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Archive for the 'Fiber' Category

Acne treatments

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

The surest way to know that there is no truly effective treatment for a condition is to count the number of treatment recommendations. The more recommendations, the less likely it is that any of them have a significant effect. I’m not sure if there is a tipping point. Whether 6 or 12 or 20 recommended treatments guarantee that you will have less than complete cure.

Here are some of the recommendations from just one article.


Dietary fiber and the risk of breast cancer

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Researchers in North Carolina and in China reviewed the association between dietary fiber intake and risk of breast cancer. (more…)

Use of dietary supplements to enhance sports performance

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Researchers at Texas Chiropractic College, in Pasadena, studied children in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in order to estimate their use of supplements. (more…)

CAM options to treat chronic constipation

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Chronic constipation is common among the elderly and women. Doctors prescribe various treatments, and patients often use over-the-counter remedies.

Researchers at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, reviewed the evidence and provide perspective. (more…)

Dietary choices and the risk of heart disease

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Researchers from the Population Health Research Institute, in Ontario, Canada evaluated the effects of dietary options on the risk of heart disease.

It’s a good article for those of us who like neat lists. (more…)

Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol with diet

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

A healthy diet should be rich in vegetables and fruits, whole-grain, high-fiber foods, and fish, and should contain a small amount of saturated and trans fats.

Researchers at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, in France, reviewed dietary approaches proven to be associated with lowering LDL-cholesterol. (more…)

Unraveling the mysteries of the subaleurone layer in rice

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

There’s an ingredient in rice that may help control blood pressure and explain the lower risk of cardiovascular disease in Japan.

Researchers at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, presented the results of their laboratory study during the annual 2010 Experimental Biology conference. (more…)

Lifestyle choices and diabetes risk later in life

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

There are 5 choices that make a difference, according to this report by the Cardiovascular Health Study group. (more…)

Effect of diet on irritable bowel syndrome

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Studies suggest that in one quarter of patients, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be caused or exacerbated by diet.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, at Chapel Hill, reviewed the data from a clinician’s perspective. (more…)

UGLI fruit: The exotic tangelo from Jamaica

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Dr. Irene just brought one home from the Stop-&-Shop. And it is homely, but very good.

Cut the ulgi (UHG-lee) fruit across, and it looks like a grapefruit. Peel back the pliable skin, and the segments separate to form bite-sized pieces that taste like a mild orange, but with more juice.

Excellent. (more…)

Effectiveness of CAM in diabetes

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Diabetes tool boxResearchers at the University of Ottawa, in Ontario reviewed the evidence for improved control of diabetes in type 2 diabetes mellitus. (more…)

Secrets to successful weight loss among men

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Reduce portion size and limit fat intake.

Following strict dietary recommendations isn’t necessary, based on data presented during the American College of Sports Medicine 57th Annual Meeting by researchers from the University of Newcastle, in Australia. (more…)

Ranking diet and exercise to manage high cholesterol

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Dr. Robert Kelly (photo) is associate director and curriculum coordinator for the Fairview Hospital /Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program.

He lists aspects of diet and exercise that are most and less effective in controlling cholesterol. (more…)

Strawberries: Complementary for cholesterol treatment

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Researchers from Toronto, Canada studied the effect of adding strawberries, as a source of antioxidants, to improve the response to a cholesterol-lowering diet. (more…)

Effects of US healthcare reform on CAM

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Jane Hoback, writing in Natural Foods Merchandiser, has listed areas of interest to CAM practitioners. (more…)

Converting hamburger into a functional food

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Researchers in Madrid, Spain have developed a new meat product — lycopene-enriched hamburger — by adding dry tomato peel to hamburger meat. (more…)

CAM for type 2 diabetes

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Ottawa, in Ontario focused their review on type 2 (AKA adult onset) diabetes.

Here’s a summary of the evidence for CAM therapies. (more…)

Dietary fiber may help prevent obesity

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Researchers from Europe studied the association of total dietary fiber with changes in weight and waist circumference. (more…)

CAM treatments for irritable bowel syndrome

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Several can be recommended as part of an evidence-based approach to treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to researchers from the University of Ottawa in Ontario. (more…)

1 year on the Mediterranean diet

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Researchers in the PREDIMED (Prevencion con Dieta Mediterranea) Study in Spain report a reduction in the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in older adults who followed the traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with nuts for just 1 year. (more…)