Nutrition & Lifestyle

Copper Deficiency May Underlie Osteoporosis, Anemia and Neurodegenerative Disorders

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Copper seldom gets the attention lavished on other minerals like calcium and magnesium, but it is an essential factor for myelination of nerves, activation of immune system cells, synthesis of collagen and formation of hemoglobin. Copper deficiency, which is very common, may underlie anemia, osteoporosis, heart disease, and it may even mimic multiple sclerosis. Drugs that suppress stomach acid, as well as zinc and vitamin C supplements, contribute to copper deficiency.

Tackling the Most Common Nutritional Deficiencies: Fiber, Long-Chain Fatty Acids, Vitamin D

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Many Americans are well fed but poorly nourished, thanks to a calorie rich, nutrient poor diet. This is a major driver of chronic diseases. Fortunately, it's correctable. In the first of a two-part article, Steven Masley, MD, a nutrition-centered primary care doctor, offers tips for managing the most common deficiencies, including fiber, omega-3s, vitamin D and the B vitamins.

Electrodermal Testing: What It Can and Cannot Tell

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Over the last decade, there's been an explosion of "alternative" diagnostic methods purporting to identify nutrient deficiencies, detect environmental toxins, predict serious diseases, and help guide health conscious individuals in their diet and supplementation choices.

The Energetics of Foods for Health and Healing

By Susan Krieger, LAc, MS | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Biomedical science has reduced foods to the sum of their calories and micronutrients. While it is important to understand the biochemistry of what we eat, it is also important to realize that the qualities, colors, textures of our foods and the ways they are cooked play just as much of a role as their "nutrient content" in influencing our health. Traditional Chinese medicine has much to teach us on this subject.

Oximation in Practice: Clearing Acne & Related Skin Disorders

By Roby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Acne, psoriasis, rosacea and other common skin disorders are reflections of the same systemic inflammatory processes that underlie heart disease, diabetes, irritable bowel, and many other chronic disorders. Eliminating high-glycemic foods, restoring hormone balance, and minimizing inflammation will not only resolve these skin problems, they will also reduce risk of more serious diseases along the way.

Exercise Centers Are a Good "Fit" For Primary Care Clinics

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

A growing number of primary care doctors are discovering that clinic-based exercise centers are a good "fit" for their patients' physical health, and for their own fiscal health. A turnkey model called Integrative Health Network (iH3) is enabling more doctors to bring exercise medicine into their practices and to people who might never set foot in a commercial fitness club.

GGT: An Accurate, Inexpensive Predictor of Cardiometabolic Risk

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

Gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT) is a hepatic enzyme that indicates levels of oxidative stress in the liver. A large body of research suggests that it can also predict onset of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. At under $10 per test, it could be a very valuable asset in clinical practice.

Iridology: Mirror of the Soul, Perhaps, But the Iris Is Unreliable for Medical Diagnosis

By Cathy Creger Rosenbaum, PharmD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

The notion that the patterns of color and texture in the irises of the eyes can indicate the health or dysfunction of various organ systems, has been around for several hundred years. Unfortunately, scientific study of iridology fails to support it as an accurate method for detecting diseases. Despite the lack of evidence, the practice remains popular, particularly in Europe and the UK.

Tackling the Most Common Nutritional Deficiencies: B Vitamins, Calcium & Other Minerals

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

Despite consuming greater quantities of food than any other population on Earth, many Americans are suffering multiple nutrient deficiencies. In this second part of his lecture Steven C. Masley, MD, a family physician and nutritionist, offers guidelines for supplementation with B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and other key nutrients.

IV Nutritional Therapies: Infusions Overcome Limitations of Oral Supplementation

By Kenneth W. Cartaxo, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

The intravenous use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other important nutrients has a long and venerable history in American medicine. But while most physicians know about it, only a small number of us are making use of these beneficial therapies to help our patients.