CU hospital offering trial for new diabetes treatment

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English: Diagram shows insulin release from the Pancreas and how this lowers blood sugar leves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
DENVER — The University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is enrolling patients with diabetes for a first-of-its-kind trial for a new treatment of the disease.

The trial is for EndoBarrier, a thin, flexible, tubed-shaped liner that forms a barrier between food and a portion of the intestinal wall.

The EndoBarrier works by blocking food from coming into contact with the first part of a patient’s intestine. Studies have found that when absorption is blocked there, it helps the body control blood glucose.

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Is 'healthy' copper a trigger for Alzheimer's?

Promoting Alzheimer's: Accumulation of copper in the brain triggered the disease
Promoting dementia: Accumulation of copper in the brain triggered brain changes connected to Alzheimer's

Exposure to copper could one of the main triggers of Alzheimer's disease, a new study claims.

Scientists found strong evidence that accumulation of the metal in the brain resulted in changes to the brain that promoted the disease.

But they say the results must be treated with caution as copper is so abundant in a balanced diet and vital to health.

The metal, found in red meats, shellfish, nuts, many fruit and veg and even drinking water, plays important roles in nerve function, bone growth, the formation of connective tissue, and hormone secretion.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York showed that copper accumulating in the brain disrupted the natural removal of toxic protein, known as amyloid beta, which is strongly implicated in Alzheimer's.

It also stimulated the production of the protein.

'It is clear that, over time, copper's cumulative effect is to impair the systems by which amyloid beta is removed from the brain,' said lead author Professor Rashid Deane.

'This impairment is one of the key factors that cause the protein to accumulate in the brain and form the plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.'
But Professor Dean urged caution when interpreting the results, as copper is also an essential mineral.
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Eat, don't medicate, your way to health

There are four scientifically based pillars of anti-aging, or if you prefer, wellness medicine: diet, exercise, sleep/stress management and bioidentical hormone replacement. More diseases – and possibly all of the diseases we associate with modern civilization – come from bad diet habits.
When Albert Schweitzer was in Africa, the Africans ate a native diet and were not plagued by the big four: heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer. (They had Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a viral induced cancer, but not the cancers we commonly fight.) After a Western diet was introduced, predictably, these diseases became more and more prevalent. The same is true for aboriginal tribes the world over from the Inuit to the South Sea Islanders.  More>>>>>>>>
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I reversed my diabetes in just 11 days - by going on a starvation diet

Strict regime: Richard Doughty followed a drastic diet
Strict regime: Richard Doughty followed a drastic diet

A family bereavement, high blood pressure, an unavoidable job change. I thought everything came in threes — but I was wrong. There was more bad news around the corner. 

I was a fit 59-year-old and had just had an annual health check at my GP surgery. This revealed I had high blood sugar — 9millimoles per litre, whereas a normal level is 4-6mmol/l — and my doctor suggested I could have diabetes.
Further tests confirmed that, yes, I was type 2 diabetic. I was stunned. I have always been a healthy weight (I am 5ft 7in and just 10st 7lb), had no family history of diabetes, ate a healthy diet, never smoked, and I definitely did not have a sweet tooth. 

Determined to find a solution, I began researching the condition and how to beat it.
In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to keep glucose levels normal (in type 1, the pancreas stops producing insulin altogether), and if I didn’t take action, I would be 36 per cent more likely to die early and could suffer bad sight, poor kidneys, heart failure and strokes. I’d also eventually be on medication.

My GP said that my diabetes was mild enough to be controlled through diet alone, and gave me a wad of leaflets on nutrition for diabetics. I took up salads, cut down on carbohydrates and ate my five-a-day — but progress was slow. Over seven months I shed a stone but my blood sugar was still too high — around 7mmol/l.
Not satisfied with this, further internet research threw up a more drastic approach. Scientists at Newcastle University had devised a radical low-calorie diet that studies suggested could reverse diabetes in under eight weeks.

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Bolivian herder is 123 years old

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Oldest man alive in world lives in straw-roofed dirt-floor hut at 13,100 feet

(Associated Press) If Bolivia’s public records are correct, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented.

They say he turned 123 a month ago.

The native Aymara lives in a straw-roofed dirt-floor hut in an isolated hamlet near Lake Titicaca at 13,100 feet (4,000 meters), is illiterate, speaks no Spanish and has no teeth.

He walks without a cane and doesn’t wear glasses. And though he speaks Aymara with a firm voice, one must talk into his ear to be heard.
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Other Names for Einkorn

We call it “einkorn” but across the world, Triticum monococcum has many names, and that’s no surprise since it’s the world’s most primitive form of wheat.
Here are the names we’ve collected:

  • einkorn (German)
  • small spelt (Italian)
  • farro piccolo (Italian)
  • engrain (French)
  • Le petit épautre (French)
  • tiphe (Greek)
  • siyez (Turkish)
  • sifon (Hebrew)
The list of names is significant because each has a meaning that weaves einkorn’s history through many cultures and regions including the family dinner table, pharaoh’s grain stores, Otzi’s hunting trail, and the fields of family farmers now and from centuries past. We’d like to help bring these traditions and stories to life.

In Italy, the family dinner table of a century ago would include farro for dinner. Farro is a term that refers to one of the 3 primary hulled wheats, emmer, spelt, and einkorn distinguished respectively as farro medio, farro grande, and farro piccolo.
In France, Le petit épautre brings a stronger and wilder taste, unique to the einkorn available in that region. **Update: Andrew, a farmer in France, says petit épautre has a “sweet walnut flavour”
Do you have another name for einkorn, or a story about one of the names we have listed? Please share in the comments below!

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Source: Padulosi,S. ; Hammer,K.; Heller,J.(1996): Hulled wheats. 1995

7 Secrets to Losing Belly Fat

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As we age, we tend to gain weight, especially in our abdomens. In addition to making it more difficult to fit into last year's swimsuit, belly fat can have a significant impact on our health. That's because the fat doesn't just sit there, spoiling your silhouette. Belly fat and its companion visceral fat — the fat that hides deep in your body — continuously create inflammatory compounds which wreak havoc in your body, increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other conditions. Don't despair, though, because there are seven surefire ways to melt belly fat away:

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Medical Tests: Which Ones Do You Really Need?

"First, do no harm," is a prime directive for doctors. But there are times when medical tests do the patient more harm than good by leading to unnecessary and dangerous biopsies, by damaging internal organs, and even by raising the risk of cancer. They are also a big part of the reason for America’s soaring medical costs.
After decades of a “test-first, ask-questions-later” mentality, there recently has been a profound shift in the attitude of nation’s healthcare providers.
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation recently issued new guidelines regarding 45 medical tests it believes are overused and may expose patients to possible harm.
Family physician Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos is glad to see the ABIM's recommendations. "I think patients are being given too many tests," she tells Newsmax Health. "Unfortunately, America has become a litigious society, and many of the overused diagnostic tests are performed to make sure the doctors aren't missing something.
"Medical costs are skyrocketing

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