~ December 2008 - Health News to Help You Enjoy the Holidays
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- Natural Methods to Improve Vitality, Sexual Function, and Prostate Health
By Dale Kiefer
As men grow older, they often face daunting health challenges caused by the age-related decline in testosterone levels. As levels of free testosterone dwindle and estrogen levels increase, many men experience diminishing energy levels, reduced libido, decreasing muscle mass, deteriorating mood, abdominal obesity, and perhaps even faltering cognition. At the same time, they become increasingly prone to benign prostatic enlargement (BPH) and prostate cancer.
Testosterone replacement drug therapy has gained enormous popularity in recent years. Those who choose this method need to find a doctor willing to prescribe a testosterone cream drug that is then rubbed into the skin each day.
Alternatively, there are natural testosterone-boosting methods that have been around for centuries. Plant extracts such as chrysin and certain plant lignans inhibit the aromatization (conversion) of testosterone to estrogen, effectively enhancing free testosterone levels. Nettle root liberates testosterone in the body by preventing it from being bound to sex hormone-binding globulin.
Lignans have also shown promising results against prostate cancer, while plants like muira puama have been shown to improve desire and performance, allowing aging men to recapture their sexual pleasures.
This article discusses how men can regain much of their youthful vigor, body composition, and sense of well-being by using plant extracts to naturally restore their testosterone levels.
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- Preventing Macular Degeneration A New Theory
By Debora Yost
Pioneering Eye Surgeon Sees Hope for Treating Macular Degeneration with Natural Hormones
Plant caroteinoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin were long ago shown to help prevent macular degeneration. But is there more that can be done to protect against this epidemic of blindness?
George W. Rozakis, MD is a Cornell-trained biomedical engineer specializing in laser eye surgery and lens implants. A pioneer in the field of LASIK surgery,1 Dr. Rozakis is now vigorously involved in anti-aging medical research.
Dr. Rozakis is focusing on a potential breakthrough in treating macular degeneration, a condition that gradually destroys central vision. Also called age-related macular degeneration, it is the leading cause of blindness in people aged 65 and older.
Dr. Rozakis believes that restoring the correct balance of natural hormones that decline with age can retard and possibly even reverse the progression of macular degeneration. To investigate this hypothesis, he is setting up a long-term study and is currently seeking subjects to participate in the trial.
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- Metabolic Danger of High-Fructose Corn Syrup
By Dana Flavin, MS, MD, PHD
Americans are being poisoned by a common additive present in a wide array of processed foods like soft drinks and salad dressings, commercially made cakes and cookies, and breakfast cereals and brand-name breads.
This commonplace additive silently increases our risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.
The name of this toxic additive is high-fructose corn syrup. It is so ubiquitous in processed foods and so over-consumed by the average American that many experts believe our nation faces the prospect of an epidemic of metabolic disease in the future, related in significant degree to excess consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.
The food industry has long known that "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way." And cane sugar had been America's most delightful sweetener of choice, that is, until the 1970s, when the much less expensive corn-derived sweeteners like maltodextrin and high-fructose corn syrup were developed. While regular table sugar (sucrose) is 50% fructose and 50% glucose, high-fructose corn syrup can contain up to 80% fructose and 20% glucose, almost twice the fructose of common table sugar. Both table sugar and high-fructose sweetener contain four calories per gram, so calories alone are not the key problem with high-fructose corn syrup. Rather, metabolism of excess amounts of fructose is the major concern.
The alarming rise in diseases1,2 related to poor lifestyle habits has been mirrored by an equally dramatic increase in fructose consumption, particularly in the form of the corn-derived sweetener, high-fructose corn syrup.3-12 In this article, we'll examine the evidence for these associations, and we'll attempt to determine if high-fructose corn syrup is a benign food additive, as the sweetener industry has lobbied us (and the FDA) to believe, or a dangerously overlooked threat to public health.
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- Destroying the Myth About Testosterone Replacement and Prostate Cancer
By Abraham Morgentaler, MD, Facs Introduction By William Faloon
For decades, the medical establishment erroneously conjectured that testosterone replacementestosterone therapy increases one's risk of prostate cancer.
Harvard-based Abraham Morgentaler, MD, FACS, has demonstrated this theory to be mistaken. Contrary to the notion that restoring testosterone to youthful levels is somehow risky, Dr. Morgentaler meticulously shows an increased risk of prostate cancer in aging men with low testosterone. This same information about the dangers of low testosterone was long ago uncovered by the Life Extension Foundation.
In this exclusive excerpt from his book, Testosterone for Life, Dr. Morgentaler recounts how it takes years, even decades, to correct a medical myth. Inthis case, the medical establishment's misconception about testosterone and prostate cancer has condemned millions of aging men to suffer degenerative diseases caused by testosterone deficiency.
Until just a few years ago, it was almost universally believed that T [testosterone] therapy would lead to some degree of increased risk of prostate cancer. During that time testosterone therapy was seen to represent the proverbial pact with the devil, by trading short-term sexual and physical rewards for the ultimate development of a malignant cancer. Fortunately, this belief has been shown to be incorrect, and medical opinion has begun to shift quite dramatically, with good evidence that testosterone therapy is quite safe for the prostate. There is even now a growing concern that low testosterone is a risk for prostate cancer rather than high testosterone.
How the original fear about T and prostate cancer came to be is a fantastic story involving Nobel Prize winners, medical breakthroughs, and a critical paradox that took two-thirds of a century to solve. In the end, it is also a cautionary tale of how it may take years—even decades—to correct a medical "truth" once it has been established. I have taken great pleasure in participating myself in the evolution of attitudes regarding T and prostate cancer, and here describe how this all took place.
The relationship of testosterone to prostate cancer has undergone a significant reevaluation, and all recent evidence has reinforced the position that testosterone therapy is safe for the prostate. I've been fortunate to have participated in the evolution of this idea, which is of critical importance to anyone considering testosterone therapy.
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An increasing number of scientists recognize the critical need to protect the arterial wall against low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and inflammatory insults.
Research has shown that unique extracts present in black tea called theaflavins can have multiple applications for arterial health.1 New Theaflavin Standardized Extract contains a number of beneficial flavonoids found naturally in tea leaves that help support levels of cholesterol that are already within normal range.1
Theaflavins have been shown in human studies to protect against LDL oxidation and favorably affect endothelial function,2 thus helping to maintain healthy circulation. Scientists have also found that black tea flavonoids possess strong antioxidant properties which can help mitigate oxidative damage to cells and tissues from free radicals.3 In addition, theaflavins have been found to be helpful in regulating key inflammatory mediators in the body, thus helping to preserve cellular integrity.4,5
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2. J Nutr. 2003;133:3293S-3297S.
3. Prev Med. 2005;40:910-8.
4. Folia Biol (Praha). 2007;53(5):164-72.
5. Crit Care Med. 2004;32:2097-103.
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