Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health. It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise. Maintenance is better than repair!
The year begins: “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have
already mastered, you will never grow.” -Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Food as medicine–the eicossanoids
gluten and lymphoma
Saccharomyces boulardii as anti-inflammatory
tensor fascia lata– hip pain and correction
Exercise is Medicine Townsend Letter Jan 2011
Poor outcomes for weight loss are likely a result of diet and exercise that do not discriminate between the types of weight lost.
A 1999 study from The Am Jnl of Cl Nutr showed how detrimental a loss of muscle mass can be.
Two groups were put on a low calorie/exercise regimen. One group did aerobic activity—-walking, jogging or biking 4xper week, the other group did anaerobic activity—-resistance training 3xper week.
At the end of 12 weeks the aerobic group lost 37 lbs, the other lost 32 lbs but the aerobic group lost on average 10 lbs of muscle whereas the anaerobic group lost fat exclusively and no muscle.
This affects resting (basal) metabolic rate—-the aerobic group was burning 210 fewer calories at rest per day while the resistance group actually increased by 63 calories per day
An article in Sports Med Jan.07–the effects of exercise on fat mass loss during energy intake restriction, notes that basal metabolic rate(BMR) accounts for over two-thirds of calories burned at rest and more than half of BMR can be due to muscle mass.
A low calorie diet with aerobic exercise can make things worse—reduced calories intake actually reduces BMR and adding aerobic exercise can reduce muscle mass.
Feeling better has to be the goal not weight loss. Any weight loss has to be fat loss not muscle loss so measurement is important thus weight scales are inadequate. Read office handout 271—Sarcopenia (age associated muscle loss) considered to be one of the most accurate measures of healthy aging /functioning.
Most people I have tested using reduced calorie diets lose muscle which compromises the immune system lowers their BMR and ultimately makes it more difficult to lose excess body fat.
When one eats correctly–according to our genetic diet with some individual variance then one’s weight increases/decreases appropriately and most importantly feels good.
Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart problems PhysOrg.com January 11, 2011
Commonly used painkillers for treating inflammation can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to an analysis of the evidence published in the British Medical Journal today.
The drugs include traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) as well as new generation anti-inflammatory drugs, known as COX-2 inhibitors.
The researchers say that doctors and patients need to be aware that prescription of any anti-inflammatory drug needs to take cardiovascular risk into account.
Researchers in Switzerland performed a comprehensive analysis of all randomised controlled trials comparing any NSAID with other NSAIDs or placebo.
They included 31 trials and 116,429 patients taking seven different drugs (naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, etoricoxib, rofecoxib, lumiracoxib) or placebo.
Overall, the number of harmful outcomes: In 29 trials there were a total of 554 heart attacks; in 26 trials there were 377 strokes, and in 28 trials there were 676 deaths.
Note common names of the above drugs include: celecoxib-celebrix; diclofenac-voltaren,arthrotec; ibuprofen-advil,motrin; naproxen-naprosyn,aleve,anaprox; rofecoxib-viox; etoricoxib-arcoxia; lumiracoxib-another cox-2 inhibitor by a different company.
I realize that I have conveyed information previously on the use of pain/anti-inflammatory medication however it remains that this class of medications carries evident risk. Heart attacks/stroke is chronic disease that’s takes a lifetime of wrong food and insufficient exercise–it appears that these meds can exacerbate this and more.
Remember that pain is due to mechanical tightening of muscles and joints resulting in poor circulation/inflammation/fibrosis/adhesion (scar like lesion) and inhibition of mechanoreceptors(motion sensors) signal to the brain with eventual development of the process that leads to pain. The tight muscles and joint must be physically stimulated to release the adhesions and get the mechanoreceptors to signal to the brain to stop the pain process.
Maintenance is better than repair–see you!