Zinc Helps Elderly Ward Off Pneumonia

November 4th, 2007

(HealthDay News) — Maintaining normal zinc concentrations in the blood may help prevent pneumonia in elderly nursing home residents, a new study shows.

A team at Tufts University looked at 617 people 65 and older in 33 nursing homes in the Boston area.

They found that those with normal blood zinc concentrations were about 50 percent less likely to develop pneumonia than those with low concentrations.

The study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also found that people with normal zinc concentrations had a 39 percent lower rate of death from all causes.

“Not only did (people with lower zinc concentrations) have a higher risk of developing pneumonia, when they did become sick, they did not recover as quickly and required a longer course of antibiotics, ” corresponding author Simin Nikbin Meydani, director of the nutritional immunology laboratory at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’ s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, said in a prepared statement.

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Holistic Medicine Secrets: Does Cholesterol Really Matter?

November 4th, 2007

By Dr. Lisa Hosbein

Every American should be paying attention to the health of their heart, and particularly to the health of the arteries in their heart, because Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans, including women. Overall, about 480,000 American women die of Heart Disease each year, which is 60,000 more women then men.

Women are very concerned about breast Cancer and whether or not they should take hormones. What most women don’t realize is that they have a much higher risk of dying from Heart Disease than dying from breast Cancer. Heart Disease is different for women and men. Women need to focus more on the health of their small arteries, whereas men with Heart Disease often have blockage of their larger arteries. The prevention and treatment of problems in the small versus large arteries are different. More importantly, we will be reviewing several basic steps that everyone should be taking to keep their hearts healthy.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

November 4th, 2007

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression. Most people tend to slow down a little in the winter and experience some form of “winter blues”, but full-blown SAD can be extremely disabling.

SAD is often the result of the winter season when the days are shorter. People tend to sleep more, become sedentary, crave carbohydrates, gain weight, and avoid social interaction. Psychologically, they are depressed.

Attaining a balance of yin-yang or light and dark is innate in the Chinese Medicine and Feng Shui philosophies. Although we cannot see the electromagnetic frequencies of the earth or planets, it is important for us to live in an environment that allows us to be synchronized with these forces.

Many sufferers are often unable to function without continuous treatment. Depending on the person and the geographical location, the depression can last for several months with symptoms such as overeating with carbohydrate craving and weight gain, sleeping more than usual, fatigue, and social withdrawal. It is the long duration of the symptoms that distinguish SAD from the so-called holiday blues.

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