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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 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."

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Merry Christmas!

May this day bring you great joy and peace!

"For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
." Isaiah 9:6

"Let us not cast away our confidence, but have firm assurance, firmer than ever before. “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us,” and He will help us to the end (1 Samuel 7:12)... Let us keep fresh in our memory all the tender mercies that God has shown us—the tears He has wiped away, the pains He has soothed, the anxieties removed, the fears dispelled, the wants supplied, the blessings bestowed—thus strengthening ourselves for all that is before us through the remainder of our pilgrimage." Courage and Conflict, page 364

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U.S. FDA to Increase Homeopathic Drug Enforcement

Some homeopathic preparations are manufactured with ingredients that are dangerous.

The U.S. FDA has notified the booming $3 billion homeopathy industry it is going to increase enforcement of manufacturing, marketing and safety regulations for homeopathic products. This will focus most on products that have "the greatest potential to cause risk to patients" and include:

  • Products with known safety issues, dangerous substances, and those found to be adulterated.
  • Products intended to treat serious or life-threatening conditions which may replace known, effective treatments.

PositiveTip: All smart consumers should be able to know for certain the efficacy and safety of what they take.

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Is that Lotion Really Ultra-hydrating?

When there are no published rules, marketing hype abounds.

All of us are inundated with the seemingly endless ads for cosmetic and skincare products. Each month in Dermatology Times Zoe Diana Draelos, MD examines some of these claims. Here is a sample: what is an ultra-hydrating and therapeutic skin moisturizer formula? Answer: pure marketing gibberish

PositiveTip: In a world of appealing, but unfounded claims, education from experts who understand the subject is the best way to prevent being suckered!

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Regular Exercise Lowers Risk for Dementia

Regular physical activity decreases the odds of dementia.

In the U.S. the total cost of caring for a person with dementia is $287,000, which is 57% higher than caring for a patient with any other disease. Sadly, there is no effective treatment for dementia. However, the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Survey has revealed that people who regularly exercised had almost 50% lower odds of developing dementia than those who did not exercise regularly.

PositiveTip: Choose daily regular exercise to reduce your odds of dementia and other health risks.