Friendly Flora Added to Yogurt Inhibit the Ulcer Causing Bacteria
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that can infect the stomach and
the first part of the small intestine under the stomach (the duodenum).
Curing the infection can cure this ulcer. H. pylori is estimated to be the cause of 70% of all gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers), and is
the main cause of duodenal ulcers. Curing an H. Pylori infection will
cure most duodenal ulcers, but additional treatment is needed for stomach
ulcers. H. pylori causes 70% to 90% of all stomach cancers. It causes
90% of all MALT lymphomas (mucosa associated lymphoid tissue lymphomas),
a low grade lymphoma of the stomach. Curing H. pylori infection cures
50% of all MALT lymphomas.
In the current study 59 patients with Helicobacter infections were
given yogurt with Lactobacillus and Bifido bacteria added to it twice
a day after meals for 6 weeks. 11 patients with Helicobacter pylori
were given milk placebo for comparisons sake. The friendly flora
suppressed the H. pylori infection. The study is published in the
September 2004 edition of the American Journal of Clinical
Dietary Betaine Helps Decrease Chronic Disease Risk
Betaine is a content of some foods, especially seafood, wheat
germ, bran, and spinach. The principal roles of betaine is as an
osmolyte where it helps maintain the pressure in cells and also
protects cells, proteins and enzymes from stress (e.g. dehydration,
excessive salt ion, free radicals, high temperatures). Its other
major physiological function is helping to convert the amino acid
methionine into the amino acid cysteine. It does this via methylating
or adding a methyl group. If betaine and other methylating agents
are absent from the diet a number of bad things happen; 1) liver
metabolism of methionine to cysteine is disrupted leading to elevated
levels of homocysteine - a very unstable, oxidizing agent., 2)
The liver does not adequately metabolize fat leading to elevated
levels of blood fats. The change in liver metabolism contributes
to various diseases including coronary artery disease, liver damage,
cardiovascular disease, and neurological disease. Betaine has been
shown to protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors,
and enhance performance. Betaine is an important nutrient for the
prevention of chronic disease. The review is published in the
September 2004 issue of the American Journal of Clinical
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.PH.
Other methylating agents that help control homocysteine levels
include Folic Acid, Cobalamin, and Pyridoxamine. These methylators
are extremely important for health.
Bad Attitude Associated with Cardiovascular Disease
Researchers examined 127 otherwise healthy, nonsmoking men and
women to examine the relationship between mental health and
cardiovascular disease. The researchers examined these healthy
people to assess the relationship between anger, hostility,
depression, or a combination of these psychological risks and
levels of elevated CRP. CRP or C-reactive protein is a protein
released into the bloodstream in response to inflammation caused
by stressors and infection. Elevated CRP can cause clogging of
the arteries and heart disease. Anger and the level of depression
were related to elevations in CRP. The study is published in the
September-October 2004 issue of the journal Psychosomatic
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.PH.
If you are prone to anger and depression seek professional help.
For anger try shutting off the news and take a break from newspapers
a couple of days a week. Try adding L-Theanine 100mg 3 times a day,
2 Sleep-HX 15 minutes before bedtime, one DHA 100mg 3 times a day
with meals, and avoid caffeine and stimulants in conjunction with
therapy. For depression seek outside help and discuss adding SAMe
200mg, DHA 100mg, Vitamin D 1,000 IU, L-Theanine, and exercise to
Dementia and Walking
Elderly people who walk the most have the best mental function,
according to two new studies in the Sept. 22/29 issue of the Journal
of the American Medical Association.
University of Virginia researcher Robert D. Abbott, PhD, and
colleagues looked at elderly men ranging in age from 71 to 93.
Those who walked more than 2 miles a day were nearly half as likely
to get dementia as men who walked less than one-quarter mile a day.
Harvard researcher Jennifer Weuve, ScD, and colleagues looked at
elderly women aged 70 to 81. Women who walked at an easy pace for
at least 90 minutes a week had better mental function than those
who walked less than 40 minutes a week.
"Physically capable elderly men who walk more regularly are less
likely to develop dementia," Abbott and colleagues write. "Promoting
active lifestyles may have important effects on late-life [mental]
The Abbott study looked at a 2,260 men who live in Hawaii. The
effects of walking in this group of men were also shown to reduce
the risk of death, heart disease, and fatal cancers.
However, walking did not overcome the bad health effects of smoking.
Among smokers, walking did not cut dementia risk. But smoking itself
was linked to a higher risk of dementia.
The Weuve study looked at nearly 19,000 women enrolled in the
Nurses' Health Study.