Vitamins & Supplements

To Prevent Osteoporosis, Concentrate On Vitamin D, Not Bisphosphonates

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
The evidence supporting widespread use of bisphosphonate drugs for preventing osteoporosis fractures is pretty weak, while the data in favor of vitamin D supplementation is increasingly strong. Doctors who advocate “evidence-based medicine” need to rethink the role of drugs in treating women with osteoporosis.

An Irish Seaweed Harbors Healthful Minerals for Osteoarthritis

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2010

A new, mineral-rich nutraceutical derived from a species of Irish marine algae has shown promise for improving joint function and reducing the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis.

Beyond NTDs, Folic Acid May Also Prevent Congenital Heart Problems

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Folic acid supplementation before and during pregnancy is widely recommended for preventing neural tube defects. New data indicate that it can also reduce the risk of cleft lip and congenital heart defects. At the other end of the age spectrum, folic acid in combination with vitamins B6 and B12 can reduce a woman’s risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Ubiquinol, the “Other CoQ10” May Help When Standard Forms Don’t

By Dallas Clouatre, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Clinical research on CoQ10 continues to point toward new uses including blood pressure reduction, glycemic control and potentially reducing risk of neurodegenration. CoQ10 in its reduced form, known as ubiquinol, often improves outcomes in conditions like as severe heart failure, when the more common ubiquinone form, has proven ineffective.

Supplement-Drug Interactions: Separating the Signals from the Noise

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Doctors should be concerned about potential interactions between pharmaceuticals and supplements. But for many commonly cited interactions, the evidence is flimsy making it difficult to distinguish the real concerns from the noise. Fortunately there’s Creighton University's Center for Drug Information and Evidence Based Practice, and its exhaustive frequently updated reference guides.

Plant Based Diet, Omega-3s Give Long-term Relief for Arthritis, Chronic Pain

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 6, No. 2. Summer, 2005

Plant-based diets, supplementation strategies including omega-3 fatty acids and glucosamine, and elimination of "trigger" foods hold great promise of pain relief for patients with various forms of arthritis and other chronic, inflammatory pain conditions.

Natural Therapeutics for Managing Migraines

By Leann Strunk | Contributing Writer and Narinder Duggal MD, FRCPC | Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine University of Washington Medical Director, Liberty Bay Internal Medicine - Vol. 6, No. 2. Summer, 2005

Feverfew, Butterbur, magnesium and riboflavin, as well as elimination of caffeine can make a world of difference for people with migraines and other chronic headache problems.

Clearing Up Confusion About Calcium

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 6, No. 2. Summer, 2005

Millions of Americans take calcium in the hopes of preventing osteoporosis. But without understanding how calcium, vitamin D and various hormones interact, many will not get the benefits they seek. Plus, a comparative look at various forms of supplemental calcium.

Innovative New Software Tool Helps Predict Supplement-Drug Interactions

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

Dr. Leo Galland, an internist and nutritional medicine pioneer has spent the last 5 years working on an interactive software program that can help physicians predict likely interactions - beneficial as well as detrimental between pharmaceuticals, herbs, foods and nutritional supplements.