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Risk of Heart Disease

Low levels of vitamin D are known to nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, and researchers now think they know why.

Diabetics deficient in vitamin D can't process cholesterol normally, so it builds up in their blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. New research has identified a mechanism linking low vitamin D levels to heart disease risk, and may lead to ways to fix the problem, simply by increasing levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D inhibits the uptake of cholesterol by cells called macrophages. When people are deficient in vitamin D, the macrophage cells absorb more cholesterol, and can't get rid of it. The macrophages get clogged with cholesterol and become what scientists call foam cells, which are one of the earliest markers of atherosclerosis.

Macrophages are dispatched by the immune system in response to inflammation and often are activated by diseases such as diabetes.

Sources: Science Daily August 26, 2009 and www.mercola.com

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New model of cancer development proposed

In an article scheduled to appear in the Annals of Epidemiology, epidemiologist Cedric Garland, DrPH and his associates at the University of California San Diego's Moores Cancer Center propose that cancer, rather than commencing with genetic mutations, is initially caused by a reduction in the of ability of cells to stick together.

Research has shown that inadequate vitamin D can result in a loss of stickiness between cells as well as a loss of differentiation, which causes cells to revert to a stem cell-like state. Additionally, extracellular calcium ions are necessary for intercellular adherence.

"The first event in cancer is loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels," explained Dr Garland, who is a professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine "In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over."

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Hyperkyphosis Predicts Mortality Independent of

Vertebral Osteoporosis in Older Women

right arrow Deborah M. Kado, MD, MS; Li-Yung Lui, MA, MS; Kristine E. Ensrud, MD, MPH; Howard A. Fink, MD, MPH; Arun S. Karlamangla, PhD, MD; and Steven R. Cummings, MD,
Annals of Internal Medicine :
19 May 2009 | Volume 150 Issue 10 | Pages 681-687

Accessed 02 June 2009

Background: Excessive kyphosis may be associated with earlier mortality, but previous studies have not controlled for clinically silent vertebral fractures, which are a known mortality risk factor.

Objective: To determine whether hyperkyphosis predicts increased mortality independent of vertebral fractures.

Design: Prospective cohort study.

Setting: Four clinical centers in Baltimore County, Maryland; Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Monongahela Valley, Pennsylvania.

Patients: 610 women, age 67 to 93 years, from a cohort of 9704 women recruited from community-based listings between 1986 and 1988.

Measurements: Kyphosis was measured by using a flexicurve. Prevalent radiographic vertebral fractures at baseline were defined by morphometry, and mortality was assessed during an average follow-up of 13.5 years.

Results: In age-adjusted models, each SD increase in kyphosis carried a 1.14-fold increased risk for death (95% CI, 1.02 to 1.27; P = 0.023). After adjustment for age and other predictors of mortality, including such osteoporosis-related factors as low bone density, moderate and severe prevalent vertebral fractures, and number of prevalent vertebral fractures, women with greater kyphosis were at increased risk for earlier death (relative hazard per SD increase, 1.15 [CI, 1.01 to 1.30]; P = 0.029). On stratification by prevalent vertebral fracture status, only women with prevalent fractures were at increased mortality risk from hyperkyphosis, independent of age, self-reported health, smoking, spine bone mineral density, number of vertebral fractures, and severe vertebral fractures (relative hazard per SD increase, 1.58 [CI, 1.06 to 2.35]; P = 0.024).

Limitation: The study population included only white women.

Conclusion: In older women with vertebral fractures, hyperkyphosis predicts an increased risk for death, independent of underlying spinal osteoporosis and the extent and severity of vertebral fractures.

Primary Funding Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and National Institute on Aging.

Source: http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/abstract/150/10/681

Take home message: Have your spine adjusted by a chiropractor regularly.

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Neti pots have been used in India and South East Asia for centuries to clear the nasal passages and sinuses. Enthusiasts believe that regular use of the neti pot relieves allergy symptoms and scientific studies have shown nasal irrigation to be a safe and effective treatment for people with a history of sinusitis. Neti pot users often report dramatic improvements in chronic conditions such as asthma, headaches, depression, and sleep problems.

The concept behind the neti pot, or nose bidet, is simple. Every day substances and pollutants enter our sinus cavities through our noses. Centuries ago, the kinds of materials that entered our bodies through our nose were probably a lot less harmful that the substances that enter our body through our nose today. Rinsing your sinuses can become part of your daily cleansing routine, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower – it’s easy and the health benefits are myriad.


The Amazing Neti Pot  by Ann Quasarano

Neti Pot Instructions:


  • Wash and completely dry your neti pot.
  • Add the saline solution. You can purchase a commercial product at a health food store or drug store, but you can also make your own. Mix one-half teaspoon uniodized salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Always use warm water, not hot, not cold – remember, this will be going in your nose. If it’s too hot, it will burn, if it’s too cold, you’ll get the worst brain freeze you can imagine! Uniodized salt is used because iodized salt may be irritating when used over a long period of time. Add a pinch of baking soda.
  • Lean over your sink, lower your head sideways, and pour the water-salt-soda solution in one side of your nose.
  • The water will run out of the other side of your nose! No, you won't swallow it, not if you’re leaning your head over and have it twisted sideways.
  • If you’re congested, use the entire 8 ounces of water to cleanse your sinuses, otherwise, 4 ounces should be enough.
  • After using the neti pot, you may like to do the following exercise before gently blowing your nose: lean forward from the hips and waist, head hanging down, and turn your head from side to side.
  • Some practitioners recommend “drying” the sinuses by breathing in and out rapidly through both nostrils.
  • For many, the benefits of using a neti pot are almost immediate – you’ll breathe easier with a nose that no longer feels clogged or runny. Although it may feel “weird” at first, the benefits are certainly worth overcoming your initial reaction!

Source: http://www.4yourtype.com/2010_newsletter_v7n8.asp#Lectures



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