Dark Chocolate Guards Against Brain Injury

If you’re going to eat chocolate, make sure you’re eating the type of chocolate that could help guard against a common cause of sudden death… Researchers have discovered that epicatechin, a compound in dark chocolate, may protect your brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals that shield nerve cells from damage. An hour and a half after feeding mice a single dose of epicatechin, animals that had ingested the compound suffered significantly less brain damage following an induced stroke.

Eurekalert reports: “While most treatments against stroke in humans have to be given within a two- to three-hour time window to be effective, epicatechin appeared to limit further neuronal damage when given to mice 3.5 hours after a stroke. Given six hours after a stroke, however, the compound offered no protection to brain cells.”

The Silent Epidemic — Legal Prescription Drug Abuse

Are you a junkie? Most people would automatically say “no,” but the face of the modern drug addict may shock you… Not a lot of attention is paid to prescription drug abuse. But nearly 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for non medicinal reasons. Three quarters of those may be abusing prescription drugs. Between 1992 and 2002, the number of prescriptions written increased by 61 percent. In that same period, the number of prescriptions written for opiates increased by almost 400 percent.

The Baltimore Sun reports: “According to a report … by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitalizations for poisoning by prescription opioids, sedatives and tranquilizers jumped 65 percent from 1999 to 2006. One-third of new addicts report that their first drug experience was with prescription drugs.”

Why the AMA Wants to Muzzle Your Doctor

Is the American Medical Association usurping its power to keep your physician quiet? The American Medical Association (AMA) trying to silence doctors who oppose Obama’s health care package.

After a Florida urologist placed a sign in his door indicating that patients who voted for President Obama should seek care elsewhere, the AMA issued the following statement:

“[P]hysicians might reflect on how to properly balance their obligations as members of the medical profession with their rights as individual citizens who will be affected by reform. In particular, physicians may wonder whether it is appropriate to express political views to patients or their families.”

Many doctors believe that this as an attempt to keep them from sharing their thoughts about health care reform with their patients.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Hal Scherz says: “… the AMA … wants to protect a monopoly that the federal government has created for it — a medical coding system administered by the AMA that every health-care professional and hospital must use … This monopoly generates income of $70 million to $100 million annually for the AMA.”

You ARE Making a Difference!!! Many More Parents Are Refusing Vaccines!!

Who knew our collective voice could reach this far and wide? Discover why more parents are spurning mainstream medicine’s deceptive vaccine hype in favor of their baby… In 2008, 39 percent of parents became educated about vaccinations and refused or delayed vaccines for their children. This compares to just 22 percent in 2003.

The data comes from a telephone survey of the parents of 9,000 toddlers. Many of the parents were worried about whether the vaccines were safe or effective.

WebMD reports: 27 percent said too many shots were recommended 26 percent questioned whether vaccines really worked 25 percent cited worries that vaccines might cause autism 24 percent worried about side effects Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting Vancouver, Canada May 1-4, 2010