Friday, 15 June 2018

The true extent of the UK's excessive drinking!

Boozy blackouts: 2.6 million Britons suffer from memory loss on a weekly basis due to excessive alcohol consumption

Over a third of UK adults drink alcohol four times a week or more

New independent, nationally representative research among more than 2,000 UK adults commissioned by has revealed the nation’s unhealthy drinking habits, finding:
  • 35% of UK adults drink alcohol four times a week or more
    • Men (44%) were far more likely to drink this often than women (27%)
  • 5% of Britons (2.59 million people) admitted that, at least once a week, they drink so much alcohol they suffer from memory loss
    • The figure doubles to 10% among 18-34 year olds, and stands at 9% among Londoners
  • 3% of people even said they vomited due to excessive alcohol consumption on a weekly basis
    • Again, this jumps to 8% among millennials and 7% in London
  • Worryingly, a mere 12% of UK adults said they count the number of alcohol units they consume to ensure they do not exceed the recommended limit
  • But 23% of people do not actually know what the recommended levels are

More than 2.5 million people across the UK drink so much alcohol that they suffer from memory loss or are sick on a weekly basis, new research by has revealed.

The online pharmacist and EPS specialist commissioned an independent, nationally representative survey among more than 2,000 UK adults. It found that over a third (35%) of UK adults drink alcohol four times a week or more, with men (44%) far more likely to drink this often than women (27%).

The research also found that 5% of UK adults – 2.59 million people – drink so excessively that once a week, on average, they suffer from memory loss. Those aged between 18 and 34 (10%) and people in London (9%) were more likely to experience such regular alcohol-related blackouts.

Furthermore, 3% of the population even said they vomited due to excessive alcohol consumption on a weekly basis. Again, the figure is significantly higher among millennials (8%) and those living in the capital (7%).’s study showed that people’s drinking issues result from a lack of care in monitoring their intake combined with ignorance over what is a safe level of alcohol to consume. The survey found that a mere 12% of UK adults count the number of alcohol units they drink to ensure they do not exceed the recommended limit, while 23% of people do not actually know what the recommended levels are.

Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at, commented on the findings: “Much is made of the UK’s drinking culture, and this research certainly offers up some concerning results. While drinking little and often can be relatively low risk – as long as it’s within the recommended levels – there are very serious health issues that can potentially arise from regularly drinking to excess.

“Beyond the memory loss and vomiting that binge drinking can trigger in the short-term, alcohol abuse over a longer period can lead to liver damage, cancer and depression. As such, it is vital that people are aware of what the recommended consumption levels are and monitor their intake. What’s more, if they ever feel they have an addiction to alcohol, it is really important that they seek help promptly.”

In 2016 the UK Chief Medical Officers reformed its guidelines to state that both men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week – the equivalent of six pints of average-strength beer or the same number of medium-sized glasses of wine. The previous guidelines were 21 units for men and 14 units for women per week.

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Chemical industry blocks report on cancer links!

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A crucial report into the dangers of formaldehyde—found in building materials such as plywood and foam insulation—has been suppressed by the chemical industry. The US's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delayed the release of the papers that now links the chemical to leukaemia as well as other cancers.
Top EPA officials have refused to review the study—which means it can't be released to the public—following intensive lobbying by the industry's representative group, the American Chemistry Council (ACC).
Although formaldehyde has been linked to several cancers in the past, the council was especially worried about the latest evidence that it could cause leukaemia, a cancer of the blood.
The news agency, Reuters, that discovered the delay, suspects pressure has also come directly from the business-friendly White House that has previously criticised the EPA for a report on the contamination of public water supplies from chemicals used in the manufacture of Teflon and fire-fighting agents. Again, the EPA blocked the publication of the report after a White House aide said it would have caused "a public relations nightmare."
The EPA has been working on the latest report for eight years after the National Academy of Sciences had criticized it for failing to draw "clear links" between the chemical and leukaemia, although it accepted it could cause nose and throat cancers.
When the EPA presented a draft version of the report last January, the ACC said that the leukaemia connection was "scientifically indefensible".

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Which type of vitamin B12 is best–cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, or hydroxycobalamin?

I have followed you for years and purchase your tapes. Met you in Ann Arbor at the food co- op. Is it true Cyanocobalamin b12 ( which you recommend for us as vegans) turns into cyanide and the best b12 to take is hydroxycobalamin?Per Raymond Francis MIT scientist. That’s what his website shows anyway. His comments were it is man made , not natural, and not well utilized. What is absorbed is turn into cyanide. Could you please clarify, help.
David Tunison / Originally asked on Vegan epidemic


Let me guess: Mr. Francis sells hydroxycobalamin supplements?
It’s like the whole coral calcium scam. Calcium is cheap as chalk–in fact it is chalk! So how are you going to bilk people out of lots of money? You sell some sort of special calcium. Same with B12 supplements.
B12 is so cheap to produce that supplement manufacturers try to come up with all sorts of fancy ways to “add value” to products so they can charge $30 a bottle. Unless you’re a smoker, have kidney failure, or base your diet around cassava root, cyanocobalamin should be fine. That’s what I take!
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Face Mapping — The Window To Your Health and Wellbeing!

Guest writer for Wake Up World
Next time you look in the mirror, you may see yourself very differently…
“Face mapping,” a practice that began over 5,000 years ago in China, is now becoming more and more popular among health practitioners to help diagnose, prevent, and cure disease. It works on the principle that imbalances and dysfunctions in your body show up on your face. You just have to know where and how to look.

Your Face Tells the Story of Your Health

I had a patient who had been trying to find the source of her severe headaches and fatigue for 8 months, going from doctor to doctor. By using face mapping, I was able to locate the problem almost immediately. I noticed an indentation and discolouration just under her nose. That zone, which includes the chin, is associated with hormonal health. As it turned out, her health issues were hormonal, which was confirmed by blood tests. I successfully treated her with meditation, acupuncture, and a specialized mixture of herbs from my Tao of Wellness practice.

The Forehead

According to face mapping, the forehead corresponds to the fire element. This is the area associated with the heart and small intestine, as well as the mind and spirit. A blue or green discolouration in the forehead shows an imbalance in the heart. I also look for redness or small blood vessels that appear as discolouration. A heart attack can often be foretold by a subtle bluish-green hue on the forehead.

The Nose

This area is connected to the earth element, which corresponds with the stomach, spleen, and pancreas. A pimple on the side or tip of your nose could have something to do with your diet if it includes a lot of spicy, deep-fried, fatty, or rich foods. It goes deeper than being just a dermatological issue; it could correspond with indigestion, constipation, or diarrhoea.
Broken capillaries or redness across the bridge of the nose could mean you need to monitor your alcohol intake, or it may simply point to excessive worry and stress, which could upset the balance of your earth element network.

The Chin

This zone is related to the water element, which is internally associated with your kidney and bladder organ network, including the hormonal system and glands. This zone also includes your philtrum – the indentation just above your lips. This small area relates to the uterus and ovaries in women and the prostate and genitals in men. Horizontal lines, blemishes, or discolourations across the philtrum could indicate problems with the reproductive organs.

Right Cheek

This is related to the metal element, the zone that reflects the lung and large intestine network. Problems in this network could manifest themselves as discolouration, blemishes, and skin problems on the right check. A mild acne breakout, eczema patch, or slight redness may mean a cold is coming on. Lung illness or upper respiratory ailments also trigger visual symptoms on the right cheek.
Those who are prone to respiratory allergies or asthma tend to have a reddish, scaly eczema, a slight rash or slight bluish-green hue along the right cheek. This shows that there’s too much heat or inflammation in the respiratory system, or a lack of oxygen from bronchial constriction. One of my pediatric patients who suffered from allergic asthma always displayed an eczema-like patch right before an allergic attack—a very useful tip-off!

Left Cheek

The left cheek corresponds to your wood element or the liver-gall-bladder network. Broken capillaries and redness—especially right up next to the bridge of your nose – indicate heat from the liver, inflammation, or congestion. Bulging veins, redness, and rash can be a signal of high blood pressure or pent-up anger (which can cause high blood pressure). Yellowish deposits under the left eye may indicate gallstones or high triglycerides or high cholesterol, which are processed by the liver-gallbladder network.  Since this network includes the nervous system, depression can also show up in the wood-element side of the face.
I believe that by learning about face mapping, you can be proactive about your health. And by staying on top of changes you see in the mirror, you can stay ahead of sickness!

About the author:

Isabelle Clover is a psychologist and writer with a passion for teaching others how to heal their lives through personal growth and development, holistic living, and a focus on health and wellness. She has certifications in medical intuition, Reiki energy healing, and meditation.
For more information, please visit: CLOVER SISTERS.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Healthy Living: Harmonicas for Health!

COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects 30 million people in the United States, and smoking is the leading cause.
Now, a new therapy program is designed to improve the lives and lungs of people with COPD.
In Healthy Living, see how a program called Harmonicas for Health, is producing promising results by making music.
Harmonicas for health is supported by the COPD Foundation and the Academy of Country Music.
Earlier studies have shown the benefits of playing wind instruments, like clarinets and trumpets, on patients with chronic lung conditions.

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3 Ways a Healthy Gut Impacts Heart Health!

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Think your gut health only affects your immune system? Turns out it has a large impact on cardiovascular health, too.
New research has found some cardiac conditions can be linked to our gut microbiome. And new studies continue to find that having a healthy gut can help lead to a healthy heart.

Artery hardening

The idea that a healthy gut microbiome can impact cardiovascular health is nothing new, but a recent study is the first to link poor gut diversity to arterial hardening in women.
Artery hardening happens at different rates as we age. It’s a well-known risk for cardiovascular disease.
The researchers at the University of Nottingham and King’s College London published their study findings about gut health and its link to cardiovascular health in the European Heart Journal.
The results suggest that diet and probiotics could be pathways to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.

The researchers looked at data from 617 middle-aged female twins that were on the TwinsUK registry. They found that the measure of artery stiffness was higher in women with a lower diversity of healthy gut bacteria. Overall, there was an association between gut microbe diversity and artery health.
A lack of diversity in healthy bacteria in the gut has been associated with diabetes, obesity, and inflammatory stomach and bowel diseases.
Additionally, the researchers pinpointed which microbes were tied to a lower risk of arterial stiffening. They’re the same ones previously linked to a lower obesity risk.
“It is possible that the gut bacteria can be used to detect the risk of heart disease and may be altered by diet or drugs to reduce the risk,” Ana Valdes, an associate professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine and NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Center, said in a statement.
Dr. Michael Miller, a cardiologist and director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology for the University of Maryland Medical System, explains that the study found that stiffness of arteries was more likely to be influenced by gut bacteria than risk factors such as obesity and insulin resistance.
“In essence, this study builds upon previous work showing an association between gut microbiota and cardiovascular disease,” Miller said. “However, it is important to keep in mind that the new study was observational in nature so that only associations can be derived, rather than causation.”
Miller says inflammation impairs the function of blood vessels — something believed to be influenced by certain gut microbes. Over time, inflammation impairs the function of the inner lining of blood vessels. This results in stiffness, plaque formation, and “hardening of the arteries.”

Coronary artery disease

Gut health also has a role in atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ACVD), where plaque builds up in arteries. A 2017 study in Nature looked at stool samples from 218 participants with ACVD and compared them to 187 healthy participants.
They found the gut microbiome of those with ACVD differed vastly compared to healthy people without the disease, indicating there may be a link between the two.
Heart attack and stroke
Gut health may also help indicate if a person is at risk for serious cardiovascular events, like a heart attack or stroke.
Dr. Regina Druz, a cardiologist from New York, notes that a certain gut bacteria can convert dietary choline from eggs and red meat into a damaging substance called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). This substance can damage blood vessels, and researchers have found a strong link between TMAO and ACVD, which can lead to vascular events, she adds.
“Turns out, elevated levels of TMAO contribute to a heightened risk for blood clot-related events such as heart attack and stroke,” added Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, a cardiologist from Minnesota who has a line of food for heart health. She’s also the founding editor-in-chief of, the patient education effort of the American College of Cardiology.
She says the heightened risk of blood clotting remains even after accounting for the presence of conventional risk factors (like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes) and other markers of inflammation.
She cites an analysis of more than 2,000 people with heart disease, which found those with higher blood levels of TMAO had a fourfold greater risk of dying from any cause over the subsequent five years.
This is why so many doctors recommend a low-fat diet and less red meat for optimal heart health.

Should we get a probiotic Rx?

Knowing that better gut diversity could improve cardiac health, is taking a probiotic supplement enough to thwart artery hardening, heart disease, and cardiovascular events?
Not exactly, Miller says.
“Before widespread recommendations are made in support of probiotics, it would be important to demonstrate that daily probiotic use reduces arterial stiffness, inflammation, and/or cardiovascular events,” he added.
Valdes says that even though their study findings show a link between gut health and heart health, experts still need to prove that probiotics are helpful. She says that we’d need to measure microbial diversity before and after taking probiotics in more people in order to see if probiotics can increase gut diversity — and possibly reduce cardiovascular events.
“Even if probiotics do not affect diversity, they have been shown in many clinical studies to reduce levels of cholesterol and of C-reactive protein, which are both related to heart disease,” she added.
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Monday, 11 June 2018

The dark side of diabetes!

The dark side of diabetes: More than half of diabetics have been treated for mental health problems, according to a new study.
An independent study of people living with type 1 and 2 diabetes, by Censuswide, commissioned by Ieso Digital Health, the UK’s leading provider of online therapy highlights the scale of mental health problems affecting those living with this chronic condition.
  • Around 700 people get diagnosed with diabetes every day in the UK. That’s the equivalent of one person every two minutes[i].
  • Three quarters (75%) of young adults (16-34) believe that their mental health has been negatively affected by their diabetes.
  • Almost half (46%) say that more awareness of diabetes-specific mental health issues would help prevent high levels of stress, anxiety and depression and other mental health problems, associated with having diabetes.
  • 43% say mental health education and assessment should be integrated into on-going diabetes health care.
This study, compiled by Ieso Digital Health, the UK’s largest provider of online CBT, shows that people living with diabetes are more likely to experience mental health problems compared with the general population. About one in four adults in the UK will suffer from a mental health condition each year iihowever, the Ieso study found that over half of patients with diabetes (51%) have sought treatment for stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems. Three quarters (75%) of young adults (16-34) believe their mental health has been negatively affected by their diabetes.
According to Sarah Bateup, Chief Clinical Officer, Ieso Digital Health Mental health should be considered an integral part of on-going diabetes care.  We need to ensure a multifaceted approach including comprehensive assessment for mental health problems, educating patients to recognise stress and mental health problems and encouraging selfcare. Providing effective mental health interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help patients to address the emotional and behavioural aspects of living with a life-long condition such as diabetes.” 
Mental health issues can make it more difficult for diabetes sufferers to alter their diet and lifestyle to comply with medical treatment programmes.
Mental health issues linked to diabetes include feelings of loss, stress, anger, panic attacks, mood disorders, depression, anxiety and eating disordersi[ii]A depressed person is less likely to adhere to their diabetes medication or monitoring regimens which are necessary for effective management of diabetes, resulting in poor glycaemic control. Phobic symptoms or anxieties related to self-injection of insulin and self-monitoring of blood glucose are common, resulting in further emotional distress. Stress and depression are known to elevate blood glucose levels, even if medication is taken regularly iv.
Diagnosed with diabetes? Call to treat the whole patient, not just the physical symptoms.
Almost half (46%) of people believe that better awareness would help detect stress and mental health issues, while 43% think discussions of mental health within diabetes-specific appointments would help and that clearer advice from medical bodies would help. 

Notes to Editors

Diabetes Data and Scientific References
  1. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.
  2. McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household study.
  3. A Review of the Mental Health Issues of Diabetes, Lee Ducat et al, Diabetes Care 2015
  4. Depression Among Adults With Diabetes, Katon WJ et al, Diabetes Care 2010

About Ieso’s Study ‘A Darker Side to Diabetes’
This study was commissioned by Ieso in April 2018 and conducted by Censuswide, an independent research firm and member of Market Research Society. The study involved interviews from more than 500 people diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, aged 16 years or older.

About Ieso Digital Health
Ieso is the leading provider of online mental healthcare in the UK. Ieso is redefining the way that mental healthcare is delivered by making high quality cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) accessible, accountable and affordable. Ieso’s unique modality has been clinically validated in a trial published in The Lancet in 2009. Online CBT mirrors face-to-face therapy and involves real-time personalised communication between therapist and patient in therapy sessions. Ieso is available through the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. Ieso is a multi-award winning business and begins 2018 as one of UK’s fastest-growing technology companies, as lauded in the Deloitte Fast 50 competition. Ieso has also been recognised as one of the Sunday Times Disruptors to Watch and also was awarded the accolade of2017 Digital Innovation of the Year. Launched into the US in 2017, the company is accelerating penetration there with a blue-chip management team with deep industry pedigree. For more information
Background Information
Diabetes Facts UK:
  • Since 1996, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to almost 3.7 million.
  • There are an estimated 4.5 million people with diabetes in the UK. This includes 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes who don’t know they have it because they have not been diagnosed.
  • According to the NHS, the number of people with the condition has nearly trebled since 1996 and around five million people will have diabetes by the year 2025.
Public figures, Celebrities and Sports people living with diabetes:
  • Politicians include Prime Minister Theresa May (type 1), Labour party MP Chuka Umunna (type 1), former Labour party MP Jamie Reed(type 1) and former Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders (type 1).
  • Celebrities include actor Tom Hanks (type 2), actor Salma Hayek(gestational diabetes, TV presenter Dominic Littlewood (type 1), X Factor singer Amelia Lily (type 1), actor Halle Berry (type 1), singerNick Jonas (type 1), actor James Norton (type 1) and celebrity chef,Antony Worrall Thompson (type 2).
  • Sports stars include cricketer Wasim Akram (type 1), footballer Gary Mabbutt (type 1) Olympic medallist Sir Steven Redgrave (type 1), rugby union player Henry Slade (type 1).

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33 Reasons Why CBD Oil is Amazing for Your Health!

The non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant is actually one of the most beneficial health supplements to become available to the masses in recent history. We’re talking about CBD oil, or cannabidiol oil, which is an extract from the hemp plant containing a cannabinoid that research has found to have a wide array of health benefits. In fact, it has been proven to be so effective with certain health issues that some have been touting it as a miracle in oil form. This oil can be safely consumed by both children and adults as part of a daily diet.
Based on the scientific research done on CBD, we have put together a very comprehensive and detailed list of the amazing benefits of using CBD oil as a daily supplement.
What Exactly is CBD Oil?

There are over 500 compounds in the cannabis plant, around 100 are cannabinoids and over 125 are terpenes (fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity). Many of these chemicals have been discovered to have some sort of therapeutic value. One of those 100+ cannabinoids is cannabidiol. Interestingly, our bodies have cannabinoid receptors all over. Until recently, the only cannabinoid most people had heard about was tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound found in the flowers of the cannabis plant. Although THC can be found in very high concentrations in this very well-known plant, so is CBD, which is non-psychoactive (it doesn’t get you high). In the plant, CBD is a precursor and CBN a metabolite of THC. As cannabis gets older, THC gradually breaks down to CBN.

33 Reasons Why CBD Oil is Amazing for Your Health

Angelo A. Izzo1, Francesca Borrelli,, Raffaele Capasso1, Vincenzo Di Marzo, and Raphael Mechoulam. Non-psychotropic plant cannabinoids: new therapeutic opportunities from an ancient herb. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences -730.

There’s continually more research being done on cannabinoids so the list of benefits may grow even more, but for now, here are 33 ailments, diseases, or health issues that CBD oil has been proven to effectively help with.
CBD is a Cancer Killer
This is one of the most incredible benefits possible, given how many people die from cancer these days. Any claim for something to have the power to kill cancer cells is a bold one; yet there is quite a bit of evidence from research done in recent years that have found that CBD oil does, in fact, kill cancer cells. In this study, CBD was found to have the ability to inhibit the proliferation, adhesion, migration, invasion, and angiogenesis of tumour cells. According to this study, CBD (as well as THC) extracts inhibit cancer cell growth and induce apoptosis (death) in cancer cells. This study, along with this one, demonstrated that human leukaemia cells exposed to cannabidiol led to tumour killing by induction of apoptosis. Next, we have this study which found that CBD BDS and CBD inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation, but not in healthy cells. Both this study, as well as this one, found that cannabinoids possess anti-tumour properties. CBD was able to produce significant anti-tumour activity both in vitro and in vivo, suggesting a possible application of CBD as an anti-neoplastic (prevents, inhibits, or halts tumours) agent. We also have this study, along with this one, showing that cannabidiol induces programmed cell death in breast cancer cells by coordinating the cross-talk between apoptosis and autophagy. Finally, this study found cervical cancer is no match for the powers of CBD and promptly goes on to destroy the cancerous cells.
To put all this into a list, the amazing anti-tumour properties have been found to obliterate cancer cells in the following nine conditions:
  • Breast Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Glioma
  • Leukaemia (Blood Cancer)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Prostate Cancer
Interestingly, the FDA in late 2017 issued warning letters to some companies selling cannabinoid products online that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer, saying that there is no evidence to support these outcomes. They either missed all the studies that have been done, some of which we have referenced above, that found evidence contradicting their statement, or they are intentionally putting forward such a statement for some other reason, perhaps at the behest of the pharmaceutical industry. Given that the FDA has decided to give its unique opinion concerning CBD’s ability to disintegrate cancer cells, we will put out the standard PSA that the statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. We are simply providing information based on the medical studies that have been done using the scientific method, learning that cannabinoids have the potential to significantly hurt the bottom line of multinational pharmaceutical corporations.
CBD Reduces Inflammation and Pain
If you’re looking for a natural and effective painkiller, this is it. Perhaps the most commonly known benefit of CBD (and the reason it’s used most often for) is reducing inflammation and pain. This study found CBD significantly suppresses chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance. Another related study looked at people with multiple sclerosis and discovered that giving them CBD effectively took away their neuropathic pain. Since this awful pain is experienced by over half of those with MS, being able to take a safe and affordable supplement without negative side effects is almost miraculous. By activating the endocannabinoid system, CBD acts as a neuromodulator for a number of physiological processes. As a bonus, this study has suggested that through its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil can also reduce the pain in arthritis, as well as fibromyalgia, as this study has uncovered. Unlike opiate painkillers, which only mask pain and which the body builds up a tolerance to, CBD doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time. Since CBD is anti-inflammatory, it helps is a number of ailments, including things like inflammatory bowel disease, as this study, as well as thisthisthisthisthis, and this study found.
CBD Reduces Several MS-Related Issues
While on the topic of multiple sclerosis, it’s worth talking about the other issues facing people with this ailment that cannabidiol can help with besides reducing pain. This study, together with this study, found that a combination of CBD and THC has been found to be effective in the treatment of muscle tightness, sleep disturbances, and loss of bladder control. Mice with MS with 10 days of CBD oil treatment had superior motor skills and showed improvements in their condition. Replicating this treatment on humans has mirrored similar results.
CBD Protects Your Brain Cells & Even Helps Create New Ones
As with claims of CBD being a cancer killer, the claim of it being able to promote the formation of new brain cells seems like an extraordinary one. Yet, the evidence has been found for this to be possible. In fact, if you do a quick search online for neurogenesis, you’ll find that scientists are discovering that our brain is not actually sealed with a fate of brain cells calling it quits without new ones being born. When it comes to new brain cell formation, CBD was observed to stimulate hippocampal neurogenesis and reduce neuroinflammation in this study. If you look at this study, along with this one, you’ll see CBD reduced short-term brain damage and was associated with extracerebral benefits. This is why CBD oil is so effective in treating mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and stress since these conditions are all related to a lack of adult neurogenesis. This would also be a good time to let you know that this study found that CBD acts as a more powerful neuroprotective antioxidant vitamin C or vitamin E.
CBD Can Reverse Cognitive Decline from Alzheimer’s Disease
Tying into cannabinoids being able to protect from neurodegenerative diseases, this study found that cannabidiol has been shown to reverse cognitive deficits of mice with Alzheimer’s Disease and exert neuroprotective, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties in vitro and in vivo. This study provided evidence that CBD is able to have potential as a preventative treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease with a particular relevance for symptoms of social withdrawal and facial recognition.
CBD Can Reduce Psychosis
CBD has been found in this study, as well as this one, to be a helpful treatment for psychosis. It appears to have a pharmacological profile similar to that of atypical antipsychotic drugs. Additionally, CBD prevents human experimental psychosis and is effective in open case reports and clinical trials in people with schizophrenia with a very safe track record. There has been a number of studies looking into this interesting use for CBD, as this study, this one and this one show, in regards to alleviating the negative side effects of schizophrenia. While current antipsychotic medications can produce major side effects, CBD has been shown to be safe and well tolerated in humans.
CBD Can Reduce Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress
Since people who have post-traumatic stress usually get anxiety, taking a CBD supplement daily will quell that anxiety. This study found that repeated CBD administration prevents long-lasting anxiety effects. As for those with pathological anxiety, this study found that CBD reduces anxiety in what’s called Social Anxiety Disorder and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas. Have trouble with speaking in front of crowds? CBD can help with that. This study and this one found CBD decreased anxiety after a test was given to measure social anxiety. CBD can also take away the anxiety someone feels from its cousin, THC. Also, if you’re one of the 3% of people that exhibit OCD-like behaviours, cannabidiol can help with that as well.
CBD Prevents Diabetes
Around half the popular of America either has diabetes or exhibits pre-diabetes symptoms. With diabetes comes a very high risk of getting heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, and many other disorders. While it isn’t certainly clear yet whether CBD is able to get rid of diabetes, it has been found to prevent the onset of diabetes. Also, it was found cannabidiol can inhibit and delay the destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic cells and the production of inflammatory cytokines in diabetics. Promisingly, this study found a remarkable reduction of diabetes development was observed in CBD-treated mice, compared with vehicle-treated mice and untreated controls.
CBD Gets Rid of Seizures
This is perhaps the main motivator of laws around the world changing in favour of medicinal cannabis. There have been reports of children who have suffered through hundreds of seizures a day completing eliminating their debilitating seizures. This study found nearly universal improvement in epileptics after taking CBD daily.
CBD Can Keep Your Heart Healthy
Move over cancer, there’s a new leading cause of death in America: heart disease. We’ve already shown how effective cannabinoids are with killing cancer cells, and now we’ll point to all the studies that have demonstrated how they are able to protect against heart disease. This study found CBD reduces the cardiovascular response to various types of stress. Another study found cannabinoids significantly decreased the infarct (small localized area of dead tissue resulting from the failure of blood supply) volume. There was also a study where the results suggest that CBD has anxiolytic-like properties which help alleviate stressing the heart. This other study had similar findings as well.
CBD Can Relieve Depression
This study, along with this one, found that CBD acts as an antidepressant. The results support the effectiveness of phytocannabinoids on mood disorders. Yet another study found that antidepressant effects of CBD were fast, continuous over time, and comparable to pharmaceutical drugs on the market, except safer, more affordable, and without negative side effects. Since cannabinoids like CBD act through the endocannabinoid system, they can influence the release of neurotransmitters in the brain which regulate mood.

Other Interesting Benefits
Some other benefits of taking CBD daily as a dietary supplement can come as a surprise to you, but they have been proven to happen. Others seem pretty obvious, but now we have the scientific backing for them.
Kicks Nicotine Addiction
A double-blind placebo-controlled study found almost 40% in reduction of cigarette smoking from people that were using an inhaler to intake CBD oil on a daily basis whenever they would feel nicotine cravings.
Acts as an Antiseptic
CBD has been found to have antiseptic properties. In fact, all the major cannabinoids are able to kill bacteria. To this day, we aren’t sure yet just how cannabinoids are able to act so effectively as bacteria killers. Amazingly, it even kills off antibiotic-resistant MRSA, as stated here.
Gets Rid of Acne
People having acne problems can rejoice by knowing that a study has found that CBD acts as a highly effective sebostatic and anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting lipid synthesis, meaning it will reduce or eliminate acne. It can work either by ingesting it or using it topically on the skin. On a related note, CBD oil has also been found to help out with psoriasis.
Prevents the Formation and Accumulation of Terrifying Prions
A prion is an infectious agent causing those diseases consisting only of protein, with no nucleic acid genome. (All previously known pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, contain nucleic acids, which enable them to reproduce.) Think things like Mad Cow disease. Prions cannot be destroyed by boiling, alcohol, acid, standard autoclaving methods, or radiation. In fact, infected brains that have been sitting in formaldehyde for decades can still transmit spongiform disease. Enter CBD. Cannabidiol has been shown to halt prions in this study and may represent a promising new anti-prion drug. Since the incubation time for prion diseases is anywhere from 5-20 years or more, it’s best to start taking CBD right away, particularly if you eat beef.
CBD Makes Broken Bones Heal Faster
This study found that broken limbs healed much faster when treated with CBD. People with osteoporosis, where bones become brittle, fragile and therefore susceptible to fractures, are also able to benefit from taking cannabidiol since CBD stimulates greater activity from osteoblasts (bone forming cells) and supports the process by which collagen repairs fractures.
CBD Gets Rid of Nausea
This is a pretty well-known benefit of cannabinoids. This study, for example, found that CBD relieved nausea and vomiting.

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