Sick Ferrets, Pot, and Eunuchs

Hi Everybody,

Here are a few quick tidbits for you…

FLU SHOT MADE PEOPLE SICK- For years you have probably heard people claiming that they had never gotten the flu… until they had a flu shot. Medical authorities have always scoffed at the idea. However, in at least one case, the theory has been proven correct.

Canadian researchers noticed that people getting a flu shot for the 2008-2009 winter seemed to be getting the flu more often than those not getting the shot. Five different studies done in different provinces showed the same results. Many researchers rejected the findings, even though the phenomenon eventually showed up in other countries.

In order to study the phenomenon further, a lab study was conducted with ferrets, giving some the flu vaccine and others a placebo, and then exposing all the ferrets to the flu. The vaccinated ferrets got sick more often.

MARIJUANA FOR ALZHEIMERS?- The active ingredient in Marijuana responsible for its “high” may have a beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s. In fact, its effect may be superior to current medications for Alzheimer’s.

According to a study published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology in 2006, Marijuana contains a compound with two different therapeutic properties ideal for helping out with Alzheimer’s disease. This compound helps both with the memory problem, and also seemed to have a positive effect on the plaque present in the brains of those afflicted with this disease.

Many of the medications out there target the brain plaques of Alzheimer’s patients, but it seems that Marijuana has a much stronger affect on this area than the current medications.

I’D RATHER DIE EARLY-Its long been known that women outlive men. In a  new study, it has been found that Eunuchs (castrated men) live nearly 20 years longer than other men. Further, the researchers found the rate of eunuchs living to be over 100 years was 130 times higher than the current rate for the average person.

The researchers concluded that the male sex hormones seem to decrease the lifespan of men. If this is the fountain of youth, I don’t think I want it! 🙂

Hope this helps,

Dr Matt and Dr Robin (email)

This week’s bit of Useless Information:  A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the distance of the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C.  Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such.  They are opinion and are for informational purposes only.  None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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