In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Say Cheers! to drinking

By Victoria Shanta Retelny, R.D., L.D.N. | Alcohol may make you happy, but can it really keep you healthy? The good news is that moderate alcohol intake can fit into a healthy lifestyle and even offer some benefits — welcome tidings for the estimated 100 million American adults who drink alcohol responsibly.

Alcohol's potentially positive effects on health and quality of life have been on the public health radar screen for decades, dating to 1979, when one of the first research papers was published on the topic.

While there are positive health effects documented with moderate alcohol intake, drinking too much clearly wipes away any potential benefits. Consider alcohol a double-edged sword with the shiny side holding the promise of improved health and the lackluster side leading to health risks. Experts contend that garnering the health benefits (or not) of alcohol depends on the amount consumed, drinking environment, age, and other unique characteristics of the drinker. Here are a few interesting areas of research on alcohol and health.

The heart: One of the most publicized benefits of drinking alcohol is heart health; research has linked moderate drinking to a 25 to 40 percent reduction in risk of coronary heart disease. What is it about alcohol that makes it heart healthy? "The ethanol in any alcoholic beverage — beer, wine and liquor — imparts benefits to counter atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries," explains Andrea N. Giancoli, M.P.H., R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Alcohol is one of the only dietary practices that increases the 'good' high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and lowers the 'bad' low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, as well as lowers the risk of blood clots."

Research in the British Medical Journal showed convincing evidence that one to two alcoholic drinks per day increased HDL cholesterol by as much as 15 to 20 percent. This, in turn, reduced narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque and decreased the propensity for blood clotting, a common cause of heart attacks. It didn't take long to see positive results; this study showed that within two weeks of regular, moderate imbibing the HDL cholesterol was affected for the better. In addition, the cardio-protective benefit was found to compound with regular exercise. People who worked out for 30 to 60 minutes four to five times a week experienced even greater increases in HDL cholesterol when combined with moderate alcoholic intake.


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Diabetes defense: While you do not want to drink alcohol solely to manage blood sugar levels, it may be another added benefit of moderate consumption. According to Giancoli, "Drinking alcohol in moderation also has been found to improve insulin sensitivity, which controls blood sugar levels and staves off Type 2 diabetes, a risk factor for heart disease and premature death." Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association published in 2002 examined whether daily consumption of none to moderate amounts of alcohol (0, 15, or 30 grams/day) influenced fasting insulin, glucose concentrations and insulin sensitivity in 51 nondiabetic postmenopausal women. After eight weeks, the greatest impact was observed in the group that drank 30 grams of alcohol (about two drinks) a day; fasting insulin levels decreased and insulin sensitivity improved as a result of regular, moderate alcohol consumption compared with those who didn't drink at all.

Longevity: According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, people who have one to two drinks a day live longer due to lower rates of all-cause mortality found among moderate drinkers.

The lowest incidence of deaths due to diseases like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes occurs in moderate alcohol drinkers. In a literature review published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, moderate drinking was found to consistently reduce mortality rates and disease risk among middle-aged (45-65 years) and older adults.

Cancer: No cause for celebrating alcohol. On the other side of the coin, studies show that even one drink a day can pose an increased risk for certain cancers, such as breast cancer. Experts caution women with a family history of breast cancer to monitor alcohol intake and abstain, if possible. And in a new meta-analysis published September 2011 in the Annals of Oncology, researchers identified a 21 percent increase in colorectal cancer risk associated with moderate alcohol consumption.

The American Heart Association's Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations, published in 2006, specifically suggests moderation for people who drink, with cautionary advice against taking up drinking just for the sake of health.

The AHA guidelines, as well as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, recommend no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men due to men's larger size. Experts recommend that you drink alcohol with meals because food slows down the absorption rate of alcohol in your blood stream and eating will enable you to savor your drinks with food more mindfully.

What's a drink?

Apparently, Americans aren't in touch with what's in a drink. A 2000 national survey found that the majority of adults (54 percent) couldn't identify a standard serving of alcohol for distilled spirits, wine and beer. Here are the facts to set you straight:

One standard alcohol serving equals:

12-ounce beer 150 calories

5 ounces wine 100 calories

1.5 ounces 80-proof distilled spirits 100 calories

Source: USDA

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