Monthly Archives: October 2013

Health Care Could Save Billions with Use of Supplements

There comes a point when even mainstream medicine—and the government—has to accept the fact that dietary supplements are helping many people prevent disease (even though they cannot be marketed for doing so). While health care costs in this country are skyrocketing and the rate of chronic disease is ever rising, the steady pace of the natural health movement is gaining…

Antibiotics Overprescribed for Sore Throats and Bronchitis

As we gear up for the winter season we are reminded of the usual increase in cold and flu that runs through our communities, work places, and schools. Along with more sniffles and coughs come more visits to the doctor and, unfortunately, more prescriptions for antibiotics—often at the urging of the patient. But cold and flu are viruses, which are…

High Blood Sugar May Increase Risk for Dementia

The link between high blood sugar and poor health go far beyond diabetes, a condition of epidemic proportions on its own. Not only does high blood sugar also put you at risk for heart disease, but also Alzheimer’s, a condition also known as type 3 diabetes. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine further solidifies the…

Exercise As Effective as Drugs for Common Health Conditions

Regular physical activity is an indispensable part of a healthy lifestyle. The Global Burden of Disease study has ranked physical inactivity as one of the leading causes of disease in developed countries, and as one of the top modifiable risk factors along with smoking. Although widespread recommendations have been made to increase physical activity levels, the population as a whole…

Air Pollution and Bowel Disease—Is There a Link?

The rate of bowel disease—most notably ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease—is increasing in different areas around the world, emerging as a global disease. Researchers are looking for clues about what causes these diseases so that one day they might be prevented. Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada (the country with the highest rate of bowel disease in the…

Taking the “Yuck” Out of Fecal Microbial Therapy

Fecal microbial therapy (FMT), or fecal transplant, involves the transfer of stool from a healthy donor (usually a family member) to the intestines of an individual suffering from an illness—usually Clostridium difficile infection, although other conditions have been treated with FMT, including ulcerative colitis, autism, and even obesity. One of the hurdles the medical establishment faces when deciding on the…

A Glimpse of How Gut Infections Develop after Antibiotics

Antibiotics work by killing not only the harmful bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria. It is relatively common for antibiotics to lead to gut infections that arise because potentially pathogenic bacteria are no longer kept in check by the beneficial microbes that inhabit the gut. “Antibiotics open the door for these pathogens to take hold. But how, exactly, that occurs…

Is Alzheimer’s the Result of Living in a Too-Clean World?

Modern life in all its cleanliness—clean buildings, sanitizer, antibacterial everything and a “don’t touch that” attitude—is thought to be contributing to the increased prevalence of allergic and autoimmune diseases found in developed countries. (This concept is known as the hygiene hypothesis.) Contrast this with developing countries where children still play in the dirt, antibacterial soap is reserved for medical use,…

Children Not Getting Enough Omega-3

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in the Standard American Diet (SAD) is anywhere from 10:1 to 20:1. That means consumption of omega-6 fats is 10 to 20 times more than omega-3 fats in the SAD diet. This ratio should more like 2:1 to 4:1 in order to maintain healthy omega-3 levels. We’re simply eating far too many omega-6 fats…

Inflammation—The True Marker of Poor Health

Inflammation describes a wide array of immune functions that are supposed to act as a way to get rid of harm in the body, and then to cease. When we get a cold, inflammation runs high as the immune system sends out its troops to conquer the “bad guy” and get it out of the body. This lasts for a…