New Drug Found To Cure Rheumatoid Arthritis

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newsBeverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker comments on a new drug trial that could revolutionize treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis for patients.

The findings from a promising drug study for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis in mice is set for human trials this year. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the researchers, lead by Teresa Hemmerle of the federal technology institute ETH Zurich in Switzerland, discovered a compound that cleared the affected mice of their symptoms.

Using one of the body’s own immune cells, interleukin 4 (IL-4), and fusing it with an antibody found in certain disease specific inflamed tissue and tumors, the researchers found that the combination of the two elements used together completely eradicated the arthritis induced swelling and inflammation in the toes and paws of the affected mice within days.

“The implications for human uses of this study are very exciting,” said Dr. Susan A. Baker, a rheumatologist in Beverly Hills. “The treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis up to this point has mainly focused on managing pain and slowing long term joint damage and deterioration for as long as possible. The potential for a drug with curative effects would be a watershed moment in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that causes painful swelling and inflammation in the joints and can lead to long term joint damage and deterioration currently does not have a cure. While the trajectory between human trials and the availability of a cure can be long and complicated, the researchers are very hopeful that their findings will lead to a viable treatment option for humans down the line.

“Any research or new information that can enhance our treatment options for patients is always a welcome addition,” added Dr. Baker.

The researchers found that when used separately, the components worked to slow the progression of the RA symptoms in the mice, but it was the combination of the two that produced the breakthrough results.

Board certified in both internal medicine and rheumatology, Dr. Baker has been practicing medicine in Beverly Hills since 2003. In addition to her primary practice, she holds teaching position at Cedars Sinai Hospital. and is a clinical instructor of medicine for UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Baker has been recieved numerous awards including the “Patient’s Choice Award” and the “Most Compassionate Doctor” award.

To contact Susan A. Baker MD, Rheumatology & Internal Medicine please visit http://susanbakermd.com/, or call (310) 274–7770.

Cure Insomnia Naturally

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By Dr. Greg Eckel

sleepOptimum health requires consistent, adequate and restful sleep. One biological fact appears indisputable: any accrued “sleep debt” will have to be repaid, that is, we’re going to have to catch up with our sleep or we run the risk of compromising our health.

The health benefits of regular, adequate and restful sleep include a stronger immune system, a healthier heart, and unimpaired cognitive function and memory. So, if we know that we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, then why do 50-70 million Americans still suffer from some kind of sleep disorder? And why is insomnia prevalent in 10-20% of the global population?

Many factors can interfere with our ability to “hit the hay:” technology, alcohol, caffeine, depression, stress and anxiety, and/or lack of nutrition. Reducing and managing the varying influences of these factors in our daily lives can lead to better “sleep hygiene” and “fatigue management.”

Insomnia costs US citizens $16 billion a year in extra medical costs. So, what can we do about it now? And where do we start? First, let’s look at some new research demonstrating the toll insomnia is taking on our health.

healthyheartbpA new Norwegian study (March, 2013) from the European Heart Journal shows that insomnia sufferers are three times more likely to experience heart failure.

The study directly showed that the greater the self-reported number of three particular symptoms of insomnia, that is, difficulty in falling to sleep, difficulty in maintaining sleep, and non-restorative sleep, the greater the risk of heart failure. A 17% increased chance of developing heart failure was associated with having one symptom, while a 92% increased chance was associated with having two symptoms. And having all three symptoms nearly tripled the likelihood of heart failure!

Evaluating the symptoms of insomnia may play a large role in cardiovascular prevention. Chronic insomnia can lead to increased blood pressure and increased heart rate, which are two known risk factors in heart failure. In other words, nipping insomnia in the bud could make it significantly less likely for developing heart failure down the road.

Insomnia is multifactorial. Hormone balance plays a significant role: no natural or pharmaceutical agent will be strong enough to counteract your own cortisol, a stress hormone that your body produces. Reducing stress is key to healthy sleep patterns.

Getting technology out of your bedroom is imperative. Electronic devices with back lit screens have a detrimental influence on your melatonin release and can significantly impact your sleep.

Other sleep hygiene tips: don’t eat too close to bed time. Eat large meals at least four hours before bedtime. Alcohol is detrimental for getting a restful night’s sleep. People who drink a glass of their favorite alcoholic beverage do not sleep through the night for a few reasons. Alcohol is a diuretic which means more trips to the bathroom through the night. Alcohol interrupts the sleep cycle.

yogaposeBlood sugar dips will wake an individual from sleep. A few nuts (almonds, cashews) before bed will provide a healthy solution. Exercise is a mixed bag: some really enjoy a vigorous workout at night, though most should develop low impact exercise habits before bed like walking, stretching, and meditation activities. Engaging in sex near bedtime releases the potent relaxing hormone oxytocin, which will help sleep.

Waking up consistently at 3 am is a tip off that you have liver-lung block—a Chinese medicine term that responds favorably to acupuncture and herbs.

– Dr Greg Eckel N.D and co- owner of Nature Cures Clinic can be reached through his website naturecuresclinic.com

Sugar And Type 2 Diabetes

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obeseeatingFrom Your Health Journal…..A really great article and Q & A from one of my favorite writers, Nanci Hellmich of USA Today on the Detroit Free Press web site entitled Sugar availability linked to type 2 diabetes. I had to promote this article, as I feel it is very informative, educational, and well written. A recent study examined sugar and type 2 diabetes rates in 175 countries including the USA over the past decade and found that increased sugar availability in the food supply was associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes. Please don’t read this and say “no kidding, isn’t that obvious.” The important finding from this study suggests that for every additional 150 calories of sugar (the amount in a 12-ounce can of soda) available per person per day, the incidence of type 2 diabetes rose by 1%. Does this mean it is a ’cause and effect’ – but nevertheless, it is an important finding. With obesity on the rise all over the world, type 2 diabetes is growing in many populations. Type 2 diabetes in most cases is environmental due to poor eating habits and less physical activity. For many, simply getting extra exercise, eating healthy portions – causing weight loss can result the elimination of type 2 diabetes. I encourage all of you to visit the Detroit Free Press web site (link provided below) to read the complete article and Q & A.”

From the article…..

Sugar is under the microscope again.

A recent study looked at sugar and type 2 diabetes rates in 175 countries including the USA over the past 10 years and found that increased sugar availability in the food supply was associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes.

The research showed that for every additional 150 calories of sugar (the amount in a 12-ounce can of soda) available per person per day, the incidence of type 2 diabetes rose by 1%. Although the study doesn’t directly prove cause and effect, it has raised new concerns about sugar.

Almost 26 million U.S. adults and children have diabetes. In diabetes, the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin, or it doesn’t use it properly. Insulin helps glucose (sugar) get into cells, where it is used for energy. If there’s an insulin problem, sugar builds up in the blood, damaging nerves and blood vessels.

USA Today talked to the study’s lead author, Sanjay Basu, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford Prevention Research Center. He’s a medical doctor and a statistician. The study was conducted while Basu was a medical resident at the University of California-San Francisco.

We also talked to endocrinologist Elizabeth Seaquist, president-elect of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Type 1 Diabetes Cured In Dogs

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diabetesglucoseExciting news has been published this week by Diabetes, the most important journal on the disease. Researchers from the Universitat Autonomica de Barcelona (UAB) have shown for the first time that it is possible to cure Type 1 Diabetes in large animals with gene therapy. Two diabetic dogs were treated with a single session of gene therapy, and completely recovered their health and no longer show any signs of the disease.

Gene therapy is a new way of treating disease that uses DNA as a pharmaceutical agent. An injection of modified genes are injected into the patient, and the DNA modifies or supplements the patient’s genes so as to better fight off any given disease. Gene therapy can be used to encode a functional gene that helps a cell fight off disease, correct mutations, or create a therapeutic protein drug.

The researchers at UAB led by Fatima Bosch achieved their results with only one round of injections to the dog’s rear legs. These injections introduced gene therapy vectors that accomplished two things: they expressed an insulin gene, and they activated glucokinase. Glucokinase is an enzyme that controls how much glucose is taken out of the blood stream, and when both of these new genes act together, they work as a ‘glucose detector’, which helps control the glucose levels in the blood and thus reducing hypoglycemia.

diabeteswordThe dogs were treated over four years ago, and since that single round of treatments have shown consistently better health than other dogs that were given frequent insulin shots to help control their diabetes. They showed good glucose levels at all times, even after meals or during fasts, and improved their weight and developed no secondary complications.

This is the first study to be successfully run on a large mammal, though excellent results were achieved before with mice. The success that the UAB team has achieved with dogs opens the doors to developing gene therapy techniques for veterinary medicine, and eventually into treating diabetic human patients. This revolutionary achievement opens high expectations that gene therapy may prove to be the best solution to our burgeoning diabetes crisis, and the fact that only one session was needed also speaks to both the efficacy of the treatment and its permanent benefits.

Phil Tucker is a health and fitness blogger. He’s looking to feel younger as he gets older – check out his webpage to learn more, or read his blog!

Snoring? Try The Ten Cent Cure

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By Murray Grossan, M.D.

snoringSnoring is not a joke. It can lead to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Snoring can get worse, almost like a cancer: like a cancer, you want to clear it early.

You snore when you nose is blocked, like having a cold or allergy. You snore when you are overweight and the extra fat weighs down the soft palate of the throat. You snore when your tonsils and adenoids are enlarged and interfere with the air passage.

You snore when acid reflux irritates the throat and voice tissues.

The nose/sinuses are the number one cause and is best treated by restoring good nasal cilia movements. Often the nasal cilia that normally move bacteria out of the nose and sinuses don’t get back to normal speed after an infection or surgery. When nasal/sinus cilia are too slow, you get postnasal drainage that swells tonsils, adenoids and throat.

To speed nasal cilia:

* Drink warm tea/lemon and honey

* Hum low pitched like “ooommm”

* Use pulse wave irrigation that pulses at speed for best cilia movement.

* Exercise such a jumping jacks, running, and others.

Weak throat muscles may cause snoring.

To strengthen throat muscles:

Repeat A E I O U with tongue in three positions:

1. touching roof of mouth far back
2. touching roof of mouth in middle
3. touching back of teeth

Each vowel and position should be 3 minutes. Can be spaced out over 24 hours.

sleepVoice and singing lessons also strengthen muscles. Try to speak in lower pitch with greater resonance.
Play the didgeridoo. That takes a lot of throat muscle.

Think of this as a weak flabby arm and you do weight lifting to build up muscles and get rid of flabbiness.

Enlarged tonsils: If tonsils remain large, correct the postnasal drip that may be the cause by pulse wave irrigation; on the same device, the Hydro Pulse™ is a special throat irrigator attachment for massaging the tonsil and throat area in order to shrink swollen tissues.

Certain enzymes, such as papain from papaya and bromelaiin from pineapple also reduce edema, especially of the larynx and throat. The enzyme product, Clear-ease™ is a papain/bromelain lozenge you melt in you mouth in order to shrink swollen tissue.

In age, that nasal tip my droop. Try lifting the tip to open the airway. If it open the airway, secure this at night with ½ inch medical grade tape. (this is the ten cent cure)

GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease can be a major cause of snoring. Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime, elevate head of bed in sleep. Ask your doctor if you need medication for this.

Sleeping on the left side is best. That way gravity pulls the soft palate forward and open; on you back, gravity pulls it back to block. To stay on your side in sleep, secure a tennis ball to the back of an undershirt to encourage you to turn over when you are flat on your back. (This is the 50 cent cure)

– Written by guest author, Dr. Murray Grossan. You are invited to read his 12 part series on snoring at www.grossaninstitute.com for further details.

Diabetes ‘Cure’: Diet And Exercise Work For Some

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From Your Health Journal…..”As I said earlier today, I love many of the health related articles on FOX News. I strongly recommend your visiting their site to read not only this story (link below), but others as well. In today’s review, it discusses type 2 diabetes. As many of you know, Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes. Many people with this disease may produce insulin, but just may not be producing enough or the body is not using it properly. In most cases, it is environmental – as obesity can cause it in many individuals. If someone is able to control their obesity, they may be able to also control their diabetes, and possibly eliminate the disease completely. The article we are reviewing states how proper diet and exercise can reverse the effects of diabetes. After one year of regular counseling sessions to encourage weight loss and physical activity, 11.5 percent of obese adults with Type 2 diabetes saw their condition at least partially reverse — meaning their blood sugar levels decreased to those of a prediabetic, without the need for medication. Please visit the FOX web site to read the entire article.”

From the article…..

People with Type 2 diabetes can reverse their condition with diet and exercise, although remission is not very common, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After one year of regular counseling sessions to encourage weight loss and physical activity, 11.5 percent of obese adults with Type 2 diabetes saw their condition at least partially reverse — meaning their blood sugar levels decreased to those of a prediabetic, without the need for medication. Just 2 percent of those who did not receive intensive counseling partially reversed their diabetes. After four years, the rate of partial diabetes remission in the counseling group declined slightly, to 7 percent.

Full remission — achieving normal blood sugar levels — was rarer, with just 1.3 percent of people in the counseling group and 0.1 percent in the non-counseling group meeting this goal after one year.

Type 2 diabetes has traditionally been seen as a progressive disease that is managed rather than cured. Recent studies have suggested it can be reversed with weight loss surgery, or by following an extreme diet that mimics surgery.

However, until this study, little was known about the rate of long-term diabetes reversal without surgery or extreme dieting. About 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study confirms that complete Type 2 diabetes remission is rare, but that partial remission is an obtainable goal for some patients, the researchers said.

Experts said that, because the definitions of complete or partial diabetes remission are arbitrary, researchers should not focus on these measures. What’s more important is that patients improve their weight and blood sugar levels, as people in this study did, said Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance.

To read the full article…..Click here