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Daily snippets for May 17, 2013:
Lifestyle: The latest birth study out shows that women who receive birth center care compared to conventional
care were 33% less likely to have a C-section. Not only this, there was about 53% less forceps or vacuum extraction,
28% less likely to have a preterm delivery but 17% more likely to deliver on a weekend. These figures show that
midwives at birthing centers offer care that interferes less with the birthing process and also better the outcomes.
One caveat: Women who seek a birthing center are often better informed, highly motivated and holistically minded
when they take on the pregnancy and birthing experience.
Food and Nutrition: Did you know that peppers contain a small amount of nicotine? Did you also know that
eating peppers can reduce the risk for Parkinson's disease? Peppers are in the same botanical family as tobacco.
This new study came out in May in Annals of Neurology. Peppers also cleanse the blood, aid digestion and promote
weight loss. Both hot and sweet peppers increase the body's heat production and oxygen consumption for about 20
minutes after eating, helping your body to burn extra calories. The capsaicin in hot peppers can decrease blood
cholesterol and triglycerides, boost immunity, and actually reduce risk of stomach ulcers.
Medical Madness: Vaginal rejuvenation is a highly advertised trend that alarms some experts." Also called
"designer vaginoplasty," "revirgination," and "G-spot amplification," these are all female genital cosmetic
procedures in demand among women seeking to modify genital appearance, have a more youthful vulva, or to
enhance sexual response. This growing trend packs its own set of drawbacks with a complication rate that pushes
up to 18%. Complications include pain with sex, bleeding, scarring, and improper healing. These procedures are
marketed heavily, and some of the requests for the procedures are even being done for prepubescent adolescents.
Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements: The benefits from cayenne: Native Americans have used cayenne for
at least 9,000 years. Capsicum, the active ingredient in Cayenne Pepper, is considered one of the purest and most
effective natural stimulants in herbal medicine. Capsicum safely boosts circulation and heart action while lowering
blood pressure levels, increasing overall capillary circulation and even cleansing the blood. Cultures consuming
diets rich in cayenne have fewer instances of cardiovascular health problems. Cayenne is also a natural pain
remedy. This fiery pepper literally makes pain 'burn out'. Taking a capsule form of cayenne is 'fighting fire with fire’
as cayenne helps to burn up a chemical in your body called 'substance P' that carries pain messages to your brain.
Daily HealthTrivia: Everything has a cause trivia: Approximately 80% of people over 50 suffer from
osteoarthritis. All forms of arthritis are problems of inflammation.
Laugh About It! One of our patients told me that the secret to their marriage was pure chemistry. She's on
Valium and He's on Prozac...
Quotable: First rule of happiness: There are two kinds of people in the world - those who wake up and say,
"Good morning, Lord," and those who wake up and say, "Good Lord, it's morning... ~ C
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