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Iodine & Breast Health: Think Beyond the Thyroid

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. , 2009

Say the word “iodine” and most physicians automatically think, “thyroid.” But iodine is also essential for maintenance of healthy breast and ovarian tissue in women, and fostering optimal neurocognitive development in babies. It may even have a role in preventing or treating breast cancer. The problem is, many women are iodine deficient.

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

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

OLD GREENWICH, CT—Keep an eye out for vitamin D deficiency among obese children and teenagers. The problem is very common and it can have significant long-term negative impact, said Margarita Smotkin-Tangorra, MD, at the annual meeting of the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research.

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Indie Labs Play Supplement Rating Game: New Product Evaluation Tools

By Jim Rowe | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. , 2000

Independent laboratories and private companies are jumping into the dietary supplement rating game, hoping to bridge what many see as a gap in government oversight.

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New Guidelines Give a Nod to Probiotics for Irritable Bowel

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. , 2009

In it’s new position paper on treatment of IBS, the American College of Gastroenterology has formally recognized the value of certain probiotics. Natural medicine has much else to offer patients struggling with this difficult chronic condition.

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“Top Ten” Natural Approaches for Managing Coronary Artery Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

PHILADELPHIA—Holistic medicine is often considered more preventive than therapeutic, especially when it comes to cardiovascular disease. But even patients with advanced heart disease can benefit greatly from multimodal natural therapeutics.

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Obesity: WAT’s Up With That?

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

White Adipose Tissue (WAT), the raw material of love handles, secretes a wide range of signaling substances that can radically change metabolism. Dr. Jay Udani reviews the new science emerging on this topic, and explains why it becomes progressively more difficult for obese people to lose weight, even when they try very hard.

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Herb Side Effects Need Better Tracking: Inadequate Surveillance Leaves Data Gap

By Jim Rowe | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. , 2000

While herbal medicines are generally considered to be quite safe, there are currently no laws mandating physicians to report adverse events associated with herbs to federal authorities. Similarly, there are no laws requiring the FDA to investigate reported incidents. Without better national reporting and follow-up systems, it is difficult to gauge the true safety of common herbal medicines.

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NDs Win Right to Licensure, Independent Practice in California

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 4, No. 4. , 2003

After a protracted struggle with the California Medical Association and organizations representing other holistic practitioners, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) in California won the right to licensure. Under SB 907, NDs in California will now be able to practice as independent primary care doctors.

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Prevention of Obesity Must Begin in Childhood

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 5, No. 3. , 2004

Teaching children to “clean their plates,” and “eat every last bite,” made a lot of sense in times of want. In the era of supersized meals full of saturated fat, sugar and salt, it is a set-up for obesity. Interestingly, human infants have an innate capacity to regulate food intake based on energy need, but as they grow, they’re taught to eat more than they really need.

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Au Naturelle: Managing Menopause Without Pharmaceuticals

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. , 2002

Managing menopause symptoms without conventional hormone replacement therapy requires much more than substituting soy or Black Cohosh for PremPro. Elena Barengolts, MD, a holistic endocrinologist, describes her comprehensive approach that includes plant phytoestrogens, ginseng, calcium, vitamin D, and various herbs to promote better sleep.

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