How B Vitamins Improve Brain Health, Cognition, Psychiatric Problems and Mood Disorders

By Dr. Mercola

It’s well-established that healthy fats such as animal-based omega-3s — especially DHA — are vitally important for your brain health, but other nutrients such as vitamins are also necessary for cognition and the prevention of neurological disease and mental disorders.

Psychiatry typically relies on drugs as a first line of treatment, but even more severe psychiatric problems have been shown to benefit greatly from nutritional interventions.

One nutritional deficiency in particular that has the potential to wreak havoc on your psyche is niacin (vitamin B3). Continue reading

Sleep Aids, But Not Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata

Sleep now, break your bones later

You know how some nursing homes are. Lights out means LIGHTS OUT, even if that means mixing sleeping pills into the punch to make it happen. Snoozing seniors are much easier to care for — and when they’re easier to care for, they’re CHEAPER to care for. But if you’re laid up in one of these joints, you might want to make a break for it now — before something else breaks first.

Common sleep meds such as Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata can increase your risk of cracking your hip like a twig, Continue reading

Flu Plan Scandal Ahead – An Urgent Warning

 

Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, discusses the outcome of last year’s swine flu debacle, and the potentially harmful changes that are being made to this season’s flu vaccine as a result.  Also, read below from Dr. Mercola.

To see video, cut and paste the following web address: Continue reading

Testosterone for Maturing Men: The Right Way and the Wrong Way

 

 

Mainstream Doctors’ Ineptitude Put on Display
in
The New England Journal of Medicine

The Life Extension Foundation® (and its medical advisors) long ago recognized that maturing men have a propensity to convert (aromatize) testosterone into estrogen. When you see an overweight man growing breasts, it is not directly because he eats too much. This phenomenon is instead caused by the testosterone he converts to breast-enlarging estrogen.  A study published in the June 30, 2010 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine confirms how little conventional doctors know about prescribing testosterone to aging men.

When men are prescribed testosterone gels or creams, they sometimes have to take an aromatase-inhibiting drug (like Arimidex®) to prevent their estrogen (measured as estradiol in the blood) from climbing to dangerous levels.  Optimal estradiol blood levels in men are between 20-30 pg/mL. Elderly males can have much higher estradiol levels that place them at substantial risk for developing coronary atherosclerosis and thrombotic stroke. Continue reading

Oxy-Bounce Rejuvenation Program

“Vitamin O” Ultimate Life Force & Rejuvenation Nutrient

by Gabriel Cousins, MD

The Oxy-Bounce Program is a remarkably successful effort to address a problem that most people in the United States, and in the world, face today. This problem is a lack of “Vitamin O” or oxygen. Researchers have estimated that the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere two hundred years ago was 38%. Currently, it is 19%. In some cities, pollution is so severe that the amount of oxygen in the immediate atmosphere is as low as 12-14%. There is evidence of a correlation between the occurrence of cancer and low oxygen in the atmosphere. Increases in the incidence of cancer have been associated with areas or cities where the O2 level is less than 12%. Research is now showing that by the time most people are 70, we have lost 50% of lung capacity. And with aging, the amount of O2 in the tissues drops to 50% or less from the levels that most people had in their youth. Continue reading

Scientists Believe Your Cell Phone Is a Death Trap (Sobering Evidence of Future Pandemic)

http://emf.mercola.com/sites/emf/archive/2009/12/01/Leading-Experts-Give-Advice-on-How-to-Reduce-Your-EMF-Risk.aspx

 In the video above, ElectromagneticHealth.org founder Camilla Rees presents an overview of an emerging public health issue — excessive exposures to microwave radiation from wireless technologies.

Illness linked to electromagnetic radiation exposure includes many cancers, neurological conditions, ADD, sleep disorders, depression, autism, cognitive problems, cardiovascular irregularities, hormone disruption, immune system disorders, metabolism changes, stress, fertility impairment, increased blood brain barrier permeability, mineral disruption, DNA damage and much, much more.

Learn how to sensibly protect yourself in high EMF environments, and why it is important you join others in advocating for stricter safety standards for wireless technologies.

The Web site ElectromagneticHealth.org also offers ten free audio interviews with some of the world’s leading experts in the field of EMF. Continue reading

Zinc Deficiency is a Global Concern

Posted by: Dr. Wright and Dr. Mercola 

Dr. Wright:

Q: What does zinc do? How much do I need to get every day?

Dr. Wright: Zinc is an important part of maintaining optimum skin health and fighting infection. But since it’s not always easy to get enough zinc in your diet, I recommend supplementing with 15 mg of zinc per day. (If you’re planning on taking more, consult with a physician experienced in nutritional medicine before you do so.)

Any time you supplement with zinc, you should offset it with a small quantity of copper (approximately 1 mg of copper for each 15 mg of zinc). If you supplement with zinc without adequate copper intake, you raise the risk of having heartbeat irregularities, and you can also raise your total cholesterol while lowering your good cholesterol (food sources of zinc are eggs, liver, beef, and oysters). Continue reading

Pervasive B12 Deficiency Affects Millions — How About YOU?

By Joseph Mercola, D.O.

The common picture of a B12 deficient patient is an elderly person with pernicious anemia. But B12 deficiency may be caused instead by food-B12 malabsorption. Food-B12 malabsorption is the inability to release B12 from food or its binding proteins. Unlike pernicious anemia, it’s more likely to be associated with mild, preclinical B12 deficiency.

B12 deficiency is common in elderly patients. One study revealed a prevalence of 12 percent among elderly people. Other studies, focusing on those who are in institutions or who are sick and malnourished, have suggested a higher prevalence of 30 percent to 40 percent. Unfortunately, B12 deficiency is often unrecognized because the clinical manifestations can be very subtle. In fact, one of its manifestations — mild memory loss — can mimic the early stages of dementia. Continue reading

Space-Age Discovery Adds 10 Years to Your Life‏

By Al Sears, MD

You know stress hurts. You worry, you feel anxious… you lose sleep. That’s old news. But now, through the discovery of telomeres, we can actually measure the effects of stress. And the wear and tear is more distressing than we even imagined.

Researchers at the University of California discovered that stress speeds up aging.1 This makes your cells die before their time – and produces all the terrible effects we think of as aging. They compared women who felt a lot of stress to women under little stress. Using certain cellular markers, they discovered the high-stress women were up to 10 years “older” than women with low stress levels!2

The cellular markers they used are “telomeres.” Telomeres are the “time keepers” attached to every strand of DNA. As they wind down, you get older and your body breaks down. What’s more, the effects of stress on telomeres get worse with age. A North Carolina study found that stressed women over 55 had significantly shorter telomeres.3  Therefore, the older we get, the more important it is to control the stress in our lives.

It’s not just women. Continue reading