LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2013 Archive 1


 

Feb. 1, 2013

Lack Self-Control? You Can Build It Like a Muscle, Study Says

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) Good news for all those people who feel like they suffer from a lack of willpower and self-control: according to a study conducted by researchers at The Miriam Hospital's Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center and published in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, it is possible to train your willpower in the same way that you would train your body to build more muscle. Significantly, the researchers also found that people who were successfully able to build their self-control were also able to lose more weight.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 31, 2013

Parents Clueless That Their Kids Are Abusing Prescription Drugs

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) Although prescription drug abuse among both children and adults now rivals illegal street drugs in both prevalence and lethality, most parents are not particularly concerned about such abuse among children and teenagers, according to the most recent University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 31, 2013

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Anna Lamy, Hernando Today, Brooksville, Fla.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Older adults, over the age of 65, falls are the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Falls are also the most common cause of hospital admissions for trauma and non-fatal injury for older adults.

In 2010, medical costs related to falls, adjusted to inflation, was estimated at $30 billion.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 31, 2013

Deep-Fried Food Ups Prostate Cancer Risk

United Press International

Men who eat a regular diet of deep-fried foods such as french fries, fried chicken and doughnuts have a higher risk of prostate cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Janet L. Stanford, Marni Stott-Miller and Marian Neuhouser, all of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Public Health Sciences Division in Seattle, analyzed data from two prior population-based case-control studies involving 1,549 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1,492 age-matched healthy controls.

Read more about the research here.

 

January 31, 2013

Exercise the Brain

Previous research has shown an association between late-life cognitive activity and better mental acuity. Konstantinos Arfanakis, from Rush University Medical Center, and colleagues studied what effect late-life cognitive activity might have on the brain's white matter, which is composed of nerve fibers, or axons, that transmit information throughout the brain.

Read more about the research here.

 

January 31, 2013

Exposed: Johnson & Johnson Hid Data Showing 40 Percent Failure Rate of Hip Implants

by Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) The skeletons just keep on coming out of the closet for pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which is currently being sued by tens of thousands of hip replacement patients for knowingly selling a faulty hip implant device that generates loose metal shards and poisons patients' bloodstreams. According to recently-uncovered internal documents, J&J knew about the defective device for many years, but continued to deceptively market it across the globe as safe and effective.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 30, 2013

‘Evidence is Strong’ for Omega-3’s Heart Health Benefits: Linus Pauling Review

The evidence supporting the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids is strong, despite ‘less conclusive’ recent studies, says a new review from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.

Read more about the review here.

 

January 30, 2013

Gouging Out the All-Seeing Eye of the USDA's Food Pyramid

(NaturalNews) Created by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1992, The Food Guide Pyramid was brought into America's classrooms and utilized as a doctrine. This misguided, one-size-fits-all approach to health took the drive away from children to find real answers and brainwashed them with messages that eventually spurred the epidemic of obesity and illness in America.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 30, 2013

Scientists Reveal How Calorie Restriction Prevents Chronic diseases and Extends Lifespan

(NaturalNews) Since the mid-1930s, scientists have theorized that lowering caloric intake may lower the risk of many potentially deadly diseases such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, and cancer. Studies performed on virtually every animal and mammal species have demonstrated that dietary restriction extends lifespan by 20 to 50 percent while dramatically lowering the risk for developing most illnesses associated with aging. Over the past decade, researchers have begun to test calorie restriction principles on one of the longest living mammalian species, human beings.

Read more about the research here.

 

January 30, 2013

How to Prevent Cancer with Everyday Foods

by Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) The best way to treat disease is to prevent it from ever forming in the first place. And one of the primary ways to effectively prevent disease from forming is to eat foods that are rich in disease-fighting vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants, all of which create conditions inside the body that are unfavorable for the onset of chronic illness. Particularly with cancer, which is now estimated to afflict as many as one in two people throughout their lifetime, eating plenty of foods with proven anti-cancer benefits can make all the difference in determining whether or not you will live a vibrant, disease-free life, or become just another statistic of the "sick-care" industry.

Read more about the story here.

 

January 30, 2013

Less-Invasive Treatment May Improve Survival Chances in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.

A lumpectomy and radiation may provide early-stage breast cancer patients with a better chance of survival than mastectomies, according to Duke Medicine Research.

The study, released in the journal "Cancer," explores the effectiveness of lumpectomies, in which only the tumor and surrounding tissue are removed, as opposed to mastectomies, which remove the whole breast.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 29, 2013

Broccoli, Cauliflower May Reduce Cancer

United Press International

Cruciferous vegetables such as arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale may help reduce cancer risk, U.S. nutritional experts say.

Vicky Newman, director of Nutrition Services, Cancer Prevention & Control Program at the University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center, said cruciferous vegetables contain sulfur compounds that support the body's detoxification system.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 29, 2013

Migraines Carry Serious Social Stigma, Study Finds

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) Patients with chronic migraines suffer from as much social stigma as people with epilepsy, according to a study conducted by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Rutgers University and published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 28, 2013

Reduced CoQ10 Levels Associated with Poor Neurologic Outcome

The journal Resuscitation published the results of a study conducted by researchers at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center which found a reduction in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) among patients who died while hospitalized subsequent to resuscitation following cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest, which occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping, affects an estimated 350,000 individuals each year in the United States, resulting in a significant incidence of death and neurologic injury.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 28, 2013

Tips for Helping Children Focus and Study

(NaturalNews) Many children have trouble focusing, and those who have issues with being overactive, can have more trouble than most. Changes to the diet and the environment can make a big difference for these children. Many children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Sometimes these children can be normal children with dietary issues that can be treated by improving diet.

Some children have issues with sensory integration. These children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) need special guidance in order to help them process the sensory overload in their brains. SID causes all the incoming sense messages to be processed in one brain center, instead of being sourced to the various brain centers specific to processing neurological messages from the various sense centers. Because of this, all incoming information for the various senses is jumbled together for these children and they cannot separate auditory messages from visual messages. Again, these children might be helped by dietary recommendations as well.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 25, 2013

Kaiser Permanente Study Suggests Tests Routinely Done on Patients with Microscopic Blood in Urine can be Avoided

PRNewswire

The presence of microscopic hematuria - blood found in urine that can't be seen by the naked eye -- does not necessarily indicate the presence of cancer, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study suggests that tests routinely done on patients with this condition could be avoided and has led to the creation of a screening tool to better diagnose certain types of cancers.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 22, 2013

How to Treat Respiratory Tract Infections with Everyday Foods and Spices

(NaturalNews) It is almost the peak of the winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means coughs, colds, influenza, and various other respiratory ailments are on the rise. Such conditions are typically the result of poor diet, low immunity, and lack of natural sunlight exposure, among other things, but developing them does not have to be inevitable, especially if you take the proper preventive steps now to avoid them.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 22, 2013

Grape Seed Extract Goes After Aggressive Cancer Cells

An article published online in the journal Cancer Letters reveals a potent effect for grape seed extract against colorectal cancer in experiments involving cultured cancer cells. The findings indicate a beneficial effect for grape seed extract that increases with higher stage cancer.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 21, 2013

Regular Consumption of Soda Linked to Depression, Study Finds

(NaturalNews) There are many reasons to avoid soda and other soft drinks: High refined sugar levels, extreme acidity, unnatural and often toxic ingredients, and much more. According to a new study by U.S. researchers for the National Institute of Health; however, we can add another reason to the list - the regular consumption of soda, especially those that contained artificial sweeteners, can lead to depression.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 21, 2013

Longer Telomeres Linked to Eating Less Fat, More Fruit and Vegetables

A decrease in telomere length, which has been linked with age-related diseases including coronary heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and some forms of cancer, has been found in a recent study to be associated with a reduced intake of vegetables in women and fruit in men. Men also experienced a decrease in average white blood cell telomere length in association with a greater intake of fat, particularly butter. The study was reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 21, 2013

Flavonoids from Strawberries and Blueberries Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women by 1/3

by John Phillip

(NaturalNews) Thousands of research studies over the past decade have heralded the critical importance of eating a diet filled with flavonoids from a variety of brightly colored vegetables and fruits to help prevent and even treat many chronic illnesses. Most plants and fruits rely on flavonoid compounds for protection against the environment and to propagate and flourish. These same properties support human health by altering genetic expression and specifically targeting essential metabolic processes to ward off diseases such as cancer, dementia and the most prevalent killer of men and women, cardiovascular disease.

Read more about this report here.

 

January 18, 2013

Top Cosmetic and Personal Care Chemicals That Cause Hormonal Disruption

by Danna Norek

(NaturalNews) The products we use to improve our personal appearance are often extremely harmful to our natural balance of hormones. There are several commonly used ingredients that can be found in everything from body and face lotions to cosmetics and shaving creams which are known endocrine disruptors.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 18, 2013

Exercise Strategy When Short on Time

Resistance training is an established method to increase muscle mass and strength, but for Americans who are short on time aerobic exercise may be a more strategic option. Leslie H. Willis, from Duke University Medical Center (North Carolina, USA), and colleagues enrolled 234 previously sedentary overweight or obese men and women, ages 18 to 70 years, in one of three eight-month supervised protocols: aerobic training (AT), resistance training (RT), or a combination (AT/RT).

Read more about the study here.

 

January 18, 2013

Lance Armstrong Outs Himself

(NaturalNews) Lance Armstrong has now gone public with his admission of using illegal, banned substances to win his cycling races. In a confession to Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong admitted to doping with EPO, testosterone and blood transfusions during ALL his Tour de France races.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 18, 2013

Can Vitamin D Relieve Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms?

By Michael A. Smith, MD

When the immune system attacks the insulating sheath covering your brain cells, the result is a loss of normal electrical conductivity and a myriad of symptoms – ranging from loss of vision, muscle weakness, problems walking and loss of sensation. This is multiple sclerosis.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 17, 2013

Three Ways to Naturally Reduce Menopausal Hot Flashes

by Katherine Leonard, MS, NC

(NaturalNews) With seven out of every 10 menopausal women experiencing hot flashes and bouts of sweating, this health issue can cause discomfort in social settings, insomnia, and even fatigue. As hormone levels change, women commonly struggle with these undesirable symptoms and many seek treatment with synthetic estrogen. But with increasing evidence showing a link between hormone replacement therapy and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and other conditions, women are now looking to alternative therapies for relief of their symptoms. Meditation, acupuncture, and herbal supplements can help safely reduce menopausal symptoms in women by promoting wellness from the inside out.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 17, 2013

Vitamin K Intake Cuts Risk of Diabetes in the Elderly by 50 Percent

(NaturalNews) New cases of diabetes continue to increase exponentially every five to ten years. The toll this disease takes on millions of unsuspecting children and adults places the illness in a class by itself as it is the primary cause of death from diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Excess glucose in circulation slowly damages virtually every cell and molecular structure in our body as it makes critical proteins, enzymes and fats dysfunctional and significantly increases the risk of arterial plaque development.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 17, 2013

Natural Methods Help Treat Cancer-Related Fatigue

by Samantha Davis

(NaturalNews) People who have been through cancer and its treatment experience difficulty with their recovery as they have to deal with severe, unbearable fatigue. Cancer fatigue is much different from the ordinary exhaustion which people feel after a busy day. With cancer fatigue, people feel tired in spite of a remarkable night's rest. Even gathering willpower to overcome it does not seem to help. Although the causes for cancer-related fatigue are many, its levels can differ from one person to another. Some common forms of fatigue experienced during this time are tiredness, weakness and exhaustion.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 16, 2013

Five Superfoods That Will Heal Your Gut

(NaturalNews) The root of good and bad health resides in the gut. This is a centuries old maxim of both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and India's Ayurvedic medical practices.

Over the last few decades, renegade MD's, holistic practitioners, chiropractors, and alternative health nutritionists have realized this basic truth as well. This ancient health maxim has even been determined to affect mental health, where the gut is tagged as a second brain.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has embraced this wisdom and developed the GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) diet, which has a proven track record of returning autism spectrum children to normalcy. For starters, she experimented on her autistic son and cured him.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 16, 2013

Calcium Supplementation Increases Fat Loss in Obese and Overweight Young Adults

In an article published online in Nutrition Journal, researchers in China report a beneficial effect for supplementation with calcium and vitamin D in reducing the body fat of overweight and obese college students.

Read more about the research here.

 

January 15, 2013

Processed Snack Foods Increase Colon Cancer Risk

by John Phillip

(NaturalNews) Colon cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer deaths, as the number of newly diagnosed cases continue to grow concurrent with the rate of overweight, obesity and processed food consumption. This may come as no surprise to natural health followers who understand that fried and hydrogenated foods alter cell structure and metabolism and refined carbohydrates and sugars boost insulin and blood glucose levels as they provide fuel for cancer cell growth and propagation.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 15, 2013

Nine DIY Home Remedies to Beat the Flu Even During an Epidemic

(NaturalNews) Even during a flu epidemic, there's no reason to fear becoming sick if you have the following home remedies on hand. Some act to protect you ahead of time before even getting sick, while others help you to recover after contracting the illness.

Read about the home remedies here.

 

January 14, 2013

Modified Lycopene Supplement Shows Heart Health Potential

Daily intake of a lycopene-based food supplement could help to cut the risk of heart disease by improving the functioning of blood vessels, say researchers.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 14, 2013

Couple Facing $500 a Day Fine for Home Garden in Their Own Yard

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) An Orlando-area couple that faced prosecution from city officials over their front-yard garden in November is in hot water once again after refusing to dig up their veggies, only this time they are facing stiff financial penalties for their non-compliance.

Read more about the story here.

 

January 14, 2013

Powerful Therapeutic Herbs For Diabetics

(NaturalNews) If you or someone you know suffers from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, it might come as a surprise to learn that a life of endless insulin shots and blood glucose drugs is not your only treatment option. If you are serious about truly overcoming your diabetic condition, there are actually a number of all-natural herbal remedies available that possess proven curative benefits.

Click here are some of your best options.

 

January 14, 2013

Breast Cancer Survivors Have Modest Increased Risk of Developing Diabetes

Canadian Press

Women who survive breast cancer may be more likely than other women to go on to develop Type 2 diabetes, a new Canadian study suggests.

Its authors say that doctors treating women with breast cancer should be alert to the possibility their patients may develop diabetes and urge them to take steps to lower their risk where needed.

The effect, if real, does not appear to be huge and it was not the same across the board for all breast cancer survivors, according to the study by researchers from Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, both of which are in Toronto.

The size of the increased risk seems to vary depending on whether the women have chemotherapy for their breast cancer, says the study, which was published by the journal Lancet.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 14, 2013

Effective Treatment for the Flu

by Randall Neustaedter OMD

(NaturalNews) Flu season has arrived and emergency rooms are packed with those unfortunate souls who have come down with these dreaded symptoms. Unfortunately, conventional medicine has no effective treatment for the flu. Turning to alternative treatments is your best option.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 11, 2013

Omega-3s May Boost Heart Health for Smokers

Cigarette smokers – a group at increased risk of heart problems – may benefit from daily omega-3 supplements, suggest data from gold-standard randomized control trial.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 11, 2013

B Vitamins May Boost Colorectal Health: Study

Increased intakes of vitamin B6 and riboflavin (B2) are associated with a 20% reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer, says a new study.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 11, 2013

Vaccinated Children Five Times More Prone to Disease Than Unvaccinated Children

by Ethan A. Huff

(NaturalNews) An ongoing study out of Germany comparing disease rates among vaccinated and unvaccinated children points to a pretty clear disparity between the two groups as far as illness rates are concerned. As reported by the group Health Freedom Alliance, children who have been vaccinated according to official government schedules are up to five times more likely to contract a preventable disease than children who developed their own immune systems naturally without vaccines.

Read more about the study here.

Watch a special LivingFuelTV show with KC Craichy about cold and flu season here.

 

January 11, 2013

Calcium Plus Vitamin D May Slash Body Fat Levels

Adding calcium and vitamin D supplements to an energy-restricted diet may boost the loss of body fat, compared to the diet alone, says a new study.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 10, 2013

Carnosic Acid Protects the Eyes

The journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science reported that carnosic acid, a compound occurring in the herb rosemary, helped protect the eyes' retina from degeneration and hydrogen peroxide-induced toxicity.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 9, 2013

New Research Shows How Healthy Eating Affects Health and Longevity

(NaturalNews) Have you ever wondered how and why certain people seem to appear either younger or much older than their actual chronological age? Certainly genetic inheritance has some impact on aging, development of chronic conditions and longevity, but an abundance of new research is demonstrating through the science of epigenetics that how our genes are expressed to protect us from illness and an early demise is fully within our control. Lifestyle, exposure to environmental hazards and to an even greater degree, the quality, composition and type of foods we consume play a large role in determining how we age as well as how and when we will die.

Read more about the research here.

 

January 9, 2013

Integrative Medicine: Bacteria in Gut Studied to Examine Obesity Link

Drs. Kay Judge and Maxine Barish-Wreden The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, you are not alone — the United States has the highest rate of obesity in the world.

In 2010, more than 35 percent of American adults were obese as well as 17 percent of American kids, and it’s estimated that 50 percent of adults will be obese by 2030. Obesity has been attributed to many things, including our overconsumption of processed grains, sweetened foods and sodas. Our sedentary lifestyles don’t help, either.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 9, 2013

Five Reasons to Keep Your Body Alkaline for True Healing

by J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) You may not have known it, but keeping your diet primarily alkaline rather than acidic is a much healthier alternative and can add years to your life.

"The human body goes to great lengths to maintain a slightly alkaline PH of 7.35, but poor diet and stress can change the PH to an acidic one in which disease can thrive," says Raw Food Health. You can help your body out tremendously just by adjusting your eating habits.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 8, 2013

Insufficient Vitamin D Could Explain Alcoholism-related Muscle Condition

In a review published online in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Jan W. Wijnia of Slingedael Korsakoff Center in the Netherlands and colleagues suggest that insufficient vitamin D levels could account for the high prevalence of myopathy in men and women suffering from chronic alcoholism. Vitamin D deficiency is a known cause of myopathy, and alcoholism has been associated with reduced levels of the vitamin.

"Myopathy simply means 'muscle disease,'" Dr Wijnia explained. "Muscle weakness is by far the most frequent symptom of alcoholic myopathy, causing difficulties in rising from a chair or in climbing a staircase. In alcoholic myopathy, improvement of muscle weakness usually occurs six to nine months following alcohol abstinence."

Read more about the report here.

 

January 8, 2013

2000-Year-Old Food Supplements Found in Tuscan Shipwreck

Italian researchers have uncovered zinc food supplements aimed to treat eye problems from a shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany.

Read more about the story here.

 

January 8, 2013

New Natural Remedy for Morning Sickness

by Ben Meredith

(NaturalNews) Morning sickness has been documented as early as 2000 B.C. by the ancient Egyptians. These days, more than half of pregnant American women suffer from nausea and/or vomiting of varying severity in their first trimester. It was once believed that morning sickness is psychological, but today's doctors emphasize that it is indeed a physical condition. Thus, women everywhere beg the question: what is the cure?

Read more about the report here.

 

January 8, 2013

‘Intriguing’ Study Shows Heart Health Benefits of Omega-3-Rich Yogurt

Daily consumption of omega-3-fortified yogurt may help boost heart health, says a new study that may ‘intrigue CPG companies to begin or continue their formulation efforts’.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 8, 2013

Sports Promote Smarts

Regular exercise is shown by a number of studies to partially reverse the effects of the aging process on physiological functions and preserve functional reserve. Anil Nigam, from the University of Montreal, and colleagues assessed the effects of high-intensity interval training, on a group of six middle-aged men and women. All subjects had a body mass index (BMI) between 28 and 31, in addition to one or more cardiovascular risk factors.

Read more about the studies here.

 

January 8, 2013

JAMA Meta-analysis Confirms Link Between Premature Mortality and Obesity

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently reported the outcome of a meta-analysis conducted by researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hyattsville, Maryland, which reaffirmed the link between being obese and having a greater risk of dying from all causes over follow-up.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 7, 2013

Do Most Pregnant Women Have Dangerous Levels of Pollutants In Their Blood?

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) The majority of women of childbearing age have higher-than-average blood levels of at least one pollutant that can damage infant brain development, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brown University and published in the journal Environmental Research.

The study focused on blood levels of lead, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). All three pollutants are widespread and are prone to accumulate not just in the environment but also in people's bodies. In addition, all three can cross the placental barrier, can be transmitted through breast milk, and are known to damage the developing brains of fetuses and infants.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 7, 2013

Healthy Diet Helps Prevent Future Heart Attack

In that diet quality is strongly related to cardiovascular disease incidence, researchers involved in two clinical studies involving a total of 31,546 men and women, average age 66.5 years, sought to elucidate the role of diet on future cardiovascular events in people at-risk and receiving medication for secondary prevention.

The research group reported that their analysis of two cohorts of patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes showed that subjects who consumed the healthiest diet had a significantly lower risk of further cardiovascular events, as compared to those whose ate the poorest quality diet.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 7, 2013

On Nutrition: Getting Your Zzzzs

Barbara Quinn

The Monterey County Herald, Calif.

It's a condition of our modern lifestyle, researchers say. We spend long hours in front of computers and televisions. We work early in the morning and late at night. We get jet lag. And we can't figure out why we can't lose weight.

There may be a connection, say researchers. Studies are emerging that show a relationship between "partial sleep deprivation" - sleeping less than 6 hours a night - and obesity.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 7, 2013

More Than 3,000 Epigenetic Switches Control Daily Metabolism

(NaturalNews) Circadian rhythms do more than just make us sleepy at night. These rhythms affect our individual organs, even our genes. Circadian cycles affect nearly every living organism, including plants, bacteria, insects, and humans. In fact, there are over 3,000 epigenomic elements that regulate the circadian cycles of about 15,000 genes in humans, specifically genes in the liver.

Read more about the report here."

 

January 4, 2013

Trick Your Brain Into Losing Weight ; What's Stopping You Getting Slim?

Lynne Hyland

Sunday Mirror

Yep, it's the latest weight loss idea, direct from the States - find the diet that's tailored to your grey matter.

According to doctor and psychiatrist Daniel Amen, different people have different brain types which in turn influence weight. His clinics use cutting-edge scans to identify patterns in the grey matter which he reckons cause obesity. Knowing how your own brain works is critical to getting the help that will work for you - 'One prescription does not fit all,' says Dr Amen.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 4, 2013

Vitamin D Improves TB Recovery

In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, British researchers report a beneficial effect for vitamin D supplementation in tuberculosis (TB) patients being treated with antibiotics. The finding adds evidence to pre-antibiotic era treatment of TB that involved sunbathing (which stimulates the body's production of vitamin D) at sanatoriums.

Ninety-five TB patients were randomized to receive a high dose of vitamin D or a placebo during their initial eight weeks of antibiotic therapy. Blood and sputum samples were analyzed before, during and after treatment.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 4, 2013

Coffee May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A number of previous studies have consistently linked regular, moderate coffee consumption with a possible reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Pilar Riobo Servan, from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), and colleagues elucidate key mechanistic theories that underlie the possible relationship between coffee consumption and the reduced risk of diabetes.

Read more about the studies here.

 

January 4, 2013

Michigan State Study Suggests Reflexology Can Help Cancer Patients

Cassandra Spratling

Detroit Free Press

REFLEXOLOGY -- the method of massaging the feet to stimulate parts of the body -- can help cancer patients perform daily tasks better.

That's the conclusion of a new study led by Michigan State University researcher Gwen Wyatt, a professor in the College of Nursing.

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, is believed to be the first large-scale study to put hard science behind the benefits of reflexology as a complement to standard cancer care:

"It's always been assumed that it's a nice comfort measure, but to this point we really have not, in a rigorous way, documented the benefits," Wyatt said in a report released by the MSU. "This is the first step toward moving a complementary therapy from fringe care to mainstream care."

Read more about the study here.

 

January 4, 2013

What is the "GAPS diet" and how does it work?

(NaturalNews) The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS) is not for the faint of heart. It requires patience and dedication, not to mention time -- up to three years. But for those suffering from asthma, food intolerance and allergy, developmental delays, depression or a spectrum of digestive disorders, it can be a miracle. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the diet, believes that all disease begins with a compromised gut and if the digestive tract is healed, so is health.

Read more about the GAPS diet here.

 

January 4, 2013

Garlic Extract Reduces Blood Pressure

Hypertension affects about 30% of adults worldwide. Previously, a number of studies have suggested plausible mechanisms by which garlic exerts blood pressure-lowering effects. K Ried, from The University of Adelaide (Australia), and colleagues en rolled 79 men and women with uncontrolled systolic hypertension, in a 12-week long trial in which each subject received one, two or four capsules daily of aged garlic extract (240/480/960 mg containing 0.6/1.2/2.4 mg of S-allylcysteine), or placebo. Blood pressure was assessed at 4, 8 and 12 weeks.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 3, 2013

Healthy Diet Helps Prevent Future Heart Attack

In that diet quality is strongly related to cardiovascular disease incidence, researchers involved in two clinical studies involving a total of 31,546 men and women, average age 66.5 years, sought to elucidate the role of diet on future cardiovascular events in people at-risk and receiving medication for secondary prevention.

Read more about the research here.

 

January 3, 2013

Telltale Visible Signs of Aging May Predict Heart Disease

NewsRx.com

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Heart Disease Weekly

If you look old, your heart may feel old, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

In a new study, those who had three to four aging signs - receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the head's crown, earlobe crease, or yellow fatty deposits around the eyelid (xanthelasmata) - had a 57 percent increased risk for heart attack and a 39 percent increased risk for heart disease.

"The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age," said Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, M.D., the study's senior author and professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 3, 2013

Widely Used Heart Drug Increases Risk of Death

(NaturalNews) A widely used heart drug actually increases the risk of death in patients with the very condition it is most commonly used to treat, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Kentucky and published in the European Heart Journal.

Read more about the study here.

 

January 2, 2013

Vitamin D May Slow Pre-cancer Growths, Find Researchers

By Nathan Gray

Vitamin D may help to battle cancers by blocking cell growth and slowing the progression of pre-malignant to malignant states, say researchers.

Read more about the research here.

 

January 2, 2013

Persimmons a Good Source of Beta-carotene

United Press International

The persimmons, a seasonal bright orange fruit, is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and potassium, a U.S. nutritionist says.

"Fuyu persimmons are firm when ripe and you can eat them like an apple," Vicky Newman, director of the Nutrition Services, Cancer Prevention & Control Program at the University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center, said in a statement.

Read more about the report here.

 

January 2, 2013

Telomere Shortening Rate in Cells Linked to Life Span of Individual Whole Organism

An article published online in the journal Cell Reports describes the finding of researchers in Madrid of an association between the rate of increase in the percentage of short telomeres over a lifetime and the length of life of individual animals. Telomeres, which are sequences of DNA that cap and protect the ends of chromosomes, shorten with the age of a cell and are a marker of cellular aging. While studies have correlated shorter telomeres with diseases or their risk factors, the current study's findings are the first to use telomere measurements to predict the life expectancy of mammals.

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January 2, 2013

Five Ways Astragalus Helps Your Body Heal Itself

(NaturalNews) With a healing reputation in Eastern medicine that's already thousands of years old, the astragalus herb, renowned for its ability to deeply strengthen the immune system, is becoming even more widely used in Western treatments as well.

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January 2, 2013

Hand-held Dental X-ray Machines Linked to Cancer Risks

(Natural News) British dentists have been warned against using a cheap, hand-held x-ray machine on their patients because they pose a significant health risk.

According to the BBC, the imported machines, known as the Tianjie Dental Falcon, expose "users and patients to 10 times the normal level of radiation, increasing their risks of cancer and organ damage."

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