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Health Info Newsletter October 21, 2012:: Soap, Probiotics, Cataracts



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Common household products that people use to make them safe from infections appear to do more harm than good. Plain soap and warm water are perfectly adequate to clean hands and bodies without the anti-bacterial agents that are added, supposedly to make them more effective. One of the common ones is triclosan. Companies formerly used an antibacterial product called hexachlorophene, but it was suspected of being carcinogenic and caused neurological problems, so it was banned by the FDA in non-medicinal products (such as Dial Soap, which changed to triclosan).


Triclosan is not as effective as hexachlorophene as an antiseptic, but neither is it necessary for routine skin cleaning at home no matter how dirty your hands are. A new study evaluated children’s urinary levels of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), including triclosan, bisphenol A (BPA), and parabens (used as preservatives in many skin preparations, mouthwash, toothpaste, and shampoos, including some found in health food stores). The researchers then analyzed the number of children with allergies to airborne allergens and foods based on IgE antibody levels in the blood.


IgE levels were available for 860 children evaluated as part of the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They found that the odds of having at least one allergy-related IgE elevation was almost four times higher among male children with the highest levels of urinary triclosan compared to those with the lowest levels. (Savage JH et al., Urinary levels of triclosan and parabens are associated with aeroallergen and food sensitization. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print])


Parabens were also associated with an increase in allergy sensitization. Although BPA interferes with hormonal function, it was not associated with allergies in this study. It is a common chemical in plastics, including food storage containers (but BPA-free varieties are now available, and the labels will say “BPA free.”  Check labels of all cosmetics and other products to see if they contain parabens. Use non-anti-bacterial soaps and wash hands often, especially if using any public facilities. You can also use hand sanitizers, as they do not contain parabens or triclosan.


Probiotics Useful in Reducing Hayfever and Respiratory Allergies

            Airborne allergens, such as pollen, dander, and dust mites, can lead to hayfever and asthma symptoms. There is some evidence that probiotics may be helpful in preventing and treating these allergic conditions. Specifically, studies have shown that giving probiotics (active cultures of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species) to children lowers the risk of developing allergies. Some of this protective effect may be mediated by the action of probiotics increasing the level of an antibody (mucosal IgA) that lines the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract that participates in the neutralization and elimination of allergens.
Benefits of Probiotics Confirmed by Clinical Research:

            Promotion of Proper Intestinal Environment
            Stimulation of Gastrointestinal Tract and Systemic Immunity
            Prevention and Treatment of:
            Antibiotic-induced Diarrhea
            Urinary Tract Infection
            Vaginal Yeast Infections and Bacterial Vaginosis
            Food Allergies
            Irritable Bowel Syndrome
            Inflammatory Bowel Disease
            Ulcerative Colitis
            Crohn's Disease
            Traveler's Diarrhea
            Lactose Intolerance
New Data:
            Children with a history of allergies and current symptoms of hayfever and upper respiratory allergies were given either a probiotic supplement providing 4 billion colony forming units of Lactobacillus salivarius (n=99) or a placebo n=100) daily 12 weeks. Symptoms were scored in each subject 2 weeks prior to treatment initiation (visit 0), at the beginning of the treatment, then at 4, 8, and 12 weeks after starting treatment. Results indicated quite clearly that the probiotic treatment reduced symptoms of allergies as well as in the use of allergy medications. This study indicates that probiotic supplementation is an important consideration in children with allergies.
            Lin TY, Chen CJ, Chen LK, Wen SH, Jan RH. A Randomized Prospective Double Blind Controlled Trial of the Effect of Probiotics on Allergic Rhinitis Confined to Df, Dp or Dust-sensitive Children. Indian Pediatr. 2012 Jun 10. pii: S097475591100603-1. [Epub ahead of print].


Q: Are there any natural products that can get rid of cataracts?


Dr. Wright: In a study published in 2002, researchers enrolled 49 cataracts patients. Twenty-six of the participants used eyedrops containing one percent N-acetylcarnosine twice daily, 13 research volunteers used a placebo eyedrop twice daily, and the other 10 individuals got no eyedrops at all.


After six months, 90 percent of the N-acetylcarnosine-treated eyes showed improvement ranging from 7 percent to 100 percent in visual acuity, and 88.9 percent showed a 27 to 100 percent improvement in glare sensitivity. And what makes these results even more impressive is that the improvements were sustained over the entire two-year study period -- not a single patient taking the N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops had any worsening of vision!


By contrast, the control groups showed significant worsening after both six and 24 months. All the patients taking the N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops tolerated them well, and there were no reports of side effects in the eyes or anywhere else in the body.


Even though the research is technically still in the "preliminary" stages, if you have early or moderate cataracts, you might want to consider trying N-acetylcarnosine anyway, for two important reasons: It may work for you, and it's safe. None of the individuals I have worked with have had even minor side effects, and no adverse effects have been discovered by researchers.


It's always a good idea to have your eyes checked before starting and perhaps six months to a year later, if for no other reason than to help you decide whether to continue using it if you haven't noticed a significant difference by then. (But keep in mind that since cataracts naturally get worse over time, if yours stay the same, that's still progress -- although obviously not as much as actual reversal would be.)


The version of N-acetylcarnosine eyedrops tested in the studies is called "Can-C"

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