Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 8 – Concluding Bible Study

General Health
Here’s the last of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life, was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 8 of 8: THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God? CONCLUDING BIBLE STUDY "Your spiritual wheel must be seen as the most crucial one, because good physical, emotional, and relational health alone will not make you a highly healthy person," says Dr. Walt Larimore in Part 6's reading. "Spiritual well-being has to be a consistent priority." This week's passage offers insights into cultivating a spiritually healthy life, and it also demonstrates the correlation between our…
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Red yeast rice products NOT recommended for high cholesterol

Alternative Medicine, Medical Economics
The Chicago Tribune "Julie's Health Club" blog reported that "some red yeast rice products have been shown to lower cholesterol levels as effectively as moderate doses of statin drugs." However, "the supplement isn't quite 'ready for primetime,' according to researchers who found that 12 over-the-counter red yeast products had strikingly inconsistent amounts of active ingredients." The research, "published in the current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, also showed that four of the 12 products (one third of the sample) contained citrinin, a contaminant that is toxic to kidneys of animals." WebMD and MedPage Today also covered the story. It for this reason that I do NOT recommend anyone take red yeast rice. In addition to the above study, a recent analysis by ConsumerLab found red yeast rice products varied sharply…
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SAMe and Depression

Alternative Medicine, Mental Health
SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) is getting renewed attention as an option for patients with mild-to-moderate major depression. New guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association now suggest SAMe as an alternative to conventional antidepressants (e.g., paroxetine, venlafaxine, etc) for patients interested in alternative therapies. New research also shows that SAMe might be effective for treatment-resistant depression. Adding SAMe (SAMe Complete 400 mg, Nature Made) 400 mg twice daily to conventional treatment in nonresponders increased remission rates by about 14% after 6 weeks of treatment. About 7 patients need to be treated with SAMe for 6 weeks for one additional patient to have remission. The experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database tell physicians, "Explain to patients that SAMe is an option worth considering. Keep in mind that SAMe isn't covered by insurance.…
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St. John’s wort may not help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Alternative Medicine
St. John's wort (SJW) is most commonly used to improve mood and treat depression. St. John's wort affects neurotransmitters similar to conventional antidepressants. However, it also affects serotonin receptors in the gut, similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) drugs such as alosetron (Lotronex). Many IBS patients are now trying St. John's wort. But new research is discouraging. It shows that taking a specific St. John's wort extract (St. John's Wort Extract Extra Strength, Enzymatic Therapy) 450 mg twice daily is no more effective than placebo for reducing symptoms after 12 weeks of treatment. In fact, some patients did worse on St. John's wort compared to placebo. The experts at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database tell physicians, "For now, explain to IBS patients that St. John's wort doesn't appear to be a…
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