Chronic Disease

Assessing & Treating Bone Loss: Seven Tips For Improving Outcomes

By Meg Sinclair | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
Because of its very slow, insidious nature, osteoporosis is challenging to evaluate. Long-term daily drug therapy carries significant risk of side effects, a big price tag, and major compliance challenges. The key is to determine early on who is at greatest risk for fracture, and who truly needs intensive therapy.

An Irish Seaweed Harbors Healthful Minerals for Osteoarthritis

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2010

A new, mineral-rich nutraceutical derived from a species of Irish marine algae has shown promise for improving joint function and reducing the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis.

Ubiquinol, the “Other CoQ10” May Help When Standard Forms Don’t

By Dallas Clouatre, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Clinical research on CoQ10 continues to point toward new uses including blood pressure reduction, glycemic control and potentially reducing risk of neurodegenration. CoQ10 in its reduced form, known as ubiquinol, often improves outcomes in conditions like as severe heart failure, when the more common ubiquinone form, has proven ineffective.

Restoring Digestive Health is Key to Optimizing Weight Loss

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

The problem with most medical weight loss programs is that they focus too much on weight loss and not nearly enough on overall health. Somae Health is a new 12-week, medically guided weight management program that begins with restoration of healthy gastrointestinal function.

The Clinical Picture of Hypothyroidism

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Thyroid hormone plays a central role in energy metabolism and immune competence. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism is essential to restoring health. But most physicians rely too much on questionably reliable blood tests, and not enough on what their eyes and their patients are telling them. This photo gallery, compiled by Roby Mitchell, MD, reveals the common clinical signs of hypothyroidism.

Plant Based Diet, Omega-3s Give Long-term Relief for Arthritis, Chronic Pain

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

SEATTLE—Nutritional strategies can make a world of difference for patients with chronic pain and inflammation problems like arthritis, low back pain, and fibromyalgia, said Benjamin Kligler, MD, at an Integrative Pain Management symposium sponsored by Columbia University's Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Institute of Medicine Likely to Increase Vitamin D Recommendations

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

The Institute of Medicine’s current guidelines for vitamin D intake, established in 1997, recommend 200 IU per day for people under 50 IOM, and 400 IU for those between 50-70 years old. Those numbers are way too low, say many physicians. In light of new studies showing myriad benefits and few risks from higher levels, IOM is likely to increase its recommended intake in its updated 2010 guidelines.

The Weight Is Over: HCG, Weight Loss & Health Care Reform

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer

Obesity and associated chronic diseases cost this country roughly $147 billion a year in direct medical expenses. It’s not a problem that will be legislated away by health care reform plans that perpetuate status quo medical approaches. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) therapy, when combined with a careful diet plan, regular exercise and other hormone-based treatments, can make a huge difference in helping people lose weight, and could help trim the nation’s health care budget as well.

Stemming the Diabetes Tidal Wave: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

Type 2 diabetes and its precursors like impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance represent "a complex set of interrelated problems requiring a comprehensive treatment approach," said Lev Linkner, MD, at a course on holistic medicine sponsored by the American Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHM).

The CADRE Summit: Growing Evidence Supports Role of Chromium in Prevention, Treatment of Diabetes

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

The trace element chromium, and particularly chromium picolinate, will likely find a greater role in the management of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in the coming years, as clinical evidence accumulates to support its antiglycemic, insulin-sensitizing effects. Chromium researchers from across the globe recently gathered to share their findings at a summit sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Diabetes Research and Education (CADRE).