Regular eye tests important for whole family

The need for a regular eye test does not only apply to people who require glasses, it is also an important family health check. It is important to educate families on the general health benefits of having their eyes tested on an annual basis.

The main aim of proper patient education is to increase the number of households who incorporate eye check-ups into their family health routine.

An eye test can pick up a number of general health and eye conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and even more serious conditions like brain tumors.

New research suggests that 61 percent of people surveyed did not know that a brain tumour could be detected by an optometrist during an eye examination.

Having an eye test could potentially save your sight or even your life.

Stress Plus Sleep Deprivation May Increase Systolic Blood Pressure

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/15, Goodman) reported that “a stressful day after a poor night of sleep may be an especially bad combination for blood pressure,” according to a study presented at a medical conference. Investigators “recruited 20 healthy young adults and measured their blood pressure at rest and then after a stressful task, in this case, giving an impromptu speech where they had to defend themselves for a supposed transgression — either running a stop sign or taking someone’s wallet.” Approximately seven days later, after a night with no sleep, the same individuals were asked to “take the tests again.” The investigators found that “systolic blood pressures…climbed about 10 points higher when fatigued people were delivering their speeches compared to when they were doing the same task well rested.”

High Dietary Antioxidant Intake Associated With Lower Risk For Early AMD

Medscape Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/14, Barclay) reported, “High dietary intake of antioxidants is associated with a lower risk for early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in genetically predisposed individuals,” according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the June issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. In a study of 2,167 individuals over the age of 55 who were at risk of AMD, researchers found “a possible biological interaction between the CFH Y402H genotype and intakes of zinc, β-carotene, lutein/zeaxanthin, and eicosapentaenoic/docosahexaenoic acid (EPA/DHA), and between the LOC387715 A69S genotype and zinc and EPA/DHA, based on significant synergy indices (P < .05 for all).” Notably, “participants who were homozygous for CFH Y402H and had dietary zinc intake in the highest tertile had a reduction in HR for early AMD from 2.25 to 1.27.”

 

More TV Time May Be Linked To Increased Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/15, McCook) reports that, according to research Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more time spent in front of the TV may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as to an increased risk of premature death.

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/15, Ostrow) reports that investigators looked at data from “eight studies.” The researchers found that, “for every two hours of TV viewing, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased 20 percent, the risk of cardiovascular disease rose 15 percent and the risk of early death rose 13 percent.”

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/14, Stein) “The Checkup” blog reported that “the increased risk is apparently due at least in part to the increased risk for obesity, the researchers said.”

CNN Share to FacebookShare to Twitter /Health.com (6/15, Gardner) reports, “Extrapolating their findings to the entire US population, the researchers estimate that for every two hours Americans spend watching TV each day, there are 176 new cases of diabetes, 38 additional deaths from heart disease, and 104 additional deaths due to any cause per 100,000 people per year.”

The Boston Globe Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/14, Kotz) “Daily Dose” blog reported, “Not surprisingly, those who watched more TV tended to have poorer lifestyle habits — eating more, exercising less, and smoking more — but all of the studies used statistical methods to attempt to account for these and other factors.”

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/14, Boyles) reported that one of the study’s authors “believes TV watching is more risky than other sedentary behaviors like working at a computer all day because it is associated with poorer eating behaviors.”

Also covering the story were HeartWire Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/14, Hughes), HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/14, Salamon), MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter(6/14, Phend), the UK’s Telegraph Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/15), and BBC News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/15, Roberts).

 

US Adds 8 Chemicals to Carcinogen List

There are now eight new substances on the official U.S. list of toxins known to cause or suspected of causing cancer.

There are now 240 agents on the list, maintained by the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The NTP lists agents in two categories: those known to cause cancer, and those expected to be added to the “known carcinogen” list once there’s more scientific evidence.

It’s not possible to totally avoid exposure to carcinogens, says John Bucher, PhD, associate director of the NTP, a part of the National Institutes of Health.

“We are exposed to small levels of carcinogens every day: in drugs, in chemicals, in sunlight, in tanning beds, in tobacco smoke, over and over every day,” Bucher said at a news teleconference. “This report is just to allow people to have the information they need to make choices every day. Simply avoid using products containing these substances if you are uncomfortable with the risk.”

Most of the known risk comes from industrial exposures to workers at manufacturing plants. It’s not clear how much risk, if any, comes from the many consumer products that emit small amounts of these carcinogens.

Bucher says he’s not worried about his own daily exposures. “I probably won’t be making many changes,” he said.

New Carcinogens

The two new known carcinogens are aristolochic acids and formaldehyde.

Aristolochic acids are the active ingredient in a number of unsafe herbal remedies. The FDA has been warning Americans about these herbs since 2000. All herbal remedies suspected of containing aristolochic acid are banned in the U.S. and in Europe.

Formaldehyde is used to manufacture a wide range of products. The most common source of formaldehyde exposure is cigarette smoke. Cars and wood stoves give off formaldehyde, but most exposure comes from indoor air. New home finishing products and consumer goods such as some hair-smoothing/straightening products, cleaning agents, and glues may contain formaldehyde.

The six agents now “reasonably anticipated to be carcinogens” are:

  • Styrene, a compound used to make polystyrene. Although disposable cups made from polystyrene leach small amounts of styrene, Bucher says the amounts are very small.
  • Captafol, a fungicide once commonly used in agriculture but no longer produced after 1987 or used after 2006 in the U.S.
  • Cobalt-tungsten carbide (in powder or hard metal form) is used to make hard-metal tools. The major source of exposure is from plants manufacturing such products.
  • Certain inhalable glass wool fibers used in air filters or as insulation. The type of glass wool used for insulation and filtration may be less dangerous than the special kind used for manufacturing.
  • O-nitrotoluene is used in the manufacture of dyes. Most exposures come from air or ground pollution.
  • Riddelliine is a plant compound found in a type of daisy found in the Western U.S. and in other parts of the world. It has been used accidentally in medicinal herbs and may contaminate the milk of cows that graze on the plants.

Listing of a substance as a carcinogen by the NTP does not limit its use. However, NTP determinations are used by agencies such as the FDA and OSHA as the basis for regulations.

~Daniel J. DeNoon

Does healthy eating cost you more?

One of the biggest myths out there is the myth that eating healthy costs too much.

Just the opposite… and I’ll prove it to you in three ways.

#1:  Cash

Here’s some sample figures courtesy of Scott Tousignant’s fitness blog…

:  2 medium size sweet potatoes $1 or… small fries from a fast food joint

:  2 red peppers $1 or… a can of pop

:  Bowl of oatmeal with fruit & protein powder $2 or… large bag of chips

:  6 Chicken Breasts $10 or… a sub combo from a fast food joint

:  18 eggs $3.50 or… a burger from a fast food joint

:  2 salmon fillets $15 or… large pizza

:  Loaded chicken salad (homemade) $3 or… bag of cookies

:  Large bag of oatmeal $3.50 or… 4 chocolate bars

Not much of a comparison, it is?

Yet the foods on the left would feed a family of two or more for 4-7 days… the foods on the right? 2-3 days if you live through it.

Tips to make the most expensive part of eating healthy — the cost of quality meats — go further include…

1. Use tofu fillers in chicken and beef recipes. Even if you hate tofu, you can barely taste the difference when combined properly.

2. Buy your meats in bulk online. You can find less expensive grass-fed beef and naturally-raised chicken and have it delivered to you if you live near a large city. If not, check the local farmers.

3. Eat meat only 3-4 times per week and use black beans with rice or inexpensive tuna for your other days. I eat tuna cooked in a skillet with lots of veggies and some olive oil almost every night and I LOVE the taste!

Jon Benson’s book The Every Other Day Dietplan ( http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd) has over 40 pages of recipes in it to help you eat healthy and cheap… and you can still eat out and consume your favorite foods several times per week.

#2:  Your Health

Do we ‘really’ need to talk about buy new (usually larger) clothes every year or two? Or about the health care costs associated with being even 20 pounds over your ideal weight, let alone more? How about the time you miss from work with excessive colds?

Eating healthy and taking care of your body adds years to your life… and for the record, the years eating poorly takes away from your life, on average, costs each American over 80,000 in medical expenses.

Want to add that to your food budget?

#3: The Big Picture

Anyone who has been fit knows the joy it brings… the freedom you feel from wearing whatever you want… the productivity you see from increased energy… the pace at which you move during the day.

Not only are these gifts priceless, but they are also massive cash-savers. Your productivity alone can add thousands to your bottom line each year, well off-setting any costs associated with eating quality food.

The Bottom Line…

Like any good accountant would suggest, you need to look at your ROI (return on in.vest.ment) if nothing else.

What does in.vest.ing in a better body, greater health, and vibrant energy do for your life? How can that actually translate into more in.come AND less expense?

You will be surprised.

Sincerely,

Khoa

P.S.  If you want some tips on getting started with shedding that excess weight… go here for a short video… and prepare to take some notes! …

it’s freee….

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <— click.here

Optometrists urging eye exams for children as young as 6 months old

Optometrists say vision development is most dramatic in children between 6 and 12 months old.

Regular eye exams are vital to anyone’s health, particularly children.

Many optometrists believe eye exams should begin even before a child can read the chart on the wall.

Vision has a large impact on a child’s health and learning abilities.

So optometrists are now urging parents to take babies for an eye exam when they are between 6 and 12 months old.

Experts say that’s when vision development is most dramatic.

“The eye and the brain have to work together, and they have to be stimulated,” Dr. Andrea P. Thau, an American Academy of Optometry fellow, said. “They have to actually see targets. That first year of life is when the eyes actually get stimulated and start to work together. In utero, that can’t happen. You need to actually have the external stimulation for that to occur.”

The American Optometric Association is making sure that every infant in the United States gets a free comprehensive eye health and vision assessment through its new program, called InfantSee. infantsee.org/

What doctors look for in an eye exam

Q. How often should you get an eye exam?

A. For most people, we recommend once a year. The main reason to do this every year is to check the health of the eyes. We look for signs of problems like glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration in older adults. In younger people under the age of 20, the most common problem is the need for constant prescription changes.

Q. Who do you go to for an eye exam?

A. Most people go to an optometrist for an eye exam. Optometrists provide primary eye care, which includes checking eye health and treating vision disorders with eyeglasses and contact lenses. Optometrists are also highly trained in the detection and treatment of eye diseases and ocular emergencies.

Ophthalmologists may also provide primary eye care, but most focus on surgery of the eye and treatment of advanced eye diseases. Many ophthalmologists specialize in areas like cataracts, glaucoma, retina or cornea.

Q. What are some common diseases and problems of the eye?

A. Myopia, or nearsightedness, which is when light entering the eye is focused in front of the retina and distant objects appear blurred.

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, which is when light entering the eye is focused behind the retina and objects close-up are blurred.

Astigmatism is when the cornea has an irregular curvature, causing blurred vision.

* Eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery can correct all three of these.

Amblyopia, or what is commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” is a disorder in which a person has trouble seeing details through one eye. This problem needs to be caught early in order to correct it properly. If it is not detected before the age of 3, it is possible that the eye will stay this way. Prescription glasses can often fully correct this if caught early on.

Strabismus is a disorder that the two eyes do not line up in same direction. The eyes are then not looking at the same object at the same time. This is sometimes commonly referred to as “cross-eyed” or “lazy eye,” as well. A lot of times, this is corrected through eye surgery and/or eyeglasses.

Eye teaming is when the two eyes don’t work perfectly together or don’t stay working together when reading. This is more common in kids and can often lead to poor grades or school performance. This can be treated through eye exercises or glasses.

Focusing problems are common eye problems found in people after the age of 40, in which people cannot see up close. This is usually treated with multi-focal glasses, or its older term, “bifocals.”

Some common eye diseases:

Glaucoma is when the optic nerve is damaged from too much pressure in the eye.

Macular degeneration affects your central vision and usually occurs in people over the age of 70.

Diabetic retinopathy is when there is damage to the eye’s retinal blood vessels and is due to diabetes.

Hypertensive retinopathy is when there is damage to the eye’s retina due to high blood pressure.

Cataracts is the clouding of the lens inside the eye and is typically a problem for people above the age of 65.

Q. Where to go for more information?

A.Check out the American Optometric Association — http://www.aoa.org/

~ Dr. Darrin Vits, OD, is an optometrist at The Eye Institute at Springfield Clinic in Illinois.

Prolonged Sitting May Be As Dangerous As Smoking

The UK’s Daily Mail Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/10) reports, “Research carried out by the American College of Cardiology shows that prolonged sitting is linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and even early death and could be just as dangerous, if not more so, than smoking.” One cardiologist said, “Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases.”

“Millions” In US Concerned About Effects Of Statins

ABC World News (6/9, story 8, 1:40, Sawyer) reported, “Tonight, the millions and millions of Americans who take a high dose, 80 milligrams of certain cholesterol lowering drugs, in particular Zocor [simvastatin] and Vytorin [ezetimibe and simvastatin], are on alert that these statins in high doses can cause muscle tissue to break down. The cells can actually die.” On the air, ABC interviewed Stephen Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic to discuss “the dangers with the higher dose.” Nissen discussed muscle deterioration or “pain or muscle weakness” and advised patients to “discuss it with their doctor,” noting that is “particularly important if you are taking this higher dose in the form of Zocor or Vytorin or the generic.”

Blogger: “Scary Thing” About Simvastatin Is Length Since Approval. In “The Medicine Show” blog at the Forbes Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/9) website, Matthew Herper wrote about “The Scary thing About the FDA’s Simvastatin Decision.” He argued that the decision to tell physicians not to prescribe the 80-milligram dose is “scary” because “simvastatin was approved in 1991. This drug has been on the market for 20 years” and underwent heavy scrutiny when it was approved. Herper added, “And, despite the tone of much of the coverage, this is not a medicine only taken by a few people,” but instead by some two million who the FDA said “had been prescribed the 80 milligram dose, either by itself or in a combination pill like Vytorin or Simcor, last year.”

Blogger: Some Answers To “What Took So Long?” The NPR Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/9, Knox) “Shots” blog reported that “the fact that 80 daily milligrams of simvastatin (brand name Zocor) can cause serious muscle damage has been known for years. So why did it take the Food and Drug Administration so long to tell doctors and patients they should avoid that dose?” He said “the answer reveals a lot about the FDA’s reluctance to restrict use of a popular drug — much less move to take it off the market — even when there are safer alternatives.” Knox explained his conclusion and quoted “Dr. Amy Egan, the FDA’s deputy director for safety in the division that deals with statin drugs,” who said “basically we had to go back to the statin sponsors and have them submit additional data from their large clinical trials.” The post also examined the role of the cost and popularity of the medicine.

 

One In Three Adults Unaware Of Eye Health Risks Of Too Much Sun Exposure

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/9, Healy) reports that wearing a hat and protecting eyes “from harmful UV rays” is as much a part of sun protection as slathering on sunscreen. “A 2009 survey by the American Optometric Association found that one in three adults are unaware of the eye health risks of spending too much time in the sun without proper protection.” Excessive UV exposure may result in pterygium, macular degeneration, or cataracts. And, “even a few hours of intense, unprotected exposure can have consequences, says optometrist Sarah Hinkley of the American Optometric Association,” possibly leading to painful photokeratitis.

EyeCare America Reveals the “ABCs” Of Eye Health

As Schools Give Final Exams in June, Older Americans Can Learn About a Program that Provides Eye Exams at No Out-of-Pocket Cost

Can you imagine opening a textbook, only to see large black spots where words should be? Or just a large, hazy blur instead of sentences? This is what someone suffering from eye disease might see.

EyeCare America reminds everyone that education is lifelong. It’s never too late to learn how to take better care of your eyes, starting with these “ABCs”:

ACTIVATE your lifestyle. Get regular exercise and eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, avoiding fats and sweets. What’s good for your whole body is also good for your eyes.

BOOK an appointment today with an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a full eye exam. EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides eye exams at no out-of-pocket cost to people age 65 and older and offers free educational materials. The eye exams are provided by a corps of nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Those interested in the program can visit www.eyecareamerica.org to see if they are eligible. The organization’s online referral center also enables friends and family members to find out instantly if their loved ones are eligible to be matched with an EyeCare America volunteer ophthalmologist.

CONTINUE to see your doctor regularly and to care for your eyes, so they can take care of you.

EyeCare America is designed for people who:

  • Are U.S. citizens or legal residents
  • Are age 65 and older
  • Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
  • Do not belong to an HMO or receive eye care benefits through the VA.

To see immediately if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 or older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, visitwww.eyecareamerica.org.

EyeCare America is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., with additional support provided by Alcon. The program is endorsed by state and subspecialty ophthalmological societies.

About EyeCare America

Established in 1985, EyeCare America, the public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is committed to the preservation of sight, accomplishing its mission through public service and education. EyeCare America provides year round eye care services to medically underserved seniors and those at increased risk for eye disease through its corps of nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists dedicated to serving their communities. More than 90 percent of the care made available is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the patients. Since its inception, EyeCare America has helped more than 1.5 million people. EyeCare America is a non-profit program whose success is made possible through charitable contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. More information can be found at:www.eyecareamerica.org.

SOURCE EyeCare America

 

Researchers Seeking Ways To Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/7, Wang, D1, Subscription Publication) reports that as more American children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, researchers are working harder than ever to find ways of preventing the disease. Now, new studies funded by the US government are suggesting that it may one day be possible to prevent type 1 diabetes. In one 10-year study, researchers with financial support from the National Institutes of Health found that oral insulin caused a delay of full-blown type 1 diabetes of approximately four years in certain patients. Currently, NIH is sponsoring a study to examine if taking oral insulin can delay or prevent type 1 diabetes in patients at high-risk for developing the disease. Meanwhile, in a study partially funded by NIH, researchers are evaluating teplizumab as a means of preventing type 1 diabetes. Research in animal models looks promising.

Islet Cell Transplants Allow Some With Type 1 Diabetes To Discontinue Insulin. The Orlando Sentinel Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/7, Jameson) reports that “fewer than 1,000 type 1 diabetics worldwide who have received a pancreatic islet cell transplant, an experimental cure for diabetes.” The procedure, “first performed successfully in 1990…involves harvesting the fragile insulin-producing islet cells from a deceased donor’s pancreas and transfusing them into the liver of the recipient.” The transplanted beta cells go on to make insulin. However, “‘islet cell transplantation is still experimental,’ said Dr. Thomas Eggerman, director of the clinical islet transplantation program for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.” Even though “islet cell transplantation is safer and less invasive, whole organ transplants are considered more durable, he said,” results scientists are working hard to change.

 

AOA: Optometrists Seeing Increase In Flood-Related Eye Infections

The Sioux City Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/5, Fox) reported, “According to the American Optometric Association, doctors of optometry have seen an increase in flood-related eye infections, particularly in areas throughout Iowa, and believe that these cases will continue to rise in the coming weeks.” That is because “flooding causes an increase in the incidence of water-borne pathogens — including amoeba, parasites, bacteria and viruses. These can be dangerous to the eye and may lead to infections, other complications and even loss of sight,” particularly if someone wears contact lenses and uses tap water instead of sterile eye care products to clean them.

Why a regular eye test is so important

SIGHT is the sense most of us fear losing, but many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes.

National eye health week, which starts a week today, aims to raise awareness of eye health and the importance of regular eye checks.

The RNIB recommends an annual sight test for children up to the age of 16 and then at least every two years until the age of 59. Those over 60 should have an annual test.

Many of us will experience temporary eye problems from time to time. These are usually short-lived and will probably go away on their own with no complications.

But sudden eye problems and those that last for more than a couple of days should be checked by an ophthalmologist.

More than 100,000 people in Wales are living with sight loss, which has a huge impact on individuals, their families and society.

More than 1,000 people in Wales lose their sight unnecessarily annually despite new treatments for eye disease – this is three people every day.

Half of all cases of sight loss are avoidable.

It is vitally important to note that if we do not engage in eye testing the end result could be the development of an eye condition with irreparable damage that can lead to blindness.

Waiting times for referrals for treatment in secondary eye care have increased massively in Wales over the past 12 months.

The hospital eye service is now struggling to meet demand.

Although work is continuing to ensure more patients can be monitored in the community, the service faces significant challenges as the prevalence of eye problems and sight loss in older people increases.

Between March 2010 and 2011 the number of people waiting for referrals to treatment in Wales increased from 27,113 to 29,432.

Nurses carry out several roles in sight and eye healthcare for patients, including in accident and emergency settings; in hospital eye services; ophthalmology specialised care; diabetes services and in primary care services.

Ophthalmology specialist nurses have undergone specialist training and may have additional training in ophthalmic nursing. School nurses, practice nurses and health visitors are involved in monitoring eye health at primary care level.

Anyone over the age of 60 or on certain state benefits or with certain medical conditions can have an NHS sight test free of charge.

The Welsh eye care initiative funds eye health examinations for patients who may be at greater risk of eye disease, including if you have sight in one eye only; if you have a hearing impairment and are profoundly deaf – these patients need sight to lip read.

Eye examinations are also funded if you suffer from retinitis pigmentosa; if one of your parents has an eye disease which is known to be inherited; if your family origins are Black African, Black Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi; or if you are at risk of eye disease by other race or family reasons.

If people are unable to leave home unaccompanied, an optometrist will come to their home and provide the NHS sight test there.

All of us have heard the old saying that a stitch in time saves nine.

In the same way, early detection of eye diseases and their timely management can prevent significant vision loss.

~ Tina Donnelly is director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales

“A Day For The Community” event

In order to promote community work, especially in light of the recent violence against our youth, we are going to partner up with other volunteers and business owners to create an event for the community. We will have speakers from Police departments, business owners, and creator of this event De Le. We are going to focus on one message — The community and keeping kids on the right track. This will be educational and we will have refreshments for everyone. Come and join us at the awesome Microsoft Store in Fashion Valley.

Our partners so far are KDT Optometry, Microsoft, www.f’exy.com and www.worldtunedradio.com. The Medical Event doctors will also have a chance to perform their trades for the community at this event. Dr. Khoa Truong and his team will be there to perform free vision screenings and answer eye health related questions. Dr. David Huynh will be there to perform basic chiropractic analysis and answer health related issues.

Violence against our community will not be tolerated! Children will be given a chance to be children!!

Time
Sunday, June 19 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location
Microsoft Store in Fashion Valley

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AAP Guidelines Nix Energy Drinks for Children, Teens

May 31, 2011 — Energy drinks pose potential health risks for children and adolescents primarily because of the stimulant content in the drinks, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offering guidelines for use of energy drinks and sports drinks in this age group.

The new recommendations state that energy drinks should never be consumed by children or adolescents, although they are being marketed to this age group for a wide variety of inappropriate uses.

The AAP report was published online May 29 and will appear in the June issue of Pediatrics.

“There is a lot of confusion about sports drinks and energy drinks, and adolescents are often unaware of the differences in these products,” said Marcie Beth Schneider, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition and coauthor of the report, in a news release. “Some kids are drinking energy drinks — containing large amounts of caffeine — when their goal is simply to rehydrate after exercise. This means they are ingesting large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants, which can be dangerous.”

Goals of AAP Report

The main goals of the AAP clinical report were to define the ingredients of sports and energy drinks, describe the similarities and differences between the products, and discuss misuses and abuses of these beverages. Secondary goals were to encourage screening for sports and energy drink use during annual physical examinations, to help explain why consumption by youth is highly prevalent, and to improve education aimed at reducing or eliminating the inappropriate use of these drinks by children and adolescents.

Sports drinks contain carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes, and flavoring, and are intended to replace water and electrolytes lost through sweating during exercise. Although they may be useful for young athletes participating in prolonged, vigorous physical exercise, they tend to be overused and are usually unnecessary.

“For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best,” said coauthor Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FAAP, a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. “Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don’t need, and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay. It’s better for children to drink water during and after exercise, and to have the recommended intake of juice and low-fat milk with meals. Sports drinks are not recommended as beverages to have with meals.”

Unlike sports drinks, energy drinks contain stimulants including caffeine, guarana, and/or taurine. Rigorous review and analysis of the literature suggest that energy drinks are never appropriate for children or adolescents. Because caffeine has been associated with harmful neurologic and cardiovascular effects in children, caffeine-containing beverages, including soda, should be avoided. The AAP report lists the contents of specific sports drinks and energy drinks currently available.

“In many cases, it’s hard to tell how much caffeine is in a product by looking at the label,” Dr. Schneider said. “Some cans or bottles of energy drinks can have more than 500 mg of caffeine, which is the equivalent of 14 cans of soda.”

AAP Recommendations

Specific AAP recommendations regarding use of sports drinks and energy drinks in children and adolescents include the following:

  • Pediatricians should educate patients and their parents regarding the potential health risks of energy drinks and sports drinks and explain the significant differences between these types of drinks. The terms should not be used interchangeably.
  • Energy drinks should never be consumed by children or adolescents, because the stimulants they contain pose potential health risks.
  • Children and adolescents should avoid and restrict routine consumption of carbohydrate-containing sports drinks, which can increase the risk for overweight, obesity, and dental erosion.
  • For pediatric athletes, sports drinks should be consumed in combination with water during prolonged, vigorous physical activity, when rapid replenishment of carbohydrates and/or electrolytes is needed.
  • For children and adolescents, water, not sports drinks, should be the principal source of hydration.

Further Concerns

“Confusion about energy by young people can lead to unintentional ingestion of energy drinks when their goal is simply to rehydrate and replenish carbohydrate, electrolytes, and water with sports drinks,” the report authors write. “Using energy drinks instead of sports drinks for rehydration can result in ingestion of potentially large amounts of caffeine or other stimulant substances and the adverse effects previously described.”

A 2007 Institute of Medicine report titled Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools recommended limiting sugars in food and beverages; providing water at no cost; restricting carbonated, fortified, or flavored waters; restricting sports drinks to use by athletes only during prolonged, vigorous sports activities; prohibiting energy drink use, even for athletes; and prohibiting the sale of caffeinated products in school.

“Of additional concern is the intentional use of energy drinks by adolescents who desire stimulant effects to combat fatigue and increase energy during sports and school activities,” the authors of the report conclude. “Advertisements that target young people are contributing to the confusion rather than effectively distinguishing between sports and energy drinks. Furthermore, marketing fails to identify appropriate sources and amounts of energy substrate that should be consumed by children and adolescents.”

~Laurie Barclay, MD

 

3 ways to eat fast-food and drop bodyfat!

Fitness madman Jon Benson is at it again… this time telling us you can get “skinnny eating fast-food…” And he intends to prove it. Naturally you have to modify the way you eat fast-food (duh!) but his tips are really clever. Here’s 3 for you today…

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Believe it or not you can get lean by eating fast food.

I know, it sounds crazy… but in a few weeks I’m going to prove it to the world with the release of my newest mini e-book “Fast Food Fitness: How I Dropped 40lbs Eating Fast Food Every Day.”

Do you think I’m joking?  I’m not.

Of course there’s a WAY to eat fast food and drop the pounds. You can’t just eat like everyone else does. That’s common sense.

And believe me, there are more healthy ways to drop the pounds than eating fast food… for sure.

But the way I figure it: Would you rather be healthIER and lean or UNhealthy and overfat?

Silly question… so consider “Fast Food Fitness” a path to the lesser of two evils… and one that actually got me to 10% bodyfat (that’s pretty lean!) a few years ago.

Here’s how it started:

I simply hate to cook!  I have since solved that problem… I hired a part-time chef (it’s cheaper than it sounds)… but until two years ago I was eating out every single meal… I mean EVERY MEAL.

Most of the time… not all of the time, but most of the time… these meals were fast food joints like burger joints and even fried chicken places.

But I had to keep my physique, so … what to do?

Well… you’ll have to wait. At least a few weeks.

If you want the book for half-price, you have to own a copy of “Every Other Day Dietplan”… everyone who owns a copy before “Fast Food Fitness” hits the Internet will get half-off.

So go here if you don’t have EODD yet …

click—–>  http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd

Here’s 3 of my top 25 fast-food diet-tips… just these 3 will take you 1/3 of the way there…

First, use my Half-n-Half Principle. Order whatever you are going to order and then have the person behind the counter cut the order exactly in HALF.

Half to go… half to eat there.

Eat half now…. then the other half 3-4 hours later. Believe it or not you will store less bodyfat and even increase your metabolism eating like this.

Simple trick… give it a shot.

Second, ditch all the starch. That means buns, bread and anything made of flour. BUT here’s the “still tastes good” trick I use. I keep ONE of the pieces of bread from, say, my hamburger. Then I “pick” at it while I enjoy the meat and either a small diet soda or tea. Eat no more than 5 “picks” at the bread… about half a slice. You still get the exact taste of a burger with none of the stuff that makes most people over-fat.

Third, for you chicken lovers, split your order between fried and baked chicken. KFC has excellent baked chicken… try it. Then strip most of the skin off the fried chicken. Not all… most.

You still get the taste, but with far fewer bad food-stuffs and calories…. make sense?

Enjoy the tips… but remember, the healthiest (and tastiest) way to eat is still my Every Other Day DIetplan, which works in your favorite foods each week….

click—–> http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd

CDC: Over One Million Americans Now Living With HIV

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/3, Stobbe) reports that about “1.1 million Americans were living with the AIDS virus in 2008, an increase of about 71,000 from 2006,” according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Thursday.

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/3, Reinberg) reports that the CDC says that each year in the US, “some 50,000 people become newly infected with HIV. Over half of these new infections are among gay and bisexual men, and of these about 50 percent are African-American,” according to the report. In another report in the same issue of MMWR, the CDC “contends that gay and bisexual men might benefit from more frequent HIV testing.”

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/2, Hendrick) explains that, according to the report, at the end of “2008, 75% of people living with HIV were men, and 65.7% of them were men who have sex with men.” HIV prevalence rates among “African-Americans were about eight times that of whites,” and HIV prevalence rates for “Hispanics or Latinos were about 2.5 times that of whites.” People between ages “13 and 24 have the highest percentage of undiagnosed HIV, at 58.9%.” The CDC says that the number of people living with HIV continues to rise primarily because of “highly effective drugs that allow people infected with HIV to live longer, healthier lives.”

MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/2, Smith) reported that in the accompanying article, the CDC reported that an “estimated 1,178,350 people were living with HIV at the end of 2008, with an additional 594,496 having died from AIDS since 1981.” Of those currently living with HIV, the agency reported, “20.1% do not know they are infected, which means they are more likely to pass on the virus.” AFP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/3) also covers the MMWR studies.

 

Strong Evidence Links Meat to Higher Risk for Colon Cancer

May 30, 2011 — A new report has confirmed that red and processed meat increases the risk for colorectal cancer, and the evidence that foods containing fiber offer protection against the disease has become stronger.

The report, released as part of the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) groundbreaking Continuous Update Project (CUP), examined the relation between the risk for colorectal cancer and diet, physical activity, and weight.

According to the findings, it is estimated that about 45% of colorectal cancer cases could be prevented if people consumed more fiber-rich plant foods, consumed less meat and alcohol, became more physically active, and maintained a healthy weight. That would prevent more than 64,000 cases in the United States every year.

Update of Earlier Report

WCRF/AICR-funded scientists at Imperial College London, United Kingdom, conducted a systematic review of the literature, which added 263 papers on colorectal cancer to the 749 that were analyzed as part of the 2007 report. An independent expert panel then reviewed the results and made judgments.

The findings of the WCRF/AICR’s 2007 report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, have been updated accordingly.

“Our review has found strong evidence that many cases of bowel cancer are not inevitable, and that people can significantly reduce their risk by making changes to their diet and lifestyle,” said Alan Jackson, MD, chair of the WCRF/AICR CUP expert panel, in a statement.

He added that there has been a lot of debate during the past few years about the strength of evidence suggesting that red and processed meat increases the risk for cancer. “We hope our review can give clarity to people who are still confused about the strength of the evidence,” Dr. Jackson explained.

“Because our judgments are based on more evidence than ever before, it means the public can be confident that this represents the best advice available on preventing bowel cancer,” he added. “On meat, the clear message that comes out of our report is that red and processed meat increase risk of bowel cancer and that people who want to reduce their risk should consider cutting down the amount they eat.”

Barriers to Improving Health

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers there is, and this is a ‘teaching moment’ for physicians.

Alice Bender, MS, RD, a nutritionist at AICR, acknowledges that simply putting out a message doesn’t mean that people will automatically change their eating and lifestyle habits. “There are a lot of barriers to improving health,” she said in an interview. “But colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers there is, and this is a ‘teaching moment’ for physicians.”

Physicians can emphasize the preventability aspect of making lifestyle changes along with other initiatives, such as screening, she explained.

Ms. Bender pointed out that none of these diseases exist in isolation. “If something impacts the risk in one disease, then it generally will impact another,” she said. “In this case, the recommendations can help lower the risk of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes.”

Ms. Bender also acknowledges that many physicians are busy and have limited time to counsel patients about diet and lifestyle. “In that case, referrals can be made to other professionals, such as registered dieticians,” she said. “Dieticians will have more time than physicians to really discuss these issues and help patients make changes.”

Support From Other Guidelines

Both the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have issued guidelines that echo many of the recommendations of the WCRF/AICR report. The USDA guidelines, which were released earlier this year and are geared toward reversing the rate of overweight and obese people, place a more pronounced emphasis on reducing caloric intake and increasing physical activity, and recommend increasing the intake of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber.

As previously reported by Medscape Medical News, the USDA guidelines overlap much of the advice from the WCRF/AICR and ACS, but there is one notable difference between them: the USDA does not recommend limiting red and processed meat, whereas the ACS and WCRF/AICR do.

The ACS recommendation for reducing the intake of red and processed meat was made on the basis of a wealth of studies showing increased colorectal cancer risk, Marji McCullough, ScD, RD, strategic director of nutritional epidemiology at the ACS, previously told Medscape Medical News.

New Data Support 2007 Recommendations

For red and processed meat, the findings from 10 new studies were added to the 14 studies that were evaluated in the 2007 report. From these 24 studies, the panel confirmed that there is convincing evidence that both red and processed meat can increase the risk for colorectal cancer.

The WCRF/AICR recommend that the consumption of red meat be limited to 500 g/week, which is roughly the equivalent of 5 or 6 medium portions of beef, lamb, or pork. They also recommend that processed meat be avoided.

According to their data, if 3.5 ounces of red meat are consumed every day (24.5 ounces per week), the risk for colorectal cancer will be 17% higher than if no red meat is consumed. If the amount of red meat consumed is doubled (7.0 ounces every day; 49 ounces per week), the risk is 34% higher. However, the evidence found that there was very little increase in risk for individuals who ate less than 18 ounces of red meat per week.

The cancer risk associated with processed meat, which includes ham, bacon, pastrami, hot dogs, and sausages, was much higher. Consuming 3.5 ounces every day (24.5 ounces per week) was associated with a risk that is 36% higher than the risk of consuming no processed meat. As with red meat, the higher the rate of consumption, the higher the risk for colorectal cancer.

There were 15 cohort studies included in the update that investigated the association between alcohol consumption and cancer. Overall, the experts found that all cohort studies showed an increased risk for colorectal and colon cancers with higher intake. This evidence is consistent with the earlier conclusions, they write, in that “ethanol from alcoholic drinks as a cause of colorectal cancer in men is convincing; and it is probably a cause in women.”

The updated report reaffirms AICR’s recommendation that individuals consume a plant-based diet that includes foods containing fiber, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans, they write.

Elisa Bandera, MD, PhD, who is a member of the CUP expert panel, noted that many people are confused about cancer prevention because “it can seem like a new study is published every week that suggests something either causes or prevents cancer.”

“But the CUP takes the latest scientific findings and adds them to the existing body of evidence in a systematic way that ensures our advice takes the latest research into account,” Dr. Bandera, who is from the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, said in a statement. “This means people can be confident that AICR’s recommendations represent the most up-to-date, evidence–based information on cancer prevention available.”

~Roxanne Nelson

 

Resistance Training Improves Generalized Anxiety Disorder

June 2, 2011 (Denver, Colorado) — Resistance training reduces symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), compared with aerobic exercise or no exercise at all, according to research presented here at the American College of Sports Medicine 58th Annual Meeting.

Patients with GAD tend to be physically inactive, although exercise training has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in healthy adults and patients with chronic disease, and to benefit patients with major depressive disorder.

To investigate the potential benefits of exercise on worry symptoms and anxiety remission rates in patients with GAD, researchers randomized a group of 30 sedentary women with a primary DSM-IV diagnosis of GAD to receive a 6-week regimen of either resistance training or aerobic exercise training, or to be placed on a wait list (control group).

The women were not involved in any treatment other than pharmacotherapy.

After the 6-week training period, the researchers found rates of anxiety remission to be as high as 60% in the resistance training group, compared with 40% in the aerobic exercise group and 30% in the control group.

The resistance training consisted of 2 weekly sessions of lower-body weightlifting, starting at 50% of 1 repetition maximum during week 1, and progressing 5% weekly.

The aerobic exercise training involved 2 weekly sessions of leg cycling, matched with resistance training on the body region exercised, and weekly load progression.

Rates of remission were defined as the number needed to treat (NNT). Worry symptoms were measured with the Penn State Worry Questionnaire, and analyzed using a mixed-model condition × time (3 × 3) analysis of covariance, adjusted for a baseline and testing period.

In addition to the improvements in remission rates, an assessment of remission based on NNT showed 3.33 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.72 to 55.56) for resistance exercise training and 10 (95% CI, –6.79 to 2.88) for aerobic training.

The results also showed a significant condition × time interaction for worry symptoms (F[3.962, 49.529], 2.815;P = .035).

A follow-up contrast showed significant reductions in worry symptoms for combined exercise conditions, compared with the control group (t[25.943], 2.168; P = .039).

The researchers theorized that because depression and GAD are influenced by similar genetic factors, anxiety might show improvement from exercise similar to that seen with depression.

They also noted that there were exercise effects on other signs and symptoms of GAD, including fatigue, poor concentration, and muscle tension.

Lead author Matthew P. Herring, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, speculated that the greater improvement with resistance exercise might be related to the intensity of the activity.

“Findings of lower rates of remission for aerobic exercise suggest that the effect of exercise was plausibly related to the relative exercise intensity, as indicated by ratings of perceived exertion during each exercise session,” he explained. “Aerobic exercise sessions were perceived as less intense than resistance exercise sessions.”

He added that the study looked primarily at women because they are more frequently affected by GAD than men, and the disparity only increases with age.

“Although functional impairments and comorbid conditions are present for both men and women with GAD, disability and rates of comorbid mood disorders are significantly higher among women.”

“Future research trials should examine potential gender differences in exercise effects among men and women with GAD.”

In the meantime, Dr. Herring said, the findings demonstrate a strong potential role for exercise in helping to treat anxiety.

“Our findings suggest that exercise training is a feasible, safe, and well-tolerated short-term treatment option, potential adjuvant therapy, or augmentation for patients with generalized anxiety disorder,” he asserted. “These findings warrant further investigation with larger trials.”

David B. Coppel, PhD, director of neuropsychological services and research at the Seattle Sports Concussion Program, and professor at the University of Washington, agreed that additional research should look into the effects of exercise in both sexes, but he said the study raises a number of other questions.

“I would particularly like to know the cognitive and emotional shifts made by the subjects and their attributional model. For instance, did it make them feel more effective or participatory in their lives, or just more activated,” Dr. Coppel wondered.

Other questions to look into are whether the results represented an interaction of medication and exercise, how long the effects of exercise last, and what the results are if there are secondary diagnoses, he added.

“The research is interesting and in line with the ‘exercise as medicine’ idea. Certainly the article suggests results that are consistent with other research from mild depression literature,” Dr. Coppel told Medscape Medical News.

The study was supported by a grant from the University of Georgia College of Education in Athens. Dr. Herring and Dr. Coppel have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 58th Annual Meeting: Abstract 601. Presented June 1, 2011.

~Nancy A. Melville

Screening College Athletes May Help Prevent Incidents Of Sudden Cardiac Death

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/1, Dallas) reported that “screening college athletes for heart conditions before they participate in sports could help prevent incidents of sudden cardiac death, according to a new study” published in The American Journal of Medicine. In the study, “nearly one in four athletes tested either had a distinct heart abnormality or symptoms that required further screening.” The authors of the study “noted that American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines for pre-participation screening effectively identified nearly 25 percent of athletes who were candidates for heart screening based on history or symptoms.”

Independent Optometrists Continue To Thrive

The Naperville (IL) Sun Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/1, Sharos) reports, “Despite corporate stores that claim to offer fast service and extra product, the independent optometrist continues to thrive — especially those who are well past their medical school years.” Optometrist Dennis DeLee, OD, “who works in Chicago in a practice he bought 11 years ago,” pointed out “advantages that include personalized service, state-of-the-art technology, and medically related services that often characterize the independent service provider — services that he says don’t necessarily have to cost more than patients can afford.”

International Panel Of Experts Categorizes Cell Phones As “Possibly Carcinogenic.”

ABC World News (5/31, lead story, 3:10, Sawyer) reported, “An important new alert about the safety of cell phones and the possible risk of cancer, brain cancer in particular…comes from the World Health Organization.” NBC Nightly News (5/31, lead story, 3:10, Williams) reported, the WHO “statement labeling cell phones as a possible carcinogenic hazard comes from a panel of 31 scientists.”

According to the AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/1, Cheng), the statement was “issued in Lyon, France, on Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer” (IARC) after a “weeklong meeting” during which experts reviewed “possible links between cancer and the type of electromagnetic radiation found in cellphones, microwaves and radar.” The IARC classified cellphones in “category 2B, meaning they are possibly carcinogenic” to humans. The assessment now “goes to WHO and national health agencies for possible guidance on cellphone use.”

The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/1, Martin, Hobson, Subscription Publication) reports that the IARC working group did not conduct new research. Instead, the panel reviewed existing literature that focused on the health effects of radio frequency magnetic fields. Its findings are slated to be published July 1 in Lancet Oncology.

The New York Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/31, Parker-Pope, Barringer, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog noted that the panel’s decision to “classify cellphones as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ was based largely on epidemiological data showing an increased risk among heavy cellphone users of a rare type of brain tumor called a glioma.” Most “major medical groups,” including the National Cancer Institute, have “said the existing data on cellphones and health has been reassuring.” Earlier this year, the Journal of the American Medical Association “reported on research Share to FacebookShare to Twitter from the National Institutes of Health, which found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna.”

The Los Angeles Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (6/1, Roan, Gabler) reports that a 2010 study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (pdf) published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found a “40% increase risk of gliomas for people who used a cellphone an average of 30 minutes a day over a 10-year period.”

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/31, Kresge) reported that the most recent research “considered dated to 2004, and exposure levels from handsets have dropped over time,” said IARC Working Group Chair Dr. Jonathan Samet from the University of Southern California. The age of the studies also means the participants “had used their phones for no more than 10 to 15 years, leaving open the question of the effect of longer-term exposure,” he noted. The CBS Evening News (5/31, lead story, 2:50, Smith) also covered the story.

 

One In 16 Australian Preschoolers May Suffer From Visual Impairment In One Eye

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/28, Pittman) reported that, according to a study of more than 1,000 Australian children published in the journal Ophthalmology, about one in 16 children under the age of six may suffer from some sort of impaired vision in one eye. What’s more, nearly three percent of the children studied experienced impairment in both eyes. Researchers found that astigmatism was the common issue, but amblyopia and farsightedness were also fairly common. Notably, the United States Preventive Services Task Force suggests that children be screened between the ages of three and five for these very vision problems.

Special Contact Lenses Block UV Rays

The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/31, D2, Johannes, Subscription Publication) reports in “Aches & Claims” that some manufacturers of contact lenses are currently marketing products claiming to block out up to 99% of ultraviolet rays, important for preventing pterigia and cataracts . Unlike UV-ray blocking sunglasses, the UV-blocking lenses offer protection to all of the eye’s internal structures. To date, only a few brands of these special lenses meet FDA standards required for “Class 1” protection, which means that the lenses block at least 90% of UV-A rays and 99% of UV-B rays. The Journal points out that the American Optometric Association has awarded a “seal of acceptance” for six products, all of which belong to the Acuvue line of lenses manufactured by Vistakon, a unit of Johnson & Johnson.

The Science Behind Shorter Workouts

[ Want to read a fitness article? Then check this one out… it was sent to me by Jon Benson. I have his thumbs-up to pass it along to you. Enjoy! ]

A few years ago I released a book whose title was more reminiscent of a line out of “There’s Something About Mary” than a serious work on fitness. “7 Minute Muscle” — yep, it’s getting more and more difficult to distinguish fact from parody.

Since that time its kissing cousin, “7 Minute Body”, has been released, featuring a complete in-home version of the same workout principles covered in 7 Minute Muscle, as found below:

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Here’s the real irony: Of the 127 testimonials I’ve received so far that I deem worthy of publishing on the web, over forty were from fitness professionals. I’m not talking about “doctors” with a gut as large as their paycheck. I’m speaking of men and women with both academic and real-world experience in the fitness and bodybuilding world.

There were exceptions of course. My friend John Berardi, while saying some nice things about the work, couldn’t endorse it due to the emphasis on shorter training sessions. That’s cool. Everyone has a different approach. But the overwhelming number of folks with consonants behind their names — those who read the book and applied the principles — had wonderful things to say.

There’s a reason for that: The workout protocol is based on the science of hypertrophy as well as psychophysiology, the study of the mind/body connection.

I will delve into the mental aspects of the protocols in a later article. For now, since most of you are experienced, educated and (dare I say it) hard-core, let’s delve into the meat.

7 Minute Muscle (and 7 Minute Body) is primarily a density-based training system. It demands varying rep ranges done within specific time periods. The protocol factors six of the primary variables of hypertrophy, or muscle growth: Intensity, Load, Volume, Density, Time and Force. (Time includes rest intervals as well as the time required to perform a given task.)

A layman’s take on one of the basic laws of physics states that time and energy are interrelated. Doing the same amount of work in less time demands more energy, which translates into more power. While power is a factor in training, our interest is focused on forcing muscle growth and adaptation. This is also an element of time and energy. More energy expended in less time = more power.

If you break down the typical 3-4 set bench press routine, with reps starting at 12 and ending in the 4-6 range, with longer rest intervals between heavier sets, you’ll find that the aggregate weight lifted is “less” than a protocol like 7 Minute Muscle, which uses ‘less’ weight (easier on the joints) but demands more work in less time. In other words, X amount of repetitions done with Y amount of weight in just 5 minutes (phase 1 of our two-phase protocol) ends up being greater than your typical 3-4 set protocol, despite the fact that more weight is used in the latter.

Other routines, of course, utilize this factor of density. Vince Gironda’s infamous 8 sets of 8, EDT and so-forth. 7 Minute Muscle goes a bit further by varying rest, load factors and repetition range. Reps will vary from as low as one rep to as much as ten, and all of this is at the trainee’s discretion.

They have only one real objective: Increase the aggregate repetition count from one training session to the next. Since time is limited (broken down into two phases: A Power Phase of no more than 5 repetitions and a Mass Phase of no more than 10 repetitions) the trainee is given a system that more accurately measure the seventh and most crucial factor of hypertrophy: Progression.

More work in less time. Variable repetition ranges. Variable rest intervals. And all in seven minutes (for beginners.) Intermediate and advanced-level trainees are given 14 and 21-minute protocols if they wish to implement them. I myself rarely go beyond 14 minutes, as that is all that’s required to stimulate muscle growth.

I will cover health factors, cardiovascular work, ab training, and the science of mind and body in future articles. For now, give 7 Minute Muscle a shot. There’s nothing funny about it, except for the fact that you’ll be laughing all the way home from the gym as you finished your killer workout while your buddies were still warming up.

And, for this week only, you can get it at a 61% discount. You’ll get everything: 7 Minute Muscle (the gym-based workout) and 7 Minute Body (the in-home workout) plus the six training videos today for less than the cost of a cheap dinner.

It’s a system and a price that’s impossible to beat.

Go here now:

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P.S. You’ll thank me later for the months of time I’ve given back to your life… not to mention that new body in the mirror.

Remember:

Train Hard. Train Smart. And Train Cheap…

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VNTV Episode #4 – Laser Vision Correction with special guest Dr. Max Parikh, MD

This new episode was filmed June 7th talking about the latest advancements in Laser Vision Correction. We are honored to have Dr. Max Parikh, MD as our special guest to present an informative and captivating show to our audience. Dr. Parikh practices at Nvision Laser Centers located in La Jolla.

Max Parikh, MD, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine. He completed his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and his residency in Ophthalmology at the world-renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He completed two advanced fellowship training programs: one in anterior segment and cataract surgery and the other in cornea and refractive surgery. Both of these fellowships were performed in conjunction with Dr. Robert Sinskey, a world-famous ophthalmologist who is a pioneer in cataract and vision correction surgery.

Dr. Parikh is one of the few ophthalmologists in the country with dual fellowship training.

Dr. Parikh is well known and respected Lasik Surgeon in the San Diego and Riverside community. He is the team ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon for the San Diego Chargers professional football team and for the San Diego Gulls professional hockey team. He has corrected the vision of numerous police officers, firefighters, and military personnel. He is also the Channel 10 Eye Care and LASIK expert for San Diego.

Dr. Parikh is an active member in the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has been the recipient of many awards, has published several scientific papers, and most recently was awarded the best paper honor at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting.

 

6 Strange Dietary Bedfellows

You know, fitness and nutrition guy Jon Benson has a humorous way of putting things that we all need to hear. I received this email from him today and had to share it with you. It’s not only funny, it’s true.

Read on…

What do these six things have in common?

— McDonalds
— Renee Zellweger
— Epileptic children
— Yours truly
— Most bodybuilding and fitness competitors
— Kiefer Sutherland

Give up?

All the above employ the strategies of the low-carb dietplan.

Recently researchers have found that low-carb nutrition plan reduced the number of seizures in epileptic children.

Most of the world’s leanest physiques get that way on a regimen, limited or not, of low-carbs and higher protein.

Even McDonalds is getting into the act.

Even Renee Zellweger.

Even Kiefer Sutherland.

Even me.

Kinda.

Read on and I’ll explain what I mean…

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Why Low-Carb Works

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When McDonalds starts counting carb grams in their food, you know someone is either jumping on a trend or finally seeing the light.

In this case, both — but it is a good thing. Low-carb dietplans. They work.

For the masses, they work because they are the easiest nutrition plan to follow when you’re busy.

McDonalds and stars like Kiefer Sutherland figured this out. The busy on-the-go guy or gal doesn’t want to make the time to prepare six meals per day and carry them around in Tupperware.

When choosing my own lifestyle nutrition plan, time and convenience played a major role. I looked at role models who were very busy, formerly obese, and very lean.

Most of them rely in some form or fashion on a low-carb strategy.

Low-carb also works, much to the hem and haw of traditional doctors and nutritionists, due to the way the body processes fuel.

For those of us fortunate enough to grow up on whole grains and very low-sugar mealplans, a moderate to higher-carb nutrition plan may work just fine.

But most of us grew up eating junk.

Processed foods, fast foods, and downright junk was the cornerstone of our dietplans. That puts your body on the “carb defense.”

After years of abuse the body becomes resistant to carbohydrates. The insulin they produce can cause all sorts of health issues, fat-burning problems, and more.

When carbs are removed, even healthy carbs like whole grains, the body has time to re-adjust.

In some cases, you can go back to a moderate-carb plan with whole grains and fruits after a period of time.

In others, you are a “low-carber” for life.

Guess which one I am?

Finally, low-carb works because you tend to eat less. Fat is very satiating, and most low-carb plans are fairly high in dietaryfat.

So, in recap:

— Easy and convenient;
— Metabolically important for carb recovery;
— Lower in total food volume (eat less)

Do not make light of that first point. Any plan that is not simple is one very few people will stick to. Making your plan simple and tasty is key, even if that plan is not “perfect” by nutritional standards.

Now, by far, the best low-carb dietplan in the world (yes, I’m bias for good reason!) is this:

click.here ——>  http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd

EODD works so well because your carbs are low for “most” of the time. Not “all” of the time. And the times when your carbs are not low you can enjoy your favorite foods.

Personally I enjoy pizza and burgers on my non-low-carb days. You can enjoy whatever you want if you just keep it reasonable.

You see, there’s no need to diet-perfect.

Progress always trumps perfection.

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Why Low-Carb Fails

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There are two primary reasons for the failure of the low-carb nutrition plans: boredom and media bashing.

One causes irritability. The other, doubt. Unless you’re certain that your plan will work, you will eventually go off of it.

This is true of any plan, no matter how ideal it is. Certainty rules.

That’s why I believe in having a flexible, tasty plan like EODD.

Then boredom is easily solved.

I share my own unique ideas about “cycling” carbs and fats in the presentation here:

click.here ——>  http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd

Using my cycle strategy you will rarely if ever become bored. And your body will burn more bodyfat too. It’s just a cheap metabolic trick…but boy, it works.

The second reason is media and medical bias. One study after another has proven that low-carb plans, even the Atkins plan, works and is safe to use for most people.

Check with your doctor first, of course.

I’ve seen researchers get down-right angry when the results come back. In one study, carried out for a full year, the low-carb plan out-performed the so-called “healthy” Dean Ornish plan.

Lower blood fats, more fatloss, and more energy were the results.

My preference always comes back to low-carb nutrition. I just cycle it in a way that allows me to get plenty of veggies, some grains, and ample fiber.

Even a slice of cheesecake here and there… : )

Hey…I said “low-carb”, not “low-life!”

P.S. One of these days the mainstream medical community will wake up to the fact that 90% of the population will never eat 15 servings of veggies per day.

While this may be “optimal”, it’s not at all practical. I’d rather give you down-to- earth practical nutrition advice that you CAN and WILL follow — and enjoy.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

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Zeaxanthin, Lutein May Help Protect Eyes Against UV Light Damage

The Calgary Herald Share to FacebookShare to Twitter /Monterey County Herald (5/26, Quinn) reported that, according to the National Eye Institute, eyesight is “all about light” entering the eye and hitting the retina. That body “contains ‘photoreceptors’ that convert light to electrical signals that travel to the brain and figure out what we ‘see.'” Unfortunately, ultraviolet (UV) light may damage eyes, much like it does skin. Fortunately, “specific nutrients and other substances in foods can help to absorb dangerous light and act as a shield.” The article went on to explain that vegetables and fruits containing zeaxanthin and lutein may help protect the eye against damage caused by ultraviolet light.

Precision-Tinted Glasses May Help Prevent Migraines In Certain People

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/26, Gardner) reported, “Precision-tinted glasses seem to help prevent migraines in people whose pain is triggered by certain visual patterns,” according to a study published May 26 in the journal Cephalalgia. To reach that conclusion, researchers “assessed 11 people with migraines and 11 without the headaches using a functional MRI machine” while participants looked at high-contrast striped patterns through each of three separate pairs of eyeglasses. Interestingly, the study authors “noted a normalization of brain activity in migraineurs wearing the tinted glasses while they were looking at the different patterns.”

New Food Pyramid Coming June 2, USDA Says

May 26, 2011 — In an exclusive interview with WebMD, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the replacement for the Food Pyramid will be announced on June 2 — and that the new icon heralds a “monumental effort” to improve America’s health.

Why a new icon? The pyramid really does not capture the public’s attention anymore, Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, tells WebMD.

“Consumers can look forward to a new, simple, easy-to-understand cue to prompt healthy choices,” Post tells WebMD. “You will get this monumental effort across all agencies as well as the private sector. A partnership with the goal of improving the health of all Americans.”

One of the few people who already has seen the icon is WebMD Director of Nutrition Kathleen Zelman, RD.

“This icon really has the potential to trigger an ‘aha!’ moment, where people say, ‘Hey, this is not that hard, I can do this,'” Zelman says. “These ‘aha!’ moments are what make people finally change their behavior.”

The release of the icon marks the launch of a massive effort to promote the USDA/HHS dietary guidelines announced last January.

New Diet Icon Marks New U.S. Health Strategy

You’ll be seeing the icon everywhere. Every relevant federal agency will be doing its part. The White House will play a leading role, coordinating the new USDA/HHS dietary guidelines with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.

The old diet plan was to tell Americans what they should eat and hope for the best. The new plan is vastly more active and will reach people at home, at school, at work, at play, and especially at supermarkets and restaurants.

“What we learned is it is not just giving information, it is a matter of making people understand there are options and practical ways to apply this to their lifestyle,” Post says. “There will be a ‘how-to’ that will resonate with individuals. That is the behavioral part that is needed. We need to transcend information — ‘here’s what the science says’ — and give people the tools and the opportunities to take action.”

There are six how-to messages to guide healthy eating:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Doing all of this at once may be too much to swallow. So the USDA plan is to stress one idea at a time.

First up will be the “make half of your plate fruits and vegetables” advice. It will be supported by a wide array of guidance on exactly how to do this. For example, one might add fruit to a leafy green salad. Or replace a sugary dessert with a bowl of fruit.

Post notes that the government can’t do this alone. Key to the plan is a myriad of private/public partnerships with a wide variety of businesses ranging from grocery to media companies.

“The fact they are reaching out to a broad partnership is important, because we need all the ammunition we can get to fight the epidemics of obesity and diabetes,” Zelman says.

~Daniel DeNoon

SOURCES:

Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA.

Kathleen Zelman, RD, director of nutrition, WebMD.

USDA and HHS, 2010 Dietary Guidelines, released Jan. 31, 2011.

 

CDC: More Americans Than Ever Are Living With Type 2 Diabetes

In a column in the Huffington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/24), Marki Flannery, president of Partners in Care, wrote, “More people than ever are living with type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes. According to recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, or 8.3 percent of the population (including both diagnosed and undiagnosed cases).” In 2010, “nearly two million Americans were newly diagnosed.” Flannery went on to detail strategies for caretakers of people with type 2 diabetes to help keep patients well and their condition under good control.

Physician Makes Case For Lifestyle Changes To Slow Coming Tide Of Type 2 Diabetes Cases. In a guest column in the Des Moines Register Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/24), Dr. Robert S. Bar, of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, wrote, “Unless Americans drastically change their dietary and exercise habits, diabetes may play a major role in nearly 90 percent of all patients seen by US physicians in the next five to 10 years.” Of special concern is “a larger, poorly defined group of people that arguably could double or triple the current number of people with diabetes,” that is, those who have been “described by physicians as having ‘borderline diabetes’ or ‘pre-diabetes.'” Bar made the case for lifestyle changes to slow the coming tide of type 2 diabetes patients, such as exercise, losing weight, cutting out junk foods, and being aware of family history.

Small Dietary Changes May Make Big Difference In Diabetes Risk. HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/24, Dallas) reported that, according to a study published online May 18 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, when it comes to diabetes, “small dietary changes can make a big difference in risk, even without weight loss and particularly among blacks.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion after putting “69 overweight people at risk for diabetes on diets for eight weeks with only small reductions to their fat or carbohydrate intake.” Notably, “at eight weeks, the group on the lower-fat diet had significantly higher insulin secretion and better glucose tolerance and tended to have higher insulin sensitivity,” the study’s lead author said. These changes were even more pronounced among the black study participants.

 

Consuming Baked, Broiled Fish May Help Protect Against Heart Failure

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/24, Stein) “The Checkup” blog reported that consuming baked or broiled fish may be beneficial for the heart, according to research published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure. Investigators “analyzed data collected between 1991 and 2008 from 84,493 women participating in the federally funded Women’s Health Initiative.” The researchers found that individuals “who consumed the most baked or broiled fish — five or more servings per week — were about 30 percent less likely to develop heart failure over a 10-year period.”

CNN Share to FacebookShare to Twitter /Health.com (5/25, McMillen) reports, however, that “if the fish was fried, it appeared to be harmful, not healthy. Eating just one serving of fried fish per week was linked to a 48% higher risk of heart failure, even after the researchers accounted for the participants’ overall diet (including French fries and other fried foods) and medical histories.”

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/24, Hendrick) reported that the researchers also found that “the type of fish eaten may affect the risk of heart failure. Dark fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and bluefish, was associated with a significantly greater risk reduction than tuna or white fish, such as sole, snapper, and cod.”

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/24, Salamon) reported that, additionally, the “study indicated that participants whose diets included more baked and broiled fish tended to be healthier and younger than peers who ate fried fish, as well as more physically active and fit. They were also more educated, less likely to smoke and had fewer incidences of diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.”

 

10 Fatloss Questions You Should Be Asking ( Part 1 )

[ Editor’s Note:  Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

There’s stuff you know.

Then there’s stuff you don’t know.

But the key to success in anything is the discovery of one other variable:

The things you don’t know you don’t know.

Think about that.

So many people ask me questions like…

— How can I get rid of my stubborn bodyfat?
— How fast can I do it?
— What’s the best dietplan for me?

These are good questions, don’t get me wrong.

But there are at least 10 questions most people never know to ask.

It’s the stuff they didn’t know they didn’t know… make sense?

Today we’ll cover 3 of the 10…

HIDDEN QUESTION 1:
“What’s The Best Dietary-Fat To Eat To Get Rid Of Bodyfat?”

Sounds nutty, doesn’t it?

The media loves to deceive you when it comes to dietary fats… and I’m here to set the record straight:

You absolutely must consume dietary fat in order to burn-off your bodyfat.

There’s an old saying:  “Fat burns…but in the presence of dietary-fat.”

It’s true.

There are actually two “Best Fats” you should be eating:

Coconut Oil
CLA

Coconut oil is ideal to cook with. Use that in place of all the starchy foods you may be eating. You’ll get leaner faster… and you’ll be a ton more healthy too.

Coconut oil keeps you satisfied longer, lubricates your joints, and yes… actually helps you get rid of stubborn bodyfat.

Use 1 tablespoon per 50 lbs per day, but be sure to decrease your starchy carbs (breads, rice, potatoes, etc.)

CLA is a form of (gasp!) transfat… but it’s a healthy form that helps your body get rid of bodyfat. You can only get it in supplement-form… well, that’s the best way.

I personally take 4 grams per day. Jarrow is my favorite brand. You can get it at most health food stores.

I cover several other fats you need to eat in my video and book, found here:

HIDDEN QUESTION 2:
“Why Is Cardio Bad For Me?”

Okay… that’s an over-statement. It’s not ‘bad’ for you… it’s just not nearly as ‘good’ for you as the media and magazines want you to believe.

Especially if you do it the way they suggest: Too long, too frequently.

Do it the way I suggest and watch what happens.

First, spend 80% of your exercise time doing ‘resistance’ training, not cardio… but rest very brief between sets.

My newest update to “7 Minute Muscle” is called “7 Minute Body”. It combines both “7 Minute Muscle” and an additional 100 or so pages of in-home ONLY workouts.

That way you can train in the gym… or in your home… and get it done in 7 to 14 minutes a day. Done!

You will be shaping your body and burning-off some major calories at the same time… all without boring cardio.

Then when you “do” cardio, do it the way I detail in “7 Minute Body”… use the 9-minute GXP Cardio Workout.

Add simple walking to this several days a week and your cardio is set.

GXP works because it is progressive and does not over-tax the recovery system. You warm up, then hit about 85% of your max effort, then cool down.

But the key is ‘when’ to do it… and that’s covered in my book.

I still enjoy sitting on my bike and watching TV, but I do that just to burn-off those last bits of bodyfat. Most of you do not need to do this.

It’s a waste of time for the masses… but resistance training is not.

Oh, one more thing:  Runners have a far higher degree of heart attacks than non-runners. So cardio ‘can’ be bad for you if you over-do it.

NOTE:  You can pick up “7 Minute Body” at 77% off…
but only if you get EODD…

More here:

HIDDEN QUESTION 3:
“How Does Pizza Help Me Shed Bodyfat?”

Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

Think again.

My dietary plan not only “lets” you eat pizza (or whatever your favorite foods might be) every week, several times a week… it DEMANDS that you do it.

What the…. ?

Yep. Here’s why.

First, I have you eat less on certain days and certain times. If done the way I suggest your metabolism (the rate you use fat, energy, etc.) will not slow down that much.

Then… at a specific time… boom!  You eat a lot more food… and the best way to do this is eating your favorite foods.

First, they usually have more calories.. duh!  Second, you’ll ENJOY the freakin’ process! Most “diets” fail because people hate them… too restrictive.

So I created my System from the ground up to ensure I never got bored with my eating… and the extra cals from pizza (or my favorite… Mexican… or Key Lime Pie… yum) actually boosts my metabolism sky-high.

Here’s an example:

Last week I ate the normal Every Other Day Diet-way… for me it’s the “Extreme Plan” (there are 4 Plans, each for different goals.)

So, after several days of lower-cal, lower-carb eating, I ate about 5000 calories of Mexican food (so good!) But the TIMING is crucial. You just can wing it. Don’t worry… I tell you exactly when to do it.

The next morning I saw more of my abs.

I went back to EODD-style eating, which I love btw… and then later had some Key Lime Pie… and what do you know? Leaner the next day.

Now I’m doing this as I “peak” — I have to be in top shape in December. The only time I stop this is 4 weeks prior to a photoshoot… but unless you want to be 5% bodyfat (and you probably do not) you never have to stop it.

Works like a charm.

Watch this and find out why:

Yours In Fitness,

J O N   B E N S O N

P.S.  Special freebie to those who watch my entire presentation on the page above… very nice… : )

Coffee May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

Regular coffee consumption is associated with a striking decrease in fatal or metastatic prostate cancer, according to an analysis of long-term data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

Kathryn M. Wilson, ScD, with the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues led the new study, reported online May 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

According to the researchers, coffee contains “diverse biologically active compounds that include caffeine, minerals, and phytochemicals.” They add that many studies suggest that long-term coffee drinking may be linked to improved glucose metabolism and insulin secretion.

Using data from the prospective Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the researchers analyzed information from 47,911 men who reported intake of regular and decaffeinated coffee first in 1986 and were observed every 4 years thereafter.

From 1986 to 2006, there were 5035 of the 47,911 men who had developed prostate cancer; of those, 642 patients had so-called lethal prostate cancers, defined as fatal or metastatic. The study participants overall consumed an average of 1.9 cups of coffee per day.

Among men drinking at least 6 cups per day, the adjusted risk for overall prostate cancer was 18% lower vs that in nondrinkers (relative risk [RR], 0.82; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.68 – 0.98; P linear trend = .10).

Notably, the risk was decreased by approximately 60% in this group vs nondrinkers (RR, 0.40; 95% CI, 0.22 – 0.75; P trend = .03) when only lethal forms of prostate cancer were considered.

The researchers also found that coffee consumption did not appear to be associated with a decreased risk for nonadvanced or low-grade cancers and only slightly correlated with a reduced risk for high-grade cancer.

However, both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee appeared to decrease the risk for lethal prostate cancer. For each cup, the risk declined by approximately 6% for regular coffee (RR, 0.94; 95% CI, 0.88 – 1.01; P = .08) and by roughly 9% for decaffeinated coffee (RR, 0.91; 95% CI, 0.83 – 1.00; P = .05).

Men drinking at least 6 cups a day had an age-adjusted incidence of only 425 prostate cancers per 100,000 person-years vs 529 in those not consuming coffee. Likewise, the incidence of lethal prostate cancers was 34 vs 79 per 100,000 person-years in those drinking at least 6 cups vs nondrinkers, respectively.

“It is premature to recommend that men increase coffee intake to reduce advanced prostate cancer risk based on this single study,” Dr. Wilson and colleagues conclude. “In addition, the effects of coffee consumption on other aspects of health must be considered in making consumption recommendations,” they add. “However, our findings are potentially important, given the lack of identified modifiable risk factors for advanced prostate cancer.”

According to the researchers, coffee may provide as much as half of total antioxidant intake in many settings. Compounds in coffee that may affect cancer risk could include chlorogenic acids, which inhibit glucose absorption; quinides, the roasting products of chlorogenic acids; and lignans, phytoestrogens with potent antioxidant activity that may benefit glucose.

~Emma Hitt, PhD

Even A Serious Health Scare May Not Be Enough To Get Patients To Improve Health Habits

In the Los Angeles Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/23) “The MD” column, Valerie Ulene, MD, a preventive medicine specialist, observes that “even a serious health scare may not be enough” to get patients to shake habits deleterious to their health, such as eating too much salt, smoking, drinking too much, or not exercising. This is the case, even though “after a serious illness, lifestyle changes often have the potential to dramatically improve a person’s overall health and quality of life. In fact, lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet and physical activity strongly influence how rapidly many diseases will progress.”

National Eye Institute Estimates Approximately 15,000 Infants Born With ROP Each Year

On its website, WTVQ-TV Lexington, KY (5/23, Runyon), an ABC affiliate, reported, “The National Eye Institute estimates about 14,000 to 16,000 infants are born with” retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) each year. “In severe cases, retinal detachment can cause significant vision impairment or blindness.” Sadly, “each year, up to 1,500 infants require medical treatment for ROP and 600 become legally blind from the condition.”

Retinopathy of prematurity

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Retinopathy of prematurity
(ROP), previously known as retrolental fibroplasia (RLF), is an eye disease that affects prematurely born babies. It is thought to be caused by disorganized growth of retinal blood vesselswhich may result in scarring and retinal detachment. ROP can be mild and may resolve spontaneously, but may lead to blindness in serious cases. As such, all preterm babies are at risk for ROP, and very low birth weight is an additional risk factor. Both oxygen toxicity and relative hypoxia can contribute to the development of ROP.


Pathophysiology

Normally, maturation of the retina proceeds in-utero, and at term the mature infant has fully vascularized retina. However, in preterm infants, the retina is often not fully vascularized. ROP occurs when the development of the retinal vasculature is arrested and then proceeds abnormally. The key disease element is fibrovascular proliferation. This is growth of abnormal new vessels that may regress, but frequently progresses. Associated with the growth of these new vessels is fibrous tissue (scar tissue) that may contract to cause retinal detachment. Multiple factors can determine whether the disease progresses, including overall health, birth weight, the stage of ROP at initial diagnosis, and the presence or absence of “plus disease”. Supplemental oxygen exposure, while a risk factor, is not the main risk factor for development of this disease. Restricting supplemental oxygen use does not necessarily reduce the rate of ROP, and may raise the risk of other hypoxia-related systemic complications.

Patients with ROP are at greater risk for strabismus, glaucoma, cataracts and myopia later in life, and should be examined yearly to help prevent and treat these conditions.

Diagnosis

Following pupillary dilation using eye drops, the retina is examined using a special lighted instrument (an indirect ophthalmoscope). The peripheral portions of the retina are sometimes pushed into view using scleral depression. Examination of the retina of a premature infant is performed to determine how far the retinal blood vessels have grown (the zone), and whether or not the vessels are growing flat along the wall of the eye (the stage). Once the vessels have grown into Zone 3 (see below) it is usually safe to discharge the child from further screening for ROP. The stage of ROP refers to the character of the leading edge of growing retinal blood vessels (at the vascular-avascular border). The stages of ROP disease have been defined by the International Classification of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ICROP).

Retinal examination with scleral depression is generally recommended for patients born before 30–32 weeks gestation, with birthweight 1500 grams or less, or at the discretion of the treating neonatologist. The initial examination is usually performed at 4–6 weeks of life, and then repeated every 1–3 weeks until vascularization is complete (or until disease progression mandates treatment).

In older patients the appearance of the disease is less well described but includes the residua of the ICROP stages as well as secondary retinal responses.

Differential diagnosis

The most difficult aspect of the differential diagnosis may arise from the similarity of two other diseases:

  • exudative vitreoretinopathy which is a genetic disorder that also disrupts the retinal vascularization in full-term infants.
  • Persistent Fetal Vascular Syndrome also known as Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous that can cause a traction retinal detachment difficult to differentiate but typically unilateral.

International classification of retinopathy of prematurity (ICROP)

The system used for describing the findings of active ROP is entitled The International Classification of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ICROP).[1] ICROP uses a number of parameters to describe the disease. They are location of the disease into zones (1, 2, and 3), the circumferential extent of the disease based on the clock hours (1-12), the severity of the disease (stage 1-5) and the presence or absence of “Plus Disease”. Each aspect of the classification has a technical definition. This classification was used for the major clinical trials. It has been revised in 2005[2]

 

Zones of the retina in ROP

The zones are centered on the optic nerve. Zone 1 is the posterior zone of the retina, defined as the circle with a radius extending from the optic nerve to double the distance to the macula. Zone 2 is an annulus with the inner border defined by zone 1 and the outer border defined by the radius defined as the distance from the optic nerve to the nasal ora serrata. Zone 3 is the residual temporal crescent of the retina.

The circumferential extent of the disease is described in segments as if the top of the eye were 12 on the face of a clock. For example one might report that there is stage 1 disease for 3 clock hours from 4 to 7 o’clock. (The extent is a bit less important since the treatment indications from the Early Treatment for ROP[3])

The Stages describe the ophthalmoscopic findings at the junction between the vascularized and avascular retina.

  • Stage 1 is a faint demarcation line.
  • Stage 2 is an elevated ridge.
  • Stage 3 is extraretinal fibrovascular tissue.
  • Stage 4 is sub-total retinal detachment.
  • Stage 5 is total retinal detachment.

In addition, Plus disease may be present at any stage. It describes a significant level of vascular dilation and tortuosity observed at the posterior retinal vessels. This reflects the increase of blood flow through the retina. [1]

Prognosis

Stages 1 and 2 do not lead to blindness. However, they can progress to the more severe stages. Threshold disease is defined as disease that has a 50% likelihood of progressing to retinal detachment. Threshold disease is considered to be present when stage 3 ROP is present in either zone I or zone II, with at least 5 continuous or 8 total clock hours of disease, and the presence of plus disease.[4] Progression to stage 4 (partial retinal detachment), or to stage 5 (total retinal detachment), will result in substantial or total loss of vision for the infant.

Monitoring

In order to allow timely intervention, a system of monitoring is undertaken for infants at risk of developing ROP. These monitoring protocols differ geographically because the definition of high-risk is not uniform or perfectly defined. In the USA the consensus statement of experts is informed by data derived by clinical trials and published in Pediatrics 2006. They included infants with birthweights under 1500 grams or under 30 weeks gestation in most cases.

Treatment

Diagram of an eye, in cross-section. 

The retina (red) is detached at the top of the eye.

Diagram of an eye with a scleral buckle, in cross-section. 

The silicone band (scleral buckle, blue) is placed around the eye. This brings the wall of the eye into contact with the detached retina, allowing the retina to re-attach.

  • Peripheral retinal ablation is the mainstay of ROP treatment. The destruction of the avascular retina is performed with a solid state laser photocoagulation device, as these are easily portable to the operating room orneonatal ICU. Cryotherapy, an earlier technique in which regional retinal destruction was done using a probe to freeze the desired areas, has also been evaluated in multi-center clinical trials as an effective modality for prevention and treatment of ROP. However, when laser treatment is available, cryotherapy is no longer preferred for routine avascular retinal ablation in premature babies, due to the side effects of inflammation and lid swelling.
  • Scleral buckling and/or vitrectomy surgery may be considered for severe ROP (stage 4 and 5) for eyes that progress to retinal detachment. Few centers in the world specialize in this surgery, because of its attendant surgical risks and generally poor outcomes.
  • Intravitreal injection of bevacizumab (Avastin) has been reported as a supportive measure in aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity.[5]

In a recent clinical trial comparing bevacizumab with conventional laser therapy, intravitreal bevacizumab monotherapy showed a significant benefit for zone I but not zone II disease when used to treat infants with stage 3+ retinopathy of prematurity. (New England Journal of Medicine 2011 364(7):603-615)

History

A significant time in the history of the disease was between 1941–1953, when a worldwide epidemic of ROP was seen. Over 12,000 babies worldwide were not only born with the disease but blinded by it. Soul musician Stevie Wonder, actor Tom Sullivan as well as jazz singer Diane Schuur are a few famous people who have the disease.

The first case of the epidemic was seen on St. Valentine’s Day in 1941, when a premature baby in Boston was diagnosed. Cases were then seen all over the world and the cause was, at that point, unknown. By 1951 a clear link between incidence and affluence became clear: many cases were seen in developed countries with organized and well-funded health care. Two British scientists suggested that it was oxygen toxicity that caused the disease. Babies born prematurely in such affluent areas were treated in incubators which had artificially high levels of oxygen. Studies on rats made this cause seem more likely, but the link was eventually confirmed by a controversial study undertaken by American pediatricians. The study involved two groups of babies. Some were given the usual oxygen concentrations in their incubators, while the other group had “curtailed” oxygen levels. The latter group was shown to have a lower incidence of the disease. As a result, oxygen levels in incubators were lowered and consequently the epidemic was halted.[6]

 

5 Surprising Things That Make You Leaner

Want to be leaner?

Good deal… here’s 5 tips that will help you along…

TIP 1
Ditch The Starch

Starches, such as rice, potatoes, some veggies, oats, etc. are
often considered “health foods.”

While they can be healthy, they can also pack on stomach bodyfat
like crazy if you overdo them.

As you may know, my “Every Other Day Diet” System (EODD) actually
encourages you to eat starches and even sweets several days a week
to get rid of excess bodyweight:

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <– go

Well… how does THAT work?

Simple:  Timing is everything.

And it takes a “weekly” approach to foods rather than a daily
approach. This keeps your metabolism guessing. If your body cannot
figure out what you’re up to, fatburning is that much more
powerful. And you can get by with eating starches… at least a
specific times on specific days.

But if you’re not going to do EODD, then you’ll have to wing it.
And the best way to wing it is to simply cut starches out entirely
for 4-8 weeks. Then slowly add them back a few days per week.

This is no where near as effective (or as fun) as the EODD method,
but it will get you pointed in the right direction.

TIP 2
Can The Sodas

Why diet-sodas? A recent study revealed that people who drank
diet-sodas actually increased bodyfat when compared to those who
drank sugar-sodas.

What the… ??

Yep. Your body cannot be fooled by aspartame and chemicals. Sorry,
but that’s the truth.

Here’s a personal story:  When I cut out the diet-sodas my bodyfat
drops like a rock in a pond of clear water.

And that’s what you need to be drinking:  A quart of pure water per
50 lbs of bodyweight a day.

Try mixing water with lemon and a bit of Stevia (an herbal
sweetener) and make lemonade. It’s wonderful!

TIP 3
Stay Hungry

It takes a special person to be hungry… and an even greater one
to stay that way.

I want you to stay hungry in two ways:  In how you workout and
literally… stay a bit hungry before you go to bed. Not
“starving”… just a bit hungry.

For your workouts, I have a great solution. If you pick up EODD
you’ll get a limited shot at “7 Minute Body”… Jon Benson’s
combination of “7 Minute Muscle” and “The 7 Minute In-Home Workout”
in one book… and for more than half off… but that’s a very
limited deal. Gotta have EODD… you’ll need them both…

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <– go

You see, progression — “forced” progression — is the best way to
stay hungry. 7 Minute Body forces you to progress without thinking
about it. Progression is built into the System.

As far as staying hungry at night? Check with your doctor and if
he/she okays it take 500mg of potassium and 1000mg of
magnesium/calcium a few hours prior to bed. This helps with the
hunger pangs. Also, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. If you get
really hungry, eat one with half the yolk (toss the other half.) It
keeps you full for an hour at least.

TIP 4
Cardio Clarity

Hours and hours of cardio a day is not the answer. However, you can
do “light” cardio (i.e. brisk walking, or riding the bike at 60% of
your max) just to burn off calories. That’s okay… and personally
I don’t find it that boring if I’m watching a TV show. It does not
interfere with my main fatloss exercise (weight training… YES!)
and it burns off about 400 calories an hour.

What does work is early morning fasting cardio… but you only need
9-15 minutes. Jon Benson explains GXP (Modified) in the 7 Minute
Body book, available only if you pick up EODD, and you can get it
at more than half off:

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <– go

TIP 5
Get Raw At Night

Raw veggies with your last meal and as a snack will really help
your fatburning along. Try starting with red peppers because
they’re sweet. You you’ll eat virtually every veggie raw at night
without thinking about it. Give this a shot. The fatloss is well
worth it.

P.S.  Jon is still giving away “Radical Fatloss Blueprint” along
with EODD for a few more days. And I’m giving a lucky few the
chance to pick up the Supplement-Kit that comes with Radical
Fatloss for almost 100 bucks off… the video and details are here:

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Sorry… EODD Readers Only…. so pick it up today.

Hypertension Appears To Be More Severe Among People With Psoriasis

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/20, Dallas) reported that, according to a study published online in PLoS One, “people who have psoriasis and hypertension are more likely to have more severe high blood pressure, requiring more medications to control it.” In a study involving 835 patients with both psoriasis and hypertension, plus 2,400 people with just high blood pressure, researchers found that “the patients with psoriasis were more likely to need the highest level of blood pressure treatment, which relies on a central-acting agent (also known as adrenergic inhibitors).” What’s more, “hypertensive patients with psoriasis were also nearly 20 times more likely to be on four drugs or on a central-acting agent than hypertensive patients without psoriasis.”

Prevalence Of Psoriasis Significantly Higher Among Overweight, Obese Children. HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/20, Dallas) reported, “The prevalence of psoriasis…is significantly higher among overweight and obese kids,” according to a study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics. “Using electronic health records to study 710,949 racially and ethnically diverse children, the investigators found obese children were almost 40 percent more likely to have psoriasis than normal weight children.”

“Regardless of body weight, teens with psoriasis had 4% to 16% higher blood cholesterol levels and liver enzymes than teens without psoriasis,” WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/20, Mann) reported. “Levels of so-called ‘bad’ or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol were higher among teens with psoriasis that were also obese.”

 

Physician Discusses Stigma Of Obesity

In a column in the Huffington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/19), preventive medicine physician Scott Kahan, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, wrote, “The National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and numerous other scientific organizations regard obesity as a disease, yet most people continue to dismiss obesity as a ‘willful misconduct’ and label people who have obesity as lazy and weak.” Dr. Kahan argued, “In fact, the vast majority of Americans, regardless of weight, are eating unhealthily and barely moving. … Yet, while we instinctively comfort and support normal-weight persons who suffer from hypertension or diabetes or other chronic diseases, even though unhealthy eating and inactivity were likely involved in developing those diseases, we ridicule and punish persons with obesity,” a stigma to which physicians themselves are not immune.

Does Pycnogenol® Improve Vision in Patients With Early Diabetic Retinopathy?

Does Pycnogenol® Improve Vision in Patients With Early Diabetic Retinopathy?

Gregory A. Nichols, PhD

Pycnogenol Improves Microcirculation, Retinal Edema, and Visual Acuity in Early Diabetic Retinopathy

Steigerwalt R, Belcaro G, Cesarone MR, et al
J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2009;25:537-540

Study Summary

This double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was designed to test the protective effects of Pycnogenol®, an extract of French maritime pine bark that stimulates endothelial nitric oxide to facilitate vasodilatation. Pycnogenol® was evaluated for its effects in early stages of retinopathy characterized by mild to moderate retinal edema in the absence of hemorrhage or hard exudates in the macula center. Inclusion criteria included diabetes diagnosed at least 4 years previously; good glycemic control (hemoglobin A1c < 7%); and a moderate degree of retinopathy characterized by macular edema, retinal swelling, and the presence of minor exudates and hemorrhage. Persons with proliferative retinopathy, previous laser treatment, or hypertension requiring medical treatment were excluded.

Eligible patients were randomly assigned to 150 mg Pycnogenol® (n = 24) in the morning after breakfast or placebo (n = 22) for 2 months. There were no significant differences between the treatment and control groups at baseline in terms of age, sex, glycemic control, or duration of diabetes. More important, there was no difference in baseline visual acuity, retinal blood flow, or retinal thickness. The following variables were investigated:

  • Visual acuity using the standard Snellen Chart;
  • Diabetic retinopathy by ophthalmoscopy following pupil dilation;
  • Retinal blood flow (quantitatively and noninvasively) by color duplex scanning;
  • Retinal thickness using resolution ultrasonography at 14 MHz; and
  • Ultrasonography evaluation twice by 2 experienced physicians.

Visual acuity in the group receiving Pycnogenol® significantly increased from a baseline average of 14/20 to 17/20 after 2 months. Because no significant change was found in the control group, the difference at the end of the study was statistically significant between the 2 groups.

Pycnogenol® significantly improved both systolic and diastolic retinal blood flow, expressed as flow velocity at the central retinal artery. Among the subset with moderate (as opposed to mild) retinal edema, retinal thickness decreased significantly in the Pycnogenol® group but not in the control group.

Viewpoint

There is no shortage of herbal or plant extract supplements available for just about anything that ails a patient. Many manufacturers make unsubstantiated claims, and in the rare case that those claims are evaluated scientifically, they typically fail to hold up. Pycnogenol® claims beneficial effects in cardiovascular health, skin care, cognitive function, diabetes health, inflammation, sports nutrition, asthma and allergy relief, and menstrual disorders, among others.[1]

Some of the manufacturer’s supporting documentation is less than convincing, but studies in relatively obscure journals do seem to provide evidence that Pycnogenol® improves retinopathy[2] and reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease[3]; blood glucose might also be improved.[4]

In the current study, the authors conducted a randomized trial that also demonstrated an ophthalmologic benefit. However, patients underwent a diet and exercise program, so the benefits of Pycnogenol® could not be isolated. In addition, the study was limited by the extremely selective sample: Participants had a mean age of about 52 years and had had a diabetes diagnosis for a mean of about 6.5 years, making them quite young at diagnosis. More important, patients with hypertension were excluded. It is actually somewhat surprising that they found 46 patients with diabetes for at least 4 years who were not hypertensive! Thus, it is not clear whether the results would apply to the more general diabetes patient.

The results suggest that further research into the potential benefits of Pycnogenol® is indeed warranted.

FDA Nukes Yet Another B.S. Weight Loss Pill…YES!

[ Sometimes I read an article so great I have to forward it to all my readers. This recent post by fitness expert Jon Benson is one of those articles. See if it doesn’t help you with your goals. Thanks! ]

I took a big, huge, massive sigh of relief today.

Finally… the FDA did something right when it comes to bogus “magic” diet-fatburn pills.

A panel of experts reviewed Vivus Inc.’s new wonder-pill “Qnexa” today.

They gave it the thumbs-down.

Why?

Oh… pesky little reported side-effects like… (are you ready for this?)…

Heart Attacks

Stroke

Increased Risk of Suicide (yikes!)

Memory/Concentration Loss

You know… “minor” stuff like that.

GEEZ. What the hell are these drug companies thinking?

Oh, right…

Quick-Fix =

Big-Bucks

Got it.

So, I am going to believe that YOU are much smarter than the morons who tried to get this drug past the FDA.

I’m going to assume you want a solution to this obesity pandemic and your own fatloss issues (if you have them) that do NOT involve risking your life for a thinner you.

“Oh, Marge… she looks so thin in her casket…”

THIS IS NOT A GOOD EULOGY! : )

Listen: I get it. I really do.

I’m an athlete and we are always looking for tricks to help increase our performance. But your body is simply too smart for these fatloss-pills people are trying to pass off as “a break-through medical discovery.”

Nonsense… more like heart-breaking medical waste of time.

One day… perhaps even in my lifetime… someone will invent a chemical that actually works to shed bodyfat without harming the body. That will be a great day for all of us.

Even so, I can all but promise you that this chemical will have its nasty side-effects and/or be limited in duration or power.

Nothing, repeat NOTHING you can pop in your mouth will give you the JOY that managing your dietplan and bodyweight can give you.

NOTHING!

It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.

And here’s a fantastic clue for you: The reason we want to be thin is because of the FEELING it gives us. Most everything we do is based on feelings.

Quick-fixes negate the most powerful thing about feelings: Earning the right to have them!

Think of it this way: Would you feel more alive and powerful if you climbed a mountain or if you took a helicopter ride to the summit?

Sure, the helicopter is easy… but which is more personally rewarding?

Think of your own body transformation goals as your personal mountain to climb.

No helicopters… just really good guides (I volunteer) and solid climbing tools (like a great real-world dietplan, solid workouts that work WITH your schedule, and realistic but exciting goals.)

Your goals will become your base camps along your summit of your personal journey to the best you possible.

Color me silly, but I think that sounds FAR more empowering and rewarding that popping pills.

As you probably know I wrote one of the top books in the world on “real-world” weighttloss (spelled that way so the spambox won’t eat your email… : ) I made this dietary System as easy as possible… but NO plan is “easy” and there is NO quick-fixes out there without serious pricetags.

That said, I have some “rebel tricks” to share with you today… and they won’t put you six feet under before your time.

Just click on the page below and then click on “Articles”… then you’ll see it. It’s the first article, “3 Diet Secrets Revealed”.

Go here:

Video Plus Articles Homepage

You can’t sell this stuff in a bottle… but it works to get the bodyfat off and keep it off.

Remember:

Don’t Quit… Get Fit.

Sincerely,

J O N B E N S O N

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Survey Finds Many Americans Not Visiting Eye Doctors Due To Cost, Lack Of Insurance

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/19, Hendrick) reported, “A large number of people who have problems with their eyesight don’t visit eye doctors because of the cost or because they don’t have health insurance that covers eye care,” according to the May 20 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “In a study involving 11,503 adults aged 40 and over who were considered to have moderate-to-severe visual impairment, 39.8% said they had skipped seeking care in the past year because of costs or lack of insurance.” What’s more, nearly “35% said they didn’t seek eyesight care because they felt they didn’t need it, while 4.5% said they could not get an appointment.”

SIRT1: Is Your Fat-Burning Gene Turned On?

[ The following article was written by Jon Benson, fitness and fat-loss expert. I trust you’ll enjoy it! ]

You may have this gene.

It may be turned “off” right now… in fact it probably is.

There’s a problem with that:

This gene helps you melt off bodyfat.

It would be pretty nice to turn that sucker on, right?

Here’s the article on…

1. What SIRT1 is;
2. How you can “turn it on”
3. How to keep it on

What Is SIRT1?

Simply put, SIRT1 is a “rescue gene”. This gene is activated during times of fasting to, for a very SHORT period of time, access more stored bodyfat.

That’s a good thing.

The problems are…

1. Fasting is not good for the metabolism if done for more than a day;

2. This trick doesn’t work well over the long-run.

SIRT1 is practically dormant in most people as we have a surplus of food. We consume, on average, about 30% more food than our bodies require every single day.

It’s no wonder this gene went to sleep…

… and it’s time you wake it up.

How To Turn On SIRT1

As mentioned above, fasting for a day will activate SIRT1 if practiced for a few weeks. So you eat one day, fast the next, and keep this up for 1-2 weeks.

But… let’s face it. Most of us do not like the idea of NOT eating for a full day.

So I have two alternatives that work just as well to activate SIRT1 and NOT shut down your metabolism over the long-haul (as weekly fasting like this can do.)

TIP 1: Do a fruit fast instead

If you want to try a fruit fast every other day you can do so. This is much healthier and much easier on the body than an all-out fast.

However, for some people the sugar in fruit can trigger over-eating… and we don’t want that.

TIP 2: Stagger your calories

I teach this trick here:

Why This Works <— click.here

But I take it a step further: I let you in on how you can stagger your “macronutrients” and your calories without having to think too much about it.

I call this my “Favorite Foods Plan” because it demands you consume high-calorie foods that you enjoy at specific times on specific days.

The other days are low in calories, higher in lean protein, but still contain real food.

Fasting is not necessary. The “starvation” switch that triggers SIRT1 has been shown to be triggered after only a day or two of low-calorie eating.

You just can’t do that very long without higher- calorie days… and THAT is the nifty trick you need to learn.

I wrote the book on the subject… literally. : )

My Guide To Fatloss <— click.here

How Do You Keep SIRT1 “On”?

Simple: You stay on this cycle-your-calories dietplan… yep. That’s necessary. This is for LIFETIME fatloss… not a crash dietplan… they never, EVER get you what you want.

You want to be lean for life… no exceptions.

So to do that you need all the genetic help you can get…. and SIRT1 is part of that plan.

Turn it on today.

Go here now –

Turn On Your Fatburning Gene <— click.here

Remember:
Don’t Quit. Get Fit!

P.S. I’ve made the science part of this article pretty straight-forward. Personally I love science stuff but I slept through most of the boring parts. ; )

However, this is science you can USE… as in right now… today…

And you definitely need to make sure SIRT1 is alive and well… working away to help you shed more weight…

Turn On Your Fatburning Gene <— click.here

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Vegetarian Diet May Lower Risk For Developing Metabolic Syndrome

MedWire Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/18, Withers) reported, “Individuals who consume a vegetarian diet have a lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than those who do not,” according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the journal Diabetes Care. After examining the diets of some 773 people, researchers found “those adhering to a vegetarian dietary pattern were at a 56% lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than nonvegetarians,” and that “triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body mass index were all significantly lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, even after adjusting for age, gender, ethnicity, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, and dietary intake.”

 

Selenium May Slow Progression Of Eye Problems In Patients With Graves’ Disease

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/18, Gordon) reported, “The trace mineral selenium improves quality of life and slows the progression of eye problems in people with the autoimmune disorder known as Graves’ disease,” according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the May 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. For the study, researchers “recruited 159 people with mild Graves’ orbitopathy, and randomly assigned them to receive two daily doses of either 100 micrograms of selenium, 600 milligrams of pentoxifylline, or a placebo.” Six months later, the study authors “found that selenium treatment, but not pentoxifylline or the placebo, was associated with an improved quality of life.” What’s more, the mineral also slowed the progression of the orbitopathy, compared to pentoxifylline and placebo.

 

VNTV Episode 3 – Nutrition and the Eyes with special guest Dr. Hoang Ho, OD

We filmed our third episode for VietNewsTV on Friday May 6. Our special guest was Dr. Hoang Ho, who is the owner/optometrist of Healthy I Care Optometry located inside the Walmart in the Clairemont area.

This is the brief outline of topics that was discussed
Dry eyes:  Artificial tears and Omega 3 fatty acid.

Cornea:  Arcus by hypercholesteremia.

Lens:  cataract prevention

Vitreous:  PVD

Retina:  Supplements for ARMD, Glaucoma, DM, HTN, and other supportive components for normal healthy tissues.

An emphasis on OPC-3 will be discussed on the second episode and here is a brief overview.

OPC, a 3-letter acronym for Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex, is commonly known as super antioxidant, 20 times stronger than Vitamin C and 50 times stronger than Vitamin E. An OPC supplement in isotonic form has been proven to be the most effective for absorption in the human body, and to be the most popular in the OPC consumers, if the OPC complex is derived from a combination of 3 natural product extracts – pine bark, grape seed and red wine extracts.
OPC Antioxidants are considered the best antioxidants available to humans. Derived from grape seed extract, pine tree bark and other sources, OPC Antioxidants are a powerful mixture of all natural, free radical neutralizers that provide a plethora of health benefits including increased circulation and blood flow, improved cardiovascular health and improved brain function. It can even help reduce stress, reverse the aging process and offset symptoms and ailments resulting from serious diseases like Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Macular Degeneration.

Lifestyle Factors Linked To Heart Health May Also Help Protect Against Kidney Stones

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/17, Salamon) reported that “the same lifestyle factors that are linked to healthy hearts and bones can also keep painful kidney stones at bay,” according to research presented at a urological medicine meeting. One study suggested that “women with higher calcium intakes were at reduced risk of” kidneys stones. Another study found that “statins, typically used to treat high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, were linked with a 50 percent reduction in stone disease among men and a 70 percent reduction among women.”

Kidney stones (calculus of kidney) refer to stones that occur in the junction of renal calyx, renal pelvis and ureter. They are mostly located in the renal pelvis, and the renal essence stones are rare. The plain film shows there is a single or multiple round, oval or obtuse triangular dense shadow in the renal area, with high density and uniformity. Majorly smooth contours, but there are non-smooth mulberry-like contours. The kidney is the main part for the formation of stones in the urinary system; stones in any other parts can originate in the kidney; the ureteral calculus is almost all from the kidney, and the kidney stones are more easily to direct damage the kidney than any other parts of stones, thus the early diagnosis and treatment are very important.

 

Muscle-shaping 101: 5 Tips

[ I love reading fresh fitness articles… and this one by Jon Benson fits the bill. You really should check this out… enjoy! }

Ever heard of Rowdy Gains?

Rowdy was swimmer and Olympic gold-medalist in the 1984 Olympics.

But that’s not what made Rowdy special.

And certainly not what makes his story worth reading when it comes to muscle-shaping secrets.

Over the next few days I’m going to be sharing 5 Tips for putting on lean muscle. If you want to put on a 2 lbs or 20lbs of muscle, these 5 Tips will help you do it faster than ever.

Remember: Muscle burns calories at rest… the more lean muscle you have the less bodyfat you’ll have if you eat the way I suggest. It’s as simple as that.

Back to Rowdy Gains…

His story is golden because of “how” he won the medal.

You see, Rowdy was an underdog. He was considered too old to be a legitimate threat in the race, despite being a world record-holder. He has missed his prime due to the boycott of the 1980 Olympics.

But Rowdy had a good coach (more on that tomorrow)… and his coach knew the power of “distinctions”…

Distinctions are the subtle things that turn average into excellence and losers into winners. Often distinctions are so hard to spot that even the smartest people miss them.

The men and women who succeed massively rarely miss them.

Rowdy was focused on the race… but his coach was focused on the distinctions.

“What can Rowdy do that no one else is doing to give him an edge?”

Well, his savvy coach noticed that the guy who started the race was calling “on your marks…” and then quickly firing the starting-gun. Very quickly in fact.

His coach came up to him moments before the race and said, “Rowdy, jump early.”

And jump early he did. He was first off the blocks and never looked back.

Turns to find out that his time off the blocks was the difference between winning and losing. And the second place guy was furious! He was hitting the wall and yelling about the “false start”… but there was not a false start upon reply.

Just a savvy start! A start based on one, small, tiny… actually monumentally huge distinction.

The first thing you need to ask yourself when it comes to your weight-training goals is this:

“What small distinctions can I make to turn an average workout into a super-productive workout”?

Again, these are small distinctions… little things that add up to huge gains.

Here’s an example:

When doing a chest press exercise, I have two distinctions that have made all the difference in my chest gains.

First, I turn my palms inward, rather than facing out, when pressing with dumbbells. Obviously this does not work with barbell presses, but I use mostly dumbbells.

The result? No rotator cuff or shoulder injuries.

This alone has allowed me to train three more months out of each year. That’s how much time I used to lose before an orthopedic surgeon gave me this tip.

Second, when pressing, I explode up. Then I slow DOWN… I always lower the weight slower than I lift it up. This gives me TWO growth factors rather than just one in the same movement, and without one second difference in the gym.

Again… distinctions.

If you want my book on the best distinctions I’ve ever used for gaining lean muscle, then go here:

7 Minute Workouts <– go.

Think about it next time you plan your workouts.

[ My thoughts on this article: Jon is really on to something here. If you want to then take a look at the pages referenced in this article. Thanks! ]

Antibiotic Use During Infancy May Increase Risk For Developing Childhood Asthma

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/16, Nierenberg) reported that infants who are given “antibiotics during the first year of life may be at a slightly increased risk of developing asthma by age 18,” according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed data from “22 previous studies published between 1950 and July 1, 2010,” and found that infants who given antibiotics “during their first year of life were about 50% more likely than babies who never received the drugs to be diagnosed with asthma.” In studies that adjusted for “respiratory infections,” however, a child who was given “antibiotics was 13% more likely to be diagnosed with asthma than a child who never took the medication.”

Live Your Life With the 4 P’s (part one)

What are the four P’s that I personally live by? In a nutshell, they are passion, persistence, positivity, and purpose. I am confident that if you live your life by these four simple statutes, you do not need to chase success, success will follow you.

In this blog, I will concentrate on the first aspect which is passion. There are many definitions for passion. According to the dictionary, passion is defined as a powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger, ardent love, strong sexual desire, lust, boundless enthusiasm, an abandoned display of emotion, especially of anger. I will be concentrating on the boundless enthusiasm aspect, for being passionate can and will take you far in life. A nice quote to share: “Passion is passion. It’s the excitement between the tedious spaces, and it doesn’t matter where it’s directed…It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith…the saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all.” Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.

Find a job that you are passionate about and you will never have to work a day in your life. When you are passionate about your job, your employer will sense this and reward you accordingly. If you are self-employed, your customers and clients will become loyal patrons for life if you create an excellent experience for them. They will sense your passion and gravitate towards you and your services. As an end result, business will increase because not only have you captured them, your passion has created a word of mouth referral for their family and friends. Have you noticed that every successful person in this world have a certain passion and vision that emanates from their body? Success becomes a part of the energy wavelength that they emit into the universe, without words even being spoken.

Being passionate about life will open doors for you that you never thought was possible. People will always be drawn to passionate and positive things in life, whether it be humans, inanimate objects or experiences. Do not live a life of fear, regrets and defeat. You only have one life and you do not know your time of departure from this earth so it is best you use this time wisely. Nurture your passion by taking whatever means necessary (with integrity) to accomplish your goals and live the life that you have always dreamt of. Your life is exactly what you make of it so why not live like today is literally your last and being passionate is a great start guaranteed!

~KDT

Coffee Drinkers Have More Good Health News

Coffee’s health benefits show how the antioxidants in caffeine fight damage-causing free radicals.

Caffeine’s jolt may do more than just keep you awake. A new study supports coffee’s health benefits by showing how the antioxidants in caffeine fight damage-causing free radicals.

Researchers say their experiments explain the chemistry of how the antioxidants in caffeine seek out and destroy free radicals associated with Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Free radicals are molecules in the body that attack healthy cells and cause damage that can lead to disease. The health benefits of antioxidants are largely due to their effects in protecting against damage from these free radicals.

Coffee: an Antioxidant Goldmine

Recent studies have shown that coffee is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the average person’s diet.  But little is known about how these antioxidants from coffee, including caffeine, work against free radicals.

In the study, published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, researcher Jorge Rafael Leon-Carmona of Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, in Mexico, evaluated the five different theoretical mechanisms of the chemical reaction between the antioxidants in caffeine and free radicals.

The researchers found that a mechanism called the radical adduct formation (RAF) is the main mechanism involved in caffeine’s ability to protect against damage from free radicals, which is consistent with previous studies in animals.

Researchers say the results support the notion that caffeine is a major source of antioxidant activity in coffee.

SOURCES:

  • Leon, R. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, March 25, 2011; vol 115: pp 4538-4546.
  • News release, American Chemical Society.

Written by : Jeff Behar

 

 

Heavy Precipitation Prompted This Year’s Particularly Robust Allergy Season

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/16) reports, “Warnings about the difficult season have come from allergy specialists from New York to Atlanta, Chicago to California.” Heavy snow and rain in “some parts of the country have nourished a profusion of tree pollen, while a sudden shift to warm, sunny weather has made its release more robust.” The deluges and some flooding have also boosted the “volume on mold.”

Individuals Who Have Received Inpatient Allergy Treatment Allergy May Have Increased Risk For Suicide.MedWire Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/16, Cowen) reports that, according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the May issue of Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, “individuals who have received inpatient allergy treatment are at increased risk for suicide.” After analyzing “data on 27,096 individuals who committed suicide between 1981 and 2006, and 467,571 controls from the general population who were matched for date of birth-, gender-, and time of suicide (20 controls per case),” researchers discovered that “overall, a history of inpatient treatment for allergy predicted suicide completion, with and incidence rate ratio (IRR) of 1.46.”

How To Avoid Those 5 Awful Words…

The Five Dreaded Words
Avoid “I’m Not in the Mood” with Some Libido-Lifting Tips

Tell me if you can relate to the following experience:

A long week of work has finally reached its end.  Sure, the week was difficult, but the main reason for its lengthiness was due to anticipation — anticipation of what the weekend held in store.

All weekends are great.  But this weekend was billed to be WAY above average.  Why? Because you were spending it with your significant other, away from it all, in one of the finest of hotels your city has to offer.  And if a little bit of luck was on your side, it would turn out to be one of the more memorable “experiences” of a lifetime — ahem, if you know what I mean (and I think you do).

Turns out, things didn’t go as planned.  The hotel was great, and the decor was to die for, but The Five Dreaded Words were spoken, the ones that always put the kibosh on a romantic night of lovemaking:  “I’m not in the mood.”

Each one of us have either felt or heard these words spoken before, and whether you’re the giver or the receiver, it’s never pleasant.  Sex is a HUGE part of a relationship, and when opportunities for lovemaking go by the wayside, it frequently diminishes forthcoming opportunities — whether it’s due to fear of the same thing happening again, or the lowering of expectations.

The key, of course, is to have that “motivation” within you at all times so those Five Dreaded Words are never spoken.  Here’s a small helping of ways in which to keep your libido lifted so you can avoid the 5DW :

Diet

Skeptics argue that keeping one’s libido lifted through diet is a self-fulfilling prophecy; in other words, if you think almonds or chocolate will lift your libido, odds are good they will.

But scientific evidence — not psychosomatic hogwash — suggests that certain foods do, indeed, lift one’s libido.  For example, a study from Southwestern University found that coffee beans lift the libido of females.  For men, the love-lifting libation is tea, specifically Damiana tea. Alternative health expert Dr. Sarah Brewer says the ingredient responsible for increasing male libido in this tea is called gonzalitosin.  This ingredient sends a tingling sensation to the penis.

As a man, all I can say is, “Say no more!”

Supplements

Supplementing with vitamins and minerals are, hopefully, a normal part of your daily regimen, but specific supplements provide a great boost to your sex drive.  Take St. John’s Wort as an example.

St. John’s Wort has a multitude of benefits — from improving one’s mood to improving one’s mind — and those benefits can be found in the bedroom.  Because of its mood-improving properties, studies have shown that 60 percent of people formerly uninterested in sex regained their interest after taking St. John’s Wort.

Care for two more?  Try ginseng and gingko biloba on for size (and no, I don’t mean that kind of size).  Ginseng is one of the earliest herbs to be widely marketed in the United States, and it’s taken by millions of people regularly for the natural boost of energy it provides.  So for people whose energy levels leave them pooped time comes for whoopee, ginseng is just the thing.

As for gingko biloba, this oddly-named herb stimulates blood flow throughout the body and brain (which explains why it’s taken by those who have a hard time remembering things).  As blood flow improves its flow throughout the body, it serves as the perfect elixir for those who have a hard time getting a, shall we say, “hard on.”

Research published in the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy found that men who took gingko biloba regularly were able to maintain erections after six months (granted, gingko biloba is not an overnight healer, but the improvement took place, and it took place without the negative side effects that always accompany male impotency drugs).

A low libido may feel like something that’s out of your hands; something that will come back on its own in its own due course.  That may be the case, but more often than not, it can be through our every-day actions and lifestyle.

For more information on the “Why?” and “How?” of libido, you may want to check out a great new website I’ve discovered.  At http://www.lowpressuresex.com/go/kdtruong you’ll discover some of the hidden reasons why your libido has been slumping for so long, but more importantly, how to get it on the upswing quickly, painlessly, and naturally.

I hope you’ll take this opportunity and visit http://www.lowpressuresex.com/go/kdtruong today. By the time your next weekend getaway comes around, you’ll thank me (and your partner will thank you).

I recommend you visit their website immediately, where you’ll get a crash course on how this issue has affected me personally; more information on the links between what’s ‘down there’ and hypertension; and most important of all, how you can improve the health of your body and your relationship…all-naturally.

http://www.lowpressuresex.com/go/kdtruong

Source:
thirdage.com/sex/23-ways-to-lift-your-libido

Exercise Less, Not More!

[ Editor’s Note: Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

If I had to pick out the number one reason most people fail to achieve good results in the gym, guess what it would be?

Over-training. Exercising too much.

Sounds counter-intuitive, but trust me: It’s quite real.

Folks write to me all the time and say…

“Jon, I don’t get it. I cannot lose bodyfat and I’m running six days a week for an hour and training in the gym five days a week for 45 minutes!”

My answer back is usually:

“You are training 4x more than me, and I’m a fitness pro!”

Look, do you take 21 aspirin for a headache, thinking the more you take the faster your pain will go away?

No?

So why apply the same logic to fitness? Only a certain amount is required. Beyond that, you are spinning your wheels.

When I wrote 7 Minute Muscle (available here: http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/7mm) I exposed all the lies about training too long and why this is not the best way to achieve the results you want. Check it out if you want the facts.

One more thing: 75% of your progress will come in the kitchen, not in the gym or on the treadmill.

As for me, I would much rather eat smart and train less than train all the time and be forced to eat 6-8 times a day just to recover from it all.

That makes no sense to me at all.

You?

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So there’s nothing to buy at all… in fact you get tons of freee stuff AND you can even earn bucks in the program.

It’s just too cool for words.
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The Course is for anyone who wants to become their own “personal” fatloss expert. It is complete with a quiz each day and more material than most people sell in a book… and it’s totally freee.

After the course, you get his “Radical Fatloss Blueprint” freee too. This is all about how he and a group of “guinea pigs” experimented with natural techniques and got up to 21 lbs of unwanted bodyfat off in just 21 days.

The average was 17.5, but some people got as much as 30 lbs off.

All with little to no muscle lost.

It then outlines the ‘exact’ workout and supplement “feeding” schedule Jon still uses to get into top shape in 21 days.

This is down to the ‘hour’… and it includes home workouts or gym workouts. Your choice.

This is his gift to my readers, and I am thrilled to share it with you.

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Enjoy the course!

Free Vision Screening Medical Mission 05/22/11 12pm-5pm

We are going to partner up with the 24 hour fitness Balboa location to do another Medical Mission for the community on Sunday May 22, 2011. We had a great turn out last time at the Bayside Community Center and we took lots of pictures. We will have Optometrists including myself to perform free vision screenings, Chiropractors to do free spine analysis, 24 Hour Fitness advisors to speak about nutrition and exercise. NVision Laser Centers will also be with us for support and talk about different laser vision correction options. We will most likely have some nurses to give health advise to the patients. Please come out to support us and have fun while supporting a great cause. Also pass the word to everyone you know. This location is very busy and centrally located 🙂 We will have refreshments for everyone.

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Should you be concerned?

Anyone with a history of high blood pressure in their family knows what devastation it can wreak.  It carries with it a mishmash of health risks, many of them serious, like tripling the risk of dying from a heart attack, quadrupling the risk of dying from a stroke, doubling the risk of congestive heart failure and tripling the risk of developing kidney disease.

But if our very lives weren’t enough for high blood pressure to be in the top five of our “Health Issues to Be Concerned About” lists, then how about the lives of our marriages and relationships?

High blood pressure has a significant impact on a couple’s sexlife.  Sex is a crucial part of any relationship, and when a loving couple is not having it at least on a semi-regular basis, more often than not, the relationship sours faster than curdled milk.

The reason high blood pressure affects the average sexlife all boils down to blood flow. Due to the narrowing of the arteries that high blood pressure creates, it diminishes a man’s ability to have an.erection — never mind maintain one — as there’s less blood flowing to the penis.

To rectify this situation, the average guy heads to his doctor, reluctantly tells him or her about his issues “down there,” and the doctor prescribes him with some form of hypertension med — usually an alpha or beta-blocker.

Problem solved, right?  Not exactly.

While your blood pressure levels might lower incrementally, your sex drive will lower incrementally as well — the very opposite of what you want to have happen.

This isn’t some theory concocted by so-called natural health “whack jobs,” mind you. Well-respected news organizations and medical information outlets — like ABC News and the Mayo Clinic — corroborate this.  In an ABC News webcast on Feb. 7 of last year, Dr. Domenic Sica, chairman for Clinical Pharmacology and Hypertension at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, said this:

“When you look at it, a number of the blood pressure medications we use are associated with the onset of male dysfunction.  Now, that can be a diuretic, a beta-blocker, or so-called peripheral alpha beta-blocker — those are three drugs commonly linked to male dysfunction.”

I’m not sure the link can be made any clearer; you name the hypertension drug, and it will adversely affect your sexlife.

Given this, if you’ll pardon the cliche, how does one kill two birds with one stone?  How does one lower their blood pressure and improve their lovelife at the same time?  Or is that even possible?

Absolutely it’s possible, and you can learn how to do it all-naturally.

Bestselling authors Frank Mangano and Jon Benson have developed an easy, all-natural way to lower your blood pressure and improve your sexlife at the same time.  They weren’t sure this was possible, but after months of research and hordes of emails from people on how their system worked for them, they don’t just think it’s possible, they know it’s possible!

Let me prove it to you.

Go here:

http://www.lowpressuresex.com/go/kdtruong

I recommend you visit their website immediately, where you’ll get a crash course on how this issue has affected me personally; more information on the links between what’s ‘down there’ and hypertension; and most important of all, how you can improve the health of your body and your relationship…all-naturally.

Sources:
health.yahoo.com/bloodpressure-complication/high-blood-pressure-and-sex-overcome-the-challenges/mayoclinic–13476B30-E7FF-0DBD-18FF920E1D5480C7.html
americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2129
abcnews.go.com/Health/HypertensionTreatment/story?id=5236683

Consumption Of Dairy Products May Reduce Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

MedWire Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/12, Albert) reported that, according to a review Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published online in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “consumption of dairy products, especially those with a low fat content, may reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.” Researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing data derived from seven studies encompassing some 300,000 participants. The study authors theorized that “one possible reason for this could be the high vitamin D content found in dairy products, high levels of which have been shown to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes in other studies.”

Hypertension, Obesity, Diabetes Associated With Autism

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/11, Goodwin) reported that, according to research presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, “having the flu during pregnancy isn’t associated with a heightened risk of autism or developmental delay in children, although having a fever during pregnancy might be.” In addition, “giving birth by Cesarean section isn’t associated with autism in offspring, but having diabetes or high blood pressure or being obese while pregnant seems to be.”

In addition, “the mothers of children who were delayed developmentally were about 150% more likely to be obese before pregnancy, have diabetes, or have high blood pressure,” WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/11, Doheny) reported.

 

Having Blue Eyes, Fair Skin May Raise Risk For Type 1 Diabetes

MedWire Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/10, Albert) reported, “Having blue eyes, and to a
lesser extent fair skin, increases a person’s risk of having Type 1 diabetes,”
according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published online in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism:
Research and Reviews. After assessing “iris color and skin type (by melanin
quantification) in 281 consecutive patients with type 1 diabetes…and 298
controls,” the researchers noted that they “have evaluated a possible
association between different single nucleotide polymorphisms of the OCA2, MC1R,
and MATP genes and the eye color and the fair skin in type 1 diabetes subjects.”

Implantable Retinal Prosthesis Allows 30 Legally Blind People To See Light As Phosphenes

Medscape Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/9, Osterweil) reported that “an implantable retinal prosthesis (Argus II, Second Sight Medical, Sylmar, California) has allowed 30 legally blind patients to see light as phosphenes, and has helped some improve their orientation and mobility in daily tasks, investigators reported” at a vision research meeting. Medscape explained, “The Argus II retinal prosthesis system couples a 60-electrode grid implanted in the retina with a spectacle-worn video camera and a visual processing unit that users can wear around the neck or waist. The visual information is sent wirelessly from the camera to the processing unit, which converts the information into pattern stimulation.”

How I Get My Energy And Positivity For Life

This is my first official blog post and I appreciate you reading this.

My friends and family always ask me why do I always have so much energy and how do I get it. There is no secret formula or magic potion. What I will share with you is what works for me and I’m pretty sure it will work for you. Proper exercise and nutrition is the foundation to set this into motion. There is no better time to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing than in the morning, but the key is to get the exercise in any time of day. I try to do some sort of exercise before work to start the day off right (I will go into the different kinds of exercise and the nutrition aspects on future blogs). The reason why exercise helps with your energy is based on a scientific fact that we are all composed of trillions of cells in our bodies. Each of these cells has an energy powerplant called mitochondria which produces ATP (basic molecule for energy). What exercise does is it makes each mitochondria become much more efficient so it’s like you are upgrading your internal engine from a go-cart to a race car. The caveat is that it takes time for your body to adapt; at least several months of CONSISTENT exercise for your body to fully acclimate. Rome was not built in a day so your body needs time as well. NO EXCUSES!

We are all made of energy; we all emit a certain frequency into the universe. When your energy levels go up, so will your positivity. If you feel healthy and good about yourself, the positive energy that you present will surround you with an aura of confidence that is undeniable. When you are positive, people around you will be more warm to you as well. One of the best things with having high energy and emitting a high frequency, is that you won’t be depressed, get sick much, you will feel that nothing in life is impossible. Your happiness is a reflection of your health and doors will open to you like no other guaranteed!

There’s ton of excuses that people make why they are not happy. The life that you have is exactly the life that you have created for yourself. Stop blaming others for your misfortunes and start creating your own happiness by taking action and doing something positive for yourself and for others. Trust me, I have gone through my battles and I have realized that your mind is the most powerful force you have. It can be your best friend and turn around be your worst enemy. Learn to control it by thinking positive thoughts especially during difficult situations. Be grateful for what you have but always dream bigger! Your happiness is a choice so choose it wisely!

~KDT

Researchers Pinpoint Factors Key To Glaucoma Progression

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/9, Preidt) reported, “Researchers say they’ve pinpointed a number of factors that may be key to the progression of the eye disease glaucoma,” according to a paper published in the May issue of the journal Archives of Ophthalmology. After analyzing data on 587 patients, investigators “concluded that key risk factors for glaucoma progression included a thinning of the cornea, loss of the visual field and an” intraocular pressure “of 18 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) or higher.”

Approximately 58,000 Patients Every Year In US May Wake Up With Stroke Symptoms

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/10, Marcus) reports, “One in seven strokes happens at night, and sufferers may not get medicine that could prevent brain damage, suggests a new study” published in Neurology. Investigators “analyzed data from 1,854 patients over 18 who had been treated in hospital emergency departments in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the course of a year for ischemic strokes.” The researchers “found that 273 patients experienced wake-up strokes.”

The CNN Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/9) “The Chart” blog reported that the “researchers found that 98 of the 273 wake-up strokes used in their study would have qualified for…clot-busting treatment if medical staff could only have known when the stroke symptoms began.”

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/10) reports that the researchers calculate that, were the data extrapolated nationally, approximately 58,000 individuals in the US seek emergency treatment each year after waking up with stroke symptoms.

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/9, Hendrick) reported that the investigators “compared people who reported to emergency departments with wake-up strokes to those who had strokes while awake. No differences were noted between the two groups in terms of sex, whether they were married or living with a partner, and their stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, or high cholesterol.”

 

Diabetic Retinopathy May Predict All-Cause Mortality, Cardiovascular Disease In Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

MedWire Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/6, Albert) reported that, according to a meta-analysis Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published April 27 in the journal Diabetes Care, “diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a predictor for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.” The meta-analysis, which encompassed 20 studies including 19,234 participants, found that, “compared with patients with type 2 diabetes and no DR, those with any degree of DR had a significant 2.34-fold increased risk for the combined endpoint of all-cause mortality and/or CVD (myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary artery bypass graft, ischemic changes on electrocardiography, stroke, or lower leg amputation).”

VEGF Inhibitor Shows Promise For Treating Neovascular AMD

Medscape Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/6, Osterweil) reported that, according to a study presented at a vision research meeting, “An experimental fusion protein was safe and was associated with statistically significant improvements in visual acuity and other parameters, compared with sham injections, in patients with macular edema secondary to central retinal vein occlusion, and also showed efficacy in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD).” Specifically, “six-month follow-up results from the phase 3 COPERNICUS (Controlled Phase 3 Evaluation of Repeated Intravitreal Administration of VEGF Trap-Eye In Central Retinal Vein Occlusion: Utility and Safety) trial showed that 56.1% of patients who received the protein gained at least three lines of visual acuity (15 or more letters), compared with 12.3% of control subjects who received sham injections (P < .0001).”

How Long To Rest Between Sets

[ Editor’s Note:  Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

A lot of my readers ask me how long to rest between sets while exercising.

The answer is: It depends on your goals.

If you are training to increase strength, I recommend resting a bit longer – up to two minutes for exercises like squats and heavy dumbbell work. But if you want to burn the most amount of bodyfat and gain lean muscle, I recommend resting for very short periods of time.

“The Iron Guru” Vince Gironda used to recommend leaving your hands on the bar between sets — now THAT is short rest intervals!  He would frequently rest only 15-20 seconds between sets.

This is similar to the strategy I use in 7 Minute Muscle — very short rest intervals and very intense training. Smart, short, efficient. That’s the way to go.

A good place to start is simply reducing your rest intervals by 10 seconds. No matter what workout you’re using, decrease your rest by 10 seconds between sets. You may not be as strong on the last few sets (if you are training traditionally… if you use 7 Minute Muscle your rest is “built-in” and not an issue.) Over time you will work your way back up to the same amount of sets and reps but done in far less time.

This means more work output, which means more muscle if your nutrition is good.

This is the best way to train most of the time:  Limited rest, intense sets, and short workouts.

They are the ones that produce results.

Go here for more information —

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/7mm<— Short, effective workouts

“Micro-Session” Cardio Works Best

[ I love reading fresh fitness articles… and this one by Jon Benson fits the bill. You really must check this out… enjoy! }

Several recent studies have pointed to the validity of doing very short cardio sessions (10 minutes) several times a day as being as beneficial… or even better… than one longer session. I agree, assuming you do some form of interval work in your cardio sessions. In fact, unless you want to drop a lot of bodyfat, you can get by with one 9-minute session a day if you do it right.

Quick Start: Try three super-short sessions with at least a 2-3 minute higher-intensity ‘burst’ in the middle. You do not have to go to the gym to do this. You can do this by walking stairs, stepping up and down on a low platform, or even walking outside. Let’s face it: 10 minutes is a lot easier on the brain than 30 minutes… and just as good.

For More Information: When you pick up my book The Every Other Day Diet you’ll have a chance to get my book 7 Minute Body for 1/3 the retail price for a limited time only.

In 7 Minute Body, I cover my personal 9 and 15-minute cardio sessions, my 3-minute abs workout (no kidding… I do not train my abs for more than 3 minutes!) and more.

Watch the presentation on my Every Other Day Diet homepage or just click here now to just pick up 7 Minute Body now.

[ My thoughts on this article: Jon is right on the money. If you want to discover then the pages referenced in this article. Thanks! ]

The Secret To A Better Lovelife

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The Secret To A Better Lovelife

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[ Editor’s Note:  Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

Today we need to chat about your hormones.

Yeah, I chat a lot about hormones. That’s because I have been to Hormone Hell and back. Twice.

I’ve lived to tell the tale.

It’s scary… and it’s one of those hidden illnesses that you might not even know you have.

I had it at 27. I did not affect my lovelife, but that was probably due to my youth. If I did not treat it then, I would have no lovelife or drive at ALL right now.

I treated it with drugs. That is all we had back then.

Today I use a combination of therapies, many of which are natural….

1. I train with weights to increase testosterone-levels naturally.

2. I train and do cardio before eating in the morning do increase gH levels naturally without drugs.

3. I cycle my calories to increase my thyroid levels naturally.

As you can see there are many ways to increase your hormone levels naturally.

But it’s not all exercise and nutrition. Now we have several “botanical” supplements:  Herbs and other natural helpers to help the fight.

I wish I would have known about Dr. Lucille when I was 27.

She’s the expert in that field. Herbs, nutrition for hormone help, and how to protect your body IF you have to take drugs to help the problem like I do.

I listen to her. So should you.

Here’s her site:

Natural energy help <— click here

The best thing about having your hormones optimized is energy.

Yes, you will burn more bodyfat.

Yes, you will increase your lovelife and your desire to have intimacy.

Yes, you will increase your resistance to disease and common illnesses.

But I think MORE ENERGY is the best.

I have the energy to do anything I want at just about any time I want.

Here’s an example:

Today I had to go to the funeral of a dear friend. She passed away after struggling with a lifetime of various illnesses, many of which were made worse by lifestyle choices. Some she had no control over.

We all loved her dearly.

We drove until 1:00AM this morning. I got up early for the funeral but not early enough to eat breakfast.

I had a large lunch afterwards and then we headed back — another 3 hour boring drive in traffic.

Even with all of this emotional stress, my body only needed a 2-hour nap to pop right back into high gear. I could literally go and workout now at almost 11:00pm if I had to.

I’m glad I don’t because I have a night of packing ahead of me for a business trip!

Still, the point is simple:

Hormone Health = Greater Energy

Most people do not exercise because… get this….

They do not FEEL like it.

I don’t mean “feel like it” as in they would rather do something else, although that is the case sometimes.

I mean “feel like it” in the sense that they have NO energy to do it.

They are tired, run-down after a 9 to 5 day, and feel zonked.

You too?

If so, you need this info…

Natural energy help click here

Remember:  More energy, more lovelife. More workouts that burn fat. More done in the day.

More living… in the best way possible.

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Training With Weights vs “Weight Training”

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Just a word of warning:

I will be using the term “bodybuilder” or “bodybuilding” to refer to anyone who wants to build lean muscle and burn bodyfat in this article.

That means you.

Yep… you are a “bodybuilder.” That does not mean you want to look like a monster on stage and pose in front of thousands of people wearing nothing but your undies.

That means you want more lean muscle and less bodyfat — that’s it.

With that in mind, here’s something you have to know:

Bodybuilders do not “lift weights” — we “train” with weights.

We use weights as a tool like a sculptor uses a hammer and chisel.

The object of the game is not to lift some heavy weight from Point A to Point B and back. That’s weight lifting. “Bodybuilding” is about making the muscle you want to change do all the work.

Here’s two ways to do it:

1. Lower the weight and focus:  Most people are just concerned with the lift itself. “Get this weight off of me!” seems to be the unconscious mantra. This will not get the job done. In fact you may end up looking bulky rather than sleek… or just not change at all. Instead, lower the weight slightly, slow the pace down (especially on the descent of the movement) and picture the muscle in your mind doing ALL of the work. Literally put your mind in the muscle. You will be amazed at how different the same exercise feels with this degree of concentration,.

2. Contract, hold, release:  At the top of any movement, contract the muscle hard. Hold that contraction for a second or two, then release it and lower the weight slowly. This will not only cause faster muscle growth (that is a good thing) but also demand that you use less weight to get the job done. This means your joints — shoulders, knees, elbows — will last a lifetime. At 45 my joints are in perfect health. Protect yours at all costs.

Just remember:  You are not just lifting weights when you train for muscle shape and “tone” — you are a sculptor. Treat your tools and your body with that degree of care.

I cover many more tips on how to build lean muscle and burn bodyfat faster in my book “7 Minute Muscle”.

Read more here:

More muscles in far less time <— click here

Few Americans Accurately Estimate The Number Of Calories They Should Eat Daily

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/6, Hellmich) reports that just nine percent of Americans “can accurately estimate the number of calories they should eat in a day, and 9% keep track of their calories every day,” according to “a nationally representative online survey of 1,000 people, conducted for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.”

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/5, Goodman) reported, “At a time of economic uncertainty, however, the survey suggests weight loss may be on the back burner for a lot of people.” Not surprisingly, “taste is the main reason people buy food at the grocery store or a restaurant, but price is catching up as a main consideration.” Although “87% of people report taste is their top priority, 79% made price the No. 2 factor in food and drink decision making — a 15% jump for price since 2006. Healthfulness of food ranked third: 66% said a food’s nutritional quality affected their food choices.”

 

UN Projects 10.1 Billion People By 2100

The New York Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/4, A1, Gillis, Dugger, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page, “The population of the world, long expected to stabilize just above 9 billion in the middle of the century, will instead keep growing and may hit 10.1 billion by the year 2100, the United Nations projected in a report released Tuesday.” Africa will largely account for the increase, as forecasts estimate that “the population there could more than triple in this century, rising from today’s one billion to 3.6 billion.” The UN report said the world population is increasing because “fertility is not declining as rapidly as expected in some poor countries, and has shown a slight increase in many wealthier countries, including the United States, Britain and Denmark.”

The “Cost” of Eating Healthy


[ Weight loss and body transformation is never easy, but Jon Benson is an expert at making it EASIER. This is today killer article on how to get it done… faster and easier… enjoy! ]

One of the biggest myths out there is the myth that eating healthy costs too much.

Just the opposite… and I’ll prove it to you in three ways.

#1: Cash

Here’s some sample figures courtesy of my friend Scott Tousignant’s fitness blog…

2 medium size sweet potatoes $1 or… small fries from a fast food joint

2 red peppers $1 or… a can of pop

Bowl of oatmeal with fruit & protein powder $2 or… large bag of chips

6 Chicken Breasts $10 or… a sub combo from a fast food joint

18 eggs $3.50 or… a burger from a fast food joint

2 salmon fillets $15 or… large pizza

Loaded chicken salad (homemade) $3 or… bag of cookies

Large bag of oatmeal $3.50 or… 4 chocolate bars

Not much of a comparison, it is?

Yet the foods on the left would feed a family of two or more for 4-7 days… the foods on the right? 2-3 days if you live through it.

Tips to make the most expensive part of eating healthy — the cost of quality meats — go further include…

1. Use tofu fillers in chicken and beef recipes. Even if you hate tofu, you can barely taste the difference when combined properly.

2. Buy your meats in bulk online. You can find less expensive grass-fed beef and naturally-raised chicken and have it delivered to you if you live near a large city. If not, check the local farmers.

3. Eat meat only 3-4 times per week and use black beans with rice or inexpensive tuna for your other days. I eat tuna cooked in a skillet with lots of veggies and some olive oil almost every night and I LOVE the taste!

My book The Every Other Day Diet has over 40 pages of recipes in it to help you eat healthy and cheap… and you can still eat out and consume your favorite foods several times per week.

#2: Your Health

Do we ‘really’ need to talk about buy new (usually larger) clothes every year or two? Or about the health care costs associated with being even 20 pounds over your ideal weight, let alone more? How about the time you miss from work with excessive colds?

Eating healthy and taking care of your body adds years to your life… and for the record, the years eating poorly takes away from your life, on average, costs each American over 80,000 in medical expenses.

Want to add that to your food budget?

#3: The Big Picture

Anyone who has been fit knows the joy it brings… the freedom you feel from wearing whatever you want… the productivity you see from increased energy… the pace at which you move during the day.

Not only are these gifts priceless, but they are also massive cash-savers. Your productivity alone can add thousands to your bottom line each year, well off-setting any costs associated with eating quality food.

The Bottom Line…

Like any good accountant would suggest, you need to look at your ROI (return on investment) if nothing else.

What does investing in a better body, greater health, and vibrant energy do for your life? How can that actually translate into more income AND less expense?

You will be surprised.

Remember:

Don’t Quit. Get Fit!

P.S. If you want some tips on getting started with shedding that excess weight… go here for a short video… and prepare to take some notes! …

it’s freee….

Weight Loss Tips <— click.here

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Exposure To Secondhand Smoke May Be Associated With Higher Blood Pressure In Boys

MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/2, Neale) reported that “exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke appears to be associated with higher blood pressure in boys,” according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/2, Dotinga) reported that investigators “analyzed statistics from four national studies conducted between 1999 and 2006, focusing on the exposure of 6,421 children to secondhand smoke.” The researchers found that, “compared to boys not exposed to secondhand smoke, boys aged 8 to 17 who were exposed had significantly higher levels of systolic blood pressure.” The investigators found, however, that “girls who were exposed to secondhand smoke…had lower blood pressure readings than those who weren’t.” The UK’s Daily Mail Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/2) also covered the story.

 

VNTV Episode 3 – Nutrition and the Eyes

We will be filming our third episode for VietNewsTV this Friday May 6. Our special guest will be Dr. Hoang Ho, who is the owner/optometrist of Healthy I Care Optometry located inside the Walmart in the Clairemont area.

This is the brief outline of topics to be discussed
Dry eyes:  Artificial tears and Omega 3 fatty acid.

Cornea:  Arcus by hypercholesteremia.

Lens:  cataract prevention

Vitreous:  PVD

Retina:  Supplements for ARMD, Glaucoma, DM, HTN, and other supportive components for normal healthy tissues.

An emphasis on OPC-3 will be discussed.

OPC, a 3-letter acronym for Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex, is commonly known as super antioxidant, 20 times stronger than Vitamin C and 50 times stronger than Vitamin E. An OPC supplement in isotonic form has been proven to be the most effective for absorption in the human body, and to be the most popular in the OPC consumers, if the OPC complex is derived from a combination of 3 natural product extracts – pine bark, grape seed and red wine extracts.
OPC Antioxidants are considered the best antioxidants available to humans. Derived from grape seed extract, pine tree bark and other sources, OPC Antioxidants are a powerful mixture of all natural, free radical neutralizers that provide a plethora of health benefits including increased circulation and blood flow, improved cardiovascular health and improved brain function. It can even help reduce stress, reverse the aging process and offset symptoms and ailments resulting from serious diseases like Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Macular Degeneration.

Contact Lens Care

Whether you already wear contact lenses or are considering them, this section serves as a primer. Facts and statistics about contact lens wearers, pointers for safe and successful use of contact lenses, and contact lenses and cosmetics are just a few of the topics covered here.

Getting started right with your contact lenses involves going to a doctor who provides full-service care. This includes a thorough eye examination, an evaluation of your suitability for contact lens wear, the lenses, necessary lens care kits, individual instructions for wear and care and unlimited follow-up visits over a specified time.

Recommendations for Contact Lens Wearers from the American Optometric Association

  1. Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.
  2. Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the contact lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in sufficient multi-purpose solution to completely cover the lens.
  3. Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace the case at a minimum of every three months. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings.
  4. Use only products recommended by your optometrist to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
  5. Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never re-use old solution. Contact lens solution must be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily.
  6. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your optometrist.
  7. Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.
  8. See your optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination.

 

Being Overweight At Midlife May Increase Risk For Developing Dementia Later

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/2, Pittman) reported that being overweight or obese during middle age increases the risk for dementia even after factoring for diabetes and vascular disease histories, according to study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter in the journal Neurology, which followed that followed twins in Sweden for 30 years.

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/2, Doheny) reported that the researchers analyzed data twins of whom “50 were diagnosed with dementia” and 114 had “possible dementia.” They found that about “26 percent of participants without dementia had been overweight at midlife, compared to 36 percent of those with possible dementia and 39 percent with diagnosed dementia.” And although “2.7 percent of seniors without dementia had been obese at midlife, 6.9 percent of those with dementia had been obese, as well as 5.3 percent of those with possible dementia.” Notably, when they looked at twin pairs in which “one had dementia in later life and one did not,” the link to weight was “no longer significant, suggesting early environment and genetics also play roles in dementia.”

The UK’s Daily Mail Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/2, Hope), BBC News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/4, Gallagher), and WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (5/2, Nierenberg) also covered the study.

 

Gain Muscle and Burn Bodyfat At The Same Time

How To Gain Muscle And Burn
Bodyfat At The Same Time

by Jon Benson

What is your “big dream?”

I have two:

— To make an impact on the lives of over 10M people before I die;

— To have a family that’s mobile so I can live in many places.

Not bad, right?

Want to know a “third” dream of mine?  One that I saw become a reality a few years ago?

To gain muscle AND burn bodyfat all at the same time.

It’s like a pipe-dream that somehow worked its way through the pipes and into my gym.

It is not easy, granted, but you can do it.

Almost anyone can do it.

You just have to train and eat in a very specific way.

Listen:  You do NOT want to just “burn bodyfat” or god-forbid “lose-weight”… that will not give you the body you want.

You absolutely MUST shape your muscles, tighten and tone, and burn bodyfat.

And you can do it at the same time.

Most pros disagree with me. They think it is metabolically impossible to gain muscle while in a state of low-calorie dieting.

They are wrong.

Here’s an article I wrote on this topic. I hope you enjoy it.

To save you time, I put a link to the online complete version of the article below…

– – – – –

I remember a friendly argument with my co-author of Fit Over 40 Tom Venuto. It all started when I told Tom how I was eating and training for my last peak. A peak is where you lower your bodyfat and try to maintain as much muscle mass as possible.

“There’s just no way I could ever get in shape eating and training like that,” says Tom. “Sure you could man…what are you, a mutant?” Tom fires back, then me, then Tom….and so it goes. (I really didn’t call Tom a mutant. That was creative liberty.)

So why are so many fitness pros like Tom freaked out about my training and nutrition plan? Simple: I claim it burns fat while building muscle at the same time. Every time I read an article by some doctor or expert claiming it’s “biologically impossible” to gain lean muscle mass on a hypocaloric diet (a diet low in calories) I just laugh.

I do more than make claims–I have proved this to be true many times. I’ve had my bodyfat hydrostatically measured during several peaks. In all but one I showed an increase of muscle mass and a decrease of bodyfat during a 12-16 week period. The one time I didn’t show an increase in muscle mass when was I was training the most in the gym. That may not make sense right now, but it will in a moment.

Click here for the pearls of wisdom

Acupuncture Plus Glasses May Help Improve Children’s Amblyopia

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/29, Boerner) reported that in addition to wearing glasses, acupuncture may help children with amblyopia to improve their vision scores, according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter in the journal Ophthalmology. The researchers gave half of a group of age 3- to 7-years old with amblyopia corrective glasses, who alternated between wearing glasses and receiving acupuncture treatments five times per week at 15-week intervals and compared the results to children who only wore glasses. All children had about 20/63 vision initially. However, at the end of the study the acupuncture-plus-glasses group had an average 20/32 vision in their lazy eye compared to an average 20/40 vision in children who received only glasses.

Manboobs???

3 quick questions:
1. Are you a guy or do you know one close to you over the age of 35?

2. Have you or he looked at your/his bare chest lately?

3. If so… did you see them?…The dreaded….

“Manboobs”?

Obviously if you are female this is not an issue. But for us men, “gynaecomastia”, often jokingly referred to as manboobs (we can thank “Seinfeld” for that) is anything but funny.

From this point on, I’ll refer to it as “MB” if that’s okay by you.

MB is not an age thing. It can occur at almost any time in life. However, for those of us over 35, it is more common.

This is just one of the many symptoms of “andropause”, or “male menopause.”

When you age your testosterone levels decline…and more than that the testosterone gets “weaker” due to an imbalance between it and estrogen.

When you combine that with our modernized “estrogen-rich” environment that Dr. Holly Lucille frequently lectures on, you have a problem.

A big MB problem.

MB is associated with lack of drive (you know what I’m talking about guys) and excess bellyfat due to the estrogen.

Even more serious:  Excess estrogen has been positively linked to prostate cancer.

Yep. MBs are not so funny after all.

Check out Dr. Lucille’s NaturaPause Audios. There is an entire audio dedicated to male menopause and natural solutions that really work.

Most do not work worth a darn.

Hers does.

Click here for no more Manboobs

Free Stubborn Bodyfat Video

If you have stubborn bodyfat that just does not want to budge, you will find this freee video helpful.

It’s only 16 minutes long and covers the connection between your “hormones” and bodyfat.

Not only bodyfat… Your sexual-drive, your energy, your mood, and of course issues like menopause, andropause (male menopause) and more.

Give it a look…

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/natura/video-preview

Just by taking some of Dr. Lucille’s advice (natural, without harmful drugs) you can kick-start your hormonal system back into overdrive.

That’s the best way to end stubborn bodyfat and reboot your drive at the same time.

Employer-Based Healthcare Dropped Significantly During Recession

Modern Healthcare Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/29, Evans, Subscription Publication) reports that the “percentage of adults covered by employer-sponsored health insurance dropped more significantly during the recession than in prior years during the past decade, according to a new report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.” The report, “which analyzed Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics survey data, found the percentage of adults ages 18 to 65 with health benefits from an employer dropped to 52% in 2009 from 53.3% the prior year and 54.2% the year before that.”

Low Vitamin D Levels May Double Diabetes Risk

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/27, Boerner) reported that low vitamin D levels may increase the risk of developing diabetes, according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter in the journal Diabetes Care. For five years, the researchers followed more than 5,000 individuals and found that those with consistently lower-than-average vitamin D levels had a 57% percent increased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes compared with people whose average vitamin D levels were within the recommended range. Adults need about 600 IU of vitamin D daily to maintain blood-circulating levels, according to Institute of Medicine recommendations.

Muscular Strength May Be Associated With Reduced Mortality Risk In Men With Hypertension

MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/26, Neale) reported that “hypertensive men with the most muscle strength appear to have a lower risk of dying than their weaker counterparts,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Investigators found, “even after controlling for cardiorespiratory fitness level and other potential confounders,” that “men in the upper third of muscle strength were 34% less likely to die during an average follow-up of about 18 years.” The investigators found that “the men with the greatest reduction in mortality risk were those who had the most muscular strength and high fitness.” To view the full JACC article, click here Share to FacebookShare to Twitter

THIS Makes You Gain Weight

[ The following article was sent to me by Jon Benson, fitness and fat-loss expert. I you’ll it! ]

Caution:

This sounds like a silly question, but it’s really the most important question you can ask:

“What REALLY makes me increase my bodyfat?”

Is it too many calories? Sure. That’s one part. But I know people who can eat 4-5K calories a day and not add an ounce.

Is it dietary fat? Rarely if ever.

Fat is necessary to melt bodyfat. It is true that fat has more calories per gram than protein or carbs, but let’s look at this logically:

40% protein; 40% carbs; 20% fat = 40% fat; 40% protein; 20% carbs

So… no. Increasing your dietary fat does not mean you’ll get fatter…

UNLESS… ready?

Your insulin levels are too high.

Elevated insulin is not only the prime cause of diabetes and a sign of being hypoglycemic, but it’s also the prime numero uno reason people get fat.

And insulin is stimulated most by too many carbohydrates… even the so-called “healthy carbs!”

HOWEVER… ready again?

You can still eat carbs… you do not need a “low-carb” dietplan every day in order to keep your insulin and bodyfat low.

You just have to know what TIME to eat the carbs.

There’s a time and place for everything and carbs are no exception.

I have a presentation here that tells you more about how important timing is and how you can eat your carbs (even sweets) and shed bodyfat…

… here:

The EODD System <–carb-friendly dietplan

That being said:

If I had to cut one thing out of my diet for 1-4 days it would definitely be carbs.

I need fat… fat helps melt bodyfat… and I have trained my body to use its own fat-stores for fuel.

( See how on the linked-page above )

I DEFINITELY need protein… and so do you.

Protein speeds up thermogenesis, or your body’s own fat-burning heat factory.

Protein also blunts your appetite so you naturally eat less.

Some carbs are healthy… and I do not recommend you cut out low-sugar fruits and green veggies… you need that stuff.

But you don’t need grains, breads, etc.

At least for a few days.

THEN… you need them… but only after you do two things.

Find out more here:

The EODD System <–carb-friendly dietplan

Remember: Don’t Quit. Get Fit!

P.S. My favorite “Feed Meal” (that’s what I call meals where I eat a lot of calories and carbs) is this:

Small serving of protein (1/2 my normal serving size) like chicken, tuna, etc.

Brown rice or baked potato

Slice of pecan pie (or Key Lime pie… yum.)

Then later that day I’ll have a few slices of New York-style pizza.

The next day I’m LEANER. It never fails.

The only time this can fail is if you do not set your body UP to receive these carbs and some junk food.

I call this my “Real World Favorite Foods Dietplan.” That’s not the name of my System but it could be! That’s exactly what it is.

I love it… so will you…

The EODD System <–carb-friendly dietplan

[ I hope you take a look at today’s guest editorial by enjoyed DO check out his latest book(s) using the links found in this blog or the banner below. Highly recommended! ]

Many Americans May Not Be Well Informed About Sea Salt, Red Wine

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/25, Preidt) reported that “most Americans have heard that red wine has health benefits, but many don’t understand the need to limit consumption, finds an American Heart Association survey.” Most “respondents also mistakenly believe that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt, the survey found.” Among “the 1,000 adults polled, 76 percent agreed with the statement that wine can be good for your heart, but only 30 percent knew the AHA’s recommended limits for daily wine consumption.”

Death Rate Among Americans With Hypertension May Be Declining

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/25, Goodwin) reported that “although the death rate among Americans with high blood pressure, or hypertension, has fallen since the 1970s, it still far exceeds the death rate for those with normal blood pressure,” according to a study published in Circulation. Investigators “looked at data on about 23,000 adults aged 25 to 74 from two national health surveys: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) I, which recruited participants between 1971 and 1975; and NHANES III, which enrolled adults between 1988 and 1994.” The “death rates among those with high blood pressure fell between the two time periods, from 18.8 per 1,000 person-years to 14.3 per 1,000 person-years.”

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/25, Nierenberg) reported that the rates were “still higher than in people with normal blood pressure.” The researchers also found that, “among women with high blood pressure, smaller declines in the death rate were found than those seen in men, even though a higher percentage of women were receiving treatment and, on average, they also had larger reductions in their blood pressure readings.”

 

Many Patients With Diabetes Wear The Wrong Footwear

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/22, Doheny) reported, “Many patients with diabetes fall short on foot care and footwear,” according to a study presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ meeting in California. For the study, which was “conducted in Lagos, Nigeria,” researchers “asked 41 patients with type 2 diabetes, on average about 57 years old, to answer questions about their footwear habits and foot care.” The researchers found that 68 percent of the patient’s footwear was inappropriate. About “56% told the researchers they always or occasionally walk around the house without shoes, which is not recommended. Nearly 15% did so outside, too.”

Many Children With Type 1 Diabetes Also Have Other Immune Diseases

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/22, Norton) reports that according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter of 491 children with type 1 diabetes in the journal Diabetes Care, a third of the children have signs of other immune system disorders when they get diagnosed with diabetes. Dr. Jennifer M. Barker, the University of Colorado Denver, and colleagues found that one-quarter had autoantibodies related to thyroid disease and one in eight of those patients had the disease itself. Also, nearly one in eight had antibodies related to celiac disease, and a quarter of those patients had the disease.

 

5 Surprising Tips For Burning More Fat

[ I enjoy role models and fitness inspirations like Jon Benson (and many others)… so when Jon shot over this article to me and gave me to pass it along to you, I jumped on the chance. Read this ton while it’s fresh on your mind! ]

There’s not many people who do not want to burn more bodyfat.

If you are in the fat-burning club, then these 5 easy tips are for you:

5 Easy Fat-Burning Tips <— quick tips

Enjoy, and feel free to share this blog post with others.

P.S. If you would rather watch a short video on 3 keys to greater weight loss, then go here:

3 Keys To Weight Loss <— video tips

[ After this I bet you want to learn more… and you can by checking out the links in this post. Trust me: Jon has some stuff that you don’t want to miss! ]

Vegetarians Have Lower Cataract Risk Than Meat Eaters

WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/20, Hendrick) reported, “People who eat meat may be at increased risk of developing cataracts compared to vegetarians,” according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For the study, 27,670 people “were divided into groups according to the amount of meat they ate: highest meat consumption: 3.5 ounces or more a day; mid-range meat consumption: 1.7 to 3.4 ounces a day; low-meat consumption: less than 1.7 ounces a day; fish eaters: Those who ate fish but not meat; vegetarians: Those who did not eat meat or fish but did eat dairy products and/or eggs;” and “vegans: Those who did not eat meat, fish, dairy products, or eggs.” The researchers found that “mid-range meat eaters had a decreased cataract risk of 4%, low-meat eaters 15%, fish eaters 21%, vegetarians 30%, and vegans 40%.”

Implanted Electrodes, Video Camera Allows Blind Person To Spot Some Objects

AFP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/19) reports that Elias Konstantopoulos of Maryland started losing his sight at age 43. Konstantopoulos, 73, lost his eye sight five years ago. In 2009, he took part in trial of a technology that a researcher thought might help him regain some visual perception. “An electrode array was surgically implanted in his eye, and he was given a pair of glasses equipped with a” small video camera. “Konstantopolous says he can distinguish light-colored objects against dark backgrounds, perceive an automobile passing and orient himself in a room where there is a window or door letting sunlight in from outside.”

Even Modest Weight Loss May Help Reduce Blood Pressure In Real-World Practice

MedPage Today (4/17, Phend) reported that “even modest weight loss helps reduce blood pressure in real-world practice, researchers affirmed in an observational study” presented at a European cardiology meeting. Researchers found that “each 1 kg weight loss (2.2 pounds) was associated with a 0.39 mm Hg decrease in systolic and 0.26 mm Hg decrease in diastolic blood pressure.”

 

HDT: Better Abs In 3 Minutes?

[ There is a junk of bogus weight loss and fitness information out there. That’s why reading Jon Benson’s articles makes sense… and his newest article (which I have his permission to share it with you) really rocked my world. Check it out… ]

Abs.

Everyone wants a tighter tummy.

Guys want a six-pack… ladies want a slim, firm waistline… and yes, some want a six-pack too.

Why be sexist? ; )

So needless to say people are freaked out to find that I train my abs in about 3 minutes.

Total.

Here’s how:

7 and 14-Minute workouts <—discount

Let me give you the dirty facts about my abs.

They are the worst part of my body… and one of the best parts at the same time.

The “worst” bit has nothing to do with muscles or even bodyfat most of the time… but SKIN.

Remember, I was obese… 46-inch waist and 38 percent bodyfat.

So my skin got pretty messed up. It never quite recovered from that and I have a “bit” of loose skin around my abs.

Drives me nuts. I may have it removed! ; )

But other than THAT… my abs are pretty good.

Here’s a pretty recent shot (after a workout taken with an iPhone… so hardly a professional shot… but you get the idea… )

This is after THREE MINUTES of ab training done 2-3 times a week.

Let me spell out my thoughts on this:

If you are training your abs longer than 7 minutes a week you are doing something wrong… or you’re just wasting your time.

Sorry to break it to you, but abs develop fast.

It’s the BODYFAT you need to focus on.

Still, you need abs… and my HDT-Style Training in 7 Minute Body and 7 Minute Muscle will get you those abs uber-fast:

7 and 14-Minute workouts <—about HDT

Go watch and read how it works now.

Before you do, let me give you a substitute exercise for one of the three I recommend during my “3-Minute Abs” routine (found in both books on the page above.)

Hanging leg raises… they are the best when done the way I show you in my book.

BUT some people do not have the gym or the straps I recommend.

So do this instead: Leg raises on a Swiss Ball, bench or even off the floor.

Here’s the tip: Raise the legs, pause at the top for 2 seconds and blow ALL of your air out. Contract your abs HARD at the top.

Then and ONLY then lower the legs slowly.

If you do this right there’s no way to get more than 15 reps. I get about 8 before my abs give out!

That’s all it takes. You do NOT need “high reps” to develop your abs. In fact LOW reps work better…

You just need resistance… and my way of training gives you plenty.

This means a LOT less time doing the exercises and a LOT MORE time enjoying the nice set of tummy muscles you’ve built.

Sounds like a plan.

P.S. Here’s the latest for those interested in my ongoing legal issues with selling rights to a publisher.

This concerns YOU as the price for 7 Minute Muscle and 7 Minute Body will NOT be under my control as soon as the contracts are signed.

This was supposed to happen today… but as luck (for you!) would have it, I got caught in Austin traffic at 5:30pm and missed my 6:00 meeting with the publishers.

The president leaves town tonight-Sunday.

SO NOW… I can extend my half-price (more than half-off the Advanced Videos!) for a few more days…

… so go here:

7 and 14-Minute workouts <—discount

P.P.S. In case you’re wondering, this is not a clever marketing ploy… 7MM and 7MB are both being acquired by a publisher.

The recognize the amazing benefits this style of workouts offer anyone at any age… fatburning and muscle-shaping…

Otherwise they would not be writing such a nice check… : )

I bought a Jeep with it. So it’s not making me a millionaire or anything, but it’s nice to have my hard work rewarded!

Even nicer than that, I get the chance to almost give away my “baby” to you if you don’t have it already…

When the deal is done, here is what you can expect to happen:

1. The page below WILL change, and that includes the price… they think the price is not right. (I think that means too low… ha… ; )

2. The specials will end due to the fact they will send millions of people to the site rather than a few hundred thousand (my readers and my] affiliates send about that much.)

3. The book will end up in some bookstore eventually… and that’s FINE unless they want to alter the content… which I have a provision to prevent.

Sorry to ramble on about this, but I want you to know the integrity of the guy sending you emails every day…

Sure, I like to make a living. Who doesn’t?

But I won’t sell my soul to do it.

I won’t give up what I KNOW works to make a buck or two… so that means I maintain TOTAL creative control over these books even after the publishers take over.

In fact I’m negotiating a position WITH this firm so I can make SURE I maintain control… and folks, I HATE working for other people!

But it is worth it… IF I can keep the quality of the materials where they are.

And they are 100% solid.

And right now they are 200% cheaper than normal… so if you don’t know what all the fuss is about with all of this “7 minute workout” stuff (I prefer the 14-minute advanced workouts, which you can get too) …

then hop over here:

7 and 14-Minute workouts <—discount

[ Another new article by Jon Benson… and there’s more: shoot over to the pages in this post now and swipe a lot more tips on weight loss, fitness and motivation. Enjoy! ]

Study Examines Pregnancy Complication Rates In Older First-Time Mothers

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/15, Grens) reports that, according to a study published online March 31 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, 80% of first time older mothers experienced complications during pregnancy. In the study of 131 women aged 45 to 65 giving birth for the first time, 40% developed gestational diabetes and 20% developed preeclampsia. Notably, about a third of the infants were born prematurely, and almost all of the deliveries were made by C-section.

 

Expert Makes Case That Sugar Is A Toxin

In a lengthy article, Gary Taubes, a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation independent investigator, discusses in the New York Times (4/17, MM47, Taubes, Subscription Publication) claims made by pediatric hormone disorder specialist and childhood obesity expert Robert Lustig, MD, of the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, who makes a “persuasive case…that sugar is a ‘toxin’ or a ‘poison,'” including high-fructose corn syrup. Should Lustig prove to be right, then Americans’ “excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years,” and the sweet substance “is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension, and many common cancers among them.”

 

Study: More Than A Quarter Of US Children May Now Suffer From A Long-Term Health Problem

As part of a continuing series focusing on how childhood is changing in America, USA Today (4/13, Szabo) reports that “26% of children now suffer from a long-term health problem, says a 2010 study of more than 5,000 children ages two to eight in the Journal of the American Medical Association.” What’s more, “more than half of children in that study have had some kind of chronic illness — one that limits their abilities or requires special medication, equipment or services for at least 12 months — sometime in the past six years, the study” found. Unfortunately, young children are now “developing diseases once seen only in middle age: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty livers and type 2 diabetes, says Sandra Hassink, a Delaware pediatrician who specializes in weight management.”

 

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