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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Reading Nutrition Labels,Muscle Repair,and Silent Heart Disease

 Happy Holidays
203 mostly white women participated in a simulated grocery shopping experiment in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The participants were recruited to view computer images of 64 foods.  They were given a brief description about price and nutrition.  Meanwhile, unbeknown  to the participants, the researchers, with the use of an eye tracker device, measured how long they viewed the food image on a screen.  After they finished that part of the experiment, they were given a questionnaire about their shopping habits. The findings were: roughly a third of the participants reported that they usually look at calorie content on labels and about a third said the same for that content.  However, the eye tracking data show that only 9% of the participants looked at calorie content in roughly 80% of the items.  More participants viewed information at the top of the label where calories and fats are listed rather than the bottom, where there is information about sodium, sugar and vitamins.  The data suggested that the average consumer does not read the entire nutrition labels.
Do you know all the information that is listed on the labels of foods that you buy?  Do you have each product memorized, so you do not have to read the entire label?  You probably do not have time to read the entire label after all you because you just read the important stuff anyway.  We become what we eat, so be careful.

 A research study using mice was done to evaluate growing new muscle tissue with severe leg injuries. The scientists used a scaffold-like protein implant coded with reprogrammed human cells. Muscular injuries generally heal themselves, but scar tissue often blocks the repair of large-scale muscle injuries.  The results showed that the micro threads attached to mouse tissue at the wound edge became increasingly less visible as the wound filled in with new muscle fibers.  A significant increase in scar tissue was found in the non -implanted wounds compared with the implanted ones.  Full muscle function was near hundred percent in the implanted animals after 10 weeks compared with just over 50% in control group. I wonder if this procedure would be applicable to horses or humans.   Well, maybe one day we will find out?  Keep tuned.

From 1983 to 2001, cardiovascular risk factors were assessed in 1,287 brothers and sisters of patients who were hospitalized with heart disease from 699 Baltimore area families. The hospitalized patients had an average age of 46.5 and 67% were men.  None of the siblings who ranged in age from 30 to 59 years demonstrated symptoms of cardiac problems at the start of the study. These subjects were studied over the next 25 years, at five your intervals.  The findings revealed that a family history of premature heart disease showed that twice as many men as women exhibited signs of cardiac abnormalities.  Unfortunately, this disease is often clustered in at risk families, and prevention strategies for healthy siblings are lacking. Are you in a family at risk?  If you are, you might think about that and do something about it.

These studies were found in the Wall Street Journal, edition, Tuesday, December 13, 2011. As far as the third study goes, more and more information is coming out regarding this terrible killer-heart disease.  We know that prehistoric man did not die from heart disease but from infection.  So we have drugs to deal with infection effectively, but it is clear there is no drug substitute for physical activity.  We spend over $2 billion annually in gym memberships, and about $2 billion annually in workout devices for the home. That seems like a lot of money to me.

Let us work together to inspire our friends, family, and others to take better care of themselves.  That truly makes for a happy holiday.
"Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to dust."– Marcus Aurelius


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