Milk Thistle as a Cardioprotective?

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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is known as a liver herb.  But as Paul Bergner aptly stated:

Too often we think of “Herb A” for “Condition B,” and an herb gets pigeonholed. Thus we now think of milk thistle as a “liver herb,” and it’s well that we should. But we shouldn’t limit our thinking to using it only for overt liver disease, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis. As we related at length in our last issue, many diseases may be related to liver dysfunction. Furthermore, because milk thistle is proven to be a “liver herb” doesn’t mean that it’s only a liver herb. A description follows of the clinical use of milk thistle seed (tincture) by Finley Ellingwood, MD, who introduced the herb into Eclectic medical practice in the late nineteenth century. It includes liver, spleen, and pelvic indications.

And now there is a very interesting paper released in May of 2014 titled Silymarin and its constituents in cardiac preconditioning that discusses evidence of milk thistle’s benefits on the heart, amongst other organs.

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On Disease

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Diseases, except where they are very dangerous, should not be irritated by drugs. For every disease has a structure that resembles in a certain manner the nature of living creatures. For the composition of these living creatures has prescribed periods of life for the species as a whole.  It is the same with the constitution of diseases; whenever anyone destroys this by drugs, contrary to the allotted period of time, many serious diseases are wont to arise from those that are few and slight. Consequently, so far as leisure permits, one should control all such diseases by regimen, instead of irritating a troublesome evil by administering drugs.  — Plato

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Breakthrough Brain and Muscle Rejuvenating Drug?

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This is early phase research, but Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered a drug that rejuvenates old stems in the brains and muscles of mice.

You can read about this on Science Alert: Scientists have identified a drug that rejuvenates ageing muscle and brain tissue

Or the UC Berkeley Press release: Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains

Or from the journal article itself in Oncotarget: Systemic attenuation of the TGF-β pathway by a single drug simultaneously rejuvenates hippocampal neurogenesis and myogenesis in the same old mammal

From the press release:

We established that you can use a single small molecule to rescue essential function in not only aged brain tissue but aged muscle,” said co-author David Schaffer, director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. “That is good news, because if every tissue had a different molecular mechanism for aging, we wouldn’t be able to have a single intervention that rescues the function of multiple tissues.

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The Future of Medicine?

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As strange as it feels to be referring an article about medical innovation from Fox News, the story is too interesting not to share.

It’s about a medical student who gets leukemia, receives treatment, and the leukemia eventually comes back.  He ends up having his entire genome sequenced which results in a gene abnormality being discovered.  This discovery becomes the indication to use a particular drug known to target the specific gene he has in higher than average amounts.  This was with the assistance of IBM’s Waston supercomputer and their genomic analytics.

This used the stuff of science fiction.  But it’s achievable now.  It’s not clear how many years it will take before this kind of technology is available to the average person, but clearly this is a promising direction.  It doesn’t eliminate the need for us to detoxify our environment or make healthy diet and lifestyle decisions.  But we must be open to the explorations and findings from modern health studies.

You can read more on the article page: How IBM’s Watson supercomputer is battling cancer with advanced genomics

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Vitamin and Mineral Consumption

The following 2013 study,

Mensink G.B.M. et al. Mapping low intake of micronutrients across Europe. British Journal of Nutrition, October 2013

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23312136

Tested Europeans for 17 different basic micronutrients and found a significant number of deficits.

There are many reasons why people do not get adequate vitamin and mineral consumption, with industrial food production methods, poor food choices, and lack of organic foods being chief amongst them.

The seriousness of micronutrient deficiencies should not be underestimated.   One of the best books on this subject is by Paul Bergner:

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The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements

You can enjoy robust health without relying on a lowfat diet or bottles full of nutritional supplements. You don’t even have to give up meat. The secret lies in “The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements. From calcium and iron to the essential fatty acids and beyond, minerals are the hard-working dietary necessities that supply the body’s building materials, affect digestion, and perform other tasks crucial to health and fitness.Modern farming and food processing rob food of valuable nutrients. But respected nutritionist, herbalist, and researcher “Paul Bergner explains, item by item, how to restore 22 important minerals and other nutrients to your diet. You will learn how much of each you need and which foods can provide it. Find out just how easy and enjoyable good nutrition be!

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