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Tuesday, August 16th 2016

10:32 AM

Cure that Kills

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3 years since i updated this blog... Can't believe it's been that long.. o.o

Anyway, as this blog is dedicated as my personal fun notes, like to recap some stuff that i read on the a book Encyclopedia of All things Dangerous! - where on of the catchy facts is about "fake medicines" from the past that actually really harmful.. Well... people on the past didn't have the knowledge, you can't really blame them tho..

Source: Encyclopedia of All things Dangerous!

  • Treatment using Toad - When the bubonic plague killed  millions in Europe during the 14th century, all kinds of weird remedies were tried, unsuccessfully, to save lives. They included pressing dried-out toads to the boils caused by
    the disease to “suck out infected pus,” as well as drinking a mix of eggshells and molasses.
  •  Mercury Treatment - In the age of “heroic medicine,” from 1780 to 1850, many aggressive but harmful treatments were used by doctors. One of these was calomel (mercury chloride), which was taken to encourage patients to “release impurities.” Sadly, it also made them lose their hair and teeth, develop ulcers, and even die
  • Opium Treatment - Opium a drug extracted from the poppy flower. Opium dissolved in alcohol (and called laudanum) was very popular in the Victorian era as a painkiller or sleeping pill. It took awhile for people to realize that it was dangerously addictive
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Friday, October 11th 2013

1:19 AM

Why Plant Protein Is Best

Amino acids are the individual building blocks of protein. Nine are called “essential,” meaning that the body cannot make them from other amino acids. As noted earlier, consuming dietary proteins that are more “complete” in all essential amino acids—such as animal-source protein—causes larger increases in IGF-1 than does protein not as biologically complete and with more nonessential amino acids.

Generally, people with higher intake of animal products have much higher plasma IGF-1—that is, IGF-1 as measured in the blood—than those with lower intake. In women, after adjusting for caloric intake, no association was found between fat or carbohydrate intake and IGF-1, but animal protein and milk drove up IGF-1 to risky levels. This suggests that a diet lower in animal protein is the most modifiable factor to maintain a lower and healthier level of IGF-1.

Interestingly, saturated fat intake does not raise IGF-1 directly, but because it is associated with lower levels of IGF-binding proteins, it increases circulating free IGF-1 even further.29 IGF-1 levels are also notably lower in vegans.

Of all plant proteins, the essential amino acid distribution of soy is said to be the most “complete,” meaning the closest to animal protein; soy has higher levels of many of the essential amino acids than other plant foods. While animal and soy proteins contain a greater content of essential amino acids, other plant proteins contain more than adequate amounts for human nutrition. To discern the differences between the effects of soy and nonsoy plant protein, researchers broke down vegan women’s protein intake further. They found that nonsoy plant protein was associated with lower IGF-1 levels, but soy protein was associated with higher IGF-1 levels.

It was noted by Dean Ornish’s Prostate Cancer Lifestyle Trial that a low-fat vegan diet with supplemental soy protein did increase IGF-1, but it also increased the IGF-binding proteins; as a result, soy in moderate amounts did not have a significant effect on free IGF-1. These results imply that soy protein, while it may raise IGF-1 levels, is still not as risky as animal protein. However, the more we concentrate these proteins and take them in an isolated form, the more potential they have to stimulate IGF-1 production. Dietary interventions using isolated soy protein have reported higher increases in IGF-1 than those using soybeans alone.

The bottom line: whole soybeans or minimally processed soy foods (such as tofu and tempeh) are acceptable; however, trying to build more muscle with isolated soy protein concentrates (such as powders) is not advisable

High levels of IGF-1 are certainly detrimental to health, since they are strongly linked to cancers and also associated with all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality. Minimizing or avoiding animal protein and isolated soy protein should be the goal, to keep IGF-1 levels in a safe range. As for IGF-1 levels getting too low, you do not have to be concerned as long as you are eating a broad assortment of health-promoting plant foods.

The take-home message here is that animal protein—even egg whites and lean white meat—is not longevity-favorable and that our society’s obsession with overconsuming protein is at the root of our epidemic of cancer. Super Immunity can only be achieved with a diet designed to be significantly lower in animal products than most of us consume today.

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Monday, January 21st 2013

2:35 AM

Simple Colon Detoxification

Large intestine or also referred as colon is part of our digestive system organs that works to absorb (mainly) water from the food that we had consumed. This is also the place where the toxic substance is eliminated and the digested food is altered into feces. Without properly functioned colon, we might get an accumulated toxic inside our body. This great function of our colon needs to be maintained. One way to do it is by doing colon detoxification.

Of course, the main purpose of this detoxification process it to clean our colon from "left-over" food-waste that remains in our  colon. By doing this, you can have a better natural cleansing mechanism and at the same time, lessen your body weight.

To start this detoxification process you can try to consume some herbal dietary such as flaxseed, ginseng or aloe vera. Such a herbal dietary acts to substitute  chemical laxative, and mostly are available in form of capsules. You can also try egg yolk for your colon cleansing diet. But keep in mind that egg yolk can work as an  effective dietary if you complement it with fruits and vegetables consumption.

But if you feel that you need detoxing your colon in a short time period, you can choose some specific pratical methods. Lacxative works well for such case. For a 'milder' choice, you can also choose a fibre dietary in a form of drinks or capsules. But take a note thought, that the "instant way" of colon detox (through  additive laxative and certain chemical medication) can contribute in a negatively to your body system, especially in a long periods.

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Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

4:46 AM

What I Just Learned About Water

Water makes up about 60 percent of our total body weight, typically a little more for men and a little less for women. For instance, a 175-pound man might attribute more than 100 pounds of his weight to water.

Roughly two-thirds of our body water is found within our cells as intracellular fluid, while the remaining one-third is extracellular fluid found bathing our cells. As mentioned earlier, extracellular fluid includes both the fluid between our cells and also the plasma portion of our blood.

When looking at certain body tissue, skeletal muscle is a little more than 70 percent water (by weight), while fat tissue is less than 10 percent water (Figure 7.1). By and large, it is the ratio of skeletal muscle to fat tissue that has the greatest impact on the amount of water in the body. Because men tend to have a higher percentage of muscle and a lower percentage of fat compared with women, they tend to have a higher percentage of body water.

However, regardless of gender, a lean muscular person will have a higher percentage of body water while a non-muscular, overweight person will have a lower percentage of body water. The percentage of body water is largely determined by the relative amount of muscle to body fat.

Why Do We Have So Much Water in Our Body?
Water is the most abundant substance in the body because it provides the medium or environment for the body. That means that all other substances within the body are either dissolved, suspended, and/or bathed within water. In general, substances such as carbohydrates, protein, and electrolytes dissolve well into body water.

Meanwhile, lipids do not and the transport of lipid materials in our blood requires water-soluble transporters such as proteins or lipoproteins. For instance, fat-soluble vitamin D hitches a ride upon a vitamin D binding protein (DBP), while sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone) can latch onto sex hormone binding protein (SHBP). In the meantime, fats and cholesterol are transported in lipoproteins, which are in essence “submarines” carrying lipid cargo.

How Does Water Help Us Regulate Our Body Temperature?
Water has the capability to absorb heat to keep us from overheating (hyperthermia) as well as help keep us from overcooling (hypothermia). In comparison with other materials, water can absorb a lot of heat before its own temperature changes. This allows body water to absorb the heat generated during normal metabolism and during times of extra heat production such as exercise. Water then facilitates the removal of extra heat from our body by sweating (discussed below). On the other hand water can give up heat to help keep tissue warm when we are in cooler environments.

What Other Roles Does Water Play?
Water also provides the basis for the lubricating substances found in our joints. This helps cushion the joint and reduce the physical stress and friction between the bones in the joint. Water is the basis of amniotic fluid that cushions and protects a fetus during pregnancy. In addition, of our urine, bile, saliva, mucus, lacrimal fluid (tears), and digestive secretions, all are water based.

How Do We Know If We Are Not Getting Enough Water?
People who aren’t getting enough water will void less urine which is more concentrated with waste products and excess substances. For these reasons people sometimes look at the color of their urine to gauge their body water or “hydration” status. However, while this can certainly provide insight, food factors, such as the vitamin riboflavin, can darken the color of urine and/or alter its odor, such as with coffee. Researchers use more objective measures such as urine specific gravity to suggest hydration status.
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Wednesday, December 26th 2012

12:39 AM

More Drug Options for the Flu

While flu shots are a hot-button topic these days—and rightfully so, as we have seen—there are other flu-related topics to consider.

When you get the flu, many physicians prescribe drugs that are marketed as helping you get better faster. Three antiviral drugs —amantadine (brand name Symmetrel), rimantadine (Flumadine), and oseltamivir (Tamiflu)—are available in the United States for influenza. These medications are only partially effective, and they are not effective at all unless they are started within the first two days of symptoms.

As prescription drugs, they have serious potential risks. Besides the more common side effects of nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and insomnia, rare but serious adverse reactions have been reported, including depression, suicide, and a potentially fatal reaction called neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which involves a high fever, muscle rigidity, and mental status changes.

The general use of these medications has a poor benefit-to-risk ratio, especially since it is hard to differentiate influenza from other, similar viral infections, for which these medications would not be indicated. Most prescriptions for these drugs are written without clear documentation of a flu virus being responsible. It takes time to diagnose the flu, and by the time a person gets to a doctor for an accurate diagnosis, the window of time in which these edications are effective will have passed.

Hundreds of thousands of doses of Tamiflu are prescribed each year, and in more than 90 percent of instances, they will be used after the period when the drug has any potential to help! People will be increasing their risk of medication caused side effects without any potential benefit.

The poor benefit-to-risk ratio would make it hard for anyone to recommend the general use of these medications. However, these medications may be appropriate in the event of an outbreak in a nursing home or hospital—places where high-risk people are in close contact with one another and an early diagnosis of the flu can be confirmed.

When to Call the Doctor?

I do not recommend seeing a physician or seeking out medical assistance with typical flu or viral symptoms, such as a runny nose, fever, and body
aches, because treating them with medications has no significant benefit. When a severe flu does occur, the main reason for hospitalization,severe illness, and even death is the complication of pneumonia. Instead of calling the doctor at the outset, watch for a sudden worsening of the overall condition, especially if worsening symptoms start to involve labored breathing.

 Symptoms suggesting that medical consultation is necessary are these:

  • Breathing with grunting or wheezing sounds
  • Labored breathing (in a child, with rib muscles retracting)
  • Abdominal pain (more common in children)
  • Changes in behavior or mental status, such as disorientation or lack of alertness
  • Persistent diarrhea or vomiting (more common with children), especially if unable to hold down sufficient fluids
  • Persistent fever above 103 degrees for three days.

Choose Nutrition over Medication

It is important to understand that the choices you make today could punish you or protect you thirty to sixty years later. Health is complicated. All the contributory environmental factors leading to cancer are not yet known. However, we have learned much about cancer causation and the disease-fighting ability of a well-nourished immune system in recent years.

We have the knowledge available today to do a much better job than our
ancestors did at enhancing natural immunity, with a huge potential to extend our healthy life expectancy. I am of the opinion, based on my research and observation of patient outcomes over the last few decades, that most of us should be able to extend our lifespan to surpass ninety-five (good) years of age. However, we are not going to win the war on cancer or other life-threatening diseases with more medical treatments and more money devoted to medical care and drugs.

By adopting a protective lifestyle and diet, and making changes to improve our health and lower our risks of serious disease, we can reap substantial benefits. Only serious effort begets real and positive change, however. The same is true with anything in life.  Great health can be yours, but you can’t buy it; you must earn it.
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Sunday, December 23rd 2012

12:55 AM

Organics Option For Flu Remedies

Statistical figures illustrate to us that approximately 30% out of overall world's population of food production is dependent upon pollination, where many of them done by honey-bees. But still, most of us rarely know that honey-bees provide extra   than just the pollination of plants and honey production? There is simply a outstanding compound known as propolis.  

Over the last 4 decades , it really has been an enormously favored topic in medical work for lots of experts considering its  healing effects. Furthermore, it is undoubtedly one of the initial natural antibiotic which mankind ever figured out. For more than 2 millennium, it had been made use of by many historic people particularly the people from Egypt, Greeks, and Romans to quicken wounds recovery, and also  relieving burns injury.   

Studies have found out that bee propolis is rich in complex amino acids, as well as wide availability of vitamins and minerals that are capable to enhance overall health. Another useful compounds that can be found in propolis is bioflavonoid. It works as an antioxidant, and proves to inhibit lipid peroxidation and gives hepatoprotective effects. So, aside from protecting us against free radical, bioflavonoid can also improve our liver function, making it a good choice for your detoxification diet.

There is another interesting fact about this nature's wonder. Because its sticky form, people also called propolis as bee glue. And it also describe the other function of propolis; as adhesive. Indeed, it's not common in our life, but people from Africa use propolis as natural adhesive, as well as preparing bow for hunting and tuning their native drums.

One of the most admitted effects of propolis is its antimicrobial properties, which refers to antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. This antimicrobial properties has been studied both by in-vitro method and some of them, preclinical studies. One of the studies that assessed the antiviral properties of propolis was conducted by Szmeja. Szmeja's study stated that propolis significantly reduce the influenza symptoms and patients who treated with this nature's wonder recovers 2.5 times faster compared to whom treated with placebo.

Regardless of the great benefits it might gives to us, please remember that propolis is a health supplement, definitely not medicine or drugs. Manufacturers is not permitted to give any kind of medical statement for any products that is marketed under "supplement" label.

When it comes to figuring out all the benefits that propolis able to offer, we better assess it from various perspectives especially when you deal with arguably and inconclusive therapeutic effects. The best source of information are scientific journals. These are the best, unbiased and most trusted source you could ever find on propolis. Personally, I would suggest you to go to Google Scholar to find such a journal.

So before you run to your local store to buy any propolis product, it's much better to perform some independet review from various aspects. For this kind of purpose, you can refer to scientific journals which are available on internet such as Pubmed, or Google Scholar.  

One of the last thing to be remembered is the possibility of propolis side effects that might occur in form of allergic reaction. Typically, person who has allergy to bee sting is also allergy to another bee product including propolis. It is strongly suggested that you contact your dermatologist to conduct patch test.
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Wednesday, December 19th 2012

12:19 AM

The Pros and Cons of Flu Shots

All medical interventions have a benefit-to-risk ratio. Each person has to weigh the supposed benefits against the potential risks. Often the long term risks of medications are not clearly delineated, however, and most of the time they are not adequately investigated. The supposed benefits are almost always exaggerated by pharmaceutical companies and the authorities in their sphere of influence in medicine and government. Flu vaccines have benefits and risks as well. Researchers and physicians study these issues and attempt to ascertain if the benefits outweigh the risks, but no scientific person studying this issue would conclude that immunizations are without risk.

So to consider whether getting vaccinated against the flu is wise and advisable, we have to look at how effective flu shots are and then weigh that against the known (and potential additional unknown) risks. When reviewing this information, keep in mind that the dangers of the flu are highest in sickly and poorly nourished individuals; healthy people have little to fear from the simple flu. The issue is not whether the flu can be harmful and even in rare cases cause death; we know it can. The issue is how much of that morbidity and mortality can be reduced by vaccination. The influenza vaccine is frequently cited as a means to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with infection, and the CDC (U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) now recommends universal influenza vaccination for all individuals starting at age six months or older.

But how effective is the vaccination? For the first time, the CDC’s recommendations now include healthy adults who are not in contact with individuals at high risk for the complications of influenza. The recommendation for vaccinating healthy adults is built upon several assumptions:
  • The vaccine will reduce the number of cases of influenza.
  • The vaccine will reduce complications of influenza.
  • The vaccine will reduce the transmission of influenza.
  • The vaccine will accomplish these goals safely.

The medical community acknowledges that certain people are at greater risk of harm and death from the flu. Those with weakened immune systems are at increased risk when they catch an infection of any type. This group includes:
  • The elderly—those over seventy-five
  • Those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, transplanted organs, or AIDS
  • Steroid-dependent individuals or those on other immune suppressive drugs for autoimmune illness • Those with significant immune suppression (such as people with AIDS or cancer)
  • Infants and toddlers under two years of age who were not breast-fed
  • Those who smoke cigarettes or whose food intake is primarily junk food and other high-calorie, low-nutrient fast foods or packaged foods. In these groups, the slight reduction in influenza virulence for just a limited number of strains may be of benefit.

This is not the case in healthy children or adults with normal immune function, however—especially if people are eating a nutritious diet and have adequate nutritional stores, including vitamin D. We should all be appropriately fearful of the flu. Maybe that fear would encourage us to take action and start eating large amounts of nutrient-rich natural foods. Presently we don’t, as a nation—but if we did, the fear of the flu could actually save millions of lives, because the same healthy diet that protects against the flu also protects against many cancers, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and other diseases.
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