Coffee Trend That May Be Risky For Health

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coffeeCoffee is associated with many health benefits, but too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and the jitters.

French press coffee may be all the rage right now, but it comes with health risks, reports the May 2016 Harvard Health Letter.

Making pressed coffee involves mixing boiling water and coarsely ground coffee beans in a small pitcher, letting it steep for a few minutes, and then pressing a mesh plunger from the top of the pitcher to the bottom to strain the liquid and trap the coffee grounds.

Devotees say this type of coffee is more flavorful than coffee that’s filtered in an automatic drip coffeemaker. But is it healthier? “We don’t know; it’s never been studied that carefully, and it likely depends on the beans and the roasting process,” says Dr. Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. What we do know is that too much unfiltered coffee may raise “bad” LDL cholesterol, because it contains certain harmful compounds that would otherwise be trapped by a filter.

Even filtered coffee comes with risks. Drinking too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations, and the jitters. If any of those lead to getting less sleep every night, the risk of developing chronic conditions goes up.

Fortunately for coffee lovers, the savory brew is also associated with many health benefits when intake is limited to five cups or fewer per day, such as lower blood pressure, a slower rate of weight gain with age, and reduced risks for developing type 2 diabetes or dying from cardiovascular disease or neurological diseases.

Read the full-length article: “Coffee: Love it or leave it?”

Also in the May 2016 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Hearing loss: Early warning signs that are easy to miss

* In search of comfortable shoes, despite foot problems

* The latest thinking on heartburn medications

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Dentist Weighs In On New Trend Of Overbleaching Teeth

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malesmileDr. Ronald Receveur, a New Albany dentist with worldwide training and experience placing dental implants in a day, has written a blog cautioning the public about the effects of overusing teeth-whitening treatments.

In his blog published Dec. 23 to his website,, Dr. Receveur writes that overusing teeth-whitening treatments can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even irreversible damage to enamel.

“Because teeth-whitening treatments are available in every drugstore or grocery store, people assume they are harmless,” Dr. Receveur said. “But we’re seeing a new wave of patients who overuse teeth-whitening treatments and create serious dental issues for themselves. In some extreme cases, the bleaching treatments make the teeth appear translucent.”

Teeth-whitening products have become so popular that Americans are spending about $1 billion on over-the-counter treatments every year, Dr. Receveur said.

“With a dentist by your side or in moderation, teeth-whitening products can be very safe and incredibly successful,” Dr. Receveur said. “But misusing these products can lead to serious oral health issues. At our office, we provide safe cosmetic dentistry services that can brighten your smile.”

Dr. Receveur offers New Albany cosmetic dental procedures and general dentistry such as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers.

Dr. Receveur also has vast experience with All On 4 dental implants, All on Six dental implants, One Day Smile Solution, dental implants in one hour, bone grafting and sinus lifts, all with IV sedation dentistry. He has been restoring implants with prosthetics and complex dentistry for 25 years and surgically placing implants since 2008.

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Raising A Vegetarian: The Growing Trend – Is it Healthy For Children?

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kidseatinghealthyThe push to go green encompasses much more than teaching children to preserve energy and respect the environment. Many households, adults and children alike have chosen to eat green as well, adopting a vegetarian lifestyle.

One of the primary concerns of critics is that children, from toddlers to teens, may not receive the nutrients they need with a meatless diet. Lauren Schmitt, registered dietitian, nutritionist and certified personal trainer with Healthy Eating and Training, Inc., disagrees. Children opting away from diets filled with meat can live a healthy lifestyle with foods from all five food groups while being raised as a vegetarian.

“Children who eat a well balanced lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet which includes dairy products and eggs can achieve the same health status as those children who eat meat products,” says Schmitt. “With attention to detail, deficiencies in vegetarian children are rare and their growth is equal to that of their peers.”

Healthy Meal Planning at its Best

According to Schmitt, research shows that vegetarian kids and teens take in less cholesterol, saturated fat and total fat and eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber. “Frequent meals and snacks need to be properly planned to ensure the nutrient needs of the child are being met,” she says.

Parents and nannies can plan to supplement the common deficiencies that children face, which include protein, iron, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, iodine, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12.

“When the meat is taken off the plate, replace it with dairy products, eggs, beans, lentils, tempeh, tofu and nuts or seeds to meet protein and calorie needs,” says Schmitt. “That space on the plate cannot remain empty.”

Foods that are higher in unsaturated fats, such as nuts, seeds, oils, coconut, avocado and nut butters help children meet their energy needs, says Schmitt. In addition, vegetarian children need at least one and a half cups of fruit, two to two and a half cups of vegetables and approximately six ounces of grains per day.

groupkidswbgThe key for vegetarian children is getting adequate protein at each meal, says Dr. Barry Sears, a leading authority in anti-inflammatory nutrition and creator of the Zone Diet. “For vegans, this means eating adequate amounts of tofu, tempeh, or soy imitation meat products at each meal, along with a lot of colorful carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables,” he says. “The greater the level of fruits and vegetables and the fewer of grains and starches ensures maximum nutrients with the less amount of excess carbohydrates.”

Fortified products can also help supplement a vegetarian child’s diet. Bump up your child’s iron intake with cereals that are packed with vitamins and minerals, and of course, iron. Schmitt recommends eating a source of vitamin C, such as an orange, with cereal to increase the absorption of iron.

“For insurance, a child can take a general multi-vitamin to meet baseline goals for vitamins and minerals,” says Schmitt. If the family is restricting animal products, a B12 supplement will provide the needed vitamins and minerals, too.

Supplementing your child’s diet with more calcium can be a bit tricky, says Carol Cottrill, certified nutritional consultant and author of “The French Twist.” “Since kids aren’t crazy about the plant sources that provide calcium, such as kale and collard greens, the good news is that many foods today are fortified with calcium, including calcium-fortified soy milk and orange juice, so a vegan child can get enough calcium without downing supplements,” she says.

Maintaining a vegetarian diet can be more challenging during childhood and adolescence and there may be an additional burden on the parent or nanny to shop and prepare balanced vegetarian meals, says Cottrill. “For this reason, start slowly when switching from a meat-based diet to a vegetarian diet,” she warns. “Begin by serving larger portions of veggies and smaller portions of meat while offering a meatless dinner once or twice a week, which may help digestion by easing into a higher fiber diet. With a little time, knowledge, responsibility, and commitment, a plant-based diet can be a good thing.”

The key is to provide a balance when planning meals for vegetarian children. “Whether vegetarian or not, children need to eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of fresh food,” says Schmitt. “Children in general are at risk if they eat a poor diet. So, no matter what type of diet is followed, families need to focus on getting their child a nutrient rich diet filled with whole gains, fruit, vegetables, food sources of calcium and vitamin D and protein rich foods.”

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Diabesity: A Trend That Needs To Be Stopped In The UAE

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healthillustratedFrom Your Health Journal…..”I have mentioned here before that the web site Gulf News has some amazing health articles, and I found one today that supports something I have written about recently. I have expressed my displeasure with the media labeling the United States as the ‘fat capital’ of the world. Yes, I know there is a problem here, but my contention is that it is a worldwide problem, not just the US. So, I posted articles from various countries which state concern over obesity in their respected countries – such as England, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, and a bunch of other countries. Now, in the UAE, there is also concern about Diabesity. Some of you may be curious as to what Diabesity is?

Simply put: Diabetes + Obesity = Diabesity

Among Emirati and expatriate schoolchildren, the 2011 figures from the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) suggest that 15.5 per cent are obese, 39.2 per cent are overweight and 21 per cent consume fast food three times or more a day. Please visit the Gulf News web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is well written and informative.”

From the article…..

Nationwide survey to establish the prevalence of obesity and diabetes under proposal

Obesity’s close and dangerous relationship with diabetes was the focus on day two of the 2nd American Society for Nutrition Middle East Congress, which concludes on Friday.

A nationwide survey to establish the prevalence of obesity and diabetes is under proposal, said senior health officials.

The three-day congress shed light on ‘Diabesity’, a portmanteau word to describe the epidemic of diabetes and obesity occurring together.

In the UAE, the ‘Diabesity’ trend needs to be stopped, urged health officials. Available 2012 figures place the UAE seventh on the Global Fat Scale among 177 countries, calculated using UN data on population size and estimates of global weight from the World Health Organisation (Who). 
The WHO also estimates that about 20 per cent of the UAE adult population is overweight or obese.

Among Emirati and expatriate schoolchildren, the 2011 figures from the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) suggest that 15.5 per cent are obese, 39.2 per cent are overweight and 21 per cent consume fast food three times or more a day.

Statistics by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) peg the percentage of diabetic UAE residents — Emiratis and expatriates, at more than 20 per cent with another 18 at high risk.

Speaking to Gulf News, Ayesha S. Al Dhaheri, Chair at the Department of Nutrition and Health at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre in Nutrition, said: “We are still working with old figures. We have proposed a nationwide survey along with the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH), United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the WHO to collect baseline data in areas like non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes as well as risk factors like cholesterol and hypertension so we can tailor our programmes accordingly.”

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Hefty Kids A Growing Trend

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From Your Health Journal…..”A great article from the New Zealand Herald about children as young as 9 are joining weight-loss programs in a trend experts say will grow as children lead more sedentary lives. The article continues by stating data shows adult weight reduction strategies which involve dieting programs are basically a waste of time and money – and most likely, they are similarly unhelpful for children. In a day and age where so many children suffer from risk factors for heart disease, cancers, weak joints, and type 2 diabetes – related to weight gain, change is needed….starting in the home. Children need to eat proper food portions, healthy diets, get plenty of sleep, stay away from the liquid candy, and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Please visit the New Zealand Herald to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Young children joining weight-loss schemes but experts believe it’s no solution.

Children as young as 9 are joining weight-loss programmes in a trend industry experts say will grow as children lead more sedentary lives.

The director of SureSlim New Zealand, Phil Pullin, knew of at least one 9-year-old who had come to its Pukekohe clinic with a weight problem.

Unlike weight-loss programmes Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, lifestyle programme SureSlim has plans for children as young as 6, but most of its youngest members were in their teens.

He said weight problems among children was an increasing trend.

“In your suburban schools today parents are too busy to make kids lunch, so they get money for a pie and chips. They don’t do any exercise for a whole raft of reasons like people are a bit scared of letting their kids walk home.

“And then they go home and play on the computer. It’s just a whole lifestyle change.”

Fight the Obesity Epidemic spokeswoman Dr Robyn Toomath said figures showed almost 30 per cent of 2- to 14-year-olds had a weight problem in 2007, with 8 per cent obese.

She said children joining weight-loss programmes was nothing to do with fashion-conscious mothers concerned with their child’s image.

“There’s masses of data to show that it’s much more the other way, that individuals don’t think they’re overweight when they are, and parents don’t think their kids are overweight when they are.

“It’s much more that we don’t appreciate the extent of obesity.”

Dr Toomath said it did not surprise her young children were being enrolled in weight-loss programmes but she was skeptical about their success.

“The data shows adult weight reduction strategies which involve dieting programmes are basically a waste of time and money and my suspicion is they are similarly unhelpful for children.”

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