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Three doctors were on their way to a convention...

Three doctors were on their way to a convention when their car had a flat.

They got out and examined the tire.

The first doctor said, "I think it's flat."

The second doctor examined it closely and said, "It sure looks flat."

The third doctor felt the tire and said, "It feels like it's flat."

All three nodded their heads in agreement. "We'd better run some tests."

Amazing, new diet...

"I'm on this amazing new diet. You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and as much as you want. You don't lose any weight, but it's easy to stick to." - George Tricker

Do You Have Expensive Urine?

Have you heard that Americans have the most expensive urine in the world?

That's because most Americans take synthetic vitamins, ninety percent of which pass through the body unabsorbed.

To learn more, read this educational guide, "How Safe Are Your Vitamins?"

The Average Distance Our Food Travels

What is the average distance our food travels from farm to plate? 

In North America, it's 1,500 miles.

At nearly $3.00 a gallon for diesel fuel, can we really afford for our food to be grown in distant central locations and trucked to the consumer half way across the country?

And by the time it arrives at its destination, how much nutrition is left?

The Foods That Made America Fat

In 1961 Americans consumed 2883 calories per person.

By 2000 this had increased to 3817.

Combine this with a decrease in physical activity and in the space of forty years people got fatter. Not only that, they also got sicker.

What foods made up this 935 calorie increase and what effect might those foods have had on overall health?

Here are the statistics.

Genetics Loads The Gun...

Genetics may load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.

Did you know...

Only about thirty percent of the characteristics of aging are genetically determined?

The other seventy percent are linked to lifestyle.

Regular exercise and a whole-food diet, including mainly fresh and organic produce, can help tip the balance of health in your favor.

6 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Heart

Don't smoke and avoid secondhand smoke Control your blood pressure. Normal is below 120/80 Keep total cholesterol below 200; LDL below 130 (below 100 is optimal); HDL 40 or above for men and 50 or above for women. Measure your waist. A high-risk waistline is 35" or larger for women and 40" or larger for men. Maintain a healthy diet. Control diabetes.  Source: American Heart Association

Oatmeal and Orange Juice

Drink a glass of this with your oatmeal to help elevate your breakfast to superfood status: orange juice.

Why? The nutrients in oatmeal and OJ work synergistically to provide double the benefits you'd expect from simply adding their powers together.

The phenols in oatmeal and the vitamin C in OJ both help make LDL more stable. That's a good thing, because the more stable your LDL, the less likely it is to rupture, stick to artery walls and cause heart attacks.

So how can you take advantage of more food synergies? The best way is to eat a varied diet rich in colorful fruits and veggies, healthy fats, different kinds of whole grains, and few or no processed foods. This will give nutrients the best shot at meeting up in your body and reinforcing one another as they guard against disease.

How Many Drugs Do We Really Need?

here are a couple of hundred thousand drugs on the market right now.

Yet according to the World Health Organization, about two hundred would be enough to cover everything.

Selective Publication of Drug Trials

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine regarding differential publication of antidepressant trials - such that if you looked at only published results, you would think ninety-four of trials were positive for the drugs they studied.

However, the authors found many of the negative trials were not published. This leads to unrealistic estimates of drug effectiveness.

In fact, the FDA analyzed all the data (including trials that were not published) and found only fifty-one percent of all studies of antidepressants showed positive results.

When they looked more carefully at the effect sizes needed to show results, the positive outcomes came down to thirty-two percent overall.

This study indicates a need to look past headlines when evaluating both medical research and medical journalism.

5 Tips to Lose Belly Fat

by Mike Geary - Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

1. Many so-called "health foods" are actually cleverly disguised junk foods that can actually stimulate you to gain more belly fat... yet the diet food marketing industry continues to lie to you so they can maximize their profits.

2. Ab exercises such as crunches, sit-ups, and ab machines are actually the least effective method of getting flat six pack abs.

3. Boring repetitive cardio exercise routines are not the best way to lose body fat and uncover those six pack abs.

4. You do not need to waste your money on expensive "extreme fat burner" pills or other bogus supplements.

5. Ab belts, ab-rockers, ab-loungers, and other infomercial ab-gimmicks... they're all a complete waste of your time and money. Despite the misleading infomercials, the perfectly chiseled fitness models in the commercials did not get their perfect body by using that "ab contraption"... they got their perf…

Could You be Deficient in Potassium?

If you suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, constipation, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney stones, hyperthyroidism, arthritis, obesity, headaches, pain in the eyes, muscle spasms, "restless leg syndrome," fatigue, or muscle tension, to name a few, you may be deficient in potassium.

Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It is also an electrolyte that regulates blood pressure, water retention, muscle activity, and proper function of every cell in your body. Potassium helps the cells in the body eliminate toxic waste, promotes balanced pH levels, and increases energy.

Soft Drinks and Your Heart

People who regularly consume soft drinks all have something in common - a higher risk of heart disease. Are you one of them?

Unfortunately, even if you drink just one 12-ounce soft drink a day, whether it's regular or the diet kind, you may be.

Why?

Drinking one or more 12-ounce sodas per day is associated with a higher incidence of heart-disease risk factors.

So what's in soda that's so bad for your ticker? Might be nothing, actually. Those people who frequent the soft drink aisle may simply share some unhealthy habits. Like hitting up the candy and chips aisle too. Or skipping their workouts.

Then again, there could be some ingredient in soft drinks that's not so good for your body, like coloring or flavor additives.

If you love a soda now and then, do a quick whole-health inventory, and make sure you're not doing anything else that could potentially boost your blood pressure, blood sugar, waist size, triglycerides or cholesterol.

Of course, when it comes to quenching …

Walking Can Be a Bone Booster

Contrary to what many people believe, walking or using treadmills can boost your bone health.

Experts have recommended high-impact aerobic exercise as a means for increasing bone mass, but a review of 24 studies on aerobic exercise and bone mineral density in women suggests that walking just 30 minutes per day a few days a week is enough to moderately increase overall bone density.

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston analyzed studies that followed predominantly sedentary women assigned to aerobic exercise programs lasting 16 weeks or more.

Walking was the preferred form of exercise by most participants. Compared to non-exercisers, the regular exercisers increased their bone mass by about two percent.

Exercise helps strengthen bones because it forces them to bear weight, which is why high-impact exercise elicits even greater gains in bone density.

The fact that walking and other low-impact activities are also beneficial, ho…

Health, Doctors and Diet

"Improvements in diet can reduce the risk of chronic disease; ALL of them. So, if we improve our diet, we will reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high-blood pressure and obesity." - Dr. Francisco Contreras, Oasis of Hope Hospital

"God has provided health-promoting, life-giving food. Man has often altered it to such an extent that the same food God intended to give life can be an agent of disease and death." - Dr. Michael Jacobson, The Word on Health

"Americans believe in the fundamental law of cause and effect, except when it pertains to their eating habits." - Dr. Joel Robbins, M.D. N.D. Ph.D

Weight-Loss Drugs: Hoopla and Hype

Looking for a shortcut to lose weight? Something easy and painless? The advertisers know...

"Lose 8 to 10 pounds per week, easily...and you won’t gain the weight back afterward."

"Lose up to 2 pounds daily without diet or exercise!"

"You could lose up to 10 lbs. this weekend!"

"Clinically proven to give you a better body without spending countless hours dieting or working out."

"Lose 10 lbs. and unwanted inches in 48 hours. Guaranteed!"

Do these promises sound too good to be true?

"Well," writes Jane Brody of the New York Times, "they are. They are among hundreds of advertising claims and testimonials touted by sellers of over-the-counter weight-loss remedies. They appear in leading magazines and newspapers, on television infomercials and the Web. And millions of people succumb to the pie-in-the-sky promises every day, throwing away good money and, sometimes, their good health along with it."

Continued...

3 Mistakes People Make When Losing Weight

There are essentially three mistakes people make when they start out on a weight loss program. Here's the short list:
All cardio and no weights Changing your diet too drastically Not getting enough sleep  When starting something new, the simpler, the better. In other words, don't bite off more than you can chew.

Keeping it simple allows you to build on your small successes and make gradual, incremental changes that ensures that you'll stick with it.

Food: Your Best Medicine

According to George Mataljan, founder of the World's Healthiest Foods:

"Food is the source of nutrition and energy to support the health of our body. Although not always considered an important part of many of the common diseases we see in our society today, our website helps you to understand how incorporating the World's Healthiest Foods as a part of your diet can help prevent or reduce the severity of the various diseases discussed."

One Healthy Tweak to Any Recipe

Replace the canned version of an ingredient with the same thing in a jar, eg replace canned tomatoes with tomatoes packed in a glass jar.

Research shows the cans used in food packaging are lined on the inside with chemicals we wouldn't want in our bodies, including hormone-like chemicals that are released into the food in the cans over time.

The Harvard School of Public Health...

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the average American consumes only three servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Even more alarming, the United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) reports that over half of all elementary students eat no fruit on any given day and most eat less than one serving of vegetables a day.

Yet the most recent research and the latest dietary guidelines call for nine to eleven servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you ward off obesity, heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

What about you? How are you getting the daily recommended nine to eleven servings of fruits and veggies?

One of The Best Things You Can Put in Your Body

Vitamin C is involved in more biochemical reactions than any other vitamin and has more than 300 functions in the body. But perhaps the most important role of Vitamin C is as a key antioxidant. In fact, Vitamin C has been called the hub of the antioxidant network because it can interact with and regenerate most of the other antioxidants. Antioxidants control inflammation, a major component in just about every disease. Antioxidants also prevent damage from environmental pollution.

Vitamin C is also crucial to the production of collagen. The main protein in connective tissue, collagen has great tensile strength and is largely responsible for maintaining the structure of the body. Bones cannot be strong without it. Blood vessels cannot maintain their integrity and some have called atherosclerosis a vitamin C deficiency disease. Its degradation in the skin leads to wrinkles. Joints become arthritic if collagen in them is degraded.

Vitamin C also activates and protects the immune system.…

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Michael Pollan, best selling author of the book Omnivore's Dilemma was asked,

Does your pantry or cabinets contain food in a package?

"Really seldom. If you look in my pantry, you won't find that much processed stuff. Maybe some canned soups and tuna fish. I don't have a lot of low-fat products. I much prefer to eat less of a full-fat product. You won't find skim milk. We're lucky. I live in Berkeley with a farmers market four blocks away, and it's open fifty weeks a year. I have the luxury of being able to buy very fresh, good food. I have a weakness for bread. A good white baguette - I have a weakness for that."

In his piece, Unhappy Meals, Pollan's number one recommendation is:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Then he makes some surprising suggestions. Here's one:

1. Don't eat food that makes health claims.

"If you're concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food prod…

Study: Physicians and Nurses Take Dietary Supplements

The landmark "Life...supplemented" Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study found more than three quarters of U.S. physicians (79 percent) and nurses (82 percent) recommend dietary supplements to their patients.

The study also shows an almost equal number - 72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses - personally use vitamin, mineral, herbal and other supplements either regularly, occasionally or seasonally, which is a higher percentage than the 68 percent (1) of adults who report they take nutritional or dietary supplements.