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Mould Allergies Prevented With Vitamin D

Research has discovered that vitamin D may be an effective therapeutic agent to treat or prevent allergy to a common mould.

Aspergillus fumigatus, is one of the most prevalent fungal organisms inhaled by people. In asthmatics and in patients with Cystic Fibrosis, it can cause significant allergic symptoms.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation, August 16, 2010
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Researchers Link Low Vitamin D to Schizophrenia

Babies born with low vitamin D levels are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia later in life, researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute have found. But the reserachers say the good news from the study is that it suggests it may be possible to prevent schizophrenia, which affects almost 200,000 Australians.
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Vitamin B Could Delay Onset of Alzheimer's

Large daily doses of B vitamins could delay, or even halt, the onset of Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. The study found supplementing the diet with B vitamins: folate, B6 and B12 could halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with warning signs of the disease.
Source: ABC News, Thursday, November 9, 2010
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Advantages of Interval Cardio Exercise

There is increasing amounts of evidence supporting the notion that you can cut your workout time significantly while reaping better benefits with interval training.
  • You burn extra calories for up to 8 hours after your interval session. With jogging you stop burning extra calories when you stop exercising.
  • Your heart and lungs become bigger, stronger & able to take on sudden intense challenges more easily and recover quickly.
  • Your body changes the way you store your carbohydrates in the future. To help fuel future intense interval challenges your body will become more efficient at converting carbs into glucose and glycogen.
  • Glucose and glycogen is anabolic. It burns energy just sitting there. Fat does not.
  • With low-intensity jogging-type cardio your body becomes more efficient at converting carbs to body fat in order to get ready for future low intensity long/endurance jogging sessions. Fat is your body's preferred source of fuel for jogging, whereas glycogen is the preferred source of fuel for interval-type cardio, e. g. 60 second power walk followed by a 30 second jog, & then a 15 second sprint.
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Plastics, Fertility, Pregnancy, Babies

Bisphenos A is an endocrine disruptor, which can mimic the body's own hormones and may lead to negative health effects. The negative health effects of BPA are seen in many body systems and include: increased breast cancer risk; reproductive and fertility problems, increased miscarriage risk; neurological issues; thyroid disturbance; heart disease and diabetes.

People wishing to lower their exposure to bisphenol A should avoid canned food and polycarbonate plastic containers #7. The other dangerous plastic is PET #2. Disposable coffee cups are a common - and daily - source of BPA for many people. The danger is increased due to leaching of the compoud from the heat of the coffee.

Heating and cooling of these plastics magnify the harmful effects. The National Toxicology Panel recommends avoiding microwaving food in plastics containers, putting plastics in the dishwaher, or using harsh detergents, to avoid leaching. Using BPA free water bottels and coffee cups is an easy (and environmentally friendly) way to reduce you and your children's daily BPA exposure.
Source: Life Sci. 2009 Now 18;85(21-22):742-52. Epub 2009 Oct 21.
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Probiotics Are Better Than Sit Ups

It has been found that toxins from the gut contribute to obesity risk. These endotoxins are known to block insulin signaling in cells, causing insulin resistance and contributing to Metabolic Syndrome, cardiovascular (heart disease) risk and fatty liver. This shows the importance of having good digestion and if neccessary, taking a probiotic to rebalance the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
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India Halts HPV Vaccine Trial After 6 Girls Die

Merck & Co.'s Gardasil vaccine and GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Cervarix vaccine continue to be pushed in Australia as 6 young girls recently died from the shots during in India. The two human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines have been implicated in at least 67 deaths in the U.S., prompting no response from U.S. officials other than to keep issuing it to the public. However, the 6 deaths in India have prompted the government there to immediately stop all trials of the vaccines. These vaccines only guard against 2 strains of the HPV virus, although there are over 20 known strains.
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Living Proof: Vitamin C cured Cancer

TV3's 60 Minutes aired a program called Living Proof. A King Country farmer defied death because his family insisted on administering intravenous Vitamin C. The medical fraternity refused saying "he's going to die, it won't work".

The family insisted on the treatment and reluctantly the doctors agreed to administer the treatment. As a result, the man survived. The doctors put his miraculous recovery down to the fact that they had turned the man on his stomach and refuse to admit that the Vitamin C had cured him. However, there is no proof that lying on one's stomach cures cancer.

You can watch the program on TV on demand at:

http://onemand.tv3.co.nz/living-proof/tabiod/59/articleID/923/MCat/22/Default.aspx
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Russia Proves Genetically Modified Foods Are Harmful

Scientists have proved that Genetically Modified Organisms are harmful for mammals. Researchers discovered that animals that eat GM foods lose their ability to reproduce. The results of Russian scientists coincide with those of their colleagues from France and Austria.
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7 Hours - The Magic Number for Sleep

Sleeping < 5 hours a day more than x2 your risk of being diagnosed with angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke.

How much recovery sleep you need to feel recharged depends on how much sleep you have lost.

In a study, volunteers deprived of 3 hours of sleep a night for 5 nights felt nearly, but not quite, back to normal after 10 hours of sleep.

To help you get the optimal amount of sleep each night, U.S. News & World Report suggests:

"Try removing all electronic media devices - BlackBerry, TV, computer - from your bedroom. These distractions are a prime reason why many of us turn out the lights an hour or two later than we originally intended".

Sources:
The Daily Telegraph, 3 August 2010
U.S News & World Report, 4 August 2010
Sleep 2010;33(8) : 1037-1042
Sleep 2010:33(8) 1013-1026
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