If you don’t want to become an old man: maintaining muscle mass with advancing age

The aging male faces loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) in his 7th and particularly 8th decade of life to the point where a man cannot push himself out of a chair to stand up.  We see men (and women) using a walker as they age and that is unnecessary if physical activity is maintained and meals are comprised of 20 grams of protein or more per day.

A published monograph is worth reading for instruction. [Current Opinion Clinical Nutrition Metabolic Care Jan 2009]

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Healthy gut bacteria inhibits invasive blood vessels that destroy vision

Eye doctors are busy capturing digital images of the back of your eyes, measuring eye fluid pressure, testing your vision for acuity (ability to see letters of varying sizes), and instilling medicine by direct needle injection into the eyes to inhibit the formation of new blood vessels that invade the visual center of the eyes (macula).  These new blood vessels form when the retina at the back of the eyes becomes starved of oxygen.

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Got any of these symptoms?

  • You have recurrent diarrhea of unknown origin.
  • You can’t get to sleep.
  • You have abdominal cramps.
  • If female, you may have accompanying growths outside of your uterus (endometriosis).
  • You experience food allergies and are believed to have leaky gut (undigested proteins entering your blood circulation).
  • You lose your appetite.
  • You experience weight loss.
  • Anal itching is another hallmark sign.  If you have children, watch if they scratch their butt often.

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Topically applied synthetic vitamin D cream reduces pre-cancerous skin by up to 88%

When combined with chemotherapy, topically applied synthetic vitamin D (calcipotriol) dramatically reduced pre-cancerous skin lesions (actinic keratosis).  Vitamin D cream is often used for the treatment of psoriasis.   [Daily Mail UK Nov 21, 2016; Journal Clinical Investigation Nov 2016]  The natural form of vitamin D (D3) probably works just as well, but physicians may tend to use the most expensive treatments that are only available through their offices.

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction When It Comes to Pornography and Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

‘Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”—Mark Twain

With recent criticism of fake news sources influencing the recent Presidential election in the U.S., a news story suddenly breaks that CNN accidentally aired 30 minutes of pornography in the Boston area on Thanksgiving Day.  But it turns out that CNN “accidentally admitted it aired pornography” in a trail of misinformation that was traced back to its source by Breitbart News.  [Breitbart News Nov 25, 2016]

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How Ardent Dietary Supplement Users Unwittingly Make Things Worse Trying To Overcome A Magnesium Deficiency

Many ardent dietary supplement users are aware there is a widespread deficiency of magnesium in the American diet.  Upon learning this they often visit a local vitamin shop and obtain the most economical type of this mineral – magnesium oxide.  But mag-oxide is not very soluble and only 4% is absorbed.  [Magnesium Research Dec 2001]

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When whole grains fail

There is so much confusion out there in the food world already and it is being further contaminated by nebulous terms that deceive consumers.  And by the way, don’t rely on nutritionists, pediatricians and other so-called experts.  Prepared cereal companies are paying them off as “independent experts” to rebut negative talk about breakfast cereals and praise certain sugary cereal brands as their preferred breakfast food.  (A news report reveals Kellogg’s pays its Breakfast Council team $13,000 a year to say positive things about their products online.)  [Daily Mail Nov 21, 2016]

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Why rates of dementia have declined in the face of a longer-living population

A report in the New York Times calls attention to a significant drop in the rate of mental decline (dementia) in older Americans over the past decade.  Experts estimate there would be one and a half million more demented Americans over age 65 if the rate had not dropped since the year 2000. [New York Times Nov 21, 2016; JAMA Internal Medicine Nov 21, 2016]

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