|Turmeric Cures Arthritis
About 2.1 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most serious
and disabling forms. A University of Arizona researcher has found that
turmeric, known for giving curry (any cooked Indian dish eaten with rice
or bread) its yellow color, is effective in reducing flare-ups and
staving off rheumatoid arthritis. The bitter spice acts as an anti-inflammatory.
The three-year study appears in the November issue of the Arthritis and Rheumatism
journal. See also: http://www.vedah.net/TSJ/January2006.html#Turmeric
More than 20 percent of young women have depleted iron levels, according
to recent population surveys. Women planning to become pregnant should consider
taking a supplement about three months before conceiving to give their bodies
a chance to build up iron stores. A prenatal supplement containing iron,
folic acid (to prevent neural tube defects), and other micronutrients may
be the optimal choice. The supplement should contain at least 40 milligrams
of iron to ensure maximum benefits. A study in the November issue of Obstetrics
and Gynecology found that infertile women who consumed an average of 76 milligrams
of iron per day through supplements and food sources had a 60 percent lower
risk of failure to ovulate than those who ingested the lowest amounts of
iron. Failure to ovulate is the second leading cause of infertility, after
clogged fallopian tubes. Interestingly, the study found that the benefits
didn't apply to women who got most of their iron from animal sources like
red meat and pork.
Sweets and Animal Fats are
A large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at
the dietary habits of more than 82,000 women over 20 years. Harvard researchers
calculated the percentage of the women's diets that had come from carbohydrates
and animal and vegetable fats and protein, and divided them into 10 groups
based on their sweet and sugar intake. Women who ate lots of highly processed
or sugary foods had double the risk of heart disease compared to women who
ate fewer sugary foods, the study found. Women who consumed a diet with more
vegetable fats and proteins had a 30% lower risk of heart disease compared
to sweet and sugary diet eaters who got more animal proteins and fats.
However, the popular Atkins diet and similar meat based regimens that set
people up for eventual heart attacks are trying to distort the results by
equating refined sugars and sweets with carbohydrates. While the key finding
was that women reduced heart disease risk by eating more vegetable protein
and vegetable oils.
Waltz: Dance to Your Health
Italian researchers have come up with a novel way for cardiac rehabilitation
patients to exercise their damaged hearts without having to squeeze into
spandex or gyrate in a gym: waltzing.
The dance proved to be just as effective as bicycle and treadmill training
for improving exercise capacity in a study of 110 heart failure patients.
Dancers also reported slightly more improvement in sleep, mood, and the ability
to do hobbies, do housework and have sex than the others. The same researchers
previously showed that waltzing could help heart attack sufferers regain
Music Helps Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia affects about 1 percent of people in Britain and the United
States. The illness usually begins in the late teens and early 20s and is
characterised by hallucinations, delusions, hearing voices and changes in
behavior. Music therapy many help to ease the depression, anxiety
and emotional withdrawal symptoms of schizophrenia, British scientists said.
In a small study in four hospitals, researchers at Imperial College London
found that encouraging patients to express themselves through music seemed
to improve their symptoms.
Most of us should strength train on alternate days to allow for sufficient
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Whether you're conducting business from a home office, a hotel room or your
home away from home, you can manage to keep your body fit and fabulous! Businesswomen
today are learning that the secret to feeling great is daily physical activity.
Even a short workout can increase the endorphins the body excretes, giving
you a more relaxed feeling and increased energy levels, allowing you to endure
everyday challenges. An active lifestyle not only increases your energy,
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Eating red meat may raise a woman's risk of a common type of breast cancer,
new study suggests. The meat study was published in Archives of Internal
Medicine. Meat consumption was linked to a risk of developing tumors
whose growth was fueled by estrogen or progesterone -- the most common type
-- but not to tumors that grow independently of these hormones.
The women who ate more red meat were also more likely to smoke and be overweight,
but when the researchers took those factors into account, they still saw
that red meat was linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. Earlier
studies have found that obesity raises the risk of breast cancer and that
red meat raises the risk of colorectal cancer. It may be wise to cut down
on red meat because of its fat and calorie content and become a vegetarian.
A common strain of salmonella is showing up more frequently in meat, especially
in chicken meat. In a study to be published in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious
Diseases, U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers found a fourfold increase
between 2000 and 2005 in rates of chicken contaminated with salmonella enteritidis,
a type of salmonella found in eggs. The USDA said the rate of contamination
had increased. Infections from salmonella enteritidis were 25% higher, the
study found. The USDA said the proportion of processing plants that tested
positive for salmonella enteritidis had risen threefold from 2000 to 2005,
and the number of states with positive tests for the germ had risen from
14 to 24.
Indulging in bacon may be hazardous to your health, another study suggests,
while eating chicken might not be so good for you either. Some meat products
contain nitrosamines, which are known to cause bladder cancer. Those who
ate bacon five or more times per week were 59-percent more likely to develop
bladder cancer than those who never did. Also, men and women who ate chicken
this often were 52-percent more likely to develop bladder cancer than those
who never ate chicken. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
Whole Wheat Prevents Breast
Over one million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer every year,
with about 400,000 new cases in Europe. According to the European School
of Oncology, the highest incidence rates are found in the Netherlands and
the US. China has the lowest incidence and mortality rate of the disease.
A new study, by researchers at Georgetown University, adds to previous studies
that have reported a potential relationship between dietary fibre and breast
cancer, an effect linked to a reduction in oestrogen levels that are said
to promote tumour growth. Whole grains are a rich source of complex carbohydrates,
phytochemicals, bran, fibre, minerals and vitamins.
Soy Protects Women from
Soybeans contain large amounts of the isoflavones genistin and daidzin, which
are metabolized to genistein and daidzein. Genistein has many biologic effects
that could potentially reduce breast cancer risk, including the inhibition
of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase activity, and inhibition
of topoisomerase II activity. It also arrests cell cycle progression at the
G2–M transition, induces apoptosis, has antioxidant properties, modifies
eicosanoid metabolism, and inhibits angiogenesis.
A new study of Asian-American women done by the National Cancer Institute
(NCI) looked at women who ate a lot of soy-based foods as children, adolescents
and adults. The strongest and most consistent association was among women
who ate the most soy-based foods from ages 5 to 11. They reduced their risk
of developing hormone-fueled breast cancer 58%, compared with women who ate
the least. The reduction for women who ate a lot of soy as adolescents and
adults was 25%. Regular, moderate consumption of whole-soy foods (such as
soy nuts, edamame, soy milk, tofu and tempeh) probably affects the development
of breast tissue in young females, possibly making it more resistant to carcinogens,
including estrogenic agents in the environment.
Type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 15 million Americans and up to 150
million people globally, is characterized by an abnormal rise in blood sugar
right after a meal. This effect, known as hyperglycemia, can damage blood
vessels, the kidneys, heart, eyes and nerves. Soy yogurt, especially with
fruit in it, may help control both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure,
U.S. researchers reported in the Journal of Food Biochemistry. Plain soy
yogurt was the most potent, with blueberry dairy yogurt scoring second on
phenol and antioxidant content, the researchers said. Soy yogurt was
also the best at inhibiting ACE, which causes blood vessels to narrow and
raises blood pressure. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables, along with regular
exercise, can prevent and help control diabetes and high blood pressure alike.
Hope you had the cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving. Researchers have found
some health benefits to the tart berry, again. Besides being full of antioxidant
vitamins, studies have shown that drinking cranberry juice can block urinary
infections and, for some people, can kill ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria.
A compound found in cranberries called proanthocyanidine can prevent plaque
formation on teeth. In addition, the fruit may increase "good" HDL cholesterol
and reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol; prevent tumor from developing or growing
rapidly; and could prevent cancer cells from multiplying.
A new long-term study shows that a diet high in vegetables helps to boost
memory, and may even help prevent Alzheimer's as we age. While fruit has
lots of great health benefits, researchers found that it was veggies, particularly
dark green veggies such as spinach, kale and other green leafy vegetables,
that helped to keep study participants quick-witted and thinking on their
feet. And let's face it - who among us couldn't use a little boost when it
comes to our memory and brainpower? Remember to eat a rainbow of colors to
get a variety of nutrients.
Resveratrol, found in red wine, grapes and other foods, including peanuts,
is shown to help laboratory mice live longer also protects animals from obesity
and diabetes, researchers reported
If you didn't know, both body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference appear
to be useful in predicting cardiovascular risk and metabolic abnormalities
in people who are insulin resistant, a prediabetic condition, according to
Californian researchers. As reported in the American Journal of Cardiology,
the team found that several metabolism factors worsened as a function of
increased obesity. Some of these included insulin sensitivity, a prediabetic
condition in which normal insulin levels do not produce an adequate insulin
response, and related metabolic cardiovascular risk factors, such as elevated
triglycerides. This was true regardless of whether BMI or waist circumference
was used as the measure of excess fat.
Your Diet Affects Your Grandchildren
Scientists from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have found that
a pregnant woman's diet affects not only her unborn child's health, but also
the health of her children's children.
The research found that the diet of a pregnant woman can switch certain genes
on or off. That genetic state is passed down to the foetus and that
child then grows up with the same genetic pattern, which is passed on to
their child in turn.
India- Predominantly non-Vegetarian
Many books on India describe that south Indians are predominantly vegetarian.
In fact, vegetarians in south India are less than 8% of the population.
As against the erroneous and very common belief that India is predominantly
vegetarian, 64.4 per cent families consume non-vegetarian food with the highest
reported in southern states (92.2 per cent) and the least in north (40.4
per cent). This and many other interesting revelations were made by the Hyderabad-based
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in its 'Knowledge, attitude, beliefs
and practices (KABP) study on food and drug safety in India'.
Glyconutrients are the following carbohydrates:
1) Mannose (mono saccharide)
2) Glucose (mono saccharide)
3) Galactose (mono saccharide)
4) Xylose (mono saccharide)
5) Fucose (mono saccharide)
6) N-acetyglucosamine (amino mono saccharide derivative)
7) N-acetylgalctosamine (amino mono saccharide derivative)
8) N-acetylineuramnic acid (amino mono saccharide derivative)
These eight sugars are referred to as the building blocks needed to produce
'glycoproteins' in our body. Glycoproteins play essential roles in the body.
For instance, in the immune system almost all of the key molecules involved
in the immune response are glycoproteins. Cell to cell communication
is one of the roles of these glycoproteins. We have the ability to
manufacture some glyconutrients. The harmful effects of stress, toxins, poor
nutrition, and genetic abnormalities in our metabolism can inhibit this conversion.
Consequently, the number and structure of our glycoproteins may be impaired,
which can lead to a number of serious health conditions.
It appears in cancerous tissues that have developed resistance to chemotherapy,
glycoproteins are observed. That means the production of glycoprotein,
an immune response to poisons and foreign bodies, is causing the failure
of chemotherapy. That means that the cellular immune system is effectively
used by cancer cells to neutralize the poisonous chemicals used to kills
the cancer cells.
Some related web cites:
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Condoms for the Reluctant
India and S. Africa are the most affected by AIDS and, unfortunately, Indians
and Africans are reluctant to use condoms. Apparently, a large number of
South African men are bigger. They complain about condoms being uncomfortable
and too small. They also complain about loosing the mood, for it takes too
long to put the condom on. So, a range of condoms is being developed.
Extra-large condoms have been launched in South Africa to cater for "well-endowed"
men. Condoms, which promoters say can be put on in just one second, are going
on sale in South Africa. These fast "Pronto condoms" and the X-large condoms
are not yet on sale outside South Africa. South Africa had launched "sexy"
and "fun" free condoms to combat Aids in 2004.
The Choice condom comes in a bright blue and yellow package, replacing the
nameless, grey strip of condoms that had been distributed since 2000. There
are also musical condoms from Ukraine to put those reluctant into mood to
use them: http://www.vepachedu.org/TSJ/September2006.html#Musical_Condoms_for_India_to_Prevent
Molecular Condoms: Condoms are not regularly available in remote areas of
those developing nations, and sexual partners are often unwilling to use
them, the researchers said. Rape also is a large problem in some countries
and a way in which HIV is spread. Scientists have been working for years
on medications that would kill the HIV virus as it enters the body during
sexual intercourse. The gel of the "molecular condom" is sensitive
to the differences in acid levels between a vagina and sperm. It recognizes
when sperm enters the vagina and activates to release the drug it contains.
Tests in people could be seven to 10 years away.
Amid all the dire warnings about the AIDS pandemic, researchers announce
some good news: Young African women report they are increasingly using condoms
with their partners. The study, published in the British journal The Lancet,
analyzed data in 18 African countries.
The French government said it would make 10 million cut-priced condoms available
in high schools, night clubs, cinemas and hospitals to try to combat the
spread of AIDS. Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said the campaign aimed to
ensure safe-sex becomes "a reflex", with condoms to go on sale for 20 euro
cents (25 US cents) in 20,000 outlets around the country from early next
year. The condoms will also be available in thousands of tobacconist
shops, newsagents and pharmacies. According to the French sanitary institute
INVS, 6,700 new cases of HIV were reported in France in 2005, compared to
7,000 the previous year.
Lack of Basic Sanitation
in the Third World
The annual report of the U.N. Development Program said that lack of access
to clean water and basic sanitation killed nearly 2 million young children
each year. This amounted to nearly 5,000 deaths per day, most of them preventable,
and made diarrhea the second biggest childhood killer. The report cited Peruvian
studies that the installation of a flush toilet in the home increased by
almost 60 percent the chances of a child surviving to the first birthday
and in Egypt by 57 percent. The report said two out of three people in South
Asia lack basic sanitation, numbers that put the region on a par with sub-Saharan
Africa. The report said the $10 billion price tag to achieve U.N. goals on
increasing access to water and sanitation should be put in context.
Oral Contraceptives Protect
against Endometrial Cancer
Oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices (IUD) appear to provide long-term
protection against endometrial cancer, researchers report in the International
Journal of Cancer. After accounting for other known risk factors or protective
factors for endometrial cancer, the use of oral contraceptives was associated
with a 25 percent reduced risk. The risk decreased with long-term use. After
72 months, the cancer risk was reduced by 50 percent. This protective
effect was maintained, even after 25 years or longer after oral contraceptives
were discontinued. IUD use was associated with a 47 percent lower risk of
endometrial cancer. The duration of IUD use, and age when it was first and
last use did not significantly alter the association.
Young Mothers Give Birth
to Healthy Babies
If your mother was young when you were born, you're more likely to live to
a ripe old age, a University of Chicago study has found. Children born
before their mothers' 25th birthday were nearly twice as likely to live to
100, the study found. Suggested two possible reasons:
• In monthly menstrual cycles, young women ovulate their best eggs first.
As women age, their supply of top-quality eggs diminishes and they begin
ovulating lower-quality eggs.
• Young women have fewer lifetime exposures to diseases and latent infections
that could adversely affect their fetuses.
Smoking Prevents Pregnancy
A study found smoking can directly affect the uterus, making it more difficult
for an embryo to implant in the wall of the womb. Smoking cuts a woman's
chance of getting pregnant by damaging the womb lining. The study was published
in the journal Human Reproduction. Among heavy smokers who became pregnant,
the risk of a multiple pregnancy was higher, with 60 per cent expecting twins
compared to 31 per cent of the non-heavy smokers. Smoking is generally known
to reduce fertility and is linked to low birthweight babies.
Future smokers may be programmed in the womb to take up the habit later in
life. Scientists in Australia have discovered that children of women
who smoked during pregnancy were more likely to become smokers than other
youngsters. They suggest nicotine from cigarettes passes through the
placenta and may act directly on the developing brain of the unborn child.
The study is published in the journal Tobacco Control.
In addition to influencing the developing fetus, researchers have also shown
that heavy smokers have lower odds of becoming pregnant through IVF (in-vitro
fertilization), even with a donated egg, because smoking makes their womb
less receptive to the embryo and reduces the chances it will implant. Male
smokers are also more likely to suffer from impotence.
Don't Sit Upright for Hours
Back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability in much of
the developed world and is a leading cause of job-related absenteeism. By
using a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Scottish and Canadian
researchers have been able to show that sitting in an upright position places
unnecessary strain on the back. Sitting in this posture for hours at a time
can lead to chronic back pain say the researchers. The researchers say the
best position in which to sit at your desk is leaning slightly back, at about
135 degrees. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological
Society of North America (RSNA).
Anyone who earns an income (or receives alimony) can put money in an IRA.
Couples can also contribute money in an IRA for a non-working spouse. Each
person can put up to $4,000 in an IRA for the 2006 tax year, as long as your
contributions do not exceed your earned income. If you're 50 or older, you
can contribute an extra $500 for a total of $4,500. Each year, you have until
the April 15 tax filing deadline to make your IRA payment for the previous
There are two main types of IRAs: traditional and Roth. Each has its own
set of rules and offers different tax benefits.
As Americans, ever generous, are fond of saying when making a donation to
charity, “It’s deductible.” And thanks to this year’s changes in the tax
laws, there are new ways to save on taxes, as well as new limits on what
is deductible. A change that is attracting interest among older clients,
tax advisers say, allows people aged 701/2 or older to give up to $100,000
each to charities directly from their I.R.A.’s and take a deduction for the
gift without owing tax. That change came in the Pension Protection Act, which
President Bush signed on Aug. 17.
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(Joelina Hacket's recipes, from vegetarian.about.com)
INGREDIENTS:1/2 cup sugar, 3 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp
baking soda, 3 tsp ginger powder, 1/2 cup margarine, and 2 cups pureed pumpkin.
In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder,
baking soda and ginger). Cut in margarine, adding a bit at a time until mixed.
Add pumpkin and combine well. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough a
few times, pushing it into a large circle, a few inches thick. Cut
into 12 or so triangular pieces. Imagine you are cutting a pizza so that
you get even, triangular slices. Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or
Pumpkin pasta sauce recipe
INGREDIENTS: 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1/2 onion, diced, 2 tbsp olive oil,
1 cup vegetable broth, 3/4 cup soymilk, 1 1/2 cups pumpkin, canned or pre-cooked,
1 tsp sage, dash salt and pepper, or to taste, 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
or pine nuts (optional).
If using fresh pumpkin, rather than canned, puree in a blender first until
smooth. In a medium-sized pot or large frying pan, sautee garlic and onion
in olive oil 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add broth, soymilk, pumpkin
and sage. Stir gently to combine ingredients. Allow to simmer until flavors
are well combined, about 8-10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and walnuts or pine
nuts, stirring to combine, then remove from heat. Serve over cooked pasta
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Ingredients: ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup water, ½
cup orange juice, 1 package (12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and
drained, ½ cup dried apricots, diced, 2 tbsp crystallized ginger,
Combine water, juice and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; add
cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Remove from heat when most of the cranberries have
burst. Stir in apricots and ginger. Cool completely at room temperature.
Refrigerate until serving time.
1 onion, diced, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1 tbsp canola oil, 1 tsp salt, ½
tsp pepper, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1½ tsp ground cumin, ¾ tsp ground
coriander, 1 lb medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick, 1 bay leaf,
5 cups vegetable stock or water.
Heat oil over medium low heat in heavy Dutch oven. Add onion and garlic,
stir, add salt, pepper, sugar, cumin and coriander, and cook slowly 10 to
15 minutes until onions are translucent. Add carrots, rice, bay leaf and
stock or water and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
In a blender, puree soup in 2 or 3 small batches until soup is smooth and
carrots are fully pureed. Transfer processed soup into a large bowl as you
work, to make room for more soup in the blender. Return completed soup to
the Dutch oven over low heat. If the soup is too thick, add additional stock
or water, up to 1 cup, to achieve desired consistency.
Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Bring back to a simmer. Serve hot
with one of these great garnishes: a dollop of sour cream or crème
fraiche, a sprinkling of fresh herbs, or crumbled tortilla chips!
Vegan Low-Fat Chocolate
This vegan and low-fat cake recipe uses applesauce instead of eggs or oil,
making it nearly fat-free and guilt-free! Though its a little bit heavier
than other cakes, the generous amount of cocoa makes this vegan cake absolutely
Indulgent Vegan Raspberry
Chocolate cake with just a hint of raspberry and coffee flavor makes an impressive
dessert to serve for a special birthday or any occasion. You won't be able
to tell that this moist and delicious recipe is egg-free, dairy-free and
Quick and Easy Vegan Pineapple
Upside-Down Dump Cake
With just a few simple ingredients added to a basic yellow cake mix, this
pineapple-upside down "dump" cake is ready to pop into the oven in just two
minutes. Its called a "dump" cake because that's what you do! No mixing needed,
just dump the ingedients right into the cake pan! If you're vegan, be sure
to use a vegan cake mix, such as Duncan Hines.
INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 2 tbsp sugar,
approx 2 cups broccoli, chopped, 1 cup cashews, 1 cup raisins, salt and pepper,
In a small bowl, mix together the vegan mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar and
set aside (this is your dressing). In a separate large bowl, combine the
broccoli, raisins and cashews. Pour the dressing over the broccoli.
INGREDIENTS: 3 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 yellow onion, diced, 1/4 cup fresh ginger,
minced, 4 cups chopped and peeled carrots (about 1 1/2 pounds), 3 cups vegetable
broth, 1 1/2 cups orange juice, dash nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
In a large pot, sautee onions and ginger in olive oil until soft, about 3-5
minutes. Add carrots and vegetable broth and reduce heat to medium. Allow
to simmer for about 40 minutes, or until carrots are soft. Add orange juice
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