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November/December 2016

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The Healthiest States for

Women and Children

The following ranking from the United Health Foundation is based on “60 measures of health and well-being,” including obesity and smoking rates for women, the presence of parks, community centers and libraries for children and premature birth rates for infants. To learn more, go to unitedhealthfoundation.org.

 

The Healthiest States for Women and

Children: A Complete Ranking

This list was compiled by the United Health Foundation, which, according to its website,
partners with “organizations committed to innovation in health care delivery to improve both
access and outcomes.” To learn more about the UHF in general and specifically how this
list was compiled, go to unitedhealthfoundation.org.

1 Massachusetts
2 Vermont
3 New Hampshire
4 Connecticut
5 Minnesota
6 Utah
7 Hawaii
8  Iowa
9 Rhode Island
10 California
11 Maine
12 Virginia
13 North Dakota
14 Colorado
15 Wisconsin
16 Washington
17 Nebraska
18 South Dakota
19 New Jersey
20 New York
21 Illinois
22 Delaware
23 Maryland
24 Pennsylvania
25 Kansas
26 Idaho
27 Oregon
28 Alaska
29  Wyoming
30 North Carolina
31 Montana
21 Michigan
33 Ohio
34 Kentucky
35 Missouri
36 Indiana
37 New Mexico
38 West Virginia
39 South Carolina
40 Florida
41 Texas
42 Tennessee
43 Arizona
44 Alabama
45 Georgia
46 Oklahoma
47 Nevada
48 Louisiana
49 Arkansas
50 Mississippi 


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More Vitamin B for Moms

Lowers Babies’ Eczema Risk

 

The itching and discomfort of eczema can make babies uncomfortable. But now researchers have discovered that children born to women with higher blood levels of B vitamins, especially B3, are less likely to develop this often-unsightly condition.

A study team from Great Britain’s University of Southampton tested 497 pregnant women for levels of a vitamin B3 form called nicotinamide. The team then assessed the women’s babies for eczema—marked by itchiness, cracked skin, reddish-brown patches and small bumps—when the children were six months old and again when they were a year old.

According to results published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy, higher maternal nicotinamide levels during pregnancy were associated with a 30% reduction in eczema risk by the time the babies reached the one-year mark.

One form of vitamin B3, niacin, has long been used (in prescription-strength dosages) to reduce both cholesterol levels and heart attack risk.

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N U M B E R S

Paying for Alternative Health

 


$14.7 Billion

Amount Americans spent on chiropractors, acupuncturists and
other alt-med practitioners in 2012


$12.8 Billion

Amount spent on dietary supplements


$2.7 Billion

Amount spent on books, CDs and other alt-med resources

Source: NCCIH

 

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M E D I A

Bringing Some Zing to Your Kitchen

 


In a world where everything old is new again, it shouldn’t shock anyone that apple cider vinegar, a folk medicine staple for ages, is a hot item.

The latest sign of love for this zesty liquid is a newfound rage for switchel. This apple cider-based beverage, concocted as a kind of proto-Gatorade, first slaked the thirsts of 18th century farmers working their fields and has been rediscovered by trendy urban types. Cider vinegar lovers also swear by what they say are its medicinal effects, such as soothing upset stomachs and aiding weight loss.

Suzy Scherr isn’t surprised by all this attention. “Apple cider vinegar is a real-deal miracle product,” writes the chef and culinary instructor in The Apple Cider Vinegar Companion: Simple Ways to Use Nature’s Miracle Cure (Countryman), calling it “one of the oldest, most-prized and trusted remedies in history.”

Not all apple cider vinegars are alike. “While most commercial apple cider vinegars are pasteurized, clear solutions,” she notes, “it is only the unfiltered, raw variety that has the beneficial bacteria, enzymes and minerals that make it such a health-promoting solution.”

Part of The Apple Cider Vinegar Companion is dedicated to various home remedies, including a sore throat soother made with cider vinegar and honey, and an itch easer that combines vinegar and cornstarch. Scherr then goes on to enumerate ways to use apple cider vinegar around the home as a cleanser, deodorizer and weedkiller.

The heart of The Apple Cider Vinegar Companion, however, lies in Scherr’s collection of recipes. Besides uses you would expect, such as a dressing ingredient and pickling agent, Scherr also employs cider vinegar in creations such as a tongue-tingling Fire Cider, made with horseradish and other pungent ingredients, and main courses such as Crab Salad with Apple and Chives.

If you’re looking to keep up with the latest culinary trend, The Apple Cider Vinegar Companion can serve as your guide.

 

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HEALTH CALENDAR

 

November

National Alzheimer’s Disease

Awareness Month

 


The Idea: To raise awareness of

resources available to families affected

by a disease diagnosed in about

473,000 Americans each year


Sponsored by: Alzheimer’s Association
Contact: alz.org

 

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QUOTE


I go out to the kitchen to feed

the dog, but that’s about as

much cooking as I do.

—Betty White

(If you’re more interested in cooking than Betty is,
see page The Science of Cooking.)


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