Biomarkers: A Book That Changed My Life
Dr. Jeff Bland: One of my Key Health Mentors
Dr. Jeff Bland has been one of my key mentors in the field of health education for over 25 years. I thought you might enjoy reading his blog entry from the Huffington Post about his experience being a volunteer at the 2012 Ironman in Kona Hawaii. I think Dr. Bland's comments and observations are important because he suggests that the commitment that the athletes make to train and participate in the Ironman triathlon could be a model for what is needed to fix our dysfunctional/broken health care system in America. I recommend reading his article What The 2012 Kona Ironman Taught Me About Healthcare in the Huffington Post.
For those of you who might be interested in learning more about Jeff Bland, I will provide his Bio below:
Metformin: #1 Diabetes Drug Causes Potentially Serious Side Effects
Metformin belongs to a class of drugs called biguanides. It was originally marketed under the brand name Glucophage and approved by the FDA for sale in the United States in December 1994. The patent on Glucophage expired in September 2000.Type 2 diabetes is a Worldwide Epidemic. In 2012, nearly 30 million people in the United States had type 2 diabetes. Approximately 10% of young U.S. adults have diabetes and in seniors (65 and older) the rate has increased to nearly 1 in 4 or 25%. And now, a new 2014 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 40% of the adult population in the United States will develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.(1)
Vitamin D & Cancer Prostate Cancer Prevention
Cells need to be able to communicate with each other to ensure proper functioning of various tissues. In order for cells to be able to do this, they need to connect together and form what is known as a gap junction.
A gap junction is the connection of the cytoplasm of two cells which allows them to transfer molecules and ions to each other, essentially allowing them to ‘communicate’. This is only possible with connexins, which are the proteins that form the gap junction between two cells.
New Discovery: Understanding The Benefits of Intense Exercise
For decades, we have known that intense exercise engages the sympathetic nervous system. When activated, the sympathetic nervous system releases powerful stress response hormones in both animals and humans which ignites our “fight or flight” survival mechanism. These stress hormones which are collectively called catecholamines include adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine. They accelerate heart rate, increase alertness and prime muscles for battle or flight which enables us to respond to stress or danger.
Coffee: Amazing New Health Benefits Discovered
Coffee Consumption Reduces Risk of Death
A stunning epidemiological study recently reported that regular coffee drinkers had significantly lower risks of death compared to non-coffee drinkers. This study tracked over 229,000 men and 173,000 women between the ages of 50-71. The subjects were followed for 13 years, from 1995 to 2008. Overall, this represented an evaluation of 5.15 million person-years, which makes it a very powerful study. Among non-smokers, regular coffee drinkers had fewer deaths from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, injuries and accidents.
Compared to non-coffee drinkers, the reduction in the risk of dying from any cause for coffee drinkers was the following:
Risk of Dying: Men Women
Drinking 1 cup/day -6% -5%
Drinking 2-3 cups/day -10% -13%
Drinking 4-5 cups/day -12% -16%
Drinking 6 or more cup/day -10% -15%
Statin Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Are Stupid
AND NOW THEY ARE CHANGING THE RULES:
Currently over 40 million Americans ages 40-75 are taking statins. New guidelines released by The American College of Cardiology and The American Heart Association in 2013 will add 12.8 million more Americans between 60 to 75 to those who will be eligible to take statins. This new group will be advised to take statins for "primary prevention." This means that 48.6% (nearly half) of American adults will be taking or recommended to take statin drugs.
Sports Injuries: Use DMSO, Not Ice
Death by Calcium: Eliminate Milk & Dairy; STOP Taking Calcium Supplements
Alarming: Sexual Side Effects of SSRI Antidepressants
Initial clinical trials conducted by pharmaceutical companies for drug approval usually last about 6 weeks. On average, drug companies reported that from 2% to 5% of patients taking SSRIs experienced sexual side effects.
Studies evaluating longer-term outcomes report sexual side effects for patients taking SSRI antidepressants to range from 56% to as high as 80%. Now sexual side effects are one of the most common reasons for discontinuing SSRIs.
3-Hour WEBinar: Natural Therapies for Depression & Anxiety
An investigative report published in the New England Journal of Medicine shockingly revealed that the FDA & pharmaceutical companies LIE to physicians and the general public by overstating the benefits and minimizing or ignoring side effects of these drugs. Clinical trials on antidepressant drugs that have negative outcomes are frequently not published (hidden) or even "spun" to appear positive.
In April I will launch my new 3-hour WEBinar on NATURAL THERAPIES FOR DEPRESSION & ANXIETY. This program contains an enormous amount of material that will help people normalize and optimize brain biochemistry and improve overall health and well-being. Major topics will be:
The Antidepressant Hoax
New Study: Birth Control Pills Increase Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis
Probiotics Affect Brain Function
In one study, mice were infected with very small doses of a bad bacteria called Campylobacter. However, the doses were so small that it did not cause an immune reaction (the mice did not get sick). Although the doses were extremely small, several tests revealed that the mice exhibited greater levels of depression and anxiety-like behaviors. The lead scientist conducting this research stated, “This could be an exciting new approach to treating patients with psychological problems.”
Gut bacteria may be causing your anxiety
In this post, I am going to report on fascinating research conducted by Stephen Collins at McMaster University in Canada. Collins used two different strains of mice for this experiment. For simplicity I will call call them Strain A and Strain B. Strain A have been bred to have high levels of anxiety. They are very timid and anxious. Strain B are bred to be very courageous, bold and exploratory.
Breast Cancer Risk 6X Higher In Women With Low Vitamin D
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
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.