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Popular Doctor Advice About this Bone Health Supplement

Jan 30, 2015 - 1 comments

This news comes straight from the hallowed halls of Harvard. Their ongoing Nurses' Health Study (started way back in 1976) discovered how calcium can actually WEAKEN bones.
A popular doctor advice about this bone health supplement has recently been proven wrong by a Harvard Study! Read on to find out more. Description: Read here to understand how this popular doctor advice could put you at a
greater risk of bone fractures, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Keywords: popular doctor advice, facts about calcium, calcium myths, side effects of excessive calcium, calcium supplement. It's one of the most popular and (blindly) trusted pieces of advice from doctors and other "experts" in healthcare today...
You’ve been told how important calcium is your entire life. You were told to drink milk, eat cheese and you may even be taking calcium supplements right now.
You’ve been told how it builds strong bones and teeth. And how it
prevents osteoporosis and fractures.
But major research shows this dangerous recommendation has lead to:
An 86% jump in HEART DISEASE
An alarming increase in BONE FRACTURES
Double the incidence of SUDDEN DEATH

Not to mention serious increases in Joint Pain... Alzheimer's... Stroke... and even Obesity and Kidney Stones!

This news comes straight from the hallowed halls of Harvard. Their ongoing Nurses' Health Study (started way back in 1976) discovered how calcium can actually WEAKEN bones.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Joint Inflammation

Jan 29, 2015 - 0 comments

Green Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, including improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-fighting properties.
Green tea is also the least processed of all the predominant types of tea: green, black and oolong.

A 2009 study found that bioactive compounds in pistachio, and molecules present in pistachios, have anti-inflammatory properties.
Pistachio oil decreases levels of an inflammatory marker known as “lift-2.” Pistachios are nutrient dense and provide protein, fiber micronutrients, plant sterols, gamma-tocopherol and other phytochemical compounds, including flavanoids and phenolic compounds. Overall, they are great against chronic joint inflammation.

Kiwi provides your daily intake of antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids which help fight damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals.
Kiwifruit will also assist in wading off the effects of stress, joint inflammation and attack from viruses and bacteria.

Low-Fat or Low-Carbohydrate Diet

Jan 27, 2015 - 7 comments

A study examined this very question as it relates to long-term heart health. In a large study from Tulane University, Kaiser Permanente, and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 148 people without heart disease were recruited to participate in either a low fat or low carb diet to see if choice of diet reduced heart disease risk. These patients met individually with a dietitian weekly for the first four weeks and then in small group meetings every other week for the next five months. Then they participated in monthly sessions for six more months. The intensity of diet training highlights the challenges of staying on a diet long-term, and how working with others and as a team often helps you make it and stay compliant. In this study, a low-carb diet was defined as one with fewer than 40 carbohydrate grams per day. When calculating your carbohydrate consumption, you need to take your total carbohydrates and subtract those carbs you’re getting  from fiber. The low-fat diet was defined as having fewer than 30 percent of  daily calories from total fat (with less than 7 percent from saturated fat) and 55 percent from carbohydrates. A diet is no easy matter and takes preparation. You have to be organized and create food lists, learn to read nutritional panels, make detailed shopping lists, take time to cook, and create a diverse menu. Getting some of this type of information is one of the greatest benefits of meeting with a dietitian who can help you plan your diet and with subsequent meetings help you stay on track. In this study, a handbook that contained this kind of information was given to all participants. The results of maintaining a diet were profound. At one year, participants had lost an average of 8 pounds.
In the low-fat group, the average weight loss was 4 pounds. In the low-carb group, the average weight loss was much greater, at nearly 12 pounds. Regarding waist circumference, the low-fat group’s average loss was 5.0 centimeters (about 2 inches) whereas the loss in the low-carb group was greater, at 6.7 centimeters (over 2.5 inches). In addition, for people in the low-carb diet group, the amount of body weight from lean mass compared to fat mass improved. In the low-fat diet group, these changes were not observed. Markers of heart health, like cholesterol and blood pressure, also changed. In both groups there was a decrease in cholesterol and blood pressure. Blood sugar levels were lower in the low-fat group, whereas body inflammation markers were lower in the low-carb group. In both groups, nearly all patients stayed on their diet for the year. In both groups, the level of physical activity was similar, so this really became a study of diets, not exercise. What the authors found was that the low-fat diet, although helpful in weight loss, did not reduce risk of heart disease. In contrast, with the low-carb diet, the 10-year risk of heart disease was reduced by 1.4 percent on average. This number may not seem that high, but in a 30-year-old person who could live another 40 to 50 years, the cumulative effects of diet choice can be seen, with risk reductions ranging from 4 percent to 10 percent.
A low-carb diet is better than a low-fat diet, if you want to lose more weight and reduce your waist circumference.
If you have heart disease in your family, a low-carb diet is likely a better choice as it can reduce risk over time. The low-fat diets alone do not appear to reduce risk.
If you have elevated markers of inflammation in your blood tests, diet choice may help reduce these.
Finally, maintaining a diet is hard and takes a lot of work and frequent follow-up

Exercise And Depression

Jan 22, 2015 - 2 comments

Researchers have discovered that exercise allows your body to eliminate kynurenine, a harmful protein associated with depression. The link between inflammation and depression, your body metabolizes kynurenine in the first place by a process that is activated by stress and inflammatory factors. Include in your diet a high quality animal-based omega-3 fat, like krill oil. This may be the single most important nutrient for optimal brain function, thereby easing symptoms of depression. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also contribute to depression, and affects one in four people.
Make sure you get enough sleep. The link between depression and lack of sleep is well is well known.
It now seems that insomnia may precede depression in some cases.
Research found that sleep therapy resulted in improvements in depressed patients.
Medical journalist and Pulitzer Prize nominee Robert Whitaker has detailed the drawbacks and benefits of different  treatments in two books: Mad in America, and Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, noting that physical exercise actually comes out on top in most studies even when compared against antidepressant drugs.

A 2006 study, seniors with vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml were found to be 11 times more prone to be depressed than those with higher levels. The mean vitamin D level was just under 19 ng/ml, which is a severe deficiency state. In fact, 58 percent of the participants had levels below 20 ng/ml. A 2007 study suggested that vitamin D deficiency is responsible for symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients with fibromyalgia. Vitamin D deficiency is also a well recognized cause in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). A double-blind randomized trial published in 2008 also concluded that:
“It appears to be a relation between serum levels of 25(OH)D and symptoms of depression. Supplementation with high doses of vitamin D seems to ameliorate these symptoms indicating a possible causal relationship.”

Researchers found that seniors with depression had vitamin D levels that were 14 percent lower than those who were not depressed. Those with vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml had an 85 percent increased risk of depression, compared to those with levels above 30 ng/ml. Another paper published in 2011 stated

“Effective detection and treatment of inadequate vitamin D levels in persons with depression and other mental disorders may be an easy and cost-effective therapy which could improve patients’ long-term health outcomes as well as their quality of life.”
If you are going to use a vitamin D supplement, you also need to take vitamin K2 and magnesium, as these nutrients work together. I would have my levels checked.