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Cardiovascular Health

A New Angle on Nitric Oxide & CVD Prevention

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 14, No. 2. Summer, 2013
It's been more than two decades since nitric oxide was named "Molecule of the Year" by the journal, Science.

Pantethine a Safe Option for Patients “On the Cusp” of Cardiac Risk

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 13, No. 4. Winter, 2012

Pantethine, a derivative of vitamin B5, offers a safe option for improving lipid profiles and reducing cardiovascular risk beyond what can be obtained with a low-fat diet and lifestyle modification alone.

Endothelial Glycocalyx: A New Focus for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

By Erik Goldman
The endothelial glycocalyx, a gel-like glycoprotein layer that coats the inner surface of the endothelium throughout the vascular tree, has become a new focus for reducing risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events.

Drug Therapy Has Little Value In Early Stage Hypertension

By Erik Goldman
Amid the clamor over metanalyses suggesting that organic veggies are no more nutritious than conventional, and that omega-3's don't reverse heart disease, another important metanalysis got totally overlooked: the one showing that anti-hypertensive drugs are largely ineffective in people with Stage 1 hypertension.

Reckoning with Statin-Induced Diabetes and Metformin Resistance

By Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Drug therapies to reduce cardiovascular risk and prevent the onset of diabetes may be effective in the short term, but as people age, the efficacy of drugs like statins and metformin tends to diminish, while the risk of adverse effects increases. The benefit of nutritional and lifestyle interventions, on the other hand, remains robust even as people enter their final decades.

Not-So-Obvious Cardiometabolic Risk Factors Worth Considering

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Elevated cholesterol and high blood glucose are the obvious features of diabetes and heart disease but they're hardly the whole picture. Other, less obvious factors including environmental toxins like BPA and lead, gastrointestinal disorders, and frequent use of artificial sweeteners are also important drivers of disease. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the popular book, The Blood Sugar Solution, these oft-overlooked factors warrant closer attention.

Blood Viscosity: The Role of Blood Flow in Cognitive Function

By Ralph E. Holsworth, DO, and Jonathan V. Wright, MD - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012

High blood viscosity, a robust predictor of cardiovascular disease risk, is also predictive of cognitive dysfunction in older people, and may be an early indicator of the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Magnesium Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure

By Erik Goldman

Magnesium supplementation, particularly at doses over 370 mg per day, can significantly reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive and pre-hypertensive people, according to a new metanalysis of 22 trials.

 

An Integrative Team Care Strategy for Children with Congenital Heart Conditions

By Bianca Garilli, ND - Vol. 12, No. 2. Summer, 2011

Holistically-minded practitioners, can play a vital role in helping families of children with congenital heart conditions & other difficult, life-long disorders. Bianca Garilli, ND, a California naturopathic doctor and mother of a child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, shares her family's story & her hard-won tips on integrative team-building.

Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

By Erik Goldman / Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010
Much of the controversy about cell phone radiation and health has centered around the potential risk of brain tumors. But researchers recently discovered that in roughly 40% of people, the EMF field from a cordless phone system consistently produces measurable and sometimes severe heart rate disturbances.

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