SALT LAKE CITY—When talking to your patients about heart disease, offer them the choice between a Path or a Pathology, and help them identify their own obstacles to a healthier lifestyle, said S. A. Decker Weiss, NMD, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Epidemiologically, elevated homocysteine levels are correlated with increased risk of stroke. But on an individual basis, it is difficult to know when someone's homocysteine measurement is signaling an increased likelihood of stroke.
LAS VEGAS—Co-enzyme Q10 supplementation can improve heart function and survival in patients with congestive heart failure, provided it is given early on in the course of disease, said Stephen Sinatra, MD, at the American College of Nutrition's annual meeting.
Many commonly used pharmaceuticals deplete key nutrients, leading to a progressive decline in nutrition and health status. This chart, the first of a series, identifies nutritional depletions associated with diuretics, cholesterol lowering drugs and other cardiovascular medicines, and outlines simple nutritional interventions to correct the problems.
Everyone knows exercise is good medicine. Far fewer people understand how to optimize the health benefits of regular exercise. As with many other things, it is not a matter of blindly doing more, but of bringing physiological intelligence to the process.
The issue of whether or not to eat fish has had a lot of people floundering in recent years. Many are concerned about mercury and other environmental toxins found in some fish. Two major reports, one from the Institute of Medicine, and another from researchers at Harvard insist that the health benefits of a fish-rich diet far outweigh the minimal risks. Enviro-groups contend that the reports are downplaying the pollution problem.
A daily 6 gram dose of polyphenol-rich dark chocolate can induce small but clinically meaningful blood pressure reductions, and it's a lot more patient friendly than low-salt diets or antihypertensive drugs. Genistein, one of the key isoflavones from soy, actually increases bone mineral density in women at risk for osteoporosis.
Nothing helps patients understand the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices like a trip to a health food store.
Low blood omega-3 fatty acid levels are a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with the same predictive value as elevated cholesterol or homocysteine levels. Blood omega-3 levels are easily measured by assessing the fatty acid content of red blood cell membranes. New methods for making this assessment are now available.
The White House Office of Management and Budget called on the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a recommendation promoting greater consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. The request is part of a broader Federal effort to address the massive public health crisis of heart disease and obesity.