The Amazing Human Brain
If you are ever feeling uninspired, take a moment to consider the
amazing marvel between your ears – your brain!
Did you know that
although your brain makes up only 2% of your total body weight, it
consumes approximately 20% of your energy? Or, did you know that
the brain is composed of 100 billion cells that make a million
connections every second of our lives?
Do we really have to end up "over the hill"?
Up until recently, we have understood that all the growth and
development of the brain occurs early on in life.
Can Uncover Some
Serious Risk Factors
I would like to
share this story with you to inspire you to take charge of your own health today.
A 41 year old male
was referred by his Doctor as a recent medical checkup had revealed an abnormal
blood profile. The Medical Practitioner told the patient that if he could
not normalize his cholesterol levels in four months, the patient
would have to start taking medications to lower his cholesterol. His total
cholesterol was 6.
Bacteria in our gut and our brain's health
Many of you have
completed or are undergoing a Detoxification Program.
Integrated Detoxification Program is the most effective way of giving your body
a thorough 'spring clean' and get you feeling fantastic again.
helps you to remove toxin exposure through dietary and lifestyle changes;
remove bad bacteria and waste from your digestive system; renew your
digestive lining and the healthy bacteria that improves your digestive
function; and releasing your body's toxins so they can be eliminated.
How Holistic Treatment Can Help Manage Multiple Sclerosis
Multiplesclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). MS affects the myelin sheath that surrounds CNSneurons, causing gradual demyelination of neuronal axons throughout the brainand spinal cord. This demyelination results in impairment of motor, sensory andcognitive functions. There is no known cure for MS, but dietary andlifestyle changes, along with natural medicine, can help slow progression ofthe disease and ease symptoms, as this case demonstrates.
I found this interesting article and would like to share it with you.
Please note the emphasis given to a balance diet, low in simple carbohydrates, rich in vegetables and wholesome unprocessed foods.
Healthy food should be delicious and interesting. Sometimes it may include a little bacon.
Enjoy the reading.
The TRUTH About Bacon
When people today think of bacon, they think of clogged arteries, love handles,and sin. They also think of Homer Simpson.
That’s right: eating bacon means that you’re destined for heart disease, a fatbelly, and a lifetime in Satan’s dungeon-Doh!
Spanish scientists’ trial work
On September the 21 World Alzheimer’s day was aiming to raise awareness about the most common form of dementia.
Around 36 million people are affected by the disease worldwide, a number which is expected to rise to more than 115 million by 2050.
For now there is no cure but Spanish scientists, who have been working on a vaccine, say they could soon start clinical trials on humans.
Researcher, Javier Jorba said: “Our system reacts and generates what we call antibodies that pick up the beta-amynoid protein, which causes the illness, and destroys them.
Lead exposure may affect 100,000 children
As many as 100,000 Australian babies and preschoolers mayhave blood lead levels that put them at risk of impaired brain development andbehavioural problems, according to the authors of a new analysis who sayAustralia’s threshold value should be urgently revised to one tenth of thecurrent standard.
Environmental health specialists led by Mark Taylor fromMacquarie University made the calculation by extrapolating exposure rates in USchildren to the Australian population of those aged from birth to four years.
The FEAR Word...
Cancer is a life altering experience for the person involved, as wellas their close family and friends. However, it doesn’t occur over night. Inreality, cancer is the manifestation of chronic disease that has beendeveloping over time, with many factors contributing to its onset andprogression. The good news is that there is a multitude of supportive andpreventative measures available that can help you transform fear intounderstanding and empowerment, leading to a happier, healthier state of wellbeing.
Maternal vitamin D supplements may help language
Vitamin D deficiency during early pregnancy is associated with an almost two-fold higher rate of language impairment in the offspring; a study from WA has shown.
In a long term follow up study of children born between 1989 and 1991, researchers found that maternal serum vitamin D levels at 18 weeks of pregnancy were related to language difficulties in the children at five and 10 years.
However, contrary to other studies, vitamin D insufficiency during pregnancy was not linked to offspring behavioural or emotional problems at any age, according to the findings published in
You have a headache...just add water!
Patients with recurrent headaches should be advised to drink more water, a randomised trial concludes.
Although advice to drink an extra 1.5L per day did not cut actual numbers of headaches, it did significantly boost patients’ perceived quality of life and led many to feel their headaches improved.
And given the low risk associated with the approach, the researchers say all headache patients should try it, at least for a time.
The study involved 102 primary-care patients in the Netherlands who had experienced multiple headaches in the preceding month, and who were drinking less than 2.
TREATING A RISING EPIDEMIC:
AGE-RELATED LIVER DISEASE
Very often I encourage my patients to follow a "Liver Detoxification Program".WARNING:
It has'serious' side effects: increased energy levels, improved immunity, less aches and pains, in one word: vitality.
The first time that you follow this program, it will take you from 6-8 weeks.
After that, if you have a healthy lifestyle, you will need to do it for only two weeks: "The Express Detox".
Here in this article you will find more reasons to consider having a Liver Detoxification once a year.
A CLEAR LINK:
AIR POLLUTION AND HEART DISEASE
Environmental toxicants such as dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides can pose a risk for cardiovascular disease.
For the first time a link has been demonstrated between atherosclerosis and levels of long-lived organic environmental toxicants in the blood.
The study, carried out by researchers at Uppsala University, was published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, are the most common cause of death in industrialised countries, and the most important underlying cause of these diseases is atherosclerosis.
Omega 3 and Depression in the elderly
Recent observations showed that long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could represent a potential treatment for elderly depression.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial study was conducted over a two month period, in a Nursing Home in Pavia, Italy.
The study included 46 depressed females, aged 66-95 years old. The dosages given were 1.67 grams of EPA and 0.83 grams of DHA. The results after the 2 month period showed that the use of supplement essential fatty acids was helpful and significantly alleviated the symptoms of depression (assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale).
Cancer sufferers are taking doses of expensive and potentially toxic treatments that may be well in excess of what they need…”
“…because pharmaceutical companies were the only group who could afford to fund trials of expensive drugs, they had enormous control the scientific evidence that dictates how much should be used”
Dr. Ian Haines cites evidence that many of these new and expensive cancer drugs are just as effective when taken in smaller quantities and for a shorter time. He says “it would seem that pharmaceutical companies are attracted to studies looking at maximum-tolerated dose…”
The Neuroscience of the Gut
Strange but true: the brain is shaped by bacteria in the digestive tract
People may advise you to listen to your gut instincts: now research suggests that your gut may have more impact on your thoughts than you ever realised. Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore led by Sven Pettersson recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that normal gut flora, the bacteria that inhabit our intestines, have a significant impact on brain development and subsequent adult behaviour.
Are Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Regimens Causing Depression?
Low cholesterol is a risk factor for depression, according to integrative psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD, of Waltham, MA. Speaking at the recent iMosaic conference, Dr. Greenblatt said there are 11 studies showing strong correlations between low total cholesterol and increased depression and suicidality.
The brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ, and cholesterol is a building block for many important hormones. This doesn’t mean that high cholesterol levels are healthy, but neither are levels that are too low.
May Inhibit Development of Fat Cells
The benefits of blueberry consumption have been demonstrated in several nutrition studies, more specifically the cardio-protective benefits derived from their high polyphenol content. Blueberries have shown potential to have a positive effect on everything from ageing to metabolic syndrome. Recently, a researcher from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, TX, examined whether blueberries could play a role in reducing one of the world’s greatest health challenges: obesity.
Curcumin compound boosts
head and neck cancer therapy
The May, 2011 issue of the American Medical Association journalArchives of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgerypublished the finding of researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center of a benefit for a derivative of curcumin, which occurs in the spice turmeric, in the treatment of head and
neck cancer with cisplatin, a platinum-based chemotherapeutic drug. The development of chemotherapy-resistant tumor cells is a major cause of treatment failure in head and neck cancer, resulting in relapse or metastasis.
Blueberries May Reverse
Age-Related Mental Decline
A new study with lab rats suggests that supplementing with blueberries for one month may slow and even reverse the decline in mental function associated with age.
Cognitive performance declines naturally with age, but new results published in Nutrition indicate that for elderly rats, one month's supplementation with blueberries was associated with an improvement in the memory scores, as measured in a maze.
In addition, data showed that two months of consuming the blueberry-enriched diet was associated with a prolongation of the benefits after the diet was stopped, and the performance of the aging rats was similar to that of younger rats.
)Drug holiday advised for bisphosphonates
Patient using bisphophonates should be considered for a ‘drug holiday’ after five years to minimise the risk of femoral fractures, researchers say. A Canadian study inJAMAshows that older women using bisphosphonates for more than five years have a significant increased risk of subtrochanteric or femoral shaft fractures
What are bisphosphonates?
Bisphosphonates are a relatively new family of non-hormonal medications, which have been proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
When menopause is a disease
Menopause has never been a disease that needed to be treated until our 'modern' age. Additionally, primitive cultures of the world don’t even have a word to describe ‘menopause’. They view a woman that is not menstruating any more as a more powerful being, that possesses wisdom and knowledge, someone to be respected and revered.
The medical establishment, generally speaking, considers a menopausal woman as a patient deficient in this or that drug. But, the drug will make you deficient in another drug, and the multiple uses of drugs create other states that are unknown and not even studied yet.
Elimination diet for ADHD
The study by Lidy Pelsser and colleagues (Feb 5, p 494)attempted to determine whether a restricted elimination diet is an effective treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although the design had some methodological strengths, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Unfortunately, the study's design was severely flawed since none of the outcome assessments was blind to treatment status. The investigators should have included at least one objective, independent assessment of attention, impulsivity, or activity level.
failing to get treatment
Doctors are under so much pressure to keep-up the image of a “super-person” that those struggling with a mental-illness are failing to access healthcare, a new study suggests.
A survey of doctors including GPs reveals that “unrealistic expectations” are preventing those with a mental illness from seeking help.
“Several described self-treating with medication, exercise, relaxation, etc until a point of crisis or desperation was reached.”
Price rises hitting diet of Manningham's poor
RISING produce prices are affecting the diet and health of Manningham’s low-income earners, local GPs and welfare workers say.
Manningham General Practice’s Dr Amitabh Ilango said he had already seen subtle signs of poor diets among patients in response to rising fruit and vegetable prices.
Dr Ilango said there was “no doubt” cases of malnutrition would increase if prices continued to rise. The Templestowe GP said in an effort to record the effect of tight budgets on his patients’ health, he had started asking them whether they were making healthy food cutbacks.
Photographs Of Loved Ones
Can Be Effective Painkillers
You may remember being calmed by your mum the first time you had blood drawn in the doctor’s office, or a loved one helping you feel like you’re not alone.
The benefits of other people have been obvious to us for awhile, but new research is showing that a reminder as small as a photograph can have the same effect.
Ferris Jabr, writing for Scientific America, elaborates:
A Psychological Science study in 2009 first showed the effect.
New guidelines for early detection of ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality of any gynaecological cancer. Because the physical signs are not readily detectable and the symptoms are vague and non-specific, most cases are detected at advanced stages and have a very poor prognosis.
One of the aims of the guidelines is to facilitate early diagnosis by increasing awareness of symptoms and signs.
The advise in the UK, is for primary care professionals to measure serum concentrations of the protein CA125 if a woman (especially if older than 50 years) presents on a persistent or frequent basis with abdominal distension, feeling full or loss of appetite, pelvic or abdominal pain, or increased urinary frequency.
Thyroid Regulates How We See Colours!
Turns out our sensitivity to seeing in colour is not only due to cone cells in the retina, but also through the thyroid gland by controlling which visual pigment is produced in the cones. Research conducted on mice and rats has revealed that the production of visual pigment present in mature cones is regulated by the thyroid hormone.
The team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt/M., along with colleagues at the University of Frankfurt and universities in Vienna, assumed that this process must be present in all mammals, including humans.
How Self-Control Works
The scientific community is increasingly coming to realise how central self-control is to many important life outcomes. We have always known about the impact of socioeconomic status and IQ, but these are factors thatare highly resistant to interventions. In contrast, self-control may be something that we can tap into to make sweeping improvements life outcomes.
If you think about the environment we live in, you will notice how it is essentially designed to challenge every grain of our self-control.
Insulin: Predictor for Alzheimer’s?
Could Alzheimer’s be a form of diabetes? Brain levels of insulin and its related cellular receptors fall during the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and as insulin levels continue to drop, the disease becomes more severe. Now, doctors are looking at memory problems like Alzheimer’s disease as a form of brain starvation, and one doctor says glucose metabolism can be the key to helping prevent this deadly disease.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.
High BP? Hold the MSG
Consumption of monosodium glutamate may raise blood pressure, especially in women and in people taking antihypertensives, Australian and Chinese researchers have shown.
A prospective study of more than 1200 people in China found strong dose-related increases in both systolic and diastolic BP associated with MSG consumption.
Over a five year period, the average increase in BP was 4.5mmHg, but increases of almost 10mmHg were seen in people with higher intakes of MSG. A similar pattern, but with lower absolute increases, was seen with diastolic BP.
increases risk or heart disease
Fresh evidence has linked calcium supplements to an increased risk of cardiovascular events, reigniting safety concerns over their use.
A meta-analysis published today in theBMJ concludes that calcium supplementation – with or without vitamin D – increases the relative risk of MI (myocardial infarction) and stroke.
The authors said the relative risk increases were modest, at about 25-30% for MI and 15-20% for stroke, but could have a significant impact on a population level.
Feather bedding no help for asthmatic children
Asthmatic children do not gain any benefit from using a feather pillow and doona rather than synthetic bedding, an Australian trialhas found.
While observational studies have suggested lower rates of wheeze in children who use feather bedding, this was not borne out in a one year intervention carried out in NSW and the ACT.
The prospective study in almost 200 children who were sensitive to house dust mite found no difference in respiratory symptoms between those who were assigned to use a duck feather pillow and quilt and those who used synthetic bedding.
Persistent crying linked to ADHD
Infants who have problems with persistent crying, sleeping and feeding are at higher risk of developing behavioural problems such as ADHD, a study suggests.
Swiss researchers analysed data from 22 studies involving almost 17,000 children and found that infants with previous regulatory problems were more likely to have behavioural problems as children than infants without regulatory problems.
The most significant association was found for persistent crying in infancy and the development of externalising problems and ADHD, say the researchers in the
Are you vitamin D defficient?
Current guidelines to ensure adequacy of vitamin D levels in pregnancy are failing to prevent serious deficiencies in both mothers and infants, research suggests.
Screening of more than 300 pregnant women at Westmead Hospital in Sydney found moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency in 22% of Australian born women. Severe deficiency was especially common in dark skinned women, affecting 70% of African women, 44% of women from the Indian subcontinent and 22% of women with a Middle-East background.
Slapping cure for diabetes..!?!?
A Chinese writer has been ordered to leave Taiwan after he claimed that slapping a person's body could cure diabetes and heart disease.
Xiao Hongci drew criticism when he claimed that his “slapping therapy” had healing powers at a promotion in Taipei earlier this week, slapping a woman's arm red while demonstrating his technique.
“It takes seven days and it's 100% effective for diabetics. It can cure heart disease and high blood pressure too,” Xiao said in footage aired by local television.
Boy infected by common octopus
The common octopus is not the placid creature we have been led to believe, warn experts, who report an unprecedented case of an octopus inflicting an infected bite on a child.
The bite, which did not heal and had to be removed, occurred while the nine-year-old boy was snorkelling with his uncle in Croatia.
He apparently provoked the normally peacefulOctopus vulgaris, which squirted its ink and bit him on the arm before swimming away.
The bite did not hurt or bleed at the time, but two days later a small red inflamed wound developed, with a haemorrhagic nodus in the centre.
Gluten Sensitivity Without Celiac Disease?
A gluten-free diet might benefit selected patients with irritable bowel syndrome.
Some patients with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but no evidence of celiac disease, report gluten sensitivity. To determine whether these observations hold up under double-blind, placebo-controlled conditions, Australian researchers enrolled 34 adults in whom celiac disease had been ruled out by standard criteria but who reported intolerance to gluten-containing products.
Lack of fruit ’n’ veg linked to behaviour
Children who don’t get enough fruit and vegetables are more than twice as likely to have behavioural problems, a Queensland study suggests.
The findings come from a survey of 500 Brisbane households in 2009, released this week by Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health.
Researchers found that one in four households goes without healthy food because of low income levels.
And children growing up in “food insecure” households, where fruit and vegetable consumption was lowest, had two-and-a-half times the rates of behavioural problems as food-secure houses.
Pollution and premature births
Living near busy roads is not only bad for the heart – it can even induce premature birth, Australian research suggests.A study of 970 mothers and babies in Queensland’s Logan City has found that the more highways around a pregnant woman's home, the more likely she will have anearly delivery.
Those living in the most heavily congested areas, with 10 or more freeways near their house, gave birth almost two weeks earlier than average, the study found.
The findings build on previous work by the same researchers linking air pollution to small fetal size.
Gestational diabetes cases to jump 30%
As hospitals prepare for a surge in gestational diabetes cases under looming changes to diagnostic criteria, doctors in one
NSW region are predicting the incidence will rise by 30%.
The Australian Diabetes in Pregnancy Society has said it is expecting to adopt the new International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) criteria by the end of this year, but there has been uncertainty over its effects on case load.
Some experts have warned the move could increase GDM prevalence by 50%.
Superbug makes first Aussie appearance
A new, hypervirulent strain ofClostridium difficileis taking hold in Australia, specialists warn, after a man acquired the infection in Melbourne.
In a report published in theMJAthis week, infectious disease specialists describe what is believed to be the first locally acquired case ofC. difficileribotype 027.
The bug has caused substantial morbidity and mortality in the northern hemisphere, but had left Australia unscathed until now, the specialists wrote.
Outbreak of hepatitis: tomatoes blamed
5 April 2011
An investigation into a large hepatitis A outbreak in South Australia has exposed the unlikely perpetrator: semi-dried tomatoes with garlic and herbs in oil.
Communicable disease authorities spotted the increase in cases of hepatitis A occurring without overseas travel after 37 people reported infection with the virus in 2009.
Almost half of the patients were hospitalised before the implicated tomatoes were recalled from public sale, after interviews revealed a common supplier.
Fatter oldies...fewer hip fractures
Rates of hip fracture are in decline in Australia, with adiposity rather than anti-fracture drugs being cited as the key factor.
Women have seen a 30% fall in hip fracture rates between 1994 and 2007, while men have seen an 8% decline in hip fracture rates,
Victorian researchers report in theJournal of Bone and Mineral Researchthis week.
However, the studyalso shows that the absolute number of hip fractures is still on the increase, due to the ageing of the population.
Unnecessary deaths in Australia
EVEN if the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is funded at the next budget it will take two years to be reinstated, resulting in more than 2000 unnecessary deaths, an Australian expert says.
Sydney colorectal surgeon Associate Professor Graham Newstead made the prediction in response to revelations from a government document obtained under freedom of information laws.
According to the briefing document, once the government has made a decision regarding the fate of the screening program, it would take a minimum of 10 months to “implement transition arrangements”.
Fish oil benefits even the obese
A fish-rich diet is the key to Eskimos’ low rates of diabetes and heart disease, say researchers, who suggest obese Westerners, might do well to boost their fish oil consumption.A study of more than 300 Alaskan Yup'ik Eskimos found that although 70% were overweight or obese, they did not show the same risk factors for heart disease as the US population.
They also had a lower prevalence of diabetes.
After analysing blood samples, researchers found that those with the highest levels of the omega-3 fish oils docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) had the lowest triglyceride and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.
Brain Health Breakthrough
The three-pound human brain is comprised of 100 billion neurons with branches that connect to more than 100 trillion connections in the brain. This mind-boggling “neuron forest” is the very foundation of connectivity to our inside and outside world. When things begin to go wrong with this network, the system starts to run slower, access to memory files become sluggish and eventually begin to fail. Just like with the office or home computer, routine maintenance prevents fragmentation of one’s hard drive, decreased CPU speed and protection against corruption of vital files.
Complimentary and Alternative Medicine use could hamper cancer treatment
The effectiveness of cancer drugs may be jeopardised by the rising use of complementary and alternative medicines, experts claim.
More than 80% of cancer patients are now thought to use complementary and alternative medicines, and almost 60% of these to do so without their doctor's knowledge, according to Professor Stephen Clarke of the University of Sydney.
He raised concern over the figures, noting that some complementary and alternative medicines had "significant risks of adverse drug interactions", which could lead to toxicity or cause conventional treatments to fail.
Scurvy is making a surprise comeback in Australia...
...an intensive care specialists say, after reporting a case in Brisbane.
(Scurvy is a condition that arises from the lack of Vitamin C).
In a report published this week in theInternal Medicine Journal, the specialists describe the case of a 56-year-old woman who presented with scurvy on a background of sepsis and arthritis.
She had recently undergone an uneventful total knee joint replacement, but returned to hospital 10 days later with septic shock.
R A D I A T I O N
strikes fear into the stoutest heart
By Stephen Pincock
WHEN Japanese authorities realised an atomic emergency was looming in Miyagi prefecture after the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, one of their first public health responses was to distribute iodine.
As the crisis mounted at the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini power plants, the UN’s atomic watchdog said 230,000 units of stable iodine — or potassium iodide — had been sent to nearby evacuation centres.
Diabetes linked with
increased Parkinson’s risk
Evidence is mounting for a link between diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, although the jury is still out on whether the association is causal.
Patients with a diagnosis of diabetes were at 36% increased risk of Parkinson’s disease compared with those without diabetes,according to a case-control study involving almost 2000 Danish patients with Parkinson’s disease.
The effect was found to be stronger in women, and with respect to early-onset Parkinson’s disease.