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Friday, August 30, 2013

Vitamin C kills drug resistant TB bacteria: Study

Vitamin C kills drug-resistant TB bacteria: Study

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by: PF Louis


(NaturalNews) Tuberculosis (TB) was once thought to be totally under control, an ancient, historical disease that has been handled easily with a course of antibiotics over a few to several months.

Now, TB is making a strong comeback mostly among the less well-off financially and the more immune challenged. This TB surge's bacteria has figured out most of the current antibiotics that once dominated them. It's simply termed "multi-drug resistant tuberculosis" or MDR-TB.

So far, this TB variation plagues the less fortunate in less developed nations or immune compromised individuals. But among those actually infected, there are around a third who don't manifest symptoms but are carriers. And this multi-drug resistant TB bug is getting around.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded almost 9 million cases of TB worldwide in 2011. Of those, almost 1.5 million died. Currently, it's estimated that 650,000 people have MDR-TB. An even worse version is XDR-TB (extensively drug-resistant TB), which has infected close to 10 percent of the MDR-TB population.

A study on drug resistant TB with a surprising result

A group of researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC stumbled upon a potential cure for both MDR-TB and XDR-TB while attempting to study the mechanics of how the TB bacterium becomes resistant to the normal protocol of first line TB antibiotics.

The study was in vitro (in glass), so they created a TB bacteria culture to see how that bacteria would resist isoniazid (INH), a premier first line TB antibiotic. Dr. William Jacobs, a PhD microbiologist, and his team had observed that isoniazid-resistant TB bacteria lacked the mycothiol molecule.

Dr. Jacobs said ",We hypothesized that TB bacteria that can't make mycothiol might contain more cysteine, an amino acid. So, we predicted that if we added isoniazid and cysteine to isoniazid-sensitive M. tuberculosis in culture, the bacteria would develop resistance. Instead, we ended up killing off the culture - something totally unexpected."

Surprised but now curious and willing to expand their study, the researchers decided to try some other experiments. Thinking the cysteine acted as a reducing agent to damage DNA via free radical oxidation, they decided to use vitamin C as a reducing agent instead of cysteine and they got the same result.

This evolved to using only vitamin C, which killed not only the normally-susceptible-to-isoniazid TB bacterium, but also the multi-drug resistant MDR-TB and XDR-TB strains, which are super resistant.

To justify human trials (in vivo) with vitamin C for multi-drug resistant TB, the researchers embarked on determining the molecular reasons of why vitamin C handled the petri dish bacterium.

After further research, it was determined that vitamin C caused iron to react with other molecules, creating a reactive oxygen type that was too much to handle for the MDR-TB and XDR-TB strains, which normally withstand antibiotics. They also discovered that TB couldn't develop a resistance to vitamin C.

"We ... now have a rational basis for doing a clinical trial," Dr. Jacobs said conclusively. "[V]itamin C is inexpensive, widely available and very safe to use. At the very least, this work shows us a new mechanism that we can exploit to attack TB."

Vitamin C is widely available, but it's unlikely that the AMA and Big Pharma will allow its use. Instead, they may use Dr. Jacob's fine work uncovering the mechanics of vitamin C to create a patentable pharmaceutical TB drug.

Otherwise, it will go the way of Dr. Frederick Klenner's successful injected vitamin C work on polio before the polio vaccine's prominence. It'll be ignored (http://www.naturalnews.com).

Don't wait for mainstream medicine. Look into these sources that can help you find ways to use mega-dose vitamin C therapeutically now.

The Orthomolecular Foundation (http://orthomolecular.org); The Vitamin C Foundation (http://www.vitamincfoundation.org); Liposomal C (http://www.livonlabs.com).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.einstein.yu.edu

http://www.npr.org

http://www.cdc.gov

http://www.stoptb.org

http://www.torontosun.com


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Friday, August 30, 2013

Vitamin C lowers the harmful effects of air pollution, study finds

Vitamin C lowers the harmful effects of air pollution, study finds

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by: Michael Ravensthorpe



(NaturalNews) Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants on Earth, and its ability to aid tissue growth and repair is well-known. However, British researchers at the Imperial College of London have found another good reason to eat more oranges and lemons - vitamin C can also guard us against the negative effects of air pollutants such as car exhaust and power plants.

The researchers studied 209 London-based patients between the years of 2008 and 2009 to determine the link between oxidative stress and coarse particulate matter (air pollution produced mainly through fossil fuel combustion). Most of the patients were between the ages of 54 and 74, and all of them were hospitalized due to asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

The researchers found that there was a 35 percent increased risk of hospitalization for asthma or COPD for every additional 10 micrograms per cubic meter (mcg/m3) in coarse particulate matter to which the patients were subjected. They also found that the risk of hospitalization was 1.2 times greater among patients with low vitamin C levels - a correlation that remained true even when elderly patients and former smokers were excluded from the analysis.

"The protective effect of vitamin C was still present after excluding smokers and elderly subjects, implying that the effect of this antioxidant was not explained by smoking or age," said Dr. Cristina Canova, study co-author and research associate at the university's Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Heath Group.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its European equivalents have set the 'safe' standards for air pollution levels as 50 mcg/m3 for coarse particulate matter.

Why vitamin C helps

Studies have shown that free radicals contribute to cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD. Since vitamin C is an antioxidant that has the ability to neutralize free radical activity, it is plausible, if not likely, that people who regularly consume vitamin C-rich foods are better guarded against pollution (air-based or otherwise) than those who suffer from a deficiency.

Regular vitamin C intake is also important, because our bodies don't have the ability to make or store it themselves. For this reason, it is important that people - especially those who live in places with high concentrations of coarse particulate matter, such as cities - avoid periodic 'binges' in vitamin C foods and favor a more evenly-distributed, and ideally daily, intake instead.

Foods rich in vitamin C include dark leafy greens (especially raw kale), all citrus fruits, bell peppers, red and green hot chilli peppers, fresh herbs (especially parsley and thyme), cauliflower, papaya, and strawberries.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.medicaldaily.com

http://journals.lww.com

http://www.nlm.nih.gov

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Michael Ravensthorpe is an independent writer whose research interests include nutrition, alternative medicine, and bushcraft. He is the creator of the website Spiritfoods, through which he promotes the world's healthiest foods, whether they be established superfruits such as mangosteen or lesser-known health supplements like blackstrap molasses.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041808_vitamin_C_harmful_effects_air_pollution.html#ixzz2dTXINfEk
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fish oil found to completely reverse liver disease in children with intestinal failure

Amazing research: Fish oil found to completely reverse liver disease in children with intestinal failure (Ultimate EFA Plus)

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer



(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have made a breakthrough discovery that could mean the end of liver disease in children with intestinal failure. Published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the findings from their new study reveal that intravenous injections of fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, are capable of completely reversing liver disease, thus eliminating the need for liver transplants and other drastic medical interventions.

Entitled "Six Months of Intravenous Fish Oil Reverses Pediatric Intestinal Failure Associated Liver Disease," the study involved testing the effects of intravenous fish oil treatment on a group of 10 children between the ages of two weeks and 18 years old. Each of the children in this group had been diagnosed with advanced intestinal failure-associated liver disease, a high-risk health condition that, for many of the people diagnosed with it, ends in early death.

These children were given the novel treatment for a total of six months, and their outcomes were compared to a group of 20 children who also had the disease but were given conventional treatment rather than the fish oil. Compared to this conventional control group, the fish oil group experienced dramatic recovery -- after just 17 weeks of treatment, 80 percent of the children in the fish oil group experienced a complete recovery from their liver disease.

"With this particular study, we set out to determine if a finite period of six months of intravenous fish oil could safely reverse liver damage in these children, and we have had some promising results," says Dr. Kara Calkins, a physician and assistant professor at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital Department of Neonatology and Developmental Biology, about the findings.

Current FDA-approved treatment protocol involves injecting children with GMO soybean oil

So what did the children in the control group receive for their treatment? Shockingly, they were given an injection of soybean oil, as this is the only treatment currently approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Despite the fact that a miniscule percentage of children given soybean oil derive any benefits whatsoever -- the vast majority of soy-based products like soybean oil are also genetically-modified (GM), which carries its own inherent dangers -- this is what the FDA considers to be "safe" and "effective" treatment for intestinal failure-associated liver disease.

"[B]ecause intravenous fish oil is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is much more costly than soybean oil, it is typically not covered by insurance," adds Dr. Calkins about the barriers to using fish oil. "As a result, this oil is considered experimental and is currently available only under special protocols. If it proves safe and effective for patients, we hope it would eventually be available for wider use."

Study also reveals that soybean oil is a highly-toxic poison that can kill children

Besides its complete ineffectiveness -- compared to fish oil's 80 percent success rate after 17 weeks of treatment, soybean oil was found to be only five percent effective -- the study also reveals that the conventional soybean oil treatment is highly toxic and often leads to early death in children. According to a UCLA study press release, soybean oil injections can actually cause intestinal failure-associated liver disease, which, in turn, can lead to early mortality.

Previous studies have already demonstrated the merits of intravenous fish oil injections over conventional soybean oil injections with regards to treating intestinal failure-associated liver disease, but none of them determined an appropriate duration for treatment. Thanks to this new study, experts hope the FDA will eventually approve fish oil as a preferable treatment option over soybean oil, which has now been proven to be ineffective and completely unsafe.

Sources for this article include:

http://newsroom.ucla.edu

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://www.upi.com

http://science.naturalnews.com


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Co-Q10 decreases inflammation

Co-Q10 decreases inflammation and protects your muscular and neurological systems: Research(BTT Beyond Tangy Tangerine 2.0)

Thursday, August 22, 2013 by: PF Louis



(NaturalNews) Coenzyme Q-10 was first identified in 1955 in England. It was isolated as an electron carrying coenzyme involved with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, the energy molecule of cellular mitochondria.

This coenzyme is normally produced in the body, but as one ages, that production declines. This is why it often needs to be supplemented. Apparently, CoQ10 is attracted to organs that demand higher energy functioning, especially the heart.

There have been several studies proving CoQ10's ability to restore cellular energy not only for cardiovascular purposes, but also neurological health. One study even discovered that low blood levels of CoQ10 were a common denominator among older lethal diseased patients. [1]

Comparing ubiquinone and ubiquinol CoQ10

The recent development of ubiquinol is considered by many to be superior to plain old-fashioned ubiquinone CoQ10. It's reputed to be more easily absorbed since it requires one less conversion step in the body. It's also much more expensive.

However, the iconoclastic cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, MD, wasn't convinced by the short study that claimed to confirm this promotion. So he did one of his own for three months, with 12 volunteers, ages ranging from high 20s to high 60s.

He had half of them take ubiquinol while the other half took ubiquinone for a month. Then both groups took nothing the second month. During the third month the two groups reversed what they were taking previously. Both forms of CoQ10 were given at 200 mg daily.

He measured their blood levels of CoQ10 monthly and noticed very little difference between the two forms of CoQ10. One person's blood levels even went down with ubiquinol. Dr. Sinatra did get reports of fatigue from the ubiquinol users, which surprised him. [2]

A couple of his colleagues had similar patient reports of fatigue with ubiquinol. A woman who commented on Dr. Sinatra's article mentioned how she changed to ubiquinol to further improve her reduced blood pressure results from CoQ10. But her blood pressure went back up instead.

Bottom line, save your money. Get a good quality CoQ10 at half the price of ubiquinol products to realize the many benefits of supplementing CoQ10.

Test time for CoQ10

Here are two CoQ10 research study summaries. The first involves reducing inflammation markers among coronary artery diseased (CAD) subjects. Arterial inflammation has recently been discovered as the root cause of cardiovascular disease, displacing cholesterol clogged arteries as the main culprit (http://www.naturalnews.com).

This study took place 2011-2012 at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan. The researchers took 51 patients, gave some placebos (how unfair!), some 60 mg of CoQ10 daily, and others 150 mg for 12 weeks.

The researchers discovered decreased inflammation markers according to dosage levels. The higher the amount, the less there were signs of inflammation. They concluded that CoQ10 dosages of 150 mg may reduce CAD inflammation. [3]

A rather broad Italian study, conducted in 2010 by the University of Pisa examined the prospects of treating various neurological diseases sparked by mitochondrial defects from CoQ10 deficiencies. Those neurological diseases included Parkinson's disease and others.

This research team simply reviewed other studies that demonstrated CoQ10's efficacy in neurological diseases. They also commented on statin drugs inhibiting CoQ10 production as a factor for inducing neurological disorders among those on statin medications. [4]

By the way, inhibiting CoQ10 is a statin drug side effect, which may be compensated with CoQ10 supplements. However, even the main purpose of statins, reducing cholesterol, creates a risk factor for neurological diseases.

Cholesterol is a main ingredient of the brain and nervous system as well as part of the skin's function as the first step toward converting sunshine's UVB rays into vitamin D. So reducing cholesterol is risky business that does little to inhibit the true cause of heart disease, inflammation.

But CoQ10 reduces arterial inflammation and restores or maintains neurological health. Supplementing CoQ10 is a wise choice for anyone with cardiovascular risk factors or the desire to protect against potential dementia issues. [5]

Sources for this article include:

[1] http://www.naturalnews.com

[2] http://www.drsinatra.com

[3] http://www.vitasearch.com

[4]http://science.naturalnews.com

[5]http://www.naturalnews.com


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Turmeric may be more effective than common anti depressant drugs

Turmeric may be more effective than common anti-depressant drugs at treating depression (Cell Shield RTQ)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by: Antonia

 

(NaturalNews) A study published recently in Phytotherapy Research indicates that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has potential anti-depressant effects. This isn't the first study to suggest that turmeric may play a role in elevating our moods, but it is the first randomized controlled clinical trial of its kind.

"Researchers with the Department of Pharmacology of Government Medical College in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India compared the effects of turmeric and Prozac (fluoxetine), both used together and individually, in 60 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD)."

The "suicidal" side effects of Prozac use

More than just a potential replacement for Prozac because of its efficacy, turmeric does not cause "suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders" which is a documented frightening side effect from taking Prozac.

Further potential health benefits of turmeric

Turmeric has also shown promise in the following areas according to some research papers: treatment of inflammatory conditions, diabetes, cancer, weight loss assistance, and slashing heart disease risk. It has been used topically for healing wounds and combating acne, and also as a natural painkiller.

For a raw food treat, sprinkle turmeric on dehydrated kale chips. Also, try adding it to freshly juiced greens or vegetables to get it directly into the bloodstream. Including it in salads can spice up the flavor and add some much needed super food nutrition.

Try this turmeric cocktail juice:

1 piece of turmeric root (or 1-2 tsp of ground turmeric powder)
1 whole cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 inch of ginger root
1 peeled lemon

Sources for this article include:


science.naturalnews.com

science.naturalnews.com

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

realnews24.com

naturalsociety.com

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.youngandraw.com

About the author:
A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well.


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Six Ways Turmeric heals your overburdened body

Six ways turmeric heals your overburdened body (Cell Shield RTQ)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by: PF Louis



(NaturalNews) The benefits of turmeric, due to its active ingredient curcumin, have been demonstrated by modern Western medical research and centuries of empirical evidence from India and China.

The problem with turmeric's curcumin is that it has a hard time getting past the stomach and into the small intestines where it can be absorbed into the blood.

So before purchasing turmeric powder or extracted curcumin capsules, it's important to know a couple of tricks for getting the most beneficial absorption for turmeric's curcumin.

As an ingredient of curry, turmeric is traditionally mixed with a healthy fat and heated. That's a hint for what needs to be done in general with turmeric powder, certainly the least expensive way of benefiting from turmeric's curcumin.

Optimizing turmeric/curcumin absorption

Here's a convenient method of making "Golden Milk:" Take a quarter cup of high quality, certified or organic turmeric powder mixed in a half cup of pure water and simmer for a few minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly to form a slightly moist, thick paste.

Let it cool and put it into a glass jar. It can keep for weeks in the refrigerator. To consume a dose, dissolve a small portion of the turmeric paste in a bit of warm milk or coconut oil. Add some pepper to take advantage of piperine's nutrient absorbing properties.

If you want to avoid preparation hassles, there are curcumin capsules available that contain black pepper extract or piperine. Enteric-coated capsules can bypass the stomach and into the small intestines where their contents can absorbed.

You can boost the nutrient absorption further by emptying the capsule's contents in a small amount of warm, pure virgin olive or coconut oil. Add pepper if your curcumin capsules don't contain piperine.

Turmeric (curcumin) benefits

Turmeric's curcumin is a safe, effective anti-inflammatory. More and more health practitioners and researchers are realizing that inflammation is the source of most disease, even if the inflammation is not directly noticeable.

That means there are many benefits of using turmeric (curcumin). Here are six of them:

(1) It has been clinically proven to ease arthritic pain and promote increased flexibility in many studies. It's comparable to large doses of ibuprofen (800 mg daily) without side-effects while actually delivering other health benefits.

(2) It slows or delays liver damage that could develop into cirrhosis.

(3) It slows and helps reverse the onset of Alzheimer's disease as symptoms develop. It also helps eliminate cognitive decline normally attributed to "old age."

(4) It aids digestion, the root of good or bad health. It has been used successfully to ease the agony and help heal inflammatory bowel disease.

(5) Mixed with the appropriate veggies for specific cancer types, it helps fight cancer cells and prevents them from metastasizing.

It reduces carcinogenic heterocyclic amines that are formed when meat is cooked by up to 40 percent.

(6) It is a powerful antioxidant that helps promote heart health, memory, and boost the immune system. It has the potential to deliver more antioxidants then even vitamins E and C.

Amazingly, it can deliver even more antioxidant power than grape seed or pine bark extracts. It's strong enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical considered the most reactive oxidant.

All these benefits add up to serving as an anti-aging agent, with direct results manifesting in the skin after daily use over an extended period of time.

Just keep in mind that to get maximum benefits, it needs to be high quality turmeric or curcumin in a form that optimizes curcuminoid absorption, as explained earlier in this article.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.whfoods.com


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Moderate physical activity shown better than any drug to lower Alzheimer's disease risk

Moderate and regular physical activity shown better than any drug to lower Alzheimer's disease risk

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Alzheimer's disease recently escalated to become the sixth leading cause of death in the US, as five million people presently live with the disease, causing an estimated 210 billion dollars in health care costs each year. Amazingly, one in three people will die with some form of Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia. Extensive research studies have clearly demonstrated that Alzheimer's disease risk is increased by lifestyle influences that alter genetic expression toward disease. Diet, exposure to toxic household and environmental pollutants and lack of physical activity are all known to flip the metabolic gene switch that can either protect against or promote the disease.

Despite the thousands of well constructed, scientific studies showing that poor diet and lifestyle practices promote Alzheimer's dementia, pharmaceutical giants continue to plow billions into a futile search for a magic bullet that will treat or prevent this devastating illness. Continued evidence has been released by a group of researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health that shows how exercising for 150 minutes each week may be the best treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Publishing in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, scientists reveal that exercise could improve cognitive function in people at risk of Alzheimer's by improving the efficiency of brain activity.

Regular exercise prevents cognitive decline and boosts neural activity to thwart Alzheimer's progression

To set up their study, the team analyzed seventeen participants with mild cognitive impairment, an early form of memory loss that is believed to be a precursor to full-blown Alzheimer's disease, and compared them with eighteen control members. Both groups were of similar age, gender, education, genetic risk and used similar medications. All participants were asked to carry out a twelve week exercise program consisting of walking on a treadmill at moderate intensity while being supervised by a personal trainer.

Before and after the exercise program, both groups were asked to complete memory tests designed to determine famous name recognition and list learning tasks. While both groups experienced a ten percent improvement in overall fitness levels, researchers found a significant increase in the intensity of brain activation in eleven brain regions as the participants correctly identified famous names. Of considerable importance, the areas of the brain activated with improved efficiency were the same areas of the brain that lead to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

Team leader, Dr. J. Carson Smith concluded, "We found that after 12 weeks of being on a moderate exercise program, study participants improved their neural efficiency... basically they were using fewer neural resources to perform the same memory task. No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise." The study results were achieved with moderate physical activity, thirty minutes a day over five days of the week. Interestingly, the same type of exercise has also been shown to ward off heart disease... isn't it time to get moving?

Sources for this article include:

http://iospress.metapress.com

http://www.eurekalert.org

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.



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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Omega 3 Fatty Acid, DHA switches off cellular inflammation

Omega-3 fatty acid, DHA switches off cellular inflammation to slash chronic disease risk (Ultimate EFA Plus)

Monday, August 12, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Medical researchers have become increasingly aware that many chronic illnesses ranging from cardiovascular disease and cancer to dementia and arthritis are fueled by excess cellular inflammation. Systemic inflammation creates an environment that is conducive to genetic alterations and can lead to immune system dysfunction as macrophages, normally charged with the function of gobbling up pathogenic invaders, become ineffective as they permit rogue cancer cells to go undetected. Poor diet leading to an omega fat imbalance increases inflammation throughout the body and primes the mechanism that promotes disease.

A research study team from Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston has released the results of their work on the long-chain fatty acid DHA to The FASEB Journal. The scientists provide evidence that helps explain why DHA is a critical factor helping to reduce inflammation. The team determined that macrophages (a type of white blood cell) use DHA to produce 'maresins', which serve as the switch that turns inflammation off and prompts normal immune system activation.

DHA from fish and fish oil supplements boosts human immune response and squelches inflammation

Study researcher, Dr. Charles Serhan, commented, "We hope that the results from this study will enable investigators to test the relevance of the maresin pathway in human disease." The team of scientists deconstructed the metabolic pathway for the synthesis of the white blood cell component maresins and found that human macrophages break down the long-chain fatty acid, DHA to an intermediate form called '14S-epoxy-maresin'. After learning how to synthesize the resulting compound, researchers determined that maresins caused macrophages to change their "type" so they no longer caused inflammation.

Dr. Serhan noted "We hope to better understand resolution biology and its potential pharmacology so that we can enhance our ability to control unwanted inflammation and improve the quality of life." Medical researchers have previously reported over the past decade how omega-3 fats from fatty fish and many nuts and seeds help to lower levels of systemic inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease, sudden death from a heart attack, diabetes and many forms of cancer. This study provides the first documented evidence to explain how omega-3 fats and specifically, DHA work at the cellular level in concert with our immune system to promote optimal health.

The journal editor concluded "We've known for a long time that DHA tames inflammation, now, we learn exactly how DHA works: via new substances called maresins... we encounter inflammation almost daily, but our body has ways of turning it off. This is an important step toward understanding exactly how this happens." A wealth of scientific research now exists to support the importance of omega-3 fats to promote human immune health and to reduce perpetually elevated levels of inflammation. Specifically, DHA can be obtained in its bioavailable form by consuming fatty fish or through supplementation (1,200 to 2,400 mg EPA/DHA daily).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.fasebj.org

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.



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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Magnesium - the miracle mineral?

Magnesium - the miracle mineral?

Saturday, August 10, 2013 by: Derek Henry

 

(NaturalNews) There are a number of factors implicated in the disease process, and many of them can be traced back to a deficiency in minerals. This is not hard to believe, due to the current state of our overall soil conditions, which have a very poor mineral content. So if we decide to take a mineral, which one do we choose? It appears magnesium should be at the top of the list, as it could quite possibly be the panacea to many health problems.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency

It is estimated that 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Some core symptoms that indicate you are deficient include:

- Heart disease
- Muscle cramping
- Diabetes
- Stress and sleep disorders
- Bowel disease
- Osteoporosis

Vital in hearth health and musculature function

A study by George Washington University found that magnesium deficiency led to increased inflammation in the body, affecting blood vessels, cardiovascular, and intestinal tissues. Cardiovascular tissue inflammation can lead to heart disease because it increases oxidative stress, while intestinal inflammation causes digestive disorders.

Magnesium deficiency also decreases lipid metabolism and increases blood pressure, negatively impacting the health of the arteries and eventually causing atherosclerosis. Research shows that adding 365 mg of magnesium to the diet twice daily for six months can reduce the likelihood of experiencing exercise-induced chest pain.

Magnesium also influences the peristaltic action of the intestinal system, which facilitates proper bowel movements. Adequate levels of magnesium can assist faster transit time through the GI tract, which in turn helps reduce the risk of bowel disease.

Balances blood sugar

With the consumption of a high sugar diet and being overweight or obese for 10 to 15 years, often comes the condition of type 2 adult onset diabetes.

A review from the journal Biological Trace Element Research reports that magnesium plays an important role in metabolizing carbohydrates, while influencing the activity of hormones that control blood glucose levels. Low magnesium can cause insulin resistance, which could result in the kidneys being unable to retain magnesium during periods of hyperglycemia, creating a magnesium deficiency and subsequently, diabetes.

Magnesium has certainly been implicated in keeping blood sugar in balance, promoting the production of insulin, opening the cells up to receive insulin, and allowing glucose into the cells.

Relieves stress and improves sleep

A recent study of people with poor sleep quality, as conducted by the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index, found that taking a magnesium supplement decreased chronic inflammatory stress levels and improved sleep quality.

Researchers suggest that adding magnesium to their diets decreased the participants sympathetic nervous activity, effectively reducing stress and allowing them to relax.

Maintains strong bones

Calcium is often pointed out as necessary for stronger bones, but it means little if you don't have adequate levels of magnesium and vitamin D.

Magnesium activates cellular enzyme activity, allowing the body to convert vitamin D into its active form to help with calcium absorption and bone building. Magnesium aids the release of the hormone calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues and back into the bones.

It should be noted that magnesium is also positively identified in helping with a number of other critical processes including brain function, muscle building, metabolic action, and digestion.

It appears that the addition of adequate magnesium to your diet can help you overcome several well-known health conditions. Choose quality supplements as well as a diet full of leafy green vegetables, seaweed, nuts/seeds, and cacao, and start experiencing the benefits of this 'miracle mineral'.

Sources for this article include:

http://organicconnectmag.com

http://www.charlespoliquin.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Motivated by his own story of being sick and crippled at age 30 to healthy and pain free 5 years later, Derek is passionate about helping people get on track in a fraction of the time it took him on his own journey. Actively engaged in the research of natural healing for over 5 years, Derek has spent over 2500 hours (and growing) studying and collaborating with top minds in nutrition and utilizes that extensive knowledge to help people overcome their own health challenges.

Derek is currently a Master Health Coach and writer of over 200 natural health articles, some of which are featured at his primary website, http://healingthebody.ca/. Derek specializes in specific nutritional and wellness protocols, from simple lifestyle transitions to complete overhauls.



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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Red Wine nutrient resveratrol blocks melanoma

Red wine nutrient resveratrol blocks melanoma - Natural News Science

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) The health benefits of resveratrol are almost too numerous to count. This polyphenolic antioxidant compound, which is found naturally in red wine and grapes, has been shown to help fight the aging process, promote a healthy heart, and boost cellular energy output, among many other benefits. And specifically with regard to cancer, resveratrol has been shown in at least 10 scientific studies published in recent years to help ward off melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that more than 75,000 new cases of melanoma emerge every year in the United States, and roughly 10,000 people die from the condition annually. The disease usually first shows up in the form of a mole or other oddly pigmented skin or tissue, including tissue found in the eyes and intestines, and spreads from there. And conventional medicine's only solution to melanoma is to blast it with chemotherapy or radiation.

But the science shows that there is another, safer option to not only prevent melanoma, but also to treat it without causing harmful side effects. Numerous peer-reviewed studies show that resveratrol not only blocks the growth and spread of melanoma, but also disrupts the activation and expression of certain proteins and other substances that feed and sustain this pervasive type of skin cancer.

Resveratrol possesses an amazing array of anti-cancer properties and mechanisms, studies show

A 2005 study published in the journal, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, for instance, found that grape-derived resveratrol has an anti-proliferative effect on melanoma cancer cells -- anti-proliferative means that it blocks tumor cells from growing and spreading. Researchers from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at New York Medical College found that resveratrol has a unique ability to suppress cell growth in at least two different varieties of melanoma (http://science.naturalnews.com).

Three years later, in 2008, at least four separate studies also found that resveratrol, especially when injected for maximum bioavailability, inhibits the growth and spread of melanoma. One study out of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW-M) found that both oral and peritumor injection of resveratrol can help treat uveal melanoma (http://science.naturalnews.com), while another study out of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) identified a different mechanism by which resveratrol fights melanoma, in this case by disrupting a nitric oxide-generated feedback loop (http://science.naturalnews.com).

"These data suggest that resveratrol can inhibit tumor growth and can induce apoptosis (cell death) via the intrinsic mitochondrial pathway and that by further increasing bioavailability of resveratrol the potency of the [nutrient] can be increased, leading to tumor regression," wrote the authors of the UW-M study. "The nontoxic nature of the [nutrient] at levels needed for therapy make resveratrol an attractive candidate for the treatment of uveal melanoma."

Anti-cancer properties of resveratrol have been replicated in numerous scientific studies

Beyond this, a handful of other studies published in both 2010 and 2011 arrived at similar findings, affirming that resveratrol is, indeed, a powerful anti-cancer nutrient. Since replication is a key aspect of the scientific process, this cohort of data on the anti-cancer effects of resveratrol provides solid evidence that supplementation with therapeutic doses of this powerful nutrient may help prevent and treat melanoma, and thus curb a widespread public health epidemic.

"RESV (resveratrol) shows promise as a novel therapeutic in the management of melanoma for its selective anti-tumor activity in vitro," wrote the authors of a 2010 study on resveratrol that was published in The Journal of Surgical Research (http://science.naturalnews.com).

To learn more about resveratrol and how it may help in the prevention and treatment of melanoma, be sure to check out NaturalNews Science:
http://science.naturalnews.com

Sources for this article include:

http://science.naturalnews.com

http://www.cancer.gov

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Scientists discover exact mechanism for how broccoli fights deadly cancers

Scientists discover exact mechanism for how broccoli and crucifers fight deadly cancers

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

NaturalNews) Scientists have been mounting evidence to support the cancer-fighting abilities associated with consuming broccoli and other members of the crucifer family for more than a decade. Past studies have shown that this super-food family directly influences the expression of more than 400 genes immediately after eating the tasty vegetables. Further research bodies have also shown that broccoli consumption can play an important role in lowering the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, and yet to date, the precise metabolic pathway for disease prevention has largely been unknown.

A team of research scientists from Britain's Institute of Food Research have published the results of their work in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition to explain how metabolic modifications brought about by consumption of high-glucoraphanin broccoli may be behind the suggested health benefits and cancer-fighting ability of the cruciferous vegetable family. Scientists noted that this study provides the first evidence from human studies for a possible mechanism behind the suggested ability of glucosinolates, including glucoraphanin found in broccoli, to reduce the risks of chronic diseases and cancers.

Broccoli and crucifer compounds rejuvenate critical mitochondrial function to prevent chronic illnesses

Researchers fed a special cultivar of broccoli, a combination of wild and commercially available broccoli that contains high levels of glucoraphanin, to nineteen volunteers each week for three months. They compared the first group to two other groups eating the same diet, except one consumed commercially available broccoli and the third ate none of the crucifer. The team observed that those eating the glucoraphanin-rich vegetable showed signs of an improved metabolism.

The scientists determined that a compound commonly found in crucifers, known as sulforaphane, improved the chemical reactions inside mitochondria, the power source for our cellular machinery. The study found that glucoraphanin helped 'retune' metabolic processes in the cells that get disrupted as we age. Lead author, Dr. Richard Mithen commented, "We think this provides some evidence as to why people who eat diets rich in broccoli may keep in good health... mitochondria are really, really important, and when they start to go wrong it leads to many of the diseases of aging."

The nutritionists performing the study recommend eating broccoli two to three times a week. Other health-promoting members of the cruciferous vegetable family include Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower. Dr. Mithen concluded "We think it is significant because it shows in humans a measurable effect on our metabolism, which is central to our overall health and could explain the diverse range of beneficial effects many observational dietary studies have shown previously." It is important to note that while this study used a specially concentrated type of broccoli to produce the stated results, consumption of commercially available broccoli and crucifers have been shown to exhibit similar anti-cancer properties when eaten over a longer period of time.

Sources for this article include:

http://news.ifr.ac.uk

http://www.ibtimes.com

http://www.nutraingredients.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.





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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Probiotics may save patients from deadly chemotherapy

Cancer breakthrough: Probiotics may save patients from deadly chemotherapy; antibiotics may cause chemo to be fatal

 

Thursday, August 01, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger



(NaturalNews) If you or someone you love is facing the possibility of cancer or chemotherapy, make sure they read this story. Breakthrough new science conducted at the University of Michigan and about to be published in the journal Nature reveals that intestinal health is the key to surviving chemotherapy.

The study itself is very difficult for laypeople to parse, however, so I'm going to translate into everyday language while also offering additional interpretations of the research that the original study author is likely unable to state due to the nutritional censorship of medical journals and universities, both of which have an anti-nutrition bias.

The upshot is this: A clinical study gave mice lethal injections of chemotherapy that would, pound for pound, kill most adult human beings, too. The study authors openly admit: "All tumors from different tissues and organs can be killed by high doses of chemotherapy and radiation, but the current challenge for treating the later-staged metastasized cancer is that you actually kill the [patient] before you kill the tumor." (See sources below.)

Chemotherapy is deadly. It is the No. 1 cause of death for cancer patients in America, and the No. 1 side effect of chemo is more cancer. But certain mice in the study managed to survive the lethal doses of chemo. How did they do that? They were injected with a molecule that your own body produces naturally. It's production is engineered right into your genes, and given the right gene expression in an environment of good nutrition (meaning the cellular environment), you can generate this substance all by yourself, 24 hours a day.

The substance is called "Rspo1" or "R-spondon1." It activates stem cell production within your own intestinal walls, and these stem cells are like super tissue regeneration machines that rebuild damaged tissues faster than the chemotherapy can destroy them, thereby allowing the patient to survive an otherwise deadly does of chemo poison.

As the study showed, 50 - 75 percent of the mice who were given R-spondon1 survived the fatal chemotherapy dose!

The cancer industry needs to find a way to stop killing all their customers

The problem with the cancer industry today is that all the conventional cancer treatments keep killing the patients. This is bad for business. So the purpose of research like the R-spondon1 research mentioned here -- which was funded by a government grant -- is to find ways to keep giving patients deadly doses of high-profit chemotherapy without actually killing them. You slap a patient with a dose of R-spondon1 (sold at $50,000 a dose as a patented "drug," of course), dose 'em up with a fatal injection of chemotherapy, and then thanks to the R-spondon1 you get a repeat cancer customers instead of a corpse.

That's called "good business practices" in the cancer industry, which is so far best known for turning patients into body bags rather than actually curing cancer.

(Yes, there is a reason why most oncologists would never undergo chemotherapy themselves. They know it doesn't work on 98% of all cancers.)

Probiotics are likely the key to generating your own R-spondon1

Before I discuss why these findings are so important for followers of natural health and nutrition, let me first offer a disclaimer. The research mentioned here was conducted on mice, not humans, so it isn't full proof that the same mechanism works in humans. Nevertheless, the reason mice are used for such research is because they are nearly identical to humans in terms of biology, gene expression, endocrine system function and more.

Furthermore, even though this study used an injection of R-spondon1 as the "activator" of gene expression in endothelial cells of the intestinal lining, in truth your cells already possess the blueprint to produce R-spondon1 on their own. In fact, human intestines are coated with a layer of epithelial cells that are regenerated every 4-5 days in a healthy person. This is only possible through the activation and continued operation of intestinal stem cells, a normal function for a healthy human.

And what determines the health of those stem cells more than anything else? Their local environment which is predominantly determined by gut bacteria. If your gut bacteria are in balance, the gene expression of your epithelial cells is normal and healthy. If your gut bacteria are out of whack, so to speak, the gene expression of your epithelial cells will be suppressed, thereby slowing or halting the regenerative potential of your intestinal cells. This is why people who have imbalanced intestinal flora also suffer from inflammatory intestinal conditions such as Crohn's, IBS and so on.

Thus, probiotics are a key determining factor in the ability of your intestines to maintain the appropriate gene expression for the very kind of rapid cellular regeneration that can help your body survive a fatal dose of chemotherapy.

Meat and dairy cause devastating gut flora imbalances that may increase susceptibility to chemotherapy drugs

This may also explain why people who eat large quantities of processed meat, cheese and dead, pasteurized dairy products -- especially when combined with starchy carbohydrates and processed sugars -- are far more likely to die from chemotherapy than people who eat more plant-based diets. (There isn't yet a source to substantiate this claim, but it's something I've noted from considerable personal observation. You may have noticed it too among your own family members who have undergone chemotherapy treatments. Those with the worst diets seem to have far higher fatality rates.)

Those who consume processed meat and dead dairy have their intestines filled with fiber-less, difficult-to-digest proteins that are putrefied and sit in the intestines for 2 - 5 days, typically. Dietary sugars and carbohydrates then feed the bacteria fermentation process, resulting in the rapid growth and replication of sugar-feeding bacteria that displace the kind of healthy flora which best protect intestinal wall cells.

This imbalance, I suggest, increases susceptibility to chemotherapy toxicity while simultaneously impairing the ability of the patient to absorb key nutrients that protect healthy cells from the toxicity of chemo drugs. This may explain why patients who heavily consume meat, cheese and dairy diets tend to die so easily when exposed to chemotherapy.

But there's something even more alarming about all this that everyone needs to know...

Antibiotics may also set you up to be killed by chemo

Although the research did not directly address this question, its findings seem to indicate that the kind of gut bacteria "wipeout" caused by antibiotics could prove fatal to a chemotherapy patient.

This is especially worrisome because many cancer patients are simultaneously prescribed antibiotics as they undergo chemotherapy. This could be a death sentence in disguise. While neither the antibiotics nor the chemo directly kill the patient, the combination of sterilized gut bacteria and highly-toxic chemotherapy drugs could multiply the toxicity and prove fatal. The death certificate, however, will say the patient died from "cancer," not from the chemotherapy which is usually the actual cause of death.

And yet, every single day in America, patients who are taking antibiotics are subjected to multiple courses of chemotherapy. This may quite literally be a death sentence for those patients.

There's also a self-fulfilling death spiral at work in all this: following the first round of chemotherapy, many patients suffer from weakened immune system that result in symptomatic infections. Physicians respond to this by prescribing antibiotics, resulting in the patient undergoing subsequent rounds of chemotherapy with "wiped out" gut flora. So the chemo causes the problem in the first place, and then the response to the problem by western doctors makes the next round of chemo fatal. This is a self-fulfilling death spiral of failed medicine.

Oncologists seem to have no awareness whatsoever of the importance of gut bacteria in allowing patients to protect their own healthy cells from the devastating effects of chemotherapy drugs. Many oncologists, in fact, actively discourage their patients from taking any sort of supplements during chemotherapy out of an irrational, anti-scientific fear that such supplements may "interfere" with the chemo and make the treatment fail.

This is one of the many ways in which oncologists get cancer patients killed.

Takeaway points from this article:

• New research shows that a substance generated by intestinal stem cells allows subjects to survive an otherwise fatal dose of toxic chemotherapy.

• Healthy gene expression of intestinal cells allows them to naturally produce protective molecules that support and boost cell regeneration.

• Probiotics may protect and support the intestinal stem cells that help cancer patients survive toxic chemotherapy. (More studies needed to explore this and document the impact.)

Antibiotics may be a death sentence when followed by chemotherapy.

• Oncologists need to consider the risks and benefits of postponing chemotherapy in patients who are simultaneously taking antibiotics. The combination may be deadly. Conversely, they need to consider the benefits of encouraging chemotherapy patients to take probiotic supplements before beginning chemotherapy treatment.

Sources for this article include:
http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/21613-digest-this-cure-for-cancer-ma...

http://science.naturalnews.com/2007/2940322_R_spondin1_a_novel_intest...

http://science.naturalnews.com/2009/2043215_Stem_cells_self_renewal_a...


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chlorella protects against cadmium poisoning

Chlorella protects against cadmium poisoning: NaturalNews Science

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) One of the most powerful cleansing and detoxifying "superfoods" known to man, chlorella is a fascinating single-celled algae variety that offers a plethora of unique benefits for human health and nutrition. And one such benefit, as illustrated in a 2008 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, is its ability to expel toxic cadmium from the body and prevent it from poisoning the liver and other vital organs.

Researchers from South Korea's Hanyang University learned this after testing the effects of chlorella on groups of Sprague-Dawley rats exposed to cadmium (Cd). The team divided 40 rats into four groups, three of which were exposed to 10 parts per million (ppm) of cadmium. The first of the three groups was given no chlorella (Cd-0C), while the second and third were given five percent chlorella (Cd-5C) and 10 percent chlorella (Cd-10C), respectively. The fourth group was assigned as a control.

After evaluating the health of the rats after eight weeks -- all rats had unmitigated access to water during this time -- the team observed that the Cd-0C group, which was given no chlorella, had the lowest overall body and liver weight, a clear indicator of poor health. This same group of untreated rats was also observed to have significantly higher hepatic concentrations, or concentrations of poison in the liver.

Conversely, cadmium-exposed rats given chlorella had much lower levels of poison in their livers compared to the Cd-0C group, illustrating the power of chlorella to protect this vital organ from damage. Chlorella was also shown to stimulate the expression of metallothioneins, or MTs, which bind with metallic compounds like chlorella and help remove them from the body.

"[T]his study suggests that C. vulgaris (chlorella) has a protective effect against Cd-induced liver damage by reducing Cd accumulation and stimulating the expression of MT II in (the) liver," wrote the authors in their abstract.

You can read the full study abstract at NaturalNews Science:
http://science.naturalnews.com

A similar study published in the journal, Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, in 2009 found that chlorella also helps to reduce the oxidative stress caused by Cd poisoning. Researchers from Ewha Womans University, also in South Korea, discovered that CD-poisoned rats treated with chlorella fared better than untreated rats in terms of lipid peroxide concentration, superoxide radical generation, and xanthine oxidase activity.

You can read the results of this study here:
http://science.naturalnews.com

Chlorella can also help improve insulin resistance, lipid metabolism

Among its many other benefits, chlorella has also been shown by credible science to help improve both insulin resistance and lipid metabolism. Rats fed a high fat diet along with chlorella were shown in the first instance to better process and metabolize these fats, while rats in the latter instance handled sugar intake better when also supplemented with chlorella.

"The cell wall of chlorella is generally considered the thing that just grabs on to almost any toxin in the body, whether it is heavy metals, pesticides, organic chemicals," said Dr. Hank Liers, chief formulator of products sold by Health Products Distributors, Inc., in a 2007 interview with Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. "I think there are more research papers on chlorella than any substance known."

You can learn more about this substance by visiting the NaturalNews Science page on chlorella, which contains hundreds of scientific studies on the benefits of chlorella:
http://science.naturalnews.com

Sources for this article include:

http://science.naturalnews.com

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vitamin D may hold the key to aggressive breast cancer prevention

Vitamin D may hold the key to aggressive breast cancer prevention and treatment

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Breast cancer strikes more than one-quarter of a million women in the U.S. each year, taking the lives of nearly 40,000 annually. While age, lifestyle, diet and physical activity all play a significant role in development of the disease, an estimated 15 percent of women fall victim due to genetic susceptibility. Current treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy, though extensive research clearly demonstrates that natural compounds, including vitamin D may play an effective role in the prevention and even treatment of breast cancer.

Researchers from Saint Louis University have discovered a molecular pathway that contributes to triple-negative breast cancer, an often deadly and treatment resistant form of cancer that tends to strike younger women. Publishing in The Journal of Cell Biology, scientists identified vitamin D and some protease inhibitors as possible new therapies. Additionally, the study team discovered a set of three biomarkers that can help to identify patients who could benefit from the treatment.

Scientists know that women who are born with BRCA1 gene mutation are at increased risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers within their lifetime and the tumors that arise are frequently the triple-negative type. Genetic expression has been identified as the primary pathway that allows tumor cells to grow unchecked. The study team identified how vitamin D plays a role in turning off this pathway, providing a safe and effective strategy to fight these types of tumors.

Vitamin D alters gene expression to prevent deadly mutations and lower breast cancer risk

The researchers sought to identify specific genes that either express or suppress the production of proteins that ultimately protect or promote the development of cancer cells. Each cell contains an extensive array of mechanisms designed to protect DNA integrity and prevent passing potentially damaging mutations to the next generation of daughter cells. BRCA1 is a well known tumor suppressor gene, as it helps repair DNA double-strand breaks, helping to prevent the initial phase of breast cancer lines. Loss of the BRCA1 gene repair ability greatly increases the risk of developing cancer.

The study team identified a critical DNA repair factor known as 53BP1 that becomes impaired with BRCA1 gene degradation, and determined that treatment of BRCA1-deficient tumor cells with vitamin D restores high levels of 53BP1, which results in increased genomic instability and reduced proliferation. The team determined that treatment with a combination of vitamin D and PARP inhibitors could represent a novel therapeutic strategy for breast cancers with poor prognoses.

Extensive research over the past decade has clearly shown that sub-optimal levels of vitamin D greatly increase the risk of many forms of cancer, as the prohormone unlocks the necessary blueprint to accurate cellular replication and elimination of mutations. This important study is among the first to identify vitamin D as a key to prevention and even treatment in the most resistant cases of triple-negative breast cancer lines. Most women will want to ensure they maintain optimal vitamin D blood levels between 50 and 70 ng/mL (higher for those fighting the disease) for protection against this deadly form of breast cancer.

Sources for this article include:

http://jcb.rupress.org/content/200/2/187
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/slu-vdh012213.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130122142911.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.



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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Treat your high cholesterol and clogged arteries naturally with curcumin

Treat your high cholesterol and clogged arteries naturally with curcumin: Research

Monday, July 22, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) The humble spice that gives curry powder its characteristic yellow color may hold the key to helping people lower their cholesterol and fight heart disease naturally, research suggests.

The spice in question, turmeric, has a long history of use as a traditional medicine across Asia. In recent years, Western scientists have conducted numerous studies on turmeric and the trio of yellow pigments that it contains known as curcuminoids. The curcuminoids (sometimes simply called "curcumin," after the most famous of the three) are antioxidant polyphenols known to function as potent anti-inflammatories.

According to a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis in 2004, turmeric extract may reduce the susceptibility of LDL ("bad") cholesterol to oxidation, an important step in the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Turmeric extract also reduced overall LDL and total cholesterol levels. Notably, the study found the most benefit to turmeric extract at a lower rather than a higher dose.

Another, more comprehensive, study was conducted by French researchers in 2008, presented at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Annual Conference in 2009 and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2012. Mice predisposed to develop atherosclerosis were fed either a control diet or the same diet plus curcumin supplements for four months. At the end of this time, researchers found 26 percent fewer fatty artery deposits in the mice fed the curcumin-enhanced diet. Fewer atherosclerotic lesions were seen in these mice. In addition, the researchers found that curcumin seemed to actually change the expression of genes related to plaque buildup in arteries.

Turmeric outperforms cholesterol-lowering drugs?

Another study on mice predisposed to heart disease was conducted by researchers from Kyungpook National University in South Korea and published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research in 2011. In this study, the mice were fed a high cholesterol diet that was supplemented either with curcumin, the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin or a placebo. After 18 weeks, the researchers found that just like lovastatin, curcumin lowered blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while increasing levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol. It also led to changes in gene expression that could be expected to reduce the risk of artery damage and heart disease.

"Long-term curcumin treatment lowers plasma and hepatic cholesterol and suppresses early atherosclerotic lesions comparable to the protective effects of lovastatin," the researchers concluded. "The anti-atherogenic effect of curcumin is mediated via multiple mechanisms including altered lipid, cholesterol and immune gene expression."

Turmeric for your heart and health

Lowering cholesterol and fighting arterial disease are not the only ways that turmeric improves the health of your heart, or of your body as a whole. In a trio of studies published between June and October 2012, researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that curcumin supplements improved two measures of heart health (vascular endothelial function and arterial compliance) as much as an aerobic exercise program, while a combination of the two lead to even more dramatic benefits. A combination of curcumin and exercise was also found to significantly slow age-related degeneration in the heart.

Studies have also suggested that turmeric and curcumin can help fight infection, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and numerous forms of cancer.

The body absorbs curcumin best from turmeric root (which is more commonly consumed in the West ground up, as a spice), rather than from supplements. As seen in the 2004 study, evidence suggests that the greatest health benefit comes from consuming curcumin and other "nutraceuticals" at low doses over a long period of time, rather than from short-term, high dosage schedules.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/40414

http://www.naturalnews.com/040330_turmeric_heart_health_curcumin.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22058071

http://www.atherosclerosis-journal.com

http://science.naturalnews.com/curcumin.html


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041306_turmeric_curcumin_clogged_arteries.html#ixzz2arVqgLsy



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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fish Oil Reduces Breast Cancer Risk: Research

Fish oil reduces breast cancer risk: Research

Sunday, July 21, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) Women who consistently take fish oil supplements are significantly less likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not take fish oil, according to a 2010 study conducted by researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

"This study is one of the largest studies that have come out showing that there may be role for fish oil in the prevention of cancer, specifically breast cancer," said Lorenzo Cohen of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, who was not involved in the study.

One-third lower risk

The researchers interviewed 35,016 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 76 who were taking part in the larger Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study. Participants answered questions about how recently they had taken fish oil supplements, how frequently they took them, and how long they had been taking them.

The researchers found that women who regularly took fish oil supplements were 32 percent less likely to develop ductal breast cancer than women who did not regularly take fish oil. The protective benefit was most apparent among women who had been taking fish oil for an average of 10 years.

Ductal breast cancer, which forms in the milk ducts, is the most common form of breast cancer. The study found no effect of fish oil consumption on the less common lobular breast cancer, which forms in the milk glands. No protective benefit was seen from other supplements study, including the natural menopause remedies black cohosh, dong quai, St. John's wort and soy.

Potent anti-inflammatory properties

It remains unclear exactly what effect the fish oil has on the development of breast cancer, particularly since other studies have not found a connection between fatty fish consumption and lower cancer rates. Some researchers believe that for anti-cancer properties to be effective, fish oil must be consumed in quantities higher than is feasible from fish consumption alone (hence the benefits seen in women who were taking supplements).

One mechanism by which fish oil may help protect against cancer is its potent anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation is believed to play a role in the development of many chronic diseases, including cancers.

"Fish oil, in general, is a very good anti-inflammatory agent, and inflammation plays a role in cancer development," said fish oil and cancer researcher Peiying Yang of M.D. Anderson, who was not involved in the study.

Fish oil is especially high in omega-3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient that has been proven to lower the risk of heart attack and death. Omega-3s in fish oil have also been linked to improved cholesterol levels, regulation of abnormal heartbeats, and improved mental and cognitive health.

Because the quality of fish oil supplements can vary widely, Cohen cautioned consumers to purchase only from a reputable manufacturers.

"Some products may be contaminated with heavy metals," he said. "If you are not going to get fish oil from the fish itself, do appropriate homework to make sure you choose a reputable product."

Sources for this article include:

http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/39134

http://abcnews.go.com

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Walnut Eaters Reduce Risk of dying from heart disease or cancer

Walnut eaters reduce risk of dying from heart disease or cancer by nearly fifty percent

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) Heart disease and cancer in all their different forms take the lives of nearly three-quarters of all men, women and children in the US each year. Yet thousands of well constructed research bodies have shown that most chronic diseases can be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes including diet, smoking, physical activity and exposure to toxic household and environmental pollutants through our early and middle adult years. Specific foods and nutrients such as resveratrol, curcumin, green tea and leafy greens have demonstrated specific properties that help to prevent and fight cardiovascular disease and cancer, and should be included as part of your regular daily diet and supplement plan.

A research study team based in Spain has published the result of their research in the journal, BMC Medicine that explains that those who eat nuts more than three times a week had a reduced risk of dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease than non-nut eaters. To conduct their research, scientists looked at the effect on the prevention of cardiovascular disease when the participants were put on a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts and extra virgin olive oil, compared with a control group following a low-fat diet.

Raw nuts, especially walnuts help lower blood pressure and blood lipids to thwart chronic disease

The scientists analyzed more than 7,000 people aged between 55 and 90 years, and divided them into two groups based on adherence to a Mediterranean style diet that included nuts, and especially walnuts, or those following a low-fat diet. The team found that people who eat more than three servings of nuts (1 serving equal approximately one ounce) a week had a 55 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 40 percent reduced risk of death from cancer.

Lead study author, Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvad commented "How nuts are able to prevent premature mortality is not entirely clear, nor why walnut should be better for you than other nuts. Walnuts have particularly high content of alpha-linoleic acid and phytochemicals..., along with fiber and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, may contribute to their healthy effect." Past studies have demonstrated that walnuts in particular are a beneficial part of a healthy diet and are the best source of antioxidants, containing twice the amount as normal nuts.

Researchers also note that people who ate nuts had a lower body mass index and smaller waist. Further, this group was found to be more physically active and less likely to smoke. The study authors conclude "Questions about specific constituents, amount, duration and type of nuts to be consumed remain to be elucidated. Meanwhile, we might need to focus on the question of how to better promote nut consumption in the population and sustainably integrate it into the daily diet." Nutrition experts recommend replacing one daily serving of fruits and vegetables with a one ounce serving of raw nuts to significantly lower the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer.

Sources for this article include:
http://www.biomedcentral.com
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263331.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130715202458.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New MRI research reveals cancer cells thrive on processed sugar

New MRI research reveals cancer cells thrive on processed sugar

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

 

(NaturalNews) Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, your dietary habits could be significantly adding to your risk of developing cancer. New research published in the journal Nature Medicine has confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors, so much so that the future of cancer screening could rely on scanning the body for sugar accumulation.

Scientists from University College London (UCL) in the U.K. made this discovery after experimenting with a new cancer detection method that involves utilizing a unique form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). After sensitizing an MRI scanner to look specifically for glucose in the body, it was revealed that cancer tumors, which feed off sugar, light up brightly as they contain high amounts of sugar.

"The new technique, called 'glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer' (glucoCEST), is based on the fact that tumors consume much more glucose (a type of sugar) than normal, healthy tissues in order to sustain their growth," explains a recent UCL announcement, noting that tumors appear as "bright images" on MRI scans of mice.

Traditionally, cancer screenings have involved the use of low-dose radiation injections to identify the presence of tumors, which makes sense as radiation is another known cause of cancer. The things that trigger and promote cancer development and spread, in other words, can also be used by doctors to detect it inside the body. And now sugar can officially be added to this list.

"The method uses an injection of normal sugar and could offer a cheap, safe alternative to existing methods for detecting tumors, which require the injection of radioactive material," says Dr. Simon Walker-Samuel, lead researcher of the study from the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).

Interestingly, it was also noted by the study's senior author that the amount of sugar in "half a standard sized chocolate bar" is all it takes to effectively identify the presence of tumors using the glucoCEST method. This is astounding, as it suggests that even relatively low amounts of sugar have the potential to promote cancer proliferation.

Many cancer tumors respond directly to insulin produced by sugar consumption

The UCL study is hardly the only one to have identified a connection between processed sugar consumption and diseases like cancer. Other research, including that being currently being conducted by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), confirms that the bulk of chronic illnesses prevalent today are caused by sugar consumption.

You can watch a presentation from Dr. Lustig entitled Sugar: The Bitter Truth here:
http://youtube.com

As far as cancer is concerned, hormones produced by the body in response to sugar consumption also feed cancer cells. This means that every time you down a soda or eat a piece of cake, your body produces certain chemicals that tell cancer cells to not only start taking up sugar, but also to grow in size and spread.

"What we're beginning to learn is that insulin can cause adverse effects in various tissues, and a particular concern is cancer," says Dr. Lewis Cantley, head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) at Harvard University, as quoted during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes.

"If you happen to have a tumor that has insulin receptors on it, then it will get stimulated to take up the glucose that's in the bloodstream," he adds. "So rather than going to the fat or to the muscle, the glucose now goes into the tumor, and the tumor uses it to grow."

Sources for this article include:

http://www.mdtmag.com

http://cancerdefeated.com

http://youtube.com

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Omega 3 supplements provide an effective protective shield against skin cancer

Omega-3 supplements provide an effective protective shield against skin cancer

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by: John Phillip

 

(NaturalNews) Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, walnuts, seeds and supplements have been shown to effectively protect against many forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia, as the long-chain fats are preferentially channeled to form cell wall membranes that fight systemic inflammation and boost the body's immune response. The typical diet is dangerously deficient in omega-3 fats, as they become rapidly degraded through food processing and are grossly imbalanced with omega-6 fats to create a metabolic environment that has been shown to promote disease.

New evidence has recently been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by a research team from The University of Manchester in the UK that demonstrates how taking omega-3 fish oils could help to protect against skin cancer. A study team has just carried out the first clinical trial to examine the impact of the fish oils on the skin immunity of human volunteers.

Omega-3 fat supplementation improves innate immune response to help prevent skin cancer

By analyzing the effect of omega-3 fats on 79 healthy participants, researchers found that taking a regular dose of fish oils boosted skin immunity to the sun by lowering sunlight-induced suppression of the immune system, known as immunosuppression, affecting the body's ability to fight skin cancer and infection. Lead study author, Dr. Lesley Rhodes noted "This study adds to the evidence that omega-3 is a potential nutrient to protect against skin cancer... they suggest that a continuous low level of chemoprevention from taking omega-3 could reduce the risk of skin cancer over an individual's lifetime."

Volunteers for the trial took a daily four gram dose of omega-3, equivalent to about one and a half portions of oily fish, and were then exposed to the either eight, 15 or 30 minutes of summer midday sun using a special light machine. The supplemented group was then compared to a second group taking a placebo. Researchers found that immunosuppression was 50 percent lower in people who took the supplement and were exposed to eight and 15 minutes of sun compared with people who did not take the supplement.

The team concluded "Skin cancer has been one of the fastest growing types of cancer, and numbers will likely continue to increase. It is always exciting to see research that generates such promising results, and we look forward to seeing future developments in this area." In light of the multiple functions and diverse type of disease processes that are prevented by omega-3 fat supplementation, nutrition experts recommend daily intake of 1,200 to 2,400 mg (combined DHA and EPA omega-3 fats) to promote optimal health and longevity.

Sources for this article include:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/97/3/646
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=9593
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130226092002.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Omega 3 fats from fish found to significantly lower the risk of breast cancer

Omega-3 fats from fish found to significantly lower the risk of breast cancer

Friday, July 12, 2013 by: John Phillip



(NaturalNews) Breast cancer is among the most common forms of the disease among women, accounting for 23 percent of total cancer cases and 14 percent of cancer deaths in the US. Many prior peer-reviewed research studies have shown that dietary and lifestyle interventions are most effective in preventing, and in some cases even treating breast cancer, and can provide similar degrees of protection against many cancer lines. The primary polyunsaturated omega-3 fats (n-3 PUFAs), EPA and DHA, are known to be involved in chemical and electrical messaging in the brain, assist by regulating blood vessel activity and promote optimal functioning of the immune system.

A team of researchers based in China have published the results of their work on omega-3 fats and breast cancer risk in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), asserting that a high intake of fatty acids found in fish is associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer in later life. To conduct their study, scientists reviewed and analyzed a cohort of 26 studies from the United States, Europe and Asia involving over 800,000 participants and over 20,000 cases of breast cancer.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids promote natural cancer cell death to lower disease risk

After breaking down all of the data points to determine the impact of the long-chain fats on breast cancer risk, the researchers determined the difference between the lowest and highest category of marine polyunsaturated fatty acid intake was associated with a 14 percent reduced risk of disease. Further, for every 0.1 gram per day increase in the consumption of omega-3 fatty acid from fish, the risk of breast cancer decreased by 5 percent.

These results clearly demonstrate a significantly lowered risk that affects the development of breast cancer and future progression of the disease. The study authors concluded "Our present study provides solid and robust evidence that marine n-3 PUFA are inversely associated with risk of breast cancer. The protective effect of fish or individual n-3 PUFA warrants further investigation of prospective studies.", and went on to state that their findings "support a protective role of marine n-3 PUFA on the incidence of breast cancer."

Scientists understand from past studies that the omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA, are preferentially accumulated in cell membranes, and help prevent cancer development by increasing the transfer of nutrients and oxygen to the cell nucleus. As DHA fats metabolize, toxic metabolites are produced that kill cancer cells. Researchers believe that this mechanism is responsible for the cancer risk reduction found in this study. Health conscious individuals will want to eat several servings of fatty fish each week or supplement (1,200 to 2,400 mg combined EPA/DHA) daily to lower the risk associated with breast cancer and other lines of the disease.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f3706

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262612.php

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130627190653.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


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