Saturday, January 31, 2009

Detoxification: Facts You Must Know

Detoxification, I first heard about this process from a classmate who chose this subject as her presentation for a public speaking class. She did a very good job, because I was eagered to go home, find more information, and try ridding my body of its toxins! However, I soon forgot about it, and my schedule interferred. Over time I heard more and more about detoxification and it has always intrigued me. Proponents of the detox diet claim that detoxification can result in weight loss, clear-mindedness, and greater energy.

Detoxification is one of those things that are like taking hormone injections or vitamin supplements, you must consult with your doctor before starting it and you must make sure your body isready for the affects and side affects. For those who aren't sure what detoxifciation is, it is basically a diet process which sole purpose is purging the body and eventually remove toxins such as alcohol, caffeine, chemicals, sugar, water, any artifical substances out of your body. The removal of these substances is believed to eliminate fatigue, head-aches, and many other chronic illnesses.

What you must know about detoxification according to the webmd is most detox diets are so restrictive, that you cannot maintain them for a long time. The weight that you are losing from detox diet is water weight, which can be quickly regained. If the detox diets are used for a long time, they can and most likely WILL be harmful to your body because of the intense nature of it. According to the webmd, while symptoms may improve, there is no evidence that it is due to clearing toxins from the body. If you are still convinced on trying the detox diet, do your research, consult with your physician, and remember, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!

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Can Diet Really Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis

I guess I have reiterated over and over how diet is such a power player in your health. The other day I was watching this cooking showed titled, "Christina Cooks." This lady is a hard-core veggan. Her show is centered on using natural non-animal products and each show targets a certain health issue. The other day, she focused on arthritis and how some foods can help ease the pain or even fight arthritis. So the question is, can foods actually fight against this disease that, according to, affects about 2.5 million Americans?

I decided to do some research and found a very helpful article on This article states that while there is no scientifically substantial arthritis diet, research do suggest that some foods may lessen or worsen the effects of arthritis. Here's the breakdown of the affects of certain foods:

Saturated Fats- Studies do show that saturated fats do increase inflamation in the body. Saturated fats are prevalent among animal products such as bacon, steak, butter, cream...etc.

Omega 6 Fatty Acid- Foods high in acid are believed to contribute to inflammation in the body. Not only is omega-6 fatty acid shown to increased inflammation, it is also believed to promoted certain illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid- Increasing more omega 3 fatty acid (salmon) and decreasing omega 6- fatty acid can supress inflammation, and lower your risk of these illnesses.

Mediterranean Diet- Studies have shown that people in the Mediterranean, Greece, and Italy have less incidents of rheumatoid arthritis. This may be contributed to their diet which consists of foods high in vitamin C, fruits, and vegetables.

So while there is no strict diet with specific guidelines to follow to completely eliminate rheumatoid arthritis, there are certain foods that you can increase and decrease to help control rheumatoid arthritis for yourself. You can click on the link below for a more indepth article and information concerning diet and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

First Gene Discovered For Most Common Form of Epilepsy

I'm glad that they found the first gene for the most common form of epilepsy. The finding is the first step in unlocking the causes of common childhood epilepsies and developing more effective treatments. Children with Rolandic and other types of epilepsies are usually treated with drugs that prevent seizures by suppressing electrical activity in the entire brain.

"Epilepsy medications are effective for many children but there is concern that some of the cognitive and behavioral problems that children with epilepsy often suffer might be attributable in part to these drugs," says the study's senior author, pediatric neurologist Deb Pal, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons and at the Mailman School of Public Health and in the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. "Most epilepsies have a genetic influence, much of which has yet to be discovered. If we knew the actual genetic causes, then we could try to stop or reverse the processes that lead to seizures and other neurological impairments. This finding will hopefully help lead us to the right intervention."

In the study, the researchers searched the entire genome of 38 families and found a region on chromosome 11 that was linked with Rolandic epilepsy. Then, by comparing this region in people with Rolandic epilepsy to unaffected controls (255 people in total), the researchers pinpointed the gene, called ELP4.

The finding was replicated in a completely different set of patients and controls collected by the team's Canadian members, with the same result. Though Dr. Pal says an outside group still needs to replicate the findings, the two independent experiments provide strong evidence that ELP4 is truly linked to Rolandic epilepsy.

ELP4 has never before been linked to a human disease but is related to a group of genes (transcriptional regulators) that recently have been associated with other common forms of epilepsy. All these genes appear to influence the organization of brain circuits during development.

The discovery of genes like ELP4 are slowly altering the prevailing view of the cause of common epilepsies. Instead of stemming from changes in the brain's ion channels, as previously thought, the disorders likely stem from the way the brain's neurons connect to each other during development, researchers now believe.

With that perspective, it is not surprising that children with epilepsy often have other learning and behavior problems. "We shouldn't think of epilepsy as just about the seizures, but also about all the other brain impairments we see, like a delay in speaking, reading difficulties, and attention problems," Dr. Pal says. "Seizures are one, but not the only, consequence of these children's slightly altered brain development."

The findings also offer possible insights into the causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), speech dyspraxia (a speech disorder in which a person has a delay in speech development due to motor coordination difficulties), and developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Children with these developmental disorders often have the same spiky brainwave pattern that is present in children with Rolandic epilepsy. Understanding how the ELP4 gene is related to the brainwave pattern may help researchers uncover the causes of these disorders.

Rolandic epilepsy, named for the region of the brain affected by the seizures, begins almost exclusively in children between the ages of 3 and 12. Seizures typically start in the morning just after the child wakes up and cause a loss of muscle tone in the face and a loss of speech. Seizures stop on their own after several minutes. Most children grow out of the disorder by adolescence.

Additional authors of this study include Lisa Strug, Ph.D., formerly an assistant professor with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, Division of Statistical Genetics.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

How Certain Vegetables Fight Cancer

I'm sure that your mother always forced you to eat your vegetables. The thing is, do they really work? Of course! I believe if they are on the food pyramid then they are good for you. I'm not all about the vegetables when they are cold. For me, I love steamed vegetables! (= They're softer and have more flavor (in my opinion). Women should go for the broccoli when the relish tray comes around during holiday celebrations this season.

While it has been known for some time that eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, can help prevent breast cancer, the mechanism by which the active substances in these vegetables inhibit cell proliferation was unknown — until now."Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, can be protected against by eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and near relatives of cabbage such as broccoli and cauliflower," said first author Olga Azarenko, who is a graduate student at UCSB. "These vegetables contain compounds called isothiocyanates which we believe to be responsible for the cancer-preventive and anti-carcinogenic activities in these vegetables. Broccoli and broccoli sprouts have the highest amount of the isothiocyanates.

"Our paper focuses on the anti-cancer activity of one of these compounds, called sulforaphane, or SFN," Azarenko added. "It has already been shown to reduce the incidence and rate of chemically induced mammary tumors in animals. It inhibits the growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death."

Azarenko made the surprising discovery that SFN inhibits the proliferation of human tumor cells by a mechanism similar to the way that the anticancer drugs taxol and vincristine inhibit cell division during mitosis. Mitosis is the process in which the duplicated DNA in the form of chromosomes is accurately distributed to the two daughter cells when a cell divides.

Hundreds of tiny tube-like structures, called microtubules, make up the machinery that cells use to separate the chromosomes. SFN, like the more powerful anticancer agents, interferes with microtubule functioning during mitosis in a similar manner to the more powerful anticancer drugs. However SFN is much weaker than these other plant-based drugs, and thus much less toxic.

"SFN may be an effective cancer preventive agent because it inhibits the proliferation and kills precancerous cells," said Wilson. It is also possible that it could be used as an addition to taxol and other similar drugs to increase effective killing of tumor cells without increased toxicity.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Silly Fruit with Serious Benefits.

I have a friend who is allergic to bananas. When he first told me about this, I almost didn't believe it and found it quite amusing. But after expressing my surprise and amusement, I could tell by his face that he didn't seem to share my amusement about his allergies. It made me think about this interesting fruit that seem to be so abundant in every grocery market and in many households. I almost felt sad for him, and it made me more appreciative that I am able to enjoy this fun and abundant fruit.

Bananas are funny. They have a funny name, they have a funny appearance, and as abundant as they are in the US, I believe they are a tropical fruit that must be imported here. So why the trouble? Why spend the money and labor to import such a silly fruit? And why import so many? My belief is because bananas are grown so easily in tropical areas that they are cheap to harvest and cheap to sell. Bananas are also popular in many recipes, from fried bananas to banana extract for baking! But this silly fruit has a much more important element than just taste, bananas are best known for its source of potassium.

Potassium, according to the website, is a very critical mineral in our body. This mineral is important for maintaing fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. More importantly, potassium has a very important role in cell to cell interaction. It resets electron potential to enable cells to send nerve impules to each other. Potassium is important for your neurons (nerve cells), brain, heart, and blood pressure. So the question is, how much potassium does one need? The article states, "According to guidelines set by the Institute of Medicine in 2004, people should get at least 4,700 mg of potassium each day to lower blood pressure levels, reduce the effects of salt on blood pressure, lower the risk of kidney stones, and possibly decrease bone loss."

Ofcourse if you are allergic to bananas, you are not doomed. Fortunately bananas are not the only source of potassium. 1 cup of lima beans will satisfy 20% of your daily requirement for potassium. Whereas 1 medium banana will fulfill 9% of your daily requirement. So although, it doesn't contain the highest amount of potassium, bananas taste better than most other sources, and are much more versatile. Bananas can be used in smoothies, fruit salads, cereal, and even cake! So eat your bananas and get your potassium!

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Acai benefits: fact or fiction

So for anyone who's been following on the latest health news or maybe you're just starting to get on board, you've probably heard of the Acai berry. A few weeks ago I went into a smoothie shop and ordered a berry smoothie, I decided to add in Acai just for the heck of it. The man charged me an extra 1.99 for this addition! I was taken aback but figure oh well, all for the price of health right? Coincidentally, the next day I went to Costco to load up on some groceries, a worker was giving samples or a health drink. My curiosity called and I took a look at the drink. "Acai!" It advertised on the label.

So what is so great about this berry? Is this a marketing scam or is there truth to this so called amazing nutritional fruit? According to, acai is a tropical fruit. It's taste can be described as a cross between a grape and a wild berry. So what's the big deal? Well, this fruit is believed to be LOADED with antioxidants. This little berry contains twice the amount of antioxidants as blueberries, ten times the antioxidant powers of grapes, and four times the antioxidants power of raspberries. The article also goes on to state the acai berry has one of the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This is significant because free radicals in the body are unstable and can damage normal cells in the body which can lead to numerous diseases or cancers. Antioxidants prevent or slow down the oxidation of molecules in turn preventing the free radicals in your body.

So the rage behind the whole acai berry is quite a healthy rage afterall. Aside from it's antioxidants, the berry is also believed to help with weight loss and preventing heart disease. I actually ended up buying the acai health drink at Costco despite the price of about 16 or 17.99 a bottle. After all, I am drinking for my health right?

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Thursday, January 22, 2009


I think most of us have suffered some sleepless nights (including myself).I love Science Daily because they give you so many good facts about everything you need to know about your body. But what happens when 26% of children suffer from sleepless nights? what's the problem? where is the root of all this conspiracy?

For the majority, it's simply a stage that passes. But at least 30 percent of children in this age group have difficulties sleeping six consecutive hours – either because they can't fall into slumber or they can't stay asleep. While the effects of lack of sleep on learning are well documented, researchers at the Université de Montréal have found sleepless children can become overweight and hyperactive.

Jacques Montplaisir, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of Sleep Disorders Center at Sacré-Coeur Hospital said that 26 percent of children that sleep fewer than 10 hours a night between two and half years and six years are overweight. The figure drops to 15 percent of those that sleep 10 hours and falls to 10 percent among those that sleep 11 hours.

The research team analyzed a sample of 1,138 children and found: 26 percent of kids who didn't sleep enough were overweight, 18.5 percent carried extra weight, while 7.4 percent were obese.

The relationship between sleep and weight could be explained by a change in the secretion of hormones that's brought on by lack of sleep. "When we sleep less, our stomach secretes more of the hormone that stimulates appetite," Montplaisir explains. "And we also produce less of the hormone whose function is to reduce the intake of food."

Naps don't compensate for nightly lack of sleep, Montplaisir pointed out. According to the same study, inadequate sleep could also lead to hyperactivity. Twenty-two percent of children who slept fewer than 10 hours at age two and a half suffered hyperactivity at six years old, which is twice the rate seen in those who slept 10 to 11 hours per night.

Is it possible that hyperactive children sleep less or that under-slept children become hyperactive? According to Montplaisir, the second scenario is correct. "In adults, inadequate sleep translates into sleepiness, but in children it creates excitement," he says.

Children were also given a cognitive performance test in which they had to copy a picture using blocks of two colours. Among the children who lacked sleep, 41 percent did poorly, whereas only 17 to 21 percent of children with 10 or 11 hours of sleep per night performed badly.

Problems experienced in childhood risk continuing into later years if nothing is done and Montplaisir suggests a new specialty in which sleep problems can be nipped in the bud.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Protein That Protects Against Alzheimer's

The one thing that I would never want to face is having to deal with someone in my family having Alzheimers. I'm still concerned why they havent't found a cure for this. Do Carmo and her collaborators have successfully demonstrated the protective and reparative role of apolipoprotein D, or ApoD, in neurodegenerative diseases. Their discovery suggests interesting avenues for preventing and slowing the progression of this type of illness.

These studies were inspired by work done ten years ago by Professor Rassart's team, who then discovered increased levels of ApoD in the brains of people with several types of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's. The team hypothesized that this protein might play a protective and restorative role but were unable to demonstrate this at the time.

The experiments

To establish the protective and reparative role of ApoD, the researchers used two types of genetically modified mice: one type with increased levels of ApoD in the brain and a second type with no ApoD. The mice were then exposed to neurodegenerative agents. A group of the modified mice and a control group (unmodified) were exposed to paraquat, a widely used herbicide that has been shown to increase the risk of Parkinson's.

Then the same type of experiment was performed by injecting two groups with a virus that causes encephalitis. In both cases, the mice modified for increased levels of ApoD had the best outcomes, with a better ability to combat the diseases and a higher survival rate than the unmodified mice. The knockout mice with no ApoD displayed the poorest outcomes. These experiments serve to illustrate the protective and reparative role of this protein.

When can we expect medication?

A number of steps remain before this research can translate into effective drugs against neurodegenerative conditions. The original investigator, Professor Éric Rassart, explains, “You cannot simply inject ApoD, as it has to enter the brain in order for it to be active. We have successfully demonstrated the role of ApoD, but now we need to understand the action of this protein. Only then will we be able to think about creating a drug to prevent these types of diseases and to slow their progression. All the same, this discovery by Sonia Do Carmo and her collaborators is a significant breakthrough, as we know very little about the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases.”

The discovery has aroused considerable interest among the molecular biology community. Two major scientific journals have already published the research findings: Aging Cell (Vol. 7: 506-515, 2008) and Journal of Neuroscience (Vol. 28: 10330-10338, 2008).

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Childhood Obesity Risk Increases

I know that there are a lot of people who are working on finding a cure for Obesity. The truth is, it's really hard to overcome. Together with existing research, the new findings should ultimately provide the tools to predict which young children are at risk of becoming obese. Health professionals could then intervene to help such children before they develop weight problems, say the researchers from Imperial College London, the French National Research Institute CNRS and other international institutions.

In the UK, one in ten children under the age of six is obese, according to the Department of Health's National Child Measurement Programme 2007/08.

For today's ten-year study, scientists looked at the genetic makeup of obese children under six and morbidly obese adults, most of whom had been obese since childhood or adolescence, and compared this with age matched people of normal weight. The study reveals three previously unidentified genetic variations that increase the risk of severe obesity significantly, giving new insight into the reasons why some people become obese and others do not.

The gene variant most strongly associated with childhood obesity and adult morbid obesity in the study is located near the PTER gene, the function of which is not known. This variant is estimated to account for up to a third of all childhood obesity, and a fifth of all cases of adult obesity.

The second variant associated with child and adult obesity is found in the NPC1 gene. Previous studies in mice have suggested that this gene has a role in controlling appetite, as mice with a non-functioning NPC1 gene suffer late-onset weight loss and have poor food intake. This gene variant accounts for around 10 per cent of all childhood obesity and about 14 per cent of adult morbid obesity cases.

The final variant is found near the MAF gene, which controls the production of the hormones insulin and glucagon, as well as chains of amino acids called glucagon-like peptides. These hormones and peptides are known to play key roles in people's metabolisms by metabolising glucose and carbohydrates in the body. In addition, glucagon and glucagon-like peptides appear to have a strong effect on people's ability to feel 'full' or satiated after eating. This variant accounts for about 6 per cent of early-onset obesity in children, and 16 per cent of adult morbid obesity.

Further research is needed to determine whether the gene variants are acting independently, but if they are, then together these three new variations may account for up to half of all cases of severe adult and child obesity.

Professor Philippe Froguel, one of the authors of the study from the Department of Genomic Medicine at Imperial College London said: "When young children become obese, their lives can be affected in a very negative way. Sadly, obese children are often unfairly stigmatised and they can suffer heart and lung problems, painful joints, diabetes and cancer as they grow up.

"Understanding the genetic basis of obesity is the first step towards helping these children. Once we identify the genes responsible, we can develop ways to screen children to find out who is most at risk of becoming obese. Hopefully we can then intervene with measures such as behavioural therapy, to make sure a child forms healthy eating habits and does not develop a weight problem," added Professor Froguel.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Psychological Interventions May Help Premenstrual Syndrome

This is an awesome article that I think a ladies should read! I found this article very useful and such. From what my boyfriend tells me, I really need help on my Premenstrual Syndrome! A group of Canadian investigators conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the efficacy of psychological interventions for premenstrual syndrome.They systematically searched and selected studies that enrolled women with premenstrual syndrome in which investigators randomly assigned them to a psychological intervention or to a control intervention. Trials were included irrespective of their outcomes and, when possible, they conducted meta-analyses.

Nine randomized trials, of which 5 tested cognitive behavioural therapy, contributed data to the meta-analyses. Low quality evidence (design and implementation weaknesses of the studies, possible reporting bias) suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy significantly reduces both anxiety (effect size [ES] = -0.58; 95% confidence interval [CI] = -1.15 to -0.01; number needed to treat [NNT] = 5), and depression (ES = -0.55; 95% CI = -1.05 to -0.05; NNT = 5), and also suggests a possible beneficial effect on behavioural changes (ES = -0.70; 95% CI = -1.29 to -0.10; NNT = 4) and interference of symptoms on daily living (ES = -0.78; 95% CI = -1.53 to -0.03; NNT = 4). Results provide much more limited support for monitoring as a form of therapy and suggest the ineffectiveness of education. Low quality evidence from randomized trials suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy may have important beneficial effects in managing symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

fatigue and stress result of ADRENALS GLANDS?

I don't think I'm alone when I say I don't handle stress very well. I think because of the how fast pace and aggressive the world has become, stress is a daily issue in many people's lives. You can find tons and tons of articles and stories and recommendations as to how to deal with stress, how to avoid stress, how to fight stress...etc.

Most of you probably already know the typical causes of stress such as lack of sleep, unbalanced diet, or too much pressure from the family and/or work place, but did you know another cause of stress may be more scientific? I've recently found an article on that discuss the lesser know biological part, adrenal glands. At first (excuse my ignorance), I thought the adrenal gland was somewhere located in the brain, to my utter embarassment, it is located at the top of the kidneys! They are responsible for the regulation and production of many different types of hormones. One of the hormones being, cortisol.

When cortisol is lowered, our body is unable to deal with stress. If our body is dealing with chronic stress, the adrenal gland is unable to keep up with the amount of cortisol our body needs. The adrenal in turns becomes "exhuasted". This may sound bad, but never fear, our intricate and amazing bodies are fighters! There are steps you can take to reverse the effects of an exhausted adrenal gland.

According to the article, it may take 6 months to 2 years for the adrenal glands to recover, but this amount of time is nothing compared to the possible healthy years ahead if you deal with this matter. Some steps mentioned in the article were:

1. Find the causes of stress in your life and find ways to remove or deal with them (easier said than done).
2. Sleep
3. Nutritional Supplements such as DHEA at 15-30 mg helps.
4. Diet- eat regular meals and chew food well.

These are the recommendations that I picked out from the article. You can actually click on the article (link below) to get a more detailed explanation. Bottomline, maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of your adrenals by eating right, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Exercise Helps Overweight Children Reduce Anger Expression

I found this article of course on the Science Daily, and I thought that it was pretty interesting. It was about how exercising could help overweight children reduce anger expression. It really seems logical if you ask me. I'm glad that it could help them in a number of ways to overcome being overweight. The first published study on the topic looked at 208 typically sedentary 7- to 11-year-olds who participated in a 10-15 week afterschool aerobic exercise program or maintained their usual inactive routine. The Pediatric Anger Expression Scale, used to gauge common anger expressions such as slamming doors and hitting, was given before and after the program.

"Exercise had a significant impact on anger expression in children," said Dr. Catherine Davis, clinical health psychologist in the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. "This finding indicates that aerobic exercise may be an effective strategy to help overweight kids reduce anger expression and aggressive behavior."

The finding fits with evidence that exercise reduces depression and anxiety in children and with what's considered common knowledge that exercise helps adults manage anger, she said.

It also gives parents and other caregivers another reason to get and keep children moving. "I think it's reasonable to encourage children to exercise for a lot of good reasons," said Dr. Davis whose research on overweight children has shown regular physical activity not only reduces fatness but improves cognition and reduces insulin resistance – which can lead to diabetes.

"I think if teachers could see that exercise helps kids control their behavior and get along, they would be the top proponents of physical activity for kids," said Dr. Davis, noting that other studies suggests overweight children are more likely to be bullies and to be bullied. High levels of anger and hostility have been associated with delinquency in children, cardiovascular disease in adults and metabolic syndrome - which can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes - in adolescents.

The new finding, published in the November issue of Pediatric Exercise Science, appears to apply to overweight children generally, regardless of factors such as race, gender, socioeconomic status or even fitness or fatness levels, the researchers wrote. In fact, even though all participants in the exercise portion lost a significant amount of weight, they remained overweight at the study's conclusion.

With help from a five-year $3.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Dr. Davis already is looking to see if the finding holds in a similar group of children, who are part of a study on the impact of exercise on cognition. The goal is to determine if it was the exercise or participation in an after-school program that made the difference.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Mysterious Aloe Vera

I remember my mom use to come home every Sunday with the weekly groceries. I would help her unload the bags and every Sunday I would see a bottle of Aloe Vera Juice. "It's good for you." My mom said. "Why?" I would question her.
"It just is." She would reply. But like most of her words of wisdom I ignored it. Now a few years older and wiser, I am beginning to understand what my mom had already known so many years ago.

Aloe Vera is commonly know as a green plant, but as cliche as it sounds, "it's what's inside that counts." Inside the thick leaves of the aloe vera plant is a clear gel that has been used for centuries to treat wounds, burns, and other skin abrasions. But aside from topical use, Aloe Vera can be taken orally. According to the website, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, aloe vera can be used as a laxative and also found to be cancer fighting. Emodin, which is an extract of aloe vera, has been found to inhibit proliferation and induce apotosis in human liver cancer cell line. Aloe Vera was found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well.

My mom is over 60 years old, running her own nail shop 6 days a week. She walks/jogs for 30 minutes every morning. Her health is top notch, and her skin and hair looks as healthy as ever. Maybe she doesn't know the scientific data on everything she does or consume. But she is definitely doing something right. She doesn't have scientific proof but her instincts on health are right on. She introduced Aloe Vera into my life, and now I think I'll keep it in my life.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Birth Control Pill Gives Long-lasting Protection Against Ovarian Cancer

I know I wrote a blog about birth control, but I'm glad that birth control gives something more than just preventing you from being pregnant. Like I said before I love reading because they give so much more important news about your life. The researchers found that the protection against ovarian cancer lasted for more than 30 years after women had stopped taking the Pill. They also found that the longer the Pill was used the greater the protection and that taking the Pill for 15 years halved the risk of ovarian cancer.

Researchers estimated that, in high income countries, using oral contraceptives for ten years reduces the risk of developing ovarian cancer before the age of 75 from 12 down to 8 per 1000 women, and reduces the risk of death from ovarian cancer before age 75 from 7 down to 5 per 1000 women.

The new report brings together worldwide evidence from 45 epidemiological studies of ovarian cancer in 21 countries. These include 23,257 women with ovarian cancer of whom 7,308 (31 per cent) had used oral contraceptives and 87,303 women without ovarian cancer of whom 32,717 (37 per cent) had used oral contraceptives.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Waste Coffee Grounds Offer New Source Of Biodiesel Fuel

I'm glad that they found something that will lessen garbage and gain strength is our global warming! This is very sufficient and I'm glad researchers found this product that almost everyone uses!
In the new study, Mano Misra, Susanta Mohapatra, and Narasimharao Kondamudi note that the major barrier to wider use of biodiesel fuel is lack of a low-cost, high quality source, or feedstock, for producing that new energy source. Spent coffee grounds contain between 11 and 20 percent oil by weight. That's about as much as traditional biodiesel feedstocks such as rapeseed, palm, and soybean oil.

Growers produce more than 16 billion pounds of coffee around the world each year. The used or "spent" grounds remaining from production of espresso, cappuccino, and plain old-fashioned cups of java, often wind up in the trash or find use as soil conditioner. The scientists estimated, however, that spent coffee grounds can potentially add 340 million gallons of biodiesel to the world's fuel supply.

To verify it, the scientists collected spent coffee grounds from a multinational coffeehouse chain and separated the oil. They then used an inexpensive process to convert 100 percent of the oil into biodiesel.

The resulting coffee-based fuel — which actually smells like java — had a major advantage in being more stable than traditional biodiesel due to coffee's high antioxidant content, the researchers say. Solids left over from the conversion can be converted to ethanol or used as compost, the report notes. The scientists estimate that the process could make a profit of more than $8 million a year in the U.S. alone. They plan to develop a small pilot plant to produce and test the experimental fuel within the next six to eight months.

Biodiesel is a growing market. Estimates suggest that annual global production of biodiesel will hit the 3 billion gallon mark by 2010. The fuel can be made from soybean oil, palm oil, peanut oil, and other vegetable oils; animal fat; and even cooking oil recycled from restaurant French fry makers. Biodiesel also can be added to regular diesel fuel. It also can be a stand-alone fuel, used by itself as an alternative fuel for diesel engines.

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