Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Does A Low BMR Mean More Weight Gain?

Here is a study from the Mayo Clinic that makes no sense to us. They reported on the BMR of 757 volunteers and compared changes in their weight over the next ten years. They found that the people with the lowest BMR did not gain more weight than those with the highest even though they burned 500 calories less a day than those with the highest BMRs

These findings are so unusual that they wave red flags for us. It would be expected that the lower the BMR the greater the weight gain. It is obvious to us that there were uncontrolled variables such as diet and exercise habits of the volunteers. Even more perplexing to us is why the Mayo Clinic would allow an incomplete and misleading study like this pass their editorial board.

To learn more about  your body's metabolism look at our book Live Longer Live Healthier.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Do You Have Bad Knees?

What should you do to improve your knee function if you have osteoarthritis? The answer, of course, is to exercise more and to concentrate on strengthening your quadriceps muscles. These are the muscles on the front of the thighs that help extend the lower leg and stabilize the knee. We jave been preaching this in our books, but this point was hammered home by a new analysis of more than 8,000 people with knee arthritis. It was found that those with weak quads had worse symptoms and increased functional decline compared to those with stronger muscles.

Strengthen the muscles and improve the symptoms. This is true for the knees as well as other parts of the body.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Another Reason To Get The Flu Vaccine

Of course we get the flu vaccine for its protection against catching the flu.  It also seems as though there are secondary benefits that go beyond the primary intent. For example people who get the flu vaccine are at reduced risk for developing atrial fibrillation.

This was the finding of a Taiwanese study of more than 11,000 people with a-fib to a comparable group without the condition. We are firm believers in the value of vaccination to prevent the disease. Additional benefits such as this are intriguing and add to the value of the vaccine.

Have you had your flu vaccine this year?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Americans Are Getting Fatter And Sicker

According to the CDC the number of Americans with type 2 diabetes will double or triple by 2050. Today 1 in 10 American adults has diabetes/ If current trends continue by 2050 as many as 1 in 3 may have the disease.

In order to change this dire forecast it will take a massive public effort of education to encourage people at risk to change their eating habits and to exercise more. You will find more information on this topic in our book Live Longer Live Healthier.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Another Reason To Love Your Coffee

At one time it was thought that coffee was was not a healthy drink. This has been disproved for some time. In fact there is more information that drinking coffee may be a healthy habit. For example a recent study of 42,000 healthy Germans  found that there was not an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes caused by drinking coffee. What's more the investigators also found that people who consumed at least three cups of regular or decaffeinated coffee a day were 25% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank little or no coffee.

Enjoy your drink of coffee.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Is The Hype About Turmeric Too Good To Be True?

Be wary if something sounds too good to be true. This is a truism that we have heard since childhood. It now seems to be true for turmeric which has been hyped as a super food.

Turmeric is made from the ground dried roots of the Curcuma longa plant, native to India, and it is the main component of curry powder. It is slightly peppery, mustardy and gives foods a vibrant yellow orange color.

Circumin has an array of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-cancer activities.  This is well and good, but these properties are being over hyped. In fact a small fortune has been spent on marketing promotions including outrageous claims that turmeric is one of nature's greatest gifts to mankind.

There has been a good deal of research on curcumin, but most studies have been small and poorly designed. In fact many studies have been funded by the manufacturers themselves. We take issue with so called scientific studies that are self promoting and frequently run without a control group.
There is some new research that is promising, but for now we recommend caution before you commit to the regular use of turmeric.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another Reason To Get The Flu Vaccine

Here is another reason to get the flu vaccine. A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concluded that the flu vaccine significantly lowered the risk for strokes, heart failure, pneumonia and influenza for people with type 2 diabetes.

The study also concluded that people who were vaccinated were 24% less likely to die from any cause. These conclusions were based upon the analysis of the medical records of 125,000 people with Type 2 diabetes.

Have you had your flu vaccine this year?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Timing May Be The Secret Of Your Success

Are you about to make a big decision? If you are, there is new evidence that suggests that timing is important  A  study from Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that test subjects who were hungry were more likely to make better decisions than those who were well fed.

This contradicts conventional wisdom that being in emotional or physical duress, as in being hungry, causes people to make hasty, irrational decisions. The study from the Netherlands deserves  consideration.

Do you have any opinion about this? Timing may be the secret of your success.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Statin Drug May Save Your Life

There are some unpleasant side effects from statin drugs. The most common is muscle aching, occasionally weakness or even pain. Most people who take a statin do not develop these symptoms, but if you are at risk for having a heart attack  and are not taking a statin drug you should talk to your physician. The reason is that the statins may really help to keep you alive.

There have been many large studies published in the medical literature that substantiate the value of statins, but our attention was drawn to a recent study of 12,705 patients who were at risk for a heart attack. It was found that those on statins were 24% less  likely to have a heart attack than those taking a placebo. This is not like Vegas. It is one time when the odds are in your favor.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Here Is Another Reason To Use Nexium Sparingly

Prolonged use of drugs to treat heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux may lead to serious kidney damage, including kidney failure. This was the message of a groundbreaking study performed at Washington University. This study investigated the long term complications from the use of proton pump inhibitors.

More than 15 million Americans have prescriptions for this type of drug. The medications are sold under the brand names of  Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix. In general these medications have been considered to be safe for long term use. The most frequent complication has been bone fractures, but there is new evidence that proton pump inhibitors may have adverse effects on your heart, digestion and even on your mental status.

The authors of the study stated that larger clinical studies are needed to determine the rate of kidney failure in patients on long term proton pump inhibitors. Never the less, the evidence is convincing that a problem does exist. At this time they urge caution when using any of these medications long term and suggest that everyone explore the possibility of using a different type of drug for their symptoms..

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Good News For Drinkers

When it comes to alcohol a little bit goes a long way. This was the good news according to a large study of 700,000 people. The results demonstrated that light to moderate  consumption of alcohol is associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

It is not clear why this is so. It also appears that heavier alcohol consumption was not beneficial.

Here is another reason to enjoy your nightly drink. Just remember to limit it to only one drink.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Danger Of Unnecessarily Taking An Antibiotic

How many times have you been prescribed an antibiotic that may not have been necessary? Of course you don't know because you are not a physician. In fact your physician may not have been aware that the antibiotic he has prescribed was not medically necessary. Or perhaps it was prescribed because of an expectation on your part that you wanted a pill to make you feel better.

This happens more than you might suspect. In fact a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that about 1/3 of all the antibiotic prescriptions in the sampling reviewed were unnecessary and not appropriate. This decision was based upon accepted medical guidelines for treatment.

 Will taking an antibiotic for the flu or for allergy help?. Of course not. Does this really matter? Of course it does. For one thing there are potential serious complications from any medication. Another reason it matters is that overuse of antibiotics increases the development of drug resistant bacteria. Some day you may really need that antibiotic and it may not work. In fact it may be difficult to find an antibiotic that will be effective against the bacteria that are causing your symptoms.

So think carefully before you pop that antibiotic pill. It may hurt more than it may help.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Do You Need Supplements?

In preceding posts we discussed the need and the rationale for supplementation. We pointed out that the retina has a very high metabolic rate and is very susceptible to oxidative stress. We also pointed out that most adults eating the Standard American Diet (SAD are deficient in the nutrients needed to neutralize the free radicals produced by oxidation. A reasonable question to ask  is whether there is any hard data that that proves the effectiveness of micronutrients in reducing the incidence of macular degeneration. The answer is yes.

There have been two Age-Related Eye Disease Studies know as AREDS1 and AREDS2. These studies were designed to study the effect of diet and nutrition on the progression of age-related macular degeneration in patients who already have the disease.

What did we learn from these studies on the 3640 patients who qualified for the AMD study? In our opinion the most important finding was those patients who ate the Standard American Diet high in red meat, processed meats, high-fat dairy products, fried foods, refined grains and eggs were at a significant increased risk for developing AMD compared to those patients who ate the Asian diet high in the consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruit, whole grains, tomatoes and seafood.

The conclusion of the studies was that a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fish was sufficient to delay the onset of AMD. Dietary supplements should be given to patients who have a high genetic risk for developing macular degeneration and to those who do not eat an adequate diet.

We are frequently asked whether the AREDS formulation should be taken for general eye health if there are no anatomic risk factors for developing AMD. The answer to this an emphatic no. Pills are not a substitude for a healthy diet

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Female Obesity

We know that there is an obesity epidemic in this country, We also know that obesity does not discriminate. It occurs in men, women and children of all ages. Nevertheless, here are some numbers to think about.

 Almost 10% of American women are now in the highest category of obesity.

What does that mean? Well for example a woman 5'4" tall would weigh more than 233 pounds if she were in this category!

What about the remainder of women?

Well the bad news is that overall 40% of all women are obese! This means that they have a body mass index of 30 or higher.

We ask why this is  happening in a country that has some of the finest medical care in the world

What do you think?

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Preventing Age Related Macular Degeneration

This is such an important topic that we are posting information that we presented in earlier posts. This information may help preserve your vision.

Age related macular degeneration affects an estimated 30 million people worldwide at an estimated cause of $300 billion dollars. The cause of this problem has been debated for years without  total agreement. Currently our understanding is that a number of factors are involved. First of all there is a genetic predisposition to develop macular degeneration. If someone in your immediate family has macular degeneration, your risk for developing it is about 70%. This is a higher rate of genetic predisposition than many other diseases.

Secondly, oxidative stress is a contributing factor. We have written extensively about oxidative stress in our book Live Longer Live Healthier. The retina is an organ that consumes large amounts of oxygen, a feature that makes it especially vulnerable to damage from free radicals that are produced as a by product of the cellular metabolism. To learn more about how free radicals are generated by your own body read the chapter on this subject in our book.

The third factor that contributes to the development of macular degeneration is environmental. Smoking is definitely a major causative factor. A poor diet is another. As we get older our metabolism tends to slow down and for most people less food is consumed. The aging body also has a reduced ability to absorb micronutrients from the gut contributing to nutrient deficiencies.

This problem is so severe that an estimated 5 to 10 % of adults over the age of 65 are clinically malnourished.  In another study it was found that 35% of patients in long term facilities were considered to be malnourished despite having access to proper nutrition. Furthermore a comprehensive nutritional survey in 2009 found that in patients over the age of 50, almost 50% did not meet their recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C and 90% did not meet the RDA for betacarotene, lutein or zeaxanthin.

A large study on nutrition and macular degeneration performed in Rotterdam concluded that a healthy diet rich in green leafy vegetables and fish was sufficient to prevent or delay the onset of macular degeneration. Unfortunately most older adults do not eat enough of the foods necessary to meet these criteria; therefore there is the need to supplement with the necessary micronutrients. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lose Weight And Improve Your Health By Eating Pulses

As Bernie Sanders would say this is "huge". The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations haas declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulses The aim of this campaign is to increase awareness of the nutritional value of Pulses as part of our diet,

So what are Pulses. They are the seeds of plants in the legume family and include beans, lentils, chickpeas and dry beans. They are rich in protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins as well as phytochemicals. Studies have linked regular consumption of these foods to improved blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and better blood sugar control

Pulses are a nutritional bargain because they pack so much nutrition and so few calories in a small package. They are a financial bargain because they are relatively inexpensive. If you are one of those who will just not eat beans of any kind, you should reconsider and give one of the pulses another try.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Look At Statin Drugs

Do you take a stain drug? Many of us do. The good news is that statins have dramatically lowered the incidence of deaths from coronary artery disease. The bad news is that side effects from the statins are not uncommon and some of the side effects can be serious.

A recent study on statins from Harvard showed that nearly 20% of the 108,000 people studied reported adverse effects, most often muscle pain Less common complaints included fatigue and memory problems. During the eight year period of the study about 50% of those included discontinued the drugs, at least temporarily.

Our advice to you is that if you are taking a statin and have muscle weakness, pain or tenderness call your doctor and report this immediately. If the statin is the cause, the symptoms should go away within days or weeks. after the drug is stopped. If you continue with the statin in spite of the symptoms the damage could progress and lead to serious complications. There are other potential problems related to the use of statins. They will be discussed in the next blog.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Resistance Starches May Help You Lose Weight And Burn Fat

There is a new food type that might drastically change the way we eat. This new food type is not exactly new because all of the foods in this classification are starches.

 So that is old hat; however, these are a special kind of starch called  resistance starch. {RS). They were given this name because they, unlike regular starches, resist digestion.

According to the new breed of nutrition scientists these RS carbs help us lose weight.They also help burn fat. This sounds like wishful thinking, but apparently there is sound science verifying these claims.

The unusual aspect of the RS starches is that they look like a starch but act more like a fiber. For that reason they pass through your stomach and small intestine without being digested.

Let me know if you are interested in learning more about this unusual food group.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Another Suggestion For Living Longer

Here is one of the latest and best health tips. It seems that people who eat more whole grains tend to live longer that those who do not. This conclusion was reached by the analysis of studies involving 786,ooo people published in the journal Circulation.

Each daily serving (about one slice of whole wheat bread} was associated with a 7% decline in death rate. People who ate three servings a day had a 20% lower cause of death

We do not have an explanation for the power of whole grains. It may be that those who ate the whole grains followed a healthier lifestyle in general. Never the less, incorporating more whole grains into our diets would be a minor but important change.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Four Health Tips To Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer

A large study published in JAMA Oncology concluded that 1/4 to 1/3 of all cancer cases and nearly half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if better lifestyle goals were followed. These goals are:

1) Do not smoke
2) Maintain a healthy weight
3) Limit alcohol
4) Exercise moderately at least 150 minutes a week or vigorously for at least 75 minutes a week        

It was also found that people who are most physically active are at reduced risk for half of 26 major types of cancer. This may be new news to some, but we sounded the alarm and had the same suggestions in our  first book TriEnergetics. Look for yourself and get more tips for a healthy lifestyle.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Drinking Coffee May Have Health Benefits

We reported that eating eggs has been given a green light by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Board. The board has also looked at drinking coffee and their recent report states that drinking coffee is safe and may even be good for you.

They reported that drinking three to five cups a day was associated with minimal health risks and may even have some benefits. The green light does not include lots of cream and sugar. The board also does not recommend drinking caffeine laced drinks such as "energy drinks".

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cut Down On Sugar

There is considerable data on the adverse health effects of added sugar in our diets. The evidence is so compelling that it is now recommended for us to limit added sugars to no more than 10% of our daily calories. Americans now average about 13% of calories from added sugar. Remember this is an average. Many exceed this by quite a bit.

Where are you on the sugar train? Where can you cut down on added sugar calories? Where are your sugar weaknesses? An obvious place to look for added sugars is at sugar sweetened soft drinks. If they are not your weakness what is?

Your life may depend on making the changes necessary to reduce the sugar in your diet.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Do You Have A High Blood Cholesterol?

We used to think that eating foods high in cholesterol was responsible for high blood cholesterol levels. Now we know that the main culprit is saturated fat in your diet. The cholesterol in foods like eggs and shrimp is different than the LDL in your blood that contributes to heart disease.

The former advice to limit cholesterol to 300 milligrams a day, less than the amount in two eggs. is no longer valid. We continue to recommend replacing the saturated fat in your diet with polyunsaturated fats such as found in many vegetable oils or monounsaturated fats such as found in olive oil.

The essence of good health is healthy eating and the essence of healthy eating was described in our books. Eat a well balanced diet  This will serve you well.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

An Update On Colon Cancer And Polyps

The majority of colorectal polyps are adenomas. These growths are usually benign and the majority will never progress to cancer; nevertheless, it  is estimated that about 5% will eventually develop into cancer if not removed. Colon cancer is the second largest cancer killer in the U.S. causing about 50,000 deaths a year.

About 25% of people  have at least one adenoma by age 50. This incidence increases with age, and about 50% of us will develop at least one in our lifetime. Talk to your physician to get his recommendations for regular screening. These growths need to be found and removed before they become cancerous.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Where Did All Of The Sugar Go

Where did all of the sugar go? Well it went into our mouths. Several hundred years ago most people consumed only a few pounds of concentrated sugars a year. That is about 1/5 of a pound or about 22 teaspoons or about 350 empty calories a day

The new dietary guidelines recommend a limit on sugar to no more 10% of a person's daily calories. This would equate to about 12 teaspoons a day for the average person.

The World Health Organization advises an even stricter goal. The new goal is getting less than 5% of daily calories a day from added sugars.

Have you set your personal goal?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Is Your Deli Sliced Meat Safe To Eat?

Did you know that deli meats are a major source of serious food borne illness? Did you also know that the FDA recommends that all deli slicers should be disassembled, cleaned and sanitized every four hours?

These guidelines are frequently ignored. The slicer cutting your meat or cheese may not be safe. How do you know? That is a terrific question. You can ask the employee at the counter. Chances are that if you are shopping at a major chain the guidelines are being followed. Small independent stores may not.

If in doubt about the hygiene at the deli counter it would be prudent to buy packaged meats.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Why Follow The Glycemic Index?

The glycemic index {GI} ranks carbohydrate containing foods and beverages according to how much they raise the blood sugar when eaten by themselves on an empty stomach. Scores range from 0 to 100. The higher the number the greater the effect on blood sugar{glucose}. The index is the foundation for some popular diets such as the Zone and South Beach Diet.

The purpose of this blog is to evaluate  health claims and examine them without bias. Are the health benefits for the GI substantiated? No the benefits remain unproven. The GI can help people with diabetes fine tune their diets, but for the average person attempting to follow the GI makes eating unnecessarily complicated.

If you just follow the recommendations for a healthful diet as found in our books you will automatically lower your glycemic load. Also remember that the GI is not a measure of a food's overall healthfulness. It only evaluates the effect on blood glucose.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Can Adult Onset Diabetes Be Reversed?

Is it possible to reverse adult onset diabetes by dieting? This is an important and timely question.  The answer is that maybe it can be reversed, but we do not know for certain.

A recent study caught our eye. It documented that about one third of a small group of obese patients who had adult onset diabetes were able to stop their medications. They were put on a supervised very-low-calory diet for eight weeks. Then during the next six months they consumed about one third fewer calories than before the study. During that period of time their blood sugar and insulin levels remained in the normal range.

This is a very encouraging preliminary study. Larger studies are needed and are currently in the planning stages.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Another Reason To Eat More Fish

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study showing that those who ate seafood at least once a week showed fewer signs of dementia related brain changes that those who ate little or no seafood. Although we could poke many holes in the study design, the bottom line is clear.  This is just one more reasons to eat more fish.

 So why not add some seafood to your diet.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

When Grapefruit Can Be Damgerous

The problem with grapefruit, as well as Seville oranges, pomelos and limes, is that some substances found in the juice inhibit an enzyme found in the intestines and liver that aids in metabolizing about 35 often prescribed drugs. The result of this is that you might end up with a higher level of the active ingredient in your bloodstream. This can lead to adverse effects. Some can be serious and might result in acute kidney failure, heart problems, trouble breathing and gastrointestinal bleeding.

This interaction occurs quickly and can last 24 hours or longer. The effects vary from person to person, but older people are at higher risk. The danger is also greater for drugs that have little forgiveness if the dose is off by even the slightest amount.

The bottom line if you take a prescription medication, is to read all of the instructions carefully and if you have any doubt at all check with your health care professional  I

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Don't Trust Food Labels

Be wary of what you read when you read a food label. Government regulations do not allow dishonesty, but labels cleverly worded can confuse you when you are shopping.

For example do you want to buy whole grain bread. Unless the label says  100% whole grain the product most likely is not whole grain. It probably contains a substantial amount of refined flour. You need to look at the ingredients. For example the first item listed may be whole grain but the next may say enriched flour.  this tells you that a substantial amount of enriched refined flour has been added. You may be buying a white bread with a little whole grain added as window dressing.

If you want an organic food make certain that the label says 100% organic. If it says that the food is made with organic ingredients this should mean that at least 70% of the ingredients are organic but the other 30% may not be organic.

We could go on an on listing the ways in which the food industry confuses the consumer. Take the additional time to read all of the ingredients before you purchase. We assure you that this will be a learning experience.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Sound Mind In A Sound Body

In these blogs I focus on issues that are timely, important and useful for the readers who are looking for an authority to separate the wheat from the chaff that floats around in a sea of misinformation on the internet.  This chaff confuses even the the most attentive reader.

A recent article that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association caught my eye. The authors studied 17,761 subjects who had an average age of 64. They found that those who had good cardiovascular health were less likely to develop cognitive impairment that those with poor profiles.

This study along with many others repeats the maxim of "a sound mind in a sound body."One of the best ways to minimize your chances of developing dementia is to take care of your body This means eating mindfully and getting the exercise that you need for good health.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lyme Disease

Here is some news that makes us uneasy. According to the CDC the ticks that cause Lyme disease are now found in half of all U.S. counties across 43 states. This is a 45 percent increase in the distribution of the ticks since the last survey done in 1998.

Lyme disease is the most common illness spread by ticks and there are about 30,000 new cases a year. The onset is characterized by a red rash around the site of the tick bite. The disease can be chronic and the symptoms can be debilitating.

Be cautious when walking through the woods or through fields of deep grass.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Aspirin The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Aspirin is a medication that can do you a world of good and sometimes a world of bad.
There is some interesting and important news about aspirin. Most of us know that low dose aspirin has been recommended for adults who are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact one study found that there was a 22% decrease in heart attacks in patients at risk who took a daily low dose pill.

Of equal importance is that another study found that those who took a daily low dose aspirin pill for ten years had a  40% lower risk of colon cancer.

The flip side of the coin is that aspirin increases your risk of having a severe hemorrhage.In rare instances the bleeding can be fatal.

This presents a dilemma that should be discussed with your doctor. A decision needs to be made whether in your particular case the benefit of taking a daily low dose aspirin pill outweighs the risks.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Have A Love Affair With A Peanut

Do you enjoy eating peanuts? We do..That is why we were delighted to find a very simple but highly relevant study about peanuts. In addition to being interesting
this study is great because it derives the most information from the least complicated analysis.

 The study was published in JAMA Journal of Internal medicine. It showed that consuming peanuts may help prevent heart attacks and death from cardiovascular disease. The authors simply looked at nut consumption among large groups of people. They found that participants who ate the most nuts and peanuts were about 20% less likely to die during the five year study. This was not a perfect study  and it certainly could be improved, but it contains more than a grain of useful information.

We have often wondered whether snacking on nuts was simply another example of unhealthy impulse eating or whether there might be hidden benefits. The take away message from this study is that you might actually improve your health while you are satisfying your craving. What could be better?

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Heart Disease In Women

You may have thought that heart disease is the same in men and women. While it is true that men and women have some of the same risk factors, there are differences in the way that the disease affects each gender's body.

Women tend to develop heart disease about 10 years later than men. They also have a greater chance of dying from a heart attack. In fact heart disease is the number one killer of women.

Another important difference is that women don't usually have extreme chest pain with a heart attack. In fact 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease had no previous symptoms. When women do have symptoms they are more likely to experience back or jaw pain,, dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath or nausea and vomiting.

With this in mind it is essential that mature women who experience any unusual physical symptoms consult urgently with their physician or go to the nearest emergency room.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Another Cause Of Knee Arthritis

If you are overweight you increase your risk of knee arthritis. How do we know this? The answer is simple. A large study of 353 overweight women reported that those who lost even 5 percent of their weight over 2 and a half years were less likely to develop knee arthritis than those who did not lose weight.

It was also noted that those who had lost the weight had fewer ongoing symptoms than those who remained obese.

This is another reason to take off those excess pounds.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sleep Apnea Is Very Dangerous For Women

Many women frequently complain that their male companions snore loudly during the night. A concern, of course, is that he might have sleep apnea, a very serious condition. This has long been regarded as a man"s problem, but it seems that women also have high rates of sleep apnea a condition that has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and increased mortality.

Of great concern is that a large study of 1500 initially healthy people it was found that only in women was the condition independently associated with a marker for serious cardiovascular complications.

This study highlights the importance of screening women as well as men for sleep apnea. Gals take care of yourselves as well as your men.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Being Lonely Can Be A Health Risk

Are You Lonely Tonight?

In 2013 a survey revealed that 40% of Americans acknowledged feeling lonely. Do  you at times think that your are part of that group?

If you are lonely it may feel as if your heart is breaking. That is truly emotional distress. Many of us have been there, but did you know that this feeling of isolation can affect your health? Well it can.

A new study shows that social isolation can take a toll on your health. Researchers followed 141 older people who were lonely. They found that loneliness was associated with greater inflammation and an altered immune response. As a result of the emotional distress the subjects in this study had a 45% increased risk of premature death compared to others who were not lonely.

The author concluded that the longer one is lonely the greater the negative effects. This is a sobering thought especially for the holidays. Our advice to anyone who is feeling especially lonely is to make an extra effort to participate and to be with others.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Your Pain Killing Pill May Kill You

The FDA announced July that most non steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) will need to carry a stronger warning on their labels about the increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. These drugs include ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin and acetaminophen are not included.

It has been known for some time the the NSAIDs create increased risks of these problems especially when taken at higher doses or long term. People with pre-existing cardiovascular disease are at even higher risk.

The small print on their labels has been outlining this risk for some time, but the new warning will not only be stronger but will also state that the risk can increase as early as the first weeks of NSAID use. If there is any question in your mind about the advisability of taking NSAIDs please discuss the risk benefit issue with your physician.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Belly Fat And Morbity

Beer belly, spare tire, love handles. Are these terms of endearment or are they harbingers of serious illness to come? New research suggests that belly fat or central obesity is a serious health concern even for people with a normal body mass index.

This conclusion was reached by compiling data from a large study of 15,184 adults who were followed for an average 14 years.

Men and women with higher levels of belly fat had a greater risk of death than overweight or obese individuals whose fat was more evenly distributed throughout their bodies. The  reason for this is  unusual fact is unknown and is under investigation.

The take home message from this study is that having a normal weight is not enough. You must become aggressive in reducing that belly fat. To learn simple ways to reduce your waist size read our book Live Longer Live Healthier.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Grapefruit Can Be A Health Problem

The problem with grapefruit, as well as Seville oranges, pomelos and limes, is that some substances found in the juice inhibit an enzyme found in the intestines and liver that aids in metabolizing some drugs. The result of this inhibition is that you may end up with a higher level of the active ingredient of the drug iin your bloodstream. This can lead to serious problems such as acute kidney failure, heart problems, kidney failure, trouble breathing and gastrointestinal bleeding.

This interaction occurs quickly and can last 24 hours or longer. The effects vary from person to person, but older people are at higher risk. The danger is also greater for drugs that have little forgiveness if the dose is off by even the slightest amount.

The bottom line if you take a prescription medication is to check with your health care professional. before consuming grapefruit or other juices mentioned above.  If there is an interaction and if you want to stay out of trouble stop drinking grapefruit juice.  Try orange or tangerine juice instead.

Get more information in our book Live Longer Live Healthier

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Cancer With Aspirin?

Aspirin is one of the most common medications that most of us take because it is so versatile. We take it for headaches, arthritis, sore throats, fever and for help to prevent heart attacks. Aspirin has many attributes. We know that it reduces pain and fever and decreases the tendency of blood to clot, but did you know that there has been increased interest in aspirin's potential as an anti-cancer drug?

Recently several large studies have demonstrated that aspirin may have an anti-cancer effect. Researchers from the American Cancer Society reported that daily aspirin users were 16% less likely to die from cancer than non-users. In absolute numbers this means that aspirin would prevent about 100 cancer deaths a year for every 100.000 men and about 40 cancer deaths a year for every 100,000 women. The biggest effect seemed to be on gastrointestinal cancer.

This study and several others that came to similar conclusions were observational studies. This means that the researchers only published what they observed. The most reliable information comes from randomized, controlled clinical trials, but the evidence that aspirin lowers the incidence of cancer is certainly suggestive.

Remember that with aspirin there is a risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding, ulcers, and stroke. Nevertheless if you are at a high risk for cancer you may want to consider daily low dose aspirin.

Get more information in our book Live Longer Live Healthier

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

How To Lose Weight By Eating Avocados

How can you lose weight eating avocado? After all avocados are high in calories averaging about 150 per half.  They also have a lot of fat, 10 to 15 grams per half. Isn't this a dietary no no? After all you are packing in dense calories loaded with fat.

The answer is that everything isn't always as it appears to be. The fat in avocados is mostly monounsaturated, like that in olive oil. It doesn't raise blood cholesterol and in fact may help reduce blood cholesterol.

Avocados are also satiating and may help in weight control. A small study reported that obese people who ate half an avocado at lunch reported increased satisfaction and a decreased desire to eat for several hours. Try having some avocado with a meal and see for yourself whether it helps control your snacking between meals.

Remember this is not a complete answer. It is just something that you can try in addition to other lifestyle changes that we recommend.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Understand The Mind Body Relationship

In our books we stress the importance of keeping a calm mind and we discuss techniques that will help you develop inner calmness. Some recent studies illustrate why this is important.

For example did you know that an episode of intense anger is associated with more than an 8 times greater likelihood of having a heart attack within the next two hours? In another study it was reported that having a calm mind reduced compounds that promote the inflammation that is linked to diseases such as arthritis and type 2 diabetes.

Are you concerned about your weight? Being mindful can help you stabilize your weight. In a study published in October 2015 it was found that people who were mindful were found to have less body fat that those who were not mindful. The latter group had a 34% higher incidence of  obesity than the mindful group.

Finally it was recently noted that men and women who viewed age negatively had a significantly higher number of cerebral plaques, an indicator of Alzheimer's disease, than those who had a positive attitude about aging.

Understanding the mind body relationship is important if you want to get on the path to better health.

Get more information in our book Live Longer Live Healthier

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Monday, May 30, 2016

To Live Longer Exercise

An incredibly large study of 122,000 people over 60 years of age revealed that those who did just a modest amount of exercise were 22 percent less likely to die than their sedentary counterparts who did not exercise..

In this study those who got off of the couch and averaged  only about 75 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week improved their longevity.That is a modest  amount of exercise. Should you exercise more than that? Of course! However it may not pay great dividends in your longevity. It turned out that those who exercised two to three times more than 75 minutes a week gained only another 6 percent reduction in mortality.

The researchers recommended that at least 15 minutes of exercise five days a week was a reasonable first target for sedentary older adults who wanted to improve their health. In general we agree, but those of you who do not exercise at all should look at this recommendation as a minimal starting point It is better to move a little than not to move at all.

Learn more about exercise in our book.

Get more information in our book Live Longer Live Healthier

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

We Guarantee That You Will Lose Weight

Do you want to lose weight? If you do we suggest that you forget about special diets, weight loss medications and all of the advertisements on television. It has been proven time and time again that more than 90% of those who try these things regain the weight within a short time. Our suggestion is a common sense method that will work. We guarantee it.

First of all you need to set your goal. If you don not have a goal you will never reach it. Secondly remember that any way you cut it you need to either burn 3,500 calories more or eat 3,500 calories less or any combination of the above to lose one pound.

Start with a healthy diet, eat smaller portions and eat mindfully. You may want to brush up on mindful eating by reading the chapter in our book Live Longer Live Healthier. A reasonable goal for weight loss for most people is a pound a week. Let us know if you have any questions

Get more information in our book Live Longer Live Healthier

or visit our website at trienergetics.net

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How To Improve Your Sex Life

It would be difficult to find anyone who would not like to spice up his or her sex life. We Americans are usually looking for a quick and easy solution and the answer most often is to look for a performance enhancer. This has become a multi million dollar business. You can hardly watch a sporting event on television without being baited by an ad for one pill or another. Our advice is to look in another direction. For the time being forget about the pills. Let's begin with you.

Take a long hard look at your life. Do you look as good as you would like to look? Do you feel as good as you would like to feel? Do you have the energy and enthusiasm for life and love that you really would like to have? If your answer to these questions is yes we suggest that you consider changing your lifestyle. We like to use an analogy that is easy to relate to. If you have ever had a car with an old battery you have learned that you can charge that old battery, but you know that it will not hold that charge. If you want a battery to last and be reliable you need to get a new battery. Similarly you can  put a little spark into your love life by taking a pill or some potion, but it will be a temporary spark. It will quickly go out and it will never start a fire.

In our books and in our wellness programs we have one expressed goal. It is to help you balance the three key energies of your life  in order to bring you back into balance and to develop dynamic energy.

Dynamic energy, These are two very powerful words, but what do they mean. What would it mean for you to have dynamic energy? What would it be like to have a boundless enthusiasm for life, to flow through your life without tiring and to enjoy life to the fullest with your cup overflowing? Do you think that this would also spice up your sex life?

Get more information in our book Live Longer Live Healthier

or visit our website at trienergetics.net

Monday, May 23, 2016

Decrease Your Risk Of Dementia

Meditation is an important component of the TriEnergetics program. Do you meditate? If you do not we suggest that you begin a program of meditation.

There are many reasons to meditate. Regular meditation will calm your mind and help you to better handle the stress in your life, It will lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance your immune system and help you sleep better.

There is another reason to meditate and this is a reason that is new to us. A recent publication from UCLA  compared the brain scans of people who meditated with those who did not. it was discovered that those who meditated had a smaller reduction in brain grey matter than those who did not.

This suggests that meditation helps preserve the brain tissue that is involved in memory, decision-making and sensory perception. In other words it seems as though meditation helps prevent dementia. This information was not known when we wrote our book, but we were certainly ahead of our time. Our chapter on meditation has the subtitle "how to become healthier by sitting quietly and doing nothing."

We believe that here is no better way for you to spend time then by sitting quietly meditating.

You can learn some simple techniques from our book Trienergeetics.