Risks Associated to Acetaminophen Revealed

Risks of acetaminophen have been ‘underestimated’

Acetaminophen is the most widely used over-the-counter and prescription painkiller in the world today. However, a new study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases suggests that the risks of this popular analgesic may have been underestimated by doctors. The mechanism behind the painkilling effect of acetaminophen, or paracetamol, is largely unknown, although recent studies suggest that the drug inhibits the central nervous system from producing prostaglandin. Generally, acetaminophen is considered to be safer than other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and opiate analgesics.

Read more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290243.php

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Regular Coffee Consumption May Reduce Risk of Heart Attacks

Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day may benefit the arteries

If you absolutely love coffee and can’t imagine your life without having a few cups of it everyday to get your day going, then you may be thrilled to hear this news. A new study suggests that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks. The findings, published in Heart, come from a study of 25,138 people, measuring levels of calcium in their coronary arteries to see if any association with coffee consumption habits was present. A few studies in the past have associated regular coffee consumption with reduced risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), endometrial cancer and melanoma skin cancer.Despite this, the study authors state that the effect of coffee consumption on cardiovascular health has remained “controversial.”

Learn more about it here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290201.php

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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Disease Risk by Half

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by nearly half

According to a recent study, still yet to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, adults who strictly adhered to Mediterranean diet were less prone to develop heart diseases over a 10-year period compared to those who did not. “Our study shows that the Mediterranean diet is a beneficial intervention for all types of people–in both genders, in all age groups, and in both healthy people and those with health conditions,” said Ekavi Georgousopoulou, a Ph.D. candidate at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece, who conducted the study along with Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Ph.D., professor at Harokopio University. “It also reveals that the Mediterranean diet has direct benefits for heart health, in addition to its indirect benefits in managing diabetes, hypertension and inflammation.”

Find out more here: http://medicalnewstoday.com/releases/290388.php

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Nuts May Reduce Death Rates to about 20%

Eating nuts linked to 20% cut in death rates

Even the epidemiologists doing the research found the pun irresistible: good health costs peanuts. For what they describe as a relatively affordable benefit, their study has found that a diet high in nuts is linked to lower mortality – associated with death rates cut by as much as a fifth. The results, published among the latest online papers from JAMA Internal Medicine, comes from three large prospective cohort studies. These involved 71,764 people living in the southern US with mostly low incomes – black and white people, men and women – and 134,265 Chinese people – one a cohort of men, the other of women – living in Shanghai, China.

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Losing Sleep May Cause Weight and Metabolism Problems

Losing just half an hour of sleep ‘can impact body weight and metabolism’

A new research presented at ENDO 2015 suggests that losing even just half an hour can have long term effects on one’s metabolosim. The study took the participants’ height, weight and waist circumference, along with samples of their blood to test for insulin sensitivity. These individuals were asked to keep sleep diaries, which calculated how much sleep they missed. It was found that those who had missed some hours of sleep are 72% more likely to be obese compared to those who had not.

Learn more about this: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290606.php

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Infant’s Gut Bacteria Linked to Food Sensitization

Infants’ gut bacteria linked to food sensitization

A new study tackles how the mix of bacteria in the gut of young babies may offer a way to predict the future development of food allergy or asthma. We credit the findings to the researchers from the University of Alberta and University of Manibota in Canada. The researchers found that babies with less diverse gut bacteria at the age of 3 months were more likely to show sensitivity to certain foods like egg, milk and peanut by the age of 12 months.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290377.php

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Vegetarians May Have Lower Risk of Developing Colorectal Cancer

Study links vegetarian diet to reduced risk of colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in the US today. With almost 50,000 related mortalities this year, more and more people are on the lookout for ways to prevent this type of cancer. According to a new study co-authored by Dr. Michael J. Orlich of Lorna Linda University, consuming a vegetarian diet may help prevent the development of the deadly disease. Many other studies have suggested that a diet that’s mostly based on red and processed meats may increase the risk of colorectal cancer, while consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduces it to 22%.

Read more about this: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290610.php

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Eating Organic Makes a Difference!

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In a recent article, The better-than-nothing diet, from New Hope Natural Media discusses how eating organic, even if it is only part time reduces your exposure to pesticides. Eating organic can lower organophosphate pesticides in your body even if you aren’t eating a full time organic diet.

Asthma

We are seeing a continuing increase in childhood diseases related to organophosphate exposure. A recent study in Environmental health Perspectives found that exposure to organophosphate pesticides in infants was associated with an increase respiratory symptoms and possible asthma.

Cognitive Deficits

Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood from the Environmental Health Prospectives journal discusses how exposure prenatally to organophosphates can lead to deficits in cognitive development in babies. The organophosphates also adversely affect perceptual reasoning. These deficits begin at 12 months and continue all the way into early childhood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

An evaluation of The Charge Study found that living close to organophosphate pesticide application (less than 1.5 km) is associated with a 60% increase in autism and an increase in developmental delays.

Safer in the Big City?

One might think living in a large city away from agriculture might keep you safe from exposure. However, the study Population-Based Biomonitoring of Exposure to Organophosphate and Pyrethroid Pesticides in New York City found adults in New York City have higher pesticide levels than most of the rest of the United States.

Those eating green vegetables had higher levels of pesticides than those who largely abstained. This is why eating organic makes sense to lower our exposure.

In Conclusion

Non-organic apples, celery, grapes, peaches, and strawberries have some of the highest levels of pesticides. Look at The Environmental Group’s shopping guide to help choose fruits and vegetables with low levels of pesticides. Make sure you buy organic when possible, being mindful of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables from the guide.

Look to control household pests naturally whenever possible to keep exposure down for you and your family. There are many natural alternatives around the house, in the garden and the yard.

Check our WebVitamins selection of healthy, natural and organic foods.

 

In Good Health,

 

John Montague DC

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Dietary Cholesterol and Other Medical Myths

An Article in Forbes, New U. S Guidelines Will Lift Limits on Dietary Cholesterol, discusses the move to change dietary guidelines for cholesterol. The new guidelines will eliminate the recommendations to limit cholesterol in food. That means you can eat eggs freely again!

The recommendations to lower dietary cholesterol have been in place for decades. These changes reflect major changes in scientific beliefs on dietary cholesterol. Steve NIssen is quoted as saying, “We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”

What is interesting is 35 years ago while listening to Jeffrey Bland PhD in a seminar he taught dietary cholesterol wasn’t necessarily related to blood cholesterol. In fact, he said that low cholesterol diets often raised total blood cholesterol as they turned on the body’s production of cholesterol. He related a story of a hospitalized patient he saw whom had his dietary cholesterol lowered due to high blood cholesterol levels. This only served to raise his cholesterol dramatically. Dr. Bland added eggs back to the diet and soon his cholesterol levels started to decrease. This wisdom came 35 years ago, what did Dr. Bland know that it has taken us 35 years to discover? I do know that Dr. Bland continually quoted the scientific literature and used common sense. So the information has been there for decades. Currently Dr. Bland has a new book, The Disease Delusion, which I highly recommend to learn more about the future of medicine.

More about Cholesterol

Most of the cholesterol in our bodies is synthesized in the liver. Cholesterol is an essential component of cell membranes. Cholesterol is also an essential component of vitamin D, bile acids, and steroid hormones.

I have seen an increasing number of patients that have been coming in the office on cholesterol medications with levels well below 150 total cholesterol. Their MD”s are trying to reduce their total cholesterol level below 100. While the American Heart Association feels that under 180 is optimal, some doctors are pushing the limits and since cholesterol is such an important part of steroid hormones this isn’t without dangers.

Lower cholesterol levels are associated with depression. Men with low cholesterol and depression were 7 times more likely to die from unnatural causes. We notice these patients have decreased energy and depression. Most of them seek our help for muscle pain, a frequent side effect of statin therapy.

Other “Scientific Medical Myths”

  1. Cholesterol levels are not going to be as important as LDL particle size in predicting heart disease.
  2. Salt is not the culprit. High sodium levels are found in processed and fast foods. If we want to be healthy, we need to stop processed foods and fast foods. The danger is not the salt shaker but the hidden sodium in fast and processed foods.
  3. While we continue to hear about the safety of GMO’s we are hearing increasing reports on the dangers of organophosphates. No matter what you think of GMO’s and their safety, they are grown to be tolerant of organophosphates and result in higher organophosphate levels.

Eating whole healthy natural food along with moderate exercise is the best way to keep and stay healthy as we age. In addition, make sure to take your vitamins.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Tips to Eat Healthy

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Most everyone feels guilty after a Thanksgiving holiday meal. With a little planning your meal can be healthy and happy.

  1. Eat a small protein snack before going. With meals starting often times in mid-afternoon people are hungry. Make sure to eat something at your regular meal times so you aren’t starving when your meal arrives.
  2. Fill up half your plate with green vegetables. This will help to fill you up and keep your intake of fatty food to a minimum.
  3. Turkey is lower in calories so fill up on turkey.
  4. Watch the gravy, gravy is high in fat. Use gravy sparingly.
  5. Eat slowly. To eat slowly you need to make sure you aren’t hungry, going back to rule number 1.
  6. One bad meal doesn’t spoil everything. One Thanksgiving meal is on average 3000 calories. This is the equivalent of less than one pound. Many people say in their head they they’ve blown their diet and keep eating poorly, and as a result they gain all the holiday pounds because they feel they have failed. Don’t let guilt keep you from eating well.

 

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