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Monday, March 21, 2011

Scientists Warn: Television Watching and Computer Game Playing "Damages The Heart"

Research Reveals
: How Many Hours It Takes
To DOUBLE Your Risk Of Major Cardiac Problems...
No Matter How Much Exercise You Do!!!
Are you sitting down? If you aren't, please find a seat because when you read this, you might get a little weak in the knees.
Here is why...
According to The Telegraph, a new study published int he Journal of the American College of Cardiology found, "The risk of heart disease and premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than four hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed. Metabolic factors and inflammation may be partly to blame, the report said.
Research revealed those who devote more than four hours watching television, surfing the web, or playing computer games are more than twice as likely to have major cardiac problems."
Here's The Really Shocking Part
The study found there was a 48% increased risk of all-cause mortality and an approximate 125% increase in the risk of cardiovascular events in those spending more than four hours in front of a screen.
"The risks were irrespective of factors
such as smoking, hypertension, BMI,
social class, and even exercise."
In other words, from the results of this study, the negative effect of watching television and being on a computer may not be lessened by exercise.
Like most health issues, more research is always needed for definitive answers... but limiting television and computer time may not only make you more productive... it might save your life.

Tip of the Month

The Danger Lurking In Your iPad?

Plus: The Secrets of 100 People Who Never Get Sick.

Here's a very interesting story reported by CNN. A man named J.D. Moyer from Oakland, California had a problem sleeping. So, he decided to do a little experiment. As soon as the sun set, he turned off all the lights in his house. This included every single source of light including laptop computers and the inside of his refrigerator. J.D. did this for an entire month and the results were remarkable. After just 30 days, JD, who used to struggle to fall asleep at midnight was conking out easily at 9pm (and waking up the next day well-rested and refreshed).

According to the CNN article, he felt so well-rested during the test, he said that friends remarked on his unexpected morning perkiness. "A number of times I had the experience of just feeling kind of unreasonably happy for no reason. And it was the sleep... Sure, you can get by with six or seven hours, but sleeping eight or nine hours -it's a different state of mind."

J.D. Is Not The First To Discover This.
There are a growing number of experts who believe artificial lights are fooling the brain to think it's daytime. In other words, using electronic gadgets like a laptop computer or iPad late at night may be directly contributing to not sleeping well and even insomnia. According to Phyliss Zee, a Neuroscience Professor at Northwestern University and Director of the school's Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology. "Potentially, yes, if you're using [the iPad or a laptop] close to bedtime... that light can be sufficiently stimulating to the brain to make it more awake and delay your ability to sleep. " It should be noted that laptops and iPads shine light in the eye from a close distance and can have a greater effect than a television that is across the room.
So What's The Simple Solution To Sleeping Better?
"I wish people would just take a boring book -- an old-fashioned book -- and [read] by lamp. Make sure that it's not too bright -- just so you can read," said Alon Avidan, Associate Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at UCLA. "And if they do that, I think they'll feel a lot better and they'll be able to relax." Now it's time for...
The Secrets Of 100 People Who Never Get Sick.
Have you ever known someone who never seems to get sick? When everyone else is miserable with the flu or a cold, he or she always seems to escape without as much as a sniffle! Well, have you ever WHY they never get sick? There must be a reason. Sure, it's easy to just chalk it up to great genes. But as we know, genes are only part of the human puzzle. Now, there may be an answer.
Here is why: Gene Stone is a very interesting man who set out to find the answer by interviewing 100 people who never get sick and his results may shock you. What he found was more philosophical than scientific. You see, the most important factor to people not getting sick was their positive mental attitude and, whatever they believed, they did it every day. In other words, what they did was not as important as their belief and consistency doing it. According to Gene, "People believe in health as a daily habit. I think that's a large part of why they stay healthy."
Remember, we're always here to help your body heal
and maintain the health you deserve.

Did You Know?

A few little tidbits...

1. If you are right-handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left-handed, you will chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water, because when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white, there is a thin film of bacteria on it.
5. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
6. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep at night.
7. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
8. The roar we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in our ear.
9. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
10. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
11. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
12. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.