The American Journal of Phytomedicine & Clinical Therapeutics (AJPCT) report on a study - "The study concluded that the ethanolic extract of Alstonia scholaris possesses antiepileptic and sedative potential. These effects may be due to alteration in the GABA mediated chloride channel of neurons associated with sleep activity"
Cancer and Nutrition report on the chemopreventive effects of oranges "The chemopreventive action of OJ is related to its effect on metabolic enzymes and its.antiinflammatory, cytoprotective/apoptotic, hormonal, cell signaling-modulating, antioxidant, and antigenotoxic effects... The composition and, therefore, the chemopreventive action of OJ might be influenced by different cultivars, climates, extraction methods, packaging, storage temperatures, and shelf lives, among other factors."
PLOS Medicine report on Acupuncture, Counselling for Depression and conclude "In this randomised controlled trial of acupuncture and counselling for patients presenting with depression, after having consulted their general practitioner in primary care, both interventions were associated with significantly reduced depression at 3 months when compared to usual care alone"
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Hypertension in association with diabetes (DM), renal impairment (RI), and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH)increases the risk of future cardiovascular events. We hypothesize, traditional herbal medicines Danshen and Gegen (D&G) have beneficial effects on atherogenesis in these high-risk hypertensive subjects. Conclusion: D&G adjunctive treatment was well tolerated and significantly improved atherogenesis in high-risk hypertensive patients, with potential in primary atherosclerosis prevention
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on Asthma and TCM in Taiwan "Ma-Xing-Gan-Shi-Tang (MXGST) was the most commonly used herbal formula(HF) (20.2% of all prescriptions), followed by Xiao-Qing-Long-Tang (13.1%) and Xing-Su-San (12.8%). Zhe Bei Mu is the most frequently used single herb (SH) (14.6%), followed by Xing Ren (10.7%). MXGST was commonly used with Zhe Bei Mu (3.5%) and other single herbs capable of dispelling phlegm. Besides, MXGST was the core formula to relieve asthma. Further studies about efficacy and drug safety are needed for the CHM commonly used for asthma based on the result of this study."
The Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine report on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Glaucoma. The study conlcudes "Using L. barbarum and Ginkgo biloba as examples, we demonstrated the neuroprotective effects and the underlying mechanisms of TCM tonic herbs in protecting RGCs against degeneration in glaucoma"
The Journal of Medicinal Plants Research report on two herbs: Withania somnifera (WS) and Asparagus racemosus (AR) and their neuroprotective effect on the brain. The study concludes "It was therefore, concluded that both plants in combination (WS + AR) have more effective role in neuroprotection. Study also showed neurotrophic factor modulatory activity of these plants. Present study suggest that WS + AR in combination could have alternative therapeutic potency for treatment of diseases associated with neuron cell loss."
The American Botanical Council report on the effects of curcumin on major depression. "This study showed curcumin to have similar efficacy as fluoxetine. It is suggested that curcumin's bioactivity may be due to effects on neurotransmitters such as serotonin, or the concurrent potentiation of antidepressant pharmaceuticals. This study also shows curcumin to be well tolerated, with no serious adverse effects. It is discussed that curcumin's bioavailability was improved through the addition of curcuminoids and volatile oils,"
The Journal of Medicinal Plant Research report on the Free radical scavenging activity and DNA damage protective effect of melinjo (Gnetum gnemon L.) and conclude "The radical scavenging activity of melinjo tissue was in the order of seeds > leaves > seed peels. Moreover, all samples also exhibited notable reducing power and protected hydroxyl radical induced oxidative DNA damage. The greater amount of phenolic compounds leads to more potent radical scavenging effect as shown by extract from different tissues of melinjo."
The Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Neurology report on a study and conclude "An exploratory analysis suggested a reduction in depression symptom severity during treatment with high-dose CoEnzyme Q10 for older adults with Bi Polar Disorder"
The Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Neurology report on a study and report that anemia and a lack of vitamins B6 and B9 could be the leading causes of depression among older people.
American Botanical Council review the safety of Kava and driving and report "This study gives important insight into the effects of a medicinal dose of kava on a population that would use it (i.e., patients with anxiety). However, when people use kava for recreational purposes, they consume much higher doses. Similar to alcohol, as the dose of kava increases, the ability to safely operate a vehicle may diminish. This study should be replicated with a recreational dose of kava.
The Aviceena Journal of Phytomedicine report "TSL-1 is a fraction of the aqueous extract from the tender leaf of Toona sinensis Roem, a nutritious vegetable. The pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus is a recently described, rapidly contagious respiratory pathogen which can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and poses a major public health threat. Our results suggest that TSL-1 may be used as an alternative treatment and prophylaxis against pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus."
The Aviceena Journal of Phytomedicine report on a study "results showed that, in asthmatic group, the mean number of mast cells was significantly increased (p<0.05). Thickness of alveolar epithelium and accumulation of glycoprotein in airways was increased. Moreover, in some of alveolar sac hemorrhaging was observed. Administration of p.major extract in asthmatic rats restored these changes towards normal group. The present study revealed that P. major compared with theophylline, has a protective effect on lung in asthmatic rats."
Newswise report "men who drank four or more cups of coffee per day experienced a 59 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer recurrence and/or progression as compared to those who drank only one or fewer cups per week.They did not, however, find an association between coffee drinking and reduced mortality from prostate cancer, although the study included too few men who died of prostate cancer to address that issue separately."
Futurity report on a study and report that one dose of cocaine rewires the brain "“These drug-induced changes in the brain may explain how drug related cues come to dominate decision-making in a human drug user, leaving more mundane tasks and cues with relatively less power to activate the brain’s decision-making centers.”
The Journal of Nutrition report on the effect of fruit and vegetables on bladder cancer - "Our findings suggest that greater consumption of fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of invasive bladder cancer among women and highlight the need for specific subgroup analyses in future studies."
The Aviceena Journal of Phytomedicine report on a study on rats which concludes "Our findings indicated that the extract of C. sativus could be useful to prevent asthma as an anti-inflammatory treatment."
More on Smoking and Pregnancy, this time from the Journal Nature. They report "Exposure to nicotine in the womb increases the production of brain cells that stimulate appetite, leading to overconsumption of nicotine, alcohol and fatty foods in later life, according to a new study in rats. Smoking during pregnancy is known to alter fetal brain development and increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight and miscarriage. Prenatal exposure to nicotine also increases the likelihood of tobacco use and nicotine addiction in later life, but exactly how is unclear."
Reuters report "Women who quit smoking immediately before or after becoming pregnant gain more weight during and after pregnancy - but their babies are less likely to be born small than those born to smokers, a new study suggests. Women who quit smoking gained about six more pounds during their pregnancies than those who continued to smoke, and a similar amount in the year after giving birth. On the other hand, women who quit smoking early in pregnancy and nonsmokers gave birth to babies of similar birth weights, on average. Babies of women who kept smoking were more likely to be born at a low weight. The big thing to get out of this study is that quitting early in pregnancy is as helpful in respect to the birth weight of your baby as never having smoked while you were pregnant,"
Science Daily report on a study on the effects of Chinese Medicine on rats with spinal cord injuries "Other findings suggest JSK might help protect against injury caused by damage to spinal cord blood vessels. For instance, JSK increased vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a protein involved in the formation and growth of blood vessels, down-regulated clotting-associated genes, and promoted factors that contribute to vasodilation. The authors say that JSK targets multiple biochemical and cellular pathways that may help protect against the primary traumatic injury as well as subsequent secondary injuries that evolve over time.
Reuter's report on effects of BPA and Phthalates on children - "Children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure, new research suggests."
Newswise reports on a study on the effects of caffeine on the liver - "caffeine stimulates the metabolization of lipids stored in liver cells and decreased the fatty liver of mice that were fed a high-fat diet. These findings suggest that consuming the equivalent caffeine intake of four cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in preventing and protecting against the progression of NAFLD in humans."
Newswise report "Hypnotic relaxation therapy improves sexual health in postmenopausal women who have moderate to severe hot flashes, according to Baylor University researchers who presented their findings at the American Psychological Association's recent annual meeting.The study, which examined sexual comfort, sexual satisfaction and sexual pleasure, is a first step toward a safe and effective alternative toward hormone replacement therapy, which carries associated risks of cancer and heart disease,"
Newswise report "a clinical trial conducted at the Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA has found that, compared with soybean oil, a limited duration (24 weeks) of fish oil is safe and effective in reversing liver disease in children with intestinal failure who require intravenous nutrition. The researchers believe that fish oil may also decrease the need for liver and/or intestinal transplants — and mortality — associated with this disease."
The American Botanical Council report on the effects of Bacopa / Brahmi on Attention, Working Memory, Cognitive Processing, and Cholinergic Function in Healthy, Elderly Subjects "The authors conclude that bacopa enhanced attention, cognitive processing, working memory, and cholinergic function. Bacopa may suppress the function of AChE in the brain, leading to increased levels of acetylcholine which can enhance attention and memory. Since mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer's disease are due in part to a decline in acetylcholine, bacopa may benefit these patients,
The American Botanical Council report on the effects of Cranberry Juice on Arterial Stiffness in overweight man - "These authors found that although CJC consumption did reduce the resting AIx in overweight men, the decrease was not significantly different from those drinking the PJ. The significant within-group decrease in the AIx following the CJC consumption, however, warrants further investigation"
The American Botanical Council review the effects of chocolate on stroke risk and report "The highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a decreased risk of stroke in men, and this was confirmed by the meta-analysis. The results can be extrapolated to men in general because of the wide representation of men present in the sample population. Though the exact mechanism of action for the stroke benefit has not been elucidated, it is likely due to the pleiotropic (producing multiple effects from one gene) cardiovascular benefits of chocolate, including the lowering of blood pressure."
The American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics report on a study on Arthritis: "In this study both the alcoholic and aqueous extracts significantly (p<0.01) decrease the paw edema on 28th day. They also significantly rectified the deranged hematological parameters and biochemical parameters which is observed from the studies.the alcoholic extracts found to show more effect than aquous extracts in the terms of % of inhibition. The study gives a scientific rational to the use of this plant in arthritis and related conditions."
The Journal of Medicinal Plant Research report on a study on the effects of two essential. The study concludes: "The present study demonstrated that essential oils of Glycyrrhiza. glabra and Matricaria. chamomilla have potent antifungal, antioxidant, and anticancer with the presence of effective phytochemicals."
The American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics report on a study "Antinociceptive Potential of Terminalia Catappa (Indian Almond) Leaves in Swiss Albino Rat" The conclusion "The result indicates that the aqueous extract of Terminalla catappa leaves posseses analgesic activity which may mediated through both central and peripheral mechanism."
The Journal of Medicinal Food Research report on the antioxidant and antibacterial effects of Thuja orientalis leaves. The study concludes "The highest antibacterial potentiality was exhibited by E2 extract. The fractions also exhibited antimicrobial activity against all the selected microorganisms. The study revealed that T. orientalis is a promising phytomedicine for antioxidant and antibacterial activity."
The Journal of Medicinal Food report on a study on the effects of Black Alder on Inflammation and conclude "According to the results, the antioxidant properties displayed by the extract of A. glutinosa stem bark, together with the effect on TNF-alevels, suggest that these activities, linked to a successful reduction in inflammatory processes, may support, in part, its ethnopharmacological use"
I reported on the health effects of Deep Seawater (DSW) and Physical Fatigue a couple of months ago. A new study in the Journal of Medicinal Food report on the effects of DSW on Cholesterol and conclude "DSW was apparently effective in reducing blood total cholesterol and LDL-C, and also indecreasing lipid peroxidation in hypercholesterolemic subjects"
The Journal of chinese Integrative Medicine report on a study of the effects of Yiqi Huaju Formula on Hypertension and Metabolic Syndrome. The conclusion: "This study showed that integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine treatment can achieve better results in controlling blood pressure as well as other cardiovascular risk factors. The mechanism of controlling of blood pressure may be associated with the improvement of insulin sensitivity due to the Yiqi Huaju intervention
Science Daily report "Vitamin and mineral supplements can enhance mental energy and well-being not only for healthy adults but for those prone to anxiety and depression"
Nation of Change report on a study in the Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases,"the study underscores the potential ‘leukemogenic’ properties of the Bt toxin biopesticides used in almost all GMO foods that are currently planted on more than 3.9 million acres of crops in the US. Many of these crops are shipped to other countries who have not yet banned GM foods from their imports, so the prevalence of their use on US soil affects the whole planet."
The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study regarding Sickle Cell Disorder and conclude "The fruit extract of Z. Heitzii demonstrated the most significant antisickling effect with a potential for use in the clinical management of SCD
The Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine report on a study on mice regarding Ulcerative Colitis and conclude "The combination of hydroalcoholic extract of A. roxburghianus and piperine is effective in the treatment of UC and the effects are comparable with the standard drug prednisolone
Medpage report on a study on the effect of Phthalates on fertility in particular IVF and conclude. "their results support the hypothesis that phthalates may have an adverse effect on female fertility, particularly when it comes to IVF"
The Journal of Medicinal Foods report on a study on the effects of Ginkgo biloba Extract (GBE) and Bilberry anthocyanins on Normal Tension Glaucoma (NTC). They conclude "In conclusion, this study suggests that anthocyanins and GBE could be effective for improving visual function inpatients with NTG. These results can help clinicians managepatients with NTG"
The Journal of Medicinal Food report on a study of a herbal combination and weight loss and conclude "Our findings suggest that the herbal blend appears to be a well-tolerated and effective ingredient for weight management."
BMC Medicine report on a study that examine the association of red meat, processed meat, and poultry consumption with the risk of early death in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). The study concluded "The results of our analysis support a moderate positive association between processed meat consumption and mortality, in particular due to cardiovascular diseases, but also to cancer."
The Journal of Medicinal Plant Research report on the Antimicrobial effects of Thymus vulgaris Essential OIl and conclude "The most abundant compounds were geraniol, thymol, gama-terpinene, para-cymene, citral, 3-octanone, and 3-octenol. The essential oil in formulation had similar antimicrobial effects in comparison to the essential oil itself; the formulation was partially stable during the study period. Formulations with T. vulgaris essential oil effectively inhibited microbial growth. The results show a reasonable stability of the formulation. The topical use of essential oil from thyme is a promising alternative for cosmetic and phytotherapeutic use."
The Journal of Medicinal Plants Research report on pain and anxiety and the plant Piper auritum and conclude "The aqueous extract showed antinociceptive and anxiolytic-like effects in the model tested, without affecting the locomotor activity of experimental animals. Acute toxicity tests show that the intake of extracts of different polarities of P. auritum involves no health risks. The present study supports, in part, the uses of P. auritum leaves as a tranquilizer, sedative agent, and as a remedy for the relief of pain in Mexican traditional medicine."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on "A systematic review of anti-obesity medicinal plants - an update" and conclude "Taking all results collectively, Nigella sativa, Camellia synensis, green tea, and black Chinese tea were found to have acceptable anti-obesity effects. Furthermore, there have been some reports on anti-oxidative stress effects of some of these plants which may be important in the management of other diseases accompanying with obesity like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes "
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study on Black Tea Extract and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and conclude "BTE consisting primarily of theaflavins is not cytotoxic and can reduce or block the production of infectious HSV-1 virions in cultured A549 and Vero cells, thus inhibiting the infectivity of the virus by interfering in the attachment, penetration and viral DNA replication of HSV-1 particles. These findings indicate that BTE enriched with theaflavins has the potential to be developed as a safe, therapeutic antiviral agent to prevent the spread of HSV-1"
Molecular Nutrition and Food Research report on oats for heart health and atherosclerosis and conclude "The action of various oat components on the atherogenic pathways reviewed here suggest that several different oat components besides β-glucans may confer an atheroprotective effect of possible significance for cardiovascular health"
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study on Acupuncture and the effects on sleep in people with psychiatric problems and state "it was found that the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment was higher in the patients with schizophrenia than in the patients with depression. Acupuncture seems able to improve sleep in this convenient sample of patients with long-lasting psychiatric problems and may be a suitable and cost-effective add-on treatment for this group, particularly if conducted group-wise.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study "Water extract of Spatholobus suberectus inhibits osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption" and conclude "This study demonstrated that the water extract of the stem of Spatholobus suberectus (WESS) inhibits osteoclast differentiation and function. These results suggest that WESS has a potential for treating pathological bone diseases caused by excessive bone resorption.
Molecular Nutrition and Food Research report on a review "Potential of olive oil phenols as chemopreventive and therapeutic agents against cancer: A review of in vitro studies" and conclude "Data summarized here represent a good starting point for more extensive studies for better insight into the molecular mechanisms induced by OO-phenols and to increase the availability of chemopreventive or therapeutic drugs to fight cancer."
The Journal of Molecular Nutriation and food research asks "To establish the parameters of optimal nutrition do we need to consider psychological in addition to physiological parameters?" and conclude "Given the concerns that have been expressed about the negative responses to high levels of micronutrients, the implications are discussed of the finding that psychological functioning may benefits from an intake greater than those currently recommended."
The Environmental Health News report on Atrazine and report " Frogs feminized, but atrazine's effects on people uncertain. Atrazine, one of the most widely used farm pesticides in the US, has feminized male frogs and other animals in some scientific studies. But research examining potential effects in people is relatively sparse. A few studies have found possible connections between atrazine and higher rates of some birth defects and poor semen quality in men. Yet scientists say more human research is needed to reach any conclusions."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a Study on stressed Koreans and the practice of Qigong and conclude "appears to be effective in reducing stress perception, anxiety, anger, and improving quality of life."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on the effects of Ficus deltoidea fruits on Diabetes and conclude "The antioxidant activities of the fruits of F. deltoidea might be asserted by the phenolic content but other polar plant components were possibly involved in the antidiabetic properties. The study of these compounds having both antihyperglycemic and antioxidant activities may provide a new approach in the treatment of diabetes mellitus."
Mainstream news America Today report on BPA and obesity in Girls. The study shows "Girls between ages 9 and 12 with high levels of BPA — 2 micrograms per liter or more — were two times more likely to be obese than girls with lower levels of BPA in the same age group. Girls with very high levels of BPA — more than 10 micrograms per liter — were five times more likely to be obese"
The American Journal of Phytomedicine and Therapeutics report on a Study on Peridonal Disease and conclude "These results suggest that, propolis, alum, Salvadora persica (Miswak), clove, green and black tea have antibacterial actions against black pigmented P.gingivalis (from periodontal pockets) and may be used for the treatment and prophylaxis against periodontal diseases."
The American Journal of Phytomedicine and Therapeutics report on a study on Pain and Hyoscyamus reticulatus. They conclude "The results indicate that metanolic extract of Hyoscyamus reticulatus L. possesses a significant antinociceptive activity in both central and peripheral pain models in mice and therefore, it can be used as supplemental therapy in acute or chronic pain conditions."
The American Journal of Phytomedicine and Therapeutics report on a study on Anaemia and Swertia chirata and conclude "The extracts of Swertia chirata leaves reversed anaemia induced by phenylhydrazine model of anaemia similar to those induced by parasite such as Plasmodium falciparum17. The vitamin and mineral constituents of the leaf appear most likely as the active ingredients responsible for the haematinic effect of Swertia chirata leaves. This result supports at least partially the traditional use of Swertia chirata in the treatment of anaemia."
The Journal of Medicinal Plants Research report on the effects of essential oils (Tea Tree and Eucalyptus) on Candida albicans and conclude "Conclusively, the preliminary evidence for the antifungal activity of M. alternifolia and E. globulus essential oils against oral Candida were presented. Its action against this yeast includes inhibition of adhesion and biofilm formation on prosthetic biomaterial (PMMA) and this raises the possibility that these plants may have therapeutic use for oral candidiasis and possibly other oral infections.
The Journal of Medicinal Plants report on the use by healers of a medicinal plant for the treatment of gonorrhoea and conclude "The treatment of gonorrhoea by these healers using C. roseus was comparable in terms of the preparation method of the extract, including plant part (root) used and boiling time (20 min), as well as the administration procedure (oral prescription), dosage strength (300 ml three times per day) and treatment period (seven days). The current study concludes that C. roseus extracts might be effective against Neisseria gonorrhoea."
Science Daily report "20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time."
The Journal of Medicinal Plants Research report on a study on Yucca leaves and conclude "The Yucca aloifolia leaves extract showed considerable antioxidant activity but were solvent-dependent. In biological assay, the extracts showed the antimicrobial activity comparable with standard antibiotics"
The Journal of Biological Psychiatry report on a study on the effects of sun intensity and ADHD and conclude "In this study we found a lower prevalence of ADHD in areas with high SI for both U.S. and non-U.S. data. This association has not been reported before in the literature. The preventative effect of high SI might be related to an improvement of circadian clock disturbances, which have recently been associated with ADHD. These findings likely apply to a substantial subgroup of ADHD patients and have major implications in our understanding of the etiology and possibly prevention of ADHD by medical professionals, schools, parents, and manufacturers of mobile devices"
The Chinese Medicine Journal report on a study on the Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory effect of some herbs and fungi and conclude "The selected herbs could be a rich source of antioxidants and free radical scavenging compounds. The levels of phenolic and flavonoid compounds were correlated with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of the herb extracts.
A study on the of Antibacterial activity of garlic and apple vinegar report "Antibacterial activity of aqueous garlic extract at 50% concentrations by well-diffusion method was characterized by inhibition zones of 5 Gram-positive and 9 Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria. The maximum zone of inhibition of aqueous garlic extract was observed in Salmonella typhi and the minimum was observed for Proteus sp. All organisms tested were highly sensitive to apple vinegar- garlic extract combination, whereas all organisms tested were slightly sensitive to apple vinegar.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "Circulating and dietary magnesium are inversely associated with Cardiovascual Disease risk, which supports the need for clinical trials to evaluate the potential role of magnesium in the prevention of CVD and Ischemic Heart Disease"
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report herbal sunscreens and ultraviolet protection and comment "Some herbal agents taken orally appear to be able to reduce local and systemic negative effects of excessive ultraviolet (UV ) light exposure. What is notable in this category is the well-researched Phlebodium aureum (golden serpent fern), frequently referred to in the literature by an old name Polypodium leucatomos. Sufficiently high oral doses of Camellia sinensis (green tea), as well as topical applications, also appear to be photoprotective.In addition, Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng) may be helpful as a systemic immunomodulator to prevent the harm done by ex-cessive UV light on local and general immune function."
Plos one report on the combination of Selenium and Green and the effect on colon cancer and conclude "These data show, for the first time, that combination of selenium and green tea is more effective in suppressing colorectal oncogenesis than either agent alone. The preventive effect is associated with regulation of genetic and epigenetic biomarkers implicated in colonic carcinogenesis.
Plos one report on a study on Vitamin D and colon cancer and state "Finally, we used all available data to compare full causal and full reverse causal models. We consistently observed evidence in support of the direct causal relation between low 25-OHD and CRC".
The Iran Red Crescent Med Journal report on a study on the effects of Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia compared with fluoxetine and conclude "Acupuncture significantly improved pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia. Also, we found that acupuncture did not have any side effect and was tolerable."
The Cochrane Library review "Music for pain relief" and conclude "This systematic review included 51 studies involving 3663 subjects. The review authors found that music reduced pain, increased the number of patients who reported at least 50% pain relief, and reduced requirements for morphine-like analgesics. However, as the magnitude of these positive effects is small, the clinical relevance of music for pain relief in clinical practice is unclear"
The Cochrane Library Review acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour and conclude "Acupuncture and acupressure may have a role with reducing pain, increasing satisfaction with pain management and reduced use of pharmacological management. However, there is a need for further research."
Newswise Report "Data from nearly 3,000 children shows dietary exposure to certain plastics may play a hidden role in epidemic increases in childhood hypertension"
Cochrane Summaries report "Antenatal digital perineal massage reduces the likelihood of perineal trauma (mainly episiotomies) and the reporting of ongoing perineal pain, and is generally well accepted by women. As such, women should be made aware of the likely benefit of perineal massage and provided with information on how to massage"
Crohn's Disease + Vitamin D
Medline Plus report on new research "Vitamin D supplements may help those with Crohn's disease overcome the fatigue and decreased muscle strength associated with the inflammatory bowel disease, according to new research. Extra vitamin D "was associated with significantly less physical, emotional and general fatigue, greater quality of life and the ability to perform activities of daily living,
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study involving Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and both Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicine and conclude "It is evident that many TCM/TIM herbs possess anti-DM activities by interacting with various proven drug targets where Western drugs interact. Because of their empirically known oral efficacy and safety profiles, nutritional supplement status, multiple components for multiple drug targets, low cost, and easy access, TCM/TIM herbs such as ginseng, mulberry, and Radix coptidis are excellent candidates for long-term use for the prevention and treatment of T2DM"
The BMJ report on a study on the prevalence of diabetes in marijuana users and conclude "Marijuana use was independently associated with a lower prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus"
The American Journal of Medicine report on a study on the Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance and conclude "We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR, and smaller waist circumference."
American Botanical Council (ABC) says that clinically tested ginkgo extracts sold as dietary supplements in the US are safe for most consumers. The ABC statement follows news of the publication of a report by the National Toxicology Program that showed that a special formulation of a Chinese ginkgo extract produced cancers in certain strains of rats and mice. ABC state "The ginkgo extract used in this study is different from the high-quality ginkgo extracts used in published clinical trials showing safety and various beneficial activities of ginkgo, the Shanghai ginkgo extract used by NTP does not represent the quality of German ginkgo extract that is the world standard for ginkgo. It is highly unfortunate that NTP chose to use this ginkgo extract as it means that the results of the NTP’s studies are not applicable to the standard-setting ginkgo extracts.”
The American Botanical Council report on the effects of essential oils and mental exhaustion / burnout and conclude "Inhaling a mixture of peppermint, basil, and helichrysum essential oils several times a day appears to reduce the symptoms of moderate mental exhaustion and/or burnout."
Plos One report on a study on Olive (Olea europaea L.) Leaf Polyphenols and Insulin Sensitivity in Middle-Aged Overweight Men and conclude "Supplementation with olive leaf polyphenols for 12 weeks significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreatic β-cell secretory capacity in overweight middle-aged men at risk of developing the metabolic syndrome"
Science Daily report that seniors doing weights and cardio exercises can keep the doctors away. The lead authors of a study found that "those who participated in the cardio or weight training program incurred fewer health care resources -- such as doctor visits and lab test"
A study in Cancer Research Prevention reports - "Results from the trial suggest that ginger may reduce proliferation in normal-appearing colorectal epithelium and increase apoptosis relative to proliferation, especially in the differentiation zone of colon crypts. The authors suggest that these results support a larger study to confirm the pilot data."
Evidence-Based Medical Research of Xiaoke Pill Study Group report "In patients with type 2 diabetes and inadequate glycaemic control, treatment with Xiaoke Pill led to significant reduction in risk of hypoglycemia and similar improvements in glycemic control after 48 weeks compared to Glibenclamide."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study on TCM and COPD and conclude "Based on the TCM patterns, Bu-Fei Jian-Pi granules, Bu-Fei Yi-Shen granules and Yi-Qi Zi-Shen granules have beneficial effects on measured outcomes in stable COPD patients over the 6-month treatment and 12-month follow-up, with no relevant between-group differences in adverse events."
Environmental Health News have a Special Report 'Chemicals of high concern' found in thousands of children's products. Cobalt in plastic building blocks and baby bibs. Ethylene glycol in dolls. Methyl ethyl ketone in clothing. Antimony in high chairs and booster seats. Parabens in baby wipes. D4 in baby creams. An Environmental Health News analysis of thousands of reports from America’s largest companies shows that toys and other children’s products contain low levels of dozens of industrial chemicals, including some unexpected ingredients that will surprise a public concerned about exposure. The reports were filed by 59 large companies, including Gap, Mattel, Gymboree, Nike, H&M and Wal-Mart, to comply with an unprecedented state law."
We cannot rest on our laurels, The EU may have banned neonicotinoids, chemicals used in pesticides for TWO years and the EPA may be being sued for not protecting Bees, but the Bees still need our help, National Georgraphic report on new worrisome findings, "a study from a team at Penn State has revealed that "inert" ingredients (adjuvants) used regularly to boost the effectiveness of pesticides do as much or more harm than the active "toxic" ingredients. In one study adjuvants were shown to impair adult bees' smelling and navigation abilities, and in a separate study they killed bee larvae outright."
The Journal of Medicinal food report on the antioxidant properties of Dandelion which are involved in protecting the liver "Our results clearly demonstrate the hepatoprotective effect of T. officinale against the toxicity induced by APAP. The possible mechanisms involved include its scavenger activities against ROS and reactive nitrogen species, which are attributed to the content of phenolic compounds in the extract."
Another interesting study from The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine this time on Pomegranates. The Study concludes "pomegranate has been suggested to stimulate probiotic bacteria thus enhancing their beneficial effects and fighting bacterial infections. Therefore, gut microflora seems to be important for pomegranate therapeutic activities. Pomegranate is safe at high doses in humans. So far, pomegranate has been shown to elicit beneficial effects for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, inflammation-related diseases such as IBD and NEC, and several types of cancer, as well as cardiovascular complications"
A Study in The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine assessed the Metabolic Effects of Aromatherapy in Human Volunteers and concluded "we identified the global metabolic responses to aromatherapy characterized by unique metabolic signatures in human urine involving carbohydrates, organic acids, amino acids, and pyrimidine. The metabolites involved in TCA cycle and gut microbe metabolism were significantly decreased after being exposed to essential oil inhalation for 10 days. These distinctions collectively constitute a metabolic window into essential oil effect, providing metabolic endpoints that complement the interpretation of behavioral research. The results of this study also highlight the potential of this sufficiently robust and noninvasive profiling approach for research on the CAM of aromatherapy."
The Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies report on a study on the anticonvulsant activity of Berberis Integerrima L and conclude "The present study, conducted in mice, indicated that B integerrima has anticonvulsant activity in PTZ-induced seizures. It is concluded that B integerrima may be useful in petit mal epilepsy."
The Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies report on a study on dental pain and Acupuncture and conclude "The results of this study indicate that the effects of acupuncture analgesia could be a technical adjunct to pain control in patients with acute dental pain"
The wonderful Dr. Mercola reports "EPA Slapped with Lawsuit over Ongoing Bee Deaths - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a lawsuit against the agency, filed by beekeepers and environmental groups. Said Paul Towers, spokesperson for the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), one of the groups involved in the lawsuit: “Despite our best efforts to warn the agency about the problems posed by neonicotinoids, the EPA continued to ignore the clear warning signs of an ag system in trouble.”
Medpage report "Women who exercised even minimally had a significantly lower risk of kidney stones, according to an analysis of a large cohort study. Overall, physically active women had about a 30% lower risk of kidney stones compared with women who reported no exercise. The risk reduction ranged as high as 80% in one analysis"
The Japanese Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on the effects of
Green tea on fatigue and the results showed "In a state of fatigue, drinking green tea showed dominance of the parasympathetic nervous system, an improvement in their attentiveness, and elevation of NK activity; thereby, reducing fatigue, particularly, mental fatigue." and conlcuded "This study comprehensively showed the fatigue-reducing effect of green tea in psychological, physiological and immunological parameters. It is hereby, suggested that green tea is indeed, helpful in reducing fatigue."
Informa Healthcare report on a study "A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a herbal medicinal product containing Tropaeoli majoris herba (Nasturtium) and Armoraciae rusticanae radix (Horseradish) for the prophylactic treatment of patients with chronically recurrent lower urinary tract infections" and concludes "This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial demonstrates the efficacy and safety of the herbal medicinal product Angocin Anti-Infekt N* in the prophylactic treatment of chronically recurrent UTIs."
Science Daily report on a new study which finds that "elicitation of the relaxation response -- a physiologic state of deep rest induced by practices such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing and prayer -- produces immediate changes in the expression of genes involved in immune function, energy metabolism and insulin secretion"
Urology Reviews report on a study on Interstitial Cystitis and CAM and conclude "Complementary and alternative medicine therapy for IC is multimodal and individualized to each patient. Studies have described positive outcomes resulting from the use of dietary modification, nutraceuticals, bladder training, neuromodulation with physical therapy and home exercise programs, acupuncture, stress reduction, and sex therapy"
Fantastic News - Europe just banned bee-killing pesticides!! Mega-corporations like Bayer threw everything they had at this, but people-power, science and good governance came out on top!!- A letter from AVAAZ
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a study on the effects of yoga on pulmonary health and conclude "Overall, pulmonary function appears to improve with a minimum of 10 weeks of regular yoga practice, and the magnitude of this improvement is related to fitness level and/or the length of time the subjects spend practicing pranayama (i.e., breathing exercises). In other words, greater improvements in pulmonary function are more likely to be seen in less-fit individuals and/or those that engage in longer periods of pranayama"
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a study on essential oils and renal colic pain and conclude " This study demonstrated that rose essential oil therapy in addition to conventional therapy effectively reduces renal colic pain."
Alternet have a very informative and frightening article "You Are a Guinea Pig: What Happens to Your Body As It's Bombarded by Toxic Chemicals in Your Home. Without our knowledge or consent, we are testing thousands of suspected toxic chemicals and compounds
Medical News report on a study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., which evaluated "what effect eating mangos everyday would have on a total of twenty obese adult people. The participants ate 10 grams of freeze-dried mango everyday for 12 weeks. At the end of the study period they found that the blood sugar levels of the participants were much lower than at the start of the study"
A study published in Nutrition Journal a couple of years ago - "Based on the available evidence, it appears that nutritional and herbal supplementation is an effective method for treating anxiety and anxiety-related conditions without the risk of serious side effects. Based on this systematic review, strong evidence exists for the use of herbal supplements containing extracts of passionflower or kava and combinations of L-lysine and L-arginine as treatments for anxiety symptoms and disorders. Magnesium-containing supplements and other herbal combinations may hold promise, but more research is needed before these products can be recommended to patients. St. John's wort monotherapy has insufficient evidence for use as an effective anxiolytic treatment."
The results of a study on Dysmenorrhea and Acupuncture - "After one month's treatment, pain scores were significantly lower in both groups (p<0.05). Mean pain scores decreased by 52.2% and 69.5% in the NSAID and acupuncture groups, respectively." The study concludes "Acupuncture was as effective as NSAID therapy for patients with primary dysmenorrhea
Medpage today report "More Proof Soft Drinks Tied to Diabetes - One can -- or one more can -- of soda daily significantly increased the risk of diabetes in a European population, researchers found. Consuming an additional 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages -- a standard size can of soda -- daily was associated with a 22% (95% CI 1.09 to 1.38) increased risk for diabetes, and an extra can of artificially-sweetened beverage put the risk 52% higher (95% CI 1.26 to 1.83), according to Dora Romaguera-Bosch, PhD, MSc, of Imperial College London in England, and colleagues at the InterAct consortium.
The Journal of Medicinal Foods report on a study on tart cherries and essential Fatty Acids and cognitive deficits and conclude: "These findings indicate that TBR (containing tart cherry extract, Nordic fish oil, and refined emu oil) has the potential to serve as an adjunctive treatment which may help reduce the severity of cognitive deficits in disorders involving cholinergic deficits, such as Alzheimer's Disease."
Newswise report "The quality of vascular function is defined by the artery’s ability to dilate in response to the surge of blood – more dilation suggests the vessel has appropriate responses to changes in blood flow. “Greater dilatory response is an indicator of vascular health. People with a long history of smoking tend to have low vasodilatory responses,” Participants who took the supplements showed greater improvements in vascular function and also had lower levels of two inflammation-related proteins in their blood than did participants who received a placebo.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine's conclusion of a study on combination homeopathy and sleep and stress - "This study provides preliminary evidence for beneficial effects of dysto-loges S on sleep quality. Improvement of sleep quality was positively associated with a normalized neuroendocrine stress response during acute stress, whereas an altered hormonal response was observed in participants with impaired sleep. We hypothesize that the test product may possibly reduce NE release."
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a study on "Grounding" - "Emerging research is revealing that direct physical contact of the human body with the surface of the earth (grounding or earthing) has intriguing effects on human physiology and health, including beneficial effects on various cardiovascular risk factors" The Study concludes "Grounding increases the surface charge on RBCs and thereby reduces blood viscosity and clumping. Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events."
News Medical report on a study on the effects of berries on brain function - "Most diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have shown an increased amount of toxic protein. Berries seem to promote autophagy, the brain's natural housekeeping mechanism, thereby reducing the toxic accumulation,"
The Japanese Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study on the effects of Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Anxiety levels and conclude "Our results indicate that both salivary alpha-amylase activity and state anxiety levels are significantly reduced after fragrance inhalation of the sweet orange oil. Consequently, our research suggests that sweet orange essential oil has a relaxation effect."
The Journal of Medicinal Plant Research report "The antioxidant activity of plants decreased in the following order: marjoram > Greek oregano > flat parsley > rosemary > summer savory > curly parsley > oregano, which did not correspond clearly with their total phenolics content."
The Journal of Medicinal Plant Research conclude "This study, for the first time demonstrates dietary chemical, caffeine, as a potential inhibitor of growth, adhesion and biofilm formation by C. albicans."
The American Botanical Council report "Olive oil's benefits against photoaging may be due to its having a higher ratio of MUFA and less omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). MUFAs are less susceptible to peroxidation. Also, squalene and polyphenols in olive oil may be involved. Squalene, largely sequestered in skin, is thought to be a major protectant against free radical damage and dryness. Squalene and polyphenols seem to be important in benefits of the Mediterranean diet"
The American Botanical Council report "The authors conclude that kava has no deleterious effects on sexual function and pleasure, has no addictive qualities or withdrawal issues, and is safe for patients with GAD when taken for 6 weeks. Patients with GAD would require treatment for longer than 6 weeks, so a longer-term study is needed to confirm the findings. Nonetheless, this study contributes to the growing body of evidence that water-soluble, standardized formulations of kava from noble cultivars are safe. The authors conclude that these data may assist in the reintroduction of kava in restricted markets."
Wired report "Controversial pesticides linked to catastrophic honeybee declines in North America and Europe may also kill other creatures, posing ecological threats even graver than feared, say some scientists."
Dr. Mercola has a very informative article and video on his website by Dr. Johnnie Ham, MD, MBA discussing breast cancer screening "Nearly every woman age 40 and older continues to be told by their primary care physician, their gynecologist, the media, self-proclaimed advocacy groups, and even their medical insurance carrier, “get your annual mammogram!” despite the fact that nearly every recent authoritative study concludes that women should know all of the facts before agreeing to a mammogram screening."
Reuters Health report on a study and conclude "The aches and pains people suffer after working out more than usual can be relieved just as well by exercise as by massage" .......Personally, I think I would prefer a deep tissue massage
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "Is Tongxinluo More Effective Than Isosorbide Dinitrate in Treating Angina Pectoris? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trial" and conclude "The meta-analysis of 20 eligible RCTs demonstrates moderate evidence that TXL is more effective than ISDN for treating angina pectoris"
Dangerous Prescription Drugs: A very informative website to check out. Also the articles on the dirty dealings of the pharmaceutical companies are enough to make one vomit..
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report on the effect of Environmental factors and Breast cancer - "In addition to the traditionally acknowledged risk factors for breast cancer (age, reproductive history, genetic profile, alcohol intake, etc.), scientists are increasingly coming to understand that many chemicals commonly found in products we use daily may also be contributing to the very high incidence of breast cancer. We need to better understand the health effects of these environmental chemicals, especially so-called endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in pesticides, plastics, many personal care products, etc. This knowledge may lead us to undertake actions that aim to prevent the disease"
The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Thai traditional massage results in an increase in bone formation as assessed by serum P1NP, particularly in postmenopausal women who are older and have a smaller body build"
The Journal Chinese Medicine report on the Hepatoprotective effects of the water extract from the Chrsyanthemum indicum L flower and conclude "HCIF inhibited bioactivation of CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity and downregulates CYP2E1 expression in vitro and in vivo."
Sad news to report from Alternet "Slipped into the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which passed through Congress last week, was a small provision that’s a big deal for Monsanto and its opponents. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by activists who oppose the biotech giant. President Barack Obama signed the spending bill, including the provision, into law on Tuesday"
Neil M. Richards writes in The Havard Law Review 2013 "Drawing on law, history, literature, and the work of scholars in the emerging interdisciplinary field of “surveillance studies,” I explain what those harms are and why they matter. At the level of theory, I explain when surveillance is particularly dangerous, and when it is not. Surveillance is harmful because it can chill the exercise of our civil liberties, especially our intellectual privacy. It is also gives the watcher power over the watched, creating the the risk of a variety of other harms, such as discrimination, coercion, and the threat of selective enforcement, where critics of the government can be prosecuted or blackmailed for wrongdoing unrelated to the purpose of the surveillance.
The Journal cancer and Nutrition conclude from the study "Green Tea and cancer Prevention:" "The inhibitory activities of tea and tea catechins against carcinogenesis have been demonstrated in different animal models. Studies in cell lines have also showed that tea catechins can affect a variety of signaling and metabolic pathways. These molecular events could result in cancer cell growth inhibition, apoptosis, and inhibition of invasion, angiogenesis, and metastasis"
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conclude conclude "qualitative findings indicate that Spiritual Healing has the potential to support patients with breast cancer in the maintenance of their long-term orthodox treatments. Further research is needed to test Spiritual Healing as a cost-effective complementary therapy, for those undergoing long-term cancer treatments"
Medpage Today report on a pooled analysis of 93 people who consumed energy drinks, the QT interval – a segment of the heart's rhythm on an ECG – was significantly prolonged by 10 ms which could put the heart at risk
Medpage Today report on a Study on Fibre and stroke risk - "Each additional 7 g of daily dietary fiber intake was associated with a significant 7% lower risk of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke combined,"
The Ecologist report on new research that proves that a spiritual practice, such as meditation, leads to a kinder world. If all the Presidents, Governors, Leaders of the countries of our world meditated; how beautiful the world could be - now there is a thought!!
Also check out the VIDEOS page for inspirational Mindfulness videos to get you in the mood....to meditate
Acupuncture in Medicine report on a study "Influence of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilisation when embryo implantation has failed: a prospective randomised controlled clinical trial" and conclude "acupuncture and moxibustion increased pregnancy rates when used as an adjuvant treatment in women undergoing IVF, when embryo implantation had failed"
European Journal of Medicinal Plants report on a study on rats and the effect on onions and garlic on the liver and the blood and conclude "The results of this study reveal the haematological potential of onion and garlic extracts with no potential risk of hepatotoxicity (at the concentrations tested) as earlier anticipated. It also further confirms the higher efficacy of garlic over that of onion, but the molecular mechanism behind their combined effect would require further investigation."
Medpage Today report "Genetics and high blood pressure appear to interact to increase deposits in the brain of a protein involved in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease, researchers reported. In a cross-sectional study of cognitively normal older adults, brain levels of beta-amyloid were highest in volunteers with both hypertension and the ε4 variant of the apolipoprotein E gene. But people with just one of those factors were not significantly different in terms of beta-amyloid deposition in the brain from volunteers with neither."
The Journal Heart and Education in Heart report on a systematic review of TCM Tongxinluo capsule for coronary heart disease and conclude "we have evidence to indicate that tongxinluo capsule can improve curative effect no worse than isosorbide dinitrate or isosorbide mononitrate, and have a lower rates of adverse effect."
An excellent study - well worth a read "Dietary Antioxidants: From Micronutrients and Phytochemicals to Enzymes – Preventive Effects on Early Atherosclerosis and Obesity"
Science Daily report "Heart disease patients who have anxiety have twice the risk of dying from any cause compared to those without anxiety, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Patients with both anxiety and depression have triple the risk of dying, researchers said."
We can plainly see the importance of the mind and the emotions and the impact on our health, so check out the video page and see some wonderful videos on Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn on how to keep a check on our thoughts and emotions. Also see the mind/body connection page
Danshen is a traditional Chinese medicine with many beneficial effects on cardiovascular diseases. The aim of a study published in Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. was to evaluate the mechanisms responsible for the antiatherogenic effect of water soluble Danshen extracts (DEs).
A Review and meta-analysis of usage of ginkgo asan adjunct therapy in chronic schizophrenia published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology conclude "Ginkgo as add-on therapy ameliorates the symptoms of chronic schizophrenia."
Newswise report on research by the National Eye Institute (NEI) that has shown that "high levels of antioxidants and zinc, in the form of a nutritional supplement tablet, reduced the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD)."
The Journal of Medicinal Plants Research review "Human skin, aging and antioxidants" and conclude "it refreshes the importance of anti-oxidants in skin aging and presents new information such as human skin and vitamins especially topical Vitamin C as antioxidant in skin aging. Moreover, mechanisms of skin aging are discussed as well as role of various natural and synthetic antioxidants in protecting skin are covered with sagacity of understanding"
Science Daily report on a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association and conclude "Green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially when both are a regular part of your diet"
Ohio State University Research and Innovation Communications report that "Researchers have identified an elusive anti-cancer property of vitamin E that has long been presumed to exist, but difficult to find. Many animal studies have suggested that vitamin E could prevent cancer, but human clinical trials following up on those findings have not shown the same benefits. In this new work, researchers showed in prostate cancer cells that one form of vitamin E inhibits the activation of an enzyme that is essential for cancer cell survival. The loss of the enzyme, called Akt, led to tumor cell death. The vitamin had no negative effect on normal cells."
Yet another study on the positive effects of green tea on Alzheimer's Disease reported in The Times of India "a molecule in green tea can prevent misfolding of specific proteins in the brain, which is associated with amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease."
Science Daily report on a Series of Studies, the First to Examine Acupuncture's Mechanisms of Action. Researchers found that electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis) hormones and the sympathetic NPY (a peptide secreted by the sympathetic nervous system, involved in the "flight or fight" response to acute stress) pathway,"
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Journal report that a "ginger combination is as effective as diclofenac but safer in treating OA, being without effect on the stomach mucosa. The increased mucosal PGs synthesis in the ginger group supports an increased mucosa-protective potential."
Environmental Health News report "Women exposed before birth to the banned pesticide DDT may have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, according to a study published today. The study of San Francisco Bay Area women is the first to link DDT exposure in the womb to hypertension, which raises the risk of stroke and heart disease."
Medpage Today report "Ovarian cancer patients who reported high levels of spirituality presurgery had better outcomes for stress and depression, as well as factors known to regulate tumor angiogenesis and inflammation."
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a study on Menopausal Symptoms and Qigong and conclude "Ping Shuai Qigong improved climacteric symptoms and sleep quality in perimenopausal women at 6 weeks and 12 weeks. The longer a person practiced this form of meditative exercise, the greater the improvement in sleeping quality and climacteric symptoms"
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a three year NHS Acupuncture survey - "This survey demonstrates the application of Western acupuncture within a NHS general practice administered by an individual GP. The patients’ response scores from an anonymized questionnaire showed beneficial outcomes from acupuncture; patients also perceived that the treatment negated secondary care referral and reduction or cessation of pain-relieving medication"
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on the use of essential oils for controlling Candida albicans growth and conclude "Lemon grass essential oil is highly effective in vapour phase against C. albicans, leading to deleterious morphological changes in cellular structures and cell surface alterations."
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on A Meta-Analysis of Experiments on Distant Intention Effects - Can We Help Just by Good Intentions? and conclude "The hypothesis of the positive effect of benevolent intentions is supported by the data presented. It is concluded that especially the intentional aspect common to all three different tasks may be responsible for these unorthodox findings. These finding may have implications for distant healing research and health care as well as for meditation performance."
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on Biofield Therapy and its effects on the brain and conclude that Okada Purifying Therapy (OPT), a form of subtle energy (biofield) therapy that originated in Japan,"was more effective in increasing α waves in the frontal and central cortex than a placebo treatment."
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a study on External Qigong Therapy (EQT) and Cocaine Addiction and conclude "EQT-treated subjects displayed a greater reduction in cue-elicited craving (p=0.06) and symptoms of depression (p<0.05) with medium effect sizes."
BMC have published a very interesting study "Recent findings on the health effects of omega-3 fatty acids and statins, and their interactions: do statins inhibit omega-3" the conclusion "statins favor the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids (n-6), which in turn inhibits n-3 and, contrary to n-3, they increase insulin resistance and the risk of diabetes. Thus, n-3 and statins are counteractive at several levels and statins appear to inhibit n-3"
Once again deleterious Pesticides are in the news - GMO Journal report US Grassland Bird decline hastened By Pesticide Use.
The Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition report "Deep ocean mineral water accelerates recovery from physical fatigue"
Int J Ther Massage Bodywork report on a prospective case study on Massage Therapy (MT) for Lyme Disease Symptoms and conclude that MT is a promising treatment for the symptoms pain, fatigue, and impaired concentration associated with LD. In addition, MT reliably increased positive affect.
NewHope 360 report - "A simple, inexpensive nutritional supplement could increase American infants’ birth weight and gestational age closer to those found in other developed countries.University of Kansas researchers found that the infants of mothers who were given 600 milligrams of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA during pregnancy weighed more at birth and were less likely to be very low birth weight and born before 34 weeks gestation than infants of mothers who were given a placebo,
A Study in Am J Clin Nutr. conclude that maintaining a vegetarian diet may reduce the risk for developing heart disease, most likely due to its effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, and BMI.
Newswise report on an interesting article on skin - "Dermatologists find that the skin offers a window to what is going on inside the body and changes to the skin may signal a more serious health problem. The key is knowing how to spot these early warning signs so the internal disease can be successfully treated and before it becomes a bigger problem e.g. yellow or waxy looking bumps on the arms, legs or trunk (eruptive xanthomas) could indicate high triglyceride levels, often as a sign of uncontrolled diabetes
I have been busy uploading lots of links to very informative articles from the leading natural health websites. Knowledge is Power, It is up to us as individuals to become informed only then can we protect ourselves, our loved ones and planet earth. The Toxic Triad - Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture don't give a damn, they are in the business of making money.
Science Daily report on "de qi," a type of intense acupuncture stimulation - a combination of sensations stimulated by manipulation of acupuncture needles - soreness, tingling, coolness, warmth and others radiating at the insertion points Researchers found "evidence that acupuncture with de qi improved facial muscle recovery, disability and quality of life among patients with Bell palsy. Stronger intensity of de qi was associated with better therapeutic effects."
Three positive studies uploaded on the effects of Homeopathy on alcohol and tobacco addiction. Chantix is the drug the Pharmaceutical Industry recommend for Smoking Cessation. DPD report
from the FDA "Safety review update of Chantix (varenicline) and risk of neuropsychiatric adverse events" and "The smoking-cessation drug Chantix is probably the cause of higher risk for heart attacks among those who use it" An article in LaLeva question if Pfizer the makers of Chantix reported the side effects of Chantix correctly. And LaLeva state "Chantix lawsuits regularly make headlines"
Bees, Bats, Frogs, Fish, Tadpoles and now Otters are being affected by chemicals, possibly hormone disrupting chemicals found in rivers The BBC Nature News report "Chemicals linked to problems with otters' penis bones"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementay and Alternative Medicine have an indepth study on Pomegranate and the Gastro Intestinal Tract and conclude "Few in vitro studies have been performed with PG peel extracts to evaluate anti H. pylori activity. These extracts are able to reduce significantly the growth of this pathogen, which is considered the aetiological agent mainly responsible for human gastritis. In vivo studies performed on the whole fruit or juice, peel and flowers, demonstrate high anti-ulcer effect in a variety of animal models."
I came across this interesting study in the Journal Advances in Nutrition in their 2011 archives. The study covers many chronic lung diseases - Asthma, COPD, CF, URTI and more - "Vitamin D and Chronic Lung Disease: A Review of Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Studies"
Huffington Post report on a study on animals regarding Probiotics and bone density. Study researcher Laura McCabe said in a statement "We know that inflammation in the gut can cause bone loss, though it's unclear exactly why," "The neat thing we found is that a probiotic can enhance bone density."
Yet another study praising the benefits of Cinnamon for Diabetes. MedicalXpress report "Sprinkling a spoonful of cinnamon on breakfast foods not only adds a burst of flavor but also dramatically lowers an individual's blood sugar levels, potentially reducing the chance of developing diabetes
Phytomedicine Journal report on a study
on the Inhibitory effect of essential oils against herpes simplex virus type 2 conclude "Camomile oil exhibited a high selectivity index and seems to be a promising candidate for topical therapeutic application as virucidal agents for treatment of herpes genitalis."
A study comparing Aqueous and ethanolic extracts of Salvia officinalis (Lamiaceae) from two different locations (Garden and Swabian Mountains) in the journal Phytomedicine revealed "All extracts tested revealed a high virucidal activity against free HSV-1 and HSV-2."
The European Journal of Integrative Medicine report on a study on Acupuncture and headaches in pregnant women and conclude "No important adverse effects related to acupuncture treatment or to pregnancy's outcome were reported. Significant improvements were demonstrated for pain at the end of the trial in the study group, 3.9 vs 1.7 difference in favor to acupuncture group (p<0.05). This group also used less medication and had a greater improvement in mood and sleep when compared with the control group."
Acupuncture a wise choice considering DPD report "Women who take painkillers, such as acetaminophen or ASA, during pregnancy appear to be slightly more likely to have boys with undescended testicles, a study from Denmark has found."
Right on Cue - Valentines day tomorrow and Newswise report on the health benefits of Dark Chocolate and Red Wine "Red wine and dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher contain resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar. Red wine is also a source of catechins, which could help improve "good" HDL cholesterol." - So enjoy
Newswise report on emotions and the effects on health "Anxiety About Relationships May Lower Immunity, Increase Vulnerability to Illness.
Concerns and anxieties about one’s close relationships appear to function as a chronic stressor that can compromise immunity, according to new research"
ABC's HerbalGram report "daily olfactory stimulation with lavender may prevent falls in elderly nursing home residents. Although the mechanism is unknown, the results of this study support lavender’s traditional use to soothe anxiety and agitation, which may play a role in reducing falls. Lavender’s previously demonstrated stabilizing effects on balance also may be a factor"
The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine report on a study of Red Yeast Rice and conclude " In patients with dyslipidemia, red yeast rice was efficacious and safe for short-term use (<16 weeks). Red yeast rice has also been studied head to head with statins and was shown to be noninferior in reducing cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk. Because of the positive clinical effects seen in dyslipidemia, researchers have begun to study its use in other disease states.
Information from American Botanical Council, Natural News and Dr. Mercola + video on the Health Benefits of Chlorella
ABC report on studies of Black Cohosh and summerize "BC may be suitable for the prevention and treatment of stress-related disorders."
ABC report "The authors conclude that SAMITAL is effective, well tolerated, and functions as a prophylactic for chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis in pediatrics. Moreover, the authors also noted that this treatment reduced the need for parenteral nutrition. Although this was not a controlled study, patients that were otherwise untreatable with conventional medicine markedly improved with this herbal preparation"
Science Daily report on a study "Stroke survivors experience seven times as many falls each year than healthy adults, Taylor-Piliae said. These falls can cause fractures, decrease mobility and increase fear of falling that can result in social isolation or dependence. Tai Chi has significantly reduced falls in healthy older adults"
Futurity report on a Study from Leeds University "Chemicals from green tea and red wine may disrupt a key step in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows."
MedPage Report "Individuals with the highest levels of cardiorespiratory fitness during middle age were significantly less likely to develop dementia in their senior years, a long-term prospective study suggested."
Medpage report on two studies years apart on sun exposure and risk of RA."These findings add to the increasing evidence that more intense sun exposure lowers the risk of RA, the researchers stated. "The mechanisms are not yet understood, but could be mediated by cutaneous production of vitamin D and attenuated by use of sunscreen or sun avoidant behavior,"
Medpage Today report "Men who watched TV for 20 or more hours a week had a 44% lower sperm concentration compared with men who did not watch TV. In a multivariable analysis, sperm concentration tended to be inversely associated with time spent watching TV, and a trend toward lower sperm count emerged from the data.
A study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine conclude "This study demonstrated that a long-term period of acupressure is required to improve school children's visual health. School children receiving the intervention of acupressure combined with interactive multimedia had better improvement of visual health and related knowledge than others
Newswise report on a recent study "Older adults can improve their decision making and working memory simply by putting on a happy face"
Newswise report "Milk thistle extract, silibinin, kills skin cells mutated by UVA radiation and protects against damage by UVB radiation - thus protecting against UV-induced skin cancer and photo-aging."When you have a cell affected by UV radiation, you either want to repair it or kill it so that it cannot go on to cause cancer. We show that silibinin does both,"
Medpage report "Patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation may see some relief from doing yoga, a small, proof-of-concept study suggested. After 3 months of yoga training, patients had fewer symptoms and less atrial fibrillation measured on cardiac nonlooping event monitors compared with a pre-training control period"
Medpage report "As a result of mammographic screening programs, as many 1.3 million women over age 40 were overdiagnosed with breast cancer over three decades, researchers reported."
Discovery News report - "As consumers search out a "BPA-free" label as a measure of a product's safety, science continues to indicate that such labels are not an indication that the product is risk-free"
The Journal Kidney International report on a study and conclude "Chronic kidney disease alters intestinal microbial flora...Uremia profoundly alters the composition of the gut microbiome. The biological impact of this phenomenon is unknown and awaits further investigation.
Newswise report that "qigong, an ancient mind-body practice, reduces depressive symptoms and improves quality of life in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer"
The conclusions of a study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine on Tai Chi and Depression reports "63.6% of the studies (7 of 11) reported statistically
significant reduction in depression at some point during the intervention,..The findings of the review indicate that Tai Chi can reduce depression, but the dosage modality and quality of the training to achieve statistically significant improvements is still not known.
Researchers at Sydney University "found that goji berry protected against the death of cells caused by high concentrations of glucose in the retina. This protection occurred in parallel with the activation by the extract of the receptor protein (PPAR-gamma). The pure taurine found in the extract mimicked the effects of the goji berry extract."
Vitamin D in the News again. It is quite an amazing vitamin and its lack Science Daily report that "Low Vitamin D Tied to Poor Sepsis Outcomes - Patients who are deficient in vitamin D had a greater risk of developing sepsis and an increased mortality risk if they do develop it, two studies showed."
Researchers at BBSRC found that "vitamin D reduces the effects of ageing in mouse eyes and improves the vision of older mice significantly. The researchers hope that this might mean that vitamin D supplements could provide a simple and effective way to combat age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration (AMD), in people."
The Journal Reprod Toxicol concludes: "urinary BPA may be associated with declined semen quality and increased sperm DNA damage"
A recent study in Biol. Pharm. Bull concludes that Curcumin prevents hypertrophy in cultured cardiomyocytes and improves the development
of heart failure in animal models
Science Daily report "People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma -- in which psychological stress plays a major role -- may benefit from mindfulness meditation techniques"
GMO Journal report "A recent study from the School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London found harmful affects on bumblebees from a combination of pesticide exposure of two pesticides-neonicotinoids and pyrethroids."
HELP THE BEES - Become an Urban Bee Keeper - Video
Science Daily report on a study and conclude that "Young and middle-age women whose diet included high levels of anthocyanins -- the flavonoids present in red and blue fruits such as strawberries and blueberries -- had a significantly reduced risk for myocardial infarction (MI), a large prospective study found."
The Journal of Positive Psychology have a very interesting study: "The happy face of mindfulness: Mindfulness meditation is associated with perceptions of happiness as rated by outside observers"
A study in the Journal Nutrition report that Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Aloe vera gel improve lipid profiles in hypercholesterolemic rats.
The Results of a study reported in BMC
Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Homeopathy and Fractures - "Faster healing was reported in the homeopathy group by week 9 following injury, including significant improvement in fracture line (p < 0.0001), fracture edge (p<0.0001), callous formation (p< 0.05) and fracture union (p< 0.0001) in comparison to placebo. There was also lower use of analgesics and less self-reported pain in the homeopathy group."
The results of a study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Hypnosis and Hot Flashes - "hot flash scores (self-report of frequency and severity of hot flashes) for the participants that received the therapist delivered hypnosis intervention decreased by approximately 70% at 5 weeks
and continued to decline to approx 80% at the 12 week follow-up. Physiologically assessed hot flashes demonstrated a 50% reduction at 5 weeks and approx 60% reduction at 12 weeks for participants in the
therapist delivered hypnosis condition
An article in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine identify the active constituents of Centella. asiatica herbs on burn wound healing via both in vitro and in vivo assays.
An article in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that "Acupuncture has been shown to decrease BP in hypertensive patients and in animal models of hypertension. The mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of acupuncture are associated with modulation of sympathetic outflow and possibly the endocrine system."
Reuters Health report that "women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all"
The American Botanical Council report that "green tea may have a protective effect on bladder cancer in Asian people," but that "no such correlation was detected between black tea and bladder cancer."
The American Botanical Council report that a dose of 25-30 g of high-flavanol cocoa should lower SBP by -4.1 mmHg and DBP by -2.0 mmHg. The cocoa should be consumed in a form that will not lead to unwanted weight gain
A study in the Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Journal on Dengue Fever concludes: "The dengue mosquitoes breed in relatively fresh water, lives close to human habitations and bites during the day and one should be cautious accordingly. In case of the low success of preventive measures, the curative measure as suggested in this study is quite useful for the treatment of dengue fever. The juice of papaya leaves is an effective herbal therapy for curing the dengue fever."
The Cochrane Collaboration review concluded "Zinc administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms reduces the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people. When supplemented for at least five months, it reduces cold incidence, school absenteeism and prescription of antibiotics in children."
Science Daily report "mistletoe extracts -- from a species known as Fraxini (which grows on ash trees) -- was highly effective against colon cancer cells in cell culture and was gentler on healthy intestinal cells compared with chemotherapy. Significantly, Fraxini extract was found to be more potent against cancer cells than the chemotherapy drug."
Science Daily report on a study from 2009 that states "the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells against toxins."
The American Botanical Council report "researchers concluded that a proprietary extract of butterbur (Petasites hybridis, Asteraceae) root is effective in reducing the frequency of episodic migraines"
MedPage Today report that Intense lifestyle-based weight-loss interventions were associated with a partial remission of diabetes, researchers found.
Science Daily report "Hypnotherapy helps fight IBS symptoms. These are the findings of a thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden which proposes implementing this treatment method into the care of severe sufferers of this common disease."
The conclusion of a study reported in Alternative Therapies :"The practice of meditation reduced psychological stress responses and improved cognitive functions, and the effects were pronounced with practice of meditation for a longer duration (1 month)."
Alternative Therapies report on a study, the frst using a large sample of mixed gender that demonstrates that massage increases OT and decreases ACTH, NO, and BE. These fndings may help explain the mechanisms through which socia connections reduce morbidity and mortality.
MedScape report that patients with spinal disorders who quit smoking may experience substantial improvements in back pain, according to the findings of an analysis of a prospectively maintained database.
A study in the Journal Nutrition concludes "Beetroot juice will lower BP in men when consumed as part of a normal diet in free-living healthy adults"
Reuters Health report that patients who go through a mind-body educational course are better able to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
The conclusion of a study in The European Journal of Medicinal Plants report states "royal jelly could be useful for endothelial cell protection from nicotine toxicity found in smoking or nicotine addiction." Royal Jelly is a nutrient produced by bees for the raising of a Queen Bee
The American Botanical Council report on a recent study "Swiss Echinacea Extract Shown Safe and Effective in Preventing Colds in Largest Echinacea Clinical Trial"
A recent study in the Journal Nutrition concludes: "Intake of n-3 PUFA improved cognitive performance in healthy subjects after five weeks compared with placebo. In addition, inverse relations were obtained between cardiometabolic risk factors and cognitive performance, indicating a potential of dietary prevention strategies to delay onset of metabolic disorders and associated cognitive decline."
Newswise report on a study that states "A heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish significantly reduces the chance of a second heart attack and stroke in people with cardiovascular disease"
Science Daily report on a German study published in The Journal of Pain that showed that yoga appears to be an effective treatment for neck pain and provides added benefits of improved psychological well being and quality of life.
Science Daily report on The Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine they combined creative art therapy with a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for women with breast cancer and showed changes in brain activity associated with lower stress and anxiety after the eight-week program.
Newswise report on a study that states - “Memory recall and ability to maintain concentration are much improved when an individual is rested, by preparing early and being able to better recall what you have studied, your ability to perform well on exams is increased.”
Newswise report "If you want to get rid of unwanted, negative thoughts, try just ripping them up and tossing them in the trash.In a new study, researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well."
Science Daily report on a study that states "Women who have undergone group therapy and learned to relax have reduced their menopausal troubles by half"
AARP report "Acupuncture Does Help With Pain" A new study finds it helps more than standard treatments
UCDavis Health System report that Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical widely used in hand soaps and other personal-care products, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice
Michigan Network For Childrens Environmental Health report on a recent study that involved the participation of 1005 women with breast cancer and 1147 women without the disease to act as the control group. All women were asked to provide occupational histories in order to determine potential exposures to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
Medpage report on a study that concludes "Older patients with positive attitudes on aging may be more likely to fully recover from severe disability compared with those who can't see the bright side of life,"
Newswise report on a new study review that found "music therapy can be beneficial to patients before, during and after a surgical procedure and may reduce pain and recovery time."
Newswise - “In our study, pregnant women and women in general had a lower risk for MS with higher levels of the vitamin, as expected. However, a mother’s levels of vitamin D during early pregnancy did not have an effect on MS risk for her baby,” said study author Jonatan Salzer, MD, with Umeå University Hospital in Sweden.
Newswise report that researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working with an antioxidant that could prevent or cure cataracts, macular degeneration and other degenerative eye disorders.
A study published in the Journal Altern Complement Med. demonstrated an interest in homeopathic medicines for the prevention and treatment of migraine attacks in children. The results showed a significant decrease in the frequency, severity, and duration of migraine attacks and, consequently, reduced absenteeism from school.
Science Daily report on a study "Mice fed an antioxidant found in green tea -- epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG -- and corn starch had a significant reduction in increase in their blood sugar -- blood glucose -- levels compared to mice that were not fed the compound."
A study in the European Journal of Medicinal Plants on the Various Bioactivities in Honey and Propolis Extracts from Thai Bees revealed Antibacterial activity against Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli. Strong anti-malarial activity and high inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth was shown. Also anti-Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 activity and finally, in vitro anti-proliferation activity against four cancer cell lines in tissue culture was noted
Food Consumer report that having high serum levels may increase risk of dementia with stroke in elderly people, according to a study in the Journal of American Medical Association.
Food Consumer report on a study that concluded "The juice of black radish root has properties for treatment of cholesterol gallstones and for decreasing serum lipids levels; therefore, we confirm in a preclinical study the utility that people give it in traditional medicine."
In 2010 Science Daily reported "Among smokers and non-smokers, those who did not drink green tea had a 5.16-fold increased risk of lung cancer compared with those who drank at least one cup of green tea per day. Among smokers, those who did not drink green tea at all had a 12.71-fold increased risk of lung cancer compared with those who drank at least one cup of green tea per day."
Science Daily report on a study that states that women who drink green tea may lower their risk of developing some digestive system cancers, especially cancers of the stomach/esophagus and colorectum.
A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes "Soft drink intake is associated with higher risk of ischemic stroke for women"
A study in eCAM states that researchers have discovered that a bean commonly used in Chinese cuisine protects against the life-threatening condition sepsis.
Science Daily report "Patients who have received radiotherapy for head and neck cancer often suffer from the unpleasant and distressing side-effect of a dry mouth, caused by damage to their salivary glands from the radiation."
USA Today reports on new research that states that American boys are showing signs of starting puberty six months to two years earlier than they did 30 to 40 years ago.
Rueters report on Italian court ruling that I said there was a link between a business executive's brain tumour and his heavy mobile phone usage, potentially opening the door to further legal claims.
Newswise report on results presented at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research "Breast-feeding reduced the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer"
Science Daily report that men with prostate cancer who consumed green tea prior to undergoing prostatectomy had reductions in markers of inflammation
Science Daily report "An oral green tea extract, Polyphenon E, appears to inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor and hepatocyte growth factor, both of which promote tumor cell growth, migration and invasion."
"The calcium supplements widely prescribed for bone health in women did not appear to be associated with increased cardiovascular risk" Medpage Today report
Medpage report on a study that concluded "Prolonged formula feeding may increase the odds for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)"
GreenMed Info report on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is better for reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease than Merck & Co., Inc.'s prescription medication Zetia.
Green Med Info report "Mammograms Linked To An Epidemic of Misdiagnosed Cancers"
emaxhealth report on a comparison study into the treatment of ankle sprains which concludes that a homeopathic remedy (Traumeel®) is just as effective as a conventional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID; diclofenac sodium) in relieving pain and improving function.
Newswise report that
Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have shown for the first time in an animal model that vitamin C actively protects against osteoporosis
Scientific American report on a study that states that Lowered Thyroid Hormones Found in Baby Boys Exposed to Bisphenol A
--found in hard plastics, canned foods and paper receipts--with altered thyroid hormones in babies
A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition "Fruit and vegetable intake and type 2 diabetes: EPIC-InterAct prospective study and meta-analysis" concludes "specific groups of vegetables, principally Green Leafy Vegetables and root vegetables, may be beneficial in preventing diabetes, while higher total Fruit and Vegetable intakeI is weakly inversely associated with diabetes."
The American Botanical Council report on a study with regard to Knee Osteoarthritis and conclude "Overall, the findings of this study suggest that treatment for knee OA with topical virgin olive oil is associated with greater improvement in all outcome measures compared to treatment with piroxicam gel. The differences increased over time in favor of the olive oil."
The American Botanical Council report on a study that concludes :Curcuminoid Extract Lowered the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Development in Prediabetic Subjects
The American Botanical Council report on a special Curcumin Extract from Turmeric that Shows Promise in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients in Pilot Trial
A report in Medpage today states that "Exposure to atrazine, a common weedkiller, during pregnancy may raise the risk of a rare nasal blockage birth defect, researchers found."
Science Daily report on a study that suggests that eating dried plums helps prevent Osteoporosis and Fractures
MedPage report on a study that links BPA from Plastic to Obesity in Kids
High levels of the plasticizer bisphenol A (BPA) in kids' and teens' urine were associated with obesity, researchers found.
Science Daily report that Mushroom-Derived Compound Lengthens Survival in Dogs With Cancer, Study Suggests
MedPage Today report on research that Vitamin D supplementation may bolster the performance of antibiotics in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis and accelerate the resolution of inflammatory responses,
Science Daily report that new research has revealed that a nice cup of tea could hold the solution to a range of deadly weapons in the bioterrorist's arsenal.
The morning brew has the ability to kill micro-organisms and inactivate toxins.
Researchers have discovered how the chemical properties of China's favorite drink affect the generation of brain cells, providing benefits for memory and spatial learning.
"We have shown that the organic chemical EGCG acts directly to increase the production of neural progenitor cells, both in glass tests and in mice," concluded Bai. "This helps us to understand the potential for EGCG, and green tea which contains it, to help combat degenerative diseases and memory loss." So report Science Daily
Medical News Today report on a study that states that Coconut Oil, a natural antibiotic when digested, destroys the bacteria that cause tooth decay
Futurity report that despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world’s major religions, a new study shows that spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person’s faith.
Medicalxpress report on a study by a Washington State University researcher that states that more than 40 plant-based compounds can turn on genes that slow the spread of cancer.
Newswise report on a new study that states that eating a moderate amount of chocolate each week may be associated with a lower risk of stroke in men
The Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy report on a study on Cinnamon - "The gastroprotection of cinnamon observed in the present study is attributed to its effect through inhibition of basal gastric secretion (attenuation of aggressive factors) and stimulation mucus secretion (potentiation of defensive factors); and increase in nonprotein-sulfhydryl concentration probably due to prostaglandin-inducing abilities mediated through its antioxidant property."
The conclusion of a study on the effects of pharmaceutical drug Diclofenac sodium verses curcuminoid from C. domestica Val on liver function in patients with osteoarthritis is as follows "Diclofenac sodium disturbs liver function, while curcuminoid from C. domestica Val. rhizome extract improves the liver function of patients with osteoarthritis."
MedicalXpress report that being physically fit during your 30s, 40s, and 50s not only helps extend lifespan, but it also increases the chances of aging healthily, free from chronic illness.
Medical Xpress report on a study that suggests that Increasing dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and selenium could help cut the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to two thirds.
Science Daily report on research into green tea. The researchers used an approach which allowed the treatment to be delivered specifically to the tumours after intravenous administration. Nearly two-thirds of the tumours it was delivered to either shrank or disappeared within one month and the treatment displayed no side effects to normal tissues.
Science Daily report on research published in Acupuncture in Medicine that Acupuncture can relieve the pain of knee osteoarthritis and offer a low cost alternative to surgery for the condition,
Scientific American Reports on a new study that suggests that a pesticide banned from homes but still used on farms impairs boys' memories
Attention Research report that a well-conceived and structured group CBT treatment can yield significant incremental improvements. These gains appear to extend beyond alleviating core ADHD symptoms to include many of the important comorbid problems that adults with ADHD often struggle with"
"Scientists reported today that resveratrol, the so-called “miracle molecule” found in red wine, might help improve mobility and prevent life-threatening falls among older people" Newswise report
Newswise report on research that reveals that "exposure to secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in otherwise healthy children and adolescents. The findings may help to explain why children of smokers are more likely to develop pneumonia, bronchitis and other diseases and also are more likely to experiment with smoking during adolescence"
Medical News Today report on a study that shows healthy American men in their 20s and 30s who ate a 75g (2.5 ozs) packet of walnuts a day were able to increase the vitality, motility and structure of their sperm compared to counterparts who did not eat walnuts.
Science Daily report on a sudy that particular types of meditation extend much further than simply relaxation. The findings support the belief that meditation can have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we think and how we experience events.
Science Daily report - that a simple meditation program lasting just eight weeks reduced loneliness in older adults. Feeling lonely has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression and even premature death. Developing effective treatments to reduce loneliness in older adults is essential,
Science Daily report thatTai Chi can be used as an effective form of exercise therapy for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new findings.
A report of a study in Science Daily shows evidence that mindfulness yoga may offer effective treatment for depressed new mothers to be. Prenatal yoga may help women cope with depression.
Medscape report that honey is more effective than a placebo in controlling nighttime cough in children with upper respiratory infections (URI), according to the results from a new randomized placebo-controlled, double-blind trial.
Medscape report that the dietary supplement citicoline, appears to help memory in patients with vascular mild cognitive impairment (VaMCI) and may hinder cognitive deterioration, new research suggests.
Apple Vs. Plum Impact on Cardiovascular Disease Risk + Postmenopausal Women
The Journal of Acad Nutr Diet report that consumption of 75 g dried apple (about two medium-sized apples) can significantly lower atherogenic cholesterol
A study in BMC concluded "Improvements were noted in self-monitoring of glucose, diet, self-efficacy, motivation and mood following initiation of adjunctive naturopathic care (ANC) for patients with inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes. Study participants also experienced reductions in blood glucose that exceeded those for similar patients who did not receive ANC.
Science Daily report that an experiment has shown that strawberry extract added to skin cell cultures acts as a protector against ultraviolet radiation as well as increasing its viability and reducing damage to DNA
The Conclusion of a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states "Our findings support the hypothesis that higher intakes of dietary magnesium are associated with lower risk of colorectal tumors. The consumption of magnesium-rich foods may be a new avenue to explore further in the search for cancer-prevention strategies"
Medical News Today report that the world's largest breast cancer charity used misleading statistics and deceptive statements about mammography to promote breast cancer awareness and screening
A top science journal has issued a blistering indictment of the sports drink industry, report Alternet
Newswise report on a study on the benefits of drinking coffee for people with Parkinson's Disease. The research was published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Olympic fever is upon us and I came across and apt and Interesting study in The Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition "Comparison of coconut water and a carbohydrate-electrolyte sport drink on measures of hydration and physical performance in exercise-trained men"
The New York Times report that Scientists are observing with increasing alarm that some very common hormone-mimicking chemicals can have grotesque effects.
More health benefits of Yoga are reported by Science Daily - "Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who practice yoga showed statistically significant improvements in disease activity, according to a small study"
Science Daily report on a recent study on Yoga - "Group yoga can improve balance in stroke survivors who no longer receive rehabilitative care, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke."
Newswise have a very interesting article on Yoga reducing Stress - "practicing a certain form of chanting yogic meditation for just 12 minutes daily for eight weeks led to a reduction in the biological mechanisms responsible for an increase in the immune system’s inflammation response."
The Times report on a study from 2007 in which men who took two-hour walks in a forest over two days had a 50-percent spike in levels of natural killer cells. And another found an increase in white blood cells that lasted a week in women exposed to phytoncides in forest air. THE BOTTOM LINE - According to studies, exposure to plants and trees seems to benefit health.
Newswise report on a new study, researchers conclude: "Vitamin D deficiency is associated with worse lung function and more rapid decline in lung function over time in smokers, suggesting that vitamin D may have a protective effect against the effects of smoking on lung function"
Drug Watch have more information to share on the dangers of the Diabetes drug Actos.
Medpage Today report "Increase in RDA for Vitamin C Could Help Reduce Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer" - The recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of vitamin C is less than half what it should be, scientists argue in a recent report, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical nutrient in the same way they do pharmaceutical drugs and reach faulty conclusions as a result.
MedPage Today report on a finding my researchers "Team sports may fight weight problems better than other forms of exercise among high schoolers, researchers found."
Medical News Today report on an observational study regarding anxiety and premature aging - "Chronic panic, phobia, and similar anxiety disorders may contribute to premature aging by shortening telomeres"
Newswise reports on a study that is the first to suggest that vitamin D sufficiency in asthmatic children treated with inhaled corticosteroids is associated with improved lung function,
NCCAM report on a study "exercising or practicing meditation may be effective in reducing acute respiratory infections"
Newswise report on a study "Practices Derived from Buddhist Meditation Show Real Effectiveness for Certain Health Problems"
As if we didn't already know - Medical News Today report on a systematic review that "Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry capsules or tablets was associated with a protective effect against urinary tract infection."
The conclusion of a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition - "Oral magnesium supplementation helped to reduce bronchial reactivity to methacholine, to diminish their allergen-induced skin responses and to provide better symptom control in pediatric patients with moderate persistent asthma treated with inhaled fluticasone.
Medpage Today report that "Higher levels of omega-6 fatty acid in the blood were associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), results of a nested case-control study found."
Shocking Health Effects of Commonly used Pesticide - Brain Problems, Sexual Deformaties and Paralysis
Alternet have a very informative and frightening article on Dow's pesticide Dursban which was banned for home use, but continues to be sprayed on our food despite horrific health threats.
Medpage report - "Relatively modest caffeine consumption was associated with a significantly lower relative risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), data from two large cohort studies showed."
Medpage Today report on a study on Vitamin D that High doses of vitamin D prevent fractures in older people – as long as they take the substance regularly.
The American Botanical Council report positively and negatively on the study "Dark Chocolate Increases Nitric Oxide Levels and Decreases Blood Pressure in Prehypertensive Subjects"
The American Botanical Council report on a study on B Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and conclude - "These data suggest that the combination of curcumin, EGCG, (from Green Tea) and CHOP (chemotherapy regimen) is [a] highly effective palliative regimen for patients with FL (Follicular Lymphoma a type of NHL) with good performance status," write the authors.
A study in Nutrition Research concludes "our study indicates that cinnamon supplementation is able to significantly improve blood glucose control in Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes.
Clinical Botanical Medicine focuses on herbs that are useful in NIDDM.
Mary Ann Liebert Inc has a very interesting article - "L-Theanine Boosts Alpha Waves, Promotes Alert Relaxation"
NewHope360 report on a University of Illinois study that shows that "dietary fiber promotes a shift in the gut toward different types of beneficial bacteria. And the microbes that live in the gut, scientists now believe, can support a healthy gastrointestinal tract as well as affect our susceptibility to conditions as varied as type 2 diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis."
Down load a very informative article on Parkinson’s Disease: An Integrative Approach - A Natural Standard Monograph
iHealthTube have a very informative article on Splenda - "The Synthetic Sweetener Splenda is a Poisonous Chlorocarbon"
Also at the bottom of the page is a video "Sweet Misery" well worth the watch
Science Daily report on a new study by the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center that shows that patients reported significant improvement in side effects of cancer treatment following just one Jin Shin Jyutsu session. Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient form of touch therapy similar to acupuncture in philosophy.
Alliance for Natural Health speak out about UPSTF's draft recommendations to take no Vitamin D Supplements
Newswise report "Women with moderate to severe depression had substantial improvement in their symptoms of depression after they received treatment for their vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds."
Adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes than do nonsmokers without environmental exposure to tobacco smoke. Newswise report on this new study.
Newswise report on a new study that presents more evidence of a possible link between low vitamin D levels and a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
A fungicide used on farm crops can induce insulin resistance, a new tissue-culture study finds, providing another piece of evidence linking environmental pollutants to diabetes.
Science codex report that "Plant compounds from a South African daffodil may be used to treat depression, according to a University of Copenhagen study, where they tested those substance in a laboratory model of the blood-brain barrier."
Science Codex report - A new analysis has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that women can reduce their breast cancer risk by exercising and maintaining their weight.
Science 2.0 report on a study "A new study shows that ursolic acid, a natural substance found in apple peel, can partially protect mice from obesity and some of its harmful effects."
EarthOpenSource have a very informative article on GE Foods - Why genetically engineered food is dangerous: New report by genetic engineers
Intelligence Daily report on a study in The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease that Tai Chi increases brain size, benefits cognition in randomized controlled trial of Chinese elderly
The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine report that Tai Chi May Benefit People With Heart Failure
On the subject of Glaucoma - The Korean Journal of Opthalmology report on a study "Short-Term Effects of Ginkgo biloba Extract on Peripapillary Retinal Blood Flow in Normal Tension Glaucoma"
Evidenced Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a study "Short-Term Effects of Acupuncture on Open-Angle Glaucoma in Retrobulbar Circulation: Additional Therapy to Standard Medication"
Linus Pauling Institute have a vey informative article on Vitamin E and Skin Health
Linus Pauling Institute comment on a paper published from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 306:1549-1556, 2011) that concluded "dietary supplementation with vitamin E significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men."
The American Botanical Council report on a Comparative Study of Chlorhexidine Gluconate and Turmeric Extract Mouthwashes for Dental and Gingival Health
The American Botanical Council report on the study - An Extract of Pelargonium sidoides Root (EPs 7630) Is Safe and Effective in Children and Adolescents with Acute Bronchitis
The American Botanical Council - Herbal Gram report on the Efficacy and Tolerability of Ginkgo Extract in Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia
The American Botanical Council have a great informative article on Curcumin - "Curcumin Exhibits Potential in the Treatment of Various Chronic Diseases"
Futurity report on a recent study that shows that children of mothers who had low vitamin D status in pregnancy had more body fat when they were six years old.
Futurity report on a study that concludes that the brains of anxious women work much harder than those of men.
Science Daily report on a new study that provides a long-sought explanation for the beneficial fat-fighting effects of black pepper. The research pinpoints piperine -- the pungent-tasting substance that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, concluding that piperine also can block the formation of new fat cells.
Reported in Science Daily - Second-Hand Smoke Affects Bladder Function in Children, Study Suggests
A very fascinating article in Scientific American - Scientist Daniel Chamovitz unveils the surprising world of plants that see, feel, smell—and remember
Pharmacognostic and antidiabetic study of Clitoria ternatea
Ficus deltoidea: A Potential Alternative Medicine for Diabetes Mellitus
Wellness Resources report that researchers in a new study were able to show that DHA intake was linked to healthier cholesterol particles
Medlineplus report that "Women who work the night shift more than twice a week might be increasing their risk for breast cancer, Danish researchers find. Moreover, the risk appears to be cumulative and highest among women who describe themselves as "morning" people rather than "evening" people, the researchers say."
Sourced from the American Botanical Council - Commission E Monographs
Antibiotic the usual practice for Lyme Disease therapy results in low lymphocyte levels and cannot be used long term without harm. After six weeks of administering Terebinthina laricina, an alcoholic extract of Larix decidua resin No disease progression occurred, within weeks the patient recovers from most of the Lyme disease specific symptoms reports A study in Homeopathy and Ayurvedic Medicine Journal.
Newswise report "Tart cherries may help reduce chronic inflammation, especially for the millions of Americans suffering from debilitating joint pain and arthritis, according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University"
Bananas Are as Beneficial as Sports Drinks so states an article in Newswise commenting on a recent study. Well that's one in the eye for expensive sports drinks!
On the subject of IBS - this time in regard to Probiotics and how they improve the symptoms of IBS, a couple of studies have been uploaded. Also a study on the affect of Mind/Body Psychological Treatments and its benefit due to the focus on changing awareness and acceptance of one's own state
An article in FYI Living comments on the study "A novel role for TRPM8 in visceral afferent function." - Why Peppermint May Relieve IBS
NewHope 360 have a very informative article on the latest study concluding that calcium may cause heart attacks. They tell us what we haven't heard. Also scroll down and read other articles on the first study that linked calcium with heart attacks
A positive conclusion on a study in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Effects of Yoga Versus Walking on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels: A Randomized Controlled MRS Study
I missed this article in a march edition of the Daily Telegraph, considering how popular Coca Cola is I thought it important to highlight "Coke reveals its secret: It may need to carry a cancer warning"
Dr. Mercola reports on new research examining parabens found in cancerous human breast tissue points the finger at antiperspirants and other cosmetics for increasing your risk of breast cancer.
A study in the British Journal of cancer conclude "Vitamin B12 from diet may be protective against bladder cancer, whereas consuming processed meat may increase risk."
Futurity report "A natural substance found in celery and parsley shows promise as a non-toxic treatment for an aggressive breast cancer.
University of Missouri researchers found the substance, called apigenin, shrank a type of breast cancer tumor that is stimulated by progestin, a synthetic hormone given to women to ease symptoms related to menopause. "
A recent study reported in NPR shows that teenage diabetes rates are souring as a consequence of obesity in young people.
Great news from Newhope 360 - Consumer demand pushing Parabens out of personal care products - people power make change happen
An article in Newswise report on a study which concludes: "Smoked Cannabis Reduces Some Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis"
Environment Health News report on a study from Harvard University that "Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) at levels commonly found in the general population may cut a woman's chance of getting pregnant if she is undergoing fertility treatment"
Lots of information and research on cancer and CAM.
Also go to Evidence Based Natural Health for hundreds of Studies of CAM for cancer prevention and treatment
On the subject of Yoga a study uploaded on our sister site Evidence Based Natural Health concludes "These results support the acceptability of this intervention and suggest that it may have beneficial effects on persistent post-treatment fatigue.
Science Daily News report on a study and concludes that "Acupuncture Appears Linked With Improvement in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease"
Study "Pesticide exposure has received significant attention and recently-published analyses of pollen from managed bees located near agricultural environments demonstrated that many agricultural chemicals (including insecticides, miticides, fungicides and herbicides)are detectable in honey bee wax and pollen samples. Of the many compounds detected, the neo-nicotinoid group has arguably received the most attention. These compounds act as nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonists in insects, causing persistent excitation of these receptors and eventually death."
VIDEO - Help The Bees - Become an Urban Bee Keeper
The Washington Times report "beekeepers take first step to sue EPA over pesticides".....AMEN!!
VIDEO - Help The Bees - Become an Urban Bee Keeper
Results from a study in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicate an antidepressant-like profile of action for the extract of Hibiscus tiliaceus without sedative side effect.
A study in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded that Astragali Radix extract might be an effective anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of atherosclerosis,
Silymarin is typically regarded as a herb for the liver however, MediHerb eMonitor report that Silymarin Exhibits Clinically-relevant Antiallergic and Anti-inflammatory Activities
Natural Standard report that researchers found that consuming beetroot juice was significantly linked to reduced blood pressure over the 24-hour period. The authors noted that the reduction in blood pressure was almost dependent on the amount of beetroot juice consumed.
Lots of new information uploaded on the "Free and Informative" page - check it out
Futurity report that Fiber supplements may help the body’s own killer cells fight bacterial infection and reduce inflammation, greatly decreasing the risk of colon cancer. Prebiotics are fiber supplements that serve as food for the trillions of tiny bacteria living in the gut. When taken, they can stimulate the growth of the “good” bacteria.
While Ohio agriculture officials look for the cause of another mass die-off of commercial honeybees, beekeepers say they know what’s killed them — a popular insecticide.
Medscape report on a prospective observational study in the International Wound Journal "Floral honey as a secondary dressing can promote healing, minimize slough and necrosis, and reduce the affected area of many types of wounds"
Medscape report that Increased consumption of blueberries and strawberries appears to slow cognitive decline in older women, according to an analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study (NHS).
Newswise report on a study that suggests that eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be associated with lower blood levels of a protein related to Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems.
Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, one of the most common causes of intestinal illness. Their work was recently published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
Radix Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen) has been used as a principal herb in treating cardiovascular diseases in Chinese medicine. Salvianolic acid B (SA-B), a water-soluble active component of Danshen, was found to have anti-myocardial ischemia (anti-MI) effect. This study in the Journal Chinese Medicine aims to investigate mechanisms of SA-B on MI.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) offers parents various treatment options for this condition, including dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. CAM appears to be most effective when prescribed holistically and according to each individual’s characteristic symptoms.
The conclusions of a study in The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology state that Topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.
Digital Journal report on chemicals in everyday products used in the home. Could doing your laundry be hazardous to your health? Read and Watch the Video
Pilot Study of Psilocybin Treatment for Anxiety in Patients With Advanced-Stage Cancer. The study established the feasibility and safety of administering moderate doses of psilocybin to patients with advanced-stage cancer and anxiety. Some of the data revealed a positive trend toward improved mood and anxiety. These results support the need for more research in this long-neglected field.
Science Daily report on a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, anxiety-prone mice developed more severe cancer then their calm counterparts.
Newswise report on a study: Fish Oil Could Be Therapy for Periodontal Disease
Newswise report on a study from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology: the findings could help explain why women are more likely than men to have coronary symptoms after emotional upsets
A study in the Electronic Journal of Biology, on the Neem Tree report on its many medicinal properties: antiallergenic, antidermatic, antifeedent, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antipyorrhoeic, antiscabic, cardiac, diuretic, insecticidal, larvicidal, nematicidal, spermicidal and other biological activities.
A study reports that "Withania somnifera Improves Semen Quality in Stress-Related Male Fertility". Stress has been reported to be a causative factor for male infertility. Treatment resulted in a decrease in stress, improved the level of anti-oxidants and improved overall semen quality in a significant number of individuals. The treatment resulted in pregnancy in the partners of 14% of the patients.
Dr. Mercola has his say on the sad state of the Bee population. Also the link to Dr. Mercola's site has a FREE viewing of the Film "The Vanishing Bees"
VIDEO - Help The Bees - Become an Urban Bee Keeper
Newswise report on a study from the online issue of Neurology that Daily physical exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, even in people over the age of 80. “The study showed that not only exercise but also activities such as cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease,”
I scour the internet for health news that I hope you find interesting and valuable. It all takes a lot of time and energy and so to keep those pesky beasts from my door I have added some interesting links to websites selling all kinds of natural products from skin care to herbs to supplements to toys to books. More will be added. Please take a moment to check them out, there are some exciting health conscious products on offer. I spent time looking at the different sites and products and they got my "thumbs up", however, if you spot anything that is not natural and is harmful whether to the environment or ourselves, please contact me so I can remove the advertisement ....... Happy Healthy Shopping.......enjoy!
Two substances in licorice -- used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine -- have shown to kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. Science Daily report on the study
Science Daily report that Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now discovered that liquorice root also contains substances with an anti-diabetic effect. These amorfrutins not only reduce blood sugar, they are also anti-inflammatory and are very well tolerated
Newswise report that A University of Missouri team has tapped into the science and practice of this mind-body interaction to develop an innovative and award-winning program.
Our sister site Evidence Based Natural Health has many new studies uploaded on natural therapies and cancer. In addition there are five studies uploaded on Homeopathy and cancer
An article from last year from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center clears up the confusion about the safety of soy food consumption by breast cancer survivors "eating soy foods did not increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death among breast cancer survivors.
An article in Science Daily report on a study "Eating Cruciferous Vegetables May Improve Breast Cancer Survival"
Futurity report that "Increasing numbers of patients admitted to an epilepsy unit with intractable seizures suffer from stress rather than a true seizure disorder, mental health providers say."
Futurity report on a study of 2 groups of menopausal women and the number of hot flashes they had after exercise. The study concluded that attitude may play an important role in how exercise affects menopausal women
An Article in MedicalXpress on "How stress influences disease: Research reveals inflammation as the culprit"
MedicalXpress report on a study from November Journal of Virology "Vaccinating children annually against influenza virus interferes with their development of cross-reactive killer T cells to flu viruses generally,"
Great article on the effects of Rosemary Oil on the brain published in MedicalXpress. The study has "shown for the first time that blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance."
The Australian newspaper report - Childhood exposure to environmental lead has been linked to mental, behavioural and physical deficits, and now the toxic lead dust has been connected to violent assault
Wildlife biologists study the alarming spread of a fungus that is wiping out bat populations, researchers say the economic costs of losing bats is enormous, potentially reaching at least $3 billion per year.
HELP THE BATS
An article in Reuters report - "Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural industry strives to ramp up production to feed the world's growing population."
More horrific consequences of chemicals affecting the environment, this time from Futurity.
To read more articles (click)
Alternet had an article about early puberty in children - "Breasts at 7 years old" and now the New York Times report - "Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?"
MedPage today report that the The FDA has reportedly denied a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to ban the plasticizing agent bisphenol A (BPA) from food packaging. Canada Declares BPA, a Chemical in Plastics, to Be Toxic. The EU decide not to ban baby bottle chemical bisphenol-A. Hmmm - What is going on I ask myself? But I do say SHAME on the FDA and the EU.
Science Daily report on the demise of Bees and how Bees are harmed by common crop pesticides
Science Daily report that Thyme may be better for acne than prescription creams.
Also Science Daily report that treatment of acne using oral antibiotics is associated with reporting symptoms of sore throat
Canada's Edmonton Journal have a very informative article on Triclosan "Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment" As always knowledge is power.
American Botanical Council report in Herbclip that Joint Status is Improved by Lemon Verbena Extract Combined with Fish Oil
American Botanical Council report in Herbclip on Ginger - studies show that it Improves Cognitive Function in Middle-aged Women
An interesting article from "Medical Advisor Journals - Home of Kyle J. Norton for The Better of Living & Living Health" on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD) In Herbal Medicine Perspective
Researchers a Yale School of Medicine report that using Mobile Phones during Pregnancy can potentially lead to hyperactivity in offspring
Conclusion of a study uploaded on Green Tea "Green tea reduced hyperglycemia, prevented renal injury and autonomic dysfunction, suggesting reduced cardiovascular risk and target organ damage in diabetes."
An article in Scientific American report on the effects of food packaging on girls -
A chemical found in many plastics affects brain development in the womb. BPA once again the culprit
Medpage Today report on a study from Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association that men had a higher risk of myocardial infarction if they drank more sugar sweetened beverages
Forbes reports on more dangerous ingredients in personal care products - formaldehyde in hair straighteners, bacteria in mascara.....yikes!!
The conclusion of the study posted "This pilot study reports the food intake and nutrient status of children with ADHD and shows a predisposition for low zinc and copper status in ADHD."
Also a report from NPR "Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs"
An in depth report from Dr. Mercola on breast cancer and mammograms - "Your Greatest Weapon Against Breast Cancer (Not Mammograms)"
A report from MedPage Today - Lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with smaller brain volumes and worse cognitive performance, researchers reported.
MedPage report on a study and conclude that women with a history of severe menstrual cramps reported significantly less pain when they took an ultra-high dose of vitamin D five days before their next expected period, according to results of a small randomized trial.
A frightening study reported in MedPage Today state that the use of hypnotic sleep aids was associated with a three- to five-fold higher mortality risk compared with the risk for nonusers, even when the prescription was for a small number of pills, investigators reported.
A study reported in Science Alert conclude that babies born small may benefit from a daily omega-3 supplement
A study in the Advanced Journal Of Nursing on the effects of ginger compresses on osteoarthritis report "The essential experience of ginger compresses exposed the unique qualities of heat, stimulation, anti-inflammation and analgesia."
An orange a day keeps strokes away - report Medpage Today, they state "A compound found in oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruit may modestly reduce stroke risk among women, an observational study determined."
Research study from eCAM on the wonderful effects of Licorice on functional dyspepsia
The Daily Mail report on the link between the pesticide endosulfan and childhood cancers
_Medpage Today report that walking speed and hand-grip strength during middle age correlated with cognitive function and stroke risk in older adults,
An interesting study in BMC Complement Altern Med. Journal entitled "Comparison of bee products based on assays of antioxidant capacities" - propolis comes out on top
An interesting study that makes one question the effects of modern living on health and wellbeing.
_Could your Valentine's kiss give you lead poisoning? A article from Reuters warn of one of lipsticks ingredients.....lead!
_Mother Jones report on a Paper in PNS stating that DNA mutations tend to accumulate in the genomes of offspring mice more than in their parents.
More news on the decline of bees, this time from Alternet - Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health. And don't forget to check out how to be an Urban Bee Keeper
_More research from China added to the growing list of natural substances to treat Flu - A commonly used Chinese herb for cold and fever contains ingredients that can fight influenza viruses, a study in China suggests
An excellent article from the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine by Dr. Mark Hyman on the dangers of women taking Cholesterol lowering drugs
_Researchers report in the British Journal of Nutrition that Ginger extract (GE) exerts significant growth-inhibitory and death-inductory effects in a spectrum of prostate cancer cells.
_Researchers report in the British Journal of Nutrition that mice genetically programmed to develop prostate cancer had smaller, slower growing tumors when fed a diet rich in walnuts.
Antiasthmatic Effects of Herbal Complex MA and Its Fermented Product MA128
L-Carnitine Improves the Asthma Control in Children with Moderate Persistent Asthma _
_Medical News Today report on a study in the Journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being that kids with ADHD have milder symptoms when they play in green outdoor settings.
_An article in Medical News Today report that people who throughout their lives keep their brains active have lover levels of β-amyloid protein, which is the major part of the amyloid plaque in Alzheimer disease.
_Who influences children's and adolescents' food intake and food selection?
_A study demonstrates that 400 mg daily of L-theanine is safe and effective in improving some aspects of sleep quality in boys diagnosed with ADHD.
_Research article on the benefits of CAM for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Great Conclusions
Research published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism have glowing reports on the effect of black pepper and curcumin on hypertension
After 6 months of use Chondroitin led to significant improvement in function and pain in osteoarthritic hands. The study was reported in Medpage Today
Wall Street Journal report on a study of the benefits of Grapes. Supplementing the diet with grapes may protect the retina from degeneration as much as lutein and zeaxanthin the study reports
_More clues have been found in the case of the disappearing honey bees.
Become and Urban Bee Keeper - Video
__Medpage report on a study in Circulation - Researchers have found that the death of a loved one can induce a heart attack especially within 24 hours of the death.
_ The conclusion of a study featured in Medscape Today "Sublingual feverfew/ginger appears safe and effective as a first-line abortive treatment for a population of migraineurs who frequently experience mild headache prior to the onset of moderate to severe headache."
Cllinical Nutrition report on a study conducted in Spain and report that Vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing Diabetes
_Medpage Today report on a a small cross-over study, the researchers suggest "that substances in red wine act as aromatase inhibitors, compounds that are used to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women..."
MedPage Today report on a 13 year study on the benefit or lack of, for PSA Screening (Prostate cancer screening) "In fact, screened patients had a slightly higher prostate cancer mortality: 3.7 per 10,000 person-years, versus 3.4 for unscreened men"
_Alternet report on a Study "Could More Medical Pot Reduce Prescription Pill Deaths?" Also find the link to the full Study
_ Research coming out of Penn State University - a compound produced from fish oil tappears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the disease, researchers say.
Two studies uploaded on the positive effects of barley in regard to high cholesterol. How hard is it to add barley to your diet?
Medpage Today report on a study in The Journal of Clinical Oncology that Women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer are more likely to develop blockages in the areas of their coronary arteries exposed to the most radiation
_A Russian Journal reports that Acetyl-L-carnitine in doses of 2250 to 3000 mg per day was well tolerated and recommended for early stage Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia
The conclusions of a study report that "Supplementation with standardised Echinacea tablets, if taken before and during travel, may have preventive effects against the development of respiratory symptoms during travel involving long-haul flights."
_Why is the FDA saying its OK to Eat Seafood 10,000 times over the Safe Limit for Dangerous Carcinogens?
Alternet report on the contamination of Seafood after the largest offshore oil spill in history in the Gulf of Mexico and how the FDA downplayed the risk of contamination.
This sign on your plastic water bottle indicates the presence of BPA. Reports indicate the potential of bisphenol A to disrupt thyroid hormone action, to cause proliferation of human prostrate cancer cells and to block testosterone synthesis to name but a few of the adverse effects of BPA. A study in Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica ñ Drug Research report that Quercetin alleviates BPA damage to Nucleic Acid and Proteins in mice.
Check out Nature's Pharmacy with regard to cancer at our sister website. Read all the studies that prove Complementary and Alternative Medicine is effective in preventing and treating cancer
_ MedPage Today report that Women may be able to reduce their risk of breast cancer if they avoid a host of environmental exposures, including unnecessary ionizing radiation, combination hormone replacement therapy, and smoking, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Leading a healthy lifestyle -- eating right and getting enough exercise -- as well as lowering alcohol intake can also diminish that risk, the IOM said in a report entitled "Breast Cancer and the Environment," which was released here at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
The Environmental Working Group have an indepth investigation into sugar contect in cereals. Check out the best and worst, download the report. Plus read their healthy breakfast tips.
Christmas Gift Ideas - green + eco friendly
Think Green and Eco friendly when it comes to giving gifts at Christmas time. Below clickable links to some interesting gifts
Friends of The Earth Eco Friendly Gifts
Tree Huggers 2011 Gift Ideas
A must read article from "Earth Island Journal" for all those people who nonchalantly chat on the mobile phone and sit with laptops on the laps using WiFi. What is the effect? - eggs that don't hatch, cattle thin, miscarrying and agitated that graze close to the mobile towers and children developing bizare skin rashes.
Before ladies of 'that' age opt for Hormone Replacement Therapy consisting primarily of conjugated estrogens Isolated from pregnant mares' urine, read the positive effects of Homeopathic medicines on menopausal symptoms
An article on Science E News report that Physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep. Research shows that "150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality."
Pesticide - Atrazine + irregular periods + low estrogen levels + spurs reproductive problems in many creatures
More disturbing news on the common weedkiller Atrazine from the Environmental Health News this time reporting that women who drink tap water contaminated with low levels of Atrazine are more likely to have irregular periods and low estrogen levels. And there is more a report in e Science News report that atrazine spurs reproductive problems in many creatures
The conclusion of a study published in Psychopharmacology state that "Compared with placebo, 6 weeks of tea consumption leads to lower post-stress cortisol and greater subjective relaxation, together with reduced platelet activation. Black tea may have health benefits in part by aiding stress recovery."
"Parkinson’s disease afflicts some 700,000 Americans. The disorder often causes tremors and an unsteady gait. And more than many other diseases, Parkinson’s is linked to environmental exposures
Exposure to TCE or PERC was associated with a nearly nine-fold increased risk of Parkinson’s disease."_
_Another study on breast screening "Uninformed Compliance or Informed Choice? A Needed Shift in Our Approach to Cancer Screening" the author Stefanek states "at least 1,900 women in their 40s would need to undergo mammography to avoid one death over 11 years. During that follow-up time, there would be 2,000 false-positive tests"
Research from The Americal Journal of Nutrition on cholesterol conclude "Dietary phytosterols in moderate and high doses favorably alter whole-body cholesterol metabolism in a dose-dependent manner. A moderate phytosterol intake (459 mg/d) can be obtained in a healthy diet without supplementation."
Plant sterols, phytosterols, are cholesterol-like compounds that are found mostly in vegetable oils, nuts and legumes
More research coming out about the positive effects of taking fish oil when undergoing allopathic cancer treatment.
Havard Researchers report "women who consumed 4 or more cups of coffee had 25% lower risk of endometrial cancer than those who consumed less than 1 cup per day." For decaffeinated coffee consumption, a suggestive inverse association was found among women who consumed 2 or more cups per day versus <1 cup/mo."
A study in The Lancet Oncology entitled "Natural history of breast cancers detected in the Swedish mammography screening programme: a cohort study" report "Because the cumulative incidence among controls did not reach that of the screened group, we believe that many invasive breast cancers detected by repeated mammography screening do not persist to be detected by screening at the end of 6 years, suggesting that the natural course of many of the screen-detected invasive breast cancers is to spontaneously regress." i.e. many screen-detected invasive breast tumours regress spontaneously when undiagnosed and untreated.
Alliance For Natural Health speak out about the study that Foxx headlined “High Vitamin D Levels Linked to Serious Heart Condition”
Below the article are studies confirming that Vitamin D aids a variety of diseases
An alarming article from e Science News report from a study that "12-to-19-year-olds had terrible diets, which, surprisingly, were even worse than those of adults, putting them at risk of Diabetes Type II, 30% of boys and more than 40% of girls have elevated blood sugar, 35% of boys and girls are overweight or obese. Girls' cholesterol levels were worse than boys', and 25 percent of teens had smoked within the past month of being surveyed. Frightening Stats!
Scientific America report that when it comes to brain development, the missing ingredient in bottle-feeding is a bond with the mother, not the chemicals in the milk, read more at SA
The Conclusion of a study on Hazelnuts published in the European Journal of Cllinical Nutrition states "The ingestion of three different forms of hazelnuts equally improved the lipoprotein profile and α-tocopherol concentrations in mildly hypercholesterolemic individuals. Hazelnuts can therefore be incorporated into the usual diet as a means of reducing cardiovascular disease risk."
Byron J Richards reports from his website on the Study published in The Lancet -
"Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis Study"
Also see Dr. Mercola-Getting Flu Shot at Pharmacy is a Risky Proposition
A study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that Royal Jelly is effective in ameliorating the stress-inducible symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Royal jelly is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens.
MedPage Today report that Coffee appears to protect against depression in women, and the more the better, researchers found.
In a prospective cohort study, women who drank two or three cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression than those who drank one cup or less, according to Alberto Ascherio, MD, DrPH, of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues.
Med Page Today have a few interesting articles on Cataracts - a healthy diet helps prevent them. And Antidepressants and Estrogen therapy are linked to them.
Good news for all chocolate lovers The New York Times report on a study in the British Medical Journal that high levels of chocolate consumption are associated with a significant reduction in the risk of certain cardiovascular disorders
David Spiegal writes about the importance of the mind/body connection in healing from cancer
Medical News Today report on a first of its kind study, assessing anti-cancer properties of ginger as a whole instead of the plant's individual components, scientists at Georgia State University have discovered, that whole ginger extract has promising cancer-preventing activity in cancer of the prostate.
TRICLOSAN is a common ingredient in “antibacterial” soaps. It is also found in acne treatments, face and body washes, toothpaste and deodorants. It is used to kill bacteria on the skin and other surfaces. A scientific advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that "antibacterial" soaps were no better than regular soap and water at killing germs or reducing the spread of infection. Furthermore, The American Medical Association reported that use of triclosan in the home may actually encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Beyond Pesticides have a list of products containing Triclosan - you will be shocked
Interesting research on 45 Chinese Antioxidant herbs and the relationship with TCM characteristics
Also research on Cumin seeds antioxidant qualities
A new video is uploaded - The Mystery of Water ...marvel and enjoy
A very informative article copied from Positive Health Online that I wanted to share. We need to educate ourselves on the dangers of using mobile phones, microwaves, wifi etc., as they do affect our health.
At the bottom of the article I have uploaded a very important file "Bees, Birds and Mankind" - a must read for everyone.
In The Journal of Nutrition the results of a study suggest that daily consumption of hibiscus tea, in an amount readily incorporated into the diet, lowers BP in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults and may prove an effective component of the dietary changes recommended for people with these conditions.
Environmental Health News report that "Children less attentive, more impulsive with higher exposure to repellent chemicals."
I am updating the research pages on a regular basis so have a quick look to see what's new including :
Anti-inflammatory effects of Chinese medicinal herbs on cerebral ischemia
A recent study reported in Chinese Medicine News found that Ginseng has anti-inflammatory properties as well as its other amazing healing properties
UC San Diego study – In studying the preventive effects of vitamin D, researchers at the Moores Cancer Centre at the University of California, San Diego, have proposed a new model of cancer development that hinges on a loss of cancer cells’ ability to stick together. The model, dubbed DINOMIT, differs substantially from the current model of cancer development, which suggests genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer.
A study, published in Breast Cancer Research, suggests that drinking over five cups of coffee per day may significantly reduce the risks of developing a sub type of breast cancer known as anti-oestrogen-resistant oestrogen-receptor (ER-negative) breast cancer
A wonderful article on Turmeric/Curcumin the popular Indian spice from Dr. Mercola plus his comments and he explains how to best prepare turmeric. Turmeric has also been proven more effective than Ibuprofen with regards to Osteoarthritis knee symptoms. Also uploaded are a few studies from our sister site Evidence Based Natural Health proving that Turmeric/Curcumin is very effective in the treatment of cancer
Little girls are growing breasts a year after losing their first baby teeth. Are the chemicals in everyday household products to blame?
A US study on rats found that tumours became more responsive to the drug tamoxifen with the addition of fish oil to their diets.
The destruction caused by Antidepressants is horrific . the website SSRI Stories documents 4,500 stories of individuals who have committed horrific acts, the common denominator - SSRI Antidepressants
The moon was the closest to planet earth in 18 years a couple of nights ago. We see the moon almost every night of our lives yet we know little about the moon and its effects. I have uploaded three interesting articles on the moon, the wind and positive and negative ions and how they all effect our health and behaviour. At the bottom of the page is a National Geographic video on the mysteries of the moon.
I have uploaded some very informative and very disturbing documentaries/videos: John Pilger in conversation with Julian Assange, Vaccine Nation, Alex Jones interviewing Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Mike Adams talks with Sheri Tenpenny about the dangers of Vaccination,, The World According to Monsanto, Sweet Misery, the truth about Aspartame, Marketing of Madness, The Memory of Water-Jaques Benveniste, The Dalai Lama talking about finding happiness in troubled times. Watch, become informed and enjoy the video of the Dalai Lama
Anxiety, Blood Pressure, Cancer, Diabetes, Hepatitis C Virus, Psoriasis, Chamomile. Cinnamon, Frankincense. Garlic, Ginger, Hops,
Milk Thistle, Olive Leaf
Read about the history and medicinal properties of Sage (Salvia officinalis) from the American Botanical Council.
Nutraingredients report that A daily dose of dried plums otherwise know as prunes is more effective for constipation relief than the soluble fiber psyllium.
“Given their palatability, tolerability and availability, dried plums should be considered in the initial approach to the management of mild to moderate constipation in the general population,” so said the authors.
A great article by Dr. Mercola about the dangers of food dyes. Children adore brightly coloured cereals and sweets and supermarkets and shops are laden with these enticing brightly coloured food stuffs. They may look fun and inviting but they are positively dangerous.
And more updated information added
Bach Flower "Rescue Remedy" is a magnificent remedy to calm frayed nerves, stop tantrums in their track, and generally make you feel a whole lot better. Four drops under the tongue and within minutes the effects can be seen and felt. Did you know that Dr. Bach produced 38 different flower remedies to address specific negative emotions? Watch the videos on Dr. Edward Bach and his discovery of the flower remedies, consult the quick reference guide and learn how to make combination flower remedies to get more specific when addressing negative emotional states.
Not surprising news - Netherlands -a paper documents that patients whose GP has additional training in anthroposophic medicine, homeopathy, or acupuncture have substantially lower health care costs and lower mortality rates.
"At age 2, children of mothers who had the highest levels of breakdown products from organophosphate pesticides in their urine had the greatest risk of "pervasive developmental disorder." Symptoms include behavioral effects like being afraid to try new things, inability to tolerate anything out of place, and avoiding looking others in the eye—all signs consistent with autism spectrum behavior. By age 5, children who had been exposed to the most pesticides in the womb were at greater risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)".
Health food stores are warning that they will be forced to close down after April 30 when the European Traditional Medicinal Products Directive comes into force
I have uploaded a video of Sylvia Earle TreeHugger’s Person of the Year speaking on TED Video. Sylvia Earle was the 2009 Prize winner of TED and she has just been named TreeHugger’s Person of the Year for “for [her] history of contributions to environmentalism [as well as] for significant and specific accomplishments in 2010.” It is an absolutely amazing video, a heart felt wish from a truly caring human being. The footage of the deep ocean is breathtaking, her stark realities as to the state of our oceans and how we as human beings rely on the oceans to literally survive is frightening and we need to act NOW to save our oceans and its inhabitants.
Yet another study confirms the effectiveness of Homeopathy. Patients who were taking homeopathy for the treatment of Psoriasis showed substantial improvements in disease severity and health. The major improvements were seen in the first 3 months, after 12 months the patients continued to improve. In addition the use of convention medication decreased markedly.
More news on Lycopene, we have learnt of the benefits of Lycopene for osteoporosis and the relationship between tomato intake and risk of prostate disease (Evidence Based Natural Health) well, now there is a new study from the Journal of Atherosclerosis on lycopene's benefits for heart health.
Calcium plus vitamin D shows bone boosting benefits for teenage girls Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may boost the bone health of girls undergoing puberty, and potentially reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Australian researchers report in the journal Osteoporosis International. that a supplement containing 800 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D3 produced significant increases in the bone density and strength of peripubertal female identical twins, compared with placebo.
During pregnancy and also prepregnancy when a couple are trying for a child it is imperative to know what herbs need to be avoided and what herbs will assist with the delivery. Below is an important list of herbs to be avoided and also the beneficial herbs for new mother and baby
The healing properties of ginger are numerous. Read about gingers healing effects on Nausea in Pregancy, Dyspepsia, Asthma, Painful menstruation, Ovarian and Skin cancer and cancer in general
The Alliance for Natural Health report from the journal Clinical Toxicology and the published annual report by the American Association of Poison Control Centers There were no deaths from herbal medicine, multiple or single vitamins, no deaths from amino acid or dietary mineral supplements and no documented deaths from homeopathic medicines. One death was attributed to an “Unknown dietary supplement or homeopathic agent”, but this cannot be verified as no supporting information is provided.
Read about the history and medicinal properties of Hops (Humulus lupulus) from the American Botanical Council.
Also read the clinical trials on Hops
Learn about the history, the wonderful healing properties of Frankincense from the American Botanical Council.
And information on frankincense Essential Oil from Heal with Oil
And a study on the benefits of Frankincense for Bladder cancer
The war on Natural Medicine is in full throttle. CAM UNITED has been created to bring all CAM disciplines together to fight as one body for a persons right to choose a healing modality other than Pharmaceutical Drugs which will monopolise health care if Codex Alimentarius and EU Traditional Medicinal Products Directive become law
IF WE ORGANISE ON A GLOBAL BASIS, WE HAVE THE GREATEST NUMBER.
IF WE SIT ON OUR HANDS, WE WILL BE CRUSHED.
ARE WE GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN? DO WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO BE FED PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE?
PLEASE GO TO THE SITE AND BE COUNTED, SHOW YOU CARE (press CAM UNITED)
Following on from the article from Jon Barron "European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition" in which he discusses Clinical Studies, Case Control Studies, and Cohort Studies, I have uploaded information from Dr. Mercola on Placebo's to help complete the picture of what actually goes on in clinical trials
Allopathic medicine offer cancer sufferers Chemo/Radiotherapy in their arsenal against cancer, but is it effective.? The Pharmaceutical Industry think so - Cancer treatment costs rise to nearly 50 Billion USD a year in USA reports Mike Adams of Natural News. Read a very important paper published in the Australian journal Clinical Oncology, this paper was written in 2008 and surprise, surprise it never reached the mainstream press
Great article from Jon Barron (Baseline of Health Foundation) on the results of a study on the relationship between intake of fruits and vegetables and incidence of cancer. Jon has analysed the report in depth, explains the different type of studies that are conducted in the name of science and he gives his conclusions.
On our sister Website Evidence Based Natural Health there are numerous scientific studies on fruit and vegetables that have been published in scientic journals from all around the world that would in a court of law dispute the conclusions of this Investigation.
What will become of humankind if there are no more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man. Einstein said "if we loose the bees mankind will soon follow". Pesticides once again raise their ugly heads, this time with regard to the decline in bees. Read what The Ecologist say and have said in past articles. Also read what the Pesticide Action Network and Fast Company have to say
Please sign the petition. And see how you can help the humble Bee
“Sleep is better than medicine” - English Proverb
“The beginning of health is sleep – Irish Proverb
What is sleep all about, what is REM, what is insomnia and the causes?
Read what herbs and vitamins help remedy sleepless nights.
If you are a Diabetic or know someone who is, this is a must read...
Actos and bladder cancer, Avandia and heart attack and heart failure, Byetta (exenatide) and renal failure and death, Mediator/Benfluorex linked to 500 deaths in France, Taspoglutide trials stopped due to adverse side effects.
Also read Dr Mercola's comments on Avandia and his recommendations for Diabetes sufferers
Thirty years on and the powers that be are still asking the same question? When will profit not take precedence to health?
Critics blame the additives for triggering behavioral problems in youngsters the FDA say no!
More news on the frightening prospect of Natures Herbs becoming illegal in 4 months time. Mike Adams Natural News has his say. Please sign the petitions
Chronic inflammation in the body can be a precursor to disease - cancer, heart disease etc. Dr. Weil has an easy to understand anti-inflammatory diet that I have uploaded and I have also included a list of anti-inflammtory vegetables, fruits, fish, oil, herbs and spices for you to peruse. Also under "Free and Informative" is a link to a Anti-inflammatory Food Pyramid c/o Dr. Weil
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The Pesticide Action Network have another informative article on the affects of pesticides on children. As parents our children rely soley on us to protect them and the best way we can protect our children is to become informed and then take action. Please read what PAN have to say on the matter. Also please note above in Hot News that the UK say it will ignore medical advice on pesticides, now that's a worry. Check out more articles on Pesticides
The Journal of Medicinal Food report in the December issue that regular consumption of purple grape juice in the absence of other red, blue, or purple fruits benefited immunity in healthy, middle-aged human subjects. Also I have added 4 other studies on grapes: grapes and cancer prevention, lung cancer, leukemia and colorectal cancer.
The Pesticide Action Network report on a new study which shows that even tiny, allowable amounts of a common pesticide class can have dramatic effects on brain chemistry. Organophosphate insecticides (OP’s) are among the most widely used pesticides in the U.S. & have long been known to be particularly toxic for children. The conclusion :: Kids with above-average pesticide exposures are 2x as likely to have ADHD.
Alliance for Natural Health and Benefyt clarify confusion about the EU Herbal Campaign. These guys are in the forefront of the battle to save Traditional Herbal Medicines. Keep informed of what is happening
Last minute Christmas gifts
Christmas is just around the corner - here are some last minute ideas
How to make a perfect Holiday Wreath
TreeHugger have a great gift guide - Low impact Luxury for High Impact Giving
VivaTerra - wonderful unusual gifts
Photocopy the list and take it with you when you shop so you can check the ingredients on products and avoid these dangerous additives
More from Nutraingredients on osteoporosis, this time reporting on a study regarding women drinking 4 or more cola drinks per week and the risk of osteoporosis
Tomato Juice can reduce Osteoporosis
Nutraingredients report that a study published in Osteoporosis International state that calcium researchers at the University of Toronto (UT) claim that 30mg of lycopene found in tomatoes – the equivalent to two glasses of tomato juice – is enough to help prevent the brittle-bone disease.
Consuming an antioxidant-rich drink for eight months showed a smaller increase in homocysteine levels, compared with a placebo group The effects were even more significant in people with moderate Alzheimer’s disease
Listen and read the script on Vitamin C and its amazing healing properties
Pat Thomas from the Ecologist this time shows us how to cook with spices. At the bottom of the page is a recipe for making Chai Tea the spices used are loaded with healing properties.
Visit Evidence Based Natural Health to see the studies on various spices for both preventing and treating cancer
Fennel, Lemon Balm, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme, common medicinal herbs, that can be grown in the garden or in pots on a balcony, learn how to cook with them with a snippet of information about their healing powers thrown in
The Alliance for Natural Health once again keeps us up-to-speed on what is happening - April 1, 2011, is the date the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) comes into force throughout Europe. Many herbal products—including those already sold safely as food supplements—will need to be registered under THMPD if they are to be made available. Registration will be costly and it involves a series of eligibility and technical challenges, consequently a large number of traditional medicines will not be registered.
The Alliance For Natural Health has extensive information regarding Codex and how it will affect health conscious consumers and more importantly what YOU can do to help in the battle against Codex. Read all about it, watch the videos and act before it is too late
I came across a very interesting blog whilst surfing the net. Research from the Netherlands has found a connection between negative emotions such as anger and sadness to heightened levels of discomfort in women.
In a study participants consumed beetroot juice and then had MRI scans. The scans showed that blood flow significantly improved in the white matter of the front lobes, an area that has been linked to dementia
I have uploaded a very informative video - a lecture by Jeffrey Smith the author of "Seeds of Deception" a magnificent book all about GM Foods. Also a fantastic blog from Green Planet about GM Foods. Please read/watch and become informed, let's take our power back.
Laleva have a very frightening article regarding animals from all over the world refusing to eat GM foods when given a choice. And when they do eat GM foods studies have shown the animals suffer serious health side effects and it is a fact that thousands have died!!
An article in Scientific America (August) report that an ancient Chinese medicine might ease side effects of cancer treatments
Cancer Prevention Journal report that anthocyanins can inhibit the growth of cancer cells as well as make the cancer cells commit suicide.
Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and an anti-bacterial treatment may -- singly or in combination -- help prevent stomach (gastric) cancer, according to a long-term clinical trial involving more than 600 people at high risk of developing the disease. The results of the trial appear in the Dec. 6, 2000, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
The Breast Cancer Fund has published its annual report "State of the Evidence" The 2010 edition examines the links between pesticides and other chemicals in cosmetics, household cleaners, food packaging and more) and breast cancers and how they are contribute to the disease. The report recommends that we limit our exposure to the chemicals when possible. They advocate buying organic foods that reduce chemical intake and which are safer for farmer workers and families living on the farm. It also calls for new stronger policies to reduce exposure to carcinogens
Click above to see a wonderful clip showing how Jacques Benveniste and his team provided convincing evidence showing the mechanism for the efficacy of homoeopathy. The clip also shows the extraordinary tactics employed by the magazine Nature to discredit his findings
Following on from yesterday, another article from The Alliance for Natural Medicine on Alzheimer's and coconut oil. At the bottom of the article there is a link to a report by Dr. Mary Newport who used coconut oil to treat her husbands decline into Alzheimer's, she had amazing results
The Alliance For Natural Medicine have a great article on Alzheimer's disease. 2050 it is predicted that there will be 15,000,000 people with Alzheimer's Disease in the U.S. Researchers gave mice the equivalent of a human dose of 2000 to 3000 milligrams of niacinamide, and the results were shocking. “Cognitively, they were cured,” said Dr. Kim Green, the head of the study. “The vitamin completely prevented cognitive decline associated with the disease, bringing them back to the level they’d be at if they didn’t have the pathology.” Niacinamide also improved memory in mice without Alzheimer’s
An article in NutraIngredients state that research reported in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveal that people that consume over 100 ml of tea, coffee, or both, per day are at significantly lower risk of glioblastoma tumours (glioma) than those consuming less than 100 ml per day
The Journal of the American Botanical Council-Herbal Gram have a wonderful article on Green Tea. The health benefits of Green Tea are numerous - cancer, inflammation, gum disease, to name but a few, now it seems we can add obesity and diabetes to the list. Tea catechins, especially EGCG, appear to have antiobesity and antidiabetic effects
The campaign for Safe Cosmetics reiterate the need to get cancer causing chemicals out of the every day products that we use. They comment that Estee Lauder owned brands use Parabens in their ingredients and 90% of breast tumours have intact parabens in them. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, we want cancer prevention and not early cancer detection.
The Canadian Government formally declared a chemical widely used to create clear, hard plastics, as well as food can liners, to be a toxic substance on Wednesday. And yet earlier in the week EU officials decided against restricting or banning bisphenol-A (BPA
A major study conducted in urban areas in the US for 3 years, involved 41 pairs of children with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) + their mothers and a control group of 41 matched pairs of healthy children and their mothers. Researchers found evidence of the pesticides in the urine of more than half of all the participants, but levels of two common Organophosphate metabolites, DETP and DEDTP, were significantly higher in the children who suffered from cancer.
The word ’cosmetics’ covers a wide range of personal care products including moisturisers, cleansers etc. A common ingredient in many products - Parabens have been found intact in 90% of humanbreast tumours and although parabens have not been conclusively linked as a possible cause of breast cancer evidence suggests that parabens can act as oestrogen mimics
In a new study published in Experimental Dermatology - Pomegranate and berry extracts were shown to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV exposure. Ellagic acid is a phytochemical, or plant chemical, found in raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, walnuts, pecans, pomegranates, and other plant foods and Korean scientists involved in the study state that this phytochemical may prevent, in human skin cells, the degradation of collagen, which would slow wrinkle formation and maintain skin structure
The Irish Times reports that painters are at significantly increased risk of developing bladder cancer and the danger increases the longer a person works in the trade, a new study has found. Yet another reason to adopt and anticancer lifestyle
P.S. Garlic and Frankincense Oil have proven benefits against bladder cancer. (Evidence Based Natural Health)
House-proud women who like to keep their homes clean and fragrant may be at greater risk of breast cancer,
No longer is the home a safe haven, an article in the Sydney Morning Hearld dated 20th July 2010 states that scientists found significant links between breast cancer and women's use of cleaning products, air fresheners and mould removers. General use of cleaners doubled the risk of breast cancer in women who used them the most, experts found.
Two studies, found that more than half of the participants with dementia were vitamin D deficient (less than 50 nmol/L). Also, cognitive tests revealed that severely deficient individuals (less than 25 nmol/L) were 60 percent more likely to undergo cognitive decline over the six-year follow-up period
DANA ULLMAN, MPH, is one of America's leading advocates for homeopathy and he has written yet another excellent article on Homeopathy this time for Natural News (Mike Adams). He speaks about the skeptics of homeopathy, he details the history of homeopathy in the 19th century when homeopathy "came into its own" with the phenomenal success in treating infectious diseases
The Alliance for Natural Health have addressed the controversy re: calcium causing heart attacks expressed in newspaper headlines. ANH state that People taking supplements need to be aware that Calcium should never be taken alone, but taken with vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin K, particularly vitamin K2. Without these essential co-factors, the calcium may end up in the blood or blood vessels of the heart rather then in the bones
Babies born to mothers who smoke cigarettes may be at risk for abnormal blood pressure and heart rate control at birth, suggests research published in the March 2010 issue of Hypertension. The results of the new study further hint that this control may become worse as exposure to secondhand smoke continues, perhaps increasing the risk of developing hypertension in later life
Pesticide Action Network report that a study has found that children with above-average pesticide exposures are twice as likely to have ADHD. Pesticide Action Network have a fantastic data base of pesticide residues found on fruit and vegetables. Can you believe that apples had 42 different pesticide residues!!!
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- How to Clean nonorganic produce
- Pesticides linked to suicidal thoughts
- Vegetables and Fruit-dirty dozen, clean fifteen
- Georgina Downs takes Pesticide Case to European Courts
- Farm pesticides linked to skin cancer
- Homeopathy in the News
- Homeopathy and Cancer
- Cancer Report Examines Environmental Hazards
- Multiple Sclerosis and UV light and Vitamin D
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