New Year, New Vitamin C Discovery: It 'Cures' Mice With Accelerated Aging Disease

There should be an image here!A new research discovery published in the January 2010 print issue of the FASEB Journal suggests that treatments for disorders that cause accelerated aging, particularly Werner’s syndrome, might come straight from the family medicine chest. In the research report, a team of Canadian scientists show that vitamin C stops and even reverses accelerated aging in a mouse model of Werner’s syndrome, but the discovery may also be applicable to other progeroid syndromes. People with Werner’s syndrome begin to show signs of accelerated aging in their 20s and develop age-related diseases and generally die before the age of 50.

“Our study clearly indicates that a healthy organism or individuals with no health problems do not require a large amount of vitamin C in order to increase their lifespan, especially if they have a balanced diet and they exercise,” said Michel Lebel, Ph.D., co-author of the study from the Centre de Recherche en Cancerologie in Quebec, Canada. “An organism or individual with a mutation in the WRN gene or any gene affected by the WRN protein, and thus predisposes them to several age-related diseases, may benefit from a diet with the appropriate amount of vitamin C.”

Scientists treated both normal mice and mice with a mutation in the gene responsible for Werner’s syndrome (WRN gene) with vitamin C in drinking water. Before treatment, the mice with a mutated WRN gene were fat, diabetic, and developing heart disease and cancer. After treatment, the mutant mice were as healthy as the normal mice and lived a normal lifespan. Vitamin C also improved how the mice stored and burned fat, decreased tissue inflammation and decreased oxidative stress in the WRN mice. The healthy mice did not appear to benefit from vitamin C.

“Vitamin C has become one of the most misunderstood substances in our medicine cabinets and food,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. “This study and others like it help explain how and why this chemical can help to defend some, but certainly not all, people from premature senescence.”

Cody Mooneyhan @ Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

[Photo above by Farouq Taj / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Tick Bites – Can Mean Death to Children!

With the onset of symptoms, ranging from 7 to 14 days, it is often hard for victims and/or parents to associate the illness with the tick bite. Two of the major diseases spread by the common tick are Ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. Both of the diseases produce symptoms that mimic the flu and include fever, headache, rash, nausea, chills, weakness, and/or joint pain. Many times people will wait the normal ten days expecting the symptoms to disappear, and by then it can be too late. Advanced symptoms of Ehrlichiosis can be similar to meningitis and often will result in low white blood cells, platelet and liver enzyme counts.

The warning by the medical community is for anyone who lives in rural-type, tick-infested areas, to seek immediate medical care if they are bitten by a tick and experience any flu-type symptoms.

Advanced symptoms of Lyme disease can include extreme fatigue, arthritic joints with pain, disorientation, memory loss, and in extreme cases even death and sadly if the patient doesn’t mention being bitten by a tick the medical community may be at a loss as to the cause of the illness.

The good news, however, is that once diagnosed the treatment is relatively simply and includes large doses of vitamin C, a strict diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of water, and the right antibiotic. However, if the diagnoses is delayed it can take years for symptoms to be eradicated.

To prevent tick bites doctors suggest using Avon’s Skin-So-Soft on your skin and taking daily supplements of vitamin B1 and garlic tablets. The B1 and the garlic changes the smell of the skin, so ticks don’t like it and while the ticks may crawl on you they won’t find a piece of skin to bite. Skin-So-Soft works because it contains an alternative ingredient to DEET a chemical repellent that guards against tick bites.

To protect your children and yourself it is recommended that exposure to tick-infested areas be minimized but if that is impossible and you are bitten by a tick take extreme caution and watch for any symptoms that could indicate one of the two above mentioned diseases. One quick note is that these are only two of the diseases spread by ticks there are in actuality many more including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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Sick Of Getting Sick

You know what the best part of being sick is? That’s because there isn’t. I watched helplessly as Ponzi’s voice cowered behind her encroaching sinuses earlier this week, and now the microscopic bacteria have taken control of my body. In fact, I’m not even typing right now! There’s some germs camping out on my fingertips and they’re pushing the keys down to make it appear as though everything is fine for this human today. But things are not fine. *BZRP* We are going to hold this Chris for ransom until our demands are met. They are as follows: (1) Please stop sending Zinc and Vitamin C drops; (2) This house must be shed of all Oscilloccinum by day’s end; (3) All beds upon which we rest must not be comfortable; (4) Orange juice and chicken soup is to be exported from the country en masse; and (5) We want a shrubbery, which must be cut down with a herring. For every hour that passes with our wishes unfulfilled, we will kill one innocent cell. If you do not want Chris to turn into a quivering pile of jelly by week’s end, just clap your hands. Oh wait – that’s if you believe in fairies.
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