Diet 

Big Chickens, Little Nutrition

Most people would agree with the assessment “you are what you eat,” yet many overlook the fact that this holds true for the food you eat, too. If the chicken on your dinner plate was fed an unnatural diet of genetically engineered (GE) soy and grains (or worse) — what essentially boils down to junk food for birds — it can’t be expected to be optimally healthy, nor optimally nutritious. Because most poultry in the U.S. comes from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), The Guardian went so far as to…

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Life Style 

Import levy on sanitary pads threatens education of girls – NGO

A child and family-focused organization in Ghana, J Initiative, is impressing on the government to remove the 20% tax levy on sanitary pads. The NGO believes the levy is a form of discrimination against women on the grounds of natural bodily function, a situation it describes as disappointing. According to the NGO, the lack of Menstrual Hygiene and sanitation has a direct correlation with the girls dropping out of school and sometimes results in lower productivity at work. In a statement, the NGO averred that the decision to tax sanitary…

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Habits 

What Is the Best Position for Sleep?

My name is Dr. Peter Martone. I am a chiropractor and an exercise physiologist. This is my “sleep story.” When I think back to my earliest memories when I was a child, I can still remember wanting to sleep on my side, which faced the crucifix on the wall in my room. I felt secure and protected and every morning I would end up at the end of my bed or even on the floor. I never stayed in one position. As years passed I continued to be a side…

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Diet 

Childhood Obesity Up Worldwide Almost 10-Fold

Childhood obesity has increased more than 10-fold worldwide since 1975, a new study reports. But even more children are underweight than severely overweight, according to the analysis of data from 200 countries. Researchers found that by 2016 overall obesity rates had jumped from less than 1 percent to almost 6 percent for girls and nearly 8 percent for boys — with rates at 20 percent or higher in the United States, Egypt and some Polynesian islands. A two-pronged strategy is needed to improve nutrition and reduce excessive weight gain, according…

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Life Style 

Trauma’s Toll on a Woman’s Heart

Trauma may be more than psychologically damaging for women: New research suggests it also could boost their chances of heart trouble. Close to 300 nonsmoking women who were approaching or were past menopause were analyzed in the new study. They were asked about their life history of traumatic experiences such as sexual harassment, death of a child, being in a car crash, surviving a natural disaster, or being beaten or mugged. Women who reported three or more traumatic experiences had poorer function of the inner lining of the heart and…

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Life Style 

The Many Health Benefits of Sleeping Naked

Can sleeping naked improve your sleep and health? Evidence suggests that, yes, ditching your sleepwear may in fact have a number of benefits, including better sleep. Interestingly enough, a mere 8 percent of Americans admit to sleeping naked. Many of these health benefits result from the fact that sleeping naked helps prevent overheating, which can have a significant impact on your sleep quality. As you fall asleep, your body temperature drops, and this drop in core temperature actually helps you sleep better. As you wake, your body temperature rises, which…

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Life Style 

Could White Wine Boost Your Melanoma Risk?

A new study raises the possibility that people who enjoy a glass of white wine every day may face a slightly elevated risk of melanoma. Total alcohol intake was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of melanoma per drink per day, researchers found. But, when they looked at the type of alcohol consumed, white wine emerged as the potential culprit. Each drink per day of white wine was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of melanoma, the researchers said. “Per drink” risk was based on 12.8 grams of…

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Life Style 

10 Crazy Body Connections;VOICE – HEIGHT, EYES – BRAIN, HAND – PENIS, SKIN – BLOOD PRESSURE, etc.

Your body parts are joined in ways you never imagined. For example, did you know the length of your index finger could secretly reveal your penis size? While most of these links sound strange, knowing about them could pay dividends down the line. Here are 10 crazy body connections that just might save your life. 1. What your VOICE says about your HEIGHT: Researchers from Washington University say that listeners can accurately determine the relative heights of speakers just by hearing them talk. Credit the frequency of “subglottal resonance,” a…

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Habits 

Opioid Addiction Now Surpasses Smoking

It’s time to face the facts. America has a very serious drug addiction problem, and it stems from overprescription of painkillers. According to a recent report by the U.S. surgeon general, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes. Substance abuse in general has also eclipsed cancer in terms of prevalence. Addiction to opioids and heroin is costing the U.S. more than $193 billion each year. Alcohol abuse is costing another $249 billion. In total, the cost of substance abuse far exceeds the cost of diabetes, which is also…

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Life Style 

Surprising Ingredients Found in Lipstick

The annual revenue in the cosmetic industry is over $55 billion, yet the U.S. government does not require mandatory testing for these products before they hit store shelves. This means that the lipsticks, moisturizers and lip balms you use may contain more than you bargained for. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with regulating the cosmetic industry but not approving products, except for color additives. Essentially the FDA is responsible for regulating a cosmetic product only after it has reached the consumer, except if it contains a…

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