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Applications and Safety of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Methylsulfonylmethane: Applications and Safety of a Novel Dietary Supplement –  free full-text PMC5372953

Description and History of MSM

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring organosulfur compound. Prior to being used as a clinical application, MSM primarily served as a high-temperature, polar, aprotic, commercial solvent, as did its parent compound, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO).

Throughout the mid-1950s to 1970s, DMSO was extensively studied for its unique biological properties including its membrane penetrability with and without the co-transport of other agents,

  • its antioxidant capabilities,
  • its anti-inflammatory effects,
  • its anticholinesterase activity, and
  • its ability to induce histamine release from mast cells  Continue reading

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life – The Atlantic – Ed Yong –  JUN 15, 2017

Most of the worms in Meng Wang’s lab die on schedule. They live their brief lives on Petri dishes, and after two to three weeks, they die of old age.

But some individuals beat the odds, surviving for several days longer than usual.These wormy Methuselahs were all genetically identical, so it wasn’t their genes that explained their decelerated aging. Instead, the secret to their longevity lay in the microbes within their gut.

This is part of a growing number of studies showing that an animal’s microbiome—the community of microbes that shares its body—can influence its lifespan.   Continue reading

Medical Foods for Chronic Pain Patients

Medical Foods Hold Promise In Chronic Pain Patients – Practical Pain Management – By Michael J. Brennan, MDSteve H. Yoon, MD and Todd Lininger, MD – Sept 2016

Despite the inherent differences in patient populations and their pathologies, there are common approaches to the medical management of chronic pain

The clinician’s goal is to maximize the patient’s functionality by enhancing the analgesic response, and to minimize treatment-related side effects or toxicities.

For the right patients, incorporating an inherently safe option with documented efficacy—like medical foods—into a regimen that includes active exercises, nonopioid and minimal opioid analgesic therapies, and cognitive and behavioral approaches can offer the most effective approach to pain of numerous etiologies.   Continue reading

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Protects Brain Against Alzheimer’s

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory and Protects Brain Against Alzheimer’s Disease, New Research at Temple Shows – Jun 2017 – Source Newsroom: Temple University

The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia.

Now, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil, a major component of the Mediterranean diet. 

In a study published online June 21 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain – classic markers of Alzheimer’s disease.   Continue reading

Alcohol, coffee linked to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s

Alcohol and coffee linked to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s – BT – 24 August 2015

Statins, anti-inflammatory drugs, alcoholic drinks and coffee have all been linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s, scientists have said

But diabetes, depression and high blood pressure can increase it in certain groups, according to a major review of more than 300 studies, which was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Below are all the strange and unexpected substances, conditions, and histories that decrease the risk of getting Alzheimer’s:   Continue reading

Food additives promote colon inflammation

Food additives promote inflammation, colon cancer in mice | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Our digestive tracts are home to trillions of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

This microbial community, collectively known as the gut microbiota, plays a role in illness and health. Changes in these microbes have been associated with several diseases

Dietary emulsifiers, which are chemically similar to detergents, are added to many processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life.   Continue reading

Fasting for three days can regenerate immune system

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study findsSarah Knapton,  June 2014

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly.

…new research (from 2014) suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age.  Continue reading

How to eat less sodium/salt

6 ways to eat less salt – Harvard Health  

Your body needs a little bit of salt every day for the sodium it contains.

But too much sodium can boost blood pressure and stress the heart and blood vessels

The low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is

  • high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains;
  • moderately high in nuts and low-fat dairy products; and
  • low in red and processed meats.  Continue reading

Low-Residue Diet Acceptable for Bowel Prep

Low-Residue Diet Acceptable for Bowel Prep | Medscape | by Caroline Helwick  May 23, 2016

For decades people have been tortured with extreme, almost violent, bowel prep procedures for their colonoscopies though a less intestinally traumatic method was possible all along.

A diet of low-residue solid foods the day before colonoscopy leads to more effective bowel cleansing than the traditional clear-liquid diet, new research shows.

And patients who followed the low-residue diet “were more comfortable in the 24 hours before the test,” said Jason Samarasena, MD, from the University of California, Irvine. They were “less hungry and less fatigued on the morning of the colonoscopy.”   Continue reading