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18 Aug

Stress is bad for you

If you were not sure before, be now informed that stress is bad for your health. Scientists have recently gotten the proof tha tchronic stress might precipitate a person developing neurodegenerative diseases like multiplesclerosis.

Scientist further found that when mice were stressed out they could not fight off illnesses.

A fat epidemic is on its way

Canadian government is asked to prepare for the fat epedemic that is coming its way and to prepare for it by developing fat and clinics and hospitals ought to be prepared for the impact this would have on their services.

It is a huge problem. Researchers are saying obseity epidemic might outweight the  impact of smoking on the health care system.  According to a CBC report

    An estimated 11 million Canadians are overweight, and about half a million of them are morbidly obese and in need of treatment, including surgery, said Arya Sharma, scientific director for the Canadian Obesity Network.

Will it be Tea or Coffee


Will it be Tea or Coffee  

 According to the tea Association of Canada, many consumers consider tea to be a healthier alternative to coffee, offering a modest dose of caffeine compared to coffee’s considerable jolt. In addition, green, black, white and oolong teas – all of which are harvested from the leaves and buds of the camellia sinensis plant – are rich in antioxidants and are believed to offer a host of health benefits, from soothing stress to regulating hormones.
Officially, Health Canada has sanctioned only the following three health claims: tea is a source of antioxidants, drinking tea can increase alertness, and tea may help maintain or support cardiovascular health. Still, many researchers continue to study tea’s effects on the body, exploring the beverage’s potential to boost health and block disease.


Stress can cause periodontal disease: study

9 Aug

teeth_gingivitis_phil.jpgLast Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2007 | 12:26 PM ET

CBC News Stress can take a toll on your teeth, leading to periodontal disease, a scientific review has found. The report found that 57 per cent of the studies it reviewed between 1990 and 2006 found a strong correlation between stress, distress, anxiety, depression and loneliness, and periodontal disease. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is one of the stages of full-blown periodontal disease. It can be prevented through proper oral hygiene, stress reduction and good dietary habits.Periodontal disease is caused when bacteria build up between the gum and jaw bone, first leading to gum disease and then invading the bone. The end result is bone loss. Researchers theorize that cortisol, a hormone produced by stress, can lead to increased destruction of gums and jaw bone, as well as to a suppressed immune system, allowing bacteria to flourish. Stress also causes people to engage in habits that lead to the disease, such as smoking or eating unhealthy foods, and forgetting to properly clean their teeth and visit dentists, the authors found. “Individuals with high stress levels tend to increase their bad habits, which can be harmful to periodontal health. They are less attentive to their oral hygiene and may increase their use of nicotine, alcohol or drugs,” said Preston Miller Jr., president of the American Academy of Periodontology, in a release. The authors note that the level of stress has to be high for periodontal disease to set in. “Problems start when the stress response is inappropriate to the size of the challenge, producing neuroendocrine and biochemical changes that result in significant adverse effects on the proper functioning of the immune system,” reads the report. The findings are published in the August 2007 issue of Journal of Periodontology. Practise prevention To prevent periodontal disease, stress reduction is critical, say the report’s authors. “Patients should seek healthy ways to relieve stress through exercise, balanced eating, plenty of sleep, and maintaining a positive mental attitude,” said Miller. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is one of the stages of full-blown periodontal disease. In addition to plaque, there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing gum disease, says Health Canada.  They include: Smoking. In addition to increasing your risk of many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, smoking also increases your risk of gum disease. Hormonal changes. Women are especially at risk of gum disease during times of hormonal change such as during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. Nutrition. A poorly-balanced diet can increase your risk of developing gum disease. Medications. Some drugs may increase your risk of gum disease, such as birth control pills and high blood pressure and arthritis medications.

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