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Month: August 2012

14 Foods that Fight Inflammation and Pain

14 Foods that Fight Inflammation and Pain

Michelle Schoffro Cook August 25, 2012 Some of the best healing remedies to overcome inflammation also taste fabulous (I can’t say that about any prescription medications). Plus, foods won’t cause the nasty side effects common to most pain medications. 1. Blueberries: Blueberries are also excellent anti-inflammatory foods. They increase the amounts of compounds called heat-shock proteins that decrease as people age.  When heat-shock proteins are in short supply inflammation, pain and tissue damage is the result. 2. Cayenne Pepper: Ironically, cayenne pepper…

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How Food Affects Your Moods

How Food Affects Your Moods

Can your diet help put you in a good mood (or a bad one)? By Elaine Magee, MPH, RDWebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert Column Can your diet really help put you in a good mood? And can what you choose to eat or drink encourage bad moods or mild depression? While certain diets or foods may not ease depression (or put you instantly in a better mood), they may help as part of an overall treatment plan. There’s more and more research…

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Dental health linked to dementia risk

Dental health linked to dementia risk

BY NATASJA SHERIFF, REUTERS AUGUST 21, 2012People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study. Researchers who followed close to 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year period, found those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 per cent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily. “Not only does the state of your mind predict what…

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Back-to-School Supplies Contain Toxic Chemicals, Report

Back-to-School Supplies Contain Toxic Chemicals, Report

According to a new consumer report, children’s back-to -school supplies have chemicals that have been linked to asthma and birth defects. BY AMBER MOORE | AUG 27, 2012 According to a new consumer report, children’s back-to -school supplies have chemicals that have been linked to asthma and birth defects.High levels of phthalates were found in vinyl backpacks, rain boots, raincoats, lunch boxes and 3-ring binders. Popular branded school supplies including Disney, Dora and Spiderman had elevated levels of phthalates. According…

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Cartoon stickers may sway kids’ food choices

Cartoon stickers may sway kids’ food choices

By Genevra PittmanNEW YORK | Tue Aug 21, 2012(Reuters Health) – For youngsters who turn up their noses at fruits and vegetables, slapping a cartoon face on a healthy snack could make those choices more appealing, a new study suggests.Researchers found that when elementary school students were offered apples and cookies with lunch, kids were more likely to opt for an apple when it was branded with an Elmo sticker.One researcher not involved in the new study said parents and…

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33 Ways to Eat Environmentally Friendly

33 Ways to Eat Environmentally Friendly

If you started using reusable bags exclusively starting at age 25, you could save more than 21,000 plastic bags in your lifetime. Point being: sustainable eating doesn’t have to be hard, and it also doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. A single change can make a difference By LAURA NEWCOMER | GREATIST.COM | August 24, 2012 The sustainable food movement is sweeping the country. Farmer’s markets, organic produce, genetically modified foods, cage-free eggs — they’ve all become part of the cultural lingo. While a…

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20 Instructions for Life

20 Instructions for Life

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three R’s: –  Respect for self, –  Respect for others and –  Responsibility for all your actions. 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. 6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship. 7. When you…

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Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain

Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain

Minda Zetlin   Aug 20, 2012 Exposure to nonstop negativity actually impairs brain function.  Here’s how to defend yourself. Do you hate it when people complain? It turns out there’s a good reason: Listening to too much complaining is bad for your brain in multiple ways, according to Trevor Blake, a serial entrepreneur and author of Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life. In the book, he describes how neuroscientists have learned to measure brain activity when faced…

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Organics: 101

Organics: 101

Looking for some information on what defines an organic product? What the benefits of buying organic foods are? Or what to look for when purchasing organics? Our Organics 101 has all this information and more. What defines an organic product? Canadian law requires all organic foods that cross interprovincial or international borders to be regulated under both the Food and Drug Regulations and Organic Product Regulations, and are subject to the enforcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Organic foods that are made…

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Can Carrageenan in Some Soy Milk Cause Cancer?

Can Carrageenan in Some Soy Milk Cause Cancer?

 4/4/2005 Carrageenan is a common food additive that comes from red seaweed also known as Irish Moss or Chondrus Crispus. Carrageen has long been used as a thickener and emulsifier in ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese and other processed food products, including soy milk. However, results of a study published in October 2001 suggest that carrageenan may not be as safe as once thought. Findings from animal studies and a review of the scientific literature showed that degraded forms of carrageenan…

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