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  • A Pill That Prevents Cancer? Yes And It's Been Sitting In Your Medicine Cabinet All This Time.

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     
     

     

    aspirin .5 mg pill

    Open up . . .


    Your key to cancer prevention may be hiding in your medicine cabinet.

     

    Taking a daily dose of aspirin may help prevent—and possibly treat—cancer, according to studies published in the March issues of The Lancet and The Lancet Oncology.

    The researchers conducted three studies. One was a review of more than 60 years of data that reported associations between aspirin use and cancer risks. Another  analyzed five large randomized trials of daily aspirin consumption. The third looked at individual subject data from randomized trials of daily aspirin compared to no aspirin.

    Their conclusion: Aspirin not only has short-term benefits in preventing cancer, it can reduce the likelihood of spreading to other organs by about 40 to 50 percent.

    That’s extremely important because it’s the process of spreading to other organs (metastasis) that most commonly kills people with cancer, says study author Peter Rothwell, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Neurology at Oxford University.

    How can this little pill pack so much power? Aspirin effects the platelets in your blood, which release growth factors that can stimulate cancer development. More research is needed to fully understand the mechanism. (Are you at risk for prostate cancer?

     

    As for preventing the spreading of cancer, their research suggests that the effect is largest in adenocarcinomas. “These include cancers of the gut, particularly colorectal cancer, some cancers of the lung, and most cancers of the breast and prostate,” says Rothwell.

    Think aspirin might be right for you? Keep the dosage low and talk to your doctor about which amount is right for you. Although aspirin increases the risk of bleeding, the conditions that aspirin helps to prevent—including cancer, stroke, and heart attacks—are more likely to be disabling or fatal, says Rothwell

  • "Bad" Foods You Should Absolutely Eat

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    It turns out that many of the “fattening” foods you avoid while trying to slim down actually have unique fat releasing properties that—in moderation, of course—can help you lose weight more quickly. And I love that you don’t need to deprive yourself: these are foods we all love to eat, and now there’s no reason to avoid them!

    1. Red Wine

    So many people have asked me if it’s OK to have a drink when you’re trying to lose weight. Listen up—this glass is for you! Many studies show that a small glass of wine a day is good for your heart, and cutting-edge research suggests that resveratrol, a potent anti-aging chemical found in red wine, is a fat releaser too.

    In one study of more than 19,000 women of normal weight, light to moderate drinkers had less weight gain and less risk of becoming overweight than those who drank no alcohol. An animal study found that resveratrol improved exercise endurance and protected against obesity and insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.

    2. Chocolate

    If you’re like me, you welcome any new excuse to add more chocolate to your life. You probably know that cocoa is packed with antioxidants, but recent research reveals that they may also help you release fat. A 2011 study in the Journal of Nutrition found that obese, diabetic mice that consumed a diet high in epicatechins, the antioxidants found in cocoa lived longer. The cocoa reduced degeneration of the arteries in their heart and it blunted fat deposition.

    3. Cheese

    Raise your hand if dairy is one of the first things to go when you start a diet.  How can you lose weight and eat pizza?! The fantastic news here is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. One University of Tennessee study showed that eating three servings of dairy a day significantly reduced body fat in obese subjects. And dairy is one of the best sources of calcium, another fat releaser. Research shows that people who don’t consume enough of this bone builder have greater fat mass and less control of their appetite.

    4. Coconut Oil

    Saturated fats are usually considered no-nos for dieters, but you shouldn’t shun this sweet, rich oil. It was shown to do some nifty things for abdominally obese women in a 2009 study out of Brazil, including decreasing waist circumference and improving the ratio of their good “HDL” cholesterol to bad “LDL.” In populations where coconut oil is commonly eaten, high cholesterol levels and heart disease are uncommon.

    5. Nuts

    I’ve known about the power of MUFAs—monounsaturated fatty acids—to help reduce belly fat since 2006. They’re found in certain nuts and seeds (as well as olives, avocados, and dark chocolate). But after diving into the most current research, I also discovered the power of PUFAs—polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in fish as well as in many nuts and seeds—to boost metabolism and calorie burn.

    Basically, when it comes to a healthy, filling snack, you can’t go wrong with nuts—they’re packed with fat releasing unsaturated fats, filling fiber (another fat releaser), and a host of other healthy nutrients. Although the benefits of nuts are becoming increasingly well known, I’m surprised that people still avoid them because of their fattening reputation. I’m here to tell you that you’re far better off munching on nuts than pretzels or any fat-free packaged, processed food

  • New Study. Popcorn As Good For You As Fruits And Veggies?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Don't Forget to Eat Your Fruits, Veggies ... and Popcorn?

     

    SUNDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Want a healthy snack? Consider passing the popcorn. A new study says the whole-grain treat contains more of the "good for you" antioxidants called polyphenols than some fruits or vegetables.

    The amount of polyphenols in popcorn was up to 300 milligrams (mg) per serving compared with 114 mg per serving of sweet corn and 160 mg per serving for all fruits, according to study findings to be presented Sunday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. This is because polyphenols are diluted in the 90 percent water that makes up many fruits and vegetables, whereas they are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about 4 percent water, the study authors said.

    In the average U.S. diet, fruits provide 255 mg of polyphenols per day and vegetables provide 218 mg per day. One serving of popcorn would provide 13 percent of the average daily intake of polyphenols per person in the United States, the Pennsylvania researchers said in a society news release.

    The levels of polyphenols in popcorn reported in this study were higher than previously believed. The levels were similar to those found in nuts and 15 times the levels found in whole-grain tortilla chips, the researchers said.

    The investigators also found that the hulls of popcorn -- the bits that tend to get caught in the teeth -- have the highest concentrations of polyphenols and fiber.

    "Those hulls deserve more respect," study author Joe Vinson, of the University of Scranton, said in the news release.

    However, Vinson warned, adding butter, salt and other calorie-laden flavorings can turn this snack into a bucketful of trouble.

    "Air-popped popcorn has the lowest number of calories, of course," Vinson said. "Microwave popcorn has twice as many calories as air-popped, and if you pop your own with oil, this has twice as many calories as air-popped popcorn. About 43 percent of microwave popcorn is fat, compared to 28 percent if you pop the corn in oil yourself."

    Vinson also added that eating popcorn shouldn't be an excuse to skip the fresh fruits and vegetables. Popcorn lacks the vitamins and other nutrients found in fruits and vegetables that are essential for good health.

    Popcorn is the "only snack that is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain. All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called 'whole grain,' this simply means that over 51 percent of the weight of the product is whole grain," Vinson said.

    "One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 percent of the daily intake of whole grain. The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way," he noted.

    The study was funded by the university and received no money from the food industry. The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal

  • The Perfect P.M. Workout

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Longer hours at the office may make for later nights at the gym. But good news for fitness fanatics—the health industry has caught on.

    The number of health clubs that stay open 24 hours has soared from just couple hundred five years ago to more than 2,000 today, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.

    Empty gym at night

    Talk about dedication.

    Experts, however, recommend that you avoid vigorous exercise before bed. Physical activity naturally stimulates your system, increasing your body temperature, which delays the body’s natural onset of sleep.

    So what if evening workouts are best for your schedule? Follow these simple tips to get the best of both worlds—a good workout and a good night’s sleep.

    Choose Your Workout Wisely

    Your first move: Steer clear of any high-intensity activity, says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., a Men’s Health fitness adviser and CEO of StreamFit.com. Avoid cardio because it will increase your heart rate, and strength training because it excites your nervous system. Also nix metabolic conditioning which will energize you like crazy, says Gaddour.

    His recommendation: Try isometric work—a type of strength training done in static positions—like planks, pushups, squats, hip bridges, and split squat holds. Not only are these exercises less intense than dynamic exercise, isometric work won’t completely jack up your metabolism and heart rate, says Gaddour.

    Score Extra Melatonin


    When the lights go out, the hormone in the body that control your internal clock, called melatonin, ignites your sleep cycle. Drink some cherry juice to naturally boost your levels. Scientists from the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research found that people who drank an ounce of cherry juice twice a day for a week scored an extra 25 minutes of shuteye per night. Why? The researchers explained that tart cherry juice is laced with tryptophan, which transforms into melatonin in your body. Raspberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and strawberries can have the same effect.

    Another alternative: Take it in supplement form a few hours before dark falls. Researchers from MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences found that an effective dose for sleep is 0.3 milligrams (mg). You won’t find such a small dose in stores—supplement makers tend to think more is better. So pick up a pill cutter and take a quarter or half of a 1 mg pill, such as Natrol Melatonin ($14 for 180, natrol.com).

    Get “Bed Ready”

    Once you’re done with the gym and back home, it’s time to switch gears. Steer clear of loud music, obnoxious television, and bright lights, says Sam Sugar, M.D., director of sleep services at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami. “That exposure to light will prevent your pineal gland from secreting melatonin,” says Sugar.

    One thing you can do to help the onset of sleep: Hop in the shower. A decrease in body temperature signals your body it’s time to sleep, says Sugar. So if you hop in a warm shower post-gym (which let’s hope you would do that anyways), it temporarily spikes your temperature. Therefore, once you get in bed and your temp begins to drop, it will serve as a natural kick into snooze-ville.

  • The Worst Food For Belly Fat. I Couldn't Believe It.

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     
    Main Image When we asked cardiologist William Davis, M.D., what the worst food for your heart is, he didn't spend long thinking. His answer: Wheat.

    Then he told us that it's also the worst food for your belly. In fact, because of this, he's actually coined a new term. "I call it wheat belly, though I could have just as easily called this condition pretzel brain or bagel bowel or biscuit face since there's not an organ system unaffected by wheat," says Dr. Davis, author of the new book, Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight. "But wheat's impact on the waistline is its most visible characteristic."

    If you're carrying around excess belly flab, Dr. Davis's advice is clear: Give up the wheat. While that may sound drastic, he says that it doesn't mean never eating pizza, cookies, and cheesecake again. And that when you kick the wheat out of your diet, you actually quit craving wheat-filled foods.

    Just how powerful is this wheat-free approach? "When my patients gave up wheat, they lost an average of 26.7 pounds each," says Dr. Davis. This isn't an isolated finding: According to a Mayo Clinic and University of Iowa study, test subjects lost an average of 27.5 pounds each on a wheat-free diet.

    Of course, you're probably wondering: Why is wheat so bad for my waistline? The answer is simple: Because it's not really wheat anymore, says Dr. Davis. He explains that in the 1960s, a small group of scientists in Mexico set out to make wheat easier to grow and more pest resistant. That was good for the farmers, but bad for your health and your weight. The reason, according to Dr. Davis: Genetic engineering transformed wheat into a super carbohydrate that wreaks havoc on your body and makes you fat. And yes, says Dr. Davis, this even applies to the so-called "healthy" whole wheat that nutritionists say you should eat.

    In Dr. Davis's new book, Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, you'll learn the history of how wheat became the single-worst food for your belly. More importantly, you'll discover all of the health benefits that go along with dropping it from your diet. Dr. Davis says you'll slash your cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides, as well as other markers of heart disease risk—such as inflammation. Plus, you'll get his complete guide to eating a wheat-free diet, which includes dozens of delicious recipes. It's truly a cardiologist-approved eating.
  • Some People Call Them Empanadas. I Call Them Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pasty's.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Pasty's

    Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Empanadas
     
     

    Partner cookie dough and pie crust for an indulgent treat dipped in peanut butter and rich chocolate.

    Prep Time: 35 Min

    Total Time: 1 Hr 35 Min

     

    INGREDIENTS

    1
    roll Pillsbury® refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
    4
    oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
    3
    Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts (from 2 boxes), softened as directed on box
    1
    LAND O LAKES® Egg, beaten
    1
    bag (10 oz) Reese's® peanut butter baking chips
    4
    tablespoons Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
    1
    bag (12 oz) Hershey's® semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
    1
    teaspoon powdered sugar

    DIRECTIONS

                        1                        Heat oven to 375°F. Let 1/2 roll of cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften. (Refrigerate 1/2 roll cookie dough for another use.) In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add cream cheese; beat on medium speed with electric mixer until smooth. Set aside.                    2                        Unroll 1 pie crust; roll into 12-inch round. Using 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut into 8 rounds, rerolling dough as necessary. Repeat with second and third crusts.                     3                        Spoon scant 1 tablespoon cookie dough mixture on half of each round; flatten slightly. Bring dough over filling; press edges with fork to seal. Cut small slit on top of each empanada; place on ungreased cookie sheets. Brush tops with beaten egg.                    4                        Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.                    5                        Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave peanut butter chips and 2 tablespoons of the shortening on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Dip 1 corner of each empanada into melted chips on an angle, creating a diagonal line. Place on waxed paper; let stand 10 minutes or until coating is set.                    6                        Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and remaining 2 tablespoons shortening on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Holding undipped corner, dip the peanut butter-coated empanadas into melted chocolate on opposite angle so that some peanut butter coating is still visible. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until chocolate is set. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Store covered in refrigerator.
     
  • Your Game Plan For Her Bad Mood

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Your Game Plan for Her Bad Mood

     
     
     



    Stressed businesswoman sitting on couch

     

    If she’s not happy, you’re not getting anything: attention, dinner, or—most importantly—YOU KNOW WHAT! Time to help her bad mood. According to a Harvard University study, it’s not that tough: Women are happier in a relationship when their partner understands when they’re upset. How come? Researchers believe being in tune with her emotions shows your investment and engagement in a relationship.

    But how do you “show you understand?” Follow these three tips.

    Thou Shalt Not Solve
    It’s a well-known male trait: You like to fix things. Broken window? I’ll fix it right now. But if she starts talking about her bad day, don’t treat her like a broken window. “Women are more interested in expressing the problem than hearing the solution,” says Marc Salem, Ph.D., a behavioral psychologist and the Men’s Health resident expert on nonverbal behavior. Listen with open ears and a closed mouth. If asked for solutions, come to the rescue. Remember: Simply expressing her problem to you can relieve her anxiety, he adds.

    Use a Parallel Situation
    Here’s where we’re similar: Both men and women are sensitive to nonverbal cues—if you have a feeling that she’s acting absent or cold, you’re probably right. The trick? Don’t try to warm her up, says Salem.


    Instead, use a parallel situation. If you have a hunch her bad day has to do with Karen at work, talk about some of your coworkers’ annoyances, and then ask her about her day. She may be more likely to tell you what’s up if she knows you can relate.

    Magic Number Three
    “Women are bakers and men are chefs,” says Salem. You want the instant gratification—flipping a burger, or knowing she feels better right now. She will set something in the oven, wait, and feel better after some time.

    Ask three times what’s going on. If she doesn’t budge, then drop it. “Space is a form of nonverbal communication,” says Salem. Use it wisely. Asking too many questions can push her deeper into a well of denial or depression. She might defer talking until a later time. Let her. She’ll appreciate you waiting to talk when she wants to.

  • Peyton Manning Goes To The Broncos

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Peyton Manning goes from Colts to Broncos; decides on Denver.

    Peyton Manning and John Elway last Friday. (AP)

    Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Peyton Manning has made his decision ... and he's taking his talent to the Mile High City. Mort reported that Manning had advised agent Tom Condon to wrap up negotiations on what is believed to be a five-year, $95 million offer. The belief is, according to multiple reports, that the Broncos will now try to trade quarterback Tim Tebow.

  • Losing Coach Bites Off Ear Of Winning Coach. Seriously???

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    According to Springfield, Mass., news network WWLP, 34-year-old Timothy Forbes was charged with mayhem, assault and battery, and disorderly conduct on Monday in Springfield District Court after turning himself in to police. The charges follow Forbes' attack on an unnamed fellow middle school basketball coach at Springfield (Mass.) Holy Name School following his Springfield Heat's loss to the Sprinfield Migs in the Springfield Catholic Youth Organization middle school basketball finals.

    According to WWLP and NBC Connecticut, among other sources, Forbes was enraged following his team's loss and instigated a fight with the Migs coach. In the midst of that scuffle, he then bit the Migs coach's ear, allegedly removing part of it in the process.

    The victim, a fellow 34-year-old Springfield resident, was rushed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and had his ear reattached. He was released shortly thereafter.

    While Forbes was named as a coach in the Heat organization by Springfield police, Heat officials themselves denied that the man was a coach for the team and argued that he was not on the organization's roster.

    Regardless of official roles, Springfield Heat president John Maloney told WWLP that the entire incident was shocking for all involved.

     

    "I think everyone who heard it couldn't believe it and it was certainly very devastating to the program to have something like this happen," Maloney told WWLP. "We feel it hasn't happened before and we hope it will never happen again."

    One can only hope that will be the case, given the severity of Forbes' bizarre attack.