Train your brain to crave healthy food

It may be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants – craves, even – healthier foods. How? By following a healthy diet…
brokkoliWe know, that wasn’t the quick fix to afternoon ice cream binges you were hoping for. But this research could lead to a more sci-fi solution to the obesity epidemic. In a pilot study published Monday in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, scientists say that changing your eating behavior can actually change how your brain reacts to high-calorie and low-calorie foods.

“We don’t start out in life loving french fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,” senior author Susan Roberts, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Energy Metabolism Laboratory, said in a statement. “This conditioning happens over time in response to eating — repeatedly — what is out there in the toxic food environment.”

So it makes sense that the opposite would also hold true.

Scientists divided 13 overweight and obese participants into two groups: a control group and an experimental group. At the beginning of the study, both groups underwent an fMRI to record their brain activity in response to photos of various foods.

The experimental group then participated in a behavioral intervention program, which included portion-controlled menus and support group sessions. The participants were asked to reduce their calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories a day and to follow a high-fiber, high-protein diet to prevent hunger and cravings.

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Prediabetes: the hidden health timebomb

Discovering Glucose Intolerance – The One Test That Could Save Your Life

Insulin resistance doesn’t happen overnight. When most of your diet includes empty calories and an abundance of quickly absorbed sugars, liquid calories, and carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, your cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin.

Your body increasingly demands more insulin to do the same job of keeping your blood sugar even. Eventually your cells become resistant to insulin’s call, resulting in insulin resistance.

The higher your insulin levels are, the worse your insulin resistance. Your body starts to age and deteriorate. In fact, insulin resistance is the single most important phenomenon that leads to rapid, premature aging and all its resultant diseases, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer.

Insulin resistance and the resulting metabolic syndrome often comes accompanied by increasing central obesity, fatigue after meals, sugar cravings, high triglycerides, low HDL, high blood pressure, problems with blood clotting, as well as increased inflammation.

Even without these warning signs, one test can determine high insulin levels years or even decades before diabetes develops. Early detection can help you reverse these symptoms, yet doctors rarely use this crucial test that can detect high insulin levels.

Why Doctors Miss the Initial Warning Sign of Insulin Resistance

Doctors have been trained to measure a person’s fasting blood sugar, or the glucose levels present in your blood, at least eight hours after your last meal. Most don’t express concern until results show blood sugar levels reaching 110 mg/dl. That’s when they start “watching it.” Then, once your blood sugar reaches 126 mg/dl, your doctor will diagnose you with diabetes and put you on medication.

The important thing to note is that blood sugar is the last thing to increase…so for many people, a fasting glucose test detects diabetes too late. Long before your blood sugar rises, your insulin spikes. High insulin levels are the first sign that can precede type 2 diabetes by decades, Damage begins with even slight changes in insulin and blood sugar.

A two-hour glucose tolerance test can help detect high insulin levels. This test measures not only glucose but also insulin levels, yet doctors rarely order it. Instead, they usually don’t express concern until blood sugar is over 110 or worse, over 126, which is diabetes.

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What to Eat to Beat an Afternoon Energy Slump

yawningAs the afternoon rolls along (or drags on, depending on your take), the office candy bowl sees an uptick in traffic. But a new study shows that it’s not sugar, but protein that you should reach for to beat an afternoon slump.

The study, from the University of Cambridge in England and published in the November 2011 issue of Neuron, found that while glucose (sugar) blocks certain neurons that help you feel awake, the amino acids in protein prevent that from happening. So, if you eat some carbs at lunch, a protein-rich afternoon snack may keep you from feeling sleepy. And since protein helps keep you feeling full longer, that snack might tide you over better than a sugary one and keep you from snacking too much throughout the afternoon.

Here are some protein-rich afternoon snacks to try:

Steamed Edamame with Coarse Salt Steamed Edamame with Coarse Salt

Spiced Chickpea  Spiced Chickpea “Nuts”

Guacamole-Stuffed Eggs A hard-boiled egg—eat it plain or gussy it up: Guacamole-Stuffed Eggs
GorpTrail mix of nuts and dried fruit

Feta & Herb Dip Veggies and hummus or Feta & Herb Dip

Turkey Rollups Turkey Rollups—Spread 2 slices of deli turkey breast with 2 teaspoons mustard (or mango chutney) each and season with pepper. Wrap each prepared turkey slice around 2 sesame breadsticks.

Also try:

  • A smoothie made with silken tofu or yogurt or this Banana-Cocoa Soy Smoothie
  • Nonfat yogurt snack tip: Greek yogurt delivers more protein than regular yogurt.
  • Banana and peanut butter
  • Open-face tuna sandwich
  • Nonfat latte (decaf or regular)

Kerri-Ann Jennings

Kerri-Ann, a registered dietitian, is the associate editor of nutrition for EatingWell magazine, where she puts her master’s degree in nutrition from Columbia University to work writing and editing news about nutrition, health and food trends. Source: Huffington Post

InselarztIn gesucht

“… bin Medizinstudentin in Berlin und hätte ein Stellenangebot für die Weiterbildung zur Allgemeinmedizin oder Compagnonsuche für eine Allgemeinmedizinpraxis auf einer dt. Ostseeinsel. Ich habe bisher zweimal dort famuliert, nur leider kann ich selbst die Stelle (noch) nicht antreten, da meine Facharztausbildung noch zu weit weg ist.

Die Praxis hat ein super nettes Team und die Ärztin hat mich beauftragt und gebeten für sie die Augen und Ohren offen zu halten.

Die Praxis ist bisher nicht adventistisch geführt, aber alle aus der Praxis kennen die Adventisten und haben ein gutes Bild von ihnen. “


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Aus der Schatzkammer – Testimonies

Build hospitalHeilstätten sind ein erfolgreiches Mittel, um alle Klassen der Bevölkerung zu erreichen. Unsre Krankenhäuser sind die rechte Hand des Evangeliums und öffnen Wege, auf denen leidende Menschen mit der frohen Botschaft der Heilung durch Christus erreicht werden. 

[...] ER hat uns beauftragt, das von ihm begonnene Werk der ärztlichen Mission fortzuführen. [...] Mir wurde besonders Licht darüber gegeben, dass viele Seelen in unsern Krankenhäusern die gegenwärtige Wahrheit annehmen und ihr folgen werden. In diesen Anstalten soll man Männer und Frauen lehren, wie sie für ihren Körper sorgen und gleichzeitig zum Glauben kommen können. Unsre Krankenhäuser sollen Schulen sein, in denen man auf dem Gebiet der ärztlichen Mission Unterricht erteilt. Sie sollen den sündenkranken Seelen die Blätter vom Lebensbaum darreichen, die ihnen Frieden, Hoffnung und Glauben an Jesus spenden. Quelle: Schatzkammer der Zeugnisse 3 S. 316, 317

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Medical missionary work is to be carried forward with an earnestness with which it has never yet been carried. This work is the door through which the truth is to find entrance to the large cities, and sanitariums are to be established in many places. Sanitarium work is one of the most successful means of reaching all classes of people. Our sanitariums are the right hand of the gospel, opening ways whereby suffering humanity may be reached with the glad tidings of healing through Christ.

[...] He has commissioned us to carry forward the medical missionary work that He began. [...] I have been given special light that in our sanitariums many souls will receive and obey present truth. In these institutions men and women are to be taught how to care for their own bodies and at the same time how to become sound in the faith. Our sanitariums are to be schools in which instruction shall be given in medical missionary lines. They are to bring to sin-sick souls the leaves of the tree of life, which will restore to them peace and hope and faith in Christ Jesus. Source: Testimonies of the Church Vol 9, pg.167, 168 


Aus der Schatzkammer – Testimonies

world healthWir haben eine Zeit erreicht, da jedes Gemeindeglied ärztliche Missionsarbeit tun sollte. Die Welt ist ein Krankenhaus voller körperlich und seelisch Kranker. Überall gehen Menschen zugrunde, weil sie die Wahrheiten nicht kennen, die uns anvertraut wurden. Den Gemeindegliedern tut eine Erweckung not, damit  sie ihre Verantwortung erkennen und diese Wahrheiten verbreiten.

Wen die Wahrheit erleuchtet hat, der soll der Welt ein Lichtträger sein. Unser Licht in dieser Zeit verbergen, hieße einen schrecklichen Fehler begehen. Heute lautet der Ruf an Gottes Volk: “Mache dich auf, werde licht! denn dein Licht kommt, und die Herrlichkeit des Herrn geht auf über dir.” Jesaja 60,1.

Überall sehen wir Menschen, die viel Licht und Erkenntnis hatten, aber vorsätzlich das Schlechte wählen. Da sie keine Lebensreform versuchen, wird es immer schlimmer mit ihnen. Die Kinder Gottes aber sollen nicht im Finstern, sondern im Licht wandeln, denn sie sind Lebensreformer. Sch3 86.1

Die ärztliche Mission wird dem Lebensreformer viele Türen öffnen: Niemand braucht auf den Ruf in entfernte Gebiete zu warten, der noch nicht mit der Hilfe beim Nachbarn begonnen hat. Wo ihr auch immer seid, da könnt ihr sofort anfangen. Gelegenheiten bieten sich für jeden. Ergreift die Arbeit, für die ihr verantwortlich seid; beginnt mit eurer Tätigkeit in eurem Hause und in eurer Nachbarschaft. Wartet nicht darauf, daß euch andre dazu auffordern. Geht ohne Zögern in der Furcht Gottes voran und denkt an eure persönliche Verantwortung dem gegenüber, der sein Leben für euch gegeben hat. Handelt so, als hörtet ihr Christus euch persönlich auffordern, in eurem Dienste für ihn das Beste zu tun. Quelle: EGW, Schatzkammer der Zeugnisse, 3 S. 85, 86

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We have come to a time when every member of the church should take hold of medical missionary work. The world is a lazar house filled with victims of both physical and spiritual disease. Everywhere people are perishing for lack of a knowledge of the truths that have been committed to us. The members of the church are in need of an awakening, that they may realize their responsibility to impart these truths.

Those who have been enlightened by the truth are to be light bearers to the world. To hide our light at this time is to make a terrible mistake. The message to God’s people today is: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60,1

On every hand we see those who have had much light and knowledge deliberately choosing evil in the place of good. Making no attempt to reform, they are growing worse and worse. But the people of God are not to walk in darkness. They are to walk in the light, for they are reformers.

Before the true reformer, the medical missionary work will open many doors: No one need wait until called to some distant field before beginning to help others. Wherever you are, you can begin at once. Opportunities are within the reach of everyone. Take up the work for which you are held responsible, the work that should be done in your home and in your neighborhood. Wait not for others to urge you to action. In the fear of God go forward without delay, bearing in mind your individual responsibility to Him who gave His life for you. Act as if you heard Christ calling upon you personally to do your utmost in His service. Source: EGW: Testimonies for the Church Vol. 7, pg. 62, 63

Taking a stand: Balancing the benefits, risks of physical activity in children

childrenTwo days ago, Aug 19, the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology took a stand on the promotion of childhood physical activity and published their position and recommendations in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism (APNM). This position stand provides an important overview of knowledge in the area of risk of physical activity for children and suggests both practical guidelines and a research agenda. Uniquely, this position stand addresses both benefits and risks of physical activity for children. From the position stand:

Key recommendations for the responsible promotion of childhood physical activity:

  1. Professionals/researchers encouraging children to change the type of physical activity or to increase the frequency, intensity or duration of their activity should inquire whether a child has primary healthcare provider-prescribed activity limitations before the child’s activity participation changes.
  2. Physical activity researchers should prioritize the development of evidence regarding the benefits and risks of childhood physical activity and inactivity, particularly the risks of sedentary lifestyles, physical activity associated injury risks accounting for amount of activity performed, and effectiveness of current risk management strategies and screening approaches.
  3. Professionals and researchers should prioritize the dissemination of information regarding the benefits of physical activity and the risks of sedentary behaviour in children.
  4. Parents and professionals should encourage all children to accumulate at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Dr. Pat Longmuir, lead author, a scientist with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO-RI) explains why this project started:

“Essentially, it was because of concerns that encouraging children to do vigorous activity was ‘dangerous’ in that it might precipitate a cardiac arrest due to an unrecognized cardiac condition (e.g., the child who dies playing ice hockey). There were equally strong desires to encourage greater physical activity, including vigorous intensity activities, based on current guidelines and recommendations for optimal health (60 mins/day and vigorous at least 3 days/week). We also knew that decisions on this topic are often made based on the personal experiences/beliefs of the individual making the decision because the research/data is almost non-existent. The goal with the position stand was really two-fold:

  1. Make it clear that there is very little to no good data on this topic (and research needs to be done)
  2. Until we have better data, our expert group recommendation is to determine if a child has healthcare provider-prescribed activity restrictions before suggesting any physical activity changes.”

Lori Zehr, President of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology comments: “The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is extremely supportive of the research conducted in the making of this position stand. The impact of physical activity on children has and always will be an important goal for us. Our physical activity/sedentary behavior guidelines outline the evidence-based recommendations for newborns to youth 17 years of age. We have confidence that this position stand highlights the importance of evidence supporting the benefits, and risks, of childhood physical activity as well as the particular risks associated with their inactivity.”

Dr. Terry Graham, Editor APNM comments: “CSEP, the national voice for exercise physiology, has published an objective report that considers not only the benefits but also the risks of physical activity. The latter have rarely been considered in such young individuals; these may be serious injuries with long term health implications and in rare circumstances sudden death. In today’s world many young children are under the supervision of professionals for extended periods of time while both parents work and furthermore, children are often encouraged to take part in ‘sport camps’ that may provide prolonged, intense exercise. Thus this position stand is particularly timely and applicable to our society.”

Read full article. Source: Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)

Poor sleep quality increases suicide risk for older adults

sleep deprivationOlder adults suffering from sleep disturbances are more likely to die by suicide than well-rested adults, according to a study. “This is important because sleep disturbances are highly treatable, yet arguably less stigmatizing than many other suicide risk factors,” noted the lead author of the study.

“This is important because sleep disturbances are highly treatable, yet arguably less stigmatizing than many other suicide risk factors,” said Rebecca Bernert, PhD, lead author of the study. Bernert is an instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory at Stanford.

Bernert said older adults have disproportionately higher rates of suicide risk compared to other age groups, making suicide prevention in elderly populations a pressing public health challenge. Using data from an epidemiological study of 14,456 adults aged 65 and older, Bernert and her colleagues compared the sleep quality of 20 who died by suicide with the sleep patterns of 400 similar individuals over a 10-year period. They found that participants reporting poor sleep had a 1.4 times greater chance of death by suicide within a 10-year period than participants who reported sleeping well.

The study confirmed the relationship between depression and suicide risk, while also assessing poor sleep as an independent risk factor. “Our findings suggest that poor sleep quality may serve as a stand-alone risk factor for late-life suicide,” Bernert said. Surprisingly, the study found that, when comparing the two risk factors, poor sleep predicted risk better than depressive symptoms. The combination of poor sleep and depressed mood was the strongest predictor of suicide risk. “Suicide is the outcome of multiple, often interacting biological, psychological and social risk factors,” Bernert said. “Disturbed sleep stands apart as a risk factor and warning sign in that it may be undone, which highlights its importance as a screening tool and potential treatment target in suicide prevention. “Suicide is preventable,” she added. “Yet interventions for suicide prevention are alarmingly scarce.”

Bernert has two studies now underway testing the effectiveness of an insomnia treatment for the prevention of depression and suicidal behaviors. Most of the study’s suicide decedents were white men, which reflects a group at heightened risk for suicide in the general population, Bernert said, noting that additional research is needed to see if the correlation between disturbed sleep and suicide risk extends to women, minorities and younger adults or teenagers.

Source: Stanford University Medical Center