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Alternative Medicine News – December 23, 2013

Cancer Risk Factors, Glycemic Index, Turmeric For Alzheimer’s, Processed Foods To Avoid, Statins Show No Benefit

Bottom Line
Little-Known Risk Factors For Cancer

Every day you might be exposed to cancer risks from simple things in your life.

One example is fruit juice. Another is the light from your beside alarm clock.

Sounds pretty unlikely, doesn’t it?

But the research shows such small things can have big consequences.

Another unexpected link to cancer is dealing with heavy traffic regularly. You can chalk that one up to stress.

Learn more about this study and what you can do to minimize the negative impact of daily exposure.

You will find the information here.

Life Extension
Scientists Clarify Benefits And Use Of Glycemic Index, Load And Response

You might have heard about the glycemic index. It is used to estimate a food’s affect on blood sugar.

This is important for people with diabetes. It also matters if you have hypoglycemia or weight problems.

The researchers concluded that low glycemic foods reduce the chances of getting diabetes and heart disease.

If you want to know how foods affect blood sugar, Harvard Medical School has a list here. Note that anything below 55 on the scale is considered low glycemic.

Learn more about this study here.

Green Med Info
Turmeric Produces ‘Remarkable’ Recovery in Alzheimer’s Patients

Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years. And today people there have some of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the world.

A recent study on patients with AD found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in ‘remarkable improvements.’

Note that this isn’t just slowing the disease. It refers to actually reversing it. That’s pretty amazing.

You might know turmeric as a curry spice. But you can also get it in supplement form. The Latin name for it is curcumin. I take 250 mg of this herb twice a day.

If you want to know more about the study, you will find it here. If you want to learn about an excellent source of curcumin, you can find that information here

Yahoo Health
9 Processed Foods To Ditch Right Now

Some foods people think are healthy aren’t.

There are many foods you might have thought were good for you, but are health disasters. You might be surprised at what’s included.

For example, yogurt is often thought of as a health food. But not all yogurt is. The same is true of some foods with added fiber, low fat content and sugar-free products.

Yahoo Health has a pictorial essay showing you which foods to avoid. You can read more about them here.

Waking Times
Cholesterol Lowering Statins Provide No Benefit: Study of 4 Million People

Statistics are slippery.

Why? Mostly because they can be massaged to say anything.

One great example of this is the statistics used to claim cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. These numbers led to the creation of the multi-billion dollar statin drugs.

But is this connection real?

That was the question asked in this Swedish study. They studied 4 million people to see if lowering cholesterol with statins reduced heart disease. The result? Those taking the drugs got no heart-protective benefit.

And, of course, that doesn’t even include the awful side-effects of these drugs.

Read about this study and it’s startling conclusions here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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