Disease

Kidney stones

Kidney stones

Kidney stones are formed in the kidneys, originally starting as tiny specks of solid substance. As more material clings to the first speck, it gradually builds into a solid object. The substances are made out of phosphates, urates, etc. They are salts of phosphoric acid and uric acid generally combined with calcium and/or magnesium. They are formed in the kidneys because the environment is too acidic. These salts are acidic salts. Although calcium and magnesium are in the salts, they are there to soften the poisonous effects of uric acid and phosphoric acid. Some people mistakenly believe that kidney stones are formed because there is too much calcium. That is not true. The best proof is that the calcium compound will dissolve in acidic urine while kidney stones will not. If you add calcium into the bladder and lower the acidity of the urine, kidney stones will dissolve. Drinking plenty of alkaline water will prevent the kidney stones from forming to begin with, and even after the formation, it can dissolve them. Because urine is acidic and so are most of the other waste products, any extra calcium your body doesn’t need will be dissolved and discarded in the urine. In the process, it will help dissolve kidney stones, if any. There is no need to worry about too much calcium consumption. Kidney Disease As the body produces more acidic wastes, the kidneys get more taxed because they have to remove those acids from the blood. Nephritis, uremic poisoning, bladder diseases, etc. are all acid- related conditions which can be improved by the consumption of alkaline water. It also helps control osmotic pressure in the kidneys (Reverse Aging ~ Sang...

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Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements May Not Prevent Fractures

Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements May Not Prevent Fractures

For most people, the evidence doesn’t support any bone benefit of the popular supplements. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent group of health experts, reviewed research on the role of vitamin D and calcium supplements in preventing fractures, and found that adding 400 IU of vitamin D and 1000 mg of calcium to a healthy diet does not lower risk of fractures in post-menopausal women, and that for younger women and for men, the studies are too inconclusive to support regular use of the supplements. “It’s important to keep in mind that the presumption is that the people we are talking about here do not have known bone disease, they don’t have osteoporosis and they are not vitamin D deficient,” says the task force chair Dr. Virginia Moyer, a pediatrics professor at Baylor College of Medicine. “This is supplemental, so this is above and beyond getting what the expert consensus is for what you should be getting everyday.” See More: osteoporosis To come up with its recommendations, published in the the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Task Force commissioned two reviews of the available studies to date on the subject and a meta-analysis on vitamin D supplementation with or without calcium to investigate the association of vitamin D and calcium levels on bone health as well as the adverse effects of taking the pills. The task force concluded there isn’t enough evidence to show that getting more vitamin D and calcium than what healthy people get from their diet, and from healthy exposure to sunlight, which prompts vitamin D formation, offers much of a benefit. “Unfortunately for the studies that are out there, they have the regretable problem of having a wide variety of patient populations and a variety of doses. At the beginning it looks like there’s a lot of information, but actually there is a little bit of information here, and a little bit there, which is very hard to combine,” says Moyer. The task force is recommending against daily supplements of less than 400 IU of vitamin D and less than 1,000 mg of calcium for preventing fractures in postmenopausal women. “We are making it clear that using relative low doses is ineffective, but I think that is kind of known already,” says Moyer. On the other hand, the panel concluded that there was not enough evidence to make a recommendation on daily supplements greater than 400 IU of...

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Household Chemical Linked to Heart Disease

Household Chemical Linked to Heart Disease

Sept. 4, 2012 — A chemical known as PFOA, found in common household products, may be linked with heart disease , stroke , and peripheral artery disease, according to new research. “Even at the low exposure levels of PFOAs found in most Americans, there is a positive association between increasing levels of PFOAs and cardiovascular disease,” says researcher Anoop Shankar, MD, PhD, MPH. Shankar looked at data on more than 1,200 men and women, on average in their 50s, collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). PFOA is used to make lubricants, polishes, paper and textile coatings, food packaging, and fire-retardant foams. Levels of this chemical have been found in the blood of more than 98% of Americans. The chemical stays in the body for years. The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. While other studies have found a link between PFOA and heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure , fewer have looked at levels of the chemical and actual cardiovascular disease, which is defined as heart disease, heart attack , or stroke diagnosed by a doctor. Even so, Shankar stresses that he found only a link, not cause and effect. PFOA & Heart Disease The men and women were divided into four groups, depending on blood levels of the chemical. They reported if they had heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. They were tested for peripheral artery disease, a narrowing of blood vessels outside the heart due to plaque buildup. As blood levels of PFOA increased, so did cardiovascular disease and peripheral artery disease, Shankar found. That held even after taking into account risk factors such as age, sex, race, smoking status, and diabetes . Compared to those in the lowest PFOA group, those in the highest were two times as likely to have cardiovascular disease and nearly two times as likely to have peripheral artery disease. Shankar says, however, that the heart disease may be driving the PFOA level, not vice versa. “People with heart failure have poor kidney function; it is possible [these findings are] due to retaining more PFOAs in those with severe heart disease.” “It is [also] possible that the association we are observing is due to a third, yet unknown, unmeasured factor,” he says. It’s too soon, he says, to suggest avoiding PFOA to reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Can You Avoid PFOA? Paul Pestano,...

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Arsenic Found in Rice at High Levels

Arsenic Found in Rice at High Levels

Sept. 19, 2012 — Arsenic is found in a wide variety of rice and rice products, sometimes at levels that are higher than safe limits set for drinking water, new tests confirm. Separate test results were released on Wednesday by Consumer Reports, the FDA, and by Lisa Madigan, the attorney general for the state of Illinois. Madigan has been testing rice products as part of a state investigation into arsenic in food. Based on its tests of 60 products, Consumer Reports says kids and adults should watch how much rice they eat from various sources (like rice milk and rice cereal) to lower their exposure to arsenic, which has been linked to cancer , heart disease , and poor brain function in young children. “First and foremost, I want to warn parents that every rice cereal product we tested contained arsenic. These results are shocking because rice cereal is often a baby ’s first solid food,” Madigan says. “Parents and caregivers should moderate the amount of rice products they feed their children.” The FDA’s tests of 200 different rice products show levels of harmful inorganic arsenic that are in line with tests performed by Consumer Reports. The magazine analyzed rice products including infant cereals, regular boxed cereals, rice cakes, rice milk, and brown and white rice. Both organic and nonorganic rice products were found to have arsenic. Eating one serving of rice at the highest levels found in the studies could expose a person to more arsenic than the EPA allows in drinking water. Based on their findings, Consumer Reports and Madigan have called on the FDA to set limits on arsenic in rice and rice products. The agency says the issue needs more study. They are continuing to check rice products, with a goal of testing 1,200 by the end of this year. For the time being, regulators say there’s not enough evidence to tell people to limit rice in their diets . “Our advice right now is that consumers should continue to eat a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of grains — not only for good nutrition but also to minimize any potential consequences from consuming any one particular food,” says FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD. Rice Growers Respond Rice producers fired back at Consumer Reports. In a lengthy rebuttal posted on the USA Rice Federation web site, they called the magazine’s investigation “incomplete...

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Psoriasis Linked to Diabetes

Psoriasis Linked to Diabetes

People With Severe Psoriasis at Twice the Risk of New-Onset Diabetes Aug. 29, 2012 (Munich, Germany) — The chronic skin disorder psoriasis may raise the risk of diabetes , a large study shows. The risk is highest — about two-fold higher — in patients with the most severe psoriasis, says researcher Ole Ahlehoff, MD, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, in Denmark. “Our results underline the importance of considering patients with psoriasis as a high-risk population in terms of diabetes and [heart disease and stroke ] risk. Screening for diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors in these patients is warranted,” he says. Diabetes is a well-known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Previous studies have shown that people with psoriasis have twice the risk of heart attack , stroke, and death compared to people without the skin disorder, Ahlehoff says. The findings were presented here at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. Inflammation a Common Link Psoriasis is a common inflammatory disease affecting about 125 million people worldwide, Ahlehoff says. Diabetes shares an underlying inflammatory process, so it makes sense that psoriasis would be a risk factor for new-onset diabetes, he says. To test the hypothesis, the researchers examined about 4.5 million Danish national health records that included information on office visits and use of medication by people who were 10 years old or older in 1997. People who already had psoriasis or diabetes were excluded. Over the next 13 years, more than 52,000 people had psoriasis, of whom 6,784 had severe psoriasis. People with psoriasis were 56% more likely to develop diabetes than people without the skin disorder. The risk was 49% greater for people with mild psoriasis and two times higher for people with severe psoriasis. Most cases were type 2 diabetes , Ahlehoff says. The findings held true even after the researchers took into account other risk factors for diabetes. Ahlehoff suggests people with psoriasis undergo annual testing for diabetes as well as for heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol . American Heart Association spokeswoman Rose Marie Robertson, MD, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, says the study doesn’t show that psoriasis causes diabetes, just that there is a link between the two disorders. “The association seems clear and the common theme appears to be inflammation,” she says. “But it could be...

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Cancer

Cancer

Dr. Keiichi Morishita in his book, “The Hidden Truth of Cancer,” states that if the blood develops a more acidic condition, then these acidic wastes have to be deposited somewhere in the body. If this unhealthy process continues year after year, these areas steadily increase in acidity, and their cells begin to die. Other cells in the affected area may survive by becoming abnormal; these are called malignant. Malignant cells do not respond to brain commands. They undergo a cellular division that is out of control. This is called cancer. Modern medicine in America treats these malignant cells as if they were bacteria or viruses. It uses chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat cancer. Yet none of theses treatments will help very much, if after all the acidic environment remains. Drinking water that has a high alkaline pH, because of its de-acidifying effect, will help in preventing cancer. In Asia, alkaline water is regularly served to cancer...

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