The Physical Benefits of a Good Belly Laugh

When we laugh heartily among friends, we exhale repeatedly without drawing breath. This physical effort leaves us exhausted and triggers the release of protective endorphins, one of the complex neuropeptide chemicals of the brain that regulate pain and promote feelings of well-being. Watching 15 minutes of comedy in the company of others can increase your pain threshold by an average of 10%. Laughter is 30 times more likely to happen when we are with others than when we are alone.

More Vitamin D Means Less Pain

You’ve heard much from us over the years about Relevit, our amazing best-selling formula that assists in reducing everyday and sports related pain and discomfort. But did you know that vitamin D found in our Dense Bone formula is showing promise as an effective nutrient in the fight against moderate and chronic pain? According to the British Journal of Nutrition (September 2011), older men and women suffering from moderated to extreme chronic pain are likelier than others to have decreased vitamin D levels.

Part 2: 5 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

Continued from Part 1: 5 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart Dizziness, Faintness, or Shortness of Breath More than 40 percent of women in one study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, reported having experienced shortness of breath in the days before a heart attack. You might feel like you can’t breathe, or you might feel dizzy or faint, as you would at high altitude. If you can’t catch your breath while walking upstairs, vacuuming, weeding the garden, or doing other activities that previously caused you no trouble, this is a reason to be on the alert. Why it happens: Not enough blood is getting through the arteries to carry sufficient oxygen to the heart. The heart muscle pain of angina may also make it hurt to draw a deep breath. Coronary artery disease (CAD), in which plaque builds up and blocks the arteries that feed the (Read More)

Part 1: 5 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart

We’ve all read the signs of a heart attack listed on posters in the hospital waiting room. But what if there were other, earlier signs that could alert you ahead of time that your heart was in trouble? It turns out there are. Researchers have done a lot of work in recent years looking at the signs and symptoms patients experienced in the months or even years leading up to a heart attack. “The heart, together with the arteries that feed it, is one big muscle, and when it starts to fail the symptoms can show up in many parts of the body,” says cardiologist Jonathan Goldstein of St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.   Cardio Advantage Plus – Heart Health Formula   Here are two of the five surprising clues that your heart needs checking out. Any of these signs – and particularly two or more together (Read More)

Prescription Pain Killers are Now the LEADING Cause of Accidental Death

According to the latest data collected by the National Center for Health statistics, poisoning, primarily by prescription drugs, has now surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2008, 41,000 Americans died from poisoning, compared to 38,000 lethal car accidents. The data, which can be found on the CDC’s web site, shows that:

Study Finds Link Between Stress & Physical Pain

Scientists believe they have discovered why psychological stress can lead to physical pain. A research team at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today, the research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation can lead to the development and progression of disease. Sheldon Cohen, professor of psychology at the university’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said prolonged stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response because it decreases tissue sensitivity to the hormone. Specifically, immune cells become insensitive to cortisol’s regulatory effect and in turn runaway inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases. He said: “Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol (Read More)

Chronic & Acute Pain

Inflammation is the most common cause of pain. Relieve inflammation and you relieve pain. Inflammation is caused by the release of PGE1 prostaglandin and is sustained by an enzyme called cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2). It is interesting that cancer cells are surrounded by an abnormally heavy concentration of COX2 enzymes. If one could inhibit COX2 enzymes, they could control inflammation and possibly cancer. (This is substantiated by evidence of less cancers among chronic aspirin users). Many years ago drug companies found that aspirin inhibited COX2 but at the same time inhibited COX2 which is a protective prostaglandin for the lining of the digestive tract and blood vessels. Without adequate COX2 you can have ulcers and leaking of the blood vessels. So, for temporary use, aspirin is fine but extended use causes serious side effects. Then came the “miracle” of the COX2 inhibitors – Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex and others in the market. (Read More)