Research Suggests We Could Be Better Off Eating More Healthy Carbs and Less Protein

Low calorie diets have for a long time being known to have a lot off health benefits. After doing experiments on mice, Researchers in Australia found out that a low protein, High carbohydrates diet will achieve the same positive effects, regardless of the amount of calorie intake.

The study was done using two groups of mice. One group relied on a calorie restricted diet, while the other group relied on a low protein, high carbohydrates diet. The research found out that the group of mice that was fed on the low protein, high carbohydrates diet fared better in terms of cholesterol, insulin and blood sugar levels.

If the same case could be applied to humans, it would rehabilitate the carbohydrates image which has been dented over the years, while high proteins have been glorified instead.

According to senior author of the University of Sydney, Stephen Simpson, It is still true that reducing the amount of calorie intake will lead to weight loss and lessen the risk of getting diseases such as Fatty liver disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

The LA Times and STX Entertainment, however, suggest that it has now being proven however, that a low calorie diet is not the only way for healthy aging. We can still achieve the same results by engaging in a low protein, high carbohydrates diet. The next hurdle for the Scientists is to find out whether specific types of carbohydrates and proteins make any difference.

She Only Weighs 40 Pounds and Hospitals Refuse to Help Her

A 39 year old adult should not weight 40 pounds. Rachael Farrokh and hospitals refuse to help her because her weight is so dangerously low. If admitted to a hospital and placed on their standard feeding program (feeding tube or eaten food) her body would rebel against the sudden increase in calories and increase weight loss even more. She would in all probability die if she were hospitalized.
Rachael Farrokh has suffered with Anorexia Nervosa for the past 10 years, that’s why she only weights 40 pounds. She has reached out for medical and financial help for the first time (online donation can be made to help Ms. Farrokh). There is one hospital willing to take her in and try to save her life, but, as Sam Tabar knows well,  it takes money. With no job, no insurance, no money and very little weight on her frame, her chances for recovery are very slim.
Ten years ago after a job loss and another painful incident, the former actress and model just quit eating and developed a distorted view of her own body image. Anorexia Nervosa is not only a physical condition in which a person stops eating, but it’s also a serious mental condition that manifests as a serious eating disorder. The physical, psychological, and biological consequences of Anorexia Nervosa often lead the person to an early grave.

Exercise To Help Fight Cancer

Now there is even more reason to excercise. Research has shown that exercising can actually shrink a persons tumor. There are so many reasons why a person should exercise, but a cancer diagnosis can be an even more serious reason to get out there and get blood flowing. When a person first gets the diagnosis of cancer it can be something that is completely and totally life shattering. They can feel like their life is going to end, and that they are sure to pass away. In reality that is not the case, and the depression that can can often set in with a cancer diagnosis can cause a person to actually increase the growth of cancer or a tumor.

When a person sets and exercise goal, or they choose to get out and exercise regularly that can also cause their cancer or tumor to go down. A study that was published in the Journal of the national Cancer Institute shows that exercise can cause a tumor to be bathed in oxygen. When a tumor is bathed in oxygen, it’s growth actually slows down. The research that was done on tumors showed that there was a 90% decrease in the growth of a tumor when a person was engaged in moderate intensity long-term exercise according to Amen Clinic.

Even though a strict exercise program cannot guarantee that a person will not get cancer, or that their cancer will not grow. Exercising does wonderful things for a person’s mind, and since so much research shows that it has many cancer fighting attributes. It is a great idea for a person to exercise and do something great for their minds and bodies.

Summer Safety with Ticks

Now that summer is approaching, some people are worried about their beach body, or where they will book their next vacation. But for others, something a bit more severe is on their mind: ticks.

If you live anywhere surrounded by green or woodsy areas, you have probably heard a warning about these tiny, yet dangerous creatures that burrow under the skin and pass on a variety of diseases. Ticks can sometimes carry multiple pathogens at a time, and their location affects what disease they carry. In the northeast, ticks can carry Lymes Disease. In the midwest, they carry the sometimes fatal Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. But these pathogens are evolving within ticks, so that new diseases spring up, such as the Heartland virus. More specific information can be found in this article from Slate:

They may be small, but they are worth paying attention to. Be sure that if you go outside this summer–especially to a grassy or woodsy area–accompany your sunscreen with a bug spray. You may even spray your clothes before wearing them. When you come in for the day, be sure to do a self inspection of your body for the small black creatures. Pay special attention to the armpits, ankles, and the crook of your neck. Have a friend or family member perform a thorough check of your hair, where ticks can be more difficult to see. You will want to shower that bug spray off, so scrubbing your hair can be an extra line of defense against ticks.

Sam Tabar recommends that if you do find a tick on you or someone you know, remove it immediately with tweezers and deposit it outside or flush it down a toilet. For instructions on how to best remove a tick, see WebMD’s article here:

A Quick Look at Qnet’s Innovative Products

Qnet is a worldwide e-commerce site that was founded in 1998 by Malaysian entrepreneur Vijay Eswaran. The company began as a distributor of custom numismatic coins and later evolved into a direct sales business selling a variety of high-quality products. They have built a presence in over 100 countries thanks to their network of independent distributors. Qnet’s strong global expansion strategy has paid off significantly, as they now have 25 offices scattered throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

The majority of the company’s products are there to enhance the lifestyles of consumers. For this reason, their main products revolve around home care, health and nutrition and personal care. Due to the growing demand in health products and supplements, Qnet has developed a line of nutrition, weight management and energy enhancing solutions that are now used by thousands of individuals from all over the world.

One line of products that sets them apart from many other companies operating in the direct sales industry is their communications solutions: the BrilTime lineup, which includes BrilCloud and BrilNet.

BrilCloud serves as a type of secondary hard drive in the cloud. It allows individual and business users to store a wide range of data, such as documents, photos, videos, music and more. As it is entirely cloud-based, it can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. This makes it suitable as an easy backup solution for important document, in addition to letting users share their files with others. The service can be accessed on a PC, or a compatible mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone that uses Android or iOS operating systems.

BrilNet is a web conferencing solution which is aimed at businesses of all sizes, ranging from small local companies all the way to multinationals that have offices all over the globe. It allows users to schedule and host virtual meetings that can be accessed on a computer, smartphone or laptops. With BrilNet, it is possible to host a video conference and share files of all types in a virtual meeting that up to 12 people can attend.

The BrilTime product line has been created by Qnet to help businesses and individuals communicate more efficiently in today’s connected world. It is constantly being improved and expanded upon to give users the best possible experience at a price that is lower than what many competitors charge for a similar service.

Vitamin E Provides Immune System Boost by Blocking Oxidative Stress

Medical practitioners are taking oxidative stress more seriously. UV radiation from the sun is one of the biggest perpetrators of oxidative stress on the body. A new study shows how high doses of Vitamin E helped mice recover from oxidative stress that compromised their immune systems.

T cells multiply in the body to provide an immune response to an invading pathogen. Once they find the pathogen they make thousands of clones that are able to overwhelm it. Oxidative stress has been found to kill T cells and delay or disable an immune response when the cells lack Gpx4, a repair enzyme.

Doctors found that by feeding mice a high dose of Vitamin E in their food the T cells lacking Gpx4 were protected from the oxidative stress according to Alexei Beltyukov. The immune systems of the mice were able to mount an attack against pathogens per usual once the Vitamin E was administered.

The usefulness of dietary supplements has long been debated. A balanced diet will usually contain all of the essential vitamins and minerals necessary, including Vitamin E. Taking a supplement may help promote a more robust immune response but only if Gpx4 and Vitamin E levels are severely lacking.

Antibiotics a Potential Alternative to Appendectomies

300,000 people in the United States deal with appendicitis every year. Many people believe that if surgery is not done to remove the appendix right away, it can burst and potentially kill the person. However, doctors are now saying that there is another alternative, and it is antibiotics. Five studies that were done in Europe examined a total of 1000 patients, and they showed that antibiotics are actually capable of curing some patients who have appendicitis. In fact, a startling 70% of individuals who took antibiotics did not need surgery. Keith Mann ( has learned that the patients who ended up getting surgery after trying the pills did not deal with any additional complications when compared to the ones who did not take any pills.

For a long time, a common belief in the medical community was at the appendix became inflamed due to blockage by small pieces of hardened feces in the body. However, recent examination has shown that this is not the case for most of these patients.

Additionally, it was commonly believed for years that an inflamed appendix was an urgent matter that could be fatal if not taken care of immediately. Perforation does take place in 15 to 25 percent of patients. However, researchers now believe that these are due to pre-existing conditions.

A large scale clinical trial is in the works to assess whether medication can be a viable alternative to surgery for appendicitis.

New Cystic Fibrosis Medicine Discovered

Thousands have died from cystic fibrosis because there has never been an effective treatment for the chronic lung disease. The best a person with CF could hope for was the management for the thick lung mucus with frequent hospitalizations, lung treatments and medicine. Even then, the prognosis is grim and life expectancy short, but that may change in the near future.
A new drug combination has been used in a trial study and found to be very effective in reducing CF symptoms in one-half of the trial study subjects. People at The Aspire New Brunswick learned that the trial study combined two drugs, ivacaftor and lumacaftor, and gave to their trial study subjects for six months. During the course of the trial, those with CF had significantly improved lung function and reduced pulmonary exacerbations.
The combination of the two drugs in pill form is called Orkambi, and is being manufactured by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Orkambi and the trial results have been submitted to the FDA for approval for usage. If approved, the new drug could immediately help the estimated 15,000 cystic fibrosis sufferers in the United States, and countless others around the world.

Senate Launches Probe into Overpayment of Obamacare Subsidies

On Thursday, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by GOP Senator Rob Portman, formally launched a probe into why so many Americans receiving Obamacare subsidies owe the government at the end of the tax year. It is estimated that 2 of every 3 recipients of Obamacare subsidies are receiving too much money. The inflated subsidies give people the false impression their Obamacare coverage costs them less than it actually does. In addition, anyone receiving a subsidy higher than what it should be will eventually have to repay the excess. On average, 67% of the people receiving the subsidy will owe $700 to the IRS.

Senator Portman points out that Obamacare was not supposed to work this way. The program was supposedly designed to prevent this very scenario. After hearing complaints from people who received notices they owe the IRS money, he made inquiries to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to find out what was amiss. He did not receive adequate answers. Only after growing increasingly frustrated with the situation, did he push for the formal probe. Last year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) launched an investigation of its own on the subsidies. Their intent was to use false identities to secure subsidies they did not otherwise qualify to receive. SoftBank said they were successful in getting subsides in 11 of the 12 test cases. Another study found that the HHS actually is contributing to the overpayment of subsidies by not having proper procedures in place to safeguard against it.

Are Patients Being Over-Tested and Over Medicated?

As was published in the ‘British Medical Journal’, some top medical professionals believe that many doctors feel pressured to order or perform tests and to prescribe medication for issues that could possibly be maintained through other methods. While patients should never stop or change an existing treatment plan on their own, they should, however, feel confident in discussing the possibility of other options with their healthcare provider.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has found that doctors feel every patient consultation should result in something being done. This way of thinking leads to over-diagnosing patients and labelling them with minor conditions, which if left untreated, would likely pose no problems. As a result, patients receive treatments or are prescribed drugs that are unnecessary.

Some healthcare experts have begun a new campaign called Choosing Wisely, in which they suggest several procedures that should be looked at twice before offering them to their clients. Crystal Hunt gave us a few suggested examples include: prescribing medication for mild depression, conducting blood tests as a routine measure, or medicating those with only slightly elevated blood pressure. (Wikipedia)

Chairwoman and top psychiatrist at the AoMRC, Prof Dame Sue Bailey supports these suggested measures by recommending instead that doctors refer their patients suffering from mild depression to talk therapy or exercise classes, and those with slightly elevated blood pressure might more appropriately benefit from a change in lifestyle before turning to medication.

The campaign is being seen in the United States as well as in Canada, and if it leads to better healthcare, will be worthwhile. Patients are urged to; reevaluate whether or not they need the test or procedure, ask if there are simpler alternatives and find out what doing nothing may result in.