Monthly Archives: August 2012

Research shows Alzheimer’s Disease is really just ‘type-3’ diabetes

Source of article taken from:  http://www.naturalnews.com/036708_Alzheimers_type-3_diabetes_brain_disease.html

Emerging research on the widespread degenerative brain disease known as Alzheimer’s suggests that this prevalent form of dementia is actually a type of diabetes. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, a recent study out of Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) confirms that Alzheimer’s is marked by brain insulin resistance and corresponding inflammation, a condition that some researchers are now referring to as type-3 diabetes.

Dr. Suzanne de la Monte from RIH is the one responsible for making this fascinating connection, having found in her research that diabetes is closely associated with several key neuronal factors implicated in dementia. It turns out that Alzheimer’s progresses as a result of the brain developing resistance to insulin, which in turn prevents proper lipid (fat) metabolism. Over time, these lipids build up in the brain rather than properly absorb, which results in increased stress and inflammation, as well as the symptoms commonly associated with dementia.

“This study points out that once AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) is established, therapeutic efforts should target several different pathways, not just one,” says Dr. de la Monte. “The reason is that a positive feedback loop gets going, making AD progress. We have to break the vicious cycle. Restoring insulin responsiveness and insulin depletion will help, but we need to reduce brain stress and repair the metabolic problems that cause the brain to produce toxins.”

Eating more healthy saturated fats like coconut oil could help prevent Alzheimer’s

Since many elderly individuals that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels, the first logical step would be to stop taking these drugs. Not only have statins been shown to cause and exacerbate Alzheimer’s, they have also been shown to cause diabetes. So taking them, as many elderly dementia patients do, runs contrary to common sense, and will only make the problem worse.

The human body needs cholesterol in order to stay healthy. If your cholesterol levels are too high, or if cholesterol is clogging your arteries, it means that your body has an inflammation problem that is preventing the proper absorption and use of cholesterol. Cholesterol is not the problem, in other words — your body’s chronic inflammation is the problem. Consuming more healthy saturated fats like coconut oil can not only help repair the inflammation problem that promotes the progression of Alzheimer’s, but it can also increase the absorption of cholesterol in the brain, which in turn promotes healthy neuronal function.  Such advice runs contrary to the mainstream medical system’s misguided philosophies about health, but science actually shows that the human body requires saturated fats and cholesterol, and that these fats are vital for maintaining optimal brain health.

“While it is positive to see studies like this help us understand some of the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease, turning to drugs to treat these symptoms is heading in the wrong direction,” says Health Impact News (HIN) about the RIH study. “Type-2 and type 3 diabetes is a lifestyle issue, and can be controlled or even prevented by dietary choices and avoiding too many drugs. There has also been tremendous success in controlling and eliminating diabetes through a low-carb and high-fat diet.”

10 health benefits of cucumbers

Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.

Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers:

1.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Instead of a coffee or cola eat a few slices of cucumber.

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Containing 95% water, cucumbers keep the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C.

3. Skin and hair care – If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

4. Fight cancers – Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in  cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain-Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels


 

Free Health Chat at As Nature Intended Store in Stratford

Greetings All!

Hope you are well. I will be at the Nature Intended Health Store in Stratford, London on Saturday August 11th from 6pm onwards. Come and see me there for free health advice and to to find out more about what nutritional therapy can offer. I am also taking bookings for Reiki-Seichem. Hope to see you there 🙂

An important nutrient not to be missed– Selenium

You may have heard of Selenium. This is a naturally occurring trace mineral  found in the soil and is absorbed into plant life.  When combined with proteins in the body, Selenium becomes a powerful antioxidant. There are no UK RDA set for selenium. The daily recommend nutrient intake is 75 µg/d for men and 65 µg/ d for women. In my expert opinion I believe it is perfectly safe to have an intake of 100ug to 200ug, especially since most most individuals are likely to be deficient in this trace mineral.   Recent surveys indicate that the average selenium intake may be as low as 30–40 µg/d (1). Vegetarians and the elderly particularly are at a higher risk of selenium deficiency.

Many countries including the UK have soils that are very low in selenium, hence this is reflected in the foods that we eat.  Moderate selenium deficiency has been linked to many conditions, such as increased cancer and infection risk, male infertility, decrease in immune and thyroid function, and several neurologic conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Keshan disease is a potentially fatal form of cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle), prevalent in children and endemic in parts of China with extremely low levels of selenium in the soil (intake, <10 µg/day) (2). Animal studies and some human intervention studies have shown inverse geographic correlations between intake and site-specific cancer incidence, an inverse association between serum selenium and subsequent risk of cancer. The experimental evidence linking selenium levels to cancer is compelling. It is still unclear as to how exactly how the selenoproteins work, however there could be an interplay of mechanisms involving cell signaling and transcription factors at the genetic level. It is too complex for me to explain here. But if anyone is interested in nutrient-gene interactions and the biochemical mechanisms I would recommend the following paper by Papp et al., (2007) which I have provided a link to. We know that selenium activates a family of glutathione peroxidase enzymes which also functions as antioxidants contributing to a healthy immune system and liver function.

Good sources of this mineral are Brazil nuts, walnuts, beef, chicken, turkey, kidney, liver and fish. These animals also produce milk, eggs, and cheese rich in this mineral. I regard the importance of selenium for optimal health with the combination of other nutrients. This mineral is often undervalued and  who knows what other health conditions it may play a preventive role in. Therefore I do advocate supplementation of at least 100ug of selenium to bridge the gap of what may be missing in the diet.

If anyone would like to discuss anything in this article I have written or if you have any questions about your diet, health or supplementation please contact me: contact@synergynutrition.co.uk

 

References

(1)Rayman, M. P. (1997) Dietary selenium: time to act. BMJ. 314: 387–388.

(2) Jackson MJ, Broome CS, F MCArdle., (2003) Marginal Dietary Selenium Intakes in the UK: Are There Functional Consequences? The American Society for Nutritional Sciences

J. Nutr. 133:1557S-1559S.

Vaccinations- danger danger!

The topic of vaccinations is controversial to some. Many therapists including myself and individuals are aware of the dangers of vaccinations. In the next article I hope to shed some light on vaccines and collate the latest research and findings. In the meantime check out the link below which has a Physician’s Warranty of Vaccine Safety form which can be filled in by GP’s here in the UK. Many Doctor’s  will be clueless as they too are not aware of the harmful toxins in vaccines.

A non- profit organsiation in the USA  called the National Health Federation which aims to protect consumers rights. Worth checking out as there’s interesting articles and facts to learn about.

http://www.thenhf.com