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Archive for December, 2008

Study showing weight gain caused by sugar-sweetened sodas

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

A single can of soda a day can add up to 15 pounds a year Here’s a significant study supporting the idea that sugar- sweetened sodas play a large role in obesity.

Here’s an AP report about the study.

We also know that sugar-sweetened beverages significantly contributes to chronic inflammation and severe disease.

Drug errors injure more than 1.5 million a year

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

The dangers associated with using drugs… I wanted to bring this report to your attention. It’s a common problem that seems to be getting worse.

The best way to prevent this problem is to use drugs as little as possible and to challenge their use when prescribed. I caution you, do not mindlessly comply with your physician. Be inquisitive and challenge your physician and pharmacist…know what you are getting into. If you don’t…no one else will!

Animal study suggests that Trans fats leads to weight gain and disease

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Trans fats cause inflammation, disease and weight gain There’s a significant body of evidence that trans fats significantly raise the risk of metabolic disease. This study goes a long way in supporting that idea.

In my opinion, the more important thing to keep in mind is that trans fats will trigger chronic inflammation, which leads to significant risk of disease.

So, when we combine excessive sugar and trans fat consumption, is it any wonder that we are experiencing an epidemic in diabetes, disease and related obesity?

New Study Re-evaluates Cardiovascular Risks Of Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

High dose of traditional NSAIDs also linked to heart disease. There has been much concern about the use of the anti-inflammatory drugs called COX-2 inhibitors such as Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra. These non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), commonly used for arthritis, have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

This recent study suggests that not only using COX-2 NSAIDs for inflammation but also high dose of traditional NSAIDs such as ibuprophen (Advil) or diclofenac (Voltaren) are also linked to raising the risk of cardiovascular disease, though the risk caused by naproxen (Aleve) was smaller.

It is clear that conventional medicine continues to struggle to have safe and effective therapies for chronic inflammation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Linked to Serious Infections and Cancers

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Mayo study shows the dangers of Enbrel (etanercept) and Remicade This study shows a strong association between the use of TNF-blocking antibodies such as Enbrel (etanercept) or Remicade, and the development of serious infections, such as pneumonia, and cancers.

Patients and health care providers need to be aware of these increased risks when deciding how to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or Crohn’s disease.

Unfortunately, the medical community isn’t aware that there are safe and effective alternatives that tighten control of TNF-alpha production and reduce inflammation without raising the risk of infection and cancer.

It’s clear that conventional medicine is struggling to control chronic inflammation. Remember the cardiovascular problems with the NSAIDs: Vioxx, Celebrex & Bextra.

Low-carb diet reduces risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

This study provides evidence that a low-carb diet reduces the risk of developing AMD.

There’s more information in this editorial in the same issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

This news does not surprise me. AMD is a inflammatory related disorder and we know that high carb diets that raise blood sugars will trigger inflammation.

So, to protect your eyes from AMD, keep your blood sugars stable and use dietary supplements that tighten your body’s control of inflammation. The rest of the body will benefit too.

Study Suggests Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Be Safe Alternative for Pain Relief

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

This article was brought to my attention by a member of my email newsletter. I appreciateĀ the constructive input.

This study adds to the large volume of evidence that fish oil is a useful alternative for managing chronic inflammation.