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Sub Optimal Vitamin Intake Linked to Disease

According to an article appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2002; 287(23):3127-9), many of us may need to be taking vitamin supplements. The article acknowledges that while extreme deficiency syndromes (like pellagra and beriberi) are rare in Western society, sub optimal intake of certain nutrients is a risk factor for disease. The article states that deficiencies of folic, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 increase the risk for heart disease. These deficiencies also increase the risk for breast and colon cancers, as well as for neural tube defect (a common birth defect) in developing fetuses. Deficiencies of...

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Stroke Risk Reduced by Eating Fruits and Vegetables

A study appearing in The Lancet (Vol. 367, Issue 9507, 28 January 2006) looked at eight other studies and the impact eating fruits and vegetables had on the likelihood of stroke. The study analyzed research involving over 250,000 people from the US, Japan and Europe. It found that people who ate five or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day had a 26% reduction in risk for having a stroke when compared to people who ate three or fewer servings. A serving is defined in the study as 2.7 ounces for vegetables and 2.8 ounces for fruit. Fruit and vegetables...

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Stress and Disease

It is no secret that stress is linked to disease. Some argue that every disease is the result of stress. Most people think of stress as psychological stress, or worrying, but there are many kinds of stress. There is structural stress from subluxations or muscle spasm. There is chemical stress from a poor diet or from chemical exposure. There is the stress of having your immune system challenged by a microorganism. There is thermal stress from being exposed to extreme hot or extreme cold. According to research appearing in Epidemiology (May 2001;11:345-349), psychological stress can increase your chance of...

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Stress and Pessimism can Undermine the Immune System

According to research appearing in Psychosomatic Medicine (March 1999;61:175-180), stress may make the symptoms of a cold or the flu worse. The study involved 55 subjects who were injected with Influenza A virus. Prior to being injected, the subjects filled out a questionnaire about their stress levels. They were then quarantined and observed. Researchers measured mucus production, checked the severity of their symptoms and measured interleukin-6 levels (interleukin-6 is a protein produced by the body involved with immune response). The subjects who reported the highest levels of stress had more severe symptoms, more mucus production and higher interleukin-6 levels....

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Stress During Pregnancy and Birth Defects

According to research appearing in the September, 2000 issue of The Lancet, women who are under stress during the first trimester of their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with birth defects than women who are not under stress. The researchers reviewed the medical records of women and looked for sources of extreme stress—like severe illness of a partner or child or death of a loved one. The stress occurred during the pregnancy or up to 16 months before the pregnancy. The researchers identified 3,560 women who had such stress and compared them to over...

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