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Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

More and more evidence shows that sitting too much has health risks. Recent studies have shown that the longer you sit in a typical day, the higher your risk of chronic disease and the shorter your lifespan. Even people who exercise an hour a day but then sit the rest of their day have an increased risk compared to those who stay more active throughout their day. That’s why I noted with interest the latest study to come out on this topic. The results were announced in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research and were presented at their annual meeting last month. Sitting a cause of pre-cancerous colon polyps Basically, researchers found that...

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Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

I attended a conference earlier this month on methylation and nutrigenomics. The term nutrigenomics means the use of diet and supplements to treat genetically induced or inherited problems. Methylation is a growing field that I will explain in more detail below. What is methylation? It’s a chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of your body. During methylation, a methyl group consisting of one carbon and three hydrogen atoms is added to a molecule. Methyl groups are chemically inactive, so adding them to a protein changes the function of the protein. Enzymes are proteins that control chemical reactions in the body. They can become more or less active when...

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Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

The symptoms in the fall are the same as in the spring: Sneezing, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, coughing and itchy or watery eyes are some of the tell-tale signs of fall allergies. Many people are allergic to molds, which are at an all-time high in the autumn air we breathe. Molds and fungi proliferate on decaying plant matter in yards and outdoor spaces such as fields, forests and farmland. Pollen from the common allergen ragweed also peaks at the end of summer and into early fall. Additionally, indoor allergens tend to get worse as we close up our homes to prepare for colder winter months. Dust mites, indoor molds, pet dander and cockroaches can trigger indoor...

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Lifestyle more Potent than Ancestry

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Lifestyle more Potent than Ancestry

Lifestyle more Potent than Ancestry

Many of us learned in school that disease is largely determined by the genes we inherited from our ancestors. If our parents had heart disease, we might get it too, and there’s nothing we could do about it. But this fatalistic attitude has been challenged by a rapidly growly area of science referred to as “epigenetics.” Epi” means “on top of.” The knowledge is above and beyond our understanding of the genetics that determine your hair color and intelligence quotient (IQ). Epigenetics is the study of how changes in gene expression are caused by mechanisms other than changes in your underlying genetic code. Let’s stop a minute and compare it to computers. Think of...

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Insect Stings Can Cause Allergic Reactions

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 | Comments Off on Insect Stings Can Cause Allergic Reactions

Insect Stings Can Cause Allergic Reactions

Most people who are stung by insects have a local reaction like swelling and itching of the site. More generalized symptoms are a sign of a possible allergic reaction. Symptoms may include hives, stomach upset, dizziness, increased pulse or trouble breathing. If this happens, go immediately to the emergency room for care since symptoms may progress rapidly into a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Effective treatments are available for people with allergies to stinging insects. Epinephrine shots that you can give to yourself are available by prescription; consult with your physician to see if you need one. Allergy shots given in an allergist’s...

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Health Linked to Healthy Gut Flora

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Health Linked to Healthy Gut Flora

Health Linked to Healthy Gut Flora

You are not alone. Scientists have learned that people are really super-organisms made up of human cells and microbes. Scientists involved in the Human Microbiome Project have sequenced the genes of bacteria from 15 sites on the bodies of 242 people followed for more than two years. In the American Gut Project, researchers are sequencing the microbiome of hundreds–and eventually thousands–of Americans. Other countries around the world have also joined the massive research effort to gain a better understanding of the human microbiome. Our microbiome consists of all of the genes in all the microbes that live in or on us. What we have learned so far is truly...

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