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Friday, 05 June 2009
Kuehl KS, Chestnutt J, Elliot DL, Lilley C. Efficacy of tart cherry juice in reducing muscle pain after strenuous exercise. American College of Sports Medicine. 851. May, 2009.

If you drink cherry juice after you run, you could help ease the pain afterwards. This according to new research from Oregon Health & Science University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Seattle, Wash. The study showed people who drank tart cherry juice while training for a long distance run reported significantly less pain after exercise than those who didn't. Post-exercise pain is often a symptom of muscle damage or a possible injury.

In the study of sixty healthy adults aged 18-50 years, those who drank 10.5 ounces cherry juice, twice a day for seven days prior to and on the day of a long-distance run, had significantly less muscle pain following the race than those who drank another fruit juice beverage. On a scale from 0 to 10, the runners who drank cherry juice as their "sports drink" had a clinically significant lower self-reported pain level at the completion of the race. Researchers say this indicates cherries may work like common medications used by runners to alleviate post-exercise inflammation.

"For most runners, post-race treatment consists of RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and traditional NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)," said Kerry Kuehl, M.D., a sports medicine physician and principal study investigator. "But NSAIDS can have adverse effects - negative effects you may be able to avoid by using a natural, whole food alternative, like cherry juice, to reduce muscle inflammation before exercise."

Cherry juice has long been known to alleviate arthritic symptoms. This natural anti-inflammatory effect is due, at least in part, to antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins. These and other antioxidant substances correlate with many vegetable/fruit which have bright, deep pigments.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a dedicated athlete or someone who works out on their day off. Cherry juice could have far-reaching benefits for the millions of active Americans currently taking over-the-counter pain medications to reduce muscle pain. Growing research suggests cherries could affect inflammation related to heart disease, arthritis and may even help maintain muscle strength for those suffering from according to a second study presented by the same researchers at the ACSM conference.

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Wednesday, 03 June 2009
Women's Health Initiative May 30, 2009
Lung cancer seems more likely to be fatal in women who are taking estrogen-progestin pills, according to this new study. Hormone users who developed lung cancer were 60% more likely to die from the disease as women who weren't taking hormones.

The new findings mean that smokers should stop taking hormones, and those who have not yet started hormones should give it careful thought, said Dr. Rowan Chlebowski of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, head of the research team.

This is the latest finding from the Women's Health Initiative, a federal study that gave 16,608 women either Prempro (combination synthetic estrogen and progestin) or dummy pills. The study was stopped in 2002 when researchers saw more breast cancers in those on Prempro, the estrogen-progestin pill made by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. They continue to follow what happens to women in the study.

The new analysis looked at non-small-cell lung cancer, by far the most common type.
Lung cancer proved fatal in 46% of hormone users who developed it versus 27% of those given dummy pills.

"It's another piece of evidence to suggest that hormone replacement therapy should be used with great caution," said Dr. Richard Schilsky, a cancer specialist at the University of Chicago and president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. "Women almost certainly shouldn't be using combined hormone therapy and tobacco at the same time," Chlebowski said.

Lung cancer is the world's top cancer killer. In the United States, there were more than 215,000 new cases and nearly 162,000 deaths from it last year.

Being that there are homeopathic and sometimes even herbal options that address menopausal symptoms, why take hormone replacement therapy in the first place? First it was breast cancer and now its lung cancer. How many cancers does it take for the conventional medical community to say enough?

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Monday, 01 June 2009
A Food and Drug Administration report released Wednesday May 27, 2009 recommends stronger warnings and dose limits on drugs containing the painkiller acetaminophen, citing an increased risk of liver injury.

The recommendation covers both prescription doses and over-the-counter medication, of which Johnson & Johnson's Tylenol is the most well-known. Acetaminophen is also widely available as a generic over-the-counter drug.

"There is extensive evidence that hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) caused by acetaminophen use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause severe liver injury," report said. The recommendations include enhanced public information efforts, stronger labels warning of liver side effects, and dose limitations.

"Consumers may not be aware that acetaminophen is present in many over-the-counter combination products, so they may unknowingly exceed the recommended acetaminophen dose if they take more than one acetaminophen product without knowing that both contain acetaminophen," the report said.

The recommendations also call for limiting the maximum adult daily dose to no more than 3,250 milligrams. The current recommendation stands at 4,000 milligrams per day. Other recommendations include limiting tablet strength for immediate release formulations and limiting options in liquid formulations for children.

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Thursday, 28 May 2009
J Clin Invest 2009 May;119(5):1322-1334
According to this study, consuming fructose-sweetened beverages (high fructose corn syrup HFCS) makes you fat around your waist, increases unhealthy lipids, and decreases your body’s sensitivity to insulin.

We’ve know for some time from work done in animals that HFCS induces dyslipidemia and insulin resistance. These researchers assessed these effects during sustained consumption in humans, overweight and obese subjects who consumed fructose-sweetened beverages providing 25% of energy requirements for 10 weeks. Abdominal weight gain was significantly increased in subjects consuming HFCS.

After meal triglycerides were increased specifically during fructose consumption. Similarly, markers of altered lipid metabolism significantly increased during consumption. In addition, fasting plasma glucose and insulin levels increased and insulin sensitivity decreased in subjects consuming fructose.

The only reason why the toxic sweetener HFCS is used in soda and other harmful consumer beverages is money. Corporate farmers receive huge tax breaks to grow too much genetically engineered corn which is turned into HFCS. So this stuff is cheap for the companies who make this swill but we pay for it in tax subsidies and in health care that stays silent about these issues.

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Monday, 25 May 2009
Osteoporos Int 2009
An increased risk of hip or femur fracture for current users of two classes of antidepressants has been observed in a large, case-control study conducted in the Netherlands. The findings suggest that reduced bone strength, rather than increased risk of falling alone, could be a partial reason for this increased risk.

6,763 cases of hip or femur fracture were analyzed, and the mean age of the predominantly female participants was 75 years. Increases in fracture risk were greatest during the initial period of exposure to antidepressants, especially for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (drugs like Prozac). The majority of the excess risk dropped to almost baseline values 6-12 months after discontinuation of treatment.

Emerging evidence suggests that inhibition of the serotonin transporter might disturb bone microarchitecture. "In line with this hypothesis, we found the highest risks of hip fracture among users of antidepressants with the highest potential of serotonin transporter inhibition," says Frank de Vries of the University of Utrecht, the study's lead investigator. "Fracture risk assessment may be indicated among elderly patients who have recently started taking antidepressants," advises de Vries.

If you’re already at risk for osteoporosis why would you consider using drugs like Prozac? Homeopathy can provide long term resolution of these health problems without the side effects profile of anti-depressant drugs. Doesn’t it make sense to consider this powerful option?

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