High meat diet ‘linked to early periods’

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
In my book, God's Design for the Highly Healthy Teen, I discuss the disturbing phenomena of young girls having their periods at younger and younger ages. Researchers have postulated all sorts of reasons for the, but now a study suggests that girls who eat a lot of meat during childhood tend to start their periods earlier than others. UK researchers compared the diets of more than 3,000 12-year-old girls. They found high meat consumption at age three (over eight portions a week) and age seven (12 portions) was strongly linked with early periods. Here are the details from a BBC report: Writing in Public Health Nutrition, the researchers said a meat-rich diet might prepare the body for pregnancy, triggering an earlier puberty. During the 20th Century, the average age at which…
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Mediterranean diet also helps existing heart disease

Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet can help heart patients stay healthy, new research from Greece shows. The Mediterranean diet, which I recommend in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, involves eating lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, vegetable and olive oils, no-fat dairy products, legumes, whole grains, and fish, and has been shown to help shield people from heart disease and also ward off certain cancers. But less information is available on whether the Mediterranean diet might be helpful for people who already have heart disease. According to a report in Reuters Health, to investigate this, Chrysohoou and her team looked at 1,000 patients who had suffered heart attacks or severe chest pain while at rest or with only light exertion. They rated each patient on a scale of…
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Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller

General Health
In my book, Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, I have a chapter discussing acupuncture in which we conclude: Despite its limited effectiveness, acupuncture’s low cost and relative safety can make it a viable option Despite its limited effectiveness, acupuncture’s low cost and relative safety can make it a viable option for some conditions, such as pain relief after dental procedures and the reduction of nausea and vomit- ing after chemotherapy or surgery. Now, according to a report in HealthDay News, "Needle insertion stimulates production of chemical known to reduce discomfort, scientists say." This may now explain how acupuncture works. Here are the details: The needle pricks involved in acupuncture may help relieve pain by triggering a natural painkilling chemical called adenosine, a new study…
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