Alzheimer’s deaths are exploding

Alzheimer’s deaths are exploding.

The number of people dying from Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. has soared 55 percent over the last 15 years, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The incurable neurodegenerative condition which ultimately results in the loss of critical brain function, claimed the lives of 93,541 Americans in 2014, up from 44,536 in 1999.

Scientists say several factors are contributing to the trend, including an aging population, greater longevity, improved diagnoses, and an increased willingness among doctors to identify Alzheimer’s as a cause of death.

The CDC notes that more Alzheimer’s patients are dying at home, suggesting the burden of the disease is weighing more heavily on loved ones and personal caregivers, reports

“As the number of older Americans with the disease rises,” says CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, “more family members are taking on the emotionally and physically challenging role of caregiver than ever before.”

Alzheimer’s currently affects 5.5 million Americans, according to Alzheimer’

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Fun Food Facts, Part 1: Surprising origins of popular modern foods and snacks

There are many fun food facts: surprising origins of popular foods and snacks we enjoy today.

These fun food facts are surprising because their origins are not at all what we moderns might have thought.

Take PASTA, for example. We usually relate pasta’s origin to Italy. But the regions which today we know of as China and Tibet were actaully making pasta 3,000-plus years ago.

Tradition has it that Marco Polo and his uncles Niccolo and Maffeo, brought recipes for noodles back to Europe after their travels in China. It is known that pasta was firmly established in Italy by 1353 AD.

ICE CREAM is rated as America’s favorite dessert and we consume it in great amounts. But there again, ancient China surprises us in the list of fun food facts—by making ice cream 4,000 years ago!

Old China’s ice cream was more an ice milk than the creamy dessert we enjoy today. Originally the ice milk was made from overcooked rice and spices packed in snow. As the dessert became more popular and widespread, China imported snow from the mountains.

After China, ice milk and fruit ice appeared in Italy, then France and throughout Europe by the 1800s.

Italian ice cream vendors traveled throughout Europe, then Italian immigrant vendors in the U.S. until candymaker Burt Young of Ohio introduced the first chocolate-covered ice cream bar.

Thus was born the Good Humor man—and America’s love for ice cream.

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Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the U.S: here are foods to help fight it

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the U.S.

Here are foods to help fight it.

ARUGULA is a cancer-fighting salad green, a cousin to broccoli. Arugula’s secret is it releases isothiocyanates, compounds that neutralize carcinogens in the body. Arugula is also rich in chlorophyll, vitamin C and beta-carotene.

FLAXSEEDS are tiny, nutty seeds packed with fiber which helps reduce cancer risk. Chew them whole, or grind them and sprinkle over salad.

GREEN TEA is packed with flavonoids that protect against DNA damage. Maximize their effects by using loose leaf tea.

RASPBERRIES are rich in fiber and high in ellagic acid, a potent anti-carcinogen. Studies show that raspberry extracts cause cell death in cancer cells.

NUTS are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (particularly walnuts). Nuts are filled with antioxidants that repel developing cancer cells.

SALMON, once an excellent health food that was the main diet of historical North American cultures, is now polluted by mercury, radiation and other poisons of modern societies. Even the FDA recommends reducing intake to two or fewer servings per week—of wild caught, not farm-raised.

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Are you supplementing the right type of vitamin K?

If you’re taking a vitamin K supplement, do you know if it’s the right type of vitamin K?

There are two main forms of vitamin K: Phylloquinone, which is more commonly referred to as “vitamin K1”; and menaquinones, which is more commonly referred to as “vitamin K2.”

Phylloquinone/K1 can be found in green leafy vegetables and makes up approximately 90% of the vitamin K consumed in the western diet.

Menaquinones/K2 is more complicated, as it is itself make up of different types. These types are denoted by “MK-n” with the “n” representing the prenyl side chains.

It sounds complicated, but the important issue is to remember that a wide variety of food sources are necessary to provide all the types of vitamin K2.

For example, the MK-4 type of vitamin K2 is found in animal meats, while the MK-7, MK-8 and MK-9 types of vitamin K2 is found only in fermented foods.

The reason these distinctions are important is because while some people don’t get enough K1 (i.e. not eating their veggies), almost everyone eating a western diet does not get enough K2.

For this reason a supplement that contains K2, rather than K1, is likely to be more beneficial to you.

If you consume a wide variety of fermented foods this may not be the case. But for most people this is a supplementing truism!

Fermented foods have provided beneficial bacteria and good health to humans for thousands of years

Fermented foods have provided beneficial bacteria and good health to humans for thousands of years.

Fermentation of food dates back at least 6,000 years BC. Scientists and historians say that fermented foods were probably discovered by accident as ancient people sought ways to preserve fresh food for later use.

They were adapted and perfected through generations of traditions and cultures throughout the world.

Fermenting and culturing mean the same thing—a method of pre-digestion that takes place when there are beneficial bacteria (lactobacillus or biffidus strains) NATURALLY present, or a yeast strain which breaks down the starch and sugar in foods.

As these bacteria divide, the process forms lactic acid, described as lacto-fermentation….


Nearly every civilization down through history has had its own favorite fermented foods in its traditional diet.

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Plant medicine: 28,000 medicinal plants have now been identified by modern scientists

Plant medicine: 28,000 medicinal plants have now been identified by modern scientists.

New analysis from 128,000 scientists representing twelve countries has been made public by Kew Gardens at Britain’s Royal Botanical Gardens in London.

Actually, since early times plants have provided the medicinal remedies of the human race. The whole structure of modern pharmacopeia is based on man’s trial and error historical knowledge of flowers, herbs, plants and trees.

The medicinal plant pioneers didn’t know what made certain plants work for what; they just knew it did work. Today scientists can tell us WHY certain plants have been found to help specific ailments.

Since 1981, 1,130 new therapeutic agents have been approved for use by Big Pharma drugs, 593 based on compounds from natural sources.

But only 16 percent (4,478) species) are cited in modern medicinal regulatory publications.

Fifteen of 56 natural drugs are registered for treatment of cancer from medicinal plants with a long history of traditional use.

Anti-cancerous drugs Vincristine and Vinblastine are based on the Madagascar periwinkle, catharanthus roseus, a member of the Apocynaceae family.

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Prescription drugs can help us and kill us: a few things we should know

Prescription drugs can help us and kill us.

We should be aware that opioid makers and supplier have spent $880 million in the past decade lobbying state and federal legislators to block new regulations in their addictive painkillers and make the drugs more easily available.

That’s eight times as much as gunmakers spent on lobbying during that time (www.Vox. com).

According to the American Sociological Association, in the U.S. and Europe 330,000 deaths a year and 6.6 million hospital visits are officially attributed to legal prescription drugs.

The 4rth leading cause of death in the U.S. is ‘appropriately’  prescribed LEGAL drugs, according to Donald Light, author of the book, The Epidemic of Sickness and Death from Prescription Drugs.

That doesn’t count the unknown millions of people who suffer dysfunction and side effects, but don’t go to the hospital.

Our tax-funded (health?) bureaucracies such as the FDA and CDC should have been warning us in the media about the brewing epidemic of overuse of chemical prescription drugs over the last decade or two.

But the media depends on Big Pharma—possibly the current biggest advertiser on TV and even newspapers— advertising to support it.

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Broccoli is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of a Healthy Diet. Do you eat it?

Broccoli is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of a Healthy Diet.”

Do you eat it? Do you prepare it for your family?

If you don’t, maybe you should consider incorporating it as one of your regular foods.

Here are a few things the “Queen of a Healthy Diet” contributes to your health: it is a cholesterol reducer, aids in detoxification, heart health, digestion and eye health. It is also an anti-inflammatory and supports cancer prevention.

Broccoli’s high content of the cancer-fighting  compound sulphoraphane has been shown by scientists to especially effective in the prevention and survival of breast cancer.

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family that also includes cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, collard greens, kale, rutabagas and turnips.

However, broccoli, the ‘Queen of a Healthy Diet,” contains more vitamin A and C than all the other cruciferous vegetables.

Broccoli is loaded with dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamins B6, B1, A, E, K1 and minerals manganese, phosphorus, choline, potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc and the health-supporting omega-3 fatty acids.

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Vitamin K2 lowers risk of coronary heart disease in 17-year study

Increased intakes of vitamin K2 may reduce the risk of mortality from coronary heart disease, according to data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-NL) cohort.

The extensive study tracked more than 33,000 people over a period of 16.8 years.

Over the course of the study 2,863 deaths were recorded—including 256 due to coronary heart disease (CHD).

Further research determined that those with the highest intake of vitamin K2 were associated with a 14% reduction in CHD.

One important point documented by the research was that the benefit was obtained only with vitamin K2 (think fermented foods and some meats) and not with vitamin K1 (obtained from leafy green vegetables).

In short, vitamin K1 may be crucial for blood coagulation… but it’s the vitamin K2 that appears to provide the cardiovascular benefit.

According to Hogne Vik, chief medical officer with NattoPharma, supplier of MenaQ7 Vitamin K2 as MK-7:

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Put on your thinking cap and consider these quotations about life, health and our planet

Put on your thinking caps and consider these quotations about life, health and our planet.

While the following quotations comprise a different format than is usual here, they are appropriate to our mission of presenting important health issues for your consideration.

*There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.—Mohandas Gandhi

*What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?—Henry David Thoreau

*Nature’s laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury and hangman.—Luther Burbank

*Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.—Francis Bacon, (1561-1626)

*Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also love of humanity—Hippocrates (460?-370? BC)

*We have a multi-billion dollar industry that is killing people right and left, just for financial gain. Their idea of research is to see whether two doses of this poison is better than three doses of that poison.—Glenn A. Warner, M.D.

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