Archive | June, 2008

Checking your blood pressure at home – Here’s how

25 Jun

According to the American Heart Association here are some useful tips in taking your blood pressure reading at home:

  •        Take a measurement of your upper arm, and buy a blood pressure cuff that’s the right size.
  •        At least 30 minutes before taking your blood pressure, avoid smoking, caffeine and exercise.
  •        Sit in the proper position, with your back straight and supported, and your feet flat on the floor. Place your lower arm on a flat surface with your upper arm at the level of your heart.
  •        Read the instructions on how to apply and use the cuff. Or ask your doctor to show you how.
  •        Take two to three readings at the same time each day, and wait at least one minute between readings. Always record all results.
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A new look at salt

12 Jun

One wonders where science get their information and why are we constantly bombarded by conflicting information. One time we’re told salt is bad for us and a few months later it is good for us and then a few months later it’s bad for us. 

Sometimes I wonder also if corporate interests in involved in these new findngs. The public is concerned about the high levels of sodium in their food and may have turned away from high-sodium high fat foods and precooked foods which list salt as their main spice to cover the untasteful garbage they feed the public and call it food.

  Read this and judge for yourself

Low-Salt Diet May Not Be

Best for Heart

 

Published: 06/04/08

WEDNESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) — Surprising new research suggests that a diet low in salt may be worse for your heart than eating lots of salt, but don’t start eating potato chips just yet.

“No one should run out and buy a salt shaker to try to improve their cardiovascular health. But we think it’s reasonable to say that different people have different needs,” said study author Dr. Hillel W. Cohen, an associate professor of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

The study, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, doesn’t confirm that a low-salt diet itself is bad for the heart. But it does say that people who eat the least salt suffer from the highest rates of death from cardiac disease.

“Our findings suggest that one cannot simply assume, without evidence, that lower salt diets ‘can’t hurt,’ ” Cohen said.

Cohen and his colleagues looked at a federal health survey of about 8,700 Americans between 1988 and 1994. All were over 30, and none were on special low-salt diets.

The researchers then checked to see what happened to the volunteers by the year 2000.

Even after the researchers adjusted their statistics to account for the effect of cardiac risk factors like smoking and diabetes, the 25 percent of the population who ate the least salt were 80 percent more likely to die of cardiac disease than the 25 percent who ate the most salt.

Cohen doesn’t discount that salt could be bad for some people. However, “the main argument for reducing salt in prevention of heart disease has been that there’s a relationship between higher sodium and higher blood pressure,” he said. “There have been many studies of this relationship, but when one actually looks at the numbers, the average blood pressure difference associated with quite a bit of sodium intake is very modest.”

He questions telling healthy people to cut down on salt, especially when modest changes may have no effect. “For most people, especially those whose blood pressure is normal, why are you telling them they shouldn’t have salt?”

The study was not designed to detect a direct cause-and-effect relationship between consumption of salt and cardiac death. Instead, it only looked at a potential link. It’s possible that salt consumption could reflect some other factor that’s playing a greater role, although Cohen said the researchers tried to account for that possibility.

Existing disease could be a hidden factor, said Howard Sesso, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. According to him, the study authors may not have been able to account for every survey participant who reduced salt intake because of heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Overall, Sesso said, research about the hazards of salt remains mixed. “Patients with normal blood pressure can continue to consume salt, but in moderation and keeping in mind that it is the entire dietary portfolio that matters most.”

I have to say take this nonsense with a grain of salt. As I have always promoted in this blog, moderation is the key. Read your labels and if the sodium content in one small meal is more than the daily recommended amount for the average adult then pass up on it. Do not be fooled by contradictory researches, many of which only want us to continue to eat garbage and chemicals that are bad for us.  We all know salt in moderation is not deadly but you count up the amount of salt you consume in a day’s caloric intake and you will see that it matters. Spices, on the other hand have a lot of health benefits so I urge you to use more spices and salt as just a small part of the spices if you must.  If you suffer from hypertension, you might want to restrict your salt more stringently.

Buyer be ware.

Check out your medical condition in this health library

10 Jun

Salmonella alert in the US caused by raw tomatoes

5 Jun

There is concern that some varieties of tomatoes may be contaminated and consumers are asked to not to eat any uncooked tomatoes for the time being.

State health officials Tuesday warned consumers to avoid eating uncooked tomatoes believed linked to an outbreak of potentially deadly salmonella poisoning in Texas and eight other states.

Since mid-April, 21 Texans — 12 of them in Harris County, one in Fort Bend County — were infected with the Saintpaul strain of the disease. At least seven were hospitalized.

  It is not uncommon for tomatoes to be contaminated because it is grown outside and exposed to the elements including fertilizers and other chemicals.

Aphrodisiac can kill you

Health officials are warning New Yorkers to stay away from an illegal aphrodisiac made from toad venom after the product apparently killed e5 year old man who ingested the hard brown substance and suffered from severe abdominal and chest pain.

The product is sold under names including Piedra, Love Stone, Jamaican Stone, Black Stone and Chinese Rock at sex shops and neighborhood stores. It is banned by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

Antiperspirant vs Deodorant

5 Jun

If you are using deodorant or antiperspirant you had better check the ingredients and make sure that the products do not contain aluminium which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.  Opt for products that do not contain Aluminium. Do not let the word “natural” fool you.  Many so called natural products are just as deadly. Do your homework and read the ingredients. We are bombarded by too many chemicals. It would not surprise me to bump into a glowing human being because of the amount of chemicals that is in him or her.  These are the stuff you do not want in your deodorant:

  • aluminum chlorohydrate
  • ammonium aluminum sulfate
  • potassium alum
  • potassium aluminum sulfate
  • mineral salts or crystal

Apparently this anti-perspirant blocks pores so that they do not produce sweat.  This can be dangerous and aluminium is absored and travels through the lymphatic glands into the bloodstream.  The point is these products and many other beauty products are really not good for us but we continue to use them and so the rate of cancers keep on going up and many women die prematurely because they are bombarded by these so-call  beauty products. They are killing us.

Tips:

Shower regularly,

wipe your armpits with alcohol

put baking soda – lime mixture under your armpits

check out your local health stores and ensure the products do not have aluminum

 

 

Here’s a handy guide to keep track of your weight loss journey

4 Jun

Within each group, these foods can be exchanged for each other. You can use this list to give yourself more choices.

 

Vegetables

Fat-Free and Very Lowfat Milk

Very Lean Protein

Fruits Lean Protein

Medium Fat Proteins

Starches

Fats

 

 

Vegetables contain 25 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrate. One serving equals:

 

1/2 cup Cooked vegetables (carrots, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, etc.)

1 cup Raw vegetables or salad greens

1/2 cup Vegetable juice

If you’re hungry, eat more fresh or steamed vegetables.

 

Fat-Free and Very Lowfat Milk contain 90 calories per serving. One serving equals:

 

1 cup Milk, fat-free or 1% fat

3/4 cup Yogurt, plain non fat or low fat

1 cup Yogurt, artificially sweetened

 

Very Lean Protein choices have 35 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving. One serving equals:

 

1 ounce Turkey breast or chicken breast, skin removed

1 ounce Fish fillet (flounder, sole, scrod, cod, etc.)

1 ounce Canned tuna in water

1 ounce Shellfish (clams, lobster, scallop, shrimp)

3/4 cup Cottage cheese, non fat or low fat

2 each Egg whites

1/4 cup Egg substitute

1 ounce Fat-free cheese

1/2 cup Beans- cooked (black beans, kidney, chick peas or lentils): count as 1 starch/bread and 1 very lean protein

 

Fruits contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 60 calories. One serving equals:

 

1 small Apple, banana, orange, nectarine

1 medium Fresh peach

1 Kiwi

1/2 Grapefruit

1/2 Mango

1 cup Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries or blueberries)

1 cup Fresh melon cubes

1/8 th Honeydew melon

4 ounces Unsweetened Juice

4 teaspoons Jelly or Jam

 

Lean Protein choices have 55 calories and 2-3 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:

 

1 ounce Chicken- dark meat, skin removed

1 ounce Turkey- dark meat, skin removed

1 ounce Salmon, Swordfish, herring

1 ounce Lean beef (flank steak, London broil, tenderloin, roast beef)*

1 ounce Veal, roast or lean chop*

1 ounce Lamb, roast or lean chop*

1 ounce Pork, tenderloin or fresh ham*

1 ounce Low fat cheese (3 grams or less of fat per ounce)

1 ounce Low fat luncheon meats (with 3 grams or less of fat per ounce)

1/4 cup 4.5% cottage cheese

2 medium Sardines

* Limit to 1-2 times per week

 

Medium Fat Proteins have 75 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:

 

1 ounce Beef (any prime cut), corned beef, ground beef **

1 ounce Pork chop

1 each Whole egg (medium) **

1 ounce Mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup Ricotta cheese

4 ounces Tofu (note this is a Heart Healthy choice)

** choose these very infrequently

 

Starches contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 80 calories per serving. One serving equals:

 

1 slice Bread (white, pumpernickel, whole wheat, rye)

2 slice Reduced calorie or “lite” Bread

1/4 (1 Ounce) Bagel (varies)

1/2 English muffin

1/2 Hamburger bun

3/4 cup Cold cereal

1/3 cup Rice, brown or white- cooked

1/3 cup Barley or couscous- cooked

1/3 cup Legumes (dried beans, peas or lentils)- cooked

1/2 cup Pasta- cooked

1/2 cup Bulgar- cooked

1/2 cup Corn, sweet potato or green peas

3 ounce Baked sweet or white potato

3/4 ounce Pretzels

3 cups Popcorn, hot air popped or microwave (80% light)

 

Fats contain 45 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:

 

1 teaspoon Oil (vegetable, corn, canola, olive, etc.)

1 teaspoon Butter

1 teaspoon Stick margarine

1 teaspoon Mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon  Reduced fat margarine or mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon  Salad dressing

1 Tablespoon  Cream cheese

2 Tablespoons Lite cream cheese

1/8th Avocado

8 large Black olives

10 large Stuffed green olives

1 slice Bacon

 

 

Source: Based on American Dietetic Association Exchange List

Salt is the new deadly culprit to good health

3 Jun

If you are suffering from hypertension or heart problems you might want to watch your salt intake. In fact according to the latest scientific research, salt or sodium is a bigger problem for your health than fat. 
   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently did some research into the fat, sodium and other ingredients in some of our popular fast foods and the result was just staggering.  There should be a law against so much salt in one serving of food.

Here are some examples:

McD’s  quarter pounder with cheese has a whopping 1500mg sodium

MCD’s McGriddles sandwich -Egg. sausage, ham and cheese – 1500mg sodium

Milestones Bocconcini    has  2050 mg

Milestones chicken pesto pizza has  3530 for a serving of 425 gr

Most of the  popular fast foods have a ridiculous amount of sodium.
Stay away from foods that you do not have information about their sodium content. You will feel healthier lots healthier.  I am amazed at the junk that we eat and call it food. Is it any wonder we are plagued by so many deadly diseases – our fast food and restaurants have turned our stomachs into a sea of toxic salt.

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