Homeopathy can kill pets and should be banned, say vets

Vets are calling for a ban on homeopathy for pets claiming animals cannot benefit from the placebo effect because they are unaware they are being treated.
Danny Chambers, who teaches at the University of Edinburgh, said that homeopathy has no basis in science and prevents the use of orthodox remedies, which can lead to unnecessary suffering and even death. More than 1,000 vets have now signed a petition, started by Mr Chambers, which calls on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to prohibit homeopathic treatments.
Writing in New Scientist, he said: “Amazingly it is still offered and promoted by a small number of vets in the UK. This is plain weird when you think about it. Animals do not experience a placebo effect because they are unaware they are being treated. Vets who practice homeopathy should not be permitted to use their professional standing to promote its validity."

Why broccoli really is a superfood

Eating broccoli could lower your risk of having coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer, a new study suggests. 

Flavonoids found within the 'superfood' could aid the body's response to diseases, scientists claim. Just consuming the vegetable once every three days could improve the immune system by aiding inflammation. And scientists believe they are now one-step closer to creating other vegetables such as kale and cabbage with mega-doses of phenolic compounds.   

Geneticist Dr Jack Juvik from the University of Illinois said: 'Phenolic compounds have good antioxidant activity, and there is increasing evidence that this activity affects biochemical pathways affiliated with inflammation in mammals. We need inflammation because it's a response to disease or damage, but it's also associated with initiation of a number of degenerative diseases.... '

Source  - Daily Mail

Ginger and acupressure 'options for morning sickness'

Taking ginger or using acupressure on the wrist may help some women with mild morning sickness, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says.
Its guidance suggests these therapies could offer alternatives to women who want to avoid medication. But it says anti-sickness drugs and hospital treatment are important in more severe cases. The recommendations are in line with advice from NHS watchdog NICE.
Nausea and vomiting affects about 80% of pregnant women.
Source  - BBC

Eating porridge reduces your chances of dying from cancers,

Amid the race to find a cure for cancer, a growing number of increasingly unexpected research areas are being explored by scientists. The most recent surprising claims come from a Harvard University study which found the humble breakfast porridge may have the power to protect against death from cancer.
The study is a meta-analysis of 12 studies about wholegrain and which involve a total of 786,076 participants. It found eating 70 grams of whole grain per day (the same amount as a large bowel of porridge) lowers the risk of death from all causes by 22 per cent. 
In particular death from cancer was found to be reduced by 20 per cent and death from cardiovascular disease by 20 per cent.

Source  - Independent

Coffee could protect against some types of cancer

Drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of liver and womb cancer, a new World Health Organisation (WHO) study reveals. The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has also reversed a 1991 decision that drinking coffee was linked to bladder cancer. 
The change of decision follows a new evaluation of more than 500 studies on the relationship between cancer and drinking different types of hot drinks such as tea, coffee and the popular South American herbal drink, maté.
The IARC team found that coffee drinking had no carcinogenic effects for cancers of the pancreas, female breast and prostate. For more than 20 other cancers, the evidence was inadequate to enable a conclusion to be made.

Source  - Independent

Could people with Down's syndrome benefit from green tea?

A chemical in green tea has been shown to improve memory, speaking and behaviour in people with Down's syndrome, doctors claim.
In a year-long clinical trial, the treatment led to improved scores on tests and improved quality of life, a study published in The Lancet Neurology found. The positive impact remained six months after the trial ended.
Brain scans revealed that the compound, called epigallocatechin gallate, altered the way brain cells connect with one another.

'This is the first time that a treatment has shown to be effective in the cognitive improvement of persons with this syndrome,' said Professor Mara Dierssen, senior author of the study and a researcher at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona.
While significant, she added in a statement, the results should not be interpreted as a 'cure'.
'But it may be a tool to improve these individuals' quality of life.'
Commenting on the study, experts described it as 'exciting' and 'an important piece of work.' At the same time, they cautioned the findings must be validated in additional trials.

Source  - Dailly Mail

Is barley key to better heart health?

Barley is the latest in a long line of foods to be hailed a 'superfood'. The grain could hold the key to improving heart health, experts believe.
They found eating barley or foods containing the grain significantly reduced levels of so-called 'bad' cholesterol.
High cholesterol is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, increasing a person's risk of heart attack and stroke. The study also indicated that barley has similar cholesterol-lowering effects as oats, which is often the go-to grain for health benefits.

Barley reduced both low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and non-high-density lipoprotein, or non-HDL, by seven per cent, researchers at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Their findings are the result of a review of 14 studies on clinical trials conducted across seven countries, including Canada.

Source  - Daily Mail

Are migraines triggered by a lack of sunshine?

A lack of the sunshine could be triggering migraine attacks in children, teenagers and young adults, a study has found.
Migraine attacks cause dizziness, nausea and headaches - and although painkillers and other drugs can ease the symptoms, they only work for some patients.
Now a study has found a lack of vitamin D, vitamin B2 or riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) - an enzyme the body produces to help energy for cell growth and maintenance - in a high percentage of migraine sufferers.

Vitamin D is produced by the skin when its exposed to sunlight and is also founds in foods such oily fish and eggs. Riboflavin is also found in milk, eggs and rice helps keep skin, eyes and the nervous system healthy and the body release energy from the food we eat. 

Source  - Daily Mail

Mediterranean diet 'may reduce risk of breast cancer returning'

A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fish and olive oil may reduce the risk of breast cancer returning, a small study suggests.
Research on more than 300 women with early-stage breast cancer reinforces earlier work which suggests diet may play an important role in cutting cancer risk.

Presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (Asco) conference in Chicago, the study involved 199 women eating their normal diet and 108 who ate a Mediterranean diet.
A Mediterranean diet includes vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, fish, olive oil and whole grains, while being low in red and processed meat, and with alcohol kept to a minimum. 
People who are considered to get maximum benefit from the diet have less than one drink a day for women, or one to two for men, and fewer than three servings of red meat per day. They also eat several servings of fruit and vegetables per day, one serving of wholegrains and up to four servings of fish per week.

Source  - Independent

Prince Charles: I use homeopathy in animals to cut antibiotic use

Prince Charles has proposed a solution to the growing crisis of antibiotic over-use in animals and humans, telling an international gathering of scientists and government officials in London that he treats his own cows and sheep with homeopathy.
In front of the government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, who once told a parliamentary committee that homeopathy in humans was “rubbish” and that she was “perpetually surprised that homeopathy is available on the NHS”, the prince explained to delegates from 20 nations and organisations why he had turned to homeopathic remedies for animals.
“It was one of the reasons I converted my farming operation to an organic – or agro-ecological – system over 30 years ago and why we have been successfully using homeopathic – yes, homeopathic – treatments for my cattle and sheep as part of a programme to reduce the use of antibiotics,” he said.

Organic food is no healthier than normal produce, professor says

Organic food is not better than other produce in Britain because food standards are already so high, a leading expert in food sustainability has said.
Professor Louise Fresco, author of Hamburgers in Paradise, argues that European standards mean that pesticides are used so far before the harvest that no residues remain when they reach shoppers. She also warns that organic farmers are wasting land by not using fertilisers which boost crops and says there is little evidence to show organic food is healthier. Speaking at The Hay Festival in Wales, she said: "There is really no indication in general that organic food is healthier. The chemical composition of the apple is the same whether it's an organic apple or not. When most people think about organic, it's ok at least it doesn't have the toxic residues of pesticides on them. That's true, it shouldn't be the case, however in Britain and in Europe with the rules we have, we cannot have toxic residues and other pesticides because the pesticides applications needs to be very long before the harvest so in principle you do not have UK apples that have pesticide residues."

Scientists claim they've finally cured stretch marks with green tea.

Stretch marks may soon fade from memory thanks to a cream which is claimed to stop them in their tracks. And its secret weapon? Green tea.

Solution for Stretch Marks is billed as the first effective treatment and could help older mothers, whose skin is more prone to scarring. The culmination of four years of research at the University of Manchester, its key ingredient is a compound found in green tea which calms red, angry skin.

The lotion, which has just been launched, is designed to tackle marks as they appear, so is not expected to have any effect on existing ones. Stretch marks arise when deep layers of the skin are stretched and torn, essentially creating a miniature wound, and a wide variety of ointments claim to reverse the damage. 

However, a recent review in the British Journal of Dermatology concluded that very few actually work, causing anxiety for women. 

Source  - Daily Mail

Black salve problems.

A woman was left with a huge gaping hole in her nose after using an alternative treatment she thought would would cure her skin cancer.
A truly gruesome video documents what happens after she rubbed black salve - an ointment which burns and destroys skin tissue - onto her face and forehead.
Within a few days of applying the paste, horrifying inch-wide black and green scabs appeared as the salve ate away at the skin. She was left with an unsightly crater in her nose - through which she could draw air - and needed major reconstructive surgery to rebuild it.

The product is commonly classified as an escharotic - a paste which burns and destroys skin tissue and leaves behind a thick, black scar called an eschar.  The U.S.Food and Drug Administration has listed it as a 'fake cancer treatment' and is actively trying to ban it.

In the UK, the British Skin Foundation says there is 'no evidence' black salve can treat skin cancer. Writing in an internet forum discussing cancer treatment, the women said had been diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma, the most frequently occurring type of skin cancer. It is highly treatable and hardly ever deadly - and she was advised she needed Mohs micrographic surgery.

Source  - Daily Mail