The Power of the Placebo – When is it okay

The placebo effect is a very interesting bane in scientific research. It cannot be easily dismissed, nor can it be readily explained. Yet it is a factor in clinical research, and scientists must deal with it scientifically as an abnormality. The real question, is the placebo the only actionable method of action at work, or is the procedure, drug or chemical being tested (the alternative hypothesis) actually “doing something”. Should we have research that accepts where the placebo is scientifically effective, and where it isn’t? Scientists rarely study the placebo effect, because it can be problematic to isolate variables. In addition, allopathic medicine tends to think of the placebo effect as a negative factor. Researchers and doctors could accept it as a viable and ethical factor to healing, if fully disclosed. That is to say is there enough evidence to warrant using the good side of the placebo, scientifically, to […]

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The “Mac-Do” Effect

Most people have been to McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, or any number of popular fast food restaurants. Our first experience is either as a young child when our parents seek to provide a relief from proper parenting, by purchasing some sort of “happy meal”, where the purpose of the food is anchored in the toy included in the meal or our attempt to save some money during our growing up years. Thus, the last 30 years we have seen a surge in the growth in the fast food industry in markets globally, where fast food formats have become infused into the diets and cultures of peoples around the world in what I call the “Mac-Do” effect. That is: traditional culinary delights in many countries have been displaced by french fries, cheap hamburgers, soda’s and deserts and with each emerging generation some sort of sick homogenization of a poor global […]

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Axio an Alternative to Harmful Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks are widely used around the world by millions as a quick way to “feel better”.  It is a hundred billion dollar economy with many popular products such as Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster, Full Throttle and others.  This list of course doesn’t include all the sodas, coffee and many other products which habitually, more than anything, have connected people with short term fixes, hard relapsing crashes and potential negative side effects. These energy drinks often use very high amounts of caffeine and sugar and other substances that are artificial and potentially harmful.  They deliver on that “quick energy” promise, but the long term affect is one that scientists and doctors are now raising the alarm, and should not be consumed on a regular basis, if at all.  LifeVantage has recently released an alternative, cutting edge innovation that solves these problems, satisfies the demands of customers, and is actually “good for you”. In a recent article […]

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Diet drinks linked with heart disease and death

I find it amazing most people think diet soda is healthy because it has less to no calories.  Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.  Billion dollar companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi aren’t really interested in health and wellness, right?  Of course a 12 can of “Coke” with nearly 40g of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), is chemically toxic, containing a dramatic “punch” of processed sugar that is nearly instantly converted into belly fat, increases insulin resistance (over time), and increase cancer risks due to an increase sugar intake that feeds out of control cancer cells. However a recent study shows that diet soda consumption is linked with an increase in heart disease and increased mortality rates. Reference: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101536768 This study shows: “Researchers found women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular “event,” and 50 percent more likely […]

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Amazon has sellers with Counterfeit Supplements

I buy from Amazon all the time, if you find the right seller, you get a really good deal., and Amazon themselves has good prices on the goods they sell.  What most people don’t understand is Amazon is a marketplace.  There are thousands of “sellers” like those on eBay or other places like Craigs List etc.  A recent article talks about one aspect that I agree.  Do not buy dietary supplements and healthcare products off Amazon.  Its too risky.  Its easy to validate if your iPod cover works, or if your book is the the “real deal”, but there are many reports of sellers selling vitamins or other supplements and they are not what they say. I also don’t understand why somebody would not buy a food supplement from the best quality and reliable source possible, but then I guess to “save a dollar” is ever present on ones mind. […]

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Antioxidant Vitamin’s May be Harmful

Vitamin’s Harmful? Recent large scale studies now suggest that Vitamin supplements such as Vitamin C or Vitamin E may not be healthy, and may be harmful.  Scientists have known for a long time that free radical damage was the cause of most of the major diseases related to the natural aging process, and at its root, the process that is paired with natural aging.  In an attempt to curb this process, even scientists suggested that Antioxidant supplements like C or E would lower the levels of oxidative stress in the body, reducing the signs and effects of aging. Most people think that if some is good, better is more, so many companies addressed this problem by suggesting that their customers use products that are high in dosages of Vitamins.. particularly those with antioxidant capacities.   However, recent research shows that this may not be the case, and infact taking antioxidant […]

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Heart Disease not prevented by Multivitamins

In a recent study, it was shown that multivitamins does not offer benefits for the prevention of heart disease. I found the study particularly interesting because Centrum Multivitamin’s used in the study are just cheap bad chemical vitamin’s, not wholefood vitamins. This is something I’ve said for a long time, cheap chemical vitamins are not healthy, and don’t help. Infact they can be harmful. However, while the study addresses Heart Disease, it did indicate that it can reduce the risk of Cancer. I suppose the real proof is in the quality of the vitamin, real food being the best source, and then wholefood supplements being the next best approach. If somebody is going to take any form of a supplement or vitamin, it should have peer reviewed, clinical research to suggest it is effective. The supplements that I endorse do, as is the case with wholefood vitamins. I get my […]

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Revelar – A Measure of Oxidative Stress

I’ve been watching this one for a while now. The gold standard in measuring oxidative stress is a test known as TBARS, it is a well-established screening and monitoring of lipid peroxidation. Its often called reactive species test or lipid peroxidase test. See my this page about where to get a TBARS test. But most of us aren’t going to draw blood, and unless we have access to a lab, its very hard to conduct the test. Even labs that can do it, must follow the protocol exactly. There must be an easier way to measure oxidative stress. About a year ago I inquired of the manufacturer of a product called Revelar. According to them, their device detects and measures aldehydes in the breath. Aldehydes are known to be indicators of free radical damage. Does it work? I don’t know, but it appears promising. They have a new model that […]

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American Cheese is not Cheese

I’m not sure why such pride is taken in labeling American Cheese “American”. Is it american to take something good and real and imitate it with favor and color? Maybe. However, American Cheese is not cheese, it just isn’t. It doesn’t even taste good. Sure its cheap, its only redeeming value I suppose, however its certainly not healthy. It used to be it contained real cheese, but no longer. What’s in American cheese? Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Sodium, Phosphates, Lactic Acid, Coloring and crap. Count me out on American Cheese. Why can’t we have good cheese and call that American Cheese! Part of the problem I think is how its processed, so manufactured, maybe that’s the American icon being represented. Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cheese

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Curcumin again on Cancer

A chemical found in curry is to be tested for its ability to kill bowel cancer tumours in patients. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17959521 I found this article very interesting.  Reminds me of another study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20924967 Curcumin is very interesting.  Its also a mild Nrf2 activator, but just not a very powerful one, yet powerful enough.  Anyway some interesting stuff to read in those pages above.

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