High Blood Sugar Is Serious Business. What Can You Do Right Away?

Left untreated, high blood sugar levels cause you to feel tired and weak, be thirsty, and urinate a lot, be susceptible to infections and have blurry vision. In the elderly, high blood sugar levels can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and lead to falls. Falls in the elderly result in broken hips that are often fatal. High blood sugar levels over years can lead to classic complications of diabetes, eye disease (retinopathy that leads to blindness), kidney disease, including nephropathy leading to kidney failure necessitating either dialysis or transplantation, and nerve disease or neuropathy which commonly leads to amputations. In addition, poorly controlled diabetes over the long term can also contribute to heart disease, along with inadequately controlled cholesterol and blood pressure levels. So what can you do? Getting on the right track means: Nutrition, Exercise, Lifestyle changes. The typical medical doctor won’t save such a patient because nutrition is outside his purview. Give your self GTF Complex to help block sugar uptake and move sugar out of the bloodstream, plus Green Nutrients to provide minerals needed for electrolyte balance. There’s really no time to waste when it comes to blood sugar problems.

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Alzheimer’s, Osteoarthritis & Turmeric

Turmeric is flying off the shelves of natural food stores across the nation as researchers continue to find evidence that it is a naturally potent way to deal with Alzheimer’s disease and Osteoarthritis.

Ongoing research with animal and human testing is showing Turmeric to be an all around powerful tool for minimizing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the inflammation associated with Osteoarthritis. “What we have in turmeric is something that appears to inhibit the development of Alzheimer’s disease…and actually help to reduce the occurrence of plaque in the brain if you have it,” explained Chris Kilham, an ethnobotanist. “We know in animal studies, when animals actually have amyloid beta plaque in their brains and they’re given turmeric root…that plaque is reduced.” “In countries where people consume a lot of [turmeric], there’s a very low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kilham. “In India and Southeast Asia, it’s a rare disease. And [in the U.S.] it’s very, very common.” Recent studies show that when taking turmeric derived supplements, sufferers of Osteoarthritis reduce their reliance on standard painkillers (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) by 63 percent compared to patients on conventional medical therapy alone. “This is great news for people who suffer from osteoarthritis and the physicians who treat them,” said Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit American Botanical Council, an independent herbal medicine research and education organization in Austin, Texas. “Turmeric has long been known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and this trial, on this special turmeric extract, is another important step towards validating the curcumin in turmeric as an increasingly popular herbal dietary supplement. When one considers the overall safety of turmeric extract and curcumin, especially compared to some of the pharmaceutical drugs which have had to be removed from the market due to serious safety concerns, the growing clinical evidence for the use of turmeric extract is compelling,” Blumenthal added.

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Ten Interesting Facts About The Human Body

With all of the fascinating facts about the human body it was difficult to pick just ten, but here they are… Let us know what you think, or if you know any interesting facts not mentioned here. Human Body Facts: 1. The brain is much more active at night than during the day. Logically, you would think that all the moving around, complicated calculations and tasks and general interaction we do on a daily basis during our working hours would take a lot more brain power than, say, lying in bed. Turns out, the opposite is true. When you turn off your brain turns on. Scientists don’t yet know why this is but you can thank the hard work of your brain while you sleep for all those pleasant dreams.

2. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. Humans are not quite the naked apes that we’re made out to be. We have lots of hair, but on most of us it’s not obvious as a majority of the hairs are too fine or light to be seen. 3. The aorta is nearly the diameter of a garden hose. The average adult heart is about the size of two fists, making the size of the aorta quite impressive. The artery needs to be so large as it is the main supplier of rich, oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. 4. The average person expels flatulence 14 times each day. Even if you’d like to think you’re too dignified to pass gas, the reality is that almost everyone will at least a few times a day. Digestion causes the body to release gases which can be painful if trapped in the abdomen and not released. 5. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. While you can’t see skin cells or muscle cells, the ovum is typically large enough to be seen with the naked eye with a diameter of about a millimeter. The sperm cell, on the other hand, is tiny, consisting of little more than nucleus. 6. Even small noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by uninvited noise. The sound causes their pupils to change focus and blur their vision, making it harder to do their job well. 7. A baby’s head is one-quarter of it’s total length, but by age 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. As it turns out, our adorably oversized baby heads won’t change size as drastically as the rest of our body. The legs and torso will lengthen, but the head won’t get much longer. 8. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins. Newborns are able to recognize the smell of their mothers and many of us can pinpoint the smell of our significant others and those we are close to. Part of that smell is determined by genetics, but it’s also largely do to environment, diet and personal hygiene products that create a unique chemistry for each person. 9. Monday is the day of the week when the risk of heart attack is greatest. Yet another reason to loathe Mondays! A ten year study in Scotland found that 20% more people die of heart attacks on Mondays than any other day of the week. Researchers theorize that it’s a combination of too much fun over the weekend with the stress of going back to work that causes the increase. 10. The feet account for one quarter of all the human body’s bones. You may not give your feet much thought but they are home to more bones than any other part of your body. How many? Of the two hundred or so bones in the body, the feet contain a whopping 52 of them. More where that came from here.

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What Would You Do To Recover from a Cold?

Yesterday, someone was on the phone with me and I heard a lot of coughing and sniffling.  She asked me what I would do if I had a cold. I replied that I would drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and take a squirt of PowerImmune under the tongue several times per day.   PowerImmune is made of 12 of the best antiviral herbs.  They are the most well-documented, the most clinically proven and the most aggressive antiviral herbs known to the natural health community.  Normally, I take a squirt of PowerImmune in my drink at breakfast time as a preventative measure.  But, if I were to get a cold, I would take it sublingually multiple times per day to speed up recovery.   Of course, the best way to fight a cold is to boost your immune system so that you don’t get colds very often.   That’s why we have put together 6 ways to boost your immunity system without vaccines. Now we would like to hear from all our friends who are reading this.  What methods work best for you for recovering from colds?

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Organic Battery Breakthrough

A new discovery by a team of chemists has just shined a light on the possibility of highly efficient organic batteries taking the place of the current toxic and inefficient batteries currently in use.

Research by a team of University of Texas at Austin chemists led by Christopher Bielawski and Jonathan Sessler was published in Science. The scientists figured out how to get molecules to transfer their electrons back and forth in a way that had never been done before. “These molecules were effectively spring-loaded to push apart after interacting with each other,” explained Bielawski. “After electron transfer occurs, two positively charged molecules are formed which are repelled by each other, much like magnets held in a certain way will repel each other. We also installed a chemical switch that allowed the electron transfer process to proceed in the opposite direction.” “I would love it if my iPhone was thinner and lighter, and the battery lasted a month or even a week instead of a day,” said Bielawski. “With an organic battery, it may be possible. We are now starting to get a handle on the fundamental chemistry needed to make this dream a commercial reality.” “This is the first time that the forward and backward switching of electron flow has been accomplished via a switching process at the molecular scale,” added Sessler. View more here: Organic Batteries

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Vitamin B Prevents Alzheimer’s

Scientists have just anounced that B vitamins are linked to preventing the memory loss associated with Alsheimer’s disease.

Nearly 20% of people ages 70 or older suffer from mild cognitive impairment. About half of them go on to develop some time of dimentia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Oxford University discovered that B vitamins reduce brain shrinkage by nearly half. Memory loss is associated with brain shrinkage. “It is our hope that this simple and safe treatment will delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease in many people who suffer from mild memory problems,” explained Professor David Smith of the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University, a co-leader of the trial. “Today there are about 1.5 million elderly in UK, 5 million in USA and 14 million in Europe with such memory problems.” “These are immensely promising results but we do need to do more trials to conclude whether these particular B vitamins can slow or prevent development of Alzheimer’s. So I wouldn’t yet recommend that anyone getting a bit older and beginning to be worried about memory lapses should rush out and buy vitamin B supplements without seeing a doctor,” Smith said.

“These are very important results, with B vitamins now showing a prospect of protecting some people from Alzheimer’s in old age. The strong findings must inspire an expanded trial to follow people expected to develop Alzheimer’s, and we hope for further success,” added the Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, which co-funded the study, Rebecca Wood. Here at HEALTHandMED.com we carry an excellent source of vitamin B called BFood by Nutriplex, a whole food supplement.

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BPA From Dental Work

As you are reading this the FDA is in the middle of an ongoing process to decide on how to classify the controversial chemical BPA (bisphenol A). While they are dealing with those tough decisions, new research continues to pour in. The latest study has just emerged showing that BPA is being found in the saliva of children up to three hours after they receive dental work.

Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, led by Philip Landrigan, MD, Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine, Dean for Global Health, and Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai made the discovery. Their research has now been published in the current issue of Pediatrics. “These dental products are still safe and an effective way to promote good oral health, but dentists should take precautions to reduce potential absorption of this chemical and the negative side effects associated with it,” explained Dr. Landrigan. “BPA is commonly used in dental products, and while exposure from dental materials is much less common than from food storage products, we are still concerned.” BPA has been associated with the early onset of puberty, changes in behavior, as well as prostate and urinary tract development. The researchers added that they do not recommend pregnant mothers expose themselves to the chemical. “Further research is needed to fully grasp the impact of BPA in dental products, and to analyze all dental products that use this chemical,” added Dr. Landrigan. “However, the overwhelming benefit of these dental resins in oral health outweighs the brief exposure to BPA. Dentists should continue to use these products, but manufacturers should disclose specific information about the chemical structures of these products and search for alternatives.”

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Sleeping Pills Increase Chance of Death By 36 Percent

New research has just been published about the long term health risks associated with the regular use of medications to treat insomnia and anxiety.

These findings were made by Geneviève Belleville, a professor at Université Laval’s School of Psychology have been published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. The report concludes that consuming pills for anxiety or insomnia is associated with a 36% increase of death. “These medications aren’t candy, and taking them is far from harmless,” said Belleville. Researchers are not yet sure why these medications increase death rates, but because of this research the process of conducting more studies has been set in motion. “Given that cognitive behavioral therapies have shown good results in treating insomnia and anxiety, doctors should systematically discuss such therapies with their patients as an option. Combining a pharmacological approach in the short term with psychological treatment is a promising strategy for reducing anxiety and promoting sleep,” added Belleville. See Canadian Journal of Psychiatry here.

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High Cholesterol & Non-Stick Cookware

The latest bit of research about the chemicals used in non-stick cookware is connecting them to cholesterol in young people. Worse still is that the same chemicals found in Teflon style non-stick cookwares are also used in many different types of household fabrics. This new research was published this month in one of the JAMA  journals called Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers showed that the main chemicals of interest are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) which both effect cholesterol levels in young adults. According to the study, both good and bad types of cholesterol increase in youth exposed to materials containing these chemicals. “PFOA was significantly associated with increased total cholesterol and LDL-C, and PFOS was significantly associated with increased total cholesterol, HDL-C, and LDL-C.” The study is the first to make these connections and cannot yet prove absolute cause and effect, but the study clearly stated that “the consistently observed  associations between increasing PFOA and PFOS and elevated total cholesterol and LDL-C levels warrant further study.” Read More Here

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Teflon’s Toxic Legacy

Non-stick cookware has gained the reputation of being a possible source of chemical toxins amongst the general populous in recent years. What most people don’t know is that DuPont, the creators of the original non-stick material called Teflon, have known about its possible dangers for over fifty years.

Studies by some of DuPont’s own scientists conducted in the 1950′s showed Teflon to be a source of dangerous chemical particulate and gasses. [1] Multiple peer-reviewed studies over the years have delved into the health problems associated with Teflon.[2] Here is a list of the main gasses/particulates that can be released while using a non-stick Teflon type of product in your daily cooking:

  • Four chemicals that are considered highly toxic relative to most other industrial chemicals (PFIB, MFA, COF2, HF).
  • Two chemicals linked to cancer or tumors in laboratory studies (PFOA and TFE)
  • Two chemical warfare agents (PFIB and MFA) and a chemical analog of WWII nerve gas phosgene (COF2)
  • Four gaseous chemicals and some components of the particulate matter that are highly persistent environmental pollutants, that likely never break down in the environment (TFA, PFOA, CF4, PFB, and the perfluorinated particulate alkanes)
  • Two chemicals that are potent global warming gases (PFB and CF4)
  • At least two chemicals that have widely contaminated the world (PFOA and TFA), one currently undergoing a rigorous safety review at the Environmental Protection Agency (PFOA)

[1] Clayton, JW. 1967. Fluorocarbon toxicity and biological activity. Fluorine Chemistry Reviews 1(2): 197-252. [2] Blandford, TB., Seamon, PJ., Hughes, R., Pattison, M and Wilderspin, MP. 1975. A case of polytetrafluoroethylene poisoning in cockatiels accompanied by polymer fume fever in the owner. Vet Rec 96(8): 175-8.

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