“Master gene for heart, blood n skeletal muscle”

New research out of the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota shows that by turning on just a single gene, Mesp1, different cell types including the heart, blood and muscle can be created from stem cells. The study was published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell. “Previous research indicated that this gene was the “master regulator” for development of the heart, and that its activity prevented the differentiation of other cell types,” said Michael Kyba, Ph.D., associate professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Pediatrics and a Lillehei endowed scholar. “Our work reveals that this gene acts differently, and that it plays a role in the development of blood and skeletal muscle as well. The outcome depends on the chemical signals that cells expressing this factor sense in their environment.” more info

The rosary – yoga what’s the link?

Rhythmic prayer, such as saying the rosary, seems to affect the heart rate
in the same way as doing yoga.
Research on the health benefits of prayer has shown decidedly mixed
results. When individuals pray in a ritualistic or rhythmic way, such as
saying the rosary or repeating a mantra, they can lower their heart rate.
In fact, one study showed that the cardiovascular effects of rhythmic
prayer are similar to that of doing yoga. Studies on the effects of
intercessory prayer — that is, prayer for other people — show less
optimistic results. One study even showed that people who received
intercessory prayer from other people were more likely to suffer
post-surgery complications.

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“Eating salt -effects brain activity”

In older adults, the higher the sodium consumption and the less physical activity, the more chance the (aging) brain will be negatively effected.
The effects of physical activity seem to win out, so that habitual, moderate exercise may essentially ‘immunize’ the brain against adverse effects of higher sodium intake. However, the  more physical activity and less consumption of NaCl the better. (Getting the proper amounts of sun time is critical too.-(editor’s note)
It is well known that a high sodium intake stresses out the cardiovascular system. Given the link between cardiovascular factors, such as hypertension, and brain health, in a study of more than 1200 older adults with normal cognitive function at the outset, researchers found that a high intake of sodium combined with low levels of physical activity was associated with a decline in global cognitive function over 3 years.
After age, sex, education, waist circumference, diabetes, and overall diet were controlled, the study showed that for those with low physical active, sodium intake and cognitive decline was most impacted over time.
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“2 secrets to a healthier happier you”

Early AM meditation and exercise will create a new healthier you:

Exercising and meditating early lets your body decrease food cravings which will reduce your calorie intake for the day.
Exercising and meditating daily significantly increases brain functioning for four to ten hours after your AM workout and meditation ends.
Getting up earlier means your body will be more ready to go to sleep earlier and you will sleep deeper and wake more refreshed.
Regular exercise and meditation at the same AM time let’s your endocrine system regulate your hormonal system and encourage a stable circadian rhythm.

Through regular exercise and meditation, the normal body rhythm stabilizes. This critical rhythm cycle prepares the body and mind for waking and exercise several hours before you actually open your eyes.

Regular exercise and meditation decreases stress and improves your health and wellness:

1. Circulating normal levels of hormones through the muscles at regular hours, prepare your body for exercise and meditation by regulating blood pressure, and heart rate.
Your organ systems’ energy can relax, refresh, rest and ready itself to function at peak efficiency at normal hours. Then your metabolism can normalize and in conjunction with all body’s hormones involved in activity and exercise, begin to elevate during sleep and help you be more alert, energized, and ready to exercise and meditate when you do wake up.
2. Increases your digestive energy so you will be hungry after exercise and be able to have a quality breakfast to start the day. Cravings and snacking will decrease, so many people can loss weight.
3. Your colon energy will improve and you will be able to have better elimination at normal times during the day.
4. Weight loss, improved muscle tone and increased stamina are often the bonus for
regular AM exercise and meditation.

The gift to yourself that keeps on giving
Exercising and having a quiet meditative time for yourself daily, brings your mind, body and emotions into a harmony that will increase your peace, patience and communication with yourself and others.

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“Kids’ health risk higher in stroke belt “

This is not a stroke of good luck belt this is the debilitating possibly paralyzing belt.
Too much fried food may contribute to the high rate of stroke in America’s southern states.
The study claims that eating fried fish twice a week is the possible culprit for the high incidence of stokes in the southern states of the USA.

The results showed that people living in the stroke belt – including residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana were about 30 percent more likely to eat two or more servings of fried fish every week than those living in the rest of the country, the researchers said.
However the data did not include all the other deep fried, dairy, pork or butter laden foods so typically consumed by southerners like hush puppies, collard greens or other foods drowned in butter, fries, chicken fried steaks, and cheese sticks to name a few.

Blacks have 3.5 times greater risk

Blacks statistically have an increased risk of stroke regardless of where they live, but their stroke risk was 3.5 times higher if they ate two or more servings of fried fish per week than whites.
Inhabitants of the stroke belt are 20 percent more likely to die from a stroke than those living in the rest of the country. Those living at the center of the stroke belt, the coastal plains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, are 40 percent more likely to die from stroke, said study researcher Fadi Nahab of Emory University in Atlanta.
Anything fried in oil or cooked in butter, is not healthy to eat
Stroke Belt or Stroke Alley is the name given to a region in the southeastern United States that has been recognized by public health authorities for having an unusually high incidence of stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease. It iincludes an 11-state region consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Analysis by the CDC of U.S. found that stroke death rates for these states ranged from a high of 169 per 100,000 in South Carolina to a low of 89 per 100,000 in New York. While most observational studies have focused primarily on stroke incidence in adults, in 2004 researchers reported that children in the eleven stroke belt states also have an increased risk of death from ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke compared with children in other states.

Glymour et al. (2007) reported that adults who had resided in the stroke belt during childhood and had moved outside the region had higher stroke risk at ages 50 and older than adults who grew up in areas with lower stroke incidence. Other stroke risk factors: hypertension, low socioeconomic status, diet, quality of healthcare facilities, smoking, and infections.

The Stroke Belt also has high rates of lung cancer, caused by smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke as a child, poverty, poor maternal nutrition,low birth weights would predispose individuals to higher than average risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Smoking or  exposure to second and third hand smoke is reputed to be the strongest contributing factor of developing both diseases


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"Woman's total cholesterol and estrogen levels vary 19 % during the menstrual cycle"

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers have shown that women’s cholesterol levels vary with monthly changes in estrogen levels. Where she is in this natural cycle should be noted before evaluating her cholesterol levels. On the average, the total cholesterol level of the women in the study varied 19 percent over the course of the menstrual cycle.

In a typical cycle, estrogen levels steadily increase as the egg cell matures, peaking just before ovulation. Previous studies have shown that taking formulations which contain estrogen — oral contraceptives or menopausal hormone therapy — can affect cholesterol levels. However, the results of studies examining the effects of naturally occurring hormone levels on cholesterol have not been conclusive. According to the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, high blood cholesterol levels raise the risk for heart disease.

The researchers found that as the level of estrogen rises, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol also rises, peaking at the time of ovulation. HDL cholesterol is believed to be protective against heart disease.

In contrast, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels — as well as another form of blood fat known as triglycerides — declined as estrogen levels rose. The decline was not immediate, beginning a couple of days after the estrogen peak at ovulation. Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels reached their lowest just before menstruation began.

For more information on the types of cholesterol and triglycerides is available

Probably cholesterol levels will be elevated in women before ovulation,

this could be very important for women whose cholesterol levels are already high.

When a test shows a high cholesterol level, physicians will often order an additional test to make sure the reading is accurate. Testing at the end of a woman’s cycle when cholesterol levels are low might do away with the need for an additional test to confirm a high cholesterol reading.

The study authors found that women’s total cholesterol levels rise as estrogen levels increase during the monthly menstrual cycle, drop shortly before ovulation, then decrease more rapidly after ovulation occurs.

The study compared estrogen with cholesterol and triglyceride levels among 259 healthy women between 18 and 44 years old. For 94 percent of the volunteers, researchers took 14 or more measurements over two menstrual cycles. Women charted the phases of their cycles with at-home fertility monitors, which detect hormone levels that indicate ovulation.

Most of the women were physically active and did not smoke. Only 5 percent consistently had total cholesterol levels greater than 200 mg/dL, considered borderline high-risk for heart disease. However, cholesterol levels among 19.7 percent of the women reached 200 mg/dL at least once.

A small subset of obese women over 40 showed greater fluctuation in cholesterol levels during their cycles than did the rest of the group. “Other studies are needed to confirm our findings among obese women,” Dr. Mumford said.

Further research may help clarify the optimal point in the cycle for doctors to measure women’s cholesterol levels and help clinicians develop standardized procedures for measuring cholesterol in premenopausal women and determining their heart disease risk.

The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation’s Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.

The findings were published online in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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FDA turtle of approval for tobacco industries

FDA protection
FDA protection

FDA guardians of the tobacco industy and not the US public


The FDA now has the role of approving the marketing and consumption of a product that directly promotes heart disease, strokes and cancer. By deciding to take the role of “censoring” the tobacco companies advertising instead of focusing on regulating the heath issues around smoking, the FDA, will now lend its stamp of approval to a product that openly destroys peoples’ health.

The newest group of regulations that has been touted as so good and as the first time the FDA has decided to “regulate” the tobacco industry contains the follow provisions:

1. It bans candy cigarettes and fruit-flavored cigarettes, but doesn’t even require cigarette companies to disclose a list of all ingredients they use until nearly a year-and-a-half after it is on the market.
2.  It bans the use of the word “light” from cigarette packages, which is meaningless, because smokers have grown accustomed to buying cigarettes with color codes that indicate a “light” designation.
3.   FDA in the position of approving the marketing and consumption of a product that directly promotes heart disease, strokes and cancer.

So the FDA, now approvals and gives its blessing to tobacco a product known and research has proved  to be harmful to peoples’ health, maybe that is not news.  The  FDA also encourages the use of big pharm. drugs and services,  while targeting the natural health food and product industry as  potentially harmful to health.

FDA are our guardians of our health and safety –something is wrong with this picture. It deserves the lame turtle award.

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Did Western Medicine Fail Tim Russert?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

“The shocking death of Tim Russert last Friday has left an entire nation wondering what happened. He was a model patient, doing everything his doctors asked. All major media have run articles trying to explain the nuances and difficulties in treating coronary artery disease. These articles find little fault in Russert’s care, trying to create the idea that his heart attack was just too hard to predict and that all that could have been done for him was done.

I beg to differ. His death represents the failure of standard medical care to produce a positive result – an occurrence that is all too common in today’s world. ”  Read more.

Byron Richards, CCN