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Direct Genetic Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia

Direct Genetic Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, affecting thinking and behaviors as you age. But what if you could stop this degenerative disease in its tracks? A world-first study from the University of South Australia could make this a reality as new genetic research shows a direct link between dementia and a lack of vitamin D. Investigating the association between vitamin D, neuroimaging features, and>> Read Post

Stress Ages Immune System, Increases Risk of Cancer, Heart Disease and Illness in New Study

Stress Ages Immune System, Increases Risk of Cancer, Heart Disease and Illness in New Study

Stress – from traumatic events, job strain and everyday stressors – has been shown to accelerate the aging of the immune system, potentially increasing a person's risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and illness from infections such as COVID-19, according to a new study. The research, published June 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), could help explain disparities in age-related health, including the unequal toll of >> Read Post

Abrupt Loss of Organ Function in the Elderly Linked to Mutations in Blood Stem Cells

Abrupt Loss of Organ Function in the Elderly Linked to Mutations in Blood Stem Cells

A new study links the lifelong accumulation of genetic alterations to blood stem cells with dramatic changes in blood production that lead to the abrupt deterioration of organ function after the age of 70. All human cells acquire genetic changes, or somatic mutations, throughout life. Aging is likely to be caused by the accumulation of multiple types of damage to our cells over time, with one theory being that build-up of somatic mutations causes ce>> Read Post

Study Finds Eating an Egg a Day Lowers Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Study Finds Eating an Egg a Day Lowers Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Researchers have shown how moderate egg consumption can increase the amount of heart-healthy metabolites in the blood. Their findings suggest that eating up to one egg per day may help lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Eggs are a rich source of dietary cholesterol, but they also contain a variety of essential nutrients. There is conflicting evidence as to whether egg consumption is beneficial or harmful to heart health. A 2018 >> Read Post

Protein Supplement Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes

Protein Supplement Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes

A new study has shown that drinking a small amount of whey protein before meals can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugars. In the study, which holds potential for dietary management of the condition, people with type 2 diabetes consumed a drink which contained a low dose of whey protein before meals. They were monitored for a week as they went about normal daily life. To compare the potential benefits of whey protein, the same >> Read Post

Medicinal Cannabis Reduces Pain and Need for Opiate Painkillers Among Cancer Patients

Medicinal Cannabis Reduces Pain and Need for Opiate Painkillers Among Cancer Patients

A comprehensive assessment of the benefits of medical cannabis for cancer-related pain found that for most oncology patients, pain measures improved significantly, other cancer-related symptoms also decreased, the consumption of painkillers was reduced, and the side effects were minimal. Published in Frontiers in Pain Research, these findings suggest that medicinal cannabis can be carefully considered as an alternative to the pain relief medicines t>> Read Post

Reducing Risk of “Long COVID” Death by 51% With Common Steroids

Reducing Risk of “Long COVID” Death by 51% With Common Steroids

Evidence is growing that continued negative health impacts months after apparent recovery from severe Covid-19 are an important risk for some patients. For example, researchers from the University of Florida Gainesville showed last December that hospitalized patients who seemingly recovered from severe Covid-19 have more than double the risk of dying within the next year, compared to people who experienced only mild or moderate symptoms and who had not>> Read Post

Discovery Reveals How Blocking Inflammation Can Lead to Chronic Pain

Discovery Reveals How Blocking Inflammation Can Lead to Chronic Pain

Using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids to relieve pain could increase the chances of developing chronic pain, according to researchers from McGill University and colleagues in Italy. Their research puts into question conventional practices used to alleviate pain. Normal recovery from a painful injury involves inflammation and blocking that inflammation with drugs could lead to harder-to-treat pain. “For many decades it’s been standard medical>> Read Post

Sleep Deprivation Impairs Stem Cells in Cornea, Contributes to Vision Impairment

Sleep Deprivation Impairs Stem Cells in Cornea, Contributes to Vision Impairment

Sleep deprivation – getting too little high-quality sleep – is a serious health problem. More than one-third of people in the US report getting less than the recommended minimum of seven hours sleep per night, leading to to negative impacts on mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation contributes to common eye problems, such as dryness and itching, while long-term sleep deprivation comes with an increased risk for eye disease. The cornea – the tr>> Read Post

Deep Sleep May Act as Fountain of Youth in Old Age

Deep Sleep May Act as Fountain of Youth in Old Age

As we grow older our nights are frequently plagued by bouts of wakefulness, bathroom trips and other nuisances as we lose our ability to generate the deep, restorative slumber we enjoyed in youth. But does that mean older people just need less sleep? Not according to UC Berkeley researchers, who argue in an article published in the journal Neuron that the unmet sleep needs of the elderly elevate their risk of memory loss and a wide range of mental a>> Read Post

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Reversing Age-Related Hair Loss and Restoring Healthy Hair Growth in Men and Women

Reversing Age-Related Hair Loss and Restoring Healthy Hair Growth in Men and Women

By Jim English While shedding a few hairs on a daily basis is normal, losing more than 100 hairs per day is considered excessive and may be an indication of a serious issue. Male-pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss, affecting roughly 40 million men in the US. Approximately 25 percent of men with male-pattern hair loss will begin to lose their hair by age 30, and up to 66 percent will begin bal>> Read Article

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

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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

Sleep

Seven Hours of Sleep is Optimal in Middle and Old Age, Say Researchers

Seven Hours of Sleep is Optimal in Middle and Old Age, Say Researchers

Seven hours is the ideal amount of sleep for people in their middle age and upwards, with too little or too much sleep associated with poorer cognitive performance and mental health, say researchers from the University of Cambridge and Fudan University. Sleep plays an important role in enabling cognitive function and maintaining good p>> Read Article

School Closures Led to More Sleep and Improved Quality of Life for Adolescents

School Closures Led to More Sleep and Improved Quality of Life for Adolescents

The school closures in spring 2020 had a negative effect on the health and well-being of many young people. But homeschooling also had a positive flipside: Thanks to sleeping longer in the morning, many teenagers reported improved health and health-related quality of life. The study authors from the University of Zurich therefore believe >> Read Article

Restoring Deep Sleep Wards Off Alzheimer’s Disease, Reduces Amyloid-Beta Plaque

Restoring Deep Sleep Wards Off Alzheimer’s Disease, Reduces Amyloid-Beta Plaque

People with Alzheimer’s disease have trouble sleeping and awaken frequently, but exactly why this happens is unclear. Multiple studies in humans and mice indicate that sleep disruptions raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) by increasing the accumulation of disease-causing proteins such as amyloid-beta (A-beta) in the brain. In th>> Read Article

Study Links Loss of Dream-Stage REM Sleep to Higher Risk of Death

Study Links Loss of Dream-Stage REM Sleep to Higher Risk of Death

Spending less time in REM sleep is linked to a greater overall risk of death from any cause, as well as from cardiovascular disease and other diseases except for cancer, a new study finds.“The effect of short REM time on mortality has not been previously shown,” said Dr. Vsevolod Polotsky, who directs Sleep Basic Research in the Division >> Read Article

Gut Damage Linked to Premature Death From Sleep-Loss in New Animal Study

Gut Damage Linked to Premature Death From Sleep-Loss in New Animal Study

Scientists have long studied sleep, a phenomenon that appears to be fundamental for life, yet one that in many ways remains mysterious. Almost every known animal sleeps or exhibits some form of sleeplike behavior. Without enough of it, serious consequences ensue. In humans, chronic insufficient sleep is associated with heart disease, >> Read Article