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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

Excess weight before pregnancy linked to childhood asthma

Image credit: Morguefile If you are planning pregnancy, there are two things that are important for your child’s respiratory health: not being overweight before you conceive and avoidance of tobacco smoke. New findings show excess weight before pregnancy quadruples the chances of wheezing and asthma in children beyond the first year of life. Researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL ) explain wheezing – a symptom of asthma - is more frequent in offspring of women who are overweight before conceiving, in findings published in the journal   ' Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology '. Compared to mothers of normal weight, risk of wheezing was four times higher for children born to overweight women. For the study, researchers looked at data from 1107 women and their children from a Spanish study on infancy and environment known as the INMA project, confirming the finding that too much weight before pregnancy – regardless of mom’

FDA to decide fate of calcitonin salmon for treating osteoporosis

Credit: Wikimedia Commons The FDA warns in a March 1, 2013 press release there may be a cancer risk  from products containing calcitonin, made from a hormone contained in salmon. The fate of marketing the drugs for treating osteoporosis  will be determined. Osteoporosis, or brittle bones, raises a person’s risk of fracture and disability. Women and men can develop the disease and after menopause women are at higher risk from declining estrogen levels. Miacalcin injection, marketed by Novartis and Unigene Laboratories Inc’s nasal spray are products containing calcitonin in the U.S. Calcitonin can also be purchased generically. European regulatory committees have already recommended against use of the drug for osteoporosis treatment. The exception to its use is short-term for severe cases of bone loss from Paget’s disease, bone demineralization that can come from prolonged immobility and for high levels of calcium that can be cause by certain types of cancer. The review was