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Dark Chocolate Is Good For You

40 grams of >85%

40 grams of >85%

At times I believe if you want to find an association between 2 things you will find a medical study for that relationship! Maybe study results are not always a simple cause and effect relation but often there is some kernel of worthwhile and applicable merit. This blog follows my reading studies supporting eating dark (NOT milk) chocolate and improved artery blood flow. It was  a large one out of Melbourne in 2012 is especially meritorious. So are there other benefits from dark chocolate?

You may have already heard about a study from Rome published in Journal of the American Heart Association (even Fox news reported this). A small study (20 people, in late 60s) showed that dark chocolate consumption might improve peripheral artery disease (PAD). They did have a control group eating milk chocolate – no benefits for their PAD was found. Common signs/symptoms include leg pain with exercise, cold feet, and poor healing of skin, and discoloration at end of toes with progression up. Read more info on PAD visit the AHA.

Do not forget calories from consuming the chocolate! Walking is key for those with PAD to improve flow. Buy 40 grams of dark chocolate (>85% cocoa), my favorite is “Green & Black’s Organic“. A bar is 100 grams so just less than half of one. Talk w your Doc, find some dark chocolate and enjoy your walk!

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Diet and Depression

elm_cvr-lgI would never have guessed in my ‘out there’ imagination that I would find worthwhile medical information reading a fashion magazine while waiting for my car to be serviced!
I had not read nor for that matter seen a copy of “ELLE” for a very long time, never mind the June 2014 issue! Arizona is not LA or NYC!
Here was the scoop Harvard School of Public Health followed 43,685 women for 12 years looking at depression as it relates to diet. At the onset no one had a diagnosis of; nor were taking anti-depressents.
The researchers evaluated a ‘pro-inflammatory diet’ versus one that was not.

Let me share with you the diets – before the findings – as you will probably be able to guess outcome:

  • ‘pro-inflammatory’ diet – soft drinks, red meat, margarine, refined grains
  • ‘non inflammatory’ diet – red wine, coffee, olive oil, green and also yellow veggies

OK you guessed:

  • 29 a 41% of those on ‘pro-inflammatory’ diet were more likely to be depressed then those on non inflammatory diet.

I did not feel the need to verify this blurb shared with ELLE readers, it is so intuitive. Gluten is a well-known pro- inflammatory agent to human body especially the brain. Know I feel very responsible when blogging so yes here is a good link for more details!

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CPR & You

 Would you stop if someone collapsed near you?  Would you know what to do? Yes call or shout for help. What next?
Please use common sense, find out if person is responsive -breathing.

 A nationwide Japanese study just published (Circulation) showed bystanders starting “Hands Only CPR” allowed 40.7% of out of hospital cases to survive at least a month functioning on their own! Very impressive numbers.  A system was in place that started with bystanders performing “Hand – Only CPR” & public access to a defibrillator (paddles placed on chest –machine prompts you). These are in many public spaces through out the world

What I am getting at –   YOUR doing the recommended “Hands Only CPR” can save lives! It is straightforward –

Not breathing/responding

Find the middle of person’s chest (between nipple) & middle breastbone (sternum)

-Place flat of your hand over each other lean over lock elbows and push fast and hard (about 100/min.). It is said The Bee Gees disco song “Stayin’ Alive” is in sync with pace needed to make a difference. Please go online and spend 60 seconds watching this AHA video.

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Retinal Tears & Detachments

The nerve layer in the eye is called the retina. This is where light is sensed and images sent are sent to the  brain. Like a camera, our eye has a lens and the retina is the ‘film’ that lines the back of the eye. Learn the warning symptoms, causes, and medical care for retinal tears and detachments. Early recognition of these conditions can save your vision so listen up to this podcast!

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Medicare Owes You Prevention

Need To Know-there are services and test for screening that your insurances’ cover, but you may not know it. Take advantage and prevent illness!  A quick reference to the services, frequency of tests and exams allowed by Medicare can be learned from DocHandal’s iTunes channel. Do not wait for your healthcare provider to inform you. This podcast will empower you to get the best possible health care. Many if not all health insurers use the same schedule of services as Medicare does, so listen up!

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Computer Vision Syndrome-CVS

Do you sit hours in front of one or two displays? Wither for work or entertainment eye problems and musculoskeletal aches and pain can result.  CVS is widely recognized and now epidemic in video display terminal (VDT)  workers. Studies have been done and the results in, let DocHandal quickly give you the low down and what steps you need to take-Listen to this week’s podcast at iTunes.

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Valentine- Medical Common Sense

Love yourself-Doc’s put together a few tips for you, global in scope however all important for you to know. Those who listen to her podcasts will probable recall some of the details from which these ‘nuggets’ of knowledge are based. She  has put them under east to gleam headings.  Stay healthy!

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Best Foot Forward

Foot problems can be prevented and are often the first sign of a more serious medical condition. you feet desire attention and care.  Arthritis, diabetes circulation problems happen but foot care makes a difference.  Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of wearing shoes, the common foot occurrences: fungal infections, dry skin, corns warts and a bit more from listening to DocHandal’s new podcast.

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Writers Unite To Fight Cancer

DocHandal will be one of the over 30 authors  at the Writers Unite to Fight Cancer Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser to be  held Arizona Biltmore Hotel  Feb.2, 2012.

Each guest will receive a complimentary gift bag that will include the book Five to Thrive. There will several items available for silent auction, and music will be provided by Jocelyn Obermeyer, certified therapeutic harp practitioner from Hospice of the Valley.

Each author will donate $1.00 per book sold at this event toward the two Arizona-Based Cancer Research Programs designated as equal beneficiaries for this fundraiser.

1.) Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, collaboratively with Arizona State University under the direction of Robert Waters PhD.
2.) The University of Arizona Cancer Center natural product research program directed by Dr. Leslie Gunatilaka.

Please join us!





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New Years Resolutions

YOU CAN! Boost activity, cut calories, cut down fat keep track! DocHandalPodcast Episode makes it possible more than ever for you to make a decision to stick to. Eating out facts easy to recall next time you are out at someone’s table. Also learn if you are at risk for pre-diabetes-simply put!

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