Saturday, December 3, 2022

Is There A Supplement That Helps With Exercise?

 So, is there a supplement that helps with getting the benefits of exercise??? While the short answer is YES!... let me explain.

First of all, the supplement is glucosamine and chondroitin and let’s explore what it is doing and how beneficial it is. 

This research was conducted by researchers at West Virginia University and published in the Journal of the Board of Family Medicine. 

The researchers examined the health records of 16,686 people over the age of 40. They found that taking one supplement a day of the combination for a year actually reduced the participant’s risk of dying from heart disease by 65% and premature death from any illness by 39%.

The reason that this is compared with people who are regular exercisers is because the reductions in death and dying are around the same. 

This, however, doesn’t mean you should stop exercising and just take the supplement. Instead, why not plus the benefits by doing both exercise and taking the supplement. (The researchers didn’t look at that combination).

I personally take a supplement that has not only glucosamine and chondroitin in it, it also contains MSM and Hyaluronic Acid as well. It’s manufactured by Solgar. Since I’m vegetarian, it’s also shellfish free!


Saturday, November 19, 2022

Music Helps People With Dementia & Alzheimer's

I’ve actually written previously about how music helps people with dementia & Alzheimer’s. I wanted to write about this new study to reinforce the impact music has on people who have these diseases.

With dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the area of the brain involved with music memory and processing are not affected until much later in the manifestation of the diseases. This means people can retain the ability to sing and even dance long after their ability to talk has diminished.

In this study by Northwestern Medicine researchers, they video recorded conversing and interacting with patients in a Memory Care facility for 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after they watched a concert where the songs that were popular in their youth were performed and sang.

The patients were also given tambourines and shakers that they could use to accompany the musicians. The performance was 45 minutes long.

The researchers compared the before and after videos and they found that after the concert the patients were more socially engaged. They had more eye contact, were less distracted, less agitated, and even had an elevated mood.

The control group that just kept receiving their daily care and programs did not show these kinds of changes.

The researchers did the concerts twelve times over three months.

Interestingly, the patient’s family and friends that were at the concerts were also affected positively by the music.

What still needs to be researched is how long does this positive change last.

S0…Beach Boys anyone, if you’re from that generation!
(Reported Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders)

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Was on the road all week

I was on the road all week speaking to groups, so I decided to skip doing the
full Teplitz Blurb for this week.

However, I did have a reader who wrote me upset about the Blurb I wrote
on the Real Life Impact on a Woman Denied an Abortion He thought what
I wrote was wrong. I had printed the full article which was from Discover
magazine, which I view as a highly reputable source. He didn't think so and
referred me to this website - Doctor Confirms Abortion is Not Safer Than
Childbirth - LifeNews.com. 

I took a look at the article and the site and didn't agree with him. I did say
I would publish this, which I am doing, so that you can go take a look and
decide for yourself which you feel is more reliable (if you want to). Just paste the
entire title n your browser.

PS: The feedback from the groups I spoke to this week was extremely positive!!!
I'll be back next week with another blurb.

PPS: Sorry about the strange spacing.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

How to Use CBD Products -What to Get and How Much to Take

Before I start his weeks blurb, here’s what Ann Adams had to say about my Teplitz Blurbs – 

“I love to get your weekly reports. I had the good fortune to listen to you at a Century 21 meeting a few years ago in Myrtle Beach. It was earth shaking!!!!”

Thanks, Ann. It’s always fun for me to get positive feedback about what I do especially when it’s years after a program!

So, now for this week’s CBD Blurb:

CBD products are gaining more and more validity as a way to ease pain, anxiety and inflammation.

But there are questions about what to get and how much to use. I know I’ve had those kinds of questions and I had to rely on the employee in the store and hope that they really knew what they were talking about.

This information I’m going to share with you is from an expert on CBD, Dustin Sulak, DO. He’s been using CBD as a medicine in his practice sine 2009. He now specializes in medical cannabis and is the author of Handbook for Cannabis for Clinicians: Principles and Practice.

So, let’s answer some questions that you may have by using his expertise.

First, he recommends using a broad or full-spectrum product because it has the full range of constituents in hemp, and they work synergistically. He says they outperform isolated CBDs. 

Second, use isolates when you can’t have THC showing up in your system as for example if you need to submit to drug tests.

Third, look for a product that has a third-party certificate of analysis and use organically grown products.

Forth, look for a product that tells you how much CBD is in each drop, pill, etc. and not just the whole bottle.

Fifth, take your dose with a meal as the CBD is absorbed up to five times better with food (because of this one, I’m changing when I take my CBD capsule).

Sixth, if you’re taking drops, place them under your tongue or between your cheek and gums and hold it there for one to two minutes.

Seven, to use it for sleep, increase your bedtime dose from two to four times what you typically take during the day.

Eight, if you’re taking other medications, ask your doctor to use a drug interaction checker to see if CBD is negatively interacting with the drug(s) you’re taking (you can also Google drug interaction checker and check for yourself).

HOW TO FIND THE BEST DOSE

Here’s what Dr. Sulak recommends. With a gummy or pill, start with a 5 mg dose, once or twice a day. You can increase your dose every 2 days by 5 mg until you start to feel beneficial effects. At that point, stop increasing the dose and stay at the same dose for a week. 

He’s also found that after starting to feel the beneficial effects over time the benefits will increase. 

After a week, you can continue increasing by 5 mg every other day until you’re not seeing any additional benefits.

If you start to notice the positive effects wear off too early in the day, add another dose or two to get to the ideal level.

Dr. Sulak finds that the optimum amount for most people is 5 to 20 mg per day. However, if you’re still not getting the results you want, he recommends adding CBDA to what you’re taking.

So, now you can walk into a CBD store and know what you’re doing!!(Reported Bottom Line Health, November 2022)

 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Living Longer and Staying Healthier- Another Piece to the Puzzle

Before I get into today’s blurb, I wanted to share the feedback I received from Ann Adams on the impact of my live program. 

Ann heard me speak at a Century Conference a number of years ago and this is what she recently emailed me: “I had the good fortune to listen to you at a Century 21 meeting a few years ago in Myrtle Beach. It was earth shaking!!!!”  (She put in all the exclamation points, I didn’t).

If you know of a group or organization that uses speakers virtually or live, please let me know and I’ll be glad to contact them. Thanks! (This is me adding an exclamation point!).

So, now for today’s blurb.

If you attended one of my live programs where I demonstrated the muscle checking concept, you probably heard me talking about the research on Positive vs. Negative thinking.

Well, there’s a new piece to the puzzle and that’s how your spiritual and religious beliefs can keep you healthy and living longer, too!

This was from a study by Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital which was published this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What the researchers did is review around 600 studies to discover what they called the profound impact that spiritual beliefs have on our health and well-being.

The researchers found that people with religious and spiritual beliefs lived longer and were less likely to suffer from depression and become suicidal.

They even found if someone does become ill that the spiritual/religious belief person would have a less severe illness and they would recover quicker when compared to a person with no religious beliefs.

This improvement can be found for people whether they are active within an organized religion or following a more personal spiritual path.

So…whether you go to Church, Temple or Mosque or follow your own path, you’re helping yourself live longer!


Saturday, October 22, 2022

The Real-Life Impact on a Woman Denied an Abortion

I don’t usually write about topics that are a major controversy. I’ve decided to write about a study done with women who were denied having an abortion because of the real-life consequences for them that the researchers discovered.

I also usually summarize the research that I talk about in my weekly blurb. For this one I ask you to indulge me as I’m printing the entire article as I think it’s important information for you to know.

It was published by Discover Magazine in its September issue and it was written By Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi. 

This study was done a number of years ago way before Roe was overturned by the Supreme Court.

So... here it is.

This was the headline

Denying Abortions Can Negatively Impact a Woman's Future Well-Being

Research shows the negative impacts on women who were denied an abortion, including their mental and physical well-being.

Diana Green Foster of University of California, San Francisco, led a group of scholars to see what happened to patients who were denied abortions. For five years, they followed women who were denied an abortion and found their mental health, employment opportunities and well-being were worse than women who could end an unwanted pregnancy.

What Happens When Clinics Deny Abortions

Foster and her research team recruited 956 women between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2010. They recruited women from 30 abortion facilities in 21 states. The researchers interviewed the women within a week of seeking the abortion and then twice a year for the next five years.

State restrictions require clinics to turn away women who are past a certain gestational limit, such as 12 weeks. The research team intentionally picked abortion clinics that had the latest gestational limit within 150 miles. If a woman missed the gestational deadline, she had no other options in her area.

Women reported missing the gestational deadline for a variety of reasons. Some didn’t realize they were pregnant. Others had to call multiple clinics to find an appointment and then secure funds to pay for travel and procedure costs.

The research team categorized the study participants into three groups to compare their experiences. In the first group, the “turnaways,” were denied abortions because they were past the gestational limit. There were two segments among this group. One segment carried their unwanted pregnancies to term and the other secured an abortion elsewhere or miscarried and did not give birth.

The next two groups could have an abortion. The near-limit comparison abortion group were within two weeks of the gestational deadline and the first trimester abortion comparison group were not near the limit. The study noted that about 90 percent of abortions in the U.S. take place during the first trimester and only 1 percent takes place after 20 weeks.

Participants had to speak either English or Spanish to take part in the study, and the average age was 24.9. Researchers excluded women who sought an abortion due to medical needs or issues with known fetal development. Half of the women lived in poverty. 

Of the participants, 37 percent were white (non-Hispanic), 29 percent were Black (non-Hispanic), 21 percent were Hispanic and 3 percent were Asian. All wanted to end their pregnancies.

Mental and Physical Well-being

Among the women who received abortions, the study found no evidence that having an abortion was harmful to their mental or physical well-being. In the long-term, the women who had abortions reported better employment opportunities and financial stability than those who were denied access. Their mental health was better, and in the years after the abortion, they reported less depression and anxiety than women who were turned away.

Researchers found a difference in mental well-being in just the first interview, which occurred within a week of a woman seeking an abortion. When women could access abortion care, they were more optimistic about their futures than the turnaway group. This included both those who carried the pregnancy to term and those who either had an abortion elsewhere or miscarried.

One week after seeking the abortion, the control group was six times more likely to have goals set for themselves, such as becoming financially stable or finishing school. In follow-up studies, they were twice as likely to achieve such goals, compared to the women who were turned away and carried the pregnancy to term.

Almost all the women in the turnaway group who carried the unwanted pregnancy to term did not have a history with alcohol or drug abuse. Of these women, 80 percent reported they did not have a history with anxiety or depression. In the week following the denial, women who were turned away, but eventually did not give birth, reported anxiety symptoms at twice the rate of those who received an abortion.

Over time, anxiety symptoms and cases decreased for all groups but remained highest among women who carried the unwanted pregnancy to term.

Opportunities in Life

Researchers also found the women who clinics denied had more financial and physical issues during the five-year interview period.

In the follow-up interviews, women who carried the unwanted pregnancy to term were more likely to live in poverty, not work full-time and rely more on public assistance than the women in the control group. 

They were also more likely to remain in a domestic violence situation than those who secured an abortion. The researchers partly attributed this with the financial burden that comes with having an unplanned baby.

Turnaways who gave birth also had greater problems with their physical health than others in the study. Two of the women died from complications related to childbirth. In the long-term, turnaways reported chronic head and joint pain, as well as hypertension. They were more likely to report having poorer health than the other groups.

The authors concluded that denying an abortion can have a negative effect on the women’s physical and mental health, both of which can curtail opportunities in life.


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Tylenol Type Products Can Be Dangerous To Infants, Babies And Fetuses

 An ingredient in Tylenol and other products for relieving and reducing fever is called acetaminophen. 

It has been approved for use by infants and children. This application is now being called into question.

While acetaminophen taken in excess can cause liver damage in adults, it hasn’t been clear what the damage is that may occur to children, infants and fetuses. It turns out scientists have been looking in the wrong place. It’s not the stomach and liver that are affected. In children, infants and fetuses, it’s seems to be the brain that is impacted. 

A summary of the recent research in the Townsend Letter by Jule Kotter pointed to the impact on the brain and neurodevelopment. As an example, one study found that children with autism were far more likely to have received acetaminophen after the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination than healthy control children.

In fetuses, they looked at 14 studies involving pregnant women and found that acetaminophen negatively affected the fetus neurodevelopment by causing developmental delays, adhd and autism.

In studies with young pups the researchers found that even a couple of doses of acetaminophen eliminated the pup’s ability to run a maze and produced asocial behavior later in life. In human adults, it temporarily blunts social trust and awareness, the ability to identify errors and emotionally respond to external stimuli.

One of the researchers said that if this drug were introduced today, the drug would not meet current safety standards due to adverse, long term neurological effects in laboratory animals. The researchers said that it would have never made it out of phase 1 testing.

Ibuprofen doesn’t seem to be associated with autism. So, remember your mother teaching you to be careful what you put in your mouth, she was right!

(Reported Townsend Letter, October 2022)