Health, Myths, Fraud and the Crisis

Archive for July, 2010

Fortunately I love to cook Thai curries …

because turmeric may protect my liver´s health ( which is an eligible concern with 3 bottles of wine a week )

Got Gold ?

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard has released a new research paper that argues that the Federal Open Market Committee’s extended period language may be increasing the probability of a Japanese-style deflationary outcome in the U.S. within the next several years. In the paper “Seven Faces of ‘The Peril’ he states :

” A better policy response to a negative shock is to expand the quantitative easing program through the purchase of Treasury securities.”

I wonder whether he was talking about ” direct ” purchase of Treasury securities,

one of the main ingredients for high future inflation.

Another sleepless night from MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

Usually I have no sleeping problems. Sometimes I am taking some Melatonin if I like to get up earlier. It took me a long time to find out why I suffered in some nights  severe insomnia. Since I had avoided sauces, soups etc. in restaurants it had not happened for about 2 years, but this night I clearly had the symptoms again, although very tired I just couldnt fall asleep and Melatonin did not help. Laying in bed totally awake it hit me –  may be it was this delicious  Georgian Chicken we prepared yesterday. And as it turned out, the spice Irina had been using contained MSG.

Hidden Names for MSG and European numbers for glutamate containing additives

Neurological Effect of MSG

  • It is possible that certain neurological diseases can be caused by the ingestion of MSG. According to, “MSG has been linked to many conditions including migraines, asthma, depression and Alzheimer’s … .” However, the FDA mentions that when fed to rats only in large quantities did it cause these problems. What most people are not aware of is that there are chances that they are consuming large quantities because of the many food products that contain MSG.

Protecting your Neurons

  • In an effort to determine whether vitamin E protects the negative effects of MSG on the neurons, a study titled “The Preventive Effort of Vitamin E on The Neurological Toxicity” by the Journal of Islamic Academy of Sciences found that vitamin E has proven to protect the negative effects of MSG on the nervous system. The study involved 100 day-old chicks. All were injected with MSG. One group was given vitamin E 24 hours prior to their injection of MSG. All but this group developed neurological symptoms and died quickly. The group that was given vitamin E 24 hours prior suffered no ill effects.

The absorption of vitamin E is influenced by the amount of fat in a meal

Yvonne M. Jeanesa1, Wendy L. Halla1, Susan Ellarda1, Elizabeth Leea1 and John K. Lodgea1 c1

a1 Centre for Nutrition and Food Safety, School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK


Natural Vs. Synthetic Vitamins

Biological Activity Reduced 50%

Proponents of synthetic vitamins might claim natural and synthetic are equally effective; but when it comes to Vitamin E, that natural form is internationally recognized to be more biologically active than the synthetic form. The biological activity is reduced by 50%, even to 70% in synthetic form.

Doubt has also been cast on other synthetic vitamins and their biological activity by Isobel Jennings of Cambridge University. “The synthetic vitamins may be identical with naturally occurring substances or closely related. The close relations, althought useful in many ways, pose some problems in that they may have only a fraction, whether large or small, of the biological activity of the natural products … Synthetic vitamins may perform some of the functions of their natural counterparts while being useless for others. But what may be more important is the fact that synthetic vitamins, prepared from chemicals instead of nature, are frequently less active biologically than their natural counterparts, thereby reducing any beneficial effect they may have.”

Lower Cholesterol with Red Rice Yeast

Since statins were causing me muscle pain (  and since the heart is also a muscle … ) I was looking for something else to lower my high LDL. Fish oil appears to help, but more potent seems to be red rice yeast extract. So far I got no muscle pain. Blood test pending ….

From a Mayo Clinic web page :

Red yeast rice is the product of yeast ( Monascus purpureus ) grown on rice, and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins, substances known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis. One of these, “monacolin K,” is a potent inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, and is also known as mevinolin or lovastatin (Mevacor®, a drug produced by Merck & Co., Inc). Red yeast rice extract has been sold as a natural cholesterol-lowering agent in over the counter supplements, such as Cholestin TM (Pharmanex, Inc).

Coenzyme Q10

It appears to me that Q10 is not as important as the supplement manufacturers suggest it is :

  • Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble compound primarily synthesized by the body and also consumed in the diet.
  • Endogenous synthesis and dietary intake appear to provide sufficient coenzyme Q10 to prevent deficiency in healthy people. (More information)
  • Oral supplementation of coenzyme Q10 increases plasma, lipoprotein, and blood vessel levels, but it is unclear whether tissue coenzyme Q10 levels are increased, especially in healthy individuals. (More information)

Choline – an essential nutrient

Choline is considered an essential nutrient, because even healthy individuals cannot synthesize enough to maintain health.

From the Linus Pauling Institute :

The main criterion for establishing the Adequate Intake level for choline was the prevention of liver damage (see Deficiency).

Food sources

Very little information is available on the choline content of foods (4). Most choline in foods is found in the form of phosphatidylcholine. Milk, eggs, liver, and peanuts are especially rich in choline.

Strict vegetarians who consume no milk or eggs may be at risk of inadequate choline intake.

Freezing a wart

Treated a wart on my chest with an inexpensive freeze spray as it is used in electronic shops to find faulty components. I sprayed the wart three times, then it fell off. It is now one year and never came back.

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