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Alternative Medicine News – July 1, 2013

Jon Barron
The Dangers of Calcium Supplements

For years you’ve been told to take calcium. But is that really a good idea?

Possibly not.

Reasons given for taking it include bone health and lower blood pressure. But there are also risks.

Recent research points out a disturbing connection between high calcium intake and risk of heart attack. Another study debunked the idea that taking calcium prevents osteoporosis. In fact, it increased hip fractures.

But is all calcium bad? The worst offenders were supplements. Dietary calcium was not implicated except from too much dairy.

So if you eat a diet with good amounts of calcium, taking supplements may be a bad idea.

Jon Barron has done the research. And as usual, he writes a compelling article. You can find it here.

Jonathan Wright
Vitamin E May Halt Obesity-Related Liver Damage

If you are overweight, your liver suffers.

If your liver is overloaded, it can cause lasting damage. Cirrhosis and even cancer can result. This is true even if you don’t drink. The most common condition is non-alcoholic fatty liver.

However there is hope. Recent research as Case Western University found vitamin E to protect the liver in mice. It reduced inflammation. At the same time it lowered oxidative stress and fat accumulation.

That’s a lot of benefit from one pill. However I always recommend you take a full-spectrum vitamin E. That will include all 4 tocopherols as well as the 4 tocotrienols.

See the details on Jonathan Wright’s web site here.

Mercola
Vitamin B May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Say Researchers

The keywords here? Brain shrinkage.

One of the hallmarks of memory loss and dementia is a shrinking brain. That’s NOT something you want.

This article highlights research showing that just 3 B vitamins can halt brain shrinkage. That’s a lot of benefit from just 3 nutrients.

Interestingly, the study that found this was seeing about the effect of homocysteine levels. Long-time readers will know that homocysteine is implicated in heart disease. Now apparently it may also cause your brain to get small. Definitely not good.

I recommend the article, but for those of you in a hurry, the 3 vitamins are:

  • Folic Acid.
  • B-12.
  • B-6.

For more details on this, see the article here.

Mercola
Exercise May Help Cure Cancer

The obvious? Exercise is good.

Less obvious is just how good it is.

For example, exercise may very well help reduce cancer. That’s huge. And not only will it help prevent it, it may also help stop it from returning in those who’ve beat cancer once.

That benefit is on top of the other great benefits of exercise makes it a no-brainer.

Those benefits include:

  • Better brain function.
  • Stronger bones.
  • Stress reduction.
  • Higher immunity.
  • Better sleep.

Bottom line? Lifestyle (food, exercise, relaxation) are huge factors in beating cancer.

You can read the article here.

T-Nation
The Scary Truth About Probiotics

That’s a dramatic title.

But behind the drama is a simple fact. The bacteria in your gut affect your mental state.

In particular, if you have enough friendly bacteria (probiotics), your levels of stress hormone goes down. How much? By half.

In addition, the calming brain chemical, GABA, goes up.

To find out which probiotics helped, and some of the best sources of these, see this article on t-Nation. You can find it here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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