ebola in britainBritain’s health secretary is warning that the Ebola virus will arrive in his country by Christmas, as he announced a new initiative to begin screening passengers for the deadly virus at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that passengers from at-risk countries will have temperatures taken, complete a risk questionnaire and have all of their contact details taken by government health screeners. Hunt said screening at the Gatwick Airport and at Eurostar terminals would begin within days, adding that contingency plans are in place to expand the screening to additional airports at Birmingham and Manchester if the threat worsens.

Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported that Hunt believes that there will be a “handful” of cases in Britain by the holidays:

When pressed by Andy Burnham, the shadow Health Secretary, Mr Hunt said it was unlikely that cases would reach double figures, but admitted that the situation may change.

Speaking in the Commons, he told MPs that the public health risk in the UK “remains low” and a great deal of planning has gone into dealing with potential Ebola patients.

He added that “we are one of the best and most prepared countries in the world” in the event of an outbreak.

‘You are the best of our country’

That said, Hunt went on to warn that screening would only identify about 9 in 10 people at risk because there was no way of screening passengers arriving from infected countries by indirect routes.

As of this writing, the Ebola outbreak has claimed around 4,500 lives; there have been more than 8,900 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the deadly virus in seven countries.

Hunt also paid tribute to the scores of British health workers who have gone to the affected areas to help combat the disease. “You are the best of our country,” he said, adding that predicting the exact number of cases was “genuinely very difficult.” He did say, however, that he did not expect cases to reach double digits in Britain over the next three months.

In recent weeks, the British government had opted not to begin screening, but that quickly changed after watching the situation deteriorate significantly in the West African nations currently grappling to control the outbreak.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that “vigorous steps” are being initiated to prevent the disease from reaching the United Kingdom, and he has defended government plans to begin screening measures at two of the UK’s largest airports.

‘We’re doing more than almost any other country’

Cameron also said that Britain was doing more than nearly every other country to help contain the disease and eradicate it in West Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the epidemic is now the “most severe acute health emergency in modern times,” as the number of new cases of the disease is “rising exponentially” in the three hardest-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Talking to reporters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Cameron said screening at the Heathrow and Gatwick airports would consist of more than just filling out forms. He said it would incorporate “taking temperatures and identifying symptoms.”

“There are no direct flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries affected most, but people are coming in indirectly,” he said. “We should be trying our best to screen them and that will begin this week.”

He added: “Not only are we doing more than almost any other country in the world to deal with this problem at source in Sierra Leone and other countries, we are also taking very vigorous steps here to make sure we keep our people safe.”

In addition, Hunt said that call handlers to the National Health Service’s 111 line would be asking callers with potential symptoms to reveal recent travel history to see if they had visited West Africa.

Article Source: Ebola outbreak in Great Britain

Originally posted 2014-10-21 16:06:45.

gum diseaseGingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, to which there are many degrees. Aggressive periodontitis occurs with people who have gum disease but seem to be otherwise healthy or at least have no other disease that conventional medicine has deemed a cause of periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis includes inflammation within the supporting tissues of the teeth and bone loss. Necrotizing periodontal disease is a severe infection in the gingival tissues, periodontal ligament, and the bone. And then there’s Periodontitis as a manifestation of other disease(s). In all other cases of gum disease, the gums can be healed within a week, and usually within just a few days. With a case of another disease causing the periodontitis, the disease itself likely needs to be remedied to fix the gums, but the mouth can at least be brought to a much higher level of health with the following practices regardless of other chronic health conditions. For anyone with teeth that have suffered root canals or that have metal fillings, the following procedures should be followed indefinitely.

Teeth take longer, but the same rules apply. As long as they are there and aren’t completely full of filling material, there’s hope for teeth, even those with visible cavities and depleted enamel.

It starts with diet. Eat acidic, nutrient robbing junk, and your teeth and guns will rot. Get the right nutrition while you fix your gums, and ideally, you will keep your gums and the rest of your body healthy with nutrition from that point on.

Raw, organic, fresh vegetables are the most important part of our diet. Fruit is a close second. Every other type of food is a distant third. Eliminate refined, processed foods. Refined sugar, like soda for instance, is so acidic it literally leaches minerals and vitamins from your teeth and gums as it passes through. So does white rice and most breads.

Don’t smoke. Even smoking marijuana is terrible for the gums and teeth. It introduces a huge concentration of free radicals and carbon into the mouth that causes chemical reactions, rendering our cells damaged and depleting the mouth of vitamins and minerals.

Chew on garlic. It sucks, but it’s worth it. Chew on garlic regularly, and eat garlic with salads (eats lots of vegetables; make lots of very diverse salads). When you chew on garlic, chew with your mouth open, and breathe through your mouth.

Fix the intestines. Whatever infection is in your mouth, it’s in your intestines, too, and it’s seeping into your blood stream as well. Fix the intestines and typically, the whole body follows suit.

Take up oil pulling. Try coconut oil with a touch of Shillington’s formula (see below) or a microbe killing essential oil.

Floss. Even when it makes the gums bleed, it’s important to floss and floss properly; it speeds healing of the gums and prevents cavities at the gum line as well.

Wherever there is infection, there are almost always candida and bad bacteria (bad meaning it’s harming us, but all bacteria has its place). Often there are other parasites to be aware of, but not always, and that’s another article (see the further reading below).

Make your own toothpaste!

The mouthwash and toothpaste most people use is crap. This includes the most of the overpriced brands in the natural section at the local health food store. Chewing on garlic and brushing with baking soda and unrefined sea salt does more for teeth than any store bought toothpaste. Check out some of the sources below for homemade toothpaste recipes.

For very serious chronic periodontitis, or just to have a good all around mouth formula, I highly recommend doing Shillington’s Tooth and Gum Recipe (there’s also another toothpaste recipe on that page). It’s not necessary for healing gums in most cases, but it radically speeds up the process regardless of how seriously the gum health issues are, and it is truly an amazing formula with lots of benefits for your entire mouth.

Article Source: gum disease periodontitis

Originally posted 2014-10-14 10:58:16.

mass extinctionWe are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event in the history of life on Earth, warns an international research team in a new scientific research review published in the journal Science.

The study was conducted by researchers from Stanford University, the University of California-Santa Barbara, Sao Paulo State University in Brazil, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in England and University College London.

Throughout the 3.5-billion-year history of life, our planet has gone through several mass extinction events, characterized by dramatic drops in species diversity. Unlike prior mass extinctions, which were caused by factors such as natural climate change or asteroid collisions, the
current mass extinction is caused exclusively by the activity of a single species: human beings.

In the new paper, the researchers refer focus on the severe drop in animal diversity that has occurred as a part of the mass extinction. They have dubbed this dramatic loss of animal life the
“anthropocene defaunation” — that is, the destruction of animal life associated with the era of human domination of the planet.

Cascade of effects

In reviewing the research, the study authors found that more than 320 species of terrestrial vertebrates have gone extinct since the year 1500, and the remaining species have had their populations decline by an average of 25 percent. Among vertebrates as a whole, 16 to 33 percent of all species are considered either threatened or endangered. The rates of decline are highest among larger animals (megafauna), which tend to grow and reproduce more slowly than smaller animals, and need larger areas of habitat to sustain them.

The loss of large vertebrates may have a cascade of ecological effects, the researchers warned. For example, studies found that areas of Kenya where large animals such as zebras, giraffes and elephants have been extirpated quickly became overgrown and experienced a boom in the population of rodents. This led directly to an increase in the rate of certain human diseases.

“Where human density is high, you get high rates of defaunation, high incidence of rodents, and thus high levels of pathogens, which increases the risks of disease transmission,” lead author Rodolfo Dirzo said. “Who would have thought that just defaunation would have all these dramatic consequences? But it can be a vicious circle.”

“Obvious consequences”
The mass extinction is not limited to vertebrates. The researchers found that, over the past 35 years (during which the human population doubled), populations of most invertebrate species decreased by 45 percent.

Invertebrates are animals without backbones, a vast category that includes everything from insects to spiders and from worms to a wide variety of ocean life.

As with the loss of megafauna, the loss of invertebrates can severely disrupt an ecosystem and thereby have serious effects on human health. For example, 75 percent of the world’s food crops are pollinated by insects. Invertebrates also provide key ecosystem functions such as decomposition and nutrient cycling.

“We tend to think about extinction as loss of a species from the face of Earth, and that’s very important, but there’s a loss of critical ecosystem functioning in which animals play a central role that we need to pay attention to as well,” Dirzo said. “Ironically, we have long considered that defaunation is a cryptic phenomenon, but I think we will end up with a situation that is non-cryptic because of the increasingly obvious consequences to the planet and to human wellbeing.”

The extinctions of both vertebrates and invertebrates are primarily caused by habitat destruction and climate disruption, the researchers found.

Article Source:Mass extinction anthropocene defaunation habitat destruction

Originally posted 2014-10-12 10:49:19.

Breast cancer is an illness that although people are aware of it, is still on the rise. A large part of the fear attached to breast cancer is a lack of understanding about what cancer is, and how cancer is treated once discovered.. The infographic below will hopefully help in this understanding and also help in increasing the awareness of this illness. The infographic explains that there are 15 types of breast cancer, and also shows what to look out for as well as showing how to examine your breasts yourself. The aim of this infographic is to increase breast cancer awareness so hopefully more suffers can identify the illness at an earlier stage increasing their chances of having successful treatment.

breast cancer awareness infographic

Test your own breast cancer awareness knowledge with our ‘little known facts quiz‘.

Originally posted 2014-10-07 10:26:43.

hearing loss in womenWomen who eat two or more servings of fish per week are significantly less likely to suffer from hearing loss, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on September 10.

“Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss,” lead researcher Dr. Sharon G. Curhan, MD, said.

More than one-third of people over the age of 65, or 48 million people in the United States alone, suffer from some form of hearing loss.

“Acquired hearing loss is an extremely common and often disabling condition that can adversely [affect] communication, quality of life, work productivity and health,” Dr. Curhan said in an interview with MedicalResearch.com.

Twenty percent lower risk
Prior studies have suggested that the presence of certain antioxidants in the diet, including omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, might reduce the risk of heating loss. One Australian study, for example, found that higher fish intake was associated with less hearing loss.

“Omega-3 antioxidants, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and vitamin C have been the focus of a growing body of evidence showing potential hearing benefits,” said Dr. Gordon Hughes, program director of clinical trials for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, which funded the study, as reported by NPR.

The current study collected data on 65,215 women who were enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II and were between the ages of 27 and 42 when they began the study in 1991. All participants completed detailed questionnaires about their diets and whether they were experiencing any hearing problems. They were followed until 2009, by which point 11,606 of the women had reported some form of hearing loss.

After adjusting for potential confounding variables, the researchers found that the risk of hearing loss in women who ate two or more servings of fish per week was 20 percent lower than in women who ate no fish. In addition, women with the highest intake of long-chain omega-3s had a 22 percent lower risk of hearing loss than women with the lowest intake.

When the researchers looked separately at different kinds of fish, they found that all of them were independently associated with a lower risk of hearing loss.

“Consumption of any type of fish (tuna, dark fish, light fish, or shellfish) tended to be associated with lower risk,” Dr. Curhan said.

The research was also funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Increase omega-3 intake; avoid contaminants
“A complex interaction of factors all contribute to acquired hearing loss, including lifestyle and environmental factors, age, genetics, noise exposure, and some medical conditions and medications,” Dr. Curhan said.

“However, at least some of hearing loss may be preventable and there may be factors that can be modified to help prevent or delay its onset. These findings provide evidence that modifiable dietary risk factors may help reduce the risk of hearing loss.”

Although the study could not determine why fish consumption might protect hearing, Dr. Curhan suggested that it might help protect adequate cochlear blood flow, which plays a key role in auditory health.

Prior studies have linked a diet high in omega-3s to a lower risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Omega-3s have also been linked to improved fetal development.

However, due to the high toxin levels in many fish, experts advise limiting consumption of certain highly contaminated species such as tuna, swordfish, Chilean sea bass and farmed (Atlantic) salmon.

Article Source: hearing loss fish consumption

Originally posted 2014-10-04 11:47:20.

ebola vaccineMore proof that the West African Ebola crisis is a total fraud lies in a newly proposed Ebola vaccine that just so conveniently awaits human trials in a matter of weeks, not years. Researchers at Oxford University in the UK are ready to begin testing the vaccine, which seems to have magically appeared out of nowhere, with plans to administer it to some 10,000 health workers by the end of the year.

A product of drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the experimental vaccine is now being fast-tracked amid hype and panic over what the media claims is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Since the world is now in “crisis” mode, the vaccine will most likely avoid having to undergo the normal safety testing process and instead be rushed to market for quick profits.

According to BBC News, it normally takes several years for a new vaccine to hit the market. Extensive trials, first on animals and then on humans, are a normal part of the vaccine development process, a process that helps ensure that a vaccine won’t harm humans and actually provides the stated benefits.

But for Ebola, it appears that only minimal testing will take place on just 60 healthy volunteers, all of whom will be injected with genetic material derived from both Ebola and a common cold virus that typically afflicts chimpanzees. The two components are supposedly safe — of course they are, GSK — and do not pose any risk of infection.

“This is a remarkable example of how quickly a new vaccine can be progressed into the clinic, using international co-operation,” stated Professor Adrian Hill, director of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, and lead author of the trial.

Obama sending troops to West Africa to create ebola vaccine clinics

It’s all too convenient, isn’t it? The media aggressively hypes an Ebola outbreak, and suddenly a magic vaccine emerges that has the potential to bring in billions of dollars in new profits. And the agency backing the whole thing, the NIH, just so happens to own the patent on all Ebola vaccines, which means the U.S. government stands to profit handsomely from this possibly fake crisis.

The CDC is also in on the scam, as the agency filed its own patent back in 2007 on the Ebola virus itself, claiming ownership of basically all human forms of Ebola virus. Talk about corruption! And the mainstream public is none the wiser, foolishly believing that the government has our best interests in mind and only wants to protect us.

It is a classic case of the Hegelian Dialectic — create a problem, generate widespread fear and panic opposing this problem, and when the time is right introduce the “solution” to the problem. The West African Ebola outbreak is following this devious script perfectly, and the endgame appears to be to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Ebola.

To ensure that this occurs in the epicenter of the outbreak, the Obama Administration has already announced that it will send in 3,000 U.S. troops “to build treatment clinics and to train health workers in how to halt the spread of the deadly virus.” In other words, the U.S. government will be at the forefront of disseminating its patented vaccines, which contain fragments of its patented Ebola viruses, to the unsuspecting poor who won’t even know what hit them.

Article Source: Ebola vaccine human trials hidden agenda

Originally posted 2014-10-02 11:41:40.

piceatannol aids weight managementObesity is threatening the health and lives of nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population, and indicators of this epidemic are continuing to affect even more men, women and children and place a significant burden on an already failing health care system. Most health-minded individuals understand the importance of eliminating refined and processed foods while maintaining constant blood glucose and insulin levels to achieve individual weight management goals.

Researchers from Purdue University have published the result of a study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that demonstrates the potent nature of natural compounds found in red wine and many fruits to block cellular processes that allow fat cells to develop. Scientists found that the compound piceatannol, found naturally in the skin of grapes and other fruits blocks an immature fat cell’s ability to develop and grow, opening a door to a potential method to control obesity.

Piceatannol aids in weight management by inhibiting the formation of mature fat cells

The lead study author Dr. Kee-Hong Kim found that piceatannol, an analog of resveratrol found in grapes and other fruit, is converted to piceatannol in humans following its consumption. The team tested piceatannol in cultured immature fat cells called preadipocytes to determine if the compound inhibited the maturity process that results in fully developed fat cells, capable of storing body fat and contributing to obesity.

Dr. Kim commented “We consider that adipogenesis is an important molecular target to delay or prevent fat cell accumulation and, hopefully, body fat mass gain.” The team found that piceatannol bound to the insulin receptor on the immature fat cells, effectively blocking insulin’s ability to control normal cellular cycling resulting in mature adipocytes. The grape-derived compound stimulated the activation of special genes necessary for the fat cell maturation process.

The study authors concluded “Piceatannol actually alters the timing of gene expressions, gene functions and insulin action during adipogenesis, the process in which early stage fat cells become mature fat cells… in the presence of piceatannol, you can see delay or complete inhibition of adipogenesis.” Similar in structure to resveratrol, scientists believe piceatannol may also exert some of the same properties to help combat cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative conditions.

Piceatannol is yet another natural compound that has demonstrated the ability to influence genetic expression to inhibit the formation of adipocytes or alter metabolism to help achieve weight management goals alongside resveratrol, green tea catechins (EGCG) and irvingia gabonensis. When used to compliment a natural food diet void of wheat and refined carbohydrates, piceatannol may be an important component to achieve natural weight management goals.

Article Source: Piceatannol Red Grapes & Obesity

Originally posted 2014-09-30 13:21:28.

natural healthNatural health is important and if you’ve made the decision that you are truly ready to change your lifestyle and claim your birthright of vibrant health, these are the basic steps that most people need to take in order to restore their health:

Eat Right

If you drill down health to its most critical and essential element, diet plays the most important role, by far. We’ve all heard the old adage, “You are what you eat.” Once you understand the critical role diet plays in health, you will understand the absolute truth of this statement. Your diet provides every single building block your body uses to create cells, to repair tissue, to move, to breathe, to exist.

Common sense tells us, the better your diet, the better your health. But what is the best diet? Hopefully we all know the traditional American diet ranks at the bottom of the list. But which of the many alternative diets hold the top position? Vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? There are many to choose from. But I suggest, you don’t choose.

We are all individuals with particular likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, we are habitual creatures who seem hell bent on getting stuck in the same patterns and the same ruts. But this is a time of change, so… Take the first step, cleaning out your cupboards and pantry. Toss out all of your processed foods. Get rid of anything refined. Brown rice is ok. Bread is not.

Next, you shop. A healthy diet consists of a wide variety of whole, unadulterated, unprocessed, organic foods. Meat and eggs should be free range AND organic. If you choose dairy (know that goat milk and cheese may be a better choice) be absolutely sure you choose organic. Milk is good for you if it is not pasteurized, but it’s tough finding it. And as far as meat goes, remember if you choose to eat meat, you are eating off of the top of the food chain. If that animal was fed GMO grains, you don’t want to eat it.

Vegetables should be the basis of your diet. A full 80% of your diet should consist of raw, organic, whole vegetables and fruits, more vegetables than fruit.

Grains should be whole. Why lose most of the nutrients? Remember, this new lifestyle of yours is all about nutrient dense foods.

Avoid the trap of becoming a vegan, vegetarian, or other “good” diet follower who has simply found a new way to be a junk food junkie. Processed food is processed food. Choose a great homemade smoothie instead of “healthy” cookies.

Get to know your farmer’s markets!

Start growing your own food if you can.

Detox

Good stuff in, bad stuff out. Your body has been accumulating parasites, yeast, heavy metals, and a full array of chemicals your whole life. It’s time to cleanse your body and help it to flush out all of these unwanted substances while cleansing your colon to aid in both digestion and elimination. All of those wonderful foods that you will be putting in your body need a fully functioning digestive system to extract the nutrients that will provide your body with the building blocks it needs to repair and grow tissue, to create neurotransmitters, to create hormones, to maintain and build your immune system, and more.

Detox twice a year for the greatest benefit. And always kill excess candida and balance the gut when you do.

Exercise

Just move. Your lymphatic system needs you to move in order for your lymph to circulate through your body. It has no pump, no other means than the movement of your muscles. Yoga, Tai Chi, walking, rebounding, anything that gets you moving. It’s okay to start off slow and gentle. You don’t need to push it. Once you achieve vibrant health you’ll want to move. It’s one of the signs that you are on the right path. Rebounding, jumping rope, and jogging help detox the lymphatic system.

Article Source: Natural Health Detox Diet

Originally posted 2014-09-27 13:14:51.

brain healthThe complexity of the human body is vast, consisting of trillions of cells working simultaneously to ensure that we take our next breath. While the processes are complex, the method by which they perform is quite simple. In order for our cells to do their job, they need vitamins. Researchers believe that the body requires at least 13 different vitamins to be healthy, according to a report at HowStuffWorks.

Maintaining the recommended daily intake of all 13 vitamins can be challenging, with some falling lower on the priority list than others. A recent study by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University found that nearly everyone is suffering from vitamin E deficiency, with the exception of those who work diligently to meet the recommended daily intake levels.

At least 90 percent of men and 96 percent of women fail to consume their recommended daily amount of vitamin E, according to a broad survey. This deficiency is particularly harmful for children and women who are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant.

Vitamin E crucial during early fetal development; beneficial for the mom too

Research suggests that vitamin E is incredibly crucial during the first 1,000 days of an infant’s life, contributing to important neural growth during fetal development that cannot be replaced later in life.

A study which analyzed the effects of vitamin E on experimental animals during early development showed the nutrient’s ability to protect the function of omega-3-fatty acids, which play an important role in brain development.

“It’s important all of your life, but the most compelling evidence about vitamin E is about a 1000-day window that begins at conception,” said Maret Traber, the study’s author.

“Vitamin E is critical to neurologic and brain development that can only happen during that period. It’s not something you can make up for later.”

Researchers believe that vitamin E intake is especially important for young children up to two years old. Higher vitamin E levels and improved cognitive function share a correlation, according to Traber’s study, which was published in Advances in Nutrition.

Children with inadequate vitamin E levels can experience neurological disorders, muscle deterioration, cardiomyopathy, stunted growth, infection and anemia, according to a review of multiple studies. Adequate vitamin E intake is equally important for mothers, with proper concentrations helping slow the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Scientists recommend adults eat 15 milligrams of vitamin E per day

Foods containing high levels of vitamin E aren’t exactly at the top of our list of most beloved foods, although some are quite tasty. Sunflower seeds are both low in calories and high in vitamin E. You can also obtain the nutrient’s antioxidant properties from pumpkin and sesame seeds by eating a little under one-third a cup a day to meet recommended daily levels.

Almonds are another great source of vitamin E, with just an ounce offering 7.5 milligrams. Swiss chard and mustard greens are great sources of vitamin E; consuming one cup of either gets you 14 to 17 percent of your daily recommended intake.

Also, turnip greens, kale, hazelnuts, pine nuts, avocado, broccoli, parsley, papaya and olives are excellent, healthy sources of vitamin E.

You can obtain vitamin E through some plant oils such as sunflower oil when cooking. Wheat germ oil is believed to be the best source for vitamin E, with just one tablespoon offering 100 percent of the recommended level. Hempseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil and safflower oil are all vitamin-E-rich oils. Unrefined and organic oils are always the best.

Article Source: Vitamin E, critical for brain health

Originally posted 2014-09-25 13:13:12.

Deficient in thiamineVitamin B1 (thiamine) is not a rare vitamin. Small amounts can be found in nearly all foods and many foods have substantial amounts of B1, yet an estimated 20% of Americans are found to be deficient in this extremely important and necessary vitamin. The reason? B1 is generally destroyed when a food is processed.

This connection was discovered due to the disease beriberi. This wasting disease, which could lead to death, was known to be caused by inadequate nutrition, but was found to be more prevalent when the population with a limited diet relied on polished rice as a stable. Comparing these populations with others of a similar diet who ate whole grain rice, the link between B1 and beriberi was discovered.

Deficiencies can lead to a number of symptoms related to the nervous system, including blindness. Alcoholism and heavy drinking can lead to B1 deficiency for a number of reasons including: poor diet, increased carbohydrate intake (from the alcohol), and damage to intestinal mucosa, which can decrease the absorption of B1 by as much as 90%. It is estimated that 30-80% of alcoholics are deficient in B vitamins.

B1 is one of the essential B vitamins that work in concert with other B vitamins to turn carbohydrates into
glucose, providing energy for the body and brain. It is also necessary for manufacturing fats and metabolizing proteins. It is essential for the nervous system.

Age has an effect on our ability to properly absorb and use B vitamins, therefore supplementation is suggested for those 50 years and older. On-going vomiting or diarrhea will deplete the body’s resources of B1. Gastrointestinal diseases may inhibit B1 absorption.

Foods that interfere with vitamin B1 absorption include any food preserved with sulfides, raw fish, shellfish, coffee, and tea.

B1 is used, of course, to treat B1 deficiencies and can be injected into the body or taken orally. It is also used in treatment for ulcerative colitis, heart disease, diabetic pain, AIDS, canker sores, vision
problems, cataracts, glaucoma, motion sickness, and stress. Some athletes use it to improve performance.

Studies have shown that long term use of any one B vitamin may result in a deficiency in other B vitamins. For this reason, it is best to supplement with B vitamin complex for long term use.

Even if you choose to supplement your vitamin intake, diet is the basis of good health and the primary source of essential nutrients. To ensure your vitamin B1 intake is at a good level, eat a diverse diet of whole unprocessed foods, (80% raw). Whole grains, vegetables (asparagus, brussel sprouts, green peas, beet greens, spinach and sweet potatoes), beans and legumes (navy, black, pinto, lima, kidney, lentils, and peanuts, seeds and nuts (sunflower, sesame, flax), along with watermelon and oranges are all good sources of B1.

Article Source: ww.naturalnews.com/hiamine_vitamin_B1_beriberi

Originally posted 2014-09-22 14:29:14.

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