A Possible New (and Ancient) Way to Prevent Tooth Decay

In with the Old, In with the New

Researchers are theorizing that using nanoparticles may be a new way to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. The ancient practice of oil pulling claims to accomplish the same.

Modern Research

A new study was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania based on a theory of combining hydrogen peroxide with nanoparticles. The idea is that the combination of the two could clear biofilms on teeth. From sugar consumption, biofilms form and hide bacteria. Alas, the mixture cleared the biofilms, preventing the possibility of tooth decay from hidden bacteria.

Nanoparticles are tricky. The researchers knew they could act like enzymes in the right environment. This would allow them to produce free radicals that would kill bacteria in the mouth and on teeth. Free radicals, however, are what we try to eliminate inside our body. The researchers address this concern and claim the quantity of nanoparticles used so minute that it shouldn’t have an adverse effect.

Lucky Exams

Here’s where human trials come into play. So far, the experiments have been used on surfaces similar to that of tooth enamel. Streptococcus mutants are the bacterium that causes tooth decay. Using the unique mixture, over 99% of the bacteria was killed within five minutes. That’s about 5,000 times greater result than using just plain ole hydrogen peroxide.

The scientists reported that just one-minute treatments with the solution (twice a day) reduced the risk of cavity—tremendously. That, of course, is compared to using just hydrogen peroxide. Oh, and the study was conducted on rats.

Old, Old, Very Old-School Dentistry

It may sound bizarre, but swishing oil inside your mouth has been practiced for thousands of years. The best oil would be coconut, sunflower, or sesame. You don’t gargle, but rather swish the oil around your mouth and gums. You also ”pull” the oil through your teeth. It’s called “oil pulling” and it touts many oral benefits that also translate to increased overall health.

Oil-Pulling Lesson

Dentists and hygienists recommend 20 minutes, twice a day, for optimum response. Beginning with five minutes is an excellent start. Place about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth—again, do not gargle with it. And don’t swallow it. Swish it through every nook and cranny, pulling the liquid between your teeth. Use your tongue. Work your jaw. When you’re done, spit it out and rinse with water or even a baking soda mix.

It’s Not Just for Your Tooth

Oil pulling improves gum health, too. Scientific studies show that this process significantly reduces plaque and kills bacteria. You don’t want bacteria in your mouth because it’s a very quick way for it to enter into your bloodstream. That can lead to disease anywhere in your body.

Proper dental care through brushing and flossing is essential. Extra steps, such as oil pulling, can help prevent decay and other unwanted health issues. See your hygienist and dentist regularly. As for the newest studies, perhaps someday shortly we’ll find, a quicker, more efficient way to thwart cavities. In the meanwhile, curb those sugars, brush, floss, and pull.

If you’re looking for more up-to-date studies on best health practices for you and your family, check out www.GetThrive.com

 

Heart Attack Facts – Are You At Risk?

The very mention of ‘heart attack’ (myocardial infarction or MI), gets the chest thumping, causes a sweat and brings on nausea, but what are the facts when it comes to the dreaded words, and why is it so important to prevent one from happening?  Heart disease is the number one killer in the USA for both men and women, with the disease claiming 1 million lives annually.  Wake up and realize that being added to this statistic is a probability if we do not change certain habits and daily routines.  Claiming more lives than all forms of cancers combined, the heart is something to protect and not in the romantic way.  The Heart Foundation states that every 34 seconds someone has a heart attack and every 60 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from a heart disease related event.

 

WHAT IS HEART DISEASE?

Heart disease has many factors, there is not a one-line answer, but many factors and contributors need to be diagnosed.  Heart disease is a broad term and covers many different areas,for example:

  • Coronary artery disease, plaque/atherosclerosis, is mainly a build up of fat, cholesterol and calcium in the coronary arteries, blocking oxygen rich blood to the main heart muscle. The build up can be so severe it may lead to sudden cardiac death.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs when major arteries that supply blood to the legs, arms and pelvis become obstructed. This can cause, numbness, pain and major infections.
  • Carotid Artery Disease is when plaque buildup or a clot forms in the main carotid arteries around the neck, which could result in a stroke.
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Congenital heart defects (heart defects from birth)

 

HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS IN MEN

The following is a guideline for common signs of a heart attack in men.  Be aware that each individual may suffer from a varied form of the below.  If in doubt, then act and call 911.

  • Chest pain, which may spread to the back, neck, jaw and arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual tiredness a few days before an attack
  • Feeling of gas or indigestion
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweaty
  • Pounding of heart
  • Loss of consciousness

 

HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGN IN WOMEN

Although women and men share many of the same symptoms, they differ when it comes to signs of a heart attack.  Women are less likely to spot the early signs of an attack and will often try to ignore the fact they need urgent help.

  • Pain or a feeling of discomfort in both arms, back, jaw or stomach
  • Chest pain or tightness in chest (most common symptom in both sexes)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight pressure in chest that lasts longer than a few minutes
  • Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness

 

WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS HAVING A HEART ATTACK?

If suspecting someone is having a heart attack call 911 immediately, time is crucial and acting fast can triple the chances of survival.   Whist waiting for the ambulance, there are a number of possible measure to try and save a life.

  • If possible, get the victim to chew and swallow an aspirin (ideally 300mg), ensuring there isn’t an allergy before administering. The aspirin will thin the blood and reduce the risk of having a major heart attack.
  • If the person is unconscious, open the airway , check for breathing and begin CPR.
  • If the patient is conscious, have them sit up to put less stress on the heart

 

RECOVERING AFTER A HEART ATTACK

If fortunate to recover from a heart attack, depending on how serious the attack and how healthy the person, determines the amount of time recovery takes.  It may take a number of months to feel better, so the key is not to rush the process.  There are a number of professionals who will be there to support the healing process including:

  • Dietitians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Exercise specialists
  • Pharmacists

Physical and mental strength will be worked on while in hospital, and this care will be closely monitored once returning to the home environment.  Analyzing habits and lifestyle along with required lifestyle changes are crucial to aid recovery and stop future heart attacks.  The patient’s situation will affect the specific program assigned.  Exercise will be gentle at first and steadily increase the stronger the person becomes.  It is essential to follow the guidelines given by the professionals.

Having a heart attack is not only a terrifying health wake up call, it may lead to mental issues.  It is a life-changing occurrence and patients may suffer from anxiety or even depression after the event.  Making sure that mental health is in check is just as crucial, so any feelings of anxiety or depression must be disclosed to a professional.  Mental health may also be linked to the physical recovery and overall well being.

 

CHANGING DIET

The patients diet will be analyzed and the following suggestions may be advised:

  • Mediterranean-Style diet (Lyon Diet Heart Study, which found that a Mediterranean-style diet cut heart attacks and deaths by 70% compared with a traditional American Heart Association diet, says Dr. Willett).
  • Oily Fish, including salmon, trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines and herring.
  • Poultry (without skin)
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts
  • Drastically reduce meat butter, cream and sugars

To read more about heart disease please visit: GetThrive.com

 

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Is Butter Bad for Your Health?

Your Health

For years we’ve been told butter is bad for our health, but some substitutes may be worse. Here’s better news:

Funded Butter Study

A research team from Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy recently conducted a study on butter. It was funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and collected data from over 600,000 people from 15 different countries. The findings suggest that butter may not be as unhealthy as we’ve been led to believe.

Study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian explains, “…butter should neither be demonized nor considered back as a route to good health.” In essence, the doctor is adding a disclaimer to the statement “butter is fine.” It doesn’t provide any real nutritional or health benefits. But, if eaten in small quantities, it doesn’t appear to create any significant rise in the risk of heart disease.

Churning the Fat

Butter is fattening. Per tablespoon, the delicious dairy-derived spread contains 100 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 7 grams of saturated fat. It’s the saturated fat that’s dangerous to heart health when eaten in abundance. There are other fats and oils that have just as many calories, but contain the “good” fats. Furthermore, butter contains a minimal amount of nutrition. But no doubt, butter is yummy.

The study found that eating butter was not associated with heart disease when consumed in small portions. However, it warned that on all other counts, butter is still a high-fat, high-calorie food.

What’s Better than Butter?

When talking health-wise as a spread, you still have a large variety of tasty options that are better than butter. Any monosaturated fat product is going to be healthier. Foods offering omega-3 fat sources are also good choices. A short list includes: flaxseed, coconut, and extra virgin olive oil, peanut and/or almond butter, salmon, and avocado.

What’s Not Better?

Unhealthier choices than butter include any product with hydrogenated or even partially hydrogenated oils. These contain trans-fats, which can ultimately be deadly. More than minimal amounts of sugar and starches can be worse for you than eating butter. High saturated fatty foods such as red meat, dark poultry meat and certain cheeses are also in the unhealthier than butter category.

Treating yourself to a teaspoon of butter on a warm roll or melting a small dollop in the pan to scramble with your egg whites is fine. Keeping the bad fats at bay (or to an extreme minimum) will not affect your overall health—especially if you eat mindfully and exercise habitually.

How to Improve Your Wellbeing and Become a Home Juicer

Are you tired of feeling physically uncomfortable, mentally foggy, and downright disgusted? Making changes to your diet has been found to radically reverse poor emotional health, the inability to lose weight, and even chronic illness. Home juicing just may be the catalyst you need to help restore your health—and maybe improve your overall wellbeing

Man Cannot Live on Juice Alone

The concept of juicing at home does not mean you give up on “food.” Juicing is a practice whereby you remove the juice from whole fruits and vegetables, often combining them into a refreshing beverage. This process provides vitamins and nutrients you may not be receiving otherwise. However, a superior juicing recipe may also include the pulp, seeds, and/or skin of your produce so that you garner other important elements such as fiber and minerals.

Why Juice?

The purpose of juicing is to provide valuable compounds your body needs and craves in today’s toxic world. Whether we realize it or not, we are bombarded with pollution. It’s very difficult to avoid the poisons traveling through our air, soil, and water at home and in the environment. We need extra doses of beneficial nutrients to combat toxins and protect our precious cells.

Vegetables and fruits contain flavonoids and anthocyanins. These are compounds that help guard our cells from damage. Extensive and/or chronic cellular damage can lead to cancer, heart disease, inflammatory disease, and other unwanted physical ailments. Ingesting anti-oxidants are essential nowadays for keeping the peace within our body.

Polluted Body?

If you know you’re eating fast food over twice a week, not exercising more than twice a week, drinking alcohol, smoking, and not sleeping enough, you can pretty much count on toxicity within. You may already be feeling the signs:

-always tired

-can’t lose weight

-get sick often

-have unexplained pain in joints

-constant gas, heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea

Your poor system is probably suffering from inflammation. You may even notice outward signs like poor skin color and texture, more wrinkles, tooth or gum pain, and no energy.

What To Do

You may try gathering information from trustworthy Websites such as GetThrive and VeryWell. Also, check with medical practitioners you trust. Ask friends or co-workers who juice and inquire about their experience.

Another idea is to look up some popular recipes for juicing at home. It’s simple and not very time-consuming. Make a commitment to juicing at least once a day for a month. Remember, it took a long time to get sick. Be patient with your healing process. Not far off, you may start noticing:

  • clearer, brighter skin
  • a calmer tummy
  • weight loss from bloat
  • fewer food cravings
  • a stronger immune system
  • more energy
  • overall more contentment

If adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can improve your physical and mental health, why not try it?

Juicing can be used as a cleanse, a health boost, and a supplement to your regular healthy diet. Always check with your health care provider before embarking on any significant dietary shift. And also, health experts suggest including protein, low carbs, and good fats into your non-juicing meals.

A healthy diet, exercise, and a positive attitude significantly reduce your risk of contracting or developing disease. So think, adding juicing just may improve your internal and external health—a bonus to your overall wellbeing.

Dr. Dave Campbell Commentary

Juicing is one part of a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle that provides nutrients and is low in calories. It is also a habit that tends to foster other health optimizing habits. Juicing takes time, effort and energy. Spending a few extra minutes a day washing, scraping, cutting and then plopping the fruits and veggies into the juicer will make you think twice later-on when a high-calorie, poorly nutritious, sugar-laden food is calling your name from the fridge. Juicing takes a bit of work. Why waste it on dessert.  Juicing has a myriad of positive health benefits and essentially no downside. When combined with good tasting, filling and well-balanced foods, regular modest exercise, and keeping a lid of unhealthy lifestyles like smoking and drinking too much, feeling better is surely just around the corner.

 

New Device May Test For Cancer In 10 Minutes

A new portable device has been created, which can cut out the lab “middle man.” Diseases, viruses, and cancer may one day (not too far away) be detectable within a few short minutes.

Coming Soon to a Doctor Near You

Still, in its infantile stages, an easy-to-use, portable piece of medical equipment may soon be used in your very own doctor’s office. Researchers at UCLA have created a test that can check for disease biomarkers. Used in conjunction with each other, the device, plus the test should be able to detect potentially serious illnesses within minutes.

Currently, blood, saliva, and urine tests already exist that can send up warning flags for infection or illness. Those tests, however, require several steps to get results; those results are sometimes not available for hours, days, or weeks. (They’re also difficult to use.) This new UCLA technique cuts out complicated steps, time, and cost.

Benefit to Public Health

If this technique takes off, it can have a huge impact on public health overall. Reporting to patients, doctors, and public health facilities in a speedy manner can affect early treatment intervention. Also, when it comes to widespread disease or epidemics, up-to-date reporting is crucial.

The test was conducted using streptavidin, a protein used commonly to test diagnostic experiments, and also a protein associated with influenza. Their technique worked beautifully and was able to detect the flu virus in minutes. More sophisticated blood samples will require further research to adapt this method. But, the groundwork has now been laid for other viruses and illnesses to be detected—just as quickly and simply.

Zika, Ebola, Cancer

With the continuing widespread of contagious diseases like Zika and Ebola, it’s essential that public health and medical officials receive prompt updates of new cases. It’s important for practitioners to get results as quickly as possible so as to treat the patient accordingly.

Additionally, a person with a contagious illness can keep the disease from spreading if he/she is alerted as soon as the test reveals positive for the strain. The Zika virus is transmittable through sexual intercourse. Because Zika often shows no symptoms, those carrying the virus do not know their status.

It is highly recommended that anyone in a Zika-mosquito-infested area gets tested, especially women who are pregnant or plan to be in the near future. Men also need to get tested as they can transmit the virus just as easily and without knowing.

The UCLA team plans to continue its research and development on their method of combining biomarker detection and the portable fluid-filter device. As the technique becomes more perfected, it will eventually enable doctors to read test results in less time than it takes to get a coffee at Starbucks. Those results will also be able to detect viruses like Zika and potentially killer diseases like cancer. Science can be great.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy

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A person’s genetic makeup plays an important role in his/her health. As advancement occurs in the world of healthcare, more innovative treatment methods are being introduced. One of the most recent therapies is the Gene Therapy.

Many serious diseases have been linked to hereditary factors. Some of those include: Parkinson’s, Cystic Fibrosis, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s. Scientists are finding that gene therapy can make a significant difference in diseases where an inappropriate gene activity exists.

Understanding Gene Therapy

Gene therapy can be dated back to 1972. Originally, concerns and reservations surrounded this form of treatment. It was tough for gene therapy to make a mark in human treatment methods. However, in 2017, this therapy gained great traction.

Using this method, healthcare professionals are able to use genes as a means to treat or prevent a particular disease. First, a mutated gene is identified. (The mutated gene is considered to be the cause of the disease.) Then, the “bad” gene is destroyed and replaced by a healthy new gene. One that helps the body fight the disease.

Gene therapy is considered to be an all-in-all treatment mechanism. Scientists believe that gene therapy has the potential to fight a number of serious diseases. Along with that, it may bring a revolution in the world of healthcare.

How Does Gene Therapy Work?

There are two ways in which gene therapy works. Initially, there’s the gene augmentation therapy. This is a process in which a mutated gene that is causing the disease is treated. Using this method, the mutated gene is replaced by a functioning one. Such type of therapy is ideal for diseases that can be reversed and ones that do not impact the body in significant ways. Cystic Fibrosis would be an example of this.

The second kind of therapy is the Gene Inhibition Therapy. This type is used to treat infectious or inherited diseases. In this method, the main objective is to suppress the malfunctioning gene. The goal is to eventually eliminate the function of the gene that is encouraging the growth of cells that are related to the disease. Cancer is a common example of such a disease.

Gene therapy is also used when there is a need to kill specific cells related to the growth of an illness. This is done a couple of ways. One is by causing the new DNA inserted to act like a suicide agent. Thus, it destroys all the harmful cells. Or, a new DNA is introduced that makes the body’s immune system target the cells that are causing the disease to grow.

Types of Gene Therapy

Gene therapy can be of two types. It just depends on the disease that is being treated and the kind of cells involved.

Somatic Gene Therapy: Such a therapy does not affect the body’s cells that play a role in producing sperm or eggs. Hence, this protects the future generation from the effects of the therapy.

Germline Gene Therapy: In such a type of therapy, the cells that play a role in the production of sperm and eggs are also included. Therefore, this means that the effects are also passed onto the children.

Bottom Line

Gene therapy is a phenomenal introduction in the treatment of many serious diseases. So much research is being conducted and innovations are taking place. Gene therapy is expected to bring new hope to both the patients and the healthcare professionals. What do you think?

 
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Does it Hurt to Get out of Bed? Here’s Why…

As we age, more often in the morning we wake up grunting, making noises as we stretch, or complaining of a newfound ache. Scientists have recently discovered the reason why it may hurt to get out of bed.

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Your foot hits the floor as you make your way off the mattress. As you stand up, there’s stiffness in your leg, back, or neck. There’s a logical reason for this, and it’s not just “getting older.”

Researchers in the UK at Manchester University conducted a study on cells from joints. What they found is that cells within our bodies have a biological clock. During sleep, the cell’s clock suppresses anti-inflammatory proteins. That’s why we’re often puffy, and everything’s sore. Our anti-inflammatory defenses go to bed too.

It’s Going to Be a Great Day

As we wander into the kitchen to grab our tea or coffee, our bodies are springing back into gear. Our natural ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory responses) begin to function more fully. Arthritis research doctor Qing-Jun Meng reminds us, “…as a consequence of the daily activity and resting cycle, we are two centimeters taller in the morning than when we go to bed.” So, once again, sleep matters, too.

Understanding that our cells have a time of day when they provide the highest (and lowest levels) of natural ibuprofen, can inform doctors when is the most beneficial time to administer medication to arthritic patients.

Additionally, arthritis patients and others with chronic inflammatory diseases may eventually have new medicines to help treat their pain—without painkillers. The researchers experimented with the rhythm of the cells in joints and even in the spine. The 24-hour cycle was altered to knock out the cryptochrome gene. When they did that, there was pervasive inflammation in the test subjects.

This experiment informed the scientists that the cryptochrome gene—and hence, its protein product—has significant anti-inflammatory abilities. This discovery can certainly help with the potential to create new drugs.

Back on Track

This research has also informed why lower back pain can be more prevalent with aging. As our cells’ body-clocks function at a declined capacity, so will their ability to act accordingly—that is, fight inflammation, for example. So, besides exercising and getting good sleep, we need to keep our cells as healthy as possible. If they’re healthy, they won’t know if they’re young or old as they continuously divide and reproduce.

With proper nutrition, we can keep cells happy and help prevent them from becoming diseased. Also, it’s important to bear in mind that stress plays a negative part in healthy cell reproduction. Eat well and stay calm, and hopefully, you’ll wake up with a few fewer aches tomorrow and for years to come.

 

Nuts for Nuts!

Aw, Nuts!

Eating nuts have already been linked to reducing the risk of chronic disease, but now it’s clear consumption reduces inflammation.

In Boston, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital have done several studies on the positive health effects of eating nuts. They, along with other scientists, have noted how the risk of developing chronic disease decreases when we consume nuts. For this study, the researchers wanted to figure out why this is true.

The lead epidemiologist at the hospital stated, “Our new work suggests that nuts may exert their beneficial effects in part by reducing systemic inflammation.”

The recent study revealed that eating at least five servings of nuts per week is incredibly helpful. Even adding nuts to meals three times a week showed to reduce biomarkers for inflammation.

The study states: “Researchers found participants who ate five or more servings of nuts per week or substituted red meat, processed meat, eggs or grains with nuts in three meals per week had reduced markers of inflammation than those who didn’t.”

Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other chronic diseases can be triggered or made worse because of inflammation. If nuts are proving to reduce inflammatory biomarkers, then it makes sense that eating them will keep you healthier overall.

Many nuts contain similar properties such as fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, etc. The scientists can attest that consuming nuts decreases inflammation. However, they still cannot pinpoint which element in nuts is to be thanked most for this discovery. It could be L-Arginine, unsaturated fat, fiber, something else, or a combination of a few.

That’s Just Nuts!

Here are some nutritional highlights about various types of nuts:

One ounce of almonds provides about 9% of daily adult recommended calcium and 27% of magnesium. They also contain zinc and vitamin E.

Cashews have a lower caloric content than many any nuts. They’re high in iron, zinc, and potassium.

Hazelnuts provide copper, biotin (great for hair and nails), and vitamin E.

Macadamia nuts are high in manganese and natural antioxidants.

Peanuts contain resveratrol (the compound in red wine that promotes healthy aging.)

Pecans contain the alpha and the gamma forms of vitamin E.

Pine nuts offer potassium, iron, copper, and zinc.

Pistachios– two ounces provide more potassium than a big banana.

Walnuts contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

There are over 50 different types of nuts from all over the world. Mix and match, consume and help keep your body inflammation-free.

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