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Sweet Deception

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
September 23, 2013
File under: Food Production, Health Concerns


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA), a trade group representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry, claims that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has the “same natural sweetness as table sugar and honey.”

Many brand name foods and beverages, from soft drinks to tomato soup labeled “all-natural” contain a high level of HFCS. An interesting take since HFCS is highly processed and refined with enzymatic processes that make use of synthetic fixing agents.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is thought to play a role in the onset of obesity and many consumers have been wary since  reports surfaced that much of it has been tainted with mercury. While HFCS has never enjoyed much popularity among health-conscious consumers, CRA launched a $30 million ad campaign to counter the negative publicity surrounding HFCS.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the increased use of HFCS in the US mirrors the rapid increase in obesity. Scientists found that the digestion, absorption and metabolism of fructose differ from glucose. …read more of Sweet Deception here

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Walking While Cell-Phone-Talking, An Orthopedic Boon

By Sherry Brooks
August 20, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Vegan


The convenience of cell phones, the opportunity to take or make a call anywhere is seductive, however serious sprains and breaks are leaving many users seriously injured in the name of multitasking mobility.

Accidents caused by  walking and talking on the phone are on the increase.  Orthopedic surgeons are seeing a boom in business from ankles that are broken, while walking on the street, chatting on the phone.   One patient was walking her dog while talking and not only broke her wrist after stumbling off the curb, but her hip as well.

A gifted surgeon was recently hurt so badly from a fall while talking on his phone going down a staircase, that he can no longer practice.  He broke both wrists after tripping on the stairs. …read more of Walking While Cell-Phone-Talking, An Orthopedic Boon here

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10 Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat of Summer

By Debbie Friend, MSc
July 19, 2013
File under: Fitness, Health Concerns

It’s summer! Take advantage of longer days, warm weather and the myriad of summer activities available this time of year. However heat and humidity can put an extra strain on the body and lead to heat-related illness.

Follow these guidelines:

Check the heat index. This is not the actual temperature. The heat index is the combination of the air temperature and the humidity level and an indication of how it actually feels.

Exercise indoors. If the heat index is 90° or above use extreme caution and consider exercising indoors.  When the air is that hot and humid, it is important to reduce the intensity of your workout and slow your pace.

Pay attention to heat advisories. When a heat advisory is issued, it means that the air pollution and ozone levels are high. Airborne pollutants can damage the lungs, so in the event of a heat advisory, it would probably be better to exercise inside.

Use caution in dry heat.  In this environment, sweat evaporates so quickly that you may not realize how much fluid you are losing. It is very important to stay hydrated in order to avoid heat-related illnesses. Drink fluids before, during and after exercise activity. …read more of 10 Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat of Summer here

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10 Ayurvedic Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check

By Lissa Coffey
July 9, 2013
File under: Ayurveda, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Natural Remedies


The buildup of plaque in arteries brought on by high levels of cholesterol in the blood can be a concern for many people. Sometimes, it can be confusing just where cholesterol is found in the foods they eat.

Dietary cholesterol is found in animal products. Beef, poultry, fish, eggs and all dairy products. There is no cholesterol in plant foods – not in grains, legumes, vegetables or fruit. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and foods like broccoli and beans do not have a liver.

Cholesterol levels in the blood rise slightly with age and women generally have a higher HDL cholesterol level than men. Cholesterol levels can also be an inherited trail and thus run in families.

Besides monitoring cholesterol levels, it’s important to follow a healthy ayurvedic diet and daily routine to enhance fat metabolism. …read more of 10 Ayurvedic Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check here

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The Anti-Wrinkle Diet

By Michael Greger M.D.
June 27, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Skin Care


The skin is the largest organ in the body, about 20 square feet and the most vulnerable organ in the body. It is exposed to both the oxidizing effects of UV radiation from the sun and the oxidizing effects of oxygen in the air and oxidant stress can take a toll.

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more easily damaged and loses volume and elasticity.  These age-related factors are what cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. So what can we do about it?

Three things contribute to the aging of the skin, oxidative stress induced by sun-damage, inflammation and ischemia or lack of adequate blood flow.

Oxidative stress means we need antioxidants so one might predict plant foods would help (see Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods). …read more of The Anti-Wrinkle Diet here

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