Monthly Archives: February 2012

PPIs, Nutrient Absorption, and Bone Fracture

In my last blog, I talked about the new FDA warning on the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and increased risk of developing Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. This week, I’d like to talk about other negative effects of long-term use of acid-suppressing medications—poor nutrient absorption and bone fracture. Stomach acid, is necessary for the absorption of certain key nutrients. Without…

Fungicides in Orange Juice

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  You may have heard about the recent discovery of a fungicide,…

Bedwetting in Children May Be Due to Constipation

  A very interesting report published recently in the journal Urology advises doctors to consider constipation as an underlying cause of bedwetting. The researchers reported that of 30 children and adolescents seeking treatment for bedwetting, all had a large amount of stool in their rectums even though most were experiencing normal bowel movements. Because most people think of constipation as…

Celiac Disease—Stressed and Depressed

  According to a recent study published in the journal Chronic Illness, women with celiac disease are more likely to report stress, depression and disordered eating, even if they are following a gluten-free diet. The researchers found that women adhering to a gluten-free diet did experience greater vitality, lower stress, decreased depressive symptoms, and greater overall emotional health than those…

BPA Contamination Widespread

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is an estrogen-like compound found in…

Cesarean Delivery Ups Risk of Asthma

  Children born by cesarean section are more likely to develop asthma by age three, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. This study builds upon previous findings that cesarean delivery increases the risk of wheezing, asthma, and eczema, a related allergic disease common in childhood. Although allergic diseases tend to run in families, in…

Acid-suppressing Medications and Bacterial Infections

Last week the FDA issued a warning about the use of acid-suppressing medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD), a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection.1 The FDA states that in patients who develop diarrhea that does not improve, a diagnosis of CDAD should be considered. Clostridum difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that…

Air Quality Index

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Air pollution is the collective term for the contamination of air…

Panel Recommends Lower Lead Limits

  Early in January of this year a U.S. advisory panel—the Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention—submitted a report to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with a recommendation to lower the threshold for lead toxicity in children. Currently, the standard limit for lead poisoning is 10 µg/dL (micrograms per deciliter) of blood. The panel is recommending this limit…

EPA Finally Regulates Air Pollution’s Biggest Offenders

  Good news (finally!) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Late December the EPA announced a rule that will force coal- and oil-fired power plants to control mercury and other toxic pollutant emissions for the first time ever. It is about darn time! However, they have until 2016 to do it, with possible extensions for certain plants. Lobbyists for the…