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Posts for: October, 2011

The most powerful tool you have for your health is your fork.  The World Health Organization statistics show that up to 80% of heart disease is preventable by a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Also, one third of all cancers can be controlled by what you eat and by not smoking! 

The American Heart Association’s latest recommendations include:

·         Diet rich in vegetables and fruits (7-9 servings -more veggies than fruit)

·         Choose whole grain, high fiber foods

·         Cut down on beverages and foods containing added sugars(corn syrup, sugars,            honey)

·         Limit intake of foods high in sodium (1500 mg, if over age of 50)

·         Eat fish at least twice per week

·         Limit saturated fat.  Choose lean meats and vegetable alternatives (i.e. soy), low fat           dairy

·         If you drink  alcohol, do so in moderation

The general recommendations of the 2007 World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research Diet and Cancer Report are:

·         Body Fatness– Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weights

·         Physical Activity– Be physically active as part of everyday life (at least 30                           minutes/day)

·         Food and drinks that promote weight gain – Limit consumption of energy-dense           foods.  Avoid sugary drinks.

·         Plant Foods – Eat mostly foods of plant origin

·         Animal Foods – Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat

·         Alcoholic Drinks – Limit alcoholic drinks

·         Preservation, Processing, Preparation – Limit consumption of salt.  Avoid moldy               cereals (grains) or pulses (legumes)

·         Dietary Supplements – Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet

·         Breastfeeding – Mothers to breastfeed, children to be breastfed

·         Cancer Survivors – Follow the recommendations for cancer prevention

Pick up that fork and start using it with the ‘right foods’ and get more active, whether it’s outside or on equipment and I’m sure you and your family will appreciate the HEALTHY benefits in the long run!

By rgberger50
October 16, 2011
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That's A Lot Of (Red) Bull


This week I am focusing on energy drinks - especially when consumed by children, adolescents and college-age adults. My attention was drawn to this issue by a recent review published in the journal Pediatrics (Seifert et al, Pediatrics, 127: 511-528, 2011).

Energy drinks are the fastest growing segment of the US beverage market, and half of all the energy drinks sold in the United States are consumed by children, adolescents and young adults (19-25 years old).

"What's the problem with energy drinks?" you might ask.

To begin with they are sweetened beverages and, as such, contribute to the obesity epidemic in this country.

However, a more pressing concern is the caffeine content of these beverages which can range from 70 mg to over 160 mg per serving - that's 3 to 5 times greater than the caffeine content of a typical cola drink.

And natural ingredients such as guarana, kola nut and yerbe mate are no better. For example, each gram of guarana supplies 40 to 80 mg of caffeine, and the biological potency of caffeine from guarana may be greater than the same amount of caffeine in a cola drink because it has a much longer half-life in the blood.

The large amount of caffeine in energy drinks is allowed only because of a loophole in our regulatory system.

The FDA limits the amount of caffeine that can be added to soft drinks because they are regulated as foods. Energy drink manufacturers get around those restrictions by classifying their drinks as dietary supplements.

And, of course, the problem isn't just the amount of caffeine in a single energy drink, it is that many children, adolescents and young adults drink more than one energy drink a day - in addition to soft drinks, coffee and other caffeine containing foods and beverages.

Adolescents in the US consume an average of 70-80 mg/day of caffeine, and some consume up to 800 mg/day.

That much caffeine can be a problem!

For adults 12.5 - 100 mg/day has mostly beneficial effects such as improved exercise endurance, alertness, reaction time and mood - especially if the individual is sleep deprived.

However, caffeine intakes of 135 - 400 mg/day can lead to anxiety, jitteriness and insomnia. And daily intakes above that can cause tremors, irregular heart beat, palpitations and nausea.

But that's just the average adult. Some adults and many children experience the adverse effects of caffeine at much lower doses.

That's a real concern because 28% of 12-14 year olds, 31% of 12-17 year olds, 34% of 18-21 year olds and 51% of college students report consuming one or more energy drinks on a daily basis. And to make matters even worse 54% of the college students regularly mix energy drinks with alcoholic beverages.

The health risks of high caffeine intake are not trivial. Poison control centers in the US and several other countries are reporting an upswing of children, adolescents and young adults admitted with seizures, agitation, psychotic conditions, tachycardia, cardiac dysrhythmias, high blood pressure, heart failure and even death due to overconsumption of energy drinks.

The message is simple:

Energy drinks have all of the disadvantages of soft drinks AND they have a much higher caffeine content.

While caffeine can serve as a simple pick-me-up if consumed in moderation, it can have serious health consequences if consumed in excess.

A word to the wise would be to add up the total amount of caffeine you - and especially your children - are consuming on a daily basis. If your total caffeine consumption exceeds 100 mg/day (50-70 mg/day for children depending on their age), you might want  to consider reducing your intake of energy drinks.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food
and Drug Administration. This information is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any

The above information is from Dr. Stephen Chaney

By rgberger50
October 10, 2011
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Question: What are dental sealants?

Answer: Dental sealants are tooth colored or clear shaded resin (plastic) material that gets applied and bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth in order to fill in the pits and groves of the teeth making them easier to clean (by making the grooves more shallow and smooth) and creates a barrier that makes them less likely to develop tooth decay.  Many adults and children have such deep groves, that the bristles of the toothbrush can't reach into them and clean out the food and plaque.  As this debris sits there, the acids and bacteria in the mouth continue to break down this food and make the enamel more porous and more likely to develop a cavity.  Sealants fill in these pits and grooves so the brush can do its job more easily.

By rgberger50
October 03, 2011
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Also called: Periodontal Disease

If you have gum disease, you're not alone.  About 80 percent of U.S. adults currently have some form of the disease.  It ranges from simple gum inflammation, called gingivitis, to serious disease that results in damage to the bone.

In gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen.  They can bleed easily.  Most people can reverse this with daily brushing and flossing and seeing their dentist regularly.  Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.  The gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that are infected.  If not treated, the bones, gums and connective tissue that support the teeth are destroyed.

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