Health and Nutrition

November 19, 2005

Omega-3 fatty acids save lung cancer patient

Filed under: Cancer,General Health,Supplements — Doc Joe @ 7:35 pm

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Omega-3 fatty acids save lung cancer patient
By David Liu, Ph.D.
Nov 10, 2005, 11:31

Nutrient supplements help fight cancer even though the FDA may not want you to make any health claims, particularly when you want to sell nutrition supplements.

Gang Wu at the University of Nevada reported on Nov.8 that Ron Pardini, biochemistry professor of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, helped save his neighbor known as “D.H.” with terminal lung cancer, who was bound to die of the disease five years ago.

When the 78 year-old D.H. was diagnosed with lung cancer, his doctor told him he had only a few months to live. “But five years later, he is still alive, and has even gained a little weight,” Dr. Pardini said.

What saved D.H. is not the conventional chemotherapy and surgery, but a nutritional intervention – drastically increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids that are widely found in fish oil or golden algae oil.

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November 17, 2005

Frequent, Vigorous Exercise Reduces Accumulation of Visceral Fat

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 7:34 pm

Visceral fat, or fat that surrounds the abdomen and other internal organs, is considered a significant contributor to a variety of weight-related health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Regular exercise is known to provide a wide range of health benefits, including weight loss and reduction of total body fat. Despite this evidence, few studies have examined the direct effects of exercise programs on changes in visceral fat levels.
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November 16, 2005

Laughter Aids Healthy Blood Vessel Function

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 7:32 pm

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Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.

Researchers used laughter-provoking movies to gauge the effect of emotions on cardiovascular health,

When the same group of study volunteers was shown a movie that produced mental stress, their blood vessel lining developed a potentially unhealthy response called vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow.

That finding confirms previous studies, which suggested there was a link between mental stress and the narrowing of blood vessels. . Researchers note that the endothelium has a powerful effect on blood vessel tone and regulates blood flow, adjusts coagulation and blood thickening, and secretes chemicals and other substances in response to wounds, infections or irritation.

It also plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular disease.

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November 14, 2005

Moderating Carbs Could Help Prevent Cancer

Filed under: Diet,General Health,Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 7:30 pm

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The jury may be out on whether a low-carb diet is the best way to lose weight. But moderating the carbohydrates you eat could help prevent cancer, according to a Michigan professor.

“It’s very clear for all the top cancers that diet has an influence on your risk of getting cancers,” says Mack Ruffin, M.D., M.P.H., professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Health System and a member of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

If your dinner plate is filled with all-white, starchy foods, take note: Not only is the food plain, but it has fewer cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals and is loaded with calories, he says.

“So you’re lacking all of those protective agents and you’re at risk for eating too many calories. The risk is about the same if you were eating micro-concentrations of dioxin or other pharmaceutical or other pesticide agents that might be harmful,” Ruffin says.

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