An apple a day keeps the doctor away (and makes you svelte, smart and strong too)

by Carolanne Wright

(NaturalNews) We have all heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but new research has shown that apples have many more benefits than previously thought. Want to improve memory, endurance or weight loss? Eat an apple. How about boosting physical health? Apples can help. Threatening diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, asthma and cancer are also diminished by this seemingly ordinary fruit.

A tasty daily habit that prevents major disease

Researchers have discovered that consistent consumption of apples fosters greater health. Asthmatic children who drink apple juice on a daily basis have less wheezing than those who only have apple juice once a month. Likewise, maternal consumption of apples has a positive effect on the well being of their children. Mothers who ate apples throughout pregnancy gave birth to children who had lower rates of asthma compared to those who consumed small amounts of the fruit. Apples also help to control diabetes. As a good source of galacturonic acid, apples curb the body’s requirement for insulin. Even better, women who eat at least one apple a day lower their chances of developing Type II diabetes by 28 percent.

Cancer risk is also reduced. A study of 10,000 people found that those who consumed the most apples slashed their lung cancer rates by 50 percent. It is believed that high levels of the flavonoids naringin and quercetin are responsible for this dramatic finding. Additionally, promising research on breast, colon and liver cancer reveals that apples may offer substantial protection. Bone health is enriched by apples too. Scientists in France observed that the flavonoid phloridzin present in apples increased bone density in post-menopausal women. As an added bonus, apples are high in boron — another bone fortifying nutrient.

Drinking apple juice decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s and age related cognitive decline as well. An apple enhanced diet boosts levels of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter that is linked with healthy brain function and memory. In addition, apples prevent gallstones and cataracts, protect against Parkinson’s disease, improve heart health, calm irritable bowel syndrome, detoxify the liver and strengthen immune function.

Athletic endurance and weight loss

Apples can help you cross the finish line slim and trim with energy to spare. A good source of ursolic acid, apples assist the body in burning more calories while increasing muscle and brown fat. Researchers at Florida State University believe that antioxidants and pectin also contribute to weight loss associated with apple consumption. What’s more, stamina is heightened. Quercetin in apples increases oxygen bioavailability within the lungs — lending increased endurance.

Autumn is a terrific season to explore all the wonders of this humble fruit. Now is the time when apples are fresh off the tree, bursting with flavor and nutrition — so seize the moment and reap all the impressive benefits.

Sources for this article include:

“15 health benefits of eating apples” Best Health Magazine. Retrieved on October 25, 2012 from: http://www.besthealthmag.ca

“8 Health Benefits of Apples” The Editors of Huffington Post Healthy Living, Shape Magazine. Retrieved on October 25, 2012 from: http://www.shape.com

“What’s New and Beneficial About Apples” George Mateijan Foundation. Retrieved on October 25, 2012 from: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=15&tname=foodspice

“10 Health Benefits of Apples” Health Diaries, October 25, 2007. Retrieved on October 25, 2012 from: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-apples.html

About the author:
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision.

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Eating a high-carb diet increases your chances of Alzheimer’s, study finds

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) There are a number of reasons why a high-carb diet is not wise, but new research has added yet another reason why you cut down on the pasta: You are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

A new study that was recently released found that older adults who load up on carbs have close to four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.

Researchers also said that sugars played a role in the development of MCI, which very often serves as a precursor to Alzheimer’s, according to study results published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. By comparison, eating additional proteins and some fats can offer protection from MCI, USA Today said, citing the journal.

A team of scientists from Mayo Clinic tracked 1,230 people aged 70-89 and asked if they would provide information on what kinds of foods they at the previous year.

Stopping development of MCI is key

Among the group only the 940 people who showed no appreciable signs of cognitive impairment were asked to return in 15 months for follow-up examination. By the fourth year of the study, 200 of the 940 were beginning to show small signs of cognitive impairment, including problems with memory, judgment, thinking and language.

Lead author Rosebud Roberts, a professor in the department of epidemiology at the clinic, which is located in Rochester, Minn., said not everyone who develops MCI progresses to Alzheimer’s disease, which affects some 5.2 million adults around the country. Those numbers are expected to triple by 2050, as Baby Boomers continue to age.

“The research field is trying to find things that can help reduce risk factors for pre-dementia problems,” Roberts said, according to USA Today. “If we can stop people from developing MCI, we hope we can stop people from developing dementia. Once you hit the dementia stage, it’s irreversible.”

Among the foods regarded as complex carbohydrates: rice, pasta, bread and cereals. The digestive system turns them into sugars. Fruits, vegetables and milk products are simple carbs.

“A high-carbohydrate intake could be bad for you because carbohydrates impact your glucose and insulin metabolism,” says Roberts. “Sugar fuels the brain, so moderate intake is good. However, high levels of sugar may actually prevent the brain from using the sugar – similar to what we see with Type 2 diabetes.”

He said high sugar levels – which are prevalent in high-carb diets – could affect blood vessels in the brain, and might also play a role in the development of beta amyloid plaques, which are proteins that are toxic to brain health and are found in the brains of people who are affected by Alzheimer’s. Scientists don’t yet know what causes the disease; however, they do suspect a buildup of beta amyloid is a leading cause.

Study offers some hope

Here are some of the study’s primary findings:

— People whose diets were the highest in fat (nuts and healthy oils, for instance) were 42 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment, while those who had the highest intake of protein (chicken, meat, fish) saw their risk reduced by 21 percent.

— Many popular diets, including the Mediterranean (fish, protein from poultry and lots of plant-based foods and healthy fats) and Atkins (low-carb diet featuring plenty of meats), make pitches for multiple health benefits that are derived from lowering carb intake, which includes a reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes and improved brain health.

“This (study) is consistent with what we’ve seen in past published research on how a lower carbohydrate diet can help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s,” Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Nutrition and Education for Atkins Nutritionals Inc., told the paper.

While there currently is no treatment for Alzheimer’s besides drugs, Roberts said the study at least offers some hope because “it shows a modifiable way we can reduce risk for the disease.

“It is important to eat a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat,” he added.

Sources:

http://www.usatoday.com

http://www.sfgate.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/Alzheimers_disease.html

 

Nutritional needs for children

by Dr. David Jockers

(NaturalNews) The food we eat provides the raw materials for healthy cells in our body. Children need high quality nutrition to function and perform at their peak. Our society trains children to devalue the importance of high quality food choices. Raising healthy children takes determination and great meal planning on the part of the parents.

Most government provided school lunches are packed full of toxic genetically modified, highly processed foods that offer no real nutritional content other than calories. Micronutrients and antioxidants are never considered in designing these meal plans. Additionally, our society has bought into the idea that it is acceptable for children to eat junk food at parties and events.

To raise a healthy family in the 21st century, you must be different. 90 percent of what we are sold as healthy food for kids is not good. Whole grains and pasteurized dairy are used in abundance as healthy parts of a daily diet. Unfortunately, gluten containing grains and pasteurized dairy are inflammatory foods that are linked with digestive problems, allergies, concentration challenges and much more.

Breakfast

Ideal breakfast foods for children include low-glycemic foods that have good fats and clean proteins to keep stable blood sugar. Berries are a great addition as they are loaded with anti-oxidants and are low-glycemic so they help maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Berries are thin skinned and sprayed heavily with pesticide in conventional practices so it is important to get these organic.

Great fats for kids include coconut products, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil. Nuts and seeds are great but ideally, they should be raw, soaked and sprouted. The best seeds include hemp, flax, pumpkin, sesame, black sesame and sunflower. All nuts are great except for peanuts which often contain fungal toxins and are highly allergenic and inflammatory.

Great protein foods include 100 percent grass-fed beef products, 100 percent grass-fed raw cheese products, organic eggs, organic poultry, wild fish from clean waters and wild game from cleaner parts of the country.

The best way to begin the day is high-quality liquid nutrition. Making a shake with frozen, organic blueberries, cinnamon, organic almond or coconut milk, extra virgin coconut oil for more good fats and a non-denatured grass-fed whey protein is fantastic. One could also substitute organic, raw eggs or a sprouted hemp, pea and brown rice based protein.

Lunch should consist of soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds. Granola, crackers and cookies can be made out of soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds and flavored with low-glycemic sweeteners like stevia and coconut nectar. At home, a stevia sweetened chocolate avocado mousse is a great treat that contains no sugar and lots of good fats and anti-oxidants.

Great snack foods include raw veggies like carrots, celery, cucumbers, red cabbage and bell peppers. Almond butter, guacamole and hummus can be used for dips for these veggies. Also, raw nuts, coconut flakes, dried berries and cacao nibs can be combined to make a great anti-oxidant trail mix.

Dinners should be designed around high quality animal protein and double veggies. This could be grass-fed beef, lamb, bison, organic chicken, turkey, duck, eggs, wild game, wild fish, etc. Steamed or sauteed veggies along with a baby spinach salad is great. Make a dressing with fresh squeezed lemon, dried herbs and extra virgin olive oil.

Starches that are okay to use include brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, yams and sprouted grain breads. Sweet potato fries can be made with sliced sweet potatoes grilled with coconut oil on a stainless steel pan. A mashed potato alternative can be made out of steamed cauliflower or sweet potato.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.healthychildren.org
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/033375_cognitive_function_foods.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/032275_ADHD_natural_remedies.html

About the author:
Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go to www.drjockers.com To find a Maximized Living doctor near you go to www.maximizedliving.com Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals

New study finds boys joining girls in early development

by Ben Meredith

(NaturalNews) Studies have been done in recent years focusing on the development of girls, and the results have shown that girls are developing at a younger age these days than they used to. However, new data shows that boys are demonstrating this same pattern of growth.

The study took place between 2005 and 2010, and in comparison to medical textbook standards, it found that boys are physically maturing anywhere from six months to two years sooner. The research results specified that African-American boys demonstrated signs of puberty at an average of nine years old, and 10 years old for Caucasian and Hispanic boys.

Marcia Herman-Giddens of the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health headed the study. She also did a study of female development back in 1997. She notes that the former was over a much longer period of time because genital maturation in boys isn’t as easily identifiable as in girls. While girls begin to grow breasts and start having a menstrual cycle (both obvious clues), boys exhibit pubescent signs with enlarged testes and the production of sperm.

There were more than 4,100 participants in the study, with the boys ranging from age six to 16. The boys’ genital size and appearance of pubic hair were recorded, and the researchers assigned each participant’s data to one of five stages: Stage One is pre-puberty, and Stages Two through Five range from the onset of puberty to adult maturity.

While doctors say that the results of this study are not necessarily a reason to be concerned, the possible causes of earlier puberty spawn a variety of unhealthy theories. Herman-Giddes claims the changes are too fast, as genetics take hundreds to thousands of years. For the average age of puberty to drop so quickly, doctors point the finger at the environment the children are growing up in. A lack of exercise, junk food, TV, chemicals, and obesity are some of the theories because they have the potential to interfere with normal hormone production.

There is no conclusive evidence yet as to why this is occurring, and doctors aren’t sure that it’s even a negative thing. Regardless of the reason, it is important for parents to be observant of their children’s development, especially for the purpose of knowing when to start the “birds and the bees” discussion. Furthermore, parents should remember that while their child may be physically maturing, the psychosocial maturation process remains slower, so interaction should remain age-appropriate.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.reuters.com

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/20/health/boys-early-puberty/index.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Hurricane Sandy could leave people ‘fighting in the streets’ for basic necessities like food, gas

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Monster Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the South Jersey coast, as forecasters had predicted, on Monday evening with gale-force winds of 90 miles per hour and bringing with it the promise of “historic” damage that could lead to scores of unprepared Americans “fighting in the streets” for basic goods like food, gasoline and fresh water, local residents are warning.

As the so-called perfect storm slams the upper Northeast United States, the National Weather Service issued a dire warning: “Sandy expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and coastal hurricane winds plus heavy Appalachian snows.”

CBS 3 meteorologist Katie Fehlinger in Philadelphia – which is expected to get hit with heavy rains – tweeted, “This storm is HISTORIC!”

Louis Uccellini of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said of Sandy, “This is the worst-case scenario.”

Meanwhile, further south in Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley cautioned, “The days ahead are going to be very difficult. There will be people who die and are killed in this storm.”

He’s not the only one who thinks people are going to die, albeit, perhaps, for different reasons.

‘It’ll be the aftermath!’

Mark Palazzolo, who boarded up his bait-and-tackle shop in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., with the same wood he used in past storms, told CBS 3, “I got a call from a friend of mine from Florida last night who said, ‘Mark, get out! If it’s not the storm, it’ll be the aftermath. People are going to be fighting in the streets over gasoline and food.

“I think this one’s going to do us in,” he added.

The potential for gargantuan disaster is growing by the hour. Officials all up and down the East Coast say they are expecting destruction – and perhaps even death – of epic proportions.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” officials in Ocean City, N.J., told another local CBS affiliate.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used his usual candor and flair to warn state residents to take evacuation warnings seriously.

“I read some joker in the newspaper…saying he’s never run away from one of these [storms]. Well, you might end up under it…this is not a time to be stupid,” he told reporters.

At the White House and in gubernatorial state houses all up and down the Atlantic coast, the president and state leaders were calling in resources and calling up National Guard troops. By midday Monday, sources told Natural News, some 60,000 Guard troops had been placed on duty or on alert.

Looters, rapists, chaos

“Please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Don’t delay, don’t pause, don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a powerful storm,” President Obama said from Washington, D.C., where he has temporarily suspended his reelection campaign to deal with the coming crisis. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has also suspended his campaign.

According to CBS, “Obama declared emergencies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, authorizing federal relief work to begin well ahead of time.”

Battalions of Guard troops, along with thousands of local police and federal agencies, may wind up having to deal with potentially millions of Americans who either chose not to prepare for the storm’s arrival or did not prepare adequately.

Granted, before Hurricane Katrina struck, New Orleans – despite being a metropolitan city of about a half-million people – was much poorer than many of the areas of the Northeast that in Sandy’s path. But the fact is, destruction is destruction, and within days of being leveled by Katrina, large swaths of New Orleans devolved into miniature war zones. Inadequate numbers of police and Guard personnel left dozens of square blocks in control of gangs and other low-level criminal enterprises.

The chaos manifested itself in looting; “looters floated garbage cans filled with clothing and jewelry down the street in a dash to grab what they could,” The Associated Press reported at the time.

“It’s downtown Baghdad,” Denise Bollinger, a tourist from Philadelphia, who stood outside taking pictures of the societal breakdown, said. “It’s insane. I’ve wanted to come here for 10 years. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not.”

‘Don’t be stupid. Get out.

There were shootings. There were gang rapes. There was other violence.

Most of it came from the “usual suspects.”

“What you had was a situation where you’ve got a tremendous number of vulnerable people, and then some predatory people who had all of the reasons to take their anger out on someone else,” Judy Benitez, director of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, a statewide coalition of rape crisis centers, told National Public Radio in the days following Katrina.

But what will transpire when bad things happen to good – though unprepared – people?

Depending on the damage, it’s going to be days – or possibly weeks, in some cases – before electricity is restored. It will take hours and days to get supplies to hungry, thirty people.

Tempers will flare. Impatience will grow. The chaos could grow in proportion to the frustration.

Gov. Christie was blunt: “Don’t be stupid. Get out.”

It’s already too late for some people.

Sources:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/10/29/worst-case-scenario/

http://connecticut.cbslocal.com

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5063796

Photo credit: Daniel Case

 

TSA pulls naked body scanners out of key airports; still refuses to submit to third-party safety testing

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) After months of complaints, negative feedback, bad press and no small amount of controversy, the Transportation Security Administration has announced it will begin removing its naked body scanners out of key airports around the country.

Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security – which oversees the TSA – made the decision in recent days to pull the scanners from New York City’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.

The question is why. Why did it take so long? And what’s the reason for the move? Understand that the machines are not being retired (at great taxpayer expense); they have simply been moved to other, less busy, airports where, presumably “far fewer passengers will be exposed to radiation,” reported the non-profit investigative media organization ProPublica, which added that the dangerous machines were already removed from Boston’s busy Logan International Airport earlier this month.

The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the backscatter machines are going away from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as well.

Oh, they’re not dangerous – Move is ‘strategic’

The TSA’s “official” excuse is that the machines were causing unacceptable delays at the two NYC airports and that removing them is an effort to speed up the lines.

Since when has the TSA given two hoots about customer service? This is the agency that allows its staff to grope kids, grandmothers and busty women, while allowing the criminals it hires to rob passengers blind before heading home to download child pornography.

No, some other reason that the agency feels is threatening – or potentially threatening – has forced this decision. Could it be that critics like us have been right all along – that the revealing backscatter x-ray machines actually do cause harm?

The agency says no, that’s not the reason. But when was the last time a federal agency admitted a mistake?

“They’re not all being replaced,” TSA spokesman David Castelveter told ProPublica. “It’s being done strategically. We are replacing some of the older equipment and taking them to smaller airports. That will be done over a period of time.”

“Older equipment?” The backscatter machines, which only came online beginning in 2009, are supposed to be state-of-the-art.

“Strategically?” Wouldn’t you like to know what this term is supposed to mean? Like, what’s the strategy?

This sounds an awful lot like the TSA’s way of reducing a known health threat while allowing itself an “out” by saying, in essence, “Hey, we never said they were dangerous…in fact, we’re still using them.”

Why do they have to be backscatter machines?

Granted, the agency does still utilize them in 25 of the nation’s busiest airports (though the agency won’t confirm which ones, according to ProPublica).

And, in late September, the TSA awarded three U.S. companies contracts that could potentially be worth as much as $245 million to develop the next generation of scanners; one design by American Science & Engineering uses backscatter technology.

But there are other, safer machines out there that are more than capable of screening passengers. One type utilizes millimeter-wave scanning technology, which emits less radiation and is far less invasive while still incredibly effective at finding objects on passengers.

Some scientists can’t figure out why the TSA won’t use this viable alternative.

“Why would we want to put ourselves in this uncertain situation where potentially we’re going to have some cancer cases?” David Brenner, director of Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research, told ProPublica last year. “It makes me think, really, why we don’t use millimeter waves when we don’t have so much uncertainty.”

We agree.

One final note: If they’re so safe, why doesn’t the TSA allow some independent, non-affiliated third party test the safety of the backscatter x-ray machines?

Sources:

http://www.propublica.org

http://www.suntimes.com

http://newyork.cbslocal.com