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Sleep often takes a backseat to parenting or a career that requires long hours, but new research suggests that sacrificing slumber for productivity is a bad trade-off. Surveys of 22,000 Americans show that people who slept five hours or less on average weeknight were 28 percent more likely to have had a cold in the past month than those who averaged at least seven hours. Worse still, Reuters.com reports, the sleep-challenged subjects were 82 percent more likely to report battling the flu, pneumonia, or an ear infection. The study doesn’t prove that sleep loss increases susceptibility to infections, but researchers note that sleep deprivation does hinder infection-fighting white blood cells. Moreover, people who are chronically tired may also be less likely to exercise or follow a healthy diet. Says study author Aric Prather, “It is our hope that this work will help raise the profile of sleep as a critical (Read More)
Most people take Vitamin C to fend off a cold, but new research suggests it could also be a possible weapon in the fight against cancer. A team of researchers at the University of Salfod in England evaluated seven substances – Vitamin C, two natural products, and four experimental cancer drugs – on their ability to block the growth of cancer stem cells, which inhibit chemotherapy and help tumors spread throughout the body. They found that Vitamin C did block the growth of cancer cells; in fact, it was 10 times more effective than one of the pharmaceuticals, although it was outperformed by two experimental drugs. The finding adds to previous research indicating that high dose vitamin C treatments could slow the growth of cancer cells in the prostate, liver, and colon. “Vitamin C is cheap, natural, nontoxic, and readily available,” study co author Michael Lisanti tells ScienceDaily.com. “To (Read More)
A rare, drug-resistant super bug impervious to all 26 antibiotics available in the U.S. has claimed the life of a woman in Nevada. The patient, in her 70’s had been hospitalized with a broken leg in India, where drug-resistant bacteria are more common. She developed an infection in her blood, which turned out to be Klebsiella pneumonia, a type of gut bacteria from a family of super bugs. Back in the U.S., doctors found that the bacteria were resistant to all available antibiotics, even those usually reserved as a last resort for multi-drug resistant bacteria. Within two months, the woman had died of multiple organ failure and sepsis. Health officials say her death is a grim reminder that drug-resistant bacteria are evolving, and that common infections could one day become untreatable. “People keep asking me, ‘How close are we to going off the cliff?’” James Johnson, professor of infectious diseases (Read More)
Vitamin C is the most consumed vitamin in the world. It is not only essential in building a strong immune system – its role as the chief water-soluble antioxidant in the human body adds many more benefits. Recent studies are now linking Vitamin C in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
This is only a small slice of the vaccine issue, but it is a dramatic finding. We know public health officials would never discourage people from getting flu vaccines. However, it is amazing that we do not see promotion of something so basic to insure children have a robust and healthy immune response, such as promoting the vital importance of vitamin C and vitamin D adequacy for the anti-viral flu response. It is well known that 70% of children in the United States lack optimal vitamin D. It is obvious that public health in the United States is more about protecting vested interests and antiquated paradigms of health than truly protecting the public health. This goes for us adults as well. Many have utilized our best-selling Liposomal Vitamin C and Dense Bone – our Premier Vitamin D3 formula to insure an optimal amount of vitamin C and D to assist in many (Read More)
Did you know that an estimated 95% of our population is deficient in Iodine? Do you suffer from lack of energy, headaches, irritability, muscle cramps, hair loss, brittle nails, cold hands and feet or muscle weakness? These are all symptoms of Hypothyroidism associated with low levels of Iodine.
The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry recently published that older adults with poor sleep habits have an altered immune system response to stress that may increase their risk for mental and physical health problems. Stress leads to significantly larger increases in a marker of inflammation in poor sleepers compared to good sleepers; a marker associated with poor health outcomes and death.
The more you stay positive and happy in life, the better chance you have of avoiding a stroke. Optimistic people have a healthier immune system, faster wound healing, and a lower risk of heart disease. So don’t worry, be happy.
This is not to discourage you from taking your morning shower – but did you know that the chlorine in practically all water supplies has been linked to the destruction of proteins in the body, skin irritations, sinus conditions, allergies, asthma and respiratory problems, not to mention that it becomes a trihalomethane in the body which is a carcinogen? Free chlorine is one of the most toxic elements found in nature. Taking a shower in tap water is the same as drinking one liter of that contaminated water.