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Friday, February 26, 2010

Does Nattokinase Cause Brain Hemorrhage?

One study of a person taking aspirin who then added natto (400 mg/day for 7 days) to his meds and had an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) (brain hemorrhage) concluded that nattokinase caused the problem.1 The logical fallacy this article makes is called post hoc ergo propter hoc, the logical fallacy of "after this therefore because of this." It could very well have been the aspirin that caused the hemorrhage, not the nattokinase. Indeed, this is a more likely conclusion. Especially since natto is a Japanese food and causes no side effects, such as brain hemorrhage. Instead, natto prevents such events and prevents strokes and heart attacks.2 Another, more credible, study concluded that aspirin causes brain hemorrhage.3

Warfarin (also known as Coumadin) is an antithrombotic, specifically an anticoagulant. There are three types of antithrombotics: antiplatelet drugs (which reduce platelet aggregation), anticoagulants (which reduce the ability of platelets to clot), and thrombolytic drugs (such as natto, which dissolve clots). Warfarin, commonly given to patients who have had a stroke, also can cause cerebellar hemorrhage (CH), a type of brain hemorrhage.4 Warfarin is no more effective than aspirin.5


  1. "Cerebellar hemorrhage provoked by combined use of nattokinase and aspirin in a patient with cerebral microbleeds." Intern Med. 2008;47(5) : 467-9. Epub 2008 Mar 3. Chang YY, Liu JS, Lai SL, Wu HS, Lan MY.
  2. "Natto and Its Active Ingredient Nattokinase: A Potent and Safe Thrombolytic Agent." Martin Milner, Kouhei Makise. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. June 2002, 8(3): 157-164. doi:10.1089/107628002760091001.
  3. Aspirin-associated intracerebral hemorrhage in a patient with CADASIL." Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2008 Apr; 110(4) : 384-6. Epub 2008 Jan 22. "Oh JH, Lee JS, Kang SY, Kang JH, Choi JC.$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed
  4. "Antithrombotic therapy and predilection for cerebellar hemorrhage." Cerebrovasc Dis. 2007;23(2-3):109-16. Epub 2006 Nov 15. Toyoda K, Okada Y, Ibayashi S, Inoue T, Yasumori K, Fukui D, Uwatoko T, Makihara N, Minematsu K.$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed
  5. "Study Shows That Aspirin and Warfarin Are Equally Effective for Stroke Prevention." November 14, 2001.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Health Begins with Wealth

The idea that health begins with wealth is wealth to some. But insurance marketing cannot account for this view. Other factors come into play when health and wealth are discussed together. The Hindu philosophy as discussed in the Bhagavad Gita draws attention to the need for Krishna Consciousness, a state of concentration on spiritual matters. This should, in many cases, be enough to reduce cortisol and move one toward a more relaxed and healthy world view.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Howard Lotsof and Ibogaine

Howard Lotsof was a legendary figure in the field of drug addiction, and his work is, like that of Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary, aimed at helping man understand himself better. Lotsof's achievement, however, was more practical and had a direct impact on curing drug addiction. He will be missed by all who knew him and by all who could one day be helped by his amazing discoveries and his courageous work.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Optimal Health

Few can go it alone. This is why the Bhagavad Gita in a new translation by the noted scholar and mystic AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada suggests a mentor. The seo optimization software available to you is also a mentor of sorts. It is a computer mentor. It can help you the way a guru helped Timothy Leary in the 1960s. Of course, it is a lot easier these days. It is all automated and can provide optimal health for you.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Dinner

Buddy ordered natto for his appetizer. According to Todd Burton, natto has multiple nutritional reasons to consider adding natto to your diet, since it is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Plus,it will helps to fight cancer. So, starting today, buddy is trying to add natto on his diet.

Health Through Roads

Never believe anyone. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration. But perhaps it might be accurate to say that those who claim they have the quote unquote best weight loss supplements certainly need to be taken with a grain of salt. The way to lose weight has not been discovered. Health through weight loss is important, however, and there are many roads to Rome. Well, as they said "there's no harm on trying" let's see.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Health Through Engineering

There is no way around it. Health is a matter of treating individuals not faceless entities. There is thus no best treatment for acne, despite claims to the contrary by advertisers. The fact is that every individual reacts differently. Still, those who research the field of biology and human engineering can tell you that if enough is known about a problem a solution can usually be discovered. This is the eternal optimism of engineers.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Radish Offers Health Benefits Equal to Broccoli

Research indicates that radishes contain a chemical that induces phase II detoxification enzymes. The chemical in broccoli that does this is sulforaphane. In radishes the chemical is MIBITC, which is unique to radishes. References
  1. 2007. (July 16). Standard Process Researchers Show That Unique Radish Phytochemical May Be a Potent Inducer of...

Health the H.G. Wells Way

No one knew this more than H.G. Wells. He was sure that looks were not everything. His favorite motto was "Look, but this is not the truth." A man who would look the other way if you offered him something claiming to be a "best acne spot treatment"; he was nevertheless an ardent devotee of Advaita Vedanta, just like the late great J.D. Salinger.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Long Healthy Life

Health is not the same as illness. The truth is that health is a natural condition. The problems like paranoia and eczema are signs of an underlying problem. J.D. Salinger was not one to rush off to a doctor. He cured himself of many ailments. He used his own intelligence. He lived to be 91. This is very good. But today the promise of long life is something within the reach of all.

Coffee Reduces Deep Sleep

Coffee disturbs sleep. It is not widely known, but drinking coffee at any time of the day will disturb deep sleep. It will make your sleep lighter and less effective. Researchers concluded that caffeine in coffee or soda "prolongs the time to fall asleep, decreases the duration of slow-wave sleep, and attenuates the EEG correlates of sleep homeostasis." Health is clearly impaired by caffeine due to its effect in reducing sleep quality. This is not to say that caffeine does not have other attributes that may, in some other ways, contribute to health. But a balanced view of the drug needs to take into consideration this sleep disturbing effect that is clearly documented in the scientific literature. References
  1. 2005. "A functional genetic variation of adenosine deaminase affects the duration and intensity of deep sleep in humans." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Oct 25;102(43):15676-81. Epub 2005 Oct 12. R├ętey JV, Adam M, Honegger E, Khatami R, Luhmann UF, Jung HH, Berger W, Landolt HP. Full text available at
  2. 1998. Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug. Stephen Snehan Cherniske. Grand Central Publishing.

Health Through Intelligent Use of Supplements

This is a hot topic. But the ingredients in this one have side effects. Do not believe anyone who tells you that a testosterone booster has no side effects. The heart may beat faster because of the ingestion of yohimbine. The other ingredients may actually boost T but the evidence is not strong for such a result. You should be able to buy it and try it with confidence. But this mix is more like a roll of the dice. My advice? Look at the ingredients and then try them one by one to see how you react.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Healthy Skin

The skin. We all have it. But do we need to do anything to maintain skin health? Some use products such as phisoderm and Noxema. Others get sun. Still others do nothing. The prudent course of action is to take a middle ground. Do not do too much. Do not waste your money on expensive creams and lotions. Get some sunlight for vitamin D. And pycnogenol is also good.

Health Tips

Celery can lower blood pressure. Dubious? The fact is that studies show that celery works to improve health. It achieves this miraculous result easily. Phthalideis is the chemical in celery that does the trick. Four stalks of celery reduce blood pressure by 13 percent. But celery has other chemicals that may be toxic in high doses and researchers caution that celery eating is, paradoxically, not their recommended method of reducing blood pressure.

  1. Celery studies yield blood pressure boon.

Health Through Filtration

Every pool. I mean every poool. I am not joking. Health means that every pool needs a filter. And the 4396710 is one of the best parts for your pool filter. Harry, our friend in California, uses blue swimming trunks because he feels they make him look good. Boy, does Harry have a few things to learn. He should go on a diet. Poor guy looks like H.G. Wells.

Health Through Diet and Sunlight

Many young people worry. This is natural. Many elderly also worry. This is not necessary. One might try if he were baffled by the problems of the teen. But the truth is that sunlight is the best remedy for the skin, as is a good diet. Some people are allergic to things and they don't even know it.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Health Through Exercise

The fact is that health is easy. Exercise boosts nitric oxide. This improves cardiac health in everyone. The work on this has been done by Nobel Prize winner Louis Ignarro. It is not necessary to run very fast. Exercise that is aerobic can produce nitric oxide. This is a result of the blood running faster through the arteries and veins. It is all explained in his book. References
  1. No More Heart Disease. Louis J. Ignarro. St. Martin's. 2006.

Health Through Dieting

For health do not take anyone's word that pills are the answer. The truth is that things touted as being the latest and greatest fast weight loss pills are often no more than fluff. Look at the ingredients and research them. Are there studies backing up the claims made? More than that, do you think this will work for you in the long run? Or will a diet work better?

Health Through Feeling Good

What good is health if you don't feel good and look good? The truth is that many people take supplements but don't feel good or look good because of them. The truth is they are taking the wrong ones. If you don't feel good what good is taking supplements? The best anti wrinkle treatments are those that work and that have no serious side effects. Be careful what you use and research it first. You might want to start with some vitamin C cream.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hormone Balancing for Health

More people are interested in hormone balancing today. Many sites offer this service. Some feel it is dangerous. It can be if not done correctly. But if done correctly and at the right time in life, under the guidance of a knowledgeable physician, it can help preserve health and roll back the years. The other thing it can do is combat cancer. There is now good evidence that hormone therapy can fight some forms of cancer, including early stage breast and prostate cancer.

  1. The Estradiol-Dihydrotestosterone model of prostate cancer. A Edward Friedman.

The Cure for Some Disease and the Health Solution

All the health news in the world cannot help if you don't have it. Which is why computers are necessary today. Most people have one. Most use one. If they are online they are informed. No health addict can survive without the Internet these days. I hope the good word goes around fast. When a cure for some disease is discovered everyone can find it.