Genetic risk for diabetes is insignificant compared to preventive lifestyle factors

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The effect of lifestyle habits on type 2 diabetes risk is so large that it renders genetic susceptibility insignificant, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge and published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

The study was funded primarily by the European Commission.

The findings imply that generalized lifestyle interventions are still the most effective way to prevent diabetes, regardless of an individual’s genetic profile.

“One of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes is to stop people developing the condition in the first place,” researcher David Lomas said, “and this large international study reinforces the idea that broad promotion of a healthy diet and lifestyle is the way to go.”

Genetic tests not supported

Type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body loses its sensitivity to the blood-sugar-lowering hormone insulin, now affects more than 380 million people globally. As with many chronic diseases, researchers believe that it originates from an interaction between underlying genetic risk and various lifestyle factors, including diet and exercise.

In recent years, scientists have identified numerous gene variants associated with risk for the disease, and screening for such variants has become popular. One New Delhi, India-based screening company reports that it gets approximately 3,000 customers a month from 150 separate locations across India.

But the new study casts doubt on the usefulness of such tests.

“There is no good evidence that the knowledge of these variants currently helps predict risk (of diabetes) nor in informing what action people should take,” lead researcher Nicholas Wareham said. “The currently known genetic variants don’t help personalise prevention.”

In contrast, generalized lifestyle interventions have been proven to reduce the chances of high-risk individuals developing the disease by 50 percent.

“I think such tests at this point in time are a waste of money,” said Anoop Misra, chairman of the Fortis Centre for Diabetes Obesity and Cholesterol in New Delhi. “Diabetes can be simply predicted by presence of obesity, family history, and age.”

Obesity is greatest predictor

In the new study, the researchers used data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study to calculate a diabetes genetic risk score for 12,403 middle-aged type 2 diabetes patients and 16,154 people without the disease. These scores were based on the presence or absence of 49 separate gene variants that have been linked to the disease. The researchers then compared the effect of genetic risk with that of lifestyle-related risk (such as poor diet or exercise habits).

The researchers found that, among people of normal weight, only 0.25 percent of those with the lowest genetic risk and 0.89 percent of those with the highest genetic risk went on to develop type 2 diabetes. In contrast, 4.22 percent of obese people with the lowest genetic risk developed the disease, and 7.99 percent of obese people with the highest genetic risk.

This shows that obesity far outweighs genetics as a predictor of diabetes risk. It also suggests that there is no need to specifically target some people for diabetes prevention based on their individual genetic profiles — interventions should be generalized, or simply targeted at people with unhealthy lifestyles.

“We need effective strategies in place if we are going to stem the rapid rise in the number of cases of type 2 diabetes and the burden this places on our health systems,” Wareham said. “Our research suggests that focusing on tackling the lifestyle factors that lead to obesity at a population level will have a much greater impact than tailoring prevention strategies according to an individual’s genetic risk.”

“The public health message is that everyone should minimise the risk of diabetes through physical activity and a healthy diet,” he said.

Flu shot statistics and alternatives

Flu season is upon us. It’s time to decide if you or your children will receive a flu shot this year. After all, 23,607- 35,000 people die from the flu each year, right? You don’t want to be included in this year’s statistics! But are those numbers accurate?

You’re not going to find any clear answers from the CDC. If you start drilling down, searching for the actual numbers of flu victims, flu deaths, and the efficacy of the vaccine on their website, suddenly nothing is clear – except the fact that the vaccine industry is a big business and the CDC does a superior job of hiding actual facts and figures under a mountain of doublespeak.

What are the actual numbers?

No one knows. The CDC uses statistical projections to estimate the number of flu cases based on any illness that may be related to secondary infections caused by the flu.

Why?

  • States are not required to report flu deaths in adults.
  • Influenza is rarely listed on the death certificate as a cause of death when patients die of flu-related illnesses.
  • Many deaths occur weeks after the initial flu infection due to a secondary infection or complications of an existing chronic condition, but most of these people were never tested for the flu!
  • Tests for the virus must be administered within a week of onset with another test taken later.
  • False negative test results are common.

So how do they determine the number of deaths due to influenza?

The CDC uses pneumonia along with respiratory and circulatory illness as a cause of death to guess at how many actually died from complications of influenza that was never verified in the first place.

And then, they lump pneumonia and influenza together as one of the top leading causes of death in the U.S.

There are no real facts or figures to tell us how many cause influenza, how many died from influenza, or how effective the flu shot is in preventing the disease.

It is time for the CDC to publish actual facts regarding influenza. They can do this by publishing the following:

  • What strains of influenza were used for the annual flu shot?
  • How many actual verified cases of every type of influenza were reported? ?
  • How many patients were confirmed with each type?
  • Of these patients, how many of the patients were immunized with the correct vaccine?
  • How many in each category died?

If this information was readily available to the public, we could decide for ourselves if the risks of catching influenza was greater than the flu shot itself – that is if we were also told the whole truth about the ingredients and the number of vaccine related injuries and deaths.

If you choose to avoid flu vaccination and rely on alternative care for the flu, remember that alternative care for any disease starts with prevention – in other words, a healthy diet and lifestyle. A healthy immune system requires a healthy gut and adequate exercise to circulate lymph throughout the body. Yes, there are tinctures and home remedies to stop viruses in their tracks, but they work the best when you provide the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.

At the first sign of illness, gargle – gargle a lot. Apple cider vinegar is a great choice, but you may need to dilute it at first; it works better if you don’t. Even if you use salt water, gargling reduces the viral load. Eat raw garlic and drinks extra fluids. Avoid all sugar! Sugar feeds bacteria and viruses. Check out Bullet Proof Your Immune System and Detoxify from Vaccinations & Heavy Metals.

Posted by / December 17, 2016 / Tagged with / Posted in Health

Eight hard hitting facts about cancer

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Cancer can be incredibly scary, especially when you don’t understand how to prevent the onset through incorporation of a healthy and holistic lifestyle that addresses all the core factors that facilitate its development. Unfortunately, avoidance of this deadly disease is difficult due to the pollution of our food, air, and water.

Check out these 8 sobering stats, and then make a decision to be an exception to the rule.

1. Worldwide, about 1 in 8 deaths is caused by cancer. Yet, the media and health authorities are obsessed with “preventing” virtually non-existent diseases like polio or generally non-life threatening conditions like measles. Is because there isn’t a vaccination or pharmaceutical “cure” for cancer yet? Interestingly enough, developed countries have higher incidences of cancer, where humankind has generally aborted its connection from the healing power of pure food, air, water, sun, and earth.

2. People aged 55 or older have the highest cancer risk. Approximately 77% of ALL cancers diagnosed are present in men and women in this age group.

3. On the other side of the spectrum, more than 40 children are diagnosed with cancer every day, which equals more than 14,000 each year in the United States alone. Cancer and its conventional treatments will end the lives of four children each day, more than complications from congenital birth defects, type 1 diabetes, and asthma combined. The survival rates are not improving due to the focus on conventional treatments and endorsing collateral damage (killing all cells, with toxic drugs), rather than addressing the cause and endorsing an approach that is the antithesis to cancer – namely, a connection back to nature in all its forms.

4. More than 90% of all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, but it’s not the actual tobacco that causes the cancer, it’s the chemicals that are utilized in the making of tobacco products that cause cancer. Quitting and avoiding second hand smoke is the easiest course of action to avoid this diagnosis, which is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States.

5. Sleep deprivation is described as those who get less than 6 hours per day, and this demographic has an increased risk of colon cancer. Recent studies have indicated that there is a much higher risk of cancer for those who work night shift schedules, perhaps due to improper sleep patterns disrupting circadian rhythms and quality of sleep. Proper sleep is one of the most healing activities at your disposal due to its regeneration capabilities, so covet it like a newborn baby.

6. Skin cancer is diagnosed most often, and the number of cases is increasing every year. This has spurred the myth that the sun causes cancer, but this is not entirely true. Appropriate sun exposure increases your levels of Vitamin D, which has been shown to be responsible for prevention of 77% of ALL cancers. The sweet spot is getting enough sun exposure to get your daily dose (20-30 minutes in early morning or late afternoon, on arms and legs), then getting out of it or using a non-carcinogenic sunscreen to avoid burning. If you do burn, it can cause DNA damage and eventually cancer, so a balanced approach is important.

7. Only a very small percentage of cancers have a genetic link (less than 5%), which is not what most “cancer experts” convey. However, social heredity (habitually doing the things our family has done) is a big factor, and we can avoid this subconscious way of doing things that don’t serve our health by reprogramming ourselves to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

8. Researchers worldwide agree that at least 50% of all cancers are preventable! In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths will be attributed to cancer, and being able to prevent at least half those deaths through
a more holistic lifestyle is very encouraging!

The thing that makes cancer the most scary, is the mystery behind it for the majority of people, and the inclination that it pops out of nowhere and is indiscriminate about who it chooses to inflict. This is NOT the
case, and a little education and action can go a long way to prevention and successful treatment of cancer, naturally.

Start with understanding how cancer develops from our habits by reading Daily Habits That Cause Cancer. Then, incorporate cancer-killing foods, by reviewing Top 8 Foods and Herbs For Healing Cancer. Armed with this information, you can begin to wake up the healing power of the body, and start to buck some of these crazy statistics. Also check out the first few sources below for natural cancer remedies.

How to survive PMS A field guide for men

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If you live with a woman who suffers from PMS, you know firsthand that your loving wife or significant other can change from a loving, sweet-tempered woman into someone you barely recognize with little to no warning. And you know how easy it is the say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Or maybe it seems that everything you say is going to be wrong for a few days each month. There are a lot of things you can do to make it worse, but there are also many things you can do to make it better during this time.

First of all, if she is experiencing PMS, know that she’s right. It doesn’t really matter what she says. Only a fool would argue with her now. This is not the time for logic. This is the time for compassion. Listen. DO NOT PROBLEM SOLVE! Just listen.

If she chooses this time to complain about all of your faults, know that she has lost her “filter.” She really does mean what she says when she tells you she’s tired of you being a slob, never hanging up your towel, or leaving your socks in a wad on the floor. Whatever it is that you do (and we all do something that irks our roomies), she manages to shake it off the rest of the month. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother her. Right now, it really bugs her.When she is experiencing PMS, she can’t ignore your annoying habits or balance them out with your good qualities. Whatever you do wrong on a regular basis is forefront in her mind. You know what those things are. Don’t do them! And if you have, fix it now!

Ask her what she needs from you. If she’s feeling overwhelmed, pick up the slack.

Any man who lives with a woman who experiences PMS (who is in his right mind) keeps a calendar. You do not want to be taken by surprise! Another benefit of keeping a calendar is (and we highly recommend this) that you have the ability to give her supplements before her PMS to lesson the severity of her mood swings and her period symptoms. When the time approaches, it is not the time to come home late without calling. Come home when you say you are coming home. And if your woman generally takes care of you, this is the time to take care of her. Tell her you love her. Offer to cook dinner or take her out. Pamper her.

Hugs, back rubs, and foot massages go a long, long way.Over time she has told you what little romantic gestures make her feel loved. Have you listened? A love note on the pillow? A bunch of wildflowers picked from the side of the road? A movie she’s been wanting to see on DVD?

Aside from needing extra TLC, there are other very important things you can do for her. As mentioned above, preemptive supplementation is strongly recommended. B vitamins are your greatest ally, and a close second is a good probiotic. Make sure she takes a really good B complex vitamin. While B6 is the B vitamin usually associated with alleviating PMS, all of the B vitamins work together and all of them play a role in balancing hormones and neurotransmitters. She also needs essential fats and fatty acids in order for the B vitamins to work well. Supplements or oils (flax seed oil, fish oil, or an great oil blend with omega 3s, 6s, and 9s,) will really help. Probiotics are important because women who have an overabundance of candida (which is almost everyone, even health-nuts) have candida flare-ups during PMS and their periods. It’s one of the biggest reasons for PMS symptoms. Try loading her up with B vitamins and balance the gut about 3 days before the PMS should begin, and all the way through it.

Tuna, turkey, beef, chicken, and salmon are all high in vitamin B6. So are sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, potatoes, bananas, avocados, lentils, spinach, bok choy, and more. If she’s craving chocolate, you’ll thank us for sliding in that healthy chocolate pudding recipe; it’s third source link below the article. A good meal and good company go a long, long way to easing her symptoms and deepening your relationship.

Next, learn about PMS. When she is feeling better, the two of you can share information about the changes in diet and lifestyle that will dramatically reduce or eliminate her symptoms. If you are both willing to make those changes, you will both reap huge benefits.For more on Candida and B vitamins, check out the first and second source. See Natural Remedis for PMS for more information about PMS and how to heal the body to eliminate it.

Is your lymphatic system healthy Fix your lymphs fix your body

Odds are, the average person knows they have a lymphatic system, and that’s about it. You can’t blame them too much; the lymphatic system is complicated. It runs throughout the body, working side-by-side with the circulatory system, spanning various nodes, organs, and vessels in the body. If your lymphatic system isn’t working properly, it is unable to drain excess toxins and fluids from the body, causing problems such as swollen limbs, tonsillitis, lymphatic cancer, and other conditions. A working lymphatic system balances the body’s fluids, absorbs fat into your system, and helps your body’s immunological defense. Obviously, it is important to keep it in tip-top shape.

When your blood travels throughout your body, it releases fluid from the capillaries. This fluid, called interstitial fluid, provides nutrients and oxygen for the tissues as it flows throughout the body. In response to this generosity, the cells throw their garbage and waste products out for the interstitial fluid to pick up on its way back to the bloodstream. Luckily the interstitial fluid doesn’t mind this treatment and carries this waste back home to the capillaries where 90% of it is reabsorbed. The remaining 10% contains particles too large to pass through the capillary walls, so the lymph system swoops in and sucks it up. With the transfer to a new system in the body, the fluid also gets a name change. Now called lymph, this fluid filters through the lymph nodes and finishes its odyssey back where it started – in the bloodstream.

This process is critical, as the pile-up of waste in the cells can kill them. Without a flowing lymph system, fluid builds up and the body is unable get rid of waste. The waste and fluid itself can cause tissues in the body to swell and can lead to cancer, painfully enlarged organs, or infections throughout the body.

Lymphatic system and the immune system

A properly working lymphatic system is a great ally to have in boosting the immune system. The spleen removes dead cells and foreign invaders from the body. If you were lucky enough to keep your tonsils, these strategically placed lymph nodes provide a line of defense against possible throat infections. Adenoids are lymph nodes in the nasal cavity that minimize the effect of harmful pathogens entering the body. Perhaps the best evidence for the beneficial effects on the immune system due to lymph nodes is their command of lymphocytes, otherwise known as the all-mighty white blood cell. These cells, originating in the bone marrow, control immune reactions, fighting viruses and cancer cells. The lymph fluid relies on these cells to clean out toxins, before the lymphatic fluid is returned to the bloodstream.

Why should you care? If everything seems to be working fine, why fix it if it isn’t broke? Sure, you get that tickle in the back of your throat every once in awhile…but hey, my blood pressure’s great!

Congrats! But the lymphatic system is at a disadvantage. It lacks a large built-in pump like the cardiovascular system has with the heart. To keep your lymph fluid from achieving the consistency of cottage cheese and causing your fingers to look like not-so-tiny sausages, get moving. A lifestyle of transferring your butt from the car to the office chair, to the sofa in front of the TV decreases the flow of lymph fluid by 94%. Again, get moving. The best way to circulate lymph is exercise.

Get bouncing

Some of us haven’t jumped rope since that last time we convinced ourselves we would love that boxing class and collapsed halfway through. To get the lymph really moving, maybe give it another try. Bouncing is the best way to make your lymph happy. You don’t necessarily have to jump rope, but a good bounce for 15 to 20 minutes a day can make a big difference in the efficiency of your lymphatic system. Even if you don’t feel particularly bouncy, movement can make a big difference. Simple stretches, walking, and bending over to pick something up are all easy to incorporate into the average lifestyle.

Exercise is crucial, but there are others ways that also help your lymphatic system remove toxins and fight pathogens at peak performance. If you can’t miss that latest episode of your favorite TV show or your work necessitates lots of sitting, focus on your diet. The more clean (preferably spring) water you drink, the more lymph you’ll get flowing. Switching to a diet consisting of 80% fresh, raw, organic produce can do wonders for your lymph and health overall.

Try hot and cold hydrotherapy. It’s a great way to flush the lymph (see the first source below).

After all of that exercising, you deserve a treat. Guess what? Massage also helps the lymphatic system flow. If you don’t want to shell out the money for a lymphatic massage certified therapist, you could use self-massage to promote lymph health. Doing a cleanse can also help take some of the burden off of the lymph system, so look into detoxing or Candida cleansing.

Conclusion

It’s the season to make sure you take care of your sinuses, and stop that tickle in your throat from becoming something much more serious. A streamlined and fully functioning lymphatic system provides a great defense against common seasonal complaints. For more on the lymphatic system and how to detoxify, check out The Lymphatic System. It’s also crucial to clean the gut and kill off excess Candida for a healthy lymphatic system.

Posted by / December 13, 2016 / Tagged with / Posted in Health

What Time of the Day Should Vitamins Be Taken?

Vitamins are an important part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a proper diet, getting enough exercise, and ensuring healthy daily rest. However, just making sure you take vitamin supplements is not enough: when you take them greatly effects their efficacy in the body. To make sure to achieve maximum performance from vitamins, it is important to understand the proper times of day to take them.

As the body performs different functions at varied times of the day, supplements designed to support those systems should be taken at correlating times.  Absorption and digestion of these elements will also be more effective.

* Fat-soluble vitamins: these can be taken at any meal, as long as the meal contains fat. Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D need fat for absorption, so they should be consumed with a fat-based meal.

* Vitamin C doesn’t remain in the system very long, so experts recommend that the daily dose should be divided and consumed at each meal. Avoid taking vitamin C too close to bedtime, as it can stimulate the system and hamper sleep.

*Probiotics : Probiotics are meant to assist in digestion, easing  stomach issues such as frequent gas, bloating, and diarrhea. They should be taken between up to 30 minutes before a meal.

Vitamins that should be taken at particular times of day or particular meals:

* Morning, before breakfast: Fiber works best when it doesn’t have to compete with food during absorption. Fiber can also impede the proper assimilation of many vitamins, so they should be taken some time after fiber.

* Morning, with breakfast: Most vitamins can be taken with breakfast, unless specified otherwise. Commonly, people take their multivitamin, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and the first dose of Vitamin C.

* Lunchtime, either with, before, or after: If breakfast is not a convenient time to take vitamins, lunch is acceptable. As long as vitamins are consumed with a meal, any time is okay unless specified otherwise.

* Dinner, before, after, or with: Calcium can be taken with dinner, but follow the directions of your particular calcium supplement carefully. They can also be taken at bedtime. Calcium and magnesium (which are often combined or taken together) supplements are best absorbed at night, and can often assist in winding down to fall asleep.

All manufacturers label their vitamins with “Suggested Use” instructions on the bottle, and these should be followed closely. If prescribed by your doctor, follow their instructions.

When on a journey to find and add the best quality supplements, the first thing a buyer should do is identify the best vitamin store in the Houston, TX area, for the best quality and prices. Don’t hesitate — start living your best life today!