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Acid Or Alkali – What Does Food Choice Have To Do With It?

Whilst it is generally recognised and understood that diet is able to markedly affect acid-base status and that manipulating this may have a positive effect on conditions such as osteoporosis and kidney health, there is a great deal of misunderstanding as to how this may be best achieved.[1],[2]

An established (and valid) method of estimating acid loads of foods or diets is by calculating the potential renal acid load (PRAL). PRAL provides an estimate of the production of endogenous acid that exceeds the level of alkali produced for given amounts of foods ingested daily.[3]

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Efficacy and Safety of Saccharomyces Boulardii for Acute Diarrhea.

Saccharomyces is a non-colonising yeast used for the last 70 plus years as a therapeutic agent for the relief and management of gastrointestinal distress. Whilst its community use as a by-product of lychee fermentation was well understood in indo china and other nations, in particular for the relief of choleric dysentery it was after Henri Boulard set up the French pharmaceutical company to exploit its potential that studies began. So the recent publication (July 2014) of a review paper in the well known journal Pediatrics is a helpful means of qualifying its use in the paediatric population[1]

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Supplements for the Management of Age Related Influences on Parkinsons Disease.

Although the death rate from stroke is declining (mostly), it is rising for other neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease (PD). As opposed to Alzheimers we can pinpoint the abnormality in the brain that leads to PD, which involves a substantial destruction of the dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra. By the time an individual has lost 50%-70% of the dopamine-producing neurons in this region, the symptoms of PD, such as tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and impaired balance and coordination, are already apparent.

You might think that simply giving dopamine ( as is currently the primary therapy) would resolve the symptoms, but any of the initial benefits of dopamine soon erode, leaving the patient trapped in a body that is increasingly less responsive. We also know that PD is associated with neuroinflammation and energy system dysfuntion (these two events are interlinked). Therefore, we need a therapy that assists both to offer a greater opportunity of clinical success.[1]

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Fish Oil Supplements Reduce Incidence of Cognitive Decline, Brain Atrophy

Regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults, according to a study published early online ahead of the print edition of the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.[1]

The study examined the relationship between FOS use and indicators of cognitive decline during the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)

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Ebola – Should We Be Worried?

At the end of July 2014, there has been a steady awareness of a rare and mostly geographically contained disease breaking cover from the far flung lands of West Africa and due to air travel making a noise in the western world.

As most nutritional therapists are engaged in non-contagious disease care, it is tempting to think that infectious diseases are diminishing risk and occurrence. However, there are periodic outbreaks that naturally raise tensions and all the more so when there is no known treatment and a death rate of approximately 70% depending on the genetic strain involved. Ebola-Zaire, now raging in West Africa, is just the most common of five Ebola species.

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‘Human Clinicals’ Build Natural Medicine Reference Site

Are you someone who likes to do research but can be overwhelmed at where to start, how to separate murine from human, in vitro from in vivo and really get to the nub of data trawling. Well you are not alone, and a new site has been established to help you with discovering human trials related to certain natural products. Whilst there are many data sites, this one is focused on ensuring that the materials have more immediate relevance than some.

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Study Suggests Cinnamon May Be Used To Halt Progression Of Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson disease (PD) is a common age associated neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system[1]that was first described in an essay entitled “An essay of the Shaking Palsy” by James Parkinson in 1817. Clinically PD is characterised by resting tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity and postural instability. Causes for the disease are not well known however environmental, genetic, and immunological factors have been associated with the onset of this disease.

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Perilla Extract (Benegut®) Improves IBS symptoms

A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal identifies a number of benefits and improved function, achieved in people with IBS ( a functional loss of tolerance in the GI Tract) when consuming a 300mg daily dose of Perilla Extract.[1]

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What You Eat May Affect Your Body’s Internal Biological Clock

Source : Cell Press

Food not only nourishes the body but also affects its internal biological clock, which regulates the daily rhythm of many aspects of human behaviour and biology. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell Reports provide new insights into how adjusting the clock through dietary manipulation may help patients with various conditions and show that insulin may be involved in resetting the clock.[1]

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Being Gluten-Free Linked to Less ‘Brain Fog’ in Coeliac Study

In a paper published in Aliment Pharmacol in Jul 2014, the symptom of ‘Brain Fog’ in effect a loss of cognitive clarity was resolved after going gluten free.[1]

Irene T. Lichtwark, PhD student, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues examined the connection among a gluten-free diet, celiac symptoms, and cognitive function among 11 newly diagnosed patients with celiac disease (8 women and 3 men) aged 22 to 39 years.

The researchers tested patients for information-processing efficacy, memory, visuospatial ability, motor function, and attention before starting them on a gluten-free diet. The researchers tested patients again 12 weeks into the diet, and again after 1 year of adherence to the diet. The researchers conducted blood testing, intestinal permeability tests, and small bowel biopsies via gastroscopy at baseline, week 12, and week 52.

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