There are, it seems, medical breakthroughs nearly every week to help us combat one of the harsh facts of life: ageing.
Last week, researchers at Durham University reported that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in women, designed to replace sex hormones such as oestrogen which fall with age, has been shown to help the brains of middle-aged women work like those of younger women.
And an Oxford University study revealed that a daily aspirin in middle age could help ward off heart disease and cancer over the age of 45 - when the risk of cancer goes up substantially.
Indeed, not only are we keeping healthier for longer, we feel younger, too.
A recent study of more than 10,000 people revealed that more than 40 per cent of today's over-50s feel at least a decade younger than their actual age. Read more
Monday, November 29, 2010
Is this the end of aging? Alice Smellie discusses the ways we can hold back the years.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
A new study has found that combining aerobics with weight training works better than either one alone in lowering blood sugar.
People with diabetes should mix aerobics with weight training to get the best results in lowering blood sugar, a new study suggests. The combination worked best for weight loss too, compared to aerobics or weight training alone.
Blood sugar is fuel to muscles, and more sugar is burned during aerobic activity. Weight training builds more muscle, and both activities change muscle proteins in ways that enhance the process. Read more
Monday, November 22, 2010
Nasal congestion is a common health complaint, but a natural remedy exists. Using a neti pot removes all the dirt and bacteria-filled mucus from within the nose. It also helps to drain the sinus cavities.
It is quite common for our nasal passages to become clogged or blocked, especially with all of today’s pollutants and any other chemical irritants we may come in contact with. Even pollen and dust can be sources of irritation for many people. With all these irritants in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that nasal congestion is a major health complaint.
Among the many indications of nasal congestion, two of the most debilitating symptoms are headaches and pressure behind the eyes, which may indicate sinusitis. Sinusitis is a condition in which the lining of the sinus passages become inflamed due to bacteria inside the nasal cavities. Normally the tiny hairs inside the nasal passages clean out all the unwanted bacteria-causing pollutants; however, when congestion occurs, proper drainage cannot, thus allowing bacteria to grow. Read more
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
PMS can wreak havoc on your relationship. Here are eight natural remedies to keep it in check.
Women have long searched for a way to alleviate the symptoms of PMS—bloating, cramps and mood swings—just to name a few. Jonny Bowden, author of The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, has found the cure—a natural PMS cocktail. Learn more about the herbs and supplements that will bring you relief.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil (like borage oil and black currant oil) is a natural source of a fatty acid called GLA-gamma-linolenic acid. The research on evening primrose and PMS had been mixed. It may be true that GLA works best in combination with B6 and magnesium and is not quite as effective on its own. Because GLA is a natural anti-inflammatory, and because many people find it helpful for PMS, you should include it in your PMS cocktail. Read more
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Finally, the "experts" come clean on the health hazards of fluoride.
A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association finds once again that, contrary to what most people have been told, fluoride is actually bad for teeth.
Exposure to high levels of fluoride results in a condition known as fluorosis, in which tooth enamel becomes discolored. The condition can eventually lead to badly damaged teeth. The new study found that fluoride intake during a child's first few years of life is significantly associated with fluorosis, and warned against using fluoridated water in infant formula.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is of a similar opinion. According to their website: Read more
Friday, November 12, 2010
A hunk of red meat calms down stressed out men by bringing out their caveman instincts.
Women who want to calm down their husbands after a stressful day at the office should serve him a big steak, scientists said today.
Contrary to popular opinion that a hunk of red meat may make men aggressive, experts said it actually has a calming affect.
Psychologists said they were shocked by research findings which show that far from bringing out the 'caveman instinct' in modern men, seeing meat lowers any aggressive tendencies because it reminds males of friends and family at meal time. Read more
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Margaret Durst explains ancient Chinese medicine works and why it's so good for treating chronic health problems.
Chinese medicine dates back over 3000 years. It is still a very valid system that treats the body holistically. At first glance, it seems simplistic because the conditions treated within Chinese medicine use terms such as excess fire or water or wind rather than our modern scientific names. Yet this system is actually very complex and can be significantly more effective than our modern medicine especially with chronic health problems.
The part of Chinese medicine that I find particularly useful is the meridian system. The Chinese mapped pathways, or meridians, throughout the body that carry an invisible sort of electric energy. This energy is now detectable using specific instruments. Read more
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Vitamin K is a super nutrient that stops cancer in its tracks.
The second leading cause of death in the US is a preventable disease caused by a damaging diet of processed foods and poor lifestyle choices. Having seen family members and friends succumb to the disease, many people view cancer as inevitable and believe there is little they can do to protect themselves from the `Big C`. Our body is continually under assault from rogue cancer cells that are detected and controlled by our innate immune system. Eventually a diet of sugary processed foods and regular contact with household toxins wear down our natural defenses allowing cancer to proliferate. Vitamin K is a critical nutrient that has been shown effective in preventing a number of cancer cell lines with no toxic side effects. Read more