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Perinatal Probiotics Benefit Preemies, Cesareans & Other Little People

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

A number of recent studies show that probiotic supplements and fermented dairy products can prevent or even treat colic, atopic dermatitis, and many other common allergic and infectious problems in infancy. Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, the two main classes of “good bugs” can greatly improve the health of premature babies and those born via cesarean section. Plus, Perinatal Probiotics: A Research Review, and Choosing & Using Probiotics.

Natural Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis

By Kamyar Hedayat, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Allergic rhinitis may not be the most serious problem confronting us as primary care physicians. But it is very common, affecting up to one-fifth of the US population, including children. This amounts to 40,000,000 people. While not life threatening, it causes a great deal of discomfort, and more importantly, it can be an indicator of dysfunction of the adrenals, liver, immune system, or of dysbiosis and/or chronic stress, all of which warrant careful assessment and treatment.

The Five Faces of ADHD: A Chinese Medicine Approach

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

What works for attention deficit disorder? Depends on the kid, says Dr. Stephen Cowan, a holistic pediatrician who uses the Five Elements concepts from traditional Chinese medicine in working with attention problems in children. He believes modern drug therapies, with their one-size-fits-all philosophy, are doing more harm than good for many of these kids. The Five Elements approach recognizes that children are different from one another, and opens up a healthier way of addressing this increasingly common problem.

To Ameliorate Seasonal Allergies, Choose Xylitol Washes Over Saline

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Nasal washes can be a big help for patients with seasonal allergies. Many people use salt water. But this not the best choice, as it is irritating and it inhibits natural defense mechanisms. Xylitol nasal washes are effective in stimulating allergen clearance without the risk of irritation, and with the added benefit of inhibiting bugs that cause upper respiratory and middle ear infections.

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.