Super Bowls, World Series and other championship Sporting Events Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

NEWS — German researchers discovered that heart attacks, cardiac arrests, episodes of irregular heartbeat and activation of implanted defibrillators can triple for people watching major sports events such as world soccer and the Super Bowl.

ACTION – Drink red wine, nibble on grapes or take a supplement high in resveratrol before you start eating. Avoid high-fat snacks. Resveratrol is known to help prevent damage from heart attacks in laboratory animals. If you have a heart condition, keep aspirin and medications handy. Chew an aspirin if you suspect you are having a heart attack and don’t delay getting to the hospital in order to watch the game. They probably have TV in the emergency room.

Gruss, W. A Cardiologist’s Guide to Anti-Aging, Antioxidants, and Resveratrol. Renaissance Education: Boca Raton, FL. 2007.

Wilbert-Lampen U, et al. Cardiovascular Events during World Cup Soccer. N Engl J Med 2008 358: 475-483.

NEGATIVE ANTIDEPRESSANT

STUDIES NEVER PUBLISHED

NEWS—The New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that nearly a third of antidepressant drug studies are never published and nearly all of them showed that the anti-depressant didn’t work. In studies that were published, results were rewritten to make the drug seem more effective than it really is. He found that 37 out of 38 positive studies were published.

 

ACTION—If you are taking antidepressant medications, ask your doctor about this article. Some types of antidepressants are much more effective than others. Ask your doctor about some of the natural therapies for depression, including sunshine, vitamin D3, and other supplements.

Turner EH, et al. Selective publication of antidepressant trials and its influence on apparent efficacy. N Engl J Med 358:252, January 17, 2008.

SUNSCREENS CAN BE HARMFUL TO SKIN

NEWS — A research team led by chemists at the University of California, Riverside, found that sunscreen chemicals can cause oxidative damage to skin if not used correctly. After a short period of time, sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the skin allowing UV radiation to oxidize surface skin molecules. Other researchers are exploring the use of natural antioxidants such as resveratrol to prevent skin damage. See future issues of Natural Health News Report for more news about antioxidant skin protection.

ACTION — If you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, cover up with clothing or reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. Taking an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory dietary supplement may help reduce skin damage.

University of California, Riverside (2006, August 29). Sunscreens can damage skin, researchers find. ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001, Sept 3).Study shows antioxidants play vital role in protecting skin. ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com.

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