TOP 5 HEALTH STORIES OF 2007
- VITAMIN D3 REDUCES RISK OF CANCER 77%
Observational studies had revealed that reducing our exposure to the sunshine vitamin—vitamin D—increased risk of cancer. Now a human intervention trial of over 1,000 postmenopausal women reported in the June 8, 2007, online edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that women who took at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 and 1,500 mg of calcium daily for four years had a 60% reduction in breast cancer. Calcium alone had no effect on cancer. If the first year was washed out (to account for women who already had cancer) the reduction of risk was an astonishing 77%. That means that out of 100 women who would have gotten cancer, 77 won’t. Researchers said the study was applicable to other forms of cancer. If every person in America took at least 1000 IU of vitamin D3….the implications are enormous.
Action: Take at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily for life. Start now. Look for a full report on vitamin D3 in next month’s issue of Natural Health News Report.
- MRSA SUPERBUG KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN AIDS
Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus has been the scourge of hospitals for years and now a different and even deadlier strain is out in the community causing flesh- eating skin infections and death. A study published in the October, 2007, Journal of the American Medical Association found MRSA causing nearly 100,000 infections and about 19,000 deaths—more than died from AIDS.
Action: Wash your hands frequently. Don’t share personal items such as razors. If you are infected, consider alternative therapies such as topical essential oils and French clay in addition to prescription medication. Take natural remedies to support your immune system and prevent infection.
- ANTIBIOTICS FAIL SINUS SUFFERERS
Perhaps this is not news to you after several rounds of antibiotics that didn’t help your sinus infection. A new study published in the December, 2007, Journal of the American Medical found that antibiotics work no better against sinus infections than a placebo. In addition, antibiotics may cause harm by increasing your resistance to medications. Nasal steroid spray also had the same results as a placebo. Antibiotics were recently found to be ineffective against ear infections and bronchitis as well.
Action: Use natural remedies that clear sinus infections.
- ANTI-AGING ADVANCES WITH ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
Alpha lipoic acid turns on the basic cellular defenses of the body, including some that naurally decline with age. It restores glutathione, a powerful cellular antioxidant, and acts as a powerful anti-aging agent, reports researchers at Oregon State University in May, 2007.
Action: Take alpha lipoic acid supplement.
- FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IN SODAS AND FOOD IMPLICATED IN CHRONIC DISEASES AND OBESITY
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published evidence in the October, 2007, issue that fructose increases obesity, uric acid, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and other chronic diseases. Our livers do not metabolize high fructose levels well.
Action: Stop drinking sodas and eating foods with high fructose corn syrup.
TOP BOOK OF 2007
Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer
By Shannon Brownlee.
TOP HEALTH STORY TO WATCH IN 2008
Growing public awareness of the dangers of over-the-counter and prescription medications and the unhealthy influence of drug companies over university research, peer-reviewed medical journals and the FDA.