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The shingles vaccine temporarily "protects" about half of those vaccinated. No one knows how long the “benefits” of
the vaccine will last shingles cases result in three times as many deaths and five times the number of
Daily health posts for March 11, 2014:
Lifestyle: If you are out in public and have the occasion to rescue someone by performing CardioPulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR), Don’t Stop! Keeping CPR up for 38 minutes or longer improves the patient's chance of
surviving cardiac arrest and having normal brain function afterward. Some 80% of all cardiac arrest occur away from
a hospital and fewer than 10% of all heart attack victims survive according to the American Heart Association. The
actual odds of surviving an out-of-hospital-heart-attack drops 5% for every one minute of time passing until
spontaneous circulation is restored. Although CPR is recommended for 38 minutes or more, the 2010 AHA
Guidelines for CPR says to continue CPR until emergency crews arrive. Don’t know how to perform CPR? Ask your
nearest fire department when the next free course is. You won’t regret it.
Food and Nutrition: Wheat that was grown 40 years ago was very different from the wheat we eat today. The
wheat of yester-year was over 4 feet tall with smaller heads of grain. The wheat of today is about 2 feet tall and has
huge heads of grain. New and improved? Not on your life! To accomplish this feat of farming and produce these
monster-sized grain heads took years of selectively crossing wheat with non-wheat grasses, introducing altogether
new genes. Furthermore, techniques like irradiation of seeds and embryos with chemicals, gamma rays, and high-
dose X-rays brought purposeful mutations. The end result is that intense crossbreeding has changed the amino
acids in wheat’s glutenproteins, bringing with it a 400% increase in celiac disease in just 40 years. That’s just one
angle of our wheat woes.
Medical Madness: Parents blame the physicians for antibiotic overuse and physicians blame the parents.
Either way, antibiotics are often prescribed for young children with upper respiratory tract infections regardless of
whether they are bacterial or not. The argument is that this will prevent complications, such as ear infections and
pneumonia. But the latest evidence review in The Cochrane Library finds absolutely no evidence to support this
abuse of prescription-writing. The fact is that most upper respiratory tract infections caused by viruses and typically
last between 2-14 days. In high-income countries like the US, upper respiratory tract infections are responsible for
75% of prescribed antibiotics. This abuse of antibiotics is helping cause the pandemic of killer drug resistant
microbes we are seeing today. Wise up parents - question everything.
Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements: Want to sleep better? The latest study by Oxford suggests that
higher levels of omega-3 DHA from algae and fish oils/seafood are associated with better sleep. Using 600mg of
DHA supplements for 16 weeks, the double-blind, placebo controlled study found that study subjects on DHA got 58
minutes more sleep and had 7 fewer waking incidents per night compared to the placebo group. The study
concluded that higher blood levels of omega-3 DHA are significantly associated with better sleep, leading to less
bedtime resistance, parasomnias and total sleep disturbances. They also found that higher ratios of omega 3 to
omega 6 were also associated with fewer sleep problems. Lower ratios of omega 3 to 6 are also directly linked to
lower levels of melatonin - the sleep hormone in the brain.
Daily HealthTrivia: Prolific trivia: One single bacteria cell can multiply to become more than 8 million cells in
less than 24 hours.
The First Rule of Happiness: If you want to know the value of one minute, ask the person who just
missed their bus.
Quotable: As information doubles each year, knowledge 'halfs' and wisdom 'quarters' ~ Robert Theobald
Laugh About It! If it smells like a salad, tastes like a salad and even crunches like a salad, but looks like an
organic, gluten-free vegan chocolate cookie, it’s an organic gluten-free, vegan chocolate cookie…
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