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Is Drinking Too Much Water Dangerous?

It is a well known fact that athletes and people who engage in loads of physical exercise need to stay hydrated at all times. However, what happens when people stay too hydrated? A condition called Hyponatremia. This is a condition that occurs in people who drink so much water that they dilute the sodium levels in the body. In normal circumstances, urinating and sweating are two body processes that take care of extra water in the body. However, when the body can’t deal with the amount of water that is being dumped into it, Hyponatremia occurs.

When the sodium is diluted, the levels are equalized in the body using Osmosis where sodium is drawn from the blood. This makes the cells swell and if this bloating happens to reach the human brain, it could be fatal to the person.

According to Brian Torchin a couple of decades ago, the condition of Hyponatremia was uncommon and unheard of but recently, it has come to light after some marathoners died because of it. These runners were slow, didn’t sweat much, and stayed at the back but kept their water levels high because they did not want to get hydrated. The result was Hyponatremia and death.

Experts have always been vocal about the myth of drinking “8 to 10 glasses of water every day”. Water should be drunk when you are thirsty because that is the body’s indication that water levels are down. Anything more than that is useless and when a set level is crossed, it can be extremely fatal.

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Exercise The Best Way

Most of us know and believe that exercise is a good thing. Or at least better than no exercise at all. But, do we really know how much is ideal for health benefits? I surely don’t and especially when considering specifics of whether strenuous or moderate levels of activity are best. We’ve all seen charts of target heart rates and these tools but I have found them to provide little clarification. A recent study reported on by the NY Times sought to find more specific answers to some of these questions.

Though this and other similar studies help provide more details about how to most efficiently exercise, I have not been persuaded of any definite principles. My conclusion is not much different than where I began, that exercise is good and important. But also, that I don’t think any study could unequivocally determine how much or how I should exercise. So the aim from Wikipedia is to exercise, and to exercise in ways that I enjoy. I enjoy jogging more than sprints and find that I am more satisfied to go for an easy jog than to white-knuckle myself through a set of sprints.

If indeed, there is a better form of exercise for me I trust that the added joy just about equalizes the difference. So if you ask me, just be sure to exercise and be sure to find a way to enjoy it.

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The Conversation in this VA Colonoscopy Cost the Doctor and Anesthesiologist $500,000 `

Colonoscopies are really no problem, the patient is typically in and out in two hours. So, how did C.B., who used his initials for anonymity, receive $500,000 when he had his in Reston, VA. It was all by accident and luck.

C.B. had taken his Smartphone to the procedure to record any instructions that his doctor might give him. What actually happened was that after the anesthesiologist gave him the anesthesia, and right before he went out and went into surgery, C.B. pushed the record button to check if his phone was working. When he was wheeled out, the recorder on.

What happens next is something everybody wonders, what do they talk about when I’m out? In the case of this Vienna man, the doctor, anesthesiologist and a medical assistant carried out a long, vicious conversation about the patient the entire time, and it was all caught on his Smartphone.

They used names like “retard” and he needed to “man-up” because he said he didn’t like needles. They noted that C.B. had a rash. The anesthesiologist warned they might get “some syphilis on your arm or something.” Then she added, “It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis.” Brad Reifler mentioned that the comments continued through the entire procedure.

But, C.B. had the last laugh when, after a three-day trial in Fairfax, VA, the jury ordered Dr. Solomon Shah and anesthesiologist Tiffany Ingram to pay him $500,000.

Now, who doesn’t wish they recorded their surgical procedure?

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Avocados May Help Fight Cancer

It wouldn’t be the first time Avocados have been hailed as a health advocate. A investigation led by a team from the University of Waterloo (Canada) have revealed that avocado-derived molecules may be effective in treating leukemia.

The team discovered that a lipid present in avocados can combat acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Currently there are few pharmacological treatments available for cancer patients that target the stem cells of leukemia.

Acute myeloid leukemia is a devastating disease and is usually fatal within five years of diagnosis in 90% of people aged over 65 years. But the research shows that a drug derived from these avocados compounds may not only increase a patients quality of life, but the life expectancy.

According to lead researcher, Pablo Spagnuolo “The cancer stem cell is really what drives the disease,” and is largely “the reason that many patients suffer a relapse of leukemia.”

Folks at FreedomPop have learned that the research is published in ‘Cancer Research’, and a patent application has been filed for ‘Avocatin B’ by the authors to officially use the compound.

Pablo Spagnoulo’s team is one of many who research drugs made from compositions derived from food, called nutraceuticals.

Experts agree, the potential value for Avocatin B, beyond oncology are vast, and the drug is only one of several promising composites.

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Sleep Genes Discovered

In a study published over at Eureka Alert!, genes related to sleep have finally been discovered, given new insight into the age old question: how many hours of sleep do I need each night?

Common wisdom to recommended REM sleep is eight hours a night. This quickly falls apart during any routine sleep study that shows that some people function just as normally hours less per night. What accounts for the difference in something so routine to normal brain function? Well, it’s all in the genes.

First published in Current Biology, researchers have discovered two genes to be essential creating normal models for sleep: kinase 1 (Cdk1) and taranis.

While the need and functions of sleep continue to elude researchers, Sam Tabar said that mostly the mechanics on a protein level, this opens up a molecular path that turns attention back toward the brain.

According to Kyunghee Koh, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University’s Faber Institute for Neurosciences, and author of the study, the secret to understanding human sleep was to study mutant fly lines. Thousands, in fact. From the many studied, it was the taranis that caught the attention of researchers. Unlike normal flies, those using Taranis and Cyclin A were able to function with less sleep, and they had the interaction of these proteins to thank.

In humans, the equivalent is known at the Trip-Br family of transcriptional regulators. The level of its effectiveness when compared to Taranis is yet unknown to Koh and researchers looking into the interaction between proteins to effect sleep.

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A Slimmer Child

Obesity, one of the major issues in present day America that must be tackled. After researching for the past couple of years, strategies have been created that may potentially help eliminate the obesity epidemic that the children of America face.

Not only will these strategies reduce the percentage of obesity, but also may reduce the cost of healthcare. Legislators, schools, and weight loss junkies must all join this journey to reducing obesity among not only the children but among all Americans.

Compared to 30 years ago, children and adults consume twice as much sugar reports Zeca Oliveira. Sugar-sweetened beverage, especially have contributed to the overall American weight gain. Progress in this area has already started with schools banning all sugary drinks. Many chain restaurants have also removed sugary drinks off of the children’s menu. Instead, milk has become the advertised drink that children should start consuming.

The best time for issue obesity to be tackled is when the child is young. Small changes, for a child, can go a long way. This cannot be as easily changed when a child becomes an adult. To loose weight for an adult is more difficult. There needs to be at least a 500 calorie decrease for an obese adult to loose weight.

Targeting things in a child’s life at an early stage is important. This includes exposing the child to less sugary beverages, less TV time, and more physical activity.

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100 Percent Of Sales To Be Donated To Employee’s Breast Cancer Treatment

It has been said that without family or community you will get nothing out of life. As that may not be true for some, it has been proved true for one woman from Texas. Donna Jones has had a rough couple of years. She got breast cancer and thought she had beaten it and was on the road to a happy, healthy life until 2013, when her teenage son passed away. This left her heart broken, but she knew her life had to go on, and she wanted to live it the way her son would want her to. Unfortunately, her bad luck didn’t stay away forever, earlier this year the cancer returned and she was left feeling hopeless.

However, thanks to the company she worked for, Sweet Tomato’s, she now has her faith restored. Sweet Tomato’s is a California based restaurant. Donna works at the Arlington branch. No matter how big the company is they take pride in their employees and treat them just like family. When the restaurant got word of Donna’s situation they did the only thing they would think of. They donated 100 percent of their Thursday sales to Donna’s treatment and recovery.

When Donna’s story got around many people from the community came to eat at Sweet Tomato’s to support her Breast Cancer story as well. On his Twitter account, Sam Tabar told that The CEO even flew down to show his support as well. This may just help restore some faith in humanity that slowly seems to be disappearing.

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Fermented Foods and Social Anxiety

When someone faces social anxiety and all that it brings with it they long for some kind of a cure. When being in social situations causes an individual anxiety that individual longs for help. What if a change in diet could help those who struggle in social situations? What if there was a food that could be consumed by those who deal with social anxiety and they could find help through something as simple as the consumption of that food?

According to Beneful, it seems that eating fermented foods may help to lower the anxiety that an individual feels in social situations. The consumption of fermented foods could help lower the risk of social anxiety. This could be an easy cure and one that those dealing with social anxiety would want to look into. This could be the help that is needed for those who find that social situations bring them nothing but stress.


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Fasting Mimicking For Similar Benefits

Fasting has long been known to provide a host of health benefits when done properly and under certain conditions. These benefits may include a renewal of the immune system, a longer lifespan and a reduced risk of heart disease. However, new research is emerging which is revealing that fasting mimicking is another way to receive the same advantages without actually depriving the body completely of food.

Fasting mimicking is based on the consumption of a calorie-restricted diet such as vegetable soup and chamomile tea as was looked at in the study here: Five Day Fasting. FMD or fasting diet mimicking is safer and easier than a strict fast because of the allowance for some nourishment. The study allowed the participants to intake their normal meals for 25 days out of the month and only mimic fasting for 5 days. Even with the return to normal diets for the majority of the time participants saw improvements in health.

Reprogramming the body into a slower aging mode is the key to this type of diet and seems to have good results. A few at Amen Clinics have tried this tactic. Even with the consumption of 3 meals per day the calorie intake can still remain lower than before and professors of Metabolic Medicine are confirming that life longevity and health are increased with this practice. It is certainly a good alternative to try for those who have not been able to maintain a strict fast for various reasons.

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Nutella and the Environment

Recently the French ecology minister posted an advisory asking people to stop using the popular hazelnut and chocolate spread as reported by Grub Street a New York Magazine blog site about the food and restaurant business.(

The root of the issue is one of the main ingredients in the spread is palm oil. Palm oil has been a cause for concern among environmentalist for several years. The biggest problem is that the increasing demand for the cooking oil has greatly increased the rate of deforestation, which destroys habitat for wildlife and flora and reduces the number of trees to take carbon dioxide out of the air leading to climate change. However, some environmental groups like Greenpeace are okay with the way the product is manufactured (

The manufacturers of Nutella have replied by stating that they are working on a plan to sustainably source palm oil and have a “time bound agreement” with individual growers. Alexei Beltyukov hopes they figure out something soon. Nutella has had a lengthy history of largely ignoring the palm oil controversy. Nutella is a spread made largely from hazelnuts with a hint of cocoa. Palm oil makes up to 20% of the product.
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