The genes for sweets

The genes for sweets

A Danish genetic study edited on Cell Metabolism about heart disease has shown that those who possessed one of the two variants of the FGF21 gene, had 20 percent more likely to prefer and look for sugary substances. In the study, involving 6500 Danish citizens, this gene has provided instructions for the synthesis of a hormone secreted by the liver that controls insulin resistance and sends information directly to the brain. An area of ​​the brain called nucleus accumbens is considered the epicenter of reward, desire and dependency mechanisms. “It is possible that the desire for sugar and other substances may converge in this region” says David Ludwig, professor at Boston Children’s Hospital, specialized in nutrition and obesity, not involved in the new study. It is therefore assumed that FGF21, such as leptin, are both hormones that regulate appetite. “We are still investigating why the liver develops this type of mechanism, but we hypothesize that it might be to limit excessive sugar consumption or preventing deleterious effects or promoting diet diversification” says Matthew Gillum, a researcher at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen and co-author of the study. In addition, Gillum hopes to undertake further genetic studies about the effect of these variants on body weight and type 2 diabetes, among other issues. “We’ve seen mice without FGF21 consume twice as much sucrose as those who own it,” he says. “We want to study subjects who are completely devoid of FGF21 and answer the question: will they be super greedy for alcohol or...

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Inflammatory foods and dementia

Inflammatory foods and dementia

American researchers at Columbia University believe they have discovered a key part in understanding the link between diet and dementia. A specific dietary model was attached to the markers of blood inflammation. Moreover, in elderly adults who followed such a dietary pattern, the volume of cerebral gray matter was lower and had worst visuospasic cognitive functions. People who consume less omega 3, less calcium, vitamin E, vitamin D and vitamin B5 and B2 have more inflammatory biomarkers. The study suggests that dietary factors such as fish, nuts, polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3, folate and Mediterranean diets are associated with lower risks for Alzheimer’s (AD) disease and better brain health in older people. Other evidence shows that many foods and nutrients modulate inflammatory processes. This study showed an association between increased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL6) and worse brain cognitions and volumes. In the study of 330 elderly adults in the Washington Heights-Inwood Community Aging project, researchers conducted structural scans with MRI and measured the levels of inflammatory biomarkers, both CRP and IL6. Study participants completed a 61-point food frequency questionnaire that asked for nutrient intake over the last year. From this information, researchers used a statistical model to create the nutrition-related inflammation pattern (INP). “INP is basically a linear combination of 24 nutrients, each with a different weight on INP.” Participants in the study were also subjected to neuropsychological tests that evaluated memory, language, execution speed, and visuospatial function. From these test scores, the researchers calculated a mean composite cognitive score for each participant. Those with less years of education have had a relatively high INP. Researchers have determined that having a smaller gray matter cerebral volume could help explain why those who use more inflammatory substances have worse visuospacial cognitions. These new findings suggest that interventions that reduce inflammatory markers may be helpful. Once this is known, it may be possible to intervene, not only through a healthier diet, but perhaps also with a micronutrient...

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“The Market sniffed in our desperate need of love, the opportunity for huge gains”.

“The Market sniffed in our desperate need of love, the opportunity for huge gains”.

“The Market sniffed in our desperate need of love, the opportunity for huge gains”. (Z. Bauman) Globalization created a mechanism, for that, cause the consumption and entertainment, people become addicted on need of consume and fun, because, for a very short time, they can fill the emptiness coming from the unsatisfied need of love. But this kind of emptiness can’t be filled, obviously, and so they must go on to consume , and go on, and go on. Living in a neverending racing race that create unhappiness. Keeping young has not to do only with physycal look, but getting out also from the spell created from consumerism to feed its own gains, exploiting the enormous need of love of the human being, in an age where the aridity of the system based only on finance, dryed deep values that really feed, give love and let feel young inside. Marco Lombardozzi...

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A shaman said: “ you have watches, we have time”.

A shaman said: “ you have watches, we have time”.

Actually we all live in a straightforward time, going from A to B, from past to future and we’re convinced it is the unique real time. But Einstein said the time is curved, not straightforward, so we can discover a different way to live the time that is circular, where A and B touch themselves, and so, past and future touch themselves as well. Accordingly, considering a circular time, youth and old age acquire a new meaning, very interesting to explore. Actually to have or not to have time, is not a privilege, has to do with our freedom. Marco...

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“School of Homeopathy: Acne and Homeopathy”

“School of Homeopathy: Acne and Homeopathy”

Four main remedies: Natrum muriaticum: Equivalent to tuberculin demineralized. Labial herpes, herpes around the anus, herpes on the scalp. Dry and crusty eczema on the scalp, behind the ears, in the folds of the flexion crease. Worse by the sea, and after exposure to the sun. Greasy skin, unhealthy. Rash with itching and burning. Pulsatilla: Acne during puberty. Rash after pork or salami indigestion. Itching that worsens in the evening and at night, from the warmth of the bed, with insomnia. It is particularly suited for the treatment of tuberculin, whose venous congestion (chills, cyanosis of the extremities) and habitual eliminations (yellowish discharge, thick, non-irritating) express well the intoxication. Pulsatilla is a drainage medication, important for all states of tuberculin, is often indicated to in terminal periods of the acute conditions and contributes, with Sulphur, to ensure the patient a fast recovery, no recurrence. Silica: Cold feet and always humid, sweaty, fetid, with an intolerable odor, excoriated. Pale, ashen, wrinkled, unhealthy skin. Every little wound festers (Graphites, Hepar Sulfur, Mercurius, Petroleum). Old ulcerations with persistent fistulae with high and spongy edges with burning and stabbing pains. Sulphur: Autointoxication (characteristic of Psora Miasm). Burning skin with itchy rashes. Unhealthy skin. Every little wound has a tendency to fester. Blackheads and comedones on the forehead, nose and chin. Acne on the face and back. Furunculosis resistant. Unpleasant skin odor. Irritating...

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