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Nov 12, 2015 - 0 comments

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August 2013 demonstrates that even mild elevation of blood sugar fasting levels over 100 mg/dl  is associated with an elevated risk for dementia.

More research needs to be done, scientists have found a compelling link between a particular kind of protein and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

This protein, called TDP-43, behaves like infectious proteins known as prions, which are responsible for the brain destruction that occurs in Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease.
These types of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are the result of forcing natural herbivores to eat animal parts.

One of the primary modes of transmission of Mad Cow Disease is by feeding cows bone meal and waste products from other cattle infected with the disease. As a result, it's now illegal to feed beef-based products to cows.

However, the beef industry still uses "chicken litter" in the feed, which consists of a rendered down mix of chicken manure, dead chickens, feathers, and spilled chicken feed — the latter of which includes cow meat and bone meal, the very ingredients that are known to spread Mad Cow...
In this way, the disease may still be promulgated and spread.

Source:  Neurology March 5, 2014,  Time Magazine March 5, 2014,  New York Times October 26, 2015,
JAMA Neurology July 27, 2015, October 6, 2015, NEJM August 8, 2013; 369:540-548,
Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance,
Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2011 Feb 15, January 24, 2014,
Center for Food Safety April 25, 2012 Press Release, Medical Hypotheses 2005, Nature September 10, 2015,
Scientific American October 20, 2015, Nature 2013 Sep 5, NBC July 15, 2015, Time July 15, 2015, Press Release August 19, 2013, July 9, 2015, Cary Institute. January 2014,
Newsweek October 22, 2015, Journal of Infectious Diseases 1996 Nov., Journal of Medical Entomology 1997, October 25, 2015, B. Miyamotoi, Newsweek October 13, 2015

Elevated Lp(a) cholesterol

Nov 10, 2015 - 5 comments

An elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level in the bloodstream increases the stickiness of blood, and contributes dramatically to the formation of clots and the chance of a heart attack or stroke.
The European Atherosclerosis Society now urges doctors to check Lp(a) in patients at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease.
The society says bringing a patient’s elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level under 50 mg/dL should be a treatment priority.
Lp(a), not LDL, it’s one of the most significant risk factors for coronary disease. Elevated Lp(a) cholesterol tends to be genetic, so people with a family history of early arterial disease should check the level.
Ask your doctor to order a VAP blood test. ( that's the test from Quest Diagnostics)
Or the LPP test from Spectracell. These tests monitor your cholesterol particle patterns and evaluate your Lp(a) level.
To help with elevated Lp(a) use fish or squid oil (1 or 2 g daily) and either one of two natural clot-busting enzyme supplements, nattokinase (50 mg twice a day) or lumbrokinase, (20 mg one to two times daily).
Also up to 2 grams daily of niacin. It needs to be regular niacin not the none flush niacin.
you could experience the niacin flush. To deal with the flush start at a very low level (about 100 mg) and then very slowly increase the dosage. Take it right after you eat to ease the intensity. The flush can last for a half hour or so after you start taking it, and each time you increase the dosage, but as the body gets accustomed to it (a week or so) the reaction stops.

Flu Smoothie

Nov 05, 2015 - 1 comments

The Flu Smoothie

The stronger your immune system the less chance you have of getting sick and the faster you can recover. Fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants and vitamins will help to have a healthy immune system with all natural, plant ingredients.

Drink to a stronger immune system by including veggie and fruit-loaded smoothies. By adding fresh produce (and other boosters) into your diet, you can help fight off a cold or the flu. (From the new book Simple Green Smoothies.)

Purple Power Healer
Red cabbage (the purple kind) contains anthocyanins, which studies have shown help suppress inflammation. Elderberry extract is a natural cold and flu fighter! It is also called Sambucus and is considered a natural alternative to synthetic cough-and-cold syrups.

Makes 2 servings

2 cups chopped red cabbage
1 cup water
1 orange, peeled
1 cup blackberries*
1 banana*
1 teaspoon elderberry extract

1. Blend the cabbage, water, and orange until smooth.
2. Add the blackberries, banana, and elderberry extract and blend again.

Tip: Try red cabbage microgreens studies show they can have more vitamin C than full-grown cabbage.

*Use at least one frozen fruit to make a cold green smoothie.

11 Unusual Uses for Aspirin

Nov 01, 2015 - 5 comments

11 Unusual Uses for Aspirin

If you're feeling a bit of a heart attack coming on, pop some aspirin and dial 911. (Or your local emergency number.)
The aspirin has an anti-clotting effect that inhibits platelets from doing their little plateletty jobs. You know, hanging out together in large groups, getting rowdy, and creating thromboses. This is perfect for those occasions when you're on the verge of death due to an unplanned cardiac episode.
According to the American Journal of Cardiology, chewing the aspirin has a more immediate effect than washing the pills down with a cool glass of water. So that's good to know. Especially if you're a man over 50 with less plaque on your teeth than in your arteries.

sweat stains,  Apparently the aluminum salts in most antiperspirants mixes with sweat to create a mostly-waterproof stain. The salicylic acid in aspirin makes a nice little anti-yellowcake mixture that can eradicate those sweat stains.
Crush up enough pills and mix with water to create enough paste to cover the sweat stain of your choice. Let it sit for several minutes then rinse. Launder as usual. This treatment is good for any protein-based stain.
Note: pound for pound, this is an expensive method of removing sweat stains (compared to using lemon juice, enzymatic meat tenderizer, or white vinegar), but it's a good thing to bear in mind if you're surprised by a serious stain in a random hotel room that stocks aspirin, but not meat tenderizer, in the lobby gift shop.

Restore hair color, Big swimmer? Blonde? If so, you know that chlorine can do a number on your hair. But a little aspirin can take care of that.
Dissolve 6-8 aspirin pills in water, then rub the solution into your hair. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse it out. The greenish effect should start to disappear after a couple of aspirin washes.

Zap zits, Salicylic acid. It's one of the topical applications used for acne treatment, and it just so happens to be a natural part of aspirin.
Crush up the pill and add some water to make a paste. Apply the aspirin paste to your pimple and wait for several minutes. Rinse off without rubbing too much, and the pimple should diminish in redness and size.

Treat bug bites and stings, Just like the acne treatment, a little dab of aspirin paste will do you when it comes to mosquitoes, flies, and the other stinging and biting bugs out there.

Organic gardening, A crushed aspirin in water (one pill to one gallon) helps plants to fight infection and stay alive during traumatic plant experiences like transplanting, cutting, cloning, or zombie attacks. If your plants are dying in front of your eyes, it can be tempting to resort to extreme measures to rescue your little green friends with a water-soluble fertilizer. When stressed, however, plants can't really absorb all those delicious nitrates and phosphates. Dumping fertilizer on a dying plant is like giving a heart attack victim a multivitamin: not quite the ideal time for bioavailablility. Aspirin is the solution (pun!) for your mild flora emergency.
salicylic acid can induce specific changes in root, stem, and leaf structure that create more robust plants. It can also help fruits and vegetables grow bigger and stronger. It will help your plants resist disease, insects, and unusually weak hailstorms.
Additionally, an aspirin solution will also help your cut flowers last longer in the vase so you can go nearly a full week.

Dandruff, Crush up two aspirins into the normal amount of shampoo you use, then leave it in for several minutes. Don't do it with a dandruff-specific shampoo, but this is a great method of maintaining great-smelling hair.

Car battery, Electrolytes. They're an important part of a car's battery. But sometimes your car's battery needs an extra shot of juice to crank out just a little more energy to get your car moving. Aspirin apparently makes a lovely electrolytic stimulant that'll get you out of a really serious pickle. Because if you're popping open your car battery, things are probably pretty serious and AAA isn't coming any time soon.
Pry off the cover of the battery with a screwdriver or pry bar and drop two crushed aspirin into each cell of the battery. Theoretically, this should cause a chemical reaction that changes some of the sulfuric acid into acetic acid and provide just enough oomph to get the engine to start turning over.

Hangover, Acetaminophen + alcohol = liver-destroying poison. Don't take Tylenol when you've been drinking.
Take two aspirin before bed. These will help decrease the severity of the hangover in the morning by inhibiting prostaglandins. Then take two more in the morning with some breakfast. It'll decrease the severity of the morning headache and decrease the prostaglandin-related swelling.

Soldering flux and Cleaning, Crushed dissolved aspirin can be used as a messy, emergency flux for soldering. Crush the pill to a fine powder, then dissolve just enough water into it to make a lose paste. Can be used as a flux or as a cleaning agent for corroded solder, aluminum, copper and even gold. Make sure to properly clean up afterwards or the reaction could continue corrosion to the point of failure. Alcohol works great to clean up soldering projects, regardless of flux. Just be cognizant of any components which should avoid being exposed to liquids, flammables or alcohol.

Jewelry cleaner, a pre-cleaning agent for jewelry (not plated metals) that was badly tarnished, followed by an alcohol bath and finally jewelry polishing cleaners.
I have also heard aspirin dissolved in water in a spray bottle can help clean glass shower doors, but I've never tried or seen any proof of such, just hear-say and speculation.