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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Physical therapy outperforms surgery for female infertility

Physical therapy success treating female infertility
Published February 20th, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A ten year study of 1,392 infertile women shows those treated with a physical therapy approach have achieved pregnancy rates double those of surgery.

Belinda Wurn developed the "Clear Passage Approach" after she was diagnosed with cancer many years ago leaving her infertile. [see the free e-book]

"I couldnt have children so this business and this work has been our baby and has been incredibly rewarding," Wurn said.

Now she wants to help other women experience the joy of having children, thorugh research conducted by Clear Passage Therapy.

Researchers claim women treated with physical therapy enjoyed just-as-good if not better than standard medical treatments for most common causes of female fertility.

"Each person is looked at from head to toe and each issue that each person is having is addressed which makes really very different from modern medicine in the respect that it's not one pill fits all," Clinical Studies Director, Amanda Rice said.

The therapy called the "Cleared Passage Approach" costing about $6,000 feels like a deep massage. The twenty hour treatment is broken up in 5 days and focuses on shrinking adhesions, internal scars that form in the body."The research behind us that proves what we do works and in many cases is more than twice as successful as medicine or surgery," Belinda Wurn said.The therapy was developed 25 years ago by Belinda and her husband Larry to help decrease debilitating adhesions that formed in Belinda after pelvic surgery and radiation therapy.

The multi-site study was published in the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine earlier this month showing positive results for women infertile due to hormonal conditions. According to the U.S. Office of Women's Health, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is the primary cause of female infertility because it interferes with ovulation. Over 53% of infertile women with PCOS became pregnant after receiving therapy, roughly double the success rates of surgery and drugs, cited in the study.

Comparable to surgery, 43% of women diagnosed infertile with endometriosis became pregant after therapy. The authors were encouraged that women diagnosed subfertile or infertile due to high FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), which occurs as a woman approaches menopause, had a 39% pregnancy rate.

According to the study, women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) also saw improvement. Pregnancy rates were 56% for women who received therapy before IVF transfers versus the national average of 37% during the decade long study. The largest difference was in women over the age of 40, where participants had an IVF pregnancy rate three to five times higher than the norm.

According to therapists, adhesions may be created because of surgeries, traumatic events such as car wrecks, slips and falls, infections, and any kind of inflammatory process.

The treatment is said to also completely open blocked fallopian tubes which was previously thought impossible without surgery.

"It's not a one shot deal," Wurn said. "Once tubes are opened, they're opened. Once the adhesions are gone, things seem to work as they should have worked when a woman was in her twenties."

It's an alternative giving women hope.

"I think it's very exciting," Gainesville resident, Jenny Frazer said. Women may have been very hesitant to take medical interventions so it's great that there's another option for them. Children are a blessing.

The team at Clear Passage say they are doing studies on people with bowel obstruction and have had success as well. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stop Calling It Autism

What is your first thought when you hear the word 'Autism'?

Do you feel frightened, sad or helpless? Or more importantly, do you think it is untreatable?
 We at Stop Calling it Autism! (SCIA) are on a mission to tell the world that autism is a set of symptoms caused by a medical illness.

What is autism and our approach to treatment

Autism is caused by a medical illness in which the brain's immune system (microglia) attacks the connections in the brain. This leads to developmental delays that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral problems.

Our approach to treat autism and enable recovery is to inhibit microglial activation, which from evidence is known to destroy brain connections affecting brain development and function.

We at SCIA have designed and published a treatment protocol centered on this.

How to reduce risk and survive breast cancer

Food for Breast Cancer provides information on how various foods and other factors affect breast cancer risk, prevention and prognosis. The findings are drawn exclusively from scientific studies and updated as new research becomes available. Our goal is to provide breast cancer patients, survivors and those at high risk for breast cancer with information to help prevent and survive breast cancer.

In addition to web pages covering specific foods, we provide in-depth articles on what to eat for various types of breast cancer (e.g., HER2 overexpressing, ER+/PR+, triple negative, or lobular) and during treatment (e.g., with radiation, Taxol, or an aromatase inhibitor). To customize your diet using the Food for Breast Cancer website, see How to optimize your breast cancer diet.

We also provide extensive information on breast cancer risk factors, treatment and prognosis. For example, there are articles concerning the prognosis of triple negative, lobular, and HER2 positive breast cancer. In addition, there are news reports on the latest breast cancer reserach.


A good recent article on an unrelated site about Tumeric and how it helps fight breast cancer:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Truth About the Drug Companies

Marcia Angell is an American physician, author, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Listen to her alarming discussion - for a short version - jump straight to 35 minutes. http://youtu.be/U0AI9rOi-9c

"And they [pharmaceutical companies] do the research, they write the papers and textbooks, they teach the medical students, they provide the continuing medical education to physicians. ... The medical profession has largely abdicated it's responsibility to educate it's own."

"If you have a genuinely important drug ... a genuinely breakthrough drug ... you don't have to advertise it on the nightly news every night."

"When they compare exercise and diet with drugs ... the exercise and diet blows away the drugs."

Her tips:
  • Take as few drugs as possible - dangers of polypharmacy
  • Avoid new drugs - seldom tested in older people
  • Remember importance of lifestyle choices
  • Ignore drug advertising - push mute button!
  • Beware of internet information

Make your own almond milk, oat milk, hemp milk and soy milk for mere pennies

The process is ridiculously easy: Dump the pre-soaked nuts and water into the device and press the appropriate button on the control panel. The device does the blending in minutes to make raw almond milk. (You can also make heated nut milks such as soy milk, which must be cooked.) After it's done, you use the included strainer to easily separate the nut pulp from the gorgeous nut milk liquid. You're done!

The SoyaPower G4 nut milk maker produces both raw nut milks and cooked nut milks, depending on your selection. The entire grinding and cooking chamber of the device is made out of stainless steel, so your nut milk never comes into contact with plastic.


Modern Menstruation

On of the best single sites on female hormones I've run into. Many of these causes of high estrogen are also causing havoc with the endocrine systems of men as well.



One hundred years ago, the average woman started her menses at age 16. She got pregnant earlier and more frequently. She often spent more time lactating. In total, women back then experienced the menstrual cycle about 100 to 200 times in their lifetime. Today, the average modern women starts puberty at age 12, seldom lactates, has less children, and menstruates about 350 to 400 times during a lifetime. Incessant menstruation has been associated with the increased occurrence of a myriad of pathological conditions including infertility, cancer, fibroids, anemia, migraines, mood shifts, abdominal pain, fluid retention, and endometriosis. What a difference a century makes!

It is apparent that modern woman goes through a lot more than her counterpart just a century ago. Could this have any bearing on the epidemic of female related illness plaguing our society? To answer that question, let us take a closer look at the hormones responsible for regulating the female menstrual cycle.


12 of the most common reasons [for high estrogen]:

1. Commercially raised cattle and poultry. These animals are fed estrogen-like hormones as well as growth hormone that are passed onto humans. It takes 60 pounds of grain, feed, and hay to produce one pound of edible beef. On the other hand, it only takes one pound of feed to produce one pound of edible fish. Deep-sea fish such as halibut, sardine, cod, and mackerel are good to consume. Young ones are often less contaminated than older fish, and smaller fish are better shielded from contamination than larger fish like sharks and swordfish. Avoid all coastal fish and shellfish, which are high in contaminants. Fish are far superior to beef or chicken in terms of hormone load. It is interesting to note that one-half of all antibiotics in the United States are used in livestock – 25 million pounds a year. These antibiotics can contribute to hormone disruptor exposure. The use of antibiotics is especially prevalent in poultry farms. It only takes 6 weeks now to grow a chicken to full size (down from four months in 1940). Up to 80,000 birds may be packed into one warehouse. Feeds used contain a myriad of hormone-disrupting toxins including pesticides, antibiotics, and drugs to combat disease when so many animals are packed closely together.

2. Commercially grown fruits and vegetables containing pesticides. If you eat in any developed country, you are taking in pesticides from fruits and vegetables, many of which are known hormone disruptors. Approximately 5 billion pounds of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other biocides are being added to the world each year. In the past 100 years, several hundred billion pounds of pesticides have been released into the environment. Pesticides that are banned in the US, such as DDT, are being used in some other countries freely. Illegal pesticides are being used on crops that we eat everyday. It is estimated that a person eats illegal pesticides 75 times a year just by following USDA’s recommendation of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day if these are purchased in regular supermarkets. Vegetables grown in developing foreign countries such as South America and Africa find their way back to our dinner table in this global community. Pesticide residues have chemical structures that are similar to estrogen. These are eventually passed onto humans. Produce with the most pesticides reported in A Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce include strawberries (contain vinclozolin, a known endocrine disruptor), bell peppers, peaches, apples, apricots, and spinach. Foods with the least amount of pesticides include avocados, corn, onions, sweet potatoes, bananas, green onions, broccoli, and cauliflower. If you are eating non-organic fruits and vegetables, peel and wash them well with diluted vinegar. This will help to reduce pesticides on the surface. However, this will not help to eliminate the pesticides on the inside of the produce. Discard the outer leaves of leafy vegetables, and trim fat from meat and skin from poultry and fish that tend to collect residues.

3. Exposure to xenoestrogen. When a female embryo develops in the womb, 500,000 to 800,000 follicles are created in the embryo, each enclosing an immature ovum. These fragile ovarian follicles are extremely sensitive to the toxicity of environmental pollutants. When the mother is exposed to toxic chemicals that resemble estrogen in its molecular structure, she may experience no apparent damage outwardly. However, the baby is more vulnerable to the toxins that may damage its ovarian follicles and render them dysfunctional. This will not be apparent until the baby reaches puberty some 10 to 15 years later, when symptoms of incomplete ovulation or insufficient progesterone production can be noted.Petrochemical compounds found in general consumer products such as creams, lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, hair sprays and room deodorizers. Such compounds often have chemical structures similar to estrogen and indeed act like estrogen. Other sources of xenoestrogens include car exhaust, petrochemically derived pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides; solvents and adhesives such as those found in nail polish, paint removers, and glues; dry-cleaning chemicals; practically all plastics, industrial waste such as PCBs and dioxins, synthetic estrogens from urine of women taking HRT and birth control pills that are flushed down the toilet and eventually find their way into the food chain and back into the body. They are fat soluble and non-biodegradable.

4. Industrial solvents. A common source of industrial xenoestrogens often overlooked is a family of chemicals called solvents. These chemicals enter the body through the skin, and accumulate quickly in the lipid-rich tissues such as myelin (nerve sheath) and adipose (fat). Some common organic solvents include alcohol like methanol, aldehydes like acetaldehyde, glycol like ethylene glycol, and ketones like acetone. They are commonly found in cosmetics, fingernail polish and fingernail polish remover, glues, paints, varnishes, and other types of finishes, cleaning products, carpet, fiberboard, and other processed woods. Pesticides and herbicides such as lawn and garden sprays, indoor insect sprays are also sources of minute amounts of xenoestrogens. While the amount may be small in each, the additive effect from years of chronic exposure can lead to estrogen dominance.

5. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). HRT with estrogen alone without sufficient opposing progesterone such as the drug Premarin should be banned. This increases the level of estrogen in the body. Premarin, an estrogen-only drug commonly used in the past 40 years, is the mainstay of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). It is a patented, chemicalized hormonal substitute that is different than the natural estrogen in your body. It contains 48% estrone and only a small amount of progesterone, which is insufficient to have an opposing effect. The indiscriminate and over-prescription of Premarin to many who may not need it is the problem. Symptoms include water retention, breast swelling, and fibrocysts in the breast, depression, headache, gallbladder problems, and heavy periods. The excessive estrogen from ERT also lead to increased chances of DNA damage, setting a stage for endometrial and breast cancer.

6. Over production of estrogen. Excessive estrogen can arise from ovarian cysts or tumors.

7. Stress. Stress causes adrenal gland exhaustion as well as reduced progesterone output. This tilts the estrogen to progesterone ratios in favor of estrogen. Excessive estrogen in turn causes insomnia and anxiety, which further taxes the adrenal glands. This leads to a further reduction in progesterone output and even more estrogen dominance. After a few years in this type of vicious cycle, the adrenal glands become exhausted. This dysfunction leads to blood sugar imbalance, hormonal imbalances, and chronic fatigue.

8. Obesity. Fat has an enzyme that converts adrenal steroids to estrogen. The higher the fat intake, the higher the conversion of fat to estrogen. Overeating is the norm in developed countries. A population from such countries, especially in the Western hemisphere where a large part of the dietary calorie is derived from fat, has a much higher incidence of menopausal symptoms. Studies have shown that estrogen and progesterone levels fell in women who switched from a typical high-fat, refined-carbohydrate diet to a low-fat, high-fiber and plant-based diet even though they did not adjust their total calorie intake. Plants contain over 5,000 known sterols that have progestogenic effects. People who eat more wholesome foods have a far lower incidence of menopausal symptoms because their pre- and post-menopause levels of estrogen do not drop as significantly.

9. Liver diseases. Liver diseases such as cirrhosis from excessive alcohol intake reduce the breakdown of estrogen. Taking drugs that can impair liver function may also contribute to a higher level of estrogen.

10. Deficiency of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. Both of these are necessary for the neutralization of estrogen in the liver. Too much estrogen also tends to create deficiencies of zinc, magnesium and B vitamins. These are all important constituents of hormonal balance.

11. Increased sugar, fast food and processed food. Intake of these leads to a depletion of magnesium.

12. Increase in coffee consumption. Caffeine intake from all sources is linked with higher estrogen levels regardless of age, body mass index (BMI), caloric intake, smoking, alcohol, and cholesterol intake. Studies have shown that women who consumed at least 500 milligrams of caffeine daily, the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee, had nearly 70% more estrogen during the early follicular phase than women who consume no more than 100 mg of caffeine daily, or less than one cup of coffee. Tea is not much better as it contains about half the amount of caffeine compared to coffee. The exception is herbal tea like chamomile, which contains no caffeine.
In absolute terms, those who live in the developed world are bathed in a continuous sea of estrogen and do not know it. Yes, we all have hormonal imbalances, and specifically – estrogen dominance.


It's not always flu ...

NREVSS trends are showing high rates of RSV and Rotavirus




For influenza related information:

Fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain, warn scientists

Around 15,000 people could be suffering needlessly from thyroid problems because of fluoride in drinking water, the University of Kent has warned

Fluoride could be causing depression and weight gain and councils should stop adding it to drinking water to prevent tooth decay, scientists have warned.

A study of 98 per cent of GP practices in England found that high rates of underactive thyroid were 30 per cent more likely in areas of the greatest fluoridation.

It could mean that up to 15,000 people are suffering needlessly from thyroid problems which can cause depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.

ISIS Tentacles

Not really a medical issue, but this was a good graphic that I had come across.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Research Confirms Sweating Detoxifies Dangerous Metals

The researchers also made the important observation that, "Biomonitoring for toxic elements through blood and/or urine testing may underestimate the total body burden of such toxicants. Sweat analysis should be considered as an additional method for monitoring bioaccumulation of toxic elements in humans."

These are truly novel findings insofar as sweating, at least from the perspective of evolutionary biology, is considered to exist primarily for thermoregulation (sweat cools the surface of the skin and reduces body temperature, functioning as a wholebody cooling system). While the sweat glands have a well-known secondary role for the excretion of water and electrolytes, this function is not generally understood to be a form 'detoxification.'

Also, this study underscores just how common it is for conventional medical practice to overlook the relevance of environmental factors in health (e.g. exposures to metals, petrochemicals, toxins), as many of these 'vectors' of exposure/poisoning are not properly measurable via blood or urine tests; that is, when they even care to look. This blind spot, of course, feeds the delusion that one can suppress bodily symptoms associated with environmental exposures with additional patented chemicals, in the downward spiral that is drug-based medicine. The obvious alternative method - identify and remove the poisons - isn't even on the table, unless the practitioner happens to be aware of natural, integrative or functional medical principles and has the courage to go against the FDA-approved and liability-shielding grain to employ them.

Why Blood and Urine Analysis May Fail To Reveal The Problem

These preliminary research findings were further confirmed in a 2012 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Public and Environmental Health. The study titled, "Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: a systematic review," was performed by researchers from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ontario, Canada, and was based on a review of 24 studies on toxicant levels in the sweat.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Meditation booms as people seek a way to slow down

One hundred fifty people sat in the big meeting room, hands on laps, eyes closed, feet flat on the floor.
"Bring your attention to this moment," Janice Marturano instructed. "Be open to sensations of warmth or coolness, sensations of fullness from breakfast, or perhaps hunger." Minutes later, the meditation ended with the traditional strikes of little hand cymbals.
Buddhists? Old hippies? New Agers?
Nope. The room was full of hospital executives and managers in lab coats and scrubs, jeans and sports coats at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. And the teacher was Marturano, once a top executive at General Mills.
The founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, Marturano is about as far from woo-woo as the spectrum allows — and a sign that meditation has snaked its way into every sector of our lives. The hospital employees were learning a practice shared by millions these days: college students, parents and prisoners; soldiers, the overweight and the lovelorn; the Seattle Seahawks, public school kids and members of Congress; Oprah, Chopra and Arianna.
And perhaps you. What? You're not meditating?
Meditation, primarily a 2,500-year-old form called mindfulness meditation that emphasizes paying attention to the present moment, has gone viral.
The unrelenting siege on our attention can take a good share of the credit; stress has bombarded people from executives on 24/7 schedules to kids who feel the pressure to succeed even before puberty. Meditation has been lauded as a way to reduce stress, ease physical ailments like headaches and increase compassion and productivity.

Mindfulness is "the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment", which can be trained by a large extent in meditational practices. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published the results of a ground-breaking study that found that meditation appears to provide as much relief from some anxiety and depression symptoms as antidepressants.


Meditation is great for your overall health and seems like a new (ancient) solution for our attention-strained and over-stressed American lifestyle, but for Christians, the ancient activity of prayer, particularly noetic prayer has always been available (but often lost or disregarded). Noetic prayer, when done correctly, encompasses the same benefits and outcomes of meditation but has additional benefits not captured by meditation alone.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vegetable Oils and Animals Fed With Inflammatory Oils


There is currently growing evidence that vegetable oils and animals fed with inflammatory oil products (for example grain-fed chickens or corn-fed cows) have high omega-6 tendencies which raise YOUR linoleic acid and arachidonic acid. In doing so, it not only creates problematic inflammation, but puts our body into winter hibernation "mode". Matt Stone (links below) is a Paleo skeptic.


"Thirteen-lined ground squirrels (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus) were fed one of four isocaloric, isolipemic diets containing 16, 22, 35 or 55 mg linoleic acid (18:2n-6) per gram. Mitochondrial properties were compared between hibernating and summer active states, and between diet groups. As in other studies, state 3 respiration was significantly reduced in hibernation, but only in animals fed the 22 mg g(-1) 18:2 diet. In the other diet groups, there was no difference in state 3 respiration between the hibernating and summer active groups. In the 22 mg g(-1) 18:2 diet group, there was no difference in mitochondrial proton conductance between hibernating and summer active animals, again in agreement with earlier studies. However, for all other diet groups, mitochondrial proton conductance was significantly reduced during hibernation. Mitochondrial phospholipid fatty acids changed significantly with hibernation, including increases in unsaturation indices and n-6/n-3, but no differences were found among diet groups. Mitochondrial proton conductance in hibernation showed a positive correlation with the content of linoleic acid (18:2) and arachidonic acid (20:4) in mitochondrial phospholipids. Lipid peroxidation was higher in mitochondria from hibernating animals, probably due to higher unsaturation, but there was no effect of dietary 18:2 on this pattern. Despite the dietary effects on mitochondrial metabolism, all animals hibernated with no differences in bout durations, body temperatures or whole-animal metabolic rates among the diet groups. The reduced mitochondrial proton leak in the 15, 35 and 55 mg g(-1) 18:2 diet groups might compensate for the inability to suppress respiration, permitting whole-animal energy savings over the hibernation season."


"Solving the Paleo Equation: Stress, Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep is the ultimate guide to customizing your diet and lifestyle practices to your unique physical and metabolic needs. You'll learn how to maximize your health practices and minimize your time and effort—no more driving yourself to exhaustion in hardcore fitness classes. No more strict, unsustainable, and impractical approaches to nutrition, either. Solving the Paleo Equation will help you not only avoid the ravages of adrenal fatigue, low metabolism, dwindling sex drive, and sleep problems—all-too-common consequences of overzealous workout regimes—it will help you rehabilitate from the unhealthful "health" protocols you've pursued in the past."


The home of Dr. Garrett Smith and renowned metabolism expert Matt Stone.


Naturally acquired HPV can be protective

Human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 cause approximately 70% of invasive cervical cancer worldwide. Two prophylactic vaccines against HPV infection are available and have been shown to prevent persistent HPV infection and precancerous cervical abnormalities associated with HPV-16/18.

Approximately 50%–70% of women develop serum antibodies after naturally acquired infection with HPV-16 or HPV-18. Naturally acquired antibodies can remain detectable for at least 4–5 years, albeit at much lower levels than those induced by vaccination. Whereas some studies have not shown an immune protection role for naturally acquired antibodies, others have shown that they may provide protection against future infection. Underpowering of studies and differences in methodology may explain these discrepancies. In addition, the levels of naturally acquired antibodies that may provide protection have not yet been established.

Vaccine efficacy data from the Papilloma Trial Against Cancer in Young Adults (PATRICIA) of the HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine (Cervarix) have been reported previously. The intensive follow-up of the control arm of large vaccine trials provides an opportunity to evaluate the natural history of HPV infection, including the impact of naturally induced antibodies on infection and cervical abnormalities. The present paper describes an analysis of the risk of newly detected HPV infection and development of cervical abnormalities according to the baseline level of naturally acquired antibodies to HPV-16 or HPV-18 in women from the control group of PATRICIA over a 4-year follow-up.

Naturally acquired antibodies to HPV-16, and to a lesser extent HPV-18, are associated with some reduced risk of subsequent infection and cervical abnormalities associated with the same HPV type.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Activation of central orexin/hypocretin neurons by dietary amino acids

"Hypothalamic orexin/hypocretin (orx/hcrt) neurons regulate energy balance, wakefulness, and reward; their loss produces narcolepsy and weight gain. Glucose can lower the activity of orx/hcrt cells, but whether other dietary macronutrients have similar effects is unclear. We show that orx/hcrt cells are stimulated by nutritionally relevant mixtures of amino acids (AAs), both in brain slice patch-clamp experiments, and in c-Fos expression assays following central or peripheral administration of AAs to mice in vivo. Physiological mixtures of AAs electrically excited orx/hcrt cells through a dual mechanism involving inhibition of K(ATP) channels and activation of system-A amino acid transporters. Nonessential AAs were more potent in activating orx/hcrt cells than essential AAs. Moreover, the presence of physiological concentrations of AAs suppressed the glucose responses of orx/hcrt cells. These results suggest a new mechanism of hypothalamic integration of macronutrient signals and imply that orx/hcrt cells sense macronutrient balance, rather than net energy value, in extracellular fluid."


"nonessential AAs elicited large responses, with a relative potency order glycine > aspartate > cysteine > alanine > serine > asparagine > proline > glutamine, while essential AAs were much less effective"


"FDA approves new type of sleep drug, Belsomra

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets for use as needed to treat difficulty in falling and staying asleep (insomnia).

Belsomra is an orexin receptor antagonist and is the first approved drug of this type. Orexins are chemicals that are involved in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and play a role in keeping people awake. Belsomra alters the signaling (action) of orexin in the brain.

Insomnia is a common condition in which a person has trouble falling or staying asleep. It can range from mild to severe, depending on how often it occurs and for how long. Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness and lack of energy. It also can make a person feel anxious, depressed, or irritable. People with insomnia may have trouble with attentiveness, learning, and memory."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol

The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.

The group’s finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee’s findings five years ago, the last time it convened. During those proceedings, as in previous years, the panel deemed the issue of excess cholesterol in the American diet a public health concern.

The finding follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that, for healthy adults, eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease.


Chronic fatigue is real, serious and needs a new name, panel says

Chronic fatigue syndrome is real and doctors should take it seriously, the influential Institute of Medicine said Tuesday.

But it needs a new name to distance it from the stigma of being an imaginary illness, and doctors need clear criteria to diagnose it.

“The committee recommends that this disorder be renamed ‘systemic exertion intolerance disease’ (SEID),” the panel of experts said. “SEID should replace myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome for patients who meet the criteria set forth in this report.”

Too many doctors dismiss patients with the condition, which is characterized by extreme fatigue, the panel of experts says. The Institute is an independent, non-governmental organization that guides the federal government on important medical issues. Its reports are often considered the final word on a subject.

This report could transform the way doctors treat ME/CFS, which will almost certainly now be called SEID. Insurers will likely change the way they ask doctors to code the diagnosis and the way they pay for it.

The panel listened to patients, doctors and outside experts for the report. They read dozens of studies looking at the condition, its costs and possible treatments.

They found it does exist and is a serious problem, but say hardly anyone has studied what causes it or how to treat it.

“Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are serious, debilitating conditions that impose a burden of illness on millions of people in the United States and around the world,” the Institute’s report reads.

“Somewhere between 836,000 and 2.5 million Americans are estimated to have these disorders.”

Yes doctors often dismiss patients with the conditions, the panel said.

“Seeking and receiving a diagnosis can be a frustrating process for several reasons, including skepticism of health care providers about the serious nature of ME/CFS and the misconception that it is a psychogenic illness or even a figment of the patient’s imagination,” the report reads.

“Less than one-third of medical schools include ME/CFS specific information in the curriculum and only 40 percent of medical textbooks include information on the disorder.”

No one knows what causes it, although suspects include infections, immunizations, use of anesthesia, physical trauma, pollutants and even blood transfusions.

“In multiple surveys, 67 to 77 percent of patients have reported that it took longer than a year to get a diagnosis, and about 29 percent have reported that it took longer than five years,” the report reads.

“The primary message of this report is that ME/CFS is a serious, chronic, complex, multisystem disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients. In its most severe form, this disease can consume the lives of those whom it afflicts. It is ‘real’."

The committee also has a recommended list of criteria for doctors to use to diagnosed SEID.

  • A substantial reduction or impairment to work, go to school or live a normal life that lasts for 6 months or longer that isn’t helped by rest
  • Feeling unwell after exertion
  • Waking up still tired

Patients must also either have cognitive impairment – thinking and memory problems – or orthostatic intolerance – a broadly defined set of symptoms that includes dizziness when standing up and other impairments.

“The new criteria will allow a large percentage of undiagnosed patients to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate care,” the report says.

“A new code should be assigned to this disorder in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10), that is not linked to ‘chronic fatigue’ or ‘neurasthenia’.”

How turmeric kills cancer and how to optimize curcumin absorption

by: Michael Edwards
Turmeric is a bright yellow root with a tan skin that is typically used in Middle Eastern, Northern African, and Southeast Asian cuisine. Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in curry spice blends, and it makes a great addition to soups, meats, salads, stir-frys, and more. It's a very versatile herb that enhances the flavor of a great many dishes.

Curcuminoids are the beneficial compounds within turmeric. Specifically, curcumin, one of these specific compounds, is considered to be the most potent, medicinally powerful, cancer-killing component of turmeric. Curcumin helps to detoxify and rejuvenate the liver, reduces negative effects of iron overload (and this is important because iron with sweet wormwood is a powerful cancer killer, too), increases antioxidant capacity in the body, regenerates brain cells and improves cognitive function, reduces likelihood of and treats Alzheimer's, is anti-inflammatory, reduces heart disease risk, reduces depression, and fights premature aging.

How does curcumin kill cancer? It literally kills cancer.

The Murderous Aspect Of Curcumin

The human body contains approximately 10-13 trillion cells. We replace these cells at the rate of approximately 100 to 130 billion each day. A tightly regulated, cell- suicide process known as programmed cell death or apoptosis destroys cells.

Cancer cells don't suicide. They turn off the suicide genes.

Curcumin activates the death receptors through many different means, ways we are still learning. One of the more interesting ways is by activating enzymes that literally chop up the proteins within the cells. It is believed that one of the reasons cancer cells do not develop some sort of resistance to curcumin like they do with chemo drugs, is due to the fact that curcumin activates the cells death in so many different ways. We also don't know exactly why curcumin doesn't kill normal healthy cells, but it doesn't. It seems to simply target the cells that were supposed to have already died.

Our bodies want to dispose of most of the curcumin we eat. Without help, our ability to absorb curcumin would be very low.

How to Increase the Bioavailability of Curcumin

The only problem with curcumin is that our liver, in an effort to prevent excessive drugs and supplements and such, inhibits most of the absorption of curcumin (a process called glucuronidation), which makes the compound much less effective than it could be. But there are ways to increase the body's ability to absorb curcumin.

Mix Turmeric With Black Pepper

Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper. This compound inhibits certain enzyme metabolism functions, which normally cause the disposal of what the body considers to be excess curcumin (this effect is not limited to curcumin, black pepper can increase the absorption of other supplements, too). Curcumin absorption increases up to 2,000% or more with just a small amount of piperine.

Consume Turmeric with Beneficial Fats

Curcumin is fat-soluble. Without fat, the compound doesn't dissolve properly, and then curcumin has a tough time getting into the gut and being absorbed into the bloodstream and then into the cells that needs the compound.

Try consuming turmeric with healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil.

Eat Turmeric With Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant flavonoid that inhibits the enzyme that deactivates curcumin.

Foods high in quercetin include red wine, red grapes, onions, green tea, apples, cranberries, blueberries, black plums, red leaf lettuce, raw kale, chicory greens, raw spinach, sweet peppers, snap beans and raw broccoli. The best whole food source of quercetin is capers.

Medicare coverage of CT lung cancer screening

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes that the evidence is sufficient to add a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision making visit, and for appropriate beneficiaries, screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT), once per year, as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program only if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Beneficiary eligibility criteria:
  • Age 55-74 years;
  • Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung disease);
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes);
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years; and
  • A written order for LDCT lung cancer screening that meets the certain criteria


Medicare's final decision to cover computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening gives seniors at high-risk for the disease access to care that can save more lives than any cancer screening test in history.

"Medicare got this right. Screening coverage will help save thousands of seniors each year from the nation's leading cancer killer. Screening programs can also help lower smoking rates. The process may even lead to better understanding of addiction as well as lung cancer in those who have never smoked," said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and chief executive officer of the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

CT lung cancer screening is the first and only cost-effective test proven to significantly reduce lung cancer deaths. More than 220,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Nearly 160,000 people will die from the disease - more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. This proven test, and the access to it that Medicare coverage allows, is a game changer in the battle against lung cancer.

"This is a great day for those at high-risk for lung cancer and their families. Now, we can save tens of thousands of people each year from this terrible disease that now kills more women in wealthy countries than breast cancer," said Douglas E. Wood, M.D., past president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover the exam for individuals age 55-77 years with a 30 pack-year smoking history and who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes). CMS will require providers to submit clinical and follow-up data to an approved registry. The American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung Cancer Screening Registry has applied for CMS approval to help providers efficiently meet those registry reporting requirements.


5 ways to get younger-looking hands

You may be as committed to your anti-aging skin care routine as you are to keeping up with Downton Abbey’s dramatic plot, but sometimes the biggest giveaway of your age is nowhere near your face – it’s on your hands. From age spots to ragged cuticles, we asked top dermatologists and manicurists for the real cause of these hand-agers and, more importantly, the solutions.

Age spots. They’re actually sun spots, says Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California Medical School. “Even if you don’t sunbathe or spend much time outdoors now, age spots are often a sign of how much time you’ve spent in the sun in past years,” she says. Check the evidence: Look at the difference between the skin on the inside of your wrist and on the back of your hands. The skin in both areas is the same age (yikes!).

If the spots are new, Wu recommends using products with fading ingredients like licorice or soy found in over-the-counter products, which may help lighten them. Try June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream. Or, opt for stronger, prescription-strength ingredients like tretinoin — the active ingredient in Retin-A and Renova.

“In the office, I remove brown spots with laser, chemical peels, or freezing [them] with a liquid nitrogen spray,” says Wu. But keep in mind that hands take longer to heal than your face.

You can prevent age spots by using sunscreen, Wu adds. “Choose one that provides broad spectrum UVA protection, since these are the rays that are most linked to melanin production,” she says.

Vein-y hands. As you age, the skin on your hands starts to thin, says Carolyn Jacob, MD, the director at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, and as it does your veins become more visible.  To smooth things over, “there are injectable fillers such as Restylane and Radiesse that can plump up the hands and improve the overall appearance,” she says.

Or, you can go straight to the source and inject the actual veins “to collapse them and make them less prominent,” says Wu.

Bony, wrinkled hands.  Skeleton hands, as some might call it, are often a natural part of aging. “As we get older, the collagen and fat in our hands break down over time,” says Alexandra Zhang, MD, a Cleveland Clinic dermatologist. This leads to a wrinkled, bony look on your hands.

“Certain lasers with fractional technology can stimulate the collagen synthesis with reduced ‘down time’ and may help to tighten the skin,” she says.

Ragged nails and cuticles.  Showing your cuticles some love not only helps them look youthful, but also benefits your overall health. “Your cuticles help seal the nail and keep out bacteria and fungus,” says Wu.  So whatever you do, do not cut them or push them back too hard. “Cutting and overly vigorous pushing will make them thick and crack and, worse, lift up,” she says, “allowing infection to get under the skin.”

Keep your cuticles supple and well moisturized with a rich cuticle oil treatment, says Rashida B., a Chicago-based fashion manicurist. Her go-to is Famous Name’s Dadi’ Oil, which helps prevent brittleness, breaking, chipping, and hangnails.

And to keep nails in shape, eat foods that contain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and silicon to help nourish your skin and grow healthy nails, says Zhang. Also, cutting nails short and weaing a flesh-toned polish helps give hands a more youthful appearance, says Rashida B.

Dry skin. Since flaky, parched skin is a telltale sign of passing birthdays, keep your hands moisturized. Look for topical creams that contain retinol or antioxidants such as Vitamin C, green tea, or coffee extracts, says Zhang. “They will help to even the skin tone and stimulate collagen synthesis, giving your hands a smooth, refreshed appearance.”

Also, always wear gloves when doing household chores, says Rashida B. “It protects the hands from possible contact dermatitis, which can lead to skin agers like severe dryness, flaking, redness, and inflammation.”


6 things you should know about working with a nutritionist

By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Up front I have to say that I’m a nutritionist/RDN with a private practice, so I’m biased on this matter, but I’ve seen one-on-one counseling work wonders for my clients, from breaking weight-loss plateaus to improving athletic performance, upping energy, boosting immunity, digestive health, sleep and mood, and transforming skin and hair.

If you’re thinking of working with a nutritionist or dietitian, here are six things you should know.

It’s more complex than it seems
Nutrition is far more involved than calories in versus calories out. I often see clients who aren’t getting results because they aren’t eating enough, or the timing and/or balance of their meals isn’t in line with their body’s optimal needs. Others are eating healthfully, but are unknowingly taking in more than they need to get to—and stay at—a healthy weight. After assessing your eating routine, an experienced nutritionist or dietitian will probably know right away what’s holding you back from reaching your goals, and can guide you in the right direction. In terms of a strategy, I talk with my clients to determine what’s best. Some want a structured plan, complete with personalized meal plans, recipes, and grocery lists. Others do better with simple, concrete goals to work on, such as making specific changes to their usual meals, or modifying their meal timing. Be clear about what feels right for you: if you don’t respond well to structure, a structured eating plan isn’t going to work.

Follow-up is critical
In my private practice, if weight loss is the goal, I ask clients to commit to working together for a minimum of one month. For some, follow-ups involve weekly check-ins, while others send me a food journal every day for 30 days. Your nutritionist or dietitian needs to ensure that the strategy you’ve agreed upon is right for you. For example, if you dine out or travel often, or you have very limited free time, a plan that requires you to cook at home won’t be a good fit. Also, he or she may need to tweak your plan or approach based on feedback from you regarding your results and how you’re feeling. Follow-ups are also an opportunity to ask questions, prepare for challenging situations, learn about new tools, resources, or products, and feel supported. A one-time visit can’t possibly offer everything you need to succeed.

Sessions may not take place in an office
Many nutritionists and dietitians work in an office setting, but the new norm also involves real-life situations. I often meet clients at their homes so we can go through their fridge and cupboards, and talk about what they eat where they eat. I also take many of my clients on grocery trips, so we can walk the aisles together and discuss products with dozens of examples at our fingertips. I’ve even gone to restaurants with clients—particularly those who dine out often—because they wanted to have the experience of talking through ordering from a menu with me present. I’ve cooked with clients, which is really fun, and I also work with clients by phone, email, and even text. Sometimes they’ll text me a photo from the supermarket or a restaurant with a question, or text from a get-together to ask which party fare is best. Not every nutritionist or dietitian may be open to this kind of communication, but if that’s what you’re looking for, be sure to make it clear before you start working together.

It goes beyond food
As part of my master’s degree in nutrition science, I completed 21 credits in counseling psychology, and my master’s degree in public health included an emphasis on how families and communities impact the ability to make healthy choices. I’m not a therapist, but I often find myself talking to clients about issues related to food that go beyond nutrition. Some encounter a lack of support, or even sabotage, from their significant other, friends, or family. Others feel that their job, workplace, or community get in the way of following through with healthy changes. And many of my clients struggle with emotional eating. In many cases, a nutritionist or dietitian’s role is to help coach you through what gets in the way of following his or her advice. In other words, if you were “good” all day, and wound up binge eating while binge watching Netflix, don’t be afraid to talk about it. A nutritionist or dietitian worth their salt is going to empathetically coach you, not judge or scold you.

Credentials are key
In many states the nutrition profession isn’t regulated, so literally anyone can call him or herself a nutritionist and charge clients for services, even with no formal training. Before hiring someone, no matter how healthy they look, ask about their education. The letters RD or RDN (registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist) after someone’s name indicate that they have, at the very least, earned a bachelor’s degree, completed a 1,200-hour supervised internship, passed a national credentialing examination, and they complete ongoing continuing education. An RDN’s education involves extensive coursework in the science of nutrition, including biology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, food science, metabolism, courses in vitamins and minerals, nutrition through the life cycle, and medical nutrition therapy, which involves the nutrition-related prevention and treatment of everything from digestive disorders, to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other health conditions. In other words, it’s thorough, standardized training in how the human body works and the understanding of nutrition science.

If the nutritionist you’re thinking of hiring isn’t an RDN, ask about his or her credentials—do they have a degree, where is it from, what is it in, how long did it take to complete, and what type of coursework did it include? I bet you wouldn’t want to go to a dentist or veterinarian who wasn’t thoroughly credentialed, but those professions are regulated to ensure proper training—in this case, you have to do your own homework.

It may or may not be covered by your insurance
Nutrition counseling may or may not be covered by your insurance. Some nutritionists and dietitians are set up as providers under various plans, just like physical therapy, acupuncture, or mental health counselors. And in some cases your insurance company may reimburse you after you’ve paid out of pocket, but there may be a dollar limit, or stipulations—for example, they may require the RDN credential or a physician referral. If you’re looking for coverage, call the number on your insurance card and ask about your options. If it’s not covered, consider the cost carefully.

I’ve had clients tell me they wish they would have contacted me sooner, because they spent money on products or gym memberships that didn’t give them results. Others have told me that the while they first thought nutrition counseling was expensive, they realized the value after considering the cost compared to other things they spend money on, like beauty treatments, dinners out, exercise classes, and clothes. Only you can determine if it’s right for you, but if you do decide to work with a nutritionist or dietitian, don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions, and take the time to find the best practitioner to match your needs.


Secrets Your Hair Is Trying to Tell You

Secret 1: Maybe going vegan wasn't such a great idea.
Especially if you're a pasta-and-PBJ vegan who replaced meat and fish with carbs and nuts. To keep your hair strong and supple, it's important to make sure you're getting enough protein and, especially, iron. Without the latter, you may find yourself at risk for anemia, which can cause thinning hair (especially around the temples), says Jessica Krant, MD, MPH a board-certified dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and founder of Art of Dermatology in New York. Fortify your hair by making sure you get the government-recommended amount of around 18 mg of iron a day (8 mg if you're over 50). Meat, eggs and shellfish are the best-known sources, but you can also get iron from a diet abundant in the right leafy green vegetables, legumes and fortified grain products. (Supplements are another option, but definitely talk to your doctor first, because an excess of iron won't do your hair any good, and also may damage your heart and liver.)

Secret 2: You've developed a bit of an addiction...
...to your dandruff shampoo. Although the flakes have disappeared (thank you!), so has every drop of moisture from your strands. Daily use of dandruff shampoo may dry and damage hair, says Amy McMichael, MD, chair of dermatology at Wake Forest University. The chemicals that treat the dandruff—which could include an antifungal agent, sulfur or another medicinal chemical—aren't usually compatible with ingredients that keep your hair glossy and touchable. McMichael recommends limiting use of dandruff shampoo to twice a week, and using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner on the other days you wash (rub them into your scalp, not your hair, says McMichael, because that's what needs the TLC).

Secret 3: You just need some time to adjust to your new birth control pills.
Every single time you mess with your hormones, your body reacts in some weird and surprising way. "We can tell when someone is on a new type of birth control because it can make their hair finer, drier and less shiny," says Rita Hazan, a celebrity colorist and owner of the Rita Hazan Salon in Manhattan. This is especially noticeable when you're getting your hair colored: dry hair absorbs color faster, so you could end up with a different look than the last time you had the exact same procedure.

Secret 4: You don't really need to use a shampoo specifically designed for color-treated hair.
Colorists swear that regular shampoos, which contain high percentages of parabens, sulfides and other detergents, strip color molecules from the hair cuticle. "These ingredients will affect the way your color looks and how long it lasts," says Hazan. But if your current shampoo doesn't contain ingredients like sodium or ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium or ammonium lauryl ether sulfate, and you're also using a moisturizing conditioner, you don't need to spend money on a new product—unless you want to.

Secret 5: You're going to get through this.
You were so distraught about your partner's bomb of a confession that you were unable to eat or sleep, and you lost a ton of weight. You felt gaunt, tired and defeated. Yet now that some time has passed and you finally feel like you're getting to a better place, your hair starts falling out. Don't interpret this as a sign that you're falling apart, too, says McMichael. It takes about three months for your hair to go through an entire growth cycle. So the hair isn't reacting to anything new; the shedding is due to the extreme weight loss that happened a few months ago. In fact, not only are you going to get through this, but you've already started to come out the other side.

Secret 6: Time to schedule an appointment (now, please).
While all-over shedding can be relatively common with age, losing hair in tiny patches is not. It can be caused by many things, some quite serious: an autoimmune disorder called alopecia areata, thyroid dysfunction and even STDs. If you notice your bald scalp peeking through your hair in circular patches, Krant suggests talking to your doctor, who can help you figure out what's going on.


Aluminum in antacids, food, water and vaccines causes Alzheimer's disease

You know, there's aluminum in vaccines and flu shots too. Yep, there's aluminum in your USA tap water, most likely. There's aluminum in imported foods from China, even the certified organic that's imported from there. How much aluminum are YOU consuming daily, or were you paying attention to this?

Heavy metal toxins could be your demise if you're not careful. As this goes highly underestimated, the people who don't know who they are and who can't recognize the ones they loved can't speak a word about it. Did you know that Alzheimer's is preventable and even reversible? I doubt you know. Let's cover it now.

Nutritionists talk about the pineal gland, melatonin and organic sulfur

"A tiny gland in the center of the brain named the pineal may seem insignificant, but researchers have found it to be vital for physical, mental and, many believe, spiritual health," explains . "Through poor diet, exposure to toxins, stress and modern lifestyle choices, the pineal gland becomes hardened, calcified and shuts down. To awaken this gland from its slumber, detoxification is necessary using diet and herbs, sunlight and pure water."

You must remove toxic heavy metals from your food, water and personal care products regimen.

Get your hair and urine tested! Before you can treat metal toxicity, you need to determine what levels of metals you actually have contaminating your body's tissues. Health Ranger Mike Adams wrote, "Many metals quickly pass from your blood to your tissues, where they may lodge and cause serious long-term health problems.

"Iron lodged in your heart tissue can cause heart disease. Aluminum lodged in your brain tissue can cause Alzheimer's or clinical insanity. Mercury lodged in your brain can cause autism spectrum disorders. Lead lodged in your bones can interfere with red blood cell production and even white blood cell production."

Aluminum in children's medicine

Aluminum Lake food coloring, used to heavily coat liquid medicines for children, contains dangerous amounts of aluminum and harmful synthetic petrochemicals. These "petrochemicals" are carcinogens which can contain petroleum, antifreeze and ammonia, which cause a long list of adverse reactions. Aluminum poisoning can lead to central nervous system (CNS) damage, like memory impairments, autism, epilepsy, mental retardation and dementia. Research shows that just 4 ppm of aluminum can cause the blood to coagulate. This is what causes Alzheimer's disease! Aluminum consumption can also be associated with the development of bone disorders, including stress fractures. How much do you know about this and the heavy metal content in your foods, drinks, cosmetics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals? You better figure it out fast, before you forget who and where you are! Get healthy and stay healthy. Track natural health news daily and don't eat cancer.


Most widely used food colors and their damaging actions:

• Blue #1: Research shows it causes kidney tumors in mice.

• Blue #2: Research shows even higher incidence of tumors, specifically gliomas in male rates (a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine).

• Red #2: Toxic to rodents, even at modest levels, and causes tumors of the bladder.

• Red #3: FDA recognized it in 1990 as a cause of thyroid cancer in animals. It was banned in cosmetics, but still allowed in food and medicine.

• Red #40: Most popular dye of all. Debilitates the immune-system in mice. Allergic reactions common.

• Green #3: Causes bladder and testes tumors.

• Yellow #5: Affects behavior and induces severe hypersensitivity reactions.

• Yellow #6: Causes adrenal tumors in animals.


How I replaced my prescription medications with diet and essential oils

Julie Wahlers

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in March 2014. Today, 11 months later , my symptoms are virtually gone. Not only are my MS symptoms gone, but I am no longer taking medications for the other disease symptoms that I suffered with for more than 30 years, like asthma and migraines. I'm 98% well. I contribute this renewed health to the changes I made in my diet.

When I experience symptoms

I still occasionally experience breakthrough symptoms, especially if I eat something I shouldn't. Symptoms can also reappear due to stress, environmental triggers, or exposure to toxins. When I do experience symptoms, I have found essential oils work well for me.

Trial and error will be necessary to discover which oils will work for you. Sometimes it takes awhile to find the right oil or combination of oils that will do the trick. It's crucial to start with quality, therapeutic grade oils. If you don't find relief with an essential oil, try a different one, a different combination of oils, or another brand.

The oils that helped me

The MS symptom that was the most severe for me (other than the paralysis) was the muscle spasms. They prevented me from sleeping, and we all know how tough life can be when you haven't sleep for a few days in a row. It's life altering.

Basil oil first provided me some relief from my muscle spasms. Sandlewood and frankincense oil helped as well. After awhile, I found Shillington's Deep Tissue Repair Oil (a blend of wintergreen, menthol and cayenne oils).

I've been an asthmatic for as long as I can remember. Now, when I feel my chest get tight or sense a slight wheeze, I no longer reach for my "Puffer" (Proventil rescue inhaler). Now I grab an oil blend called "Breathe". I put a drop or two into my hands, rub them together and place them in front of my face. I take 5 slow, deep breaths and every symptom of asthma immediately goes away. If I feel any allergy symptoms, I put a five drops of lavender, lemon, and pepperment oil in a vegetable capsule and swallow it. I haven't used my puffer for more than 6 months.

For migraines, I use lavender oil and then add peppermint oil. I also use a blend of frankincense, sandalwood, ylang ylang, and peppermint. This amazing blend is known for for cell regeneration and specifically neuron (brain cell) repair. It helps both my MS symptoms (weakness and imbalance) and migraines.

How to apply oils topically

The symptoms you're suffering from will determine how you apply the oils. Essential oils can be diffused into the air or otherwise inhaled, applied directly to the skin (topically), as well as taken internally. When you apply oils topically, you can either apply them straight (directly to the skin from the bottle) or use a carrier oil. A good rule to follow is if you are trying to apply the oils to a large surface area (back, legs, etc) use a carrier oil first.

When I am treating muscle spasms, I apply organic coconut oil to my leg first. This helps the essential oil to spread evenly and not soak into one spot. Then I drop the essential oil into my hands and spread it on top of the coconut oil. You can "stack" oils, too. Rub one into your skin and then place another one on top of it.

When I feel a migraine coming on, I use the oils (lavender and peppermint) straight, and stack them. I place them directly on the pressure points at the base of my neck. I also place them on my temples, and the skin behind my ears down to my jaw line.

The soles of the feet, wrists, and the space behind the ears down to the jaw line are all great places to put any oil for fast absorption. The skin in these areas is thin, so the therapeutic benefit of the oil can quickly absorb into the bloodstream and go to work.

See the first source link below if you want to know more about my protocol and exactly how I changed my diet so that my body could finally heal and reverse from MS. To see the recipe for Deep Tissue Repair Oil, click here.


Gluten-free or FODMAP-free?

The gluten-free movement is so popular it has now earned its own label on food for purchase: a small "GF" for gluten-free products.

People who buy gluten-free products say they are sensitive to this protein, which is found in grain and gives bread its elastic quality. Some who abstain from gluten — about 1 in 100 people worldwide — have an autoimmune disorder called celiac disease. People with celiac who eat gluten suffer damage in the small intestine, preventing the absorption of the nutrient.

According to reports, by 2016, gluten-free food sales will total more than $15 billion.

But the scientists who published a study that was key in lending credence to the movement have recently tried to replicate their results. The researchers, with Monash University in Australia, also examined a group of carbohydrates called FODMAPs (fodd-maps).

FODMAPs (fodd-maps), found in garlic, kidney beans and apples, among many other fruits and vegetables, aren't absorbed well by the small intestine. They can pass into the large intestine and cause bloating and gas.

The study's participants were fed a low-FODMAP diet for two weeks, then randomly assigned to groups. The groups were fed high-gluten, low-gluten or control diets for a week.

Eight percent of the participants reported actual gluten-specific sensitivities. But contrary to their previous study, the researchers said they found few symptoms associated with gluten if the person did not have celiac disease.

However, all of the participants reported feeling better on the low-FODMAP diet. One carb in particular, fructan (FRUCK-ton), is found in wheat. Scientists think this is actually what many people with gluten insensitivity may be reacting to.

Perhaps the next $15 billion food industry will carry a tag that reads "FODMAP-free."

Sunday, February 8, 2015

New treatment instantly relieves knee pain

The iovera treatment uses a handheld device with nitrous oxide canisters to freeze short needle probes to negative 126 degrees. Once injected into the skin, the cold therapy kills away targeted sensory nerves around the knee-- which prevents the nerve from sending pain signals.

"Within 15 to 25 minutes we've frozen away the nerve and the patient will know immediately if they have good results," Chen said.

Chen says he typically sees people with arthritis or those who have had total knee replacements and still struggle with residual pain. The iovera treatment is cleared by the FDA, and is designed to provide temporary pain relief for up to six months after a single session.

An End To Mammograms?

Swiss panel calls for an end to mammography screening programs

A Swiss medical ethicist and a clinical epidemiologist reveal in the New England Journal of Medicine that the Swiss Medical Board has called for a moratorium on any new screening mammography programs in Switzerland and a time limit on those that currently exist.
The panel also called for quality evaluation of all forms of mammography screening, as well as an effort to re-educate women about the modality’s harms and benefit, the latter of which is grossly over-estimated by women, they conclude.

The recommendation was made on February 2 by the panel, which also included a clinical pharmacologist, an oncologic surgeon, a nurse scientist, a lawyer, and a health economist. Unlike the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the recommendations of the Swiss Medical Board are not legally binding. The Swiss Medical Board is an independent health technology assessment initiative that operates under the auspices of the Conference of Health Ministers of the Swiss Cantons, the Swiss Medical Association, and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

The authors acknowledge that their recommendation caused “uproar” in Switzerland and was rejected by Swiss cancer experts and organizations, some of which called the findings unethical. The American College of Radiology concurred, criticized the NEJM for publishing the paper, and stating that an additional 15,000 to 20,000 women would die of breast cancer each year if screening mammography were ended in the U.S.

“The deadly consequences of the authors’ breast cancer screening recommendations to the Swiss government may take years to become evident, may yet affect women in the United States, and were minimized—if included in the article at all,” read the statement from the ACR. “The lack of a counterbalancing perspective, in such a major scientific journal, is surprising and concerning.  American women should pay close attention to the breast cancer screening policies that may be considered for them.”

The authors describe three main findings on which the board’s decisions were made. Recognizing that the ongoing debate in mammography is based on multiple “reanalyses of the same, predominantly outdated trials,” the authors wondered if the same modest benefits of mammography would be found if a trial were repeated using modern technology.

Secondly, they acknowledged being “struck by how nonobvious it was that the benefits outweighed the harms.” The authors used the modest risk-reduction figure of approximately 20% in breast-cancer mortality, and a 21.9% overdiagnosis number, both from the recently published Canadian National Breast Screening Study, initiated in the 1980s and criticized for a lack of rigor, poor design, and obsolete data.

The third finding was the aforementioned gap between women’s perception of the benefits of mammography and what benefits and protection mammography can be expected to provide in reality. The authors cite a study of U.S. women in which 71.5% believed that mammography reduced the risk of breast cancer by half.

In minimizing the benefits and emphasizing the harms of overdiagnosis, the panel recommended that “no new systemic mammography programs be introduced and that a time limit be placed on existing programs.” It additionally recommends that the quality of all forms of mammography be evaluated and that women are provided clear and balanced information about mammography’s benefits.

In an odd and unsettling observation near the end of their short paper, the authors make a distinction between Italian- and French-speaking cantons, or member states of Switzerland, where mammography is favored, and German-speaking cantons, where mammography is less in favor, suggesting that “cultural factors” should be taken into consideration.

The authors conclude by saying that it is easy to promote mammography if women believe it prevents or reduces the risk of getting breast cancer, which the authors flatly deny. “From an ethical perspective, a public health program that does not clearly produce more benefits than harms is hard to justify,” they write. “Providing clear, unbiased information, promoting appropriate care, and preventing overdiagnosis and overtreatment would be a better choice.”


John Gofman, M.D., Ph.D. – a nuclear physicist and a medical doctor, and one of the leading experts in the world on the dangers of radiation – presents compelling evidence in his book, Radiation from Medical Procedures in the Pathogenesis of Cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease, that over 50 percent of the death-rate from cancer is in fact induced by x-rays.

Now consider the fact that the routine practice of taking four films of each breast annually results in approximately 1 rad (radiation absorbed dose) exposure, which is about 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray.

Even the American Cancer Society lists high-dose radiation to the chest as a medium to high risk factor for developing cancer.