Wednesday, October 9, 2019

An Introduction to Yoga for Whole Health


Whole Health is an approach to health care that empowers and enables YOU to take charge of your health and well-being and live your life to the fullest. Whole Health starts with YOU. It is fueled by the power of knowing yourself and what will really work for you in your life. Only you have these insights, this knowledge.
This information was gathered to help you as you make choices to support your health. As you learn more, you will have even more power to take care of yourself. The information below has been formatted for printingfor your convenience. Best wishes!
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Friday, October 4, 2019

Diabetes: What is the Glycemic Index? The Glycemic Index -- sometimes known as "GI" -- is a scale that ranks the way different foods affects your blood glucose. Choosing foods with a low GI rating can help lower your blood glucose levels and moderate your appetite. Foods with a low GI index tend to be very healthy, with plenty of fibre and nutrients. Eating low GI foods--more often than medium or high foods -- is a great way to moderate your blood glucose levels.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

New study finds onion and garlic may reduce one's risk of breast cancer

A recent study from the University of Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico has found that garlic and onions could help lower one's risk of breast cancer by 67 percent. The two are essential ingredients in sofrito, a popular condiment from Puerto Rico, where the study was focused.

The island was of particular interest for lead researcher Gauri Desai and his team because of the low rates of breast cancer amongst the island population. "Puerto Rico has lower breast cancer rates, compared to the mainland [United States], which makes it an important population to study," he explained of the research, which was published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer.

As explained by Desai, women in Puerto Rico eat much more garlic and onion because of sofrito in particular, which can be found in everything from stews to rice and bean dishes.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

82-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Gets Her Memory Back After Changing Her Diet

A change in diet, which was comprised of high amounts of blueberries and walnuts, has proven to have had a strong impact on Sylvia’s condition that her recipes are now being shared by the Alzheimer’s Society. Sylvia also began incorporating other health foods, including broccoli, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, green tea, oats, sweet potatoes and even dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao. All of these foods are known to be beneficial for brain health.

 Mark and Sylvia devised to diet together after deciding that the medication on its own was not enough, they looked into the research showing that rates of dementia are much lower in Mediterranean countries and copied a lot of their eating habits. Sylvia also began incorporating other health foods, including broccoli, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, green tea, oats, sweet potatoes and even dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao. All of these foods are known to be beneficial for brain health.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

In Tiny Doses, An Addiction Medication Moonlights As A Treatment For Chronic Pain

Lori Pinkley, a 50-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has struggled with puzzling chronic pain since she was 15. She's had endless disappointing visits with doctors. Some said they couldn't help her. Others diagnosed her with everything from fibromyalgia to lipedema to the rare Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Pinkley has taken opioids a few times after surgeries but says they never helped her underlying pain.

"I hate opioids with a passion," Pinkley says. "An absolute passion." Recently, she joined a growing group of patients using an outside-the-box remedy: naltrexone. It is usually used to treat addiction, in a pill form for alcohol and as a pill or a monthly shot for opioids.

As the medical establishment tries to do a huge U-turn after two disastrous decades of pushing long-term opioid use for chronic pain, scientists have been struggling to develop safe, effective alternatives. When naltrexone is used to treat addiction in pill form, it's prescribed at 50 mg, but chronic-pain patients say it helps their pain at doses of less than a tenth of that.

Low-dose naltrexone has lurked for years on the fringes of medicine, but its zealous advocates worry that it may be stuck there. Naltrexone, which can be produced generically, is not even manufactured at the low doses that seem to be best for pain patients. Instead, patients go to compounding pharmacies or resort to DIY methods — YouTube videos and online support groups show people how to turn 50 mg pills into a low liquid dose.

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The Difference Between VLDL and LDL

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) are two different types of lipoproteins found in your blood. Lipoproteins are a combination of proteins and various types of fats. They carry cholesterol and triglycerides through your bloodstream.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that’s necessary for building cells. In the body, it’s most commonly created in your liver through a complex pathway. Triglycerides are another type of fat that’s used to store extra energy in your cells.
The main difference between VLDL and LDL is that they have different percentages of the cholesterol, protein, and triglycerides that make up each lipoprotein. VLDL contains more triglycerides. LDL contains more cholesterol.
VLDL and LDL are both considered types of “bad” cholesterol. While your body needs both cholesterol and triglycerides to function, having too much of them can cause them to build up in your arteries. This can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

The triglycerides carried by VLDL are used by cells in the body for energy. Eating more carbohydrates, or sugars, than you burn can lead to excessive amounts of triglycerides and high levels of VLDL in your blood. Extra triglycerides are stored in fat cells and released at a later time when needed for energy.

High levels of triglycerides are linked to the buildup of hard deposits in your arteries. These deposits are called plaques. Plaque buildup increases your risk for heart disease and strokeExperts believe this is due to: (more in article)

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Should You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?

Cholesterol is a fatty material that’s produced by your body and found in certain foods. While your body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly, having too much, or high cholesterol, raises your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Because of this risk, knowing your cholesterol levels is an important part of good heart health. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that adults have a cholesterol test every four to six years, starting at age 20.

People with known high cholesterol levels or other chronic health conditions should get tested more often. To prepare for a cholesterol test, you may have heard that you should fast, or avoid eating. But is fasting really necessary? The answer is maybe.

The truth is, your cholesterol can be tested without fasting. In the past, experts believed fasting ahead of time produces the most accurate results. This is because your low-density lipoproteins (LDL) — also known as “bad” cholesterol — may be affected by what you’ve recently eaten. Your levels of triglycerides (another type of fat in your blood) may also be affected by a recent meal.

New guidelines, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, say that people who aren’t taking statins may not need to fast before having their blood tested for cholesterol levels. Your blood will likely be checked using a test called a total lipid profile. To understand your cholesterol test results, you’ll need to know the different types of cholesterol that the test measures and what’s considered normal, potentially risky, and high. Here’s a breakdown of each type. Keep in mind that people who have conditions such as diabetes may need to aim for even lower numbers.

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What to know about non-fasting triglyceride tests

Triglyceride levels in the blood increase after a person eats, therefore, many practitioners believe that a person should fast before taking a triglyceride test. However, recent research has shown that non-fasting triglyceride tests may be as accurate as fasting tests in certain situations. Experts state that non-fasting triglycerides levels of more than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) should be considered high.

 The body stores triglycerides in the adipose or fat tissues, but they also move through the bloodstream. Excess calories, especially starchy sugars, are stored as triglycerides. And the body uses triglycerides for cell functions. Triglyceride levels are usually tested as part of a full fat or lipid profile to help assess someone's risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Also, the blood test can be used to investigate the underlying cause of pancreatitis, a condition where the pancreas is inflamed.

Triglycerides in the blood increase after a meal, because they are being sent from the gut through the bloodstream to the adipose tissue for storage. With a fasting triglyceride test, a person is asked to fast for between 9 and 12 hours before having blood taken and tested. Non-fasting tests do not require a person to fast beforehand.

For the last few years, researchers have been looking at the benefits of non-fasting triglyceride tests. The theory is that for most of the day, levels are what they would be after meals, so a sample taken without fasting could be as useful. In Europe, the advice changed in 2014, and it is no longer recommended to fast before routine testing.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has divided their guidelines for when to use a fasting or a non-fasting test based on the individual. As of 2016, their recommendations are as follows....

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Endothelial Dysfunction

The endothelium lines the inside of the blood and heart vessels. It is a thin membrane which helps regulate blood clotting, immune function and controls vascular relaxation. When endothelial dysfunction occurs, the ability to perform these tasks is reduced due to the blood vessels not functioning properly.
This dysfunction transpires as a result of an imbalance between vasoconstricting substances, which narrows blood cells and vasodilation substances, which widen blood cells.  In endothelial dysfunction, vasodilation is impaired and the arteries begin to lack the ability to dilate properly.  This dysfunction can be a significant predictor of coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis, a chronic disease which can cause a stroke or heart attack.
Endothelial dysfunction can be caused by several conditions including diabetes or hypertension, as well as factors such as smoking. However, lifestyle changes can be madeto correct endothelial dysfunction, which can reduce the risk of further cardiovascular complications.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Do statins really work? Who benefits? Who has the power to cover up the side effects?

It’s been almost 35 years since scientists Brown and Goldstein won the Nobel prize for discovering how blood cholesterol played a central role in development of heart disease. It was their work that led to pharmaceutical industry developing statins.

 These are drugs that lower cholesterol, and they both reduced heart attacks, and extended lifespan, within a few years of prescription. Just how significant the impact was and how reliable this data is we’ll come to later. In 1996, Goldstein and Brown confidently predicted that we may now see the end of heart disease before the beginning of the 21st century[2].

However, their prophecy was never fulfilled. On the contrary the decades long campaign to lower cholesterol through diet and drugs has completely and utterly failed to curb the global pandemic of heart disease. Indeed, heart disease still remains the biggest killer in the western world and the UK has recently seen a rise in death rates from the condition for the first time in 50 years[3].

It is still little known or understood amongst the wider medical community that insulin resistance, linked to excess body fat is the most important risk factor for heart attacks[4]. It is also a clear sign of impending type two diabetes. A disease which has become the single largest cost to the NHS, accounting for approximately 10% of the budget.

The good news is that Insulin resistance can be effectively combatted through a combination of dietary changes, moderate activity and psychological stress reduction[5].

Unfortunately, we remain trapped in a flawed model for heart disease, which promotes low fat high carbohydrate diets and the replacement of saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats. This, despite that fact that. when tested in multiple randomised controlled trials (RCTs) (considered the gold standard form of evidence) no real benefit has ever been seen from reducing saturated fat or even replacing it with polyunsaturated fat despite significant reductions in blood cholesterol. In fact, the dietary guidelines may have caused harm, as pointed out by two cardiologists in a stinging peer reviewed paper recently published in the BMJ’s Evidence Based Medicine Journal[6].

The authors also point out two trials actually revealed an INCREASE in death rates from the group that lowered cholesterol versus the one’s that didn’t. Cardiologist and Editor in chief of JAMA internal medicine, Professor Rita Redberg pertinently points out “ cholesterol is just a lab number, who cares about lowering cholesterol unless it actually translates into a benefit for patients? [7]”

Yet the fear of cholesterol is very much imprinted on the minds of doctors and members of the public. A message that has been enthusiastically driven by a multi-billion-dollar low-fat cholesterol lowering industry. Next year it’s predicted that total revenues from sales of cholesterol lowering statin drugs could reach US $1 trillion[8].

All of this raises and important question. Is high cholesterol really a risk factor for heart disease at all?

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ginger - WebMD

Ginger is a plant with leafy stems and yellowish green flowers. The ginger spice comes from the roots of the plant. Ginger is native to warmer parts of Asia, such as China, Japan, and India, but now is grown in parts of South American and Africa. It is also now grown in the Middle East to use as medicine and with food.

Ginger is commonly used for various types of "stomach problems," including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea caused by HIV/AIDS treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.

Other uses include pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, menstrual pain, and other conditions. However, there is not strong evidence to support the use of ginger for these conditions.
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Health Benefits of Ginger for Arthritis

Do you keep ginger in your spice cabinet? Maybe it should be in your medicine cabinet. Besides being a tasty spice often used to enhance holiday treats, ginger can soothe upset stomachs and diminish nausea, and studies show it may help pain and inflammation, too. 

In fact, a University of Miami study concluded that ginger extract could one day be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo.

“Research shows that ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level,” says the study’s lead author, Roy Altman, MD, now at the University of California, Los Angeles.

What makes ginger so helpful? “Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antioxidant activities, as well as a small amount of analgesic property,” says Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Choosing the most effective form of ginger may be the biggest challenge to reaping its rewards. Ginger comes in capsules, tinctures, teas, powders, oils and foods made from the dried or fresh root of the ginger plant. While many forms of ginger boast health benefits, Dr. Lee says capsules provide better benefits than other forms. She advises people to look for brands that use “super-critical extraction,” because it results in the purest ginger and will provide the greatest effect. She also suggests taking ginger capsules with food. Why? Although small amounts of ginger can help settle a sour stomach, concentrated doses can actually cause stomach upset.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Turmeric and Curcumin for Arthritis: Does It Actually Help Relieve Pain?

Turmeric: This centuries-old spice often used in curries is now popping up in chips, protein bars, even chocolate. It’s touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been studied as a natural protection against certain cancers and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The potential health benefits stem from curcumin — turmeric’s most active compound.

So, Can Turmeric Help Treat Arthritis? Data from animal research and small, preliminary trials on patients suggest that curcumin may help ease arthritis symptoms. In one pilot study, 45 people with rheumatoid arthritis took either curcumin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (diclofenac sodium), or a combination of the two. After eight weeks, the curcumin-only group reported the most improvement in symptoms, without any negative gastrointestinal side effects.

Research on using curcumin for osteoarthritis is even more promising. In an early study published in Phytotherapy Research, participants with mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis who took a curcumin supplement saw significant improvements in pain and physical function after six weeks, compared to placebo. Other research has shown turmeric extract was as effective as ibuprofen (a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) for knee OA pain — with fewer GI effects. And a recent analysis of research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food on turmeric extracts concluded that eight to 12 weeks of treatment with standardized turmeric extracts can reduce pain due to arthritis, compared with placebo.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Adjacent Disc Disease After Lumbar Fusion by Dr. Tony Mork

Billie: I posted these comments to encourage study before undertaking spinal surgery.  Beware of later effects of drugs and surgery.

Kevin Buttner:
If you really need to have this surgery, for the reasons described above, then you'll know it. I had four regular disc operations, but to no avail. The fifth was a fusion, because clearly there wasn't going to be something else to fix this for me. So I had the fusion, knowing about ADD. It sort of comes down to having no choice and then taking your chances with the fusion and the possible negative side effects.

Studies on this topic tend to disagree quite a bit, with some clinics deliberately presenting far too positive results. The studies done on artificial disc replacements have been proven to be exceptionally sketchy and the results cannot be trusted. Besides that, several artificial discs have been proven to contain toxic materials.

Long story short: sometimes you just have to have the fusion. In that case, you might as well accept the risks of long term problems and hope for the best. A healthy lifestyle with the building of strong core muscles, NO SMOKING, no overweight and lots of light activity (especially cycling, hiking and swimming) will give you the best odds. But other than that, you're going to have to leave it up to chance. Good luck to you all.

 Anni Mack:
Doctors know what happens after fusion - the disc above takes a lot of strain, causing stenosis and severe cauda equina! Spinal fusions are still offered as the cure all for back pain! Adjacent disc disease is usually not mentioned!

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Why You Need to do Everything to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Excellent, Billie ... If you are a candidate for back surgery watch this...

Illinois Back Institute: Feb 6, 2017
Presented by Dr Jeff Winternheimer D.C.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Why Avoid Back Surgery at all Costs-Try this instead. Avoid Back Fusions.

Famous Physical Therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck give their opinion on why you should avoid back surgery at all costs. Especially back fusions. They advocate trying a conservative approach first.

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The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it

The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? In this personal talk, Travis Rieder recounts the painful, often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who are quick to prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren't equipped with the tools to eventually get people off the meds.

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Pain Management: Discontinuing Opioids

Interview with patient on opioids for chronic pain management and demonstrating aberrant behaviors. Interview utilizes a motivational interviewing approach and addresses discontinuing opioid prescription.

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My Spinal Fusion experience 10 Weeks out

Hey Guys, This is my experience with having a Spinal Fusion 6 months after having a micro-discectomy. This is how I came to the decision to fuse it and how the recovery has been up to 10 weeks. Hope it's helpful to anyone who may need to have a spinal fusion. I am fused at low can you go.... 

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life after low back surgery 3 levels of spinal fusion vlog 110

over 8 years of back pain leads me to this point here the first day of my low back surgery. I am having 3 levels of my spin fused together so 3 levels of spinal fusion. There will be rods, screws, cages, spacers and bone grafts in my lower back at L3,L4 L4,L5 L5,S1 I also have drop foot and hope the movement in my foot comes back after surgery.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

5 Natural Treatments for a Herniated Disc

In this video, you will learn 5 natural ways to treat a herniated disc, a disc bulge or lower back pain.

 1. Diet The collagen diet is ideal to heal and repair a damaged disc and tissue. You can find collagen in bone broth liquid, which when consumed on a regular basis is the best dietary thing you can do to heal and repair. Eating bone broth protein 2-3 times a day is a must.

You will also want to get more antioxidants through foods such as blueberries. The perfect breakfast would be a smoothie with blueberries, some collagen powder or bone broth protein powder, coconut milk, and anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger root. Then follow up with lunch and dinner of soup or stew made with bone broth protein.

 2. Supplements Collagen or bone broth protein powder for essential amino acids Omega 3 fish oils MSM Sulfur containing supplement for joint repair Anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric for damaged tissue

 3. Egoscue If you have poor posture, it will put extra stress on that disc and cause a herniated disc.This form of physical therapy assigns you a specific set of exercises and stretches to restore your posture and is crucial to treating this type of injury.

 4. Prolotherapy (PRP) Platelet Rich Plasma Injections are important to repair damaged tissue. When you injure your low back, ligaments can become lax and your muscles may spasm while trying to make up for it, which can actually be the root cause of your pain.

 5. Corrective Chiropractic Care Corrective Chiropractic is essential to retrain your body and get correct spinal curvatures back. Since 90% of chiropractors would do a correction that could possibly cause ligaments to become more loose, it is crucial to find someone in your area who specifically practices corrective chiropractic care.

 *This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions.

Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hope for injection of cells to regenerate spine discs

Scientists have developed a new method of stopping or reversing disability and pain caused by degenerative disc disease in the spine using cell therapies, according to a proof-of-concept study published in the journal Biomaterials.

Researchers from the Duke Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have developed new biomaterials capable of delivering a booster shot of reparative cells to the nucleus pulposus (NP), effectively stopping pain caused by degenerative disc disease.

The NP is the "jelly-like" cushioning found between the spinal discs. According to the researchers, the NP tissue distributes pressure and provides spine mobility, helping to soothe back pain. Degenerative disc disease is a common spinal condition caused by the breakdown of intervertebral discs. It is more likely to occur as a person ages, where the discs begin to wear thin and lose their ability to cushion the spine. This can lead to further complications, such as arthritis.

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How to Get Well and Heal Bulging & Herniated Discs

How to Get Well and Heal Bulging & Herniated Discs (Comprehensive Review) - Dr Mandell

 The biggest problems that we face in our society is over-medicating, treating the symptoms rather than treating the cause of the condition. There are a combination of strategies that must be taken (physical, emotional, mechanical, nutritional, etc.) to help the bodies natural healing process.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

X-Stop Spacer Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

UCLA Health, May 28, 2010 X-STOP®
Allows Machinist to Fulfi ll His Retirement Dream

One morning back in December 2004 when 58-year-old Mark Casale tried to get out of bed, he fell to the fl oor. For an entire year afterward, the man who once routinely hiked 6-7 miles a day in the hills above his Southern California home could not walk a step. "It scared the heck out of me," he recalled. "I couldn't get up out of bed. I gained 25 pounds, which I still need to lose. I was very depressed. I couldn't work at my job as a machinist at Lockheed Martin or do anything." His primary care physician first thought Mark was suffering from peripheral arterial damage caused by his diabetes. But an MRI detected that Mark's inability to walk due to severe pain from his buttocks all the way to his feet was caused by lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) in his L3 and L4 vertebrae.

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)?

LSS is a narrowing of the spinal canal that impinges on the nerves in the spinal canal or on the nerves exiting to the legs. This can lead to persistent pain in the buttocks, limping, lack of feeling in lower extremities and decreased physical activity. LSS is the largest indication for back surgery in people over 50, who make up the fastest growing demographic population in the world. It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the United States alone suffer from LSS, with over 200,000 diagnosed patients admitted to U.S. hospitals annually. Patients who are diagnosed with LSS initially receive conservative treatment such as bed rest, support devices, physical therapy and pain medications before moving on to surgical remedies. Initially, conservative treatment allowed Mark to walk short distances and return to work.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Epidural Steroid For Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Pros and Cons

Dr. Tony Mork, MD, Nov 27, 2012 Epidural Steroid For Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Pros and Cons by Dr. Tony Mork

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

VA Eyes Keto Diet-Based Diabetes Treatment, But Questions Remain

Researchers with the San Francisco-based company say the approach is clinically proven. In one study, 238 of 262 patients who completed the first 10 weeks saw their A1C levels -- the marker that indicates diabetes -- drop by 1%. Their weight fell an average 7%, and their need for medication declined.

A year later, among the 218 patients still enrolled, insulin therapy had been reduced or eliminated in 94% of patients and no patients were taking drugs to lower blood glucose levels.

"We saw diabetes reversal in about 60 percent of people we treated in one year," Anand Parikh, Virta's head of finance, legal and human resources, told "I can tell you that ... those results have been sustained after two years. We've seen 12% weight loss, and those results also have been sustained for two years. This is world-changing medicine."

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries,today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

 I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

 The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

 It Is Not Working!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated -- it is quite simply your body's natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

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The Road To Recovery after Lumbar Spine Surgery

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

This book will:
- Prepare you for surgery
- Explain what to expect during and after surgery
- Guide you through the recovery process

The most important thing to remember is the sooner you return to being active – the sooner you will be on the road to recovery.

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Bilateral Laminotomies via One-sided Approach

Stenosis is a condition that can develop as a person ages, particularly in those over 50. It is characterized by a narrowing of the spinal canal, which places pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, because there is not enough room for them. It resembles placing a ring on your finger.

 A unilateral decompressive laminectomy is carried out on the side of the overgrowth. The lamina above and below the narrowing may be removed partially or completely.

 Using a minimally invasive laminectomy, the location of the incision is often established by an intraoperative X-ray, using fluoroscopy. A skin incision about 1 inch in length is made to one side of the middle of the back at the surgical level. Dilators are placed sequentially to split the muscle down to the lamina, the back part of the spine.

 A retractor is then placed to hold the muscle tissue back and allow surgical access to the spine. Using a microscope, soft tissue is removed and the bone exposed. Use of a microscope improves the lighting and vision in the surgical area, making the surgery more precise and accurate.

 Specially designed surgery instrumentation is then used to remove bone spurs and the lamina on the side of the approach. This is referred to as a lumbar laminectomy or lumbar decompression. The table is then tilted and the spinous process undercut. The anterior portion of the lamina on the opposite side may then be removed. The ligament under the bone is opened and removed using special instruments. The disc can also be inspected.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Laminectomy and Spinal Stenosis: Risks and Complications

Open lumbar laminectomy surgery is a common procedure used to treat the symptoms of spinal stenosis. While the complications of this surgery are rare, there may be a few risk factors that can delay or prevent the success of the surgery.

Some risk factors may increase the likelihood of complications during or after lumbar laminectomy surgery. A few examples of these risks include...

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Microlaminectomy is performed for patients with symptomatic, painful lumbar spinal stenosis. It is performed to remove the large, arthritic osteophytes (bone spurs) that are compressing the spinal nerves. Most spine surgeons continue to use a rather large surgical incision and exposure without the use a microscope when performing a lumbar laminectomy, which involves a long hospital stay and prolonged recovery period. However, Dr. Spoonamore prefers to perform a microscopic surgical approach using a small, poke-hole incision, with minimal dissection, to accomplish a lumbar decompression of three spinal levels or less. This minimally invasive approach allows for a more rapid recovery, and may provide an improved long-term outcome because there is less muscle and tissue damage.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Ivor Cummins Shreds the Cholesterol Hypothesis & Reveals the Root Cause of Heart Attack

Ivor Cummins, BE(Chem) CEng MIEI, explores the cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease and tears it apart. Watch as Ivor turns the light of his engineer brain onto the dark, muddled mess that is modern medical thought.

 An engineer who has a special interest in cardiovascular health through nutrition, Ivor is quickly changing the paradigm of medical thought as to what causes chronic disease in humans.

You will love the end of this video when he reveal the real root cause of the chronic disease epidemics we are currently suffering.

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Tendinopathy: Why the Difference Between Tendinitis and Tendinosis Matters

The most important reason to distinguish between tendinitis and tendinosis is the differing treatment goals and timelines. The most prominent treatment goal for tendinitis is to reduce inflammation, a condition that isn’t present in tendinosis. In fact, some treatments to reduce inflammation are contraindicated with tendinosis. Ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, is associated with inhibited collagen repair(). Corticosteroid injections inhibited collagen repair in one study, and were found to be a predictor of later tendon tears(,,).
The healing time for tendinitis is several days to 6 weeks, depending on whether treatment starts with early presentation or chronic presentation(). Khan et al.() state that treatment for tendinosis recognized at an early stage can be as brief as 6–10 weeks; however, treatment once the tendinosis has become chronic can take 3–6 months. It is suggested by Rattray and Ludwig() that effective treatment might take up to 9 months once the tendinosis is chronic. Knowing these timelines is part of creating an effective treatment plan. Khan() reportedly suggests that tendons “require over 100 days to make new collagen.” Given this claim, treating chronic tendinosis for a matter of weeks would provide little benefit to the long-term repair of the tendon.
It is a matter of coincidence that some of the separate treatment goals for tendinitis and tendinosis result in overlapping beneficial treatment methods. For example, deep-friction treatments are beneficial for both conditions, but for very different reasons. In the case of tendinitis, deep friction serves to reduce adhesions and create functional scar tissue once inflammation has subsided. In the case of tendinosis, deep-friction treatments serve to stimulate fibroblast activity and collagen production(). Lucky concurrence of treatment recommendations is not to be substituted for a thorough understanding of which condition is being treated. Accurate assessment techniques and knowledge of the relevant condition will result in the most appropriate application of treatment.
The primary treatment goals for tendinosis are to: break the cycle of injury; reduce ground substance, pathologic vascularization, and subsequent tendon thickening; and optimize collagen production and maturation so that the tendon regains normal tensile strength().

Macrophages in Alzheimer’s disease

A historical perspective:
The longstanding debate surrounding the role of microglia/macrophages in AD was initially ignited by landmark studies in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Henryk Wisniewski and Janusz Frackowiak. Wisniewski and Frackowiak observed that microglia, while capable of engulfing Aβ in vitro, were not competent Aβ phagocytes in vivo. Using electron microscopy to examine the ultrastructure of these enigmatic cells, Wisniewski noted that microglial cells associated with Aβ plaques in AD patient brains did not contain Aβ deposits within lysosomal compartments. However, in the rare comorbidity of stroke with AD, brain-infiltrating macrophages did contain lysosomal β-amyloid fibrils (Wisniewski et al. 1989; Wisniewski et al. 1991; Frackowiak et al. 1992). These observations led to the conclusion that, while microglia did not have the ability to clear Aβ from the extracellular brain milieu, peripheral macrophages could “home” to and remove Aβ in vivo by phagocytosis.

As with any important and thought-provoking work, Wisniewski’s results sparked numerous questions. Was there a true disparity between microglia and peripheral macrophages regarding Aβ clearance? Were infiltrating macrophages capable of limiting cerebral amyloidosis? Why were infiltrating macrophages restricted from the AD brain in the absence of stroke comorbidity? Answering these questions would prove difficult due to a number of obstacles. For instance, aside from morphological differences, distinguishing between activated microglia and macrophages can be complex as they share many of the same cell surface receptors and signaling proteins. In fact, despite the enlightening observations by Wisniewski et al., it would take nearly two decades for availability of modern cellular and molecular biology techniques to address the conditions under which peripheral macrophages were capable of removing brain.

Boosting Autophagy to Treat Atherosclerosis

What is Autophagy?
 Autophagy is an intracellular degradation system that delivers unwanted cell components to a cellular garbage disposal system known as the lysosome. The lysosome uses powerful enzymes that break down the unwanted material for recycling.

 However, as we age, the lysosomes become clogged up with materials that are so fused together that not even the potent enzymes can destroy them. This causes the lysosomes to become dysfunctional, and eventually the cell dies.

This is a particular problem for long-lived cells with a very low rate of replacement, such as the heart, the back of the eyes, nerve cells, and other cells that rarely divide if at all. Ultimately, as more and more cells become dysfunctional over time due to lysosome dysfunction, tissue function becomes impaired and age-related disease sets in.///

 Macrophages and heart disease.
 Macrophages are responsible for cleaning up many kinds of cellular waste, including misfolded proteins, excess fat droplets, and dysfunctional organelles, and they are the housekeepers of the body. They protect our blood vessels from damage by the toxic byproducts of cholesterol, and they work by surrounding these toxic byproducts and breaking them down in their lysosomes into useful materials.

However, macrophages can become dysfunctional from the accumulation of lysosomal waste that they cannot break down. Over time, macrophages consume ever more amounts of toxic materials, and eventually their lysosomes become filled with insoluble waste that cannot be destroyed.

 This causes the macrophages to eventually stop functioning and either become trapped and immobile in the artery wall or simply die. It is the buildup of trapped macrophages in the arterial wall that is the basis of arterial plaques, which lead to heart disease. Eventually, once the plaques grow too large, the injury swells and bursts, sending out clots that trigger strokes and heart attacks.

One of the potential ways to address this problem is by increasing autophagy in macrophages, which makes them better at dealing with the toxic waste and helps them to resist stress. It is the hope of some researchers to find ways to improve autophagy, thereby making macrophages more robust and slowing the accumulation of lysosomal waste, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.

Heart Disease root causes - and the tests that can save your life !

Ivor Cummins:
My talk recorded at the May 11th Dublin Cardiovascular event, prior to the free screening of The Widowmaker Movie. Event organised by Alan Crean of DCU, sponsored by David Bobbett and the team - and a great night it was too! We had around 200 people in this superb lecture theatre - not bad for an event starting at 6pm on a Wednesday evening :-)

Spinal Stenosis: Cause and Correction

Dr. Bergman explains how spinal stenosis can develop and how to reverse it so you can have a healthy spine for life.

AUTOPHAGY FASTING - How Long Should You Fast to Maximize Your Health Benefits?

What happens if you fast for 13 hr 2:16
Growth Hormone 2:49
How long should you fast to get maximum of Autophagy 3:15

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Want to Fix your heart disease? Okay then - here you go!

What if you get a high CAC score? You can resolve the progressive disease of atherosclerosis by focusing on key vectors. Here I give an overview of some of the latter.
Ivor Cummmins, Aug 16, 2018

Ivor Cummins - 'The Pathways of Insulin Resistance: Exposure and Implications'

Ivor Cummins originally completed a Chemical Engineering degree in 1990 (Biochemical Stream, BE(Chem) CEng MIEI), followed by over 25 years in corporate technical leadership and management positions. Ivor’s particular specialty was leading teams in complex problem-solving scenarios.

 Following less-than-ideal blood test results, he was unable to get solutions from the doctors he consulted. He thus embarked on an intense period of biochemical research into the science of human metabolism. Ivor intensively studied the mechanisms and primary drivers of elevated GGT and Serum Ferritin. This quickly led to an investigation of general causes of inflammation and dyslipidemia.

 Within eight weeks Ivor had resolved and optimised all of his blood test metrics. Also, he had shed nearly 15kg of body fat with relative ease. As the journey became a fixation he went on to analyse over 200 related papers and studies carried out over the past 5 decades and before.

Ivor found that the value of the technical expertise gained during his career to be of paramount importance in this odyssey. Through this investigation Ivor has realised that to be successful in determining root cause and solution in the health arena requires far more than a general medical background.

In the following years Ivor has continued his research on the many “root causes” of modern disease, from “cholesterol” through to insulin resistance. He has also given many public talks and chaired interviews with various health experts.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

'Why LDL cholesterol goes up with low carb diet and is it bad for health?'

Low Carb Down Under, May 3, 2019

 Dr. Nadir Ali is an interventional cardiologist with over 25 years of experience. He is also the chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Before working as a cardiologist, he served as an assistant professor of medicine for eight years at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he also received his medical training.

Dr. Ali has championed many aspects of the science and practice of a low-carb lifestyle in the local Clear Lake area since 2013. He organises a monthly nutritional seminar in the Searcy Auditorium of the Clear Lake Hospital that receives more than 100 visitors every month from the local community. Dr Ali’s focus is on managing heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

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Want to Reverse Your Calcification and Heart Disease? Here's How!

Ivor Cummins, May 11, 2019
Want to Reverse Your Calcification and Heart Disease?

Biochemist Patrick Theut put in 16,000 hours of study over many years in order to address and resolve his extensive heart disease issue. And he did it. Fat Emperor Podcast, Episode 21 reveals the solutions which enabled Patrick to reverse his calcification and disease process.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Finasteride and Tendonitis - from FDA reports

Tendonitis is found among people who take Finasteride, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 month, also take medication Propecia, and have Sinusitis.
This review analyzes which people have Tendonitis with Finasteride. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 14,473 people who have side effects when taking Finasteride from FDA , and is updated regularly.

There are interesting presentations of reactions by different groups.
92 percent of people 60 years or older had tendonitis as a result of finasteride. Tendonitis in my fingers stopped when I stopped finasteride.

If you are prescribed Finasteride, understand the drug and why it was prescribed. Understand alternative treatments and explore this with your provider. 


Thursday, June 27, 2019

How a Herniated Disc Will Heal and How to Help it Heal Faster and Stronger

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How to read an MRI of the lumbar spine for herniated discs (SCIATICA CAUSE)

Dr. Jose Guevara, Oct 30, 2017

How to read an MRI of the lumbar spine for herniated discs

In this video I show you the basic anatomy of the lumbar spine and what your doctor looks for when making a diagnosis in the low back. 

An MRI shows the integrity of your discs and shows soft tissue injuries that can't be seen on an x-ray study.

For this reasons MRI's are best when looking for MRI pathologies such as disc herniations that may be the cause of sciatica or simply low back pain that is sharp in nature.


1. Color of the disc In an MRI image, the intervertebral disc is shown as white due to the fact that it contains water. A normal disc will show as white, whereas a degenerated disc or herniated disc will show up as black.

 2. Spacing in between vertebrae The discs act as shock absorbers and help to separate vertebrae from each other. This separation is what creates the opening where nerves come out of. If the disc space is narrowed, it indicates that the disc is either degenerating or herniated and can cause pinched nerves.

 3. Posterior border of a disc Since a disc is weaker at its posterior border, the majority of herniations are posterior. Since the spinal cord and nerve roots lie posterior to the disc, these can become compressed when a disc herniates. On an MRI image we look for a rounded posterior border to indicate a disc herniation.

Those are 3 things your doctor looks for when reading an MRI of the spine and when looking for disc herniations.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

How I Healed from the Pain of a Ruptured Disk Without Surgery

I had a 12 mm ruptured L4-L5 disc and was told I would never walk again unless I had surgery. See how I was able to heal from the pain of the ruptured disc without surgery. Please note, my disc did not change or become "unruptured" but the treatment I received allowed enough of the disc material to move off of the nerve so that I was pain free without the need for surgery. For those who are suffering with herniated discs, you may also want to look into non-surgical decompression therapy using the DRX9000 machine as a further treatment to help with your recovery.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dave Feldman - 'It's About Energy, Not Cholesterol'

Low Carb Down Under, Jan 20, 2018

Dave Feldman is a senior software engineer, business developer and entrepreneur. He began a Low Carb, High Fat diet in April 2015 and after experiencing a significant rise in his total cholesterol he committed himself to learning everything he could about cholesterol and the lipid system.

As an engineer, Dave spotted a pattern in the lipid system that’s very similar to distributed objects in networks. Through research and N=1 experimentation he has revealed some very powerful data which he continues to share in this presentation and in further detail on his website;

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How To Treat A Herniated Disc Without Surgery

Dr. Jason West, Nov 6, 2017

Would you like to know how to treat a herniated disc, or sciatica, without surgery? If you're dealing with back pain that's going down your leg or down into your butt and it could be a sciatica, slipped disc, or a herniated disc.

Here are some of the points I discuss in this episode:
1. Staying at your target metabolism
2. Physical therapy
3. Regenerative injection therapy
4. Intervertebral lumbar body cast
5. Make sure you have enough Manganese intake

Watch and Enjoy!
Dr. Jason West

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7 Simple Core Exercises That Prevent Lower Back Pain

UC San Diego Health, May 8, 2012

UC San Diego Health's Dr. Douglas Chang shows us seven simple exercises that can help prevent lower back pain.

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Cholesterol medication could invite diabetes, study suggests

A study of thousands of patients’ health records found that those who were prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins had at least double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The detailed analysis of health records and other data from patients in a private insurance plan in the Midwest provides a real-world picture of how efforts to reduce heart disease may be contributing to another major medical concern, said Victoria Zigmont, who led the study as a graduate student in public health at The Ohio State University.

Statins are a class of drugs that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. More than a quarter of middle-aged adults use a cholesterol-lowering drug, according to recent federal estimates.

Researchers found that statin users had more than double the risk of a diabetes diagnosis compared to those who didn’t take the drugs. Those who took the cholesterol-lowering drugs for more than two years had more than three times the risk of diabetes.

“The fact that increased duration of statin use was associated with an increased risk of diabetes – something we call a dose-dependent relationship – makes us think that this is likely a causal relationship,” Zigmont said.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Healing your bulging disc

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

About Arthritis

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand. The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How To Eat For Weight Loss | Reduce Inflammation And Heal The Body

How To Eat For Weight Loss | Reduce Inflammation And Heal The Body is a video that is designed to teach you sustainable practices around food that not only help you lose weight but heal your body.

If you want to lose weight then you need to heal the body. Weight loss resistance is a real thing that is centered around hormone dysfunction. When the hormones are not balanced you can lose weight no matter what diet you follow. Hormones involved in weight loss are leptin, ghrelin, and insulin. You must balance hormones for weight loss.

 Sugar, grains, processed foods, and so many other foods cause you to gain weight. By following my diet and removing these foods I have seen people lose weight fast. This is not a fad diet nor a diet that is designed to be followed short term, but rather a diet for life.

I recommend that you eat a moderate a high amount of good fats, a moderate amount of protein, and low carbs. This is designed to slow conversion into sugar, reduce insulin and ultimately reduce inflammation which is at the heart of disease.

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Sacred Truth Ep. 47: Statins - Don't Believe All You're Told

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The Real Cause Of Heart Disease

The Real Cause Of Heart Disease is a video that gives you the full details as to what causes heart disease how you prevent it in your future.

The cause of heart failure in most people's minds is the evil cholesterol. If someone tells you that cholesterol is the cause of your heart health issues that basically solves nothing. It leaves you powerless and unable to make a change in your body. The reason for this is because you can't change what you don't understand. In this video, I help you understand what is really causing heart conditions.

Heart Disease Prevention should be on everyone's mind. If you are living like the masses you will suffer like the masses and heart disease statistics are not pretty. Some changes you can make today are do things like exercise daily, as little as a 30 minute walk a day drastically reduces heart disease. You can also reduce stress through meditation and breathing methods. The last thing you can do that is lifestyle based in clean up your diet and reduce sugar intake.

The typical heart disease treatment is medication but what is left out may be even more important. That is the use of nutrients that are critical for heart health. These nutrients include CoQ10, Omegas, Magnesium, B Vitamins, and inflammation support. Nobody ever tells you the critical role these nutrients all play in your overall heart health, but now that you know be sure to make proper change.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Heart Disease: Is cholesterol really the problem

In this video, Dr Sanjay Gupta discusses cholesterol and why cholesterol is blamed for heart disease and the real reason why heart artery narrowing happen.

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Why magnesium is so good for you

In this video, I talk about magnesium and why it is so very good for the heart and yet why we take in so little of it. My name is Sanjay Gupta and I am a cardiologist in York.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Dave Feldman on LDL and All Cause Mortality - Does Cholesterol Kill You?

Ivor Cummins, Jun 13, 2019

 00:00 Mining NHANES Database for LDL and Mortality data

02:30 Stratifying the data – to get the answer
04:10 And the answer? Does higher LDL shorten your life?
06:24 A discussion on “Reverse Causality” – could it confound?

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Why everything you've been told about cholesterol is WRONG!

Paul Saladino, MD, Published on May 14, 2019

If you are interested in lipids, you’ve probably heard of Dave Feldman and his work. If not, you’ve got some homework to do, and I think you’ll be amazed at what you find. Dave’s work can found at where he details his multiple, meticulous self-experimental projects. Prior to cholesterol adventures Dave was a senior software scientist and an engineer. He brings this “out of the box” thinking to the world of medicine and we are all a better off for it.

He began a low-carb, high-fat diet in April 2015 and has since learned everything he could about it with special emphasis on cholesterol. He saw his own lipid numbers spike substantially after going on the diet and spotted a pattern in the lipid system that’s very similar to distributed objects in networks.

He’s since learned quite a bit on the subject both through research and experimentation which has revealed some very powerful data (see his Cholesterol Code series Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Part V).

As of this writing, his “Extreme Drop” experiment has gotten the most attention where he induced a 73 point drop in my LDL-C and a 1115 point drop in my LDL-P.

In this show we discuss Dave’s recent talk at Keto Salt Lake which can be found on YouTube here:

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

HOW I LOST 60 POUNDS IN 4 MONTHS | Low Carb / Keto

How I've lost 60 lbs in 4 months by changing to a low carb/Keto way of eating. ✌️❤️ 🚚

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Cardiologist slams Government Dietary Advice in Parliamentary Speech

Ivor Cummins, Published on Mar 1, 2019

I had the honour of attending the UK Parliament session last Tuesday, for a landmark address - on what will be required to address the diabetes epidemic and reverse its course.

Deputy leader of the UK Labour party gave the packed room a heartfelt oration on his own diabetes and weight-loss journey, right before Aseem got into the details of what needs to be done. Aseem’s talk pulls no punches, hits all the core issues, and was followed by a massive round of applause. Things are moving folks.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Simple ideas for back pain relief

An estimated 50 percent to 80 percent of American adults will experience back pain. Whether because of a traumatic accident, a simple injury or arthritis, there are ways to find relief.

"About half the time, back pain gets better within two weeks," says David Borenstein, MD, clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. "About 80 percent of the time it improves within two months."

Discomfort in your back can sure be a pain, but hopefully, the following suggestions may help you get back on track.

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Spinal Stenosis Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

The word “stenosis” means the abnormal narrowing of a body channel. With spinal stenosis, the narrowing happens in the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves. Older people (usually 50 and older) with weakened joints/ligaments in the back, cartilage loss and degeneration develop stenosis most often. (2) Some research shows that the prevalence of “degenerative” lumbar stenosis in older adults can be up to 13 percent of the population.

Some common disorders that can contribute to stenosis or occur at the same time include osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatic nerve pain, spinal injuries or tumors, and genetic diseases that affect the bones of the back (such as Paget’s disease).

 Stenosis can affect different parts of the spine. When the lower back develops stenosis, it’s called lumbar stenosis, while stenosis in the neck is called cervical stenosis. (5)

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Nerve roots in the lower back become compressed, which can cause similar symptoms to sciatica, affecting the buttocks and legs. Sometimes lumbar spinal stenosis cuts off blood flow to the lower body, which is called neurogenic claudication. About 75 percent of cases of spinal stenosis occur in the low back (lumbar spine). Cervical Spinal Stenosis: Causes pain in the neck and other other nerve problems. When spinal cord compression in the neck becomes severe, it’s possible for serious problems to develop, including extreme weakness or even paralysis, which often requires emergency surgery.

Thoracic Stenosis: This is rare and affects the middle/upper portion of the spine. It’s far less common than the other two types because the rib cage keeps this area of the back more stable and limited in terms of movement.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Want to Reverse Your Calcification and Heart Disease? Here's How! Podcast Ep21

Want to Reverse Your Calcification and Heart Disease? Biochemist Patrick Theut put in 16,000 hours of study over many years in order to address and resolve his extensive heart disease issue. And he did it. Fat Emperor Podcast, Episode 21 reveals the solutions which enabled Patrick to reverse his calcification and disease process.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Getting a Laminectomy: Before, During, and After

Laminectomy is one of the most common back surgeries. During a laminectomy, a surgeon removes the rear portion of one or more spinal bones (vertebrae). Bone spurs and ligaments that are pressing on nerves may be removed at the same time. Here's what to expect before, during, and after your laminectomy.

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Spinal decompression (laminectomy)

Decompression surgery (laminectomy) opens the bony canals through which the spinal cord and nerves pass, creating more space for them to move freely. Narrowing / stenosis of the spinal and nerve root canals can cause chronic pain, numbness, and muscle weakness in your arms or legs. Surgery may be recommended if your symptoms have not improved with physical therapy or medications. ///

What is spinal decompression?///
Spinal stenosis is often caused by age-related changes: arthritis, enlarged joints, bulging discs, bone spurs, and thickened ligaments (Fig. 1). Spinal decompression can be performed anywhere along the spine from the neck (cervical) to the lower back (lumbar). The surgery is performed through an incision in the back (posterior) muscles. The lamina bone forms the backside of the spinal canal and makes a roof over the spinal cord. Removing the lamina and thickened ligament gives more room for the nerves and allows for removal of bone spurs (osteophytes). Depending on the extent of stenosis, one vertebra (single-level) or more (multi-level) may be involved.

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If You Take Coenzyme Q10 Everyday This Is What Happens To Your Body

12 Reasons People Should Take Coenzyme Q10 Every Day – Coenzyme Q10 Health, Beauty and Performance Benefits.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like compound that plays a crucial role for energy production within the body, including the heart, also it helps protect the cell membrane and the arteries from oxidative stress and from inflammatory damage. Deficiency of CoQ10 compromises the function of cells, and people with certain conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, gum disease, as well as those taking statins that are cholesterol lowering drugs, tend to have low levels of CoQ10.

 CoQ10 is an essential nutrient and has a number of beneficial effects, and represents an important natural treatment for a variety of health conditions.

The health, beauty and physical performance benefits of CoQ10 include: (see list)

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Incredible Changes in LDL Cholesterol Through a Simple Diet Experiment

This experiment demonstrates how cholesterol is highly influenced by diet in an extremely short time frame. See for a more in-depth understanding of this research.

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Dave Feldman - 'Cholesterol is a Passenger, Not a Driver'

Dave Feldman is a senior software engineer, business developer and entrepreneur. He began a Low Carb, High Fat diet in April 2015 and after experiencing a significant rise in his total cholesterol he committed himself to learning everything he could about cholesterol and the lipid system.

As an engineer, Dave spotted a pattern in the lipid system that’s very similar to distributed objects in networks. Through research and N=1 experimentation he has revealed some very powerful data which he continues to share in this presentation and in further detail on his website;

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My experience with high cholesterol, statins, and keto

On this week's video, after that amazing "MEDIA OFFLINE" graphic goes away, I talk a little bit about my personal experience with high cholesterol (particularly LDL), statin medications, and how my thoughts and views surrounding those things changed when I started a ketogenic diet.

 **Of course, I'm not a medical professional or doctor. None of this is advice. Always talk to your doctor, and do your own research.**

Here are some of the articles and resources surrounding cholesterol and LDL that I've found to good starting points:

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Ketogenic Diet: New Perspectives for Neuroprotection in Alzheimer’s Disease

The ketogenic diet, originally developed for the treatment of epilepsy in non-responder children, is spreading to be used in the treatment of many diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. The main activity of the ketogenic diet has been related to improved mitochondrial function and decreased oxidative stress. B-Hydroxybutyrate, the most studied ketone body, has been shown to reduce the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), improving mitochondrial respiration: it stimulates the cellular endogenous antioxidant system with the activation of nuclear factor erythroid-derived 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), it modulates the ratio between the oxidized and reduced forms of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+/NADH) and it increases the efficiency of electron transport chain through the expression of uncoupling proteins. Furthermore, the ketogenic diet performs anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-kB) activation and nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich-containing family, pyrin domain-containing-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome as well as inhibiting histone deacetylases (HDACs), improving memory encoding. The underlying mechanisms and the perspectives for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are discussed.

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Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms.

Harumi Okuyama, Peter H. Langsjoen, +4 authors Hajime UchinoPublished in Expert review of clinical pharmacology 2015

In contrast to the current belief that cholesterol reduction with statins decreases atherosclerosis, we present a perspective that statins may be causative in coronary artery calcification and can function as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of coenzyme Q10 and 'heme A', and thereby ATP generation. Statins inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, the cofactor for matrix Gla-protein activation, which in turn protects arteries from calcification. Statins inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium containing proteins, one of which is glutathione peroxidase serving to suppress peroxidative stress. An impairment of selenoprotein biosynthesis may be a factor in congestive heart failure, reminiscent of the dilated cardiomyopathies seen with selenium deficiency. Thus, the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs. We propose that current statin treatment guidelines be critically reevaluated.

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Statin Side Effects - March 2018

Dr. David Seaman, Mar 9, 2018

Statin side effects are unavoidable, so the best approach is to create normal lipid chemistry and avoid the need to take them.

Overeating sugar and flour is the primary reason why we have elevated levels of cholesterol, as well as glucose and triglycerides.

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Cholesterol Myth Part 1:
Cholesterol Myth Part 2:
DeFlame Diet book:

Dr. Seaman coined the term "DeFlame" as a simple educational tool to help better understand the benefits of replacing pro-inflammatory foods with anti-inflammatory vegetables, fruit, nuts, and roots/tubers. He first identified that diet promotes inflammation based on research published in the 1970s and 1980s. Most have only begun to see this relationship in recent years. In contrast, Dr Seaman has written multiple articles and chapters on this topic over the past 25 years. The DeFlame Diet is about eating anti-inflammatory foods to turn off the chronic disease-promoting "flame" created by pro-inflammatory foods. This is the first nutrition book for the general public that delves into inflammation in great detail, yet in a fashion that is understandable. Readers will never be confused again about what foods we should and should not be eating.

Thursday, June 6, 2019


We are told that cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease. Approximately 100 million people are currently taking cholesterol-lowering medications, known as statins, and millions more people are avoiding foods that contain saturated fat and cholesterol. The basic idea is that dietary saturated fat raises cholesterol levels, and these two substances somehow clog-up our arteries, causing a heart attack. This idea is often referred to as the diet-heart hypothesis. However, a number of doctors and researchers have been challenging this hypothesis for decades, and the latest heart disease statistics reveal some alarming facts.

Such as:
People with high cholesterol tend to live longer

People with heart disease are more likely to have low levels of cholesterol

Cholesterol-lowering at a population level does not reduce the rate of heart disease

In addition, despite their widespread use, and description as "wonder drugs" statin medications do not extend life expectancy for the majority of people who take them. Cholesterol-lowering has become a huge global industry, generating around $20 billion each year. Have the facts about heart disease, cholesterol and cholesterol medications been distorted by pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers keen to increase their profits? If the focus on cholesterol has been a mistake, then the greatest cost is associated with the lost opportunity to tackle heart disease.

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Statin Side Effects (excerpt from Statin Nation)

Statin side effects excerpt from the feature length documentary, STATIN NATION. Details available at

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Is it possible to reverse diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetes leads to high levels of glucose in the blood. Without careful management, this can cause damage throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that results from diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can affect different bodily functions. According to the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), over 30% of people with diabetes experience problems with the autonomic nervous system, which controls automatic functions such as digestion.

 Up to 50% of people with diabetes have peripheral neuropathy. This affects the peripheral nervous system, and symptoms commonly appear in the arms, hands, legs, and feet.

Another type is focal neuropathy, which includes carpal tunnel syndrome. This nerve compression in the wrist affects around 25% of people with diabetes.

Around half of all people with diabetes develop neuropathy within 25 years of their diabetes diagnosis, according to a study published in 2011.

These types of nerve damage are not reversible. However, in this article, we look at ways to slow the progression of diabetic neuropathy, ease symptoms, and reduce the risk of further harm.

Getting early treatment
Attending routine screening for type 2 diabetes after the age of 45 — or before, if a person has obesity or other risk factors — can tell a person whether they have high levels of blood sugar.

Glucose levels of 126 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) or higher indicate diabetes.

If the levels are slightly high but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, a person may have prediabetes. This means that glucose levels are 100–125 mg/dl.

It is often possible to reverse prediabetes through lifestyle changes, involving diet and exercise, for example. Making these changes can reduce the risk of complications such as diabetic neuropathy.

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Lowering cholesterol levels may worsen nerve damage in T2DM

(HealthDay)—Lowering serum cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes is associated with diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN), according to a study published online May 31 in JAMA Network Open.

 Johann M.E. Jende, M.D., from Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany, and colleagues assessed the association between serum cholesterol levels and peripheral nerve lesions in patients with type 2 diabetes both with and without DPN. One hundred participants (mean age, 64.6 years; 68 percent male) underwent magnetic resonance neurography of the right leg, as well as clinical, serologic, and electrophysiologic assessment.

The researchers found that the lipid equivalent lesion (LEL) load positively correlated with the nerve's mean cross-sectional area and the maximum length of a lesion. A negative association was noted between LEL load and total serum cholesterol level, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, nerve conduction velocities of the tibial and peroneal nerves, and nerve conduction amplitudes of the tibial and peroneal nerves.

"These findings may be relevant to emerging therapies that promote an aggressive lowering of serum cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes," the authors write.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Stay on Your Feet: Take Steps to Prevent Falls

Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it's an important one. Falls cause the most broken bones and are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. As you age, physical changes, health conditions, and sometimes the medications you take make falls more likely. There are practical things you can do to reduce your risk of falling and related injury. Engaging in regular physical activity, monitoring or avoiding certain medications, and getting your eyes checked may reduce your risk of falling.

 Remember, fear of falling doesn't need to rule your life. Instead, consider these eight fall-prevention tips:

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Is It Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?

Do certain foods make you itchy or cause an upset stomach? Physical reactions to certain foods are common, but a food intolerance or a food allergy cause most such problems.

A food allergy occurs when you eat something that abnormally triggers your body's immune system. Sometimes even a tiny amount of a food can trigger such a response. The body may respond to the food allergen (something that causes an allergic reaction) with such symptoms as digestive problems, hives or an impaired airway. In some cases, the reaction may be life threatening and cause anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe whole body reaction to an allergen.

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