Weekly Health Update: Monday, November 29th, 2010

By · Monday, November 29th, 2010

Mental Attitude: Wash Your Mouth With Soap? Lying creates a desire to clean a “dirty” body part. In an experiment, people who lied on a phone voicemail felt a stronger desire for mouthwash and were willing to pay more for it than those who lied in an e-mail. Those who lied in an e-mail felt a stronger desire for hand sanitizer and were willing to pay more for it. Psychological Science, October 2010

Health Alert: Light At Night Linked To Weight Gain. There is a link between obesity and metabolic disorders and exposure to light at night. Mice exposed to dim light during sleeping hours had 50% higher weight gain, considerably higher BMIs and lower glucose tolerance. There were no differences in activity levels or daily consumption of food.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2010

Diet: Get Some Structure And Lose Weight. People who are obese or severely obese can lose a considerable amount of weight if they follow a structured one-year weight loss program, combined with physical activity. A person is considered obese when their Body Mass Index is 30 or above. A BMI between 20-25 is seen as ideal, while between 25-29.9 is overweight. 68% of adults in the US have a BMI of 25 or more, meaning over two-thirds of the adult population is either overweight or obese. Journal of the American Medical Association, October 2010

Exercise: Yoga Decreases Stress In Cancer Patients. Yoga reduces the stress of cancer diagnosis and treatment in adolescent cancer patients and their parents. Other benefits include: decreased anxiety, increased sense of wellbeing, lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure, improved circulation and improved oxygenation. Yoga also improves muscle tone, circulation, pulmonary function, coordination and flexibility. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, October 2010

Chiropractic: Some History. Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer hypothesized that manual manipulation of the spine could cure disease. The first chiropractic patient was Harvey Lillard. He claimed he had severely reduced hearing for 17 years, which started soon after feeling a “pop” in his spine. A few days following his adjustment, Lillard claimed his hearing was almost completely restored. Association for the History of Chiropractic

Wellness/Prevention: Sleep To Lose Fat! People on a low-calorie diet will lose the same amount of weight no matter how much they sleep each night, but those who sleep 8.5 hours will lose more fat (fat loss equaling 50% of their total weight loss). Those who sleep 5.5 hours lose mainly muscle, instead of fat (fat loss equaling only 25% of their total weight loss). Annals of Internal Medicine October 5, 2010

Quote: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Ben Franklin


Thank you for the constant health information. It is so helpful. I need more sleep, I want more weightloss.


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