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Archive for July, 2013

Too fat to live in New Zealand

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

little-guy2If campaigns to promote more healthful eating are ineffective, how else might society address the obesity epidemic?

MailOnline reports that deportation is an option. (more…)

Does it matter how you stop smoking?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

e-cigThe typical way to stop smoking is to quit abruptly, but some smokers opt to reduce smoking before quitting as an alternative approach to cessation.

Researchers from the UK and Vermont reviewed the evidence in this Cochrane review. (more…)

Benefits of green tea to control blood sugar

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Diabetes-tool-box2-150x150Researchers in Chongqing, People’s Republic of China, evaluated the effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity. (more…)

Effect of prenatal iron on pregnancy outcomes

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

nude-pregnancyIron deficiency is the most widespread nutritional deficiency in the world.

Researchers form Boston and London reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Belief in God and psychiatric treatment outcomes

Friday, July 12th, 2013

spiritualityBelief in God is common and tied to mental health and illness in the general population.

Researchers at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, in Belmont, Massachusetts, studied its relevance to psychiatric patients. (more…)

Evening primrose oil and the risk of seizures

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

primrose-bannerThere’s a concern (here, here, and here) voiced by some reputable websites that taking evening primrose oil might make seizures more likely in some people.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Updated recommendations to prevent and treat osteoporosis

Friday, July 5th, 2013

qf_quadriceps_strain_smAn expert committee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) with a multi-specialty council of medical experts in the field of bone health have updated recommendations.

Let’s focus on prevention, which emphasizes many of the CAM topics that dominate this website.


The last holdout for trans fat in fast food?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

9779_10151634160392836_1148865801_n“Long John Silver’s Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea,” said Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). (more…)

Review: Acupuncture for women undergoing in vitro fertilization

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

nude-pregnancyResearchers at the Center for Integrative Medicine, at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, reviewed the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy success rates when added to in vitro fertilization. (more…)

Risk of harm following usual chiropractic care

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Chiropractic1-150x150According to a 2007 study by Canadian researchers, “Serious adverse events may be associated with pediatric spinal manipulation,” but “neither causation nor incidence rates can be inferred manipulation.”

Now, researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, have taken a closer look at the frequency and severity of adverse effects from short-term usual chiropractic treatment. (more…)