Coffee and cake lowers IVF success

By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News, Istanbul

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Pregnant women are advised to drink no more than a few cups of coffee a day

Regular trips to the coffee machine or having a diet packed with saturated fat have been linked to lower IVF success rates by fertility experts.

One study suggested heavy coffee drinking was as bad as smoking for IVF success rates.

Another showed saturated fats lowered the number of eggs that could be used in IVF, while a ‘Mediterranean diet’ boosted birth rates.

Experts say lifestyle affects both the chances of IVF and natural conception.

Dietary habits

Dr Ulrik Kesmodel, a consultant gynaecologist, presented data at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) meeting in Turkey.

This work reinforces the need for a good lifestyle for those trying to have a baby; eat and drink in moderation, and don’t smoke”

Richard Kennedy Secretary of the International Federation of Fertility Societies

It involved 3,959 women having IVF at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.

One in 20 women were drinking more than five cups of coffee a day. This group of women were half as likely to become pregnant as those who did not drink coffee.

The researchers said this was as damaging to the chances of a successful pregnancy as smoking.

Dr Kesmodel said: “It does seem reasonable, based on our results and the evidence we have about coffee consumption during pregnancy, that women should not drink more than five cups of coffee a day when having IVF.”

It is not known whether drinking tea or other caffeinated drinks would have the same effect.

Dr Kesmodel said: “The assumption is that caffeine is the culprit although we don’t really know. There are so many substances within coffee.”

The British Coffee Association said a there was no need to completely cut caffeine from the diet as there were “no harmful effects” with low levels of consumption.

Its executive director, Dr Euan Paul, said: “For pregnant women or those trying to conceive, an upper limit of 200mg of caffeine per day is perfectly safe.

“This is the equivalent of 2 to 3 cups of coffee.”

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US approves first over-the-counter HIV home-use test

OraSure says it is planning a major advertising campaign around the new home HIV test

A home HIV test is expected to go on sale in the US within months, after winning regulator approval.

The OraQuick test checks saliva from a mouth swab for HIV and can produce results in 20 to 40 minutes.

Government estimates suggest 1.2 million people in the US are HIV-positive, but 20% do not know they are.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it hopes the over-the-counter test will reach people who might not otherwise get tested.

The test is expected to be sold in as many as 30,000 pharmacies and homeware shops, as well as online.

The manufacturer, OraSure, has not said how much the test will sell for but confirmed it would cost less than $60 (£38).

“We expect all the major retail outlets to carry this product,” chief executive Douglas Michels said.

The company is planning a “pretty massive effort” to market the test, Mr Michels added.

The strange reason diet soda makes you fat

By Jessica Levine
Men’s Health

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Calorie-free sweetness may confuse the brain into craving more sugar, research suggests.

Want one reason for your beer belly? How about 100 quintillion? That’s about how many bacteria live in your gut. And scientists now believe these bacteria can have a significant impact on your weight.

Consuming high amounts of fructose (a type of sugar), artificial sweeteners, and sugar alcohols (another type of low-calorie sweetener) cause your gut bacteria to adapt in a way that interferes with your satiety signals and metabolism, according to a new paper in Obesity Reviews. (If you’ve noticed you’ve been feeling tired all the time and gaining weight, your metabolism may be slowing.)

“An evolution of the gut flora to this new sweetener-rich environment has a potential to negatively impact our health,” says Amanda Payne, Ph.D., lead author of the review.

How does that happen? As bacteria in the gut process food, they give off byproducts called short-chain fatty acids. These can be beneficial and serve as energy in the body. But as the sweetener-adapted bacteria thrive and become more efficient at processing large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and sugar alcohols, they also produce more and more short-chain fatty acids. (Not to imply that sugar is any better than artificial sweeteners.

In those high amounts, Payne says, short-chain fatty acids decrease satiety signals. “This signaling may cause disruptions in our feeling full and hence prevent us from stopping to eat when we should,” Payne says.

As if overeating isn’t enough, the short-chain fatty acids also promote inflammation in the lining of the gut. Just how? Scientists aren’t yet sure. But they do know that inflammation damages gut tissue and results in leaky gut syndrome. Pleasant as it sounds, it means bacteria leak through that damaged gut tissue into the blood stream and cause further inflammation there. That’s a serious problem that can lead to insulin resistance and an increased risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

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Desperate brides try feeding tube diet

Under doctor’s supervision, some take extreme measures to drop weight before the wedding

The K-E diet, which involves using a feeding tube instead of eating, is gaining popularity, especially for women looking to lose weight for their wedding day. Dr. Louis Aronne and TODAY contributor Dr. Roshini Raj discuss the dangers of this extreme diet.
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GUTHRIE: In your line of work I suppose you’ve seen it all. Where does this feeding tube diet rank in terms of unusual fad diets?

Dr. ARONNE: This is nowhere. This has a very high yuck factor. It is much too severe for people to consider, in my — in my opinion. Really, this is not something that should be done.

GUTHRIE: Dr. Raj, you agree? Is this something that’s just off limits?

Dr. RAJ: I totally agree. I mean, we use feeding tubes in the hospital for very ill patients…

Dr. ARONNE: Mm-hmm.

Dr. RAJ: …for post-surgical patients. But even then we think twice about it. There are risks to having a feeding in your nose, in your stomach. It can cause erosions, it can cause bleeding. And the fact that people would do this knowing that it’s so temporary, it’s so extreme, there’s going to be no long-term benefit, you have to think about the psychological factors going into this decision.

GUTHRIE: I do want to talk about that in a moment. But what — I mean, in your mind, Doctor, what is the worst-case scenario of something that could go wrong with this?

Dr. ARONNE: You could have side effects. And they’re minimized in the doctor’s mind, but people can get dehydrated, have severe constipation. And what is lost is mainly water and muscle. So when you first start losing weight you don’t lose fat, you’re actually losing water and muscle.

GUTHRIE: Let me be a devil’s advocate here for a moment because some doctors do perform this procedure, as we just saw. They monitor the patient closely for 10 days. They are getting calories, 800, enough to subsist. It appears to provide some results. So what’s the harm if it’s just for this 10 days?

Dr. RAJ: Well, first of all, they’re saying they’re monitoring the patient. The patient is not in a hospital being monitored, so I — you know, I was reading their website. They check in maybe every three days. Eight hundred calories is very low. To say that that’s sort of enough to subsist, well, you are going to start to break down parts of your body that you need. And you don’t — when you get 800 calories through food, you absorb it much better than when it’s through a liquid form going into your stomach. So there are a lot of potential side effects. What this doctor just mentioned, in addition, kidney stones, gout. All these can — things can happen with this kind of diet.

GUTHRIE: And Dr. Raj kind of touched on this, Dr. Aronne. I mean, do you think it says something about the mindset of somebody who’s willing to go to these lengths of walking around for 10 days with a feeding tube up her nose?

Dr. ARONNE: Well, if someone wants to lose weight before their wedding, they just need to start a little bit earlier. You’re not really going to get anything useful doing this for 10 days.

GUTHRIE: All right, Dr. Aronne and Dr. Raj. Thank you so much. It’s interesting information. Appreciate it.


Holistic Health

Change your gut flora and lose weight

By Eric Hunter, 
(NaturalNews) Obese and lean individuals have different gut flora composition. The gut microbiota of mice and humans are similar, with Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes dominating. At this point it’s not clear exactly which species are important in weight management. Some studies show reduced numbers of Bacteroidetes in obese subjects, while others point to lower levels of beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus. Even though diet will affect gut flora composition, most studies conclude that gut flora…

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Common crop pesticide is a public health threat causing diabetes

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Eight home remedies to soothe sunburn

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Pet Health

Do Vaccinations Affect the Health of our Pets?

In this video, Dr. Karen Becker interviews Dr. Barbara Royal, founding member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), about an exciting new campaign the foundation is kicking off.

By Dr. Becker

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My Perspective on AAFCO

By Dr. Becker

I get many questions from Mercola Healthy Pets readers who are confused or bothered by my views on AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) nutrient profiles. AAFCO is the non-profit organization that sets standards for animal feed and pet food in the U.S.

The confusion seems to arise whenever I advise pet owners that it’s better to feed a commercial diet meeting AAFCO nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet food, than an unbalanced, species-appropriate diet.

The comments I receive whenever I give this advice are along the lines of,“I don’t understand why Dr. Becker insists on meeting minimum nutrient requirements from AAFCO, when AAFCO shouldn’t be trusted.”

So I thought I would write a short article to address those concerns.

Some Information is Better than No Information

Unlike many countries, the U.S. has an organization that collects data on nutrition research for animal health. That organization is AAFCO, and I’ll tell you why I’m thankful it exists.

Before AAFCO was founded in the early 1900’s, countless pets and other animals suffered and died from diet-related diseases because human caretakers could do no more than guess at their nutritional requirements. Unable to use their natural instincts to feed themselves properly, captive animals were and are utterly dependent on humans to nourish them in a manner that meets their basic nutritional needs.

Thankfully, AAFCO has taken some of the guesswork out of the equation. In order for a dog or cat food to be labeled “complete and balanced,” it must meet the nutritional standards established by AAFCO.

These standards are defined by two nutrient profiles: adult maintenance, and growth and reproduction (this second profile includes puppies, kittens, and pregnant or lactating females).

In order for a pet food manufacturer to claim a product meets an AAFCO nutrient profile, it must be validated through laboratory analysis alone, or by laboratory analysis combined with feeding trials.

Pet food that does not meet one of the two nutrient profiles must be labeled,“This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.”

AAFCO’s nutrient profiles dictate, for example, the correct calcium/phosphorous ratios for growing puppies. And that’s a good thing.

Better Than Nothing, but Certainly Not Perfect

Chemical analysis of food and short-term feeding trials are not sufficient to determine the ultimate nutritional adequacy of commercial pet diets… but again, other countries have no standards or guidelines whatsoever, and neither did the U.S. a hundred years ago.

AAFCO’s nutrient profiles don’t address micronutrient deficiencies, but they do serve to prevent gross nutrient abnormalities in pet food. Unfortunately, AAFCO does not have any standards for the quality of vitamins and minerals used in pet food pre-mixes, meaning there are substantial differences in the quality of nutrients going into pet food premixes, and unfortunately, whole food nutrients are not encouraged.

Additionally, AAFCO has not set maximum requirements for many nutrients, probably because they haven’t conducted clinical nutrient overdose trials in research animals to see exactly what side effects develop. This lack of upper limit standards has led to serious health problems in some cats and dogs because pet food companies have over supplemented, often in an attempt to replace nutrients lost during the extreme processing methods many commercial pet foods undergo.

So my wish list for AAFCO improvements would include establishing maximums for nutrients. Other items on my list:


  • I would like to see AAFCO evaluate absorption and digestion of nutrients in pet food. I’d also like to see them move more quickly to develop standards for valuable nutrients they currently don’t recognize, like MCHA (Microcrystalline hydroxyapatite — the healthiest form of bone meal) and krill oil, as well as whole food nutrients
  • I would like to see AAFCO include other valuable animal nutrition research in their standards. The National Research Council (NRC) and Ellen Dierenfeld’s report on the nutrient composition of whole vertebrate prey have contributed substantial findings that should be incorporated into AAFCO standards. AAFCO has accepted some of NRC’s recommendations, but there are others that should be included.
  • I would like to see AAFCO acknowledge that some of their recommendations are based on excellent research data, while other recommendations – for example, iodine requirements for cats – are not backed up by well-sourced research. Certainly there is much room for improvement.

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Blue Turns Sweet 16

Blue, a Sheltie/Blue Heeler mix, lived well past the 30 days she was given after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Blue’s owners attribute her longevity and quality of life to holistic veterinary care.

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Our Blue Heeler/Sheltie mix, Blue, previously appeared in the youtube video Blue The Canine Rocky. This is a sequel to that video.

Blue turned 16 in July, 2009–roughly 2 1/2 years after receiving a terminal diagnosis (and an estimated 30 days to live). Despite various ailments brought on by old age (arthritis, sluggish liver function, knee ligament damage) Blue continues to thrive thanks to various herbal supplements and a holistic care approach. She is happy, active, and still the alpha dog in a 3-dog household.

If you are a pet owner, please investigate alternative, herbal, holistic, and non-surgical options to traditional veterinary medicine. Blue is proof that many of these supplements have merit.

This video is dedicated to Blue and senior dogs everywhere.

The Dirty Little Secret Behind Health Care Research Funding in the U.S.

By Dr. Richard Palmquist, Co-Director of the AHVMA Foundation

  • Allergies are a good example of a chronic, widespread disease that causes enormous suffering for both people and pets – yet scientific research into allergic conditions is focused on symptom management, not curing the disease.
  • Much of the funding for health-related research in the U.S. originates from a desire to develop therapies that can be patented and sold over long periods of time for a profit. Finding cures is not a priority.
  • Even the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has as its goal to, “Advance the science and practice of symptom management.”
  • Pet owners, however, aren’t content to simply manage symptoms. They are looking for cures for the diseases their animals suffer from. Thanks to websites like this one and social media, users are able to talk and share information more easily. People are seeking holistic and integrative therapies in larger numbers for allergies and other disorders.
  • If you’d like to lend your support to wellness-focused veterinary medicine research, we hope you’ll join the AHVMA Foundation’s “One in a Million” fund raising effort. Between now and July 2, 2012, every $1 donated to the AHVMA Foundation toward the “One in a Million” campaign will be automatically doubled. That’s right – will contribute $2 for every $1 donation to the foundation from June 25th through July 2nd.

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Angel’s Journey

Angel, a 4 year-old Husky who lives in California, has an autoimmune disorder called Masticatory Myositis. Dr. Becker was able to restore Angel’s health through a living food diet and protocol of natural remedies.

New Lifesaving Tool for Pet Owners

  • Tens of thousands of dogs and cats are accidentally poisoned every year in and around their own homes. By far, the biggest danger is human medications.
  • Now there’s an iPhone app created by the Pet Poison Helpline that can help pet owners quickly identify potential poisons as well as symptoms of poisoning. It also provides one-touch direct dialing to the poison helpline.
  • Non-iPhone smartphone owners can download the Pet Poison Helpline’s mobile-enabled website, which also has a direct dial feature.

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Articles of Interest

Seaweed toothpaste ‘to stop tooth decay’

By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online

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The purple shows up the plaque on the half of the dentures that has not had the “seaweed” treatment

Adding enzymes from seaweed microbes to toothpaste and mouthwash could provide better protection against tooth decay, a team of UK scientists have said.

Researchers at Newcastle University had been studying Bacillus licheniformis to see if it could clean ships’ hulls.

But the scientists now believe it could protect the areas between teeth where plaque can gather despite brushing.

Their lab tests suggest the microbe’s enzyme cuts through plaque, stripping it of bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Dr Nick Jakubovics, of the university’s school of dental sciences, said: “Plaque on your teeth is made up of bacteria which join together to colonise an area in a bid to push out any potential competitors.

“Traditional toothpastes work by scrubbing off the plaque containing the bacteria – but that’s not always effective – which is why people who religiously clean their teeth can still develop cavities.

“We found this enzyme can remove some of these undesirable bacteria from plaque.”

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Merck vaccine fraud exposed by two Merck virologists; company faked mumps vaccine efficacy results for over a decade, says lawsuit

By Mike Adams, 
(NaturalNews) Breaking news: According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 — a complaint which has just now been unsealed — vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought the vaccine thinking it was “95% effective.” See that False Claims Act document at: http://www.naturalnews…

Hungry Man frozen dinner company sued over allegations of false trans fats labeling

By J. D. Heyes, 
(NaturalNews) There seems to be a growing trend among food companies to “obfuscate” (a fancy word for fabricating) the ingredients in their products. Regular readers of may remember our recent stories detailing how beverage giant Coca-Cola escaped a federal lawsuit over false advertising for one of its “pomegranate” drinks that contained mostly apple and grape juices, but just enough pomegranate juice to be able to legally list it as a primary ingredient. Now, Hungry Man frozen…


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