Category Archives: Alternative Medicine

Studies show vaccinated kids are 85% more likely to inject heroin

April Fools! But, an “ad” claiming this is currently making the rounds on FaceBook, Twitter, and across the Internet. Could it be true? As Snopes.com says, “FALSE.”

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Marijuana – The Truth – Part 5

In the book that I co-wrote with my good friend, Donal O’Mathuna, Ph.D., Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, we wrote an evidence-based article on marijuana. Here’s our fourth excerpt of that information: In … Continue reading

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Marijuana – The Truth – Part 4

In the book that I co-wrote with my good friend, Donal O’Mathuna, Ph.D., Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, we wrote an evidence-based article on marijuana. Here’s our fourth excerpt of that information. In earlier … Continue reading

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Marijuana – The Truth – Part 3

In the book that I co-wrote with my good friend, Donal O’Mathuna, Ph.D., Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, we wrote an evidence-based article on marijuana. Here’s our fourth excerpt of that information: In … Continue reading

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Marijuana – The Truth – Part 2

In the book that I co-wrote with my good friend, Donal O’Mathuna, Ph.D., Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, we wrote an evidence-based article on marijuana. Here’s our second excerpt of that information: In … Continue reading

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Marijuana – The Truth – Part 1

Marijuana – The Truth – Part 1 In the book that I co-wrote with my good friend, Donal O’Mathuna, Ph.D., Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely, we wrote an evidence-based article on marijuana. Here’s … Continue reading

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Medical Marijuana Update #2

The use, abuse, and prescription of medical marijuana is, no doubt, an evolving landscape. I have a chapter on medical marijuana in my book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook (endorsed by the Christian Medical Association). Now, here’s an excellent update … Continue reading

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Medical Marijuana Update #1

The use, abuse, and prescription of medical marijuana is a concern of most primary care physicians and a topic we are not infrequently asked about. As a writer and teacher of healthcare professionals, I am often asked to address the … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 5

Here’s Part 5, the last of a series from an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here. 21. Does the product you’re considering require advance … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 4

Here’s Part 4 from an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here. 16. Is a therapy encouraged simply because it’s been used for centuries by … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 3

Here’s Part 3 of an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You’ll find out more about the book here. Next week, I’ll post another five warning signs. 11. Does the … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here. Next week, I’ll post another five warning signs. 6. Are technical words used … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 1

Here’s an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here. Each week, for the next 4 weeks, I’ll post another five warning signs. So, when you … Continue reading

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Ginger for pain relief? Maybe!

Ginger is now showing up in many supplements used for pain relief … Pain Rx, Arthritis Rub, Minor Pain Relief, Gingerflex Natural Joint Pain Relief, and many others.

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Review of pycnogenol studies says most too flawed to prove efficacy

The New York Times “Well” blog reports on research into pycnogenol, which is an extract from “French pine bark” that can be made into a supplement that users claim “strengthens cardiovascular systems and eases symptoms of chronic disorders like asthma, … Continue reading

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Review of Vitamin C supplements finds high quality but a wide range in prices

Vitamin C may boost the immune system and is critical for maintaining healthy connective tissue, but do you need to take a supplement and, if so, how do you find one that is right for you and at the best … Continue reading

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Study shows how marijuana clouds memory

Scientists studying mice say they better understand how marijuana impairs working memory, the ability to momentarily retain and utilize information needed for comprehension and learning.

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Selenium supplements raise risk for type 2 diabetes

Bloomberg News reports, “Supplements of selenium, a trace mineral that may help prevent some cancers, might increase the risk of type 2 diabetes if taken in large quantities, according to a review of existing studies” published in The Lancet.

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Health officials warn on skin creams containing mercury

The AP reported, “The California Department of Public Health sent out a medical alert to health care professionals earlier this month, calling on them to notify the state of potential mercury poisoning cases and to ask their patients to stop … Continue reading

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Probiotics grow in popularity but don’t always deliver on promises

Probiotic supplements and foods containing “friendly” bacteria or yeast have become popular options for people hoping to improve bowel function or boost immunity. But many customers are confused by the vast array of choices.

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Report finds illicit drugs bought on Internet could be poison (Ya think?)

HealthDay reports, “A case study of two men who were poisoned and turned blue after ingesting what they thought was a recreational drug that they had bought on the Internet highlights the dangers of such purchases,” according to a study … Continue reading

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Survey: Marijuana use up among teens

The Washington Post reports, “New data compiled by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the insurance industry indicates that pot smoking is up among teens, and use is higher among high school kids than it has been in three decades.”

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Marijuana use before driving nearly doubles likelihood of causing crash

The AP reports, “People who use marijuana before driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a car crash as those not under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” according to a study published in BMJ.

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Does Andro400 (Malaysian ginseng) boost testosterone in men?

Andro400 is a new supplement used for boosting testosterone, building muscle, losing weight, and improving sexual performance in men.

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Dr. Walt interviewed in article about alternative medicines

I was interviewed for and mentioned in an article by American Medical News on natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements).

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Fish oil and multivitamins most popular supplements in survey

A survey of over 10,000 savvy consumers of supplements shows the most popular supplements to be fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10, in that order.

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Scientists closer to developing ‘red wine’ in a pill

U.S. researchers believe they’ve discovered how resveratrol – a chemical found in red wine and other plant products – provides health benefits.

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ConsumerLab lists the top-rated vitamin and supplement brands

Each year, ConsumerLab.com surveys its e-newsletter subscribers about the vitamins and supplements that they use. The results below are based on 10,260 responses collected in November, 2011.

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Physician says proposed FDA regulations on supplement industry not enough

FDA The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “A new proposal to toughen the Food and Drug Administration’s power to regulate dietary supplements has the makers of vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts up in arms.”

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Black tea may help lower blood pressure

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Drinking three cups of black tea daily over months may help lower blood pressure,” according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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