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The link between diabetes meds and flesh-eating genital infections

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The number of individuals suffering from diabetes continues to rise. In 2012, 20 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes.1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),2 the number is now over 30 million. This includes 23.1 million diagnosed and 7.2 million who are unaware of their condition.

Statistics also indicate there are 84.1 million adults with prediabetes. Interestingly, the estimated percentage of those with Type 1 diabetes has remained stable at 5 percent.3 Total medical costs and lost work and wages are estimated at $245 billion, and the risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50 percent higher than for nondiabetic adults.4

The rapid rise in prevalence strongly suggests Type 2 diabetes is not due to genetics. Insulin and leptin resistance are the foundational causes of diabetes. High blood sugar is merely a symptom thereof.

It is essential to make a point of discussing this condition frequently, as it is one of the greatest health threats facing much of the world, while also being one of the easiest to treat with simple lifestyle strategies.

Brain

Increasing muscle strength can improve brain function

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A recent study by the University of Sydney has revealed that Increased muscle strength leads to improved brain function in adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

With 135 million people forecast to suffer from dementia in 2050, the study's findings - published in the Journal of American Geriatrics today - gives an idea on the type and intensity of exercise that is recommended for our growing ageing population.


Mild Cognitive Impairment is defined by people who have noticeably reduced cognitive abilities such as reduced memory but are still able to live independently, it is often an early sign to Alzheimer's disease.

Comment: The connection between improving strength and cognitive fitness are just beginning to be understood. Despite the dominant reductionist view, which separates body into different systems for study, it's no real surprise that the two would be related: healthy body, healthy mind.

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Health

Chaga mushroom tea: The many benefits of this health-boosting beverage

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Chaga mushroom
Are you tired of drinking the same old tea over and over? Chaga mushroom tea may be a good option for you. Chaga tea has been used in Russia and other Baltic countries for hundreds of years to boost immunity and improve overall health.1 It is now gaining popularity in Western countries, as numerous studies are touting the nutritional components of chaga mushrooms. Continue reading this article to learn more about the impressive health benefits of chaga tea and how you can include it in your daily routine.

What Is Chaga Tea?

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a parasitic fungus commonly found in cold climates, typically in Siberia, Alaska and Northern Canada.2 It is usually attached to birch trees, with the infection eventually killing the tree and the mushroom dying soon after.3

Trees infected with it develop a black growth on their bark reminiscent of charcoal, with a brown interior.4 Chaga mushrooms come irregularly shaped and cracked with a distinct cork-like texture. They typically grow within arms' reach, making them easily accessible for harvest. However, in some instances the mushrooms may grow at heights of 10 to 30 feet.5

Comment: Because of its similar profile to coffee, many people enjoy chaga tea as a coffee substitute, complete with blended butter and MCT oil, to make a bulletproof chaga concoction.

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Brain

CDC say Alzheimer's disease and dementia cases to double by 2060

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This Nov. 19, 2013 file photo shows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo at the agency's federal headquarters in Atlanta.
The number of people projected to have Alzheimer's disease or dementia in the United States is expected to double by 2060, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

In 2014, there were 5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's or dementia. The CDC estimates by 2060, that number will grow to 13.9 million.

"Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future," CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said in a statement.

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Health

Apple Cider Vinegar: Nectar of the gods?

Apple Cider Vinegar
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Some people love apple cider vinegar and believe it to be an aid to weight loss.
When my brother and I were kids back in the '80s, we loved going to Long John Silver's.

But it wasn't just for the fish.

It was for the vinegar - malt vinegar. We would uncap a bottle at the table and swig that tangy, delicious nectar of the gods straight.

Are most of you repulsed? Probably. Were we way ahead of our time? Apparently.

Some social media and online searches would have us believe that drinking vinegar is a cure-all. Our friends and colleagues will regale us with stories of the healing power of apple cider vinegar for whatever problem we may have just mentioned. "Oh, that backache from mowing? Vinegar." "That last 10 pounds? Vinegar will melt that right off." "Syphilis, again? You know it - vinegar."

Comment: Read more about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:
32 health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Top uses for apple cider vinegar backed by science


Life Preserver

Regular sauna use lowers risk of disease

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© Mikkel Aaland – Sauna Digest
Heat stress is an important way of optimizing heat shock proteins (HSP) inside your cells that trigger mitochondrial biogenesis, thereby supporting your overall health, especially your cardiovascular, cardiac and brain health.1

Over time, HSP are damaged and need to be renewed. An accumulation of damaged HSP may lead to plaque formation in your brain or vascular system, and heat stress helps to prevent this chain of events.2 HSP are also involved in longevity, and are important for preventing muscle atrophy.

Not surprisingly, much of the research has come from Finland, where most Finns3 take a sauna at least once a week, and saunas are found in most private homes and even places of work.4 Known as a "poor man's pharmacy," saunas offer proven health benefits virtually anyone can enjoy.

Health

Brainwashed by the mainstream media: Americans aren't ready to demand affordable healthcare - RT's Keiser Report

US citizens are joining up to save a few bucks on food, but when it concerns unity over affordable healthcare they call it socialism, says Max Keiser of Keiser Report. He thinks they are brainwashed by the mainstream media.

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Increasing your life expectancy: Modern medicine's impact on the extension of life

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All too often, we hear that the reason life expectancy has been increased is thanks to the marvelous developments in modern medicine. This is a message that is repeated many times and promoted by the medical industry - with little or no evidence.

In fact, the opposite may be the truth. A combination of not understanding the concept of life expectancy, ignoring scientific facts, plus a willingness to take credit when it is not due has seen the medical industry promote itself as the reason we live longer. Behind the scenes, this is little more than a marketing strategy for the big pharmaceutical companies.

Don't get me wrong; this does not undermine the fantastic role medical doctors play in acute life-saving events. These make a huge contribution to an individual's life expectancy but make an insignificant contribution to life expectancy for all of us.

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Antibiotic-Resistant superbugs are getting deadlier - viruses may be a solution

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It may seem absurd to fight disease with viruses, but bacteriophages could be the fix for a growing problem


The world's most frightening infections aren't carried by plague-infested rats, rabid dogs, or chimps with Ebola. They're transmitted by "superbugs" - disease-causing bacteria that can't be killed by antibiotics.

This year, superbugs will kill about 700,000 people, including 23,000 Americans. That toll will increase exponentially in the coming years as ever-evolving bacteria develop resistance to more and more antibiotics. Even hand sanitizers are struggling against certain microbes. By 2050, superbugs could kill 10 million people annually.

Comment: Phage therapy - fighting disease with viruses?
In this previously undocumented immune system, researchers uncovered bacteria-infecting viruses known as bacteriophage, which shield the body from invading infection.

The discovery, made possible with funding from the National Institutes of Health, concentrates on the protective layers of mucus which are present in all humans and animals. It serves both as a home for large populations of beneficial microbes - which can include fungi, bacteria and viruses - and as an entry point for infection.

A new immune system

The researchers sampled mucus from animals and humans - ranging from a sea anemone to a mouse and a person - and found that bacteriophage adheres to the mucus layer on all of them.

They placed bacteriophage on top of a layer of mucus-producing tissue and observed that the bacteriophage formed bonds with sugars within the mucus, causing them to adhere to the surface. They then challenged these mucus cells with E. coli bacteria and found that the bacteriophage attacked and killed off the E. coli in the mucus, effectively forming an anti-microbial barrier on the host that protected it from infection and disease.



Pills

Do psychotropic drugs enhance, or diminish, human agency?

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From medication to recreational and spiritual substances, drugs offer us respite from pain, open opportunities for mental exploration, and escape from - or into - altered psychological states. They are our most widely available formal and informal implements for tweaking our mental condition. Consider the cold beer after a hard day at work, the joint before putting the needle on the record, the midday espresso, the proverbial cigarette break, Adderall during finals week, or painkillers to alleviate undiagnosed or chronic pain. Not to mention antidepressants to counter a sense of meaninglessness, and benzodiazepines because everything causes anxiety.

In short, drugs offer our most common path to a sense of psychological health. With a modicum of knowledge, millions of people modify their minds through chemistry every day. Considering the limited resources of time, support networks, money and patience, accepting the positivism of drugs seems more efficient and more feasible than psychodynamic therapy. This shift implies an expectation that there are quick and easy chemical levers into a wide range of mental states.