ginkgo biloba

  1. Ginkgo biloba protects brain from metals

    The natural way to protect your brain

    When I got started in medicine, the idea of metals in the brain causing dementia and other conditions was laughed at by the mainstream.

    I didn't care.

    I'd seen the science. I did the work. I treated people with detoxifying therapies.

    Who's laughing now? My patients often get BETTER, while the ones on mainstream drugs only get WORSE.

    Now, the latest research backs one of the simplest, safest and most inexpensive ways to protect the brain from exposure to a dangerous metal.

    It's a form of aluminum called aluminum chloride.

    Odds are, you have at least some of this stuff building up inside your own noggin right now, which is alarming when you consider that high levels have been linked to cognitive problems up to and including Alzheimer's disease.

    But you can arm your brain against this metal with a natural therapy that already has a solid reputation as a potent brain-booster: Ginkgo biloba.

    In the study, rats were exposed to aluminum chloride. Then, some were given Ginkgo biloba extract. After three months, their brains were examined.

    The ones that didn't get the extract had exactly the kind of damage you'd expect from aluminum exposure. They had higher levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), a major marker of oxidative stress no doubt caused by the metal going to work on the brain.

    The mice given the extract, however, had just the opposite.

    They had LOWER levels of that oxidative stress marker, and HIGHER levels of glutathione, the powerful "mother of all antioxidants" known to protect against the damage of age as well as chronic diseases including dementia.

    This isn't surprising -- that's exactly how Ginkgo biloba works. It's a free radical scavenger, blocking the damage of oxidative stress.

    Of course, the best way to fight aluminum is to limit your exposure in the first place.

    The most common source of this specific form of aluminum -- aluminum chloride -- is in something you might be using every morning: antiperspirant.

    Along with giving you aluminum that's absorbed by your skin, antiperspirants block a basic function. Sweat isn't a nuisance; it's actually a way your body forces out toxins.

    Instead of plugging up those pores, try a natural deodorant instead.

    Other forms of aluminum are in your food, water, and even in the air, so a naturally detoxifying diet and supplements such as gingko might be worth your effort even if you don't use an antiperspirant.

    If you suspect you might have higher levels of exposure to aluminum and other metals, get tested by a holistic medical doctor.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Hearing loss one of the effects of obesity

    Lose weight, save your hearing

    Looks like losing weight can do more than just help you to look and feel better and prevent diabetes, dementia and heart disease.

    It might also save your hearing -- because new research on the effects of obesity confirms that obesity is a major risk factor for hearing loss.

    And the bigger you get, the higher that risk.

    If your BMI is between 30 and 39, your risk of hearing loss jumps by up to 22 percent, according to the study of nearly 70,000 women (and I bet you'd find similar numbers in men). If your BMI hits 40, your risk climbs even higher -- to 25 percent.

    And if your waistline passes 34 inches, your risk of hearing loss jumps by 27 percent, regardless of your weight. In other words, even if you're not obese, having too much around your middle will still cause the effects of obesity to increase your risk of hearing loss.

    The reason is simple: Like the rest of your body, your ears rely on good circulation to function right. Obesity, or too much fat in your midsection, will inhibit your circulation, as will the sedentary lifestyle that almost always is one of the effects of obesity.

    When your circulation is restricted, your ears don't get enough blood -- and when they don't get enough blood, they don't get enough of the oxygen and nutrients that come along with it.

    Losing weight will help you to improve circulation and restore the flow of blood to your ears, hopefully before you suffer any permanent damage. And of course the best way to shed some pounds and improve circulation is with a little exercise.

    Walking for even just four hours a week -- not much, but at least it's a good start -- can actually cut your risk of hearing loss by about 15 percent, according to the study.

    Get more movement, and you might see even better results.

    Along with weight loss, there are two supplements I recommend to improve circulation, including circulation in the ear: ginkgo biloba and vinpocetine. You can find them at any quality natural health store.

  3. Natural cures for the ringing in the ear called tinnitus

    A study finds that psychotherapy and ocean sounds can ease tinnitus -- but there are some easier treatments that can do even more to stop the ringing for good.
  4. Leg pain could be deadly

    It could be a sign of peripheral artery disease, or blockages in the leg arteries that affect up to 9 million Americans, especially older diabetics.

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