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30,000 children under the age of five die every day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Saturday, 09 September 2006 00:00

As we approach the five-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks many people will stop to remember that horrific tragedy. On that day coordinated attacks killed approximately 3,000 people and shook the United States to its foundation. People going about their daily lives as well as heroes that rushed to the scene to offer aid and assistance perished in a brutal and unforgiving way. 

But as local, dramatic and cruel images burn an impression onto our minds, common and distant, but equally horrific tragedies all but vanish from our consciousness. According to a report by the food and agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) nearly 11 million children die before reaching the age of five each year. That’s the same as approximately 30,000 children each day or the equivalent 10 September 11th tragedies worth of children dieing each and every day. And underlying more than half of these child deaths are hunger and malnutrition. 

Although there have been improvements in parts of the world over the years nearly 800 million people live in a constant state of hunger today. In addition, 121 million children do not attend school, 530,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, and 1 million people die from malaria. 

In 1996, nations took a pledge at the World Food Summit, or WFS, to make dramatic changes in these conditions. “We pledge our political will and our common and national commitment to achieving food security for all and to an ongoing effort to eradicate hunger in all countries, with an immediate view to reducing the number of undernourished people to half their present level no later than 2015.” Unfortunately, since the 1990s progress has “slowed significantly in Asia and stalled completely worldwide.”


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SSRI antidepressants increase risk of internal bleeding PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Thursday, 31 August 2006 00:00

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly known as SSRIs, are the most widely used antidepressants in the world. In fact, some figures show that as many as 3 to 4 out of every 100 people are taking these drugs on any given day. Drugs known as SSRIs include Celexa (citalopram), Prozac (fluoxetine), Luvox (flovoxamine), Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and Anafranil (clomipramine). 

There has been a great deal of debate on the increased suicide risk in both adults and adolescents with the use of SSRIs. However, a much less recognized adverse effect of these medications is the increased risk of upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. 

It is known that another class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can cause this serious condition. In fact, according to a 1998 research article in the American Journal of Medicine, “107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.” 

Only in the last several years has the problem of SSRI related GI bleeding started to be recognized. A recent research article in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology examines SSRIs and internal bleeding as well as the increased risk when these medications are used in combination with NSAIDs.


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Leafy green vegetables reduces cancer risk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 11 August 2006 00:00

Epidemiological studies have shown the protective effect of vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, are protective against colon cancer. In Asia the lower incidence of degenerative diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, are believed to be due to the high consumption of fruits and vegetables. Green vegetables are widely consumed in Asia and are a major source of antioxidant and antioxidant like compounds. In addition, these green vegetables contain compounds that aid in the body’s natural detoxification pathways to remove potential carcinogens. 

A study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, examines the antioxidant and the detoxification inducing ability of green leaf vegetables consumed in Asia. 

Free radicals are generated in the body by many mechanisms including response to inflammation, normal metabolism, and exposure to radiation. At places in the body where there is inflammation the immune system dispatches white blood cells, called neutrophils, to fight infections. These neutrophils use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and hypochlorous acid (HOCl) to kill foreign invaders such as bacteria and fungus. 

Although neutrophils use these chemical mechanisms quite effectively to protect the body the resultant chemicals also can cause damage to the body through oxidative stress. “HOCl and species derived from it can oxidize lipids, proteins, DNA, and carbohydrates.” In fact, the generation of these chemicals in the body is “implicated in a wide range of human diseases ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease to chronic inflammation.”


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TeenScreen - Normal Kids Labeled Mentally Ill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 04 August 2006 00:00

Despite years of public outcry, based on recommendations by President Bush's New Freedom Commission to screen all school children for mental illness, TeenScreen is now being administered in the nation's public school system and children are being regularly diagnosed with one, or more, disorders chosen from the close to 400 listed in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV" (DSM), also known as the psychiatric "Billing Bible." 

The list of mental disorders to chose from when diagnosing children mentally ill with TeenScreen, are "voted" into the Billing Bible by members of the American Psychiatric Association, and include, among others, conduct disorder, avoidant personality disorder, mathematics disorder, reading disorder, disorder of written expression, general anxiety disorder, nightmare disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and factious disorder. 

A mental illness that drew a lot of ridicule recently, is called the "intermittent explosive disorder," for people who fly into occasional but unwarranted fits of rage. 

Critics view TeenScreen is a main components in an overall pharmaceutical industry-backed marketing scheme pushed along by the NFC, aimed at recruiting new customers for psychiatric drugs. The NFC's report specifically identifies the target population Big Pharma is after when it states: 

"Schools are in a key position to identify mental health problems early and to provide a link to appropriate services. Every day more than 52 million students attend over 114,000 schools in the U.S. When combined with the six million adults working at those schools, almost one-fifth of the population passes through the Nation's schools on any given weekday."


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Fish Oil Provides 24-Hour Control of Circulating Fat Levels PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Thursday, 03 August 2006 00:00

The current healthcare system only monitors fasting triglyceride levels by blood sampling after an overnight fast despite clinical evidence that postprandial (after meal) surges in fat (triglyceride) levels markedly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease. The research study, reported on July 28th in Cairns, Australia by Professor Bruce Holub at the Congress for the International Society for the study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, evaluated the effect of supplementation with DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil on blood triglyceride levels throughout the 24-hour period. 

Male overweight subjects were supplemented daily with a placebo (controls) or with 3.6 grams of DHA/EPA (combined) for a 3-week duration in a cross-over controlled trial. After each 3-week supplementation period, the subjects were given meals with fixed nutritional compositions and sequential blood samplings were taken over a 24-hour period for measurements of triglyceride levels. A significant overall reduction in the circulating triglyceride levels by 29-34% during the 24-hour monitoring was found with DHA/EPA supplementation relative to controls.


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Mom’s who take omega-3 fatty acids have babies with better vision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Monday, 31 July 2006 00:00

Professor Sheila Innis reported results from her clinical trial on Thursday July 27 at the Congress for the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) being held in Cairns Australia. In this double-blind randomized study, 100 pregnant women received a daily placebo (control) or 400 mg supplemental DHA Omega-3 fatty acid for 16 to 36 weeks of pregnancy. Blood measurements and subsequent breast milk levels of DHA were analyzed in conjunction with visual acuity assessments in their babies. 

The women receiving DHA supplementation showed much higher levels of measured DHA in their blood samples and in their breast milk fat at 30 days post-partum (0.33% of fat as compared to only 0.19% in controls). Visual acuity in infants as measured at 2 months of age was positively associated with maternal DHA status at 36 weeks of pregnancy. Further, the infants from mothers with lower intakes of DHA (approx. 80 mg or less per day) during pregnancy, common on usual westernized diets, exhibited a significantly greater risk of having a lesser visual acuity.


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Are Your Children Crazy? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jane M. Orient   
Thursday, 27 July 2006 00:00

Congress and President Bush apparently think that a lot of children have a "mental health" problem. Or that enough of them do to justify taking millions of dollars from taxpayers to fund a universal "mental health screening" for children, and eventually for everyone. 

Personally, I think - from the perspective of a person who never had any - that almost all children act crazy. Those who don't are, by definition, abnormal, because they don't act like the others. 

The main problem with about half of them is that they are boys. Such children are obviously made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails. On the farm there is a solution for that: a procedure for turning boy lambs into non-ram lambs. After a quick little operation, they act like peaceful little lambs instead of aggressive, disruptive rams. 

We don't do surgery like that on little boys, of course, but we do have our methods: such as behavioral therapy and chemicals. 

There are those who argue with some passion that society has to do something. Bad, disruptive, antisocial or depressed little kids make lots of trouble for parents and schoolteachers. Worse, they can grow up into dysfunctional, unhappy or troublemaking adults. That snotty little boy might become a dissenting nonconformist or even a rebellious man, who could throw a monkey wrench into our smoothly functioning society. We have to catch them early - for their own good.


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Running on Fish Oil: Benefits of Omega-3 Supplementation and Exercise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 00:00

Allison Hill reported this morning, at the ISSFAL (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids & Lipids) Congress in Cairns, Australia, new research findings on adjunct supplementation with fish oil in obese or overweight subjects (25 – 65 years old) assigned to a regular exercise regimen. At entry, the 75 men and women, who also had two cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol or triglyceride, participated in a double – blind trial of 12 weeks in duration. 

The participants were assigned to either daily supplementation with vegetable oil with or without an exercise regimen or daily fish oil supplementation (providing 2 grams of DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids) with or without exercise. The moderate exercise program as assigned to half the subjects consisted of three running sessions per week for 45 minutes each at 75% of their age-predicted maximum heart rate.


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Reduction of Arrhythmias in Patients with Fish Oil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Bruce Holub   
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 00:00

On Monday, July 24, at a meeting of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (or ISSFAL) taking place in Cairns, Australia, Dr. R. Metcalf presented highly original findings on DHA/EPA Omega-3 fatty acids and cardiac arrhythmias from a recent pilot trial. 

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is any death from cardiac causes within one hour of the onset of symptoms. It is almost always due to arrhythmias known as ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF). 

According to the American Heart Association, “Ventricular fibrillation is very serious. Collapse and sudden cardiac death will follow in minutes unless medical help is provided immediately. If treated in time, VF and ventricular tachycardia (extremely rapid heartbeat) can be converted into normal rhythm. This requires shocking the heart with a device called a defibrillator.” 

In the presented trial, patients with heart disease either received a fish oil supplement providing 900 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (as DHA and EPA) each day for at least four weeks while other patients served as controls. All patients were subjected to arrhythmia testing by electrical impulses to induce sustained ventricular arrhythmias.


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Animated map shows the raging obesity epidemic in the United States PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 14 July 2006 00:00

On a recent trip to the beach I observed as a 3 year old, that could hardly walk, cross in front of me. He could hardly walk because he had layers and layers of fat on his body with most of the fat on his stomach. Another older boy was being teased and chased by someone who looked like his older brother. He had fat all over his body and after a short and tragic attempt at a run fell over while his brother mockingly laughed at him. 

Looking at the children at the beach an incredibly high number of them were overweight and many were obese. There were many kids with rolls and rolls of fat all over their bodies. Many of the adults were in even worse shape. Many were overweight, some were obese, and some were morbidly obese. Statistics show that 6 of 10 Americans are overweight or obese and over 15% of children are overweight or obese. 

American obesity – it’s the epidemic that is raging all over the country in plain sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States, obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 20 years. “In 1991, four states had obesity prevalence rates of 15–19 percent and no states had rates at or above 20 percent. In 2003, 15 states had obesity prevalence rates of 15–19 percent; 31 states had rates of 20–24 percent; and 4 states had rates more than 25 percent.”


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