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Chronic Disease

The Delusion of “Pre-Diabetes”

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012
The idea of "pre-diabetes" is a comforting delusion, says functional medicine pioneer, Mark Hyman, MD. In metabolic reality, the condition so described is not "pre" anything; it is dysregulated glucose metabolism that will eventually cause serious problems. Doctors and patients alike would do well to rid themselves of this naive notion.

Massive Study Finds Link Between Allergies & Hematologic Cancers

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. 2012,
A cohort study of over 64,000 people found that those with allergies to grass, plants and trees were more likely to develop hematologic malignancies compared with people who don't have allergies. The surprising observation runs contrary to studies, and has investigators and clinicians scratching their heads.

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.


To Improve Weight Loss Outcomes, Consult “Dr. Sandman”

By Ciel Patenaude, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Getting less than forty winks has a profound effect on metabolic processes that determine not only how we seek out and utilize food, but also how adept our bodies are at burning or storing calories.

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.


By August West, Contributing Writer
Almost every study that has looked at the relationship between acetaminophen use and childhood asthma--and there are now over 20 such studies--has found a significant association. The notion that use of this common OTC drug might trigger asthma was first posited 14 years ago. It took science this long to catch up.

Healing the NSAID Nation: Finding Safer Alternatives for Chronic Inflammation

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012
Each year, tens of thousands of Americans die unnecessarily from complications of overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized. Yet these medications continue to be routinely prescribed by physicians, and are readily available over the counter at very low prices. Botanical medicines derived from Curcumin, Ginger and other spices offer much safer alternatives.

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.


Lose Weight? You Bet! Men Excel in Weight Loss Wagers

By Erik Goldman
Weight loss wagers, the latest rage among big employers trying to cut health care costs, are proving to be an effective strategy for helping men get into better shape.

Lansoprazole for Asthma: Little Help, Lotta Side-Effects

By Erik Goldman
Lansoprazole, a proton-pump inhibitor promoted for controlling asthma-inducing GERD, caused more harm than good in a new placebo-controlled study of over 300 asthmatic children.



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