Healthy Aging

Optimizing the Use of Cardiovascular Herbs

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

Garlic, Capsicum, Hawthorn, and Ginkgo are among a number of herbs that can help in preventing or treating cardiovascular disease. Judicious use of these herbs can eliminate the need for expensive medications in many cases. Paul Saunders, ND, PhD, offers his extensive experience using herbs for heart health.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 3)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

Many commonly used drugs deplete essential nutrients, meaning that individuals taking a lot of medications may be compromising their nutritional status. Fortunately, these depletions are easy to correct with judicious use of supplements. This chart, the third in our series, reviews the nutrient-depletions associated with common drugs for diabetes, ulcers, and psychiatric disorders.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 2)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

The second part in our series of charts describing nutrient depletions caused by commonly used pharmaceuticals. This chart covers hormone replacement, oral contraceptives, and various classes of antibiotics.

Drug Induced Nutrient Depletions (Part 1)

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Many commonly used pharmaceuticals produce depletions of important nutrients that, over time, lead to side-effects, diminished overall nutritional status, and poor health. Fortunately, these depletions are usually correctable with judicious use of supplements. This first in a series of charts addressing this topic reviews depletions associated with common cardiovascular drugs, and the appropriate nutrient dosing needed to reverse the problem.

Pycnogenol-Nattokinase Combo Prevents In-Flight Venous Thrombosis

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

Deep vein thrombosis during long airline flights is far more common than many people realize. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, smoking and chronic fatigue all increase risk. Fortunately, a new combination of nattokinase, a soy-derived enzyme, and pycnogenol, a natural clot-buster from French maritime pine trees, can markedly reduce incidence of this often-deadly condition.

Nutrition, Natural Products and Arthritis

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

Glucosamine and chondroitin may be the most popular natural products for treating arthritis, but they're not the only ones. Zyflamend, LitoZin, Pycnogenol and Limbrel can also provide safe, effective treatment for osteoarthritis.

Are Bisphosphonates Really Necessary for Osteoporosis Prevention?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Recent reports of jaw osteonecrosis have marred the reputation of these anti-osteoporosis drugs. The reality is, for most early menopausal women, they are unnecessary. Many women will do just fine with dietary modifications, calcium and mineral supplementation, and exercise. A recent metanalysis suggests that Vitamin K may be better and safer than the bisphosphonates.

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.

Confronting the Challenge of Polypharmacy

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

Polypharmacy, the progressive piling on of medications, is one of the biggest unspoken public health threats facing the nation. Simply put, more meds means more adverse events and drug interactions. The problem is only going to grow as the Boomer generation ages, unless physicians and patients work together to use medications more judiciously.