Too many people believe that “chemicals” in our food are “bad” without realizing that all food consists of nasty-sounding chemicals, as shown in this dinner menu of the ACSH conference:
Almost every substance or radiation becomes poisonous in huge quantities (even water), but the same substance can be benign or even helpful in smaller and sometimes trace amounts. (See Beneficial Effects of Low-Dose Radiation)
Why That Daily Coffee May Help When You Hurt – Sep-2018 – Written by: Matt Windsor
This artilcle makes it sound like caffeine is an instant solution to our pain:
“it blocks receptors for the neurotransmitter adenosine, which interferes with pain-signaling”
Coffee has been known to slightly diminish pain and slightly enhance the effects of opioids merely through its stimulating properties, but it’s far from being a “pain reliever”, so this simplistic explanation doesn’t tell the whole story. Continue reading
Healthy gut, healthy heart? – Harvard Health – June 2018
If you ask most medical experts about the hottest trends in health research, chances are they’ll mention the microbiome. The term refers to the trillions of microbes living inside our bodies, known as the human microbiota.
The vast majority of these bacteria, viruses, and fungi dwell deep within our intestines.
- help with digestion,
- make certain nutrients, and
- release substances that have wide-ranging health effects. Continue reading
Here is a list of information, news, and research articles on Kratom, collected by Inspire.com user “Seshet”:
Kratom and Chronic Pain
News/General Articles: Continue reading
Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease: A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say. — ScienceDaily – April 2018
A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say.
They have some of the first evidence of how the cheap, over-the-counter antacid can encourage our spleen to promote instead an anti-inflammatory environment that could be therapeutic in the face of inflammatory disease, Medical College of Georgia scientists report in the Journal of Immunology. Continue reading
The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffee – Harvard Health Blog – Harvard Health Publishing – September 25, 2017 – Robert H. Shmerling, MD – Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
What a difference a few years can make. Not long ago, I was learning about the dangers of coffee — how it could raise your blood pressure, make your heart race, impair sleep, and maybe even cause cancer.
Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is taking coffee off the possible carcinogen list. And there’s increasing evidence that coffee might actually be good for you. So good that doctors might begin recommending it.
I hope to read an article like this about opioids someday when all the supposed negatives are shown to be the results of poorly designed and/or executed studies. Continue reading
Caffeine and Opioid Use Beneficial for Fibromyalgia-Like Chronic Pain By Brandon May – September 15, 2017
This headline is a bit misleading because opioids were only studied in tandem with caffeine and not separately recommended.
I drink a lot of coffee (even more now that I know it’s healthy) most of the day, so my opioids are usually combined with caffeine. I guess I stumbled onto a winning combination.
Caffeine is associated with lower pain catastrophizing, greater physical function, and lower pain interference in patients taking opioids to manage fibromyalgia pain, according to results from a survey-based study published in the Journal of Pain Research. Continue reading
Could Nicotine Help Protect The Aging Brain? – Neuroscience News – September 21, 2016
Texas A&M research shows how this component of cigarettes might actually be beneficial on its own. …according to research at Texas A&M, it turns out the nicotine itself—when given independently from tobacco—could help protect the brain as it ages, and even ward off Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
Ursula Winzer-Serhan, PhD, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, and her collaborators found that nicotine’s ability to be neuroprotective may be partly due to its well-known ability to suppress the appetite. Continue reading
The Influence of Methylsulfonylmethane on Inflammation-Associated Cytokine Release before and following Strenuous Exercise – Oct 2016 – free full-text PMC5097813
Inflammation is associated with strenuous exercise and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Methods. A total of 40 men began the study and completed testing.
Subjects were healthy, physically active, and nonsmokers and did not have any cardiovascular or metabolic disorders.
Physically active men were supplemented with either placebo or MSM (3 grams per day) for 28 days before performing 100 repetitions of eccentric knee extension exercise. Continue reading
Effects of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) on exercise-induced oxidative stress, muscle damage, and pain following a half-marathon: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial – free full-text PMC5521097 – 2017 Jul
Oxidative stress and muscle damage occur during exhaustive bouts of exercise, and many runners report pain and soreness as major influences on changes or breaks in training regimens, creating a barrier to training persistence.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a sulfur-based nutritional supplement that is purported to have pain and inflammation-reducing effects.
To investigate the effects of MSM in attenuating damage associated with physical exertion, this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the effects of MSM supplementation on exercise-induced pain, oxidative stress and muscle damage. Continue reading