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Harvesting the Best of the Botanical Book Bloom

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. , 2001

Books on botanical medicine are multiplying almost as fast as the botanical products themselves. Varro Tyler, PhD, a world-renowned botanical medicine expert, now deceased, gave us his picks for essential herbal medicine reference books.

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Integrative Medicine Conference to Focus on Judicious Supplement Use

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. , 2004

The first Integrative Medicine conference, sponsored by InnoVision Communications, will pair MDs with naturopaths and chiropractors to discuss nutritional interventions for a wide variety of common disorders. A preview of an innovative and highly anticipated conference.

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A Role for Probiotics in Preventing, Treating Bacterial Vaginosis

By Brad J. Douglass, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. , 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.

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Extended-Release Niacin Boosts Lipid-Lowering Power of Statin

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. , 2002

Niacin is every effective in reducing LDL and elevating HDL or “good” cholesterol. But it is under-used in part because many people taking standard forms of niacin experience intense flushing. Extended release forms of niacin are now available that eliminate this problem. A statin-niacin combination called Advicor is “the ideal drug combination” for reducing heart disease risk, says cardiologist William Insull, MD.

Whole Grains Mean a Whole Lot Less Diabetes

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. , 2006

Daily consumption of magnesium-rich whole grains took a 30% bite out of the risk of diabetes among a cohort of more than 40,000 Black women, according to a recently published transatlantic study.

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The Trade Name Game: A Guide to the Most Studied Botanical Extracts

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. , 2001

Standardized botanical extracts are sold under a plethora of different brand names, making it difficult for physicians and consumers to choose the most effective products. A guide to the most well researched herbal extract ingredients and the brands under which they are marketed.

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FDA to Ban Ephedra, Eyes Other Herbs for Weight Loss

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. , 2004

Citing a number of deaths associated with ephedra, the FDA opted to ban this herb as a dietary supplement for weight loss, and may soon go after similar herbs like Bitter Orange. Herb industry leaders and natural medicine practitioners contend that the deaths were due to abuse, and that when used appropriately under practitioner supervision, the herb is safe.

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Phytomedicines and Pharmaceuticals in Women’s Health

By Tori Hudson, ND - Vol. 5, No. 4. , 2004

Holistic Primary Care is pleased to welcome Dr. Tori Hudson, one of the nation’s leading experts on holistic women’s health care, to our editorial team. In this, the first of her Women’s Health Update features, Dr. Hudson looks at data suggesting that antibiotic use may increase risk of breast cancer, as well as several studies suggesting that St. John’s wort does compromise the effect of oral contraceptive pills. .

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Colds, Hot and Cold: Herbal Approaches to a Common Condition

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. , 2000

In Chinese medicine, the common cold comes in several “flavors.” There are “hot” colds, “cold” colds and “part hot, part cold” colds. Each type can be treated with common herbal remedies. Dr. Marcey Shapiro explains how to use warming and cooling herbs to best effect in managing this common condition.