LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2010 Archive 2


August 31, 2010

Are the Brains of Walkers Better Connected?

United Press International

U.S. researchers suggest walking enhances brain circuit connectivity and brain function.

Moderate walking for 40 minutes three times per week for a year -- rather than just stretching and toning -- helped increase brain function in older adults.

University of Illinois at Champaign study leader Art Kramer and colleagues looked at brain regions functioning together -- especially the "default mode network" that dominates brain activity while passively observing or simply daydreaming.

The study, published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, finds in healthy young brains, activity in the default mode network quickly diminishes when a person engages in an activity requiring focus on the external environment. The researchers also say default mode network connectivity significantly improved in the brains of the older walkers.

"The higher the connectivity, the better the performance on some of these cognitive tasks, especially the ones we call executive control tasks -- things like planning, scheduling, dealing with ambiguity, working memory and multitasking," Kramer says in a statement.

Read more about this research here.

August 30, 2010

Study - Vitamin D, Cancer & Autoimmune Diseases

(NaturalNews) A new study out of Oxford University pinpoints vitamin D deficiency as a culprit in serious illnesses like cancer and autoimmune disorders. According to the report, which was recently published online in the journal Genome Research, genetic receptors throughout the body need adequate vitamin D levels to prevent these and other serious illnesses from developing.

The Oxford team made specific observations about the importance of vitamin D in the genome regions associated with autoimmune diseases and cancer, noting that the nutrient is absolutely vital in helping to prevent these diseases from forming.

Read more about the study here.


August 27, 2010

Muscle Building Exercise Strategy Revealed

A team from McMaster University (Ontario, Canada) reveals a strategy to muscle building that counters the prevailing notion that holds that to build muscle size, you need to lift heavy weights. Nicholas Burd and colleagues assessed the effect of resistance exercise intensity (% 1 repetition maximum—1RM) and volume on muscle protein synthesis, anabolic signaling, and myogenic gene expression, enrolling 15 men (average age 21 years, BMI 24 kg/m2) to lift light weights that represented a percentage of what the subjects could maximally lift.

At 30%, the team observed that subjects could lift that weight at least 24 times before they felt fatigue. The researchers report that: “These results suggest that low-load high volume resistance exercise is more effective in inducing acute muscle anabolism than high-load low volume or work matched resistance exercise modes.”

Read more about the strategy here.


August 26, 2010


Let Your Food Be Your Medicine

You’ve held your learners permit for the past year, logged hundreds of miles behind the wheel and feel confident at a four-way stop and in thorny rush hour traffic. You’re a bit tired of borrowing the family sedan, so all that’s missing is a car of your own. And now, on your 16th birthday, your parents present you with a beautiful brand new car – a dream come true!


There’s just one catch. This car will be the only one you’ll own for your lifetime. Imagine the care and attention you’d give your new prized possession—only the best oil, the highest quality gasoline and regularly scheduled preventative maintenance from your mechanic. This allegory applies to your body—the single most complex and high-performing machine you’ll ever own.


Today, we conclude our well-received series of interviews with Dr. Patrick Purdue, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DO) and Doctor of Naturopathy (ND). Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine said “Let your food be your medicine.” Our topic today is nutrition, specifically the food we choose as fuel for our bodies. What we eat and what we give our family to eat significantly impacts our health today and in the years to come.


Click here to watchand join the conversation.





August 25, 2010

Genetic Research Highlights Vitamin D Disease Role

Vitamin D has a significant effect on at least 229 genes some of which have been associated with Crohn’s disease and type 1 diabetes, according to UK and Canadian researchers.

The research, published in Genome Research, found 2776 ‘binding sites’ where vitamin D attached to the genome, many of which were concentrated around genes that have been linked to autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis and diseases such as colorectal cancer and lymphocytic leukaemia.

The researchers said the findings backed the role of vitamin D in maintaining health in a world where one billion people are estimated to be vitamin D deficient due to either diet or lack of sunlight.

"There is now evidence supporting a role for vitamin D in susceptibility to a host of diseases,” said lead author Dr Sreeram Ramagopalan from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.

Read more about the research here.


August 25, 2010

Tooth-friendly Probiotic Products Are On Horizon

Consumer products containing a patented ingredient that binds bacteria in the mouth responsible for tooth caries and stops them sticking to teeth could reach the market this year, according to German chemicals giant BASF.

The firm’s functional ingredient Pro-t-action contains the active probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei. BASF claims that it is tasteless, odourless, pH-neutral and works within 10 seconds, and touts application in everything from chewing gum and sugar-free sweets to toothpaste and mouthwash.

Read more here.


August 24, 2010

Berries Protect the Brain in Several Ways

The 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society held this week in Boston was the site of a presentation by Shibu Poulose, PhD, of the US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, of new findings for berries in protecting aging brains.

A reduction in the ability to protect oneself from inflammation and oxidative damage can result in degenerative brain diseases, as well as heart disease and other disorders, notes Dr Poulose. In previous research conducted by Dr Poulose and laboratory director James Joseph, PhD, aged rats given diets that contained 2 percent strawberry, blueberry or blackberry extract for two months experienced a reversal in the age-associated decline in nerve function and behavior that results in impairment of memory and learning. "The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline," Dr Poulose remarked.

Read more about the research here.


August 23, 2010

Healthy Proteins Lower Heart Disease Risk

Previous studies have linked consumption of red meat to increased risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Adam M. Bernstein, from Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on 84,136 women, ages 30 to 55 years, enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study. The team examined the medical history and lifestyles of these women, including dietary habits, and tracked the incidence of non-fatal heart attack and fatal coronary heart disease, for a 26-year follow-up period. The researchers found that women who consumed two servings per day of red meat, as compared to those who had a half a serving per day, were at a 30% higher risk of developing coronary heart disease. The data also showed that eating more servings of poultry, fish and nuts was significantly associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease.

Read more about the study here.

August 23, 2010

Critical Need to Test Blood of Young Adults

We strongly suspected but up until now could not absolutely prove that elevated LDL in one’s younger years was a definitive risk factor for mid-life coronary atherosclerosis.

A meticulous study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at 3,258 people whose blood was initially tested between ages 18–30. Seven additional blood tests were done on each subject over a 20-year period. The results showed that those with the highest LDL (over 160 mg/dL) were 5.6 times more likely to have calcium buildup in their coronary arteries by age 45.

Coronary calcification is a strong indicator that one has diseased arteries that feed the heart muscle. This study showed that young people with even moderately elevated LDL (100–129 mg/dL) were 2.4 times more likely to have coronary calcification by mid-life.

LDL (low-density lipoprotein) transports cholesterol from the liver throughout the vascular system. In the presence of excess LDL, too much cholesterol saturates the blood. Through a series of oxidative-inflammatory pathways, excess LDL contributes to arterial occlusion. The debate has been what constitutes dangerously high levels of LDL.

This study on young people (18–30 years old) showed that those with the lowest LDL numbers (below 70 mg/dL) were the least likely to have coronary calcium deposition. Experts commented that doctors need to be more aggressive in testing the blood of children and young adults for cardiac risk factors.

Read more about the study here.


August 22, 2010

Study - Obesity Hurts Quality and Length of Life

A study by Haomiao Jia from Columbia University (New York, USA), and Erica I. Lubetkin from The City College of New York (New York, USA) indicates that Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost to U.S. adults due to morbidity and mortality from obesity have more than doubled from 1993-2008 and the prevalence of obesity has increased 89.9% during the same period.

They found that the overall health burden of obesity has significantly increased since 1993 and such increases were observed in all gender and race/ethnicity subgroups and across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Read more about the study here.


August 21, 2010


New Study - Even Modest Weight Gain Can Harm Blood Vessels


Business Wire


Mayo Clinic researchers found that healthy young people who put on as little as 9 pounds of fat, specifically in the abdomen, are at risk for developing endothelial cell dysfunction. Endothelial cells line the blood vessels and control the ability of the vessels to expand and contract.


"Endothelial dysfunction has long been associated with an increased risk for coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events," says Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. "Gaining a few pounds in college, on a cruise, or over the holidays is considered harmless, but it can have cardiovascular implications, especially if the weight is gained in the abdomen."


For the study, which was published in last week's Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Somers and his team recruited 43 healthy Mayo Clinic volunteers with a mean age of 29 years. They were tested for endothelial dysfunction by measuring the blood flow through their arm arteries. The volunteers were assigned to either gain weight or maintain their weight for eight weeks, and their blood flow was tested. The weight-gainers then lost the weight and were tested again.


Among those who gained weight in their abdomens (known as visceral fat), even though their blood pressure remained healthy, researchers found that the regulation of blood flow through their arm arteries was impaired due to endothelial dysfunction. Once the volunteers lost the weight, the blood flow recovered. Blood flow regulation was unchanged in the weight-maintainers and was less affected among those who gained weight evenly throughout their bodies.


Read more about the study here.


August 21, 2010

Spice Up Your Diet And Do Your Body Good


M2 Communications


FORT COLLINS - Though spices and herbs are often spoken of as one-in-the-same, they're not. Spices are aromatic seasonings from the bark, buds, roots, seeds, berries or fruit of various plants and trees. Common spices include cinnamon, which comes from bark; cloves from buds; ginger from a root; cumin from seeds; black peppercorns from berries; and paprika from the fruit of a plant. Herbs, however, only come from the leaf of a plant. Familiar herbs include basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage and chives.


Spices and herbs offer health benefits in addition to flavoring food, but there are currently no specific recommendations for how much to include in your diet.


Read more here.



August 20, 2010

Study - Chili Peppers Slash Elevated Blood Pressure

In that previous studies have suggested a role for plant compounds in lowering cardiovascular risks including hypertension (high blood pressure), Zhiming Zhu, from the Third Military Medical University (China), and colleagues completed a study examining the effects of long-term treatment with capsaicin on high blood pressure in a laboratory animal model. The team found that long-term dietary consumption of capsaicin, the active compound in chili peppers that lends the vegetable’s spiciness, reduced blood pressure in genetically hypertensive rats.

Read more of the study here.

August 19, 2010

New Leading Cause of Death in the US

Dear Living Fuel Family,

Do you know the leading cause of death in the United States? Is it cancer, heart disease or accident? Learn the answer today in this week's must-see HealthAlert. The answer may shock you.

We sit down again with our friend Dr. Patrick Purdue, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DO) and Doctor of Naturopathy (ND). Join us as we discuss research and information that you'll not likely watch, hear or read elsewhere. As always, we encourage you to take you and your family's health care into your own hands - educate yourself to make informed and wise medical decisions.

Here's to your Super Health!

KC Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc. 


August 18, 2010

Study - Vitamin D Needed for Both Mother and Baby

Feeding children vitamin D-rich foods and supplements after birth may be too late to ensure optimal bone health if mom’s intake was inadequate during pregnancy, new data has revealed.

A study with guinea pigs has revealed that sufficient vitamin D for a newborn may not be sufficient to reverse vitamin D deficiency in the womb, researchers from McGill University in Quebec report in the Journal of Nutrition.

“This study demonstrates the importance of vitamin D in bone health as well as the implications that a mother’s nutrient deficiency has a profound effect on her offspring during gestation and infancy” wrote the researchers, led by Dr Hope Weiler.

“This study is highly suggestive that efforts to optimize maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy are needed along with maintenance in infancy rather than relying on postnatal supplementation to restore vitamin D status and bone mass.”

Read more about the study here.
August 18, 2010
Study - Omega-3s Could Improve Metabolic Syndrome Outcomes
Omega-3-rich supplements may improve blood lipid levels of people with metabolic syndrome, reducing the risks of developing serious health problems, says a new study.

The research, published in The Journal of Nutrition, suggests that the effects of metabolic syndrome – a major risk factor for insulin resistance and diabetes - can be reduced through the addition of omega-3 fatty acids in low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate diets.

“Fish oil supplements correct many metabolic alterations associated with insulin resistance, including reduced postprandial plasma triglyceride concentration” stated the researchers, led by Jose Lopez-Miranda from the University of Cordoba, Spain.

Read more about the study here.

August 17, 2010

Researchers - Vitamin C Helps Fight Cancer

Rebecca TODD

The Press

Christchurch researchers have come up with another good reason to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables - they help fight cancer.

Otago University, Christchurch, research published in the international journal, Cancer Research, shows vitamin C can help prevent cancer and curb the growth of cancer cells.

Study leader Associate Professor Margreet Vissers said the research was the first real evidence of a connection between vitamin C and tumour growth, which had been debated for years.

People with cancer used more vitamin C than usual, so their levels tended to be lower.

She said the study showed eating vitamin C-rich fruit and vegetables such as oranges, kiwifruit and red peppers could prevent the formation of tumours and increase patients' responsiveness to chemotherapy.

Read more about the research here.
August 17, 2010
Researchers - Vitamin C Improves Hospitalized Patients' Mood
Researchers at McGill University and Jewish Medical Hospital in Montreal report on August 6, 2010 in the journal Nutrition the finding of an improvement in mood among acutely hospitalized patients supplemented with vitamin C.

In their introduction to the article, Michelle Zhang and her coauthors remark that a recent survey uncovered reduced levels of vitamin C in 60 percent of acute medical ward patients in a Montreal teaching hospital, compared to 16 percent of those tested in the hospital's outpatient department. A response to systemic inflammation that often occurs in hospitalized patients could redistribute vitamin C or increase breakdown of the vitamin, resulting in deficiency.

Read more about the research here.

August 16, 2010

Eating Well-done Meat Could Double Risk of Bladder Cancer

(NaturalNews) You may want to think twice about cooking that meat well-done, according to a new study out of the University of Texas. Researchers there have found that charring meat by frying, barbecuing or otherwise heavily cooking it can lead to the formation of cancer-causing chemicals in the meat.

The study explains that people who eat well-done meat double their risk of developing bladder cancer when compared to people who eat meat on the rarer end of the spectrum. This is due primarily to the heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that form when meat is cooked at very high heat.

Researchers found that three different HCA chemicals form during high-heat cooking that, collectively, raise a person's cancer risk by more than 250 percent. And in people who are genetically predisposed to developing the disease from the meat, the risk jumps nearly 500 percent.

Read more of the research report here.

August 16, 2010

Greater Antioxidant Intake and Lower Esophageal Cancer Risk

In a recent article published online in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers from Ireland report the association of a reduced risk of esophageal cancer among men and women who consumed higher amounts of antioxidants compared to those with a lower intake. Esophageal cancer can develop in individuals with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which the mucosa of the esophagus undergoes changes incurred by gastroesophageal reflux. Reflux esophagitis, a condition characterized by esophageal inflammation, is believed to precede Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

The study included men and women who participated in the Factors Influencing the Barrett’s Adenocarcinoma Relationship study. Seamus J. Murphy of Queen’s University Belfast and colleagues compared 219 individuals with reflux esophagitis, 220 with Barrett’s esophagus and 224 with esophageal cancer to 256 gender and age-matched controls who did not have the disorders. Dietary questionnaire responses were analyzed for the intake of vitamin C, vitamin E, total carotenoids, zinc, copper, and selenium.

Overall antioxidant index was associated with a lower risk of esophageal cancer. Those in the top one-third had a 43 percent lower adjusted risk of esophageal cancer compared to those whose antioxidant index was lowest. Among individual antioxidants, participants in the top third of vitamin C intake had a 63 percent lower risk of esophageal cancer and a 52 percent lower risk of reflux esophagitis compared to those in the lowest third.

Read more here.

August 13, 2010

Staying Up Late May Up Heart Disease Risk

United Press International

Staying up until 2 a.m. and upsetting the body's internal clock might come with serious consequences for lipid metabolism, a U.S. researcher suggests.

M. Mahmood Hussain of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center says circadian rhythm gets thrown off by staying up late or by traveling it may result in high triglycerides -- fatty acids in the blood -- a risk factor for heart disease.

Plasma triglycerides double or triple during the course of the day, reaching their lowest point at night when nocturnal animals eat and are most active.

In a study using normal mice and mice with altered circadian rhythms, the researchers found the normal mice had triglycerides reach a high once a day, while the altered mice had high triglycerides all the time, Hussain says.

"Metabolic syndrome and obesity are major metabolic disorders characterized by high plasma lipid concentrations," the researchers say in a statement. "Plasma lipids are tightly controlled by mechanisms regulating their production and clearance. Here, we show that light-entrained mechanisms involving clock genes also play a role in regulating plasma triglyceride."

Read more about the study here.

August 13, 2010

Gluten-Free Chestnut Flour Could Add Nutritional Value

Chestnut flour could be used in gluten-free breads to give nutritional and health benefits, according to a new study from Turkey.

Formulating products with chestnut flour – reportedly the first study of its kind – may enhance the vitamin B, iron, folate, and dietary fibre content of gluten-free products, claim researchers at the Department of Food Engineering, Middle East Technical University in Turkey. The study, published in the Journal of Food Engineering, observes that using 30/70 chestnut/rice flour ratio containing xanthan–guar blend and emulsifier, provides the best quality gluten-free dough formulation.

Read more of the report here.

August 12, 2010

Medical Radiation - Must Know Info

Dear Living Fuel Family,
Imagine for a moment that today is April 26, 1986. You and your family live in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, one mile from the sprawling Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Technicians there perform an operational test that goes severely wrong, shrill alarms pierce the air and a series of thunderous nuclear explosions occur, followed by the subsequent toxic nuclear fallout. The immediate and debilitating effect on your family's health is incalculable. Even today, 24 years later, in the nation known as Ukraine, the residents of Chernobyl and the surrounding area still face the devastating health effects of this disaster. What you may not know, however, is that the lifetime cumulative effect of various forms of medical radiation could have a similar effect on your family's health where you live today.
Today, we continue our special series of interviews with Dr. Patrick Purdue, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DO) and Doctor of Naturopathy (ND). We discuss the little-publicized dangers of medical radiation and share important information that we should all consider as we make important medical decisions for our families. Dr. Purdue and I also present safer alternatives to conventional medical radiation that you need to be aware of. We also tell you what you can do to protect yourself if you have an ionizing radiation test. Take your and your family's health care into your own hands - educate yourself to make informed and wise medical decisions.
Click here to watch and learn.
Here's to your Super Health!


August 12, 2010

Study - Citrus Extract Shows Benefits for Diabetics

Daily supplements of citrus-derived flavanoids and limonoids may reduce risk factors for diabetes like glucose tolerance, suggests data from an animal and pilot study with humans.

The branded Diabetinol ingredient produced significant reductions in glucose intolerance, total cholesterol, and LDL-cholesterol levels, according to findings published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

“These data suggest that Diabetinol as a natural food product may have a protective effect in individuals with a combined impaired fasting glucose and hyperlipidemia,” wrote the researchers, led by Malkanthi Evans from Ontario, Canada-based KGK Synergize.

Diabetes affects an estimated 24 million Americans, equal to 8 percent 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.

Read more about the study here.


August 12, 2010

Astaxanthin’s Heart Benefits Get Human Data Support

Daily supplements of the carotenoid astaxanthin may improve HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels in people with mildly abnormal blood lipid levels, suggests new data from a human trial.

Doses up to 18 milligrams per day for 12 weeks improved blood levels of HDL cholesterol, as well as adiponectin concentrations, a protein hormone linked to various metabolic processes, according to findings published in Atherosclerosis.

Researchers from Jikei University Kashiwa Hospital in Japan and Fuji Chemical Industry used Fuji’s commercially available AstaReal astaxanthin ingredient, and the trial involved 61 non-obese people with mildly elevated triglyceride levels.

According to the researchers, the potential benefits of astaxanthin with regards to HDL cholesterol and triglycerides have been demonstrated previously in animal studies, but supporting data from humans have been lacking.

“The present double-blind, placebo-controlled study could be the first to clearly demonstrate that the administration of astaxanthin at doses of 12 and 18 mg/day significantly decreased triglyceride and increased HDL-cholesterol and adiponectin in humans,” wrote the researchers, led by Jikei University’s Hiroshi Yoshida.

Read more of the report here.


August 11, 2010

Scientists Call For Global Policy Change On Vitamin D

International experts have again called out for an increase in daily recommendations for Vitamin D, which they say is crucial to reduce the risk of a host a diseases.

The latest call comes from scientists in Europe and the US, who say that higher intake levels of the vitamin could help protect against conditions such as childhood rickets, adult osteomalacia, cancer, autoimmune type-1 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and muscle weakness.

Writing in a recent issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, the authors propose worldwide policy changes to increase recommended intake levels of the sunshine vitamin. This, they said, would reduce the frequency of certain diseases, increase longevity and reduce medical costs.

"It is high time that worldwide vitamin D nutritional policy, now at a crossroads, reflects current scientific knowledge about the vitamin's many benefits and develops a sound vision for the future," said Anthony Norman, a professor emeritus of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at the University of California, Riverside.

Read more of the report here.


August 11, 2010

Study - Adequate Zinc Eases Pneumonia in Elderly

M2 Communications

A high proportion of nursing facility residents were found to have low serum (blood) zinc concentrations during an observational study funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute on Aging. The scientists found that those with normal blood zinc concentrations were about 50 percent less likely to develop pneumonia than those with low concentrations.

The study was led by Simin Nikbin Meydani, director of the Nutritional Immunology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston, Mass. ARS is the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA.

HNRCA researchers have been studying immune response and respiratory infections in about 600 elderly residents in 33 nursing facilities in the Boston area. Meydani and colleagues previously reported that among the facility residents, those who consumed 200 international units (IU) of vitamin E daily for one year were 20 percent less likely to get upper respiratory infections, such as colds, than those who took a placebo.

Read more of the report here.


August 10, 2010

Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts May Stop Spread of Cancers


Scientists have discovered that broccoli and Brussels sprouts have the ability to stop the spread of cancer. Eating the vegetables encourages the body to produce a substance known as 13C (indole-3-carbinol) which fights cancer and blocks cancer cells from proliferating.

In the study just published in Cancer Prevention Research, researchers at the Ohio State University found compelling evidence indicating that 13C could have anticancer effects and other health benefits.

Read more here.


August 10, 2010

Researcher - Vegetable-Rich Diet May Avert Some Cancers

Stephanie Innes

The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

When it comes to cancer prevention, Arizona Cancer Center researcher Cynthia A. Thomson is a champion of cruciferous vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts. They're all excellent, she says.

Thomson, an associate professor of nutritional science at the University of Arizona, evaluated data from a dietary study and showed women being treated with tamoxifen for breast cancer who ate a diet high in cruciferous vegetables had lower rates of recurrence than those who did not eat a cruciferous-rich diet.

Now Thomson is part of a local team that received $3.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to pay for a five-year study that will continue her initial work. The new research is looking at the effect of a bioactive compound found in cruciferous vegetables -- diindolylmethane -- on women being treated for breast cancer.

An expert on diet and cancer prevention, Thomson leads a local program that goes into schools giving nutrition and cancer-prevention information.

She will be speaking about new research methods in diet and cancer at the World Cancer Congress in Shenzhen, China, this month.

Read a fascinating Q&A with Cynthia Thomson.


August 9, 2010

Flawed Analysis Misleads Public - Calcium and Heart Attacks

Life Extension News

The media is at it again — reporting deceptive propaganda by the medical establishment as if it were scientific fact.

Just imagine the epidemic of osteoporosis that will occur if women stop taking their calcium supplements. That will happen if the public relies on mainstream news reporters to make their health decisions.

In a biased and horrifically flawed analysis, a group of doctors came to the conclusion that calcium supplements increase heart attack risk by 27%.

Omitted from the media reports were critical facts such as the exclusion of people who took vitamin D, magnesium or other nutrients typically found in bone protection formulations.
In other words, calcium-supplemented study subjects (who the mainstream claims suffered higher heart attack rates) would have been seriously deficient in vitamin D and magnesium — two essential nutrients that protect against heart attack.

The doctors who compiled this analysis also conveniently omitted major clinical trials showing that those with higher calcium intake had significantly lower cardiovascular rates.

Read full report with references here.


August 9, 2010

Aging and Longevity Tied to Specific Brain Region in Mice

Researchers watched two groups of mice, both nearing the end of a two-day fast. One group was quietly huddled together, but the other group was active and alert. The difference? The second set of mice had been engineered so their brains produced more SIRT1, a protein known to play a role in aging and longevity (see also Central Nervous System).

"This result surprised us," says the study's senior author Shin-ichiro Imai, MD, PhD, an expert in aging research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "It demonstrates that SIRT1 in the brain is tied into a mechanism that allows animals to survive when food is scarce. And this might be involved with the lifespan-increasing effect of low-calorie diets."

Imai explains that the mice with increased brain SIRT1 have internal mechanisms that make them use energy more efficiently, which helps them move around in search of food even after a long fast. This increased energy-efficiency could help delay aging and extend lifespan.

Read more here.


August 6, 2010

The Pill May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

United Press International

A study involving African-American women found those who used oral contraceptives had an increased risk of getting breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Lead investigator Lynn Rosenberg, an associate director of the Slone Epidemiology Center and professor of epidemiology at Boston University Medical Center, says the researchers used data from the Black Women's Health Study.

The researchers tracked 53,848 participants in the BWHS for 12 years, during which time 789 cases of breast cancer developed on which information on receptor status was obtained. The incidence of estrogen receptor negative cancer was 65 percent greater among women who had ever used oral contraceptives than among non-users of contraceptives.

Read more here.


August 6, 2010

Calorie Restriction, Exercise Rejuvenate Nerve Connections

An article published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals a mechanism for exercise and calorie restriction in delaying some of the effects of aging.

In their introduction, Joshua R. Sanes and his Harvard University colleagues explain that "The cellular basis of age-related behavioral decline remains obscure but alterations in synapses are likely candidates. Accordingly, the beneficial effects on neural function of caloric restriction and exercise, which are among the most effective anti-aging treatments known, might also be mediated by synapses."

Dr Sanes' team found a variety of age-related differences between the synapses of the young and old mice, which were significant by 18 months of age and severe at 24 months. However, animals fed a calorie-restricted diet initiated at 16 weeks of age had significant reductions in these age-associated changes. Additionally, one month of exercise performed by 22 month old mice partially reversed changes that had already occurred. The authors remark that although studies have found an association between life-style improvements and behavioral performance, to their knowledge there has been no previous evidence documented for the reversal of age-related structural alterations that could account for this.

Read more here.


August 5, 2010

Pain - Must Know Info

Dear Living Fuel Family,

For many, pain is a constant companion. Lower back, neck, knee, joint and shoulder pain are all-too-common in today's society for a variety of reasons. Our conventional medical system often simply prescribes a pharmaceutical to mask the pain and seldom targets the root cause. In numerous cases this approach eventually leads to surgery, which is thought to be the only option.

However, there are safe and effective alternative treatments administered everyday that we do not hear about. Why? Because these procedures often lack the marketing reach and profit potential of conventional medicine.

Today, we present our second in a series of interviews with Dr. Patrick Purdue, Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DO) and Doctor of Naturopathy (ND). We introduce you to prolotherapy, a simple, nonsurgical, non-toxic treatment for chronic pain that both triggers and works in concert with your body's own innate healing abilities. This "new" treatment option has actually been used for many years. We strongly urge you to explore the possibility of prolotherapy before considering surgery for chronic pain or injury!

Click here to learn more and for useful links to more information on prolotherapy. And consider forwarding this important message to a friend or loved one who endures these types of daily pains.

Here's to your Super Health!

KC Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc.

August 4, 2010

Diet, Alcohol Affect Breast Cancer Growth

United Press International

U.S. researchers say diet and alcohol may affect the development of breast cancer tumors.
Researchers at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and the University of California, San Francisco, have linked environmental risk factors -- such as alcohol consumption and diet -- to genetic changes within breast cancers that may provide insight into how the disease will progress in an individual.

The study, published in PLoS Genetics, suggests the new biomarkers may give a more detailed view of tumor development and provide future diagnostic and treatment improvements as well as more personalized recommendations to help prevent the recurrence of cancer.

"This study provides a new window for finding environmental links to breast disease," senior author John Wiencke of San Francisco says in a statement. "Our work indicates that we will soon have new ways to monitor and assess lifestyle and environmental factors for breast cancer."

Read more here.


August 4, 2010

Obesity May Worsen Memory

In that overweight/obesity has previously been linked to increased risks of cognitive decline and dementia in older people, Diana R. Kerwin, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Illinois, USA), and colleagues studied 8,745 postmenopausal women, ages 65 to 79 years, who were enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative.

All subjects were free of dementia, as assessed by the 100-point standardized Modified Mini-Mental Status Examination, at the study’s start. After adjusting for confounding factors , the team found that for every one-point increase in a woman's BMI, her memory score dropped by one point. In addition, women who carried weight around the hips (“pear-shaped”) experienced more memory and brain function deterioration than women storing fat around the chest and abdomen (“apple-shaped”). The team posits the difference may be due to cytokines, hormones released by the predominant kind of fat in the body that can cause inflammation and likely affect cognition, that release differently based on the type of fat and location of deposits on the body.

The team concludes that: “Higher [body mass index] was associated with poorer cognitive function in women with smaller [waist-to-hip ratio]. Higher [waist-to-hip ratio], estimating central fat mass, was associated with higher cognitive function in this cross-sectional study."

Read more here.

August 3, 2010

Fiber Slashes Heart Disease Risk

In that previous studies have suggested that dietary fiber protects against coronary heart disease, Ehab S. Eshak, from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan), and colleagues examined the association between dietary fiber intake and deaths due to cardiovascular disease in a group of 58,730 Japanese men and women, ages 40 to 79 years.

Subjects completed a dietary questionnaire, and the team measured fiber and nutrient intake levels. The incidence of cardiovascular-related deaths was tracked, during the 14-year long study. The team found that those men and women consuming the most fiber (14 grams per day) were 18% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, as compared to those consuming the least (6.8 grams per day).

With regard to coronary heart disease, the men who consumed the most fruit fiber were 58% less likely to die, and women 45% less likely. Noting that: “For fiber sources, intakes of fruit and cereal fibers but not vegetable fiber were inversely associated with risk of mortality from [coronary heart disease],” the researchers conclude that: “Dietary intakes of fiber, both insoluble and soluble fibers, and especially fruit and cereal fibers, may reduce risk of mortality from [coronary heart disease].”

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August 2, 2010

Fish Oil May Slash Breast Cancer Risk

A number of previous studies have suggested that fish oil supplements may play a role in preventing chronic disease. Emily White, from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Washington, USA), and colleagues surveyed 35,016 postmenopausal women who did not have a history of breast cancer on their use of non-vitamin, non-mineral "specialty" supplements and tracked the incidence of breast cancer during a six-year follow-up period. The team found that those women who regularly used fish oil supplements, which contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, had a 32% reduced risk of breast cancer, with the risk reduction limited to invasive ductal breast cancer, the most common type of the disease. Writing that: “Fish oil may be inversely associated with breast cancer risk,” the researchers urge that: “Fish oil is a potential candidate for chemoprevention studies.”

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July 30, 2010

Peaches and Plums May Help Fight Breast Cancer

A recent study performed at Texas A&M University revealed that peaches and plums may present an even sweeter, juicier treat in their ability to fight breast cancer. According to research scientists Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos and Dr. David Byrne from AgriLife Research at Texas A&M, extracts found in commercial varieties of peaches and plums have been shown to kill breast cancer cells while not harming normal cells.

The AgriLife research scientists identified two phenolic compounds within the Rich Lady peach and Black Splendor plum that are responsible for killing the cancer cells. Phenols are organic compounds that occur in fruits and may affect traits such as aroma, taste or color. Stone fruits such as peaches and plums have especially high levels of phenols.

The objective of the study was to evaluate the cancer suppression activity of extracts from a commercial variety of a yellow-fleshed peach and a red-fleshed plum and identify the phenolic fractions that may possess potential as chemopreventive and/or chemotherapeutic natural compounds. Based on analysis of phenolic compounds, both peach and plum extracts effectively inhibited the proliferation of the estrogen independent MDA-MB-435 breast cancer cells while not affecting normal cells.

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July 29, 2010

Resveratrol Suppresses Inflammation in Human Trial

A report published online in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reveals the finding of a trial conducted at Kaleida Health's Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York of an anti-inflammatory benefit for resveratrol.

"Resveratrol has been shown to exert an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative stress effect in vitro and in animal models," Husam Ghanim, PhD and colleagues write. "Resveratrol has also been shown to prolong life expectancy and to reduce the rate of aging in the yeast and lower animals like yeast, Caenorhabtidis elegans and Drosophila. Resveratrol actions are thought to be mediated by increased expression of sirtuin-1 (SIRT-1), a gene associated with longevity."

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July 28, 2010

Chili Pepper Ingredient May Fight Fat

United Press International


Researchers in South Korea say chili peppers contain an ingredient -- capsaicin -- that may cause weight loss and fight fat.

Jong Won Yun and colleagues at Daegu University in South Korea say laboratory studies suggest capaicin, which produces the "hot" in hot peppers, triggers proteins that help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue and lowering fat levels in the blood. However, they say, it is not known exactly how capsaicin might trigger such beneficial effects.

The report, published in the American Cancer Society's Journal of Proteome Research, reports capsaicin-treated rats lost 8 percent of their body weight and showed changes in levels of at least 20 key proteins found in fat.

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July 26, 2010

Researchers Say Vitamin C Can Curb Cancer Growth

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

Wellington (dpa) - Vitamin C can help curb the growth of cancer cells, according to New Zealand scientists who claim breakthrough research to provide the first real evidence of a connection between the vitamin and the development of tumours.

"Our results offer a promising and simple intervention to help in our fight against cancer at the level of both prevention and cure," Associate Professor Margreet Vissers, of the University of Otago's Free Radical Research Group, said recently.

She said the role of vitamin C in cancer treatment had been the subject of debate for years, with many anecdotal accounts of the vitamin's beneficial role.

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July 23, 2010

Antioxidant Vitamins Promote Healthy Arteries

In that a number of previous studies have found that antioxidant supplementation has the potential to alleviate the atherosclerotic damage caused by excessive production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), Reuven Zimlichman, from Tel Aviv University (Israel), and colleagues evaluated the effects of prolonged antioxidant treatment on arterial elasticity, inflammatory and metabolic measures in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. The team enrolled 70 patients from a hypertension clinic, who were randomized to receive either antioxidants or placebo capsules for six months. Tests at the beginning of the trial, after three months and at the six month mark revealed that the patients in the antioxidant group had more elastic arteries (a measure of increased cardiovascular health) and better blood sugar and cholesterol profiles. Observing that: “Antioxidant supplementation significantly increased large and small artery elasticity in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors,” the researchers write that: “This beneficial vascular effect was associated with an improvement in glucose and lipid metabolism as well as decrease in blood pressure.”

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July 23, 2010

Tai Chi & Qigong Boost Physical & Psychological Health

Tai Chi and Qigong, two Chinese wellness practices, have been previously associated with a variety of physical and mental health benefits. Linda Larkey, of Arizona State University (Arizona, USA), and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 77 peer-reviewed journal articles that reported on the results of Tai Chi and Qigong interventions. Assessing data on the 6,410 men and women involved in the 77 studies, the team found that subjects were significantly improved on the health parameters of cardiopulmonary fitness, immune function, bone density, and quality of life, as compared to sedentary counterparts. The researchers write that: “Research has demonstrated consistent, significant results for a number of health benefits in [clinical trials], evidencing progress toward recognizing the similarity and equivalence of Qigong and Tai Chi.”

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July 22, 2010

Omega-3 Must Know Info, Part 2

The health benefits of optimal omega-3 levels are astounding and just about everyone you know is deficient.

We've been teaching about omega-3 for many years as a cornerstone of The Four Corners of Superfood Nutrition. It's a nutrient that you and your family simply must have! Recently, you've heard much about this essential fatty acid in the news, in your favorite magazine, from your doctor, trainer or perhaps your friends. You've determined that your family should add an omega-3 supplement to your daily regimen, so which omega-3 product on the market is the very best? And if you already have a favorite brand, what other nutrients must you take to protect yourself?

In this week's video HealthAlert, we revisit our useful guide to evaluating and choosing your family's fish oil, including a look at the philosophy and science behind Living Fuel's popular SuperEssentials Omega.

Here's to your Super Health!

KC & Monica


July 21, 2010

Study Suggests Link of Cleaners to Breast Cancer

Misti Crane

The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

A survey of Massachusetts women has found a potential link between the use of household cleaners and air fresheners and breast cancer.

The study included interviews with 787 women who had breast cancer and 721 who did not. Researchers asked all the women about pesticide use but found little association.

But when about 400 women in each group were asked about cleaning products, researchers found a potential connection.

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