Recent news posts have called attention to the dangerous chemical BPA (Bisphenol A) found in common plastics such as water bottles. New research is furthering the discovery of just how this commonly used plastic chemical can effect the development and long term health of unborn children, via their mothers. “Exposure to BPA may be harmful during pregnancy; this exposure may permanently affect the fetus,” explained Hugh S. Taylor, Ph.D., co-author of the study from Yale University School of Medicine. “We need to better identify the effects of environmental contaminants on not just crude measures such as birth defects, but also their effect in causing more subtle developmental errors.” Exstensive testing is revealing that the exposure to BPA as a fetus continual effects the person in to adult hood. BPA exposure can lead to advanced puberty, fertility problems, altered mammary development, a variety of hormone-related cancers and altered reproductive function. BPA is commonly found in baby bottles and other plastics that mothers and children come in contact with on a daily basis. Gerald Weissmann, M.D., cautioned, “remember how diethylstilbestrol (DES) caused birth defects and cancers in young women whose mothers were given such hormones during pregnancy. We’d better watch out for BPA, which seems to carry similar epigenetic risks across the generations. The BPA baby bottle scare may be only the tip of the iceberg.”
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Special ionized rooms have been used in treating burn victims at Philadelphia’s Northeastern Hospital as it was found that negative ions helped tranquilize those in pain. Dr. Robert McGowan also noted that “negative ions make burns dry out faster, heal faster and with less scarring. They also reduce the need for skin grafting. They make the patient more optimistic. He sleeps better.” Himalayan salt rooms have been created to reproduce the therapeutic effects of naturally occurring salt caves, providing for easy breathing from allergy-related and other respiratory ailments. The occupier is surrounded by negative ions, fully enjoying the therapeutic benefits.
“Obesity is an ever-growing problem and many people find it difficult to stick to diet and exercise plans in order to lose weight,” explained Dr Iain Brownlee -lead researcher at the Newcastle University. “There are countless claims about miracle cures for weight loss but only a few cases offer any sound scientific evidence to back up these claims, he continued.” Dr. Brownlee and his research team have found that a commonly found seaweed fiber reduces fat absorption from food by 75%. The Alginate, or seaweed fiber, is able to prevent the body from absorbing fat from any and all food consumption. Upon completion of their study, Dr. Brownlee explained that “the aim of this study was to put these products to the test and our initial findings are that alginates significantly reduce fat digestion. This suggests that if we can add the natural fibre to products commonly eaten daily — such as bread, biscuits and yoghurts — up to three quarters of the fat contained in that meal could simply pass through the body.” “We have already added the alginate to bread and initial taste tests have been extremely encouraging. Now the next step to to carry out clinical trials to find out how effective they are when eaten as part of a normal diet. These initial findings suggest alginates could offer a very real solution in the battle against obesity, said Dr. Brownlee.”
Most people, at some time in their life will suffer from joint pain. To make things worse, joint pain relief is hard to come by. Joint pain treatment comes in many different forms; however, in the end most people are left with only some joint pain relief. While searching for non-invasive ways to deal with joint stiffness and pain, people are finding natural pain relief to be the best way to deal with joint pain. One of the more popular methods of natural pain relief is regular use of an infrared portable sauna. Infrared sauna therapy gets heat deep down into the joints, assuring that the pain relief is where it needs to be. The possibilities for using an infrared sauna for joint pain treatment increased when research to explore its effects on joint stiffness was done. The research showed a twenty percent decline in stiffness for people with rheumatoid finger joints treated at 112F, as compared to patients who’s joints were treated at a lower temperature. When heated to 112F and then stretched, tissues become elongated by about 0.5-0.9% which persists even after the stretching has stopped. When stretching at normal temperatures this does not occur. Researchers have concluded that by doing 20 stretch sessions, a person can increase the length of their tissues by 10-18% when they are heated and stretched. -Justus F Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition. When working with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synovium that have become scarred, thickened or contracted this stretching method is very useful. By stretching at 112F instead of room temperature, the damage that normally occurs when stretching is much less. Since stretching after sauna use is safer, many athletes make use of the advantages that can be had from a quality, deep stretch. Infrared sauna therapy has clearly shown itself to be a joint pain treatment that is well worth investing in. Joint pain is a serious problem for millions of people everyday. The low impact and non-intrucive pain releif offered by an infrared sauna is changing lives daily.
This is a quick look at the many nonsensical warehouse adventures had here at the HEALTHandMED.com warehouse. Enjoy!
Scientists have long known that vitamin D is essential for absorption of calcium by our bodies. Recently, research about the many benefits of vitamin D has been coming from all over the world. The latest report gives insight into the ability of vitamin D to lower the risk of getting heart disease. “Vitamin D replacement therapy has long been associated with reducing the risk of fractures and diseases of the bone,” explained Dr. Muhlestein, MD, of the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. “But our findings show that vitamin D could have far greater implications in the treatment and reduction of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions than we previously thought.” Dr. Muhlestein, along with other researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute conducted their study with roughly 31,000 patients and found that heart disease is directly associated with low levels of vitamin D. Dr. Heidi May, PhD, a cardiovascular clinical epidemiologist and one of the study’s authors explained that “It was very important to discover that the ‘normal’ levels are too low. Giving physicians a higher level to look for gives them one more tool in identifying patients at-risk and offering them better treatment.” Dr. Muhlestein recommends that the average person should get an additional 1000-5000 IU of vitamin D each day. This is best done either by taking readily available supplements or through 20-30 minutes of sunlight exposure, which naturally produces vitamin D.
Current methods of lymphoma treatment are beginning to run into obstacles, such as drug resistance, making treatment more difficult. A new study coming out of the Hashemite University in Jordan is showing promising signs that seaweed will provide new and better treatment possibilities. “Some forms of B-cell lymphoma are especially resistant to standard treatment and thus new therapies are needed,” said Mohammad Irhimeh, Ph.D., one of the researchers. “In this study, we looked at a new treatment strategy using novel active compounds derived from a natural source — seaweed.” Researchers found that seaweed extract had an inhibitory effect on the growth of lymphoma cell lines, while leaving the control healthy cells intact. The scientists also saw a prevalent pattern of activity in the genes that are linked with cell death, in lymphoma. More research is planned for seaweed and lymphoma.
New research was recently published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism about the practice of anesthetizing children during various medical procedures. Experts are saying that there is a link between repeated anesthesia and memory loss. Klas Blomgren, professor at the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital and researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy explains that “this is a theory that is also supported by foreign research. Paediatric anaesthetists have long suspected that children who are anaesthetised repeatedly over the course of just a few years may suffer from impaired memory and learning.” “We found that repeated anaesthesia wiped out a large portion of the stem cells in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is important for memory,” said Blomgren. The study did have what appears to be a positive out-come. Blomgren explained that “the stem cells in the hippocampus can form new nerve and glial cells, and the formation of nerve cells is considered important for our memory function.” He went on to explain that physical exercise stimulates the production of new cells and that “the new nerve cells seem to work better in animals that exercise. Now that we know this, we can come up with treatments that prevent or reverse the loss of ostem cells after repeated anaesthesia.”
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been taking my 13 and 12 year old daughters cross country skiing in the mountains. So, on Saturday I thought that I would give my eight year old Jinger a chance. We skied in the Brian Head Ski Resort area. She was a bit frustrated in the beginning, but then she caught on very well. She did not complain about the cold, the wind or the distance. Attached is a picture showing Saige and Jinger at our very beautiful lunch spot. On our ride home, Jinger said, “I hope that we can going skiing again soon.”
Negative ions vs. Filter-type air cleaner – Negative ions cleanse the air by attaching itself to dust, pollen or other particulates which in turn causes these particulates to stick together and fall to the ground, removing them from the air. An air cleaner requires a blower to suck the surrounding air through the filter, while still allowing smaller particles through. The resulting forced output can actually stir up more particulates. With a salt lamp negative ions are naturally generated and can spread throughout a room and purify without the generation of disturbing air flow. The reaction of moisture with the surface of Himalayan salt increases the level of negative ions, which can be released even further with the heat from a bulb. Since Himalayan salt is hygroscopic, the lamp should be left on all of the time in humid areas.