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Health Care: Research-based Prevention, Treatment & Strategies | Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Life Expectancy / Longevity, Exercise, Pets & Brain Exercises | Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Dangers and Remedies

Prevention

Prevention—Primary, Secondary and Tertiary: Primary prevention avoids the development of a disease through healthy lifestyle and health promotion activities. Wikipedia's listing of "Preventive medicine" also offers a chart of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S. in 2000. The crucial discussion that uncommonly happens is what and how to establish a healthy lifestyle in making healthy living choices. Other links to primary prevention are well worth exploring.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preventive_medicine
hamericanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4704
jbs.org/jbs-news-feed/5394-the-best-alternative-to-obama~
washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/31...~
dumblittleman.com/2008/04/50-ideas-for-healthy-lifestyle-that.htm
reintegration.com/resources/lifestyle

U.S. Congress approves a set of wide-ranging public health initiatives with an emphasis on disease prevention and encouraging healthy behavior—April 2010 articles discuss a sea change in federal health programs and policy that under the new health care law mandates that chain restaurants will have to provide nutrition information on their menus and employers must provide "reasonable break time" for nursing mothers. Health insurance companies will soon have to cover all recommended screenings, preventive care and vaccines without charging co-payments or deductibles. Medicare beneficiaries will get free annual physicals in the form of an "annual wellness visit" in which a doctor can assess the patient's condition with a screening schedule for the next five or ten years, and Medicaid will cover drugs and counseling to help pregnant women stop smoking. Also a new federal trust fund will pay for more bicycle paths, playgrounds, sidewalks and hiking trails. Under the law, health insurers must provide coverage for all services recommended by an independent panel of experts, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, and cannot impose "any cost-sharing requirements."
nytimes.com/2010/04/05/health/policy/05health.html?th&emc=th
californiahealthline...health-reform-law-steps-up-focus-on-prevention-wellness~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preventive_medicine

Positive emotion protects against poor health outcomes in later life
cdp.sagepub.com/content/19/6/358.abstract
docs.google.com....unc.edu/peplab...Positive+Emotion+and+Health+in+Later+Life~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_resilience

Research Results Shrink / Regression To The Mean

Research results that have solid rigorous support and acceptance start shrinking in later studies: David Brooks, the New York Times Op-Ed writer David Brooks writes of an essay "The Truth Wears Off" in which studies over time show previously multiple confirmed findings to look increasingly uncertain. An excerpt: "The world is fluid. Bias and randomness can creep in from all directions. For example, between 1966 and 1995 there were 47 acupuncture studies conducted in Japan, Taiwan and China, and they all found it to be an effective therapy. There were 94 studies in the U.S., Sweden and Britain, and only 56 percent showed benefits. The lesson is not to throw out studies, but to never underestimate the complexity of the world around." This December 2010 essay in The New Yorker magazine reviews studies on the effectiveness of both second generation anti-psychotic medications and acupuncture, yet applies across a wide range of fields form psychology to ecology and therapies ranging from cardiac stents to antidepressants to Vitamin E, to help understand the repeated declining results. Author Jonah Lehrer asks if there is something amiss with the scientific method and explores the possible understandings of "verbal overshadowing" or "cosmic habituation" (i.e., asking people to put their perceptions into words led to huge decreases in performance, for example with the unreliability of eyewitness testimony), regression to the mean (i.e., with repeated experiments, an early statistical fluke gets cancelled or averaged out), publication bias, selective reporting and a decline of illusion. When all is said and done, the declining effect shows the limits of empiricism, the scientific method and that science really does not work by "proving" anything, rather by finding fluctuating, time- and situation-specific support for associations and causal relationships, and reveals not only that the heralded results were an illusion and not real, but further the hubris (false pride) of our human ego-minds.
nytimes.com/2010/12/28/opinion/28brooks.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a212
newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all

Health Insurance / Food Safety Reform

New Patient's Bill of Rights under the Affordable Care Act (the health insurance reform legislation of 2010): These rights aim to stop insurance companies from limiting care you need and to remove insurance company barriers between you and your doctor. Moreover, there are new consumer protections starting as early as Fall 2010 that include no pre-existing condition exclusions for children under age 19, no arbitrary rescissions of insurance coverage, and phasing out of annual dollar limits on coverage and protecting your choice of doctors.
speaker.gov/blog/?p=2341
whitehouse.gov...giving-americans-control-over-their-health-care~

Food Safety Bill costing $1.4 billion overhauling the nation's food safety system signed into law by President Barack Obama in January 2011.
washingtonpost.com...nl_health

Incentivizing Health Care built into the 2010 public health Affordable Care Act: A late December 2010 article "Incentivize Your Way to Good Health in 2011" in the New York Times describes how the new health care law explicitly grants permission to employers to offer rewards of at least 30 percent of the total cost of health insurance to employees. These rewards usually in the form of lower insurance premiums go to people who join and participate in wellness programs and hit specific health goals. While some companies over the last decade have made some sporadic attempts to adopt workplace wellness programs, some with incentives attached, the new health care initiative offers explicit permission and at least one of the largest health insurance companies, UnitedHealth Group now has its own program called Personal Rewards, and several companies like Pitney Bowes and real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle have signed up so far. Safeway and Whole Foods have created model programs for incentivizing health behaviors that can be perused at the links below.
nytimes.com/2011/01/01/your-money/01money.html
healthblog.xprize.org/2009/06/safeway-health-as-model-for-reform.html
hrmorning.com/incentivizing-employees-to-eat-healthier/

Health Monitoring

Google Health has added a new wellness dashboard that tracks everything from blood pressure to lifestyle aspects like exercise, stress, eating habits and sleep quality: Unfortunately, a June 2011 report notes that Google Health never caught on since it was introduced in 2008 and is slated to end given it has not had the broad impact that was envisioned. Cardiologist and author Dr. Dean Ornish describes this big step forward. The direct link to Google Health along with Google's other health-related links are also provided below.
nytimes.com/2011/06/25/technology/25health.html?_r=2&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y
huffingtonpost.com/dr-dean-ornish/google-health~
informationweek.com/news/healthcare/EMR/showArticle~
google.com/intl/en-US/health/about/
google.com/Top/Health/
pmri.org

Health Care Technology

Brain-computer interface (BCI)—BrainGate company markets a technology invented by John Donoghue that implants a device implanted into their brain and hooked to a computer to which they send mental commands that resulted in a person controlling a robotic arm moving without a word or pushing a button for a wheelchair bound patient. An excerpt: "Advanced prosthetic devices are currently controlled with mechanical switches; however, we [BrainGate] believe that once perfected, implanted neural interfaces will provide a more natural control of these devices. Using brain signals to control movement should enable more real-time responses and allow for more complex use of these artificial limbs. BrainGate envisions a technology that bridges the gap between the brain and the limb. If the patient still has the ability to "think" about movement, BrainGate has the potential to interpret and re-connect those signals, thus allowing the patient to move those limbs simply by thinking about it." Watch the video below. What's next?
inventors.about.com/
braingate.com/science.html

Video: veoh.com/watch/v17476140kmJjEhTs

Green Approaches / Products

Dutch study shows people living near green space have lower rates in 15 out of 24 diseases. The benefit from green environments was greatest for depression and anxiety.
thewellnesscenter.com...green-space-near-home-lowers-disease~
psychcentral.com...green-space-helps-reduce-depression-and-anxiety~
adolescent-mood-disorders.com...get-some-fresh-air.htm~

Green your Personal Care and Beauty Products / Toxin Free Cosmetics: Top Toxic Ingredients to Avoid
liverenewed.com/2011/01/green-your-personal-care-products-top-10-ingredients-to-avoid.html
naturalcosmeticnews.com/toxic-products/list-of-15-toxic-chemicals-to-avoid-in-personal-care-products/
organicbeautyview.com/2010/09/03/25-top-toxic-ingredients-what-to-avoid/
green.wikia.com/wiki/Toxins_in_Personal_Care_Products
facenaturals.com/blog/chemical-blacklist/
care2.com/greenliving/15-toxic-ingredients-in-personal-care-products.html#
care2.com/greenliving/15-toxic-ingredients-in-personal-care-products.html?page=2
simpleorganic.net/identifying-and-avoiding-toxins-in-beauty-and-personal-care-products/
hubpages.com/hub/Toss-Your-Lipsticks-And-Makeup-There-Probably-Loaded-With-Toxins
organicconsumers.org/bodycare/toxic_cosmetics.cfm
greenyourbeauty.com/books-and-articles/shopping-for-toxin-free-cosmetics/

Effective Health Care Strategies

50% increased likelihood of survival for study participants with stronger social relationships says meta-study across 148 studies: Significant differences of social relationships on risk for mortality remained consistent across age, sex, initial health status, cause of death, and follow-up period.
plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.100031

The new science of Epigenetics reveals how the lifestyle/health choices you make can change your genes and those of your kids in a single generation: Time magazine January 6, 2010 Cover article "Why Genes Aren't Destiny" provides a great introduction to the new science of epigenetics---the study of changes in gene activity that do not involve alterations to the genetic code but still get passed down to at least one successive generation. Researchers are showing that various chemicals called epigenetic marks sit atop genes and give basic instructions to them, in effect telling them to switch on and off. Epigenetic marks silent some gene sequences and activate others, which can be both helpful and hurtful depending on one's lifestyle choices. For example, smoking and eating a rich diet or too much can change the epigenetic marks atop your DNA in ways that cause the genes for obesity to express themselves too strongly and the genes for longevity to express themselves too weakly, and this can predispose your kids to disease and early death. Darwin and those who have followed his theory propose that it takes many generations to rewrite one's basic genetic code or to have a genome to evolve. Given the finding that when a methyl group attaches to a specific spot on a gene, it can change the gene's expression. Dr. Lars Olov Bygren, a preventive health specialist, and other scientists have gathered historical evidence suggesting that powerful environmental conditions (e.g., near death from starvation) can leave an imprint on the genetic material in eggs and sperm that can override evolution and pass along new traits in a single generation! Some biologists use an analogy: given that the genome is the hardware, then the epigenome is the software. Importantly, epigenetics is not evolution since it doesn't change DNA. Epigenetic changes indicate a biological response to an environmental stressor and this response can be inherited through many generations. If you remove the environmental pressure, the epigenetic marks will eventually fade over time (that is, the DNA code will begin to revert to its original programming). Recent research showed that even memory can be improved from one generation to the next via epigenetics. Science writer David Shenk calls epigenetics "perhaps the most important discovery in the science of heredity since the gene." This budding new science is creating a re-evaluation of the work of Jean-Baptist Lamarck who declared that evolution could occur within a generation or two. While the Human Genome Project was completed in March 2000 and found that the human genome contains something close to 25,000 genes, the Human Epigenome Project already started in Europe will certainly number in the millions! This important research program investigating epigenetics is demonstrating the power of environment over gene expression.
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1951968,00.html
discovermagazine.com/2006/nov/cover/article_view?b_start:int=0&-C=
newsweek.com/id/170381
upi.com/Health_News/2009/10/23/Genes-not-destiny-for-heart-disease~
community.wddty.com/blogs/lynnemctaggart...DNA it's-not-destiny.aspx
hubpages.com/hub/My-Genes-Are-Not-My-Destiny

Videos:
video.aol.co.uk/video-detail/fred-bisci-talks-epigenetics-dna-is-not-destiny

Positive emotions protect against heart disease, a February 2010 study shows
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1958786,00.html~

Massage Therapy effectiveness—A summary review of the benefits of massage therapy shows it is a relatively safe treatment and effective in a broad range of conditions: One excerpt from the first link/article "Massage therapy: Significance and relevance to professional practice" by Grant J. Rich in the August 2010 issue of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice below: "Existing research supports the effectiveness of massage therapy for pain reduction, anxiety, and depression, and for a range of clinical conditions, from premature infants to the agitated elderly, and from various autoimmune and immune conditions to various sleep disorders, spinal cord injuries, and strokes." The abstract is linked below if you scroll down the page. Other links explore this topic, including massage therapy as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach. When people take their tension and stress, resistance and defenses, and "push" them into their bodies (i.e., soma), some somatic-based therapeutic approaches understand that this muscular rigidity and body armoring can block being available to feel as well as let feelings move and process through a person in healthy feeling processing that can lead to deeper sustained healing. Deep muscle massage is a modality to consider in addressing, moving through, and releasing somatized tension, stress and defensive resistance, while simultaneously opening room for better and more enduring therapeutic outcomes.
psyresearch.org/abstracts/pro
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massage
umm.edu/altmed/articles/massage-000354.htm
medicinenet.com/massage_therapy/article.htm
monumentalmassage.com/articles/massage_therapy_effectiveness.html
oohoi.com/physical_therapy/massage/proof.htm
saveyourself.ca/articles/reality-checks/does-massage-work.php
medscape.com/viewarticle/559775
...pmtischool.com...message+therapy:+relevance+to+psycholgical+practice~

Detoxification or body cleansing is the removal of toxic substances from the body: Detoxification is an essential way of not only looking at coming off alcohol or other drugs, but more generally an essential way to periodically cleanse the body of toxins. Elson M. Hass, M.D. directs the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California and is the author of many health books including The New Detox Diet: The Complete guide For Lifelong vitality with Recipes, Menus & Detox Plans (2004). Check out his health articles, including one several on detoxification, as well as his books at the links below.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detoxification
life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10WaystoDetoxifyYourBody.html
healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=1558
healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet.htm
answers.com/topic/detoxification
altmedicine.about.com/cs/dietarytherapy/a/Detox_Diet_Plan.htm
altmedicine.about.com/lr/detox_diets/43090/1
elsonhaas.com/detoxification_and_the_detox_diet.html
elsonhaas.com/spring_cleansing.html
elsonhaas.com/the_purification_process_healing_for_modern_times.html
elsonhaas.com/articles.html
elsonhaas.com/books.html

Laughter is the best medicine, for just about anything that ails you (& scientific research shows its many great benefits!): You can even laugh for no reason whatsoever, as you can see and experience for yourself in the videos below. Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria developed a new form of exercise he calls Laughter Yoga in India in the mid-1990's given his investigating all the numerous health benefits from laughter. Laughter yoga has been spreading worldwide ever since. He found that the body doesn't know the difference between laughter over something that's funny and laughter for no reason at all.
helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm
psychologytoday.com/articles/200011/the-science-laughter
upi.com/Health_News/2009/04/17/Study-Laughter-is-the-best-medicine~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080124200913.htm
stress.about.com/b/2008/04/14/more-research-on-laughter.htm
thehappyself.com/laughter-is-the-best-medicine
psychologytoday.com/articles/200504/laughter-the-best-medicine
healthnews.com/family-health/laughter-can-be-best-medicine-2759.html
umm.edu/features/laughter.htm
women.webmd.com/guide/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter
stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/laughter.htm
laughterremedy.com/articles/workplace_articles.html
psychologytoday.com...humor-the-human-gift-coping-and-survival~
health.howstuffworks.com/human-nature/emotions/other/laughter.htm
psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/the-benefits-laughter
mda.org/Publications/Quest/q34laughter.html

Videos:
youtube.com/watch?v=pCrcFcfp-Mg...PlayList&p=A9C5366DDBDBE341~
youtube.com/watch?v=5uJdtHddgH4&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=4nwcMxARBSQ
youtube.com/watch?v=ahhN3Ryw4O4&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=yXEfjVnYkqM&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=RsQIobU-yWU

"The Hidden Power of Smiling", a wonderful 7 minute and 26 second TED talks video by Ron Gutman, can be life transformative. Recommended.
ted.com/talks/ron_gutman_the_hidden_power_of_smiling.html

Whatever doesn't kill us can make us stronger in regard to psychological health and well being—October 2010 national multi-year longitudinal study of the effects of adverse life events on mental health found that adverse experiences do, in fact, appear to foster subsequent adaptability and resilience. It seems that German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was correct when he stated: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101015125645.htm
beforeitsnews.com...Whatever_Doesnt_Kill_Us_Can_Make_Us_Stronger~

Working conditions that support physical and psychological health: February 2010 research shows that the best way of working allows employees a greater level of participation, provided greater possibilities for adapting working conditions to their needs, and offers greater recognition of their work and fair treatment.
scienceblog.com/cms/do-we-want-kind-work-doesnt-ruin-our-lives.html
lifesciencesworld.com/news/view/142755

The Placebo Effect and the Nocebo Effect—How these behavioral phenomena can be used to our healing advantage: The phenomenon of an inert substance resulting in a patient's medical improvement is called the placebo effect. The word placebo is Latin for "I shall please" and the mechanism of placebo effect is thought to work given the perception, expectation and conditioning of that the person: if the substance is viewed as helpful, it can heal, but if it is viewed as harmful, it can cause negative effects, which is known as the nocebo effect. The word nocebo is Latin for "I will harm." To this day the placebo effect and the nocebo effect are a scientific mystery, however both of these phenomena can be used to our healing advantage. Estimates range from roughly 30% to 40% of the population seems susceptible to placebo effects and to date it does not seem possible to determine ahead of time whether a placebo will work or not. A mid-September 2010 research study showed that the placebo effect significantly improves women's sexual satisfaction. December 2010 research found that placebos work even when administered without the seeming requisite deception, stating "In fact, data on placebos is so compelling that many American physicians (one study estimates 50 percent) secretly give placebos to unsuspecting patients." Results released in March 2011 suggest that placebos even work when people know they're receiving sugar pills with no active ingredients. This is important because placebos are being prescribed more often then may people may think.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placebo
/skepdic.com/placebo.html
wired.com/medtech/drugs/magazine/17-09/ff_placebo_effect?currentPage=all
arthritis.about.com/od/researchandadvancements/a/powerplacebos.htm
serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro99/web3/Lord.html
disaboom.com/multiple-sclerosis-ms/voodoo-death-placebos-and-optimal-health
hsciencedaily.com/articles/n/nocebo.htm
karger.eu/gazette/69/benedetti/art_3.htm
estatevaults.com/bol/archives/2008/10/25/placebos_and_no.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocebo
skepdic.com/nocebo.html
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1929869,00.html
washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A2709-2002Apr29
uhttps://news.utexas.edu/2010/09/15/psychology_sex_drives
esciencenews.com...placebo.effect.significantly.improves.womens.sexual.satisfaction~
utne...prescribing-pills-placebo-effect~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101222173033.htm
nytimes.com/2010/06/22/health/22prof.html?_r=1&ref=health
apa.org/monitor/2011/03/placebos.aspx

Videos:
youtube.com/watch?v=pg2Fxp7DgX0
youtube.com/watch?v=ylmwoJDYGjk&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=3DwUunAN0Vs&feature=channe
msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/40787382#40787382

A research study conducted between May 1983 and December 2006 of over 15,000 U.S. Military veteran men aged 50 to 70 had their death rate cut in half by brisk walking 5 to 6 times a week!
reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSN2256008620080123

Guard against brain injury/stroke by eating dark chocolate: Researchers have discovered that epicatechin, a compound in dark chocolate, may protect your brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals that shield nerve cells from damage.
articles.mercola.com...dark-chocolate-guards-against-brain-injury~
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-05/jhmi-hdc050510.php

Stroke risk 41% lower for those who use Olive Oil regularly, according to June 2011 research findings.
medpagetoday.com/Neurology/Strokes/27090~
theheart.org/article/1241107.do
neurology.org/content/early/2011/06/15/WNL.0b013e318220abeb.abstract

Innovative Research Findings Impacting Health

Spontaneous remission and spontaneous regressions: Spontaneous remission means an unexplained and unexpected cure or improvement from a disease which typically is taking a different course (usually applied to cancers of the haematopoietic system and concerns blood cancers like leukemia, while spontaneous regressions concern palpable tumors. The two terms of often used interchangeably.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_remission
noetic.org/research/sr/faqs.html
ions.org/research/sr/main.html
chetday.com/spontaneousremissions.htm
healingcancernaturally.com/spontaneous-remission-purpose.html
discovermagazine.com...the-body-can-stave-off-terminal-cancer-sometimes~
majidali.com/remissio.htm
articlesbase.com...natural-cancer-treatment-spontaneous-remission-or-something-else~

Mirror neurons fire both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another (especially conspecific) animal. In other words, the neuron "mirrors" the behavior of the other, as though the observer were itself acting. Mirror neurons have been directly observed in primate and other species including birds. Many researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology considers that this system provides the physiological mechanism for the perception action coupling and may be important for understanding the actions of other people and for learning new skills by imitation.
sciencedaily.com/articles/m/mirror_neuron.htm
nytimes.com/2006/01/10/science/10mirr.html
psychologicalscience.org/observer/getArticle.cfm?id=2167
sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=brainBriefings_MirrorNeurons
daviddobbs.net/page2/page4/mirrorneurons.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron
edge.org/3rd_culture/ramachandran06/ramachandran06_index.html
scholarpedia.org/article/Mirror_neurons

Videos:
pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/mirror-neurons.html

ted.com/talks/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization.html
youtube.com/watch?v=XzMqPYfeA-s
youtube.com/watch?v=xmEsGQ3JmKg&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=C7Dy--hmgUA&feature=related

Health Care: Research-based Prevention, Treatment & Strategies | Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Life Expectancy / Longevity, Exercise, Pets & Brain Exercises | Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Dangers and Remedies

Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Dramatically Improve Health

Studies show HEALTHY LIFESTYLE halves heart failure risk for men and 80% lower risk of developing high blood pressure for women, and about 40 percent of cancers are preventable if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say: A study followed 20,900 men from 1982 to 2008 who were all healthy at the start of the study. 1,200 new cases of heart failure were diagnosed and researchers found that modifiable lifestyle factors can have a significant impact on lifetime risk of congestive heart failure. Researchers found the following six healthy lifestyle factors were each associated with a lower risk of heart failure: normal body weight, never smoked, regular exercise, moderate alcohol use, die that includes eating breakfast cereals regularly and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. The more healthy lifestyle factors the men had, the lower the risk of heart failure became. A similar study was undertaken on women with more than 80,000 women participating from 1991 to 2005 and found pretty similar results with the following six lifestyle factors associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure: maintaining healthy weight of body mass index (BMI) less than 25, daily exercise of an average of 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, consuming a heart-healthy diet based on high intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, low-fat daily products, and whole grains, and low intake of sodium, sweetened beverages, and red and processed meats, moderate alcohol use, controlled use of non-narcotic pain relievers at less than once per week, and taking folic acid supplement of 400 micrograms. Researchers found that women with all six of these healthy lifestyle factors had an 80% lower risk of developing high blood pressure, regardless of family history of hypertension. In a February 2010 report from the International Union Against Cancer, experts reported that about 40 percent of cancers could be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and that many of the top cancers—like those in the lungs, breasts and colon—might be avoided if people changed their lifestyle habits. To reduce risk, the agency recommended that people stop smoking, limit their alcohol consumption, avoid too much sun, and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
webmd.com...healthy-lifestyle-halves-heart-failure-risk~
topnews.in/six-healthy-steps-can-reduce-heart-failure~
livescience.com/health/091230-top10-healthy-new-years-resolutions-1~
articles.mercola.com...Lifestyle-Changes-That-Will-Keep-You-Alive~

Six healthy habits can add years and quality of life to your life: Regular exercise, good diet, no smoking, more sleep, less stress and love.
huffingtonpost.com/david-katz-md/healthy-lifestyle_b_884062.html

Emotional expression enhances immune function: Research concludes that both writing and talking about stressful events improves immune functioning, with talking providing a more effective means of deepening emotional awareness and facilitating adaptive change. Other research findings with links below also show positive health effects of emotional disclosure in rheumatoid arthritis and that writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events have been found to result in improvements in both physical and psychological health in clinical and non-clinical populations.
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8034815
apt.rcpsych.org/cgi/content/full/11/5/338
docs.google.com...meagherlab.tamu.edu...emotional disclosure through speaking has a therapeutic effect~
docs.google.com...turner-white.com...emotional disclosure through writing or speaking modulates latent Epstein-Barr virus anti-body titers~

Original Article: docs.google.com...psych.utoronto.ca...emotional disclosure through writing or speaking modulates latent Epstein-Barr virus anti-body titers~

Laughter is the best medicine, for just about anything that ails you (& scientific research shows its many great benefits!): You can even laugh for no reason whatsoever, as you can see and experience for yourself in the videos below. Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria developed a new form of exercise he calls Laughter Yoga in India in the mid-1990's given his investigating all the numerous health benefits from laughter. Laughter yoga has been spreading worldwide ever since. He found that the body doesn't know the difference between laughter over something that's funny and laughter for no reason at all.
helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm
psychologytoday.com/articles/200011/the-science-laughter
upi.com/Health_News/2009/04/17/Study-Laughter-is-the-best-medicine~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080124200913.htm
stress.about.com/b/2008/04/14/more-research-on-laughter.htm
thehappyself.com/laughter-is-the-best-medicine
psychologytoday.com/articles/200504/laughter-the-best-medicine
healthnews.com/family-health/laughter-can-be-best-medicine-2759.html
umm.edu/features/laughter.htm
women.webmd.com/guide/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter
stress.about.com/od/stresshealth/a/laughter.htm
laughterremedy.com/articles/workplace_articles.html
psychologytoday.com...humor-the-human-gift-coping-and-survival~
health.howstuffworks.com/human-nature/emotions/other/laughter.htm
psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/the-benefits-laughter
mda.org/Publications/Quest/q34laughter.html

Videos
youtube.com/watch?v=pCrcFcfp-Mg...PlayList&p=A9C5366DDBDBE341~
youtube.com/watch?v=5uJdtHddgH4&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=4nwcMxARBSQ
youtube.com/watch?v=ahhN3Ryw4O4&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=yXEfjVnYkqM&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=RsQIobU-yWU

"The Hidden Power of Smiling", a wonderful 7 minute and 26 second TED talks video by Ron Gutman, can be life transformative. Recommended.
ted.com/talks/ron_gutman_the_hidden_power_of_smiling.html

A research study conducted between May 1983 and December 2006 of over 15,000 U.S. Military veteran men aged 50 to 70 had their death rate cut in half by brisk walking 5 to 6 times a week!
reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSN2256008620080123

Dutch study shows people living near green space have lower rates in 15 out of 24 diseases. The benefit from green environments was greatest for depression and anxiety.
thewellnesscenter.com...green-space-near-home-lowers-disease~
psychcentral.com...green-space-helps-reduce-depression-and-anxiety~
adolescent-mood-disorders.com...get-some-fresh-air.htm~

Life in the City Causes Changes in Stress Center of Brain and suggests that city living causes changes in the brain that may be related to the increased incidence of mental illness among city dwellers, according to June 2011 research results published in esteemed British science journal Nature. A related June 2011 study showed that city and country people's brain structures respond differently to social stress.
drsamgirgis.com/2011/06/22/life-in-the-city-causes-changes-in-stress-center-of-brain
nature.com/nature/journal/v474/n7352/full/nature10190.html
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/229486.php

Life Expectancy / Longevity

Life expectancy / Longevity calculator: Several sites calculate life expectancy / longevity using a variety of factors, from your family history to your personal lifestyle
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy
https://www.eons.com/calculator
calculator.livingto100.com/calculator
northwesternmutual.com/learning-center/the-longevity-game.aspx
peterrussell.com/Odds/VirtualAge.php
longevitycalculator.aarp.org/
moneycentral.msn.com/investor/calcs/n_expect/main.asp
gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/perl/CalcForm.html

Longevity: Centenarians (people who live to age 100 and beyond) and super-centenarians (people who reach the age of 110) can teach us what living the "good life" is all about—Why not go for three figures, especially since there are many sources that claim that human beings are designed to live to be 120!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centenarian
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_into_centenarians
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_centenarians
newscientist.com/article/mg20327241.300-secrets-of-the-centenarians~
health.usnews.com...majority-of-babies-will-live-to-100-how-will-they-do-it~
health.usnews.com...health-habits-that-will-help-you-live-to-100.html~
health.usnews.com...longevity-101-try-the-power-9~
health.usnews.com/articles...from-4-long-lived-cultures-9-tips-for-longevity~
google.com/search?hl=en...&q=super+centenarians~
silverplanet.com...supercentenarians-are-defying-odds~
bumc.bu.edu/supercentenarian/summary-of-what%E2%80%99s-known
nytimes.com/2010/10/19...19brody.html?_r=1&ref=health&wpisrc=nl_health~

Longevity in the East Bay San Francisco area depends on where you live and related factors.
insidebayarea.com/news/ci_13913952
insidebayarea.com/life-expectancy
insidebayarea.com/news/life-expectancy/ci_13919582
insidebayarea.com/news/life-expectancy/ci_13980437

25 Documents Needed Before You Die
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303627104576410234039258092~
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303627104576410234039258092..interactive~

Counter clockwise and mindful health: Harvard social psychologist Ellen J. Langer in her book Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility (2009) asks, "If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically?" Dr. Langer offers experimental research findings support how our conditioned traditional beliefs in physical limits constrain us along with how "opening our minds to what's possible, instead of clinging to accepted notions about what's not, can lead to better health at any age." Regarding her book and experimental research findings, the publisher Random House, Inc. writes: "Drawing on landmark work in the field and her own body of colorful and highly original experiments—including the first detailed discussion of her “counterclockwise” study, in which elderly men lived for a week as though it was 1959 and showed dramatic improvements in their hearing, memory, dexterity, appetite, and general well-being—Langer shows that the magic of rejuvenation and ongoing good health lies in being aware of the ways we mindlessly react to social and cultural cues." Recommended.
ellenlanger.com/books/1/counterclockwise
randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/9780345502049.html

Men married to smart women live longer: October 2009 research by Swedish scientists show that long life and good health have nothing to do with a man's education and everything to do with his wife's. The authors of the study of 1990 Swedish census on over 1.5 million people aged 30 to 59 concluded that educated women better understand healthy living choices and shared that advice with their husbands. Smart guys marry smart gals, listen to them, and take influence from them—go figure?!
examiner.com...Men-married-to-smart-women-live-longer~
articles.mercola.com...Men-Married-to-Smart-Women-Live-Longer.aspx~
timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6872519.ece
realfoodforlife.com/men-live-longer

Weight Loss: Treatment and Effect on Health

Significant weight loss from drinking water before meals: A randomized, controlled study released in September 2010 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that just two 8-ounce glasses of water taken before means enables people to shed pounds. Researchers found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times a day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake. The article concludes that increased water consumption before eating is an effective weight loss strategy.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100823142929.htm

10 things that can pack on pounds that you can drop and help you drop excess weight: Medical doctor Dr. Mercola offers a March 2011 research-based set of identified items to enhance your awareness and inform your behavior, all for your continued health.
articles.mercola.com/sites...what-are-the-10-things-that-can-pack-on-pounds~

Fat stigma spreads worldwide: Researchers at Arizona State University, mostly drawing upon in-person interviews supplemented with questions posed over the internet tested attitudes among 700 people in 10 countries, territories and cities around the globe and were surprised how strongly people across the globe expressed negative attitudes about weight. What appears to have changed is the level of criticism and blame leveled at people who are overweight. An excerpt: "The findings were troubling, suggesting that negative perceptions about people who are overweight may soon become the cultural norm in some countries, including places where plumper, larger bodies traditionally have been viewed as attractive, according to a new report in the journal Current Anthropology."
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/spreading-fat-stigma-around-the-globe/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23
jstor.org/pss/10.1086/659309

Diet / Foods: Healthy Foods in Limited Amounts Positively Impacts Health

MA/Archives journals, reports that individuals whose diet includes high intakes of salad dressing, nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, fruits and cruciferous and dark and green leafy vegetables and low intakes of high-fat dairy, red meat, organ meat and butter appear less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_diet
synapse.ucsf.edu/articles/2008/October/2/thoughtfood.html
examiner.com/x-13142-Obesity-Examiner~y2009m9d2-Mediterranean~
smdp.com...You_get_what_you_pay_for~
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/03/Michael-Pollans-Favorite~
newsvote.bbc.co.uk...2/hi/health/8334353.stm?~
webmd.com...mediterranean-diet-prevent-stroke-brain-damage~
physorg.com/news184869984.html
cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/08/mediterranean.diet.brain/index.html
health.msn.com/health-topics/alzheimers-disease~
usnews.com...mediterranean-diet-may-help-keep-you-smarter~
scienceblogs.com/corpuscallosum/2010/03/dietary_practices_depression~
medscape.com/viewarticle/715239
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100412161913.htm
physorg.com/news190309290.html

Epilepsy and frequency of seizures responds well to a diet that strictly reduces the amount of carbohydrates while increasing the amount of fats, research released in November 2010 shows: Epileptics on this diet seemingly tricks the body into a starvation state in which it burns fats, instead of carbs, for the fuel of living. This process is called ketosis and it has an antiepileptic effect. There is some speculation that this approach could be used to treat seizures in adults and could be applied to people who have Parkeinson's, Alzheimer's, A.L.S. and certain cancers. Most who respond well on this ketogenic diet stay on it for about two years, although some children who started in infancy were on the diet for more than five years. The New York Times article says: "Typically the diet is stopped at one of three junctures: when children have been seizure- free for two years; when they outgrow their seizures, as about 60 percent do; or when families decide the sacrifices required to stay on the diet have become too onerous."
nytimes.com/2010/11/21/magazine/21Epilepsy-t.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a210
epilepsy.com/epilepsy/treatment_ketogenic_diet
epilepsyfoundation.org/about/treatment/ketogenicdiet
webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/ketogenic-diet
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketogenic_diet
quackwatch.com/04ConsumerEducation/QA/keto.html

Foods rich in iron such as purple fruits like blueberries and drinking green tea, particularly those high in nutrients that can bind tightly to iron (known as iron chelators), may help prevent degenerative diseases including Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's: Findings released in December 2010 in Archives of Toxicology suggest that the majority of debilitating illnesses are, in part, caused by poorly-bound iron, which may lead to the production of dangerous radicals, which react with cells and tissues in the body and lead to degenerative diseases. Douglas Kell, professor of Bioanalytical at the University of Manchester and author of the review, highlighted evidence suggesting that "the degenerative effects of many diseases and toxicological insults converge on iron dysregulation." To protect the body from dangerous varieties of poorly-bound iron, Professor Kell said it is vital to take on certain nutrients that can bind tightly to iron, also know as iron chelators. Kell also indicated that excess vitamin C can in fact have the opposite effect to that intended if unbound iron is present. Although vitamin C is thought to be of great benefit to the body's ability to defend itself against toxins and diseases, it can only work effectively when iron is suitably and safely bound. He states that the means by which poorly-bound iron accelerates the onset of debilitating diseases highlights areas in which current, traditional thinking is flawed and can be dangerous.
springerlink.com/content/y444357h4j61120u/fulltext.html

Organic foods: What qualifies as really organic? Is organic food worth the extra cost in terms of health benefits?—According to a March, 2007 article in Time magazine, nearly a quarter of American shoppers now buy organic products once a week, up from 17% in 2000. What do they know that you don't? Check out several article addressing these questions, including the high cost of cheap food.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming
nytimes.com/2010/09/22/dining/22doctors.html?_r=1&th&emc=th
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1917458,00.html
time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2011756_2011747,00.html
time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2011756_2011732,00.html
time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2011756_2011730,00.html
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1599110,00.html
time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1595245,00.html
time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2011756,00.html
mayoclinic.com/health/organic-food/NU00255
organicconsumers.org
organic.org
organicfoodee.com

7 foods that are a poor use of your money, 12 most and 12 least sprayed fruits and veggies, and 11 high-value foods, all according to medical doctor Dr. Mercola in March 2011. Some surprises await, including not only are processed foods are considered "massive rip-offs," so are some organic foods!
articles.mercola.com...2011/03/29/what-are-the-7-worst-supermarket-ripoffs~

7 Foods So Unsafe Farmers Won't Eat Them, and the rationale for not eating each—This list: 1) Canned tomatoes; 2) Corn-fed beef; 3) Microwave popcorn; 4) Conventionally grown (not organic) potatoes; 5) Farmed salmon; 6) Milk produced with artificial hormones; and 7) Conventional apples. For your information and to your continued good heatlh!
foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/7-foods-so-unsafe-even-farmers-wont-eat-them/

Federal Food Guidelines, the new 'MyPlate" to promote healthier eating and old Food Pyramid + Alternative ones: The California Food Guide offers information about food groups, life cycle (nutrition for different age groups), physical activity, ethnic dietary issues, and health status issues (including looking at body weight, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, iron deficiency, hunger and food insecurity, environmental contaminants of food and vegetarian diets by nutritional/exercise professionals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides information regarding the Food Pyramid, including interactive tools, multimedia, specific audiences and professionals.
disabled-world.com/artman/publish/food_pyramid.shtml
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_guide_pyramid
dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/publications/Pages/CaliforniaFoodGuide.aspx
dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/publications/Pages/CFGTableofContents.aspx
google.com/images?q=food+pyramids~
udoerasmus.com/pyramid/pyr_index.htm
thatsfit.com/2010/06/17/a-new-food-pyramid-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

The USDA replaced the food pyramid with 'MyPlate' in June 2010 with the vision to promote healthier eating.
nytimes.com/2011/06/04/opinion~1
washingtonpost.com...usda-replaces-food-pyramid-with-myplate...to-promote-healthier-eating~
choosemyplate.gov/

Research repeatedly indicates that "eating less" or a "calorie restriction" (CR) diet, when not associated with malnutrition, improves age related health and slows the aging process in some animals and fungi. In human subjects, CR has been shown to lower cholesterol, fasting glucose, and blood pressure, along with improve memory in normal to overweight elderly. Recent research positively supports the hypothesis that CR works by decreasing insulin levels and thereby upregulating autophagy. The focus of CR according to the CR Society International is "slower aging and extended lifespan" with weight loss being a side effect. At the same time CR is controversial and some authorities do not support it. Decide for yourself! Recent research points to lowering insulin level, not calorie restriction, is the key to increasing life.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calorie_restriction
nytimes.com/2009/10/11/magazine/11Calories-t.html?hpw
crsociety.org/Frequently_Asked_Questions
crsociety.org/Home
longevitymeme.org/topics/calorie_restriction.cfm
sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/070305202936.htm
sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080514064921.htm
sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090123101224.htm
articles.mercola...calorie-restriction-not-key-to-increasing-life-lowering-insulin-level-is~

Genetically Modified (GM) Food is to be avoided, especially for pregnant women and babies, according to doctors: A late March 2010 report by The American academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called on all physicians to prescribe diets without genetically modified (GM) foods to all patients and for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for the conducting of long-term independent studies given that "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. Renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava also warms that GMOs are a major contributor to the deteriorating health in America. Explore the pros and cons of GM foods, how to spot GM foods, and how to avoid GM foods. Well worth your investigation.
articles.mercola.com...doctors-warn-avoid-genetically-modified-food~
csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food
who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en
Everything-You-HAVE-TO-KNOW-about-Dangerous-Genetically-Modified-Foods~
articles.mercola.com...GM-Corn-Poses-Health-Hazard~
a-revealing-look-at-the-inside-of-monsanto-and-their-genetic-engineering-machine~
buzzle.com/articles/genetically-modified-foods-pros-and-cons.html
srtp.org.uk/gmfood1.htm
rense.com/politics6/gms.htm
disabled-world.com/fitness/gm-foods.php
newswithviews.com/Smith/jeffrey.htm
wikihow.com/Avoid-Genetically-Modified-Foods

"Why Aren't G.M.O. Foods Labeled?"—Read the February 2011 New York Times Opinion article "Why Aren't G.M.O. Foods Labeled?" An excerpt: "To be fair, two of the biggest fears about G.E. crops and animals—their potential to provoke allergic reactions and the transfer to humans of antibiotic-resistant properties of G.M.O.'s—have not come to pass. (As far as I can tell, though, they remain real dangers.)"
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...why-arent-g-m-o-foods-labeled~

Soy and soy products—A health warning from Dr. Mercola: Other links look at the controversy over soy, the soy dangers being overblown, the dark side and the benefits of soy. Judge for yourself.
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/19/the-dirty-little-secret-hidden-in-much-of-your-health-food.aspx
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/18/soy-can-damage-your-health.aspx
mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htm
foodrenegade.com/dangers-of-soy/
shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/soy.htm
ehow.com/about_5412359_soy-milk-dangers.html
thyroid.about.com/cs/soyinfo/a/soy.htm
menshealth.com/nutrition/soys-negative-effects
lowcarbdiets.about.com/b/2009/06/30/soy-benefit-or-danger.htm
honestnutrition.blogspot.com/2010/12/mercola-weston-price-wrong-on-soy.html
soyinfo.com/dangers.shtml
wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_dangers_of_eating_soy_products
liferesearchuniversal.com/soyinfo.html

Pets Help keep People Healthy

Pets help keep people healthy: Get a dog to get more exercise—March 2011 research findings from Michigan State University showed that among dog owners who took their pets for regular walks, 60 percent met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise with nearly half exercised an average of 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. By comparison, only about a third of those without dogs got that much regular exercise. They found that about two-thirds of dog owners took their pets for regular walks, defined as lasting at least 10 minutes. Other studies also show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. Pets are good for your health and are associated with lower risk for heart problems, sniff out health problems and make better walking partners than humans.
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/forget-the-treadmill-get-a-dog/?ref=health
journals.humankinetics.com/jpah-current-issue/jpah-volume-8-issue-3-march/the-impact-of-dog-walking-on-leisure-time-physical-activity-results-from-a-population-based-survey-of-michigan-adults
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/23/how-does-your-pet-keep-you-healthy/ 

Pets can be therapeutic in offering numerous emotional and physical benefits
pennlive.com/bodyandmind...on_your_mind_with_dr_pauline_w~
stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/petsandstress.htm
peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1278+1490&aid=638
webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure...health-benefits-of-pets~
newsinhealth.nih.gov/2009/February/feature1.htm
hnewsweek.com/id/91445
nytimes.com/2009/10/06/health/06pets.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet

Exercise is Highly Beneficial to Health

Exercise yields numerous health benefits according to health research and highly reputable sources. Exercise aids kids too. A May 2010 New York Times article reviewed research addressing to what extent our genes/heredity/neurology influence our desire to exercise. 2006 research of identical and fraternal twins showed that differences in exercise behavior were about 60 percent attributable to genes.
dumblittleman.com/2008/02/13-scientifically-proven-health.html
spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article846.html
medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10074
mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676
yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/diet-fitness/top-5-health-benefits-exercise.html
weightloss.about.com/od/exercise/a/bl_exerben.htm
kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_fit/f
time.com/time/health/article...newsletter-weekly~
well.blogs.nytimes....phys-ed-do-our-genes-influence-our-desire-to-exercise~

A May 2010 article in The Washington Post reviews a growing body of evidence that links exercise and mental acuity.
washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/24/AR2010052402608_pf~

An April 2011 New York Times Magazine article "What's the Single Best Exercise?" offers the following candidates to mix and match: the squat; weight training; high-intensity interval training (H.I.T) with a stationary bicycle; sprinting up stairs; interval-style walking; and brisk walking for 1/2 - 1 hour five times a week. In the same issue is the article "Is Sitting a Lethal Activity" and explores a growing body of research that suggests that watching your diet and exercising a few times a week is not enough to offset a sedentary lifestyle.
nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17exercise-t.html~
nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17sitting-t.html~

Exercise, even a single bout of it, can help prevent the continued buildup of anger: Research released in August 2010 and described in a New York Times article found that men who typically showed "high trait anger" or "a very short fuse" following moderate exercise did not continue to buildup anger. Thus when men did not exercise, they had great difficulty in not continuing to escalate the emotion of anger, while after exercise they handled what was seen as anger provoking with greater aplomb and be no angrier than they were to begin with. The article concludes by quoting Nathaniel Thom, a stress physiologist who was the study's lead researcher: “if you know that you’re going to be entering into a situation that is likely to make you angry, go for a run first.”
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/phys-ed-can-exercise-moderate-anger

Strength training exercise does far more than just bulk up muscles, specifically it may reduce depression, give older people better cognitive function and boost good cholesterol, lessen the swelling and discomfort of lymphedema after breast cancer and help lower the risk of diabetes, according to research results released in February 2011.
latimes.com/health/la-he-adv-strength-training-20110213,0,6613489.story

Peak Fitness Exercises: According to Dr. Mercola, within a comprehensive exercise plan that incorporates aerobic, strength training, core exercises and stretching, Peak Fitness Exercises ditches traditional aerobic cardio and draws upon research showing the value of peak fitness workouts once or twice a week in which you raise your heart rate up to your anaerobic threshold for 20 to 30 seconds, and then recover for 90 seconds. Doing this for a total of eight repetitions preceded by a three minute warm up and a two minute cool down for a total investment of about 20 minutes. The benefits of peak fitness exercises are it lowers your body fat, dramatically improves muscle tone, firms skin and reduces wrinkles, boosts energy and sexual desire, improves athletic speed and performance, and allows you to achieve your fitness goals much faster. It is important to be mindful of your current fitness level and not overdo it early on. Using a recumbent bike or elliptical trainer, a typical peak fitness routine looks like: 1) warm up for three minutes; 2) exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds; 3) recover for 90 seconds; and 4) repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times. Again, this is not recommending any specific form of exercise and please remember that you will certainly want to work your way up to this point taking great care that you do not go beyond your limits given your current state of physical fitness and health.
fitness.mercola.com...10-minutes-of-exercise-yields-hourlong-effects~
blogs.mercola.com...If-You-Arent-Using-This-Type-of-Exercise-You-Are-Missing-Out~
articles.mercola.com...want-to-burn-more-fat-during-exercise-take-a-break~
articles.mercola.com...how-to-go-from-sedentary-to-running-in-just-five-steps~

Five Exercise Mistakes that undermine benefits of exercise and are a poor use of your time and energy, according to a May 2011 article by medical doctor Dr. Mercola---The downside of exercise random workout placement are: 1) too hard a workout; 2) too easy a workout; 3) over-training; 4) starting the workout with too much intensity, too early; and 5) increased risk of injury. The upside of purposeful exercise placement is discussed within the format of six important benefits of well-organized workouts.
fitness.mercola.com...the-better-results-with-less-effort-workout-structure~

Modern forms of exercise may defeat losing weight, while very frequent, low-level physical activity, the very kind humans did for thousands of years, may work better for us according to an August 2009 Time Magazine cover story. Others disagree. An April 2010 New York Times article on exercise refers to research findings that suggest that exercise can help you be fit, stay fit and help maintain weight loss, yet may be fairly useless for weight loss. Additionally, the impact of exercise on the appetite and energy systems seems to be to blunt appetites for men, while tending for many women (and some men) to increase the desire to eat. Apparently there is no substitute for taking in fewer calories than you burn, which puts yourself in negative energy balance or weight loss. A personal trainer in witnessing over 18,000 personal training sessions over the last eight years says that most people are not effectively reaping optimal results from their physical exercise program given the four most common mistakes of: 1) Using the least effective type of exercise: regular cardio; 2) Too much cardio and not enough resistance training (i.e., strength-building by lifting weights); 3) Doing too many sets per exercise (e.g., instead of doing 4 or 5 sets of weight lifting per exercise, all you need is 2 or 3 at most); and 4) Lifting a weight too fast. Information is also presented in how to perform "Peak 8 Exercises" to accelerate your gains.
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914857-4,00.html
nickianderson.com/2009/08/09/time-article-missing-a-few-points
fitnessblackbook.com/dieting_for_fat_loss~
nytimes.com/2010/04/18/magazine/18exercise-t.html
msnbc.msn.com/id/13821677
wiki.medpedia.com/Exercise_and_Weight_Control
health.usnews...275-minutes-a-week-weighing-the-need-for-so-much-exercise~
webmd.com...exercise-vs-dietsweighing-the-benefits~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061116182310.htm
findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0826/is_n3_v10/ai_15244227
seekwellness.com/fitness/weight_control.htm
fitness.mercola.com...dont-make-these-mistakes-with-your-workouts~

Brain Exercises / Boosting Brain Power

September 2010 research findings published in Neurology show that while brain exercises may slow cognitive decline at first, they speed up dementia later, and no one to date knows how come this happens!
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100901161549.htm

Yawning: Research supports the hypothesis that yawning is an evolved physiological mechanism designed to cool the brain and maintain attention: Research reported in July 2007 indicated that yawning is a way the body keeps the brain cool and helps you pay attention. Yawning is a process that protects our brains from overheating and serves as an alert signal to others. It aids our functioning more efficiently by instinctively increasing blood flow by bringing cool air. Research findings seem to imply that a listener may yawn to maintain attention, and thus yawning may well be a compliment to the speaker! A similar recent hypothesis asserts that yawning may be used for regulation of body temperature. Yawning has been associated with sleepiness, tiredness, stress, overwork, lack of stimulation and boredom, although not with low oxygen levels in the blood. Contrary to popular conceptions, yawning does not imply that a person wants to sleep, rather it may only eliminate the urge to sleep. The phenomenon of "contagious yawning" is explained by evolutionary psychology researchers by noting that people tend to yawn at another person yawning because it draws our attention and thus helps the group stay alert and aware of signs of danger. There is also speculation that people with health problems also may experience excessive yawning.
nytimes.com/2007/07/04/health/04iht-snvital.1.6485435.html
dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/12/15/yawn-brain-head.html
sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070621161826.htm
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6268428.stm
infoniac.com/science/yawning-saves-your-brain-from-overheating.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yawn
foxnews.com/story/0,2933,467589,00.html

Original research article:
docs.google.com...epjournal.net...pdf+yawning+as+cooling+the+brain


Health Care: Research-based Prevention, Treatment & Strategies | Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Life Expectancy / Longevity, Exercise, Pets & Brain Exercises | Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Dangers and Remedies

Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviors: Dangers

Tanning poses a major health risk given the overwhelming evidence that tanning beds are not safe: A 2010 report published in Lancet Oncology found that the risk of melanoma--a potentially deadly type of skin cancer--increase "75 percent when the use of tanning devices start before age 30." It also found "consistent evidence" of a link to melanoma of the eye and declared tanning beds to be "carcinogenic to humans." A July 2009 article in USA Today stated "International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas." An article by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld in Parade magazine states: "The truth is that sunbathing is bad for you, just like being overweight, smoking, unprotected sex and too much alcohol. And it makes very little difference whether you do it outdoors or in a tanning parlor."
parade.com/health/2010/04/25-dont-get-that-tan.html
usatoday.com/news/health/2009-07-28-tanning-cancer_N.htm
skincancer.org/The-Dangers-of-Tanning.html
doctoroz.com/blog/susan-evans-md/dangers-tanning-beds
parade.com/articles/editions/2005/edition_06-05-2005/featured_1
parade.com/articles/editions/2005/edition_06-19-2005/second_opinion_0
healthcentral.com/skin-care/c/75934/24339/beds-fast-facts
vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/health_psychology/Tanning.html 

Soft Drinks / High-Caffeine Energy Drinks / Vitaminwater

Soft drinks are not good for your health—21 percent of all sugar in the average American diet comes from soft drinks, drinking one soft drink per day increases risk of metabolic syndrome 44% and increases a child's risk of becoming obese 60%, while drinking two soft drinks per day increases the risk of pancreatic cancer 87% and increases the risk of gout 85%! Increased risk of tooth decay/cavity-prone, caffeine dependence, obesity, cancer, gout, diabetes, heart disease, kidney damage, harmful effects on liver, dehydration, toxins, possible cell damage, low nutrition levels, hypertension, and bone weakening/calcium loss/osteoporosis are also documented consequences of soft drink use. Athletes may be interested in the effects of soft drinks on exercise, including detriment to weight loss, dehydration and increased risk of bone fractures and injuries. Fresh water along with organic 100% fruit juice and herbal/non-black teas are healthier alternatives. Of course, water alone is recognized by the body as water, while everything else is recognized as food. Thus when you are thirsty, which is often mistaken for hungry, the body is crying out for water alone.
articles.mercola.com...can-you-believe-these-statistics-on-soft-drink-use~
articles...what-happens-to-your-body-within-an-hour-of-drinking-a-coke~
articles.mercola.com...soda-dangers-part-two~
articles.mercola...sugary-sweet-drinks-bring-on-chronic-disease-later-in-life~
westonaprice.org/Soft-Drinks-America-s-Other-Drinking-Problem.html
chetday.com/softdrinkdangers.htm
red-branch.com/soft_drinks,_hard_facts.htm
ajph.aphapublications.org/cgi/content/short/97/4/667
ionizers.org/soft-drinks.html
mindconnection.com/library/health/softdrinks.htm
melslife.com/42/Soft_Drinks.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_drink
naturalnews.com/soft_drinks.html
examiner.com...DC-Health-Examiner~y2010m2d10-Health-effects-of-soft-drinks
ehow.com/list_6197090_effects-soft-drinks-exercise.html
emedexpert.com/tips/soft-drinks.shtml
health.yahoo.com...what-soft-drinks-are-doing-to-your-body~
environment.about.com/od/health/a/soft_drinks.htm
articles.mercola.com...shocking-sugar-content-of-common-food-products~

High-Caffeine Energy Drinks may harm health, especially for children, research report released February 2011 finds: In a review of studies on drinks marketed to boost energy, endurance and performance, the health hazards may be especially worrisome for children with conditions such as ADHD, diabetes or heart conditions. The report found that 30% to 50% of children use them and that they may do harm while not improving performance or energy levels substantially. More than half the market of energy drink consumers is under the age of twenty-five. While caffeine can improve attention spans, it also increases blood pressure, disrupts sleep patterns and causes imbalances in sugar and insulin levels in young people, along with miscarriages, stillbirths, and small-for-gestational-age infants in pregnant women. It is suggested in the report not to consume energy drinks after long periods of exercise or mixing them with alcohol.
healthland.time.com/2011/02/14/energy-drinks-may-harm-health~
abcnews.go.com/Health/report-shows-energy-drinks-harm-children~
wbko.com...Energy_Drinks_May_Harm_Childrens_Health~
presstv.ir/detail/162493.html
blogs.mercola.com...energy-drinks-may-harm-children~
14wfie.com...study-energy-drinks-may-harm-childrens-health

Research shows that avoiding a diet high in fructose, including high fructose corn syrup, can lower your blood pressure
articles.mercola.com...Fructose-Tied-to-Higher-Blood-Pressure~
reuters.com/article/idUSTRE58M6D820090923...healthNews~

Vitaminwater is healthy?—Doesn't look like it: What will soft drink companies dream up next? Given that Americans now get almost 25 percent of their calories from liquids and that the quickest and most reliable way to lose weight is to cut down on liquid calorie consumption. Vitaminwater is fortified with various vitamins and other additives along with sweeteners that add calories. It is not the same as water. Does the body recognize anything as water other than water? What could be more hydrating than water anyway?It's just plain tough to beat water as a healthy, no-calorie drink that hydrates the body!
huffingtonpost.com/john-robbins/the-dark-side-of-vitaminw_b_669716.html?
medifasthealth.org/blog/2010/08/07/are-there-health-benefits-to-vitamin-water/
consumerist.com/2010/07/vitaminwater-isnt-healthy-rules-federal-judge.html
mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-water~
voices.injuryboard.com...vitamin-water-is-not-healthy-do-you-feel-stupid~
 


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