The quackery cures of yesteryear

It was not unusual for Victorian women to be given orgasms by their doctors – in a bid to cure them of their 'hysteria', a common problem said to affect three in four.

Cocaine was also once used to soothe tooth pain – and was famously an ingredient in Coca Cola – while tobacco enemas were a form of first aid given to revive drowning victims in the 18th century. These and many more weird and wacky medical remedies from the past that were once considered the norm have been revealed in a new book, Quackery: A Brief History Of The Worst Ways To Cure Everything.

The tome also reveals how strychnine – used in rat poison – was the Victorian's answer to Viagra to treat impotence and in Medieval times, women believed carrying weasel testicles in their bosom worked as a contraceptive.

Source  - Daily Mail

Are you getting enough iodine?

Are you getting enough iodine? From sudden weight gain to constant fatigue and even a puffy face, a registered nutritionist reveals the warning signs as he blames 'clean eating' for people's plummeting levels of the nutrient.

Iodine is essential for producing hormones associated with weight control, with studies also revealing sufficient levels of the hormone during pregnancy plays a role in boosting children's IQ and reading abilities.

Despite its importance, recent studies have revealed up to 70 per cent of girls in the UK may be deficient in this nutrient. According to London-based registered nutritionist Rob Hobson, a growing trend to cut out dairy products is likely to blame. Milk is the most concentrated source of iodine and provides up to 40 per cent of a person's intake. 

Source  - Daily Mail

Why crying is good for you

People who cry might have a reputation of appearing weak or too emotional. This causes some to choke down their emotions instead to appear stronger and in control.

But experts insist that there are some unexpected health benefits for people who cry often, including lower stress levels, a decrease of toxins in the body, and greater emotional awareness.

Crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system in the body to signal to the glands in the eyes to release tears.  After the crying session is over, the body is able to slow down its breathing and heart rate to a more controlled pace. This entire experience sends a positive release throughout the body and gives off the feeling of relief for the person.  One study from the University of South Florida studied how people felt after crying. 

Source  - Daily Mail

Traditional Chinese medicine could cause liver cancer

Relying on traditional Chinese medicines could put you at risk of deadly liver cancer, new research suggests.

Singaporean scientists have uncovered evidence of a clear link between one herbal remedy and the deadly strain of cancer. They warned the danger stems from toxic chemicals called aristolochic acids (AA), derived from the woody vines of Aristolochia plants.

In regions that heavily rely on the plants as medicines, experts discovered up to 78 per cent of liver tumours 'were likely due to contact with the chemicals'. It backs up a host of research in recent decades that has shown AA to be harmful to humans, causing it to be banned in both the UK and US. 

The acids can be found in some traditional Chinese medicines that are given during childbirth, to prevent parasites, promote healing and treat insomnia. The report, published in Science Translational Medicine, looked at samples of liver cancer in Taiwan, China, Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia.

Source  - Daily Mail

Eat your greens for a healthy heart

Vitamin K, which is found in kale, spinach and broccoli, maintains the size of the vital organ's left ventricle, a study found, which is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood around the body.

Insufficient levels of the vitamin cause the left ventricle to enlarge, the research adds. Previous research reveals large hearts do not pump blood as efficiently as they should, which can result in fatal heart attacks. The more vitamin K a person has, the less likely they are to develop an enlarged heart, the study found.  Past research suggests vitamin K may activate a protein involved in maintaining heart size.

Researchers from Augusta University analyzed 766 healthy teenagers aged between 14 and 18. The study's participant's diet and activity levels were measured over seven days via self-reporting and devices that assess acceleration.  Their heart's structure and function was investigated via ultrasound scans.
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The findings were published in The Journal of Nutrition

Source  - Daily Mail