LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2010 Archive 4

Dec. 30, 2010

Belly Up To Better Breakfast This New Year

Sometime late Christmas morning, Santa Claus woke from a well-deserved night's sleep. And he was very hungry.

Santa told the Tampa Tribune in a special pre-holiday interview that he pledged to start Christmas morning off right. He's not waiting for the New Year to shimmy the jelly off his belly; he's going to make better choices now when it comes to breakfast.

Read more of the story here.


Dec. 28, 2010


Get That Winter Glow


Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News


Come winter and it's time for some extra tender loving care for your skin. While the harsh summer sun may be out for some time, the dry winter winds can be equally unrelenting for the skin. The low humidity during winter can cause the skin to become dry, flaky and dull. So we give you expert tips and tricks on how to get that baby soft skin with a super party glow even in mid-winter. Read on to bid shriveled, alligator skin a good bye this season.


Read more of the report here.





Dec. 27, 2010

Calorie Control Council Predicts Top 5 Trends in Dieting and Weight Loss in 2011

ATLANTA -- As the hectic holiday season comes to a close and a new year approaches, many consumers are once again vowing to adopt weight loss goals to shed those unwanted pounds. But with obesity increasing at alarming levels across the globe, a number of health experts are urging a new approach to help fight the nation's burgeoning weight problem. 

Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. alone have soared among all age groups, particularly among youth where the rate has more than tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While many weight loss efforts have relied on the drastic elimination of certain foods and beverages, health professionals say it's time to focus on the adoption of small lifestyle changes that will prevent future weight gain. 

Read more about this story here.


Dec. 23, 2010

Colder Temperatures Mean More Heart Attacks

Linda Shrieves, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. 

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News 

When temperatures dip during cold snaps, your body notices. 

And it's not just your fingers and toes. Recent research shows that the risk of heart attack rises whenever the temperatures drop. 

In a study of hospital admissions in England and Wales, British researchers found that for every one-degree Celsius the temperature dropped in a day, an extra 200 heart attacks were reported at hospitals. 

Using that data, researchers calculated that the risk for heart attack increased by two percent for every degree the temperature fell. The results were adjusted to take into account other factors that might influence the heart attack rate, including air pollution and flu activity. 

If cold weather brings on more heart attacks, what is cold enough to induce more heart attacks? In the British study, a majority of the heart attacks occurred when the temperature reached 53 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) or colder. 

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 22, 2010

Esophageal Cancer Risk Lower Than Expected



The risk of esophageal cancer among patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is not as high as many may think, according to new research from University of Michigan gastroenterologists. 

GERD is considered a relative risk for developing esophageal adenocarcinoma, but the absolute risk is not known, says Joel Rubenstein, M.D., M.Sc., an investigator with the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research in Ann Arbor and Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan's Department of Internal Medicine.

Read more about the research here.


Dec. 21, 2010

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Protection Benefits

Researchers from Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University report in the December, 2010 issue of the journal Ophthalmology the finding of a protective effect for fish that contain abundant amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA against the development of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The disease is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans of European descent and the number of individuals with advanced AMD is expected to rise by 50% by the next decade.

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 20, 2010

Garlic Could Help Reduce Osteoarthritis of the Hip

An article published on December 8, 2010 in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders reports the discovery of Frances M. K. Williams, PhD of King's College Department of Twin Research and her associates at the University of East Anglia of a protective effect of allium vegetables, which include garlic, leeks and onions, against osteoarthritis of the hip.

The study included 1,000 healthy female twins between the ages of 46 to 77, many of whom had no symptoms of arthritis. Dietary questionnaire responses provided information on the participants' intake of 131 foods. Radiographic evaluation assessed the presence of early osteoarthritis in the hip, knee and spine.

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 18, 2010


Too Much of a Good Time Can Lead to 'Holiday Heart Syndrome'


Linda Shrieves, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News


It's easy to overdo it during the holidays. We eat too much, drink too much and don't exercise enough.


But drinking too much alcohol can do more than give you a hangover. Doctors say that those who have no known history of heart disease but drink a lot of alcohol at one time are candidates for "holiday heart syndrome."


In the Cleveland Clinic's Heart Advisor newsletter, cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman warns that one night of heavy drinking could be followed by an episode of atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation -- which he describes as "a rapid heart beating that originates from the upper chambers of the heart."


So what do you do if you get this feeling?


Read more of this report here.




Dec. 17, 2010

Memory Loss is Not a Normal Part of Aging
Memory loss is always a sign of disease or injury, and should never be attributed to the natural course of aging, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and published in the journal Neurology.

Researchers followed 350 catholic nuns, priests and brothers for 13 years, giving them memory tests every year and then examining their brains after death.

Dec. 16, 2010

A Fountain of Youth in Your Muscles

Working out can help you shed pounds - but that's just the beginning. New research from Tel Aviv University has found that "endurance exercises," like a Central Park jog or a spinning class, can make us look younger. The key, exercise, unlocks the stem cells of our muscles (see also Stem Cell Research).

Prof. Dafna Benayahu and her team at Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine say their findings explain for the first time why older people who have exercised throughout their lives age more gracefully. They have discovered how endurance exercise increases the number of muscle stem cells and enhances their ability to rejuvenate old muscles. The researchers hope their finding can lead to a new drug to help the elderly and immobilized heal their muscles faster.

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 15, 2010

Discover These Super Foods for the Holidays

Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. 

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News 

You don't have to set aside or give up on good nutrition during the Christmas holidays. 
Yes, you can enjoy your cookies, cakes and goodies once in a while, but the holidays also offer a time to enjoy healthy, nutritious seasonal foods, according to Jennifer Wood, a Gundersen Lutheran registered dietitian. 

"It's a great time to eat foods that add lots of good nutrients and a lot more fiber," Wood said. 

"You will be eating more heart-healthy if you can stay away from processed foods like cookies and cakes, and only enjoy them occasionally, and add more traditional and nutritious Christmas and Thanksgiving favorites," she said. 

Read more here.


Dec. 14, 2010

Garlic Extract Reduces High Blood Pressure

A number of previous studies report of science cardiovascular benefits of garlic. Karin Ried, from the University of Adelaide (Australia), and colleagues have found beneficial effects for aged garlic extracts in reducing high blood pressure (hypertension). The team studied 50 people with treated but uncontrolled hypertension. Subjects either received a daily dose of aged garlic extract of 3.84 grams (equivalent to 2.5 grams of fresh garlic), or placebo, for 12 weeks. They found a drop in systolic blood pressure of 10.2 mmHg, in the subjects who took the garlic extract, while no effects on diastolic blood pressure were observed.

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 14, 2010

Infant Twins Die Just Minutes After Measles Vaccination

(NaturalNews) A pair of nine-month old twin girls died within minutes of being given a measles vaccine at a private clinic in Ghaziabad, India.

The girls were taken by their uncle, Akhil Sharma, to receive a measles vaccine at the Divya Nursing Home.

"I took them for the vaccination around 6 p.m. on Wednesday," Sharma said. "They were given the vaccination around 7:15 pm. In 15 minutes, the children started breathing heavily."


Dec. 13, 2010

Nut Nog and Other Recipes 

(NaturalNews) Have you ever wondered what to do with almonds besides eating them out of hand?

There are many innovative recipes that can be made from almonds. These culinary creations include milk, cream, butter, pulp and flour. These recipes are the basis for more elaborate recipes, and one uses almond milk to make a superb nut nog.
Dec. 11, 2010

Treat Depression With Omega-3 Fatty Acid

(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids exhibit powerful antidepressant and brain boosting benefits that have not received the high level of attention they deserve.

The team, led by Dr. John M. Davis, discovered that eicosapentenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) -- two types of omega-3 fatty acids recognized for their powerful nutritional benefits -- are effective enough at improving mood that they may potentially eliminate the need for many people to take antidepressant drugs.

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 10, 2010

Garlic Extract Reduces High Blood Pressure

A number of previous studies report of science cardiovascular benefits of garlic. Karin Ried, from the University of Adelaide (Australia), and colleagues have found beneficial effects for aged garlic extracts in reducing high blood pressure (hypertension). The team studied 50 people with treated but uncontrolled hypertension. 

Read results of the study here.


Dec. 10, 2010

Regular Exercise Reduces Risks of Wide Range of Diseases

Previous studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risks of chronic diseases and premature death. Leslie Alford from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom) reviewed 40 scientific studies covering the latest international research on physical activity and longevity, published between 2006 and 2010. The literature reviewed revealed the role of lifestyle, place of residence, and risk factors including obesity, diet, smoking and exercise. The study revealed that:

• Regular moderate to intense physical activity is associated with decreased risk of coronary heart disease and ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
• A growing body of evidence suggests that increasing physical activity can also reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and high blood pressure.
• Evidence of the beneficial effects of physical activity in the primary prevention and management of cancer is growing and there is an association between higher levels of physical activity and lower cancer death rates.
• There is growing evidence that physical activity could decrease the risk of dementia in the elderly. 

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 9, 2010

Diabetics Should Exercise 150 Minutes a Week

Veronica Chufo 
Daily Press, Newport News, Va. 

NORFOLK -- People with Type 2 diabetes should get 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, according to a new recommendation written in part by an Old Dominion University professor. 

"There is probably not a better medicine out there for people with diabetes than exercise," said Sheri Colberg-Ochs, an ODU exercise science professor. 

Colberg-Ochs chaired a committee that wrote the position paper for the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association. It was published in the December issues of the journals Diabetes Care and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 

Read more about the recommendation here.


Dec. 9, 2010

New Guidelines for Preventing Stroke

Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 

U.S. agencies release new guidelines for preventing stroke

LOS ANGELES (Xinhua) -- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key for preventing stroke, according to new guidelines released Thursday by two U.S. medical associations. 

The risk for first-time stroke could be cut by 80 percent if people maintain a healthy life style, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association said. 

The two medical groups updated the stroke-prevention guidelines for the first time since 2006. 
A healthy lifestyle, which includes not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, has the biggest impact on preventing stroke, said Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, director of the Duke Stroke Center in Durham, North Carolina and lead guideline author. 
"There is nothing we are going to do in medicine to beat that," he said. 

Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure low are also important for reducing stroke risk, Goldstein added. 
The guidelines address the whole stroke spectrum: ischemic stroke, which involves a blocked blood vessel in the brain; non- ischemic (hemorrhagic) stroke, in which a ruptured vessel bleeds in the brain; and transient ischemic attack (TIA), a temporary stroke that can be an indicator of risk for a more serious stroke. 

Read more about the guidelines here.


Dec. 8, 2010

Calcium, Vitamin C May Help Protect Against Diabetes

In an article published online in the journal Diabetes Care, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and colleagues report that individuals who regularly consume individual calcium or vitamin C supplements have a lower risk of developing diabetes than nonusers.

Read more about the report here.


Dec. 8, 2010

Watercress Turns Off Signal That Causes Tumors to Develop

(NaturalNews) As a cancerous tumor develops, it quickly outgrows its existing blood supply. So a protein called Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) is released that sends out signals causing surrounding normal tissues to grow new blood vessels into the tumor -- and that provides the cancer with oxygen and nutrients. This plays a critical role in the development and spread of breast and other cancers. But now comes word from University of Southampton researchers in the United Kingdom that they've discovered something which interferes with and actually "turns off" the ability of HIF to function -- a natural plant compound dubbed phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) found in the herb watercress.

Read more about the research here.


Dec. 7, 2010

Night Light Could Equal Weight Gain

A report published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that some of the increase in obesity observed over the past several decades could be due to increased exposure to light at night and shift work, which disrupts the release of melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain in response to darkness. "Light at night is an environmental factor that may be contributing to the obesity epidemic in ways that people don't expect," observed study coauthor and Ohio State University professor of neuroscience and psychology Randy Nelson. "Societal obesity is correlated with a number of factors including the extent of light exposure at night."

Read more about the report here.


Dec. 7, 2010

Exercise & Essential Fatty Acids Help Muscles

Exercise is health rejuvenating and life-extending. The ability to get a good response to exercise depends on a variety of factors, with a net result of improved oxygen utilization. Essential fatty acids, especially DHA, are health promoting substances. A new study shows that they enhance blood flow to muscles during exercise.

This is an animal study which afforded the ability to directly measure many muscle fibers in response to exercise. The researchers documented a decrease in vascular resistance that enabled blood to flow better to muscles, thus increasing oxygenation of muscle. In addition to blood flow improvement within the circulatory system the researchers also demonstrated that cardiac output was improved as well – meaning the heart was more fit.

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 6, 2010

Low T in Men and Mortality

A recent report published in 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.


Dec. 4, 2010

Multivitamin Use Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks for Women

By Nathan Gray

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.


Dec. 3, 2010

Astaxanthin’s Range of Potential Health Benefits

The potential health benefits for astaxanthin, the pink pigment that gives salmon its color, range from possible risk reduction of metabolic syndrome to improved skin health, says a new review. 

Despite an extensive list of potential benefits and ‘encouraging’ recent findings, Chinese scientists report in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research that “more extensive, well-controlled clinical trials, especially for 9-cis-astaxanthin, are suggested for each of these categories”

Read more the new review here.


Dec. 2, 2010

Vitamin D - A Modest Step


WASHINGTON - The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the dietary supplement industry's leading trade association, today called the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's (IOM) newly released report on the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) levels for vitamin D "a modest step in the right direction that fell short of truly capturing the extensive and positive research that has consistently supported the need for people to significantly raise their vitamin D levels." 

Read more about the new report here.


Dec. 1, 2010

Important News About Vitamin D

(NaturalNews) Vitamin D deficiency is widespread. In fact, there have been so many studies linking many of today's disease epidemics to inadequate blood levels of vitamin D that to deny a connection is utter foolishness. But a committee from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has made a strange -- and false -- announcement on behalf of the U.S. and Canadian governments that North Americans already get plenty of vitamin D and do not need to supplement with the vitamin to maintain good health.

The "Food and Nutrition Board" committee that compiled the report basically came to the conclusion that current recommended daily intake (RDI) levels for vitamin D (which are typically no more than 400 international units (IU) of the vitamin a day) are good enough. The committee also had the audacity to suggest that the only benefit to be derived from vitamin D is to maintain healthy bones when consumed along with calcium.


(NaturalNews) Vitamin D is especially active in areas of the human genome related to autoimmune diseases, providing yet more evidence that the vitamin plays a critical role in regulating the immune system and protecting against certain diseases.

In a study published in the journal Genome Research, researchers from Oxford University mapped the human genome looking for clusters of vitamin D receptors -- sites where the vitamin can bind to DNA, changing the expression of a gene. They found that these receptors were especially common in regions that have previously been linked to common autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease. Vitamin D receptors were also common in regions linked to colorectal cancer and leukemia.

The study shows how serious the effects of vitamin D deficiency can be, the researchers noted.


Dec. 1, 2010

Silent Vascular Disease & Cognitive Decline in Healthy Aging

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Older people who are leading active, healthy lifestyles often have silent vascular disease that can be seen on brain scans that affect their ability to think, according to a new study led by UC Davis researchers and published online today in the Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA Archives journals (see also Dementia). 

"This study shows that silent vascular disease is really common as we get older and it influences our thinking abilities," said Charles DeCarli, professor of neurology in the School of Medicine at UC Davis and director of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center. "We're beginning to realize that vascular disease plays a major role in Alzheimer's disease - they go together." 

The study findings are based on data from participants in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. The initiative tracks individuals who are normal, those who have mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and people with Alzheimer's disease using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and laboratory and cognitive testing to track changes in their cognitive status. 

Read more about the new study here.


Nov. 30, 2010

Probiotics May Help Ward Off Common Cold

The common cold is a viral infection primarily caused by rhinoviruses. Previous studies have shown that probiotics, alone or in combination with prebiotics, have reduced the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. Swedish researchers enrolled 272 men and women in a 12-week long study, during which subjects were supplemented daily with supplemented either with 109 cfu (colony forming units) of probiotics or placebo. The team found that the probiotics reduced the incidence of one or more episodes of the common cold.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 30, 2010

Regular Exercise Reduces Large Number of Health Risks 

People who take regular exercise could reduce their risk of developing around two dozen physical and mental health conditions - including some cancers and dementia - and slow down how quickly their body deteriorates as they age. 

An extensive research review, published in the December issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice, says that apart from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice any individual can make to improve their health. 

Physiotherapist and lecturer Leslie Alford from the University of East Anglia reviewed 40 papers covering the latest international research published between 2006 and 2010. 

"The literature reviewed shows that how long people live and how healthy they are depends on a complex mix of factors, including their lifestyle, where they live and even luck" says Mr Alford. "Individuals have an element of control over some of these factors, including obesity, diet, smoking and physical activity. 

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 29, 2010

Blueberries Linked to Improved Blood Vessel Health

Supplementing the diet with wild blueberries may reduce blood pressure, suggests a new study with hypertensive rats.

Animals fed a diet supplemented with 8 percent wild blueberries experienced less constriction in blood vessel, compared with animals fed a control diet, according to findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 

Read more about the new study here.


Nov. 29, 2010

Antioxidants May Reduce Inflammatory Effects of Alzheimer’s

Consuming an antioxidant-rich beverage may reduce levels of the amino acid homocysteine, and counter the detrimental inflammatory effects associated with Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a new study. 

Daily consumption of the antioxidant-rich drink for eight months was associated with a smaller increase in homocysteine levels, compared with the placebo group, and the effects were even more significant in people with moderate Alzeimer’s disease, according to findings published in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences

Read more about the new study here.


Nov. 27, 2010


To Live Long, Eat Thanksgiving Foods Often


United Press International


Traditional Thanksgiving foods are some of the healthiest foods and warrant eating often, Canadian and U.S. researchers recommend.


Ryerson University Professors Marilyn Lee and Yvonne Yuan say roast turkey without the skin is a good source of protein -- about 1 ounce of protein per serving -- and white breast meat has about half the fat of dark meat, so it's a good meat to eat often.


Thanksgiving favorites such as baked/roasted or candied sweet potatoes and yams are good sources of fiber and vitamin A, while butternut and acorn squash, beets and brussels sprouts are delicious as side dishes and add vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the meal, the professors say.


A study published in the Journal of Nutrition says the plant compound luteolin -- found in carrots, peppers, celery and olive oil -- reduces age-related memory deficits by directly inhibiting the release of inflammatory molecules in the brain.


Read more of the study results here.




Nov. 26, 2010


Longer Life Associated with Higher Alpha-carotene Levels


An article appearing online in the American Medical Association journal Archives of Internal Medicine reports the discovery by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta of an association between higher serum levels of the carotenoid alpha-carotene and a lower risk of dying over a 13.9 year average period.


Read more about the study here.



Nov. 26, 2010



Omega-3 Fatty acids Prevent and May Reverse Gum Disease




Periodontitis is an extremely common, and often painful, inflammatory disease of the gums. It causes tissue to separate from teeth, resulting in the accumulation of bacteria and potential bone and tooth loss. Mainstream medicine typically treats the chronic disease with strong antibiotics, vigorous mechanical scraping of the teeth and even surgically cutting away diseased gum tissue. But a new study just published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association shows there's a natural way to not only prevent and also treat periodontitis -- consume polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), especially the omega-3s found in cold water fish like salmon and certain nuts.


Read more about the study here.




Nov. 26, 2010


Varied Fruit Reduces Lung Cancer Risk



United Press International


To reduce the risk of lung cancer, people should not only eat fruits and vegetables daily, but also increase the variety, researchers in Spain say.


Study co-author Maria Jose Sanchez Perez, director of the Granada Cancer Registry at the Andalusian School of Public Health, says the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study involved 10 European countries -- Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and Sweden -- and some 500,000 people.


Read more about the study here.




Nov. 24, 2010

Probiotics Help with Stress Reduction

Previous studies have shown that gastrointestinal flora have a role in stress, anxiety, and depression. A French team has found that specific strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, two probiotic compounds, yield beneficial psychological effects. 

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 24, 2010

Constant Stress at Work is Bad for Heart

The Denver Post 

FRANKFURT -- Work is piling up on the desk and in a few hours the presentation must be finished. To make matters worse, the telephone keeps ringing. Job-related stress is common. If it goes on for years, though, it can have serious physical consequences -- particularly for the heart. 

According to the German Heart Foundation, each year nearly 300,000 people in Germany suffer a heart attack, often due to stress. So reducing stress at the workplace can be an important means of preventing serious heart disease. 

"Stress causes, among other things, the release of more stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream," explained Ulrich Hildebrandt, head physician in the Cardiology Department at St Irmingard Clinic. 

Read more here.


Nov. 24, 2010

Watermelon Compounds Help to Reduce Blood Pressure

Watermelon is a rich edible natural source of L-citrulline, a compound that is closely related to L-arginine, which is crucial to the formation of nitric oxide, which helps to widen blood vessels and thereby mediate blood pressure. Arturo Figueroa, from Florida State University (Florida, USA), and colleagues enrolled four men and five women, average age 54 years, with pre-hypertension (134/77 ± 5/3 mm Hg), randomly assigned to 6 weeks of watermelon supplementation or placebo, followed by a 4-week washout period and then crossover. The team found that supplementation with 6 grams of L-citrulline from watermelon improved arterial function and lowered aortic blood pressure in all nine pre-hypertensive subjects.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 24, 2010

Foot Care for Diabetics

5 questions with Dr. Jeffrey Frederick

Cassandra Spratling 

Detroit Free Press 

The Berkley-based podiatric surgeon and president of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management says that November -- National Diabetes Month -- is a good time to remind all people -- especially diabetics -- of the importance of proper foot care. 

Q: Why is foot care especially important for diabetics? 

A:One of the risks of diabetes is having to have your leg or foot amputated. It results from two factors. The disease limits the circulation, and it diminishes your sense of touch and feeling. If you or I stepped on a sliver, we'd feel it. But with a diabetic, he could step on a sliver and not feel anything. The smallest thing can become a big issue, and you're not even aware of it. 

Read more of the Q&A with Dr. Frederick here.


Nov. 23, 2010

Don’t Worry About Radiation From Airport X-ray Screening

Due to media headlines, we at Life Extension® have been inundated by calls from members who are worried about the risks of the radiation emitted from new airport X-ray screening devices. 

No organization has been more vocal about avoiding unnecessary exposure to radiation than Life Extension. We have long warned members to say NO to unnecessary X-rays and especially certain types of CT or CAT scans that can poison the body with the equivalent radiation of more than 400 regular chest X-rays.

Radiation exposure not only increases the risk of certain cancers, but also damages endothelial DNA, thus accelerating pathological atherosclerotic processes. When it comes to radiation exposure, there is no safe dose. 

As far as the amount of radiation emitted from the new airport screening devices, however, the amount is so trivial that you probably should not worry about it. As you will read below, we are exposed to far more radiation as part of ordinary living — which is why it is so important to protect our precious DNA with antioxidants such as resveratrol, N-acetyl cysteine, green tea and others each day. 

Here is a brief summary on the radiation emitted by X-ray airport security screening systems:
  1. Naturally occurring ionizing radiation is all around us. We are continuously exposed to this background radiation during ordinary living. In 42 minutes of ordinary living, a person receives more radiation from naturally occurring sources than from screening with any general-use X-ray security system.

  2. A full-body X-ray security system delivers less than the dose (of ionizing radiation) a person receives during 4 minutes of airline flight. The TSA has set the dose limit to ensure a person receives less radiation from one scan with a TSA general-use X-ray security system than from 2 minutes of airline flight.

  3. Compared with a conventional CT scan, the dose of radiation generated by the airport screening system is very low. "A passenger would need to be scanned using a backscatter scanner, from both the front and the back, about 200,000 times to receive the amount of radiation equal to one typical CT scan," said Dr. Andrew J. Einstein, director of cardiac CT research at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "Another way to look at this is that if you were scanned with a backscatter scanner every day of your life, you would still only receive a tenth of the dose of a typical CT scan," he said. By comparison, the amount of radiation from a backscatter scanner is equivalent to about 10 minutes of natural background radiation in the United States, Einstein said. "I believe that the general public has nothing to worry about in terms of the radiation from airline scanning," he added. For moms-to-be, no evidence supports an increased risk of miscarriage or fetal abnormalities from these scanners, Einstein added. "A pregnant woman will receive much more radiation from cosmic rays she is exposed to while flying than from passing through a scanner in the airport."
Having said all the above, when I travel this Thanksgiving weekend, I will insist on an intrusive physical pat down as opposed to the X-ray scanners. The public has been deceived so many times by the makers of radiation equipment that I simply don’t trust their numbers. It also gives me the opportunity to educate other human beings (in this case, perfect strangers) that there is no safe dose of radiation that one should intentionally expose oneself to.

For longer life,

William Faloon



Nov. 23, 2010

New Studies: Cardiovascular Disease is Primarily Result of Lifestyle

The American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2010 featured presentations of the results of two studies which indicate that lifestyle has a greater impact on whether one will develop cardiovascular disease than being genetically predisposed to acquire the disease.

In the first study, researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine evaluated data from 2,336 men and women aged 18 to 30 upon enrollment in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults longitudinal study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Diet, physical activity, alcohol intake, smoking status, weight, and blood pressure and glucose levels were assessed at the beginning of the study and at the seventh and twentieth years of follow-up.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 22, 2010


Very High Omega-3 Intakes Linked to Big Health Benefits


By Stephen Daniells


Intakes of omega-3 exceeding levels consumed by the general US population may significantly reduce the risk of chronic disease, suggests a new study with Yup'ik Eskimos.


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.


Read more about the study here.




Nov. 19, 2010

Fish Oil - Triglycerides Better for Omega-3 Index Increase

By Stephen Daniells

Fish oil omega-3s in the triglyceride form are better for boosting the omega-3 index than the ethyl ester form, says a new study from Germany, a result which echoes recent Danish findings.

Scientists from Leibniz Universitat Hannover and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich report that the omega-3 index – a quantification of the fatty acid status of a person – increased “faster and higher” when supplementation used omega-3s in the triglyceride form, compared with the ethyl ester form.

Writing in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the scientists report that six months of supplementation with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in the triglyceride form increased the omega-3 index by 197 percent, compared with 171 percent following supplements of EPA and DHA in their ethyl ester form.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 18, 2010


The Antibiotic Bubble is Bursting


Times must be changing. The Journal of the American Medical Association publishes an article this week that forwards the idea that doing nothing if your child has an ear infection is less risky that treating it with an antibiotic. The lead author makes what only a decade ago would have been a blasphemous statement, “Our findings reinforce the existing knowledge that the best antibiotic treatment for common childhood ear infections may be no antibiotic treatment at all,” said Dr. Tumaini R. Coker, a pediatrician at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.


Read more here!


Nov. 17, 2010

Research - Breast Cancer Prevention

Joey Holleman 

The State, Columbia, S.C. 

Proceeds from many of the pink products for sale during Breast Cancer Awareness Month help fund research. Some of that important research is being done at the University of South Carolina. 

The USC studies have found sunlight and seaweed might help prevent breast cancer. Does that mean women should spend all day outside eating seaweed? No. But the studies give researchers hints at prevention strategies worth further study. 

Here are some of the USC efforts in recent years.


Nov. 16, 2010

Pilots Assoc. Urges Pilots to Opt Out of TSA Body Scanners

(NaturalNews) In yet another significant blow to the TSA's naked body scanners, the president of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) issued a letter urging all pilots to opt out of the naked body scanners, also known as Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT).

"Backscatter AIT devices now being deployed produce ionizing radiation, which could be harmful to your health," wrote Allied Pilots Association president Dave Bates. He then went on to add:

"We are exposed to radiation every day on the job. For example, a typical Atlantic crossing during a solar flare can expose a pilot to radiation equivalent to 100 chest X-rays per hour. Requiring pilots to go through the AIT [naked body scanner] means additional radiation exposure. I share our pilots' concerns about this additional radiation exposure and plan to recommend that our pilots refrain from going through the AIT. We already experience significantly higher radiation exposure than most other occupations, and there is mounting evidence of higher-than-average cancer rates as a consequence."

He goes on to call for airline pilots to be exempted from security screening.

Read more here.


Nov. 15, 2010

Holiday Heart Attacks

Food is fun, but overeating can be extremely hard on your heart–especially if you are not as healthy as you would like to be. This is an urgent message that we hope you'll forward to all your loved ones.

Next week's Thanksgiving Day launches us into the annual holiday eating season. Food is an integral part of holiday festivities with the likes of roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green beans, mashed potatoes and of course, pumpkin pie!

Join us today as Leonard Smith, MD and I discuss just what happens in the body during a typical holiday "splurge" dinner. And join Monica and me later this week, when we'll present The Holiday Splurge Diet–practical tips to make this holiday season one that advances you and your family toward Super Health! Make it your goal this holiday eating season to incorporate The Holiday Splurge Diet into your lifestyle during the 2010 holiday season!

Here's to your SuperHealth!



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.


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