DOCTORELLISOR's SparkPeople Blog DOCTORELLISOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Study links most diseases of aging with free radical damage A study that tracked genetic mutations through the human equivalent of about 5,000 years has demonstrated for the first time that oxidative DNA damage is a primary cause of the process of mutation - the fuel for evolution but also a leading cause of aging, cancer and other diseases. <BR> The research, just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also indicated that natural selection is affecting the parts of the genome that don't contain genes – supposedly "junk" DNA tha... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 17:33:53 EST The 4 Habits of Highly Healthy People Believe it or not these 4 factors have a huge impact on whether or not you will have the most common deadly chronic diseases. They are: Never smoking, having a body mass index lower than 30 (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared), performing 3.5 h/wk or more of physical activity, and adhering to healthy dietary principles (high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain bread and low meat consumption). A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicin... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 23:20:49 EST In Search of Perfect Health The experience of wellness is a marker of the degree to which one is engaged in their life creatively expressed. All disease and dysfunction physically begins first as lack of full expression in some arena of life. It is a backward perception that having energy and passion for life follows having more physical energy and physical health and well-being. In fact the order is just the opposite, passionate engagement in life and creative projects begets high energy and mental clarity begets go... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 12:51:13 EST Would you take the swine flu vaccine if your doctor or nurse wouldn’t? A recent survey of 1500 British front-line nurses in Nursing Times has shown that 1/3 will not take the swine flu vaccine because they are worried about the possible side-effects, and another 1/3 answered the survey as unsure whether or not they will have the shot. One nurse was quoted by the magazine as saying “I would not be willing to put myself at risk of unknown long-term effects to facilitate a short-term solution.” Another of the respondents said “I have yet to be convinced there is ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:48:22 EST Is Eating Sugar Really That Bad? The levels of insulin in your blood may be the single most important chemical level to your health and wellness. Most are aware that insulin has something to do with regulating blood sugar, but what is less well known is that insulin has its fingers in almost every organ system in the body, and as the regulation and then levels of insulin in the blood get thrown off, its effects are generally detrimental, and in fact, most of the diseases of aging have direct relationships to the balance of... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 13:03:59 EST STOP Drugging our Kids! Alternatives to drugging our children <BR> A recent article by Megan Johnson in U.S. News & World Report explored 9 natural, drug-free treatments for ADHD that have all shown to have promise and positive outcomes for the children involved. Her list includes; positive parenting, treatment programs, neuro feedback, interactive metronome training, meditation, a natural environment, better sleep, diet, and exercise. <BR> <BR> Positive Parenting: Apparently there has been research that shows so... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:26:03 EST Cholesterol Myths | ¡öCholesterol story, <BR> At some time in our recent history it came to the awareness of the medical community that the incidence of heart attacks and heart disease were increasing. This encouraged research into what was the cause of heart attacks, and what were the warning signs and medical tests that could be done to detect the likelihood of you having a heart attack sometime soon. <BR> <BR> Following the usual reductionist process the researchers took dead bodies of those who died from ... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 10:42:22 EST Trans Fats Trans Fats <BR> <BR> Trans fats are man-made fats that are created during the hydrogenation process. They are unnatural and very toxic to your body. Some of the effects they have on the body are, cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, immune system dysfunction, low-birth-weight babies, birth defects, decreased visual acuity, sterility, and problems with bones and tendons.[i] <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are trans fats, and where do they come from? <BR> <BR> Trans fats are... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 11:14:20 EST Free Radicals, Antioxidants and you Free radicals what they are and what they do <BR> <BR> At this point in our story it is important to understand what a free radical is, and what it does. <BR> <BR> A free radical is a highly reactive molecule with an unpaired electron in its outer shell. What this means is that it is a particle floating around in your system looking to steal an electron from some other molecule. Free radicals are generally not too picky, they will take an electron usually from the first molecule they bump... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:50:44 EST The Organic vs. Conventional non-debate The headlines that were supposed to shock the health food eating public: “Organic food ‘no healthier than conventional”. These were the results of a review of 50 years of research findings by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (click here for more on the study) This is similar to saying that a review of years of research shows that clean drinking water doesn’t do any better job of hydrating you than polluted water. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Taking a narrow view... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 14:14:35 EST Why should I get the swine flu vaccine? As the drumbeat of global swine flu pandemic grows louder by the day, and the pop media makes sure to keep it in the forefront of your attention, consider the following about the flu vaccine. Also you may want to give a little thought to who might be benefiting, or even profiting from the mass panic and ensuing vaccine creation. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -A recent study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children ag... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:56:36 EST The Most Important Part <img src="">The human body is designed to be perfectly healthy at all times, and is in a constant state of striving for this perfect health dependent upon the environment it is given. There is an innate intelligence that is a non-local property of all living things which gives animation to them; it is what separates living organisms from inanimate objects. It is this intelligence that allows us to heal from a cut without giving it conscious ... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:19:42 EST