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A Super Healthy Plant-Based Diet vs. Diabetes: What the 1870 Siege of Paris Taught Scientists

Sep 21, 2018
Dr. Michael Greger

Diabetes specialists “have long known that the tiny proportion of iron-willed people [with diabetes] who can substantially decrease their weight and maintain this, can exhibit a return to normal metabolism.”

We’ve known that type 2 diabetes could be reversed by an extreme reduction in food intake for nearly a century and a half, since the 1870 siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. This has been demonstrated experimentally. By starving people enough, you can reverse diabetes. Diabetes specialists “have long known that the tiny proportion of iron-willed people [with diabetes] who can substantially decrease their weight and maintain this, can exhibit a return to normal metabolism.”

“A label is required to allow doctors to recognize and appropriately manage this subgroup who were willing to do anything to get rid of their diabetes. These are the Health Motivated. At the time of diagnosis, the Health-Motivated individuals will benefit from being advised that they are likely to be able to reverse their diabetes completely” by losing up to one-fifth of their body weight...





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Cholesterol Con: "No Evidence" High Levels of "Bad" Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease, Claim Doctors

Sep 21, 2018
Ellie Cambridge

17 physicians from across the world appear to have dispelled the theory that there are links between having high LDL-C levels - known as bad cholesterol - and fatty deposits that clog arteries … continue reading here...





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How Video Game Exercises are Helping Those With Chronic Low Back Pain

Sep 21, 2018
News Staff

"Given the enormous global cost of chronic low back pain, increasing an individual's capacity to self-manage their pain, while reducing the need for therapist supervision, should be a priority.” -- Paulo Ferreira

(Australia) – New research from University of Sydney has found home-based video-game exercises can reduce chronic low back pain in older people by 27 percent, which is comparable to benefits gained under programs supervised by a physiotherapist.

Published today in Physical Therapy journal, this first-of-its-kind study investigated the effectiveness of self-managed home-based video game exercises in people over 55 years using a Nintendo Wii-Fit-U. 

Low back pain (LBP) is the most disabling and costly musculoskeletal condition worldwide with most of this burden among older people who develop chronic symptoms. Chronic LBP becomes more severe and disabling with age, and can have a significant impact on physical functioning such as balance, strength and walking speed.

"Our study found that home-based video game exercises are a valuable treatment option for older people suffering from chronic low back pain as participants experienced a 27 percent reduction in pain and a 23 percent increase in function from the exercises," said Dr. Joshua Zadro, a physiotherapist and postdoctoral research fellow from the University of Sydney School of Public Health...





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Paracetamol Could be Linked to Asthma in Certain Children

Sep 21, 2018
News Staff

(France) – Children who take paracetamol during their first two years of life may be at a higher risk of developing asthma by the age of 18, especially if they have a particular genetic makeup, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

Ms. Xin (Daisy) Dai told the meeting that the link between paracetamol use and asthma seemed strongest in those who had a particular variant of the glutathione S-transferase (GST) gene, GSTP1. However, she warned that the research showed only that there was an association between paracetamol and asthma, not that paracetamol caused the condition; further research was needed to confirm her findings and fully understand the link. She also found that another GST gene variant, GSTM1, was linked with reduced lung function.

GST genes contain the instructions for making enzymes that use an antioxidant called glutathione to mop up the effects of exposure to toxins in the body and the lungs. This mechanism helps to prevent damage to cells and inflammation. “Paracetamol, on the other hand, consumes glutathione, reducing the body’s capacity to deal with toxic exposure,” explained Ms. Dai. “We hypothesized that people who did not have full GST enzyme activity because of common genetic variations or deletions may be more susceptible to adverse effects on the lungs from paracetamol use.”

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Pray for My Aunt, Olivia Newton-John: Telling Her She Had Cancer Again Was One of the Hardest Things I've Ever Done, But She's a Fighter and You Can Be Too

Sep 20, 2018
Dr. Corinne Weaver
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Pray for My Aunt, Olivia Newton-John: Telling Her She Had Cancer Again Was One of the Hardest Things I've Ever Done, But She's a Fighter and You Can Be Too

My Aunt Olivia

My Aunt Olivia and my Uncle John are both amazing people who will never retire because they love life and love making others smile. They both live a purpose driven life to make the world a better place and I am so blessed to have them in my life.

Aunt Olivia loves her animals and, of course, loves music. Her attitude has always been one with love and gratitude. Telling her she was facing cancer again last year was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Being there with her and seeing her expression was a powerful example of a person who is not ready to go without a fight to live.

This is how we should react when we face a storm and remember storms never last forever. In the midst of the storm, Just Breathe and seek peace. The sun doesn’t always have to be out to give thanks for what’s good in your life.

What storms are you facing today? By the time you are reading this a hurricane just passed through our city...





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Time to Rethink "That Daily" Aspirin: Come to Find Out it May do More Harm Than Good!

Sep 20, 2018
News Staff

Time to Rethink That “Daily” Aspirin: Come to Find Out it May do More Harm Than Good!

It is important to note that the new findings do not apply to people with a proven indication for aspirin such as stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular disease.

(Washington, DC) -- In a large clinical trial to determine the risks and benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living (life free of dementia or persistent physical disability). Risk of dying from a range of causes, including cancer and heart disease, varied and will require further analysis and additional follow-up of study participants. These initial findings from the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial, partially supported by the National Institutes of Health, were published online on September 16, 2018 in three papers in The New England Journal of Medicine

ASPREE is an international, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that enrolled 19,114 older people (16,703 in Australia and 2,411 in the United States). The study began in 2010 and enrolled participants aged 70 and older; 65 was the minimum age of entry for African-American and Hispanic individuals in the United States because of their higher risk for dementia and cardiovascular disease...





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Top 7 MSG Side Effects, Plus Foods With MSG to Avoid

Sep 20, 2018
Rachael Link via Dr. Josh Axe

It’s one of the most controversial ingredients on the planet!

MSG is one of the most controversial ingredients on the planet. While some claim that it’s a totally safe and healthy food additive that can help ramp up flavor and minimize sodium intake, others have dubbed it a cancer-causing food and have tied it to side effects like headaches and high blood pressure.

Despite being found in abundance throughout much of the modern food supply, MSG should by no means be a staple ingredient in a healthy diet. Not only can it cause negative symptoms in certain people who are sensitive to its effects, but it’s also primarily found in unhealthy, heavily processed foods that are lacking in the essential nutrients that your body needs.

So why is MSG bad, and how can you be sure to keep your intake in check to reduce the risk of adverse side effects? Here’s what you need to know.

What Is MSG?

MSG, also known as monosodium glutamate, is a common ingredient and food additive used to boost the flavor of processed, canned and frozen foods...





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