High doses of vitamin C weaken tumours

High doses of vitamin C could be a safe and potentially effective form of cancer treatment, scientists claim.

By injecting patients with it, they are able to get up to 1,000 times the amount than they would through eating. This amount of the nutrient, found in oranges, kale and peppers, actively hunts tumours when it enters the blood stream, research suggests.  It worked by weakening the cancerous cells, leaving them vulnerable to the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. 

Despite evidence showing the opposite, the high doses produced only mild side effects of frequent bathroom trips and a dry mouth. Vitamin C has been studied internationally as a potential treatment for cancer patients for more than four decades. Despite being known to help boost the immune system, proven results for its effects on cancer have been relatively scarce.

Previous research has even shown that it increases the risk of the disease by triggering a biological process that damages DNA.  Eleven brain cancer patients were given three infusions of vitamin C a week for two months for the study, which was published in the journal Cancer Cell.

Source  - Daily Mail

Deep breathing really does work

Yummy mummies have long sworn by breathing slowly to relax at their weekly yoga sessions.

Now scientists have found the idea of slow breathing is not mumbo jumbo, but actually works in the brain to create a sense of calm. An experiment found mice became significantly more blissful after their breathing was slowed down. While breathing exercises have been used for hundreds of years, and prescribed to panic attack victims, it was not known how they worked. 

Researchers led by Stanford University discovered the answer by accident after knocking out neurons in mouse brains which control breathing. A few days later, they noticed the animals, which were taking fewer fast, active breaths, were extraordinarily calm.

Source  - Daily Mail

Woman dies after being given Turmeric injection

A woman has died after receiving an injection of turmeric from a naturopath.
The common spice, used in curries, was partly responsible for the death of 30-year-old Jade Erick from San Diego in California, ruled a medical examiner. Ms Erick suffered a cardiac arrest caused by an adverse reaction to a turmeric solution administered intravenously.
A friend of hers told a local news channel she was interested in natural healing and her eczema had recently flared up, which could have led her to seek treatment. Turmeric is grown throughout India and in other parts of Asia and Central America. It is similar to ginger and its root can be ground into an aromatic yellow powder.

It has been used in traditional South Asian medicine for centuries for many conditions, and is often taken as a dietary supplement for conditions such as arthritis and stomach problems.

Source - Independent

More vegetables, less stress!

Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals to maintain a healthy lifestyle - and they relieve that end-of-the-day stress too.

Those who eat more vegetables throughout the day had less stress than those who didn't eat many, a new study found. Scientists say that people who eat between three and four daily servings of vegetables had a 12 percent lower risk of stress than those who only ate one serving or less. 

It builds on past research which found that particularly dark, leafy greens, such as spinach, are rich in folate, helping to increase the production of mood stabilizers in the brain including serotonin and dopamine.

The study, conducted at the University of Sydney in Australia, looked at 60,000 Australians who were age 45 or older. Researchers measured the participants' fruit and vegetable consumption, lifestyle factors and psychological distress at two time points: 2006-08 and 2010.

Source  - Daily Mail

Why yoga beats depression

Yoga can do more than just cure your back pain, it can also cure your depression. A new study has found that those with depression reduced their symptoms through the workout.

Previous studies have shown that yoga increases the production of serotonin - a mood stabilizer in the brain - and its emphasis in breathing, concentration and smooth movement helps reduce symptoms. Scientists say that this study underlines exactly why many doctors suggest yoga could even be a replacement for antidepressant drugs.

The study, conducted between Harvard University in Massachusetts and Columbia University in New York, held a 12-week integrative health intervention for 30 people, practicing yoga and breathing exercises.  Specifically, they practiced coherent breathing, where you take just five breaths per minute. The participants took classes in Iyengar yoga, which focuses on detail, precision and alignment in posture and breath control.

Subjects were split into two groups: one taking three classes a week and one taking two classes a week. All of them were diagnosed with major depressive disorder and were either on no antidepressant medications or on a stable dose of antidepressants for 3 months or less.

Source  - Daily Mail

Red wine compound can slow brain ageing

A substance found in red wine can help keep the brain young in a similar way to exercise and a low-calorie diet, scientists have discovered.
Resveratrol, which occurs naturally in the skin of fruits including grapes, blueberries and mulberries, can keep muscles supple and help protect connections between neurons in the brain, according to researchers at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Tests on elderly mice showed the compound significantly slowed brain ageing by preserving synapses called neuromuscular junctions, which relay movement signals from the brain to the muscles. Mice who had been given resveratrol from one year of age had more youthful neuromuscular junction synapses at two years old than those who had not.
“I believe that we are getting closer to tapping into mechanisms to slow age-induced degeneration of neuronal circuits,” said the study’s primary author, assistant professor Gregorio Valdez. 

 Red wine contains more resveratrol than white wine because it is fermented with the grape skins. However, wine lovers will be disappointed to hear that the alcoholic drink does not contain enough resveratrol to ward off old age.

Health warning over 'toxic' herbal tea after two people fall critically ill

Two people have become critically ill after drinking toxic herbal tea from the same Chinatown herbalist in San Francisco. 

A man and a woman were treated in hospital after consuming tea leaves bought from Sun Wing Wo Trading Company, the city’s public health department (SFDPH) confirmed.  They contained the plant-based toxin aconite, also known as monkshood, wolfsbane, devil’s helmet or the queen of all poisons.

The man in his fifties and woman in her thirties became gravely ill an hour after ingesting the plant, developing life-threatening symptoms including abnormal heart rhythms. Both grew weak and required resuscitation, remaining in hospital in intensive care. 

The pair fell ill on separate occasions, with the first incident occurring in February and the second in March. 

Health warning over 'toxic' levels of vitamin D sold in supplements

Hundreds of people in the UK are regularly taking toxic overdoses of vitamin D in supplements bought online, according to Britain’s leading testing laboratory.
Pills containing up to 2,250 times the recommended dose of the “sunshine vitamin” are putting people at risk of heart and kidney problems, according to the NHS lab, which said it sees two to three overdose cases every week.

Vitamin D, which is produced naturally by the body after exposure to sunlight, is needed for healthy bones. Around one in five people in gloomy Britain are thought to have a deficiency, which can lead to a range of symptoms from achey bones and fatigue to clinical depression. But taking too much of the vitamin can cause the body to absorb dangerously high levels of calcium, leading to other serious health problems including high blood pressure and nausea.

Source - Independent

Ditch the paracetamol and try acunpuncture

Acupuncture can be used to relieve pain in sufferers of repetitive strain injuries, new research suggests.

Currently patients with carpal tunnel syndrome - common in office workers - undergo physiotherapy or surgery to assist them. It is caused by a nerve in the wrist being squeezed and subsequently alters an area of the brain related to touch, scientists claim. But the new study found the ancient Chinese practice rewires the brain and helps to combat the aching and tingling sensations.

Participants were given brain scans after receiving electro-acupuncture - similar to the traditional method but instead uses electricity to generate impulses - on their affected hand. They were also assessed by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers after having the same treatment on their ankle opposite their injured hand. Others received 'sham' acupuncture - where placebo needles were placed near their affected region.

Both real and sham acupuncture patients said symptoms improved, the researchers also found.

Source  - Daily Mail