Acupuncture Proven Effective Treatment For Pain: Largest Study Ever
The most rigorous and detailed study of acupuncture for pain ever conducted has concluded that it can provide effective pain relief for migraines, arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
Though acupuncture has been studied for decades, the results of scientific trials on it have been mixed and controversial due problems related to small and poor-quality studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over a period of five years, this study was a detailed analysis of earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.
New Study: Oral Contraceptives Cause Pain During Sex
Friday 10 May 2013 09:38 AM | Oral Contraceptives, Nirit Rosenblum, The Pill Problem, Low-Dose Oral Contraceptives, Painful Orgasms, Painful Sex
Results of a new study indicate that low-dose oral contraceptives cause pain during orgasm and more pain overall during sex. A study of nearly 1,000 women reported that women using low-dose oral contraceptives were twice as likely to report pain during or after orgasms compared women not using oral contraceptives.
This survey was conducted by Nirit Rosenblum, MD who is assistant professor of urology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. The results of this study were presented on May 7, 2013 at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in San Diego.
Life Extension Magazine: A Valuable Source of Cutting Edge Health Information
Tuesday 07 May 2013 11:57 AM | Life Extension Foundation, William Faloon, Continuing Education, Life Extension Magazine
I strive to stay on the cutting edge of recent research, new products and all things related to health. The Life Extension Magazine, which is published monthly by the Life Extension Foundation is one of my most important sources of cutting edge health information. Membership in the Life Extension Foundation (LEF) costs $75.00/year. With your membership, you get a free subscription to the Life Extension magazine plus other member benefits such as a 25% discount on LEF nutritional supplements, a free copy of Disease Prevention & Treatment (1,666 pages covering treatments for 133 diseases of aging), and huge savings on blood tests.
Every month's issue is filled with interesting articles and reviews of recent scientific studies. Each month William Faloon who is co-founder of the Life Extension Foundation writes an excellent editorial on a current health issue or health-related political topic. Over the years, many of Faloon's editorials have addressed and challenged the Food and Drug Association's (FDA) inappropriate activities and abuses of power. In fact, one LEF member thought Faloon's editorials against the FDA were so important he compiled them into a book which is titled FDA: Failure, Deception, Abuse. The Story of an Out-of-Control Government Agency and What It Means For Your Health. This book is available from the LEF for $20 (member price $15).
The Rhodiola Revolution: An Herb With Incredible Benefits...!!!
Tuesday 30 Apr 2013 08:19 PM | Richard Brown, Patricia Gerbarg, Mental Energy, Arctic Root, Memory, Golden Root, Exercise Performance, Rhodiola rosea, Stress Reduction, Mental Fatigue
For several decades, research on Rhodiola was kept secret because scientists in the Soviet Union thought the herb's remarkable benefits gave them a competitive edge over the West in areas such as Olympic sports, space exploration, military development, medicine and other areas of industrial development. They discovered that the active ingredients in Rhodiola help alleviate depression, reduce stress, improve memory and learning capabilities, reduce fatigue, enhance work performance and strengthen the immune system. While there are over 200 species of Rhodiola, it is the roots of Rhodiola rosea that seem to provide the greatest therapeutic benefits.
A Russian biochemist named Zakir Ramazanov is credited with bringing Rhodiola to the west. Ramazanov learned about Rhodiola in the 1970s during his military service in Afghanistan. After translating Russian studies on Rhodiola, he started a business and began importing the herb and marketing it to health food stores in the United States.
ADHD: The Diet Connection. Elimination Of Food Allergies = BIG Improvements
Actually, there are usually multiple contributing factors in ADHD which can include: food allergies, disbyosis (bad bacteria in the GI tract), toxins such as mercury and lead, nutritional deficiencies, mental/emotional stress and genetics. In this post I am going to present the results of two studies that show that allergies to foods and/or food additives can be a major causative factor in ADHD. Also, when ADHA kids are placed on elimination diets which remove the offending foods, many of them exhibit a significant reduction in ADHD-like behaviors.
The #1 Factor For Healthy Aging: Maintain Your Muscle Mass
Sunday 14 Apr 2013 09:30 AM | Strength Training, Healthy Aging, Gerontology, BioMarkers, William Evans, Muscle Mass, Weight Lifting, CrossFit
The researchers evaluated an enormous amount of data including anthropometric data (height, weight, skin-folk thickness, body circumference at the waist, hip & chest), a wide range of blood values, as well as aspects related to diet, nutrition and lifestyle.
The concept for this study was brilliant. Instead of studying old people who are sick, these researchers decided to study healthy elderly people and determine the most important factors that enabled them to maintain relatively good health well into their 90s and beyond 100 years old.
The outcome of this study is very important for individuals who want to maintain good health as they age. It turns out the most important factor for healthy longevity in MAINTAIN YOUR MUSCLE MASS.
High Intensity Interval Training: 20 Minutes = 700% Increase In Human Growth Hormone
Friday 12 Apr 2013 10:18 AM | Endurance, Sodium/Potassium Pump, Super 8, Sprinting, exercise, Gabe Mirkin, Interval Training, Jens Bangsbo, CrossFit
For several years I did cancer research (breast cancer). I no longer do scientific research. I realized that total devotion and focus on a single topic wasn't my style. I'm interested in EVERYTHING related to health. Hence, i switched careers and I now call myself a Health Educator. Every week I process and evaluate volumes of scientific research on wide-ranging health topics, and then I report what is new, interesting and important. My Blog on my WEB site is a wonderful platform that enables me to post and share important cutting edge health information.
My topic today is exercise. In the past ten years or so there has been an exponential increase of high quality scientific research into exercise physiology. This research is telling us how and why exercise benefits the body, and which types of exercise are most effective.
High intensity interval training is critical if you want to improve your exercise performance and/or athletic ability. Simply put, you must push yourself close to your maximum capable level of physical exertion in order to make gains. Put another way, about 90% of the benefit(s) of exercise is gained during the top 10% of your physical exertion capability. The CrossFit exercise program takes athletes to this maximum exertion level in almost every class. A sprinting program called Super 8 is also excellent.
Berberine Beats Metformin: Superstar For Blood Sugar Control
Thursday 11 Apr 2013 07:50 PM | Triglycerides, Type 2 Diabetes, Fasting Blood Glucose, Postprandial Blood Glucose, Metformin, Berberine, Hemoglobin A1C
Berberine is a herbal compound that is found in the roots and bark of several plants such as goldenseal, Oregon grape and phellodendron. When extracted, it is a bright yellow powder that has historically been used as a dye. However, the medicinal uses of berberine are what it is best known for. For centuries, berberine has been uses in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. In this post I am going to highlight berberine's remarkable ability to control blood sugar.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the worst disease epidemics in the history of the world. Nearly 26 million Americans (18.8 million diagnoses and 7 million undiagnosed) have diabetes. Also, it is estimated that an additional 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes.
Metformin is the most commonly prescribed drug in the world for the treatment of diabetes. Recent statistics revealed that in the United State alone, more than 48 million prescriptions were filled for metformin in 2010.
Curcumin Suppresses Cancer And Increases Life Span
Tuesday 09 Apr 2013 09:07 AM | Cancer, Life Span, Curry, Curcumin, Life Extension, Super Bio-Curcumin, Turmeric, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer
In a study with roundworms, a small amount of curcumin in their growth medium resulted in a 39% increase in average life span and a 21.4% increase in maximum life span.
Fruit flies generally live an average of 64 days. When a small amount of curcumin was added to their diets, they lived to 80 days which was a 25% increase in their life span. In a third study, mice who were fed a metabolite of curcumin experienced significantly increased life span.
All Medications Cause Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
Friday 05 Apr 2013 07:27 AM | Cancer, Consultations, Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions, Heart Disease, Diabetes, AIDS, The Nutritional Cost Of Drugs, Antibiotics, HIV
I've written two books on the topic of drug-induced nutrient depletions which I think makes me the world's leading expert on this topic. The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook is a reference book for health professionals while The Nutritional Cost of Drugs was written for the lay public.
Most people don't realize that virtually all drugs deplete nutrients. Frequently these nutrient depletions develop into health problems which cause many people to go to a doctor and get another drug. Some of the major drug categories that cause nutrient depletions include medications for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, anti-inflammatories and pain meds, birth control pills, hormone replacement meds for menopausal symptoms, HIV & AIDS meds, blood pressure, cholesterol meds, anticonvulsants, antibiotics, and on and on. They all do.
New Study: Bad Intestinal Bacteria Can Cause Obesity
Wednesday 03 Apr 2013 12:44 PM | Obesity, Cancer, Dr. Ohhira's, Microflora, Microbiome, Probiotics, Insulin Resistance, Heart Disease, Diabetes
Recent advances in technology have enabled scientists to make astounding advances in their ability to study the structure and function of intestinal bacteria. The 100 trillion bacteria in your GI tract control and regulate so many aspects of health that the Human Microbiome is now considered one of the great frontiers of science.
Probiotics and the human microflora play an important role in the major health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. In this blog post I want to highlight a new study that explains how bad bacteria in the GI tract contribute to obesity and conversely, how a healthy diet (which encourages the growth of friendly bacteria) results in weight loss.
Zinc Dramatically Reduces Opportunistic Infections in AIDS Patients Treated With AZT
Scientific studies have shown that the antiretroviral drugs used in the treatment of AIDS and HIV-infected individuals deplete zinc. Here is the cruel paradox. The immune system in people with AIDS is not functioning, and then they are given drugs which deplete zinc, which further weakens their immune system. We should be doing things to strengthen their immune systems.
CAUTION....NSAIDs Accelerate Joint Destruction!
Friday 29 Mar 2013 11:04 AM | omega-3, DHA, Cartilage, NSAIDs, Nordic Naturals, fish oils, Hyaluronic Acid, EPA, Proteoglycans, Joint Deterioration, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Inflammatory
Over 100 million people in the United States regularly take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Mortin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). While these medications are great anti-inflammatory agents, they have some serious side effects. One of the side effects that that most people are not aware of is that these NSAIDs accelerate the rate of joint destruction and joint deterioration (also, over 15,000 people die from intestinal bleeding caused by NSAIDs every year).
NSAIDs block the body's ability to produce compounds called proteoglycans and hyaluronic acid which are critical for the growth, regeneration and repair of cartilage. Thus, although NSAIDs are excellent anti-inflammatory agents, they inhibit cartilage growth, block the process of cartilage repair and accelerate joint destruction.
Birth Control Pills Dramatically Increase Risk Of Depression
Thursday 28 Mar 2013 07:21 AM | Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Tyrosine, Serotonin, Depression, Oral Contraceptives, The Pill Problem, Dopamine, Vitamin B12, Birth Control Pills
Vitamin B6 is required for the synthesis of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that is known to regulate mood, emotions and sleep. Oral contraceptive-induced depletion of vitamin B6 inhibits a woman's ability to produce serotonin which substantially increases the risk of depression. In one study, 33% of women developed depression within 2 to 5 years after they started taking birth control pills.(2)
Help Fight Monsanto And Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)...!!!
Tuesday 26 Mar 2013 09:23 AM | Organic Consumers Association, OCA, Genetically Modified Foods, Genetic Roulette, GMO, Monsanto, Jeffrey Smith
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Sexual Side Effects of Birth Control Pills
Monday 25 Mar 2013 08:35 AM | Vaginal Dryness, SHBG, Dehydroepiandrosterone, Sexual Side Effects, Oral Contraceptives, Orgasms, Decreased Desire, Birth Control Pills, Sex Drive, Libido, DHEA
Sexual side effects are one of the most common reasons women stop taking birth control pills. These side effects happen because the artificial hormones in oral contraceptives cause women to have lower levels of testosterone compared to non-users. This means that many women who use oral contraceptives will have a decline in their sex drive, otherwise known as libido.
Testosterone is the hormone that regulates sex drive in both men and women. Studies reveal that women using oral contraceptives have substantially elevated levels of a protein called sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG)(1). This means more of their testosterone is bound to SHBG which means it is not free to act at the cellular level.
Birth Control Pills Can Increase Risk Of Blood Clots 7-Fold
In my new book The Pill Problem I explain why birth control pills increase women's risks to many health problems AND I offer suggestions on how to prevent these problems. To reduce the risks of developing blood clots, I advise women to take extra magnesium and omega-3 fish oils.
Oral contraceptives deplete magnesium from women's bodies. Low levels of magnesium increase a woman's risk of both blood clots and heart attacks.
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A TON Of Cure
Monday 18 Mar 2013 06:33 PM | Cancer, Consultations, Bruce Ames, Diabetes, RDA, Drug-Induced Depletion Handbook, Alzheimer's Disease
Little lifestyle habits make a BIG difference over time. I'm talking about things like avoiding trans fats, fried foods, sugar, white flour and other processed grains, artificial flavors & colors, artificial sweeteners, commercially grown eggs, beef, and chicken. Then there's healthy water, natural sunlight, regular exercise. Yes, there are a LOT of things that make up a healthy lifestyle.
Birth Control Pills Deplete Folic Acid-Increase Risks of Birth Defects
Monday 18 Mar 2013 08:18 AM | Spina bifida, Folic Acid, Cleft Lip, Oral Contraceptives, Birth Defects, SNPs, Birth Control Pills, L-methylfolate, Cleft Palate
Many scientific studies report that women taking oral contraceptives have lower levels of folic acid compared to non-users. In fact, one study reported that folic acid blood levels are 40% lower in women using oral contraceptives compared to non-users. I strongly recommend that all women who take oral contraceptives take a folic acid supplement every day. Numerous other classes of drugs also deplete folic acid, including drugs for diabetes, epilepsy, acid reflux, and inflammation. Consequently, many women are taking several medications which compound the folic acid depletion problem.
Birth Control Pills Cause Tiredness, Fatigue, Low Energy
Saturday 16 Mar 2013 10:38 AM | Folic Acid, ATP, Fatigue, Oral Contraceptives, Magnesium, Tiredness, Mitochondria, Vitamin B12, Coenzyme Q10, selenium, Low Energy, Birth Control Pills
Folic acid and vitamin B12 are required for the production of red blood cells. Low levels of these nutrients can cause anemia which means there are not enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Fatigue, tiredness and low energy are classic signs of anemia.