Health And Wellness
Fun Tips And Facts - Part 1
Did You Know...?
Glutamine is produced by the body, yet
stress and exercise can deplete the body's reserves. It is the
most abundant single amino acid in the blood and in muscle
tissue. Glutamine is an amino acid which is a key factor in
detoxification, immune and digestive support. It also aids in
the biosynthesis of vital DNA and proteins.
"Clinical data says that only about four in 100
women who receive chemotherapy for breast cancer actually
Enzymes do far more than help
us to digest food. More than 3,000 different enzymes control
every function of the human body. In fact, the body's ability
to maintain health and function properly is directly related to
the number and strength of its enzymes. Unfortunately, our
diets do not provide all of the enzymes we need. Our own enzyme
production slows as we grow older -approximately 13% for every
decade after age 20. This can lead to a sluggish metabolism,
low energy, and inefficient digestion and utilization of
Fatal occupational injury rates by industry
division in 2002 were
highest in mining (23.5 per 100,000 workers),
followed closely by agriculture, forestry, and
then construction (12.2), and finally
transportation and public utilities (11.3).
The rate for all private industry was 4.2 per
100,000 workers. [source]
Someone at Reuters Health apparently wants you
to stop taking antioxidant supplements. Why? The reason seems
clear. Just look at this recent Reuters headline: "Antioxidants more likely to raise cancer
There you go. You don't want cancer, do you?
Then don't take antioxidants! Simple. Just one problem: This
provocative headline is wildly misleading.
The Mayo Clinic web site notes that the
adverse effects of beta-carotene "do not appear to occur" in
smokers who eat foods high in beta-carotene content.
Hmm. The adverse effects "do not APPEAR to occur"? That's a
roundabout way of saying, "We have no clue."
To be on the safe side, should smokers avoid
dietary sources of beta-carotene? The best sources of
beta-carotene are dark orange, yellow, and green vegetables,
and yellow fruits. So - carrots, spinach, and peaches - should
these be taken off the smoker's shopping list? Or should the
cigarettes get pitched in favor of antioxidant-rich foods?
When it comes down to a choice between a peach and a
cigarette, I'm guessing all smokers know which one will do them
good and which will increase their cancer risk.
Before leaving office, President Bush signed an
energy bill that will make it illegal to manufacture or
sell incandescent light bulbs as of 2014. So if you
prefer incandescent light, too bad for you. Not long from now,
every home in the U.S., including yours, will be lit with
little glowing swirls of mercury.
Mercury is a neurotoxin. What a fantastic idea!
Let's fill fragile tubes with a neurotoxin and place them all
over the house! (sarcasm intended here)
According to a U.S. Navy web site, fluorescent tubes in
landfills create the second largest source of mercury
pollution. You have to imagine that CFLs will only contribute
to the problem.
Disturbing new government statistics reveal
that approximately 3.1 million people between ages 12 and 25
have used over-the-counter cough medicine to get high. That
means that more kids are abusing cough medicine than those
According to at least one study, if you take
one of the bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs (like Actonel or
Fosamax), your chances of developing bone necrosis are three
times higher than if you avoided their so-called protection.
While it is relatively rare, bone necrosis rates are
increasing. Could it be thanks to prescription drugs like these
that are meant to protect the very bones they are destroying?
Makes one wonder...
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