All over the media this week are reports of a new study announced at the American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans which showed that people with normal cholesterol levels were able to cut cardiac risks by taking statin drugs. The statins reduced arterial inflammation, evidenced by lower levels of an inflammatory marker in the body called C-reactive protein, or CRP. But nowhere in the media has there been any mention that statins are not the only way to lower CRP levels. Lifestyle changes like the Pritikin Program have also proven very effective. "In fact, lifestyle is the most effective way to reduce CRP," asserts Robert Vogel, MD, one of America's leading cardiologists and co-author of the newly published book The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life (Simon & Schuster). In just two to three weeks, the food and fitness principles of the Pritikin Program have been documented to dramatically reduce CRP levels in men, women, and children.
Nov 17, 2008 Read More
A Japanese cohort study, following participants for more than 13 years, has concluded that coffee consumption can lower the risk of oral, pharynegeal and esophageal cancers, even in those people who are at high risk. The risk can be ameliorated by as little as one or two cups of coffee per day, even among those who smoke and/or drink. The reason appears to be that coffee has a “protective effect” on these cancers, and more importantly, the effect “remained strong” even when cancers caused by cigarettes or heavy drinking occurred among the study participants, the scientists wrote...
Nov 14, 2008 Read More
Today, November 14th, is World Diabetes Day, a day for spreading awareness to the seriousness of this disease and the proactive measures that can be taken for management and prevention of this wide spread disease that has affects 23.6 million children and adults in the United States. While it is more commonly known that diabetics must avoid diets that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, it is less known that food safety is also a critical issue for those suffering from this condition; which demands that retailers increase their knowledge and opens opportunity for retailers to help teach their diabetic customers shop wisely. Diabetes can leave a person more susceptible to serious foodborne illness, resulting in a lengthier illness, hospitalization, or even death. Campylobacteriosis is four times more common and salmonellosis three times more common in persons with diabetes than in the general population. It is believed that persons with diabetes are 25 times more likely to be sickened with listeriosis. For this reason, diabetics must be especially careful in handling, preparing, and consuming foods.
Nov 14, 2008 Read More
Today’s tanking economy may be costing Americans more than their retirement savings, job security and housing. Slower household cash flow, and the anxiety associated with losing so much money, is derailing the ability of families to put healthy food on the table. Are we at a point when healthful gains in the nation’s diet of the past decade will fall victim to rising food prices? How could food stores be more proactive in rebuilding momentum for healthful choices, when it is so tempting for people to buy lower-cost processed foods than perishables? Will our obesity problem rise as a result? “[Today] people are eating cheap, unhealthy food who never thought they would be,” Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Obesity Research at the University of Washington, Seattle, told the Los Angeles Times recently. In other writings, he noted, “fats and sweets cost less, whereas healthier diets cost more, and the sugar in fresh raspberries costs about 100 times more than refined sugar in a bag.”
Nov 14, 2008 Read More
November is national Diabetes month, a time when the American Diabetes Association seeks to raise awareness to the seriousness of this disease by conducting events and encouraging others to do the same. The holidays are a challenging time for anyone to control their diet, with parties, eating out, traveling, and lots of sweets! But for the 23.6 million children and adults in American with diabetes and 57 million with pre-diabetes, the holidays may take a little more planning and diet control than others. Here's how retailers can help:
Nov 13, 2008 Read More
Guys may ‘bogart’ the TV remote control, but gals are ‘mastering the mouse’ when it comes to online shopping. Rather than store-hop like previous generations, today’s women use technology to save time, compare prices and share information more efficiently and effectively. Insights from a new study of the digital lives of more than 800 women give retailers and CPG a look at their different behaviors and receptiveness to messages from online sources. The collaborative survey between Microsoft Advertising, Ogilvy Chicago and Mindhsare sought to answer key questions that would help brands forge productive online relationships with women. Among them: How could brands leverage digital media to deepen relationships with them? Are we moving fast enough? So explained Beth Uyenco, global research director of Microsoft’s Advertiser and Publisher Solutions, who added that “even the most low-interest categories such as toilet paper can apply their digital advertising agenda to reach and impact women.
Nov 12, 2008 Read More
Scientists are starting to harness benefits of specific probiotics strains to improve health in children and the elderly, and to help treat conditions such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). Though probiotics have already provided marketing lift at the dairy shelf, the discovery of more targeted uses to enhance health could quicken the spread of probiotics to more categories. Such scientific research was presented at the recent American College of Nutrition annual meeting in a symposium, “Practical Applications of Probiotics in Health and Disease.” About 70% of the body’s immune system is located in the digestive tract. “Infants don’t have all of their gut bacteria at birth as they acquire it up until about two years of age. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria, which can promote healthy colonization of bacteria in the gut during this time, leading to enhanced immunity,” said Dr. Allan Walker, Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, who led a panel on probiotics in pediatrics.
Nov 11, 2008 Read More
Senior citizens on limited incomes are a poignant example of consumers who often choose to take fewer prescribed medicines so they can save money for food, shelter and gasoline. They brave long-term consequences to help meet short-term needs. They play with fire when they (and other patient segments) don’t follow doctors’ instructions. Many skip doses or cut pills in half, and can soon forget what they’re supposed to do, suggest IMS figures, which marked the end of a 10-year growth streak in prescriptions filled. In 2007, 3.8 billion scripts were filled, an average of 12.6 per person. Millions of other patients with difficult health conditions do want to abide by their physicians’ instructions, but have a hard time managing a half-dozen or more medications daily. Both types of groups—the money-pinched or lackadaisical, and the conformists—risk losing their way with powerful drugs that could harm them if taken incorrectly, or with the wrong foods or other medications.
Nov 10, 2008 Read More