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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Health Notes
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have developed a new cholesterol drug blocks LDL before it leaves the liver.

Can dried plums help with osteoporosis?

Can strawberries slow cancer cell growth?

We talked yesterday about the pros and cons of soy. Here is another lengthy discussion.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. Much about this disease may be related to lifestyle, which of course can be changed.

Here’s something else to worry about: metabolic syndrome. To avoid getting it, lifestyle changes might include: lose weight, increase physical activity, stop smoking, and avoid a high-carbohydrate diet. In a related article, resveratrol, the polyphenol found in red wine, might offer some protection against some metabolic diseases.

Can mindfulness meditation from Buddhist philosophy help women who have eating disorders?

Here’s another reason why fat and obesity are not good: fatty tissue secretes a protein called Resistin. When Resistin levels in the blood are high, the hearts of heart attack victims may recover only about 68% of their previous ability to contract, compared to about 90% when Resistin levels are not high.

I’m all for making it possible for people to lose weight when it is needed. Maybe this new product, based on a hunger-related hormone, will help.

DIM, or diindolylmethane, is a natural compound derived from vegetables like broccoli, that could prove very effective in fighting some cancers, such as breast, pancreatic, colon, bladder and ovarian.

While we’re talking about broccoli, we have mentioned before that tomatoes and broccoli, when eaten together, might help fight prostate cancer. Now there is new research that says pretty much the same thing.


  • At 11:47 PM, Blogger Raggedy said…

    Woooooohooooooo on the new blog!
    I love it!
    I still hope to see some love and politics from you at least once in awhile.

    Have a wonderful day!
    (=':'=) hugs
    (")_ (")Š from
    the Cool Raggedy one


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