Tag Archives: supplements

How to Figure Out If Your Supplements Are Safe

How to Figure Out If Your Supplements Are Safe –  vitals.lifehacker.comby Beth Skwarecki – Dec 2015

By law, US companies can’t market supplements that are “adulturated or misbranded,” but no testing or approval is required.

A recent DNA analysis of several herbal supplements (sold at big name retailers like Target and Walgreen’s) showed that some of them didn’t contain any of their purported ingredients.   Continue reading

Chemicals on the dinner menu

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)

Daily Coffee May Help When You Hurt

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?

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.

These microbes

  • help with digestion,
  • make certain nutrients, and
  • release substances that have wide-ranging health effects.  Continue reading

Baking soda to combat autoimmune disease

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 health benefits of coffee

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 Chronic Pain

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?

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

MSM, Strenuous Exercise, Cytokine Release

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