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Broccoli Sprouts: Nature’s Most Powerful Cancer-Fighting Food

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli are very rich in nutrients, including several carotenoids; vitamins E, C, and K; folate; and minerals. They also are an excellent fiber source. A high consumption of cruciferous vegetables has been linked with a decreased risk of cancer.

Broccoli contains elements known as glucosinolates, which are sulfur-containing chemicals. During chewing and digestion, the glucosinolates are broken down to form active composites such as indoles and isothiocyanates. An indole and isothiocyanate (sulforaphane) have been extensively studied for their anticancer effects.

Indoles and isothiocyanates hinder the growth of cancer in several organs in rodents, such as the bladder, colon, breast, liver, stomach, and lung.

Studies in animals and experiments with laboratory cells have recognized several possible methods in which these composites may help prevent and fight cancer. They :

    • Help inactivate carcinogens.
    • Kills cancer stem cells.
    • Defend cells from DNA damage.
    • Have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects.
    • Are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
    • Inhibit metastasis (tumor cell migration).
    • Repress tumor blood vessel formation.

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And now let’s take a look why Broccoli Sprouts are so powerful in fighting and preventing cancer:

Several studies have established broccoli as an anti-cancer vegetable. Broccoli can prevent and help with many health issues. In fact, many studies confirm not only the anti-cancer properties but also to help with cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, asthma, and inflammatory diseases.

The researchers attempted to determine how much Broccoli one would have to eat to produce a significant level of protection against cancer. They state that one would have to eat about two pounds of Broccoli a week to reduce, for example, the risk of colon cancer by about 50%. However, fresh Broccoli sprouts offer an alternative. We can eat 10 to 100 times lower quantities and still get the main benefits.

Broccoli sprouts contain a substance called sulforaphane which is one of the most powerful antioxidants and detoxification elements. ”Paul Talalay, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University isolated the cancer-fighting phytochemical sulforaphane. He discovered that sprouting delivers more sulforaphane than broccoli alone with 20 to 50 times the anti-cancer potential using the right strain of broccoli sprouting seeds.” Just 5 grams of sprouts contain concentrations of the compound glucoraphanin equivalent to that found in 150 grams of mature Broccoli.

Broccoli sprouts are the most hopeful at preventing and killing cancer. The best thing about sulforaphane is that it kills cancer cells, but seems to have minimal impact on healthy cells. It also intensifies the efficiency of anti-cancer drugs.

Detoxify Environmental Pollutants

Johns Hopkins researchers have come up with yet another reason to eat broccoli sprouts. A clinical trial comprising almost 300 men and women living in one of China’s most polluted regions found that daily consumption of a half-cup of broccoli sprouts helped rid their bodies of cancer-causing contaminants.
Broccoli sprouts are a source of glucoraphanin, which produces sulforaphane when chewed or swallowed. That compound stimulates the body’s ability to detoxify from various pollutants…

“This study points to a frugal, simple and safe means that can be taken by individuals to possibly reduce some of the long-term health risks associated with air pollution,” noted Thomas Kensler, a professor at Johns Hopkins.”

Autism Help

Furthermore, recently, researchers are extensively studying Broccoli Sprouts which Shows Promise in Treating Autism (Hopkins, 2014).

The researchers say: “Many of those who took a daily dose of the compound sulforaphane experienced substantial improvements in their social interaction and verbal communication, along with decreases in repetitive, ritualistic behaviors, compared to those who received a placebo.”

“We believe that this may be preliminary evidence for the first treatment for autism that improves symptoms by apparently correcting some of the underlying cellular problems,” says Paul Talalay, M.D., professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, who has researched these vegetable compounds for the past 25 years.

Sulforaphane also possesses anti-diabetic and antimicrobial properties. In addition, There are hundreds of scientific papers on Sulforaphane alone and some of the other benefits are:

More Main Uses and Benefits of Sulforaphane:

  • Supports Detoxification – Sulforaphane boosts the antioxidant capacity of cells.
  • Improves Diabetes – Broccoli sprouts improve many parameters in diabetes. In fact, Sulforaphane may prevent nephropathy, diabetes-induced fibrosis, and vascular complications. Also, Broccoli sprouts increased blood antioxidant capacity and HDL cholesterol and reduced oxidative stress, triglycerides, insulin, insulin resistance, and CRP.
  • Lowers Cholesterol – In 12 subjects, ingesting 100g of fresh broccoli sprouts for 1 week lowered total and LDL cholesterol, and raised HDL cholesterol too.
  • Prevents and Fights Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases – Both sulforaphane and broccoli sprouts decrease blood pressure in hypertensive rats. In fact, a diet rich in Brassica vegetables lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases, according to studies.
  • Antiviral and Combats Bacteria and Fungi – Sulforaphane manifests significant antiviral activity against influenza, HIV, Epstein-Barr virus and also hepatitis C. Furthermore, In one study, 23 out of 28 tested bacterial and fungal species were suppressed by sulforaphane.
  • Protects the Skin – Sulforaphane provides protection against UVA and UVB inflammation, sunburn, and also skin damage.
  • Protects the Brain and Restores Cognitive Function – It reduces brain inflammation in several animal models of pathogen-induced neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative disease. In addition, It improves cognitive performance and prevents memory impairment.
  • Reduces Health Damage from Pollution – Sulforaphane helps the body detoxify airborne pollutants, pesticides, and heavy metals too.

Other Benefits:

  • May Help with Parkinson’s Disease and also Alzheimer’s
  • Effective against H. pylori – Broccoli sprouts inhibit the growth of H. pylori.
  • Enhances Liver Function – Broccoli sprouts improved liver function (In men with fatty liver).
  • Helpful in Airway Inflammation and Asthma – Sulforaphane has beneficial effects in animals with asthma and also airway inflammation.
  • Combats Inflammation caused by Autoimmune disorders – Sulforaphane also reduces autoimmune inflammation, which is helpful in conditions like MS.
  • Arthritis – In mice, Sulforaphane reduced the severity of arthritis.
  • Protect the Kidneys – It defends against kidney damage in rodents.
  • Protects the Eyes – Sulforaphane protects human retinal cells from UVA light-induced damage. Also, it protects human lens cells against oxidative stress and may delay the onset of cataracts.
  • Boosts the Immune System – Sulforaphane enhances bacterial clearance and also enhances the activity of natural killer cells (NK cells) in mice.
  • Sulforaphane is a strong anti-Inflammatory agent.

Tips and How to Sprout:

Learning how to grow quality Broccoli Sprouts for the lowest cost is one of the best things you can do for your health. Avoid Broccoli sprout contamination by sprouting your own. In addition, Avoid GMO seeds and get organic from a reputable brand.

” First of all, Get your organic sprouting seeds.
1) Place the seeds into the jar with three times the amount of purified water.
2) Let it sit for around six hours, then tip the jar carefully to avoid damaging seeds and sprouts to pour out the water. Rinse with fresh water and drain again.
3) Keep the jar propped at a downward angle to allow for more drainage. Keep away from heat and direct sunlight.
4) This is continued until the jar begins getting filled with fresh sprouts. Then strong indirect sunlight is encouraged.
5) After five days usually, broccoli sprouts are ready and should be refrigerated.”
by @healthimpactnews

If you do not want to sprout your seeds, you can get standardized supplements with Sulforaphane to get the mentioned benefits or buying fresh broccoli sprouts from reputace manufacturers.

Safety, Side Effects, and Dosing:

Hypothyroidism concerns: According to the research, it would take a large volume of cruciferous vegetables to cause hypothyroidism, and it seems that there is only a risk if someone also has an iodine deficiency.
Liver toxicity: There is a single case report after drinking large volumes of broccoli juice for four weeks (800 ml/day). So keep in mind that any herb and supplement, in excess, may cause more harm than good.
Broccoli sprouts may cause low blood pressure.
Caution: As with alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts may carry bacteria that may cause sickness when ingested. Broccoli sprouts should be purchased from reliable manufacturers.

Dosing: In clinical trials, 50-100g of broccoli sprouts daily have been used. For preventing cancer, eating a half cup of broccoli sprouts three times weekly has been recommended. And If using extracts, use as directed.

Conclusion:

Are we getting enough cruciferous vegetables in our diet?  For most of us, the answer is no. With broccoli sprouts, you can see how easy it can be to get the highest benefits and not needing to eat that much. As mentioned, fresh broccoli sprouts are much more potent than mature broccoli, allowing you to eat far less. I hope I have convinced you to start sprouting your own broccoli seeds and adding it to your diet; it is one of the best things you can do for your health. Finally, Don’t forget to check my other articles on my FB page (contacts below).

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Ad linking alcohol to cancer most effective at curbing drinking, study finds

A graphic Australian advertisement that highlights the link between alcohol and cancer has been nominated by drinkers as the most effective in leading them to reconsider their alcohol intake.

The video advertisement, titled Spread, was developed and funded by the Western Australia government. It shows alcohol being absorbed into the bloodstream, spreading and causing cancerous cell mutations in the liver, bowel and throat.

Researchers led by renowned international behavioural scientist Professor Melanie Wakefield tested 83 English-language alcohol advertisements from around the world on 2,174 Australian adults who regularly consume alcohol.

Study participants ranked each advertisement on a five-point scale, with a score of “one” representing a low motivation to reduce drinking after viewing and “five” representing high motivation to reduce drinking after viewing.

Spread ranked the highest with an average score of 3.77 and was favoured across a range of groups including men, women, young and older adults, and low and high-risk drinkers.

Four out of the top 10 most effective advertisements were from Australia and of those, all were from Western Australia. The least motivating ad, from New Zealand, was titled Add Nothing, and encouraged drinking water instead of beer. The results were published on Thursday in the medical journal BMJ Open.

The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth gave input into the development of the highest-ranked ad. The centre’s executive officer, Julia Stafford, said Spread was successful because experts in the field had been approached for input.

“We are really pleased that the evidence base for these harm-reduction ads is building and that we are learning more about what works in designing and running them,” Stafford said.

“It is important that very careful, research-based approaches are being taken.”

According to the Cancer Council of Australia, more than 3,200 cases of cancer each year could be prevented nationally if people limited their alcohol consumption.

But the CEO of Cancel Council Victoria, Todd Harper, said the carcinogenic properties of alcohol were still widely unknown in the community.

“Our 2015 survey of Victorian men and women found that nearly half of the respondents either believed that alcohol made no difference or were not sure if it had any effect on a person’s risk of cancer,” Harper said.

“It’s worrying because alcohol is a group one carcinogen – the highest classification available. It means that there is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at some body sites in humans.”

He said that “every drink” increased the risk of mouth, throat, bowel, liver and female breast cancers.

This risk as well as other alcohol-related harms has prompted some public health experts and health professionals to call for plain packaging on alcohol products that warn people of their risk, similar to that used on tobacco products.

But Alcohol Beverages Australia executive director Fergus Taylor dismissed the Spread ad as “off the mark” and “scaremongering”.

“The industry has long advocated for targeted measures to deal with specific areas of problem consumption and misuse, as opposed to broad-based, population-wide measures like ads that use cynical scare tactics to frighten responsible drinkers,” he said.

“These ads will just be dismissed as scaremongering by the vast majority of Australians who drink responsibly and are well aware that alcohol should be consumed in moderation.”

Taylor accused researchers of “simply demonising a product that has well-established health benefits when consumed at moderate and responsible levels”.

Evidence from the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research identifies a causal relationship between alcohol and cancer. While any level of drinking increases cancer risk, this risk increases in line with the level of consumption.

Most Still Don’t Know ObamaCare Penalties Waived by Trump Executive Order

The I.R.S has been instructed by the Trump Administration via Executive Order  not to collect ObamaCare Penalties. Giving millions of Americans and small businesses a huge break and boosting the economy. Ordering the I.R.S. not or ask about your healthcare situation makes sure no further penalties can be assessed. Effectively throwing a monkey wrench into the ObamaCare tax and penalty system that has wrecked the American economy. As Congress sits on their hands and does nothing this one act alone has given millions of families much needed help. Millennials who don’t get ObamaCare will actually get a tax return this year. Small business can expand not having to worry about the mandates. Majorly boosting the consumer confidence and adding to the stock market rally. Trump can do this because the President has the responsibility to direct all employees of the federal government. Congress may wait and try to introduce ObamaCare Lite but Trump has beat them to the punch back on January 20th.

Why is this not more widely reported on mainstream fake news? Nothing on nightly news. A couple begrudging mentions in the national papers. Local or city newspapers and television? Forget about it. Alternative sources and conservative economic media have reported on it. The answer is obvious. It is not politically convenient.

This is such cause for celebration for all Americans yet almost nothing is being done by the 5th column to advertise the fact to the people. This is important. A lot senior citizens who rely on these “news sources” are not even aware of this. Lower income people and even low information consumers are still making financial and healthcare decisions based on old information.

Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal

Section 2 of the Executive Order of Jan 20th reads.

Sec. 2.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.

Small businesses over 50 people that don’t comply with the Obamacare can pay as much as $ 5000 per employee as places like Macdonalds get waivers. The penalty to an individual can be as high as $ 2800 in the higher tax brackets. Even at the lower end even $ 600 can be be a low income earner’s entire tax return. The effect goes far beyond that.

Now families and individuals can effectively ignore the disastrous law all together. No longer saddled with having to get useless health insurance with high premiums. Saving many hundreds of dollars a month for an average family. Choosing alternative means of healthcare not prescribed under the draconian ObamaCare. If they know about it.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2017/01/20/trump-signs-executive-order-to-roll-back-obamacare/#7858a7643eeb

12 Most Effective Cholesterol Lowering Foods to Add To Your Diet

Probably you are familiar with a popular statement regarding the connection between cholesterol levels and heart health that says ‘in order to prevent heart disease you have to maintain high HDL (“good”) cholesterol and low LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.’

Studies have shown that having high cholesterol especially LDL cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. In addition, having low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides is also linked to increased risk. People with high blood triglycerides are usually found to have lower HDL cholesterol.

Oxidative Stress

When one has oxidative stress, in which antioxidants are lacking and more free radicals roaming around in your bloodstream and inside your cells, certain amounts of cholesterol in VLDL, IDL, LDL, and HDL become oxidized and converted into oxysterol.

There are many factors involve in oxidative stress, including smoking, psychological stress, unhealthy diet habits, high blood glucose, and physical inactivity.

Other factors less discussed include too many toxins in the body due to a prolonged impaired detox and drinking too much alcohol (ethanol from alcohol is converted to ethanal (an aldehyde), a strong oxidizer that can oxidize cholesterol).

Still, another factor thought to impair the lipid profile (triglyceride, total cholesterol, HDL, and LDL levels) is habitual uses of polyunsaturated vegetable oils, including soy oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil. When heated at 180 degrees Fahrenheit or more these oils turn into aldehydes, very potent oxidizing compounds which can oxidize cholesterol.

Other Oxidizers

Cholesterol is one of the cell membrane components. There are other components prone to get oxidized as well, including other types of lipids and proteins. When they are oxidized, you liver send out lots of LDL loaded with cholesterol to help strengthen the cell membrane structure.

Besides oxysterol, ethanal, and some other types of aldehydes (polyunsaturated vegetable oils) there are other oxidizers that can oxidize cell membrane components, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, polycyclic amines, and acrylamides. Other oxidizers include advanced glycation end-products, cadmium (in cigarette smoke), arsenic, lead, and mercury.

Once the cell membranes get attacked by any or a combination of these oxidizers, LDL cholesterol levels become higher as cholesterol is needed to repair/strengthen the cell membrane structures.

At the same time, HDL levels become lower because much is retained in the cell membrane.

Fortunately, there are foods you can consume to help lower and increase the LDL and HDL levels, respectively.

CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING FOODS

Fruits and Berries

Taking various types of fruits especially deep-colored ones can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

Studies have shown that soluble fiber contents in many types of fruits may help lower cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber helps lower cholesterol levels by getting rid of cholesterol and preventing cholesterol production by the liver.

Pectin, a soluble fiber found in fruits, including grapes, citrus fruits, apples, and strawberries, has been shown to lower cholesterol by up to 10%.

Bioactive compounds in many types of fruits which comprise antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients along with vitamin C can improve lipid profile which in turn may help prevent heart disease.

Berries and grapes are particularly rich sources of phytonutrients, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols and bioflavonoids, both of which can help increase HDL cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol.

Vegetables

Fiber and antioxidant rich contents make vegetables an important part of a heart-healthy diet. In addition, their low calories are helpful for maintaining a healthy weight.

Some vegetables such eggplants, potatoes, okra, and carrots are rich in pectin, the same cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber found in citrus fruits and apple.

Vegetables also offer a range of plant compounds including carotenoids, polyphenols, bioflavonoids, lignins, and stilbenes, which are associated with many health benefits including protection against heart disease.

Carotenoids in dark leafy greens act as antioxidants to get rid of harmful free radicals that can lead to atherosclerosis.

Legumes

Legumes, alternatively known as pulses, are a group of plant foods that include beans, lentil, and peas.

Besides rich in fiber, they also contain minerals and good amounts of protein. Consuming them along with some unrefined grains can help lower your risk of heart disease.

A study involved a review of 26 randomized controlled studies found that eating half a cup (118 ml) of legumes per day is effective in lowering LDL cholesterol by an average of 6.6 mg/dl, as compared to not eating legumes.

Nuts, Especially Almonds and Walnuts

A study has demonstrated that’s eating nut-enriched diets have cholesterol lowering effects.  Another study involving subjects at high cardiovascular risk showed that regular nut consumption is associated with a 30% reduction in cardiovascular diseases.

Nuts, exceptionally nutrient-dense food, are very high in monounsaturated fats, a kind of fat similar to that of olive oil. In addition, walnuts also offer the plant variety of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of anti-inflammatory polyunsaturated fat that’s linked to heart health.

Besides particularly rich in L-arginine, an amino acid that helps make nitric oxide, nuts also contain phytosterols. These plant sterols are structurally similar to cholesterol which can help lower the body cholesterol by blocking its absorption in the intestines.

Magnesium, calcium, and potassium are also found in nuts, all of which are linked to reduced blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease.

A study that involved an analysis of 25 studies, eating two to three servings of nuts per day found to decrease LDL cholesterol by an average of 10.2 mg/dl

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish offers high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and have been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Salmon and mackerel are the two fatty fish found to have excellent sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which have cholesterol-lowering effects and anti-inflammatory properties.

Fish is famously known as a major source of protein in the Mediterranean diet, which has been extensively studied for its benefits for heart health.

Avoid consuming fried fish as much as possible as it may actually increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The healthiest ways to consume fish are baked, broiled, grilled, or raw.

Dark Chocolate and Cocoa

Dark chocolate and cocoa are rich in bioflavonoids that can help lower LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol. They also help lower blood pressure.

Another study has demonstrated that cocoa and dark chocolate may help protect the LDL cholesterol in your blood from oxidation, which is a key step in the pathway towards heart disease

As chocolate is often high in added sugar, which negatively affects lipid profile, therefore, you should use cocoa directly or choose dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 75–85% or higher.

Avocados

Avocados are an exceptionally excellent for lipid profile as they contain monounsaturated fatty acids and fiber, two heart-healthy and cholesterol-lowering nutrients.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that participants consuming one avocado daily had helped lowered LDL levels compared to those who didn’t eat avocados.

In addition, other studies have found that substituting avocados for other fats was associated with lower total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides.

Whole Grains, Especially Oats and Barley

Whole grains have all parts of the grain remain intact, which provides them with more vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber compared to that of refined grains.

While studies have suggested that all whole grains may promote heart health, two grains are particularly worth noting: oats and barley.

Oats contain beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol.  Consuming oats is associated with a decrease of 5% total cholesterol and 7% of LDL cholesterol.

Barley is also rich in beta-glucan that has also been found to help lower LDL cholesterol.

Garlic

Garlic has been used by people of diverse cultures the world over for centuries as an ingredient in cooking and as a medicine. It contains various potent phytonutrients, including allicin, which is the main active compound in garlic.

Studies have suggested that garlic may help lower total and LDL cholesterol, nonetheless, the effect is less strong.

Aged garlic is considered to contribute better results in improving lipid profile compared to normal garlic.

Soy Foods

Soy proteins and isoflavones (bioflavonoids) have been reported to exert beneficial effects on the lipid profile.

A recent analysis of 35 studies has suggested that consuming soy foods was linked to reductions in LDL and total cholesterol and increased HDL cholesterol.

Unfermented soy products such as soy milk and tofu are said to prevent the absorptions of important mineral such as iron. The best soy products to consume are fermented soy beans such as tempeh, miso, and brewed soy sauce.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the most important foods in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet.

Olive oil is loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, carotenoids, polyphenols, and bioflavonoids that may help raise HDL cholesterol levels and lower LDL cholesterol. Its polyphenols, some of which have been shown to reduce the inflammation that can drive heart disease.

Tea

Two primary antioxidant phytonutrients in tea that deliver benefits are catechins and quercetin.

Catechins has been found to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and absorption and help prevent blood clots. Quercetin may help improve blood vessel function and lower inflammation.

Last but Not Least

There are many other antioxidant-rich foods, most of which you probably have already consumed them regularly to help improve your lipid profile, including thyme, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, clove, ginger, turmeric, and jalapeno.

Kimchi and apple cider vinegar are also said to help improve lipid profile due to the increased bioavailability of the antioxidant phytonutrients.

 

Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims

An unprecedented rise in mortality in England and Wales, where 30,000 excess deaths occurred in 2015, is likely to be linked to cuts to the NHS and social care, according to research which has drawn an angry response from the government.

The highly charged claim is made by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Oxford University and Blackburn with Darwen council, who say the increase in mortality took place against a backdrop of “severe cuts” to the NHS and social care, compromising their performance.

The Department of Health (DH) responded by accusing the authors of the paper and accompanying commentary, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine on Thursday, of bias.

The researchers ruled out other possible causes of the increase, including cold weather, flu and the relatively low effectiveness of the flu vaccine that year, noting that fatalities from the virus rose “but not exceptionally”.

After examination of NHS performance data for the period, which shows the service missing almost all its targets, they concluded: “The evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care.”

The rise in deaths from 2014 to 529,655 in 2015 was the biggest in percentage terms in almost 50 years and the mortality rate was the highest since 2008. The excess deaths were largely among older people who are most dependent on health and social care, the authors said.

Excess deaths per month in 2015 compared with 2006-2014

The research further warned that the “spike” was showing signs of becoming an established pattern, with provisional official weekly mortality data from 2016 showing deaths from October onwards increasing by 7% compared with the five-year average.

While accepting their findings would generate controversy, the authors expressed surprise that the rise and the reasons for it had not previously been scrutinised.

Prof Danny Dorling from the University of Oxford said: “It may sound obvious that more elderly people will have died earlier as a result of government cutbacks, but to date the number of deaths has not been estimated and the government have not admitted responsibility.”

The researchers observed that the increase in mortality came as waiting times rose in A&E departments – despite unexceptional attendances – for admissions, diagnostic tests and also consultant-led care. Ambulance response times also increased as did operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons. Staff absence rates rose and more posts remained empty as staff had not been appointed.

The authors said health service austerity had been exacerbated by £16.7bn of cuts to the welfare budget and a 17% decrease in spending for older people since 2009, while the number of people aged 85 and over had risen almost 9%.

Age-standardised death rates per 100,000 population for all ages

Barbara Keeley, the shadow social care minister, said: “The Tories have created a crisis in social care. They have cut billions of pounds from council budgets and care is suffering as a result.

“In the March budget, the government must provide extra funding urgently and deliver a sustainable settlement to deal with the crisis in health and social care.”

The Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, called it “a national scandal that in one of the richest countries in the world, vulnerable older people are missing out on the services they need and may even have died due to poor care”.

The report’s co-author, Dominic Harrison, the director of public health at Blackburn with Darwen council, said the research “raises a red flag that is telling us that the health and care system may have reached the limits of its capacity to safely and effectively care for the population that funds it. Our analysis suggests that the most likely cause of that failure, when all other possible explanations have been excluded, is insufficient resources and capacity”.

The paper will make uncomfortable reading for the government at a time when it is under substantial pressure to boost spending for both the NHS and social care amid fears they are at breaking point.

Number of patients spending more than 12 hours from decision to admit to admission

A DH spokesman described the study as “a triumph of personal bias over research”. He added: “Every year there is significant variation in reported excess deaths, and in the year following this study they fell by nearly 20,000, undermining any link between pressure on the NHS and the number of deaths. Moreover, to blame an increase in a single year on ‘cuts’ to the NHS budget is arithmetically impossible given that budget rose by almost £15bn between 2009-10 and 2014-15.”

The fall the DH refers to is the reduction in excess winter deaths, which compares those between December and March with those in the rest of the year. Excess deaths over the year are measured relative to the average in recent years.

Harrison said the point the authors were making was that in months such as January 2015, which saw a spike in deaths, there was an insufficient service response to a surge in demand. He termed this a “fail event” and warned there could be recurrences over the next five years without a rise in funding. He added that preliminary figures pointed to a possible significant increase in excess deaths last month.

“I have few doubts that our findings will be strongly contested,” he said. “This report has been published in good faith in a peer-reviewed academic journal by senior health professionals who are concerned to understand the causes of avoidable death in the population – precisely so that we can avoid it happening again.”

The Most Potent Herbal Tincture Acting as Antiviral and Antibacterial

Viruses and bacteria are pathogens known to quickly “evolve around” antiviral and antibacterial drugs. This phenomenon happens due to a one-dimensional action of the drugs against viruses and bacteria.

Viruses consist of a nucleic acid, either DNA or RNA wrapped in another protein. Being so primitive, most biologists do not regard them to be living things. They reproduce insides the cells of living hosts, because of which they are considered infectious particles or biological agents.

Some doctors are said to prescribe antibiotics to viral infectious diseases, some of which shows similar symptoms to that of bacterial infectious diseases. As antibiotics are specifically designed to fight bacteria, they are useless against viruses. For viruses, doctors rely on drugs called antivirals, which are said to be not so effective.

Mutation

Viruses mutate very easily due to their primitive (simple) structure. That’s why antiviral resistant strains can appear in a matter of weeks or months. Scientists have detected that phenomenon happened to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in 2009.

Many governments stockpiled it as the best possible remedy for bird flu. Unfortunately, when bird flu arrived, it was found useless against the flu as the viruses had developed resistance to the drug.

Antibacterial-resistant

As far as antibiotics are concerned, penicillin-resistant strains of pneumonia, gonorrhea and hospital-acquired intestinal infections were detected four years after mass-produced penicillin was introduced.

Each class of antibiotics kills bacteria in its unique way. Penicillin, the first true antibiotic discovered, kills bacteria by attaching and followed by rupturing their cell walls, consequently killing the bacteria. Conversely, tetracycline, erythromycin, and streptomycin kill bacteria by attacking the vital structures inside the bacteria ie, ribosomes that allow them to produce proteins, of which action also destroying the bacteria.

As each antibiotic is a single chemical compound and one dimensional in its action, it’s not that hard for bacteria to “evolve” around such attacks. For example, penicillin-resistant bacteria have developed cell walls different from their previous ones. In effect, that prevents the penicillin from binding.

Similarly, other variants prevent antibiotics from binding to ribosomes, thus makes them ineffective.

Natural antipathogens, on the other hand, are different in term of their action against pathogens that include viruses and bacteria compared to that of antiviral and antibacterial drugs. As explained above, antiviral and antibacterial drugs usually consist of a single compound which functions in a one-dimensional manner.

Multi-dimensional

Conversely, natural antipathogens are multi-dimensional due to their many bioactive compounds that prevent viruses or bacteria to “evolve.” Non-active compounds are believed to potentiate the antipathogenic effects of the active ones besides offering many possible combinations with each other.

This complexity results in a phenomenon thought not only produce synergistic killing actions but also suppresses the bacteria in their attempt to “evolve.”

Surprisingly, when you combine several herbs and spices in one formula, the possible synergistic actions of different types of chemical compounds are beyond counting. Quite simply, as for antiviral and antibacterial cases, microbes cannot “evolve” around them.

Natural Antiviral and Antibacterial Formula

The following are nine antipathogens found in nature that can function as antiviral and antibacterial.

Materials                                               Quantity

  1. Garlic                                                                  10 oz
  2. Ginger                                                                 10 oz
  3. Onion                                                                  10 oz
  4. Olive leaf                                                               5 oz
  5. Clove                                                                      5 oz
  6. Lemon (whole)                                                   10 oz
  7. Pomegranate (juice)                                          10 oz
  8. Wild mountain oil of oregano                   1 teaspoon (equiv. 100 drops)
  1. Apple cider vinegar                                         300 fluid oz

Individually, their effectiveness is astounding.

Garlic

Garlic is available all-year-round culinary herb that can be easily bought from grocers. It is considered by many herbalists as one of the best antiviral and antibacterial alternatives. It is found to stimulate the immune system by stimulating the activity of the macrophages (white blood cells), which engulf foreign organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and yeast.

Apart from that, garlic improves the activity of the T-helper cells which are the core of the activity of the entire immune system. Garlic can be effective in alleviating upper respiratory viral infections including colds, flu, and sore throat due to its immune-stimulant, antioxidant, antihistaminic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.

It is not only destroying bacteria but inhibiting bacterial cell growth (prevent replication) as well. Exerting antibacterial action equivalent to 1% penicillin, garlic is effective against staph, strep, and even anthrax bacteria.

Ginger

Ginger has been traditionally used to treat viral infections including colds and flu in many cultures. An Indian report indicates that it promotes the immune system’s ability to fight infection and can be effective to help alleviate swine flu symptoms. Moreover, preliminary Indonesian study based on red ginger (Zingiber officinale var. rubra) oil on Avian flu virus can be implied that whole ginger may also be effective against many types of flu.

Onion

Onions and garlic share many similarities in term of biological activities due to their powerful sulfur-bearing compounds that function as potent antiviral and anti-bacterial.

Olive Leaf

Olive leaf has long being used traditionally against infectious diseases. Studies have shown that the olive leaf extract possesses antiviral as well as antibacterial properties.

Clove

Cloves are dried flower buds of the clove tree which is native to India and Indonesia. The buds emit a very strong aromatic odor, one of which is due to eugenol, a potent compound that acts as antiviral and antibacterial. Many Western herbalists and alternative medicine practitioners are said to overlook the great potential of using cloves as antiviral and antibacterial agents that might due to too focus on using local herbs.

Lemon

Lemon (and lime as well) juice is reported to decrease the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body, reduce the cold and flu duration, and reduce phlegm.

Pomegranate

Pomegranates have been known for hundreds of years for their multiple health benefits, including antimicrobial activity. Studies have indicated that pomegranates and their extracts may serve as natural alternatives due to their potency against a wide range of bacterial and viral pathogens.

Oil of Wild Mountain Oregano

Oregano is a herb native to the Mediterranean region that has been used for culinary purposes for centuries. An oregano species which is known as wild oregano has been highlighted in recent years as having potent antimicrobial (antibacterial) properties. It has been shown to be beneficial as antiviral and antibacterial and is said better than penicillin, streptomycin, vancomycin, nystatin, and amphotericin in its ability to annihilate pathogenic bacteria.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Besides containing acetic acid as a major organic acid, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is also believed to contain similar compounds found in fresh apples including bioflavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin C, many types of organic acids, esters, soluble fibers, and insoluble fibers, some of which may be changed to become compounds such as esters.

ACV is said to be able to remove toxic wastes (metabolites) harmful to the body and many of its phytochemical constituents are believed to act as potent antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiflu.

Making ACV Tincture

Follow the following instructions to make a potent antiviral/antibacterial ACV tincture:

  • Fill your jar to the top with room temperature, not boiling, ACV.
  • Put all ingredients (see Natural Antiviral and Antibacterial Formula section) in a pint (dark glass) jar.
  • Add ten fluid ounces of ACV.
  • Use cork to cap your ACV tincture.
  • After two weeks, the tincture is ready for use
  • Shake well before use as the oregano essential oil may always float on top
  • For preventive measures, the usual dose of this ACV tincture is one teaspoon per hundred pounds of body weight. When having a cold or flu, take 2-3 times daily on an empty stomach.

Do You Know Which Are The 3 Most Powerful Healing Essential Oils?

A few years ago I became interested in the healing power of essential oils and quickly found a few favorites. Those are; oregano oil, black seed oil, and magnesium oil.

Essential oils are more than delicious smelling oils. These wildly healthful plant extracts can help you heal, maintain good body energy balances and can even be used, with caution, for your pets.

Essential oils are very potent, and the utmost care and attention should be applied when using and handling these products.

Some oils can be made simply and at home, but others need the distillation process to fully extract all their potent properties. And yes, if you’re really keen, you can purchase a distillation kit for around $ 400. To make your own, you will need a LOT of the plant material to start with. Always make sure to start with the very highest quality plant material, to ensure the best oils coming out the other end of the process.

If you cannot make your own or don’t have access to the necessary plant material, there are plenty of retailers that are happy to sell you certified organic essential oils.

These highly potent oils are usually used for their healing properties. However, some just smell so good, that you will want to wear them as a perfume!

Modern science has finally caught up with the use of essential oils in some pharmaceuticals. For example, eucalyptus essential oil is used in preparations to help relieve sore throats and congestive coughs. Also, many essential oils are used in the ancient art of aromatherapy.

Oregano Oil

Is a powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal oil that can help fight off infections. Personally, I love oregano oil for relieving tooth ache and keeping colds and flu at bay. As soon as I feel a little tickle in the throat, I start taking 3 x 3 drops per day. Caution: when first using this oil, make sure you start with only 1 x 3 drops per day. It’s really strong stuff!

Carvacrol is the main ingredient in oregano oil that makes it so powerful against many ailments. This substance is being evaluated in many scientific studies, and there are great results coming through. Carvacrol has been proven to kill cancer cells, supports a balanced blood sugar level and is effective in the fight against candida (see the end of the article for the link to the very long list of studies)

Black Seed Oil

This particular oil has been described as ‘the remedy for all ailments except death’ Now, while I can’t attest to the death part, I can tell you that this is another powerful oil, useful in relieving toothache. However, this oil has a side benefit that I didn’t count on. After taking this internally for just a few days, I noticed my facial wrinkles smoothing out. Wow, an excellent anti-aging effect!

Recent studies have shown that black seed oil (from the Nigella sativa plant) can combat super bugs that are fast becoming resistant to man-made antibiotics. Take that big pharma!

The fantastic anti-cancer properties of black seed oil are attributed to the active ingredient called thymoquinone. There has been a lot of interest from the scientific community in thymoquinone, for it’s potential as a cancer treatment. “Recent preclinical and clinical studies provide evidence that adoptive transfer of in vitro activated T cells can results in significant antitumor responses in vivo upon acquisition of certain survival and homing properties during in vitro activation.”

“Significant apoptosis” has been observed in vitro.

Apoptosis is a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multi cellular organisms. Biochemical events lead to characteristic cell changes (morphology) and death. In vitro means a process performed or taking place in a test tube, culture dish, or elsewhere outside a living organism.

In 2008 there was a study of 2.5ml x 2 daily of black seed oil, tested against atorvastatin 10 mg once a day and metformin 500 mg twice a day. The result? “The treatment group showed significant improvement concerning total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and fasting blood glucose.”

Magnesium Oil

This is called an oil, but it’s not. I’m not sure why the moniker of oil is attached to it because it’s quite a watery substance. Magnesium oil is mainly used topically with massage to relieve cramps. When we dehydrate, we not only lose water but also salts. Magnesium oil replaces some of these body salts, thus avoiding cramps in the first place.

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals, and it’s been mostly removed from our food supply. Since the 1950’s, up to 95% of magnesium is now not present in vegetables, grains, and pasta. No wonder we are all getting sick! I consider magnesium oil to be a ‘get it in ya NOW’ type supplement.

I love to use it before bed, rubbed into my legs, for a good nights sleep. This wonder oil is great to alleviate the suffering of migraines, restless leg syndrome, baths for eczema and psoriasis, to calm stress and hyperactivity, help with the pain of your lunar cycle, improve skin quality and even help with diabetic symptoms.

How To Choose The Highest Quality Essential Oils

When choosing a supplier for your essential oils, please ensure you find certified organic oils. Organic certification is different in each country. However, there are international standards too. It’s a minefield of information, but, if you just stick to certified organic labels, then you will be getting the highest quality available.

Organic certified essential oils are always more expensive. However, this shows the true cost of growing high quality, chemical free products. It’s all the costs of complying to certification that raise the prices so high. My hot tip is to learn how to grow and make your own oils!

Organic farming is also often performed on a much smaller scale, utilizing farm management practices which do not harm the environment, wildlife or you. That’s why I don’t care what the price is; the quality is what counts.

Essential oils are called ‘essential’ for a reason. Get some in your natural health cabinet today!

(See the references section below for the link to the HUGE list of clinical studies on oregano oil)

References

http://www.detoxnaturalliving.com/oregano-oil-magic.html 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1658361206700038 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22822623 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2772004/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21950205/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3642442/

Hypothermia: why most deaths are preventable

Earlier this month the cold snap across Europe claimed more than 60 lives. In Poland temperatures fell to below -30°C in some regions and 10 people died of the cold on 8 January alone. Meanwhile in Greece and Turkey refugees and homeless people suffered greatly in the unseasonably heavy snow. The sad thing is that almost all of these deaths were preventable.

Every winter hypothermia extends its icy grip, causing 25,000 extra deaths per year in England for example. A decrease in air temperature of 1°C causes a 1.35% increase in mortality across Europe, and added up over the years, cold weather has caused far more deaths than any single heatwave event.

Medically, hypothermia is defined as when the body’s core temperature drops below 35°C, bringing about changes in the composition of the blood and raising the risk of cardiovascular diseases, among other things. Older people are particularly vulnerable, along with children and people suffering from other diseases. So how can we better protect people?

A new study carried out in the Lublin region of Poland has analysed what kind of interventions seemed to have the greatest effect. The results, published in the journal Weather, show that it isn’t just the severe cold snaps that we need to worry about. In fact around 70% of cases in their study occurred early in the winter (between October and December), which they speculate may relate to people being less adapted to the cold, and less prepared.

All of us need to dig out our hats, gloves and winter woollies far earlier, and European health authorities need to start taking preventative action from September, they suggest.