Definition of the Problem
On August 17, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations for testing all persons in the US born between 1945 and 1965 for hepatitis C infection.1 The Baby Boomer generation has been targeted because the CDC has determined that 75% of all chronic hepatitis C cases are between 47 and 67 years of age and the prevalence is five times higher in this age group than in any other.1
According to the Institute of Medicine, only 25% of those who are infected know their status and, given that there are an estimated 3.9 to 4.9 million persons living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the US, that means approximately 3 to 3.7 million American Baby Boomers currently have chronic hepatitis C and don’t know it.1,2 The majority of this group is believed to have been infected between 1980 and 1990, with an estimated 230,000 infections per year during that decade.4 By 1992, the year that sensitive assays for the identification of HCV were developed, the number of reported new cases had already declined by 78%, probably a result of a saturation of the drug-injecting population.5 The number of new cases has steadily declined each year since, and in 2010 there were only 17,000 new cases of acute infection.6,7(more…)
What do garlic and glutathione have in common? Sulfur!Sulfur is commonly used in Asia as an herbal medicine to treat inflammation and cancer. Organic sulfur has been studied on oral and other cancers and has been found to have remarkable benefit in anti-cancer therapy.
Sulfur is an essential element for all life, and is widely used in biochemical processes. In metabolic reactions, sulfur compounds serve as both fuels and respiratory (oxygen-replacing) materials for simple organisms. Sulfur in organic form is present in the vitamins biotin and thiamine, the latter being named for the Greek word for sulfur. Sulfur is an important part of many enzymes and in antioxidant molecules like glutathione and thioredoxin. (more…)
A metabolite from an amino acid which is classified as both a nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical drug, has been used to treat bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, autism and even cancer. It assists in the production of glutathione, which plays a key role in regulating many cellular functions and helps keep the immune system in check. Moreover, it helps detox the body chelating dangerous heavy metals.
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is converted by the body into an amino acid called cysteine. Proponents claim that taking N-acetylcysteine supplements can protect against a wide range of health problems and the science backs up the claim. (more…)
Spring is upon us, and the concept of “spring cleaning” our domiciles comes to mind. It can apply to the health conscious as well for cleaning out the body’s master cleanser, the liver, while increasing supportive nourishment. (more…)
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.
An eye disorder that affects the optic nerve, glaucoma is the result of an increase of pressure within the eye. Often, it impairs vision. As pressure within the eye builds, the field of vision becomes more clouded. If enough pressure builds, blindness can result.
While the medical community is able to find risk factors associated with the cause of glaucoma, including genetic risk factors, there is no one clear cause.
Glaucoma may be one of the leading causes of blindness in the US today, but it still doesn’t have a clear cause. Fortunately, increasing levels of the powerful antioxidant glutathione in the body can protect eye health and prevent a wide range of diseases! (more…)
Concern about autism is growing as the number of affected individuals has surged in recent years, either due to an actual increase, an expanded definition or a greater awareness and thus more frequent diagnosis. Often a debilitating condition, autism is the most common syndrome among a group of related conditions, known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASDs are characterized by fundamental impairments in social interactions, severe communication and language deficits, and the presence of restricted or repetitive behaviors, and are now thought to be as prevalent as 0.6 to 1.2 percent.(1) Some autistic children are not able to make significant progress, and may always remain non-verbal and socially withdrawn, and most remain dependent on parents or others through adulthood.(2) This may be improving somewhat, however, and a small number of those with ASDs are able to live independently and establish relationship and educational goals, particularly those without severe intellectual disabilities.(3) (more…)
Step by step researchers are documenting that lipoic acid protects every organ in the human body. The latest findings are that lipoic acid offers powerful protector against diabetic polyneuropathy and nephropathy (peripheral nerve disease and kidney disease resulting from damage to small blood vessels). It is also a great defender of brain tissue, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective capabilities that make if effective in slowing the aging of the brain and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Other recent research shows that lipoic acid prevents the development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and protects retina ganglion against glaucoma. (more…)
(Health Secrets Newsletter) Wondering why there’s so much interest in flax lately? It’s because flax oil and flax seeds have been shown to lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides without side effects, and to help reduce damage to cell membranes. Flax is also important in the body’s ability to reduce inflammation and prevent the many degenerative diseases associated with it. Studies have shown that women with a high intake of flax oil and flax lignans are at much lower risk of developing breast cancer. Research is now documenting the benefits of flax oil, lignans, and flax meal in preventing and treating cancers of the gastrointestinal tract and colon, and breast cancer metastasis. (more…)
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common degenerative disorder of the central nervous system after Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that 1% of individuals over the age of 65 are diagnosed with this disorder. Natural lifestyle interventions can prevent and reverse Parkinson’s disease. (more…)