What's New This Week — Vitality 101 News: August 12, 2008
Natural Asthma Relief; More on Infertility
Asthma, which reflects spasm and inflammation of the pipes carrying air in and out of your lungs, is becoming more common. This is no surprise, given the increase in allergens (including homes and offices with mold), nutritional deficiencies, and chemicals in our environment.
Although there are many helpful medications for asthma, and most of these are being reasonably prescribed by physicians, natural therapies that eliminate allergic sensitivity and decrease the tendency to inflammation can be very helpful. When added to simple approaches to decrease contact with allergens, these natural therapies help you feel much better—while decreasing the need for medications.
If you or someone you know has wheezing, or shortness of breath with exertion, read more »
In this issue, we will look at 3 articles related to asthma and also 3 updates on infertility. We are still enrolling couples in our "Natural Treatment for Infertility" study (easy—done by mail).
Click here for information on the infertility study.
To enroll in the study, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also pass this on to any friends you have with infertility.
Passion Fruit Reduces Asthma
An extract from purple passion fruit may ease wheezing in asthmatics, suggest findings from a placebo-controlled study. Passion fruit is also good for anxiety and sleep (and is in the Revitalizing Sleep Formula). Read more »
Fish Oil During Pregnancy Prevents Childhood Asthma
Taking fish oil during the last 3 months of pregnancy decreases the risk of a mother's child having asthma by ~75% (a whole other meaning to "an ounce of prevention")! Read more »
Lycopene (from Tomatoes) May Decrease Asthma
Vegetarian Diet to Treat Female Infertility?
Eating a vegetarian diet may decrease the risk of infertility caused by ovulation problems. Read more »
Soy Intake Drops Sperm Counts
On the other hand, eating soy (e.g., tofu, tempe, edamame, soy milk or cheese) can significantly lower a man's sperm count. Read more »
Thyroid Disease and Infertility
Yet another study shows that immune thyroid disease is associated with infertility—despite normal thyroid hormone blood tests. But why bother with a safe and effective $30 treatment when you can do in vitro fertilization for $30,000? Read more »
FEATURED QUESTIONS FROM READERS
Q: Gene testing for CFS and fibromyalgia. Read more »
Q: Should I do chelation for heavy metal toxicity? Answer »
Q: Help for chronic sinusitis. Read more »
QUOTE/JOKE OF THE WEEK
This Week's Quote:
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
This Week's Joke:
THINK YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY... check out these actual cases.
Fire authorities in California found a corpse in a burned-out section of forest while assessing the damage done by a forest fire. The deceased male was dressed in a full wet suit, complete with scuba tanks on his back, flippers and face mask.
A postmortem test revealed that the man died not from burns, but from massive internal injuries. Dental records provided a positive identification. Investigators then set about to determine how a fully clothed diver ended up in the middle of a forest fire.
It was revealed that on the day of the fire, the man went diving off the coast, some 20 miles from the forest. The fire fighters, seeking to control the fire as quickly as possible, had called in a fleet of helicopters with very large dip buckets. Water was dipped from the ocean and emptied at the site of the forest fire.
You guessed it. One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific, the next, he was doing the breast stroke in a fire dip bucket 300 feet in the air. Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.
Still think you're having a bad day?
A man was working on his motorcycle on the patio, his wife nearby in the kitchen. While racing the engine, the motorcycle accidentally slipped into gear. The man, still holding onto the handlebars, was dragged along as it burst through the glass patio doors.
His wife, hearing the crash, ran in the room to find her husband cut and bleeding, the motorcycle, and the shattered patio door. She called for an ambulance and, because the house sat on a fairly large hill, went down the several flights of stairs to meet the paramedics and escort them to her husband.
While the attendants were loading her husband, the wife managed to right the motorcycle and push it outside. She also quickly blotted up the spilled gasoline with some paper towels and tossed them into the toilet.
After being treated and released, the man returned home, looked at the shattered patio door and the damage done to his motorcycle. He went into the bathroom and consoled himself with a cigarette while attending to his business. About to stand, he flipped the butt between his legs.
The wife, who was in the kitchen, heard a loud explosion and her husband screaming. Finding him lying on the bathroom floor with his trousers blown away and burns on his buttocks, legs and groin, she once again phoned for an ambulance. The same paramedic crew was dispatched.
As the paramedics carried the man down the stairs to the ambulance they asked the wife how he had come to burn himself. She told them.
They started laughing so hard, one slipped, dropping the stretcher and dumping the husband out. He fell down the remaining stairs, breaking his arm.
Still having a bad day? Just remember, it could be worse...
The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.
Still think you are having a bad day?
A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.
STILL think you're having a bad day?
Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly, all two thousand pigs broke loose and escaped through a broken fence, stampeding madly. The two hopeless protesters were trampled to death.
What?! STILL having a bad day??
Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with "return to sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits.
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