Don't expect too much help from federal authorities when trying to figure out what supplements your child might need. Though there are mountains of scientific studies on childhood nutrition, there is little consensus on how to apply that data in a practical way for optimal childhood nutrition. Parents, undaunted by the lack f "official" guidance, are figuring it all out for themselves.
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.
Statins are very effective at reducing LDL and total cholesterol, but they also deplete coenzyme Q10, a naturally occurring substance that is essential for normal muscle and heart function. Citing evidence that a major statin manufacturer knew the risks in the early '90s but took no action, Dr. Julian Whitaker sent a petition to the FDA to put a black box warning on all statin labels stating the dangers of CoQ10 depletion.
Garlic, Capsicum, Hawthorn, and Ginkgo are among a number of herbs that can help in preventing or treating cardiovascular disease. Judicious use of these herbs can eliminate the need for expensive medications in many cases. Paul Saunders, ND, PhD, offers his extensive experience using herbs for heart health.
Many commonly used drugs deplete essential nutrients, meaning that individuals taking a lot of medications may be compromising their nutritional status. Fortunately, these depletions are easy to correct with judicious use of supplements. This chart, the third in our series, reviews the nutrient-depletions associated with common drugs for diabetes, ulcers, and psychiatric disorders.
The second part in our series of charts describing nutrient depletions caused by commonly used pharmaceuticals. This chart covers hormone replacement, oral contraceptives, and various classes of antibiotics.
Many commonly used pharmaceuticals produce depletions of important nutrients that, over time, lead to side-effects, diminished overall nutritional status, and poor health. Fortunately, these depletions are usually correctable with judicious use of supplements. This first in a series of charts addressing this topic reviews depletions associated with common cardiovascular drugs, and the appropriate nutrient dosing needed to reverse the problem.
Deep vein thrombosis during long airline flights is far more common than many people realize. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, smoking and chronic fatigue all increase risk. Fortunately, a new combination of nattokinase, a soy-derived enzyme, and pycnogenol, a natural clot-buster from French maritime pine trees, can markedly reduce incidence of this often-deadly condition.
Glucosamine and chondroitin may be the most popular natural products for treating arthritis, but they're not the only ones. Zyflamend, LitoZin, Pycnogenol and Limbrel can also provide safe, effective treatment for osteoarthritis.
Recent reports of jaw osteonecrosis have marred the reputation of these anti-osteoporosis drugs. The reality is, for most early menopausal women, they are unnecessary. Many women will do just fine with dietary modifications, calcium and mineral supplementation, and exercise. A recent metanalysis suggests that Vitamin K may be better and safer than the bisphosphonates.