The purpose of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial published in the journal Nutrition was to determine the effect of magnesium supplementation on individuals suffering from depression who also had magnesium deficiency.1 Patients were included if they had a depression score of >11 in the Beck Depression Inventory-II, and had a serum magnesium level of <1.8 mg/dL in men and <1.9 mg/dL in women. Individuals were then randomized and given either two 250 mg magnesium oxide tablets per day or placebo for two months.
The Beck Depression...Read more
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies have become increasingly common affecting 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children.1 Allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children under the age of 18. In this audio blog post, naturopathic physician Dr. Todd Born talks about the integrative treatment of inhalant allergies. He describes why inhalant allergies can sometimes be difficult to treat and what integrative medical tools should be considered when treating inhalant allergies.
In light of the recent broad media attention, as well as the July 2017 FDA meeting to discuss the frequency and patterns of opioid misuse and abuse, there is a call to action to evaluate and implement non-opioid pain management strategies. In this interview pain management expert and Stanford researcher Dr. Beth Darnall describes the problem, explains the recent influx of “abuse deterrent” pain relieving pharmaceuticals and describes some non-pharmaceutical solutions.
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Among the most common and sometimes most challenging menopausal experiences many women face are the changes that occur on the external genital tissue and intravaginal tissue that can affect urinary function. This is called genitourinary atrophy, most recently coined genitourinary syndrome of menopause. Symptoms can include one or more of the following: vulvovaginal discomfort, itching, burning, tingling, dryness, thinning of tissue, pain, pain with vaginal penetration related to dryness and/or tightness of vaginal opening, postcoital bleeding, vaginal discharge, bladder leakage, and...Read more
Over the past six years, there have been published trials raising concerns regarding calcium supplementation and excess risk for myocardial infarction and stroke. While the findings have not been consistent, a recent updated systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of calcium intake from diet and supplements, either alone or with vitamin D, on the risk for cardiovascular disease in generally healthy adults, provides some clarification.1
The researchers analyzed four randomized trials and 27 observational studies. Calcium supplementation ranged from 400 mg/day to...Read more
Vitamin D3 and K2 are two essential, fat-soluble vitamins that together have a broad and intertwined impact on health.1-3 We all know that vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is light transformed and that it is technically not a vitamin because the skin synthesizes it on exposure to UV light. Vitamin D3 is the precursor to a class of D3-related hormones that have many functions in the body beyond calcium homeostasis. Receptors for this vitamin are ubiquitous throughout the body as they are found in more than 36 cell types.4 Recent research has shown the action of vitamin D...Read more
New York State finally got on board with offering another alternative to the chronic pain dilemma. Chronic pain is now a qualifying condition for the New York State medical cannabis program. New York’s program1 began in 2016 and has been grossly underutilized largely due to the glaring omission of one of the most prevalent conditions, chronic pain.
When the program was first announced, optimism loomed large as initial estimates for the number of people who would benefit from the program were somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000. To date only 15,000 patients and 911...Read more
Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the more common gynecological reasons why women see their healthcare provider. The experience and results of heavy menstrual bleeding can greatly impact quality of life. There can also be blood loss that leads to iron deficiency anemia, which can result in mild to severe fatigue as well as changes in cognition, exercise tolerance, dyspnea and heart palpitations.
In addition to effectively treating this condition, it’s important to determine the underlying cause of the heavy menstrual bleeding (defined as greater than 80 mL per menstrual cycle)....Read more
While in Maui recently, we drove to the Haleakala Summit at 10,000 feet to watch the sunrise. We miscalculated driving times and reached the top three hours before the sun was supposed to rise. Yet we all agreed our mistake was worth it because we got to see the brightest star-studded sky any of us could remember. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky when we arrived, but by sunrise the summit was enveloped in a whiteout fog so that we never did see the sun come up or any color in the sky. I was reminded of this experience recently as I worked with Heather Wright to...Read more
Current physical activity guidelines recommend moderate intensity exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week for a total of 150 minutes/week, or vigorous exercise for 75 minutes per week, spread out over at least 3 sessions per week. In a report published in January 2017, researchers evaluated more than 63,000 men and women over age 40, inquiring about their moderate to vigorous physical activity.1 The research participants were classified into four groups:
- individuals who did no moderate or vigorous physical activity
- those who met the guidelines of 150...