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
Do you have patients that experience Primary Dysmenorrhea (PDM)? Up to 90% of menstruating women in the United States experience PDM1 which is defined as pelvic pain directly before or during menstruation in the absence of a known pathology.1
Conventional treatment options for PDM include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and oral contraceptives (OCs).1
NSAIDs are generally safe when used in low doses for short time periods, but toxicity increases with increased dose and duration of the drug.2 In just a few days of use,...Read more
I’ve recently chanced upon an exciting bit of medical hypothesis that I want to share. It started with news reports about Vanessa Linares who made a presentation at a conference in Denver last November. Linares is an archaeologist who is working on her PhD at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She has been investigating a tomb discovered in 2016 in the ancient city of Megiddo. You may have heard of the city by its biblical name, Armageddon. The tomb is old; carbon dating suggests 3,600 years old. At that time Megiddo was a busy metropolis, located on the major trade routes.1
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
The December 12 issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) contains a study by Moman A Mohammad and several colleagues in Sweden who examined the risk of myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) in relation to various national holidays, sporting events along with the time of day.1 https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k4811
This study has received significant press attention over the past few days because of one reported observation, the risk for heart attacks is highest on Christmas Eve. Given...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
A new paper from researchers at Harvard University confirms earlier evidence that exercise is protective against prostate cancer mortality.
In this new study published in the October 2018 issue of European Urology, men who engaged most frequently in vigorous activities had a 30% lower risk of advanced prostate cancer, a 25% lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, and a 25% lower risk of dying from prostate cancer, compared to men who exercised the least. Data was gathered from 49,160 men aged 40-75 enrolled in the Professionals Follow-up Study who were tracked from 1986...Read more