The super herb boswellia – de-inflame and heal

NaturalNews) Herbs that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered ‘super-herbs.’ Boswellia is called Indian Frankincense and is known to have originated in the dry areas of India, Africa, & the Mediterranean. Boswellia is a true super-food shown to have remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties that are just now being discovered.

There are several different forms of the Boswellia tree. The Biblical incense frankincense was probably an extract from the resin of the tree Boswellia sacra. Boswellia serrata is the form that is best known for its healing properties. The beneficial compounds are found in the resin that is secreted naturally to protect the tree from parasites and other insects and pathogens. This resin is easily tapped and purified for use in both an oil and powder form. This resin consists of essential oils, gum and terpenoids.

Boswellia contains unique acids (boswellic acids) that have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Boswellic acids block the overproduction of cytokinetic activity in damaged tissues while enhancing blood flow to joints. This combination has been shown to increase joint mobility and ease stiff joints.

Boswellia Better than NSAID’s

Many studies have shown that Boswellia is just as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), which are the most commonly used treatment for issues of inflammation and chronic pain. NSAID’s work by inhibiting the inflammatory promoting cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzymes. Unfortunately, these drugs also inhibit COX-1, which is essential for a healthy stomach lining. This is why these medications cause stomach bleeding. They also deplete the body of anti-oxidant trace minerals like selenium and zinc as well as key b vitamins needed to naturally reduce inflammation.

Boswellia works to reduce inflammation through a different mechanism. It acts to modulate the pro-inflammatory enzyme 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX). 5-LOX is the first enzyme released in the cytokine metabolic pathway. This pathway creates leukotrienes, which are strong inflammatory substances thought to influence many disease processes including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, & asthma. The immune modulation reduces inflammatory chemicals and symptoms of inflammation.

These boswellic acids also reduce another inflammatory enzyme called human leukocyte elastase (HLE). HLE and 5-LOX are both classically elevated in inflammatory conditions and diseases. Boswellia is the only known substance to reduce both HLE and 5-LOX.

Boswellia also reduces the expression of the cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a). In fact, it is thought that boswellia’s success in relieving symptoms of arthritis is due to its ability to inhibit the breakdown of connective tissue caused by TNF-a induced expression of matrix metalloproteinase enzymes.

Boswellia has shown tremendous success at reducing inflammatory conditions in challenging cases such as Crohn’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, allergies, osteoarthritis, & ulcerative colitis among others. Additionally, the powerful anti-inflammatory factors are being suggested for cancer and heart disease prevention.

Boswellia can be taken as a dried herb, a standardized extract and as a pain-relieving gel. All three work effectively. Experts recommend about 400mg taken 3x per day for relief from arthritic, asthmatic, or auto-immune symptoms. The dried herb can be put in smoothies and shakes and used throughout the day. Research has shown a greater absorption rate when taken with other forms of food.

Super De-Inflaming Shake:

1 cup of organic coconut milk
1/2 – 1 cup of frozen organic blueberries
1-2 scoops of non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein
1 Tbsp of ground flax/chia
1 Tbsp of turmeric
1 Tbsp of Boswellia
1 Tbsp of cinnamon
1 Tbsp of Ashwagandha
Pinch of Pink salt

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New Findings Contradict Dominant Theory in Alzheimer’s Disease

For decades the amyloid hypothesis has dominated the research field in Alzheimer’s disease. The theory describes how an increase in secreted beta-amyloid peptides leads to the formation of plaques, toxic clusters of damaged proteins between cells, which eventually result in neurodegeneration. Scientists at Lund University, Sweden, have now presented a study that turns this premise on its head. The research group’s data offers an opposite hypothesis

Suggesting that it is in fact the neurons’ inability to secrete beta-amyloid that is at the heart of pathogenesis in Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the October issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, shows an increase in unwanted intracellular beta-amyloid occurring early on in Alzheimer’s disease. The accumulation of beta-amyloid inside the neuron is here shown to be caused by the loss of normal function to secrete beta-amyloid. Contrary to the dominant theory, where aggregated extracellular beta-amyloid is considered the main culprit, the study instead demonstrates that reduced secretion of beta-amyloid signals the beginning of the disease. The damage to the neuron, created by the aggregated toxic beta-amyloid inside the cell, is believed to be a prior step to the formation of plaques, the long-time hallmark biomarker of the disease. Professor Gunnar Gouras, the senior researcher of the study, hopes that the surprising new findings can help push the research field in a new direction. “The many investigators and pharmaceutical companies screening for compounds that reduce secreted beta-amyloid have it the wrong way around. The problem is rather the opposite, that it is not getting secreted. To find the root of the disease, we now need to focus on this critical intracellular pool of beta-amyloid. “We are showing here that the increase of intracellular beta-amyloid is one of the earliest events occurring in Alzheimer’s disease, before the formation of plaques. Our experiments clearly show a decreased secretion of beta-amyloid in our primary neuron disease model. This is probably because the cell’s metabolism and secretion pathways are disrupted in some way, leading beta-amyloid to be accumulated inside the cell instead of being secreted naturally,” says Davide Tampellini, first author of the study. The theory of early accumulation of beta-amyloid inside the cell offers an alternate explanation for the formation of plaques. When excess amounts of beta-amyloid start to build up inside the cell, it is also stored in synapses. When the synapses can no longer hold the increasing amounts of the toxic peptide the membrane breaks, releasing the waste into the extracellular space. The toxins released now create the seed for other amyloids to gather and start forming the plaques. Recommend this story on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +1:

Boost testosterone naturally

NaturalNews) Most people associate testosterone with facial hair, gigantic muscles & illegal steroids. Naturally produced testosterone plays a very important role in male/female metabolic function. Lowered testosterone is a chronic epidemic that is threatening lives all around the world. Boost your testosterone levels naturally through healthy lifestyle measures.

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid hormone that plays a critical role in metabolism, sex drive, muscle building, mood regulation, memory & cognitive function. Normal testosterone levels play a huge role in maintaining optimal weight as well as reducing risk of degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, & certain cancers.

Women produce testosterone but in significantly lower amounts than men. In the man, testosterone is produced in the testes and adrenal glands.
Meanwhile, women produce it in the adrenals & ovaries. Testosterone is known to peak in the early twenties and then drop about 10% with each successive decade. Post-menopausal women lose the function of their ovaries and are at risk for low testosterone later in life. With inadequate testosterone, women are at much greater risk for developing osteoporosis/osteopenia and other chronic diseases.

Men are said to lose 1.5% of their testosterone production each year beyond 30. Men, who lose a greater proportion of their testosterone, are said to have andropause. The Alliance for Aging Research has indicated that one third of American men over the age of 39 have reported two or more symptoms of low testosterone. Symptoms of male andropause include lowered libido, decreased muscle mass, increased abdominal fat accumulation, depression and lack of drive.

The changes involved in andropause are gradual over time. They often go unnoticed for years. In a large study of 858 males over 40, men with low testosterone had an 88% increase risk of death compared with those who had normal levels.

Reducing Inflammation

The key to stabilizing testosterone levels begins with an anti-inflammatory diet. This should be loaded with phytonutrient rich fruits and vegetables. Grains and sugars stimulate higher levels of insulin and cortisol. Cortisol is the anti-thesis to testosterone. The body produces high cortisol when faced with chronic chemical, physical, & emotional stressors. Healthy blood sugar balance is critical to stabilizing cortisol and boosting testosterone.

Healthy fat sources are extremely critical for good hormone function. Fats and cholesterol play a critical role in forming the structure and rigidity of our cell membranes. These fats impact cell messaging by acting as enzyme and hormone regulators. The nutrition plan should consist of ample amounts of good fats such as avocado, coconut, & olive oil. Saturated fats, cholesterol, conjugated linoleic acids and essential omega 3 fatty acid from healthy grass-fed animal products are excellent.

Xenoestrogens, artificial hormone mimicking substances, are linked to lower testosterone levels. These xenoestrogens are found in tap water, plastics, home cleaning agents, deodorants, soaps, make-up & body lotions. Many medications also contain heavy amounts of synthetic xenoestrogens as well. Avoiding these sources along with ensuring a diet rich in raw and lightly cooked fruits and vegetables will provide fiber and phytonutrients that help the body eliminate these toxic substances.

High Intensity Exercise

High intensity exercise is crucial to boosting testosterone. Exercises should be explosive in nature and maximize the resistive overload on the muscles. Large muscle group compound lifts such as squats, deadlifts & burpees are some of the best testosterone boosting exercises. The training session should be short (5-30 mins) and have very little rest periods between sets.

Using high quality non-denatured sources of whey protein post-exercise boosts testosterone. This is due to the high concentration of branched-chain amino acids such as leucine that are rich in whey protein. These BCAA’s stimulate muscle protein synthesis, which boosts testosterone production.

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Use of plastic products linked to cancer and impairment of the immune system

NaturalNews) These days, we seem to be surrounded by plastic products. From the containers we store food in to the interior of the vehicles we drive, these plastics pose serious risks to our health as well as the environment. Side effects of the chemicals used in the manufacturing process of plastic include endocrine disruption, which can result in immune system suppression. This in turn can lead to cancer, birth defects and developmental problems.

However, more and more studies are exposing the health risks associated with plastic products. Each piece of plastic ever created still exists. That which has been incinerated has released toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Exposure to chemicals in plastic occurs not only during the manufacturing process, but also when we use plastic products. This normally occurs when plastic bags and containers are used to cook with or store food in.

Plastics, which are known to contaminate food and water, include styrene (from polystyrene), antioxidants from polyethylene, plasticizers from PVC products and acetaldehyde from PET plastic products. These toxic substances are also affecting our ocean life because fish are consuming plastic, which is dumped in the ocean. Chemicals from the plastic are leeching into the ocean as well, which will soon render the fish and other seafood unsafe to eat.

Health risks associated with PVC use and exposure include ulcers, liver dysfunction, genetic changes, skin disease, indigestion, cancer, birth defects, deafness and chronic bronchitis. Products containing PVC include most food packaging, toys, pacifiers, car upholstery, hosepipes, shower curtains, containers housing toiletry and personal care products, many floor tiles, crib bumpers and inflatable swimming pools.

Polystyrene use and exposure has been linked to nose, eye and throat irritation. Cases of dizziness and unconsciousness have also been reported. Workers, who are exposed to high levels of this carcinogenic product, experience increased rates of hematopoietic as well as lymphatic cancers. Polystyrene can be found in many items including many food containers, foam packaging, CD cases, disposable cups and plates, paints, packing peanuts, ice buckets and flotation devices.

Polyethylene and Urea-Formaldehyde are both carcinogenic. These are found in products such as drinking bottles, toys, kitchenware, carpet fibres, building insulation, particle board, fabric finishes and plywood. Formaldehyde has been linked to birth defects, headaches, breathing problems, watery eyes, rashes and tiredness.

Bisphenol A, which is found in polycarbonate plastic products, has been linked to various health conditions such as early onset of puberty in children, cancer, hyperactivity, obesity, impaired immune functioning and diabetes.

Phthalates (DINP, DEHP and many others) are found in items such as printing ink, some toys, vinyl flooring, shoes and surgical gloves and apparatus. These have been linked to asthma, declining sperm counts, endometriosis, infertility, hormonal changes, birth defects and various forms of cancer.
One of the most commonly used forms of plastic used today is that used in non-stick cookware, clothing irons and tools. This is known as Tetrafluoroethylene. This product has been linked to breathing difficulties as well as nose, throat and eye irritation.

The best way to avoid as much exposure as possible to these carcinogenic substances would be to look for replacements made from glass, cardboard, wood or bamboo. Do not heat or reheat food in plastic or polystyrene containers. Drink from glass instead of plastic containers and replace sports drinking bottles with stainless steel bottles which have BPA-free linings.

Further Reading:
http://www.ecologycenter.org/factsh…
http://cheryl-heppard.suite101.com/…
http://sustainablyverdant.wordpress…

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Ten acupressure points lead to a healthy wholesome life

NaturalNews) Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a science dating back thousands of years. This medical science is based on the understanding of the energetic make up of the body. It classifies all the organs and functions of the body into a manifestation and interaction of 5 basic energies, which are wind, heat, humidity, dryness and coldness. These energies flow through their respective meridians (energy channels) all over the body. There are specific points on these meridians through which these energies enter or exit the body. Diseases are caused as a result of imbalance in the energies of the body, and this imbalance can be corrected by application of pressure at these specific points on the body which are the gateways of the five energies. Pressure is applied for 3 to 5 minutes with your finger or a blunt object, which activates these points and balances the energies.

There are 10 golden points out of more than 350 which are the most important for preventing and treating all illnesses.

The 10 golden acupressure points are:
1.Stomach 36 (ST 36): This is the 36th point on the stomach meridian. It balances the digestion power of the body. According to TCM, diabetes begins with increase of stomach fire. So this point can prevent diabetes. It can also prevent aging and weakness for which it is commonly used in China. Locally good for arthritis.

2. Large intestine 11 (LI 11): 11th point on the LI meridian which is one of the best for improving immunity and persistent infections. Also used for elbow stiffness.

3.Large intestine 4 (LI 4): This is one of the best analgesic points for any type of pain, for e.g. headache, body ache etc. It is very helpful to clear excess heat in the body which causes nose bleeds, fevers etc.

4. Urinary Bladder 40 (BL 40): This point is very useful in back pain, lumbago and knee stiffness in arthritis. Lower back pain is a common problem for which this is a panacea.

5.Liver 3 (LIV 3): This is the best point for hypertension, insomnia, diabetes and painful breasts. By regularly pressing this point one can get rid of hypertension for good.

6.Gallbladder 34 (GB 34): This point controls the wind rising up to the head that causes insomnia, migraine and anxiety. Also prevents gallstones and is used for swollen knees due to arthritis etc.

7.Lung 7 (LU 7): This is a very good point for relief in asthma, breathlessness and migraine.

8.Heart 7 (HE 7): This point balances all the emotional issues in the heart and harmonizes its function.

9.Spleen 6 (SP 6): Massaging this point improves digestion and relieves feeling of distention after having food which many people experience. It nourishes the spleen and increases blood production. It relieves feeling of heaviness and tiredness.

10.Kidney 1 (KID 1): This point is very important for the elderly. As we age the kidney grows weaker according to TCM and its fire dwindles. Along with acupressure, warm this point with any kind of heat or immerse feet in warm water for 15 minutes daily.

For pictures of location of these acupoints you can see the following URL http://www.purnarogya.com/general/a…

Acupressure is best avoided on empty or full stomach. Pressure can be applied on these points 30 min after meals. SP 6 and LI 4 should be avoided during pregnancy. Thus, regular application of pressure on the above mentioned 10 acupressure points is very good for maintaining overall health of body and mind.

Reference:
A manual of acupuncture by Peter Deadman
http://www.itmonline.org/arts/madan…
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/tcm…

About the author

Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi is an integrated holistic health practitioner, specialized in hospice and palliative medicine from Cardiff University (UK) and University of California (USA). He is also qualified in several alternative natural therapies-Ayurveda,Traditional chinese medicine,Naturopathy,Energy medicine,Sujok,Medical astrology & Yoga. He is the Founder-Director of Purnarogya Holistic Health Care and regularly conducts health & wellness seminars/workshops for corporates and private groups. You can visit his website at http://www.purnarogya.com

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New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia Discovered

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2011) — University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular pathway that is critical to understanding cardiac arrhythmia and other heart muscle problems. Understanding the basic science of heart and muscle function could open the door to new treatments. The study, published recently in the journal Cell, examined the electrical impulses that coordinate contraction in heart and skeletal muscles, controlling heart rate, for example. Unraveling how the body regulates these impulses is key to understanding serious health conditions such as paralysis, muscle relaxation and heart arrhythmia.

Researchers in the Cell study examined ion channels — membrane proteins that allow the electrical charges to flow into and out of the cell. The number and location of channels on the cell’s surface are critical to the heart’s rhythm. The University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists found a new, previously unknown intracellular trafficking pathway that controls the number and location of the ion channels on the cell surface, affecting the passage of electrical charges and controlling the beat of the heart and other muscle activity.

Ion channels are proteins that form pores at the cell’s surface. The pores open with careful regulation, allowing the passage of ions like potassium, sodium or chloride. These ions carry distinct electrical charges, and their regulated passage into and out of the cell stimulate and coordinate contractions such as the heart’s rhythm.

“This study illuminates a new pathway for therapeutic intervention,” says Paul Welling, M.D., professor of physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Drugs that interfere with or augment this signal may be used to control the number and location of ion channels in such a way to fight arrhythmia and other muscle disorders, potentially saving lives.”

“Dr. Welling’s research is an example of the world class basic science discoveries taking place at the School of Medicine, discoveries that we hope one day will lead to relief and new treatments for patients and their families,” says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. vice president for medical affairs for the University of Maryland, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Until recently, scientists have focused on the regulatory mechanisms that control the way that these ion channels open and close and how that action affects muscle contraction and heart rate. Years of research have shown that it is not simply the action of these ion channels that affects heart arrhythmia Scientists have found that the location and number of channels on the cell’s surface are just as important to the heart’s rhythm. The study in Cell describes a new intracellular trafficking pathway that controls the number and location of these ion channels on the cell surface.

“Previously, we were unsure how the ion channels get out to the surface of the cell,” says Dr. Welling. “We found a new mechanism that operates like a molecular zip code, ensuring that the appropriate numbers of ion channels are sent to the correct cellular location, the cell surface. It also functions as a type of proofreading mechanism, making sure that only correctly made ion channels make it to the cell surface.”

Dr. Welling and his colleagues examined the molecular pathology of the genetic condition Andersen-Tawil Syndrome, characterized by uncoordinated muscle contractions, paralysis and disruptions in the normal heart rhythm. The syndrome is caused by mutations in the gene known as KCNJ2, which encodes a potassium channel in the heart and skeletal muscle known as Kir2.1.

The scientists examined how mutations in the potassium channel affects its passage through a key intracellular sorting station called the Golgi apparatus. The Golgi apparatus modifies, sorts and packages molecules for the cell’s use. Dr. Welling’s lab found that the Golgi apparatus selects the Kir2.1 channel to travel to the surface of the cell in an unusual, signal-dependent manner. The signal determines where the Golgi apparatus sends the potassium channel and how many it sends and verifies that the channels are of quality. In patients with Andersen-Tawil Syndrome, the signal is faulty and fails to properly regulate the ion channels and their path to the cell surface.

“Elucidating the mechanisms behind this rare disease provides insight into more prevalent forms of arrhythmia such as heart failure,” says Dr. Welling. “There is great interest in understanding the mechanisms by which cardiac ion channels are regulated. This new pathway may be an excellent target for therapeutic intervention for both Andersen-Tawil syndrome and the far more common condition, like arrhythmias associated with heart failure.”

The study has implications beyond the science of the heart, he added. The class of ion channels the researchers examined includes about 12 other ion channels that control various body processes from cognition to the salt balance in the kidneys. The next step for his lab, Dr. Welling says, is to study this pathway in relation to the kidneys. It is possible the same pathway affects the entire class of channels and helps regulate all the body processes associated with them.

High Fizzy Soft Drink Consumption Linked to Violence Among Teens

ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2011) — Teens who drink more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks every week are significantly more likely to behave aggressively, suggests research published online in Injury Prevention. This includes carrying a weapon and perpetrating violence against peers and siblings.

US lawyers have successfully argued in the past that a defendant accused of murder had diminished capacity as a result of switching to a junk food diet, a legal precedent that subsequently became known as the “Twinkie Defense” — a twinkie being a packaged snack cake with a creamy filling.

The researchers base their findings on 1,878 teens from 22 public schools in Boston, Massachusetts. The teens were part of the Boston Youth Survey, a biennial survey of 9th to 12th graders (14 to 18 year olds).

The teens were asked how many carbonated non-diet soft drinks they had drunk over the past seven days. Intake was measured in cans (355 ml or 12 ounces), and responses categorised according to quantity.

The responses were divided into two groups: those drinking up to four cans over the preceding week (low consumption); and those drinking five or more (high consumption). Just under one in three (30%) respondents fell into the high consumption category.

The researchers then looked at potential links to violent behaviour in this group, by asking if they had been violent towards their peers, a sibling, or a partner, and if they had carried a gun or knife over the past year.

Responses were assessed in the light of factors likely to influence the results, including age and gender, alcohol consumption, and average amount of sleep on a school night.

Those who drank 5 or more cans of soft drinks every week were significantly more likely to have drunk alcohol and smoked at least once in the previous month.

But even after controlling for these and other factors, heavy use of carbonated non-diet soft drinks was significantly associated with carrying a gun or knife, and violence towards peers, family members and partners.

When the findings were divided into four categories of consumption, the results showed a clear dose-response relationship across all four measures.

Just over 23% of those drinking one or no cans of soft drink a week carried a gun/knife, rising to just under 43% among those drinking 14 or more cans. The proportions of those perpetrating violence towards a partner rose from 15% in those drinking one or no cans a week to just short of 27% among those drinking 14 or more.

Similarly, violence towards peers rose from 35% to more than 58%, while violence towards siblings rose from 25.4% to over 43%.

In all, for those teens who were heavy consumers of non-diet carbonated soft drinks, the probability of aggressive behaviour was 9 to 15 percentage points higher — the same magnitude as the impact of alcohol or tobacco — the findings showed. “There may be a direct cause-and-effect-relationship, perhaps due to the sugar or caffeine content of soft drinks, or there may be other factors, unaccounted for in our analyses, that cause both high soft drink consumption and aggression,” conclude the authors.

Beware of mass misinformation – Know the real story behind Vitamin E and Prostate Cancer

NaturalNews) The mass media is now widely disseminating recent negative results of the ongoing SELECT trial (Selenium and Vitamin E in Preventing Prostate Cancer), which showed that men who were taking 400 IU vitamin E per day had a 17% greater risk of prostate cancer. One doctor interviewed has even recommended that men stop taking their vitamin E supplements and talk to their doctors. But the definition of “vitamin E” being used is perhaps far too loose because not all vitamin E is created equal, and in this case that could literally mean the difference between life and death.

Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamin E
The men in the SELECT trial were being given 100% synthetic dl-alpha-tocopheryl-acetate. This form has for many years been regarded as inferior to natural d-alpha-tocopherol: the l- form present in the synthetic vitamin is not recognized by the body and may actually prevent the d- form from entering cell membranes to do its work. In addition, one study done in 1980 on humans showed that synthetic vitamin E had no more than half the biological potency of the natural vitamin. Look at any nutritional supplement retailer today and you will likely find the vast majority of vitamin E offered to be natural in origin because that is what customers are demanding.

Vitamin E Shown Protective in the VITAL Cohort
In fact, this is the likely explanation for why another large study–the VITAL cohort–produced results that were exactly opposite to those of the SELECT trial. Starting in the year 2000, over 35,000 men were observed for prostate cancer development and were assessed for supplement intake via detailed questionnaires. The men taking 400 IU or more of vitamin E daily for 10 years actually saw a “non-significant” risk reduction for prostate cancer of 14%. Much more surprising is that these men also saw a “significant” risk reduction of 57% for developing advanced prostate cancer. The men in this study were all taking vitamin E on their own accord, and the source (natural vs. synthetic) was not disclosed. It is reasonable to assume that a significant portion of these men were taking the natural form of vitamin E, and that this form provided superior protection from cancer compared to the synthetic form given to participants in the SELECT trial.

Does Money Talk Louder Than Science?
It is astounding and unfortunate that the VITAL cohort results never received press coverage even comparable to that of the SELECT trial’s negative results. It is also unfortunate that the VITAL results are not discussed in the JAMA paper which covers the latest SELECT results. Why might the authors of this paper be so one-sided against natural medicine for cancer? Readers are directed to the JAMA paper itself for the answer, to be found in the section entitled “Conflicts of Interest Disclosure.” Several of the authors have directly received funding from large pharma companies.

The SELECT trial has shown that synthetic vitamin E may increase prostate cancer risk, but these results are not necessarily transferrable to natural vitamin E. Until another SELECT-type trial is run using natural vitamin E (preferably with mixed tocopherols), men may wish to ask their doctors about the difference between natural vs. synthetic vitamin E in light of recent large studies (such as the VITAL cohort) which appear to support the role of vitamin E in preventing prostate cancer.

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Coffee Consumption Associated With Decreased Risk for Basal Cell Carcinoma

ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2011) — Caffeine could be related to an inverse association between basal cell carcinoma risk and consumption of coffee, a study found.


The prospective study, presented at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 22-25, 2011, examined the risks of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma in connection with coffee consumption and found a decreased risk for BCC only.

“Given the nearly 1 million new cases of BCC diagnosed each year in the United States, daily dietary factors with even small protective effects may have great public health impact,” said researcher Fengju Song, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the department of dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “Our study indicates that coffee consumption may be an important option to help prevent BCC.”

Data were taken from the Nurses’ Health Study (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (Harvard School of Public Health). In the Nurses’ Health Study, 72,921 participants were followed from June 1984 to June 2008. In the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, 39,976 participants were followed from June 1986 to June 2008.

The researchers reported 25,480 incident skin cancer cases. Of those, 22,786 were BCC, 1,953 were SCC, and 741 were melanoma.

Song and colleagues reported that women who consumed more than three cups of coffee per day had a 20 percent reduction in risk for BCC, and men who consumed more than three cups per day had a nine percent risk reduction compared with people who consumed less than one cup per month.

The amount of coffee consumption was inversely associated with BCC risk. Those in the highest quintile had the lowest risk, with an 18 percent reduction for women and a 13 percent reduction for men.

Song and colleagues were surprised by the inverse connection in BCC cases only. Animal studies have suggested an association between coffee intake and skin cancer risk, but epidemiologic studies have not conclusively shown the same results, they said.

“Mouse studies have shown that oral or topical caffeine promotes elimination of UV-damaged keratinocytes via apoptosis (programmed cell death) and markedly reduces subsequent SCC development,” Song said. “However, in our cohort analysis, we did not find any inverse association between coffee consumption and the risk for SCC.”

Song said that additional studies specifically addressing the association between coffee consumption and BCC and the mechanism behind this association are warranted.

Cleanse your digestive system the easy way by eating kitchari

NaturalNews) If you’re a foodie wanting to clean your system out, but can’t stand the thought of a strict fast, try eating some kitchari. Ayurvedic doctors swear by this hearty dish made of basmati rice, mung dal, and aromatic Indian herbs; because it is super easy to digest, highly nourishing, and purifying, it is the ideal food for cleansing an overworked digestive system clogged up by fats and chemical-laden processed foods.

According to Ayurveda, India’s ancient wholistic healing system, proper digestion is essential to good health. Eating kitchari for a period of time gives the digestive system the break it needs for it to devote itself to healing. This staple of the Ayurvedic diet is eaten regularly (as the sole food in a mono-diet cleanse) and as part of a Panchakarma (a comprehensive Ayurvedic detoxification program that uses techniques such as oil massage, sweating, and enema to evacuate toxic materials from the body).

Dr. Vasant Lad’s mini-Panchakarma cleanse consists mostly of eating kitchari for a few days along with ghee (clarified butter), another healing food that Ayurvedic practitioners believe increases agni, the internal fire that powers digestion and metabolism. With many years of trial and error to its credit, Ayurveda has demonstrated that simple combination to effectively detoxify the body.

Since Ayurveda suggests specific diets for individual doshas — mind-body constitutional types — eating Ayurvedically inevitably translates to limited food choices, making it unpopular for those wanting access to the full range of culinary options. Kitchari, however, is safe for everyone to eat because it is tridoshic, meaning it is fine for all three doshas.

Health benefits aside, kitchari can be appreciated for its taste alone. The fragrant herbs that Indian cooking is so known for impart flavor while the ghee adds richness. As with soup, vegetables can be added to the mix as long as they’re dosha-compatible, making kitchari a versatile dish that’s open to improvisation.

Whether looking to clean your digestive system out after years of abuse or just looking for a new tasty dish to liven up your meal rotation, cook up some kitchari for a complete food that will fill you up without weighing you down.

Kitchari

Yields 4 servings

1 cup white basmati rice
1 cup split mung beans
1 tablespoon ghee
1 /4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 /4 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
1 /4 teaspoon turmeric
1 /4 teaspoon rock salt or sea salt
4 cups water

1. Rinse the rice and mung beans until the water is clear.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the ghee and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Stir a moment until the seeds pop.
3. Add the rice, mung beans, turmeric, and salt, and stir until well blended with the spices.
4. Add the water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
5. Turn down the heat to low and cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar. Cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.

Adapted from Usha Lad and Vashant Lad’s Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing (Albuquerque: The Ayurvedic Press, 1997).

Resources:

Vasant Lad, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies (New York: ; Vasant Lad; Three Rivers Press, 1999)
Usha Lad and Vashant Lad, Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing (Albuquerque: The Ayurvedic Press, 2002) Salt Spring Centre of Yoga: Kitcheree Recipe (http://saltspringcentre.com/2011/05…)
The Ayurvedic Institute: Kitchari Recipe (http://www.ayurveda.com/online_reso…)

References:

All About Fasting: Kitchari fasting is an ancient Ayurvedic practice (http://www.allaboutfasting.com/kitc…)
Ayurvedic Resources: Kitchari (http://www.ayurveda-berkeley.com/Ay…)
YOGAChicago: Spring Cleansing with Ayurveda (http://www.yogachicago.com/mar08/cl…)
Yoga Journal: Cleansing Kitchari (http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyl…)
The Ayurvedic Institute: Kitchari Recipe (http://www.ayurveda.com/online_reso…)

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