In Hand, Underfoot Reflexology

Our poor feet. We walk on them, stub them and squish them into cruel shoes. So now I find out that my entire body is represented by my feet. Does that mean there could be a corn on my kidney or something like that?  

Reflexology is an ancient practice from India and China that uses pressure points on the hands and feet (representing body parts, organs and organ systems) to treat illness and injuries. Each important body part or organ has an energy termination point. Illness or injury creates crystalline deposits at these points and reflexology is designed to break up these deposits and get the energy flowing again. Read More….

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Trans fats linked to greater heart disease risk

A study published today supports recent efforts to rid the American diet of trans fats. In the study, women with the highest levels of trans fat in their blood had triple the risk of heart disease as those with the lowest levels.“Humans cannot synthesize, or create, trans fatty acid. The only source is through diet,” study chief Dr. Frank B. Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, said in a written statement.

The main source of trans fat in the diet is partially hydrogenated oils that are plentiful in cookies, crackers, pastries and fried foods. “Eliminating the use of partially hydrogenated oils and other sources of trans fat in the U.S. diet — as long as saturated fat intake doesn’t increase — will likely help reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease,” Hu said. Read More…

Blueberries May Help Curb Colon Cancer

Blueberries, already touted as a super food because they may protect against memory loss and heart disease, could help stop the development of colon cancer, a new study finds.The study showed that a natural compound called pterostilbene — found in blueberries and other fruits — helped prevent pre-cancerous colon lesions in rats.

“Pterostilbene is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent that is mostly found in blueberries and blackberries,” said study leader Bandaru Reddy, a research professor at Rutgers University’s Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, in Piscataway, N.J. “We tested it using a rat model that is very similar to the human situation. Several other compounds tested using this model in the past are already in human trials.” Read More…

doctors’ office also not properly sterilizing equipment

A doctors’ office in the same health region as the troubled Vegreville hospital also was not properly sterilizing medical equipment, health minister Dave Hancock confirmed Monday.

Hancock said he can’t identify the doctors involved or the office’s location in the East Central Health region because the incident was under investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

“But I can tell you that it involved a sterilization process with respect to equipment being used in the doctor’s office for examinations and procedures,” he said. Read More…

Angioplasty no more effective than drugs: study

Angioplasty, a common medical procedure that unblocks clogged arteries, is no more effective than a regime combining drugs and lifestyle changes in patients with heart disease, suggests a landmark study that challenges the popular practice.

In less threatening cases, the use of angioplasty and stents to open partially locked arteries should be considered only after medication, diet, and exercises regimes, according to the major new study.

The surprising findings, revealed at the American Cardiology Conference in New Orleans on Monday, are expected to fuel a heated debate between cardiologists who encourage long-term approaches and those who favour angioplasties and stent insertions. Read More…

Flaws in James Randi’s Studies

a recent video, James Randi attempted to ridicule Astrology and demonstrate people’s gullibility – but his methods were wrong. See why…

FDA to tighten conflict-of-interest rules

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it would bar outside medical experts with a financial interest in a manufacturer from voting on advisory panels assessing whether drugs or other products made by that company are safe and effective.

The proposed restrictions — which would also apply to experts with ties to competing firms — would significantly strengthen the FDA’s conflict-of-interest policy. One recent study suggests that more than one-fourth of FDA advisors may be prohibited from voting. read More…