LOW FOLIC ACID LINKED TO ALZHEIMER'S
Folic acid is important for normal development of the brain and the nervous system. Pregnant women are advised to take supplements of folic acid in order to prevent problems with the developing brain in the fetus. According to this study, this nutrient may be important for the brains of the adults as well.
Thirty nuns have participated in the long-term study of Alzheimer's disease. At the time of their death, about half had brain changes characteristic of this condition and they also had much lower levels of folic acid than the nuns without Alzheimer's disease. The researchers have found no correlation between Alzheimer's and any other nutrients measured in blood samples.
It does not mean that folic acid supplements will definitely prevent Alzheimer's disease and additional research into this matter will be helpful. However, since folic acid is important for the immune system, formation of blood cells, prevention of heart disease and many other normal functions, it is a good idea to take at least 400 mcg of this nutrient daily, especially if you are pregnant.
SOURCE: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000;71:993-998.
A REMEDY FROM 2,000 B.C.
Holding one nostril closed inhale and exhale slowly and deeply. Then hold the opposite nostril closed, inhale and exhale deeply. This breath is often done in preparation for deep relaxation or meditation. You will notice that usually one or the other of the nostrils is more open. If you breath on a small hand mirror, the patch of mist from one nostril will be larger than from the other. The ancient practitioners of Yoga in India were aware of the significance of this and employed this knowledge to enhance health and consciousness. Western science did not notice this phenomena until the 1800's. It has been found recently, through the application of current neuro-science, that the practice of alternate nostril breathing helps to balance the right and left emispheres of the brain.
10 to 12 repetitions, 2 to 3 sessions/day.
10 to 12 repetitions, 4 to 6 sessions/day.
Start slowly and build up to 15 to 20 repetitions, 8 to 10 sessions per day or up to even 100 repetitions in a single session.
Getting started: 10 to 12 repetitions, once or twice per day. Notice that this method is very quieting.
SEXUAL CONCERNS OF WOMEN NOT ALWAYS ADDRESSED
According to a survey of almost 1,500 women, many of them are concerned about sexual issues, yet most hesitate to discuss them with their doctors. Most common concerns are: lack of interest in sex (87%), difficulty achieving orgasm (83%), inadequate lubrication (75%), pain during intercourse (71%), unmet sexual needs (67%) and a need for more information about sexual issues (63%). Overall, women with the highest levels of education had the most concerns, married women had less than single, and the oldest women had the least. The authors think that doctors should initiate the discussion of these issues with their female patients, because most of them are unlikely to do it themselves.
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GINSENG HELPS REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR
Ginseng is an herb with many amazing properties. According to this study, it can also help regulate blood sugar after a meal. Patients with type II diabetes (non-insulin dependent) and non-diabetic adults were given either ginseng or placebo 40 minutes before a meal or while eating. After a meal, sugar levels were measured every 15-30 minutes for 2 hours.
Blood sugar always goes up after a meal. In people without diabetes it returns back to normal within 2 hours, while remaining high for 2-3 or more hours in patients with diabetes.
Ginseng taken either before or during the meal has significantly lowered blood sugar in diabetics. In non-diabetics, it worked only when taken 40 minutes before a meal. If you have diabetes, especially if you are taking medications, show this study to your doctor and see what he/she thinks about adding ginseng to your program.
SOURCE: Archives of Internal Medicine 2000;160:1009-1013.
THERE IS NO NEED FOR ROUTINE EPISIOTOMIES
Episiotomy is a procedure that doctors use during childbirth. It involves cutting the tissue between the vagina and the anus in order to enlarge the opening and is thought to improve the outcome of delivery, both for the baby and the mother. Doctors believe that episiotomy will reduce the risk of brain damage in the baby and prevent the damage to mother's pelvic muscles, reducing the risk of incontinence and prolapse.
However, according to this study, there is no factual basis for this belief and, in fact, the procedure may do more harm than good. "It is clear that episiotomy is a major contributor to trauma, pain, and suffering" for the mother. No studies have ever demonstrated any problems with the brain function of children born without episiotomy. Studies of women who did not have this procedure showed that they have stronger pelvic muscles and less frequent incontinence.
The authors indicate that episiotomy does speed up the delivery and saves time for physicians, but this is hardly a good reason to subject the mother and the baby to this unnatural treatment. After all, women have somehow managed to give birth long before the gynecologists have invented this procedure.
A WORD OF CAUTION
Any practices or advice given in this publication are not intended to replace the services of your physician, or to provide an alternative to professional medical treatment.