Folic Acid and Hearing Loss
Are people mumbling or are you losing your hearing? Hearing loss is the second most common health complaint (after heart problems) for elderly Americans. But before you adjust the volume on your television or buy the latest hearing-aid device, try eating more grains and vegetables high in folic acid (a type of B vitamin) and a vitamin supplement for B12. A recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Georgia found that women (between 60 and 71 years old) with hearing loss also had nutritional deficiencies of vitamin B12 and folic acid.
The researchers tested 55 women for their hearing abilities and their blood for levels of these B vitamins. They found that women with hearing loss had 38% lower blood levels of vitamin B12 and 25% lower blood levels of folic acid.
Researchers suspect that deficiencies in folic acid and vitamin B12 may impair nerve function and blood circulation in and around the ear. Folic acid-found in whole grains, chick peas, soybeans, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage-is important for red blood cell formation, the breakdown and utilization of proteins, and proper cell division. Vitamin B12-found in meat, fish, and dairy products-is the only vitamin that contains cobalt (a mineral cofactor and activator of enzymes). It is important for nervous system function and the formation of red blood cells.
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Silica for Healthy Bones and Heart
Silica is the most abundant mineral in the earth's crust and is also an essential nutrient for human health. As we grow older, levels of silica decline in the body and may contribute to many factors of aging including bone loss and heart disease.
Therapeutically, silica has been used to heal fractures and increase bone mineralization in osteoporosis. In a 1993 French study, eight women (average age of 64) with osteoporosis were given 50 mg of silicon twice weekly for four months. Researchers found that silica "significantly increased" the mineral density of their thigh bones. Evidence also indicates that silica may benefit certain types of heart disease. In one animal study, silica was given to rats with high blood pressure for six weeks while the control group received a saline solution. After one week, the blood pressure of the silica group was lower than the control group and remained lower until one week after treatment ended. In another study, silica was found to reduce atherosclerosis (fatty deposits on the arteries) in rats eating a high-cholesterol diet.
The common "heart-friendly" foods, such as dietary fiber (oats, barley, and rice) and wine, are also high in silica. One of the heart benefits of the so-called Mediterranean Diet could be due to eating greater quantities of these silica-rich foods. Other dietary sources of silica include alfalfa, avocados, strawberries, onions, cucumbers, and dark greens. The herb horsetail (Equisetum arvensa) is another common source of silica and can typically be found as a nutritional supplement.
From Eliezer; Nature's Sunshine HSN-botanical very high in Silica
LOW FOLIC ACID LINKED TO ALZHEIMER'S
Folic acid is important for normal development of the brain and the nervous system. Pregnant women are advised to take supplements of folic acid in order to prevent problems with the developing brain in the fetus. According to this study, this nutrient may be important for the brains of the adults as well.
Thirty nuns have participated in the long-term study of Alzheimer's disease. At the time of their death, about half had brain changes characteristic of this condition and they also had much lower levels of folic acid than the nuns without Alzheimer's disease. The researchers have found no correlation between Alzheimer's and any other nutrients measured in blood samples.
It does not mean that folic acid supplements will definitely prevent Alzheimer's disease and additional research into this matter will be helpful. However, since folic acid is important for the immune system, formation of blood cells, prevention of heart disease and many other normal functions, it is a good idea to take at least 400 mcg of this nutrient daily, especially if you are pregnant.
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GINSENG HELPS REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR
Ginseng is an herb with many amazing properties. According to this study, it can also help regulate blood sugar after a meal. Patients with type II diabetes (non-insulin dependent) and non-diabetic adults were given either ginseng or placebo 40 minutes before a meal or while eating. After a meal, sugar levels were measured every 15-30 minutes for 2 hours.
Blood sugar always goes up after a meal. In people without diabetes it returns back to normal within 2 hours, while remaining high for 2-3 or more hours in patients with diabetes.
Ginseng taken either before or during the meal has significantly lowered blood sugar in diabetics. In non-diabetics, it worked only when taken 40 minutes before a meal. If you have diabetes, especially if you are taking medications, show this study to your doctor and see what he/she thinks about adding ginseng to your program.
Archives of Internal Medicine 2000;160:1009-1013.
From Eliezer; American Ginseng was used for the study.
Are Vaccinations Really Safe?
by Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D.
In his book, Dr. Coulter suggests that vaccinations have produced widespread brain damage resulting in a host of developmental disabilities and sociopathic problems affecting large numbers of American children. He estimates that one child in five or six is damaged to some degree by vaccinations.
Physical symptoms of vaccination damage can include: staring spells (spontaneous trances), sub-average IQ, loss of muscle control, vision problems including dyslexia, partial loss of hearing, chronic earaches, asthma or other breathing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergies, hyperactivity, and lowered resistance to infection.
There can also be mental and emotional problems, such as paranoia, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, inability to tolerate frustration, sexual precociousness, substance abuse, fascination with fire, outbursts of rage, and lack of remorse.
Regarding the possible harm to society from vaccinations, consider the following:
. US vaccination programs began in the late 1930s, and soon thereafter the first group of autistic babies appeared. Today autistic children number 300,000 to 400,000.
. When the first generation of vaccinated children reached the age of 8 or 9, people began to wonder why children had trouble reading in school. When these same children reached age 18 or 19 and took college or military service exams, IQ was found to be declining. Since that time, IQs have been going
steadily down, as have test scores on college entrance exams.
. Violent crime started to rise in the mid-1960s, about the time when the first vaccination generation reached their twenties, and it is still rising today.
. By age six, 90% of the US children have had a chronic ear infection called otitis media, a disease related to vaccination damage. This particular type of infection was unknown in American medical practice before the late 1940s or early 1950s.
. About 15% to 20% of children suffer from dyslexia and hyperactivity, both vaccination-related conditions.
According to Dr. Coulter, the three major problems facing the US today: drug abuse, the collapse of the educational system, and violent crime, are all rooted, to a great degree, in childhood vaccinations.
How does our government deal with the problem? The U.S. Congress adopted the National Vaccination Compensation Act in 1986 to pay compensation to families whose children have been harmed or have died as a result of vaccination. Several dozen awards for vaccine damage have been given, half for death.
SOURCE: (Based on facts presented in the International Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine 10-92). This review appears in the 1/93 issue of Spectrum News Magazine.
From Eliezer; To help detox from vaccines take Enviro detox by Nature's Sunshine and homeopathic vaccine.
AUTISM-VACCINE LINK GETS HOUSE HEARING
Parents who believe their children developed autism as results of vaccines are among those testifying at a hearing before the House Government Reform Committee.
Over the past ten years there has been a 273% increase in alifornia and a 571% increase in Florida in the cases of autism.
For more information on autism visit the following sites:
AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA: www.autism-society.org (800-328-8476) AUTISM AUTOIMMUNITY PROJECT: www.gti.net/truegrit
AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE: www.autism.com
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION: www.cdc.gov
UNLOCKING AUTISM: www.littleangels.org (877-769-6736)
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE
DOUBTS RAISED AGAIN ABOUT THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR MEDS.
The government's system for approving drugs has come under renewed scrutiny after a number of widely used medicines have been linked to deaths or serious illness.
Critics say the FDA moves too quickly and puts the drug industry interests ahead of patient safety. As evidence, they point to seven drugs that have been pulled from the market or severely restricted in the past three years. Most recently the diabetes drug Rezulin and the heartburn drug Propulsid were added to the list.
The FDA acknowledges there have been a spate of recalls, but says that when viewed over the course of several years, the percentage of drugs pulled from the market has remained stable. Typically drugs are tested on about 3,000 people before being approved.
In the 1980's it usually took almost three years for the agency to approve a drug. Today, the average approval time is one year. For drugs the FDA deems breakthrough medicines, it knocks the review time down to six months. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group, states that the FDA has been too reluctant to take drugs off of the market once it discovers problems. He also stated that the agency is too reliant on adding warning labels to the drugs--a system that can fail if doctor's fail to read them.
Warner-Lambert's Rezulin was approved in 1997 after just six months of government review because regulators deemed it a crucial new therapy. But within a year, the drug was linked to serious liver problems and deaths. The FDA placed several restrictions on the drug last year, and on Tuesday the agency decided to ban it altogether.
The FDA also tried to use warning labels when it discovered problems with Johnson & Johnson's Propulsid. The labeling for Propulsid has changed five times since its approval in 1993, as it learned of new situations where the drug could cause illness or death.
SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALLERGY DRUGS IMPAIR DRIVERS
Driving while taking some over-the-counter allergy drugs can be more dangerous than driving drunk, according to a recent study.
To the researcher's surprise, the use of Benadryl, a popular allergy drug has the same effect on people as does heavy drinking.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Benadryl and other therapeutic drugs have contributed to 100 crashes that it has investigated since 1987. In February, the NTSB called for stronger federal warnings.
The Federal Aviation Administration suggests that pilots not fly on Benadryl or other drugs like it, but the agency allows it if the pilot feels fit to fly.
The release of the findings coincides with the beginning of the allergy season across much of the nation. USA TODAY
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
Due to recent "findings" by Dartmouth Medical School, doctors suggest that aggressive treatment with chemotherapy may be unwise in some people with early-stage cancer unless the drugs can substantially improve the patients' chances of survival.
The findings are as follows: Cancer patients who get ordinary doses of chemotherapy often experience lingering memory problems. Many years after treatment, some cancer survivors still have trouble remembering and concentrating. Some say they need a calculator for math problems they once could solve in their heads. Others have to read a page twice to absorb what's being said. The same patients scored poorly on various intelligence tests an average of 10 years after their treatment.
A quick fix for small cuts on your fingers may be as close as the spice rack in your kitchen. A sprinkling of cinnamon will not only stop the sting, but also help the cut heal faster. To get the best result, wash the cut thoroughly, pat dry, and sprinkle with powdered cinnamon before bandaging. A recent study confirms that a chemical in cinnamon, cinnamic aldehyde, has potent antibacterial effects. In addition, it contains eugenol, a natural anesthetic.
A WORD OF CAUTION
Any practices or advice given in this publication are not intended to replace the services of your physician, or to provide an alternative to professional medical treatment.