Healthy Living

Milk
Does it do a body any good, or does it simply contribute to a profitable bottom line for the heavily subsidized dairy industry. While we don't profess to be experts in this subject, this web site contains a lot of research on the subject of milk and your health, and that of your baby. Check it out.

...Social ties reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol ... Friends are helping us live longer.

Women's Friendships Vital To Health
Women respond to stress differently than men do. Fortunately, we also have better way to fight it: each other. Friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. But they may do even more. Scientists now suspect that hanging out with our friends can actually counteract the kind of stomach-quivering stress most of us experience on a daily basis.

Support the (Revised) Combating Autism Act!
We are experiencing an explosing in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, among our children. Twenty years ago the incidence of autism was approximately 3 or 4 cases in 10,000 children. Today around 60 children in 10,000 are diagnosed with autism, a fifteen fold increase. Once considered rare, autism is one of the most common serious chronic diseases afflicting our kids. It is an epidemic. A crisis.

For a list of cosponsors of the "Combating Autism Act" go to the following:

Poisoning Our Children
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., -- recently sold the future of our children to Big Pharma for a paltry $4 bucks a pop. That's the additional cost to produce a safe vaccine, a vaccine minus the mercury-based preservative thimerosal. Mercury is a deadly neurotoxin that has long been known to cause serious learning disabilities and death, and is strongly suspected in contributing to autism.

Cervical cancer vaccine
A vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer could protect women for up to four-and-a-half years, a new study has found.

Too much coffee deadly for some
Some coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day could significantly increase their chances of suffering a heart attack.

Women's Health Studies Leave Questions in Place of Certainty
So what do women do now? The results of two major studies over the past two weeks have questioned the value of two widely recommended measures: calcium pills and vitamin D to prevent broken bones, and low-fat diets to ward off heart disease and breast and colon cancer.

No broad benefit from calcium found for women
A large, seven-year study of healthy women over 50 found no broad benefit from calcium and vitamin D supplements in preventing broken bones, despite widespread endorsement by doctors for the supplements.

Large daily vitamin dose 'can halve risk of cancer'
US researchers found the "natural" form of the vitamin, known as D3, could dramatically reduce the chances of developing breast, ovarian and colon cancer, as well as others, by up to 50 per cent.

Teflon is Extremely Toxic
DuPont will pay a record $10.25 million fine for failing to tell the Environmental Protection Agency what the company knew about a chemical used to make Teflon, including studies that found the substance in human blood and say it should be considered ''extremely toxic." [IT IS CONSIDERED UNSAFE TO USE TEFLON (NON-STICK PANS) FOR COOKING]

DuPont to pay largest fine for toxic element in Teflon
DuPont, one of the world's leading chemical companies, will pay the largest fine in the history of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle charges that it hid information for more than 20 years that a compound used to make Teflon poses a substantial threat to human health. Perfluorooctanoic acid, a synthetic compound pioneered by DuPont and used for 50 years, has been found in the blood of 95 percent of Americans tested. It persists in the environment indefinitely. Researchers have even found it in the blood of polar bears near the North Pole.

Pregnant Women Warned By FDA to Avoid Paxil
The Food and Drug Administration warned pregnant women and their doctors away from the antidepressant Paxil yesterday because of an increased risk of heart defects in newborns.

Binkies Prove Lifesaving
A pacifier can reduce a baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by more than 90 percent when used while sleeping, according to a study released Friday.

Two cups of tea 'cut ovarian cancer risk by half
Just two cups of tea a day was found to reduce the chance of ovarian cancer by 46 per cent, the researchers found, after studying the records of more than 61,000 women over a period of about 15 years.

Can Childhood Vaccines Cause Autism?
Many officials in the medical establishment would be very pleased if you and I knew as little as possible about the controversial topic of this report. The ABC report concerned the association between childhood vaccines and autism. The topic was raised when Rolling Stone magazine published an article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., titled "Deadly Immunity." In a nutshell: Mr. Kennedy accuses the medical establishment of helping drug companies cover up evidence that autism may be caused by vaccines that contain the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

A heartfelt message for your child
Lack of exercise and an unbalanced diet can lead to stress and depression, something I see a lot more in my work with even very young children. Endorphins are essential to our sense of wellbeing and the more we exercise, the more endorphins we release. Staying involved in physical activity and sport can have an impact on a young person’s feelings of self-esteem.

HealthWrap: If you`re an apple, beware
It has long been known, are not a good thing when it comes to fitness and longevity. But this new study confirms that a roly-poly ring around the middle is much worse than big buttocks. Among other things, mid-body fat has been shown to pump out harmful chemicals that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Cooling Newborns May Help Prevent Brain Damage
Cooling the whole-body temperature of babies whose brains have suffered oxygen deprivation may prevent the brain damage or death that often results from such deprivation, a new study suggests.

Collagen: Is it worth it?
A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts. Agents for the firm have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot. Collagen can cause allergic reactions if it has not been treated correctly, and there is a theoretical risk of disease being passed on.

Digital Mammography Better for Women
Compared with standard mammograms, which are recorded on film, computer-based digital mammograms are more accurate for more than half the women who get the breast cancer screenings, a large, new study finds.

Why sunshine poses a greater cancer risk to readheads
The risk of skin cancer is about two to four times higher for redheads and blonds than for those with dark hair. If the red-haired gene carries this risk, why has it not died out? The answer is that it is indeed much more common in northerly climes, where it may also offer an advantage. One theory is that the red-haired melanins help the skin to create vitamin D in colder climates, thus reducing the risk of diseases such as rickets.

Long-term aspirin use has protective effect
The maximum benefit from full-strength aspirin was a 53 percent lower risk of colon cancer among female patients who took more than 14 tablets a week for more than 10 years.

Women's fitness important for survival
Chicago researchers have figured out how much exercise women should be able to achieve based on their age -- and how likely they are to die if their fitness levels fall short.

Removing ovaries in hysterectomy might do no good
A new study concludes most women getting hysterectomies should keep their ovaries. The research finds the common extra step of removing ovaries during uterine surgery seems to do no good and might increase the chance of dying from heart disease.

Benign breast lumps cancer link
Women who have certain types of benign breast disease have far a higher risk for breast cancer

Curvy women 'live longer'
CURVY women are more likely to live longer than their slimmer counterparts. Institute of preventative medicine in Copenhagen researchers found those with wider hips also appeared to be protected against heart conditions.

HRT Poses Yet Another Health Dilemma
A new British report presents women with a potentially cruel choice if they want to use hormone replacement therapy to ease the symptoms of menopause: The kind of therapy that does not increase the risk of breast cancer does increase the risk of endometrial cancer.

Ten Medical Tests You Need
Most of us dislike the idea of tests. We are frightened of bad news. However, burying your head in the sand won't make cancer or high blood pressure go away. Not only can the right diagnostics save you considerable money by catching problems earlier, when they are often more treatable, but they can also help you live better and longer.

A To Z Of De-stressing
Americans spend billions of dollars each year coping with stress. From guzzling martinis or popping pills to paying burly masseurs to pummel us, much of our lives--and dollars--are devoted to unwinding, loosening up or just decompressing for a while.

Breastfeeding in Public, Why Does It Matter?
Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice a mother can make for her child, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and many research studies. Some women cannot breastfeed for medical reasons. For many women who can breastfeed, it can still be a difficult choice. Society reflects mixed ideas about women's bodies - moralistic messages about shame mixed with Hollywood/Madison Avenue messages about sex and eroticism. Therefore, many women feel that even when their bodies are nourishing the next generation, they should hide what they are doing and might feel shame. This is reinforced by others around them (family members, store employees, general public) who also receive mixed messages about women's bodies and also struggle with what it means to see a woman with a baby at her breast.

There's Nothing Sexier Than a . . . Nursing Mom?
Women with low libidos might have a new way to increase their sex drive: hang around breast-feeding mothers. Psychologists at the University of Chicago found that smelling the pheromones — chemical compounds our bodies secrete to communicate with each other — absorbed from the breasts of nursing women resulted in increased sexual motivation in other women.

Coffee - Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips
If you're love coffee as much as I do, you'll be thrilled to learn that coffee has many uses, including as a beauty aid. Who knew? Before you throw away those used coffee grounds, get the buzz on coffee for beauty: it's all right here.

A Laugh A Day May Keep Heart Disease At Bay
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, have discovered laughter can help keep your heart healthy.

Smoking can be suicidal!
Mar 08—Current daily smoking may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts, according to an article published in the journal JAMA.

Aspirin: Women's Stroke-Preventer?
For the first time, research shows low-dose aspirin therapy can prevent a stroke in apparently healthy women. A study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine looked at forty thousand apparently healthy women 45 and older over a ten year period. The low dose of aspirin that was given was 100 hundred milligrams every other day. Women 45 and older who took the aspirin showed a 17 percent reduction in the risk of a first stroke, and the benefit was even greater as women got older.

Study: Exercise, Not Milk Best for Children's Bones
The link between an increased calcium intake from dairy products and building a stronger bone density in young adults is a weak one, said Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. While dietary guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest a daily consumption of 800 to 1,300 milligrams of calcium to promote bone growth and prevent osteoporosis, Barnard said a typical person needs only 400 to 500 milligrams. "Kids are not really in a calcium crisis," Lanou said. "They are in an obesity crisis. They need more exercise more often."

White Poison: The Horrors of Milk
Got milk? If not, then thank your lucky stars. Because if you do, medical research shows that you are likely to be plagued by anemia, migraine, bloating, gas, indigestion, asthma, prostate cancer, and a host of potentially fatal allergies -- especially if you are a person of color.

Diabetic women have higher heart risk than diabetic men
Women with diabetes have a significantly greater risk of dying from coronary heart disease (CHD) than men with diabetes, researchers at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke, reported.

Women Still Treated Less for Heart Disease
Women remain far less likely than men to get basic medical care that could significantly reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes, leaving thousands unnecessarily vulnerable to the nation's leading cause of death, researchers reported yesterday.

Oleic Acid Key to Olive Oil's Anti-Cancer Effect
Scientists have discovered why eating a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables and particularly olive oil can help to protect women from developing breast cancer.

World's Most Powerful Nation is Sick
The World Health Organization has announced that the U.S. now has shorter life expectancies and higher infant and child mortality rates than Canada, Japan and all of Western Europe, except Portugal. Factors contributing to this decline in public health include weaker laws on toxic chemicals, higher levels of economic disparity, junk food diets, and a lack of health care access for millions of families.

Protecting Kids from Environmental Hazards
Expectant mothers are notorious worriers. As the nesting instinct kicks in, they will lower their bellies down to the floor to scrub every corner with a toothbrush. In some cases, it makes them ban all solvents, bleached paper products and imported grapes from the premises. Considering all of the health threats children face today, clearing away environmental hazards should be a parental priority.

RU Ashamed?
A physician who performs abortions finds that RU-486, the abortion pill, is safe. What is dangerous is the way society stigmatizes women who take it.

What Are You, On Drugs?
The odds are very good that you are on drugs. Right now. This minute. As I type this and as you read this and as false Texas dictators rise and sad empires crumble and as this mad bewildered world spins in its frantically careening orbit, there's a nearly 50/50 chance that some sort of devious synthetic chemical manufactured by some massive and largely heartless corporation is coursing through your bloodstream and humping your brain stem and molesting your karma and kicking the crap out of your libido and chattering the teeth of your very bones.

Fund Free Mammograms
Click the button to provide free mammograms to women through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to low-income, inner-city and minority women, whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited.

Study: MRIs find more breast tumors
In women at high risk of breast cancer, new research suggests MRI scans find nearly twice as many tumors as mammograms do, but they cost a lot and trigger more unneeded biopsies.

Fewer women than men take aspirin for heart health
Despite evidence that an aspirin a day can ward off heart attacks, many high-risk people -- especially women -- are not taking the drug, a large U.S. survey shows.

U.S. Women Lack Health Insurance, Access to Care
Research by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that a significant number of U.S. women under 64 lack health insurance and that others face barriers to adequate care.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons ...

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