“Failure Patients – Results Suggest That Vitamin Supplements May Help Protect Patients 14 Jan 2006 Among patients hospitalized with heart failure, about one in three has deficient levels of thiamin, although thiamin deficiency was less common among those patients who were taking vitamin supplements, according to a new study in the Jan. 17, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “We found that one-third of congestive heart failure patients admitted to our hospital had red blood cell levels of thiamin that were lower than normal and would suggest deficiency. In contrast to some previous studies, we did not find a relationship between the development of thiamin deficiency and the amount or duration of diuretic use and urinary thiamin excretion. In fact, what was important was that a relatively small dose of thiamin from a multivitamin was protective against developing thiamin deficiency,” said Mary E. Keith, Ph.D. from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Keith said that heart failure may increase the body’s need for certain nutrients, including thiamin, so even patients who are eating relatively well may not be getting enough of them. At the same time, the illness may make it harder to maintain a proper diet. She said that this study helps focus attention on the role of diet in managing serious conditions, such as heart failure. “Physicians and the public have exclusively focused on drug therapy to the detriment of at least one of the foundations of good health-appropriate nutrition,” she said. Thiamin, also called vitamin B1, helps the body to digest carbohydrates and perform other functions. Like other B vitamins, thiamin is not stored in the body, so poor diet can lead to deficiency in a relatively short period of time and possibly worsen the symptoms of heart failure. Although thiamin deficiency has not been extensively studied among heart failure patients, the researchers said that there are several reasons to be concerned about the problem. For instance, many heart failure patients have poor diets, and some earlier studies have indicated that diuretic medicines prescribed to help treat the condition may increase the losses of thiamin. This study is the largest study yet of thiamin deficiency among hospitalized heart failure patients, and it included participants with various degrees of illness. The researchers, including lead author Stacy A. Hanninen, R.D., M.S. C., measured the thiamin levels of 100 consecutively admitted patients with heart failure. They also measured the thiamin levels of 50 healthy people. The heart failure patients were almost three times as likely to be deficient in thiamin as the control subjects (33 percent versus 12 percent, p = 0.007). “Our sample is quite representative of our hospitalized population of heart failure patients. We also used a direct measurement of thiamin status–the erythrocyte thiamin pyrophosphate–which is more specific than earlier assays that indirectly measured enzyme activity. Finally, our study also investigated factors” -medical news today
1. Anxiety and panic attacks- because it helps keep adrenal stress hormones under control
2. Asthma – both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency
3. Blood clots – magnesium prevents blood clots and thins blood without side effects.
4. Bowel disease – magnesium deficiency is one of the main causes of constipation.
5. Cystitis – bladder spasms are worsened by a magnesium deficiency.
6. Depression – serotonin (mood elevator) is dependent on magnesium for its production and function.
7. Heavy metals – magnesium is essential for the removal of heavy metals such as aluminum and lead.
8. Diabetes – magnesium facilitates the production of insulin and the transfer of glucose into the cells.
9. Fatigue – magnesium deficiency affects hundreds of enzymes, and fatigue is one of the first signs of a magnesium deficiency.
10. Heart disease – The heart requires magnesium as does all muscles.
11. Hypertension, hypoglycemia, insomnia, kidney disease, migraines, nerve problems, PMS, osteoporosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, and tooth decay are all aggravated, and sometimes caused by a magnesium deficiency.
100’s of Ways Synthetic Sugar Can Ruin Your Health
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In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number
of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic
consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications. Each
number is footnoted at the end.
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in
4. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
5. Sugar can adversely affect children’s school grades.
6. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
7. Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
8. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
9. Sugar can reduce helpful high-density cholesterol (HDLs).
10. Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
11. Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
12. Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
13. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
14. Sugar may lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
15. Sugar can cause colon cancer, with an increased risk in women.
16. Sugar can be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
17. Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
18. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
19. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which can narrow blood
20. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
21. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
22. Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
23. Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
24. Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and gray hair.
25. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
26. Sugar can promote tooth decay.
27. Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
28. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
29. Sugar can cause a raw, inflamed intestinal tract in persons with gastric or duodenal
30. Sugar can cause arthritis.
31. Sugar can cause asthma.
32. Sugar can cause candidiasis (yeast infection).
33. Sugar can lead to the formation of gallstones.
34. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
35. Sugar can cause ischemic heart disease.
36. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
37. Sugar can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
38. Sugar can indirectly cause hemorrhoids.
39. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
40. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraception users.
41. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
42. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
43. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
44. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
45. Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
46. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
47. Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
48. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
49. Sugar can change the structure of protein causing interference with protein absorption.
50. Sugar causes food allergies.
TO BE CONTINUED…
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The list was contributed by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. who has a web site at www.nancyappleton.com
She is also the author of the book Lick The Sugar Habit