Breast Cancer Risk 6X Higher In Women With Low Vitamin D
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the finding of researchers from Saudi Arabia and the University of Arizona of a greater risk of breast cancer among women with deficient levels of serum vitamin D. Insufficient vitamin D levels are common in countries whose residents receive little sun exposure due to climate, clothing or other factors, or whose increased skin pigmentation reduces vitamin D production.
Coenzyme Q10: Superstar Natural Blood Pressure-Lowering Agent
I regularly follow the work of Texas cardiologist Peter Langsjoen who is a pioneer in the use of coenzyme Q10 in patients cardiovascular disease. Dr. Langsjoen published a study reporting the benefits of coenzyme Q10 in patients with high blood pressure and the results were INCREDIBLE....!!!
The Key Benefits Of Probiotics....And Why Dr. Ohhira's Is The BEST !
Thursday 25 Jul 2013 01:40 PM | IBS, H. Pylori, Dr. Ohhira's, Crohn's Disease, Probiotics, Bifidobacteria, C. Difficile, Ohhira, Dysbiosis, MRSA
In this report I want to summarize key functions of probiotics and explain why maintaining a good population of beneficial bacteria in the GI tract is critical for optimal health and the functioning of our immune system. While my comments here are about probiotics in general, I personally only recommend Dr. Ohhira’s brand of probiotics because I believe they are the strongest and most effective probiotics available anywhere.
The term probiotic is used in two ways. It refers to the friendly or beneficial bacteria that reside in the human intestinal tract, and it is also refers to commercial products that contain beneficial bacteria. The GI tract of a healthy human contains over 90% friendly bacteria (the probiotics) and 10% or less of bad bacteria. We all have some bad bacteria but in small numbers, they do not cause problems. Scientists estimate that over 100 trillion bacteria, yeast and other microorganisms inhabit a healthy digestive system. Friendly flora species include Escherichia, Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacterium. Other common inhabitants include Bacteroides, Clostridium, Streptococcus and certain stains of yeast like candida.
Dangerous Grains: Book Review on Gluten Sensitivity
Monday 22 Jul 2013 03:14 PM | Dangerous Grains, Gluten Sensitivity, Wheat, James Braly, Celiac Disease
Dangerous Grains is discusses the health hazards of gluten-containing grains. It's authors are James Braly, MD (who specializes in food allergies) and Ron Hoggan (a celiac patient who has written widely on the subject).
Celiac disease is a disease that is characterized by inflammation and degeneration of the intestinal lining caused by exposure to gluten. Gluten sensitivity is a term that refers to a wide variety of symptoms that can occur when a gluten-sensitive person eats gluten-containing foods. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, its close relatives (kamut, spelt, triticale), barley and rye. Wheat is the most concentrated source. The term gluten sensitivity includes celiac disease. Formerly it was thought that this health condition was a YES or a NO. Either you had celiac disease/gluten sensitivity, or you did not. Now we know there are gradations of sensitivity ranging from mild to severe.
Natural Therapies for PMS & Painful Menstruation
Sunday 21 Jul 2013 06:29 PM | Dysmenorrhea, ProMenstrual Cramps, Endocrine Disruptors, Estrogen Dominance, Bioidentical Hormones, Xenoestrogens, Saliva Testing, Prostaglandins
Traditional pharmaceutical treatments have a wide range of side effects. Fortunately, there are numerous diet, nutrition and life style factors that can help reduce or eliminate severe monthly menstrual cramps.
Part 1) Balancing Hormones
Hormonal imbalance is one of the primary causes of menstrual cramps and painful periods. Usually the problem is a condition called estrogen dominance. The hormones estrogen and progesterone need to be in balance in order to have healthy normal periods. Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen levels are too high or when progesterone levels are too low. Millions of women have found relief using supplemental progesterone.
The Benefits of Compounding Pharmacies
Sunday 07 Jul 2013 08:30 AM | Compounding Pharmacy, Veterinary Compounding, Professional Compounding Centers of America, PCCA, Pain Management, Bio-identical hormones
I am a BIG fan or compounding pharmacies because they provide unique benefits and services that traditional mass-market chain drug stores can not provide. One of the most important services that compounding pharmacies provide is natural or bio-identical hormones for women. Other specialty areas for compounding pharmacy include: pain management, dental compounding, dermatology compounding, pediatric
Good Foods/Bad Foods: When To Buy Organic
Sunday 30 Jun 2013 09:05 AM | EWG, Organic, Environmental Working Group, Pesticides, Organically Grown Food
People frequently ask me if it is really necessary to buy organically grown food. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put together a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Food. The guide consists of two lists: “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15”.Foods on “The Dirty Dozen” tend to be the most contaminated with pesticides and should be purchased organically-grown when possible. On
Acupuncture Proven Effective Treatment For Pain: Largest Study Ever
The most rigorous and detailed study of acupuncture for pain ever conducted has concluded that it can provide effective pain relief for migraines, arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
Though acupuncture has been studied for decades, the results of scientific trials on it have been mixed and controversial due problems related to small and poor-quality studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over a period of five years, this study was a detailed analysis of earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.
New Study: Oral Contraceptives Cause Pain During Sex
Friday 10 May 2013 09:38 AM | Oral Contraceptives, Nirit Rosenblum, The Pill Problem, Low-Dose Oral Contraceptives, Painful Orgasms, Painful Sex
Results of a new study indicate that low-dose oral contraceptives cause pain during orgasm and more pain overall during sex. A study of nearly 1,000 women reported that women using low-dose oral contraceptives were twice as likely to report pain during or after orgasms compared women not using oral contraceptives.
This survey was conducted by Nirit Rosenblum, MD who is assistant professor of urology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. The results of this study were presented on May 7, 2013 at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in San Diego.
Life Extension Magazine: A Valuable Source of Cutting Edge Health Information
Tuesday 07 May 2013 11:57 AM | Life Extension Foundation, William Faloon, Continuing Education, Life Extension Magazine
I strive to stay on the cutting edge of recent research, new products and all things related to health. The Life Extension Magazine, which is published monthly by the Life Extension Foundation is one of my most important sources of cutting edge health information. Membership in the Life Extension Foundation (LEF) costs $75.00/year. With your membership, you get a free subscription to the Life Extension magazine plus other member benefits such as a 25% discount on LEF nutritional supplements, a free copy of Disease Prevention & Treatment (1,666 pages covering treatments for 133 diseases of aging), and huge savings on blood tests.
Every month's issue is filled with interesting articles and reviews of recent scientific studies. Each month William Faloon who is co-founder of the Life Extension Foundation writes an excellent editorial on a current health issue or health-related political topic. Over the years, many of Faloon's editorials have addressed and challenged the Food and Drug Association's (FDA) inappropriate activities and abuses of power. In fact, one LEF member thought Faloon's editorials against the FDA were so important he compiled them into a book which is titled FDA: Failure, Deception, Abuse. The Story of an Out-of-Control Government Agency and What It Means For Your Health. This book is available from the LEF for $20 (member price $15).
The Rhodiola Revolution: An Herb With Incredible Benefits...!!!
Tuesday 30 Apr 2013 08:19 PM | Richard Brown, Patricia Gerbarg, Mental Energy, Arctic Root, Memory, Golden Root, Exercise Performance, Rhodiola rosea, Stress Reduction, Mental Fatigue
For several decades, research on Rhodiola was kept secret because scientists in the Soviet Union thought the herb's remarkable benefits gave them a competitive edge over the West in areas such as Olympic sports, space exploration, military development, medicine and other areas of industrial development. They discovered that the active ingredients in Rhodiola help alleviate depression, reduce stress, improve memory and learning capabilities, reduce fatigue, enhance work performance and strengthen the immune system. While there are over 200 species of Rhodiola, it is the roots of Rhodiola rosea that seem to provide the greatest therapeutic benefits.
A Russian biochemist named Zakir Ramazanov is credited with bringing Rhodiola to the west. Ramazanov learned about Rhodiola in the 1970s during his military service in Afghanistan. After translating Russian studies on Rhodiola, he started a business and began importing the herb and marketing it to health food stores in the United States.
ADHD: The Diet Connection. Elimination Of Food Allergies = BIG Improvements
Actually, there are usually multiple contributing factors in ADHD which can include: food allergies, disbyosis (bad bacteria in the GI tract), toxins such as mercury and lead, nutritional deficiencies, mental/emotional stress and genetics. In this post I am going to present the results of two studies that show that allergies to foods and/or food additives can be a major causative factor in ADHD. Also, when ADHA kids are placed on elimination diets which remove the offending foods, many of them exhibit a significant reduction in ADHD-like behaviors.
The #1 Factor For Healthy Aging: Maintain Your Muscle Mass
Sunday 14 Apr 2013 09:30 AM | Strength Training, Healthy Aging, Gerontology, BioMarkers, William Evans, Muscle Mass, Weight Lifting, CrossFit
The researchers evaluated an enormous amount of data including anthropometric data (height, weight, skin-folk thickness, body circumference at the waist, hip & chest), a wide range of blood values, as well as aspects related to diet, nutrition and lifestyle.
The concept for this study was brilliant. Instead of studying old people who are sick, these researchers decided to study healthy elderly people and determine the most important factors that enabled them to maintain relatively good health well into their 90s and beyond 100 years old.
The outcome of this study is very important for individuals who want to maintain good health as they age. It turns out the most important factor for healthy longevity in MAINTAIN YOUR MUSCLE MASS.
High Intensity Interval Training: 20 Minutes = 700% Increase In Human Growth Hormone
Friday 12 Apr 2013 10:18 AM | Endurance, Sodium/Potassium Pump, Super 8, Sprinting, exercise, Gabe Mirkin, Interval Training, Jens Bangsbo, CrossFit
For several years I did cancer research (breast cancer). I no longer do scientific research. I realized that total devotion and focus on a single topic wasn't my style. I'm interested in EVERYTHING related to health. Hence, i switched careers and I now call myself a Health Educator. Every week I process and evaluate volumes of scientific research on wide-ranging health topics, and then I report what is new, interesting and important. My Blog on my WEB site is a wonderful platform that enables me to post and share important cutting edge health information.
My topic today is exercise. In the past ten years or so there has been an exponential increase of high quality scientific research into exercise physiology. This research is telling us how and why exercise benefits the body, and which types of exercise are most effective.
High intensity interval training is critical if you want to improve your exercise performance and/or athletic ability. Simply put, you must push yourself close to your maximum capable level of physical exertion in order to make gains. Put another way, about 90% of the benefit(s) of exercise is gained during the top 10% of your physical exertion capability. The CrossFit exercise program takes athletes to this maximum exertion level in almost every class. A sprinting program called Super 8 is also excellent.
Berberine Beats Metformin: Superstar For Blood Sugar Control
Thursday 11 Apr 2013 07:50 PM | Triglycerides, Type 2 Diabetes, Fasting Blood Glucose, Postprandial Blood Glucose, Metformin, Berberine, Hemoglobin A1C
Berberine is a herbal compound that is found in the roots and bark of several plants such as goldenseal, Oregon grape and phellodendron. When extracted, it is a bright yellow powder that has historically been used as a dye. However, the medicinal uses of berberine are what it is best known for. For centuries, berberine has been uses in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. In this post I am going to highlight berberine's remarkable ability to control blood sugar.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the worst disease epidemics in the history of the world. Nearly 26 million Americans (18.8 million diagnoses and 7 million undiagnosed) have diabetes. Also, it is estimated that an additional 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes.
Metformin is the most commonly prescribed drug in the world for the treatment of diabetes. Recent statistics revealed that in the United State alone, more than 48 million prescriptions were filled for metformin in 2010.
Curcumin Suppresses Cancer And Increases Life Span
Tuesday 09 Apr 2013 09:07 AM | Cancer, Life Span, Curry, Curcumin, Life Extension, Super Bio-Curcumin, Turmeric, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer
In a study with roundworms, a small amount of curcumin in their growth medium resulted in a 39% increase in average life span and a 21.4% increase in maximum life span.
Fruit flies generally live an average of 64 days. When a small amount of curcumin was added to their diets, they lived to 80 days which was a 25% increase in their life span. In a third study, mice who were fed a metabolite of curcumin experienced significantly increased life span.
All Medications Cause Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
Friday 05 Apr 2013 07:27 AM | Cancer, Consultations, Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions, Heart Disease, Diabetes, AIDS, The Nutritional Cost Of Drugs, Antibiotics, HIV
I've written two books on the topic of drug-induced nutrient depletions which I think makes me the world's leading expert on this topic. The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook is a reference book for health professionals while The Nutritional Cost of Drugs was written for the lay public.
Most people don't realize that virtually all drugs deplete nutrients. Frequently these nutrient depletions develop into health problems which cause many people to go to a doctor and get another drug. Some of the major drug categories that cause nutrient depletions include medications for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, anti-inflammatories and pain meds, birth control pills, hormone replacement meds for menopausal symptoms, HIV & AIDS meds, blood pressure, cholesterol meds, anticonvulsants, antibiotics, and on and on. They all do.
New Study: Bad Intestinal Bacteria Can Cause Obesity
Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 12:44 PM | Obesity, Cancer, Dr. Ohhira's, Microflora, Microbiome, Probiotics, Insulin Resistance, Heart Disease, Diabetes
Recent advances in technology have enabled scientists to make astounding advances in their ability to study the structure and function of intestinal bacteria. The 100 trillion bacteria in your GI tract control and regulate so many aspects of health that the Human Microbiome is now considered one of the great frontiers of science.
Probiotics and the human microflora play an important role in the major health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. In this blog post I want to highlight a new study that explains how bad bacteria in the GI tract contribute to obesity and conversely, how a healthy diet (which encourages the growth of friendly bacteria) results in weight loss.
Zinc Dramatically Reduces Opportunistic Infections in AIDS Patients Treated With AZT
Scientific studies have shown that the antiretroviral drugs used in the treatment of AIDS and HIV-infected individuals deplete zinc. Here is the cruel paradox. The immune system in people with AIDS is not functioning, and then they are given drugs which deplete zinc, which further weakens their immune system. We should be doing things to strengthen their immune systems.