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New research suggests that one specific form of tomatoes — tomato paste made
from dehydrated tomatoes — may have the ability to prevent prostate cancer.
When mice were fed tomato paste plus FruHis, an organic carbohydrate found
in dehydrated tomato products, and then injected with chemicals that cause
prostate cancer, the tomato products stopped the development of cancer 90
percent of the time. Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death
in males, trailing only lung cancer.
Protects Against Type 2 Diabetes
A Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables — already known to protect
against heart disease also appears to help ward off diabetes, Spanish researchers
said. The study published in the British Medical Journal showed that people
who stuck closely to the diet were 83 percent less likely to develop type
2 diabetes than those who did not. The World Health Organisation estimates
more than 180 million people worldwide have diabetes — a number likely to
more than double by 2030 as more nations adopt a Western lifestyle.
Reduces Future Breast Cancer Risk for Girls
Exercising in their teen years can help protect girls from developing cancer
later in life. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute
found that women who were physically active between the ages of 12 and 22
had a 23% lower risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer compared to
women who were more sedentary in their teens, the researchers found. The
study involved nearly 65,000 nurses ages 24 to 42, who answered detailed
questionnaires about their physical activity dating back to age 12. Within
6 years of enrolling in the study, 550 women were diagnosed with premenopausal
breast cancer. Women at lowest risk for breast cancer were those who reported
doing 3 hours and 15 minutes of running or other vigorous activity per week,
or 13 hours a week of walking. The researchers suggest that regular exercise
in teenage girls will likely decrease risk of postmenopausal breast cancer
as well, the AP says.
Dutch scientists claim they have completed the first sequencing of an individual
woman's DNA. The researchers at Leiden University Medical Center say
they have sequenced the DNA of one their researchers, geneticist Marjolein
Kriek. They plan to publish it after review. No other scientists have verified
their data. The first sequencing of a composite human genome was announced
in 2001, followed by the first individual DNA sequencing in 2007. Four individual
male genomes have been sequenced so far.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes and death.
Having it checked a few times a year in a doctor's office or at the drugstore
is not enough to keep tabs on it, and regular home monitoring is more accurate.
Approximately 72 million Americans are with high blood pressure. Everyone
with high blood pressure should own a home monitor and do regular pressure
checks, the American Heart Association and other groups urged recently in
an unprecedented endorsement of a medical device for consumers. Closer
checks would let doctors fine-tune the many medicines used to control high
blood pressure, just as diabetics adjust their insulin levels by regularly
monitoring blood sugar. Only a third of people with high blood pressure now
have it under control.
Home monitors are especially important for the elderly, pregnant women, diabetics
and people with kidney disease, the panel said. Automated, arm-cuff devices
are recommended — wrist and finger ones are notoriously inaccurate. People
should take their device with them to their doctor's office and have measurements
compared to make sure the machine isn't off.
Experts suggest taking two or three readings at a time, one minute apart,
while sitting with the arm supported. Readings should be taken at the same
time each day, such as morning and evening, for a week. Twelve readings
are recommended for doctors to make treatment decisions, and this can be
repeated as often as a doctor feels necessary, depending on how stable the
condition is. Taking readings at home also may nudge people to cut
risks — use less salt, exercise more, lose weight and limit alcohol.
Options for Allergy Sufferers
The drugstore isn’t the only place to turn for allergy help this season.
Studies show that natural options can get you back in the sunshine without
the side effects.
Seasonal allergies are sensitivities to tree, flower, grass, and other plant
pollens, affecting 40 million Americans each year. They leave many in a fog
of wheezing, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes; or worse — feeling
imprisoned by mood altering headaches, and congestion, and fatigue. Those
who dislike the drowsiness, dry-mouth, and “spacey” feeling of traditional
medications have natural alternatives.
Yoga. Yoga postures, pranayama (breath control), relaxation and meditation
are powerful tools in stimulating or calming the immune system response,
according to Jeff Midgow, M.D. at www.yogasite.com. He explains, “increased
allergy symptoms indicate your immune system working overtime. Through relaxation,
the nervous system tells the immune system to settle down and stop attacking
foreign bodies. When the immune system backs off, inflammation and mucus
decrease and symptoms diminish.”
Butterbur. This European herb effectively controls symptoms of hay fever
and grass allergy, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal,
and a 2003 study presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and
Immunology (AAAAI). Swiss researchers revealed one tablet of butterbur four
times per day had the effectiveness of a popular antihistamine drug, minus
the side effects, according to WebMD.
Acupuncture. This ancient Chinese medical practice stimulates biologically
significant points on the body’s surface. It has long been used for preventing
and treating disease, injury, or pain by allowing the body to heal naturally
and improve function. A study published in the American Journal of Chinese
Medicine showed that of 26 hay fever patients, acupuncture reduced symptoms
in all 26. A study of 72 people showed symptoms eliminated in more that half
after 2 treatments, with no side effects.
Hypnotherapy. A Swiss study of 40 patients over 2 years showed interesting
results. The researchers found that simply focusing one’s thoughts on an
allergen-free environment through self-hypnosis reduced symptoms of hay fever
Diet. Experts say eating and avoiding certain foods can bring relief. Dishes
with cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, hot ginger, and fenugreek, can thin mucous
secretions and clear nasal passages. If you have ragweed or other weed pollen
allergies, “avoid eating melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile,
and Echinacea,” which exacerbates symptoms.
Oprah Goes Vegan!
Well, for 21 days at least! The queen of all media, Oprah Winfrey, has committed
to follow a vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free diet, called "the Cleanse diet"
for 21 days. For the next 3 weeks, Oprah will be introduced to some
foods that we vegetarians already know and love. Her scheduled menu plan
includes tofu scramble, tempeh, quinoa salad and even some raw food recipes!
Of course, she's Oprah, and has one of the country's best vegan chefs at
her every beck and call, but some of the vegan and gluten-free recipes that
Oprah will be eating on her cleanse diet have been posted on her website
(see the links below) for all of us to try. Oprah is one of the most
influential people in the US, particularly when it comes to shaping culture,
and hopefully this will push the vegan diet even further into the mainstream.
Credit Card Secrets
10 Secrets Banks Don't Want You to Know About Credit Cards from Military.com
1. Interest Backdating. Most card issuers charge interest from the day a
charge is posted to your account if you don't pay in full monthly. But, some
charge interest from the date of purchase, days before they have even paid
the store on your behalf!
Remedy: Find another card issuer, or always pay your bill in full by the
2. Two-Cycle Billing. Issuers which use this method of calculating interest,
charge two months worth of interest for the first month you failed to pay
off your total balance in full. This issue arises only when you switch from
paying in full to carrying a balance from month to month.
Remedy: Switch issuers or always pay your balance in full.
3. The Right to Setoff. If you have money on deposit at a bank, and also
have your credit card there, you may have signed an agreement when you opened
the deposit account which permits the bank to take those funds if you become
delinquent on your credit card.
Remedy: Bank at separate institutions, or avoid delinquencies.
4. Fees Are Negotiable. You may be paying up to $50 a year or more as an
annual fee on your credit card. You may also be subject to finance charges
of over 18%.
Remedy: If you are a good customer, the bank may be willing to drop the annual
fee, and reduce the interest rate -- you only have to ask! Otherwise, you
can switch issuers to a lower- priced card.
5. Interest Rate Hikes Are Retroactive. If you sign up for a credit card
with a low "teaser" rate, such as 7.9%, when the low rate period expires,
your existing balance will likely be subject to the regular and substantially
higher interest rate.
Remedy: Pay in full before the rate increase or close the account.
6. Shortened Due Dates. Most card issuers offer a 25 day grace period in
which to pay for new purchases without incurring finance charges. Some banks
have shortened the grace period to 20 days--but only for customers who pay
in full monthly.
Remedy: Ask to go back to 25 days.
7. Eldiminating Grace Periods. That fabulous offer you received in the mail
for a gold card with a $10,000 credit limit, and lots of features may not
be so great. The most common "string" attached is the card has no grace period.
You are charged interest on everything from the day you buy it, even if you
pay on time.
Remedy: Throw the offer out!
8. Disappearing Benefits. Many banks enticed you to sign up with extra benefits
such as lifetime warranty, a 5% discount on all travel, or protection if
an item purchased is lost. Now, some banks have cut back on these extras
without the fanfare that launched them.
Remedy: Read annual disclosure of changes, and switch cards if need be.
9. Double Fees On Cash Advances. Most credit cards impose both finance charges
and a transaction fee on cash advances. Interest starts from the day of the
advance, and the transaction fee can be up to 2.5% of the amount taken. Beware
of cards advertising "no finance charges." Transaction fees may still apply.
Remedy: Limit cash advances.
10. Misleading Monthly Minimums. You may think it is beneficial to have a
card where you only need to pay 2%-3% of your balance monthly. It is just
the opposite. The bank stands to make far more money from finance charges
the longer you carry out payments--and you foot the bill.
Remedy: Pay all you can monthly.
|Jamaican Jerk-Spiced Tempeh
INGREDIENTS:1/2 tsp garlic powder; 1/2 tsp onion powder; 1/2 tsp sugar or
natural sweetener;1/2 tsp salt; 1/2 tsp allspice; 1/4 tsp freshly ground
black pepper; 1/4 tsp ground ginger; 1/4 tsp cayenne; 1/2 tsp dried thyme;
1 8 ounce package tempeh, cut into cubes; 2 tbsp cold-pressed canola oil.
PREPARATION: Combine the garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, salt, allspice,
pepper, ginger, cayenne, and thyme in a small bowl and set aside. Place the
tempeh in a saucepan of boiling water. Reduce heat to low and simmer for
Drain the tempeh and pat it dry. Heat the oil in a large skillet over
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