Are You Nonsmoker? Pay Attention

Secondhand smoke has been associated with a number of negative health outcomes, and the authors of the current study summarize these findings. Among children, exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for acute respiratory tract infections, middle ear disease, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome. Among adults, chronic exposure to secondhand smoke has been associated with a higher risk for coronary heart disease and cancers of the lung and sinuses.

Secondhand smoke is being investigated for promoting a large number of other health problems as well. The current case-control study examines the potential link between secondhand smoke and chronic rhinosinusitis among adults.
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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Adhi - June 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm

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Chocolate is Excellent for Cardiovascular Health

Chocolate is well-known as a powerful aphrodisiac to enhance your sexual ability. Furthermore, the largest observational study so far to examine the association between chocolate consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease has found that those who ate the most chocolate–around 7.5 g per day–had a 39% lower risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke than individuals who ate almost no chocolate (1.7 g per day) [1].

Cocoa Content is the Key

Lead author Dr. Brian Buijsse (German Institute of Human Nutrition, Nuthetal, Germany) told heartwire: “This shows that habitual consumption of chocolate is related to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke that is partly explained by blood-pressure reduction. The risk reduction is stronger for stroke than for MI, which is logical because it appears that chocolate and cocoa have a pronounced effect on BP [blood pressure], and BP is a higher risk factor for stroke than for MI.” Buijsse and colleagues report their findings online March 31, 2010 in the European Heart Journal.

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by JavaHealth - May 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

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Global Warming Prolongs Allergy Season

What is Allergy?

The word allergy means “altered working.” It was coined at the beginning of the twentieth century, after dogs inoculated with proteins from other animals had severe reactions when they came into contact with those proteins again.

Allergies are responses mounted by the immune system to a particular food, inhalant, or chemical. In a simplified sense, an allergic reaction is an adverse or inappropriately amplified immune system response to something that many other people find harmless.

Most commonly, an allergic reaction expresses itself as a headache or fatigue, and may include

  • sneezing,
  • watery eyes,
  • nasal congestion.

More severe allergic reactions, such as those to certain nuts, fish, and insect stings are known as anaphylaxis and are characterized by:

  • the swelling of tissue and
  • the inability to breathe.

These reactions may need to be treated as serious medical emergencies. A synthetic epinephrine, a hormone naturally produced by the adrenal gland, may be administered to combat the reaction. People with severe allergies should carry epinephrine pens in case of accidental exposure to the allergen.

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8 comments - What do you think?  Posted by JavaHealth - April 3, 2010 at 9:09 am

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Who Say Appendix Has No Benefit?

Appendix Benefits Your Health

Appendix, the common name for the vermiform appendix – a wormlike sac approximately 3.5 inches long attached to the cecum (the beginning of the large intestine). The appendix is called a vestigal organ – that is to say, it no longer has a function in the body, being simply a vestige of an organ in an ancestral species. It is usually on the right side of the body in the groin area. Substances in the intestine may find their way into the appendix and then may be removed by the involuntary contractions of the abdominal muscles (peristalsis).

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Adhi - February 7, 2010 at 6:15 am

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The Roles of Saturated Fats for Human Health

The Truth about Fats

The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:

For Cooking

  • Butter
  • Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
  • Lard from pigs
  • Chicken, goose and duck fat
  • Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils

For Salads

  • Extra virgin olive oil (also OK for cooking)
  • Expeller-expressed sesame and peanut oils
  • Expeller-expressed flax oil (in small amounts)

For Fat-Soluble Vitamins

  • Fish liver oils such as cod liver oil (preferable to fish oils, which do not provide fat-soluble vitamins, can cause an overdose of unsaturated fatty acids and usually come from farmed fish.)

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by JavaHealth - October 28, 2009 at 1:12 am

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We Won’t Get Fooled Again

Something Wrong with “Politically Correct” Healthy Nutrition?

“Avoid saturated fats.”
Saturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell wall, promote the body’s use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. The lungs and the kidneys cannot work without saturated fat. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Because your body needs saturated fats, it makes them out of carbohydrates and excess protein when there are not enough in the diet.

“Limit cholesterol.”
Dietary cholesterol contributes to the strength of the intestinal wall and helps babies and children develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Foods that contain cholesterol also provide many other important nutrients. Only oxidized cholesterol, found in most powdered milk and powdered eggs, contributes to heart disease. Powdered milk is added to 1% and 2% milk.

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3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by JavaHealth - October 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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Breaking News: Beware of Fake Tamiflu

I would like to share with all of you  the very urgent news release from the FDA announced just  several hours ago.

FDA Warns Against H1N1 Flu Supplements

October 19, 2009 — Beware fake “Tamiflu” sold over the Internet, the FDA warns.

The FDA recently bought five different products advertised online as “Tamiflu” or as treatments for the 2009 H1N1 swine flu.

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No Link Between Heart Failure and Coffee Intake

My Coffee Story

It’s a fact that I had never drunk coffee for about 40 years. What a fool of me.  I was such a victim of the myths that coffee and caffein are harmful for our cardiovascular health. After all, I started drinking coffee in the middle of 2007 after recovery from the second time kidney stone disease I’ve suffered of. You may not believe this fact and think it is somewhat  ridiculous, but it is true. In effort to overcome the second time kidney stone disease, I decided only apply natural way of therapies in which, upon  advice from an naturopath physician, I started undertaking diet according to my blood type. My blood type is B and, surprisingly, he advised me to drink arabica coffee too. According to blood type diet, coffee is not harmful for Type Bs and even  they can get its strong antioxidant properties.

It is like  heaven for me drinking extraordinary arabicaJava, Mandheling, Kalosi , and Brazil coffee. And the important thing is: I feel so good. I am healthy more than ever. I love to share with you  of the latest good information for the coffee lover. My thankfulness to the scientists undertaken the official research below.

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1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by JavaHealth - October 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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Sunshine for Your Health: Good or Bad?

Sunshine… on my shoulder… makes me happy… Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…

(a  lyric written by John Denver).

Our bodies make vitamin D when the sun shines, and new research suggests the positive effects on health are greater than we ever guessed. But too much sun causes skin cancer. It’s a dilemma provoking fierce discussion among scientists.

For any expectant mother, a brief stroll in the summer sunshine would seem a pleasant diversion from the rigors of pregnancy, a chance to relax in the warmth and to take in a little fresh air. It is a harmless – but unimportant – activity, it would seem.

But there is more to such walks than was previously realized. In a new study, Bristol University researchers revealed they had found out that sunny strolls have striking, long-lasting effects. They discovered that children born to women in late summer or in early autumn are, on average, about 5mm taller, and have thicker bones, than those born in late winter and early spring.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Adhi - October 14, 2009 at 12:26 am

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Teeth and Gum Tell Your Overall Health

My dentist  explained that opening one’s mouth is somewhat like cracking open the hood of your car. An expert taking a quick look can get a good sense of what’s working, what’s not, and what should be tuned up regularly to keep your body’s systems up and running at their best.

I got interesting information from sport news recently  that a professional footballer whose severe feet injury for a long time eventually had the right treatment and healed completely after his doctor found out  certain  problem with the athlete’s teeth and fixed it.

Your teeth and gum, it seems, may speak volumes about your well-being. For starters, there are conditions that affect oral health. Researchers continue to look at the associations between cavities, gum disease, and heart disease, but a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been established.
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Adhi - October 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

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