More Fruits And Vegetables For School Meals To Be Funded By USDA

In late March, 2011 the US Department of Agriculture announced greatly expanded funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the nation’s schools.

The funds — $158 million for the 2011/2012 school year, a $48 million increase over the previous year’s level – go to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam, to be distributed to qualified schools.

According to a USDA statement quoting Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, “Improving the health and nutrition of our kids is a national imperative and by providing schools with fresh fruits and vegetables that expand their healthy options, we are helping our kids to have a brighter, healthier future. Every time our kids eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable, they are learning healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.”

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which began as part of the 2008 Farm Bill, has expanded over the course of the intervening years. It complements the separate National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs in achieving the nutrition improvement goals of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (2010).

According to the USDA, the new funding levels mean that between 600,000 and 950,000 elementary school children will be able to have a free snack of a fresh fruit or veggie daily during the upcoming school year.

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Bed wetting Is More Common In Boys

Bed wetting (Enuresis) commoner in boys.

Nighttime bedwetting is a problem for about 5 out of every 100 kids, but according to a new study sponsored by the Journal of Pediatrics, it’s twice as common in boys as it is in girls.

The study, conducted by scientists at Prince of Wales Hospital at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed more than 6000 children. The gender results broke down at about seven out of 100 boys wetting the bed once a month or more, compared to about three out of 100 girls. According to Dr. Joseph Barone, a specialist in pediatric urology at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, bedwetting is hereditary in about 40% of cases.

Dr. Barone, who did not take part in the new study, explained that the controlling links between brain and bladder may not be fully developed in bedwetting youngsters. Since girls mature faster, this may partly explain the discrepancy; but 99% of both sexes outgrow bedwetting by age 15.

The Journal of Pediatrics researchers studied about 6000 children between 6 and 11 years of age in Hong Kong, evenly divided between boys and girls. The subjects’ parents completed questionnaires recording how often their children wet their beds. The researchers were not surprised to find that the incidence went down markedly with age, with about 9 out of 100 six-year-olds wetting at night, and only about two out of 100 eleven-year-olds.

Dr. Barone said that for most kids suffering from bedwetting, the most effective means of cure is an alarm, a small device with a sensor that the child wears in his or her underwear, which switches on a sound alarm when wetness is detected. The small alarm can rest on the pillow by the child’s head, or be worn on the wrist. They are relatively inexpensive at around $50 or $60, with more deluxe models going for as much as $150. Used correctly, they cure bedwetting in 80 to 90 percent of cases.

In the small number of cases where the alarm doesn’t work, medications like imipramine and desmopressin acetate (DDAVP) may be prescribed – although Dr. Barone points out that they can have side effects, and are treatments rather than cures.

Another focus of the Hong Kong study was to explore any relation that might show up between bedwetting and sleep apnea. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that earlier researches had shown a possible link with this sleep disorder, which shows up in about 1 in 50 youngsters.

For this part of the study, smaller groups were compared, about 400 children who were deemed to be high-risk for sleep apnea and 200 who showed no such risk factor.

No correlation showed up, as the incidence of bedwetting in both these smaller groups was the same, approximately 9 out of 100. This overall incidence was higher than the incidence in the larger group of 6000, which may have been because the children were being closely monitored in a sleep lab.

The usual treatment for pediatric apnea is removal of tonsils and/or adenoids. Should the patient also suffer from bedwetting, said Dr. Barone, about half the time that condition will clear up too.

Dr. Barone reiterated that alarms cure the great majority of cases, and concluded, “Nothing else is going is going to cure bedwetting, other than outgrowing it.”

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Definition of enuresis:

Enuresis is the involuntary discharge of urine by a child age 5 and over. It can be psychologically distressful and a embarrassing for a child, but not physically harmful. Enuresis places a child at risk for name-calling and teasing from peers. This type of behavior can damage a child’s self esteem. The presence of enuresis can place a limit on participation in highly desirable social experiences such as sleepovers and camp. The child may also have to face anger and humiliation from parents who do not understand the nature of this disorder.

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What are Anxiety Disorders?

A group of disorders which involve various manifestations of anxiety that are grouped together nosologically in the DSM. These include panic disorder (also referred as panic attack), specific phobia, formerly simple phobia; social phobia that was formerly called social anxiety disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); (also categorized as obsession, compulsion, obsessive-compulsive); posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); acute stress disorder; generalized anxiety disorder (GAD); and anxiety disorders secondary to medical conditions or substance-induced.

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Celiac, IBS or Gluten Insensitivity which do you have?

Celiac disease like IBS it’s something we all hear about, something we all wonder if we might have-certainly, those of us with constant digestive problems-but something no one has really defined. A severe intolerance to gluten, the protein found in wheat and other grains, celiac symptoms are wide ranging and can differ greatly from person to person.

But lately research has found people might not have celiac disease at all but still have reactions in their intestines and immune system from gluten sensitivities.

“For the first time, we have scientific evidence that indeed, gluten sensitivity not only exists, but is very different from celiac disease,” says lead author Alessio Fasano, medical director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research.

The most basic negative responses, cramping, bloating and diarrhea-sounds like IBS, right? – can also be extreme in the case of hives, congestion and nausea.

How a reaction to gluten could cause such a wide range of symptoms also remains unproven. I usually recommend that anyone who is experiencing the symptoms above-or really any other stomach distresses look to work with  a nutritionist trained in digestive issues to avoid the slippery slope of suppositions.

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Your Kidneys and Your Health: Kidney Function and Chronic Kidney Disease

What Do Your Kidneys Do?

Two bean-shaped organs on either side of your spine, about midway down your torso – your kidneys are amazingly multi-functional. They clean waste products from the blood, maintain blood pressure at proper levels, prompt the production of red blood cells, and keep the body’s electrolyte levels balanced.

They are closely linked to the heart. Blood comes to them through the renal (from the Latin for kidney) arteries straight from the aorta, the biggest artery, which extends along the body’s central axis. The kidneys’ de-oxygenated blood travels back to the heart through the renal veins and the biggest vein, the vena cava.

It’s the kidneys’ sensors that determine how much water is extracted from the blood for elimination in the form of urine, and what the urine’s electrolyte concentration level should be. The kidneys are very sensitive to changing conditions in the body. For instance, dehydration from any cause – heavy exercise, illness, environmental conditions – will prompt the kidneys to retain water, so urine becomes  darker and more concentrated. Higher levels of water will cause the kidneys to remove the excess, as light-colored, diluted urine. The controlling factor is the hormone renin, produced by the kidneys and a vital part of the overall bodily system that controls fluids and blood pressure.

The excess water and waste products filtered from the blood by the kidneys flow from them as urine through two thin tubes (ureters) to the bladder, where it collects before being expelled from the body.

Another vital kidney function is the creation of a hormone called erythropoietin, which prompts the bone marrow to produce red blood cells, the oxygen-transporters of the body. Again, the kidneys have special “monitor” cells that keep track of the bloodstream’s oxygen level. Should the level be too low, the kidneys release erythropoietin to signal the bone marrow to produce more red cells.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – What are the facts?

  • CKD affects approximately 26 million Americans, with millions more at increased risk.
  • High risk factors include: high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney disease. Several population groups have a higher than average CKD risk: Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and the elderly.
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a cause of CKD. The reverse is also true: CKD can bring on hypertension. The major cause of death for those with CKD is heart disease.
  • CKD is shown by the persistent presence of protein in the urine (proteinuria).
  • The best way to estimate how well the kidneys are functioning is through the glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
  • Early detection is important in keeping CKD from progressing to the point of kidney failure.
  • CKD can be detected by performing three simple tests: urine albumin, serum creatinine, and blood pressure.

Kidney Function And Overall Health

Besides their all-important waste removal functions, your kidneys:

  • Maintain levels of water and necessary elements like potassium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus in the body
  • Filter out toxins and drugs
  • Keep blood pressure at healthy levels
  • Produce hormones that
    – maintain blood pressure
    – cause the creation of red blood cells
    – maintain bone strength

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Explained

Chronic kidney disease is a general term covering several conditions that cause kidney damage. A damaged kidney is less able to fulfill all the health maintenance tasks discussed above. If the conditions worsens, waste products can accumulate in the blood to dangerous levels. There can be complications: anemia or low red blood-cell count; hypertension; nerve damage; weakened bones; poor ability to absorb nutrients from food.

CKD also contributes to the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The complex of CKD-related effects may come on gradually and slowly over the course of years. Diabetes and hypertension, among other diseases, can bring on CKD.

Early detection and treatment are extremely important; often early treatment can stop CKD in its tracks. But if allowed to progress, CKD can lead to complete failure of the kidneys, meaning that either continuing dialysis or a transplant is needed to save the patient’s life.

Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease

The two most frequent causes are diabetes and high blood pressure. These conditions bring on about two-thirds of CKD. The excessive blood sugar levels of diabetes damage organs and tissues all throughout the body, including the kidneys. With high blood pressure, general physical damage to the blood vessels occurs, also throughout the body. When not properly controlled, high blood pressure puts the patient at severe risk for strokes, heart attacks, and CKD. And, as noted above, CKD itself can lead to high blood pressure.

Some other conditions that impact the kidneys include:

  • Glomerulonephritis, the name for several inflammatory diseases that cause damage to the filtering tissues within the kidneys; they rank third after diabetes and hypertension as causes of CKD.
  • Inherited conditions like polycystic kidney disease, in which the kidneys are affected by the development of large cysts.
  • Abnormalities in the formation of the kidneys during fetal development, such as narrowing of the ducts that allow urine to pass out of the kidney.
  • Lupus and other immune system diseases
  • Kidney stones, prostate enlargement, tumors, etc. that cause obstructions.
  • Recurring urinary infections.

Symptoms of  Chronic Kidney Disease

One of the difficulties with CKD is that you usually don’t have severe symptoms until the condition is at an advanced stage. However, you should be on the alert for:

  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Problems with concentration
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Nighttime muscle cramping
  • Puffiness around the eyes, particularly in the morning
  • Swelling of ankles and feet
  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Increased need to urinate, especially at night

Chronic Kidney Disease – A Common Illness?

Some facts about the incidence of CKD in the United States:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that 16.8 percent of adults (i.e., over 20 years of age) in the US have chronic kidney disease. That comes to one in six American adults – obviously a growing health problem. The percentages of the overall adult population with the different disease stages are:
    – stage 1: 3.1%
    – stage 2: 4.1%
    – stage 3: 7.6%
    – stages 4 and 5: 0.5%
  • Over 500,000 people are either receiving kidney dialysis or have had kidney transplants.
  • CKD rates have risen by 16% compared to rates in the previous decade. The contributing factors are the increasing occurence of hypertension, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and the general aging of the population.


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Crohn’s Disease Patients Less Able to Absorb Vitamin D, New Study Shows

Crohn’s Disease Patients Less Able to Absorb Vitamin D, New Study Shows

Vitamin D deficiency is one well-known risk for patients with Crohn’s Disease (CD). A new study by a research team from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has now demonstrated for the first time that a probable cause is a reduced ability to absorb vitamin D in quiescent CD patients. The study also demonstrated that performing a vitamin D bioavailability test on a patient is the only way to assess absorption efficiency. The findings have been made available on the website of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

The sources of vitamin D are sunlight (ultraviolet radiation) on the skin, which causes the vitamin to be synthesized by the body, and food. In parts of the world that receive comparatively less sunlight, the population has both lower levels of hydroxyvitamin D in their bodies, and a higher incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Beyond that, patients of all ages with IBD show a greater prevalence of vitamin D deficiency. Of IBD sufferers, it’s those with Crohn’s Disease who have the highest incidence of vitamin D deficiency.

The Boston University study looked at vitamin D absorption in 10 normal subjects (evenly divided between males and females), and 37 with quiescent CD (51% female). All received a vitamin D bioavailability test. A baseline blood sample was performed on all subjects, then a single oral capsule dose of 50,000 IU of vitamin D2 given. Twelve hours later blood was drawn to find serum D2 levels, which indicate ability to absorb the vitamin. The resulting figures showed that the Crohn’s Disease patients averaged 30% less absorption ability than the normal participants.

The findings show the importance of the oral vitamin D absorption test in evaluating a patient’s poor absorption of fat soluble vitamins. The study’s lead author, Francis Farraye, MD, MSc, professor of Medicine at BUSM, said, “We demonstrated that neither disease activity nor prior surgery or location of disease predicts the ability to absorb vitamin D.”

Senior author Michael Holick, PhD, MD, Professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at BUSM, concurred. “Since the ability to absorb vitamin D in CD patients is unpredictable, the only way to determine absorption efficiency is to perform a vitamin D bioavailability test. This test is convenient and its use may guide clinicians in administering the appropriate therapeutic dose of vitamin D for treating vitamin D deficiency in patients with CD,” he said.

The team has also performed a pilot study using the vitamin D absorption tests on four patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). Their initial findings showed a wide range in the UC sufferers’ ability to absorb vitamin D2, similar to that in 17 CD patients. This variability in the UC patients was surprising, as vitamin D absorption takes place in the small intestine rather than the colon.

If these pilot study figures are confirmed by other researchers, a vitamin D assay may be developed as a clinical test by reference laboratories. Dr. Farraye said, “Our data support the use of an oral vitamin D absorption test in CD patients, especially in those patients who could not correct in the vitamin D deficiency by either dietary or pharmacologic means.”

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Children Become Victim of Cigarette Makers Advertising

Teens Become a Victim of Cigarette Makers Advertising…

The Marlboro Man and other tobacco and smoking images can influence teenagers to start smoking, a recent study has shown..

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s statistics state that almost twenty-five percent of American high schoolers smoke. About a third of these will go on with the habit and die of smoking-related disease at an early age.

The recent study published in Pediatrics shows that tobacco ads can influence young people even when they don’t respond to other kinds of advertising.

There have been other studies of teen responses to cigarette ads. James Sargent of Dartmouth Medical School in Dartmouth, NH, who worked on the recent research with German colleagues, said that some earlier studies had been suspected of merely identifying teens who were inherently prone to follow any behavioral prompting, including all sorts of advertising.

In an e-mail, Dr. Sargent explained, “This study shows that it is the specific images from tobacco ads that predict smoking and not such a character trait.”

The study followed over 2,000 teenagers between 10 and 17 years old who, at the outset, had never smoked. Researchers initially surveyed them, showing them billboards for six cigarette brands and eight non-tobacco products, with no brand information showing. They were asked if they could identify the product brands, and how often they had seen each ad image in the past.

Over the course of the next nine months, approximately thirteen percent of the subjects began to use cigarettes. On average, those with survey scores in the top third of brand recognition and previous cigarette ad exposure were almost fifty percent more likely to start smoking than those with bottom-third scores.

This effect held true even when other risk factors were taken into account, as sex, age, family income, school grades, or smokers among the teen’s circle of friends and family.

Sargent attributed the susceptibility of young adolescents to advertising to their developmental stage, in which it’s important for them to establish independent identities. “They do this by ‘trying on’ things they see others doing, much like trying on clothes in a store. They try smoking, in part because of the way they view other smokers and also in part because of what they think smoking might do for them,” he stated. “For example, a young male might adopt smoking to appear more manly — like the Marlboro man.”

The direct or indirect messages in tobacco ads can convey associations between smoking and independence, sexual attractiveness, or (when aimed at girls) thinness. Cigarette advertising has been made illegal on American TV, radio, and billboards, and are less often seen in magazines. However, both the nations represented by the authors of this study – Germany and the U.S. – are more tolerant of tobacco ads than nations like New Zealand and Italy which have banned them completely.

The study team say that keeping teenagers from smoking means that they’re less likely to take up the habit later on. But, as the CDC numbers show, of those who do start as teens, about 30 percent will keep it up and be at high risk of early death as a result.

Dr. Sargent summed up, “In this way, smoking causes more death than alcohol, obesity and illicit drug use combined.”

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Lap Band Hypnotherapy Has Same Weight Loss Effects As Lap Band Surgery – Only Better

Lap Band Hypnotherapy shows an 80% effectiveness rate in the UK, better than the 70% rate from actual Lap Band surgery.

The group of weight loss surgical techniques known as bariatric surgery reduce patients’ weight through the implantation of medical devices in the stomach. Results are often quite dramatic.

Qualified hypnotherapists are able to provide all the beneficial results of these surgical procedures solely with the use of visualization and hypnotic suggestion. The patient loses weight exactly as if the surgery had been performed.

If you opt for Virtual Lap Band Hypnotherapy, the first session will leave you feeling as if you have had the actual surgery – without the anxiety, pain, or the inevitable risks that any surgery entails!

And the results? The Virtual Lap Band Hypnotherapy will leave you able to eat smaller meals comfortably, with smaller helpings, while the bigger meals you used to eat will cause discomfort. In other words, you will experience the same “post-op” results as a patient who has the surgical procedure. What’s more, you’ll be aware of  the subconscious message that lets you know when you’ve eaten enough, and if you fail to stop eating you may experience physical discomfort, even a sensation of nausea. People who repeatedly disregard the “full” sensation sometimes actually do get sick to their stomachs. Hypnotherapy makes use of its ability to use the unconscious mind’s power over physical reactions and sensations.

Virtual Lap Band Hypnotherapy is a pain-free, relaxing experience, yet at the same time it’s very realistic and convincing. You’ll retain the memories of the virtual operation—and this consciousness of reduced stomach size will revolutionize your eating patterns.

In fact, studies comparing the virtual Lap Band procedures with the real thing show that the hypnotherapy is more successful. It simulates the surgical technique, which works by fitting an implanted band around a portion of the stomach to restrict the amount of food it can accommodate. This is accomplished without any actual invasion of the body, without risk of medical complications, without the necessity for drugs or anesthesia, and at much lower cost.

Follow-up visits should be regularly scheduled to insure good continuing results. In these hynotherapeutic sessions, the virtual band can be adjusted to control the rate of weight loss, and the hypnotic suggestions will be strengthened and refined to best help the individual. Additional therapeutic support will help the patient handle the psychological and emotional issues that are associated with their weight and the experience of losing a great deal of it, which are very common sequels to the conventional operations.

This hypnotherapy technique, which is also called Virtual Gastric Band in Europe, is well known in Britain, where it came into more common use because many British patients weren’t able to qualify for the actual surgical operation. Now that it is being accepted in the US, it’s understandably of great interest to patients wanting to lose significant weight, but not comfortable with the prospect of invasive procedures.

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Book Review of Master Your Sleep by Tracey I. Marks, M.D.

Without adequate sleep, we can’t function properly, think correctly, or live very long. Sleep is essential to every human process from healing our body as 80% of our immune system is active when we sleep to being able to complete a simple task like reading a book.

However, about a third of Americans have dealt with or are dealing with getting adequate amounts of sleep to live optimally.

If you ever dealt with sleep problems, you know it can be a miserable experience tossing, turning and wishing you could shut your eyes and drift off into peaceful dreams. The frustration can build to a point where you feel hopeless and start getting used to living sleep deprived.

The good news is that this expertly written book will give you all the options to conquer the sleep demon and get the rest you deserve. Now, a book being written by a Psychiatrist you would automatically assume she would be pushing drugs from our “friendly” folks at the pharmaceutical industry. However, Dr. Marks gives a brilliant job of covering not only the prescription options but the entire spectrum of natural therapies.

The book covers the basics of sleep, the stages of it, and why a certain amount is critical to emotional and physical well being. Dr. Marks covers the lifestyle, nutrition and mind/body approaches to winning the battle over the sleep stealing demon.

The core of this book covers the various ways to solving sleep problems. Being trained by conventional medicine Dr. Marks covers the prescription options that are available to the public. While there are some people who “sleeping pills” might be the good choice, after reading this book with the amount of natural alternatives it is probably the last approach you may want to take.

Dr. Marks initially recommends observing your sleep patterns and habits and gives some simple, effective tips, techniques and recommendations, which should help build positive sleep. She also discusses different natural mind/body therapies for sleeping including guided imagery to relaxation therapy.

Master Your Sleep gets right to the nitty gritty without added fluff, its well written and simple to read. The book summarizes the tips and techniques for sleep success with lots of examples to help fully understand the concepts. For anyone battling from sleep problems, this is the first place to start. It has many self administered sleep techniques and when you should consult a professional if it comes to that.

Sleep is vital to living a productive and happy life. If you are experiencing problems because of poor sleep, I would highly recommend you start exploring solutions with this book.

Dissecting the Adverse Effects of Surgical Procedures

By: Holly Haden

People have been increasingly reliant on modern medicine. Medical interventions have been able to help prolong lives, especially with the help of modern surgical procedures. It is amazing to know that modern surgical procedures are able to do incredible things to save a person’s life.

One example of this is the bariatric surgery. It has become the more popular option, especially to those who have become morbidly obese. Though this procedure is considered to be highly effective in losing weight, the adverse effects of this procedure cannot be denied.

Nausea and vomiting are the most common adverse effects of bariatric surgery. But the more serious adverse effect would be the development of infection from the wound acquired from the surgery, resulting to leaks from the stomach into the abdominal cavity. Cases like this require the patient to undergo another operation.

Another great example would be the hemorrhoidectomy. It is a surgical procedure that is done to remove hemorrhoids. In other procedures, a circular stapling device is used to remove hemorrhoidal tissue and close the wound. However, this procedure does not require incision. What it does it that, it only lifts the hemorrhoid. After which, it is then placed back (or “stapled”) in the anal canal.

The adverse effect in this procedure is that, 5% of the time, hemorrhoids come back after the surgery. It also leaves you the inability to control the bowel movement and even the bladder. Not only that, it leaves you at risk for infection of the surgical area because some of the stool may be trapped in the anal area.

Removal of gallstones is another example of surgical procedures that can also pose some risk factors to one’s health. One risk factor would be infection on the incision or internal bleeding. Injury to the small intestines may also be experienced by one of the instruments used during the surgery.

All these and other medical surgical procedures provide post-operation risks and other complications. Studies show that the success of these surgical procedures like the aforementioned depends on the ability of the patient to make changes in his lifestyle.

But these conditions can be avoided. Say, hemorrhoids, for example. Hemorrhoids can be avoided from occurring or from coming back if you will be able to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. For one, you have to avoid the common causes of hemorrhoids such as eating too much processed food, prolonged sitting or standing.

The same goes with other ailments as well. Taking care of your body from the inside and out will keep you from getting morbidly obese or from suffering from chronic diseases.

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