February 10, 2010

7 Tips for Shopping Success

1 The Farmers Market Food Pyramid

EcoSalon's Vanessa Barrington today offers useful advice for getting the most out of shopping at a farmers market. Veteran farmers market shopper Vanessa uses the concept of a food pyramid to help you choose a useful and nutritious selection of items. She also advises that you plan your trip while at the same time maintaining flexibility; that you bring your own bags and plenty of cash (in small denominations); that you shop late to get deals if you want to save money; that you ask questions of vendors and fellow shoppers; and that you try a new vegetable each time you shop. Vanessa finishes up with a sample shopping list and some menu plans to put your purchases to good use.

More at EcoSalon | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Bigger Than Obesity & Sloth

2 Low I.Q. a High Risk Factor for Heart Disease

People with lower I.Q.'s have four times the risk of heart disease than the average person, according to a paper published in the current issue of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. This exceeds the predicted risk from low income, obesity, and low physical activity; only smoking is a higher risk (at six times normal). I.Q., or intelligence quotient, is a score derived form standardized tests that attempt to measure intelligence, which comprises problem solving, planning, reasoning, abstract thought, language use, and the ability to learn. The researchers speculate that low I.Q. is an indicator of lifelong psychological stress, poor nutrition and health care, low income and education, and lower overall physical and neurological body structure.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Saturated Fat not Linked to Heart Disease

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Binge Eating Could Be Disorder

3 Changes to Mental Illness Definitions Proposed

Recommendations for changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) that were proposed this week could mean binge eating disorder is fully recognized as a diagnosis. The potential changes include the addition of temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria, a diagnosis for kids who are now being diagnosed as bipolar but who don't really have that condition. These wildly aggressive kids have been put on powerful antipsychotic drugs they don't need, which can lead to weight gain and other problems. The new manual will also change some terms that people don't like, such as using "intellectual disability" instead of "mental retardation." The new manual is expected to come out in 2013.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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A Safer Scan

4 FDA to Monitor Radiation More

The Food and Drug Administration says it's going to more closely monitor and regulate the amount of radiation people get in medical scans in the hope of making such scans safer. The agency has been investigating how more than 300 patients at 18 different hospitals were given CT scans with radiation levels so high that their hair fell out. The regulations will cover CT scans; nuclear medicine studies, in which radiation is put in the body and doctors watch where it goes; and fluoroscopies, in which a radiation-emitting device produces images of the body. The agency will hold a public meeting on exactly what the new guidelines will require next month, but it's possible the makers of medical devices that use radiation will have to build in safeguards to protect patients.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Yum! Curing Accelerators!

5 Delicious Additives Allowed in Meat

If you really want to know what's in your meat and poultry besides, you know, meat and poultry, check out a new PDF of allowable additives straight from the federal government. Many of the chemicals that are allowed do not have to be disclosed on labels, so even if you know what you could be getting, you don't always know what you are getting (unless you buy organic, maybe). Just because it's a chemical doesn't mean it's harmful, of course, but certainly some of these things are substances you'd rather not be eating, if given the choice.

More at AlterNet Blog | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Don't Toy With Me

6 Baby Geniuses

File this under “duh” if you’re a parent. Babies as young as six months old can tell if an adult is playing with them or just being mean, according to researchers at York University, Toronto. "These results [of the study] are exciting as it's the first demonstration that used infants' social behaviour to successfully show that at six months they comprehend the goals of our actions. Previously, there was only evidence based on visual habituation (observing the pattern of infants' gazes towards stimuli) which is prone to interpretative issues, and even those results were very mixed," says lead author Heidi Marsh. Previous studies found that these behaviors weren’t developed in infants until they were about nine months of age. Parents everywhere would have known better.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Make Mine Chamomile

7 Flower Power

Chamomile calms the nerves and is effective in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), according to a recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Participants in the study, all with GAD, were given chamomile or a placebo. Those who received the chamomile reported a marked reduction in the severity of their GAD. This is significant because people with mild to moderate GAD often self-medicate. Many over the counter remedies, such as herbal supplements are not regularly subjected to scientific rigor. This research supports chamomile's claims of efficacy as a stress reducer.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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