Exercise and Cancer…

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 byExercise 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.

Antibiotics Instead of Surgery…

no surgeryThe 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.

Weight Loss Tip-Add a Little Zest…

  wine vinegarCertain 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.

Take a Whiff of This…

Scent cookiesWhy is it when we encounter a scent it sometimes stirs in us a particular memory? It can bring to mind something pleasant or an unpleasant emotion. “Associate Learning” is the term by which an item can be linked to an individual’s past experiences. Our olfactory sense is the only one of our senses that has a strong neurological link to our emotions. Lavender, vanilla, coffee and roses have a strong affect on the nervous system and can reduce anxiety.  For this reason, aromatherapy is now being incorporated in treatment of sleep disorders. These scents have been shown to reduce breathing rate and blood pressure.  Athletes run faster after smelling peppermint and children score higher in tests after having been exposed to the scent of strawberry. Certain smells can trigger memories in people who are suffering from memory loss. scent monkeysParticipants in florally scented rooms used more cheerful phrases when asked to sit down and write a short passage. Even if a particular smell is unpleasant it can have a positive effect on an individual. Babies who were exposed by mothers in the womb to the smell of cigarette smoke, alcohol or garlic had a preference later for exposure to these smells. Certain scents can increase work productivity as well as increase how much we spend in a place of business or how much a person will gamble in a casino. This is why so much attention is given to the scent smell childof whatever environment we may find ourselves in. Tests have even shown that certain women can pick up the scent of genetic differences in men that would enable them to produce offspring with stronger immunity. Realizing what a positive or negative impact the scent of our immediate environment can have on our mood can make the difference in our quality of existence. Try heating some cloves and cinnamon when you are in a holiday spirit. Simmer some lime and coconut oil when you long for some time in the tropics. Or just sit back, put up your feet and let the scent of vanilla surround you.