Is Bacon and Eggs Good For Your Health?

Posted on March 25, 2015

For the last four decades, Americans have been advised to cut back on their sugar intake and fat consumption. Though the proclamation was issued, individuals have actually consumed approximately 67 percent, 39 percent more sugar, and 41 percent more meat than at the turn of the century than they had 50 years prior and nearly 25 percent more calories than they had in 1970, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. To the surprise of no one, Americans continue to pack on the pounds and are at greater risk for a myriad of health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as premature death.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its recommendations regarding dietary cholesterol, indicating that it does not have a significant impact on blood cholesterol levels. What is the response of the media? A newspaper headline grabs the readers attention with, Back to Eggs and Bacon? An uninformed reader might now think that bacon and eggs are healthy. Quite the contrary!

A recently published study revealed that the was a 400 percent increase in deaths of individuals under the age of 65, from type II diabetes and cancer, and attributes the staggering rate to the heavy consumption of animal-based protein foods.

Individuals are advised to become informed consumers with regard to their dietary intake of fats and sugars.

Cancer Slowed By Exercise

Posted on March 25, 2015

There is an ever increasing body of evidence suggesting when it comes to cancer treatment, hypoxia and sedentary are two unwanted abject findings stated Jason Halpern. The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines hypoxia as, “A deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues of the body.”

Reporter Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times Health, cites a recent study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute where mice were injected with breast cancer cells from other mice. The overall conclusion is that aerobic exercise may change the biology of some malignant tumors. Furthermore, it was found exercise alone, or exercise combined with chemotherapy significantly slowed the growth of tumors, which in turn increased the sensitivity of the cancer to chemotherapy. The study was conducted as a combined effort by Massachusetts General Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York.
Moreover, exercise is noted to alter tumor hypoxia. Both the American Cancer Society, and this study’s co-author Lee W. Jones concur that exercise improves quality of life among cancer survivors, and exercise is advisable for those undergoing cancer treatment. As findings are preliminary, it is anticipated that findings will be further substantiated via subsequent studies with human participants.

The Love Affair with Diet Soda is Over

Posted on March 24, 2015

When diet sodas first appeared on the market a few decades ago, many felt like the sugar-free drinks were the greatest thing since sliced bread. We could drink all the soda we wanted without worry of gaining weight or causing tooth decay because the product contained no sugar.
But it did and still does contain artificial sweeteners and that is what has caused the love affair we had with diet sodas to end.
The sales of the major brands of diet sodas hit their peak in 2009. Since then, the sales of diet soft drinks from all manufacturers have begun to wan. Health-conscious people at Anastasia Date know that it’s not just in America that diet soda sales have plummeted, but the reduction in sales is occurring worldwide.
Two trends have been the catalyst for the spiraling sales; we are drinking less soda in general and we no longer trust the safety of artifical sweeteners. The growing problem we are facing with worldwide obesity has shed light on the dangers not only of consuming too much sugar, but also the dangers artifical sweeteners pose. Diet sodas have helped to fuel the obesity problems we are dealing with as a nation. Research has shown that artifical sweeteners lead to increased belly fat, and that type of body fat sets the stage for a variety of health problems, like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Drink More Water And Less Soda Pop

Posted on March 24, 2015

The United States could take a few hints from Amsterdam. In the country of Amsterdam they noticed an alarming trend of obesity in their young children. They decided to do something on a national level to make a change. They wanted to encourage their kids to drink more water instead of just drinking fruity drinks with a lot of sugar or soda. They placed about 300 water fountains around the capital in order to encourage the children to drink more water and less sugary drinks.

There have been many studies that link childhood obesity to sugary drinks. In reality, Gianfrancesco Genoso says that children and adults should drink a lot less soda than they do. It is a noble effort on the part of Amsterdam to try to help their citizens to be healthy. That would also be a noble thing for the United States to do. Even though it is not a countries job to tell people what they should eat or drink, at times people need to be presented with a healthier option so that they can make better decisions. Either way a parent does well to think about getting their child used to drinking sugary drinks, because it could lead their child down a path of obesity and frustration.

An Interview With Depeche Mode Guitarist

Posted on March 23, 2015

Rolling Stone Magazine has an article on their website about the seminal Depeche Mode record Violator. The article is part of the 25th anniversary of the release of the record this year and in it Rolling Stone interviews Martin Gore, the guitar player for the band and writer of all the songs on the album.

Gore talks about the song “Personal Jesus” and says that he wrote it after reading a book by Priscilla Presley stated Alexei Beltyukov. The book is about her life with Elvis and she portrays him as being almost like a god. The song was a huge hit for Depeche Mode at the time, and it has been covered by many different artists. Interestingly enough, Gore’s favorite cover of the song is by Johnny Cash who was a friend of Elvis.

Gore talks about how the band recorded the record in Milan. He said it’s amazing they got anything done since they were out partying every night.

I am glad that Depeche Mode is getting the critical praise they deserve. When Violator came out in 1990, many people just wrote it off as vapid synthpop. The depth of influence the record has had over the years – artists as diverse as Susan Boyle and Sammy Hagar have covered its songs – shows that this is far from true.

Scientists Believe They Understand Myopia Epidemic

Posted on March 18, 2015

Nature.com has an article on their website about myopia (nearsightedness) among young people. It has been noticed for some time that young people, especially in Asia, have myopia at much higher rates than in past decades. This was thought to be caused by increased time staring at books, computer screens and cell phones. However, the data does not back up this theory, and scientists now believe they have found another culprit: not spending enough time outdoors. Scientists have found a positive correlation in young people in Asia, Europe, Israel and America between not going outdoors much and myopia. Why is not yet clear. However, in developing countries where kids still get outdoors levels are much lower.

To me, this finding is all part of the larger problem that kids are too sheltered today stated Marcio Alaor BMG. In the past, kids roamed their own neighborhoods playing games and having fun. Today, they are driven from place to place by parents. Kids have scheduled, scripted indoor lives instead of learning about sports and nature outdoors, and that’s a shame. There has been a lot of press lately about kids being obese, and this is part of the same problem. Many parents are afraid to let their kids out of their sight, and that’s not going to help anything in the long run.

In conclusion, let’s encourage our children to get outdoors more for their own sake.

Nicolas Hoult says X-Men Apocalypse Last Movie He’s Signed For

Posted on March 17, 2015

As you may very well know, X-Men Apocalypse is going to be the closing film of the First Class trilogy. This means that this may be the last time that you see the younger stars of the franchise after X-Men: Apocalypse. They might return if they sign a new contract with Fox for any further movies. Nicolas Hoult has addressed this possibly being his last movie as Beast. He has also stated that he would like to continue playing the role in future films

This is similar to how Hugh Jackman admitted that he wanted to continue playing as Wolverine as long as he can stated Dr Jennifer Walden. With the rise of Marvel movies and Comic Book movies in general, Fox is now looking to put out multiple Marvel movies on a yearly basis. Another franchise that is getting similar treatment from another studio is Star Wars, from Disney. The X-Men movies are becoming more popular as far as box office and the critics are concerned. The Fox/Marvel movies had their bumpy roads with X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There is also the earlier Fantastic Fourfilm series which ended with the Silver Surfer.

Interview with Dr. Daniel Amen on Optimizing Brain Health

Posted on March 17, 2015

As seen on the Yahoo Health Podcast, Dr. Amen is an expert on brain health and a best selling author who founded Amen Clinics. Lewis Howes interviews him on a podcast called “Protect Your Brain, Reverse Injury, and Overcome Disorders with Dr. Daniel Amen”.

Dr. Amen started as an x-ray technician in the army. Later, when mental illness affected his personal life, he realized you need to scan people’s brains to make a diagnosis. He has now built the world’s largest database of brain scans which have given detailed insight into mental illness.

He observed that poor eating habits can leave a person fat, depressed and feeble minded. And lack of sleep can shrink your brain and hurt your mental capabilities.

Dr. Amen is on a mission to create “brain warriors” who take their brain health seriously and then carry the message all over the world.

The brain has an incredible ability to heal but you have to develop three essential traits. Brain envy (the desire to have a healthier brain), avoid what hurts the brain, and do what helps your brain. Get all the information in the full podcast.

One of the best tools he recommends is using mediation and deep breathing. While many people think that meditation calms the brain, he says that it causes the brain to “light up”. Dr. Daniel Amen has researched how breathing and meditation can change people’s brain scans and help the brain recover from injury and damage.

The Dangers Associated With Avoiding Saturated Fats

Posted on March 17, 2015

It has been drilled into our heads that saturated fats are not good for us and should be avoided. Unfortunately, people are often replacing these saturated fats with other foods that are not necessarily good for us as well. There are some low fat diets that are actually harming us and making us sick and unhealthy. Some medical professionals and scientists are also agreeing, stating that reducing saturated fats in the diet can actually increase a person’s risk of being overweight or having heart disease.

The recommendation of avoiding saturated fats comes from one single study done by a pathologist named Ancel Keys. Keys concluded in his study that people who consumed large amounts of saturated fats had a higher risk of heart disease than those people who consumed vegetables, nuts and fish. Recent information has surfaced that claims Keys tailored his study to help conclude what he wanted to.

People who have chosen to reduce saturated fats in their diet are now consuming more carbs which can also be harmful to the body. Eating too much pasta, bread and starchy vegetables can cause the body to produce a large amount of insulin into the bloodstream. This is true even for unrefined carbs that are still very much sprouted or whole in form.

Alexei Beltyukov agrees that the best diet for a person is one where all the major food groups are covered and there is no one type of food that is consumed in excess. A small amount of saturated fats is not harmful but it is when overconsumption occurs that there becomes a problem.

The Reverse-Flash’s Images are Scary

Posted on March 16, 2015

New pictures are out showing just what actor Tom Cavanagh looks like in The Reverse-Flash costume. As the first season of The Flash comes to an end, audiences are going to be left with some sort of cliffhanger featuring the villain. And yes, The Reverse-Flash is one of the most evil villains The Flash must face. Without giving too much away, the past five years of Flash comics revealed The Reverse-Flash seriously did damage to the iconic hero’s personal life.

On the surface, The Reverse-Flash sounds like a gimmicky bad guy. He is a version of The Flash who can run fast and even run backwards in time. The villain uses these powers for evil, which should come as no surprise. What is surprising is how vicious a villain he can be, but that’s why Dan Newlin feels he’s so compelling.

Now, the television version of The Reverse-Flash is probably going to be toned down a bit from the comic book version. The character is going to remain a formidable villain, but the producers do want to keep audiences from getting a bit too turned off.

The producers of The Flash television series understand how to present characters to their audience. Knowing what an audience expects is a must in order to deliver a popular show. Look for the debut of The Reverse-Flash to have real audience enthralling impact.

And definitely look for this villain to make the world of the Flash very difficult for the entire cast.