This review is part of a series intended for non specialists that will summarise evidence relevant to the question of whether causal relations exist between micronutrient deficiencies and brain function. Here, we focus on experiments that used cognitive or behavioural tests as outcome measures in experimental designs that were known to or were likely to result in altered brain concentrations of the n–3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) during the perinatal period of “brain growth spurt.”

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Folic acid, or vitamin B9, essential for red blood cell health and long known to reduce the risk of spinal birth defects, may also suppress allergic reactions and lessen the severity of allergy and asthma symptoms, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre. In what is believed to be the first study in humans examining the link between blood levels of folate – the naturally occurring form of folic acid – and allergies, the Hopkins scientists say results add to mounting evidence that folate can help regulate inflammation. Recent studies, including research from Hopkins, have found a link between folate levels and inflammation-mediated diseases, including heart disease. Cautioning that it’s far too soon to recommend folic acid supplements to prevent or treat people with asthma and allergies, the researchers emphasise that more research needs to be done to confirm their results, and to establish safe doses and risks.

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Abstract: The relation between residential magnetic field exposure from power lines and mortality from neurodegenerative conditions was analysed among 4.7 million persons of the Swiss National Cohort (linking mortality and census data), covering the period 2000-2005. Cox proportional hazard models were used to analyse the relation of living in the proximity of 220-380 kV power

Summary: In a cross-sectional study involving 242 healthy young women (Black and White) between the ages of 18 and 21 years, who were followed for 10 years, plasma levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) were found to be inversely associated with systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Subjects in the highest fourth of plasma ascorbic acid

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Close, tightly orchestrated interactions between the intestinal epithelium and the mucosa-associated immune system are critical for normal intestinal absorptive and immunological functions. Recent data indicate that commensal intestinal microbiota represents a major modulator of intestinal homeostasis. This review analyses the process of intestinal colonisation and the interaction of microbiota with the intestinal epithelium and mucosal

Abstract: Immunological dysregulation is the cause of many non-infectious human diseases such as autoimmunity, allergy and cancer. The gastrointestinal tract is the primary site of interaction between the host immune system and microorganisms, both symbiotic and pathogenic. In this Review the authors discuss findings indicating that developmental aspects of the adaptive immune system are influenced

Background and Current Information

Out of the blue, a novel influenza virus has emerged in Mexico. The virus seems to have been born from the combination of at least two pig viruses, that themselves carried gene segments that originated in viruses of other species such as birds or humans.

This new virus, although dubbed “swine flu”, has not been identified from pigs in Mexico, nor is it caught directly from pigs, but has the ability to infect and transmit efficiently between humans. Read more…

The strain in most cases causes only mild symptoms and the infected person makes a full recovery without requiring medical attention and without the use of antiviral medications.

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Detoxify Your Way to Optimal Health

Wednesday, 17 December 2008 by

Detoxification is the normal biochemical process undertaken by our cells and organs in the metabolic coordination of homeostasis.. Whilst the concept has been oversold by the media, and in doing so has become an area of controversy, sensible and scientifically supported protocols can provide significant health benefits. This programme was developed by a medical doctor for patients seeking a return to health and a reduction of adverse symptoms. Proved and tested by tens of thousands of patients, the video below summarises the concepts and application.A full instruction booklet will be provided with every Biodetoxification kit and may also be downloaded from the site.

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Free review by Michael Ash on novel use of probiotics for slowing the effects of ageing and related documents. We recommend downloading the PDF pack to ensure all links work properly.

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Accessing Our Resources

Tuesday, 25 January 2005 by

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