Incense Worse Than Cigarettes?


“Clearly, there needs to be greater awareness and management of the health risks associated with burning incense in indoor environments.”  Good to know.

A recently published study from China has found that: “In vitro assessments showed that the genotoxicity of the particulate matter from one particular incense sample was higher than the reference cigarette sample with the same dose.”

It would be interesting to know to what extent this applies to traditional, natural sources of incense as opposed to highly processed forms.

Comment on the forum

Against 8 Glasses of Water a Day


Image Credit: Jean Fortunet

There are posts going around the internet right now as research has not supported the claim that one should drink 8 glasses of water a day.

For example, Dr. Valtin stated in his 2002 review the following:

No scientific studies were found in support of 8 x 8 [glasses of water a day]. Rather, surveys of food and fluid intake on thousands of adults of both genders, analyses of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals, strongly suggest that such large amounts are not needed because the surveyed persons were presumably healthy and certainly not overtly ill.

As most traditional health systems are about understanding the patient a one-size fits all maxim does not bode well.  In regards to 8 glasses of water a day, one must be careful too as too much water can inhibit digestion and if the water is cold the detriment to digestion is pronounced.  Additionally, it’s ideal to consume broths and stocks and herbal teas and certain fermented beverages (this is not a reference to alcohol believe it or not) for their additional nutritional value and support to the digestive process.

As often is the case, listen to your body when it comes to thirst.

Comment on the forum


New Study Demonstrates Acupuncture Benefits for Blood Pressure


A recent study in the journal of Medical Acupuncture has found that acupuncture lowered blood pressure in hypertensive patients.  Benefits could persist for over a month and the majority of participants were observed to have measurably benefitted from the treatment.  The reduction in blood pressure was somewhat small but not insignificant, and other biological markers were changed in positive ways such as norepinephrine and renin.

From the discussion of this study:

Because EA decreases both peak and average SBP, this therapy may decrease the risk for stroke, peripheral artery disease, heart failure, and myocardial infarction in hypertensive patients. Even small increases in SBP and DBP increase the risk for aneurysm. Thus, although decreases in SBP and DBP were relatively small, in the 4–13 mmHg range, these small reductions by EA potentially are clinically meaningful. It is clear, however, that further studies aimed at acupuncture’s potential to reduce cardiovascular risk are warranted.

Comment on the forum