Healthy Aging

IBS & Osteoporosis – The BMP Connection

By Erik Goldman

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Osteoporosis are two of the most common conditions that integrative practitioners see among their patients. These disorders are actually related. The common factor? Bone Morphogenic Proteins (BMPs)—a group of cytokines that play important roles in bone and joint homeostasis as well as in GI mucosal integrity. In this free webinar, […]

UPShots Clinical Research Roundup

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Research on diet, nutraceuticals, and herbal medicine continues to grow worldwide. Here are summaries of a few recent studies that have grabbed our attention at Holistic Primary Care. Cinnamon Fosters Weight Loss in Type 2 Diabetes A gram of cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), thrice daily, promoted weight loss and lowered hemoglobin A1c levels in a small […]

Supporting Whole-Body Health During Menopause: The Latest Research & Holistic Approaches

By Erik Goldman

In this webinar, Cory Ambrose, ND, MAT presents the latest research on how to guide your patients through menopause. She discusses the physiological changes that occur during this time, with special attention to the interactions between estrogen and various neurotransmitter systems. We will highlight well-researched, novel phytonutrients to help support healthy hormone and vasomotor balance. […]

Gladys T. McGarey: Wisdom from The Well-Lived Life

By Meg Sinclair, Publisher

Usually I’m a voracious reader.  I’ve always enjoyed reading and gobbling up books.  But this year it seemed I couldn’t get past more than a couple of pages of anything at any time. “The Well-Lived Life” –a new book by Dr. Gladys McGarey–had been sitting on my desk collecting dust for months. Finally, I picked […]

Phototherapy Shows Promise in Mitigating Dementia

By August West, Contributing Writer

A metanalysis of 12 clinical studies representing a total of 776 patients diagnosed with dementia shows that phototherapy interventions can significantly improve cognitive function as indicated by changes in Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores. Phototherapy did not, however, have measurable impact on depression, agitation, or sleep patterns. Researchers at the Institute of Geriatric Medicine, Chinese […]

Longevity in 8,000 Steps

By August West, Contributing Writer

If you want to help your patients extend their life expectancies, tell them to take a hike! People who walk at least 8,000 steps per day for two or more days each week have significantly lower all-cause cardiovascular mortality rates 10 years later. That’s the conclusion of an in-depth analysis of accelerometer data from 3,101 […]

Restore Immune Tolerance and Optimize Health with Nature’s pHarmacy

By Erik Goldman

A healthy immune system naturally regulates between defense and repair. But when confronted by unrelenting challenges, it becomes overburdened and the repair functions take a back seat to defense. The result is a “repair deficit” characterized by chronic inflammation—a well-recognized cause and amplifier of chronic disease. When defense takes precedence over repair, intestinal permeability usually […]

The Colors of Maca: Balancing Hormones with Phytochemical Phenotypes

By Deanna Minich, PhD & Kim Ross, DCN

Maca (Lepidium) is a genus of cruciferous root vegetables representing 249 known species of plants native to the Andes mountains of Peru and Bolivia. Various types of maca have been used as both food and medicine by indigenous peoples of that region for thousands of years. Maca belongs to the same Brassicaceae family as turnips, […]

Nutritional Support for Post-Menopausal Osteoarthritis

By Erik Goldman

According to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, there are roughly 27 million American women in the peri- to post-menopausal years–that’s 20% of the US work force. And each year, roughly 2 million American women reach menopause. Women betwen the ages of 50-60 years have a 3.5-fold higher risk of osteoarthritis than men of […]

Pain Brain: Chronic Pain Drives Cognitive Decline

By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Contributing Writer

A massive new study of data from over 19,000 individuals shows that chronic pain is associated with loss of hippocampal volume and increased risk of dementia. Compared with pain-free control subjects, those who had five or more areas of chronic pain showed neurological changes equivalent to eight years of excess brain aging (Zhao W, et […]