Monday, 21 May 2018

Don’t just count calories—where they come from makes a big difference!

Don’t just count calories—where they come from makes a big difference image
The idea that all calories are equal is at the heart of many weight-loss programmes—but it's a myth. There's an enormous difference between a calorie in a sugar-sweetened drink and in starch, for instance, researchers have confirmed this week.
The calories in the drink could make you obese and increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease while those in starch won't have any harmful effect at all, say researchers from the University of California at Davis.
The drinks can still cause health problems even if you don't put on any weight drinking them, and new warnings on bottles and cans are fully justified.
In fact, sugar-sweetened drinks are "uniquely harmful to human health" and aren't merely the source of yet another calorie, the 22 nutritionists concluded, echoing the verdict of a US court that had been asked to adjudicate on the warning labels.
The researchers also confirmed that eating polyunsaturated fats, such as vegetable oils, seeds and nuts, lowers the risk of diseases such as heart problems. "We all agree that a healthy diet consisting of minimally-processed whole grains, fruit, vegetables and healthy fats promotes health compared with the refined typical Western diet," said lead researcher Kimber Stanhope.
The idea that all calories are equal was aggressively promoted by the sugar industry in the 1950s when its products were coming under close scrutiny. They won the day, and attention eventually focused on high-fat foods instead.
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Bilirubin, the natural antioxidant!

Proper levels of bilirubin have beneficial effects by acting as an antioxidant. Photo: CollectedProper levels of bilirubin have beneficial effects by acting as an antioxidant. Photo: Collected
Higher levels of bilirubin -- a natural antioxidant -- within the normal range in our blood may lower the rates of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) like heart failure, heart attack and stroke, finds a study.


A yellow-orange pigment, formed after the breakdown of red blood cells and removed from our body by the liver, bilirubin has beneficial effects by acting as an antioxidant or interfering with atherosclerosis -- a condition where fats, cholesterol etc. accumulate on artery walls.
It acts as a natural defence and can prevent or limit the damage that occurs to blood vessels in individuals with arterial blockage.
According to the researchers from the Emory University in US' Georgia state, the antioxidant effect of bilirubin could be harnessed to reduce the chronic disease morbidity risk.
Higher levels of bilirubin meant a lower risk of heart attack, heart failure or stroke, the study found.
People with the highest level of bilirubin had 76 percent of the risk for combined cardiovascular events as the group with the lowest level, with effects seen even in people without liver disease.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was conducted on 100,000 participants, with an average of 48 years, including people with and without HIV infections
The study specifically looks at people living with HIV and at an anti-HIV drug, atazanavir, known to elevate bilirubin, but did not see an independent effect of atazanavir on cardiovascular risk.
Even if well-controlled by antiretroviral drugs, HIV infection has negative effects on cardiovascular health, said lead author Vincent Marconi, a professor at the varsity.
http://en.prothomalo.com/lifestyle/news/175939/Bilirubin-the-natural-antioxidant

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Here's the skinny on Orangetheory Fitness!

Orangetheory Fitness combines running, rowing, strength training and occasional fist bumping.
Like many people, I fall in and out of exercise mode. About a lifetime ago, I was a certified Spinning instructor. I did a triathlon. I yoga'd. And then I quit exercising for a decade.
Last year, I bought a treadmill and plunked it in my basement (actually I prefer to call it my "garden-level workout facility"). I felt comfortable with this arrangement because only the centipedes witnessed my struggle to get back in shape. Also, exercising in private meant I could wear whatever I wanted – including torn leprechaun boxer shorts and ridiculously mismatched socks.
I walked and ran diligently on my basement treadmill for months – and got a lot of laundry done in the process – but when I heard about something called Orangetheory Fitness, I was instantly intrigued. Intimidated, but intrigued. I also thought it might make an interesting story, so I signed up for one class.
I admit it seemed gimmicky at first, but I went anyway. After all, I once got a colonic just to write an article about it, so I could definitely make it through one trendy fitness class.
Orangetheory Fitness is a franchise based in Boca Raton, Fla. Kevin Scharnek opened the first Orangetheory in Wisconsin four years ago in Brookfield. Today there is also a Shorewood location, where I took eight classes, and soon locations will open in the Third Ward and Wauwatosa.
"In short, Orangetheory provides personal training in a group environment," says Scharnek. "The workouts are always different, always engaging and always challenging for athletes of all levels."
The Orangetheory concept is based on combining fitness, science and technology. The classes are led by a coach and comprise a combination of rowing, strength training and treadmills. Participants wear heart rate monitors and attempt to get their heart rates into the "Orange Zone" for at least 12 minutes during the 60-minute workout. If this is achieved, Orangetheory says the body will experience something called "afterburn," which increases the metabolism for 24 to 36 hours.
"Orangetheory is about fitness and science, but mostly, it's about relationships both between coaches and class members and our relationship with ourselves," says studio manager Kristi Glocke.
When I showed up for my first class I was prepared to feel like an outsider in my black leggings, black concert T-shirt and bare arms adorned with tattoos. (Maybe the headline of my story should be "Goth goes to the gym.")
I also wondered if I would be the oldest person there – I'm in my mid-40s – and most likely the only one who had eaten a pizza at midnight the evening before.
However, I was immediately relieved to see that the other class members ranged in age, style and body type. The majority of them were women, and everyone seemed pretty laid back. Plus, I instantly got a warm feeling from the staff. Every Orangetheory employee I came in contact with, from the counter folks to the coaches, had a genuineness about them that comforted me.
Maybe I wasn't going to be the first person to get blacklisted after one Orangetheory class for utter spazziness.
The class coach, Kristin Johnson, introduced herself and helped get me accustomed to every aspect of the hour-long workout. During most classes, half of the group starts on treadmills and the other half on rowers and strength training equipment, and then the groups switch. Basically, the coaches simultaneously and miraculously teach two different classes at once.
At first, I didn't understand a lot of what she was saying – Orangetheory has a language of its own – but I just copied other people (and after three classes I was conversational if not fluent in OT).
"My goal is to build relationships with each and every class member and provide a challenging, but at the same time a very supportive, environment," says Johnson.
I particularly appreciated how Johnson is indeed extremely supportive without being annoyingly perky. She is very present while teaching and acknowledged times when I really was pushing myself. The sincerity and timing of her encouragement really inspired me to keep going, to try harder.
The coaches also make suggestions how to modify the workout to make it easier or more difficult, depending on personal skill level. (And whether or not you ate a pizza at midnight the night before.)
Participants monitor their progress via heart rate monitors synched to a large screen. I thought this aspect of the workout would bother me because everyone could see my name and how hard – or not so hard – I was working out. However, because the vibe of the classes genuinely feels more supportive than competitive, it didn't embarrass me in the least. (And I admit to comparing my numbers to other people's, but only for a second here or there and was able to swiftly move beyond such pettiness.)
The Shorewood Orangetheory hosts about 70 classes a week, and every single workout – 364 days a year – is different (it's closed on Christmas). Interestingly, the daily workouts are exactly the same at every franchise in the world. This means that if you take the class in Milwaukee, your sister in Atlanta or friend in Portland is taking the exact same class.
The cost of Orangethoery classes range, depending on if a participant chooses to buy the classes individually or as a membership package and how often they attend. Classes average between $8-$12 per class depending on the membership level whereas class packs will average $18 per session. There is a 30-day cancellation policy and anyone interested can try a class for free.
Overall, I found the Orangetheory workouts extremely challenging, but also kinda – dare I say it? – fun. After every class, I was definitely sore the next day, but I felt really good at the same time because I was accomplishing something positive for myself.
I'm not exactly drinking the Orange Kool-Aid, but I plan to keep going. I didn't think I would feel comfortable working out beyond my basement, but I do. I thought I would find Orangetheory just a trendy gimmick – and maybe it is – but it works for me.
I think that's the best it gets for those of us who don't love fitness but don't want to look or feel like a person who doesn't love fitness either. We find what works and we show up, over and over and over again, and on days we don't feel like it, we remind ourselves to, like it says on the orange wall, "Think about why you started."

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Friday, 18 May 2018

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Drug companies fuelling opioid epidemic with bribes to doctors!

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Addiction to the opioid painkillers is now the most lethal drug epidemic in America's history—and it's being partly fuelled by drug companies who are bribing doctors to hand out more prescriptions.
Doctors who are accepting the bribes—such as free meals, travel or lucrative consulting fees—are writing around 9 per cent more prescriptions for an opioid, new research has discovered.
Drug companies spend more than $9m a year to encourage doctors to prescribe more opioids, such as Oxycodone, Fentanyl and codeine. The biggest payers are INSYS Therapeutics, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, researchers from Boston Medical Center discovered. Inducements include meals, speaking fees, education, travel, consulting fees and 'education'.
Around 370,000 physicians prescribed an opioid painkiller in 2014, and those that accepted an inducement wrote 9 per cent more prescriptions, and the trend continued the following year, although fewer prescriptions were written.
In 2016, more than 27,000 Americans died from an opioid painkiller addiction, and many hundreds of thousands more are dependent on the drugs.
As researcher Scott Hadland said: "The pharmaceutical industry must look beyond its bottom line and make changes to its marketing strategies in order to play a role in helping curb opioid overdose deaths."
The researchers say that legal limits on opioid marketing spend should be introduced.
References
(Source: JAMA Internal medicine, 2018; doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.1999)
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

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Cancer Institute Finally Admits Marijuana Kills Cancer!

Cancer kills nearly 600,000 Americans per year. And this year alone, over 1.6 million people will be diagnosed. So much time and research have gone into the cure for cancer in the last few decades. Yet, because of the stigma associated with marijuana, this wonder plant has been largely ignored by governments and researchers as a potential cure – or a key piece to a cure at least.

The Admission

In August 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released a report on their website which stated, “Marijuana kills cancer”. Yes, you read that right – marijuana kills cancer.
We know that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes to relieve symptoms of many chronic illnesses. In fact, marijuana has actually been used for medicinal purposes for over 3000 years.
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer (and other chronic illness) include:
  • Anti-nausea
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Pain relief
  • Improved sleep

So, how does cannabis kill cancer?

There are 21 chemical components found in marijuana called cannabinoids. These chemicals activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects in the central nervous system and the immune system. This is the physiological and biochemical changes in the body produced by a drug in therapeutic concentration.
THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. However, there are other compounds such as cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), tetrahydrocannabivarin(THCv), and delta-8-THC that can have pharmacologic effects. For example, CBD is known to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the high that THC produces.
During a 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by tube feeding. Tests were also done of a variety of cancerous cells.

Here is what they found:

  • Cannabinoids may reduce tumour growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed to grow tumours.
  • Lab tests on animals have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
  • Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of THC in liver cancer cells showed it damaged or killed the cancer cells.
  • The same study of THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumour effects.
  • CBD may make chemotherapy more effective
Source: National Cancer Institute
A Men’s Health Study proves that cannabis can potentially kill cancer: An analysis of 84,170 participants looked at the association between cannabis use and the occurrence of bladder cancer. Over 16 years, they found 89 Cannabis users developed bladder cancer compared with 190 of the men who did not report cannabis use. After dividing the study up by age, race, ethnicity, and body mass index, cannabis use was associated with a 45% reduction in bladder cancer incidence.
In conclusion, many studies have shown the potential of cannabis being able to kill cancer cells. However, little of these studies have been tested on humans. Only a handful of clinical trials have been held with humans, so it is too soon to say if the effects will work as well in humans. The good news is work is being done, and the topic is gaining interest among researchers.
Check out the full report from the NCI that explains their findings.
Credit for this article goes to: Stoners Cookbook. http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/article/2015/10/02/cancer-institute-finally-admits-marijuana-kills-cancer/


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Why women are taking their eyes off the scale to get healthy!


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A grassroots exercise movement that encourages women to focus less on the scale and more on overall health started with a single photo posted by a fitness blogger.

Arianna Dantone shared a photo of herself last year with the caption, “Gaining weight is cool.”

“I had gained like 20 pounds, and that whole year I was super depressed about it,” she told “GMA.” “But when I looked back at the pictures, I didn’t see 20 pounds there.”

Dantone’s tweet went viral as people weighed in with the hashtag #GainingWeightIsCool, and responses like, “Thank you for helping me realize that gaining weight is okay.”

“I am sooo on board with this. #Idon’tweightmyselfanymore,” wrote another commenter.

Dantone said she still gets messages from women today, more than one year after she posted her photo.

“I get messages every single day from women telling me that it helped them, so it's just amazing,” she said.

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak told “GMA” that not looking at the scale is good for both your mental and physical health.

“That scale can really affect you,” he said. “It can make you depressed and can make you do extreme things as a reaction to seeing that number.”

He added, “Hashtag 'don’t weigh yourself' is cool. Hashtag 'live an active healthy, balanced, moderate lifestyle' is cool.”

Studies have shown that people who weigh themselves regularly are better at maintaining their weight, according to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief medical correspondent.

“But it’s not just about that number on the scale,” she added, calling weight “just part of the picture” of health.

For instance, if you are gaining muscle, you may actually see your weight increase, Ashton explained.

“Muscle is a dense tissue and you can be very healthy, very fit and see that number on the scale go up,” she said.

For a more accurate judgment of your overall health, Ashton recommends asking these three questions.

1. How are you clothes fitting?

2. What is your exercise tolerance? Can you walk or run up some stairs without being completely winded? How strong are you?

3. How are your objective measures? Know your blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood sugar level.
http://www.wjbdradio.com/health-news/2018/05/11/why-women-are-taking-their-eyes-off-the-scale-to-get-healthy

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Antioxidant reverses ageing in our blood vessels, making them 20 years 'younger'!

Antioxidant reverses ageing in our blood vessels, making them 20 years 'younger' image
A nutritional supplement can reverse the effects of ageing in our blood vessels and make them up to 20 years 'younger', all within six weeks, a major new study has discovered.
It reduces arterial stiffness by around 42 percent, a dramatic improvement that lowers the risk of heart disease by around 13 percent, say researchers from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The antioxidant MitoQ—adapted from Coenzyme Q10—targets the mitochondria, the 'powerhouses' of our cells, and changes the lining of blood vessels (endothelium) to improve their ability to dilate, which increases blood flow.
Within just six weeks, the improvements were so great that the blood vessels were performing as though they were 15 to 20 years 'younger', say the researchers, who tested the supplement on 20 healthy men and women aged between 60 and 79.
The volunteers were given either MitoQ or a placebo, and then they switched after a two-week 'wash-out'. During the time the volunteers were taking the real supplement, artery dilation improved by 42 percent.
The study is the first clinical trial to assess the effect of an antioxidant like MitoQ on vascular function. It also puts antioxidants back in the frame after they had been dismissed in other studies as being ineffective. "This study breathes new life into the discredited theory that supplementing the diet with antioxidants can improve health," said Doug Seals, one of the researchers.
MitoQ is at the 'serious' end of supplements and is considered a nutraceutical, or pharmaceutical-grade vitamin. It has been adapted from the naturally-occurring antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10, to target the mitochondria in cells.
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