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Goodbye 2008 . . . goodbye fatty food :) December 31, 2008

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Sugar keeps bad breath away – 2 December 30, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in 10-12 glasses of water, Artificial Sweetener, Brisk walking, Brushing, Carbonated drinks, Eat Banana, Foul-smelling mouth, Fresh Vegetables, Magnesium, Potassium, Regular Cleaning, Salt Scrub, Sodium Saccharin.
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Use fresh vegetables, not canned.

If you have hypertension, skip carbonated drinks because most contain sodium saccharin, an artificial sweetener and form of sodium.

Cut back on coffee if your blood pressure is high.

Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily. It helps to cleanse kidneys.

Do brisk walking.

Helpful vitamins and minerals:

Calcium. It helps to regulate blood pressure.

Potassium and magnesium. Eat bananas to lower blood pressure. Potassium rids the body of sodium. Foods high in potassium are broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, romaine lettuce, spinach, apples, grapes, oranges, pears, lentils peas, string beans and kidney beans. Note: To lower blood pressure, 3,500 mg of potassium is required daily.

Vitamin C. At Tufts University, a study showed that the lower the Vitamin C intake, the higher the blood pressure. This vitamin builds strong blood vessels. Vitamin C is highest in guava, kiwi and citrus fruits.

Banish bad breath

If you have halitosis or a persistent foul-smelling mouth, it could mean: diseased gums and teeth, parasites in your stomach, bacteria in your mouth, sulfur leftover from the garlic or broccoli you ate, dirty tongue, sinusitis problems, side effect of drugs like antidepressants and heart medications.

What to do

1. See your dentist for regular cleaning.

2. Go to a doctor to eliminate parasites. You may seek state of the art beam ray treatment to eradicate all kinds of parasites. (Call Biosafe Clinic at 411-9168.)

3. Brush your teeth and tongue gently.

4. Drink lots of water.

5. If you need to quickly remove bad breath, eat something sweet. Sugar keeps bad breath away.

Salt scrub

For stubborn, dry skin on your feet, elbows and knees, soak them in salinated water. Mix ¼ cup salt in warm water. Once soft, scrub with loofah or hard dry towel. Apply virgin coco oil to finish the polishing job.

Affirm: “I am the salt of the earth.”

Love and light!

Ref: Inner Cleansing Cures by the editors of FC&A Medical Publishing/dailyinquirer

Sugar keeps bad breath away – 1 December 29, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Brisk walking, Essential to Life, Good posture, Heart rhythm, Sharp pain, Stretch back.
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IT’S gym day. But, you forgot to warm up and quickly lifted weights. Suddenly, you feel a sharp pain on your back.

Seek medical attention if pain persists for 2 to 3 days. Otherwise, do the following:

Stretch your back gently. A slow, careful stretch is the best way to get those muscles back in shape.

1. Sit on the floor. Bring your knees to your chest. Hug your folded legs closer to you. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 3 times.

2. Sit on a chair. Keep your back straight. Raise both feet above the floor by about one inch. Repeat.

3. Lie on your back on the floor. Lift your legs and place the heels on your feet flat against the wall. This ought to relieve you.

Practice good posture.

Tighten your abdominal muscles by contracting them as often as you can.

Roll ice on your back. Prepare in advance. Fill a paper cup with water. Freeze it. Remove the cup and use the iced water on your back. This is one roll massage you will not forget.

Take aspirin or paracetamol.

Increase your intake of magnesium to relax muscles.

Essential salt

Salt is essential to life. Without it, we would die from dehydration. It maintains fluid levels between the cells and blood.

Would you believe it is also necessary for healthy bones, teeth and muscles? There is simply nothing bad about salt unless you take more than what the body needs which is 500-1,000 milligrams or equivalent to ¼ – ½ teaspoon daily, according to nutrition experts. However, the average diet consists of 6,000-12,000 mg a day.

You are probably unaware of it but every time you buy anything processed, canned or baked, this already accounts for 75% of your daily equivalent. For example, a slice of bread, bowl of cornflakes, canned soup, instant noodles can contain 200-300 mg of salt. And if you’re fond of pickles, it’s a whopping 1,000 mg.

When cooking, use half of the amount required in the recipe. If you’re making pasta, don’t add salt because you will top it with cheese anyway. The tomato sauce you will use may already be seasoned with salt. Use more herbs and lemon as flavoring. Use real salt, not potassium chloride which may cause abnormal heart rhythms. Read labels carefully so you know what you are buying.

Ref: dailyinquirer

Vitamin B12 neutralizes MSG – 2 December 28, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Alternative medicine, Conventional medicine, Plant extract, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Zinc.
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Conventional medicine can co-exist with alternative medicine. This kind of partnership can guarantee a patient’s recovery.

Cut the sugar. More studies have shown that sugar, while it sweetens the taste, can be a bitter pill to swallow. Sugar can only weaken if taken in excessive amounts.

Plant extracts can do you good. A 2004 study on melons and pomegranates showed reversed coronary heart disease by 30%.

Magnesium can prevent heart attack risks. Just 400-800mg daily is enough for your heart’s health.

Health aids. Vitamin B12 neutralizes flavor enhancers like MSG. Vitamin E (200mg, gamma tocopherol) prevents breast and prostate cancer. Zinc, 30-50mg daily, boosts the immune system. 500mg of niacin can lower bad cholesterol. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and is a preventive for Alzheimer’s, cancer and artherosclerosis. Melatonin keeps you young and boosts the immune system, reduces cancer risks and promotes better sleep (as tested in animals). One to 20mg nightly makes you sleep like a baby.

If you cut back on the calories, you will prolong your life because it dramatically lowers insulin and glucose blood levels.

A poised, centered stance is fueled by a peaceful nature. Don’t go into extremes whenever possible. Focus on slow breathing in times of stress.

AFFIRM NOW: “I claim goodness in my life beginning today.”

Love and light!

Ref: dailyinquirer

Vitamin B12 neutralizes MSG December 27, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Arachidonic, Cancer Cell, Healthy Diet, Monosodium Glutamate, Nerve Toxic, Quality of Life, Vascular risk, Wrong Food, Youtful Life.
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SCIENTIFIC knowledge is out there but is not being translated into clinical settings, according to Bill Faloon, editor of Life Extension Magazine based in the United States.

Medicine today is challenged to focus on prevention rather than just cure, teach patients to be more cooperative with their doctors, and seek better ways to improve the quality of life of patients.

Wrong food

Eating the wrong kind of food increases one’s risk of contracting a disease. Conversely, having a healthy diet promotes a long and youthful life. For example: Cancer cells in your body will multiply if you continue to eat the wrong food such as sweets, protein and processed goods. However, they will decrease and eventually die if you consume highly alkaline food like vegetables and fruits. The following will feed/increase your cancer and vascular risks: steak, baked potato, fatty salad dressing and green dessert.

Why? If the steak is not organic, chances are it is loaded with monosodium glutamate, considered a nerve toxic; vegetable oil in the dressing (soybean, soya, corn, sunflower) is high in omega-six fatty acid, which is converted into arachidonic acid by the body and causes inflammation; if the vegetables are not organic, they may be laced with pesticides.

Avoid fatty dairy products, organs and red meat. Eat more fish and fish oil to increase omega-three intake. Other sources: flaxseed oil and virgin olive oil (Some olive oils are mixed with other oils to bring down the selling price).

Ref: dailyinquirer

Pesticides harm babies – 2 December 26, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Autistic Child, Behavioral Activities, Blood Pressure, Convulsion, Death, Diarrhea, Environmental Toxicants, Excess Salivation, Hyperactivity Disorder, Insect Killer, Low Heart Rate, Mentally Retarded, Natural Insecticide, Shock, Toxic Chemicals.
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Grave statistics

Dr. Ostrea recites the sad statistics in the United States. “Nearly 12 million children (17 percent of the total) under the age of 18 years suffer from one or more learning, developmental, or behavioral disabilities. Approximately one percent of all children are mentally retarded and learning disabilities affect approximately 5 to 10 percent of children in public schools. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects approximately 3 to 6 percent of all schoolchildren, though recent evidence suggests the prevalence may be as high as 17 percent.

“The incidence of autism is as high as two per thousand children. Within the state of California, the number of children entered into the autism registry increased by 210 percent between 1987 and 1998. Although improved detection, reporting or record keeping, or some combination of these factors may account for some of these increases, nonetheless, these trends likely reflect a problem of epidemic proportion and environmental toxicants have been implicated as a probable cause.”

How about the Philippines? Though there are little statistics here, there may be many children with disabilities. Of course there can be other causes for their illnesses, but perhaps pesticides can be a probable reason.

To determine the effects of pesticides here, Dr. Ostrea and his team have been conducting an ongoing study of more than 700 pregnant women (and afterward, their babies) in Malolos, Bulacan. Funded by the US NIH and the US Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with our local NIH, the study delves into pesticide use in the homes of these pregnant women. The survey reveals widespread use of commercial insect killers, in the form of spray or smoke, in their houses, and popular pesticides in their farms.

Toxic chemicals

“These pesticides comprise two of the most common classes used worldwide,” Dr. Ostrea says. “Organophosphates/carbamates and pyrethroids.” The former are widely used in homes, gardens and agriculture and have largely replaced DDT due to low cancer potential.

But this does not mean that they are safe. In humans, poisoning with these compounds can result in convulsions, excess salivation, diarrhea, low heart rate and blood pressure, shock and death.

Pyrethroids are natural insecticides produced by certain species of the chrysanthemum plant. Called “knock-out” pesticides, they quickly penetrate and knock out the nerve system of the insect. They are present in most of the popular home and farm pesticides. Their safety is still under study. Next week we’ll look at the study results.

 

Ref: dailyinquirer

Pesticides harm babies – 1 December 23, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Brain Abnormalities, Dangerous, Dengue, Feces of fetuses, Harmful Effects, Insect-borne disease, Malaria, Nervous System, Poisonous.
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Because of dengue, malaria and other insect-borne diseases, many of us have little choice but to use pesticides. Pesticides are found in our air, water, soil and food sources. But many pesticides have harmful effects on the environment, and in a recent study, pesticides have been revealed to be extremely dangerous for children, especially fetuses and infants.

“Most pesticides are poisonous to the nervous system and abnormalities in brain development in the fetus have been described in animals and humans who have been exposed to them,” says Dr. Enrique M. Ostrea Jr., professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University in Michigan and visiting professor of the College of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the University of the Philippines in Manila. Dr. Ostrea became known for his creative use of meconium (feces of fetuses) to detect drug use in their mothers, and for this and other achievements, he is included in my book “Ten Outstanding Filipino Scientists.”

Now Dr. Ostrea focuses his attention on pesticides. The fetus is especially vulnerable to pesticides, because while in the womb, the brain undergoes very rapid development. Nerve cells increase, migrate, form networks. To make things worse, even smaller doses of pesticides can be dangerous for the fetus, because it cannot quickly break down poisons. No wonder, research has shown that several learning and behavioral disorders may be traced to even low-level exposure to pesticides in industry and in the home.

 

Ref: dailyinquirer

Two-minute warning: December 21, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Quick test, Routine physical exam, Sweating.
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It shouldn’t take the place of a routine physical exam, but here’s a quick test you can do right now to determine your risk for heart disease.  And it doesn’t involve sweating, unless that’s something you normally do just standing still.  Measure your waist at your belly button with a measuring tape (no sucking in the gut, okey?).  Now divide that number by your height in inches.  If the result is more than 0.26, you could be headed for a weight-related health problem, such as heart disease or diabetes. 

Researchers in Japan compared waist/height ratio, waist/hip ratio and body-mass index in more than 3,000 men and found that waist/height was a more accurate predictor of heart disease than the commonly used waist/hip ratio.  Besides, they say, waist/height is easy for most men to measure.  If your number is on the high side, don’t be alarmed.  Just bring it up at your next check-up.  Your doctor may suggest you start a moderate exercise program to trim down.

 

Ref: men’shealth

Get fit, live longer December 20, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Death rate, Heart disease, In gresat shape, Long experiment in inertia, Out of shape.
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Perhaps your life has been one long experiment in inertia.  Maybe you’ve never been in great shape, and you’ve begun to wonder, why bother now?  The damage is done, right?  Wrong.  Even if you’re terribly out of shape, you can cut your risk for heart disease and other health problems dramatically.  All you have to do is get off the couch and out into the fresh air. 

A recent study of almost 10,000 men demonstrated that unfit men who became fit within five years had half the risk of dying from any cause as those who stayed out of shape.  Their death rate dropped as much as the death rate for men who build smoking during the five year study.  We haven’t  had good data in the past to show that if you’re unfit and change your ways, you really get a lot of benefit.  This suggests not only that you do get some benefits, but  that the benefits are very significant.

Ref: men’shealth

 

Get the Stress Out December 18, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Mental Stress, Neck Relaxation, Regular Breaks, Simple Plan, Stress Out, Unhealthy Habits, Work Style.
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Sitting in a chair all day can be much more stressful than it seems.  Mental stress can lodge itself in your shoulders, back, eyes and head.

Here’s simple plan for adapting your work style to one that’s better for your mind and body:

● Watch for unhealthy habits.  When you’re on the phone, do you use your chin to pin the receiver against your shoulder?  Do you lunch over the keyboard when you’re typing?  Are you accustomed to using your legs to drag yourself, seated in your swivel chair, across your office to retrieve your mail?  All of these unnatural movements—when repeated day after day—can lead to muscle strain and soreness.

● Relax your neck.  This is often the fris place you feel stress.  Try this:  Extend your right arm over your head and grasp your neck just below your left ear.  Now gently pull your head toward your right shoulder and hold for a moment.  Repeat with your left arm, pulling your head toward your left shoulder.

● Take regular breaks.  If your job requires you to stay in the same position for long periods, or if you repeat the same motion continuously, take one-minute breaks every 15 minutes.  Stand up, stretch against a wall, go for a walk—anything to get the blood flowing again.

 

Ref: men’shealth