My name is Laura Murphy, I am a Biologist and a practitioner of Natural Medicine, I am a qualified Naturopath, Homeopath, Herbalist and Nutritionist. I am passionate about natural medicine and spend innumerable hours researching evidence based natural therapies and disease and rather than hoard all this valuable information on my computer, I decided to set up this humble website. If you have any questions or suggestions please "contact me"
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy - Izaak Walton
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy - Izaak Walton
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- Sen. Charles Schumer Proposes Ban On 10 Flame Retardants In Kids Products - CBS News
- India’s nuclear nightmare: The village of birth defects - the Star
- ACTION ALERT - AVAAZ - I can sincerely say this is the most important petition we've ever done - Climate Petition to Save The World
- Twitter Vulnerability Allows Hacker to Delete Credit Cards from Any Twitter Account - Hacker News
- Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise - Reuters
- GM lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize - GM Watch
- Neighborhood Green Space Can Predict Mental Health Status - Natural Medicine Journal
- Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks - Reuters
- Controversial vaccine studies: Why is Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under fire from critics in India? - Economic Times of India
- Why Fewer Monarch Butterflies Are Surviving Their Winter Migration to Mexico - Forbidden Knowledge TV
- The Healing Power of Cat Purrs - Care2
- FBI opens online vault, revealing UFO, Roswell files - Mother Nature Network
- How to spot a narcissist - Mother Nature Network
- 5 Million Gmail Usernames and Passwords Leaked online, Check Yours Now - Hacker News
- All The CDC's Men - Lynne McTaggart Blog
- Fact or Fiction? Identifying Reliable Integrative Medicine Resources - Huffington Post
- Peace IS Possible If We Remain Committed to the Truth - Global Research
- Action Alert - Tell Retailers: Label Monsanto's GMO Sweet Corn - Grass Roots Act
- Illegal loggers suspected in death of Peruvian activist - NPR
- Could Your Sunscreen Be Harming Ocean Life? - WLRN
- The Two-Front War for the Future of the Internet - TruthDig
- Long-term use of pills for insomnia and anxiety linked to Alzheimer’s risk - Dangerous Prescription Drugs
- Study Raises Questions About New Joint Implants - MedPage Today
- Misuse of Medicine Kills 400,000 People a Year in China - 4 Times More than Car Accidents - eChinaCities
- The Federal Government Is Now Growing 30x More Marijuana for Research—Here's How They Got Their Arms Twisted into Doing It - Alternet
- The Rebellion to Save Planet Earth: Why Civil Disobedience Could Be Our Last, Best Hope - Alternet
- 4 Ways Greedy Capitalists Rig the System to Profit Off Our Misery - Alternet
The American Botanical Council - Herbal Gram report "This study showed a significant reduction in muscle damage, pain in certain areas, and IL-8 concentrations associated with Meriva consumption during eccentric exercise, pointing to its potential use in preventing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
* curcumin product Meriva® (Indena S.p.A.; Milan, Italy), formulated with soy (Glycine max) lecithin to enhance bioavailability
The American Botanical Council - Herbal Gram report "the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) published an article titled “Cannabis Use: Signal of Increasing Risk of Cardiovascular Disorders.”.....The various shortcomings of the study — many of which will be elucidated herein — signal the need for critical analysis of the data and even skepticism toward the validity of the authors’ conclusions.
The Environmental Health News report "Kids exposed in the womb to plasticizers more likely to have asthma - New York City children exposed in the womb to moderate levels of two plasticizers had a 72 to 78 percent higher chance of developing asthma, according to a new study published today.
The Journal Medical Science Monitor report "Treatment with a vitamin and mineral supplement could be a safe and easy way to improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with CFS."
The Journal Medical Science Monitor report "The clinical study of ascorbic acid and EBV infection showed the reduction in EBV EA IgG and EBV VCA IgM antibody levels over time during IVC therapy that is consistent with observations from the literature that millimolar levels of ascorbate hinder viral infection and replication in vitro."
The International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "birch bark triterpene extract (TE) as well as different pentacyclic triterpenes was analyzed in cell culture, and revealed a moderate cytotoxicity on RC-37 cells. TE, betulin, lupeol and betulinic acid exhibited high levels of antiviral activity against HSV-1 in viral suspension tests with IC50 values ranging between 0.2 and 0.5μg/ml......Minor virucidal activity of triterpenes was observed, however both TE and tested compounds exhibited high anti-herpetic activity when viruses were pretreated with these drugs prior to infection. Pentacyclic triterpenes inhibit acyclovir-sensitive and acyclovir-resistant clinical isolates of HSV-1 in the early phase of infection.
Current Medicinal Chemistry report Betulinic acid is a naturally occurring pentacyclic triterpenoid and has been shown to exhibit a variety of biological activities including inhibition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), antibacterial,antimalarial, anti inflammatory, anthelmintic and antioxidant properties. This article reports a survey of the literature dealing with betulinic acid related biological properties that has appeared from the 1990’s to the beginning of 2003.
Linus Pauling Institute report "If you were only to follow nutrition news headlines the last few months, you might think that multivitamins are useless and that the scientific community is in complete agreement that multivitamins are a waste of money. These headlines stem from an editorial written by medical doctors (Guallar et al., “Enough Is Enough”), which claimed that “the case is closed” on vitamin and mineral supplements and that there is “no clear benefit” of taking them. This is simply not the case. In a recently published letter in Annals of Internal Medicine, nutrition experts from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and the Harvard School of Public Health gather scientific evidence to show that the conclusions by Guallar and colleagues are just plain wrong.
The Independent report "Bacteria found in honeybees could be used as an alternative to antibiotics and in the fight against antibiotic-resistant strains of MRSA, scientists have claimed."
The International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "In conclusion, our results provided novel insights into the cellular mechanisms of hyperoside's biological functions. With a P12 cell line, we observed that the antidepressant-like effect of hyperoside is likely owing to its cytoprotective action, including alleviating LDH leakage. In another line of evidence, the cytoprotective effect of hyperoside could be mediated, at least partly, through decreasing [Ca2+]i and up-regulating CREB and BDNF gene expression through the cAMP-CREB signal pathway."
The International Journal of Herbal Medicine report "The present screening result demonstrated that the Indian traditional medicinal plant Acmella paniculata aqueous extracts has potent antibacterial activity and the studied plant may be new source for novel antibacterial compound discovery for treating drugs resistant human pathogens"
The International Journal of Herbal Medicine report "As indicated by the data generated in the current study it is observed that the Qing Bao Zhu Yu Tang formula is effective in the treatment of endometriosis. It is also effective in the treatment of infertility, PCOS and ovarian cysts, vaginal discharges. Consistent with the findings of the current study, TCM practitioners who treat ob-gyn cases should consider using the Qing Bao Zhu Yu Tan formula."
Environmental Health News report "Although several of these flame retardants were banned a decade ago, they are still showing up in gulls, kestrels and other winged creatures from the Great Lakes to China, prompting scientists to examine where they are lingering, what hidden health effects they are having on birds and what this all might mean for humans. Research on Deslauriers and in Canadian laboratories indicates that flame retardants are altering birds’ thyroid hormones, reducing their clutch sizes, damaging their eggs, changing their behavior, shifting their gender ratio toward males and weakening their bones.
Environmental Health News report "mounting evidence suggests that city lights are altering the basic physiology of urban birds, suppressing their estrogen and testosterone and changing their singing, mating and feeding behaviors. One lab experiment showed that male blackbirds did not develop reproductive organs during the second year of exposure to continuous light at night."
The University of New Jersey report "Yoga Relieves Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms -
Specialized program improved quality of life, decreased pain and fatigue
The Journal Nature Rheumatology report "Hypovitaminosis D is common, and can cause osteomalacia, secondary hyperparathyroidism and myopathy, and contribute to the risk of falls. Recent meta-analyses report that the beneficial musculoskeletal effects of vitamin D supplementation require concomitant calcium therapy; however, the optimal serum vitamin D level for musculoskeletal health remains to be determined. Vitamin D might also have beneficial effects on immune function, potentially influencing the incidence of cancer, autoimmune diseases and/or common infections, such as tuberculosis"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "In summary, these data suggest that Xuefu Zhuyu Tang (XFZYT) combined with Traditional Antianginal Medications (TAMS) is more effective than TAMs alone at improving the clinical symptoms of patients with Angina Pectoris (AP), especially with Stable Angina Pectoris (SAP). And there is no significant difference in the incidence of adverse effects. XFZYT combined with TAM may be an alternative option for patients suffering from AP.
Planet Earth Online report "Known strains of Metarhizium are deadly to vectors including mosquitoes, midges and ticks. The fungus kills adults and juveniles alike, but ignores non-target species and doesn't pollute the environment. It's harmless to humans, and target insects can't develop immunity."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Our results showed that SPLSAp inhibits the growth of PV in more than one step of its replicative cycle, suggesting more than one mechanism of antiviral action. In addition, the compound is endowed with a low cytotoxicity and, therefore, can be a candidate for further development of an antipoliovirus agent."
The American Botanical Council report "The results of this study suggest that short-term administration of dark chocolate improves walking autonomy with a mechanism involving its high content of polyphenols and perhaps mediated by an oxidative stress mechanism, which ultimately leads to enhanced NO generation."
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "Advice to consume a healthy low-energy diet leads to sustained weight loss, with reductions in cardiovascular disease risk factors regardless of an emphasis on more vegetables. In the short term, consuming a higher proportion of the dietary energy as vegetables may support a greater weight loss and the dietary pattern appears sustainable."
The Journal Ethnopharmacol. report " Our findings indicate that clary oil could be developed as a therapeutic agent for patients with depression and that the antidepressant-like effect of clary oil is closely associated with modulation of the DAnergic pathway."
The American Botanical Council report "Hibiscus supplementation led to a decrease in waist circumference, percent body fat, FFA, and waist-to-hip ratio over the 12-week course of this study. Hibiscus contains a number of secondary compounds that have been shown to affect weight loss and fat metabolism, including galloyl ester, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin, tiliroside, and anthocyanins."
The Journal Phytomedicine reports "The fraction of children having strong/very strong symptoms of poor ability to focus decreased from 75% to 14%, hyperactivity from 61% to 13%, and impulsiveness from 59% to 22%. Parent rated social behavior, sleep and symptom burden showed highly significant improvements."
BMC Cardiovascular Disorder report "We may conclude that hyperhomocysteinemia is an independent risk factor for CAD in young patients (bellow 45 years old) – especially in men -and vitamin B12 deficiency is a preventable cause of hyperhomocysteinemia."
The Journal Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry report "The rapid onset of action and longer on time without concomitant increase in dyskinesias on mucuna seed powder formulation suggest that this natural source of L-dopa might possess advantages over conventional L-dopa preparations in the long term management of PD."
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders report "Conclusion Our meta-analysis suggests that garlic preparations are superior to placebo in reducing blood pressure in individuals with hypertension"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "TCM prescriptions based on syndrome differentiation theory might be a potentially viable choice for treating painful menstruation and premenstrual symptoms after ruling out endometriosis."
The Journal of Nutritional Science report "The favourable effect of raisins on postprandial glycaemic response, their insulin-sparing effect and low GI combined with their other metabolic benefits may indicate that raisins are a healthy choice not only for the general population but also for individuals with diabetes or insulin resistance."
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "Conclusions:This meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture had positive effects on cognitive function after stroke and supports the need for additional research on the potential benefits of this therapeutic approach"
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The results obtained in this study have provided a scientific evidence for the traditional usage of V. opulus on passing kidney stones in Turkish folk medicine.
Plos One report "Our results suggest that administration of vitamins C and E in combination may exert synergistic antinociceptive effects, and further indicate that ROS essentially contribute to nociceptive processing in special pain states."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The antidiabetic property of the teas could be attributed to their inhibitory effect on carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes implicated in diabetes and their antioxidant activities.
Science Daily report "daily consumption of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose can impair the ability to learn and remember information, particularly when consumption occurs during adolescence. Both adult and adolescent rats were given daily access to sugar-sweetened beverages that mirror sugar concentrations found in common soft drinks. Adult rats that consumed the sugar-sweetened beverages for one month performed normally in tests of cognitive function; however, when consumption occurred during adolescence the rats were impaired in tests of learning and memory capability."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "These results demonstrate that JYG might be an effective clinical treatment for psoriasis and the effects may be related to inhibited keratinocytes proliferation, improved parakeratotic epidermal cells, and reduced expression of NO and MDA.These results demonstrate that JYG might be an effective clinical treatment for psoriasis and the effects may be related to inhibited keratinocytes proliferation, improved parakeratotic epidermal cells, and reduced expression of NO and MDA."
Science Daily report " Electroacupuncture produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer.
Mother Nature Network report "The scientists looked at how trees remove air pollution by the interception of particulate matter on plant surfaces and the absorption of pollutants through the leaf stomata; they concluded that trees in the U.S. are saving the lives of more than 850 Americans a year. And that’s not all – they are preventing 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms and saving us a whopping $7 billion a year in health costs by reducing respiratory illness"
The Journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Disability scores on the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) decreased in the real group by 29% and were unchanged in the sham group (+3%) (P<0.01). Given the high dropout rate, results must be interpreted with caution; nevertheless, our results suggest that APA may provide an inexpensive and effective complementary approach for the management of back pain in older adults, and further study is warranted"
The Journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "We could suggest that Panax Notoginseng Saponins (PNS) is an important herbal medicine for cardiovascular protection; nevertheless, it could also be used as an antihypertensive agent on the basis of our clinical experience. It has been proved that PNS has an effect on reversing ventricular hypertrophy, protecting target organs, improving blood vessel function, and other auxiliary vasodilator effects. Therefore, further in vivo researches are needed to explore and verify the potential effect to provide precise guidance for clinical use and new drug discovery"
The Journal of Translational Medicine report "Glycyrrhizin (GL) inhibits HCV full length viral particle and HCV core gene expression both at RNA and protein level and had synergistic effect with interferon. Therefore, it can also be speculated from our pilot study that therapeutic induction of GL either alone or in combination with IFN treatment might represent an alternative approach for future treatment of chronic infection."
The Guardian reported a few weeks ago "Peer-reviewed research, published in the leading journal Nature this Wednesday, has revealed data from the Netherlands showing that bird populations fell most sharply in those areas where neonicotinoid pollution was highest. Starlings, tree sparrows and swallows were among the most affected. At least 95% of neonicotinoids applied to crops ends up in the wider environment, killing the insects the birds rely on for food, particularly when raising chicks.
The American Council, Herbclip report "Although there was a greater rate of HPV elimination in the Basant group for HPV 16 and HPV 18 as compared to the placebo group (which was not significant [P=0.07]), this product may be clinically useful in treating HPV and preventing cancer."
The American Botanical Council, Herbclip report "Finding ways to enhance brain activity, such as word puzzles, studying new subjects, exercising to increase oxygen capacity, and some form of meditation to relax the mind, can maintain and even enhance cognitive function. Bacopa, green tea, and pomegranate, among other herbs, can also support the brain's various processes"
The Journal of Nutritional Sciences report "The results from this sequential in vitro/in vivo research model yielded botanical extract formulas that demonstrate significant potential benefits for bone health"
The Journal of Nutritional Sciences report "Produce rich in phytochemicals may alter postprandial glucose and insulin responses by interacting with the pathways that regulate glucose uptake and insulin secretion in humans. The aims of the present study were to assess the phytochemical constituents of red beetroot juice and to measure the postprandial glucose and insulin responses elicited by either 225 ml beetroot juice (BEET).....Results revealed a significant lowering of the postprandial insulin response in the early phase (0–60 min) (P < 0·05) and a significantly lower glucose response in the 0–30 min phase (P < 0·05) in the BEET treatment compared with MCON
The Journal Menopause report "Soy Isoflavone (SIF) supplementation seems to have a positive effect on improving summary cognitive function and visual memory in postmenopausal women
The Journal Menopause report "This meta-analysis confirms that acupuncture improves hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life (in the vasomotor domain) in women experiencing natural menopause."
The British Journal of Nutrition report " In conclusion, organic crops, on average, have higher concentrations of antioxidants, lower concentrations of Cd and a lower incidence of pesticide residues than the non-organic comparators across regions and production seasons"
E Science report "Enhanced growth of Earth's leafy greens during the 20th century has significantly slowed the planet's transition to being red-hot, according to the first study to specify the extent to which plants have prevented climate change since pre-industrial times. Researchers based at Princeton University found that land ecosystems have kept the planet cooler by absorbing billions of tons of carbon, especially during the past 60 years. The planet's land-based carbon "sink" -- or carbon-storage capacity -- has kept 186 billion to 192 billion tons of carbon out of the atmosphere since the mid-20th century, the researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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