Protein (Not Sugar) for Energy, & Other News of Note

Mid-Afternoon Slump? Why a Sugar Rush May Not Be the Answer (ScienceDaily) A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research, published in the Nov. 17 issue of the scientific journal Neuron, has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders. Wakefulness […]

Yoga Works (Guest Post)

If you’re curious about trying yoga but know little about this ancient practice, getting started can be daunting. Do you have to be as flexible as a Slinky? Must you be a gymnast or able to wrap a leg around your neck while standing on your head? Hardly. Sure, there are some yogis who achieve […]

Yoga’s Effect on Inflammation & Other News of Note

Yoga Shows Potential to Ward Off Certain Diseases (LiveScience) Practicing yoga may do more than calm the mind — it may help protect against certain diseases, a new study suggests. In the study, women who had practiced yoga regularly for at least two years were found to have lower levels of inflammation in their bodies […]

New Cancer-Inflammation Link & Other News of Note

Research Finds New Link Between Inflammation and Cancer (PhysOrg) Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers have uncovered a new link between chronic inflammation and cancer. Although cancers do not always cause inflammation, chronic inflammation is known to help tumor cells grow. In an article published in the June issue of Nature, VCU Massey scientists […]

The Problem with Sour Candies & Other News of Note

Sour Candy Like Battery Acid to Teeth (CBS News) Research indicates tooth enamel erodes in a pH of less than 4.0. More than two dozen popular candies were shown to have acid levels ranging from 3.0 pH down to 1.6 pH. “When they’re gummy or sticky, then they stick to our tooth surface,” said [dentist […]

Gum Disease/Cancer Link & Other News of Note

Gum Disease May Increase Head and Neck Cancer Risk (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Taking good care of your teeth may help cut your risk of developing head or neck cancer, suggests a new study that links a gum disease to such tumors. Having chronic periodontitis, a gum disease involving the progressive loss of the bone and soft […]

Fast DNA Damage from Particulates and Other News of Note

  Environmental Exposure to Particulates May Damage DNA in as Few as Three Days (ScienceDaily) Exposure to particulate matter has been recognized as a contributing factor to lung cancer development for some time, but a new study indicates inhalation of certain particulates can actually cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting both the development and […]

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 […]

Quick Links: Effective Ortho, Early Diet & Later Health, Food & the Brain, Turning Off Stress Genes with Yoga

Survey: Most Effective Dental Braces Are Least Attractive (Physorg) FDA Slowing New Medicine Pipeline (WSJ via azcentral.com) 100 Californians Injured by Hospitals Each Month (MedHeadlines) Mother’s Junk Food “Harms Child” (BBC) Early Life Nutrition May Be Associated with Adult Intellectual Functioning (Science Daily) Scientists Learn How Food Affects the Brain: Omega 3 Especially Important (Science […]

Recommended Reading: On Fluoride, Mercury, Obesity & Cancer, Cholesterol Cons and Yoga over HRT

1945 Human Experiment Predicts Current Fluoride Ill Effects A fascinating overview of a mid-20th century study showing increases in “bone defects, anemia and earlier female menstruation in children purposefully dosed with sodium fluoride-laced drinking water” and the legacy of the ongoing fluoridation experiment that makes great numbers of the American population into human guinea pigs. […]