Vitamin B1 Is Vital to Protect Against Infectious Disease

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  • Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency syndrome (beriberi) has many similarities to sepsis — a primary cause of COVID-19 mortality — and thiamine deficiency is relatively common in critically ill patients in general
  • Thiamine deficiency is prevalent in pulmonary tuberculosis, and the more severe the case, the more severe the thiamine deficiency. Thiamine has been shown to limit Mycobacterium tuberculosis by regulating your innate immunity
  • Thiamine deficiency is also associated with the development of high fever, and some researchers have suggested that serious infections may in fact be a presenting manifestation of thiamine deficiency
  • Clinical case reports have shown thiamine injections reversed a number of acute illnesses in which high fever was a factor, including one case where the patient presented with high fever, headache and asphyxia, and another where the patient had high fever and severe pneumonia
  • Thiamine is required for metabolism of some of the metabolites of vitamin C. Vitamin C also works synergistically with corticosteroids, which helps explain why the Marik Sepsis Protocol is so effective. Magnesium may also be important, as it is required for the activation of thiamine

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The Most Vulnerable Die First

Two years ago I wrote: The CDC has called the 2017-2018 flu an epidemic and in England it’s a pandemic filling up hospitals until its standing room only. They are reporting that more than 50 patients at a time had been left waiting for beds in casualty units, with 120 patients a day being managed in corridors and “some dying prematurely.” Continue reading

Effectively Treat Your Sore Throat — Naturally

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  • One of the most common reasons for a sore throat is a viral infection; before picking up an over-the-counter drug, consider these effective and natural options
  • Zinc lozenges work locally in your upper respiratory tract to shorten a cold; hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal has been ignored, but is effective
  • An apple cider vinegar gargle helps create an inhospitable environment for germs; garlic may shorten the length and severity of your cold and raw honey is as effective as cough drops or syrup
  • Vitamin C may shorten your cold; echinacea tea soothes your throat and reduces the recurrence of an infection; bee propolis extract may reduce the duration of a cold, and gargling with saltwater is soothing
  • Preventive measures include getting plenty of exercise and quality sleep; using good handwashing techniques; eating fermented foods and taking in optimal levels of vitamin D

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Curcumin Effectively Reduces Pain in Osteoarthritis Patients

Curcumin has proven anti-inflammatory effects, and new research confirms that curcumin supplementation is an effective tool for pain management in patients with knee osteoarthritis  Continue reading

How the Method of Birth Can Influence Lifelong Health

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  • Microorganisms in your gastrointestinal tract play an integral part in your health, affecting everything from body weight and nutrition, to chronic diseases of all kinds
  • The groundwork for your individual microbiome is laid from birth. A baby inherits the microbiome of its mother during vaginal delivery. Skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding also provide valuable microbes
  • Thorough and appropriate “seeding” of the baby at birth primes their immune system with beneficial bacteria so that it can learn to function optimally
  • Decades of inappropriate medical interventions and diet — such as overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial products, routine cesarean births, pesticides and processed food — have led to a steep loss of diversity in the human microbiome
  • Bacteria play an essential role in your metabolism and immune function. With a loss of microbial diversity, the homeostasis (balance) of your body is disrupted, rendering it more vulnerable to disease

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Your Lifespan is Foretold Not in Your Palm but on Your Wrist

Blood pressure is a well-known indicator of cardiovascular health. Continue reading

Doctors Hid Data on Stent Deaths

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  • The Excel trial, which was sponsored by U.S. stent manufacturer Abbott, compared the use of drug-eluting stents to coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • The results suggested the two procedures were equivalent in terms of deaths that occurred among patients after three years
  • The results, however, didn’t show the full picture, as at the time of the study’s publication, the researchers had access to data from five years’ prior
  • There was evidence that the stents were deadlier than CABG, but the researchers chose to only look at the data up to three years — and not a day after
  • When the five-year data were factored in, there was evidence that stents were causing more deaths than bypass surgery
  • A number of surgical organizations and others have called for an independent review of the raw data used in the trial, and the researchers have agreed, but there is concern that the reviewers may not be independent

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There Is No Such Thing as a Minor Concussion

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  • Concussions are considered to be a form of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) because they’re typically not life-threatening, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that concussions are often not mild, instead leading to serious symptoms and lasting changes in the brain
  • Common concussion symptoms include changes in mood and behavior, headache and sensitivity to light and sound; even simply “not feeling right” or feeling down after a blow to the head could signal a concussion
  • After studying the brains of hockey players who had received concussions, researchers found abnormal brain wave activity that persisted for years, along with partial wasting of motor pathways that could degrade attention
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, accounting for 48% of cases
  • In the aftermath of a concussion, you’ll want to get adequate sleep to help recharge your brain and avoid excessive physical activity, driving too soon and overstimulating your brain with work or school

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New Study Sheds Light on Stroke Recovery

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  • Stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or blood vessel, cutting off blood flow to your brain. As a result, brain cells die and brain damage can occur. Without proper and timely treatment, a stroke can be lethal
  • Estimates suggest 10% of all strokes occur in people under the age of 50, and 2.5% of strokes occur in those under the age of 20
  • Studies have shown that, surprisingly, blocking inflammation after a stroke isn’t beneficial. Recent research demonstrates brain inflammation following a stroke actually plays a beneficial role in neuroplasticity and recovery of function
  • It’s imperative to rapidly implement neurocognitive training after a stroke, as your brain circuits need the proper stimulus to reroute
  • Education appears to play a role in stroke recovery by acting as a cognitive reserve against poststroke cognitive impairment. Getting the proper nutrition after a stroke is also crucial for optimal recovery

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Regenerative Fitness with Hamad Shirazi

What is Regenerative Fitness?

Regenerative fitness is a foundational program that will empower you with simple tools and practices that can be applied to instantly improve health and vitality. Using movement as medicine, we will cultivate an optimal environment for our bodies to harmonize and create a more youthful presence. This movement-centered program will include principles of infant development and natural movement patterns, all with the intention of total body integration. Continue reading

Arch across the top of the foot that evolved 3.5 million years ago may be the reason humans can walk and run upright unlike other primates

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  • The transverse tarsal arch of the human foot provides almost half its stiffness  
  • It evolved in an ancient human ancestor around 3.5 million years ago 
  • The stiffness allowed hominins to begin walking on two feet opposed to four  
  • Current primates have much flatter feet and can not walk upright like humans   
  • Stiffness from arch across the foot acts as a lever to enable walking and running 

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Here’s why you need phosphorus in your diet, a mineral that promotes bone strength

Phosphorus is a mineral that the body needs to perform important functions, such as repairing tissues and filtering waste. It is the second most plentiful mineral in the body – next to calcium – and it is used to keep the bones strong and healthy. However, as an essential mineral, phosphorus cannot be produced by the body, and should be obtained through diet instead. Continue reading

How to Get Your Body to Make the Fountain-of-Youth Hormone

Your body contains a huge gland that, under the right circumstances, produces a hormone that’s remarkably powerful at fighting the aging process. Continue reading

Who’s a clever girl! Whisky the six-year-old border collie learns the names of 90 different toys on her own and can fetch them on request

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  • More than learning toy names, Whisky recognises the different types of object
  • For example, she can pick out a ball or rope when asked from a set of new toys
  • The clever collie appears to have learnt these groups without deliberate training
  • The smartest dog on record reportedly knew 1,000 words and basic grammar

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Boosting Mitochondrial Biogenesis With Ginger

Researchers discover that ginger, an ancient herbal remedy used for cooking and medicinal purposes, supports the regeneration of cellular mitochondria and may reduce the effects of mitochondrial dysfunction Continue reading