How the Buteyko Breathing Method Can Improve Your Health and Fitness

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The Buteyko Breathing Method is a powerful approach for reversing health problems associated with improper breathing, the most common of which are overbreathing and mouthbreathing, including poor sleep and sleep apnea

When you stop mouth breathing and learn to bring your breathing volume Continue reading

Chamomile Proven to Fight Anxiety and Clinical Depression

chamomilleRecent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression.

The most recent study, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was indicated specifically with Continue reading

Vitamin E May Alleviate Symptoms of Liver Disease Brought on by Obesity

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  • Vitamin E may help relieve the majority of symptoms associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a common obesity-related fatty liver disease
  • With no known treatment – and often no symptoms until serious damage has    occurred – Continue reading

Cognitive Decline Linked to Periodontal Disease

periA groundbreaking study from the United Kingdom has connected gingivitis and oral health to cognitive decline. The study’s findings are backed up by a multitude of research supporting the mechanisms.

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at London’s King’s College followed over 1050 adults Continue reading

How One Drink Could Protect Your Eyesight

cgtThe association between vision and diabetes is not too well-known, but it’s definitely one to be aware of. Diabetes is a disease primarily caused by insulin resistance, of course, but along with blood sugar problems, diabetes can also affect the retinas of the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, as the condition is called, is the most common reason for blindness in American adults. Continue reading

Cupuaçu: Better than Chocolate?

How to Boost Heart Health and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with This Exotic Superfruit

If you’re a connoisseur of all things heart-healthy, then you’ve probably already heard about the heart-protecting benefits of cacao, the unprocessed beans used to make dark chocolate.  A recent study found that Continue reading

Every Single Junk Food Meal Can Hurt Your Body

junkA new study has found that eating even a single junk food meal damages your arteries. Once again, we find that saturated fat is a formidable enemy to our overall health. And, once again, we find that sticking to a Mediterranean diet is the best health option.

Junk food meals are, by definition, high in saturated fat, which is detrimental to many of the body’s processes, especially the cardiovascular system. Meanwhile, Continue reading

Decrease Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Today

Did You Know…

…You can slash your risk of Alzheimer’s by almost half with a very simple shift in your diet?

If you’re concerned about your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, it’s time to pass on the muffins. You’ll also want to curb consumption of cake, bread, pasta, and other high carbohydrate foods.

That’s because in a news release on October 16, Mayo Clinic announced that senior citizens who consumed high carbohydrate diets Continue reading

For Better Muscles: Eat Spinach, Skip the Mouthwash

SPINACHMitochondria, tiny cell structures that power our muscles, can develop leaks that hurt muscle performance. Research shows, however, that substances found in spinach can stop these leaks and make mitochondria mightier. But to get the full effect, you may have to ditch your mouthwash. Strong mouthwashes kill off the oral bacteria that enable the body to put spinach’s Continue reading

The Little-Known Secrets of Vitamin C

Here I present a multi-part look at one of the most well- known nutrients in the world: vitamin C. But do you know where it came from? Do you know (other than oranges) where to get it in food? Do you know what it does? Read on.

The year was 1753. The doctor was a British naval physician by the name of Lind, who found that there was something in citrus fruits that cured scurvy. Scurvy was a common disease among sailors when they were at sea due to the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. Lind recommended that every sailor at sea should receive a daily ration of lime or lemon juice to overcome vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) deficiency. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find that vitamin C is the most popular vitamin supplement in the world. Continue reading

Report Shows Risk of Blindness halved over last Decade

Opthalmology

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the Western World. A report from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark published today shows the number of new cases of blindness and severe visual loss in Denmark has been halved during the last ten years.

The study just published in American Journal of Ophthalmology examined the records of 11,848 new cases of legal blindness. The rate of blindness from AMD fell from 522 cases per million inhabitants aged 50 years or older in 2000, Continue reading

Emergency Medicine Physicians Develop Device to Stop Lethal Bleeding in Soldiers

Two emergency medicine physicians with wartime experience have developed a weapon against one rapidly lethal war injury.

Insurgents commonly aim just below a soldier’s body armor, where the trunk and legs join, to injure the body’s largest blood vessels, causing soldiers to bleed to death within minutes.

“There is no way to put a tourniquet around it, so soldiers are getting shot in this area and dying within several minutes,” said Dr. Richard Schwartz, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University. Police officers wearing chest protection as well as automobile accident victims can sustain similar injuries.

Efforts to externally compress the injury have been largely ineffective; the inch-round aorta runs parallel to the spine, so it can’t be approached from the back, and is several inches Continue reading

Aging Healthier, Not Just Longer

The picture shows two 9-month-old mice from the study. The one on the right received the drug to eliminate senescent cells (from the NYT, 2 November, 2011, taken by Jan van Deursen).

Never mind living to 120; what we want is to live healthy to whatever age biology allotted us. Age is the major risk factor for most cancers and for chronic diseases like arthritis. Why is it? Evolutionary biologists tell us that this is nature’s way of clearing us off the stage, so as not to compete with the young for resources. Maybe. I find this theory a bit unsatisfying, if for no other reason than the fact that lower species, Continue reading

A Supplement for Your Blood Vessels

Lipoic acid, also known as alpha-lipoic acid or thioctic acid, was originally identified as a vitamin more than 50 years ago. It is a naturally occurring chemical made in small amounts by plants, animals and humans. It is also a natural solution for improving the health of your blood vessels. This is the first of two articles explaining how it works.

Though the information is limited, foods rich in lipoic acid include kidney, heart, liver, spinach, tomatoes, peas, and Brussels sprouts. Lipoic acid in dietary supplements varies from 100 to 600 milligrams. In Germany, lipoic acid is available by prescription for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. Low blood levels of lipoic acid are found in patients with diabetes, atherosclerosis, and liver cirrhosis.

Lipoic acid has many functions in your body: Continue reading

Riboflavin and Feverfew Target Migraines

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

Mitochondria, the powerhouse inside the cell, generate high-energy chemicals. In between migraine attacks, this important function is much reduced. Riboflavin has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of migraine attacks to help affect this specific action. Here are three clinical studies worth taking a look at:

1. Fifty-five migraine patients received either 400 mg of riboflavin or placebo for three months. Riboflavin treatment was much better than placebo treatment in reducing the frequency of attacks and the number of headache days (59% in riboflavin vs. 15% in placebo).

2. Twenty-six migraine patients  Continue reading