Bankrolling $100 million a year, the detox industry—made up of detox diets, supplements and colon cleanses—is here to stay. No longer a fad for all-natural health nuts or extreme dieters, detoxing is now a mainstream health practice. As your resource in all things health and wellness related, the Underground Health Reporter is blowing the whistle on this detox deception. Continue reading →
“Qi” is the essence of life that flows through nature and our bodies. Most of Chinese medicine is fixated at realigning the flow of Qi to restore health. One type of massage that is very popular, and very soothing is called “Tui Na.”
First, a quick look at the concept of Qi. Meridians are the energy channels that the Qi flows through. Continue reading →
A new study published this month finds that the hormonally active form of vitamin D, Calcitriol 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3), inhibits the growth of many kinds of cancerous cells, including breast cancer, indicating that vitamin D3 can be useful in treating and even preventing a variety of cancers. Authors of the study said that cancer cell growth is inhibited by “anticancer actions including cell cycle arrest, promotion of apoptosis and inhibition of invasion, metastasis, and angiogenesis.” Continue reading →
The state of your overall health may be as simple to discern as using Chinese face reading to examine your face. So say ancient healing systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Face reading (mien shiang or mien xiang, pronounced “myen-shung”) originated in China nearly 3,000 years ago. Originally, this medical art was practiced by Taoist monk healers. Today, Eastern practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Continue reading →
Here is a piece of health news about a highly useful Chinese herb. It’s called “psoralea” and it lives and grows in Asia, particularly Vietnam and China. Its Chinese name is “bug u zhi” and it is linked to the flow of “Qi” through kidney and spleen. It can exert powerful effects on a body that is out of whack.
Henry Ford Hospital researchers have found that the presence of excess protein in a common urine test is an effective prognostic marker of acute renal failure in patients with severe sepsis.
Researchers analyzed data from 328 sepsis patients with no previous history of protein in the urine and found the urine dipstick test predicted the presence of renal failure in 55 percent of these patients. Continue reading →
Deaths rates from cancer dropped 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008, according to a new report — a promising trend that experts hope will accelerate in the years to come.
“This is really very exciting,” said report co-author Ahmedin Jemal of the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society. “Of course, the decrease is due to improvements in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.”
Over the past 18 years, the steady drop in cancer death rates has translated into more than a million deaths averted, according to the report. Continue reading →
Hyperthyroidism happens when your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. This results in an overactive metabolic rate, which can cause irritability, insomnia and fatigue, amongst other things. Although not as common as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is still a threat to many. Without even knowing it, a malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying cause of many recurring illnesses.
How can you make sure your thyroid produces the right amount of thyroid hormone? You need to make sure you boost your nutritional health with vitamin B12. At least this is the latest health news from a group of Polish researchers.
The scientists looked at the use of vitamin supplements in the Polish population and a possible link with thyroid disease. The researchers noted that although vitamin deficiencies are uncommon in Poland or other developed countries, many patients take vitamin supplements. But despite the widespread availability of vitamins and the universal belief that vitamins offer health benefits, few publications have addressed their role in the prevention and treatment of thyroid diseases. Continue reading →
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.
A recent study from scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies suggests that a strawberry a day (or more accurately, 37 of them) could keep not just one doctor away, but an entire fleet of them, including the neurologist, the endocrinologist, and maybe even the oncologist.
Investigations conducted in the Salk Institute’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) will appear in the June 27, 2011, issue of PLoS ONE. The report explains that fisetin, a naturally-occurring flavonoid found most abundantly in strawberries and to a lesser extent in other fruits and vegetables, lessens complications of diabetes. Previously, the lab showed that fisetin promoted survival of neurons grown in culture and enhanced memory in healthy mice. That fisetin can target multiple organs strongly suggests that a single drug could be used to mitigate numerous medical complications.
“This manuscript describes for the first time a drug that prevents both kidney and brain complications Continue reading →
The ancients considered artichokes to have many benefits. Artichokes, including leaves, were thought to be an aphrodisiac, a diuretic, a breath freshener and even a deodorant. Decoctions of artichoke leaves have been used as blood cleansers to improve bile production and secretion and to detoxify the liver and the skin.
The globe artichoke is a member of the Composite family, closely related to the thistle. The part we eat is from the immature flower bud. Artichokes are nutrient dense, so, for the 25 calories in a medium artichoke, you’re getting 16 essential nutrients! Artichokes provide the important minerals magnesium, chromium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron and calcium. For example, that 25 calorie artichoke provides 6% of the Continue reading →
Habitat: Fenugreek is native to North Africa and the Mediterranean area but today it is grown in many parts of the world. It is undoubtedly one of the most widely cultivated medicinal plants.
Characteristics and properties: Fenugreek was esteemed by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as a remarkably versatile medicinal plant which could be used as a remedy for a wide variety of conditions. It was a favorite of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, and has been a favorite of most healers and herbalists ever since. It’s most popular use has always been as a galactogogue, a substance which increases a mother’s milk supply, and over the centuries fenugreek has become the most popular and renowned herbal galactogogue of all. Mothers taking fenugreek usually notice an increase in milk flow within 24-72 hours, though it should be noted that a daily amount of at least 3500mg is usually required to produce the effect. For some breastfeeding women it can take 2 weeks to see a change, and if no improvement Continue reading →