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Month: April 2016

There are many plant substances that can help dementia

I found a comprehensive review of plant substances , otherwise known as phytochemicals and it is open access so you can read the whole article for free. I said in a previous post there are many safe plant based options for helping relieve symptoms of dementia. Whilst some critiques say there is still  a lack of good quality evidence, there is evidence never the less. Here is a list of three of the phytochemicals that are being prescribed to treat dementia and have been subjected to various degrees of scientific tests/trials.… Read more There are many plant substances that can help dementia

High-dosage EGCG treatment can significantly reduce body weight in women with central obesity.

More EGCG research and this time with regard to weight loss. This study evaluated the effects of high dose of EGCG (Green Tea Extract) of 826.mg per day on weight loss in women with central obesity (abdominal obesity). To get this dose of EGCG from green tea you would need to drink between between 15 and 40 cups a day  depending on type of tea.  So either way you would be drinking tea all day to get the equivalent EGCG used in this 12 week trial. The results stated   High-dosage EGCG… Read more High-dosage EGCG treatment can significantly reduce body weight in women with central obesity.

Acupuncture relieves tension-type headache

Bottom line The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache. Tension-type headache is a common type of headache. Mild episodes may be treated adequately by pain-killers. In some individuals, however, tension-type headache occurs frequently and significantly impairs their quality of life. Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at particular points. It originated in China and is now used in many countries to treat tension-type… Read more Acupuncture relieves tension-type headache

Green tea extract treats gastritis by inhibiting effects of H. pylori

EGCG , short for Epigallocatechin-3-gallate – the major most potent extract of Green tea, has recently been found to inhibit the effects of H.Pylori, a very common bacteria infection associated with stomach inflammation (gastritis) and to the development of stomach and duodenal ulcers. People with gastritis often suffer from chronic bloating, abdominal discomfort including burning pain in upper abdomen and/or  nausea. A common way to get relief is to take antacids (OTC tablets) or PPI (prescription medicines that reduce stomach acid). However both are suppressing symptoms and not dealing with the disease effects internally such as inflammation.… Read more Green tea extract treats gastritis by inhibiting effects of H. pylori

New study says radiation therapy for DCIS reduces risk of breast cancer later – but this is not the full story 

I read an article today about a study of women who had been treated for DCIS. It reported that a study has found radiation and surgery together reduces risk of breast cancer later. The patients who only had surgery had a higher incidence of breast cancer later. However this article and study failed to mention that DCIS is overtreated and approximately half of the cases do not develop into invasive cancer. It is concerning that the article reported most women with DCIS undergo treatment when in many cases it is… Read more New study says radiation therapy for DCIS reduces risk of breast cancer later – but this is not the full story 

Green Tea Extract blocks Rheumatoid arthritis pathways

EGCG is a major active component from Green Tea and there is a vast amount of research that show it remarkable affects on human conditions like Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s, dementia , and Rheumatoid Arthritis and as a chemopreventative medicine. EGCG extract is now widely available on the internet, but beware of low quality low concentrate products. This report highlights the protective affects EGCG has on Rheumatoid Arthritis https://news.wsu.edu/2016/02/16/145706/ By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy SPOKANE, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have identified a potential new approach… Read more Green Tea Extract blocks Rheumatoid arthritis pathways

Being Married helps prolong survival in cancer patients

Comments There is no doubt that social support improves cancer patients outcomes. This report talks about a study of married and unmarried patients survival rates. It found unmarried males and females had higher death rates that those who were married.   New research has uncovered a link between being married and living longer among cancer patients, with the beneficial effect of marriage differing by race/ethnicity and place of birth. Published early online in CANCER, the findings have important public health implications, given the rising numbers of unmarried individuals in addition to… Read more Being Married helps prolong survival in cancer patients