Healthy Living

High Dietary Fiber

High dietary fiber intake and a low protein diet are both associated with decreased inflammation and all-cause mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Studies from both Belgium and the University of Utah School of Medicine confirm this.

The Reveratrol Story

Resveratrol has a pro-angiogenic effect in brain endothelial cells: it reduces brain injury after a stroke and also promotes recovery. It increases nitric oxide levels in the brain. This article is an original article from Harvard Medical School published online 8 February 2012 and supported in part by NIH grants.

More Sleep

Those people who consistently get an hour or two less sleep per night than they should for even a week or two can have the same impact on mood and performance as missing two full nights of sleep, says the clinical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Plus, it puts you at risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Smoking

Can a pill reverse cigarette smoke -induced myocardial infarction by inhibiting inflammation and oxidative stress? This study, published in Laboratory Investigation (2012) in October 2011, comes from the University of Maryland. It describes reversal of effects of smoking in addition to cessation of the habit.

Walk More Often

Walking may be the single best – and easiest – exercise you can do to improve your health. This was pointed out by British author George Trevelyan in 1913. Nearly a century later this same advice is echoed by medical experts everywhere. Get a good pair of walking shoes that fit well and have an adequate cushion for your heel. Start with short distances or time periods. Increase by a couple of minutes every two weeks. Walk slowly for 5 minutes, briskly for 5 and slower again for the last 5 minutes.

Stand UP!

Standing Orderscome from New Zealand-born former Olympic and World Record holder Sir Peter Snell who, at age 72, is director of the human performance laboratory at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Dr. Snell points out in a recent article that reduced sitting during the 23 hours of the day when one is not working out is very important to overall good health by keeping muscles from becoming tight and by maintaining good posture. Dr. Snell-s book, Use It or Lose It, is available at my office.

Meat Temps

High temperature cooked meat contains two families of carcinogens raising the risk of renal cell cancer. Therefore, watch out for barbecued meat. There is no correlation with overall meat intake in one-s diet.

Milk of Magnesia

Milk of Magnesia can be used as an underarm deodorant. Because underarm odor is largely the result of skin bacteria, fueled by sweat, getting rid of bacteria each morning seems like a logical approach. Hibiclens is an antibacterial cleanser containing chlorhexidine. It doesn-t require a prescription and all drug stores have it.

Constipation

Chewing sugarless gum and possibly adding a few doses of Power Pudding (a mixture of bran, prune juice, and applesauce) can be an entirely safe and inexpensive solution to chronic constipation.

Boswellia

From “The People-s Pharmacy,” in The Dallas Morning News, July 5, 2011: Boswellia is a tree resin that has traditionally been used in India to treat rheumatism, ulcers, and skin disorders. Research shows that it has anti-inflammatory activity. On the other hand, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause bleeding ulcers, gastritis, high blood pressure, ringing in the ears, rash, increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and etc. These drugs include Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and a particularly bad one called Mobic. Beware!

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