Scientists: “Fish Oil Fights Breast Cancer.”

Natural medicine practitioners have praised fish oil as an important nutritional supplement for years. Now the mainstream medical establishment appears to be leaning towards a similar conclusion.

The latest research shows that fish oil is a powerfully effective tool for reducing breast cancer risk. The study was conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, led by Emily White, Ph.D. The research showed that regular intake of high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, by means of fish oil supplements, was linked to a 32% less risk of developing the most common type of breast cancer -invasive ductal breast cancer. Dr. White observed that the cancer risk reduction was probably due to that fact that “the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements are higher than most people would typically get from their diet.” “Without confirming studies specifically addressing this,” White cautioned, “we should not draw any conclusions about a causal relationship.” Here at HEALThandMED.com we proudly sell a high quality fish oil/Omega-3 supplement by Garden of Life. Check it out here.

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DEET: Repelling Mosquitos With A Human Neurotoxin?

With summer in full swing many people are having to deal with the seasonal mosquito problem. For decades the repellents of choice have employed the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) as the active ingredient. Researchers are now finding this to be problematic.

Vincent Corbel of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, led a team of researchers with Bruno Lapied of the University of Angers, France in an investigation of the toxicity of deet. Corbel said: “We’ve found that deet is not simply a behavior-modifying chemical but also inhibits the activity of a key central nervous system enzyme, acetycholinesterase, in both insects and mammals”. “These findings question the safety of deet, particularly in combination with other chemicals, and they highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the development of safer insect repellents for use in public health,” continued Corbel. Studies have been ongoing for several years to determine the safety of this common chemical repellent. According to Bahie Abou-Donia of the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C, recent findings are right in line with studies that have previously been conducted. “DEET is a good chemical for protection against insects,” Abou-Donia explained. “But prolonged exposure results in neurological damage, and this is enhanced by other chemicals and medications.” Canada has banned using more that 30% DEET in bug repellent products, while here in the U.S. products with 100% DEET are still on the shelves.

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3 Sprinting Medals Earned by HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson in Utah Summer Games

We are pleased to announce that HEALTHandMED.com President Mark Axelson has recently received three medals in the Utah Summer Games while competing against other athletes from his age group (40-44) from around Utah and some from other states. He received a Bronze medal in the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.65 seconds while running against the wind. He received a Silver medal in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.98 seconds, just missing the gold medal by 0.24 seconds. The 400 meter dash (once around the track) was his best event.  He was able to earn a gold medal with a time of 1:03.97. Says Mark, “If I hadn’t earned any medals, I still would have felt like a star.  My wife Jenai and five daughters were right there near the finish line cheering exuberantly.”

Mark has never in his life competed in either the 100 or 200 meter dash, although he did compete in one or two indoor 400 meter races when he was 14 years old.  He very had little idea about how well he would be able to compete at the Summer Games.  “When I got to the starting blocks, I was like hmmm — how do I use those?” Mark prepared for the competition by running quarter mile once per week starting in the winter.  When the competition was one month away, he began training in earnest.  He checked online to learn the best warm-up exercises for sprinters such as the A-skip.  When he trained, he would run two 100′s, two 200′s and two 400′s at the Canyon View High School track in Cedar City, Utah at 6 a.m.  Sometimes, he would take his daughters with him.  They would run or act as starters or timers.  “I wanted my girls to see how a person can work hard for something and then actually accomplish it.” Another key to his preparation was taking the highest possible quality nutritional supplements for muscle building.  After completing a 30 day cleanse, he switched to the Isagenix Athlete’s Pak which consists of delicious IsaLean chocolate and vanilla meal replacement shakes with whey and casein protein, fiber calcium, vitamins and ionic alfalfa as well as Ionix Supreme with adaptogens that help neutralize the effects of power performance, IsaPro whey protein, IsaLean snack bars, and Want More Energy powder.   According to Mark, “The Isagenix products are also used by Willie Gault, a former wide receiver from my all time favorite football team, the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears.  He was also an Olympic champion — from the real Olympics. And many other well known athletes have found success while using Isagenix supplements.” With the all physical and nutritional preparation, Mark was feeling well prepared until two weeks before the event.  “I went to the fitness club and threw out my back somehow while using a squat machine!  This wasn’t just an ordinary back injury — it was the kind of injury that send people home from work for weeks.  As the guys at the office noticed, I walked with a forward hunch and leaning to the right!  I had to ask my daughter to carry my carry-on through the airport since I was too weak to do it.  And I only had two weeks to go before my big day!” Fortunately, Mark was already scheduled to fly to Chicago that day and was able to receive treatment from a woman that he calls, “the best back fixer in the world, Sharon Sauer.”  Ms. Sauer also taught Mark how to use trigger point compression, stretching and range of motion techniques so that he could fix his own back.  In fact, Ms. Sauer has just recently authored a book on the subject of self-care treatment for the back.   “I was using back-fixing techniques on myself regularly, even right up until a few minutes before my races. Mark Axelson hasn’t decided whether he will compete in the Utah Summer Games again next year or not.  “Maybe I will wait five years.”

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Toxins, Toxins, Everywhere Toxins

On June 21, new research showed a direct link between two commonly occurring environmental pollutants. The long since banned PCB, and the still legal PCF chemicals are back in the spotlight. The research was performed by the veterinary surgeon Marianne Kraugerud, and it revealed specifically that both these chemical pollutants are directly linked to reproductive disorders in the sheep from her testing. PCB’s (Polychlorinated biphenyls) have been banned since the 1970′s but still persist in the environment. Their cousins, PCF’s (perfluorinated compounds) are currently being used in products like Teflon for cooking wares, as well as a fast growing number of of other clothing and food products. Both PCB’s and PCF’s accumulate in the environment over the years and are resistant to breaking down naturally. According to the Environmental Working Group, these chemicals and their byproducts “are toxic in humans with health effects from stroke and cancer to increased cholesterol.” When Marianne Kraugerud presented her research last month she emphasized the need to more thoroughly investigate the dangers of these ever present environmental pollutants. Read more about these and other chemical pollutants at the EWG website.

 

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Natural Antibiotics: Honey

Honey, scientists are saying, is now understood to contain powerful naturally occurring antibiotics that may hold great potential for fighting disease. Researchers from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam are telling us that for the first time they now understand why honey has held such a prominent place in natural medicine. The study was published in the July 2010 issue of the FASEB Journal. The scientists explain that when bees make honey they insert a protein called defensin-1 that may be used to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria in the near future. “Honey or isolated honey-derived components might be of great value for prevention and treatment of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” said Sebastian A.J. Zaat, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. “We’ve known for millennia that honey can be good for what ails us, but we haven’t known how it works,” explained Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, “Now that we’ve extracted a potent antibacterial ingredient from honey, we can make it still more effective and take the sting out of bacterial infections.” Source:  http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/full/24/7/2576

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Lung Cancer -Reducing The Risk With B Vitamins

Currently around 150,000 people die each year from lung cancer. New research is telling us that B vitamins play a crucial role in preventing and lowering the risk of developing this deadly cancer. Lung cancer forms in the tissues of the lung, specifically in the cells lining air passages. There are two main types, small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Both types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope. No matter the type of lung cancer, B vitamins appear to be a key player in preventing this disease,  according to the scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France. Their research states that, “Serum levels of vitamin B(6) and methionine were inversely associated with risk of lung cancer.” It appears that B vitamins help to maintain DNA integrity and regulate gene expression and thus affect cancer risk. See more at PubMed See our whole food B vitamin supplement at the HEALTHandMED.com store.

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Beetroot, Study of Nature’s Blood Pressure Medicine

Many high blood pressure sufferers are familiar with the common nitrate pills that reduce blood pressure. Many people who have been searching for a natural way to get the same results will need to look no further. According to a new study beetroot juice appears to be the natural remedy of choice. Amrita Ahluwalia, Professor of Vascular Biology at Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute, the author of the study, explained that because of the naturally occurring nitrate in the beetroot juice, people are able to find similar relief to what they would find with nitrate pills. “We showed that beetroot and nitrate capsules are equally effective in lowering blood pressure indicating that it is the nitrate content of beetroot juice that underlies its potential to reduce blood pressure. We also found that only a small amount of juice is needed – just 250ml – to have this effect, and that the higher the blood pressure at the start of the study the greater the decrease caused by the nitrate,” explained Dr. Ahluwalia. “We gave inorganic nitrate capsules or beetroot juice to healthy volunteers and compared their blood pressure responses and the biochemical changes occurring in the circulation,” he continued. “Our previous study two years ago found that drinking beetroot juice lowered blood pressure; now we know how it works.” This ground breaking research could lead to natural treatments for high blood pressure that have not previously been available to the public.

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C-Sections, Let The Bacteria Decide

In the United States roughly 30% of babies are born via c-section. In China that number is around 50%. As babies around the world are delivered via c-section ever more frequently, health professionals are looking closer at some of the possible risks of non-traditional methods of delivery. A study coming from a team of scientists from Puerto Rico, Colorado and Venezuela reveals that newborns are exposed to drastically different bacteria depending on whether they are born vaginally or by c-section. “These differences we are seeing in this study might be related with increased health risks in C-section babies, although more research is needed,” explained co-lead study author Maria Dominguez-Bello of the University of Puerto Rico. “In a sense, the skin of newborn infants is like freshly tilled soil that is awaiting seeds for planting — in this case bacterial communities,” said Fierer of CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. “The microbial communities that cluster on newborns essentially act as their first inoculation.” As further studies are produced many people are watching to see whether or not further evidence against the safety of c-sections materializes.

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Toxins Found In Fish Oil

Polluted fish habitat around the world appears to be the culprit behind a new lawsuit being filed in California. Plaintiffs are unhappy with what appears to be industrial pollutions in multiple Omega-3 abundant fish oil supplements. The lawsuit lists five specific manufacturers of supplements that contain polychlorinated biphenyl compounds. Large institutions such as the drugstores CVS and Rite Aid, which sell fish oil products, and the world’s largest producer of omega-3 fish oil, Omega Protein Inc., of Houston are some of the defendants. Omega-3 supplements are not necessarily regulated at the federal level which has led to California establishing its own limits, which appear to have been violated, according to some recent tests. Producer of a Norwegian cod liver oil, Twin labs responded to claims of toxicity upon hearing about the test results. “Twinlab cannot comment on the validity or accuracy of the test results.” said spokesman Justin Boone, adding that Twinlab products are  reported as having some of the lowest impurities levels. Stephen McCauley,  the PR spokesman for Pharmavite LLC, which makes Nature Made fish oil supplements, explained that its products comply with federal laws in addition to “the stringent industry standards” established by the trade group the Council for Responsible Nutrition. One of the plaintiffs, Chris Manthey, said, “Many of them say their supplements have been ‘treated’ to remove or reduce PCBs. Since they don’t say how much PCB contamination is still left, even consumers who choose ‘treated’ supplements can’t know what PCB levels they’re swallowing.” Erin Hlasney of the Council for Responsible Nutrition defended the fish oil supplements saying, “PCBs are ubiquitous within the environment, which means that all fish – whether fish found in oceans and rivers or fish oil supplements – contain at least trace amounts of PCBs. The lawyers are using California’s Prop. 65 statute to bring attention to their case by attempting to frame this as a public health concern, when in reality, fish oil has enjoyed decades of safe use.” The issue of having the right to know what is in a given supplement appears to be a large part of this debate. More accurate labeling. To know more visit the Fish Oil Safety website. At HEALTHandMED.com we have gone out of our way to source a highly trusted source for Omega-3 rich fish oil. Our supplement manufacturers were not on the list of fish oils containing toxins.

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Probiotics In The ICU

Once again the benefits of probiotics are showing up in news. This time researchers have discovered the specific benefits that the “good bacteria” can yield with certain patients in an intensive care unit (ICU). According to scientist at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, the therapeutic use of probiotics on critically injured patients reduced incidences of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) by roughly 50%. The study will be published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. With around 30% of ICU patients having complications with VAP and doctors warning that “patients with VAP have increased morbidity, mortality and hospital costs as well as prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital lengths of stay, and increased costs,” there is great urgency to find ways to prevent infections such as those that cause VAP. “We chose to study probiotics in this context because VAP is increasingly caused by pathogens associated with antimicrobial resistance and the supply of novel antibiotics is essentially nonexistent for the foreseeable future,” explained Lee E. Morrow, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of medicine at Creighton University and lead author. “The implication is that novel methods of prevention must be our priority.” After five years of research the data strongly suggests “that Lactobacillus may represent a novel, inexpensive (retail price, $2.13 per day for four tablets as administered per protocol), and non-antibiotic approach to prevention of nosocomial infections in properly selected ICU patients,” said Dr. Morrow. Find the full report here. Note: A top selling probiotic here at HEALTHandMED.com is called Primal Defense. Click here to see this popular probiotic.

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