... a U.S. geneticist is thought to have discovered the secret to a long life, full of health and energy. And the answer might be as simple as cutting down on carbohydrates.
Professor Cynthia Kenyon, whom many experts believe should win the Nobel Prize for her research into ageing, has discovered that the carbohydrates we eat – from bananas and potatoes to bread, pasta, biscuits and cakes – directly affect two key genes that govern youthfulness and longevity.
She made her remarkable breakthrough after studying roundworms, specifically the C.elegans, a worm just a millimetre in size that lives in soil in temperate climates all over the world. Read more
Friday, October 29, 2010
Professor Cynthia Kenyon says you can extend your life AND stay fit throughout old age just by a change of diet that switches on your youth and longevity genes. Kenyon isn't waiting for more research to be done. She's already changed her own diet.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Renegade Health Show has compiled a list of the top ten bodyweight exercises. This list is actually a double top ten since a beginner variation of each exercise is demonstrated for those who are working on building their strength.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Flax seed oil is a natural wonder for every part of your body, says Margaret Durst.
Flax seed and flax seed oil are popular health food items that have been around for thousands of years. Flax seed is high in beneficial omega 3 oils which are the “good” fats that are missing from the standard American diet. In addition to the oil, the fiber and the lignans from the ground seed are also good for you.
Here are just some of the benefits of flax seed oil. For the cardiovascular system, flax seed oil helps to prevent atherosclerosis and abnormal blood clotting. It also helps to lower blood pressure and helps to prevent heart attacks. Flax seed oil helps lower total cholesterol by up to 9 percent and helps to lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 18 percent. Read more
Friday, October 22, 2010
For decades, Americans have been told that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease. But there's just one problem: No one's ever proved it.
... The first scientific indictment of saturated fat came in 1953. That's the year a physiologist named Ancel Keys, Ph.D., published a highly influential paper titled "Atherosclerosis, a Problem in Newer Public Health." Keys wrote that while the total death rate in the United States was declining, the number of deaths due to heart disease was steadily climbing. And to explain why, he presented a comparison of fat intake and heart disease mortality in six countries: the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Italy, and Japan.
The Americans ate the most fat and had the greatest number of deaths from heart disease; the Japanese ate the least fat and had the fewest deaths from heart disease. The other countries fell neatly in between. The higher the fat intake, according to national diet surveys, the higher the rate of heart disease. And vice versa. Keys called this correlation a "remarkable relationship" and began to publicly hypothesize that consumption of fat- causes heart disease. This became known as the diet-heart hypothesis.
At the time, plenty of scientists were skeptical of Keys's assertions. One such critic was Jacob Yerushalmy, Ph.D., founder of the biostatistics graduate program at the University of California at Berkeley. In a 1957 paper, Yerushalmy pointed out that while data from the six countries Keys examined seemed to support the diet-heart hypothesis, statistics were actually available for 22 countries. And when all 22 were analyzed, the apparent link between fat consumption and heart disease disappeared. For example, the death rate from heart disease in Finland was 24 times that of Mexico, even though fat-consumption rates in the two nations were similar. Read more
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Are doctors prescribing pharmaceuticals for their patients' benefit or for their own financial benefit? It may be the latter, says Mark Sisson.
... A public interest group, ProPublica, in partnership with Consumer Reports and National Public Radio have compiled and released a series of reports assessing the pharmaceutical companies’ payouts to doctors and the public’s discomfort with their physicians’ industry ties.
Although the industry’s financial dealings are still private material, lawsuits aimed at Pharma’s marketing have required many of the larger companies to disclose much of their payout information. Although the details are scattered in public websites and documents, ProPublica compiled the information from these various resources. The result? A list of 17,000 doctors and $257 million dollars in payout. Additionally, the organization found that hundreds of physicians on the Pharma payroll lacked board certifications in their claimed fields or had been sanctioned by state medical boards for unprofessional (and in some cases heinous) behavior. Read more
Monday, October 18, 2010
The pull-up is the king of upper body exercises. (See my post Double Your Pull-ups in Six Weeks or Less.) Different types of pull-ups develop your upper body in different ways. This video gives you twelve variations to try.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Cancer is purely man-made say scientists after finding almost no trace of disease in Egyptian mummies.
Cancer is a man-made disease fuelled by the excesses of modern life, a study of ancient remains has found.
Tumours were rare until recent times when pollution and poor diet became issues, the review of mummies, fossils and classical literature found.
Despite slivers of tissue from hundreds of Egyptian mummies being rehydrated and placed under the microscope, only one case of cancer has been confirmed. Read more
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Joseph Mercola explains what just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can do for you.
... As I discussed in yesterday's article on the insanity of Avandia, drugs are not the answer for type 2 diabetes. In that article, I described the natural and most effective way to address type 2 diabetes. If you haven't already read this article I would strongly encourage you to do so.
The two reports above are related in the sense that they demonstrate the power of natural therapies – as opposed to drugs – to combat this epidemic problem.
However, like drugs, supplements such as cinnamon or magnesium should not be misconstrued as cures. They are safer alternatives than drugs, but you cannot properly address your diabetes if you still maintain a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet – with or without helpful supplements.
How Cinnamon Can Benefit Diabetics Read more
Monday, October 11, 2010
This video highlights the Nasty Girls Crossfit workout. The workout is, 50 squats, 7 muscle ups, 10 hang power cleans at 135#’s. This of course is done 3 times for time. If you don’t have a place to do the muscle ups or can’t do them, do 7 pull-ups and 7 dips (or do 25 push-ups and 10 dips). If the weight on the power cleans is too much, drop it to where you can get the 10 done.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Body builder protein powder could increase life expectancy by ten years, says Fiona McCrae.
A protein powder favoured by body builders could hold the secret of a long and healthy life, scientists believe.
Dissolved in water, the mixture built muscle, boosted fitness and improved balance and co-ordination.
Tantalisingly, the powder, which can be bought from health food shops and online, increased life expectancy by 12 per cent. Read more
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Many men experience premature ejaculation at some point in their lives, but when it persists, it can be an embarrassing and frustrating problem. One way to achieve ejaculatory control is to change the sex position you use, says Svetlana Ivanova.
Premature ejaculation is a condition in which a man ejaculates earlier than he or his partner would like him to. There are numerous reasons why a man ejaculates too quickly. Some are stress-related, some are mental, and some can be physical. When there is to much friction, or continual thrusting, or a great deal of mutual movement, a man’s ejaculation can be too quick, for both partners. To delay premature ejaculation, a man needs to avoid some sexual positions completely. Furthermore, there are two sex position that can be used that are guaranteed to avoid premature ejaculation. Read more
Monday, October 4, 2010
Joseph Mercola gives 33 tips and tricks for getting a good night's sleep.
Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life. Like gravity or the quantum field, we still don’t understand exactly why we sleep – although we are learning more about it every day.
We do know, however, that good sleep is one of the cornerstones of health.
Six to eight hours per night seems to be the optimal amount of sleep for most adults, and too much or too little can have adverse effects on your health.
Sleep deprivation is such a chronic condition these days that you might not even realize you suffer from it. Science has now established that a sleep deficit can have serious, far reaching effects on your health.
For example, interrupted or impaired sleep can: Read more
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Mark Sisson explains why we need and love saturated fat.
It’s probably the one thing that prevents people from fully buying into the Primal Blueprint. Almost anyone can agree with the basic tenets – eating more vegetables, choosing only clean, organic meats, and getting plenty of sleep and exercise is fairly acceptable to the mainstream notion of good nutrition. The concept of Grok and a lifestyle based on evolutionary biology can be a harder sell, but anyone who’s familiar with (and accepts) the basics of human evolution tends to agree (whether they follow through and adopt the lifestyle is another question), at least intellectually. But saturated fat? People have this weird conditioned response to the very phrase.
“But what about all that saturated fat? Aren’t you worried about clogging up your arteries?”
In fact, “saturated fat” isn’t just that; it’s often “artery-clogging saturated fat.” Hell, a Google search for that exact phrase in quotations produces 4,490 entries (soon to be 4,491, I suppose). Most doctors toe the company line and roundly condemn it, while the media generally follows suit. The public, unsurprisingly, laps it up from birth. The result is a deeply ingrained systemic assumption that saturated fat is evil, bad, dangerous, and sinful, a preconceived notion that precludes any meaningful dialogue from taking place. Read more