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
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
Egg health plays a key role in healthy fertility. Poor egg quality can be the determining factor in whether you or your patient can get pregnant.
Poor egg health can be the result of numerous factors including age, diet, lifestyle, high stress levels or a hormonal imbalance. These issues can disrupt the ovulation cycle and restrict a woman’s ability to conceive. In many of these cases, women are presented with alternatives such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), an egg donor or even adoption.
However, poor egg health is no longer considered an irreversible problem as it was...Read more
How do your eyes feel at the end of the day? If you are like the majority who are literally staring at a computer or cell phone for much of the day, or part of the growing aging population, you’d probably answer, “My eyes are often tired and dry.”
Chronic dry eyes affect as high as 87.5% (Fenga et al) of computer users and 73.5% (Uchini et al) of the elderly population. It is the number one vision problem that optometrists and ophthalmologists treat. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is becoming an epidemic because our work, play and socialization has shifted from working with our bodies, to...Read more
In recent years an increasing emphasis has been placed on scientific studies that derive data from humans rather than from animals. This is in part because many people are uncomfortable with the image of cute little furry creatures being subjected to tortuous experiments (think Watership Down) and also because animal experiments may not predict human responses under similar conditions. Having a contrarian streak buried deep within my genome, I find myself paddling against this tide and often find myself unwilling to ignore animal trials, particularly when they seem to provide useful...Read more
Collagen has been a personal passion of mine since graduate school where my thesis tells the story of how collagen and elastin cross-links are affected by d-penicillamine, a remarkable amino acid.
Collagen has been around since metazoan times. Its structure is elegantly simple and simply elegant. Glycine-proline-Any amino acid is a base unit that, when repeated about 1,000 times, becomes one strand of collagen. Three strands wind together to make a single collagen molecule.
Collagen is a major part of the infrastructure of all mammals, fish, birds,...Read more
When I ran a private naturopathic practice, my stomach churned more at the thought of promoting myself than at eating a Big Mac chased by a box of Twinkies and a 40-ounce Coke.* I dreaded networking events and public talks, terrified that I might appear pushy or salesy. The result? I was the town’s best-kept secret.
As I followed a winding career path into medical writing and content marketing, I learned what I never understood in those early years of private practice. The first step to serving the people who need you most is letting them know that you exist. There are hundreds—even...Read more