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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

Early surgical menopause tied to memory and thinking problems

Credit: Morguefile Women who experience early surgical menopause are found in a new study to suffer memory loss and difficulty thinking.  The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) raises questions about whether hormone therapy might help, according to Riley Bove, MD with Harvard Medical School in a press release. For the study,  researchers looked at memory skill tests among 1, 837 women who were part of the Rush Memory and Aging Project at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Women were ages 53 to 100. The results showed early surgical menopause was linked to memory decline. The earlier surgery was performed, the faster women lost their long-term memory and overall thinking abilities. The findings were the same even after taking into account age, smoking history and education level.  Natural menopause failed to show the same results.  The study authors say more research is needed. Women who underwent surgery that leads

Can food really kill cancer?

Credit: Morguefile One MD suggests food can indeed kill cancer. According to author Dr. Raymond Francis , medicines in our kitchen cabinet can shrink cancer tumors, but food remedies are ignored by the medical community. Dr. Francis doesn't say food should be a primary approach to killing cancer cells and tumors, but he does say chemotherapy isn't the “only effective way to treat cancer”. Francis is the author of “Never Fear Cancer Again (Health Communications, Inc.) .” In his book he covers natural alternatives to treat cancer that he claims can make us healthier and keep us away from bad choices. “We can often help ourselves with substances we already have in our home,” says Francis in a press release. He adds, “Natural alternatives don’t get the attention they deserve because there is little profit in them for the major drug companies.” Francis cites recent finding published in the journal “Nature” that showed chemotherapy destroys healthy cells and makes