Zapping Away Migraines

A new device marketed for relieving migraine headaches and approved by the FDA could eliminate headache pain within two hours for some patients, but others may have to wait as long as an excruciating 24 hours, and many may not be helped at all. Unfortunately, the treatment doesn’t address the debilitating symptoms that often go along with migraines including nausea, sensitivity to light and sensitivity to sound, the FDA noted. The device provides transcranial magnetic stimulation. To deal with a headache, patients have to hold the device to the back of the head and push a button. This results in two magnetic pulses that last less than a millisecond each, 30 seconds apart. In a study of the effectiveness of the stimulator, 38 percent of patients reported relief within two hours, 34 percent were headache-free 24 hours later, and 28 percent were not helped at all. Of patients who received a sham device, 17 percent reported relief within two hours and 10 percent within 24 hours, the FDA said. The most common side effect of the new treatment is dizziness. Patients with metal implants or devices with magnetic components and those with epilepsy or a personal or family history of seizures should not use the device, the FDA warned.

My take? This new approach to treating migraines isn’t perfect, which is also true of the drugs available to relieve the headaches. Nothing works perfectly for all migraine patients. In addition to identifying and avoiding triggers for the headaches, I suggest eliminating caffeine from your diet so you can use coffee or other forms of caffeine as an effective and immediate migraine treatment. Drink one or two cups of strong coffee at the first sign of an attack, then lie down in a dark, quiet room. I also recommend considering preventive measures such as biofeedback; taking feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), 100-150 mg daily; coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10); 400 mg daily of riboflavin (the high dose needs to be prescribed by a physician); or the herb butterbur (50-100 mg twice daily with meals).

Source:
Richard B.  Lipton et al, “Single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation for acute treatment of migraine with aura: a randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, sham-controlled trial,” The Lancet Neurology, doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(10)70054-5

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Hops for Hot Flashes, Weight Loss and Cancer Prevention

Researchers at Oregon State University are looking into the cancer protective effects of a flavonoid found in hops, the plants that give beer its bitter flavor. The flavonoid, xanthohumol, can help protect against cancer, at least in cell culture. Investigators at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State have found xanthohumol to be active against breast, colon, and ovarian cancer when these cancer cell lines were grown and treated under lab conditions. The flavonoid might also help prevent prostate cancer. In addition, hops appears to have other health benefits: an extract has been shown to decrease hot flashes in menopausal women, and ongoing studies of the effect of one hops compound may lead to a new approach to weight loss. In animal studies, the compound promoted either outright weight loss or prevented the animals from gaining as much weight as untreated animals. Don’t stock up on beer yet, though, as it doesn’t contain enough xanthohumol to provide any of the potential health benefits. How much xanthohumol would be needed to protect against cancer, control hot flashes and help us lose weight is still being investigated.

Sources:
“An interview with Fred Stevens, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry LPI Principal Investigator,” Linus Pauling Institute Research Newsletter, accessed December 6, 2013, http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/fw10/vitamincbeer.html

“Hops”, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website, accessed December 7, 2013, http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/hops

Heart Disease Natural Cure: How to Conquer Heart Problems and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams

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Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, 65-year-old Tom never gave up on his dream to become a pilot…But, heart disease and meds – for cholesterol and blood thinning – almost stole them.  Fortunately, he took matters into his own hands and applied the natural cure for heart disease.

“In October 2005 I was cutting trees on my property in northern Michigan and I suddenly got the warning signs for heart disease – shortness of breath and tightness in my chest,” says Tom. “I immediately stopped and rested…I knew there was an issue.  I needed to see my doctor.”

Fifteen minutes after I got to the hospital, I was in the emergency room. I was told that I had five blockages, two requiring stents,” says Tom.  Heart disease had set in.

Surprisingly, after the procedure, “I was home by Wednesday and I went into the office on Friday for an hour.”

A stent is a tube used to open weak arteries – from heart disease – for proper blood flow. It’s one of medicine’s biggest triumphs.  Highly skilled and dedicated surgeons are able to drastically increase lifespan using this seemingly miraculous technology to overcome the consequence of heart disease.

Sadly, Tom’s stent procedure was followed up with a handful of pills that kept him on the prescription drug merry-go-round  and in and out of the hospital…

Trashing Cholesterol Meds

“The cholesterol meds were killing my joints and I switched from Simvastatin to Crestor.  I felt miserable.” Tom admitted.

“At one point, I went to see the cardiologist for an 18-month stress test, which I thought I would kick ass on and be out and home in an hour,” he says. “About seven minutes into the stress test the nurse turned off the machine, pulled me off and stuck a Nitro pill in my mouth. Ten minutes later I was told to go home get the wife and head straight to the hospital. Four hours later, I was on the table and two more stents were being put in.”

All of his attempts to be healthy with drugs and various supplements failed.

After I came out of recovery the cardiologist told me he ‘almost’ did a bypass on me because one of the original stents was 100% blocked – BUT, I had grown new blood veins around the blockage [due to taking supplements] and they were working well enough that he did not need to intervene.”

Not Able to Pass His Flight Physical

Tom is a Vietnam veteran, 101st Airborne Division.  He describes himself as someone who works hard and plays hard. But his dream of flying was becoming more elusive…There was no way he could pass his flight physical, which is mandatory to become a pilot.

Sick of putting his life on hold, Tom smartened up and realized that the surgery and drug charades weren’t doing anything to help him live young. Nor would they help his physical fitness…He sought out a heart failure home remedies.

Instead of treating symptoms, he needed to learn how to stop the inflammation that caused blockage, and start living again.

I decided the pharmaceuticals weren’t doing any good,” he says. “Years of taking drugs and healthy diets just didn’t help. I think that’s when I started looking harder for healthy alternatives.”

“In early spring 2012 after considerable reading, I decided to try Cardio FX and Cinnergy from The People’s Chemist, and slowly took myself off the drugs.”

Stopping Inflammation, Opening Up Arteries and Heart Disease Naturally

That was a smart move on Tom’s part.

Cardio FX is an all natural cardiovascular cure that I developed to strengthen the heart, halt the formation of unruly blood clots and open up arteries to ensure proper blood flow.

Taking Cardio FX is like implanting a molecular stint into your arteries.  Just as helium inflates a balloon, Cardio FX boosts nitric oxide to open up arteries and and allow for free flowing circulation.

This natural, non-toxic supplement has helped thousands of people wean themselves off deadly heart medications. It floods your body with nutrients that soothe and strengthen your entire cardiovascular system, while keeping your blood pressure normal.

Cinnergy controls blood sugar, which is the biggest culprit in heart damaging inflammation!

He started feeling better….

Tom moved to Tavares, Florida.  Can you guess what happened next?

He began living young…He began fulfilling his lifelong dream to become a pilot.  Even better, he started to build his own plane – a SeaRey – A beautiful plane built for land and water!

Living Young Means Fulfilling Life Long dreams!

“I got my pilot’s license in Nov 11 and finished building my plane in April 2012. My cardiologist said as long as I stayed within the ‘sport’ rules he didn’t have issues with me flying.”

“A January 2014 check with my general practitioner, and the V.A. said everything was within limits. Blood pressure is O.K. about 10 points higher than I’d like (high 130′s over 80) and the triglycerides were lower but not yet below 100. I’ll keep working at lowering the numbers. Oh, and when I went off the meds, within a month I’d lost 10 pounds.”

That’s what happens when your body isn’t being blasted with toxic prescription drugs! It can actually do what it was designed to do – heal ITSELF.

What’s Your Excuse for Having Weak Cardiovascular Health?

If Tom can survive multiple surgeries, wean himself off prescription drugs, get his pilot’s license, and build his own plane… then you, too, can conquer anything life dares to throw at you, with Cardio FXAnd live your dreams, before it’s too late!

“I’m sure I far out-do what the cardiologist would like me to be doing. I still shovel the front walk in the winter and run the chain saw and saw mill in the summer and fly when ever I get the chance.”

Want to live young like Tom? Click here to maximize your heart’s performance, no matter what your biological age.

About the Author

Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison holds master’s degree in organic chemistry and is the author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures (SourceBooks). He’s been quoted by USA Today, Shape, Woman’s World, US News and World Report, as well as Women’s Health and appeared on Fox and NBC as a medicine and health expert. Start living young by signing up for his FREE Natural Cures Watchdog below.

How to Conquer Heart Problems Naturally and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams

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Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, 65-year-old Tom never gave up on his dream to become a pilot…But, poor health and meds almost stole them!

“In October 2005 I was cutting trees on my property in northern Michigan and I suddenly got the warning signs – shortness of breath and tightness in my chest,” says Tom. “I immediately stopped and rested…I knew there was an issue.  I needed to see my doctor.”

Fifteen minutes after I got to the hospital, I was in the emergency room. I was told that I had five blockages, two requiring stents,” says Tom.

Surprisingly, after the procedure, “I was home by Wednesday and I went into the office on Friday for an hour.”

A stent is a tube used to open weak arteries for proper blood flow. It’s one of medicine’s biggest triumphs.  Highly skilled and dedicated surgeons are able to drastically increase lifespan using this seemingly miraculous technology.

Sadly, Tom’s stent procedure was followed up with a handful of pills that kept him on the prescription drug merry-go-round  and in and out of the hospital…

Trashing Cholesterol Meds

“The cholesterol meds were killing my joints and I switched from Simvastatin to Crestor.  I felt miserable.” Tom admitted.

“At one point, I went to see the cardiologist for an 18-month stress test, which I thought I would kick ass on and be out and home in an hour,” he says. “About seven minutes into the stress test the nurse turned off the machine, pulled me off and stuck a Nitro pill in my mouth. Ten minutes later I was told to go home get the wife and head straight to the hospital. Four hours later, I was on the table and two more stents were being put in.”

All of his attempts to be healthy with drugs and various supplements failed.

After I came out of recovery the cardiologist told me he ‘almost’ did a bypass on me because one of the original stents was 100% blocked – BUT, I had grown new blood veins around the blockage [due to taking supplements] and they were working well enough that he did not need to intervene.”

Not Able to Pass His Flight Physical

Tom is a Vietnam veteran, 101st Airborne Division.  He describes himself as someone who works hard and plays hard. But his dream of flying was becoming more elusive…There was no way he could pass his flight physical, which is mandatory to become a pilot.

Sick of putting his life on hold, Tom smartened up and realized that the surgery and drug charades weren’t doing anything to help him live young. Nor would they help his physical fitness.

Instead of treating symptoms, he needed to learn how to stop the inflammation that caused blockage, and start living again.

I decided the pharmaceuticals weren’t doing any good,” he says. “Years of taking drugs and healthy diets just didn’t help. I think that’s when I started looking harder for healthy alternatives.”

“In early spring 2012 after considerable reading, I decided to try Cardio FX and Cinnergy from The People’s Chemist, and slowly took myself off the drugs.”

Stopping Inflammation and Opening Up Arteries Naturally

That was a smart move on Tom’s part.

Cardio FX is an all natural cardiovascular cure that I developed to strengthen the heart, halt the formation of unruly blood clots and open up arteries to ensure proper blood flow.

Taking Cardio FX is like implanting a molecular stint into your arteries.  Just as helium inflates a balloon, Cardio FX boosts nitric oxide to open up arteries and and allow for free flowing circulation.

This natural, non-toxic supplement has helped thousands of people wean themselves off deadly heart medications. It floods your body with nutrients that soothe and strengthen your entire cardiovascular system, while keeping your blood pressure normal.

Cinnergy controls blood sugar, which is the biggest culprit in heart damaging inflammation!

He started feeling better….

Tom moved to Tavares, Florida.  Can you guess what happened next?

He began living young…He began fulfilling his lifelong dream to become a pilot.  Even better, he started to build his own plane – a SeaRey – A beautiful plane built for land and water!

Living Young Means Fulfilling Life Long dreams!

“I got my pilot’s license in Nov 11 and finished building my plane in April 2012. My cardiologist said as long as I stayed within the ‘sport’ rules he didn’t have issues with me flying.”

“A January 2014 check with my general practitioner, and the V.A. said everything was within limits. Blood pressure is O.K. about 10 points higher than I’d like (high 130′s over 80) and the triglycerides were lower but not yet below 100. I’ll keep working at lowering the numbers. Oh, and when I went off the meds, within a month I’d lost 10 pounds.”

That’s what happens when your body isn’t being blasted with toxic prescription drugs! It can actually do what it was designed to do – heal ITSELF.

What’s Your Excuse for Having Weak Cardiovascular Health?

If Tom can survive multiple surgeries, wean himself off prescription drugs, get his pilot’s license, and build his own plane… then you, too, can conquer anything life dares to throw at you, with Cardio FXAnd live your dreams, before it’s too late!

“I’m sure I far out-do what the cardiologist would like me to be doing. I still shovel the front walk in the winter and run the chain saw and saw mill in the summer and fly when ever I get the chance.”

Want to live young like Tom? Click here to maximize your heart’s performance, no matter what your biological age.

 

About the Author

Shane “The People’s Chemist” Ellison holds master’s degree in organic chemistry and is the author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures (SourceBooks). He’s been quoted by USA Today, Shape, Woman’s World, US News and World Report, as well as Women’s Health and appeared on Fox and NBC as a medicine and health expert. Start living young by signing up for his FREE Natural Cures Watchdog below.

Singing for Your Health

Singing in the shower may perk you up for the day, but if you really want to be happy, consider joining a choir. British researchers examined how singing affects our feelings of well-being by reviewing data gathered from an on-line survey of 375 people who sang in choirs, sang solo or belonged to a sports team. The investigators found that all three activities had a positive impact on mental well-being, but that singing in a choir topped singing alone, in or out of the shower. What’s more, the choir members felt even closer to their fellow singers than athletes felt about their teammates. The study didn’t delve into why, exactly, singing buoys us, but lead author Nick Stewart of Oxford Brookes University said that “further research could look at how moving and breathing in synchrony with others might be responsible for creating a unique well-being effect.” He also suggested that joining a choir “could be a cost-effective way to improve people’s well-being.” The survey results were presented on December 5, 2013 at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology.

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Source:
Hayley Dickson, “Choir Singing Boosts Your Mental Health”, The Telegraph, December 4, 2013, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10496056/Choir-singing-boosts-your-mental-health.html

How to Splurge on Food and Stay Healthy

A new study from Great Britain suggests that you might be able to splurge on food without endangering your health. The secret, of course, is daily exercise. Researchers from the University of Bath recruited 26 young men who exercised regularly. None was obese, and none had any health problems that could contribute to diabetes. Half the volunteers were asked to spend 45 minutes a day running on a treadmill at a “moderately intense pace.” In addition, both groups of men were instructed to wear pedometers and cut their daily walking from an average of more than 10,000 steps a day to 4,000 or less (this didn’t count the treadmill time). All the men were told to start overeating substantially. The men who did not exercise on the treadmill were assigned to increase their daily caloric intake by 50 percent, while the men who exercised increased their intake by almost 75 percent. After a week, the researchers ran a series of tests on all of the volunteers. The upshot? The tests showed a decline in blood sugar control among the men who didn’t exercise, and genetic tests found unhealthy changes in the genes associated with metabolic processes. Meanwhile, the men who had exercised daily had no such negative changes, despite all the overeating.

My take? I am a great believer in the benefits of sensible, moderate exercise for healthy living and prudent weight loss. As someone who dreaded exercise for much of his life, I now don’t feel right if a day goes by without performing some type of physical activity. Here is a practical tip: If you want to unlearn old habits and develop new behaviors for a healthy lifestyle, spend time with people who have the habits you want. Your choice of friends and acquaintances is a powerful influence on your behavior. If you want exercise to be a part of your life, keep company with people who exercise regularly and enjoy it. This new study comes just in time to give us compelling new evidence that daily exercise can even help your health withstand the brief and occasional splurge.

Source:
J.P. Walter et al, “Exercise counteracts the effects of short-term overfeeding and reduced physical activity independent of energy imbalance in healthy young men,” Journal of Physiology, published online on November 25, 2013.

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Chew Slower, Eat Less

Would you eat less if you chewed each bite of food more thoroughly? To find out, researchers at Iowa State University recruited 47 people: 16 of normal weight, 16 overweight, and 15 obese. At a preliminary session to establish baseline eating habits, prospective participants were asked to eat five portions of pizza rolls and count the number of times they chewed each bite. The researchers didn’t reveal the purpose of the session or the study to the participants. Once the study was initiated, all participants received 60 pizza roles each time they reported to the lab for three weekly sessions. Depending on the session, they were asked to chew each bite the same number of times as at their baseline visit, 50 percent more, or twice as many times. Results showed that the participants ate about 10 percent less, corresponding to 70 fewer calories, when they increased the number of chews per bite by 50 percent. When they doubled the number of chews per bite, they ate 15 percent less and took in 112 fewer calories. More research will be needed to determine if this is an effective and sustainable weight loss strategy. The study was published online on November 11, 2013 by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.