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  • Nontraditional medicine takes some steps forward Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    Has the day finally arrived when nontraditional medicine is recognized by the traditional medical community?Based on two recent events I would say that some aspects of nontraditional medicine have: A medical board certification for traditional medical physicians in integrative medicine is now available: and combination chemotherapy and intravenous vitamin C is in phase 2 clinical trials.

  • A good night’s sleep is crucial to your health Feb 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Lifestyle choices are critically important for long-term good health. We often hear about diet, exercise and stress reduction as being the key to health. However, there is one lifestyle choice that most Americans ignore and yet is indispensable. It is sleep.

  • Magnesium can lower cholesterol, studies show Feb 7, 2015 7:00 AM
    Recently, one of my patients came into my office with some interesting news. Most of her life she had been plagued with high cholesterol that was difficult to treat. She had recently had some blood work done and her cholesterol level was within two points of the normal range. She said that the only thing that had changed in her lifestyle was my suggestion of adding magnesium for something totally unrelated to her cholesterol.

  • Be careful of arsenic levels in rice Jan 17, 2015 7:00 AM
    Arsenic is toxic and it is found in high concentrations in rice. Rice is unique among plants in that it will absorb large amounts of arsenic from the soil. Rice-based food consumption can account for almost 50 percent of daily arsenic consumption.

  • Dietary supplements may help with polycystic ovary syndrome Dec 6, 2014 7:01 AM
    One might think that polycystic ovary syndrome is the result of changes in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. However, apparently the root cause of PCOS has to do with insulin resistance. Cinnamon use has been shown to reduce insulin resistance.

  • How cooking our food affects our health Nov 15, 2014 7:00 AM
    There is ample medical research indicating that the type and quantity of our food is directly related to the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. What is not commonly recognized is that how our food is cooked plays an important role.

  • Hypnosis therapy can affect childhood asthma Oct 25, 2014 7:00 AM
    Is it possible that the mind can have an effect on the severity of childhood asthma?

  • Simple lifestyle changes can have a significant effect at reducing blood pressure Oct 4, 2014 7:00 AM
    High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Simple lifestyle changes, such as diet, can have significant effect at reducing blood pressure, medication use, side effects and costs.

  • Hibiscus tea is shown to lower blood pressure Sep 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Medical studies from 1999 and 2009 demonstrated that people with high blood pressure who consumed three or more cups of hibiscus tea per day had significant reductions in their blood pressure. On average, a 10 percent reduction in blood pressure was seen in these medical studies.

  • Why limiting high fructose corn syrup is a good idea Aug 25, 2014 12:11 PM
    The debate over the health effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have been going on for decades. On one side you have the food manufacturers who state that HFCS is “… metabolized at about the same rate (as other sugars) and are indistinguishable by the body.” On the other hand there is an increasingly large body of research demonstrating that high fructose corn syrup may contribute to insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, hypertriglyceridemia and high blood pressure.

  • Vitamin D deficiency causes concern Aug 4, 2014 10:21 AM
    A recent article in the Southern Medical Journal indicates that the incidence of vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency in this country is significantly higher than previously thought. This is of serious concern because low levels of vitamin D seem to increase the risk of not just osteoporosis but many other diseases as well.

  • Natural supplements may improve prostate health Jul 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    One of the most common diseases in older men is an enlarged prostate. It is rare in men under 40; however, by 60 almost 50 percent of men will have an enlarged prostate. That figure jumps to 80 percent in men over 80 years. The use of dietary supplements may be a good first step to address symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy.

  • Both traditional, nontraditional medicine came into play for surgery Jun 1, 2014 7:51 AM
    For over 25 years, there has been a competition between traditional and nontraditional medicine — which one is better, which was safer and which one is healthier. From my perspective I don't really see a competition between traditional and nontraditional medicine. We should use both as if they were one. Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to not only talk the talk but walk the walk. I had to have surgery.

  • Vitamin D may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease Mar 31, 2014 5:45 AM
    Alzheimer’s disease is possibly the most serious medical condition facing our country today. It is one of the leading causes of death and we have no effective medications. Therefore, it seems that prevention would be the best approach to take for this debilitating illness. Fortunately vitamin D may play an important role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Supplements to lose weight remain unproven by studies Mar 10, 2014 4:00 AM
    There are many dietary supplements that claim either directly or indirectly to be able to increase metabolism or reduce weight. Over the past month several of my patients have asked about a trendy, new dietary supplement advertised as an appetite suppressant, Garcinia Cambodia.

  • Sometimes lifestyle changes are as effective as medicine Feb 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    You will often read that lifestyle changes are important for your health. However, in the traditional medical arena, lifestyle changes seem to take a back seat to medications. In a recent medical study, for most medical conditions regular exercise was as effective as medications.

  • Sun exposure may help reduce high blood pressure Jan 27, 2014 6:44 AM
    High blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions worldwide. It is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Research over the past 20 years suggests that high blood pressure may be, in part, responsive to the sunlight. That is to say that regular sun exposure may help to reduce high blood pressure by stimulating the skin to reduce a compound called nitric oxide.

  • Exploring alternate ways to treat bacterial bowel infection Jan 6, 2014 6:09 AM
    There is an old saying “fight fire with fire.” In medical terms, this means that you treat an illness with something similar to what caused the illness in the first place. There is probably nothing more appropriate for this phrase than the treatment of a bacterial bowel infection by using somebody else’s feces. This is called fecal transplantation.

  • Lifestyle choices affect health care costs Dec 16, 2013 12:48 PM
    The greatest impacts on healthcare costs are determined by your lifestyle choices. According to Dr. Michael Roizen, unless we change our lifestyles we are destined to have a very different medical system than the one we currently have. Significant changes in our food, exercise and stress levels are needed to avoid rationing and limited medical care. Although many believe that the American health care system is the best in the world, in actuality we rank at the bottom of all of the technologically advanced countries.

  • Take time out to be grateful, and your health could improve Oct 17, 2013 10:40 AM
    Gratitude is defined as the state of being grateful or thankful. It is an appreciation for receiving personal benefit that was not sought after. The effect of being grateful can improve physical, psychological and even spiritual health. Best of all, itís free.

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