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Parents Should Stop Giving Teens Alcohol

Parental provision of alcohol to teenagers is a risk for harmful behaviors.

When teens get alcohol from their parents they are more likely to engage in risky drinking practices. This was found in a large study of Australian adolescents ages 13-18.  Surprisingly, 15% of teens received alcohol from their parents when they were 13, versus 57% when 18. Compared with teens with no alcohol supply, parental supply increased the risk of binge-drinking, alcohol-related harms and alcohol use disorder more than two times.

PositiveTip:  Parents should not supply their teens with alcohol--neither should anyone else.

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Parents Should Stop Giving Teens Alcohol

Parental provision of alcohol to teenagers is a risk for risky behaviors.

When teens get alcohol from their parents they are more likely to engage in risky drinking practices. This was found in a large study of Australian adolescents ages 13-18.  Surprisingly, 15% of teens received alcohol from their parents when they were 13, versus 57% when 18. When compared with teens with no alcohol supply, parental supply increased the risk of binge-drinking, alcohol-related harms and alcohol use disorder more than two times.

PositiveTip:  Parents should not supply their teens with alcohol--neither should anyone else.

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"Raw Water"--Really?

"Raw water" clearly poses risks from viruses, bacteria and parasites!

Technically, "raw water" is unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized water from a natural spring. Are there really benefits to drinking water in a "natural" state? A small, but growing group of advocates believe there are. "Living water" as it is called by some, is organically laden with minerals, bacteria, and other "healthy" compounds claimed to boost "energy" and "peacefulness"--all unproven benefits.

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Supplements to Prevent Fractures?

Supplementation with calcium and/or vitamin D did not reduce fracture risk in older adults.

Contrary to current opinion, a systematic review of 33 randomized trials in about 50,000 community-living adults over 50 years old found no benefit for supplementation of vitamin D and/or calcium. This study strongly supports the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce in not recommending calcium or vitamin D supplementation in this population.

PositiveTip: Get your vitamin D from adequate sun exposure, exercise daily, and include plenty of calcium rich foods in your diet.

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Phillip Morris Vows to 'Give Up Cigarettes'

Phillip Morris if you are really serious, just stop selling cigarettes today.

Phillip Morris International ran advertisements in the U.K. this week vowing to stop selling cigarettes. It is hard to believe, and many suspect this is a stunt--like a bad April's Fool's joke. PMI claims it has a global commitment to replace cigarettes with smoke-free alternatives. Yet teens who use these kinds of products are twice as likely to begin smoking cigarettes with one year.

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Gut Microbiome Mediates Hypertension

Changes in gut microbiome may increase blood pressure.

In mouse experiments, researchers have found a high-salt diet leads to depletion of a species of Lactobacillus in the gut, which in turn increases particular lymphocytes that result in a rise in blood pressure (and type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis). Supplementation of the mouse diet with the depleted species of lactobacilli reversed these changes. A small study of salt-sensitive humans found similar results. 

PositiveTip: Carefully controlling sodium intake, especially when salt-sensitive, may help reduce hypertension.

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Sense of Smell

Scent detectors found in the nose are also found in other parts of the body!

As we start 2018, we can be grateful for the intentional and wonderful way each one of us is made! For instance, we often take the sense of smell for granted. Yet physiologist Dr. Jennifer Pluznick says it has been estimated that humans can detect up to 1 trillion discrete odors! Enjoy watching this 7 minute video where she explains why there are so many tiny scent detectors found all over the body.

PositiveTip: "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it." Psalms 139:14

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Considering a Juice Cleanse: Think Again!

Your body has built-in mechanisms to keep it clean and tidy!

Now that the holidays are almost over, and it is time to think about resolutions for the New Year, you may be considering the need of a cleanse via a juice cleanse. Before you start you may want to read a very practical and balanced interview with two experts in the field which was published on BuzzFeed.com. They share 12 commonsense reasons to carefully assess the wisdom of a juice cleanse.

PositiveTip: God created your internal organs and skin to constantly dispose of the garbage of living--and they don't get clogged!

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Raw Milk Warning

People who drank Udder Milk raw milk probably need antibiotics.

Anyone who consumed raw milk or milk products from Udder Milk within the last 6 months should see their physician and receive post-exposure antibiotic treatment. This CDC advisory comes after a New Jersey woman contracted Brucella abortus RB51 after drinking raw milk from this company. Any one consuming raw milk should assess themselves every day for fever for 30 days after exposure, and muscle pain, fatigue, arthritis, depression and testicular swelling for 6 months.

PositiveTip: It is best to avoid consumption of any raw milk or products.

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How to Prevent Holiday Overeating

Our environment is filled with food messages--most designed to make us eat more.

Food may be everywhere, but most of us need to tune out the "eat" messages! Here are three suggestions on how to do just that from the Harvard Nutrition Source:

  1. Pay attention to the food you are about to put in your mouth. Technology-free meals can help.
  2. Watch out for sugar and salt--they stimulate the taste buds, but are usually associated with high calorie, processed foods.
  3. Let meal times be a way of honoring real hunger--not a way to fulfill comfort-food cravings.

PositiveTip: If you "crave and cave" delay your response until you can "pause and pass."