• Rebecca Ramdeholl, CHNC

Latest Health News!

Once in a while, I like to go online and check out what's the latest and greatest in health research and studies. My favorite go-to is Vitality Magazine, for those quick glimpses and little pushes to stay the course of my health journey.

Check out the latest news from the August/September 2018 issue:

- Walking Helps to Prevent Heart Failure - do you really need another reason to go outside! But here it is! Among the many health benefits of simple walking, you can tack on possible heart failure prevention on that list. It is especially applicable to women over 50. * This study was presented in Orlando at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session, in March 2018.

- DASH diet may reduce rates of depression! The Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension is a diet used to stop high blood pressure basically. Depression is common among older adults who have health issues and problems with blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as memory problems. This diet encourages fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and limits sugar and foods high in saturated fats. Apparently those who follow the DASH diet very closely, have a lower incidence of depression than those who follow the diet with a "meh" attitude. Studies have shown that the DASH diet results in lowered blood pressure and lower LDL cholesterol. I'm not surprised that depression creeps away on this diet. No one ever feels good with a high blood pressure. * The complete study was presented at the 70th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, held April 21 to 27, 2018

And check out these facts from the "Did You Know...?" section of Vitality....always an eye-opener : )

  • Researchers have found that the most germ-covered area of an airplane is the fold-down tray table, while bathroom surfaces were comparatively clean. Airport bathrooms were cleaner, too, while the dirtiest area of an airport was found to be water fountain knobs. *****grab those wipes, and always wipe down the trays and just stay away from water fountain knobs****

  • A study found that tattoos result in ink pigments and toxic compounds being deposited in lymph nodes. Future research will determine whether they are inflammatory or cause harm to health. ****hmmm....I'll keep my eye on this one*****

  • A recent study found that people who are at an ideal weight chew their food almost 40 times before swallowing, while those who are overweight chew less than 10 times before swallowing. *****yes! For all of those who used to mock me on the chewing issue, in your face!****

  • The amount of the potentially risky chemical BPA that is absorbed into your body by handling bank machine (ATM or ABM) receipts or cash register receipts is increased – by 18,500% – if a hand sanitizer, moisturizer, or sunscreen is present on the hands. ****wha?????*******

  • About 68% of all animal poisonings are caused by human owners giving human medications to their pets. Even a minute amount of almost all drugs, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, overwhelm the animal metabolism, causing overdose. ****animal medicine for animals. Human medicine for humans. Not that hard.******

  • Having acne during your teens increases your risk of developing the deadly skin cancer known as melanoma, according to the journal Cancer. ***Way to scare the teenagers......I'm going to read more on this study. I've known too many people with acne as teens, who have had no incidences of skin issues in adult hood.****

  • The SPF designation of sunscreens refers only to protection against UVB rays that burn the skin. It has no bearing on protection against UVA rays which accelerate skin aging, suppress the immune system, and cause skin cancer. ****oh for pete's sake. Well, let's just add more crap into our sunscreen****

  • Over 80% of all premature deaths of nursing home residents are the result of falls, according to a comprehensive study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

  • Drying your hands with paper towels is far more hygienic and leaves fewer bacteria on your hands than a hot-air dryer, according to a Mayo Clinic Proceedings review. ***called it!****

  • Sniffing rosemary essential oil enhances cognition and working memory, which is a part of short-term memory, reports Northumbria University (U.K.) scientists.

  • A report from the UN World Health Organization found that 90% of the global population live in areas of high outdoor air pollution, and this causes about three million deaths per year, many due to cardiovascular disease or stroke. ***not surprising and kind of depressing to know***

  • Smoking drastically alters the oral microbiome, the mix of roughly 600 beneficial probiotic species that live in the mouth. ***stop killing your mouth bugs!****

  • The idea that the sun is strongest when it is hottest is a myth. The temperature of sunlight varies at various times of the day. But the ultraviolet rays are always strongest when the sun is highest in the sky; in North America, this is usually between 11 am to 3 pm. ***great. Now we can introduce Siesta to the Legislature****

  • Carrots, often cited as the greatest plant food source for vitamin A, provide about 18,378 IU of vitamin A per cup. But a cup of pumpkin provides 38,135 IU of vitamin A, more than twice as much. ***perfect timing! Hallowe'en in two weeks. Don't throw those away those pumpkin seeds, and keep some fresh pumpkins in your kitchen. Google will teach you how to use them****

  • About one in five sunscreens on the market contain retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that can speed development of skin cancer tumours, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

  • A Dutch study found that drinking three cups of green tea daily keeps blood sugar in check, reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 40%. ***woah, that's a huge reduction. Green tea is a great alternative to coffee too as it still contains caffeine, but now you can reduce your blood sugar too. **

  • In a study of Mexican-American women over 65, which was reported in the journal Gerontologist, drinking chamomile tea was associated with a lower risk of dying from all causes. ***alright! I love my Chamomile....but must read the study more...it can't only benefit Mexican-American women?!****

Well, there you have it. Lots of food for thought and debate. Enjoy the rest of your day, and remember, chill out. Seriously.


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