Alternative Medicine News – December 3, 2012

Life Extension Foundation
Weight Lifting Lowers Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is dangerous.

Why? Because it is what happens before type 2 diabetes shows up. Diabetes makes heart disease and other serious health problems more likely.

The best way to avoid these problems is to prevent them. Now research shows that lifting weights has a very real effect on reducing the chance of metabolic syndrome.

In fact, they found weight lifters had a 37% lower incidence of the disease.

Of course there are other benefits to weight lifting… stronger bones, better muscle tone and even clearer thinking. Now you can add one more to the list.

You can get the details on the Life Extension web site here.

Diet and Exercise Reverses Leptin Resistance – That Means Better Health

Leptin, is a little known hormone. It plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy use.

It may also be one of the most important hormones in your body to determine your health and lifespan. Insulin is another, and the two work in together.

Both insulin and leptin resistance are associated with obesity. And as you know, obesity contributes to almost all chronic degenerative diseases.

Recent research shows that the simple steps of exercise and eating well can reverse leptin resistance. has the exact info. You can read more here.

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Whooping Cough: The Return of an Epidemic?

How long has it been since you heard someone having whooping cough?

But whooping cough is back—with a vengeance. It is affecting both children and adults This year will likely see the highest number of victims in any year since 1959.

This is scary news, because whooping cough isn’t just any old cough. It’s a serious disease that can cause severe complications. These include brain damage, permanent seizures and even death. These side effects can happen to people of any age, though babies under age one are at greatest risk.

Bottom Line Health tells you why there’s been a spike—and how you can protect yourself. See the story here.

Harvard School of Public Health
One Soda a Day Raises Stroke Risk 83%

You hear all the time that moderation is the best approach to health.

Now there is evidence that you might want to be more moderate than you think when it comes to sodas.

In a study of 40,000 people that lasted over 18 years, there was a clear connection of soda drinking with strokes. The difference was 83% higher stroke risk. Other studies have had similar results.

And don’t think you can escape by drinking diet soda. The odds of a stroke still are higher.

The Newsmax Health web site has the details. You’ll find the article here.

Harvard School of Public Health
The Pervasiveness of GMOs in Medicines and Supplements

There’s a lot of controversy around GMO foods.

Some studies have shown that they cause birth defects and lower life span in animals. The jury is still out about their effects on humans.

Because of that many people want to avoid GMO foods when possible. That’s hard enough since many GMO foods are not labeled.

But there is another, more sneaky source of GMOs. They also show up in medicines and supplements. And you can bet that they aren’t labeled there.

For example, 99% of vitamin C in commercial supplements comes from GMO corn. Yikes! And GM soy is a common source of vitamin E.

The Waking Times web site tells more. You can see it all here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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