• Caffiene…Your Weird Friend or Foe?

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    Sitting up late at night to do a blog post can make you reach for a little more jolt to your brain. But a little bit, as most of us know (especially after lunch and certainly after dinner), can do more harm than good to your sleep patterns.

    But do you know why you reach for coffee, caffenated sodas, even chocolate?

    It’s all in your mind. The “feel-good” affects it creates by stimulating the brain to inhibit adenosine, and release adrenaline and dopamine are the culprits.

    Read more…and…

    ENJOY!

     

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  • Weird and even cool…

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    It’s really hot this summer for the most of us in the northern hemisphere.

    So let’s think of something COOL!

     

     

    –> Cold extremities can be a real problem in the winter months.

    Burrr…

    But did you know that more than just woolen socks, gloves and even caps can be a good remedy for Raynaud’s disease, and other culprits? –

     

     

    Look into what you eat!

     

     

     

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    …and read even more!…

     

     

    Stay cool!

     

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  • Weird…Twinkies the New Diet Food!

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    This is tough to believe given the AHA/ACC guidelines and thousands of healthcare services ranking the leading nutritionally balanced weight loss programs…

    Nutrition professor's "convenience store diet" helped him shed 27 pound

    Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

    But Professor Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University is proof positive. There’s a dichotomy here – you can loose weight and be healthy but not eat healthy.

    The net-net is if you eat too many calories – no matter how healthy their sources – and do not exercise enough to burn the excess – you get chubby!

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  • Weird Finding about Alcohol and Arthirtis?

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    Summer is over tonight and no better proof then fall arriving on the rays of a Super Harvest Moon!

    WeirdMedical is back at work…but let’s not think too hard. The article below well help us start out slowly.

    Here’s another finding about alcohol – upon first blush it appears that anecdotal evidence is enough, but read on…

    According to Paul Taylor at The Globe and Mail:

    “The study published this week [week of July 29, 2010] in the journal Rheumatology, marks the first time that the frequency of alcohol consumption has been linked to the severity of this disease.”

    Glasses of Alcohol

    Alcohol tames Arthritis

    Taylor’s article goes onto comment about the benefit moderate alcohol consumption provides to the relief of arthritic inflammation in the joints (not as one would think with the neurological numbing of the senses)…

    “In particular, X-rays showed there was less damage to joints, blood tests showed lower levels of inflammation and there was less joint pain, swelling and disability.”

    Okay, so the research finding isn’t so obvious. Read on and enjoy…

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  • Answer to ‘Weird “Fountain of Old Age”?’

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    April 29, 2010 /  Amazing Foods, More Weird than Yummy

    If your answer to yesterday’s post was soda, you were correct.

    Soda cans

    These popular drinks that drive caffeine through our bodies on a daily basis not only threaten sperm longevity (see WeirdMedical.com April 2 post) but are now believed to contribute to accelerated aging.

    Studies performed by researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Department of Medicine, Infection and Immunity, discovered that phosphate as a salt of phosphoric acid added to sodas to increase its fizz or “pop” also increase the “pop” (or old age) factor in mice.

    According to head of research, M. Shawkat Razzaque, M.D., Ph.D. , “Humans need a healthy diet and keeping the balance of phosphate in the diet may be important for a healthy life and longevity. Avoid phosphate toxicity and enjoy a healthy life,” [ScienceDaily (Apr. 28, 2010) – supporting research from The FASEB Journal]

    So to avoid looking like Pop we may need to limit the pop!

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  • Weird “Fountain of Old Age”?

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    April 28, 2010 /  Amazing Foods, More Weird than Yummy

    Question –> What do you think could age you as fast as carousing all night, boozing and smoking old stogies?

    (A hint – we published a post about this agent on April 2.)

    Answer will appear in our April 29 posting.

    wrinkly faced old man

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  • Weird Links…Colas and Sperm?

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    In addition to loss of calcium in aging bones due to more than moderate consumption, and its caffeine protecting women’s memory, now colas are reported to affect men’s virility…but not in a good way…

    Cola and unhealthy lifestyle lower sperm count

    Cola and unhealthy lifestyle...

    A Danish study of 2,554 young men showed there is a correlation between unhealthy life style, drinking more than ~15 [U.S. 16 oz.] cans of cola drinks per week and sperm count.

    The culprit is not necessarily caffeine. The 30% drop in count experienced with moderate cola consumption was not seen in the coffee drinker consuming the same caffeine level. Researchers believe there could be a strong correlation between drink choice, its other ingredients, and/or life-style choice…read more.

    Time to eat more fruits and veggies for more prolific and spunkier sperm!

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  • Weird Biochemistry in Embibbing

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    Do feel like your metabolism is slowing down?

    Are you worried about getting fat?

    Dismay no longer ladies…sorry guys…but now moderate drinking has been proven not only to help keep your heart healthy but keep your weight level over the years…and what a great way to cope with the Great Recession!

    “Researchers at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston asked more than 19,000, normal-weight U.S. women aged 39 or older how many alcoholic beverages they typically drank in a day, and then tracked the women for around 13 years,” according to editors at Canada.com. They found that those women who abstained from drinking wine, beer or alcohol were most likely to gain weight, and those who drank two drinks per day were most likely to maintain their weight from 13 years prior.

    (Photo courtesy of Chris Barria, Reuters)

    But the best drink to keep the pounds / kilos off?…of course, was red wine.

    Now gals can Go Red in just another way – You go girls!

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  • Weird Biochemical Links: Silicon -> Beer -> Bones?

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    Who would have thought that avoiding osteoporosis would be such yummy fun?

    We now have new evidence that beer is more of a health food than originally thought. It’s been discovered that silicon found in commercially produced beer promotes strong bone development.

    Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis have proven there is a relationship between commercial beer production methods and producing a final end product rich in silicon essential for greater bone mineral density.

    According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Charles Bamforth, “The factors in brewing that influence silicon levels in beer have not been extensively studied. We have examined a wide range of beer styles for their silicon content and have also studied the impact of raw materials and the brewing process on the quantities of silicon that enter wort and beer.”

    “Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon,” Dr. Bamforth concluded.   [See February 2010 issue – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society of Chemical Industry.]

    So beer once again is king...and ounce-for-ounce it’s easier on our budgets than wine!

    http://www.sirtified.com/images/product/winestein3.gifpicture courtesy Sirtified’s Blog

    No more wine for our cardiovascular systems…let’s drink a few beers to our skeletal health!

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  • More Weird Fish News…now the Fountain of Youth?

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    February 1, 2010 /  Amazing Foods, Biological Wonders

    Here we go again with fish…can you believe that the fountain of youth is now believed to be found in the sea?…

    Researchers recently completed a study that confirms previous findings –> Omega-3 fatty acids promote long, healthy telomeres!

    For those who are scratching their heads, telomeres are part of our DNA. They are the “nonsense ends” at the end of our chromosomes that allow accurate, reliable DNA replication (“copying”) during cell division.But repetitive cell division causes these ends to be chewed-up. If they get too short, inaccurate DNA replication occurs. And then…you guessed it…you are more likely to get cancer or other diseases caused by “cellular aging.” More reliable accuracy dictates longevity. So the longer your telomeres are, the better.

    “What we’re demonstrating is a potentially new link between omega-3 fatty acids and the aging process,” according to Ramin Farzaneh-Far, a clinical cardiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. UCSF and other hospitals studied 608 patients and found that those with high omega-3 fatty diets had significantly less telomere shortening over a 5-year period. While they did not distinguish if sources other than specific fishes are best to get your omega-3, they did note that it requires about two (2),  1000 milligram servings a day to have an effect.

    Article Source: The Wall Street Journal, Image Source: ABC News, Chicago

    Bad news is you will smell a bit fishy…but good news is you will live long to annoy others with it!

    “Live long and prosper!” – Spock, StarTrek

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  • A Spoonful of Licorice Helps the Anesthesia Go Down

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    July 7, 2009 /  Amazing Foods

    In a 40 patient study of patients undergoing spinal operations and split into two groups, researchers found that those in a group who gargled a solution with licorice five minutes prior to receiving anesthesia reported lower rates of sore throat than those in the non-licorice group. Patients were split into two groups of 20 and only four patients in the licorice group had a sore throat due to anesthesia compared to 15 in the non-licorice group. At 24-hours, two licorice-garglers still had a sore throat compared to seven in the non-licorice group. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/health/research/07regi.html?_r=1&ref=health)

    The soothing properties of licorice make it appealing for coughs and sore throats and it has been used for thousands years – now it is again resurfacing as a useful treatment for new medical problems (Source: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/licorice-000262.htm).

    Source: http://www.licoricecandytwist.com/

    Source: http://www.licoricecandytwist.com/

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  • Combatting Nausea With Grandma’s Ginger Cookies?

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    May 15, 2009 /  Amazing Foods

    More than weird…yummy!

    In a new 614 patient study at the University of Rochester in New York, doctors treated cancer patients who previously received chemotherapy and standard anti-nausea medication with either a placebo or three different doses of ginger (1/2 gram, 1 gram, 1.5 grams). The doctors found that ginger was effective in treating nausea and that the lowest two doses (1/2 gram and 1 gram) were the most effective out the three doses.

    Although the physicians were not clear on how this weird phenomenon actually occurs in a biological sense, they do know that ginger has been reported to reduce inflammation in the stomach. The principle investigator in the study, Dr. Julie Ryan, went on to state that it is possible that with the right amount of ginger, even ginger cookies could reduce nausea. (Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE54D68I20090515)

    In an earlier post we also highlighted the fact that ginger can be used to temporarily raise your IQ by as many as 10 points.

    This is good news for everyone who loves ginger cookies and feels a little under the weather – eat up* for your health!

    Ginger Cookies

    Ginger Cookies (Source: Allrecipes.com)

    *Only 1/2 a gram is needed to achieve the full effect, but we won’t tell if you eat a few more just to make sure!

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  • Try Pickled Ginger for a Moment of Brilliance!

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    March 30, 2009 /  Amazing Foods

    Need a quick mental boost?

    It is said that an ounce of pickled ginger can temporarily raise your IQ by as many as 10 points.

    Browse the link above to find a recipe or visit your favorite sushi bar when you need a moment of brilliance. [www.factropolis.com]

    Pickled Ginger

    Do you like Japanese pickled ginger accompanies sushi? Shin-shoga (young ginger) is suitable for making pickled ginger. It has thin skin and changes its color to light pink when pickled. Spring and early summer are great times to make pickled ginger.

    How to Make Pickled Ginger
    Pickled Ginger Recipe

    [Pickled Ginger Photo © 2007 Setsuko Yoshizuka, licensed to About.com, Inc.]

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