Archive for January, 2012
Living a demanding lifestyle often makes it a challenge for the average person to properly maintain their health. This truth applies to all forms of wellness, including sleep. Increasingly, people are sleeping less, and the quality of the sleep is compromised. The nature of a high intensity work routine generally leaves an individual tired and drained. This naturally orients them into a position where their need for proper, high quality sleep is further intensified.
Omega-3 fatty acids have recently been shown to play a key role in the development of healthy sperm. What the study found was that omega-3 fatty acids turns dysfunctional ’round headed’ sperm into strong, healthy ‘cone-shaped’ headed sperm with egg-opening proteins. This research sheds light on how a diet lacking in omega-3′s could lead to what on the surface seems like infertility. In the study, researchers examined how sperm develops in mice deficient in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid that makes up omega-3′s.
A new study evaluating past research on magnesium adds to the evidence that a diet rich in magnesium leads to a lower stroke risk. But while magnesium-rich foods were shown to lead to a lower risk of stroke, the research didn’t determine whether a magnesium supplement would have the same effect or not. It is not entirely known whether a supplement containing only magnesium would have the same effect as foods such as leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains, which contain more nutrients and minerals than just magnesium.
Nearly half of all pharmaceutical drugs within the United States were not only produced overseas, but a shocking 81% of the 3,765 foreign factories have never been inspected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Of these mystery drug factories, many are unregulated and stationed in China. To top it all off, the percentage climbs even higher when looking at the active ingredients for pharmaceuticals. About 80% of these active ingredients are created overseas.
The risk of artificial sweeteners is still very real. Aspartame is used as a substitute sweetener in thousands of products. Most diet sodas, processed foods, candies, and many soft drinks contain this ‘alternative’ to sugar. If you aren’t careful, you’ll easily run into it somewhere in your food. Aspartame is marketed not by its real name, but through products like Equal and NutraSweet. This is because aspartame itself has a bad reputation as a dangerous excitotoxin. An excitotoxin is named for its ability to ‘excite’ the cells of the body into overproducing a particular chemical, thus burning them out prematurely.
People have an innate desire to be liked and accepted. This is normal. However, in this society, there is a major disconnect between how much value you may place in public opinion instead of your own own. It is for this reason that we see people consuming trendy diet pills loaded with side effects and hopping onto the latest celebrity diets. While natural and effective techniques exist to optimize your physique, corporate-backed mainstream press would rather publicize the latest pharmaceutical weight loss drug.
A sedentary lifestyle is actually so detrimental to your health that it could be viewed as one of the almighty health-destroyers. Coupled with high stress levels, a lifestyle full of inactivity is a great way to hasten the process of declining health, ultimately leading to an early death. In our current society, physical labor has been overtaken by predominantly intellectual tasks. This new lifestyle, however, may be drastically increasing your risk for adverse health risks.
A recent study conducted by Swedish researchers has shown a further link between processed meats such as sausage or bacon and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. This kind of connection is not necessarily new, but the study provides further evidence that indulging in processed meats may not be the greatest decision for your health. The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, analyzed data from 11 clinical trials which involved 6,643 individuals struck with pancreatic cancer.
Neck pain is an extremely common problem which, along with back pain, often leads to disability-like effects. Generally it is not known how to effectively approach neck pain, which affects nearly 70% of people at some point in their lives. So pain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, or narcotics are often turned to instead. But there are much better and safer solutions available than harmful pain medications – chiropractic care and physical therapy. A study was recently conducted comparing various treatments for neck pain, which many doctors for some reason believe has no treatment. The researchers gathered 272 participants for the study, where each individual had neck pain with no particular cause.
India has joined the conglomerate of nations directly opposed to the agricultural corruption brought upon by bloated biotechnology giant Monsanto, declaring legal action against the corporation for a crime dubbed ‘biopiracy’. The charges were brought against Monsanto for utilizing a local eggplant variety to develop their own genetically modified version including the notorious biopesticide Bt. Monsanto’s Bt GMO crops are known to threaten the environment in addition to human health, and India considers Monsanto’s unauthorized testing of the crops to be biopiracy.