Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Importance of Vitamin D During Pregnancy


We have become so concerned about getting exposure to the Sun that we attempt to eliminate all unprotected exposure to the Sun’s rays. – hand me the sunscreen! We may have gone too far.

Some of the research has been showing that when a pregnant woman is Vitamin D deficient that it has a negative and lifelong impact on her newborn baby. The child can experience allergies and more frequent colds and flu. The child may also be at greater risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even schizophrenia.

When a mom was Vitamin D deficient, this deficiency was passed onto the child so that they had a 44% increased risk of developing schizophrenia as an adult. Separately, this deficiency has also been linked to an increase in autism in 6-year-old children.

Taking the benefits even further, research by http://GrassrootsHealth.net found that 40 to 60% of preterm births could be prevented by raising the woman’s Vitamin D level to just 40 ng/ml.

While it would be great to get 20 minutes of a noon time level of exposure to the Sun without sun screen on to stimulate your body to manufacture Vitamin D, you may not be able to get outside on a regular basis, or you’re too far north, or you still have a fear of sun exposure without a sun screen. In that case, I’d recommend that the mother take a Vitamin D3 supplements so that her blood level of D is between 60 to 80 ng/ml. This is a level that is giving you the optimum benefit of Vitamin D.

Make sure the mother takes Vitamin D3 as it is better absorbed by the body. Also, add Vitamin K2 as it helps the D to be absorbed and used correctly by the body.
(Reported Mercola.com December 2018)

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

A New Way to Learn Subconsciously

There’s a new way to learn that could help you master complex manual skills without even trying. It’s called passive haptic learning and it combines using wearable computers coupled with your sense of touch. In this study the participants were playing online games while they wore a pair of Google Glasses that were programmed to deliver audio signals of words spelled out in Morse code. In addition, half the participant’s glasses were equipped with a built-in, bone-conduction transducer that simultaneous delivers taps behind the right ear. After each hour-long session, they were asked to tap out letters in Morse code. At the end of four session, they were asked to tap out a sentence that used the entire alphabet in Morse code.

The group that received only the audio signals were only about 47% accurate in typing out the sentence, while the group who received both the audio signal and the tap behind the ear had a 94% accuracy level. Similar results were achieved by participants that used tactile gloves which delivered vibrations to the fingertips to teach piano and Braille. So…we may be moving into a new way of learning – tap that!
(Reported Thad Starner, Georgia Institute of Technology) 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

You’re Getting Older and Want to Continue Working, Consider Using Pot

Older Americans are either choosing or are being forced to work past retirement age due to their financial situation. If you’re one of them or you know someone who this applies to, you or this person can now be helped to work longer by using medical marijuana.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health did a survey of over 100,000 people over the age of 50. They found, in states where medical marijuana is legal, that the survey respondents who were using marijuana reported a nearly 5% decrease in reported pain levels and a 6.6 increase in feelings of wellness.

I’ve recently been using a CBD cream topically on a groin pull and I’ve been very impressed with the cream’s ability to quickly reduce or even stop the pain. I tried one cream that had 500 mg of CBD and it worked to a degree. When I switched to a cream having 1,000 mg of CBD cream it made a major difference in reducing my pain level.

So…if you’re in a state where it’s legal, experiment with CBD cream or oil to reduce your pain. If you’re in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you can explore even further. You may be pleasantly surprised with the reduction in pain you’ll experience. And if you want to or need to work longer, it will be a piece of cake (or at least a cookie) to be able to do that.
(Reported AARP Bulletin July/August 2019)

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Fear of Having High Cholesterol Levels Is Debunked

A study published in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology found what they called substantial evidence that having high LDL and total cholesterol levels are not an indication of heart disease. They also found that this means that using statins has doubtful benefit.

The researchers found recent studies, as well as previous studies, used misleading statistics, excluded unsuccessful clinical trials and ignored numerous contradictory observations.

Taking this even further, they found that older people who had high LDL didn’t die prematurely. Instead they found these people actually lived longer than those who had untreated low LDL and those on statin drugs.

Finally, another study that looked at 11 statin drug studies found that statin use postponed death by…wait for it…3.2 to 4.1 days.

So,,,how many billions of dollars are people shelling out for prescriptions for statins that are not only useless but also can be harmful due to the side effects of the drug, which include, difficulty sleeping, muscle aches and weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. Finally, statins affect the body’s ability to use CoQ10. Other than all of that, it's a great drug to take (tongue in cheek and fingers crossed).
(Reported Mercola.com 7/24/19)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Power of Gratitude

The concept of having an attitude of gratitude is one of those statements that you might not attach much importance to. In this case, you’d be wrong. Researchers have been finding that actually having an attitude of gratitude has health benefits for the person.

What is gratitude anyway? Dr. Robert Emmons, author of The Little Book of Gratitude defines it as affirming the goodness in one’s life and recognizing that its source lies outside of the self.  It’s also feeling indebted to another person and even nature for the beauty it provides us.

So, what happens when you have more of this attitude? One of the early studies had people writing down 5 things the they were grateful for once a week for 10 weeks. At the end of the study, they reported feeling 25% happier and they spent 30% more time exercising.

Other studies showed that the benefits of journaling your gratitude resulted in people sleeping better, having lower blood pressure and even smokers reducing their smoking by 40%. Finally, it allowed older adults with early-stage heart failure to lower their levels of disease-causing inflammation.
So…get a journal and start writing away about what you are grateful for. It can make a world of difference in your life!
(Reported Prevention.com, November 2018)

Friday, July 12, 2019

A New Breakthrough Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease & ALS


The drug companies are abandoning their research efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease related to beta amyloids and tau proteins. Their reason is simple, none of their remedies have proven to be effective.

Well, there’s another line of research that has opened up. It’s looking at a simple amino acid to stop Alzheimer’s and ALS. The amino acid is L-serine and so far, the research has been very, very promising. The first study was with monkeys. There is a powerful neurotoxin called BMAA that seems to cause Alzheimer’s. What the researchers did was feed one group of monkeys’ bananas with BMAA in it and the other group was given BMAA plus L-serine. The L-serine group had 80 to 90 percent fewer markers of Alzheimer’s verse the BMAA only group.

Human Phase I trials, which is to test safety had L-serine given to patients with ALS in doses up to 15 grams, twice a day. Even though this was a test for safety, L-serine slowed the progression of ALS by an astounding 85%. A Phase II study has begun testing the effectiveness of 30 grams of L-serine a day on patients with Alzheimer’s and ALS.

My Mother-in-Law, Carol who is 86, has been taking L-serine and feels that it has made an enormous difference for her in terms of memory. I personally, have begun taking around 5 grams a day in a powder form and it feels like it is also having a positive effect on me. So…L-serine anyone?
(Reported Dr. Whitaker’s Health & Healing, July 2019)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fascinating New Way to Get Honey from a Beehive


I ran across this video that has a new technology that allows beekeepers to easily get the honey out of the hive without disturbing or harming the bees. It’s really creative so take a look https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/father-son-duo-have-sold-51000-honey-on-tap-beehives/.
Enjoy.