The Best and Worst Health and Fitness News This Week

Time for our week in Health and Fitness News. This week’s edition: seven ways to beat sugar cravings this holiday season, dark chocolate holiday button cookies, an apple a day as good as a statin a day, are multivitamins a waste of money, and more!

Health and Fitness News Via The Blog World

Are we getting less in touch with the world around us? This woman might think so after she Seven Ways To Beat Sugar Cravings This Holiday Season. And via us: Six Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain and Is Holiday Weight Gain A Myth?

Paleo Recipe Of The Week via Primal Bliss Nutrition: Dark Chocolate Orange Holiday Button Cookies

The Best Health and Fitness News This Week

1. An Apple A Day As Good As A Statin A Day
I’ve grown to hate Statins and I would never take a Statin to reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event. A study from the BMJ found that when comparing the reduction in mortality from taking a Statin every day (with at least 70% compliance) versus eating an apple every day the apple had an equivalent effect on lowering LDL cholesterol. Why take a Statin with so many side effects when diet and exercise can have equal if not better results?

2. Older Women Spend Ten Hours A Day Sedentary

An interesting study found that older women (with an average age of 71) spent 9.7 hours of their day sedentary. It’s interesting because a lack of movement when older can increase the risk of adverse health outcomes. The thing was this study that the women only wore their accelerometers while they were awake which was an average of 14 hours per day. So factor in the sleeping periods and the time spent sedentary is close to 20 hours a day.

3. This Doctor Finally Gets It…

After having performed over five thousand open heart surgeries a “world renowned” heart surgeon speaks out and says that the problem is not cholesterol it’s inflammation from our low fat high carbohydrate diets.

4. Chickens Contain Superbug Bacteria

The negative effects of feeding our livestock antibiotic laden food are starting to emerge as we are now finding out that it does more harm than good – who would’ve thought? We’re now shifting to a time in healthcare where we will have antibiotics that are useless and it all started with the overuse of antibiotics.

The Worst Health and Fitness News This Week

1. Multivitamins Are A Waste Of Money

This is according to an editorial out of the Annals of Internal Medicine – and I tend to agree with them, somewhat. You have to be careful about what supplements you buy and you have to realize that a good percentage of the supplement you’re taking will not be absorbed. “People would be better off spending money on healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, low-fat dairy, and getting exercise.” And again, I tend to agree. Too many people look for a nutritional quick fix yet don’t do all the other things that they should be doing. Fred Flintstone isn’t going to fix that. On the other hand, what is the real motivation behind this study? Can we trust the same sort of MD’s that are pushing us to increase Statin use and expand the vaccination of the flu shot? What about athletes? What about things aside from the overall health such as enzyme activity and metabolism in the body?

This is a rebuttal to this story.

2. In other news….doctors performed a c-section on a woman who wasn’t pregnant.

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