Alzheimer's Disease: Forget Antioxidants & Supplements is a book presenting the scientific facts regarding the failure of these agents to prevent or reverse this disease. As our life spans increase, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is fast becoming a terrifying scourge for mankind, as it robs its victims of their memories and families of their finances. There are about 28 drugs in development for treating Alzheimer's but there are no promises of a pending success at hand. Painfully, I watched my dear mother succumb to this dreaded disease and hope that my in depth research into oxygen metabolism will offer opportunity for future research breakthroughs. Supplement manufacturers frequently mislead consumers with high-pressure advertisements, designed to create a feeling of guilt when family members do not resort to the use of one of their so called "memory miracle" pills. Overall, antioxidants and supplements have been disappointments and failures. Even though none of the current AD drugs have proved effective over the long haul, they are prescribed to 25% of those diagnosed with AD. The cost of care for AD patients is predicted to "break the Medicare bank." Vaccines have also been failures. To be perfectly candid, we do know what causes AD and do not know how to prevent or treat it. That is the truth but research still offers hope. We must fight to have increased funding for Alzheimer’s research. In the interim, we must require and demand respectful and qualified care for all Alzheimer’s patients. About 5.3 million (figures vary) Americans currently have AD and a new case is diagnosed every 70 seconds. The word “victim” seems overused in today’s media but it is truly appropriate for those suffering from the tragedy called Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We can and we must do better. Read my book for clues to the future of AD.
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Green Berets assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) clear rooms inside a compound during a training mission held Feb. 20 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. (Photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak/ U.S. Army)
The mission is vast both geographically and strategically: Elite service members from four branches of the U.S. military will launch an operation this summer in which they will operate covertly among the U.S. public and travel from state to state in military aircraft. Texas, Utah and a section of southern California are labeled as hostile territory, and New Mexico isn’t much friendlier.
That’s the scheme for Jade Helm 15, a new Special Operations exercise that runs from July 15 to Sept. 15. Army Special Operations Command announced it last week, saying the size and scope of the mission sets it apart from many other training exercises.
“The nature of warfare is always changing and U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s mission is to make certain the Army’s various Special Operations Forces are trained, equipped and organized to successfully conduct worldwide special operations in support of our nation’s interests,” Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a command spokesman, said in an e-mail. “Training exercise Jade Helm is going to assist our Special Operations Soldiers and leadership in refining the skills needed against an ever changing foreign threat.”
The exercise has prompted widespread conspiracy theories that the United States is preparing to hatch martial law. Some examples:
In particular, some have expressed alarm about this map, which outlines events for the exercise in unclassified documents posted online last week. The Washington Post verified them to be legitimate by speaking to Army sources. They appear to have been prepared for local authorities.
This map shows the military’s plan during the exercise Jade Helm 15, which begins in July. (U.S. Army Special Operations Command map)
Several media outlets have noted that the Army has pushed back on the outcry, including Stars & Stripes, Army Times and the Houston Chronicle. But it’s also worth noting that the military has routinely launched exercises in the past in which regions of the United States are identified as hostile for the purpose of training.
Consider Bold Alligator, a naval exercise in which thousands of Marines and sailors have been involved in the past. The most recent version was launched last fall, and included amphibious landings to prevent insurgent groups in the fictional country known as Garnet — Georgia and part of Florida in real life — from launching attacks.
Almost everything you have heard about antioxidants in the past may not be true!
Unfortunately, some facts that we thought were proven in the past have been invalidated today. For example, we thought that science proved that saturated fats were unhealthy, but recently published meta-analysis articles (Here, Here and Here) have shown that saturated fats from plants and pastured animals are actually necessary and healthy for our bodies.
The question then becomes, “Will the facts that science verifies today become false tomorrow?” The answer is, “In some cases, yes!”
So, what can we do if we look to science for answers?
My personal approach has been to take a broad view – like you would observe at 30,000 feet above the earth in an airplane.
For example, if you were seated on a plane before takeoff and looked out the window, you only would be able to see the runway. Once the plane began its ascent, you would see some of the rooftops surrounding the airport. As the plane continued to climb, you now would be able to see some of the roads and waterways making up the city. After the climb and now at cruising altitude, you could make out the mountains, clumps of neighborhoods, and a broad overview of the terrain.
My approach to what is best for us as humans is to first take the most comprehensive view. To me, that means studying our species’ evolution over the course of 2.5 million years. The facts of evolution have given me a healthier appreciation of what allowed our species to survive and thrive. Therein lies the truth!
The fact that we are alive today is a testament to these truths. Our bodies are complex and intricately designed. Almost always our bodies will function at their peak if given the nutrients and lifestyle from which they evolved.
This leads up to supplements. Generally, supplements are not necessary for our body. Nutrient-dense foods usually will be the only nourishment our bodies require to function optimally unless there was a disease that had damaged the body’s ability to perform in a healthy state.
Antioxidants are among the most popular health-protecting supplements sold worldwide without prescription. As a society, we think we need to purchase them in huge amounts in order to help rid our bodies of all those bad free radicals that are running around causing harm to our cells. Research is showing that “it just ain’t so.”
Free radicals are molecules or atoms containing an unpaired electron. Unpaired electrons are hungry for another electron with which to pair up. Electrons want to exist in pairs. They are unstable until they get that additional electron from somewhere else so that they can be paired up again.
However, free radicals are naturally occurring byproducts of normal functions within the cells of our body. They are formed from the cell’s use of oxygen to produce energy. In turn, these free radicals, in the form of oxidative stress, can signal the cell to make its own homemade antioxidants through the pathway of Nrf2. Activation of Nrf2 can also be stimulated by various nutrients in foods, and this process is critical to our survival.
Antioxidants are molecules that are able to donate an electron to the free radical, thus stabilizing the free radical by giving it the extra electron to make a happy pair.
If free radicals are unable to get their needed electrons from antioxidants, these radicals can cause damage to the body through oxidative stress, which is associated with ageing, heart failure, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other health problems.
In the past, science has suggested that the more antioxidants we ingest, the less oxidative stress we have to endure. These antioxidants would donate electrons to the free radicals and neutralize their potential damage. However, antioxidants themselves can become reactive (become a free radical themselves) after donating an electron to a free radical.
In the human body there are many varieties of antioxidants present. As I mentioned, we can produce them internally by stimulating the Nrf2 pathway. Also, our body can obtain antioxidants from nutrient-dense foods we ingest from a primal diet. The varieties of antioxidants in our system can buffer each other as they in turn give up electrons to newly formed free radical molecules.
As an example, one naturally occurring external source of antioxidants is chocolate. It contains more than 20 antioxidant flavonoids. Once you eat chocolate, its antioxidants have the ability to donate electrons to free radicals in the body. As one type of flavonoid gives up an electron to a free radical, this flavonoid is converted into a free radical itself and becomes reactive, but less reactive than the free radical to which it donated its electron. This reactive flavonoid then receives an electron from another type of flavonoid within the chocolate. This second flavonoid becomes reactive but not to the extent of the first flavonoid. This goes on and on with each successive flavonoid giving up an electron but becoming less reactive. Eventually, the naturally occurring antioxidants in chocolate (in this example) decrease the damage of free radicals in our body.
A problem occurs when we take a high-dose antioxidant supplement. For example, taking a high-dose vitamin C supplement provides only one form of an antioxidant. There are no other antioxidants in this supplement to offer the protective give and take by providing extra electrons. The end result could be an abundance of antioxidant molecules of vitamin C that are now free radicals themselves. They have become highly reactive with no means of neutralizing themselves. This creates more oxidative stress.
The bottom line is to help your body produce its own antioxidants as necessary and to utilize the antioxidants supplied in nutrient-dense foods. Taking doses of antioxidant supplements could prove unhealthy, resulting in more oxidative stress to your body. Eating a nutrient-dense diet like the primal diet not only could promote activation of the Nrf2 pathway but also could provide numerous varieties of beneficial antioxidants for your cells.
Please join us in attending a very special 2-day symposium this May 11-12, 2015 featuring two renowned international speakers for an event titled: "Understanding the Tooth-Body Connection and the Holistic Approach in Health Management." Part of the lecture will touch on Dr. Weston A. Price’s contribution to Biological Dentistry & Integrative Medicine.
This is the first of many lecture series that The Family Life and Wellness Institute have opened to the public, especially those with an interest in holistic healing and wellness: TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Hilot, Ayurveda, Chiropathy, Iridology, Homeopathy, Physiotherapy, including nurses, pharmacists, biochemists, other healers and our family's first healer--Mothers! Kindly help us spread the word.
Our local chapter is proud to be one of the event sponsors and we will have an exhibit featuring WAPF brochures, journals, membership sign-ups while offering nutrient dense refreshments as well to those who attend!
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Nebraska farmer James Osborne pours out some drinks for the commission (Screencapture)
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Appearing before a Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation committee hearing, a local farmer received nothing but silence from the pro-fracking members of the board after he invited them to drink glasses of water tainted by fracking.
In the video, uploaded to YouTube by BoldNebraska, Nebraskan James Osborne used his 3 minutes before the committee to visually explain what fracking waste can do to the water table, dramatically pouring out water containing his own “private mixture” of fracking additives.
The committee is holding public hearings on a proposal by an oil company to ship out-of-state fracking wastewater into Nebraska where it will be dumped into a “disposal well” in Sioux County. According to a report, the Terex Energy Corp wants to truck as much as 10,000 barrels a day of the chemical-laden fracking wastewater to a ranch north of Mitchell, Nebraska for disposal.
Explaining that he has ties to the oil industry and that he is still on the fence about fracking, Osbourne explained fluid dynamics to the board while pouring out three cups of the sludgy water that could result from spills or from seeping into the water table.
Referring to earlier testimony, Osbourne said, “So you told me this morning that you would drink this water,” as he indicated the cups.
“So would you drink it? Yes or no?” he asked, only to be met by silence by the stone-faced group before a member explained they wouldn’t be answering any questions.
“Oh, you can’t answer any questions? Well my answer would be ‘no.’ I don’t want this in the water that will travel entirely across this state in three days,” Osborne said. “There is no doubt there will be contamination. There will be spills.”
Osborne left the glasses on the table before thanking the committee and leaving to applause.
Watch the video below from BoldNebraska:
Information from Bold Nebraska and the Nebraska Sierra Club (shown below) also show that many of these testimonials will not be apart of the official record. See below for article #2 plus other videos of the hearing and petition information.
Local citizens opposed to an out-of-state company's plan to export toxic fracking wastewater into Nebraska dominated a 6-hour hearing on Tuesday in Sidney.
Citizens like James Osborn of Ainsworth, Nebr., who poured the Oil & Gas Commissioners each a glass of fracked water and asked if they'd drink it. Watch the video.
Unfortunately, dozens of citizens who showed up to the hearing — including a busload of students from Scottsbluff High School — didn't see James's testimony and demonstration, as they were held outside the too-small venue organized by a Commission unprepared to adequately host a public hearing as laid out under state open meeting laws.
Despite the obstacles in their way, nearly 50 citizens testified against the fracking well. However, in a slap in the face to everyone who took time out of their day to come and testify, the Commission stated it will not consider any of these citizens' public comments in their final decision on the well.  We recorded almost all of it; you can view the full "public" segment of the hearing here.
Bold Nebraska and the Nebraska Sierra Club believe that for these and other reasons the hearing violated state open meeting laws, and are exploring options on filing a complaint.
We thank Nebraska State Sen. Ken Haar for traveling to Sidney while the Legislature was in session to testify at the hearing, and to Sen. John Stinner of Scottsbluff for his letter urging the Oil & Gas Commission not to take any action on this well until the Legislature can study the Commission's authority and fracking wastewater's impact on our water and natural resources.
Apparently, these two State Senators' testimony will also not be part of the official record, as it took place during the off-the-record "public" portion of the hearing. We believe everyone's testimony should be part of the official record, and the Oil and Gas Commission violated the law by attempting to exclude it.
We're now calling on Natural Resources Committee Chairman, Senator Ken Schilz, whose District 47 includes Sioux County, and who represents the vast majority of citizens who testified at the Oil & Gas Commission hearing, to stand with Senators Stinner and Harr and join the call for a pause on this well permit until the Legislature can study the issue and ensure our water and natural resources are protected.
Tell Sen. Ken Schilz: Pause the fracking well permit process until the Legislature can study fracking wastewater's impact on our natural resources.
The soft tissues in your mouth are an extension of your gastrointestinal tract. Your mouth is like the first tee in a golf game; like the coming attractions before the movie starts in the theater; like the entrance to Disney World. It’s where it all begins.
As a periodontist, I have been treating gum disease for 41 years. The traditional methods of treating gum disease have rarely included the concepts of healthy nutrition based on our evolutionary requirements. For my patients, I include the methods of assisting all the body’s cells to reach their peak nutritional performance along with my treatment of gum disease through patient-friendly techniques.
There is a relationship between the gums, the gut, and Paleo. Let me describe this correlation.
Your gastrointestinal tract is a tube about 25 feet long. The tissues lining the entire length of this tube from the mouth to the anus can and will respond in their own way to whatever occurs along this path.
Once you take the first bite of food, digestion begins. Assisting digestion are the teeth that chew the food, the muscles that move the food along, the enzymes and chemicals that are produced to breakdown the food, the friendly bacteria that further digest food particles and produce necessary biochemicals, and the absorption processes that allow the dissolved nutrients to migrate into the bloodstream to nourish every cell of the body. Whatever is left over from this digestion process is excreted.
If there were irritants to the gut from the foods we ate, damage to the lining of the gut and increase in unhealthy bacteria could occur. The result could be unhealthy particles of food and bacteria entering the bloodstream creating chronic inflammation. This inflammation and increase in unhealthy gut bacteria affect the entire body as well as the health of the gum tissues. Their pathways increase the potential for gum disease as well as increase unhealthy bacteria in the mouth. Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth and further insult from ingestion of unhealthy carbohydrates will cause gum disease.
Paleo is a lifestyle. A Paleo way of eating may go under various titles. It is sometimes called a primal diet, or an ancestral diet, or a caveman diet. There are no specific foods that make up a Paleo diet. The common denominator is that all these dietsDO NOT include processed foods or processed sugars or conventionally fed and farmed animal products or processed fats and oils. A Paleo diet avoids these unhealthy foods, which often lead to damage in the gut, increase in unhealthy gut bacteria, and eventually damage in the gum tissues.
To come full circle, a Paleo diet, which excludes all these bad foods, can maintain a healthy gut in addition to healing a damaged gut. A Paleo diet can help maintain gum health.
So the importance of Paleo is that its nutrient-dense foods will allow the gut to function properly. A healthy gut will allow nutrients to be absorbed properly and will maintain a healthy community of gut bacteria. All this assists the gum tissues in remaining healthy.
The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.
There appears to be a continued public misconception (encouraged by the supplement industry) that free radicals are bad, and that antioxidants are good. Of course, like most phenomena affecting our health, it’s not that simple.
Free radicals are molecules or atoms containing an unpaired electron. Unpaired electrons are attention seekers. They really don’t like being alone, so are always searching out other electrons. This makes them highly reactive. Free radicals are like the unstable friend who shows up drunk to the party and starts breaking things. Antioxidants are molecules that are able to donate an electron to the free radical, thus stabilizing it. They’re like the patient friend who is able to convince the free radical not to drive home, takes him to the back room to calm him down, and brings him water and a bucket once he starts throwing up.
Needless to say, without the presence of antioxidants, free radicals can really ruin the party. The cellular damage that results is called oxidative stress, and is associated with ageing, heart failure, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other health problems.
Until recently, the thinking had been that the more antioxidants, the less oxidative stress, because all of those lonely electrons would quickly get paired up before they had the chance to start mucking things up in our cells. But that thinking has changed.
“Free radicals are not really the bad ones or antioxidants the good ones.” Villanueva told me. Their paper explains the process by which antioxidants themselves become reactive, after donating an electron to a free radical. But, in cases when a variety of antioxidants are present, like the way they come naturally in our food, they can act as a cascading buffer for each other as they in turn give up electrons to newly reactive molecules.
“For instance,” Villanueva said, “chocolate has more than 20 antioxidant flavonoids. One is converted into a free radical and becomes reactive, but less reactive [than the first]. It then reacts with another, and that one is less reactive and so on and so forth, and all of them react with each other, decreasing the damage that would be happening to our lipids, or proteins or DNA”
Source: Villanueva & Kross, 2012
If there is only one type of antioxidant present, say in the case of a high-dose vitamin C supplement, then there are no other antioxidants to provide that protective cascade effect. Then you could end up with a bunch of reactive vitamin C, which itself can cause what they call “antioxidant stress.”
Wait a minute—I asked. So a person taking high dose antioxidants might actually be doing the exact opposite of what he or she is trying to accomplish with the supplement? Yes, they said. But it gets even worse.
Free radicals are a natural byproduct of aerobic metabolism in the cells (energy production using oxygen), which ramps up during physical activity. The free radicals produced by this increase in metabolism signal the cell to make its own home-made antioxidants. These endogenous antioxidants are very important, and may be responsible for many of the health benefits associated with physical activity.
Barbara Demmig-Adams, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and one of the authors of the 2014 paper wrote in an email:
“I think it’s a really important realization that the much-maligned radicals have a job to do in our bodies and that single high-dose supplements can do more harm than good. . . Our review on antioxidants and exercise is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a real paradigm shift . . . in the biomedical research area that is causing pioneers to ask, ‘could 50 years of research be wrong?’”
It didn’t take much Googling to discover that over the last few years, this new thinking about antioxidants has indeed enjoyed some coverage. But has this new knowledge really made it through to the public? In a highly unscientific survey, I annoyed my friends over the last few weeks by baiting them with the question: “So what do you think of antioxidants?” Generally the consensus still seemed to be that a vitamin C supplement, say before a cold, was a good idea.
“The best advice is just to eat a proper diet that contains a variety of antioxidants, but don’t go overboard,” said Robert Kross. “Antioxidant supplements are only justified if you have a deficiency,” he explained. The research continues to support this idea—that optimal health comes from moderation and balance. But will we ever really embrace moderation?
“We want a hero and a villain,” she told me over the phone. “But it’s actually more about balance. Sometimes [antioxidants] are good, and sometimes [they’re] not good. What are we supposed to do with that?” It’s especially hard for people to wrap their minds around the latest nutrition advice, Price pointed out, because it always seems to be changing.
“It’s so confusing. It speaks to our inability to cope with the uncertainty of science. You have experts for 30 or 40 years saying that margarine is good for us, and then we find that it’s totally untrue, and still there are all these other questions for which we don’t have the answers,” said Price.
So whom should we expect the public to listen to, when we righteously start touting the latest data? By their very nature, scientists are never 100 percent sure about anything. But marketers seem to be so certain about everything they tell us. Not only that, but their messages are simple, and make us feel good:
Vitamin C is an antioxidant.
Antioxidants are good for you.
Drink this, it will make you feel better.
In fact, in the long run, it might make you feel a whole lot worse. Our cells practice an elegant balancing act, each component playing an important part: vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, water, free radicals, other metabolites, antioxidants—both endogenous and dietary. When we figure out a specific beneficial role any one of these serves, it’s tempting to say: “Wow, look how important this thing is, let’s make sure folks get a whole bunch of it!” But that can throw off the whole delicate system, leading to some serious consequences.
About the Author: Patrick Mustain is a Minneapolis-based freelance health and science writer and digital media producer. He is interested in the challenges of public health in a consumer society. He is also a co-founder and director of NewBodyEthic.org, an organization inviting health and fitness professionals to help reform the industry from within. He also likes sandwiches and climbing on things. You can find more of his work at his website, patrickmustain.com. Follow on Twitter @patrickmustain.
Celebrating Addie Wetzel and St Mary's first ever State Basketball Title. Pictured below is Addie fired up after making third straight traditional 3 pt play; offensive rebound,basket, fouled, then free throw, during second half.
St. Mary's scores first-ever girls basketball title
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First time champions
O'Neill St. Mary's celebrated in a dog pile after defeating Dundy County-Stratton in Saturday's Class D1 championship game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
LINCOLN -- Saturday started with a new entry into the history books for O'Neill St. Mary's.
The Cardinals used a huge second half to win its first girls basketball state championship in school history with a 52-33 over Dundy County-Stratton in the first title game.
It was only the beginning of the day, as Northeast Nebraska had teams in five of the six state championship games.
The Cardinals began the second half on a tear, scoring 20 of the first 23 points for a 38-23 lead. A big reason for that run was the rebounding effort of St. Mary's, as they scored on five second-chance opportunities. The Cardinals finally exposed its height advantage, as a pair of 6-footers played crucial roles in St. Mary's pulling away.
Addie Wetzel, a 6-foot-1 senior, had a monster third quarter. She was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, and three of her baskets resulted in 3-point plays that helped turn the tide of the game. She finished with a season-high 17 points.
Sydney Hupp, a 6-foot junior, pitched in a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Cardinals enjoyed a 39-33 advantage on the boards and a 10-2 advantage on steals.
Down 20-18 at halftime, Hupp put back a miss for two, then Riley Sibbel added one of her own to force a DC-S timeout. Wetzel got three-straight 3-point plays off offensive rebounds for a 33-23 lead with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Cardinals kept coming the rest of the way, pushing the lead to 20 before both teams emptied their benches in the closing minutes.
St. Mary's struck first with a Wetzel bucket in the lane and Bridget Schneider added a layup, but FayeLee Sanford and Emily Jones hit 3-pointers to give Dundy County-Stratton an 8-4 lead.
Those would be the only 3-pointers that DC-S would hit all game, as they were held to 2 of 14 beyond the arc. The Tigers were 14 of 48 for 29.2 percent from the field. The Cardinals were 20 of 54 for 37 percent field-goal shooting.