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How Big Food Twists the Science

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 31, 2016
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Health Concerns

 

Just like mosquitoes are the vectors of spread for malaria, a landmark article published recently in one of the most prestigious medical journals described large food corporations as the vectors of spread for chronic disease. Unlike “infectious disease epidemics, however, these corporate disease vectors implement sophisticated campaigns to undermine public health interventions.” Most mosquitoes don’t such good PR firms.

A key message was that “alcohol and ultra-processed food and drink industries use similar strategies as the tobacco industry to undermine effective public health policies and programs.” What they mean by ultra-processed are things like burgers, frozen meals, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, potato chips, doughnuts and soda pop.

But how is the food industry like the tobacco industry? …read more of How Big Food Twists the Science here

 
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Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
July 25, 2016
File under: Alzheimers Disease, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Mental Health

It’s safe to say that Alzheimer’s disease research is in a “state of crisis.”

For the past two decades, over 73,000 research articles have been published, yet little clinical progress has been made. The reason a cure may be impossible is because lost cognitive functions in Alzheimer’s disease patients are due to fatally damaged neuronal networks, and dead nerve cells cannot be brought back to life.

Consequently, replacement with new brain cells—even if it were technically possible, cannot be done without creating a new personal identity. One may live, but is it really a cure if their personality is lost forever?

Developing drugs that try to clear out the plaques from advanced degenerated brain tissue therefore makes about as much sense as bulldozing tombstones from graveyards in an attempt to raise the dead. Even if drug companies figured out how to halt further disease progression, many Alzheimer’s victims might not choose to live without being able to recognize family, friends, or themselves in a mirror. …read more of Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes here

 
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Chronic Fatigue ~ A Body Mind Perspective

By Michael Schwartz
April 7, 2016
File under: Alternative Therapies, Health Concerns, Supplements

I am of the belief that chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia and fibromyalgia are all interrelated. Hypoglycemia is so often misdiagnosed and not dealt with from a proper point of nutrition, it often ends up escalating into chronic fatigue.

Also, whenever there is hypoglycemia, there will almost always be Candida.  In this case, we are talking about an infestation in the intestinal tract.

Candida crowds out and may even diminish probiotics, the friendly bacteria that manufacture B vitamins.  Probiotics are Essential to healthy flora in the intestinal tract and vitamins are integral for energy production within the body.  Dwindling probiotics in the gut set the stage for the onset of chronic fatigue. …read more of Chronic Fatigue ~ A Body Mind Perspective here

 
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The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
January 15, 2016
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Vegan

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life.

Acne is considered a disease of Western civilization. In places like Okinawa, Japan, acne is rare or even nonexistent. Acne is not some “physiological” phenomenon of puberty, but may represent “a visible risk indicator pointing to aberrant nutrient signaling promoting chronic epidemic diseases of civilization,” according to a group of German researchers (See video, Saving Lives By Treating Acne With Diet).

What they are saying is that the dairy, junk foods, meat, and egg proteins in Western diets all conspire to raise the activity of the enzyme TOR, contributing to acne and obesity. Therefore, using diet to suppress TOR may not only improve acne, but may also prevent the march to more serious chronic TOR-driven diseases of civilization. …read more of The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer here

 
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Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain

By Michael Schwartz
January 4, 2016
File under: Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Remedies, Stress Relief

A shocking nine out of ten adult diets in the U.S. contain too much sodium. Most of the sodium in the American diet comes from processed foods such as, pizza and cookies, animal products and restaurant fare… all of which are indulged to excess during the Holidays.

Excess salt creates an imbalance between sodium and potassium and causes the body to retain water.

Water retention (edema), is a serious health problem and directly contributes to obesity. Water retention can have several causes, but generally stems from an imbalance in the potassium – sodium relationship.

Stress can easily disturb this balance and depletes nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. When calcium is depleted, the potassium – sodium ratio is upset, causing water to be retained. …read more of Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain here

 
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