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Low Vitamin D, High Blood Pressure Plague Obese Children & Adolescents

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

Two recent studies of inner-city youth show that vitamin D deficiency and high-blood pressure correlate strongly with obesity. The former problem is fairly easy to treat, through vitamin D supplementation. The latter presents a major clinical challenge.

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

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

New data from the Women's Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS) and the Women's Healthy Eating and Lifestyle (WHEL) trial show clearly that low-fat, high-vegetable diets can reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence in high-risk women. The findings should prompt a re-thinking of the negative diet data from the Women's Health Initiative.

To Sleep, Perchance To Heal: Managing Sleep Disorders Without Medications

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Chronic sleep problems are so common that many people simply accept them as an inevitable part of modern life. But lack of sleep is extremely detrimental to health. According to Anne McClenon, ND, chronic sleep loss should be considered a medical emergency. But quick-fix drugs are not the answer. Nutrients like melatonin, herbs like Valerian, and elimination of late night TV or computer use, are a lot safer and more effective in restoring healthy sleep.

Tackling the Most Common Nutritional Deficiencies: Fiber, Long-Chain Fatty Acids, Vitamin D

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Many Americans are well fed but poorly nourished, thanks to a calorie rich, nutrient poor diet. This is a major driver of chronic diseases. Fortunately, it's correctable. In the first of a two-part article, Steven Masley, MD, a nutrition-centered primary care doctor, offers tips for managing the most common deficiencies, including fiber, omega-3s, vitamin D and the B vitamins.

Medical Aromatherapy Offers Safe, Patient-Friendly Tools to Treat Memory Impairment

By Kamyar Hedayat, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Essential oils of Sage, Lavender, Rosemary and a number of other aromatic medicinal plants contain compounds that have direct stimulatory effects on memory formation, while at the same time helping to reduce stress, a major contributor to memory loss.

Phototherapy a Safe, Effective Treatment for Acne, Psoriasis & Other Skin Disorders

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Phototherapy, the application of carefully-controlled pulses of light directly to the skin surface, is a highly effective and safe technique enabling primary care physicians to treat acne, psoriasis and other common, chronic skin disorders.

Hair Analysis, Antioxidant Testing: Popular with Patients, But Are They Clinically Valid?

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

In their effort to get a grip on their health, many people are utilizing "alternative" diagnostic tests that claim to identify nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, and disease risk factors. Some of these tests are backed good science, others are not, but even the legitimate ones may not be able to provide the type of guidance that patients are seeking. In Part One of this series, Cathy Creger Rosenbaum looks at hair analysis and antioxidant testing.

Sensitivity, Stress Reduction & Quelling Inflammation Are Keys to Managing Acne

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

High-dose vitamin A, an inflammation-lowering diet, stress reduction and a healthy dose of kindness can go a long way toward reducing the physical and psychosocial impact of acne.

Intensive Essential Oil Therapy: Effective Treatment for Common Acute Infections

By Corinne Adrion-Israelsen | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

In the US, most people use aromatic essential oils for relaxation and other forms of aromatherapy. In France, they have a long history of internal use for the prevention and treatment of common infections. Corinne Andrion-Israelsen, who trained in the French tradition, explores the history and clinical application of plant essential oils.

From "Clinical Facility" to "Garden of Healing": Creating a Healing Environment for Your Patients

By Deb Andelt | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

The specific treatment a doctor gives is only a small part of the total clinical experience. The key to creating an effective healing experience is to create a vision that reaches below the surface of conscious awareness, where 95% of what we take in is processed. To give patients a nurturing, healing experience, we need to create nurturing, compassionate, empowering input that touches people on many different levels.