Hello! Hope you are thoroughly enjoying the sunshine. I can’t remember a period where we’ve had so much sunshine. It’s lovely and we’ll certainly have no Vitamin D deficiencies at the moment!
The Power of your Mind talk went really well and thank you very much for everyone who attended and sent such lovely emails afterwards.
So what do I have for you today?
Another good reason to take a multivitamin & mineral supplement – apparently in women particular it seems to ward off chromosomal damage. In particular the telomeres (the end protective bits of the chromosome – think a shoe lace and the little plastic bit at the end that stops it fraying) were longer in women who took multis regularly when tested against non-users. So why is this good? Longer telomeres mean better ageing – so not so many wrinkles as soon as well as the more serious ageing conditions being held at bay. I don’t know about you but I’m looking after my telomeres!
Scare mongering research from the USA linking Omega 3 (fish) oils to prostate cancer
Many of you may be aware of the news that has hit the mainstream media regarding American research raising health concerns for men linking Omega 3 oils to prostate cancer. The back lash from the industry and scientists has been universal that the study is majorly flawed and does not agree with most of the studies carried out over many years. The only thing you need to be concerned about with fish oils is that they come from a good source as you want to make sure that they are screened for any nasty pollutants. If you want to find out more then this link gives the industry response.
Do you like Chamomile tea? Well, there is an ingredient called apigenin which can take away some of the superpowers of cancer cells apparently, particularly breast cancer cells. Scientists have found that not only does this block the ability of the cells to live longer than other cells, it halts their spread and also makes them more sensitive to drug therapy. So maybe the NHS will start offering Chamomile tea alongside chemotherapy?!
And it’s not only in Chamomile tea – apigenin is also in parsley and celery (also good for warding off gout) and in many of the fruit and veg in a Mediterranean diet.
Good at cryptic crosswords?! Researchers have been filming people (don’t they have better things to do?!) and have discovered that most people who are good at these have been perservering for years – average of 7-9 to be exact. It’s not a lot to do with intelligence – it’s all in the practice/experience! So if you haven’t got the hang of them yet keep going – it’ll click eventually and it’ll keep Alzheimer’s at bay with the exercise!
Making risky decisions is not good on an empty stomach apparently. We are more likely to take larger risks when hungry because different parts of the brain are mobilised. So if you have to make a large decision make sure you’ve just had a snack!
Look out for a preservative in your skin care as it can cause an allergic reaction. MI (methylisothiazolinone) is used to stop stuff going mouldy and used to be used in quite small amounts. The European Commission has now allowed stronger concentrations to be used and dermatologists are seeing an increase in the number of people with acute dermatitis at their surgeries. Dermatologists are working to get this reversed but til then look at your products.
Lower back pain? Recent research has suggested that this could be seriously improved by an intensive course of anti-biotics as they found that 46% of slipped disc sufferers had become infected with bacteria and it was this that was causing the swelling and then the pain. In their study of 162 patients 80% were cured or had significant improvement in pain. However they cautioned that before being prescribed the anti-biotics it must be proved that they had bacteria in the disc or they would be risking a rise in resistance. It’s interesting though isn’t it?
And finally if you’re looking for a nice film to watch tomorrow night I would suggest “The Dish”. It’s a lovely little film about the moon landing and the dish in Australia that meant we could all see it. And tomorrow is the 20th July – that’s when the first foot landed on moon back in 1969. Have a lovely weekend, Peta :>)