May 1, 2010

Extreme Dieting

1 Man Claims He Hasn't Eaten or Drunk for 70 Years

"Not this guy again! The Indian Rationalist Association labels him a 'village fraud.'"
- Gurkin in the comments

Indian scientists are monitoring Prahlad Jani, an 82-year-old man who claims he has not eaten or drunk anything for 70 years. Jani is being studied by India's Defence Research Development Organisation. Jain has so far spent six days without food or water and his body shows no signs of hunger or dehydration. Dr G. Ilavazhagan, director of the Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences says this could be "a breakthrough in medical science," but others are labeling Jani as a fraud and the research as "dangerous." Leading Australian nutritionist, Dr Joanna McMillan Price states, "Your spiritual beliefs can give mental strength but the idea that spirituality can replace food and water is ludicrous." In 2003 Jain was monitored for 10 days.

More at Telegraph | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Diet, Nutrition, Ilavazhagan, G Ilavazhagan, Hunger, Dehydration, Water, Food, Prahlad Jani, India's Defence Research Development Organisation, India, Joanna McMillan Price, Inedia, Breatharianism

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Best Diet Tip

2 Change Your Environment to Lose Weight

Using a smaller dinner plate or turning off the television are examples of two ways you can change your environment for weight loss. Researchers from Cornell studied three diet tips to find the best one. They observed dieters who either changed their environment, eating behaviors, or food choices. Researchers found that the dieters who changed their environment had the most success. According to Brian Wansink of Cornell, "... dieters who were given stylized environmental tips — such as use a 10-inch plate, move the candy dish, or rearrange their cupboards — stuck to their diets an average of two more days per month." Wansink also said that the dieters who followed a diet tip for at least 20 days per month were more likely to see positive results.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Diet Tip, Change Plate Size, Ways to Lose Weight, Best Dieting Tips, Change Environment to Lose Weight, Eating Behaviors, Changing Food Choices

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Infant and Children Meds Recall

3 Children's Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl Recalled

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, working with the FDA, has voluntarily recalled infant and children’s liquid medicines because of manufacturing deficiencies possibly affecting quality, purity or potency. Certain liquid products for children and infants were part of the recall, including some Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl products. The FDA recommends using generic versions of the products and asking your pharmacist for more details. They caution parents against dispensing adult strength medicine to their children. Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg indicated that the potential for serious health problems associated with the recall is remote, but consumers deserve the highest quality.

More at FDA | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Recalled Medicine, Childrens Medicine Recall, Childrens Benadryl

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Frequent BP Monitoring Is Best

4 Home Blood Pressure Monitoring More Accurate

If you check your blood pressure at home, you may be doing your heart a favor. According to a new study reported on in the journal Hypertension and at MSNBC, systematically checking blood pressure at home may be a better way to predict heart attack or stroke risk than periodic checks at the doctor's office. Home monitoring provides more blood pressure measurements, plus there's no white-coat effect. Since patients are more relaxed at home, blood pressure readings are more accurate. The study was conducted in Finland with the Omron's HEM-722c blood pressure monitor, but US patients can use, the HEM-712c, which costs around $60.

More at MSNBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chocolate Lowers BP, Reduces Risk of Heart Disease, Vitamin D Greatly Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Tags: Blood Pressure Monitoring, High Bp, Checking Bp, Checking Blood Pressure, Home Monitoring of Blood Pressure, White Coat Effect, Accurate Blood Pressure Reading

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