Chronic Disease

Weight Loss Improves Health, But Not CVD Risk in Diabetics

By Erik Goldman
Lifestyle interventions that help diabetic people lose weigh confer many health benefits—including marked reductions in depression, retinopathy, renal disease, hospitalization, healthcare costs. But they may not reduce cardiovascular events, according to a massive new study.

Environmental Toxins: A Hidden Factor in the Obesity Epidemic

By Linda Clark, MA, CNC | Contributing Writer - Vol. 15, No. 2. Summer, 2013

It is no secret that as a nation, the United States is getting fatter.

Over the past 50 years, the prevalence of obesity in adults has nearly tripled, from 13.4% in 1962 to 35.7% in 20101-3. The economic, social, and medical burden this places on our society cannot be overstated.  It is a healthcare crisis of immense proportions.  

Chlorinated Water Increases Risk of Asthma, Respiratory Distress

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer
Swimming in chlorinated water increases risk of asthma and respiratory problems in children, says Alfred Bernard, PhD, research director at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In a study of nearly 2,000 children, those who spent 30 or more hours in chlorinated pools before age 3 had triple the risk of respiratory problems.

The Delusion of “Pre-Diabetes”

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012
The idea of "pre-diabetes" is a comforting delusion, says functional medicine pioneer, Mark Hyman, MD. In metabolic reality, the condition so described is not "pre" anything; it is dysregulated glucose metabolism that will eventually cause serious problems. Doctors and patients alike would do well to rid themselves of this naive notion.

Massive Study Finds Link Between Allergies & Hematologic Cancers

By John Otrompke, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. 2012,
A cohort study of over 64,000 people found that those with allergies to grass, plants and trees were more likely to develop hematologic malignancies compared with people who don't have allergies. The surprising observation runs contrary to studies, and has investigators and clinicians scratching their heads.

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.

Asthma-cetaminophen

By August West, Contributing Writer
Almost every study that has looked at the relationship between acetaminophen use and childhood asthma--and there are now over 20 such studies--has found a significant association. The notion that use of this common OTC drug might trigger asthma was first posited 14 years ago. It took science this long to catch up.

Healing the NSAID Nation: Finding Safer Alternatives for Chronic Inflammation

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012

Each year, tens of thousands of Americans die unnecessarily from complications of overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized. Yet these medications continue to be routinely prescribed by physicians, and are readily available over the counter at very low prices. Botanical medicines derived from Curcumin, Ginger and other spices offer much safer alternatives.