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October 2013 Archives



Natural Health News

Relaxation Through Meditation



CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HEALTH Naturopathic Medicine Clinic Middletown 860-347-8600 ¨ West Hartford 860-232-0000   Relaxation Through Meditation   What to expect once you have made relaxation/meditation a habit. You have a connection between your mind and body that helps you let go physically, relax your muscles and quiet your mind. You are able to let go mentally, redirect negative thoughts to pleasant or more productive thoughts and have a neutral mind (being present to...

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Guidelines for a Healthy Diet



  Guidelines for a Healthy Diet   While there is no diet that is right for every person, following are some guidelines for healthy eating.   Think Ahead, Plan, Shop, Prepare & Cook Meals at least 4x/week. Eat your leftovers for lunch. This is a must for consistently good diet.   Attempt to drink a minimum of 8 ounces of pure water, either distilled or spring, five (5) to six (6) times per day.  No...

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Fish oil- handout



FISH OIL   Fish oil is a source of Omega 3 Fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexanoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids are "essential", meaning that they must be consumed by humans. We can not produce them from other dietary fats.   Fish oil has been shown to be helpful for many health conditions, including:   Alzheimer's disease Asthma Cancer Cardiovascular disease Crohn's Disease Depression Diabetes Eczema High blood cholesterol High triglycerides Hypertension...

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What is Detoxification?



What is Detoxification?   Do You Breathe air? ¨ Do You Drink Water? ¨ Do You Eat Food?   If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you have been exposed to toxic substances and would benefit from a detoxification program.   We are all exposed daily to toxins and our body constantly excretes these toxins through urine, stool, and sweat. Over time, we may reach a state of overload where our body's ability...

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Tips For Achieving A Good Night's Sleep



CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HEALTH Naturopathic and Acupuncture Clinic Middletown 860-347-8600 ¨ West Hartford 860-323-0000   Tips For Achieving A Good Night's Sleep   There's a lot you can do to regain control over your sleep. Minor lifestyle and environment changes, such as preparing for sleep, following a sleep schedule, and making your bedroom conducive to sleep can have a major impact.  If you do shift work, there are ways to meet the unique challenges...

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Whey Protein



Whey Protein   Whey protein is the liquid portion of milk derived from the cheese making process. It is high in protein, low in fat and contains virtually no lactose. Whey has been used to support nutritional health, promote lean body composition and enhance the immune system. A good quality whey powder will contain immunoglobulins and lactoferrin which both help to support a health immune system. Branched chain amino acids in whey can help...

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To what extent does heating (boiling, baking) foods like vegetables destroy vitamins?



From NYT- by Tara Parker-PopeTo what extent does heating (boiling, baking) foods like vegetables destroy vitamins?Asked by Bartolo • 1707 votesAIt's true that cooking methods alter the nutritional composition of fruits and vegetables, but that's not always a bad thing. Several studies have shown that while cooking can degrade some nutrients, it can enhance the availability of others. As a result, no single cooking or preparation method is best, and that includes eating vegetables...

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Resurgence in Swaddling Prompts Fears of Rise in Babies' Developmental Hip Abnormalities



Oct. 28, 2013 -- A resurgence in the popularity of traditional swaddling has prompted fears of a rise in developmental hip problems in babies, which are now known to be linked to the technique, warns a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.The swaddling of infants used to be an almost universal practice, but fell out of favour in many parts of the world.But the technique, which involves the binding or bundling of babies...

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Supplement Cuts Muscle Loss in Knee Replacements



Supplement Cuts Muscle Loss in Knee ReplacementsOct. 25, 2013 -- Twenty grams of essential amino acids taken twice daily for a week before and for two weeks after knee-replacement surgeries helped 16 patients, mean age 69, recover faster and with much less muscle atrophy than a control group ingesting a placebo.The approach -- detailed in a paper now online ahead of print in the Nov. 13 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation -- could spell relief and...

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Yoga Practice Beneficial to Patients With COPD



Yoga Practice Beneficial to Patients With COPDOct. 28, 2013 -- Patients with COPD who practice yoga can improve their lung function, according to a study by researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders. The study, presented at CHEST 2013, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that lung function, shortness of breath, and inflammation all showed significant improvement after patients completed 12...

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Moderate Exercise Not Only Treats, but Prevents Depression



Oct. 28, 2013 -- Physical activity is being increasingly recognized as an effective tool to treat depression. PhD candidate George Mammen's review published in the October issue of theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine has taken the connection one step further, finding that moderate exercise can actually prevent episodes of depression in the long term.This is the first longitudinal review to focus exclusively on the role that exercise plays in maintaining good mental health and preventing the onset...

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A Johns Hopkins scientist has issued a blistering report on influenza vaccines.



A Johns Hopkins scientist has issued a blistering report on influenza vaccines in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Peter Doshi, Ph.D., charges that although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in unprecedented numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than alleged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further, says Doshi, the studies that underlie the CDC's policy of encouraging most people to get a yearly flu shot...

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Testosterone Therapy May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease



Oct. 23, 2013 -- Research from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) suggests that testosterone treatment in hypogonadal (testosterone deficient) men restores normal lipid profiles and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These finding currently appear online in the International Journal of Clinical Practice. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. There is a strong association between MetS and testosterone deficiency. Hypogonadal men are more likely...

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Link Strengthened Between Low Fiber Intake, Increased Cardiovascular Risk



Oct. 18, 2013 -- A new study published in the December issue of The American Journal of Medicine shows a significant association between low dietary fiber intake and cardiometabolic risks including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular inflammation, and obesity. Surveillance data from 23,168 subjects in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2010 was used to examine the role dietary fiber plays in heart health. In the current study investigators have taken a closer look...

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Yoga and Brain Function



A 20-Minute Bout of Yoga Stimulates Brain Function A new version of downward dog! Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for...

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Grounding- Earth based support



  Grounding by Dr. Michael Kane     As a adolescent, whenever I had a troubled day in high school, I would come home grab my dog and head for the woods behind my house.  I had a perfect spot near the brook that had a soft moss covered ledge.  I would take off my shoes and then lie down and close my eyes and let the gurgling sounds of the brook wash away my troubles. ...

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Immune Support with Astragalus Root



Astragalus Root-  by Dr. Michael Kane   One of my favorite immune support botanicals is Astragalus Root.     This root has a number of properties that make it a good choice for an immune tonic.  It has a good overall safety rating and is also a mild adaptogen (helps with stress).   In Chinese Medicine, Astragalus is considered a qi tonic.  It is particularly thought to support the lung by helping to prevent illness caused by external influences...

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Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Higher Risk for Stroke, Heart Attack



Oct. 14, 2013 -- Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are at an increased risk of stroke and heart attack according to a new study presented by Mayo Clinic researchers at the American College of Gastroenterology's Annual Scientific Meeting, Oct. 11-16, in San Diego.More than 1.5 million Americans have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Both conditions inflame the lining of the intestine, leading to bouts of watery diarrhea,...

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Compound Derived from Vegetables Shields Rodents from Lethal Radiation Doses



Oct. 14, 2013 -- Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say a compound derived from cruciferous vegetable such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli protected rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation.Their study, published today in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests the compound, already shown to be safe for humans, may protect normal tissues during radiation therapy for cancer treatment and prevent or mitigate sickness caused by radiation exposure.The compound, known as DIM (3,3'-diindolylmethane),...

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Helps Lower Blood Pressure



Oct. 15, 2013 -- Blood pressure is effectively lowered by mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for patients with borderline high blood pressure or "prehypertension," according to new research.The finding is reported in the October issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health."Our results provide evidence that MBSR, when added to lifestyle modification advice, may be...

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Adding Citrus Fiber to Meatballs Improves Nutritional Quality,



Oct. 15, 2013 -- Many American diets fall short of meeting nutritional guidelines resulting in burgeoning obesity rates and health problems across the nation. Statistics show that most Americans consume only half of the daily recommended amount of dietary fiber. Now, a research team at the University of Missouri is addressing the fiber deficit by including citrus fiber in ground beef while retaining the quality and taste of the meat.Ayca Gedikoglu, a doctoral student studying food...

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Toxins and Obesity



Do These Chemicals Make Me Look Fat?An international team of scientists published findings in 2010 that two dozen animal populations have been rapidly packing on the pounds in recent decades. In captivity, orangutans have developed physiques of spreading batter. (Trisnadi/AP Photo)by David EpsteinProPublica, Oct. 11, 2013, 10:15 a.m.22 CommentsRepublishEmailPrintConnect with Facebook to share articles you read on ProPublica. Learn more »21inShareEveryone knows Americans are fat and getting fatter, and everyone thinks they know why: more eating and less...

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Analysis of Herbal Products Shows Contamination Is Common



Oct. 10, 2013 -- Most herbal products, available to buy as alternative medicines, may be contaminated. Reporting in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine researchers demonstrate the presence of contamination and substitution of plant species in a selection of herbal products using DNA barcoding. There is currently no best practice for identifying plant species in herbal products. Traditionally plants are identified through the appearance of the whole plant. This method is not useful...

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Compound in Grapes, Red Wine Could Help Treat Multiple Types of Cancer



Oct. 11, 2013 -- A recent study by a University of Missouri researcher shows that resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine, can make certain tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment. This research, which studied melanoma cells, follows a previous MU study that found similar results in the treatment of prostate cancer. The next step is for researchers to develop a successful method to deliver the compound to tumor sites...

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Compound in Grapes, Red Wine Could Be Key to Fighting Prostate Cancer



Nov. 10, 2012 -- Resveratrol, a compound found commonly in grape skins and red wine, has been shown to have several beneficial effects on human health, including cardiovascular health and stroke prevention. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has discovered that the compound can make prostate tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, increasing the chances of a full recovery from all types of prostate cancer, including aggressive tumors. "Other studies have noted that...

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Go to Bed: Irregular Bedtimes Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children



Oct. 14, 2013 -- Researchers from UCL have found that children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behavioural difficulties. The study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics, found that irregular bedtimes could disrupt natural body rhythms and cause sleep deprivation, undermining brain maturation and the ability to regulate certain behaviours. Professor Yvonne Kelly (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), said: "Not having fixed bedtimes, accompanied by a constant sense of flux, induces...

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