Lack Of Sleep Linked To Cancer & Alzheimer’s Disease

Persistent daytime drowsiness may be a warning sign for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. During sleep, the brain clears away clumps of a sticky protein linked to dementia, called amyloid. It’s well known that people with Alzheimer’s often have trouble sleeping. To examine the link between amyloid deposits and sleep, Mayo Clinic researchers surveyed 283 older people without dementia about their sleep habits and monitored their brains for amyloid buildup over a period of seven years. They found those who reported trouble sleeping, with frequent daytime sleepiness, were more likely to show rapid amyloid plaque accumulation than those who didn’t. Study author Prashanthi Vemuri tells Time​.com that the results highlight the importance of proper sleep. “It can prevent amyloid, which is one of the primary proteins underlying Alzheimer’s disease,” he says. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of U.S. adults suffer from lack of sleep, routinely getting (Read More)

The Healing Power of Touch

Did you know that YOU have healing power, literally at your fingertips? The simple act of touching – not necessarily in a romantic manner – is so powerful that it can reduce pain, lower your heart rate, decrease your blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system! The simple act of holding hands with a loving partner can significantly reduce physical pain, a new study suggests. Researchers asked 22 heterosexual couples who had been together for at least a year to under go brain scans as they participated in different scenarios. The women either sat holding hands with their partners, sat nearby but did not touch them, or were in a different room. The scenarios were then repeated, but this time the women were subjected to mild pain. Overall, the women found that holding hands reduced the intensity of their pain by an average of 34 percent. The brain scans showed that (Read More)

Disinfectants and Obesity

Surface cleaners and other household disinfectants could be making children overweight by altering the bacteria in their gut. Researchers in Canada found that infants who lived in households where antimicrobial disinfectants were used every week were twice as likely—at ages 3 to 4 months—to have higher levels of lachnospiraceae gut bacteria, which are very efficient at breaking down food and help the human body extract more energy. By age 3, those children were more likely to be overweight or obese than kids whose households hadn’t used disinfectants as regularly. High levels of lachnospiraceae have been linked in animal studies to increased levels of body fat and insulin resistance. The study also found that children living in households that used eco-friendly cleaning products were less likely to be overweight, though that may have been because those kids had healthier lifestyles and diets overall. Senior researcher Anita Kozyrskyj says further research is (Read More)

The Dangers of a Daily Aspirin

In a study that upends decades of medical advice, Australian scientists have found that taking an aspirin a day does not reduce older people’s risk of heart disease or cancer—and in fact can cause them serious harm. For four and a half years, researchers observed more than 19,000 adults in Australia and the U.S. with no history of heart disease, stroke, or dementia and with a median age of 74, reports ABCNews.com. Half were given 100 mg of aspirin a day, while the other half received a placebo. At the end of the study, those who had been taking the drug were just as likely to suffer from heart disease and stroke—and faced a higher risk of dangerous internal bleeding in the stomach, brain, and elsewhere. The aspirin-takers actually had slightly higher rates of mortality over that period, in large part because of deaths from cancer—though researchers cautioned that further study was needed (Read More)

Poor Oral Health May Cause Serious Chronic Health Issues

Did you know that more than 67% of the world’s population have some kind of periodontal disease that often lead to serious systemic chronic conditions such as Heart Disease, Stroke, Pancreatic Cancer, Alzheimer’s and much more? Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Oral diseases ranging from dental caries (cavities) to oral cancers cause pain and disability for millions of Americans. A growing body of evidence has linked oral health, particularly periodontal (gum) disease, to several chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. What conditions may be linked to oral health? Your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:  Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to (Read More)

Is the Flu Just a Simple Deficiency of Vitamin D?

There has been an age old question that scientists could not answer: Why is the flu most prevalent in winter? The conventional wisdom has always been that the flu occurs in the colder months because viruses flourish in the colder weather. Not so! The evidence has been around for many years, but, as with so many truths, no one was willing to give it credence until they were willing to look at another theory. Dr. R. Edgar Hope-Simpson, a British M.D., did some record keeping and connected flu outbreaks with the shortest day in the year, which varies depending on how far, north or south you are. In the tropics, the shortest days are usually in their rainy season with overcast skies. He postulated:  Is it possible that the lack of sunshine caused a shortage of vitamin D, which was connected to a vulnerability to the flu? A fascinating new theory (Read More)

Anti-Cancer Properties of Curcumin

Curcumin has long been known to provide potent anti-cancer benefits. Over 2,000 published studies have shown curcumin combats cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, colon, lung, pancreas and more. Many of these studies have shown curcumin actually stops cancer cells from dividing. Curcumin has also been shown to found to suppress genes that promote cell growth and help induce programmed cell death (apoptosis) which is the body’s natural and necessary way of ridding itself from damaged cells. Studies have suggested that high consumption results in lower cancer rates. We already know the anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin. Combating chronic inflammation, a known contributing factor to the development of cancer, turmeric promotes the body’s ability to fight the spread of cancerous cells. Its potent antioxidants support the body’s natural immunity to oxidative changes—changes that can cause cancer to develop and progress. A 2007 U.S. study using curcumin along with chemotherapy to treat bowel (Read More)

The Ploy of Soy

In a ground breaking article about soy titled “The Ploy of Soy,” Sally Fallon and Mary G Enig, Ph.D., of the Weston A. Price Foundation put the nutritional realities of soy consumption into perspective – a perspective you won’t find anywhere in the main- stream. Soy is one of the most harvested crops in the world, meaning the likelihood of soy containing GMOs is extremely high. Here are a few of the key points they make: Soybeans contain “anti-nutrients” that inhibit enzymes needed for protein digestion and amino acid uptake into the blood stream 
 Soybeans contain hemagglutinin, a substance that promotes the clotting of red blood cells 
 Soybean hemagglutinin and enzyme inhibitors are deactivated during the fermentation process which makes soy acceptable 
 Enzyme inhibitors are reduced in bean curd and tofu, but not completely eliminated 
 Soybeans are high in phytic acid; an organic acid that impedes the (Read More)

Could Full-Fat Dairy Be Good For You?

Health experts have long warned people away from full-fat dairy products because they contain high levels of saturated fat, which is thought to raise levels of LDL—or “bad” cholesterol. But a major new study has concluded that in moderation, whole milk and full-fat yogurt and cheese could in fact help protect against heart disease and stroke. Researchers examined data from more than 130,000 people across 21 countries over nine years and found that participants who ate two or more daily servings of full-fat dairy had a 22 percent lower risk of heart disease, a 34 percent lower risk of stroke, and a 23 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. (A serving was 8 oz of milk or yogurt, or a half-ounce slice of cheese.) Butter consumption wasn’t linked to similar benefits—though that may have been because most of the study’s subjects ate little of it. Study co-author Mahshid (Read More)

Men: Pee Like A Kid Again & Reduce Your Prostate Cancer Risk

Fifty percent of males over 50 years of age suffer from one degree or another of prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a benign condition that occurs when the prostate swells and pinches the urethra, which drains the bladder. One in six men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer. Over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed this year and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the US alone. What is the prostate? The prostate is a gland forming part of the male reproductive system. In younger men the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It is located immediately below the bladder and just in front of the bowel. Its main function is to produce fluid that protects and enriches sperm. It is doughnut shaped as it surrounds (Read More)