Study validates daily drinking.

A study tracking 53,000 regular drinkers over 7 years is music to some ears.? The study which was reported in the British Medical Journal, demonstrated that daily drinking reduced occurence of coronary heart disease in men between 50 & 65 years of age by 41%.? Unfortunately for women, there was no correlation.

“Alcohol is here to stay in our lives,” Annie Britton, a senior lecturer at University College London, wrote in a British Medical Journal editorial. “Unlike tobacco, the healthiest amount of alcohol for some people may not be zero.”



“There is no greater burden than a great potential.”

Linus, from the Peanuts?

The late Charles Schultz?is an American treasure.


Say “no” to wrinkles.

A single injection of a new “permanent filler” called ArteFill could erase wrinkles for the rest of your life. Plastic surgeons have been making wrinkles vanish for 25 years by using products called “soft tissue fillers” such as collagen or Restylane. They fill in wrinkles such as the nasolabial folds that run from the edges of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth and are known as smile lines. Even the best of the treatments now available are expensive and only last from six months to a year.

ArteFill is different. While other fillers are made of animal or human collagen or hyaluronic acid, they are absorbed by the body in a few months. ArteFill, however, is made of microspheres of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), the most common material used in implants. It won’t be absorbed by the body over time and the manufacturer says it will also keep other wrinkles from forming.

ArteFill, which is waiting for approval from the Food and Drug Administration, is anticipated to cost about 50 percent more than Restylane, which usually runs $500 to $600 per syringe or cc.’s Health Alert


What can you do about bad breath?

There are plenty of effective remedies for bad breath, and just as many causes, most of which are totally correctible.

Rarely, is?bad breath (halitosis) associated with serious medical, gastrointestinal, or malignant conditions. Persistent halitosis should prompt a visit to your private physician for consultation.

Obvious causes must include evaluation of your oral hygiene. Bacteria normally live in your mouth and nose but not in your sinuses. Infection of your gums (gingivitis), nasal, sinus, or oral cavities must be effectively treated. Avoid using antibacterial rinses continuously unless under medical supervision, as you will foster the growth of resistant bacteria as well as induce excessive tissue damage. You may use mints, gums, sprays etc., but remember these are temporary patches and do not resolve your issue.

Go to your dentist and have a proper preventive cleaning and scaling and treat any cavities, gum disease, or “pockets.”

Optimize your oral hygiene and brush and floss after each meal.

Rinse your mouth with water frequently.

Avoid soft drinks and sugary agents.

Go to your kitchen and drug cabinet and, in consultation with your doctor, eliminate all unnecessary medications and try to evaluate your diet for foods that commonly cause halitosis (onions, garlic etc.).
Stop smoking!

Avoid eating late at night and avoid skipping meals (your body breaks down fat stores during starvation to form ketones that in turn ruin your breathe).

Get good quality sleep. A well rested healthy body will not have halitosis on a continuing basis.

Different odors in your breath can also be caused by various maladies. Be sure you are checked for ENT (ear, nose and throat) disorder (sinusitis, abscess etc.), diabetes (sweet, fruity odor), liver disorder (fishy odor), kidney disorder (ammonia-like or urine odor), lung disorder (upper or lower pulmonary infection or abscess) and gastrointestinal disorder (GERD or “reflux”, infection or malignancy). GERD is the most commonly overlooked cause and is usually amenable to simple treatment measures. “Ask Dr. Hibberd”



Poll finds most Americans read food labels.

With obesity at epidemic rates, type 2 diabetes skyrocketting, and heart disease still the number one killer in the US, one would think Americans could careless about food labels.? However, an AP-Ipsos survey of 1003 adults found that 80% of Americans read food labels.? The problem is, 44% of those still buy the food reguardless of it’s content.? Does this really suprise anybody?? Better yet, does it make any sense?

The poll also found the following:

65% of women check labels?in comparison to?51% of men.

Women?consider nutrition a higher priority than men, 82% – 64%.

Married men check labels more frequently than single men, 76% – 65%.

People between the ages of 18 & 29 are more likely to look at calories of food labels.? 39% said they look at calories first, however 60% percent of them purchase?junk food even after?reading the label.?


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