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From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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Germanium and your health

Not much talked about these days, Germanium (Ge) is trace mineral usually mentioned in connection with cancer-suppressing agents, and with a good reason. It has active role in stimulating production of some key cancer-fighting immune system cells (natural killer cells, suppressor T-cells), also enhancing the immune-system's efficacy in fighting infectious diseases.

However, not all forms of Germanium are equally effective. Most multi-mineral/vitamin supplements contain too little of its lower-potency forms. The most concentrated - and most effective - form of Germanium is GE-132 (unfortunately, also expensive, at about $30 for 50 capsules).

While the gross intake of Germanium in an average diet may be sufficient, it is not abundant, and may be compromised either by high intake of simple carbohydrates (sugars, effectively white flour as well), or calcium, which is Germanium antagonist. If the calcium body level is elevated, Germanium supplementation will be ineffective, due to its inability to cling to the appropriate cell receptors, for which it competes with calcium (also with some other minerals, like zinc and copper).

Germanium deficiency can weaken the immune system and increase risk of cancer; it also can be a factor in developing cardiovascular disease, arthritis and osteoporosis.

On the other hand, excess germanium can cause kidney and liver damage, bruising and symptoms of neurotoxicity.

There is no DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes, the most recent set of dietary recommendations set by the government) for Germanium. Estimated minimum daily intake for an average healthy adult is 2mg. However, much higher short-term doses (in excess of 1g) are well tolerated, and can be used therapeutically.

Best natural germanium food sources are garlic, watercress, chlorella, ginseng and shiitake mushrooms.