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Study: Milk Keeps You from Getting Sick

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The next time you dip a cookie in a glass of milk, you might be warding off potentially dangerous infections.

According to a study appearing online in The BMJ, milk may have the ability to ward off illness, thanks to high levels of Vitamin D. Funded by the U.K. National Institute of Health Research, the research found that the essential vitamin helps the body fend off acute respiratory infections, which are responsible for millions of global deaths every year.

According to investigators, daily or weekly Vitamin D supplementation cut the risk of respiratory infection in half for people who had significant deficiencies. At the same time, it also appeared to offer beneficial effects to subjects who did not have deficiencies before entering the study.

A Major Revelation

Each year, acute respiratory infections send millions of people to emergency rooms in the United States. According to the study’s senior author, Carlos Camargo, a professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School, his research could have a significant effect on the health system by supporting efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D.

Getting More Vitamin D

Traditionally, humans have received the majority of their vitamin D from sunlight; however, rising rates of skin cancer have led many people to avoid the sun. In turn, more and more people are experiencing Vitamin D deficiencies.

According to skincancer.org, U.S. doctors diagnose over 4 million new cases of skin cancer every twelve months. Sadly, many of these new cases are deadly melanoma, which kills thousands of Americans every year. In turn, more and more people have begun staying out of the sun. This has led to widespread vitamin D deficiencies, which can have a serious impact on the nation’s collective health.

Because very few foods naturally contain relevant levels of Vitamin D, some food products are fortified with the essential fat-soluble vitamin. Nearly all commercially produced pasteurized milk is fortified with 100 IUs of Vitamin D per 8-ounce cup. This makes it a practical source for people who fail to get adequate amounts of Vitamin D from sunlight.

If this recent study is correct, it may also mean that milk could be an effective tool for helping people reduce their risk of respiratory infections.

Celery Can Boost Intelligence, says Study

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Most people experience a decline in brain function as they age. Fortunately, new research suggests they might be able to boost intelligence by reversing this process with celery and other foods rich in a specific plant compound.

Reducing Age-related Brain Damage

According to researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, luteolin helps to reduce age-related memory deficits in the brain. Found in celery and a few other healthy fruits and vegetables, the natural plant compound appears to do this by suppressing the release of inflammatory molecules, which are known to damage brain neurons as we get older.

Appearing in the Journal of Nutrition, the study focused on microglial cells, which play a key role in immune function within the brain and spinal cord. Under normal circumstances, infections stimulate microglia to make cytokines, which spark an array of chemical changes in the brain. Over time, however, microglial cells can become dysregulated, causing increased inflammation which can spur all sorts of troublesome issues, including loss of appetite, sleepiness, depressive behaviors and memory deficits.

Past research has shown that this process contributes to cognitive aging, while also playing a role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, researchers were able to preserve brain neurons from inflammatory damage by first exposing microglia to luteolin.

What’s more, when they provided older subjects with more dietary luteolin, they demonstrated improved working memory, which rivaled that seen in younger subjects.

Should You Eat More Luteolin?

While this study focused on mice, researchers believe luteolin should have similar positive benefits on human brains. This study further supports other evidence that healthy diets can promote better cognitive health by providing anti-inflammatory effects.

If you would like to increase your luteolin intake but aren’t a big fan of celery, have no fear. Luteolin is also found in carrots, peppers, peppermint, olive oil, rosemary and chamomile.

Odd News – Weird Story of Man with Two Penises

A man with an incredible condition called diphallia has written a tell-all memoir, documenting his weird story. Chock full of painful medical emergencies and wild exploits, “Double Header,” gives profound insight into the life of a two penis man, who uses his fully-functioning appendages, well, just like most men.

Going by the name the Dyphallic Dude, the author gained notoriety some time ago, when he appeared on Reddit‘s “Ask Me Anything Thread.” Once the questions started flowing, it became clear the Dyphallic Dude had a story to tell. Among the most noteworthy revelations included:

  1. Yes, both penises work.
  2. He does have sex with both men and women, the latter of which he describes as “difficult.”
  3. He’s won over straight men using his two well-proportioned appendages.
  4. Puberty wasn’t as bad as you might think; in fact, it was relatively uneventful.
  5. He has to separate them over each leg to fit inside his underwear.
  6. Doctors tend to bring their coworkers in for closer looks.
  7. He suffers painful prostate inflammation if he doesn’t masturbate enough.
  8. He has a preference for the right one.
  9. He can urinate and ejaculate out of each penis.
  10. Each registers at ten inches when erect, which is pretty much the only time that matters.

According to the D-Dude, who is currently in his twenties, he often considered having surgery to remove one of his members; however, his mother and father talked him out of it, saying he would be the same person either way. He also says he’s very glad to be living today, when acceptance is more common and freak shows are a thing of the past.

Without giving away too much of the Dyphallic Dude’s odd news story, you can do a google search for proof. You can also learn more about this fascinating individual’s life by reading his memoir, available for download at Amazon.

Struggling to Get a Mortgage? Here’s Some Help

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The real estate market has been struggling for a while for a variety of reasons, leading to plummeting home values and a lot of empty properties. There’s growing belief that rising rental prices will lead to an upsurge in homebuying; however, numerous Americans are struggling to get a mortgage, because they cannot meet the modern demands of picky lenders. If you’re planning to apply for a home loan, be aware of the following:

Times Have Changed

Before the real estate crisis, banks gave loans to almost anyone. These days, that’s not the case. To get a mortgage in today’s market, you will need to meet some strict requirements. This means you will probably need to have a very good credit score, a solid job and enough money to put toward a hefty down payment. Most importantly, you must prove that you can afford the loan, or you will have no chance for approval.

Some Important Tips

Often, when prospective buyers approach a lender, they have no idea what they are getting into. Before you do anything, it’s important to get a free copy of your credit report to check for inaccuracies. If you find any, get them corrected. You should also use a mortgage calculator to figure out what you can actually afford. This will help ensure that you aren’t declined for applying for a loan that’s out of your reach.

Once you get involved with the loan process, don’t do anything that could hurt your chances. Don’t apply for any form of new credit; this can throw off your debt-to-income ratio and make you look bad in the eyes of lenders. Also, don’t change jobs, even if the new opportunity pays more. Banks want a long, stable history of employment and shiver at the thought of instability.

Finally, if you are struggling to get a mortgage, check out local and federal first time buyer programs. Their requirements are far more lenient than those imposed by private lenders. Many also offer second mortgages which can be used to pay for down payments and closing costs.

How Does Diet Soda Prevent Weight Loss?

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For years, weight loss centered on simple math: if you burned more calories than you ate, you would inevitably shed unwanted fat. While this basic principle may still be true, recent studies have demonstrated that getting and keeping a lean body could be more complicated than once thought. Most of these studies focus on how certain foods affect the body’s metabolism. Now research suggests even zero-calorie diet soda may prevent weight loss for this reason.

Diet Soda Prevents Weight Loss: Study

According to a research paper published in Obesity Reviews, scientists believe that artificial sweeteners may prompt gut flora to adapt in unhealthy ways which promote weight gain. The study found that this adaptation could cause the body’s metabolism to slow down, which may lead it to burn fewer calories. Additionally, a slower metabolism can lead to unexplained fatigue and an increased appetite, all of which tend to promote weight gain.

This latest study is especially interesting, especially since past studies have also found that probiotics may have the ability to enhance stomach fat loss by balancing the body’s natural gut flora.

Healthy Weight Loss Takes Time

This latest study is just another in a long line proving there’s no shortcut to weight loss. Although sugar substitutes may drastically reduce the amount of calories a dieter consumes on any given day, research suggests they still promote weight gain by slowing the body’s metabolism.

If you want to successfully lose unwanted fat and keep it off, you should focus on eating healthy natural foods that speed the metabolism, while providing plenty of energy to help fuel exercise. This includes lots of lean meats, fibrous vegetables and whole grains, as well as foods rich in healthy omega fatty acids. In the end, because diet soda has shown a propensity to prevent weight loss, dieters are likely to see much better results when they stick to drinking boring old water.

More Brides Bucking Popular Wedding Traditions: Survey

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A new survey suggests that more and more brides are turning their backs on popular wedding traditions, with many citing feminism as a major reason why.

Conducted by the Internet wedding directory WeddingDays.co.uk, the survey involved a couple hundred brides-to-be, who revealed some modern attitudes about marriage. Among other things, the survey showed that:

  • 26 percent of all respondents said they planned to keep their maiden names, either by keeping them entirely or through hyphenating.
  • 24 percent said they refused to have their fathers walk them down the aisles, saying the tradition carried connotations that women are property to be traded or given away.
  • 9 percent of brides said they wouldn’t wear white on their wedding days, because they say the tradition was founded on promoting the appearing of virginal innocence.

A Growing Trend?

Compared to similar surveys conducted years ago, this particular poll did show an increasing number of feminist attitudes in regard to marriage. That said, according to professional wedding photographer, Arnaud Brichet, despite the survey’s revelations, he finds that most brides prefer to keep things traditional.

“The vast majority of brides don’t view wedding traditions as being anti-feminist,” he said. “For instance, the average bride doesn’t want her father to give her away because of anti-feminist reasons; she wants to maintain the tradition out of love and respect.”

Owner of the Punta Cana wedding photography studio HDC Photo, Brichet has years of experience working on all sorts of different weddings, featuring a wide array individual themes and traditions. According to him, despite the potential differences between weddings, the common theme should be happiness and love.

“Ultimately, a wedding should be a celebration,” he said. “When people get fixated on specific intricacies, they often lose sight of the most important things. In the end, the ceremony should be about bonding two lives, regardless of whether it’s traditional or uniquely modern.”