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Young woman drinking coffee in urban cafeCBS News (11/16, Welch) reports on a study published in Circulation based on data covering “almost 168,000 women and over 40,000 men,” some of them for up to 30 years, finding that those who drank fewer that five cups of coffee daily “had a lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, type 2 diabetes and suicide.”

NBC News (11/16, Fox) reports that the study found that those “who drink regular, moderate amounts of coffee are less likely to die from a range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.” It also found no additional benefit beyond five cups per day and that the benefit appeared whether the coffee was regular or decaffeinated. The study found that people who drank coffee regularly were also more likely to smoke. Coffee drinkers who did not smoke were “between 8 and 15 percent less likely to die,” than non-coffee drinkers. The study did not identify whether coffee drinkers added cream, milk, or sugar to their coffee. The authors suggested that antioxidants may play a role, but said that the chief finding is that coffee drinking is not harmful.

CNN (11/16, Storrs) reports the effect is clear only among those who drink coffee and “never smoked.” Among those, there was a 6% to 8% lower death rate connected to drinking up to 3 cups daily, and a 15% lower rate among those who drank 3 to 5 cups, and a 12% lower rate among those who drank over 5 cups daily. One possibility suggested is that coffee drinkers “drink less soda,” while it is also suggested that the lignans and chlorogenic acid in coffee “could reduce inflammation and help control blood sugar,” and so “reduce the risk of heart disease,” which was 10% lower among coffee drinkers. In addition, coffee drinkers had a 9% to 37% lower rate of death from “neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia.” They also had “between 20% and 36% lower rates of suicide.”

Reuters (11/16, Doyle) explains that the research did not allow for causal conclusions, but only associations among groups of people who drank varying amounts of coffee.

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detoxThe Problem of Toxicity

In recent history, mankind has managed to drastically change the chemistry ofthe environment in which we live. For example, in 2000 alone, more than 4 billion pounds of chemicals were released into the ground, threatening a portion of the soil we grow our food in and the natural underground water tables that supply some of our drinking water. Over 260 million pounds of chemicals were also discharged into surface waters such as lakes and rivers.

Nearly 2 billion pounds of chemical emissions were pumped into the air we breathe. A grand total of over 6 billion pounds of chemical pollutants were released into the environment we eat, breathe and live in–all in just one year. To compound the problem of our toxic environment, we have refined away much of the nutritional value of our food and replaced it with artificial colorings, preservatives, flavorings, conditioners, etc. This poor quality diet–combined with extensive use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture–may have predisposed many of us to experience a kind of “internal” pollution. Internal pollution occurs when toxins enter the body from the environment or are produced by unhealthy bacteria in the intestine. Internal pollution negatively impacts many aspects of our overall health.

What does this problem of toxicity mean for us individually?

It may present a threat to the vibrant level of health that we would like to enjoy. But whether we succumb to the adverse effects of toxicity depends on our knowledge of the subject and the choices we make. We need to take personal responsibility to make sure that we do not fall victim to toxicity. That involves learning what we need to do to help our body protect itself.

Basic Ways To Avoid Toxicity

Let’s begin with some of the basic requirements to avoid toxicity. Do all you can to purify your work and home environments. If you know the source of any toxic materials at work (i.e., stored or leaking chemicals, dyes, paints, solvents, glues, acids) or household offenders (i.e., insecticides, cleaning agents), remove them if possible. If the offending materials cannot be removed, an effective air purification system may be needed.

Protective clothing and/or breathing apparatus should be worn when using any toxic materials. Regular replacement of furnace and air conditioning filters may also be helpful. It is also very important to eat a good diet with plenty of fresh, wholesome foods. Avoid eating excess fat, refined sugar, and foods high in additives and preservatives. Eat moderate levels of protein (approximately 15% to 20% of your calories) and fat (approximately 20% of your calories), while increasing levels of complex carbohydrates (approximately 60% of your calories).

Consume meats from organically raised animals and select organically grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Drink plenty of purified water(ideally, eight 8-ounce glasses a day). A home water purification system is highly desirable to provide pure water for drinking and cooking.

Support Your Body’s Efforts to Eliminate Toxicity

One thing is certain in our effort to purify our work and home environments: it is impossible to avoid toxicity completely! With that realization, the importance of supporting your body’s efforts to eliminate accumulated toxins cannot be overstated. The illustration on the front side of this sheet outlines the body’s natural detoxification mechanism and helps us understand the best way to strengthen and support it. Please take a minute now and consider it closely.

Water or Juice Fasts Are Less Complete

Formerly it was believed that a water or juice fast was a preferred detoxification program. These fasts were thought to work under the principle that the body will be able to clear stored toxins and heal itself when the “stress” of digestion and the further accumulation of toxins are eliminated. The modern-day realization that the body’s detoxification mechanism is a heavily nutrient-supported process has made it clear that simple juice or water fasting is less complete and no longer the method of choice. Prolonged fasting may weaken muscles and various organs because of protein losses and a gradual slowing of metabolic activity as the body endeavors to conserve its depleted energy resources.

More Complete Support for Detoxification

A better approach to detoxification is to nourish the body thoroughly, fueling its natural detoxification mechanism with the nutrients needed to achieve optimal detoxification activity. By providing high quality protein, complex carbohydrates and essential fats, the body gets what it needs to prevent muscle and organ breakdown and depleted energy resources. But that is just the beginning. Nutrients are needed to support and protect the function of the organs directly involved in detoxification: the liver, the intestinal tract and the kidneys—which measure out the chemicals to keep in the body and the ones to excrete through urine. Intelligent application of nutrition may help in the following ways:

The intestines support regular bowel movements, eliminate the build-up of unhealthy microorganisms and internal toxins, and provide a strong and intact barrier to prevent the leakage of toxic materials from the intestines into circulation. The nutrients zinc and pantothenic acid, the amino acid L-glutamine, carbohydrates known as fructooligosaccharides, and beneficial microorganisms known as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are a few of the substances that support the health and integrity of intestinal function.

The liver filters out and transforms toxic substances that have entered the blood into harmless substances that can be excreted in the urine. Vitamins A, B3, B6, C, and E, beta-carotene, the amino acids L-cysteine and L-glutamine, along with compounds known as glutathione and phospholipids, are some of the substances that support liver function. Also, it appears that the ratio of dietary protein to carbohydrate may be a very important factor in determining the ability of the liver to detoxify certain substances.

The kidneys are a vital component in detoxification of metabolic waste received from the liver and provide a route for toxin excretion via the urine. Vitamins B6, B12, and folates (including folic acid and L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate) support folate deficiencies and lower homocysteine levels typically found in patients with considerable renal concerns. Herbs such as cordyceps mycelium extract and Chinese salvia root prevent toxic offense to the kidneys. N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is an amino acid derivative that is well-known for its highly potent antioxidant activity in reducing free radical activity to support the structure and function of the kidneys.

Weight reduction and management is helpful for those who are overweight. Excess fat provides a ready storage site for fat-loving toxins entering the body. Once deposited there, it is very difficult to remove them. Unless the excess fat is removed, they remain there with the possibility of being a continual source of toxicity.

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Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Men's Health.

shutterstock_124300003Men experience andropause, which is an age-related decline in testosterone. It is a medical condition and treatment is available. This testosterone decline occurs gradually over a thirty year period. The symptoms become more apparent and they include increased fatigue both in the morning and at night, decreased interest in sex, and increased irritability, risks for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and prostate cancer.

Often men chalk these changes up to stress at work or financial pressures at home, but the fact is an age-related decline in testosterone is a medical condition and treatment is available.

Common symptoms include: negative attitudes about life in general, a loss of focus and drive, questioning one’s values and accomplishments, decreased libido, depression, and even cognitive impairments. Physical changes can also occur and are characterized by thinning hair, a decline in lean muscle tissue and an increase in body fat. A decrease in bone mass is another major problem associated with declining levels of testosterone. In fact recent studies have shown that up to 30% of men over 60 have problems with osteoporosis, and one out of every six men will fracture a hip as a result of decreased bone density.

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Maintaining your ideal body weight can be a frustrating and difficult task. You may have heard or suspected that your hormones have something to do with your inability to lose weight. Well, that can absolutely be the case for many women, especially if you have had children, been on birth control pills or are approaching mid-life.

 

  • Excessive Estrogen Turns More Calories Into Fat.

 

You can see the dramatic effects of this in the dairy industry. They give excess amounts of estrogen to the cows because it fattens them up. Which is also why it is a good idea to eat and drink organic dairy and meat products. To make matters worse, your fat cells actually make more estrogen, and your estrogen causes more fatty tissue growth. This excess fat usually accumulates around the abdomen when you are estrogen dominant because estrogen levels also impact where the body distributes fat. This is a vicious cycle that can be greatly mitigated by balancing your estrogen out with proper levels of natural progesterone.

 

  • Progesterone Helps Your Thyroid Hormones Function More Efficiently.

 

When you have low levels of progesterone your liver produces excess amounts of a protein called Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG). This TBG binds to the thyroid hormones your body makes. This basically means it blocks, or ties up the hormone so that it is not able to be utilized properly by your body. The net effect of this is a form of Hypothyroidism that some refer to as Type 2 Hypothyroidism, which does not show up on blood tests since the problem is within your cells rather than in your blood.

 

  • Progesterone Lowers Insulin Levels.

 

Insulin is affected by hormone imbalance, and estrogen dominance can lead to the release of excess insulin. Increases in insulin can lead to sugar cravings that can be hard to control. This is why many women crave chocolate or other sweets during PMS. It’s all making sense now isn’t it?

 

  • Progesterone is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory.

 

Reducing inflammation also helps your brain to receive anther hormone called Leptin, which helps to regulate your appetite. Balanced hormones make it easier to eat in moderation and lose weight.

 

  • Progesterone is a Natural Sleep Aid.

 

This is because progesterone has a calming effect on the brain. Estrogen on the other hand has an excitatory effect on the brain. Because of this, women with estrogen dominance typically sleep very restlessly. Sleep deprivation is also associated with disrupting the hormone that regulates your appetite (Leptin). Lack of sleep has been linked to both increased calorie consumption and reduced energy expenditure (more calories in and fewer calories out).

 

  • Progesterone Reduces Fluid Retention.

 

When Estrogen levels are not balanced out by adequate levels of progesterone, women tend to retain more fluid than usual. Progesterone is a natural diuretic and can greatly reduce bloating and swelling.

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Testosterone TherapyThis study involving over 25,000 older men shows that testosterone therapy does not increase men’s risk for heart attack.

Previous research on the effects of testosterone therapy on cardiovascular outcomes has yielded inconsistent results.  Jacques Baillargeon, from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Texas, USA), and colleagues examined enrollment and claims Medicare data 25,420 Medicare beneficiaries 66 years or older treated with testosterone for up to eight years.. Men of the same age, race, Medicaid eligibility, and health status who did not receive testosterone therapy were used as a control group for comparison.   The analyses showed that testosterone therapy did not associate with an increased risk of heart attack. Further, testosterone users with a higher probability of cardiovascular problems had a lower rate of heart attacks in comparison to equivalent patients who did not receive testosterone therapy.  Observing that: “Older men who were treated with intramuscular testosterone did not appear to have an increased risk of [heart attack],” the study authors submit that: “For men with high [heart attack] risk, testosterone use was modestly protective.”

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