There’s no magic elixir for healthy aging, but here’s one more thing to add to the list: good gut health. A study published in the latest issue of Nature finds diet may be key to promoting diverse communities of beneficial bacteria in the guts of older people.
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Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center evaluated the impact of self-monitoring and diet-related behavior and patterns among overweight and obese post-menopausal women. Among the 123 women who participated in the study, they found that those who completed food journals lost about six more pounds than those who did not note their food intake.
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A new animal study shows that chronic stress leads to symptoms of depression, and is associated with changes in a gene called neuritin. In the study, treatment with antidepressants and boosting neuritin protein levels led to improvement. Don’t forget that there are many integrative solutions to help treat the cause (versus the symptoms) of stress-related depression, including keeping stress in check, exercising, a whole foods based diet, omega-3 fatty acids, body work such as acupuncture and massage, and much more. (There are other causes of depression aside from stress; always talk to doctor if you think you have symptoms of depression).
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Receiving a cancer diagnosis can cause feelings of helplessness and even desperation. But before you consider navigating the waters of unproven treatments, listen to this practical advice. Wellness Times Editorial Advisor Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, explains what a naturopathic oncologist is and describes a few of the unproven treatments being touted as cancer cures. She provides tips to help you recognize red flags. Karolyn Gazella, Wellness Times publisher, coauthor of The Definitive Guide to Cancer andFive to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan and ovarian cancer survivor, conducts this interview.
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Want to live longer? Trade some of the red meat in your diet for fish, nuts, whole grains, and other healthier protein sources, Harvard researchers say.
That’s the conclusion of a new study, published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, that found that the risk of dying at an early age — from heart disease, cancer, or any other cause-rises in step with red-meat consumption.
Eating too much red meat, which is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, has long been seen as unhealthy, especially for the heart. The new study, however, is the first to estimate the effect of swapping out red meat on a person’s lifespan.
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Scientists have pinpointed how vitamin D3 works with some of the body’s cells to help clear the brain of amyloid beta, the main component of plaques that are seen in Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers took blood samples from Alzheimer’s patients and healthy people and then isolated immune cells called macrophages, which consume amyloid beta and other waste products in the brain and the body.
They found that vitamin D3 may activate certain genes and cellular signaling networks to trigger the immune system to clear amyloid beta, according to the study published in the March 6 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
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The Wisconsin Naturopathic Physicians Association will host a conference on Lyme Disease, to be held March 10th and 11th, 2012, at the Pyle Center, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. For more information, please use the following link:
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There is no convincing evidence that ionic footbaths, promoted as a way to remove toxins from the body and costing as much as $75 for a session, actually do what they claim, a recent study has found.
In fact, this kind of so-called detox is not without harm, warns a water expert.
Researchers from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy conducted a series of tests running a footbath with and without feet and analyzing the water for differences in the level of potentially toxic elements (PTEs).
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More bad news for office dwellers: all that sitting at your desk all day not only may put your health at risk but is bad for your mental well-being, at least according to a new study.
In research presented last week at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Occupational Conference in Chester, England, scientists warn that the more you sit, the more risk you have for both a higher body mass index score and decreased mental well-being.
In a survey of more than 1,000 workers, nearly 70 percent surveyed did not meet recommended guidelines for exercise. The findings also revealed that the more you sit at work, the more you are likely to sit on your off hours, further raising your risks of health problems and mental strain.
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Acupuncture may help relieve nerve pain caused by some cancer drugs, according to a new study.
Cancer drugs called taxanes, vinca alkaloids and platinum compounds can damage peripheral nerves, especially in the calves and feet, resulting in severe nerve pain or difficulty walking. Currently, there is no effective treatment for the condition, called chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.
This small, preliminary study included six patients with peripheral neuropathy who underwent acupuncture and five patients with peripheral neuropathy who served as a comparison group. The acupuncture treatment involved insertion of 20 needles at specific points and depths, which were left in place for 20 minutes during each of the 10 sessions delivered by a doctor over a period of three months.
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