"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison

Weekly Health Update: Monday, February 13th, 2012

Mental Attitude
Emotions Not On My Sleeve? Contrary to what many scientists think, all people do not have the same set of biologically "basic" emotions and those emotions are not automatically expressed on the face. People do not scowl only when they're angry or pout only when they're sad. For example, people do a lot of things when they're angry, sometimes they yell and sometimes they smile. 

Current Directions in Psychological Science, Jan 2012

Health Alert
Ten Ways To Decrease Cancer Risk!
1.) Max BMI of 25
2.) 5 or more servings of fruits & veggies daily
3.) 7 or more portions of complex carbs daily
4.) decrease processed foods & refined sugars
5.) limit alcoholic drinks to 1/day for women and 2/day for men
6.) limit red meat to no more than 3 oz daily
7.) decrease fatty foods, particularly animal fats
8.) limit intake of salted foods & use of salt in cooking
9.) eliminate tobacco use
10.) practice sun safety/recognize skin changes

American Cancer Society

Soy And Hot Flash. According to a placebo-controlled study, daily doses of a soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing S-equol decreased menopausal symptoms 59%, including significantly reducing hot flash frequency after 12 weeks. It is believed that S-equol, produced from the isoflavone daidzein during the fermentation of soy germ, interacts with specific estrogen receptors to promote the improvement in menopausal symptoms. 

Journal of Women's Health, Jan 2012

Colds And Exercise. Different levels of exercise can significantly increase or decrease your chances of catching a cold. If you tend to be a couch potato, then you will catch 2-3 colds per year, on average. Regular moderate exercise can reduce the risk of catching cold-like infections by 33% (this effect has been shown to be the result of the cumulative effect of exercise leading to long-term improvement in immunity). Prolonged strenuous exercise, such as marathons, can make an individual more susceptible to catching colds. We are constantly exposed to viruses, but it is our immune system that determines whether we get sick or not. 

Association for Science Education Conference, Jan 2012

Avoid Surgery? A patient with a symptomatic lumbar disk herniation should consider spinal manipulation before surgery. 

JMPT, Oct 2010

Cancer Rates Dropping. In the last 20 years, one million deaths from cancer have been avoided. From 1990-2008, death rates dropped 23% in males and 15% in females. 

CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Jan 2012

"There are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."
~ Thomas A. Edison 

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