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Dr. Mark Hyman: What the heck are Mitochondria?

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"I have heard a lot of talk about mitochondria," a reader tweets. " What is it and why is it so important?"

I love telling people about mitochondria. Discovering the importance of mitochondria and how to optimize their function was a huge part of my personal healing journey.

Mitochondria are key energy sources for our bodies. They are tiny factories housed within our cells that take the foods we eat and the oxygen we breathe and convert them into energy.

Comment: Optimal mitochondrial function and metabolism is vital for your health


Amla: The medicinal Indian gooseberry

Indian Amla Tree
Nature has given a wonderful gift to mankind in medicinal plants to promote healthy, happy and disease-free life. These plants play a vital role in natural healing. If I were allowed to choose the most amazing medicinal plant to treat medical conditions, it would be Indian gooseberry (amla). This plant has some exceptional benefits to health and our overall well-being.

Amla or Phyllanthus Emblica belongs to family Euphorbiaceae. It is a small to medium sized deciduous tree found throughout India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, China, and Malaysia. According to the national institute of health, Phyllanthus Emblica is highly nutritious and could be an important source of vitamin c, amino acids, and minerals. It can be used as a medicine and as a tonic to improve vitality and resistance power. Research shows that a unique complex within Indian gooseberry is super nutritious. It has more antioxidant activity than blueberries; it has 20 times more vitamin c than lemon juice. It has 30 times more polyphenols than red wine and has more gallic acid (a potent antioxidant) than any other fruit.


FDA cracking down on stem-cell clinics selling unapproved treatments

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Adult stem cells can be extracted from human fat
The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on "unscrupulous" clinics selling unproven and potentially dangerous treatments involving stem cells.

Hundreds of clinics around the country have started selling stem cell therapies that supposedly use stem cells but have not been approved as safe and effective by the FDA, according to the agency.

"There are a small number of unscrupulous actors who have seized on the clinical promise of regenerative medicine, while exploiting the uncertainty, in order to make deceptive, and sometimes corrupt assurances to patients based on unproven and, in some cases, dangerously dubious products," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Monday.

The FDA has taken action against clinics in California and Florida.

Comment: A lot of "maybes" in the FDA's justification here. Yes, there are medical frauds out there. The question is: are the FDA's targets among them? More recent studies on stem-cell treatments:


What happens to your brain when you 'catch' a yawn?

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You may well be yawning just reading this - it's contagious. Now researchers have looked at what happens in our brains to trigger that response.

A University of Nottingham team found it occurs in a part of the brain responsible for motor function.

The primary motor cortex also plays a part in conditions such as Tourette's syndrome.

So the scientists say understanding contagious yawning could also help understand those disorders too.

Contagious yawning is a common form of echophenomena - the automatic imitation of someone else's words or actions.

Echophenomena is also seen in Tourette's, as well as in other conditions, including epilepsy and autism.

To test what's happening in the brain during the phenomenon, scientists monitored 36 volunteers while they watched others yawning.

Comment: More on yawning and empathy:


One-third of Americans are unknowingly 'pre-diabetic', but lifestyle changes can reverse the risk

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One third of Americans may be on their way to developing full-blown type 2 diabetes, and most of them don't even know it.

A recent report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that more than 84 million Americans, or roughly one-third of the population, have prediabetes, a condition marked by higher-than-normal blood sugar. Of that group, 90 percent aren't aware they have the condition.

The primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes is genetics, but excess weight, obesity and lack of exercise also contribute to this alarming medical trend. "People with prediabetes who don't change their lifestyle are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke and can develop type 2 diabetes within five years if left untreated," said William T. Cefalu, MD, chief scientific, medical & mission officer of the American Diabetes Association.

The health risks go beyond heart disease and stroke. As diabetes worsens over time, blindness, kidney disease and lower-limb amputation are also major health risks. Diabetes was the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, according to the ADA. This population of diabetes "ticking time bombs" is particularly alarming, because in many cases type 2 diabetes can be avoided, simply by leading a healthy lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes is often progressive, and within 10 years of diagnosis, 50 percent of individuals need to use insulin to control their blood glucose levels, according to the ADA.

Comment: Lifestyle changes can make a significant difference in diabetes risk - studies have shown that Type 2 diabetes can, in some cases, even be reversed with a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. For more information on preventive measures see:


British Dental Association calls for all school children to be given HPV vaccine, despite their ineffectiveness and high rates of dangerous side-effects

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Up to half the population will be infected by the human papilloma virus (HPV) at some time in their life - and in most cases the immune system fights it off.

But it can sometimes persist and lead to cancer, notably cervical cancer, which in around 90 per cent of cases is caused by HPV.

It is linked to one in 20 cancers, including throat and oral cancers, which dentists are often the first to spot during check-ups.

Basic Instinct actor Michael Douglas, 72, blamed oral sex for giving him throat cancer in 2010.

The British Dental Association is now calling for an HPV vaccination to be offered to all school children to reduce their risk of catching the disease.

Girls aged 12 to 13 are offered the jab to help protect them from cervical cancer as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

But girls can opt out and boys are not entitled to it - leaving them at risk of catching the virus from an unvaccinated partner during oral or penetrative sex.


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The Health & Wellness Show: The Brave New World of Electroceuticals and Medical Implants

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Pharmaceutical companies and government agencies are furiously researching bio-electronic medicine or tiny implantable devices that interact with the body's natural electrical signals. Led by GlaxoSmithKline and DARPA, researchers wish to move far beyond heart pacemakers and employ devices the size of a grain of rice to interface with the peripheral nervous system to treat a host of diseases including epilepsy, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity and more without the side effects of drugs or the pain of surgery. Other researchers propose microchipping drugs to track compliance and give real time feedback on the inner workings of the body.

This cutting edge science sounds promising and could technically work in some cases but is it too good to be true? Medical research is riddled with false promises, dashed hopes and epic failures. Considering DARPA's creepy experiments and the fact that Big Pharma has the opposite of the Midas Touch, do we really want to go down this road and give big business the power to control our bodies from the inside?

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment at the end of the show where the topic will be the pros and cons of microchipping your pet.

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How to grow and enjoy Brussels sprouts, a hardy winter crop with anti-cancer properties

One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts also contains more than 240 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin K1, and nearly 130 percent of the RDA for vitamin C. They’re also a good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, choline, B vitamins, antioxidants and other health-promoting phytochemicals.
Several studies have confirmed that plant compounds called isothiocyanates, found in cruciferous vegetables, have potent anticancer activity. One particular isothiocyanate compound called sulforaphane has been shown to inhibit growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.

Broccoli and broccoli sprouts have garnered a reputation for being high in these beneficial compounds, but other cruciferous veggies have them as well, including Brussels sprouts, which have actually been shown to contain greater amounts of glucosinolates than broccoli.1 Glucoraphanin is a glucosinolate precursor of sulforaphane that influences carcinogenesis and mutagenesis.2,3 Compared to mature broccoli, broccoli sprouts can contain up to 20 times more glucoraphanin.


The Dying Pay Twice: How Novartis hijacked a cancer therapy funded by charity & taxpayers

A virtual cure for leukemia - paid for by taxpayers and charity, hijacked and sold for nearly half a million dollars by pharmaceutical giant, Novartis.
While Americans squabble over irrelevant political diversions, a revolutionary breakthrough in human healthcare has yielded its first FDA approval - a therapy that literally cures otherwise incurable leukemia.

It is the first of many therapies that re-engineer human cells in living patients to reprogram more resilient immune systems and even repair damaged or aging organs.

What would seem like headline news has instead squeaked through as a whimper - not because it is insignificant - but because of how this monumental breakthrough has been hijacked by special interests and how these interests plan on making Americans pay twice for its development behind a smokescreen of public ignorance.


Time to pick up the pace: New study finds slow walking 'strongly associated' with increased risk of cardiovascular mortality

Ambling is all well and good, but it could be time to pick up the pace
We've all thought about shoving slow walkers out of the way when in a hurry - but it turns out they could actually be heading for a far worse fate.

According to a new study, healthy adults who are slow walkers are twice as likely to die from heart disease as those of us who walk at a more brisk pace.

"This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death," lead author Professor Tom Yates said.

Researchers from the University of Leicester followed 420,727 people over a period of six years to assess death rates.