My Friends Are Good For Me

It is no secret that I am a dog person….my 2 best friends are Little man and Baby Girl, the rescue dogs I found after Katrina……both were pretty dramatized by the storm and needed a home…..I was still hurting after having to put my friend Lodi down after she was badly injured in the storm…….not long we were family…….

Dogs are good for us humans…..psychologically as well as physically,,,,,and now there is a study that confirms it……..

How is a dog like a cup of yogurt? Well, canines might also have a “probiotic effect” on humans, researcher Kim Kelly explains in a post from the University of Arizona. Science suggests owning a dog can be healthy—for instance, kids in families with dogs generally have lower allergy and asthma rates, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. A new study aims to find out why. “Microbes in our gut can have profound effects on our health, both our mental health as well as our physical well-being,” Kelly tells Arizona Public Media. The question, she says: “Is there something in the transfer of these microbes between dogs and humans that is actually making us healthier?”

In order to investigate the matter, Kelly’s team plans to lend out canines for three-month periods to study participants, with help from southern Arizona’s Humane Society. Participants needn’t fear losing their new companions: They can adopt the dogs after the study, which will involve following both the dogs’ and the humans’ health through blood and skin samples, Arizona Public Media notes. Researchers will also keep tabs on participants’ mental health. In case you’re tempted, be advised that participants must be older than 50, since researchers are taking a particular look at our bacteria “as we age,” one says. (Click to read about more ways pets make you healthier.)

Make yourself healthier….go out and rescue a deserving friend that needs love and a good home….you cannot not be happier!

The Homeopathic Way Of Life

Last weekend I wrote about farmers markets may not be all that organic or any different from your local grocery……this weekend let’s look at Homeopathy.

Some of us feel that the earth will provide all we need as far as our health goes…….ande we believe that we can treat ourselves homeopathic way…………you know with white willow or sassafras or pine needles or ginko……on and on…..

But are we doing our bodies a favor or not?

I read a piece this past week that covers these questions and the practice…….

Homeopathy—the idea that one can heal oneself with illness-inducing substances in tiny quantities—is basically a bunch of quackery practiced by delusional people who take their own lives in their hands and might just as well take a sugar pill instead, according to Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council. “There are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective,” declares the fairly blunt report, which also recommends that health insurers stop subsidizing homeopathic remedies and that pharmacies not stock them. “People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness.” The report reviewed hundreds of studies on homeopathy, notes CBS News, and found no evidence that it’s more effective than a placebo.

“I have no problems with private colleges wanting to run courses on crystal-ball gazing, iridology, and homeopathy, and if people are crazy enough to pay for it, it’s their decision,” one doctor tells the Guardian, but he thinks governments shouldn’t approve them. The Australian Homeopathic Association, not to be deterred, urged the NHMRC to find an approach that “respects and advocates patient choice.” It’s not the only blow to homeopathy of late: A Canadian study on homeopathic treatment for kids with ADHD came under heavy fire earlier this month from the scientific community for, as the Toronto Star puts it, “legitimiz(ing) a pseudoscience.”

Any one care to respond?

Farmer Markets For Your Health

We all see the reports about the crap we put in our bodies as food….right?  And we know we must eat healthier if we are to live longer and healthy……right?  What is the answer for finding and consuming healthy food?

The answer most of us think about at first is that we need to spend more time and money at our local farmers market.

But how do we know that the food in these markets are safer to eat…..we know it is not cheap to do so…..but is it really better?

Some say hold the bus!  This may not be the best way to improve one’s health…….

Who doesn’t like a farmers market? Organic food, weird jams, and a sense of community have drawn shoppers nationwide for years. But a new study says the markets don’t really fulfill their reputation of promoting a healthy diet—and definitely don’t save people money, Pacific Standard reports. “There seems to be much enthusiasm for using farmers markets” to improve food quality in areas where healthy food is lacking, a team of researchers writes in the journal Appetite. “It is hard for us to share this enthusiasm.” Their study of 26 farmers markets and 44 stores in Bronx County, NY, found that the markets offered 26.4 fewer items of fresh produce on average, fewer commonly-purchased foods, and more expensive items overall, even among regular produce.

What’s more, 32.8% of items at farmers markets aren’t fresh produce: They’re processed or refined products like cookies, cakes, pies, and jams. The study admits that farmers markets do have upsides, however, like generally fresher produce and a slightly higher rate of organic foods. (But a two-year-old study says organic foods are no more nutritious or safe than conventional foods, except that germs in non-organic meats are more often resistant to antibiotics, the CBC reports.) Meanwhile, the growth rate of farmers markets is in decline over the past five years after markets outpaced farmers’ supply and the number of shoppers, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I think we’ve glutted the marketplace,” says a farmers market manager in Los Angeles. (Now see a few myths about washing produce.)

Well crap!  Thanx for that Professor.  What is the answer?  For me is that I grow most of my fresh vegetables and can some for the lean months……yep, it is hard work some times but far better on the body than store bought produce.  Nothing better than picking your salad stuff, wash it and then eat it………… Lettuces, tomatoes, radishes….I also grow pears, peaches, plums, figs and different citrus……I have a totally yummy yard!

Anybody else have an idea or ideas?

“Good To The Last Drop”

AHHHHHHHHHH!  The weekend and I can relax…..speaking of relaxation…..I cannot imagine a day without my good steady friend coffee……my fave is Jamaican Blue Mountain…..a bit pricey but I get it and ration it……I have been told….in the past that as much coffee can be bad for my health…….

That was years ago and today it appears as coffee is not the evil addiction that they originally wanted me to believe…….

Rejoice yet again, coffee lovers: A new study says that four or more cups a day may reduce your chance of getting multiple sclerosis, LiveScience reports. An international group of researchers looked at two datasets—one Swedish and one American—and found that people who didn’t drink coffee were 1.5 times more likely to develop MS than those who downed about four cups daily. The analysis of nearly 7,000 people echoes earlier research that mice, raised to get an MS-like illness, never developed it when given hefty doses of caffeine. Why caffeine? Well, with MS, the immune system strikes nerve fibers by attacking a protective covering called myelin. And scientists believe that caffeine blocks a body chemical that allows immune cells into the central nervous system to crush myelin.

Now, the caveats: The new study finds no causal link between caffeine and reducing the chances of MS, the LA Times notes. Further, it’s based on self-reported coffee habits that date back 10 years and may be sketchy. “I think from the MS perspective, there are too few data to support changing coffee intake at this time,” says study leader Ellen Mowry. “Further research should be done … as it may lead to identifying new targets for [MS] treatment.” On the bright side, she says, the two data sets came up with very similar results. Coffee has also been found to reduce the chance of skin cancer and breast cancer, Yahoo reports, and a Harvard study of over 130,000 volunteers found that even six cups daily led to no greater chance of dying

So coffee is not the villain as they once thought…….but wait….there is more……..

Indulging in coffee may lower your risk for melanoma, make for awesome naps, and even help fend off retinal degeneration. Now there’s another possible health benefit: According to a study published in the Heart journal, people who drank a moderate amount of coffee (three to five cups a day) had the lowest levels of CAC (coronary artery calcium), which when built up can be an early indicator of heart disease, the Los Angeles Times reports. Individuals who drank one to three cups had somewhat higher CAC levels, followed by elevated calcium levels in both those who had one cup or less and java junkies (more than five cups a day). This research only compounds the “coffee good/coffee bad” debate, the BBC notes.

Scientists tracked 28,138 male and female subjects from two South Korean cities who had a health screening complete with a CT scan to figure out their calcium levels; participants also had to fill out a food survey. The researchers controlled for other lifestyle factors as well, including smoking and exercise. The study does have its limitations: Scientists still have no clue if it’s the caffeine in the coffee that does the trick or some other element, and the study may not readily translate to the general public because the South Korean diet and lifestyle is so different from ours. “While this study does highlight a potential link, more research is needed to confirm these findings and understand what the reason is for the association,” Victoria Taylor of the British Heart Foundation tells the BBC

I can remember when eggs were going to kill me…..now not so much…….with each new study coffee has more health benefits than harm…….that is good news….but to be honest….I would give up coffee anyway…….

Go out and have a great cup of coffee today….it cannot hurt!

There Is A Fungus Among Us

It is a few days to step away from the lunacy that we call news and report on some other form of news…..but there are times when stupid gets in the way…….this is one of those times……..

I read a lot of garbage and most of it comes from the Right……not so much their ideology just their mental incompetency……

Here’s the problem……As an elected official…..people tend to think you know what you’re talking about.

So when you say you can just “flush out cancer”, it’s not just a lie it’s dangerous because people will believe you.

“If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing, let’s say, salt water, sodium cardonate [sic], through that line, and flushing out the fungus… These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.”

‘Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) wants to reform the rules of end-of-life medical care so that more cancer patients can simply flush out their disease using baking soda’.

‘Fiore, who is also CEO of a healthcare company, told listeners to her weekly radio show on Saturday, that she will soon introduce a “terminally ill bill,” to allow more non-FDA-approved treatments for those diagnosed as having terminal illnesses’.

From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/02/24/3626567/nevada-assemblywoman-cancer-fungus/

See what I mean?  Stupid!

Is this How We “Honor” Our Veterans?

The Prez has signed the veterans suicide bill into law……a great thing that our government came together to do something good for the vets……my worry is that the funding will be subject to whatever “crisis” the idiots come up with or that it will get watered down by a Congress that has scored its point for the next election….

And then I read this piece and once again I got sick to my stomach at the treatment that vets are getting from the very country that made them a vet……the very country that continues to pretend that veteran’s lives matter……NOTHING has changed since 1968……

All they, the vets, get is lots of lip service….few give a crap about their problems or their treatment……in short the vets are just a “feel good” moment for people to latch onto…..nothing changes……the public crapped on Viet vets and it has continued for 40+ years…….

Is this how we honor those people that protect your freedom?

 

Wounded Warriors Treated as ‘Slackers’ at Hood, Bliss and Brooke | Military.com.

Could It Lead To Designer Babies?

There is a movement to use a woman’s eggs to rid the fetuses of impurities…….but could all this lead to a shadow industry of designer babies?

British lawmakers in the House of Commons voted today to allow scientists to create babies from the DNA of three people—a move that could prevent some children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers. The vote in the House of Commons was 382-128 in favor. The bill must next be approved by the House of Lords before becoming law. If so, it would make Britain the first country in the world to allow embryos to be genetically modified. The controversial techniques involve altering a human egg or embryo before transferring it into the mother. British law currently forbids any such modification and critics say approving the techniques could lead to the creation of “designer babies.”

Defects in the mitochondria can result in diseases including muscular dystrophy; heart, kidney, and liver failure; and severe muscle weakness. The techniques would likely only be used in about a dozen British women every year who have faulty mitochondria, the energy-producing structures outside a cell’s nucleus. To fix that, scientists remove the nucleus DNA from the egg of a prospective mother and insert it into a donor egg from which the nucleus DNA has been removed. This can be done either before or after fertilization. The resulting embryo would end up with the nucleus DNA from its parents but the mitochondrial DNA from the donor. Scientists say the DNA from the donor egg amounts to less than 1% of the resulting embryo’s genes. Last year, the US FDA held a meeting to discuss the techniques and scientists warned it could take decades to determine if they are safe.

Am I just worrying for nothing or is this a possibility?  Knowing the scruples are in short supply in the medical profession and are non-existent in the research realm…..what are the chances of a designer baby coming from this issue?

Could this violate some religious tenet?  I mean altering an egg should be a crime against God’s intention, right?  Would not this be tantamount to killing the child that God “gave” the parents?  I really would like a religious person to step up and go on record by answering those question for everyone.

Thoughts please………