Is Exercise Your Next Prescription?

If doctors want to get inactive adults up and moving a formal, written prescription for exercise might just do the trick.

These prescriptions work according to the unique new research out of Spain, published in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine.

Mainstream medicine has mostly ignored the idea of writing prescriptions for exercise, favoring instead surgical procedures or pharmaceutical approaches to keep patients healthy.

The researchers trained 56 Spanish family doctors on how to write custom exercise prescriptions for their inactive patients.

These doctors gave more than 2,200 adults exercise prescriptions that were specific to each patient. As a control for the study, the physician’s didn’t give exercise prescriptions to 2,070 other inactive adults.

Six months later, the patients who’d been given the prescriptions for exercise reported they’d been more physically active than those who hadn’t gotten the unique type of prescription.

These effects are considered clinically relevant.

Clearly vague advice to “get more active” doesn’t do the trick; but rather a personalized exercise routine, written in prescription form, just for them can have an impact and get patients up and moving.

Just as doctors do with prescriptions for medication in pill form, prescriptions for exercise need to have details to be worthwhile.

Why does exercise help? How do I get started? Is being active safe for me? Details about the type of exercise, how often it should be done, and goals for the patient are all important parts of any prescription.

By doing this, the recommendation stands as a physical reminder of the advice, and has an added something extra because your doctor took the time to write it down.

Past research has shown clearly that those who stay active and fit live longer and healthier lives than those who are more sedentary, and this holds true not matter how old you are, no matter what race you belong to, whether you’re male or female or no matter what the environment around you is like.

Of the three things that your doctor will tell you have the most impact on your health and longevity – genetics, environment and how we behave – behaviors are the things most under our own control.

And while this research is out of Spain, the results may well take hold in the United States.

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Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, who is the spokeswoman for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine campaign says of the prescriptions for exercise in the U.S. “It’s just in its embryonic phase.” In fact, Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, California is testing a prescription for exercise program right now.

Part of why prescribing exercise is rare in the U.S. may be because many doctors don’t have any training in physical activity or nutrition, not to mention how to set up exercise programs.

In the research training was provided for the physicians, and that would likely help U.S. doctors as well.

For those who are looking for guidance on writing these types of prescriptions, check out the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine website to learn more.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

Blueberries Might Banish Belly Fat Cut Diabetes Risk and Boost Heart Health

Call it what you want, abdominal fat, a spare tire, belly fat, love handles, no matter what name you use, the truth remains – belly fat is of particular concern to doctors.

Fat in this area pads internal organs and releases inflammation producing hormones.

More common in men than women, experts have long been convinced that those who carry excess weight at the belly are at higher risk for some pretty serious health problems, even if they have a normal body mass index (BMI).

And while science is clear on the benefits of eating fruits and veggies, until now, there hadn’t been much work specifically on blueberries, a super food that is low in calories, high in antioxidants.

This delicious fruit is known to have naturally occurring phytonutrients, called anthocyanins, that have shown promise in easing some serious health conditions.

A new study, conducted by University of Michigan researchers and presented at Experimental Biology 2009, involved rats who were bred to be obese and fed either a high fat or low fat diet enriched with blueberry (freeze dried blueberries, crushed into a powder) or carbs as two percent of their total intake.

After three months, the rats who ate the diet rich in blueberries lost abdominal fat and enjoyed other health benefits like lower cholesterol, as well as improved glucose control and insulin sensitivity.

This held even when the diet wasn’t all that heart healthy, though the benefit was strongest in the rats that ate the low fat diet.

Besides all the other benefits to health, the group that ate a low fat diet had a lower body weight, lower total fat mass and reduced liver mass than those who consumed a high fat diet.

An enlarged liver is linked to obesity and insulin resistance, something lots of us deal with – fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome are common because of diets high in fat.

The team believes that the results they achieved show blueberries may have an impact on how the body stores and processes glucose for energy; and this reduces the risks of developing diabetes or heart disease.

This backs up earlier work on blueberries on men at risk for heart disease.

“Some measurements were changed by blueberry even if the rats were on a high fat diet,” says E. Mitchell Seymour, M.S., lead researcher as well as the manger of the Cardioprotection Research Laboratory.

“We found by looking at fat muscle tissue, that blueberry intake affected genes related to fat-burning and storage. Looking at muscle tissue, we saw altered genes related to glucose uptake.”

Another work on blueberry juice, also presented at the same Experimental Biology 2009 Conference in New Orleans, found that men with risk factors for heart disease who drank wild blueberry juice for 3 weeks saw a slight improvement in glucose and insulin control, two markers related to diabetes risk.

Seems an easy, totally natural way to improve your health, especially if you are at risk for heart disease.

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There are lots of ways to enjoy this super delicious fruit.

Fresh out of the container, in juice or on cereal, in muffins, even distilled into a compote. The great thing about blueberries is that they keep their nutritional value, even after being frozen.

When you buy blueberries, look for ones that are fresh, locally or organically grown, with a firm feeling and lively color.

If buying fruit in a container, shake it so that you can see if the berries more easily. Remember, the deeper the color of the blueberry, the more antioxidants the fruit brings to the body.

More work is needed to try and duplicate the health promoting, belly fat busing benefits of blueberries in people.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

Chewing Gum Might Cut Urge To Snack Between Meals

If you chew sugarless gum, you might actually cut the urge to snack according to gum manufacturer funded research presented on April 19, 2009 at the Experimental Biology 2009 conference held in New Orleans.

The mission of this organization is to share the newest scientific idea and research, giving scientists a chance to hear from others working on similar problems but using different approaches.

The experiment, conducted by a team led by Paula J. Geiselman, chief of women’s health and eating behavior at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Louisiana State University, involved offering people a variety of snacks three hours after a regular lunch (a sandwich) and encouraging the subjects to eat as much as they wanted.

One of the afternoons during the study, the participants were told to chew Extra sugarless gum for 15 minutes in each of the three hours between lunch and the snack time. Other afternoons no gum chewing was allowed during this time.

The researchers found that those who chewed gum ate fewer snacks and shaved 40 calories off their in between meal snacking, compared to times when they hadn’t been chewing gum.

The subjects – 115 men and women aged 18 to 54, all regular gum chewers, reported that they didn’t feel as hungry or have the same urge for a sweet after chewing the gum.

Energy levels remained good, and there was less drowsiness at the mid afternoon snack time than on the afternoons when they didn’t chew the gum.

“Overall, this research demonstrates the potential role chewing gum can play in appetite control, reduction of snack cravings and weight management,” Geiselman explains in a news release from the sponsors of the conference.

“Even small changes in calories can have an impact in the long term. And, this research supports the role of chewing gum as an easy, practical tool for managing snack, especially sweet snack, intake and cravings.”

But, before you go out and stock up on sugarless gum as a diet aid… it’s important to understand that the study was sponsored by the Wrigley Science Institute, part of the company that produces chewing gum.

Wrigley is one of two companies (the other being Cadbury) that accounts for just over 60% of the gum market share in the world. It was Wrigley’s Extra that was used in the study.

And while this type of gum doesn’t have sugar it gets it’s sweetness from artificial sweeteners that aren’t without potential side effects.

Sorbitol, the sweetener in Extra and other gums (as well as in diet drinks and ice cream) can act as a laxative.

An incredibly small study conducted by German researchers and appearing last year in the British Medical Journal found that too much sorbitol could case chronic diarrhea, stomach troubles and unintended weight loss.

The two subjects who participated in this work took in 18 grams of sorbitol a day – a stick of gum has about 1.25g of the sweetener.

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Other research on artificial sweeteners (using rats) suggests that these substances might confuse the body’s ability to regulate food intake, causing weight gain for some.

It seems the artificial sweeteners might have the body expecting more food on the way, pushing you to eat more, this according to work last year by a Purdue University team – Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson.

So while sugarless gum might prove helpful to some it’s not anything magic.

The best approach to managing your weight is to eat a variety of good, healthy foods in moderation and stay away from sweets, calorie-laden junk foods and sodas.

Regular exercise is key, as is getting enough sleep so that your body is rested and ready to go each day.

Are You Sabotaging Your Diet?

Wondering why the weight isn’t coming off?

Consider this – you might be unknowingly interfering with your goal, even if your resolve to shed those extra pounds is rock solid.

This according to new research just seeing a healthy food option on a menu actually tempts you to chose a fattening food instead.

It doesn’t make sense, but according to researcher Gavan Fitzsimons, PhD a professor at Duke University who led the study, we’re all subject to what he calls “vicarious goal fulfillment”.

Before you dismiss the idea entirely, consider that while fast food places and vending machines have more healthy options than ever before, analysts point out that the sales of the fast food industry aren’t coming from those healthy items, but rather from the sales of calorie laden staples like burgers and fries.

We see the salad, but order the value meal instead.

This latest bit of research supports the idea that once we feel we’ve done something right, even if that’s just thinking about choosing a healthy option from a menu, we feel entitled to a reward.

“We’ve found that the presence of a healthy item leads people to choose the one that is the least healthy on the menu,” Fitzsimons tells online health resource WebMD.

“Just seeing the healthy item and considering it makes you feel you’ve done your duty. It’s crazy, but it’s human.”

Here’s how the team uncovered this bit of self-deception we feed ourselves.

Participants in a study who’d scored high on measures of self control and food were asked to choose a food from one of two menus with pictures.

Half of the subjects saw a menu with only unhealthy choices like fries, chicken nuggets and a baked potato loaded with butter and sour cream. The other half of the subjects saw the same menu, but with the addition of a side salad.

When the salad was a choice, some subjects did choose it, but many more of those most self disciplined participants selected an unhealthy option. Even more curious, the effect was strongest among those who normally have lots of self-control.

For whatever reason, consumers seem to have the tendency to ease off on the self control when something healthy is an option.

Its as if they feel the goal has been met just by seeing, and perhaps briefly considering, the visual. This appears to happen outside our conscious awareness.

In other variations of the study, participants also made unhealthy choices. Most choose a calorie laden bacon cheeseburger, chicken sandwich and fish sandwich over a healthier veggie burger. For desserts, they picked chocolate covered Oreos, original Oreos and golden Oreos against cookies labeled as only having a 100-calorie.

One thing that could help with vicarious goal fulfillment is to constantly remind yourself of your intentions.

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Anything that helps you stay in control and hold off on gratification will also be a plus for keeping you on track.

For some, wearing a rubber band on the wrist and snapping it before ordering keeps attention squarely in the present, making the unconscious less likely to take over.

“What [the study] shows is that adding one or two healthy items to a menu is essentially the worst thing you can do,” Fitzsimons says. “This is all brand new research, showing that much of what we do is happening outside our consciousness.”

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

A Half Glass Of Wine Boosts Life Expectancy In Men

A new study suggests that about a half a glass of wine each day might just be good for you, increasing life span by as much as 5 years.

The findings of the Dutch research appear online in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and are the first to suggest that alcohol consumption, in moderation, may actually help a person live longer.

The Dutch researchers evaluated data on 1,373 randomly selected men, all part of the Zutphen Study (named for an industrial town in the Netherlands) that began in 1960.

The researchers followed the subjects from 1960 to 2000, tracking weight, diet, cigarette smoking, the diagnosis of serious illness (heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer) and other data, along with their drinking habits.

All the subjects were born between 1900 and 1920, and enrolled in the study at age 40.

The team looked at the impact of all types of drinking, how much the men drank and the type of alcohol – beer, wine or hard liquor.

How long the men drank was also recorded and included in the research.

The proportion of the subjects who drank alcohol nearly doubled from 45% in 1960 at the beginning of the study to 86% by its end in 2000.

The proportion of men who drank wine shot up from a mere 2% in 1960 to a respectable 44% at the end of the forty-year study.

Over the period of the research, 1,130 of the subjects died, half of them from heart disease.

The conclusion is that light, long term drinking of all types of alcohol extended lifespan in middle-aged men.

Drinking beer, wine or spirits increased life expectancy by just about 2.5 years, compared to men who didn’t drink any alcohol.

The amount of intake was small, no more than 20 grams (or 0.7 ounces) a day. Drinking above this level daily also extended life expectancy by nearly two years as opposed to the lifespan of nondrinkers.

The positive effects from drinking held up in spite of diet and other lifestyle habits, even the socioeconomic levels of the subjects.

Wine was best in terms of extending life expectancy, however. Men who drank only wine, and less than half a glass, lived 2.5 years longer than those who drank either beer or hard liquor.

Men who drank wine lived almost 5 years longer than those subjects who didn’t drink any alcohol at all.

Wine drinking was strongly associated with a lower risk of death from coronary artery disease, and death from all causes, though the work didn’t differentiate between types of wine – red or white.

Dutch nutritionist Dr. Martinette Streppel explains, “The cardio-protective effects of alcohol only held up for light consumption in middle-aged men.”

Lots of other studies have found similar benefits according to study author Streppel from the division of human nutrition at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

The length and detail of her study is important for lots of reasons, “The main strength of our study was the collection of detailed information on the consumption of different alcohol beverages at each of seven measurement rounds,” she continues.

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While the benefits of this work can’t automatically be applied to women, wine, especially the red variety, does have polyphenolic compounds that might account for the heart healthy affects.

Beyond drinking wine, beer or spirits in moderation, there are other things your doctor will tell you reduce your risk of heart disease.

Remember the importance of not smoking, being active as many days of the week as possible, eating a natural, balanced diet and keeping your weight at a healthy number.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

Blame Soda Fruit Juice And Other Acid Containing Drinks For Increases In Tooth Erosion

Dental experts have some surprising news…

Our teeth are wearing away at a faster rate than ever before and this because of acids in our mouths that come from what we’re drinking and how we’re drinking it.

It might shock you to hear that some of the common drinks are almost as corrosive to your teeth as battery acid.

The loss of the protective enamel, the hardest substance of the body, can leave you with a mouth full of teeth that are sensitive, cracked or discolored.

According to consumer adviser for the American Dental Association Dr. Edmond R. Hewlett soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit juices and even teas are to blame – all with high amounts of citric and/or phosphoric acid.

Sugar in these drinks also plays a rather destructive role… when the bacterial plaque on your teeth absorbs the sugar, it excretes an acid that eats away at the tooth enamel

Other things that could contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel include medications like aspirin as well as digestive conditions like acid reflux disease.

Eating disorders associated with constant vomiting that bring gastric acid into the mouth also eats away at the enamel.

Another factor for this erosion may be a lack of mild fluoride, known to strengthen the tooth enamel in our modern diets as many of us choose bottled water over fluoridated public water, and drink more soft drinks, sports drinks, teas and juices in place of water.

If you can’t drink mildly fluoridated water, you can try toothpastes and mouth rinses as another way to give your teeth what they need.

You also want to hold off brushing your teeth for about a half hour after drinking any soda or fruit juice.

By brushing right away, you’re scrubbing at tooth enamel after its already been softened by the acid attack of the drink, and likely removing a microscopic layer that could have been repaired by the minerals dentists say can be found in your saliva.

“When we’re talking about erosion, it’s clearly the acid content that’s causing it,” ADA advisor Hewlett explains.

“In soft drinks, especially in cola soft drinks, one of the main flavoring agents is phosphoric acid. That’s the acid we use in dentistry to roughen tooth enamel before applying a bonding agent. We use it like sandpaper.”

One study found dental erosion in just about 30% of a group of 900 middle schoolers across the country.

These results seemed to confirm the suspicions so many dentists had that tooth erosion is on the rise in this country.

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Medical Doctor Reveals The Shocking Truth

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What’s worse, we make things worse for ourselves (and our teeth) by holding the acid rich drinks in our mouth to savor the flavor.

If you’re worried about your own teeth, talk to your dentist during your regular cleanings.

This is the best way for you to get a sense of the health of your tooth enamel, and the products you might use to help yourself.

At the very least, drinking fewer acid containing drinks, swill with water after a soda and waiting to brush can help keep your teeth strong and healthy.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

How To Avoid Skin Cancer

As we move toward beach season, we’ll all be spending more time outdoors and raising our chances of joining the ranks of the 1 million people the American Cancer Society tells us are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.

Experts firmly believe many of these cancers are sun related, which means there are things you can do, even in the summer or at the beach, to protect yourself and those you love from this most common of cancers.

Our skin is actually the largest organ of the body, covering the internal organs, protecting them from harm and offering a barrier against infection. Skin also helps regulate your body temperature and gets rid of extra water and salts.

Some skin cells are known to communicate with the brain to help sense temperature, touch and pain.

When it comes to skin cancer, there are three classifications – basal cell, squamous cell, or the more serious (and deadly) melanoma.

Both basal and squamous cell cancers are found mostly on parts of the body regularly exposed to the sun – the head, neck, earlobes and such.

They happen most often in those who spend, or have spent, lots of time in the sun.

While these forms of skin cancer aren’t fatal, you still need to have them taken care of because they can invade, and disfigure, nearby tissues.

Melanomas are another story.

These cancers can show up anywhere on the body – more likely on the trunk and legs.

Those with darker skin tones can have this form of cancer on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands where the pigment is lighter.

The danger of this form of skin cancer is that it often goes too long undetected, and so has a chance to spread.

Your best bet when it comes to avoiding skin cancer is to stay out of intense sunlight for long periods, and be sure to practice sun safety no matter what season it is.

This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy time out in the sun, but avoid the most intense hours from 10:00 in the morning to well after 2:00 (some say as late as 4:00) in the afternoon.

A bit of sun is fine and needed to boost your levels of vitamin D, but too much is when trouble can start.

When it comes to sunscreen or lip balm, look for SPF of 15 or more, and use a generous amount when you first apply. Be sure to reapply your product every 2 to 4 hours, or after you go swimming, towel dry or sweat profusely.

Experts warn that you should never skip sunscreen on hazy or overcast days – UV rays go right through clouds.

When you’re considering sunscreen products, look beyond the SPF number at the expiration dates of any product you buy and make sure you follow the application directions.

If you’ll be in the water a lot, the waterproof formulas are better than water resistant brands. And remember, a higher SPF number relates only to UVB rays and can work just as well as a lower number, applied properly.

You may see products that claim to provide both UVA and UVB ray protection, but according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “At this time there is no standard system for measuring protection from UVA rays.”

Beyond wearing sunscreen and avoiding the most intense hours of sunlight, here are some other helpful suggestions for protecting yourself from skin cancer.

- Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from cataracts, as well as melanoma of the eye or skin caner at the temples. Look for UVA/UVB protection of 99 to 100%.

- Look for shade that casts a shadow, or cover up with a tee or sweats.

- Consider sun protection clothing that’s tightly knit and is typically coated with substances able to absorb UV rays.

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- Do a skin check once a month that covers your whole body and look for anything skin change, or a mole that’s Asymmetrical, has irregular Borders, Color or Diameter. Being familiar with the blemishes of your body helps you spot changes, and get treatment early, when cure rates are high.

- Stay away from using tanning beds (or sun lamps) on a regular basis, the lamps used in the beds send out UVA (and UVB sometimes) rays in concentrated doses, accelerating the total UV radiation. What happens is that you end up with skin cancer at an earlier age. This increases the risk of getting skin cancer at an early age.

If you’re determined to have that sun kissed look, self tanners are a safe, effective way to get it.

These products often contain SPF as well, so you get a bronzed glow that has you looking thinner and healthier, while also offering good protection for your skin, and hopefully keeping you and your loved ones off the skin cancer statistics.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

Swine Flu Survival Tips You Need To Know

If you’re like most of us, you know more than you ever wanted to about swine flu, or under the more scientific name the World Health Organization (WHO) has been using: Influenza A(H1N1).

The name change is an effort to limit the confusion over any connection to pigs or pig products. Besides the unfortunate name, swine flu has no connection to pigs other than having some swine flu genetic sequences.

As of 12 May 2009, 30 countries have reported 5,251 cases of influenza A(H1N1). Mexico reports 2,059 lab confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths. The United States reports 2,600 laboratory confirmed human cases, with three deaths. Canada reports 330 laboratory confirmed human cases and one death. Costa Rica reports eight laboratory confirmed human cases and one death.

Not surprisingly mixed messages on the risks of travel using mass transit have only added to the confusion and fear.

Still the World Health Organization continues to make no restriction on travel of any kind, or suggest the closing of borders.

Interesting that Continental Airlines, the largest U.S. air carrier to Mexico, is cutting back flights by 40%, but will still serve all 29 Mexican destinations.

The good news seems to be that the strain, while spreading widely. may not be as severe as first feared. Experts already know that this flu does not contain some of the genes that made the 1918 Spanish flu so deadly.

However, in 1918 the first wave of sickness was relatively mild, the second was the dangerous, deadly one. No one can say that won’t happen this time as well.

Experts are convinced they will be able to create a vaccine for A(H1N1) and work is already underway.

The trouble is, vaccine making and distributing isn’t an exact science or a quick process, not to mention the calculated risk scientists take every year in choosing which strains of flu to protect against.

The earliest we’re likely to see any type of A(H1N1) vaccine is four to six months, this fall perhaps.

In the meantime, what can you do to keep yourself healthy?

Here are some common sense suggestions from the experts.

1. Wash your hands as much as possible.

This is the best thing you can do to stay healthy. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, as the A(H1N1) flu is spread by the droplets from coughing or sneezing that are released into the air. When these get on your hands, everything you touch becomes a potential source of infection.

How you wash is key – most of us aren’t washing well enough or long enough – you’ll need to use the warmest water you can, lather up with soap and rub you fingers, palms, and even under your nails and up to your wrists for two choruses of “Happy Birthday”.

If you’re without soap and water, hand sanitizers serve very well and come in a variety of sizes.

When you wash is also super important.

Be sure to wash up before you eat or prepare food for others, after using the bathroom, or after using a tissue or your hands to cover up a sneeze or cough.

The virus droplets don’t seem to float in the air, but rather settle on objects you touch everyday smooth objects more than rough or porous ones.

It’s the common things we all handle like coins and bills, hand rails, door knobs and other household objects, as well as those essentials around the office like pens, staplers and phones that can harbor all manner of germs.

When taking care of someone who is ill, it’s a good idea to wash your hands more often, especially after direct contact with them or things they’ve used, including laundry.

2. Cover up when you cough or sneeze.

By using your shoulder, or the crook of your elbow to capture the droplets that come form a cough or sneeze you contain the infectious droplets. Wash your hands right away.

A surgical face mask can be an option that helps to keep your respiratory droplets to yourself. Still this isn’t a better option than washing your hands, and used improperly can do you more harm than good. Masks must be used according to the instructions and only for the length of time suggested by the manufacturer.

Face masks can be helpful if you are caring for another person who is ill.

3. If you’re sick, stay home.

Sure it’s hard to give in to feeling sick, especially in our got-to-be-everywhere, do-everything world, but this is exactly what experts suggest you do.

If you start developing flu-like symptoms – aches, fatigue, fever, coughing or sneezing – don’t push yourself to go to work.

Don’t try to tough it out either, as there are some treatments that can shorten the length and severity of your illness.

Call your doctor for advice or an appointment, especially if you’ve traveled to Mexico recently or have an underlying health condition.

You’ll also want to wash you hands often, dispose of tissues right away, and sleep alone.

Once you recover, air out your sleeping space and change your bedding, washing sheets, towels and pajamas in the hottest water possible.

4. Don’t touch your face.

This is the survival tip that’s the hardest to do as it’s such a natural impulse. Sometimes being aware of a need not to touch makes it even more difficult. Still, it’s super important to try to keep your hands away from these mucous membranes – eyes, nose and mouth – all direct routes to the bloodstream.

When you bring germs to your face you bypass the natural protective barrier, this route inside is direct and undefended.

While it’s not easy, by keeping your hands away from your face, you do yourself a big favor. By keeping your hands super clean, you’re likely to deliver as little infectious material as possible to this area when you do give into the impulse (or need) to touch your face.

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5. Stay away from sick people.

Also, not easy to do, especially if you’re a parent (or spouse) of someone struggling with A(H1N1) flu, or you have a coworker who simply refuses to call in sick, even when they are.

Limit your time with this person as much as possible. Up your hand washing after whatever contact you do have. Use a face mask if you must be very close or the person is coughing or sneezing quite a bit.

Of course, common sense should tell you not to drink from this person’s cups, share utensils or use the phone of anyone with flu-like symptoms, a cough, fever or sneezing.

Encourage co-workers to go home (or stay home) if they aren’t feeling well. Remember that you can be contagious for a day before you feel ill… and up to seven days once the coughing, sneezing, fever and feeling miserable come on.

With such a rapidly changing situation, your best defense against A(H1N1) flu is to say informed – using Word Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control resources.

Of course it’s scary to think that a microscopic organism can move at will across the world and send so many of us healthy, far-more-advanced creatures to our beds. It’s hard to imagine something so small can really be that powerful. But it can.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

What You Should Know About Dietary Fats And Memory

All of us forget an appointment or phone number once in a while, but when forgetfulness is serious enough to affect your daily life, or is getting more pronounced over time, you have a symptom you may need to mention to your doctor.

The latest good news in the battle to preserve memories comes from the work of a team of researchers out of the University of California, Irvine who have just discovered a unique memory booster

Oleic acids from fats that are changed into a memory enhancing agent right in the digestive tract. The hope for this work is that it might lead to new ways to treat memory problems, or perhaps a drug to help in the fight against obesity.

In the most recent research, oleoylethanolamide, or OEA for short, was given to rats and was found to improve their memory for two different standard tests. One was running a maze, the other avoiding an unpleasant experience.

Blocking the OEA with a drug caused the rats’ performance to decline on both tests.

This intriguing work will be published in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and presents a compelling case for how the foods we eat might impact brain activity.

Earlier work by UCI’s Dr. Daniele Piomelli had uncovered how oleic acids from fats are changed into the OEA compound when they reach the first part of the small intestine. The OEA is responsible for sending messages to the brain that bring feelings of fullness.

In high enough levels OEA has been shown to cut appetite, lower blood cholesterol (including those dangerous triglycerides) and produce weight loss.

As you can imagine, hopes for a diet pill of some form are high.

James McGaugh, a leading learning and memory researcher found that OEA seems to bring on memory consolidation.

This is the way superficial, short-term memories are changed into meaningful, long lasting ones.

But what Piomelli and McGaugh uncovered was that OEA appears to activate memory-enhancing signals in the part of the brain, the amygdala, involved with remembering emotional events.

So if you’ve lingering memories of a deliciously decadent desert you enjoyed, this is only a natural.

“OEA is part of the molecular glue that makes memories stick,” Piomelli explains. “By helping mammals remember where and when they have eaten a fatty meal, OEA’s memory-enhancing activity seems to have been an important evolutionary tool for early humans and other mammals.”

Scientists suspect that by helping early man remember where and when they at a fatty meal, OEA served as a survival aid in a time when food had to be caught and killed, not bought at the local market.

Fat rich foods are actually quite rare in nature.

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Though OEA is also known to contribute to our feelings of fullness after a meal, some wonder if the compound may also help to encourage cravings for fatty foods, all too accessible in our modern world.

This isn’t the first time science has suggested a natural survival mechanism might be troublesome in a world so very different than the one in which earlier people lived.

While a healthy, balanced diet is still the best bet to keep your brain, and body, healthy, OEA certainly shows promise.

Not yet available to the general public, OEA likely won’t be, until its effectiveness (and safety) in humans can be demonstrated.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

Two New Studies Suggest Ways To Lower Prostate Cancer PSA Levels

If someone you know is at risk for developing prostate cancer, or already has the disease here’s some dietary recommendations from research on both sides of the Atlantic that will be of interest to you.

Drinking 8 ounces pf pomegranate juice has been shown to delay the progression of localized prostate cancers in a U.S. study.

What’s more, UK researchers found that a once daily dose of vitamin D may be an effective treatment for prostate caners in some patients.

The study conducted by U.S. researchers, including Stanford University urologist Allan Pantuck MD, was just presented at the American Urological Association’s 104th annual scientific meeting in Chicago.

In this work 48 men whose prostate cancer had been treated with either surgery or radiation therapy were asked to drink an 8 ounce glass of pomegranate juice each day.

Even after treatment for their cancer, like many men, these subjects continued to have detectable PSA levels.

When the study started in 2003, the subjects’ PSA, prostate specific antigen, a marker used to monitor this type of cancer, was doubling every 15 months. As the men drank the pomegranate juice each day, the time it took for PSA levels to double got longer.

When the study ended in 2006, the team continued to follow the patients every three months; by this time it was taking PSA scores four times as long to double as they had at the beginning of the study.

Important to know that the research was funded by the owners of POM Wonderful Co, the company that makes the pomegranate juice the men drank as part of the research. Five out of the six researchers involved in the study also disclose ties to the juice maker.

Medicine now recognizes that cancer-fighting substances are naturally a part of many foods, one of these being pomegranate juice.

The active chemicals, known as ellagitannins, are also found in fruits like strawberries, raspberries and muscadine grapes. The thinking is that when the juice is ingested the ellagitannins are released, turned into chemicals called urolithins that are able to fight prostate cancer and maybe other cancers too.

A 2007 study using specially made pomegranate extract which they fed to mice who’d had human tumors implanted in their little bodies, found that the juice caused the tumors to grow more slowly.

There’s also been a lot of interest in vitamin D and prostate cancer; this after some 2005 research suggested sun exposure may reduce prostate cancer risk.

UK researchers conducted a small-scale study that included 26 men with recurrent prostate cancer, each who took a daily dose of vitamin D.

Of the subjects in the research, five responded to the treatment… in two men PSA fell by more than half, in two others it dropped by 25-50% and in one man it went down by less than 25%. One subject was able to sustain the drop in PSA level for three years.

Researchers suspect that vitamin D, once inside the body, might interfere with the effect of the androgen receptor that’s stimulated by hormones (testosterone) and has been suspected as having a link to prostate cancer.

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Experts believe that the prostate gland uses vitamin D to help in the normal growth of prostate cells, and perhaps stop the invasion or spread of cancer cells all through the body.

Of course more work is needed, and men with prostate cancer are urged to talk with their doctor – before making any change to your diet or taking any type of supplement.

Adding a serving of fresh pomegranate juice to your menu once in a while certainly can’t hurt, and there are lots of natural ways, such as eating vitamin D rich foods and getting the right amount of sun exposure, that you can use to keep a good level of this essential vitamin in your body.

To your good health,

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor