Obesity Reduces Effectiveness of Vaccinations

People are very familiar with the fact that obesity leads to health risks and problems but a new study points out the correlation between obesity and vaccination effectiveness. Additionally, the study found that obese individuals who do contract the influenzas they are vaccinated against would risk getting the influenza at a much greater severity. The…

Parasitic Worms May Not Be All That Bad

Ingesting parasitic worms isn’t anybody’s idea of dinner. New evidence suggests that these parasitic worms cause the body’s immune system to react, which in turn helps heal damaged tissue and reduce inflammation. Surprising results have been shown in people with damaged lung tissue, stemming from Pneumonia.   http://www.livescience.com/17923-parasitic-worms-wound-healing.html

Pizza is a Vegetable

Pizza is officially a vegetable – at least according to congress. There was an article about 106 year old Canadian who only at pizza (and French fries) and talked about how that was her secret to longevity. Congress must have bought into the story. Pizza is very nutritious, and most would say delicious (ranking in…

Positive Thinking

We have always been told to see the glass as half full instead of half empty. This may have an impact on both the young and old. The impact starts as young as 5 years old and continues well into old age. Positive thinking has been associated with lower levels body inflammation and therefore lower…

Purple Tomatoes?

A new breed of tomato called Indigo Rose is debuting this year. Instead of bright red, this tomato is a dark purple in color. Why should the consumer care about a new color? Well the purple comes from antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are the same antioxidants that cause blueberries to be “blue”. This means that by eating…

Rising Levels of CO2 in the Air May Make You Fat

According to a recent study, rising levels of CO2 may make you fat.  “Increased carbon dioxide, or CO2, levels in the air make our blood more acidic (reducing pH levels). When this happens, brain cells called orexin neurons, which regulate appetite and are sensitive to blood acidity, increase their activity and cause us to eat more.”…