December 2010 Newsletter

Intestinal Enzyme Helps Maintain Population of Beneficial Bacteria

According to Science Daily, an enzyme that keeps intestinal bacteria out of the bloodstream may also play an important role in maintaining the normal microbial population of the gastrointestinal system. Since the loss of beneficial bacteria that usually results from antibiotic therapy can sometimes lead to serious health problems, a treatment that maintains microbial levels could have significant benefits.
"Our mouse studies confirmed that giving this enzyme by mouth keeps the gut healthy, in terms of the microbes that usually live there," says Richard Hodin, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Surgery, senior author of the report in the November issue of the journal Gut. "This could prevent infection with dangerous bacteria like...Read more

Acupuncture Really Works...Back Pain, Arthritis, Headaches & More reports that studies show conclusively that acupuncture works for certain health conditions--but no one knows exactly why.

The Oriental perspective says that a flow of life energy in our bodies (called qi in Chinese medicine) moves through channels, or meridians, maintaining health. Along these meridians are acupoints. When acupoints are stimulated by very thin needles (which usually cause very little discomfort), the flow of qi is balanced and strengthened, preventing and relieving health problems

Here are problems that acupuncture has consistently been shown to help...Read more

EMFs & Acupuncture Meridian Research
    Radiation emitted from cell phones exposes the users brain (and pineal gland) to high levels of potentially dangerous EMFs, as well as exposing others who may be sitting a few feet away during transmission.

    Current research links long-term exposure to harmful electromagnetic radiation with chronic disease as well as cancer. This is not just from cellular phones (and the towers), but from electrical cords and electronic devices, TVs, computers, car engines, cordless phones, AC circuits, pagers, and watches.

    Harmful electromagnetic frequencies are a slow drain on the healing power and regenerative capacities in the body.

    For example, the battery used in the operation of a wristwatch has been shown to weaken the meridians which run through the wrist, such as heart, lung, large intestine, small intestine, and hormone meridians...Read more

    Did You Know???
      • Acupuncture provides better headache relief than medication.

        Recent finding: 62% of headache sufferers felt less pain after acupuncture...only 45% had less pain after taking medication such as aspirin, Advil or Vicodin.

      • Adding vinegar to a meal slows the glycemic response.

        The glycemic response, which is the rate at which carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream, is slowed by 20% when vinegar is added to the meal.

        Reason: The acetic acid in vinegar seems to slow the emptying of the stomach, which reduces risk for hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), a risk factor for heart disease, and helps people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition.

        Ways to add vinegar to meals:
        • Use malt vinegar on thick-cut oven fries
        • Marinate sliced tomatoes and onions in red-wine vinegar before adding the vegetables to a sandwich
        • Mix two parts red wine vinegar with one part olive oil and use two tablespoons on a green salad.

      • Combining vaccinations increases risk for fever-related seizures in toddlers.

        The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and chicken pox vaccines often are administered in a four-in-one combination shot called ProQuad.

        Recent finding:  Children ages one to two who receive the ProQuad shot are twice as likely to suffer seizures within seven to 10 days after the injection than children who receive separate MMR and chicken pox vaccines.

        In this Issue:
      Intestinal Enzymes Beneficial

      Acupuncture Really Works

      EMFs and Acupuncture Research

      Did You Know???
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