Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy

Here are links to reputable news media articles on Staying Healthy.

Topics covered on Staying Healthy are:

  • Health Risk Factors and Symptoms
  • Health Warnings on Medications
  • How to Stay Healthy
  • Natural Remedies to Good Health

These articles are based on the latest studies and findings on new and old ways of staying healthy without resorting to medications and drugs, if possible, because of their known and not known side effects. We sincerely believe that we should look for natural remedies rather than to rely entirely on medications. The reason for this is that natural remedies, like special diets and nutritional supplementation, keeps your body functioning at optimal levels making it easier for us to stay healthy or keep diseases under control. Without good nutrition (which cannot be derived solely from the modern processed foods we eat), your body is at risk to diseases. Medication merely controls the disease. It does not nourish your body. This page will also keep in informed of the latest findings on how to cope with stress and other related mental problems which also makes staying healthy a viable option.

As a matter of policy, we do not repeat the same story from various websites twice to avoid information overload unless the story offers significantly new information on the staying healthy research which are of interest to our readers. We also read the article and select the ones that is of more significance and relevance to the topics outlined above and from the more reliable online sources. As much as possible, we do not include links to articles that are essentially editorially advertisements.
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It is unscientific to pour wholesale scorn on complementary medicine. Alarmist condemnation of all alternative therapies ignores the crucial role some could play in the human healing process. Conventional medicine prolongs life but is less successful in prolonging good health – we can expect to spend more years of our life in poor health, as a government report showed last week – and in producing wellbeing. So people are voting with their feet, trying to find other ways to fill the gaps left by conventional medicine. We need scientists to help to identify what they are looking for and why, rather than pouring scorn indiscriminately on the whole field and on the relations between belief, mind and body, of which science still has such a fragmentary understanding. —– (The Guardian UK, March 24 2008)

White Bread, Sugary Cereals May Increase Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Study Finds. Lead author Alan Barclay said the link with diabetes was “not surprising” because high GI foods raise blood glucose and insulin levels. —– (Washington Post, 10 Mar 2008)

AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water. A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.—– (Associated Press, 10 Mar 2008)

Planning for Health Emergencies Eases Stress of Family Travel. Think ahead, expert says, to enjoy vacations when unexpected illness arises. First, create a travel health kit that includes medicines that are regularly taken by members of the family, as well as medicines for sudden ailments, such as congestion or a rash. He recommended packing a fever reducer, an antihistamine, bandages and a topical antibiotic ointment, but advised against including an anti-diarrhea medicine for traveler’s diarrhea. It’s better to consult with your doctor to learn about antibiotics that treat bacterial infections that can cause diarrhea. —– (Kids Health, June 2006)

Firms accused of toxic toothpaste import. Selective Imports Corp. sold the toothpaste containing diethylene glycol to distributors nationwide between December 2005 and May 2007, prosecutors said. Vernon Sales Inc. is accused of buying some of the tubes and reselling them to Los Angeles stores. Diethylene glycol is a chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Chinese manufacturers have used the chemical, known as DEG, as a cheaper alternative to glycerin, which thickens toothpaste. Exposure to DEG, however, can cause kidney and liver damage over time.—– (The Associated Press, March 07, 2008)

Diet updates for Baby Boomers – (1) Carbs are not the enemy (2) Not all fat is bad (3) Eggs can be an ally – says Janet Helm, a registered dietitian. —– (Chicago Tribune, March 5, 2008)
Smoothing wrinkles safely? The Food and Drug Administration last month issued a statement that Botox and another botulinum toxin drug, Myobloc, have been linked to serious respiratory and swallowing problems and at least one death. The most common side effects are bruising and pain at the site of the injection. The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen’s own analysis of the FDA’s database reported 180 serious adverse reactions and 16 deaths linked to the drug between 1997 and 2006, with one death linked to cosmetic use. —— (Los Angeles Times, 3-Mar-2008)
The worst fat myths exploded!

  1. Fats make you fat
  2. We eat too much fat
  3. The ideal diet is fat-free
  4. High-cholesterol foods should be avoided
  5. Trans fats are the biggest health threat
  6. Low-fat means low-calorie
  7. Nuts are unhealthy
  8. It’s OK to reuse oil. —– (Mirror UK, 4-Mar-2008)
What to do with unused drugs. Drugs tossed by coroners when investigating deaths account for approximately 20 tons of pharmaceuticals getting flushed into oceans and rivers annually. And that’s the active ingredients alone. From dead people. That doesn’t include everyone else deep-sixing cough syrups and unused antibiotics. —– (Seattle PI,26 Feb 2008)
A bitter pill. Millions of prescriptions for SSRIs are written up in the UK each year, but a major study says they’re no better. Today, a major new study shows that Prozac, taken by 40 million people worldwide, does not work and nor do similar types of drugs. For a profession normally diplomatic, the words today of one of study’s authors are damning. “Given these results”, Professor Kirsch of Hull University says, “there seems little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients.” —– (Guardian UK, February 26 2008)

Feared Health Risks From Amalgam Ignored By U.S. Government Reports NJ Cosmetic Dentist. The American Dental Association announced last month that mercury-silver (amalgam) dental fillings were banned, due to feared health risks, in Sweden and Norway. But the U.S. government and local ADA consider amalgam fillings to be safe. Yet some insurance companies have begun reimbursing patients for alternatives to mercury-silver fillings. —– (PRUrgent, 25 Feb 2008)

How to Be Heart Smart at the Supermarket. Dietitian offers advice on navigating nutrition claims and food labels. “Reading the labels is a great way to be guided toward healthier choices for your heart, and for general reduction of all chronic diseases today,” Cathy Fitzgerald, registered dietitian with MFit, the University of Michigan Health System’s health promotion division, said in a prepared statement. “So think about using the front of the package as well as the nutrition facts on the back when you are out shopping.” —– (HealthDay News,Feb. 24, 2008 )

A Regular Dip In The Pool Could Benefit Fibromyalgia Sufferers. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia could benefit significantly from regular exercise in a heated swimming pool, a new study shows. The findings suggest a cost effective way of improving quality of life for patients with this often-debilitating disorder. —– (ScienceDaily, Feb. 22, 2008)

Eating beans helps lower cholesterol. Consuming as little as one-half cup of cooked dry beans every day helped volunteers lower their total cholesterol levels in an Agricultural Research Service study in North Dakota. These results, published in the November issue of the Journal of Nutrition by the ARS scientists and their colleagues, add to a growing–and convincing–body of evidence that beans are a heart healthy food choice. —– (High Plains Journal, February 22, 2008)

Are Plastic Baby Bottles Harmful? Researchers tested 19 baby bottles purchased in nine U.S. states and Canada. Bottle brands included Avent, Dr. Brown, Evenflo, Disney, Gerber and Playtex. When the bottles were heated to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C), every one of them leached bisphenol A at about 5 to 7 parts per billion. The report also suggested that because of the chemical makeup of bisphenol A, it may leach more in fatty or acidic liquids, such as milk or apple juice, than in water. —– (Time, 22 Feb 2008)

Unscrambling the myths of eggs and cholesterol. Guidelines not to limit egg consumption have been revisited because of the latest research, but also due to a better understanding of eggs’ nutritional benefits. Eggs provide a number of heart healthy nutrients, such as folate, vitamins E and B12, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important for good eye health. Eggs also contain vitamin D and A, iron, phosphorus and zinc. —–(The Calgary Herald, February 20, 2008)

Dominic Lawson: Bottled or tap, we drink far too much water. It is taken as an indisputable truth that anyone who has a proper regard for his or her health will drink eight glasses of water a day. Given that the average glass will hold about eight ounces of water, this is frequently described as the “rule of 8×8″. As Rose Shapiro notes in her new book, Suckers, the bottled drink industry has warmly endorsed the ludicrous pseudo-medical fad which suggests that we are at great risk of dangerous levels of dehydration unless we spend much of our day glugging down water. —– (The Independent UK, 19 February 2008)

USDA Orders Largest Meat Recall in U.S. History. The tape, made secretly by a slaughterhouse worker and provided to the Humane Society of the United States, showed electric shocks and high-intensity water sprays administered to cows too sick or weak to stand on their own, and the use of forklifts to roll such animals. Government regulations prohibit slaughtering for food cattle that cannot stand or walk on their own. An inspecting veterinarian had said the cattle in question were healthy enough to be used for food, but they subsequently collapsed. Under federal regulations, such animals must be reexamined by a veterinarian and slaughtered separately. That apparently was not done. One worry when an animal collapses is that it may have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the infection known as “mad cow disease.” A small number of people who have eaten meat from such animals have developed a fatal brain infection, but cattle with BSE have very rarely turned up in government inspections. Richard Raymond, the USDA’s undersecretary for food safety, discounted the chance of BSE in any of the Hallmark/Westland cattle. —— (Washington Post, 18 Feb 2008)

Achieve a Deep, Uninterrupted Sleep. 24 ways to get the rest you need.

  1. Create a transition routine.
  2. Figure out your body cycle
  3. Sprinkle just-washed sheets and pillowcases with lavender water and iron them before making up your bed.
  4. Hide your clock under your bed or on the bottom shelf of your night stand, where its glow won’t disturb you.
  5. Switch your pillow
  6. Choose the right pillow.
  7. Switch to heavier curtains over the windows, and use them.
  8. Clean your bedroom and paint it a soothing sage green.
  9. Move your bed away from any outside walls.
  10. Tuck a hot-water bottle between your feet or wear a pair of ski socks to bed.
  11. Kick your dog or cat out of your bedroom.
  12. Sleep alone if your spouse or partner snores and smokes.The article suggests ways to solve your partner’s problems.
  13. Take a combination supplement with 600 mg calcium and 300 mg magnesium before bed.
  14. Eat a handful of walnuts before bed.
  15. Munch a banana before bed.
  16. Drink water before bed, not fruit juice.
  17. Take antacids right after dinner, not before bed.
  18. Listen to a book on tape while you fall asleep.
  19. Simmer three to four large lettuce leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes.
  20. Give yourself a massage.
  21. Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime.
  22. Use eucalyptus for a muscle rub.
  23. Spend 10 minutes journaling the day’s events or feelings after tucking yourself into bed.
  24. Keep a notepad at your bedside along with a gentle night-light and pen.

(Read more of this informative article from Readers Digest, Feb 2008)

‘Choking game’ has killed at least 82 kids in U.S. Signs that a child may be engaging in the “choking game” include:

  • discussion of the game — including other terms used for it, such as “pass-out game” or “space monkey”;
  • bloodshot eyes;
  • marks on the neck;
  • severe headaches;
  • disorientation after spending time alone;
  • ropes, scarves, and belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs or found knotted on the floor;
  • unexplained presence of things like dog leashes, choke collars and bungee cords

—– (CTV.ca., Feb. 14 2008)

In Defense of Food: Author, Journalist Michael Pollan on Nutrition, Food Science and the American Diet. Acclaimed author and journalist Michael Pollan argues that what most Americans are consuming today is not food but “edible food-like substances.” His previous book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. His latest book, just published, is called In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. —— (Democracy Now, 13 Feb 2008)

Snorers may be sending their partners to an early grave by pushing up their blood pressure, according to a new study. —– (Fox News, February 13, 2008)

Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain. Cutting the connection between sweets and calories may confuse the body, making it harder to regulate intake. Want to lose weight? It might help to pour that diet soda down the drain. Researchers have laboratory evidence that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners may actually make it harder for people to control their intake and body weight. The findings appear in the February issue of Behavioral Neuroscience, which is published by the American Psychological Association (APA). —– (EurekAlert, 10-Feb-2008)

Plastic Bottles Release Potentially Harmful Chemicals (Bisphenol A) After Contact With Hot Liquids. When the same new and used polycarbonate drinking bottles were exposed to boiling hot water, BPA, an environmental estrogen, was released 55 times more rapidly than before exposure to hot water. “Previous studies have shown that if you repeatedly scrub, dish-wash and boil polycarbonate baby bottles, they release BPA. That tells us that BPA can migrate from various polycarbonate plastics,” explains Belcher, UC associate professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics. —– (ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2008)

Doctors Told to Stop Giving Antibiotics for Colds in Britain. Doctors are to be told to stop prescribing antibiotics for coughs, colds and sore throats because over-use of the drugs is fuelling the spread of killer hospital superbugs.—- (Telegraph UK, 04 Feb 2008)

Gout surge blamed on sweet drinks. Men who consume two or more sugary soft drinks a day have an 85% higher risk of gout compared with those who drink less than one a month, a study suggests. The symptoms of painful, swollen joints, mainly in the lower limbs, are caused when uric acid crystallises out of the blood into the joints. —– (BBC News, 1 February 2008)

Salmonella levels over 5x higher in battery eggs than organic. The study showed that 23.4 per cent of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella compared to 4.4 per cent in organic flocks and 6.5 per cent in free-range flocks. —– (Natural Choices UK, 1 Feb 2008)

Eating red may prevent dropping dead. Dr. Steven F. Bolling, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor, says scientists have discovered the pigments in red fruits and vegetables such as tart cherries and tomatoes may help reduce inflammation associated with atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, in turn reducing heart disease risk. —– (United Press International, Feb. 1, 2008)

FDA cites toxic risk of popular head-lice drug. The sole U.S. maker – Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals – of an insecticide-based treatment for head lice has stopped promoting the product after a sharply worded warning from the Food and Drug Administration that its marketing misled consumers by downplaying the rare, but serious, risks of the treatments. The move follows years of controversy over prescription shampoo and lotion treatments that contain the insecticide lindane, including a ban on their use in California. Lawmakers in Michigan, New York and Minnesota are considering curbing use of the products. —– (USA Today, January 31, 2008)

Vitamin D Deficiency Study Raises New Questions About Disease And Supplements. Low blood levels of vitamin D have long been associated with disease, and the assumption has been that vitamin D supplements may protect against disease. However, this new research demonstrates that ingested vitamin D is immunosuppressive and that low blood levels of vitamin D may be actually a result of the disease process. Supplementation may make the disease worse.—– (ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2008)

Are Vaccines Safe ? – Features Well Cited Works on the Subject! This two and a half hour presentation, is well researched and presented. Are vaccines safe? Find out how they made it & the LIES about … all » MERCURY Free vaccines. At the end a medical doctor discusses how he gave his child a vaccine and it caused him to have severe autism. He vowed never to vaccinate himself or his family ever again after FINDING out the TRUTH! – (Google Video, Jan 25, 2008)

Why the British woman’s cleavage has gone from 34B to 36C in a decade. —– (Daily Mail, 23rd January 2008)

Growing Consumer Demand For ‘Greener’ Cleaning Products Sparks Industry Changes. Increasingly, suppliers are generating consumer cleaning products that contain natural or naturally-derived ingredients, avoid the use of environmentally-harmful chemicals, and generate less carbon dioxide during manufacturing and use.. Consumer products giant Clorox will join the bandwagon this month by rolling out a new line of green cleaning products with the earth-friendly name Green Works. —– (Science Daily, Jan. 22, 2008)

Mobiles linked to disturbed sleep. The study, funded by mobile phone companies, suggests radiation from the handset can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion. Researchers said they could not rule out the possibility that long-term use may raise the risk of cancer. —–(BBC News, 21 January 2008)

Girl, you’ll be a woman sooner than expected. Puberty is arriving ever younger in American females — 8 is no longer considered abnormal. —–(Los Angeles Times, January 21, 2008)

Tests find hazardous levels of mercury in tuna sushi in New York. Eight of the 44 pieces of sushi The Times purchased from local restaurants and stores in October had mercury levels so high that the Food and Drug Administration could take legal action to remove the fish from the market. —– (International Herald Tribute, January 22, 2008)

The missing link between belly fat and heart disease? In animal study, U-M researchers find inflammation could be the key. —– (EurekAlert!, 21-Jan-2008)

Study Children and Cellphones, U.S. Experts Advise. Most Studies Show No Link to Brain Tumors, But Cell Phone Use Keeps Growing. —– (ABC News, Jan 18, 2008)

One Meal to Good (or Bad) Health. Just one high-fat, high-sugar meal can trigger a biochemical cascade, causing inflammation of blood vessels and immediate, detrimental changes to the nervous system, according to the paper, published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. —– (Time, Jan. 15, 2008)

Cancer drugs found in tap water in Britain. —– (Telegraph UK, 13/01/2008)

Autism Gene Findings Raise Questions, Hype. The study suggests that mutations aren’t possessed by the parents of autistic children, but arise — spontaneously or because of some environmental factor — during the production of sperm and eggs. —– (Wired Science Blog Network, January 10, 2008)

Dentists Drilling for Dollars? False Dental Claims Drive Up Consumer Premiums, Max Out Benefits. “Don’t be pressured into thinking you have to make a decision right then,” said Donna Klein, “Get a second opinion if your insurance doesn’t cover it, or pay for it, or you’ll end up paying for it in the long run,” said Tomalinas. Most of all, trust your instincts. —– (ABC News, 2 Jan 2008)

How to Be Happier with What You Have:
1 – Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket 2 – Engineer Your Day
3 – Break Comparisons: Diversify your social life; Shut off the media; Find your talents; Cultivate abundance; Focus internally. Don’t Make Yourself Miserable. —– (LifeHack.org, September 25th, 2007)

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