Archive for October, 2010

Mental Retardation in Children

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The leading cause of mental retardation in children is fetal alcohol syndrome. A single exposure at a critical time — one binge — can damage the fetal brain permanently. And the worst time is the third trimester, when the brain swells with an amazing growth spurt.

We’re learning about glia cells (what has been referred to as gray matter in the brain) and how alcohol can cause damage by misrouting the intoxicated glia. The brain then becomes malformed.

I’m not sure of the best way to to educate women who are pregnant that even social drinking can cause their child to become mentally retarded. But I’m asking you my audience to help get this message out.

The Other Brain, Douglas Fields, Ph.D. pp. 205-6

Minerals

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

We hear a lot about vitamins these days but we don’t hear as much about minerals. Even though our body takes a much smaller percentage of minerals they are just as important for our health.

As with most other nutrients, minerals must be transported from the small intestine into the portal vein, flowing through the liver before becoming available to other tissues and cells throughout the body. The binding of minerals to fiber and other compounds that are ingested with the minerals (including those with the tablets containing them) can interfere with this assimilation process.

For example calcium is the most popular mineral supplement on the market, yet certain forms of calcium tablets are often poorly absorbed by the digestive system of older people because of insufficient stomach acid.

Companies only interested in selling “pills” often make an inferior brand of supplement. And it seems that these companies give the pharmaceutical companies reasons to regulate food supplements.

I use Life Extension as one source for my supplements because they make quality supplements. You make sure you get quality supplements to get optimum benefit for your money.

Probiotics show IBS benefits for children: Study

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

A ‘high-potency’ lactic acid bacteria supplement may ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in children, says a new study that echoes results from adult studies.

A daily dose of VSL Pharmaceuticals VSL#3 branded probiotic was found to reduce measures of abdominal pain and discomfort and levels of bloating and gassiness, according to findings published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

“There is evidence that some probiotics […] have a beneficial role in the dietary management of children and teenagers suffering with IBS,” said Stefano Guandalini, MD, lead researcher and professor at the University of Chicago. “This has the potential to make a real difference for kids who suffer from pain, bloating and discomfort of IBS.”

The precise numbers of IBS suffers in the US are not known, as many people (adults and children) with mild symptoms do not consult a physician, but it is believed to be between 15 and 30 million.

The long-term condition, from which more women suffer than men, involves abdominal discomfort accompanied by diarrhoea or constipation. Although it is not life threatening and dose not lead to other, more serious health conditions, IBS is untreatable. At present, intervention involves management of symptoms.

Furthermore, when it comes to managing IBS in children very little is known about dietary approaches, according to the Chicago-based scientists.

By Stephen Daniells, 20-Aug-2010 http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com

Dark chocolate may reduce cholesterol levels in diabetics

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

a small trial – but promising

By Helen Glaberson

Dark chocolate could reduce cholesterol levels for people with diabetes, according to recent findings from a university study.

Researchers from the University of Hull and the Hull York Medical School claim that cholesterol levels fell in the group of 12 diabetics who were given 45g of dark chocolate bars rich in polyphenols.

“This study demonstrates that it can offer a potential reduction in cardiovascular risk without detrimental risks on weight, insulin resistance or glycaemic control,” said Steve Atkin, Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology, who led the research.

The findings were published in Diabetic Medicine earlier this week and, according to the university, is the first study to report on the effects of giving chocolate to individuals with Type 2 diabetes over a period of 16 weeks.

However, a spokesperson for the research team told ConfectioneryNews.com that this had been a small trial and that the results should not be over interpreted: “This is the first study of its kind in subjects with diabetes, so further work to establish the effect in a larger number of patients will be required before this could be recommended to all patients.”

Multivitamin use linked to fewer heart attacks for women

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

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.

Major Blood Pressure Discovery Offers Immediate Solutions

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Byron Richards, CCN

British researchers using state-of-the-art x-ray technology have identified the primary reason blood pressure elevates in the first place.  A key regulatory protein that regulates blood pressure, angiotensinogen, is damaged or oxidized by free radicals.  This leads to a chain of events that are the source of the elevation of blood pressure.  The significance of this discovery to human health and cardiovascular disease cannot be understated.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The FDA is trying to fast-track approval of genetically engineered salmon and has brought a lot of attention to GMOs

“GMO-Free” was the fastest growing claim for store brands in 2009; it’s now the fifth fastest overall health and wellness claim.

Being guided by big money, the FDA doesn’t care about the consumer. But there is good news. Consumers are in control. GMOs don’t offer a single consumer benefit. If just a small number of shoppers would stop buying products containing them, they’d be dropped by food companies.

Look at what happened in Europe in 1999. The biotech industry was projecting that GMO seed would replace 95 percent of commercial seeds within five years.  But when a gag order was lifed on a top scientist who discovered GMO health dangers, a media firestorm began. Ten weeks and 750 articles later, most European food companies had committed to stop using GM ingredients.

In the United States, consumers force GM bovine growth hormone (rbGH) out of most dairy products and dairy cases, including Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Dannon, and Yoplait.

The tipping point was the reaction of health-conscious shoppers, especially parents, who shop at natural product stores.

This same demographic can push out GMOs. Experts estimate only about 5 percent of non-GMO shoppers are needed in the United States to achieve the tipping point.

You can do you part to make our food safer.

Information from Jeffrey M. Smith

Jeffrey M. Smith, Seeds of Deception, is the world’s bestselling and number one book rated on this subject.

Antibiotics and Weight Gain

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Antibiotics cause weight gain. Although the prescription med may seem innocent in killing infections they are not innocent.

People in agricultural know that giving antibiotics to farm animals result in massive weight gain. Livestock owners routinely put low doses of antibiotics in their animal’s feed to change their metabolism and improve weight gain.

Any antibiotics you take in whether by prescription or through the meat you eat can cause you to retain fat.

We may not be able to stop taking antibiotics prescribed by doctors but we can cut out antibiotic fed meat.

It’s your health.

Organic produce

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Organic produce tastes better and is healthier than commercially cultivated produce.

It contains higher levels of vitamins C and A, antioxidants and essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium and chromium. And since these nutrients are from a natural food source they are in a more readily usable form for your body.  They get absorbed.

Organic produce has no synthetic additives that are linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, migraines, ADHD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

It also has no residue from the more than 500 chemical pesticides routinely used in conventional farming, some of which are neurotoxins, disrupt your endocrine system and can cause reproductive abnormalities.  That means that non-organic produce, like any food that is doused with various chemicals can make you sterile, as in not able to make babies.  Don’t doubt it.  Sterility among couples today is at an all time high.

Also, organic crops are not and cannot, by law, be made from genetically modified crops.  So you get real food, not stuff dreamed up in a lab.

Sherry Brescia, Holistic Blends Inc., Syracuse, NY 13209

How About Your Health?

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Our young people are suffering from digestive illnesses today. It’s unnecessary and avoidable. Kids today are suffering from acid reflux and teens with IBS and diverticulitis. Even toddlers are showing up with chronic constipation.

The food conglomerates and Big Pharma love it. It gives a whole new clientele of medicine-dependent patients to Big Pharma.

Stop! Think about it. This is a relatively new development in the history of U. S. citizens. This was rare just a few years ago.

Look at all the chemicals we are taking with this processed food. And the cattle are fed herbicide/insecticide, chemically altered food. And this passes on to us the consumer.

What can we do about it.

First we can tell the FDA we want REAL food. We want to be dealt honestly with the distributors. The Coop where I buy much of my food was told the chickens were range fed – and then there was the half-billion egg recall.

Secondly, we can take standardized food supplements. For example, in Minnesota where I live we don’t get enough vitamin D from the except for a couple summer months. If you’re a stain drug you want to be sure to take Coenzyme Q-10 which is drained from our system by the station drug. And as we grow older our bodies don’t produce as much Co Q-10.

Thirdly, find a doctor who is familiar with and ready to use alternative ways of restoring your health.

It’s your health. It’s your child. Take charge of your life.