Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers

Cancer, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Study found rosemary, turmeric, fingerroot inhibited production of carcinogenic compounds. THURSDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) --Researchers report that adding certain spices to your burgers before tossing them on the grill this summer will not only add to the flavor of the meat, but they can also cut the risk of cancer long associated with the cooking of beef. Scientists at Kansas State University (KSU) found that three spices in particular -- fingerroot, rosemary and tumeric -- seem to direct the greatest amount of antioxidant activity towards preventing the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs, they note, are the cancer-causing compounds that are produced when foods such as beef are barbecued, grilled, broiled or fried. Specifically, the three spices appeared to cut back on HCA production by upwards of 40 percent,…
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Melatonin for Kids?

Children's Health, Parenting
Melatonin is becoming a popular sleep aid for children. Especially since more than 10% of kids have trouble sleeping. Many parents believe that melatonin might be helpful for their kids, especially those with ADHD or sleep-wake disturbances due developmental disabilities, etc. But, according to the experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, melatonin isn't considered a first choice for sleep in most kids. Here's what they recommend to healthcare professionals: Instead, suggest improving sleep habits by having a consistent bedtime routine and avoiding caffeine and TV before bedtime. You can see my blog on "Strategies for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep" here. For kids on stimulants (methylphenidate, etc), suggest giving the stimulant earlier in the day or switching to one with a shorter duration of action. Short-term use of melatonin…
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Strategies for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Children's Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Here's some excellent information on avoiding insomnia and getting a good night's sleep using common-sense sleep hygiene. It's from my friends at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. However, I find that many of my patients are not aware of some (or even most) of this information. So, here's to a good night's sleep for each of you. What Is Insomnia? Insomnia is a common complaint. Some symptoms of insomnia are difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and difficulty with early morning awakening. Sometimes insomnia only lasts for a short time and can be easily managed. Persistent insomnia is more troublesome and can affect work, school, social relationships, and health. Many conditions are associated with insomnia such as depression, anxiety, allergies, and pain. Much of the time insomnia is simply the…
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