Getting Back To It, and Site Migration!

Ok, So I am working to make this blog a priority for me to keep it updated and to get it to where is was always supposed to be, posting food for thought, but more importantly, helping people sift through the confusion world of nutrition and health! With  papers printing that this will give you cancer and that will cure cancer,  and then one radio show promoting veganism and another promoting 80% meat diet, no one knows what the hell to do any more. And My self and Mr Tony Pantalleresco want to help. Without bias.

Any how, thats not been the case. We have both been busy and this blog got loaded with a lot of Mr P’s info from his site and then not much more.. That is changing NOW!

Firstly, My site, www.livelongerlivestronger.co.uk  was hacked early this year and has been having problems ever since. Right now it looks like i’m in for a complete new install, which i am not happy about, but such is life. So for now, I will be posting interesting and Health news articles here weekly from various sites.  I read and follow many sites and there are a lot of good storied out there, but also a lot of rubbish. I’ll sift through and find you the good stuff. You still might get a little contradiction, but then health is not black and white. I wont be posting propaganda articles!

Tony Has been doing some great radio shows recently with some superb info so ill get the show notes up here very soon.

Thanks for checking in.

Natural lemon extract is cytotoxic to breast cancer cells

NaturalNews) A new study has shown for the first time how limonoids, natural compounds present in lemons and other citrus fruit, impede both ER+ and ER- breast cancer cell growth. This sheds new light on the importance of citrus fruit for breast cancer prevention and supports past studies which showed fruit consumption may lower breast cancer risk.

Limonoids show cytotoxic and anti-aromatase effects

For this study, 14 kilograms of dried lemon seeds were powdered and defatted. Nine different limonoids were extracted from the seeds. Seven showed significant cytotoxicity against ER+ breast cancer cells, while four showed cytotoxicity against ER- cells (decreasing growth/viability by as much as 44 percent). Each limonoid was also tested for its ability to induce programmed cell death of the cancer cells (via caspase-7 activation), and one of the most potent was found to be limonin glucoside – which is by far the most abundant limonoid in citrus juices.

The limonoids were also tested for their ability to inhibit aromatase, which is key in limiting the estrogen that ER+ cells can use for growth. All but one of the limonoids proved to be natural aromatase inhibitors, and again, limonin glucoside was at the forefront as the most potent of them all. Thus, limonoids are not only directly toxic to both ER+ and ER- breast cancer cells, but they also work to deprive ER+ cells of the estrogen needed for growth.

Preventing breast cancer is not the only reason to consume citrus limonoids, though. In the lab, limonoids have shown cytotoxicity to colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, neuroblastoma, leukemia, and others. This opens an important question: How much citrus fruit must we consume for meaningful protection from cancer?

Citrus fruit for cancer prevention – How much is needed?

A recent case-control study out of Europe showed that consuming four or more 150-gram portions per week of citrus fruit decreased the risks of throat cancer by 58 percent, oral/pharyngeal cancer by 53 percent, stomach cancer by 31 percent, and colorectal cancer by 18 percent. This study did not find a protective effect of citrus against breast cancer, but a recent American study did show that women consuming about 75 grams daily of grapefruit (fruit or juice) saw a 22 percent reduction in breast cancer risk if they had never used hormone replacement therapy. It is noteworthy that the protective level of citrus consumption was nearly identical in both these studies (525-600 grams per week) and could be interpreted as a minimum intake level for meaningful cancer protection. However, it’s also important to know the best sources of limonoids if they are key to citrus fruit’s anti-cancer properties.

Sources of citrus limonoids – Oranges are best

While the limonoids in the latest study above were taken from lemon seeds, they are also found in the peel, pulp and juice of all citrus fruits. Citrus juices contain approximately 90 to 300 mg per liter of limonoid glucosides (orange juice: 300 mg/l, grapefruit juice: 200 mg/l, lemon or lime juice: 90 mg/l). Citrus pulp and peel contain up to 500mg/kg of limonoids, so if you freshly squeeze your juice, be sure to include as much pulp as possible. Citrus seeds can contain up to two percent by weight of limonoids, with grapefruit seeds being the richest source.

Taken together, these recent studies suggest that women wanting to reduce breast cancer risk should consume at least 75 grams daily of citrus fruit or juice as part of a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle, and that further benefit may be obtained by concentrating on limonoid-rich orange and grapefruit as whole fruit, or pulp-rich juices.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23117440
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19856118
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18026192
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17892257

About the author:
Ethan Evers is author of the award-winning medical thriller “The Eden Prescription,” in which cutting-edge researchers perfect an effective, all-natural treatment for cancer, only to be hunted down by pharmaceutical interests which will stop at nothing to protect their $80 billion cancer drug cash machine. The Eden Prescription is based on the latest science and draws on real historical events stretching back to the beginning of the “War on Cancer.” Ethan has a PhD in Applied Science.

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Mexico hit by diabetes epidemic as processed American foods take over

NaturalNews) As the U.S. trade deficit continues to soar, the one thing America has been successful at exporting is its fast food industry, and with it, all of the health problems it causes.

When Mexico signed on to become a participant in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the early 1990s, the country’s leaders thought they were getting unprecedented access to the vast U.S. marketplace. Goods and services would flow more freely between the two countries and Canada; no tariffs, fewer trade regulations and far less red tape.

Well, that experience in “free trade” has turned out not to be so free after all: With an explosion in the importation of American-based fast food venues has come a similar explosion in the waistlines of average Mexicans, who are now collectively more obese than any other country on the planet, except the United States. That will mean infinitely higher healthcare costs for a country that, despite a young labor force and plenty of natural resources, still struggles with crushing poverty.

“With each bite into a greasy taco and slurp of a sugary drink, Mexico hurtles toward what health experts predict will be a public health crisis from diabetes-related disease,” says a report by McClatchy Newspapers.

Diabetes rates rising past the point of treatment capabilities

Citing the most current statistics, the report says one-fifth of all Mexican women and 25 percent of men are thought to now be at risk for diabetes. Already, it is the nation’s number one killer, claiming about 70,000 lives a year – far more than drug cartel and gang violence, which is also high.

Public health officials are blaming the dramatic uptick in diabetes on changes in Mexican lifestyles. Such changes have come from a surge in powerful snack and soft drink industries as well as increasingly sedentary ways of living, as well as a genetic heritage that is susceptible to the chronic, debilitating, life-threatening illness.

The results have already begun to manifest in higher hospital admissions, “where those needing treatment for diabetes-related illness” like blindness and kidney dialysis are clamoring for help, the newspaper group reported.

“The first time we came, we had to wait 12 days for my husband to get dialysis,” Marta Remigio Jasso, who spoke on the grounds of the General Hospital of Mexico, a public unit of the Secretariat of Health, told McClatchy. “I slept under my husband’s hospital bed.”

Some 150,000 Mexicans receive kidney dialysis, but at least that many are denied treatment because they lack insurance, Dr. Abelardo Avial Curiel, a physician and expert in population studies at one of the country’s most prestigious medical centers, the Salvador Zubiran National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, said.

“When we project the increase in diabetes and the costs associated with it, the Mexican health system will be overwhelmed. It can’t be paid for. By the year 2020, it will be catastrophic. By 2030, it faces collapse,” he said.

Between 6.5 and 10 million Mexicans now have diabetes, according to public health officials. That is fewer than the 20 million diabetes sufferers in the U.S., but the number of sufferers south of the border is likely to expand exponentially, thanks to soaring obesity and a shifting demographics that could soon prove to be too great for public health systems.

“In the next four decades, the population of people 65 years and older will quadruple,” Manuel Ordorica Mellado, a demographer at the Colegio de Mexico, a public research and teaching institution, told McClatchy. “This is vertiginous growth.”

By 2050, Mexico is likely to have about 25 million elderly people, said Mellado, or the equivalent of the nation’s entire population in 1950.

“Diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in Mexico. It’s also the main reason for amputations,” added Carmen Reyes de Ortega, the executive director of the Mexican Diabetes Association, a nonprofit advocacy and educational group.

Reyes de Ortega noted that the outlook for the country is not good. “We’ll have a lot of people suffering blindness, with mobility problems and needing dialysis.”

Mexicans now consuming more soda than Americans

The Mexican lifestyle has changed dramatically in the past few decades. As urban centers became more crowded, it forced workers into long commutes. Also, concerns about public safety have kept more Mexicans cooped up at home.

For instance, workers who would go home for long lunch breaks and consume freshly prepared foods can no longer do that.

“It is practically impossible to go home to eat lunch now,” said Dr. Gabriela Ortiz, a department director at the National Center for Preventative Health and Disease Control. “We ask for food to be delivered to our office. Some employees go out to the taco stands on the corner or to the street markets.”

In addition, because of concerns about the safety of public drinking water, more Mexicans have begun to consume sugary drinks.

“Coca-Cola is a great villain, but it is not the only one,” Avila pointed out, adding that some 30 of Mexico’s 500 largest businesses produce snacks or other types of junk food, carbonated or sugary beverages.

Figures show that Mexicans now consume about 40 percent more sugary drinks per year than do Americans.

Sources:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com

http://articles.cnn.com

http://voices.yahoo.com

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Higher vitamin D intake linked with cognitive performance and Alzheimer’s disease risk in women

NaturalNews) Higher blood saturation levels of vitamin D have been conclusively shown to lower the risk for a myriad of chronic illnesses including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. More recent scientific studies are beginning to draw a solid connection between intake of the sunshine vitamin and how well we retain memories, utilize thought processes and learn new concepts. Additionally, many forward thinking health researchers are providing clear evidence that the prohormone can impact the overall risk for developing the insidious memory robbing illness known as Alzheimer’s disease.

A research team from the Angers University Hospital in France has released the results of a study in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences that demonstrates how vitamin D may be a vital component for the cognitive health of women as they age. In the study, scientists provide evidence to demonstrate that higher vitamin D dietary intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Study highlights the critical importance of vitamin D supplementation among the elderly

In past studies, researchers have concluded that low vitamin D levels among older women are associated with higher odds of global cognitive impairment and a higher risk of global cognitive decline. This study was based on an analysis of 6,257 older women who had vitamin D levels measured during the Study of Osteopathic Fractures and whose cognitive function was tested by the Mini-Mental State Examination.

The researchers found that participants with the lowest blood concentration of vitamin D (fewer than 10 ng/mL using the standard 25(OH)D blood test) were associated with significantly higher odds of global cognitive impairment at baseline among the older women. Those with blood saturation levels considered to be low (fewer than 20 ng/mL) were associated with a higher risk of incident global cognitive decline, as measured by performance on the Mental State Examination. It is important to note that vitamin D readings below 20 ng/mL are frequent among those aged 65 and older, placing them at considerable risk for cognitive decline and dementia.

The study team concluded that “women who developed Alzheimer’s disease had lower baseline vitamin D intakes (an average of 50.3 micrograms per week) than those who developed other dementias (an average of 63.6 micrograms per week) or no dementia at all (an average of 59.0 micrograms per week).” Conversion of vitamin D in the skin from sun exposure declines rapidly after the age of 50, necessitating a prudent supplementation program to maintain optimal blood saturation levels (50 to 70 ng/mL) and dramatically lower risk for memory loss, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s dementia.

Sources for this article include:

http://biomedgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/67/11/1205
http://www.sciencenewsline.com/articles/2012120112020007.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/tgso-vdt113012.php
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121130222245.htm

About the author:
John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’, a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’.

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