LivingFuel HealthAlerts - 2011 Archive 5

Dec. 30, 2011

High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Sugar

Blue Heron Health News

The food industry LOVES High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and for a good reason. It’s a very cheap sweetener that prolongs shelf life, prevents sugar from crystallizing in drinks, makes bakery goods look golden and delicious and has several great effects on frozen food.

There is only one small catch. According to many researchers, HFCS may be the main factor behind several deadly diseases and deaths. This includes, among others, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis and so much more.

Read the complete article here.


Dec. 29, 2011

Listening to Body Signals Aids Weight Loss

United Press International

Mastering mindful eating -- awareness of eating -- and stress-reduction techniques help prevent weight gain even without dieting, U.S. researchers say.

Jennifer Daubenmier and the Elissa Epel University of California, San Francisco, said the women involved in their study were not on calorie-counting diets. 

Instead, 24 of the 47 chronically stressed, overweight and obese women were randomly assigned to mindfulness training and practice. The other 23 served as a control group. No diets were prescribed, but all participants attended one session about the basics of healthy eating and exercise. 

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 21, 2011

Reduced Vitamin D Levels and Greater Risk of Dying

The results of a meta-analysis published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reaffirm an increased risk of all-cause mortality over follow-up periods ranging from 1.3 to 24 years in association with having reduced serum levels of vitamin D.

For their review, Sara Gandini of the European Institute of Oncology and her associates selected 14 prospective cohort studies in which serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels were determined for a total of 62,548 men and women with an average age of 45 to 80 years. Over the studies' varying follow-up periods, 5,562 deaths occurred.

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 20, 2011

High Blood Sugar Levels in Older Women Linked to Cancer


Elevated blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The findings, observed in nearly 5,000 postmenopausal women, appear in the November 29 online edition of the British Journal of Cancer. 

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S. 

Read more about the study here.


Dec. 19, 2011

AMD-like Lesions Delayed in Mice


Feeding older mice a lower glycemic index (GI) diet consisting of slowly-digested carbohydrates delays the onset of age-related, sight-threatening retinal lesions, according to a new study from the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University.


he researchers studied middle-aged and older mice that consumed either a higher or lower GI diet. Mice fed the lower GI diet developed fewer and less-severe age-related lesions in the retina than the mice fed the higher GI diet. The lesions included basal laminar deposits, which typically develop after age 60 in the human retina and are the earliest warning sign of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).


"To our knowledge, we have established the first mature, mammalian model indicating a delay in the development of AMD-like lesions as the result of a lower GI diet," says Allen Taylor, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the USDA HNRCA. "The only difference between the two groups of mice we studied is the GI of their meals, which suggests that diet alone is enough to accelerate or delay the formation of lesions. These results, coupled with similar observations made by our laboratory in earlier human epidemiologic studies imply that lower GI diets hold potential as an early intervention for preventing onset and progress of AMD."


Read more about the study here.



Dec. 13, 2011

Getting The Most Out Of Your Vegetables

Nicola Menke, dpa
Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

Berlin (dpa) - Vegetables are healthy foods bursting with vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, and they should be on everyone's plate every day. 

Each type of vegetable offers its own nutritive substances and people can cover their nutritional needs by eating a variety of them, said Silke Restemeyer of the German nutrition organization. Thus, an A (as in aubergine) to Z (as in zucchini) approach is best for getting the most out of the wide variety of vegetables. 
Nutritionists warn, however, that vegetables can lose a lot of their nutritional value when they are cooked. They agree that steaming is the best way to prepare them, but they also note that of the recommended five portions of vegetables and fruits a person should eat, at least one should be raw or in a salad. 

"Basically, uncooked vegetables are the richest in vital substances," said Restemeyer. 

Read more about the report here.


Dec. 12, 2011

Seaweed Fiber Improves Weight Loss In Men and Women

A doctoral thesis by Morten Georg Jensen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark concludes that alginate, a viscous fiber derived from brown seaweed, can improve weight loss when regularly consumed by overweight adults. "Over a three-year period, we have studied the effect of taking different alginate doses," Jensen reports. "We are able to demonstrate that the healthy subjects who took alginates and were also allowed to eat as much as they wanted felt less hungry and ate less than the subjects not drinking fiber drinks with alginates."

Read more about the report here.


Nov. 9, 2011

Cells' 'Neighborhood' Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY 

Exercise has given Lu-Ann Doria more energy, confidence and strength. It may also help her stay cancer-free, doctors say. 

Doria, 57, began working out for the first time three years ago, after recovering from breast cancer therapy. At first, she was so fatigued she had to nap before dance class. 
Now, Doria is exercising five days a week. She has tried step aerobics, a dance class called Zumba, even weightlifting. 

"I feel like I can do things; before, I was talking myself out of things," says Doria, of Rye, N.Y., who works with a personal trainer at the YMCA through a joint program with Livestrong for cancer survivors. 

Read more of the report here.


Nov. 9, 2011

Melatonin Prolongs Life In Animal Model- Huntington's Disease

An article published in the Journal of Neuroscience reveals the discovery of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School of a protective effect for melatonin against disease progression and premature death in a mouse model of Huntington's disease, an inherited disorder that results in involuntary movement, decreased intellectual function and other effects stemming from the loss of neurons in the brain due to a mutant protein. Melatonin is a hormone involved in sleep and immune function which has been found to be reduced in other neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 8, 2011

Tart Cherry Juice Improves Sleep Quality And Duration

Consuming tart cherry juice concentrate significantly improves both the quality and duration of sleep, according to a new UK study by scientists at Northumbria University. 

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 7, 2011

Resveratrol Mimics Calorie Restriction's Effects On Metabolism In Clinical Trial

Patrick Schrauwen of Maastricht University Medical Center and his associates report in the November, 2011 issue of Cell Metabolism that men supplementing with resveratrol experienced metabolic effects similar to those observed in animal studies of calorie restriction. Resveratrol is a compound that occurs in red grapes, wine and other plant foods. The current trial is the first to evaluate resveratrol's metabolic effects in humans.

In a randomized, crossover study, eleven healthy, obese men received a placebo and 150 milligrams trans-resveratrol for 30 days each. The treatment periods were separated by 30 day wash-out periods. Body mass index, whole-body energy expenditure, lipid storage, plasma markers of metabolic function and other values were measured before and after treatment.

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 3, 2011

Cholesterol Drugs Can Bring On Diabetes

(NaturalNews) Seven years after the American Diabetes Association urged all diabetics, regardless of whether or not they had high cholesterol, to take statin drugs because they "may have some other qualities that have not been tested," a new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that statin drugs actually cause diabetes.

The findings also confirm the general ineptitude of American disease and medical groups that continually push dangerous drugs on the public that have never been adequately verified for safety or effectiveness.

Read more about the study results here.


Nov. 2, 2011

High Fructose Feeding Induces Copper Deficiency

Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Dietary copper deficiency is associated with a variety of manifestations of the metabolic syndrome, including hyperlipidemia and fatty liver. Fructose feeding has been reported to exacerbate complications of copper deficiency. In this study, we investigated whether copper deficiency plays a role in fructose-induced fatty liver and explored the potential underlying mechanism(s).

Read more about the study here.


Nov. 1, 2011

Cutting Sugary Drinks May Cut Diabetes

United Press International 

Canadian and U.S. researchers say switching from sugar-sweetened beverages to water might reduce type 2 diabetes risk. 

Dr. Jean-Pierre Despres of the Universite Laval in Quebec, scientific director of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk, hosted a symposium on the findings and applications on the importance of healthful hydration in Bozeman, Mont. 

"Abdominal obesity is a powerful risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases," Despres said in a statement. "The epidemic prevalence achieved by abdominal obesity can be explained by our sedentary lifestyle and poor nutritional habits, among which an overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages plays a significant role." 

Read more about the research here.


Oct. 31, 2011

New Study Finds High Prevalence Of Osteopenia In Infants

Vitamin D Council

When we talk about T scores, osteopenia and osteoporosis, we assume we are talking about older people, especially post-menopausal women. However, a group of obstetricians and pediatricians from the University of Sienna, led by Dr. Franco Bagnoli, reported that 42% of infants have osteopenia.

Read more here.


Oct. 28, 2011

Prescription Drugs - More Deaths Than Traffic Accidents


Every 14 minutes, a person is killed by prescription drugs -- and unlike most other causes of preventable death, which have been on the decline for years, medication-induced deaths are on the upswing across the US. According to a recent analysis conducted by the Los Angeles Times (LA Times), drug-induced deaths have become so prevalent that their average yearly total now exceeds the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents.


Oct. 28, 2011

Surviving a Hospital Stay - Avoiding Deadly Medical Mistakes

Karen Garloch 
The Charlotte Observer, N.C. 

Joe and Teresa Graedon give lots of health care advice in their syndicated column, "The People's Pharmacy," and on their National Public Radio show by the same name. 

He's a pharmacologist, and she's a medical anthropologist. 

The Durham, N.C., residents have written more than 14 books on topics from herbal remedies to deadly drug interactions. 

They should know how to get the best medical care. 

But in 1996, Joe's 92-year-old mother, Helen, died as the result of errors made at Duke Hospital. 
Joe Graedon thought he had been a good advocate. He stayed by his mother's bedside and repeatedly told her caregivers that she couldn't tolerate morphine and other narcotics. But in the end, he said, "You have to trust the doctor." 

He felt guilty about not being able to protect her. But soon that guilt turned to action. 

Read more about the reporter here.


Oct. 27, 2011

Blueberry's Effects on Cholesterol Examined in Lab Animals


Blue Heron Health News


A new study has solidified blueberry’s standing as a top Superfood by finding that it has the ability to lower chronically high cholesterol levels. The study, conducted in animal models, found unequivocally that compounds in blueberries have anti-cholesterol abilities.



The study –conducted by scientists at the US Department of Agriculture—tested the effects of blueberry peels on blood cholesterol in a group of hamsters. They found that blueberries lowered “bad” LDL cholesterol by an impressive 27 percent. Also, the hamster’s levels of even-worse VLDL cholesterol significantly decreased as well. The scientists guess that blueberry’s high levels of antioxidants are likely responsible for their cholesterol-lowering effects.


Read more about the story here.


Oct. 26, 2011

Omega-3 Fatty Acids In Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

This study aims to demonstrate the effect of omega-3 fatty acids (ω-3 FAs) supplements on the clinical manifestations, laboratory investigations, disease activity, functional capacity, response criteria as well as interleukin-1 (IL-1) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) levels in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients. 

Read more about the study here.

Oct. 26, 2011

Stressful Life Linked To Earlier Death

United Press International 

Men with persistently moderate or high levels of stressful events over several years have a 50 percent higher mortality rate than others, U.S. researchers say. 

Lead author Carolyn Aldwin of Oregon State University and colleagues used longitudinal data surveying almost 1,000 middle-class and working-class men from 1985 to 2003. All were picked because they had good health when they first signed up in the 1960s. 

"Being a teetotaler and a smoker were risk factors for mortality," Aldwin said in a statement. "So perhaps trying to keep your major stress events to a minimum, being married and having a glass of wine every night is the secret to a long life." 

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 25, 2011

Significant Potential For Omega-3 Fatty Acids With Arthritis

Writing in the September, 2011 issue of the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, British researchers report the results of an animal experiment which found that omega-3 fatty acids reduced many of the signs of osteoarthritis. "This study is the first to look at both cartilage and subchondral bone changes with increased dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids," John Tarlton of the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences and his colleagues announce.

Dr Tarlton's team compared the effect of a standard high omega-6 diet containing corn oil or a diet enhanced with fish oil, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, in a breed of guinea pigs that naturally develop arthritis. An arthritis-resistant breed of guinea pigs was used as controls. The animals received the diets for 20 weeks, after which cartilage, bone and blood factors were examined for signs of the disease.

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 24, 2011

Antiviral Effect Of Catechins In Green Tea On Influenza Virus

Green tea has been shown to contain multiple polyphenolic compounds that demonstrate anti-viral properties by inhibiting viral RNA synthesis, among other mechanisms of action. 

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 21, 2011

Synthetic Alpha Tocopherol Increases Prostate Cancer Risk?

Life Extension

Recently, the media vilified vitamin E based on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The problem is the form of vitamin E used in this negative study is not the same as what serious supplement users take. Life Extension® was so outraged by the way this study was carried out that we predicted ahead of time in writing that it would fail. By displacing gamma tocopherol, we feared that high doses of alpha tocopherol could increase cancer risks. 

Read more about this special report here.


Oct. 21, 2011

10 Ways to Stay Young

Wina Sturgeon 
Mclatchy-Tribune News Service

Why are some people youthful long after middle age? Why are some 50-year-olds able to hang out as equals, physically and mentally, with people who are in their 20's and 30's? 
It isn't a matter of age denial; it's a technique of age prevention. Learning the basics of keeping age away comes down to some simple tips, according to Jim Walker, the Sports Science Director at the Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH), in Murray, Utah. "You can't stop aging, but you can slow it down," said Walker, who has a Ph.D. in physiology.

The internationally known scientist has a list of important tips that will help you stay more youthful. Click here to read his top 10.


Oct. 20, 2011

Dangers and Unreliability of Mammography

Samuel S. Epstein, Rosalie Bertell, and Barbara Seaman

International Journal of Health Services,

Mammography screening is a profit-driven technology posing risks compounded by unreliability. In striking contrast, annual clinical breast examination (CBE) by a trained health professional, together with monthly breast self-examination (BSE), is safe, at least as effective, and low in cost. International programs for training nurses how to perform CBE and teach BSE are critical and overdue.

Contrary to popular belief and assurances by the U. S. media and the cancer establishment- the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and American Cancer Society (ACS)- mammography is not a technique for early diagnosis. In fact, a breast cancer has usually been present for about eight years before it can finally be detected. Furthermore, screening should be recognized as damage control, rather than misleadingly as "secondary prevention."


Oct. 18, 2011

Changing the Way US Physicians Assess Breast Cancer Risk

Genetic Technologies Limited (ASX: GTG, NASDAQ: GENE) today reported early insights from the US regional launch of BREVAGen, its new, easy-to-use, predictive risk test for the tens of millions of women at intermediate risk of developing breast cancer. The Company's US-based subsidiary, Phenogen Sciences Inc., ( began its progressive roll-out of BREVAGen to obstetricians and gynecologists in eight metropolitan areas in the third quarter of 2011, with anticipated territory expansion in the coming months. BREVAGen is the first clinically validated breast cancer predictive risk assessment tool that combines a woman's genetic information with clinical data to assist physicians in developing personalized risk management plans.

Mr. Lewis J. Stuart, President of Phenogen Sciences Inc., said "The early response to BREVAGen has been positive, particularly in those practices with a strong orientation toward breast cancer prevention. We are adjusting the way physicians think about breast cancer risk and how it relates to all women, not just those with known high-risk genes. While this requires additional education, BREVAGen has been designed to fit nicely into current clinical risk assessment guidelines, simplifying in-office implementation of the test."

Read more about the story here.


Oct. 13, 2011

Natural Treatments for High Blood Pressure

A dynamic duo of natural treatments for high blood pressure–the DASH Diet and the supplement CoQ10 are more effective than any blood pressure lowering medication on the market, reports a team of docs from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

In their paper, the doctors looked at the available evidence for natural treatments for hypertension –a heart disease risk factor that afflicts 1 billion of the world’s population. 

They found that the DASH diet –a diet that emphasizes intake of low-fat dairy and fresh produce—trumped any drug. Additionally, the supplement CoQ10 was also found to be effective at reducing blood pressure quickly and safely. Importantly, the paper notes that these two natural approaches are “usually harmless.”

Read more about the study research here.


Oct. 11, 2011

How To Eat Just The Right Amount

Bae Ji-sook, The Korea Herald, Seoul / Asia News Network 
Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

Have you ever kept eating even when you are full? 

Overeating can cause not only weight gain but also gastroesophageal reflux, which can damage the internal organs. 

Prof. Kim Jong-gab of Konkuk University Institute of Body Culture Study said people nowadays are more likely to overeat than in the past. 

"Eating is one of the most intimate things. You feel the food on the lips and in the stomach. As society has become more competitive than ever, people try to substitute their solitude and desire for soft touches from others with foods felt in the mouth and stomach," he said. 

Read more about the report here.


Oct. 10, 2011

Walnuts May Help Lower Breast Cancer Risk

United Press International

Mice that ate a modest amount of walnuts as part of their regular diet had a significant decline in breast cancer risk, U.S. researchers say. 

Study leader by Elaine Hardman of Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine compared the effects of a typical diet and a diet containing walnuts across the lifespan of the mice -- through the mother from conception through weaning and by eating the food directly. 

The amount of walnut in the test diet was equal to about 2 ounces a day for humans, Hardman said. 

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 8, 2011

Pea Protein May Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension), defined as having a systolic and diastolic pressure greater than 140 and 90 mmHg, respectively, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death in developed nations. Rotimi E. Aluko, from the University of Manitoba (Canada), and colleagues extracted a protein from the yellow garden pea and manufactured a purified extract. The team fed rats genetically predisposed to hypertension the protein extract at doses of 100 and 200 mg per kg of body weight, which resulted in a 19 mmHg drop in systolic blood pressure. 

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 7, 2011

Higher Lignan Levels Improve Breast Cancer Survival

In an article published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, German researchers report that high serum levels of enterolactone, a biomarker of lignan intake, are associated with a significantly greater chance of surviving postmenopausal breast cancer in comparison with having low levels. Lignans are phytoestrogen compounds found in flax and other seeds, in addition to vegetables and wheat. These compounds are converted in the colon to enterolactone, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream.

Serum enterolactone levels were measured in blood samples obtained between 2002 to 2005 from 1,140 postmenopausal women with breast cancer. Incidences of tumor metastasis or patient death were documented over a 6.1 median follow-up period.

Read more about the research here.


Oct. 6, 2011

Fruit and Vegetables May Target Cancer In Different Parts Of The Colon

In the October, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Australian researchers report the outcome of a study which suggests site-specific protective effects of various fruits and vegetables against the risk of colorectal cancer. The finding may help explain inconsistent results from other studies which sought to examine the effects of plant foods against the disease.

Lin Fritschi, PhD and colleagues at the University of Western Australia compared 918 colorectal cancer patients to 1,021 controls who had no history of the disease. Questionnaires completed by the participants were analyzed for the frequency of consumption of 38 different vegetables and fruits.

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 5, 2011

Blueberry Consumption Reduces Growth of Breast Cancer


In several studies recently conducted at the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope, Duarte, CA researchers found that feeding blueberry powder to mice significantly reduced the growth and spread of triple negative breast cancer cells, a very aggressive form of cancer. Triple negative breast cancer accounts for 10 to 15% of all breast cancer cases and is highly resistant to traditional chemotherapy treatments. The results of this research led by Dr. Lynn Adams, in the laboratory of Dr. Shiuan Chen, are published in the October 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. 

In their research, the team fed groups of mice specially formulated diets containing 5% freeze-dried blueberry powder, 10% blueberry powder or a control diet containing no blueberry powder. All three diets had a similar nutrient composition and the animals ate and drank about the same amount regardless of group. The human equivalent of the 5% diet is about 2 cups of fresh highbush blueberries per day. 

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 4, 2011

Lower Incidence Of Hypertension And Greater Omega-3

A recent issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine published the findings of American researchers of a reduction in the incidence of high blood pressure in men and women who consumed higher amounts of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish. While the cardiovascular benefits of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (which include EPA and DHA) are well known, the current research sought to determine potential interactions with the body's levels of selenium and mercury, elements that also occur in fish.

The current study involved 4,508 men and women enrolled in 1985 in the ongoing Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Dr Ka He of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and colleagues utilized responses to dietary questionnaires conducted upon enrollment and at the seven and twenty year follow-up examinations to determine average omega-3 fatty acid intake. Blood pressure was measured at all six follow-up visits, and incidences of high blood pressure or initiation of antihypertensive medication were noted. Selenium and mercury levels were determined by measuring the amounts contained in toenail clippings collected in 1987.

Read more about the study here.


Oct. 4, 2011

[Study] Vitamin E Variant Lessens Harm from X-RAYS

Asia Pulse Pte Ltd 

A member of the vitamin E family can reduce the harm from exposure to X-rays, according to an animal study by a joint research team from Fukuoka University and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences. 

Mice given a substance related to gamma-tocopherol, which is extracted from sources like soybeans and corn, were far more likely to survive heavy exposure to X-radiation -- a result suggesting that the substance may also protect humans exposed to X-rays from inspection and medical diagnostic equipment. The research team thus aims to partner with a drug company and move forward on commercial development. 

The substance becomes active vitamin E once ingested or otherwise administered. 

Read more about the study here.


Sept. 30, 2011

Meta-analysis Affirms Efficacy for Zinc Lozenges

The outcome of a meta-analysis published online in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal concludes that zinc lozenges are beneficial in reducing the length of the common cold if the mineral is available in sufficient quantities.

For the review, Dr Harri Hemilä of the University of Helsinki selected thirteen placebo-controlled trials examining the effects of zinc lozenges on cold duration. Three trials tested zinc acetate and five trials tested other forms of zinc in daily doses of greater than 75 milligrams. The remaining five trials evaluated the use of lozenges that contained lower doses of the mineral.

Read more about the report here.


Sept. 30, 2011

10 Ways To Make Better Decisions About Cancer Care 

ANN ARBOR, Michigan - Talking with doctors about cancer and cancer treatments can feel like learning a new language, and people facing cancer diagnoses often need help to understand their treatment options, and the risks and benefits of each choice. 

"People are making life and death decisions that may affect their survival and they need to know what they're getting themselves into. Cancer treatments and tests can be serious. Patients need to know what kind of side effects they might experience as a result of the treatment they undergo," says Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D, associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher (see also University of Michigan Health System). 

Fagerlin and colleagues have published a commentary in the Journal of the National Cancer Ins***ute that outlines 10 things health care professionals can do to improve the way they communicate information about treatment risks to patients. Here, they explain how patients can tap into these same best practices to become fluent in the language of cancer care and better understand their options. 

Read more about this report here.


Sept. 29, 2011

Is Butter Better?

For many years, butter was replaced by margarine on the menus of health-conscious consumers. But like many dietary taboos, that’s beginning to change. A little butter is better than the fake stuff, says Daily Health News contributing medical editor Andrew L. Rubman, ND. Butter is a natural food that supports good health, while margarine is a processed product chemically fashioned from refined polyunsaturated oils. Don’t take this as license to drench your vegetables in pools of butter or slather it on your toast with abandon -- but unless you have health challenges such as a serious digestive or metabolic disorder, Dr. Rubman says to go ahead and use the real thing!

Read more of Dr. Rubman's report here.


Sept. 29, 2011

Protecting Your DNA from Lethal Mutations

Even doctors have a hard time understanding that most cancers are caused by mutations in genes that regulate cell division. 

Mutagens come from a variety of sources, including tobacco smoke and environmental pollutants. The number-one cancer-causing mutagen, however, is our diet. 

Fortunately, scientists have identified new methods to detoxify and minimize the impact of these mutagens on our genes.

Read more about the report here.


Sept. 28, 2011

Natural Methods to Prevent and Treat Kidney Stones

(NaturalNews) The excruciating pain of passing a kidney stone usually makes sufferers go to the hospital. In most cases, physicians aren't able to do much except send the patient home with a prescription for painkillers. In instances where a stone is particularly large, doctors use shock waves to break the stone into pieces small enough to pass through the urethra. Either way, the patient incurs the usual outsize bill that goes with any emergency room visit.

Rather than experience first-hand why the saying "harder than passing a kidney stone" has become a common way to describe an agonizing experience, you may want to take adjust your diet to avoid the formation of these mineral deposits comprised of calcium, uric acid or the amino acid cysteine.


Sept. 28, 2011

Pancreatic Cancer Linked to Sodas?

Drinking as little as two soft drinks a week appears to nearly double the risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

''People who drank two or more soft drinks a week had an 87% increased risk -- or nearly twice the risk -- of pancreatic cancer compared to individuals consuming no soft drinks," says study lead author Noel T. Mueller, MPH, a research associate at the Cancer Control Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Read morea about the study here.


Sept. 27, 2011

Federal Government Pays Out Vaccine Autism Compensation

NaturalNews) The USA National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program to relieve the vaccine industry from liability for extreme vaccine injuries. Most claims have been rejected. But enough claims have been awarded to indicate the government's secret awareness of the link between a vaccine and autism while publicly denying it.


Sept. 27, 2011

Aging Eyes Linked to Sleepless Nights, New Study Shows 

DARIEN, IL - A natural yellowing of the eye lens that absorbs blue light has been linked to sleep disorders in a group of test volunteers, according to a study in the journal Sleep. As this type of lens discoloration worsened with age, so did the risk of insomnia.

"The strong link between lens yellowing and age could help explain why sleep disorders become more frequent with increasing age," said Line Kessel, M.D., Ph.D., the study's lead author. 

Read more about the study here.


Sept. 26, 2011

10 Prenatal Super Foods

Kristin Koch 
Mclatchy-Tribune News Service. 

These powerful eats pack plenty of nutrients to keep mom-to-be and baby healthy through pregnancy - and beyond. 


What it's got: Whether you like them fried, scrambled, hard-boiled or served as an omelet, eggs are the gold standard for prenatal protein. They also happen to be a great source of folate, iron and choline. 
Why it's good for both of you: Not only are eggs a relatively cheap, versatile and convenient source of protein, but they contain choline too. Never heard of that last one? Choline is critical to fetal brain development and reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. But to reap the benefits, you'll have to eat the whole thing (so forget the egg-whites-only order); choline is contained in the yolk. If your cravings are more for a burger than eggs Benedict, you're in luck - there's also choline in beef. Bonus: Give baby a brain boost by buying eggs fortified with omega-3s. 

Read about all 10 prenatal super foods here.


Sept. 23, 2011

Antioxidant Vitamins May Reduce Death Risks

Antioxidants are compounds that are capable of neutralizing free radical damage in cells, and may help to prevent oxidative-stress related diseases. Researchers involved in the Heidelberg cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Heidelberg) analyzed data collected on 23,943 participants without pre-existing cancer and myocardial infarction/stroke at baseline, with vitamin/mineral supplementation assessed at baseline and during follow-up. After an average follow-up time of 11 years, 1,101 deaths were documented (cancer deaths = 513 and cardiovascular deaths = 264). The team observed that subjects who consumed antioxidant vitamin supplements had a significantly reduced risk of cancer mortality, as well as all-cause mortality.

Read more about the study here.


Sept. 21, 2011

Civil Rights Group Opposes Water Fluoridation

(NaturalNews) The days of artificial water fluoridation truly are numbered, and this has been made even more evident by yet another prominent group that has come out in strong opposition to the heinous practice. The Fluoride Action Network (FAN), a truth about fluoride advocacy group, reports that the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the US, recently adopted a resolution decrying water fluoridation as a civil rights abuse.

The resolution declares that adding fluoride to water supplies is essentially an illegal mass medication of the public. It also mentions the many current scientific studies that highlight the dangers of ingesting fluoride, particularly among those with pre-existing health conditions -- and that public health authorities have ignored this science in favor of their unscientific, pro-fluoride agenda.

Read more about the report here.


Sept. 16, 2011

Exercise Helps to Prevent Brain Changes Due to Inflammation

Previously, research has shown that exercise after brain injury can help the repair mechanisms. This new study shows that exercise before the onset of damage modifies the brain environment in such a way that the neurons are protected from severe insults. Jean Harry, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (North Carolina, USA), and colleagues used an experimental model of brain damage, in which mice are exposed to a chemical that destroys the hippocampus, an area of the brain which controls learning and memory. 

Read more about the study here.


Sept. 15, 2011

Regular Physical Activity Alleviates Arthritis Symptoms

While a number of studies suggest a substantial therapeutic role for physical activity in alleviating the symptoms of osteoarthritis, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Illinois, USA) researchers warn that more than half of women and 40% of men with arthritis are virtually couch potatoes. Postulating that physical activity can help people with arthritis better control and lower pain and improve general function; and that some studies indicate exercise may delay or even prevent disability in people with arthritis, Dorothy Dunlop and colleagues asked 1,111 adults with knee osteoarthritis, ages 49 to 84 years, to wear an accelerometer---a small, sophisticated device that looks like a pedometer---to measure their physical activity for one week during waking hours.

Read more about the study here.


Sept. 12, 2011

Dietary Deficiencies Related to Commonly Used Medications

The Sacramento Bee 

Dietary deficiencies are a significant problem in the United States, especially when fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthy foods are eaten in limited quantities. A study published in 2005 showed that many Americans were not meeting the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowances for a number of nutrients: 73 percent of people were not getting enough zinc in their diets, 65 percent were deficient in calcium intake, 62 percent were low in magnesium, 56 percent in vitamin A and 54 percent in vitamin B6, to name a few. 

Persistent nutrient deficiencies can increase the risk of chronic illness, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, anemia and neurologic symptoms. 

A new concern in health care is that, on top of already marginal nutrient intake for some people, nutrient depletion is worsened by some of the common medications taken by many Americans.

Read more of the report here.


Sept. 7, 2011

Vitamin D May Slash Diabetes Risk

by Stephen Daniells

Increased intakes of vitamin D are associated with a 13 percent reduction in the risk of diabetes, says a new meta-analysis.

According to data published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, intakes greater than 500 International Units (IU) per day were associated with a 13 percent reduction in the risk of type-2 diabetes.

Read more about the study here.


Sept. 6, 2011

Institute of Medicine Report About Vaccine Health Dangers

(NaturalNews) The Institute of Medicine, which has long functioned as a front group for the pharmaceutical industry and receives tens of millions of dollars in annual funding from drug companies and global elitists (like Bill Gates, Ted Turner, etc.), has issued a report that declares the MMR vaccine is not linked to autism. This is now being widely reported in the conventional (controlled) media, which isn't telling you the real story behind this report.

What's the real story? That this IOM report, even though it goes out of its way to excuse vaccines and dismiss safety concerns, still openly admits that vaccines cause measles, febrile seizures, anaphylactic shock and other potentially fatal side effects. It also admits that other vaccines are linked to a whole host of bizarre side effects, including skin lesions, difficulty breathing and live virus infections.


Sept. 5, 2011

Be Good to Your Back, Properly Address Aches, Pains

The Commercial Appeal 

What you should know 

Our backs get a lot of wear and tear throughout life. As youths we might have endured sports injuries, jolts from jumping, or accidents. As we age, many of us also have back deterioration from arthritis, poor posture, tension, or diseases such as diabetes or cancer. More than half of people older than 65 have some arthritis. 

General fitness is vital for good back health. Good muscle tone in the abdomen and tissue around the spine is especially important. Risks of spine problems increase if a person weighs too little or too much or has had a poor diet lacking calcium and vitamin D. Many experts also think smoking and excess alcohol can harm our spines. 

Read more about the report here.
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