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Healthy Aging

Are We Inducing Osteoporosis?

By John Neustadt, ND / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

Commonly used drugs like broad-spectrum antibiotics, oral corticosteroids, and anti-ulcer meds, have deleterious effects on bone, increasing the risk of osteoporotic fractures.

To Prevent Fractures, Consider Bone Flexibility Not Just Mineral Density

By John Neustadt, ND / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

Bone mineral density is just one part of the physiological equation that adds up to bone health. Bone flexibility, a reflection of the collagen content in a person’s bone, is equally important but usually overlooked. Vitamin K can help.

Life After Cancer: Regular Exercise Improves Survival, Reduces Recurrence

By Janet Gulland / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

Non-strenuous exercise can significantly improve survival and prevent recurrences in people recovering from colorectal cancer.

Ginseng Extract Safely Reduces Incidence, Recurrence of Respiratory Infections

By Janet Gulland / Contributing Writer

A standardized extract of Panax ginseng root (Panax quinquefolium) is proving safe and effective for preventing and ameliorating acute respiratory infections, particularly  among elderly individuals.

 

Calorie Restriction Mimetics: New Tools for Reducing Chronic Disease, Promoting Longevity

By Stephen Holt, MD / Contributinig Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

 

Calorie restriction—by as much as 50%-70% of normal intake—is the only intervention consistently proven to extend lifespan. But that’s not a realistic treatment option for most people. Fortunately, natural substances including resveratrol, carnosine,  and carnitine can mimic the beneficial effects of calorie restriction.

Consensus Builds on High-Dose Vitamin D for Breast Cancer Prevention--Despite IOM Report

By Janet Gulland / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

 

Despite the Institute of Medicine's recent report, many nutrition-minded oncologists believe high-dose vitamin D supplementation—upwards of 4,000 IU/day—has potential to markedly reduce risk of primary breast cancer as well as breast cancer recurrence, with minimal risk of toxicity.

Treating Skin Disorders From the Inside Out: An Interview with Dr. Julia Hunter

By Roby Mitchell, MD / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

Many dermatologists will lip-service the ideas that, “beauty begins from within,” and “Skin health is a reflection of overall health.” But very few of them practice that way. Dr. Julia Hunter, a holistic dermatologist in Los Angeles, is a rare exception. In this interview with Dr. Roby Mitchell, Dr. Hunter shares insight on connections between the skin and the gut, the role of vitamin C in skin care, skin care ingredients to avoid, and much more.

Telomeres, Aging, & Disease Prevention: Do Telomere-Targeted Treatments Have a Role in Clinical Practice?

By Stephen Holt, MD, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Telomeres—segments of chromosomes that prevent aberration or loss of genetic information during cell division—are among the hottest research topics these days, and they’ve become the focus of “anti-aging” and chronic disease prevention strategies. Like many areas of genetic research, the work on telomeres raises as many questions as it answers. Anti-aging specialist Dr. Stephen Holt explores the many nuances of telomere and telomerase research, offering his own clinically tested recommendations.

Physicans’ Health Study: Healthy Lifestyle Obviates Risk of Heart Failure

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Statistically, the prevalence of heart failure increases with age, but a new prospective study is validating what holistic physicians have known for years: that a healthy lifestyle can markedly reduce the risk.

Getting to the Eye of the Storm In People with Diabetes

By Fred Pescatore, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new cases of vision loss in adults between ages 20 and 74, and more than 40% of people newly diagnosed with diabetes already have some level of retinal damage. The good news is that the disease process can be prevented or arrested by reducing sugar intake, regular exercise and targeted use of nutraceuticals like chromium picolinate, lutein, zeaxanthin, and Pycnogenol.

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