A DJ Saved My Life

Remember the song A DJ Saved My Life? It was a stigma for women everywhere who had suffered heart break making them feel powerful and able to move on from a painful breakup.

It seems more and more there are songs we can relate to and we all swear that at one time of another, they have helped us through a painful period. For example, Cold Play sang of a love that was mutual; as in you love her, but she loves another and you think you may die from it. Somehow though, over time and after playing this song about 100 times a day for 2 weeks, you see the sun shining and change song on your iphod, but always will remember how it helped you whenever you hear it. http://www.buzzfeed.com/brettvergara/songs-that-can-actually-change-your-life

Shifting gears to a happy note, shall we talk about Happy by Pharrell? This song will make even the grinchiest of grinches get up and dance when they hear the melody. Zeca Oliveira notes that happy makes us remember that no matter how bad things seem, maybe it is not so bad when we can look at it from a different point of view. Thanks Pharrell!

Misplaced Your Keys Again? Check Your Blood Sugar

Many of the side effects of diabetes are already well known, but new data suggests there is a now another contender. In addition to potential neuropathy, blindness, and skin conditions, memory loss may also now be attributed to diabetes. Some forms of cognitive thinking, memorization, and problem solving skills may be hindered as a result of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Participants in a recently designed study were monitored over an extended period and tested according to their ability to perform specific functions. Surveys focused on brain activity that tends to decline with age or the advancement of other medical conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


The research conducted by the world renowned Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested a control group of more than 13,000 individuals to determine the affect diabetes has on reasoning skills and other cognitive functions. Initial results have confirmed that neurological affects have a positive correlation with diabetic conditions. Further investigations are being done both in this control group and through independent studies to confirm if prescription medications presently being used to control blood glucose levels have any bearing on the advancement of co-occurring side effects. Known as one of the greatest innovators of the times, Bruce Karatz probably uses techniques like completing puzzles, playing games, and other engaging in other learning objectives that are designed to increase memory capacity and reasoning functions to combat potential mental function decline. 

A Real ’50 First Dates’

You hear a lot of movies claim to be ‘Based on a True Story‘, but there are even more that not even Bruce Levenson knew were based on real life events – in some way, at least.

Have you heard the story about the lady who suffers a head injury and loses her memories everyday? If that sounds like the plot of a silly romantic comedy, that’s because it is. 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler is a fun movie, but nothing compares to a real life British woman who has coincidentally had this happen.

Michelle Philpots suffered two major head traumas in the past, and now those injuries have resulted in her memory being erased every night, much like Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. Instead of allowing this strange condition get them down, Michelle and her husband like to look at the bright side of things.

Every morning her husband has to remind her that they are married. Since she has known him before the accidents, she does remember meeting him. Michelle is happy that she gets to fall in love with her husband all over again every single day. She also enjoys never tiring of jokes or television repeats.

Michelle and her husband are a true testament to the power of love in any situation

Homeopaths in Canada Promoting Unproven Vaccine Alternatives

Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says there is a heavy debate among some parents about the dangers of vaccinations. Some parents eschew the vaccinations on the belief that injecting their children with mild strains of a virus can cause adverse side effects. This has led to homeopaths offering alternative treatments as substitutes for vaccines. Health Canada is concerned about this growing trend because the alternative treatments do not have a proven record of being effective. One of the more popular alternatives to the standard measles vaccination are “nosodes”. Nosodes are formed from diseased excretions or tissues which have been diluted to the point that the original substance is undetectable. The premise is that the cells still have a “muscle memory” if you will for how to react to the foreign virus. By taking the nosodes, the body is trained to react to the virus without having to be injected by a mild viral strain in order to develop antibodies. 

Health Canada is not disputing the right of homeopaths to offer health tips or counsel. However, they are concerned that well-intentioned parents are weighing their options based on solutions that have no scientific basis. Any vaccination alternative sold in Canada must be labeled as such with a disclaimer as to its effectiveness. That said, homeopaths are not required to make that disclosure. In cases where they are preparing the treatment for a patient, the disclaimer may never be shared. Thus far, vaccine-preventable diseases remain rare in Canada meaning that homeopaths haven’t inadvertently triggered an epidemic among those eschewing vaccinations.

CDC Finds Percentage of US Smokers Has Declined

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) released a study published Wednesday in the organization’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report saying that smoking cigarettes in the US has dropped to its lowest level. As of 2013, 17.8 percent of US adults or 42.1 million people were “current cigarette smokers.” The CDC defined “current cigarette smoker” if they had smoked at least 100 cigarettes during their life time and if they smoked every day or every few days at the time of the interview.

The CDC got their data from the National Health Interview Survey, an annual in-person survey conducted with a representative sample of adults who aren’t in the military or institutions. The data show that not only are fewer Americans smoking, but the smokers are smoking fewer cigarettes. The percentage of current smokers who smoke daily fell from 2005’s 80.8% to 2013’s 76.9%. Even those smokers are smoking less. In 2005, the average daily smoker smoked 16.7 cigarettes a say. By 2013, that figure had dropped to 14.2 cigarettes a day.

Brad Reifler says the study also found demographic differences between smokers and non-smokers. Smokers were more likely to be multi-racial or Native American and less likely to be of Asian descent. Smokers tended to be live in the South or Midwest and were most likely between 25 and 44 years old.

The researchers noted that they did not include cigar or other forms of tobacco use in their study. These forms of smoking had not shown any signs of decline, and had even increased in some populations. 

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off: It’s Actually Very Straightforward

There is no shortage of advertisements in the back of magazines or online that scream about “the secret to weight loss” or a “miracle weight loss pill.” In a culture increasingly obsessed with appearances and access to a twenty four hour news cycle, it can be difficult to sort out what is real and what might be someone’s opinion.

With the rise of obesity and obesity related illnesses in the United States, it is becoming more and more important that citizens understand the facts about how to properly lose weight and keep it off. The truth is that there is no one miracle pill or miracle diet that works for everyone.

However, basic science has revealed some tried and tested truths that are widely applicable today. Being goal oriented with reasonable expectations is a good place to start mentally, and that is a big key for Igor Cornelsen as he continues to stay healthy. Actual weight loss amounts to calories consumed and calories exercised.

Autism And Genetics

The population of people affected by Autism is stupendously increasing and now newly published research has revealed a strong genetic component.
People affected by autism often display different symptoms or behaviors. Some people with the diagnosis appear awkward but fully integrated into society with passing grades in their classes and/or fully functioning members of society with jobs and responsibilities. While others, more several affected, are non-communicative, display anti-social behavior and basic living skills tend to be difficult to accomplish. This has lead researchers to question why such a broad spectrum of severity.
New studies have taken genetics and identified people with autism through there DNA results, rather than their apparent symptoms. As a result, research identified more than 200 mutated genes linked to autism and have been able to begin the process of further testing, evaluating, and monitoring in hopes of finding a common link.
While scientists all agree there are more questions than answers, they all concur finding a genetic link has enabled progression in understanding, providing treatment, and possibly some day, preventing autism.

Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

As far back as 1935 this condition once called, the Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, named after two American gynecologists who discovered the syndrome, has prevented fertility in women trying to conceive. Cysts are formed on the follicles of the ovaries and thought to reduce a woman’s chances of conceiving.

At first it was thought that the cysts themselves were causing the syndrome but now it is thought to be hormonal problems dysregulation by the hypothalamus.  When checked on a sonogram a woman with the condition will usually have larger ovaries and a string of cysts across them that looks like a string of pearls. Although no cysts are found in some cases.

One problem with honing down the actual cause is because so many factors come into play Keith Mann has emphasized in the past. Women with insulin resistance become obese storing more fat than is necessary for the body causing obesity. Almost half the women with Poly=Cystic Ovarian Syndrome are obese so this is just another aspect needed to be studied.

With Hormonal dysregulation the pituitary gland creates a hormone that just like insulin does, releases androgens in the ovaries that are like male hormones. These hormones lower progesterone levels and cause a thick uterus lining to build up. Causing a danger of endometrial cancer. Women experiencing fertility problems due to hormonal dysregulation should have this condition checked out. More study needs to be done in this area of infertility.

Eat Yogurt To Reduce Type II Diabetes Risk

Many secondary diseases have popped up in the United States alongside the obesity epidemic. Heart disease and diabetes are on the rise with the increase in overweight and obese individuals in this country. With extra weight, comes higher blood pressure and higher cholesterol levels, both of which lead to heart disease. Also hand-in-hand with extra weight is insulin resistance and higher blood sugar levels. This leads to type II diabetes. The risk of developing both of these diseases can be greatly reduced by simply losing weight.

While losing weight is the best defense against fighting heart disease and diabetes, a new study has suggested that by simply consuming a daily serving of yogurt, as Terry Richardson has been known to do, an individual can cut their risk of type II diabetes by 18 percent. Scientists were unable to decipher exactly what it is in the yogurt that helps to stave of this disease, but they did note that the effects were not the same in other dairy products. The results were only noticed when subjects in the study ate yogurt. Most would agree with Terry Richardson in saying how awesome to know that by simply adding a serving of yogurt to your daily diet, you are fighting off the potential of a type II diabetes diagnosis.

The Color of Your Urine Could Be Key to Your Health

The color of your urine could be telling you something. Did you know that foamy urine could mean you have a kidney problem? Or that orange urine could mean you aren’t drinking enough water?

It is important, however, that if you notice any significant change in your urine that you let your doctor know. It could mean more than you think. A change in urine color can be attributed to different causes. Medication and vitamins for instance, are things that can cause a change in urine color. Other changes can indicate pathologies, and Ben Shaoul points to these examples:

Clear – You are drinking a lot of water.
Light Yellow Urine – You are normal and well hydrated.
Dark Yellow – Amber – Honey – You are very likely fine but starting to become dehydrated.
Syrup/Brown Ale – You could have liver disease.

The list goes on in this study about urine that was conducted by the Cleveland Clinic. They joke about purple urine and say that it doesn’t exist. The Mayo Clinic study disagrees and says it is indicative of pathology as well.  There are more definitive tests your doctor can conduct to determine just was causing the discoloration of your urine.