A recent study published in Critical Reviews in Microbiology lends support to the concept that opportunistic Candida albicans (yeast) infection may not just be a consequence of cancer, but is an actively contributing cause as well.Titled, “Candida albicans and cancer: Can this yeast induce cancer development or progression?”, the study provided the following important background information on this controversial subject:There is currently increasing concern about the relation between microbial infections and cancer. More and more studies support the view that there is an association, above all, when the causal agents are bacteria or viruses.
A new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical trial that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as Curcumin is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression.
The research was performed at the Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, and involved patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). The objective of the trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of Curcumin with fluoxetine (Prozac) in 60 patients diagnosed with MDD. Subjects were randomized to receive either a six week treatment with fluoxetine (20 mg) and Curcumin (1000 mg) individually or their combination.
One of the most detrimental physical impediments to good health is inflammation – not the acute kind, which takes place as a result of physical injury or infection, but the chronic, long-term kind that affects body systems and internal organs, and causes the immune system to attack healthy cells, thereby creating a vicious cycle of continual inflammation. Regular health foodies and naturalists already know that wheat and other grains contain a gut irritant known as lectin, which in turn causes inflammation of the gut lining – not a good thing. The wheat lectin, also known as Wheat Germ Agglutinin, has been found to have a number of potentially ill effects besides causing inflammation.