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14 September 2011

Ginger Treats Cancer, Brain & Gut Inflammation, Radiation, and Staph Infections

Not only is ginger a culinary marvel, its health benefits are stunning. It has been shown to be more effective against staph infections than antibiotics—and without the adverse effects.

by Heidi Stevenson
9 September 2011

Ginger's culinary qualities are a delight, but its health benefits are simply stunning. It has been shown to be more effective against bacterial staph infections than antibiotics. It can kill cancer cells. Its anti-inflammatory effects are already famous. It can resolve brain inflammations, and ease or cure a variety of gut problems, such as ulcerative colitis and acid reflux. And ginger can even alleviate the effects of gamma radiation. What's not to love about this incredible herb?

Standard in many kitchens and cuisines, ginger is the seasoning that gives life to a host of dishes. It's been used medicinally for more than 2,000 years. Though best known for its gastrointestinal soothing effects, that's just the beginning of its uses. The plant parts used for both culinary and medicinal purposes are the rhizomes, the root-like stems that grow underground. The primary plant used medicinally is Zingiber officinale.

Why vegetarianism will not save the world

A controversial interview with author and ex-vegan Lierre Keith on how a vegetarian diet is not the answer to save our ailing planet.

ON THE ONE HAND, a locally grown steak, from a cow raised on grass and without hormones. On the other hand, a highly-processed soy burger that was grown somewhere far away, with many ingredients I cannot pronounce.
Up until a few weeks ago, the choice would have been easy. As a vegetarian, the soy burger is the ‘moral’ choice – relying on the least amount of animal suffering, the least amount of carbon/water use, and the best way for me to sleep at night.
After reading Lierre Keith’s stunning and personal book “The Vegetarian Myth” now I’m not so sure.

13 September 2011

Supplementary Calcium, but not Dietary Calcium, Associated with an Increased Risk of Kidney Stones

By Dr. Mercola | September 07 2011
Conventional medical strategies for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis frequently include calcium supplementation. But this has been undermined by studies which show disappointing effects on fracture prevention.  Nonetheless, its use has continued to be encouraged on the grounds that it is physiologically appealing, and is unlikely to cause harm.
However, the assumption that it has no ill effects is now in question.  There is accumulating evidence that calcium supplement use is associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction, and possibly stroke. The latest data shows that the number of cardiovascular events caused is likely to be greater than the number of fractures prevented.
According to a study in the journal Maturitas:
“These findings indicate that calcium supplementation probably does not have a role as a routine preventative agent and that dietary advice is the appropriate way to attain an adequate calcium intake in most situations. Patients at high risk of fracture need to take interventions of proven anti-fracture efficacy. Available evidence suggests that this efficacy is not dependent on the co-administration of calcium supplements.”

Legacy of failure - History of Scoliosis Treatment

History of the scoliosis management is as old treatment of the idiopathic scoliosis itself. First known scoliosis treatment come from Greeks in 400BC and Galen who coined the word “scoliosis” between 131 to 201AD. From ages the scoliosis treatment has gone through its share of originality and viciousness. During the mid evil times this treatment used gravity and extension of scoliosis spine for treating the curvature. Other methods consisted of forcing rotation from the scoliosis spine, and historical record also shows attempts to set straight your scoliosis spine through use of this rack.

Scoliosis is not the disease or diagnosis; rather it is the term that is used to describe the abnormal curvature of spine. This condition is caused by many factors congenital, degenerative or developmental problems- though majority of the cases don’t have any apparent cause and are termed as "idiopathic" scoliosis.

Brace Treatment - Does it work?

Brace treatment for the Idiopathic Scoliosis has got NO effect on natural course of the Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Creators of Scoliscore genetic exam plot the results of the brace treatment for scoliosis against the predicted hereditary course of condition.

This condition generally develops in upper back, however can be found in the low back or mid-back. The spine curvature is side to side, and is present as the double S shaped curve or single C shaped curve.

Growing kids are often treated with the back brace, but because of the skeletal maturity, adult treatments are more complicated.  Most commonly used scoliosis treatments include clear institute, schroth method, chiropractic care, bowen, yoga/pilates, medication, modality physical therapy, exercise therapy, and injections. But some of these treatments for Scoliosis are said ineffective. Around 68 patients get at least one of these treatments while fifty five patients got no treatment. The surveys demonstrated not any significant advantage based on the change in HRQOL procedures over the 2 year of period.

For all reader who are still not convinced I highly recommend they read this research for more information:

12 September 2011

Exercises to Avoid When You Have Scoliosis

By Dr Kevin Lau
One common misconception for the people with the back conditions like scoliosis is they must avoid any kind of physical activity. In reality, some exercises will help to relieve this pain linked with the condition and that is characterized by abnormal and sideways curve in spine. Scoliosis patients must avoid some movements, which will worsen their condition and pain.
The high impact exercise needs both your feet to get lifted off the ground at the same time. Some examples will include jumping, running, and jump rope. The high impact activities or exercises do strengthen your bones and develop more power, endurance, agility as well as coordination than the low impact conduct, but keep these for later program once your curve has improved below twenty degrees, and when you have fallen in the routine with your exercise program.
When doing these exercises mentioned, if any deformity gets visually worse, then these exercises must be avoided immediately. Avoid any type of he back bending exercises like "Prone Cobra" position done in yoga. These might cause severe stress on your spine and might worsen your problem.
Some Exercises to Look at: