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Month: May 2016

Green Tea Extract protects against Stroke

  A study suggests the  powerful extract of green tea namely EGCG can protect against injury in cerebral infarction a cause of stroke.   Here’s the science abstract and it is heavy.  What is saying is that the EGCG can affects biochemistry pathways that cause a cerebral infarction, which is a type of ischemic stroke resulting from a blockage in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain. It can be atherothrombotic or embolic. What we don’t know is what dose (the amount of the substance) and the dosage (the frequency of dose… Read more Green Tea Extract protects against Stroke

PPIs lower your absorption of B12

This is an important study that could easily be overlooked. It proves that lower stomach acid causes malabsorption of B12. B12 is an essential nutrient for body functions including  maintaining  a healthy nervous system. Effect of hypochlorhydria due to omeprazole treatment or atrophic gastritis on protein-bound vitamin B12 absorption. Saltzman JR1, Kemp JA, Golner BB, Pedrosa MC, Dallal GE, Russell RM. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of hypochlorhydria and acidic drink ingestion on protein-bound vitamin B12 absorption in elderly subjects. METHODS: Absorption of protein-bound vitamin B12 was examined in elderly… Read more PPIs lower your absorption of B12

The incidences of Brain cancer have not increased since mobile phone usage

We have had mobiles in Australia since 1987. Some 90% of the population use them today and many of these have used them for a lot longer than 20 years. But we are seeing no rise in the incidence of brain cancer against the background rate (Simon Chapman, Emeritus Professor in Public Health, University of Sydney). The Study We examined the association between age and gender-specific incidence rates of 19,858 men and 14,222 women diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia between 1982-2012, and national mobile phone usage data from 1987-2012. In… Read more The incidences of Brain cancer have not increased since mobile phone usage

Australia has a health crisis.

This country has a  crisis of chronic preventable disease and chronic unresolved stress. Here one in two people are overweight or obese. There are almost a million people with Type II diabetes and two million  estimated to be pre-diabetic  There are eight million Australians are predicted to be diagnosed with bowel cancer, a preventable condition. There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia. This number is expected to increase to 400,000 in less than five years. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050. One million Australia have depression… Read more Australia has a health crisis.

stomach acid-suppressive medications were associated with increased risk hip fracture.

A recently published meta-analysis of the  association of  long term use of anti-acid suppressive medication with an increased risk of fractures reported that acid-suppressive medications were associated with increased risk of fracture, especially hip fracture.   Cai, Feng and Jiang (2015) reported  “We found that 1-3 year’s exposure of PPI was more strongly related to hip fracture risk (1.225, 1.137-1.319) than less than 1 year (1.191, 1.111-1.278). Exposure of more than 5 years was related to even higher risk of fracture. However, the risk of hip fracture for >3 year of PPI… Read more stomach acid-suppressive medications were associated with increased risk hip fracture.

More evidence that Honey Suckle is an anti-inflammatory

Honey Suckle has been used in Tradition medicine for millennia. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the flower of the honey suckle (Jin Yin Hua ) is a key herb in formulas for Flu, sore throats and acute skin rashes.   A new study concluded that the vine of the honey suckle would be a safe and promising natural drug in inflammation treatment. In TCM the vine (Ren dong teng) helps clear pathogenic heat  (inflammation) and improves circulation. Reng dong teng is used in formulas to treat pain with swelling and bruising, so… Read more More evidence that Honey Suckle is an anti-inflammatory

Our diet can increase ammonia levels , which in turn damages our intestines.

How is Ammonia produced? Ammonia is produced as a by-product in the colon by bacterial fermentation of protein and other nitrogen-containing substances. Levels of ammonia in the colon increase as protein intake increases. Elevated levels of colonic ammonia may have adverse health effects. Research indicates that ammonia levels as low as 5mmol/L can have detrimental effects on epithelial cells that line the colon. The toxicity of ammonia toward colonic epithelial cells can lead to cell destruction and increased turnover of these cells (1) In addition, increased production of ammonia from… Read more Our diet can increase ammonia levels , which in turn damages our intestines.

Proton Pump inhibitors (drugs for GORD) alter the gut microbiome

While highly effective with a favourable safety profile, use of PPIs is not without concern. Since their introduction in the early 90s, PPI use has increased by more than 1000% in Australia,2 with over 19 million prescriptions in the 2013–14 financial year.1 Over the last decade, at least two PPIs have featured in the top 10 most prescribed PBS-subsidised medicines every year.1,9 Not surprisingly, there is growing international concern over their increasing use.2,10 Long-term use is only recommended in selected populations11,12 but data indicate that this accounts for most of the… Read more Proton Pump inhibitors (drugs for GORD) alter the gut microbiome