recorded when he was 24 – four decades shy of 64. When Paul turned 64 two years ago, I wonder if he looked ahead another four decades and pondered what life might be like at 104.
Safe to say, most of us don't expect to celebrate many birthdays beyond ten decades. But when researchers recently conducted a trial restricted to subjects over the age of 100, they found surprising results that are enlightening for Paul and anyone else who's interested in maintaining good health into advanced age.
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