Thursday, November 15, 2018

Getting A Good Night's Sleep Without Pills


Here are several things you can do to get a good night's sleep:

1. Spray a little jasmine in the room. Researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University found the jasmine sleepers reported less anxiety upon waking and performed better in a morning test of cognition function.

2. Artificial light from even an alarm clock can interfere with sleep. Turn bright lights towards the wall or cover them with a cloth. Also invest in room darkening shades.

3. Listen to relaxing music for 45 minutes in bed. This increased the quantity and quality of sleep by 35%.

4. Do your brisk walking in the morning. In a study of women 50 to 75 this improved their ability to fall asleep at night by 75%. Evening exercisers had trouble falling asleep.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sunlight Helps Nursing Home Residents Sleep

Julie Gammack, a geriatrician at St. Louis School of Medicine, conducted a small pilot study and found that exposing nursing home residents to morning sunlight helped them sleep better at night. All it took was an hour a day of sunlight to help residents fall asleep and stay asleep.

This research is right in line with what I've discovered and reported over the years about the impact that full spectrum tubes, bulbs and flood lights can have on our daily functioning. As I've mentioned in the Teplitz Email Report #33, the Summit Chapter School in Florida reported dramatic improvements in children who were learning disabled when they were under the full spectrum lighting.

Two other benefits of sunlight exposure: The first is that Vitamin D production increases and the loss of calcium is reduced in nursing home residents. The second is that 800IU of Vitamin D reduced falls in nursing home residents by 71 percent over five months.

So…..look up and make a decision to change your lighting. For more information go to www.teplitz.com/lights.htm  .

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Kids Aren't Walking & It's Hurting Their School Performance

A young child, before they go to school, seems to never slow down. In this state of activity, they learn languages, social skills, and mathematics. Once they hit school age, they spend more time sitting than moving. After school they're not moving either. They are playing video games, doing instant messaging, and surfing the internet. By the time they get to high school, around one third of the students aren't even getting the minimum of an hour a day in exercise.

Not exercising contributes to weight gain, as well as future susceptibility to diabetes and heart disease. New research from the University of Illinois reports that children who scored low on physical fitness ranked further down the scale on state achievement tests than did kids who scored high in fitness.

So…worried about your kids grades? Then, have them close the book and get their bodies moving.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Diabetes - Think Apple Cider Vinegar – Think Weight Loss, Too!

Dr. Julian Whittaker in his newsletter, “Healthy Directions”, reported on a study in which diabetics took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water and a non-caloric sweetener before a high-carbohydrate meal. The result was that they had reduced glucose and insulin responses. The vinegar worked just as well as diabetic drugs to cut the blood sugar surge. It was also very effective for pre-diabetics to use.

A study by the same researcher found that volunteers who had two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before two of their daily meals for four weeks lost an average of two pounds. Some lost up to four pounds. So...pass the apple cider vinegar, please.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hospitals Can Be Hazardous To Your Health


The AARP Bulletin reported on hospital caused illnesses. There are at least 2 million Americans who contract infections while they are in the hospital. Of these, about 90,000 die. Hospital infections are the 6th leading cause of death.

At this point five states require hospitals to publicly disclose their infection statistics. They are Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Unfortunately, we have more effective laws to make sure our cars are recalled when there is even a slight defect versus our being able to know about the number of unnecessary deaths occurring in our hospitals.

Some steps you can take if you are going into the hospital include making sure any staff coming into your hospital room to touch you, wash their hands. While this sounds simple many doctors, nurses and other staff members are not doing it. So…a staff member comes into a room, point them to the wash basin first.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Green Tea May Make You Skinny


In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Japanese researchers have found that drinking a bottle of green tea extract containing 690 mg of catechins every day for 12 weeks resulted in a definite weight loss. The subjects drinking the green tea lost three pounds of total body fat and seven inches of surface fat.

With all the other benefits of green tea that I've reported on in other Teplitz Email Reports, this is the one that will probably motivate you the most to drink green tea. Just keep in mind that the amount of 690 mg's of catechins was crucial in achieving the weight loss.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Do You Have To Go To A Hospital? Find Out How Good It Is.


There's now a website you can visit to in order to compare the quality of care for certain medical conditions at over 4,200 hospitals. The review was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and by organizations representing hospitals, doctors and consumers.

Even if your illness isn't covered, this will give you an indication of the hospital's effectiveness. This means you can now check out all your local hospitals so that if you or your family do need one, you can make the best choice. For the website go to https://www.hhs.gov/answers/health-care/how-can-i-find-out-if-my-hospital-offers-good-care/index.html

I compared a couple of the local hospitals here in Virginia Beach and found that while both were better than the national or state averages, one appears to be better for heart problems and the other for pneumonia care.