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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- California love: Water thieves just can’t get enough. - AlJazeera
- Little San Juan County takes on the GMO goliathss - Seattle Times
- The ghosts of Bhopal, 30 years after disaster - Environmental Health News
- 'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains - Huffington Post
- Obesity 'costing same as smoking' - BBC
- Amnesty backs Detekt tool to scan for state spyware on computers - The Guardian
- Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow - TruthDig
- Bacterial Slime: It's What's for Dinner Feeding the World after a Catastrophic Crop Failure - Newswise
- “Free Trade” Agreements Are Criminalising Farmers’ Seeds for the Benefit of Multinational Corporations - Global Research
- John Pilger - The Siege of Julian Assange Is a Farce - Truthout
- Japan: Committed to HPV vaccine Safety, Efficacy and Need - SaneVax
- More than 22,000 species feature in conservationists’ ‘under threat’ list - The Guardian
- Which Country Does the Most Good in the World? - GoodNet
- Cameras work together to track a single person - Futurity
- Top five food and beverage trends for 2015 - Food Manufacture
- Three Loaves movement takes on hunger with real food for real people - Treehugger
PLOS One report " This is the first comprehensive survey of music-evoked sadness, revealing that listening to sad music can lead to beneficial emotional effects such as regulation of negative emotion and mood as well as consolation. Such beneficial emotional effects constitute the prime motivations for engaging with sad music in everyday life."
Newswise report "“Data suggest that a child who is genetically predisposed to myopia are three times less likely to need glasses if they spend more than 14 hours a week outdoors,”
JAMA Internal Medicine report "Clinicians should be aware that meditation programs can result in small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress. Thus, clinicians should be prepared to talk with their patients about the role that a meditation program could have in addressing psychological stress."
Clinical Kidney Journal report "Low serum magnesium levels are associated with metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and hypertension; consequently, some individuals benefit from magnesium supplementation: increasing magnesium consumption appears to prevent high blood pressure, and higher serum magnesium levels are associated with a lower risk of developing a metabolic syndrome. There are, however, conflicting study results regarding magnesium administration with myocardial infarction with and without reperfusion therapy.
The Journal Maturitas report "Spices can play essential roles as anti-inflammatory agents in our diet, acting as pan PPAR activators and improving insulin sensitivity, counteracting dyslipidaemia and weight gain. The effects of chronic inflammation caused by obesity are counteracted and, consequently, the progression of diseases associated with chronic inflammation slowed."
The University of Westminster Life Sciences Research report "The results suggested that Scutellaria lateriflora may have anxiolytic and mood enhancing effects in some individuals without notable side-effects or reduction in energy or cognition. Contrary to anecdotal evidence, there was no worsening of depression following administration of S. lateriflora."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "High-intensity seated massage was more efficacious than low-intensity massage and positively influenced nursing student attitudes toward the inclusion of massage in self-care/patient care. The role of touch for self-care/patient care in the nursing curricula merits reconsideration."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report " For the experimental group, the intervention included 3% concentration cream composed of four essential oils: marjoram, black pepper, lavender, and peppermint. For the control group, only an unscented cream was provided. For 4 weeks, all patients applied 2 g cream directly to the affected area daily after showering or bathing....
Conclusion - The essential oil cream developed in this study can be used to improve neck pain
Alternet report "A new study identifying minor differences in the brain imaging of habitual marijuana consumers compared to non-users may be ideal for stimulating sensational headlines (e.g., “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” Los Angeles Times, November 10), but tells us little in regard to whether pot poses actual health risks.
The American Botanical Council report ""In conclusion, we have demonstrated that phenolic acids and flavonoids, in CJC, are bioavailable and increase antioxidant capacity in healthy older adults. We also found that PAC-A2 is detectable in plasma and quantifiable in urine after an acute dose of cranberry juice," the authors state."
The Journal of Nutrition report " In young adults, an optimal range of serum selenium between ∼82 and 85 μg/L was associated with reduced risk of depressive symptomatology. This range approximates the values at which glutathione peroxidase is maximal, suggesting that future research should investigate antioxidant pathways linking selenium to mood"
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "our study provides the new clue that daily use of curcumin is an effective approach to the prevention and treatment of AAA."
Nutrition Today report "Spices and herbs are rich in compounds that may reduce inflammation and improve blood factors associated with increased CVD risk."
The British Medical Journal report "High milk intake was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women. Given the observational study designs with the inherent possibility of residual confounding and reverse causation phenomena, a cautious interpretation of the results is recommended."
The Journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Results from this pilot study suggest that a specialized yoga therapy may play a role in attenuating the symptoms of PTSD, reducing risk of alcohol and drug use, and promoting interest in evidence-based psychotherapy. Further research is needed to confirm and evaluate the strength of these effects.
Alternet report "Research since then has supported the notion that people with ADHD characteristics are more likely to reach higher levels of creative thought and achievement than people without these characteristics "
PLOS One report "The results substantiated that Curcuma aromatica oil administration can ameliorate renal fibrosis symptoms by inhibiting some metabolic pathways, including lipids metabolism, glycolysis and methylamine metabolism, which are dominating targets of the agent working in vivo. This study further strengthens the novel analytical approach for evaluating the effect of traditional herbal medicine and elucidating its molecular mechanism."
PLOS One report "Low vitamin D level at statin initiation is associated with Statin Induced Myalgia
The Guardian report “This was a bit of a wake-up call really,” says Inger. “We knew we were going to see a big decline in bird populations, but to see how big that number really was and how focused the declines were on this small number of common species was really very surprising.”
Nutrition Today report "they believe that there is sufficient evidence to recommend a general reduction in sugar intake for the prevention and management of obesity and metabolic syndrome.Recent studies suggest benefits of diets low in fructose, especially from added sugars, in both obese subjects and subjects with chronic kidney disease.Given the concerns for sucrose- or fructose-based drinks as a means for rapidly inducing ATP depletion and activating fructose-dependent mechanisms, leading to inflammation and insulin resistance, our primary recommendation is to specifically reduce sugary drinks as a primary goal."
The Journal Nutrition Today report "The Fluid Deprivation resulted in increased sleepiness and fatigue, decreased alertness, and increased confusion."
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 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."
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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