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Did you know that certain blood pressure medicines can deplete you of potassium? That’s like a double edged sword. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Eating a banana each day, potato or other souces of potassium is worth looking into.

Researchers found that people who ate the most fruit and vegetables were less likely to suffer a stroke. The highest intake of potassium reach fruits and vegetables lowered ones risk. There is actually an 8 per cent reduction in coronary heart disease from eating fruits and vegetables.

Potassium helps prevent muscle cramping. I think magnesium does too.

Potassium rich foods include avocados, leafy green  vegetables, apricots, prune juice, dried beans, dried peas, plain non-fat yogurt, bananas, and of course potatoes.



We lose weight as we get older according to The Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences (Jan., 2010). A reeasrch study was done, and they found the same results as other animal studies that calorie restriction increases life span. This was a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Study done by Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph D.



There was a research study by The University of Minnesota, Dr. Sibley on vitiman D levels with greater weight loss.  It was a small study but it is signifigant and worth more reasearch.  It is thought that vitamin D levels help weight loss.  It was discussed at an annual Endocrine Society Meeting as well.

The Annals of Epidemiology published a report on genetic mutations, University of California.  Reserach has shows  that inadquate vitamin D levels may result in cells loosing their stickiness or intercellular adhence. Check out the DINOMIT model for preventing and treating cancer.



The answer is yes, they are discriminated against.  If you are 66 years old, you are on Medica and pay only $12.00 for Allegra.  If you are 61 and on Health Partners, you pay $36.00 for genetic Allegra, a cheaper brand name that doesn’t work.  Both are former employees of the school district. Whose keeping the money? The first patient pays almost $300.00 for health insurance, the second patient pays almost $700.00 for health insurance.  Same former employer, group policies, same levels of care. Sucks, right?



Hyperthryroidism is when the thryroid overly active and produces too much of its hormones.  It affects women five to ten times more than men, it is most common in people under age 40. These people may have symptoms such as sweating, feeling hot, rapid heartbeats, weight loss, and even eye problems.

There are several types:

Graves Disease-This is excessive hormones that trigger an autioimmune disorder attacking the body, when the thyroid hormones spill over.

Toxic Adenomas-These are nodules, lumps, growths that develop in the thryoid gland.  If you have several goits it may indicate this.

Subacute Thyroiditis-Painful thyroid causes excessive hormones and inflamation

Pituitary Gland Malfunctions or Cancerous Growths-These are rare but can occur.

Silent Thyroiditis-This causes a mild problem and can results in damage.

Pospartum Thyrroiditis-This can occur after surgery and delivery of a baby.

Ingestion of Excess Thyroid Hormones-This can result in hyperthyroidism.



If you have hypothyroidism it is because there is an underproduction of thryoid hormones.  The body’s energy productio requires certain amounts of thyroid hormones that give you energy.  When you do not have enough you lack energy, feel weak and tired.

Too little hromones often lead to hypothryroidism. You may feel unpleasant, uncomfortable or out of sorts. You can get harmless goiters, enlarged lumps in your neck.  Sometimes they are cancerous.  This is abnormal production of your thryoid.  The throttle in your body is not working as well as it should.  You may feel depressed, fatigued, gain weight,and are tired.



{April 10, 2010}   Sea Iodine

Sea Iodine are pills that you can buy from Life Extension and other pharmacies. It uses a special blend of marine algae without the dangers of salt intake. The source for Life Extension is from Iceland, Nova Scotia, Italy and Norway. 

Iodine is essential for life.

It’s important in that it goes into the blood and is released in the hormones.

 It is found in sea vegetables and plants and Asian people often have a diet rich in it with lower cancer rates.

Athletes and people who do a lot of physical exerdcise often perspirate and deplete themselves of it.

Vegans are often very low in it. 

It is important in the production of T3, T4. Be sure to have your thyroid tests done.

www.lifeextension.com

They sell Sea Iodine and Vitamin D3 with Sea Iodine, if you are a member. Call 1-800-544-4440 to become a member. Be sure to be tested first. SMDC doesn’t do iodine testing, so you may need to search around or unless you want to do a self-test.  The directions are online.



{March 29, 2010}   Make Life A Little Interesting

There are many websites on the world wide webs that are interesting. For example, My Lifetime is a fun one.  You can watch movies, look at TV schedules, play games, find out about  astrology, participate in sweepstakes, and watch videos.  Check it out.

http://mylifetime.com



The Kiwanis of Friendly Duluth is having their 42nd Annual TV Auction on WDIO TV April 24th at 6:00 p.m. Tune in to WDIO TV (channels 10 or 13) at 6:00 p.m. to bid on items.  Together we can make a difference by helping to raise money for youth in this region.  Please help.  There are lots of wonderful items big and small to bid on.

www.Kiwanis.duluth.com/



There is a virus linked to Merkel Cell Carcinoma.  Published in January of 2008 we found out that there is an important distinquishing feature in the MCV integration of tumor cells called a monoclonal pattern that effects it becoming cancerous.  In 6 out of 8 MCV positive Merkel cells tumors, viral DNA was integrated into the tumor genome pattern.

Merkel Skin Cancer is aggressive, deadly and most typically effects the elderly and those with immunosuppression problems.

Merkel Cell Polyomavirus is also called MCV.



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