Something From The Lab That Works In the Real World Too

So much of the time we hear about exciting research… valuable scientific finds… and then nothing more.

Does anyone take what is learned in the lab and try and apply it to the real world to get results for real people?

Researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, collaborating with those at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health (HSC) have done just that.

The teams have recently completed evaluating data from the Active for Life® program — finding that activity programs for older people that have been tested in the labs can actually be implemented by organizations in the community.

Active for Life® is involved with taking promising research based techniques and bringing them into community settings.

This program, funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health is intended to encourage physical activity among mature adults — particularly middle aged and older people among us who lead a rather sedentary lifestyle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that Americans can increase their number of healthy years just by living a healthy lifestyle — including eating right, not smoking and being more active.

Sadly, almost 64% of adults age 65 and older don’t get the 30 minutes of exercise per day recommended to keep aging bodies in top form. The need to get more people up and moving is serious, which is why the team feels so strongly about delivering lab tested programs to people who can truly benefit.

The program involved studying data on participants in two Active for Life® programs, Active Choices or Active Living Every Day.

Active Choices uses telephone coaching that follows a face to face meeting to create an activity plan, supply exercise logs and a pedometer and set goals for getting active in everyday life.

The client receives regular mail and telephone ‘pep talks’ for six months to help build habits and reinforce changes. The focus of this approach is an individualized program with lasting support, but the participant is also invited to regular health events

Active Living Every Day, the other program studied, involves a six month intervention that uses facilitated group sessions to help participants find ways to get regular activity into their daily routine.

The goal is to learn how to find the time for 30 minutes of moderately intense activity on most days. The encouragement of the group, kept small by design, forms a wonderful support system that lasts long after the program ends.

The team of researchers, among them Dr. Sara Wilcox of the University of South Carolina, looked at data on just about 6,000 subjects from 12 different sites, who were part of these programs from 2003 to 2007.

The team found that the programs produced significant increases in the total amount of physical activity, and improvements in intensity, moderate to vigorous intensity in particular. Those in the Active Living Every Day also reported a lower level of stress and depression (probably due to the social support structure created around the study).

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

Old Fashion Miracle Cure?

If exercise was available on prescription it would be a “miracle cure”.

Even small amounts of exercise can help by…

* Lowering your bad cholesterol, the kind that clogs arteries.
* Reducing your blood pressure
* Relieving stress on your heart
* Improving your digestion
* Decreasing your risk of osteoporosis
* plus 100′s of other benefits

… And helps you burn off unwanted pounds making you look a million dollars.

But there are so many exercise option out there… Which one should you choose?

Click through to gain instant access to 43 different workout websites. All designed for you by top Fitness Experts

Something From The Lab That Works In the Real World Too continued…

Participants in both programs showed more satisfaction with their body appearance and function, and small drops in weight as well.
“This initiative was different because it showed that community-based organizations could put these two programs in place, reach a large number of older adults, and produce meaningful changes.” says Wilcox.Meaningful changes like…

* help controlling weight.
* contributing to healthy bones, muscles and joints.
* reducing falls among the elderly.
* lessening anxiety and depression.
* reducing the need for hospitalizations, doctor visits and medicines.

Even those who are frail or old could see an improvement in their condition by getting active. Slowly and sensibly of course.

The findings from the Active for Life® program are published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

High Fat High Sugar Diet May Turn On Appetite

Strange how sometimes when scientists are looking for one thing, they uncover something different but equally valuable. That’s the story here.

New research, appearing in the journal Cell, has uncovered another way that the body seems to use to control how much it eats.

A team of U.S. researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, looking at a pathway usually involved with the inflammation response of immunity, found something was switched on when the mice in the study were fed high fat, high sugar diets.

The scientists had been trying to study “metabolic inflammation”, a chronic condition that also turns out to be part of many diseases that come with obesity.

The team noticed that a protein connected to inflammation appeared to turn on when mice were fed a high fat, high sugar diet. Once the pathway was on, the mice ate even more.

Mice were then genetically altered so the pathway wouldn’t work, and they maintained a healthy weight, even when fed a high fat, high sugar diet.

If at this point you’re wondering, as I was, why mice are so often used in studies like this, here’s the rather unflattering reason.

Apparently the genetic makeup of a mouse is surprisingly similar to our own… what’s more it’s a whole lot easier to breed, study and dissect a mouse.

“This pathway is usually present but inactive in the brain,” said Dongsheng Cai of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, though he can’t say why the protein is present, speculating that it may be part of our earliest need for immune defenses.

He believes that today this pathway is activated by a different challenge from the environment: chronic exposure to high fat, high sugar food sources.

Once it’s on, the pathway leads to problems in the body like resistance to insulin and leptin.

So what does this research tell us?

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

Doctor’s secret – Now 11 sizes smaller than before

There’s an overwhelming body of research that shows most diets aren’t effective in the long term because they work AGAINST the body…

In fact most people who diet sadly end up putting ON more weight than when they started.

It’s because most diets starve you of the foods you enjoy, stop you getting the nutrients you need…basically forcing your body into ‘starvation mode’…

Joy Siegrist MD has developed a diet that works WITH your body…one that has a 96% success rate

Click through and see what the fuss is about…

High Fat, High Sugar Diet May ‘Turn On’ Appetite: The Unexpected Finding Of New Research continued…

That perhaps there is more to the obesity-brain connection that we have yet to understand. There are possibly many different body systems involved, and its unlikely that one solution can be found to suit everyone.The University of Wisconsin-Madison team hopes their work leads to treatments that put a stop to the cycle before it starts. This is, of course, a long way off.

Professor Fran Ebling of the University of Nottingham agrees that the work is interesting but is convinced that other areas of research may yield more practical results, namely obesity drugs.

He’s concerned that anything that blocks the pathway uncovered by the team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison might also interfere with the immune system and the body’s ability to defend against disease.

In the mean time, the best option is to reduce the level of high fat and high sugar foods in the diet. As rather than reducing appetite, as you would think, they actually increase appetite.

Discover Andorras Longevity Secrets

Is it any wonder that the natives of Andorra have the longest life expectancy in the world?

Clean air…

Take your breath away mountain views…

Well off, with nearly non-existent levels of crime (one prison with 50 inmates for the whole country), over 700 years of peace and a temperate climate of cold snowy winters and warm, dry summers; this tiny nation may indeed hold the secrets to living longer and better.

At just 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C., the country sits tucked between France and Spain, a landlocked nation of narrow valleys surrounded by the staggering Pyrenees mountains.

With a population of just over 82,000, Andorra has been a democracy since March 1993. Tourism accounts for 80% of the income of this well-to-do country, the banking sector; with its “tax haven” status also contributes to the prosperity of the country.

And if all this makes you want to up stakes and move… this next bit of news will surely tip the scales.

Andorrans live longer than anyone else in the world according to the World Health Organization.

The average life expectancy for natives in this almost hidden little country is 83.5 years — compared to U.S. life expectancy of 78.14 and the United Kingdom’s 78.85.

Maybe we could learn a thing or two from these people.

Recently BBC reporter Paul Henley made a brief visit to this mountainous country to try and find out what sets them apart from the rest of the world.

And what he found were plenty of reasons for the long, healthy lives of Andorra’s population.

For starters, there is a great emphasis on staying physically active. These people do hard, active work well past the age we’d retire.

Every one of the seven parishes of the country has state of the art public (free to use) leisure centers.

It’s not uncommon to see people in their 80s and 90s very active — either taking fitness classes at the centers, taking care of cattle in rough terrain or in some other active occupation.

Another important difference is the diet…

In Andorra people tend to eat the classic Mediterranean diet — lean meats, fresh veggies, fruits, olive oil is used in cooking.

People know what’s healthy and seek it out. Restaurants offer delicious healthy foods as well.

Interestingly, Andorrans do drink a good deal of red wine (even in the hospital!), and continue to smoke cigarettes — completely unexpected considering their longevity numbers.

One other key to living longer here is the quality of the health care the citizens receive.

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

How a simple change in diet can help reduce heart disease

A recent medical study compared high protein diets with low GI diets and the results where pretty surprising…

While both diets will help you to shed unwanted pounds it’s the low GI diet that offers protection against heart disease.

So if you want to lower your risk of having a stroke or developing heart disease find out why it’s vital you change your diet today - 

Don’t become just another statistic – Click through to find out more now

Discover Andorra’s Longevity Secrets continued…

The World Health Organization estimates that Andorra has the third best public health system in the world. The same report ranks the UK as 24th, Canada at 35th and the U.S. 72nd.The hospital appeared to reporter Henley more like a private clinic, and the doctor’s there are now used to performing surgery on people in their eighties and nineties.

“They go back to their normal lives. And a very frequent question, before the operation, is ‘how soon will I be able to walk in the mountains again, to tend my garden, to go into the woods and gather mushrooms?’” says Luis Pallares, an Andorran consulting surgeon.

Centuries of peace and a lack of violent crime complete the picture, giving Andorran citizens a peace of mind and ability to compromise that may well be part of the secret that has them living so much longer.

Another Good Reason To Get Teen Girls To Read

If you have a young person in your life with a weight problem… acknowledged or not… this latest study is going to give you a unique way to encourage healthy habits. Reading.

Obesity researchers at Duke University found that reading (the last activity that you’d expect) spurs weight loss in teen girls.

The researchers looked at 31 obese girls, between the ages of 9 and 13 who were enrolled in the Healthy Lifestyles Program at Duke Children’s Hospital.

The average body mass index (BMI) of the young subjects in the study was 27 to 28. Girls of this age usually have a BMI of between 16 and 19.

The program, now in its second successful year, works to address patients’ medical, dietary and behavioral needs.

Treatment includes an extensive initial evaluation, an intensive lifestyle intervention phase that lasts six months and a maintenance phase that remains in place until adulthood.

As part of their program, some of the girls read a novel titled Lake Rescue, where the heroine is an overweight girl struggling with low self esteem, isolation and teasing. Another group of obese girls read a different novel, and a smaller group didn’t read at all.

Here’s the strange thing… all the girls who read books lost weight, but the ones who read the book with the overweight theme lost significantly more.

The Lake Rescue readers lowered their body mass by .71, compared to .33 for the other group of readers. The girls who did not read saw an increase of .05 in BMI.

The idea behind the approach was to find something to motivate the teens, without being strict and authoritative.

The book was the perfect choice as it presents a likeable character who works through her issues and learns to make healthier choices. And since there aren’t many choices to help young teens loose weight, reading is a unique approach that can be helpful on many levels.

All of us need to be aware of the epidemic proportions of childhood obesity in our country.

Truth is, this didn’t start overnight, it has roots as far back as the 1960s. Fast food and gargantuan portion sizes continue to play their part. As do the TV and computer, keeping kids sitting so much of the time.

Throw in some fear for their safety, and working parents who don’t have the flexibility to take kids to sporting activities and you can see how we got here.

No one person is to blame, and no one person on their own can change things.

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

Celebrity Endorsed Weight Loss and Detox System


- Losing 20 pounds effortlessly
- Having all your friends compliment you on looking years younger
- Easing all your niggling aches and pains
- Giving your body an internal overhaul, increasing health and wellbeing…

And all with 10 days!

Discover the weight loss and detox system that celebrities like Beyonce, David Blaine and Robin Quivers rely on…

Another Good Reason To Get Teen Girls To Read continued…

But here’s what you can do.Consider the results of the research as you try to reach that young person you know could use help. Choose a novel with care… something well written where the main character learns to make good choices and triumphs in the end.

A choice for boys might appeal to their taste, yet still convey a message that an out of shape hero can make changes, be happy and maybe even get the girl.

It would also be wise to keep in mind the researchers intent — no pressure, no force, just exposure to a good message at the right time.

Fans Reduce SIDS Risk By 72 Percent

SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is one of the most horrible and heartbreaking losses a family can endure. 
Striking an otherwise healthy baby of between 1 month and one year old, SIDS is the diagnosis given when a child of this age dies suddenly and an exact cause can’t be found even after a full medical and legal investigation. 

And while amazing strides have been made in cutting the risk of SIDS, about 2,500 infants continue to die suddenly in the United States each year.

For these parents it is the worst kind of pain… a living nightmare you don’t wish on your worst enemy. It hurts every minute of every day of the rest of your life.

These parents can take some small comfort knowing that investigations into exactly what causes SIDS are moving forward. There is a lot of good work being done. 

Many experts are coming to believe the condition involves an underlying abnormality (like a brain defect that affects breathing) combined with sleeping in an unsafe position or being exposed to an environmental challenge during a key period of growth. 

Other things we do know…
* SIDS is most common in babies 2 to 4 months old.
* 90% of SIDS cases happen in babies less than 6 months old.
* 20% of SIDS deaths happen in childcare settings.
* SIDS is more common in cold weather.
* SIDS happens more often during sleep, between the hours of 10:00 pm and 10:00 am  

Researchers in California at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research found that babies who slept in a room with a fan running had a 72% lower risk of SIDS compared to those who slept without a fan.

Opening a window, another way to circulate the air in the sleeping space, brought the risk of SIDS down 36%.

The study appears in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine and is the first to look for an association between better air circulation and reduced risk of SIDS.

Financed by the National Institutes of Health, this research involved data on 185 babies who died of SIDS from 1997 to 2000 in ten Northern California counties as well as Los Angeles County.

The SIDS babies were compared to 312 infants who were a match in age, socio economic status and ethnic backgrounds in those same counties.

Dr. De-Kun Li, study senior author said, “The baby’s sleeping environment really matters. This seems to suggest that by improving room ventilation we can further reduce risk.”

The researchers noted that using a fan reduced the risk of SIDS most for babies in poor sleeping environments. 

Of course using a fan doesn’t mean you should stop doing all the other very easy, sensible things the American Academy of Pediatrics  recommends to prevent SIDS….

Continues below… 

  *Highly Recommended*

Announcing: New Hope for Smokers Wanting to Quit

Hypnosis works for smokers…

It’s recognized by The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the British Medical Association (BMA).

Also, hypnotherapy, and similar methods have been used by tens of thousands of people for various ailments, complaints and addictions – and now a new program has been created that promises some amazing results…

A guaranteed outcome of being able to permanently stop smoking with only a single one hour session.

Take a look at the simplest way to do this here

New Study: Fans Reduce SIDS Risk By 72% continued…

* Babies should always sleep on their backs.
* Firm mattresses should be the only sleeping surface — no waterbeds or air mattresses either.
* No thick quilts or comforters — being overheated during sleep puts your baby at risk.
* Pillows and stuffed toys should not be in the bed with babies.
* A dedicated sleeping space that’s free of drafts and is of a comfortable, steady temperature.
* Don’t smoke (or let anyone else smoke) around your baby. 

More work is needed, but because the idea of circulating the air in a baby’s room is in line with some SIDS theories, it’s certainly worth a try. 

Fans are affordable, and offer another benefit, the sound offers a soothing setting for a baby to sleep, blocking out much of the other routine noise of the house.

Good for you, perhaps life saving for your baby.

Microwaving 101 What You Need To Know To Keep From Getting Sick

It’s been estimated that 90% of our kitchens… as well as some unknown number of dorm rooms and break rooms across the land contain a microwave oven.

These marvels of modern ingenuity have made it possible to prepare all kinds of foods —everything from popcorn and side dishes to full blown meals — in much less time (and with much less mess) than the dinosaur of the cooking world… the conventional oven.

But just recently the US government issued a new warning about frozen chicken dinners being cooked in a microwave oven after 32 people in 12 states got sick.

This comes on the heels of scares in 2007 concerning microwaving pot pies and frozen pizzas that had also made people sick.

Frozen food manufacturer’s have since revamped the cooking instructions on these and other products to be sure they allow enough cooking time to kill off any lingering bacteria.

But you do need to know the wattage of your microwave to use the directions so that you and your family stay safe.

The higher the wattage a microwave has, the faster it cooks; smaller ovens may also not deliver enough wattage to cook some items properly. You can find the wattage of a microwave by…

* Checking the inside of the oven door for the wattage.
* Looking on the serial number plate on the back of the unit.
* Checking the owner’s manual you got with the oven.
* Doing a “Time-to-Boil” test to estimate the wattage.

You also need to understand that for all their sleek looks and high tech ways, microwaving is an uneven cooking method — heat penetrates only an inch to 1½ inches into the surface, leaving cold spots that can harbor bacteria like E. coli, salmonella or listeria.

Nasty, contagious little monsters, these organisms enter your digestive tract and leave you feeling as sick as you’ve ever been for several days at best, a week or more at worst.

Last year over 325,000 people were admitted to hospitals with food related illnesses cause by these organisms. That old fashioned oven isn’t looking so bad now, is it?

“I think most food safety experts probably would have said it’s not a good idea to microwave anything that’s from a raw state.” said Michael Davidson, a University of Tennessee microbiologist.

Microwaving foods like raw meat, eggs or poultry is a recipe for trouble.

But, if you’re not ready to rip out your trusty microwave just yet, here are some things to keep in mind to prepare food safely…

Look at packages to see if frozen meals are precooked — you might think they are, they may look like they are, but in fact are not cooked at all. Look for “Cook thoroughly” on the front of a package.


* Heat microwaveable foods thoroughly and be sure to adjust your cooking time based on the wattage of the microwave you’re using. Lower wattages need more cooking time.

* Follow the package instructions carefully, and be sure the microwave you’re using is the proper wattage identified in the recipe.

* Use only microwave safe dishes and utensils, and cover foods with a lid or plastic wrap that’s allowed to vent.

* Stir foods (or turn) halfway through cooking time, this helps eliminate cold spots where bacteria can linger.

* Use a food thermometer in more than one place, to check the temperature of anything prepared in the microwave. Be sure to allow the food to stand, if needed, for the full length of time stated in the package directions before taking the temperature.

By following these common sense suggestions, and teaching everyone in the house to do the same, you’ll significantly reduce the chance of suffering food poisoning from undercooked foods.

Meat And Dairy Raise The Risk Of Prostate Cancer

If a man in your life is at risk for developing prostate cancer, here’s some information you might want to pass along.

While a connection between eating meat and enjoying high fat dairy products and cancer of the prostate has been suspected for a while, recent research by a team at Oxford University has been able to confirm the link.

Experts know that a diet rich in meat and high fat dairy products is likely to raise levels of a hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1 for short) that has been shown to promote cell growth.

In fact, cells fed IGF-1 grow much more quickly, and may be part of the reason scientists worry it will aid the spread of tumors.

The work, conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford, reviewed the results of a dozen blood sample studies that included almost 9.000 men.

By looking closely at this data, the researchers were able to more clearly identify the link between IGF-1 and this form of cancer.

The team found that men with high levels of IGF-1 were 40% more likely to have prostate cancer than those with lower levels.
According lead researcher Dr. Andrew Roddam, “What we found was a modest association at best, but it was statistically significant. A lot of the individual studies found the same trend but were too underpowered for their results to be reliable.”

And while no one can say how much diet effects levels of IGF-1 in the body, Dr. Roddam, a Cancer Research UK epidemiologist at Oxford University, estimates it could be up to 15% higher for anyone who eats lots of dairy and meat. Previous studies have reported that IGF-1 levels are higher in those who eat a lot of meat, milk, butter and cheese.

But why are these delicious foods so bad?

First because they seem to be a large source of saturated fats and are an all too familiar part of most modern diets. These types of fats do damage to the body that we’re only just beginning to understand.

What’s more, few people eat enough of the natural, good for you fruits and vegetables that are sources of antioxidants and other nutrients a body needs to stay healthy and strong. Add in our lack of physical activity and you can see why we’re headed for trouble.

Interestingly, the risk of prostate cancer is lower among men who are vegetarians as well as in populations that eat more rice, soybeans and vegetables.

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

Stop snorting and snuffling and sleep better

Did you know that two thirds of Americans suffer sleep problems? And that over 200 million people report having problems sleeping from time to time?

But for many the problems are more than a few fitful nights…

For them lack of sleep causes lack of focus, poor concentration, daytime fatigue, irritability and also effects their health.

But what most people don’t realise is that most sleep problems
can be solved, including snoring.

Click through to find out how

Meat And Dairy Raise The Risk Of Prostate Cancer continued…Each year, prostate cancer claims nearly 30,000 lives in the US, and another 10,000 in the UK. To find out if the man in your life is at risk, take a look at factors identified by the American Cancer Society:

* Risks of prostate cancer increase as you age, especially after 50.
* Your risk of prostate cancer doubles if you have a father or brother with the disease.
* Prostate cancer is more common in African American men, and these patients are typically diagnosed at a later stage than other men.
* Prostate cancer is most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia and the Caribbean islands; it’s less common in Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
* Obese men are at an increased risk of developing this form of cancer, as well as many other diseases.

Research continues and treatment options for prostate cancer are improving all the time. If you or someone you love is at risk, or has just been diagnosed, don’t panic but do learn all you can about this disease and ways to stay well.

One of the first steps may simply to substitute that burger with a piece of fruit or vegetables instead.

The Wine That Might Protect Against Lung Cancer

You’ve probably heard that the antioxidants found in certain foods and red wine can offer some protection from breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. According to new research set to appear in October’s Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, we could soon be adding lung cancer to that list.

“An antioxidant component in red wine may help to prevent lung cancer,” according to lead researcher Chun Chao a research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation. “The findings provide an impetus for further research to find out if there is something in red wine that may help to either prevent or treat lung cancer.”

Scientists believe that antioxidants, like those found in red wine and other foods, are somehow able to protect cells from oxidative damage that comes from free radicals and can strike any part of a cell, proteins, the membrane, even the DNA itself. Cellular damage caused by free radicals has been implicated in the development of cancer.

Researchers used the California Men’s Health Study to identify 210 lung cancer patients from the 45 to 69 year old men who were members of a large, prepaid health plan in California.

The researchers looked at cancer rates and consumption of red and white wine, beer and other liquor. They found that, on average, there was a 2% lower risk of lung cancer associated with each glass of red wine a subject drank per month.

So… a man who drinks 30 glasses each month would lower his risk of lung cancer by 60%.

Of course, any smoker’s risk of lung cancer is higher than a non smoker’s risk. We all know that, right?

The team found the biggest effect on risk seemed to come to male smokers who drank one to two glasses of red wine per day. Makes you wonder if the red wine somehow… rises to the challenge of the toxic chemicals in the smoke?

You notice the emphasis on red wine? There are two reasons for this…

1. The study found no reduction in risk in men who drank the same amounts of white wine, beer or liquor. Only red wine had the effect.

2. Red wine uses the whole grape, seeds, skins and all, which keeps vital antioxidants known as polyphenols in the wine, in a form ready to be absorbed and used by the body.

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

Announcing: New Hope for Smokers Wanting to Quit

Hypnosis works for smokers…

It’s recognized by The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the British Medical Association (BMA).

Also, hypnotherapy, and similar methods have been used by tens of thousands of people for various ailments, complaints and addictions – and now a new program has been created that promises some amazing results…

A guaranteed outcome of being able to permanently stop smoking with only a single one hour session.

Take a look at the simplest way to do this here

The Wine That Might Protect Against Lung Cancer continued…

Of course, many are quick to point out that one study doesn’t prove that red wine has any protective effects. Sometimes early work like this, on further research, doesn’t stand up.

And the researchers themselves are quick to insist that this study doesn’t mean smoking is something you should continue to do, or that red wine will protect a smoker from developing lung cancer.

“Clearly, we aren’t recommending that smokers go out and start consuming large amounts of red wine as a potential protection from getting lung cancer,” says Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society,

“There are other research reports that show any alcohol, including red wine, can increase the risk of other cancers such as breast cancer.”

And of course you don’t have to rely on red wine to increase your levels of anti-oxidants each day.

Eating 5 – 9 portions of fruit and vegetables will mean you’re giving your body the right kind of fuel to fight free radicals.

Sweet Smells May Bring Sweet Dreams

Here’s a good reason to appreciate flowers for more than just how beautiful they look or how wonderful they make you feel.

Pleasing floral smells may also improve your dreams. The relationship between smells and dreams was presented at last month’s Chicago meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

The work had been conducted by German researchers who looked at the role of pleasing smells and the emotions of dreaming subjects.

Studies like this can be difficult to conduct.

You need to use a stimulus that’s strong enough to influence a dream but not so strong it wakes the subject. Some smells, like peppermint, also irritate the nasal passages. The smells used in this study were chosen with this in mind.

Fifteen female subjects spent 30 days allowing the research team to monitor their brainwaves during sleep in order to tell when they reached the REM phase of sleep.

This is the stage when most dreams happen. At this point the women were exposed to a high dose of scents (pleasant like roses; unpleasant like rotten eggs) for ten seconds and woken a minute later to record their dreams.

Amazingly the women didn’t dream of smelling anything but pleasant scents were related to pleasant emotions in dreams. Bad smells brought reports of troubling emotions.

Boris Stuck, lead researcher for the study and a professor of otorhinolaryngology at Heidelberg University, noted that, “It obviously does not determine what you dream about, but it influences how you experience a dream.”

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

Sleep less BUT have more energy (like Jay Leno)

Do you find there’s not enough hours in the day to do all you’d like…Do you wake up feeling groggy and fatigued?

What if I told you you could sleep less and have MORE energy? I bet you’d snatch my hand off!

Think about all the things you could achieve with another 2 – 3 hours in the day.

Discover the new sleep solution designed with renowned Tiredness Expert Tina Hagen…

A study showed the effectiveness of these breakthrough techniques with:

- 98% of volunteers reported an increase in their energy levels
- 90% said they have no trouble getting up in the morning
- 72% said they felt healthier
- 87% said that they are able to think more clearly

Click through to find out how to sleep less BUT gain more energy

Sweet Smells May Bring Sweet Dreams continued…Earlier studies have shown that stimulation like pressure or vibration as well as sounds can have an impact on the content and emotional tone of dreams.

Experts also know that smell is the only sense that doesn’t “sleep” – allowing information to reach the limbic system, a part of the brain involved with memory and emotion. All the other senses must pass through the thalamus, which is closed when you sleep.

The researchers are hoping that this work will lead to treatments that can be used with those suffering post traumatic stress syndrome, nightmares or sleep disorders.

In the future they hope it may be possible to create a compact machine that monitors brain activity and releases a pleasing scent under the nose at the right moment during dreaming.

In the meantime having some pleasant smelling scents in your bedroom could help you have sweet dreams.

When Otherwise Good Bacteria Go Bad

New research may link one of the species of bacteria that live in our digestive system to the development of colon cancer. Home to many species, some “good” and others “bad”, our digestive system provides these microbes a place to live, and in return they help with digestion and training the body’s immune system.

However, an organism, known to scientists as enterococcus faecalis, (or E. faecalis for short) lives quietly in the digestive system of most of us. In susceptible people, this otherwise harmless organism causes DNA changes that can be a precursor to cancer.

For reasons scientists have yet to understand, in some people the organism produces an oxygen molecule known as superoxide that cause changes in DNA and prompt some of the genetic action tied to cancer.

The research, conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City, looked at how colon cells reacted in the lab to the bacteria in the “fermentation” state.

All in all, 42 genes linked to key processes in body cells were altered by the presence of E. faecalis.

“We found that superoxide led to strong signaling in immune cells called macrophages – it also altered the way some cells in the gut grew and divided and even increased the productivity of genes which are associated with cancer.” says professor Mark Huycke, the lead researcher.

Experts in the UK also agree that bacteria may be likely culprits in cancers of the colon. Dr. Barry Campbell of the University of Liverpool agrees that E. faecalis could be involved, but he also believes that there are other bacteria in the bowel that play a part in the cell changes that eventually bring on tumors.

He insists, “There is not going to be only one culprit. Our own team is interested in a particular type of E. coli with this in mind. There are also many other factors which are involved, such as genetics and environment.”

And while the experts figure out what may be the root of the problem, there are things that you can do, right now, to reduce your risk.

Living a healthy lifestyle where you eat right, exercise, don’t smoke or drink to excess are important first steps.

Keeping your weight under control will not only reduce your colon cancer risk, it will have you looking better and feeling better too.

Continues below…

  *Highly Recommended*

Miracle Cure?
If exercise was available on prescription it would be a “miracle cure”.

Even small amounts of exercise can help by…

* Lowering your bad cholesterol, the kind that clogs arteries.
* Reducing your blood pressure
* Relieving stress on your heart
* Improving your digestion
* Decreasing your risk of osteoporosis
* plus 100′s of other benefits

… And helps you burn off unwanted pounds making you look a million dollars.

But there are so many exercise option out there… Which one should you choose?

Click through to gain instant access to 43 different workout websites. All designed for you by top Fitness Experts

  When Otherwise Good Bacteria Go Bad continued…

You’ll also want to learn all you can about colon cancer if you have a close family member like a parent or sibling with this disease.

If you are at increased risk, your doctor will likely advise you to have colon screening tests before the usual age of 50. Don’t put these off, and report promptly any change in your bowel habits to your doctor. Waiting in fear does no good and may rob you of your chance to fight the disease.

Each year colon cancer claims nearly 50,000 lives and over 100,000 patients are newly diagnosed.

Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and vaccine therapy. Clinical trials are also ongoing and yielding promising new leads all the time.