Archive for May, 2011

VITAMINS AND MINERALS: VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN) & VITAMIN B4 (CHOLINE)

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Functions:   Health of all cells, essential for digestion (works with enzymes); needed for healthy skin; nerves and sex hormones; cleans out toxins; helps circulation; helpful in allergies and sugar and alcohol cravings
Sources:
Causes of Deficiency:
Deficiency Signs and Symptoms:
Wholegrains, lean meat, liver, poultry, fish, nuts, pulses
Dirty colon, disorders of liver and colon, alcoholism, stress, lack of
Dry lips, fissured tongue, wind, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, anxiety, depression, high blood cholesterol, hardening of the arteries, skin sensitive to sunlight or friction. Severe deficiency: pellagra (rough skin)
Note: This is a very useful supplement for people who are always cold, for chilblains, and as a tranquillizer. There is often a harmless skin prickling or flush after taking it. This does not last long and is good for the circulation. The synthetic vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) does not have this effect; it is also less sedating, and because of this might be more helpful if you are depressed.
Vitamin B4 (Choline)
Functions
Sources:
Causes of Deficiency:
Health of nerves is the main effect; one of the most important messengers in the brain; also necessary for vitamin B4 to work; helps in the breakdown of fat
Egg yolk, liver, brewer’s yeast, wholegrains, lethicin (which has no tranquillizing effect because it contains phosphorus which is a stimulant)
Poor diet
Deficiency Signs and Symptoms: Dizziness, visual problems, nervousness.
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LOWERED VITALITY – A CAUSE OF CANCER

Monday, May 16th, 2011
The primary and ultimate cause of cancer, however, is lowered vitality and a breakdown of the body’s own defense mechanism against the physical, chemical, emotional and environmental stresses. This condition is brought about by an unnatural mode of living, over-feeding, over-excitement of the nerves through stimulants, or by medicaments for a long time. Many well-known biologists and naturopaths believe that a faulty diet is the root cause of cancer. Investigations indicate that the cancer incidence is in direct proportion to the amount of animal protein, particularly meat, in the diet.
It has been observed in the nutritional field for centuries, that people who live according to natural methods and follow natural laws in eating and living habits, do not get cancer. On the contrary, people who follow methods of modern nutrition on an increasing scale become prone to degenerative diseases, including cancer, in a relatively short time.
In later medical history, the best known cancer-free people were the Hunzas, who live on the slopes of the Himalayan mountains and who use only foods grown organically in their own country. They do not take imported foods. The same is true for the Ethiopians. They also have natural agriculture and simple living habits, which seems to prove that this type of agriculture keeps people free of cancer and most degenerative diseases.
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NATURAL HISTORY OF TYPE 1 DIABETES: EFFECT OF INTENSIVE MANAGEMENT – WEIGHT

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
In the DCCT, intensively treated patients gained an average of 4.75 kg more than conventionally treated patients (p < 0.0001 ). This finding represented an excessive increase in BMI of 1.5 kg/m2 in men and 1.8 kg/m2 in women. Weight gain was most rapid in the first year of therapy. By year 9 of the study, BMIs had increased >5 kg/m2 in 35% of women and 28% of men, whereas comparable figures in the conventionally treated women and men were approximately 13% and 4%.
Waist-to-hip ratio did not differ between treatment groups. However, intensively treated DCCT subjects who were in the highest quartile of weight gain had increased waist-hip ratios and BMIs, associated with a slightly higher blood pressure and a relatively atherogenic lipid profile. These patients may be predisposed to the insulin resistance syndrome, and their tendency for abdominal obesity may have been exposed by intensive insulin therapy. Long-term follow-up of these patients in EDIC will be of great interest.
Among patients without major weight gain, those on intensive therapy had a greater fat-free mass with no difference in adiposity. Although the benefits of intensive management on microvascular complications in type 1 diabetes are clear, improved understanding of the causes of weight gain and methods to control it are needed.
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