Homeopathy company recalls products after they’re found to contain ANTIBIOTICS

A homeopathy company has recalled some of their products because they might contain traces of a real antibiotic.
Terra Medica of Ferndale, Washington, described the products they're recalling as not containing antibiotics or antibiotic substances, but now they will now be conducting a voluntary recall of 56 lots of products.
The recall was ordered when the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) found that the process the company used to make six of its products could have contaminated the products with penicillin.

Homeopathic remedies are usually highly diluted and are not supposed to contain any active medicines.  As a result, the FDA has chosen not to regulate homeopathic remedies as they are generally harmless.
Unless they claim to cure a serious condition, such as cancer, the FDA doesn't usually ask the companies to prove their products are safe or effective.

Source  - Daily Mail

Natural ingredient in fruit may stop spread of killer disease

Eating three peaches a day could help people beat breast cancer, according to a new study.
U.S. research found that treatments with peach extract inhibited the spread of breast cancer when tested on mice.

'Cancer cells were implanted under the skin of mice with an aggressive type of breast cancer cell, the MDA-MB-435, and what we saw was an inhibition of a marker gene in the lungs after a few weeks, indicating an inhibition of metastasis when the mice were consuming the peach extract,' Dr Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, a food scientist at Texas-based AgriLife Research, said in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
'Furthermore, after determining the dose necessary to see the effects in mice, it was calculated that for humans it would be equivalent to consuming two to three peaches per day.'

Source  - Daily Mail

Carrots can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

They're best known for supposedly helping us to see in the dark.
But carrots could also be a much more powerful force for good health, at least for men, new research shows.
Scientists have found that regularly eating the brightly-coloured vegetables appears to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by almost a fifth.

Men who included carrots as part of their regular diet, eating them at least three times a week, were 18 per cent less likely to develop a prostate tumour, according to findings published in the latest European Journal of Nutrition.
The study, by scientists at Zhejiang University in China, pulled together the results of ten smaller studies from different parts of the world looking at the anti-cancer effects of carrots.
This type of research, called a meta-analysis, is performed when findings from lots of studies with small numbers of patients produce conflicting findings.
Some research has suggested carrots do protect the prostate against disease, others have found little or no benefit.

Source  - Daily Mail

Could sending texts KILL you?

Texting and using mobile devices for long periods of time could lead to a lower life expectancy, according to a new study.
Chiropractic experts believe the hunching posture adopted by phone or tablet users can cause breathing problems, leading to cardiovascular issues later in life and a higher risk of death in older age. 
The study, by the UK United Chiropractic Association (UCA), says that poor posture could pose as big a risk to a person's health as obesity.

The new research could also suggest a link between forward leaning postures that people use while texting, going online, sending emails and playing video games, and hyperkyphosis, which is associated with pulmonary disease and cardiovascular problems.

The research suggests that when someone drops their heads and rounds their shoulders while looking at a phone or tablet, it is harder for them to take a full breath because of the restriction to their muscles.
In addition, the ribs cannot move properly so the heart and lungs cannot function to their full effectiveness. More often than not, people do not know they could be doing serious long term damage to their body because the short term effects are not as noticeable, the study says.

Source  - Daily Mail

Three beneficial colloids and the conditions they can help treat

Many cultures throughout history understood that certain colloids – solutions in which one substance is evenly dispersed throughout another substance at the microscopic level – contained important medicinal properties. After all, if a certain substance possessed proven healing properties in its natural state, then its colloid form – which increases its surface area and absorption levels – would naturally intensify those properties.
Below is a list of three popular colloids available today and the conditions they’re renowned for treating. Though most people are probably familiar with colloidal silver, the other two might be new to you.

Colloidal silver – Infections of all kinds

Silver’s antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties have been cherished for centuries. In fact, many ancient people, such as the Persians and Babylonians, preserved their water by placing it in silver vessels. It wasn’t until the early 20th century, however, that silver in its colloidal form achieved prominence as a medical aid.
Colloidal silver’s greatest benefit is its ability to prevent bacteria from reproducing in our bodies, ultimately eliminating them completely. If you’re suffering from a cold or stomach flu, for instance, then taking a few teaspoons of colloidal silver per day will help fight the infections. Additionally, colloidal silver can be used topically. If you have a sore or fungal infection on your foot, simply apply the silver to the affected area. If you have an infection in your ear, you can add silver droplets directly into it. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a single infection that colloidal silver cannot treat; it’s even been known to kill superbugs.

Could MUSHROOMS prevent cervical cancer?

Everyone knows that mushrooms are a nutritious and low-calorie addition to a meal but now new research suggests they could also combat cancer.
An extract from a Japanese mushroom kills the sexually transmitted virus HPV that can cause cervical cancer.
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common, and highly contagious, infection that affects skin and the moist membrane linings of the body, for example, in the cervix, mouth and throat. More than three quarters of all women acquire the virus during their lives and some strains can cause cervical cancer.
But American research found the extract active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) – which is found in shiitake mushrooms - may play a role in preventing HPV-related cancers.
In a study using mice, AHCC led to the eradication of HPV within 90 days.
It also decreased the rate of cervical tumour growth. 
Associate professor Dr Judith Smith, of the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School, said: ‘The results of this study were very encouraging.
‘This study, initiated in 2008, shows that by itself AHCC has the potential to treat the HPV infection.’ AHCC works as an immunotherapy, which is a treatment that uses a body's own immune system to help fight disease.

Source  - Daily Mail

Vitamin D – could it stop 'modern’ diseases?

Scientists often liken the process of discovery to doing a jigsaw. At first, few pieces fit and the picture is a mystery. Then suddenly two or three pieces lock together and an image starts to take shape.
This is what is happening in the study of apparently unrelated, chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, diabetes and asthma. These conditions are increasingly common both in the UK and elsewhere; their causes have puzzled doctors and scientists for decades. Now pieces of the jigsaw are starting to fit together – and they focus on vitamin D which is produced naturally in the skin when exposed to sunlight.
A deficiency in this crucial vitamin, thanks to our increasingly indoor lifestyles, is already blamed for the reappearance of rickets, the painful and deforming bone disease in children, in the UK. But gradually, evidence is emerging that links low vitamin D levels to a rise in a whole host of “modern” diseases, some of which were virtually unheard of in the pre-industrial era.

St John's wort blights contraceptive

Women on hormonal contraceptives such as the pill are being warned that they could fall pregnant if they take the herbal remedy St John's wort.
In the last six months the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has received two reports of suspected interaction leading to unplanned pregnancies. The risk applies to the combined and progesterone-only pill and contraceptive implants like Implanon. It is unclear about the coil. The MHRA says there is no data to judge.
Since 2000, the MHRA has logged 19 suspected interactions with hormonal contraceptives - 15 resulting in an unplanned pregnancy and four in irregular menstrual bleeds.
St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a herbal medicine traditionally used to relieve slightly low mood and mild anxiety. It is made from a plant with a bare trunk and yellow flowers, which grows mainly in Europe, Asia and North America.

Vitamin D – could it stop 'modern’ diseases?

Scientists often liken the process of discovery to doing a jigsaw. At first, few pieces fit and the picture is a mystery. Then suddenly two or three pieces lock together and an image starts to take shape.
This is what is happening in the study of apparently unrelated, chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, diabetes and asthma. These conditions are increasingly common both in the UK and elsewhere; their causes have puzzled doctors and scientists for decades. Now pieces of the jigsaw are starting to fit together – and they focus on vitamin D which is produced naturally in the skin when exposed to sunlight.
A deficiency in this crucial vitamin, thanks to our increasingly indoor lifestyles, is already blamed for the reappearance of rickets, the painful and deforming bone disease in children, in the UK. But gradually, evidence is emerging that links low vitamin D levels to a rise in a whole host of “modern” diseases, some of which were virtually unheard of in the pre-industrial era.

Could Buddhism help treat ARTHRITIS?

Worrying about arthritis and other chronic illnesses will make them worse - because much of the pain is in the mind, scientists claim.
A new study claimed positive thinking - such as Buddhist meditation techniques - will be a major step forward in helping sufferers. Encouraging patients not to brood about conditions would be better than blocking symptoms out with painkillers - which is expensive and may do more harm than good, the scientists say.
A pioneering study into the ‘pain matrix’ has revealed those subjected to bursts of heat from a laser tended to feel the burn more if they were expecting it.
The University of Manchester findings funded by Arthritis Research UK have shown for the first time that the abnormalities in the way the brain experiences pain may be to blame for the long-term misery suffered by osteoarthritis patients. And the study shows that counselling may be more effective than painkillers in helping sufferers live with their illness, particularly since they depend on pain to tell them when they are putting too much stress or pressure on their joints.

Source  - Daily Mail