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Chronic fatigue Brain scans

Cat ladies' behaviour explained?

The Economist magazine has a fascinating article summarizing research on a real parasite that may actually impact human behavior:  "If an alien bug invaded the brains of half the population, hijacked their neurochemistry, altered the way they acted and drove some of them crazy, then you might expect a few excitable headlines to appear in the press. Yet something disturbingly like this may actually be happening without the world noticing."  It may even explain why both the French and Cat Ladies are so neurotic.

DHA and senior moments

The Omega 3 fatty acid DHA is a required ingredient in baby formulas and is being studied as a possible additional treatment for senior dementia and Alzheimer's.  The 2009 Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) had a number of reports on DHA studies.  A conference press release started with the fairly underwhelming results from one study, but buried on page two was a shocking statement from another trial. MIDAS study author Karin Yurko-Mauro (admittedly employed by a large DHA manufacturer) reported: "The benefit [after six months of DHA supplementation] is roughly equivalent to having the learning and memory skills of someone three years younger."

A real mechanism for acupuncture?

A team from University of Rochester Medical Center has just published a hard science study in Nature Neuroscience of the effects of acupuncture on pain relief. The study shows that acupuncture increases adenosine levels near the site of the needle 24x.  Adenosine is "a natural painkiller, becoming active in the skin after an injury to inhibit nerve signals and ease pain in a way similar to lidocaine."  The addition of another drug, deoxycoformycin, which prolongs the effects of adenosine increases the effect 3x.  But sadly, the pain relief has only been proven in mice, so far...

Plaque and plaque

Everyone knows brushing reduces plaque on your teeth.  A new study reported in the British Medical Journal concludes: "Participants who reported less frequent tooth-brushing had a 70% increased risk of a cardiovascular disease event in fully adjusted models compared with participants who brushed their teeth twice a day."

Aspirin reduces colon cancer risks

Researchers, reporting in JAMA (subs reqd) found evidence that aspirin can prevent the occurence and re-occurence of colon cancer. This time, the mechanism of action is known and may impact other cancers.

Butter better than bread?

As we kick off a new series of articles about revolutionary new research into diet's effect on health, let's preview some key findings regarding the relative impact of fats, carbohydrates, and a food's Glycemic Index on weight loss, diabetes and cardiovascular health.  A provocative summary of nutritional research appeared in a recent edition of Scientific American.

Modern Recovery Front Page
Avoid Pain and Lower your a1c without Bullshit
Recovery Strategies - DIY Research
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Friday, 04 December 2015 08:55

bad outcomes versus A1c levels Graph from UK DCCT study goes here...

neuropathy?  nerve pain?   heart problems vision loss?  these are the  horrible ouctomes of  the higher A1c levels associated with untreated type 2 diabetes

you may have already seen or visited websites that promise to reverse your TYPE 2 Diabetes BY doing things other doctors and big corporations are keeping secret.  Then you may figure out that these are advertisements for chiropractors who ultimately want to extract thousands of dollars from your wallet. Do YOU SMELL BULLSHIT?  What folows is the tale of patient X. A sixty year old man who brought his his A1C From a very bad 9.3 to a normal 6  You can do it too! and if you ENJOY A HOBBY LIKE  tuning high performance engines it will be fun.

alpha lipoic acid And diabetic nerve pain
Feature Articles - Current
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Monday, 23 November 2015 12:24

ALA is considered a front line treatment for diabetic nerve pain.  we review the  research.

vitamin and supplement survey
Supplement Reviews - The Big Five
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Saturday, 16 May 2015 14:29

Please take our brief vitamin and supplement survey.  Just one question to help us choose the research studies  you may  currently be most interested Please: Take The Survey

Worldwide Thanksgiving for the sweet potato
Nutrition - Science

Sweet PotatoNicholas D. Kristof makes the point that: "...researchers are finding that the biggest reason people die of malnutrition is simply lack of micronutrients".  In his NY Times Opinion piece he cites progress being made in fortifying sweet potatoes, rice and other foods in alleviating malnutrition in poorer countries, particularly in Africa.

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Happier even if they forget you
Care Giving - Love and Family

Care givers and visitors of loved ones with dementia often feel they no longer make a difference because they are not recognized or remembered.  A new University of Iowa study demonstrates that, at a deeper level, familiar faces still trigger happy feelings.

Turmeric each day keeps Alzheimer's away?
Nutrition - Science

Turmeric and eggsTurmeric's wonderful spiciness belies the hard science showing what a powerful drug it may be.  An article from UCLA Neurology Department researchers, first published in Current Alzheimer's Research, examines the demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-amyloid (Alzheimer's plaque) activity in test tubes, mice and people.

The first epidemiological clue was the low rate of Alzheimer's-like disease in India.  Some attributed this, in part, to turmeric's place in traditional Indian curry dishes.  You can test this theory with a breakfast of "Green eggs and ham".

Fiber hunting and gathering
Nutrition - Science

Contrast what an ancient hunter-gatherer ate and what you forage from fast food restaurants and your microwave.  They ate bulky meals much bigger than your fat and carbohydrate concentrated little belly bombs, and were healthier for it.  Dr. Mark Hyman MD has a good survey on fiber in the diet.


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