Ancient remedies: Bone marrow

Every now and again we will feature ancient remedies whose health values are just being discovered by modern science. Today’s subject is bone marrow (meat butter), what is often called the ‘original primal brain food.’ In America, bone marrow is usually a by-product, but in many cultures it is a delicacy and important health food, including […]

Bullet Points: Trivia and non-trivia

*  World’s oldest newly-weds—George Kirby, 103, and Doreen Luckie, 91, became the world’s oldest newly-weds in June when they tied the knot in southern England. “I didn’t get down on one knee,” he said, “because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up.” (We can only guess at their longevity secrets!) […]

The deeply flawed American health system

Among many reports on problems in the American health system was a new study published in Health Affairs. The study found that 50 U.S. hospitals have been charging uninsured patients ten times and more than they should have. All but one are for-profit institutions. The most overcharging hospitals are located in Florida, followed by New […]

AMA attempts to shore up medical monopoly

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of (people) in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” –Frederic Bastiat The American Medical Association is NOT the voice of the medical profession. Its membership now represents only […]

‘Functional foods’ that combat cancer cell growth

Believe it or not, we all have potential cancer cells in our body. The difference between those that grow and those that don’t greatly depends upon what we put in our bodies to prohibit cancer cell growth. We have many specific enzymes, proteins and coding within the immune system that may be activated to kill […]

Do you know what PRE-biotics are?

Most of us now know the importance of PRO-biotics and the beneficial bacteria that strengthen our immune system and ward off numerous foreign invaders that cause bad health and disease. But the partnership role of PRE-biotics is less well known. Prebiotics are naturally found in food and help prepare the body for the work of probiotics. Basically, prebiotics are non-digestible […]

Our blood type makes a difference in brain health

All blood looks alike—but it isn’t. We each fall into four types: A, B, AB or O. Blood types have to be known for transfusions, but there is a lot more information about blood than most of us realize. A recent study in the journal Brain Research Bulletin tells how blood type can influence development of the […]

Honeybee loss last summer sets record

Two of five American honeybee colonies died last year, the second-highest rate loss in the 9 years since colony collapse disorder (CCD) was identified in 2006. The study, conducted by a bee partnership of beekeepers and the USDA, included a survey of 6,100 beekeepers. Their findings revealed another shocker—the deaths SPIKED in the summer, when bees are usually healthiest. The […]

Chinese plant may reverse obesity

The battle against obesity has spawned a multibillion-dollar fat-fighting industry, but the most promising treatment may come from a plant used in ancient Chinese medicine. The ‘thundergod vine,’ (Tripterygium wilfordii), used for thousands of years to treat an array of health issues, including fever and inflammation, may produce more dramatic effects on food intake and […]

Probiotics lower triglyceride level in Korean study

Remember triglycerides? They’re a type of fat in your blood, and are measured to help determine your heart health. Most health practitioners believe having a high level of triglycerides will increase your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that a triglyceride level of 100 mg/dL (1.1 mmol/L) or lower is considered […]