Sleep deprivation has reached epidemic status in the United States, with a shocking one-third of adults getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night and 4 percent routinely using prescription sleep aids to induce slumber.1-3 Insufficient sleep exponentially increases your patients’ risk of long-term health complications. Natural sleep therapies are a time-tested strategy for easing your patients into deep, restorative slumber without the harmful effects of prescription sleep aids.
The Science of Sleep
Sleep, long considered an...Read more
According to A.J. Schenkman:
“… if Washington did cut down a cherry tree it was most likely to make room for planting a walnut tree, and if he did have wooden teeth his real teeth likely were ruined breaking walnuts. One thing is true, confirmed by sources both foreign and domestic: General Washington, whether at home in Mount Vernon or at his headquarters in Newburgh, always had plenty of walnuts on hand."
Washington's personal papers are littered with references regarding purchases of [nuts] he was, in fact, fond of nuts of all kind. Walnuts, however, were his favorite. He...Read more
Curcuma longa-tumeric-who hasn’t heard of this vibrant golden spice?! Like many botanical medicines with a history of significant traditional use, turmeric has been turned to for millennia for a myriad of different health complaints. But turmeric (or its popular bioactive constituent curcumin) has been able to affirm its treatment for many of these health indications through an impressive accumulation of clinical research that eclipses what is available for most other phytomedicines.
We all know it’s good for a whole lot of stuff. So much so that it is not worth referencing...Read more
With all the articles about measles and measles vaccine in the news these past few weeks, I am reminded about a topic I wrote about in 2013, the Non-Specific Effects of Vaccination. This term describes an interesting phenomenon - vaccines provide protection against a range of infections besides the infection caused by the organism from which the vaccine is made and which it is intended to prevent.
Looking specifically at the measles vaccine, in 2013 I wrote:
A 2013 African study reported that the measles vaccine cut deaths from all other infections combined by a third, mainly...Read more
The ketogenic diet is gaining increasing attention and popularity in the mainstream. The name and concept, unknown to most only a few years ago, is now well-recognized in many North American households. Medical literature, however, dates back as far as the Hippocratic era investigating the therapeutic efficacy of dietary interventions that induce ketosis.1 While varying degrees of clinical evidence supports this nutritional modification in conditions such as epilepsy,2 Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s,3 brain tumours,4 and obesity,5 the...Read more
A sustainable brain responds to life with resilience and learned optimism. From mood stability to mobility, from senses to sensibility there is much we can do to add years to life and life to years. This is a brief user’s guide and contemporary update about how to have a healthy brain for life and how to improve or recover function when needed. First, we review the functions of your brains and then our synthesis of keeping your brain tuned up for life.
Brains: CNS and GNS
Brains, both Central and Intestinal, are responsible for how well we comprehend, concentrate, feel,...Read more
There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to recommending supplements for children.
When parents want to know if a specific vitamin or herbal supplement may work to help their child overcome insomnia, ADD symptoms, digestive upset, anxiety, or autism, they often turn to their pediatrician for advice. But some pediatricians and family medical practitioners don’t have a lot of experience with supplements yet.
Common Misconceptions about Pediatric Vitamins
While many scientific studies support the importance of supplementing vitamin D, omega-3 fats,...Read more
Probiotic bacteria are amazing little chemical manufacturing plants. They break down dietary fibers and convert them into a wide range of compounds that are referred to as postbiotic metabolites. Postbiotic metabolites are the new frontier in microbiome science. Scientists are learning that postbiotic metabolites are the master health-regulating compounds in the body. They play a role in regulating every organ system, including your immune system and your brain.
Microbiome diversity is one of the most critical factors determining your overall health. Numerous human...Read more
From five kinds of evidence that men with cancer use in guiding decisions about complementary approaches to care, researchers found that patients put the most stock in personal stories and the least priority on rigorous scientific evidence.1 Health professionals tend to reverse this hierarchy of evidence.
Finding common ground can be challenging.
We have found that sites mentioning integrative cancer therapies typically fall in four broad categories:
- Sites from large medical centers, academia and government
Although N N-Dimethylglycine (DMG) has been on the health scene for over forty years, few physicians were aware of its wide range of benefits until recently.
First introduced in the 1970s, the supplement is now reaching the mainstream of natural medicine. The best way physicians can get to know and understand this product is by experiencing its benefits in their own practices, according to Roger Kendall, PhD, one of the world's leading authorities on DMG.
Dimethylglycine has a broad role as a vital "anti-stress" nutrient in advancing optimal health and well-being. It helps...Read more