Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health. It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise. Maintenance is better than repair!
High-Fat Diets Effectively Treat Absence Epilepsy
Released: 8/26/2010 8:55 AM EDT
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine
Newswise — Two high-fat diets — the classic ketogenic and a modified version of the Atkins — can reduce and, in some cases, completely eliminate seizures in children with a common seizure disorder known as absence epilepsy, say researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Their report, published online July 20 in the Journal of Child Neurology, shows that more than 70 percent of the patients treated with either the ketogenic or the modified Atkins diet experienced at least 50 percent fewer seizures, and many showed as high as 90-percent improvement.
Absence epilepsy, so named after the multiple daily “absent” staring spells typical of the disorder, usually begins in childhood. But when developed during adolescence, absence epilepsy can also lead to more serious generalized seizures.
It is important to note that absence epilepsy can lead to more serious generalized epilepsy, so it is important to observe that these starring spells which often people associate with ‘deja vu’ experience or alleged extra sensory perception ability is really a seizure. This inflammatory damage to the brain is due most often to unrecognized food reactions in particular grain protein(gluten) which both the Atkin’s and ketogenic diets restrict or eliminate. The probable reason that the diets do not work better than 50-90% is that the diet has to be methodically tailored to the individual. Refer to newsletters 9&10 Rothesay Chiropractic Center on “Mood and Food” and the “Brain and Inflammation”.
Eating broccoli could guard against arthritis September 15, 2010
Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a groundbreaking new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis. A compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis. Broccoli has previously been associated with reduced cancer risk but this is the first major study into its effects on joint health.
Sulforaphane is a bioactive compound found in cruciferous vegetables, particularly broccoli. Eating broccoli leads to a high level of sulforaphane in the blood, but scientists don’t yet know if the sulforaphane gets into joints in sufficient amounts to be effective. This is one of the things that the UEA team hopes to discover.
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in the UK where it affects around six million people. It is a degenerative joint disease which gradually destroys the cartilage in the joints, particularly in the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees of older people. There is currently no effective treatment other than pain relief or joint replacement.
As part of the three-year project, the UEA team will also investigate the effects of other dietary compounds on osteoarthritis, including diallyl disulphide which is found in high amounts in garlic and also appears to slow the destruction of cartilage in laboratory models.
So garlic and cruciferous veggies may inhibit the process of osteoarthritis,i am certain that there are other plant compounds in other veggies and fruit that help as well. But science has demonstrated the cause of osteoarthritis and the method of stopping the process. I reported on this evidence in newsletter 9 as follows–
Publicly funded research conducted by two chiropractic schools, one in Iowa (Palmer) and one in Chicago (National University) plus bioengineering experts from the University of Iowa studied joint function and pathology using white rats. This research demonstrated major degenerative joint changes over 16 weeks of restricted joint movement. The first degenerative changes were apparent within one week to the low back spinal joints. This research confirmed Finnish medical research published by Videman et al in the journal Clinical Biomechanics 1987 on osteoarthritic knee joints of rabbits after two weeks of joint immobilization. These medical researchers also concluded that restricted joint motion not only causes osteoarthritic changes but also delays the healing process.
So remember when body mechanics tighten up poor circulation results in inflammation and formation of adhesions in muscles and joints causing poor signal from motion sensors to the brain and subsequent further tightening of muscles and joints by the brain as it cannot see the tissue properly and eventual discomfort and pain. This is immobolization of the tissue and as previously indicated the process of arthritis. Physical stimulation of the tissue by hand is necessary to manipulate the joints and muscles to release the adhesions and restore motion so motion sensors will signal the brain, stop the pain process and stop the osteoarthritis process.
Other reasons to eat the cruciferous
Broccoli may help protect against respiratory conditions like asthma March 2, 2009
Published in the March edition of the journal Clinical Immunology, the research shows that sulforaphane, a chemical in broccoli, triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the onslaught of free radicals that we breathe in every day in polluted air, pollen, diesel exhaust and tobacco smoke. A supercharged form of oxygen, free radicals can cause oxidative tissue damage, which leads to inflammation and respiratory conditions like asthma.
“This is one of the first studies showing that broccoli sprouts — a readily available food source — offered potent biologic effects in stimulating an antioxidant response in humans,” said Dr. Marc Riedl, the study’s principal investigator and an assistant professor of clinical immunology and allergy at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Riedl recommends including broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables as part of a healthy diet.
Broccoli compound targets key enzyme in late-stage cancer
December 3, 2008 Broccoli compound targets key enzyme in late-stage cancer
Indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, is a chemical compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables and which is known to stop the growth of breast cancer cells. UC Berkeley researchers’ discovery of how I3C works will help them modify the compound to improve its anti-cancer effects. (Firestone & Bjeldanes labs/UC Berkeley)
(PhysOrg.com) — An anti-cancer compound found in broccoli and cabbage works by lowering the activity of an enzyme associated with rapidly advancing breast cancer, according to a University of California, Berkeley, study appearing this week in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The compound, indole-3-carbinol, is already undergoing clinical trials in humans because it was found to stop the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells in mice.
For more than 15 years, Firestone, Bjeldanes and their colleagues have studied the anti-cancer benefits of vegetables in the cabbage family that are lumped together in the genus Brassica and, because of their cross-shaped flowers, are often referred to as cruciferous vegetables.
Compound in broccoli could boost immune system, says new study August 20, 2007
A compound found in broccoli and related vegetables may have more health-boosting tricks up its sleeves, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Veggie fans can already point to some cancer-fighting properties of 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM), a chemical produced from the compound indole-3-carbinol when Brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale are chewed and digested. Animal studies have shown that DIM can actually stop the growth of certain cancer cells.
This new study in mice, published online today (Monday, Aug. 20) in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, shows that DIM may help boost the immune system as well.
Previous studies led by Bjeldanes and Gary Firestone, UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, have shown that DIM halts the division of breast cancer cells and inhibits testosterone, the male hormone needed for growth of prostate cancer cells.
In the new study, the researchers found increased blood levels of cytokines, proteins which help regulate the cells of the immune system, in mice that had been fed solutions containing doses of DIM at a concentration of 30 milligrams per kilogram. Specifically, DIM led to a jump in levels of four types of cytokines: interleukin 6, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, interleukin 12 and interferon-gamma.
As far as we know, this is the first report to show an immune stimulating effect for DIM. In cell cultures, the researchers also found that, compared with a control sample, a 10 micromolar dose of DIM doubled the number of white blood cells, or lymphocytes, which help the body fight infections by killing or engulfing pathogens. (A large plateful of broccoli can yield a 5-10 micromolar dose of DIM.
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“It is well-known that the immune system can seek out and destroy tumor cells, and even prevent tumor growth,” said Xue. “An important type of T cell, called a T killer cell, can directly kill certain tumor cells, virally infected cells and sometimes parasites. This study provides strong evidence that could help explain how DIM blocks tumor growth in animals.”
DIM was also able to induce higher levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), substances which must be released by macrophages in order to kill some types of bacteria as well as tumor cells. The induction of ROS – three times that of a control culture – after DIM was added to the cell culture signaled the activation of macrophages, the researchers said
The discovery of DIM’s effects on the immune system helps bolster its reputation as a formidable cancer-fighter, the researchers said. “This study shows that there is a whole new universe of cancer regulation related to DIM,” said Firestone, who also co-authored the new study. “There are virtually no other agents known that can both directly shut down the growth of cancer cells and enhance the function of the immune system at the same time.”
Source: University of California – Berkeley
Broccoli could reverse the heart damaging effects of diabetes August 6, 2008
Researchers have discovered eating broccoli could undo the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels.
Professor Paul Thornalley and his team from the University of Warwick have found a broccoli compound called Sulforaphane. This compound can encourage the body to produce more enzymes to protect the vessels, as well as reduce high levels of molecules which cause significant cell damage.
Past studies have shown that a diet rich in vegetables – particularly brassica vegetables such as broccoli – is linked to decreased risk of heart disease and stroke. People with diabetes have a particularly high risk of heart disease and stroke and other health impairments, such as kidney disease, are linked to damaged blood vessels.
Further comment: The best of the cruciferous vegetables is kale,the semi-dwarf curled seems to be the best tasting–seeds are available from william dam seeds west flamboro ontario. This is my opinion from the experience of growing kale over numerous years including 5 different varieties. Refer to newsletter 6 on kale, its characteristics, how to grow it and how to prepare it.
On a practical note: One of the better exercises for the low back/pelvis is the cat/camel. This is a movement exercise not a stretch as taught by various other exercise methods ie pilates/yoga. Remember when you are in the office that we show you how to do this. Five to eight repetitions of this exercise should be interspersed between any of the other exercises for the back you have been shown. Keeping tissue moving inhibits the development of pain, this is why physical manipulation of muscles and joints is so effective in correcting discomfort/pain syndromes.Activities of daily living, due to their repetitive nature, strain and tighten tissue which is why regular movement exercise and check-ups to correct the mechanics prevents the development of pain /discomfort and injury as demonstrated by the research on Australian Rules Football as discussed in previous email.
See you in the office—maintenance is better than repair.