Is technology affecting our health?

Research carried out in California has found that children whose mothers lived near cables or pylons when pregnant or even used microwaves and hairdryers are more predisposed  to have asthma.  

Elecro-magnetic radiation is considered by many health experts to be damaging to our immune systems and to be responsible for many of today’s epidemics such as allergies. However, technology companies and ‘experts’ very quickly quash such findings.  Scientists at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, claimed that the incidence of asthma was three times greater when mothers had been exposed to excessive electromagnetic fields.

Will we ever know the truth about the effects on our health of mobiles phones and wireless technology? Or will it be as some people predict that in the future they will be regarded as smoking is now – a big health hazard? 

Schools could be pushed to ban mobile phones and wi-fi networks because of the alleged damage to children’s developing brains. The Council of Europe is following up on recent research and is also concerned about portable phones and baby monitors in the home.   With one third of the world using mobile (cell) phones it’s hard to go anywhere now that is away from the electro-radiation that is around us all the time.  It has also been claimed that it causes permanent damage to DNA in our body cells.

It is a fact that it’s hard to get away from an electronic environment now wherever you go because there are always phone masts and wi fi systems, even in remote areas.  So even if you decided to make a stand yourself it would make little difference.

Feeling exhausted?

Natural health advocates believe that at best electro-radiation saps our energy, leading to tiredness, lethargy and depression.   People with chronic fatigue syndrome are well advised not to sleep in rooms with mobile phones or wireless networks.  The best we can do as individuals is to switch everything off at night, and not have the mobile by the bed as an alarm (a popular habit among young people). 

The other similarities to the tobacco industry are that any studies carried out by the mobile phone or computer industry seem to claim that there is no harm whatsoever. Once again the consumer is left wondering, and as this technology is not only an integral part of our lives, but also very profitable for the companies involved, it’s unlikely it’s going to disappear any time soon.

Fertility and hayfever claims

Further research claims that laptops may also affect male fertility by damaging the sperm and fragmenting DNA.  The first study into laptops claims that men who rest them on their laps – rather than on a desk – are much more likely to be affected, according to researchers from Nascentis, a reproductive medical centre in Cordoba, Argentina. Wi-fi radiation affects sperm motility, or movement, and damages the DNA.
There is a new theory that the increase in hayfever may be due to high levels of electromagnetic radiation. The premise is that all the technology we have around us is emitting such high levels of electromagnetic waves that we are more prone to allergies such as hayfever.  This is supposedly because of the numerous vibrations in the atmosphere bombarding our skin, which senses them as alien invaders, thus telling the brain to produce a reaction.
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Matthew Silverstone is a serial entrepreneur. His career came to a halt due to the illness of his son, for whom he became a full time carer. It was watching the lack of medical help from the established sectors of science that led him to start questioning everything that he had been told about science and health. His son has since made a full recovery.

Stay healthy and beautiful

It’s much easier to look lovely in your 20s when your skin is soft and smooth and you haven’t become weathered by time. So how can you maintain a shapely and toned body and good skin as you get older?

Live Long and Healthily

Living a long life may not always be a good thing – many people spend their final years in pain or virtually immobile.   Many people over 50 are on medication that they will take for the rest of their lives, which often leads to side-effects. Then the doctor may prescribe more medication to cope with side-effects, and so it goes on.

Instead of treating symptoms as they turn up a proactive approach to your health involves taking the right supplements, eating healthily and exercising to prevent major problems.

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Eating and drinking healthily:

• Drinking eight glasses of spring or filtered water a day flushes out toxins and lubricates all the organs of the body.
• Try to have three regular meals a day with plenty of (organic) fruit and vegetables.
• Cut down on sugar, salt, and refined foods (such as white bread).
• Drink less tea and coffee and try herbal teas instead.
• Try to stick to government guidelines on drinking alcohol – for a woman this is 14 units (glasses of wine) a week.
• Take a good multivitamin/mineral that is appropriate to your age.
• Don’t smoke as it ages your voice, makes your skin go yellow and can kill you.

 

Exercise mind and body: 

Remaining active is one of the best indicators for a healthy old age – both mentally and physically.

• Just walking for 20 minutes a day five times a week helps to prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression and obesity.
• Keep mentally active by reading, doing crosswords, socialising, or taking up  a hobby.
• Take the herbal remedy Ginkgo regularly as it ensures a healthy blood flow to the brain.
• Pilates and yoga are great exercises for keeping the body toned and you can do them throughout life into old age.

Avoid toxic chemicals

• Many cosmetics and household cleansers contain harmful toxins – choose natural ingredients that help to keep you healthy.  You can find household cleaning products in the supermarket without phtalates which damage the environment and other harsh chemicals that aren’t good for your skin. Watch this space for more details on chemical-free cosmetics.

Having a positive approach to life and not storing up grievances helps people to be happier and healthier in old age.

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Top health tips

Eat porridge and wholegrains for long life. More research into eating plenty of fibre has found that eating fibre-rich foods like porridge mean that you are less likely to die prematurely.  The study of nearly 400,000 people in the US found that whole grains like oatmeal, wild and brown rice, fruit and vegetables had best results.  Read Sowing  Wild Oats.

Learn a second language to keep your brain active. Apparently speaking more than one language increases brain power and delays Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the York University in Toronto found that a second language was more effective than doing crosswords or Sudoko.  

Cut down on red meat: on the one hand it’s good for you as a great source of iron and zinc, but too much can be cancer causing scientists have declared. The Government is going to issue warnings about this, but it’s only for excessive amounts – 70g or three bacon rashers will be the recommended maximum level per day. Eating organic avoids traces of routine medication in animals.

Lavender oil for athlete’s foot: persistent athlete’s foot can become resistant to creams, but researchers at the Coimbra University in Portugal found that the antifungal properties of lavender work well against the fungus that causes nail infections, ringworm and athlete’s foot. Read more in Aromatherapy oils have so many uses.

Drink a moderate amount of red wine but the key is ‘moderate’. At a time when the number of people with liver disease has doubled, it is only red wine that offers protection to the heart when drunk in moderation – up to two glasses a day.

Limit high energy drinks which are packed with caffeine. I was shocked when I gave a talk to some schoolgirls about how to cope with exams. Quite a few of them took caffeine tablets to keep them going, at a time when they should be limiting caffeine. There is a tendency for teenagers to over-consume these drinks and recent research at the University of Miami found that high-caffeine drinks could cause strokes or seizures in children, especially if they have diabetes or behaviour disorders.

Take zinc for a cold as Indian scientists found that it could make it last for less time. Zinc has numerous other health benefits such as: fighting infection, normal growth in children, healthy hair, skin and nails, and for men healthy sperm and prostate gland.  Conversely, not enough zinc can lead to skin rashes, hair falling out, lethargy, sleep disturbance, infections, night blindness, loss of smell and taste, and more.   Read Vitamins and Minerals Chart.

Screened out?

PCs, laptops, iPads, mobile phones, games consoles, and TV – many of us are spending our lives flicking from one screen to another, using social networking sites, sending emails, watching TV, working, texting friends, and even reading books.

A survey by Childwise* found that on average 90 per cent of children use the Internet for two hours a day, five days a week usually in their own room – on laptops, games consoles or mobile phones.  They go on social networking sites even though two million of them are below the permitted age of 13, and parents have little control over what they are looking at.

As for TV, 63 per cent have a television in their bedroom and in total they spend four and a half hours on TV or computer screens every day (as reported by the Daily Mail). By comparison they only do an average of two hours’ sporting activities every week.  So why is this a problem?

There may be plenty of social problems but as for health problems, it’s obvious that we don’t know all the answers yet as the younger generation are breaking new ground. 

Health issues from screen gazing:

Eyesight problems (see Strategies for saving eyesight at the computer) – whether or not there is scientific evidence many people reckon that their eyesight deteriorated after they started spending more time in front of a computer.

Back pain  There’s no doubt that our bodies weren’t designed for sitting at computers all day, especially slouching over them. It’s bad enough sitting at a desk, but when you’ve got a laptop and you sit on the floor or the bed as many young people do, you are likely to build up back and neck problems.  See Back Pain.

Electro-magnetic radiation  Most natural therapists believe that the amount of electro-magnetic fields that surround us are sapping our energy and building up future problems for our health.  How many people go to bed with the mobile phone by them as their alarm clock? How many electronic devices are still on standby or switched on as we sleep? See Sleeping Soundly.
Obesity   It goes without saying that if kids are spending more time in front of a screen than exercising they are likely to put on weight. Schools encourage the use of computers with homework often being done through the Internet, and to provide key skills for the workplace.
Mental health Getting out and about and playing team games, and breathing in fresh air has to be better than spending lots of time in your bedroom on the computer. Addiction to computer games and social networking sites can become serious, with less and less time spent interacting with real people.

For further information: Childwise, www.childwise.co.uk

Six tips to staying fit during winter

By Toby Giles, Personal Trainer & Fitness Expert
 
1. Water, water and more water! Even in winter it is essential to drink lots of water. Aim to drink 1.5 – 2 litres a day – this helps maintain a healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.

2. Avoid craving fatty foods. Always prepare your lunch and snacks the day before (or the morning before) work as you are more than likely to buy less healthier, more fattier foods when you are hungry or in a rush at lunch time. Cold weather make us more likely to crave unhealthy, stodgy foods – planning ahead will reduce your risk of caving in!

3. Add in exercise to your day. Changing your daily regime ever so slightly will have a positive impact and help you on your way healthier lifestyle. If you live within 20 – 30 mins walking distance of work, try to walk as often as you can. If you have to catch the bus/tube get off two stops early and walk the rest of the way, and if you have to drive always park in the furthest parking space or car park within walking distance away from work. This extra activity will make a noticeable difference.

4. Exercise with a friend. If you are finding it hard to motivate yourself to get off the sofa, ask a friend involved and exercise together. This not only makes it fun, but if you both make a note of your targets before you start you can have a little friendly competition to see who hits their targets first. This will also guarantee that you stick with your exercise plan through the fitness ‘honeymoon’ period of January and hopefully stay with it for the rest of your life.

5. Fire up your metabolism. Contrary to popular belief, a fast or slow metabolism is not a gift or curse you are given at birth. It is easy to blame your metabolism for weight gain, but in reality, we are not the victims of our metabolism, rather we are the creators of our metabolism. While vast calorie restricted diets literally destroy your metabolism, a properly designed exercise and nutrition plan can dramatically fire up your metabolism and make you burn more calories all day, every day.

6. Eat little and often. Remember all food/calories eaten in excess that your body does not burn WILL BE stored as fat. Eat little and often (every 2-3 hours) to keep your metabolism burning all day long.

Contact Toby Giles at: www.tobygilespersonaltraining.com