Essential Tips for Treating Sunburn

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One of the most strategies for sunburn is applying raw aloe vera gel topically to the burn

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Do You Need a Vitamin D Supplement to Maintain Ideal Levels?

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Vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in your body. When you don’t have enough, your entire body will struggle to operate as nature intended Continue reading

Foods and Other Lifestyle Factors That Will Shorten Your Lifespan

longevity-tipsA diet high in sugar (which includes processed fructose and grains) causes a host of health problems that can take years off your life, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease

Compelling evidence actually suggests optimizing your vitamin D can reduce your risk of death from any cause Continue reading

Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed

dementiaStory at-a-glance  Vitamin D can improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease Seniors with severe vitamin D deficiency may raise their risk for dementia by 125 percent As many as 95 percent of seniors are lacking in vitamin D Recent findings suggest levels of vitamin D, below 20 ng/ml increases your risk for dementia I believe Continue reading

Strategies to Prevent Hypertension

what-is-hypertension-2About one in three American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1,2 hypertension is “the second greatest public health threat” in the US.

About half of all with hypertension have uncontrolled high blood pressure, which increases your risk for a number Continue reading

Happiness and Laughter Are Natural Immune Boosters

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Studies show that your immune system and brain are wired together

Portions of your nervous system connect with immune-related organs, and Continue reading

5 Tips for Recovering from Emotional Pain

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Emotional pain can make it impossible to enjoy life and can manifest as physical disease and pain

Letting go of rejection, avoiding rumination and learning from your failures can all help to heal your emotional pain

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The Canadian Cancer Society and Neutrogena: Partners

Cosmetics giant Neutrogena, whose parent company Johnson & Johnson has allowed the use of potentially cancer-causing chemicals in their products (and only announced in August 2012 that they would be removing them by the end of 2015), has taken on Continue reading

The “Ugly” in Skincare Products

Priority One of looking younger, as any doctor or anti-aging expert will tell you, is taking care of your skin: minimal sun exposure, hydration, supplements, and so on. But many people with the best of intentions are inadvertently exposing themselves to a battlefield of toxins waging war on the face and skin. Imagine slathering on a skin cream loaded with lead, parabens and Continue reading

Olive Oil Helps Prevent Visible Facial Skin Aging

A recent study on over 1,900 French men and women analyzed diet, sun exposure, physical activity, age, and geographic location. The study followed participants for over two and a half years and found that those with the lowest levels of monounsaturated fatty acids in their diets displayed the greatest likelihood of photoaging and being classified among Continue reading

Sun Exposure Reduces Pancreatic Cancer Risk by Nearly 50 percent

The health benefits of vitamin D are almost becoming too numerous to count, with yet another new study presented at the recent American Association for Cancer Research Pancreatic Cancer Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nev., shedding light on the hormone’s specific anti-cancer benefits. According to the groundbreaking research, individuals exposed to natural sunlight, which is Continue reading

Sun Exposure Lowers Cancer Risk

 A study that correlated exposure to sunlight with cancer risk found that people exposed to more sunlight had a significantly lower risk of many types of cancer (Lin, 2012). This study followed more than 450,000 white, non-Hispanic subjects aged 50-71 years from diverse geographic areas in the US. Researchers correlated the calculated ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure in these different areas with the incidence of a variety of cancers. The diverse sites included six states Continue reading

Lower Levels of Sunlight Link to Allergy and Eczema

Sunshine may help to prevent allergies and eczema

Increased exposure to sunlight may reduce the risk of both food allergies and eczema in children, according to a new scientific study published this week.

Researchers from the European Centre for Environment & Human Health, along with several Australian institutions, have found that children living in areas with lower levels of sunlight are at greater risk of developing food allergies and the skin condition eczema, compared to those in areas with higher UV.

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Genome-Wide Study Identifies Factors That May Affect Vitamin D Levels

An international research consortium has identified four common gene variants that are associated with blood levels of vitamin D and with an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. The report from the SUNLIGHT consortium – involving investigators from six countries – will appear in The Lancet and is receiving early online release.

“We identified four common variants that contributed to the risk for vitamin D deficiency,” says Thomas Wang, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Heart Center, a co-corresponding author of the Lancet report. “Individuals inheriting several of these risk-associated variants had more than twice the risk of vitamin D deficiency as was seen in those without these variants.”

Vitamin D’s essential role in musculoskeletal health is well known, and in recent years epidemiologic evidence has suggested that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Naturally produced in the skin in response to sunlight, Vitamin D has been added to many types of food and is available in dietary supplements. But studies have shown that from one third to one half of healthy adults in developed countries have low levels of vitamin D. While reduced sun exposure is clearly associated with lower vitamin D levels, environmental and cultural factors – including dietary intake – cannot completely account for variations in vitamin levels. The fact that vitamin D status tends to cluster in families suggests a genetic contribution.

The SUNLIGHT (Study of Underlying Genetic Determinants of Vitamin D and Highly Related Traits) Consortium involved a research team from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Netherlands, Sweden and Finland who pooled data from 15 epidemiologic studies of almost 32,000 white individuals of European descent. Results of the comprehensive genetic screening were correlated with participants’ serum vitamin D levels. Statistically significant associations were found for four common variants, all in genes coding enzymes involved with the synthesis, breakdown or transport of vitamin D. The risk association was independent of geographic or other environmental factors; and the more variants an individual inherited, the greater the risk of vitamin D deficiency.

“It’s possible that these results could explain why some people respond well to vitamin D supplements and others don’t, but that needs to be studied further since we didn’t specifically examine response to supplementation,” Wang explains. “We also need to investigate how genetic background can modify response to sunlight, whether these associations are seen in other populations, and if these gene variants have an impact in the chronic diseases that appear to be associated with vitamin D deficiency.”