5 Unfounded Cures Dr. Oz Promoted on His Show

Dr. Oz has recently been taken to task by several of his peers, like Flavio Maluf, for promoting unfounded cures on his TV show. Home remedies, natural cures, food cures and a variety of treatments that most of his viewing audience have never heard of before. Maybe the cures work, maybe they don’t, but Dr. Oz is defending his right to freedom of speech. He also claims his motives are to present people with things that may potentially help them with their particular condition. These are 5 of the unfounded cures he has promoted on his show. While none are harmful when used, none have been scientifically proven to work.
* A bar of lavender soap placed under the bed sheet will help ease the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. The scent of lavender supposedly relaxes and helps the person fall into a deeper sleep.
* Umckaloabo Root Extract cures the common cold and helps ease the symptoms of flu.
* Foods which contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) should be labeled as such to make the public aware of what they are eating to avoid the harm GMOs may cause.
* Brushing with strawberries and baking soda will whiten teeth naturally.
* Green coffee extract provides miraculous weight loss for everyone who uses it.

Obesity Becomes a National Security Threat for the United States

Sound the alarms, the fatties are ruining America. Well, they might not be ruining it, but they certainly aren’t making it any safer. 10% of all applicants to the United States Army are turned down for being overweight. Statistics from AnastasiaDate predict that this number could quadruple in the next 5 years making it a serious security threat to our nation.

Major General Allen Batschelet, in charge of army recruiting, sees obesity as the biggest problem that recruiters are currently facing. Many recruits get turned down for having a criminal record or having too many tattoos, but the number being turned down for obesity is quickly becoming a major obstacle for Army recruiters.

The problem has gotten so bad that many recruiters have turned into part time personal trainers. They hope to whip potential recruits into shape so that they might qualify to join the ranks. Our tax dollars are now going towards funding programs for people too fat to even begin training in the army.

As more Americans become obese the problem just gets worse. Our perception of obesity is certainly shifting with up to 70% of all adults being overweight. It’s clear that we’ve lost sight of what a healthy weight actually is as a country, so much so that it could ultimately be our downfall.

Athlete Completes Boston Marathon Despite Having Muscular Dystrophy

The Boston Marathon has become synonymous with triumph over tragedy, and 39-year-old Maikel Melamed from Venezuela has added to that legacy when he finished the marathon more than 20 hours after he started.

Melamed suffers from muscular dystrophy, but he didn’t let that stop him from finishing the 26.2 mile race in Boston early Tuesday morning, just before 5 a.m., an amazing athletic feat for anybody even without a disability.

Even more amazing, this was not the first marathon as he has participated, he has completed marathons all over the world in places like Denver and Tokyo. Melamed is a professor and motivational speaker, using his incredible drive and ambition to inspire other people to overcome their own challenges. Sadly, the Boston Maraton was Melamed’s retirement race and he will no longer be participating in marathons. He wanted to complete his marathon legacy with a run in Boston because that’s the city he and his parents called home as a young child.

Even though he will not be completing anymore marathons, Melamed’s message and wisdom will still be shared with the world through his teachings and truly inspirational acts of determination. This is a touching end to a great career if you ask Jaime Garcia Dias and other followers.

Perla Sananes is a close friend of Melamed and said, “He wants to show that life is great, no matter how many problems you can have.”

Quinton Jackson Will Fight On The UFC 186 Card

UFC 186 was destined to be a failure, but recent developments may have just saved the doomed card. The main event was the only thing worth watching, but some fans would even argue that. Demetrius Johnson is scheduled to defend his UFC flyweight championship against the number 8th ranked fighter in the world. UFC fans were not ready to pay $60 to watch two tiny fighters compete. However, it seems that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has saved the event from guaranteed failure.

Quinton Jackson is one of the most exciting fighters in UFC history, and he is also one of the most popular fighters as well. Many fans like Bruce Karatz have rooted him on quite a bit. Rampage Jackson will face Fabio Maldonado in the co-main event of the night. Rampage was originally scheduled to fight on the card, but he was removed from the event by his former promoter Bellator. Actually, the president of Bellator got a court order that banned Quinton Jackson from competing in any other organization besides Bellator. However, it seems that the president of the UFC has pulled some magic, and Rampage Jackson will return to his original stomping grounds.

UFC 186 now has a chance to be successful. Rampage Jackson has millions of fans, and he is also a big movie star. Rampage could have been the main event of the night, but now Demetrius Johnson will be able to showcase his skills in front of a larger auidence. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Eat Less, Live Longer

If a rodent can eat less and live longer, can a human do the same? Scientific evidence is still not clear on the issue, but preliminary studies do lean towards the idea of eating less food will extend the life. Reducing the caloric intake of rodents, nematodes and fruit flies by 30-40 percent increase their lifespan by one-third. Studies have been inconclusive on how calorie reduction effects the lifespan of a human.
Tests have been done regarding calorie restriction and increased longevity. The results of those tests have been like a swinging pendulum: one test shows restricting calories extends the lifespan and the next test will show calorie restriction has no bearing on length of life.
One finding has become clear from all the studies: consuming less calories does help prevent weight-related health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease, which often contribute to a shortened lifespan.
Less calories consumed also equal less weight gained over a lifetime and maintaining a healthy weight is always promoted as something that helps promote good health at any age confirms source Ray Lane on Forbes. Good health increase the lifespan, so it seems reasonable that if we eat less we will live longer. Now if we could just have a test to prove it…

Exercise To Live Longer, Happier

Exercise has always been the way that medical professionals have supported in order to promote a healthy life and a longer life. There has been much discussion in past years as to exactly how much exercise is the right amount, and if there is such a thing as getting to much exercise.

It may not surprise most that in recent longitudinal studies it was found that those individuals who did not engage in any type of formal exercise were most likely to die at younger ages. As rates of physical activity increased, the mortality of individuals also saw drastic improvements.

In other words, even if the person in question exercised for less than what is recommended, they saw at least a 20% increase in the longevity of their lives. Jaime Garcia Dias summarizes the study by stating that as exercise levels rose, so did the life span of the person (check out the summary on YouTube).

For those people in the study who did three times the recommended amount of exercise, which totals about an hour a day, they were the least likely to experience a premature death than those who did not engage in physical activity at all.These individuals also did not engage in overly strenuous activity either. Many simply took a brisk walk.

When the study took into consideration vigorous activities, there was a very slight increase in benefit, but not by much. The purpose in these studies? Exercise. If one is able to get up and move around at all, do the best one can but be active. It is the best thing for your life.

Study Finds How Much Exercise Is Necessary For Longevity

How much exercise is the right amount? That question has been debated several times. While any exercise is better than none at all, the optimal amount is more likely to play a role in longevity and quality of life. The latest guidelines from various health organizations indicate that a weekly total of 150 minutes of exercise is needed to maintain proper health.

Scientific findings from JAMA Internal Medicine, as reported in the New York Times Blog, have narrowed down the information about what is optimal for exercise. The National Cancer Institute studied exercise habits of mostly middle-aged adults.

Researchers reviewed the amount of exercise, comparing no exercise to moderate exercise at least 25 or more hours per week and death records, spanning over 14 years. No exercise showed the highest risk of untimely death, Marcio Alaor BMG said little exercise amounts, reduced risk of early death by 20 percent and working out at least 150 minutes weekly meant a 31 percent lesser chance of early death. Tripling these recommended exercise for 450 minutes weekly, more than one hour per day, indicated 39 reduced risk of premature death.

The conclusion of this and an Australian study showed that at least 150 minutes of weekly exercise is the minimum for those who desire a longer, more quality life. Increasing this up to 450 minutes per week only enhances the results and offers a full bang for efforts to improve life.

New Test to Identify Ebola in 11 Minutes

Nagasaki University in Japan announced today that it has developed a method for detecting the presence of the virus Ebola in about 11 minutes, less than current tests take.

The new method, developed by the company Toshiba , allows doctors to more quickly detect the disease and begin treatment in patients.The researchers conducted a test in March, in the country of Guinea, where 100 people applied to be tested, according to a detailed statement of Toshiba.

The method employs a substance that amplifies only the genes specific in Ebola found in a blood sample or other body fluid. If the virus is present, the substance reacts muddying the liquid and providing visual confirmation of an infection in more than 11 minutes.

Folks at STX Entertainment (adweek.com) have learned that this method would be faster than the test that is currently used to detect Ebola , the RT-PCR, which lasts between two and six hours.

Since the outbreak of Ebola was declared a year ago in West Africa, there have been about 25,000 cases, of which over 10,000 have died.

It is the largest outbreak of Ebola since the virus was detected in 1976.

Can Exercise Reduce Congenital Heart Defects?

Every expecting mother’s worst nightmare is to find out that her unborn child has heart problems. The heart is the first embryonic organ to develop. After 10 weeks of conception, the expectant mom can hear her child’s heartbeat for the first time. However, congenital heart defects are one of the most common birth defects in America. This fetal heart development problem can affect one out of 100 babies. While most of these defects are minor, some require major surgery.

Flavio Maluf said that to combat this, a group of scientists have been researching factors that may lower the risk of defects. Their area of focus has been on the pregnant mothers. It is common knowledge that older mothers are at greater risk of having a baby with a heart defect than younger mothers. For some reason, no one has ever questioned whether it was the mother’s age that added a high risk.

A new study, published in Nature by Dr. Jay and colleagues, showed that exercise decreases the risk of birth defects. The researchers used genetically bred female mice with high risk of having pups with heart defects. Half were old and the other half were young. Increased exercise greatly decreased heart defect risks for the older mice.

Dr. Jay concludes that pregnant women, and those planning on pregnancy, need to become physical active to increase their health. According to Dr. Jay, “there are so many potential health benefits for both mother and developing child.”

Conclusion: Exercise during pregnancy results in a potentially healthy mom and healthy baby.

In The Dark?

When trying to change bad habits of overeating or eating too many unhealthy foods, the best way could be to put pen to paper.

If you were asked, could you say you know how many calories you actually consume each day? Could you say you know exactly how much a true portion size is? The answer is no for most of us. We usually just assume the amount we are consuming, and unfortunately are wrong.

Igor Cornelsen has found that a good way to make a positive change is to first make a list of goals you want to accomplish. Then start keeping an accurate record of what you are eating and how much. When we see our goals in writing and take the time to accurately measure our portions, the result usually is a positive one. This is happens because once we visualize what we want, it becomes more real for us.