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Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Putting a "Dent" in CVD

By Staff Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Periodontal care takes a bite out of heart disease risk; Putting a face on a CT improves radiologist accuracy; NY State ponders a soda pop tax.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Gluten: Getting Under Your Skin?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

Gluten in shampoos and cosmetics cause trouble for people with celiac disease. Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis may not be all that, when it comes to reducing bone fractures in older women. Konjac, a yam-like Asian root, lets the carb-conscious have their noodles and eat them too.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: PPI's: Prodigious Plotz Inducers?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

Ulcer drugs increase risk of diarrhea, genetically-engineered piglets produce omega-3's, school districts nationwide ban soda, and other fun stuff.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Curbin' Carbs with Chromium

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

Curbing cravings with chromium, inducing diabetes with cigarettes, iPod totin' doctors, and other holistic health news briefs.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Stampin' for Supplements

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

Hatch & Harkin propose bill allowing food stamps to be used to buy supplements; Antioxidants from grapes reduce heart risk in women; Kudzu curbs heavy alcohol consumption; American Herbal Products Association shuns heavy metals in Ayurvedic formulas; NIH takes strong stand against "science for hire." New Q10 suppliers alleviate the coenzyme shortage.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Seeing Red … Wine

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 2. Summer, 2005

Holistic Health Newsbriefs: Red Wine Consumption Reduces Cataract Risk; Supplement Standard-Setters Face Defunding; Idaho Passes Naturopathic Licensure Bill; Conflicting Data on Vitamin E and Alzheimer's Disease; South Asian Fruit Compounds Reduces Appetite, Controls Weight; Zinc Carnosine Speeds GI Mucosal Healing.

Institute of Medicine Likely to Increase Vitamin D Recommendations

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

The Institute of Medicine’s current guidelines for vitamin D intake, established in 1997, recommend 200 IU per day for people under 50 IOM, and 400 IU for those between 50-70 years old. Those numbers are way too low, say many physicians. In light of new studies showing myriad benefits and few risks from higher levels, IOM is likely to increase its recommended intake in its updated 2010 guidelines.

Enhancing Nutritional Status to Improve Fertility

By Chris Meletis, ND

Roughly 1 in 7 American couples have difficulty conceiving, and each year they spend between $2-3 billion on fertility drugs, assisted reproduction, and other medical services. In many cases, drug based interventions can be avoided through greater attention to the couple’s nutritional status and stress level, both of which profoundly affect fertility.

A Role for Probiotics in Preventing, Treating Bacterial Vaginosis

By Brad J. Douglass, PhD | Contributer Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Say the word "probiotic" and people think, "gastrointestinal health." That's natural, since probiotics are invaluable in the management of digestive system problems. But they are also helpful for other health challenges, including infections of the female urogenital tract, like bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis and related problems.

Women's Health Research Update: Rhubarb, Maca Benefit Menopausal Women

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

There's much more to botanical medicine for menopausal symptoms than red clover and soy isoflavones. Three recent studies show strong benefits from a standardized extract of a specific species of Rhubarb. Maca, an Andes mountain root widely touted for enhancing men's sexual health, also benefits menopausal women.