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Fish oil ingredient doesn’t slow Alzheimer’s

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

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By Sarah Klein, Health.com
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Studies show that an essential nutrient in fish oil does not appear to slow mental decline
  • Fish oil seems to be healthy in general, but does not benefit Alzheimer’s patients cognitively
  • Treatments such as DHA could prevent or slow dementia if started earlier in life

(Health.com)An essential nutrient found in fish oil does not appear to slow the mental decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study is merely the latest to cast doubt on the mental benefits of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which until recently was considered a promising way to minimize the risk and damage of dementia. (The other main ingredient found in fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, is not believed to play a significant role in brain health.)

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DHA or fish-oil supplements aren’t likely to cause any harm to Alzheimer’s patients, but they aren’t likely to do any good either, says Steven H. Ferris, Ph.D., the director of the Aging and Dementia Research Center at New York University.

Fish oil “seems to be healthy in general, and maybe for other things it’s helpful, but it doesn’t benefit cognitive function in a person with Alzheimer’s,” says Ferris, who was not involved in the study.

Research on DHA has been inconclusive and sometimes conflicting. Several studies that followed large groups of people as they aged have suggested that a diet rich in fish is linked to a reduced risk of dementia and mental decline, but most randomized controlled trials comparing DHA supplements with placebo have found no benefit.

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“It’s not the first time something in large epidemiological datasets just didn’t work out clinically,” Ferris says, noting that statin medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, and estrogen therapy have all failed to live up to their initial promise in preventing or treating Alzheimer’s. “Unfortunately, that seems to be the situation here.”

The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging and was led by Dr. Joseph F. Quinn, M.D., a neurologist at the Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland.

Quinn and his colleagues randomly assigned about 400 women and men in their mid-70s with likely Alzheimer’s disease — the disease is very difficult to accurately diagnose — to take 2 grams of DHA or placebo capsules per day. After 18 months, the average mental decline in the DHA and placebo groups was nearly identical, as measured on two separate tests and rating scales.

Despite the disappointing results, the study doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility that DHA may have some benefit if taken earlier in life. A growing body of research suggests that dementia begins decades before any noticeable symptoms surface, and it’s possible that DHA helps prevent or slow those harmful changes.

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Treatments such as DHA may be too little too late for people who are already showing signs of Alzheimer’s, according to Dr. Kristine Yaffe, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

“Effective treatment strategies to prevent progression of [Alzheimer’s disease] will likely need to be initiated earlier,” Yaffe writes in an editorial accompanying the study.

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Natural Ways to Fight Stress: Do Not Sweat the Small Stuff

November 8, 2010 1 comment

An Introduction to Stress

Stress can be classified according to the factors that cause it. There’s physical stress caused by movement, acceleration, vibration or any external action that causes a strong disruption to the body. The more significant classification of stress, on the other hand, is psychological or mental stress. Anything associated with the disruption of a person’s mental and psychological well-being are called stressors. It may come in the form of a rude co-worker, a bossy supervisor, piles of paper work to go through, financial problems, bad credit rating, etc. The list will just go on and on. But stress is not all that bad. A person’s performance is usually associated with stress. A person who is under a controllable stress point will tend to perform better compared to when he is slacking off or too panicky. Stress keeps a person alert and wary from danger. But excessive stress will not only be harmful to one’s mental well-being but it can also directly affect the person’s health.

Stress is the body’s natural mechanism when faced with circumstances that are in need of immediate response or adjustment. The experience of stress is followed by a stage of recuperation, where the body is relieved from the experience and goes back to a stage of homeostasis. But when stress becomes continuous and without relief, it can cause adverse effects to the body. People will tend to find means to combat stress by getting a time off from work. Stress becomes more harmful when the person uses drugs, tobacco, or alcohol to gain relief. Contrary to popular belief, these bad habits only sustain the stage of being stressed and cause more health problems.

According to several studies on stress, around 75 to 90 percent of visits to a doctor are stress-related complaints and ailments. Stress is linked to several health problems like high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, arthritis, asthma, skin conditions, diabetes, heart problems and headaches, and costs over $300 billion in a year in the United States alone. The different approach to relieving stress includes the intake of pharmaceutical drugs, therapy and the more effective and much recommended lifestyle intervention.

Stress Management

Stress management is relatively simple and it is the best natural way to fight stress and avoid its resulting health threats. The first step is to maintain a positive attitude. Though it’s hard to keep looking on the bright side when in stressful situations, it is best to always have your mind over the situation. Acceptance is the 5th stage of grief. But in managing stress, acceptance needs to come first. Accepting that not everything can all fall into place, and that there are events that you cannot control, will help you better anticipate and react to stressful events.

Learn the Art of Relaxation

Being assertive is highly preferable over being aggressive. You can assert you opinion and feelings but try not to get aggressive in the process.  Equip yourself with a repertoire of relaxation methods. You can personalize and keep a playlist of songs that relaxes you in your mobile phone or music players for situations that call for it. Meditation helps, but know that this is not the only way to rid yourself of stressors. Whatever can pull you back to a relaxed stage will do.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep prepares you for the hard day’s work to come. So always keep it a point to get enough sleep every day. Lack of sleep has been linked to poor and inefficient physical and mental responses whether you are at work, in school or at home doing chores. Though drugs that relieves severe stress is available, try to find other means – especially natural ones. Drugs can promote dependency and constant use may make your body unable to response to stress effectively without the drug. There will always be something you can do with a friend. Don’t bottle it all in.  Talk to someone, and seek for support.

Check your Lifestyle

A healthy diet and an active lifestyle have its perks in keeping you ready for any stressful moments. Studies have shown that people who eat well and exercise more frequently are less likely to get stressed out easily. There are several foods that have been found to help the body react to stress more effectively and also in repairing stress-related cellular damage. A study conducted by a group of researchers from the ETAP-Ethologie Appliquee, a private contractual research company, found a link between brain function and gut microflora.

Foods Against Stress

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that the supplementation of two probiotic strains can result to psychological benefits in human and reduce anxiety. The head of the team of French researchers, Michael Missaouidi, said that the results of their study provided more evidence that the microflora environment on the gut has significant influence over stress, depression and anxiety. He referred to the phenomenon as the connection between the brain and the gut through the enteric and central nervous system. He added that after the establishment of further evidence, probiotics can be used as therapy for neuropathological and psychiatric disorders. The probiotic formulation used in the study was from the Institut Rosell-Lallemand, the same company that sponsored the study.

The researchers used animal study subjects to investigate the benefits of probiotics in fighting anxiety, stress and depression. They also used human subjects on the same test parameters. The rats were given daily supplementation of probiotics for a period of 12 weeks and were subjected to a defensive burying test wherein the rats were slightly electronically shocked. The results showed that the group that received probiotic supplementation had lower stress levels compared to the control group. However, the group that received stress drugs had the least stress levels.

The human study participants, on the other hand, were randomly picked to either receive a placebo pill or a probiotic supplementation for a period of 30 days. Their stress levels were tested through a series of anxiety and stress scales. The results showed that the group who received probiotic supplementation had lower levels of psychological distress in terms of problem solving, anxiety, anger-hostility and depression compared to the control group.

Essential nutrients known to help the body fight stress and repair the damage are vitamin B complex, zinc and antioxidants. Rich sources are almonds, sea foods like fish and lobster, milk and dairy products, blueberries, and broccoli.

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‘Suicidal’ 14-year-old Surrey boy Tasered by RCMP

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

By Sam Cooper, The Province November 2, 2010 12:20 PM
An investigation is underway after a 14 year old boy was Tasered. Police said he was suicidal.

An investigation is underway after a 14 year old boy was

 

Tasered. Police said he was suicidal.

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A 14-year-old boy from Surrey who was “suicidal” was Tasered by an officer after attempting to harm himself, according to police.

Const. Peter Neily said a family in a Guildford area apartment called police Monday afternoon “to let us know their son was in a significant amount of distress and was attempting to harm himself.”

Officers arrived, and they found the boy in a highly agitated state, Neily said, and they tried to arrest him under the mental health act.

“At that point a significant physical struggle ensued, at which point the individual grabbed what appeared to be a mallet and attempted to strike himself in the head with it,” Neily said.

The officers continued to try to control the boy, and used pepper spray, “with no noticeable effect.”

At that point the boy was Tasered once in push stun mode, and arrested. A total of three officers responded to the call, arriving one after another, Neily said.

The push stun mode passes a current directly onto the skin, rather than shooting probes into the target.

The boy was compliant after the Tasering, and was not injured in the arrest, Neily said. He was taken to hospital where he was treated and assessed under the mental health act.

Neily said the Tasering was reviewed by a senior officer, and it was found that the proper steps and use of force were used, under the circumstances.

The boy was described by officers as about 5-10, 180-pounds, and “very muscular,” Neily said.

“Mental health and family issues are not restricted to individuals of any specific age,” he said. “We use what is assessed at the time as appropriate amount of force to apprehend them considering their safety and the individuals around.”

The boy doesn’t face any criminal charges, Neily said.

Neily said “a senior officer followed up with the family last night and they are satisfied with the police actions but they do have some concerns for the safety of their son.”

Suicide and crisis resources phone numbers

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

• B.C. Nurse Line: 1-866-215-4700 (TTY deaf/hearing impaired number: 1-866-889-4700)

• B.C. Mental Health Information Line: 1-800-661-2121

• B.C. Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service: 1-800-663-1441

• Griefworks B.C.: 1-877-234-3322

• SAFER (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education and Research): 604-879-9251

• Vancouver Crisis Centre: 1-866-661-3311

Websites:

• Youth In B.C.: www.youthinbc.com

Canadian Mental Health Association — B.C. Division: www.cmha.bc.ca

Mood Disorders Association of B.C.: www.mdabc.ca

What you can do to help prevent suicide

You can help someone in crisis by:

• Really listening, without judging, not challenging or becoming angry and shocked.

• Finding ways to break through the silence and secrecy.

• Asking if they have plans or have made prior attempts.

• Helping them find ways to lessen their pain.

• Helping them see positive possibilities in their future.

• Guiding them to other sources of help as soon as possible, such as a counsellor or other trusted adult, or community crisis lines listed in your phone book.

Do not:

• Leave a suicidal person alone.

• Agree to keep another person’s suicidal thoughts a secret.

Source: Province Files

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Herbs, Supplements To Go In EU – US Is Next

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

herbal supplementsIn less than a year, virtually all medicinal herbs will be illegal in the European Union.

In their take-no-prisoners strategy to wipe out every penny of competition and gain complete control of the health of the people, Big Pharma and Agribusiness have scored a major win in Europe. Similar, potentially devastating battles are also underway in the U.S.

How can this be happening?

The secret weapon used by drug companies is trade law. According to Gaia Health:

“Rather than treating food and traditional medicines as human rights issues, they have been treated as trade issues. That makes the desires of large corporations the focus of food and herbal law, rather than the needs and desires of people.

It’s this twisting that has resulted in the FDA‘s making outrageously absurd statements, such as claiming that Cheerios and walnuts quite literally become drugs simply because of health claims made for them.”


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Poison Tap Water Exposed As Soft Kill Weapon

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

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Anthony Gucciardi

Prisonplanet.com / ShatterLimits.com
August 7, 2010

Water fluoridation has come to refer to the addition of over 40 chemicals into the water supply that synergistically come together to wreak havoc on the body and its processes. Paul Joseph Watson and Matt Ryan recently came together to expose what water fluoridation really amounts to: disease. Scientists and doctors around the world are speaking out against water fluoridation, and its effects on the human body. Real or perceived danger?

If water fluoridation truly is a killer, then why is it still being added to the water supply? The truth is that only about 5% of the world is current fluoridated. Of the 5% that is fluoridated, 50% of them reside in the United States. Other countries have rejected fluoridation due to a wide variety of health concerns, with one primary factor being thyroid damage.

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Studies have shown many times over that fluoride really does pose a threat to the body. Even if there were only a few studies proving that fluoride is harmful, then the government should act to protect the people. If the government felt that the studies were conducted improperly, then an independent investigation should be funded. There really is no excuse for not examining the issue further. Supporters of fluoridation would most likely argue that there is no necessity to investigate fluoridation further, and that there is no implication that fluoride is unsafe for general consumption.

This argument would be somewhat effective if there were not so many studies highlighting the harmful effects of fluoride. In addition to the studies, officials from around the globe have been calling for an end to fluoridation since its inception. The Department of Health in New Jersey found that areas with fluoridated water had between two and seven times higher bone cancer rates than communities that were not fluoridated. In another famous study, neurotoxicologist and former Director of toxicology at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, Dr. Phyllis Mullenix found that even moderate levels of fluoride exposure led to varying degrees of brain damage. The damage was caused due to fluoride building up in the brain.

What is more shocking is that even the offspring of the studied animals were affected. While the doses were relatively low, the animals experienced permanent effects to the brain that were similar to ADD symptoms. Other studies throughout the past 50 years have linked fluoride to osteoarthritis, inhibited thyroid function, decreased sperm count, cancer, decreased strength, and much more. One of the most recent studies found that fluoride may not help teeth at all .

The flagship of chemical pollution

Fluoride is not the only thing in your water. Cocaine was recently found in the drinking water , along with various hormones. Unfortunately, traces of cocaine may be the least of your worries. Other toxic pollutants are often found in the drinking water across the United States. Even if you do not drink tap water directly, it can also be in many products such as soda or beer. Foods absorb water as well, and your food may be absorbing these pollutants. One of the best options to prevent against exposure to these chemicals is to purchase a high quality water filter, or get your water from a pure source such as a spring. Other pollutants typically found in the drinking water:

Lead , which can enter the water supply through corrosive pipes or improper water treatment
Pathogens that cause disease and are especially crippling to those with weakened immune systems
By-products of chlorine treatment such as trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids , which have been linked to cancer and reproductive problems
Arsenic , which may cause cancer, serious skin problems, birth defects and reproductive problems
Radon , a carcinogen linked to lung cancer

It is important to remember that these pollutants can also be absorbed or inhaled by the body during showering. A high quality shower filter is a necessity for everyone who does not have a house-wide filtration system. Protecting yourself from toxic tap water is very important, but it is vital that the citizens of the world correct the problem the correct way. It is time that water fluoridation comes to an end worldwide. With many nations leading the way in the war against water fluoridation, the proper momentum has been generated. Tell everyone you know about the toxic effects of water fluoridation, and allow them to research the facts for themselves. Through peaceful and intelligent means, water fluoridation can easily be stopped.
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Camera chip offers hope to people with blindness-linked condition

October 19, 2010 2 comments

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Tuesday 19th October, 2010

Scientists have offered new hope to patients with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of genetic eye conditions that leads to incurable blindness.

A tiny array of light-sensing diodes brought-back a measure of sight to some patients with retinitis pigmentosa, said a researcher.

Eleven patients with the condition, who had been blind for 13 to more than 40 years, had the chip implanted in their retinas with no major ill effects, said Walter G. Wrobel of Retinal Implant AG of Tubingen, Germany.

Wrobel said after the implant the patient was able to recognize letters and words and identify fruits by their shapes, reports ABC News.

Retinitis pigmentosa is a condition in which photoreceptors progressively die off, starting at the retinal periphery, and eventually wipe out the ability to see at all.

The Retinal Implant chip comprises 1,500 light-sensing diodes, each 50 microns across, capable of generating seven images per second that flash for approximately 2 microseconds.

It is surgically inserted just behind the retina delivering electrical pulses to the retinal cells that otherwise are unable to respond to light.

Wrobel said the chips used in the trial required connection to an external power supply, with a wire passing through the skull and out behind the patient’s left ear.

But the company has now developed a wireless power supply, he said.

Patients were asked to describe what they could make of so-called Landolt rings-shapes like a thick letter C, projected in various orientations on a screen-and fruits laid on a table in front of them.

They were also shown block letters two to three inches high, white on a black background at waist height.

Finally, patients were placed in a room with people in it and were encouraged to approach and touch them.

Wrobel noted that the addition of regular eyeglasses appeared to improve the visual acuity in many patients.

Twelve patients were initially recruited into the study, but one patient died just before the chip was to be implanted, he said.

Among the 11 patients receiving the device, none suffered retinal detachment, major hemorrhages, inflammation or vitreoretinal tractions-the major safety concerns for such a procedure.

The findings were discussed at the at the American Academy of Ophthalmology‘s annual meeting. (ANI)

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Videos: From The Fluoride Wars

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Alex Jones

Alex Jones

 

From dan

Most Fluoride added to Americandrinking water comes from . It has many non-fluoride materials that we cannot identify. The government says it is safe but does not know exactly what is in the Chinese fluoride.


This second and last fluoride video is from Alex Jones.

The above videos are posted at my new video-only blog here

http://vidrebel.wordpress.com/

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