There are no miracle cure-alls, silver bullets, or magic pills that will get you trim, fit and healthy, but after an exhaustive search and rigorous testing, The Sherpa has pinpointed a few natural health therapies that DO help and ferreted out the scams to may be shocked by what we've discovered.

Sunshine Exposure Prolongs Life

A study from the University of Edinburgh shows exposing skin to the sun’s rays releases a compound in the blood vessels which helps to reduce blood pressure, alleviates the risk for heart attack and stroke, and improves overall health.In the United Kingdom, heart disease and stroke due to high blood pressure are estimated to cause 80 times more deaths than from skin cancer. A group of 24 volunteers were exposed to tanning lamps for two sessions of 20 minutes each.  In one session, the volunteers were exposed to the UV rays and the heat of the lamps while in another […]

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Soy Plus Tomato May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

Eating tomatoes and soy products together was found to be more effective in preventing prostate cancer than eating each one alone, says a University of Illinois professor, John Erdman. Erdman and his group conducted a study using genetically engineered mice which were divided into four groups with different diets: (1) fed with 10% whole tomato powder; (2) with 2% soy germ; (3) with tomato powder and soy germ; (4) control, no tomato no soy germ; starting from the time the animals were 4 to 18 weeks old. Erdman found out that all mice in the control group developed the disease […]

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Nutritional Value of Fast Foods Have Not Improved

A new study that looked into the nutritional quality of menu items offered at eight popular fast-food restaurants shows that there has only been modest improvements over the last14 years. The researchers analyzed the menus from 1997- 2010, which came from Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Taco Bell, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, and Jack in the Box. Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Eating Index to evaluate the nutritional quality of the menu items served in these fast food chains, they found that the score for all these restaurants increased from 45 to 48 during the study […]

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Carnitine Supplement for Kids with Heart Defects

A recent laboratory study suggests that a common health supplement called carnitine may help improve the survival of children born with heart defects. Dr. Stephen M. Black, cell and molecular physiologist at the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University reports that carnitine may play a role in normalizing blood vessel dysfunction associated with in-born heart defects. Studies show that about one in 125 babies is born with a heart defect annually in the United States. Half of these babies suffer from a complication related to the increase in pressure in the pulmonary blood […]

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More Exercise in Adults Urged

According to a telephone survey, only one out of five US adults meet the government guidelines for aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises. One-half of the 450,000 respondents in the nationwide survey met the aerobic guideline while only one-third met the muscle strengthening exercise. Carmen Harris, MPH, and her group used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey in 2011 and found out that only about 21% of the respondents reached the recommended levels for Americans issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans). However, half of the respondents reached the […]

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Exercise Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle report at the American Urological Association meeting that women who exercise even minimally have a significantly lower risk of developing kidney stones. Mathew Sorensen, MD and colleagues found that physically active women had an overall 30% lower risk of kidney stones compared with women who do not exercise, although in one analysis, the risk reduction was as high as 80%. They add that the intensity of exercises does not matter and there was no difference whether women performed mild, moderate, or strenuous activity. Studies show that about 10% of people in the […]

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Many Diabetic Teens at Risk for Complications

Many young teens with type 1 diabetes are at an increased risk for cardiovascular and diabetes-related complications because they do not follow recommended nutritional guidelines for carbohydrate, fat, and fiber intake. Current recommendations for patients with type 1 diabetes suggest taking 50% to 55% of calories from carbohydrates, 15% to 20% from protein, 30% to 35% from fat, and less than 7% saturated fat. Randi Streisand, PhD, reported in a poster session at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Endocrine Society that in half of 257 children with type 1 diabetes they studied, the daily consumption of bad (LDL) cholesterol […]

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