Archive for November, 2013
If you have difficulty concentrating, lack self-confidence or don’t sleep well. . .or if you want to be more creative, take more risks or even improve your physical strength…there may be a simple answer that you’d never imagine.
It was practiced as a healing therapy in ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India. Interior designers have long used it to influence mood. Modern researchers are studying its effect on mental functioning.
I’m talking about color. Let’s take a look…
FDA Limits “Youth Formula” for 22 Years
Now the secret is out…
You can reverse years of aging… All on your own.
When this breakthrough study was published back in 1990, the media ignored it. The jaw-dropping results never made it to the “mainstream.”
But thanks to the work of a small team of researchers, you can now ramp up your body’s production of this breakthrough, age-reversing effect WITHOUT seeing a doctor or interference from pesky bureaucrats on Capitol Hill.
Click HERE for the shocking exposé.
Colors have profound effects on us, physically, mentally and emotionally. These effects occur at a subconscious level where we’re not aware of them.
Although associated with negativity, blue can increase self confidence, cut stress, boost happiness, and give us sharper minds. Blue is soothing and comforting.
In Japan, railway companies have reportedly reduced the suicide rate by installing blue lighting at stations, and blue lights were introduced along a stretch of busy road to reduce the number of accidents. In neighborhoods lit up in blue the number of crimes decreased by 9%.
It’s America’s favorite color for a reason
Those sleep best who sleep in a blue-colored bedroom, according to one study, and they wake up feeling happy and positive. Meanwhile those who sleep in a purple bedroom, which is a stimulating color, get the poorest night’s sleep. Purple left them feeling tired in the morning.
Canadian researchers found that being surrounded by blue is best for tasks requiring creativity, imagination and risk taking.
Recently, researchers found that blue-enriched white lighting in offices had beneficial effects on alertness, mood, performance and eyestrain, as well as on the quality and duration of nighttime sleep.
It’s no wonder that blue is by far the favorite color chosen by Americans.
Pink: It’s not just for girls anymore
Unlike blue, pink light has a tranquilizing effect, calming people down within minutes. Pink holding cells are now widely used to reduce violent and aggressive behavior among prisoners. According to one jail official, “the calming influence of pink reduced altercations in the cell by 30 – 40%.” Pink has also been shown to reduce physical strength whereas bright colors increase it.
People feel more comfortable in blue and green retail environments – and will therefore stay longer and spend more. But they will tend to eat more and leave more quickly in fast food restaurants that are decorated in red, orange and yellow. That may be desirable from the restaurant’s standpoint. They want to turn over the tables as many times as possible during the lunch and dinner rush.
Red for winning in sports, but not for taking the SAT
You may not be surprised to learn that red is stimulating, exciting, and passionate. That’s how it’s always been perceived. However, red can also make you feel more anxious. Participants exposed to red, compared to other colors, were less likely to take risks, and performed worse in puzzle solving and IQ tests.
Red seems to have negative implications in achievement outcomes, but wearing red gives you an advantage in competitive sports. Wearing red (as well as black) clothing can make you look more attractive to others.
Most of the studies on color have focused on blue and red. However all colors are likely to have specific effects upon us. We’ll have to wait for the results of further research to find out.
In the meantime, if you want to decorate your home or buy some new clothes, sharpen your mind or get a better night’s sleep, you might want to look at colors with a whole new set of eyes.
Vitamins are good for you, right? Then how come so many health “experts” keep raising doubts about the safety of vitamin E? Amping up the fear are published, peer-reviewed studies that seem to show taking vitamin E may hasten your demise and increase your risk of diseases like cancer.
But don’t be too hasty to give up on vitamin E supplements – much less avoid E-rich foods like spinach, avocado or walnuts. If you truly understand this nutrient, you’ll realize it can help keep your brain functioning well into old age. Keep reading to get the facts. . .
4 Deadly Mistakes that
Kill Brain Cells and Wipe Out Your Memory
Every day, you’re probably doing four things that shrink your brain— literally! These common, avoidable mistakes kill brain cells. They cause you to lose not only your memory but also your ability to think fast and make decisions.
I know you’re probably making these four brain-killing mistakes because almost EVERYBODY makes them. And it’s easy to know you’re making these four mistakes because your body tells you.
Don’t wait till things get really bad and you can’t remember the names and faces of those you love—or even how to eat or go to the bathroom! Yes, that’s what happens when you have dementia. It’s tragic AND it’s avoidable!
If you take action when you first experience these symptoms, you can help avoid the risk of brain decay, age-related memory loss, foggy thinking and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Instead, you can hold on to your foolproof memory and “wow” your friends and family with your mental fitness for years to come.
This is all explained in the first chapter of our new Special Report, How to Save Your Brain—you can read it for FREE if you click here.
The complicating factor in this scientific analysis is that not everything labeled vitamin E is the same substance. At least eight different forms of vitamin E are found in nature, and adding to the confusion are synthesized, i.e. manufactured varieties. Some of these varieties may, indeed, be useless for health. But other forms help protect your health and brain function. But you have to know which is which.
The first thing you should do is check to see if the vitamin E in your supplement is a natural form or a manufactured variety. The body is much more efficient at using the natural form. Most of the synthetic form is physiologically useless. On supplement packages, synthetic forms of vitamin E are generally denoted as dl-tocopherols, while the more desirable natural forms are the d-tocopherols.
The eight natural forms of vitamin E consist of four tocopherols, each with a different role in the body, plus four more substances called tocotrienols. The four tocopherols are denoted Alpha, Beta, Delta and Gamma.
The Best Vitamin E
Knowledgeable vitamin E researchers point out that studies that show no benefit to vitamin E almost always focus on synthetic vitamin E or involve people who only take alpha tocopherol.
But when researchers take into account all forms of Vitamin E, their results actually turn up significant health benefits.
For example, a Swedish study found that older people who have high levels of several forms of vitamin E circulating in their blood enjoy a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease.i
As research leader Francesca Mangialasche points out: “Vitamin E is a family of eight natural components, but most studies related to Alzheimer’s disease investigate only one of these components, alpha tocopherol. We hypothesized that all the vitamin E family members could be important in protecting against AD (Alzheimer’s disease). If confirmed, this result has implications for both individuals and society, as 70 percent of all dementia cases in the general population occur in people over 75 years of age, and the study suggests a protective effect of vitamin E against AD in individuals aged 80+.”
The Swedish study examined blood samples from 232 people over the age of 80 who were clear-minded at the start of the research. Six years later, the scientists found that 57 of the participants had developed Alzheimer’s disease.
When the researchers looked at levels of the eight natural vitamin E components in the blood samples taken at the initial stage of the study, they found that the people who had the highest level of various forms of the vitamin enjoyed a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s of up to 54 percent. Their risk of Alzheimer’s was less than half that of the people with low levels.
Mangialasche point out that vitamin E’s protective effect appears to be linked to the combination of the various forms of the vitamin.
“Elderly people as a group are large consumers of vitamin E supplements, which usually contain only alpha tocopherol, and this often at high doses”, says Mangialasche. “Our findings need to be confirmed by other studies, but they open up the possibility that the balanced presence of different vitamin E forms can have an important neuroprotective effect.”
The lesson is clear: If you take vitamin E, make sure you take a supplement that has natural E and includes a mixture of the various forms. That offers your best bet for brain and health protection.
The research I’ve seen suggests that the four tocotrienols are the most powerful and effective forms of vitamin E – NOT the four tocopherols. Unfortunately, tocotrienol supplements tend to be expensive and harder to find. But I make sure I take a tocotrienol supplement every other day. On the alternate days, I take a supplement that contains a mixture of all four tocopherols (this supplement also contains a sprinkling of tocotrienols, but probably not enough for maximum benefit).
A mineral that many people take as a supplement every day might actually be dangerous for your brain… especially if you are an adult male or postmenopausal woman.
Read on to discover how this essential nutrient affects your brain… and how to ensure you don’t get too much of a good thing.
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a victim of this cruel
If you have diabetes, or high blood sugar that puts you at risk for diabetes. . .
You’ve probably been told you must eat better and avoid “bad-for-you” foods, like carbs and sugar.
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Iron is essential for creating hemoglobin (the protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen) and for supporting energy metabolism. It’s also important for keeping your brain sharp and your neurons firing rapidly.
Iron is found in its highest concentrations in myelin, the fatty tissue that coats the neurons in your brain. This coating acts as an insulator for speedy electrical messages between neurons.
However, most people aren’t aware that excess iron doesn’t get flushed away, like vitamin C or B12. It can actually build up in your body if you consume too much… leading to joint pain, fatigue, diabetes, increased risk of heart disease and a long list of many other illnesses.
And now, that list includes Alzheimer’s disease.
Here’s how it works. Iron is a key catalyst for oxidation. So, the more iron in your myelin, the more free radicals end up bouncing around in your brain like red-hot BBs. That oxidation—combined with poor diet and aging—starts to wear down the myelin. This causes delays and distortions in electrical messages, producing the classic clinical signs of Alzheimer’s dementia.
Dr. George Bartzokis and his team at the UCLA School of Medicine were finally able to prove this theory.
In their study, the MRIs of 31 patients with Alzheimer’s disease were compared to those of 68 healthy participants. They measured for iron accumulation and tissue damage in the hippocampus, the first region of the brain that Alzheimer’s affects, and the thalamus, which stays healthy until the very latest stages of the disease.
Sure enough, the AD patients had high iron levels and a damaged hippocampus. Healthy patients showed no iron build up and little tissue damage. (1)
How do you get excess iron?
Eating foods high in dietary “heme” iron, most notably red meat, can cause excess iron build-up. I was surprised to find that, generally, “nonheme” iron supplements and vegetable sources are not as much to blame. Only 5% of nonheme iron is actually absorbable, while 15% – 30% of heme iron can be taken in.
Other sources rich in heme iron include oysters, clams, and chicken liver – but other chicken parts, fish and ham are also relatively high in the substance.
Hereditary hemochromatosis—a condition that causes your body to absorb too much iron from food—can also give your iron levels a jump. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 1 in 200 people have it.
And it turns out, adult men and postmenopausal women are more likely to have excess iron… not an iron deficiency. The 2001 Framingham Heart Study showed that nearly 13% of men and women aged 67 to 96 had iron build-up. (2)
What to do about iron build-up
The next time you’re in your doctor’s office, ask for a serum ferritin (SF) test to check your iron levels. If they’re high, there are a few things you can do…
- Consider donating blood regularly. Literally removing blood forces your body to use extra iron to replace lost hemoglobin… plus, blood banks are always in need!
- Reduce your intake of red meat and alcohol, which are high in iron.
- Increase your intake of whole grains. A follow-up to the Framingham study showed that participants who enjoyed seven servings of whole grains per week had lower iron levels. (3)
- Drink tea with meals. Tea both reduces iron absorption and provides powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative brain tissue damage.
Of course, you should be sure to check with your doctor first.
(1) Raven EP. Increased iron levels and decreased tissue integrity in hippocampus of Alzheimer’s disease detected in vivo with magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Alzheimers Disease. 2013 Jan 1;37(1):127-36.
(2) Fleming DJ. Iron status of the free-living, elderly Framingham Heart Study cohort: an iron-replete population with high prevalence of elevated iron stores. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2001 Mar;73(3):638-46.
(3) Fleming DJ. Dietary factors associated with the risk of high iron stores in the elderly Framingham Heart Study cohort. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2002 Dec;76(6):1375-84.
First, the bad news: As you grow older, your brain inevitably shrinks. At the same time it shrinks, the brain loses chunks of its mental capacity. And – no big surprise here — the smaller your brain, researchers believe, the fewer neuronal networks you have to work with when you are trying to create memories or deal with tasks that require intelligence.
So, your brain is slowly decreasing in size and there’s basically nothing you can do to totally stop the shrinkage. It’s an inevitable aspect of aging. Now for the good news…
Why are these Doctors canceling colonoscopies?
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But there is good news. Although you can’t keep your brain from growing smaller, researchers have found ways that can slow the size reduction and, in the process, reduce your risk for the type of severe memory loss that occurs during Alzheimer’s disease. One of the easiest and least expensive methods is to up your intake of certain vitamins.
The vitamins that produce this benefit: the B vitamins
A two-year study of more than 150 senior citizens over the age of 70 found that those taking a supplement containing 500 mcg of B12, 20 mg of B6 and 0.8 mg of folic acid experienced, on average, much less brain shrinkage than did those in a no-vitamin control group.
Impressively, the researchers found that the brain regions the vitamins protected included the areas where reduction in size is linked to Alzheimer’s disease – namely, a section called the entorhinal cortex and another called the hippocampus. On average, the B vitamins limited shrinkage during a two-year period to just one-half of one percent, a rate that fits within the normal range of aging. The people in the study who didn’t get the vitamins averaged a brain loss of 3.7 percenti.
Folks, that’s a huge difference. Makes me glad I’ve been taking B vitamins for a number of years. If you decide to do the same, I recommend taking additional B12 in tablets meant to dissolve under the tongue. The amount of B12 in a B multi is usually too low. I take 1000 mcg a day sublingually. There’s no known downside to taking B12 except it may raise your energy level a bit too high! If that happens, just reduce the dose.
Getting back to that study of 150 seniors, all of them had already been suffering mild cognitive impairment, a memory problem that signals greatly increased risk of developing full blown Alzheimer’s.
“This is strongly indicative that the B vitamins may be substantially slowing down or even potentially arresting the disease process in those with early stage cognitive decline. This is the first treatment that has been shown to potentially arrest Alzheimer’s related brain shrinkage,” says researcher David Smith of Oxfordii.
Besides B vitamins, researchers have found that certain healthy lifestyle habits may also reduce your brain shrinkage as you age.
In a study of people taking part in what is called the Framingham Offspring Cohort Study, scientists found that if you can avoid these habits and factors, you can reduce your chances of excessive brain shrinkageiii:
* Becoming overweight or obese
* Having high blood pressure
* Suffering diabetes
The more than 1,300 adults in this seven-year study, who were, on average, age 54, were the children of people involved in the well-known Framingham heart study.
Those in the study who were suffering diabetes experienced the most significant shrinkage in the hippocampus, a brain region crucial for memory. People who smoked displayed the greatest amount of general, overall brain tissue loss.
When the researchers gave cognitive tests to the subjects of the study, they found that overweight people had a significantly increased risk of testing poorly for what is called “executive function.” This refers to decision-making abilities, organizational skills and mental focus.
In the end, your own actions exert a great deal of influence on how your brain ages and shrinks. Neglecting a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just make you more vulnerable to an expanding waistline and chronic illnesses like diabetes, it also shrinks the odds of retaining more of your brain as you grow older.
Light from the sun controls almost all the basic biological functions of life. It controls metabolism, how alert we are, how soundly we sleep, when we eat, our moods and much else besides. It could also be a risk factor for dementia later in life.
Shocked? I was. Let’s take a look at the facts…
Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
“You’ll be dead in a year”
(Pssst!! That was 12 years ago!)
Doctors didn’t give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.
One doctor told her, “You’ll be dead in a year.” Late stage breast cancer is virtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about “buying you more time.” (Don’t count on it. The evidence shows you’re better off doing nothing than chemo.)
When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, “You are committing suicide with what you’re doing.” But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.
She tried Bill’s top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What’s more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.
Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she’s survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, “You’re the only one with this kind of result.”
You can find out more about Bill’s proven cancer treatment plan if you click here.
When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, “They’re fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing.”
He’s coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.
“Almost any kind of cancer is reversible,” says Bill. “I never give up on anyone.”
Each of us has a circadian rhythm or body clock that’s on a 24 hour schedule tied to the rising and setting of the sun.
When sunlight hits the photoreceptors (i.e. light receptors) in the retina of the eye, the light signal travels by way of the optic nerve to the hypothalamus. The main body clock is located within this region of the brain.
But we also have other circadian clocks in other parts of the brain and scattered throughout the body, even in our skin cells. Some are under the control of genes known as clock genes. Sometimes these circadian rhythms can get out of synchronization with the cycle of light and dark and even with each other. This can create both physical and mental health problems.
Night shift workers are at risk for serious health problems
Human beings are designed to sleep when it’s dark, not stay up and watch Leno or Letterman. The introduction of the electric light bulb about a hundred years ago has greatly disrupted our natural patterns. It’s well known that night shift workers, for instance, have a greater likelihood of developing gastrointestinal diseases as well as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. This is a fact, not the invention of back-to-nature enthusiasts.
When your circadian rhythm is synchronized with your daily life, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a vibrant mood. But millions of people have a dysfunction in their body clocks and experience sluggishness, depression, poor memory and dementia.
You may also have heard of the syndrome called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It’s a good idea to be aware of this danger, as the days grow shorter for most of the people reading this. SAD befalls people who are very sensitive to changes in the length of the day. In the winter their biological clocks are telling them to hibernate, in conflict with the needs of their daily lives that require them to stay active.
People who suffer from SAD can become very lethargic, where almost any physical activity seems like too much effort. So if your mood darkens or your energy level seems to fall off during the winter, you may want to get those special sunshine-mimicking lights for home use.
Bright light treatment using a light box designed to mimic natural sunshine is becoming an increasingly popular way of treating mood-related conditions caused by circadian rhythm dysfunction.
Other types of mood disorder are also affected by light
In non-seasonal depression – the regular kind, you might say — a study found that severely depressed patients’ circadian clocks were so disrupted that the night pattern of gene activity looked like the day pattern and vice versa. These people were, in effect, living in a different time zone.
Circadian rhythms may play a vital role in learning and memory. Tests with hamsters found that, without a functioning circadian system, the little animals can’t remember what they’ve learned. Lead researcher Norman Ruby said that “the degradation of circadian rhythms in elderly people may contribute to their short-term memory problems.” Similar disruptions have also been observed in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
A simple circadian rhythm imbalance can be stimulated to reset itself by exposure to light. Swiss scientists found that the level of alertness, as well as cognitive performance, could be influenced by the intensity of light exposure that healthy volunteers were subjected to.
A study involving dementia patients found that exposure to bright light during daylight hours from both the sun and added indoor lighting decreased mental deterioration by 5% compared to patients who were not exposed. The patients who received more sunlight – real or simulated — also suffered fewer depressive symptoms and enjoyed more ability to cope with day to day living.
Circadian rhythms tend to “flatten out” as we get older, so getting outdoors and soaking up light for several hours a day is a simple and cost-free way to help keep yourself mentally alert, maintain your memory and stay in an all-around good mood.
And during the night time, turn out the lights, turn off the TV – and sleep. Lay off the caffeine, if that’s what it takes. And if you wake up in the dead of night and have trouble getting back to sleep, stay in bed anyway until you do. As we get older, getting a good night’s sleep may require more effort. You have to work at it a little. It’s highly recommended that you do so.