~ August 2008 - A Scientific Solution to Unsightly Cellulite

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  • A Scientific Solution to Unsightly Cellulite

    By Laurie Barclay, MD

    Cellulite affects nearly every woman as she gets older. The skin dimpling and bumps typically seen on the thighs, hips, and buttocks is a condition that women have endured for centuries.

    While purported "cures" for cellulite abound, the billions of dollars spent on specialized creams, diets, and massage therapies have not overcome the problem. The reason why these methods have failed is because they have approached cellulite as purely a cosmetic problem and neglected to address its underlying causes.

    Fortunately, major scientific discoveries have uncovered the factors that cause cellulite.

    Dermatology experts have taken these new data to develop powerful topical agents that target cellulite by correcting the underlying abnormalities involved in its formation. These active botanicals have been shown to help restore smooth and youthful body contours to the hips and thighs.

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  • Novel Drug Therapy Immediately Reverses Alzheimer's Cognitive Deficits

    By William Faloon

    Twenty million Americans alive today are destined to contract Alzheimer's disease, an affliction that robs us of memory, intelligence, and eventually our most rudimentary cognitive abilities.

    Newly diagnosed Alzheimer's victims are told they will suffer a relentless decline in their neurological function until death. Initial symptoms are short-term memory lapses that worsen until patients cannot recognize their own family members. As dementia progresses, hostile emotional outbursts often manifest, while the patient loses the ability to take care of one's self—even to the extent of going to the bathroom.

    The few drugs approved to treat Alzheimer's symptoms produce only modest short-term effects. Some patients cannot tolerate them at all.

    Up until now, a diagnosis of Alzheimer's meant one was destined to slowly be deprived of all cognitive function—a condition that tops the list of aging people's disease fears.

    Breakthrough Therapy Results in Rapid Cognitive Improvement

    Scientists have linked chronic inflammatory events in the brain with the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. A causative inflammatory factor in the neuronal degeneration of Alzheimer's disease is a cytokine called tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha).

    There are several nutrients that decrease TNF-alpha levels in the body.23-45 Ingestion of these nutrients is associated with reduced Alzheimer's disease incidence.43-45 For those already afflicted with Alzheimer's dementia, however, more than just reducing TNF-alpha level is needed to reverse the course of the disease.

    In 1998, an anti-TNF-alpha drug called Enbrel® (etanercept) was approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Enbrel® does not reduce TNF-alpha in the body. Instead, it functions by binding to TNF-alpha and blocking its ability to latch on to TNF-alpha receptor sites on cell membranes. By interfering with the action of TNF-alpha in this way, the toxic effects of excess TNF-alpha are diminished.

    I am going to tell you how Enbrel® can be administered to Alzheimer's patients in a special way so that it flows directly into the brain, but readers should first understand how TNF-alpha causes senile dementia.

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  • Estriol: Its Weakness is Its Strength

    By Olivia A.M. Franks, ND and Jonathan V. Wright, MD, Life Extension Scientific Advisory Board Member

    Estriol, an estrogen that has virtually been ignored by the mainstream medical community, is one of the three principal estrogens produced by the body. Estriol was originally thought to have little significance due to its weak estrogenic activity when compared with estrone and estradiol. Nonetheless, research has found that its weakness may very well be its strength.

    Studies suggest that when the lower-potency estrogen, estriol, is administered topically, it does not increase the risk of hormone-dependent cancers of the breast or endometrium (uterine lining). However, having weaker estrogenic effects does not mean that estriol has none of the benefits that come with more potent estrogens. Studies suggest that estriol reduces symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, but with a better safety profile compared with more potent estrogens. This makes estriol a better choice for bioidentical hormone-replacement treatment regimes.

    That is not all this 'weak' hormone is good for! Research suggests that estriol has benefits for bone density, heart health, multiple sclerosis, and postmenopausal urinary tract health. In this article, we will review the attributes of this 'weaker' estrogen, and why this estrogen is currently in the news.

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  • Preventing Migraine Pain with Butterbur

    By Charles Platt

    Every year, nearly a million people in the United States end up in the emergency room seeking relief from debilitating migraine pain. Severe migraine headaches remain an unresolved medical issue for millions of people despite the availability of powerful drugs and specialty migraine clinics.

    For most people, taming their migraines is an ongoing series of trial and error events using various medications and stress-reduction therapies. For some, however, the very drugs taken to resolve migraine may actually create a chronic migraine condition. Alarming studies have even shown that those who suffer from a certain type of migraine are at risk for life-threatening cardiovascular disease.

    Given the severity of the problem, alternative methods are urgently needed to deal with this serious health issue. Clinical studies from Germany have positively confirmed that an herbal extract known as butterbur (Petasites hybridus) may cut the frequency of migraine headaches by up to 50% in long-term migraine sufferers. Sadly, many Americans still remain unaware of this unique supplement, which has been shown to be as effective as many prescription medications in preventing migraine with far fewer side effects.

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  • Featured Product: Butterbur Extract With Standardized Rosmarinic Acid - For nearly three decades, doctors in Germany have prescribed a standardized extract of the herb butterbur to their patients suffering from nasal discomfort and its related problems. Butterbur's main active ingredient is petasin, a phytochemical that may reduce spasms in smooth muscle, thus relaxing swollen nasal membranes.

    Butterbur Extract with Standardized Rosmarinic Acid contains a patented butterbur extract. State of the art technology allows for standardization of butterbur's key active ingredients while ensuring that the extract is free of any undesirable compounds.

    This formula also contains standardized rosmarinic acid, a plant polyphenol derived from rosemary leaf. Rosmarinic acid suppresses inflammatory responder cells, thus providing effective, temporary relief while supporting healthy immune function. Luteolin, another plant flavonoid, has been shown to help maintain normal respiratory function. Also included is perilla leaf extract. When enriched with rosmarinic acid, perilla leaf extract has been shown to provide significant seasonal support for the body.
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