Thursday Thirteen 11th Edition

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This weeks TT is a collection of things I found interesting and it made me wonder if other people knew this stuff and if they didn’t, would they want to know it.

1. Did you know that regular teeth cleaning can save your life?  Diabetes and heart disease are linked to gum and oral bone disease according to the New England Journal of Medicine.  When you neglect to brush or floss, bacteria accumulates and then can make it’s way into the blood stream and possibly clog arteries.  Inflammatory periodontal diseases may increase insulin the same way obesity increases insulin so make sure you brush and floss daily and visit your dentist twice a year!

2. Did you know that cocoa can help reduce blood pressure?  According to research publlished in the Archives of Internal Medicine, participants who consumed cocoa products for at least 2 weeks had a drop in blood pressure that was in the same range achieved by someone taking commonly prescribed medications to control hypertension.  Cocoa contains polyphenols, a class of chemicals know to help prevent cardiovascular disease so grab you some dark chocolate – it’s good for you, I know it makes me feel better!

3. Did you know that Boswellia helps to relieve chronic pain?  Taking Boswellia daily along with other nutrients and herbs such as hops fruit extract, tumeric, white willow bark, feverfew, cat’s claw bark, bromelain and ginger root is an effective way to hep you find rellief from chronic pain or muscle soreness.

4. Did you know that warm watermelon has more nutrional value than cold watermelon?  According to the US Department of Agriculture, it’s best to eat watermelon at room temperature.  When it’s between 71 and 91 degrees it continues to develop lycopene which is an antioxidant that has been linked with a lower risk of  heart disease and cancer, but when it’s chilled it starts to lose its nutrients.

5. Did you know that cherries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries work to fight inflammation?  They interfere with enzymens that contribute to inflammation the same way that aspirin and ibuprofen work and there are studies that report berries are even more effective than aspirin – up to 10 times better!

6. Did you know that flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid and lignans which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and also help women cope with the symptoms of menopause – especially hot flashes?  A study at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina found that flaxseed actually slowed tumor growth in men with prostate cancer.  They found that the cancer cells in the flaxseed group grew 30-40 slower than the group that did not take flaxseed.  They recommend ground flaxseed versus the oil stating it has a lot of vitamins and fiber, has a great nutty taste and can be added to oatmeal, fruit, yogurt or other foods to add flavor and texture.

7. Did you know that walking can help reduce memory loss?  A study was conducted at the University of Illinois on 60 sedentary adults age 60-80 that were put on a walking or stretching-toning plan for 6 months.  At then end of the 6 month period, the brains of those on the program looked 2-3 years younger on MRI scans.  Certain areas of our brains shrink as we age causing slower thinking and some memory loss, but 3 hours of brisk walking a week might stop and even reverse this process, not to mention all the other added benefits of getting more exercise.

8. Did you know that maca root, also known as peruvian ginseng is a vegetable root, like a radish which is related to the potato and mexican wild yam?  Today, maca root is used to help increase energy, vitality, stamina, enduance, mental clarity and it’s also an aphrodisiac!  In fact one study in the journal Urology, male rodents that were given maca root showed increased mating events – a whopping 67 times in 3 hours versus 13 times in 3 hours for the rodents that weren’t fed maca root!  Step aside Viagra!  Maca root adapts to your body’s metabolism so it naturally increases your energy and vitality and since it’s a food it’s safe!  (thanks to Dr. Reginald Cherry’s Pathway to Healing newsletter for #’s 1-8)

9. Did you know that mangosteen is not made from a mango but it has lots of health benefits?  Mangosteen is an exotic fruit found mostly in Southeast Asia and other tropical regions.  It’s about the size of a tangerine and although it’s rind is bitter, the fruit inside is blissfully delicious.  Some health benefits are improved intestinal health, improves joint function, neutrallizes free radicals, supports the immune system and promotes a healthy seasonal respiratory system.  (thanks to for the info)

10. Did you know that November 2007 marked the end of DST (daylight savings time)?  At 2 a.m. on November 4, 2007, groggy Americans turned their clocks back one hour, for the last time.  The federal law that established “daylight time” in the United States does not require any area to observe daylight saving time. But if a state chooses to observe DST, it must follow the starting and ending dates set by the law. From 1986 to 2006 this was the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but starting in 2007, it is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time. You can click here for the new Federal Law.  (thanks to infoplease for the info)

11. Did you know that there are great health benefits derived from laughing?  It helps improve our behavior, reduce stress, fill our lungs with oxygen, lift our spirits and much more but did you know that there is such a thing as Laughter Yoga? Not only is there such a thing as laughter yoga, there is a school for it.  Click here to find out more. (thanks to laughter yoga for the info)

12. Did you know there are many features to the number 8?  In Chinese communities around the world, eight is considered the most fortuitous of numbers, making it much coveted for addresses, phone numbers and bank accounts?  In kabbalistic teachings, the number seven symbolizes perfection – perfection that is achievable via natural means – while eight symbolizes that which is beyond nature and its (inherently limited) perfection. It’s the atomic number of oxygen, Timothy Leary identified 8 levels of consciouness, in physics it’s the second magic number, there are 8 known B vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism, there are 8 beatitudes, spiders have 8 legs, there are 8 days in Hanukah, there are 8 ounces in a cup, 8 pints in a gallon, 8 tablespoons in a gill and 8 furlongs in a mile. (thanks to Wikipedia for the info)

13. And finally, did you know that it is said, if all the miracles Jesus performed were written down, there would be so many books that when laid end to end they would circle the earth!  Pretty cool huh???


3 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen 11th Edition

  1. Some very interesting stuff there! #13 is pure speculation of course, since we don’t know for sure how many miracles were performed, if any, or how many were exaggerated and reinvented in the decades between Jesus’ death and the writing of the gospels in their original languages, before they were translated over and over.. But it’s a good statistic to bring up when conversation at parties starts to flag!

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