About Supplement Quality

A recent New York Times article reports that the New York State attorney general’s office recently tested herbal supplements from “GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels.” Unfortunately, this and other kinds of funny business is all to common […]

Tips on a Locked Knee due to Meniscus Tear

A locked knee due to meniscus tear can be terribly painful and difficult to deal with. Trust me, I know. I have some looseness of my left knee from a sports injury that happened almost 25 years ago that has left me with a torn meniscus. Through an active lifestyle and sometimes strenuous physical activity […]

Benefits of Exercise

It is common wisdom that exercise is healthy. A few of the benefits of exercise include: reduced cardiovascular risk, reduced diabetes risk, prevention of several types of cancer, improved mood, and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But, how much exercise at what intensity is most helpful? Simple, clear guidance on the benefits of exercise is difficult to find. […]

Curcumin for Joint Pain, Alzheimer’s & Cancer

Curcumin is a very popular supplement used for joint pain inflammation and other potential health benefits, including cancer. Much of the information on curcumin’s positive effects comes from in vitro (test tube or petri dish) or animal experiments. Research studies in humans is more scarce and there is reasonable doubt as to whether curcumin is absorbed […]

Power Over Breast Cancer Risk

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network is an alliance of comprehensive cancer centers that establishes evidenced based guidelines for prevention, detection, risk reduction, and oncology treatment of all different types of malignancy. I was intrigued and happy to see a recent editorial in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network that helps put into perspective the […]

Staying Healthy This Winter

Between colds, flus and the winter blahs, winter can be a tough season.  Here are some  natural steps to ensure a healthy winter season for you and your family. Get your rest – sleep is a nutrient that is important for health and happiness. Use a humidifier – dry winter air contributes to the increased […]

Top 5 Recommendations for your Family Doctor

According to the National Physicians Alliance, the 5 steps your family doctor can take to most likely improve the quality of care you and your family receive are: DON”T do x-ray, MRI, or CT imaging for low back pain within the first 6 weeks unless red flags exist for other serious conditions that present with […]

Does Vitamin D Improve Depression?

A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry finds that vitamin D supplementation does not improve symptoms of in women older than 70.  The researches identified women who had vitamin D deficiency and gave them 500,000 IU of vitamin D one time each year for three to five years.  Hmmm.  This is an […]

Proton Pump Inhibitors and Fracture Risk

A recent article in the New York Times reports on research that links long-term Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) with a 30% increased risk of bone fractures.  According to the article, the long-term use of PPIs may decrease absorption of calcium in the intestines. PPIs reduce the acidity in the stomach in order to reduce symptoms of […]

Simple Steps for Staying Sharp, Stopping Senility

Preventing cognitive decline as we age may require only simple measures, according to several recent research articles out of Oxford University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the National Institute of Aging.  Scientists have been looking into the association between preventive lifestyle measures and the size of our brains as we age. As we age, our […]

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