Friday, November 19, 2010

How to Feel Better in Two Minutes

When I say "Feel Better in Two Minutes", I don't want you to think this is a power pill or insta-cure, because kinds of magic pills are dumb, and that's not what I'm talking about. 


Here's the deal
There are simple remedies to the chronic aches we all face every day, and that "fix" doesn't have to involve an entire Day Spa. You don't have to get immersed in mud or put cucumber slices on your eyeballs. 

These tips are doable, practical ideas that you can plug in after a long car trip, after a long day at the cubicle, etc. Here is the link from AOL Health. How to Feel Better in Two Minutes - AOL Health

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How to Stay Sharp as Your Brain Ages


The message here is to engage in your world ... play, think, read, talk ... engage!! Yes, physical exercise is brain exercise; yes, mental puzzles are brain calisthenics. But if you're looking for a standard rule to apply, it's to engage in your world.



Sometimes we want to "put it in neutral", "veg out", which truly has its place. But when that practice goes from being the exception to becoming the rule, your brain weakens.



So. Get outside and do something that you think is fun. Read books that make you laugh or cry or think deeply -- whatever you love. Be social and engage in conversation with your family and friends and co-workers.



When you do these things you're basically doing "Brain-Ups".
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

When Colors Have Smells and Numbers Have Sex


The brain is a funny place. This condition, called "Synesthesia", involves the interposition of senses that are normally separate. 


There are reports of these people, called Synesthetes,  who literally feel colors, but also can taste them, and hear them, and smell them. If they get a paper cut, they might see dark orange, when they hear notes on a piano they might smell a particular smell. 


Weird, right? 


But these aren't random associations, because the same, say, number IS the same sex (Male/Female) every time. The exact same sounds evoke the exact same smells, etc. And that's as far as this condition goes. It's not debilitating, and synesthetes def. def. definitely aren't dysfunctional RainMan Idiot Savants who can't walk across the street on their own. 


In fact, Synesthetes don't even realize they have this condition -- and neither do the people around them -- until someone points it out to them. They just think, say, the number 2 is greenish for every one!!


The brain is massively cool and interconnected place. But, where you're a baby, it's drastically more interconnected than it is now. Areas of cortical and sub-cortical tissue that are completely separate in the adult brain, overlap and commingle and communicate with each other (at first, anyway). As you develop, the brain re-orients and some connections strengthen while others weaken. One outcome of this is is that your senses get "silo'd" into unique bins. For Synesthetes, though, the thinking is that some of this overlap is retained. 


Hence the sensory mashup they exeperience. Wicked cool. I love the brain.  Here is a cool article on Synesthesia from Livescience.com.


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Can food additives affect ADHD?

It's hard to imagine that artificial, synthetic food additives could actually be good for you. And, if someone said to you that "food additives can impact ADHD", would you be surprised? Really? 



Well, a recent study published in The Lancet found that a mixture of four artificial food colors plus the preservative sodium benzoate aggravated hyperactivity in two groups of children without ADHD -- 3-year-olds and 8- to 9-year-olds.
Sounds straightforward, right? 
But the problem is that a 2nd additive-cocktail didn't have as great an effect on the 8- to 9-year-olds. The impact on behavior was still there, just not as severe. 
So the data are as mixed up and mixed together as the synthetic dyes in Fruit Loops Cereal. According to Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban all food dyes because of hyperactivity concerns, "There's no way to know at this point which is the problem dye. Is only one of them a problem? All of them a problem?"

These data from this study just emphasize that (from my point of view and for my children) the safest course for us is to avoid all synthetics altogether. Just eat real food, and eat it in control. That way you don't have to worry if the things your children eat are going to end up harming them in some way. 

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Can food additives affect ADHD? - CNN.com
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Exercises To Keep You Fit From 9 to 5 (PHOTOS)


It can be tough to get enough activity in a work environment. Especially if you're in a cubicle or otherwise tied to a terminal or desk. I was working with employees at an AT&T call center, and they literally couldn't move from their computers. That was a challenging environment, but it was their reality for 6 or more hours.

I like this article because it gives some activities to add to this kind of otherwise sedentary day. Even though they seem simple, if they're consistently done, they can actually be very effective. The key is not to kill yourself or feel like you have to have just had a massive, gut-busting workout. Just be consistent in little swatches through the day.

It's really that simple.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

See Video: Will Clower interviewed. Is HRT Bad? What Are Alternatives?

I was recently on KDKA-TV, talking about the recent data on Hormone Replacement Therapy. Is it as bad as people make it out to be? How did this pharmacology "golden boy" turn out so sour?? If you don't WANT this drug therapy, what are some alternatives for you?? 
Share this video with your friends and, if you have questions, don't hesitate to get in touch here. 
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Why Heart Disease Is Treated Like a Boys' Club


It's very clear that medicine goes through trends, fads, and habitual behaviors, just like every other facet of our culture: from bell bottoms, big hair, and break dancing, to margarine, Egg Beaters, and ice pick lobotomies. They appear, play out for a while, and we finally trade them in for another one. It's only when we look backwards that we get the shudders and say "man, that was stupid. Glad we don't do THAT any more."



This article by Ms Streisand provides a great example of a trend we are in the middle of right now. Once heart disease got branded as the man disease, and breast cancer as the woman disease, some kind of intellectual inertia was established and sustains what people "know" to be true. It will only be after we get this particular fad behind us that we'll look back and scratch our heads at how unrealistic we could possibly have been.



Importantly, articles like this (from a performer!!) help push the scientific knowledge away from such artificial divisions, and slow the inertia.

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Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Need Rehab for a Bypass? Have a drink.


According to this study, people who had heart bypass surgery and consumed about two drinks a day afterward had fewer subsequent cardiovascular procedures than those who abstained.
They topped the tea-totalers in health!!
In fact, light alcohol consumption was associated with a 25% reduction in additional heart procedures, heart attacks or strokes.
"The benefit of light amounts of alcohol consumption has been documented in healthy individuals, but our analysis showed a benefit from light alcohol intake in post-coronary bypass patients," said Dr. Umberto Benedetto, of the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Heavy drinkers, however, were twice as likely to die from heart problems, the study found.
Bypass patients can benefit from a few drinks: study | Reuters

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Food52's Best Thanksgiving Gravy Recipes: Vote For The Best Dish


Great Gravy ideas for Thanksgiving. These look delicious, too.
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'Twinkie Diet': A Physician's Take on What Really Happens


The Twinkie Diet is much like the Twinkie itself ... great marketing, but there is not a great deal of substance inside.



I interviewed Dr Haub regarding his "Twinkie Diet" on my radio program, and he is a very likable guy who is doing something novel to make a point: Junk food isn't "fattening", having too many calories is fattening. (interview here: http://rec­ordings.ta­lkshoe.com­/TC-139/TS­-415161.mp­3)



Point well taken. But I was disappointed when he told me that he randomly added in salads, carrots, and other healthy foods. So this really isn't "The Twinkie Diet" at all, but the "Sometimes­-Junk-Food­-Sometimes­-Healthy-F­ood Diet". So what do his results mean now? No a whole lot any more.



I wish he had been more rigorous and stuck to his protocol throughout the experiment. ONLY eat garbage for the duration, much like what happened "SuperSize Me". Maybe someone could follow up with a scientifically cleaner version of this experiment: I won't be doing it, though, because the thought of it makes me want to wretch.



Look, there's lots of ways to lose weight. Don't throw up in the toilet, that's unhealthy. Don't starve, eat junk food, cut off your head, or swallow tapeworm eggs. Just eat real food, in moderation. That way, you can lose weight without harming yourself in the process.
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