Friday, 18 May 2018

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Drug companies fuelling opioid epidemic with bribes to doctors!

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Addiction to the opioid painkillers is now the most lethal drug epidemic in America's history—and it's being partly fuelled by drug companies who are bribing doctors to hand out more prescriptions.
Doctors who are accepting the bribes—such as free meals, travel or lucrative consulting fees—are writing around 9 per cent more prescriptions for an opioid, new research has discovered.
Drug companies spend more than $9m a year to encourage doctors to prescribe more opioids, such as Oxycodone, Fentanyl and codeine. The biggest payers are INSYS Therapeutics, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, researchers from Boston Medical Center discovered. Inducements include meals, speaking fees, education, travel, consulting fees and 'education'.
Around 370,000 physicians prescribed an opioid painkiller in 2014, and those that accepted an inducement wrote 9 per cent more prescriptions, and the trend continued the following year, although fewer prescriptions were written.
In 2016, more than 27,000 Americans died from an opioid painkiller addiction, and many hundreds of thousands more are dependent on the drugs.
As researcher Scott Hadland said: "The pharmaceutical industry must look beyond its bottom line and make changes to its marketing strategies in order to play a role in helping curb opioid overdose deaths."
The researchers say that legal limits on opioid marketing spend should be introduced.
References
(Source: JAMA Internal medicine, 2018; doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.1999)
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

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Cancer Institute Finally Admits Marijuana Kills Cancer!

Cancer kills nearly 600,000 Americans per year. And this year alone, over 1.6 million people will be diagnosed. So much time and research have gone into the cure for cancer in the last few decades. Yet, because of the stigma associated with marijuana, this wonder plant has been largely ignored by governments and researchers as a potential cure – or a key piece to a cure at least.

The Admission

In August 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released a report on their website which stated, “Marijuana kills cancer”. Yes, you read that right – marijuana kills cancer.
We know that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes to relieve symptoms of many chronic illnesses. In fact, marijuana has actually been used for medicinal purposes for over 3000 years.
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer (and other chronic illness) include:
  • Anti-nausea
  • Appetite stimulation
  • Pain relief
  • Improved sleep

So, how does cannabis kill cancer?

There are 21 chemical components found in marijuana called cannabinoids. These chemicals activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects in the central nervous system and the immune system. This is the physiological and biochemical changes in the body produced by a drug in therapeutic concentration.
THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. However, there are other compounds such as cannabinol (CBN), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), tetrahydrocannabivarin(THCv), and delta-8-THC that can have pharmacologic effects. For example, CBD is known to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the high that THC produces.
During a 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by tube feeding. Tests were also done of a variety of cancerous cells.

Here is what they found:

  • Cannabinoids may reduce tumour growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed to grow tumours.
  • Lab tests on animals have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
  • Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of THC in liver cancer cells showed it damaged or killed the cancer cells.
  • The same study of THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumour effects.
  • CBD may make chemotherapy more effective
Source: National Cancer Institute
A Men’s Health Study proves that cannabis can potentially kill cancer: An analysis of 84,170 participants looked at the association between cannabis use and the occurrence of bladder cancer. Over 16 years, they found 89 Cannabis users developed bladder cancer compared with 190 of the men who did not report cannabis use. After dividing the study up by age, race, ethnicity, and body mass index, cannabis use was associated with a 45% reduction in bladder cancer incidence.
In conclusion, many studies have shown the potential of cannabis being able to kill cancer cells. However, little of these studies have been tested on humans. Only a handful of clinical trials have been held with humans, so it is too soon to say if the effects will work as well in humans. The good news is work is being done, and the topic is gaining interest among researchers.
Check out the full report from the NCI that explains their findings.
Credit for this article goes to: Stoners Cookbook. http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/article/2015/10/02/cancer-institute-finally-admits-marijuana-kills-cancer/


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Why women are taking their eyes off the scale to get healthy!


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A grassroots exercise movement that encourages women to focus less on the scale and more on overall health started with a single photo posted by a fitness blogger.

Arianna Dantone shared a photo of herself last year with the caption, “Gaining weight is cool.”

“I had gained like 20 pounds, and that whole year I was super depressed about it,” she told “GMA.” “But when I looked back at the pictures, I didn’t see 20 pounds there.”

Dantone’s tweet went viral as people weighed in with the hashtag #GainingWeightIsCool, and responses like, “Thank you for helping me realize that gaining weight is okay.”

“I am sooo on board with this. #Idon’tweightmyselfanymore,” wrote another commenter.

Dantone said she still gets messages from women today, more than one year after she posted her photo.

“I get messages every single day from women telling me that it helped them, so it's just amazing,” she said.

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak told “GMA” that not looking at the scale is good for both your mental and physical health.

“That scale can really affect you,” he said. “It can make you depressed and can make you do extreme things as a reaction to seeing that number.”

He added, “Hashtag 'don’t weigh yourself' is cool. Hashtag 'live an active healthy, balanced, moderate lifestyle' is cool.”

Studies have shown that people who weigh themselves regularly are better at maintaining their weight, according to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief medical correspondent.

“But it’s not just about that number on the scale,” she added, calling weight “just part of the picture” of health.

For instance, if you are gaining muscle, you may actually see your weight increase, Ashton explained.

“Muscle is a dense tissue and you can be very healthy, very fit and see that number on the scale go up,” she said.

For a more accurate judgment of your overall health, Ashton recommends asking these three questions.

1. How are you clothes fitting?

2. What is your exercise tolerance? Can you walk or run up some stairs without being completely winded? How strong are you?

3. How are your objective measures? Know your blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood sugar level.
http://www.wjbdradio.com/health-news/2018/05/11/why-women-are-taking-their-eyes-off-the-scale-to-get-healthy

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Antioxidant reverses ageing in our blood vessels, making them 20 years 'younger'!

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A nutritional supplement can reverse the effects of ageing in our blood vessels and make them up to 20 years 'younger', all within six weeks, a major new study has discovered.
It reduces arterial stiffness by around 42 percent, a dramatic improvement that lowers the risk of heart disease by around 13 percent, say researchers from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The antioxidant MitoQ—adapted from Coenzyme Q10—targets the mitochondria, the 'powerhouses' of our cells, and changes the lining of blood vessels (endothelium) to improve their ability to dilate, which increases blood flow.
Within just six weeks, the improvements were so great that the blood vessels were performing as though they were 15 to 20 years 'younger', say the researchers, who tested the supplement on 20 healthy men and women aged between 60 and 79.
The volunteers were given either MitoQ or a placebo, and then they switched after a two-week 'wash-out'. During the time the volunteers were taking the real supplement, artery dilation improved by 42 percent.
The study is the first clinical trial to assess the effect of an antioxidant like MitoQ on vascular function. It also puts antioxidants back in the frame after they had been dismissed in other studies as being ineffective. "This study breathes new life into the discredited theory that supplementing the diet with antioxidants can improve health," said Doug Seals, one of the researchers.
MitoQ is at the 'serious' end of supplements and is considered a nutraceutical, or pharmaceutical-grade vitamin. It has been adapted from the naturally-occurring antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10, to target the mitochondria in cells.
https://www.wddty.com/news/2018/05/antioxidant-reverses-ageing-in-our-blood-vessels-making-them-20-years-younger.html?

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Can CBD Products Improve Your Fitness Results?


ONCE RESERVED FOR dispensaries, cannabis products are becoming increasingly mainstream. Popping up on supermarket and health store shelves as well as holistic wellness websites, CBD oils, tinctures and salves promise major health benefits. The latest wellness fad: improved exercise results.
To understand how CBD is believed to impact workouts, it's important to recognize what CBD is. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of more than 100 compounds called cannabinoids contained in cannabis. Similar in structure to endocannabinoids, which the body naturally produces (and may be responsible for runner's high), cannabinoids are most well-known for their feel-good effects, explains registered dietitian Donna Shields, co-founder of the Holistic Cannabis Academy, an online education program for health professionals interested in the medical use of cannabis.
However, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, not all of cannabis's cannabinoids cause a psychoactive effect or "high," Shields says. CBD counteracts these effects and may trigger multiple health benefits. The most intriguing advantage for exercisers is reduced inflammation, she says.
The Link Between Exercise, Inflammation and CBD
Any workout, especially a rigorous one, causes microscopic damage to the body's muscles and tissues, explains Dr Alan Beyer, sports medicine doctor and executive medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California. It's this inflammation that triggers the body's repair processes, allowing tissues to grow back stronger and fitter. However, too much inflammation left unchecked can contribute to excessive muscle damage and poor workout results. Inflammation is also a hallmark of exercise injuries including strains and sprains, he says.
For this reason, exercises commonly integrate anti-inflammatory measures – such as eating antioxidant-containing foods and taking ice baths – into their workout routines to aid the workout process. They also try to curb achy muscles and joints through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, Beyer says.
While studies currently debate exactly when exercisers should try to curb inflammation and when they should just let the body recover on its own, they also suggest that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. For example, a 2018 review published in Frontiers in Neurology concluded that CBD is an effective way of improving pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis since it reduces inflammation.
"CBD for exercise-induced inflammation is absolutely the next big area we need to explore," says Thorsten Rudroff, an exercise scientist and director of the Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and the Frontiers in Neurology study co-author. "However, most of what we know about CBD and exercise is based on anecdotal reports," he says. "There's basically no research on the topic. We need to investigate CBD's effects on inflammatory biomarkers [compounds like C-reactive protein in the body that occur with inflammation] in athletes and exercise recovery."
He explains that he has seen a dramatic increase in the number of older adults and collegiate and professional athletes consuming CBD edibles and oils. By taking them immediately after exercise, they aim to recover quickly and effectively. Some believe that CBD reduces the body's tendency to break down tissues and promotes muscle growth.
Meanwhile, Beyer posits that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He often recommends that his patients apply CBD salves to the injured area.
"CBD penetrates transdermally to reduce inflammation in the injured tissues," Beyer explains, noting that overuse of NSAIDs, especially in conjunction with exercise, can damage the kidneys. For example, in a 2017 Emergency Medical Journal studying ultramarathoners, those who took ibuprofen every four hours during a 50-mile race were about 18 percent more likely to finish the race with acute kidney damage.
"I always want my patients to start with interventions that have the fewest side effects," Beyer says. However, he also adds that a lack of research exists on the long-term effects of CBD products. "We don't have data to know if it's efficacious or safe over the long term," he says.
When CBD Products Work, Maximizing Benefits Can Be a Challenge
"Right now, CBD is a real quagmire for the consumer," Shields says. For example, while many products contain CBD in its isolated form, full-spectrum varieties that contain other natural compounds from the cannabis plant are believed to be more beneficial, thanks to an "entourage effect." Experts currently disagree as to whether CBD in edibles, tinctures, oils and salves are equally absorbed and used by the body.
CBD products are also notorious for advertising inaccurate levels of CBD, says Dr Jordan Tishler, a Harvard-trained physician, president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists and CEO of InhaleMD, a Boston-area practice specializing in cannabis therapeutics.
A 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association study of 84 CBD commercial extracts found that only 31 percent of them contained the amount of CBD they advertised. Tishler notes that most CBD studies involve dosages of roughly 1,000 milligrams per day, and it's unknown if lower doses will provide any benefit apart from a placebo effect.
Even more concerning, though, is that the Journal of the American Medical Association study also found that one-fifth of the products contained THC. While the exact amount of THC required to trigger psychoactive effects varies from person to person, any THC could prove problematic to anyone undergoing drug testing, either for work or athletics, Rudroff says.
CBD can come from one of two cannabis plants: marijuana or hemp, Shields says. Hemp is legal in all states, as long as its THC content does not exceed 0.3 percent. Marijuana, however, is not legal in all states, and even if a marijuana-derived CBD product contains less than 0.3 percent THC, it still may not be legal, depending on individual state laws.
Third-party testing, in which laboratories measure CBD products' levels of different compounds, including CBD, THC and even contaminants such as mold and heavy metals, does exist, Shields explains. However, many companies advertise the fact that they are third-party tested without providing any proof of testing. She recommends asking to see a product's third-party lab report before buying a CBD product. If the company won't share it, it's time to look into other brands.
No matter what CBD product you choose, it's also important to discuss it with your primary care physician, especially if you are taking other medications or supplements, Tishler says. While research on CBD is promising, it is still a compound with potentially wide and powerful effects in the human body – and many of these effects are still being explored.
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