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EXERCISE – TO DO OR NOT TO DO?

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WARTS AND FIG JUICE?

In a study out of Iran 25 patients with warts on both hands were recruited into a study using the white latex juice from a fig tree and standard cryotherapy (freezing of the wart). The fig tree latex cured 44% of the warts while the cryotherapy cured 56%. Conclusion was that fig tree juice is slightly less effective than standard therapy, and therefore a good alternative, but the latter had  more side effects such as blanching of the skin and scars.

Author’s comments: It has been well known that most warts disappear within three to five years anyway with no treatment and that if you irritate them with anything (frog juice, WD-40, pepper, window cleaner etc – you get the point) about another fifty percent will also go away.

EXERCISE – TO DO OR NOT TO DO?

It is estimated that more than 50% of Americans are now overweight and the number is rising. Obesity leads to decreased life expectancy, heart disease, stroke, elevated blood fats, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and gall-bladder disease. Obviously losing weight reduces the above as well as improving high blood pressure and mood.
The rebound rate for people who do “fad dieting” is almost 98% and some have surmised that this might be due to not incorporating exercise along with their reduced caloric intake. The usual barriers elicited by patients are that exercise consumes too much of their time and gyms require both time and money.
Studies have shown that exercise alone is an excellent weight reducer but when combined with caloric restriction the effect is greater. This study showed that the higher the exercise intensity the greater the weight loss. The following types of exercise all caused weight loss: walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, weight training, calisthenics and group ball sports. (The list is obviously bigger but were not measured in this study).
Bottom line, adding exercise to your weight reduction program will improve your results!

NEW DRUG MAY CURE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

Within our DNA are certain mutations called ‘premature termination codons’ or (PTC’s) which tell the cells protein making machinery to stop making crucial proteins before they are completely made. Now from the University of Pennsylvania come trials with a drug PTC124 that shows promise in mice and humans to reverse the effects of muscular wasting in Muscular Dystrophy using this new drug. In muce studies it actually was able to produce normal muscle tissue.
This to me is science at its best.

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