Dr. Alan Inglis' BestHealth Nutritionals

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  1. Bad eating habits, courtesy of mom and dad

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And the Big Mac doesn't fall far from the tray.

    Good dietary habits begin at home, according to a new study from the University of California at Los Angeles. And if you don't eat well, don't expect your kids to, either.

    Researchers found that 62 percent of California adolescents drink soft drinks every day, while 43 percent eat fast food, and 38 percent eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits.

    Drinking soft drinks is a family habit, the survey showed. Teens whose parents pop the top off a can of soda every day are nearly 40 percent more likely to drink soda daily themselves, compared to teens whose parents do not drink soda.

    When parents didn't eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, their kids were far more likely to be eating fast food daily.

    Many children don't get enough nutrition education at school. They're going to eat whatever you eat. With childhood obesity and all its complications on the rise, it's not good enough to simply tell your kids to eat healthier. Take a look at your own diet and lead by example.

  2. FDA finally announces new heparin guidelines

    by Dr. Alan Inglis

    There's a saying when someone is particularly slow or unmotivated that it would take them an hour to cook minute rice.

    Well, it would probably take the FDA a month.

    Case in point, the FDA announced with much fanfare recently that it was implementing new measures to prevent the contamination of the blood thinner heparin.

    Fantastic. That only took a year and a half.

    Reports began cropping up in late 2007 of adulterated batches of heparin coming from Chinese manufacturers. Unscrupulous manufacturers often substitute lower-cost materials into big batches of pharmaceuticals, with scary results.

    Estimates are that more than 200 people have died from reactions to contaminated heparin.

    For heparin, the new standards will mandate that importers and manufacturers test their products for contaminants before they can be sold in the U.S. You know… the kind of thing that most consumers probably assumed was already happening.

    The new test is more precise in identifying contaminant chemicals in the heparin batch, according to the U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention, a nonprofit group that developed the standards for the FDA.

    Of course, the FDA was in no rush to draft these standards, so why should it be in any rush to implement them? The permanent change won't take place until August, which is almost two years after the first heparin-linked deaths were reported.

    I'm glad this test will be implemented – and I hope such testing spreads to other drugs as well. But next time, how about a little urgency? If we need to inconvenience some drug manufacturers so we can save lives, that should be an easy decision.

    Unfortunately, in the halls of the FDA, that's no easy decision at all…

  3. America's seniors have plenty to smile about

    A recent survey found that the older people get, the happier they are-America's seniors are even happier than young folks.
  4. Hamburger, kidney disease and fries

    A new study has found that these foods are often loaded with phosphorous, which can be deadly if you have advanced kidney disease.
  5. Don't turn spring cleaning into a germ-fest

    If you think you're doing a healthy thing wiping down your counters, doorknobs and appliances with those antibacterial wipes, research shows you need to reconsider.
  6. Doctors ignoring drug interaction alerts when writing prescriptions

    According to a new study, doctors are ignoring electronic drug interaction alerts up to 90 percent of the time!
  7. Skip the gym… and get a sponge

    New research is recognizing the benefits of a good sweat-which means at least 20 minutes of sustained exercise-and housework can be a source.
  8. Gardasil's European tour off to a rocky start

    Spanish authorities recently recalled the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil after two girls had to be hospitalized shortly after getting injections.
  9. Straighten out your wrinkles with these natural cures

    Free radicals hurt more than just your heart and eyes. They can also do a lot of damage to your skin.
  10. Banning popular painkillers proving to be an ugly process

    An FDA panel recently recommended that the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet be pulled from the market. And it's about time.
  11. Good news, bad news with new online salmonella resource

    The FDA has created a pretty useful online tool where you can see exactly which products have been recalled because of the salmonella scare.
  12. Steroid inhalers not a breath of fresh air for asthmatic kids

    A recent study from the University of Leicester in England reexamined the protocol at many hospitals, where children who are admitted with sudden wheezing attacks often are given steroid inhalers.
  13. Keeping your brain sharp may be easier than you think

    You can get a sneak peek at an elderly person's future mental health if you know something about their lifestyle, outlook and exercise habits.
  14. Air Force policy gives wings to alternative health treatment

    The Air Force announced recently that it is going to train more doctors to use acupuncture to treat injuries in the field.
  15. The secret weapon against breast cancer

    If you're a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, all the more reason to have your vitamin-D level checked: research suggests a link between low levels and recurrence of, or death from, the cancer.
  16. FDA helped unleash salmonella-laced peanuts on public

    The FDA played a larger role than we thought in allowing a salmonella outbreak to sweep through the nation, sickening hundreds and possibly killing 8 people.