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March 2012

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March Health Calendar

National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month..........Starts 3/1

The Idea: Spreading the word about MS, a disease that attacks the nervous system

Sponsored By: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Activities: Teleconferences and seminars, local fundraisers, and distribution of the foundation’s
MS Awareness Kits

Contact: www.msfocus.org, 800-225-6495

National Sleep Awareness Week..........3/5 - 3/11

The Idea: Promoting the importance of getting a good night’s sleep

Sponsored By: National Sleep Foundation

Activities: Announcement of the foundation’s annual Sleep in America poll results, along with educational activities

Contact: www.sleepfoundation.org, 703-243-1697

 

Brain Awareness Week................3/12-18

The Idea: Increasing public awareness of brain research

Sponsored By: Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, working with universities, hospitals and other
partner groups worldwide

Activities: Exhibits, lectures, displays and other events

Contact: www.dana.org, 212-223-4040

 

American Diabetes Association Alert Day..............................................3/27

The Idea: Encouraging people to assess their risk of diabetes, a disorder that
affects 25.8 million Americans

Sponsored By: American Diabetes Association

Activities: Making the Diabetes Risk Test available, particularly through Facebook

Contact: www.stopdiabetes.com, 800-342-2383

 

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Tai Chi May Aid Parkinson’s Patients

As we learned in “Go with the Flow” (January Holistic Healing), tai chi—a graceful series of
exercises meant to integrate body and spirit—has been found to provide numerous health benefits. Now this ancient martial art has helped people with Parkinson’s disease maintain their balance.

Scientists at the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene assigned 195 people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s to one of three groups that engaged in either tai chi, resistance training or stretching twice a week for 24 weeks. Those in the tai chi group saw greater improvements in balance and walking than members of the other two groups. What’s more, the tai chi participants were able to keep their gains three months after the sessions ended.

Results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Parkinson’s disease, which causes tremors and muscle stiffness, affects about 1 million people in the US.

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QUOTE

Stay out of the sun, because
it is the worst thing in terms of aging.

—Nicole Kidman


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NUMBERS

Male Health Denial

4%

Men who say they’re in poor health

1 in 4

Men who have some form of heart disease,
according to the Centers for Disease Control

84%

Men who admit to not following a practitioner’s
treatment plan exactly as prescribed

 

Source: A Fragile Nation in Poor Health, TeleVox

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CoQ10 May Enhance
Mediterranean Diet

CoQ10, known for its ability to foster cardiac well-being, may enhance the anti-inflammatory power of traditional cuisines from countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Chronic low-level inflammation has been linked to not only heart disease but also arthritis, type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline.

The Mediterranean diet features olive oil as well as fresh produce and fish, legumes, whole grains, and moderate amounts of red wine.

Scientists at the University of Cordoba in Spain recruited 20 people over the age of 65 and randomly assigned them to one of three diet groups. One ate a typical Western diet rich in saturated fats. Those in the other two ate a Mediterranean diet; one of the two groups also took 200 mg of CoQ10.

After four weeks, the two Med diet groups showed reductions in markers for inflammation, an effect enhanced by the added CoQ10. Results were published in The Journals of Gerontology.
CoQ10 comes in several different forms. One of them, ubiquinol, is more readily used by the body.

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Magnesium May Cut Stroke Risk

A recent Swedish study suggests that increasing one’s intake of magnesium, a mineral known for its ability to relax blood vessels, may reduce stroke risk.

A research team at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet analyzed data from 241,378 participants in seven studies. The team found a drop in risk for ischemic stroke—the kind caused by blood clots in
arteries feeding the brain—of 9% for every 100 mg per day increase in magnesium intake.

Study results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Magnesium helps coordinate heart muscle activity and prevent spasms in the coronary arteries that feed the heart..

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Getting Raw with Carol Alt


We checked in with supermodel Carol Alt in January 2005, when she appeared on our cover. In fact, Alt, one of the world’s great beauties, has graced the cover of more than 700 magazines. Now Alt can appear in your kitchen, courtesy of her new book Easy Sexy Raw: 130 Raw Food Recipes, Tools, and Tips to Make You Feel Gorgeous and Satisfied (Clarkson Potter). In it, Alt extols the benefits of the raw food diet that for nearly 20 years has kept her healthy, energetic and slim.

Filled with tips and helpful tools, Easy Sexy Raw, due out in May, makes a raw diet accessible to any novice by providing a shopping list of essentials, a swapping list of raw substitutes for favorite cooked items, and a “Turn It Raw” section that shows you how to gradually convert favorite dishes to raw—even chocolate chip cookies.

For the beginner and the more seasoned raw foodie alike, Easy Sexy Raw is jam-packed with delectable recipes such as Yellow Squash Fettuccine with Creamy Pine Nut Alfredo, Apple Marzipan Pie and Swiss Chard Burritos.

Alt’s entry on “Soaking and Sprouting” is a practical primer on getting the full nutritional benefits from germinating your nuts, beans, seeds or grains, and then sprouting them. “They are like little Sleeping Beauties just waiting for you to wake them up” and release their vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins, Alt writes. Likewise, Alt’s folksy style takes the fear out of dehydrating: “It’s the difference between a plum and a prune, a grape and a raisin ...a potato and a chip.”

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