How would you like to be able to work out longer and use less effort to get the same benefits? Oh, and without resorting to Lance Armstrong’s strategies? It’s possible, according to research finding that juicing beets can enhance the performance of Continue reading →
After analyzing three sets of different blood samples from 325 patients, a Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention Research Study determined that there are links between lowered levels of a gene called SKA2, plus a higher level of chemical changes that alter its function, Continue reading →
An astounding 70% or more of Americans are deficient in the essential mineral magnesium. Low levels can have deadly effects.
Epidemiologic studies have suggested that low magnesium may be associated with higher rates of colorectal cancer among other diseases. Now a meta-analysis confirms that higher magnesium intakes are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer and Continue reading →
I was giving a lecture to a group of psychiatric fellows recently, and I got to my slide on folate. I get excited about this topic, and so I rambled on about the one-carbon cycle, and SAMe, methylcobalamin, and the MTHFR mutation. As I looked away from my slides, I could see the vacant stares from the near-audience and knew I had lost them. If highly educated and Continue reading →
Kidney stones affect about 10 percent of the U.S. population, researchers say
People who drink iced tea may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing painful kidney stones, a new study indicates.
Researchers from Loyola University Medical Center explained that the popular summertime drink contains high levels of oxalate, a chemical that leads to the formation of small crystals made of minerals and salt found in urine. Although these crystals are usually harmless, the researchers cautioned they can grow large enough to become lodged in Continue reading →
You almost certainly have a significant amount of cancer-causing substances in your body. And, so does everyone you know. That shocking revelation is the conclusion of a wide-ranging clinical study that found that every single one of its test subjects tested positive for alarming levels of at least one known toxin. And, these are not the ill-defined “toxins” of the mainstream media—they are seriously harmful chemicals like arsenic, dioxins, DDE (what the body turns DDT into), dieldrin (a chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer, and other ailments), and Continue reading →
Cold season is still here, and many of you may be looking for a better way to fight off this pest than just popping some vitamins every day. Well, here’s a list of the top eight foods to keep those nasty cold bugs away — and we’re not talking about just the usual bowl of chicken noodle soup!
… a “Hot” potato prized in Ancient Peru may be key to curing cancer?
In the 16th century, the Inca people ruled most of South America from their mountain capital in Cusco, Peru. To manage this vast territory, the Incan empire cultivated fighting skills, Continue reading →
Mitochondria, 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 →
Popeye famously ate spinach when in a jam to instantly build his biceps and gain the strength to save a damsel in distress. Well, a new study conducted at North Carolina State University suggests that he may have been better off eating mustard greens.
Leafy greens have previously been indicated as vegetables that encourage muscle growth because of their nitric oxide content. Another component known as homobrassinolide — a plant hormone found in members of the mustard family — has been shown to stimulate protein synthesis while preventing degradation of muscle.
“We hope that one day brassinosteroids may provide an effective, natural, and safe alternative for age- and disease-associated muscle loss, or be used to improve endurance and physical performance,” said researcher Slavko Komarnytsky, Ph.D. Continue reading →
Years ago, a bread company boasted that its product “builds strong bodies 12 ways.” But if you’ve got a gluten problem, bread may actually be destroying your body, not building it. In particular, it may be weakening your bones. And unless you stop eating gluten-containing foods (made from wheat, barley and rye), the deconstruction of your bones may continue until you suffer debilitating osteoporosis.
Looking back on my own experience with celiac (an autoimmune reaction to gluten), I can remember several medical misfortunes that should have indicated to an alert healthcare practitioner that I was suffering a health problem that needed investigation. For example, in elementary school, while playing baseball, I broke a bone in my hand while fielding a relatively slow ground ball. Continue reading →