Health & Wellness


Hemochromatosis iron burden effectively measured by MRI


MRI scan room at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an accurate and safe tool for the detection of low levels of iron overload in patients with hereditary hemochromatosis, according to a letter to the editor published online Sept. 11 in the American Journal of Hematology.

Comment: More articles on hemochromatosis:


Statins kill, cholesterol does not - The real effects of statin drugs

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The truth about statin drugs is finally getting attention in scientific journals, and it's the same truth we've been telling customers for years: statins are cellular poison. They accelerate aging and cause diabetes, heart attacks, muscle fatigue and memory loss.

The findings were published in the American Journal of Physiology. Lead author and stem cell biologist Professor Reza Izadpanah stated, "People who use statins as a preventative medicine for health should think again as our research shows they may have general unwanted effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve problems and joint problems." In fact, after only a few weeks of use, the study revealed that statins "prevented stem cells from performing their main functions, to reproduce and replicate other cells in the body to carry out repairs...[statins also] prevented stem cells from generating new bone and cartilage...[and] increased ageing."

Recently, a customer who had been on statin drugs and Metformin for several years reported having all of these symptoms: he recently had a heart attack, he has diabetes sores on his toes, loss of memory, and muscle pain.

Though these findings are getting public attention, they are hardly the first. Even in a 2003 article published in the journal Pharmacotherapy,researchers noted that cognitive impairment and dementia were associated with statin therapy.

Natural alternatives have shown they can fill the role of statins without side effects. In fact, a study in BioFactors found that when usage is discontinued, CoQ10 can reverse statin damage. Another natural remedy is Nattokinase, a natural enzyme that breaks down blood clots and acts as a blood thinner. However, it and others are now removed as being NHP by Health Canada.

Life Choice products can be beneficial, too. Consider products like Neurotransmitter Support, SAM-e, L-Arginine, and L-Taurine. It is important that people know there are natural alternatives to statins, but they must be sought out. I would encourage those on statins to re-evaluate if they are truly needed, and under the care of their health care provider, get off statin drugs and on to natural remedies.


Exercise can regenerate muscle tissue even at an advanced age

Chronological aging begins at birth, and you can't stop the clock from ticking. However, there's also biological aging, and evidence suggests the aging of your cells can indeed be slowed, and in some cases even reversed.

This is particularly true of muscle tissue, which can be regenerated even at an advanced age with the appropriate diet and exercise.

It may come as a surprise that muscle aging may start at a relatively young age. By the time you enter your third decade of life, age-related muscle decline may already have begun if you've neglected to take proactive steps to prevent it.

Without intervention, you can lose an average of nearly seven pounds (three kilos) of muscle per decade.1

It's important to realize that your daily activities play a key role in this process. What you eat, when you eat, and how you exercise all translate into gene activities that dictate the speed at which your body ages.



Bodybuilders shown to have weaker muscles than wimps

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Bodybuilders are only strong because they have so much muscle mass, research suggests.
Wimps might have the last laugh on gym-obsessed hunks - gram-for-gram, bodybuilders' muscles are weaker than those of people who never touch weights, research has shown.

Scientists found that bodybuilders had extraordinarily large muscle fibres capable of generating forces far greater than normal for an average human.

Yet tests showed that a gram of their muscle was less powerful than the same amount of tissue from someone who did not weight train.

Lead scientist Professor Hans Degens, from Manchester Metropolitan University, said: ''Most of us are impressed by the enormous muscle bulk of bodybuilders and think that these people must be extremely strong, like the 'Incredible Hulk'.

Comment: Proof that there is no need to take weight training overboard. Moderate exercise goes a long way.


Cost over care? British general practitioners given cash to cut hospital referrals

British general practitioners (GPs) are being offered thousands of pounds in cash incentives to reduce the number of patients they refer to hospitals as a way to cut costs for the beleaguered National Health Service (NHS), according to a study.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), responsible for planning and organizing healthcare services in local areas, are offering these cash rewards to general practitioners in exchange for cutting specialist consultations, scans and other outpatient referrals including cancer screenings, a freedom of information study by Pulse magazine has found.

NHS guidelines dictate that patients suspected of having cancer must be given 'urgent referrals,' and directed to a specialist for additional screening within two weeks. But a Lambeth CCG, which handles 370,000 patients, has claimed that referrals for non-urgent and urgent cases "cannot be separated."

Comment: Looks like a similar 'trend' was being implemented back in 2008: Don't treat the old and unhealthy, say UK doctors


16 countries move towards national bans as distrust over Europen Union GM crop approvals grow

In the latest blow to the European Commission's laissez-faire approach to GM crops, at least 16 EU countries and four regions (in two other countries) are in the process of banning the cultivation of GM crops on their territories, with more expected to follow by a 3 October deadline for notifications to the EU, said Greenpeace.

On 2 October, eleven EU countries (Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Poland) and four regional administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK, and Wallonia in Belgium) had already formally notified the Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules [1]. Statements by the governments of five additional countries inform of more impending notifications (Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg and Slovenia) [2].

Comment: Monsanto's pesticide-producing GM maize, known as MON810, is toxic! No wonder countries are banning these crops as approvals grow: Study: Genetically Engineered Bt Protein Toxic to Human Cells
Insecticidal Bt toxins such as those produced in genetically engineered plants can be detrimental to human cells. This is a result of recent research led by researchers at the University of Caen (France). Their experiments showed that toxins produced in, for example, the genetically engineered maize MON810, can significantly impact the viability of human cells. The effects were observed with relatively high concentrations of the toxins, nevertheless there is cause for concern. For the first time, experiments have now shown that they can have an toxic effect to human cells. According to companies like Monsanto, which produces genetically engineered maize with these toxins, the toxins are supposed to be active only against particular insects and should have no effect on mammals and humans at all. The investigation of effects of Bt toxins on human cells is not a requirement for risk assessment in Europe or in any other region.
Another study finds GMO compounds in 100% of pregnant women and fetuses
What does this all mean and what are the immediate dangers? That's where more research is needed, though research is tightly controlled by the companies with the patents. We know that 3-MPPA is a propionic acid. According to GMI's report, this means it is classified as a Bad Actor Chemical and has warnings of cramping, burning, nausea, shock, vomiting, and sore throat if ingested. As for Cry1Ab, Greenpeace reports that it is an immunogen, meaning it creates an immune system response and could possibly increase the existing problem of antibiotic resistant infections.

All five of these compounds that the researchers looked for in their study subjects are classified as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). Yes, these chemicals that carry serious warnings when offered under other circumstances - the same ones that kill pests - our government assures us, are safe.


Research shows peppermint oil may be an effective alternative treatment for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition involving attacks of abdominal cramping along with constipation, diarrhea, or both alternating with each other. While pharmaceutical drugs often result in troublesome side effects, research shows that peppermint oil, in enteric coating to prevent heartburn, may be an effective alternative treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

In a literature review of 16 studies, the effects of taking 180- 200 milligrams of enteric-coated peppermint oil for IBS were analysed. The success rates for peppermint oil were an average of 58%, while that for the placebo, used in 12 of the studies, was 29%.

Rates of effectiveness for peppermint oil reached 93% in one of the studies, but its quality was less assured as it was an open-label trial. There was no difference in the effects of peppermint oil compared to smooth muscle relaxants, but its effects were inferior to "stress management" in one study.

Comment: Changing the diet to exclude wheat and dairy will also help to alleviate symptoms of IBS as well as a host of other digestive problems, as gluten may cause or worsen the symptoms commonly associated with 'irritable bowel syndrome. GMO's contained in grains, and particularly corn and soybeans have also been found to be related to inflammatory bowel disease.

As well as a change in diet, there are other alternative methods that can help improve IBS:

Red Flag

Study finds alarming amount of plastic and fibrous material in fish

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Despite the much-touted health benefits of fish, you may be getting more than you asked for on your dinner plate. A new study reveals that around a quarter of fish sampled from markets in Indonesia and California contains plastic or fibrous material.

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanudd University in Indonesia link this difference to the way humans process waste. Indonesian fish mostly had plastic residue in their guts leading scientists to suggest that it is directly linked to the amount of plastic tossed into the ocean and on the beach. This may also be escalated by the amount of bottled water consumed in Indonesia due to a lack of purified tap water.

Californian fish on the other hand showed high quantities of fibrous materials and in this case laundry may be to blame. Authors of the report suggested that copious amounts of small bits of fabric and thread get into the sewage system on a daily basis with millions of people adding to the share each time they do the laundry. These items are so small they pass all the filters in more than 200 wastewater treatment plants off the Californian shore and end up in the ocean and subsequently inside fish.

"We think the type of debris in the fish is driven by differences in local waste management," said lead author Chelsea Rochman, a David H. Smith postdoctoral fellow at the UC Davis.

The researchers sampled 76 fish from markets in Makassar, Indonesia, and 64 from Half Moon Bay and Princeton in California.

So far to avoid eating plastic one must stick to filleted fish as scientists are still studying whether chemicals from ingested plastic can transfer into meat.


Healthier alternatives to toxic household cleaning products

While people are aware of the health risk caused by outdoor air pollution, few may consider that indoor air quality can also have a negative impact on their health. While many of these products are commonly used in the home there are healthier options available.

The average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors. While people are aware of the health risk caused by outdoor air pollution, few may consider that indoor air quality can also have a negative impact on their health.

According to the EPA levels of indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor pollution levels. In fact indoor air pollutants are ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. Since we spend so much time indoors it is important to create a healthy, toxin free environment that is safe for everyone.


Pesticides tied to rise in childhood cancer

Despite major improvements in treatment and survival, children's cancer rates are rising in the United States, leaving parents and scientists alike searching for evidence of what's behind the trend. A new report sheds light into one avoidable risk: household pesticides.

Children exposed to insecticides inside their homes have a 47 percent higher risk of developing certain cancers in childhood, according to the report by Alex Lu and his colleagues at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

The research team examined 16 high-quality studies of children's risks and found that indoor exposure to insecticides was associated with higher rates of leukemia and lymphoma, the most common cancers diagnosed in children. Exposure to outdoor herbicides (weed killers), but not insecticides (bug killers), was associated with 26 percent higher childhood leukemia risk.

Comment: Number one cause of childhood death in U.S.? Cancer