Newsy Tidbits

These mostly have in common  that they came to my attention recently and that they all relate to our health. (Aren’t we complex creatures?)

  • The head of the American Heart Association had a heart attack this week. Cardiologist John Warner, 52, is now recovering and we wish him well. Since he is based in Dallas, perhaps he can listen to our radio show and pick up some heart-protective tips that he will not likely get from his organization. Considering his family history of heart disease, Dr. Warner might do well to take Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, Longevinex, Reg’Activ Cardio Wellness, Molecular Multi, and fish oil for starters. Also, vitamin D has been linked to increased cardio risk markers. Study.
  • Women exposed to 8-Hours of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation from computer monitors experienced a significant decline in thyroid hormones. However, that effect was reversed by zinc supplementation. Bill Sardi article.
  • You might recall that glucosamine supplements for joint pain have been controversial. One review of studies did not find benefit, but for some reason did not include recent data from 15 studies that did show benefit. Here is an example of a recent study that showed benefit.
  • Any level of alcohol consumption can increase the risk of many types of cancer. Read more.  Previously, it was believed that moderate intake of alcohol was not an issue and that red wine was healthful. (The healthful part of red wine is the phenol it contains, which is the same one as in resveratrol. Read my article on that.)
  • Drug companies are in a race to patent specific probiotic bacteria for many purposes, including the fight against cancer. These companies can make big money with a bacterium that becomes a prescription drug. Their market will be people who become sick perhaps from a steady diet of alcohol…and at least in part because they did not maintain a robust diverse assortment of normal bacteria in their intestinal tracts. Since we are host to thousands of strains, it is likely that some of our native bacteria do the same jobs as the prescription product. In my book, The Probiotic Cure, I predicted that this issue would arise. But, I guess it is better that pharma companies are at least helping docs cut their usage of dangerous chemicals. Reuters article.
  • A cute animated video very effectively shows how our gut microbes affect our health. Video. (Oops, it does describe the womb as sterile which it is no longer thought to be, and the video fails to mention the profound benefit of fermented foods and probiotic supplements. Remember that Ohhira’s Probiotics is the result of dozens of fermented foods.)
  • A great example of a strain of bacteria with a special talent is Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, which produces the master antioxidant, glutathione. Glutathione is protective of all the body’s systems. Fortunately ME-3 does not require a prescription. It is the principle power in Reg’Activ Detox & Liver Health. In 2017, for the second time, this innovative product was just awarded Better Nutrition Magazine’s 2017 “Best of Supplements” Award.

The better informed we are, the healthier we can choose to be.

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