Monthly Archives: August 2013

FDA Sets Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice

I love it when I have good news to report, especially when it involves new regulations that help keep us safer and healthier. The FDA recently set a new standard for arsenic in apple juice as a result of public outcry that began two years ago when Dr. Oz revealed that over 25 percent of apple-juice samples tested had arsenic…

Multi-Strain Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are over 1000 species of bacteria that naturally occur in the human digestive tract. A high diversity of bacteria is characteristic of a healthy gut balance. Increasingly, researchers and doctors are recommending multi-strain probiotic formulas to reflect the natural diversity found in a healthy gut. Because each strain has unique characteristics and functions, a multi-strain probiotic may be the…

Acid Reflux Drugs May Impair Heart Function

Sixty percent of adults experience acid reflux—also known as gastroesophageal reflux and, more commonly, heartburn—at least once each year while 20 to 30 percent experience acid reflux symptoms on a weekly basis. The most commonly prescribed drugs for this condition are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), with FDA estimating that about 1 in 14 American’s have used them. I have written…

Pollution Exposure during Pregnancy Linked to Autism

Of the many contributing factors to autism, toxin exposure is one of the least well understood due to the difficulty of studying it. Helping to shed more light on the topic, however, is a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives from Harvard School of Public Health. The scientists found that US women exposed to high levels of diesel or…

The Gut-Brain Connection of Depression to C. difficile Infection

Clostridium difficile infection is linked to 14,000 deaths each year in the United States and continues to increase each year.1 Antibiotic use is the major cause of C. diff infection, but other medications are known to increase risk, including proton-pump inhibitors and h-2 blockers, which are both stomach acid-blocking medications. Another class of drugs that is coming to light as…

Vitamin D for Children and Teens

The wonders of vitamin D continue to amaze me as study after study links low vitamin D levels to poor health and vitamin D supplementation and optimal vitamin D levels to good health. This holds true in children and teens as well. In two studies recently presented at The Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting, vitamin D again proved its importance to…

Too Many Americans are on Prescription Drugs

A recent report by the Mayo Clinic states that almost 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug. Seventy percent. That number is astounding to me. The number-one most common prescription drug is antibiotics. The over-prescription of antibiotics is a problem that I have covered many times. This study confirms the gravity of the situation. Number two…

Gluten Antibodies High in Children with Autism

Autism is a complex disorder involving a number of contributing factors that are not entirely understood. Many children with autism also suffer from digestive symptoms, which are thought to contribute to the condition as a possible causative factor. A recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences (PLoS) journal is strengthening the evidence for gluten’s role in autism. Researchers…

Cooking Method Affects Beneficial Compounds in Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those super foods that we all need to eat more often. Broccoli is high in nutrients and fiber, and is a particularly good source of glucoraphanin—a compound that is converted into sulforaphane, which has been found to improve phase II liver detoxification, and to have potent anti-cancer activity. If broccoli is not a regular part of…