China is home to 1/5 of the world population, yet its health care system delivers both “traditional” Eastern medicine and Western medicine. Therefore, you may receive a prescription to go to the pharmacy where numerous natural herbs will be combined as ingredients for a soup, tea, or balm. You may be directed to acupuncture or a tai chi practitioner. Any or all may be employed to treat or prevent a condition. My first visit to mainland China took me to 4 medical centers thru out the country and to this day I remain respectful of their medical knowledge.
Child Medical Sense
Sleep deprivation has been shown in numerous studies to be associated with weight gain. In a recent study early data strongly hints that thin persons eating meals late in the day or at night are at greater risk of gaining weight. This no matter how much sleep you get. Interestingly ‘not sleep deprived’ was 7 hours sleep for this experiment.
The premise for results is the negative effects of fuel oxidation, energy metabolism, and hormone flux (all measured). Insulin and cholesterol levels also were increased and during the noon to 11 p.m. eating period. No late night dinner dates!
On the topic of healthy eating, let me remind you of the well recognized and researched Mediterranean diet. I wrote a short blog on it’s importance but a well done treatise on it is available at ‘jenreviews’ -worth the read!
Fact: 80% of antibiotics in US are used by the food industry. We are probably all aware that the meats and poultry we eat can have had antibiotic treatment, but new evidence* uncovers produce and dairy contains bacteria that are resistant to common and some resistant to very ‘big gun’ antibiotics. Beyond scary, this study checked organic and conventional markets in CA for the presence of bacteria on their produce and dairy. Given the fact that there is no ‘kill’ step like boiling for ready to eat produce and diary. Produce was found in this study to have 10,000 times higher resistant bacteria than diary. While antibiotics are not used in the produce industry the resistant bacteria it is surmised came from the soil. Even yogurt samples had drug resistant bacteria present.
Yes everything we put in our mouths has some degree of contamination and mostly it does not amount to an illness. We now know more about the ‘bugs’ around us.
States are passing laws to allow children at school to self apply sunscreen, you may wonder what? The FDA considers sunscreen a medication and not to be allowed to be ‘self medicated’ while attending school. If a child needs his/her inhaler they need to go to the school nurse to get it. New laws would permit children to use sunscreen without ‘special permission in the office’, from a parent or doctor, while at school. After all an application of sunscreen lasts only a few hours.
Labeling Update – FDA has banned the use of codeine and tramadol (Ultram®) for children under age 12, citing resulting breathing issues. These are narcotic-opioid type medications that are known to depress even totally suppress breathing.
Teen web addicts are increasing and with all the classic addiction signs: overindulgence, obsessive behavior, isolation, depression, and in suing insomnia. Yes if they are sneaking alcohol or abusing drugs the same symptomatology will be seen. The Internet is an easy venue to vices and after all there is no real foolproof way to control how it is used. So please a word of caution watch out for -be vigilant, there is a reason there are rehab camps in South Korea for children to detox from the Internet.
Energy drinks with herbal or chemical ingredients along with a high content of caffeine can have different effects on the electrical functioning of your heart than plain caffeinated beverages do. A study on energy drinks involving healthy military personnel measuring blood pressure and doing ECGs showed changes in heart function starting 2 hours after consumption.
The electrical time it takes to for the lower chambers of the heart to recharge after each beat in order to beat again is called the “QT interval”. The study originally published in medical journal*, showed a delay of 10 milliseconds occurring in personnel who consumed energy drinks. (The FDA labels drugs causing a 6msec QT interval delay with a warning.) The effects were short term, but are they cumulative?
Please do not assume herbal/natural preparations are automatically safe. Our bodies are unique; therefore what is good or safe for someone may not be for you.
Fresh fruits in your diet help protect you against diabetes. A 12% decrease in the incidence of the disease was seen in those who eat fruit daily, independent of other factors. No matter your age, sex, smoking habits, alcohol consumption, physical activity, BMI or family history of diabetes, for each whole fruit you eat per day, you can see a 12% decrease. Be sure to have whole fruits , particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples, in your daily diet. These can also help in reversing pre-diabetes.
Additionally, there are other foods that do not raise blood sugar and will decrease your odds of developing diabetes. These include avocados, fish, garlic, apple cider vinegar, leafy greens (kale spinach, chard), and chai seeds.
Roughly one in four surveyed teens who were regular users of e-cigarettes said they had tried “dripping” during ‘vaping’ sessions, researchers report.
‘Vaping’ is the practice of pouring e-liquid directly onto the heating element of an e-cigarette device and inhaling — bypassing the liquid holding tank — produces thicker vapor clouds, which drippers say results in a stronger throat hit and more intense flavors.
The limited research done on dripping suggests that the high temperatures create the thicker clouds of smoke also higher levels of volatile aldehydes. These are carcinogens and can cause higher levels of already present non-nicotine toxins. MORE is NOT better!
FYI: The US Navy has banned electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). So none allowed on board subs ships or aircrafts. Their motivation was the number of explosion from lithium batteries.
As a reader of my blog, you know I strive to empower you through information and action. This blog is critical for YOU!
Doctors should give out prescriptions for “lifestyle changes”. Treatment and prevention of so many conditions can occur through lifestyle changes – eating well, stressing less, moving more, and loving more. These have been medically proven to help alleviate many conditions, from heart disease to cancer.
As we age, what we eat is ever more important. Neurogenesis – the growth and development of neurons – is affected dramatically but what we ingest. (See slide.)
Also, reversing aging at a cellular level – telomeres* – has been found to occur. A 3-month study showed that 501 genes were positively altered by lifestyle changes.
Diabetics who adhere to lifestyle changes have seen proven improvement in their lives, more so than if they were just taking medication. (See slide)
Other improvements include the long-term slowing of cancer growth (by stopping **) and the reduction of plaque and the reversing of the narrowing of arteries caused by fat deposits.
Many of us live in fear of dying rather than getting on living – embracing the joy of life and respecting one’s body and it’s ability to talk to one and heal itself. The Lifestyle Heart study by Dean Ornish, MD has been proven successful – it’s even approved and covered by Medicare. Success was not dependent on age and underlying condition, but rather on how much change in lifestyle occurred.