Chronic Disease

Resisting Insulin Resistance: Early Detection, Intensive Nutritional Therapy Is Key

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

Early detection of metabolic syndrome and swift initiation of lifestyle-changes and nutrition-based therapies are the keys to averting the deluge of type 2 diabetes now threatening to capsize the nation's healthcare system, said Mark Houston, MD, of the Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Whole Grains Mean a Whole Lot Less Diabetes

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

Daily consumption of magnesium-rich whole grains took a 30% bite out of the risk of diabetes among a cohort of more than 40,000 Black women, according to a recently published transatlantic study.

Basic Supplements for Reversing Metabolic Syndrome

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

Lipoic Acid, Green Tea Extract, and Fish Oils are among the cornerstone supplements for helping people improve their glucose metabolism and preventing diabetes.

The Vascular Roots of Osteoarthritis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Osteoarthritis is the end result of the same disease process that leads to atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction, according to Dr. Phil Cheras, an Australian investigator whose research shows that the vessels supplying the joints in patients with osteoarthritis become blocked with blood clots and lipid droplets. The good news is that triterpene compounds derived from the African shea nut can reverse this process in many patients with this devastating disease.

Angelica Extract Brings New Mechanism to Bear on Alzheimer's Disease

By Thomas Walshe, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

The patient, a 51-year-old woman, "showed jealousy toward her husband as the first noticeable sign of the disease. Soon a rapidly increasing loss of memory could be noticed. She could not find her way around her own apartment.

The Naturopathic Approach for Psoriasis

By Michael Traub, ND & Monica Scheel, MD - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

Psoriasis is thought to be the result of T-cell activation initiated by unidentified antigens. These activated T-cells release cytokines like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) that lead to keratinocyte proliferation. This hyper-proliferative response decreases epidermal transit time from the normal 28 days to 2–4 days, ultimately leading to the erythematous scaly plaques that characterize the disease.

For Psoriasis Patients, Olive Polyphenols May Provide Relief

By Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

Polyphenols from olives, known to be potent antioxidants, can also down-regulate inflammation, and they're proving effective in clearing psoriasis.

Obesity in Women: Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Calcium May Be Valuable Allies

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 3. Fall, 2007

Obesity is especially common among women. Recent studies show that women can lose small but clinically meaningful amounts of weight through the Atkins, Zone, Ornish or LEARN diet regimens. Conjugated linoleic acid may be a valuable ally in weight loss. Calcium supplementation may also help.