Brain Brawn & Body Your Daily Dose July 1


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Dear Reader:

Letter from the Editor - Eric Von


It was an interesting and encouraging month for us at Brain Brawn & Body. Interesting because we saw an uptick in subscriptions and we can’t say why. There were no special marketing efforts, just our usual, tell folks as we move along, approach we’ve used since we launched the site three years ago.

That’s encouraging. We’re encouraged because we can say that people are catching on, joining the movement to try to achieve better health outcomes for themselves and their families. That’s been our objective from day one and we’re thankful that, maybe, our website has played a small part in changing attitudes around health and wellness.

Thank you to all of you who encouraged people you know to go to Thanks to those of you who inspired others to take stock of their lives, consider what their lives could be with a little effort to live better by doing some pretty simple things – read articles, become enlightened, decide which of those things found on the pages of Brain Brawn & Body were right for you and apply them to your life.

We come to you this month, a new set of 30 days where you can improve on what you’ve began. Thirty days for you to help us help others by telling a friend about the website and the riches it holds.

Tell them about A Healthy Body Can Often Equal a Healthy Brain, that’s one of several new articles that can be found on our Health page. And you can learn the answer to one of today’s burning questions, Why Cook With Cannabis (Nutrition).

On our Finance page, you’ll find a helpful article about costs you might incur if you’re renting an apartment or house and you own a pet. Pet Rent Puts the Bite on Empty Nesters is an enlightening piece about a trend that seems to be setting in around the country.

And for those of you who are wine drinkers, and yes, (a little of the good stuff, every now and then, can be good for you), Here’s to 4 Under-the-Radar Wine Regions, a Leisure page article that introduces you to places you might consider visiting if you’re a wine lover, is a must read.

Those are but a few of the articles you’ll find in the latest edition of Brain Brawn & Body. Read them and please, tell a friend. And in this time of Thanksgiving and preparation for other holidays, we thank you for giving pause to your health and wellness and sharing the knowledge with others you know and love.

Read, learn, enjoy!



Eric Von



How Your Cell Phone Might Be Hurting Your Sperm

cellphonefrontpocketspermMen may want to reconsider how closely they store their mobile phone to the family jewels.

A meta-analysis of ten past studies, led by researchers at University of Exeter, U.K., found a small but consistent drop in sperm quality if the men (or their, uh, samples) had been exposed to mobile phone radiation. While researchers found no link between mobile phone radiation and an actual drop in fertility rates, the finding could contribute to understanding the global -- and still unexplained -- drop in sperm count.

"The implications are likely to be greatest for subgroups of men with multiple exposures to different factors which act together to affect their sperm; and possibly for men who already have borderline fertility," said researcher Fiona Mathews, Ph.D. "However, we need to remember that sperm quality is very variable naturally, and men with a wide range of ‘motility’ and ‘vitality’ measures can still be considered normal and achieve a pregnancy."

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Is Everything We Know About Breakfast Wrong?

familyeatingbreakfastEating breakfast is supposed to make you smarter, help you lose weight and cut down on heart attacks -- or so everyone says. Now new findings from two randomized controlled trials are poking holes in our common acceptance of the morning meal as a panacea.

Most of the research on breakfast comes from long-term observational studies, which collect a large amount of data on the habits of individuals within the context of their daily lives.

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African-Americans Respond Better to First-Line Diabetes Drug Than Whites

metforminnewsstudyStudy suggests metformin controls blood sugar more effectively in African-Americans

African Americans taking the diabetes drug metformin saw greater improvements in their blood sugar control than white individuals who were prescribed the same medication, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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How to Plan a Multifamily Vacation

familiestogetheringWish you had more time to spend with your best friend or your family members? Try a multifamily vacation! These group getaways are a growing trend -- the travel industry calls them “togethering.” They’re a chance to kick back and share adventures with pals and relatives, plus they reduce the costs of lodging.

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What Kind of Inheritance Do You Owe Your Kids?

inheritance2014There's no right answer, but you may need to make some plans

“I don’t believe in inheriting money,” CNN host Anderson Cooper recently told Howard Stern on Stern's radio show. Added Cooper, a son of designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt: “I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse.”

Cooper acknowledges that it's easy for him to say so, given his multimillion-dollar TV salary. But his attitude toward inheritances is not unique.

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Alzheimer's and Stress: A New Study Reaffirms the Link

stress2014But not all stress is tied to the disease. It's the everyday kind that wears you down.

It has been known for years that stress contributes to heart disease, insomnia, digestive disorders and a host of other health problems. Now there's increasing evidence that it also may trigger Alzheimer’s Disease.

A study released in March by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine appears to back up earlier hypotheses that link stress with Alzheimer's. But not all types of stress are to blame.

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More health information is available at Brain Brawn & Body and find out about other healthy events on Healthy Happenings

I invite you to read, learn, enjoy!


Eric Von


P.O. Box 761, Milwaukee, WI 53201