Naked Labs raises $14 million for its body scanner mirror

These entrepreneurs invented a futuristic ‘magic mirror’ to take on the bathroom scale — and investors say its groundbreaking tech could transform the future of fitness

Zoë Bernard Aug. 4, 2018, 3:19 PM

Naked LabsCalifornia-based startup Naked Labs just unveiled its flagship product: a high-tech mirror and scale that delivers precise information on your body including weight, height, BMI, and measurements.

Naked Labs also closed a $14 million funding round led by Founders Fund which included investments from NEA, Lumia, and early Uber and SpaceX investor Cyan Banister.

Naked Lab’s co-founder Ed Sclater says he has ambitions for his product’s tech in the fields of retail, medical care, and more.

For Ed Sclater, co-founder of Northern California-based startup Naked Labs, climbing onto the scale isn’t just an age-old, necessary but often depressing bathroom ritual, it’s an approach to health and fitness that’s potentially damaging.

“If you get on a traditional scale, you get a single number — your weight,” said Sclater. “The problem is that if you work out, you’re going to be losing fat and gaining muscle, but the scale will keep telling you that you’ve made zero progress. If you’re trying to get in better shape, that information is absolutely damaging.”

FINISH READING: Naked Labs raises $14 million for its body scanner mirror – Business Insider




FANTA Orange Soda Salad Dressing


with sun-dried tomato, garlic and fresh orange – fat-free. A refreshing change in the way you dress your salads!

Makes 6 cups

Continue reading →

Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year

Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year

FFC Comment: Just a quick observation here: Men dying from alcohol related issues is almost three times greater than that of women, yet the person who wrote/published this article put up a picture of young women drinking. Does that make any sense outside of the prejudicial sexism realm?

6.8 % of men and 2.2 % of women die from alcohol related issues. Where’s the picture of men drinking? Shame the women and not the men? The women are 3 times less likely to die from alcohol related issues than men. What are the women doing right?

Is it, out of 1 in 3 which equals 2.4 billion people, that 6.8 % men and 2.2 % women die from alcohol issues?

If 1/3 of the world population drinks, does that include all humans or all adults or all within drinking age even if they’re comatose in a nursing facility?

Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year

Alcohol helps to kill 2.8 million people out of the 2.4 billion people who drink alcohol?

2,400,000,000 divided by 2,800,000 = .857 or less than 1/10 of 1%.

Isn’t that what the Jews say is their world population? Less than 1/10 of 1%?

Either that’s a lot of people or it isn’t. The article states that alcohol helps cause these deaths. It doesn’t say how it helps people die.

Does that mean if someone drinks and dies that the death was alcohol related, just because they drank every day for breakfast? How do we know it was the alcohol? Maybe it was the Wheaties or the milk in the bowl of Wheaties or the butter on the toast or the eggs, bacon or sausage or pancakes and syrup.

Maybe they would have died sooner if not for the alcohol. Maybe in a significant number of alcohol related deaths, alcohol played no role.

So, I’m not sure what they’re getting at here. 2/3 of all people worldwide don’t drink (don’t know if this means only adults). So how healthy are the 2/3 who don’t drink compared to the 1/3 who do drink? And what do the 2/3 who don’t drink die from?

Are the 2/3 non-drinkers from Muslim cultures or countries that frown on women drinkers, or from poverty and crime ridden countries? Do inhabitants of Third World countries have longer life expectancies, because they can’t afford to buy alcohol? There’s a lot missing in this article. What’s the point here again?

Some money making groups, probably in the health insurance field want men to drink less, so they go after the women. SO-o Sexist.

Here we go again, putting it all on the women, starting with Eve making Adam eat the animal.

One tenth of one percent compared to ninety-nine point nine percent of everybody else who drinks in the world dies from an alcohol related cause. Maybe. Some obviously do. Too many if you ask the families of those who died from alcoholism.

Compare 2.8 million to 7.6 billion (actual world population) and the numbers are significantly less. Still, you can’t help but look at the actual numbers rather than the small ratios.

Sure people who drink, mostly drink too much. But it’s only ranked 7th out of all other death categories. Plus they had to really reach to increase the numbers by qualifying the cause with “it helps to kill” people.

The language alone suggests a less than rigorous conformity to scientific method. This article was written more for affect than substance.

Analyzing studies from 1990 till now, when it is well documented that studies from the past are notoriously flawed and skewed and agenda-dependent, doesn’t lend much credence in these results. Too much compensation would have to be made regarding figures and methods, changes in populations, the fact that most people lie about how much they drink, across the board, that once again fall prey to agenda-related manipulations by companies who have a vested interest. Who paid for the study and what was the working hypothesis?

How about the animal product category? I’ll bet animal consumption related deaths is number one. How much of the animal do people consume daily? That’s where the real shocking figures come to light.

So now it’s the cancer caused by alcohol consumption with no thought to the animal consumption that goes along with alcohol consumption? The fact that the animal was left out when it is clearly known that the higher the animal consumption, the higher the alcohol consumption and vice versa, makes me question the integrity of the study and those participating in the statistical analysis.

Most people on high protein, high fat, low carb diets are big drinkers – beer, wine and spirits.

The slaughter industries are betting on a reduction of alcohol lowering cancer rates, allowing for people to consume all the animal products they want.


is their new mantra as they pre-spend their profits in their gold-lined minds

I’m not here to save the serial killers of the world any money, but you need to back up on this one.

HERE’S THE ARTICLE > decide for yourself.

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Alcohol contributes to 2.8 million deaths a year worldwide, and there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, researchers say.

The new analysis of hundreds of studies conducted between 1990 and 2016 found that one in three people worldwide (2.4 billion people) drink alcohol, and that 6.8 percent of men and 2.2 percent of women die of alcohol-related health problems each year.

How the United States fits into those figures is unclear. It was not among the top or bottom 10 for the most or the heaviest drinkers in 2016. Denmark led the list for most drinkers (97 percent of men and 95 percent of women), while Romania (men) and Ukraine (women) had the heaviest drinkers.

Worldwide, alcohol use was the seventh-leading risk factor for early death and disability in 2016. It was the top cause for early death and disability among 15- to 49-year-olds, accounting for one in 10 deaths. In this age group, the main causes of alcohol-related deaths were tuberculosis (1.4 percent), road injuries (1.2 percent) and self-harm (1.1 percent), the findings showed.

Among people 50 and older, cancer was a leading cause of alcohol-related death, accounting for 27 percent of deaths in women and nearly 19 percent of deaths in men.

Any protection alcohol may provide against heart disease is outweighed by the health problems it causes, particularly cancer, according to the authors of the study, published Aug. 23 in The Lancet…

FINISH READING: Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year


The Inflammation Of Aging By Dr. Greger

The Best Diet for the Inflammation of Aging

Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on August 9th, 2018

SUM: “Folks made to eat five-a-day of high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables, like berries and greens, had a significantly better impact on reducing systemic inflammation and liver dysfunction compared to those eating five-a-day of the more common low-antioxidant fruits and veggies, like bananas and lettuce.”

So, the take-away from this research in the view of the animal-free chef, even though you eat all plants, it won’t help much in the area of “inflammation of aging”, unless you include greens and berries. That’s discouraging. It’s tough enough to go animal-free in an animal-eating world, but to have to eat certain plants for good health as one ages, limits their dietary options.

One of the most recognized consequences of aging is a decline in immune function, illustrated by vulnerability to dying from the flu and poor response to vaccinations. But, about 20 years ago, a paper was published showing that the immune cells of 80-year-olds produced significantly more pro-inflammatory signals. As I discuss in my video, How to Counter the Inflammation of Aging, this suggests the worst of both worlds—a decline in the part of the immune system that fights specific infections and an aggravation of nonspecific overreactions that can lead to inflammation.

This has since been formalized in a concept referred to as a chronic low-grade inflammation that we now know is typical of aging, which may be responsible for the decline and onset of disease in the elderly. So, what can we do about it? Inflamm-aging appears to be a major consequence of growing old. Can it be prevented or cured?

“The key to successful aging and longevity is to decrease chronic inflammation without compromising an acute response when exposed to pathogens.”

How do we do that? Nutrition.

What we eat is “probably the most powerful and pliable tool that we have to attain a chronic and systemic modulation of aging process…” In the first systematic review ever published of the associations between dietary patterns and biomarkers of inflammation, the dietary patterns associated with inflammation were almost all meat-based or so-called Western diet patterns…


The Best Diet for the Inflammation of Aging |


Motivating. Riveting. Celebrity Weight Loss Transformations – and a plan for social change!

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS of 8o celebrities.

Yes, it’s a click NEXT set up for advertisement purposes. Can you click 80 times? That’s how many celebrities they feature with body transformations.

It’s a good sampling, nice collection.

If you can’t click 80 times, then maybe it’s the fatigue caused by over-eating and the accumulation of too much body fat that’s causing it.

I usually don’t do the click NEXT stories either, primarily because it takes too long to load each new page, but with this set, this time, it went as fast as I wanted it to go.

Somebody in advertising got the message. People don’t particularly mind the click, it’s the wait after the click that frustrates them.



BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS of 8o celebrities.

Yes, it’s a click NEXT set up for advertisement purposes. Can you click 80 times? That’s how many celebrities they feature with body transformations.

It’s a good sampling, nice collection.

If you can’t click 80 times, then maybe it’s the fatigue caused by over-eating and the accumulation of too much body fat that’s causing it.

I usually don’t do the click NEXT stories either, primarily because it takes too long to load each new page, but with this set, this time, it went as fast as I wanted it to go.

Somebody in advertising got the message. People don’t particularly mind the click, it’s the wait after the click that frustrates them.

View original post 1,766 more words

Diet-Related Diseases Are Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

Diet-Related Diseases Are Leading Cause of Death in U.S.April 25, 2018

Diseases linked to unhealthful diet and lifestyle choices, such as diabetes and cancer, are the leading causes of death in the United States, according to data published in JAMA.

Researchers compared mortality for hundreds of causes and risk factors and found that heart disease, lung cancer, high BMI, and high blood pressure and blood sugar were all among the top risk factors for mortality. Dietary risk factors surpassed tobacco use as the leading cause of death. The authors note differences in risk factors at the state level and recommend targeted approaches to address these issues for disease prevention…

The US Burden of Disease Collaborators. The state of US health, 1990-2016 burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors among US states. JAMA. 2018;319:1444-1472…

‘Widespread contamination’ found in bottled water

FFC COMMENT: Just when Coca-Cola sells its bottling business this news story comes out. I don’t doubt that bottled water is contaminated. I do take issue with only bottled water being under scrutiny here. How about all the other bottled beverages on the market? They somehow are magically decontaminated? If so, then just tell the bottled water people how to do it, to keep all bottled beverages safe. They should have included at least juices and soft drinks that are sold in the same type bottles as the waters in their study. But they didn’t, which leads one to believe there was an agenda by the soft-drink people to question the safety of bottled water. After all, bottled waters have significantly eaten into soft drink sales and profits.

If tiny particles of plastic are circulating in our blood streams and being deposited into our tissues, then all plastic containers need to be looked at – not just bottled water. Seriously, now.

Miami (AFP) – The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

“Widespread contamination” with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, according to a summary released by Orb Media, a US-based non-profit media collective.

Researchers tested 250 bottles of water in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.Plastic was identified in 93 percent of the samples, which included major name brands such as Aqua, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life and San Pellegrino.

The plastic debris included nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene, which is used to make bottle caps.”In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers,” Mason told AFP.

“I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself. It is coming from the cap. It is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water.”Particle concentration ranged from “zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle,” said the report…

FINISH READING: ‘Widespread contamination’ found in bottled water: Study


Collagen: ‘Fountain of Youth’ or Edible Hoax?

FFC COMMENT: Only animals contain collagen. It’s a group of proteins not found in plants – supposedly. The body is loaded with it. So if you’re on the plant train and you want more collagen, you need to eat plants that boost collagen production. I don’t know if these do actually boost collagen production, but it’s the same list of fruits, veggies, beans, nuts with all the colors that are suggested to cure or prevent all other ailments.

Consuming donkey skin? Oh my God, what people won’t do to stay young looking. Just be the best, strongest, nicest God-damned old person on the God-damned planet and you will feel plenty young. Don’t let anybody chew you up and spit you out. I see people on television with lips that hang down to their neck. It looks ridiculous. Stop drinking all that coffee, tea, diet soda and alcohol and you might feel better. When you feel good you look good. Go for vibrant instead of everybody wanting to look like a barbie doll on steroids. It’s repulsive. Why would anybody want to take growth hormones? That’s what they fatten up cows and pigs with. It’s not normal to ingest large amounts of concentrated forms of animal parts – for any reason. Fanatics. They’re all fanatics.

Stop the insanity. Eat your plant foods. That’s what you’re lacking.

March 8, 2018 — As a cosmetics sales professional in New York City, Melinda Mora has always taken painstakingly good care of her skin. She puts on the latest serums, has skin-rejuvenating laser treatments, never leaves the house without sunscreen, and — for the past 6 months or so — spikes her morning smoothie each day with a hefty scoop of powdered cow, chicken, and fish collagen.

“Honestly, it doesn’t taste like anything,” she says, adding that her plump skin, stronger nails, and pain-free joints make her unusual breakfast choice worth it. “I’ve really started to notice a difference.”

U.S. consumers are expected to spend $122 million on collagen products in 2018.

For centuries, Chinese women have viewed collagen as a Fountain of Youth, routinely consuming foods like donkey skin in hopes of smoothing withered skin and preserving aging joints. In the United States, collagen became best known in the 1980s as an expensive injectable filler to plump lips and soften lines. But only in recent years, as companies have come up with more appetizing ways to take it (including fruity chews, vanilla-flavored-powders and easy-to-swallow capsules) has edible collagen begun to catch on here.

In 2018, thanks in part to a small but growing body of evidence suggesting it can improve skin, ease arthritis symptoms, promote wound healing, and fend off muscle wasting, U.S. consumers are expected to spend $122 million on collagen products. That’s up 30% from last year, according to market research firm Nutrition Business Journal…

FINISH READING: Collagen: ‘Fountain of Youth’ or Edible Hoax?


Can A Strict Eating Schedule Prevent, Treat Or Cure Diseases?

FFC COMMENT > A strict eating schedule could probably assist in weight control as well as lessening the ravaging effects of some diseases and disorders. The world is out of control with its eating habits of eating and drinking something all the time. Even in poor countries I see lots of fat people. I don’t think scientists and researchers are looking hard enough for the cause and effect of eating whenever, whatever, and however much we want.

The food and beverage industries are too large and powerful due to the backing of respective governments for the purpose of increasing its financial growth as nations. Since we all need to eat, the food and beverage industry is the most likely category to sustain the greatest amount of corruption through purposely designed misinformation regarding what, and how much is actually healthy, and when frequency and amount become liabilities for everyone, not just the majority

Most single diseases are not experienced by the majority of people. The model we’ve used in targeting only those diseases affecting the majority of people is actually hurting the majority of people, because we all have some type of disease or disorder, even if the individual disease and disorder doesn’t fit into the majority category. Add them all up and yes they do.

The pharmaceutical industry accepting the multi-diseased human as the norm, seeking to feed them pills to make profits, rather than lead them down a path of recovery and cure by promoting a change in cultural and social eating patterns doesn’t solve the problem, it exacerbates it. With drugs come side effects and more diseases and disorders, many of which now are known to not go away when the person stops taking the pills. That in itself should sound off a huge alarm among all people. Imagine a world where side effects don’t go away even when the medication is stopped. We are in that world right now and no one is doing a thing about it.

Governments are now afraid of the very industries they propped up, by opening every door, instead of closing some that needed closing on ethical grounds. Governments in essence gave up all their power, with a handshake and a wink, to these corrupt institutions and now ‘We The People’ are paying the price.


Strict eating schedule can lower Huntington disease protein in mice

March 6, 2018, University of British Columbia

New research from the University of British Columbia suggests that following a strict eating schedule can help clear away the protein responsible for Huntington disease in mice.Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited, progressive disorder that causes involuntary movements and psychiatric problems.

Symptoms appear in adulthood and worsen over time. Children born to a parent with HD have a one in two chance of inheriting the disease, which is caused by a buildup of mutant huntington protein (mHTT).

In research published today, scientists stimulated autophagy—a process in which the cell cleans out debris and recycles cellular material such as proteins—by restricting access to food in mice with HD to a six-hour window each day. This led to significantly lower levels of mHTT in the brain.

“We know that specific aspects of autophagy don’t work properly in patients with Huntington disease,” said study lead author Dagmar Ehrnhoefer, who conducted the study while she was a researcher with the UBC Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics.

“Our findings suggest that, at least in mice, when you fast, or eat at certain very regulated times without snacking in between meals, your body starts to increase an alternative, still functional, autophagy mechanism, which could help lower levels of the mutant huntington protein in the brain.”…

FINISH READING: Strict eating schedule can lower Huntington disease protein in mice


Why Is It So Easy To Fracture Your Clavicle? Here’s The Surprising Evolutionary Reason

Why is a clavicle easily fractured? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by William Adams, Pediatrician, on Quora: Believe it or not, you would be lucky to break your clavicle or collarbone. It may surprise you that it is not only made to break, but break in a particular way, and almost always in the same place. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that of all the bones in the body it is the most frequently broken.

Oddly enough it almost always heals with no treatment at all.

Doctors classify the clavicle as one of many “long bones” giving support and strength, like your arms and legs. However, as a certified long bone, it is uniquely curvy, which leads to its fragility. You’ve got to wonder why, after all these years, Mother Nature doesn’t make a better one. Weird.

Doctors have known about the fragile clavicle forever, and disparage its “inherent weakness rendering it prone to fracture.” However it might be better for my colleagues to understand the wisdom of Mother Nature. You have to stop looking at the clavicle structure as a mistake, but instead as a necessary adaptation.

To understand this, we take a surprising detour to the 1965 Ford Mustang that had a built-in design defect. Its steering column was a long pointy steel rod with a steering wheel on one end, aiming in the general vicinity of your heart. Head-on collisions were disastrous. Owners still refer to it is as the “Spear-O-Matic”.Later models came up with a safer solution: They built in an “inherent weakness”.

In a collision, it folds up rather than spearing straight back. All modern cars now have safer collapsible steering shafts of some sort.This is what modern collapsible steering shafts look like, and again, Mother Nature’s collapsible collarbone…

FINISH READING: Why Is It So Easy To Fracture Your Clavicle? Here’s The Surprising Evolutionary Reason


Do Males Hold Onto Stress Longer than Females?

Stress May Not Only Affect The Brains Of The Stressed, Suggests New Study

Science just bolstered the wisdom that it’s never a good idea to bring your stress home with you. A new study suggests that stress changes certain brain structures, and those changes are mirrored in the brains of others. If that’s true, the effect would help explain why we seem susceptible to “catching” another’s stress.

This was a mouse study, so the customary cautions about drawing too many conclusions for humans are warranted. But what makes these results interesting for us humans is that the same neuronal structures that were affected in the mice brains are also present in our brains, and a similar emotional contagion effect could be at play.

We know from past research, for example, that humans “spread” a grab-bag of emotions, including anger, fear and happiness (to greater or lesser extents, depending on the research you’re referencing), and there’s at least a strong theoretical framework involving specific brain areas to explain why this happens.

In the latest study, the researchers paired sets of mice together and then removed one mouse from each pair and subjected them to a mild amount of stress. They then returned the stressed mouse to the pair and observed the brains of both mice. The results showed that the stressed mouse experienced changes in a group of neurons located in the hippocampus, a brain area that plays a central role in memory and emotional response. The brain of the other mouse that hadn’t been stressed, but was now in the presence of its stressed partner, rapidly showed the same neuronal changes in its hippocampus. In effect, the brains of the unstressed mice mirrored the brains of the stressed mice…

FINISH READING > Stress May Not Only Affect The Brains Of The Stressed, Suggests New Study


Going Under Anesthesia May Impact Your Memory

You might expect to get temporarily knocked out by general anesthesia during surgery, but new research has found that it may have lasting impacts on memory and cognition.

Researchers have already found evidence that anesthesia can increase risk of cognitive decline in the elderly, but a new study published today in the medical journal Anaesthesia found evidence it may also affect people in middle age.

Anesthesia remains a mystery for doctors in many ways, despite its widespread use for over a century. Doctors still don’t understand anesthesia’s mechanism and how it works to help render patients unconscious.

In this study, researchers examined 964 participants with a mean age of 54 from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP).The participants underwent two cognitive assessment tests over four years to see if one group was more likely to experience a cognitive decline or impaired memory…

FINISH READING: Going Under Anesthesia May Impact Your Memory


ACC Hospital Food Initiative: Don’t Leave a Critical Component of Heart Health on the Table 

ACC Hospital Food Initiative: Don’t Leave a Critical Component of Heart Health on the Table

Jan 18, 2018   |  Stephen Devries, MD, FACC; Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC; Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC Expert Analysis

Consider this common scenario: your patient admitted three days ago with an acute myocardial infarction is doing well under your care. The emergent PCI went smoothly and a beta blocker, ACE inhibitor, statin and dual antiplatelet agents are on board.

Your patient has experienced no complications and discharge is anticipated soon.But despite this seemingly flawless course, it might surprise you to learn that there could still be one critical element of your patient’s hospital care that threatens to sabotage a successful long-term outcome.

It involves potent PO agents administered TID to your patients—their hospital food. Many of us may not be aware of the food served to our patients, including the meals that emerge from a well-intentioned order for a “cardiac diet.” In some hospitals, the differential diagnosis for dinner might very well include fried chicken, hot dogs, doughnuts and cola.

Such choices are often provided by food services in order to please recovering patients with “comfort food”—partially in the quest for high patient satisfaction ratings.

An elegant study led by Dr. Robert Vogel 20 years ago proved that a single unhealthy meal can acutely impair endothelial function.

Probably not the best plan for our post-MI patient. And long-term, the evidence in support of nutrition for cardiac protection is incontrovertible. The Lyon Mediterranean Diet Study showed a striking 72% reduction in major cardiovascular events over nearly 5 years for those on a Mediterranean-style diet compared to controls.

And a randomized controlled study, the Lifestyle Heart Trial, including a low-fat vegetarian diet paired with a program of stress management and physical activity, has actually demonstrated a regression of coronary artery disease…

Finish Reading: ACC Hospital Food Initiative: Don’t Leave a Critical Component of Heart Health on the Table – American College of Cardiology


Inflammatory Foods Linked to Colorectal Cancer

Inflammatory Foods Linked to Colorectal Cancer

Inflammatory foods, such as red and processed meats, play a role in colorectal cancer development, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology. Researchers followed 121,050 participants over 26 years and rated their diets for their inflammatory potential. Pro-inflammatory products included processed meats, red meat, organ meats, and sodas. Men and women who consumed the most of these products were 44 and 22 percent more likely to develop colorectal cancer, respectively, compared with those who consumed the least. These findings highlight the importance of diet in cancer development. The authors suggest clinicians focus on interventions to lower inflammation as a preventive measure for colorectal cancer.

Tabung FK, Liu L, Wang W, et al. Association of dietary inflammatory potential with colorectal cancer risk in men and women. JAMA Oncol. Published online January 18, 2018.


Do you take calcium and vitamin D to protect your bones? A new study says it doesn’t help – 

Karen Kaplan

If taking more vitamin and mineral supplements is part of your plan for a healthier new year, a new study may prompt you to reconsider.

Researchers who scoured the medical literature for evidence that calcium and vitamin D pills could help prevent bone fractures came up empty.

Their analysis focused on adults older than age 50 who lived on their own (that is, not in a nursing home or other type of residential care facility). Fractures are a serious health concern for this population — previous studies have found that about 40% of women in this age group will wind up with at least one “major osteoporotic fracture” at some point in their lives, and that among adults who break a hip, 20% died within a year of their injury.

The researchers, led by Dr. Jia-Guo Zhao of Tianjin Hospital in northeastern China, combed through clinical trials, systematic reviews and other reports published in the last decade, since late 2006. They identified 51,145 people who were included in studies assessing the role of calcium and/or vitamin D in preventing bone fractures.

Among the 14 trials that pitted calcium supplements against either a placebo or no treatment, there was no statistically significant relationship between use of the mineral (in pill form) and the risk of suffering a hip fracture. Nor was there any clear link between calcium supplements and fractures involving the spine or other bones.

Even when the researchers accounted for each study participant’s gender, past history of bone fractures, the amount of calcium they consumed in their diets and the dose of the calcium pills they took (if they did), there was still no sign that supplements were helpful.

An additional 17 trials examined the role of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Once again, they found no statistically significant link between supplement use and hip fracture risk. Ditto for fractures in the spine and elsewhere.

If taking more vitamin and mineral supplements is part of your plan for a healthier new year, a new study may prompt you to reconsider. Researchers looking for evidence that calcium and vitamin D pills could help prevent bone fractures have come up empty…

READ ON >Do you take calcium and vitamin D to protect your bones? A new study says it doesn’t help – LA Times


Elevated Urea Levels & Too Much Protein


If you’re eating a high-protein diet to lose weight or increase muscle mass, your body may be producing high amounts of urea, a byproduct of protein metabolism. Urea builds up in your blood, and the excess is excreted by the kidneys through your urine. Consuming too much protein may strain your kidneys, and if your kidneys aren’t working well, it may cause further damage. Consult your doctor before starting a high-protein diet.

About Protein

Protein is found in every cell, tissue and organ in your body, and these proteins need constant replacement. That makes the protein in foods you eat essential for good health. Protein is found in a number of different types of foods, including meats, poultry, fish, beans, soy foods, dairy, nuts, seeds, grains and vegetables. When you eat protein, your body breaks it down into amino acids, which are used to replace the protein in your body. Your body cannot store excess protein, and the extra amino acids are catabolized into energy and ammonia. The ammonia is then turned into urea and eliminated from your body…

READ ON > Elevated Urea Levels & Too Much Protein


Swearing helps us battle pain – no matter what language we curse in

Swear words have many functions. They can be used for emphasis, for comedic effect, as a shared linguistic tool that strengthens social bonds and maintains relationships, or simply to cause offence and shock.

They are words that can be emotionally electrifying. We can express utter horror, disdain, or just frustration through the utterance of a simple four-letter word (or several). But isn’t always associated with negative emotions or unpleasant events.

A study by Emma Byrne investigated how swearing on Twitter was used by fans at football games. It was, at least for those supporters, a way of succinctly and eloquently describing their experiences and personal stories.

When swearing in tweets, football fans rarely swore about an opposing team or match officials. Swearing was reserved for celebrating the dizzying triumphs or lamenting the failures of their own team. It allowed the users to intensify their positive (“fucking beauty”) or negative (“fucking painful”) thoughts and feelings.

Byrne and her colleagues found that when swearing, the authors of the tweets implicitly assumed that their readers shared and understood their context and associated feelings.

Her subsequent book concluded that swearing is actually good for you. It expresses our emotions, and makes us feel better. And as one well known experiment showed, in certain situations, swearing can even reduce pain

READ ON > Swearing helps us battle pain – no matter what language we curse in


Medical marijuana laws reduced alcohol consumption

SAM COMMENT > Look for the liquor, beer and wine industries to be lobbying against the passage of laws making marijuana possession and use legal. They of course are well aware of alcohol sales, yet they represented to lawmakers and to the public that alcohol plus other drug usage would increase if marijuana became legal. Marijuana was perceived as the gateway drug. Then it was opioid use. Next month it will be something else. Coffee? Looks like they got caught in a lie, or more accurately a lot of guesswork based on guesswork, for the purpose of keeping marijuana use illegal to keep their sales up.

Medical marijuana laws caused alcohol sales to tumble in many states, according to a new paper co-authored by Georgia State University Economics Professor Alberto Chong.

The impact on sales was long-term, with reductions in observed up to two years after the passage of the laws. The findings boost scientific evidence that legal access to reduces drinking.

The researchers analyzed beer, wine and alcohol sales for more than 2,000 U.S. counties over a 10-year period (2006 to 2015). Chong and his collaborators used the Nielsen Retail Scanner database, which they note provides a more accurate measure of alcohol consumption than self-reported surveys, in which respondents are known to under-represent how much they drink.

They compared alcohol purchases between states that passed medical marijuana laws and states that didn’t, before and after the laws were implemented.

Alcohol purchases decreased by 15 percent in counties in states with medical marijuana laws, results showed. This was true even when correcting for demographic and economic factors known to influence alcohol consumption, such as sex, age, unemployment rate and median household income…

READ ON > Medical marijuana laws reduced alcohol consumption


Potassium is critical to circadian rhythms in human red blood cells

An innovative new study from the University of Surrey and Cambridge’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, has uncovered the secrets of the circadian rhythms in red blood cells and identified potassium as the key to unravelling the mystery.

Red cells, similar to other cells in the body, have 24hour biological clocks (circadian rhythms) that alter their activity between day and night. Unlike other cells, red blood cells do not have DNA and the ‘clock genes’ that control rhythms are not present. Until now it has been unknown how such cells are regulated.

Using a novel technique called dielectrophoresis, and new technology developed at the University of Surrey, researchers were able to study the electrochemical properties of human red blood cells, providing an in depth analysis on their workings. Researchers observed a significant variation in potassium content in the cells which corresponded with the circadian rhythm – increased levels during the day followed by a decrease at night.

By changing the amount of potassium the cell receives, the researchers were able to increase and decrease its levels in the cell and observe the effects on their circadian rhythms. The researchers found that higher levels of potassium negatively impacted the circadian rhythm of the cell, whilst lower levels were observed as extending the duration of the cell’s perceived “day” by several hours.

Lead investigator Dr Fatima Labeed, Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, said:

“This exciting discovery gives us a unique insight into the workings of membrane physiology and its clock mechanism—where ion transport seems to be of particular importance. The study of in red blood can potentially help us understand when and why heart attacks mostly occur during the morning. We will be looking into this further in our forthcoming studies.”…

READ ON > Potassium is critical to circadian rhythms in human red blood cells


Benefits of Taurine

 The Forgotten Longevity Benefits of Taurine

By Ian Macleavy

The Forgotten Longevity Benefits of Taurine

The Japanese have a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world. In fact, Okinawa, Japan’s famous “Island of Longevity,” likely has the world’s highest percentage of people over 100 years old.1

Undoubtedly, there are many factors that play into the life spans of the longest-living populations, but evidence shows that they all have one thing in common: high dietary intake of an amino acid called taurine.2

The connection between taurine and a long life is so strong that researchers have dubbed taurine, “The nutritional factor for the longevity of the Japanese.”3

Taurine promotes cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, hearing function, and immune modulation. In animal research, taurine protected against heart failure, reducing mortality by nearly 80%.4

Its benefits are so broad and extensive that scientists have described taurine as “a wonder molecule.”5

Taurine is found abundantly in healthy bodies.6 However, certain diets, particularly vegetarian or vegan diets, lack adequate amounts of taurine.7,8 Disease states—including liver, kidney, or heart failure, diabetes, and cancer—can all cause a deficiency in taurine.9-11 And aging bodies often cannot internally produce an optimal amount of taurine, making supplementation vital.12

That’s why those interested in longevity should consider this vital and super low-cost nutrient. In this article, you’ll learn how boosting taurine levels can contribute to better cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurologic health…

Read on: Benefits of Taurine | Life Extension


Memory Loss Caused by Over-the-Counter Medication

How Memory Loss Can Be Caused by Over-the-Counter Medication

Alissa Sauer

Some common medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, have a certain property that can contribute to memory loss and mild cognitive impairment. Learn more about these drugs, how they may accelerate cognitive decline, and what to do if you or a loved one is taking one of these drugs and experiencing memory loss. 

Many over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs have been linked to memory loss and mild cognitive impairment. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a common condition associated with aging that can also be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease with the main symptom being short term memory loss.

Drugs that cause MCI and related memory loss have a property known as “anti-cholinergic,” that means the drugs slow the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which plays a large role in memory retention. However, very few drugs are labeled or classified as anti-cholinergic drugs.

Other than the officially classified anti-cholinergic drugs, there are 17 additional drugs that have anti-cholinergic properties. Many doctors are unaware of the anti-cholinergicproperties in commonly prescribed medications, which can be problematic for people at risk for MCI.

Additionally, several studies have shown a higher rate of cognitive decline for people who regularly use anti-cholinergic drugs. In one specific study, a research team observed nuns and clergy from the Rush Religious Orders for an eight year period and concluded that those who used medications with anti-cholinergic properties experienced a faster rate of cognitive decline…

Read On: Memory Loss Caused by Over-the-Counter Medication


There is a great service ( that
is available (for free) for anyone looking for information on
medicines and healthcare products.

They provide easy access to official Patient Leaflets and Technical
Documents (for professionals) on over 2 million products in 35

I’ve had several older friends, who were told they had “early” Alzheimer’s disease, completely remedy the problem with 500 mcg sublingual B-12. Doctors seem to be prepared to dismiss any cognitive issues as “early” Alzheimer’s and some are prescribing Alzheimer’s drugs, which will not help a B-12 deficiency.


Is this due to the medications reducing or depleting your B12?


How Fast Food Cues Can Lead You to Overeat


TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Before heading out to shop this holiday season, steel yourself for an onslaught of tempting aromas that might lure you into a fast-food restaurant.

Food-related cues, like the smell of burgers or eye-catching menu displays, stimulate brain activity. This tempts people to eat more, a new study finds.

University of Michigan researchers conducted lab experiments with 112 college students. The investigators found that food cues made people feel hungrier and led to the consumption of 220 more calories compared with non-cue environments.

“Food-related cues can make people want or crave food more, but don’t have as much of an impact on their liking, or the pleasure they get from eating the food,” said study lead author Michelle Joyner, a psychology graduate student…

Read On: How Fast Food Cues Can Lead You to Overeat


How losing weight affects your body and brain

Special thanks to John Gunstad, Professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function. Following is a transcript of the video.

Here’s what losing weight does to your body and brain.

During the first week you may find it easy to lose weight by simply switching to a healthier diet. But as your metabolism adjusts, you won’t burn as many calories as you used to.

So, losing additional weight will become harder.

Making matters worse, as the fat melts away you’ll start to experience an increase in appetite. After a meal, fat cells release a hormone called leptin into the bloodstream.

This surge in leptin levels signals to your brain you’re full and should stop eating. But with less overall fat, people who lose weight show a measurable dip in leptin.

Brain scans of obese patients who had lost 10% of their body weight revealed less leptin leads to increased activity in regions of the brain that control our desire to eat.

The end result isn’t just an increased appetite, but an even stronger urge to eat fatty, high-calorie foods because your brain is trying to restore the body’s leptin levels to normal…

Finish reading:How losing weight affects your body and brain – Business Insider


Should women shave their face? Here’s why some beauty experts vote yes VIDEO

Could shaving your face become as unisex as owning a razor? That’s what a popular beauty blogger advocates recently (and a New York Times trend piece once posed, spotlighting women who openly admit to doing this stereotypically male grooming habit).

The Times spoke to women, like celebrity facialist Kate Somerville, who say it’s more than just an alternative to waxing.

“Initially I did it because of the hair, but then I noticed that it was a great exfoliant and that my makeup went on a lot better,” she said, claiming famous faces like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor did the same and that modern celebrities don’t admit to the practice.

There are, however, some notable names who talk openly about their face-shaving habit. Michelle Money of “Bachelor” fame uploaded a popular YouTube video showing her technique.

If your fear is thicker and darker hair growing in, dermatologist Elizabeth K. Hale is quoted as saying that is definitely false. Just look at Japanese women who consider female shaving, known as kao sori in Japan, common…

Finish Reading: Should women shave their face? Here’s why some beauty experts vote yes

FFC Comment: I tried it and liked it. Although I’m pretty much hairless already, I still do have that peach fuzz which becomes highlighted when I apply make up. I used to wonder why men age better in the face than women. I thought about the exfoliate part of their everyday routine throughout their lives. Maybe I’m late to the game, but I believe I’ll see some good results.


Melatonin Dosage, Melatonin Benefits & Melatonin Cautions

For millions of people, melatonin might be the answer to avoiding another terrible slumber. We know that sleep is highly important to maintaining the health of the entire body and warding off acute and chronic health issues. But what is melatonin? It’s actually a hormone that is responsible for setting our sleep-wake cycle, so long as you have the proper melatonin dosage.

According to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, one out of three American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. (1) At the top of the list for melatonin common uses is definitely assistance when it comes to a good night’s rest as a natural sleep aid. Melatonin is used to treat sleep issues resulting from jet lag or insomnia, and it’s even used to help treat certain cancers. (2) Scientific research has shown that it can benefit cancer patients, specifically those diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer. Those are two hormonally linked cancers so it makes sense that a hormone like melatonin can play a pivotal role in their treatment.

Melatonin is naturally produced by our bodies, but caffeine, alcohol and tobacco use can all lower melatonin levels in the body…

Finish reading: Melatonin Dosage, Melatonin Benefits & Melatonin Cautions – Dr. Axe

FFC Comment: I don’t know what a hormone-linked cancer means, or why it makes sense that a hormone-linked cancer can be treated effectively with a totally different hormone. That’s like saying growth hormones or testosterone or estrogen or progesterone or even thyroid pills ( thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) ) can cure breast or prostate cancer.

Melatonin does however induce sleep – at least in me. It doesn’t create a long sleep, just a quick sleep, especially when taking the chewable tablets. I take 5 mg. before bed. I do wake up in 4 hours, however, and had been taking another pill to get 4 more hours. Two for me is too much, since I’m groggy and discombobulated the next day.

So then I take none. And then I take it every now and then. Everywhere I researched, it said not to be taken long-term. Don’t know the why of that. No research on long-term usage is my guess.

I tried it during the day for my dizziness due to concussion, but it made the feeling like I’m going to fall and the dizziness worse.

For those who want to go to sleep quickly I suggest what everybody else suggests, not more than 5 mg. I’m thinking of trying half the dose and see if it works as well. You can’t cut the 5 mg. chewable tablet in half. But since I bought both types, I’m covered.

Melatonin relaxes smooth muscle, which can be helpful for people who have smooth muscle agitation, anywhere in the body. I have urinary incontinence due to a spinal cord injury and Tarlov cysts, so relaxing my bladder further makes it worse. However, I experienced fewer PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) while taking it.


Water and Salt – Balanced Intake Are Essential for Health and Hydration

Water and salt regulate the water content in the body. Drinking water without adequate salt and potassium intake will not correct chronic dehydration.

Refined salt contains additives, such as 0.01% of potassium-iodide (added to help prevent thyroid disease), sugar (added to stabilize iodine and prevent clumping), and aluminum silicate.

Water and Salt – Balanced Intake
Is Essential for Health and Hydration
by Nancy Hearn, CNC

Water and salt (along with potassium) regulate the water content of the body. Drinking water without adequate salt and potassium intake will not correct dehydration!

Drinking water will temporarily treat the symptoms of dehydration, but the balance of salt intake is what makes the real difference in health and hydration.

For some reason, the importance of salt intake took a long time for me to digest and comprehend.

I believe most of us have been programmed for years to believe that all salt is bad…

Finish reading: Water and Salt – Balanced Intake Are Essential for Health and Hydration


Megaloblastic Anemia: Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis

Megaloblastic anemia is a blood disorder marked by the appearance of very large red blood cells that crowd out healthy cells, causing anemia.

Megaloblastic Anemia


  1. Megaloblastic anemia occurs when your body produces red blood cells that are larger than normal and you have a low red blood cell count.
  2. The most common symptom of anemia is fatigue, but symptoms can vary from person to person.
  3. Treatment plans for megaloblastic anemia may include dietary changes, oral vitamin supplements, and in some cases, vitamin B-12 injections.

Megaloblastic anemia is a type of anemia, a blood disorder in which the number of red blood cells is lower than normal. Red blood cells transport oxygen through the body. When your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells, your tissues and organs don’t get enough oxygen.

There are many types of anemia with different causes and characteristics. Megaloblastic anemia is characterized by red blood cells that are larger than normal. There also aren’t enough of them. It’s known as vitamin B-12 or folate deficiency anemia, or macrocytic anemia, as well.

Megaloblastic anemia is caused when red blood cells aren’t produced properly. Because the cells are too large, they may not be able to exit the bone marrow to enter the bloodstream and deliver oxygen…

Finish reading: Megaloblastic Anemia: Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis


7 Wonderful Oregano Benefits 


7 Wonderful Oregano Benefits

 Some of the most impressive and important health benefits of oregano include its ability to protect the immune system, prevent the onset of chronic disease, improve digestion, detoxify the body, strengthen the bones, improve heart health, increase energy levels, and even protect against diabetes.


Oregano is a popular herb that many people think of as merely a spice to improve or enhance the flavor of their food, but in truth, this perennial herb, with the scientific name of Origanum vulgare, has a wealth of health benefits that most people don’t realize at all.

Native to southwest Eurasia and the Mediterranean area, oregano has been a valuable part of both culinary and alternative medicine treatments for thousands of years.

Oregano is actually closely related to mint, and its genus is actually in the same family as Mentha. For this reason, the two share many similar organic components and have many of the same health benefits. The leaves of oregano are the most commonly used part of the plant, but strangely, the aroma and flavor of the leaves is far greater when the herb is dried than when the leaves are fresh, which is somewhat unusual for an herb.

In folk medicine and herbal remedies from Australia to Egypt, oregano has developed a popular following as a veritable cure-all for many health concerns, but the research to back up all of those claims is still hotly debated.

However, there are a number of potent active ingredients in oregano that have been deeply studied, and their effects on the body are not in question.

Oil of oregano is an extremely concentrated form of oregano, and is used to treat a number of conditions, but it should always be diluted, as it is very potent. In culinary applications, where it is most commonly seen, it is used to flavor everything from soups, sauces, and curries to meat dishes, pizza, pasta, vegetables, and even salads.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper into the diverse and impressive health benefits of oregano…

Finish reading: 7 Wonderful Oregano Benefits | Organic Facts



Ginger Root for Migraines 


Ginger Root for Migraines

Many successful herbal treatments start like this: Some doctor learns that some plant has been used in some ancient medical tradition, like ginger for headaches. Well, the physician has patients with headaches and so tries advising one with migraines to give it a try since it’s just some safe, common spice. At the first sign of a migraine coming on, the patient mixed a quarter teaspoon of powdered ginger in some water, drank it down, and poof! Within a half-hour, the migraine went away. It worked every time for them with no side effects. That’s what’s called a case report.

In my video, Ginger for Migraines, I show the remarkable case report, but case reports are really just glorified anecdotes. Case reports have played an important role in the history of medicine, though. AIDS was first discovered as a series of case reports. Some young guy walks into a clinic in Los Angeles with a bad case of thrush, and the rest is history. Reports of an unusual side effect of a failed chest pain drug led to the billion-dollar blockbuster, Viagra. Case reports may represent the weakest level of evidence, but they are often the first line of evidence, where everything starts. The ginger and migraine report isn’t helpful in itself, but it can inspire researchers to put the treatment to the test.

The problem is, who’s going to fund it? The market for migraine drugs is worth billions of dollars. A quarter teaspoon of powdered ginger costs about a penny. Who would fund a study pitting ginger versus the leading migraine drug?…

Finish reading: Ginger Root for Migraines |


Sushi Worm Parasite

Sushi Worm Parasite

There was a report recently of a woman in San Francisco suffering from gnathostomiasis. I had learned about the disease while I was in medical school, but never actually saw a case. Evidently, it’s now on the rise. Clinically, the disease commonly presents as “migratory cutaneous swelling” (bumps on the skin that move around). Why? Because there’s a worm under there that migrates through the tissues under the skin and causes recurring episodes of migratory swelling or creeping eruptions. The worm’s head has rings of little hooks that allow it to burrow through tissue. There is no effective treatment, other than removal of the worm. Since humans are basically dead-end hosts for the larva, they can’t develop into mature worms. The symptoms patients experience are due to the organism wandering throughout the body (see Migratory Skin Worms from Sushi).

In addition to burrowing under our skin, it can also crawl into our eyeballs. The 42-year-old woman is described as having a four-year history of migratory swellings on her face, then a little bleeding from the eyelid… and we know where this is going. No problem, though! We can make a little cut, stick in some forceps, locate the worm, and then just pull the sucker right out of the eyeball. If you have any pimples on your face that move around, better to have your doctor grab them before they start swimming around in your eyes.

By far the most serious manifestation is when they get into your brain. As the worm migrates along the nerves, the patient can experience excruciating pain. The condition can lead to paralysis, bleeding in the brain, and finally death. However, in non-cerebral disease, it’s the worms that die, though it may take about 12 years…

Finish reading: Sushi Worm Parasite |

Alzheimer’s: Extra virgin olive oil staves off disease, new study shows

Temple University research shows extra-virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at the college’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rodents who didn’t eat the oil.

The real effect of EVOO appeared in the inner-workings of the mice’s brains. Neuron connections in the brain were better preserved in those on an EVOO diet.

Also, olive oil reduces brain inflammation and activates the autophagy process, whereby intracellular debris and toxins are removed. Such debris and toxins are firm markers of Alzheimer’s disease. A reduction in autophagy, researchers claim, is suspected to be the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease.

Olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, which is praised for its various health benefits. This study, which was published Wednesday in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, adds to that previous research.

 “The thinking is that extra-virgin olive oil is better than fruits and vegetables alone,” said senior investigator Domenico Pratico, a professor at the Lewis Klein School of Medicine. “As a monounsaturated vegetable fat, it is healthier than saturated animal fats.”…


Plant versus Animal Iron 

Plant versus Animal Iron

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get more fiber, magnesium, and vitamins like A, C, and E, but they also get more iron.

The iron found predominantly in plants is non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed as well as the heme iron found in blood and muscle, but this may be a good thing. As seen in my video, The Safety of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron, avoidance of heme iron may be one of the key elements of plant-based protection against metabolic syndrome, and may also be beneficial in lowering the risk from other chronic diseases such as heart disease.

The data linking coronary heart disease and the intake of iron, in general, has been mixed. This inconsistency of evidence may be because of where the iron comes from. The majority of total dietary iron is non-heme iron, coming mostly from plants. So, total iron intake is associated with lower heart disease risk, but iron intake from meat is associated with significantly higher risk for heart disease. This is thought to be because iron can act as a pro-oxidant, contributing to the development of atherosclerosis by oxidizing cholesterol with free radicals. The risk has been quantified as a 27% increase in coronary heart disease risk for every 1 milligram of heme iron consumed daily…

Finish reading: Plant versus Animal Iron |


Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure

By Kate Kelland | LONDON

Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday.

In a 30-year study that looked at the brains of 550 middle-aged heavy drinkers, moderate drinkers and teetotallers, the researchers found people drank more alcohol had a greater risk of hippocampal atrophy – a form of brain damage that affects memory and spatial navigation.

People who drank more than 30 units a week on average had the highest risk, but even those who drank moderately – between 14 and 21 units a week – were far more likely than abstainers to have hippocampal atrophy, the scientists said.

“And we found no support for a protective effect of light consumption on brain structure,” they added.

The research team – from the University of Oxford and University College London – said their results supported a recent lowering of drinking limit guidelines in Britain, but posed questions about limits recommended in the United States.

U.S. guidelines suggest that up to 24.5 units of alcohol a week is safe for men, but the study found increased risk of brain structure changes at just 14 to 21 units a week.

A unit is defined as 10 milliliters (ml) of pure alcohol. There are roughly two in a large beer, nine in a bottle of wine and one in a 25 ml spirit shot.

Killian Welch, a Royal Edinburgh Hospital neuropsychiatrist who was not directly involved in the study, said the results, published in the BMJ British Medical Journal, underlined “the argument that drinking habits many regard as normal have adverse consequences for health”.

“We all use rationalizations to justify persistence with behaviors not in our long term interest. With (these results) justification of ‘moderate’ drinking on the grounds of brain health becomes a little harder,” he said…

Finish reading: Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds | Reuters


13 Amazing Benefits of Manganese 


13 Amazing Benefits Of Manganese

Some of the health benefits of manganese include a benefit to healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones. It also acts as a co-enzyme to assist metabolic activity in the human body. Apart from these, there are other health benefits of manganese including the formation of connective tissues, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of the thyroid gland and sexhormones, regulation of blood sugar level, and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Manganese is a mineral naturally occurring in our bodies in very small amounts. Manganese is an actual component of manganese super oxide dismutase enzyme. It is a powerful antioxidant that seeks out the free radicals in the human body and neutralizes these damaging particles, thereby preventing many of the potential dangers they cause.

The body may contain, at most, 20 mg of manganese, which is concentrated in our kidneys, pancreas, liver and bones. Manganese is very important for the normal functioning of the brain and proper activity of our nervous system throughout the body. As far as research can tell, it is an essential trace mineral for every form of life.

Deficiency Symptoms Of Manganese

The symptoms of manganese deficiency include high blood pressure, heart ailments, muscular contraction, bone malformation, high cholesterol, poor eyesight, hearing trouble, severe memory loss, shivers and tremors. Even though some medical experts argue that manganese deficiency is quite rare, more than 35 % of the world population is thought to be deficient. Poor dietary habits are the leading cause of such deficiencies.

In some cases, calcium and iron are believed to interfere with the appropriate use of manganese in the human body. Eye problems, sweating, fast heartbeats, weakness, and severe cramps may be some of the deficiency symptoms. Severe deficiency may cause infertility in women, pancreatic damage, heart ailments and osteoporosis

Finish reading: 13 Amazing Benefits of Manganese | Organic Facts


Best Foods for Acid Reflux

Best Foods for Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract. The two most typical symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation of stomach contents into the back of the throat, but GERD is not just burning pain and a sour taste in your mouth. It causesmillions of doctor visits and hospitalizations every year in the United States. The most feared complication is cancer.

You start out with a normal esophagus. If the acid keeps creeping up, your esophagus can get inflamed and result in esophagitis. Esophagitis can transform into Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition which can then turn into adenocarcinoma (a type of cancer). To prevent all that, we need to prevent the acid reflux in the first place.

In the last three decades, the incidence of this cancer in the US has increased six-fold, an increase greater than that of melanoma, breast, or prostate cancer. This is because acid reflux is on the rise. In the United States, we’re up to about 1 in 4 people suffering at least weekly heartburn and/or acid regurgitation, compared to around 5% in Asia. This suggests that dietary factors may play a role.

In general, high fat intake is associated with increased risk, whereas high fiber foods appear to be protective. The reason fat intake may be associated with GERD symptoms and erosive esophagitis is because when we eat fatty foods, the sphincter at the top of the stomach that’s supposed to keep the food down becomes relaxed; so, more acid can creep up into the esophagus. In my video Diet & GERD Acid Reflux Heartburn, you can see a study in which researchers fed volunteers a high-fat meal—a McDonald’s sausage and egg McMuffin—compared to a low-fat meal (McDonald’s hot cakes), and there was significantly more acid squirted up in the esophagus after the high-fat meal.

In terms of later stages of disease progression, over the last twenty years, 45 studies have been published on the association between diet and Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. In general, they found that meat and high-fat meals appeared to increase cancer risk. Different meats were associated with cancers in different locations, though. Red meat was more associated with cancer in the esophagus, whereas poultry was more associated with cancer at the top of the stomach. Plant-based sources of protein, such as beans and nuts, were associated with a significantly decreased risk of cancer…

Finish reading: Best Foods for Acid Reflux |


%d bloggers like this: