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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

How curcumin in turmeric could help treat drug resistant tuberculosis

Curcumin potential for new tuberculosis treatment Curcumin that is an active chemical compound in the spice turmeric may be effective for treating drug resistant tuberculosis that has become a public health concern. A new study that was carried out in lab cultures and not yet on humans found curcumin was able to remove the organism that causes tuberculosis - Mycobacterium. The compound in the Indian spice stimulated cells called macrophages that play an important part in immune function. What that means is that curcumin could potentially be used as a treatment for tuberculosis strains that cannot be eradicated with drugs. The study results are published in the journal Respirology . Curcumin has shown much potential for as a medicinal for cancer treatment, as an anti-inflammatory and much more. Researchers have been studying the compound in hopes of finding ways to develop targeted treatments for a variety of diseases. Dr. Xiyuan Bai said in a media relea

Sunbathers live longer study finds: The question is why?

A surprising study has found people who regularly sunbathe might live longer than people who avoid sunshine. The finding suggests fears about skin cancer and public warnings about avoiding UV rays may be causing more harm than good. Results from an analysis published in the Journal of Internal Medicine raises questions about the harmful effect of not getting enough vitamin D from sunshine and risk of developing other diseases. Sun avoidance might carry the same risk as smoking For this study, researchers followed 29, 518 Swedish women for twenty years. The women were compared to those who avoid the sun. The observational study showed sunbathing was associated with a lower chance of dying from heart disease or cancer. Dr. Pelle Lindqvist, lead author of the study says:. "Guidelines being too restrictive regarding sun exposure may do more harm than good for health." Smokers who get the most sun exposure had the same risk of dying as a non-smoker t