Besides protecting from cancer, obesity, autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular problems, vitamin D helps build strong bones. And scientists have found this health building vitamin has a remarkable impact on the immune system, too. Vitamin D, it turns out, is necessary for the production of anti-microbial peptides, substances that fight off infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses when these pathogens try to move into organs and through mucous membranes.
In fact, previous research has shown adequate vitamin D can help prevent colds and flu as well as serious lung infections, including tuberculosis. Now Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm have evidence that higher vitamin D levels offer especially strong protection against another common health problem — urinary tract infections (UTIs). (more…)
Ask someone what disease they fear the most and many will answer type 2 diabetes…and for good reason.
One out of every 10 Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and millions more are walking around undiagnosed every day.
And if the disease isn’t bad enough, there are the terrifying complications, including:
- * Blindness
- * Kidney disease
- * Heart attack
- * Stroke
- * Peripheral artery disease
- * Diabetic ulcers
- * Amputation
- * Death
Several studies published this month offer a new understanding and hope to those suffering from the ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. This condition affects up to 40 million Americans, including 10% of senior citizens and 40% of military veterans. While tinnitus has been associated with previous injury to the hearing apparatus, that appears to be only part of the problem. The source of the problem for many may lie within nerves, where improvement is possible. (more…)
The lack of omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA, in the diets of pregnant mothers1 has been associated with poor neurologic function and mood issues in the offspring. Researchers have now pinpointed in an animal study that a lack of omega 3 fatty acids at this critical time of development causes brain plasticity to not form correctly in key areas of the brain affecting reward, motivation, emotional regulation, and general nerve transmission.
Asthma in our children is an epidemic. I have long argued that the asthma epidemic in American children is a result of the incompetent practice of medicine that relies on the use of highly toxic antibiotics in children. My position is now confirmed by a new Yale University study1 that followed 1400 children from birth until 6 years of age.
The study is significant because it distinguishes between antibiotics for respiratory infections wherein the respiratory infection may have been the first sign of asthma. The researchers simply eliminated those from the study who were given antibiotics for respiratory infection. (more…)
Carbohydrates seem to be a very misunderstood macronutrient these days. There are some who believe consuming any carbohydrates will make you fat and unhealthy, while there are others who consume absolutely enormous amounts of carbohydrates, believing them to be the key to health. In reality the truth, as usual, is somewhere in the middle.
While carbohydrates are neither evil nor perfect, they can be an excellent choice to help you train harder and longer, and recover faster. Consuming some carbohydrates before and after your training can have some incredibly powerful benefits which will help to maximize the results of your efforts. (more…)
A few years back, researchers decided that resveratrol was the secret ingredient in red wine that was responsible for the so-called “French paradox.” Not only could it protect the heart from oxidized fat, resveratrol also appeared to reduce platelet aggregation and increase blood flow. The problem was, no one knew how much resveratrol was needed to create these heart-healthy changes … until now.
New research conducted at the University of South Australia suggests that taking a daily resveratrol supplement can rapidly improve vascular function and lead to better heart health. (more…)
Breast cancer is a cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. Risk factors for breast cancer include gender, age, family history, defective genes, early onset of menstruation, late menopause and late childbearing. Breast cancer is about ninety percent due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.
A study published in the journal Breast Cancer investigated the effects of an herbal formula on breast health in women not taking hormonal contraceptives or supplements. (more…)
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. The body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if there is too much cholesterol in the blood, it can stick to the walls of the arteries. This is called plaque. Plaque can the arteries or even block them. High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of heart disease. Cholesterol levels tend to rise with age. There are usually no signs or symptoms that indicate high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test. Chances of having high cholestesterol would include if family members have it, being overweight or eating a lot of fatty foods. (more…)
Cognitive function is the term used to describe a person’s state of consciousness (alertness and orientation), memory, and attention span. A mental status examination (MSE) is a standard test used by healthcare professionals to measure a patient’s overall mental health. Evaluating a patient’s cognitive function includes, first of all, measuring their level of alertness and orientation. (more…)