The news blackout and disinformation campaign of natural cures has been so effective since WWII that Continue reading
Ever heard of “shift work disorder?” It’s a new disease being played up by the pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs so dangerous that even the home page of the drug website admits the drug may kill you. Continue reading
A new study linking birth induction to autism is rippling through the mainstream press, generating titles such as Bloomberg’s “Autism Risk May Be Raised for Children When Labor Induced, CBS News’ “Induced labor may increase risk of autism in offspring, and WebMD’s “Induced Labor Linked to Raised Risk of Autism.” Continue reading
Once used by ancient civilizations as offerings to their gods, cacao has a long and colorful history. Cacao beans – which are actually the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree – are native to South America and the West Indies.
The raw beans have been used in beverages and foods for more Continue reading
Qigong, the subject of this series in Doctors Health Press, is a mainstay of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is an amazing performance of slow, simple movements and postures that wind up being so good for you. Qigong combines movement with meditation. There are at least 1,000 types, all involving either a simple routine of calisthenics, or a complex set of exercises intended Continue reading
Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have discovered one healing food that could be a natural remedy against oxidative damage. What’s more, this food grows in just about everyone’s front yard or backyard. It makes a delicious tea that’s full of antioxidants and it’s easy to cultivate and use right in your own kitchen. Continue reading
Vaccination with the anthrax capsule—a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease—protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to U.S. Army scientists. The study, which appears in the Jan. 20th print edition of the journal VACCINE, represents the first successful use of a non-toxin vaccine to protect monkeys from the disease.
Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax, is recognized as one of the most serious bioterrorism threats. It produces three main components that allow it to do harm—lethal toxin, edema toxin, and the capsule. During anthrax infection, the bacterium invades and grows to high concentrations in the host. The capsule surrounds the bacterium and prevents it from being ingested and destroyed by the white blood cells, thus allowing anthrax infection to progress. The toxins are thought to act mainly by damaging the body’s natural defense mechanisms.
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With flu season here; it’s time to start reinforcing your immune system. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting lots of vitamin C in the fruits and vegetables you eat. You’ll also want to get some exercise and keep up with the clinically proven cold and flu prevention tactic of washing your hands throughout the day. If you follow all this health advice, hopefully you’ll fight off any cold and flu bugs that you happen to come in contact with. But, if you do come down with a cold and symptoms settle into your lungs and chest, there’s a herb that can come to the rescue. Echinacea is heavily recommended during flu season by many naturopathic doctors — and for good reason.
Echinacea has special nutrients that fight bacterial and viral infections. Echinacea also stimulates white blood cells, helping them to do their job of protecting you against foreign invaders. Continue reading
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. It helps to keep bones and teeth healthy and keeps your muscles strong. Recent research has also pointed to vitamin D’s role in boosting the immune system. In the latest health news, researchers at the University of California have discovered another health breakthrough about vitamin D: it plays a critical role in your body’s ability to fight off infections. And not just any infection, but a potentially life-threatening one like tuberculosis (TB).
For their study, the U.S. researchers investigated the mechanisms by which the body manages to kill or stop the growth of pathogens, such as “M. tuberculosis,” the bacteria that causes TB. In the course of their research, they detected that white blood cells — which are critical in the fight against infections — Continue reading
Scientists have discovered how living organisms – including humans – avoid poisoning from carbon monoxide generated by natural cell processes.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can prove fatal at high concentrations; the gas is most commonly associated with faulty domestic heating systems and car fumes, and is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’.
But carbon monoxide – chemical symbol CO – is also produced within our bodies through the normal activity of cells. Scientists have long wondered how organisms manage to control this internal carbon monoxide production so that it does no harm.
University of Manchester researchers, working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool and Eastern Oregon University, have now identified the mechanism whereby cells protect themselves from the toxic effects of the gas at these lower concentrations.
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Scientists have documented that daily supplements of the natural pigment astaxanthin reduces the accumulation of compounds called phospholipid hydroperoxides (PLOOH) which are known to accumulate abnormally in the red blood cells (erythrocytes) of people with dementia. Bottom line: the researchers from Tohoku University who are behind the study believe the pink pigment may well “contribute to the prevention of dementia.”
That’s great news because the mind-robbing malady known as dementia is a growing problem in the U.S. — and mainstream medicine and Big Pharma have come up with little help and hope for the condition. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 5.4 million Americans currently have the best known and most feared kind of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD). That number is expected to rise as the population ages.
Astaxanthin is a phytochemical known as a carotenoid. Like many carotenoids, it is a colorful, fat soluble pigment. Astaxanthin is found Continue reading
WILMINGTON – Based on more than 50 experiments with mice, scientists have mapped out the basic steps taken by a particular set of white blood cells in setting the pace for recovery after serious lung injury.
The white blood cells are called regulatory T-cells, or Tregs for short, and their best known function is to keep the body’s immune system from attacking its own healthy tissues.
“Our study results are the critical first leads in finding treatments for a clinical condition that until now has had none, despite its high mortality,” says study senior investigator Landon King, Johns Hopkins University.
“When a patient develops acute lung injury, we want the critical care medicine team to be able to do more than just stabilize the patient on a ventilator,” said
Some 200,000 Americans suffer some form of sudden, acute lung injury (
Among them are people with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by infection, the most severe form of
Almost all people with
The study was published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.