Saturday, September 30, 2017

If You Know What's Good For You ...(Part 29)

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Mental Health is Taking a Toll
Maru Gonzalez, Contributor
30 September 2017
Though the media’s attention has been largely focused — legitimately so — on surveying the extent of Maria’s physical destruction and addressing the 
evolving humanitarian crisis brought on by a shortage of food, water, medicine, electricity, and cell phone communication, little has been said about the growing impact of Maria on mental health.
Yet even before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island was in a critical state of “mental health deterioration,” made worse by a deepening economic crisis, high rates of poverty and unemployment, a cash-strapped Medicaid program, and an exodus of medical professionals to the mainland.
According to a 2016 epidemiological study by the Puerto Rico Administration of Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services, approximately 7.3% of Puerto Rico’s population has a serious mental illness (SMI) compared with only 4% of mainland Americans. And because of the fiscal crisis, patients have to wait longer to receive mental health services, which may help explain why 1/3 of island residents with SMIs are not currently receiving treatment.
For those with SMIs and other psychiatric disorders, a
growing body of research demonstrates that natural disasters exacerbate mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. But according to Ignacio Vila, a community mental health and substance abuse counselor who has worked in Puerto Rico for 30 years, “Everyone is at risk. Natural disasters can take a significant toll on one’s mental and emotional well-being, especially when basic needs are not met for an extended period of time, as is the case in Puerto Rico. The cumulative impact of little to no access to food, water, gas, electricity, and communication compounded by an overall lack of physical and financial security can be overwhelming.”
And because all of Puerto Rico was impacted –including the airport – evacuating the island is not an option for the overwhelming majority of its 3.4 million inhabitants.
As Vila puts it, “There’s no running away from the crisis. Many people are stuck in their houses without anything to distract them from the anxiety, uncertainty, and devastation they feel from seeing their livelihoods, their homes, and the island they love in ruins.”
According to Vila, the destruction wrought by Maria is particularly challenging for those grappling with mental illness and substance abuse. Most of his patients receiving inpatient treatment, for example, had to be evacuated before the storm: “How will they fare through all of this? Who can they go to for support? Where will they get their medication? Who can they call when the phones don’t work, when crisis hotlines are down and hospitals are closed?
Vila contends that because resources are scarce, community and familial support is paramount: “It’s important for all of us on the island to surround ourselves with family and friends, to meditate, to pray, to take care of ourselves and each other, to be patient, and to focus on our own resilience and the power of solidarity.”
Natural disasters also take an emotional toll on those with loved ones in the affected areas. For the millions of Americans with family and friends in Puerto Rico, feelings of guilt, sadness, heightened anxiety, helplessness, and general distress are commonplace – especially for those still unable to communicate with loved ones. Building community with other Puerto Ricans on the mainland to organize relief efforts and provide support is one way for those in the diaspora to stay connected to each other and to what’s happening on the island.
 “The road to physical, mental, and emotional recovery will be a long one,” says Vila. “We need all hands on deck.”
To assist with Puerto Rico’s relief efforts, consider donating to the  Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund.
For young women, poverty and poor mental health are a fact of life
Low pay, insecure jobs and debt is causing everyday financial problems – no wonder their mental health is suffering too
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Friday 29 September 2017
Whenever anyone says tritely that money can’t buy happiness, I wonder to myself if they have ever been truly skint. Solvency doesn’t guarantee happiness, to be sure, but grinding poverty and constant financial anxiety certainly make it very difficult. I know, I’ve been there, and members of my family still are. Just being able to afford the basics without facing that constant gnawing panic makes a hell of a difference to your general sense of wellbeing.
The latest report for Young Women’s Trust – a charity that supports women aged 16-30 who are in poverty, or on low or no pay – paints a glum picture. The Worrying Times (and never has a name been more apt) shows that a third of young people feel more anxious now than this time last year, with Brexit, money worries and housing the dominant reasons. Low pay and insecure jobs are on the rise, with a third of young people saying they have been offered a zero-hours contract, more than half worrying about their earnings, a quarter in constant debt and one in 10 skipping meals.
Financial anxiety, by definition, is an issue of mental health. It’s heartbreaking to think that almost four in 10 young people say they feel “worn down”, not words that those who are supposed to be at an exciting, carefree stage in their lives should be using to describe their day-to-day existence. Poverty has a habit of seeping into every aspect of your life – your diet suffers, your energy is sapped from constant worrying, and your lack of funds exacerbates loneliness and isolation.
The bureaucracy you face is labyrinthine and all-consuming, the systems in place and the hoops you have to jump through feel designed to humiliate. The way you are spoken to by people employed to help you can be so rude and uncaring that it brings you to tears. Perhaps you can’t afford tampons or toilet paper, sometimes stealing the latter from work. Your home might be cold and damp, causing a cough you just can’t shake. Your children, if you have them, often go without.
It’s unsurprising, then, that 45% of young women and 36% of young men are concerned about their mental health. Jenny, 27, a support worker who lives in Brighton, is one such young woman. “I am constantly worried about money,” she tells me. “From the time payday comes to the day before payday. My salary isn’t the best … so after rent and bills, I’m not left with a huge amount for general living costs.
“I do suffer with depression and anxiety anyway, and money has always been a huge contributing factor to that … I know there is a big link between depression and spending, and I do find that when I’m particularly low, I spend money on things that I think will make me feel better – but obviously, it contributes to my debt and makes me feel worse in the long run. I’m always worried about how I will ever get out of debt or be able to buy a house when I can’t even get out of my overdraft. It stops me sleeping too; I lie awake just thinking about how I’ll get to the next payday.”
It’s strange, in an era so focused on identity politics, that when activists speak of struggle, working-class women are so often forgotten. Austerity has hit them the hardest, they shoulder most of the caring burden, and many face gender discrimination to boot. Nearly 
half of young mothers regularly skip meals because they struggle to feed their children, and 27% of mothers aged 16-24 were using food banks or had used them in the past. Our financial system depends on their domestic labour, yet they are so often voiceless and forgotten. It is shameful.
It is young women of the lowest socio-economic group, DE, who were most worried about their mental health and who were most likely to report it worsening. These are not the kinds of people who are splurging on brunch and holidays – stereotypes that most young people find infuriating.
Of course, this is not the first generation to have suffered poverty. Many of us will have grown up knowing that our parents and grandparents went through difficult times when they were young and renting, or newly married and at the bottom of the career ladder. To an extent, youth is by its very nature a time of instability; you’re still working out where you’d like to be and how you’d like to look. But expensive housing and cost of living mean that what this generation faces goes beyond any usual struggle. The evidence that today’s young people are worse off than our parents were is indisputable.
Labour has succeeded in galvanising young people, many of them part of what is termed the “precariat”. Their latest commitments to social housing and rent controls is welcome. But there is more that could be done to help the hundreds of thousands of younger people suffering from the effects of low pay and high living costs. Raising the apprenticeship pay rate from the paltry £3.50 an hour would be a start. Giving young people equal pay, so that they don’t have to wait until they are 25 to be eligible for the national living wage, would also help.
Equalising financial support for jobseekers is crucial – housing benefit for 18-21s should be reintroduced, as should maintenance grants for students. There needs to be a crackdown on exploitative, zero-hours contracts and casual work, and – as the Guardian’s coverage of the country’s growing debt problem demonstrates – we urgently need to be giving pupils financial education in schools, such as teaching them the ins and outs of consumer credit agreements.
For the moment, however, young women like Jenny will continue to lie awake at night, wondering how they’ll ever make it to payday.
There’s still a long way to go when it comes to public understanding of mental health
Tom Connick
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Awareness may have risen, and we may be having more conversations about mental health than ever before, but there’s still a long way to go. New research shows that public understanding of what constitutes a mental illness may not be as great as we think, with many participants in a new study unable to identify symptoms and situations which are worthy of psychiatric help.
The survey, conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, found that while 86% of people believe they should see a consultant if they have cancer, the numbers of those who believe specialist treatment is needed for mental illnesses are significantly lower. Just 59% of people think that those with an eating disorder should be referred to a specialist, while only 44% of people thought alcoholism might require psychiatric attention. Additionally, 42% of people did not know that a psychiatrist is responsible for diagnoses of bipolar disorder. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is using the study as evidence that greater practical education on mental illness is needed, in order to fully equip people with the knowledge they need to look after their mental health.
President Professor Wendy Burn says: ‘The work done to tackle stigma has been astounding and I could not be prouder of the open culture we’re fostering about mental health. ‘But our poll shows that people do not fully appreciate how severe mental illness can be. ‘Psychiatrists are the only medically trained mental health professionals. When it comes to treating severe mental illnesses their input is irreplaceable.’ ‘Early intervention is crucial to avoid patients reaching a crisis – but this can only be done if the skilled workforce is there to intervene.’ Meanwhile, Dr Kate Lovett, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists says: ‘People with a severe mental illness should expect to see a specialist consultant, just as you would for a severe physical illness. ‘We need to raise awareness about the full spectrum of mental health to ensure everyone can get the right care at the right time.’

What’s clear from these results is that while we may be talking more about our mental health, we’re perhaps not giving enough focus to the practicalities of dealing with it – and an all too great proportion of the populace still don’t treat mental illness as a severe enough issue.
Overriding our genetic blueprint
Chris Nelson
28th September 2017
Your wellbeing has far more to do with what you make of your compelling possibility than how you make do with your genetic blueprint.
Whilst still a relatively new science, epigenetics featured on the front cover of Time magazine as far back as January 2010. Epigenetics is a new area of scientific study which investigates our genes, and the way in which they influence our lives. ‘Epi’ means above, so epigentic control means control over our genes. This science is putting forward a potent argument for the fact that our genes are effectively turned on or off according to our quality of mind, our lifestyle habits and our environment.
Some experts are even saying that 98 per cent of our genes can be influenced by outside factors.
According to Nessa Carey, in her book The Epigenetics Revolution:‘In short, epigenetics is where nature meets nurture. The grounds for excitement stem from the fact that this old and frequently sterile dichotomy is now being fleshed out with real knowledge of how genes are controlled and how they respond to life situations.’
It was Einstein who said, ‘The field is the sole governing agency of the particle.’ In simple terms what this means is that invisible forces are responsible for shaping the physical world. Echoing Einstein’s words, modern scientific experts such as Bruce Lipton are telling us that ‘energy and information fields’, not genetics, drive human physiology and biochemistry.
In other words, our thoughts, our attitudes and our perceptions about life (quality of mind) are primary in shaping the way that our genes express themselves. Some scientists are even saying that it is consciousness itself that creates the material world.
This is a wonderful example of how modern science is increasingly pointing backwards to ancient wisdom. Great masters have long said that our mind, once calm and focused, has the power to override our biology, and influence our surroundings.
They recognized that we each have a vibrating energy field, principally shaped by the quality of our mind, which impacts upon everything within and around us. So when we think positive or negative thoughts, each has a different impact on our inner, and surrounding, environment.
Our mental and emotional states are also key to our healing, because of the way in which they impact upon our subconscious mind and the systems of our body. When we acknowledge this role, we’ll understand how important it is that we don’t attach to negative thoughts and beliefs about our sickness, and therefore impede our own healing.
As Dr Mercola said: ‘If your thoughts and emotions play such a significant role in modifying your biology and your health (and I believe they do), then treating your emotions becomes an essential part of optimal health.’
It’s for precisely the reason that we are so impacted by our belief systems (positively and negatively) that I suggest that the placebo effect – our natural healing capacity – has the potential to be the strongest medicine that we have.
The placebo effect is proof of the fact that Mother Nature has everything under control. Her modus operandi is to always seek harmony, to rebalance what is out of balance, and to heal what is sick. This wonder of nature means that a fundamental element of the healing process is our own mind. The natural healing process is enhanced by both our calmness of mind, and what we believe to be true. For this reason, it’s extremely important that we have confidence in the healing system, the healer, and indeed your own part in the process.
More proof that deeply colored vegetables prevent cancer; purple potatoes found to stop tumors and inflammatory disease
by: Frances Bloomfield
Thursday, September 28, 2017
(Natural News) The frequent consumption of purple potatoes can decrease the risk of colon cancer, claim the researchers of a compelling new study. According to, the researchers came to this conclusion after they gave pigs a high-calorie diet that included purple potatoes. In doing so they found that the levels of a detrimental, pro-inflammatory protein declined considerably.
“What we are learning is food is a double-edge sword – it may promote disease, but it may also help prevent chronic diseases, like colon cancer,” said Jairam K.P. Vanamala, study co-author and professor of food sciences at Pennsylvania State University in State College.”What we don’t know is, ‘how does this food work on the molecular level?’ This study is a step in that direction.”
For their study, Vanamala and his colleagues utilized pigs, which are notable for having digestive systems similar to ours. These pigs were then fed three different diets for 13 weeks: a standard diet with five percent fat (or the control diet), a high-calorie diet composed of 17 percent added dry fat and three to four percent endogenous fat, and a high-calorie diet with both raw and uncooked purple potatoes.
After 13 weeks passed, the researchers analyzed the animals’ colonic tissues to determine the effects of their diets. Compared to the pigs who had been placed on the standard diet, the pigs on the high-calorie diet showed increased levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), an endogenous chemical suspected to increase the risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and colon cancer. By contrast, the pigs who had been supplemented with purple potatoes had IL-6 levels six times lower than the pigs belonging to the control group. Moreover, these benefits were observed in uncooked and baked purple potatoes.
Vanamala and his colleagues stated that the positive impact was most likely due to the nutritional content present in whole foods like purple potatoes. Not only do these foods contain macronutrients like proteins, but micronutrients and phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids too. Vanamala suggested that the abundance of bioactive compounds like phenolic acids and anthocyanins may have altered the IL-6 pathway and decreased the pigs’ susceptibility to colon cancer.
“For example, white potatoes may have helpful compounds, but the purple potatoes have much greater concentrations of these anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds,” Vanamala explained. (Related: Reduce the risk of lung and bowel cancer 40% by eating raw, pulverized garlic daily.)
He further added that these dietary changes showed identical beneficial results in mice, implicating that purple potatoes and other similarly colorful vegetables and fruits could hold the key to preventing colon cancer. “Instead of promoting a pill, we can promote fruits and vegetables that are very rich in anti inflammatory compounds to counter the growing problem of chronic disease,” Vanamala said.
The benefits of anthocyanins
In addition to lending purple potatoes their unmistakable hue, anthocyanins are responsible for their health-promoting qualities as well. These flavonoids have been shown to possess robust anti-carcinogenic and anti-toxic effects that can protect the body from cancer through various mechanisms. A 2008 paper by Ohio State University researchers Li-Shu Wang and Gary D. Stoner detailed them as such:
  • Athocyanins neutralize and eliminate free radicals, as well as boost the free radical-absorbing capabilities inherent in cells.
  • Anthocyanins can prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading without affecting normal cells.
  • Anthocyanins can hinder angiogenesis, a process wherein new capillary blood cells develop in the vascular network. Angiogenesis has been linked to tumor growth and metastasis.
  • Anthocyanins encourage the production of glutathione-related enzymes like the potent antioxidant glutathione reductase.
Where to get anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are especially abundant in brilliantly-colored foods. Cherriesblackberriesblack beans
red cabbage, red-fleshed peaches, and, of course, purple potatoes are all excellent sources of these incredibly beneficial compounds. The darker the better, so always pick the vegetables and fruits with the most striking hues.
To read up on the anti-carcinogenic properties of different foods, simply go to 
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Vitamin C Stops Cancer
By Dr. Mercola •
September 14, 2017
There are continual advances in science (as well as always some controversy), but new research supporting vitamin C's potential in preventing the advancement of several forms of cancer is some of the most promising and remarkable that's emerged in a while.
More specifically, vitamin C may stop leukemia stem cells from multiplying, which could prevent certain forms of blood cancer from advancing, the journal Cell reveals,1 along with pancreatic, colon, liver and ovarian cancers, according to several other notable medical journals and scientific reports.
An enzyme known as Tet methylcytosine dioxygenase 2 (TET2) has the ability to make stem cells "morph" into mature, normal blood cells that will eventually expire like normal cells. Stem cells, the study explains, are "undifferentiated cells that have not yet gained a specific identity and function."2
This ability helps patients with some blood cancers, including acute and chronic leukemia, because their stem cells haven't been directed to mature, per se. The cancer cells can regenerate and "self-renew" over and over, subsequently blocking the body's ability to produce normal white blood cells, which everyone needs in their immune systems to fight infection; some scientists call them "faulty" cells.3
Scientists found that a 50 percent decrease in TET2 activity can be enough to induce cancer, but it must remain low for the disease to keep advancing. New Scientist says mutations in TET2 are involved in around 42,500 cancers in the U.S. a year.4 About 13,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with myeloid dysplastic syndrome (MDS, sometimes referred to as preleukemia) and about 20,000 are diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) every year.5
Lead author Luisa Cimmino, Ph.D. assistant professor in the department of pathology at New York University's Langone's Perlmutter Cancer Center, explained that some leukemia patients have a genetic mutation that decreases the TET2 enzyme in their bodies, to varying percentages:
  • AML — 10 percent
  • MDS — 30 percent
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CML) — 50 percent

How Did Scientists Approach Testing Vitamin C as a Leukemia Remedy?
The above statistics, as well as previous research, sparked Cimmino and her cohorts to see if they could stimulate the TET2 enzyme genetically using vitamin C. According to Medical News Today:
"The researchers genetically engineered mice to lack the enzyme, having designed mouse models with the TET2 gene 'switched on' and 'off.' When the gene was off, the researchers found that stem cells started to malfunction. When the researchers turned the gene back on, these malfunctions were reversed.
It was known to the researchers that, in leukemia and other blood diseases that depend on TET2 genetic malfunctions, only one of the two copies of the TET2 gene is altered. So, they hypothesized that a high dose of vitamin C administered intravenously might compensate for the faulty copy of the gene by amplifying the action of the copy that still functions normally."6
When very high doses of vitamin C were added every day for 24 weeks, the progression of leukemia slowed down. In short, it worked. In fact, pathologist Iannis Aifantis noted, "We saw that that stops the growth."7 The vitamin C treatment also had an effect on leukemic stem cells that resembled DNA damage, Cimmino added.8 By the end of the mice injection portion of the study, the control group that got no vitamin C injections had three times the number of white blood cells, indicating pre-leukemia. New Scientist further explained:
"Dr. Benjamin Neel, [director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center,] hopes that high doses of vitamin C will eventually be incorporated into cancer therapies. People who have acute myeloid leukemia are often of advanced age, and may die from chemotherapy. Vitamin C in combination with cancer drugs may provide an alternative approach."9
They discovered high-dose vitamin C had the ability to stimulate a genetic mechanism to activate TET2 function via another mechanism called DNA demethylation, which kick-starts the genes that inform stem cells to mature and die as they should. A similar study even described high doses of vitamin C as "compensating" for TET2 mutations and restoring normal function, which is remarkable because transformation of normal cells into leukemic cells is usually irreversible.
Researchers: 'Where Do We Go From Here?'
For leukemia patients with the abovementioned genetic mutations, this research offers hope that intravenous treatment with vitamin C will be a key to unlock DNA demethylation, especially since in simultaneous clinical trials, the same therapy successfully stopped leukemia cancer stem cells the researchers transplanted to mice from human patients from growing in the mice. The researchers didn't stop there. They went on to find out if combining vitamin C with a class of anticancer drugs would boost its effectiveness.
The cancer drugs are called PARP inhibitors, a drug type that Cimmino explained is known to cause cancer cell death, aka apoptosis, by blocking the repair of DNA damage and is already approved for treating some ovarian cancer patients. When they implemented the combo therapy of vitamin C with the PARP inhibitors, they found that the effectiveness of the vitamin C actually increased, which further inhibited leukemia cells from being able to multiply. Neel further explained:
"Our results suggest that high-dose vitamin C — and it's important to note that this means doses that have to be administered intravenously — might have therapeutic benefit in TET2-mutant myelodysplastic syndrome, either alone or in combination with current demethylating therapies and/or PARP inhibitors."10
Neel added that clinical trials may also indicate that vitamin C with or without PARP inhibitors might also be helpful for patients with acute myeloid leukemia, also known as "TET2 mutant" leukemia and, in addition, another colleague planned vitamin C testing for acute myeloid leukemia cases considered intermediate and high risk.
Beyond that, some of the team members are said to be planning further research into vitamin C therapies combined with PARP inhibitors in additional models of acute myeloid leukemia for both preclinical studies and for primary patient samples, as well as other agents that might be synergetic with vitamin C.
Danish Research Into Vitamin C for Cancer Treatments
In mid-2016, scientists at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, reported that a similar therapy using vitamin C in combination with another drug, decitabine, "enhanced the drug's ability to impede cancer cell growth and trigger cellular self-destruction in cancer cell lines," according to Science Daily.11 The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.12
Additionally, at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, a pilot clinical trial based on the above findings is underway, with the help of adult patients suffering from MDS or AML. The trial is combining vitamin C with azacitidine, a similar drug that doctors assert is the "standard of care therapy." As Science Daily put it, "Many cancer patients are deficient in vitamin C; the proposed approach seeks to correct this deficiency rather than overload patients with the vitamin."13
Co-senior study author Peter Jones, Ph.D., also scientific officer at Van Andel Research Institute and co-leader of the Van Andel Research Institute-Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team, said that if the pilot is successful, the scientists plan to implement a larger trial to investigate the potential of the vitamin C strategy, not only because it's "straightforward" but also because it's a cost-effective strategy for improving existing AML and MDS therapy.
Jones noted, however, that caution would be necessary because there's no evidence a similar approach would work for other types of cancer or chemotherapy. However, other studies contend  that combined with nutritional ketosis and fasting prior to administering chemo, vitamin C radically improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Science Daily went on to explain that such combination therapies are becoming more common:
"Particularly when it comes to epigenetic approaches, which target the mechanisms that control whether genes are switched 'on' or 'off.' In cancer, these switches inappropriately activate or silence important genes, such as those that regulate cell growth and life cycle, ultimately leading to tumors.
Epigenetic therapies are thought to work in two ways to fix these errors in cancer cells — by correcting the 'position' of the gene switches and by making the cell appear as though it's infected by a virus, triggering the immune system."14
More to Consider Regarding Vitamin C for Cancer Studies
The Stem Cellar (the California Stem Cell Agency's official blog) refers to a study conducted at UT Southwestern and published in Nature15 when quoting San Diego Tribune's science reporter Bradley Fikes, who outlined the study's finding:
"[H]uman and mouse hematopoietic stem cells absorb unusually large amounts of vitamin C. When the cells were depleted of vitamin C, they were more likely to turn into leukemia cells."16
Sean Morrison, principal author of the Nature study, learned two interesting things: One, that in mice, "super doses" of vitamin C didn't help further reduce leukemia risk, so finding the right dosage is important. Second, vitamin C is a limiting factor in the function of TET2, because "people have two copies of the gene, one from each parent. When one of the genes is disabled, it's important to take the full recommended dose of vitamin C so the remaining gene can exert its full tumor-suppressing effect."17
Morrison added that while not all cancers grow or multiply when vitamin C is depleted, they're fairly certain that certain leukemias do. But it's something researchers are still exploring.
Scientists: Eating a Lot of Oranges Won't Have the Same Effect
Neel specified that eating a lot of oranges is not going to have the same effects on blood cancers that this therapy will it won't prevent everyone from getting cancer and high doses of vitamin C for humans will "most likely [be given] in combination with other targeted therapies."18 He explained:
"The mice were given 100 milligrams of vitamin C in each injection, the equivalent of about two oranges. But the average person weighs about 3,000 times as much as a mouse. Because the body stops taking in the vitamin after around 500 milligrams, any therapies would need to supply vitamin C intravenously."19
However, as I've said before, vitamin C is a very useful supplement that should be part of most cancer treatment protocols. While the only way to get the extremely high amounts of vitamin C into your blood as these studies describe is via intravenous application — which results in blood levels up to 500 times higher than what you can achieve through the oral route — eating foods high in vitamin C and taking liposomal vitamin C supplementation may help.
It should be noted that while oranges are the foods most people think of first as having the highest amount of vitamin C, that's not actually the case. Here are other foods that will prime your body with even more healthy amounts of this vitamin, according to Health.com20:
Chili peppers
Green bell peppers
Red bell peppers
Brussels sprouts
Sources and References
Alzheimer’s Disease Breakthrough
Sobia Sarwar
Published on September 9, 2016
What is Alzheimer's disease?
Alzheimer's disease, named after the doctor who first described it (Alois Alzheimer), is a physical disease that affects the brain. There are more than 520,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer's disease. During the course of the disease, proteins build up in the brain to form structures called 'plaques' and 'tangles'. This leads to the loss of connections between nerve cells, and eventually to the death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop. They also become more severe.
Recent Development
Over the years a lot of research has been carried out to treat Alzheimer's disease. In a recent study scientist have tested an antibody that can almost completely clear the visible signs of Alzheimer’s disease from the brain.
Researchers scanned the brains of people with the degenerative condition as they were given doses of the drug, which is based on an immune cell taken from the blood of elderly people aged up to 100 who showed no signs of the disease (Article).
Researchers have used 3 different doses of the antibody called Aducanumab. After a year, virtually all the toxic “amyloid plaques” that build up in Alzheimer’s patients appeared to have gone from the brains of those given the highest doses of the antibody.
“The study showed that the drug was first able to remove clumps of amyloid – a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s – from the brain of mice and also, excitingly, in people.
“What is most compelling is that more amyloid was cleared when people took higher doses of the drug.
“No existing treatments for Alzheimer’s directly interfere with the disease process – and so a drug that actually slows the progress of the disease by clearing amyloid would be a significant step.”
In addition to the significant benefit some side effects of the drug were also discovered during initial trials; such as headaches.
A large scale trial is already on its way around the world. A success will lead to huge milestone in efforts to prevent Alzheimer’s.
The study, led by scientists at pharmaceutical companies Biogen and Neurimmune, sparked major interest from experts in the field.
In the past a few trials based on the monoclonal antibodies have showed promising results however these trials were failed to deliver at phase III level. However we do hope a successful outcome of this trial at a later stage.
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