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14Sep/10279

Heartburn

Recently, Dr. Mercola came up with an informative page about heartburn. As rightfully described by Dr. Mercola—and previously by Dr. Joel Wallach, acid reflux does not result from too much acid. On the contrary, acid deficiency allows bacteria and yeast to grow in the stomach. They generate gas resulting in reflux and belching.

Recommendation from the Longevity Institute

- One or two tablespoons of the following old Vermont folk medicine remedy in a glass of fresh water helps lessen the severity of the stomach pain and the bloating. The Vermont folk medicine remedy is made of one volume of liquid honey mixed with one volume of organic apple cider vinegar.
The vinegar helps restore the stomach acidity and the honey attenuates the sour taste of the vinegar.
Shake well and store refrigerated.

- It is also recommended:

A) To always chew food thoroughly. Introducing saliva into the food as you chew will get the digestion process off to a good start.
B) Not to drink very much liquid while eating a meal. Also trying to limit fluids for 30 minutes before you eat and for an hour afterward.
C) Not to overeat. Leave that extra little bit of room for dessert, and then skip it.
D) To eliminate from the diet foods that have refined sugars. Sugars tend to destabilize the stomach, decreasing the efficiency of the digestion and creating gas.
E)To avoid caffeine and fried foods. Caffeine stops starch digestion and can impair acid production.

5Sep/10205

Premature Childbirth and Diet

The review article: "The Enigma of Spontaneous Preterm Birth", publishes February 11, 2010 by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), concludes that inflammation plays a major role in preterm childbirth and suggests researching how (quote) "...host-microbe interactions shape the immune response, possibly increasing or decreasing the likelihood that an inflammatory response will be directed against the fetus..." (end quote).

COMMENTS:
1 - The inflammation process that plays a major role in preterm childbirth could well be the result of the sugar and essential omega-6 fatty acids excess in our diet.
An Excess of sugar (hyperglycemia) is a potent inflammatory agent and the omega-6 essential fatty acids exaggerate the immune response to inflammation.

2 - The article rightfully states that the medical approach to increased preterm childbirth results in more premature babies staying alive but that preterm childbirth: (quote) "remains costly in terms of both the suffering of infants and their families..." (end quote).

22Aug/10378

Mercury in Fish?..Relax!

Last time I met professor Gerhard N. Schrauzer at his Biological Trace Element Research Institute we were talking about mercury in fish and the claimed danger of eating fish particularly for pregnant women.

According to Professor Schrauzer, “the health benefits of fish greatly outweigh any risk associated with their mercury content, since the mercury in them is present as a complex with selenium, rendering it harmless. This was known already in the 1970s. What needs to be emphasized is that selenium is a natural antidote of mercury, and since in most fish selenium is present in excess over mercury, fish are good nutritional sources of this vitally important trace element. But those who still worry about the mercury in fish should consume sardines and other small fish as these contain only very small amounts of mercury.”

30Jul/10359

A Sweet Measure

They intend to regulate salt in processed food to protect our health as they say...How sweet of them. What about a regulation of the sugar and fructose excess in food and drinks? Would' that be a sweeter measure?

19Jul/10483

A Heavy Question

Many worry about heavy metals in supplements, publish their concerns in wiki.com and receive alarming anwers.

ANSWER from the LONGEVITY INSTITUTE

There are heavy metals everywhere in nature, in supplements as well as in your daily food. The question is not :"Are there heavy metals?"
The only question is “HOW MUCH heavy metals is there in that product?”
Read an answer that may surprise you

31May/10294

Oil Concern

To Much Oil
Everyone talks about the ecosystem endangered by the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico. How many do care about their internal ecosystem exposed to excessive oil consumption?.

8May/10625

Foie Gras

May 6, 2010 , the New England Journal of Medicine publishes a study that examine the effects of vitamine E, placebo and (of course) a drug om the condition entitled "Non alcoholic Steatohepatitis" (steatohepatitis means accumulation of fat in ther liver)

Comments of the Longev ity institute

Sounds interesting and very scientific. However...Read what the Longevity institute has to say about it.