Diet Pill Dont’s

Recent news reports are warning about dangerous diet pills being sold over the Internet. They contain a substance, Dinitrophenyl (DNP) that is toxic to humans. A person who recently died after taking this pill had four times the lethal dose of the substance in her body. The lethal dose is 20-50 mg per kilogram of body weight, DNP is a substance used in pesticides and explosives. The seller of the pills did not reveal this information. Another death is reported, more info here.

It is imperative to know who you are ordering medications from, when getting them online or anywhere else for that matter. Read the labels for all ingredients before taking any medication warns Adam Sender (more advice at

Another person who took the diet pills with DNP said that she initially got a burst of energy, but later, her body temperature rose tremendously. She said she felt like she was “on fire.”

DNP was used as a diet pill from 1933 to 1938, at which time it was discontinued due to harm to human health, primarily causing cataracts. It is highly recommended that humans avoid consuming DNP at any level.

Can Exercise Magically Alter Our DNA?

Although the thought of our DNA changing through exercise sounds like an advanced magic act preformed within the body, it can be explained scientifically. A new study sheds some light on just how exercise translates into a more physically healthy body. Let’s just say the human genome knows how to preform one heck of a believable magic trick!

So what’s really happening here? Scientist have known for a long time that genes within the body are constantly changing, turning off and on, all dependent on what biochemical signals they receive. We now know, thanks to new research, that exercise changes the shape and functioning of our genes. We now have a better idea of how the genes respond to physical activity.

The study published recently in Epigenetics (changes occurring outside of the gene which changes their operation) proves that exercise creates new patterns of methylation. Methylation makes the gene more or less likely to respond to biochemical signals from the body by attaching clusters of atoms to the outside of the gene.

In the study, 23 men and women were recruited to exercise one leg by pedaling for 45 minutes, four times a week for three months. Each participant then had a muscle biopsy taken from both legs. The exercised leg showed the methylation changes, while the unexercised leg did not. These changes happened in the part of the genome called “enhancers” that can amplify the gene’s expression of proteins. These genes affect our muscle health.

So, while it’s easy to see the process of exercise altering your Dour as pure magic, there is scientific research that gives us a better understanding. Someone who is a strong believer in exercise is Susan McGalla. She explains more here in her article.

Icy Sidewalks Causing Issues For Several Montrealers

While the sidewalks turned into skating rinks, sending several pedestrians in emergency departments of hospitals, the City Administration of Montreal expanded operations to provide easy path way to citizens, though having limited success, due to severe weather conditions.  My dear friend Gianfrancesco Genoso thinks so highly of this hospital and the staff.

On the territory of the 19 districts, 90 plows were mobilized to continue sanding operations in the coming days, especially as other cold nights, with mercury oscillating around -20 ° C, are planned by the end of the week.

Montreal hospitals have had to deal with an increase in the number of pedestrians injured after a nasty fall on slippery sidewalks.

Already struggling with an upsurge in cases of flu, Montreal hospitals have had to deal with an increase in the number of pedestrians injured after a nasty fall on slippery sidewalks. At the Montreal General Hospital, director of the Trauma Program, Dr. Tarek Razek, counted forty cases of significant injury related to falls on sidewalks, from Sunday to Monday.

Concussion, fractured ribs and broken hips are part of major injuries listed. Fracture of a rib can have devastating effects for the elderly, reducing lung capacity of patients and causing pneumonia, said Razek. According to him, these injuries can be prevented: “Young people take too many risks and the elderly, who are also taking, do not realize the danger.” Raze

Advocates for Nutrition: Dr. Daniel Amen

Sure, we eat well to stay fit… but do you ever think of the other benefits of eating well? Dr. Daniel Amen does. He teaches patients how to eat well in order to improve the health of their brains and, in turn, their overall health. But who exactly is Dr. Daniel Amen?
Daniel Gregory Amen was born in 1954 in Encino, California. He attended Vanguard University of Southern California, and Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He also trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Tripler Army Medical Center. 

Amen is occupied as a psychiatrist, psychiatric researcher, medical researcher, author, lecturer, and a professor. Amen founded six Amen Clinics that treat patients with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other disorders. Amen serves as CEO and medical director at these clinics. The clinic uses single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), to help with the diagnosis of sub-disorders associated with the disorders treated at the clinic. The classification of these sub-disorders can be attributed to Amen. 

Another title held by Amen is post-concussion consultant for the National Football League (NFL). Amen’s advance studies on brain injuries and their affects on professional athletes help to qualify him for this position. 

Amen’s academic achievements include and undergraduate degree in biology from Southern California College in 1978, and a doctorate from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in 1982. His formal training includes psychiatric training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and child and adolescent psychiatry training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. As well Amen carried out 200 hours of training at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine Education and received his radioactive materials license for it. After that Amen fulfilled his 1,000 hours requirement for clinical supervision in reading scans. Among other accolades Amen is double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Child Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Amen is an accomplished writer who published his first book “Change Your Brain, Change Your life”, in 1999. The book reached the New York Times best-seller list after selling tens of thousands of copies in the first year; and Amen produced a television show about his theories in the book for PBS. In another book “Making a Good Brain Great”, Amen analysis of the brain is used to provided recommendations to improve the brain and enhance a the overall happiness of patients. He is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post.

Criticism May Lead to Weight Gain


A new study reveals that women do tend to gain more weight when their loved ones are more critical, which in turn, affects their health.

Professor Christine Logel suggests that “when we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn to loved ones–families, friends and romantic partners–for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think.”

The study involved women who found that if they received a larger number of acceptance messages about their weight resulted in better weight management and maintenance. Some participants even experienced weight loss.

University age women were the prime objects in the study. The women were said to be at the high end of the BMI recommendations for Canada and some experienced weight gain and some did not. The study ultimately revealed that the women in the study were able to either maintain or even lose weight when they received positive acceptance messages from their loved ones. When they heard that their loved ones accepted them as they are they were able to accept themselves and feel better about their bodies. You can read more information about this article here:

There has been a lot of research that my friend Fersen Lambranho has read that suggests social support truly improves our health and when we feel accepted for who we are, we tend to live healthier lifestyles. Pressure from loved ones has not been proven to be helpful towards the women who participated in the study and actually led some of the women who were not primarily concerned with their weight to gain some additional weight.

Why Having Fat Can Cause Heart Problems

Fat gut is one of the leading causes for bad cardiac health. A recent study has shown that having gut fat increases one’s risk of having a cardiac attack. It is no secret that having a lot of fat can be detrimental to one’s cardiac health. The question is why. For starters, having fat lowers the body’s ability to circulate blood in the body, which weakens the muscles and arteries of the body. Less blood and blood flow means a weaker heart because it is unable to support itself. 

Fat is something that be eliminated by eating right and exercises and by going on a low fat diet like my dog’s Beneful diet. It accumulates by bad habits such as lack of exercise and bad food. Changing one’s lifestyle habits can make a tremendous impact on the fat in one’s body. It can help one live longer, bc healthier, and look more young. Cardiac health is a huge problem in the U.S. which is most likely correlated to the present obesity problem. Eating heart-healthy foods and engaging in heart-pumping activities like cardio helps to boost the health of the heart and the longevity of oneself. Making a proper regime is easier than ever.

Fat is also known as adipose tissue which is stored most commonly in the belly causing that gut fat. It does not help the organs that exist there function any better, most likely actually hurting them. Treating your heart right is the best thing you can do when you are young.

Men With Higher Testosterone Prefer More Hot Sauce

According to Time Magazine, a study was performed on 114 men ages 18 to 44, that revealed the higher the testosterone levels, the more capsaicin, or pepper, they preferred on their food. The University of Grenoble-Alps in France performed the study, which required the men to eat mashed potatoes with Tabasco hot sauce per their preference. Testosterone levels were checked through saliva tests before and after the testing.

Dr. Daniel Amen says the studies were performed, in part, due to the curry contests that men partake in curry houses in the UK. Male customers try to show their manliness by consuming large amounts of curry, according to the Daily Mail. Testosterone levels have been linked to whether a male is more alpha or dominant, compared to the quieter type of male. It has been proven that the higher levels of testosterone are consistent with the more daring activities, aggression, and extrovert behaviors in men.

The levels of testosterone also affected how the participant perceived the heat of the pepper. This study and others have shown that capsaicin interacts with brain hormones, including those associated with happiness. This same study showed an increase in testosterone in young rats consuming hot sauce prior to puberty which begs the question if that same effect takes place in humans. More studies will be done to prove or disprove that theory. 

Cutting Calories Can Keep you Younger, New Study Says

A new study has found out that, reducing the intake of calories can help people reduce aging and prevent chronic ailments in mammals.

The beneficial effects of calorie reduction in laboratory animals have been known in the last 80 years. However, it is in the last decade that scientists have tried to examine this fact in humans.

NYU Langone Medical Center carried out the new study. The neuroscientists examined female mice and came up with a conclusion that taking diet with less calories affects hundreds of genes linked to memory formation and aging. The study further revealed that a 30 percent cut on foods rich in calories can stop the expression of those genes.

The study’s senior investigator, Prof. Stephen D. Ginsberg said that this study is different from other studies because the investigators analyzed the impacts of diets in more than 10,000 genes. The professor also pointed that calorie restriction is not the main cause of staying young but he did add evidence to show diet plays a major role in aging. These findings confirm what Rod Rohrich teaches patients about diet, beauty, and health.

The investigators then remove tissues from the rodents’ hippocampal region, an area which is mostly affected by Alzheimer’s tissue and memory loss. The scientists found out that the restricted calorie intake reduced the effects of aging on 882 genes in the hippocampal region.

Lowering Carbohydrates: Is It Good For Health?

Diets and different ways of eating to gain the best overall health is an important part of maintaining your fitness level. In fact, it is not only a vital part of life that can be very beneficial, it has become a multimillion dollar industry. Of the diets that abound around the globe, “is a lower carbohydrate diet a great way to stay healthy?”

Whether you’ve checked them out on your FreedomPop smartphone or not, you can easily Google thousands if not millions of diets to help people lose weight and gain a higher fitness level. However, if a person seeks to keep their results after they have reach their ideal weight, they have an abundant of options that may cause confusion.

The diet & fitness industry does promote several diet types, including low carb diets. It is important to remember that, one size does not fit all concerning your health choices. There are many types of low carbohydrate diets. Finding the one that is best for you can accelerate your health goals.

The health benefits that derive from adhering the right low carbohydrate diet can yield great results. This type of diet can help control different health complications also.

These complications can range from diabetes, weight gain and high blood pressure. Yet, it is imperative to remember that you can get a custom low carbohydrate diet made especially for you by a dietician or nutritionist in your area.