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The Ayurvedist

Volume VI Issue 5                                                                                                                 September 2009  

Health and Science in the News



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Angel of the Waters, found in Central Park, NYC is symbolic of the healing effects of water. This is true in the West as in the East, now and into the ancient past.

In This Issue  Health in the News and More....


General News -- National Health Insurance Overhaul


Folk Medicine -- Some shorts from The People's Pharmacy


Scientific Studies--


Book Corner--Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman


General News:


The US Congress is debating legislation that covers our science and its practice. At issue is freedom of choice but Ayurveda is regulated out of the market by default in all but three of the States--Minn., Ca., NM. Since "reform" is focused on the insurance angle, and insurance covers "procedures" not healthcare we are excluded from the dialog. We urge you to write, e-mail, or call your representative to advise of your feelings in this matter.


In a related matter John F. Gilbert, PhD advises that "since the first of the year (2009) over 100 aromatherapists and essential oil marketing people have had encounters with a licensing board and have voluntarily left the profession in order to avoid prosecution. During the same period, almost 20 Licensed Spiritual Healers and/or Certified Aromatherapists, including four CARE Raindrop Practitioners practicing aromatherapy, were contacted by a licensing board and have been completely exonerated."  We are rushing into an era of extreme government control.


Folk Medicine:

Drinking coffee or tea may reduce the likelihood of developing non-melanoma skin cancer. Epidemiological studies have shown that coffee and tea drinkers have a lower incidence of basal and squamous cell skin cancers. Now research in mice and human tissue...


Ancient civilizations used music in their healing rituals. Now an Italian study suggests that the tempo and volume of music can have profound physiological effects on the human body. The subjects were 24 young healthy Italians. Half were aspiring singers while the other half had no musical training.

Listening to rhythmic musical phrases from Verdi resulted in heart rhythm changes. Crescendos increased heart rate and blood pressure while decrescendos slowed heart rate and lower blood pressure. The listeners' emotional response to the music did not influence the outcome. The scientists conclude that music may be helpful for cardiovascular conditions through its effect on the nervous system.


NSAIDs May Result in Falsely Low PSA Readings
PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen is a marker for prostate enlargement and cancer. When levels increase significantly from year to year, it sends a red flag to the doctor that there may be problems with the prostate. Common medications may...

Physicians frequently fail to tell patients about abnormal laboratory findings. That is the conclusion of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed medical records of over 5,000 patients in 23 different medical practices. The investigators discovered...


Bilberry Helped Reverse Macular Degeneration

My wife had macular degeneration, and our ophthalmologist said it would just get worse. We immediately started taking bilberry fruit capsules because I wanted to be pro-active.A year later, we returned for her annual eye exam. The doctor's assistant...

Bone Loss and Diabetes Medication:

Bone loss is one of the most serious chronic conditions of the 21st century. Diagnoses of new cases, especially in young people, continue to accelerate. Two medications that are frequently used in the treatment of type-2 diabetes are Avandia...

I have been suffering from GERD for a number of years now. I took Zantac for it. But two weeks ago I went to a dinner party. When we were all finished with eating, even coffee, the hostess passed around a dish of raw almonds. I asked her what these were for and she said, "to prevent heartburn." She is a pharmacist, so I asked her how it works. She didn't really know, but said that four or five almonds after a meal would help. I never before heard ANYTHING about almonds helping heartburn, but I thought I'd give it a try. Almonds after every meal seem to be working for me. I haven't taken Zantac for the past two weeks and I haven't even needed much antacid.

For recurring warts try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the growth a couple of times daily. This worked on a wart on my hand that I'd had for several years. It takes a couple of weeks...


I have had warts off and on for years and tried many different things to get rid of them. The only one that has been effective is eggplant. I know it sounds weird, but it works. Cut a piece of eggplant flesh big enough to cover the wart and secure it to the skin with a bandage every night. The wart dries up and peels off like a scab.
If the wart is on your foot, I suggest using a wrap and a sock to keep the eggplant in place overnight. Put a fresh piece on every night until the wart is healed.
Standard wart remedies were painful and the warts just grew back afterwards. I have never had any grow back after using the eggplant cure.


Scientific Studies:

Present data indicate that to obtain optimal cholesterol-lowering impact, plant sterols should be consumed as smaller doses given more often, rather than one large dose.
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009) 63, 747755; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2008.36; published online 4 June 2008


Anticancer effects of phytosterols
TAWoyengo1, VR Ramprasath2 and PJH Jones2
1Department of Animal Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and 2Richardson Centre for Functional Foods
and Nutraceuticals, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Phytosterol and stanol (or phytosterols) consumption reduces intestinal cholesterol absorption, leading to decreased blood
LDL-cholesterol levels and lowered cardiovascular disease risk. However, other biological roles for plant sterols and stanols have
also been proposed. The objective of this review is to critically examine results from recent research regarding the potential
effects and mechanisms of action of phytosterols on forms of cancer. Considerable emerging evidence supports the inhibitory
actions of phytosterols on lung, stomach, as well as ovarian and breast cancer. Phytosterols seem to act through multiple
mechanisms of action, including inhibition of carcinogen production, cancer-cell growth, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis,
and through the promotion of apoptosis of cancerous cells. Phytosterol consumption may also increase the activity of
antioxidant enzymes and thereby reduce oxidative stress. In addition to altering cell-membrane structure and function,
phytosterols probably promote apoptosis by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Moreover, consumption of phytosterols by
healthy humans at the recommended level of 2 g per day does not cause any major health risks. In summary, mounting evidence
supports a role for phytosterols in protecting against cancer development. Hence, phytosterols could be incorporated in diet not
only to lower the cardiovascular disease risk, but also to potentially prevent cancer development.
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009) 63, 813820; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2009.29; published online 3 June 2009

Psyllium could produce dose- and time-dependent serum cholesterol-lowering effect in mild and moderate
hypercholesterolemic patients and would be useful as an adjunct to dietary therapy for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009) 63, 821827; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2008.49; published online 5 November 2008


Book Corner:

Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman, University of Chicago Press, 1962


The title of this work might suggest that this is a strange theme to be covering in a newsletter that deals with medical issues, yet the news headlines of the day make this a very relevant topic indeed. The right to freely choose doctors and therapies is at the core of the debate. The study of economics helps us understand why services are offered and why they are priced as they are.

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