It’s not news to say that the medical industry isn’t much interested in our health. Now, wealth – that’s something different. Roche and Genentech, a Swiss-based pharmaceutical hotshot and its US affiliate, respectively, were just caught with their pants down and 80,000 unreported drug files during an inspection is, therefore, not outlandish.
A study conducted by the University of Manchester proposes that adequate levels of vitamin D—which abounds in direct sunlight—helps maintain mind health and cognitive function. Researchers examined over 3,000 European men between the ages 40 and 79 and found that those with high levels of the vitamin outperformed with low levels in memory and information processing trials.
Some of us remember being picked last for dogeball in gym while others remember being voted MVP on the varsity soccer team. Chances are, no matter how well we performed, we felt both healthier and happier if we were active during those treacherous middle school years. Some findings support this claim, showing that kids playing sports and active teens may be healthier and happy than those who are inactive.
A University College London study involving nearly 15,000 people in Scotland linked old-style antidepressants with 35% increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This research showing that antidepressants may be among important risk factors for heart disease should be known by everyone using these medications.
Researchers of Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center have produced genetic evidence suggesting antioxidant drugs could help prevent and treat cancer. With research already showcasing the powers of various cancer fighting foods, this research further shows how dangerous mainstream medical testing and treatments can be outranked by nature’s gifts.
Protein is, in fact, a matter of amino acids, and it abounds in the plant kingdom. The trick is in knowing where to find it, knowledge that is especially needed be vegans and vegetarians. RDA recommendations for protein are from 0.36 to 0.45 grams per pound of body weight a day. That’s only 15 to 20% of calories—an amount easily attainable when including these foods for a high protein vegetarian diet.
A healthy diet and regular exercise can lower blood pressure, but this knowledge doesn’t stop many allopathic physicians from over-prescribing expensive and even downright harmful ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers. Those looking for a more natural option to reduce hypertension may find comfort in a recent study finding that watermelon extract supplementation reduces ankle and brachial blood pressure, carotid wave reflection, and overall arterial function.
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer—that’s quite a lot to expect of a humble root of the ginger family. Like ginger, turmeric and curcumin (the powdered and supplement form, respectively, of the Curcuma longa plant) play center stage in millenia-old Asian medicine and cuisine. Research always shows how turmeric can be especially effective at preventing chronic disease.