Monday, January 24, 2011


Despite my lack of posts, I have thought of this blog frequently over the last couple of months. In December, I was busying studying for, and taking, my final exam. It was finally submitted just before the new year, along with my essays, book reports, and nutritional assessments.

I think that I was left with little energy with which to blog, read, or write about nutrition/natural health topics for fun, since so much of what I was doing was work.

But, I'm back. :)

I'm working on revamping my blog, and will be making a Facebook page soon. I hope that you (yes, you, all 2 of my faithful readers) will join me over there as well.

In the meantime, here's a great article I just read this morning about exercise and its link to the immune system, specifically the flu.  From
(NaturalNews) Staying physically fit may reduce your time spent sick during cold and flu season by nearly 50 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from Appalachian State University and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers followed 1,002 adults younger than age 86 for 12 weeks in either the fall or winter of 2008. Participants reported how much time they spent exercising and rated their own fitness on a 10-point scale. The researchers found that after adjusting for potentially complicating factors such as age, body mass index, education, fruit intake, marital status, mental stress and sex, people who exercised at least five days per week spent 43 percent less time with an upper respiratory tract infection than people who exercised one or fewer days per week.

The reduction in sick time was caused both by lower infection and quicker recovery rates.

People who self-reported as highly fit spent 46 percent less time sick than people who reported low fitness. Severity of illness was also 41 percent lower in those who reported high fitness or high levels of aerobic activity.

In contrast to the strong results seen in the study, the jury is still out on the effectiveness of the much-hyped flu vaccines. Critics allege that the shots are unreliable and unnecessarily expose people to potentially severe side effects.

"The bottom line is that there is no real advantage in having a flu shot," writes Andreas Moritz in her book Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation.

"Certainly, given the frailty of so many of the oldest members of society, there is absolutely no reliable way of telling whether the flu or something else may have led to their death. The death rate in and out of the flu season is actually about the same. But then, as we have seen with AIDS, statistics can be manipulated in ways that support theories which have only one objective, to keep the medical business going."

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Resolutions of Good Health

Today is New Year's Day. All across America, people are dusting off and lacing up their running shoes, vowing to get in shape, lose weight, and eat better. This will be the year they'll get healthy. THIS will be the time they'll be successful.

Or not.

The best piece of advice I've ever heard about New Year's Resolutions - or any kind of resolution - is that in order to be successful, they need to be specific. A general pronouncement of "eating better and getting healthier", while surely a worthwhile and noble goal, is so vague as to be almost unattainable. Choosing a resolution without a specific and clear-cut intent can mean setting yourself up for failure before you even begin. How do you even know if you've achieved it? Who decides what "healthier" means anyway?

A small, specific goal (or lots of them!) is easier to focus on, easier to reach, and easier to pave the path to what is truly greater health and long-term success.

A few examples:

1. Pick one unhealthy vice (soda, pizza, the sugar in your morning coffee, etc) and go without it for one month. After a month, you won't miss it.

2. Go through your cabinets and give away everything with high fructose corn syrup. Start reading labels and stop buying anything that contains this ingredient.

3. Switch your cow's milk with rice or almond milk

4. When you go shopping, try a green vegetable you've never tried before. Pick a new one the next time.

5. Start taking a multi-vitamin

6. If you're not a breakfast eater, begin starting your day with a piece of fruit

7. Make a date with yourself to exercise at least three times a week, and show up!

8. Take some time every day, even if it's just 5 minutes, to meditate, do yoga or tai chi, or pray

9. Stop buying foods with ingredients you can't pronounce

10. Throw away anything with artificial sweeteners or colors

11. Pick a hobby you've always wanted to try, or a class you've always wanted to take, and do it

12. Forgive someone

Have a blessed, happy, and HEALTHY 2011.