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Lyme Disease Dr Phil

Lyme Disease Dr Phil

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks, and on the West Coast, black-legged ticks. These tiny arachnids are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Although people may think of Lyme as an East Coast disease, it is found throughout the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. That’s 1.5 times the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer, and six times the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year in the US. However, because diagnosing Lyme can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme may be misdiagnosed with other conditions. Many experts believe the true number of cases is much higher. source: https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/lyme-disease/about-lyme/

A New Name for High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Would high-fructose corn syrup, by any other name, have sweeter appeal?

The Corn Refiners Association, which represents firms that make the syrup, has been trying to improve the image of the much maligned sweetener with ad campaigns promoting it as a natural ingredient made from corn. Now, the group has petitioned the United States Food and Drug Administration to start calling the ingredient “corn sugar,” arguing that a name change is the only way to clear up consumer confusion about the product.

“Clearly the name is confusing consumers,” said Audrae Erickson, president of the Washington-based group, in an interview. “Research shows that ‘corn sugar’ better communicates the amount of calories, the level of fructose and the sweetness in this ingredient.” source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/a-new-name-for-high-fructose-corn-syrup/comment-page-19/?_r=0http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/a-new-name-for-high-fructose-corn-syrup/comment-page-19/?_r=0

New York City Rats are Hosts to at Least 18 New Viruses

October 19, 2014

rat-controlA new study has found that New York City’s rats are hosts to at least 18 new viruses, never before encountered and unknown to science. There is a risk of a “a public health nightmare.”

The research was conducted by a team from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, who analyzed viruses in Manhattan rats.

“Everybody’s looking all over the world, in all sorts of exotic places, including us. But nobody’s looking right under our noses,” Ian Lipkin, a professor of neurology and pathology at Columbia, told the New York Times. source: http://rt.com/usa/197268-rat-ny-viruses-pathogens/

The truth about Cholesterol by Dr. Joel Wallach

The truth about Cholesterol by Dr. Joel Wallach

The 90 Essential Nutrients for Life – with Dr. Joel D Wallach

The 90 Essential Nutrients for Life - with Dr. Joel D Wallach

May 6, 2016 - Can you get all the nutrition you need from foods, or do you need extra vitamins? While some people swear by multi-vitamins, others say the pills go to waste. see more on - Do It Yourself Cures II

Is Carrageenan Safe? (The Hidden Ingredient that Could Be Making You Sick)

by Andrew Weil, M.D. source: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401181/Is-Carrageenan-Safe.html

Over the years Dr. Tobacman has published 18 peer-reviewed studies that address the biological effects of carrageenan and is convinced that it is harmful to human health. In April 2012, she addressed the National Organic Standards Board on this issue and urged reconsideration of the use of carrageenan in organic foods.

In her presentation, Dr. Tobacman said that her research has shown that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. She explained that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. This is bad news. We know that chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and cancer.

Dr. Tobacman also told the board that in the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. And she reported further that when laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop "profound" glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes.

She maintains that both types of carrageenan are harmful and notes that "degraded carrageenan inevitably arises from higher molecular weight (food grade) carrageenan." Research suggests that acid digestion, heating, bacterial action and mechanical processing can all accelerate degradation of food-grade carrageenan. 

All told, I recommend avoiding regular consumption of foods containing carrageenan. This is especially important advice for persons with inflammatory bowel disease.

Carrageenan 101

Used primarily as a thickener and stabilizer—meaning it helps retain form and flavoring—carrageenan can be found in many processed foods and products. It is especially prevalent in boxed non-dairy milks like almond and coconut milk, so those who are lactose-intolerant, follow a Paleo diet, or choose not to eat dairy are exposed to higher levels of the product.

Alternative health specialists, including Dr. Andrew Weil, claim that the ingredient is toxic to the body, specifically causing inflammation, which can lead to cancer, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s, among other negative health results. source: http://www.wellnesstoday.com/beauty/the-hidden-ingredient-that-could-be-making-you-sick

 

Food with and without Carrageenan

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