Tag: medications

Build your Family’s Immunity Cabinet

Build your Family’s Immunity Cabinet

With the start of school and the change from summer to fall, you know what comes next—the dreaded cold and flu season. It’s only a matter of time before someone in your family comes down with the sniffles, a scratchy throat, or a cough. Whether you’re dealing with an upper respiratory head cold or a lower respiratory chest cough, you’ll…

Weight Loss in Diabetes Good for You, Despite Recent Findings

Here we go again. A study is published and the media takes its message out of context with headlines like, “Weight Loss No Help for Diabetic Heart” and “Weight Loss No Help for Diabetes Risks.” Oh, please.  A large National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study of weight loss in overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes recently halted their…

Antibiotic Overuse in Children

In pediatric medicine, antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications, with more than 30 million prescriptions written each year. A recent study analyzed antibiotic prescribing patterns in outpatient visits in the United States between 2006 and 2008. Antibiotics were prescribed in 21 percent of visits. Respiratory conditions accounted for most of the prescriptions (72 percent). Prescriptions for broad-spectrum antibiotics,…

Dietary Supplement Safety

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recently published their annual report—174 pages documenting 2009 data from all 61 poison control centers across the U.S. In this report, there were no deaths reported from any vitamin, amino acid, herb, or dietary mineral supplement. And the dietary supplement industry has been touted as “dangerous and unregulated.” Ha! Let’s take a closer…

Take Control of Your Health

A recent national survey of doctors and hospitalized patients found that only 48% of patients said they were involved in decisions about their treatment. What’s even more alarming, 29% didn’t know who was in charge of their case while they were hospitalized. This got me to thinking about how we often place control of our health completely into the hands…

Fish oil and Psychosis

So here’s something I thought was interesting – a new study about fish oils and young people with schizophrenia found that taking a daily fish oil supplement may help prevent the development of psychosis and promote better health. More than 75 participants were given either a placebo (basically a non-effective sugar pill) or a supplement containing 1.2 grams of Omega-3…

Probiotics & Your Health: What I've Been Saying All Along

Nothing makes me happier than seeing the scientific community finally start to confirm what I’ve been saying for years, that natural remedies like probiotics, fiber and Omega-3 oils provide some pretty amazing health benefits. Just thumb through the headlines and you’ll see what I mean—study after study talking about better digestion, a stronger immune system, heart health and more… it’s…

What’s Your Gut Telling You?

‘Renew You’ Challenge – Admit it, at one time or another you’ve had a stomachache, a little extra gas or even diarrhea, and what did you do? You ignored it! And unfortunately, you’re not alone. Too often folks ignore what they think are minor digestive problems, or worse—we suppress them with temporary medications that only lessen the pain but don’t…