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Efficacy and Safety of Saccharomyces Boulardii for Acute Diarrhea

Posted on 29 August 2014 by in News

Saccharomyces is a non-colonising yeast used for the last 70 plus years as a therapeutic agent for the relief and management of gastrointestinal distress. Whilst its community use as a by-product of lychee fermentation was well understood in indo china and other nations, in particular for the relief of choleric dysentery it was after Henri Boulard set up the French pharmaceutical company to exploit its potential that studies began. So the recent publication (July 2014) of a review paper in the well known journal Pediatrics is a helpful means of qualifying its use in the paediatric population[1]

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Fish Oil Supplements Reduce Incidence of Cognitive Decline, Brain Atrophy

Posted on 15 August 2014 by in News

Regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults, according to a study published early online ahead of the print edition of the journalAlzheimer’s & Dementia.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

Perilla Extract (Benegut®) Improves IBS symptoms

Posted on 08 August 2014 by in News

A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal identifies a number of benefits and improved function, achieved in people with IBS ( a functional loss of tolerance in the GI Tract) when consuming a 300mg daily dose of Perilla Extract.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

Vit C for Heart Health

Posted on 04 July 2014 by in News

In a paper published in the journal Atherosclerosis, the authors of the published article – Effect of vitamin C on endothelial function in health and disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.[1]  identified a specific improvement in one aspect related to arterial/vascular health, namely endothelial function. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise Linked to More Diverse Intestinal Microbiome

Posted on 30 June 2014 by in News

Athletes, particularly those at the top of their profession appear to be are big winners when it comes to their gut microflora. A recent paper suggests that exercise has a direct effect on microbial composition and related gastrointestinal health. The article ‘Exercise and associated dietary extremes impact on gut microbial diversity’ was published in the international journal GUT.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

Mitochondrial Medicine: Diving Deep into the Secrets of Cellular Health

Posted on 09 May 2014 by in News

As basic science and clinical research cross paths, a new understanding of the importance of mitochondria in health and disease has emerged. On March 20, 2014, FOCUS moderated an international Skype conversation between Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, F.DipION, and Alex Vasquez, BS, DC, ND, DO, FACN on the new epoch of mitochondrial medicine. Michael Ash is co-founder of Nutri-Link Ltd, a subsidiary of Allergy Research Group, LLC. Endnotes that reference relevant studies and sources have been added for readers and physicians.

Focus: Mitochondria are the many “power plants” inside our cells that produce the energy that fuels metabolic processes and reactions. Why all the excitement and furor about mitochondria these days? Are we really seeing a new era in integrative and functional medicine? Read the rest of this entry »

Building Bone: The Novel Role of Tocotrienols

Posted on 25 April 2014 by in News

An Interview With Professor Dr. Ima-Nirwana Soelaiman, MBBS, PhD, Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Biography: The focus of Dr. Ima-Nirwana’s research is the impact of natural products on bone metabolism and osteoporosis, with special emphasis on tocotrienols. Dr. Ima-Nirwana has published 122 articles in scientific journals. Together with her team she has presented her work at over a hundred local and international conferences.  The results from her animal studies have consistently shown that tocotrienols can prevent and reverse osteoporosis due to stressors, including menopause, estrogen and androgen deficiency, steroid excess, nicotine exposure and oxidative stress and inflammation. She is currently planning clinical trials on tocotrienols and osteoporosis in the USA and in Malaysia. She is a member of the Malaysian Osteoporosis Society and the Malaysia Endocrine and Metabolic Society. She holds a patent within Malaysia for the use of tocotrienol for bone health in humans. Read the rest of this entry »

Vitamin A: Friend or Foe

Posted on 17 April 2014 by in News

Vitamin-A-Mucosal-ImmunologyIt is well established that high retinoic acid (RA)  levels leads to teratogenic effects both in human and experimental models. Brain abnormalities such as microcephaly, impairment of hindbrain development, mandibular and midfacial underdevelopment, and cleft palate are all implicated.[1],[2] Read the rest of this entry »

Vitamin E Causes Prostate Cancer? – Yet another missrepresentation!

Posted on 17 October 2011 by in News

Vitamin E Attacked Again, Of Course. Because It Works.

by Andrew W. Saul
Editor, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

(OMNS, Oct 14, 2011) The very first Orthomolecular Medicine News Service release was on the clinical benefits of vitamin E. That was seven years ago. (1) In fact, the battle over vitamin E has been going full-tilt for over 60 years. (2)

Well, you can say one thing for vitamin critics: at least they are consistent. Consistently wrong, but consistent. Read the rest of this entry »

Shelter Box

Posted on 15 August 2011 by in News

We – just as you are, are only too well aware of the fragility of global political and emergency events these days. For a number of years we have been purchasing a full Shelter Box whenever there is a significant event in which thousands of people suffer loss of homes and start to feel isolated and hungry. The company feels that immediate assistance is what is required and shelterbox deliver their remarkably efficient kits very fast, getting people undershelter, protected from the worst of the elements and able to prepare food. Our latest box has gone To Kenya, we hope it helps and wish that it would be the last needed. However, we know that is unlikely and are fully prepared to support Shelter Box again when the need arises.