hormonal problems

  1. Asthma drugs don't work

    Daily inhalers make no difference for asthmatics

    Asthmatics are asked to cough up 100 bucks a month or more for their daily inhalers -- and even when those meds are covered by insurance, the co-pay alone can cost you the better part of a lung.

    And if that's not painful enough, get ready to really start huffing and puffing -- because you're shelling out all that cash for nothing: New research confirms that daily puff of air doesn't do anything except lighten your wallet and leave a bad taste in your mouth.

    But if you're an asthmatic yourself, you've probably suspected this all along. You've skipped days... and you've felt no worse, right?

    Well, it's not just you. The nine-month study of 350 asthmatics told to puff each day or skip it completely found absolutely no differences in outcomes by any measure.

    They had the same number of asthma attacks, same lung function and airway reactivity, and even the same number of missed workdays, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    None of this should be surprising, of course, because I've told you before that those inhalers may as well be full of plain old air. And in one recent study, placebos filled with just that -- plain old air -- did just as well as inhalers filled with meds.

    You're better off with the air. It's cheaper, sure, but it's safer too -- because the drugs in “real" inhalers are powerful corticosteroids. And while they generally don't cause many immediate side effects besides that icky taste, they can be a disaster in the long run.

    Daily use of these drugs -- even if you skip a day here and there -- can cause thinning bone, cataracts, hormonal problems, and more.

    Skip 'em completely if you can. And work with a skilled naturopathic physician who can find and correct the cause of your asthma, and then you might be able to limit or even toss your rescue inhaler as well.

  2. Common food additive in autism link

    High-fructose corn syrup linked to autism

    The feds want you to believe the dramatic 78 percent rise in autism cases over the past decade is nothing more than a bookkeeping trick. There aren't more autistic kids -- just more docs who've learned to recognize the condition.

    Baloney!

    I'm sure more diagnoses -- and even OVER-diagnoses -- is part of that increase, but I'm just as sure that more kids are autistic than ever before. And a big part of the reason is the dramatic rise in exposure to toxic heavy metals.

    Now, one new study shows how the junkiest of all junk ingredients -- the high-fructose corn syrup used in… well… just about everything these days -- can cause your mercury levels to shoot so high you might reach the planet that shares its name.

    Former FDA toxicologist -- and noted agency whistleblower -- Renee Dufault says HFCS depletes the body of zinc… and zinc is needed to chase out mercury.

    Ms. Dufault is the same researcher who found low levels of mercury in HFCS several years ago -- so if you put two and two together here, you get more toxic heavy metals and less ability to rid the body of them, all in one convenient package.

    On paper anyway, it sounds like a recipe for autism. Out in the real world, it's just a small piece of the puzzle -- because HFCS is hardly the biggest source of mercury.

    This dangerous metal is in dental fillings, vaccines (especially flu shots), seafood, CFL light bulbs, and more. It's even turning up in the water supply, so you could be poisoning your family every time you open the tap (one more reason to make sure you have a reverse osmosis water filter protecting your home).

    And mercury itself is only a piece of the autism puzzle -- because other toxins, lousy eating habits, and hormonal problems can all play a role.

    I can't give you a one-size-fits-all answer on this. But if you suspect a little one in the family might be the next autism statistic, get the kid to a naturopathic physician ASAP.

    Early diagnosis and proper drug-free treatment can make all the difference in the world.

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