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Five New Year's Resolutions That May Do More Harm Than Good

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With us now a couple of weeks into another year I'm sure many of you have made New Year's resolutions and begun putting them into action. While some of you will no doubt have given up already, right? You won't be alone! But I digress. I thought today I'd draw your attention to the fact that while resolutions are always made with the best of intentions some may actually do more harm than good in terms of those relating to health. Since the most popular New Year's resolutions tend to focus on health and lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more and eating a more healthy diet (Time Magazine) - it's a good idea to make sure what you're doing (or planning on doing) is actually going to achieve your goals in a safe and healthy way. So let's look at five of the most common resolutions and how...
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Christmas & The Holidays: Reasons to be Cheerful Despite Chronic Illness

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As most people are looking forward to Christmas and the Holiday period with the promise of plenty of festive cheer with family and friends, the mere thought of it can send those of us affected by chronic illness into a panic. As a child and teenager suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) I still throughly enjoyed Christmas and New year's celebrations, after all what kid doesn't love opening gifts and gobbling down festive feasts? As an adult things are rather different and dealing with the fatigue, pain and other symptoms of chronic illness during the Holidays can cause a lot of stress and really get you down...if you let it. This year however, I am determined to find as many reasons as possible to be cheerful and to enjoy the next few weeks to the fullest! I know everyone has different health concerns and different circumstances but I hope you can all...
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Dec
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EiR Founder Announces Exciting Things To Come In 2015!

EiR Founder - Matthew Hogg BSc (Hons) DipBCNH
There's almost a month to go until 2015 but I'm so excited about what I have planned for next year, both here at The Environmental Illness Resource (EiR) and a major new project, that I couldn't wait to tell you all about it! Firstly, it's been a while since I've had the chance to write for EiR other than the odd forum post or comment here and there that I'm just happy to be back doing so. Other things have been occupying me over the past year, not least purchasing my first house with my partner and more recently getting engaged. Not that I am blaming my fiancee for keeping me away of course, that would just land me in trouble... I also spent a large part of 2014 being what I can only describe as "messed around" by various international media organisations - but I won't go into the details...
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Dec
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Vital Roles Of Vitamins In Our Body

Vitamins are very much essential for health. They help to prevent a variety of diseases like heart disease, high cholesterol, eye disorders, skin disorders and many more.  There are many types of vitamins, all of which are vital for the health of the body: Vitamin A or Retinol for avoiding Eye disorders, acne, skin disorders, infections. Vitamin B1 for avoiding Beriberi, heart diseases, indigestion, body metabolism, blood circulation. Vitamin B2 for avoiding Cataract, skin disorders, body metabolism, immunity, nervous system, anemia. Vitamin B3 for avoiding Weakness, digestion, nervous system, skin disorders, migraine, heart disorders, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, diarrhea. Vitamin B5 for avoiding Stress, arthritis, infections, skin disorders, graying of hair, high cholesterol. Vitamin B6 for avoiding Diabetes, piles, convulsions, excessive menstrual bleeding, stress, insomnia, morning sickness, travel sickness. Vitamin B7 for avoiding Skin disorders, body metabolism, hair care. Vitamin B9 for avoiding Anemia, digestion, sprue, pregnancy, brain growth, skin disorders, gout, red...
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Significance and Reasons to Consider Blood Test

Blood is an important life-maintaining fluid and blood circulation takes place through your arteries, veins, heart and capillaries. As the blood performs several complex functions in your body, there are several disorders that are related to blood which require clinical care by certified healthcare professional or physician.   It is very important to undergo same day blood tests at regular intervals of time as ignoring it may simply lead to health risks, which you might be unaware of. Some of the common blood disorders include sepsis, iron deficiency anaemia, leukaemia, etc. Such tests are carried out on blood sample taken out from a vein in the arm with a fingerprick/needle. Let us refer to some of the examples of blood tests used to diagnose cancer that includes: 1.CBC (Complete blood count) – It is common test which is carried out to measure the amount of various types of blood cells...
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Oct
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nystatin and probiotics

I am working on getting a doctor to prescribe Nystatin for a possible yeast overgrowth.  What is the best protocol for taking probiotics concurrently?  Timing?  I have tried natural antifungals with and without probiotics, but not getting much progress.  I am getting frustrated as I now have multiple food sensitivites.   I just want to get the prescription  for at least a 3 month trial,  but feel I should do the probiotics as well. Sheri...
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Natural Home Remedies For Taking Care Of Your Skin

It's spring, finally--Goodbye icy mornings and hello sunshine! Spring though may not sound all that fun when your skin is dull, dry or, breaking out from the frost.  Skin problems in spring get worse because many of us falsely believe that exfoliation must be generally avoided during the winter months.  The result: a build up of rough, flaky skin.  Don't get into hydration immediately.  Go through the entire process of exfoliating, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Follow these simple steps to whip up your own homemade skin care potions and you'll be surprised soon enough to find out you're blooming in your own skin---and you need not withdraw money from your hard earned savings to get a lovely look that matches the perfect blooms of spring! Step 1: Exfoliate.  You can't  possibly grow soft, young-looking skin when old skin cells are still sticking out and holding on to your skin.  Slough...
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Can You Reduce Wrinkles With Food?

Introduction Wrinkles are developments that occur in men and women as they age and they are inevitable. This is usually caused by a decrease in the production of collagen and this causes the skin to lose the firmness. Wrinkles may also be caused by lifestyle factors like stress and exposure to harmful rays of the sun. There are different foods that can be taken and they can help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines that appear on the skin. The Rumor: Certain foods can help you stay young There is a rumor that the foods that are ingested will help one to stay young. This should not be taken as a rumor because it is true. The truth is that the foods that are taken will determine the overall quality of the skin. Some foods really will help you turn back time. There are foods that will provide the body...
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Aug
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Fecal-transplant startup Rebiotix closes on $25M for trials

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Biotech startup Rebiotix has raised $25 million in capital to fund clinical trials of its fecal-transplant technology. The Roseville-based company raised the funding from individual investors, CEO Lee Jones said. Rebiotix transplants bacteria from healthy stool into patients suffering from C. difficile, a bacterial infection that’s typically acquired during hospital stays. In addition to clinical trials, the recent round of funding will go toward research and development and working capital, Rebiotixsaid. The company will present results from an earlier clinical trial in October. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration accepted Rebiotix’s productinto its fast-track program, which could expedite the technology’s approval for sale. Rebiotix has now raised $30 million since launching in 2011.Katharine Grayson covers med tech, clean tech, technology, health care and venture capital.   Read More: http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/in_private/2014/08/fecal-transplant-startup-rebiotix-clinical-trials.html?s=image_gallery      

 

Fecal-transplant startup Rebiotix closes on $25M for trialsDynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS)

 

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Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison

Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison
Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison Jul 21, 2014   A captive desert woodrat, also known as a packrat, stands on a rock near branches from a toxic creosote bush. Credit: Kevin Kohl, University of Utah.                                                           ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found.   The new study confirms what biologists long have suspected: bacteria in the gut – and not just liver enzymes – are "crucial in allowing herbivores to feed on toxic plants," says biologist Kevin Kohl, a postdoctoral researcher and first author of the paper published...
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Jul
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Could taking a vitamin D pill help ease the pain of an irritable bowel?

Life-changing: Taking vitamin D3 cured Vicky of her IBS symptoms
(by the way....i'm not ordinarily a Daily Mail reader :-)))      Vicky Grant was in a work meeting when once again she was gripped by painful stomach cramps.       'I didn't know whether to make a dash to the bathroom or just sit it out and hope it would pass,' recalls Vicky, 43, a medical librarian, who is divorced and lives in Sheffield. 'I was coping with up to seven bouts of diarrhoea a day and it was really taking its toll on me. 'I decided to risk it and stay put, but I was concentrating so hard on staying in control that everything being said in the meeting passed over my head.   'I felt bloated, tired and fatigued. My weight was below 7st (I'm 5ft 3in). I'd lost so much weight and looked terrible - I'm sure people thought I had anorexia. It was also...
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Vitamin D still making winter less SAD

I have posted on the benefits of high dose vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) with regard to reducing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) before. Those of us living at high northern latitudes as I do in the UK, or indeed in lower southern latitudes, are particularly susceptible to SAD. This is not simply do to a lack of natural light but also it seems as a result of insufficient vitamin D which plays a key role in many important metabolic pathways throughout the body, including regulating the production of serotonin, melatonin and many other neurotransmitters and hormones that are vital for positive and stable moods.

Anyway, to the point of this post! In previous years I have taken vitamin D3 (the form produced in the skin during sun exposure) in a single high weekly dose of 25,000IU. I found however that this produced peaks and troughs in my mood with an initial significant brightening followed by a noticeable tailing off after 3-4 days.

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Chemotherapy: When Intestinal Bacteria Provide Reinforcement

Nov. 22, 2013 — Research jointly conducted by investigators at Institut Gustave Roussy, Inserm, Institut Pasteur and INRA (French National Agronomic Research Institute) has led to a rather surprising discovery on the manner in which cancer chemotherapy treatments act more effectively with the help of the intestinal flora (also known as the intestinal microbiota). Indeed, the researchers have just shown that the efficacy of one of the molecules most often used in chemotherapy relies to an extent on its capacity to mobilize certain bacteria from the intestinal flora toward the bloodstream and lymph nodes. Once inside the lymph nodes, these bacteria stimulate fresh immune defenses which then enhance the body's ability to fight the malignant tumor.   Results of this work are published in the journal Science on 22 November 2013. The intestinal microbiota is made up of 100,000 billion bacteria. It is a genuine organ, since the bacterial species that comprise it...
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Intestinal bacteria influence food transit through the gut

21.11.2013 - (idw) University of Gothenburg Food transit through the small intestine affects the body's absorption of nutrients and, consequently, our health. The discovery that food transit time is regulated by a hormone indicates new ways to increase the intestinal absorption of nutrients, and thus potentially treat malnutrition. One of the tasks of the gut microbiota is to break down essential nutrients from our diet to provide a usable energy source in the colon. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have now shown that lack of energy in the colon leads to increased release of a hormone primarily associated with appetite control and insulin secretion, GLP-1. Importantly, they also showed that the released GLP-1 regulates how quickly food passes through the small intestine. These findings may open up new possibilities to treat malnutrition and malnutrition-related diseases. Food transit through the small intestine is a complex balancing act, in...
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How Wellness Initiatives Can Improve Your Corporate Environment

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that 90% of employers offered some sort of wellness incentive. Though the actual pay-offs of these plans and programs remains somewhat disputed, there are still some considerable benefits when it comes to revamping the corporate environment. Here are some great ways to create a more positive company culture through a health and wellness program. 1. Make a Social Goal The most effective wellness initiatives happen when the leadership engages as well. This is a great way to support by example and encourage employees to get totally on board. It is perhaps more effective than simply throwing out incentives, although that is also a useful tool. Leading with the higher-ups demonstrates that the whole company is going to act as a social unit towards a goal of improved health and wellness. 2. Shoot for Happiness and Health It is not enough to focus on weight...
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Oct
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'Poop Pills' May Halt Gut Infections

Bacteria extracted from human poop are the main ingredients of a new pill that may help treat patients who have difficult-to-cure intestinal infections, according to a new study from Canada. The study involved 32 patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that causessevere diarrhea and can be life-threatening. The infection can occur after people take antibiotics, which often wipe out "good" bacteria and leave the door open for harmful bacteria like C. difficile to flourish in the gut. Some patients, like those in the study, become trapped in a cycle of antibiotic treatment and recurrent C. difficile infection,said study researcher Dr. Thomas Louie, professor of medicine at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Study participants had suffered at least four bouts of C. difficile prior to the study. But after taking the pills — which repopulate the gut with "good" bacteria — nearly all participants were free of C. difficile infection, and have not had another infection since then,...
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Crohns: RedHill Biopharma's RHB-104 Achieves 80% Remission in Independent Pediatric Crohn's Study

  TEL-AVIV, Israel, Oct 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- -- The retrospective study, presented at the 2013 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting, demonstrated strong results with a high remission rate of 80%   -- RedHill's RHB-104 is a new and improved proprietary single-pill formulation of the combination of active ingredients used in the retrospective pediatric study         -- The independent, single-site, retrospective pediatric study was conducted in Australia by Prof. Thomas Borody, MD, a member of RedHill's Advisory Board, a renowned researcher in gastrointestinal diseases and the developer of RHB-104   -- RedHill has recently initiated a Phase III study in the U.S. with RHB-104 for the treatment of Crohn's disease in adult patients and plans to initiate a second Phase III in Europe by mid-2014     RedHill Biopharma Ltd. RDHL +2.00% (tase:RDHL) (the "Company" or "RedHill"), an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company focused primarily...
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Fecal transplant pill may stop recurrent C. difficile infection

Taking pills containing a concentration of fecal bacteria may knock out recurrent bouts of Clostridium difficile infection by rebalancing gut bacteria, according to a study presented on Friday at IDWeek 2013. Fecal transplantation uses the feces from healthy donors to treat patients with an imbalance of bacteria in their gastrointestinal system, such as in patients infected with C. difficile. According to published reports, fecal transplantation is effective in nine out of 10 patients. The treatment is typically delivered by enema, colonoscopy or nose tube. The new research suggests a less-invasive pill approach could be an effective and viable delivery method. “Recurrent C. diff infection is such a miserable experience and patients are so distraught that many ask for fecal transplantation because they’ve heard of its success,” Thomas Louie, the lead author of the study, said. “Many people might find the idea of fecal transplantation off-putting, but those with recurrent infection are thankful to have a...
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Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots

Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots
  Since when did a strawberry become a superhero? Well fruit just might be the star of the next comic book and the backer of your health care plan as more and more people are beginning to realize the benefits of taking advantage of the super heroes in their own refrigerator.    Some of these Superfoods, including a number of so called Superfruits, are bursting with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And what do these do that make them so super? Nutritionists believe that these could be the keys to helping you live longer, look younger and avoid diseases.    Antioxidants Antioxidants, for all the hype, few people may actually know what they do. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the transfer of electrons or hydrogen. This helps to inhibit free radicals which are often to blame for chain reactions in cells that can cause damage or death to the cell,...
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Articles linking Instestinal Bacterial Flora & Fauna to all sorts of illnesses..

The Xenex system at work. Because of risk to people, the camera was left inside.
I've been keep a note of articles I read relating to intestinal bacterial Flora & Fauna and thought i'd share some of the links with you all:    Clostridium Difficile- Treatment and Trials with FT: Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile (January 2013)  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Hope floats: Fecal transplants cure >90% of recurrent C. difficile http://pulmccm.org/2013/randomized-controlled-trials/hope-floats-fecal-milkshakes-cure-recurrent-c-difficile-rct-nejm/  U.S. Company uses feces to treat infection (June 2013) http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2012/06/29/startup-fecal-matter-treat-infection.html?page=all  Medical team uses fecal transplants to cure tough GI infections (May 2013)  http://www.leadertelegram.com/features/health/article_a259ee58-cd99-571e-b08d-4fafda3b8432.html  FMT Clinical Study Results - New England Journal of Medicine (January 16, 2013) Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Fecal Transplant Beats Vancomycin For C. difficile (March 2013) http://www.idse.net/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Bacterial+Infections+/+MRSA&d_id=211&i=March+2013&i_id=941&a_id=22831    Colitis- Treatment and Trials with FT: Children with ulcerative colitis benefited from fecal transplants (May 2013)  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/  Microscopic colitis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth--diagnosis behind the irritable bowel syndrome? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/   A Spectrum...
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  • Bushi
    Bushi says #
    I'm just reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It's a real eye opener about the food industry in the States....it's very scary how much
  • adminv15
    adminv15 says #
    All agreed. So how do we feel about GM foods which insert pesticides into the food..?