it is true that thyroid hormones influence the body's basal metabolic rate (BMR) - the rate at which we burn calories Correcting a thyroid deficiency could result in some weight loss - or perhaps simply prevent weight gain- but taking supplemental thyroid hormone isn't a magic bullet for maintaining energy balance.Because this is such a complex process, there's no way to predict the effect on weight of treatment for low thyroid function. And even if a thyroid deficiency is appropriately corrected, you can still gain weight if you take in more calories than you burn.
- Alzheimer's disease: The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer's disease.
- Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin - the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects - is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
- Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.
- Bring four cups of water to a boil.
- Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
A British Medical Journal article said it more succinctly, "A lot of money can be made from healthy people who believe they are sick."
A central disease-mongering tactic is to attach polysyllabic, clinical-sounding names to what used to be seen as trivial or transient conditions. In most cases, the new, formidable names come complete with acronyms, which add even more gravitas. Thus:
- Occasional heartburn becomes "gastro-esophageal reflux disease" or GERD.
- Impotence becomes "erectile dysfunction" or ED.
- Premenstrual tension becomes "premenstrual dysphoric disorder" or PMDD.
- Shyness becomes "social anxiety disorder" or SAD.
- Fidgeting legs becomes "restless leg syndrome" or RLS.