The Five Things you really need to Know about HPV Vaccines

After the political tempest about Gardasil and mandatory HPV vaccinations, CNN posted an article about the things they claimed should be known. The article contended that the HPV vaccine controversy was mostly political and that HPV vaccines were safe. It also noted that we have been vaccinating children for many years.

For those who prefer the truth over mainstream propaganda, here are five things you really need to know about HPV vaccines:

1. Merck needed a new cash cow to replace the billions in profits lost due to Vioxx finally being pulled from the market after it caused upwards of 50,000 deaths. Gardasil was selected to become the new cash cow and, Continue reading

Olive Oil and Nuts in Diet Control Heart Disease Better than Dangerous Drug Therapies

More vindication for a natural Mediterranean-style diet, including plenty of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and nuts was revealed in an advanced study published by the prestigious journal Atherosclerosis. Early results from a Spanish study with more than 7500 participants demonstrates that high quantities of dietary EVOO and a variety of different species of nuts is more effective in managing and preventing a heart event than traditional drug therapy. Many physicians place their patients on the standard prescription of beta blockers and ACE inhibitors in a desperate effort to prevent advancing heart disease, even though repeated studies prove these drugs are detrimental to long-term health. Include copious amounts of EVOO and nuts in your diet to dramatically lower heart disease risk and avoid the need for risk drugs. Continue reading

The Invasion of Chemicals in Vitamins and Supplements

The general public is still shopping at Walmart and common drugstores for synthetic multivitamins and calcium supplements. The bad news is what you don’t know might hurt you.

Walking into a nutritional nightmare is easy if you don’t know about supplements. Dangerous supplement’s can reverse what you are trying to accomplish. If you pick a cheap poison off the corporate shelves, you’re actually making things worse. Stop focusing on RDA percentages, and take a quick read of “other ingredients.”

This is where one finds mind-blowing additives which are used to bind everything together, making your liver and kidneys toxic. The hit list includes synthetic sugars, talc, dyes, sodium benzoate, methylcellulose, carnauba wax, silicon or titanium dioxide, Continue reading

Additives Meant to Protect Vitamin C Actually Cause More Harm

Anti-caking agents in powdered products may hasten degradation of vitamin C instead of doing what they are supposed to do: protect the nutrient from moisture.

Lisa Mauer, a Purdue University professor of food science; Lynne Taylor, a professor of industrial and physical pharmacy; and graduate student Rebecca Lipasek study deliquescence, a reaction in which humidity causes a crystalline solid to dissolve. They wanted to understand how anti-caking agents protect substances such as vitamin C from humidity.

In Mauer’s laboratory, different anti-caking agents were blended with powdered sodium ascorbate, a common form of vitamin C, Continue reading

Reform Law Seen as Pushing Coverage Costs

The cost of health insurance coverage provided by nonfederal public and private employers increased nearly three times as fast this year as it did last year, with up to one-third of the increase attributable to the 2010 federal healthcare law, according to a national survey.

The 13th annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust found that in 2011 the average annual premiums for individual coverage were $5,429, or 8% higher than in 2010, and premiums for family coverage were $15,073, or 9% higher. The rise in the cost of family coverage was a sharp acceleration from the 3% increase the same survey found in 2010.

The only factor among many possible drivers to the latest premium increase that the survey authors Continue reading

Fruits and Vegetables Have Different Effects on Colon Cancer Risk

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has long been recommended to promote overall well-being and health. Researchers at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research now believe that the types of produce consumed can affect a person’s risk of colorectal cancer in different ways, depending on the site of the carcinoma.

In a study, a team of scientists found that brassica vegetables — which include Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage — may have a protective effect against distal and proximal colon cancer. However, apples were specifically associated with a lower risk of tumors of the distal colon, while fruit juice appeared to increase chances of rectal cancer. Continue reading

Kombucha Tea Could Fight Cell Death

Kombucha tea is a little different from regular tea. It’s a special concoction made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. This drink is sometimes called kombucha mushroom tea. Kombucha isn’t actually a mushroom though — it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding this colony of bacteria and yeast to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The tea contains vinegar, B vitamins and a host of other chemical compounds.

There have been many health benefits attributed to Kombucha tea, but little scientific evidence to back up these claims. It might be worthwhile, therefore, to take a look at the results of a new clinical trial that verifies at least one health benefit associated with the fermented drink: improved liver health.

Researchers at the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in Jadavpur University, India, investigated the antioxidant property of kombucha tea. Specifically, the researchers wanted to know how kombucha tea would perform when pitted against cytotoxicity induced by tertiary butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) in mice liver cells. TBPH is organic peroxide that causes oxidative stress resulting in organ disease.

The researchers found that exposure to TBHP  Continue reading

More about the Truth on Bariatric Surgery You Must Know

Since bariatric surgery bypasses the sites where vitamins, minerals, and trace metals are absorbed, this can clearly lead to deficiencies of certain nutrients. This article is about what the three surgeries do to five essential nutrients.

“Biliopancreatic Diversion” (BPD) surgery commonly causes deficiencies in vitamin B12, folate and iron. It less commonly does the same for vitamin D and calcium.

“Short Limb Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass” (RYGB) surgery commonly causes deficiencies in vitamin B12 and iron. It less commonly does the same for vitamin D, folate and calcium. Continue reading

10 Ways to Understand “Risk” at the Doctor’s Office

A new study has come out filled with health advice on how a patient can make informed, good decisions regarding treatment choices. There are so many questions, so many unknowns and so many medical words thrown around that you can quickly get lost. This article is about better understanding your “risk” of developing a problem. Here are 10 health tips on how to best inform you.

1. Plain language: If you don’t understand something your doctor says, ask him or her to explain it better. Don’t expect doctors to know when you don’t understand them.

2. Absolute risk: The most important statistic is what risk you have that something will happen to you if you take a certain treatment. You might hear: “This drug will cut your risk in half.” Continue reading

How to Harvest and Prepare Rose Hips for Maximum Health Benefits

Rose hips are the small, colorful bulbs that stay behind when a rose dies. They are roughly the same size as berries and vary in color from orange to red. Oftentimes overlooked because gardeners trim the dead flowers before the rose hips can form, rose hips are a great source of Vitamin C and can be harvested and prepared as a natural way to boost intake of this important vitamin.

With a sweet tartness, rose hips are part of the apple and crabapple families. Almost all roses create rose hips, as they are the natural product of a dead flower, but the ones that are said by many to be the best tasting are rugosa roses. In addition to tasting the best; these roses also produce the largest and most numerous hips.

Harvesting rose hips is very straightforward. Continue reading

Restore your Health and Rejuvenate your Body with Ayurvedic Panchakarma

These days, it’s virtually impossible to avoid the toxins, stress, radiation, smoke and synthetic chemicals that damage our bodies and minds and that reduce vitality. We may think that these stressors have recently come into existence, but they have probably been around in one form or another since the very beginning of man-kind. Many methods have been used to neutralize these toxins and purify the body, but perhaps the oldest of these has received very little attention recently.

Ayurveda’s “Panchakarma” literally means five therapies. They include Vamana (therapeutic emesis or vomiting), Virechana (therapeutic purgations), Basti (enema), Nasya (nasal drops) and Rakta Mokshana (blood-letting). They are generally followed by a course of Rasayana (rejuvenation) to arrest the ageing process and promote radiant vitality.

Each one of these has very specific indications in both the management and prevention of disease. Depending on the dosha (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha), Continue reading

Natural Help for Erectile Dysfunction

The first step to naturally lowering your risk of impotence is to step out the door. Exercises like walking three hours per week drop your risk of having erectile dysfunction by 30 percent.1 And along with physical activity, a wide variety of herbs can also boost your sexual life.

The Value of Movement

If you’re an immovable object, your sex life isn’t likely to budge, either. An analysis of 31,742 men age 53 to 90 reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2003 shows that exercise keeps you leaner and fit for sex, as well as mentally more ready for sexual interaction.

Stress Obstructions Continue reading

Plant Compound Could Help You Survive Breast Cancer

Who said there were no herbal cures for breast cancer? A new study has found that phytoestrogens, plant compounds, may have a cancer protective effect. The ones in question here are “lignans” and the target is breast cancer. The answer: it just might help you survive the disease.

Phytoestrogens mimic the actions of estrogen in the body and have been linked to many health benefits. The most important type of phytoestrogens in our diet is lignan. Lignans come in seeds (especially flaxseeds), as well as in wheat and vegetables. The body turns these lignans into another lignan, enterolactone, which is then absorbed.

From 2002 to 2005, researchers took blood samples from 1,140 women who had been diagnosed with postmenopausal breast cancer. After six years, they compared levels of enterolactone with how the disease was progressing.

They found that women with the highest blood levels of enterolactone had a 40% lower risk of death than those with the lowest levels. That is pretty huge. And the news extended for those women Continue reading

The Truth about Bariatric Surgery You Must Know

With 31% of men and 33% of women being obese in the United States, the problem is an epidemic. Today, morbid obesity affects one in 50 adults. The most alarming trend may be the rising incidence of obesity among children.

While drugs and behavior therapy have had poor results, bariatric surgery for obese people can help sustain weight loss and treat related problems such as sleep apnea, asthma, diabetes, and clogged arteries. More than 140,000 bariatric surgeries are performed annually in the U.S. In the future, that number is set to rise three-fold.

There are three common procedures. To understand the nutritional complications involved, it’s important to know how your gastrointestinal tract is altered by the surgeries. Continue reading

The Telemedicine Reporter – International Edition – September 23, 2011

Blumenthal: Electronic health records, despite flaws, make doctors better

Blumenthal, who left his federal role earlier this year and is a Harvard Medical School professor of health care policy, said that as he learned to use the electronic systems as a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital Continue reading