Valentine’s Day Celebration in a Different Way

Neighbor Newspapers – Buckhead boy making Valentine s Day special for homeless

by Neig    hbor Staff Neighbor Newspapers Charlie Plyler stands by a car loaded with shoeboxes to be donated to the homeless last year. / Special Photo slideshow One Buckhead boy is hoping to fill 2,000 homeless people’s hearts with love this Valentine’s Day weekend. “My dad and I were talking and said we should help them and do something for Valentine’s Day,” he said.

Valentine’s Day is not only about your girlfriend or friend it is also about your neighbors and social work. In this article you can feel the warmth of that young boy. It is a beautiful gesture to help others on that day. This is the kind of attitude we need on that day and not only the way have the businesses told us.

One Buckhead boy is hoping to fill 2,000 homeless people’s hearts with love this Valentine’s Day weekend.Charlie Plyler, 12, started Homeless at Heart, a nonprofit that donates shoeboxes filled with items to the homeless on Valentine’s Day, last year after he and his father, David, saw a homeless woman and her two children outside CNN Center in downtown Atlanta while walking back to their car after an Atlanta Hawks game in January 2015.“My dad and I were talking and said we should help them and do something for Valentine’s Day,” he said.

“We could not find any shelters or volunteer opportunities [right away] so we decided to make our own and that’s how it got started.”Said David, “He wanted to put a hand-written Valentine in there [for the woman and her children].

I knew it was a form of compassion and understanding.

Later that weekend, when we were driving to another basketball game, I said, ‘You ought to get some friends together and do this.’ His goal was to get 200 and he got about 365.”The Plylers got the shoebox idea from their experience in donating shoeboxes of items to children around the world during the holidays through Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, a Boone, North Carolina-based nonprofit.

The Homeless at Heart shoeboxes cost only $5 to fill and include two water bottles, one pair of socks, three bags of food, five to eight food bars, toiletries, Valentine Sweetheart candies, sometimes other candies and a personalized Valentine note.Many of the objects placed in the box were donated, including 1,000 boxes of the Sweetheart candies made by the New England Confectionary Co.

Charlie, a sixth-grader at Lovett, got help from his school and other metro Atlanta schools that partnered with him to collect shoeboxes.

They include Morris Brandon Elementary, which he attended last year, and Westminster, where his friend, Scott Arbery, conducted a drive called Bucks for Boxes that collected 250 boxes and $1,000.

David said there are 20,000 homeless people in metro Atlanta, so the demand for donations is high, adding 500 boxes will go to children and 400 to men.Charlie said he chose to donate the items in February for two reasons. “During Christmas and Thanksgiving, I feel like there a lot of charities that do a lot of different things and we want to be a little different than most of the charities,” he said.

“Plus Valentine’s Day is near the coldest time of year in Atlanta so we thought it was good time of year to hand them out.”Regarding the concept of Valentine’s Day donations, his father said, “It surprises people nobody had done this before.”Charlie said the response both from the homeless and from the donors has been huge, adding the shelters liked the idea and one woman he gave a box to last year immediately started telling her friends about it.“I think most of the people I have talked to about it have been interested,” he said of donors.

There is no better way of celebrating Valentins’s Day, don’t you think so?
By the way in the meantime politicians spend millions of millions of dollars for their election campaign. Why not use part of the money for a better purpose?

 

What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Junk Food?

Junk Food and Your Body

Pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and how they are named. It is fast food for our lack of time society. We think that eating fast food is good for our body, because we do not have the time to prepare a healthy and tasty food for ourselves.

We think that a healthy food needs time to prepare and therefore we go the easy way to enter in a pizza shop or Mc DonaTop 10 Food and Nutrition Affirmationsld’s because they are on our way and what’s better to have for our children fast food before we go to the next event they have.

via Dr. Mercola

If you are worried about your thighs or mid-section don’t overdo it on pizza, macaroni and cheese, chips, and ice cream. According to Dr. Mercola, people who ate a diet focused on macaroni and cheese, processed lunchmeat, sausage biscuits, mayonnaise, and microwavable meals with unhealthy fats, for example, showed serious negative changes to their metabolism after just five days.

So, it is not just empty talk that fast food is not healthy for your body, it is a reality. Especially elder people with a different metabolism will have more problems with junk food.

For example after eating the junk-food diet, the participants muscles’ of 12 healthy college-aged men lost the ability to oxidize glucose after a meal, which could lead to insulin resistance down the road.

Under normal circumstances, your muscles will either break down the glucose or store it for later use. Your muscles make up about 30 percent of your body weight, so if you lose this key player in glucose metabolism it could pave the way for diabetes and other health problems.2 As reported by TIME:3

“‘The normal response to a meal was essentially either blunted or just not there after five days of high-fat feeding,’ [Matthew] Hulver, [PhD, department head of Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise at Virginia Tech Hulver] says.

That response was obliterated after the five-day fat infusion. And under normal eating conditions, the biopsied muscle used glucose as an energy source by oxidizing glucose. ‘That was essentially wiped out after,’ he says. ‘We were surprised how robust the effects were just with five days.'”

But as the featured study showed, it doesn’t take a virtual month to experience the health effects of a poor diet. In fact, the changes happen after just one meal, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.4

The good news is that eating a healthy meal helps your body return to its normal, optimal state, even after just one. Study author James O’Keefe of the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri told TIME:5

“Your health and vigor, at a very basic level, are as good as your last meal.”

In the video above, you can see ramen noodles inside a stomach. Even after two hours, they are remarkably intact, much more so than the homemade ramen noodles, which were used as a comparison. This is concerning for a number of reasons.

For starters, it could be putting a strain on your digestive system, which is forced to work for hours to break down this highly processed food (ironically, most processed food is so devoid of fiber that it gets broken down very quickly, interfering with your blood sugar levels and insulin release).

When food remains in your digestive tract for such a long time, it will also impact nutrient absorption, but, in the case of processed ramen noodles, there isn’t much nutrition to be had. Instead, there is a long list of additives, including the toxic preservative tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ).

This additive will likely remain in your stomach along with the seemingly invincible noodles, and no one knows what this extended exposure time may do to your health. Common sense suggests it’s not going to be good…

Research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who consumed more instant noodles had a significantly greater risk of metabolic syndrome than those who ate less, regardless of their overall diet or exercise habits.6

The instant-noodle consumers had a significantly lower intake of important nutrients like protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, vitamin A, niacin, and vitamin C compared with non-consumers.7 Those who ate instant noodles also had an excessive intake of energy, unhealthy fats, and sodium (just one package may contain 2,700 milligrams of sodium).8

In the US, about one-quarter to one-third of adults fall into the obese category. A staggering two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and poor diet is in large part to blame. Last year, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, said that “obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use,” and that this fact isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. His statements were delivered at the opening of the 2014 World Health Organization’s annual summit. De Schutter ultimately wants nations to join forces to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods:9

Is overweight more harmful than smoking?

The idea that being overweight can be more harmful than smoking is likely to make many balk, considering how “normal” it has become to carry around extra pounds, but in terms of overall health effects and subsequent health care costs, it’s likely true. For example, data collected from over 60,000 Canadians show that obesity leads to more doctor visits than smoking.10

Further, according to a report by The McKinsey Global Institute, the global cost of obesity is now $2 trillion annually, which is nearly as much as the global cost of smoking ($2.1 trillion) and armed violence (including war and terrorism, which also has a global cost of $2.1 trillion).11 For comparison, alcoholism costs are $1.4 trillion annually, road accidents cost $700 billion, and unsafe sex costs $300 billion. What’s more, if current trends continue, the McKinsey report estimates that nearly half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030.

 

 

What Is The Cave-man Diet?

 What Means Paleo Diet – Why So Much Confusion About This Diet? 

 

 

The Paleo DietDid you know that the British Dietetic Association judged the paleo diet a “Jurassic fad” and listed it as one of the five worst celebrity-endorsed diets in 2015?

 

For medical reason a diet with few processed foods, less sugar and salt is actually a good idea especially for people who had a heart attack or coronary problems. But there is no need to cut any food group out of your diet.

 

On the contrary by cutting out dairy completely from the diet, without any substitution, you could be in danger of compromising your bone health because of lack of calcium. A time consuming, socially isolating diet, which this could easily be, is a sure-fire way to develop nutrient deficiencies. This type of unbalanced diet can also compromise health and your relationship with food.
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There comes another thought to my mind

 

Is Caffeine Paleo?

 

When we say the word caffeine, coffee probably immediately clicks into our mind. There are lots of people, and I can include myself, that could not fathom an existence without coffee. Coffee, tea, many soft drinks and energy drinks are also rich in caffeine. Even some of the over-the-counter medications you take may also contain caffeine. And what about your favorite candy bar and energy bar all have content of caffeine.

 

But strictly thinking paleo diet is nothing that contains anything of processed food. Because the paleo diet comes from as the word reveals from paleo which means the diet our ancestors has taken in when living in caves that’s why it is also called “cavemen diet.”

 

If you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle by going paleo, the following question for those new to the paleo diet comes up, is caffeine a problem? Is the wonderful kick provided by caffeine paleo-positive or negative?

 

Well, actually, the answer is yes…and no

 

Herbal tea for example is permitted on the paleo diet, especially the miraculously healthy green tea. On the other side, most paleo practitioners and teachers denounce other caffeine drinks like coffee. The caffeine level in coffee is extremely high. This can negatively affect your sleep cycle. Caffeine also charges up your nervous system, can cause headaches and is not a positive influence on your health.

 

For these reasons, and because caveman didn’t have access to this stimulant, most caffeinated foods and drinks are not allowed on the Stone Age diet. Loren Cordain wrote the book “The Paleo Diet“, and he was specially influenced by gastroenterologist Walter Voegtlin, Stanley Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner. Those three man conducted a substantial research into the health benefits of a Paleolithic-like diet, and say coffee, and most other caffeine-rich drinks, are no-nos.

 

But there is a lot of confusion, if you ask 10 different paleo-preachers, you will probably get several varying views on the subject of caffeine. Self-appointed paleo “gurus” are popping up all the time. They swear by their version of the diet plan that mimics what your caveman ancestors ate and drank. The bottom line, though, is this…

 

Strictly, according to hardcore paleo diet rules, caffeine is forbidden.

 

However, green tea has much less caffeine than coffee. It also offers amazing antioxidants and other health boosters, unlike coffee.

 

So if you are an “all or nothing” sort, caffeine is a definite paleo no-no. That means coffee, cocoa, tea and any other caffeinated drink or food item is out. On the other hand, if you simply want to incorporate aspects of the paleo nutrition approach as part of a healthy lifestyle, enjoy herbal tea. Either way, your body, sleep cycle and nerves are probably better off without coffee.

 

However, green tea has much less caffeine than coffee. It also offers amazing antioxidants and other health boosters, unlike coffee.

 


How To Increase Your Vitality And Combat Fatigue?

 

 

tired people Why are more and more people tired?

 

The more technology, the more tired and worn out people. In our today’s society many people have desk jobs or sit around almost all day long. Without physical movement we lose more energy.

Movement produces energy sitting on a desk without any movement or not much movement, tends to make us feel zapped and more tired and over time we feel more tired than if we would work physically in our job.

We run around from work to chores to home where we face more chores without the needed energy to accomplish these tasks. Most of our weekends are watching our favorite sport, or stuck to gaming systems and spend little time in the fresh air. It is a petty that we do not more with our spare time, but the technology gives us the easy going without movement.

If we feel exhausted we drink Red Bull energy drinks to keep us going, not realizing that these drinks are like poison because of the content of high amounts of sugar and caffeine that have landed many people in hospital emergency rooms. We spend time wishing we had more energy. But the only thing we do is putting more money in the energy drink industry, which nets an estimated $10 billion per year in a rising number of patients. The worst is that many of these patients being treated in emergency rooms are young. There are serious complications related to the high intake of caffeine in drinks like 5-hour energy, Monster Energy and of course, Red Bull.

The Administration of Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse, reported around 20,783 visits to hospitals because of energy drink complications. From 2007 to 2011 these visits have doubled and they are increasing year after year. Energy drinks are a primary cause of the health condition that is treated in emergency rooms, including headaches, anxiety, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks.

Many people are overweight and partake in a diet filled with processed fake food that has no nutrients for our bodies and only weighs us down and makes us tired and sick.

But don’t be scared, there are natural and effective ways you can combat fatigue and increase your energy and vitality. Some of these techniques and habits can also slow the process of aging.

 

Know some ways you can fight fatigue naturally:

 

  1. Pay attention to the medications you are taking. Many medications have fatigue as a side effect and only a few of them have this side effect wear off after continued use. If you feel especially tired after starting a medication, talk to your doctor to see if anything can be done.

 

  1. Make sure there isn’t something physically wrong. There are several physical reasons why you might have chronic fatigue, from thyroid disease, anemia, sleep apnea, heart disease, to arthritis. The only way you can determine if any of these are the problem is to visit your doctor and be evaluated for these diseases. Many can be treated or reversed so that you can gain energy back.

 

  1. Exercise. While it would seem logical that exercise would make fatigue worse, actually the opposite is true. Being physically active tends to boost your energy levels, not to mention maximize the function of many of your body’s organs. Exercise can help you lose weight, which can further significantly increase your energy. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for aerobic activity that is known to increase energy and vitality, especially as we age.

 

  1. Try yoga. Yoga is one exercise that has been shown to improve confidence, lessen fatigue, and clear the mind. Many types of yoga are ideal for just about any fitness level. Yoga has been found to be helpful by research in men and women over the age of 65, who generally have a great problem with fatigue.

 

  1. Get enough sleep. The best way to get enough sleep is to go to bed early and get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. In one 2004 study, it was found that people who got adequate sleep were more vigorous and reported less fatigue. Naps are other ways to freshen up your energy level. Try for short naps, no longer than 30 minutes. Any longer than that and you will have difficulty sleeping during the night. One study showed that a nap followed by a small quantity of caffeine such as a 5-ounce cup of coffee or tea can restore your energy even more.

 

  1. Keep from being dehydrated. Keep a water bottle filled and chilled for more energy by fighting dehydration. Research on athletes has shown that being dehydrated zaps the energy from their activity. Even if you’re not athletic, staying hydrated with water will give you that added bit of energy you deserve.

 

  1. Become aware of your personal circadian rhythm. Everyone is different in terms of when they have the most energy. Find out if you’re a morning person or a night owl and work with it instead of against it. If you have especially demanding activities to do, choose to do them when you have the most energy to work with.

 

  1. Try omega-3 fatty oils. Fish oil capsules are good for you in many ways. One way, as shown by a 2009 Italian study, to boost energy and have quicker mental reaction times, is to take fish oil capsules containing omega 3 fatty acids. The capsules also restored physical vigor.

 

 

  1. Lose weight. Carrying around extra weight can be exhausting and the only way to rid yourself of that exhaustion is to start a healthy exercise and diet program that will help you shed pounds and feel more vigorous. There are no specific diets that work any better than creating a calorie deficit and working out at least 30 minutes per day.

 

  1. Eat smaller meals. This is very important for our senior citizens. Large meals zap you of energy and make you tired because the body needs to use a lot of energy to digest them. Think about a time you ate a buffet, where everyone naturally eats too much food, versus a meal that included a salad.

More likely than not when you left the buffet you felt exhausted and wishing someone would wheel you out of there, versus the energy you felt after a raw whole food meal such as a salad. Small and frequent meals will keep your blood sugars from fluctuating, giving you steady amounts of food energy throughout the day.

 

 

 

What are the 10 Benefits of a Daily Exercise

 

daily exercise for a healthy lifestyle

 

I think there is no question about it that proper nutrition and regular exercise can lead to an overall healthy body. The only question is how or in what way will exercise benefit the human body?

 

The list would be too long to mention here because there are hundreds of advantages to daily exercise. However the listed 10 benefits of a daily exercise should provide you enough motivation to exercise more frequently.

 

 

1 – Exercise Creates Natural Energy –

The oxygen and nutrients delivered by regular exercise keep your heart and respiratory system working properly. This releases natural energy stores which allow you to go all day long without tiring.

 

2 – You Sleep Better When You Exercise Regularly –

Daily exercise, especially in the morning, leads to deep, healthy sleep patterns. You fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.

 

3 – Exercise Can Help You Control Your Body Weight –

If you are trying to lose weight, exercise can help. Once you reach your ideal body weight, exercise on a daily basis helps you stay there.

 

4 – Exercise Is a Great Way to Meet People

As a healthy social activity, exercise is tough to beat. You get to meet and spend time with people who value exercise just like you do, and those partnerships can offer motivation on the days when you just don’t feel like working out at all.

 

5 – Daily Exercise Reduces Your Risk of Heart Disease –

Daily physical activity promotes the presence of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol. It also decreases your level of triglycerides. This combination lowers your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

 

6 – Exercise Promotes a Healthy Sex Life –

Regular physical activity leaves you energized, feeling and looking better. Exercise has been linked to a lower rate of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men, and actually enhances arousal in women.

 

7 – You Become More Productive in Everything You Do

Your increased energy and boosted mental function that come from regular exercise can positively impact every area of your life.

 

8 – You Smoke and Drink Less –

People that exercise regularly attend to cut back on the amount of tobacco they smoke, sometimes quitting altogether. The same is true with drinking adult beverages, whether your favorite poison is beer, wine or alcohol.

 

9 – You Learn to Prioritize What Is Important –

Daily exercise means making a plan, and sticking to that schedule. This constant habit of prioritizing what is important to you can benefit your business and personal relationships as well as your physical fitness.

Eat But Not Overeat!

 

Eat to Feel Young

By about.com

senior citizens preparing their food.As we age and our body changes and begins to break down, it’s even more important that we focus on eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.  The needs of the body are much different than they were in the days of our youth.
Aging causes the metabolism to slow, the muscles to deteriorate and even the digestive system to change. As a senior, it’s imperative to take these factors into account when it comes to your diet.

You don’t have to be a statistic in the world of aging; you can be someone who takes responsibility for the changing state of your body and take positive actions to create a different result.

I know change is hard, but it’s the only thing that keeps us from staying stagnant. Change challenges us and makes us stronger people.

Changing your diet is a huge part of this. If you want to feel young and live a vibrant life, as you get older, the food you put in your mouth matters almost more than anything else (except exercise, of course.)

You might be thinking to yourself, “I don’t know where to start,” and “what does healthy, balanced eating even mean?” Well, I am here to tell you my friend.

Eating a healthy balanced diet doesn’t have to be difficult. By staying away from processed foods, or as I like to say, anything that comes in a bag, box or can with more than 3 ingredients, and adding more whole foods into your diet like, fresh vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins your body will respond quickly and gratuitously.

The more we eat foods with high nutrient density, the better and more vital we will feel. The body wants to be in balance, and be healthy, but unfortunately the food, or non-foods we put into it don’t always support it in getting there.

“It is hard I know, because I’m fighting every day when eating outside my home, what to eat and what not. Unfortunately you cannot look into a restaurant’s kitchen. You only can tell to the waiter to tell the chef not to put too much salt on the food and ask for sauces to bring it separately in small cups. But if the chef will do it that is something you cannot control.

And after dinner or lunch the dessert do you take it or ask for the bill instead and go out of the restaurant as fast as possible. The cravings is another history for your health. It takes a lot of mind control to say no to the sweet dessert or the cake or whatever they offer to you in order to round up your delicious meal. Delicious yeah, but healthy?”

 

Is Sugar The Number One Killer Of Our Developed World?

What happens when you go without sugar for 10 days?

For the first time the United States government is doing something good. It puts a limit of ten percent sugar to your daily calories.
In case you still haven’t made your new year’s resolution this is the time to reconsider it and start to live healthier this year.
We have had so many different food recommendations since our childhood. Everywhere they have empowered us from all corners and places. There have been discussions between government and experts including dietitians, scientists, doctors, medical associations, the food industry and the public.

The guidelines are revised every five years and you won’t believe it that the year’s guidelines are more than 500 pages.
It says that it helps dietitians to guide their clients, and it should also make some pressure to food manufacturers and restaurant owners what to put in their food. The guidance also tells what will be served in schools and prison lunches and how to interpret the food labels.
Here are some 9 recommendations from the guidelines:
1. Cutting sugar to improve kids’ health
2. Eat American, Mediterranean or vegetarian
3. Eat what is right for you
4. Drink moderated
5. Eat less salt
6. Eat fruits and vegetables and so on.
But here is a contradiction between the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization and the government guidelines. As processed food as bacon, hot dogs and so on has been condemned as an increased cancer risk, government says that you can eat it in moderation. But tell me what moderation is? When we hear constantly such contradiction between our and the Worlds institutions.
But in my opinion is the best that you look out according your health condition what is best for you. You should check your personal health condition and then talk it over with your health physician. But, if you take a higher percentage of your diet vegetarian food you will be better off and have a healthier lifestyle. And in case you have some coronary disease or had any heart attack I guess you stick to a higher percentage of vegetarian diet.

Those earnest posters are a boiled-down version of a complicated food science discussion between government-appointed experts and all the other players in this food fight, including dietitians, scientists, doctors, medical associations, the food industry and the public. The guidelines are revised every five years, and the draft version of this year’s guide came in months ago at more than 500 pages. Extract that sweet tooth For the first time, the government put a limit on sugar, saying added sugar should make up only 10% of your daily calories.

(CNN)Just in time to help with your New Year’s resolution to eat more healthily, the government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday.

The 2015 guidelines recommend a “healthy eating pattern” with limited sugar and saturated fat, less salt and more vegetables and whole grains.

What about Cholesterol isn’t that besides sugar another problem for the population? Especially the bad cholesterol.

Now, the government has removed the limit on cholesterol. It did add that “individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible” because “foods that are higher in dietary cholesterol, such as fatty meats and high-fat dairy products, are also higher in saturated fats.” But what that means is eggs are back for most diets. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, but not high in saturated fat. They make the list of suggested sources of protein.

“If you connect the dots together scientifically, we don’t believe there is a strong influence between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol,” Drayer said. “Even when I was training to be a dietitian, we knew that eating eggs didn’t increase your cholesterol as much as saturated fat does. So the government advice is catching up to the science.”

The guidelines don’t suggest you start drinking, but if you do, not to worry.

Alcohol consumed in moderation is OK. For women, that means no more than one drink a day. For men, it’s two.

Drinking a daily glass of wine has been associated with a benefit to your heart.

Trans fat, which the guidelines suggest you consume as little as possible, is harder to find after the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to eliminate it from food. Eating trans fat increases unhealthy cholesterol, LDL, and lowers the good kind, HDL.

CNN’s Debra Goldschmidt contributed to this report

 

Why Standard Western Diet is the Standard Cause of Death and Disability in the Western World?

Evidence-Based Nutrition | NutritionFacts.org

Dr. Esselstyn’s landmark study, demonstrating that even advanced triple vessel coronary artery disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet, has been

Before 1885, a symptomatic rabies infection was a death sentence, until little Joseph Meister became the first to receive Pasteur’s experimental rabies vaccine. The results of this and one other case were so dramatic compared with previous experience that the new treatment was accepted with a sample size of two. That is, the results were so compelling that no randomized controlled trial was necessary. Having been infected by a rabid dog, would you be willing to participate in a randomized controlled trial, when being in the control group had a certainty of a ‘‘most awful death’’? Sadly, such a question is not entirely rhetorical.

In the 1970’s, a revolutionary treatment for babies with immature lungs called “extracorporeal membranous oxygenation” (ECMO), transformed immature lung mortality from 80% dead to 80% alive nearly overnight. The standard therapy caused damage to infants’ lungs and was a major cause of morbidity and mortality in infants. ECMO is much gentler on babies’ lungs, “providing life support while allowing the lungs to ‘rest.’’

Despite their dramatic success, the researchers who developed ECMO felt forced to perform a randomized controlled trial. They didn’t want to; they knew they’d be condemning babies to death. They felt compelled to perform such a trial because their claim that ECMO worked would, they judged, carry little weight amongst their medical colleagues unless supported by a randomized controlled trial. Therefore, at Harvard’s Children’s Hospital, 39 infants were randomized to either get ECMO or conventional medical therapy. The researchers decided ahead of time to stop the trial after the 4th death so as not to kill too many babies. And that’s what they did. The study was halted after the fourth conventional medical therapy death, at which point nine out of nine ECMO babies had survived. Imagine being the parent to one of those four children.

Why medicine students are not taught about Nutrition?

Why training of medicine students biased them against the studies that show the power of dietary approaches to managing disease? Is it because the drug industry is behind the studies to train our students to use their products instead of recommending other natural resources to treat a patient.
Do we not have the right do decide what is good for us or what treatment they should apply? If we are convinced that this or that might be better for our recovery, why should we get drugs that most of the times make us dependent or their use for the rest of our lives.
Sometimes I get the feeling that the food industry and the drug industry work hands in hands. The one to make us sick and the other to make us independent. Either way it is horrifying to see how our system works and how our government is protecting this system instead of helping the individuals they only work or help the powerful people and industries.

Should Today’s Medicine Students Know More About Nutrition?

According to Laurie Endicott Thomas who tells us in her paper “How evidence-based medicine biases physicians against nutrition,” that medical students in the United States are taught very little about nutrition. Even worse they are trained to ignore any information about the power of dietary approaches to managing disease.

Evidence-based medicine is a good thing. However, Thomas points out that the medical profession may be focusing too much on one type of evidence to the exclusion of all others. Unfortunately, this approach can easily degenerate into “ignoring-most-of-the-truly-important-evidence” based medicine.

How can help a plant based diet to decrease heart disease?

Heart disease is a perfect example. On healthy enough plant based diets, our number one cause of death may simply cease to exist. The Cornell-Oxford-China Study showed that even small amounts of animal-based food were associated with a small, but measurable increase in the risk of some chronic diseases.

In other words, “the causal relationship between dietary patterns and coronary artery disease was already well established before Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn undertook their clinical studies.”

The value of their studies was not so much in providing evidence that such a dietary change would be effective, but in showing that “physicians can persuade their patients to make such changes,” and in “providing interesting data on the speed and magnitude of the change in severe atherosclerotic lesions as a result of dietary therapy.”