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Excess Weight Leads to a Shorter Life

The "obesity paradox" may not be a real benefit.

Taking a life-course perspective, researchers have found obesity results in a shorter lifespan and an increased risk of cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity and mortality compared with those with a normal BMI (weight). Overweight men and women of all ages developed CVD at a younger age and spent more years living with it, despite not living as long.

PositiveTip: Maintaining a healthy BMI significantly improves quality of life, functional capacity, and decreases disability.

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E-cigarettes not so Harmless

Teens who use e-cigarettes exposed to carcinogens.

Carcinogen metabolites have been found in the urine of teens who used only e-cigarettes on an average of 13 times per month. The study group included those who both smoked cigarettes and e-cigarettes--their levels were even higher. 

PositiveTip: Contrary to tobacco industry claims, teenagers must be warned about the potential risk of e-cigarettes.

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Warning: Avoid "Miracle Mineral Solution"

Again, the dangers of fake cures!

Also promoted as "Miracle Mineral Supplement" (MMS), this product when used as directed produces an industrial bleach (chlorine dioxide) that is very toxic. It is distributed on the internet and claims to treat many unrelated diseases warns the FDA (2010). An autistic child in Indianapolis has been removed from home because the mother reportedly learned on a Facebook group that MMS could heal her child. She was adding MMS to the child's food.

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Healing from Emotional Pain

Can a broken heart be fixed?

Today is known as Valentine's Day around the world--celebrated with cards, greetings, special favors, chocolate, and loving expressions. Yet for many, this day is empty and meaningless--maybe completely opposite of its intended purpose. Most of us experience deep heartbreak at some point in our lives. If that is where you find yourself today, take a few minutes to watch psychologist Guy Winch talk about fixing a broken heart. We think you will find it very helpful.

PositiveTip: May your day be filled with joy, happiness, and true love!

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Safest to Skip the Raw Milk

The renaissance of raw milk is causing nasty, drug-resistant infections.

The Centers for Disease Control reports an outbreak of 17 cases of drug-resistent Campylobacter jejuni infections from raw milk in Colorado. These strains cause more severe disease and take longer to recover. Though selling raw milk is illegal in Colorado, herdsharing is not, and that is where this infection was spread. (For an indepth discussion about the risks of nonpasteurized dairy products see this article.)

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Possible Link Between Prenatal Caffeine and ADHD

High maternal caffeine consumption is associated with ADHD-like behavior at 11 years old.

Danish researchers found a significant trend associating increasing levels of coffee consumption during pregnancy and the risk of having children with a behavioral profile that fits ADHD. The strongest correlation was between caffeine consumption at 15 weeks gestation, suggesting a developmental window when fetal brains may be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine. More research is needed before cause and effect can be determined.

PositiveTip: Pregnant women might want to avoid caffeine, especially during the early weeks of pregnancy!

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The Five Healthy Habits that Lower Cancer Risk

Even small changes in lifestyle can change your cancer risk.

Evidence from over 340,000 adults in the U.K. Biobank found after 5 years that those who met all five of the healthy living factors were 32% less likely to get cancer than those who met only one or none. The five healthy lifestyle factors are:

  • healthy weight
  • physically active
  • healthy diet
  • non-smokers
  • limited alcohol

PositiveTip: Take one step at a time in adopting a healthy lifestyle. You can be successful.

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The Five Healthy Habits that Lower Cancer Risk

Even small changes in lifestyle can change your cancer risk.

Evidence from over 340,000 adults in the U.K. Biobank found after 5 years that those who met all five of the healthy living factors were 32% less likely to get cancer than those who met only one or none. The five healthy lifestyle factors are:

  • healthy weight
  • physically active
  • healthy diet
  • non-smokers
  • limited alcohol

PositiveTip: Take one step at a time in adopting a healthy lifestyle. You can be successful.

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No Safe Level for Smoking

Smoking a single cigarette a day is associated with significantly more risk than non-smokers.

Lighting up just one time per day poses a significantly increased risk for heart disease and stroke. This large meta-analysis of 141 studies in 21 countries found smoking one cigarette a day was associated with a 48-74% increased risk in men, and a 57-118% risk for women.

PositiveTip: Remember, light smoking, smoking fewer cigarettes, and occasion smoking brings a substantial risk of harm.

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Soda Warning Labels

Warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages help lower obesity rates.

Computational simulation modeling has demonstrated in Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco, that warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) encouraged a significant drop in obesity prevalence following the adoption of the policies. This should give encouragement to other jurisdictions that are considering similar measures.

PositiveTip: Don't wait for regulations: just refuse to purchase or drink SSBs and you will reap the benefits!