Nutrition & Lifestyle

Winterizing Your Patients' Immune Systems

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

There's a lot physicians can do to help people fend off the flu besides doling out flu shots. Roby Mitchell, MD, aka Dr. Fitt, offers some outside-the-box thinking and practical suggestions.

Avi, Tami & Rummy: The Strange Politics of the Bird Flu Epidemic

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Stock prices are soaring for the drug companies that make and market Tamiflu, thanks to the Bird Flu scare, and prominent government officials particularly Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, are making big bucks as a result.

Coping with the Challenge of Celiac Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Once thought to be relatively rare, celiac disease is actually very common, and physicians need to pay more attention to it. A naturopathic physician who has the condition herself offers insights on diagnosing, treating and living with this complex digestive disease.

New Food Labeling Regs: Consensus on Allergens, Contention Over Mercury

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

New food allergen labeling regulations, effective in January 2006, will make it easier for food-sensitive people to avoid allergy triggers.

Don't Worry, B Happy: Therapeutic Uses of the B Vitamins

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

When it comes to managing a broad range of common chronic conditions and quickly improving patients' overall sense of wellbeing, few things pack as much therapeutic punch as the B vitamins. A look at this family of friendly vitamins and how best to use them.

Obesity: WAT's Up With That?

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

White Adipose Tissue (WAT), the raw material of love handles, secretes a wide range of signaling substances that can radically change metabolism. Dr. Jay Udani reviews the new science emerging on this topic, and explains why it becomes progressively more difficult for obese people to lose weight, even when they try very hard.

Bodegas Predict BMI in Inner City Youth

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

Nutrition and lifestyle changes are difficult to accomplish in inner city neighborhoods like New York's Spanish Harlem, where corner bodegas selling high fat, high sugar junk foods outnumber groceries with fresh produce by almost 20 to 1.

Ifs, Ands, and Butts: To Help Patients Quit, First Improve Their Health Status

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

According to Dr. Charles Bens, designer of the Healthy Smoker tobacco cessation program, it is essential to improve other aspects of a smoker's health before trying to break the habit. Even if someone continues to smoke, a shift toward a healthier diet and lifestyle can attenuate many of the damaging effects of tobacco smoke.

High-Veg, Low-Fat Diets Prevent Progression, Recurrence of Breast, Colon Cancer

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

NEW YORK—Data from three new clinical trials show that reducing dietary fat to levels below 20% of total calories, and increasing vegetable and fruit intake can prevent relapses of breast cancer, and reduce colon cancer, reported David Alberts, MD, at a conference on Nutrition and Health, sponsored by Columbia University's Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine.

Chocolate Chipping Away at High Cholesterol

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. Online Feature, No. . Summer, 2006

Packed with lipid-lowering plant sterols and several types of fiber, Right Direction chocolate chip cookies are a drug-free way of helping mildly dyslipidemic patients reduce their cardiovascular risk.