Cardiovascular Health

Drug Therapy Has Little Value In Early Stage Hypertension

By Erik Goldman
Amid the clamor over metanalyses suggesting that organic veggies are no more nutritious than conventional, and that omega-3's don't reverse heart disease, another important metanalysis got totally overlooked: the one showing that anti-hypertensive drugs are largely ineffective in people with Stage 1 hypertension.

Reckoning with Statin-Induced Diabetes and Metformin Resistance

By Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Drug therapies to reduce cardiovascular risk and prevent the onset of diabetes may be effective in the short term, but as people age, the efficacy of drugs like statins and metformin tends to diminish, while the risk of adverse effects increases. The benefit of nutritional and lifestyle interventions, on the other hand, remains robust even as people enter their final decades.

Not-So-Obvious Cardiometabolic Risk Factors Worth Considering

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Elevated cholesterol and high blood glucose are the obvious features of diabetes and heart disease but they're hardly the whole picture. Other, less obvious factors including environmental toxins like BPA and lead, gastrointestinal disorders, and frequent use of artificial sweeteners are also important drivers of disease. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the popular book, The Blood Sugar Solution, these oft-overlooked factors warrant closer attention.

Magnesium Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure

By Erik Goldman

Magnesium supplementation, particularly at doses over 370 mg per day, can significantly reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive and pre-hypertensive people, according to a new metanalysis of 22 trials.

 

An Integrative Team Care Strategy for Children with Congenital Heart Conditions

By Bianca Garilli, ND - Vol. 12, No. 2. Summer, 2011

Holistically-minded practitioners, can play a vital role in helping families of children with congenital heart conditions & other difficult, life-long disorders. Bianca Garilli, ND, a California naturopathic doctor and mother of a child with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, shares her family's story & her hard-won tips on integrative team-building.

Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

By Erik Goldman / Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010
Much of the controversy about cell phone radiation and health has centered around the potential risk of brain tumors. But researchers recently discovered that in roughly 40% of people, the EMF field from a cordless phone system consistently produces measurable and sometimes severe heart rate disturbances.

Green Tea and Rooibos Tea Inhibit ACE Activity

By Shari Henson | American Botanical Council - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Data from a well-designed Swedish study indicate that green tea and Roiboos tea—but not black tea—can significantly inhibit Angiotensin Converting Enzyme, and potentially lower blood pressure. An HerbClip from the American Botanical Council.

Physicans’ Health Study: Healthy Lifestyle Obviates Risk of Heart Failure

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Statistically, the prevalence of heart failure increases with age, but a new prospective study is validating what holistic physicians have known for years: that a healthy lifestyle can markedly reduce the risk.