NCMA Cardiology Launches Be Heart Smart Campaign During National Heart Month

Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) February 04, 2015

Heart disease has been the number-one killer of Americans for the past 80 years. In 2015, it isnt news to most people that heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in the United States. It also isnt news to most people that heart disease is preventable. The shocking news is that even though people know the risks of heart disease and that it is preventable, the incidence of heart disease and related deaths continues to grow. According to the American Heart Association, one in seven deaths is related to coronary heart disease, and one in nine is caused by heart failure. In light of the growing problem, February has been deemed Heart Month in America. NCMA Cardiology has launched its Be Heart Smart social media campaign this month as a means to help people realize the power of preventative healthy living to reverse the trend of rising heart disease.

While there are some risk factors that cant be controled such as age, gender, heredity, and race, people can significantly mitigate their risk for heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices. With its campaign, NCMA Cardiology hopes to reach as many people as possible and to cause them to stop and think about their hearts when making health-related choices. NCMA cardiologists have identified seven interrelated goals that will help people reduce their risk for heart disease. In essence, the Be Heart Smart campaign is about (1) managing diet and weight, (2) exercising regularly, (3) quitting smoking, (4) reducing stress, (5) keeping blood pressure in the healthy range, (6) managing cholesterol levels, and (7) controlling blood sugar.

First and foremost, managing diet and weight is the most important step towards minimizing ones risk of heart disease. NCMA Cardiology strives to redefine the meaning of diet in popular culture. Ones diet encompasses everything he or she ingests over a lifetime. Alternatively, when one goes on a diet, this most likely means the dieter is resisting the foods that he or she prefers to eat for a set period of time for the sake of losing weight. This type of dieting is not an effective way to sustain weight loss, as once the diet ends, the person rewards themselves with the unhealthy foods they resisted while dieting. To truly have a healthy diet, NCMA cardiologists recommend eating smaller portions at meals, and snacking on vegetables and fiber-rich whole grains during the day.

While obesity poses one of the most serious threats to heart health, it isn’t the only factor for increased risk of heart disease due to a poor diet. Everyones body processes food differently. Although it is unlikely, some people can appear slim and fit while sustaining themselves on potato chips and soda pop. This does not change the fact that these people are increasing their risk for heart disease through their diets. What foods are really the best for your heart? Recent studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk heart disease by about 20% in both men and women.

Just taking a walk in the morning or the evening will put you on your way to better heart health.

After maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly is the next most important step towards reducing hearth health. Not only will living a sedentary lifestyle reduce muscle strength and endurance, it will also contribute to metabolic problems such as high blood sugar and cholesterol. Much scientific research has gone into how much exercise is enough, and todays leading experts recommend getting at least 60 minutes of continuous, moderate aerobic exercise each day of the week. NCMA cardiologists recognize that this recommendation is more than what many Americans are willing to do or have time for, so they level with patients and tell them the raw factstrue up until the extreme, the more cardiovascular exercise people get everyday, the more they reduce their risk for heart disease. While 60 minutes a day brings about excellent health benefits, even just 20 to 30 minutes of continuous, moderate aerobic exercise five days a week has been shown to reduce the risk for heart disease by 30-50%. Just taking a walk in the morning or the evening will put you on your way to better heart health.

It shouldnt come as a surprise to anyone that smoking dramatically increases your risk of cardiovascular heart disease. Like it says on every cigarette box today, smoking causes heart disease. Smoking accelerates the progression of heart disease in people predisposed to having it, and drastically increases the chances of it developing in people who would otherwise be at a very low risk. In conjunction with the Northern California Center of Well-Being, NCMA offers smoking cessation classes. Even if a smoker isnt ready to quit, it is important to talk to a NCMA physician about smoking habits in order to gain access to all of the resources, clinics and classes offered through NCMA.

When it comes to reducing stress, it is important to clarify what kind of stress is most necessary to reduce for the sake of improving heart health. Reducing physical stress such as exercise, for example, should not be thought of as an effective means to reduce ones risk of heart disease. Emotional stress, such as work-related, relationship, and financial stresses, has long been suspected and recently confirmed to increase ones risk for heart disease. These types of stresses, however unpleasant or dangerous, cannot always be avoided. Reducing stress, therefore, is ultimately about finding ways to relax when confronted with stressful situations. No two people will ever react to the same type of stress the same way, so it is also important for individuals to determine the stresses that affect them most.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and off-balance, volatile blood sugar levels are all relatively common in our society and can significantly increase ones risk of developing heart disease. While the best way to mitigate these risks is through exercise, healthy eating, and not smoking cigarettes, treatment may require management with drug therapy and careful monitoring by a physician. Other contributing factors other than lifestyle choices such as genetics and metabolic disorders are often unavoidable and may warrant even closer care by a doctor.

Improving heart health and reducing the risk for heart disease doesnt have to be overwhelming. Simply making an effort to be conscious of heart health in day-to-day living can go a long way. To start, NCMA Cardiology encourages everyone to pick two or three goals on the Be Heart Smart list to go after. In addition, keeping regular appointments with a cardiologist before any serious heart issues arise is the best way to stay on top of heart health.

NCMA Cardiology is comprised of 14 cardiologists, two cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, and one electrophysiologistall board-certified in their fields. Since 1975, the group has focused on sub specialization within cardiovascular health to provide services by the most highly trained and experienced physicians and staff. In accordance with its practice of providing comprehensive cardiovascular health care, NCMA offers HeartWorks, pacemaker and defibrillator clinics, anti-coagulation clinics, congestive heart failure clinics, pulmonary hypertension clinics, lipid clinics, and an adult congenital heart clinic in addition to general check-ups with cardiologists. NCMAs HeartWorks Cardiac Rehabilitation Center provides each patient with a personal diet and exercise plan supervised by a team of physicians, nurses, and cardiac exercise specialists.

NCMA Cardiology provides cardiac care in three counties, with 11 offices, located in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Gualala, Ukiah, and Lakeport. Visit our website at for more information on NCMA health services and contacting NCMA offices. Please call (707) 573-6166 to schedule an appointment with NCMA Ca

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Consumer Reports Survey Finds Americans Mistaken About Safety and Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Supplements

Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2014

With the New Year close at hand, many Americans use this milestone to start a new diet or exercise regimen. But a new survey from Consumer Reports finds that as many as one in four consumers try to shortcut the process with the use of weight-loss supplements.

The Consumer Reports survey goes further to uncover consumer confusion about the safety and effectiveness of these products with 20% of respondents saying they thought that the FDA tests and guarantees the safety and effectiveness of supplements. In fact, the FDA regulates supplements much like foods, meaning theyre generally considered safe unless shown not to be.

The Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed nearly 3,000 Americans about weight-loss supplements. The key findings include:

Over one-quarter of supplement users in the survey said they thought the products were safe and would help them drop more pounds than other weight loss methods. But unlike prescription and over-the-counter drugs, supplements dont have to be proven effective and safe before they hit store shelves.
Many supplement users are unaware of their risks. One-quarter of Americans believe the products have fewer side effects than most over-the-counter or prescription medications, and nearly 20 percent believed the pills are safer than prescription drugs because theyre natural. However, diet pills can contain banned drugs. A recent Boston study looked at 27 supplements that had been recalled by the FDA, but they were still on the market. Two thirds of those sold for weight loss still contained the banned ingredients.
Side effects are common. About half of the people in the survey, who used supplements, said they experienced at least one side effect including a rapid heart rate, jitteriness, digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea, dry mouth, or another side effect.
Supplements arent effective for most people. A third of those who took supplements didnt lose any weight. Another third lost some weight, but only 9 percent of all supplement users surveyed said they lost all the weight they hoped to lose and kept it off. Most supplement users in our survey (74%) had been taking a supplement for anywhere between 3 weeks to 11 months. Its very possible the supplement had little to do with it. Exercise and diet may have been the main reason, and 85 percent of people who said they lost any weight while taking a supplement were also following a diet or exercise program.

In addition to the survey on weight-loss supplements which can be found online at the February issue of Consumer Reports magazine features the latest ratings of treadmills and ellipticals and finds that many have added features and connectivity that make it almost as good as having a personal trainer.

Many of the models Consumer Reports tested allow users to individualize their workouts, making the best machines more motivating to their users. Thats great news since 64 percent of those who exercise regularly choose to do so at home according to market research firm Mintel.

Research shows the key to success is finding a diet and exercise regime people can stick with. As part of the exercise equipment ratings, Consumer Reports evaluated equipment costs, ergonomics, construction, ease of use, exercise range and user safety as well as the latest high-tech tools to achieve fitness goals.

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A Recent Study on Obesity and Genetics in Nature Shows a Stronger Correlation Between the Two, But Calories Still Count Say Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook Authors

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) February 18, 2015

A new study published in the journal Nature found that genetics plays a bigger role in the development of obesity than was previously thought. Researchers from the University of Michigan unveiled the results of a genome-wide association study looking at body mass index (BMI), a common measure of obesity, in close to 400,000 individuals (Nature, 518:197-206;February 11, 2015).

This new research finds that as much as 21% of BMI variation can be accounted for by genetics. There are about 100 locations across the genome that plays roles in various obesity traits, double than what was previously thought.

This research may help determine who is at risk of developing diseases associated with obesity and may lend insight into future treatment, says Elaine Trujillo, nutritionist and author of The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook. We have known that one size does not fit all when it comes to weight gain, development of risk factors and even obesity treatment. Now we have more research to support that notion, Trujillo adds.

According to Caroline Apovian, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and the Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, For those of us treating obesity, this is exciting news because particular genes and pathways affecting BMI have been implicated that respond to changes in eating behavior. Once we can figure out which of these genes are implicated in each patient, we can tailor the treatment of their obesity based on their particular genetic profile. For example, one of the pathways implicated in this paper is one that is the proposed mechanism of action of the combination of drugs recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of obesity topiramate/phentermine. Based on genetic profiles, we may be able to predict which patients will be successful at weight loss with this particular drug combination (topiramate/phentermine) as opposed to another treatment if they have this pathway variation. Also, we may be able to predict who will do well with bariatric surgery in the future.

In a companion paper on waist-to-hip circumference ratios, 49 sites in the genome were identified (Nature 518:187-186; February 12, 2015). The waist-to-hip ratio and waist circumference alone are used to determine fat distribution and abdominal fatness and is a marker for developing diseases associated with obesity. Men who have waist circumferences greater than 40 inches and women who have waist circumferences greater than 35 inches are at higher risk of diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and cardio-vascular disease.

Much more research is needed to determine how the genetic variations in individuals lead to weight gain in some and not in others. Some of the genes involved in obesity may be related to other diseases, this research is a step in uncovering the biological basis to a whole host of metabolic diseases. Although genetic background may be a useful tool in the future for developing personalized diets for weight loss and health, those who are already living in calorie balance and engaging in regular physical activity will have the basis for a foundation for healthy living.

CATHERINE JONES is the award-winning author or coauthor of numerous cookbooks including The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook, Eating for Pregnancy, and Eating for Lower Cholesterol. She is the co-founder of the nonprofit Share Your Calories, an app developer, blogger, and a freelance journalist. ELAINE TRUJILLO, MS, RDN, is a nutritionist who has years of experience promoting nutrition and health and has written numerous scientific journal articles, chapters and textbooks.

Diet Doc Announces Prescription Diet Plans that now Include More Fiber to Keep Patients Feeling Full and Satisfied without Hunger and Food Cravings

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2015

Hunger and food cravings are two of the chief reasons why many dieters abandon their weight loss goals.

Diet Doc knows that those who embark on the journey that will lead them to improved health, more confidence and a slimmer figure need a diet that will allow them to focus on their weight loss goals without feeling hungry, without craving their favorite foods and without feeling drained of energy. For this reason, the company updated their diet plans to include more fiber, the food source that leaves patients feeling full and satisfied.

Diet Docs goal is to help their patients reach their ideal weight without suffering nagging between meal hunger or food cravings, and developed their diet plans that include delicious, fiber rich foods that nourish the body and leave their patients feeling full and satisfied. By working closely with their patients and becoming familiar with each patients lifestyle, activity level, medical background and food preferences, they are more able to create meal and snack plans that satisfy the palate and control the urge to reach for foods that contain empty calories.

Research has revealed that food stimulates pleasure centers in the brain the same pleasure centers that are stimulated by cocaine, heroin and alcohol, and for these pleasure centers to be strongly stimulated by food, the food must contain concentrated amounts of salt, sugar or fat. Therefore, because fiber has little taste, does not stimulate the pleasure centers, and takes up very little physical space in the stomach, food manufactures tend to keep fiber content to a minimum. This leaves people feeling hungry and craving concentrated, modern foods more often throughout the day.

A study, performed by UMASS Medical School, found that those who added more fiber to an otherwise normal diet were able to shed pounds, decrease their blood pressure and reduce their blood sugar – all key in the avoidance of diabetes and improved overall general health. The study found that, in addition to taking up more physical space in the stomach, a high fiber diet is easier to follow because it is considered a permissive diet, and allows dieters to consume more of a particular food type, rather than placing strict restrictions on foods. The study reported that, psychologically, when one is less restricted in their food choices and consumption, they are more likely to be consistent and compliant with their diet.

Diet Doc has taken this knowledge one step further by coupling their customized meal and snack plans with prescription weight loss products that speed the rate at which their patients see fat melting while smoothly and comfortably transitioning into their new body without overwhelming urges to reach for high calorie, high carbohydrate processed foods. Their prescription hormone diet treatments, appetite suppressants, fat burners, diet pills and their new Metabolism Boost helps patients adjust to their new, healthy eating habits, balances blood sugar, improves insulin sensitivity and helps the body to more efficiently release and burn stored fat.

Diet Doc tailors diet plans for those of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders and urges those who have been unsuccessful in the past to call today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with the nations leader in medically supervised prescription weight loss programs.

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Trucking Company Prime, Inc. Doing Its Part in the War Against Obesity

SPRINGFIELD, MO (PRWEB) January 23, 2015

Prime, Inc., North Americas most successful refrigerated, flatbed and tanker trucking company, is being highlighted in mainstream media for its commitment to improve healthy lifestyles among the trucking industry.

Sports Illustrated recently released their January 26, 2015 issue featuring a profile piece of Primes Driver Health and Fitness Coach, Siphiwe Baleka, which discusses Balekas background and his current role in truck driver fitness. Baleka attended Yale University and was the very first African American All Ivy League Swimmer. He also led the Yale Bulldogs from last place to Ivy League Champions in his four-year swimming career. A video feature on Baleka will also air on Fox Sports 1 at 11:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 8.

Primes Driver Health and Fitness program is also being featured on Fox Business Network on Friday, January 23 at 10:28 p.m. EST.

All of this attention is amazing, said Baleka. I told the Prime drivers that we were going to start a movement that would set an example for all of America, and it is happening.

One out of three Americans are obese, and two out of three truck drivers are obese. Prime, Inc. tracks the BMI of its fleet, which currently stands at 33.0. The trucking companys aim is to reduce that to fewer than 30. A total of 58% of Prime drivers are obese, well under the national average of 69%.

According to Baleka, We still have a long way to go. Our drivers dont have access to kitchens or gyms, and they have food storage issues, too. However, if we can lower the average BMI of the fleet to under 30, we can show others in the industry that it can be done, even in the most extreme circumstances.

For more information about Primes Driver Health and Fitness program, visit or contact Siphiwe Baleka at sbaleka(at)

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New York, NY (PRWEB) February 11, 2015

A new health resource,, launched today as the first website that provides direct access to the current medical evidence for 24 of the most mainstream wellness approaches. With thousands of clinical studies evaluating the effectiveness of approaches from chiropractic to weight loss, the site was designed to make it easier for the millions of people seeking alternative health solutions, for medical professionals selecting courses of treatment, and for companies designing employee wellness programs, to research wellness alternatives at the most authoritative sources of evidence-based medicine.

A project of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), an international research organization and think tank for wellness-related industries, Wellness Evidence was previewed at the GWIs Global Wellness Summit in Morocco in Fall 2014and was launched to the world today at a GWI roundtable on the topic of the “Science of Wellness” held in New York City.

Wellness is a massive $ 3.4 trillion global sector, but with explosive consumer markets, misinformation on the latest fad diets or miracle cures can spawn. This new site, with transparent access to the same databases doctors use, is a much-needed, spin-free wellness research zone, said Susie Ellis, president and CEO of the GWI. And while medical studies on wellness approaches are typically radically under-funded compared to traditional medicine’s drugs, devices, and procedures, theres an important, growing body of evidence to explore. People have questions: Is there strong evidence that acupuncture benefits chronic back and neck pain? Long-term smoking cessation? That highly symptomatic stress significantly increases risk of early death? The answers are yes, no, and yesand whether the evidence is positive, inconclusive or negative, its searchable at Wellness Evidence.

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Research Channel: The heart of the website is its research platform, which allows users to search four highly respected, evidence-based medical databasesNatural Standard, The Cochrane Library, PubMed and TRIPto access the universe of meta-reviews and clinical trials on the 24 wellness approaches. Each pre-searched database has a unique strength; more info on the databases is available here.

Research Spotlights: For each wellness approach, selected medical studies are showcased to introduce users to the nature and diversity of the research available.

Studies in the News: Recent headline making articles on the medical evidence for wellness approaches are aggregated, allowing users to read about complex medical studies in an easy-to-digest way.

Studies-in-Progress: Users can search for clinical trials on wellness underway both in the U.S. (via and globally (via the World Health Organization site).

Conversations & Contributions: Visitors can contribute studies about wellness approaches, as well as share their own experiences and outcomes.

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Wellness Evidences functionality was realized by SelfOptima, a leader in developing technology platforms that use evidence-based medicine to help people optimize their health and wellbeing.

For more info, contact Beth McGroarty at beth.mcgroarty [at] globalwellnessinstitute [dot] com or (+1) 213-300-0107.

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Providence, RI (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

The Maestro implantable weight loss device, recently approved by the FDA, has led to major opinion, debate and commentary about the effectiveness of the latest weight loss mechanism. While some think that the Maestro is simply trickery to the brain that will not deliver long term weight loss, others are more optimistic. Because a year-long study revealed that the subjects lost only about 9 percent of their body weight, in comparison to a placebo study where subjects lost a comparable 6 percent, this slight body weight decrease gives pause to other weight loss companies and drug manufacturers who have been striving relentlessly for the approval of weight loss drugs that project much more reliable, inexpensive and positive outcomes.

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Even surgeries that are approved by most insurance companies require that the patient first exhaust all of their options, including following an approved weight loss treatment plan. And because Diet Doc is a doctor-designed and medically supervised weight loss program, the company qualifies as one of the handful of treatment programs that insurance companies feel could lead to patients avoiding often risky, potentially dangerous and extremely costly weight loss surgery.

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Diet Docs scientifically designed, medically supervised weight loss treatment programs have helped thousands of desperate dieters throughout the country and have earned a reputation of trust, reliability and positive weight loss results. Diet Doc encourages those who are considering resorting to potentially dangerous and costly weight loss surgery to call today.

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Detox Retreat at Sedona Mago Retreat Leads to Weight Loss and Improved Health

(PRWEB) January 22, 2015

The average American gained 5-10 lbs. over the holidays and is on a quest to take it off.

Juniper D. Yang, Tao Master and instructor and Dr. Victoria Green, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, lead the Revitalizing Detox Retreat at Sedona Mago Retreat. The great majority of their retreat participants succeed in losing weight. In addition, they report a profound improvement in their energy and overall health, and find relief from fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, depression, headaches and various aches and pains.

A lot of diets are unsuccessful because toxins have built up in a persons body and they do not address this issue. According to Juniper, even if we make a concentrated effort to have a healthy lifestyle, current environmental toxins make it necessary to cleanse our bodies every six months. Toxins can cause fat to build up, especially around the belly. This unsightly visceral fat surrounds internal organs and is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. No matter how much you restrict calories, weight loss is nearly impossibleunless you cleanse your body.

The Revitalizing Detox Program at Sedona Mago Retreat has spiritual benefits as well. People find that their natural healing power is enhanced through components of this unique program which include mindful eating, attending to the breath, meditation, and energy balancing.

While each retreat at Sedona Mago Retreat is distinctive, they share a common goal–to help participants to heal themselves through the principles and practices of Tao. The From Stress to Strength weekend retreat is designed to show people how to reduce, prevent, and cope with stress while the Finding True Self retreat provides techniques to focus inward for self-realization and helps renew a sense of inner peace. Holistic Health Journey leads to mindful living and utilizes many natural healing sources from within and the Tao Meditation retreats teach basic meditation and exercises for healing the body and mind to develop or deepen the meditation practice.

Sedona Mago Retreat is located on 163-acres in the sacred lands of Sedona and provides the ideal place to renew body, mind, and spirit. Call in reservations by March 31, 2015, mention code peace2015, and receive 10% off your room accommodations. 800-875-2256

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