Sleep and Your Heart, Food and Your Health, and the Five-a-Day Sanity Plan

Turning Your Clock Back Sunday May Help Your Heart (PhysOrg) Turning your clock back on Sunday may be good for your heart. Swedish researchers looked at 20 years of records and discovered that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after clocks were set back an hour, possibly because people got an extra …

And the Prize for Scariest Sweet Goes to…

Antony Pranata/Flickr Halloween’s coming up, and according to the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA), there’s one kind of treat that’s scarier than others: sour candy. This is due to the fact that “most of it contains acid levels so high that it approaches the pH level of battery acid.” “This Halloween, we are advising adults …

Informed Consent: Vaccination

Early in September, we were all treated to glowing reports about the high childhood vaccination rates in the U.S. The ABC News/HealthDay lead was typical: “The vast majority of American children are getting their recommended vaccinations, federal health officials said Thursday.” But just a few weeks later, the Medical Industrial Complex was fretting that not …

Your Mouth Is Connected to Your Heart and Your Brain and the Rest of You…

Some articles that ran while we were on our blog holiday that we want to be sure you didn’t miss:   New Data on Dental Health & Heart Disease (Wellness Resources) The clear links between dental health and heart disease just got a lot stronger, which may now be a motivational factor for many people …

Quick Links: Memory, Sleep, Vitamin D, Women’s Oral Health Needs & More on the Dental/Systemic Health Link

World-First Trial Proves Exercise Helps Memory (PhysOrg) WACHA director Professor Leon Flicker said people over the age of 50 could pro-actively prevent memory deterioration by joining in simple and easy exercises each day. “What our trial tells us is that older people who take up some form of aerobic exercise for as little as 20 …

Helping Kids Learn How to Be Stress Hardy

Back-to-school time often increases stress for all concerned – kids, parents, families, teachers, administrators…. Now an increasing number of people are turning to yoga as a tool for stress management, as well as improving physical health and creating balance in their lives. In this recent article from the Portland (OR) edition of Natural Awakenings, Jim …

CA BPA Ban Killed; NTP Finalizes BPA Report Urging “Some Concern”

Last week, the California State Assembly voted down SB 1713, the bill that would have barred the use of BPA from children’s products. EWG press release: Sat Aug 30 09:16:18 2008 Pacific Time Shady Chemical Industry Campaign Kills California Ban on BPA in Baby Bottles SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 30 (AScribe Newswire) — Bowing to a …

Quick Links: Junk Food & Fluoride & IQ – Oh, My!; Plus Vaccines, Arsenic & Diabetes Risk

School Dinners Debate: Junk Food May Harm Toddlers’ Ability to Learn (Guardian) Children who are brought up on a diet of junk food at the age of three are more likely to make slow progress at school, educational researchers have discovered. They found diet in the preschool years has more influence on a child’s ability …

Quick Links: BPA, Energy Drinks, Mercury Fillings, Rethinking “Healthy Weight” & More

BPA Ban Under Consideration in California (NewsInferno) The Associated Press is reporting that in response to consumer concerns, California may be the first to implement statewide restrictions on Bisphenol A—BPA—an estrogen mimicking chemical that has been hotly debated in recent months over its presence in plastic baby bottles and infant formula cans. At least 11 …