Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kiana Kim Appears on Howard Stern!

Our current favorite Korean model Kiana Kim appeared with her boyfriend Pete Rose this morning on Howard Stern's radio show. She said that her Playboy issue is coming out soon. So that's some really good news for her fans!

Here's some more good news: we found a Kiana Kim video! Check it out:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Breast Cancer Fight: Healthy Lifestyle Changes Next Step

A third of all breast cancers cases could be avoided if women in Western countries ate less food and did more exercise, according to health experts. Better treatments, less hormone replacement therapy, and mammogram screenings have helped to slow down breast cancer significantly but women need to focus more on changing their habits in terms of diet and physical activity.

According to University of Miami researcher Carlo La Vecchia:
"What can be achieved with screening has been achieved. We can't do much more... It's time to move onto other things."
So the bottom line is that if you're concerned about developing breast cancer you should keep your weight down, eat less junk foods and other processed foods, drink less alcohol, and do more exercise and other physical activity on a regular basis!

Learn some mo': One-Third of Breast Cancer Avoidable

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kirstie Alley Launch Organic Liaison Weight Loss Co.

Actress Kirstie Alley is launching her own celebrity weight loss company called Organic Liaison. According to her it's focus is to help the average overweight American lose weight quickly and healthily... and then keep it off over the long term. Alley is a former spokesperson for Jenny Craig and knows a thing or two about the "yo yo dieting" process. Here weight has fluctuated up and down dramatically over the past decade or so.

According to Alley, she's already lost about 20 pounds in just 8 weeks using one of the new Organic Liaison products, which is called "Rescue Me". She says:

"Im not a doctor or a nutritionist – I’m a regular person like you who has been struggling with her weight and searching and praying for a weight loss program to end that forever... I can promise you our certified weight loss elixir, Rescue Me, takes on excess hunger and cravings. It will support your body and flood your body with the missing elements that make weight loss an uphill battle.”

Alley is also debuting in a new weight loss reality show series called "Kirstie Alley's Big Life", her second weight loss-related show in the past 5 years.

Learn some mo': Kirstie Alley Launches Organic Weight Loss Program

US Congress Passes Historic Health Care Bill

The United States has taken a major step toward providing near-universal medical coverage for all its citizens. On Sunday the US Congress voted 219-212 to send a bill to President Obama's desk that would expand coverage to millions of Americans, prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to people with "pre-existing" conditions, and (theoretically at least) reduce deficits over the next few decades.

The bill, once signed into law, could completely transform the country and cause huge changes in the Amercian insurance and health care industries. According to President Obama:

"This is what change looks like... We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people."

Learn some mo': House sends health care bill to Obama's desk

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Plus-Size Models Don't Sell Well

Using "plus-size" models in your advertisements is unlikely to work on their intended audiences: usually overweight women (but also men at times). Researchers at Arizona State University found that using overweight models actually lowers womens' self-esteem, makes them feel bad about their own bodies, and lowers the odds that they'll purchase the product!

According to ASU researcher Naomi Mandel:
"We believe it is unlikely that many brands will gain market share by using heavy models in their ads... We found that overweight consumers demonstrated lower self-esteem -- and therefore probably less enthusiasm about buying products. Also, normal-weight consumers experienced lower self-esteem after exposure to moderately heavy models, such as those in Dove soap's 'Real Women' campaign, than after exposure to moderately thin models."
Learn some mo': Using Fatties in Marketing Campaigns Unlikely to Work, ASU Study Finds

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vitamin D is Crucial for Healthy Immune Function

Vitamin D is absolutely crucial to activating your body's natural immune defenses, according to new research from Copenhagen. Without enough of this vital nutrient your "killer" T cells can't react to and fight off infections in the body.

Researchers say that dormant immune cells use vitamin D to "wake themselves up" and turn into powerful killers cells that seek out and destroy all traces of dangerous pathogens. If a person has too little vitamin in their blood the immune response may be too week to deal with the infection.

This is just more proof that it's extremely important to make sure that you're getting enough vitamin D, either through diet, sun exposure, or by taking supplements on a regular basis!

Learn some mo': Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Papaya Extract Is Natural Cancer Fighter

Papaya leaf extract may be a powerful natural cancer fighter, according to new research. Researchers say that the leaf, a long-time "folk medicine" cure, appears to work on a wide range of cancers, fighting tumors throughout the body (including in the liver, lungs, pancreas, breast, and cervix).

The extract is made from dried papaya leaves and some of the strongest effects cam from larger doses of papaya leaf tea. Papaya leaf appears to boost the production of a powerful immune system-regulating "signaling" molecule in the body, called Th1-type cytokines. Experts believe that the extract could be used as a therapeutic treatment that allows that immune system to kill cancer cells itself.

The best part is that papaya extract does not appear to have any toxic effects on normal, healthy cells. This gives it a big benefit over most cancer treatments, which involve lots of very negative and dangerous side effects!

Learn some mo': Papaya extract thwarts growth of cancer cells in lab tests

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Women: Drinking Might Help You Avoid Weight Gain!

Light to moderate drinking may help women avoid gaining weight, according to new scientific research. In a new US study, women of "normal" weight who drank 5 to 30 grams of alcohol per day gained significantly less weight and had less risk of becoming overweight or obese than women who didn't drink or drank more than 40 grams of alcohol per day. Even taking into account several other variables such as total caloric intake, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors it appears that there is a strong relationship between moderate drinking and a decreased risk of becoming overweight or obese.

So it looks like if you're a women and you're worried about gaining pounds, you might want to consider having a drink or two every evening. Quality red wine is probably your best bet since it may provide other health benefits.

Learn some mo': A Drink A Day May Keep the Pounds Away

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Bad Gut Bacteria Makes You Fat

Have a problem with too much body fat? Can't lose pounds, no matter how much you exercise? New research has shown that one of the biggest causes of weight gain might be high levels of "bad" bacteria in your intestines. It seems that the kind of guy bacteria (or "microbiota") you have may determine how your body processes food and calories. One theory is that too much bad bacteria leads to higher levels of inflammation, which is associated with metabolic syndrome (which causes weight gain, high cholesterol levels, and increased diabetes risk.. among other things).

According to researcher Andrew Gewirtz:
"We don't think the bacteria are directly making the mice eat more, but the bacteria are causing low-grade inflammation, which causes insulin resistance and then makes the mice eat more."
So it looks like now there's yet another reason to eat foods with lots of good bacteria and/or take a probiotic supplement!

Learn some mo': A Hidden Trigger of Obesity: Intestinal Bugs

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Google Will Go "Real-Time" With Web Publishers

Google is about to introduce a new system that allows web publishers to instantly submit brand-new content for indexing in their search engine... as soon as the content is created (aka in "real-time"). The PubSubHubbub real-time syndication protocol (PuSH) will allow Google to index fresh content extremely quickly and provide the most up-to-date information possible to users.

The company announced yesterday at the Search Marketing Expo that they plan to provide publishers a standard way to "push" their newly created content into Google's search results, instead of having to wait for Google to crawl web links and "pull" new content into the index. We think that this new technology will revolutionize the "search" worlds, especially if other engines like Yahoo, MSN, and Ask adopt the new protocol standards!

Learn some mo': Google Index to Go Real Time

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Interval Exercise = Faster, Better Fitness Benefits

Interval training -- based around short bursts of high-intensity exercise -- is much more effective than "normal" exercise for most people, according to lots of new research. It can give you more fitness benefits, including fat loss and improved cardiovascular conditioning, in much less time. And the best news is that recent studies show that interval training even works for older people and those with health problems, making it likely that health officials all over the world will change their exercise recommendations in the near future.

According to Norwegian fitness expert Jan Helgerud:
"High-intensity interval training is twice as effective as normal exercise... This is like finding a new pill that works twice as well ... we should immediately throw out the old way of exercising."
Increasing scientific and real-world evidence shows that high-intensity interval training is a smarter way to exercise than traditional "steady state" exercise. That's mainly because it improves overall fitness levels -- including strength and endurance -- as well as providing the same primary benefits of more "old school" exercise styles (such as weight control and improved heart health).

Experts also say that interval training can help you significantly reduce the amount of time you spend working out. Many people are much more willing to workout regularly if they know they only need to spend 15 to 30 minutes exercising. Unlike normal exercise, interval training sessions often continue to provide health and fitness benefits for many hours after a workout is completed -- including a faster metabolism, and more efficient weight loss!

Learn some mo': Interval training can cut exercise hours sharply