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  • Vitamin B3 beats Big Pharma's Zetia cholesterol drug

    03/30/2010 8:24:19 AM PDT · by Scythian · 104 replies · 2,324+ views
    (NaturalNews) The utter worthlessness of Big Pharma's cholesterol drugs was demonstrated recently by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that niacin (a low-cost B vitamin) out-performs Merck's drug Zetia for preventing the build-up of arterial plaque, a symptom of cardiovascular disease. As the study reveals, Zetia failed miserably. Patients taking niacin showed a "significant shrinkage" in artery wall thickness, while those on Zetia showed no such improvement. At the same time, the rate of "cardiovascular events" in the niacin group was only one-fifth that in the Zetia group, demonstrating that niacin is far more...
  • Smilin' Bob Not Smilin' Anymore (Nutraceuticals convicted)

    09/01/2008 3:35:34 PM PDT · by gondramB · 37 replies · 319+ views
    Consumerist reports an Associated Press release that Steve Warshak, 42, was found guilty of 93 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. His 75-year-old mother, who has cancer, was found guilty of conspiracy and other charges, and was sentenced to 2-years, but is free pending appeal. US District Judge Arthur Spiegel, in Cincinnati, OH, denied Mr. Warshak's request to remain free pending appeal, but gave him 30 days to wrap up his affairs and report to prison. Besides Enzyte, Washak's company, Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, who also distributes products to boost energy, manage weight, reduce memory loss and aid sleep, will...
  • Broccoli could reverse the heart damaging effects of diabetes

    08/07/2008 1:53:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 415+ views ^ | Aug 6, 2008 | NA
    Professor Paul Thornalley and his team from the University of Warwick have found a broccoli compound called Sulforaphane. This compound can encourage the body to produce more enzymes to protect the vessels, as well as reduce high levels of molecules which cause significant cell damage. Past studies have shown that a diet rich in vegetables – particularly brassica vegetables such as broccoli – is linked to decreased risk of heart disease and stroke. People with diabetes have a particularly high risk of heart disease and stroke and other health impairments, such as kidney disease, are linked to damaged blood vessels....
  • UC Santa Barbara chemist goes nano with CoQ10

    07/24/2008 2:59:45 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 34 replies · 1,016+ views
    PHYSORG ^ | July 24, 2008 | University of California - Santa Barbara
    If Bruce Lipshutz has his way, you may soon be buying bottles of water brimming with the life-sustaining coenzyme CoQ10 at your local Costco. Lipshutz, a professor of chemistry at UC Santa Barbara, is the principal author of an upcoming review, "Transition Metal Catalyzed Cross-Couplings Going Green: in Water at Room Temperature," which will be published in Aldrichimica Acta in September. In it, Lipshutz and post-doctoral researcher Subir Ghorai discuss how recent advances in chemistry can be used to solubilize otherwise naturally insoluble compounds like CoQ10 into water. Never heard of CoQ10? Lipshutz says you're not alone. "If you don't...
  • Juiced on the Job (Performance-enhancing drugs are creeping into the white-collar workplace.)

    06/25/2008 8:00:38 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 22 replies · 321+ views
    National Journal ^ | Jun 21, 2008 | Neil Munro
    * * * A variety of studies, polls, and anecdotal evidence show that increasing numbers of professionals and students are using various drugs to sharpen their attention at work or school, reduce their sleep time, or calm their nerves. * * * Industry advocates say that researchers will soon deliver more drugs capable of goosing workers' performance, and that the improvement will be enough to make a real difference to company profits and workers' pay. Industry lobbyists are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for research that will accelerate these developments, and millions of dollars to win public acceptance for...
  • Common Cooking Spice Found In Curry Shows Promise In Combating Diabetes And Obesity

    06/23/2008 2:45:07 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 172+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-23-2008 | National Institutes of Health
    Common Cooking Spice Found In Curry Shows Promise In Combating Diabetes And ObesityResearchers believe that curcumin, the anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant ingredient in turmeric, may lessen insulin resistance and prevents Type 2 diabetes in these mouse models by dampening the inflammatory response provoked by obesity. (Credit: iStockphoto/Nilesh Bhange) ScienceDaily (June 23, 2008) — Turmeric, an Asian spice found in many curries, has a long history of use in reducing inflammation, healing wounds and relieving pain, but can it prevent diabetes? Since inflammation plays a big role in many diseases and is believed to be involved in onset of both obesity and Type...
  • Science Finding Medical Promise In Kitchen Cabinets

    06/11/2008 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 23 replies · 131+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 6/11/2008 | Brie Zeltner
    Science Finding Medical Promise In Kitchen Cabinets By BRIE ZELTNER   Spices lend food wonderful flavors and also impart health benefits. (Photo by Sean Simmers)     [Cleveland, OH] -- In 1993, an eager biochemist at the University of Texas struggled to put the brakes on a protein he had discovered a few years earlier, a protein that can trigger cancers and inflammatory diseases.Bharat Aggarwal knew that the protein, tumor necrosis factor, or TNF, could cause a whole cascade of inflammation in the human body — a very bad thing. He also knew that turmeric, the yellow curry spice, was...
  • Mounting Evidence Shows Red Wine Antioxidant Kills Cancer

    03/27/2008 2:59:29 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,814+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-27-2008 | University of Rochester Medical Center
    Mounting Evidence Shows Red Wine Antioxidant Kills CancerA natural antioxidant found in grape skins and red wine can help destroy pancreatic cancer cells. (Credit: iStockphoto) ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2008) — Rochester researchers showed for the first time that a natural antioxidant found in grape skins and red wine can help destroy pancreatic cancer cells by reaching to the cell's core energy source, or mitochondria, and crippling its function. The new study also showed that when the pancreatic cancer cells were doubly assaulted -- pre-treated with the antioxidant, resveratrol, and irradiated -- the combination induced a type of cell death called...
  • The vitamin D miracle: Is it for real?

    03/09/2008 6:15:58 AM PDT · by decimon · 63 replies · 1,828+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | March 8, 2008 | MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT
    The claims have been sensational. Martin Mittelstaedt checks up on the research behind the hypeIn the summer of 1974, brothers Frank and Cedric Garland had a heretical brainwave. The young epidemiologists were watching a presentation on death rates from cancer county by county across the United States. As they sat in a lecture hall at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore looking at the colour-coded cancer maps, they noticed a striking pattern, with the map for colon cancer the most pronounced. Counties with high death rates were red; those with low rates were blue. Oddly, the nation was almost neatly divided...
  • Key vitamin deficiency linked to tripled risk of dementia: study

    02/05/2008 2:12:13 PM PST · by decimon · 51 replies · 218+ views
    AFP ^ | February 5, 2008 | Unknown
    PARIS (AFP) - Lack of folate, also called vitamin B-9, may triple the risk of developing dementia in old age, according to a study published Tuesday. Researchers in South Korea measured naturally occurring folate levels in 518 elderly persons, none of whom showed any signs of dementia, and then tracked their development over 2.4 years. At the end of the period, 45 of the patients had developed dementia, including 34 diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, said the study, published by the British Medical Association's Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. When the researchers, led by Jin-Sang Yoon of Chonnam National University...
  • Getting to Know Nutraceuticals

    01/03/2008 7:12:17 PM PST · by Dysart · 15 replies · 110+ views
    Scientific American ^ | Thomas Hayden
    But evidently we could stand to make a lot more of at least a couple of them. Beginning in the 1970s, epidemiologists started to notice that Eskimo and other groups of people who ate a lot of cold-water fish tended to have low levels of heart disease and stroke. Oil from such fish is packed with two unusually long omega-3s, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).“The epidemiological evidence was strong enough that it led to a whole series of clinical studies and randomized control trials with fish oil,” says nutritionist Penny M. Kris-Etherton of Pennsylvania State University. By 2002...
  • Anti-Alzheimer's Mechanism In Omega-3 Fatty Acids Found

    01/02/2008 6:32:19 PM PST · by ConservativeMind · 54 replies · 240+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 2, 2008 | University of California - Los Angeles.
    It's good news that we are living longer, but bad news that the longer we live, the better our odds of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Many Alzheimer's researchers have long touted fish oil, by pill or diet, as an accessible and inexpensive "weapon" that may delay or prevent this debilitating disease. Now, UCLA scientists have confirmed that fish oil is indeed a deterrent against Alzheimer's, and they have identified the reasons why. Greg Cole, professor of medicine and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate director of UCLA's Alzheimer Disease Research Center, and his colleagues...
  • Study says nitrite/nitrate-rich foods may help in heart attack survival

    11/12/2007 2:14:58 PM PST · by crazyshrink · 29 replies · 638+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | (NOV. 12, 2007)— | Preclinical study by UT-Houston
    HOUSTON – (NOV. 12, 2007)—Nitrite/nitrate found in vegetables, cured meats and drinking water may help you survive a heart attack and recover quicker, according to a pre-clinical study led by a cardiovascular physiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Findings appear in the Nov. 12 early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mice fed an extra helping of nitrite and nitrate fared much better following a heart attack than those on a regular diet. The mice with extra nitrite had 48 percent less cell death in the heart following heart attack....
  • Coffee 'Reduces The Risk Of Skin Cancer'

    11/09/2007 3:00:45 PM PST · by blam · 56 replies · 251+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-9-2007 | Nic Fleming
    Coffee 'reduces the risk of skin cancer' By Nic Fleming Science Correspondent Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 09/11/2007 Drinking coffee can cut the risk of skin cancer by more than a third, scientists say. A good healthy dose: scientists believe caffeine could stop skin cancers spreading Researchers found that people who drank more than six cups of caffeinated coffee a day reduced their chances of developing the most common form of skin cancer by 35 per cent, while those who drank two or three cups were 12 per cent less likely to have the disease. Scientists believe caffeine could stop skin...
  • Red Wine Protects the Prostate

    07/28/2007 5:22:59 AM PDT · by Renfield · 71 replies · 1,647+ views ^ | 5-21-07
    Newswise — Researchers have found that men who drink an average of four to seven glasses of red wine per week are only 52% as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who do not drink red wine, reports the June 2007 issue of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. In addition, red wine appears particularly protective against advanced or aggressive cancers. Researchers in Seattle collected information about many factors that might influence the risk of prostate cancer in men between ages 40 and 64, including alcohol consumption. At first the results for alcohol consumption seemed similar to the findings...
  • Owner of 'Smiling Bob' Company Indicted

    09/21/2006 3:00:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 455+ views
    AP ^ | 9/21/6 | DAN SEWELL
    CINCINNATI -- The maker of dietary supplements that claim to improve everything from sexuality to memory defrauded thousands of customers and banks of at least $100 million, federal authorities say. A federal indictment names Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, its owner and president, Steven Warshak, and five other individuals, including Warshak's mother, on charges that include conspiracy, money laundering, and mail, wire and bank fraud. They are accused by federal authorities of luring customers with free-trial offers and money-back guarantees, then billing their credit cards without authorization. Warshak, who has 107 counts against him, denies the accusations and will continue to operate...
  • Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower: The Vegetables That May Prevent Cancer

    02/08/2006 3:16:55 PM PST · by blam · 120 replies · 1,927+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-8-2006 | Ian Sample
    Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower: the vegetables that may prevent cancer · Foods contain chemicals that help repair DNA· Study backs link between diet and disease Ian Sample, science correspondent Wednesday February 8, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Natural chemicals found in soya beans and vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower boost the body's ability to repair damaged DNA and may prevent cells turning cancerous, scientists said yesterday. Studies have suggested that eating vegetables appears to provide some protection against certain cancers, but until now the reason why has been a mystery. Researchers at Georgetown University in Washington DC believe the answer...