Monthly Archives: August 2010

Healthy Ginger Zucchini Cupcakes (via Daily Crave)

Try this excellent and healthy recipe for your family. It has ginger, whose qualities I have raved about in a previous article, and zucchini, which I shall be researching in more detail later but is a nutritious vegetable.

Ginger Zucchini Cupcakes with an Orange-Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting If you're anything like me, right around this time of year you begin to get the Autumn itch.  The nights are slowly evolving into a cool calm, the scent of the outside air begins to change, and the anticipation for the fall festivities ahead has you wound up with total excitement! What better way to transition into the best time of year, than to unite the two worlds of summer and spice in this delicious cupcake.  My father in-law graciously gifte … Read More

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Corn syrup linked to Pancreatic cancer

Recent scientific research shows that corn syrup intake is linked to Pancreatic cancer.

Corn syrup is a cheap substitute sweetener for sugar. Hence, money saving industries have replaced corn syrup where expensive sugar had been used previously. The consumer may be clueless because the drink or food tastes just as sweet or sometimes sweeter than before.

Humans have only one pancreas. If you lose it, you lose you lose your quality of life. Humans have two kidneys and two lungs and two eyes; so when you lose one you can continue with the other. You have only a single pancreas.

You may want to check your drink or food and see if corn syrup is listed in the ingredient list. Then pause and ask if you have to eat or drink this and raise your risk of pancreatic cancer. There are many food and drink options that are not cheaply substituting sugar with corn syrup. Choose that option. You may find it makes you feel healthier too.

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Broccoli and Osteoarthritis

The most common type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis (OA). The second most common type is Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis has drugs that may ease the pain and slow progression of the disease but it cannot be prevented. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, can be prevented but currently, there are no drugs to treat this condition. Both effect more women than men. Generally, it is common in more older women than older men, but this difference tapers of with increasing age.

Broccoli Florets

Dr. David Felson, MD MPH of Boston University has published 140 papers on this subject. His research on Osteoarthritis has been funded with National Institute of Health (NIH) peer – reviewed funding. He is optimistic that Osteoarthritis is preventable with long – term life – style changes. Unfortunately, there are no drugs to treat Osteoarthritis right now.  Pain killers are prescribed to deal with the pain but they have their own side reactions.

Dr Felson says that losing weight is one way to prevent OA. Even if you are of normal weight, losing a little more weight to become thin can actually benefit, and is especially good for the knees. Eating Vit K rich and Vit C rich food and raising exposure to Vit D can also be preventive. One such food suggested is Broccoli. Exercise such as joining the gym and doing yoga is very helpful in both losing weight and keeping the joints in motion. Physical therapists may be able to advice on very effective exercises to not only prevent development of OA but to alleviate the pain from OA without using pain killers.

For easy Broccoli recipes try easy and healthy Paula Dean’s site. Also, you may try this delicious steamed broccoli with a hint of garlic.

Research may reveal genetic biomarkers to identify which segment of the population is most likely to develop OA and then they could begin preventive processes earlier specifically for prevention of OA. In the meantime, exercise for fun and prevention, lose weight, eat Vit K rich foods like Broccoli and increase exposure to Vit D by taking every opportunity to step outside and stretch.

Since there is no current therapy, surgery is the only resource but effective. Stem cell research is showing promise in building cartilage.

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