Monday, July 28, 2014

Flu Vaccines Trigger Guillain Barre Syndrome

Nizar Souayah, MD, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark concludes that flu vaccines trigger Guillain-Barré syndrome in a subset of the population. He also noted that prospective trials to identify those at risk could easily be done.

But there are currently no plans to conduct such trials.

The 62 cases reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System represent a rate of 6.2 cases per 10 million people vaccinated, according to Souayah.

In contrast, 51 cases were reported after seasonal flu vaccination, for a reporting rate of 10.6 cases per 10 million people vaccinated, Souayah told reporters at the annual meeting here of the American Academy of Neurology.

He cautioned that the numbers can't be directly compared, but, taken together, both seem to imply that flu vaccines may trigger the syndrome in a very small proportion of people.

With both vaccines, the majority of cases were reported as having begun within the first two weeks of vaccination, Souayah said before his late-breaking poster presentation, a pattern significantly different from what would be seen if there was no link.

In the case of the H1N1 vaccine, he said, 24 cases occurred in the second week after vaccination and 15 in the third week. For the seasonal flu vaccine, the comparable figures were 14 and 12.

"The likelihood of that distribution by chance is almost impossible," he said.

Observers have been keeping a close watch for cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the wake of the mass vaccination campaign against the H1N1 pandemic flu. An earlier pandemic flu campaign, in 1976, was halted in midstream when there was an apparent increase in cases of the syndrome.

To help examine that issue with the latest vaccination campaign, Souayah and colleagues turned to the vaccine events reporting system, as well as reviewing charts of the reported possible cases.

All the data were reviewed by a neurologist certified in neuromuscular diseases to confirm the GBS diagnosis, and the researchers excluded GBS cases that occurred within two days after vaccination.
Souayah cautioned that the data were based on passive surveillance, which is subject to a range of possible errors, including under- and over-reporting.
The finding is "consistent with what we are observing in our other more systematic assessments of vaccine safety," said James Sejvar, MD, an epidemiologist with the CDC who was not involved in the study.

While the risk is small for the population as a whole, it may be high for the "tiny proportion of people" who are likely to suffer from Guillain-Barré in the wake of a vaccination, Souayah said. But there is currently no way to tell which people are at risk.

He said prospective trials to clarify the issue could easily be conducted. "It only takes the will," he said.


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Chiropractic: A Safer Alternative to Deadly Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Drugs

 HRT drugs cause breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stroke, serious blood clots, dementia, and even brain shrinkage.


Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs (a combination of estrogen and progesterone) are still prescribed frequently for relief from sleep-disrupting night sweats, hot flashes and mood swings. Despite clearly documented risks, about 15 percent of postmenopausal women in the United States still take hormone therapy. Others suffer needlessly, when safe, gentle, effective chiropractic care may provide relief.

The risks of taking the combination of estrogen and progesterone—breast cancer, stroke, serious blood clots, dementia, even brain shrinkage—have been well established. 

A study published in the February 5, 2009 New England Journal of Medicine, found that taking hormones for a full five years doubles your annual risk of getting breast cancer. 

A study based on data from the landmark Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trial in May, 2009 concluded that use of combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with a higher risk of dying for women diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer.

Now a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows an association between hormone use and ovarian cancer—and it kicks in almost immediately after women begin taking hormones.

In the study, which culled the health records of nearly 1 million Danish women, researchers found a 38 percent greater risk of ovarian cancer among women who were currently taking hormone therapy. The risks didn't appear to be affected by the types of hormones women were taking, the dose, the duration, or whether they were taking estrogen alone or a combination of estrogen and progesterone. 

Unfortunately, bioidentical hormones—which have been touted by some as safer than traditional hormone therapy—are associated with the same increased ovarian cancer risk. 

Women in the Danish study all took estradiol, a bioidentical hormone that has the same chemical structure as estrogen made by the body. And there was no difference in cancer risk between women who took non-identical synthetic progestin and those who took bioidentical progesterone.

Chiropractic care has an important and unique role in women's health, including during menopause. Its benefits warrant exploration and consideration by all women.

Chiropractic care serves to promote function and repair communication and coordination of the nerve system through subluxation detection and correction. These factors can influence the success of the complex hormonal system, the stress response system and the immune system, to name a few areas important to women's health. 


How exactly does chiropractic care impact menopause symptoms? Here’s how it works.


Estrogen and progesterone are stimulated by the anterior pituitary gland, which is controlled by the hypothalamus portion of your brain. The hypothalamus is often referred to as the master control of your body, because it regulates and controls so many functions. 

The hypothalamus receives its information from the internal organs through the nerve system that is housed within your spine. 

The hypothalamus, in addition to regulating estrogen and progesterone, also receives information from other sections of your brain as well, such as your thalamus and limbic system. These systems control critical, delicate functions of your body such as emotions, sexual desire, thirst and hunger, body temperature, and sleep patterns. 

Chiropractic specifically deals with your nerve system and spine. The spine, when under stress, irritates and decreases the function of the nerves that send the signals to control the levels of estrogen and progesterone. Simple stresses such as sitting for long periods, preservatives in foods, or a stressful day at work, can easily and often cause the spine to misalign causing subluxation. 

Chiropractors reduce or eliminate these misalignments (subluxations) with safe, gentle chiropractic adjustments of the spinal vertebrae.

Since the nervous system controls all the functions of your body, it is imperative that you get your spine checked by a chiropractor regularly.

Simply getting under chiropractic care, exercising regularly, eating as many “hormone free” foods as possible (read the labels) and getting proper rest will help regulate and balance your hormonal system and help manage and diminish the effects of menopause. 

Doesn’t that sound like a better idea than taking a drug that causes breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stroke, serious blood clots, dementia, and even brain shrinkage?


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Chiropractic Better than Acetaminophen for Chronic Neck Pain

In July of 1996 the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER) reported that chiropractic adjustments helped patients with chronic neck pain better than acetaminophen.

During the six week trial, the chiropractic patients not only reported an improvement in neck pain but also range of motion, strength and functional capacity over the patients taking acetaminophen.

Chiropractic care is not just for pain relief. It improves function in all body systems without the dangers associated with drugs that alter body function.


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Surprising News About This Common Treatment For Lower-Back Pain

Check out this article on the Huffington Post showing that Tylenol is ineffective for back pain and no better than taking nothing at all.  


By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer 
Published: 07/23/2014 06:38 PM EDT on LiveScience
Acetaminophen, the drug found in Tylenol, works no better than a dummy pill at reducing lower-back pain in some people, nor does it help these patients get better any faster, a new study finds.
The study involved more than 1,600 people in Australia who experienced sudden (acute) lower-back pain, and were randomly assigned to either take acetaminophen tablets regularly three times a day, to take acetaminophen only as needed, or to take placebo tablets. None of the participants were told whether they were taking acetaminophen or a placebo, and they took the tablets until they were pain-free, for up to four weeks.
People in all three groups took about the same number of days to become pain-free: 17 days in the regular-dose group and the as-needed group, and 16 days in the placebo group. Participants also kept track of their daily pain (on a scale of 1 to 10), and pain scores across the three groups were about the same throughout the study. [5 Surprising Facts About Pain]
Guidelines for treating people withacute low-back pain recommend acetaminophen as the first-choice painkiller, but until now, no rigorous studies have been done to show that the treatment actually works better than a placebo, the researchers said in their study, published today (July 23) in the journal The Lancet.
The new findings suggest doctors "need to reconsider the universal recommendation to provide [acetaminophen] as a first-line treatment for low-back pain," Christopher Williams, a researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia, said in a statement.
The researchers noted that three months after the study began, about 85 percent of the participants were pain-free, regardless of what group they were in.
Still, the results should be confirmed in further research before the drug is dismissed as a treatment for low-back pain, the researchers said.
"This is the first study of its kind, so it's tough to make a decision based on just one study," said Dr. Michael Mizhiritsky, a physical rehabilitation specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York who was not involved in the study. Mizhiritsky said he would not stop recommending acetaminophen to his patients based on one study.
There are a few drawbacks to the new study, including that it did not have a group of patients who received no treatment, Mizhiritsky said. It's possible that patients in all three groups got better faster than they would have with no treatment — a phenomenon known as the placebo effect, he said. And not all patients in the study took the recommended dose of acetaminophen, he said. Participants in the regular-dose group were recommended to take 3,990 mg of acetaminophen daily, but instead, they took 2,660 mg daily, on average. A dose of 4,000 mg per day might have been more effective, the researchers said.
Previous studies have found that acetaminophen works about as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, for low-back pain, but acetaminophen is recommended as a first choice because it has fewer side effects.
"If patients do make the decision to take [acetaminophen] for their back pain, they might be advised to monitor closely if they indeed experience sufficient pain relief," Bart Koes and Dr. Wendy Enthoven, of Erasmus University Medical Center in Netherlands, wrote in an editorial accompanying the study. "If not, they could decide to stop taking analgesics [painkillers] or try an NSAID."
In this manner, the new findings could prompt people to switch more quickly to NSAIDs, which are regarded as the second-line painkillers recommended for low-back pain, Koes and Enthoven said.
Future research should also look into the development of new, more effective treatments for sudden low-back pain, the researchers said. Investigating how acetaminophen works to improve other types of pain, such as pain from tooth extraction or pain after surgery, could be one line of research, they said.
The study was funded by GlaxoSmithKline Australia, which sells acetaminophen, and by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Kids Follow Parents in Using Chiropractic and Alternative Care

Show your kids the benefits of a healthy alternative to chronic prescription medication for illness.  They will have less problems throughout life and less complications by choosing a natural alternative that treats the cause of disease in the body, rather than only treating the symptoms.  Choose health, Choose
Chiropractic!

The April 5, 2004 issue of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) reports on a study from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis that shows that children and teens are more likely to use what the researchers called "complementary and alternative medicine" if their parents also use these procedures. Although chiropractic was included in this study as one of the "complementary and alternative" procedures, many authors no longer list chiropractic as an alternative as it has been considered more main stream.

The AJC article notes that a previous study in 1997 found that 42 percent of American adults reported the use of these types of procedures, and the rates were increasing. However, they noted that there's been little information on the popularity of these treatments among children and teens until this most recent study
.
Researchers at Metropolitan State University looked at data from insurance claims from two large private health insurers in Washington state in the year 2002. The researchers found that of the187,000 insured children, nearly 157,000 were listed on insurance claims. The researchers observed that a little over 6 percent of the children had visited a complementary or alternative professional during that year.

The study authors wrote, "Not surprisingly, the most significant factor that determined whether a pediatric patient would use complementary or alternative medicine is whether an adult in the family used it." In fact the researchers noted that the largest reason by far that children used these services including chiropractic was if their parents were using these services.

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School Kids Choose Unhealthy Lunches, Study Finds

Healthy eating is a habit we should all acquire, especially for our children.  It will have one of the largest effects on health throughout their lifetime.  Teaching them these habits early can make the difference between having health or health problems.


 The above headline comes from  Reuters Health release. The article begins by saying that according to new research, "Schools that offer students pizza and fries as alternatives to healthier lunch fare are not only encouraging children to eat high-fat foods during lunch hour, but after school and at home as well."

Researcher and registered nurse, Martha Kubik of the University of Minnesota, and her team collected data on 16 middle schools. They noted the difference between schools that offered an a la carte program and availability of vending machines, which offer children more "popular" foods alongside the traditional, and carefully balanced, school lunch. The results were published in the American Journal of Public Health. In the journal Kubik stated, "This is probably the first paper that looks at the a la carte programs in schools and their influence on student dietary behavior."

"We weren't just looking necessarily at food they ate at school. We looked at food they ate outside of school as well," Kubik said. She continues, "That suggests how important the school environment is. If they were at these schools that offered a la carte, they were not making up for choices made at school by eating healthier foods out of school. It shows how powerful the school influence is, not only are they exposed to their own choices, they are exposed to the choices of their peers."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 9 out of 10 U.S. schools offer the a la carte programs, which do not have to meet the U.S. government's nutritional recommendations. These recommendations call for eating at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables and getting no more than 30 percent of calories from fat.

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Back to School and Backpack Safety

Its back to shopping time, and thinking about our children's safety is a top concern for parents.  Each year more requirements are placed on our kids.  Making sure they have a good back pack that is worn properly is important in preventing unnecessary back injuries.  Here are a few tips to remember from Bode Chiropractic.

 "How wide are the shoulder straps? Does it disperse weight evenly? Does the bag have a waist belt to disperse weight to the hips?"

The  article reports that according to the the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are more than 21,000 backpack-related injuries each year. The article notes that increased weight is a major issue. The result, as they suggest, is that, "This increase in weight can be correlated to an increase in children seeing chiropractors."

On July 12, 2007, the California publication also published a story on backpack safety. In this story they quote Dr. Gerard W. Clum of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress who advises, "Backpacks weighing more than 15 pounds that are slung over a shoulder produce an imbalance in the rib cage." He continued by saying, "This type of repetitive strain can also initiate arm and hand numbness, headaches or backaches."

The July 20, 2007 Toledo Free Press also ran a story on backpacks where they offered tips by the American Chiropractic Association to "help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household." These tips included:

  • Make sure your child's backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of his or her body weight.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline.
  • A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively.
  • Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child's back.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack fits to your child's body.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child's teacher.



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  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Tour de France Champion Depends on Chiropractic

    Several international stories have reported about a top Tour de France cyclist from Australia, Bradley McGee, and how chiropractic care kept him from dropping out of the Tour de France. One story appears on the International Fox sport network on July 6, 2004, and another on the Geo network on July 8, 2004.

    The Fox story starts off by stating, "Australia's Bradley McGee has survived to fight another day at the Tour de France." The Geo story started by reporting, "McGee survived to fight another day at the Tour de France on Monday, after the work of a chiropractor reduced the pain in his hip which almost forced him out of the race."

    McGee himself noted, "Thanks to the work of the chiropractor I was a lot straighter on the bike, that's the important thing but unfortunately I still haven't got a lot of power and so I couldn't help Baden Cooke in the sprint and I was just another number in the main field." After seeing his chiropractor, McGee felt more optimistic about his chances of being able to make it through the rest of the three-week race. He stated, "I'm a lot happier now and should be okay to carry on."

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    The Two Most Important Things to Us

    The two most important things to us are your health, and our reputation. In reality these two things are linked together. If our patients do not get results, it is not good for our reputation or for chiropractic. We have built our practice on getting results. It is very important that each and every patient we care for has the maximum chance for the best results.

    Chiropractic has a great track record of helping people. But one of the cornerstones to getting such good results is cooperation between the doctor and the patient. Keeping your schedule of appointments is the major responsibility of the patient. The largest cause of less than expected results is failure to follow the recommended appointment schedule.

    All healing comes from within each patient. What the chiropractor does is make adjustments to the spine to remove nerve interference caused from subluxations. Subluxations are areas of interference to the nervous system caused by pressure or irritation from spinal bones. In order to correct subluxations a sufficient amount of time and work is needed to make the changes to spinal structures.

    When someone has crooked teeth, and they get braces, they need to wear those braces on their teeth continually for up to several years. In chiropractic, we do not put little braces on each spinal bone to pull them into position. To make a correction most spines require a series of adjustments to start the process changing spinal structures. These schedules are specifically designed for the spine of each patient. Missing appointments and not following your schedule, greatly reduces your chance for correction of your subluxations.

    If your results are as important to you as they are to us, please make every attempt to make every visit you are scheduled for. We consider correcting subluxations to be a very high priority. Missing visits will slow or even stop your progress. After all, you came to us for results. Getting the care you need to correct your subluxations is essential. After all, our reputation, and your health depends on it.

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    Superstar Football Player Depends on Chiropractic for Longevity

    A pair of stories from the October 26, 2002 Dallas Morning News and the October 28, 2002 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, report how chiropractic care is helping professional football players such as Emmitt Smith, play longer with less injuries. The story notes that Smith is only five foot nine inches and weighs only 212 pounds but has missed only seven regular season games, and only four on account of injury. Because of this longevity and ability to remain relatively injury free Emmitt Smith has become the National Football League's all-time leader in yards rushing.

    Early in his career Smith did not have the work ethic that the team though he should have. He was also suffering from a nagging hamstring injury. He then decided to turn things around. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, " After that season, I decided to invest in me, to keep me going." He went on to say, "You can have a Ferrari body, but your wheels need balancing. I felt if I took care of my body, I could still function when I got older."

    Smith now believes so much in chiropractic that he asked his chiropractor to relocate his practice closer to the practice field. Presently Emmitt sees his chiropractor, Dr. Rob Parker two or three times per week. His chiropractor even flies with the team to take care of Emmitt, and a number of other players right up till game-time.

    Emmitt Smith, a professional athlete who has first hand knowledge of the benefits of chiropractic concluded by saying, "Some of it may seem hokey to some people, but if you traveled where I've traveled, done what I've done and seen the results that I've been getting, then you'd understand where I'm coming from."

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    Why Posture Matters. It matters a lot...

    Great article on Posture.  It makes a huge difference.

    Did you know that your posture today can determine your future success in business, your day-to-day energy levels and how fast you age? Over the course of life, many of us can recall receiving posture reminders such as these: 
    A parent or grandparent admonishes, “Raise your chin up and quit slouching!” 
    A teacher demands, “Sit up straight in your chair!” 
    A drill sergeant commands, “Hold your shoulders back and chest out!” 
    A dance instructor reminds, “Find your center!” 
    Since most adults no longer have someone nearby to dole out daily reminders, how does following – or not following – the instructions we grew up hearing early in life affect us in the coming years? 
    Success in the Business World
    Harvard Business School recently distributed an article entitled, “The Power of Posture” stating that your stance, broadly speaking, signals to the world how energetic, confident, and powerful you are. Slumped shoulders, a slow pace, and a sagging belly are taken by the world to mean that you lack confidence, that you don’t have much energy, and that you are probably less important, successful, and powerful as a result. These impressions may be neither accurate nor fair, but they are the inevitable results of the fleeting impressions. Prior to your next meeting, take a couple of minutes to “power pose” by standing with your feet apart, hands on your hips, and breathe deep while you visualize a successful outcome to the meeting. 
    Depression and Energy
    In the journal Biofeedback, a study found that simply choosing to alter body posture to a more upright position can improve mood and energy levels. The subjects walked down a hallway in a slouched position and then skipped down the hallway. The whole group reported slouched walking decreased energy levels while skipping increased energy. The participants were also asked to rate their general depression levels. Those generally more depressed noted far lower energy levels after slouched walking than those who were generally not experiencing depression. Rather than slouching, consciously bringing yourself upright can relieve dis-ease, low mood, and increase energy throughout the day. 
    Try the 50/10 rule if you sit a lot at work. For every 50 minutes you sit, get up and move around for 10 minutes. Walk the halls with a colleague while discussing a project, take the stairs outside for a quick breath of fresh air or stand up and stretch while completing your calls at your desk. 
    Aging and Independence
    Did you know that your posture can predict your future risk of disability? According to a Japanese study just published in Journals of Gerontology Series A the shape of a person’s spinal column may be an indicator of their need for home assistance later in life. If you knew you could do something now to change things down the road, would you do it? No one wants to require help with bathing, feeding, dressing, going to the bathroom and other simple activities of daily living later in life. 
    To check your posture or the posture of a loved one, take our simple Posture Test. If you mark ‘yes’ to any of the questions, it’s time to get your spine and nervous system checked for imbalances, known as subluxations, whether you feel them or not. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for yourself or someone you know. The evidence is clear: If you want to live an active, healthy, long life, your ideal 100 Year Lifestyle, you’ve got to have a healthy spine and nervous system. Place your success, energy and independence at the top of your list by making your posture a high priority. 
    © 2014 The Family Practice, Inc., Dr. Eric Plasker and The 100 Year Lifestyle. All Rights Reserved.


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    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    9 Best Foods for Your Skin

    True health comes from within.  To allow this health to show on the outside, we need to feed the inside with proper nutrition. Check out this article on how to maintain healthy skin with healthy foods.  



    You are what you eat? Maybe not, but you do look the way you eat. Putting your best face forward starts with putting the right ingredients in your mouth. "The same foods that are good for your health are good for your skin," says Valori Treloar, a dermatologist based in Newton, Mass. "Your skin is just the outside part of your body."
    Want a healthy, glowing complexion? Load up on nutritious meals and snacks, like sweet potatoes, mangoes, and canned tuna. Experts say these foods will do as much for your appearance as your inner health. Here are nine skin-boosting choices:
    Tomatoes. They're full of lycopene, a phytochemical that provides red pigment and health benefits. Lycopene helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays—in other words, protecting against sun damage. To reap the most benefits, heat them up: A half-cup of cooked tomatoes, for example, packs 16 milligrams of lycopene. A daily dose coupled with sunscreen will help block the burn.
    Mangoes, papaya, and apricots. Got that washed-out look? Load up on some fruit. Mangoes, papaya, and apricots are full of pigments called carotenoids, which are stored in the layer of fat directly beneath the skin and can improve color. "They peek through, giving you a rosy glow," says registered dietitian Karen Ansel, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and co-author of The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life.
    Cocoa powder. Flavonals, the antioxidants in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. A study published in 2006 in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank cocoa fortified with 326 milligrams of flavonals a day had better skin texture and stronger resistance to UV rays than those who didn't get as much of the antioxidants. Just a few ounces a day—or a standard Hershey's Dark Chocolate bar—is sufficient. Another tasty way to get enough? Spoon some cocoa powder into your morning coffee, Ansel suggests.
    Flaxseeds. Think of these as tiny wrinkle fighters. They're packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which erase spots and smooth fine lines. In one study, participants who had about half a teaspoon of omega-3s daily for six weeks had less skin irritation and redness, as well as better-hydrated skin, according to findings published in 2009 in the British Journal of Nutrition. That's likely because fatty acids attract water to skin cells, plumping the skin and reducing wrinkling.
    Sweet potatoes. They're full of vitamin C, which smoothes wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen. One study, published in 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that people who consumed 4 milligrams of C—about half a small sweet potato—daily for three years reduced the appearance of wrinkles by 11 percent.
    Mussels. If you're not getting enough iron, your skin will turn pale and pasty, Ansel says. The solution? Iron-rich choices like mussels. One 3-ounce serving delivers a third of the daily recommended amount.
    Spinach. Want to protect yourself against skin cancer? Take a page out of Popeye's book. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that folks who ate the most spinach developed half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who ate the smallest amount. That's likely because the folate in spinach helps maintain and repair DNA, reducing the likelihood of cancer-cell growth.
    Canned tuna. It's packed with selenium—a nutrient that preserves elastin, which keeps skin smooth and tight. Selenium also prevents free radicals that are produced by UV rays from damaging skin cells, protecting against sun damage.
    Safflower Oil. If you have dry, flaky, or itchy skin, take note: This common cooking oil doubles as a moisturizer. It contains omega-6 fatty acids, which keep cell walls supple, allowing water to reach the skin. Some research suggests consuming safflower oil can help ease sin disorders like dermatitis, inflammation, acne, and dry skin.

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