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Bad Teeth May Give Us Heart Disease

Probably one of our least favorite places to go is to the dentist.  When I was a young boy I had an accident that left me going to the dentist once a week for months.   He really didn’t have any toys that I wanted that made the trip easier for me.  I dreaded every week.  Looking back, it may have not been his most favorite time of the week either.  Pain management and dental care have come along way since then and certainly should be a part of our overall health care plan.  As this article points out, our oral hygiene can provide insight into our cardiovascular health.  It maybe time to schedule that trip to the dentist.

Bad teeth can be an early warning sign for heart diseases, claims a new study done in the U.S.Oral infections that destroy teeth have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease by researchers who have been reviewing current literature. They say inflammation-causing oral diseases, including cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Significant evidence supports an association between oral infections and stroke.

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Brevard Times: Study: Sugary Drinks May Reduce Stress

While sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, they certainly do not relieve stress on the pancreas!  I am not saying that aspartame-sweetened beverages would be any better.  One has to wonder what other stress these types of drinks put on the body?  Aspartame original purpose was an insecticide, but is now considered safe by the FDA.  Many any the alternative health field believe otherwise.  What do you think?

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce stress while diet beverages sweetened with aspartame do not, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Societys Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study examined the effects of consuming sugar- and aspartame-sweetened beverages on a group of 19 women between the ages of 18 and 40. The researchers assigned eight women to consume aspartame-sweetened beverages, and 11 to drink sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Six Supplements for Cardiovascular Health

This article in Natural News highlights 6 supplements that can help with cardiovascular health. The article begins with Vitamin E as a supplement for cardiovascular health.One recent study was stopped because of the negative results the researchers were seeing from those taking Vitamin E.What the researchers failed to use was a full spectrum Vitamin E.I would only take a full spectrum Vitamin E supplement.The rest of the supplements look good for Cardiovascular health and wellbeing.Just keep in mind they are supplements.I say that because supplementation should never take the place of a healthy lifestyle, in my humble opinion….

  1. Vitamin E.
  2. Vitamin C.
  3. L-Arginine.
  4. Garlic.
  5. Alpha-Lipoic Acid.
  6. Flavonoids.
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Heart Disease and Statins

 

It’s not unusual to be in a health conversation with someone today and they ask you if you know your cholesterol level.  It seems like there has been a big campaign to associate your cholesterol level with longevity, life and health.  That is why statin drugs have been so popular in mainstream medicine, because they have been able to lower cholesterol in those taking them.  However, this has not been without side effects.  Those taking statins are encouraged to have routine checkups along with blood analysis.  The more we learn about statin medication and cholesterol the more it seems that there is some type of disconnect between what is truth and what is fiction.

Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite.
http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/924.cfm

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Divorce and Heart Attack – Study in MedicineNet

We have all known for sometime that stress can play a major factor in ones health.  This study shows the devestating effect that divorce can have on the health of men and women.  It now seems that women seem are more prone to the negative effects of stress than men, at least when it comes to divorce.  Perhaps they tend to have stronger emotions regarding relationships.

The real surprise here is not that the stress of divorce increases the likelihood of having a heart attack.  It is the impact it has on women even after remarriage.  The study shows that of the women that remarried were 35 percent were more likely to have a heart attack than those who stayed with their first husband.  I would be very interested if someone could come up with a reasonable explanation for why.

Duke University researchers found that among nearly 16, 000 U.S. adults followed over two decades,those who were divorced at some point had a higher heart attack risk than those who stayed married. The connection seemed stronger among women,but there was no evidence that a second marriage improved their situation. Women who remarried were still 35 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who stayed with their first husband.