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*        According to J. Taylor Hayes, MD, Director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, "Increasing evidence is suggesting that smokers are at much higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those who don't smoke.  These observations about more severe illness in smokers vs. people who have never smoked seems to parallel what is seen in respiratory viruses and seasonal influenza where smokers tend to do worse than non-smokers," said Hayes.  There are also other well-proven reasons for smokers to be concerned about their risk of severe or fatal COVID-19.  "There is a long history of smokers having more severe respiratory illnesses in general.  They clear mucus less efficiently, the cilia which gets infectious particles and secretions out of the lungs work less efficiently.  Smoking also causes inflamation in the airways, which is made worse with respiratory illnesses," said Hayes.  "A time of crisis is a time of opportunity.  If you've been looking for an opportunity to quit, this is it," he added.
www.forbes.com, Victoria Forster, Healthcare Contributor, March 23, 2020

*        Many insurance companies and employers reimburse fees for clinical hypnotherapy by a trained professional.  However, clients must file their own claims.

*         Hypnotherapy was approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1958 for use by responsible practitioners.

*         Hypnotherapy is taught at Harvard Medical School.  
Health Magazine, July 2009

*         Baylor University Study found that the use of hypnosis can reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes by 68%.  
Health Magazine, July 2009 
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*         A diabetes tsunami is headed our way, say experts.  One in three adults already have pre-diabetes.  The chief culprits:  two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese.  According to the Center for Disease Control, we are eating ourselves into a diabetes epidemic.  "Diabetes and obesity are the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century."  According to the International Diabetes Foundation, diabetes has increased by 40 percent in just the past ten years.  
Diabetic Care Services, 2014

*         Benefits of stopping smoking:
           After 20 minutes - blood pressure starts to drop
           After 12 hours - carbon monoxide levels in blood return to normal
           After a few months - coughing and shortness of breath become less frequent
           After 1 year - risk of heart disease is cut in half  
Family Circle Magazine March 2009

*         The Myth:  "Drinking coffee causes cancer".  Studies in the 1980s linked coffee with pancreatic cancer.  Recent studies have shown that 2 or 3 cups a day lowers your risk of early death from all health-related causes.

          The Myth:  "Taking antioxidant supplements lowers your risk of cancer".  A recent Mayo Clinic review of 12 clinical studies found that taking beta-carotene, vitamin C, or vitamin E had no effect on cancer rates.  Bottom line, it's best to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to reap the benefits of antioxidants.

          The Myth:  "Cell phone use causes cancer".  A study of 420,000 cell phone users between 1980 and 2004 found no link between brain tumors and cell phone use.  These results were confirmed by the International Epidemiology Institute, National
Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and the FDA.  
Redbook Magazine 2009

*         Obesity-related health spending has reached $147 billion a year, double what it was a decade ago.  During that same time period the onbesity rate has risen 37%. RTI International economists state "Unless you address obesity, you're never going to address rising health care costs."  
Associated Press July 2009

*        The Myth:  "We need lots of sun to get enough vitamin D."  Skin makes vitamin D when exposed to sunlight but also the sunlight damages the DNA which can lead to skin cancer. Dermatologists agree that itis best to take vitamin D supplements and eat vitamin D-fortified foods.  
Nutrition Action Newsletter August 2009

*        Ice cream has gone from bad to worse.  The trend of making the Lites, Fat-Free,
 and No Sugar Added has reversed.  Now we have "smootyh and dreamy", loaded",
 and "rich and creamy".  We all need to splurge from time to time, but it's healthier
to stick with the frozen yogurts, sorbets, and sherbets.

          In a cancer-prevention study that tracked 70,000 men for ten years, the risk of 
fatal or metastatic prostate cancer was 54% higher in those who were obese,
compared to those who were normal weight.  
Nutrition Action Newsletter September 2009

*       According to studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, the
following tips will increase memory and slow down MCI (mild cognitive impairment) which leads to dementia:
        Exercise - take a brisk walk daily
        Trim that waist - a spare tire around your waist keeps enzymes from breaking
down Alzheimer's plaque
        Lower blood pressure - hypertension in mid-life is a risk factor for dementia
        Caffeine - researchers in Europe followed 1,400 people for 21 years and found
that those that drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee daily had less memory loss and a much lower risk of Alzheimer's.
Nutrition Action Newsletter April 2009
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*       According to the NIH (National Institute of Health) eating excessive amounts of red meat (beef and pork) and processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, lunch meat and sausage) increases the potential for diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer by 40 to 50 percent.  The bottom line -- "Less is Better". Cut back on red and processed meats, replace with poultry and fish, and limit the intake of nitrites.

         If you are concerned about your health and your weight -- stay away from fruit juices.  It's much healthier to eat fresh or frozen fruit.  Also, calories from juice don't curb the appetite like calories from solid foods.  
Nutrition Action Healthletter June 2009

*       Four new foods that have been proven to "whittle your middle" are whole grain breads, blueberries, green tea, and dried fruit.  
Prevention Magazine August 2009

*       The healthiest veggie is kale.  Joining kale at the top of the list is canned pumpkin, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and red bell peppers.  
Prevention Magazine June 2008

*       The high health price of salt.  If everyone ate just 1/2 teaspoon less salt a day, it would prevent 750,000 new cases of heart disease per year.  75% of the sodium in America's diet is consumed in processed  foods, canned soups, and frozen entrees.  
Prevention Magazine August 2009

*       Studies have shown that obese women are 40% more likely to develop breast
cancer. Women who consume 1 or more alcoholic drinks a day are 70% more likely than non-drinkers to develop breast cancer.  
The Washington Post September 15, 2009

*       Overweight people gain more weight when stressed by their work.  It is a known general tendency for individuals to compensate emotions with food.
USA Today September 9, 2009

*        Your waistline - your lifeline.  For optimum health, your waist should be less than 1/2 your height in inches.  So a 5'2" female should have a waist of 31 inches or
less. Your health risks increase significantly with a waist of 35 inches or more in
females and 40 inches or more in males.  
Enjoying Everyday Life September 2009

*       Obesity has tremendous consequences on our nation's health and economy.  
Obesity is linked to a number of chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea, asthma, breathing problems, high blood cholesterol, complications of pregnancy, menstrual irregularities, hirsutism (a presence of excess body and facial hair), increased surgical risk, depression, and even some cancers (including colon, kidney, gall bladder, and breast cancer).  
Centers for Disease Control August 2009

*        Neckties may boost glaucoma risk.  The British Journal of Ophthalmology
researchers found an increase in blood pressure inside the eyes of men who wore
neckties that were too tight.
The British Journal of Ophthalmology 2009

*        Headache pain is one of the top 10 reasons for absenteeism in the workplace.  
Migraines are throbbing headaches that affect one side of the head and can be
accompanied by vision complications, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.  
Migraine sufferers should avoid beer, red wine, MSG, certain cheeses, yogurt, 
smoked fish, sodium nitrate (found in bacon, cold cuts, and hot dogs). Caffeine and chocolate also may be connected with migraines.  
Service For Life September 1, 2009
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*       Diabetics who also smoke have a ten-fold increased chance of having a heart
attack or stroke.
Virginia State Department of Health, 2010