VIDEO: Here’s a brilliant use of peanut butter…. to diagnosis early stage Alzheimer’s disease. According to University of Florida Health researchers, all you need is a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ruler.
Why Test Your Nose for Alzheimer’s?
The ability to smell is associated with your first cranial nerve (the olfactory nerve) which is one of the first parts of your brain to deteriorate in Alzheimer’s disease. This nerve is located in your temporal lobe and that’s also where new memories are formed. Being unable to capture new information and remember it later is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.
Why Peanut Butter?
Posted in Anti-Aging, Longevity, Men's Health, Women's Health
Tagged Alzheimer's disease, Anti-Aging, healthy living, Karen Owoc, Longevity, peanut butter, smell test, The Health Reporter
[Since it’s been over two and a half years since this UC Davis study was published and triclosan is still widely used, I am republishing this post from 8/21/2012.]
Due to an obsession with germs by Americans, antibacterial products have flooded the marketplace. Triclosan, introduced in the 1970’s, has become a popular antibacterial agent in consumer products.
Studies have raised the possibility that the overuse of triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, but new studies now attribute it to weakening cardiac and skeletal muscle contractility — a problem that can affect people with heart disease and heart failure.
Triclosan Use Due to the abundant use of triclosan in personal care products, triclosan levels in urine, blood and breast milk are on the rise. It’s used in everyday products, such as: Continue reading
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Tagged antibacterial products, calcium, cardiac care, deodorant, muscle contractions, muscle function, Skin Care, soap, triclosan
Do you often wonder if you smell? Are you one who NEVER leaves home without a heavy coat of deodorant under your armpits? If so, take note…
The ABC’s of B.O.
Being conscious of your stink factor starts early on in middle school. This is when you sit through the prepubescent talks about the inevitable biological changes that will soon take place, such as emitting a new and rather objectionable body odor.
Companies have used these classroom lessons as an opportunity to promote their deodorants by providing product samples and coupons to preteens. But unless you’re told otherwise, you probably assumed these products are safe.
Here’s what you need to know about minimizing your unique essence, deciphering deodorant ingredients, and being a smart consumer.
How Chemicals Enter Your Body
Hair follicles (small ducts containing the hair shaft) and sweat pores are open entryways to chemicals. Areas of the body that are particularly hairy (e.g., the underarms) and have higher concentrations of sweat pores (e.g., under the arm) are most easily penetrable by chemicals.
Once chemicals enter the body and penetrate the deeper layer of the skin, they’re distributed via the bloodstream where they may exert their effects far from the original point of entry. Transdermal patches are effective because they deliver medication through the skin and into the bloodstream.
“Safe” Until Proven Toxic
Deodorants (classified as cosmetics) are considered safe only until they’re proven toxic. Until a chemical is tested and evaluated for toxicity or if the results aren’t publicly available, current laws recognize the chemical as safe. Thousands of chemicals are considered “safe” because the government agencies cannot address the hazards associated with all of them. Continue reading
Posted in ♥ DAILY DOSE, Anti-Aging, Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Chemical Additives, Hair, Heart Health | Cardiac Rehab, Longevity, Men's Health, Skin Care, Women's Health
Tagged antiperspirant, body odor, Coumadin, coumarin, deodorant, FDA, hair follicles, Skin Care, sweat, tea tree oil, teenagers, warfarin
I love this infographic created by the Cleveland Clinic! Colorful guide on how to build a salad with lots of healthy layers…
Posted in Anti-cancer, Antioxidants, FOOD ED| NUTRITION, Heart Health | Cardiac Rehab, Heart Healthy, Longevity, Nutrients, Pescetarian
Tagged anti-inflammatory diet, antioxidants, Cleveland Clinic, greens, healthy living, healthy salads, heart healthy food, The Health Reporter
If you’re looking for a cracker for spreading your Nuttzo™ and Fiordifrutta™ or for diving into a bowl of Aubergine® Fire-Roasted Eggplant and Garlic Spread (my favorite!), I haven’t come across any that are healthier than Wasa® Flax Seed Crispbread.
One thing though… you can’t compare this cracker to a salty, buttery club cracker or any other cracker processed with oil and salt. In fact, you may even say Wasa® Flax Seed Crispbread tastes like ‘sawdust’. Yes, really. But don’t go away yet! Continue reading
Posted in Fit Finds, Longevity, Type 2 Diabetes, Weight Control
Tagged Alzheimer's disease, amyloid plaques, crackers, flaxseed, health and fitness, healthy, heart healthy, LDL, soluble fiber, Wasa Flax Seed Crispbread
Researchers are optimistic that they found a new way to predict Alzheimer’s disease. Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter, hosts this compact segment of health news in The Health Reporter Minute
More on Alzheimer’s disease: Fit Minute | Check Cholesterol for Alzheimer’s Risk.
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Tagged Alzheimer's disease, brain scan, cholesterol, healthy living, Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter, unhealthy cholesterol
If you think getting Alzheimer’s disease is a just a consequence of bad genes or bad luck, think again. Researchers suggest you could have some control over your getting the disease.
A UC Davis study revealed that healthy cholesterol levels not only keep your heart healthy, but your brain too. It is the first study to specifically link cholesterol to amyloid plaques in the brain of living human participants. Deposits of amyloid plaque (detected by a brain scan) are indicative of Alzheimer’s disease.
What is Amyloid Plaque?
Amyloid beta (or beta amyloid) is a protein necessary for normal brain activity. But, in the early stages of Alzheimers, this protein forms deposits, known as amyloid plaques, which disrupt communication between nerve cells in your brain. Continue reading
Posted in Anti-Aging, Heart Health | Cardiac Rehab, Lifestyle, Longevity
Tagged Alzheimer's disease, alzheimers, amyloid plaques, Anti-Aging, cholesterol, dementia, HDL, healthy cholesterol, LDL, memory loss, statin drug
If you’re trying to lose weight, join 69% of American men and women over the age of 20 who are also overweight or obese. Don’t fret. Here are 10 things you can do that’ll shed some pounds AND don’t involve walking on a treadmill, riding a bike, or running around the block.
Of these 10 things, how many do you do now? DO YOU…
☐ Stop eating when distracted by the TV, computer, phone, or a magazine/book?
☐ Eat on a smaller plate? Do you eat on a 9″ dish versus an 11-12″ hungry man dinner plate?
☐ Use smaller utensils or chopsticks and take smaller bites of food?
☐ Always sit down to eat?
☐ Chew slowly and steadily? Do you chew until your food has lost all of its texture or is liquefied?
☐ Finish chewing and swallowing completely before taking another bite of food? Continue reading
Posted in Longevity, Men's Health, Weight Control, Women's Health
Tagged diet, eat mindfully, eating habits, food, healthy habits, lose weight, obesity, overweight, weight control
Here’s the perfect companion to Nuttzo™ Seven Nut & Seed Butter! It’s Fiordifrutta™ Strawberries & Wild Strawberries Organic Fruit Spread made by Rigoni di Asiago®. I have been on the lookout for a high quality strawberry fruit spread for over 25 years and finally found a winner!
Fruit spreads (a.k.a. lightly sweetened puréed fruits), are a healthier alternative to sugary sweet jams and jellies. Fiordifrutta™ makes a fruit spread that is truly “all natural”, simple and delicious. This one contains:
- No high-fructose corn syrup
- No sugar
- No artificial sugar
- No artificial flavors or colors
- No preservatives
Ingredients: Strawberries*, apple juice*, wild strawberries*, pectin. *From organic farming. (Pectin is a soluble fiber found in plants and is used as a thickening agent in most jams and jellies.)
Compare some of the following ingredients in other brands. Notice the first and foremost ingredient: Continue reading
Posted in Fit Finds, FOOD ED| NUTRITION, Longevity, Organic
Tagged Fiordifrutta, fruit spread, Organic, organic fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, pesticide residue, Rigoni di Asiago, the dirty dozen
Untreated hypertension (high blood pressure) is the underlying cause of several life-threatening health conditions which can affect your heart, kidneys and other vital organs. It is known as the “silent killer” because there are often no warning signs or symptoms. Learn how your blood pressure can affect your eyes. (TRT: 01:01)
Posted in ♥ DAILY DOSE, Anti-Aging, Cardiovascular Health, FIT TV | VIDEOS, Longevity, TV | Health, TV | Heart Health, TV | Men's Health, TV | Women's Health, Type 2 Diabetes
Tagged blindness, cardiac risk factor, distorted vision, health, high blood pressure, hypertension, hypertensive retinopathy, Karen Owoc