A recipe found in a ninth-century Anglo Saxon book of medical remedies has proven effective in killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
The key to killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — also known as MRSA or golden staph — may not be new-fangled treatments after all, but a treatment for an infected eyelash follicle found in a 1,000-year-old book.
The MRSA “superbug” is notoriously difficult to treat. Over the years, it developed resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics, which include common treatments like penicillin and its derivatives, cephalosporins, monobactams and carbapenems. It’s also a particular problem in hospitals and nursing homes, where a high percentage of the population of which have open wounds and weakened immune systems. Continue reading
You’re filling up on healthy foods, exercising daily and still, the scale isn’t budging. It’s mind-numbingly frustrating. Luckily, it’s also fixable. Here are six common things that could be standing between you and your weight-loss goals – plus easy ways to bust through each.
1. You Aren’t Tracking What You Eat
“Most of the time, when someone comes into my office saying they aren’t losing weight, the problem is that they are eating a lot more than they think they are,” says Holly Herrington, a registered dietitian and clinical nutritionist with the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. “Almost every single person underestimates how much they are eating.” You can blame oversized restaurant portions, mindless munching and “health halos” for that, she says.
After all, French fries and ice cream aren’t the only things that are calorie-packed. Continue reading
Wouldn’t it be incredible if there was a proven, safe, inexpensive, painless, non-surgical medical procedure to eliminate the conditions that trigger heart attacks, strokes, senility, and death? Well, hold on to your seat because it is here! Some of us have known about it for years but now a lengthy study by establishment physicians proves the safety of Chelation Therapy for heart and diabetic patients! It is a surprising, stunning, substantial, and shocking study that supports Chelation Therapy!
The incredible results: Chelation Therapy was safe with no serious side effects for up to five years and beyond. The data supported the fact that cardiac events included fewer deaths, fewer heart attacks and fewer strokes. And fewer hospitalizations for any heart problem! Continue reading
Why it’s men especially who need to wake up to the danger
Patrick, a finance executive, was diagnosed with bowel cancer after doctors diagnosed anaemia
Patrick McIntosh had given blood every six months for nearly two decades.
Then two years ago, when he went to donate as usual, he was told he couldn’t – because his iron levels were too low.
‘It came completely out of the blue,’ says Patrick, 58, a financier who lives with his wife, Sue, and their two dogs in Smallfield, Surrey.
‘I felt very healthy. I sail and I cycle – I’ve done the London-to-Brighton bike ride more than 25 times.’
At first, he wasn’t too concerned. ‘The nurse at the donor session said it was nothing to worry about, that I was probably a bit run-down, and I should try taking iron pills – which I did.’ Continue reading
Fresh, raw, organic produce heals. Produce heals everything. Other than that, foods high in iodine and foods that are high in selenium are known to aid thyroid function.
The thyroid gland requires iodine to function. Iodine taken by itself or ingested through fortified salt can be problematic. Good food sources include: meat, seafood, yogurt, milk, and eggs, but there are vegan sources as well. Continue reading
Archaeologists find oldest evidence of disease in 4,200 year old Egyptian skeleton
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said the bones of the woman, who lived at the end of the 6th Pharaonic Dynasty, showed’an extraordinary deterioration’.
A team from a Spanish university has discovered what Egyptian authorities are calling the world’s oldest evidence of breast cancer in the 4,200-year-old skeleton of an adult woman. Continue reading
She has had some battles in her 68 years. And Suzanne Somers is not afraid to talk about them.
On Tuesday – the day after she delivered an impressive performance on Dancing With The Stars – the Three’s Company actress wrote an emotional post for People.
‘I never let cancer beat me,’ the survivor wrote in her weekly column. ‘Instead I used it to work for me as incentive to do all that I have had to do to achieve peak health again. So putting all those thoughts together got to me [on the show].’
She added, ‘The information I have passed on to millions of women in my books comes from a profound passion to bring the most cutting-edge alternative protocols to the forefront showing women and men that there is a new way to age. Continue reading
A chemical that has been linked to cancer cell growth is being used by millions of Americans in toothpaste every day, it has emerged.
The company behind Colgate Total insists that triclosan, which it uses to stave off gum disease, is safe to use because the toothpaste was approved in 1997 by the Food and Drug Administration.
But the toxicology documents used by the FDA to approve the toothpaste were only released early this year after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit last year – and reveal the agency relied upon company-backed science to reach its conclusion, Bloomberg News reported.
The 35-page report reveals the FDA had concerns that triclosan could increase the risk of cancer – but Colgate said the chemical was only problematic in large doses. Continue reading
How to cut your risk.
How to cope if it strikes…
and a simple test to help spot it early.
The greatest fear for people is that they may end their days slipping into dementia
What concerns you most about your future health?
Chances are it is not the condition of your heart or even the risk of cancer.
Today, the greatest fear for people is that they may end their days slipping into dementia.
The idea of losing control of one’s thoughts or being unable to remember loved ones causes understandable anxiety, and it happens to an increasing number of people.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are already more than 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and that number is set to double over the next 35 years.
Fears about becoming one of them has led to a surge of people turning up at dementia clinics. Continue reading
Shock! Certified organic strawberries aren’t so organic after all. Although organic strawberries sell for 50% to 100% more than conventional berries, organic strawberries are fumigated with toxic chemicals, including methyl bromide, at the beginning stages of their life-cycle.
Methyl bromide, is used to sterilize the soil before strawberries are planted. It’s not sprayed on the fruit. It’s a soil fumigant that kills just about everything it touches. Many hybridized seed varieties have been created that can only grow in sterile soil.
“The soil is, as a matter of fact, full of live organisms. It is essential to conceive of it as something pulsating with life, not as a dead or inert mass.” ~ Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
Many of us are afraid of the dentist. The sound of a drill buzzing is enough to get your heart racing, and the smells and awkwardness of having your teeth worked on doesn’t exactly make it easier to put that dental appointment on your list.
If that wasn’t enough, understanding common dental procedures and how many of them are conducted has also given people more reasons to avoid the dentist. Given what we know now about two major dental procedures, who can blame them? Continue reading
Cholesterol in foods does NOT cause heart disease
Potentially reversing almost 40 years of government policy, the top nutrition advisory board for the United States has dropped its warning against dietary cholesterol. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concluded that no evidence supports a link between dietary cholesterol and heart disease.
Even five years ago, the committee was still promoting the warning first popularized by the American Heart Association in 1961. But the new position has been a long time coming.
“There’s been a shift of thinking,” said Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. He called the committee’s decision to drop the cholesterol warning a “reasonable move.” Continue reading
A recent study carried out by Penn state food scientists has shed even more light on green tea’s anti-cancer effects, finding that a compound within the antioxidant-rich beverage may be capable of destroying oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells completely unharmed.
The compound responsible for many of green tea’s benefits and one which is known to protect against cancer is known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). The compound has been studied extensively for its ability to not only prevent and beat cancer, but also increase metabolism, protect the brain, and slow the aging process. Continue reading
The world’s most widely-used weed killer can “probably” cause cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma), the World Health Organization said recently.
The WHO’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans”.
It also said there was “limited evidence” that glyphosate was carcinogenic in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the findings. Continue reading
More Than Just a Senior Moment
Which aisle stocks the peanut butter? Where is the project file? What’s the name of that actor in the movie we saw last week? These are all questions that can unhinge our memory at times. A little memory blip is nothing to worry about. We all have them now and then. But some occurrences could signal a more serious memory problem. Although aging ups the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the condition isn’t a normal part of aging. So how do you know what’s normal behavior and what’s not? Here are 10 red flags to watch out for.
Scientists believe the gases in our body can reveal a range of diseases such as colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome.
But attempting to ‘scientifically analyse people’s farts’ – either by using a breathalyser or looking at feces – can prove tricky.
Now one engineer claims he has come up with two methods to do this that are far more effective; fecal fermentation and gas-sensing capsules.
Fecal fermentation involves incubating feces in conditions similar to those found in the large intestine.
To do this scientists place a spoonful of feces in a jar, and place a lid on it. Continue reading
Here are 25 easy resolutions that could keep you fighting fit
Making major lifestyle changes your New Year’s resolutions is all well and good – if you manage to stick to them. But surveys suggest that most resolutions have bitten the dust by February, with one poll from Cancer Research UK revealing four in ten of us ditch our resolutions within two weeks.
It might be better to think small, as tiny modifications are easier to achieve. And if a healthy action becomes habit, it could last a lifetime. Here are 25 easy resolutions that could keep you fighting fit for years to come…
Put your toothbrush in the dishwasher
You can rinse your brush head every few days under boiling water or in the dishwasher
Toothbrushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Scientists at Manchester University found that the average toothbrush contains ten million germs, including a high percentage of potentially dangerous bacteria such as E. coli.
To help kill these bugs, Dr Ron Cutler, a microbiologist at Queen Mary University of London, recommends rinsing the brush every few days under boiling water. Or you could make a habit of putting the family toothbrushes in the dishwasher (top rack) every week. Continue reading
Aaahhh, sleep. Is there anything as necessary and, for so many, as elusive as a good night’s rest?
About 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sleep deprivation is associated with injuries, weight gain, chronic diseases, and just plain crankiness. Sleep apnea, a disorder the prevalence of which increases with age, is a risk factor for heart disease. What’s more, recent research suggests that sleep plays a vital role in cleaning out potentially toxic waste from our brains that, if left to accumulate, may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
Yet as important as it is, good sleep can become harder to achieve as we get older. Certain measures of sleep quality begin to deteriorate very gradually starting as early as age 19, according to Dr. Anda Baharav, founder and chief scientist of SleepRate, a company that recently launched an app-based sleep improvement plan based on cognitive behavioral therapy, a standard treatment for insomnia. Continue reading
Debrah Reid, who has breast cancer, at home in Memphis, where mortality risk is greater for blacks. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
A troubling racial divide in breast cancer mortality continues to widen in most major cities around the country, suggesting that advances in diagnosis and treatment continue to bypass African-American women, according to new research.
An analysis of breast cancer mortality trends in 41 of the largest cities in the United States shows that the chance of surviving breast cancer correlates strongly with the color of a woman’s skin. Black women with breast cancer — whether they hail from Phoenix or Denver, Boston or Wichita, Kan. — are on average about 40 percent more likely to die of the disease than white women with breast cancer. Continue reading
Archaeologists have found a complete 3,200-year-old skeleton, pictured, with cancer. The find could help show how the disease has evolved
Wealthy young man’s bones could help show how the disease evolved.
Archaeologists have found a complete 3,200-year-old skeleton with cancer and say the discovery could help show how the disease has evolved.
The remains of the wealthy man, believed to have been between 25 and 35 when he died, were found in a tomb close to the River Nile in Sudan last year.
The bones showed evidence of metastatic carcinoma – cancer which has spread from where it started.
Analysis proved it came from a malignant soft-tissue tumour and spread across large parts of the body, making it the oldest ‘convincing’ example of metastatic cancer ever found, the authors of the study said. Continue reading