Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers

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Research has consistently found that people who don’t drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do. A new paper suggests that abstainers’ mortality rates are actually higher than those of heavy drinkers.

Even after controlling for many possible variables, such as socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, and number of close friends, the researchers found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who had never been drinkers.

One reason for this may be that low levels of ethanol in your bloodstream will prevent the formation of formaldehyde from dietary methanol. In fact, ethanol is used as the preferred antidote for accidental methanol poisoning in an emergency for this reason.

Time Magazine reports:

“The authors of the new paper are careful to note that even if drinking is associated with longer life, it can be dangerous: it can impair your memory severely and it can lead to nonlethal falls and other mishaps”.


Time Magazine August 30, 2010

Clinical and Experimental Research November 2010; 34(11): 1-11

Medical Hypothesis March 2010; 74(3):493-6 — Medical Hypothesis November 6, 2009 Prepublication copy (Full PDF)

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Herb Medicine ‘Rocket’ has Gastric Anti-ulcer Properties

A study conducted by Saudi Arabian researchers has confirmed that a herb called Rocket “Eruca sativa L.” (EER), a member of the   Brassicacae family, has potential anti-ulcer medicinal properties.

Led by Dr. Syed Rafatullah, the research team validated the gastric anti-ulcer properties of EER on experimentally-induced gastric secretion and ulceration in albino rats.

For their research, the group undertook gastric acid secretion studies using pylorus-ligated rats.

They revealed that gastric lesions in the rats were induced by noxious chemicals including ethanol, strong alkalis, indomethacin and hypothermic restraint stress.

The levels of gastric wall mucus, nonprotein sulfhydryls and malondialdehyde were also measured in the glandular stomach of rats following ethanol administration. The gastric tissue was also examined histologically. The extract was used in two doses (250 and 500 mg/kg body weight) in all experiments.

The researchers observed that the ethanolic extract of EER significantly and dose-dependently reduced the basal gastric acid secretion, titratable acidity and ruminal ulceration.

Rocket extract significantly attenuated gastric ulceration induced by necrotizing agents, indomethacin and hypothermic restraint stress. The anti-ulcer effect was further confirmed histologically.

On the other hand, the extract significantly replenished gastric wall mucus and nonprotein sulfhydryls levels, as well as the malondialdehyde level significantly reduced by extract pretreatment.

They concluded that EER extract possesses antisecretory, cytoprotective, and anti-ulcer activities against experimentally-induced gastric lesions. The anti-ulcer effect is possibly through prostaglandinmediated activity and/or through its anti-secretory and antioxidant properties.

Sources:The study has been published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

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