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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- Bacterial contamination in cosmetics eludes public eye - Al Jazeera
- State raises possibility of banning neonicotinoids - Star Tribune
- Nearly $8 Million Raised to Defeat Maui GMO Ballot Initiative - Honolulu Civil Beat
- Doctors are being offered £55 for every early diagnosis of dementia - The Guardian
- Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change." - The Guardian
- Population controls 'will not solve environment issues - BBC
- EPA Adds 23 Chemicals, Including BPA, to Key List for Scrutiny, Possible Action - Bloomberg
- Farmers say Syngenta is crippling corn sales - GMWatch
- Video - Growing your own vitamins - kotatv
- The Truth About That Study on Chocolate and Memory - Health.com
- Water-soluble vitamins worth $1,640.2 million and water soluble minerals worth $ 2,092.8 million by 2019
- The Myth of the Free Press - TruthDig
- HFMA awaits EU health claims verdict after court hearing - NutraIngredients
- Representative survey - More and more people take homeopathic remedies - BAH
Environmental Health News report "Boys exposed in the womb to high levels of a chemical found in vinyl products are born with slightly altered genital development, according to research published today. The study of nearly 200 Swedish babies is the first to link the chemical di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) to changes in the development of the human male reproductive tract.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "We found that ginsenoside Rg1 significantly reduces liver damage in a murine ALF model through inhibiting TNF-α-induced, caspase-dependent hepatocellular apoptosis. These results support the further investigation of ginsenoside Rg1 as a therapeutic candidate for ALF"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "According to the above results, the mechanism of quercetin inhibiting the growth of ectopic endometrium in rat model is that quercetin can be combined with the receptor ERα of the HPGA axis, feedback inhibits the release of GnRH, and exerts its antigonadotropic activity to inhibit the secretion of FSH and LH and to reduce the level of serum E2, causing the deficiency of hormone supplement in ectopic endometrium, thus reducing the height of endometrial epithelial layer and the number of ectopic endometrial glands, eventually leading to the atrophy of ectopic endometrial epithelial."
Integrative Medicine Journal report "This review will focus on the effect of green tea catechins extracted from the Camellia sinensis plant on type 2 diabetes and obesity, and the possible mechanistic explanation for the experimental results mainly from our laboratory. It is hoped that green tea can be consumed in a suitable manner as a supplement to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity."
The Journal Maturitas report "Sea Buckthorn oil showed beneficial effects on vaginal health, indicating it is a potential alternative for mucosal integrity for those women not able to use estrogen treatment for vaginal atrophy."
Clinical Nutrition report "Our results suggest that supplementation with vitamin D (4000 IU/d) may have a beneficial effect on serum triglyceride levels without otherwise affecting levels of other lipids"
The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine report "This study demonstrated preliminary cross-sectional evidence that dispositional mindfulness is positively associated with cardiovascular health, with the associations particularly driven by smoking, body mass index, fasting glucose, and physical activity. If in future research mindfulness-based practices are found to consistently improve cardiovascular disease risk factors, such interventions may have potential to strengthen effects of cardiovascular health promotion programs."
Civil Eats report "According to a new study out today by scientists at the University of Missouri, people who used hand sanitizer, touched a cash register receipt, and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat receipt paper."
The American Journal of Public Health report "Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence metabolic disease development through accelerated cell aging."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report " In this review, the potential role of honey’s antibacterial activity on diabetic wound-related microorganisms and honey’s clinical effectiveness in treating diabetic wounds based on the most recent studies is described. Additionally, ways in which honey can be used as a safer, faster, and effective healing agent for diabetic wounds in comparison with other synthetic medications in terms of microbial resistance and treatment costs are also described to support its traditional claims."
Acupuncture therapy may be effective for Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome, but needs to be confirmed further by larger sample randomized controlled trials.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Guilu Erxian Jiao (GEJ) is a widely used Chinese herbal remedy for knee osteoarthritis, but its clinical efficacy is unknown. ...... Our results showed that GEJ is effective and is tolerated well in elderly men with knee OA.
The International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "These results indicated that bisdemethoxycurcumin directly accelerates gastric ulcer healing with potency equal to curcumin. Its antiulcer effect might be due to its properties of decreasing gastric acid secretion and enhancing the mucosal defensive mechanism through suppression of iNOS-mediated inflammation.
Medical Xpress report "A world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminium in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer's disease, Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, UK, says in a new report that it may be inevitable that aluminium plays some role in the disease."
The American Botanical Council, Herb Clip report "Ginkgo Comparable to Betahistine in Treating Vertigo and Has a Superior Safety Profile "
Oncology Nurse Advisor report "Combining exercise with chemotherapy shrunk tumors more than chemotherapy alone, according to research performed in a mouse model of melanoma".
The Guardian reports "Potent pharmaceuticals flushed into the environment via human and animal sewage could be a hidden cause of the global wildlife crisis, according to new research. The scientists warn that worldwide use of the drugs, which are designed to be biologically active at low concentrations, is rising rapidly but that too little is currently known about their effect on the natural world. Studies of the effect of pharmaceutical contamination on wildlife are rare but new work published on Monday reveals that an anti-depressant reduces feeding in starlings and that a contraceptive drug slashes fish populations in lakes"
Newswise report "Women who are anxious, jealous, or moody and distressed in middle age may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a nearly 40-year-long study"
The British Journal of Psychiatry report "Our analyses are consistent with the hypothesis that low vitamin D concentration is associated with depression, and highlight the need for randomised controlled trials of vitamin D for the prevention and treatment of depression to determine whether this association is causal.
The Journal Molecular Psychiatry report "The identification of an ultra-high risk (UHR) profile for psychosis and a greater understanding of its prodrome have led to increasing interest in early intervention to delay or prevent the onset of psychotic illness. In a randomized placebo-controlled trial, we have identified long-chain ω-3 (ω-3) polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) supplementation as potentially useful, as it reduced the rate of transition to psychosis by 22.6% 1 year after baseline in a cohort of 81 young people at UHR of transition to psychosis."
Integrative Medicine Research report "Moderate control capacity was registered by nine spices, Curcuma amada, Foeniculum vulgare, Illicium verum, Mentha spicata, Papaver somniferum, Syzygium aromaticum, Trachyspermum ammi, Trigonella foenum, and Zingiber officinale. However, the best two spices for controlling all the pathogens used were C. zeylanicum and C. longa, with the highest value of 29 mm as the inhibition zone size."
The Journal Nutrients reports "This result suggests that green tea consumption may be effective in improving cognitive function or reducing the progression of cognitive dysfunction; however, long-term large-scale controlled studies are needed to further clarify the effect. "
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Metabonomics is a useful tool for studying mechanisms of drug treatment using systematic metabolite profiles. Ginsenosides Rg1 and Rb1, ophiopogonin D, and schizandrin are the main bioactive components of a traditional Chinese formula (Sheng-Mai San) widely used for the treatment of coronary heart disease. This study provided novel metabonomic insights on the mechanism of synergistic cardioprotection of combined-therapy with ginsenosides, schizandrin, and ophiopogonin D, and demonstrated the potential of discovering new drugs by combining bioactive components from traditional Chinese formula.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Crataeva nurvala Buch.-Ham. (Family: Capparidaceae) is widely used as anti-inflammatory, contraceptive, laxative, lithotropic, febrifuge and as tonic in traditional medicine. This study evaluated the antinociceptive effect of the methanolic extract of the leaves of Crataeva nurvala (MECN).
Science Daily report "researchers seeking novel treatments for anemia found that giving acetate, the major component of household vinegar, to anemic mice stimulated the formation of new red blood cells"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Our results suggest that iCR (Remifemin) is a valid herbal medicinal product in patients with uterine myomas as it provides adequate relief from menopausal symptoms and inhibits growth of the myomas in contrast to tibolone."
The Journal of Nutrition report "These findings indicate that intake of dietary fiber, especially fruit and vegetable fibers, is inversely associated with risk of stroke."
The International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "These results indicate that essential oils affected HSV-2 mainly before adsorption probably by interacting with the viral envelope. 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"
The Journal of Herbal Remedies report "In conclusion, the results of the present investigation emphasized the protective effect of C. longa rhizomes against physical stress-induced perturbations in rats."
MedPage Today report "Consumption of noncaloric artificial sweeteners appeared to induce glucose intolerance in both mice and humans by altering gut microbiota in a series of experiments conducted by researchers in Israel. Rather than helping to prevent obesity and metabolic disease, use of noncalorie sweeteners may have contributed to the epidemic rise of these conditions
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Tai Chi Qigong may be a rehabilitation exercise that improves somatosensory function and OLS balance performance among survivors of Nasopharyngeal cancer.
The Journal of Herbal Remedies report "In India the whole Aloe plant has been used as a purgative, stomachic, antihelmintic and emmenagogue, menstrual suppression and the root for colic pain . Aloe has also been used for unrelated human illness like to correct kidney ailments, enhance sexual excitement, develop the mammary glands, relieve headaches, suppress fever in children, as a laxative and skin injuries . Clinical trials are now in improvement to afford convincing evidence not only in these diseases but also in arthritis, gastric ulcer, cancer, AIDS and colitis. Aloe gel can be useful abundantly for topical applications,
The Journal of Herbal Remedies report "The results indicate aqueous and methanolic extract of Mangifera indica seed kernel possesses significant antidiabetic activity."
NewsMedical report "Studies have shown that people with symptoms of depression are more likely to develop dementia, but we haven't known how the relationship works," said study author Robert S. Wilson, PhD, neuropsychiatrist at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center and lead study investigator.
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.
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