Infant BPA Exposure from Breast Milk Now Widespread

bisphenol_a_breast_milkResearchers from the Republic of Korea’s Sookmyung Women’s University College of Pharmacy have confirmed that a majority of infants are now being exposed to Bisphenol A (BPA) – a well-known endocrine disrupter – through their breast milk.

The researchers tested 325 mothers and infants from mostly middle class families in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) who were born within two weeks of the study. Continue reading

Will Detection of Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Decimate US Economy?

GMWHEATAs recently reported by CNBC1 and other media outlets,2, 3 an unapproved strain of genetically engineered (GE) wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the anomaly on May 29.

As it turns out, Continue reading

Five Ways Astragalus Helps your Body Heal Itself

With a healing reputation in Eastern medicine that’s already thousands of years old, the astragalus herb, renowned for its ability to deeply strengthen the immune system, is becoming even more widely used in Western treatments as well.

Derived from a perennial plant native to China, Mongolia and Korea, the plant’s root is dried, prepared into a tincture, tablet or topical treatment, and applied as a natural remedy for all kinds of health conditions, from fatigue, ulcers and liver toxicity, to diabetes, blood pressure and circulation, and even cancer. Continue reading

What a Garden Can Do for Seniors

As the aging population grows, doctors and other medical health professionals are seeking ways to keep seniors healthier for longer. As it becomes increasingly obvious that pharmaceutical drugs can’t successfully bear the complete burden of age-related illness, those in the profession of geriatrics have been forced to get Continue reading

Clean Fat out of Your Arteries with Ginkgo Biloba

Here’s some inside health news that could help protect your |heart. It concerns a potentially new health breakthrough in the fight against atherosclerosis. This amazing alternative remedy could help clear away dangerous fatty deposits in your arteries.

You may know about “Ginkgo biloba.” It’s the herb that has been championed for its ability to boost mental function and protect against Alzheimer’s. Recently, researchers have been discovering that “Ginkgo biloba” extract has antioxidant and antiplatelet properties. A Korean research team decided to take the investigation of ginkgo’s heart- healing properties one step further and see if the herb might protect against atherosclerosis.

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Protect From Radiation with Gingko Biloba

KOREA – Extracts from the leaves of the Gingko biloba tree may protect cells from radiation, say Korean scientists.

The discovery some day may help reduce side effects in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

Researchers at the Korean Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences are studying the effects of popular herbal remedies such as Gingko biloba. The Gingko tree is different from many herbal remedies because it is a unique species with no living relatives and is a popular example of a living fossil.

It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. G. biloba is sold as a herbal supplement and promoted as a possible preventive for dementia.

Extracts from Gingko biloba leaves contain the compounds glycosides and terpenoids, antioxidants known as ginkgolides and bilobalides. Antioxidants are believed to protect cells from damage free radicals can cause. The body produces free radicals during the normal process of metabolism, but some diseases as well as pollution and radiation can increase their production tremendously, damaging cells and DNA.

Chang-Mo Kang and his colleagues collected white blood cells of healthy people ages 18 to 50. They treated half with a commercially available G. biloba extract and the other half with a saline solution. Then they compared the effects of radiation on the two groups of cells.

They discovered that 1 in 3 of the untreated cells died, while only 1 in 20 of the cells treated with the Gingko biloba extract died. Additional studies with mice showed a similar protective effect against radiation poisoning.

Kang’s research suggests that Gingko biloba extracts can neutralize free radicals radiation produces and prevent healthy cells from dying.

Gingko Biloba May Protect From Radiation

KOREA – Extracts from the leaves of the Gingko biloba tree may protect cells from radiation, say Korean scientists.

The discovery some day may help reduce side effects in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

Researchers at the Korean Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences are studying the effects of popular herbal remedies such as Gingko biloba. The Gingko tree is different from many herbal remedies because it is a unique species with no living relatives and is a popular example of a living fossil.

It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. G. biloba is sold as a herbal supplement and promoted as a possible preventive for dementia.

Extracts from Gingko biloba leaves contain the compounds glycosides and terpenoids, antioxidants known as ginkgolides and bilobalides. Antioxidants are believed to protect cells from damage free radicals can cause. The body produces free radicals during the normal process of metabolism, but some diseases as well as pollution and radiation can increase their production tremendously, damaging cells and DNA.

Chang-Mo Kang and his colleagues collected white blood cells of healthy people ages 18 to 50. They treated half with a commercially available G. biloba extract  and the other half with a saline solution. Then they compared the effects of radiation on the two groups of cells.

They discovered that 1 in 3 of the untreated cells died, while only 1 in 20 of the cells treated with the Gingko biloba extract died. Additional studies with mice showed a similar protective effect against radiation poisoning.

Kang’s research suggests that Gingko biloba extracts can neutralize free radicals radiation produces and prevent healthy cells from dying.