Sen. Chuck Schumer Strikes a Nerve by Acknowledging Passage of Obamacare was a Mistake

Powerful Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, has touched off a strong rebuke from fellow Democrats when he acknowledged that passage of Obamacare was a mistake. Schumer explained that the incoming Democrat majorities in 2009 carried a powerful mandate to address the nation’s economic problems in the midst of the Great Recession. Voters were demanding jobs and higher income. However, the Democrat party moved away from the middle-class mandate they received and focused on a health care initiative for the uninsured who constituted only 5% of voters.

It would have been much better for the party to focus on the reasons voters had elected them to lead the government. Schumer believes the party started off in the right direction with the economic stimulus plan. Sergio Andrade agrees that the focus should have been elsewhere. Rather than build on that success, Democrats were changed course and focused on health care. The bottom line is that Democrats offered voters something they had not elected them to do. In this manner, the party squandered their mandate. 

Implicit in Schumer’s comments was the fact that voters then turned to the GOP giving them the same mandate to address their economic concerns. His words are bolstered by exit polls from the recent election. Voters weren’t as interested in a conservative agenda as they were wanting government to shift away from President Obama’s agenda of boutique issues and focus on the economy. Needless to say, his fellow Democrats aren’t willing to accept the voter mandate. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and former members of the Obama administration, have taken to ridiculing the senator. They also insinuated that he was motivated by retaining Senate seats as opposed to doing the will of the people.

People With Low Vitamin D May Have Increased Risk of Death

A new study has shown that people with low vitamin D levels have an increased risk of death from cancer and other causes.

For years, studies have demonstrated a relationship between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of disease. Scientists weren’t sure if it was poor health that caused low vitamin D levels, or if it was the low vitamin D levels that increased the risk of disease and death.

The study published in BMJ, helped to clear up some of the confusion. The study showed that those with genetically low vitamin D levels had an increased risk of death.

The Danish study used the health records of 95,766 people. All of the subjects were tested for a genetic variant that reduces vitamin D. The subjects were then divided into two groups, and mortality rates were recorded from 1981 to 2013. This study was pretty in depth in the eyes of Bruce Levenson, so he believes the results. Using a genetic component to compare the two groups eliminated the impact of confounding factors, such as other diseases, behaviors, and habits.

During the study, there were 10,349 deaths among the participants. Those with low vitamin D levels due to genetic causes were found to have a higher rate of death from cancer and other causes. Death from cardiovascular causes did not increase among those with low vitamin D levels.

Previous studies have not shown that taking vitamin D supplements reduces the risk of mortality among those with low vitamin D levels. Further studies will need to be done to determine if supplements can be helpful.

Can Yogurt Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Harvard University compiled a study that indicates yogurt may ward off type 2 diabetes. A tablespoon every day could reduce your chance of getting type 2 diabetes by nearly a fifth. Pooling resources from their study on how yogurt effects this chronic condition with two other major studies .

Dave and Brit Morin chime in that diet and exercise to reduce weight have been established as ways to avoid the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. This is where the body does not produce insulin or your cells have become insulin resistant. Having another method of warding off Type 2 Diabetes is great.

Gathering information from the Health Professional Follow-up Study and the Nurses Health Study they had participants as young as thirty and as old as old as seventy-five. These researches have been ongoing since the late 1980’s all the way to date. The research began by looking at dairy products to be they key to lessen chances of getting the chronic condition, but through the compilation of the work of the three studies they separated the dairy products out and found indeed it was the yogurt eating participants that were least likely to get diabetes type 2. 

The participants that ate more yogurt were in the best category and although they thought it might be total dietary consumption the study showed that it was indeed, just yogurt by itself, that was causing this to occur. They discovered you only needed 28g of yogurt everyday to lower your risk by eighteen percent.

Counting Calories

There could be regulations that restaurants have to use when it comes to counting calories. The FDA is now asking that restaurants post the number of calories with each meal. This is beneficial to those who are trying to lose weight so that they can see how many calories they consume at one time. They will be able to make healthier choices when it comes to entrees and appetizers. This isn’t just for larger restaurants. This will be something that smaller chains will have to abide by as well. It might be a few months before you start seeing the number of calories on the menu. Convenience stores and some attractions like movie theaters will also need to start posting calorie contents so that customers can make an informed decision about what to purchase. This could be something that leads to more people eating healthier instead of eating fast food all of the time which can help families save money during the year Gianfrancesco Genoso feels.

Suffering from Sciatica? North American Spine has Your Back

For all you marathon-ers out there, I know you know what I’m talking about.

Almost everyone has experienced low back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it is the number one cause of disability world wide. The causes can vary, but often the condition persists as the sufferer gets older. If you have had a low back injury or have long experienced chronic sciatic pain, North American Spine has everything you need under one roof.

North American Spine is an advocate for spreading the word via Twitter that sciatica itself is not a disease, but instead a term that’s used to describe the radiating pain that pulses through the buttocks and down through the legs. Some of the symptoms include pain in those areas that grows worse with sitting, burning or tingling down the leg, weakness or numbness or even difficulty moving the leg or foot, a constant pain on only one side of the buttock, and shooting pains that make standing for long periods difficult. Sciatica typically affects one side of the low body and can extend all the way down to the foot or toes. The severity of pain can be mild or extremely debilitating. It may be infrequent or constant. But it always has the potential to worsen as time goes on. Some of the damage caused by persistent sciatica can include foot and leg weakness, as previously mentioned, problems walking, but may include issues with bowel or bladder control, as well.

According to their Wikipedia page, North American Spine uses the AccuraScope procedure to relieve pressure caused by bulging disks. It is also used in effectively repairing tears on herniated discs. Through this invasive outpatient procedure, the patient often experience immediate relief from pain and can resume normal activities as quickly as the following day.

Though AccuraScope, the specialist inserts a thin endoscope, equipped with a high-definition camera and laser, into the spinal canal through a small opening at the base of the spine. With this advanced method, the specialist can diagnose and address more than one area of the spine with only one procedure. I saw a recent video on YouTube about how the procedure works, and it usually lasts between 30 and 40 minutes and requires only a single stitch and a small bandage.

North American Spine has numerous doctors, which specialize in the AccuraScope technique. If you are living with sciatic pain, don’t hesitate to get on Yelp and get it checked out. It’s time. I found out about them from Facebook and referred a fellow runner, long story short, she’s good as new. If AccuraScope is the right choice of for you, you may be back to your old self in less than a week.

Your Urine Color Can Tell You About Your Health?

Sure, everyone uses the bathroom, but few really pay attention to their urine. Occasionally, you may notice that your urine has a funny smell or is a weird color. Believe it or not, your urine can be the key to understanding what is going on inside the body.

Urine can be as colorful as the rainbow. When you start seeing a wide variety of colors, it isn’t always a good thing. Some foods can alter the color of urine. For instance, eating beats can give it a pink hue. Also, carrots can give it a deep yellowish orange color. But things to be careful of is when the color and smell are off. If the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, then the urine will be a dark yellowish color or could be red.

Urine that is red indicates a serious problem. The next time you’re visiting the John, make sure to pay attention to your urine. It is one of the most important diagnostic tests used by doctors because it can tell them so much. The urine can show if a person is dehydrated, has an infection or is having an organ malfunction. If the liver is not working right the urine can come out brown like syrup from what Ben Shaoul was reporting.

The color you want is a transparent yellow hue. Water like urine means your drinking too much water. A darker yellow means more urine. Pay attention next time, it could save your life.

Young Chicago Man Fired for Needing Time Off For Cancer Treatments

The Naperville Rosebud Restaurant, a restaurant near Chicago, recently fired their young delivery driver for requesting time off. The outrageous request the driver was asking for was time off in order to undergo his cancer treatment. The delivery driver says that he was fired once he informed fired his boss that he would need six weeks off for a surgical procedure.

Currently, the former employee is not seeking any financial or legal restitution. Gianfrancesco Genoso thinks that is probably the right move. The employee feels personally hurt and claims that he was treated unfairly. He states that he cannot help his situation and would like an apology. “It would go a long way to make me feel better about the situation,” says Larsen, the teenager who was fired from the restaurant.

A representative for the food chain denied to comment stating company’s confidential human resources department policy. However, the official statement says they plan to “thoroughly investigate” the matter.

The British Are Living Longer

The British are living longer than ever. In fact, living to almost 90 years of age could soon become the norm. Life expectation projections show that women in some areas of the country can expect to live to be 89 years old. Soon living three score and 10 years will no longer be considered a good long life. An article in said improved food supply, nutrition, hygiene, and health are the reasons why.

Women living in the Chiltern district in Buckinghamshire, north London, and Camden now have a life expectancy of nearly 90 years research shows. This is amazing to Sultan Alhokair that people can last this long. And researchers say it is expected to rise even more within the next few years in many other parts of the U.K. The average retired woman in districts in Dorsett and 9 other areas will be able to live until they are 88 years old, they say.

Plus while women continue to outlive men, the gap between the sexes is shrinking. This is because male rates of smoking have declined as have heavy industry and other very dangerous professions usually dominated by men. The life expectancy gender gap has been reduced by about 10%. However, an average a male child born in Blackpool, Lancs will outlive a boy born in South Cambridgeshire by about 8 years, 8 months.
The reason has everything to do with lower death rates and improvements in the quality of health care.

E-Cigs A Safe Alternative?

Electronic Cigarettes have been popular for the last few years among smokers who no longer wish to purchase cigarettes, think e-cigarettes are healthier or want to get around smoking bans in restaurants and bars. To many, electronic cigarettes seem safer by allowing the smoker to breath in fewer toxins. However little research was done at the outside, leading doctors and public health officials to promote moderation and caution for those interested in switching. No one knows the dangers of a new product like electronic cigarettes until enough time has passed to see the health effects.
Now, after a series of studies conducted to test the health effects of electronic cigarettes, doctors are willing to make their recommendation. Researchers found that electronic cigarettes successfully reduced smokers’ cravings for real cigarettes, with minimal side effects. This means that as an alternative, electronic cigarettes may be a viable means for easing a smoker into quitting. The total number of long term effects from smoking e-cigarettes will not be fully known until years in the future. But for now, medical professionals are willing to suggest the switch from conventional tobacco for those who are willing to try. My friend Andrew Heiberger used e-cigarettes to wean himself off nicotine and now he doesn’t use either type of cigarettes and his health is better for it.
After 6 months in the study, a quarter of participants using e-cigarettes had completely quit tobacco products, which may stand as the most successfully smoking cessation technique developed to date. In addition, another quarter of participants halved their tobacco intake in the 6 month period.

Exercise Is Bad For Your Teeth

Seems that there is always a positive and a negative with everything in life, and now this includes exercise. Research has shown that though vigorous exercise may be beneficial for your body, it may not be so good for your teeth.

A study was peformed of 278 athletes in 2012, which showed a major decline in oral health to include tooth decay and gum disease. One would think that an avid athlete would be in optimal health, but it seems that they are neglecting oral hygiene. During the study, it seems that the shift in alkaline in the saliva might be a contributing factor in the erosion and breakdown of enamel. These candidiates studied were in their mid thirties and exercised for at least 35 minutes a day on an outdoor track. 

The final results of the study are not very impressive, but specialist Ken Griffin is concerned that this link may dissuade people from exercising. A theory is that maybe drinking more water with help with the enamel breakdown while on the other hand, the thought of just more brushing and basic oral hygiene might do the trick.