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Ray Schilling
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This was a fast review of what Dr. Taz explained in a talk about weight gain in menopause. Complex hormone changes need to be addressed. A well-balanced diet like the Mediterranean diet needs to be followed. Stress management skills need to be learnt. A regular exercise routine needs to be followed. Healthy sleep patterns have to be reestablished. And missing hormones need to be replaced not in synthetic forms, which are toxic to the body, but in the bioidentical forms. Postmenopausal women will feel better when this comprehensive treatment program is in place; and in time they will feel normal again.
http://www.askdrray.com/weight-gain-in-menopause/


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Fast foods are not healthy as they often contain too many cheap fats, too much salt, many food preservatives and chemicals.
But the newest is that the wrapping that is used to present fast food to you is laced with carcinogens and other toxic chemicals. Read about the details in my blog. Your best defense is to do what I did since 2001: buy regular food from a grocery store or farmer’s market and prepare it at home. Eat from real porcelain plates with real cutlery. You reduce harmful chemicals in your body and will remain healthy for longer.
http://nethealthbook.com/news/packaging-of-fast-food-contains-carcinogens/


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This is a whirlwind review of how genetic and epigenetic traits can be overcome by a healthy diet, by supplements, fruit and vegetables, exercise and other healthy lifestyles. You may be slightly overwhelmed when you read about this huge line-up of substances that can contribute to your health. Are you going to get all these items from the health food store and live on a bunch of supplements? Of course this is not! Some herbals can be extremely helpful to combat inflammation, such as curcumin. But the most essential fact remains very simple: cut down your consumption of sugar and of too many starchy foods. They will trigger suppressed genes to cause diabetes, obesity, heart attacks and strokes. We need to inform ourselves and stay vigilant to the fact how toxic processed foods are, and we have to cut them out, if we want to stay healthy. We can become much more resilient to health challenges than we may have thought possible.

http://www.askdrray.com/genetic-switches-to-treat-obesity-and-diabetes/


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A new diagnostic tool to detect skin cancer early has been developed at the Stanford University Medical Center. Researchers developed a database containing information from the equivalent of the knowledge of 21 skin specialists (dermatologists). It still has to be validated in a dermatology practice setting. But once validated it likely will be a powerful tool that can be used anywhere in the world to diagnose skin cancer early. This will allow for much earlier intervention and surgical removal of skin cancer. The end result will be a much better survival of patients who are diagnosed with skin cancer.
http://nethealthbook.com/news/high-tech-tool-to-screen-for-skin-cancer/


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When diets are compared to the carb content, a ketogenic diet is on the one end of the carb spectrum with only 10 to 12% of calories derived from carbs. At the other end is the low fat/high carb diet that caused the obesity/diabetes wave. The Mediterranean diet is in the center. The more you are able to cut down the carb percentage in your diet by cutting out sugar and starchy foods, the more your metabolism gets stabilized and this can be measured with blood tests.
The ketogenic diet makes you lose weight down to your ideal weight and makes you gain more muscle strength and physical endurance. Sophisticated blood tests have shown that inflammatory markers go down on a ketogenic diet and factors that lead to hardening of arteries also go down. The end result on the ketogenic diet is that the rate of heart attacks and strokes goes down, something that did not happen on the low fat/high carb diet suggested by Ancel Keys.
The ketogenic diet lowers mortality by cutting down heart attacks and strokes. With this knowledge it should now be possible to get people on a path to better health.
http://www.askdrray.com/benefits-of-the-ketogenic-diet/


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We have the tools today to postpone aging considerably. The key is to use what we know and approach this scientifically; think about your mitochondria (where energy comes from) and your telomeres, because you need healthy DNA. Monitor your hormones, particularly when you get older. Replace missing hormones with bioidentical ones. Also, pay attention to good nutrition and exercise. This provides a healthy framework on which you can build healthy aging.
http://nethealthbook.com/news/the-biology-of-aging/


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Testing for heart disease risk has become a lot more sophisticated than in the past, and the tests have opened up a window to early intervention. Metabolic cardiology is a new faculty of cardiology that helps with the reversal and stabilization of heart disease. It can treat high blood pressure patients more effectively and stabilize diabetes patients, which would otherwise have deleterious effects on heart disease. Metabolic cardiology improves angina patients. It also prevents restenosis of stented coronary arteries. As shown in one clinical example reduced ejection fractions with congestive heart failure will improve. This was achieved solely through the metabolic cardiology program.
As usual, prevention is more powerful than conventional treatment later. To give your cardiac health a good start, don’t forget to cut out sugar, exercise regularly and follow a sensible diet.
http://www.askdrray.com/cardiovascular-disease-and-inflammation/


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Research with inflammatory breast cancer has presently only been done in vitro with cell cultures in Petri dishes. Clinical research in humans has not been done yet. The findings reported here have great potential to very quickly turn into a very useful treatment modality for women with triple-negative breast cancer. Presently only chemotherapy will be effective, but only in the beginning of this type of breast cancer. It would be extremely useful to have another treatment modality that can treat this type of breast cancer with fewer side effects than chemotherapy in the later stages.
http://nethealthbook.com/news/chili-pepper-compound-suppresses-aggressive-breast-cancer/


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Our gut bacteria are important to protect us from any bad bacteria that come in with junk foods. An anaerobe bacterium, Akkermansia makes up 3%-5% of the gut flora. This bacterium lives in the mucous layer of the lining of the gut and ensures that the gut wall is tight. When these bacteria are lacking (due to consumption of junk foods) the gut wall becomes leaky, which is why this condition is called “leaky gut syndrome”. Irritating toxic substances can now leak into the blood stream and lipopolysaccharides are among them. This causes inflammation in the gut wall, but can go over into the blood vessels and the rest of the body including the brain. High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and degenerative neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or MS can develop from this inflammatory process. Inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune diseases are also part of the inflammatory diseases.
Metformin, a medicine used for treating diabetes, can be used to treat dysbiosis of the gut. But it must be stressed that the use of metformin is off-label. It is also important to remember, that with effects of any medication there are side effects. A change in your food choices can also help.
http://www.askdrray.com/effects-of-metformin-on-the-gut-microbiome/


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It may be tempting to insert something into your ear canal to remove wax, but don’t do it! New earwax cleaning guidelines have been published on Jan. 3, 2017. They replace the older guidelines dated 2008.
The ear canal is built in a way that it removes wax on its own, given enough time. If your hearing is impaired because of impacted wax, seek a health professional to have the wax removed under vision. You ear canal is best left alone. It is meant to be “maintenance free”, but sometimes a health professional is needed, if you tend to get impacted earwax.

http://nethealthbook.com/news/new-earwax-cleaning-guidelines/

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