chronic disease

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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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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Dr. Robert Young, Cellular Nutritionist

Dr. Robert Young, Cellular Nutritionist

“The pH level (the acid-alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. Extended acid imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body. Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced internal alkaline environment. A chronically over-acidic pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. In summary, over-acidification interferes with life itself leading to all sickness and disease!” “Researchers believe that disease is caused by excess acidity in our body that weakens all body systems. Caused by our high stress lifestyles, what we eat and pollutants, it affects virtually everyone. This forces the body to rob minerals – calcium and magnesium – from vital organs and bones. Our reserves are depleted, leaving the body vulnerable to bone density loss, heartburn, indigestion, blood sugar issues, weight gain – 68 conditions in all. When healthy, your body has sufficient alkaline reserves to balance it self – and naturally resists disease. The easiest way to help your body to be more alkaline is to drink alkaline water” Dr. Robert Young, Cellular Nutritionist Robert O. Young, MS, D.Sc., Ph.D., N.D. has been widely recognized over the past two and a half decades. Throughout his career, his research has been focused at the cellular level. Having a specialty in cellular nutrition, Dr. Young has devoted his life to researching the true causes of “disease,” subsequently developing The New Biology™ to help people balance their life. In 1994, Dr. Young discovered the reality of biological transformation of red blood cells into bacteria and bacteria to red blood cells. He has since documented several such transformations. Dr. Young’s research findings have been published in several noted journals, including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (Sympathetic Resonance Technology, Scientific Foundations and Summary of Biologic and Clinical Studies, Dec. 2002, Vol. 8, No. 6: 835-842.) He is the author of numerous articles and author and co-author of many books including The pH Miracle (2002), The pH Miracle for Diabetes (2003), The pH Miracle for Weight Loss...

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Dr. Don Corbert, MD.

Dr. Don  Corbert, MD.

“Hexagonal, alkaline water is especially effective in treating those with chronic disease.” “Your body thrives in an alkaline environment since it is able to detoxify more efficiently than in an acidic environment. In an alkaline environment your tissues get rid of impurities more efficiently. When cancer patients come into my office to begin nutritional treatment, their bodies are almost always very acidic and toxic. My first task is to get their tissues alkalinized with alkaline water.” “I have recommended alkaline hexagonal water to even my youngest patients. In 2005 a ten-year old girl and her parents came to my office in South Carolina. The girl had crippling juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and weighed only fifty-two pounds. Her hands were swollen like mitts, and her knees were swollen as large as softballs. I put her on hexagonal, alkaline water, one to two quarts a day. A week and a half later she was pain free, and her swelling was significantly diminished. When she arrived she was wheelchair bound, but she was actually able to walk without pain after only a week and a half of drinking hexagonal, alkaline water. Her parents were ecstatic. We raised the pH of her tissues. After a month, her hands were almost normal size.” Don Colbert, M.D., is board certified in family practice and anti aging medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center in Orlando, Florida where he has treated over 40,000 patients. Dr. Colbert is an internationally known expert and prolific speaker on integrative medicine (a combination of traditional and alternative medicine). Don Colbert, M.D. has been featured on Fox News, ABC World News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine, and many others. He’s the best-selling author of over 40 books including What Would Jesus Eat, The Bible Cure Series, as well as The Seven Pillars of Health (a New York Times best-seller) that together have sold over 4 million copies. Many of Dr. Colbert’s books are required reading at many medical schools around the world. Dr.Colbert is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Atlhletes. Dr. Colbert is also the president of Divine Health Inc., which distributes and sells nutritional supplements and...

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Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD.

Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD.

“Alkaline water rids the body of acid waste… After carefully evaluating the results of my advice to hundreds of individuals, I’m convinced that toxicity in the form of acidic waste is the primary cause of   degenerative disease.“ Dr. Sherry Rogers MD, Immunologist, Environmental Medicine is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology and a Diplomate of  the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and has been in private practice for over 26 years. Dr. Rogers lectures on her original scientific material worldwide, as well as giving advanced courses for physicians. She developed the Formaldehyde Spot Test and published her mold research in three volumes of the Annals of Allergy. She has published chemical testing methods in the National Institutes of Health Journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. In addition, she has published multiple scientific articles, authored 13 books including her most recent, The High Cholesterol Hoax, The High Blood Pressure Hoax, Detoxify or Die and Pain Free and has been environmental editor for Internal Medicine World Report. Dr. Rogers has appeared on numerous elevision and radio...

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