Gut bacteria May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease.

Because our gut bacteria have a major impact on how we feel through the interaction between the immune system, the intestinal mucosa and our diet, the composition of the gut microbiota is of great interest to research on diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Exactly how our gut microbiota composition is composed depends on which bacteria we receive at birth, our genes and our diet.

By studying both healthy and diseased mice, the researchers found that mice suffering from Alzheimer’s have a different composition of gut bacteria compared to mice that are healthy. The researchers also studied Alzheimer’s disease in mice that completely lacked bacteria to further test the relationship between intestinal bacteria and the disease. Mice without bacteria had a significantly smaller amount of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. Beta-amyloid plaques are the lumps that form at the nerve fibres in cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

To clarify the link between intestinal flora and the occurrence of the disease, the researchers transferred intestinal bacteria from diseased mice to germ-free mice, and discovered that the mice developed more beta-amyloid plaques in the brain compared to if they had received bacteria from healthy mice.

“Our study is unique as it shows a direct causal link between gut bacteria and Alzheimer’s disease. It was striking that the mice which completely lacked bacteria developed much less plaque in the brain,” says researcher Frida Fåk Hållenius, at the Food for Health Science Centre.

“The results mean that we can now begin researching ways to prevent the disease and delay the onset. We consider this to be a major breakthrough as we used to only be able to give symptom-relieving antiretroviral drugs.”

The research is a result of an international collaboration between Associate Professor Frida Fåk Hållenius and doctoral student Nittaya Marungruang, both at the Food for Health Science Centre in Lund, and a research group at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The collaboration has now expanded to include researchers from Germany and Belgium in connection with receiving a SEK 50 million EU grant.

The researchers will continue to study the role of bacteria in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and test entirely new types of preventive and therapeutic strategies based on the modulation of the gut microbiota through diet and new types of probiotics.


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Journal Reference:

  1. T. Harach, N. Marungruang, N. Duthilleul, V. Cheatham, K. D. Mc Coy, G. Frisoni, J. J. Neher, F. Fåk, M. Jucker, T. Lasser, T. Bolmont. Reduction of Abeta amyloid pathology in APPPS1 transgenic mice in the absence of gut microbiota. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7: 41802 DOI: 10.1038/srep41802
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#AdvancedPottyTraining

Our poop and pee have superpowers, but for the most part we don’t harness them. Molly Winter faces down our squeamishness and asks us to see what goes down the toilet as a resource, one that can help fight climate change, spur innovation and even save us money.

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Sarson ka Saag : High Winter Medicinal Foods

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This buttery savory recipe puts the ‘Popeye’ right in your spinach! It goes with everything. I substitute crushed fenugreek seed for leaf, and add crushed fennel seed too. You can vary amounts of herbs to taste, and use any hot pepper you like. High winter recommend as daily whole food medicine staple.

Sarson ka Saag 

(Slow Cooker recipe)

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons grassfed ghee
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2-inch knob ginger, minced
  • 2 heaping tablespoons or 7 cloves garlic, minced (I used my garlic press)
  • 1-2 Serrano peppers, minced (remove seeds/rib if you don’t like it spicy!)
  • 2 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder (or a little less if using cayenne)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) fresh baby spinach (large container), rinsed
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) chopped mustard leaves (stem removed), rinsed
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Instructions
  1. Add 2 tablespoons ghee, onion, ginger, garlic, Serrano pepper, and spices to your crock pot. Set on high for 1 hour.
  2. While that’s cooking, grab a very large pot. Add the mustard and spinach leaves to the large pot – then fill with water (do not put lid on pot!*).
  3. Bring the pot to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain leaves and let them cool.
  4. Once cool, place leaves in a blender and blend to your desired consistency (add a little water as needed to help you blend).
  5. Place the blended leaves into your crock pot, reduce heat to low, put lid on and cook for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours, add 1 tablespoon ghee, garam masala and pinch of kasoori/fenugreek leaves. Mix well and let this cook for another hour on low.
  7. Serve this saag with a heaping spoonful of ghee on top!
Notes
The reason you don’t want to place a cover on the pot while boiling the greens is because doing so will cause the pretty green color to fade.

This slow cooker saag recipe is incredible. It’s so rich, buttery and delicious that you’ll forget you’re eating vegetables. Seriously. It’s THAT good. This recipe is the real deal. It’s how this popular Indian dish should be made. This isn’t just any saag, it’s Sarson ka Saag.

A little background on this dish – Saag just means pureed greens, so when you order this dish in a restaurant, chances are that it’s slightly different at each place. Some will add kale, broccoli, even brussels sprouts to their saag…

Author: The Brilliant Ashley Thomas

Original  Recipe Here: http://myheartbeets.com/sarson-ka-saag-slow-cooker/

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8 Things Your Pooping Habits Say About You

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 Let’s talk about poop—seriously. It’s something we’ve talked about before, so chances are, you already know when your movements look or smell weird (if you need a refresher, here are 7 things your poop says about you). But what about the way you go No. 2—how long it takes, how often you go, how you sit on the toilet…you get the idea. We consulted a few trusty gastroenterologists to get the facts straight. Here’s what they had to say about your pooping habits.

1. There’s no rule that says you have to go once a day.

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“On average, people go once or twice a day,” says Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. “But many people go way more.” And not pooping for a day, two, or even three can also be fine. In short, if you feel OK—no upset stomach, no trouble making it to the bathroom on time—then you probably don’t need to worry.

“The rule with pooping is there’s no such thing as normal—just normal from one person’s perspective,” says Schnoll-Sussman. So what if you’re a once-a-day pooper who’s suddenly going three or four times a day? Schnoll-Sussman says that it could be as simple as your diet (eat some sketchy meat recently?) or as complex as an infectious diarrheal disease. It could even be a good change; maybe you’ve started eating more fiber, for example. The important thing is to go to your doctor if your new pooping schedule gives you a constant upset stomach or your frequent bathroom trips start to make social situations, umm, awkward.

2. Being regular’s a good thing.
If you can set your watch to your bowel movements, it means that you have a healthy digestive system. But don’t worry if you aren’t quite so regular. You can poop at any point in the day, but experts have noticed that it’s common to visit the porcelain throne first thing in the morning. “Most people eat the heaviest meal in the evening,” Schnoll-Sussman says. “So when you wake up, there’s been hours and hours for food to digest and position itself in your bowel.” She also explains that when you’re lying flat, your bowels close off so you won’t feel enough pressure to wake up to poop. But when you stand up, your bowels open and everything shifts downward.

The second-most common time to poop has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with human nature: Lots of people head to the bathroom when they get home from work. “It’s simply because there’s time to relax and have a bowel movement,” says Lisa Ganjhu, DO, FACG, AGAF, an clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.

3. Running to the bathroom after meals doesn’t always signal trouble.
If dinner seems like it goes right through you, it’s not because you have a super-efficient digestive system. Instead, Ganjhu says, it’s more like your digestive tract never grew up. “Pooping right after you eat is a reflex babies have,” she says. For some people, that reflex never goes away.

Though it might not be ideal, having to be near a bathroom after meals is perfectly normal and isn’t anything to worry about, says Schnoll-Sussman. The stool you pass after dinner isn’t from the food you just put in your mouth (even if eating is what triggered the “got to go” reflex), so your body has had plenty of time to soak up the nutrients. The only problem, Schnoll-Sussman says, is if your poop is runny, floats, and smells terrible—that likely means that you’re not absorbing fats well. In that case, you should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

4. Coffee really does really get things going.

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You know it’s true, but you might be curious as to why. Ganjhu says it’s because caffeine stimulates your bowels. The drug makes your gut contract, which in turn pushes stool toward your rectum. “So it’s not uncommon for people to have their morning coffee and then have a poop,” Ganjhu says.

5. Periods and more poop go hand-in-hand.
Add this to the list of unfair things: Getting your period often means cramps, bloating, and…more time on the toilet. Ganjhu says it has to do with hormones. “A lot of women say they have looser stool on their periods,” she says. Scientists believe it’s because the hormones you release during your cycle, called prostaglandins, trigger your uterus to contract and can sometimes get into your bowels and cause them to contract as well. And contracting bowels means more bowel movements.

6. Your technique matters.

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If you feel like pushing stool out takes eons, Schnoll-Sussman says it could be because you’re not sitting right. Science has proven that the most effective position for going No. 2 isn’t at the 90-degree angle created by sitting on a typical toilet, but more of a 45-degree angle that you get when you squat over the ground. It harkens back to the time of our ancestors, when toilets didn’t exist and everyone had to squat to go to the bathroom. Squatting changes the position of your rectum so it’s at an angle that lets poop slip out with minimal effort, Schnoll-Sussman says. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy position to master on modern toilets. Our suggestion: Try a Squatty Potty—Schnoll-Sussman says they really do work.

7. Vacation constipation is totally normal.
Stop us if this sounds familiar: You’re on a family vacation, enjoying relaxing days on the beach with sun and sand, but there’s just one problem—you haven’t pooped for days. One study estimated that 40% of people experience vacation constipation, although both Schnoll-Sussman and Ganjhu say it’s impossible to know the real number.

So what’s the problem? “Just sitting on a plane for a few hours is enough to dry your colon out,” says Schnoll-Sussman. The atmospheric pressure inside a plane is different than the pressure outside, so it slowly sucks water out of your body and your bowels. Dehydration worsens as you spend all your time at the beach or sightseeing and forget to drink as much water as you do at home. Meanwhile, you’re probably eating tons of (possibly fried and fatty) foods that you normally don’t eat. And having to get down to business in an unfamiliar place—perhaps in a different time zone—can also make your colon extra shy.

8. Take all the time you need.
Do you read the whole newspaper—or get through several levels of Candy Crush—on the toilet? There’s nothing wrong with taking your sweet time or with pooping super-fast. If it takes you 5 minutes, great, but if it takes 20, that’s OK, too, says Schnoll-Sussman. “Most times you don’t even have to think about it,” Ganjhu says. “The colon knows when it is empty and done.”

That said, if pooping seems to take forever because you’re really straining—or because you need to manipulate your bowels to help yourself poop by sitting a certain way or even sticking a finger in your anus—you ought to see a gastroenterologist. “Some people who have a lot of difficulty may have some anatomical abnormalities that could be impinging on the rectum,” Schnoll-Sussman says.

 

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By Kasandra Brabaw

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Happy New Year: 10 Steps to Natural Health + Wellness

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     Mainstream medicine appears suddenly poised to differentiate and define an entirely new human organ:  the Mesentary, also called the Omentum.  Using common sense, critical observation, and a conceptual shift from the accepted medical paradigm, researchers have  discovered that the Mesentary is indeed an organ. It is the continuous, fatty, protective and lymphatic sheath holding the intestines in place.

We’ve known for awhile now that it contains transmitters and neurotropic factors extremely useful in many surgeries.  It can promote vascularization in any tissue that it’s placed near.  What does this all mean for us?  Breaking research in 2017 might now begin explaining  IBS, inflammatory bowel disease and a host of ‘mystery ‘ illnesses  that until now have had no apparent cause except  ‘the patients immune system is ‘weak’.  That explanation is beside the point, and It’s a circular logic that blames the victims. We want to know WHY?  And of course, we need to learn what we can do to promote normal regulation.  We know that lymphatic function is  damaged by heavy metal exposure, parasite, viral or other infection, or even blocked regulation of another distant organ or system.
Let’s review some healthy, easy and natural steps everyone can take every day to enhance lymphatic drainage, gut health and promote better autonomic regulation overall.

1.  Drink filtered water with lemon.
2.  Sleep 8 hours at night.
3.  Build a daily spiritual practice.
4.  Practice community building in your own way.
5.  Eat raw, organic and fermented foods like Kim chi, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, sour cream and raw cheeses and milks,
6.  Use organic oils of Sesame, Coconut, Grapeseed, and Olive, and  cultured butter and ghee. Use probiotics.
7.    Use digestive enzymes and eat less.
8.  Build a daily diet using mainly legumes, fruits, veges and nuts.
9.   Learn manual lymphatic drainage techniques from a professional. Practice daily dry brushing, Qi Gong breathing, visualization, meditation, yoga and mindful walking.  Stretch.  Keep moving.
10.  Use herbs to reduce inflammation, promote drainage and enhance immunity, like Kachaan guggle, Turmeric,  (Curcumin), Ashwaganda, and (finally) Cannabis (CBD), one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory resources on the planet.  It’s legal and available in effective, non-psychoactive forms.  Cannacare is the local resource for inquiry re: medical marijuana.
If you resolve to include even one or two of the suggestions above, your regulation will improve over time.  If you’ve already been handed a diagnosis, seek out clinical treatments to correct lymphatics including colon therapy, far infrared sauna, ionic footbath, Ayurvedic pancha karma, acupuncture and massage for lymphatic drainage, as well as chiropractic care and naturopathic treatments.

Where do you begin?
You can initiate your journey using regulation thermography, a non invasive, indirect measure of overall autoregulation that prioritizes your needs, including recommendations for correction, and a follow up treatment with Dr. Joann Monteiro of Seekonk Family Chiropractic.  She currently offers a full network of services and follow up options for both women and men through SeacoastBreastHeatlh.com

Time Magazine has recently reported that cancer treatments overall are becoming more focused on wellness.  Several large centers are adopting a more comprehensive approach to care.  Evaluation includes anxiety, depression, loss of work and financial stress, diet, exercise and group support.  The research is in:  managing these factors mindfully influences treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction in positive ways.  All these findings are starting off a hopeful for mainstream as well as integrative practitioners and their patients.  All of us deserve a new year of radiant health starting right now!

Jillian VanNostrand, R.N., & Shabnam Hashemi, R.N.

References
Coffee, J.C., FRCS, and O’Leary, D.P., PhD
The Mesentary:  Structure, Function and Role In Disease.  Lancet, Vol 1, No. 3, pp238-247, Nov, 2016.
World J Gastroenterology,  2000. April 15, pp 169-176.
Indian Journal of Surgery, Vol 68, No. 3, May-June 2006.

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Tis the Season… for Bone Broth!

So, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to travel more, and one to eat better.

Good news: those goals are entirely compatible. Almost every culture incorporates restorative foods into its cuisine as much for their delicious flavors as for their beneficial nutrients. Treat yourself to the best of both worlds.

1. Bone Broth
International

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Though long a staple of traditional home cooking in many cultures, bone broth is currently gaining momentum with a health-conscious crowd around the globe. Restaurants like Brodo in New York City and Brothl in Melbourne are serving long-simmered broths (including vegetarian, beef, and even breakfast varieties), which supposedly have fortifying minerals and collagens.

 

2. Ginger
Burma

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Warm, spicy ginger is universally regarded as an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, which may also help boost metabolism and ease digestion. Naomi Duguid’s recipe for this addictively crunchy salad from Burma is loaded with the bright taste of pickled ginger.

 

3. Fresh Juice
USA

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Though the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are acknowledged around the world, their use in detoxifying juice cleanses has reached epic proportions in the U.S. (Though the benefits of these cleanses are debated, it can’t hurt to get more fruits and veggies in your diet.) Moon Juice’s two Los Angeles outposts offer inspired combinations like pineapple with cucumber and jalapeño.

 

4. Bitter Greens
Italy

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Italians are known for their masterful use of bitter greens—from escarole and chicory to puntarelle and arugula—which are reputed to promote liver detox, reduce cravings and purify the blood. The spiny cardoon, a relative of the thistle, lends its sharp flavor to an Italian gratin in this recipe from Lidia Bastianich.

 

5. Oysters
France

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Low in fat and high in protein, oysters have historically been known—for better or worse—as a libido enhancer, thanks to high levels of testosterone-promoting zinc. France has traditionally been one of the world’s top consumers of these briny bivalves, so eat them the French way: topped with a frozen Champagne mignonette, a riff on the classic sauce that accompanies oysters.

 

6. Turmeric
India

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Though it’s a fiery orange color (and will turn your hands yellow if you use the root), turmeric is an anti-inflammatory thought to calm the respiratory system. Its mildly bitter flavor is pervasive in Indian cuisine, and it’s one of the few spices used in kitchari, a soothing porridge of split yellow mung beans and white basmati rice.

 

7. Honey
Spain

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Prized for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, honey’s natural sugars also speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver. Combined with immune-boosting, probiotic whey, it is frozen into an ethereal sorbet that appears on Alex Raij’s Iberian-inflected menu at La Vara in Brooklyn.

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Mammography versus Thermography for Breast Cancer Detection

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According to breastcancer.org, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in the U.S. alone. The trick to surviving this unfortunate disease, is early detection. Luckily, there are several options available to detect cancer cells in the body. Some people use MRI, ultrasounds, and self-examination. The most popular, yet potentially fatal screening test that most women are recommended for is mammography. Mammography is a painful and ineffective way of detecting breast cancer in women. The most effective, however underutilized test is thermography, which records visual images of any part of the body using infrared sensors.

Mammography

  • An outdated screening technique used to detect breast cancer
  • This extremely uncomfortable test uses X-rays to capture images of cancer cells
  • The radiation that emanates from Mammography can actual increase a person’s chance of breast cancer by up to 15%, causing the exact disease they are trying to help prevent.
  • Mammography is very ineffective in its techniques, as most tests only detect about 40% of breast cancer patients.
  • In order for a Mammogram to accurately detect breast cancer, the cancer cells have to already appear as a tumor of a certain size, meaning that early detection is impossible.
  • Mammograms have an extremely excessive rate of false positives, meaning that the test will find cancer where there isn’t any. This leads to unnecessary anxieties, and pointless treatments like biopsies, or radiation.

Thermography?

  • The safest, most effective way of early detection in breast cancer is through thermography.
  • Thermography is a painless, noninvasive test that records thermal images with a visible light rainbow scale
  • Thermography does not give off any radiation, but instead uses heat patterns to detect imbalances in the body.
  • This FDA approved test has an incredible detection rate of 90% and can be increased even further when paired with an Ultrasound.
  • Perhaps the best fact about this cancer screening test is that there does not have to be a tumor present to identify the existence of cancer cells.
  • Unlike Mammography, Thermography does not produce false positives, and is completely affordable.
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    Dr. Nick Delgado, PhD (www.delgadoprotocol.com) is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He studied Physical Therapy at Rancho Los Amigo Hospital, Health Sciences at Loma Linda University, and Nutrition at CSLB. Dr. Delgado directed the Nathan Pritikin Plan, and is certified in NLP, Time Line, and Hypnotherapy. With an emphasis on optimal sports performance. Dr. Delgado broke the World Strength Endurance record, lifting 50,640 lbs in one hour, and led Team USA to a World Championship. He is a medical commentator in the WHN Forum.

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