Saturday, September 7, 2013

Is It Safe To Eat BBQ Foods?

What a question to ask. Is it safe to eat BBQ foods. After all it is an American tradition to barbeque. How can it be unsafe?

It turns out that  grilling and cooking meats at high temperatures creates cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines.

When the fat from the meat drips on the coals the resulting smoke can coat the meat with other dangerous chemicals. What is the bottom line? You do not need to stop grilling, but you can reduce the risk choosing lean cuts and trimming excess fat. Marinate the meat before you grill it and use lower heat. Avoid charring the meat and reduce the cooking time by precooking in a microwave or oven and finishing on the grill.

Finally consider eating less meat and more vegetarian. This is not only a good way to reduce your cholesterol, but in addition when vegetables are grilled there is little if any formation of harmful compounds. The bottom line is that you can make grilling safer by following a few common sense guidelines.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Stress and Your Health

In our book Live Longer Live Healthier we discuss the many ways that stress can affect your health. A new report in a prestigious medical journal focused on 29 studies that studied the effects of and the risk of high blood pressure. The authors concluded that "job strain" was linked to a range of health problems including high blood pressure. Our advice is to get off the treadmill of life and make time to "smell the roses." It is never to late to change your lifestyle and improve your health.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Be Careful With Over The Counter Drugs

Every one who watches TV has heard ads for prescription medications. The ads touting the merits of the drug are always followed by a litany of possible side effects. Some of these are so severe that one wonders why anyone would consider taking the medication. believe me, the manufacturers would rather not list all of these potential side effects, but the FDA requires a balanced presentation listing the benefits as well as the risks.

This is not the case with over the counter meds because oversight is handled by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) not the FDA. The FTC does not require that information about potential side effects of a medication be routinely included in ads. As a result incorrect uses of OTC drugs sends thousands of people to the hospital every year.

Be careful and read the small print on all labels and package inserts. If you have ay doubt about possible side effects consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

How Good Are Generic Drugs?

About 3/4 of prescriptions in the U.S. are now generic drugs. This has made insurance companies happy because they are putting out more money. Should this make you happy? The FDA and most medical groups state that generics are as effective and safe as the original products. Generics must be equivalent to the original in terms of strength, quality, purity and safety. Generics must deliver the same amount of active ingredients at about the same rate as their brand name counterpart.

The generic can differ in shape, color and inactive ingredients. These subtle differences may be important especially with time release drugs. Overall the absorption of generics differs from the brand names by only 3 to 4%. These small differences will not matter for most drugs, but in some instances it may reduce effectiveness and safety.

If you switch from a brand name to a generic be alert for any change in your condition or for side effects. This is especially true if you are switched to a generic of a drug that must keep your blood level in a tight range.

If you have problems or side effects with any drug talk to your health care provider.

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