Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cell phones and your health

An Argentine study mentioned in the July/August 2011 issue of Men's Health Magazine, p.33, explains that cell phones worn on the belt may be related to lower bone mass. "Men who regularly carried a cellphone on their right hip had lower bone mass at the top of their right femur than men who didn't carry a phone."

The study comes on the heels of a recently released report
by a team of international scientists claiming a possible link between cell phone usage and cancer. Read my article published on Yahoo! and Yahoo!News, "World Health Organization unlikely to get people off the phone" for more information about the WHO classification of cell phones as potentially "carcinogenics to humans."

It's worth noting that both studies speculate that radiofrequency radiation might possibly affect cell formation and alter the natural coarse of things and lead to health-related issues.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Eating Sweets: How-to incorporate them into your daily diet.

Many parents fall into the dessert/sweet/treat reward for eating all the veggies and/or cleaning the plate. It doesn't have to be that way.

Sweets have a place in our daily diets -- even as adults! You don't have to give up your favorite cookies, cakes or chocolate treats. A vital part of the process includes cutting down on, or even eliminating, sugar from other sources, such as high fructose corn syrup.

It boils down to eating them at the right time of day to keep the pounds off and prevent them from coming back. Sweets should be enjoyed as part of a meal, or directly afterwards, according to newly published research at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and not as a snack.

If you're having difficulty keeping maintaining a healthy weight once you've achieved your goal, read "8 tips for losing weight and keeping it off."

Remember that a proper diet has many deciding factors. The most successful weight-loss program depends upon good choices, exercise and more importantly -- moderation.

Beating the Heat this Summer: Have a Healthy and Happy Season!

Delicious summer fruit and vegetables are an excellent way to help you stay cool and hydrated. Watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes and other chilled veggies and fruit will keep you calm and cool this summer.

Protect your skin. It is possible for a sunburn to elevate your glucose level and increase your risk of skin cancer as well. HealthCommunities.com recommends wearing "a shot-size dose" of sunscreen, SPF-15 or greater before venturing outside.

Forget about wearing flip-flops. Closed-toe shoes are the best choice for protecting your feet from poison ivy, cuts, bruises, blisters, insects and sunburns.

Check for ticks!  Ticks are spider-like bugs that are renowned for spreading/transmitting inflammatory diseases such as Lyme disease.

Before going indoors check your skin for ticks, paying close attention around the waistband, armpits, and in hairy locations -- such as the scalp and groin areas.

Remove ticks with fine-tipped tweezers and call your doctor if a rash develops around the bite location(s).