Vitamins & Supplements

How High Is Too High? Elevated Homocysteine Raises Stroke Specter

By Peggy Peck | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Epidemiologically, elevated homocysteine levels are correlated with increased risk of stroke. But on an individual basis, it is difficult to know when someone's homocysteine measurement is signaling an increased likelihood of stroke.

 

Dietary Supplements in Children: Parents Rush in Where Researchers Fear to Tread

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Don't expect too much help from federal authorities when trying to figure out what supplements your child might need. Though there are mountains of scientific studies on childhood nutrition, there is little consensus on how to apply that data in a practical way for optimal childhood nutrition. Parents, undaunted by the lack f "official" guidance, are figuring it all out for themselves.

CoQ10 and CHF: Start Early to Optimize Myocardial Function

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Coenzyme Q10 supplementation can improve heart function and long term survival in patients with congestive heart failure. The key, says Stephen Sinatra, MD, is to begin CoQ10 as soon as the diagnosis is made. The earlier one starts, the more likely the coenzyme will help.

Antioxidants During Chemotherapy Spur Controversy

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. December, 2000

Do antioxidant vitamins help or hinder conventional cancer treatments? The science on this topic is incomplete and there are strong opinions on both sides. The reality is there may not be a clear-cut single answer. Antioxidants may be extremely helpful in some types of cancer, in combination with some forms of chemo or radiotherapy, but detrimental in others.

Dr. Gonzalez Moves Closer to Vindication

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

For years, Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, has been treating patients with advanced cancers using intensive nutritional interventions. Mainstream oncologists have ostracized him for his unorthodox approach, and he's weathered a few nasty lawsuits. However, a study sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) shows that his regimen can markedly increase survival time in patients with pancreatic cancer.

DHA, not EPA, Is Big Fish of Omega-3s

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Many commonly used pharmaceuticals deplete key nutrients, leading to a progressive decline in nutrition and health status. This chart, the first of a series, identifies nutritional depletions associated with diuretics, cholesterol lowering drugs and other cardiovascular medicines, and outlines simple nutritional interventions to correct the problems.

H1N1 is No Match for a Well-Primed Immune System

By Roby MitRoby Mitchell, MD | Contributing Writer chell, MD | Contributing - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Maintaining the functional integrity of the innate immune complex through a vegetable-rich diet, and immune enhancing vitamins & minerals obviates the need to fret over which strain of flu virus will predominate. A competent immune system will defend against them all.

Do Calcium & Vitamin D Still Have a Place in Osteoporosis Prevention?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

Recent data have caused many patients and physicians to question the value of vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent osteoporosis. But a closer look at the study shows that the findings are not nearly as negative as the media reported them to be. Women's Health columnist Dr. Tori Hudson believes the supplements still have a major role to play.

Surgically Significant Supplements

By Monica Scheel, MD & Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

There are many misconceptions about the relative safety, risk, and efficacy of herbs and nutritional supplements for patients requiring surgery. Drs. Traub and Scheel set the record straight on Ginkgo, Vitamin E, Bromelain, Zinc and others.

Amino Acid Therapy for Autism: Quelling the Nervous System on Fire

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

A brighter future awaits autistic children, as clinicians learn how to apply the tools of neurotransmitter assessment, detoxification protocols, and nutritional therapies to this increasingly common problem.