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Do You Breathe? – Benefits of Breathing

Remember to BreatheYou may not realize how important it is to breathe properly. A lot of issues may go away when you do.

I started reading about Quantum Touch, an energetic healing technique founded by Richard Gordon. It starts with moving energy and deep breathing to increase your energy. One of the benefits of Quantum Touch is that the practitioner often receives healing as well as the client.

I believe that comes in large part to the breathing itself.

Reading the book about Quantum Touch got me thinking about some of the things I had learned and experienced with deep breathing before.

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US Spends More in Health Care Costs, But Not Healthier

Health Care CostsPolitico reported about a month ago that while the US spends a lot more on health care per person than any other industrialized country, we are not significantly healthier.

According to the article, health care costs in the US are almost $8,000 per person while the second place country is just over $5,000 per person. That’s a difference of almost $3,000 per person. That’s huge.

One thing they point to is that the US uses a lot more expensive technology, like MRIs and CT scans. If we have and use all of this expensive technology, and it isn’t making us any healthier, then what’s the point?

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Drug Trials Neglect Children

I received this article from the International Business Times about Drug Trials Neglect Children in my email today. It is more than a little disturbing.

Some researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston reviewed nearly 2500 drug trials and found that only 12% of them focused on children. They also found that the relatively few studies that did focus on children tended to be single-center rather than multi-center calling into question their applicability to a more general population.

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Get Kidney Stones? Drink More Water

I found this article on the Hartford Courant website: Too little calcium, water linked to kidney stones.

Researchers in a study tracked 78,000 women in their 50s and 70s to find links to kidney stones. They found that women who got more calcium in their diet (in their food, not from supplements), drank more water, and consumed less salt had a lower risk of developing kidney stones.

Doctors used to think that kidney stones came from getting too much calcium but have now learned differently. It isn’t too much calcium, it’s whether your body uses the calcium or eliminates it. Calcium in your diet is more readily used than calcium from supplements. Other vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, help the body to make better use of calcium.

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Bacteria Helps You Stay Healthy

Dr. Mercola had a great article today about the microflora in your gut. In the article he says that:

Probiotics, along with a host of other microorganisms, are so crucial to your health that researchers have compared them to “a newly recognized organ.”

To give you an idea of how much microflora you have, your body contains about 100 trillion cells. They say that only 1 in 10 is a human cell. The rest are bacteria and microorganisms.

I think it is fairly common knowledge by now that without the bacteria in your digestive tract you wouldn’t be able to digest food properly.

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Sodas, Heart Disease, and Diabetes

In an article on Yahoo! News titled Sugar-Sweetened Drinks May Pose Heart Risks to Women, Study Suggests they report that drinking two or more sugary drinks a day may boost a woman’s risk for developing heart disease and diabetes even if doing so doesn’t increase her weight. Middle-aged women who drank two or more of these drinks, such as soda or flavored water, were almost four times more likely to have high levels of triglycerides (dangerous blood fats) and impaired blood sugar levels compared to women who drank less than one sweetened beverage a day.

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How to Deal with Sleep Problems in Teens

Have you seen the report Adolescent Sleep Needs and Patterns from the National Sleep Foundation?

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) determined that teens and young adults are a high risk for problem sleepiness. In other words, a large percentage of that group doesn’t get enough quality sleep at night and has trouble staying alert and focused during the day. The biggest concern is that the lack of alertness can lead to accidental injuries and fatalities. The report that drivers 25 or under cause more than half of the car accidents from falling asleep at the wheel. Sleepiness has also been linked to poor short-term memory, difficulty learning, bad mood, and low productivity.

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Does Lack of Sleep Affect Your Ability to Lose Weight?

Does lack of sleep affect your ability to lose weight? It appears that the answer is yes, it does.

I found one study on PubMed that shows that sleep deprivation does reduce your ability to lose weight, even when you are on a diet. The results say that lost sleep “decreased the proportion of weight lost as fat by 55%” and “increased the loss of fat-free body mass by 60%”. So not only does sleep deprivation reduce your ability to lose fat, you end up losing good mass.

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Osteoporosis and Milk

Milk might not be the best thing to drink to deal with osteoporosis.

My wife found this yesterday in one of her nutrition textbooks, Dietary Guidelines, from the Global College of Natural Medicine, 2010

Regrettably, the more dairy one consumes, the weaker bones can become.  It has to do with acidity and alkalinity.  When placed together they neutralize.  The calcium in milk is alkaline while the protein is acidic.  The problem is that there is more acid in the milk than alkaline calcium.  This causes the body to leach more calcium from the bones to combat the acids coming in.  So, unfortunately, those consuming dairy to combat osteoporosis are actually causing the opposite to occur.

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Osteoporosis and Calcium

Osteoporosis has become a serious problem. It used to be considered a disease that only elderly women developed, but not anymore.  It is becoming a problem for younger people, both men and women. A large part of the rise in osteoporosis is the increasing amount of acidic foods and drinks that people are taking in. As a society, we eat too much fast food and processed food and drink too many soft drinks. We don’t realize how acidic some of our food and drinks are.

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