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September 4, 2019  

Compilation of documentaries and TV appearances by Gary Null featuring natural and non-toxic treatments for AIDS

Blueberry consumption good for heart: Study

University of East Anglia (UK), September 3, 2019

 

Eating 150 grams of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 15 per cent, claim researchers.

The research team from UEA's Department of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, Norwich Medical School, said that blueberries and other berries should be included in dietary strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease -- particularly among at-risk groups.

The team investigated the effects of eating blueberries daily in 138 overweight and obese people, aged between 50 and 75, with Metabolic Syndrome. The six-month study was the longest trial of its kind.  They looked at the benefits of eating 150-gram portions (one cup) compared to 75-gram portions (half a cup). The participants consumed the blueberries in freeze-dried form and a placebo group was given a purple-coloured alternative made of artificial colours and flavourings.

"We found that eating one cup of blueberries per day resulted in sustained improvements in vascular function and arterial stiffness -- making enough of a difference to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 12 and 15 per cent," said co-lead, Dr Peter Curtis.

 
 
 

Studies Show Mindfulness Can Improve Grades, Lower Stress Among Middle Schoolers

MIT, September 2, 2019

 

Mindfulness, or the process of focusing all of one’s attention on the present moment, is typically thought of as an adult hobby and often associated with meditation. However, two new studies conducted at MIT have found that mindfulness can also be a helpful academic tool for young middle schoolers.

Researchers say that mindfulness can actually improve students’ grades, reduce stress, and promote less disruptive behavior in the classroom. Also, for the first time ever, the authors discovered that mindfulness can even change brain activity in middle schoolers for the better in an experiment that evaluated brain scans of students.

During these brain imaging sessions, amygdala activity readings were taken from students while they viewed a variety of different faces.  After the mindfulness training, students displayed less activity in the amygdala while viewing scary faces, which makes sense considering the students also reported feeling less stress. These results indicate that mindfulness can be a powerful assetagainst stress and stress-induced mood disorders.

 

 

Reduce cholesterol and improve heart health with Indian gooseberry

Baylor University Medical Center, September 2, 2019

 

A recent study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests supplementing with Indian gooseberry. It reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels – both of which are associated with the risk of heart disease.

In the study, the recruited 98 people, ages 30 to 65, with abnormally high levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and bad cholesterol. They randomly assigned the participants in one of two groups. The first group was asked to take 500 milligrams of gooseberry extract every day, while the other group was given a placebo made from roasted rice. Both groups were asked to take the treatment for 12 weeks.

In their study, the researchers wrote: “The amla [gooseberry extract] has shown potential in reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as lipid ratios… in dyslipidemic persons and thus has scope to treat general as well as diabetic dyslipidemia.”

 

Soft drinks associated with risk of death in population-based study in 10 European countries

International Agency for Research on Cancer (France), September 4, 2019 

 

Greater consumption of soft drinks, including both sugar- and artificially sweetened, was associated with increased risk of overall death in a population-based study of nearly 452,000 men and women from 10 European countries. Drinking two or more glasses per day (compared with less than one glass per month) of total soft drinks, sugar-sweetened soft drinks and artificially sweetened soft drinks was associated with higher risk of death from all causes during an average follow-up of 16 years in which 41,693 deaths occurred. The study group included participants from Denmark. France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Soft drink consumption was collected on food questionnaires or in interviews at baseline from 1992 to 2000. Also among the findings was a higher risk of death from circulatory diseases associated with consuming two or more glass per day of total and artificially sweetened soft drinks, and a higher risk of death from digestive diseases associated with drinking one or more glass per day of total and sugar-sweetened soft drinks. No association was observed between soft drink consumption and overall cancer death. Limitations of the study include its observational design, which makes causal inferences impossible, and there was only a single assessment of soft drink consumption. Study authors suggest the findings support public health initiatives to limit soft drink consumption.

 

 

Sleeping too much -- or too little -- boosts heart attack risk

University of Colorado, September 2, 2019

 

Even if you are a non-smoker who exercises and has no genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease, skimping on sleep - or getting too much of it - can boost your risk of heart attack, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly a half-million people.

The research, published Sept. 2 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, also found that for those at high genetic risk for heart attack, sleeping between 6 and 9 hours nightly can offset that risk.

"This provides some of the strongest proof yet that sleep duration is a key factor when it comes to heart health, and this holds true for everyone," said senior author Celine Vetter, an assistant professor of Integrative Physiology.

 

New study confirms the long-term benefits of a low-fat diet

Findings in Journal of Nutrition show positive outcomes for cancer and other diseases in women

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, September 4, 2019 

 

A team led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has identified several women's health benefits from a low-fat diet. The findings, published in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition, found a low-fat diet commensurate with an increase in fruit, vegetable and grain servings reduced death following breast cancer, slowed diabetes progression and prevented coronary heart disease.

After nearly nine years of dietary change, they found that the low-fat diet did not significantly impact outcomes for these conditions. However, after longer-term follow-up of nearly 20 years, researchers found significant benefits, derived from modest dietary changes emerged and persisted including:

 

  • A 15-35% reduction in deaths from all-causes following breast cancer
  • A 13-25% reduction in insulin-dependent diabetes
  • A 15-30% reduction in coronary heart disease among 23,000 women without baseline hypertension or prior cardiovascular disease

 

 

Study says vitamin B6 helps people recall their dreams

University of Adelaide, September 3, 2019

 

Researchers have found that taking vitamin B6 could help people to recall their dreams.

The study published in the journal -- Perceptual and Motor Skills -- included 100 participants from around Australia taking high-dose vitamin B6 supplements before going to bed for five consecutive days.

"Our results show that taking vitamin B6 improved people's ability to recall dreams as compared to a placebo," said research author Dr Denholm Aspy, from the University's School of Psychology.

The randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study saw participants taking 240mg of vitamin B6 immediately before bed.

 

 

Ginseng can improve sexual dysfunction in menopausal women: A double-blind, randomized, controlled trial

Tabriz University Medical School (Iran), September 3, 2019

 

According to news originating from Tabriz, Iran, research stated, “The present study was conducted to determine the effect of Ginseng on sexual function (primary outcome), quality of life and menopausal symptoms (secondary outcomes) in postmenopausal women with sexual dysfunction.”

 “This randomized controlled trial was conducted on 62 women who were randomly assigned to the intervention/control groups using block randomization. The intervention group received 500 mg of Panax Ginseng and the control group received placebo twice daily for four weeks. Standard questionnaires including the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life (MENQOL) and the Greene Menopausal Symptom Scale were completed before and four weeks after the intervention. The mean total score of quality of life (AMD = -20.79, 95% CI=-25.83 to -15.75, P< 0.001) and menopausal symptoms (AMD = -8.25, 95% CI= -10.55 to -5.95, P< 0.001) were significantly lower in the treatment group than the control group. Ginseng has significant effects in improving sexual function and quality of life and mitigating menopausal symptoms.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “As a multipotent plant, Ginseng can be a suitable alternative for conventional therapies to promote the health of menopausal women.”

 

 

Is Your Skin-Care Product Turning Your Skin Into Swiss Cheese

University of California at San Francisco, September 2, 2019

 

Moisturizers and other products may be doing as much harm as good, especially for people with sensitive skin, according to 45 years of research on the subject, which started with complaints from his patients.


The skin -- bombarded daily by our exposure to things that include sunlight and environmental toxins -- is highly effective and enduring in its role as a barrier, says Elias. He likens that barrier to a brick wall.

In that model of the skin, which he developed in the 1980s, corneocytes, which are dead cells that make up the surface of the skin, are "bricks" surrounded and held together by membrane sheaths made of a "mortar" of three lipids: cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids.

"What's important is that those three lipids are present at approximately equal ratios, equal numbers of molecules of each of them," says Elias. When that ratio gets thrown off, he says, the membrane sheaths don't completely fill the spaces between the cells.

"Then, instead of a brick wall, you get this Swiss cheese, which is not what you want," says Elias.

In his dermatology practice, patients would tell him that moisturizers provided short-term relief, but in the long term their skin would feel drier. That led him to investigate whether the moisturizers were playing a role in this "Swiss cheesing" of the skin.

The initial finding showed that a special formula of the lipids in their proper proportions lowered cytokine levels in the blood, decreasing inflammation.

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