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FEEDBACK ON MAXODERM FOR MEN - don't waste your money.  Apprarently, men think it is quick "male enhancement" like Viagara, Cialis, or Levitra.  It is not.  All the feedback we have gotten says forget it. 

concerned about cancer and looking for information on medical trials?  Try this link www.cancer.gov/trials.

THE GODFATHER OF FITNESS, at 90 has a body that inspires.  "You've got to eat right, exercise and have goals and challenges.  Exercise is king; nutrition is queen.  Put 'em together and you've got a kingdom." (USA Today)

Be careful about drinking colas with caffeine -  British researchers have found that caffeine may interfere with the bodies ability to metabolize sugar and can lead to health problems including diabetes.

watch st. john's wort if you're taking Camptosar, a common cancer drug.  St John's Wort appears to interfere powerfully with the drug and decreases the patients blood levels of the drug by about 40%.

new drug for preventing osteoporosis called Zoledronic Acid is being tested by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.  This drug is given intravenously once a year to prevent calcium from leaching from the bones.  The drug is already being used for treatment of cancer patients.  The results of the initial study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  

encouraging progress on aids vaccine comes from Merck Research Laboratories in West Point, Pa.  A new vaccine, still in testing, has been developed which keeps those already infected with the virus from becoming ill.  The new vaccine which is a DNA-advenovirus combination was injected in monkeys and prevented them from getting sick.  It did not prevent them from becoming infected with the virus.  Injections in humans began in December 2001, but the results are not yet available.

HELP FOR THE BLIND:  Three people have had a micro-chips implanted behind the eye to relay translate light into signals the brain can process which, hopefully, will enable the patients to see again.  Results will be available in about 3 months.  For more information click on:   www.optobionics.com 

Women,  Does your mate smell like your dad?  New research conducted by a University of Chicago research team shows that a woman's choice of a mate may be effected by smell.  In a "sniff test," which included 49 women, research showed that women favored men who had immune-system genes similar to their own.  Those genes, the analysis showed, had been inherited from their fathers.  

Obesity facts:  61% of adults and 13% of children in the United States are overweight.  Overweight related health problems will soon exceed that of smoking.  Ok, McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, etc.  stop pumping out those triple cheese burgers and extra large fries.  Your killing off your clientele.  

tired of counting calories?  Let this web site help.  Enter the kinds of foods you eat and it responds by telling you how many calories, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.  It rates your diet in ten key areas.  The web site is called "Healthy Interactive Index."  For more information, click on www.usda.gov/cnpp/.

on a trip and need a health club? Try this new deal.  Pay $79.00 per year and you have access to more than 600 member clubs throughout the United States without having to pay a guest fee.  You can use each participating club up to 15 times per year as long as it is at least 75 miles from your home.    For more information or to join click on www.worldpass4fitness.com or call 800-659-6753.

try this handy guide:  The "Eating Smart Restaurant Guide" is a handy sliding scale that lists the calories and fat grams for 10 different types of restaurant food and eight fast food establishments.  Categories include: breakfast, diner food, sandwiches, seafood, steak houses, Chinese, Italian, and Mexican.  You can purchase the guide for $4.00 by clicking on www.scpi.cc.com, or from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, #300, Washington, D.C. 20009.

birth control patch has been approved by the FDA and will be available to the public in the first half of 2002.  The patch is as effective as the pill and only needs to be changed once a week.  The price for three is the same as for birth control pills.  A few cases of patches coming off occurred during trials but the company will reimburse consumers for the cost of replacing a patch that does not stay on for a week.  Patch is marketed by Ortho McNeil Pharmaceuticals.  

we are fortunate to have 1 doctor for every 120 citizens in the United States versus 1 doctor for every 50,000 citizens in Afghanistan.  One in four children die before they are 5 and the average lifespan is a mere 43 years.

REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF ANTHRAX INFECTION by 80% by using a face mask when handling mail or in a risky area according to Mark Nickess, an Anthrax expert at the University of California Berkeley. 

ANTIBIOTICS THAT TREAT ANTHRAX:  Ciprofloxacin, Penicillin, Doxycycline, Tetracycline, Clarithromycin, Vancomycin, Clindamycin.  

What is a serving?  When you're reading the FDA's recommended foods list, have you ever wondered what a serving is?  Well here it is:  One-half cup of vegetables cooked or chopped raw; one cup of raw leafy vegetables; three-fourths cup of vegetable juice; a medium apple, orange or banana; one-half cup of cooked, chopped or canned fruit; three-fourths cup of fruit juice. 

OKINAWA:  People on the island of Okinawa are the longest living group of people in the world.  How do they do it?  Read the book "The Okinawa Program" and find out.

 


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