Scientists announce amazing findings: chocolate offers huge protection from heart disease and stroke

NaturalNews) All regular readers of NaturalNews know that researchers have discovered chocolate (especially the organic, not junked up with additives and sugar type) contains phytochemicals which appear to promote good health. But no one has had much of a clue about the specifics of some of those benefits on the cardiovascular system — until now. Scientists at the European Society of Cardiology Congress currently underway in Paris just announced that chocolate provides huge protection from heart disease as well as stroke.

That’s great news because, despite the billions of dollars spent on mainstream medicine’s drugs and surgical interventions, the battle against cardiovascular disease obviously needs some serious help. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2030 nearly 23.6 million people will die yearly from heart disease.

So just imagine the fluttering of hearts in Big Pharma offices if they found a no side effect, easy to produce drug that actually worked to lower the risk of developing heart disease in the first place by almost 40 percent. The demand and profits to be made would be enormous. While there is no such medication, it turns out that eating chocolate regularly appears to accomplish what pills can’t.

For a new study, which was just published in the online version of the British Medical Journal, Dr. Oscar Franco and colleagues from the University of Cambridge carried out a large scale investigation of existing research on chocolate. In all, they looked at research involving over 100,000 participants with and without existing heart disease. Then the scientists evaluated the effects of eating chocolate on cardiovascular events including heart attacks and stroke.

For each of seven studies that were analyzed, the research team compared the group with the highest chocolate consumption against the group with the lowest consumption (to minimize bias, they factored in differences in the way each study had been designed). Bottom line: the highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with an astounding 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and an almost 30 percent reduction in stroke compared with lowest levels of chocolate eating.

The studies did not differentiate between dark or milk chocolate and included consumption of chocolate bars, drinks, biscuits and desserts — which raises an obvious question not answered by the new research analysis. Would the cardiovascular protection be even more pronounced if the chocolate didn’t include extra sugars, unhealthy fats or chemical additives found in many chocolate drinks and candy bars?

The authors of the study did warn their findings need to be interpreted cautiously because commercially available chocolate products are often loaded with calories, so eating too much of these can lead to weight gain and be harmful to health in general. However, in a statement to the media, they concluded that given the health benefits of eating chocolate, “initiatives to reduce the current fat and sugar content in most chocolate products should be explored.”

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Viruses in the Human Gut Show Dynamic Response to Diet

ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2011) — The digestive system is home to a myriad of viruses, but how they are involved in health and disease is poorly understood. In a study published online August 30 in Genome Research, researchers have investigated the dynamics of virus populations in the human gut, shedding new light on the gut “virome” and how it differs between people and responds to changes in diet.

“Our bodies are like coral reefs,” said Dr. Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, senior author of the study, “inhabited by many diverse creatures interacting with each other and with us.” The interactions between viruses, bacteria, and the human host likely have significant consequences for human health and disease, especially in the delicate ecosystem of the gut microbiome.

In this work, lead author Sam Minot, Bushman, and colleagues investigated the dynamics of the gut virome during perturbations to diet. The group studied six healthy volunteers — some received a high fat and low fiber diet, others a low fat and high fiber diet, and one an ad-lib diet.

By analyzing DNA sequences from viruses and bacteria present in stool of the volunteers over the course of eight days, they found that although the largest variation in virus diversity observed occurred between individuals, over time dietary intervention significantly changed the proportions of virus populations in individuals on the same diet, so that the viral populations became more similar.

“The study provides a new window on the vast viral populations that live in the human gut, demonstrates that they vary radically between individuals, and shows that dietary changes can affect not just bacterial populations but also viral populations,” Bushman said.

Scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) contributed to this study.

This work was supported by the Human Microbiome Roadmap Demonstration Project, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the National Institutes of Health, and the Molecular Biology Core of The Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases.

Turmeric and cinnamon combine to lower insulin and triglycerides triggered by high fat meals

NaturalNews) Many spices such as turmeric and cinnamon are powerful antioxidants that continue to gain acceptance as natural nutrients able to assist human health and prevent chronic disease. Researchers from Penn State publishing in The Journal of Nutrition provide strong evidence that these potent spices provide a protective shield to reduce the body`s negative responses to eating high-fat meals. A diet filled with high-fat foods that have been fried or baked with trans fats increases oxidized LDL cholesterol levels and dangerous blood fats known as triglycerides. Turmeric and cinnamon taken before a high fat meal combine to lower the triglyceride response by as much as 30%, preventing a cascade of harmful metabolic events that lead to heart disease and diabetes.

Culinary spices have peaked interest among nutritional scientists in recent years as both turmeric and cinnamon exhibit powerful antioxidant properties that may halt dangerous metabolic imbalances prompted by poor dietary choices. To conduct the study, researchers added 14 grams of a combined turmeric-cinnamon spice blend to a 1200 calorie high-fat meal, and compared the results to a control group not receiving the spice mixture.

Blood samples were taken prior to the meal and then again at 30 minute intervals for the next three and a half hours after eating. Participants were tested again one week later, and the two groups were switched to verify the accuracy of the results. Researchers found that blood levels of insulin were reduced by 21% and triglycerides dropped 31% in response to the turmeric-cinnamon mix.

The study authors found that the spices significantly improved two critical metabolic markers that are associated with increased risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. They commented “Adding spices to the meal significantly increased the ferric reducing antioxidant power, such that postprandial increases following the spiced meal were 2-fold greater than after the control meal.” They also found that the two spices interact synergistically and the impact was significantly greater when both spices were administered concurrently, compared to individual results.

Most health-conscious adults can benefit from a wide array of natural spices added to and consumed with many popular foods, regardless of specific dietary approach. Penn State authors concluded “The incorporation of spices into the diet may help normalize postprandial insulin and TG (triglyceride) and enhance antioxidant defenses.” Include turmeric and cinnamon to your favorite meals, or take a high quality supplement with meals to maximize your defense against metabolic dysfunction and heart disease.

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Kill candida overgrowth with these nine powerful herbs

NaturalNews) Whether you are battling full-blown candida overgrowth or simply want to prevent future infections from occurring, herbs are a powerful tool for naturally keeping candida at bay. Here`s a list of nine highly effective herbal remedies for candida:

#1 Oregano Oil

The phenols in oregano oil are highly concentrated and extremely effective in fighting bacterial infections, fungal infections and candida overgrowth. Wild organic oregano oil is known to be especially effective in fighting conditions like candida.

#2 Olive Leaf Extract

The oleuropein in olive leaf extract is used by the body to fight fungal infections caused by candida overgrowth. A high-potency standardized olive leaf extract can obliterate candida quite effectively.

#3 Pau D`Arco

Another popular anti-candida herb, Pau D`Arco is often brewed into a tea. Drinking one cup per day is an easy way to harness its antifungal properties.

#4 Garlic

Garlic is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent. Candida cannot survive when garlic is present, so consistency is the key. Garlic can simply be added to your normal meals, but most find it more convenient (and less odorous) to take standardized garlic capsules three times per day.

#5 Neem

Used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, neem is known for stimulating the immune system and fighting infections and fungal overgrowth. It is also a potent detoxifier. Neem oil can also be applied topically as needed.

#6 Apple Cider Vinegar

Not quite an herb (but too effective to leave off this list), apple cider vinegar balances the pH level of your body and can prevent harmful pathogens like candida from growing out of control. A teaspoon to a tablespoon taken before each meal can aid digestion and prevent undigested food particles from feeding candida in the gut.

#7 Echinacea

Although echinacea is best known for stopping a cold in its tracks, this herb also provides anti-candida benefits. It supports your immune system in the fight against candida as well as other infections.

#8 Black Walnut

Black walnut is a natural herb which contains tannins that not only kill fungal overgrowth like candida, but also kill parasites. It may be especially useful for those who suffer from both candida overgrowth and a parasitical infection.

#9 Coconut Oil

Also not an herb, but coconut oil`s anti-candida properties are too powerful to ignore. The medium chain fatty acids that make coconut oil such a great energy source are also what fuel its ability to fight candida. Fatty acids like caprylic acid and lauric acid are potent antifungal agents. Work up to taking three tablespoons of coconut oil per day to harness its anti-candida power.

Note: Avoid jumping into any anti-candida regimen too quickly. Killing off candida too fast can produce a die-off reaction that includes symptoms like foggy thinking, headaches and chills. For some this can be quite uncomfortable. If you notice these symptoms, cut back on your dose and start again more slowly when symptoms subside.

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http://www.sheilashea.com/candida.html

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Vitamin C May Be Beneficial for Asthmatic Children, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2011) — Depending on the age of asthmatic children, on their exposure to molds or dampness in their bedroom, and on the severity of their asthma, vitamin C has greater or smaller beneficial effect against asthma, according to a study published in the journal Clinical and Translational Allergy.

Proposals that vitamin C might be beneficial in the treatment of asthma date back to the 1940s, but the findings from controlled trials have been conflicting.

Drs Mohammed Al-Biltagi from the Tanta University in Egypt and Harri Hemila from the University of Helsinki in Finland analyzed the effect of 0.2 grams per day of vitamin C on 60 asthmatic children aged 7 to 10 years. The effect of vitamin C on the forced expiratory volume per one second (FEV1) was modified by age and exposure to molds or dampness. In the younger children aged 7.0 to 8.2 years with no exposure to molds or dampness, vitamin C administration increased the FEV1 level by 37%. In the older children aged 8.3 to 10 years with exposure to molds or dampness in their bedroom more than one year before the study, vitamin C increased the FEV1 level by only 21%.

The effect of vitamin C on the asthma symptoms was modified by age and the severity of asthma symptoms. In the younger children aged 7.0 to 8.2 years with mild asthma symptoms, the benefit of vitamin C was greatest. In the older children aged 8.3 to 10 years who had severe asthma symptoms, the benefit of vitamin C was smallest.

Drs Al-Biltagi and Hemila conclude that there is strong evidence that the effect of vitamin C on asthmatic children is heterogeneous. They consider that it is important to carry out further research to confirm their findings and to more accurately identify the groups of children who would receive the greatest benefit from vitamin C supplementation.

97 percent of hospital superbugs killed with copper

NaturalNews) Dependence on antibiotics has spawned a plethora of antibiotic resistant pathogens, such as MRSA bacteria, which are becoming epidemic. Most, not all, of those antibiotic resistant microbes were generated in hospitals. Some doctors and hospital administrators are forced into looking at copper and silver to effectively minimize antibiotic resistant strains of pathogens.

Antibiotic Reliance Allows Sloppy Hygiene

During a period in time when there was a high birth mortality rate for infants and mothers in the nineteenth century, Austrian-Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis told his fellow doctors that they should wash their hands thoroughly between delivering babies. He was labeled insane and professionally ostracized. This lead to Semmelweis’s death in an insane asylum.(1)

Of course he was proven right after being victimized by medical scientific arrogance. This arrogance is a factor in today’s suppression of safe and efficacious healing protocols. Of course, Big Pharma is an even bigger factor. But the obstetrician who was victimized for recommending hand washing between deliveries died before Big Pharma came into its current power.

The mainstream medicine’s arrogant reliance on antibiotics in hospitals and clinics has caused some carelessness with standard hygiene precautions to reappear. Even antibacterial soaps add to the surge of antibacterial resistant microbes. The more pathogenic bacteria are confronted by antibiotic substances, the better they get at adapting into strains that are resistant.

The MRSA microbe is the most publicized because it can be lethal. A November 2009 Henry Ford hospital report claims dangerous Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria are approaching epidemic status. Hospitals were the primary source of this bad bug and others. After spreading into communities and infecting locals, infectious microbes proliferated.(2)

Antibiotics were losing their effectiveness. Widespread antibiotic use contributed to the bad bugs learning to survive antibiotics.

Antibiotics destroy beneficial bacteria as well. We are all full of bacteria. There are more bacteria in our bodies than cells. The vast majority, an estimated 85%, aid with digestion and trigger appropriate immune responses to invading pathogens. So losing any portion of that 85% good (probiotic) bacteria lowers immunity while impeding proper digestion of nutrients from foods.

Consequently, constant antibiotic use without taking in probiotic substances to balance out the losses of friendly flora and bacteria results in long term poor health. Very few doctors warn you of this when they write your antibiotic prescriptions.

Natural Antibiotic Solutions

Silver and copper have been known to have antimicrobial properties for centuries. Silver especially has a reputation for going after the pathogenic microbes exclusively, leaving the beneficial bacteria alone to thrive. Colloidal silver is ionized silver particles suspended in distilled water. Nano particle suspension is ideal. Despite these known facts, colloidal silver was recently banned in the EU.(2)

In 1999, when MRSAs super bugs first began to threaten hospital and community health, the American FDA declared it illegal to promote antibacterial properties on colloidal silver labels or product advertising. Big Pharma can’t patent or possess silver, so there’s no money to be made from exploiting illness with patented high priced pharmaceuticals, especially when ordinary folks can make their own.

Big Pharma makes more money from constantly creating newer antibiotics attempting to compensate from drugs failing to kill pathogens because of antibiotic resistance. Nevertheless, four international clinical trials have proven colloidal silver’s efficacy without destroying beneficial bacteria.(3)

Some hospitals use silver coated catheters and colloidal silver bandages, especially among burn victims, to reduce potential infections.(4)But hospitals are currently more interested in another metal to reduce infections from hospitals. That metal is copper. This copper is not in colloidal suspensions. It’s hardware used for railings, door knobs, and table tops in hospitals, anywhere people touch.

Copper is meant to eliminate germs spread by physical contact, grabbing or touching, before they enter into one’s body. And trials have proven that copper used where doctors, health workers, patients, and visitors commonly touch reduces bacteria up to 97%.(5)

Many hospital doctors and administrators are seeing the light with copper. Though this is a reassuring trend, stemming the tide of antibiotic resistant microbes will not be immediate. What’s involved is redesigning and manufacturing bedside railings, door panels and door knobs, electrical switches as well as table tops. A whole industry is emerging to fill the upcoming demands for installing copper in hospitals.(6)

In other words, this is currently a logistical problem involving finances, design, manufacture, and installation. The sooner copper is implemented as part of hospital infrastructure, the faster progress will be made at minimizing antibiotic resistant microbes and hopefully reducing public consumption of destructive antibiotics.

Thankfully, this is one area of natural health that is outside the jurisdiction of Big Pharma’s protector, the FDA.

Sources for this article include:

(1) Terrific Mike Adams (Health Ranger) article on medical arrogance http://www.naturalnews.com/022389.html

(2) MRSA Henry Ford Hospital report and EU ban of colloidal silver http://www.naturalnews.com
/027989_colloidal_silver_superbugs.html#ixzz1VhN89ysi

(3) AMA and Big Pharma resistance to colloidal silver http://www.colloidalsilvercuresmrsa…

(4) Colloidal Silver bandages http://www.purestcolloids.com/silve…

(5) Copper antimicrobial benefits high http://www.naturalnews.com/033008_c…

(6) Promotional video from antimicrobial copper website http://www.antimicrobialcopper.com/…

(7) A full page of scholarly reports on different research projects with the antimicrobial properties of silver and copper http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q…

(8) A UK scientific list of papers supporting copper’s antimicrobial properties http://www.antimicrobialcopper.com/…

Basic source article http://www.reuters.com/article/2011…

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Confirmation That Vitamin D Acts as a Protective Agent Against the Advance of Colon Cancer

ScienceDaily (Aug. 16, 2011) — A study conducted by VHIO researchers confirms that a lack of vitamin D increases the aggressiveness of colon cancer.

The indication that vitamin D and its derivatives have a protective effect against various types of cancer is not new. In the field of colon cancer, numerous experimental and epidemiological studies show that vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol) and some of its derivatives inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Researchers at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), in collaboration with the Alberto Sols Institute of Biomedical Research (CSIC-UAB), have confirmed the pivotal role of vitamin D, specifically its receptor (VDR), in slowing down the action of a key protein in the carcinogenic transformation process of colon cancer cells. These results are being published in the journal PLoS ONE.

This protein, known as beta-catenin, which is normally found in intestinal epithelial cells where it facilitates their cohesion, builds up in large quantities in other areas of the cells when the tumour transformation begins. As a result of these changes, the protein is retained in the cell nucleus, where it facilitate the carcinogenic process, and this is the point at which vitamin D intervenes, or rather, the vitamin D receptor (VDR). “Our study has confirmed the pivotal role of the VDR in controlling the anomalous signal that sparks off the growth and uncontrolled proliferation of colon cells which, in the final instance, ends up causing a tumour to emerge”, says Héctor Palmer, the coordinator of this study and head of the VHIO’s Stem Cells and Cancer laboratory. He continues, “The stimulation of this receptor suppresses the action of the beta-catenin protein, intercepting the series of events that change the intestinal cell into a malignant tumour cell.”

The study was conducted on mice and human colon cancer cells. The mice were used as a model to replicate the initial phases of colon cancer. “These findings show that mice of this kind, which also lack the VDR and hence do not respond to vitamin D, present larger and more aggressive tumours than mice with the VDR”, explains Dr. Palmer, and concludes: “The number of tumours is not influenced by the absence of VDR, which would indicate that this factor does not protect against the appearance of the tumour but does intervene in its growth phase, reducing its aggressiveness.”

The researchers then analysed the effect of the VDR on human colon cancer cell cultures and observed that the concentration of the altered protein, beta-catenin, increased in cells without the VDR. These findings were repeated in the three types of colon cancer cells studied, and confirmed the results observed in the mice.

In two-thirds of advanced colon cancer tumours there was a lack of VDR in the cancer cells, and this circumstance leads us to believe that this loss may contribute to speeding up the growth of the tumour. The findings of this study confirm this supposition.

Vitamin D: essential in the initial phases of colon cancer

In light of these findings, chronic vitamin D deficiency represents a risk factor in the development of more aggressive colon tumours. Patients in the initial stages of colon cancer, the time when the VDR still has a substantial presence in the cells, could benefit from being treated with vitamin D3. However, this would not be useful in the advanced stages of the disease when the presence of the VDR is very much reduced.

The study data support the development of anti-tumour medicines based on the structure of vitamin D, although their use in patients will require further research in the next few years.

The body not only obtains vitamin D from food, especially milk and fish oils, but also manufactures it from exposure to sunlight. Prolonged exposure is not necessary; just 10 minutes in the sun every day when it is not at its peak is sufficient to stimulate its production. During the summer, when we are more likely to sunbathe, it is important to use the appropriate protective measures against sunburn to avoid future sun damage. Use high-factor solar protection products and do not expose the skin to the sun in the middle of the day to protect against skin cancers.

Milk Better Than Water to Rehydrate Kids, Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2011) — Active children need to be watered with milk. It’s a more effective way of countering dehydration than a sports drink or water itself, say researchers at McMaster University.

That’s particularly important during hot summer weather, says Brian Timmons, research director of the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster and principal investigator of the study.

“Children become dehydrated during exercise, and it’s important they get enough fluids, particularly before going into a second round of a game. Milk is better than either a sports drink or water because it is a source of high quality protein, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes.”

He added that milk replaces sodium lost in sweat and helps the body retain fluid better. As well, the milk provides protein needed by children for muscle development and growth which is not found in the other drinks.

The study of eight to 10-year-olds involved exercising in a climate chamber, then receiving a drink and being measured for hydration.

Timmons, an assistant professor of pediatrics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, said active children and adults usually don’t drink enough to stay hydrated during exercise, so they often have a “hydration disadvantage” when they start their next period of exercise.

He said that one per cent dehydration can have up to a 15 per cent decrease in performance, with an increased heart rate, core temperature and less ability to keep going. More significant dehydration comes with an increased risk of heat-related illness such as heat stroke.

Timmons’ graduate student Kim Volterman will be presenting the research at the European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology XXVII Biennial Conference, being held Sept. 19-23 at the University of Exeter in the UK.

Starvation and Obesity

NaturalNews) Obese people are usually always hungry and no matter how much they eat their brains are registering starvation. One would think that eating too much would result in an abundance of nutritional support for cells. But being overweight and undernourished at the same time is a reality that is just beginning to be understood. It is quite strange to say to people that the more they eat, the more malnourished they are destined to be.

Overweight people more often than not suffer from gross malnutrition because the nutritional values of the basic foods available to us have been steadily dropping for the last 50 years even as toxic exposures increase. Obese people tend to eat too many processed white foods with the fiber removed along with many of the vitamins and minerals. Not enough fiber is another common problem with the obese.

Excessive calorie intake is the fast track to leptin resistance. Since it’s hard to eat excess of the so-called “clean” foods, excess calories usually come from junk foods as do magnesium deficiencies.

Jennifer Welsh, a LiveScience staff writer explains that when dieters starve themselves of calories, they starve their brain cells as well. New research finds that these hungry brain cells then release “feed me” signals, which drive up hunger, slow down metabolism and thus cause diets to fail. Neurons sense nutrients in the body and tell the body when it’s time to eat and time to stop eating. The point is that dieters are not just starving themselves of calories, they are starving themselves of vital minerals and this comes on top of already existing mineral deficiencies that are characteristic of overweight and obese populations.

Video: Obesity is Starvation.

Obesity is Starvation

Obese people generally have hyperinsulinemia (high levels of insulin in the blood) and insulin causes fat to be stored in fat cells. Obese people in general cannot satisfy their body’s demands for energy or nutrients by eating. In this scenario, lethargy, hunger and stress are not a cause of obesity; they are the effects or results of it (due to the internal starvation). Syndrome X, also known as metabolic syndrome is a combination of insulin resistance, leptin resistance and glucose intolerance. All of these conditions are precursors to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer.

Leptin and Magnesium

The new fashion in obesity is to look at the role of leptin, but what we are going to do in this essay is look not just at leptin but also at the leptin-magnesium axis that speaks volumes more than looking at either of these substances alone. High levels of leptin seem to be related to increased urinary magnesium loss in patients with type-1 diabetes.

Hypomagnesaemia and hyperleptinemia are common in patients with diabetes. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that leptin stimulates diuresis and natriuresis causing the urinary magnesium loss in type-1 diabetes. Human leptin is a protein of 167 amino acids. It is manufactured primarily in the adipocytes of white adipose tissue, and the level of circulating leptin is directly proportional to the total amount of fat in the body.

Magnesium makes dieting easier by supporting the brain’s sensitivity to leptin. Magnesium’s benefits go on forever it seems. Now we have to get serious and introduce it to the world of diet, weight loss and the medical science of obesity and diabetes.

Studies have shown that leptin and magnesium both play significant if not primary roles in heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, reproductive disorders, and perhaps the rate of aging itself. Many chronic diseases are now linked to excess inflammation such as heart disease and diabetes. High leptin levels and low magnesium levels are extremely pro-inflammatory.

Leptin

Leptin is a hormone that triggers your sense of feeling full. A leptin deficiency can cause overeating, leading to obesity and obesity-related disease. Most people don’t have a leptin deficiency — they have lost their sensitivity to leptin, which is called leptin resistance. Much like insulin resistance, it’s possible to have enough leptin, but because your body doesn’t use it effectively, you still feel hungry. Leptin resistance is a serious health issue. Essentially you are overfeeding your body but the perception from your brain is that you are starving because you actually are missing vital nutrients such as magnesium.

The journal Circulation showed that men with established heart disease had blood leptin levels 16% higher than men considered heart healthy. Every 30% increase in leptin increased the risk of a heart attack or a vascular event by 25% (Wallace et al 2001).

Obesity and type-2 diabetes epidemics have joined forces ravaging the health of hundreds of millions of people around the world who have been significantly affected by this deadly pair. It is extremely important to understand how these two epidemics are intertwined.

The popular belief is that if one eats too much sugar, they’ll get fat and develop diabetes, but this is only half the truth. There’s more to the obesity-diabetes connection than what most doctors and just about everyone else typically believe.

When leptin is working properly it prevents nutrient spillover by telling insulin to shut off after your tank is full. Every time you eat excess food (more than what your body needs for energy), leptin and insulin levels surge. Leptin resistance leads to insulin resistance which further establishes leptin resistance. Leptin levels correlate with insulin levels (both are high in hyperinsulinemia). With insulin resistance, you no longer have insulin sensitivity. When you are insulin sensitive, you only need to secrete a small amount of insulin to get glucose (glycogen) into the muscles and liver.

Researchers have discovered that a proper diet and regular exercise have the greatest impact on reversing the damage done by leptin resistance. Too little sleep can lower the appetite-control hormone leptin and increase the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin. Now research reports that sleep loss may increase dangerous belly fat. Get a good night’s sleep should be standard doctor’s orders but sleep does not come on command for a large segment of people.

Melatonin, the hormone that regulates your body’s internal clock, is closely linked with leptin production. Your body produces the most leptin overnight while you sleep. Anything that disrupts your sleep can disrupt leptin production. Nothing will disturb sleep more than a serious magnesium deficiency, except for pharmaceutical medications for sleep disorders. It is vitally important to sleep in the dark — any artificial light sources will seriously curtail melatonin production during sleep.

Magnesium

One potential cause for lower serum magnesium in obese youth is low dietary magnesium intake. Studies do show that the calorie-adjusted magnesium intake in obese children was lower compared with lean children. Hypomagnesemia (serum magnesium 0.78 mmol/l) was present in 27% of healthy lean children and 55% of obese children.

One of the causes of magnesium deficiency is over-medicating with synthetic pharmaceutical drugs approved by the FDA and prescribed by doctors. They prevent the body from absorbing magnesium. It’s a cruel reality that diabetics are prescribed medicines that further reduce their magnesium reserves putting them into a fatal tailspin.

The body requires magnesium to absorb and utilize nutrients. Without magnesium our bodies cannot properly use the fats, proteins and carbohydrates we eat every day. When we aren’t getting what we need from our diet, we will crave more food in an effort to obtain those vital nutrients. By activating hundreds of enzymes in the body, magnesium helps you get the most from what you eat so you can be satisfied with no more than the amount of food you genuinely need.

Since conditions like insulin resistance and diabetes are strongly associated with obesity, controlling blood sugar levels is a key factor in maintaining a healthy weight. When enough magnesium is present in the body, insulin can function properly and blood glucose is used for energy. A magnesium deficiency causes insulin to function poorly, resulting in high blood sugar and fat storage.

Magnesium is a co-factor of many enzymes involved in glucose metabolism. Magnesium has an important role in insulin action, and insulin stimulates magnesium uptake in insulin-sensitive tissues. Magnesium is required for both proper glucose utilization and insulin signaling. Metabolic alterations in cellular magnesium, which may play the role of a second messenger for insulin action, contribute to insulin resistance. Magnesium is needed to extract energy from food and for optimal insulin function. The more energy you extract from food the less you have to eat to feel great.

There are co-factors that the body needs in order to utilize vitamin D properly. Magnesium is the most important co-factor for vitamin D. In fact, it is common for rising vitamin D levels to exacerbate an underlying magnesium deficiency. If one is having difficulty maintaining vitamin D levels, a magnesium deficiency could be the reason. Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to all cells of all known living organisms. We also see research showing that low serum magnesium levels can be raised by injections of vitamin D. Vitamin D supplementation of 2000 mg/day also reduces the incidence of type-2 diabetes.

Stress

Stress management is one of the most important keys in fighting obesity, and magnesium is a vital nutrient for reducing stress. This is because magnesium supports healthy adrenal glands. These are the glands that control the release of adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones related to the stress response. While these hormones are vital to living, too much of them can cause weight gain and other health problems. Magnesium helps regulate these hormones so they are not overproduced.

Magnesium also regulates nervous system response. When we have a magnesium deficiency, our nervous system is over-stimulated, leading to irritation, nervousness and stress. When there is plenty of magnesium, the mind and body are finally able to relax and reverse the effects of stress.

Optimizing hormone levels is critical because hormones ?influence our moods, thought patterns (negative and positive), behaviors, appearance, and our ability to handle stress.

“Eating throws powerful hormonal switches and when you eat is just as important as what you eat,” states Byron Richards, leptin expert of Wellness Resources. He provides five simple rules to getting the leptin in our systems to work properly for you and help you lose weight:

Following a Leptin Diet

Video: The Leptin Diet: The 5 Rules of The Leptin Diet.

Combining this with adequate magnesium levels and vitamin D will together significantly impact the problems of obesity, metabolic syndrome and outright diabetes as well as many other diseases of aging.

For all the references, sources and more articles, please visit Dr. Mark Sircus blog.

About the author:
About the author:
Mark A. Sircus, Ac., OMD, is director of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) http://www.imva.info/.

Dr. Sircus was trained in acupuncture and oriental medicine at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Sante Fe, N.M., and at the School of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He served at the Central Public Hospital of Pochutla in Mexico, and was awarded the title of doctor of oriental medicine for his work. He was one of the first nationally certified acupuncturists in the United States. Dr. Sircus’s IMVA is dedicated to unifying the various disciplines in medicine with the goal of creating a new dawn in healthcare.

He is particularly concerned about the effect vaccinations have on vulnerable infants and is identifying the common thread of many toxic agents that are dramatically threatening present and future generations of children. His book, The Terror of Pediatric Medicine, is a free e-book offered on his web site. Humane Pediatrics will be an e-book available early in 2011 and then quickly as possible put into print.

Dr. Sircus is a most prolific and courageous writer and one can read through hundreds of pages on his various web sites.

He has recently released a number of e-books including Winning the War Against Cancer, Survival Medicine for the 21st Century, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment, New Paradigms in Diabetic Care and Bringing Back the Universal Medicine: IODINE.

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Small Molecules Shed Light On Cancer Therapies

ScienceDaily (Aug. 22, 2011) — Patients suffering from an aggressive brain cancer will benefit from the results of a University of Illinois study that could advance the development of targeted gene therapies and improve prognosis.

“We have advanced the understanding of the role of microRNAs on glioblastoma multiforme, a deadly brain cancer, by studying the networks between the microRNAs and their target genes associated with different stages of cancer development and progression,” said Kristin Delfino, a U of I doctoral candidate in animal science with a focus in genetics and bioinformatics.

What exactly are microRNAs? microRNAs are small, non-coding RNA molecules that regulate the expression of genes such as oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes. U of I researchers used a novel approach to identify the simultaneous association between tens of thousands of microRNAs, target genes, and glioblastoma progression and survival.

Delfino integrated clinical information such as race, gender, therapy, survival, and cancer stage from 253 patients together with genome-wide microRNA and gene expression data.

“We looked at the big picture and how microRNAs work together,” Delfino said. “When you look at a single microRNA alone, it can seem significant. But when you evaluate it in the context of all other microRNAs, some turn out to be more significant and others may not be as significant as they appear on their own. The systems biology approach that we implemented is critical for understanding the gene pathways influencing cancer.”

The study evaluated 534 microRNAs together, unlike the typical method of studying one at a time. They confirmed 25 microRNAs previously associated with glioblastoma survival and identified 20 other microRNAs associated with initiation or growth of other cancer types such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and gastric adenocarcinoma.

“These findings suggest common pathways that can be targeted with similar drugs already developed and tested for other cancers,” said Sandra Rodriguez Zas, co-researcher and U of I professor of animal science and bioinformatics.

In addition, researchers found that some of the microRNA biomarkers of survival are personalized, Rodriguez Zas said. This means that they are particularly useful for patients of a specific race, gender or therapy. Other microRNAs are equally effective regardless of the clinical conditions of the patient.

“These biomarkers can serve as the basis to dig deeper into cancer studies,” Delfino said. “Cancer affects us all in one way or another. Unfortunately, we still don’t know how it’s caused, what takes place when it is caused and how to cure it. But these biomarkers give us guidance into developing specific gene therapies to target glioblastoma.”

Today patients can easily and cheaply be screened for microRNA and target gene levels, Rodriguez Zas said.

“Based on our research, that information can be used to select the most effective therapy and develop prognosis strategies,” Rodriguez-Zas said.

The study was published in Cancer Genomics & Proteomics. Co-researchers include Kristin Delfino, Nicola Serao, Bruce Southey and Sandra Rodriguez Zas, all of the U of I.