High Blood Pressure

Water Works

News Note

Besides decreasing headaches, heartburn, constipation, fatigue and kidney stones, getting your fair share of water each day may help prevent serious illnesses including heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. One study at the University of Loma Linda, California, showed that people who drink five or more glasses of water every day cut their risk of suffering a fatal heart attack in half. Researchers believe because water, unlike other beverages, is absorbed immediately into the blood stream, it thins the blood and reduces clot risk.

Dying to Work

News Note

We all know work is often the most stressful thing in a client’s life. Now, Japan has taken steps to help prevent “karoshi,” otherwise known as death from overwork. The Japan Labor Ministry’s plan is to identify likely candidates of karoshi (those exhibiting obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high blood lipids) and offer them free medical examinations that could prevent a fatal outcome due to overwork. In 1998, approximately 90 people succumbed to karoshi in Japan, up from 32 in 1994. After parliamentary approval, the plan could be in place early next year.

Medicine Has Met Its Match

News Note

According to a study presented at a meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, a low-salt, low-fat diet, combined with high amounts of fruits and vegetables, is as effective as taking medication prescribed to lower hypertension. The study focused on more than 400 individuals who had either hypertension or normal to high blood pressure (above 120/80). A portion of participants were asked to maintain their regular diet, while others were asked to partake of the medically prescribed diet. Those who ate the special diet lowered their blood pressure.

A Mind of Its Own

New Intelligence for a New Millennium

Love is more than mere sentiment — it nourishes the body, as well as the soul. For most of us, the heart is merely the symbol of love, but the Institute of HeartMath (IHM) has gathered impressive scientific data verifying this 10-ounce muscle actually does function as a physiological locus of love in the center of our being. Better yet, we have the ability to induce the human heart into states of love.