Monthly Archives: March 2010

Vitamin D Supplementation Helps Prevent Falls in Older Adults

Each year, one third of adults 65 years and older have at least one fall. And, 9% of those falls require an emergency department visit and up to 6%result in a fracture. Consequently, strategies to prevent falls have become an … Continue reading

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Dark chocolate Easter eggs good for your heart?

Easter eggs and other chocolate may be good for you – at least in small quantities and preferably if it’s dark chocolate – according to research that shows just one small square of chocolate a day can lower your blood … Continue reading

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Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter

A study is claiming that snoozing refreshes the brain’s capacity to learn. While the findings are preliminary, this new research raises the prospect that sleep, specifically a lengthy afternoon nap, prepares the brain to remember things. Think of it as … Continue reading

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Superfoods for Women

Most of us love to eat great food. But, we also want to feel great. Can we do both? You bet you can if you choose foods that make you energetic, smarter, leaner, and stronger — and then use them … Continue reading

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Coffee and Your Health

Today I’m teaching the family medicine residents at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of them asked if there were any health benefits of coffee. Of course, long time readers on this blog know … Continue reading

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Eating Processed Meat Riskier Than Red Meat

Here’s some surprising information from the Harvard School of public health. It’s an old news, new news story. First a reiteration of some old news: Eating processed meat such as bacon, salami, hot dogs, or lunch meats is associated with … Continue reading

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Can Hibiscus Tea lower your blood pressure? Surprising new research says, “Yes.”

When I speak on natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements), I tell folks that my favorite natural medicines website is the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database which has new information about Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa). NMCD says, “Hibiscus is getting more attention as … Continue reading

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Loneliness harms blood pressure

Like happiness, loneliness is contagious In my book, the 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, one of the ten essentials of health I write about is “avoiding loneliness like the plague.” I say, “Avoiding loneliness and pursuing healthy relationships can … Continue reading

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Increased spiritual support may be linked to higher quality of life in cancer patients

This headline is likely not news to most of the readers of this blog — or likely to most people. We all seem to know intuitively that terminal diagnoses cause people to begin to think about spiritaul and eternal issues. … Continue reading

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If you take St. John’s wort, here’s another potential side effect you need to know about

My favorite natural medicines website is the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and the NMCD has a new warning about St. John’s wort (SJW) and your eyesight: St. John’s wort  has now been linked to an increased risk of cataracts in new … Continue reading

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St. John’s wort may cool the hot flashes of menopause

Reuters Health has a nice report on the popular herbal remedy, St. John’s wort, and some news from a small study that says it may help ease menopausal hot flashes. St. John’s wort is probably best known as an herbal antidepressant, … Continue reading

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Amberen a new supplement for hot flashes. Does it work?

According to a new report by the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD), Amberen is a popular new dietary supplement used mainly for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. The manufacturer says the product is “Backed by published clinical, toxicology and … Continue reading

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Unvaccinated Children at Center of Measles Outbreak

Many parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, don’t realize the potential harm of this decision on both their children and the children in their community. The reason? Children whose parents refuse vaccinations for them provide fertile ground for … Continue reading

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Nearly a third of physicians surveyed unaware of ‘Choking Game’

In the New York Times online Doctor and Patient column, Pauline Chen, MD, observed, “Until recently, there has been little attention among healthcare professionals to” the “choking game” in which “children ages seven to 21 participate … alone or in groups, … Continue reading

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Medical community unaware of ‘Choking Game’s’ popularity among teens

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported that there is a game being played throughout the nation by some teenagers that involves “cutting off oxygen to the brain” to “induce a natural high.” Although the “choking game may not … Continue reading

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Discovering Teenagers’ Risky ‘Choking Game’ Too Late

Here’s a heart rending story from the New York Times about an extremely risky game that is becoming more and more popular with teens. Worse yet, most parents and doctors are unaware of the game. Here are the details: The … Continue reading

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Understanding the California Law Suit Over PCBs in Fish Oil Supplements

Long-time readers to this blog and my best selling book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, know of my enthusiasm for fish oil (omega-3 fatty acid foods and supplements). And, you’ve read where I’ve written that no fish oil supplements have … Continue reading

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Court once again rejects theory that vaccines cause autism

A federal court has determined that the theory that thimerosal-containing vaccines cause autism is “scientifically unsupportable,” and that the families of children diagnosed with the condition are not entitled to compensation. Three special masters in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims … Continue reading

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Nearly One-Third of Doctors Could Leave Medicine if Health-Care Reform Bill Passes

What if nearly half of all physicians in America stopped practicing medicine? While a sudden loss of half of the nations physicians seems unlikely, a very dramatic decrease in the physician workforce could become a reality as an unexpected side … Continue reading

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Expert calls for an end to inappropriate use of PSA screening

Each year some 30 million American men undergo testing for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an enzyme made by the prostate. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1994, the P.S.A. test is the most commonly used tool for detecting prostate … Continue reading

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New guidelines say physicians should educate men on risks and benefits of PSA testing

On an edition of ABC World News recently, Dr. Richard Besser reported that “there’s a big change in store” for prostate cancer screening. He went on to say, “Since 1997, the American Cancer Society (ACS) … hasn’t routinely recommended the … Continue reading

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New report questions effectiveness of Saw Palmetto for prostate health

According to a new report by the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD), saw palmetto might not be as effective as we used to think for reducing symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Many men take saw palmetto to decrease urinary symptoms … Continue reading

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Obese children show signs of heart disease

Obese children as young as three years old show signs of future heart disease, say US researchers. In a study of 16,000 children and teenagers, researchers showed the most obese had signs of an inflammatory marker which can predict future heart … Continue reading

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Obese kids more likely to injure legs, ankles, feet

Obese kids’ injury patterns look different from those of their slimmer peers, a new study out in Pediatrics shows. According to a report in Reuters Health, Dr. Wendy J. Pomerantz of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, and her colleagues reported … Continue reading

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Kids pack on the calories with frequent, unhealthy snacks

Children today snack an average of three times a day, and they are mostly consuming sugary beverages, cookies, cake, candy, salty snacks and other high-calorie junk food, a new study shows. In fact, children are now consuming 168 more calories from … Continue reading

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Child Obesity Rates Still Going Up

In my Amazon.com best-selling book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I predicted that if we did not stem the epidemic of childhood obesity, that our children could become the first generation in American history … Continue reading

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Though unproven, 1 in 4 parents believes vaccines cause autism

The New York Times, in Vital Signs, reports that one in four parents “think some vaccines cause autism in healthy children, and nearly one in eight have refused at least one recommended vaccine,” according to a study published online March … Continue reading

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Survey Shows Parents Still Worry Unnecessarily About Vaccines

Most parents believe vaccination is a good way to protect their children from potentially deadly diseases, but a study shows more than half still worry about the possibility of vaccine side effects. The study concludes: Although parents overwhelmingly share the … Continue reading

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Parents Often Miss Subtle Autism Signs

Action Points Explain to interested parents that autism may progress more slowly and subtly than previously thought. Note that parents often miss regressive symptoms of autism in their children. The symptoms of autism tend to emerge in children after six … Continue reading

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Kitchens, Bathrooms No Place to Store Vitamins or Medications

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reported that keeping vitamin C supplements in the bathroom or kitchen may expose them to “humidity and high temperatures” that “may seriously degrade” them, according to a study published online in the Journal … Continue reading

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