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Health Report Jan 20, 2012

Have you heard of cleansing? The big questions we receive are usually: "Where do I start?" or "How can I help my body?" Cleansing is all about lightening up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and chemical-based personal health care products such as cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes and substitute with more natural alternatives. Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide an "adrenaline rush" to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. So it's a good idea to detox but your stressful life situations while also detoxifying your body. Yoga and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the stress life will bring. Cleanses also help the body shed weight by releasing toxins. Our body will naturally surround toxins with fat to try to protect us from their harmful effects. Ridding the body of these fat surrounded toxins gets several things done at once. It also helps to have a cleansing partner. You can help each other stay on track and motivate each other on the days that are tough. We can be that partner! Our purpose is to help as many people as we can achieve their goal of optimal health. Keep up your new years' resolutions of healthy living and weight loss today buy asking a staff member about our cleanse program.

“To preserve health is a moral and religious duty, for health is the basis of all social virtues. We can no longer be useful when we are not well.” - Samuel Johnson

-- For your health, Dr Moss, Angi, Wendy, Rachael

WESTERN DIET CONTRIBUTES TO MORE HEART ATTACKS WORLDWIDE

When it comes to increasing the risk of heart attack in relation to the foods people eat, the Western diet has come out on top again – this time as measured in 52 countries around the globe. A Western diet is one that is high in fried foods, salty snacks, meat and eggs. According to a most recent study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, this diet increases heart attack risk by about 35 percent.
The study looked at 3 different dietary options. In addition to the Western diet was the Prudent diet. This one included a high amount of vegetables and fruits. Also considered was the Oriental diet. This one is higher in tofu, soy and a variety of sauces. “The objective of this study was to understand the modifiable risk factors of heart attacks at a global level,” said senior study author Salim Yusuf, PhD of the Population Health Research Institute at Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada.
The results of some 16,000 people involved in the INTERHEART study were analyzed by researchers. Of this group who resided in 52 different countries, 5,761 of the cases had suffered a heart attack. The remaining 10,646 people made up the control group of persons without known heart disease. Researchers used a dietary risk questionnaire that included food items considered to be healthy and unhealthy. Both heart attack victims and healthy heart persons we interviewed.
Here is what the researchers found:
*Those who consumed the Western diet had a 35 percent greater risk of heart attack compared to people who ate little or no fried foods or meats.
* People who ate the Prudent diet had a 30 percent lower heart attack risk compared to people who ate lesser amounts of fruits and vegetables.
* Persons who consumed the Oriental diet showed no increase or decrease of heart attack risk.
Researchers noted that the Oriental diet does include many food items that are considered to be protective of the heart. However, these benefits are reduced by the fact this diet is usually high in salt content.
Dr. Yusuf pointed out that the study confirms that the consumption of higher amounts of fruits and vegetables is healthy and can help to reduce the risk of people in populations around the globe from having heart attacks.
“At the same time, an unhealthy dietary intake, assessed by a simple dietary risk score, accounts for nearly one-third of the world population’s attributable risk.”

Source: The American Heart Association. “‘Western’ Diet Increase Heart Attack Risk Globally.” October 2008.
http://americanheart.mediaroom.com/

End Piracy, Not Liberty

Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. There are more effective ways to accomplish this than to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Health Report Jan 12, 2012

Why cleanse you may ask? We need to cleanse our bodies because we weren’t designed to handle the amount of toxins in the world today. We need to do a little bit more cleaning than nature is already doing for our bodies. It is no wonder that our body has so much of this needless waste considering what we put in it: Processed Foods, Saturated and Trans Fats, Artificial Sweeteners, and other artificial products that the body simply doesn't know what to do with. Too much of this garbage can have many negative side effects on your health and it is important to help the body to rid itself of this junk. Detoxification will not only make you healthier, it will also lead to increases in energy levels, make you more able to get rid of bad habits, cleanse the body of harmful toxins, and promote weight loss through the increased energy levels and smoother, stronger metabolism rate that will accompany it. Truly, a detoxification diet essentially enables a person and their body a fresh, new start. It will also help your body hold your adjustments better when it is healthier. We will be doing an office cleanse in the coming weeks. If you are in need of some support on your quest to better health, we are here for you.

“To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.” Seneca quotes

-- For your health, Dr Moss, Angi, Wendy, Rachael

Soft Drink Consumption Linked to an Increase in Esophageal Cancer

Soda drinkers may be at a heightened risk of developing esophageal cancer, according to new research presented at Digestive Disease Week, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.
Researchers at Tata Memorial Hospital in India discovered a strong correlation between the increased consumption of carbonated soft drinks and the subsequent increased rates of esophageal cancer in the United States.
Researchers assessed data available from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and found per capita carbonated soft drink consumption increased from 10.8 gallons in 1946 to 49.2 gallons in 2000 - more than a 450% increase.
During that same time, incidence rates of esophageal cancer increased by more than 570% amongst American white males. Researchers noted incidence rates are continuing to increase.
Researchers found published data that provided a strong biological basis to explain the increased dose and duration of esophageal cancer exposure to acid: soft drink consumption triggers acid reflux.

Source:Science Blog, Science News Stories, www.scienceblog.com, May 17, 2004

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