Archive for September, 2010

DHA Deficiency Linked to Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Byron J. Richards, CCN

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is the most important fatty acid that your brain uses to build and sustain your brain cell networks.  If it is present in brain cell membranes then brain cells work better.  If it is lacking then brain cell health deteriorates.  The researchers proved that DHA present in brain cells was associated with better cognitive function and that a lack of DHA in key brain regions was associated with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.  Furthermore, they discovered that a liver defect was present in Alzheimer’s patients that prevented them from making DHA out of shorter-length basic omega 3 oils (Alpha-linolenic acid like flax oil).

DHA can be obtained in the diet from cold water fish and from animal products wherein the animals grazed on grass.  Grass contains alpha-linolenic acid which is converted to DHA during digestion and then stored in animal fat (or present in dairy products).  There is no DHA in vegetable sources, meaning that you have to convert basic omega 3 oil into the longer length DHA oil.  This process appears not to work in Alzheimer’s patients.

Clearly the best strategy to guard against this problem is to take already formed DHA supplements as well as consuming dietary DHA (which is not always easy to get).

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Antibiotics Proven to Alter Digestive Flora

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Byron Richards, CCN

The new tools of science are not friendly to the inept practices of Western medicine.  Using advanced genomic analysis of stool samples researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have clearly proven that the commonly prescribed antibiotic Cipro can alter the ecological balance of power in the digestive tract, setting the stage for all manner of future health problems.

The study showed that a single five-day course of Cipro could induce problems.  However, two courses over a 10 month period were adequate to adverse changes.

“Ecologists have found that an ecosystem, such as a wildlife refuge, that is quite capable of rebounding from even huge occasional perturbations—forest fire, volcanic eruption, pests—may yet be undone by too rapid a series of such perturbations,” said Les Dethlefsen, PhD, a research scientist in Relman’s lab and the study’s first author. “In the same way, recurring antibiotic use may produce a cumulative effect on our internal microbial ecosystems with potentially debilitating, if as yet unpredictable, consequences.”

This problem has been obvious to anyone in the alternative health field as well as to millions of patients who have had their health altered by repeated antibiotic administration.  Western medicine operates on the assumption that a germ is the cause of disease and anything done to eradicate a germ is preventing disease, and that one’s body will simply bounce back and return to normal after their treatments.  This study shows that the common use of antibiotics alters intestinal health in a way that produces future disease and poor health.

When the balance of power within the digestive tract is disturbed then beneficial function of various bacteria is blunted and the risk for pathogenic bacteria that induce ongoing poor health is increased.  Antibiotics encourage the overgrowth of normally friendly organisms, like Candida albicans, which can turn one’s digestive tract into a constant source of problems that lead to immune dysfunction, autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, asthma, weight gain, and many other health problems.

The Western medical pill-pushing establishment needs a serious re-evaluation of their purported creed to “first do no harm.”

Anyone who legitimately needs an antibiotic should always follow that treatment with at least a supplement of friendly flora and may need to do a more comprehensive recovery of their digestive health.

Probiotics Can Block Alergies

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Probiotics actually manufacture enzymes to help give your body a fighting chance against allergens.

Big Pharma would rather have you take decongestants which in the long run actually increase nasal congestion. And antihistamines can cause sleepiness, stomach upset or pain, headaches, rapid heartbeat and dry mouth.

Studies found in the Journal of Nutrition back the support of using probiotics.

Check it out.

Herbs, Omega-3s Can Save Millions in Healthcare

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

An Australian study has found herbal preparations and omega-3s are effective treatments against an array of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and depression and could save the country more than $220m every year.

The researchers found omega-3s were effective against heart disease and that St John’s wort could save $50m annually in anti-depression pharma spending, but said more work in standardising the preparation was required.

An osteoarthritis herbal blend called Phytodolor was highlighted as having the potential to save $178m yearly if those taking non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) switch to it.

The report – ‘Cost effectiveness of complementary medicines’ – was conducted by Access Economics for the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at the University of Western Sydney (UWS).

And now our U. S. Congress is considering bills to “outlaw” food supplements and only let big pharma sell them as prescription drugs which would bring the costs back up.

Blueberries in the News Again

Monday, September 13th, 2010

More and more people are consuming blueberries following results that support a wide range of health benefits, especially for brain health and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Now a new study has shown that obese, non-diabetic, and insulin-resistant participants who consumed a blueberry smoothie daily for six weeks experienced a 22 percent change in insulin sensitivity, compared to only 4.9 percent in the placebo group which was published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Eat those blueberries.

Green Tea May Protect DNA from Damage

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Drinking green tea every day for a month may protect against damage at genetic levels.

The British Journal of Nutrition found a 20 percent reduction in levels of DNA damage. This every growing body of science supports the potential benefits of green tea and the polyphenolic compounds it contains. Hundreds of studies report that green tea may reduce the risk of certain cancers, aid weight management, and protect against Alzheimer’s.

Green tea contains between 30 and 40 percent of water-extractable polyphenols, while black tea (green tea that has been oxidized by fermentation) contains between 3 and 10 percent., Sept. 3, 2010

Greater Vitamin K Intake/Lower Diabetes Risk

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The journal of Diabetes Care found an association between the intake of both phylloquinone (vitamin K1) and menaquinones (vitamins K2) with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at University Medical Center Utrecht analyzed data from 38,094 Dutch participants in the EPIC study cohort over a median time of 10.3 years. Those men and women who were in the top 25% of vitamin K1 intake had a 19% lower risk of developing diabetes.

Greater consumption of vitamin K2 also showed improved blood lipids and reduced levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.

Life Extension, August 2010, p.19

Crawly Cuisine

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) is working on a policy to promote insects as food worldwide. Beetles, crickets and many other types are very nutritious. A serving of small grasshoppers has almost the same protein as ground beef. Also, insects can be farmed more cheaply and on much less land. At least a 1,000 species are already part of the human diet. Mexicans liquefy stinkbugs for sauces, Thais deep-fry giant water bugs.

For example, 100 grams of giant water bugs yields 62 calories, 19.8 grams of protein, plus phosphorus, iron, calcium and carbohydrates.

Health, National Geographic, September 2010