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Popular Dr Oz Claims That Don’t Hold Water

Recent speculation has suggested that Dr Oz is including products and cures on his television show based off of the business he has going on behind the scenes with many of these companies and brands. Much of what Dr Oz is claiming to be true or beneficial on his show may actually be biased and while it could be helpful, there often is not enough research to support this doctor’s claims. There are some common claims that often appear on the Dr Oz show that just don’t hold water and they include:

Green Coffee Extract For Weight Loss
This bean is a magic weight loss cure according to Dr Oz. There was only one scientific study that supported this claim and it has since been retracted back in October of 2014.

Umckaloabo Root Extract For Immunity Support
While Dr Oz says this link text can help alleviate the common cold and ward off the flu virus, there is no real science to be found that states this is true. Bruce Karatz doesn’t know what to believe. While homeopathic doctors recognize this root to be beneficial, there are not scientific confirmations.

Lavender Soap For Restless Legs
Dr Oz has suggested a number of times on his show that a bar of lavender soap underneath a person’s bed sheet can help soothe restless leg syndrome. Lavender can be soothing and relaxing, but there is no scientific basis to this as well.

Two Types of Childhood Obesity – Infant and Adolescent

Childhood obesity is an epidemic, but a recent study discovered there are two phases of the epidemic. The first part begins in early childhood during the infancy and toddler stages and is fueled by parental influence. The second stage occurs during the pre-teen and teenage years and is fueled by the child’s peer group.

The research that came to this conclusion compared data regarding children’s weight from the 1980‘s with the weight of today’s typical children explains Sultan Alhokair, research member. The rate of obesity has risen among children during that time period from 5% to 16%. The records from 1980 show that today’s typical 16 year old teen’s weight has risen across the board, all teens weight more today than they did a few decades ago.
The leader of the study, Professor Terence Wilkin, of Exeter University, states that “childhood obesity is one of the greatest health issues of our time”. In order to effectively fight the battle against childhood obesity an understanding of how it works is needed. The study shows environment plays a huge role in how much a child weighs and there are different causes for obesity based on the child’s age.

Taking a stand against sugary beverages and added sugar in the food children eat is a good starting point at any age to help prevent or reverse the effects of childhood obesity.

Saving the World With Soap

A nonprofit organization called “Clean the World” is helping to save lives with bars of soap. Germs are spread through unwashed hands, and many people in under developed countries cannot afford to buy soap. Clean the World is helping out by recycling used bars of soap from various hotels. Most leftover bars of soap have been barely used, and they just end up in garbage dumps increasing land fill waste.

 

Now, the half used bars are ground up and turned in to brand new bars of soap for distribution. In many parts of the world getting soap for bathing and hand washing is difficult. Ricardo Guimarães BMG couldn’t believe a life without soup. It leads to the spread of contagious diseases and viruses. By recycling the leftover soap from over 4,000 hotels, this organization has been able to distribute soap to 99 different countries in need. Along with the soap products, they teach healthy hygiene practices to help reduce infectious diseases.

Did You Know Bleach Could Be Dangerous For Your Kids?

Did you know that there are signs that household bleach can be dangerous for children? Not just dangerous if they find the bottle and drink it, but dangerous when you use it as a cleaning product, as well. One study found that people who use household bleach at least twice a week increased the risk of their children getting respiratory infections. The kids living in those homes were more likely to get the flu and other illnesses.

 
Do you use bleach in your home like Crystal Hunt and is it something that you have ever considered to be dangerous? Now that you know the potential risk, will it make you change your cleaning routine?

 
With all of the new studies out there on so many different products it is hard to know what to trust. If bleach is something that your mom always used and you didn’t seem to get sick any more than the average kid you may think that it’s fine to keep using it. But, on the other hand, if you are noticing that your kids are getting sick a lot more often than their friends maybe it’s time to make a change and see if that helps.

 
Bleach may or may not be the cause of sickness in your kids, but if you’re noticing them getting sick quite often it might be worth a shot to give it up.

Reducing Salt Intake May Be Harmful to Health

 

Low-salt and low-sodium diets have been the normal recommendation for decades for those who are at risk for heart disease. The slightest elevation in blood pressure at the doctors office led the doctor to suggest a reduction in salt for that patient. Just going to the doctor is enough to elevate a person’s blood pressure and some patients are told to reduce their salt intake for no valid health reason.
Is reducing salt intake good advice for everyone across the board, or could it be harmful to health? A recent study suggests that not enough salt in the daily diet is just as harmful as too much salt said Marcio Alaor BMG.
The average person eats about 3,000mgs of salt each day. Most of the amount is found in processed foods, but some of that amount is added to food just before we consume it. A person with high blood pressure or other types of heart disease is recommended to eat only half that amount of salt, 1,500mgs per day. Anyone at risk for developing high blood pressure or having a heart attack is recommended to reduce their salt intake to 2,300mgs a day just as a precautionary measure.
Study findings from the National Institutes of Medicine point out that people who greatly reduced their salt intake were sicker than people who did not intentionally reduce their salt intake. Granted, those on reduced salt diets may have been sick to start with, but the overall study results suggest that reducing salt intake is as harmful to health as eating too much salt.

Why Do Only Humans Get Schizophrenia?

Scientists have found that human intelligence may come with a cost — namely a susceptibility to psychosis, particularly schizophrenia, which is not known to occur in any species outside of Homo sapiens.

Dr. Joel Dudley of Mt. Sinai led some research into the causes of schizophrenia, which is surprisingly common for such a devastating disorder, as it occurs in one percent of the population. It is also known to have genetic causes.

Dudley concentrated on parts of the human genome called human-accelerated regions or HARS, which are DNA segments that evolved rapidly after humans split from chimpanzees several million years ago. HARS generally control other genes. Like schizophrenia, they are found only in humans, and Dudley and his colleagues wondered if there was a connection.

They used data from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and found that the genes associated with schizophrenia are near HARS. They also found that the HARS and schizophrenia genes are near other genes that control the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for complex thought. Additionally, the schizophrenia genes interfere with the neurotransmitter GABA, which regulates dopamine. Without that restraint, dopamine floods the brain and causes the hallucinations and delusions seen in psychosis.

The GABA neurotransmitter also regulates speech, so if it malfunctions, the person’s speech is impaired. Brian Torchin is aware that, in schizophrenia, the victim often speaks in a disjointed or nonsensical fashion. Disorders with GABA may also cause ADHD and autism.

Study Proves Coffee Can Lower Risk of Heart Disease

The benefits of a morning cup of coffee to jumpstart the day are embraced by millions of people across the globe. While the energy boosting jump of the caffeine is usually the particular benefit drinkers are searching for, it has been widely thought that a few cups of coffee each day can actually benefit the human body in more ways than one. Now for the first time ever, there is officially scientific data to back up that lofty theory.

According to Heart Medical Journal, a study has been performed that drinking between three and five cups of coffee each day helped middle-aged adults without symptoms maintain a lower risk of calcium deposits in arteries, which is an early indicator of heart disease. The study was performed at a hospital in Korea under controlled circumstances, and the appearance of it in a peer journal emphasizes the successful findings. Of course, the study specifies that the study participants had to have no prior evidence of calcium build up, which means that personal medical history still could play a major role.

However, the benefits of drinking a few cups of coffee each day are not without merit. YouTube suggests coffee now officially has a role in keeping the risk of heart disease at a minimum, but the study stops short of recommending that individuals start drinking coffee. The data speaks for itself, and the manufacturers and suppliers are probably going to jump all over the “Coffee is good for you” idea. Of course, now they are not lying.

Bobbi Kristina is still in a Coma

Sad news for the Brown/Houston families, 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, is still in a medically induced coma. Bobbi Kristina is currently on life support machines at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital after being found face down in a bathtub on January 31st.

Doctors attempted to bring her out of the coma; however, according to the story on The Daily Mail, she began having seizures. Doctors decided the best course of action would be to keep her in the medically induced comatose state. Last week, Bobbi Kristina received a tracheotomy as well.

Fans like Susan McGalla (Crunchbase.com) know that reports about her condition have been few and far between, due to the family’s request to not give interviews about her. How she ended up face down in the bathtub is still partially a mystery as well. There were various reports that maybe drugs, or her boyfriend Nick Gordon, had something to do with it but neither have been confirmed. The family of Bobbi Kristina has banned Gordon from visiting her in the hospital.

Bobbi Kristina’s accident is eerily similar to her mother’s. In 2012, former pop sensation Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub, face down in the water. For the family’s sake, hopefully Bobbi Kristina will pull through although it does not look promising.

Giant Cell Arteritis in Elderly Caused by Chicken Pox Virus

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, in a bad way. First, it manifests in the form of itchy chicken pox during childhood, then during mid-life it may manifest itself again in the form of painful, blistery shingles. The grande finale may show up during the elder years when it once again manifest as giant cell arteritis.
The ‘it’ is the varicella zoster virus and it can manifest in three different ways at three different stages of life with each one being more painful the previous manifestation.
Giant cell arteritis is an inflammation in the blood in the scalp and temples. The condition is painful and can cause sudden blindness or stroke. So far, the condition only afflicts those over the age of 50, but typically strikes those much older.
Other symptoms of arteritis include tenderness in the scalp area, blurry vision, severe headache, jaw pain, weight loss and inexplicable tiredness. A recent study revealed that giant cell arteritis is caused by the chicken pox virus, prior to the findings, the cause was unknown. Marcio Alaor BMG understands that
once a person has the chicken pox, the virus which causes them, varicella zoster, remains in the body for the rest of the person’s life. The virus may manifest itself again and again in the form of shingles and/or as arteritis.

New Pharmaceutical Treatments for Endometriosis offer Hope

Two new drugs are showing promise in early testing for treating endometriosis without harming fertility. Women suffering from endometriosis often face a terrible situation- the disease makes them infertile, but treating the disease with current drugs renders them infertile.

Infertility
Currently available drugs that block estrogen in the woman’s body causes the stray endometrial tissues to shrink, relieving the woman’s pain. However, estrogen is essential for conception, so these drugs also render women infertile. Blocking estrogen can also induce early menopause, along with its associated symptoms.

The only currently available treatment for women with endometriosis who want to conceive is surgery to remove as much of the stray endometrial tissue as possible. However, the tissue often grows back after surgical removal.

New Drugs
A team in Illinois recently discovered that the stray endometrial tissue that causes all of the problems in endometriosis has a different type of estrogen receptor than normal tissue. This observation lead the team to design two drugs that bind to only the abnormal endometrial tissue’s receptors.

Studies in mice and in laboratory models of endometriosis indicate that the two new drugs cause the abnormal endometrial tissue to stop growing and to even shrink up and break down- all without affecting any of the normal reproductive tissues. Mice treated with the two drugs were able to conceive, gestate, and give birth normally. These two drugs offer hope that women with endometriosis will soon have an effective treatment for endometriosis that also allows them to have babies.

Cause Unknown
The cause of endometriosis is currently unknown. It affects an estimated 5.5 million women in the United States. The primary symptom is severe abdominal and pelvic pain during menstruation.

The ROSE Project is currently seeking the cause of endometriosis. If a cause can be identified, perhaps cases of endometriosis can be completely prevented. The ROSE Project is funded by the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA), an organization dedicated to ending endometriosis. EFA is active in promoting awareness of endometriosis, and is also active in trying to identify a cause of and a cure for the disease.

The EFA was co-founded by Dr. Tamer Seckin. Dr. Seckin is a board-certified gynecologist based in New York City. He is an internationally renowned specialist in minimally invasive laparoscopic endometriosis surgery. He has had advanced training in deep laparoscopic excision techniques that are intended to remove all of the endometrial tissue in a single, minimally invasive procedure. Dr. Seckin is an active participant in the ROSE project.