the flu? The news continues to report the severity of outbreaks this year, so do all you can to boost your immune system and to stay healthy.
Remember that massage is one of the best ways to support your immune system. “In one study after another, research is suggesting that massage therapy has a positive impact on immune function,” said Diane Zeitlin, research associate at the Center for Research in Complementary &
Alternative Medicine in West Orange, NJ. “An increase in white blood cells and natural killer-cell activity better prepares the body to fight off possible invading cells,” said Zeitlin. “These cellular changes suggest the immune system benefited from the massages, and these findings fall in line with previous research.” •
Of course, your regular massages can help you stay healthy in many other ways, as well.
The rest of this issue has more recent health news and information that you should find helpful.
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Your elusive future self --
Most of us acknowledge that our values, preferences, and personalities have changed quite a bit from a decade ago. But when asked to project 10 years into the future, a new Harvard University study has found, we assume we’ll be exactly the same, if a bit more wrinkled—what researches are
calling “the end of history illusion.” Psychologist Daniel Gilbert and colleagues surveyed more than 19,000 people between the ages of 18 and 68 and found that the vast majority were unable to imagine changing as much in the future as they readily admitted they had in the past. “All of us seem to have this sense that development is a process that has delivered us to this point and now we’re done,” Gilbert tells LiveScience.com.
Younger people were particularly prone to believing that what they thought and valued now
would hold true throughout their lives. “The end of history illusion” helps to explain why people get ill-advised tattoos, marry questionable partners, or make financial-planning decisions they come to regret. “People really aren’t very good at knowing who they’re going to be and hence what they’re going to want a decade from now,” Gilbert says. “At every age we think we’re having the
last laugh, and at every age we’re wrong.”
– The Week Vol 13 Iss 601
Cholesterol Medicine May Create Muscle Pain
Many Americans—50 percent of men ages 65 to 74 and almost 40 percent of women over age 75—take statins, medication that lowers cholesterol levels, according to the report, Health, United States, 2010.
Up to 75 per cent of patients who take statins to treat elevated cholesterol levels may suffer from muscle pain. New research indicates that pain may be caused by statins' effect on muscles' energy
The research was conducted by investigators at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen.
Statin is a class of drugs used to treat high levels of blood cholesterol by way of inhibiting the liver's ability to produce cholesterol, according to a university press release. Statins are the most
potent drugs on the market for lowering low-density cholesterol.
Investigators also showed that the patients examined who were being treated with statins had low levels of the key protein Q10, the press release noted. Q10 depletion and ensuing lower energy production in the muscles could be the biological cause of the muscle pain that is a problem for
The research was published in the Journal of The
American College of Cardiology.
A tap water danger?
Chemicals used to purify tap water may be causing food allergy rates to skyrocket in the U.S., a new study suggests. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine tested the urine of more than 2,000 people for dichlorophenols, chemicals found in cholrine-treated tap water and
in pesticides used on many fruits and vegetables. They found that people with the highest levels of dichlorophenols in their bodies were 80 percent more likely to have food allergies—most commonly to eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, and shellfish—than those with the lowest levels. Over the past 15 years, food-allergy rates have increased nearly 20 percent in the U.S.; more than 3 million children younger than 18 have allergies with reactions that range from mild to deadly. “While the study does not allow concluding that pesticides are responsible for the allergies, it certainly raises th e possibility,” Kenneth Spaeth, an expert on environmental polluntants at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, N.Y., tells ABCNews.com. Researchers think that Americans’ increased exposure to dichlorophenols may be killing off healthy bacteria in the gut that help the immune system function properly, causing it to attack otherwise harmless proteins in food.
– THE WEEK Vol 12; Iss 597
I’ve been wondering . . .
Q: What can I do to get even better results from my massage sessions?
A: Massage should be helping you to make positive changes. During and after a massage are good times to make yourself more aware of your current condition and what you can do between sessions to support those changes.
If massage helps you to relax and de-stress, you should see what areas of your life are creating any tension and stress. Is it anything you can lessen or eliminate from your life?
Similarly, if you discovered during your massage a tight area (such as lower back or neck and shoulders), see if you can spot what is causing the tightness. It may be the way you sit or lift, or possibly tensing your shoulders has become a habit in certain circumstances.
You can help your body in its effort to cleanse itself (internally) by drinking plenty of pure water after a massage session. This is a simple step that can do a lot for your health.
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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