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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