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New Research Shows that Acupuncture Benefits Are Real

While it has been practiced and observed in China for centuries, acupuncture has never found mainstream acceptance in the US. To many, this ancient practice was merely the placebo effect in action, an unproved method of alleviating pain by harnessing the power of the mind through unsubstantiated claims to true medical benefit.

A new study however shows that acupuncture delivers a 30% decrease in chronic pain. While not the first medical study to show demonstrate this, the new study is unprecedented in its size and thoroughness.

Acupuncture's Recent Growth

Acupuncture has grown rapidly in the last decade, with over 3 million Americans using it to help alleviate chronic pain of all kinds. The military now prescribes it as part of the rehabilitative treatment given to wounded war veterans, and California recently passed legislation that includes acupuncture in the list of treatments covered by the nation’s new health law.

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A Painless Electrically-Stimulated Process to Shed Excess Pounds

Do you want to lose weight instantly, but fear the pain you might experience in undergoing liposuction? Are you concerned about that flab on your waistline, but doctors always recommend painful procedures? Now, there’s another way to lose that fat instantly with no pain at all.

A spa in New York and Florida offers this painless weight loss treatment that promises to reduce the flab on your waistline and other areas of your body in an instant. This treatment is known as FatGirlShrink, which is a detoxifying treatment that reduces the water in the adipose tissues through the use of an electrical stimulation in the skin.

Painless electrical stimulation to shed extra pounds

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Since it is non invasive, it is advertised as pain-free. The electrical currents applied to the skin cause muscle-stimulation that helps burn fat as well as eliminate water to reduce the size of the adipose tissues.

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Midlife Fitness Relates to Old Age Health, Research Shows

While it’s no longer news for anyone remotely interested in a healthy lifestyle, dieting, or fitness that an active life will keep you relatively illness-free in your olden years, recent research has gone on to confirm this long-held assumption.

A recent study, published by the Archives of Internal Medicine also answers a question that many have asked, in light of other recent scientific investigation: if you’re fit when young, will you really benefit from lower risks of illness past the age of 65, or does fitness in youth simply delay the onset of chronic health problems?

It appears that the team of scientists at the Medical Center with the University of Southwestern Texas, led by Dr. Jarrett Berry, has managed to answer this pressing question. By staying active and fit in your middle age (i.e. at and around the age of 50), you statistically stand better chances of contracting such difficult diseases as coronary disease, heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, kidney issues, and several types of cancer, among which those of the lung and colon.

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Being Overweight Linked to Cognitive Decline

Being overweight is rapidly becoming a problem for most Americans. According the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 33.9% of Americans are obese, while 34.4% of Americans are overweight. That’s an incredible total of 68.3% of Americans who weight more than they should, and a recent study has shown a new health problem associated with mental performance.

While recent focus has been on the effects that excess weight has on the development of diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other problems, this new study brings into focus a whole new set of problems for people who are overweight.

The study was published in Neurology, and followed more than 6,000 people in Britain between the ages of 35 and 55 for over a decade. They consistently took memory tests and had their cognitive skills checked, and people who were obese or had unhealthy metabolic changes were shown to have experienced a faster decline in cognitive skills compared to the other participants in the study.

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Research Reveals that Blood Type Affects Heart Disease Risk

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the causes of heart disease these days.Common wisdom prescribed by the government indicates that a diet high in saturated fats will lead to heart disease, while many new voices are claiming that in fact diets high in refined carbs are the leading cause of such ills as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

While the truth is probably more complex than any one sentence can summarize, a new set of studies have revealed what seems to be a basic fact: your blood type can affect the probability of your developing heart disease.

Two new studies have been reviewed by researchers that track a total of almost 90,000 patients over the course of 20 years, and the results are in. Coronary heart disease is least likely to develop in people with type O blood, while those with type AB were 23% more likely to have heart disease. Type B blood were only 11% more likely, and finally type A were only at an increased risk of 5%.

These two studies were conducted by Harvard researchers. One tracked 62,000 women over the course of 26 years, while the second tracked 27,400 men over 24 years. Of these test groups, about 2,500 developed heart disease.

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Food Addiction Causes and Prevention

Food addiction is a contemporary term used to refer to compulsive overeating. This abnormal food intake can be directly attributed to one's brain chemistry. People suffering from this pathological disorder have hormonal and neurochemical imbalances that trigger these cravings.

What is the real cause behind food addiction?

The phenomenon of food addiction is more of a psychological problem rather than a physiological one. Even with the full knowledge of the effects of this destructive behavior, an individual suffers from loss of self control.

A change of diet can also lead to this condition. When you ban certain foods from your diet, you might end up craving for them. A change in eating habits may also increase your chances of suffering from this condition. For example, if you were used to eating dessert after dinner, a sudden crave may take effect once you stop. Low self-esteem can also be linked to food addiction in selected cases.

Which Foods lead to addiction?


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Does the Slim Fast Optima Diet Really Work?

Slim Fast is one of the few weight loss programs that have been clinically studied.

One study that examined if Slim Fast works was conducted in the Obesity Center at the University Hospital of Ulm in Ulm, Germany, in 1999. The study, designed to test whether an energy restricted diet combined with the meal replacement Slim Fast is a useful tool for sustained weight loss, clearly found that Slim Fast can be used successfully for long-term weight control and improvements in biomarkers of disease risk.

Can I lose weight drinking Slim Fast? - The Study Design

The 100 participants in the study, all over 18 years of age with Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 and 40, were prescribed a balanced diet of 1200-1500 calories per day. They ate three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and two snacks each day, with 19-21% of their daily calories coming from protein, 48-54% from carbohydrates, and 25-34% from fat.

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The Phenomenon of Internet Addiction Disorder and How it’s Ruining Your Diet

Internet Addiction Disorder has been a subject of much contention, to put it mildly.  Not only is there an immense lack of research on IAD, but the nature of the internet itself makes it open to categorization as both an addiction as well as a new mode of socialization.  

What exactly is IAD?

Where some studies suggest that IAD be compared to a gambling addiction, others attribute overuse of the internet to existing disorders.  Regardless of whether or not IAD should be considered its own psychological disorder, or if the internet is simply exacerbating existing ones, there is fairly strong evidence that spending more time on the internet can directly and indirectly lead to weight gain. 

So how is the internet making me fat?

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U.K. study delves into combating obesity among children in minority groups

Working with school and religious groups can help health advocates and agencies combat childhood obesity in minority populations.

According to a recent study by Maria J. Maynard, Graham Baker, Emma Rawlins, Annie Anderson and Seeromanie Harding published in BMC Public Health, advocates for healthy living can have success in reducing childhood obesity in minority populations by making use of a community-oriented intervention approach.

Weight Loss Surgery For Teens And Children

It is common knowledge that we're facing an obesity epidemic in the United States and other developed nations. During the past 4 decades, the incidence of obesity in adults has doubled, with more than 60% of adult Americans currently overweight or obese. Unfortunately, there has been a corresponding increase in overweight and obesity among adolescents. Weight-related diseases, previously almost unheard of in adolescents as little as 10 years ago, are becoming increasingly commonplace.

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