Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Organic Deer Control

You may not be the only one who enjoys the succulent fruits of your labor when it comes to your garden - rabbits, squirrels and even deer may come to nibble on your nutritious harvest. But how can you discourage these animals from destroying your garden without injuring the animals or putting dangerous chemicals on your fruits, vegetables or ornamental shrubs and trees? How about with a deer repellent that is effective but completely safe?


Deer Off is product that will keep your garden safe and organic while discouraging those hungry critters who might want to stop by for a snack. Havahart Deer Off uses natural ingredients like putrescent egg, garlic and capsaicin to create a scent that will repel deer, rabbits and squirrels. And if they get by the smell, the taste will keep them from considering making a meal out of your garden.

Deer represent not only a danger to your garden and ornamental shrubs but may expose you and your family to deer ticks and the possibility of Lyme disease. Keeping deer off your lawn and out of your garden is easy with the Havahart Deer Off Battery-Powered Sprayer. It comes with 64 ounces of safe, organic and effective deer repellant that will treat up to 1000 square feet.

Safe for you, wildlife, your garden and the environment, Deer Off is the safe and responsible solution to your wildlife problems.

You can learn about deer control and more at the Havahart website.


Friday, April 24, 2009

Vigorous Exercise Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer in Post Menopausal Women

Vigorous exercise can dramatically reduce the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer in women. A study conducted by researchers at the National Cancer Insitute found a definite link between physical activity and the incidence of post-menopausal breast cancer.

Vigorous exercise includes activities such as:

* heavy housework like scrubbing floors and washing windows
* garden digging
* chopping wood
* strenuous sports and exercise, including running, fast jogging and aerobics
* cycling on hills
* fast dancing

Less strenuous activities such as vacuuming, or general gardening were not rated as vigorous. Sports such as golf or cycling on flat areas were also not considered vigorous.

Prospective study of physical activity and risk of postmenopausal breast cancer

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Walnuts May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

When looking for a healthy snack, reach for walnuts. Walnuts are a better choice than crackers, chips or candy and a new study suggests they may even lower your risk of breast cancer.

Studies on mice showed a lower incidence of breast cancer in mice who were fed walnuts. Although tests in mice do not always correlate with human results, scientists believe that the omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols in walnuts may have a beneficial effect for humans too, and recommend walnuts as a healthy way to snack.

The findings of the study were presented to the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research by Dr Elaine Hardman, associate professor of medicine at Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Taking Oral Contraceptives May Decrease Muscle Gains

If you're taking oral contraceptives, your hours at the gym may be less productive. A new study at Texas A & M indicates that women taking oral contraceptive pills make fewer gains in lean muscle mass than women who do the same amount of resistance exercise training but do not use oral contraceptives.

The study involving 73 women aqged 18-31 set participants in a whole-body resistance exercise program for ten weeks. 34 took oral contraceptives and 39 did not. Their diets were monitored for protein intake that would support muscle growth.

There were significant differences in lean muscle mass gains between the two groups.

According to the researchers, "We were surprised at the magnitude of differences in muscle gains between the two groups, with the non-OC women gaining more than 60% greater muscle mass than their OC counterpart." They added that even though the study has observed negative effects of oral contraceptive use on muscle gain in the context of resistance exercise training, "future studies are needed to help explain the reasons behind the results."

Source: American Physiological Society (APS)