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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Health Care charts

Keeping busy these days. Lots going on. I'll keep this one short, lol.

Two health care flow charts:

Obama Care

Free Market

Speaking of health, during some of my recent downtime, I got a chance to watch a lot of "Andromeda". I never paid much attention to it while it was originally airing (I'm so indifferent to TV and have no TV habit). James rented or bought most all of the whole series and I've really enjoyed the persistent theme of hope that runs through the whole series. My favorite character in the show (aside from Captain Hunt) is Trance.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Cognition and Mental Health - Folate and B12 Relationship

The relationship between diet and how sharp your brain could be. Interesting 'food for thought' from Science Daily regarding the relationships of high or low folate, with B12.

B12 is found in animal foods such as eggs, poultry, dairy, fish and meat. Folate is abundant in greens and citrus.

If one has a diet emphasizing high Folate level, normal levels of B12 are essential.

Having a HIGH folate level and low B12 leads to problems regarding nerves and proper function of gray matter and cognition. Loss of bone density, difficulty coping with stress and anemia are associated with low levels of B12 as well. Inability to cope with stress can be especially problematic.

Ironically, high levels of folate may actually NOT be bioavailable to the vegetarian who has a B12 deficiency. (following emphasis, mine)
Cobalamin deficiency renders folate largely biologically ineffective, although its plasma concentrations and distribution appear sufficient.
While some people often have poor diets to begin with and consume depleted processed foods, the main thing I take away from this, in light also to increased diabetes in our society is that that the increased emphasis on moving away from animal sources of food may well be compounding problems in the bigger picture.

Links to two articles....

Folate, More Is Not Always Better would have been the better title for this one at Science Daily (Nov. 26, 2007)
...The researchers found an interesting association among seniors aged 60 and older whose vitamin B12 blood levels were low. Aging and taking stomach-acid blockers can contribute to a gradual lessening of B12 absorption in the body.

People with high folate and low B12 status were found to be at a disadvantage when compared to those with normal folate and low B12 status; the former group was more likely to exhibit both anemia and cognitive impairment...
Older article (February) Folate and B12 May Influence Cognition Science Daily (Feb. 12, 2007)
. . . between 1999 and 2002, Morris and colleagues found that people with normal vitamin B12 status and high serum folate, which is a measure of folate in the blood, had higher scores on a test of cognitive function. Blood tests were used to determine folate and vitamin B12 levels, and the cognitive function test assessed aptitudes such as response speed, sustained attention, visual spatial skills, associative learning, and memory. Cognitive impairment was identified when a subject fell into the bottom 20th percentile of the distribution on the test.

". . . people with low vitamin B12 status, high serum folate was associated with poor performance on the cognitive test." Seniors with low vitamin B12 status and high serum folate were also significantly more likely than seniors in other categories to have anemia, a condition caused by reduced amounts of hemoglobin in oxygen-carrying red blood cells, or by a deficiency in the number or volume of such cells.

"For seniors, low vitamin B12 status and high serum folate was the worst combination," says Morris. "Specifically, anemia and cognitive impairment were observed nearly five times as often for people with this combination than among people with normal vitamin B12 and normal folate." Vitamin B12 deficiency, which affects many seniors due to age-related decreases in absorption, can impact the production of DNA needed for new cells, as well as neurological function.

See the articles for the full context.

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Blogger John sent us a woof // July 01, 2008

The bloge was very informative and by this information we can stay healthy. I always knew about Folate and vitamin B12 but was never able to relate between them. Thanks!

John Randal
Addiction Recovery California   

Manna From Hell - The Scientist Daily

WOW, this is a fascinating piece by Julia C. Mead at The Scientist Daily. It is a very interesting and well written piece. A mystery about deaths that have swept selectively through certain regions of the Balkans; missing some people and villages while taking many others; people who tried to escape the black houses could be overtaken eventually. The folk explanation of it and the treatments which still do not result in a cure now have another layer of clues... molecular biology has added important elements to resolving the mystery. Fascinating!

Articles tend to go to pay per view or cache sometimes, so you have to move quickly on this if you want to read it. Like the mysterious illness in the novel The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, this article about a real and deadly disease captured my imagination about its ongoing tragedy.

You can catch the article now at this link.

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // November 28, 2007

Fascinating article! Thanks for posting it. A modern model of a similar endemic in the Middle Ages, Ergot in the grain.

Just goes to show, everything "natural" isn't necessarily good for you!


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Better Living Through Chemistry?

A happy Helmut who has nothing to do with the topic below

A significant amount of our immune systems is in our digestive tracts. It's a very complicated subject but the main idea to take away is that your body and its health is highly influenced by what you consume. This would be true for dogs too, but since the video is about people and this is an area of interest for me, I'm talking primarily about humans.

Quite a bit of our medical care is involved with treatment of symptoms via medications, without much understanding of the mechanisms by which the symptoms develop. Because of this particular orientation of our care providers, we are inundated with pharmaceutical solutions for the treatment of symptoms or prevention of those symptoms. Because the testing required for the approval of drugs has gotten extremely complicated and expensive, due to fears of their secondary effects, drugs are now very expensive. The action of the medications are not well understood, but the goal to achieve a 'better number' (on a lab test) or relief of a symptom -- without killing too many people, is used as proof of the medication's usefulness and relative safety. Therefore, actual disease processes remain unaddressed while the medications themselves put a damper on some aspect of normal metabolism, so that new symptoms and problems can develop. And the latter issue creates a circle whereby more review and testing must be done. Place a snake icon with the tip of it's tail in its mouth here and have it spinning round and round :O :(

Western medicine is not all bad. It has outstanding ability in the treatment of trauma and surgery, but it really has made little progress in the area of understanding what is needed to produce and maintain healthy bodies. This lack of progress in the latter areas has resulted in red herrings (false assumptions) becoming the foundation upon which other theories and fallacies of health are are borne. Because our country has such an outstanding reputation in surgical and trauma care, many other countries may sometimes assume that our preventive care is also up to par. This has not been borne out by annual studies by the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact the USA often lags by tens or more behind other countries regarding the relative health of individuals, lack of "age related" disability and the having longevity not impaired with disability. These differences are changing as more countries adapt "better living through chemistry" (prescription drugs) and more of our standard dietary practices and fallacies.

While the video below doesn't have captions so I can read what is being said, I'm familiar with the concepts behind the subject matter to post the video here. I urge more people to review what they may have been lead to believe in these areas and other areas of symptom treatment, such as gut problems. If after seeing the video, you'd like to read more, go and check out the website of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS) if science is your thing. More generally, and easier to read, I also highly recommend Weston A Price Foundation as a resource upon which to review concepts ideas regarding better health. None of these groups are going to try and sell you something but do try to educate you on choices you may not have considered. It is only when our mainstream citizen is informed, that changes in this pattern can happen.

The video: Dr Malcolm Kendrick speaks about World Health Organization data gathered in their MONI-CA study.

Want more?
I do have a scan from Dr. Kilmer McCully's book, "The Heart Revolution", which may help you understand why processed foods can be nutritionally lacking. Additionally, a favorite link that helps one build on the malnutrition angle is a book review of Dr. Weston A. Price's "Nutrition & Physical Degeneration". Before you actually read the latter book review in whole, just look at the photos and captions on these people -- and if it interests you, go on and read the book review. The skeleton reflects the health of the body as it develops and teeth are part of it, which is why Dr. Price studied teeth to assess the health of the people he visited in the 1930s. After checking out the teeth, read the rest of the book review by going to part 1 (in the link at the top of the page). Check out those teeth!

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