John H. Keefe III, D.C.
DIET: How drinking lemonade can help prevent kidney stones When life gives you lemons— or kidney stones— make lemonade, researchers say. Kidney stones, hard masses formed in the kidneys that usually consist of insoluble calcium compounds, are on the rise among children and teenagers, according to the Cleveland Clinic. But sipping naturally sweet lemonade, which is rich in citric acid, may help ward off the painful masses, said Dr. Jeffrey Donohoe, a pediatric urologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. If lemonade or water alone aren’t your thing, try combining the best of both worlds to lower your risk of kidney stones: Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of plain water.
IN THE NEWS: Can some probiotics have an antibiotic effect? The Claim: Some probiotics, healthy bacteria commonly known for improving digestion and boosting the immune system, also can kill pathogens, such as those that cause food poisoning and others that cause illnesses such as strep throat. The Verdict: A probiotic lozenge can reduce incidence of strep throat, according to published research by Italian scientists. A Harvard University scientist found another strain, which is added to some smoothies and raw juices, can kill a wide variety of harmful bacteria in lab tests. The use of probiotics to kill pathogens is a promising area but most of the work is still preliminary, scientists say. The ability of some bacteria to kill other bacteria isn’t new—foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and pickled cucumbers are preserved thanks to a type of bacteria that produces lactic acid, which is lethal to harmful bacteria, says Maria L. Marco, associate professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis.
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FUNNY BONE: I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.@@ I changed my password to “incorrect”. So whenever I forget what it is the computer will say “Your password is incorrect”.@@You’re not fat, you’re just… easier to see.@@ Money talks …but all mine ever says is good-bye.@@@ I like birthdays, but I think too many can kill you.@@@ I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.
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