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.?

Expert panel reports FDA is in serious disrepair.

As many people, including myself have previously?reported, the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval policies?need to be changed.? The institute of Medicine, which is a panel of?15 experts from academic and professional organizations, published a scathing report .? The analysis by the 15 member panel was unanimous in it’s criticisms and recomendations .

Many of these recommendations have long been resisted by the?pharmaceutical industry, Congress, and believe it or not, the FDA.? Many of the recommendations by the panel cannot be instituted by the FDA itself, but would require congressional approval.?

  • The FDA commissioner would be appointed to a six year term.
  • Drug manufacturers should be mandated to publish all clinical trials in a government run database.? Patients and physicians should be ale to see all outcomes positive and negative.
  • Upon a drugs approval for human use there should be a moratorium on advertising until the drug has been on the market long enough to illuminate unrecognized side effects.? Packaging for new drugs should also contain a symbol alerting patients that the drugs safety is not fully known.
  • The FDA should reevaluate the safety and effectiveness data of new drugs within 5 years of their initial release.

These recommendations seem pretty logical to me.? Will they be implemented? Who knows? Just remember who has resisted these changes in the past.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who has led a number of investigations into the workings of the FDA in recent years, said the agency’s reaction to a report it had commissioned speaks volumes.

“The FDA appears to be focused on damage control rather than addressing its core problems,” Grassley said in a statement. “As a science-based agency, the FDA is remarkable for its lack of introspection, second-guessing, and failure to assess its own performance and capabilities in a systematic way.”

Washington Post

Working your abs is not the key to attaining abs.

Let me start by saying, “there is no such thing as spot reduction”.? In fact, it’s so important let me repeat it,”THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SPOT REDUCTION”!? Now that you know a scientific fact, look at what you’re doing in order to get a wasboard set of abs.? Many of you work your abs 3 – 4 days per week while some of you work them everyday.? I would like to put an end to this craziness once and for all.

The key to a washboard set of abs is?diet.? Without adjusting your diet, you can do abs until your blue in the face and it wont make a bit of difference.?

Our inability to process carbohydrates in large amounts is the result of millions of years of evolution. According to many experts man evolved on a diet consisting of 65% – 80% protein coming mainly from fish sources. The rest was a mixture of grains, nuts and fruit if available. For millions of years, man didn’t have candy, pasta, cereal or other highly processed carbs. We’ve only had refined sugar as part of our diet for a mere blink of time. You can begin to understand why carbs play such a big roll in obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We just do not have the ability to eat carbs, especially simple sugars, in the amounts that we do.

Washboard abs, a comprehensive strategy:? Part I

So, if working your abs has nothing to do with a lean midsection, why should we work abs?? You should work your abs for functional strength and injury prevention.? A strong set of abs is the best prescription for a healthy back.? However, working the abdominals only is not effective.? You need to use exercises that target the entire core.? In short the core consists of abdominals, obliques, hips and low back

It says “Organic” on the label, but is it?

As the popularity of organic food has surged over the last few years so has the interest of big bisiness.? Corporate giants like Kraft and Walmart have entered the organic market and have helped sales reach upwards of 14 billion per year.? But is this a good thing??

These huge corporations have created a demand for an industry that simply does not have the ability to supply enough product.? There are just not enough organic farms.?

?Exhibit A: Gary Hirshberg’s quest for organic milk. Dairy producers estimate that demand for organic milk is at least twice the current available supply. To quench this thirst, the U.S. would have to more than double the number of organic cows — those that eat only organic food — to 280,000 over the next five years. That’s a challenge, since the number of dairy farms has shrunk to 60,000, from 334,000 in 1980, according to the National Milk Producers Federation. And almost half the milk produced in the U.S. comes from farms with more than 500 cows, something organic advocates rarely support.

Earlier this year, Earthbound Farm, a California producer of organic salads, fruit, and vegetables owned by Natural Selection Foods, cut off its sliced-apple product to Costco because supply dried up — even though Earthbound looked as far afield as New Zealand.

Faced with ever increasing demands corporations are taking advanage of lax labeling laws and are?now?buying product from places like; China, Brazil, Ecuador and Turkey.? Does anyone reading this think these countries have the same standards as the U.S., let alone being labeled organic??

The bottomline line, no pun intended, is we as consumers are being ripped off.? The organic label has become worthless.? Our only solution is to buy natural products from local farmers.? It is impossible for healthy,?natural foods to be produced on a?massive scale and shipped world wide for consumption.

BusinessWeek Online?

For more information on obtaining natural foods and?restoring nutrient dense foods to the human diet, visit

Viagra and mental health?

Viagra, the turn on for millions of men with sex problems, may also be able to turn off the hallucinations of schizophrenia.

Viagra causes an erection by turning off a particular enzyme in the body that’s a member of a group of enzymes called phosphodiesterases. Scientists believe that similar enzymes in the brain are linked to mental illnesses including schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder. Turning off the enzymes could quiet the hallucinations associated with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia normally strikes those in their teens to late 20s and may affect as many as 1 percent of the population. It causes its victims to hallucinate, hear voices, and feel frightened. Leading a normal life is all but impossible.

Scientists believe it may be caused by an inability of the brain to filter out background noises, like the humming of lights. The overload of stimuli causes the brain to create a story which leads to paranoia and hallucinations. Turning off the enzymes that control the transmission of signals between brain cells may decrease the stimulation that causes sensory overload.

Although drugs are available to treat the disease, few new effective treatments have entered the market in the past 50 years, and 74 percent stop treatment within 18 months because of side effects which include lethargy and weight gain. Health Alerts


“The best activities for your health is pumping and humping.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

You can always count on Arnold.?

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