Coconut oil may be able to reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews

Reliable conclusions about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease remain elusive, and effective drugs to treat the disease remain equally scarce. An actual pharmaceutical cure seems as close to becoming reality as a cure for cancer (i.e. nowhere in sight). Yet a Florida doctor was actually able to reverse her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease just by giving him four teaspoons of coconut oil per day. In the course of a year he not only regained the ability to exercise and to care for himself, but his brain atrophy was completely halted.

The most cutting-edge research suggests that Alzheimer’s may stem from an inability of the brain to process glucose, leading to cell death. But the brain has another source of fuel: ketones, produced by the body from mid-chain triglycerides like those found in coconut oil. In fat, the most promising experimental Alzheimer’s drugs being tested today is nothing more than medium-chain triglycerides derived from coconut and palm kernel oil.

Coconut oil also turns out to be an extraordinary cooking oil because it resists smoking, even at high temperatures. Try cooking in coconut oil instead of olive oil (or cheaper vegetable oils) and you’ll notice a clear difference. Finally, coconut oil is also a fantastic food storage item as long as you can keep it cool. It’s a dense source of healthy calories that’s usable as both food and medicine. In fact, it can be used as the base for many salves, pastes or even herbal suppositories.

Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike Adams and David Guiterrez. This report reveals surprising things about where your food comes from and what’s really in it! Download the full report (FREE) by clicking here. Inside, you’ll learn 24 more amazing but true facts about foods, beverages and food ingredients. Instant download of the complete PDF. All 25 facts are documented and true.

Additional Sources:
http://www.coconutketones.com/
http://www.anh-usa.org/coconut-oil-and-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-disease/

 

 

Alkaline-forming foods prevent acid reflux, heartburn, GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus

by: JB Bardot { natural news }

Acid reflux is the condition where food and stomach acids regurgitate back into the esophagus, causing burning pain in the lower chest accompanied by a host of other symptoms such as bloating, belching, sore throats, snoring, difficulty breathing and ulcers.

The early stages of digestion occur with the release of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to break down foods. Later during the digestive process, bicarbonate is released by the pancreas to help neutralize those acids. In some instances, this process doesn’t happen, contributing to painful reflux or GERD symptoms. Eating certain alkaline-forming foods can help reduce over-acidity and calm the stomach, relieving pain and other unwanted symptoms. In addition, foods that contribute to an alkaline-forming state in the system help prevent acidosis, a serious bodily condition that sets the stage for all disease.

High-potassium foods

Foods with high levels of potassium may help prevent or resolve acid reflux. The list is considerable and many are foods you may already include in a daily dietary plan. Bananas, honey, lemons, apple cider vinegar, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes – to name a few – are excellent sources of potassium.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) in particular is touted by many people as an effective cure for acid reflux. If using ACV, it is best to mix one to two tablespoons with an eight-ounce glass of water and drink it all at once. If that’s too much vinegar, reduce the amount and work back up to the full quantity. Always use organic vinegar with “the mother” visible in the jar; it looks like a swirling cloud and indicates the vinegar is organic.

Lemon juice makes a slightly milder drink than does the ACV and works in a similar manner, to neutralize stomach acids and reduce heartburn and acid reflux. Squeeze the juice of one half lemon into eight ounces of filtered water and drink it at once. It’s even more effective if the water is warm, but avoid warming it in a microwave oven.

Ancient grains

Certain ancient grains, or tiny grains, are alkaline-forming and high in potassium, making them a good bet to include in a diet that targets acid reflux. Tiny grains – consisting of millet, quinoa and amaranth – make good replacements for processed, white flour products that have been stripped of their nutrients and fiber. Tiny grains are also an excellent replacement for people who have problems with gluten, because all three are gluten free, nutty and delicious.

Baking soda

Although not considered a food in its own right, baking soda is one of the primary ingredients that can help relieve the burning pains of acid reflux – fast. Baking soda is extremely alkaline and can not only neutralize stomach acids quickly, but will alkalize the entire system, reducing acidosis systemicly. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of water and drink immediately. Because it is high in salt, baking soda can raise your blood pressure. If you take medicines for hypertension, speak to your health care professional before using baking soda for acid reflux.

Raw foods

The majority of raw vegetables and fruits are alkaline and easy to digest. Cooking these foods lowers their alkalinity, making them somewhat more acidic. Raw fruits and vegetables contain lots of enzymes to assist digestion. Choose the freshest, blemish-free items. The sweeter the fruit, the more alkaline it becomes – in other words, ripened bananas are better for your digestive tract than those that are still yellow or even green.

Sources for this article include:

The Acid Alkaline Balance; Felicia Drury Kliment; 2002

Drugs.com: Baking Soda
http://www.drugs.com/cons/pure-baking-soda.html

The pH Miracle; Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young; 2003

Drugs.com: Potassium Content of Foods
http://www.drugs.com/cg/potassium-content-of-foods-list.html

Alkalize or Die; Dr. Theodore A. Baroody; 1991

Mayo Clinic: Heartburn
http://www.mayoclinic.com

Life Extension.org: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
http://www.lef.org

About the author:
JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle.

Women can smell STD infection in men, reveals new science

by: David Gutierrez, staff writer (NaturalNews)

Men carrying certain sexually transmitted infections may actually smell worse to women than men without such infections, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk, Russia and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

“Our research revealed that infectious disease reduces odor attractiveness in humans,” lead researcher Mikhail Moshkin said. “We can conclude that unpleasant body odor of infected persons can reduce the probability of a dangerous partnership,”

Moshkin and his fellow researchers had previously observed that female rats and mice appeared to be less attracted to — or even actively repelled by — the smell of males who had been infected with viruses or parasites. They wanted to find out if human females have any similar ability to detect infection with their noses.

To test the hypothesis, the researchers selected 34 male participants between the ages of 17 and 25. Thirteen of the participants were currently infected with gonorrhea, five had previously been diagnosed with the infection but had since been treated, and sixteen did not have any sexually transmitted infection.

Researchers collected spit samples from all the male participants, and also had them wear t-shirts with cotton pads in the armpits. After an hour of sweating, the men placed their t-shirts in a bag and the cotton pads were placed in glass vials.

Eighteen female students from Kemerovo State University, all between the ages of 17 and 20, were asked to smell the sweat samples and rate the smell on a scale of one (least pleasant) to 10. They were also asked to choose the word from a list that best described the odor; options included floral, fruity, minty, putrid, vegetable and woody.

Infected men smell more “putrid”

The women rated the sweat of the healthy men nearly twice as pleasant as that of the infected men. They judged nearly half of the infected men’s samples as foul-smelling. In contrast, only one-third of the overall samples were rated as foul-smelling.

Similarly, while 26 percent of the healthy men’s samples were described as “floral,” only 10 percent of the samples from the infected men were described with that adjective. A full 40 percent of the infected men’s samples were described as “putrid,” compared with just 30 percent of the samples from the healthy men.

The researchers concluded that women have a definite ability to discern a difference in smell between infected and healthy men, perhaps as “part of an evolutionary mechanism ensuring, unconsciously, avoidance of a risky romantic partner.”

While the mechanism by which women seem to be able to “smell” infection remains unknown, the researchers believe that the men’s immune system may play a key role. They found that the higher the concentration of antibodies in a man’s saliva, the less pleasant the smell of his sweat to women. This finding “call[s] attention to the crucial role of the immune system in the modulation of odor attractiveness resulting from an infection,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers noted that while the results are certainly suggestive of a significant smell difference, men with sexually transmitted infections can mask their scent effectively with deodorant.

Whether women with sexually transmitted infections or men with infections other than gonorrhea smell noticeably different from healthy women and men remains unknown.

“Non Food Related News”FBI rips through innocent woman’s door with a chainsaw

by: J. D. Heyes { natural news }

One thing’s for sure, life for Fitchburg, Mass., resident Judy Sanchez and her three-year-old daughter will never be quite the same, thanks to appallingly bad intelligence – and judgment – used recently by a team of FBI agents.

In late January, a team of agents launched a city-wide hunt for a drug and weapons gang. As part of the operation, agents swarmed Sanchez’s building in the hopes of nabbing one of their suspects.

Some of the agents gathered in front of Apartment 2R. They revved up the chainsaw they brought with them to cut through the front door and buzzed away.

The only problem is the guy they were looking for lives in Apartment 2F. So all they found was a very stunned Sanchez and her daughter.

It all began shortly after 6 a.m. Sanchez, 29, told local media she heard a pounding on her door just before her alarm was set to go off.

“I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door,” she said. “And I was freaking out. I didn’t know what to do.”

It only took a few moments for the chainsaw to chew through most of the door. Then, an agent on the FBI’s arrest team kicked in what remained, further traumatizing the occupants, no doubt. But the traumatizing didn’t end there.

“That’s when I heard the clicking of a gun and I heard ‘FBI, get down!’, so I laid right on down,” Sanchez said.

Agents even traumatized the family pet.

“[T]hey said get your dog, so I got her and at the same time I am laying in her urine because she did pee on herself at the same time,” said Sanchez. That’s saying something, considering the family dog is a three-month-old Pit Bull.

Not content at the level of terror already inflicted – again, wrongly – agents made Sanchez lay prostrate on the floor for 35 minutes, while her daughter cried for her in another room. One report said Sanchez was forced to lay in the dog’s urine.

“I was told not to move, so I didn’t move,” she said, adding she feared she would be shot if she did move.

Getting it Right

Finally, after what likely seemed an eternity for Sanchez and her family, the feds realized they were in the wrong place, so they left and arrested the right person.

Sanchez was left shaking her head and wondering how, after a two-year investigation, the FBI couldn’t even pick the right apartment.

“The looks on their faces when they knew they got the wrong door was priceless,” she said, adding they looked “dumbfounded.”

Later in the day, Sanchez said an agent came by to apologize, but to her it seemed half-hearted and less than genuine.

“For me it felt routine apology, it felt like just a regular, ‘I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Here’s the phone number for your landlord to get reimbursed for the door, have a good day,'” she said.

“I don’t think it’s good enough,” she told a local newspaper. “It’s a start.”