Patients with asthma, particularly older ones, are at increased risk for dementia, a new longitudinal, population-based study suggests.
Fungal spores common in the air we breathe daily may increase children’s risk of multiple allergies, according to a study by University of Cincinnati researchers.
Infants who were exposed to basidiospores and the fungal spores Penicillium/aspergillus and alternaria in the air early in life had an increased risk of developing allergies later in life.
The children had an increased risk of allergy to:
- * Mold
- * Pollen
- * Pet dander
- * Certain foods
Fungus grows by releasing reproductive cells, or spores, into the air, and mold is a type of fungus. While previous allergy studies have focused on visible mold, this study is unique in that it focused on invisible airborne spores.
Mold grows in moist environments, including wood, drywall and cement. If mold is in your home, the researchers recommended resolving any moisture issues (roof or plumbing leaks, etc.) and following the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for mold removal.
In addition to the development of multiple allergies, many other health conditions can also be attributed to molds and mold spores, both in children and adults.
Sadly, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, asthma affects more than 4.8 million children in the United States, making it the most common serious disease among children.
Many research studies have confirmed that home exposure to molds can increase asthma and wheezing incidence in both children and adults.
And back in 2004, I reported on a research study that demonstrated that chronic sinusitis is actually an immune disorder caused by airborne fungus.
At a 2003 environmental medicine symposium in Dallas, studies of more than 1,600 patients suffering health issues related to fungal exposure were presented.
These problems included muscle and joint pain, fatigue, headache, GI problems, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression, vision problems, memory loss and many more.
Some molds produce toxic substances called mycotoxins . For example, the dangerous airborne mycotoxin from a slimy black mold called Stachybotrys has been associated with numerous lawsuits and insurance claims related to toxic houses or “sick building syndrome” and associated medical problems. (Serious home mycotoxin invasion requires professional removal or rededication.)
Since molds can grow on any moist surface in your home, the high humidity of the summer season signals increased mold growth and more health problems – for your entire family.
Along with obvious places such as shower stalls, air conditioners and damp basements, there can be many hidden sources of mold in your home. Particularly if you have had plumbing problems or leaks in your roof, mold may grow and release spores from places such as drywall, carpet or padding, even wood.
Hands-down, the most effective and simple overall solution to fight all the sources of mold in your home is to use a superior-quality air purifier. Unfortunately, this can be a very confusing area to discern which one might be best for you. Read the research and/or call your local environmental agency. I use air purifiers in my home and office, daily.
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Resin from the Boswellia serrata tree, an anti-inflammatory staple in Ayurvedic medicine, is now showing promise as a colorectal cancer tumor inhibitor, according to research carried out by Dr. Ajay Goel, director of epigenetics and cancer prevention at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, TX. Dr. Goel and his team have studied boswellia and its impact on colorectal cancer for the past 3 years and recently announced they have “multiple lines of encouraging evidence suggesting that in addition to its anti-inflammatory activities, boswellia is an important modulator of epigenetics in colorectal cancer, and very likely other human cancers as well.”
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In laboratory animals, supplements of the amino acid leucine (abundant in high quality proteins such as whey) reduced blood sugar levels and improved their ability to process fat. In supplemental animals liver levels of fat and glucose improved.
“It had effects that improved insulin sensitivity improved their ability to metabolize sugar and fats and their overall metabolism improved.”
Magnesium acts with and is essential to the activity of vitamin D and yet most Americans don’t get their reference daily intake (RDI) of this important mineral. Extensive research showing that vitamin D deficiency plays a major role in the development of many diseases, including a variety of cancers (breast, prostate and colon) as well as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, psoriasis and mental illness, has prompted many people to take vitamin D supplements. However, their effects are greatly reduced if magnesium is deficient.
R-Lipoic acid is a potent, water and lipid soluble antioxidant that, based on animal experiments, may prevent cataracts caused by oxidative stress in the lens. Since R-lipoic acid is both water-soluble and fat-soluble, it can get deep into the eye tissues and destroy free radicals that cause protein changes resulting in cataracts. Animals given chemicals to induce cataracts had a 60% reduction in cataract formation when treated with R-lipoic acid.
The omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is highly concentrated in the retina and supports the function of the light receptive retinal cones and rods. The retina contains higher concentrations of DHA than any other tissue of the human body. DHA is essential to the healthy functioning of the retina and macula.
Insufficient B-complex vitamins result in paralyzed eye muscles, itching, burning, light sensitivity, blood shot eyes and watering eyes. Nearsightedness is often a result of stress. The B vitamins are necessary for normal nervous systemfunction and may be the single most important factor for nerve health. Pantothenic acid (B5) in particular is an anti-stress vitamin. Thiamin (B1) is important for intracellular eye metabolism and riboflavin (B2) deficiency has been linked to cataracts. B-complex vitamins with extra riboflavin are recommended for hyperopia (farsightedness).
The largest study to date on the link between vitamin D and common respiratory infections, shows that people with the lowest vitamin D levels report having significantly more cases of cold and flu than those with higher levels.
Since vitamin D is produced in the skin from sun exposure, that could explain why most colds and flu occur in the winter when there is less sunshine. Vitamin D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the ‘oxidative burst’ potential of macrophages.
Olive leaf extract and its active component, oleuropein, appear to interfere with viral infection and/or spread by directly inactivating the virus or by preventing virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. It’s able to directly penetrate infected host cells and irreversible inhibit viral replication. Since this effect seems to apply to both active and latent viruses, olive leaf extracts could prove to be a major weapon against the common cold and flu, as well as many other viral and bacterial infections.
Bovine colostrum is another useful supplement for cold and flu protection. This thick, yellow substance, emitted by the mammary glands during the first 24-48 hours after birth, is rich in nutrients and immune factors that protect against invading organism and facilitate development of strong immune system. By boosting a weakened immune system, colostrum’s immune factors can help prevent such conditions as colds, flu, diarrhea, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, herpes, viral bronchitis, candidiasis and ear infections.
Resveratrol may improve how the human body responds to insulin, the hormone responsible for sugar and fat metabolism. Hungarian researchers report for the first time that a daily 10 mg dose of resveratrol is associated with reductions in insulin resistance in type-2 diabetics. According to the researchers:
“The present study shows for the first time that resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity in humans, which might be due to a resveratrol-induced decrease in oxidative stress that leads to a more efficient insulin signaling via the Akt pathway.”
Pomegranate extract from Verdure Sciences has been granted two new patents. This rich source of antioxidants, has been linked to improved heart health, but a growing body of science indicates the fruit protects against prostate cancer. Studies also report a role in joint health by slowing cartilage loss in arthritis. Ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, account for half of the fruit’s antioxidant ability behind the reported health benefits.
Astaxanthin, the pigment that gives krill oil its colour, can boost the body’s defense against obesity-induced oxidative stress, according to South Korean researchers. At a dose of only 5 mg daily, researchers saw a reduction in oxidative stress markers plus an increase in the blood’s antioxidant capacity … including a 193% increase in superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels.
Whey protein is a “functional food” with a number of health benefits. The biological components of whey (including lactoferrin, beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, glycomacropeptide and immuno-globulins) demonstrate a range of immune-enhancing properties. In addition, whey has the ability to act as an antioxidant, anti-hypertensive, anti-tumor, hypolipidemic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and chelating agent.
The primary mechanism by which whey is thought to exert its effects is by intracellular antioxidant. A number of clinical trials have successfully been performed using whey in the treatment of cancer, HIV, hepatitis B, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and as an antimicrobial agent. Whey protein has also exhibited benefit in the arena of exercise performance and enhancement.
Sarcopenia (skeletal muscle wasting with aging) is believed to underlie a number of serious age-related health issues. While it may be seen as inevitable, decreasing this gradual loss of muscle is vital for healthy aging. Elderly individuals are still able to respond to both resistance training and the anabolic signals provided by protein ingestion, provided specific amino acids, such as leucine, are present.
Whey protein, a rich source of these essential amino acids, rapidly elevates plasma amino acid levels, providing the foundation for muscle mass preservation. Several studies have shown whey protein to be effective in augmenting the effects of resistance exercise, particularly when taken in the hours surrounding the exercise training. Simple dietary and exercise strategies that may improve the maintenance of skeletal muscle mass could reduce the incidence of many age-related health issues and improve the quality of life for many aging folks.