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1/12/04

HealthWise at 5 From 1.12

  • Anti-Smoking Laser

A Nicotine addiction treatment that's been available only in Europe and Canada is lighting up interest in the United States. Freedom Laser Therapy uses a low-level laser pen to stimulate acu-pressure points in the ears, face and hands. The treatment reportedly is pain free and uses a soft laser that is no more powerful than a 60 watt light bulb. Previous studies in Europe determined that initial treatment is generally successful, but long-term results vary.

  • Brain Block

Has it slipped your mind that you failed a seventh grade science exam, or that your date dumped you at the prom? That could mean your brain is working just the way you want it too. Researchers at the University of Oregon have uncovered biological evidence that the brain has the ability to block unwanted memories. This was a small study, just two dozen volunteers, but the results are big. MRI Scans revealed the brain's ability to suppress unwanted memories and that the brain can actually be trained to forget a painful memory. Mental Health experts say the findings could help Psychiatrists help patients who are scarred by traumatic experiences. This report is in the Journal Science.

  • ORAC Levels in Foods

ORAC is the health word of the day, actually an acronym, and one that you'll run across more often as antioxidants in dark chocolate, broccoli and blueberries make news. The oxygen radical absorbency capacity, or ORAC, is the standard measurement used to determine antioxidant capacity in foods. The Agricultural Research Service Website offers more info and a list of fruits and vegetables and the ORAC levels.

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