Browsing Tag: Complementary Therapy

Zinc Lozenges Shorten Duration of Common Cold

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Some good news

Zinc Lozenges May Triple Rate Of Recovery From Common Cold, Meta-Analysis Suggests

Amanda Macmillan reporting for TIME stated, “Zinc lozenges may triple the rate of recovery from the common cold, according to a new meta-analysis of three studies” published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. There is a “caveat,” however. Researchers “looked at doses much higher than are commonly recommended by doctors, and the authors say that not all zinc lozenges on the market are effective.”

Comment: I use these all the time when I feel a cold coming on.

Scorpion Stings for Arthritis


I say ouch to the next item

Arthritis cure: Would you use THIS extreme treatment to ease the pain?

Lauren Clark writing in the Express reported Pepe Casañas, a 71-year-old Cuban peasant, gets rid of the discomfort of his arthritis by allowing himself to be stung by a scorpion.

The venom has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which reduce his pain.

He keeps up to four scorpions near his house so he can guarantee being able to sting himself when he feels the arthritis returning, which is usually once a month.

Casañas told EFE: “The sting doesn’t hurt me a bit. And if they’re using it as a treatment for cancer in Cuba, it has to be good.

“About eight years ago, I started with this scorpion stuff. My bones were beginning to hurt me, arthritis, and it helped me to feel comfortable.”

Casañas’ arthritis had got so bad it was impacting on his daily life, and so he decided to find his own solution.

He explained: “I couldn’t brush my teeth, or comb my hair. I got a scorpion, squeezed it, and it stung me twice, and look: my arm’s doing fine.”

Before that, he had used bee stings as a remedy, having come from a family of beekeepers – but he soon graduated onto the larger animal.

While it might seem an unconventional way to treat the condition, scorpion venom is used as an ingredient in Cuban medication.

Comment: Not something I recommend.

Snow Shoveling Causes Death in Men More than Women

A recent study suggests that snow shoveling causes death in men more than women.

Maggie Fox, NBC News, shares a study in which Canadian researchers found a slight increase in both heart attacks and deaths from heart attack in Quebec after a storm. The likelihood went up with each extra day of snow, they reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Typically, men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, particularly after heavy snowfalls. Snow shoveling is a demanding cardiovascular exercise requiring more than 75 percent of the maximum heart rate, particularly with heavy loads.

The team studied 128,000 heart attack cases between 1981 and 2014, and more than 68,000 people who died.

A single day of snowfall raised a man’s risk of heart attack by just less than 1 percent, they wrote, and it raised his risk of dying from a heart attack by 12 percent.

Comment:  Chill… Enjoy and Watch the Snow.   Or, get the wife to shovel… (just kidding).

Reduced Risk of Death in Weekend Warriors


Hey… are you a weekend warrior?   Here’s some good news for you…

Do Exercise ‘Weekend Warriors’ Lower Their Risk Of Death?

Dr. Jack cush writing in RheumNow reported a new article published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that compared with inactive adults, weekend warriors who performed the recommended amount of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity in one or two sessions per week had lower risks for death from all causes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.

Although it may be easier to fit less frequent bouts of activity into a busy lifestyle, little has been known about the weekend warrior physical activity pattern.

Gary O’Donovan, Ph.D., of Loughborough University, England, and coauthors conducted a pooled analysis of 63,591 adults who responded to English and Scottish household-based surveys. Data were collected from 1994 to 2012. The authors looked at associations between the weekend warrior and other physical activity patterns and the risk for death from all causes, CVD and cancer.

The risk of death from all causes was about 30 percent lower among weekend warrior adults compared with inactive adults, while the risk of CVD death for weekend warriors was 40 percent lower and the risk of cancer death was 18 percent lower.

Comment: Wow.  Unexpected good news.

Fish Oil Prevents Asthma


A surprising benefit of fish oil… next

Fish Oil Use During Pregnancy Linked To Lower Asthma Risk In Kids

Denise Grady writing for the New York Times reported that research indicated “women who took fish oil during the last three months of pregnancy significantly” reduced the likelihood “that their children would develop asthma.” The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Comment: dietary fish oil has multiple benefits and this is another one.

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