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THE HUMBLE APPLE MAY ACE CANCER


pples are among the world’s most healing su-


perfoods, thanks to their abundant fiber and heart-healthy nutrient properties. New research shows that an apple a day may also help keep cancer away. Two major independent cancer


research projects, from Poland and Uru- guay, confirm that daily apple consump- tion can cut the risk of colorectal cancer in half, a unique value among all fruits or vegetables. Other studies documented at GreenMedInfo.com suggest that apples contain components geared to help stop the growth of liver, breast, esophageal, stomach and multi-drug-resistant cancers. Additional research further associ- ates the fruit with relieving diarrhea in children, soothing bowel inflammation in adults, preventing flu, facilitating weight loss, protecting against gum dis- ease, maintaining brain cells and even slowing the aging process.


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YOGA RELIEVES BACK PAIN


ould a simple yoga class ease chronic back pain? Yes, say re-


searchers in two recent studies. Scientists at the University of


Washington found that subjects report- ed a 61 percent decrease in back pain when practicing yoga in a 12-week period compared with doing simple stretching. The researchers attributed their findings, published in Evidence- Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to yoga’s physi- cal and breathing exercises and how they increase awareness and relaxation. Another project, fund-


ed by Arthritis Research UK, showed that Britons with long-term back pain that took a 12- week yoga course reported 75 percent fewer sick days.


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