Mission Ethiopia

International Health
This blog will be silent from today until Wednesday, January 27. Why? Because Barb and I will be serving on a medical mission trip to Ethiopia. It's been three years since my last overseas mission trips (to China and Iran), and I'm excited about this opportunity to serve overseas once again -- and especially excited to be sharing this adventure with Barb. The trip is being led by my friend, Bob Cornuke, called the "Christian Indiana Jones." You can read more about his work and ministry here. In fact, my 2006 trip to Iran was with Bob when we traveled together to look for the remains of Noah's Ark high up on Mount Suleiman in Northern Iran (you can read about that trip here). As an aside, Bob and Col. Oliver…
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Could African Mango Help With Weight Loss?

Nutritional Health, Obesity
Irvingia gabonensis is becoming a popular natural ingredient for weight loss. It is now showing up in several weight loss products such as Integra Lean Irvingia, Vitagetics Vita Lean, Dr. Sears Private Label Primal Force Primal Lean, and others. But, does it work, and is it safe? Irvingia gabonensis, also known as "African mango" or "bush mango," is a tree from Africa that produces a mango-like fruit. The seeds have high soluble fiber content and function as a bulk-forming laxative. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD, one of my most favorite web sites for trustworthy information on herbs, vitamins, and supplements), there is some research that suggests that a seed extract from the plant reduces the accumulation of fat in fat cells called adipocytes. Clinical research shows that…
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Be Careful Using a Neti Pot Everyday

General Health
Nasal Irrigation using "neti pots" or rinse bottles are often used to clear the sinuses, soothe cold and allergy symptoms, and decrease sinus infections. But now preliminary research suggests that chronic use might actually INCREASE the risk for sinus infections. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD, one of my most favorite web sites for trustworthy information on herbs, vitamins, and supplements), researchers suspect that chronic irrigation might alter normal nasal secretions and wash away protective immune mediators. But some experts think that contaminated neti pots and rinse bottles might also contribute to increasing infections. So, here are my recommendations: Use boiled, bottled, or distilled water in the neti pot for irrigating. Wash your neti pot with hot soapy water after every use and never to share them with other…
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