10 Year H/A Risk
WHAT IS THE RISK over the next ten years?
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND ON TURMERIC
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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems, and it has gotten a lot of press lately.
But remember several facts when you hear news reports about turmeric. First, many studies have taken place in test tubes and animals, and turmeric may not work as well in humans. Second, some studies have used an injectable form of curcumin, the active substance in turmeric. Finally, some of the studies show conflicting evidence.
Turmeric is widely used in cooking and gives Indian curry its flavor and yellow color. It is also used in mustard and to color butter and cheese. Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds.
Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants scavenge molecules in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants can fight free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
In addition, curcumin lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. It also stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.
Research suggests that turmeric may be helpful for the following conditions:
Indigestion or Dyspepsia
Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which some people think may help improve digestion. The German Commission E, which determines which herbs can be safely prescribed in Germany, has approved turmeric for digestive problems. And one double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that turmeric reduced symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion.
Turmeric may help people with ulcerative colitis stay in remission. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the digestive tract where symptoms tend to come and go. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, people whose ulcerative colitis was in remission took either curcumin or placebo, along with conventional medical treatment, for 6 months. Those who took curcumin had a relapse rate much lower than those who took placebo.
Turmeric does not seem to help treat stomach ulcers. In fact, there is some evidence that it may increase stomach acid, making existing ulcers worse. (See "Precautions" section.)
Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, researchers have wondered if turmeric may help relieve osteoarthritis pain. One study found that people using an Ayurvedic formula of herbs and minerals with turmeric, winter cherry (Withinia somnifera), boswellia (Boswellia serrata), and zinc had less pain and disability. But it' s impossible to know whether it was turmeric or one of the other supplements -- or all of them together -- that was responsible.
Early studies suggested that turmeric may help prevent atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque that can block arteries and lead to heart attack or stroke. In animal studies, an extract of turmeric lowered cholesterol levels and kept LDL "bad" cholesterol from building up in blood vessels. Because it stops platelets from clumping together, turmeric may also prevent blood clots from building up along the walls of arteries. But a double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that taking curcumin, the active ingredient in turrmeric, at a dose of up to 4 g per day did not improve cholesterol levels.
There has been a great deal of research on turmeric's anti-cancer properties, but results are still very early. Evidence from test tube and animal studies suggests that curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancers, including prostate, breast, skin, and colon cancer. Its preventive effects may be because it is a strong antioxidant, protecting cells from damage. More research is needed. Cancer should be treated with conventional medications. Don' t use alternative therapies alone to treat cancer. If you choose to use complementary therapies along with your cancer treatment, make sure you tell all your doctors.
Bacterial and Viral Infections
Test tube and animal studies suggest turmeric may kill bacteria and viruses. But researchers don' t know whether it would work in people.
A preliminary study suggests curcumin may help treat uveitis, an inflammation of the eye' s iris. In one study of 32 people with chronic anterior uveitis, curcumin was effective as corticosteroids, the type of medication usually prescribed. More research is needed.
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OBJECTIVE FOR WRITING HIDDEN CAUSES OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE
The Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and Stroke was not
only written to help you minimize your risk of heart
disease and stroke but also to benefit individuals who
have already experienced prior events. The information
you will read will help you in becoming a more proactive,
empowered patient; able to present your case
intelligently when interfacing with your doctor. You will
very shortly become intimately familiar with diagnostic
blood tests that for the first time in medical history are
able to guide your doctor, in identifying many of the
inherited mechanisms. Hidden inherited mechanisms that
even now may be silently threatening your life and eventually
your children’s, as co-inheritors of genetic heart
attack and stroke risk factors. The good news is that once
these mechanisms are identified, the only remedy is often
found in natural medicine. If, however, you assume you
can take a passive back seat role by simply believing the
doctor is aware of all the latest breakthrough information,
you may be disappointed. Much of what you will be presented
will not be routinely applied in doctors’ offices for
several years. The research community is 15-20 years ahead
of the practicing office and what you will learn, will now
put you on the “cutting edge.” It might surprise you to
know that eighty percent of the dysfunctions you will
learn about are not identified with routine blood work
ordered during your annual physicals. Can you or I—or
our families—afford to wait? You are the guardian of
those you love. Should you not become a knowledgeable
advocate in your own family’s healthcare?
The Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and Stroke will be
your guide. You may not as yet be aware of it, but heart
disease or stroke will ultimately affect every one of us. If
not directly, then indirectly, through our parents, grandparents,
spouses, our own children or dear friends.
Unfortunately, one out of every two deaths in our country
will be attributed to some related form of heart
disease—and no one is immune.
Experience may have taught us a great deal about our
particular business or our favorite hobby. We know exactly
what constitutes good instruction and good business
practice. However, when it comes to the most important
aspect of our lives, our health, most patients are inhibited
and intimidated because of a lack of knowledge, causing
us to refrain from asking even the basic questions. Reticent
of appearing stupid, we just nod our collective heads
indicating, “whatever you say doc.” Sound familiar? We
are struck with “white coat fever.”
It is my sincerest hope that after absorbing the information
you will be presented in this book, gathered from
many of the most applauded and respected physicians,
scientists and researchers, you will become very aware of
your own cardiovascular system, having learned much of
the relevant medical terminology and thereby feeling far
less intimidated. You will be prepared to ask well-informed,
intelligent questions about diagnosis and prevention. While
cholesterol is vitally important, it is not all, just about
cholesterol, and as important as what the book will teach
you about inflammation, it is not all just about inflammation.
There are many other contributing factors which you
will read about in Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and
Stroke. Any one of them in your particular profile could be
the Achilles heel, therefore you need to be aware of the full
spectrum of risk factors. The information is not meant to
alarm you; the only thing that should be alarming is walking
around with an undiagnosed, untreated time bomb in
your body. We are taking on the number one killer in our
nation, and no holds are barred. You have a huge stake in
this fight. Why, in this day of advanced technology and
science, should something as miniscule and seemingly
insignificant as a tiny clot of blood be allowed to destroy
an entire family’s happiness? Why in this day of modern
medicine should this intruder be allowed to steal a father,
grandparent or mother away from her children without
even so much as a warning? How dare this enemy be
allowed to invade your life or mine! The Hidden Causes of
Heart Attack and Stroke will lead you on this preventive
Christian Wilde is an author/reseacher whose work has been endorsed or contributed to by directors of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiovascular Stem Cell Therapy at 11 major universities. He is the first to advise that you should discuss all supplements with your physician before embarking on adjunct or replacement therapy as your physician is your ultimate health advisor who best knows your particular case. Therefore the information you obtain from the author's books and news reports is not meant to treat or replace your current therapies but to inform you as to what is available or becoming available in the research community generally years ahead of the practicing physician's office.