Markus Rothkranz: One of the biggest causes of diabetes

It has been said that sugar and carbs are the cause of diabetes, and they aren’t good, but the main causes of diabetes is animal products. Markus, explains that animal fats are one of the biggest causes of diabetes because fat is full of cholesterol and saturated fat. Fat tends to clog up the insulin receptors, which causes all of the cells to get clogged up with the fat. When this happens, the insulin travels through the blood stream, the insulin receptors are clogged up with fat, and they can’t work. Because of this, all of the insulin and sugars just float around in your system with no where to absorb. When this happens you get to much sugar in your system, which is bad for causing cancer, yeast, pathogens, fungus, mold, and all of the bad things. Nothing makes bacteria and viruses grow faster than sugar, and sugar eventually turns into fat. Markus states that the real cause isn’t the sugar, it is the question to why the sugar isn’t being absorbed into the body. Recent studies has found that type one childhood diabetes is actually mostly caused by milk. People use animal products to grow and to grow their muscles, but milk is filled with sugar, fat, and animal hormones. Animal products are high in saturated fats which clogs arteries and leads to many different health problems. Diabetes can be changed though, especially type 1 and 2. You can fix diabetes by simply fixing your diet and your lifestyle. Going vegan is a great way to get rid of diabetes and ditching animal foods.

Donations to Charity Hit Record Level in 2014

There are several different ways to measure the effectiveness of the economy of the United States. With a series of complicated equations at the disposal of people that have achieved some serious education, one real defining factor that presents and interesting take is charity. After all, when citizens have additional income, they tend to give it away to those in need to help out. It turns out that last year Americans were more generous than ever.

According to CNN, Americans gave away close to $360 billion in 2014, which surpassed the previous record of $355 billion in 2007. The report also notes that particular year was right before the country sank into recession. Still, tempering the good news with a tinge of bad is always an aspect that everyone has to live with. The generosity of households across the country knows no limit when it comes to helping those in need, which is a great concept.

In the end, people helping people is a positive idea, and when charitable donations amount to an incredible sum just about everyone is a winner. Those at Amen Clinics were more than pleased with it all. The idea of the economy doing well because individuals, foundations, and corporations are making efforts to spread around some cash is a nice measure of just what direction everything is moving in. In short, if nobody had disposable income, nobody would give anything. The fact that giving hit a record level supports a number of positive conclusions.

Birth Control May Shrink the Brain

Over 100 million people are on contraceptive pills across the world, and for these women the side effects of taking oral birth control are very well known. Some of the most common side effects include mood swings, nausea, and headaches. More deadly complications can include breast cancer and blood clots. However, a new study from UCLA adds one more alarming side effect to the list: the possibility of brain shrinkage.

Researchers found that use of birth control shrinks two regions of the brain that are primarily responsible for emotion. When the regions become smaller they start to function in a different manner. According to the study, it is the synthetic hormones in the pills that affect the structure of the brain. In addition, the same ingredient may also be responsible for causing the body to suppress natural hormones.

According to Mikal Watts, the study UCLA neuroscientists took a look at 90 women, 46 who did not take the pill and 44 that did. The women that regularly took birth control were found to have a thinner posterior cigulate cortex and lateral orbitofrontal cortex. These changes could be the reason why many women that take the pill report episodes of increased anxiety and depression.

Breakthrough in Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Athlete’s Foot is an annoyance at best, but fortunately that is one condition that is readily treatable. Good hygiene habits help in prevention, and there are over-the-counter creams on the market that help. Igor Cornelsen would agree that those with this condition are much luckier than people who have multiple sclerosis. There is presently no cure for this condition, but scientists are continuing to search as its sufferers number over 2 million worldwide. Science has made a recent breakthrough, and surprisingly, it is related to athlete’s foot. More properly, it relates to the creams used to treat athlete’s foot. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have tried testing hundreds of drugs to see which, if any, might show some results against this disease. Incredibly, they found that the drug contained in athlete’s foot creams stimulates the body’s own stem cells to repair the damage caused by MS and in animal trials has actually reversed paralysis in mice.

This story serves as a reminder of how breakthroughs and cures can come from the unlikeliest of places. Who would have thought that moldy bread would lead to the discovery of penicillin, but thankfully it did and millions of people a year don’t die who would have previously. The next time athlete’s foot sufferers are applying cream to their feet, they can take heart in the knowledge that this same substance may be the key to curing people who are suffering from a dread disease with symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, vision loss and paralysis.

Several Companies Join Together to Release Healthcare Apps

Several major names in the technology and health industries are coming together to create a host of apps medical providers could offer to patients. The companies working together include former rivals IBM and Apple along with Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic Inc. IBM will produce and design the programs and the other companies will focus on selling the apps.

Sure, these companies are going to make a lot of money if the apps are successful but the patients are the ones who end up profiting the most. Successful apps could lead to significant improvements in medical care.

Ultimately, the goal is to streamline health-care software and analytic programs to create a variety of helpful apps stated healthcare advocate Dan Newlin (more news at What are these apps going to do? Well, there are surely going to be a huge number of them released on the market. Therefore, the functions are going to be quite varied. Again, this is a good thing because numerous patients can then use the apps for a host of unique purposes.

The announcement of these forthcoming apps really does show how our culture has changed over the past several generations. At one time, people would have never put faith in “gadgets” when it comes to health-care. Today, apps and software are among the first things we reach for because we now have great faith in their value.

Hopefully, the produced apps will have the ability to deliver on all expectations.

Procrastination May be Linked to Poor Heart Health

A study in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine may provide new motivation to chronic procrastinators. It predicts that those who are more likely to procrastinate are also more likely to suffer from heart disease.

Two groups of participants were given questionnaires to complete regarding personality traits. One group had hypertension and heart disease, the other was more or less healthy. Researchers concluded that the first group suffering from heart disease was more likely to agree strongly with statements like “I say I’ll do it tomorrow” than the healthy group.

The study remains a little open ended. It doesn’t exactly make clear why procrastination would be bad for your heart. I think it’s likely that procrastinators are more likely to put off things that are important to heart health like exercising and eating right. People generally procrastinate when doing something means putting forth an effort. It’s unlikely that anyone ever procrastinated when faced with munching down a box of donuts.

Another factor that may hurt procrastinators like Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG is stress. If you constantly put off important things that need to be accomplished eventually when you get around to doing them they are likely to be a lot more stressful according to research. The additional stress on the body leads to inflammation that can lead to a wide variety of health conditions including heart disease and hypertension.

Exposure to Parent’s Cigarette Smoke Increases Child’s Risk of Heart Disease

If one or both of your parents smoked when you were a child, you have an increased risk of plaque build up in your carotid artery. The buildup of arterial plaque is the cause of heart attacks, strokes and other types of heart disease.
When a child is exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis, like that of living in a home with a smoking parent or two, their risk doubles for developing carotid plaque over that of a child who did not have smoking parents.
The study regarding the health impact in adulthood to children who were raised by one or two smoking parents wasconducted by the American Heart Association. The study findings followed Finnish children from the early 1980s until the early 2000s to discern the effects parental cigarette smoking had on the children. Not all the study children came from homes where the parent(s) smoked, but the researchers could easily tell with a simple blood test. A person exposed to cigarette smoke has an increased level of cotinine in their blood.
Imaging Advantage healthy folks have learned that, after determining which adults grew up in a smoking household and which didn’t, further testing was done to determine the amount of plaque buildup in their carotid artery. Those who grew up with one or more smoking parents had the most plaque buildup and were at the greatest risk of developing heart disease due to the plaque buildup.

What Happens When You Crack Your Knuckles?

Mothers tell their children not to do a lot of things, cracking their knuckles is one of them. When the child asks ‘why’, as they always do, mothers usually mumble something along the lines of arthritis or big knuckles being in their future if they don’t stop.

Turns out this is one time mothers have been wrong. According to Zeca Oliviera, they may just want their kids to stop making the annoying sound. But what causes the popping noise and what effect will it have on the finger joints?
The popping sound is made when tiny bubbles of trapped gas inside the joints are popped when the joint is moved in a certain way. The gas bubbles are normal and build up inside all joints when they are not moved for a few minutes. Such as the sound heard when your knee pops when you stand up from sitting for a prolonged amount of time. It’s just gas being released from a burst bubble.
Studies have taken place over the years to determine if knuckle cracking causes arthritis or any other type of ailment, and the conclusions of all the studies has been negative. Cracking your knuckles does not cause long term harm to your joints. If a person cracks their knuckles frequently, short-term swelling at the joint site may occur, but it will go away when the cracking stops.

Blind Man Can See Thanks to Bionic Eye

A blind man from Minnesota has been able to see for the first time in ten years thanks to a bionic eye implant.

Zderad Allen , 68, was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, which eventually left him blind. Now, with the aid of a prototype developed by the Mayo Clinic, he can recognize shapes and forms.

He will not be able to see the detail in faces or objects, but Zderad can distinguish human forms and contours of things like chairs, tables and door frames.

During the first test of the device, contained in a video that has shocked viewers, Zderad was able to recognize their reflection and was excited when he saw his wife, after so many years without seeing anything.

The researcher at the Mayo Clinic, and ophthalmologist, Raymond Iezzi, was investigating a retinal prosthesis system called Second Sight Argus II when he met Zderad and decided he would be a good candidate to test the implant.

Paul Mathieson has learned that the prosthesis is composed of 60 electrodes placed on the patient’s right eye interacting with a camera, located in glasses, and a small laptop that serves to signal light waves to the optic nerve, bypassing the damaged retina.

Ophthalmologist, Lezzi emphasizes the importance of being able to effectively implement this bionic eye in a patient is the result of years of work.

Food Cholesterol and Blood Cholesterol are Not Related

How many years has it been since you were able to enjoy a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs and buttered toast without feeling pangs of guilt? A big breakfast filled with cholesterol-laden foods like that would send most people scrambling to the medicine cabinet for an extra dose of a their statin drug or to their treadmill for an extra 30 minute walk.
Turns out all the information we have been getting over the past few decades about the cholesterol in the food we eat has been all wrong. Recent studies show there is no connection between the amount of cholesterol in the food we eat and the amount of cholesterol in our blood. All this time we could have been enjoying bacon and eggs for breakfast with the guilt and extra treadmill time. Granted, a high fat diet will lead to a high amount of fat on the body, but it does not cause the blood cholesterol to increase. A low-fat, low- cholesterol diet will not decrease the amount of blood cholesterol either.
It’s all your own genetic makeup. You either have high cholesterol, or you don’t, regardless of what food you eat. Paul Mathieson has learned that, according to the new guidelines from the Dietary Guidelines Advice Committee, it’s fine to eat eggs. Scrambled, fried, boiled or poached, eat all you want without fear of a negative impact on your blood cholesterol.