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Archive for November, 2007

Move It For Diabetes

Friday, November 30th, 2007

That’s the name of the study conducted in Sydney, Australia that tested the effect of tai chi in people with type 2 diabetes. (more…)

Positive results with lycopene in advanced prostate cancer

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Recent evidence raises doubt about the protective effects of lycopene on the risk of prostate cancer.

Now, the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) reports a 65% reduction in advanced prostate cancer risk among men with the highest intake of lycopene. (more…)

CAM recommendations for treating fibromyalgia

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has issued the first guidelines for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). (more…)

An introduction to TCM

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

If you?re interested in learning more about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), here is a link to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. It’s dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about classical TCM and natural self-healing.

Here is a synopsis of healing from the perspective of TCM.


FDA will consider regulations to limit salt in processed foods

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

The health consequences of salt in our diet have been debated. The mainstream believes there’s a connection between high salt intake, increased blood pressure, and then cardiovascular disease and death.

Others disagree.

Now, the FDA will weight in. (more…)

Saline irrigation to treat sinus infections

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

A study from the University of Nebraska reports that antibiotics are too frequently prescribed to treat sinus infections (acute or chronic rhinosinusitis).

That’s not new, but the mention of using a salt-water rinse as treatment is worth discussing.


Using light to improve sleep in adults with dementia

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Before we start, let’s define “lux.” Even though it won’t help you understand the results of the study. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Encore Tabs

Monday, November 26th, 2007

If this product sounds familiar, it is. The company selling it, Bodee LLC, buys lots of radio time around here to trumpet this dietary supplement as a “natural” way to treat impotence.

Now, the FDA as stepped in. (more…)

Yoga and menopause: Review of recent study results

Monday, November 26th, 2007

In 2007 there have been 4 published studies on this topic.

Here’s an overview. (more…)

Free chiropractic care for Iraq and Afghanistan war vets

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

It has come to my attention that certain chiropractors across the country are offering their services to vets of the war on terrorism.

Thanks. Links are listed below. (more…)

Testing Nervoheel N to treat mild nervous disorders

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Nervoheel N is a homeopathic preparation used to treat psychosomatic disorders, climacteric neurosis, and emotional distress

In this study, it’s reported to be as effective as lorazepam (Ativan). (more…)

Access the Great Homeopathy Debate

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

It took place at the University of Connecticut on October 25th. (more…)

ConsumerLab reports on resveratrol

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

The potential benefits of this natural substance found in red wine have been reported in mice — countering the unhealthy effects of a high-calorie diet.

That’s not sufficient reason to take it as a supplement, but for those who do, here’s what you should know. (more…)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for acute treatment of major depression

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

It might be an option for people with major depression who have not responded to conventional antidepressant medications. (more…)

Consumer Alert: True Man is at it again

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

American True Man Health Incorporated announced that it is expanding its voluntary recall of the Company’s dietary supplement product sold under the name and identified as True Man’s Sexual Energy Nutriment Men’s Formula. (more…)

Do pedometers motivate physical activity and improve health?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Last year this blog suggested that a pedometer would make a healthy Christmas present. This year, you were advised of the AARP offer of a free pedometer.

But, did you get one?

Here’s why you should have. (more…)

Chiropractic care in work-related low back pain

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

This study looks at the association between timing and duration of chiropractic care in work-related low back pain and work-disability outcomes. (more…)

Pros and cons of chiropractic for neck pain

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Researchers from VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam report the experience of 529 patients representing 4891 treatment sessions. (more…)

Asessing the value of tai chi for osteoarthritis

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Professor Ernst and colleagues from Universities of Exeter & Plymouth in the UK have targeted tai chi for their unwavering critique.

Here’s what they found. (more…)

Waste products as the next nutraceuticals?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 reports that scientists from Teagasc (the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) have found a potential use for waste as a potential source of antioxidants.

For example… (more…)