Archive for April, 2014
Many of us worry about how our brain is going to age, whether it will suffer from a memory problem like Alzheimer’s or a nervous system disorder like Parkinson’s. But few people seem concerned about a brain danger that happens more often and can be fatal: a traumatic brain injury.
Consider: There are about 450,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s in the U.S. every year, but two million Americans a year suffer traumatic brain injuries. These injuries result from car crashes, sports collisions, falls on sidewalks, blows to the head and various other causes.
Most of these events, about two out of three, result in only minor damage as far as anyone can see. But 40 percent of people with serious brain trauma die as a consequence of additional damage that takes place after the original accident.
The most significant peril to your brain after you bang your head is often from your own immune system’s reaction to the trauma. But science has stumbled on a strange cure that may save your brain if you suffer a hard blow, as so many people do. Keep reading. . .
“You were born fat”…
That’s the excuse some MD’s give you to destroy your confidence in your fat burning ability.
By destroying your confidence, they can sell you pills and fat loss operations.
Genetics are a very funny thing. Most people believe that they control your destiny.
The wrong food, air, water, and chemicals will switch your genes into a fat storing mode, just like your mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and the rest of your family. (If they only knew what I’m about to share with you, they wouldn’t have to be a victim to their genes either…)
The good news… this can easily be changed.
Just a couple small tweaks in your environment is all that separates you from being fat because of your “genes” to being a fat burning machine.
Strangely enough, research now shows that the key to saving your brain from this immune response may reside in the blue coloring used to color M&Ms and sports drinks. It’s not often I have anything good to say about these chemicals, but this may be an exception.
Death from traumatic brain injury is often a result of the brain trying to heal itself. The immune response to the brain injury results in significant swelling that, within the narrow limits of the skull, further damages brain tissue, often beyond repair.
The danger derives from the actions of an immune factor called interleukin 1, a cytokine (activating compound) that the body uses to facilitate the repair of physical damage and speed healing. But the risk begins when this action increases water retention in the brain.
The intent of the immune-stimulated swelling is to widen the openings of the blood vessels in the brain to allow more immune cell infection fighters to enter along with blood clotting factors and other immune cells.
“(The immune system is) bringing in the supplies needed to fight the injury,” says researcher Krishnan Dhandapani.
But these extra supplies can build up too rapidly, creating pressure on brain tissue and causing overwhelming swelling.
“It’s all a balancing act,” says Dhandapani. “If interleukin is doing more harm than good at that early stage, (we should) temporarily block it.”
And that’s where the coloring agent called “brilliant blue” comes in.
The initial brain injury activates a protein called NLRP3, a substance that, in turn, activates interleukin. In lab testsi, a derivative of brilliant blue interrupts this process and tamps down the immune response, quelling the swelling.
“It’s clinically safe, people are using it (in food), so we know that we can use it. It’s not going to cause toxicity and it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to store,” Dhandapani says.
Right now, the only way doctors can treat this type of brain swelling is by removing part of the skull after the brain begins to swell. But by the time the swelling is relieved, brain damage can be significant.
The researchers hope that by measuring interleukin levels in the blood after a head injury, they can anticipate brain swelling and administer the brilliant blue before swelling starts.
Brilliant blue is not being used yet on patients and is still being tested. So far, the only apparent side effect the researchers have discovered is the risk that it may temporarily turn people the blue color of a sports drink or an M&M.
I wouldn’t relish that, but it better than dying of a brain injury!
We pay a high price for our modern conveniences. To cite just one famous example: The average American’s health suffers because of the convenience of eating fast food that makes us more vulnerable to weight gain and diabetes.
And even the convenience of having light available at the flip of a switch has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and other chronic illness. Our bodies are made for light during the day, darkness at night – not bright lights all night long.
This issue’s focus is on an everyday toxin spawned by our taste for convenient, throwaway food containers. A common chemical in these containers may not only be compromising our brain health and making our bodies more vulnerable to disease, but — according to frightening lab research — it may already be harming the brains and bodies of future generations yet unborn. But you CAN get it out of your life. . .
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The Secret of Enzymes Plus an Odd Fact:
Most Health Foods are a Waste of Money
By Lee Euler
You can take vitamins, minerals and antioxidants by the handful and still suffer poor health. Now we know why. Our diets lack a vital food—a type of nutrient that even some alternative doctors don’t know about. I’m talking about enzymes.
Thanks to enzyme supplements, a mother’s lifelong migraines disappeared, and a man with “terminal” kidney cancer was alive and well 15 years later. In fact, a great many cancer patients beat the disease and are still alive today thanks to enzymes.
Enzymes are a key part of most alternative cancer treatment plans. More important: Even if you’re healthy today, taking enzymes is something you can and should do now to prevent not only cancer, but also heart disease, pain and diabetes and many other ailments.
Enzyme supplements are among the top-selling pain-relievers in Germany and they’re even used by the German Olympic team. As for us older folks, research indicates that enzymes improve circulation and can outperform blood-clot and blood-thinning drugs. (Good-bye, warfarin!)
They’ve even helped 9 out of 10 autistic children. A few months back I received a letter from a mother whose 7-year-old autistic son was almost completely cured after she read my Special Report called The Missing Ingredient, and then started giving him enzymes.
This letter came to me out of the blue. The mother wrote, “He has basically been nonverbal until summer 2009, he started talking one day and has never stopped!!” She adds, “The enzymes have kept my 3-year-old son, Noah’s eczema AWAY! We are truly blessed, and I believe our Lord led me to you and your book.”
How can ONE supplement possibly do all this? Just ask yourself: What if you were getting NO vitamins in your diet? You’d be very sick. This nutrient is just as important, and you’re getting almost none, if you’re like the typical American. Click here to learn more.
The problematic toxin is one you may have heard of: Bisphenol A (BPA). It’s an industrial chemical used in food packaging, especially cans and plastic bottles. But it’s also in other products such as the paper that receipts are printed on and in dental sealants. It’s in so many products, it’s detectable in just about everybody’s blood and urine.
Aside from being an endocrine disruptor (interfering with the hormones in our bodies) research shows that the BPA we absorb can warp brain development. Lab tests suggest that BPA in your body and brain alters behavior, leading to increased anxiety and troublesome aggression along with memory and learning difficulties.
Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine indicates that the BPA we have ingested threatens to affect future generations. It will still be a threat even if we somehow eliminate it from the environment before our grandchildren are even conceived.
“… BPA has trans-generational actions on social behavior and neural expression,” says researcher Emilie Rissman. “Since exposure to BPA changes social interactions in (lab animals) at a dose within the reported human levels, it is possible that this compound has trans-generational actions on human behavior. If we banned BPA tomorrow, pulled all products with BPA in them, and cleaned up all landfills tomorrow it is possible, if the (animal) data generalize to humans, that we will still have effects of this compound for many generations.” i
Low Dose Poison
A consortium of scientists at the University of Massachusetts, Tufts and other schools published a review of numerous studies of the effects of BPA. Their work shows the chemical is harmful at very low doses, much lower than had been previously assumed. The researchers note that “five studies have demonstrated low dose effects of adult BPA exposures on brain endpoints such as synapse formation and remodeling.” That means that BPA hampers the ability of the brain to form structures on its nerve cells that store memory and facilitate learning. ii
To protect yourself from BPA, the Seattle Children’s Research Institute recommends taking these steps: iii
- Eat as little canned food as possible. (BPA is used as a liner in food AND soft drink cans. The BPA from the cans enters the food.)
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Do not drink beverages that are packaged in cans.
- Do not use plastic food and drink storage containers that are marked #7 on the bottom. (This signifies the plastic may contain BPA.)
- Do not use baby bottles made of plastic that have #7 on the bottom.
- Limit your usage of plastic food storage containers. Store items in glass.
- Never heat food in a stove or microwave in a plastic container. Heat increases migration of BPA from the container to the food.
- If you use a microwave oven, heat food in glass or ceramic bowls and dishes.
- Do not feed canned formula to infants. Prepare their food from powdered formula or liquid formula contained in plastic or glass.
- Do not let receipts touch your skin for an extended period of time.
Personalized medicine is supposed to be the medicine of the future. Someday, according to researchers, your healthcare practitioner will know enough about your body, your genetics and your health history to prescribe the precisely correct treatments for whatever ails you.
But you don’t have to wait for this forecast to come true — because you already have access to a pharmaceutical factory that can produce formulations custom made for your body.
And if you’re concerned about the current and future health of your brain, you can immediately start taking advantage of this supply of individualized chemicals. Let me explain. . .
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How Carolyn Reversed
Her Alzheimer’s by
Disobeying Her Doctor
An all-natural protein melts away the brain-clogging mineral that triggers memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s — and cuts brain cell death in half! And yet this Nobel Prize-winning discovery is being ignored by 99% of doctors.
That’s why I’d like to tell you about Carolyn.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s, then you know how cruel these diseases can be. The emotional and physical toll they take on the patient — as well as on the entire family — can be devastating.
That’s why the news of the breakthroughs I’m about to reveal could literally have a life-changing effect on you.
Best of all, these solutions are available and being used successfully right now — even while most doctors still throw up their hands when it comes to memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’;s, using words like “hopeless” and “irreversible.” It’s hard to believe, I know. . .
What is this wonderful “personal drug factory”?
Your own body.
To treat your brain with the kinds of beneficial chemicals that can help preserve its neurons and your memory, you don’t have to wait until pharmaceutical companies figure out how to customize drug treatment. You can rev up your own body’s manufacturing capacity.
Exercise is the tool for ramping up production of these wonder drugs. Exercise is so effective at improving the brain that pharmaceutical companies are trying to produce replicas of the chemicals it stimulates. But so far they’ve had only limited success.
Get a load of this powerful brain protein
For instance, consider the remarkable characteristics of a protein called FNDC5. (If it ever becomes a drug advertised on TV, it’ll probably have a much more alluring name. Something like Brainagra.)
FNDC5 is produced in your muscles during endurance exercises like running. When researchers isolated this protein and gave it to non-exercising animals in the lab, they found it turns on genes that support brain health and stimulates the growth of the nerves that take part in learning and memory.
The researchers say that what the body does with FDNC5 helps explain why aerobic exercise can improve the cognitive abilities of older people whose memories have started to slip.
The researchers are hoping they can produce a stable form of this substance and make it into a drug that can be given to people suffering brain problems like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
“What is exciting is that a natural substance can be given in the bloodstream that can mimic some of the effects of endurance exercise on the brain,” says researcher Bruce Spiegelman, Ph.D., of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard Medical School.
The research into exactly how FDNC5 works reveals a complicated chain of chemical reactions that eventually results in brain improvement. While FNDC5 is made in the muscles, it is released into the blood in a slightly altered form called irisin.
Eventually, these chemicals increase the level of still another protein, this one in the brain, called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic protein). It is BDNF that improves memory and learning in the part of the brain termed the dentate gyrus which is located in the hippocampus.
More research is needed
Dr. Spiegelman points out there’s a long way to go before researchers understand how this entire process works. They don’t even know if giving FNDC5 to lab animals actually improves their learning or memory abilities. They also aren’t sure whether the protein that actually travels into the brain is FNDC5 itself, irisin, or some other form of protein.
Besides its role in the chemical changes that help the brain, irisin also has other benefits. It activates genes that change white fat into brown fat. This might help you lose weight because brown fat burns off extra calories, while white fat is less metabolically active.
Meanwhile, the research into irisin has been been licensed by Dana-Farber exclusively to a company called Ember Therapeutics for drug development.
How long it takes to translate this research into a useable drug is anybody’s guess. But you don’t have to wait. You can “muscle” in on irisin’s benefits right now. All you have to do is lace up a pair of running shoes, hop on a bike or jump in a swimming pool and start making your own supply of this personalized wonder drug.
Some consider this to be no more than superstition, but there might be something to it. When I was a child, I remember a couple of people telling me that chewing each bite of food 20 or 30 times was one of the secrets to a long life.
It’s a lot of work, and to tell you the truth, I’ve never done it. Of course, plenty of parents still tell kids to “chew your food” instead of snarfing it down. But I doubt if many parents tell them to do it 20 or 30 times per bite.
It turns out it this may be sound advice. Even the Government of Japan urges their citizens to chew thoroughly – 30 times.
Scientists now confirm chewing is really important. So much so that if you don’t do it adequately or efficiently, you risk cognitive dysfunction with loss of memory and learning ability. It is now considered to be an important risk factor for dementia.
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Did Actress Angelina Jolie
Make a HUGE Mistake?
In 2013, actress Angelina Jolie revealed a medical secret she’s kept from the public for years…
She carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene – which gives her a whopping 87% chance of developing breast cancer.
With odds like that, you can hardly blame her for undergoing a preventative double mastectomy.
But did she need to go so far?
Recent scientific breakthroughs now allow you to switch “off” the bad genes and drastically lower your risk of disease – naturally.
Click here to read this free report now – and discover how you can reprogram your genes… reverse existing health conditions… and totally transform your health.
It has been known for some time that the more teeth a person has (natural or dentures), the better they will perform on memory tests. But it took researchers studying brain scans to see that chewing is the reason good teeth are related to brain health.
During mastication there is an increase in oxygen, greater uptake of glucose and more blood flow (10% – 28%) to the brain as well as activation of numerous areas of the central nervous system important for learning and memory.
A study using students as subjects found that if they chewed gum for five minutes prior to a mental test, it improved their thinking, with the benefits lasting for up to 20 minutes. When those aged 60 – 76 chewed gum, they performed better on memory retrieval tests. And the short and long term memory of volunteers improved by up to 35% when they chewed on a stick of gum.
Of this last series of tests Dr Andrew Scholey at the University of Northumbria, England said : ‘It was really quite a dramatic effect. It held up over and over again, so we are confident it is really helping.’
The evidence from many human studies suggest that a decreased ability to chew and a weak bite are associated with cognitive impairment.
Animal models provide even more evidence.
Chewing Preserves the Most
Important Part Of Your Brain
The hippocampus region of the brain is involved with short and long term memory. It is one of the first areas to suffer damage in Alzheimer’s. It is also the main area affected by inadequate chewing. This has been shown to:
Cause harmful inflammation reactions
Reduce acetylcholine and dopamine levels (key compounds needed for brain health)
Reduce survival of newly generated brain cells
Cause an increase in damaging stress hormones.
Animals performed worse on memory and learning tests when their chewing was impaired. But the effect was reversed when their teeth were restored to health.
Alzheimer’s is characterized by amyloid plaques. In rodents, when their ability to chew became impaired, plaque levels increased.
A review of the evidence published in January, 2014 stated: “It can be concluded that chewing is a simple non-pharmacological way of preventing senile dementia”.
The fast food Western way of eating, where ‘wolfing it down’ has become all too common, is not a healthy way to consume food and puts everyone who engages in it at risk of cognitive decline.
The answer is to eat healthy food that requires a lot of chewing. A high fiber breakfast cereal like granola is a good way to start the day. Apples, nuts, salads and other chewy options will help keep your brain functioning at its best. And regular visits to the dentist are essential to maintain your teeth.
If you decide to use gum to log your chewing hours, the gum’s consistency is important. The more effort required to chew it, the greater the blood oxygen that gets distributed to the brain. Not being a gum chewer myself, I can’t tell you which type to use. If you care about your health, you clearly want sugar-free gum, but artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose are even worse. Xylitol-sweetened gum sounds like a good option.
Toxic Threats to Your Sexual Health
Men, if you want to know how your luck with the ladies may change in the near future, count the dandelions in your front yard.
Seriously. Research shows they might be a dependable indication of your future sex life.
But it isn’t the dandelions directly that influence a man’s sexual attractiveness and performance. It’s the chemicals you apply (or don’t apply) to your lawn to kill weeds that can make the difference. Keep reading, because this is quite a story – in a way, it’s one of the scariest things we’ve ever published…
Read This Only if You
Want to Double Your Testosterone
Without a Prescription
Doctors won’t tell you this because they don’t know. . .
But all you need to double your testosterone level is a two-nutrient combo that you can buy over-the-counter.
Your cost per day? About two bucks.
Give your body these two foods and it will do the rest.
Compare that to about $6,000 a year — $16 a day — for doctor-prescribed testosterone that actually damages your own body’s ability to make the testosterone you need to be a man. . .
If your lawn abounds with dandelions and other weeds, and you never apply herbicides, fungicides or pesticides, you stand a better chance of enjoying good sexual health during the coming years. What’s more, so do your children and grandchildren.
But if you’ve doused the yard with weed-fighting chemicals, you may have dosed yourself with toxins that are accumulating in your own body AND affecting your offspring. It’s now known that some of these chemicals damage the sexual health of males, and the damage can be inherited.
Sexual Time Bombs
Scientists who have looked into the toxic effects of these chemicals have called them “time bombs” because of their long term harm to the body and especially to reproductive functions.
When researchers at the University of Texas at Austin exposed male lab animals to a fungicide commonly applied to grapes, they found that that the great-grandsons of the exposed animals had a harder time finding mates than other males whose ancestors had never encountered the toxin.
Females could sense which males were descended from great-grandparents that were exposed to the fungicide called vinclozolin. The females favored males without the toxin in their blood line.i
“Even across generations, your attractiveness as a mate is decreased if your great-grandfather has been exposed to environmental chemicals,” says researcher Andrea Gore who is with the University’s College of Pharmacy. “That will have an impact on your ability to reproduce and could take you out of the gene pool.”
Here’s how the damage can be inherited
The researchers found that the fungicide does not directly attack DNA but alters the factors that regulate the genes. In scientific terms, this is called an epigenetic change.
Epigenetics has become a hot field lately. It studies how environmental and lifestyle factors can change the way a gene “expresses” – that is, how it acts or fails to act. And while the environmental factor may be temporary, the change in gene expression often isn’t. It can be permanent, and handed down to future generations.
“(This research)… takes epigenetics to the brain,” says researcher David Crews, a professor of integrative biology. “The female is able to detect which male is likely to get early onset disease and which male is not before they show any manifestation of disease.”
“The female (animals) can sense something is wrong, although they can’t see it,” says Gore.
Along the same lines, a study at Tel Aviv University shows that your attractiveness to the opposite sex may depend on the beneficial bacteria living in your digestive tract. In experiments conducted on fruit flies, researchers discovered that flies with similar biomes in their gut experienced mutual attraction.
But when the scientists used antibiotics to wipe out the gut bacteria, this mating advantage vanished.ii
The gut bacteria determine the production of pheromones, the chemicals that animals give off to attract mates. Kill the bacteria and you put an end to pheromone production.
“The finding indicates that pheromone alterations are a mechanism by which we can identify mating preferences. We therefore hypothesize that it is the bacteria that are driving this change,” says researcher Eugene Rosenberg.
To minimize your exposure to these types of toxins:
Take off your shoes in the house. Shoes can track in pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals from outdoors.iii
Eat organic food when possible. Organic food has fewer pesticide residues than conventional food.
Never apply household cleaners without having plenty of ventilation.
Don’t use chemicals on your lawn to kill pests and weeds.
Don’t take antibiotics except when absolutely necessary for a bacterial infection.
And about those dandelions? Make dandelion tea — provided the lawn hasn’t been sprayed for several years.