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Walking Combats Bad Habits and Boosts Creativity

The New York Times reported that two new studies indicate that “walking at least 12,000 steps a day effectively wiped out all of the disagreeable changes wrought” by consuming 75 grams of fructose in two sodas per day. The second of these studies published this month in The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “focused on blood-sugar responses to fructose and activity, and found equally striking changes among the young people when they didn’t move much.

In another study, Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.

Cutting Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead to Greater Weight Loss

In a recent 12-month study, adults eating a low-carb diet, which reduced their carbohydrate consumption to about 28% of their daily calories, lost almost 3 times as much weight (12 pounds vs. 3 pounds) as low-fat dieters who received about 40% to 45% of their calories from carbohydrates. Participants on the low-carb diet also had greater decreases in fat mass, ratio of total HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels along with greater increases in HDL cholesterol level than those on the low-fat diet. All participants of the Annals of Internal Medicine study were eating approximately the same amount of calories.

The Summer Blog Edition

Go to www.SilaFood.com to see the latest video (yes, I am in it sharing some sectrets you do not want to miss), summer recipes and more. Below is our Summer Newsletter with more helpful tips of how to enjoy the summer produce.

Saturated Fat and Your Heart

In an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a meta-analysis of data from 72 unique studies with over 600,000 participants from 18 nations found that total saturated fatty acid, whether measured in the diet or in the bloodstream as a biomarker, was not associated with coronary disease risk in the observational studies. So, if you only get your science and health news from mainstream newspapers or television, you may be surprized -  the evidence to support restricting the consumption of saturated fats in order to prevent heart disease isn't there. This, of course, does not give you a green light to have hamburgers for lunch and  steak for dinner every day because saturated fat does contribute to weight gain (see below). However, moderate consumption of natural, not fat reduced milk, butter, cheese and humanely raised animal meat without added hormones and antibiotics is not a threat to your cardiovascular health and may add some pleasure to your lifestyle.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day calls for a romantic dinner. There are some foods with reputation for beeing aphrodiziacs. Most of the reputation comes from legends rather than science. Oysters are on top of this list. It is said that Casanova ate 60 at a time. They contain a small amount of testosterone but probably not enough to explain the myth. Nontheless, the myth is attractive and if you like oysters enjoy them raw or cooked. Come Valentine,s Day, I serve them with caviar on top. If you preferred them cooked, here is an easy recipe that will bring you compliments and, who knows, maybe more. WATCH VIDEO.

Multivitamins and Science

I have written about multivitamins' in the past. Now we have more convincing scientific evidence that multivitamins are not only useless in protecting you from diseases but are actually harmful in some cases.

Three studies  add to multivitamins' bad rap. One review found no benefit in preventing early death, heart disease or cancer. Another found that taking multivitamins did nothing to stave off cognitive decline with aging. A third found that high-dose multivitamins didn't help people who had had one heart attack avoid another.

"Enough is enough," declares an editorial accompanying the studies in Annals of Internal Medicine. "Stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements."

Stick to real food. "Food is medicine". People have known that citrus fruits prevent scurvy. It took 3 centuries to find out that Vitamin C in citrus was responsible for the citrus miracle. We are still discovering the biochemistry of foods and we have not even scratched the surface. So, eat real food and we will use scientific evidence to improve our food choices, rather than replacing real food with pills.

New Year Resolution

Happy New Year! The Holday season is over. You had fun but gained a pound or more. Now you have to get ready for Valentine's day and get back your beach body for summer break. Overall, you want to be healthy and to look great. Watch this VIDEO and see how you can accomplish this easy and fast!

The Mediterranean Diet and Your Genes

A new study further strengthens the notion that what you eat can have an impact on your genetic risk for disease.The research, published in the journal Diabetes Care, shows that for people who carry two copies of a specific gene variant known to raise disease risk, eating a Mediterranean diet seems to lower their risk of developing stroke -- to the level of someone who possesses just one copy, or no copies, of the gene variant. A Mediterranean diet is one that is high in olive oil, fish and produce.On the other hand, for people who carry two copies of this gene variant and eat a low-fat diet, their risk of stroke is nearly three times higher than people with one or no copies of the gene variant.

Tai Chi Linked to Reduced Mortality

A form of mind-body exercise that originated in ancient China, tai chi combines slow motion exercise and mind concentration to focus on movement.  Xianglan Zhang, from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Tennessee, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on over 61,000 middle-aged and elderly men in Shanghai, China.  Researchers tracked their health and lifestyle for more than five years: nearly 22,000 participants reported that they exercised at least once a week, and the rest were considered non-exercisers.  Factoring in the men's age, health conditions and whether they smoked, exercise was tied to a 20% lower likelihood of dying. 

The Mediterranean Diet and SILA Foods

Numerous epidemiologic studies have documented the health benefits of the Medierranean Diet. A well designed, controlled clinical study published last week in The New Engand Journal of Medicine adds even more evidence that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest diet in the Western world. All SILA recipes are based on the Mediterranean Diet which includes a lot of vegetables and legumes. SILA products provide the "Mediterranean Diet in a jar." In fact the SILA Antioxidant has been referred to as "ratatouille in a jar".

Introducing SILA Foods


I am proud to introduce SILA Foods. These products are delicious and also good for you. They are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. SILA Foods are made in California with all natural ingredients and no preservatives. My son, Dobri Kiprov Jr is in charge of SILA Foods. You can cotact him at Dobri@SilaFood.com. Watch my introductory VIDEO or better yet, go directly to www.SilaFood.com to get the details and try SILA Foods.

Where I'am Coming From - Istanbul

Istanbul is frequently called "the most interesting city in the world", and rightfully so. Its history is very rich - it started as the Greek colony of Byzantium in 657 BC, then became Constantinople, the capital of the Roman empire in 330 AD. Later, in 1453, it fell to Ottoman forces after a seven week siege. In addition to the Blue Mosque, Istanbul is home to more than 3000  mosques. At the same time it is the birthplace of the first Christian church. Hagia Sofia (the church of Divine Wisdom) was built in 532 AD. Later on, the Ottoman Sultan transformed it into a mosque and now it is a museum with a fascinating mixture of Christian and Muslim art and traditions. And of course, Istanbul was the last stop of the Orient express.

Art Chef

At the Farmer,s Market at Larkspur Landing,CA today, I saw a guy carving water melons. I had to stop and take a few shots. His name is Jimmy Zhang. His web site is www.artchef.com. For more pictures click on Read more below.

And while we are on the subject of water melons,  enjoy them now, at their peak season. You may like them even more if I told you that they contain a substance very similar to the active ingridient in viagra. Yes, it is good for both men and women. It is also rich on lycopene, a potent antioxidant shown to prevent several cancers.

Hipocrates, the Greek Goddes Iris and You

What Hipocrates and the Greek Goddes Iris have to do with you? Watch the video to find out.

Golden Gate Bridge at 75!

For the last 22 years I have been crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to go to work. It is the most beatiful ride in the world! I was in San Francisco on the 50th annivesary of the bridge. The fireworks were phenomenal. Could they repeat or even do better this time around? Watch my video and you decide.

Can You Beat Your Bad Genes?

If you have a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer or other medical conditions, you are at a higher risk of developing these disease. Current science is not ready yet to change our genetic make up but there are ways to diminish the risk of suffering from diseases that run in one's family. Two recent publications demonstrate that in large , well designed scientific studies. In one study, investigators found that among male participants who had a parental history of early heart attack, participants whose lifestyles were healthier face a lower likelihood of developing heart failure. Usefulness of Desirable Lifestyle Factors to Attenuate the Risk of Heart Failure Among Offspring Whose Parents Had Myocardial Infarction Before Age 55 Years, Owais Khawaja, MD American Journal of Cardiology April 2012

Another study published in the journal Hypertension shows that physically fit people with a family history of high blood pressure were up to 34% less likely to develop high blood pressure than people who rarely exercised." Writing in the journal Hypertension, the researchers found that "People with a high level of physical fitness were 42% less likely to have high blood pressure and those with a moderate level of fitness were 26% less likely, compared to people with a low level of physical fitness. Among people with a parent with high blood pressure, those who were most physically fit had only a 16% higher risk of developing high blood pressure than those who were fit and had no family history of the disease."

Increased Fruit, Vegetable Consumption Associated With Decreased Type 2 Diabetes Risk

According to a study published online April 3 in the journal Diabetes Care, people who consume the most servings of a wide variety of vegetables and fruit as part of their regular diet may have less risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after studying 3,704 middle-aged and senior adults in the UK for a period of about 11 years.

"A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world." --John Locke

Positive psychological well-being, which includes things like happiness, life satisfaction and especially optimism, may help protect against heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems, according to a new scientific review.

A Polyphenol in Red Wine Stops the Formation of Fat

A new study finds that a chemical in red wine may prevent some of the fatty foods we eat from being converted into fatty tissue. The research, published in the March issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, found that piceatannol, a polyphenol found in grape skins and red wine, effectively blocks the formation of fat cells in the lab.

Health Hazards of Modern Living

Another powerful study on the effect of physical activity (note: no streneous work or exercise!) on ones health. A number of previous studies conducted in developed countries show a relationship between higher levels of physical activity and lower risks of cardiovascular disease.  In a case-control study of 10,043 cases of first myocardial infarction (heart attack) and 14,217 controls who did not report previous angina or physical disability, Claes Held, from Uppsala University (Sweden), and colleagues assessed leisure-time and occupational physical activity. 

Fitness Levels, Healthy Weight May Be Independently Linked To Reduced Heart Risks

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, maintaining fitness levels, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, may both be independently linked to a reduced risk of developing certain heart risk factors. Investigators followed more than 3,100 individuals. The researchers found that "individuals who maintained or improved their fitness levels had a 26% and 28% lower risk of developing hypertension, a 42% and 52% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, and a 26% and 30% lower risk of developing elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, respectively." The investigators also found that, "for those subjects who got fatter in follow-up, as measured by percentage of body fat, they had a 26%, 71%, and 48% higher risk of developing hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and hypercholesterolemia, respectively, when compared with individuals who lost weight." 

J Am Coll Cardiol, 2012; 59:665-672

Another New Year's Resolution

Take a good look at this bike. Yes, it looks cool but what is more important is that it is so much fun that you will want to ride it all the time. And this is good for your health and the enviroment. Who knows, you may save the Earth riding in style! Do not miss ththis VIDEO. Available also in HD at VIMEO.

Hormone Produced By Exercise May Help Control Obesity, Blood Sugar Levels

Irisin is a hormone which is found naturally  in muscle cells...rises during exercise, converting white fat into brown fat, a substance whose primary function is to generate body heat." When irisin was injected "into obese, pre-diabetic mice, the animals lost weight and their blood sugar levels improved." Researchers suggested that this finding "may lead to treatments for obesity and diabetes, as well as other disorders where exercise may benefit patients who are too weak to engage in it."

Since making irisin pills is still only an idea, you are better off making your muscles produce more of it. Plus, a pill will not tone your muscles and you will not look good. 

More Light on the Mediterranean Diet

We have discussed the Mediterranean Diet befor but this new study is very copmelling. The LA Times articlebellow is very well written and informative. If you missed my video on the Mediterranean Diet (where I question the notion that it is a diet), here is the link: VIDEO One of the Mediterranean diet's "champions, Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos of Harvard University, calls the Mediterranean way of eating 'possibly the best ever.'" One "analysis, published in 2011 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, pooled the results of 50 studies (including 35 clinical trials) with more than a half-million total participants. It found that consumers of the Mediterranean diet were less likely than others to develop high blood pressure, high insulin levels, too much fat around the waist and unhealthful cholesterol levels, or all of these clustered together (a condition known as metabolic syndrome)." A separate Los Angeles Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (11/22, Ravn) article also discusses the health benefits of Mediterranean-style diets.

Get Off Your Butt!

Research published in the American Journal Of Physiology-Cell Physiology found that the pressure put on areas of the body used for sitting or lying down produces up to 50 per cent more fat in those parts. And "even those with healthy diet and exercise habits will be affected if they spend long periods sitting behind a desk."  Dr. Jim Levine of the Mayo Clinic found obese people sit an average two and a half hours more each day than thinner people." The story concludes: "Take some pressure off your own bottom line and stand up

Cranberry Juice Fights Bacterial Infections

Cranberriy juice has been known to fight E. Coli infection which causes urinary tract infection. Previous studies have suggested that a particular flavonoid antioxidant (proanthocyanidins or PACs) were responsible for this antibacterial function. A new study demonstrates not only that PACs alone are much less efficient than whole cranberry juice, but also that raedily available commercial cranberry juice is just as protective. This brings me back to the point that whole foods are always better than individual components or extracts.

Stress Relief

It is scientifically proven that music is an effective destressor. It also is an an antidepressant and has many other healing properties. These effects are enhanced by pleasant images. Just in time for the "holidays blues" we have released a short film that will take the stress away and lift your spirits. The music is by a a good friend, very talentedl guitarist Andre Feriante (www.andreferiante.com). And ladies, take note - Andre was voted one of the sexiest bald men.

Take a look at the video and make sure to download it to your computer and/or mobile device. When you feel overwhelmed or down, get to a quiet place, sit down, relax your muscles and play it.  Watch and listen. You will feel the effect right away. Repeat as needed. Click on the picture to play the video. Now also available in HDVideo (recommended for faster connections).

Dietary Supplements Increase Mortality Rate in Older Women

A study just published in Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(18):1625-1633. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.445 assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in relation to total mortality in 38 772 older women in the Iowa Women's Health Study; mean age was 61.6 years at baseline in 1986. The study revealed that  in older women, several commonly used dietary vitamin and mineral supplements may be associated with increased total mortality risk; this association is strongest with supplemental iron. In contrast to the findings of many studies, calcium is associated with decreased risk.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked vitamin E, vitamin A and beta- carotene to higher death rates. Another, published in the same year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, linked multivitamins to an increase in prostate cancer.

Here is my take.

Age Related Memory Decline

A recent study published in the journal “Nature“ 2011; 476 : 210 – 3, clearly demonstrates that memory declines starting from mid-age and progressing into older age. The authors (Wang, et al) measured neuronal firing rate of neurons (brain cells) as an expression of these cells’ activity in monkeys. Almost any daily activity requires the temporary retention of some type of information (working memory). Working memory is critically important for a variety of cognitive functions including language comprehension, reasoning, decision making and planning. So anything that will help prevent or at least delay age associated memory decline can benefit anybody above the age of thirty. Pharmacological interventions are being investigated. In the mean time, there are several recent studies that show that cognitive training and a variety of exercises are very effective in slowing down age associated memory decline.

Fifty Five Percent of Americans Have Chronic (Inflammatory) Diseases

More than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, according to research conducted in 12 countries. As a medical practitioner, I have suspected this for quite some time. This is one of the reasons I created Lifestyle In Motion, the best approach to prevent chronic diseases. Most of these diseases are due to chronic inflammation. Watch the video. 

Living Long - It is All in the Genes... almost

In a recently published study, the authors interviewed people living independently at ages 95 to 109, and asked them to recall things such as their weight, height, alcohol consumption, smoking and their physical activity at age 70; they were also asked whether they ate a low-calorie, low-fat or low-salt diet at that age. What they found may surprise you.

July 4th, 2011 - a day to remember!

It happens about once every 25 years - a great skiing season that extends all the way to July. As a believer in Lifestyle In Motion, I could not miss this opportunity. There was a great deal of pessimism when we decided to go skiing on July 3. The temperature while we were driving was over 100 F (38 C). However, great time was had by all. Some people felt strange skiing in shorts and t shirts but let me assure you - it is much more comfortable than with 3 layers of winter clothes. And no gloves! Check out the video.

Some of us value freedom more than others because at some point of our lives we have been deprived of it. Fourth of July is not only a memmory of the stirring events of 1776. It is a symbol of freedom. In the words of John Adams ...

Healthily Prepared Fish May Help to Lower Heart Failure Risk

 Previous research has found that fatty acids (omega-3) in fish may lower risk of cardiovascular disease by decreasing inflammation, resisting oxidative stress and improving blood pressure, cardiac and blood vessel function. A large-scale analysis of data collected on 84,493 postmenopausal women enrolled in the US Women's Health Initiative Observational Study shows that the type of fish and the cooking method may affect heart failure risk.

Good Fats, Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet

Olive oil is the key component of the Mediterranean Diet which has been shown to have beneficial effects on many diseases. It can be included in a healthy eating plan as one of the oils that contains the least amount of saturated or bad fat, no cholesterol and is rich on antiinflammtory substaces and antioxidants. Watch video about the Mediterranean Diet (by the way, it is not a diet)

Olive oil may protect against strokes

A diet high in olive oil may help protect older people against strokes, which are the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. The findings are in a study published in the journal Neurology.

Music Therapy Relieves Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Improves Quality of Life

Researchers from the University of Granada (Spain) found that music therapy, when combined with other relaxation techniques based on guided imagery, significantly reduced pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients suffering from fibromyalgia. As a result, music therapy enhanced the patients' quality of life. For immediate application of the science proven relaxation and healing properties of music and guided imagery, watch this video and read on.

Protein-Rich Breakfast Prompts Healthy Brain Signals

A University of Missouri researcher has found that eating a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day. In addition, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) the researchers found that eating a protein-rich breakfast reduces the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior. Incorporating a healthy breakfast containing protein-rich foods can be a simple strategy for people to stay satisfied longer, and therefore, be less prone to snacking. Watch the video  and read on.

Where I am Coming From - New York, NY

The city is as vibrant, full of energy, noisy, colorful and wonderful as ever!. A lipidology (something to do with fat) meeting required a welcome trip to the Big Apple. Here are some new discoveries:

Hotel Bryant Park. Across from the NY city Public Library between 5th and 6th Ave. Great location, beautiful building, modern amenities, excellent service, reasonably priced. 41 West 40th Street New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242

Megu restaurant - a modern twist on Japanese cuisine. The menu is extensive and we (4 of us) tried quite a few items and all were delicious. Megu has several locations. We were at the Trump tower, near the United Nations.  (212 964 7777)

Il Postino - classic Italian with heavy influence from the cousine of Rome . Both food and service were very good. 337 E 49th St # A
New York, NY 10017-7326 (212) 688-0033

Avra - Greek restaurant. There is a huge display of fresh fish and other sea creatures, some still moving. Try simply grilled fish and roasted vegatables with wine from the island of Santorini. You will not regret it. 141 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017-1223
(212) 759-8550

 

 

 

Hey, My Parents Wrote a Book...at 91!

Yes, you read it right. They are both 91 and recently published a book! They are both physicians, so the book naturally has to do with medicine. The book is titled: Hypertension-A National Problem. It is about the serious consequences of high blood pressure which affects about a half of the population of Bulgaria. Lifestyle factors play a major role. Therefore, the book emphasizes that high blood pressure is not only a medical but a social problem as well. They also offer possible solutions to the problem ( which by the way is not limited to Bulgaria).

I am working on a feature about my parents and their longevity and accomplishments. In the meantime, I could not help it but share this amazing story with everybody.

Where I am Coming From -Torornto, Ontario, Canada

A recent business trip took me to Toronto. A very cosmopolitan city with a lot to see and do. There are many wonderful restaurants with a variety of cuisines. For an upscale steakhouse try Harbour 60. The seafood there is also very good.(60 Harbour Street
Toronto, ON M5J 1B7, Canada (416) 777-2111)

A contemporary small restaurant serving local, seasonal ingredients in interesting and tasty preparations is Lucien. (36 Wellington Street East
Toronto, ON M5E 1C7, Canada
(416) 504-9990)

A ferry trip to Toronto Island is a must. Take a look at a short video.

 

Skiing At 82!!!

As a part of a documentary I am working on, titled "Age Wisdom", recently I went skiing with a friend of mine who is 82. I srapped a POV camera on my head and we skied at Squa Valley anything from untracked powder to corn snow. This guy is amazing. By the way, he also bikes 20 miles a day and surfs. My doc is not finished yet but this is very inspirational, so I decided to share some of the footage with you. Watch VIDEO.

Spring, Sun, Skin

Last week I went skiing with a friend of mine. We skied untracked powder the whole day. Not bad for the end of April. We had a lot of fun but we forgot one safety item - sunscreen. It was a bluebird day with a lot of sun. It sounds great except for the picture you will see if you read on.

Exercise May Diminish Negative Impact Of High-Salt Diet On Blood Pressure

High salt diet is known as the "silent killer". This is because it leads to hypertension (high blood pressure), a condition which may go undetected until it presents itself as a heart attack or a stroke. And it is not the salt you use to season your meals at home; rather, it is the enormous amounts of salt present in every day foods you buy - bread, butter, anything in a jar or can, The salt in fast foods is truly dangerous to your health. Even reputable chefs use too much salt to satisfy your palete. Lifestyle plays a major role in offsetting the danger of hypertension including the consumption of too much salt. A new study presented at the American Heart Association serves as a further confirmation.

Mediterranean Diet and Metabolic Syndrome

A meta-analysis "reviewing the impact of a Mediterranean style diet on the progression of metabolic syndrome [and] published this month in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology," indicated that "adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern was associated with lower metabolic syndrome prevalence and progression."

Fiber and Your Heart

 "A high-fiber diet appears to reduce your lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if you are consuming lots of fiber when you are young and middle-aged," according to a study presented this week at the American Heart Association conference.

Exercise and Sex

According to research Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  "people who don't exercise on a regular basis, and then have episodes of intense exercise or sex are more likely to experience a heart attack or die suddenly than those who are more active."

A Glass of Wine May Help Your Brain

Just read this and thought you should know about this study. Just remember that moderate drinking is two glasses of wine per day for men and less for women.

Alcohol Protects Against Dementia

The Health Hazards of Soda

Soda, sugared or diet, may raise a person’s risks of an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke.  Hannah Gardener, from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Florida, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on 2,564 participants enrolled in the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), launched in 1993 to examine stroke incidence and risk factors in a multi-ethnic urban population. A total of 3,298 participants over 40 years old (average age 69) were enrolled through 2001 and continue to be followed. Researchers asked subjects at the outset to report how much and what kind of soda they drank.  During an average follow-up of 9.3 years, 559 vascular events occurred (including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by rupture of a weakened blood vessel).  After adjusting for a number of confounding variables, the team found that the subjects who drank diet soda every day had a 61% higher risk of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, as compared to those who reported no soda drinking.

Outdoor Activities Promote Well-Being

Revitalizing one’s mental and emotional health may be just a few footsteps away.  Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (United Kingdom) researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 11 clinical studies involving 833 adult subjects, each of which assessed the effects of outdoor exercise initiatives against indoor activities and reported at least one physical or mental well-being outcome.   The team found that most of studies involving outdoor-located  activities correlated to improvements in mental well-being: compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date.  The team observes that:  “[These findings add] significant weight to the case for spending more time in the natural environment as members of the public and their clinicians fight to counteract the negative outcomes of modern living, such as obesity and depression.”

Where I am Coming From - British Columbia

Oh, Canada! Oh, British Columbia! If there is anything that comes close to winter wonderland, this is it.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wanted to share with all a recipe for Valentine's day. A popular magazine asked me to discuss aphrodiziac foods but the article is not coming until June. I thought that you and your loved one should not have to wait that long to have good time. So here it is: an easy and delicious recipe for one of the most celebrated love foods. VIDEO And do not forget to add some bubbly to the mix. It does not have to be expensive either. It is all about the tingling sesation from the bubbles.

Being Overweight May Shorten Your Life

People who never smoked and were classified as merely overweight and not obese, had a 13 percent higher risk of dying sooner than normal weight peers, according to a study of 1.5 million people published in the New England Journal of Medicine today, December 2, 2010.

Lifestyle and Health Care

"SAVE YOUSELF" is an article written by Dr. Jonathan Finkelstein, associate professor of population medicine at Harvard Medical School, published in the May 24 & 31, 2010 issue of Newsweek. He points out that "we have heard a great deal about improving our health care system lately but very little about improving our health". Read More >>

 


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