Heart attack survivors have high stress (cortisol/adrenaline) hypersensitivity, low androgens

A very interesting study that highlights yet again the connection between chronic stress and ill systemic health, especially cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study demonstrates that people who had experienced a heart attack have dramatically higher higher cortisol and adrenaline/noradrenaline levels, combined with low levels of androgens such as testosterone and DHEA a full 6 months … Read more Heart attack survivors have high stress (cortisol/adrenaline) hypersensitivity, low androgens

Progesterone – not a sex hormone, but a systemic health hormone

An older study, but some great information in there. Not only does it call attention to the fallacy of progesterone being nothing more than a “sex” hormone, but it also warns about the fallacy of equating the synthetic progestins with bioidentical progesterone. At least, when it comes to vascular/heart/muscle effects. Over the last 15 years … Read more Progesterone – not a sex hormone, but a systemic health hormone

Vitamin K May Help Reduce Arterial Stiffness & Improve Blood Pressure

For those of my readers who don’t know, vitamin K is a prescription drug in many countries for treating/preventing osteoporosis, blood pressure, liver disease, neurological disorders, cancer, etc. Japan is where this remarkable substance enjoys perhaps the most prestige as an actual drug for treating so many of the chronic maladies developed societies encounter. Yet, … Read more Vitamin K May Help Reduce Arterial Stiffness & Improve Blood Pressure

Long work hours (stress) at the office cause hypertension and CVD

Many of my readers surely are familiar with the saying “work hard, play hard”. This mantra is at the core of the psychotic work culture of most “developed” countries and despite the assurances of doctors and public health officials that bad health is largely due to “bad luck” (e.g. genes) the skyrocketing rates of cardiovascular … Read more Long work hours (stress) at the office cause hypertension and CVD

Vitamin D strikingly therapeutic for type II diabetes

Despite the ongoing assault against “ineffective” dietary supplements, the evidence in favor of them keeps piling on. One of the favorite targets of mainstream media is vitamin D, and multiple claims of “ineffectiveness” based on “meta” studies have come out in the last 5 years. Usually, this is a sign that something big, and financially … Read more Vitamin D strikingly therapeutic for type II diabetes

Natural progesterone (but not synthetic progestins) has potent anti-hypertensive effects

As many readers already know, synthetic estrogens and progestins currently dominate the market for female reproductive health. These chemicals are in everything from birth control pills, to drugs for “treating” endometriosis, to drugs for menopausal symptoms, to treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, etc. The argument for using synthetic version of both hormones has always … Read more Natural progesterone (but not synthetic progestins) has potent anti-hypertensive effects

Avoiding sunlight may be as bad for health as smoking a pack a day

As most readers of this blog know, the current recommendations of the American Dermatology Association (ADA) call for pretty much no sun exposure of any skin areas unless those areas have been “protected” by sunscreen. The same recommendation applies to tanning beds and makes not distinction of a person’s place of living. In other words, … Read more Avoiding sunlight may be as bad for health as smoking a pack a day

PUFA (metabolites) drive heart failure and possibly diabetes

Over the years I have posted a number of studies on the roles of PUFA metabolites such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes in many chronic conditions including cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson, ALS, MS, CVD, etc. For those that are new to this issue, COX enzymes are responsible for prostaglandin synthesis while LOX enzymes are responsible for leukotriene … Read more PUFA (metabolites) drive heart failure and possibly diabetes

The people with the world’s healthiest hearts eat a 70%+ carbohydrate diet

So much for carbs making you fat, diabetic, sick and old. This is a nice corroboration of the other thread I posted on Okinawan diet. The author of this study actually mentions the Okinawan people as second-most-healthy in terms of cardiovascular system. The Tsimane diet has the same amount of protein as the Western diets … Read more The people with the world’s healthiest hearts eat a 70%+ carbohydrate diet