The Sitting Sickness



If you've heard that life is movement, it's true. If you've heard that just sitting around can kill you, it's also true. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide! You may have heard the media reporting recently on several studies showing that prolonged sitting significantly increases the risk for death, including death from heart disease and cancer, but I'm not sure this news has really hit home yet.

Most people know that exercise is critical for health and preventing disease, but the issue of physical activity and inactivity is much bigger than exercise. Regardless of the amount of exercise one performs, the level of aerobic fitness one exhibits, or whether a person is thin or overweight, stillness still kills. Apparent health and leading an otherwise healthy lifestyle does not compensate for extended periods of sitting around, and we Americans do a great deal of sitting around. We've even built over 4 million miles of roads so we can sit still while we go places! In fact, the infrastructures and cultures of most developed nations seem to be perfectly designed for physical inactivity.

The average American watches around 40 hours of television per week, while those over 65 watch an average of 48 hours per week. Sitting is certainly one factor that contributes to the negative health consequences of these technologies. But there is another gigantic part of modern life in which sitting is the dominant physical activity (or inactivity!). I'm talking about work! The average American spends 40 hours per week watching television, 50 hours per week sleeping, and about 45 hours working (unless unemployed/retired). That leaves about 33 hours per week for other things, many of which also involve sitting (eating, checking Facebook and email, texting, driving/traveling... sometimes all together, but that is a different newsletter).

Many people, of course, work longer hours and, while some types of work are physically intense, "sitting jobs" are common. One study showed that office workers spend 95% of their time at work sitting and 82% of this time was nearly motionless! For many people, then, work contributes 45 hours of or so of physical inactivity per week embedded within 168 hours of mostly physical inactivity per week! Yet, work can also be 45 hours or so of physical activity per week if one chooses! While it is obvious that television viewing and other sedentary leisure activities can easily be replaced by more physically active leisure pursuits, we have overlooked the workplace as an additional source of potential physical activity!


This is a rather recent realization, and you may have observed, in response, the growing trend of treadmill desks and stand up desks. However, it is not that simple. Standing, per se, is not really the answer and we don't all need treadmill desks either. In this article, I want to explore the fascinating physiology of physical inactivity and muscle endocrinology a bit, and then focus in on the key to avoiding the harms of physical inactivity. Throughout the article, I'll use the term "low-amplitude low-intensity movement". This term refers to very small movements with minimal to no displacement of the body (low-amplitude) and which produce minimal to no sense of effort (low intensity). The bottom line is, physical activity in the form of low-amplitude low-intensity movement is critical for health and no supplement regimen, dietary modification, or exercise plan can compensate for its lack! It is time that we stand up to our sitting culture and demand opportunities to move!

   The Many Faces of Sitting

The data is solid; prolonged sitting is unhealthy and it doesn't matter so much whether that stillness is in front of a television or a desk, at home or work, or in a car or airplane. Not surprisingly, the harmful consequences of prolonged sitting are numerous. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting shortens life expectancy, increases fat accumulation around the heart, and is associated with metabolic syndrome (abnormal cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and abdominal obesity).

In an excellent article from 2009, Bente Petersen describes what he calls the "diseasome of physical inactivity". He says, "the diseasome of physical inactivity [is] mediated through an interdependent cycle of myokine imbalance or deficiency, immuno-endocrine dysfunction, and abdominal obesity". His argument needs little additional justification as it is thoroughly supported by modern physiology. The physical and physiological derangements which underlie Petersen's diseasome of physical inactivity include abdominal obesity, chronic inflammation, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis, neurodegeneration, and tumor growth. The resulting cluster of diseases includes type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, dementia, colon cancer, and breast cancer. These relationships are illustrated in "figure 1" below. Remember, by physical inactivity, we are not just referring to a lack of exercise. Instead, we are referring to prolonged periods of sitting still, regardless of how much exercise is done.




 
   Don't Just Sit (or Stand) There, Move Something!

In addition the role muscle contraction plays in the optimal function of the endocrine system and human physiology in general, the mechanical forces from muscles contracting in the setting of gravity provide numerous direct benefits as well. For example, the articular cartilage in the joints and intervertebral discs in the spine require these mechanical forces for nourishment and waste product removal. These tissues have no direct blood supply and rely on the "milking" or "pumping" action of movement for health. Without movement, these tissues desiccate (dry) and degenerate (crack and thin), resulting in osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. Many are surprised to realize that movement prevents arthritis rather than contributes to it.

Similar to joint cartilage and intervertebral disc health, skeletal health also requires mechanical forces from gravity and muscle contraction, which stimulate bone mineralization. With sitting, the force of gravity begins in the pelvis and transmits up the spine, leaving the lower extremities isolated in anti-gravity. The result may be reduced bone mineralization in the lower extremities, including the hips, contributing to osteopenia or osteoporosis of the hips over time.

As if this were not enough, sitting and physical inactivity promote deconditioning of the abdominal and lower back muscular while at the same time placing exaggerated and imbalanced forces on non-muscular lumbar (lower back) structures like ligaments and intervertebral discs. The result is an increased vulnerability to lower back injuries, degenerative disc disease, disc herniations, nerve impingement syndromes, and lower back pain. Regular co-contraction of truck flexors and extensors (abdominal and lower back muscles) is critical to maintaining optimal lumbar spine curvature and protecting intervertebral discs from desiccation and herniation.

Finally, no discussion of the mechanical benefits of movement would be complete without mentioning the other half of the circulatory system, the venous pump. We all care a great deal about keeping our hearts pumping. After all, it is critical that blood goes through the lungs and out to our organs. Yet, why don't we care so much about that blood getting back to the heart? The heart does not suck blood back up, it just relaxes and relies on venous pressure to fill it up all the way. Some of this pressure is created by breathing and most people fail to breathe correctly, but I'll save that discussion for another day. The rest of this filling pressure largely relies on muscle contraction and venous valves. The muscles of the lower extremities, especially, work against gravity like a heart for the veins, squeezing blood back up to the heart for the arteries, in the chest. Without regular muscle contraction, the system breaks down. Blood flow slows down, venous blood volume and pressures build, arterial and capillary pressure builds in response to "drive the blood through", cells are under nourished and have a hard time getting rid of waste products, venous valves get stressed and fail, varicosities develop and enlarge, legs and muscles may ache, platelets and clotting factors mingle, blood clots can form, and it only gets worse from there.

   Wobble While You Work

Wobble boards have been used for years by athletes and trainers to increase lower extremity and core strength, as well as proprioception (dynamic sensation and control of the body's position), with the intention of preventing injuries and enhancing performance. They have also been used in physical therapy and rehabilitation work to improve the balance, proprioception, strength, and agility after injury, surgery, and stroke. The technology is simple, consisting of a flat standing surface with some type of grip and a rounded rocker or "wobble" underneath. Most are made of plastic or wood, and the wobble height varies in order to provide different degrees of difficulty. Some boards have adjustable wobble heights, which is a nice feature for beginners.

Wobble boards engage the neuro-musculo-skeletal system from the feet through the legs, into the trunk/core and even into the upper extremities and head. This not only improves balance and proprioception, but enhances core strength and reverses hip and lower back instability, both causes of injury and pain. Studies have shown that the use of wobble boards significantly improves the speed of muscle reflexes, enhances the synergistic coordination of the body's muscular system, and develops the precision of the complex neuromuscular interactions which determine balance and agility.



Most relevant to the above discussion, however, is the fact that wobble boards (and most other unstable surface devices) stimulate continuous very low-amplitude and low-intensity muscle contraction through the body. These movements are very small and one can quickly learn to type and perform routine office work while standing on a wobble board. In fact, most will eventually be able to stand on the board with one foot and do such work! One's control of the board might become so great that smaller and smaller movements and adjustments are needed, which reduces the muscle contraction involved. Since the intention is to maximize muscle contraction, the goal at this advanced stage is to continue to introduce movement by intentionally wobbling the wobble board, trying different stances (heel to toe, switching left and right foot forward, etc.), doing deep knee bends on occasion, and raising the arms above the head. Keeping the knees slightly bent at all times helps to maintain a balanced posture and promote movement. Start with 1 hour a day on the wobble board, always listen to your body, and increase your time slowly as you feel able.

Wobble boards are not the only option for creating an unstable surface. Various types of "balance boards" are available and all offer various degrees of movement and difficulty. Rocker-roller type boards like Indo Boards and curved boards like Spooner Boards are just two examples. Whatever you choose, be sure to start slowly and carefully, and try it in a safe and soft space before taking it to the office!
                                                





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Dr. F. R. Klenner and Vitamin C Megadoses



Dr. Tom Levy, in the introduction to his invaluable book Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins: Curing the Incurable, writes:

At the height of the polio epidemic in 1949, when all young parents lived in the fear that their babies and young children would be the next victims, Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., published that he had successfully cured 60 out of 60 polio patients who had presented to his office or to the emergency room! Furthermore, he reported that none of the 60 patients treated had any residual damage from the polio virus that often left its survivors crippled for life. This evidence was subsequently presented by Klenner in 1949 to an annual session of the American Medical Association that dealt with the treatment of polio patients. You will see that Klenner’s research and data are clear-cut and straightforward, and it will then be completely left up to the reader to determine how such information was ignored in the past and remains ignored today.

How it is, I don’t know, but the sad fact is these documented successful and dramatic vitamin C cures by Dr. Fred Klenner and others are ignored by the medical community. Dr. Klenner found in his practice that he could detoxify most virus diseases with intravenous doses of Vitamin C, which he used for even carbon monoxide poisoning, barbiturate poisoning, and snake bites.


I guess vitamin C is not politically correct. Life saving, but not politically correct. Affordable, without side effects, but not politically correct.

It’s almost as if doctors take a course in medical school that demands that they never depend on vitamin C to treat anything. Is there an anti vitamin C oath that a doctor has to take to graduate from medical school?

There are a few exceptions. The most well known of these besides Dr. Fred Klenner would be Dr. Robert Cathcart, Dr. Tom Levy, and the Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling.

All of these distinguished doctors have written extensively on their use of vitamin C. Dr. Klenner once wrote “Vitamin C should be given to the patient while the doctors ponder the diagnosis.” He knew from first hand experience that it could mean the difference between life and death. Here is one example he tells from his own experience that reinforces this maxim:

An adult male came to my office complaining of severe chest pain and the inability to take a deep breath. Stated that he had been “stung” or “bitten” 10 minutes earlier. Thinking that it was a Black Widow and not bothering to look for fang marks, due to the gravity of the situation, I gave one gram calcium gluconate intravenously. This gave no relief. He begged for help saying he was dying. He was becoming cyanotic [blue or livid skin from lack of oxygen]. Twelve grams of vitamin C was quickly pulled into a 50 c.c. syringe and with a 20 gauge needle was given intravenously as fast as the plunger could be pushed. Even before the injection was completed, he exclaimed, “Thank God”. The poison had been neutralized that rapidly. He was sent home to locate the “culprit”. He soon returned with an object that looked like a mouse. It was 1 1/2 inches long with long brown hair. There was a dark ridge down the entire back. It had seven pairs of propelling units and a tail much like a mouse. The following day I took “The Thing” to Duke University where it was identified as the Puss Caterpillar. This unusual caterpillar left 44 red raised marks on the back of its victim. Except for vitamin C this individual would have died from shock and asphyxiation.

If that man had walked into almost any other doctor’s office, he would have died. Of this I have no doubt.

Like Dr. Linus Pauling, I think of Dr. Klenner as a vitamin C pioneer. To understand why, you might want to read Klenner’s paper on Observations On the Dose and Administration of Ascorbic Acid When Employed Beyond the Range Of A Vitamin In Human Pathology .

After he submitted this paper, because of the unusually high amounts of ascorbic acid used in Dr. Klenner’s treatment, the editor asked him to verify the amounts mentioned. Following is his answer:

“To the Editor of the ICAN Journal: This will confirm that all ‘quantity’ factors given in my paper are correct and can be confirmed from hospital and medical office records. The notation relative to 150 grams represents the amount used for reversing pathology in a given case and was the amount given over a period of 24 hours. (The I.V. was continuous.) This was given in three bottles of 5D water, decanting only enough from 1000 c.c. to be replaced by the ‘C’ ampules.


“Recently the FDA has published a ‘warning’ that too much soda-ascorbate might be harmful, referring to the sodium ion. In reply to this I can state that for many years I have taken 10 to 20 grams of sodium ascorbate by mouth daily, and my blood sodium remains normal. These levels are checked by an approved laboratory. Twenty grams each day and my urine remains at or just above pH 6.”

Signed:

Fred R. Klenner, M.D.

Here is a description of one of his 60 case histories of polio, summarized by Dr Lendon H. Smith, who abbreviated, summarized and annotated all of Klenner’s 27 papers into a 54 page booklet. (Do you and yourself a favor, print out Dr. Smith’s summary and share it with your doctor. It might save your life. But be forewarned, your doctor might be resistant to the information.)

Dr. Klenner described her as a five-year-old girl in 1951. This child had already been paralyzed in both her lower legs for over four days. The right leg was completely flaccid (limp), and the left leg was determined to be 85% flaccid. Pain was noticed especially in the knee and lumbar areas. Four consulting physicians confirmed the diagnosis of polio. Other than massage, vitamin C was the only therapy initiated.

After four days of vitamin C injections the child was again moving both legs, but with only very slow and deliberate movement. Klenner also noted that there was a “definite response” after only the first injection of vitamin C. The child was discharged from the hospital after four days, and 1,000 mg of oral vitamin C was continued every two hours with fruit juice for seven days. The child was walking about, although slowly, on the 11th day of treatment. By the 19th day of treatment there was a “complete return of sensory and motor function,” and no long-term impairment ever resulted. Vitamin C not only completely cured this case of polio, it completely reversed what would undoubtedly have been a devastating, crippling result for the remainder of this girl’s life.

Although his published paper on Vitamin C and polio was mostly ignored, he did receive letters from other doctors stating that they were able to get the same results following his recommendations.

Here is Dr. Klenner telling of another life-saving case history of vitamin C involving surgery:

In 1949, it was my privilege to assist at an abdominal exploratory laparotomy. A mass of small viscera was found “glued together”. The area was so friable that every attempt at separation produced a torn intestine. After repairing some 20 tears the surgeon closed the cavity as a hopeless situation. Two grams ascorbic acid was given by syringe every two hours for 48 hours and then 4 times each day. In 36 hours the patient was walking the halls and in seven days was discharged with normal elimination and no pain. She has outlived her surgeon by many years. We recommend that all patients take 10 grams ascorbic acid each day. Where this is not done and the surgery is elective, then 10 grams by mouth should be given for several weeks prior to surgery. At least 30 grams should be given, daily, in solutions, post-operatively, until oral medication is allowed and tolerated.


Here is a case history of his on Pesticide Poisoning

Three boys ranging in years from age seven to age 12 were walking along a North Carolina Highway. They were caught in the “spray” of a dusting airplane. The youngest boy had been covered by the other two and so received little exposure. He was seen in the emergency room of the local hospital and sent home. The other two boys had different physicians. One lad age 12, under our care, was given 10 grams of ascorbic acid with a 50 c.c. syringe every 8 hours. The concentration was one gram for each 5 c.c. dilutent. He was returned home on the second hospital day. The third boy received supportive treatment but did not receive ascorbic acid. His body was something to see. The spray had produced an allergic dermatitis as well as a chemical burn. He died on the 5th hospital day.


Here is a case history on Nasal Diphtheria

Three children, living in the same neighborhood, developed nasal diphtheria. All three children had different physicians. A little girl under our care was given 10 grams ascorbic acid, intravenously, with a 50 c.c. syringe every 8 hours for the first 24 hours and then every 12 hours for two times. She was then put on one gram ascorbic acid every two hours by mouth. She lived and is now a graduate nurse. The other children did not receive ascorbic acid and both died. Our young patient also received 40,000 units diphtheria antitoxin which was given intraperitoneal. The other children also were administered the antitoxin.


Biography of Dr. Frederick R. Klenner


Dr. Klenner had a long and successful practice in Reidsville, North Carolina. He completed his studies at Duke University and received his medical degree in 1936. Dr. Klenner served three years in post-graduate hospital training before embarking on a private practice in medicine. Although specializing in diseases of the chest, he continued to do general practice because of the opportunities it afforded for observations in medicine. His patients were as enthusiastic as he in playing guinea pigs to study the action of ascorbic acid. The first massive doses of ascorbic acid he gave to himself. Each time something new appeared on the horizon he took the same amount of ascorbic acid to study its effects so as to come up with the answers.

Dr. Klenner’s list of honors and professional society affiliations is tremendous. He is listed in a flock of various “Who’s Who” registers. He has published many scientific papers throughout his scientific career.
He is considered the most influential proponent of Vitamin C







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Vaccine fraud exposed



   Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists

Disclaimer: I am not an opponent of the theory of inoculation. Nor am I opposed to science. What I am opposed to is fraudulent science, and that’s what this article is all about.

Measles and mumps are making a huge comeback in the United States, but doctors and journalists all make the same critical error in understanding why. They blame “parents who don’t vaccinate their kids” as the cause, but the real cause — as revealed by whistleblowing scientists working for top vaccine manufacturers — is that measles and mumps vaccines are designed to fail from the start.

Scientific fraud, it turns out, is an inherent part of the vaccine industry.

How do we know? Because whistleblowers who worked in the industry have found the courage to speak out and tell the truth. These people are the Edward Snowdens of the vaccine industry.


   Merck falsified its mumps vaccine efficacy results, say former employees

Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test results to fabricate a “95% efficacy rate” say former Merck virologists Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski in their shocking  False Claims Act document.



As I wrote last year, ” In order to do this, Merck spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies.”

From the False Claims Act complaint:

Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint.

Merck, of course, denies the claims, just like all the drug companies deny ever engaging in briberyor using children for medical experimentsor  ghostwriting “scientific” studies that get published in science journals, or conspiring to suppress competing generic drugs and so on. Yet, as history has shown, all the top drug companies are routinely engaged in widespread criminal behavior, including conspiracy, fraud, bribery and more.

Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski are simply telling us what we already suspected: that Merck falsifies the efficacy of their vaccines in order to make them appear to be working when they actually aren’t. Why would a drug company do such a thing? Consider the fact that Merck has both motive and opportunity.


   Why drug companies design vaccines to fail

The vaccination dogma is so deeply embedded in the minds of doctors, journalists and the public, that any time a communicable disease starts to spread, everybody immediately leaps to the false conclusion that “more vaccines are needed.” This is very nearly a Pavlovian reaction in the minds of the brainwashed masses. “Spread of disease = lack of vaccines.”


Thus, the spread of disease actually boosts vaccine sales. Epidemics are a “marketing tool” to create demand for a profitable product that people can be convinced to purchase over and over again, year after year, whether it works or not.

And how do you create that demand? You engineer an epidemic by making sure your own vaccine products don’t work. Fear drives people to get vaccinated, so fear is used as the primary marketing tool.

But why hasn’t the con been exposed yet? Why haven’t scientists announced that most of the children afflicted with measles and mumps are the very same children who were vaccinated? One study showed that 97 percent of children afflicted with mumps had already been vaccinated against mumps.


In 2010, a mumps outbreak spread in New Jersey, and 77 percent of children afflicted with mumps had already been vaccinated against mumps.

The same is true with measles. Most measles outbreaks spread among those who have been vaccinated against measles.

When a swine flu outbreak swept through Britain in 2010, it turns out that 70 percent of those infected had already been vaccinated against swine flu.

Far from protecting people from disease outbreaks, vaccines often promote the pandemic they claim to prevent.

   Vaccines are ASSUMED to work, not proven to work

Why does the industry keep getting away with this fraud? The answer is because nobody ever compares infection rates of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated people. They all just ASSUME vaccines work because that is the dogma of modern medicine. Assumption becomes “fact” in the minds of brainwashed medical experts.

This is one of the tenants of the fraud-based medical system: Vaccines are assumed to work 100% of the time, without exception, and anyone who questions this is immediately branded a heretic. There is no tolerance whatsoever for any critical thinking or scientific inquiry when it comes to vaccines. And God forbid if you bring up the issue of mercury in vaccines, as the vaccine industry apparently believes that mercury magically becomes non-toxic when used in vaccines and injected into the body.


Thus, vaccines that fail (due to low efficacy) are never detected or even questioned. The fraud continues right under our noses. So a vaccine company can easily put a mumps or measles vaccine into circulation that is designed to fail while actually weakening the immune system from the mercury, formaldehyde, MSG and aluminum that are still used in vaccines today.

This actually causes an increase in the spread of these diseases, resulting in more alarmist media stories about the “spread of measles and mumps” which then results in more parents rushing to CVS pharmacies to get their children injected with yet another useless vaccine.

How’s that for an insidious profit model?

But it’s even worse than that. While some vaccines are simply designed to fail, other vaccines are designed to cause outbreaks of disease.

   Some vaccines are actively spiked with live viruses to cause pandemics

As Natural News previously exposed the vaccine industry was caught shipping live viruses to vaccine manufacturers of flu vaccines in 18 countries.

This was done by none other than Baxter International, Inc. one of the top suppliers of “weakened” flu virus material for use in vaccines. Except in this case, they weren’t weakened. Vaccines made with this material simply gave people the flu!



In the realm of desktop computing, many people believe that anti-virus companies write and release viruses in order to cause fear and boost demand for their products. It’s an incredibly effective way to sell more products. All you have to do is pay a group of hackers a couple of million dollars to keep writing viruses that get covered in the mainstream media. The scarier the story, the more people buy anti-virus software. I happen to know firsthand that McAfee uses dishonest scare tactics to sell their security software services, claiming your website is infected when it actually isn’t.

Vaccine companies, it turns out, use the same tactic. From time to time, they allow live viruses into the flu shots, thereby spreading influenza and causing the very kind of fear and panic that drives people into pharmacies to buy more vaccines.

The WHO and CDC are all part of it too, stirring up irrational fear and panic like they did with the H5N1 virus a few years ago. It turns out that WHO panel members receive kickbacks from drug companies to engineer these anti-science scare stories.

During the swine flu pandemic, it was revealed that 5 of the 15 members of a WHO advisory panel had financial ties to the very same drug companies who would financially benefit from the pandemic. That’s called “conflict of interest” in any other industry, yet for some reason it is fully tolerated in the fraudulent vaccine industry.

In 2010, an outstanding article by Dr. Gary Null explained much of this in excruciating detail. Read that article here on Natural News.

The deeper you dig into the vaccine industry and its longstanding practice of scientific fraud, misrepresentation, fear mongering and “medical false flags,” the more you realize just what a total con the vaccine industry has become.









 
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Natural Way to Help Sleep




   The Efficacy and Safety of Exogenous Melatonin for Primary Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders affect approximately 20% of the American population. A sleep disorder exists whenever a lower quality of sleep leads to impaired functioning or excessive sleepiness. Although sleep disorders may be accompanied by other medical and/or psychiatric conditions, in many cases, sleep disorders exist in the absence of these other conditions, and are considered to be primary sleep disorders. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia, which is classified as a dyssomnia by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD). Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is another sleep disorder that is classified as a dyssomnia by the ICSD. Individuals with DSPS complain of difficulty falling asleep and difficulty waking-up at desired bed times and wake times, respectively. This disorder is thought to result from an out-of-phase endogenous circadian pacemaker that is displaced to a later than normal phase. Although DSPS may present as insomnia, it is a distinct disorder.

Current management of sleep disorders depends on the type and etiology of the disorder. The first line of treatment for sleep disorders is the improvement of sleep hygiene, which may consist of such strategies as strict adherence to a consistent routine 7 days per week, a quiet and comfortable sleep environment, wind-down time before bed, stimulus control, avoidance of alcohol and caffeine, and properly timed exercise. Similarly, the treatment of sleep disorders may include behavioral therapy, such as biofeedback and sleep restriction, chronotherapy, and light therapy,1 which are used in the treatment of circadian rhythm disorders; and pharmacotherapy with sedatives and/or hypnotics.



Endogenous melatonin exists as a hormone; it is secreted by the pineal gland and is linked to the circadian rhythm. Studies of melatonin in the 1970s and 1980s revealed sedative/hypnotic effects of the compound,12–15 which have led to its use as a treatment for sleep disorders.

We conducted a systematic review of the efficacy and safety of melatonin in the management of primary sleep disorders. Our findings can help to guide clinicians and patients in treatment decisions regarding the use of exogenous melatonin in the management of this condition.


   Food-Sourced Melatonin Provides Natural Way to Help Sleep


Studies on melatonin have documented that the body's own melatonin production helps us fall asleep, yet research on supplemental melatonin has been disappointing. What many have missed is that certain foods provide natural forms of melatonin, which have been shown to raise melatonin blood levels naturally and significantly aid sleep.

An abundance of research has linked higher melatonin levels with the ability to fall asleep. Yet this research has been done on the body's own melatonin production. Melatonin production is stimulated by the pineal gland as the sun sets and the lights dim during the later evening. This helps us fall asleep, as melatonin helps slow down cellular metabolism.


As most of us age, and especially with higher stress levels, our body's ability to produce melatonin wanes. This can produce a chronic issue of sleeplessness – which has the potential for producing greater risk of various disorders as we age - as lack of sleep quality has been linked with a myriad of chronic disorders, from chronic fatigue to dementia.

   Does Supplement Melatonin Work and Is It Safe?

Yet synthetic melatonin – either produced in the lab or from cow urine – does not produce the same effects as the body's own (endogenous) melatonin. Some studies have shown that synthetic melatonin can help ones sleep-phase cycles slightly – helping during jet lag or similar situations – when our sleep cycles get messed up.

But as a sleep inducer – synthetic melatonin has been disappointing at best. Some research – such as studies by Dement and Vaughan (1999) – has even found that synthetic melatonin can stunt growth among younger people along with producing a myriad of other side effects such as dizziness and headaches.



Furthermore, supplemental melatonin's effectiveness as a sleep aid has been shown to be questionable. In an extensive review by researchers from the University of Alberta (Buscemi et al. 2004) prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 932 studies on melatonin since 1999 were analyzed—with 132 being qualified as offering clear results with good protocols. The study concluded that supplemental melatonin was:

• Not effective for treatment of most primary sleep disorders
• Not effective in treating most secondary sleep disorders
• Offered no evidence of effectiveness for jet lag and shift-worker disorders

   Certain Natural Foods Provide a Safe Means of Melatonin

Yet little attention has been put on the fact that nature provides another means for increasing blood melatonin levels – by eating certain natural foods.

And recently, research from Thailand's Khon Kaen University has found that the body's levels of melatonin can be naturally raised through eating of some tropical fruits.


The researchers used a crossover study design with 30 healthy human subjects to see which fruits - tropical fruits selected for their melatonin content - would naturally raise the body's melatonin levels.

The researchers tested six tropical fruits among the volunteers, giving them a diet heavy in that particular fruit for one week following a one-week washout. During these periods the researchers analyzed the subjects' urine levels of 6-sulfatoxymelatonin – also referred to as aMT6s.

Higher levels of 6-sulfatoxymelatonin or aMT6s in the urine indicates higher levels of melatonin circulating within the bloodstream.


With each different fruit, the subjects' aMT6s levels were tested. The 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (aMT6s) levels after eating some fruits – notably pineapples, bananas and oranges – increased significantly. Pineapples increased 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (aMT6s) levels by over two-and-a-half times (266%)while banana increased aMT6s levels by 180% - almost double. Meanwhile, oranges increased aMT6s levels by 47%.

The other fruits also moderately increased melatonin content among the patients.

   Other Foods also Provide Melatonin Safely

Other research – as reported by Realnatural – has shown that natural melatonin from red tart Montmorency cherries (Prunus cerasus) can increase sleep efficiency and quality. A study from an international group of researchers found that drinking tart cherry juice for seven days increased sleep by an average of 34 minutes a night – by speeding up falling to sleep – and increased sleep efficiency by 5-6%.

And like the study from Thailand, the research found that drinking cherry juice increased 6-sulfatoxymelatonin levels naturally – without the need of exogenous or synthetic melatonin supplements.

Other foods that naturally increase melatonin levels include oats, sweet corn, rice, ginger, tomatoes, bananas, mangosteen and barley.






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Aluminium poisoning us daily



 The Cancer-Causing Metal Millions Eat, Wear or Have Injected Into Their Kids

Aluminum is considered by most health authorities perfectly acceptable to eat, wear as an antiperspirant, and inject into your body as a vaccine adjuvant, but new research indicates it has cancer-causing properties, even at levels 100,000 times lower than found in certain consumer products.

A concerning new study published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry demonstrates clearly that exposure to aluminum can increase migratory and invasive properties of human breast cancer cells. This has extremely important implications, because mortality from breast cancer is caused by the spread of the tumor and not from the presence of the primary tumor in the breast itself. This profound difference, in fact, is why a groundbreaking new National Cancer Institute commissioned expert panel recently called for the complete reclassification of some types of non-progressive 'breast cancer' and 'prostate cancer' as essentially benign lesions – bittersweet news for the millions who were already misdiagnosed/overdiagnosed and mistreated/overtreated for 'cancer' over the past 30 years.  



Another recent relevant study, also published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, found increased levels of aluminum in noninvasively collected nipple aspirate fluids from 19 breast cancer patients compared with 16 healthy control subjects. The researchers commented on their findings: "In addition to emerging evidence, our results support the possible involvement of aluminium ions in oxidative and inflammatory status perturbations of breast cancer microenvironment, suggesting aluminium accumulation in breast microenvironment as a possible risk factor for oxidative/inflammatory phenotype of breast cells."

A key implication of this research is that the common ingestion (food additive), injection (as a vaccine adjuvant), and topical application (antiperspirant) of forms of aluminum may be contributing to the burgeoning cancer epidemic in exposed populations. Given this possibility, the further use of aluminum in foods, cosmetics and drugs should be halted until adequate risk assessments can be made thoroughly proving its safety. (Since we do not use the precautionary principle to guide risk assessments and their regulation in the US, instead opting for a chemical and drug-industry favoring "weight of evidence" standard, this likely will not happen; however, we can use this information to apply the precautionary principle in our own lives)

When it comes to aluminum's presence in antiperspirant formulas, a very concerning study published last year in the Journal of Applied Toxicology identified the primary form of aluminum used in underarm cosmetics – aluminum chloride – as capable of altering breast cancer cells in a way indicative of 'neoplastic transformation,' or, the transformation of a healthy cell into a cancerous one:


"These results suggest that aluminium is not generically mutagenic, but similar to an activated oncogene [cancer-causing gene], it induces proliferation stress, DSBs and senescence in normal mammary epithelial cells; and that long-term exposure to AlCl(3) generates and selects for cells able to bypass p53/p21(Waf1) -mediated cellular senescence. Our observations do not formally identify aluminium as a breast carcinogen, but challenge the safety ascribed to its widespread use in underarm cosmetics."

   Aluminum in Vaccines


When it comes to vaccine safety, much of the talk about toxic ingredients focuses on thimerosal (contains mercury) that is added to killed (inactivated) vaccines as a preservative. But vaccines also contain adjuvants -- agents that stimulate your immune system to greatly increase immunologic response to the vaccine – and one of the most toxic is aluminum. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that is contained in a number of common childhood and adult vaccines and may even exceed the toxicity of mercury in the human body.


According to a new study published in Current Medical Chemistry, children up to 6 months of age receive 14.7 to 49 times more aluminum from vaccines than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety limits allow.

   Aluminum Has Replaced Mercury in Many Vaccines

Mercury exposure from multi-dose vaccines has declined significantly since many childhood vaccines switched to single-dose vials (but most influenza vaccines are in multi-dose vials and still contain mercury). However, while mercury use has decreased, the use of aluminum additives has not decreased. Many vaccines contain aluminum, including those in the table below. This is NOT an all-inclusive list, however. Your best bet if you’re wondering about a specific vaccine is to  read through the package insert of each vaccine in question.


Like other adjuvants, aluminum is added to the vaccine in order to boost your immune response to the antigen. The antigen is what your body responds to and makes antibodies against (the lab altered bacteria or virus being injected). By boosting your body’s immune response, the vaccine manufacturer can use a smaller amount of antigen, which makes production less expensive.


Interestingly enough, according to Dr. David Ayoub, a radiologist and physician who has become a specialist on the additives and preservatives used in vaccines, says even our modern medical literature admits that exactly how this happens is still a mystery. And it's not a consistent finding either. In  interview last year he mentioned a couple of studies on the more recent HPV vaccine, which found that the aluminum adjuvant had no effect at all on immune response. So it could be that adding aluminum to vaccines is not having the intended effect at all … but rather is causing unforeseen, and potentially devastating, consequences.

   Which Vaccine Contains the Most Aluminum?

According to the FDA, the maximum amount of allowable elemental aluminum is 850 mcg per vaccine. How was this limit determined? When Dr. Ayoub investigated the FDA regulations on aluminum, he discovered that the limitation of 850 mcg per vaccine is based on the effectiveness of the adjuvant and has nothing to do with limitations based on safety! So although 850 mcg of aluminum may be "legally" safe in a vaccine, this is based solely on the efficacy of the vaccine, NOT on any safety data whatsoever.

With that in mind, Dr. Ayoub has identified one vaccine in particular as having one of the highest aluminum content -- Pediatrix. It’s a combination vaccine, which contains the full legal limit: 850 mcg of elemental aluminum.

The average aluminum content per vaccine ranges between 200 to 400 mcg, but if your child receives multiple vaccines at one time, which is common, the dose will rise much higher. Based on the number of vaccines given, children today are receiving 17 shots that contain aluminum, compared to four vaccines in the 1970s into the mid-80s. According to Dr. Ayoub’s calculations, the milligram dose of childhood explosure to aluminum in vaccines has more than doubled in that time.


   How Do You Get Rid of Aluminum?

This is not an easy metal to eliminate but some preliminary evidence suggests that having enough sulfur in your body is essential for elimination of aluminum. This is partially related to the fact that sulfur is essential for glutathione, which is a powerful intracellular detoxifier that your body produces. Although you can take supplemental glutathione it is not recommended as it is far inferior to your body’s own glutathione and costs much more.

As this point it is unclear to me if supplemental sulfur like MSM would be beneficial as I am in the process of doing comprehensive literature reviews on this topic. So my current suggestion is to consider optimizing your sulfur intake through dietary sources. Onions and garlic are good if they are grown in sulfur replete soils but most soils are actually deficient in sulfur. So animal-based proteins seem to be one of your best bets. Whey protein concentrate is particularly high in cysteine, one of the two sulfur-bearing amino acids that is a direct precursor to glutathione.

Please note that if you avoid animal proteins it is VERY easy to become sulfur deficient and this may be one of the most significant risk factors for choosing an animal protein free diet.





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Blood pressure meds - more than double breast cancer risk




 If you are a woman and you take calcium channel blockers like amlodipine (Norvasc) or nicardipine (Cardene) to manage your high blood pressure, you could be putting yourself at serious risk of developing breast cancer. This is according to a new study recently published in the journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, which found that women who take such drugs have about a 250 percent increased risk of developing some of the most common types of breast cancer compared to other women.


Dr. Christopher Li and his colleagues from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, learned this after evaluating several groups of women, some of whom currently have breast cancer and have been taking calcium channel blocker drugs for many years. Compared to women not taking the drugs, the drugged-up women were found to be significantly more likely to have either ductal or lobular breast cancer.

As covered by Reuters, the observational study involved nearly 3,000 women, 905 of whom had been diagnosed with ductal breast cancer between 2000 and 2008. Another 1,055 of the women had been diagnosed with lobular breast cancer during this time, while 891 are currently breast cancer-free and served as the control group. Among all the women, roughly 40 percent from each group had taken or are currently taking calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure.

After analyzing drug usage rates among all the groups and comparing this data to rates of breast cancer, the research team discovered that, compared to those without breast cancer, more than twice the number of women with either form of breast cancer had been taking calcium channel blockers for 10 years or longer. In the ductal and lobular breast cancer groups, the number of women taking calcium channel blockers for 10 years or longer was 25 and 26, respectively, while only 11 of the women in the cancer-free group had taken the drugs.


This calculates, of course, into a 2.4- to 2.6-fold increased risk of breast cancer among women who take calcium channel blockers, which is a significantly elevated risk. And while this data does not necessarily serve as undeniable proof that calcium channel blockers cause breast cancer, these shocking findings do suggest that the drugs, nearly a billion prescriptions of which were filled in the U.S. in 2010, deserve far more scrutiny from a safety standpoint.

"Characterizing the associations of ... [calcium channel blockers] with the most common cancer in women is an important clinical and public health issue, particularly with the increasing availability of alternative options to manage hypertension," said Dr. Li, lead author of the study, about the findings.

   Calcium channel blockers believed to inhibit cancer cell apoptosis

Though the exact mechanisms through which calcium channel blockers lead to higher rates of cancer is still not fully understood, researchers believe it may have something to do with the way the drugs affect the body's natural ability to induce cancer cell death. According to reports, researchers familiar with the process say calcium channel blockers may increase intracellular calcium levels, which in turn prevents cancer cell apoptosis.

"Quantification of the potential relationships between use of these medications and breast cancer risk has the potential to aid clinical decision making regarding selection of antihypertensive agents for patients with hypertension, as the benefits and risks of potential medications are weighed," added the authors in their conclusion, while at the same time recommending that women continue taking the drugs in question in order to avoid developing heart disease.





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Could Cannabis Cure Crohn's Disease?



   Medical Marijuana Achieves ‘Complete Remission’ Of Crohn's Disease; Drug Improves Appetite And Sleep Function, With No Side Effects


Crohn's disease, one of several inflammatory bowel diseases, achieved "complete remission" in nearly half the subjects of one study that were exposed to smoking medical marijuana on a regular basis.

Published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the study examined the effects of consistent marijuana use on Crohn's patients who suffered from severe cases of the disease. The results of the 21-subject study point toward the drug's anti-inflammatory properties as being responsible for quieting symptoms in many patients, and even reaching total remission in others.


   The Disease: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

Often mischaracterized as an autoimmune disease, Crohn's disease is in fact an immune deficiency state. Arising from a host of genetic, environmental, and immunological factors, the disease causes a chronic inflammatory disorder that attacks the person's gastrointestinal tract — anywhere from the mouth to the anus — in order to fight the body's antigens that otherwise do no harm. Symptoms of the disease range from mild abdominal pain to more severe cases of bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and fevers.



There is no cure for Crohn's; however, various methods are aimed at limiting flare ups and keeping the disease in remission. Treatments, like disease severity, fall on a spectrum depending on the person. Simple dietary changes suffice for some, while invasive surgery to remove the affected area may be needed for others. Corticosteroids and other medications are also prescribed for less severe cases.

The disease affects around 400,000 to 600,000 people in North America, although many people do not get diagnosed until they've had the disease for years, simply because no symptoms were present.

   The Study And Its Findings

Scientists at Meir Medical Center in Israel wanted to examine the effects of Cannabis sativa on patients with severe Crohn's disease, relying on the underlying drug's anti-inflammatory effects in treating other ailments, such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

"The marijuana plant Cannabis sativa has been reported to produce beneficial effects for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, but this has not been investigated in controlled trials," the researchers wrote. "We performed a prospective trial to determine whether cannabis can induce remission in patients with Crohn's disease."



Twenty-one people with severe, intractable Crohn's comprised the study. Out of those 21, 11 subjects smoked two joints a day for eight weeks. The other 10 made up the placebo group.

The results were particularly telling, according to the researchers. In total, five of the 11 subjects smoking marijuana daily achieved total remission of their Crohn's. They reported greater appetites and sleep patterns. (People with severe cases of Crohn's sometimes defecate 20 times per day, and may even wake up at night to do so.) Moreover, "a clinical response" was found in 10 of those 11. Only four of the 10 placebo subjects reported any improvements.

These findings, argued the researchers, demonstrate how "THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 11 patients with active Crohn's disease, compared with placebo, without side effects."

The researchers were hesitant to call the study a total success, however, saying that the "primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved," despite the five of 11 people who reported those effects.


Still, they noted that their findings merit further attention. "Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted," they wrote, pointing to the potentially diminished effects of smoking marijuana, as opposed to extracting the anti-inflammatory drugs directly from the plant.












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5 Poison ‘Medicines’ Women Should Avoid and Replace with Natural Remedies




While science is always developing, the western world is slow to alter its ways in the face of evidence pointing to the dangers or inefficiency of new medicine and realizations that old treatments could replace current medicines. Further, it is no different than some of the decisions we make with our health. Everyone could make some beneficial changes, and a woman’s well-being is often neglected especially due to hard-sticking health myths.

Here are 5 ‘medicines’ that can easily be replaced with more natural alternatives:

1. Uva Ursi Instead of Antibiotoics

Antibiotics are already over-prescribed for many ailments, and they are causing bacteria to become stronger and more resistant to the prescription drugs that are often prescribed. Urinary tract infections are often stubborn and are primarily treated in allopathic medicine with more than one type of antibiotic. This type of infection can happen often in women, and is sometimes referred to as ‘the honeymooner’s disease.’



Uva Ursi, also known as bearberry, has been used for centuries as a natural diuretic and homeopathic treatment for ailments like urinary tract infections, bladder inflammation, and other inflammatory diseases primarily due to two chemical constituents: arbutin and hydroquinone. The herb is also full of antioxidants and has an astringent affect, so it naturally fights unwanted bacteria. Conversely, antibiotics disrupt the natural flora  of the gut and wipe out all the good bacteria in the bladder and urethra so that persistent urinary tract infections are more likely to occur.

2. Chrysin in Passion Flower Extracts Instead of Breast Cancer Drugs

Many of the estrogen-stopping drugs found in aromatase-inhibitors made by the pharmaceutical companies can wreck havoc on a woman’s body. They are often used to treat breast cancer, but with prolonged use they cause liver inflammation and even cancer.


Chrysin, a naturally occurring flavanoid in passion flower, has shown to effectively reduce inflammation which leads to this type of cancer through the Cox 2 pathway.

3. Stop Giving Your Baby BPA-Filled Teething Rings and use Baltic Amber Instead

While many baby teething rings are filled with BPA (biosphenal A), an industrial chemical which can adversely affect your baby’s brain and development, Baltic amber teething necklaces and rings made with real amber and not counterfeit are full of succinic acid.

Baltic amber specifically has an 8% concentration of this beneficial natural compound. Amber found in the Baltic region has been used throughout Europe for centuries as a natural antibiotic and cure for numerous ailments.

4. Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps Instead of Medications that Harm the Endocrine System

There are two types of menstrual cramps: primary and secondary dysmenorrheal. They are both equally debilitating for millions of women. Instead of popping Midol like candy, try increasing your omega 3 fatty acids, eat more magnesium and try acupressure.


These will all save endocrine system from producing more stress hormones, which can happen due to the high levels of caffeine in products like Midol. Overuse of Ibuprofin or aspirin can also adversely affect your gastrointestinal system.

5. Breathe, Meditate or Do Yoga Instead of Taking Anti-Depressants

study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said that many medications like Paxil and Prozac were no more effective than a placebo pill, but they have a whole lot of unsavory side effect.


If you are feeling blue, try taking a deep diaphragmatic breath, as suggested by a recent NPR program, meditate (it has been proven to be more effective at reducing pain than morphine) or do some yoga, which naturally relieves deep emotional and psychological tensions from the body.




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'Hidden Dangers' of Mammograms



The breast cancer industry's holy grail (that mammography is the primary weapon in the war against breast cancer) has been disproved. In fact, mammography appears to have CREATED 1.3 million cases of breast cancer in the U.S. population that were not there.

A disturbing new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is bringing mainstream attention to the possibility that mammography has caused far more harm than good in the millions of women who have employed it over the past 30 years as their primary strategy in the fight against breast cancer.


Titled "Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence," researchers estimated that among women younger than 40 years of age, breast cancer was overdiagnosed, i.e. "tumors were detected on screening that would never have led to clinical symptoms," in 1.3 million U.S. women over the past 30 years. In 2008, alone, "breast cancer was overdiagnosed in more than 70,000 women; this accounted for 31% of all breast cancers diagnosed."


The primary form of mammography-detected breast cancer is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also known as 'stage zero' or 'non-invasive breast cancer.' Unlike truly invasive cancer, which expands outward like the crab after which it was named (Greek: Cancer = Crab), ductal carcinoma is in situ, i.e. situated, non-moving – an obvious contradiction in terms.

Also, DCIS presents without symptoms in the majority of women within which it is detected, and if left untreated will (usually) not progress to cause harm to women. Indeed, without x-ray diagnostic technologies, many if not most of the women diagnosed with it would never have known they had it in the first place. The journal Lancet Oncology, in fact, published a cohort study last year finding that even clinically verified "invasive" cancers appear to regress with time if left untreated:

[We] believe many invasive breast cancers detected by repeated mammography screening do not persist to be detected by screening at the end of 6 years, suggesting that the natural course of many of the screen-detected invasive breast cancers is to spontaneously regress.

The new study authors point out "The introduction of screening mammography in the United States has been associated with a doubling in the number of cases of early-stage breast cancer that are detected each year." And yet, they noted, only 6.5% of these early-stage breast cancer cases were expected to progress to advanced disease. DCIS and related 'abnormal breast findings,' in other words, may represent natural, benign variations in breast morphology. Preemptive treatment strategies, however, are still employed today as the standard of care, with mastectomy rates actually increasing since 2004.



The adverse health effects associated with overdiagnosis and overtreatment with lumpectomy, radiation, chemotherapy and hormone-suppressive treatments cannot be underestimated, especially when one considers the profound psychological trauma that follows each stage of diagnosis and treatment, and the additional physiological burdens such psychic injuries lead to, including up-regulation of multidrug resistance genes within cancer as a result of the increased adrenaline associated with the 'flight-or-fight' stress response.

Also, it is now coming to light that chemotherapy and radiation actually increase the proportion of the highly malignant cancer stem cells to the relatively non-malignant daughter cells within the tumor colony. Much in the same way that conventional antibiotic agents will drive multidrug resistance within the subpopulation of surviving post-antibiotic bacteria, ensuring recurrence, conventional treatments also drive the surviving stem-cell enriched tumor populations into greater resistance and metastatic potential when it does inevitably recur. Or worse, radiation therapy may actually increase the 'stemness' of breast cancer cells making them 30 times more malignant (capable of forming new tumors).

If it is indeed true that DCIS, other abnormal breast findings, as well as clinically confirmed invasive breast cancer, either remain benign or regress when left untreated, the entire breast cancer industry, which is already deeply mired in cause-marketing conflicts of interest, must radically reform itself, or face massive financial and ethical liabilities vis-à-vis outdated and no longer "evidence-based" practices.

Another serious problem with mammography (and there are dozens of them) not addressed in this latest research finding concerns the unique carcinogenicity of the x-rays the technology employs. We now know that the 30 kVp radiation, colloquially known as "low energy" x-rays, are between 300-400% more carcinogenic than the "higher energy" radiation given off by atomic bomb blasts (200 kVp or higher).
Present day radiation risk models used to assess the known breast cancer risk associated with mammography against the purported benefits do not take into this profound discrepancy. In fact, these models were developed before DNA was even discovered.


Also, considering that breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1/BRCA2, interfere with the DNA self-repair mechanisms needed to reduce the carcinogenicity associated with radiation exposure within those who carry these genetic variations, the harms associated with mammography may be exponentially higher than the conventional medical community presently understands and communicates to their patients. Indeed, it is likely that x-ray based mammography screenings have been planting the seeds of future radiation-induced breast cancer within exposed populations.

With top-tier biomedical journals now publishing research diametrically opposed to the policies and recommendations of both governmental, non-governmental and industry-sponsored health organizations, the time is ripe for us to critically evaluate conventional medicine's conventional standard of care and to educate ourselves further to the true causes of cancer, and how to go about preventing and/or removing them.




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Turmeric for Diabetes



   How Turmeric Has An Anti-Diabetic Effect On The Body

Many parts of the world have epidemic rates of hypertension, ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and stroke. Inflammation has been shown to contribute to the development of diabetes and these related conditions. Evidence available in 2011 suggests that certain medicinal plants possess hypoglycemic, or sugar-lowering, properties due to their rich flavonoid components, and have therefore warranted extensive research to uncover the metabolic pathways involved. As always, consult a health care professional before using herbal remedies to treat illness.

Extracts from turmeric may help manage blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes, suggest data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial from China.


Daily supplements of curcuminoids for three months was associated with improved glycemic control in 50 type-2 diabetics, compared to placebo, according to findings published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research .

The potential benefits of the curcuminoids is linked to a reduction in levels of free fatty acids (FFAs), said researchers Harbin Medical University and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

FFAs are reported to play a key role in the development of insulin resistance, and therefore decreasing levels of FFAs could help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

"This is the first study to show that curcuminoids may have an anti-diabetic effect by decreasing serum fatty acid possibly through the promotion of fatty acid oxidation and utilization," wrote researchers from Harbin Medical University and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

   Increasing attention

Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color, has increasingly come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its potential health benefits.

As a result, curcumin has been linked to a range of health benefits, including potential protection against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, protection against heart failure, diabetes, and arthritis.



Adding curcumin to human cells with the blood cancer multiple myeloma, Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and his colleagues found, stopped the cells from replicating. And the cells that were left died.

One of the most comprehensive summaries of a review of 700 turmeric studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd. He showed that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.

For the new study, the Chinese researchers used curcuminoids from of turmeric (Curcuma Longa L., Zingiberaceae, from Hebei Food Additive Co., Hebei, China) with a purity of 97.5%. The composition was 36% curcumin, 19% demethoxycurcumin, and 43% bisdemethoxycurcumin.

One hundred overweight/ obese type-2 diabetics were randomly assigned to receive either 300 mg per day of curcuminoids or placebo for three months.

Results showed that the curcuminoid group displayed a significant decrease in blood glucose levels, hemoglobin A1C (a marker of the long-term presence of excess glucose in the blood), and insulin resistance, compared to placebo.

There was also a significant reduction in free fatty acids in the curcuminoid group, said the researchers.

"The dose of curcuminoids administered in our study cannot easily be achieved by simply incorporating more spice into meals. In addition, incorporating more curcuminoids will change the appearance and taste of food, and some people may not like the color or taste of curcuminoids.

"Therefore, we suggest that it is better to take curcuminoids as a supplement," wrote the researchers.

   Diabetes

The study adds to a growing number of studies looking for natural products to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

With the number of people are affected by diabetes in the EU 25 projected to increase to 26 million by 2030, up from about 19 million currently -- or 4 per cent of the total population --approaches to reduce the risk of diabetes are becoming increasing attractive.

The statistics are even more startling in the US, where almost 24 million people live with diabetes, equal to 8 per cent of the population. The total costs are thought to be as much as $174 billion, with $116 billion being direct costs from medication, according to 2005-2007 American Diabetes Association figures.







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Oral sex can cause throat cancer




People who have had more than five oral-sex partners in their lifetime are 250% more likely to have throat cancer than those who do not have oral sex, a new study suggests.

The researchers believe this is because oral sex may transmit human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus implicated in the majority of cervical cancers.

The new findings should encourage people to consistently use condoms during oral sex as this could protect against HPV, the team says. Other experts say that the results provide more reason for men to receive the new HPV vaccine.

Maura Gillison at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, US, and colleagues collected blood and saliva samples from the throats of 100 patients diagnosed with cancers of the tonsils or back of the throat. The scientists also took samples from 200 healthy people for comparison.


By combining the blood and saliva samples with antibody molecules, Gillison's team could tell whether a person had ever had an HPV infection.

   Cancer traps

All of the study participants provided information about their sexual history, including the number of people with whom they had engaged in oral sex.

After controlling for other risk factors for throat cancer, such as drinking and smoking, the analysis revealed that people who had prior infection with HPV were 32 times as likely to have this cancer as those with no evidence of ever having the virus. And those who tested positive for a particularly aggressive strain of the virus, called HPV-16, were 58 times more likely to have throat cancer.


By comparison, either smoking or drinking increases the risk of such cancer by about threefold.

The throat cancers analysed in the new study mostly started in the "crypts" of the throat - the grooves at the base of the tonsils. This might be because the tonsil grooves trap infectious particles, suggests Mark Stoler of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, US, who was not involved in the study.

   High risk levels

The study also revealed a link between oral sex and throat cancer caused by HPV. People who had one to five oral-sex partners in their lifetime had approximately a doubled risk of throat cancer compared with those who never engaged in this activity - and those with more than five oral-sex partners had a 250% increased risk.



There was an even stronger link between oral sex and throat cancers clearly caused by HPV-16 (those tumours that tested positive for the strain). People with more than five oral sex partners had a 750% increased risk of these HPV-16-caused cancers.

"This study is important because it is putting all of the pieces together," says Gillison. "We need to add oral HPV infection to the list of risks for oral cancer," she adds.

   Virus vaccine

A vaccine against several of the most aggressive strains of HPV linked to cervical cancer received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration in 2006. However the plan to vaccinate adolescent girls with this vaccine developed by Merck, called Gardasil, has received some criticism.


There have been no studies investigating whether the vaccine can also protect against throat cancer, but the new evidence linking HPV to throat cancer could lead to broader vaccination with Gardasil. "We will see a push for vaccination in men," says Stoler, who has been involved in the development of the vaccine.

Tonsil and throat cancers affect about two in every 100,000 adults in the US. The new results could promote the development of spit tests for HPV infection to help identify people at high risk for these cancers, researchers say.

   Model answers

There has been pressure on policy-makers worldwide to introduce the HPV vaccine. But how can they make rational choices about a medical intervention that might do good in the distant future, but might also do harm, with no prospect of an answer for decades? How should parents, doctors or anyone else decide whether it is a good thing to give a young girl the vaccine?



One way forward is to build a mathematical model of the disease and use it to test the benefits of vaccination. Doing so is extremely complex, however. The model has to factor in the natural history of HPV infection, the effect of the vaccine over a lifetime, the effect on other HPV strains, the effect of the vaccine on natural immunity against HPV, the sexual behaviour of the girls and women and their partners, and finally, cervical-cancer screening practices.




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Cure for Gray Hair



New scientific breakthrough mimics an age-old remedy for gray hair and baldness: Onion juice


Days ago it was announced that European researchers had discovered a breakthrough cure for gray and thinning hair: A topical application of a sun-activated compound called PC-KUS (a modified pseudocatalase). However, the researchers may be a few hundred years late with their discovery since onion juice has been used as a remedy for thin and graying hair for ages.

What the researchers found was that gray hair is primarily caused by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide at the root of hair follicles and that this was due in great part to a reduction in the natural antioxidant compound catalase. In addition to helping cleanse the scalp and follicles, onion juice also promotes the production of catalase. Catalase prevents gray hair as well as promoted thicker hair follicles.


The researchers "new" breakthrough appears to be the rediscovery of a remedy for gray hair and baldness that herbalists have known for centuries: Onion juice. Hundreds of years ago, famed herbalist John Gerard (1545- 1612) wrote: "the juice of onions anointed upon a bald head in the sun bringeth the hair again very speedily." Today, many herbalists recommend onion juice either singly or in combination with other natural items as a remedy for gray and thinning hair.

   What the research found

The new research, which was published in The FASB Journal, also found that the modified catalase compound also works for the skin condition vitiligo (a skin pigment condition marked by loss of skin color). Reported study author Karin U. Schallreuter, M.D. from the Institute for Pigmentary Disorders:

"To date, it is beyond any doubt that the sudden loss of the inherited skin and localized hair color can affect those individuals in many fundamental ways. The improvement of quality of life after total and even partial successful repigmentation has been documented."

In 2009, a similar breakthrough for gray hair was reported which also found that hydrogen peroxide buildup was a culprit and that the compound catalase could reverse gray hair. That research was conducted by Bradford University in the UK.

                                      Vitiligo hands

   Other natural solutions for grey hair

Over the years, many remedies for gray hair have been used with mixed results. Some of the better known ones include:

The oriental remedy fo-ti has a long history of being used for gray hair. Fo-ti is also called he shou wu, which translates to "black-haired Mr. He" or "Mr. He's black hair".

Black Strap molasses has worked well for many people for restoration of color, but it may take some time (as is true with other remedies as well).

Pine needle tea is another remedy which has been used to help with graying hair.

Many have reported that moringa leaf and moringa root extracts have restored hair color as well as helped with thinning hair.

   Nutrition for hair health

As is true for the entire body, good nutrition is essential for healthy hair. The best diet for hair health is a wholesome diet which is rich in silica, B-vitamins, omega-3s, protein, calcium and iron. Other important nutrients include antioxidants, trace minerals and vitamin A.

Some of the best foods for hair health include:

• Oats
• Sweet rice and mochi (pounded sweet rice)
• Nuts and seeds
• Leafy, green vegetables
• Root vegetables, such as carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, ginger, turnips, and onions
• Winter squash
• Black beans
• Pumpkin
• Black pepper
• Brown rice syrup
• Seaweed
• Microalgae


Foods to avoid for better hair health:

• Cold foods and drinks
• Sugary foods and drinks
• Fatty foods
• Animal protein
• Tofu
• Salt
• Dairy products



                  Will the hair coloring soon become history?



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