Chronic Disease

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.

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.

 

Blood Viscosity: The Unifying Parameter In Cardiovascular Disease Risk

By Ralph E. Holsworth, Jr., DO & Jonathan V. Wright, MD - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2012

Increased blood viscosity is the only biological parameter that has been linked with all of the other major heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, elevated LDL cholesterol, low HDL, type-II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, smoking, age, and male gender. Until recently, technological limitations made it impractical for doctors to measure this key risk factor. Fortunately, that's changing.

Depression? Think Zinc!

By Ciel Patenaude, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2013
Zinc deficiency is a surprisingly common but often overlooked factor contributing to depression. When corrected through supplementation, it can have profound positive effects. In some cases, zinc repletion may obviate the need for drug therapy. Ciel Patenaude finds out how zinc influences mood and behavior from integrative psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD.

Learning to Cure Chronic Sinusitis, Asthma & Other “Issues in the Tissues”

By Rob Ivker, DO, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2012
There is no single drug that "cures" sinusitis, or a surgical procedure that eliminates it once and for all. But Dr. Rob Ivker's personal experience as a sinusitis sufferer, plus 30 years' clinical experience with thousands of patients, shows clearly that this very common condition can, indeed, be resolved. Dr. Ivker outlines his holistic strategy & unveils a new program to teach doctors how to manage sinusitis & other chronic respiratory disorders.