Archive for March, 2011

You Can Change Your Genes

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Sweden’s northernmost county, Norrbotten, averages only six people per square mile. Yet this tiny population reveals a lot about genes and how they work in our everyday lives.

In the 1980s, Dr. Lars Olov Bygren, a preventative-health specialist became interested in how “feast and famine” effected children growing up in that area. His studies showed that children who overate in the good years died 32 years sooner than those who grew up and endured a poor harvest.

The answer lies with the new science epigenetics. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity that do not involve alterations to the genetic code but still get passed down to at least one successive generation. These patterns of gene expression are governed by the cellular material – the epigenome – that sits on top of the genome. It is through epigenetic marks that environmental factors like diet, stress and prenatal nutrition can make an imprint on genes that is passed from one generation to the next.

Epigenetics brings both good news and bad.

First the bad news: there’s evidence that lifestyle choices like smoking and eating too much can change the epigenetic marks atop your DNA in ways the caused the genes for obesity to express themselves too strongly and the genes for longevity to express themselves too weakly. We all know that you can cut your life short if you smoke or overeat, but it’s becoming clear that those same bad behaviors can also predispose your kids – before they are even conceived – to disease and early death.

Now the good news: scientists are learning to manipulate epigenetic marks in the lab, which means they are developing drugs that treat illness simply by silencing bad genes and jump-starting good ones.

So take care in how you live.

By John Cloud, Jan. 06, 2010; Time, Health & Science

Relaxation and Immunity Enhancement Effects of GABA

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The effect of orally administrated γ -Aminobutyric acid (GABA) on relaxation and immunity during stress has been investigated in humans. Two studies were conducted. The first evaluated the effect of GABA intake by 13 subjects on their brain waves. Electroencephalograms (EEG) were obtained after 3 tests on each volunteer as follows: intake only water, GABA, or L-theanine. After 60 minutes of administration, GABA significantly increases alpha waves and decreases beta waves compared to water or L-theanine. These findings denote that GABA not only induces relaxation but also reduces anxiety. The second study was conducted to see the role of relaxant and anxiolytic effects of GABA intake on immunity in stressed volunteers.

Eight acrophobic subjects were divided into 2 groups (placebo and GABA). All subjects were crossing a suspended bridge as a stressful stimulus. Immunoglobulin A (IgA) levels in their saliva were monitored during bridge crossing. Placebo group showed marked decrease of their IgA levels, while GABA group showed significantly higher levels. In conclusion, GABA could work effectively as a natural relaxant and its effects could be seen within 1 hour of its administration to induce relaxation and diminish anxiety. Moreover, GABA administration could enhance immunity under stress conditions.

From: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition

http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09637480802558508

Shorter telomeres linked with increased mortality risk over six year period

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The April, 2011 issue of the Journal of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences reports the finding of Annette L. Fitzpatrick of the University of Washington and her colleagues of an association between shorter telomere length and an increased risk of dying over 6.1 years of follow-up. Telomeres are protective caps at the ends of chromosomes which shorten as individual cells age. Leukocyte (white blood cell) telomere length has been associated with age, gender, and age-related diseases, yet its relationship with the risk of human mortality is uncertain.

The current study included 1,136 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study of adults aged 65 and older. Blood samples obtained upon enrollment between 1992 and 1993 were analyzed for leukocyte telomere length. Cause was ascertained for 468 deaths that occurred over 6.1 years of follow-up. Continue Reading

Nordic Naturals® Kenai Wild™ Alaskan Salmon Oil

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Nordic Naturals® Kenai Wild™ Alaskan Salmon Oil is First Salmon Oil in the Market to Surpass All International Standards for Purity

Nordic Naturals®, the industry leader in omega-3 fish oil introduces Kenai Wild™ Alaskan Salmon Oil to address the growing demand for salmon oil supplementation and to ensure that consumers have a choice that has been third-party tested for heavy metals including, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury, and other contaminants such as PCBs.

According to Joar Opheim, CEO of Nordic Naturals, “Salmon naturally contains elevated levels of arsenic, which makes purification of this fish oil very important. We test for both organic and inorganic arsenic as well as many other toxins. After evaluating other salmon oils in the marketplace, we found the need for a wild salmon oil that meets all international standards of purity and freshness.”

Kenai Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is the first salmon oil surpassing all international standards for purity including industry standards set by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) and the Council For Responsible Nutrition (CRN) as well as ingestion limits set by California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). Nordic Naturals uses the highest quality raw material available, Kenai Wild Alaskan salmon, that is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s most recognized certifier of sustainable wild fisheries. The Kenai Wild program ensures premium quality wild salmon from the Cook Inlet of Alaska­—involving comprehensive standards for harvesting and processing—and supports fair compensation for fishermen and processors. In addition, the program oversees the long-term sustainability of the wild Alaskan salmon.

Kenai Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is available in 90 count, citrus flavored soft gels and in 8 oz. liquid. As in all non-concentrated fish oil, the product contains up to 23 different omega fatty acids including omegas 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11. Unlike many salmon oils, Nordic Naturals Kenai Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil provides more than 500 mg EPA+DHA in each serving, and contains the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin which is naturally abundant in wild salmon and gives the oil its rich orange color.

Since 1995, Nordic Naturals has been the industry leader in fish oil supplementation, setting standards of excellence in the areas of purity, freshness, taste, and sustainability. With their reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils and EFA blends are regularly chosen by independent research institutions and universities. Fourteen published scientific studies already completed and more than 30 currently underway. Distributing to over 30 countries on six continents, Nordic Naturals offers over 150 products in a variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms. Nordic Naturals continues to deliver on its promise of innovation and quality you can trust. For more information, call 800.662.2544 or visit www.nordicnaturals.com.

The Cash Cow is Drying Up

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The investment bank Morgan Stanley recently downgraded several drug companies as their patents on mega drugs expire and will be replaced by generic drugs. Don’t feel too badly for Pfizer as they lose the $10 billion a year income stream as Lipitor reaches the end of its patented life. That along with other drugs will cause the drug industry to lose about $50 billion a year on 10 megamedicines. Morgan Stanley notes that six of these pharmaceutical companies are headquartered in Europe.

Pfizer, an American company, lost multi-millions in the race for a replacement for Lipitor when clinical tests showed the new drug was a complete bust.

Now I use to be on Lipitor but after taking myself off found I’m healthier without it.

With scientific studies showing that a change in diet to healthier foods replaces the needs for these drugs why not put some money into studying whole foods that haven’t had all their nutrients processed out of them?

Now they’re saying they don’t have money for research and development. My take is to let them taking their advertising dollar and put that money into research. Every ad scares me – there’s always the possibility of crippling or death with these new medicines.

If the pharmaceutical companies loose some of their money maybe they won’t be able to buy as many politicians.

Just my thoughts.

Health Care Cost Crisis

Monday, March 14th, 2011

As scientific studies over the years have shown that 70 percent of our “diseases” are caused by improper food and lack of exercise, why hasn’t the government listened to our scientists?

I have read many scientific studies that show that even stage IV cancer has been reversed and people live 10, 20 years after the cancer has gone into remission. Some studies have shown that radiation will only treat some few kinds of cancer. I have also read that cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment. Studies before, during and after World War II show that disease declined during WWII when Milk and Meat were rationed but shot up after WWII when rationing ended. Wouldn’t somebody in the government make the connection? One person that did was Senator George McGovern when his government committee was directed to see why people were so unhealthy. The committee report came out to cut our milk and meat consumption. McGovern lost in the next election. People didn’t want to hear the truth.

If scientists are correct that 70 percent of disease can be quickly changed by diet and exercise and that diet means cutting way, way back on red meat, would that mean cutting health care costs by 70 percent. I’m sure the pharmaceutical companies would find a way to make up for their losses. But then why can’t our government bargain for the cost they pay for prescription drugs and get the same low prices that other countries do?

Granted we currently have an unstainable system. But who profits most from making more drugs? And who pays the most for electing our politicians? Who profits as the expense of the average American?

If you are healthy now see a doctor who doesn’t believe in giving a pill for everything. If you are not healthy check out the alternative ways to restore your health. When Western medicine has tried it’s last resources and failed people try alternative ways and many times live.

Is your life worth it? You be the judge!

Eco-Farming Can Double Food Production in 10 Years, says new UN report

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

GENEVA – Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, a new UN report* shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest.

“To feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most efficient farming techniques available,” says Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and author of the report. “Today’s scientific evidence demonstrates that agroecological methods outperform the use of chemical fertilizers in boosting food production where the hungry live — especially in unfavorable environments.”

Agroecology applies ecological science to the design of agricultural systems that can help put an end to food crises and address climate-change and poverty challenges. It enhances soils productivity and protects the crops against pests by relying on the natural environment such as beneficial trees, plants, animals and insects.

“To date, agroecological projects have shown an average crop yield increase of 80% in 57 developing countries, with an average increase of 116% for all African projects,” De Schutter says. “Recent projects conducted in 20 African countries demonstrated a doubling of crop yields over a period of 3-10 years.”

“Conventional farming relies on expensive inputs, fuels climate change and is not resilient to climatic shocks. It simply is not the best choice anymore today,” De Schutter stresses. “A large segment of the scientific community now acknowledges the positive impacts of agroecology on food production, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation — and this this is what is needed in a world of limited resources. Malawi, a country that launched a massive chemical fertilizer subsidy program a few years ago, is now implementing agroecology, benefiting more than 1.3 million of the poorest people, with maize yields increasing from 1 ton/ha to 2-3 tons/ha.”

You can read the whole article at United Nations Human Rights: http://www.srfood.org/images/stories/pdf/press_releases/20110308_agroecology-report-pr_en.pdf

Where’s The Food?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The average American eats nearly 150 pounds of food additives each YEAR!

This is broken down as follows:

* 130 pounds of sugar

* 10-15 pounds of salt

* 5-10 pounds of “enriched” vitamins, flavors, preservatives and colored dyes

Some people in the world don’t even consume 150 pounds of FOOD in a year–and yet the average American sucks down that much in chemicals alone.