A recent newspaper headline read, Researchers look to common, cheap medications to help H1N1 patients”. Viral experts are wondering whether cholesterol-lowering drugs and steroids could help to save the sickest H1N1 patients. If these researchers studied history, they would learn how Dr. Frederick R. Klenner saved an important patient, and many others, from life-threatening viral infections.
Archive for November, 2009
Heart rate variability, a sign of a healthy heart, has been shown to be higher in yoga practitioners than in non-practitioners, according to research to be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics.
A diet rich in polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids could delay the onset of Alzheimerís disease through the production of new brain cells and the strenghtening of neural networks, according to a new Spanish study.
A September research article published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology endeavored to explain how Chrysanthemum indicum extract (CIE) works to fight cancer. Various studies have been released over the years illustrating the powerful anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulatory, and neuro-protective effects of this powerful herb.
With cold and flu season upon us, certain nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc and selenium are often touted by some to provide protection against seasonal illness. While it’s true that these nutrients do boost the immune system, more is not better! Almost all vitamins and minerals play some role in ensuring an optimal immune response.
Adding a pharmaceutical form of the B vitamin niacin ó but not the drug ezetimibe ó to a cholesterol-lowering statin drug appears to reduce artery plaque buildup in patients with coronary artery disease. The form of niacin used in the study is an extended-release, prescription-only formulation of niacin called Niaspan, made by Abbott, which funded the new trial.
Farmers have grown a novel form of carrots that are 40 per cent richer in antioxidants and can boost vision compared to normal varieties. The superfood, which is set to hit the market next week, is 40pct rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant the body converts into vitamin A and boosts health.
Scientists at the University of Granada have identified and characterized for the first time different antioxidant compounds from functional foods such as olive oil, honey, walnuts and a medicinal herb called Teucrium polium. The scientists used two new techniquesócapillary electrophoresis and high resolution liquid chromatographyóto identify and quantify a great part of the phenolic compounds contained in these foods.
Researchers from Utah presented fresh evidence this week linking vitamin D deficiency to heart disease at the American Heart Associationís (AHA) Scientific Conference in Orlando, Florida. Vitamin D has a good reputation even in the worthy company of other vitamins, having been associated variously with cardiovascular health, strong bones, cognitive health, cancer protection and immune health.
Urinary tract infections are usually easily treated with a powerful herb known as Uva Ursi (bearberry). (For reference, in Spanish the word “Uva” means a grape / berry, and in Latin, “Ursa” means a bear.) Uva ursi, which is also known as bearberry, grows in the northern United States and Europe. It has diuretic, astringent and antiseptic properties.