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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pesticides, Country Living May Increase Risk of Parkinson's Disease

CoQ10 Found to Cut in Half Heart Failure Death Rate

chemical structure of Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q)
chemical structure of Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Regular doses of the dietary supplement Coenzyme Q10 cut in half the death rate of patients suffering from advanced heart failure, in a randomized double-blind trial. 

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Researchers also reported a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations for heart failure patients being treated with Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). About 14 percent of patients taking the supplement suffered from a major cardiovascular event that required hospital treatment, compared with 25 percent of patients receiving placebos.

In heart failure, the heart becomes weak and can no longer pump enough oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body. Patients often experience fatigue and breathing problems as the heart enlarges and pumps faster in an effort to meet the body's needs.
The study is scheduled to be presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, in Lisbon, Portugal.

"CoQ10 is the first medication to improve survival in chronic heart failure since ACE inhibitors and beta blockers more than a decade ago and should be added to standard heart failure therapy," lead researcher Svend Aage Mortensen, a professor with the Heart Center at Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, said in a society news release.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Health Benefits of Raw Organic Sheep's Milk

Health Benefits of Raw Organic Sheep's Milk
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Although in the United States, sheep milk is not as popular as cow milk, sheep milk and its products are widely consumed in other parts of the world, especially in the Mediterranean. In fact, Greek feta cheese and Italian ricotta cheese are made from sheep milk. Sheep milk is rich in many nutrients; however, it is not recommended that you drink it raw. The Food and Drug Administration states that drinking raw milk is a health risk because it can contain bacteria such as E. coli. The FDA also assures that pasteurization does not degrade the milk's nutritional quality in any way.

Protein and Carbohydrate

Sheep milk is richer in protein than either cow or goat milk -- it contains about two percent more. Protein from mammalian milk is of high quality because it contains all essential amino acids. Getting enough protein is important because your body needs it to grow and repair itself. Sheep milk is also higher in lactose than cow and goat milk and is therefore not recommended for lactose-intolerant individuals.
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Popular Statin Found to Cut Exercise Benefits

The HMG-CoA reductase pathway, which is blocke...
The HMG-CoA reductase pathway, which is blocked by statins via inhibiting the rate limiting enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
University of Missouri researchers have found that a popular cholesterol-lowering drug, typically prescribed to prevent heart disease, may actually hinder the positive benefits of exercise among obese and overweight adults.

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The finding that simvastatin — a generic type of statin sold under the brand name Zocor — may cut the benefits of exercise underscores new questions about the pros and cons of taking such cholesterol-lowering medicines.
"Fitness has proven to be the most significant predictor of longevity and health because it protects people from a variety of chronic diseases," said John Thyfault, an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU.

"Daily physical activity is needed to maintain or improve fitness, and thus improve health outcomes. However, if patients start exercising and taking statins at the same time, it seems that statins block the ability of exercise to improve their fitness levels."

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Why the Egyptians only had sex in the summer: Researchers find key time for conception was in July and August to coincide with the Nile flooding

Ancient Egyptians primarily had sex in the summer, new research reveals.
The most popular time for love-making was July and August meaning that 20 per cent more babies were born in March and April than in other months.

As a consequence, most deaths among women of childbearing age also occurred in these months.
A Roman mosaic depicting the flooding of the Nile from the 1st century BC
A Roman mosaic depicting the flooding of the Nile from the 1st century BC. Researchers say beliefs about the impact of Nile floods on fertility may explain birth patterns in the region

Archaeologists working at a cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt excavated 765 graves and were able to establish the month of each person’s death because the graves were all pointed towards the rising sun.

Live Science reported that they uncovered the graves of 124 babies that had died 18 to 45 weeks after conception – putting these two pieces of information together enabled the researchers to piece together the most popular time for love-making.
The findings are particularly surprising because in other ancient Mediterranean cultures fewer babies are thought to have been conceived during the hot summer months because the heat lowered libido and possibly affected sperm count.
It is thought that in ancient Egypt beliefs about fertility and the Nile flood may have been responsible for the baby booms.

The residents of the Dakhleh Oasis believed that the river was the key to their land’s fertility and the floods occurred during the summer months meaning that there were widespread celebrations.

The researchers believe that the peak in spring births continued until the 1920s or 30s.
The medina district in the settlement of Al-Qasr in the Dakhla Oasis of western Egypt
The medina district in the settlement of Al-Qasr in the Dakhla Oasis of western Egypt, where the researchers studied the skeletons of children to find the time of the year they were born

In contrast, conception rates fell to annual lows in January and this is believed to have been because Christian believes required abstinence during Advent and Lent.
Additionally, it is thought that early Egyptian Christians were encouraged to avoid sex on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Finally, it is believed that some form of contraception must have been in use and it is thought that recipes including crocodile dung were so unpleasant that they put people off intercourse altogether.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Your doctor's diet is a death wish

Fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamins, potas...
Fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamins, potassium and fiber, represent an important feature of hunter-gatherer diets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Recently while driving through the wilds of South Dakota, I stopped at a rest stop and found a newsletter called “Add 15,” with topics such as “Obesity-Diabetes Fix Known Since 1890,” “Factory Raised Meat = Health Disaster” and “Too Late, Fructose Overwhelmed Diabetics” (actually, it read “Frutose Overwhelmced Diabetics,” so I knew it was a homemade product without the benefit of an editor).

I bought the journal for a dollar and read it aloud to my friend. As far as I can tell, the author, Harlan Jacobsen, is not a doctor, a dietician or any other of the titled “knowledgeable” people in medicine. He is a patient who developed diabetes and took it upon himself to read everything he could find on the subject. And he found what some of us in medicine have lately discovered – classic medicine and the dieticians have got it wrong.

After reading the works of Weston A. Price and many others outside the purview of “groupthink” medicine, Jacobsen changed his diet to one of high-fat natural foods, and his diabetes has disappeared. He eats essentially a Paleolithic diet: Grass-fed meat with its fat, nuts and berries, a few vegetables and little of the new, high-sugar hybridized fruits, and he supplements with fish oil and Vitamin D. He is 81, and not on prescription meds.

A few of his quotes are great: “Check your acquaintances. Bet every fat friend eats nothing but low fat, (high sugar) …”

“Your body was made to run on fat.”

“You have bought into the ‘big lie.’”

“Most of my high school buddies are at least 50 pounds overweight. Many have had either a hip or knee replacement [or] bypass surgery.”

“Personally, I feel lonely as the only one not on any prescription drugs.”

“Eliminate sugar, flour, eat all the animal fat, olive oil, coconut oil and protein you want:

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Good gut bacteria could provide new treatment for obesity and diabetes

Scientists have discovered a type of gut bacteria that could protect against obesity and help treat type 2 diabetes.
The breakthrough suggests foods that stimulate the production of the bacteria in the digestive system could help burn off pounds quicker than by eating less or exercising more.

A study found that the levels of gut bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila were compromised in obese and type-2 diabetic mice. 

Scientists discovered that probiotics - fibres found in foods such as bananas - helped maintain gut bacteria that boost a person's metabolism
Scientists discovered that probiotics - fibres found in foods such as bananas - helped maintain gut bacteria that boost a person's metabolism

But feeding them oligofructose prebiotics - a dietary supplement to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria - boosted the bacteria back to normal levels.
This in turn led to a faster metabolism which helped the lab rodents shed weight. They also suffered less inflammation and lowered their insulin resistance, a symptom of type 2 diabetes.

The amount of chemicals called endocannabinoids that control glucose also rose, according to the findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Science: Sunlight Could Reduce Death Rate From All Causes

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Here's something I never thought we'd hear in this lifetime:
We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer.
A lot of us are secretly, boldly basking for reasons like vitamin D, mood enhancement, happiness, skin issues, liver health, pain and more. Now there's never a reason to fear harm or feel guilty - you could save your heart - and prevent an untimely death!

The espoused fear for about 50 years has been skin cancer rates (which continue to rise), but researchers are finally surmising that years of hiding from the sun could lead to increased heart attacks - a much sooner demise than the risk of skin cancer in later years. Sunlight does so much more than vitamin D production.

A recent landmark study could turn the modern thought on sun exposure right on its head...

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