Coconut oil stops most bacteria that produce teeth-decaying acids

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Coconut oil, a natural antibiotic when digested, destroys the bacteria that cause tooth decay, researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland, reported at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn conference at the University of Warwick, England. They added that the antibiotic component in digested coconut oil could be added to dental care products.

Dr Damien Brady and team set out to determine whether coconut oil might have antibacterial qualities at combating some strains of Streptococcus bacteria which commonly inhabit the human mouth and cause tooth decay. They tested the coconut oil in its natural and semi-digested state. They added enzymes so that the oil could be tested in a digested state.

The bacteria stick to the surface of the tooth and exists on certain types of carbohydrates. As it metabolizes sugars and other sources of energy, it produces an acid that damages teeth.

Although natural, undigested coconut oil appeared to have no impact, the scientists found that the digested oil stopped most Streptococcus bacteria from multiplying. Of particular interest was Streptococcus mutans, a type of bacterium which produces teeth-decaying acids.

Read the entire article here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249804.php

 

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Diet & Regular Soda just as bad for teeth as Meth & Crack Cocaine

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Heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine, a new study contends.

“You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,” said Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

Methamphetamine, crack cocaine and soda — sweetened or not — are all highly acidic and can cause similar dental problems, Bassiouny said in a study published recently in the journal General Dentistry.

The acid in soda is in the form of citric acid and phosphoric acid, Bassiouny said. Without good dental hygiene, constant exposure can cause erosion and significant oral damage, he said.

In his study, he found that a woman in her 30s who drank 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years experienced tooth rot and decay remarkably similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.

Read the entire article here: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=676327

Which Vegetables & Fruits are the most contaminated?

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Omega 3 Fish Oil does not help/stop heart problems – according to new study

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Daily treatment with n−3 fatty acids(Omega 3/Fish Oil) did not reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. For the study, over 6,000 subjects were given the n-3.

Read the entire article here.

New study: Drinking cola and diet cola leads to Metabolic disturbances & ASVD

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ASVD: Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerotic vascular disease – when artery walls thicken as a result of the accumulation of fatty materials such as cholesterol and triglyceride)

A new 8-week study on mice showed that 43% of the ones who were given regular cola developed hyperglycemia and 54% had  increased non-HDL cholesterol(bad). The conclusion of the study overall: Cola beverages caused atherosclerotic(AVD arteriosclerotic vascular disease – thick fat/plaque build up on arteries) lesions’ enlargement with metabolic disturbances.

They also tested them with “light/diet cola”. The results were different, but just as harmful. Hypercreatininemia(basically when the kidneys & liver are taxed beyond their capabilities) was almost 3 times that of the mice who were given just water, a 91% increase in Hypertriglyceridemia(high levels of triglycerides/fat in blood), and a 68% increase in hyperuremia(hormone imbalances & metabolic abnormalities – chronic kidney disease & renal failure).

These changes were all reversed after discontinuation, except for persistent hypercreatininemia in the group who were given “light/diet cola”.

Unmetabolized aspartame from the cola (which was 10–15% of ingested aspartame), was found to modify the intestinal environment and trigger inflammatory (pro-atherogenic) processes.

http://www.cardiab.com/content/12/1/57

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Most Poisonous Plants to Humans & Pets

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Cicuta Douglasii: Western Water Hemlock

The toxins are concentrated in the chambered rootstock but also occur in the leaves and stems as well. A consumption of 0.1% of body weight of the green material (leaves and stems) is lethal, however, the oil in a single bulb is enough to kill a 1600 pound cow. This plant may sometimes be confused with parsnip.

 

 

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Aconitum: Wolf’s Bane

Aconitum is also known as: “the queen of poisons”, aconite, monkshood, wolf’s bane, leopard’s bane, women’s bane, devil’s helmet, blue rocket, tiger’s bane, and dog’s bane.   Ingestion of even a small amount results in severe gastrointestinal upset and can result in: slowing of the heart rate, death, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,  a sensation of burning, tingling, numbness in the mouth and face, and of burning in the abdomen, motor weakness, hypotension, sinusbradycardia, ventricular arrhythmia, sweating, dizziness, difficulty in breathing, headache, and confusion. Symptoms may appear almost immediately, usually not later than one hour, and with large doses – death is almost instantaneous. Death usually occurs within two to six hours in fatal poisoning (20 to 40 mL of tincture). Poisoning may also occur following picking the leaves without wearing gloves; the toxin is absorbed easily through the skin. In this event, there will be no gastrointestinal effects. Tingling will start at the point of absorption and extend up the arm to the shoulder, after which the heart will start to be affected.

 

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Brugmansia: Angel Trumpet

All parts of Brugmansia are poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous. Effects can include: paralysis, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, migraine headaches, hallucinations, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and death.

 

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Nerium oleander: Oleander

All parts of the plant are toxic. It can be grown as a shrub or a tree. Oleander is one of the most poisonous common-grown garden plants. Effects can include: nausea, vomiting, excess salivation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, irregular heart rate, extremities may become pale and cold due to poor or irregular circulation, it can effect the central nervous system and cause drowsiness, tremors or shaking of the muscles, seizures, collapse, and even coma that can lead to death. Oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergic reactions like dermatitis.

 

Earlobe crease? Could be Cardio Vascular Disease or Metabolic Syndrome

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Ear Lobe Crease (aka: ELC)

Linear wrinkles in one or both lobes may predict future cardiovascular events (heart attack, bypass surgery, or cardiac death.) A crease on one lobe raises the risk by 33%; a crease on both lobes increases it by 77%, even after adjusting for other known risk factors. Men with diagonal ear creases were 55 percent more likely to die of heart disease than men without ear creases. The risk was even greater for non-diabetic women.

http://www.examiner.com/article/earlobe-crease-bra-size-calf-size-waist-size-what-do-they-mean

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121106114221.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3437378/

http://www.universalreflex.com/article.php?story=20051027133133490