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Archive for the 'Copper' Category

Static magnets and copper fail to improve arthritis

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

MAGNETIC-BRACELET-150x150Folklore remedies for pain and inflammation support these bracelets to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers at The University of York, in the UK studied their effects. (more…)

Value of zinc to treat Wilson disease

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Wilson disease is a genetic disorder that affects copper storage, leading to liver failure and neurologic deterioration.

Researchers at the University Hospital of Heidelberg, in Germany, studied the long-term outcomes copper chelators vs zinc salts. (more…)

Worried about copper in your supplements?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has ruled that within limits, copper oxide can be safely used in food supplements. (more…)

Nuritional supplements to treat age-related macular degeneration

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

It’s a leading cause of visual loss in older adults and has limited treatment options.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland reviewed the evidence for using nutritional supplementation to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD). (more…)

Ineffective magnetic bracelets

Monday, October 19th, 2009

MAGNETIC BRACELETPeople tend to buy them when they’re in a lot of pain. Then, when the pain eases over time they attribute the change to the device.

But researchers from the University of York, in the UK report they are “generally ineffective for managing pain, stiffness, and physical function in osteoarthritis.” (more…)

Aquamin F and knee osteoarthritis

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Aquamin F is a plant-based source of calcium that also contains magnesium, boron, copper, and zinc.

In this study, it was added to ongoing osteoarthritis treatment. (more…)

Unforeseen consequences of drinking wine

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The aim of this study was to review the literature in order to determine the levels of potentially harmful metals in table wines.

We know red wine is healthy, but is it safe? (more…)

Ayurvedic and the risk of heavy metal poisoning

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

What’s been published recently suggests there’s likely to be a problem.

Have we reached a tipping point? (more…)

FDA acts against papain

Friday, September 26th, 2008

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered companies to stop marketing unapproved drug products that contain papain for topical application to the skin. (more…)

Dissapointing recommendations to treat Alzheimer’s disease

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

These recommendations, from a group of experts, take a narrow view of Alzheimer’s disease. They focus on early detection and the use of existing prescription drugs.

That’s fine as far as it goes, but what about those with advanced Alzheimer’s? Why not develop a more comprehensive approach?

If I might quote Paul Harvey, “here’s the rest of the story.” (more…)

Adding micronutrients to milk reduces diarrhea and respiratory illness in children

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

A study in northern India shows that milk fortified with specific micronutrients lowers the risk of diarrhea and acute lower respiratory illness in children.

Here’s a list of what was added to the milk.


Chelation therapy meets nanotechnology

Monday, August 28th, 2006

There is evidence that abnormal concentrations of positively-charged metal ions (eg, copper, iron, and zinc) interact with beta-amyloid in the brain during the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, correcting these abnormal levels might help people with this disease. (The photo shows yellow amyloid plaque surrounded by black neurofibrillary tangles.)

One option for treatment is chelation.


The rationale for adding lead to medicine

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Everybody in the west knows that lead is toxic, right? We spend lots of money removing lead paint from the walls of old houses. So, what is the logic that justifies adding lead to ayurvedic medicines?

Dr. Annapoorna Chirra from the Department of Medicine at UCLA has the answer.


Copper, cholesterol, and Alzheimer’s disease

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Results from two new studies advance the relationship between diet and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).