What the Recession Did to Our Health

By for Doctors Health Press | Jan 21, 2014

Stress-Related Symptoms Skyrocketed During the Worst of the RecessionMoney can’t buy happiness but it sure does seem like it’s easier to be healthier when there’s a little extra savings in the bank. In a study conducted by researchers at the San Diego State University School of Public Health, researchers tallied the effects of the recent recession on Americans’ health.

What they found was both predictable and startling. According to the study results, there were 200 million excess health queries Googled online during the recession. The most common words people searched? Headache, chest, heart, stomach, and pain.

This is the sad and telling impact of a recession that left so many people with no savings, no jobs, and even no homes. These sorts of tremendous stresses caused a lot of health problems for millions of people and this became evident online. The study authors were able to determine the frequency of certain search words or phrases used during the recession. They found that searches for symptoms related to stomach ulcers were 228% higher during the recession compared to non-recession times. The search for headache symptoms was similarly 193% higher, 32% higher for irregular heartbeat symptoms, 35%  higher for chest pains, and 37% higher for symptoms involving a hernia.

Other key words and phrases that increased during the recession included stomach pain, back pain, toothaches, and joint pain. The researchers speculated that stress was responsible for triggering this dramatic increase in physical symptoms. Lack of financial security took a real toll on the bodies and minds of Americans. Many Americans actually lost their jobs, but many more also worried about losing their jobs.

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Take Better Care of This to Protect Your Heart

By for Doctors Health Press | Jan 3, 2014

Oral Health and Heart DiseaseA new study suggests that taking good care of the teeth and going for regular dentist visits could help to protect the heart from suffering a major event like a heart attack or stroke. According to the researchers involved in the study, regular dental visits could reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems by one third.

The research team, based at the University of California in Berkeley, analyzed data from almost 7,000 people between the ages of 44 and 88. All were enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study.

The study compared two groups of people: those who visited their dentist regularly over a two-year period and those who did not. Data from the Health and Retirement Study was collected and contained information about whether participants had visited their dentist and whether or not they had experienced angina, a stroke, congestive heart failure or a heart attack during the previous two years. Information regarding deaths which resulted from heart attacks and strokes were also included in the study data. Researchers accounted for other risk factors, such as high blood pressure and/or BMI and how much a person drank or smoked.

The research team found that more women than men benefitted from regular dental care in terms of heart risk factors. This finding was not unexpected, however, as previous studies have pointed to gender differences when it comes to poor oral health and heart disease risk factors.

This is the first study to show that regular visits to the dentist leads to fewer adverse heart events such as heart attacks and strokes in a causal way. This study carefully compared a control … Read More


Why Dark Chocolate Might Be Good for Your Heart

By for Doctors Health Press | Dec 13, 2013

Benefits of Dark ChocolateYour heart is probably the most important organ in your body. Five quarts of blood flows through it every minute. By the end of a day, your heart has pumped almost 2,000 gallons of blood and your heart muscle will have beat 100,000 times. Your heart is an astonishingly efficient and tireless worker. Without a doubt, your heart is the hardest-working muscle in your body.

The heart is made up of four chambers. Each chamber has a valve that lets blood in and out. The two upper chambers of your heart let blood in, while the two lower chambers pump blood out.

Now what about the system of blood vessels that carry blood to the rest of your body? Blood vessels take blood to every part of your body, carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrients to cells. These same blood vessels pick up waste products like carbon dioxide and carry them away. There are three basic types of blood vessels: veins, arteries, and capillaries.

It’s the job of your arteries to carry oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood away from your heart. There are two main arteries that flow from the heart. The pulmonary artery is located on the right side of your heart and travels to the lungs where the blood picks up fresh oxygen. Your aorta is on the left side of your heart and it carries oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body. Your coronary arteries carry blood to your heart which must have its own supply to continue to function.

So you can see how important these three arteries are. These arteries need to be kept healthy and … Read More


Rid Diabetes Pain With This Natural Benefit

By for Doctors Health Press | Nov 15, 2013

Benefits of Fig LeavesThere are many health benefits of eating figs and if you’re not eating this nutritious food, then it’s time to start!

Figs are a great source of potassium and fiber. They’re great for keeping blood pressure levels within a normal range. The fiber in potassium helps to lower cholesterol levels. Figs are good for staving off cancer and for preventing the onset of diabetes. Figs are also a good source of calcium.
Figs are a good food to eat if you want to improve the quality of your sleep. Figs have been shown to aid in good sleeping habits for those struggling with insomnia, a great health benefit of figs.
Figs are a good source of energy.
Figs could help in the treatment of constipation.
Figs are a good source of calcium and could promote strong and healthy bones—definitely an important health benefit.
Figs are soothing for those with stomach acid problems.

These are some of the great health benefits of figs. But what about fig leaves—did you know that there are also significant fig leaves health benefits?

Perhaps the most well-known of all the fig leaves health benefits is the ability of the plant to exert strong anti-diabetic effects. Fig leaves have the power to reduce the amount of insulin a diabetic needs to take.

In one clinical trial, researchers studied the hypoglycemic effects of a fig leaf extract. Six men and four women were recruited for the trial. All had to be dealing with diabetes for about seven years. The participants continued to manage their diabetes through diet and a twice-daily insulin injection. They were also given a … Read More


The Killers Lurking Inside Your Food

By for Doctors Health Press | Sep 5, 2013

104695015Nanomaterials are all the rage now when it comes to food manufacturing. What are nanoparticles and why is the food industry so heavily invested in them? Nanoparticles are extremely small and possess properties that their larger counterparts don’t have. Basically, they have a large surface area compared to their size and weight. This makes them ideal for certain tasks that require their absorption into other materials like food or even the human body.

Silver nanoparticles—to cite one example—are used by the food industry as a pesticide because they can quickly travel through a food and destroy harmful organisms. Nanoparticles are also being used to ferry drugs into the body—in particular, delivering cancer therapies to specific, targeted areas.

Some red flags are being raised about the use of nanoparticles, however. No one is sure what effects these nanoparticles may have when absorbed in large numbers. Nanoparticles seem capable of travelling anywhere due to their diminutive size. Once in the body, they can enter the lungs, digestive tract and other organs. When quantities of these particles build up sufficiently, scientists fear there may be adverse health effects.

Recently, a team of researchers looked at the effects of gold nanoparticles (used for drug delivery) on the heart. In this animal study, rats were given a dose of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and then run through a series of tests. Compared to controls, the rats with the GNPs exhibited some pretty alarming changes in the functioning of their hearts. The researchers noted that the GNPs caused weakness in the heart muscle and congested and dilated blood vessels. These changes weren’t seen in any of the … Read More


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Heart Health Informative Center

One of the worrisome things about getting older is maintaining your heart health. After all, your heart performs an invaluable job. Consider the fact that it will beat an average of 2 1/2 billion times during your lifetime! Your heart is made up largely of muscle; but, unlike other muscles in your body, it never tires. It just keeps working tirelessly to circulate blood. The key to keeping your heart healthy through a lifetime of hard work is prevention. So, how can you make sure that it can always do its job without interruption or interference? Here’s some simple health advice: exercise!

A recent study found that elderly people who have engaged in lifelong exercise preserve heart muscle at a level that matches that of a 25-year-old.

Exercise Could Regenerate Your Heart
Most everyone knows that exercise delivers huge benefits to the body’s metabolism and cardiovascular system. But what scientists understand less is how physical activity influences the heart itself. Sure, aerobic exercise makes your heart more efficient and stronger — but does exercise actually change your heart physically?
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Have the Heart of a 25-year-old at 65
One of the worrisome things about getting older is maintaining your heart health. After all, your heart performs an invaluable job. Consider the fact that it will beat an average of 2 1/2 billion times during your lifetime! Your heart is made up largely of muscle; but, unlike other muscles in your body, it never tires. It just keeps working tirelessly to circulate blood.
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Cut Heart Attack Risk with this Vitamin

Dietary supplements, as we all know, are extraordinarily popular today. They are widely used by people of all ages and backgrounds. They are used to supplement people’s diets, to help you obtain recommended levels of essential nutrients. They are used by some to prevent health problems in the future, such as calcium supplements for osteoporosis and fish oil for heart problems.
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A Herb to Help Protect Your Heart

In the Middle Ages, people hung hawthorn branches over their doorways to prevent the entry of evil spirits. In the 1800s, doctors began to discover the medicinal properties of hawthorn. The herb was first used to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. It wasn’t long before hawthorn was considered a herbal tonic for the heart.
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