August 2011
Pamela Nathan

Probiotic Improves Irritable Bowel Syndrome

59 children (aged 4-18 years; mean, 12.5 years) with IBS were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, (a probiotic) VSL#3 or placebo for 6 weeks. After a 2-week washout period, each child received the alternate treatment for an additional 6 weeks.

Ages 4 through 11 were given 1 sachet of VSL#3 per day and ages 12 through 18 were given 1 sachet twice a day. Compared with placebo, active treatment resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms, as measured by the global assessment of relief (p < 0.05). Read more

Omega-3 may Help Protect Against Blindness

Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent retinopathy, which is an eye disease that can lead to blindness in people with diabetes and premature babies. Retinopathy causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye.

This growth can cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye leading to vision loss. Dr Lois Smith, a professor of ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School, says "For people who have had diabetes for 25 years, more than half of them will have retinopathy. It is a extremely common disease that's getting even more common because it increases with obesity."

Previous studies had shown that eye diseases, such as retinopathy, are slowed down in people who eat a lot of fish. In their study, which appears in the journal Science Translational Medicine, Dr Smith and her colleagues looked for the specific metabolic process that produced this protective mechanism. Read more

There Are So Many Prenatal Vitamins Out There...What Do You Really Need?

Pamela Nathan recommends that pregnant women take prenatal vitamins, as its difficult to get all the necessary nutritional support from food alone during pregnancy. Don't think that it's a replacement for a healthy diet.

When choosing a supplement, look for a brand that is free of artificial sweeteners, coloring, and other additives. Also consider choosing a multivitamin that is sourced from organic, whole foods, which is the next best thing to getting the nutrients directly from your food. Read more

Tips on How to Stick to an Exercise Routine

Focus on the finish
Immediate desires typically govern our actions, so know that skipping your daily exercise will always be a temptation. When your resolve wavers, leapfrog your inertia with this pep talk: "Twenty-five minutes from now, I'm going to feel amazing".
Also, share fitness goals with friends. It's harder to wimp out when someone else can 'hold you to your word'.

If weight loss is your goal, expect to plateau weeks or months into your routine. When that happens, try switching things up: If you turn from swimming to running, for instance, 'the weight will come off as your body rises to the challenge'.

If child-care duties prevent a trip to the gym, join the kids in a game of soccer or tag. On rainy days, stage a dance parry.
Remember: There's no such thing as "too busy" to work out.

Did You Know???

  • Tomatoes are Like the Lady Gaga of Vegetables: Total Rule-Breakers
    Instead of following the usual "fresh is best" adage, cooked tomatoes deliver more antioxidents than raw ones. Ditto for stewed tomatoes, tomatoe paste and sauce(just be sure to opt for jars or BPA-free cans, such as Muir Glen's.
    The reason? Heating the tomatoe releases the antioxident lycopene, making it easier for the body to absorb.

  • Beware: Sleeping Alongside Pets can Make You Sick
    A recent review of medical journals found that pets can carry pathogens for such bacterial infections as pasteurefiosis and cat-scratch disease. The risk is rare, but it's still wise not to have your pet in bed with you. The pet can sleep next to the bed, not on it.

  • Blood Pressure Reading
    For an accurate blood pressure reading: Empty your bladder because a full bladder can affect the reading.
    Avoid smoking, drinking anything caffeinated and exercising 30 minutes before the test. Keep your feet flat on the floor for five minutes prior to checking your blood pressure. During the reading, keep still and rest your arm on a table so that it is at heart level.

  • Freeze-dried Fruit
    Freeze-dried fruit is almost as healthful as fresh fruit.
    The antioxidant levels of freeze-dried fruit actually are higher than those of fresh fruit because the water in fresh fruit is removed by freeze-drying. But... Some fragile nutrients are damaged by freeze-drying.

  • Thirdhand Smoke Poses Significant Health Risks to Nonsmokers
    Thirdhand smoke- the invisible remnants of cigarette smoke that deposit on carpeting, clothing, furniture, and other surfaces -interacts with ozone in indoor air to form potentially toxic pollutants.
    Previous studies have shown that nicotine in thirdhand smoke can react with the ozone in indoor air and surfaces such as clothing and furniture, to form other Pollutants. Exposure to these pollutants can occur to babies crawling on the carpet, people napping on the sofa, or people eating food tainted by thirdhand smoke.
    Yael Dubowski and colleagues from Technion- Israel Institute of Technology studied interactions between nicotine and indoor air on a variety of materials, including cellulose (a component of wood furniture), cotton, and paper to simulate typical indoor surfaces. The team found that nicotine interacts with ozone in indoor air to form potentially toxic pollutants on these surfaces. The researchers urge: "Given the toxicity of some of the identified products and that small particles may contribute to adverse health effects, the present study indicates that exposure to [thirdhand smoke] ozonation products may pose additional health risks."

A Word about Cutting Caffeine

A client remarks: Regarding GERD, I would recommend cutting out caffeine rather than just coffee.

I noticed that when I gave up coffee, my pain didn't go away completely, as I continued to drink tea. It was only when I gave up caffeine altogether that I had complete relief from my GERD symptoms. I am hoping that this information may help others like me who are sensitive to caffeine, but don't realize it.

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