Memory Problems

If I Could Remember Your Name, I’d Ask You Where I Put My Keys

It’s a pretty common experience: You just had your keys and now you can’t find them anywhere. About 75 percent of people over age 50 say they have had some sort of “memory problem” in the past year. Memory loss and confusion are not inevitable with aging. Most people stay alert as they age, although researchers acknowledge that it takes us longer to remember things as we grow older, particularly after age 70. Our minds are like computers: the older we become, the more information we have stored on the “hard drive,” and the longer it takes to access it.

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Gum Disease and Heart Disease Risk

Health news in 1997 included the idea that gum disease is a risk factor for heart disease. As interesting (silly? far-fetched?) as the idea that bleeding gums result in heart attack appears to some, it is a serious thought to others. Prevention magazine’s dental advisor, Dominick DePaola, D.D.S., Ph.D., has listed the gums-heart connection as a 1997 health breakthrough.

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Pollen Extract for Prostate Health

Pollen and pollen extracts have long been used to maintain good health. Perhaps the better-known pollen product is bee pollen, which has been used as a tonic for centuries. Another pollen product, pollen extract, is beginning to become known for helping to maintain urogenital health. Literature on pollen extract focuses on three physiological effects: Smooth muscle contraction, anti-inflammatory action, and effects on enzymes.

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PMS and Menopause: Politics, Medicine, and Health

In Western society, two points on the continuum of the female hormonal cycle are somewhat politicized and quite “medical-ized.” PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and menopause carry society’s subtle (and false) message that women are less psychologically and emotionally able to function than men.

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Consistent Blood Sugar Levels Results In Better Health

We hear a lot about the harmful effects of a poor diet on our health. We hear about how it leads to obesity, how it can lead to increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, and how it can mean overall poor health due to lack of nutrition. Another risk of an unhealthy diet—especially if it includes large quantities of carbohydrates and simple sugars—is what it does to our blood sugar levels.

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Boost Your Brain Power with Ginkgo Biloba

We’ve heard about it from friends, read about it in herb books, and seen it on television commercials. And everything we’ve heard, read, and seen says much the same thing: ginkgo biloba improves our mental acuity—our ability to recall and concentrate.

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Coenzyme Q10 The Fuel We Need For Life

Every day, the some 100 trillion cells in the body work hard. They ingest and digest nutrients, remove waste, and reproduce. Healthy cells provide the energy that ensures that we wake up in the morning, get to work, enjoy different types of recreation, and make it to bed at night.

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Women’s Natural Health

Throughout history, women have handed down information from mother to daughter on how herbs can remedy some of the common maladies of life. Women, like the moon, change in cycles. Through menarche (the first menses), menstrual cycles, pregnancy, nursing, and menopause, herbs have been a common denominator for the wise woman and those she comforts.

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High Blood Pressure

By age 60, about six in ten Americans have blood pressure high enough to treat with drugs. Millions more have blood pressure high enough to raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels of the heart, the brain, the eyes, and the kidneys. It killed 33,000 people in 1990; this does not include those who died due to a stroke or heart attack caused by high blood pressure.

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Beta Carotene for the Immune System

As we age, disease worms its way into our lives. Arthritis, cardiovascular problems, longer-lasting colds, even cancer—they seem to sneak up on us at a certain age, doing their best to ruin the quality of our lives, just when we should be enjoying a bountiful retirement.

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