Alternative Medicine

January 19, 2012

Only SOME zinc supplements have the dose proven to shorten colds

Can zinc supplements shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration?  “Yes, but not all supplements provide a dosage that has been proven effective.” […]
January 19, 2012

Salty foods predispose infants to preferring salt

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Feeding young babies solid foods, such as crackers, cereals and bread, which tend to be high in salt, may set them […]
January 18, 2012

Report says Americans’ heart health in poor state

The National Journal reports, “Nearly every American has at least one risk factor for heart disease,” according to a report from the American Heart Association.
January 18, 2012

Demand for ABA therapy growing for children with autism

Recently, the Los Angeles Times ran a very nice four-part series on autism in an effort to understand reasons for the burgeoning rates of autism spectrum […]
January 17, 2012

Three years later, quitters report less stress, better mood compared to smokers

Not only does the health of former smokers DRAMATICALLY improve after quitting, but people who stop smoking get a boost in their quality of life, new […]
January 17, 2012

CDC says American diet still falls short

This headline is no surprise to readers of this blog. Almost all of us can improve our nutritional habits.
January 16, 2012

1-800-GET THIN centers misleading customers

The AP reports that officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “have issued warning letters to eight surgical centers and a marketing firm in California for […]
January 16, 2012

ADHD medications NOT associated with adult CVD risk

The Wall Street Journal reports that medications used for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) appear NOT to raise the risk of serious cardiovascular disease (CVD) […]
July 10, 2011

ConsumerLab.com puts multivitamins to the test

Long-time readers know of my fondness for and (unpaid) endorsement of ConsumerLab.com, one of the two best companies that test natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) […]
July 11, 2011

Which vitamin D supplement boosts levels best — D2 or D3?

It turns out that vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) has the edge.
July 14, 2011

No evidence for Gripe water as treatment for infant colic

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Gripe waters have never been tested as remedies for colic” in babies.
July 14, 2011

What natural medications may help infant colic?

An article published in the journal Pediatrics … notes that there is some ‘encouraging’ evidence that fennel extract and some herbal teas could relieve colic symptoms, but […]
July 26, 2011

Have you heard of Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownies? Slowtivate? Unwind? Be careful!

Lazy Cakes Relaxation Brownies are stirring up lots of controversy. Why?
July 26, 2011

Could too much calcium harm your health? Here’s the latest.

Calcium is commonly used to prevent osteoporosis and fractures, but experts are now debating how much calcium is really needed, especially by women.