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  • Vitamin D may help prevent Alzheimer’s diseaseMar 31, 2014 12:00 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 studiesMar 10, 2014 12:00 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 medicineFeb 17, 2014 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 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.

     
  • Chemicals in foods may worsen fibromyalgia symptoms Sep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Is there a relationship between poor bowel function and the symptoms of fibromyalgia? According to one medical study, some chemicals found in everyday foods may exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms. This suggests that there is a strong link between bowel function and the pain associated with fibromyalgia. An interesting point is that fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome share several risk factors including stress and being female.

     
  • Jewelweed may offset effects of poison ivy Sep 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    It seems that for the treatment of poison ivy, nature has provided us with a marvelous antidote, jewelweed. Jewelweed is more commonly known as impatiens, a group of flowering plants that are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and even the tropics. Extracts from the stem and leaves of members of the impatiens group prevent and may relieve the rash caused by contact with poison ivy.

     
  • Crystals used in healing have a long history Aug 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    One of the most common and yet rarely discussed alternative therapies is the use of crystals and gems for healing. I have been unable to find any medical studies using crystals or gems, in a double-blind placebo-controlled manner, for the treatment of any medical condition. However, the use of crystals and precious stones for healing in our society is quite common.

     
  • Fish oil in diet may affect depression symptoms Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    How much fish oil in the diet is needed to reduce the symptoms of major depression? In a recent medical study, increasing dietary consumption of docosahexanoic acid significantly improved symptoms of major depression. In addition, the quantity of DHA in the cell membranes of red blood cells correlated strongly with reduction in depression symptoms.

     
  • Could nutrition play a role in Alzheimer’s disease? Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Is it possible that one of the most serious medical conditions of our age, Alzheimer’s disease may to be the result of chronic nutritional deficiencies? Number of years ago we discovered that some very serious illnesses were correctable through proper nutrition. Among these are: scurvy, a serious lack of collagen production as a result of a deficiency in vitamin C; beriberi, a form of congestive heart failure related to a deficiency of vitamin B1; and rickets, a bone wasting disease in children caused by a deficiency of vitamin D. There is increasing research to suggest that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can improve with specific nutritional interventions.

     
  • Integrative medicine making inroads May 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    It seems that the world is moving faster every year and change has become the new constant. This is especially evident in the area of nontraditional medicine. During the past 30 years, nontraditional medicine has transformed from a healthcare approach primarily done by those on the fringe to almost mainstream medicine.

     
  • Flawed study leads to some wrong impressions May 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    There are times when the reporting of a news item may infer a conclusion quite different than reality. Unfortunately this happens not infrequently in the reporting of medical research. A case in point is the recent release of the medical study suggesting that the consumption of red meat, specifically one component of red meat — carnitine, may increase the production of a compound linked with heart disease.

     
  • Essential oils can play a role in treating acne Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Essential oils have been a significant component of medical therapy for thousands of years. The role of essential oils in medicine today has been replaced with prescription medications. With the increasing demand for natural therapies, one could ask question "are essential oils making a comeback?" There are a number of medical studies, over the past several years, exploring the use of specific essential oils on skin conditions, especially acne.

     
  • Intravenous vitamin C shows promise in treating pancreatic cancer Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Could the use of intravenous vitamin C be an important key in the treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer? According to one recent medical study, the answer is yes. Patients who had a combination of intravenous vitamin C and chemotherapy did significantly better than the national average of patients just taking chemotherapy alone. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. It is a particularly difficult form of cancer to treat and, unfortunately, the incidence of pancreatic cancer is increasing.

     
  • Mediterranean diet takes healthier approach to eating Mar 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    For more than 30 years Dr. Andrew Weil has been the leading proponent of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. During this time, there have been many studies demonstrating that a diet composed of vegetables, fruits, olive oil, nuts and seeds, small amounts of red meat and increased amounts of fish reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even premature death. In the New England Journal of Medicine, a large study confirmed that the Mediterranean diet significantly reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

     
  • Dietary supplement may ease stress response in some people Feb 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    In a previous column, I discussed the effects of stress on health, but not everyone responds to stress in the same manner. Although we live in a society where stress seems to be lurking on every street corner and hiding behind every tree, some people respond to chronic stress more intensely than others. These folks are the ones who probably need more help. One of the more potent dietary supplements for combating the effects of stress is omega-3 fat. Increasing omega-3 fats in the diet, especially docosahexanoic acid and phosphatidylserine can reduce stress hormone levels in both animals and humans.

     
  • Why it's so important to reduce your stress level Feb 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Today, we are under more stress than ever. From the time we get up to the time we go to bed, there is little time when we are not under some stress of some nature. Stress is not benign. Chronic stress contributes to all illness. And long-term stress is quite damaging to the body.

     
  • Exercise has a huge impact on diabetes Jan 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    There is no doubt that regular physical activity is key in the treatment of diabetes. Decades of medical research has shown that physical exercise not only reduces the need for medication, but in some cases may actually reverse type II diabetes.

     
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