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Researchers recently conducted a review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the efficacy of melatonin used with chemotherapy or radiotherapy by patients with solid tumor cancers. Most patients had metastatic cancers (the cancer had spread), and most of the trials compared standard chemotherapy plus melatonin to chemotherapy alone.
Adding 20 mg of melatonin per day to either chemotherapy or radiation therapy significantly increased complete or partial tumor remission, and one-year survival rate. These effects were noted for all the different types of cancers. Melatonin also significantly reduced the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, such as thrombocytopenia, neurotoxicity, and fatigue. No serious adverse events occurred. The review only included trials that were funded by hospitals.
The authors of the study conclude that, “melatonin as an adjuvant therapy for cancer led to substantial improvements in tumor remission, one-year survival, and alleviation of radiochemotherapy-related side effects.”
A new study showed that consuming less than 3 grams of sodium per day is linked to a higher risk of death and cardiovascular events than consumption of more than 6 grams per day.
The study showed that the risks of high sodium consumption were significant only for those with hypertension. But doses of less than 3 g per day caused an even greater risk in subjects with or without hypertension.
Sodium is required for proper physiological functions, and this study and other research suggests we need at least 3 g of it per day.
The study was published in The New England journal of Medicine.
A new review of 20 studies shows that consuming a lot of fish is linked to a lower risk of lung cancer. The studies included 8799 cases of lung cancer and 17,072 noncases, and show that high fish consumption has a protective effect against lung cancer.
Melatonin may be the one of the most important supplements you will ever need. It helps you sleep, but will also fight a wide range of cancers, neurological diseases, and other diseases. If you have cancer, it can prolong your life, and improve your quality of life. Be sure to read the upcoming article on the benefits of melatonin. Learn about the correct doses, and how to optimize your levels. This is one of the most critical supplements if you want a healthy and long life.
IF THERE ARE DANGEROUS SUPPLEMENTS ON THE MARKET, I WON’T HESITATE TO LET YOU KNOW. Although many supplements are safe, effective, and essential, such as vitamin D, there are a large number of supplements with serious side effects that we should avoid. Not all supplement manufactures produce toxic products, and many have strict quality standards. But many dangerous supplements continue to be marketed and are widely available. Americans spend more than $30 billion dollars on supplements each year. Read on to find out which supplements to avoid. Some of them will surprise you. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised to avoid these supplements.
This plant has been used in South Pacific Islands in ceremonies, and in other countries as a relaxant and anti-anxiety agent. It’s available as a tea, in liquid form, and in capsules. Although some evidence shows it does relieve anxiety, kava has caused liver toxicity. It was thought that this problem occurred only in Western countries, but a recent study showed that even kava prepared with traditional methods in the South Pacific, the US and Germany caused liver toxicity. The problem might be caused by the bad quality of herb before it’s even used or transformed.
Kava is linked to severe liver problems, and although it’s still available in the US, we should avoid it, and should NEVER be used by children. Kava is toxic on its own, but it also interacts dangerously with alcohol and other drugs.
Many weight-loss supplements have been proven to be extremely toxic to the liver, and so we should exercise extreme caution when buying these products. Several ingredients can contribute to this toxicity, and it will surprise you to learn that green tea EXTRACTS can cause liver problems. Drinking green tea is safer than using it as a supplement, even if you drink 10 cups of it a day.
But green tea extract in supplements could cause serious liver problems and are best avoided. Many weight-loss products contain these extracts, so read the label. This isn’t the only problem with weight-loss products. Some of them could contain a toxic drug called sibutramine, which can cause severe cardiovascular side effects.
Products that claim to help us lose weight are one of the most dangerous supplements we can use. AVOID THEM.
Bitter orange/ Synephrine
Bitter orange is marketed to fight allergies, nasal congestion, and is in some weight–loss supplements. It’s also a replacement for the banned toxic compound ephedrine. This supplement contains synephrine, which is similar to ephedrine. Recent research published in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology proves that it causes high blood pressure, and causes even more side effects when combined with caffeine. Bitter orange can interfere with many drugs, causes fainting, heart problems, and can cause death.
Chaparral is used as an extract or as a tea, and is claimed to help the immune system, and to fight respiratory illnesses, and other diseases. This herb has been shown to cause severe liver damage, and kidney problems. Many people who used chaparral have had to undergo emergency liver transplantation.
It can interact dangerously with many commonly used drugs, such as aspirin. It has been linked to kidney cysts and kidney damage. Toxic effects can begin as early as 3 weeks of daily ingestion. Even if it’s discontinued, it can cause long-term liver damage.
Sterols are plant compounds and are included in vitamins, added to foods such as margarines, and available as supplements. They are claimed to reduce cholesterol and promoted as heart-healthy. But the reality is that they can cause heart disease. Research on animals and humans shows that these supplements can cause cardiovascular disease.
Adding extra sterols can also increase intestinal cancer formation.
Sterols from foods aren’t implicated in heart disease or cancer. It’s sterols from supplements or foods with added sterols that are dangerous. Avoid vitamins that have sterols included, and many food products that have added sterols, such as margarines. They won’t improve your health, and can instead cause serious diseases.
Red yeast rice
Red yeast rice supplements are claimed to reduce cholesterol. It’s made by fermenting rice with Monascus purpureus yeast. This supplement can contain monacolin K, the same ingredient found in the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin, and can cause the same side effects as drugs that lower cholesterol .
Some products that were tested recently were shown to contain high amounts of monacolin K, even though the FDA has told manufacturers that it’s illegal to market these products as supplements. There’s no way for consumers to tell how much monacolin K a red yeast rice supplement contains.
People who took these supplements have reported liver toxicity, muscle pain, and rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle tissue). Muscle fiber contents are then released into the blood, which can cause kidney damage.
Another problem with these supplements is that they contain a toxic compound called citrinin. It’s been shown to cause kidney failure and genetic damage.
Colloidal Silver is a supplement composed of silver particles in a liquid suspension. It’s claimed to help fight infections, and a variety of ailments. The FDA warns that this product can cause IRREVERSIBLE bluish or grayish discoloration of the skin, a condition called argyria. This condition has occurred in people using colloidal silver supplements.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the most toxic side effect of this supplement. It has caused neurological problems, liver toxicity, and kidney problems. It interferes with thyroid medications, and with antibiotics. Hey, they had me at the Blue Man Group effect!
It might surprise people to learn that some forms of vitamin E are dangerous. Synthetic vitamin E, called dl-alpha-tocopherol or all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, is dangerous because it depletes gamma-tocopherol, the protective form of vitamin E. Guess which form of vitamin E is most commonly found in supplements? You guessed it, the synthetic kind.
Supplementation with synthetic vitamin E has recently been shown to increase the risk of prostate cancer.
In contrast, gamma-tocopherol protects against prostate, breast, and lung cancer .
We should use supplements that contain mostly gamma-tocopherol, and no dl-alpha or all-rac-tocopherol. We can get vitamin E from walnuts, almonds, and wheat germ too.
Maybe the most dangerous supplement is calcium, because it’s prescribed by doctors, and is widely available. We wouldn’t think that it’s toxic, right? Calcium supplements don’t even work for the reasons we buy them: they don’t prevent bone problems .
More importantly, a large study has proven that calcium supplements, even if you add vitamin D, increase the risk of serious heart problems, including heart attacks.
These effects were re-confirmed in a 2013 study, which showed that calcium supplements increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 30%.
Calcium from foods is safe, so we should aim to get our dose from milk, yogurt, almonds, and kale. Avoid beverages which have added calcium too, such as some soy, almond, and rice milks.
To avoid toxic supplements, look for the USP label on the bottle. If a product has this label, then it has undergone voluntary testing for potency and purity.
Don’t be the first to try a new supplement when it comes out, and wait for reports of toxicity.
Ask the supplement company to provide you a third-party lab test that shows the safety and purity of their product.
There are many useful supplements we should use, just be sure to avoid the toxic ones.
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Dr. Terri Cappello of Loyola University Medical Center has treated patients during her 15 years as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
"A trampoline puts a child at risk for serious injuries," Cappello said. "Kids sustain broken arms, legs and even break their necks which can lead to paralysis. Just as you would not let your child jump into a shallow swimming pool, you should not let them jump on a trampoline."
Cappello agrees with a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that says safety measures such as enclosure nets and padding have not substantially reduced the risk. "Therefore, the home use of trampolines is strongly discouraged," the Academy statement said.
The AAP estimated that in 2009, there were nearly 98,000 trampoline-related injuries in the United States. And injuries peak during the summer months.
The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America said trampolines and moon bouncers are among the four main areas of preventable injuries in children. (The other areas are skateboards, ATVs and lawnmowers.)
IF YOU SEE AN ADULT PUSHING A CHILD TO THE GROUND, OR HOLDING THEM IN THEIR ARMS FORCIBLY AGAINST THEIR WILL, OR SCREAMING AT THEIR CHILD LIKE A PSYCHOPATH , STOP THAT PARENT, THEN CALL THE POLICE AND CHILD SERVICES.
ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN/WOMEN TO DO NOTHING.
HE/SHE WHO DOES NOT PUNISH EVIL COMMANDS THAT IT BE DONE.
AVOID TOO MUCH VITAMIN C AS SUPPLEMENTS . A new animal study shows that the human equivalent of 1 gram of this supplement per day " significantly shortened lifespan... " YOU SHOULD ALSO AVOID vitamin E as α-tocopherol, (alpha form) , and use gamma-tocopherol, the natural form. Gamma-tocopherol can prevent cancer and is the form you should use.