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Arginine and Alzheimers

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The Amino Acid L.Arginine plays a major role in our health, from the immune system to our cardiovascular system.  Now scientist are seeing a connection between the immune system consumption of Arginine and Alzheimers.  For some reason unknown to science the brains immune system starts consuming arginine which normally helps protect brain cells.  Scientist do not recommend consumption of more Arginine to combat the problem, but one has to wonder why the immune system would start consuming arginine.  There is some thought that as we age our bodies start loosing the ability to produce arginine.  Could this be the reason for the consumption of Arginine by the brains immune system.  We will have to wait for more research to get a definitive answer.

London Scientists have broken new ground in the search for an Alzheimers cure by discovering a potential cause of the disease, which could be targeted with drug treatments. In findings that experts said could open new doors in the increasingly frustrated global hunt for a therapy for dementia, US researchers announced that studies of Alzheimers in mice had thrown up a new process that they believe contributes to the diseases development. The team at Duke University in North Carolina observed that with Alzheimers, immune cells that normally protect the brain instead begin to consume a vital nutrient called arginine. Full article here

Alzheimer’s continues to play a major role in healthcare today and the numbers continue to increase.  Unfortunately, there seems to be no cure in sight.  Researchers have now switched to trying to manage the disease rather than looking for a cause.  99 percent of the medicines that have been developed to combat this disease have met with no positive results.

After assessing these results, the researchers found that about 5.7 million Americans will have mild cognitive impairment (an intermediate clinical stage that does not yet meet the criteria for dementia) by 2060 and another 9.3 million will have dementia due to Alzheimer’s. In this group, about 4 million will need intensive care service, similar to that provided by nursing homes.

Today, about 6.08 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment, according to the study.

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Vitamin supplements can increase risk of cancer and heart disease | Society | The Guardian

cardio-cocktail_150It is kind of hard to know what to make of this research. The information provided by the Guardian is limited at best. I think the major take away is that supplements are exactly that, supplements. There is no substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. For me personally, I would need to know what type of supplements the individuals were taking, natural or synthetic and who were the target participants in the study. Any research done on individuals who take supplements and ignore their health is doomed for failure or success depending on the desires of the researcher.



Taking more than the recommended dosage beta carotene a supplement advertised as a boost to the immune system was found to increase the risk of developing lung cancer and heart disease by up to 20%, according to the university. The review also noted that a trial involving a folic acid supplement, which is thought to reduce precancerous polyps in the colon, actually increased the number of polyps among users compared with those who received a placebo. Prof Tim Byers, associate director for cancer prevention at the universitys cancer centre, said: We have discovered that taking extra vitamins and minerals do more harm than good.

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Lipid-Based Vitamin D Formulation Boosts Blood Levels – Nutraceuticals World

News from Life Extension Foundation is showing the power of liquid supplements.  Switching from a powder to a liquid Vitamin D3 increased blood levels by 28.5 percent.  This is one of the things that makes Cardio Cocktail so powerful, it is a liquid supplement and easily absorbed.  That is truly the great thing about liquid supplements for the most part, they give the user more for their money.  You can read the full report in the link below.

Life Extension study showed 5, 000 IU softgel formulation led to a 28.5% increase in 25(OH) D blood levels. The annual scientific meeting is comprised of over 14, 000 scientists and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies with interest in research and life sciences. Joyal, MD, set out to determine if a lipid-based softgel vitamin D supplement could boost vitamin D blood levels in healthy adults who had already been taking a dry, powder-based vitamin D capsule at the same dosage for at least 3 months.

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FDA may crack down on junk homeopathic ‘remedies’

It seems a little strange to me that the FDA is going to look at homeopathic remedies that they believe have no credibility.  How do you monitor something or look at something you don’t believe in?  If people want to spend their money on remedies that the FDA says is junk, is that not okay?  Do we need to check with the FDA regarding what is worth our money and what is not?  I understand if they are going to monitor the claims made by homeopathic remedies.  I believe this is the same agency that declares that only a drug is capable of curing anything and therefore is the only one that can make that claim.

What is really misleading is stating that “homeopathic remedies sit side by side with conventional drugs” when they in fact do not, nor does anyone except Professor Fugh-Berman believe that they do.

Still, the FDA has allowed homeopathic remedies to be sold under a different set of rules than normal medicines. TheCDC estimates that’s a huge market: Americans spent $2.9 billion on homeopathic treatments in 2007. The FDA hasn’t reviewed that policysince 1988, but this week it’s taking another look, asking for public comments more than 1, 100 have piled up and holding hearings from scientists and the homeopathy industry.
Allowing homeopathic remedies to sit side by side with conventional drugs that have undergone FDA scrutiny as over the counter drugs is inherently misleading,” Georgetown associate professor Adriane Fugh-Berman writes.

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3 Simple Steps to Control Anger and Frustration with Others | Psychology Today

Most people know that stress is a major player when it comes to our personal health.  Unfortunately we seem to create our own stress by believing that life should occur a certain way and then getting upset when it doesn’t.  To live in a “it shouldn’t be this way world” is not living in reality.  The article from Psychology Today gives some tips on how to deal with the frustration of it shouldn’t be this way.  I am personally going to save the exercise for days when I think it shouldn’t be this way….

The majority of anger and frustration in life,no matter what the situation,has at its basis one simple thought.It shouldnt be this way. We all go through life with our own personal set of ideas about how we think things should work out,how we think people should treat us,how other people should behave etc. I like to refer to this personal sense we all of have of how the world should operate,as our personal rulebook. This personal rulebook incorporates our beliefs,perspectives,likes,ideals,and values.