Monthly Archives: November 2010

Chinese Herbs Benefit Allergy Sufferers

The complex issues surrounding allergies have lead to a new study that shows a positive association between allergies and chinese herb use.

Researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Integrative Medicine Committee concluded that certain Chinese herbal formulus can be used to treat food allergies. The primary herbal formula being tested is called Food Allergy Herbal Formula (FAHF-2). “FAHF-2 has been shown to have a prolonged preventive effect up to 40 weeks,” explained Helen Chan, MD, of Hong Kong, vice chair of the ACAAI Integrative Medicine Committee. “It has also been shown to be safe, with very few side effects, and is a one-course treatment for all allergens.” “Integrative therapies blend the art and science of medicine,” said allergist William Silvers, MD, of the ACAAI Integrative Medicine Committee. “This exciting area of medicine offers a variety of complementary approaches, so each patient receives truly individualized care.” “The use of substances found in nature, such as herbs, foods and vitamins, can be helpful in treating various allergies when combined with traditional therapies,” added Dr. Silvers.

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Toxic Build-Up Test

1. Do you experience fatigue or low energy level, especially around 3 pm in the afternoon? YES / NO

2. Do you experience brain fog, lack of concentration and/or poor memory? YES / NO

3. Do you eat fast foods, fatty foods, pre-prepared foods, or fried foods on a regular basis? YES / NO

4. Do you drink coffee and sodas during the day to “get yourself going”? YES / NO

5. Do you smoke cigarettes? YES / NO

6. Do you crave or eat sugary snacks, candies, or desserts? YES / NO

7. Do you have less than 2 bowel movements per day? YES / NO

8. Do you feel sleepy after meals, bloated, and /or gassy? YES / NO

9. Do you experience heart burn or indigestion after eating? YES / NO

10. Are you overweight or do you rarely exercise? YES / NO

11. Do you experience reoccurring yeast or fungal infections? YES / NO

12. Do you experience frequent headaches or migraines? YES / NO

13. Do you have arthritic aches and pains or stiffness? YES / NO

14. Do you take prescriptive medicine on a regular basis? YES / NO

15. Do you take prescriptive sedatives or stimulants? YES / NO

16. Do you live with or near polluted air, water, or other environmental pollution? YES / NO

17. Do you use fuoridated toothpaste or drink fuoridated / chlorinated water? YES / NO

18. Do you experience depression or mood swings, (mental highs or lows)? YES / NO

19. Do you have bad breath or excessive body odor? YES / NO

20. Do you have food allergies or bad skin? YES / NO

21. Are you showing signs of premature aging? YES / NO

22. Have you ever used an internal cleansing product or followed a complete internal cleansing program? YES / NO

If you answered “yes” to 4 or more of the above questions or answered “no” to question 22, then you are a good candidate for an internal cleansing program and would greatly beneft from an IonizeMe Ionic Detoxifcation treatment schedule.

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Bees Can Cure Mouth Ulcers

A protective, sterilizing product bees make for constructing their hives has just been turned into a powerful medicine for pesky mouth ulcers.

The natural component is called propolis. “Propolis is a complex chemical mix and a very useful natural product,” said Professor Anant Paradkar, who led the research. “Propolis has been shown to be anti-microbial, anti-fungal, a strong anti-oxidant, non-allergenic and can boost the immune system. It also promotes wound healing and has anesthetic properties.” Researchers have known about propolis for many years, but due to its waxy, smelly nature it has not been used widely in medicinal circles. Researchers from the University of Bradford’s Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science have discovered how to purify the propolis. “There is a substantial market for propolis-based products — particularly in China, the USA and South Asia. The main stumbling block in developing products has been the solubility and odor issues, which our formulation overcomes,” explained Paradkar. Working specifically to use propolis as a mouth ulcer medicine the team of researchers has not only created a natural alternative to the current types of mouth ulcer gels, but their new product appears to have one small advantage. “A problem for mouth gels is that adhesion to the skin membrane inside the mouth is difficult — because of the nature of the surface, the gel can simply slide off,” said Professor Paradkar. “As propolis retains some of its stickiness even in a water soluble formulation, when it is applied to specific areas in the mouth, it adheres more effectively.” Look to the company Nature’s Laboratory to market the end result. They are working directly with the researchers from the University of Bradford’s Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science to bring this product to market.

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How To Spot BPA Free Receipt Paper

The only company in the U.S. that produces a BPA free version of thermal paper, which is the widely used paper for receipts, has just announced a new method of letting consumers know that they are not being exposed to BPA. We recently updated you on a new study that had discovered that the BPA found on most types of receipt paper was entering the body through the skin. You can see that post here: BPA Toxin Coats Cash Register Receipts The largest producer of thermal paper, Appleton, is also the only producer of BPA free thermal paper. They have come up with a clever way for consumers to know that their receipts are indeed Appleton’s BPA free paper. They now add small flakes of red rayon fibers to the back of their BPA free thermal paper. With continual research revealing the dangers of exposure to BPA, news that small steps are being taken to give consumers the ability to chose to avoid BPA is more than welcome.

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Urban Farming Goes Big In Detroit

New research shows that urban farms in Detroit, Michigan have the capacity to produce the majority of the required produce for their region.

The study is found in the journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. The research was done by C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU. “What’s clear from our production analysis is that even with a limited growing season, significant quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables eaten by Detroiters could be grown locally,” said Kathryn Colasanti, the graduate student who led the study at MSU. “And investments in produce storage facilities and hoop houses would increase this capacity substantially.” The study found that 75% of vegetables and 40% of fruits can be produced by urban farms. By using arial maps the researchers were able to identify  around 4,848 acres of urban land that can be used for farming. “Our totals are conservative,” explained Mike Hamm, who leads the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems. “But it may be closer to representing the quantity of land more readily available for urban farms and gardens because these parcels are publicly owned and clear of any buildings.”

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How Chocolate Benefits Blood Pressure

There have been many tests done over the years that have shown chocolate to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Only now has research been done that shows exactly what it is about chocolate that leads to health benefits.

Researchers from Linköping University in Sweden worked with a group of volunteers to make this latest discovery. “We have previously shown that green tea inhibits the enzyme ACE, which is involved in the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure regulation. Now we wanted to study the effect of cocoa, since the active substances catechins and procyanidines are related,” explained Ingrid Persson. Researchers tested blood samples from the volunteers before and then three hours after the test subjects had eaten 75 grams of dark chocolate that contained 72% cocoa. The results were comparable to high blood pressure drugs that are designed to inhibit ACE. “Our findings indicate that changes in lifestyle with the help of foods that contain large concentrations of catechins and procyaninides prevent cardiovascular diseases,” concluded Persson. At HEALTHandMED.com we carry a fabulous product that is recommended for improving cardiovascular health. You can see it here: VasCor Complex

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Why Detoxify?

Our bodies accumulate different types of toxins every day through eating, drinking and breathing, as well as exposure to medications, chemicals, toxic environments, etc. These toxins cause cells within the body to die faster, which leads to pre-mature aging and diseases. Our bodies have organs and systems to detoxify them. Still, over the years the accumulation of toxins, improper diet, and sedentary lifestyles causes the excretory organs of our bodies to function suboptimally. This leaves us with lethargic and weak immune systems, as well as a susceptibility to diseases that can often lead to early and painful death.

Symptoms such as hormone imbalances, fu-like aches and pains, poor nutrient absorption, constipation, poor digestion, fatulence, fatigue, weight gain, excessive mucus, poor concentration, headaches, edema, memory disorders, depression, infammation of joints and muscles, skin problems, bad breath and strong body odor are all associated with toxic build-up in our bodies. Diseases such as Chronic Fatigue, Allergies, Fibromyalgia, Thyroid Diseases, and Cancer, to name only a few, have been directly linked to environmental toxins in the body. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are more than 20,000 chemicals that our bodies cannot metabolize. The toxic substances that can’t be removed from our bodies are stored in our fat cells and organs, causing an epidemic of modern diseases and obese patients around the world. The Columbia University School of Public Health reports that 95% of cancer is caused by diet and environmental toxicity. According to the EPA, our bodies accumulate 210 micrograms of just plasticizers (toxic phthalates) every day! Our modern world mandates the need to make healthy choices. The IonizeMe Ionic Detoxifcation system helps to eliminate toxins and give the body a boost. It is a positive step to sustaining good health.

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New Study: Why Yoga Works

Most people  agree that yoga makes them feel better, and a new study has just been published that explains why.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine discovered that practicing yoga increases the level of GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, a chemical in the brain that regulates nerve activity. While running and other sports have a similar affect, yoga induces this beneficial reaction on a larger scale. Those who regularly practice yoga know of the reduction in anxiety and improved mood that comes as a result, but now they can make the connection at the biochemical level of understanding. “This is important work that establishes some objective bases for the effects that highly trained practitioners of yoga therapy throughout the world see on a daily basis. What is important now is that these findings are further investigated in long-term studies to establish just how sustainable such changes can be in the search for safe non-drug treatments for depression,” says Kim A. Jobst, MA, DM, MRCP, MFHom, DipAc, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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Fast Food Wrappers Coated With Dangerous Chemicals

A recent study has shown that the chemicals widely used in producing the paper food wrappers used in fast food establishments is making its way into the general population’s blood stream.

The research was done at the University of Toronto with the specific intent to identify whether or not the chemicals called perfluoroalkyls are ending up in humans. These chemicals (abreviated as PAPs) are synthetic chemicals designed to repel oil, grease, and water, which makes them very hand for food packaging. “PAPs are applied as greaseproofing agents to paper food contact packaging such as fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags,”said Jessica D’eon of the University of Toronto. Environmental chemists Scott Mabury and Jessica D’eon of the University of Toronto led this study, as well as a preliminary study in 2007. They concluded that perfluoroalkyls, or perfluorinated chemicals are migrating from wrappers into the population’s blood streams. “We suspected that a major source of human PFCA exposure may be the consumption and metabolism of polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters, or PAPs,” explained D’eon. “In this study we clearly demonstrate that the current use of PAPs in food contact applications does result in human exposure to PFCAs, including PFOA,” said Mabury, the lead researcher. According to the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances, elevated levels of these chemicals in the blood have been associated with changes in cholesterol and sex hormones.

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Prostate Cancer Natural Remedy: Soy

A newly discovered component that naturally exists in soy has just been found to prevent the spread of cancer cells. New research from Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University shows the positive results of an ongoing study regarding the natural soy chemical called Genistein’s ability to stop and prevent the spread of prostate cancer.

The natural chemical triggers an increase in activity from cancer suppressing genes and a decrease in activity by cancer promoting genes. In the past most prostate cancer drugs in the past failed to yield positive results. “The first step is to see if the drug has the effect that you want on the cells and the prostate, and the answer is ‘yes, it does,’” explained Bergan, a professor of hematology and oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “All therapies designed to stop cancer cell movement that have been tested to date in humans have basically failed have because they have been ineffective or toxic,” Bergan continued.

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