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June, 2010:

Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension in US Population

In results from recent NAHANES studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was noted that over one-third of the population over age 20 has a chronic health problem. Some are diagnosed while others remain un-diagnosed. Obesity, Hypertension and Diabetes, high Cholesterol were found to be increasing.  These diseases are life threatening  and are associated with cardiovascular disease.  A high percentage are preventable using diet, exercise and wise supplementation.  Prevention is something we can all practice.

The key findings were listed as:

*  Forty-five percent of adults had at least one of three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions—hypertension, hypercholesterolemia(high Cholesterol), or diabetes; one in eight adults (13%) had two of these conditions; and 3% of adults had all three chronic conditions.
* Nearly one in seven U.S. adults (15%) had one or more of these conditions undiagnosed.
* Non-Hispanic black persons were more likely than non-Hispanic white and Mexican-American persons to have at least one of the three conditions (diagnosed or undiagnosed).
* Non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white persons were more likely than Mexican-American persons to have both diagnosed or undiagnosed hypertension and hyper-cholesterolemia. Non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American persons were more likely than non-Hispanic white persons to have both diagnosed or undiagnosed hypertension and diabetes.

The study found race and ethnicity disparities in adult obesity.  “Among women in 2007–2008, non-Hispanic black women (49.6%) were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women (33.0%). Similarly, Mexican-American women (45.1%) were more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women (33.0%). Similar disparities existed in 1988–1994 (22.9% of non-Hispanic white women, 38.3% of non-Hispanic black women, and 35.3% of Mexican-American women were obese).”

Similar disparities were found among men as well with “non-Hispanic black men showing an increase in obesity at 37.3%, while Mexican American men had an increase to 35.9%  and non-Hispanic white men had an increase to 31.9% of the population.”  Use the links to both studies to find out more.  Remember to keep up the diet, exercise and good supplementation to be healthier!  Stay Well, Elise

Summer Preparations

Just how ready for Summer are you?  Summer is the time for extreme weather including tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunder storms with thunder, lightning, hail and straight-line winds.  Summer is also a time for trips to the pool, beaches, local lakes and rivers, mountains, desert hikes, camping, climbing, sailing, fishing and so much more.  Summer is filled with activity.  It is our active time of the year.

But are you really ready for all this activity?  Have you gotten our homes ready for the coming storms?  Have you prepared our emergency kits in case of storm damage or power outages?  Getting homes and emergency kits ready for the possibility of storms and power outages is top of the list.  Have a supply of food, water, medicines, first aid supplies, pet food, water for all for 4 days or more, blankets, clean clothing, flashlights, candles, matches or lighters, batteries,radio, tools and more.  Having all you might need after a bad storm has displaced your family is necessary for survival.  Think ahead and prepare.  Takes a little time and planning on your part, but should a disaster strike, you and your family will be ready for the future.

Now that your emergency kit is packed, how ready are you for the sun and water fun?  Sunny day activities take a toll on your muscles and skin.  Remember to stay hydrated during those summer play activities.  Drink plenty of water before, during as well as after exercise in the summer heat.  And use sunscreen to avoid sunburns.  Apply often.  Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.  Loose clothing of natural materials will keep you cooler.  Choose foods that keep your energy up with protein, avoiding caffeine when possible.   Have Fun! Elise

Know what you are Eating

Pesticides and herbicides are used on non-organic fruits and vegetables to help the crop  have more product per acre.  However these same chemicals are not so good for the people who eat them.  The more we know about the effects of these commonly used pesticides and herbicides on people, them more I don’t want to eat them!  And you might want to do the same if you are concerned about the health of yourself and your family.


Dr. Andrew Weil has a partnership with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health.  Dr. Weil has complied a list of fruits and vegetables that should be organic when purchased.


The List tested fruits and vegetables that had been washed as a family would normally wash produce.  These fruits and vegetables all have high levels of pesticides and herbicides and should be only purchased if organically farmed.  Included in his list of “dirty foods” are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries(domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, collard greens/kale, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported).   To learn more about these “dirty” fruits and vegetables, check out Dr. Weil’s articles.

Always wash your fruits and vegetables before preparation and eating!  Buy local and organi whenever possible.  Keeping yourself and your family healthy takes a little more planning, but is easier than being sick!  Stay Well, Elise!

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