The cruelest lie ever told in modern medicine is that you can’t take antioxidants when you are on chemo. Because of this lie cancer patients continue to suffer from hair loss, nausea, severe mouth sores, hearing loss, tingling fingers and toes and kidney toxicity.

Not only is the theory behind the prescription highly questionable, but it is consistently refuted by the research. Now, a new study has shown that the antioxidant powers of coenzyme Q10 can prevent hearing damage caused by the chemo drug, cisplatin. . . .

A just published study has found that nearly half (45%) of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes are caused by diet. That means that, in the United States alone, 318,656 people could have been saved by dietary changes alone. Knowing those dietary changes could save your life. . .

Because soy contains phytoestrogens, there has been a great deal of misunderstanding about their safety for women with breast cancer. But the science is very clear: soy is not only safe for women with breast cancer, it can save their lives. . . .

More and more, inflammation is proving to play a causal role in a surprising number of conditions.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has proven to be of great value for a number of conditions. The evidence is especially strong for virtually any heart condition, but also for gingivitis, migraine and many other conditions. CoQ10 is well known for its role in energy production and for its role as an antioxidant. A new study suggests a novel and little discussed way CoQ10 may also be helping. . . .

In our book Sex & Fertility: Natural Solutions, we say that nuts and seeds are helpful for the male sexual system because they are high in zinc, essential fatty acids, fiber and other nutrients. The essential fatty acids, we say, are essential for normal glandular functioning and activity in the reproductive system.

A study on walnuts bears this claim out. Walnuts, it turns out, are good for sperm and for male fertility. . . .

Several studies have shown that ginger is effective for dysmenorrhoea, or painful period (Arch Gynecol Obstet 2015;291:1277-81; J Altern Complement Med 2009 Feb;15:129-32).

Now a new systematic review and meta-analysis has added to the evidence. . . .

We have written a lot on the ineffectiveness and serious side effects of painkillers: both NSAIDs and Acetaminophen containing drugs like Tylenol. We have talked about acetaminophen actually being the leading cause of acute liver failure. Emotionally, we have talked about its strange dulling effect upon the emotions, and we have talked about its dangers for pregnant women.

Comprehensive research, however, points to other alarming risks with using Tylenol. . . .

Recently, we wrote about telomeres and the science of anti-aging. We explained that he leading theory of aging is the telomere shortening theory. Telomeres (Greek for the part at the end) are protective DNA and protein complexes that cap the end of chromosomes and help them to remain stable. But each time a cell replicates, the telomere gets shorter until the cell finally dies. So, telomeres are like shortening timelines that measure cellular age. Free radical damage also shortens telomeres. Telomere shortening weakens proper replication of DNA, which results in cellular aging. Telomere shortness is a marker of aging, disease and premature death. So, preserving the length of your telomeres is the key to longevity.

In that blog, we looked at the science of vitamin D and protecting against aging by preserving telomere length. In this blog, we’ll look at exercise and preserving telomeres. . . .

Dwarf elder (Sambucus ebulus) is a relative of the more common elder (Sambucus nigra) that is used in the treatment of cold and flu. According to Maud Grieve’s A Modern Herbal, it differs from the better known elder in that it does not have a hard stem and dies back to the ground every year, making it, truly, a herb. She says that its old name, Danewort, comes from the antique belief that it sprang from the blood of Danes slain in battle. That’s the old belief. The new belief is not that it comes from pain, but that it cures pain. Modern research is showing that, when used topically, dwarf elder is better than drugs for treating osteoarthritits. . . .

Several studies have suggested that drinking pomegranate juice can lower your blood pressure. And at least one small, unblinded study has suggested that pomegranate juice can reverse  the progression of atherosclerosis while it lowers systolic blood pressure.

So, researchers decided to put all the controlled studies together in a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine whether simply drinking pomegranate juice can help blood pressure. . . .

 

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