The Amazing Human Brain
If you are ever feeling uninspired, take a moment to consider the
amazing marvel between your ears – your brain!
Did you know that
although your brain makes up only 2% of your total body weight, it
consumes approximately 20% of your energy? Or, did you know that
the brain is composed of 100 billion cells that make a million
connections every second of our lives?
Do we really have to end up "over the hill"?
Up until recently, we have understood that all the growth and
development of the brain occurs early on in life.
Can Uncover Some
Serious Risk Factors
I would like to
share this story with you to inspire you to take charge of your own health today.
A 41 year old male
was referred by his Doctor as a recent medical checkup had revealed an abnormal
blood profile. The Medical Practitioner told the patient that if he could
not normalize his cholesterol levels in four months, the patient
would have to start taking medications to lower his cholesterol. His total
cholesterol was 6.
I found this interesting article and would like to share it with you.
Please note the emphasis given to a balance diet, low in simple carbohydrates, rich in vegetables and wholesome unprocessed foods.
Healthy food should be delicious and interesting. Sometimes it may include a little bacon.
Enjoy the reading.
The TRUTH About Bacon
When people today think of bacon, they think of clogged arteries, love handles,and sin. They also think of Homer Simpson.
That’s right: eating bacon means that you’re destined for heart disease, a fatbelly, and a lifetime in Satan’s dungeon-Doh!
A CLEAR LINK:
AIR POLLUTION AND HEART DISEASE
Environmental toxicants such as dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides can pose a risk for cardiovascular disease.
For the first time a link has been demonstrated between atherosclerosis and levels of long-lived organic environmental toxicants in the blood.
The study, carried out by researchers at Uppsala University, was published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, are the most common cause of death in industrialised countries, and the most important underlying cause of these diseases is atherosclerosis.
Omega 3 and Depression in the elderly
Recent observations showed that long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could represent a potential treatment for elderly depression.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial study was conducted over a two month period, in a Nursing Home in Pavia, Italy.
The study included 46 depressed females, aged 66-95 years old. The dosages given were 1.67 grams of EPA and 0.83 grams of DHA. The results after the 2 month period showed that the use of supplement essential fatty acids was helpful and significantly alleviated the symptoms of depression (assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale).
Are Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Regimens Causing Depression?
Low cholesterol is a risk factor for depression, according to integrative psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD, of Waltham, MA. Speaking at the recent iMosaic conference, Dr. Greenblatt said there are 11 studies showing strong correlations between low total cholesterol and increased depression and suicidality.
The brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ, and cholesterol is a building block for many important hormones. This doesn’t mean that high cholesterol levels are healthy, but neither are levels that are too low.
May Inhibit Development of Fat Cells
The benefits of blueberry consumption have been demonstrated in several nutrition studies, more specifically the cardio-protective benefits derived from their high polyphenol content. Blueberries have shown potential to have a positive effect on everything from ageing to metabolic syndrome. Recently, a researcher from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, TX, examined whether blueberries could play a role in reducing one of the world’s greatest health challenges: obesity.
increases risk or heart disease
Fresh evidence has linked calcium supplements to an increased risk of cardiovascular events, reigniting safety concerns over their use.
A meta-analysis published today in theBMJ concludes that calcium supplementation – with or without vitamin D – increases the relative risk of MI (myocardial infarction) and stroke.
The authors said the relative risk increases were modest, at about 25-30% for MI and 15-20% for stroke, but could have a significant impact on a population level.
Mean Better Heart Health
Our blood vessels are lined with oestrogen receptors, which play a key role in regulating healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and normal clot formation in both men and women. This may be one reason why pre-menopausal women enjoy more optimal heart health statistics than their male and postmenopausal counterparts––and why heart health becomes an important focus for women as they grow older.
Research shows, however, that while synthetic hormone analogs of progesterone (called "progestin") can actually impact cardiovascular health, naturally derived forms of oestrogen and progesterone can help to support healthy blood pressure, heart rate, clotting factors and lipid levels.
A decade ago, scientists thought stem cells could simply replace dead cardiac tissue. Now, it seems things are even more interesting.
It was the kind of headline English newspapers do so well: “My faulty heart valve rebuilt itself with stem cells from my hip.”
Underneath, theDaily Mailran a picture of an ordinary-looking British housewife — blonde, bobbed hair, jeans and a pale blue cardigan. Her name was Barbro Lowed and her story was remarkable.
Having developed classic signs of heart failure, the 61-year-old retired flight attendant was told by her doctors that she would require a valve replacement.
HOW RELIABLE IS THE "TICK"
National Heart Foundation defends tick program
The National Heart Foundation has leapt to the defence of its “heart tick” program after a warning was issued to doctors to use caution when recommending products with the tick.
Writing in theMedical Journal of Australia, nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton (PhD) said the Heart Foundation’s criteria for earning the tick were a cause for concern because it varied for different food types.
In one example, Dr Stanton states, tomato sauce must have no added salt to earn the tick, while a similar restriction does not apply to salad dressing.