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Nutrition & Lifestyle

Flax Seed: A Woman's "Breast Friend Forever"

By Robert Pendergrast, MD - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall , 2011
There are many foods that can contribute to a breast-healthy diet. In his effort to help family members and patients dealing with breast cancer, Dr. Robert Pendergrast has reviewed them all. His conclusion? Flax seed is one of the best. It's a cornerstone for breast cancer prevention, and should become every woman's "BFF" ("Breast Friend Forever").

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.

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.

Who’s in Bed with the IOM? Vitamin D Report Prompts Conflict of Interest Suspicion

By Erik Goldman

The Institute of Medicine’s Nov. 30 consensus statement claiming most Americans do not need supplemental vitamin D—a position that runs counter to the views of many clinicians and researchers⎯has some folks wondering if committee members had preexisting biases or vested interests against supplementation.


It turns out that at least two members of the committee hold patents on synthetic vitamin D analogs in development or already on the market as prescription drugs, and significant relationships with companies involved in vitamin D drug development.

 

New Survey Data Highlight Convergence of Conventional & Holistic Medicine

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

Data from Holistic Primary Care's first annual survey of primary care physicians reveal that some very positive changes are going on in the trenches of clinical practice these days. A lot more physicians are turning toward holistic approaches, with nutrition taking a much more prominent place in day-to-day practice. It seems that the "integration" we've been hearing so much about is really happening!

Nutritional Medicine A Textbook by Alan R. Gaby, MD

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2011

Written for busy practitioners who need reliable but clinically-relevant information to guide patient care, Dr. Alan Gaby's new, Nutritional Medicine, extensive combines literature reviews, case reports, thorough background material and a lifetime of clinical experience. Here are a few excerpts from this landmark textbook.

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.

Nutrition Interventions & Neurofeedback Improve Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury

By Gil Winkelman,ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Head injuries, which are increasingly common these days, cause a myriad of downstream physical and cognitive problems. These can often be ameliorated by supplementing with vitamin D, magnesium, and essential fatty acids. Neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback guided by EEG, is a highly effective but underutilized tool for people who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries.

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