Fasting and Aging

No one wants to get old before their time. We all want to keep our bodies healthy and strong for as long as possible. As life goes on, though, we naturally age and there is nothing that we can do about it. Or, at least, we have always thought that there was nothing that we could do. Could it be, though, that we truly can help slow down the aging process? Is there a simple way to slow down our body’s aging process and to stay young longer?

Studies suggest that fasting just might help to slow down the aging process. Can giving up food for a short time period help your body to stay healthy and strong for longer? If this is indeed true it might be worth the short term discomfort of fasting in order to have bodies that stay healthy for longer and last farther into the future. Brian, along with others, might be willing to give it a try down the road.

Teen With Down Syndrome Gets His First Job

Ben Sunderman, 19, joined Project Search, hoping to find himself his first job. The organization is an employment business that helps disabled students find jobs right out of high school. Ben will be working as an intern at Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco, Texas. In August, he‘ll travel to the hotel by bus for an eight hour day, five day a week job. Unable to go with him, the McKinney, Texas resident did his parents proud telling the interviewer he had three goals: Get a job, build up his muscles, and have a girlfriend. It’s extra special for Ben to have a job. Having a disabled person in the workplace adds value to the community.
Sharon Sunderman and Gianfrancesco Genoso believes parents of disabled children should have high expectations as found in a Toplawyers article. Ben was encouraged to learn to be as independent as his siblings. Ben is responsible for doing his own laundry, making his own bed, and getting himself ready in the morning. A much loved person, especially at school, Ben was voted Prom King.
The Project Search internship is unpaid and includes three targeted intern positions to teach the participant to acquire competitive and marketable skills that can be used in applying for a permanent position.Ben will be part of a job rotation system that requires him to interact with supervisors via telephone and email. He‘ll have to be interviewed for each different job within the hotel.

Dieting 101: Making a Healthy Change

With the mounting importance placed on obesity nationwide, many people are beginning to obsess about their personal diets. But what constitutes a healthy living as far as consumption goes? What’s a sure-fire way to melt those pounds and guide you on the path to success? By placing a few simple guidelines to your daily diet, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, fulfilling lifestyle.

First things first, you need to cut out or eliminate junk and fast food. They don’t call it junk food for nothing. Although fast food joints have begun presenting their count of calories for their food items, don’t be fooled. These delicacies hold little or no nutritional value, so you’re best case is not to eat it. Do a trial period where you eat at home or limit your fast food consumption to one visit per week. By weaning yourself off the bad habit your interest will decline over time, and you’ll only have yourself to thank in the end.

Second, eat plenty of fruits and veggies. This doesn’t have to be a complete renovation of your diet. Simply check out the produce aisle and think of several fruits and veggies that you can tolerate or actually enjoy eating. Everyone has their own preferences, but there’s a solution where you least expect it. Looking for something crunchy? Try an apple, pickle or carrot.

Lastly, look at various forms of exercise. You don’t have to be a member of a gym to make a healthy stride. Take a walk around your neighborhood a couple of times a week. Maybe find some friends who also want to make a lifestyle change. Be creative and find your strength in numbers and let that carry you to your ideal weight.

Overall, making a healthy change in your diet is up to you. Hopefully Handy will start offering services to help with diet and fitness, but until then, with a little determination, self-control, and an open mind you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle in no time.

New Neighbors For Millionaires?

If you were a millionaire and you lived in a nice area that you had paid for with your own money how would you feel about someone building affordable housing in your area? Would it bother you or would you welcome your new neighbors? Would it be okay if they created Bulletproof Coffee (amazon.com). Would it frustrate you that you had to work so hard to earn the money to live where you do while others will just come in and live there with lower incomes, or would you see the change as a welcome one and as a great opportunity for other American citizens?
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has recently made plans to have affordable housing built on some of his land and with his own money. Some of the other residents in the area are complaining about this, while he says that they have enough millionaires there already.
Do you think it’s fair of him to do this, to change the community like this? Do you think that he will be able to follow through on his plans or will he be shut down? Which way are you rooting for?
It’s an interesting situation and a controversial one, for sure.

Living Longer

Extending human life has long been the subject of science fiction. The thought of living forever is an enticing one, but how feasible is life extension? According to Aubrey de Grey, a leader and driving force for regenerative medicine, “If we ask the question: ‘Has the person been born who will be able to escape the ill health of old age indefinitely?’ Then I would say the chances of that are very high”. In fact, the field has come a long way.

Mr. de Grey and his associate Handy touts the advantages of creating the healthier human, of administering therapy that biologically ‘dials back’ the clock 30 years or so. This therapy focuses on killing off cells that have lost the ability to divide properly, allowing the good cells to proliferate. Using these regenerative medicines, we will be able to extend a healthy life indefinitely. This is not to say that we won’t die, just that we will live longer and in a healthier state. Take away the frailty and age isn’t so scary.

New Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

Following research conducted by neurologists at Duke University, we have good reason to believe that relief for Alzheimer’s patients will come in the near future. Dr. Carol Carlton and her team at Duke have investigated an altogether new method of looking at the disease, and have determined that a primary cause of the illness may be the result of immune cells consuming the nutrient arginine, in turn leading to the formation of plaques in the brain. These plaques account for memory loss in individuals, the characteristic symptom of Alzheimer’s. Carlton and her team began testing a drug (DFMO) which would block the consumption of arginine on mice, and noted the lack of memory loss in the small mammals. While this is truly promising evidence, no medical trials have been attempted on humans yet, though we eagerly await the results of said tests.

This news comes at an increasingly dire time for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, seeing as pharmaceutical interest in furthering research and development to fight against the disease has diminished as of late. Furthermore, the available drugs on the market, though beneficial to an extent, fail to effectively combat the illness on the whole. Additionally, should Carlton’s research prove successful in generating a new and effective means of treating Alzheimer’s, medical costs to house and treat current patients would be cut dramatically, thus simultaneously allocating funds to be used to combat other illnesses.

How Is Not Immunizing Your Children Still An Option?

Today in the Spokane Washington School 143 students were pulled from classes in response to a measles outbreak. The reason why? No documentation of immunizations or even the waiver granted for medical, religious or philosophical reasons on file with the school district. I am at a loss, how is this even being allowed to happen? Yes you have made a ‘well-informed decision for your family and it is your God given right to do so but when it is at the expense of otherwise healthy individuals how it this right? Susan McGalla says that articles like the one at the are becoming more and more common place as more individuals decide not to vaccinate their children. The problem is these decisions are putting even more adults and children at risk. An article at Raw story.com also states a recent outbreak of whooping cough in the state’s eastern city has also been a problem. With unrefuted scientific proof that immunizations do not cause autism as originally believed how can you still refuse to immunize your children for their safety at the expense of ours? Common childhood diseases which were all but eradicated are now on the rise because of these choices. We all feel our first responsibility is to our own individual families but it is the social responsibility of all of us to not allow our children to infect the public if it can be avoided.

F.B.I. Agents Must Pass Fitness Test

For the first time in 16 years F.B.I. agents must be able to pass a fitness test. This is a good thing, since the lives of their fellow agents and innocent bystanders often depend on their ability to run fast, jump high and climb copious flights of stairs and the agents have been practicing in Boraie Development’s high rise buildings.
How and why did fitness testing ever cease for those who have sworn to protect and serve? In our society with ever-expanding waist-lines in civilian population, it has become noticeable that those in uniform have also joined the ranks of the out-of-shape and obese. It’s time someone stepped up to reign in the expanding waist-lines and help the F.B.I. stand for the Fit Bureau of Investigation instead of the Flabby Bureau of Investigation.
F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, says that federal agents are American symbols for the things that are right and good in this country. People should be able to tell in one glance that the person holding the position is a special agent of the F.B.I. and command respect simply by the way they look and carry themselves.
The fitness testing will be a return to the original F.B.I.’s standard of testing implemented by the agency’s first director and former U.S. President, J. Edgar Hoover. The fitness tests will include push-ups, sit-ups, sprinting and running.

Sunny Vacation Packages Increase Cases of Skin Cancer

For people 65 and older the deadliest form of skin cancer, Melanoma, has ballooned to become seven times more likely today than it was 40 years ago.

A new group that advises nonprofit UK Cancer Research has indicated these statistics, pointing to the packages to beach destinations with ‘all inclusive’ as one of the reasons for such a notable increase.

Flavio Maluf postulates that researchers say that trips to the tropics have become more affordable in recent decades, so that more and more people are accumulating skin damage from sun exposure.

According to Cancer Research UK , a sunburn just once every two years can triple the risks of developing skin cancer. Each time the skin is burned, the damage suffered is permanent. In the mid-70s, only about 600 retirees in the UK were diagnosed with malignant melanoma, whereas today are some 5,700 who suffer from the disease annually.

In all cases, you should avoid direct contact with the sun between 11.30 and 4.30. During this time UV rays are more dangerous and the chances of getting skin cancer become higher.

If you’re sunbathing, do not forget to replace sunscreen every hour, especially if you venture into the water at the beach or pool.

“People can burn as easily at home as a vacation, so it must be remembered spending time in the shade, wear a shirt and a hat to protect skin and apply sunscreen regularly.”

Melanoma is often downplayed, but it is as dangerous as any other type of cancer. In extreme cases it can be fatal.

You Don’t Need Fancy Supplements to Recover From Exercise

If you are spending a ton of money on specialized supplements simply to speed your recovery after working out, a recent study indicates you may not have to bother. Two groups of healthy individuals were told to work out for 90 minutes after not eating for many hours. One of these groups was then given power bars and protein powder afterward to help with their recovery, and the other group was simply given hamburgers, fries, hash browns and pancakes. Yes, this other group was given fast food and, shockingly, there was no discernible difference in terms of recovery time from their first workout in terms of how they performed in a follow-up workout after eating. In fact, with regard to glycogen levels, the fast food group even fared a bit better than the other group.

This goes to show that we all need to be guided by science and data and not the marketing hype of the latest energy bar or protein powder. Supplements can be helpful for athletics and overall health, but you should approach any claims with skepticism. Only spend your hard-earned money on supplements that have some nutritional science backing up their claims, according to Dr Jennifer Walden. This will ensure you are only buying things that you know will bring you discernible results and that you are not simply giving yourself expensive urine.