Body Health Tips Albuquerque NM
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The Watery Divide
For decades, we have been advised to drink at least eight glasses of water per day, which is why physician Heinz Valtin made headlines all over the world last August with a study that could find no proven medical rationale for this advice. Should you stick to it anyway? Two top researchers in the field weigh in.
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water “There’s been a paradigm shift about the role of water in the body, and Dr. Valtin’s views represent the ancient thinking. He believes water is a neutral means of transport, and that all physiological functions of the body belong to the solid matter. The new thinking is that water is a nutrient, an active material crucial to the healthy function of the brain and cells.
When you’re dehydrated, the body goes into what I call “drought management mode,” which is ultimately the cause of many major diseases. Breathing is affected, which is why kids who are dehydrated develop asthma. Dehydration affects the heart muscle and eventually causes cholesterol buildup in the arteries. And since water is the main source of energy for brain function, cognitive abilities can suffer as well.
Thirst is the body’s response to the fact that it’s dehydrated, so by the time you recognize the need for water, a lot of the damage has already occurred. We also know that people lose their perception of thirst as they age. One study shows that 50- and 60-year-olds who had been deprived of water for 24 hours still didn’t feel thirsty.
I think eight glasses of water a day, plus some salt, is the absolute minimum you need to stay healthy. And it’s got to be water; other liquids can actually dehydrate you. Also, ideally, urine should be colorless. Check my website for scientific articles about this subject: www.watercure.com .”
Heinz Valtin, M.D.,
author of two widely used textbooks on water balance and the kidneys
“I don’t object to drinking water. But I haven’t found a single study in a peer-reviewed journal to support the idea that everyone must drink at least eight glasses a day.
Drinking very large amounts of fluid is necessary under certain conditions: in hot climates; if you’re exercising strenuously; or if you have diabetes insipidus (different from diabetes mellitus or sugar diabetes) or kidney stones. And I know that some studies show that drinking at least five glasses a day cuts the risk of fatal heart disease. But I still think the link needs to be more conclusively established.
In some cases, drinking lots of water can even be harmful. “Water intoxication” is a sometimes-fatal malfunction of the body in which the kidneys can’t excrete water as quickly as the sufferer is drinking it. Such cases have been suffered by athletes running marathons and teenagers taking the drug Ecstasy.
The body’s system of balancing fluids is very sensitive, quick, and accurate. If you are healthy and your body needs more water, you get thirsty and drink the amount you need to bring your ...
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The Carboniferous-Permian Transition Conference
Dates: 5/22/2013 – 5/28/2013
1801 Mountain Road North West
The Carboniferous-Permian Transition Conference will be held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, NM from May 23 through May 25, 2013. The Conference is a professional conference of scientists presenting research of global significance on the Carboniferous-Permian boundary. Two field trips, one pre-meeting and one post-meeting, will be offered in conjunction with the Conference. The pre-meeting field trip will take place on May 22nd and include a trip to Carrizo Arroyo. Please do be aware that the field trips are not wheelchair accessible. Carrizo Arroyo is one of the most paleontologically diverse localities across the Carboniferous-Permian boundary. It exposes mixed marine and nonmarine strata of the Bursum Formation that yield everything from plants and insects to fusulinids and brachiopods. This section plays a key role in global marine/non-marine correlations because of the co-occurrence of conodonts and insect-zone species. This trip is limited to 25 attendees. The post-meeting field trip will be from May 26 through May 28th 2012. During this trip we will visit the area around Socorro, NM. East of Socorro, marine and nonmarine sedimentary rocks of Middle Pennsylvanian-Early Permian age are exposed along the eastern margin of the Rio Grande rift. This is one of the best exposed and most studied Pennsylvanian-Permian sections in New Mexico, and recent work has brought forth diverse paleofloras, detailed conodont biostratigraphy, extensive ichnofossil assemblages, and much more. The three-day trip, headquartered in Socorro, will work through this entire section, focusing on issues of stratigraphy, sedimentation and paleontology. This trip is limited to 40 attendees. The registration fee for the conference will be $150 prior to February 1, 2013; $200 from February 1st through April 30th 2013; and $250 from May 1st through the conference. The pre-meeting field trip to Carrizo Arroyo will be an additional $25 and the post-meeting