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Potassium Cuts Stroke and Death Risks in Postmenopausal Women

Potassium Cuts Stroke and Death Risks in Postmenopausal Women

Older women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have a stroke and die than those consuming less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal, Stroke. "Previous studies have shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. But whether potassium intake could prevent stroke or death wasn't clear," said senior author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., of the department of epidemiology>> Read Post

Bananas Aren’t Best Source of Potassium For Reducing Stroke Risk

Bananas Aren’t Best Source of Potassium For Reducing Stroke Risk

Until middle age, women tend to have lower stroke risks than men. But then menopause happens, and a swirling mix of hormones changes everything. In the 10 years following menopause, women’s risk of stroke doubles, making certain dietary changes — potassium in particular — critically important. The recommendations come from a new study on behalf of the American Heart Association. The findings showed women’s risk of death or ischemic stroke — those being >> Read Post

The Body’s Ecosystem - Understanding the Influence of Microbes Throughout the Body

The Body’s Ecosystem - Understanding the Influence of Microbes Throughout the Body

The human body is teeming with microbes—trillions of them. The commensal bacteria and fungi that live on and inside us outnumber our own cells 10-to-1, and the viruses that teem inside those cells and ours may add another order of magnitude. Genetic analyses of samples from different body regions have revealed the diverse and dynamic communities of microbes that inhabit not just the gut and areas directly exposed to the outside world, but also parts of >> Read Post

Repairing Nerves With Crab Shells?

Repairing Nerves With Crab Shells?

Researchers have crafted a hybrid of natural and synthetic materials that they believe can help repair severed nerves. In the clothing industry, mixing polyester with a soft and natural material like cotton makes a new material that's remarkably breathable and wrinkle-free. Now, according to a recent study, researchers have crafted a new hybrid fiber that laces material from crab shells into industrial polyester. "A nerve guide requires very strict cond>> Read Post

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Failure

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Failure

People with insomnia appear to be at increased risk of developing heart failure, according to the largest study to investigate the link. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, followed 54,279 people between the ages of 20-89 for an average of more than 11 years, and found that those who suffered from three symptoms of insomnia had a more than three-fold increased risk of developing heart failure compared to those with no insomnia symptoms. >> Read Post

Why Pain Medications Are Less Effective for People With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Why Pain Medications Are Less Effective for People With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that people with irritable bowel syndrome have a defective immune system, which explains why sufferers have ongoing issues with pain. The research – the first of its kind in the world – could also help to explain why some painkillers may not offer satisfactory relief to sufferers. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects up to 10% of the community. There are different forms of IBS but all of them invol>> Read Post

Japanese Mushroom Extract Eradicates Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Clinical Trial

Japanese Mushroom Extract Eradicates Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Clinical Trial

A readily available Japanese mushroom extract appears to be effective at eradicating human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a pilot clinical trial at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School. Currently, genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. That may change pretty soon. A recent study conducted at The University of Texas Health Science C>> Read Post

Blueberry/Grape Compound Reduces Body Fat in Mice, Potential Role for Treating Obesity and Fatty Liver in Humans

Blueberry/Grape Compound Reduces Body Fat in Mice, Potential Role for Treating Obesity and Fatty Liver in Humans

Pterostilbene, a phenolic compound in the same family as resveratrol, is present in small amounts in a large variety of foods and beverages like blueberries or red wine. Spanish biomedical researchers, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), have observed in animal models that its administration reduces the build-up of body fat, which could reduce the risk of developing other diseases like diabetes. Obesity is a chronic>> Read Post

Walnuts Protect Cognitive Function, Prevent Brain Degeneration in Animal Model of Alzheimer's Disease

Walnuts Protect Cognitive Function, Prevent Brain Degeneration in Animal Model of Alzheimer's Disease

A new animal study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease indicates that a diet including walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, slowing the progression of, or preventing Alzheimer's disease. Research led by Abha Chauhan, PhD, head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), found significant improvement in learning s>> Read Post

Medication Mistakes Affect 1 Child Every 8 Minutes

Medication Mistakes Affect 1 Child Every 8 Minutes

Every 8 minutes, a child in the United States is affected by a medication error on the part of their parents or caregivers, according to a new study. In the study, researchers found that 63,000 children younger than age 6 were affected yearly by out-of-hospital medication errors between 2002 and 2012, and most of those mistakes occurred at the children's homes. "Some of these errors have very serious consequences," said study author Dr. Huiyun Xiang, th>> Read Post

Intake of Fish Fats Improves Effectiveness of Antidepressants

Intake of Fish Fats Improves Effectiveness of Antidepressants

Up to 42 percent of all treated cases of depression do not respond to antidepressants. While the reasons for this have been a mystery, a new study on how diet affects patient response to medications suggests that consuming fish fatty acids can help. The study, published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, shows that increasing intake of fatty fish (and possibly fish oil) appears to increase medication response rates in patients who do not norm>> Read Post

Drinking Just One Soda Daily Shortens Telomeres, Accelerates Cellular Aging and Reduces Lifespan by 4.6 Years

Drinking Just One Soda Daily Shortens Telomeres, Accelerates Cellular Aging and Reduces Lifespan by 4.6 Years

Consuming sugary soft drinks is associated with increased risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular death, and certain types of cancer. Now a new study suggests that it can also shorten lifespan. The study, conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) reveals that drinking soda frequently can shorten the length of telomeres within white blood cells. The length of telomeres within white blood cells has previously been >> Read Post

The Common “Everyday” Drug Responsible for Acute Liver Damage

The Common “Everyday” Drug Responsible for Acute Liver Damage

According to the FDA, acetaminophen – the active ingredient in Tylenol and numerous over-the-counter drugs – was the leading cause of acute liver failure in Americans between 1998 and 2003. There is no reason to think this has changed since. Every year, 78,000 people go to the emergency room from intentional or accidental acetaminophen overdose; 33,000 are hospitalized, at last count 458 die (2006 data). The problem has gotten so bad that the FDA has as>> Read Post

Promising Gene-Silencing Technique Shows Promise in Fight Against Cancer, Liver Diseases

Promising Gene-Silencing Technique Shows Promise in Fight Against Cancer, Liver Diseases

Since its discovery 16 years ago, researchers have been eyeing RNA interference (RNAi) – a natural process for ‘silencing’ genes – as a therapy for treating some cancers and other diseases that respond poorly to existing drugs. Among its benefits, RNAi can inhibit the proteins that actually drive an illness from being translated and activated, avoiding the need to attack the disease downstream. As Akshay Vaishnaw, chief medical officer at Alnylam Pharma>> Read Post

Many Women Unaware of Risks of Developing Ovarian Cancer

Many Women Unaware of Risks of Developing Ovarian Cancer

The statistics for ovarian cancer are frightening. Whereas early detection tests for breast cancer are relatively commonplace, 75-85% of women with ovarian cancer are diagnosed only at a late stage, when the cancer has spread and prognosis is poor. About 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and more than 14,000 die annually from this disease. A woman has a 1 in 70 risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. As the>> Read Post

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Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

The human relationship with microbial life is complicated. At almost any supermarket, you can pick up both antibacterial soap and probiotic yogurt during the same shopping trip. Although there are types of bacteria that can make us sick, Caltech professor of biology and biological engineering Sarkis Mazmanian and his team are most interested in the thousands of other bacteria — many already living inside our bodies — that actually keep us healthy. His pas>> Read Article

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

By Jim English  Tonic Herbalism is the practice of combining traditional ‘tonic herbs’ to achieve a synergistic effect that far greater than what can be obtained by taking individual herbs. The basis for tonic herbalism is the belief that, through regular consumption, tonic herbs help the body maintain its self-regulatory capacity, assuring optimal functioning. Tonic herbs, referred to in Asia as “superior herbs,” comprise an “elite class” of about 60 >> Read Article

Lithium Orotate

Lithium Orotate

The Unique, Safe Mineral with Multiple Uses   By Ward Dean MD and Jim English Lithium is a mineral with a cloudy reputation. It is an alkali metal in the same family as sodium, potassium and other elements. Although lithium is highly effective in the treatment of manic depressive illness (X4 DI), its pharmaceutical (prescription) versions – lithium carbonate and lithium citrate – must be used with caution. (1) The reason for the caution with pr>> Read Article

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Health authorities around the globe continue to warn of a potential influenza pandemic that they fear the world is ill prepared to cope with. As communicable disease experts scrutinize daily reports for signs of an impending outbreak, public health specialists and drug manufacturers are working to develop vaccines, drugs, and strategies to quarantine and treat the ill. Unfortunately these plans will take years to implement, and some of the most dangerous s>> Read Article

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Allergy Season

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

Winter is over and everyone should feel free to retire “snowpocalypse” and “polar vortex” from their vocabulary. If letting go of these buzz words isn’t that easy, take comfort in this: The harsh winter could cause a historically bad allergy season because of what some are referring to as the “pollen vortex.” Essentially, the long wint>> Read Article

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

A new scientific report out October 3 from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH)[i] dismantles the myth that the epidemic rise in allergies in recent years has happened because we're living in sterile homes and overdoing hygiene. But far from saying microbial exposure is not important, the report concludes that losing>> Read Article

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids, frequently prescribed to alleviate acute sinusitis, show no clinical benefit in treating the condition, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The common cold is the main cause of acute sinusitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the nasal cavities, >> Read Article

AllerPhase,

AllerPhase, "It Is The Only Thing That Works For Me."

I live in the beautiful Northwest where there is much mold and pollen, plus I often pet-sit for people and am allergic to animals (especially during allergy season). This year the pollen hit suddenly and I was much in need of some relief! Thankfully, I still had some AllerPhase from last year's allergy season and it helped almost immediat>> Read Article

Allerphase And Pet Dander

Allerphase And Pet Dander

I have to say I’m quite impressed with AllerPhase. I have suffered with severe hay fever and allergies for years in Canada until I moved to California a few years ago. The allergens and pollens are different here than on the east coast so I considered myself pretty much allergy free once I moved. Recently, I adopted a dog which does not s>> Read Article

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AllerPhase® User Reports “Enormous Difference”

I first read about your product, AllerPhase, in an article in HSI that said it would only take 25 to 35 minutes to work. They were exactly correct, as I felt an enormous difference right then. I now take 2 caps in the morning and 2 in the night, and I feel perfectly good. This is substantially better than taking allergy shots. I have been>> Read Article

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Customer Surprised With AllerPhase® And ImmunoPhase®

February 12, 2010 I first heard about AllerPhase and ImmunoPhase through my dentist. I bought the products with much speculation, basically to shut him up. I had the product in my cabinet for about 2 months and had not taken any of them. I have struggled with seasonal issues associated with molds and cedar pollen for 42 years. I was>> Read Article

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AllerPhase® Helps Reader Breath Freely Again

I have really bad allergic reactions to all of the perfumes and chemicals found in lotions, hairsprays and aftershave. I simply can’t be around any those products and need to have fresh air. The only way I can cope with this problem is to stay in my own room, away from other people, or to carry oxygen bottles with me everywhere I go so th>> Read Article

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AllerPhase Relieves Discomfort Aggravated By Smoke

January 1, 2010 I wanted to let your readers know how well AllerPhase works for me. After years of suffering non-stop from seasonal irritations aggravated by smoke (we have a wood burning stove), my nose ran and I sneezed all the time. I tried HistaBlock from Nature Sunshine, and nothing worked at all. I tried an over-the-counter produ>> Read Article

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AllerPhase Brings Relief In Under An Hour

To Whom It May Concern: I caught the flu, whether seasonal or H1N1, I do not know, and being a loyal Tango Nutrition veteran, I immediately began taking a defense regimen of three ImmunoPhase and three BronchoPhase capsules every four hours. On Day Two, I began experiencing an irritating nasal drip that soon caused me to start coughing.>> Read Article

Sleep

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer's disease, this common and troubling symptom of aging tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering. Now, a study led by researchers a>> Read Article

New Implantable

New Implantable "Sleep Pacemaker" for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is among the first in the United States to begin offering a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This first-of-its-kind treatment consists of a small implantable system called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It has been clinically proven to signific>> Read Article

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of daily stress accumulates overtime and accelerates cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well. "The study participants who exercised, slept well and ate well had less telomere shortening >> Read Article

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

by Jim English If you have trouble falling asleep, wake up frequently in the middle of the night, or drag yourself out of bed in the morning feeling drained and exhausted, you're not alone. A survey conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reveals that as many as 40 million Americans suffer from disrupte>> Read Article

Heart Disease in Shift Workers Linked to Damaged Blood Cells, Sleep Disruption

Heart Disease in Shift Workers Linked to Damaged Blood Cells, Sleep Disruption

Austrian researchers have found that jetlag has severe effects on red blood cells, possibly explaining the high incidence of heart disease seen in shift workers. However, these effects can be counterbalanced by fresh, young red blood cells – making blood donations a potential therapy for shift workers. The scientists, led by Dr Mar>> Read Article

Brain Aging Accelerated by Lack of Sleep in Adults

Brain Aging Accelerated by Lack of Sleep in Adults

Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) have found evidence that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. These findings, relevant in the context of a rapidly aging society, pave the way for future work on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline, including dementia. Past re>> Read Article

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Men

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Men

Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, affects up to one-third of the population in the United States. In new findings, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that some insomnia symptoms are associated with an increased risk of mortality in men. "Insomnia is a common health issue, particularly in older ad>> Read Article

Sleep Well, Be Well: National Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority

Sleep Well, Be Well: National Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority

Adequate Sleep as Critical to Overall Health as Nutrition, Exercise A nationwide “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign was launched May 12, 2014 as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Resear>> Read Article

Sleeping Pills Increase Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping Pills Increase Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping pills increase the risk of cardiovascular events in heart failure patients by 8-fold, according to new research from Japan. The findings were presented at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece. The Congress is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiolog>> Read Article

FDA Warns of Next-Day Impairment From Sleep Drug Lunesta

FDA Warns of Next-Day Impairment From Sleep Drug Lunesta

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning for the insomnia drug Lunesta (eszopiclone) based on evidence of next-day impairment of driving and other activities that require alertness.  As a result, the FDA has  decreased the recommended starting dose of Lunesta to 1 mg at bedtime. The dose change is based, in part, >> Read Article