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Food

Food is any substance, usually composed of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and water, that can be eaten or drunk by an animal, including humans, for nutrition or pleasure. Items considered food may be sourced from plants, animals or other categories such as fungus or fermented products like alcohol.

AIDS/HIV and Coconut Oil

Can coconut oil reduce the viral load of HIV-AIDS patients? Initial trials have confirmed that coconut oil has an anti-viral effect that reduces the viral level in HIV-AIDS patients to undetectable levels, University of the Philippines' Emeritus professor of pharmocology Dr. Conrato S Dayrit said.
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MODERN MEAT: A PBS FRONTLINE DOCUMENTARY

Modern Meat: A PBS Frontline Documentary

April 18, 2002

It's as American as apple pie and vastly more popular.

The hamburger has become our national food: Americans eat more meat than any other people in the world, with the average person devouring three hamburgers a week. And with more meat available than ever before, today's beef costs 30 percent less than it did in 1970, making it that much more attractive to consumers looking for a quick, cheap meal.

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Soy Doesn't Ease Cancer Survivors' Hot Flashes

Fri Apr 12, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A soy drink appears to be no better than a placebo when it comes to relieving hot flashes in postmenopausal women treated for breast cancer, Canadian researchers report.

Women who have had breast cancer are discouraged from using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopausal symptoms, because the hormones can stimulate the growth of some types of breast cancer. And chemotherapy for breast cancer can exacerbate hot flashes and night sweats.

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Red Meat Gene Linked with Prostate Cancer

Wed Apr 17, 2002

By Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gene involved in digesting red meat is also highly active in cells taken from prostate cancer tumors--a finding that could lead to new dietary and chemical treatments to prevent the disease, researchers said on Wednesday.

Cells removed from prostate tumors showed a nine-fold increase in activity by a gene called AMACR as compared to healthy cells, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found.

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Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice Has More Vitamin C

Fri Apr 19, 2002

By Alan Mozes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Orange juice made from frozen concentrate can have higher levels of active vitamin C than ready-to-drink orange juice, researchers report. And once reconstituted, the vitamin in frozen juices may keep its potency longer.

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Fatty Acid Found in Fish Cuts Risk of Heart Deaths

April 8, 2002

Daily supplements of a fatty acid found in fish oil halves the risk of sudden death in heart attack survivors, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Previous research has found that eating oily fish such as tuna and salmon can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death caused by a particular type of irregular heartbeat. This study suggests fish-oil supplements, rather than dietary fish oil, could be a therapy without side effects for heart patients.

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

In alphabetical order - apples, bananas, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, oranges, and soybeans.

THE PERFECT FOOD FOR BABY HUMANS

Human breast milk provides everything for humans under the age of one year. Milk from a nursing mother is nature's perfect formula for infants.

For today's column, I compared some of the key elements of human breast milk (seven hundred grams) to one hundred grams of each of the magnificent plant foods.

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

In alphabetical order - apples, bananas, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, oranges, and soybeans.

THE PERFECT FOOD FOR BABY HUMANS

Human breast milk provides everything for humans under the age of one year. Milk from a nursing mother is nature's perfect formula for infants.

For today's column, I compared some of the key elements of human breast milk (seven hundred grams) to one hundred grams of each of the magnificent plant foods.

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A new way to spell relief

Contributing Editor: Health Sciences Institute, 4/3/2002

Far worse than the garden variety indigestion that we all endure every so often, dyspepsia is a chronic stomach pain with no clear cause - and no clear cure. Over the years, there have been many different schools of thought on treating it, and many different treatment approaches, both conventional and alternative. Now, Italian researchers are suggesting another way to treat dyspepsia that may surprise you.

Spicy condiment actually cuts indigestion symptoms in half

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Short-sightedness may be tied to refined diet

by Douglas Fox

The food children eat might play as big a role as books and computer screens when it comes to causing short-sightedness.

Diets high in refined starches such as breads and cereals increase insulin levels. This affects the development of the eyeball, making it abnormally long and causing short-sightedness, suggests a team led by Loren Cordain, an evolutionary biologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and Jennie Brand Miller, a nutrition scientist at the University of Sydney.

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