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Heart Health Newsletter
Issue 6 - March 8, 2005

In today's Heart Health Issue
   1. Millen's Musings: Heart attack odds you can live with.
   2. Feature article: Please don't pass the sugar.
   3. New page: Recent Policosanol Research
   4. Laughter is the best medicine

Heart Attack Odds
You Can Live With!

Gambling or “gaming” as the casino owners like to call it, is an enjoyable pastime for many folks. I love the movie “Maverick.” Especially the riverboat “poker tournament” scene.

When it comes to gambling it makes good sense to have the odds on your side...that is if winning appeals to you. A casino thrives by stacking the odds just a little in its favor. And so can you. 

Why do some people have heart attacks, stroke or cancer and others avoid these crippling diseases? Is it just the "luck of the draw" or can we lay the blame on our parents for transmitting bad genes?

Stanford researcher and author of WE LIVE TOO SHORT AND DIE TOO LONG, Walter Bortz, M.D. says that several scientific studies prove that only 15% to 20% of health risks can be attributed to our parents.

Bortz says "It's not the cards you are dealt but how you play the hand." Winning for me has always been more fun than losing...and  having a heart attack isn’t as much fun as you might think. 

Are you a gambler or like me do you prefer a sure thing? How would you like to improve your odds of not having a heart attack to, let's say 90%? You could clean up at the casinos with those odds. 

A number of studies have conclusively proven that if you are a non-smoker, exercise regularly, eat the right foods, get adequate amounts of essential oils and take high quality natural nutritional supplements you will reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 90%.

Now those are odds you can live with!

 “That sounds interesting,” you say, “but who wants to give up all the good things in life? I’ll just live it up now and die young.” It’s not so easy to die young these days. The wonderful medical technology keeps us alive for a long time, feeling really, really terrible.

If climbing a few stairs has you huffing and puffing or if your doctor has advised you to lose weight, then you are not feeling anywhere near as good as you could. You need to improve your odds.

Will it take some effort to keep heart attacks at bay? Of course it will. You have to change some habit patterns and spend some time educating yourself—that’s your ante.  The pay off is vigorous, energetic heart health for life!

We're here to help you make this happen.

Please don't pass the sugar.

When you get as old as I am being healthy, energetic and able to do the really important things in life become high on my priority list.

 Some of my friends have been so rude as to suggest that I’m “older than dirt” so I was intrigued by a workshop entitled “The Anti-Aging Solution” which was presented at a recent conference.

The key speaker was Vincent Giampapa, M.D. cofounder of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, which now has more than 2,000 physician members.

The seminar included the usual anti-aging strategies that we are familiar with but don’t always practice, such as reducing stress, eating the right foods, nutritional supplementation and of course exercise.

Doctor Giampapa and his associates have taken these strategies to a new level by showing how our choices can impact our DNA and make a significant difference in the quality and length of our lives.

 The role that sugar and other refined carbohydrates play in the drama of health and aging was especially fascinating. Insulin, the chief hormone that controls metabolism, is the lead character in this production. Insulin is crucial for good health but needs to be kept in a narrow range. Too much insulin can have disastrous effects.

The typical American diet of white flour products, sugary snacks and fast foods quickly turns into glucose and our pancreas responds by sending a stream of insulin to counter the assault.            

Sugar is toxic to cells, and this glucose overload causes the cells to become insulin resistant over time. When this happens you develop insulin resistance, which opens the door and invites in diabetes, heart disease and a host of other life threatening maladies. If you are overweight by more than 30 pounds your odds of being insulin resistant multiply.

When glucose is oxidized by free radicals it coats the surface of brain cells causing memory loss. It is also responsible for skin wrinkling and impaired immune function.

“Persistent sleepiness after meals, which is common among older people, is one of the first signs that sugar problems exist,” says Dr. Giampapa.

Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, a noted anti-aging researcher at U.C. San Francisco, has extended the life of earthworms by 600% by turning down the activity of a single gene, which is the human counterpart of genes known as the insulin pathway. Relatively speaking, that’s the equivalent of vibrant, healthy 500-year-old humans.

“I eat a diet that keeps my insulin levels low,” says Kenyon. “I actually do eat lots of carbohydrates, just not the starchy refined ones that turn into sugar quickly in your body.”

Jonny Bowden, a certified nutrition specialist and author of “Living the Low-Carb Life” says, “High carb diets are lethal because they produce high levels of insulin and prevent your body from burning fat.”

“Research data consistently finds three common factors in people who are mentally and physically fit and live to be at least 100 years old,” adds Bowen. “The first is low triglycerides, the second is high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, the good cholesterol), and the third is a low level of fasting insulin.”

       “A low-carb diet improves all these variables,” says Bowden. “So bingo, you just hit your three longevity bull’s-eyes. Add exercise and sleep, which are proved to raise HDL, and you’ve got it made!”

New Page: Recent Policosanol Research

2004-2005 Research confirms the benefits of policosanol.

Laughter is the best medicine.
Subject: You thought you had a bad day.....

This is even funnier when you realize it's real! Next time you have a bad day at work...think of this guy.
Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana. He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister.  She then sent it to radio station 103.2 on FM dial in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, who was sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won..

Hi Sue,

Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all.

Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wetsuit.

This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose.  Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints.

What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wetsuit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi.  Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I
pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done.

In agony I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate.

When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say I aborted the dive.

I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression.  When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet.

As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, Handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days because my butt was swollen shut.

So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt. Now repeat to yourself, "I love my job, I love my job, I love my job."

If you've ever dressed a child you will love it.

Did you hear about the Texas Teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. Finally, when the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet."

She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my boots."

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to, And once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner than they got the boots off he said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear 'em."

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry, but she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots"

Her trial starts next month.

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