Can breast cancer be prevented before it develops? research reveals information

Healthy living tip: prevention is better than cure especially in breast cancer

Healthy women should take breast cancer pill, says NICE

Hundreds of thousands of healthy women should take pills to cut their risk of breast cancer, says NHS watchdog NICE.

The draft guidelines for England say women predisposed to breast cancer because of a strong family history of the disease need this protection.

There are now three drugs to choose from – tamoxifen, raloxifene and, for the first time, anastrozole.

Anastrozole is cheaper than the other two and, for some women, has fewer side-effects and is more effective.

Which one is best?

Trials show that per 1,000 patients taking anastrozole for five years, 35 cancer cases would be prevented compared with 21 for tamoxifen.

Which treatment is best for each woman will depend on her situation. If she is pre-menopausal, anastrozole won’t be suitable because it knocks out the female hormone oestrogen, creating, in effect, a drug-induced menopause.

Clinical trials show anastrozole avoids two of tamoxifen’s more serious side-effects – an increased risk of developing a blood-clotting disease, and an increased risk of developing womb cancer.

But anastrozole can make bones weaker and so it is not recommended for women with osteoporosis.

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Women should discuss the relative merits and risks with their doctor when deciding which tablet to take.

Prof Mark Baker from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) said: “Our draft guideline update recommends the use of anastrozole as a first-line treatment for post-menopausal women at high or medium risk of breast cancer who don’t have osteoporosis.

“The evidence examined by the committee suggests anastrozole will not only reduce the number of breast cancer cases in these women compared to tamoxifen, but it is also a more cost-effective option.”

Anastrozole costs about 4p a pill. The list price of tamoxifen is about 9p per tablet.

Baroness Morgan from the charity, Breast Cancer Now, was concerned that patients might not be able to access treatments, despite the recommendations.

Not all of the tablets are licensed for use as breast cancer prevention drugs. Doctors can still prescribe them off-label.

“This updated guideline is a great first step but we now need to ensure that these risk-reducing options actually make their way to patients that could benefit. Ultimately, if the full potential of anastrozole is to be realised for post-menopausal women, there needs to be far greater awareness and support for GPs in prescribing off-label treatments.”

Some women find that the side-effects of these breast cancer pills are significant enough to stop them taking the medication.

Common side-effects, affecting at least one in every 10 women on the tablets, include hot flushes and sweats.

Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the UK. Most cases are not linked to a family history.

Around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

If you have a faulty gene, it doesn’t mean you’ll definitely develop breast cancer, but you are at higher risk.

Out of every 100 women with a faulty gene, between 40 and 85 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Genetic testing for breast cancer

My opinion

Breast cancer, like any other disease, will always be a very touchy subject as different people will always want immediate cure. What I have come to realize in life is that any situation that you want to overcome will require adequate and correct information with guidance. That is why there will always be side effects with medication you may take. However if you want to get an improvement in your health first and foremost consult a doctor while at the same time listening to what your body is telling you because failing to do this can cause lots of long term effects on your body as medication and food affects our bodies differently. The doctor can sure give you breast cancer medication but he/she is not in your body to tell what the signals are saying. First and foremost to cure yourself you must know yourself. In that way you can reach a good healthy living lifestyle adequately

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How depression effects young people physically

Healthy living is a combination between mental and physical health

Depression in young people affects the stomach, anxiety the skin

Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases.

Physical diseases and mental disorders affect a person’s quality of life and present a huge challenge for the healthcare system. If physical and mental disorders systematically co-occur from an early age, there is a risk that the sick child or adolescent will suffer from untoward developments.

Data from 6,500 teenagers

In a project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, a research group led by PD Dr. Marion Tegethoff in collaboration with Professor Gunther Meinlschmidt from the University of Basel’s Faculty of Psychology has now examined the temporal pattern and relationship between physical diseases and mental disorders in children and young people. In the journal PLOS ONE, they analyzed data from a representative sample of 6,483 teenagers from the US aged between 13 and 18.

The researchers noted that some physical diseases tend to occur more frequently in children and adolescents if they have previously suffered from certain mental disorders. Likewise, certain mental disorders tend to occur more frequently after the onset of particular physical diseases. Affective disorders such as depression were frequently followed by arthritis and diseases of the digestive system, while the same relationship existed between anxiety disorders and skin diseases. Anxiety disorders were more common if the person had already suffered from heart disease. A close association was also established for the first time between epileptic disorders and subsequent eating disorders.

Epilepsy and eating disorders

The results offer important insights into the causal relationship between mental disorders and physical diseases. The newly identified temporal associations draw attention to processes that could be relevant both to the origins of physical diseases and mental disorders and to their treatment. In an earlier study, the same authors had already provided evidence for the relationship between mental disorders and physical diseases in young people.

“For the first time, we have established that epilepsy is followed by an increased risk of eating disorders a phenomenon, that had previously been described only in single case reports. This suggests that approaches to epilepsy treatment could also have potential in the context of eating disorders,” explains Marion Tegethoff, the study’s lead author. From a health policy perspective, the findings underscore that the treatment of mental disorders and physical diseases should be closely interlinked from an early age on.

Article: Chronology of Onset of Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases in Mental-Physical Comorbidity – A National Representative Survey of Adolescents, Marion Tegethoff , Esther Stalujanis, Angelo Belardi, Gunther Meinlschmidt, PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165196, published 21 October 2016.

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Can cancer be treated by the seed in the Apricot fruit?

Foods that can produce healthy living fighting cancer

Apricot Seeds: Cancer Treatment or Danger to Health?

An apricot kernel is a single seed found inside the stone of an apricot. Billed as a new “superfood,” apricot kernels are reported to have cancer-fighting and detox-enhancing properties.

However, scientists have warned that a compound in the apricot kernel converts to cyanide in the body at levels that could be harmful.

Is eating apricot kernels a safe alternative way to treat cancer or another dangerous health fad? We sort the facts from the fiction.

What are apricot kernels?

Apricot kernels look similar in appearance to a small almond. Fresh apricot kernels are white. The skin becomes light brown when dried out.

Apricot kernels contain protein, fiber, and a high percentage of oil. The oil can be extracted from the kernel.

Oil pressed from the sweet kernel can be used for cooking in the same way as sweet almond oil. The kernels themselves are used in processed foods such as amaretto biscuits, almond finger biscuits, and apricot jams.

Oil and kernels from the bitter variety of apricot kernel are often used in cosmetics in body oil, face cream, lip balm, and essential oil.

What nutrients do apricot kernels contain?

Apricot kernels are made up of the following:

  • Oils – up to 50 percent
  • Proteins – around 25 percent
  • Carbohydrates – around 8 percent

Fatty acids

Apricot kernel oil is high in essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to human health, but the human body is unable to produce them, so they must be taken in through diet.

There are two main types of essential fatty acids: linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3).

Linolenic acid plays a vital role in brain function and normal growth and development. Fatty acids also stimulate skin and hair growth, regulate metabolism, maintain bone health, and support the reproductive system.

Vitamins and minerals

Apricot kernels do not contain a significant amount of vitamins and minerals. However, apricot kernel oil is rich in vitamin E.

Why are apricot kernels considered good for fighting cancer?

Although apricot kernels have some health benefits, can they help fight against cancer or are they do more harm than good?

Some people regard a compound called amygdalin, which is found in apricot kernels, as a secret weapon to attack cancer cells, eradicate tumors, and prevent cancer.

What is amygdalin?

Amygdalin is a naturally occurring substance found in apricot kernels. Amygdalin is also present in other seeds of fruit including apples, cherries, plums, and peaches. Amygdalin can also be found in plants such as clover, sorghum, and lima beans.

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When amygdalin is eaten, it converts to cyanide in the body. Cyanide is a fast-acting, potentially deadly chemical.

Cyanide prevents the cells in the human body from using oxygen, which kills them. As the heart and the brain use a lot of oxygen, cyanide is more harmful to those than other organs.

Research suggests that 0.5-3.5 milligrams of cyanide per kilogram of body weight can be potentially lethal.

It is estimated that eating 50-60 apricot kernels would deliver a lethal dose of cyanide. Cyanide poisoning can occur at much lower levels, however.

Web sites that promote the consumption of raw apricot kernels recommend between 5-10 kernels per day for the general population and up to 60 apricot kernels per day for people with cancer.

People who follow these dose recommendations are likely to be exposed to cyanide levels that cause cyanide poisoning.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) warned that a single serving of three small apricot kernels or one large apricot kernel could put adults over the suggested safe levels of cyanide exposure, while one small kernel could be toxic to a toddler.

The EFSA advise that no more than 20 micrograms of cyanide per kilogram of body weight should be consumed at one time. This limits consumption to one kernel for adults. Even half a kernel would be over the limit for children.

What is laetrile? What is vitamin B17?

Laetrile is a partly synthetic form of amygdalin. Laetrile is produced from amygdalin through a chemical reaction with water.

Laetrile was patented in 1961, but it did not become popular until 1970. The biochemist, Ernst T. Krebs, Jr., stated that cancer was a vitamin deficiency disease and the missing vitamin in cancer was laetrile. He named laetrile “vitamin B17.”

B17, or laetrile, is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States and is deemed unsafe for food and drug use. It has not been shown to have any use in the treatment of any disease.

There is currently no evidence that laetrile helps with cancer. However, some people choose to use laetrile in the hope that it will cure cancer when conventional treatments have failed. People may take laetrile to:

  • Improve energy levels and well-being
  • Detox the body
  • Help them live longer

There is no scientific evidence to support these reasons.

The FDA say: “There are no published clinical studies that demonstrate that laetrile is safe and effective and cancer patients who take it sometimes forgo conventional therapies to their detriment.”

“Despite repeated warnings by FDA, the products continued to be promoted through numerous websites for the cure, treatment, and prevention of cancer.”

Existing research into laetrile as a cancer treatment

Most websites that support laetrile as a cancer treatment base their claims on anecdotal evidence and unsupported opinions. No reliable evidence confirms laetrile as an effective treatment for cancer.

The Cochrane Library conducted a review in 2015 of studies that have looked at laetrile or amygdalin as a treatment for cancer. They found no reliable evidence to show any benefit from using laetrile or amygdalin in the treatment of cancer.

Alternative cancer treatments are used instead of regular cancer treatments such as cancer drugs or radiation therapy. Using unproven methods in place of conventional medicine can cause serious harm.

Consumption of apricot kernels and laetrile is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women because of lacking data on the potential risk of congenital disabilities.

Cyanide poisoning and death have resulted from ingestion of laetrile and apricot kernels.

There may be promise with using chemicals from apricot kernels for cancer treatments after harmful elements have been removed. For now, however, the use of apricot kernels cannot be recommended.

My opinion
Many natural foods normal have benefits in alleviating certain diseases, but at the same time we should always be aware to have evidence of what foods are truly curing substances before wanting to use them. Apricot kernels are from a naturally good fruit which is known for many healthy benefits but the lack of evidence on the information about it’s kernel can be unhealthy and lead to many consequences such as death (cyanide poisoning). Although some sites do say it is beneficial in terms of fighting cancer I would fully say one should stick on facts from research because after all it is better to be safe than sorry.
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Health news for your well being

Healthy living tips for your body


The best and worst health news of 2016

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Headlines tend to be concise and sometimes oversimplified, theoretically telling readers what a story is about in a few words. Unfortunately, this concision often leads to imprecision, and readers take reports of “breakthrough” research more seriously than is warranted. As a result, it’s easy to forget that findings published in the fields of health, nutrition, and medicine (among others) aren’t necessarily definitive, nor meant to go unchallenged. On the contrary, the constant flow of new, often conflicting research is designed to contribute to the dialogue on important issues and perhaps stimulate further studies.

Therefore, when pieces of contradictory research emerge, don’t throw your hands up in despair, or simply discard the results of one study for another; just consider them as opposing sides to an ongoing debate.

In 2016, a number of studies were published dealing with such issues of nutrition and health as whether butter was as bad as sugar, whether body mass index was a reliable indicator of health, and whether the the “five-second rule” really guarantees the safety of food eaten off the floor. You might be surprised by the results of some of this research. Ultimately, though, it’s up to you to analyze the existing information and make the final decision about what you believe.

Here’s the best and worst health news of 2016:

BMI Shouldn’t Be Used as an Indicator of Health

A person’s body mass index (weight in kilograms/meters squared) is the current metric used to evaluate whether a person is considered to be at a healthy weight, but a new study suggested that this measurement might not be the most accurate indicator of overall health. Janet Tomiyama, the study’s lead author, says that based on available cardiometabolic health data (a more accurate gauge of overall health that measures blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, insulin resistance, triglycerides, and inflammation), BMI is misclassifying nearly 75 million Americans as healthy or unhealthy, which results in inflated health care costs for perfectly healthy individuals.

Butter Isn’t as Bad as Sugar

This past year was without a doubt a comeback year for fats. TIME magazine published a piece exonerating butter, calling it “better than sugar, but worse than olive oil” for your health, while The New York Times released an exposé explaining how in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid scientists to shift the blame for heart disease away from sugar and toward saturated fat. Currently, the American Heart Association warns that a diet high in added sugar can substantially increase a person’s risk of dying from heart disease.

Cranberry Juice Doesn’t Help Cure Urinary Tract Infections,

Contrary to popular belief, the cranberry juice commonly found on grocery store shelves is ineffective at preventing urinary tract infections. Cranberries do in fact contain compounds that defend against bacterial infection in the bladder wall, which can help prevent UTIs, but cranberry juice doesn’t have a high enough concentration of these compounds to do much good. In order for a noticeable reduction in bacterial adhesion, a person would have to consume at least 32 ounces of cranberry juice daily.

The “Five-Second Rule” Was Disproved

Is nothing sacred? The “five-second rule” holds that if a piece of food falls on the ground, but is picked up within five seconds, it’s still “safe” to eat. Researchers from Rutgers University tested the amount of bacteria picked up by different foods being dropped on different surfaces for various time frames, ranging from one to 300 seconds. Though the results of the experiment didn’t explicitly disprove the five-second rule, it did conclude that food with higher moisture content could be contaminated by bacteria instantaneously

Young People are having more strokes than old people

Healthy living tips for the young: Strokes can happen to anyone especially young people

Strokes Decline in Older Americans, Rise in Young

Every generation needs to watch their blood pressure, researchers say
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 By Dennis Thompson

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There’s a new generation gap in the United States — strokes are increasingly striking young people, and at the same time, stroke rates are dropping in those 55 and older, a new study reports.

“People born during what I call the ‘Golden Generation,’ 1945 to 1954, had lower rates of stroke than those born 20 years before them and also in the 20 years after them,” said lead researcher Joel Swerdel. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers University School of Public Health in New Jersey.

People born during “Generation X” — between 1965 and 1974 — have a 43 percent higher rate of stroke than those born in the Golden Generation, researchers discovered.

Strokes primarily occur when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery in the brain, starving the brain of oxygen and killing off brain cells in the affected area. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swerdel and his colleagues compared stroke and heart attack rates between generations using a unique database that includes nearly all hospitalizations for heart disease and stroke in New Jersey.

The investigators compared stroke rates for people at the same ages between generations, based on more than 225,000 records of stroke data between 1995 and 2014.

For example, the researchers looked at how many people aged 35 to 39 suffered a stroke between 1995 and 1999, and then stood that up against the number of stroke victims aged 35 to 39 between 2010 and 2014.

The results revealed an ever-increasing rate of stroke in younger generations. When comparing strokes that occurred in 1995-1999 against those in 2010-2014:

  • Stroke rates more than doubled in people 35 to 39 (a nearly 2.5-fold increase).
  • Stroke rates doubled in people aged 40 to 44.
  • Stroke rates increased by about 68 percent in people aged 45 to 54.
  • Strokes declined in all age groups 55 and older between 1995 and 2014, Swerdel said.

The so-called Golden Generation appears to be benefiting from blood pressure medication and cholesterol-lowering drugs that were unavailable to those who came before them, Swerdel suggested.

Baby boomers also dodged the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, which have hammered the health of younger generations, he said.

“If we look back at U.S. history, there was a big push towards adding a lot of sugar to food,” Swerdel said. “For instance, sugared cereals didn’t become popular until the early 1960s. The rates of obesity and diabetes in these younger groups may be a function of that.”

Daniel Lackland is a professor and director of translational neuroscience and population studies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He pointed out that younger people also have not had the dangers of high blood pressure (“hypertension“) sufficiently impressed upon them.

“The campaign against hypertension really began in the 1970s, where everybody should know their blood pressure and get their blood pressure under control,” Lackland said. “We think those programs had very, very high impact. These younger folks have not been exposed as diligently to that message.”

Doctors need to start reviewing people as early as their teenage years for signs of high blood pressure, said Lackland, a spokesman for the American Heart Association.

“Today, we have a significant number of pediatricians who come asking, ‘How do I diagnose and treat adult hypertension, because that’s what I’m seeing in my pediatric patients,'” Lackland said. “Everybody should have their blood pressure measured, and everybody should know their blood pressure.”

Both Swerdel and Lackland see these results as an early warning signal, rather than evidence of a hopeless situation.

“It sends up another alert that this isn’t going away,” Lackland said. “This is the pattern we’re going to continue to see if we don’t make some adjustments. On the good side, there are plenty of things we can do to make a significant difference.”

For example, public programs to reduce added sugars in foods and deter consumption of sugary drinks can help tremendously, Swerdel said. Campaigns emphasizing a healthy diet and physical activity also can contribute to positive change.

“In young people, it’s easy to change all this,” Lackland said. “Alter your diet, lose some weight and don’t eat as much salt.”

The study was released online Nov. 23 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

My opinion

It is evident that the measures that have been put publically like monitoring of high blood pressure in baby boomers has helped to produce a huge benefit to their health. The most likely reason  young people are having strokes is due to the public at large not emphasizing the need of young people to eat healthly and making them monitor the health (blood pressure tests). This becomes dangerous because that is where the problems develop. It is good to remember that illnesses such as strokes and heart attaches are developed over time, so if young people neglect their health at a young age continuously until adulthood they pose danger to their health when they get old. This is also the reason I always encourage young people to not only participate in sports (for physically activity) but also to focus on eating the healthy foods (mostly plant based) so as to preserve their bodies for a long period amount of years.

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A study on why females live longer than males

Life expectancy for female is consistently longer

Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Persists

Genetics and riskier behaviors may help explain the difference, researchers say

Healthy living tips

An international team of researchers reviewed data from more than 1 million people worldwide. From the 18th century to the present, they found the last few generations have had the largest life expectancy increase in the history of humans and all other primates.

For example, life expectancy in Sweden over the last 200 years increased from the mid-30s to over 80.

“We’ve made a bigger journey in lengthening our lifespan over the last few hundred years than we did over millions of years of evolutionary history,” study co-author Susan Alberts, a biology professor at Duke University in Durham, N.C., said in a school news release.

But despite the overall increasing life expectancy — the result of advances in medicine and public health — men still tend to have shorter lives than females, something that is true in other primates as well.

“The male disadvantage has deep evolutionary roots,” Alberts said.

“It’s puzzling,” she said. “If we can make life last so long, why can’t we shrink the male-female gap?”

Possible reasons include genetics and higher levels of risky behaviors in men, the researchers suggested.

The study was published online Nov. 21 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Sweeteners healthy for your body

Healthy living with the right sweeteners

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: “What sugar replacement is the best?”

I can’t even count how many times I’ve been asked this!

I’ve written about the sugar industry before, and talked about my sugar addictions, and how sugar can ruin your health.

Sugar is nasty stuff.

The more people learn how deadly sugar is, the more sugar alternatives enter the market, so it’s no wonder you’re confused!

Unfortunately, some of the sugar alternatives are worse than refined sugar is, if that’s even possible. I’ve researched all the sweeteners, and sifted through marketing claims, to land on the truth.

I’m so excited about the gift we’ve been working up for you, to clear the confusion!

I’ve made you a free Sugar Alternatives chart, so you know not only which sweeteners are the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY, but also how to use them, in what amounts. So that ingredient swaps are easy, when following a recipe.

(Some of the “good” ones are great for baking, and some are great for adding to your tea or coffee.) Print it and tape it inside your cupboard for reference!

You can have your sweets, without the downside to those ugly processed and chemical sweeteners.

The Best Sweeteners and Sugar Alternatives

First, I need to say that the end goal here is not to tell you to just keep eating all you want of sweet stuff, even if you use only sweeteners on the “good” list. “Good” is still relative. The BEST sweet foods are fruits! They come in a whole-foods package with fiber, lots of micronutrients–God made it perfect, and nobody ever got diabetes from eating fruit in its whole form! EVER.

And the point of moving toward a high-vibration, whole-foods lifestyle is to retrain your palate to enjoy the natural sweetness of whole foods, where “treats” are once in awhile, and not an all-day habit.

The Good

When swapping out sugar for a whole-food substitute, consider these 11 sweeteners first:

  1. Honey: In its raw state, honey is extremely nutritious and high in minerals. Look for raw local honey for its anti-allergy, immune-strengthening properties. It’s very sweet, so you can substitute about half the amount of honey when sugar is called for in a recipe (and cut ⅛ of the liquid). Its effect on your blood sugar is virtually identical to sugar, and it’s high in calories, so use it sparingly.
  2. Real Maple Syrup: Don’t confuse this mineral-rich whole food for the maple-flavored corn syrup that passes as “syrup” on the shelves! It’s a great topping, or sweetener for beverages or dressings. Like honey, it is high in calories, so use a light touch with it.
  3. Blackstrap Molasses: Buy blackstrap, organic, and unsulphured, and you have a very nutritious sweetener, high in iron and B vitamins.  Not everyone likes its strong taste, but it makes great ginger cookies, and I use it in granola.
  4. Yacon Syrup: With a glycemic index of 1, yacon syrup has burst onto the scene as a healthy sweetener that also happens to contain one of the best known prebiotics. It’s harder to find than the other liquid sweeteners, and has a fairly strong taste, but is nice as a light topping or beverage sweetener.
  5. Stevia: Available as a powder or liquid, stevia is non-caloric, 200 times sweeter than sugar, and has virtually no impact on blood sugar. It’s so concentrated that you’ll just want to use a pinch or a few drops to sweeten foods or beverages. It has none of the body or volume of regular sugar, so it’s not a good substitute when baking.
  6. Sucanat: This is the brand name of dehydrated cane juice, the same as white sugar but without the nutrition removed and the product bleached.  It is perfect for baking, as the taste is familiar and neutral and can be used in a 1:1 ratio when sugar is called for. However, don’t consider this product’s superiority to refined sugar to be a free license to indulge in an unlimited way. It’s still a concentrated sweetener (glycemic index: 65) and should be used sparingly.
  7. Raw Organic Coconut Palm Sugar: This is my favorite sweetener for baking, with its neutral taste, low glycemic index of 35, and easy 1:1 substitution (for refined sugar) in a recipe. It’s also rich in minerals and can be grown sustainably, making it nutritionally superior to Sucanat.
  8. Raw Organic Dates: Dates are an ancient food, very sweet with lots of nutrition. I put a couple of them in my Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie every morning!  You can get or make the pureed form to substitute 1:1 for refined white sugar in a recipe.
  9. Mesquite: Made from the pods of the mesquite tree, it has a sweet nutty flavor.  It’s high in minerals, soluble fiber, and even has protein! Use to add sweetness to smoothies and other beverages. It can also be used to substitute about 25% of the flour in a baking recipe, and you can then reduce some of the added sugar, to taste.
  10. Lucuma: With a Glycemic Index of just 4, lucuma is a great choice for diabetics. Use lucuma powder 2:1 for sugar in a recipe.
  11. Luo Han Guo (Monkfruit): Like stevia, luo han guo (monkfruit) has no calories, is extremely sweet and is best used by starting with a tiny amount, and adding bit by bit to taste.

The Bad

I don’t recommend these plant-based sweeteners, but they do beat out artificial sweeteners:

  1. Fructose: This sugar is found naturally in fruit, and is fine in small amounts. But it can only be metabolized by the liver–excess amounts (as added sugars) are acid-forming, disease-promoting, and have to be converted to fat since most bodily cells can’t use it.
  2. Agave: I personally don’t react negatively when I eat this plant-based sweetener like I do to high-fructose corn syrup, but it is high in fructose and easy to overuse, and controversial. For about 10 years, it was the darling of the sugar alternatives and has fallen from favor.
  3. Erythritol, Xylitol, Maltitol, Sorbitol: These and other sugar alcohols have a low glycemic index. They are usually made from cornstarch (likely GMO) and are but altered chemically so they aren’t well-absorbed–leading to gastric distress for many people.

The Ugly

NEVER use these! I would rather feed my family sugar than these toxic chemicals:

  1. Saccharine (brand name: Sweet n Low):  This neurotoxin was one of the first artificial sweeteners, first made from coal tar.  Despite being connected to cancer, it’s still available, though not as prevalent as it once was. I’d choose this, actually I’d choose ANYTHING, versus the ugliest of the ugly, #2, next.
  2. Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal): Saccharine’s bad name gave rise to aspartame, one of the most neurotoxic food additives ever created. I’ve written about the extensive documented side effects of this poison, which has the dubious honor of being the FDA’s most-reported food additive for causing seizures, migraines, depression, weight gain, insomnia, joint problems, fatigue, and triggering or worsening chronic conditions. Of about 5,000 approved food-additive chemicals, aspartame has more complaints against it than any other food additive. It’s a powerful billion-dollar industry, and that’s the ONLY reason it’s still in the food supply.
  3. Sucralose (Splenda): Besides being linked to gut problems, weight gain, metabolic issues, and elevated insulin, sucralose breaks down when heated and can interact with other cooking or baking ingredients, forming yet MORE toxic substances.
  4. Truvia: This sweetener is newer on the market, and touted as “stevia based,” but is still chemically altered. It’s actually mostly erythritol (sugar alcohol) with a highly concentrated stevia isolate called Rebaudioside A, plus mystery “natural flavors” to mask the bitterness. I predict it will be as problematic as the other fake sweeteners have been. Every time industry creates a fake molecule, the body reacts badly.
  5. Corn Syrup: Nearly all corn is genetically modified, but that’s not even the most important reason to avoid corn syrup. It’s highly-refined concentrated fructose that inflames and ages your cells, erodes your gut lining, and is highly acid-forming. It easily overwhelms the liver’s ability to get rid of it, so it gets stored as fat. That’s why high-fructose corn syrup is linked to metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, candida, diabetes, heart disease, and food addictions. Not only do I academically know too much about its detrimental effect on health, but it sends my lifelong anxiety, completely under control on whole foods, into instantaneous orbit. Please don’t ever eat it.

I know this is a LOT of information to remember!  That’s why I’ve condensed it all into my printable Sugar Alternatives chart, and even included conversions for swapping out sugar for one of the better sweeteners. I’d LOVE to send to you, so you can print it and put it up in your kitchen cupboard for handy reference. Grab it here!

My opinion

It is wise to consider the natural sweetners which will naturally go with your body so as to keep you at your good sugar level.

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Discover why sugary drinks are being cut on shelves

A reduction in sugary drinks to improve health

Public Health Campaign Cut Consumption of sugary drinks

 A public health campaign to reduce sugary drink consumption led to a significant drop in sales of the beverages in a Maryland county, a new report says. Sodas and other drinks with added sugars are a leading source of empty calories among Americans, and high sugar intake is associated with obesity and increased risk of heart disease. In 2012, the Horizon Foundation and several community partners launched a program of public education and policy measures to get people in Howard County to cut back on sugary sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks and flavored water/teas. The policy measures included reducing availability of sugary drinks in schools and child care centers and making healthier beverages and foods more widely available on local government property. Between 2012 and 2015, sales of sugar-sweetened soda in the county fell nearly 20 percent by volume, while sales of fruit-flavored beverages with added sugars fell about 15 percent. The study was presented this week at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting, in New Orleans. The findings show “that a public health campaign combining community-wide education, policy changes and culture-shifting efforts can significantly reduce sugary drink sales,” said Marlene Schwartz. She’s director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. “Through complementary strategies from advocating for changes to child care nutrition standards to creating TV ads, ‘Howard County Unsweetened’ made a concerted effort to encourage families to switch their drinks,” she said in an AHA news release.


Know the types of oil your body really requires

Vital oils for your health

Best Essential Oils and Their Benefits

Essential oils, also called volatile oils, are scented oils extracted from plants. Historically, they’ve been used in medicine, cosmetics, perfumes, food, and, more recently, aromatherapy. Essential oils are “essential” because they contain the “essence” of the plant, meaning the taste or odor.[1]

Not only are essential oils popular, they have legitimate therapeutic use and the science to back it up.[2] Although the exact benefit depends on the oil in question, some have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. Others can affect cognitive function, mood, and memory. Some can even help alleviate stiff, sore muscles and joints.

Some essential oils can be applied to the skin, others are best taken orally. However–and this is important–do not ingest or topically apply any essential oils unless you are absolutely certain that they can be used this way. Not all essential oils are safe to take internally and some can irritate the skin. Essential oils are a concentrated source of many phytochemicals and some essential oils must be diluted with an unscented “carrier oil” to be used safely on skin.

Health Benefits of Common Oils

One of the primary benefits of essential oils is that, when used properly, they offer many benefits and have few, if any, side effects. Many essential oils are effective against harmful organisms. Some can positively affect your mood and mental state. Some essential oils can even help you reduce a headache or feelings of nausea. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to improve quality of life and reduce unpleasant side effects of aggressive therapies and health conditions.[3] Just be careful not to spill them; some surfaces, like painted wood, may react with essential oils.

Lavender Oil

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Derived from fresh lavender flowers, lavender oil is one of the most well known essential oils. It appears to slow the activity of the central nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote better concentration, and help encourage hair regrowth in those suffering from alopecia areata, a type of hair loss.[4]

Lavender may also help fight anxiety. In one study, encapsulated lavender oil was found to be effective for generalized anxiety disorder, without sedative effects or potential for abuse.[5]

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil, derived from the leaves of Eucalyptus odorata, a smaller variety of eucalyptus tree, is a powerful biocide. It’s antimicrobial, insecticidal (kills insects), herbicidal, acaricidal (kills ticks and mites), and nematicidal (kills nematodes).[6] It’s especially effective against the bacterial strains Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenza, Staphylococcus agalactiae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae.[7]

Eucalyptus oil is great for respiratory health. Inhaling eucalyptus steam can help alleviate a cough and congestion. The aroma of the oil acts as an expectorant, helping to loosen phlegm in the nasal passages and lungs.[8]

In one study, researchers found that the combination of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil boosts cognitive performance. The same study also found the scent of these two essential oils reduce headaches and promote mental and muscular relaxation.[9]

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil can help alleviate nausea,[10] headache,[9] upset stomach, gas, indigestion, and anxiety. It works on the digestive system by speeding up the rate of elimination. Peppermint oil calms the involuntary smooth muscle of the stomach, producing an antispasmodic effect, and improves the flow of bile. It can help soothe discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and studies have shown that encapsulated peppermint oil can reduce IBS symptoms in as many as 80% of people who take it.[11] Peppermint oil is effective because it contains menthol that interferes with the movement of electrolytes across cell membranes, stopping involuntary contractions.[12]

Beyond digestive help, peppermint oil may offer relief for HSV-1 (Herpes simplex) outbreaks by permeating the skin and acting as a virucide directly on the virus. More research is needed, but preliminary results suggest topical application may fight outbreaks.[13]

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another essential oil with strong antimicrobial properties. Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil comes from “tea” or “paperbark” trees.[14] In Australia, it has a long history of use as an antiseptic. Bundjalung aborigines native to Australia inhaled the aroma of crushed leaves to relieve cough and used poultices to help heal wounds.

Today, we know that tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiprotozoal.[14] It fights harmful organisms by damaging cell membranes.[15] Tea tree oil also inhibits the growth and sporulation of yeast and fungus. The oil can be applied topically to cuts to discourage infection.[14]

Like peppermint oil, tea tree oil seems to have an effect on HSV-1. One study revealed that, while topical tea tree oil doesn’t prevent recurrent herpes outbreaks, it may reduce viral load by up to 98.2%.[14]

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is derived from the seeds of the wild jojoba shrub, a small, woody desert plant native to Arizona, California, and northwestern Mexico. Historically, Native Americans used jojoba oil to help wounds heal. Jojoba oil contains unique fatty acids and fatty alcohol esters that are similar, but superior, to those found in sperm whales.[16]

Unlike other essential oils, jojoba oil is not a volatile oil, but still offers plenty of benefits, primarily to the skin.[17] With respect to wound healing, researchers found that jojoba oil accelerates the closure of wounds at a cellular level.[18] To improve skin appearance and reduce acne, incorporate jojoba oil into your skincare routine. Evidence indicates that clay-jojoba oil facial masks might be an effective remedy for mild acne.[18]

Blue Chamomile Oil

Blue chamomile oil is extracted from German chamomile. The vibrant color of blue chamomile oil is a result of the steam extraction process—the azulene content in the oil darkens to an inky blue, brilliant azure, or deep green. This color fades and turns dark yellow during storage, but, don’t worry, the oil’s benefits don’t fade.

Chamomile has been used therapeutically for thousands of years by Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians to remedy everything from skin conditions and injuries to fever and insomnia.[20][21] As a traditional medicine, blue chamomile oil may help with eczema, wounds, bruises, burns, canker sores, mastitis, and other conditions.[22]

Chamomile is also appreciated for its anti-inflammatory effects. One study found that chamomile inhibits and prevents a chemical process in the body that incites inflammation.[23] Further, chamomile seems to inhibit the effects of the stomach-ulcer-provoking bacteria Helicobacter pylori.[22]

Chamomile tea can help with insomnia, and inhaling the aroma of chamomile oil produces a mild sedative effect on the brain, which makes you feel sleepy. Like lavender, chamomile oil offers a mild anti-anxiety effect for those who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.[22]

Rose Oil

Rose oil is a floral-scented essential oil derived from the petals of several species of rose. In contrast, rose absolute is not an essential oil because the essence of the rose is extracted using a more intense chemical extraction processes. Like other essential oils, rose oil promotes a calm mood and fights harmful organisms.[24] It contains tocopherol (a vitamin E compound), carotene, and high levels of phenolic compounds.[25] Rose oil can make your skin more permeable[26] so it’s often added to skin care products to improve efficacy.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil contains carvacrol, a powerful organic compound with a long list of beneficial properties, including fighting harmful organisms.[27] Carvacrol also supports liver health.[28]

Jasmine Oil

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Jasmine oil is derived from jasmine flowers. While many of the essential oils mentioned are sleep aids and relaxants, jasmine oil has a stimulating effect. When applied topically, jasmine oil increases alertness, breathing rate, and vigor. These effects may promote an uplifted mood and better sense of well-being.[29]

Copaiba Oil

Copaiba oil is extracted from the Amazonian plants in the Copaifera genus.[30] Copaiba oil contains copalic acid, which seems to halt the growth of common, but harmful, dental bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenus, Streptococcus salivarius, and Streptococcus mutagens.[31] Copaiba oil also has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Unlike most essential oils, copaiba oil can be taken orally.[32]

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot oil is known for its calming effects,[33] but it may also encourage a healthy body weight and help with vascular and heart health. Researchers aren’t yet sure how, but bergamot oil encourages normal cholesterol levels and blood sugar.[34]

Neroli Oil

Neroli oil is derived from the blossom of Citrus aurantium, also known as the bitter orange tree, which is native to tropical and subtropical Asia. The oil goes by many names but is frequently called “orange bitters” and “Seville orange.” It’s known as Neroli because a 17th-century Italian princess, Anne Marie Orsini of Nerola, took a liking to the scent.[35] Neroli oil is commonly added to diet pills due to it’s ability to act as an appetite suppressant. One of the major benefits of Neroli oil is that it helps relieve symptoms associated with menopause and stress.[36] It also boosts the actions of the endocrine system, fights harmful organisms, and soothes irritation.[35]

Lemon Balm Oil

Also called valerian, lemon balm is another essential oil that helps with symptoms of menopause, especially disordered sleep patterns.[37] Lemon balm also seems to sharpen memory and boost problem-solving abilities. Some promising research indicates that it may improve recall for people with Alzheimer’s disease.[38]

Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate oil comes from the many seeds of the pomegranate. It’s exceptionally rich in linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid. Some research suggests pomegranate oil may even delay the development of colon cancer[39] and skin cancer.[40] The oil also enhances the immune system.[41]

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil is extracted from Boswellia tree sap and has a long history of therapeutic use.[42] Most interestingly, frankincense promotes normal cell growth.[43]

How to Use Essential Oils

Most essential oils are safe to use, but you have to pay attention to their intended use and stick to those applications. Some oils can only be used aromatically and should not be applied to the skin or taken orally. You may have noticed that many of the oils are effective against harmful organisms. Those effects aren’t always limited to harmful organisms—they might affect gut and skin microbiota, too. Others can kill cells indiscriminately, including normal tissue cells.[44]

There are, of course, gentle essential oils that are great for the skin. Neroli oil, for example, promotes circulation and soothes irritation. Rose oil moisturizes the skin and is used as a gentle toner. To take advantage of some of the skin benefits of essential oils, AquaSpirit® contains Neroli, rose, jasmine, and lavender oil. It encourages healthy-looking, radiant skin and promotes well-being.

My opinion

It is essential to know the different types oil so as to see which one better suits your body and how you can use it. It is essential to know that oils are basically not an essential thing to keep consuming thus this is the reason why decreasing the amount of oil in your diet can do wonders for your health.

Fatty foods can endanger future mental development in children

Healthy living involves less fatty foods to improve mental capacities for children

Too much fatty food could set children up for mental problems

First study to provide molecular mechanisms for how eating high-fat foods in excess during adolescence alters executive functions.

Chances are that children who eat excessive amounts of fatty foods will not only become obese, but will develop cognitive and psychiatric problems when they are older. This is because, according to a recent study, diets rich in fat deplete the levels of a key protein known to help synapses in the brain to work properly. In turn, this leads to a dip in several forms of cognitive functions, such as behavioral flexibility and memory.

“These changes from a young age onwards are more the result of the fatty foods themselves, and the impact they have on young brains, rather than arising from the mere fact of being obese,” notes Urs Meyer from ETH Zurich in Switzerland in Springer Nature’s journal Molecular Psychiatry. Together with Pascale Chavis from the INMED Institute in Marseille in France, they co-directed the first study providing molecular mechanisms for how high-fat diets during adolescence negatively affect normal brain functioning and cognition.

The researchers conducted a study in mice, and observed cognitive defects as early as four weeks after the mice were fed high-fat foods. These were evident even before the animals started gaining weight and appeared specifically in mice fed high-fat foods during adolescence, and not in mice fed the same diets during adulthood.

In order to get at the mechanisms underlying such observations, the authors focused on a frontal region in the brain known as the prefrontal cortex. In humans, the prefontal cortex is associated with the planning of complex actions and decision making, expressing one’s personality and controlling one’s social behavior. Several human studies had shown how fat-rich diets can reduce performance on executive tasks such as problem solving and working memory, in particular in adolescents. This seems worrying in light of a marked drop in the quality of diets over the past few decades and the poor understanding of the impact these diets have on our neurons.

These effects might be particularly relevant for adolescents, according to the study authors, as adolescence is a key period of increased caloric needs and heightened appetite for young people. It is the time when they start making more choices themselves about what to eat.

Adolescents eating high-fat diets may also be prone to cognitive deficits due to the immature character of the prefrontal cortex during this time frame. “This brain region is very interesting,” notes French INSERM investigator Chavis, “because, unlike the rest of the brain, it is not fully developed until early adulthood.” Researchers believe this relative immaturity makes the prefrontal cortex very sensitive to suboptimal experiences occurring during adolescence such as trauma, excessive stress or drug abuse. “Our study highlights that the quality of the food eaten by teenagers may also be particularly important for an optimal maturation of the prefrontal cortex,” says Marie Labouesse, lead author of the study.

“We think this adolescent vulnerability to high-fat foods might be due to the hypersensitivity of a protein known as reelin,” notes Labouesse. The researchers saw that the prefrontal cortex of mice fed high-fat foods had fewer neurons expressing reelin and this only happened when the diets were fed during the adolescent period. The authors then zoomed in, looking at synapses, those small microscopic structures that allow neurons to communicate between each other. The reelin protein is known to regulate synaptic function, and in particular synaptic plasticity, i.e. the ability of synapses to become stronger or weaker in response to a change in brain activity.

“We saw that plasticity in the prefrontal cortex was impaired in animals fed high-fat foods during adolescence; and quite remarkably we then observed that when restoring reelin levels, both synaptic plasticity and cognitive functions went back to normal,” notes Chavis.

“Our findings that high-fat diets during adolescence disrupt functioning of the adult prefrontal cortex suggest that a careful nutritional balance during this sensitive period is pivotal for reaching the full capacity of adult prefrontal functions,” says Labouesse. “Although we still need to find out the exact mechanisms by which reelin neurons get depleted during adolescence, it looks like high-fat foods could kick-start changes in how the prefrontal cortex of younger people develops.”

These findings may help explain how unhealthy foods and obesity are increasingly linked to the development of neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions.

Reelin deficiency is also a feature repeatedly documented in brain disorders such as schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease. “Although more studies on this topic are definitely needed”, warns Meyer, “high-fat diets could potentially exacerbate the reelin and synaptic deficits in patients with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease or even aggravate cognitive anomalies.”

“Reelin is now established as being a key player in the regulation of normal brain functions. The fact that the reelin protein displays vulnerability towards the negative effects of unhealthy foods is fascinating from the scientific perspective, but also very worrying when we think of the potential impact this might have for human health,” concludes Chavis.

Article: Hypervulnerability of the adolescent prefrontal cortex to nutritional stress via reelin deficiency, M.A. et al., Molecular Psychiatry, doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.193, published 15 November 2016.

My opinion

I usually watch a lot of parents being oblivious about their children’s eating habits (especially at malls). This neglect of children is what causes major problems in the adults. I also think that many disease and sicknesses could be curbed at an earlier stage of a child’s life by developing good eating habits for children. This doesn’t just apply to eating habits it also apply to other healthy living habits which need to be drilled in at an early stage like exercising regularly,good communicating skills, good manners etc.

References: The full source of the article can be found on Medical News Today