Saturday, 23 March 2019

Scientists found Garlic more powerful than Penicillin in Urinary Tract Infection

Did you know, there is evidence that garlic is more effective than penicillin in killing the Staphilococus Aureus bacteria from Urinary Tract Infected people?
If you ever had an urinary tract infection you know it is not fun at all. You wouldn't think twice if you should go to see your doctor or not,
and chances are you will be given an antibiotic for it. Nothing wrong with that isn't it?
We all thought that till recently but apparently, the bacteria are smarter than us and they evolve and in time they build resistance to the antibiotics. The more antibiotics we use the more resistant bacteria become to them and the more Super Bugs are being discovered. 
What are the Super Bugs? Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to the antimicrobial drugs typically used to kill them. They are estimated to cause 700,000 deaths every year in England alone. If no action is taken, these numbers are expected to cause more deaths than cancer by 2050.

No wonder, the scientists around the world got united to find alternative ways to fight bacteria and they looking into using natural compounds like those found in plants and fungi to kill the bacteria once and for all and minimise the side effects of the treatment. As Michael Gerard from DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research puts it  "natural products are poised for a renaissance to address what is a pressing health care crisis."

Recently, scientists at Universiti Putra evaluated the antimicrobial activity of aqueous extract of garlic(Allium sativum) against multidrug resistant clinical isolates of pathogenic bacteria found in human urine in cases of urinary tract infection. What they found was nothing short of amazing.
They tested various antibiotics against UTI bacterias and 97% of the bacteria tested were resistant to them and 16% were resistant to Gentamicin. So to speak the Gentamicin treatment had the best outcome.
Then they tested garlic extract on Staphilococus Aureus from urinary tract infected people and found it as effective as Gentamicin. 
With other words, Garlic extract was more effective than ampicillin, penicillin, kanamycin and cefuroxime, and as effective as gentamicin against Urinary Tract Infection. 
All this is great news but of course there is a long way to go from the Lab to the patient, from a scientific discovery to developing a new drug that is sold in your near by pharmacy, a very complicated and time consuming process to make sure it works and is safe for you.

While the scientists are getting busy to find alternative ways of fighting disease, should you try some garlic as soon as your UTI strikes? One thing is for sure, it won't hurt unless you are sensitive to garlic. Make sure you take it with food and smash it first to activate the beneficial compounds in it. Also, leave it on the kitchen bench after smashing it before you take it. You can cut it in small pieces and swallow it with a glass of water or include it in your uncooked meal.  How much to take? Not more than 3 cloves of garlic a day. For how long to take it? Use common sense. It's a food, remember?

*If you have been successfully using garlic for your ailments, please tell us in the comments bellow. Who knows, your story may help others and in the long run, slow down these super bugs crisis.

Source:
www.pertanika.upm.edu
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
https://www.scirp.org/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/
https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/

Friday, 15 February 2019

Potato Chips Cravings? Try This Instead

Craving potato chips? Struggling to resist the temptation?
This could be your saviour with this healthier alternative to the potato chips you buy from the supermarket.



Potatoes and butter, healthier? Yes, you heard that correct. Yummy! 
Let me enlighten you if you give me permission. Yes, butter is rich in fats, but if you eat them in moderation they are beneficial to your health. They are not the enemies, they are your friend, "the healthy fat guys". Hmmm, is there such a thing? Healthy fat? I don't want to be fat. Yes, I know, me too. That is why I eat healthy fats that helped me lose weight and stay healthy. You heard that right. Sounds intriguing? Yes, it is intriguing for the most of us. 

We all know the relationship between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease has been a controversial topic for several decades but recent studies at Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, found that participants with the highest intake (median intake 339 g/day) had reduced death due to Cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with those with the lowest intake of full-fat dairy. Butter contains more than 400 different fatty acids, vitamin A, D, E ( a powerful antioxidant), B12, and K2 (cardiovascular protective properties).

If your butter is sourced from green grass-fed cows, it can contain high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that potentially can help provide protection against different types of Cancer and helps the body store muscle instead of fat. As you can see I can go on and on about the benefits of butter for your brain, your cardiovascular system etc.

Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (45% of the DV). It also contains a good amount of Potassium (crucial to heart function) and some other goodies like B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Iron, Calcium, Copper, and Zinc. All the good stuff that your body needs.

Bottom line, potatoes can be a healthy nutritious ingredient when combined with the right foods and cooked the right way and for the right people.

If you happen to have an allergy to dairy, use olive oil or coconut oil instead. If you have a sluggish liver, add some bitter foods to your plate.Here are some bitter foods that would go well with your tornado potatose: Asparagus, broccoli, rocket salad(arugula), radicchio, endive, artichokes. Eat them with joy, that way everyone will be happy! You, because buttery potatoes are delicious; and your liver, because bitter foods stimulate your liver to produce more bile and help emulsify the fats from your meal so the vital nutrients are better absorbed and utilized by your body. Your heart and your brain will also be happy because you are giving them the nutrients they need to function optimally.

Feeling hungry? Me too. Let's go make some buttery potatoes AKA Tornado Potatoes. Enough talk. Cooking time.

Here's the recipe:

Tornado Potatoes by Merle O'Neal

My cooking tip: ALWAYS Pre-Steam potatoes 8-10 minutes!
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Science source:
*Diary consumption and patterns of mortality in Australian adults https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20372173
*Estimated intake of milk fat is negatively associated with cardiovascular risk factors https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15035691
* Consumption of dairy products inversely associated with risk of CVD
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15035691

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Handsanitizers use linked to seasonal allergies, asthma and more

 

Did you know hand sanitizers in Australia can cause your skin to absorb dramaticaly more BPA, a hormonal disruptor? 

 

Scientists from University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri found that to be the case. See link to article down bellow.

 

Considering the increased rate of conditions associated with hormone imbalance and the staggering number people that use the chemical based hand sanitizers that is alarming. Hand sanitizers sales are sky rocketing in the last few years and it is expected for the industry to almost double in the next 5 years.

 

In animal studies, Triclosan has been found to be an endocrine disruptor and is suspected to be a carcinogen too.It has been linked too seasonal allergies in children and posible asthma.  It is used in personal, cleaning products, kitchen boards and even in fabrics. Other names for Triclosan: Irgasan, Cloxifenolum, Irgasan DP300, Lexol, Cloxifenol, Ster-Zac and its cousin triclocarban.

 

Even FDA agrees that animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation and poses high risk for developing antibiotic resistance and skin cancer.

Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drugs division said: "Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," She continued saying “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.” 

 

I don't know about you , but for me, my health is important.

 

In spite of mounting scientific evidence, Australia has not banned use of triclosan in cleaning and personal use yet. You can find it in your soaps and toothpaste and even cutting boards and kitchen wiping cloths. 

 

Here are some natural products that come with antibacterial benefits:   

Personal care: aloe vera, witch hazel, manuka oil, tea tree oil, neem oil.

Fresh and fermented produce: garlic, onions, honey, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, fermented foods.

 

So, while our country rulers are waiting for more information to ban triclosan to protect its people, I decided to take the matter in my own hands and make my own hand sanitizer using simple, clean, natural ingredients. 

 

I looked online and found this recipe that has science behind it and will do the job of sanitizing my hands without any harsh chemicals and nasty side effects.

Natural hand sanitizer recipe 

Credit: Anya Vien

 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 8 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

Instructions:

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Pour into a spray bottle or a pump type bottle.
3. Shake before applying 


Have fun and never ever forget, your health is your wealth!


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Refferences
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/triclosan#section=Synthesis-References  
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0110509 
https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm205999.htm
https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/hand-sanitizer-market 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5554376/ 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3515701/
https://anyavien.com/ 
 

Friday, 28 December 2018

Eat well and keep your mobile phone away

An increasing number of us are coming to realize that our relationships with our mobile phones could potentially have long term negative consequences.
I am not talking on my phone as much as my sister...
I am only checking my emails twice a day unlike my brother that is all day long on his mobile.
I am just killing time every now and then, nothing dramatic or destructive.
Does this sounds familiar?
...when I woke up this morning I had no idea what was awaiting for me at the other end of my laptop.
I've heard of a 9 part documentary series and I tried to find it on youtube.
While browsing, my attention was caught by a Melbourne University video titled: "The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation". 

How many times have you heard of those so called conspiracy theories, or mobile phone radiation causing this, causing that and down the track they prove to be unfounded claims dismantled by the scientists and the lawyers employed by the very industry that manufactures the mobile phones. So we could continue use our mobile phones and the other beautiful wireless devices without bad feelings. 

They conveniently baby sit our kids, they color our world, they fill up our lives with amazing adventures and it is all at our fingertips. Can it get any better than that?

They couldn't prove anything, so we're safe. Nothing new under the sun, same old, same old, right?
Hmm, yes, but Melbourne University is one of the most prestigious universities in Australia and in the world. So I had to check this out, just to make sure. Boy, was I in for a giant-enormous surprise?

It turns out that the current radiation safety standards for our mobile phones is 19 years old (dangerously outdated, right?) and the testings considered a person that makes a phone call a week and has a huge head. How many phone calls a week do you make? How big is your toddlers head or your unborn child's head that sleeps in side your tummy, while you're having a long conversation with your girlfriend on your mobile phone, less than 30 cm away?

See for yourself, as epidemiologist and international electromagnetic expert Dr. Devra Davies PhD shares the most recent medical studies in the field, some of which she and her team have been working on.
She has a beautiful and humorous way of breaking down the science into an easy to understand language for the everyday listener.

Enjoy and talk safe.

The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation.


  

Dr Davis holds a B.S. in physiological psychology and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, 1967. She completed a PhD in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1972 and a M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a Senior National Cancer Institute Post-­Doctoral Fellow, 1982. She is a visiting Professor of Medicine at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School. She has authored more than 200 publications and has been published in Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association as well as the Scientific American and the New York Times. Dr Devra Davis is an internationally recognized expert on electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and other wireless transmitting devices.


Sunday, 21 October 2018

Can mushrooms help with cancer?


Fighting cancer? How about eating some mushrooms? Scientists from all around the world have been intrigued by the possibility. So they went to their labs, pulled up their sleeves and put those mushrooms to test. What they found is astonishing. Specific mushrooms, see the table below, hold the power to strengthen or wake up your immune system if you want, to do its job and fight the precancerous or cancerous cells and in doing that they stopped its proliferation.
Who would have thought, something as humble as mushrooms could make a difference for someone battling cancer?
Scientists have found that bio active compounds from medicinal mushrooms can activate or modulate the immune system response leading to stop cancer from growing and metastasizing. 
More research is needed to find all the scientific bits and pieces about how those mushrooms can do all that, but in a meantime, you could find those mushroom at your nearby health store.


Here is the full paper:
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2018/7271509/
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2018/7271509/tab1/

Saturday, 13 October 2018

The Microbiome World Inside Of Us

                                                     










Do you know that according to Dr.Perlmutter, researchers at the University of Georgia Institute of Technology have looked at the atmosphere and the troposphere and found out that it has its microbiome. Their contention is that the atmosphere’s microbiome plays a role in weather. Bacteria play a very important role in the production of rain from clouds. As such, with all the pollutants in the environment, in the ocean, in the soil it is very disrupting for the microbiome world.
We owe it to our children and future generation to heal and re-establish the microbiome and the first step in doing that it is to recognize how in the world we’re traumatizing the microbiome.
We have to heal the gut microbiome. It is the time to see it as it is, the overuse of antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acid blockers, enviro toxins are harmful to the gut bacteria.
The good news is there are various foods able to reverse that. Fermented foods, aggressive probiotics, prebiotics like dandelion greens, onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes. The best probiotics for gut lining healing are Lactobacillus Plantarum(reduces gut permeability),  Lactobacillus braves, Bifidobacterium longem, Bifidobacterium lactic, Lactobacillus acidophilus. Also, supplementing with fish oil, cod oil, salmon oil DHA 800-1000mg/day.
Do you know that we are now able to use technology and look at the genetic samples of fossilized fecal material from ancestors living thousands of years ago as well as looking at dental plaque from fossils. What we find is that those specimens are similar to people that live today in extremely isolated and rural places. 
The microbiome hasn't changed much except for those of us who are living a city lifestyle and are exposed to chemical pollutants in our foods, water supply, and drugs that are so prevalent in society.This has a dramatic role in preserving our microbiome.
Gut permeability seems to be a cornerstone player in obesity, ADHD, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Bottom line, we have to heal the gut, the microbiome if it is to continue life on earth.

Dr.Pelmutter is a board-certified neurologist, a fellow of American College of Nutrition.
He is the author of 7 books one of which is “Microbes to heal and Protect your brain”, a New York Times bestseller.


He has been interviewed on Larry King Live, CC, Oprah and Dr. Oz show. 
Click here to learn more about your microbiome and how you can improve it so that you improve your quality o life from the author himself.
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Friday, 7 September 2018

SUGAR is the alcohol of today's child




The more I learn about it, the more it scares me.
We keep alcohol out of the hands of our kids, but we liberally give them orange juice liberally without thinking twice. We wouldn't think twice about not giving your kid a Budweiser but you don't think twice about giving your kid a can of Coke but they are the same says Robert Lustig, professor of Pediatrics at California University in San Francisco. Sugar is the alcohol of the child. In his opinion, sugar is poison, is a chronic dose-dependent liver toxin. He studied the subject for 16 years. It is all backed by science, sugar drives the obesity and diabetes. 
Alcohol damages your body. So does the excess of sugar. 
This generation of children is the first one that is predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Something has to be done. It is criminal and outrageously unjust for our kids.
Obesity worldwide has more than doubled since 1980.
In 2013, more than 42 million kids under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. 
Obesity is killing more people than famine.
Is it because we eat too much fat? Is it because we eat too much SUGAR? Or is it because we eat too little fat and too much sugar?
The World Health Organisation advises adults to stay bellow 25 grams of sugar/day which is about 6 teaspoons/day. Starting your day with a glass of orange juice? There are 23-28 grams of sugar in it, so forget about desert for the rest of the day, have your coffee and sugarless tea and cook everything from scratch if you want to stay within the recommended sugar intake. Seams impossible to you? Then forget about the pulp free orange juice and have a glass of lemon water and an orange instead. 
Not your style? You love your orange juice? I did too. I still do, but I made a conscious decision to choose health. Today's meal sets you up for tomorrow sickness or tomorrow's health. I choose health. What do you choose? 
Hard to change your eating habits? That's understandable.The question is, is it worth setting your body up for diabetes, liver disease, heart disease and others alike? 
Watch the video below to find out more:


Sugar can be as addictive as heroin medical study shows. 



                                    Why is sugar as bad as alcohol for your health?






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