The Flaws of the Framingham Study

I just read the book Healthy Heart by Michael Mogadam MD (Copyright 2009). He says that the Framingham Study is fine but it is looked at wrong. The risk of cardiovascular event can be low, moderate, high and very high. Recent data shows that two thirds of those at risk for cardiovascular events are considered low risk according to Framingham risk scores.

So this MD says that the problem is that they look at this study with 6 traditional risk factors. But he has found 20 different risk factors that matter. Note that there is (according to this book) good HDL-2 cholesterol and bad HDL-3 cholesterol. Please note that the HDL-1 is just like the vitamin D1. They do not exist. There are 2 types of LDL and the small ones are bad. Triglycerides contain no cholesterol, but cholesterol contains triglycerides.

Number one risk factor is diabetes. There is also abdominal obesity, sedentary lifestyle, Western diet, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, age (45+ for men, women 55+), smoking, chronic kidney disease, chronic inflammation, blood pressure, elevated lipoprotein, family history, homocysteine, negative affect HAD (hostility, anger and depression), too many red blood cells, platelets and high fibrogen levels, sleep apnea or chronic lung disease and low birth weight (less than 5 pounds).

Please note that high levels of homocysteine are strongly linked to not getting enough of certain B vitamins. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood. Too much of it is definitely related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease (fatty deposits in peripheral arteries).  So make sure that you get enough folic acid (high in green leafy vegetables and beans), vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12.

Good sources of vitamin B-6 are bananas, spinach, cauliflower, celery, broccoli, kale, collard greens, brussels sprouts, chard, bell peppers, cabbage, watermelon, tomatoes, carrots, eggplant, potatoes, onions, grapes, strawberry, avocado and pineapple. Many of these are in salads.

Vitamin B-12 is a complicated issue. Many people, including many who eat a lot of meat, do not get enough of it. It is linked to stress and other thngs. So people should take a supplement of it. It is cheap since you need very tiny amounts of it. They make it by growing it on bacteria.

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Most Important Factor on Losing Weight

On the TV news they said that this one factor was more important for losing weight than any other factor, including diet and exercise. They said that it was sleep.

Less Stress, Better Sleep May Help You Lose Weight

If you’re looking to lose those extra pounds, you should probably add reducing stress and getting the right amount of sleep to the list, say researchers from Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research in Portland.

In fact, although diet and exercise are the usual prescription for dropping pounds, high stress and too little sleep (or too much of it) can hinder weight loss even when people are on a diet, the researchers report.

“If you want to lose weight, things that will help you include reducing stress and getting the right amount of sleep,” Elder said.The report, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is published in the March 29 online edition of the International Journal of Obesity.

This study shows that people are more likely to lose weight when not impeded by sleep deprivation, stress or depression, he said.

I already knew the above. In fact online there was older research from a 2009 study referring to this. It is very important to take care of your mental health. There was research in the past that showed that the more that people slept, the more weight they lost.

Getting enough beauty sleep helps  you to look younger and live longer also. A week earlier I had an article published on the internet called Powerful Tips on Losing Weight. I had just heard about the above article last night. It has 4 tips on losing weight and one of them is getting enough sleep.

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Important Change on Facebook

This is a recent change in Facebook. It used to be that you can see all the posts of your Facebook friends unless it is over a certain amount of people. But there was a way to change that. But it is different now. Your setting is now where it shows the posts from people that you interact with the most. That comes to people that you have interacted with in the last 2 weeks.

You will not see posts from people that you have not interacted with in the last 2 weeks. Here is how to change it. Scroll down to the bottom of the news feed on the homepage and click on “Edit Options“, click on “Show Posts From” and change the setting to “All Of Your Friends and Pages”.

Even if you like the settings where Facebook has put them on your page, your friends will not be able to see your post if they have not interacted with you recently. But if you let them know about this, then they can change it and see the posts from all of their friends. This may not apply to all countries but it appears that it is like this at least in the U.S.A. and in Brazil.

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Foods That Fight Cancer

I found these 2 articles on webmd.com about foods that fight cancer. One was in the archives meaning that it is over a year old and the other is from less than a year ago.

Top Cancer-Fighting Foods

It lists vitamin D as a food. It is a dietary supplement and that can be regarded as a food. Moores Cancer Center is proposing that cancer may actually be a vitamin D deficiency. So getting enough vitamin D would be like a cancer cure. From above website:

Like many plant-based foods, tea contains flavonoids, known for their antioxidant effects. One flavonoid in particular, kaempferol, has shown protective effects against cancer.

I had never heard of the phytochemical kaempferol before. It mentions the phytochemical sulforaphane in cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables. Please note that plant foods contain thousands of phytochemicals that have an effect on the human body. Johns Hopkins have bred broccoli sprouts to be very high in sulforaphane and patented them. They are sold in supermarkets.

Cancer Fighting Foods Slideshow

The above has a more extensive list of foods and other things and foods to avoid like certain meats and meats cooked in a certain way. It mentions tomatoes, grapes and berries. All of these are also good for cardiovascular health besides preventing and treating cancer.

The cabbage family (brassica or cruciferous) family vegetables are especially known for for fighting cancer. Joel Fuhrman M.D. says that a study shows that if you increase vegetable intake by 20% it reduces your chances of getting cancer by 20%. But if you increase your consumption of cruciferous vegetables by 20%, you reduce your chances of getting cancer by 40%. It is much easier to prevent cancer than to cure cancer.

Wikipedia says about the above vegetables:

Vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae) are called cruciferous vegetables. The vegetables are widely cultivated, with many genera, species, and cultivars being raised for food production such as cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy, broccoli and similar green leaf vegetables. The family takes its alternate name (Cruciferae, New Latin for “cross-bearing”) from the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross.

There are certain mushrooms that help the immune system and fight against cancer like the shitake mushroom and the maitake mushroom. Grapes contain resveratrol and OPCs that are effective against cancer and also help heart health. There are many Great Foods That Fight Cancer.

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9 Nutrients You May Be Missing

This is an excellent article by webmd but it is for older adults according to them. But this is wrong. Many young people have trouble with getting enough of these nutrients.

This article mentions vitamin B-12. The U.S. government now suggests that everyone over 50 years of age take a supplement for this. It mentions folic acid/folate. But the folate that you get from foods like greens and beans is much better than the folic acid in a supplement.

It also lists calcium but a study showed that the amount of calcium that you consume has no affect on osteoporosis. It mentions potassium, magnesium and vitamin D. For more of the first 2 eat more fruits and vegetables. It mentions fiber. All unprocessed plant foods have plenty of fiber. Animal foods have no fiber. It mentions omega-3 EFA and that is one nutrient that many people need more of. Chia seeds is a great vegetable source of this.

Nine Nutrients You May Be Missing

The information about drinking water is way off. How much water that you need is greatly dependent on what you are eating. For example if you are eating a lot of juicy fruits then you will not need much water. There is a bodybuilder that never drinks liquids. How does he do that?  He eats mostly juicy fruits.

If someone is eating very dry food and also salty food like crakers or pretzels then they will need to drink a lot of fluids that contain water. Also it is better to drink green tea that has lots of water in it. Green tea or white tea is mostly water but it contains all sorts of nutrients that help you to lose excess weight and prevent cancer. There are many health benefits of green tea.

It is also healthy, if you do not have a weight problem, to drink fresh squeezed orange juice. I have been buying this from Whole Foods. As explained in the post with cutting salt, orange juice has a lot of potassium. The potassium will help your body get rid of the excess sodium so that you need less water.

Here is what it says about vitamin D:

“Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, maintain bone density, and prevent osteoporosis,” says Zelman. Recent findings suggest that D may also protect against some chronic diseases, including cancer, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and autoimmune diseases. In older people, vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to increased risk of falling. Many Americans fall short on vitamin D, which is mainly produced by the skin when exposed to sunlight.

Here is what it says about potassium:

Getting enough potassium in your diet may also help keep bones strong. This essential mineral is vital for cell function and has also been shown to help reduce high blood pressure and the risk of kidney stones. Unfortunately, surveys show that many older Americans don’t get the recommended 4,700 mg of potassium a day.

How to hit the mark: Fruits and vegetables are by far the richest dietary sources of potassium.

The article about cutting salt on this blog, explains how consuming more potassium helps the body get rid of excess sodium. It says above that this mineral reduces high blood pressure whereas the excess sodium from salt causes the blood pressure to go up. Also see Foods That Lower High Blood Pressure.

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Transsexual Model, Lea T, on Oprah Show

The transesexual model, Lea T, sits down and talks to Oprah. There are over 30,000 transexuals living in the U.S. This is someone who feels that they are the wrong gender (sex) and want to change it. Here is a video with Oprah talking to Lea T.

Oprah Talking to Transsexual Model Lea T

Lea T is all over the internet. Here is a nude photo of her but she is covering up the bottom. Males are allowed to be topless so this is not an X rated photo.

Lea T Posing Nude

Oprah just had on her show on February 22, 2011, a 7 year old transgender girl (see video below). Her name was Harry and now it is Hailey. Dr Phil had a show about kids that want to be a different sex. He let both sides express their opinions but he would not take either side. That could cause him to lose fans. (See today’s blog post for more about this).

Seven Year Old Transgeder Hailey

Decades ago there was a famous transsexual that was a super model. But when it was learned that she was a transexual, she could not get hired. Her name was Tululu.

Also here is what shows that things are not as simple as they appear. Males have an XY chromosome. Females have an XX chromosome. That super model Tululu had an XXY chromosome. So she did not fit in either category.

Pictures of Famous Transsexuals

The above site has pictures of great looking famous transsexuals. In the United States there are over 50,000 intersexuals. These are people that are neither male nor female. Just one example of one is a person with one testicle and one ovary. There are many other combinations and variables of people that were born this way.

Intersex

Intersexuality as a term was adopted by medicine during the 20th century, and applied to human beings whose biological sex cannot be classified as clearly male or female.[2][3][4] Intersex was initially adopted by intersex activists who criticize traditional medical approaches to sex assignment and seek to be heard in the construction of new approaches.

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8 Tricks to Add Years to Your Life

This was a pretty good article that I came across.

Aging Gracefully: 8 Tricks to Add Years to Your Life

Talk about a two-for-one deal: Having sex not only offers pleasure, but it may also extend your lifespan by eight years. You probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that regular sex relieves stress, improves sleep and increases intimacy with your partner.

The above tells how sex can help you to live longer. Also one of these tricks is about using vitamin D. Vitamin D is very effective against cancer. Another one is about drinking green tea. These 2 are excellent anti-agings ways to live longer. There many health benefits of green tea. Although it did miss the information of how bad that salt is for your health.

Be Happy
Cutting out stress and doing things that make you smile may just add years to your life. In a 2006 study, Dr. Ruut Veenhoven, a Dutch researcher, found that in healthy people, happiness predicts longevity.

The authors don’t know exactly why vitamin D seemed to increase life span, but the vitamin is known to offer many benefits, including strengthening the immune system and building bones. It also lowers the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease. You can get vitamin D from the sun, but most people don’t spend enough time outdoors — or in sunny enough climates — to take in an adequate amount.

Drinking both green and black teas can help you live longer, according to a wealth of worldwide research. A 2009 study of 2,000 Chinese women suggested that drinking green tea regularly (and eating a diet rich in mushrooms) may cut cancer risk by 90 percent, while a study of over 40,000 Japanese men and women showed that those who drank five or more cups of green tea daily had the lowest chances of dying from stroke or heart disease. The caffeinated drink has high levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants (a cup contains can be as packed with antioxidants as a serving of fresh spinach).

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