Salt Addiction Develops in Infancy says New Study

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The amount of salt one prefers in his or her food may depend on the types of food eaten in early infancy according to researchers in Philadelphia.

This affinity for foods high in sodium typically develops in the first six months of life when babies are fed starchy foods such as crackers or cereal. These foods are likely to form a lasting effect on the taste buds as they are often the greatest sources of sodium in a child’s diet so early on. Furthermore, researchers noted that babies fed only baby food and fruit during their first six months of life showed no preference for salted or unsalted foods.

As baby foods tend to be completely or mostly sodium free, infants are unable to develop a dependency on salt as a flavoring. The same children who were tested in their first six months were later tested between three and four years of age and those fed salt early on were found to show a preference for water with twice as much salt in it as those who were not. These children were also more likely to choose highly salty processed foods like hot dogs and chips as snacks.

What benefit does this knowledge potentially have for children in the future? As processed foods tend to be high in sodium, researchers hope this discovery will help tastes trend toward natural, whole foods, ultimately leading to a healthier diet. Diets high in sodium are also associated with high blood pressure and diabetes, and the elimination of foods with a high salt content may lead to a decline in these conditions, particularly the development of diabetes at a young age.

Some researchers, like John E. Hayes, Ph.D. of Pennsylvania, feel that the preference for salt may be inherent in some children, which would pose a challenge to the findings of this study. Whether the research proves true in the long term or not, to salt or not to salt a child’s food early on is ultimately up to the parents; however, they might want to take the potential lifetime benefits into consideration when making that decision.

Organic? Low-Fat? Nutritious? LA Students Say: No, Thanks

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meals from the new LAUSD lunch program

Pre-packaged foods of the revolution

Written by: Holly Troupe

In the spring of 2011, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his team marched into the LAUSD with the purpose of remodeling the school lunch program only to have his cameras publicly rebuffed. The district was revamping the menu on its own, representatives said, with the goal of exceeding the health standards set forth by the U.S.D.A. Eight months later, students unanimously reject the healthy alternatives, and huge quantities of the foods are being thrown out untouched.

Officials are startled by the reaction. Taste tests of the new menu items yielded mainly positive, even enthusiastic results. But according to Seth Nickinson, a member of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation who attended the tasting, there were issues from the start. “One of my biggest frustrations was the packaging,” he wrote on the JamieOliver.com blog. “Everything from LAUSD comes pre-packaged with cellophane tops. Not only is it a constant reminder that LAUSD meals, produced in such high volume, aren’t ‘fresh,’ but it can be hard to see through the package.”

The un-fresh, pre-packaged nature of the meals was one of the students’ biggest complaints. Salads dated Oct. 7 were distributed Oct. 17, according to Van Nuys Highschool Principal Judith Vanderbok. In a letter-writing campaign to First Lady Michelle Obama, Van Nuys students spoke of undercooked meat, hard rice and finding mold on the food.

The unified disapproval of the lunches has also spurred a disheartening consequence: a junk-food black market. Teachers and other school officers have been selling candy, instant noodles and chips to hungry students. Van Nuys student Iraides Renteria subsists solely on Cheetos and sodas during the school day. “This is our daily lunch,” she said. “We’re eating more junk food now than last year.” “It’s like prohibition,” said Vanderbok.

The menu also may have proved to be too exotic for the tastes of the school children. Where lunches previously consisted of pizza, burgers and tater tots, the new fare is more worldly items like quinoa salad, black bean burgers, pad Thai and beef jambalaya. “It’s not going over well; I have a lot of waste,” Principal Scott Schmerelson of Johhny L. Cochran Jr. Middle School said. “They don’t want the weird things. They want down-home comfort food.”

The district announced this month that the school menu would be revised. Some of the items will remain—the salads and vegetable tamales—while others will be re-worked or eliminated. Foods more familiar to students would be brought back, like burgers and pizza, but with low-fat and whole grain ingredients. According to food services deputy director David Binkle, “We’re trying to put healthier foods in place and make food kids like, and that’s a challenge, but we want to be responsive and listen and learn.”

Research Shows Even More Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

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Written by Lisa Pearson

When you’re ready to curl up with a cup of your favorite hot drink, what do you prefer-coffee or tea? Research by Harvard School of Public Health shows that although coffee has its benefits such as boosting metabolism as well as reducing the risk of endometrial cancer; green tea reigns supreme when it comes to overall health benefits.

Green tea in teacup

Drinking green tea for health benefits

You have probably long heard that there are many health benefits to drinking green tea such as burning fat and lowering the risk of heart disease as well as several types of cancers. Researchers from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA conducted a study and found that the guzzling of green tea is now linked to lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. The study published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association, showed that the individuals with high “bad” LDL cholesterol levels saw the most benefit. The study participants consumed green tea in some form such as in capsules or a drink, and a placebo for a period of three weeks to six months.

In a study in Harvard Women’s Health Watch, green tea was found to not only increase “good” HDL cholesterol points but improved artery function in addition to lowering the “bad” LDL cholesterol. Researchers warn though, that although there were significant findings, individuals with high cholesterol should avoid swapping medication for green tea altogether.

Harvard Women’s Health Watch recommends drinking tea at least a couple of times a day and steep your tea bag for three to five minutes in order to bring out the catechins. The catechins are the super stars in the elixir as they consist of potent, water soluble polyphenol and antioxidants that gives green tea its 5 star rating.

Green tea is also great for your skin. For one, it fights free radicals which damage the skin and the body. A study conducted by Case Western Reserve University in the year 2000 found that green tea extracts help protect your skin from sunburns. Dr. Stephen Hsu of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology found that consuming green tea helps regenerate old skin cells nearing the end of their life cycle. He goes on to say that “Cells that migrate toward the surface of the skin normally live about 28 days, and by day 20, they basically sit on the upper layer of the skin getting ready to die. But EGCG reactivates them. I was so surprised.” EGCG is Epigallocatechin gallate, which is a catechin and antioxidant found in tea.

There are also many ways to use green tea for homemade beauty treatments by applying green tea to your skin. Check out the video below for one way to use green tea along some common household products to make a green tea scrub.

 

As you can see, there are many health benefits linked to green tea. So the next time you meet up with friends at a coffee shop, give tea a try. Your body will thank you for it!

Minor Leaguers To Get Real Drug Tests, Now For The Pros

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With all the talk of declining home run numbers of this “post steroids” era of baseball, it still can’t be said that the game has cleaned up all that much. After all, Major League Baseball doesn’t even test for what is said to be one of the most popular performance enhancing drugs among players: Human Growth Hormone. The league says its wants to, but is stymied by the players’ union position against blood testing. MLB, however, is going to sidestep that hurdle the best it can.

The league announced last week it’s going to test minor leaguers for HGH, given that players not on a 40-man major league roster aren’t subject to union rules.

It’s about time MLB made this move and it’s about time the players’ union gives up its fight in favor of the ability to cheat. These PEDs allow unscrupulous and undeserving players to break honest records. They allow players to steal a finite number of jobs from those who are more deserving. The union’s argument that blood tests are too intrusive is childishly weak. Surely players can trade a needle poke for the privilege of getting rich while playing a game. MLB and all its players should be clamoring for the chance to clean their images, and to cleanse the game of cheaters who are stealing from players of the past, present and future. Test for everything and test everyone.

Nano Beads To The Rescue; Drug Makers To Get Powerful New Tool

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With a little nano-scopic help, researchers will soon be able to develop disease targeting drugs up to 10,000 times faster, according to a recent study.

The technology, wherein nano beads with tiny pins match drugs to disease markers, was developed by Wake Forest University. This new research confirms its effectiveness. Called the “lab-on-bead” method, it can simultaneously test a nearly infinite number of drug compounds for a given disease at once. When a match is made, you have your treatment.

The term “nano” refers to a size scale so small, it can’t even be seen with a microscope. A billion nanometers make one meter and about 80,000 nanometers would have about the same width as a human hair.

This research was recently accepted by the Journal of Molecular Recognition. It is expected take years off the normal drug development process. That will likely dramatically cut drug companies’ overhead (an possibly scientists’ jobs), and increase their profit margin, while it may also cut costs to patients in need.

According to a press release from Wake Forest University, the professor who co-created the lab-on-bead method will assist Nanomedia Inc., to further develop how drug companies might use it to boost their efficacy.

California NAACP Backs Pot Legalization Proposition

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Seal of approval?

When I first heard about this, I thought, “Oh man. Here comes a tidal wave of tasteless jokes,” and that’s probably true, but it’s an issue worth thinking about, anyway. The head of California’s NAACP chapter has come out solidly in favor of the state’s latest citizen marijuana legalization effort, Proposition 19. I’ll give you a paragraph break here to quickly run through the possible jokes you might hear on late-night talk shows soon.

Okay. Alice Huffman, head of the NAACP’s California State Conference, says there is such a racial component to this issue that she can’t stay out of it. I will admit, I probably wouldn’t have thought of this angle if she hadn’t spoken up. But it’s true, and the numbers bear it out. In several California counties, black people get cited for pot more than whites at anywhere from twice to four times the rate. Given the ubiquity of pot use in general, I’d say she’s got a point that can’t be ignored.

There could be myriad reasons for this numbers gap. I don’t know what they all would be, but we could start with the possibility that marijuana use is more open or public within the black community. It may or may not be, but it’s a possible contributor. In any case, it’s definitely an angle worth throwing into the discussion.

Green Tea and Red Wine Block Signaling Pathway Necessary for Cancer Growth

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Mice in the study were genetically altered to grow the human prostate cancer cells. Then half were treated with green tea and red wine polyphenols. The treated mice showed reduced cancer growth.

Scientists believe they now know exactly why polyphenols, potent antioxidant compounds found in red wine and green tea, inhibit cancer growth.  The discovery, published online in the FASEB Journal, is crucial because it may lead to the development of drugs that could stop or slow cancer progression, or improve current treatments.

The antioxidants produce a combined effect to disrupt an important cell signaling pathway, known as SphK1/S1P, necessary for prostate cancer growth.  “Not only does SphK1/S1P signaling pathway play a role in prostate cancer, but it also plays a role in other cancers, such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and gastric cancers,” said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. “Even if future studies show that drinking red wine and green tea isn’t as effective in humans as we hope, knowing that the compounds in those drinks disrupts this pathway is an important step toward developing drugs that hit the same target.”

Scientists conducted in vitro experiments which showed that the inhibition of the SphK1/S1P pathway was essential for green tea and wine polyphenols to kill prostate cancer cells.  Next mice that were genetically altered to grow the human prostate cancer cells were either treated or not treated with the green tea and red wine polyphenols.  Mice treated with the polyphenols showed reduced cancer growth.  In a second experiment with mice and polyphenols, healthy mice were divided into three groups and then given one of the following three substances:  plain drinking water, drinking water with a green tea compound known as EGCg, or drinking water with a different green tea compound, polyphenon E.  Human prostate cancer cells were then implanted in all the mice.  A dramatic decrease in tumor size was noted in the mice drinking either the EGCg or polyphenon E mixtures.

“The profound impact that the antioxidants in red wine and green tea have on our bodies is more than anyone would have dreamt just 25 years ago,” says Weissmann. “As long as they are taken in moderation, all signs show that red wine and green tea may be ranked among the most potent ‘health foods‘ we know.”

New Report Shows Fruitz Watches Have Health Benefits

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Fruits Watches
Fruitz Watches

Fruitz watches, which represent a dazzling array of real fruits, from Watermelon to Lychee, have proven health benefits, according to a study conducted by PeaceLove Art.  A cross section of first hand experiences of wearers of Fruitz watches demonstrated that the fun and fashionable timepieces also have the power to promote better concentration, more focus, better sleep and less stress.  Study participant fourteen-year-old Kathie said that she “was not tired…and paid attention in math class” as a result of wearing her Fruitz watch.  Similarly, ED, an eight-year-old boy, reported that he “felt less anxious and fidgety” as a result of wearing his Fruitz watch.  Likewise, a 39 year old male reported that he feels “anxious now when…[he] doesn’t have it on, it really helps…[him] relax” and BC, a 65 year old female, said that her Fruitz watch helps her “relax and focus on the task at hand”.  Similar reactions were felt by many of the study participants.

Each Fruitz watch is embedded with a natural frequency technology disk, infused with the earth’s natural frequencies (seven to nine hertz), which are said to communicate with the energy field of the watch wearer, and inform their body to relax.  The impact of the natural frequency technology disk is felt by the wearer, whether or not it touches his or her skin, as long as there is no barrier between the case back and the skin.

Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Boost Sex … And STDs

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Does not protect against VD

Humping leads to several things, but let’s set aside psychological and emotional damage, along with alternating bouts of joy and guilt. Let’s focus on the more concrete results: babies and STDs. With little pills making more sex possible, it would stand to reason those two things would increase. A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine just backed up that reasoning with regard to STDs.

Turns out, men who take erectile dysfunction drugs have two to three times the rate of STD infection of those who don’t. It gets grosser the more we think it through.

Studies like this go easy on making leaps as to why their results are the way they are, but that doesn’t mean we have to. So let’s.

First, people who couldn’t hump now can, so more people are exposed to STDs. Duh. But what about this: the manic, irresponsible or even malicious humpers out there never get as much humping done as they want. They’re limited by things like biology. But now when their penises demand a rest, they can overrule it with a pill and force it into overtime like an underpaid child in a third world sweatshop, blisters be damned.

And to freak us out even more, the study says the most-seen disease in these people is HIV/AIDS.

Washington Pot Initiative Future Looking Grim

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Marijuana sensibilities

Washington state’s latest marijuana legalization initiative is in jeopardy of not making the November ballot and the effort’s leader is blaming Democrats and other ordinarily pot-friendly organizations such as the ACLU.

To make the ballot, I-1068 supporters need to turn in nearly 242,000 valid signatures by June 30, but so far they have nowhere near that many. In a June 7 press release, a clearly upset I-1068 campaign director Philip Dawdy charges weak-kneed “armchair liberals” with not following through with financial support for the signature collection effort. Dawdy says people and organizations that should be pro pot legalization are keeping their distance in order to limit their political exposure.

The ACLU earlier this year issued a statement that it supports decriminalization of marijuana, but does not support I-1068. The initiative would make pot legal, but provides no real regulation of the drug, the ACLU says, and it would be unrealistic to regulate pot less than tobacco or alcohol. Marijuana, the rights group says, should be taxed and controlled like these other substances.

Initiative 1068 isn’t completely dead yet, although the signature deadline is mere days away. Sensible Washington, the group pushing the initiative, earlier this week paid to have petitions inserted into 80,000 copies of one of Seattle’s alternative weeklies, The Stranger. And Dawdy said in his press release that thousands of petitions still haven’t been returned. Maybe the signature gatherers have enough names but, aided by a bit of their cause, have procrastinated in turning in their homework.

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