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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

Surgeon removes eight pound, foot long tumor from man’s liver

Large liver tumor example Man turned away by 3 surgeons Marcus Muhich had a tumor in his liver that weighed 8 pounds and was a foot long. He had been turned down by three surgeons who said his tumor was inoperable. The man was ultimately referred to a surgeon at Loyola University. It’s now been two years since Dr. Margo Shoup , chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center removed Mr. Muhich’s tumor. He is cancer free and calls Dr. Shoup a “miracle worker”. The tumor was so large it was pressing against the man’s vena cava – a major artery that supplies blood flow to the heart. Three surgeons at major academic hospitals told Muhich the tumor  couldn't  be removed. Because the cancerous liver tumor was pressing on the man’s vena cava, he was having an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation. The 8 pound tumor was felt by a cardiologist when Muhich sought care for his heart rhythm disturbance. Dr. Shoup was

Top College Health Issues

College students face a variety of potential health issues College can have a negative effect on health Many students find starting college has a negative effect on their health. Between socializing and keeping up with classes online they become too busy to eat right or sleep well. College students face new levels of stress about tests and project deadlines.  In addition, contagious illnesses spread much faster in the relatively close quarters of college campuses. Students should be aware of the biggest health issues they face, and follow the recommendations below to stay healthy.   Stress is a primary concern for college students Stress and anxiety are primary concerns as students become anxious over grades, adjusting to a new life on campus, and making new friends. They may become depressed and even have suicidal thoughts. College campuses' student health offices can advise on how to deal with specific issues, and help students find counseling if necessary. For

Marijuana use might double the chances of driving accidents

Marijuana use linked to crashes Marijuana use linked car accidents Research suggests if you use marijuana you may be at twice the risk of having a motor vehicle accident, compared to people who don’t use cannabis. Researchers  at Columbia University performed a meta-analysis of nine epidemiologic studies , finding people who tested positive for marijuana were twice as likely to have a car accident. The chances of a mishap while driving increased with frequency of marijuana use and concentration of the drug in the urine. The scientists say the finding is important because of findings from a  2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health  that showed over 10 million people age 12 or older  had driven under the influence of an illicit drug in the year prior to the survey . Guohua Li, MD, DrPh, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and senior author says the finding should be interpreted with caution, because the rese