October 2012

Does this island hold the secrets to longevity?

What are they doing right on "The Enchanted Island of Centenarians?"

Residents of the Greek island of Ikaria have a surprisingly long lifespan. Far longer than the average, and longer even than that of their neighboring islands where most of the factors (weather, diet) would be virtually the same. Researcher Dan Buettner and others have spent years trying to analyze why.

As with many small island cultures, there is much commonality between residents. Most people wake up when they feel like it, usually late in the morning. They take a nap in the late afternoon, then stay out late - often socializing, playing dominoes or poker at the pub. 
 
Meals are spare and primarily vegetarian. A typical day's meals would go:
 
Breakfast: Bread and honey with goat's milk, wine, sage tea, or coffee.
Lunch: Beans (usually lentils or garbanzos), potatoes, and whatever greens are in season.
Dinner: Bread and goat's milk.

Quick ringworm remedies

The creams don’t work; now what?

I have heard from so many people that say anti-fungal creams do not work on their ringworm. (Ringworm is a fungus, by the way, not a real worm, so don’t worry about carrying worms under your skin if you get it!) So what do you use when the creams don’t work?

Most people say go to your doctor to get either oral medication or a prescription grade topical cream. That said, I’ve also come across some very interesting home remedies that I thought I would share, such as:

Fungal meningitis outbreak linked to steroid shots

91 cases identified so far; 7 deaths

Thanks to one manufacturer's shoddy processing and quality control, 91 people have now contracted a dangerous form of fungal meningitis. Cases began being reported across the country early last week, and were soon linked to having received a spinal injection of methylprednisolone acetate which had been contaminated with a fungus.

The shots were produced in three batches by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) which swiftly issued a voluntary recall alert. The FDA confiscated their license to operate on Wednesday. Over the weekend, the NECC announced a recall of all of its products from shelves across the country, although they hastened to add that this most recent measure is simply the result of "an abundance of caution."

Alzheimer's: Is it actually Type 3 diabetes?

It may have dietary causes.

A lot of research has been indicating that Alzheimer's may have dietary causes. The evidence seems to be mounting to reclassify Alzheimer's as a form of "type 3 diabetes," at least partly caused by eating too much sugar and possibly nitrates (as in processed food and prepared meats). 

Diabetes and Alzheimer's are linked by insulin, and insulin resistance. Insulin is the hormone that tells your cells to start sucking up sugar from your blood stream. When you eat something sweet, your body dumps more insulin into your blood stream, so that your cells will soak up the sugar. But when you do this too often, your cells become numb to insulin's message. 
 
It's similar to the way that your nose becomes numb to something that you smell too often. You have probably had the experience of using a nicely scented plug-in air freshener, only to have your nose stop smelling it after a few days. Or known a coworker who combated this phenomenon by wearing more and more of their own cologne or perfume because they stopped being able to smell it.