December Health News Review

December 3, 2015

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#5 - Tai Chi and Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More - NY Times November 18, 2005

“Tai chi and cognitive therapy are used to treat insomnia because, unlike medication, they produce no unwanted side effects. With the improvement in insomnia, there’s a reversal of inflammation at the systemic level and the genetic level. Inflammation contributes to cardiovascular disease, depression and cancer.” -Dr. Michael R. Irwin

#4 - Brawn and Brains - NY Times November 18, 2005

"Muscular power, especially in the legs, is widely accepted as a marker of healthy aging...of the 324 twins, those who had had the sturdiest legs a decade ago showed the least fall-off in thinking skills...if one twin had been more powerful than the other 10 years before, she tended to be a much better thinker now...a muscularly powerful twin now performed about 18% better on memory and other cognitive tests than her weaker sister...For now, the results imply that whatever your genetic make-up, building muscles can strengthen your mind."

#3 - Going barefoot: Strong 'foot core' could prevent plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other common injuries - ScienceDaily November 17, 2015

"The small muscles in the feet play a vital role in movement and stability similar to the core muscles in the abdomen....Without the information provided by the small muscles of the foot, the larger muscles over-compensate past the point of exhaustion...which leads to overuse injuries...Start doing the short-foot exercise by squeezing the ball of the foot back toward the heel. The toes shouldn't curl when performing it. The exercise can be done anywhere while seated or standing...the exercise seems to have especially positive results for patients suffering from ankle sprain, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis."

#2 - Mindfulness meditation trumps placebo in pain reduction - November 10, 2015

Healthy mind, healthy body...

"The mindfulness meditation group reported that pain intensity was reduced by 27% and by 44% for the emotional aspect of pain. In contrast, the placebo cream reduced the sensation of pain by 11% and emotional aspect of pain by 13%....Mindfulness meditation reduced pain by activating brain regions associated with the self-control of pain while the placebo cream lowered pain by reducing brain activity in pain-processing areas."

#1 - Even a little is too much: One junk food snack triggers signals of metabolic disease - NY Times November 2, 2015

Looks like you can't eat just one...

"Eating junk food is one of those situations where our brains say 'yes' and our bodies say 'no'. We need to use our brains and listen to our bodies. Even 1 unhealthy snack has negative consequences that extend far beyond any pleasure it brings." -Dr. Gerald Weissmann

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