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  • 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.

  • Chronic depression could have ties to 'leaky gut syndrome' Dec 24, 2012 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 riskOct 29, 2012 12:00 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.

  • Doctorís tale adds credibility to out-of-body experiences Oct 15, 2012 12:00 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 12:00 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.

  • Practicing tai chi may promote a longer life Sep 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    It is a well-known fact that exercise is beneficial for health, but can exercise help you live longer? Some preliminary research suggests that the practice of tai chi may affect our very DNA promoting longer life. Tai chi like movements have been practiced for over a thousand years. There are many styles of tai chi and, today, it is practiced by millions of people around the world. Although tai chi does have pugilistic applications, most practice tai chi as a way of staying healthy and physically fit.

  • Acupuncture another option when facing depression Sep 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    A recent study in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry suggests that acupuncture, as a stand-alone therapy, may be quite effective for mild to moderate depression. This particular study was a compilation of several different studies looking at the effectiveness of acupuncture at relieving the symptoms of mild to moderate depression.

  • Try to limit your exposure to chemicals in environment Aug 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Chemicals in our environment are continuing to have an increasing influence on our health — especially a group of commonly used chemicals classified as endocrine disruptors. It has been proposed that these chemicals have a profound effect on many common illnesses including obesity, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

  • Underactive thyroid may mimic symptoms of aging Jul 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    Fatigue, weight gain, hair loss and decreases in memory are, for many people, attributed to symptoms of aging. However, aging may not be the cause. These symptoms may be the result of an underactive thyroid gland or hypothyroidism.

  • Probiotics may help offset drug-associated diarrhea Jul 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Bacteria-killing antibiotics have proved to be a friend to mankind, saving countless millions of people worldwide. However, not all bacteria are pathogenic and antibiotics do not differentiate between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria. Medication-associated diarrhea (antibiotic and chemotherapy) has become increasingly common, especially in hospitals and nursing homes.

  • Supplements may lower effects of chronic stress Jun 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    Chronic stress may be the No. 1 health problem in the United States today. In our modern society, everyone is under some level of stress. Chronic stress is a major risk factor in almost all illnesses, especially high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Can select dietary supplements help the stress response?

  • Diet, exercise can ease impact of knee arthritis Jun 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    Dr. Massey discusses the growing problem of osteoarthritis of the knee, an issue for milions of Americans. Studies show a little exercise and weight loss by patients could save more than $700 million per year in costs.

  • Fish oil may reduce weight loss during chemotherapy May 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    Weight loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy in patients with progressive cancer. This weight loss can negatively impact on the patient's ability to continue with chemotherapy and may decrease survival. In a number of studies, incorporating fish oil into the diet have suggested an increase in survival probably through reduced weight loss and protein wasting.

  • It’s worthwhile to limit exposure to BPA May 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    Can a chemical, bisphenol A, lining the cans of many canned foods, increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes? According to two large medical studies, the answer is yes. One of the downsides of living in a technological world is that we are exposed to more man-made compounds than in the past. Unfortunately, a number of these man-made compounds may have negative effects on our health.

  • Curcumin shows promise in easing rheumatoid arthitis pain Apr 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    For centuries, spices have been used as medicines. Today their healing potential is again being rediscovered, especially curcumin. In one recent medical study, curcumin was found to be better than conventional medications at relieving the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Prunes may have positive impact on osteoporosis Apr 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    Recently, one of my patients told me that she read that dried plums (prunes) can reverse osteoporosis. I was somewhat skeptical, but I researched it and there are several published studies on the benefits of dried plums on osteoporosis.

  • Going with the flow of bio-energy healingMar 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    Bio-energy healing is one area of nontraditional medicine that is quietly making inroads into traditional medicine. However, there are many forms, various levels of training and the theory behind it can be confusing.

  • Parkinsonís patients could benefit from tai chi Mar 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    Can practicing a centuries-old martial art improve balance in patients with Parkinsonís disease? One research study suggests that the regular practice of tai chi can improve balance and postural control in such patients.

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