Heather G

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Is Organic Food Healthier?

October 21st 2009 19:02
Food stamped with an organic label may not provide better nutrition than the rest of the food at the supermarket.

A recent review, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reported that organic food and conventional foods have the same nutrient content. The researchers found no differences between conventional foods and organic foods in the amount of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, and copper content. However, organic foods had higher levels of phosphorous, and conventional crops had more nitrogen.

While the nutritional content of organic food is not higher, there may be fewer pesticides. There are many variables in food production that influence nutrient content including where the food is grown, shipped from, and how long it was on the truck.

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I'm back!

October 21st 2009 18:56
I have not posted in a while, but plan to post more regularly in the future! Thanks for all your support!

What Does Organic Really Mean?

July 7th 2009 17:40
Interesting article from the Washington Post about how the US organic label may not mean what you think it means....

Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned

A recent study in rats reports that components of fatty foods (oleic acids) may be converted to memory-enhancing agents in the gut. Dr. Daniele Piomelli, a researcher at the University of California at Irvine, found that oleic acid improved memory in rats in two different tests – navigating a maze and avoiding unpleasant experiences.

To investigate how oleic acid was improving memory, the researchers blocked oleic acid with drugs. This revealed that when the rats were given certain drugs that block activation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight response), the performance benefits of oleic acids disappeared. Therefore, the researchers speculate that this response is related to emotional arousal

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Overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting health headlines? With the huge barrage of medical/health information bombarded at us everyday, how do we know what to believe?

Photo courtesy flickr-user desi.italy

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Cherries Not Really A Superfruit?

May 18th 2009 15:32
Cherries are being promoted as a ‘Super Fruit’. Recent research has reported that both sweet and sour cherries have a high antioxidant content (1). Additional research has reported that these antioxidants are absorbed into the bloodstream in humans (2), meaning that these compounds are bioavailable (absorbed through the gut). Antioxidants may reduce risk factors for heart disease and inflammation.

However, most of the evidence for the beneficial effects of cherries comes from studies in animal models and in vitro (in cells outside a living organism). It seems that while cherries contain many compounds that may be beneficial for human health, there is no direct evidence that cherries promote health or reduce the risk of disease

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Change of Pace

May 13th 2009 13:15
Orble has offered me this domain in place of my previous Orble blog, healthbits. I just wanted to let any previous readers of this blog know that it has changed hands. The format will likely stay very similar for now. I have been posting bits of ‘health’ related news that interest me. As my blogging progresses I plan to go more in-depth in some issues and post links for further information. Thanks for reading!

Move It!

May 11th 2009 16:38

We are constantly being bombarded by the advice to exercise. Yet finding time is increasingly difficult in our busy modern world. Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic disease, and boost mood

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It’s that time of year again when April showers bring more than flowers. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from spring allergies. People with allergies will experience nasal congestion, headache, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and fatigue when exposed to allergens like pollen. Allergy-induced asthma is also prevalent this time of year in children and adults.

There are a variety of treatment options for allergy sufferers, but a less common alternative treatment option may also provide relief. Nasal irrigation may reduce symptoms of allergies and other nasal problems

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Are Dental Amalgam Fillings Safe?

April 5th 2009 18:11
Dental amalgam has been used in dentistry for over 200 years, yet still mired in controversy. Dental amalgam is an alloy elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and sometimes other metallic elements.

Many people believe that the mercury in amalgam could lead to health problems. However, health professionals report that there is not enough mercury contained in the amalgam to cause any potential problems normally associated with mercury such as kidney or lung damage

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Recent Comments

Interesting post! The motors are called 'kinesins' instead of 'kinesis'.

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Comment by Heather G
on Sweet potato and ricotta wontons with pesto

June 2nd 2009 18:17
I like the idea of combining sweet potato with wonton wrappers, never thought of it, but it sounds good!

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Comment by Heather Gorby
on Cherries Not Really A Superfruit?

May 18th 2009 19:31
There does not seem to be any direct evidence in humans that cherries help gout. They do contain high levels of anti-oxidants, which are good for us in general. There are no good quality research studies that link cherries to the prevention of specific diseases (like gout for example). All of the studies report various effects of cherries lowering inflammatory markers, but not disease itself. They may actually help gout, but well-controlled human studies have not shown this directly.

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Comment by Heather Gorby
on Change of Pace

May 18th 2009 15:30
Thanks Tommie and Morgan!

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Comment by Heather Gorby
on Even Harvard hates Larry Summers

May 11th 2009 16:11
And don't forget the sexism incident that lost him the job at Harvard! He claimed that men had higher aptitude for science and engineering than women.

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Comment by Heather Gorby
on Blogging Basics 5: Getting Listed

April 6th 2009 17:03
This is incredibly helpful, thanks!

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Comment by Heather Gorby
on Bucket Movies Presents: Shoot 'Em Up!

April 6th 2009 13:27
Believe it or not I saw this in the theater. Friends choice, not mine. Never the less that friend was not allowed to pick another movie for quite some time.

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Comment by Heather Gorby
on Apple, Apple, Apple - iPhone, iPhone, iPhone

April 6th 2009 13:11
Yep, just waiting for my current contract to expire so I can get one....

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I really like the Moving Comfort products for athletic wear. Most of it is designed well for 'real women', and has great wicking for those long workouts. Although I agree with you that their 'support' wear is not the best for those with a D cup size or higher.

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Comment by Heather Gorby
on I Feel Better Now…

March 25th 2009 22:33
I am also trying to cut out my plastic bag use. I carry a variety of cotton bags in my car, which completely eliminates the need for any plastic bags at all.

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