The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry

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  • Early intervention with minimally invasive dentistry can eliminate 80 percent of future dental interventions on the vast majority of patients
  • By identifying hypocalcific areas and using a miniature air abrasion tip to clean out those pits, fissures and grooves, Continue reading

Three Little Things You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Health

Everybody is looking for ways to improve their health. Many of us look for the newest exercise fads and celebrity diets, while scouring the shelves at the supplement shops, all in the search for ways to get a bit of an edge.

Now a healthy diet rich in nutrients and some exercise can improve your health; there’s simply no denying it. Continue reading

How to Clear Dangerous Plaque from Your Arteries with This Rare Exotic Superfruit

We recently published an article in Underground Health Reporter warning that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death, according to the Centers of Disease Control.  Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event.

This deadly, Continue reading

Milk Thistle Provides a Protective Shield to the Liver, Heart and Brain

The liver is one of the most critical organs essential to human health. It serves more than 300 functions in the body to detoxify against chemical and environmental intrusions, and it promotes metabolic function as well. Silymarin is commonly known as milk thistle, and new science is emerging to validate the healing potential of this powerful plant. Publishing in the journal Hepatitis Monthly, researchers provide solid evidence that natural milk thistle extracts can halt and even reverse the effects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an affliction affecting as much as a third of the adult population. Supplementation with milk thistle will dramatically lower the risks associated with fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis and cognitive dysfunction.

NAFLD is a significant health concern that is growing at an unprecedented rate due to the obesity and diabetes epidemic currently gripping most western societies. The condition is caused in part by excess accumulation of fats (triglycerides) in the cellular matrix of the liver that results in suboptimal function of the organ. Left unchecked, the disease can result in cell injury and damage, in inflammation and ultimately in cirrhosis as the liver becomes less able to perform the multitude of tasks essential to life. Continue reading

Changing Chicken Feed Composition Can Improve Health Benefits of Eggs

Whether eggs are a healthy breakfast choice has been a subject of controversy in recent years. Now, scientists have discovered that the answer to that question may depend on what kind of food the hens are fed.

Omega-6 fatty acids, when present in hen’s feed, cause the animals to lay eggs that are high in cholesterol. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that these compounds can be a healthy part of a person’s diet, as they are necessary for proper development and brain function, but people’s bodies do not naturally make them.

However, when high levels of the acids are present as part of a hen’s diet,  Continue reading

Enzyme from Silk Moth Can Help your Heart Health

Silk moths dissolve their cocoons with a natural substance called serrapeptase. Scientists have found that humans can use this same enzyme to dissolve potential heart problems.

Plaque buildup and inflammation in the arteries are the main reasons people suffer from heart attacks and other dangerous cardiac events. This condition, atherosclerosis, occurs when fat, cholesterol, calcium and other deposits found in the blood clump together, block one or more arteries and interrupt your normal blood flow. These clots can occur anywhere in the body, including in the arteries in the heart, brain, arms, legs and pelvis, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Results of the National Health Interview Survey indicate that more than 26.8 million adults suffer from heart disease each year. It is the leading cause of death in the United States.

The main culprit in this epidemic is inflammation. This seemingly nonthreatening condition is the starting point for a wide range of ailments and health conditions. But the good news is that an all-natural substance, Continue reading

Bleeding Gums

Definition

Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. However, persistent gum bleeding may be due to serious medical conditions such as leukemia and bleeding and platelet disorders.

Alternative Names

Gums – bleeding

Considerations

It is important to follow the instructions from your dentist in order to maintain healthy gums.  Continue reading

Silicone Oil May Help Treat Eye Cancer

Silicone oil applied inside the eye can block up to 55 percent of harmful radiation to prevent blindness in patients with eye cancer, a U.S. researcher says.

Dr. Scott Oliver, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, says eye cancer, a rare but devastating disease, can strike anyone — although fair skin and sun exposure can increase risk — at any time, and treatment often requires radiation that leaves half of all patients partially blind.

Oliver focused on choroidal melanoma of the eye, or uveal cancer, the most common and dangerous form of eye disease, which affects some 2,000 people annually. It can spread quickly to the liver and lungs and often can be fatal.

For treatment, physicians often use plaque brachytherapy in which surgeons attach a gold cap containing radioactive seeds to the white part of the eye.

“Radiation injures blood vessels and nerves in the back of the eye,” Oliver says in a statement. “Half of all patients are legally blind in 3 years in the treated eye.”

Oliver tried several substances to block radiation from striking critical structures while allowing it to hit the tumor.

The study, published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, finds silicone oil — already used to treat retinal detachment — could screen out a majority of harmful radiation.

Two New Types of “Bad” Cholesterol Discovered This Year

Scientists have discovered a second “new” form of “bad” cholesterol they say can contribute to heart disease.

Lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), apparently does not respond to diet or cholesterol medication – but neither does it carry the same risk as the first-generation “bad” cholesterol, LDL.

According to the findings of a study reported this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, lead author Professor Martin Farrall said Lp(a) appears to upset the blood-clotting process. The study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, used gene-chip technology to scan DNA that had previously been identified to contain potential risk areas for heart disease. Two genetic factors were identified.

Nonetheless, Farrall emphasized that “the increase in risk to people from high Lp(a) levels is significantly less severe that the risk from high LDL cholesterol levels. So Lp(a) doesn’t trump LDL, which has a larger impact and which we can already control pretty effectively.”  The aim, he added, is to find a medication that will simultaneously control both.

Newer Cholesterol Culprit Identified Earlier
Another new form of “bad” cholesterol was identified earlier this year by a researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Khen-Yu Chen, Ph.D. presented his findings at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society earlier in the year.

In an interview published by Science Daily this past August, Chen said oxycholesterol – which at present also cannot be controlled by diet or current medications on the market — might turn out to be the most serious threat of all to cardiovascular health.

Oxycholesterol was proved to reduce the elasticity of arteries and impaired their ability to expand and carry more blood throughout the body. It also produced more deposits of cholesterol in the lining of arteries and a tendency to develop larger fatty deposits — atherosclerotic plaques — which increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.

“Our work demonstrated that oxycholesterol boosts total cholesterol levels and promotes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) more than non-oxidized cholesterol,” Chen told Science Daily.

Foods containing high amounts of oxycholesterol include anything fried or highly processed, including the average “fast food.” Oxidation occurs when fatty foods are heated — so forget those griben treats (fried chicken morsels produced when rendering chicken fat) that older-generation Ashkenazi Jews love so much. Likewise the ubiquitous Israeli snack foods found on every street corner, the deep-fried chickpea balls known as felafel, and shnitzel — breaded and deep-fried fish or chicken cutlets.

The good news is that a diet rich in antioxidants can counter these effects, accordin to Chen, who said that antioxidants might block the process that forms oxycholesterol. Such a diet includes fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and certain herbs and spices.