Navajo Nation to Implement New Junk Food Tax

A new law on junk food signed by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly last year will go into effect next month. The law, called the Healthy Diné Nation Act 2014, will put a 2% tax on any food that is not considered to be of nutritional value. This includes cookies, cakes, chips, soda, fried food, pastries and others. The money collected from the tax is to be used to support wellness programs such as greenhouses, exercise equipment and clean water.

Flavio Maluf says that this law, the first in the United States that taxes a wide variety of junk food is in response to high obesity and diabetes rates in many communities in the Navajo Nation. It is estimated that at least 20% of the nation is diabetic, even more are pre-diabetic and almost 60% of some groups are considered obese.

Many areas of the nation are considered food deserts with many stores in larger towns having few healthy options. This is combined with a high rate of people on food stamps due to high unemployment and poverty. People with little money try to stretch their funds by buying cheap, less nutritious food.

The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States comprised of over 27,000 square miles of land. Many people live in remote areas and are unable to travel long distances to stores outside their area.

Deaths from High Blood Pressure on the Rise

As blood pressure rises, so do the deaths caused from the silent disease. A recently released report from the CDC shows that deaths related to high blood pressure have risen by 61% since 2000. These numbers were garnered from death certificates that mentioned high blood pressure any where on the death certificate. Deaths from heart disease and strokes decreased by 6% during the same time frame.

High blood pressure has been associated with heart disease for decades, but WikiInvest says recent medical discoveries also show hypertension as being associated with cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

The study shows that one out of every six deaths is directly caused from high blood pressure. The other deaths for which the death certificates were analyzed show high blood pressure as a contributing factor. By reducing blood pressure we increase our lifespan. Diet and exercise are key to keeping hypertension under control, along with regular doctor visits and taking medications prescribed by your doctor.

Is Your Body Telling You it’s Time for More Water?

The human body is truly amazing. If you pay attention, it can give you subtle signs that something is wrong like dehydration. Dehydration happens when you are not drinking sufficient amounts of water or fluids for your body to function properly. Water is very important for hydrating your body, and you should pick up on the signs before things get complicated. Dehydration can easily lead to mild symptoms such as bad breath or muscle spasms. However, if you don’t replenish your water, you could find yourself coming down with much more serious symptoms such as seizures or blood clots.


One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is bad breath, which is caused by a build-up of bacteria due to lack of saliva. Often people blame heaters in the winter for dry skin, but you may not be drinking enough water. When your body doesn’t get enough fluids, it begins to flush skin cells off the body resulting in dry skin. Muscle cramps can be a result of dehydration in addition to unusual cravings for sweets according to WetSeal.

Checking for Dehydration

Healthy urine should be mainly clear or slightly yellow. Chardonnay urine indicates you may be 5 percent dehydrated and orange urine means you are over 5 percent.

Water Recommendations

Women should try to get at least 12 cups of water per day to remain hydrated. Men require a bit more and should drink 15 cups or more daily.

Obese Man to Run 5K Every Month

A Missouri man, weighing nearly 570lbs has challenged himself to run a 5K every month. Derek Mitchell, residing in Kansas City, Missouri was diagnosed with having a benign tumor on his pituitary gland nearly five years ago. Due to the placement of the tumor, it has gridlocked his body from producing testosterone. As a result Mitchell has consistently gained weight since he was a teenager.

Now weighing in close to 600lbs, Mitchell decided to make a lifestyle change. His initial attempts at weight loss were mild, cutting out soda and walking to get a little bit of exercise. While Mitchell saw slow going changes to his body he was ready to kick it up a notch. His sister, a marathon runner suggested Mitchell try to run in a local 5K. With some hesitation, Mitchell decided that he was ready for the run.

On March 14th, his friend Christian looked on as  Mitchell successfully completed his first 5K in Kansas City. He has vowed that crossing the finish line as a race finisher was infectious and exhilarating. Wanting to quit several times throughout the run, Mitchell was fortunate to have found support in a fellow racer who offered encouragement and support for him to finish.
Crossing the finish line in nearly one hour and a half hours, Mitchell successfully completed the race. Since then, he has signed up for three other local races in Kansas City. In fact, Mitchell has vowed to run one race per month for the rest of year!

Sleeping Too Much Could Be Bad For You


Most people try to shoot for eight hours of sleep each night. This is the ideal amount for most people. Some recent studies though, have shown that getting more than those eight hours can actually be harmful to you. So much so, that you are better off getting less than eight hours each night than you are getting more. When you are low on sleep you know what that feels like. You are usually tired, cranky, sluggish and don’t feel well. This can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and more. Unfortunately, people are not clear on what the issues are for getting too much sleep.

Studies and research have been being done for approximately the last ten years or so. According to adults who sleep less than six hours per night compared to people who slept over eight hours each night were at a lower risk of early mortality than the longer sleepers. This is partly do to the fact that more sleep each night can lead to deconditioning of the body. The heart loses its strength, the muscles become weak and the body is not experiencing enough physical activity to remain healthy. Ideally we should all shoot for eight hours each night unless circumstances require us more such as if we are sick or did not get enough sleep the night before. Trying to stay on schedule is really the best choice for remaining healthy.

Obesity Continues to Rise in the United States

It is good to see some national statistics increase. When your country’s economic output has gone up from last year, that is hopeful news. Rises in some statistics are not so encouraging. In this category, we have a report from a survey conducted by Gallup and Healthways that obesity among American is at its highest levels yet. The 27.7 percent who are obese are also joined by over 30 percent who are merely ‘overweight’. says the number of Americans defined as morbidly obese has gone up as well.

We have known we have an obesity problem in this country for some time now. Whatever we are doing to handle it clearly is not working. This is a problem as our weight can be linked to our general sense of well-being in terms of more than just our physical health. We feel better about ourselves when we look thinner and better and this influences our social interactions and so much more. Some of the increases in obesity are also coming from surprising segments of society. With all the focus on childhood obesity, there has actually been a sharp rise in obesity rates for seniors since this survey has been done over the past 7 years. It seems a new campaign to curb this problem is needed, and it apparently needs to be one that is concentrated on those older and already more sedentary citizens around us.

Surgery Secrets Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

Every industry has its insider secrets. For years, restaurant patrons were clueless about what often happened to their food when it’s sent back to the kitchen with a complaint. We discovered that disgusting little secret when an restaurant insider told us. Now a surgeon has decided to reveal some operating room secrets that your doctor would never tell you and the secret aren’t all bad.

* Surgeons don’t think they’re God. Wikipedia reports that most people think surgeon are of that opinion about themselves, but they’re actually not that arrogant. While their are exceptions, most surgeons are doing their best to solve the patient’s medical problem and they check their attitude at the door of the operating room.

* The human body is considered to be like a box of chocolates. The surgeon never knows what he/she will find until the body is opened

* Surgeon are terrified of leaving something inside a patient or removing the wrong thing from a patient. Strict surgical protocol helps prevent either of these scenarios from playing out in the operating room, but it does happen.
* The more overweight a patient is, the more difficult it is to operate on them. Healing takes longer and several other surgical risk factors increase too.

* Surgeons have fun in the operating room during surgical procedures. All is calm and soothing when the patient is wheeled in, but after the patient is knocked out, the music changes and the taking starts.

North American Spine Surgical Procedures For Optimal Results

Are you aware of the fact that all spinal injuries or surgeries required to heal them aren’t equal? Some of today’s “minimally invasive” methods of surgery aren’t necessarily as claimed to be, minimally invasive. Unfortunately, there have been many cases of patients experiencing and being diagnosed for damage occurrences in healthy tissues and even degenerative discs, all of which could have the effects of needing corrective procedures in the future.

North American Spine provides the most optimal solutions for resolving spinal injuries. The Accurascope procedure effectively treats the patient’s upper backs, neck areas and lower back utilizing higher instances of precise surgical solutions which treat and allow faster recovery than most of today’s available spinal surgeries that are supposedly “minimally invasive”.

North American Spine is well renowned for treating thousands of patients, with more than 8,000 of them with stories attesting to the success of their received treatments. The good news for prospective patients is that the surgery is covered by most insurance plans, preventing them from having to spend large out-of-pocket costs. The spinal surgery by them have been proven to have an 82$ success rate, more than 95% would recommend attaining the surgical treatment(s) and last but certainly not least, the patient will be able to save more than $23,000 over a five year period by reducing relevant costs, such as office appointments and medicine.

The surgical procedures of North American Spine can treat a myriad of diagnosis, including degenerative discs, spinal stenosies, radiculopathy, sciatica, foraminal stenosis, facet joint syndrome, herniated discs, bulging discs and more. The group of people that may need to receive such surgical treatments are athletes whose bodies undergo strenuous pressure, stress, physical exertion and constant mobility. As most athletes are required to run long distances courses to build up their stamina and endurance, their bodies tend to take quite a toll over several years of training. Unfortunately, the toll their bodies take results in them needing to seek surgical treatments to get back to where they used to be on a physical level. Oftentimes, their physical levels aren’t the only aspects of their lives that need to be built back up, but their emotional states as well, as back pains can cause depression within any athlete that may have once had superstar potential.

Serious Effects of Dehydration

Sometimes, we get so busy that we forget to do something that is essential to our bodies: drink water. It sometimes isn’t until we have a very dry mouth, or are “dying of thirst” that we grab a bottle. But as we know, there are major consequences to not drinking enough water, and they are all extremely unhealthy.

Bad breath is a sign of dehydration. Instead of reaching for that gum or breath mint, reach for the water, as dehydration prevents the production of saliva, causing less than pleasant breath.
Hair Barbouti told me that he agrees with this article he read on that says to not blame genetics on that dry, cracked skin….blame dehydration. The dizziness and lack of blood volume caused by dehydration results in very dry skin.
Having a fever and chills isn’t always due to illness. Take into consideration the amount of water you’ve been drinking lately. Severe dehydration can cause flu like symptoms, which is extremely dangerous, especially when your fever reached 101 degrees.
Craving chocolate and ice cream? You may actually just need some more water. Dehydration effects your body’s energy stores, so instead of reaching for the sugary snacks, try a fruit or vegetable that is 90% water or more, and, of course, a bottle of H2O.
Don’t be so quick to blame that headache on stress, noise or work! If the fluid sack that protects the human brain becomes dehydrated, the brain can bump against the skull, causing headaches. This is extremely dangerous and is reason enough to consume water well before it happens. Read more about dehydration here: