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.

Monday, December 04, 2006

December is the deadliest month for heart attacks, so if you’re having symptoms, get help fast. Don’t wait.

Here is an article from the American Medical Association on things you can do to prevent heart disease.

Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? The American Dietetic Association recommends 20-35 grams per day. That’s a lot. Better get busy eating. BTW, cheeseburgers, burritos, French fries, hot dogs, etc, have very little if any fiber. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains do. Soluble fiber may be the best. I think it helps get rid of cholesterol. I try to eat lots of bananas, apples, and oatmeal. Here’s an article that has more information about fiber in our diet.
A variety of berry extracts may be able to stop some cancers from growing. Thing is, many berry extracts are available to consumers: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. I think that is good news.

In that same vein, just because the fruit is freeze-dried doesn’t mean it is not nutritious. (This article has a lot of good, useful information, particularly if you scroll down all the way to the bottom of the page.) And freeze-dried fruit is super convenient.

Would you like to inhibit breast cancer, diabetes, and LDL cholesterol? How about trying pterostilbene? Never heard of it? Here’s more info.

I mentioned recently the book The Wine Diet, by Roger Corder. There is a series of articles in The Telegraph UK that goes into much more detail about the Wine Diet and Dr. Corder’s research. On day one, Dr. Corder concludes that polyphenols help protect against heart disease. He also talks about tannins and procyanidins. On day two he says apples are a good source of procyanidins. And those who eat nuts have a low level of heart disease. On day three he talks about the kinds of food we should eat, including a discussion of the Mediterranean Diet. On day four he discusses food myths that could be damaging our health. On day five he discusses various menu ideas and how to maintain your desired weight. There may be other articles in this series, I don’t know. If there were, you would find a link on day 5.

There are suddenly a bunch of articles about wine and health. Here are seven articles that discuss Dr. Corder’s research: grapes from southwest France contain lots of oligomeric procyanidins; people who live in this region have less heart disease and live longer; how you make the wine affects how much healthy stuff it contains; the altitude at which the grapes are grown may affect their procyanidin content; European wines are better for you than those from the New World; drinking wine may not cause a person to live longer; and here is an article that discusses wine and chocolate. Procyanidins may be great for heart health, but I still think resveratrol is very good for my health and I will continue taking it.

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