Zoe Saldana is doing well on the professional front. She is currently promoting the third installment of the current Star Trek film “Star Trek Beyond” opening in theatres today. Zoe reprises her role of Lieutenant Uhura. At 38, she is in the prime of her film career.

But a visit to the doctor revealed that she suffers from Autoimmune disease. Also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a condition that has effected both her mother and sister, Zoe has had to radically alter her diet.

The disease causes the immune system to turn on the thyroid which wrecks havoc on hormone production.

“Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection,”

Saldana explained.

Now Zoe, along with her husband, eat only gluten and dairy-free foods. The quickness of the effect of the disease makes it necessary to change or suffer body breakdowns.

“You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean,”

Zoe pointed out.

For Zoe, the timing could not be better. She is entering a very busy period with the current Star Trek film and three future “Avatar” films in the works. But for Zoe, work is plentiful, but health is now the priority.

Multiple Sclerosis, Don’t Let It Define You

Body Mind SoulOne way to understanding any disease is to talk to your doctor and another is to read about the disease from various medical sources. It is not always wise to rely on one source for information. With how much information we come across these days on the internet, it shows how much people are talking about a particular, disease, war, or anything else of great interest. One disease that is of interest is Multiple Sclerosis or MS. This two part interview consists of TV host of the show, Jason Silva BrainGames, which is a “pioneer series in the genre of “smartertainment”- content that entertains while expanding your knowledge. It’s about making smart the new sexy.” He talks in more detail about the show and why he started it in relation to MS. While Silva is not a doctor, Dr. Newman, a specialist of MS was also interviewed specifically about the disease.

LatinTRENDS (LT): Why did you start the show?

Jason Silva (JS): National Geographic came to me after seeing some of my web videos asking me to host their new series Brain Games. It was a unique opportunity to extend my passion for ideas beyond the web and back into television.

I’ve also extended my passion for ideas by partnering with Biogen Idec™ to raise awareness of the innovative efforts of individuals that are helping people with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the country, and the great work that is being done to help the MS community. My discussions with these visionary individuals in two videos now available on ThePostGame.com in the health & fitness section of the website. (www.thepostgame.com/health-fitness).

LT: Can you talk about the video series a little bit?
JS: I also have a YouTube channel called SHOTS OF AWE where I make short films exploring breathtakingly big ideas. The goal is for these videos to act as ‘trailers for the mind’ and engage audiences to probe deeper into existential issues related to technology, philosophy, creativity and the human condition. The series has received over 13 million views and social media shares from prominent figures such as Richard Branson, director Ron Howard, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio.

LT: What is the greatest take away for you when you do speaking engagements or talk to people about the show?
JS: I do many talks and keynotes for companies all over the world including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and others. My favorite part is getting to really (hopefully) impact audiences viscerally when thinking about exponential technological change and its implications.

Stephen Newman MD, Director of the Comprehensive MS Center at Island Neurological Associates gives a more in-depth discussion about the disease, advice about living with MS, treatments and other information.

LatinTRENDS (LT): Briefly, can you describe MS, the causes and symptoms?
Stephen Newman (SN): Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an immune mediated disease that occurs when inflammatory cells, that are programmed to fight infection, make a mistake and, attack the central nervous system, which is the brain and the spinal cord. The attack is on the fatty insulation that surrounds nerves called myelin, causing the nerves to short circuit and not be able to transmit information. As a result of this damage, people develop various types of disabilities, including weakness, numbness, tingling, visual disturbance, fatigue, and problems with their ability to think.

LT: What type of treatments are there for people living with MS?

SN: The first disease modifying treatment for multiple sclerosis was FDA approved in 1993 and was done by injection. Prior to that, there were no medications that could altered the course of the disease. There are now 10 medications on the market, including both injectable and pills. One example of a medication that is used to treat relapse forms of multiple sclerosis is Tecfidera. This medication was released approximately a year and a half ago. It is FDA approved to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, and has been shown to be effective in 2 large clinical trials. Specifically, it was shown to reduce relapses, and delayed physical disability. This medication can have side effects, including reduction of white blood cell count, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and flushing. So, when making a medication choice, one has to take into account the beneficial effects and side effects, before making a decision regarding treatment.

LT: Are you specialized in MS for both children and adults?
SN: I am only specialized for adults and mainly based on preference. Children have different needs than adults.

LT: What is the best advice that you could give to someone living with MS in terms of coping methods?

SN: First is to be your own advocate in treating your disease by taking your medication and following the doctor’s advice. It is important to use all support systems available including family friends, and medical professionals. Second, MS is a lifelong disease and living with it requires a marathon of effort, and self-dedication. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis; however, by doing the right things quality of life can be maintained.

It is important to be fully educated about any disease. There are numerous experts out there who are specialists and their goal is to educate others on their findings. This is never any harm in having too much information, it is just more power to you.

NIH Releases New Data Outlining Hispanic/Latino Health and Habits



A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/ Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits.

These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a landmark study that enrolled about 16,415 Hispanic/Latino adults living in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, N.Y., who self-identified with Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American origins. These new findings have been compiled and published as the Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book: A Report to the Communities.

Although Hispanics represent 1 out of every 6 people in the U.S., our knowledge about Hispanic health has been limited,” said Larissa Avilés-Santa, M.D., M.P.H, a medical officer in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and project officer of the HCHS/SOL. “These detailed findings provide a foundation to address questions about the health of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino population and a critical understanding of risk factors that could lead to improved health in all communities.”

The information contained in the HCHS/SOL data book will enable individuals, communities, scientists, and health policy makers to tailor health intervention strategies to improve the health of all Hispanics,” she added.

The numerous findings described by the HCHS/SOL researchers confirmed some existing knowledge while also uncovering some new health trends. Among the items highlighting Hispanic diversity:

• The percentage of people who reported having asthma ranged from 7.4 (among those of Mexican ancestry) to 35.8 (among those of Puerto Rican ancestry).

• The percentage of individuals with hypertension ranged from 20.3 (South American) to 32.2 (Cuban).

• The percentage of people eating five or more servings of fruits/vegetables daily ranged from 19.2 (Puerto Rican origin) to 55.0 (Cuban origin). Also, men reported consuming more fruit and vegetables than women.

• Women reported a much lower consumption of sodium than men among all Hispanic groups represented in the study.

The new data also found some areas of more general importance for Hispanic health.

• About 1 in 3 individuals had pre-diabetes, also fairly evenly distributed among Hispanic groups.

• Only about half of individuals with diabetes among all Hispanic groups had it under control.

During the first phase of HCHS/SOL, study participants underwent an extensive clinical evaluation to identify the prevalence of diseases and risk or protective factors, as well as lifestyle and sociocultural and economic factors. While cardiovascular and lung health were key components of the evaluation, HCHS/SOL also performed a dental exam, hearing tests, and a glucose tolerance test. Most of the information presented in this Data Book was collected through interviews. Analyses of clinical measurements performed during the baseline examination are underway and will be published in the future.

Since the baseline examination, which took place from 2008 to 2011, study participants have answered an annual interview. This is being done to explore the relationship between baseline health profiles and changes in health, particularly cardiovascular health. A new examination period is expected to start in October 2014 to reassess certain health measurements and understand the relationship between the identified risk factors during the first visit and future disease in Hispanic populations.

A natural way to fight arthritis


By Amaury Perez, Ph.D,HC

Doctors tend to see osteoarthritis as a progressive disease and focus their treatment only on alleviating pain instead of reversing the progress of the disease. The medications used to fight osteoarthritis used by millions around the world are dangerous and usually aggravate the condition.

In general all forms of arthritis become osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis progresses with the destruction of the cartilage that covers the surface of the bone joint, causing friction between bones causing great pain.


The most common medications used to fight arthritis and osteoarthritis are non-steroidal as well as anti-inflammatory. Such drugs can be very harmful as it causes bleeding in the digestive tract. These drugs also can block the body’s ability to produce cartilage and also cause cartilage destruction.


As osteoarthritis progresses, it can cause the loss of joint space. However, if the mechanism of the body to produce cartilage and other tissues are intact, osteoarthritis often stabilizes and begins to reverse. To repair the damage of arthritis, the body must be able to produce connective tissue, which is the fibrous network that holds everything together and is the main substance of the cartilage.

The first step in creating connective tissue is the conversion of glucose to glucosamine. Glucosamine sulfate stimulates collagen formation which is part of a fibrous substance that binds joints.

Glucosamine also alleviates osteoarthritis pain. Numerous studies in Europe have shown that glucosamine is superior to prescription drugs for arthritis, chrondroitin is a natural nutrient that works synergistically with glucosamine to stimulate the synthesis of new cartilage. Chondroitin acts as a magnet that attracts liquid molecules, this fluid carries nutrients to the cartilage and acts as a protective sponge.

AVOID: refined foods , foods with saturated fat, caffeine, salty foods, colas, chocolate and spicy foods.

ADD TO YOUR DIET: basic grains such as rice, oats, corn. Also fresh fruits and vegetables, onions,
garlic, olive oil, sweet potato, pumpkin , spinach and other green vegetables.

Arthritis patients should also receive comprehensive support that includes nutritional vitamins and

* People with diabetes should consult with their doctor before using glucosamine*