The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Health Notes
People who don’t get enough folic acid may be at greater risk of colorectal cancer.

With regard to this whole thing about red wine and obesity, massive doses of resveratrol are said to help obese mice live as long as those who are not obese. One way to look at it, however, is that obese mice are not the healthiest mice, and that if they want to be healthier they should not be obese. This fact probably has relevance for humans as well. Anyone listening?

Good News
A newly developed heart pump, along with certain medications, can help those with severe heart failure boost heart function and reverse their condition. That's good news.

Research has shown how white blood cells might be able to attack and kill cancer cells.

What kind of nutritional changes will take place in the next 25 years? Here are some predictions for the year 2031.

Research suggests that babies may be healthier if their mothers eat a low glycemic diet during pregnancy. By low glycemic we mean more fiber and complex carbohydrates.

This article says that olives (as well as extra virgin olive oil) are good for you. They have lots of polyphenols which, according to the article, are

. . . anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant. That's a heck of a combination for preventing our No. 1 killer, heart disease. Olive polyphenols lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, raise HDL ("good") cholesterol and lower triglycerides. By reducing inflammation, they also protect the lining of the arteries, and their anticoagulant effect lessens the risk of coronary thrombosis.

But it doesn't stop with heart disease. Several studies indicate that olive polyphenols have anti-cancer effects, including a study published last March in the Journal of Nutrition that concluded that they could limit proliferation of leukemia cells, while other studies associate olive oil with a decreased risk of colon cancer. And a 2000 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine credited olive polyphenols with lowering blood pressure. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil also mean that regular consumption may lessen minor aches and pains.
I use organic extra virgin olive oil, and sometimes I eat olives. Maybe I should eat more.

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