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  • Chemicals in foods may worsen fibromyalgia symptoms Sep 17, 2013 9:34 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 6:00 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 6, 2013 10:42 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 5:00 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 5:00 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 4:00 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 5:00 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 5:00 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 5:18 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 10:44 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 19, 2013 11:54 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 6:00 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 6:00 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.

  • Chronic depression could have ties to 'leaky gut syndrome' Dec 24, 2012 6:00 AM
    Is it possible that the key to depression is linked to bacteria in the bowels? Numerous studies over the past five years have suggested that the root of chronic depression may be associated with a specific medical condition known as leaky gut syndrome. Correcting this medical condition can result in significant improvement in chronic depression.

  • Massage proves effective in reducing arthritis pain Dec 10, 2012 6:02 AM
    Can an age-old therapy reduce the pain associated with arthritis of the knee better than the usual medical care? According to one recent medical study, massage was significantly better than the usual medical care in reducing the pain and loss of function associated with knee arthritis or osteoarthritis.

  • Some promising news on chelation therapy Nov 12, 2012 5:58 AM
    There is robust medical evidence to indicate that specific metals in our environment can make their way into our bodies. Lead, mercury, cadmium and other metals that are commonly found in our environment can result in an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma and other medical illnesses. However, a new study shows chelation therapy may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in those patients with existing coronary artery disease.

  • Work continues on effects of B6 on cancer risk Oct 29, 2012 8:08 AM
    Until recently, there has been scant evidence suggesting that taking vitamins would prevent any form of cancer. Recently, there have been several medical studies demonstrating that taking a multivitamin or individual vitamins reduced the risk of developing cancer in both men and women. One recent study showed that higher blood levels of vitamin B6, in postmenopausal women, significantly reduced the risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Doctor’s tale adds credibility to out-of-body experiences Oct 15, 2012 6:00 AM
    Although medicine prides itself on having its foundation in hard science, there have been many well-documented reports of patients having out-of-body experiences during surgery and near death. Most of these reports are dismissed as fantasy, but there are some documented experiences that are so detailed as to defy explanation.

  • Concierge medicine has its pros and cons Oct 1, 2012 6:00 AM
    Would you pay an additional $1,000 or $2,000 per year to have unlimited access to your doctor, office visits that last over an hour and an individualized medical approach rather than simply treating symptoms as needed? If you would, you have entered the new world order of concierge medicine.

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