By Natural Advocate | November 30, 2006 - 11:09 pm - Posted in Medical News

When a person heard the phrase “the biological clock is ticking”, they always thought of it as referring to women. Due to new research, we are finding this phrase refers to men as well.

A woman’s biological clock starts ticking at age 35 and a man’s at age 40, according to Dr. Rochebrochard, a researcher on the subject. Based on current bodies of research, the conclusion drawn is that age matters for men for paternity.

As men age, the risk of problems with infertility increases. California scientists, in a study done in 2003, showed that sperm motility and semen volume declined for men over 50.

The DNA in male sperm is more likely to undergo damage as paternal age advances. Health habits of the male plays a role in DNA fragmentation. Factors such as smoking, diet and chemical exposure contributed to the condition of the DNA in the male sperm.

Late in life paternity has been linked to higher risk of health problems in offspring such as schizophrenia, autism and dwarfism.

New evidence and data continue to come in as more research is being done. Certainly, paternal age is a factor to consider in the decision to father a child for men. 

By MA Greenery | November 28, 2006 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Foods, Medical News

With all the popularity of the low carbohydrate diet, I’ve heard and read about a lot more people finding out through testing that they are wheat or gluten sensitive. Often their symptoms were simple or vague as a complaint of feeling tired all the time.

If a person is gluten sensitive, they may not be absorbing their food properly. The body sees gluten as an allergen, an intruder in the body. The obvious way to treat this condition is to remove wheat from the diet.

With the popularity of breads, pastas and cereals in the American diet this may seem like a daunting task. However, with careful label reading, it can be done.

Substitutes for wheat products are potatoes, rice and there are a whole host of products available online that are gluten free.

Consult with your physician if you feel you may have this condition, as there are tests that can be done.

Gluten sensitivity or wheat allergies often run in families so be aware if you have relatives that can’t eat wheat.

To be effective with a gluten free diet, you must become an avid label reader for ingredients containing gluten. When dining out, ask if wheat products are used in preparing your food selection . With special effort and cookbooks that are available, you can modify your diet and still have palatable varied food choices.

By Natural Advocate | November 27, 2006 - 8:30 am - Posted in Natural Depression & Anxiety Relief

I stumbled across this newer natural antidepressant that is an alternative to the likes of anti anxiety and mood boosting medications that can be very difficult to come off of and also present a laundry list of side effects such as Effexor, Lexapro, Zoloft and countless others. 

It’s called Anxius, and it’s an all natural product that has some very intriguing claims from customers to be a very effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs for depression and anxiety.  Anxius uses a proprietary blend of ingredients to achieve a calming effect on the nervous system, while also helping to naturally elevate the mood without making your overly stimulated or overly sedated, as is common with some of the prescription drugs. 

Users report feeling better withing days, and sometimes within one day of taking the product, and they did not report any negative side effects that I saw either, which is another bonus when thinking about taking something to help your moods. 

Take a look at a more comprehensive look at this product: Anxius Natural Antidepressant Results

By MA Greenery | November 26, 2006 - 11:48 pm - Posted in Foods

A problem is surfacing in our young generation of caffeine abuse. Products ingested include caffeine pills, No Doz tablets and Red Bull often in combination with coffee.

According to Northwestern University Research, there is an emerging trend of caffeine abuse. They reached this conclusion by studying three years of cases reported to the Illinois Poison Center.

Cases reported involved symptoms of nausea, vomiting, a racing heartbeat to full blown panic attacks. These symptoms often led people to the emergency room.

Even after taking such excessive amounts of caffeine, most young people were surprised that caffeine ,a food product could give them these symptoms.

This is a trend worth keeping a watchful eye on for young people. They should be made aware that caffeine is a stimulant .

While it won’t hurt most people in a moderate amount, caffeine can cause a lot of harm in excess. As it is a stimulant, caffeine releases catecholamines that make a person anxious and jittery and set up a fight or flight response.

By Natural Advocate | November 24, 2006 - 8:05 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

One possible benefit of regulating herbal products would be quality control of all herbal products. One way, as a consumer, to seek our own quality assurance would be to look for the word standardized on the label. This should ensure a consistent amount of the desired compound in each capsule. The dosage per capsule unit will be reliable for the health benefits desired.

With human nature as it is, many individuals may be tempted to overdo herbal dosage. The reasoning of since it’s natural, I can take more, may prevail.

More specific recommendations in a more uniform manner would be beneficial for herbal dosage. Also warnings about possible allergic reactions or side effects would keep a consumer more informed.

One possible example for our country to follow would be Germany. In Germany, herbal medicines are approved as over the counter drugs similarly to how the FDA works here.

Therefore herbal products are researched by a panel of experts and consumers. This would provide more safety, peace of mind and uniform quality to herbal remedies.

Hopefully, this could be achieved in this country without driving the price up too high or restricting availability.

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