August 2011 - Page 2 of 6 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Who invests billions in the fast food industry? Hint: you send them checks every month

An investigation from Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance reveals that a number of major insurance companies own stock in the fast-food industry.

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Longer lives, less disease, less misery – it's as easy as a-b-c…D

That was my friend’s rather dark, tongue-in-cheek take on a news item she sent me with this headline: “Doubling vitamin
D levels most cost effective way to reduce global mortality rates.” Trust me, I hate the evening rush hour as much as anyone, but even if it means putting up with a few more cars here and there, I’m all for increasing vitamin D levels and reducing mortality rates.

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How to dramatically increase absorbency of this critically important vitamin

Some topics are just too urgent to let go, so here’s an important tip for boosting your personal vitamin D level…

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Bad times seem to prompt surprising health benefits

But could economic bad times actually have a healthy upside? Typically, homicides, suicides, and mental health problems rise during deep recessions. But an analysis published in a 2000 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics suggests that some health factors may actually improve.

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This is clearly NOT the road to prostate cancer prevention

For men who enjoy a true high-stakes gamble, I’ve got just the thing. We’ll call the game Prostate Cancer Prevention. And going by the name of the game, you would think that just about any man over the age of 50 would want to play. Here’s the catch: You have to take Avodart, Proscar, or one of the other drugs in a class known as “5-ARIs.”

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Finally, the mainstream wakes up and vindicates sodium

Researchers finally got around to showing that salt/sodium consumption is NOT the problem…Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers followed the diets and medical records of more than 12,000 adults for an average of about 15 years. Those who had the highest sodium intake and lowest potassium intake had the highest risk of dying from a cardiovascular event or illness.

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Extra virgin olive oil curbs inflammation in nearly 100 different ways

Spanish researchers believe they’ve broken the code — a genetic code, in fact. And not only does it appear to be the secret to why olive oil is so heart healthy, it might also be the key reasons Mediterranean dieters live long, robust lives.

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