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What Exactly is in that Buttered Popcorn?

Movies and buttered popcorn go together like hands and gloves. But, maybe they shouldn’t, particularly when that “buttered” portion of the popcorn is actually something that is more fittingly described as chemical soup. If you have ever wondered, “what exactly is in that butter-flavored popcorn topping?” keep reading, you’re in for a surprise.

Buttered microwave popcorn (and the stuff sold in theatres as well) contains numerous food additives, including two seriously health-harming ones known as diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedion (PD). But, I’m guessing that Diacetyl and 2,3-Penanedion Coated Microwave Popcorn just wouldn’t fly off the grocery store shelves. Both of these synthetic chemicals have been found in studies to harm brain health and are even linked to Alzheimer’s disease and respiratory problems.

In a study published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers found that diacetyl increased the tendency of brain plaques known as beta-amyloid to form in the brain by increasing its tendency to clump. Beta-amyloid is a type of plaque that is considered one of the primary causative factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, the scientists discovered that the chemical easily traveled across the blood-brain barrier model they created. That’s a scary thought.

The blood-brain barrier is the body’s protective mechanism to keep harmful toxins out, but if diacetyl easily gains access to the delicate brain and is involved in the development of brain-damaging plaques then that buttered popcorn actually creates the perfect storm of conditions to wreak havoc on the brain, and possibly to cause or aggravate dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

As if that wasn’t enough reason to ditch that chemical-buttered popcorn, research in the journal The American Journal of Pathology found that people who work in the factories where that buttery topping is made are actually vulnerable to a novel disease known as “flavorings-related lung disease.” The researchers assessed the toxicity of breathing in this chemical compound and they concluded that it “is a respiratory hazard that can also alter gene expression in the brain.”

While these workers are obviously breathing in the chemically-faked butter smell in greater quantities than the rest of us, it does beg the question “what are the effects of breathing in this chemical on a periodic level?” More research needs to be done to answer it, but it seems like a good idea if you’re suffering from a respiratory condition like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or another breathing disorder that you might want to stay clear of that buttered popcorn. But, I think the brain-damaging potential of this nasty stuff is compelling enough reason for everyone to avoid it.

So, what’s a popcorn lover to do? Make plain organic popcorn and drizzle equal parts of cold-pressed flax oil and cold-pressed almond oil over it. The blend offers a delightfully buttery taste on popcorn. Plus, it’s packed with beneficial fats that boost brain and respiratory health, rather than destroy it.

And, while you’re at it, maybe put some pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada or other regulatory agency to do their job and ban this nasty chemical garbage from our food supply.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds: The 4-Week Plan for a Sharper Mind, Better Memory, and Healthier Brain.

 

Article source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-exactly-is-in-that-buttered-popcorn.html

How antioxidants aid in healthy living | The London Free Press

Antioxidants are everywhere. Energy drinks, skin treatments, vitamin supplements, and cold remedies, and all extol the virtues of their special combination of health giving ingredients.

To better understand antioxidants we have to start with oxidation, the chemical process of one substance “stealing” an electron from another and changing, or destroying it.

You don’t have to understand the chemistry to get the picture. Graphic examples are all around us. When iron is oxidized, it becomes rust. The same process is seen when a slice of potato or avocado is left in the open air. Oxidation changes the intrinsic nature of the substance.

To prevent this, we can protect those potato slices from oxidation by submerging them in water, or we can protect the sliced avocado by squeezing the juice of a lemon on it. The lemon juice contains vitamin C, a potent antioxidant.

These everyday examples of oxidation are carried out by electron-stealing “free radicals” which attack previously stable molecules. Antioxidants are the antidote. They are self-sacrificing substances that donate an electron and neutralize the free radicals.

All this is really important because critical biological substances, including DNA, can be victims of free radical damage, thus causing premature aging of cells, disease and death.

Serious stuff indeed.

Among the antioxidants that our bodies utilize to protect us are vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, glutathione, selenium, lutein and various polyphenols. These are very necessary ingredients that ward off a multitude of diseases.

Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables. And in their natural state, they help prevent the conversion of cholesterol into artery-blocking plaques, they protect genes from oxidation, and help keep us healthy and young. Antioxidants are definitely a good thing.

So it would seem to make sense that adding supplemental antioxidants would be a smart strategy. At least, that is what ads on television, newspapers and magazines tell us. But, unfortunately, the science doesn’t support the claims.

There is little, if any, evidence that antioxidant supplements are at all helpful. In fact, there is some evidence that the reverse is sometimes true. In the body, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A. Among other things, it assists in immune function and cholesterol metabolism.

But well-respected studies of tens of thousands of heavy smokers in Finland and the U.S. found that beta carotene supplements were associated with a significantly higher incidence of lung cancer than in smokers who did not take beta carotene. Less dramatically, many other studies have shown no significant health benefits associated with supplemental antioxidants.

Antioxidants are necessary for healthy living. However, they must be supplied in a diet of plentiful in fruits and vegetables. You cannot get the same health-giving effect from a pill, or an antioxidant drink.

Antioxidants are also necessary for healthy, youthful skin. Supplements never make the trip from mouth to skin. The good news is that the benefit of topical application of antioxidants is borne out by volumes of strong scientific evidence. More on that in the future.

To be healthy, eat healthy.

Gerald Imber M.D. is an internationally known plastic surgeon and anti-aging authority. Learn more at YouthCorridorClinic.com. Email your skin-care questions to Dr. Imber at info@youthcorridorclinic.com.

Article source: http://www.lfpress.com/2017/02/23/how-antioxidants-aid-in-healthy-living

Healthy Living: Why you need to stretch

If there is one thing we can all say about getting older, it’s that our bodies need longer to recuperate after doing something we don’t normally do. Have you ever thought to yourself sure I can play softball with the kids only to find that getting out of bed the next day isn’t quite so easy? Or how about that Saturday that you spent getting the garden ready for planting and you can barely sit down in a chair on Sunday. When we “use” muscles we don’t normally use you can bet we will be quite sore the next day. The great news? That soreness is your ticket that proves you got your body moving and that’s a wonderful thing.

What many of us tend to forget is that stretching is just as important for our bodies as exercise is no matter what your age. As we get older, it’s even more important to take the time to stretch to keep our bodies flexible and limber. When you really do not want to take the time to stretch is probably when you need to do it the most. Personally I know I am sure to regret every single time I don’t take five minutes to stretch after completing an event and the next day proves that regret correct.

Fact is we should be stretching every day not just when we are sore after we do something out of the ordinary. The many reasons we should make stretching part of our day include:

• Stretching decreases muscle soreness. No matter the reason we are sore, taking time to stretch in the morning and throughout the day will help alleviate the soreness.

• Stretching will help improve your posture. We can all use better posture especially after sitting at a desk all day. I know I constantly have to remind myself shoulders back and down, core engaged, head is an extension of your spine. Here is YOUR reminder — pull those shoulders back and sit up straight.

• Stretching may reduce injury. Why? When our muscles are put through a full range of motion through stretching, you decrease the resistance on the muscle when you are active. Meaning you are less likely to injure yourself because your muscle can handle the movement.

• Stretching also reduces stress. Well-stretched, flexible muscles hold less stress. This is why yoga plays a significant role in stress relief.

• Stretching also aids the body’s circulation not only because it increases blood supply to our muscles but throughout our entire body.

What are the best stretches to start with? As you should always do, check with your doctor to ensure adding stretching into your routine is okay then start with these simple yet effective stretches:

• Side stretch. Reach your arms overhead, clasp your hands together then gently bend to one side then the other side.

• Hamstring stretch. While lying on your back, gently straighten your leg and bring it in the air toward your body. Repeat on other leg.

• Neck stretch. With your arms at your side, slowly turn your neck to one side then bring back to center. Repeat on the other side.

• Quad stretch. Your quads are the largest muscles in your upper legs. Gently hold the wall and bend your knee to bring your foot up behind you so that you can hold your foot in your hand. Repeat on other side.

• Upper body stretch. Stand with feet hip width apart. Bring your bent arms up above your head and hold one arm with the opposite hand and gently bend to the side. You will feel this stretch all the way from your shoulders to your hips.

These five stretches may sound simple but they are very effective and will help you not only look better but feel better too.

To your health,

Denise

Denise Sanger is a certified fitness instructor, FXP Hoop instructor, licensed Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, teaches morning classes at and co-founder of Family Fitness Outreach Center with Becky Skipper. Their goal is a healthier Suwannee County. Denise may be reached at DeniseSanger.com, 386/292-6105 or denisesanger@gmail.com

Article source: http://www.suwanneedemocrat.com/community/healthy-living-why-you-need-to-stretch/article_38ff8548-fad5-11e6-90e2-e3a107e5f427.html

Optimal Diet: Just Give It to Me Straight, Doc

Referring to heart disease, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD, asks, “Why is there reticence to provide the public with guidelines that will spare them this disease or its progression?” in an article published in The American Journal of Cardiology. “The National Research Council position was that a dietary fat recommendation lower than 30 percent would be too frustrating for those attempting to achieve a significant reduction. Although it is uncertain to what extent people will adopt the advice, it is nevertheless scientifically and ethically imperative to inform the public what constitutes an optimal diet. We must tell the public the truth about what is best for their health, and let them decide their degree of compliance,” he asserts.

My video below explains how Dr. Esselstyn challenged an expert panel to answer these questions from patients: “I’ll do anything, but I never want to have heart disease” and “I’ve had a heart attack, and I never want another.” Answers ranged from having them “eat beans, beans, and more beans” to “time for the public to embrace a plant-based diet.”

The recommended plant-based diet is not the same as vegetarianism. Vegetarians often consume all sorts of less-than-healthful foods, such as oils, margarine, dairy products, and eggs. Vegans do, too, for that matter. “This new paradigm is exclusively plant-based nutrition,” Dr. Esselstyn explains. In other words, it consists only of whole plant foods. Why exclusively? Because, as reported in the Cornell China Study, there does not appear to be “a threshold beyond which further benefits do not accrue with increasing proportions of plant-based foods in the diet.” It appears the more plant-based foods and the fewer animal-based foods, the better.

In a separate paper published in The American Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Esselstyn acknowledges that he is “acutely aware of the castigation that accompanies recommending a plant-based diet—namely that the recommendation will be met with skepticism and hostility on the part of the general public”—though less so these days as millions jump on the plant-based wagon. But that hostility is “peculiar,” Dr. Esselstyn continues, “because many cultures sustain themselves with such a diet, enjoying its taste, texture, and variety, as well as its health-promoting qualities. However, dietary preference is deeply personal, and one can easily be offended. Nevertheless, the public has a right to know the truth as understood by experts in nutritive biology about what constitutes the safest and healthiest diet.” I couldn’t have said it better. The public has a right to know the truth.

“Some criticize this exclusively plant-based diet as extreme or draconian. Webster’s dictionary defines draconian as ‘inhumanly cruel.’ A closer look reveals that ‘extreme’ or ‘inhumanly cruel’ describes not plant-based nutrition, but the consequences of our present Western diet,” Dr. Esselstyn writes, adding that having a breastbone sawed in half for bypass surgery or a stroke that renders one an invalid unable to speak “can be construed as extreme, and having a breast, prostate, colon, or rectum removed to treat cancer may seem inhumanly cruel.” That’s extreme.

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live, year-in-review presentations—2015:Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet, and my latest, 2016:How Not to Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers.

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Article source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/optimal-diet-just-give-it-to-me-straight-doc.html

HEALTH FIRST HEALTHY LIVING SEMINARS: NewFit Surgical Weight-Loss Seminar Set March 2 In Viera

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This seminar will provide attendees with information about the latest Bariatric Surgery methods now available, including robotics-assisted surgery as well as other methods.

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YMCA to withdraw from Healthy Living Center in Clive

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines, which recently has pledged to retrench to its core branches, will withdraw from the YMCA Healthy Living Center in Clive and allow Mercy Medical Center to assume full control of the suburban facility, officials from both organizations announced Friday.

Current members of the Healthy Living Center will retain their YMCA memberships and their ability to use other Y branches until December 2018.

Power Wellness, a suburban Chicago firm that operates medically-integrated fitness centers, has been selected to manage the Clive facility. Mike Wegner, chief operating office for Mercy, said Power Wellness plans to re-hire as many Healthy Living Center employees as possible.

“The majority will be brought on it their current roles,” he said.

Mercy will take over the Healthy Living Center April 1.

Opened in 2009 as a partnership between the YMCA and Mercy, the Healthy Living Center aimed to combine fitness and medical services into a single facility where physicians could prescribe exercise, physical therapy or other services offered by the gym. At the time, local officials said the “medically integrated” YMCA was among the first of its kind.

The 65,000-square-foot facility is located on the Mercy Wellness Campus near University Avenue and Northwest 128th Street.


Mercy and the YMCA have been talking about dissolving the partnership for about a year, Wegner said. Mercy wanted to partner with an operator who could integrate electronic medical record systems to provide more data to physicians and patients about patient progress at the fitness center.

“Right now, as we refer patients to the Healthy Living Center, the question we get from physicians is: What data will I get back on how the patient is doing?” Wegner said. “We really didn’t have the systems in place to get them that data.”

Dave Schwartz, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, said with the widespread adoption of electronic medical records it made sense for Mercy to partner with another operator and for the YMCA to focus on bringing health-focused programs offered at the Healthy Living Center to its other branches.

The change also comes at a time when the YMCA has abandoned expansion plans and promised to focus on its core facilities. The YMCA recently scrapped plans to build a branch in Grimes and opted against a deal to operate a branch at Des Moines Area Community College’s Ankeny campus.

Over the past two years, YMCA donors and board members have said the organization needed to focus more on existing branches to improve the organization’s finances.

Schwartz said the decision to withdraw from the Healthy Living Center aligns with that goal.

“It does put us in a better financial position,” he said. “It helps a little, but what puts us in the best financial position is focusing on what we do best.”

Mercy will give the Healthy Living Center a new name, which has not yet been selected. Mercy also plans to invest in some upgrades to the eight-year-old facility, including new cardio equipment and possibly finding new uses for the first-floor conference rooms, Wegner said.

The Healthy Living Center had about 7,000 members. They pay about $30 for a family membership in addition to their basic YMCA membership.

Executives from the Y and Mercy said they worked well together and parted amicably.

“We’ve had a wonderful relationship with Mercy over the past eight years and have built something absolutely incredible,” Schwartz said.

Article source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/2017/02/24/ymca-withdraw-healthy-living-center-clive/98349082/

Healthy Living February 21, 2017 | WABI TV5

Healthy Living February 21, 2017

Avoiding Peanut Allergy with…Peanuts!
By: Amy Movius MD
Peanut allergy is quite common, affecting 1% to 3% of our population. Unfortunately, it is often severe and lifelong as well. Pretty much everyone has been affected in some way by peanut allergy. Obviously, those who are allergic are aware. The rest of us have likely been directly affected by knowing someone who has the allergy; or indirectly because of cautions distributed in classrooms, at parties or other gatherings warning against bringing any peanut containing products.
Historically, it was thought the best way to avoid getting a peanut allergy was to delay babies and young children from eating any peanut products. In 2000, guidelines to this effect were issued recommending zero peanut exposure in high risk children until they were over 3 years of age. In 2008, this was reconsidered since it did not appear to make any difference. Recently, however, very strong evidence was found that early peanut exposure greatly decreases the chances of developing allergy in those infants at highest risk for it!
It goes back to the LEAP trial (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy, for those interested) published in 2015. This study examined six hundred and forty babies, 4-11 months old, who had severe eczema or egg allergy – placing them at high risk for peanut allergy. They allergy tested the skin of all the infants to peanuts and removed those (76) who already had a severe allergic reaction. The babies who didn’t react at all and those who had a moderate reaction to peanut skin testing were split into 2 groups. One started receiving peanut products right away, the other not until 5 years of age.
Eating peanuts early decreased peanut allergy by 70% to 86 % in these high risk patients!
Or, to put it another way:
For babies with a negative skin test who ate peanuts, about 1/50 developed an allergy versus 1/8 for those who did not eat peanuts until age 5 years.
For babies with a positive skin test who ate peanuts, about 1/10 developed an allergy versus 1/3 for those who did not eat peanuts until age 5 years.
This dramatic finding has resulted in new interim guidelines that reflect these exciting results.
1. For the highest risk babies (severe eczema/egg allergy), parents should make a point of introducing peanut products between 4-6 months based on when they are developmentally able to handle more solid foods. It is advised to get some allergy testing, and if it’s positive to be referred to a specialist and to get their first “taste” under medical supervision.
2. For infants with mild to moderate eczema (increased risk, but not highest risk), introduce peanut products by 6 months of age. No need for testing or medical supervision.
3. For babies without specific allergic concerns, introduce as suits their family with other solid foods.
It’s important to emphasize that “introducing peanuts” does not mean actually feeding a baby peanuts – or peanut butter for that matter. Both of these are choking hazards! Rather, it usually means blending a small amount of peanut butter into some pureed fruit or vegetable. Your baby’s regular provider can discuss how to do this with you in detail.
REFERENCE:
Consensus Communication on Early Peanut Introduction and the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in High-risk Infants. Pediatrics, 2105
New Guidelines Detail Use of “Infant-safe” Peanut to Prevent Allergy. AAP News, January 5, 2017

Article source: https://wabi.tv/2017/02/21/healthy-living-february-21-2017/

New initiatives aim to promote healthy living among the young …

The obesity rate in schools is going up. Mental health concerns among the young, like cyber-bullying and suicide, are on the rise. There are gaps to be addressed in existing school health programmes.

Against this backdrop, inter-agency taskforce NurtureSG yesterday released a slew of recommendations addressing three key areas: active and healthy living, mental well-being and sleep health.

They were accepted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday.

At a press conference yesterday, Minister of State for Health Dr Lam Pin Min said NurtureSG complements many health promotion efforts here, as well as Singapore’s recent declaration of war on diabetes.

The disease is projected to hit a million Singaporeans by 2050, in part due to the rapid rise in the proportion of overweight and obese young adults.

Said Dr Lam, who co-leads NurtureSG: “So we really need to work upstream to promote and sustain the promotion of a healthy lifestyle from a very young age.”

This includes doubling preschoolers’ physical activity time to an hour every day.

While NurtureSG’s recommendations will help to address downstream problems like diabetes, sleep health and mental well-being should not be overlooked, said Dr Chia Shi-Lu, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Health.

The Tanjong Pagar MP told TNP: “If you speak to doctors from the Institute of Mental Health, the mental health issue in the young, even in children, is rising at quite an alarming rate. It’s under-reported. There’s also a lack of awareness.

“As for sleep, it may seem like something frivolous, but we certainly must not underestimate the importance of sleep. Our GPC’s standpoint, as well as the other health groups, is for more importance to be placed on this.”

More importantly, these initiatives should not be seen in isolation, said Professor Chia Kee Seng of the National University Health System.

The Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health dean told TNP: “They will only be effective if these habits take deep roots and are sustained into adulthood. Parents must reinforce these habits and be role models themselves.”

He added that there was no point in having healthy habits in schools if parents take their children to fast-food joints for unhealthy foods.

This is why parents feature quite prominently in NurtureSG’s action plan.

Said Dr Lam: “NurtureSG is a national effort that involves everyone. MOE and MOH cannot do this alone, and we need the participation of individual, the family as well as the community and the schools.

“And the key thrust of NurtureSG is to ensure that the health-promoting environment does not stop within the walls of the schools, but to actually go beyond the school to involve and engage the parents as well as the community.”

Parents, like Mr Christopher Yong, are heartened by the efforts to look after the children’s well-being.

The 40-year-old father of an eight-year-old boy told TNP: “I’m glad that mental health is one of the aspects the ministries are doing something about.

“With something that creeps in so silently and goes undetected often, it will be good to better equip educators to pick up warning signs early.”

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Article source: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/new-initiatives-aim-promote-healthy-living-among-young

Healthy living through better habits: How changes in sleep, stress and diet can lead to a happier you

Fitbits and other fitness trackers are sneakily addictive. They can give a sense of achievement on the most ordinary day, and they deliver more data about our daily activities than ever before.

But do these gadgets make us healthier? We talked with experts about the ways they might help us reach our wellness goals.

Steps

The default goal is 10,000 steps per day. Dr. Raj Khandwalla , a cardiologist at the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, uses the Apple HealthKit to track his exercise progress — and once he started, he stopped using elevators and started using stairs.

“Right now, we still need clinical trials to understand what all this data means. But I think these devices are excellent,” Khandwalla says.

“For the first time, we can quantify activity,” he says. “This can have significant implications for preventing heart disease. It may be as simple as walking 10,000 steps can reduce the risk of having a heart attack in the future. We don’t know. But I believe that one day, your average daily step count will be a core vital sign, like pulse and blood pressure and weight.”

Sleep

So your Fitbit says you slept six hours, woke up twice during the night and were restless 16 times. Fascinating. But is it useful?

Khandwalla believes that with more research, this information will turn out to be valuable. “Improving sleep and sleep quality are more difficult than getting people to exercise more,” he says.

Dr. Michelle Grotz-Rhone , an internist for One Medical Group in Beverly Hills, says the sleep data can give her information that serves as a springboard for discussion, but “I am more concerned about what my patients feel like clinically than what the gadget says.”

Water intake/food diary/calorie count

Perhaps, says Grotz-Rhone, these devices will make people mindful of ways to increase energy, drink enough water and stay away from foods that will cause their blood sugar to spike and then crash. “If someone finds that the gentle reminders throughout the day from a Fitbit works for them, that can promote habit change,” she says.

Dr. Gregory Taylor II , medical director of Keck Medicine of USC in downtown Los Angeles, will give a free fitness tracker to any of the 7,000 faculty and staff at Keck Medical Center who request them because he believes it will improve their health.

If he could get patients to track just one thing, he says, it would be diet. Sleep, diet and exercise are all important, but “if you cannot feed your body the proper ingredients, it cannot perform.”

Friends

Whether you sign up to share your data with friends or simply trash talk with office mates at the water cooler, challenging friends can be motivating, experts say.

“One of the great features of these trackers is that you can compete with others,” says Santiago Prada, a certified personal trainer and director of membership and healthy lifestyles at the Hollywood YMCA. “You can see who burned the most calories, who took the most steps. Everyone is competitive, so sharing with friends ups everybody’s game.”

The larger question is whether these devices promote long-term behavior change. “I think our work shows that gadgets are just gadgets — not magic, except for a few very motivated people,” said Donna Spruijt-Metz , director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the university’s Center for Economic and Social Research. “However, I think that a good theory-based intervention that includes mobile health and just-in-time feedback has a much better chance of making a difference.”

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/science/la-healthy-living-can-fitbits-make-us-1487120755-htmlstory.html

Choice: Healthy Living for Seniors – Boost Your Brain, Maximize Your Memory

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