Saturday, August 18, 2007

Nutrition in the news...

The U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world, with more money spent on health care than any other country. Maybe we shouldn't call it health care, maybe we should call it disease intervention. Health care to me is more about prevention than intervention. We are all living longer today because we have improved sanitation and deal with infections and viruses so we don't die early, as our ancestors did. According to global statistics, 20 years ago the U.S. ranked 11th in the world as far as life expectancy, today we are 42nd. Does this sound like we are winning the war against cancer, heart disease and diabetes? The fact that we can control symptoms with drugs does not impress me, does it impress you? There is not enough emphasis today on prevention and using natural products to enhance the bodies ability to heal and cure itself from disease. This has been my life's work for over 30 years. Here are some interesting news articles that support my view on preventative health care. cw

US slipping in life expectancy rankings...
WASHINGTON - Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries. For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition and lifestyles.
Countries that surpass the U.S. include Japan and most of Europe, as well as Jordan, Guam and the Cayman Islands.
"Something's wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries," said Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Healthy Lifestyle Key To Cancer Prevention...
THURSDAY, August 16 (HealthDay News) -- While the number of deaths from cancer have been declining, many malignancies could be prevented by exercising, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking, a new federal report finds. We tried to think of what would have the biggest impact on reducing cancer mortality," she said. "If you consider that 15 to 20 percent of cancer deaths are related to obesity and another 30 percent of cancer deaths are due to tobacco use, that's 50 percent of all people with cancer."

Healthy Diet Guards Against Return of Colon Cancer...
TUESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, poultry and fish can significantly lower the risk of their cancer returning, new research suggests.

Dietary carbs linked to vision loss...
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The carbohydrates present in a diet can influence the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of vision loss in older adults, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Regular consumption of a diet with a high-glycemic index - a diet containing carbs that quickly raise blood sugar levels -- significantly increased the risk of AMD relative to regular consumption of a diet with a low-glycemic index.

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