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Oil pulling therapy for dental care

The newest trend in the dental care industry is the age-old ‘oil pulling therapy’, which basically involves gargling with any type of oil for 20 minutes each morning on an empty stomach.

The new therapy, which originated more than 3000 years ago from Ayurveda, apparently “pulls” bacteria and other debris from the mouth to give you fresher breath, healthier gums, whiter teeth while protecting you from many chronic health problems, News.com.au reported.

The therapy supposedly gets rid of toxins like parasites, pesticides, preservatives, additives and environmental toxins present in the mouth.

Aside from oral benefits, people who back the ‘medical miracle’ claim that the therapy can cure chronic pain, insomnia, allergies, diabetes, asthma, digestive issues, heart disease, kidney disease, leukaemia and even AIDS.

However, there’s no scientific evidence to support the therapy’s supposed benefits.

Prenatal acholol exposure leads to poor brain

A new study has revealed that prenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
The study by neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside, discovered that prenatal exposure to alcohol significantly altered the expression of genes and the development of a network of connections in the neocortex- the part of the brain responsible for high-level thought and cognition, vision, hearing, touch, balance, motor skills, language, and emotion- in a mouse model of FASD.

Lead author of the study Kelly Huffman said if you consume alcohol when you are pregnant you can disrupt the development of your baby’s brain.

“This research helps us understand how substances like alcohol impact brain development and change behaviour,” Huffman explained. “It also shows how prenatal alcohol exposure generates dramatic change in the brain that leads to changes in behaviour. Although this study uses a moderate- to high-dose model, others have shown that even small doses alter development of key receptors in the brain.”

Huffman’s team found dramatic changes in intraneocortical connections between the frontal, somatosensory and visual cortex in mice born to mothers who consumed ethanol during pregnancy. The changes were especially severe in the frontal cortex, which regulates motor skill learning, decision-making, planning, judgment, attention, risk-taking, executive function and sociality.

Vit-D may cure depression in diabetic women

 A new study has revealed that vitamin D decreases pain in women with type 2 diabetes and depression.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with depression and pain, but few studies have looked at how pain may affect the treatment of depression in patients with type 2 diabetes and no studies have evaluated the role of vitamin D supplementation on this association.
Researchers in this study tested the efficacy of weekly vitamin D2 supplementation for six months on depression in women with type 2 diabetes. Depression significantly improved following supplementation.

In addition, 61 percent of patients reported shooting or burning pain in their legs and feet (neuropathic pain) and 74 percent reported numbness and tingling in their hands, fingers, and legs (sensory pain) at the beginning of the study. Researchers found a significant decrease in neuropathic and sensory pain at three and six months following vitamin D2 supplementation.

“Pain is a common and often serious problem for women with type 2 diabetes and depression,” Todd Doyle, lead author and fellow, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said. “While further research is needed, D2 supplementation is a promising treatment for both pain and depression in type 2 diabetes.”

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