The tissues that comprise the human body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fasciae) can get pretty beat up if you are a sports enthusiast or just an extremely active individual. Keeping these tissues in top shape will prevent future injury and long term pain. Foam rolling, stretching, sports massage, chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, contrast bath therapy (hot and cold alternation) are just some of the modalities that should be considered as part of a regular exercise program. In keeping the blood flowing through these tissues they will remain healthy and most important flexible.
Source: Muscle & Performance July 2016
There is so much heated, political controversy over the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Is there need for concern? Do we really understand both sides of the issue? At present there are 109 million acres devoted to growing GMOs. Here in America we have been given the green light to grow 40 different GMO fruits and vegetables. We have been eating hybrid plants for thousands of years so is there a difference in a plant that is genetically modified? Hybrids come about by careful selective breeding of two related plants. GMO’s are produced in a lab and are created by combining two different biological kingdoms, in many cases a plant with the DNA of a bacteria. Both aim to produce crops that will survive environmental hazards such as temperature variations, droughts etc. Hybrids cross breed to make a plant stronger. GMO’s enable a plant to produce its own pesticides as well as resist herbicides while controlling the weeds that surround them. Blindness is prevalent in children in Asia and especially Africa due to the lack of Vitamin A. Scientists have developed a type of yellow (Golden) rice by combining the gene of a yellow daffodil and a strain of bacterial DNA with rice and have developed a grain that is rich in beta carotene, the source of vitamin A. Will the body be able to handle this foreign combination? Is preventing blindness in children more important? Wheat has been genetically modified since the 1940’s. The purpose was to make it capable of resisting drought, able to be harvested at 1 foot as opposed to 4 and therefore feed populations that did not have sufficient food. Have our bodies adjusted to this new protein after all these years? Are people more sensitive to wheat and as a result gluten intolerant? Has it saved the lives of many who would have starved to death. Supporters of GMOs claim that plants can become insect resistant, become heartier, use less pesticides, and therefore have less of an impact on the environment. If that is the goal, why incorporate vaccines and antibiotics in the makeup of these foods? Do we need fruits and vegetables that can be transported for longer distances because they ripen slowly or should we buy local? If GMOs are created by introducing strains of bacterial DNA, then how many of these organisms are we capable of integrating into our bodies. Those that oppose them claim that recent studies have shown an increase in allergies and sensitivities as well as weight gain when consuming a number of these foods. Some are even attributing most of our digestive issues to their consumption. But is this just a result of poor eating habits from too much processed foods? All of our soy, corn, wheat and sugar beets have been already genetically modified to resist the herbicide Roundup, surprisingly farmers are still spraying their fields with an additional dose of Roundup to make sure weeds do not survive, thus these plants are basically getting a double dose of this herbicide! What kind of restrictions should be placed on GMOs if any? Is it worth investing more time and money into GMOs so that whatever good they can possibly provide to our less fortunate populations is carefully monitored? Whatever your feelings are about GMOs, you should have the choice of what you wish to consume. Since it is not mandatory to label as such, buy organic or support your local small farmer for now.
The Food and Drug Administration has just made the announcement that it will be adding a line Added Sugar to the nutrition content label of all products. Up to now only sugars that occurred naturally in food (ex. sugar found in milk products) were listed. This would mean two distinct categories, one for total sugar and one for added sugar. Under the new guideline many sugars that were hidden under names such as evaporated cane juice, rice syrup, treacle, mizuame etc. slipped by the consumer. This made it impossible to determine the exact amount of sugar you were actually consuming in an effort to maintain a healthy diet.
These are also known as water-based solar panels. They are usually placed in reservoirs, water treatment ponds or any body of water that is not used for recreation. The benefits of these water based panels are that they can prevent water from evaporating and deter algae from growing. The water also acts as a cooling agent for the solar panel. They are proving to generate up to 57% more energy than roof top panels. The panels are made of a non-corrosive material and are on a tracking system which allows them to move toward the direction of the most sunlight. Japan has been in the forefront of their use due to the unavailability of large areas of land for traditional solar panels. They are now becoming extremely popular in Australia and in the United States.
Exercise involves biological stress which can lead to controlled short term inflammation in the body. A study with mice is looking into how the immune system may fight cancer by increasing adrenaline. At the university of Copenhagen, scientists injected melanoma cells into two groups of mice. One group were given exercise wheels and the other group were forced to remain sedentary. After 4 weeks the active group showed better signs of fighting off the disease. This group possessed high levels of Adrenaline which alerted Interleukin-6, a substance released by working muscles, which in turn activated the natural killer cells. Lesions were both smaller and less in the active group.
The general consensus is that the appendix is a vestigial organ (inherited from our ancestors and of no use). It is now looked upon differently. The Appendix is attached to the large intestine (colon) and it is believed to be a repository for healthy bacteria. People who have had it removed are more likely to suffer from bouts of diarrhea. When inflamed it now may not be necessary to surgically remove. Doctors are now considering giving the patient the option of being treated with antibiotics to reduce the inflammation. There is strong evidence that this has been effective in many cases of appendicitis. However, extended studies have not yet been done and many doctors are against the “watch and wait “procedure.
Certain additions to your way of eating can prove to be less expensive, more flavorful and low calorie. Here are three suggestions.
1.Combine red wine vinegar with thyme and parsley, heat and saute’ your chicken.
2.Grate orange rind avoiding the white and add to oil and vinegar as part of your salad dressing.
3.Dried figs are a great addition to pancakes, omelettes and cereal.