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Important Facts About Cholesterol and Heart Disease
By Dr. Mercola
Cholesterol is a wax-like fatty substance found in almost every cell of your body. You need cholesterol to make hormones and vitamin D, digest your foods, protect your nerves and for the production of cell membranes.
Although it has been vilified, it is essential to your health. Your liver manufactures most of the cholesterol you require from the nutrients in your food.
Levels of cholesterol are not higher in fatty meats or lower in lean meats. Like your body cells, the cells of all mammals contain cholesterol. Fat cells contain as much cholesterol as other cells in the meat. All meat averages about 25 milligrams of cholesterol per 1 ounce, including beef, pork and poultry.1
Dietary (preformed cholesterol) absorption rates also vary between 20 and 60 percent in individuals.2 This may explain why eating cholesterol affects cholesterol levels differently in different people.
Cholesterol Ratios Are More Important Than Single Numbers
You may be following your cholesterol numbers in terms of the "good" cholesterol (HDL) or the "bad" cholesterol (LDL). But the best way to interpret your cholesterol numbers is to understand your cholesterol ratio.
To say that all low-density lipoprotein (LDL) molecules are bad is an oversimplification of our understanding of cholesterol.
Through the use of new technology to test the size of lipoprotein particles, scientists have identified which sizes are more closely related to heart disease. The smaller sized LDL molecules hold the highest risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Small, dense LDL particles can squeeze between the cells of your arterial lining, the so-called "gap junction" of the endothelium, where they can get stuck and potentially oxidize, turn rancid and cause inflammation and plaque formation. They also have a relationship to other metabolic abnormalities.3
Large epidemiological studies have found people with predominantly small LDL particles are at increased risk for CVD.4,5 Even more interesting is the research demonstrating eating saturated fats increases the size of your small LDL molecules to the larger size and reduces your overall risk of CVD.6,7
The importance of measuring LDL cholesterol through common blood testing has now decreased in value, to the point the American Heart Association (AHA) no longer recommends using LDL cholesterol as a guide in treating the risk for CVD or prescribing statin drugs.8
Instead, a better predictor is the ratio between your high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and total cholesterol. HDL is an important factor in the fight against heart disease. Your ratio between HDL and total cholesterol (or HDL divided by your total cholesterol, multiplied by 100) should ideally be above 24 percent.
Triglycerides are another type of cholesterol formed in your body with excess blood sugar from the metabolism of carbohydrates. They are a significant risk factor in the development of heart disease. Your triglyceride to HDL ratio (triglycerides divided by HDL, multiplied by 100) should ideally be below 2 percent.
Cholesterol Not a Trigger for Heart Disease
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In the two videos above, you'll discover some of the history behind why science has clung to the belief that cholesterol is responsible for heart disease, and why they have been wrong.
Recent research9 has again confirmed that high cholesterol is not linked with heart disease in the elderly, prompting the researchers to conclude that reducing cholesterol levels with statin drugs is "a waste of time." Unfortunately, statins are not innocuous drugs, making their use more than just a waste of time.
The research reviewed studies involving nearly 70,000 people to look for a link between LDL cholesterol and premature death in those over 60. Contrary to conventional wisdom, they found 92 percent of people with high cholesterol levels actually lived longer than those who kept their levels at or below "normal."
They concluded the results were "inconsistent with the cholesterol hypothesis (i.e., that cholesterol, particularly LDL-C, is inherently atherogenic)."10
They believe their analysis of the research provides a reason to question the cholesterol hypothesis and a "rationale for reevaluation of the guidelines recommending pharmacological reduction of LDL-C in the elderly as a component of cardiovascular disease prevention strategies."11
While termed a "waste of time" by researchers, statins carry with them a list of over 200 side effects and clinical challenges. Some of these include:12,13
Before taking medications with such a significant side effect profile, it's important to weigh the risks and benefits of the drug.
In this case, research shows that statins used for primary prevention, or lowering the risk of a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke) over 10 years, has a success rate of just 7 in 1,000 events prevented. Put another way, in 99.3 percent of patients there's no appreciable benefit.15,16
Ultimately, statins increase your risk of other dangerous health conditions, while not delivering on the promise to reduce your risk of heart disease or other cardiovascular events. More than a waste of time, they are a danger to your health.
Heart Disease Risk Factors
If saturated fats and high cholesterol levels are not a cause for rising heart disease rates, what is? The numbers of heart attacks and strokes began to rise dramatically in the 1950s, after research was published blaming heart disease on saturated fats.
One correlation, drawn in recent literature, is between the increased amount of carbohydrates eaten when saturated fats are removed from the diet, and the rise in CVD.17 An increase in carbohydrates will raise your triglyceride level, one risk factor for CVD.18
Besides cutting down on net carbs (total carbohydrates minus fiber), another dietary factor that can help decrease your risk is to increase your antioxidant intake. For example, resveratrol, found in grape skins, has been shown to change your gut microbiome and protect against CVD.19
Other risk factors include a lack of exercise and smoking, both of which impact the oxygenation of your heart muscle and subsequent damage leading to heart disease.20,21 Chemicals in tobacco are associated with damage to your blood vessels and heart, and increase the risk of plaque formation.22
Your weight, and more specifically your waist circumference, is another indicator or risk factor for heart disease. Although interrelated, waist circumference is an independent predictor and useful whether you are at your normal body mass index (BMI) or overweight.23 Abdominal fat in adults is associated with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and CVD.24
What Is a Silent Heart Attack?
CVD continues to be the leading cause of death in industrialized nations, followed closely by cancer. Chronic lower respiratory diseases are a distant third, at only 25 percent of the total number of deaths from heart disease.25 (Officially, that is. Unofficially, medical errors and prescription drugs are actually the third leading killer in the U.S.)
High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and often called the silent killer, since unless you are tested for the condition there are no clinical symptoms. There are also heart attacks that occur silently, causing damage to your heart muscle and increasing your risk of death with your next heart attack.26
To measure the incidence of silent heart attacks, researchers studied almost 9,500 middle-aged adults, some for more than 13 years. During that time, researchers noted men had more silent attacks, but these attacks killed more women.27
Silent heart attacks are usually discovered during physical examination at a later time since people don't associate any symptoms they may have with a heart attack. Women who have had a silent heart attack are 58 percent more likely to die than women who have not had a heart attack, but the mortality rate for men suffering a silent heart attack is only 23 percent higher than men without a heart attack.28
The study found that nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent and since people don't know they had a heart attack, they don't seek the care needed to prevent another one. Researchers caution that once discovered, those who have had a silent heart attack should be treated as aggressively as those who had a traditional attack with symptoms.
What Can You Do?
There are several modifiable risk factors you can effectively change to make a difference in your risk of suffering heart disease or a heart attack. Reducing your risk factors require changes to your lifestyle, such as the following:
? Reduce your waist circumference to within normal limits
Abdominal fat is different from being generally overweight. You can be within normal limits for weight but still carry abdominal fat, increasing your risk of metabolic stress and heart disease. Reducing belly fat requires more than just reducing calories or increasing exercise. In my previous articles titled "4 Ways to Shed Belly Fat" and "Cut Down on Carbs to Reduce Body Fat" I outline several strategies you can use.
? Reduce or eliminate smoking
Smoking is a challenging addiction to break. However, it is also a significant risk factor for heart disease. Drugs used to stop smoking have also been linked to an increased risk of suicide. Instead, make a plan, work with a support group, include an exercise program and understand you may stumble once in a while. However, just because you smoke one or two, doesn't mean you have to go back to your old habit.
? Reduce your net carbs to 20 to 30 percent of your total caloric intake
Net carbs are equal to the number of grams of carbohydrates you've eaten during the day minus the number of grams of fiber. If you generally eat 1,500 calories per day, you may want to limit your net carbs to between 300 and 450 calories each day.
? Eat healthy saturated fats
Substitute healthy saturated fats in your diet for the carbs you are losing. These may increase the size of your LDL cholesterol and protect you against heart disease. They include raw, organic nuts and seeds, avocadoes, pastured organic eggs, grass-fed meat and virgin coconut oil.
? Maintain your blood pressure within normal limits
A regular exercise routine is one way to improve your emotional, physical and psychological health. It improves your sleep, reduces your risk of heart disease and improves your resistance to infection. Peak Fitness is an exercise program I developed to address the health needs of my body without the damaging effects of hours of cardiovascular work.
? Get up and move around during the day
Even if you exercise an hour a day, six days a week, if you sit behind a desk all day you eliminate the benefits to your heart and health. I recommend standing up as much as possible. I've cut my sitting down to about an hour a day, but aiming for a max of three hours of sitting a day is a worthy goal. A stand-up desk is a great investment if you have an office job.
Also make it a point to walk more. The idea is to keep your body moving throughout the day. This can also help increase your productivity and creativity, and may even be helpful if you're struggling with back pain, like I did.
? Improve your gut microbiome
Keep your gut microbiome healthy and flourishing to reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your cholesterol ratio. Include fermented vegetables in your daily nutritional plan, eat 50 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you ingest and take antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.
The Relationship Between Vitamin D and Insulin Resistance
By Dr. Mercola
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, which is why maintaining a healthy level is so important. Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm your bones, leading them to become thin, brittle, soft or misshapen.
But vitamin D is equally important for your heart, brain, immune function and much more. For example, there?s an important connection between insufficient vitamin D and insulin resistance and/or diabetes, both type 11 and type 2.
Vitamin D Deficiency May Influence Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk
According to recent research, vitamin D deficiency affects your glucose metabolism and may actually be more closely linked to diabetes than obesity. In a study of 118 people, those with low vitamin D levels were more likely to have type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, regardless of their weight.
Among obese people, those without metabolic disorders had higher levels of vitamin D than those with such disorders, and among lean people, those with metabolic disorders were more likely to have low levels of vitamin D. According to one of the study?s authors:2
"The study suggests that vitamin D deficiency and obesity interact synergistically to heighten the risk of diabetes and other metabolic disorders. The average person may be able to reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough outdoor activity."
It?s not the first time vitamin D has been shown to play a role in diabetes. One Indian study found that vitamin D and calcium supplementation, in combination with exercise, can prevent pre-diabetes from progressing into full-blown diabetes.
For every unit increase in vitamin D levels, the risk of progression to diabetes in people with pre-diabetes went down by 8 percent.3
Another study4 published in 2013 found that type 2 diabetics given 50,000 IUs of oral vitamin D3 per week for eight weeks experienced ?a meaningful reduction? in fasting plasma glucose and insulin. Other research showing this link includes but is not limited to the following:
Animal studies have shown vitamin D is a foundational factor necessary for normal insulin secretion5,6 and that vitamin D improves insulin sensitivity7,8
One study involving nearly 5,680 individuals with impaired glucose tolerance showed that vitamin D supplementation increased insulin sensitivity by 54 percent9
The mechanisms by which vitamin D reduces insulin resistance include its effect on calcium and phosphorus metabolism and by upregulating the insulin receptor gene10
Vitamin D May Lower Risk of Hyperglycemia in Those Taking Atypical Antipsychotics
Certain drugs can raise your risk of metabolic dysfunction. For example, statin drugs can trigger drug-induced diabetes. Atypical antipsychotics such as quetiapine, a bipolar medication, have also been linked to an increased risk of hyperglycemia and diabetes.
In the latter case, research suggests vitamin D3 may counteract these effects. As reported by The American Journal of Managed Care:11
?Atypical antipsychotics have long been associated with an increased risk of hyperglycemia ? which can lead to new-onset diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, coma and even death.
Some proposed mechanisms for this effect include weight gain, decreased insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells and insulin resistance.
To determine whether there were any medications that could decrease this likelihood of hyperglycemia, researchers analyzed the FDA?s Adverse Event Reporting (FAERS) system ? a database that logs self-reported adverse effects or medication errors submitted by patients.
By cross-referencing atypical antipsychotics and hyperglycemia, the study authors found that patients who had been simultaneously prescribed to take vitamin D and quetiapine were somehow less likely to have hyperglycemia.?
Subsequent animal studies produced similar results. Mice given vitamin D and quetiapine had significantly lower blood sugar levels compared to mice given quetiapine alone. According to lead author Takuya Nagashima, vitamin D inhibits quetiapine from reducing an enzyme that causes hyperglycemia.
Based on these results, the authors suggest combining antipsychotics with vitamin D supplementation to ?efficaciously safeguard against antipsychotic-induced hyperglycemia accompanied by insulin resistance.?
Researchers have pointed out that raising levels of vitamin D among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly 1 million lives throughout the world each year.
Incidence of several types of cancer could also be slashed in half, or more. Recent research reveals raising your serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D to 40 ng/ml can slash your risk of invasive cancers by 67 percent!
In the interview above, Dr. Michael Holick ? a well-known vitamin D researcher ? expands on these and many other health benefits of vitamin D. For instance, optimizing your vitamin D levels can help protect against:
? Cardiovascular disease
Vitamin D is very important for reducing hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart attack and stroke. According to Holick, one study showed that vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of heart attack by 50 percent.
? Autoimmune diseases
Vitamin D is a potent immune modulator, making it very important for the prevention of autoimmune diseases, like multiple sclerosis (MS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Vitamin D may help stimulate the production of hormones including testosterone and progesterone, and has been shown to boost fertility in both men and women.
Vitamin D is also associated with semen quality in men and may improve menstrual frequency in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).12
? DNA repair and metabolic processes
One of Holick?s studies showed that healthy volunteers taking 2,000 international units (IUs) of vitamin D3 per day for a few months upregulated 291 different genes that control up to 80 different metabolic processes.
Some of these processes help improve DNA repair and boost immune function, while others affect autoxidation (oxidation that occurs in the presence of oxygen and /or UV radiation, which has implications for aging and cancer, for example).
Recent research also suggests vitamin D can play a role in migraines. Researchers at Cincinnati Children?s Hospital Medical Center found that many who suffer from migraines have deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin (B2) and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).13
Girls and women who suffered migraines were particularly prone to having CoQ10 deficiency, while boys and men were more likely to be deficient in vitamin D. Those with chronic migraines were more likely to have CoQ10 and riboflavin deficiencies, compared to those with episodic migraines.
? Neurological/psychological/mental disorders
Vitamin D also plays a major role in neurotransmission, and vitamin D deficiency has been associated with a number of neurological and brain disorders, including cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer's disease (in one study, those who were most vitamin D deficient had a 31 percent increased relative risk of suffering neurocognitive decline), schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, stroke, epilepsy and depression.
? Cold and flu
Vitamin D has potent infection-fighting abilities, and can be beneficial for both the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds and flu.
What?s the Best Way to Optimize Your Vitamin D Level?
There is no doubt that vitamin D is imperative for good health and disease prevention. It may even help counteract some of the deleterious metabolic effects caused of certain drugs. But there?s no lack of controversy when it comes to the issue of how to optimize your vitamin D. Most of the researchers specializing in vitamin D agree that sensible sun exposure is the ideal way though.
First of all, vitamin D3 supplements do not confer the identical effects as the vitamin D your skin generates in response to UV exposure. Secondly, sun exposure has additional health benefits that are unrelated to vitamin D production.
For example, UVA exposure produces nitric oxide (NO), which has a blood pressure-lowering effect. In fact, the entire solar spectrum is important for optimal health. We?re not dependent solely on the narrowband wavelength of about 295 nanometers (nm), which is where vitamin D is made.
However, unless you make a concerted effort, chances are you?re simply not getting enough sun exposure to raise your vitamin D level. As noted in a recent British study, adolescent Britons are not getting enough sun exposure even in the middle of summer to elevate their vitamin D to a healthy level, prompting the authors to suggest changes to the U.K.?s vitamin D guidelines.
As reported by Endocrine Today,14 ?more than one-quarter of the adolescents in the study had inadequate vitamin D levels even during summer, the period when participants spent the most time outdoors.? According to the authors:
?Current U.K. national guidance on vitamin D acquisition assumes those aged 4 to 64 years gain their vitamin D requirements from sunlight alone, thus there is no recommended nutrient intake. Meanwhile, substantial proportions of the global population, including the U.K., are reported to have low vitamin D status, and rickets has returned as a clinical concern ...
As U.K. current sun exposure patterns do not provide an adequate source of vitamin D, amendments are required to recommendations on vitamin D acquisition in this age group. While wider skin surface area exposure to sunlight might safely increase vitamin D status, oral vitamin D supplements may be beneficial during this critical time for bone development.?
When to Take a Vitamin D3 Supplement
Indeed, while sun exposure is the ideal route, it can be difficult for many to achieve an optimal vitamin D level this way. Your lifestyle, location, age, ethnicity, time of year, weather conditions and a number of other factors influence how much vitamin D your skin will make in response to sun exposure. The fact that vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency is widespread even in sundrenched areas like India attests to this difficulty.
In some cases, making changes to your routine in order to get more regular sun exposure may do the trick. Key points to remember is that you need to expose large areas of skin to the sun, and on a frequent basis (ideally daily). However, under ideal conditions you may not need more than a few minutes of exposure.
The worst thing you could do is to bake in the sun for hours on end on the weekends. You definitely want to avoid burning your skin, as this will only cause skin damage that could potentially increase your risk for skin cancer.
If sensible sun exposure is either not feasible or isn?t sufficient to raise your vitamin D to a healthy level, then taking an oral vitamin D3 supplement is a wise choice. If you decide to supplement with vitamin D please consider using one that also has vitamin K2, as it works synergistically with vitamin D to maximize the benefits.
The only way to know how your sun exposure is affecting your vitamin D level is to get your vitamin D tested. I recommend doing this twice a year, in January and June/July, to get a reading on your lowest and highest levels. This will tell you whether you might be in need of a supplement. It will also guide you in terms of dosage.
In short, your ideal dosage is one that will help you maintain a clinically relevant vitamin D level of 40 to 60 ng/ml year-round. For some this may be 2,000 IUs a day. For others, it could be 8,000 IUs a day or more.
Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a condition of the eyes making it difficult to see distant objects. With myopia you are able to see objects up close easier, such as books and your cell phone. The distance at which the objects begin to become blurry can change over time.
The number of people suffering from nearsightedness has grown significantly in the past years. In the early 1970s, the number of people affected was approximately 25 percent of those living in the U.S. In just 30 short years, that percentage jumped to 42 percent.1
Now, a meta-analysis of 145 studies involving over 2 million participants predicts that nearly half of the world will be wearing glasses by the year 2050.2 The purpose of the study was to evaluate the increasing prevalence of myopia and high myopia throughout the world.
Researchers concluded that almost 1 billion people will suffer from ocular complications or vision loss from high myopia.
Nearly 10 percent of people or 938 million people will suffer from high myopia, where their nearsighted condition puts them at greater risk for glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts and macular degeneration.3
How Your Eye Functions
What you see is not interpreted in your eyes but rather in your brain. Light passes through the front of your eye (cornea) and the lens, and these structures help focus the light on the retina at the back of your eye.
The cells in the retina then convert the light to electrochemical impulses making their way over the optic nerve and into your brain. The front of your eye acts like a camera lens, letting more light in at night and less during the day. This is why your pupils are larger at night, to let in more light and allow you to see.4
Glasses are used to change the focus of light on your retina and improve your vision. However, while the intention is good, the ultimate results may not be as good.
During the day, your vision fluctuates. Glasses are not able to accommodate these natural changes in your vision, and therefore the static focus of the lens in your glasses can negatively affect the way your eye functions.
Imagine your glasses are like an ankle brace. In the short term, an ankle brace can help your body to heal from a sprained ankle, offering stability and protection to the joint.
However, worn over a long period of time, the muscles in the ankle become weak from disuse and you are more prone to another ankle sprain.
In the short term, glasses will help you to see more clearly. However, over a long period of time, your eye muscle strength may change, making your unaided vision worse.
Increasing Problems With Vision Possibly Triggered by a Variety of Factors
Your vision is not affected by just one factor in your environment. This video explains some of those factors. For many years, the science community laid the blame for nearsightedness at the doorstep of your genes.
However, the meteoric rise in the number of people affected, coupled with sociological changes and the disparity between the number affected in industrialized nations versus poor countries has led researchers to evaluate other potential causes.
In the meta-analysis published in Ophthalmology, researchers postulated the reasons for the increasing number of people with myopia were related to changes in the environment. According to the researchers:
"[T]he projected increases in myopia and high myopia are widely considered to be driven by environmental factors ? principally lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased near-work activities"5
Near work activities include work on a computer screen, reading books and cell phone usage. The number of children using hand held computer devices has increased dramatically in the past decade, reducing the number of hours spent outside.
Some believe this deadly combination also reduces the amount of time your eyes absorb sunlight, necessary for eye health. Another study points to high expectations within the school system to explain the increasing number of children in Asia who graduate from high school or college with glasses.6
This massive rise may be attributed to a lack of sunlight from hours spent doing school work. In the U.K., 20 to 30 percent of children wear glasses for myopia. In years past, this was also the rate in Asia.7
However today that rate is over 80 percent of all children and quickly approaching 90 percent. Ian Morgan, Ph.D. of the Australian National University led the study and called this a "major health problem."
What You Eat Impacts Your Eyesight
Interesting links have also been made between groups of people who have not embraced a Western diet and those who have. Countries with rising prevalence rates of myopia have adopted a Western diet regimen, high in refined carbohydrates and low in real foods.
This observation led to the hypothesis that increased levels of blood sugar and insulin may induce nearsightedness.8
Diets packed with foods triggering the release of insulin increases the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes, especially in those populations not previously exposed to these diet choices.9,10
Other research has also linked high levels of insulin and blood sugar to increasing rates of myopia, with or without the diagnosis of diabetes.11
Researchers propose it is a relationship between the high levels of insulin and scleral growth that leads to myopia.12 The sclera is the white, fibrous and protective outer layer of your eye, often referred to as the white of your eye.
Overgrowth of the sclera changes the shape of your eye, and therefore the direction light passes through the cornea and lens, affecting your eyesight.
The link found between myopia and high insulin levels does not require a diagnosis of diabetes, but rather just a diet high in net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber), triggering the release of large amounts of insulin.13
Glasses Prescribed at Different Rates Depending Upon the Professional
Increasing rates of nearsightedness are occurring in children, however the diagnosis of myopia will depend upon the professional who evaluates them.
Research published in the Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus discovered 35 percent of the children in the study who were evaluated by an optometrist received glasses for nearsightedness.
This is contrasted with the 11 percent examined by ophthalmologists and the 1.8 examined by pediatric ophthalmologists who received glasses.14
These significant differences suggest the potential your child will be diagnosed with myopia and prescribed glasses is far higher if they are evaluated by an optometrist than an ophthalmologist or pediatric ophthalmologist. The study concluded a significant percentage of participants were prescribed glasses unnecessarily.
Contacts Are Not the Answer
While you may enjoy the appearance of not wearing glasses, contact lenses are not the answer you may have hoped for. Much like glasses, contact lenses work by changing the direction light enters your eye.
The lenses float on a layer of tears over the surface of your cornea. They have the same effect of worsening your unaided vision over time, as well as other more dangerous side effects.15Eye infections and corneal scratches are two of the more common risks you may experience.
Wearing lenses also changes the environment and the type of bacteria living in your eye. In one study, researchers found if you wear contact lenses you have three times the proportion of bacterial species living on the surface of your eye.16
Eye infections are different from a common sty or pink eye. Although both are uncomfortable, the former doesn't increase your risk of losing your sight. Infections affecting your eyeball will cause redness, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, swelling and pain. It is essential you get immediate medical attention to reduce your risk of permanent damage.17
Since the introduction of contact lenses in the 1970s, the number of people suffering from corneal abrasions and ulcerations has dramatically increased. These openings in the surface of your eye increase the risk of infection in an environment already experiencing higher numbers of bacterial growth than normal.18
Acanthamoeba is a tiny, single-celled organism commonly found in your tap water. Wearing contact lenses in the shower, or poor contact lens hygiene, can lead to an infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), which may lead to blindness, or even loss of your eye.19
What About Lasik?
Another option to correct vision you may have explored is Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery. The promise of a quick, computer-driven and laser surgery on your cornea to correct your vision, is actually nothing more than a promise.
In the short term, LASIK surgery typically provides amazing results. However, recent studies have pointed out complications from the procedure, including diminished sight after six months requiring glasses for night vision or reading. Other potential complications associated with LASIK surgery include:20
? Vision loss
Vision loss following this procedure cannot be corrected with contacts, glasses or surgery.
? Severe dry eye
After surgery your eye may not be able to produce enough tears, which may reduce visual quality, increase risk of infection, increase pain in the eye or cause blurry vision.
? Chronic corneal neuropathic pain
Disruption of the nerve endings during the surgery may cause unrelenting, excruciating eye pain.21,22
? Debilitating visual symptoms
These symptoms can include halos, glare or double vision. Some patients lose the ability to differentiate objects in low contrast situations, such as in the fog or at night. Lost night vision is one of the more common side effects of the procedure.
? Possible secondary correction
You may require a second surgery if your vision was undercorrected. However, if it was overcorrected there is no procedure to reverse the process.23
Small Changes Reap Big Rewards
Making small changes in your lifestyle choices may reduce your risk of myopia. It would also be wise to teach your children these strategies, to help protect their eyesight and reduce their risk of developing the condition.
? Reduce the amount of close work
Computers, digital games, reading and bookkeeping are just a few of the activities involving close work.
? Spend time in sunshine
Sunlight may release dopamine in your retina, slowing the growth of your eye and therefore possibly slowing the elongation of the eye and changes to your sight.24
? Normalize your blood sugar
Higher than normal levels of blood sugar and insulin may increase growth of scleral cells and change your eyesight.25
? Astaxanthin and omega-3 supplementation
Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant, may help prevent blindness and may offer protection against a number of eye diseases, including macular degeneration, which is the No.1 cause of blindness.
Omega-3 is also important for healthy vision.26 My favorite source of omega-3 is krill oil.
? Practice distance vision
One of the high risk factors for developing nearsightedness is close work. Lift your eyes from your computer every 15 minutes to focus on objects at least 20 feet from where you're sitting.
? Optimize computer use
Sit at least an arms-length from your computer, reduce the glare from your screen using an anti-glare screen cover and make your computer screen the brightest light in the room.
? Vitamin C supplementation
Vitamin C helps protect your vision and protects your eyes from the formation of cataracts.
? Relax your eye muscles
Stressors can increase the tension in the muscles controlling your eyes, and therefore change the shape of the eye.
By using relaxation methods to reduce the tension in your eye muscles, such as the Bates Method I used, you may experience the same success I have. I no longer use glasses for distance or reading to correct my vision.
? Reduce blue light
Blue light from your computer screen may reduce your production of melatonin, reducing your sleep and increasing your risk of diabetes. Insulin resistance increases your risk of myopia.27
? Avoid trans fats
Trans fats may contribute to macular degeneration and may interfere with omega-3 fatty acids.
Genetically Engineered Golden Rice Falls Short on Lifesaving Promise
By Dr. Mercola
Vitamin A deficiency is a major problem in developing countries, particularly in areas where diets are based primarily on rice. Without adequate dietary beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A, people are at increased risk of infection, blindness and other health problems.
Children and pregnant women are most severely affected, and it's estimated that up to 2.7 million children's lives could be saved by providing adequate vitamin A.1
As a solution, biotech companies created genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice, which produces beta-carotene that, theoretically, the human body can convert into vitamin A.
For decades, Golden Rice has been touted as a game changer that would save millions of lives, despite numerous signs that the product is destined to fall short of its promises.
Golden Rice Is Still Years Away From Approval
Glaring problem No. 1 is the fact that Golden Rice is still not ready for the market, despite the fact that the idea has been around since the 1980s and research into the product has been ongoing since 1992.2
Critics have long argued that introducing Golden Rice in Third World countries could open the doors for a proliferation of profitable GE crops, and those in favor of Golden Rice have thus blamed environmental groups for slowing the product's introduction ? claims researchers from Washington University in St. Louis say are unfounded.3
Lead author lead author Glenn Stone, Ph.D. professor of anthropology and environmental studies in Arts & Sciences, told The Source:4
"Golden Rice is still not ready for the market, but we find little support for the common claim that environmental activists are responsible for stalling its introduction. GMO opponents have not been the problem."
What has been the problem, according to a study by Stone and colleagues, is the rice has not been successful in test plots planted in the Philippines. They added, "It has not even been submitted for approval to the regulatory agency, the Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)."
Poor Yields and Lack of Proof of Effectiveness Plague Golden Rice
It was 2000 when a Time magazine cover story touted "This Rice Could Save a Million Kids a Year," referring to the orange-colored, beta-carotene-rich GE Golden Rice. In 2016, the rice has yet to be planted commercially, though it continues to be highlighted in the media with regularity and misplaced fanfare.
In reality, Golden Rice test plots in the Philippines have shown disappointing yields, with researchers noting "researchers continue to have problems developing beta-carotene-enriched strains that yield as well as non-GMO strains already being grown by farmers."5
Worse still, even if the GE rice becomes productive enough to entice farmers in Third World countries to grow it, no one knows whether it will save children's lives as advertised. One of the problems with this "solution" is that your body can only convert beta-carotene to vitamin A under certain conditions.
Specifically, beta-carotene is fat-soluble, which means dietary fat is required for your body to convert it into vitamin A.
Many people in developing countries eat very low-fat diets, as they simply do not have access to animal foods or other fat on a regular basis. Other potential problems highlighted by Stone and colleagues include:6
Malnourished people might not be able to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A efficiently, making Golden Rice potentially worthless
Little research has been done on whether the beta-carotene in Golden Rice will hold up during storage between harvest seasons
It's unknown whether traditional cooking methods used to prepare the rice will destroy the beta-carotene
Golden Rice Only Worked in 'Children Who Did Not Need It'
In 2012, a study showed that beta-carotene in Golden Rice was as good as beta-carotene in oil at providing vitamin A to children.7 It's the only study to date that's shown such promise for Golden Rice but, according to Stone, it had a major flaw. Mother Jones reported:8
"The subjects were 'well-nourished individuals' who already took in sufficient fat in their diets.
The study 'demonstrated only that Golden Rice worked in children who did not need it' ? (The study has since been retracted on claims that the author failed to obtain proper consent from the parents of the participants)."
Golden Rice as a panacea becomes even more questionable when you consider the unrealistic amounts of rice you'd have to consume each day to obtain the recommended amount of vitamin A. As stated in a golden rice case study from Iowa State University:9
"Even if golden rice is successfully introduced ? a woman would need to eat 16 lbs. of cooked rice every day in order to get sufficient Vitamin A, if golden rice were her only source of the nutrient. A child would need 12 lbs."
Vitamin A Deficiency Declines Without the Use of Golden Rice
While vitamin A deficiency continues to be a major problem in India and Africa, rates have declined significantly in Southeast Asia in recent years. According to research published in The Lancet, only 6 percent of children in that area suffered from vitamin A deficiency in 2013, down from 39 percent in 1991.10
In the Philippines, vitamin A deficiency has also been on the decline in children. Among those aged 6 months to 5 years, 40 percent were deficient in 2003 compared to just over 15 percent in 2008.
According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, which is working to develop Golden Rice and other varieties, these improvements occurred not due to Golden Rice but because of "proven approaches to prevent vitamin A deficiency:"11
"The exact reasons for these improvements have not been determined, but they may be the results of proven approaches to prevent vitamin A deficiency, such as vitamin A supplementation, dietary diversification, food fortification and promotion of optimal breastfeeding."
There is, in essence, no reason to create a GE food that contains beta-carotene in order to relieve vitamin A deficiency. Such foods exist already in nature.
The real solution would be to help the developing world improve access to real sources of beta-carotene and other nutrients, including animal products like eggs, cheese and meat, and vegetables such as dark leafy greens and sweet potatoes.
Genetic Engineering Is an Imprecise Process at Best
One of the inherent problems with genetic engineering is the assumption that you can modify one aspect of a plant or animal without affecting others ? an assumption that doesn't always pan out in practice. As reported by Mother Jones:12
"After seed developers first create a genetically modified strain with the desired trait ? in this case, rice with beta-carotene ? they start crossing it into varieties that have been shown to perform well in the field.
The task is tricky: when you tweak one thing in a genome, such as giving rice the ability to generate beta-carotene, you risk changing other things, like its speed of growth."
This may explain why Golden Rice has failed to thrive in field trials. According to Dr. Mae-Wan Ho of the Institute of Science in Society, genetic engineering interferes fundamentally with the natural genetic modification that organisms engage in to survive.
Under natural circumstances, this is done in real time as "an exquisitely precise molecular dance of life."
An Inherently Hazardous Process
Genetic engineering, which assumes that one protein determines one particular trait, such as herbicide tolerance or insect resistance, and can easily be swapped out with another, with no other effects, is dangerously simplistic or, as Ho says, "an illusion."13
An organism's genome is not linear, but fluid, and its biological functions are interconnected with its environment and vice versa, such that trying to control genetic changes via artificial modification is a dangerous game.
Compared with natural genetic modification, artificial genetic modification is inherently hazardous because it lacks the precision of the natural process, while enabling genes to be transferred between species that would never have been exchanged otherwise. Contrasting natural and artificial genetic modification:14
Natural Genetic Modification
Artificial Genetic Engineering
Precisely negotiated by the organism as a whole
Crude, imprecise, unpredictable and uncontrollable
Takes place at the right place and time without damaging the genome
Forced into cells with no control over where and in what forms the artificial constructs land with much collateral damage to the genome
Appropriate to the organism as a whole in relation to its environment
Aggressive promoters force foreign genes to be expressed out of context
GE Crops Do Not Represent the Future of Food
Proponents of genetic engineering claim it is the most effective way to feed the world, by producing plants unnaturally equipped with internally produced insecticides, or with genes making them resistant to chemical herbicides or, in the case of Golden Rice, containing enhanced nutrition. Some are advertised as drought resistant and/or higher yield producing, but the truth turns out to be quite different.
GE plants may produce foreign proteins making them potentially allergenic and often they require more pesticides and herbicides than conventional crops, while producing lower yields.
Meanwhile, what people in the developing world need in order to receive ample dietary nutrients like vitamin A is access to a diverse range of nutritious food. This is the type of diet that is attained from biodiverse farming ? the opposite of what will occur if GE crops like Golden Rice are planted on a large scale.
PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid (also called C8), was an essential ingredient in DuPont's non-stick cookware for decades. The chemical is now the subject of about 3,500 personal injury claims against DuPont, along with others filed against various companies that used the chemical.
The legal process has uncovered hundreds of internal documents revealing that DuPont knew of the chemical's danger to the public and employees, yet continued using it, despite the known risks.
A decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined DuPont $16.5 million for withholding decades' worth of information about health hazards associated with PFOA.
In 2005, a panel of three scientists was ordered as part of a settlement to determine the chemical's effects on people. After seven years of research, the panel linked PFOA to ulcerative colitis, imbalanced cholesterol,1 pregnancy-induced hypertension, thyroid disease, testicular cancer and kidney cancer.
Its health effects were deemed to be widespread and occurred even at very low exposure levels. Now residents of Hoosick Falls, New York, where a string of rare cancer deaths, thyroid disease and other health problems occurred, are suing PFOA manufacturers for contaminating their local water supply.
Hoosick Falls Residents Demand Answers Over PFOA Water Pollution
Earlier this year, four residents of Hoosick Falls filed a class-action lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International, which ran the area's plastics plant.
PFOA was produced at the plant as part of a powdery substance called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which was added to products to help them repel grease and water.
It's alleged that for a period of about 15 years, the "heavier-than-air" material was released from smokestacks and into the surrounding environment.
In the 1980s, "scrubbers" were installed in the smokestacks to help prevent pollutants from being released, and it's alleged that workers would clean the scrubbers and other contaminated equipment outdoors on a hill outside the plant, just 400 yards from the area's primary underground well. Times Union reported:2
"A toxic chemical that contaminated the Hoosick Falls water system may have seeped into the village's underground wells over a period of decades, when workers at a nearby plastics plant cleaned smokestack filters and other equipment on the ground outside the facility, including flushing manufacturing byproducts into a storm drain.
In addition, several people who worked at the McCaffrey Street plant, owned by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics since 1999, recalled how a powder-like smoke plume that seemed heavier than air often settled in the valley around the small plant that overlooks the Hoosic River. The facility is several hundred yards from the village's water treatment plant."
In 2014, one area resident, Michael Hickey, sent water samples to be tested after his father, who worked at the plastics plant, died of kidney cancer. The testing revealed elevated levels of PFOA in the water supply.
Initially, the response was slow from state and local government ? the state Health Department initially told residents there were no health risks from consuming the contaminated water, then abruptly changed their tune after the EPA advised residents not to consume or cook with the water.3
Blood Tests Reveal Elevated PFOA Levels
While the EPA's long-term exposure limit for PFOA in residential water is 100 parts per trillion (ppt), levels in Hoosick Falls' water have exceeded 400 ppt.4 State-sponsored blood tests for PFOA levels in local residents have shown levels significantly above the national average in many cases.5
Water filters have been installed in residents' homes and a study is planned to monitor illness and mortality trends in the area, according to an impromptu June 2016 meeting between residents and state Operations Director Jim Malatras, Ph.D., According to Times Union:6
" ? [R]oughly two dozen residents ? voice[ed] their outrage over what they describe as a too-slow response from public officials to the perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA contamination of the ? community's water supply, and the state Legislature's continued unwillingness to hold hearings on the crisis.
? Several times, Malatras tried to turn the focus away from the administration to the company that has been designated as one of the likely polluters, Saint Gobain Performance Plastics.
(Facilities now owned by Honeywell have also been identified by the state Department of Environmental Conservation as another likely source of PFOA.)"
PFOA Cover-Up Compared to Tobacco Industry
As noted in a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), DuPont knew about the risks of PFOA but continued making it anyway:7
"DuPont had long known that PFOA caused cancer, had poisoned drinking water in the mid-Ohio River Valley and polluted the blood of people and animals worldwide. But it never told its workers, local officials and residents, state regulators, or the EPA."
DuPont, along with seven other companies, including 3M, were involved in producing PFOA over the decades.
The chemical is being called the "tobacco of the chemical industry" because of the decades-long corporate cover-up of its health effects, the lawsuits pending and how difficult it is to make companies accountable for producing disease-causing products, even after the evidence is clear.
In DuPont's case, they had animal evidence of harm ? from liver toxicity and kidney damage to death ? for decades, but the company did not alert regulators of a potential problem.
Then there were the company's workers, some of whom gave birth to babies with birth defects after working in the company's PFOA division. DuPont knew of the problems and was tracking its workers for such health effects, but again failed to inform regulators of their findings.
Worse still, when 3M submitted a troublesome rat study to the EPA suggesting harm, DuPont told the EPA they believed the study was flawed.
While continuing to study the chemical's effects on its workers, DuPont was also tracking the chemical's spread into nearby waterways, as well as its emissions into the air through smokestacks.
At first, DuPont disposed of PFOA by dumping it in the ocean and later moved to disposing of it in unlined landfills and ponds. They knew the chemical was spreading widely into the environment and convened a meeting to discuss what to do about it, but decided to keep using the chemical anyway.
DuPont Allegedly Ordered Tracking of Its Own Numerous Dumping Sites
DuPont reportedly ordered a "thorough review" of the company's waste sites in the early 1980s, a task that proved to be colossal because of the sheer number of dumping grounds. According to The Intercept:8
"Tracking the contents of all these barrels, pits, dumps, leaks, landfills, spills and waste streams over time was a monumental task. Even back in the 1980s, the company, which was founded in 1802, had an environmental trail that defied cataloguing.
'There were waste sites from the '50s and '40s,' said [former DuPont government affairs employee Craig] Skaggs, who remembers there being 113 plants at the time ? and the waste sites as being far more numerous. 'Waste would be hauled off in drums and taken to these sites and buried. And often, these sites were owned by other people.'"
Today, DuPont officials have disputed the existence of such a report, but Skaggs is adamant "it still exists somewhere ? retained by the legal department."9 It's not only plastics factories that are to blame for widespread PFOA pollution. Water testing around military bases has also shown contamination to drinking water from PFOA and other perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, used in firefighting foam. As reported by The Intercept:
"Research on people in West Virginia and Ohio who had consumed water contaminated by leaks from a nearby DuPont factory showed probable links between the chemical and six diseases, including kidney cancer.
[Resident Lori] Cervera [who was diagnosed with kidney cancer at the age of 46] soon discovered that the very same chemical, as well as a related one, PFOS, had been found in drinking water in her area. Both were part of a larger class known as perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, 'emerging contaminants' that were still being studied ? and had yet to be regulated.
And, according to public notices from the local water and sewer authorities, both had come from foam that was used to put out airplane fires and train soldiers at two nearby military bases ... "
Will DuPont Merger Allow the Company to Avoid Lawsuits?
Four of the more than 3,500 lawsuits filed against DuPont in relation to the company's dumping of PFOA into the Ohio River have already gone to court. One case was dismissed after a doctor changed the plaintiff's diagnosis, but in another, a woman who developed kidney cancer was awarded $1.6 million.
A third case ? a man who allegedly developed ulcerative colitis after drinking PFOA-contaminated water ? was settled, and a fourth case involving David Freeman, a man with testicular cancer, went to court in May 2016.10 Starting in April 2017, 40 of the cancer cases against DuPont will be heard over a 10-month period each year, although DuPont may be trying to skirt liability in any way they can.
In July 2015, DuPont created a new company called The Chemours Company, which heads up its "performance chemicals" division and now holds responsibility for a large amount of the company's environmental liabilities, including PFOA.
DuPont's Disappearing Act
In December 2015, DuPont further announced they would be merging with chemical giant The Dow Chemical Company and had plans to split the resulting company into three new entities. The Intercept reported:11
"Together, the moves leave those struggling with DuPont's environmental legacy with lots of questions. So even as they're litigating the case of David Freeman, an Ohio man who developed testicular cancer after drinking water contaminated with PFOA, attorneys have also been asking the court to compel DuPont to demonstrate its ability to cover any awards to Freeman and other plaintiffs.
In particular, they want to know 'where the liabilities and obligations of DuPont will fall' if the merger takes place. In their most recent legal brief in what is known as the Leach case, submitted on May 11 to Federal Judge Edmund Sargus, lawyers reiterated fears that the proposed Dow-DuPont merger 'may be an attempt to extinguish DuPont's liability' for claims related to PFOA."
For the record, PFOA is only one of DuPont's (and now Chemours') toxic legacies. The company is also facing litigation over:12
Benzene, a carcinogenic chemical used in some DuPont paints (one painter was recently awarded $8.4 million after developing leukemia linked to the paints). At least 27 other benzene lawsuits are pending
Asbestos, including more than 2,000 upcoming lawsuits
Silica (83 pending cases), which causes potentially fatal lung disease when inhaled
Butadiene, a carcinogen used by DuPont to make neoprene
EPA Lowers 'Safe' Level for PFOA in Drinking Water
In 2015, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggested PFOA falls into the realm of substances like asbestos and lead ? those we know are toxic at virtually any level. EWG's report found the EPA's safety guideline for PFOA in drinking water ? 0.4 parts per billion (ppb) ? may be more than 1,000 times too high to protect public health.13
Fortunately, in May 2016 the EPA announced new guidelines of .07 ppb for both PFOA and PFOS (including a maximum combined level of .07 ppb if both chemicals are present). The new standard takes into account lifetime exposure that would occur from drinking contaminated water.14
Unfortunately, EPA data shows that water systems in 18 states are contaminated with PFOA and/or PFOS above the new federal threshold. That being said, even the new threshold may not be low enough to protect public health. The EWG report stated the safety level should be 0.0003 ppb.
It builds on earlier research that found PFOA levels in human blood above three-tenths of a nanogram ? a billionth of a gram ? per milliliter could be harmful. EWG's Bill Walker, who wrote the report, told VICE News:15" ? [T]he truth of the matter is that it [PFOA] appears to be hazardous at very, very, very low levels of exposure ? In practicality, when you're talking about these very, very tiny levels, there just may not be a safe level of exposure."
How to Reduce Your Exposure to PFOA and Related Chemicals
First and foremost, I recommend using a high-quality water filtration system unless you can verify the purity of your water. To be certain you're getting the purest water you can, filter the water both at the point of entry and at the point of use. This means filtering all the water that comes into the house, and then filtering again at the kitchen sink and shower.
In addition, you'll want to minimize your use of common products that contain PFCs like PFOA and PFOS. PFCs are used in a wide variety of consumer products, particularly those made to repel water or resist oil and stains. Products that often contain these chemicals include:16,17
Takeout containers such as pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers
Non-stick pots, pans and utensils
Stain-repellant or water-repellant clothing
Stain treatments for clothing and furniture
Carpeting and carpet treatments
Certain cosmetics, particularly eye shadow, foundation, facial powder, bronzer and blush
It's important to understand that while PFOA is no longer being used in the U.S., similar replacement chemicals have been added in its place. As recently as 2013, Greenpeace International tested 15 samples of waterproof clothing, shoes and swimsuits and found PFCs in all but one, according to EWG.18
Some food wrappers, beverage containers, pizza boxes and other food packaging may also be PFOA-free, but not necessarily safe, as the PFOA replacement chemicals have not been adequately tested for safety.
Eating organically grown, and biodynamic whole foods is a primary strategy and, as an added bonus, when you eat properly, you're also optimizing your body's natural detoxification system, which can help eliminate toxins your body encounters from other sources. When your diet is mostly fresh foods, you'll minimize exposure to PFCs common in takeout containers. From there, simply leading a healthy lifestyle will help you to have as minimal a chemical exposure as possible.
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