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Fish for the Mind and Heart

There are many reasons to add fish to your dining pleasure. Beyond omega-3s, seafood is also full of protein, vitamin B12, potassium, selenium, and, in some seafood varieties, iron and vitamin D. Just like with fruits and vegetables, different types of fish and shellfish are bursting with different nutrients. The best way to get all of the nutritional benefits of seafood is to mix it up and try a little bit of everything.

How much
According to an upcoming report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), “consumption of fish provides energy, protein, and a range of other important nutrients, including the long-chain n-3 [omega-3] poly unsaturated fatty acids.” These international agencies are urging governments around the world to do a better job of encouraging people to eat fish.

How much fish you should eat also  depends on how much you weigh because it determines how the body processes the contaminants. To adjust the meal size for a lighter or heavier weight - subtract or add 1 ounce of fish for every 20 pounds of body weight.  Its important to adjust frequency of fish meals to give your body time to handle the contaminants in between fish meals. For a visual idea, 3 oz fish = checkbook.

For the Heart
Women of childbearing age can reduce their risk of heart problems by regularly eating fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids, said a Danish. The study is the first to examine younger women, age 15-49, and determine whether fish in their diet has a real impact on their current likelihood of heart problems, instead of their longevity. For instance, "those who rarely or never ate fish had 50 percent more cardiovascular problems over eight years than those who ate fish regularly," the research said.

Women who rarely or never ate fish faced a 90 percent higher risk of heart problems than those who ate fish weekly. When researchers looked at hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease in three different assessments over a 30 week period, they found it was three times higher among women who did not eat fish. The findings, published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, are based on a Danish study of 49,000 women with a median age of 30 that spanned eight years.

For the Brain
Fish also can help grey matter. In a study of 260 healthy elderly participants, researchers led by Dr. Cyrus Raji, a resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s department of medicine, found that those regularly eating baked or broiled fish — but not fried — lowered their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

People who ate fish at least once a week — most of whom consumed fish one to four times a week — were significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment over the five years following their brain scans, compared with those who didn’t eat fish.

The fact that fish-eaters may experience brain benefits from seafood does make sense, however — other studies have suggested that the omega-3 fatty acids found in some fish such as salmon can lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.


What counts as a cup

Accessing Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Decisions about your health care are important—including decisions about whether or not to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These fact sheets can help you think about the issues to consider and questions to ask.

Issues to Consider

About Dietary and Herbal Supplements

AYUVIA - path to Integrative Wellness

Integrative healthcare goes above and beyond the core of conventional medicine and focuses on the person as a whole. Looking at all aspects of healing and living is what aligns mind and body wellness to positive outcomes.

AyuVia paves a path to a long and healthy life by incorporating all aspects of health and wellness into easily embraceable solutions.

Eat Well: Balancing the macro and micro nutrients to ensure nourishment is a majority contributor to a health life. At AyuVia we determine the “DOs” and “DONTs” of nutrition and nutraceuticals based on every individuals concerns and preference.

Be Well: Ensuring thirty minutes of activity, five days a week is also key to health and fitness. Adopting customized routines of healing Yoga or Tai Chi can combine exercise with valuable ways of preventing and managing chronic conditions.

Feel Well: Reducing pain, stress and anxiety from daily life is also critical to holistic wellness. Exploring options with manipulative therapies like acupuncture, acupressure and reflexology could help in leading a pain free healthy life for those struggling with chronic pain related conditions

Stay well: When encountered with symptoms from long term chronic conditions often conventional solutions leaves gaps in the healing process. Ayuvia gives you the option of exploring options in Naturopathy to strengthen immunity and overall strength of your body to prevent, and cope with illness.

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Vaccination to avoid Termination

Dayton Children’s is making flu shots mandatory for all employees and volunteers. According to a press release, beginning September 6, employees and volunteers will be responsible for making sure they receive either the flu shot or flu mist by October 31.

While the flu vaccine was always encouraged for employees and volunteers at Dayton Children’s, this is the first year that it will be mandatory.

We would like to hear from you – would you take a flu shot to keep your job? Is Vaccination worth it to prevent Termination?


What is the SECRET to a Middle of the Day Vacation?

REST: ease up, unwind, recharge, put your feet up, take a load off, just chill.
Because when you don't rest, you wear out, wear down and start running on empty. Then you're not much good for yourself or anyone else. Try to nudge your schedule in a more restful direction, refusing to add new tasks to your own bucket, taking more breaks or simply helping your own mind be less busy with chatter, complaints about yourself and others or inner struggles.
Easier said than done, right? Incorporate these 7 small steps in your daily life to rest and rejuvinate your day.
1. Upon first waking, bring to mind your fundamental purpose in life, whatever it is, and rest in the felt knowing of it, in giving yourself over to it, like resting in the warm cradling current of a great river.
2. At meals, pause for half a minute with your food before you start eating.
3. Be aware of that little space between the end of an inhalation and the beginning of an exhalation (or vice versa). From time to time each day, notice that space and rest into it.
4. When you complete a task, take a break for a few seconds or more before shifting gears to the next one.
5. Promise yourself that you'll take a minute or more each day to sit quietly and remain present with yourself while doing nothing (this is an essential type of meditation).
6. Have real times each day when you truly "clock out" -- no longer on task or accountable to anyone.
7. Encourage your mind to come to rest at least occasionally. Tell yourself you can worry/problem solve/grumble later. The mind/brain is like a muscle, and it needs to stop working sometimes to replenish and rebuild itself.
When you rest, sink into its pleasures, its rewards, and sense them sinking into you, like a warm rain falling on thirsty ground.
When you get more rested, you have more energy, mental clarity, resilience for the hard things, patience and wholehearted caring for others.
by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and author of the bestselling "Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom"
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Is Happiness a Habit you can develop and teach your children??

What if happiness was a habit that we could teach children? We can. Qualities that lead away from happiness (strong negative emotions) and qualities that lead toward happiness (ethical actions) are all rooted in habits developed in the past.
Habits are easy to make, hard to break and everybody has them. Some habits are physical (cracking knuckles and twirling hair), some are verbal (using certain words or phrases) and some are psychological (worrying, daydreaming, judging and over-analyzing). By repeating a habit we reinforce the brain circuits associated with it and make the habit stronger.
There is a well-established, evidence-based curriculum that uses mindfulness to develop life-skills that make people happy. It rest on three universal qualities attention, balance and compassion. Mindfulness is a refined process of attention that allows children to see the world through a lens of attention, balance and compassion. When children learn to look at the world with attention, balance and compassion they soon learn to be in the world with attention, balance and compassion.
Making compassion a habit: To make compassion a habit all kids need to do is promise that everything they do will be kind and compassionate and keep that promise. Mindfulness is the mental quality by which children and teens remember to check-in with themselves throughout the day and make sure they are on track. Mindfulness helps kids remember their intention to be kind and compassionate and notice if they're acting and speaking in accordance with it.
Making concentration a habit: Concentrating on one thing and nothing else is a crucial skill in school. To develop concentration, and make it a habit, students use mindfulness to periodically check-in and make sure they are still paying attention to their chosen object.
Making balance a habit: The strong and stable faculty of attention that children and teens develop practicing concentration becomes more refined when they use it to see what's happening in, to and around them clearly even when what's happening is emotionally upsetting or charged. Mindfulness in developing emotional balance goes deeper by developing discernment a powerful quality of wisdom through which children and teens notice, among other things, patterns and habits of action and speech.
Hope motivates change: Parents want to be happy and they want their children to be happy. When they learn that mindfulness training is -- an evidenced based curriculum; with a long, reliable track record; universal in its approach; and taught in a secular way -- they feel hopeful again. Hope motivates change and explains the growing, grassroots social-action movement for mindful education.

Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child and former corporate attorney, developed the Inner Kids program for children, teens and their families and teaches worldwide.
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Will a vitamin a day keep cancer away?

Do you faithfully take your vitamins everyday? Can popping vitamin pills prevent cancer?
The simple answer is NO, based on what we know so far. In fact, some vitamin supplements have even shown harm.

Beta Carotene: After the studies came out, researchers determined that in the lungs of smokers, the high doses of beta-carotene might have acted like a pro-oxidant (causing DNA damage) instead of an anti-oxidant. In two other studies of mostly non-smoking men and women, beta carotene didn't have an effect on cancer risk either way.

Selenium:  A trial of selenium and skin cancer found no protection for skin cancer, but it did suggest a lower risk of prostate cancer, which led to another large trial. This second study, called SELECT, gave either selenium, vitamin E, both or placebo, to some 35,000 healthy men. It found no effect either way of selenium or vitamin E on prostate cancer.

Folate:  Although folate is associated with a lower risk of developing colorectal (colon) cancer, a recent trial showed that in people who have had  polyps removed, high doses of folic acid slightly increased the number and size of new polyps.  What this suggests is that if the cancer process has already started, high dose supplements might feed the process.

 At least 50% of US adults take a vitamin supplement. The United States Preventive Task Force reviewed the evidence and concluded hat taking multivitamins (in adults) will not reduce the risk of cancer or other chronic diseases. Multivitamins contain several of the nutrients discussed above, though usually in lower doses than the trials.  

Vitamin D:  Although some observational studies provide some support for a role of vitamin D in colon cancer prevention, doses of 400 IU/day did not lower colon or breast cancer risk in a RCT. A new large trial testing vitamin D at higher doses (and fish oil) is underway, so results won't be out for several years. Vitamin D is hotly debated, and experts are understandably guarded about recommending any supplements to lower cancer risk until the evidence is solid.

Calcium:  I've saved the best news for last. A large trial from the US showed that, in people who have had colorectal (colon) polyps removed, taking calcium lowers the risk that polyps will grow back by 15%. There is one hitch, though: men who consume or take high doses of calcium (say, >1,500 mg) may be at slightly higher risk of developing prostate cancer, according to some observational studies. For women, this is obviously not a problem. Until we know more, men may want to keep calcium intake between 800 mg and less than 1,500 mg. Supplements usually contain 500 mg, and a cup of milk contains 300 mg.

The important things to know:
1) Supplements are not the same as food. No supplement can fully replace a healthy diet.

2) More is not always better. Make sure to tell your health care provider about any supplements you are taking.

3) Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. That's right - no oversight. Given the fact that we know toxicities and overdoses can occur, and that some trials have shown harm from supplements, it's wise not to go overboard on supplements.

There may be other good reasons to take supplements, but at least for now, prevention of cancer is not one of them.

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Parents' Top 9 Questions for Back to School: Are you ready?

As the summer winds down, getting your kids ready for school can be a major endeavor.

Are you worried about flu? Stress? Colds? School health expert answers your questions about keeping children healthy.

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