How Dr. Daniel Amen advocates for a healthy brain through diet

Dr. Daniel Amen is a popular American Psychiatrist, a specialist in brain disorders and an author who has been chosen by the New York Times as a best seller. His clinics serve people with attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among other disorders. He has published numerous books among them The Daniel Plan: 40 Days To A Healthier Life which he co-authored in 2013 with pastor Rick Warren, Mark Hyman and Mehmet Oz. Janice Norris describes the Daniel plan as a lifestyle program focused on among others five essential components. These components are: food, fitness, focus, faith and friends.

Dr. Daniel Amen on ofspirit gives a series of steps that if used helps to get a diet under control and thus use food as medicine for the brain. The series of steps may be summarized as follows;

1.​He states that every person should increase their intake of water. He makes the observation that the human brain is made up of about 80% water. Therefore even where there is slight dehydration, stress hormones will be raised and overtime, this can lead to brain damage. He further advises that it is best to take liquids when they are free of artificial sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine and sugar. To this effect he encourages the taking of green tea which he observes contains elements that promote mental relaxation and alertness.

2.​Secondly, he advocates for calorie restriction. He makes reference to research in humans which show that a diet in which calorie is restricted helps the brain while also boosting the longevity of life. This because eating less will help in controlling weight: a decrease in weight decreases the risk of major disease such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. The brain benefits because there will be an increase in the production of nerve growth factors.

3.​Thirdly, he promotes the eating of fish. This is because fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which then contain DHA. DHA consists of a major portion of the gray matter of the brain.

4.​The fourth step is to include a lot of antioxidants in the diet. He cites studies that show that taking antioxidants from fruits and vegetables greatly reduces the risk of developing cognitive impairment. This is by ensuring that the free radicals in the body are only produced in their normal amounts.

5.​In his fifth step, he advocates for a balanced diet. A balanced diet is one that promotes a balance between the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in any given meal. He states that balance is essential

Beneful Cares about Dogs

When it comes time to choose a company that I know will be there for my dog and really give me what I am looking for when it comes to dog food, I want to choose the kind of company that can prove that it loves dogs. Beneful is one of those companies that shows off their love of dogs again and again. When I am looking for a company that shows that they care about the dogs in my life, I know that Beneful is a good option for me.

When it comes to Beneful and their advertising, they use dogs in that advertising again and again. This brand truly looks out for dogs in all that they do, and their love for the animal really shines in all that they have accomplished. This is the kind of brand that I look for when I am trying to find a dog food brand that cares about my dog as much as I do. Beneful loves dogs, and that shows in all that they do.

Miraculous Gel Stops Bleeding Almost Instantly

The common wisdom in stopping bleeding is to apply pressure. Sometimes, if the bleeding is relatively heavy, this may not be a quick enough solution before the person has lost quite a bit of blood. There has been a medical breakthrough in quickly stopping bleeding, and it has come from an unlikely place. A 17 year old named Joe Landolina invented a gel that stops bleeding almost instantly and then actually helps heal the wound incredibly quickly as well. He is 22 now and is working with a partner to bring this incredible product to market.

Currently, the gel is being prepared for use by veterinarians, but approval for use on humans is expected to not be far behind in many countries. Bruce Levenson has learned that the gel uses an algae that instantly forms a mesh-like structure to stop the bleeding, and it is such an ingenious concept that it won him second place in a business competition that he entered when he was a freshman at New York University. He and his partner are expecting to start shipping to vets this summer from their startup named Suneris. VetiGel as it’s called is expected to fly off the company’s shelves, and hopefully it will be available soon for use on people because a fast way to stop bleeding would save a lot of lives in many situations. This gel should be on every ambulance in every country of the world.

India’s Air Quality Causing Irreversible Lung Damage in Children

The air is almost thick enough to cut with a knife. It is filled with poisonous pollutants of all kinds. With no air quality regulations, few laws and even fewer to enforce any type of air quality restrictions, the Indians continue to fill the air with pollution. Alexei Beltyukov (a-ventures) knows that,  as the children breathe in the pollution, their lungs are irreversibly damaged. A recent study revealed that over half of India’s 4.4 million school-aged children have irreversible lung damage.
Delhi has been dubbed the most polluted, unsanitary and bacterially unsafe place in the world.
India is a country filled with people from around the globe. They have chosen to live there for a variety of reasons, but those who live there with children and have the ability to leave India but choose not to are being called unethical.
Once a child’s lungs have been damaged, there is little to no chance of recovering the lost lung function, even after moving to a locale with better air quality. Loss of lung function during childhood typically precipitates other serious health issues, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, in adulthood. Combine all these health issues and the child of today who is exposed to the highly polluted air in India will likely die a premature death due to the diminished quality of health he or she will have throughout their lifetime.

Medical Marijuana May Aid in Epilepsy Treatments

Sufferers of epilepsy may find respite from their ailments in the form of a new drug: liquid medical marijuana. The possibility of such a treatment has emerged from the study supported by GW Pharmaceuticals, and published by theAmerican Academy of Neurology. According to the research, the cannabidiol compound found in marijuana, a compound devoid of the capacity to induce any psychoactive high, can help in deterring the physical reactions of epilepsy. Participants in the study suffer from severe forms of epilepsy, some having Dravet syndrome, while others are stricken with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, both of which can significantly impair intellectual and physical development. Igor Cornelsen, ( has read that participants across the board, regardless of the particular type of epilepsy, experienced a drop in the frequency of seizures suffered after taking the cannabidiol medication. Admittedly, some participants experienced negative side effects. Combined with a lack of any meaningful control group in the study, the completion of further experimentation is necessary before heralding this new treatment as a permanent means of treating severe cases of epilepsy.

That being said, one would hope that should this information and treatment be solidified as an appropriate and successful method of dealing with epilepsy, necessary government agencies or officials would step in to allow said treatment to reach those most in need of it. If such involvement entails sanctioning the use of medical marijuana in a higher number of our states, then so be it.

Freezing Scalp Preserves Hair

Breast cancer is a serious health issue facing thousands of women every year. It is also such a devastating disease that modern science has few answers to combat it says Marcio Alaor BMG.

One of those methods for treatment is chemotherapy. Often abbreviated as simply chemo, or CTX, chemotherapy is a category of treatment for cancer that uses chemotherapeutic agents (chemicals) as a standardized therapy regimen. These treatments use drugs to actively destroy cancer cells. This process involves either curing the cancer, controlling it, or simply easing symptoms.

The downside of chemotherapy is that it can have severe side effects including:

• Pain in muscles, bones, joints, or organs.
• Recurring sores in the mouth and throat.
• Diarrhea or constipation.
• Blood disorder and nervous system effects.
• Reproductive issues.
• Cognitive issues.

If having cancer wasn’t bad enough, for some people the added shame of losing their hair and self-image can be devastating.

While many of the side effects are uncontrollable and can vary from person to person, much progress has been made recently in the way of hair loss prevention. In large part, this is due to a new technique involving the freezing of the scalp.

This hair-saving treatment, now commonplace in Europe, is now making its way to the United States among other areas. The procedure requires a specialized frozen cap be worn tightly over the scalp before, during and for a few hours post chemotherapy treatment.

Things a Dietician Never Says

We all need a little professional help in various aspects of our lives from time to time. However, knowing who to turn to for that help is not always clearcut. If you’re looking for someone to help you get on the right track with your eating habits, a dietician is the professional you need to turn to, But how will you know if he or she is right for you? Sultan Alhokair knows that you can start by noting these things that a dietician would never say.
* It works for me, so it will work for you. Age, gender, health, activity level and several other factors must be considered when working on a nutrition plan for someone. That statement is a red flag against that dietician.
* I have no training in nutrition. A registered dietician nutritionist has earned a four-year bachelor’s degree in nutrition science. Combine that degree with supervised training in an accredited program that includes clinical and community settings, along with continuing education to obtain and maintain their credentials.
* Stretching the truth and using scare tactics about food. If the dietician describes food with terms like ‘cancer-causing’ and ‘toxic’, it may be time to leave. A qualified dietician focuses on what’s right with good food, not what’s wrong with processed foods.
* Using non-medical terms to promote certain foods or their own brand of food philosophy. With a four-year degree under their belt, a dietician is well trained in how food effects medical conditions and uses the correct terminology

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

During the last one hundred years since Alzheimer’s has been recognized as a mental disease, no cure or successful treatment has been discovered for it. That may change in the near future.

Jaime says the new hope is being given to Alzheimer’s patients a recent study conducted by Dr. Dale Bredesen of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research. Dr. Bredesen’s study shows that by following a complex, 36-point therapeutic program, memory loss can be reversed.

The study findings are published in the current issue of Aging and detail the 36-points of the therapeutic program which include dietary changes, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep pattern, medication and several other points that help alter brain chemistry.

Ten Alzheimer’s patients participated in the study and nine out of the ten experienced significant memory improvement by following the 36-point program. The one patient who showed no signs of improvement was in the final stages of the progressive mental disease prior to beginning the test study.

Following a 36-point therapeutic program may seem like an unreasonable request of someone who can’t remember what they ate for breakfast three hours ago, but the program is offering hope to a hopeless situation. No one drug works, nor does any one therapy, but with a helper and dedication, 36-points has offered new hope to Alzheimer’s patients.

Superbug Kills Two at Los Angeles Hospital, More Infected

An antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection has killed two patients at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, and has been diagnosed in seven others It is believed that almost 180 more may have been exposed.

The patients were infected by endoscopes used to examine and treat digestive ailments, as reported in the L.A. Times. They are inserted through the mouth into the throat and down into the stomach and beyond. They were found to be contaminated with the pathogen
CRE (carbepenem resistent Enterobacteriaceae) kills 40% to 50% of patients whose infections get into the bloodstream. It is considered deadlier than MRSA, and has become resistant to the most effective antibiotics, the carbepenems, as has E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

UCLA immediately removed the two endoscopes and disinfected them more thoroughly than the manufacturer’s directions and the national standards, at least according to health expert Brian Torchin. The hospital also notified public health officials after the first patient was found. The hospital must also contact the 180 patients who may have become infected previously, between October and January. They will be offered tests.

This incident underlines the necessity of infection control in healthcare settings. Not only must instruments be pathogen-free, but healthcare workers must comply with mandatory handwashing prior to attending to each patient.

A Television Engineer Discovers a Cure for Cancer

A retired television engineer named John Kanzius may have stumbled across a cure for cancer. He has been fighting his own cancer for six years. Now, he has accidentally started fighting for everyone else too.

Kanzius’ discovery happened during his research on radiowaves. He realized that exposing SWNTs (single-walled nanotubes) to radiofrequency waves would heat them up enough to destroy them. If they are inside another cell they will take that cell down with them when they die. Kanzius knew it would be a great idea but he had no idea how to get the SWNTs inside of a cancer cell.

That is where researchers for the American Cancer Society stepped in. They played around with Kanzius’ discovery until they figured out a way to implant the cells. The answer is gold and lasers.

Instead of SWNTs, they used lasers to put gold tubes inside cancer cells. The same concept worked with these tubes as they did on the carbon versions. As soon as the golden tubes heated up, they destroyed the diseased tumor cells around them.

From what Susan McGalla has learned, these tests were done on lab mice and rabbits. Find more on McGalla at No human trial has been attempted yet but it is only a matter of time. Kanzius’ accidental discovery may save his life and the lives of thousands of others with the same life threatening cancers. His story shows that anyone can make a difference. Cancer can be fought.