Horny Goat Weed Shows Promise for Erectile Dysfunction, but products sold in the U.S. fail testing

Alternative Medicine, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Erectile dysfunction is nothing to laugh about. But what if ED could be helped by an extract from a plant called horny goat weed? Horny goat weed and related herbs have purportedly been treatments for sexual dysfunction for years. Now scientists may be a step closer to discovering how compounds from horny goat weed may work. My Take? (more…)
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Study Links Herbal Medicines to Lead Poisoning. How can you find safe herbs?

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Fox News is commenting on a study published in the August 27 issue of JAMA in which medical researchers say that one-fifth of Ayurvedic herbal medicines sold on the Internet contain dangerously high levels of lead, arsenic and mercury. How’s a consumer to protect themselves? My Take? (more…)
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Man Turns Blue Taking Alternative Medicine (Subject for Dr. Walt’s Next Book)

Alternative Medicine, Health Headlines
ABC News is reporting about a man, Paul Karason of Oregon, whose skin is now a bright shade of blue – the result of a rare medical syndrome known as argyria, or silver poisoning. He began using silver as a form of alternative medicine, not realizing what might happen to his skin. It started a decade ago, when he saw an ad in a new-age magazine promising health and rejuvenation through colloidal silver. My Take? (more…)
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Red yeast rice, fish oil fight high cholesterol

Alternative Medicine, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Reuters Health is reporting new research showing that a regimen of supplements and lifestyle coaching is just as effective as a statin medication for reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "lethal" cholesterol. Not only that, the combination was shown to be more effective in helping people lose weight. My Take? (more…)
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Fringe Autism Treatment Could Get Federal Study

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
The Associated Press is reporting that the NIH is being pressured by desperate parents who are pushing them to test an unproven treatment on autistic children, a move some scientists see as an unethical experiment in voodoo medicine. The treatment removes heavy metals from the body and is based on the fringe theory that mercury in vaccines triggers autism — a theory never proved and rejected by mainstream science. Mercury hasn't been in childhood vaccines since 2001, except for certain flu shots. My Take? (more…)
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Pomegranate Ranked Healthiest Fruit Juice

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health
CBS News is featuring a report from Health magazine reporting on a UCLA study which lists the ten healthiest fruit juices. The study took into account the antioxidant levels of the juices. Pomegranate was judged the healthiest of the fruit juices because it contains the most of every type of antioxidant. It wins in all categories. And it's thought that it might do some very good things; it may protect against some cancers, such as prostate cancer. It might also modify heart disease risk factors, and it could be healthy for your heart. So pomegranate was the clear winner. My Take? (more…)
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Tai chi helps older adults get good night’s sleep

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines
Reuters Health is reporting a study in the journal Sleep that found that regular practice of tai chi, a Westernized version of the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi, can help older people rest easier at night. Nearly two-thirds of people who learned the slow, gentle tai chi moves experienced significant improvements in sleep quality, compared to about one-third of those who participated in health education sessions that included information on how to get a better night's rest. My Take? (more…)
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Green tea protects against heart disease

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Reuters has published a story about Greek researchers who say a few cups of green tea each day may help prevent heart disease. The study, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, showed further evidence of the potential health benefits from a brew already linked to a reduced risk of a range of cancers and other conditions. My Take? (more…)
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Medical Pot Ineffective as Acute Pain Treatment

Alternative Medicine, Health Headlines
HealthDay News is reporting that oral cannabis (a form of medical marijuana) was ineffective in treating certain types of acute pain and actually increased sensitivity to some other kinds of discomfort. My Take? This small study, from researchers at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, is among many others that you’ve seen me report that are slowly driving a nail in the concept of safe or effective medical marijuana. You can read more about this in my series on marijuana here on this blog. Or, pick up a copy of my book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook.
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FDA Cracks Down On Unproved Cancer Cures

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Cancer, Health Headlines
The AP is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on teas, supplements, creams, and other products that falsely claim to cure, treat, or prevent cancer, even though they are not agency-approved drugs. All are available for sale on the Internet.  The agency has sent 25 warning letters to companies and individuals marketing these products, FDA officials said Tuesday. Twenty-three of the letters went to domestic companies and two to foreign individuals. (more…)
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St. John’s Wort No Help in ADHD

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Mental Health, Parenting
ABC News reports a new study suggesting that St. John's wort is not a useful treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Although the researchers only studied 54 children between 6 and 17 years old who have ADHD for eight weeks, the study design was the gold standard randomized controlled trial. And, they found that St. John's wort was no better than placebo when it came to improving the children's attentiveness or hyperactivity. (more…)
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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – June 6, 2008

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Here are my takes on some of today's health headlines, including one that is, in my opinion, being blown way out of perspective: Mercury teeth fillings may harm some: FDA Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses, the Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday after settling a related lawsuit. (more…)
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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – June 3, 2008

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Here are my comments on some of today’s health headlines: FDA Approves Spray-On Estrogen to Treat Menopause The FDA has approved a form of spray-on estrogen called Evamist, which contains estrodial in ethanol. Evamist is sprayed on the inside of a woman’s forearm, dries clear in one minute, and is said to be slowly released over a 24-hour period. Supposedly, it cannot be washed off and it won’t transfer to other people. (more…)
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Dr. Walt’s Comments on the Health Headlines – May 21, 2008

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Woman's Health
  Please let me know if you like this type of entry or not. Your feedback will be very helpful to me. HAS PARLIAMENT IN BRITAN GONE CRAZY? Earlier this week, the British Parliament voted on an amendment to allow the creation of animal-human for experimentation. If the law is passed, it will push Britain, as the FRC says, “deeper into science's uncharted waters than any other country in the world.” (more…)
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Marijuana – Concerns

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Parenting
Four recent medical news stories bring home the truth about the many dangers of smoking marijuana. The first is a White House report that links smoking marijuana to addiction, mental illness, and depression. The report says that depression, teens, and marijuana are a dangerous mix that can lead to dependency, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts. (more…)
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A natural product may falsely claim it uses “secrets of ancient medicine.” Ya think?

Alternative Medicine, General Health
The Associated Press reported this week that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation of Kinoki Foot Detox. What's their alleged crime? They claim their foot "pads use secrets of ancient Japanese medicine to cure or lessen many health woes." As my co-author, Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, and I write in our book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely, one of the warning signs of quacks and frauds in the alternative medicine world is that they claim to use "ancient," or "forgotten," or "hidden" secrets to "cure" this and that and that and that, etc. (more…)
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