also, adding cayenne / hot pepper to your diet, each meal if possible (I have for 16 years) in any form (powder, sauce, fresh, dried) will help prevent heart attack and stroke, can stop a heart attack or stroke while happening (1/4 t. of hot pepper powder in 3-4 oz. of warm water drank straight down) - and that will also stop any most any bleeding internal or external from any other cause, in about 20 seconds. Hot pepper eaten with each meal or taken in supplement form will also help recover from heart attack or stroke, and increase circulation, will double the effectiveness of any herb or vitamin taken with it; and will also help heal stomach ulcers. Cayenne may be contraindicated with some medications, and it does act as a mild blood thinner; it also helps relieve pain by helping the body to secret endorphins.
Also, if on medication, such as Coumadin, cayenne and fish oil and many other natural foods which are mild blood thinners can be dangerous, so consult your doctor; see also:
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Medical University: Single Flavanoid (Found in 6 Foods) Reduces Cognitive Impairment Drastically
by Christina Sarich
September 18th, 2014
Updated 09/18/2014 at 7:49 am
Medical University: Single Flavanoid (Found in 6 Foods) Reduces Cognitive Impairment DrasticallyA singular flavanoid can protect the brain against cognitive deficit and other cellular damage, according to studies from the Fourth Military Medical University. The news comes from Xi’an, People’s Republic of China, and shows great promise for those suffering from mental impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and other debilitating cognitive conditions.
The study abstract concludes:
“Our results provide new insights into the pharmacological actions of rutin and suggest that rutin has multi-targeted therapeutical potential on cognitive deficits associated with conditions with chronic cerebral hypoperfusion such as vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Rutin is a biologically active flavonoid found in the following foods:
Buckwheat – Possibly the best source of rutin, and much better than boiled oats, uncooked buckwheat leaf flower offers about 675 mg in a 1.1 cup serving. Uncooked buckwheat groats contain 230 mg of rutin per 1 kg, dark buckwheat flour has 218 mg per 1 kg and buckwheat noodles provide 78 mg.
Elderflower Tea – When dried, the white flowers of the elderflower make a delicious and rutin-filled tea. According to the Czech Journal of Food Science, elderflower tea contains approximately 10.9g/kg of rutin per brewed cup.
Amaranth Leaves – In Western cultures, most people are familiar with the edible seeds of amaranth, though in Chinese and Southeast Asian cooking the leaves are also gaining traction, partly due to their high rutin content. You can expect around 24.5g/kg from the dried leaves. Seeds only contain trace amounts of the important nutrient.
Unpeeled Apples – Keep the peel on your apples to enjoy lots of rutin. Just be sure that they are organic, since apple peels are especially prone to pesticide build-up. Apple skins are 6x as powerful as the flesh at preventing high blood pressure due to this flavanoid, too.
Unfermented Rooibos Tea – While rooibos tea contains fewer antioxidants than black or green teas, it is a good source of rutin, providing around 1.69 mg/g.
Figs – These little gems contain about the same amount of rutin as apples, so be sure to add them to your diet.
Rutin protects the brain against several damaging effects through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, though its effect on cognitive deficits and brain damage caused by chronic cerebral hypoperfusion formerly remained unknown.
The scientists found that rutin works primarily through anti-inflammatory mechanisms, and reducing hypofusion in the brain.
The researchers stated:
“Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion is a critical causative factor for the development of cognitive decline and dementia in the elderly, which involves many pathophysiological processes. Consequently, inhibition of several pathophysiological pathways is an attractive therapeutic strategy for this disorder.”
The researchers used Sprague-Dawley rats with permanent bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO), in their experiments, and after 12 weeks of being treated with rutin for its neuroprotective properties, they all excelled in behavioural tests, as well as biochemical and histopathological analyses.
“Moreover, BCCAO rats exhibited central cholinergic dysfunction, oxidative damage, inflammatory responses and neuronal damage in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus, compared with sham-operated rats. All these effects were significantly alleviated by treatment with rutin.”
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These Common Pharmaceutical Meds Destroy Your Brain
by Christina Sarich
September 22nd, 2014
Updated 09/22/2014 at 9:46 am
These Common Pharmaceutical Meds Destroy Your BrainYou wouldn’t think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cognitive impairment, but that’s just one of the commonly prescribed (or even OTC) pharmaceutical medications which were studied in a six-year test to see what kind of neurological damage was caused. Unfortunately, the research found that these pharmaceuticals, commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions including insomnia, allergies, or incontinence, cause long-term damage to the brain. The findings point to a class of drugs called anticholinergics, which block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter.
“We found that taking one anticholinergic significantly increased an individual’s risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and taking two of these drugs doubled this risk. This is very significant in a population – African-Americans – already known to be at high risk for developing cognitive impairment,” said Noll Campbell, PharmD, first author of the study.
The surprising thing is that many of the drugs are commonly used, brands like Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, and Unisom are included in the anticholinergic drug list, but so are Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, and Elavil – antidepressant medications. Sure its great if you don’t feel depressed anymore, but not if it is because the drugs are just killing the brain cells that might ordinarily register sadness or anxiety.
You don’t have to take multiple forms of these drugs, either. Just one anticholingeric drug will lead to cognitive impairment. Taking two – doubled the risk. Seniors specifically should avoid these types of drugs since the levels of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are on the rise. According to the University of Michigan, dementia strikes about 50% of people who reach the age of 85. Of those, about 60% go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. It seems that these drugs may play a role in this development and progression.
Read: 8 Natural Antibiotics to Replace the Meds
Anticholinergic drugs block a nervous system neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease typically have a marked shortage of acetylcholine. Here is another analysis showing which pharmaceuticals are most likely to result in cognitive damage.
“Simply put, we have confirmed that anticholinergics, something as seemingly benign as a medication for inability to get a good night’s sleep or for motion sickness, can cause or worsen cognitive impairment, specifically long-term mild cognitive impairment which involves gradual memory loss. As a geriatrician I tell my Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center patients not to take these drugs and I encourage all older adults to talk with their physicians about each and every one of the medications they take,” said Malaz Boustani, M.D., IU School of Medicine associate professor of medicine.
Why wait until you are in your 60s to see if you will develop severe cognitive impairment from taking these drugs? There are numerous herbal remedies for insomnia, as well as pain, and none of them block important neurotransmitters. Besides, pharmaceutical pain killers have even been shown to kill more people than cocaine and heroin combined.
List of Culprit Drugs:
Prescription meds in these categories:
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Avoiding salt increases risk of fatal heart attack and stroke
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salt and papper again(Health Secrets) Most of us have heard the mantra about avoiding salt most of our lives. In fact, the federal government recently urged most Americans to again sharply cut their already reduced salt intakes. Salt has been said to lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. But like most truisms, this one should be taken with a grain of salt. Two separate studies have found that diets low in salt may actually increase the risk of fatal heart attack and stroke. And the lower the salt intake, the greater the risk.
Both studies were published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), but received virtually no coverage in mainstream media. In the first, 3681 participants without cardiovascular disease were followed from 1985 until 2008. Researchers found that those with the lowest sodium levels, equivalent to consuming 2500 mg per day or an average of slightly more than one teaspoon of salt each day, had no greater protection against high blood pressure, heart disease, or death from cardiovascular causes than those who consumed the highest levels of 6000 mg of salt per day on average.
Deaths from heart disease and hospitalizations for coronary heart failure actually decreased with higher sodium intake. A total of 50 deaths occurred in the third of participants having the lowest sodium intakes, and 24 deaths occurred in the third who had medium sodium intakes. Only 10 deaths occurred in the third with the highest intakes. The findings showed the lowest risk for death was in those consuming between 4000 and 6000 mg of salt per day.
The second study confirmed the findings of the first, adding that baseline sodium excretion did not predict the incidence of hypertension, and associations between systolic blood pressure and sodium excretion did not translate into reduced morbidity or improved survival.
These studies vindicated the work of Dr. Michael Alderman, from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, who has been trying to tell us for years that salt is not the culprit for hypertension and heart disease. A study he headed in 1998 came to the same conclusion as the JAMA studies, finding that people following low salt diets had a dramatically higher mortality risk. He has long noted that eating less salt increases insulin resistance that in turn can increase cardiovascular risk and the risk of other degenerative disease.
These findings come on the heels of other supposedly “bad things” that have been found to be good, such as sunshine, butter, red wine, fat and chocolate. They suggest it’s time to enjoy salt again. Your life may depend on it.
Why having optimal salt is critical
Salt is composed of sodium and chloride ions that are essential for life. Salt works with potassium to regulate the fluid balance of the body, and is used for electrical signaling in the nervous system. For these reasons, as well as for the taste of salt, it has been an extremely valuable commodity during human history.
Saltiness is one of the basic human tastes, an indication that optimal salt intake is critical to human life and function. Salt is found in all the body fluids, including blood, spinal fluid, lymphatic fluid, and synovial fluid (the fluid found in the cavities of joints). Salt works in the lining of blood vessels to keep blood pressure normalized. The intravenous fluid given to hospital patients to prevent dehydration or stabilize shock contains salt. The human embryo is bathed in and develops in salty amniotic fluid.
Signs of hyponatremia (low salt) include loss of energy, lethargy, fatigue, nausea, headache, confusion, appetite loss, muscle weakness, and muscle spasms and cramps. If hyponatremia is extreme, loss of consciousness, coma and death will follow.
Salt for human consumption is produced in two different forms:
Unrefined salt (sea salt)
Refined salt (table salt)
Sea salt is coarse and varies in color from whitish to light pink or light gray, depending on its mineral content. Refined salt is highly milled and white in color. Most of the refining process is geared toward making the salt look pretty so it will sell, and making sure it has a long shelf life.
Sea salt is usually obtained by evaporation of sea water. Rock salt deposits are another source of naturally occurring salt. Salt in these forms is about 84% sodium chloride and 16% other minerals. Both of these forms of salt are organic.
Table salt is salt from either of these sources refined to become almost completely pure sodium chloride. As such it is no longer organic because the other naturally occurring minerals and trace minerals besides sodium and chloride have been stripped away in a heat process that alters the molecular structure of what remains.
Then an anti-caking agent is added, such as sodium silicoaluminate, a form of aluminum, or sodium ferrocyanide, which contains cyanide ligands. Other anti-caking agents that may be used include tricalcium phosphate, magnesium oxide, silicon dioxide, aluminosilicate and calcium aluminosilicate. The latter two are also forms of aluminum, a mineral with high toxicity in the human body.
Anti-caking agents keep refined salt from mixing with moisture inside the shaker and also inside your body. This means that the refined salt you eat cannot perform one of the most basic functions of salt in your body, which is to balance hydration. This may be why many people are thirsty after eating foods prepared with refined salt.
Other bodily functions are disrupted by refined salt too. Since all the balancing minerals have been removed, water molecules must surround the sodium chloride molecules to break them up into sodium and chloride ions in order to help the body neutralize them. To accomplish this, water is taken from cells, leaving cells open to dehydration and premature death.
Sea salt is the major source of unrefined salt, freshly dried from the sea as in Celtic Sea Salt, or mined from inland ocean beds as in Himalayan Salt. In both instances, the salt is a naturally occurring complex of sodium chloride and the minerals and trace minerals with which it naturally occurs. It is this natural form of salt that is compatible with and supportive of the body. It is this form of salt that the body recognizes. However, be aware that salt is big business, and many products labeled as sea salt have been highly refined. They are finely milled, white salt that flows freely and is indistinguishable from refined salt.
Be sure the salt you buy is labeled as unrefined. Real health food stores or healthy image grocers like Whole Foods are the best places to find high quality sea salt. Look for salt that is fairly coarse and pale pink or light gray in coloration. Sea salt is also available from online health retailers. Along with a delicious salty taste, here are some of the life enhancing minerals you will receive: calcium, magnesium, sulfur, silicone, iodine, phosphorus and vanadium.
For more information:
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Sodium Bicarbonate: Nature's Unique First Aid Remedy (Using the Healing Power of Baking Soda), by Dr. Mark Sircus, 199pp., pb., 17.00 + P&H.