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  • High doses of vitamin C can help treat cancer, scientists find

    03/31/2017 5:41:49 AM PDT · by upchuck · 23 replies
    Evening Standard via Drudge ^ | March 31, 2017 | FRANCESCA GILLETT
    High doses of vitamin C injected into the blood stream could help treat cancer, new research from scientists suggests. Injecting patients with a dose 1,000 times higher than the recommended level could target tumour cells and make radiation and chemotherapy more effective. Scientists gave eleven brain cancer sufferers regular dosages of vitamin C every week for nine months while receiving typical radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Tests showed the extra vitamin – usually found in oranges, green vegetables, broccoli and strawberries – made cancer cells more susceptible to treatment. It also appeared to be safe, producing mild side effects such as frequent...
  • Study: Those High-Priced Antioxidants May Be Killing You

    02/20/2017 3:40:54 PM PST · by cba123 · 66 replies
    Study Finds ^ | 20 February | Stewart Lawrence
    BEIJING — Fear of mortality is one reason Americans spend so much on “antioxidant” products, including Vitamin C supplements and beta-carotene, which promise a longer healthier life. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of adults in the U.S. consume some kind of antioxidant product, spending $37 billion each year. But a study conducted in China – where aging is akin to a national obsession these days – claims that antioxidants don’t work as billed. The study is published in the journal Redox Biology. A new study finds that antioxidant supplements may be more harmful to the...
  • Herbal And Dietary Supplements—Buyer Beware

    01/19/2017 10:58:30 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 57 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/19/17 | Jack Dini
    Of the fifty-one thousand products introduced since 1994, only 170 (0.3 percent) have any documentation of their safety Americans spend more than $32 billion a year on more than 85,000 different combinations of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, probiotics, and other supplement ingredients. 1 While it costs millions of dollars to develop and substantiate a pharmaceutical product, selling supplements requires no such investment. And new products are easily sold as supplements. The only common feature among them, as defined by the FDA, is that these are edible things not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure diseases. However, this is...
  • A New Look At Vitamin D Challenges The Current View Of Its Benefits

    10/26/2016 4:00:18 AM PDT · by blam · 64 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 1-025-2016 | Medicalxpress
    October 25, 2016 A simple Google search for "what does vitamin D do?" highlights the widely used dietary supplement's role in regulating calcium absorption and promoting bone growth. But now it appears that vitamin D has much wider effects—at least in the nematode worm, C. elegans. Research at the Buck Institute shows that vitamin D works through genes known to influence longevity and impacts processes associated with many human age-related diseases. The study, published in Cell Reports, may explain why vitamin D deficiency has been linked to breast, colon and prostate cancer, as well as obesity, heart disease and depression....
  • China’s Wild Ginseng Craze Has Spread All the Way to Appalachia

    10/17/2016 4:27:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Real Clear Life ^ | October 17, 2016
    The Far East’s Ginseng root is best known for its medicinal (and aphrodisiacal) qualities. The root, in its natural state, is wildly popular in Asia—but also in short supply. To sate this demand, a black market for wild ginseng has cropped in the most unlikely of places: Appalachia. Currently, the global market for wild ginseng is around $2 billion. Long a staple in China and Korea, the root is finding new popularity in Singapore and Malaysia now, too. Most ginseng is grown in factory-like settings on a mass scale. But wild ginseng is considered more potent and, thus, more expensive....
  • YOU'RE ALMOST DEFINITELY WASTING MONEY ON VITAMINS

    07/28/2016 8:37:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Thrillist ^ | 7/28 | JOHN MARSHALL
    By Up to three-quarters of American adults take some kind of vitamin or supplement, so there's a pretty good chance you're one of them. That's a lot of people purchasing substances that aren't evaluated by the FDA, and for the most part don't work. What's more, vitamins and supplements are only getting more popular, with sales growing 50% faster than those of over-the-counter drugs over the past several years. Basically, most of you are throwing money away on magical beans -- stop it already! There's not a whole lot of regulation, which is good for sales pitches One of the...
  • Vitamin D boosts heart function in study

    04/04/2016 8:04:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | Apr. 4, 2016 | Health Daily News
    MONDAY, April 4, 2016 -- Regular doses of vitamin D3 may improve heart function in heart failure patients, a new British study suggests. "These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients," said study leader Dr. Klaus Witte, from the University of Leeds School of Medicine. "It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness -- known as heart failure."
  • Study: Many herbal supplements aren't what the label says

    02/05/2015 12:56:49 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 77 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | February 3, 2015 | Mary Esch
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John's wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb. In fact, DNA testing on hundreds of bottles of store-brand herbal supplements sold as treatments for everything from memory loss to prostate trouble found that four out of five contained none of the herbs on the label. Instead, they were packed with cheap fillers such as wheat, rice, beans or houseplants.
  • CBS News: Authorities: Anti-vaccine doctor dead in apparent suicide [Isaiah 26]

    06/27/2015 11:29:40 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    WJTV12 ^ | 6/27/2015 | Erin Burt
    CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. — Authorities say Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, who published research based on the medically disproved claim that vaccines cause autism, has been found dead in an apparent suicide in North Carolina. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release issued this week that Bradstreet died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Bradstreet, who was from Braselton, Georgia, was found in the Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock on June 19. His body was found by a fisherman. The sheriff’s department said Tuesday that a handgun was also pulled from the...
  • Top reasons beer is actually good for you (Warning: Lockerroom Graphics)

    05/21/2015 1:48:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2015
    Beer lovers, rejoice! Not only does beer taste great, and make you feel "buzzed" on life, beer is also good for you. Well, in moderation. As pints are poured in bars and restaurants across the country, know that drinking beer has real health benefits.* 1. Decreased incidence of heart disease There are more than 20 well-done, large international studies that all demonstrate the heart benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. One study, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) noted a 20 to 40 percent decrease in coronary artery disease in moderate alcohol drinkers. Now, that doesn’t...
  • Scientists Confirm IOM Recommendation for Vitamin D Intake Was Miscalculated and Is Far Too Low

    03/21/2015 2:39:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Newswise ^ | March 16, 2015 | Creighton University
    Newswise — SAN DIEGO, CA (March 16, 2015) - Researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten. In a letter1 published last week in the journal Nutrients the scientists confirmed a calculation error noted by other investigators, by using a data set from a different population. Dr. Cedric F. Garland, Dr.P.H., adjunct professor at UC San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public...
  • Male enhancement drugs may have caused psychosis in missing N.J. student, report says

    02/18/2015 2:14:22 PM PST · by Reeses · 48 replies
    nj.com ^ | James Kleimann
    TEANECK, NJ — The former Ivy League student who vanished in December lost touch with reality after an addiction to energy supplements and penis enlargement pills, Timothy Hamlett's family tells The Daily Beast. The family believes supplements like Pygeum, Ginseng Panax, Vitalikor Male Enhancement, Big Jim and the Twins Penis Enlargement were responsible for the 20-year-old developing psychosis shortly before his disappearance. Hamlett, a former track star at the University of Pennsylvania, hopped a jitney near his Teaneck home into Washington Heights in Manhattan on Dec. 26. It's the last time he's been seen or heard from. "Our son did...
  • Have a Brewski! 5 Ways Beer Can Help Your Health

    01/19/2015 12:16:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Eat Right Blog ^ | October 2014 | Karen Ansel, MS, RD, CDN
    When it comes to beverages with benefits, wine always seems to get the credit. If you're a brew lover, that might make you want to cry in your beer. But before you do, you'll be glad to learn that, like wine, beer delivers some decided perks as well. "A cold beer is the perfect way to relax at the end of the day, it tastes great and, in moderation, it can even be good for you," says Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA, past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here are five ways your favorite brew...
  • Colloidal silver and other Ebola scams: 'Fear opens wallets and closes minds'

    10/24/2014 8:04:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 24, 2014 | Nicky Woolf in New York
    In a game of cat and mouse with health and safety officials, Americans profit off panic with modern versions of snake oil treatments, like vitamins branded ‘Ebola-C’ First of all, Steve Barwick wants you to know that Ebola is a government conspiracy. “This current ‘Ebola crisis’ is … a massive psy-ops campaign,” he wrote in an (undated) blogpost on his website, The Silver Edge. “In other words, the threat is largely being manufactured and planted into the minds of the American public, through the federal government/news media axis.” Barwick, to his credit, points out correctly that the likelihood of coming...
  • Guest view: Could Ebola patients be helped by Vitamin C?

    10/18/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Belleville News-Democrat ^ | October 18, 2014 | Dr. Dave McCarthy
    It is clear that this is no longer an outbreak of Ebola, it's a breakout of Ebola. We are now living in a post-containment world. Fortunately, this virus has vulnerabilities, and we can quickly improve our immune defense. When the protective suits and procedures fail to keep Ebola at arm's length, it becomes a fight between the organism and the defense. As there is no vaccine and there are no Ebola-specific drugs, it's time to help Americans understand what can be done. We have two types of immune defense: adaptive defense, which allows us to utilize preformed antibodies and anti-viral...
  • Most Vitamins Are From China. It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Realize

    09/08/2014 6:59:46 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 92 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Michelle Yu
    If you are taking vitamins, there is a good chance that they were imported from China. An aging population and growing focus on health in the United States has fueled the growth of a $28 billion vitamin and nutritional supplement market, and it is expected to continue to grow at about 3 percent a year. Over half of American adults are popping vitamins and supplements. They may not be aware they are eating products made in China, or made using raw materials from China. China has captured over 90 percent of the Vitamin C market in the United States, according...
  • Can Vitamin D Give You A Boost In The Bedroom?

    08/18/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | 8-18-2014 | Kristina Fiore
    Kristina Fiore, MedPage TodayAugust 18,2014 Just when it seems the benefits-of-vitamin-D literature has topped out, Italian researchers have found yet another area where the vitamin/hormone may help out: the bedroom. In a study of 143 men, Alessandra Barassi, MD, of University of Milan in Italy, and her colleagues found that those with severe erectile dysfunction (ED) had significantly lower vitamin D levels than those with mild ED, and that deficiency was worse in those with arteriogenic ED than in non-arteriogenic ED.(snip)
  • Fortified Foods May Be Dangerous

    06/25/2014 9:48:46 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 35 replies
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | June 24, 2014 | Amir Khan
    Many cereals, snack bars and other foods tout that they’re fortified with vitamins and minerals, but it turns out, adding that into food may be dangerous, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group. The organization found that nearly half of kids 8 or younger consume potentially dangerous levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin due to over-fortification. The researchers fortified 1,550 cereals and 1,000 snack bars and found that 114 had 30 percent or more of the adult daily value for some vitamins and minerals, which can cause liver damage, skeletal abnormalities, hair loss and more in...
  • Are Diet Supplements Dangerous? : The FDA Cannot Keep Up

    04/10/2014 8:35:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/10/2014 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    If something is either essential or good for the health, surely more of it must be good for you? Such at any rate is the reasoning of half the American population who, between them spend more than $30 billion on dietary supplements, that is to say $200 a head per annum. All things considered, these supplements must be pretty safe, unlike prescription drugs, for few people die or have serious side-effects from them. Whether they do any good, other than as placebos, is another question entirely of course.According to an article in a recent edition of the New England...
  • Five Vitamins and Supplements That Are Actually Worth Taking

    02/17/2014 12:02:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 47 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Joseph Stromberg
    Vitamin D ...the researchers found that adults who took vitamin D supplements daily lived longer than those who didn't. Probiotics ...they're useful in very specific circumstances, but it's not necessary to continually take them on a daily basis. Zinc ...the mineral significantly reduced the duration of the cold, and also made symptoms less severe. Niacin ...Also known as vitamin B3, niacin is talked up as a cure for all sorts of conditions (including high cholesterol, Alzheimer's, diabetes and headaches) but in most of these cases, a prescription-strength dose of niacin has been needed to show a clear result. At over-the-counter...