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January/February 2008

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touch and such BY KARRIE OSBORN Pure Pomegranate Packs a Punch I've heard it makes a yummy martini, but now pomegranate juice and pomegranate polyphenol extract can work for everything from food poisoning to cavity prevention. Research from New York's Pace University found that pomegranates have antiviral and antibiotic effects. Within ten minutes of ingesting pure pomegranate juice, the virus that infects E. coli decreased up to 100 percent. Researchers say juice from the fruit can also destroy the bacteria Streptococcus mutans (which causes cavities), Staph aureus (a common cause of staph infections) and Bacillus cereus (which causes food poisoning). According to researcher Milton Schiffenbauer, PhD, who also did much of the early work on antimicrobial effects of white tea and green tea extracts, pomegranate juice has had even better results. The research was funded by Pace and by POM Wonderful LLC. NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION— VOLUNTEER Have you ever wanted to find a great project to which you could volunteer some time, but were unsure where your efforts might best fit? Volunteermatch.org makes it easy. Type in your zip code and area of interest, and a list of volunteer opportunities appears. Check under the Health and Medicine category if you'd like to donate your massage and bodywork services, or find other ways you can donate by simply giving your time and attention. Nonprofits needing help are able to ask for volunteers from the other side of this public service website. 102 massage & bodywork january/february 2008 It's A New Day Need to know when National Pig Day is? Can't wait for Smokey the Bear Day to arrive? Or maybe, you just need some good newsletter tie-ins? Go to www.earthcalendar.net for all that's happening on the globe. Whether it be the reverent or the inane, this site has an interesting collection of dates. FOOD SPEAK "It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician." —Meryl Streep

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