Why Vacations Are Important

Everyone seems to believe that vacations are good for our health. Is there really scientific proof that supports this thinking?

Yes. A study published in the year 2000 in the medical journal Psychosomatic Medicine has shown that taking regular vacations is associated with a longer, healthier life. Vacations, along with sleep, exercise, and other leisure time activities, appear to be restorative and protective against the ill effects of psychological stress. Over 12,000 men enrolled in a heart health study were followed over nine years. The men who took vacations in most years were 20 percent less likely to die of any cause than those who forewent regular vacations. The vacationers were also 30 percent less likely to die of heart disease. The association of vacations and lower death rates held even after controlling for higher education and income (conditions that might make vacations more possible), and poor health (existing heart disease might prevent vacations).

How does taking a vacation help protect health? Here are some good "excuses" to take a vacation:

• Vacation reduces stress by removing us from familiar stresses at work and home. During a vacation, we are more likely to unwind, relax, and put anticipated threats out of our minds.

• Vacations may also provide a unique opportunity to indulge in other behaviors that have restorative and stress-buffering effects, such as social contact with family and friends.

• For some, a vacation may be more of a personal, internal adventure. Many self-seekers want to be alone to solve personal problems or simply enjoy themselves. Solitude is not a luxury; it is a periodic necessity.

• One of the most compelling reasons to take a vacation is to pamper yourself. Many people work quite hard and are generally frugal. Everyone deserves to taste the fruits of their labors – an occasional time to splurge, to live it up, to fulfill dreams, to be treated well, and feel important.

• The essence of a vacation is the freedom to do what you want when you want. It also offers the freedom to explore our own wishes and fantasies. For a brief moment, we may escape the time pressures of the modern era and rediscover the joy of a less regulated lifestyle.

So, do not forget to take time off for a vacation. It will not only be enjoyable but will also be healthful!

Source: An Apple A Day by Tyrone M. Reyes, M.D. The Philippine STAR 01/18/2005

44 Health Facts to Remember

1. Lungs & big intestines share the system. If one or the other is
infected or sick, the other will also be sick.

2. When the liver is in pain, there is not much signs or symptoms to
be detected. Before many cancers happen, usually the liver will be
the first to get sick.

3. Liver filters out the poisons and it attacks all other viruses in the body.

4. The liver's repair time is effective from 11pm - 3am. Therefore,
sleeping late after 11pm & having late night supper 2 hours before
sleep especially high cholesterol and high fat foods weakens the liver
as it does not have sufficient time to rest and regenerate. Even when
one sleeps later in the morning to replace lost sleep will not help.

5. 99% of Chinese have weak livers as they eat a lot of meat and high
fat foods.

6. If you get very hungry just before bedtime, eat some fruits &
vegetables which is easy to digest. Meat takes about 4 hours to
digest before it goes into the intestines. Meat cooked in oil takes
about 12 hours before going into the intestines. This will provoke
the liver &
the digestive tract to overwork in filtering the toxins thus you will
tend to feel very tired when you wake up in the morning.

7. Oil is the main culprit that will weaken the functions of the
liver and damage it. Medication cannot cure liver problem and it will
damage it even further.

8. Cold-pressed olive oil, carrot, cucumber, raw chili, garlic,
onion, little bamboo salt/sea-salt, radish, pumpkin and small fish are
good for the body. Sesame oil is ok.

9. Food-preservatives, Food colorings, Bee Hoon is processed with
aluminum (causes Dementia), Bleach, syrup, Pesticides are bad for
liver health. Wrong medication can shrink and damage the liver badly.
Radiation from microwave oven destroys all nutrients in the food.

10. Western medication is bad for the liver. Chinese medication is
bad for kidney. White radish will disable the effects of Chinese

11. Sleeping late for children is unhealthy as it weakens memory and

12. Best healthy times to sleep is 9pm especially so for people who
is sick or recovering from it and do not sleep later than 11pm. Lots
of rest is good for the liver to recover. When using eye-cover during
bed-time, use only pure-cotton and do not use rubber or latex

13. A Detoxification Diet helps the liver & intestines to recover
fast. Natural fresh foods are best for the Liver and overall well
being. Do not rely on packed, bottled or canned health foods/vitamins
as they lack a lot of natural and essential vitamins which can only
be derived from pure, unprocessed natural foods.

14. A balance of mental/emotional state of mind is very important to
the total well-being. Too much stress of all kinds, loud
noises/music, anger, irritation suppressed for too long, pessimism,
depressive moods, no goals in life, feeling life has no value or
blaming the World & Everyone else for his life will further weaken
the body system. When
the liver is unhealthy, the person usually has a bad temper and gets
easily angered or irritated.

15. Giving out gas, perspiration and urine are ways of purging out
the toxins from the body. Do not use too much of air-conditioners as
they suppress the body from perspiration. This is a natural way of
purging to help to reduce the load of the liver. Open the windows for
fresh air.

16. Giving warmth to any part of the body that is in pain will help
ease it or soaking in a bathtub of warm water up to waist level will
also help. Be careful if you have heart problems, do not soak up to
heart level or else you might feel uncomfortable as your heart might
get overstimulated.

17. Brown rice, wheat, oats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam and maize
but we must be careful when buying these foods as they contain great
amount of pesticides. Maize and brown rice contains B complex vitamin
but be careful as maize these days, has a lot of pesticides in them
too. Organic foods are better alternatives but they are more costly
and hard to find.

18. Blood A type has higher chances of cancer diseases.

19. Blood O type has higher chances of liver diseases.

20. Women Lives Longer because they are more even-tempered due to
their menstruation cycle that expels the anger suppressed inside. It
is better not to talk when a person is feeling very angry at that
moment. Breathe very slowly for 7 times and just smile.

21. Fat or overweight people usually have problems with their liver,
heart and digestive system as they eat too much meat, high
cholesterol and high fat foods which will damage their Liver and thus
affect their heart and blood pressure.

22. Gastric problem is also associated with ingesting too much meat and
high fat foods.

23. Heart & uterus are linked together. Drinking 3000cc - 4000cc of
good filtered water with a healthy detoxification diet will help keep
them healthy too.

24. There is no need to go for unnecessary check ups. X-rays, CT
scans (radiation is 5x-6x higher) are bad for the body as it kills
thousands of cells and thus weakens the body further. Cancers &
diseases are sometimes quite hard to detect in your early health
checkups or blood tests. By the time they are detected, that
particular part of the body
has already been quite damaged. Always get a second opinion from
another doctor before proceeding with the recommended surgery. If it
is Liver disease, medication will destroy it further. Go on a proper
detoxification diet and sleep by 9pm daily will help the liver to
recover much faster.

25. Vegetable and fruits are high in Vitamin C's which will help
detoxify the poisons in the body, thus helping the organs to recover
during the detoxification. Drinking lots of water 2000cc - 3000cc
will help the liver as urine is one way of detoxification.

26. Morning hours between 5am - 7am is the best time for bowel
movement otherwise the intestines might absorb the poisons from the
digested matter to be distributed to the rest of the body and thus
slow poisoning of the body will occur. This will result in the body
getting sick.

27. Using Kelp Powder mix in water can help stop itchy scalp.

28. Stones in gall-bladder, liver, brain, etc. are usually poisons
accumulated from animal protein and oily foods.

29. Minerals - calcium, iron strengthen the kidney/bladder.

30. A person having mild liver or kidney problems can eat fish &
beans. Only after 4 months of detoxification diet.

31. If the whites of the eyes are yellow means you might have liver &
gall bladder problem.

32. Red vegetables or fruits are good for the brain and the heart.

33. Yellow vegetable or fruits are good for digestion. Be careful
when choosing. Cabbage and Banana are good but they may have lots of

34. Low blood pressure is ok as long as the individual feels fine and healthy.

35. Having pimples may mean that the toxins in the blood cannot be purged out.

36. Exercise in preferably done in the morning as there are lots of
oxygen from the trees and plants. Night time is not advisable as
there are lots of carbon dioxide coming from the trees and plants.
Afternoon is too hot. After 40 years old, try to do light exercises
like long
distance walking and not to do heavy exercises.

37. Having headaches may mean weak pump of blood/energy from the
heart shows lack of oxygen.

38. Black under eyes means liver & kidney are weak.

39. For arthritis problem, eat high vitamin C, kelp and detoxification diet.

40. People with breast or uterine cancer must not eat sea-cucumber or
salty foods.

41. High-water content fruits are easier to digest.

42. Exercise is good for the heart.

43. Use as few electrical appliances and household items in your
homes. In the long term, they can cause radiation exposure and ruin
your health especially your television set, radio, huge sound systems
and cellphones. Don't place them in your bedroom especially near your
body otherwise, you might find difficulty in sleeping thus feeling
very tired
in the morning. Also, try not to watch too much TV or surf the
computer for a long time especially children otherwise in the long
run, the radiation from the TV & computer might cause loss of memory
and intelligence. Too much artificial light exposure overhead at home
might also be damaging to your body especially if you have not been
very fit
or healthy in your lifestyle.

44. If you want to take a bigger step to a truly healthier lifestyle,
please use only stainless, ceramic (without lead), glass for your
cooking and eating utensils. In the long run, aluminum materials will
give you dementia. Also get rid of your non-stick pans and cooking
utensils as the coating will eventually fade into your food which
poisoning. Use water to cook your food lightly. Overcooking your food
will cause it to loose most if not all of its nutrients.

How To Stay Young

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and
height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
whatever. Never let the brain idle.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who
is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets,
keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next
county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

and always remember:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
moments that take our breath away.

Be Good To Your Liver

The main causes of liver damage are:

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are the main cause.
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
8. Consuming overly done foods also add to the burden of liver.
Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits.

Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to "schedule."


Evening at 9 - 11pm : is the time for eliminating unnecessary toxic chemicals (de-toxification) from the antibody system (lymph nodes).This time duration should be spent by relaxing or listening to music. If during this time one is still in an unrelaxed state such as socializing, drinking, eating out, this will have a negative impact on health.

Evening at 11pm - 1am : is the de-toxification process in the liver,and ideally should be done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 1 - 3am : de-toxification process in the gall, also ideally done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 3 - 5am : de-toxification in the lungs. Therefore there will sometimes be a severe cough for cough sufferers during this time. Since the de-toxification process had reached the respiratory tract, there is no need to take cough medicine so as not to interfere with toxin removal process.

Morning 5 - 7am : de-toxification in the colon, you should empty your bowel.

Morning 7 - 9am : absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, you should be having breakfast at this time. Breakfast should be earlier, before 6:30am, for those who are sick. Breakfast before 7:30am is very beneficial to those wanting to stay fit. Those who always skip breakfast, they should change their habits, and it is still better to eat breakfast late until 9 -10am rather than no meal at all.

Sleeping so late and waking up too late will disrupt the process of removing unnecessary chemicals.

Aside from that, midnight to 4am is the time when the bone marrow produces blood . Therefore, have a good sleep and don't sleep late.

Water As Cure for Diseases

I got this from an email. I haven't tried this yet, but this may work for most people.

It is popular in  Japan today to drink water immediately after  waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven  its value.

We publish below a  description of use of water for our  readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found  successful by a Japanese medical society as a hundred percent cure for the  following diseases, headache, body ache,heart system, arthritis, fast heart  beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis, asthma,
TB, Meningtitis, Kidney and  Urine diseases, vomiting gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation,  all eye diseases, womb cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat  diseases.

Method of Treatment

1. As you wake up in  the morning before brushing teeth, drink four glasses
of water each of 160 ml.

2. Brush and clean the mouth  but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes.

3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of  breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for two hours.

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink four  glasses of water at the beginning  may commence by taking little water  and  gradually increase it to four  glasses per day.

6. The above  method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others
can enjoy a  healthy life. The following list gives the number of days of treatment  required to cure main diseases.

  1. High Blood Pressure 30 days
  2. Gastric 10 days
  3. Diabetes 30 days
  4. Constipation 10 days
  5. Cancer 180 days
  6. TB 90 days

Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment for  only 3 days in the first week to be  followed by daily treatment.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at  the commencement of treatment you  may have to urinate a few times.

Good Health to you all.

15 Ways To Live Longer

1. Don't Oversleep
Here's a reason not to hit the snooze button anymore: Sleeping too much can reduce life expectancy, according to a February 2002 study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The study found that people who sleep more than eight hours per night had a significantly higher death rate than normal. But late-night-party-goers shouldn't rejoice: researches say that sleeping less than four hours also increases death rates. People who sleep between six and seven hours per night were shown to live the longest.

2. Be Optimistic
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that optimistic people had a 50% decreased risk of early death compared with those who leaned more toward pessimism. The results, published in the August 2002 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, make sense: Those
with a positive outlook on life are probably less stressed, better equipped to deal with adversity and, consequently, healthier. Optimists also tend to have lower blood pressure than pessimists, which, again, is most likely related to how positive thinkers respond to stress.

3. Have More Sex
No complaints here. There's decent evidence that sex helps keep us healthy, and thus increases longevity. But according to researchers, it's not necessarily an actual biological response generated by sex that makes us live longer. What's more likely is that having intimate sex means you are less stressed, happier and better rested--all
factors that can lower blood pressure and protect against stroke and heart disease. A study published in the April 2004 Journal of the American Medical Association found that "high ejaculation frequency was related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer."

4. Get A Pet
People who own pets, especially dogs, have been shown to be less stressed and require fewer visits to their physicians than non-owners. Survival rates for heart-attack victims who had a pet have been shown to be 12% longer than for those who did not have one, according to one of the first studies dealing with the impact pets can have on our health, led by researcher Erica Friedmann. Pet owners have also been shown to have lower blood pressure. The reasons are most likely related to an array of psychological factors, such as the facts that owning a pet decreases loneliness and depression, encourages laughter and nurturing, and stimulates exercise.

5. Get A VAP
It's estimated that about half of the people with heart disease--the No. 1 killer in the U.S.--have normal cholesterol levels, which raises serious doubt about the ability of traditional cholesterol tests to detect risk. But more advanced cholesterol tests, like the VAP test,
made by the Birmingham, Ala.-based lab Atherotech, may remedy that. VAP measures important metrics that traditional tests miss. Regular tests only detect half of the people with heart disease, while the VAP has been shown to detect 90% of heart disease patients. That's
important because lipid abnormalities can most often be rectified with medication and dietary changes. And the sooner you start making changes, the better.

6. Be Rich
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 24% of Americans whose family income is less than $20,000 are "limited" by chronic disease, whereas only 6% of people with an income of $75,000 or more have this problem. In general, population groups that suffer
the worst health have the highest poverty rates and the least education. One possible explanation: Higher incomes permit access to better food and housing, safer neighborhoods and increased medical care. Higher incomes also increase the opportunity to engage in
health-promoting behaviors. Of course, being a chief executive certainly exposes you to a high level of stress that can decrease life expectancy. But according to the data, striving to be financially comfortable is a good goal for aspiring centenarians.

7. Stop Smoking
To say that smoking is bad for your health is, of course, not revelatory. But it still cannot be denied that quitting can significantly improve your prospects for a long life. Middle-aged men
who are long-term, heavy smokers face twice the risk of developing more aggressive forms of prostate cancer than men who have never smoked, according to findings that appeared in the July 2003 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. According to a recent
study in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, cigarette smoking has been clearly linked to the most common causes of death in the elderly.

8. Chill Out
A study led by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2002 found that men classified as having the highest level of anger in response to stress were over three times more likely to develop premature heart disease than men who reported lower anger responses. They were also over six times more likely to have a heart attack by
the age of 55. One possible explanation is the correlation between anger and high blood pressure, a condition that commonly develops in highly stressed individuals. The lesson is simple: Try as much as you can to let unavoidable, everyday stresses roll off your shoulders.

9. Eat Your Antioxidants
Antioxidants, substances that are found in foods ranging from cinnamon to blueberries, can scavenge free radicals, compounds whose unstable chemical nature accelerates the effect of aging on our cells. Until these excess free radicals are quenched by antioxidant molecules,
cellular damage accumulates. This contributes to an array of degenerative diseases, including atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's and cancer. Research shows that certain types of beans (kidney, pinto, black) are among the best sources of antioxidants, while blueberries
and other berries follow close behind.

10. Marry Well
While the phrase "marry well" is typically used to describe people who marry someone rich, we are talking about something entirely different: genetics. Apparently, longevity genes can be inherited. According to a February 2005 study in Mechanisms of Aging and Development,
exceptional longevity and healthy aging is an inherited phenotype across three generations. So, for the single people out there, pick a spouse whose grandparents are still alive. This won't make you live longer, but it might help your children.

11. Exercise
Get up and start moving. Not only does exercise help us maintain our weight, it improves our cardiovascular health, strengthens the bones and increases endorphins in the body--hormones that give us energy, make us happier and help ward off stress and disease. "If you don't use it, you lose it," says Dr. Merl Myerson, director of cardiovascular prevention at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. "We find that active people will do better, live longer."

12. Laugh A Little
Laughter reduces levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. It also releases endorphins that work as pain killers and gives your blood circulation a boost. Not to mention it relaxes blood vessels and keeps a person from being angry--a significant predictor
of heart disease. "The higher you score on anger and hostility, the greater the likely hood you'll have a heart attack," says Dr. David Fein, medical director at Princeton Longevity Center in New Jersey.

13. Lose Weight
For people who are overweight or obese, life is a ticking time bomb. They have increased risk of heart disease and several types of cancer, along with higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes--a condition that is becoming an epidemic in the U.S. "The real way to lose weight is to cut back on food intake," says Dr. David Fein, Medical Director at Princeton Longevity Center in New Jersey. "People are under the impression that they can exercise weight off, but exercise is a means to maintain weight.

14. Manage Stress
Everyone has stress to a certain degree, but not everyone knows how to manage it. The key is to recognize what the big factors are in your life and how to mitigate them. Constant stress produces high levels of cortisol, which has been shown to impair cognitive functioning and
weaken the immune system. "I think stress kills more people than just about anything else," says Dr. David Fein, medical Director at Princeton Longevity Center in New Jersey.

15. Meditate
According to Dr. Woodson Merrell of Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, the most powerful healing tool for stress and prolonged life is meditation. It clears the mind of thought and lets a person concentrate on tranquility. Fifteen minutes of meditation has been shown to produce a much more relaxed state of mind than one hour of the deepest sleep. Even starting the day with just two minutes of meditation can be beneficial. Sit with your spine erect and try to quiet your thoughts; it may help to concentrate on one word.

Source: Forbes.com


Grandma's Cures

Did You Know That ...

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns. It's good for your teeth too.

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from about of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon ! six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus ... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection ... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust ... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub ! the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover ... just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ... cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters ... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine... a powerful antiseptic.

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor ... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wip! e down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites ... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief ... It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hand! s for soothing relief from arthritis pain.