How Long To Clear A Cold

Coughs bring many people to the doctor, especially at this time of year. What most patients are hoping for is a quick resolution… within the week, yet a new U.S. study has found that coughs take longer to clear than most of us expect, and the difference between how long someone expects a cough to last, and how long it actually does last, may bring patients back to the doctor asking for antibiotics that will be no help and may be trouble in terms of encouraging the growth of drug resistant organisms.

It’s important to understand that a cough is the natural way the body has to remove foreign material or mucus from the lungs and passages of the upper airway, or as a reaction to an irritated airway. Coughs are a symptom, not a disease on their own.

For the work the team, led by Mark Ebell from the University of Georgia in Athens, conducted a telephone survey of 493 adults who lived in the state of Georgia, about how long they expected a cough to last based on a hypothetical situation – that they had a 100.5-degree fever and were coughing up yellow mucus. Most people thought that this cough would clear in from 7 to 9 days.

The researchers then looked at 19 earlier studies on severe coughs that kept track of how long the cough actually lasted. In those works they saw it took a cough, on average, 17.8 days to go away. The findings were published in the Annals of Family Medicine, showing the difference between expectations and reality in terms of cough, and pointing out the risk of antibiotic overuse.

The concern from researchers was that the unrealistic expectations of patients could bring them back to the doctor asking for antibiotics that won’t do anything to speed the recovery, cost money, and open them up to allergic reactions or unpleasant side effects.

Doctors need to explain to their patients that a cough can take a while to clear, and to expect a good three-week recovery. Such expectations also fuel the fires of inappropriate antibiotic use, despite evidence that getting these medications at any point in the illness isn’t going to make it clear any faster. Patients need to understand that sometimes, the best medicine is no medicine, and instead to let nature take its course and give the body time to heal.

If you think antibiotic overuse doesn’t happen, figures from 2006 found that about 50% of patients who went to the doctor with an acute cough were in fact given an antibiotic. But these drugs work against bacteria, and most coughs are caused by viruses.

When a cough merits a return to the doctor…

- If you bring up blood when you cough

- If you are short of breath

- If your cough lasts more than 1 month

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How Long To Clear A Cold Continued…

Barring these things, your best bet if you’re hacking and coughing is to give your body time to recover. Remember that the color of what you bring up, though it seems like it should be a signal of illness, really means little to the doctor. Most coughs resolve on their own; no matter what color the phlegm.

Antibiotics are wonderful medications, and surely save lives, but they must be used when clearly needed. Misuse has already increased the number of drug resistant organisms out there. The human body is an amazing mechanism, and once your immune system gets going, an invading the virus is defeated and the hacking and coughing become a thing of the past.

To your good health,

Fast Food Linked To Asthma And Eczema

Another reason to limit how much fast food you and your family eat. Researchers who examined global disease and dietary patterns have found that eating fast food at least three times a week might lead to higher rates of asthma and eczema in children. This comes from a study of over 500,000 children in over 50 nations appearing in the journal Thorax, suggesting that a nutrition starved diet that includes a lot of fast food may be the reason for rising levels of both these allergy related conditions in our children.

Asthma is the same frightening, difficult condition for children as it is for adults, a problem that causes the airways of the lungs to swell up and narrow, bringing symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and coughing. Possible triggers for children include exposure to airborne pollen as well as getting a cold or another respiratory infection. And while asthma in children can’t be cured, it can be managed quite effectively so that your child can do all the things he/she loves, while keeping symptoms under control and damage being done to growing lung tissues.

Usually those who have been diagnosed with asthma don’t need to stick to a special diet, although there are cases where some foods like cow’s milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, yeast products, nuts and some colorings and preservatives used in foods can make symptoms worse. Researchers believe that eating healthy might decrease your risk of being diagnosed with asthma, and that it may also have a helpful effect for patients already dealing with this condition.

Eczema on the other hand is a long-term skin disorder that brings scaly, itchy rashes to the skin surface and is due to a hypersensitivity reaction, almost like an allergy, on the surface of the skin. It’s most common in infants, starting as early as 2 to 6 months of age, and many outgrow the problem by early adulthood. Those who have eczema often also have asthma or seasonal allergies, and there may be a family history of allergic problems like asthma, hay fever or eczema itself.

The subjects in the research who ate fast food were more likely to have severe asthma, eczema and also itchy watery eyes. In the study, kids in their early teens who ate three or more fast food meals per week had a 39% higher risk of being diagnosed with severe asthma. The six and seven year olds had a 27% higher risk for this breathing condition.

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The “secret” to losing belly fat…

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-> You need to eat “low calorie” to lose fat
-> You should do long, slow cardio to put your body in the “fat burning zone”
-> You should eat plenty of whole grains to stay healthy and lean
-> Losing fat is a slow & steady process

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On the other hand, eating lots of fruits appears to offer some protection. Eating three or more servings each week cut a subject’s risk of severe asthma, eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis by from11% to as much as 14%. Many asthma organizations advice patients to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes five servings of either fruits or veggies each day and fish more than two times a week.

We know that though it tastes good, and is convenient in our busy lives, fast food has high levels of unhealthy, saturated and trans fats, which can affect immunity. It’s also clear that fruits are naturally loaded with antioxidants as well as other beneficial compounds, while also offering fewer calories too. So if you have a child who deals with either of these conditions, it may be smart to limit the amount of fast food and see if this makes any difference in the symptoms.

To your good health,

Distractions Create Mistakes At Work

Distractions… in our modern world we live with them, often try to ignore them, but do they have an impact? A new study appearing in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General has found that even short interruptions, like checking a text message, can cause subjects to make mistakes while doing tasks that must be done in order, that call for concentration, things like maintenance of an airplane or giving a medication.

The research, conducted by Erik Altmann, an associate professor of psychology, Gregory Trafton of the Naval lab and Zach Hambrick of Michigan State, involved asking nearly 300 undergraduates to perform a series of tasks to see if distractions could cause errors when doing mental work that was challenging, but easily accomplished by a literate adult. The subjects were instructed to finish a sequence based process on a computer, and while distractions didn’t cause mistakes in the performance of particular tasks, they did seriously degrade the ability to follow a precise sequence.

Each task in the experiment took from two to three seconds, and subjects had to think a bit about the stimulus on the computer screen to make the right reply. That wasn’t so bad, until the researcher’s cell phone started to ring, prompting an increase in errors. It wasn’t the tasks; it was the sequence that got messed up. The participants were more likely to forget where they stopped before the interruption, and usually repeated the one task they’d already done, or skipped the one they hadn’t done. And while in an experiment this isn’t a big deal… for a pilot doing a pre-flight check, or a nurse administering medication, mistakes like this can have serious consequences.

The team saw that interruptions of about 3 seconds actually doubled the error rate. It wasn’t that the interruptions were all that long, so the time to deal with them was not likely to be the issue here. It was more about the interruption itself.

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It seems that having to shift attention from one task to another is actually fairly jarring, especially when the interruptions come while performing a task that calls for lots of thought and concentration. So while reading an email, a quick visit from a work buddy, a text alert, all are very common in the workplace, they appear to be troublesome in terms of concentration.

One of the more obvious solutions is to offer professionals in particular jobs a workplace where they are protected from interruptions. Already many communities have banned the use of cell phones in jobs that call for alertness as well as for commercial drivers. Leaving that phone outside, or turning it off, are both simple ways to help yourself concentrate at work. You might also consider turning off the email alert sound and wearing headphones during some tasks so the noise of the office won’t distract you.

Taking things a step further, there are many anti texting while driving campaigns cropping up everywhere as people become aware of the risks of distraction, especially while doing something that calls for focus. Figures from 2010 have over 3,000 people killed as a result of distracted driving accidents. That has to change.

To your good health,

Another Language For a Faster Brains

Speaking two languages is quite an accomplishment, and having this ability may also help offset some effects of aging on the brain according to a new study. With an ever-aging population, research is trying to learn as much as possible about keeping the brain sharp as the years pass. Language is one such area. Today many nations teach English, the most widely spoken language in the world, as a second language to the native tongue and they start rather early.

A team, led by Brian Gold, a neuroscientist at the University of Kentucky, looked at how long it took study subjects to switch from one cognitive task to a different one, something that tends to naturally take longer for older people. The researchers compared task-switching speeds for both younger and older people, knowing that the older subjects would have slower speeds. However, the team saw that older people who spoke two languages were able to switch mental gears much faster than those who only spoke a single language.

Before you sign up for that language class, the study subjects were life long bilinguals, those who had spoken a second language every day from the age of 10 years old.

Gold and the team asked 30 subjects, both bilinguals and monolinguals, to look at a series of colored shapes, and give the name of the shape by pushing a button. Then the researchers presented the subjects with a similar series of colored shapes, but this time asked them to say the color of the shape by pushing a button. Lastly the team showed the participants a series of colored shapes but mixed the prompts for either the name or color to see how good the subjects were at task switching.

Bilinguals responded faster to the changing prompts.

The team then conducted a second stage of the experiment with 80 subjects – 20 young and 20 old bilinguals, as well as 20 young and 20 old monolinguals. They put the subjects into MRI scanners to watch brain action during the shape and color identifying tasks from earlier. The researchers saw that not only were bilinguals able to switch tasks faster, they had different brain action than the monolingual subjects. Fascinating.

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People who can manage two languages offer science a perfect natural experiment. We’ve started to see that being the master of two languages may make you smarter, can improve thinking skills (and perhaps speed) and may even offer some protection against dementia in old age.

On a personal note, study lead Gold grew up in Montreal where he spoke both French and English. Some relatives thought that a French language immersion would stand in the way of learning English, but it didn’t turn out that way. It’s only recently that the thinking about learning a language in childhood being dangerous or confusing has changed. Now we are seeing it’s rather helpful, and may be all through life. In the bilingual brain both language systems are active even when only one is being used and this is actually a blessing in disguise as it forces the brain to resolve internal conflict and offers a workout that makes the cognitive “muscles” that much stronger.

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How You Can Stop Wasting Food

It never seems to fail… you buy fruits, veggies or bread, maybe some fresh herbs, and before you get the chance to use them, they go bad and you end up tossing them. What a waste of food and money! Estimates have the average American household throwing out between $500 and a whopping $2,000 of food each and every year.

There are some simple, smart ways to minimize this kind of waste, both in terms of storing foods with care or preserving them at their peak to eat later on. Author Sherri Brooks Vinton, who wrote Put ‘Em Up, a book about preserving foods, gives us some suggestions to handle a few of the most common food spoilage problems.

Bread – stale bread can be used in lots of different recipes, or a sliced loaf can be frozen so that you can pull out slices as you need them and put them in the toaster. The freezer is one of the most overlooked preserving mechanisms we have, and it’s right in your own kitchen.

Fresh Fruit – we all know how good (tasting and for us) it is to buy fruit in season as the vitamin content is at its peak. But when we buy more than what we can eat one trick is to make a fruit salad, just cut up what you have (no bananas, they get mushy) add a quarter teaspoon vanilla, a good squeeze of citrus and a drizzle of honey. Put the bowl front and center in the fridge and it’ll be gone before you know it.

You can freeze these fruits too… toss with 1 teaspoon of sugar per cup of fruit, let stand until it releases the juices and transfer the mix to a freezer safe plastic bag. Squeeze out all the air and you can freeze for up to 9 months.

Seasonal Veggies – usually hide out in the deepest, darkest bins of the fridge until they’re beyond saving, but like fruit, the flavors of most veggies work well together, and you can cut up whatever you have into bite size pieces and make a delicious vegetable soup, or prepare fresh veggies as you’d cook them, but stop when they’re half done, rinse in cold water to stop the cooking, drain and pack in a freezer safe bag. Pickling is also an option.

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Herbs – your recipe calls for a pinch, but you have a bunch of sprigs. You can often mix them together in some combinations that are known to work well, like thyme, rosemary and bay leaf with chicken; rosemary, parsley and sage with pork or mint, dill and cilantro in salads or green veggie dishes.

To preserve more tender (dill, cilantro, parsley) herbs you can make a paste with olive or vegetable oil and this can then be mixed with other things. Herb pastes last up to a week in the fridge, up to six months in the freezer. Hardy herbs (rosemary and sage) are easy to dry, just tie the stems and suspend, leaves facing down, in a dray space. When the herbs crumble, transfer them to a jar and store in a cool, dry space. You might also submerge them in a bottle of white wine vinegar to use on salads.

Another great idea when it comes to wasted food is to get a compost bin that will put what you throw away to good use, helping your garden grow. Dogs are also a good option, as nothing goes to waste in a house with a four footed friend.

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Six Ways To Keep Your Heart Healthy

Keeping your heart healthy really comes down to some simple, common sense things. Eat right. Stress less. Exercise more. Watch your weight. Don’t smoke. You may be able to do some of these, but managing them all is sometimes a real challenge. Here are six hints that might help.

Adults should be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise on five (or more) days of the week, every week, to promote a healthy, strong heart. The heart is a muscle after all, and muscles need exercise to stay strong. Hint #1 is to work some aspect of play into your activity and you’re more likely to get it in. Play kickball. Walk your dog. Shoot hoops. Walk the mall.

While the goal is at least a half hour of exercise each day, breaking it up is just fine. So a ten minute walk in the morning, a workout with weights at lunch and some weeding in the yard before dinner add up, and let you get things done at the same time. In any workout, you want to get your heart rate up, so you’re a bit breathless but can still carry on a conversation according to Susan Moores, RD, MS from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

There are also diet rules you need to memorize that will help you and this is the substance of Hint #2. Limit the bad fat as this single change brings impressive results, especially for those eating the typical American diet. Just by eating less saturated fat you can cut your risk of heart issues in half according to Christine Gerbstadt, MD. RD. Cut the salt by limiting the processed foods you eat. Eat at least 2 and a half cups of veggies and fruits a day and you’ll bring down your risk for heart disease, stroke and even cancer. The plus here, all these suggestions have fewer calories but they fill you up too. Whole grains are another good choice, known to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Working toward a healthy body weight, Hint #3 is the natural outcome of genuinely eating right and being more active. Doctors know that carrying too much weight raises the risk of a heart attack, a devastating stroke as well as having high blood pressure. The positive here is that even a weight loss of a few pounds gets you on the road to a stronger, healthier heart.

Stress is yet another key threat to the heart, and Hint #4 involves making time to relax and unplug every day. Stress can wreak havoc on the body and the mind, so be sure to make the time for yourself… to just be… on a regular basis. You need to recharge so that you can continue to take on your responsibilities – drained and stressed isn’t the way to face the challenges of everyday living.

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Hint #5 also involves making time for yourself, by keeping those appointments for checkups and tests. Regular checks of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are important. Two things that can hurt your heart, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are both without outward symptoms. You don’t know if you have them unless you see a doctor, get tested.

And if you still smoke, you’ve heard all the dangers – cancer, lung disease, better chance of a heart attack – and it hasn’t changed anything. Our final Hint, #6, is for those who smoke – you need to stop. There’s no one “best” way to quit, everyone is different and needs to make the decision to give up smoking first, and then find the way to make it stick. Medication, a support group, counseling or some combination have all been shown to help people give up smoking, once and for all. They can do the same for you so that you’re richer, healthier and have a stronger heart.

To your good health,

Slow and Steady For a Better Staircase Workout

Exercise, an essential for a strong, healthy body, isn’t always so easy to fit in. If you want to sneak in a bit more activity each day, taking the stairs rather than the elevator is a fantastic idea. Whether on the road, at the office or to add something different to your routine, stair workouts are an amazing way to get, and stay, fit. Best of all, you don’t need anything but a flight of stairs and your own body to do them. That convenience and affordability is a major plus for many people, as is the fact that these workouts can be tailored to any fitness level.

But should you take those stairs one at a time or bound up as fast as you can to get the most benefit? To find out, a study just published in the journal PLoS One from a team of researchers out of the U.K. had study subjects climb stairs that reached 46 feet high. Based on heart rate measurements the experts were able to estimate calories burned.

They saw that those who took the stairs two at a time had a higher rate of energy expenditure over the 86 steps they climbed. But those who climbed one at a time burned more energy in total over the whole workout.

It makes sense because the bounders had a more intense bit of exercise; the subjects who took one step at a time took longer to burn more total calories. If you’re thinking stair workouts sound great, be sure to check with your doctor before you start, especially if you’ve been inactive for a while, to be sure this type of exercise is right for you.

You also want to be sure the steps you’re using have a non-slip surface, and that you are wearing no slip footwear. A slip and fall is not what you’re after, so pay attention to the surfaces, as well as the staircase itself. Nothing should be sticking out of the stairs, handrails or banisters.

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The “secret” to losing belly fat…

You’ve been lied to. Lied to by the fitness magazines, lied to by the government and lied to by the food industry.

Lies such as…

-> You need to eat “low calorie” to lose fat
-> You should do long, slow cardio to put your body in the “fat burning zone”
-> You should eat plenty of whole grains to stay healthy and lean
-> Losing fat is a slow & steady process

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Slow and Steady For a Better Staircase Workout Continued…

Once you get the okay to start a staircase workout, be sure to warm up, taking a slow, easy pace. If you’re doing only one flight of stairs, go up and down for a total of three minutes. You might want to try going up as fast as you can, going down at an easier pace, and going back up at that same easy, steady pace. If you have any knee pain doing this workout stop, the stairs aren’t for you. When it comes to exercise, if it hurts, it’s not a good idea to keep going.

If you like the workout, walking, jogging or even running up and down stairs is a great cardio routine, one that gets your heart rate up and has you breaking a sweat. Of course you need to also plan time for a cool down, and a refuel of your body with a healthy snack or drink after this kind of intense activity.

And unlike that elevator, there’s never a wait for the stairs. No chance of getting stuck either. No workout equipment to buy, no gym to visit. What’s more, the workout improves your speed, power and the strength of your legs, and can be as challenging (or as easy) as you need it to be.

To your good health,

Report Ranks Diet Plans

It seems the people at U.S. News & World Report are pretty busy… busy ranking all manner of things from colleges to cars, from hospitals to law firms, it’s amazing the amount of ranking that’s been done. In the area of health, we find the latest ranking of just under 30 diet plans for the year, the magazine again turning to experts in the area of diet and nutrition to rank different diet plans to help people make better decisions about nutrition.

Though many dismiss it as ordinary… obscure… this year DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) has made it three in a row, three years that the eating plan has been identified as the best overall diet. It’s important to understand that this plan wasn’t created for weight loss, but as a natural way to fight high blood pressure, so if your goal this year is weight loss, you’ll want to check out the best weight loss diet rankings.

After DASH on the Best Diets Overall list came the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet created by the National Institutes of Health. Next up were the Mayo Clinic Diet, the Mediterranean Diet and Weight Watchers, all in a three-way tie for third place on the list that included 29 plans in all. Other well-known diets that cracked the top ten on the list were the Jenny Craig plan and the plan from the TV show “The Biggest Loser”.

Toward the bottom of the Best Diets Overall list was the low carb, high protein Paleo Diet, a diet nearly impossible to follow in modern times. A look though the complete list, especially those near the bottom is interesting, and enlightening to many. I’ve tried some of those diets, I bet you have too.

Some of the other diet rankings you’ll find? There’s one for the best weight loss diet, best diabetes diet, best heart healthy diet, best commercial diet and easiest to follow diet. Weight Watchers topped the best weight loss, commercial diet plan and easy to follow lists.

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To get ranked well on the lists a diet has to be fairly easy to follow, packed with good nutrition, offering safe and effective weight loss and protection against both diabetes and heart disease. The experts were frank about the diets that didn’t measure up.

The good thing about the rankings is that you can take a look at all the eating plans, with your own goal in mind, and compare them. Once you’ve narrowed it down, look at the diets carefully, see which one fits best with your personality, the way you live, Some people don’t do well on low carb diets, or are turned off by just add water plans. Think about what worked, and what didn’t, the last time you tried to follow a diet. Too restrictive? Not enough direction?

Also remember that eating is only part of the healthy equation. You need to be active. If your plan doesn’t prescribe a specific amount of exercise, you’re on your own, so put some thought into an exercise routine as well.

In the end, you need to ask yourself, how long can I stay on this plan? If you can’t stick with a diet over the long haul, you’ll end up right back where you started in just a few months.

To your good health,

Diet Drinks Link To Depression

How many of us reach for a diet drink to go with lunch, to be a companion on a busy afternoon? A large study in the U.S. including over 250,000 people, has found a link between diet drinks (soda and other artificially sweetened choices) and depression, but experts remain cautious about the connection. The work is set to be presented, according to press from the American Academy of Neurology, at the annual meeting to be held mid March 2013.

To conduct the study, the team began in 1995 by asking older U.S. adults about their consumption of beverages. In 2004-2006 the team surveyed the group to see if they had been diagnosed with depression. They saw that those who drank four or more cans of soda a day were almost 30% more likely to have been officially diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t drink this beverage at all. And then there’s this: the study subjects, aged 50 to 71 all living here in the U.S. who drank 4 cups of coffee a day were 10% less apt to be diagnosed with depression than those who drank no coffee during the decade long study.

The findings suggest that cutting down on artificially sweetened drinks, or replacing them with unsweetened coffee, might be a natural way to lower a risk for depression according to investigator Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D. and a half dozen collaborators from the National Institutes of Health who conducted the research

There’s been a lot of testing concerning the safety of sweeteners like aspartame, and regulators assure continuing safety. You’ve probably noticed that “soda” is the diet bad guy in both the U.S. and U.K.

It’s also important to note that depression can be influenced by many other factors than what you might drink, and the findings might not even translate to other populations. The study has presented a possible link, but is far from showing cause and effect. Statistics from research in the American Family Physician show that almost 16% of adults over 65 are clinically depressed, 3% have major depression.

For those who are coping with depression, you need to stick with your treatment plan and not be swayed by a single study on a large, but older, population, though the findings might give you reason to limit the artificial sweeteners you take in.

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Diet Drinks Link To Depression Continued…

Also there may be other reasons that coffee and diet drinks are tied up with depression. Two big ones are obesity and diabetes, both common among older people. Those who are trying to lose weight, or are diabetic might prefer diet drinks to help control calories and keep the blood sugar in line. Experts want you to know that non-caloric sweeteners can certainly be useful in your efforts to lose weight, or for diabetics’ blood sugar control. No one is suggesting that anyone replace diet soda with coffee.

For the rest of us, caution when interpreting the study is in order according to Chen and others. Older people should not be lining up at coffee places to cut their depression risks. More work is needed; though the findings are intriguing and do support a small, but growing amount of evidence that link artificially sweetened drinks with poor health.

To your good health,

Secret Of Greek Island Of Old Age

Now here’s something to think about. The inhabitants of a small Greek island live an average 10 years longer than the rest of those in Western Europe. The island, Ikaria, is a place of fresh air and sunshine, where people eat fresh veggies washed down with goat’s milk, where they live a friendly, easy-going open door lifestyle and getting around naturally keeps you fit because of the mountainous terrain. Named from the Greek myth of Icarus who plunged into the sea nearby after his wax and feather wings melted, the island has natural hot springs, making it a a health destination for many years.

Or maybe it’s the wine. You see, wine made commercially has preservatives and has been processed, while the wine they make here on Ikaria is pure.

Then there’s the story of Stamatis Moraitis. Forty-five years ago, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and living in the U.S., the cost of his impending funeral in America sent him back to Ikaria where he could be buried with his parents. He went home to reconnect with friends he’d known as a boy and they started drinking together. He thought that at least he’d die happy.

Every day he got together with these friends and soon began getting stronger. At the nine-month point he felt good… eleven months and he felt better still. Now, 45 years later, he tells the story with his own flair and spirit. A few years back he came to the U.S. to find those doctors, but he couldn’t, and laughs that, “They were all dead.”

This isn’t the only story of this kind on Ikaria. Maybe it’s just “urban legend” or “myth” but it’s enough to get science and doctors to the island, not much off the coast of Turkey, to get evidence of what’s going on here. According to author Dan Buettner and National Geographic, these places are one of a small number of “blue zones” where people who live there enjoy amazing longevity. Some of the others include Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, and state side, Loma Linda in California.

Most of the good research in Ikaria has been done by the University of Athens, by experts who have studied islanders over 65. On average, the 8,000 residents live 10 years longer than most Europeans and are in far better health to the end of life. Dr. Christina Chrysohoou who is a cardiologist from the University of Athens who’s studied the people said they do get the same sorts of illnesses as all older people, just later in life. Those who live here extend the quality of their life for many years. In Ikaria heart disease is diagnosed about ten years later than the norm of 55 to 60 for the rest of the world.

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Secret Of Greek Island Of Old Age Continued…

There are many things that might explain this longevity.

- Ikarians eat lots of fish and veggies, low levels of meat, and most food is cooked in olive oil. There are lots of wild greens and herbs gathered from the hillsides and used for both food and medicinal reasons.

- 6 out of 10 Ikarians over the age of 90 are still active, compared with about 20% at this age in other places.

- Many people make a daily brew of mountain tea from dried herbs like sage, thyme, mint and chamomile, sweetened by honey from local bees. It’s said to cure everything.

- Many such wild herbs are used the world over as traditional medications. They’re rich in antioxidants and have diuretics that both lower blood pressure.

And there are other things about the island lifestyle that may also be important. The rates of smoking are fairly low, a nap at midday is the norm, the pace of life is slower and people socialize a lot with friends and family, drinking just a bit of wine as they do. We know that extended families give older folks a key role in society, and for this population the levels of depression and dementia are low.

To your good health,