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Reducing Cholesterol Levels Naturally
By James Occhiogrosso, July 2009

Publicity about the danger of high cholesterol levels and the constant bombardment of pharmaceutical commercials in the media, lead many to worry unreasonably about their cholesterol levels.

Men are waking up to the enormous benefits of natural health and nutrition
NaturalNews.Com, Published: Jan 4 2008, by Mike Adams

It's time for men to pay as much attention to natural health as women. Currently, women dominate the readership of natural health newsletters and magazines, and they're typically the one member of the household more clued in to nutrition for both adults and children. Men typically lack in-depth knowledge on nutritional issues and are often the ones defending unhealthful diets based on processed meats, homogenized dairy and refined grains. But here's why this trend is changing...

Men who take beta carotene supplements for 15 years or longer may have less cognitive decline
Men's Health News, Published: Tuesday, 13-Nov-2007

Men who take beta carotene supplements for 15 years or longer may have less cognitive decline, according to a report in the November 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Lower Genetic Risk for Prostate Cancer
Medscape Medical News, June 21, 2007, by Roxanne Nelson

In men with a genetic predisposition to prostate cancer, the consumption of a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk for disease. Results of an experimental study, published online June 21 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, show that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acid reduced prostate tumor growth and increased survival, while omega-6 fatty acids had the opposite effects.

Diets With High Omega-6:Omega-3 Ratios Enhance Risk for Depression, Inflammatory Disease
Medscape Medical News – April 26, 2007

Lead author Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD, from Ohio State University in Columbus, told Medscape: "The major finding here is that yes, [diet] matters, and it probably matters more in people who have high levels of depressive symptoms." She added that this study provides evidence that diet seems to be very important in the way that people respond to depression and stress, and that "diet is not just a sideline player."

The group writes that in addition, the fatty acid composition of the Western diet changed "dramatically" after 1913, when refined vegetable oil, a major source of omega-6 fatty acids, entered the diet (in the form of margarine, etc), and there was also a decrease in the consumption of foods high in omega-3 fatty acid such as fish, wild game, nuts, seeds, and green, leafy vegetables. Whereas the early hunter-gatherers had a dietary omega-6:omega-3 ratio of 2:1 to 3:1, this ratio is now 15:1 to 17:1 in North America today.

 Poor Nutritional Habits: A Modifiable Predecessor of Chronic Illness?
Medscape Medical News – May 01, 2007

People at high risk for developing chronic illnesses later in life reported poorer diets in comparison with people who are already ill. This probably represents increased nutritional awareness and motivation among people with chronic diseases. Because primary care patients have a high prevalence of chronic disease risk factors, the primary care office setting may constitute a particularly appropriate location for nutrition education.

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 Nutrition & Prostate Cancer.
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center,Natalie Ledesma, MS, RD

Good nutrition may reduce the incidence of prostate cancer and help reduce the risk of prostate cancer progression. There are many studies currently being conducted to help further understand how diet and prostate cancer are related. We do know, however, that improved nutrition reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, and usually improves overall quality of life. It is estimated that one-third of cancer deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to diet in adulthood, including diet’s effect on obesity [2]. Additionally, a healthy diet helps to increase energy levels, facilitate recovery, and enhance the immune system.

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