Soda consumption may weaken bones

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I discuss that sodas not only are associated with obesity, but may well be associated with the weakening of bones due to the heavy load of phosphoric acid in the sodas. The Los Angeles Times reports that researchers are now "trying to figure out how and why, precisely, drinking soda" may weaken bones. In the past, "researchers surmised ... that soda took its toll on bones because children who drank soda did so in place of milk." Investigators are now testing "the theory that phosphoric acid in soda harms bones," based on findings from a 2005 study in the journal Osteoporosis International that indicated "minerals were being removed from bone, and not replaced" in men who "consumed…
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Too much chocolate may be connected to depression

Mental Health, Nutritional Health
The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who consume larger amounts of chocolate may be more depressed than those who eat lesser amounts of it. "Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Davis examined chocolate consumption and other dietary intake patterns among 931 men and women who were not using antidepressants," then screened them for depression, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Those who screened positive for possible depression consumed an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate – defined as one ounce of chocolate candy – per month," compared "with 5.4 servings per month among people who were not depressed." Bloomberg News reports that "the scientists didn't find any evidence of a benefit from chocolate, as it didn't seem to help people overcome…
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Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Do you?

Men's Health, Woman's Health
Almost half of American adults, 45% of us, now have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, according to a report from researchers from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Los Angeles Times reports that "one in eight Americans has at least two of the conditions and one in 33 has all three, sharply increasing their risk." These "data come from the ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey." While "researchers should be able to use the new data to plan interventions, 'the main thing here is for people to be aware that they have these conditions and know that lifestyle modifications and medications can control them and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease,' said epidemiologist Cheryl D. Fryar of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, one of…
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Larimore Family Newsletter – June 2010

Family Newsletter
Here are the contents of our Family Newsletter for June: Family Update - Traveling to Italy Publication Update TSI: The Influenza Bomb is out. Order autographed copies. Book Signing in Colorado Springs Dr. Walt Interviewed on Childhood Obesity Dr. Walt Featured on iMOM Dr. Walt published in Significant Living Magazine Workplace Grace released last month Events of the last month Upcoming Events Family Update Barb and I are back from our three-week trip-of-a-lifetime to Italy. If’ you’d like to experience Italy vicariously, and follow along for our adventure and view of Barb’s amazing photos, you can do so by starting here and then following the links at the bottom of each blog. Publishing Update TSI: The Influenza Bomb is out. Get your autographed copies here. My second novel, co-written with my…
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