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Researchers Compare Exercise, Drugs as Cardiovascular Treatments

Researchers Compare Exercise, Drugs as Cardiovascular Treatments | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

Structured exercise programs may be as effective, or even more useful, than medication to treat cardiovascular conditions. The authors evaluated and synthesized the results of 305 previous studies to compare the benefits of drug and exercise regimens on disease outcomes.  

After identifying four conditions for which exercise has been studied as a preventive technique—coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and type-2 diabetes—Naci and Ioannidis compared the efficacy of drugs used to treat these conditions to previously-reported effects of exercise.

 They found that structured physical activity was more effective than drug use in the treatment and prevention of strokes, and equally effective in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and diabetes.  Diuretic drugs were more successful than exercise, however, in treating heart failure.

“[Our study] will trigger debate, which is really important,” said Naci. “In cases where we have evidence of exercise, exercise seems to do really well in comparison to drugs, but there are still a lot of instances where we don’t know how exercise fares against drugs.”


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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:34 PM

Structured exercise programs may be as effective, or even more useful, than medication?  Say it ain't so... your friendly pharmamedical complex team 

Dr. KGM BIYABANI's comment, November 3, 2013 12:00 AM
TREATMENT REGIMENS ARE TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED ACCORDING TO THE PATIENT'S DISEASE AND THE TREATMENT REGIMEN OUTCOMES. ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE STUDY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR".; TREATMENT REGIMENS MAY INCLUDE MANY PREVENTIVE AS WELL AS CURATIVE THERAPIES, BOTH PHARMACOLOGICAL AND NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL. AT THE END PATIENT/PERSON MATTERS. THERE SHOULD BE "AND" instead of "OR". OF COURSE THERE IS NEVER A MAGIC BULLET IN HEALTHCARE;THAT'S WHY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR" AS DR. BILAZARIAN HAS SAID. AND I AGREE WITH ROBIN THOMAS ABOUT "THE MAGIC BULLET" PART ONLY.
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TREATMENT REGIMENS ARE TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED ACCORDING TO THE PATIENT'S DISEASE AND THE TREATMENT REGIMEN OUTCOMES. ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE STUDY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR".; TREATMENT REGIMENS MAY INCLUDE MANY PREVENTIVE AS WELL AS CURATIVE THERAPIES, BOTH PHARMACOLOGICAL AND NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL. AT THE END PATIENT/PERSON MATTERS. THERE SHOULD BE "AND" instead of "OR". OF COURSE THERE IS NEVER A MAGIC BULLET IN HEALTHCARE;THAT'S WHY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR" AS DR. BILAZARIAN HAS SAID. AND I AGREE WITH ROBIN THOMAS ABOUT "THE MAGIC BULLET" PART ONLY.

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Everything You Need to Know About Good Posture - Infographic

Everything You Need to Know About Good Posture - Infographic | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it
In case you haven't heard, good posture is important. Whether sitting or standing, keeping a straight alignment is important to your long-term health and well-being. But if you've always slouched and sat incorrectly, changing can fell like an impossible task. It can be done, though, you just need to know how! Check out the infographic…

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Poor posture from technology use can lead to 4 damaging effects - CBC.ca

Poor posture from technology use can lead to 4 damaging effects - CBC.ca | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it
Health professionals have have seen an uptick in headaches, and pain in the neck, back and face they say is increasingly linked to poor posture, but there are ways to counteract the damage.

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What is stress? How to reduce stress for complete wellness?

What is stress? How to reduce stress for complete wellness? | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

And if you can't define stress, ...Stress represents anything that poses a threat or a challenge to our wellbeing. Some stresses are good for you, while others are damaging.There's good stress and bad stress. Find out what's what and....Find out what's what and learn practical ways to cope in this article.

 

Also Read: What is Wellness? - Defination of Wellness @


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The 10-Minute Core-Blasting Pilates Workout [INFOGRAPHIC]

The 10-Minute Core-Blasting Pilates Workout [INFOGRAPHIC] | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

 

Pilates is a form of exercise that aims to develop flexibility, good posture, strength, and balance all at the same time [1].

 

While some Pilates classes feature special machines (see above), mat classes require bodyweight alone and are easy to replicate at home [2]. There are dozens of individual exercises, so we asked Sarah Ruback of Core Pilates NYC to pick out a few key moves.Ruback suggests holding one-to-two-pound dumbbells (or water bottles or soup cans at home) to make this workout even more challenging.

 

The focus here is quality, not quantity, so work on making each rep as strong as possible and don’t stress about the number of reps.

 


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Sarah Ruback :: See how fast Pilates can whip your body into shape with the exercises demonstrated in these Pilates workout videos from Howcast (http://goo.gl/GRqQD).

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How Texting Hurts Your Neck

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A new study suggests that looking down at a cell phone is the equivalent of placing a 60-pound weight on one's neck.


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Backpacks, Children, Nook, Kindle and Bad Posture

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Backpacks, Children, Nook, Kindle and Bad Posture.

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Fish Oil Supplements

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Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids can lower high plasma triglycerides, but they have not been shown to decrease the risk of pancreatitis. The results of recent studies do not offer any convincing evidence that fish oil supplements prevent cardiovascular disease.


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The Medical Letter gives the "bottom line" on fish oil.  It doesn't reduce cardiovascular risk.

Eat fish, don't take fish oil. 

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Sit up straight: five of the best posture exercises

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Try these exercises to help improve your posture and remind yourself what it feels like to really stand up straight This article is a preview from the February issue of Do Something, which is free with the Guardian this Saturday If you have a...

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Index of Yoga Postures

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Comment on What is Chiropractic? 7 Fast Facts by TrenchPress » What is Chiropractic? 7 Fast Facts

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Fasting regenerates the immune system

Fasting regenerates the immune system | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

une 06 2014. The June 5, 2014 issue of the journal Cell Stem Cell published the finding of Valter D. Longo and colleagues at the University of Southern California (USC) of a rejuvenating effect for fasting on immune system cells.

"When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged," stated Dr Longo, who is the director of the USC Longevity Institute. "What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when youre-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?"

Dr Longo and his associates determined that the reduction in these immune system cells triggers the stem cell-based regeneration of new cells. Fasting was found to reduce an enzyme known as PKA, which, when lowered, extended the life span of simple organisms in previous research conducted by the team. "PKA is the key gene that needs to shut down in order for these stem cells to switch into regenerative mode,” Dr Longo explained. “It gives the 'okay' for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system.”

“The good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting,” he continued. “Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system."

"We are investigating the possibility that these effects are applicable to many different systems and organs, not just the immune system,” he added.

 


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An easy way to rejuvenate your immune system.  Several studies show the benefits of 'intermittent fasting'.  

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4 Body Postures For A Better Brain

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"The brain largely controls the body, but the body can also influence the brain, by the feedback it sends up the nervous system. In fact, the body and mind work together to create our perceptions of the world. ..." (NOTE:   For more great tips and resources about Health and Fitness (as well as other important topics), visit the blog 'DID YOU KNOW?' @ http://firstworld.overblog.com

 

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ECSTATIC BODY POSTURES: An Alternate Reality Workbook (http://amzn.to/T7h2x4)  Ruth-Inge Heinze, author of 'Shamans of the 20th Century' (http://amzn.to/1nIrZTz) says "this book summarizes the results of hundreds of workshops and introduces the reader to the rich resources of information found in the alternative reality. . . . I highly recommend this book to all who want to explore their inner reality." 

 

 

 


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Web Buzz's curator insight, June 3, 2014 2:05 PM

It's truly a very good thing when "the body and mind work together". Because when they don't work together effectively, well, a person can start feeling somewhat discombobulated and out of sync, which is NOT a good thing, of course. 

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The Secret to Digestive Wellness | PsychologyOfEating.com

The Secret to Digestive Wellness | PsychologyOfEating.com | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it
The Sympathetic Nervous System – also known as “fight or flight” response and; The Parasympathetic Nervous System – also knows as “rest and digest” response. They each have a powerful and essential function, as you ...

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ATS New Sleep Quality, Duration Recommendations

ATS New Sleep Quality, Duration Recommendations | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it
The American Thoracic Society has issued a statement with recommendations for clinicians and the general public on obtaining good quality sleep and an adequate quantity of sleep.

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Richard D. Hammer, M.D.'s curator insight, June 16, 2015 8:42 AM

Sleep is essential for health. For some tips on getting a good nights ‪#‎sleep‬(and why you should) check out Leanne Venier's great article 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/secrets-improving-sleep-health-productivity-why-color-leanne-venier

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4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Children

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Someone once said it’s not what kind of world we’re leaving for our children, but what kind of children we’re leaving for our world. Kindness and a sense of gratitude are core values that we need to help encourage in children. 

 

Studies have shown that children who cultivate gratitude in their lives have better social relationships and do better in school. Being grateful actually contributes to our overall sense of well-being and helps increase our happiness. But, as any parent of a young child knows – especially during the holidays – encouraging gratitude in the midst of pressure for expensive or numerous gifts can be challenging.


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Gratitude can be part of our daily conversations and what we experience each day in living.

 

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Study Shows Chiropractic Best Choice for Athletes with Low Back Pain

Study Shows Chiropractic Best Choice for Athletes with Low Back Pain | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

A recent study conducted by Ryan C. Petering, MD and Charles Webb, DO, researched various treatment options, including physical therapy, opioids, and muscle relaxants. The results showed chiropractic came out ahead, both for reducing pain and improving daily activities.


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For a chiropractor in Augusta GA visit Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic's website at www.georgia-clinic.com 

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Running 101: Combating Sore Muscles After A Run - Page 2 of 2 - Competitor.com

Running 101: Combating Sore Muscles After A Run - Page 2 of 2 - Competitor.com | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

Use these tips to make it a little easier to roll out of bed in the morning.


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Posture perfect: How to text and work at a desk without destroying your body

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Electronics are slowly turning humanity into a humpback species. Poor posture is a major contributor to back pain and can even negatively affect our emotions. Fortunately, there’s a an easy way to remedy the situation. At VentureBeat’s Healthbeat conference this week, Crossfit... http://www.newsyab.com/posture-perfect-how-to-text-and-work-at-a-desk-without-destroying-your-body/


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Desk exercises: 3 easy routines for designers to do today! | Creative Bloq

Desk exercises: 3 easy routines for designers to do today! | Creative Bloq | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

Mark: Designers are known for spending all day and usually most of the night in front of our computers. So much so that some (most?) of us will hiss at the daylight. We generally have an incredible monitor tan and most of us can do a high number of arm curl reps with a coffee mug in each hand.

 

This post on desk excercises, while helpful, pointedly reminds me that it's generally best to just go to the gym.

 

But these tips are helpful--for vampires.

 

Looking for desk exercises, then sit up straight, and pay attention! Designer boot camp starts now, and we're here to put paid to poor posture, and ensure your remain in tip top condition at your desk.


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This topic was really interesting.  It showed different things that would help keep you healthy, even if you are required to sit for the majority of the day.  It is really important to stay stretched and loose in a stressful work environement.  These excercises showed how to do that.  -SM

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The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it
Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.

 

People like Stimpson are "extraordinary altruists," according to Abigail Marsh. She's an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University and one of the country's leading researchers into altruism.

 

Marsh wanted to know more about this type of extraordinary altruism, so she decided to study the brains of people who had donated a kidney to a stranger.

 

The amygdala was significantly larger in the altruists compared to those who had never donated an organ. Additionally, the amygdala in the altruists was extremely sensitive to the pictures of people displaying fear or distress.


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The Science of Posture: Sitting up straight will make you happier, more confident and less risk-averse

The Science of Posture: Sitting up straight will make you happier, more confident and less risk-averse | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it
I’ll confess up front: I have terrible posture. It’s been bad since I was in high school at least, and probably for even longer than that.

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Depression: Natural Solutions & Causes, Chiropractic, Nutrition & Mental Health | The Truth Talks

Friend us @ https://www.facebook.com/psychetruthvideos Depression: Natural Solutions & Causes, Chiropractic, Nutrition & Mental Health | The Truth Talks Chir...

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Michael Wiener's curator insight, October 16, 2013 9:34 PM

Another great video for depression, especially if you have it.

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6 New Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Try - EverydayHealth.com

6 New Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Try  - EverydayHealth.com | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it
If youre dealing with chronic pain, reducing inflammation by changing your diet could help. Learn about six foods that have a place in pain management.

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Exercises for Low Back Pain

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Have you ever woken up from a restful night’s sleep only to feel an unexplained aching pain in your low back?

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Top 5 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes - Healthy Holistic Living

Top 5 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes - Healthy Holistic Living | Health and Wellness Digest | Scoop.it

Summers here and so are the mosquitoes and they are out in full force this year. We live in Florida, so it’s a constant battle but this year we wised up! We decided to get...


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