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)