LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2010 Archive 3


Nov. 15, 2010

Omega-3s Decrease the Incidence of Gum Disease

Periodontitis is a common inflammatory disease in which gum tissue separates from teeth, causing an accumulation of bacteria and potential bone and tooth loss. Asghar Naqvi, from Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on 9,182 adults, ages 20 years and older, who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2004. The researchers found that those subjects who consumed the most DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a type of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, were at 20% reduced risk of developing periodontitis. In adopting a therapeutic strategy aimed at reducing the inflammatory response associated with periodontitis, the team concludes that: “Higher dietary intakes of [docosahexaenoic acid] and, to a lesser degree, [eicosapentaenoic acid], were associated with lower prevalence of periodontitis.“

Read more here.


Nov. 13, 2010

Breast Cancer Highly Treatable for Men


Richmond Times-Dispatch

There's good news and bad news when it comes to male breast cancer. The good news is, the disease is exceedingly rare and highly treatable. The bad news is, it's still cancer, with all the fear that diagnosis brings.

"It is rare," said Dr. James L. Khatcheressian, the breast- program leadership chairman at Henrico Doctors' Hospital and the medical director of research at the Virginia Cancer Institute. "The onus is really on primary-care physicians to catch it."

Less than 1 percent of breast-cancer cases each year involve men, according to statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006, the latest year for which statistics are available, there were 191,400 diagnosed cases of breast cancer and 40,820 women died of the disease.

Read more about the story here.


Nov. 12, 2010

DHA Improves Stroke Recovery

An article published online in the journal Translational Stroke Research reports a neuroprotective effect for docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) if given within 5 hours following ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is caused by the blockage of blood flow to the brain as a result of a clot or plaque in the arteries. Damage to the area surrounding the site of the blockage becomes irreversible within a few hours without the reestablishment of blood flow and the administration of therapies that protect against inflammation and free radical formation.

Read more about the research here.


Nov. 11, 2010

Dear Living Fuel Family,

Fifty-eight-year-old Jim from Seattle is crushed as he hears the devastating news from his doctor: prostate cancer. Unfortunately, Jim is now counted among the one in six American men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in their lifetime and one of 217,730 estimated new diagnoses of prostate cancer in 2010 according to the American Cancer Society.

The truth is that the ultimate cure for any cancer is not getting cancer in the first place. While this may sound overly simplistic as the causes of cancer are varied and complex, we can begin today to create an environment in our body where cancer cells are starved. How do we do this? This is our topic today on LivingFuelTV in Part Two on prostate health with Leonard Smith, M.D.

Join us as we discuss:

  • the major risk factors associated with prostate cancer,
  • the critically important role of diet and nutrition, and
  • how to minimize damaging and cancer-feeding toxic build-up in our bodies

The information you learn today could quite literally save your life or the life of someone you love.

Click here to watch.

Here’s to your SuperHealth!

KC Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc.



Nov. 10, 2010

Study - Tai Chi Reduces Arthritis Pains

Agence France-Presse

The Chinese exercise regimen Tai Chi helps reduce fatigue and arthritis pain, a new study has found.

"Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis," said Leigh Callahan, the study's lead author and associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

"We found this in both rural and urban settings across a southeastern state and a northeastern state."

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 9, 2010

Very High Omega-3 Intakes Linked to Big Health Benefits

By Stephen Daniells

High levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) were associated with lower levels of triglycerides, as well as higher levels of HDL cholesterol, according to data from 357 Yup'ik Eskimos published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Raised levels of the fatty acids were also associated with decreased levels of markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), which is produced in the liver and is a known marker for inflammation. Increased levels of CRP are a good predictor for the onset of both type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. CVD causes almost 50 per cent of deaths in Europe, and is reported to cost the EU economy an estimated €169 billion ($202 billion) per year.

The study of omega-3 intakes in inuits is nothing new. The first reports of the heart health benefits of the marine fatty acids were reported in the early 1970s by Jørn Dyerberg and his co-workers in The Lancet and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The young Danes sought to understand how the Greenland Eskimos, or Inuit as they prefer to be called, could eat a high fat diet and still have one of the lowest death rates from cardiovascular disease on the planet.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 8, 2010

Greater Flavonoid Intake Linked With Lower Cancer Risk

In a study reported in the latest issue of Nutrition and Cancer, researchers in Milan uncovered an association between a lower risk of several types of cancer and an increased intake of flavonoids and proanthocyanidins. These polyphenolic compounds are found in fruit, vegetables and plant-sourced beverages, and may be responsible for the protective effects observed for plant foods against a number of chronic diseases.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 6, 2010

Study - Obesity is Contagious Among Friends

By Nanci Hellmich




The more obese friends you have, the more likely you are to become obese, a new study suggests. This confirms previous research that gaining weight may be socially contagious.


The research also shows that if nothing changes significantly in the environment and culture in the USA, about 42% of adults will be obese in about 40 years and then the obesity rate will level off.


About a third of Americans are obese -- that is, roughly 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. Those extra pounds increase their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer.


After decades of skyrocketing growth in obesity, some experts have suggested that the rate may be leveling off. But Harvard researchers, in an effort to come up with a best-case scenario for the obesity epidemic, came to the 42% projection by applying an infectious-disease mathematical model to data from the Framingham Heart Study.


Their findings are reported online in the journal PLoS Computational Biology.


Read more about the study here.




Nov. 5, 2010

UK Sodas to Carry Hyperactivity Warning

(NaturalNews) The European Union has passed a law requiring all beverages that contain certain artificial colors to carry a warning that consumption of those products may lead to hyperactivity in children. As a consequence, two of the United Kingdom's best-selling beverages will now need to display this warning.

The law stems from a 2007 study conducted by the British Food Standards Agency (FSA) finding that six artificial colors and the preservative sodium benzoate (E211) could produce hyperactivity and attention disorders in children. The FSA responded a year later by asking manufacturers to voluntarily end their use of the ingredients. Many manufacturers did not do so, leading to the adoption of the new E.U. rule.

Read more about the new law here.

Nov. 4, 2010

Prostate Health with KC & Dr. Smith

Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in American men. You’ve likely heard of a man’s PSA score and its relationship to prostate cancer. PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a specific protein found in high levels in men with prostate cancer. It’s an important marker, but is it all-important? If you or someone you love are told your PSA score is unusually elevated, are there steps you can take before electing an invasive biopsy, surgery or even debilitating chemotherapy?

We’ve heard from many viewers that have been personally impacted by prostate cancer asking for our insights on the subject. Today, we welcome back to LivingFuelTV our friend Leonard Smith, M.D. Dr. Smith is a renowned nutrition and natural medicine expert, gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and integrative medicine adviser to the University of Miami’s School of Medicine.

Today on LivingFuelTV, we begin a two-part series on prostate health and prostate cancer with Dr. Smith. Click here to join us. And consider forwarding this to a friend or loved one who will benefit from this information.

Nov. 3, 2010

Study - Link Between Weight Loss and Acupuncture


CHICAGO -- Could a few sticks from a needle make someone thinner? Evidence weighs heavily in favor of that proposition, according to the results of a new study to be presented at the Pacific Symposium in San Diego this week. The groundbreaking study, "The Effects of Acupuncture on Weight-Loss in Over-Weight and Obese Adults Over 24 Years Old," reports that 95 percent of its subjects lost weight in a six-week period after receiving regular acupuncture treatments. Of those subjects, another 50 percent continued to lose weight after treatments stopped.

Dr. Edward Lamadrid, a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine (DAOM), conducted the study and authored its findings. As one of the country's approximately 100 DAOMs, Lamadrid has treated thousands of patients with a variety of problems and health conditions, and he has long suspected that acupuncture assists in weight loss. However, it wasn't until this controlled, scientific study that the Chicago-based expert could positively confirm a more formal hypothesis and the positive conclusions.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 2, 2010

Walnuts Improve the Stress Response

Omega-3 fatty acids – such as alpha linolenic acid found in walnuts – are a type of polyunsaturated fat that may help to reduce the body’s biological responses to stress. Sheila G. West, from Penn State University (Pennsylvania, USA), and colleagues studied 22 healthy adults with elevated LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, supplying each subject with meal and snack foods during three diet periods of six weeks each.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 1, 2010

Higher Vitamin D Levels and Lower Risk of Bladder Cancer

An article published online in the journal Cancer Research reveals an association between higher levels of serum vitamin D and a lower risk of bladder cancer in men. The finding adds another cancer to the list of those for which vitamin D appears to have a protective benefit.

The current study involved 500 participants in the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study, a randomized, double-blinded trial of Finnish male smokers conducted to determine the effects of alpha-tocopherol and beta-carotene supplementation on cancer risk. Participants were cancer-free at the beginning of the study. Blood samples drawn upon enrollment between 1985 and 1988 were analyzed for serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and other factors.

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 28, 2010

How Not to Die of a Broken Hip

Bottom Line Secrets ---

John E. Morley, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

About 25% of hip-fracture patients 65 years and older die within six months of the fracture... two-thirds die within two years.

Surgery is almost always necessary to repair a hip fracture. Generally, the better your health before a hip fracture, the better your chances for a complete recovery. But for elderly patients, especially those with health problems, a hip fracture can be deadly.

How not to die of a broken hip -- plus how to prevent one in the first place...

Read about the basics here.


October 26, 2010

Reduced Testosterone Levels Linked To Increased Deaths

A report published in the November, 2010 issue of the British journal Heart reveals an increased risk of premature death from all causes and cardiovascular disease among men whose testosterone levels were deficient.

Researchers at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, England analyzed data from 930 men with cardiovascular disease who underwent elective coronary angiography in a cardiac referral center between June 2000 and June 2002. Serum total testosterone and bioavailable testosterone were measured on the day of the procedure.

Read more about the study here.


October 25, 2010

Is the "super vaccine" for seniors safe?

(NaturalNews) The vaccine industry has now decided that injecting senior citizens with the "standard" vaccine dose just isn't working. (Gee, really?) So now they've decided the way to make it work better is to offer a quadruple viral potency vaccine that packs 400% more viral fragments into one toxic shot.

The target for this quadruple vaccine injection? Senior citizens, of course -- the very people most likely to suffer the most serious side effects from a vaccine overdose. The FDA reportedly approved the new vaccine in April even though no scientific tests have ever been done to show it reduces flu symptoms. Then again, since when did vaccines have anything to do with real science in the first place?

Read more of the NaturalNews report here and watch a special video about Vaccine Dangers by KC here.


October 24, 2010

Study - More Tissue Taken From Breast Tumor Better

United Press International

Removing 2 millimeters of tissue around breast cancer tumors prevents the disease from recurring in 98 percent of patients, British researchers say.

Dr. Stephen Ward of Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, England, and colleagues studied 303 women who had breast-conserving surgery at the hospital from 2002 to 2008.

Read more about the study here.


October 23, 2010

Gamma-Tocotrienol Inhibits Prostate Cancer Stem Cells

Researchers at Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have found that gamma-tocotrienol, one of eight forms of vitamin E, could help prevent prostate cancer regrowth due to an ability to inhibit prostate cancer stem cells. The research was described in an article published online on July 8, 2010 in the International Journal of Cancer.

"Emerging evidence supports that prostate cancer originates from a rare subpopulation of cells, namely prostate cancer stem cells (CSCs)," Dr Patrick Ling and his colleagues write in their introduction to the article. "Conventional therapies for prostate cancer are believed to mainly target the majority of differentiated tumor cells but spare CSCs, which may account for the subsequent disease relapse after treatment. Therefore, successful elimination of CSCs may be an effective strategy to achieve complete remission from this disease."

Read more about the study here.


October 22, 2010

Study - Potential Fountain of Youth?

Researchers have uncovered a potential “fountain of youth” in the form of a bile acid called lithocholic acid (LCA). Vladimir Titorenko, Research Chair in Genomics, Cell Biology and Aging and a professor in the Department of Biology at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and colleagues screened more than 19000 small molecules to see if any had the ability to extend the lifespan of yeast. Results showed that LCA significantly extended yeast lifespan under both normal and stressed conditions.

"Our findings imply that LCA extends longevity by targeting two different mechanisms," said first author Alexander Goldberg. "The first takes place regardless of the number of calories and involves the day-to-day or housekeeping proteins. The second system occurs during calorie-restriction and involves stressor proteins. Regardless of their triggers both of these mechanisms work to suppress the pro-aging process." Yeast do not synthesize LCA, or any other bile acid found in mammals.

The researchers believe that yeast may have evolved to sense bile acids as being mildly toxic and that they respond to them by undergoing life-extending changes. They also believe that it is “conceivable” that LCA may be of benefit to humans.

“Bile acids are beneficial to health and longevity. For example, they have shown to accumulate in the serum of long living mice and play a role in improving rodent liver and pancreatic function,” said Titorenko. "This leads us to believe that bile acids have potential as pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and various metabolic disorders, all of which are age-related.”

Read more about the study here.


October 21, 2010

Vitamin B Slashes Brain Changes that May Trigger Alzheimer’s

Brain shrinkage (atrophy) is accelerated in people experiencing memory issues, including Alzheimer’s Disease. In that homocysteine is a risk factor for brain atrophy, A. David Smith, from University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and colleagues explored whether Vitamin B supplementation could slow the rate of brain atrophy in people with mild cognitive impairment.

The team enrolled 168 men and women, ages 70 years and older, administering high doses of folic acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 daily, for a 24-month period. Measuring the rate of brain atrophy by MRI, the team found that the daily Vitamin B supplementation reduced brain shrinkage associated with dementia by up to 53%.

Writing that: “The accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment can be slowed by treatment with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins,” the researchers posit that: “Since accelerated brain atrophy is a characteristic of subjects with mild cognitive impairment who convert to Alzheimer's disease, trials are needed to see if the same treatment will delay the development of Alzheimer's disease.”

Read more about the research here.


October 20, 2010

Awareness Is Fine, But Now It's Time to Find the Cause

By Meredith Moss Staff Writer

Dayton Daily News

When renowned breast cancer expert Dr. Susan Love visited Dayton a year ago as the featured speaker at the Ribbon of Hope luncheon, she pleaded with audiences to join her Love/Avon Army of Women project designed to eradicate the dreaded disease.

The innovative initiative seeks women who are willing to consider volunteering for breast cancer research. Many, including women from the Miami Valley, have heeded that call. According to Love, 338,000 women have signed on to help.

We invited the author of "Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book," to provide an update. In October, says Dr. Love, she knows just how an accountant must feel in April.

Read the interview with Dr. Love here.


October 19, 2010

Correct Vitamin D Deficiency Before Surgery

A recent issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reports that almost half of orthopedic surgery patients are deficient in vitamin D, a condition that impairs bone healing, muscle function and surgery recovery.

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and chief of the Metabolic Bone Disease Service at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery Joseph Lane, MD and colleagues reviewed the charts of 723 men and women scheduled for orthopedic surgery from January, 2007 to March, 2008. Forty-three percent of the patients had insufficient preoperative vitamin D levels, defined as 20 to 32 nanograms per milliliter, and 40 percent had deficient levels of less than 20 nanograms per milliliter. Younger individuals, men, and those with dark skin were likeliest to be low in vitamin D.

Dr Lane explained that healing of bony tissue takes place two to four weeks following bone surgery, and sufficient vitamin D is needed for this process. "In the perfect world, test levels, fix and then operate," Dr Lane stated. "If you put people on 2,000-4,000 [milligrams] of vitamin D based on what their deficient value was, you can usually get them corrected in four to six weeks, which is when you are really going to need the vitamin D. If you are really aggressive right before surgery, you can correct deficient levels quickly, but you have to correct it, measure it, and then act on it."

Read more here about Dr. Lane's recommendation PLUS watch a video about the Power of Vitamin D.


October 18, 2010

Study - Pre-exercise Supplements May Improve Running

By Nathan Gray

The new study, published in Nutrition Research, suggests that a pre-exercise supplement drink containing a combination of traditional sports drink ingredients such as carbohydrates and electrolytes and performance based supplements can effectively boost anaerobic running capacity but have little effect on aerobic systems.

“The current investigation cannot be used as an assessment of the individual contributions of specific supplements, but a combinatory effect of several ingredients may have led to improved anaerobic running capacy and supramaximal time to exhaustion,” wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Jeffery Stout, Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma.

Read more about the study here.


October 15, 2010

Multivitamin Use Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks for Women


Women who take a daily multivitamin may be at a reduced risk of heart attacks, according to new research.


The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, observed multivitamin use to be inversely associated with myocardial infarction in women with no history of cardiovascular disease. The researchers noted that the association grew stronger with long-term use, and was not affected by how often supplements were taken.


“From a public health point of view, it is important to evaluate whether multivitamins should be recommended to prevent myocardial infarction,” stated the researchers, led by Dr Susanne Rautiainen, from the Divisions of Nutritional Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.


The new research shows correlation and not causation, however, and the researchers noted that further research must be completed in order to confirm or refute their findings. If such findings supported this study’s observation then it would be important to “clarify what composition of multivitamins (doses and ingredients included) and duration of use is needed to observe beneficial effects on myocardial infarction,” wrote Dr Rautiainen and her co-workers.


Read more about the study here.


October 14, 2010

Breast Cancer–Cutting Through the Sea of Pink


Dear Living Fuel Family,


Imagine that a new pharmaceutical drug is released to the public amidst a flood of news reports and television advertising. This pill has been has been clinically and conclusively proven to dramatically reduce the risk of breast cancer by as much as 80%. Do you think this would be a popular prescription?


It may come as a surprise to know that healthy lifestyle habits and diet have been clinically shown in a significant number of studies to substantially reduce the risk of breast and other cancers that plague our modern society. A vast majority of the fund-raising activities for the pink ribbon organizations are rooted in good people with noble intentions, however, with over a billion dollars spent on the "cure", little progress has been made in this fight.


In today's LivingFuelTV's HealthAlert, we turn our attention from awareness to prevention. Join us as we explore key factors that increase women's risk and those factors that decrease the risk of breast cancer. This is vital information you are not likely to hear from conventional medicine.


Take control of your health today! 



October 12, 2010

Study - Resveratrol Shows Metabolic Benefits for Obese

By Stephen Daniells

Daily intakes of resveratrol – a compound from red wine – may improve the metabolic profile of people with obesity, according to a new study from Denmark.

Writing in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers from Aarhus University report that resveratrol changed the production of certain compounds called adipokines from human fat cells, and produced an anti-inflammatory effect.

The study is reported to be the first to in vitro suggest resveratrol has anti-inflammatory effects on adipokine expression and secretion in human fat tissue.

“Small interfering molecules such as resveratrol are in this matter hypothesized to possess beneficial effects and might improve the metabolic profile in human obesity,” wrote the researchers, before adding that the results need to be replicated in vivo.

Read more about the study here.

October 12, 2010

Study - Calcium & Vitamin D May Boost Weight Loss

Previous research has suggested a causal relationship between dairy intake and weight reduction. Danit R. Shahar, from Ben-Gurion University (Israel), and colleagues assessed data collected from 322 men and women, mean age 52 years, with a BMI of 31 kg/m2. Of this initial group, 126 subjects were followed for 6 additional months to track changes in blood level of Vitamin D.

The researchers found that those participants with average calcium intakes of 580 milligrams per day and blood levels of vitamin D of 30.2 nanograms per milliliter lost an average of 5.3 kilograms over a two-year period. Lower calcium intakes, at 156 milligrams, and blood levels of vitamin D of 14.5 nanograms per milliliter, were associated with an average loss of 3.3 kilograms over two years.

The team concludes that: “Our study suggests that both higher dairy calcium intake and increased serum vitamin D are related to greater diet-induced weight loss.”

Read more about the study here.

October 11, 2010

Apples Can Keep You Mentally Sharp


Buffalo News

It's not as if apples didn't have enough virtues. Sure, one a day keeps the doctor away. That's because they're rich in vitamin C and loaded with fiber, particularly pectin, a soluble fiber that not only promotes digestive health but lowers blood-cholesterol levels.

Increasingly, however, researchers are finding that apples have functional properties well beyond their nutritional value, and many of the goodies are in the juice as well as the flesh. But now comes evidence that apples can keep you mentally sharp as you age. They protect neurons from the cognitive decline that typically accompanies aging; improve nerve-cell communication; and can prevent, halt, and even reverse some signs of Alzheimer's disease.

It's not clear which apple components do what, but several antioxidants and flavonoids are likely active in multiple ways. Drinking two cups of apple juice a day may be the easiest way to save your brain.

Read more of this report here.

October 9, 2010

Weight-Loss Drug Meridia Pulled From U.S. Market

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- The obesity drug Meridia has been withdrawn from the U.S. market because of an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, federal health officials said Friday.

Pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories voluntarily agreed to pull the drug after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration review of data that showed a 16 percent increased risk for heart attack, stroke and death among people taking Meridia (sibutramine), compared with those taking a placebo.

Earlier Friday, Health Canada, the nation's health department, said Abbott would voluntarily pull the drug from the market there.

"FDA requested this withdrawal after concluding that the continued availability of this product is not justified since patients taking the drug are at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke," Dr. John Jenkins, director of the Office of New Drugs in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said during an afternoon news conference.

Read more about this story here.

October 8, 2010

Study - Lower Heart Attack Risk in Women

An article published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports an association between multivitamin use and a reduced risk of myocardial infarction (MI or heart attack) in older women.

The current study included 2,262 women with a history of cardiovascular disease and 31,671 women with no history of the disease who participated in the Swedish Mammography Cohort established between 1987 and 1990. The participants completed a dietary questionnaire in 1997 which provided the Karolinska Institutet researchers with information concerning supplement use.

Read more about the study here.

October 7, 2010

HealthAlert - Urgency in the ER

Dear Living Fuel Family,

It's a bit of an oxymoron to ask "Are you prepared for the Emergency Room?" By definition, an emergency is sudden and unexpected. However, now is the time to educate yourself with information you may unfortunately need as early as this afternoon.

In today's brief LivingFuelTV HealthAlert, we share a real-life story of a recent ER visit with my 14-year-old son, Austin. Our experience clearly highlights the need for all of us to be prepared for potential quick decisions we may face in the ER. We also present two items that you must know about to protect yourself and those you love from the hazards of medical radiation.

Here's to your Super Health!


October 6, 2010

Study - Blueberries May Reduce Diabetes Risk

Blueberries are rich in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant compound, and in-particular the antioxidants known as anthocyanins and flavanols. William T. Cefalu, from Louisiana State University (Louisiana, USA), and colleagues enrolled 32 obese, non-diabetic, and insulin-resistant men and women, average age of 51.5 years and an average BMI of 37.4 kg/m2, in a six-week long study.

Subjects either received a smoothie containing 22.5 grams of blueberry bioactives or a placebo blend equal nutritional value. Subjects consumed two smoothies daily for six weeks. At the end of the study, the team found that 67% of subjects who consumed the blueberry smoothie experienced at least a 10% or greater favorable change in insulin sensitivity.

The researchers propose that: “Daily dietary supplementation with bioactives from whole blueberries improved insulin sensitivity in obese, nondiabetic, and insulin-resistant participants.”

Read more about the study here.

October 5, 2010

Study - Amino Acids Extend Life

Enzo Nisoli of Milan University and his colleagues report in the October, 2010 issue of the journal Cell Metabolism that branched-chain amino acids, which include leucine, isoleucine and valine, extended the average life span of mice when administered in their drinking water. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in the body. In humans, eight essential amino acids, including the branched-chain amino acids, cannot be manufactured and must be obtained via the diet.

Previous research uncovered a survival benefit for branched-chain amino acids in single-celled yeast organisms. Dr Nisoli and his associates tested the effects of branched-chain amino acid supplementation on normal mice and in mice bred to lack endothelial nitric oxide synthase, an enzyme that is involved in vasodilation.

Read more about the research here.

October 4, 2010

Higher Serum Selenium Levels linked /w Lower Prostate Cancer

A recent article published online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention reports a benefit between higher levels of the mineral selenium and a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The finding contradicts the conclusion of other research which failed to determine a protective benefit for selenium in the disease.

In their introduction, the authors remark that "Increased intake of selenium has been suggested to have anticarcinogenic effects and numerous mechanisms have been proposed to explain this property: reduction of DNA damage, oxidative stress or inflammation; also, induction of phase II enzymes, enhancement of immune response, inhibition of cell cycle and angiogenesis and induction of apoptosis . . . Intervention studies in humans have shown that supplementation of selenium leads to an increase in concentration and/or activity of circulating selenoproteins, such as selenoprotein P (SePP) or glutathione peroxidases (GPx), and plasma SePP and GPx3 represent common markers of selenium status. Since GPx are important components of the redox control system in humans, reduction of cellular oxidative stress and subsequent DNA damage could be a major mechanism to explain the anticancer effects of selenium."

Read more about the research here.

October 2, 2010

 A recent report published online in the British Journal of Nutrition revealed a protective effect for a number of antioxidant nutrients against all-cause and disease-specific mortality in older individuals over a 13 year average period.

"The purpose of the present paper is to explore the predictive significance of a selection of biochemical indices for nutrients that are believed to mediate redox-modulatory (antioxidant or pro-oxidant) functions in living tissues," the authors write. "Evidence that subsequent all-cause mortality may be predicted by vitamin C intakes and/or status has been obtained in several previous studies, and similarly for carotene and selenium."

Read more of the report here.

October 1, 2010

Study - Probiotics Show Potential Against Common Cold

Daily supplements with probiotic Lactobacillus strains may reduce the incidence of acquiring the common cold by 12 percent, according to new research from probiotic player Probi.

Results of a randomised, parallel, double-blind placebo-controlled study with 272 subjects showed that daily consumption of Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL 9 (DSM 15312) and Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 (DSM 13434) reduced the incidence of one or more episodes of the common cold from 67 percent in the placebo group to 55 percent, according to findings published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

Furthermore, the number of days of symptoms for the cold was significantly reduced in people taking the probiotic supplements, from an average of 8.6 to 6.2, compared with placebo.

Read more about the study here.

September 30, 2010

HealthAlert - Mosquito Flu?! Does the Flu Vaccine Protect?

Dear Living Fuel Family,

Remember 2009's exaggerated H1N1 swine flu story? For weeks, we were barraged with countless news reports with public health "experts" ratcheting up the panic and warning of the coming pandemic. We were urged to have our families vaccinated with the only real protection, the H1N1 vaccine, or else!

So, here we are one year later and the "dreaded" flu season is upon us. Major media is presenting only one side of this story. And absent the fear of the swine flu virus, drug companies are now incentivizing us in more creative ways like offering drug store flu shot gift cards.

As we head into the flu season, we bring you a brief, but vitally important HealthAlert on LivingFuelTV.

You may have heard that there is no longer the toxic heavy metal mercury in vaccines, but that is not the case for flu vaccines. Here is a list of just a few of the ingredients:
  • Mercury or Thimerosal (49% mercury by weight, used to disinfect and preserve the vaccine), mercury is a neurotoxin with a toxicity level one-thousand times the level of lead
  • Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent
  • Aluminum, a neurotoxin suspected as playing a role in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Ethylene Glycol, an antifreeze
  • Carbolic Acid
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Triton X-100, a detergent
  • and a variety of antibiotics
It's well-documented that vaccines can cause harm. So, is the benefit worth the risk? This question is one that you will have to answer for yourself and your family. First, educate yourself then make an informed decision.

And what does all this have to do with mosquitoes? Click here to watch.

September 27, 2010

Sleep Less Than 6 Hours Ups Diabetes Risk

United Press International

People who sleep less than 6 hours a night aren't able to regulate glucose efficiently, increasing the risk of heart disease, British and U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Saverio Stranges of the Warwick Medical School and colleagues at the University at Buffalo find sleep duration is associated with an elevated risk of a pre-diabetic state -- known as incident-impaired fasting glycemia.

The researchers looked at six years of data from 1,455 participants ages 35-79 in the Western New York Health Study. The study participants completed a clinical examination that included measures of resting blood pressure, height and weight. They also completed questionnaires about their general health, well being and sleeping patterns.

Read more about the study here.

September 25, 2010

Lethal Danger of CT Scans

By William Faloon

We tried everything… from pleading with arrogant physicians to providing irrefutable documentation to support our position. The response was always the same: we were “out of our minds” for suggesting that medical X-rays increase future cancer risks.

Our opposition could never substantiate that exposing healthy cells to ionizing radiation was safe. They did at one point rely on the Atomic Energy Commission, who claimed there were no dangersto low-level radiation exposure.

The Atomic Energy Commission was created to “manage the development, use, and control of atomic (nuclear) energy for military and civilian applications.” Like so many federal agencies, the priority was not to protect the public’s health. Instead this tax-funded bureaucracy (like the FDA) functioned to guarantee the economic success of the industries it regulated.

By ridiculing those who warned about the carcinogenic effects of X-rays, the federal government and medical establishment enabled companies making CT scanners (and other radiation devices) to earn tens of billions of dollars in profit, with Medicare and private health insurance picking up most of the costs.

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September 24, 2010

Mild Memory Loss is Not a Part of Normal Aging

Simply getting older is not the cause of mild memory lapses often called senior moments, according to a new study by researchers at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. The study, published in an online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found that even the very early mild changes in memory that are much more common in old age than dementia are caused by the same brain lesions associated with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

"The very early mild cognitive changes once thought to be normal aging are really the first signs of progressive dementia, in particular Alzheimer's disease." said Robert S.Wilson, PhD, neuropsychologist at Rush University Medical Center. "The pathology in the brain related to Alzheimer's and other dementias has a much greater impact on memory function in old age than we previously recognized."

Read more about the study here.

September 23, 2010

Get Fit, Flexible and Fast - The Demonstration

Dear Living Fuel Family,

Today we conclude our series Get Fit, Flexible & Fast with elite performance coach Dave Herman. Dave's revolutionary resistance training programs incorporate large rubber bands, exercising and strengthening the body through natural movement. This week on LivingFuelTV we bring you a fun and interesting demonstration of this program that's designed for anyone — from the world-class golfer to the high school quarterback to the busy working mother.

Click here to watch and learn more.

Here's to your Super Health!


September 20, 2010

Cinnamon Helps to Improve Antioxidant Status

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) team finds that a water soluble extract of cinnamon, rich in antioxidant compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease. Richard A. Anderson and colleagues enrolled 22 obese subjects with impaired blood glucose values (prediabetics), for a 12-week long study. Subjects either received 250 milligrams of a dried water-soluble cinnamon extract twice daily, or a placebo, along with their usual diets. Among those who received the water-soluble cinnamon extract, researchers observed improvements in a number of antioxidant variables by as much as 13 to 23%, resulting in improvement in antioxidant status and corresponding decrease in fasting glucose. The team concludes that: “This study supports the hypothesis that the inclusion of water soluble cinnamon compounds in the diet could reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

Read more about the study here.

September 18, 2010

Study - Even Modest Weight Gain Causes Problem


Endothelial cell dysfunction, affecting the cells that line the blood vessels and control the ability of the vessels to expand and contract, is associated with an increased risk for coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events. Virend K. Somers, from the Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA), and colleagues studied 43 healthy men and women, mean age 29 years, assessing for endothelial dysfunction and tracking weight changes, for an eight-week study period. 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.


Read more about the study here.




September 17, 2010

Green Leafy Vegetables Help Reduce Diabetes Risk

Whereas diets high in fruit and vegetables are known to help reduce both cancer and heart disease, but the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and diabetes has not been well elucidated. Patrice Carter, from the University of Leicester (United Kingdom), and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of six studies involving over 220,000 participants that focused on the links between fruit and vegetable consumption and type-2 diabetes. The team found that a greater intake of green leafy vegetables, equivalent to eating 1.5 extra servings daily, was associated with a 14% reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, the showed no significant benefits of increasing the consumption of vegetables, fruit, or fruit and vegetables combined. The researchers conclude that: “Increasing daily intake of green leafy vegetables could significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and should be investigated further.”

Read more about the study here.


September 16, 2010

Dear Living Fuel Family,


We all have in common twenty-four hours in our day. For those of us who spend some of this valuable and finite time exercising, it’s important that we address how we fuel these efforts. Nutrition plays a key role in the success of any fitness program — from the intense regimens of professional golfer Trevor Immelman to the busy stay-at-home mom in pilates class, to the sophomore on the high school tennis team. Everyone can couple fitness with nutrition and see exponential benefits. In other words, 1+1=3. And this principle applies to us all — from the world-class athlete to the health-challenged.


Today on LivingFuelTV, we’re joined again by elite performance coach Dave Herman. Learn three critical factors to maximize the effectiveness of your efforts and how recovery is as important as the number of repetitions you complete or the number of miles you log.


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Here’s to your Super Health!


KC Craichy

Founder & CEO

Living Fuel, Inc.




September 15, 2010

Sweet Pepper Compounds, Energy and Weight

Capsinoids, the non-pungent compounds found in sweet pepper, help to boost energy utilization, thus suggesting a role in weight management. Stuart M. Phillips, from McMaster University (Canada), and colleagues studied how capsinoid ingestion affects energy expenditure, including its role in exercise. The team recruited 12 healthy young men (average age 24.3 years, average BMI 255.5 kg/m2), who were randomly assigned to receive a 10mg capsule of purified capsinoids or placebo (control group). The subjects then engaged in 90 minutes of moderately intense cycling. Finding that: “The ingestion of 10 mg of capsinoids increased adrenergic activity, energy expenditure, and resulted in a shift in substrate utilization toward lipid at rest but had little effect during exercise or recovery,” the team submits that their data shows that: “The thermogenic and metabolic effects of capsinoids at rest and further promote its potential role as an adjunct weight loss aid, in addition to diet and exercise.”

Read more here.


September 15, 2010

Study - Organic Strawberries Are Healthier Than Conventional

Robin Shreeves

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Many people buy organic foods because they believe organic foods have higher nutritional values than their non-organic counterparts. Researchers at Washington State University wanted to find out if these consumer beliefs were accurate. They tested both organic and conventional strawberries grown in 13 side-by-side California fields.

Check out the findings here.


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