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Topics this week include: how much fruit juice is safe for infants, an epigenetic key to living a long life, what to do for anxiety attacks (not deep breathing), and others—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
Plus, in our Featured Social Post highlighted below, you’ll read Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger, Sr.’s observations on the Effects of Weather on Man in his 1938 address to the American Therapeutic Society.
More Evidence of Food Additive Dangers
New research out of Georgia State University has shown that a widely used food additive contributes to intestinal imbalance and may increase chronic inflammatory conditions. The emulsifier, carboxymethylcellulose, has been added to many processed foods since the 1960s. Used to extend shelf-life, carboxymethylcellulose negatively alters gut microbiota, reducing the counts of beneficial bacteria and the metabolites they normally produce (which the colon requires to stay healthy). Consumption of this food additive may contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis. Read more at Science Daily.
How Much Fruit Juice Is Safe for Infants?
Introducing fruit juice into an infant’s diet early on has recently been associated with a higher intake of sugary drinks in childhood. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health just published a study in the Journal of Nutrition which found that infants who consumed fruit juice prior to 12 months of age were more likely to have a higher intake of sugary juice and soda, with a lower intake of water, in early and middle childhood. Early juice introduction had previously been associated with childhood obesity and dental caries, something wholly in line with the excellently elucidating writings of Dr. Weston A. Price on the links between diet and both oral and systemic health. Find out more on the study at the American Society for Nutrition.
What Your Diet Does to Your Gut
A new study published in Nature Metabolism found that an unhealthy diet high in sugar and fat can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and gastrointestinal cancer by changing the activity of intestinal stem cells. Intestinal stem cells are precursors to the different cell types of the gut that absorb nutrients, battle pathogens, secrete hormones, and lay down protective mucus. The researchers saw that the unhealthy diet coerced intestinal stem cells into dividing and differentiating much faster than normal, increasing the risk for tumor growth. The diet also reduced the number of serotonin-producing cells in the small intestine, which can result in an increased appetite and a severe lack of motility in the gut. Find out more at News Medical.
A Healthy Musculoskeletal System Through Nutrition
The musculoskeletal system has a much more substantial influence over healthy aging than many of us appreciate. As Dr. Jason Theodosakis explained in a recent article, muscles, bones, ligaments, and fascia all work together to structurally support the body, handle mechanical stressors, and provide a cozy environment for the proper functioning of our internal organs. This complex system requires comprehensive nutrition for its optimal functioning. Learn more at Natural Products Insider.
Want to Live a Long Life? Read This…
Is there a secret to long life? The American Federation for Aging Research recently examined what factors may contribute the most to longer and healthier lifespans. Lifestyle habits such as eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, exercising regularly, and drinking in moderation increase life expectancy, as one would expect. But as professors from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine report, one centenarian secret may be the possession of beneficial genetic mutations that assist in thwarting disease. Importantly, the expression of inherited mutations can be modulated epigenetically through nutrition, as shown by the work of Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. Read the article at RealClear Science.
Why Deep Breathing Could Worsen Anxiety Attacks
The common recommendation to focus on taking deep breaths when feeling anxious may actually worsen anxiety in some. Dr. Julia Englund Straight, in her article published in Psychology Today, suggests practicing grounding skills first when in the middle of an anxiety attack, then moving on to slow breaths with a longer exhale to calm the sympathetic nervous system. Practicing slow and regular breathing outside of stressful situations can make it easier to return to a state of relaxation, and may improve heart rate variability (a measure of cardiac suppleness) says Dr. Straight. Read more at Psychology Today.
Individuals “suffer the consequences of malfunction—ill health”—when they fail to adjust to changes in atmospheric and cosmic forces.
Everyone biologically reacts to those changes, and most of us without knowing. But others suffer.
For example, Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger, Sr., one of our nutrition pioneers, observed that, “An individual who has a hyperactive thyroid gland may be stimulated to such an extent by severe weather changes that his hyperthyroid state assumes disease proportions.”
Read the address Dr. Pottenger, Sr. gave to the American Therapeutic Society in 1938 to learn more about the effects of atmospheric forces on the body, and its relationship to disease.
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