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Friday, June 19, 2015

A B Vitamin Can Prevent Some Skin Cancers │ Probiotics that Lower Triglycerides │ Placenta-Eating │ 'The Female Viagra?'

The caution of the possibility of some rain for later yesterday was most certainly fulfilled ─ it may have begun as early as 4:00 p.m.

It was a thorough, gentle rain, but it never seemed to stop until this morning.

We certainly needed it.

Today took its time becoming sunny again, being quite a  mix of  heavy clouds and blue sky; but into the afternoon, the Sun prevailed.  I even spent a half-hour sitting on a chair in the backyard facing into the Sun while I was wearing only a pair of shorts.

My wife Jack surprised me with an exceptionally early call this morning, and said that she would be seeing me soon ─ she had called to ask about our supply of eggs, and whether there was any bacon in the fridge icebox.

I was working on a new post at my Thai-Iceland website, and had barely gotten into it when I heard her car honking out in the carport, summoning assistance with carrying in the groceries it had brought home. 

The time was well ahead of 9:00 a.m.

Jack did some excellent cooking and some cleaning; and although she was tempted to try for a nap, she never did.

When she came into the house, she said that she was not feeling well, and had not been for several days.

The poor lady will not be getting much rest today ─ she left here perhaps 11:30 a.m. to return to Vancouver, and had ahead of her a 1:00 p.m. appointment with her lawyer, and a 2:30 p.m. appointment with a physiotherapist.

Both appointments related to a traffic accident she suffered while parked ─ last Fall, I think.  Another car with inattentive occupants drove into the back of hers.

There was no question that no blame accrued to Jack ─ she had been parked at least a minute prior to the incident.

That's about all I know, however.  If she was at the side of the road, or just stopped in a lane, I have no idea. 

Her home visit threw awry plans I had been hatching to go for a hike to restore my beer supply, for I was feeling a little haler than I had been the previous couple of days.

Anyway, after she was gone, I resumed work on the post I spoke of, and then saved the draft when it was about half-done ─ I plan to complete and publish it tomorrow.

Since Jack's departure, though, I have been feeling uncomfortably anxious.

I tackled a bit of a workout with my 42½-pound dumbbell ─ one-arm knee-curls ─ after I had saved that post draft, and the exercise did help my spirits once I was done.  Nonetheless, I am in some danger of descending into some depression.

I feel fruitless, and of scant worth.  No doubt, it is arising from my lack of accomplishment these past few days.

And many other greater issues.

Simply put, I am feeling thwarted and undermined ─ even by myself.

I had one rather amusing experience this morning with Jack.

This past weekend, my witless younger brother Mark had pulled down part of the outdoor Christmas lights that were strung above the living room window.  At the time, he was weeding-out some morning glory vines.

Due to burgeoning shrubs growing in front of that part of the house, placement of a step-ladder is awkward ─ and that is all the ladder we have.  It will not be an easy matter to get the ladder close enough to the window to staple the lights back up.

I was going to make an effort while Jack was here, but she stopped me.

She exclaimed that I would only fall because the ladder was not good enough.  It was better that her oldest son Tho (he's 20) do the task.  Apparently ─ according to her ─ if he fell, he would be okay.  Since I am 65 years old, my frail frame would only incur serious damage.

And even if Tho were to break something in a fall, he's young and would heal.  I would not be as likely to bounce back.

I'll maybe do the restoration early some other day ─ or enlist Mark over the weekend.  One of us can hold the ladder while the other ascends.

Jack's concern can be delightfully touching at times.

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About a week ago, the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) reported on a study with welcome results indicating that vitamin B3 in the form of nicotinamide appears to prevent some skin cancers:
If there ever was a place where they know about the sun -- and skin cancer -- it would be Australia.

An awful lot of folks living on that continent get skin cancers. In fact, more than half its population is expected to get either of the two most common types, basil and squamous cell carcinomas, which 2.2 million Americans are also diagnosed with each year. While these are less serious than melanoma, they can leave scars and can possibly result in death if ignored.

So when the Aussies released a recent study that identified a supplement capable of helping to prevent the disfiguring disease, well, that was big news. Especially since what they found is readily available, easy to take and about as cheap as it gets.

So what was the big skin-cancer prevention discovery from Down Under? It was a simple form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide. (Look for nicotinamide on the label or as part of a B complex supplement).

The study was done by doctors from the University of Sydney, who enlisted 386 people afflicted with basil and squamous cell skin cancers. The subjects were given either two 500 mg vitamin B3 or a placebo.

After a year, researchers found the volunteers who took the B3 to be 23 percent less likely to develop a subsequent cancer than those who took the placebo. They also had 20 percent fewer pre-cancerous lesions after nine months.

Researchers believe the benefits of nicotinamide in skin cancer prevention include both the protection it offers the immune system and its ability to repair DNA damage due to ultraviolet light exposure.

The dermatology professor who led the study called it "the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin, together with sensible sun protection."

And best of all, it's a simple vitamin you can start using right away, whether you've ever had skin cancer or not.
I searched for the study, but it may not yet have been published in full.  All I could uncover was this abstract or summary:  Oral nicotinamide to reduce actinic cancer: A phase 3 double-blind randomized controlled trial.

However, here are a couple of other reports on it:
I think sauerkraut  is pretty cheap, too, isn't it?

No, it's not going to help prevent skin cancer in any fashion that I have heard about, but Dr. William Campbell Douglass II reported on a study indicating other good news relating to the dish ─ this is a report from about six days ago:

Slash skyrocketing triglycerides with this simple hot dog topping
You know me by now. I don't give two shakes of a rat's tail about your cholesterol levels beyond making sure they're HIGH enough.

Most folks suffer from cholesterol that's too LOW, thanks in large part to years of bad diet advice and of course statin drugs, which do not prevent, treat or cure any known disease.

But there's one fat pumping through your pipes that really can do you in.

Triglycerides are just as bad as you've heard -- if you've heard anything about them at all. The higher your levels, the higher your risk of suffering from heart disease, heart attack, stroke and more.

So why isn't ANYONE talking about triglycerides? Easy: There's no drug to treat them, so there are no ads to assault you 24/7 and no docs paid to talk them up.

That's just how I like it, because you don't need their help knocking down triglyceride levels.

All you REALLY need is a topping you put on a hot dog!

Sauerkraut is one of nature's superfoods, naturally packed with powerful probiotic bacteria -- and new research reveals why. Two strains of the heathy bacteria found in sauerkraut in particular can dramatically slash your triglyceride levels.

Over 12 weeks, supplements with two species of Lactobacillus -- L. curvatus and L. plantarum -- cut triglycerides by 20 percent when compared to a placebo, according to the study in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.

As triglycerides fell, levels of apolipoprotein A-V jumped by 25 percent. This is critical as apoA-V helps to regulate triglycerides. Over a longer period, that could help sink those triglycerides even further.

You can find L. curvatus and L. plantarum in some supplements, but you may not find a blend that has both. So if you're looking to bring down those often-ignored triglycerides go ahead and make sauerkraut your side dish several times a week and you'll get all the L. curvatus and L. plantarum you need and then some.

Passing the hot dogs,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D

It seems to me that not just any sauerkraut would be good ─ if it is the probiotic effect being sought, then the sauerkraut would have to be naturally made (i.e., raw), and not cooked up and canned.

That latter sort of product would be sterile ─ all of the Lactobacillus would be killed, wouldn't it?

There's another report on the study at nutraingredients-usa.comProbiotics may slash triglyceride levels: Study.
    
Usually I only post two or three health-related reports here, but I'm going to shoot for four today.  Both of the next two were issued by Dr. Douglass.

This first one is about something...well, zany.  The report was released about five days ago:

Research proves disgusting trend among new moms is baloney
If you're eating dinner right now I suggest you put your fork down before reading further. This one is straight out of the whack-a-doodle files: The latest trend among fashionable new mothers is consuming their own placentas after giving birth.

I'll allow you a moment to get your gag reflex back under control before I continue.

Ready?

Placenta-eating was once the domain of the sandal-wearing, patchouli-stinkin' Berkeley crowd. But lately, it's crossed into the mainstream after being embraced by the only folks dumber than the hippy-dippy types… and by that, I can only mean TV stars.

Several of these Hollyweird dopes, including a "reality TV star" named Kourtney Kardashian, have had their placentas dried up and put into capsules, which they're gobbling down in the belief that they will prevent postpartum depression.

Naturally, all the TV-watching lemmings are now trying to follow her gross example to the extent that there is now a minor industry around turning placentas into pills.

If this isn't a new low for Western civilization, I don't know what is.

There is ZERO benefit to eating placenta, and one new review of the published research finds that eating a placenta -- whether it's fresh off the floor in the birthing suite (excuse me, now I'M gagging) or dried up and turned into a pill -- will do absolutely nothing to prevent postpartum depression, or anything else for that matter.

Yes, there's actually published research on placenta-eating. How's that for a waste of time? Anyone who understands basic biology knows that the placenta is in essence a big filter that keeps toxins out of the womb, thus the term "placental barrier."

When you consume it, you're basically consuming a sponge soaked through with the very garbage your own body has been keeping from your baby.

The new analysis claims there's no actual danger to eating the placenta, but that just means there's no IMMEDIATE danger. No one suddenly got sick or dropped dead -- but that doesn't mean it's risk free.

Many of the toxins present in the placenta such as heavy metals will not hurt you immediately but will instead accumulate in your body increasing your long-term risk of chronic health problems.

And of course there's a chance you'll pass those same toxic metals on to your baby, via breast milk, which could lead to developmental damage.

On the other hand, it all makes perfect sense now; perhaps this is how reality TV viewers are born.

Changing the channel,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
Once again, I found the published study, but only the abstract or summary is available for free to the general public:  Placentophagy: therapeutic miracle or myth? (DOI: 10.1007/s00737-015-0538-8).

Here are three other reports on the study:
I never even thought of Dr. Douglass' point concerning one of the most important purposes of the placenta ─ to serve as a barrier to halt the introduction of harmful substances to the fetus.

If the placenta in turn bars harmful substances from the fetus by absorbing them, then of course the placenta would be a rather noxious thing for anyone to be consuming.   

Okay, the final report I wanted to cram in here related to the nearly useless and distinctly dangerous libido medication for women that I reported on yesterday ─ Dr. Douglass came out with his own report on it today:

'Female Viagra' drug is a dangerous dud dressed up in a new package
Ladies, if you find those libido-boosting ads aimed at men annoying, get ready for something far worse -- because Big Pharma's marketers are now going to be targeting YOU.

An FDA panel just gave the thumbs up to what the mainstream media frenzy has christened "female Viagra." But that rubber stamp wasn't earned because the drug actually works as advertised, increasing sexual desire in women with low libido.

The truth is flibanserin, which will be sold under the name Addyi, fails in nine out of 10 women who try it.

And the panel certainly didn't sign off on it because it's safe either. The dud drug comes with a slew of potential side effects, and has already been implicated as a potential cancer causer.

I first warned you about this train wreck of a drug last year. Flibanserin was dreamed up in the labs of Boehringer Ingelheim several years ago as an antidepressant.

It failed miserably, but the company wasn't willing to let flibabserin die a quiet death. Soon, like some sort of Phoenix, it rose from its antidepressant ashes to be reborn as Addyi a female libido booster.

And -- yup, you guessed it -- Addyi once again fell flat on its face.

Only about 10 percent of the women who tried Addyi saw any benefits. But extreme side effects, including nausea, dizziness and low blood pressure, forced 15 percent of the women to quit the drug cold turkey.

So why in the world is the FDA panel greenlighting such an ineffective and dangerous drug?

Heavy pressure by a non-scientific campaign of "women's rights activists" I first cautioned you about last year. Since men have Viagra, they say, women are entitled to this one.

Unsurprisingly, most of these "protesting" women were bought and paid for by the company that makes the drug, as I also exposed last year. But did the FDA panel tell them where to stick their phony "rights" campaign?

Nope. They folded like a cheap suit and passed the drug despite ADMITTING that it doesn't really work and despite RECOGNIZING the serious health concerns and despite KNOWING full well that the campaign was a blatant drug company ploy.

Here's what you WON'T find in those drug ads: Women who took flibanserin in studies had to rate their desire on a six-point scale. Compared to a placebo, this drug "improved" desire by a measly 0.3 points.

You can forget being swept off your feet with desire. But you might be swept off your feet anyway -- because the drug can cause your blood pressure to drop so suddenly that you'll literally swoon... passing right out!

Ladies, the company that makes this med wants you to believe it's your only option. They want you to think that men have their choice of bedroom boosters, but you've only got this.

And that's a flat-out lie.

There are safe and natural solutions that truly work in women, and do so without any risk at all. I had the scoop on one of them just the other day -- and if you missed it, you can read that report for free right here. ...
Saving your sex life,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.   
I'm too afraid of things like Viagra and Cialis and their ilk ─ the dangers are too extreme, even though the drugs work very effectively in giving men erections.

But this drug for women is 90% ineffective!  I wouldn't even consider it (if I was my female twin).

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I am closing today's post with three photos that belonged to my mother Irene Dorosh ─ part of a collection that seemed to relate to a wedding she and her husband Alex had attended, possibly in Las Vegas or Reno (Nevada) in the 1990s.

In this first photo, my mother Irene is the woman wearing white, and seated on the far side of the table ─ I cannot identify anyone else:


Please note that I am scanning the photos...and doing a poor job of it.

I can recognize no one in this second photo:


Lastly, in the photo below, that is my mother Irene reaching into the red purse; and her husband Alex is just beyond, wearing a very colorful short-sleeved shirt:


Of course, I may be entirely wrong as to the location of these three photos, and they may have nothing at all to do with Nevada.  Regrettably, neither my mother nor her husband are alive to ask.
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