August 2014


seniorpain114x170.jpgHere’s an excuse to stay in bed this weekend with zero guilt: Logging extra hours of sleep can reduce pain sensitivity and increase daytime alertness, according to a new study soon to be published in the journal SLEEP.

To read the full story 9 Natural Pain Relievers, click here.
LegCramps150x170.jpgIt’s happened to practically everyone: A sudden, painful cramp in your leg or foot startles you awake in the middle of the night. Studies suggest that one-third to one-half of people over 60 get these involuntary muscle contractions on a regular basis, and their frequency may increase with age. Lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several excruciating minutes, cramps occur when irritated nerves send muscles a signal to repeatedly contract.

To read the full story Kick Leg Cramps, click here.
VitaminsAtoZ150x170.jpgThe best way to get crucial vitamins and minerals is by eating the right balance of healthy foods. But for people over age 50, even the best diet may not provide enough of some important nutrients. "How many of us can claim to be getting the full complement of what we need from our diet each day?" asks Meir Stampfer, M.D., professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard University.

To read the full story Vitamins From A to Z, click here.
therapy150x170.jpgAmong patients who don't respond to antidepressants, adding talk therapy to their prescription appears to ease depressive symptoms, a new study found.

In a randomized controlled trial, adding cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT to drug therapy was associated with a more than threefold increased likelihood of response to treatment after six months, Dr. Nicola Wiles of the University of Bristol in England and colleagues reported online in The Lancet.

To read the full story Talk Therapy Boosts Response to Antidepressants, click here.
optimism150x170.jpgA resilient attitude may be the secret to successful aging, perhaps even trumping good physical health, finds a new study.

Researchers surveyed 1,006 randomly selected adults in San Diego, Calif., between the ages of 50 and 99 (with a mean age of about 77) through a 25-minute phone interview, followed by a mail-in survey. In addition to evaluating the participants' physical health conditions, such as chronic disease and disability, the survey looked at more subjective factors like adults' social engagement and self-assessments of their overall health and degree of successful aging.

To read the full story Optimism Is Key to Successful Aging, click here.
DDaltmed88x170.jpgDepartment of Defense Embracing Alternative Medicine

Once labeled quackery these methods show promise for Veterans

Would you be surprised to know that the Department of Defense has designated several billion dollars for research into these healing techniques.

To read the full article Department of Defense Embracing Alternative Medicine, click here.
ABOtype130x170.jpgBlood Type May Affect Stroke Risk, Study Finds

Your blood type might affect your risk for stroke. People with AB and women with B were a little more likely to suffer one than people with O blood — the most common type, a study found.

To read the full article Blood Type May Affect Stroke Risk, Study Finds, click here.
spndtime170x150.jpgDads Are Doing More, but Moms Are More Stressed, Study Finds

With growing evidence that the American dad has stepped up his game when it comes to housework and child care, U.S. households would seem to have been swept clean of gender inequity.

To read the full article Dads Are Doing More, but Moms Are More Stressed, study finds, click here.
multitaskmon150x170.jpgWomen Are More Masterful at Multitasking Than Men

Women remain more adept at multitasking than their male counterparts. From managing a range of household chores while helping their children with homework, to performing computer work while handling a phone call, women pump up the volume of productivity to keep up in their busy lives.

To read the full article Women Are More Masterful at Multitasking Than Men, click here.
califestyle170x170.jpgOver 40% of Cancers Due to Lifestyle, Says Review

Nearly half of cancers diagnosed in the UK each year - over 130,000 in total - are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things, a review reveals.

To read the full article Over 40% of Cancers Due to Lifestyle, Says Review , click here.

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High Fruit And Veggie Diet In Females Reduces Stroke Risk


Females who consume lots of fruit, vegetables and grains have a lower risk of stroke, even if they have a history of cardiovascular disease.

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Freezing temps? Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long! It may be gloomy outside, but your outlook doesn't have to be...

To read the full article The secrets to a super-happy winter, click here.


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Health Tip: Treating Canker Sores
Suggestions that may ease the pain


Canker sores are small ulcers that form inside and around the mouth, often due to an injury to sensitive tissue.

To read the full article Health Tip: Treating Canker Sores, click here.
shift-work130x100.jpgPeople who work shifts are not able to comply with the natural sleep/wake rhythm based on the cycle of day and night. Their internal body clock becomes unbalanced. The consequences of this can be a variety of metabolic disorders which, on a long-term basis, can be accompanied by a range of illnesses, psychological disorders and even the inability to work.

To read the full article Shift Work And Metabolic Disorders , click here.

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 Meditation Can Make the World Seem a Less Threatening Place
It's going to be a difficult holiday season for a man named Demitrius, who didn't want to use his full name to protect his privacy.

To read the full article Addicts Overcome Holiday Stress with Meditation , click here.


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Do all contraceptives lower ovarian cancer risk?


Birth control pills have long been known to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, but a new study suggests any type of contraceptive - even, surprisingly, vasectomy - may also be protective.

To read the full article Do all contraceptives lower ovarian cancer risk?, click here.


vaccine130x100.jpg12 Reasons Why Adults Need Vaccines
Vaccines aren't just for kids. Here's why grown-ups need them, too.


Think of vaccines and you might envision teary-eyed kids at the doctor’s office or flu clinic getting a cartoon character bandage on their arm after getting a shot.

To read the full article 12 Reasons Why Adults Need Vaccines , click here.

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Aspirin May Reduce Cancer Risk, But Caution Urged
Some experts say study isn't strong enough for doctors to start recommending a daily dose


A new report from British scientists suggests that long-term, daily aspirin use may modestly lower the risk of dying of certain cancers, though experts warn the study isn't strong enough to recommend healthy people start taking a pill that can cause bleeding and other problems.

To read the full article Aspirin May Reduce Cancer Risk, But Caution Urged, click here.


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Imagination Diet: Thinking About Eating Kills Cravings
Study: Habituate Your Mind to Treats and You Want Them Less


This holiday season, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, or any other treats for that matter, may be the best way to ensure that you don't overindulge, according to new research from Carnegie Mellon University.

To read the full article Imagination Diet: Thinking About Eating Kills Cravings, click here.


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Older Men Get Less Effective Prostate Cancer Care

Old age is no hindrance to benefitting from prostate cancer surgery and radiation therapy, according to a new U.S. study that shows men over 75 often get less effective treatment than their younger peers.

To read the full article Older Men Get Less Effective Prostate Cancer Care, click here.


pinch130x100.jpgThe Best Ways to Lose Weight and Eat Healthfully in the New Year

It's resolution time again, and often the first resolution on most people’s lists is to lose weight and eat more healthfully. But how exactly do we do that and how do we keep ourselves from becoming a resolution dropout once Feb. 1 rolls around?

To read the full article The Best Ways to Lose Weight and Eat Healthfully in the New Year, click here.

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Two Cancer Codes Cracked

'We will think about cancers in a very different way's. Researchers have mapped the DNA mutations in skin and lung cancer — findings that one researcher says will change how cancer is viewed.


To read the full article Two Cancer Codes Cracked, click here.

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Why Women Wrinkle Around Mouth
Women More Likely Than Men to Get Wrinkles Around the Lips; Is Biology to Blame?


Biology may be the reason why women are more prone than men to developing wrinkles around the lips -- called perioral wrinkles-- and deeper ones, too, a new study says.

To read the full article Why Women Wrinkle Around Mouth, click here.

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A Device to De-Stress Your Workout

AFTER a night that included several beers and not enough sleep, Keith Gillis, a 31-year-old cyclist in Truro, Nova Scotia, set out on a 74-mile road ride with the caveat that he was feeling fatigued.

To read the full article A Device to De-Stress Your Workouts, click here.

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Study: Women Get More Wrinkles Than Men
Aesthetic Surgery Journal Finds Anatomical Differences in Male and Female Faces Make Women More Prone to Wrinkling


Mirror, mirror on the wall -- who has the most wrinkles of them all? According to a new study, men win the wrinkle war. Women wrinkle more easily.

To read the full article Women Get More Wrinkles Than Men , click here.


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From Genome to Hormones, Doctors Pick the Top Medical Advances of The Decade


The first decade of the 21st century brought a number of discoveries, mistakes and medical advances that influenced medicine from the patient's bedside to the medicine cabinet.

To read the full article The Top 10 Medical Advances of the Decade, click here.

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Antidepressants Change Personality

People who take anti-depressants may experience personality changes separate from the alleviation of their depressive symptoms.

To read the full article Antidepressants Change Personality , click here.

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Red wine or white? Which makes teeth a fright?
Health conscious (and vain) vino drinkers face cocktail conundrum


Monika Jones, 28, loves red wine. What she doesn’t love is the “monster mouth” it gives her. “I’ve found that red wine not only stains my teeth — it turns the inner part of my lips a dark magenta after just two glasses,” says Jones, a Seattle writer. “My friends call it ‘monster mouth.’”

To read the full article Red wine or white? Which makes teeth a fright?, click here.

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Does Dad Need A Nursing Home?
Dr. Jon LaPook Talks About The Tough Choice Of When To Send A Parent To A Nursing Home

One of the great blessings of my life is that my 91-year-old father, who I dearly love, lives in the apartment building next door. After 66 years of marriage, he's been living alone since my mother's death last March. He is still sharp as a tack, as he might say.

To read the full article Does Dad Need A Nursing Home?, click here.

Active ImageCDC Finds Uptick of salmonella Cases From Frogs, But Other Pets Can Infect, Too

Salmonella's back. Government officials announced this week that salmonella carried by your cute little green friends -- this time frogs -- have caused yet another outbreak in children. Aquatic pet frogs are under fire this week after 48 people in 25 states came down with salmonella serotype typhimurium, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To read the full article Kiss a Frog and Get Salmonella?, click here.

Active ImageGeneral Mills' Pledge to Cut Sugar in Kids' Cereals Has Nutrition Experts Buzzing

The cereal giant General Mills has announced it will cut back the amount of sugar in 10 popular kids' cereals to single-digit grams of sugar per serving. As this move piqued the interest of nutritionists and other diet experts, the ABC News medical unit sent out a request for comment to some of the nation's top experts in the field.

To read the full article Experts Sound Off on Cereal, click here.

Active ImageTo PSA or Not to PSA, that is the Question

By Allen Lawrence, M.D.

In 2007, it is estimated that 218,890 men were diagnosed as having prostate cancer in the U.S. It is further estimated that 1out of every 6 men living in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during in his lifetime. In 2006, an estimated 27,350 men died from prostate cancer within the United States. The median age of death from prostate cancer from 2000 through 2004 was 80 years, and 71% of deaths occurred in men older than 75 years. African-American men have a substantially higher prostate cancer incidence rate than white men (217.5 vs. 134.5 cases per 100,000 men) and more than twice the prostate cancer mortality rate of white men (56.1 vs. 23.4 deaths per 100 000 men).

normalprostate-2.jpgStudies tell us that a substantial number of prostate cancer cases detected using current screening methods including PSA will never cause any symptoms during most of these patients’ lifetime. Modeling studies based on U.S. incidence data suggest that degree of prostate cancer is overdiagnosed in the ranging of between 29% and 44% of all prostate cancer cases detected by PSA screening. Because patients with this "pseudo-disease" receive no benefit from, and may be harmed by, prostate cancer screening and treatment, prostate cancer detection in this population constitutes an important potential burden.


PSA Testing, Yes or Now, The World is Waiting


Since the development of the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test the medical community has stressed that PSA testing was an important virtually mandatory on a yearly basis for men 50 to 70 years of age. For men over 70 years of age however, the criteria has not been as clear. In recent months with the release of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) update report on PSA, we may now have better answers for men 70 years of age or older.

normalprostate.jpgAfter review of many studies performed in the U.S. and abroad the USPSTF has updated their criteria published in August 2008 to more firmly suggest that while evidence is still unclear and inconclusive, evidence now appears to show that PSA testing in men over 75 years of age may lead to more harm than good. The issue is not so much the dangers of the test procedure itself, but rather the fact as one spokes person put it: “The PSA test is not a good test. We are not able to find quality evidence to find for or against the use of PSA testing for men 75 years of age or older.”

The issue is whether or not the PSA test is a good test and whether it can help the physician differentiate men who have prostate cancer and need treatment from those who have prostate cancer and do not need to be treated.

In the end, the question regarding PSA testing becomes, “Does PSA screening test lead to more benefit or more harm?” The USPSTF update report suggests that this is still unclear. An abnormal PSA inevitably leads to biopsy, biopsy, if positive for Prostate cancer, will inevitably lead to surgery or some other form of treatment. In most men over 75 years of age, the treatment of prostate cancer (whether actually is necessary or not) is associated with significant harm and for many of  men these harms and injuries will endure and cause problems for them for many years. All this may happen while treating a condition that most likely would never have caused them any significant ill effects during the remaining life time.

Abnormalprostate.jpgProstate cancer is the most common nonskin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. However, in men 75 years of age or older USPSTF suggests that “the absolute risk reduction associated with PSA screening was 0.71 deaths per 1000 men.”  This means that “1410 men would need to be screened and 48 cases of prostate cancer would need to be treated to prevent 1 death.” Stated differently, 47 of the 48 men treated because of an abnormal PAS would ultimately have to live with potential side effects and consequences from the treatment whether it us hormonal therapy, surgery, or radiation therapy. Complications from prostate treatment can and often do include impotency, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, chronic pain, and even death for a condition which if not treated most likely would have caused no problem to these men at all.

This does not also include the small harms such as pain and discomfort associated with prostate biopsy nor the psychological effects of false-positive test results which may affect hundreds of other men where cancer of the process is ultimately ruled out.

In men younger than age 75 years, the USPSTF claims that it still has found no significant evidence to determine whether treatment for prostate cancer after abnormal PSA screening improves health outcomes compared with treatment after clinical detection.

While the USPSTF concludes that for men younger than age 75 years, the benefits of screening for prostate cancer are uncertain and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined, for men 75 years or older, there is moderate certainty that the harms of PSA screening for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits.


Conclusion

In men younger than age 75 years, the USPSTF could not determine the degree of benefit from PSA screening for prostate cancer because of low certainty about the magnitude of benefits of screening and treatment.

Given the uncertainties and controversy surrounding prostate cancer screening in men younger than age 75 years, a clinician should not order the PSA test without first discussing with the patient the potential but uncertain benefits and the known harms of prostate cancer screening and treatment. Men should be informed of the gaps in the evidence and should be assisted in considering their personal preferences before deciding whether to be tested or not.

The USPSTF is now considering suggesting that men 75 years of age or older no longer be routinely screened with PSA testing. The risks, benefits and options should be routinely discussed with the patient and the decision left to the patient after understanding all of the facts involved in making this decision.

In each situation the patient should be instructed that current management strategies for localized prostate cancer can and do include watchful waiting (observation with palliative treatment for symptoms only), active surveillance (periodic monitoring with conversion to curative treatment for signs of disease progression), radical prostatectomy, external-beam radiation therapy, and brachytherapy (or radioactive seed implantation therapy) and rarely, hormonal suppression therapy.

Unless otherwise indicated in specific situations the USPSTF appears to be suggesting that “PSA screening as infrequently as every 4 years could yield as much of a benefit as annual screening.”

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Pallid parsnips and other colorless veggies may be overlooked but pack plenty of nutrition

Vibrantly colored vegetables often overshadow the paler varieties, which many people view as nutritional lightweights.

To read the full article Winter whites, click here.

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A little wine may boost heart-healthy omega-3s, A daily glass could affect how the body metabolizes fatty acids, study finds

A glass or two of wine per day may increase the amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in a person's blood, a new study suggests.

To read the full article A little wine may boost heart-healthy omega-3s, click here.

Active ImageSurgery in the super old: Success at what price?
Advocates say age alone shouldn't exclude; critics worry about rising costs


At 102, Thelma Vette likes to whiz around her Littleton, Colo., retirement center in an electric wheelchair, bright red and outfitted with a joystick.

To read the full article Surgery in the super old: Success at what price?, click here.

Active ImageNew data: High-fructose corn syrup no worse than sugar

In 2004, three researchers published a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggesting the rise in obesity might be linked to the rise in consumption of high-fructose corn syrup. The paper led to a wave of research and a chorus of popular concern over the cheap, ubiquitous liquid sweetener.

To read the full article High-fructose corn syrup no worse than sugar, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Lack Of Brain-Fueling Carbs Could Lead To Poorer Memory

Eliminating carbohydrates from your diet may help you lose weight, but it could leave you fuzzy headed and forgetful, a new study suggests.

To read the full article No-Carb Diets May Impair Memory, click here.

Active ImageStudy Shows Limitations Of Colonoscopies
Procedure's Effectiveness May Depend On Where In The Colon The Cancer Starts, New Research Finds


Colonoscopies have long been considered the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening - 90 percent effective in detecting the second leading cancer killer of men and women in this country.

To read the full article Study Shows Limitations Of Colonoscopies, click here.

Procedure's Effectiveness May Depend On Where In The Colon The Cancer Starts, New Research Finds

Colonoscopies have long been considered the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening - 90 percent effective in detecting the second leading cancer killer of men and women in this country.


To read the full article Study Shows Limitations Of Colonoscopies, click here.

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"Hooking-Up" Becoming More Common Than Traditional Dating, But What Does That Mean?

According to some studies, 75 percent of all college students have "hooked up," though that might not mean what you think it means. Still, whatever happened to good old fashioned dating?

To read the full article The Demise Of Dating, click here.

Active ImageIt's time to ditch that alarm clock, eat for energy and take a walk

In a perfect world, we would never need alarm clocks. Not only would we effortlessly conk out the moment our heads hit the pillow, our eyes would spontaneously open at the same time every day, and we would spring enthusiastically from our beds as chirping bluebirds alighted on our fingertips.

To read the full article A wake-up call for the sleep deprived, click here.

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CBS Evening News: As More Patients Turn To The Internet For A Second Opinion, How Do You Know What's Bogus?

When 45-year-old Melissa Offenhartz was diagnosed with breast cancer last May, she went straight to her computer, CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

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Controversial Report Says Up To 22 Percent Of Cases May Disappear Without Treatment

A significant portion of invasive breast cancers may regress on their own without treatment, a new study that is bound to provoke controversy suggests.

Active ImageIt's time to ditch that alarm clock, eat for energy and take a walk

In a perfect world, we would never need alarm clocks. Not only would we effortlessly conk out the moment our heads hit the pillow, our eyes would spontaneously open at the same time every day, and we would spring enthusiastically from our beds as chirping bluebirds alighted on our fingertips.

To read the full article A wake-up call for the sleep deprived, click here.


Active ImageNeurotic People Are More Stressed From Facing Uncertainty Than Facing Negative Feedback

Another day, another 400-point market sell-off or dismal jobs report or tax-payer-funded corporate bailout.

It goes without saying that we are living in uncertain times, and how you react to this uncertainty may say a lot about your mental health.

To read the full article Uncertainty Is Powerful Stress Producer , click here.

Active ImageHeart tests offered to many patients with chest pain are of little value in predicting future heart disease, say researchers.

Instead of electrocardiagram (ECG) tests, doctors should spend more time quizzing patients about their symptoms and examining them, they said.

To read the full article Heart test 'cannot predict risk', click here.

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On the Rise in Young People, These Tiny Stones Can Cause Excruciating Pain

Scott Nellis is barely old enough to get a driver's license but the 16-year-old from Lake City, Minn., has already had something most grown-ups have not -- three episodes of kidney stones.

Active ImageWalking may be just as good for your mind as it is for your body.

A new study from Italy finds people age 65 and older who regularly walk and do other kinds of moderate exercise seem to greatly lower their risk of vascular dementia
Active ImageNovel Solutions to Combat Holiday Weight Gain

"Did you get fatter again?" one of my clients told me she asked her husband as he put on a newly purchased pair of pants for the office.

Yes, some of us try to sneak new clothes in after the holidays so that others don't notice our latest indulgence in food. That can be one strategy.

To read the full article Worried About Holiday Weight Gain?, click here.



Active ImageDangerous Diabetes: Affliction of the Stars
From Oscar winners to an "American Idol" judge, Celebs Manage Diabetes


This has been quite a year for Halle Berry. Not only did the 41-year-old actress achieve a long desired pregnancy, but she stirred up a storm of controversy when she claimed that she had cured herself of type 1 diabetes -- a claim refuted by many doctors and the diabetes community. Berry is the latest example of the many stars, alive and dead, who have waged a battle with diabetes.

To read the full article Dangerous Diabetes: Affliction of the Stars, click here.

Active ImageRichard Roundtree Speaks Out About Breast Cancer
'Shaft' Star Battled Male Breast Cancer, Now Raises Awareness

When Richard Roundtree was diagnosed with cancer in 1993, he was bowled over.

"The doctor told me, 'You have breast cancer,'" recalls Roundtree, who played John Shaft in the iconic 1971 film "Shaft." I heard the cancer part first -- it was only later that I heard the breast part. I couldn't believe it."

To read the full article Richard Roundtree Speaks Out About Breast Cancer, click here.

Stress Reduction Programs


Stress is a major cause of illness. Stress-Related illnesses often referred to as Stress-Related Disorders (SRD) represent 70% to 80% of all complaints seen in medical practice. Whether stress is caused by an illness or causes the illness is important, but in either case reduction of stress is essential to healing. Notice here we did not say treatment, today most physicians treat the symptoms of the illness and ignore the cause and effect of the illness. Because of this the individuals ability to
Positive Thinking-Positive Energy Treatment


Both our body and our soul, and for that matter most everything in our universe is ultimately energy. Illness and disease, no matter what its cause, is merely a blockage or disruption or aberrance of this energy. We know from physics that there are two types of energies positive (often represented by a plus + sign) and negative energy (often represented by a minus - sign).

This is true of our body and within our life. We two are a balance of + and - energy. When there is more positive + energy we fell healthy, happy alive and good, when there is more negative energy - we fell down, disrupted, unhealthy and ill.

As both a religious and mental health construct thinking positive creates more positive energy and healing while negative thinking undermines positive energy and when held to an extreme can lead to illness.

Negative energy is not bad as we require a certain amount of it to balance our positive energy charge, hence the concept of harmony and balance. Negative energy only becomes bad for us when it takes precedence over positive energy, when it is feed with more negative energy to overwhelm the harmony and balance of the body, the mind, the emotions and the spirit. When this happens the resulting situation is most commonly referred to as illness, when taken to an extreme we think of it as disease.

When creating a healing program this balance of negative and positive energy must be taken into account. Negative energy can be created in a number of different ways including but not limited to toxic chemicals with negative electric charges, inadequate diet with too much processed and refined foods creating a vitamin, mineral and electrolyte imbalances, lack of exercise to burn energy in a positive way, and negative thinking. While none of these on their own is more powerful, and in every case each must be considered in creating a healing program, we believe that negative thinking is the most important factor . Negative thinking undermines will power, intent to survive and live and hence leads to a poor or inadequate diet, lack of exercise and creation of illness. The first step in any healing program is to create a positive and healthy healing environment, recognition and transformation of negative thinking into positive healing thoughts.

If you are considering healing an illness, any illness, this is an essential factor in getting positive results. In the Bible it is clearly stated,
Plaquex


There is a new treatment now being utilized for cardiovascular protection that is similar to EDTA called Plaquex. The Plaquex program involves administration of a phospholipid to help reduce plaque build up in the walls of arteries. The essential phospholipid is called phosphatidylcholine or lecithin. Dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons have recently started using phosphatidylcholine injections to selectively break down fat deposits under the skin. However the idea has been around for years and used extensively throughout Europe where studies first indicated it would remove fat from the inside of blood vessels. This therapy is becoming more popular in chelation clinics where it is now being used in conjunction with EDTA chelation

EDTA chelation is important for many reasons but primarily for removing the metals and minerals that oxidize cholesterol (damage the cholesterol and allow it to become harmful). It is the oxidized cholesterol that causes inflammation of the blood vessel wall that causes plaque to form. Chelation also shrinks established plaque which is how it improves symptoms. Therefore chelation should be thought of more as a preventive treatment. The Plaquex is synergistic with chelation, that is it helps to remove established plaque as opposed to being preventive. The Plaquex helps to remove fat deposits in the blood vessels by its effect on the lipid membrane of the cells in the arteries. This lipid membrane is where the plaque forms and this plaque is increased by deposition of abnormal fats or trans fatty acids. The Plaquex allows for an exchange of good fats for bad fats which tends to smooth out or shrink the plaque. Therefore the Plaquex is more useful for patients that have symptoms of angina, leg claudication, or heavy plaque buildup seen on x-rays. Plaque is a complex substance that is impossible to entirely remove, however it be decreased and prevented from increasing.

Plaquex is administered in an IV as is chelation and the treatment typically takes 2 hours. The number of treatments depends on symptoms and disease severity, but averages between 20 to 30, as does chelation. The improvement is a slow proves and related to changes in the lipid composition of cells and blood vessels. Chelation and Plaquex cannot be administered together and therefore require administration in different days. If patients have no symptoms of angina or pain, then we recommend a chelation series first followed by a series of Plaquex treatments. If one does have symptoms, then we recommend one treatment of each per week For severe symptoms we recommend 2 Plaquex treatments per week along with one EDTA.

In summary, Plaquex has been shown to reduce plaque that causes:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Angina
  • Leg claudication pain
  • Diabetic complications
  • Neuropathy Hypertension

Plaquex involves administration of essential phospholipids (phosphatidylcholine) by IV infusion to reverse the plaque build up in blood vessels by a lipid exchange mechanism of good fats for bad fats in lipid membranes.

To go to the next article in this series Stress Reduction Programs, click here.


Nutritional-Dietary Therapy


The basis of Nutritional and Dietary Therapy is the recognition that the symptoms and illness the individual is suffering from or that prevention of illness is intimately related to the quality of nutrients and foods eaten. Many medical conditions seen in medical practices are in fact nutritional and dietary deficiency syndromes. Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, some cancers, low blood sugar, hyperactivity, macular degeneration to name only a few are created because of either lack of specific nutrients in the diet, poor choices of foods eaten (diet that is overwhelmingly made up of processed and refined foods) and is hence deficient in some important vitamins, minerals or micronutrients.

While nutritional deficiencies may trigger these medical conditions the real problem is often a lack of knowledge of proper nutrition, their body
Nutritional Supplementation


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Immune System Revitalization


The immune system is the stress mechanism and it is also a main component of the healing and repair systems of he body. While we tend to separate these systems to discuss them within the body there are essentially one immune, protection, healing and repair system and part of the stress mechanism. What affects one, effects the others. Hence, optimizing these systems is not just an optional choice it is a requirement of good health, wellness and healing.

The process of revitalization of the stress-immune-defensive, repair and healing system requires a
Immune Infusions 
Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Program


Heart disease and heart attacks are the #1 killer of adults in the U.S. Stroke is the #3 killer. If you are a diabetic your risk is even higher than the general population. The good news is that heart disease, heart attack and stroke are often easy to prevent. The problem is that if you wait until you have symptoms of heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, angina or heart attack you have waited much too long.

Currently the allopathic medical profession concept of heart disease and heart attack prevention is statins and eating a low salt diet. To date we have some evidence that some of the statins actually do work, but only in 10% to 50% of the people who use them. This leaves 50% to 90% of you vulnerable to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Many people either do not want to take statins or cannot take statins due to severe and problematic side effects. What do these people do to help themselves? The answer is simple, you use the basic concepts your grandparents did to protect you from heart disease, heart attack and stroke, healthy foods and exercise. To this prescription we can add supplements and nutritional products with a proven protective effects.

The problem with is that many people really do not know what to eat or avoid, they have no idea what nutritionals to use and what kinds and amounts of exercise to perform. They also do not know how to protect themselves against stress, increase the essential antioxidants which can reduce hardening of their arteries. Simply said they do not have the right information and support to do the job effectively.

My Metamorphosis Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Program can provide all the information you need to help yourself, the highest quality nutritional and supplements and the support to persist and maintain your prevention, recovery and healing.

We provide evaluation, diagnosis, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, counseling in stress reduction and most important support in making these work for you. If you want to save your life and preserve your well-being call 760-320-4292 and set an appointment for starting the  Metamorphosis Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Program.

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Conflict Resolution - Healing


While we rarely think of it but constantly see all around us healing always occurs with conflict resolution. Whether the individual get what he or she thinks they want is not the issue, what is fact is that healing cannot occur without resolving the conflicts which cause problems, imbalances and illness in our life.

It has long been our belief that most illness, that not caused by poor diet, toxic chemicals or pure genetic problems is caused by unresolved conflicts. In our work on Body Symptom Language and Stress-Related Disorders it became obvious and clear that most of the illnesses my patients suffered were triggered and caused by one or more unresolved conflicts and more importantly if they could resolve those conflicts healing occurred. This can be true on a superficial or deep level for minor illnesses or for chronic debilitating illnesses. One has only to sit or step on a tack to realize that the pain that occurs is caused by the puncture of the skin not simply because pain fibers exist in th skin. The conflict here is pin versus person and is simple and easily resolved. It is harder to recognize that cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies or most other acute and chronic diseases are caused each buy their own unresolved, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual conflict or conflicts.

While we may vehemently argue with this concept down deep we all know it is true. We know this from living life and from watching the people around us and their struggles, successes and failures. This is the stuff of movies, plays and art. They are almost always about conflict. The conflict may be subtle or may stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. If this were not true we would not be looking for answers and if understood we would more than likely look for answers in a different way.

In creating a healing program looking for, finding and resolving unresolved conflicts is essential. Healing cannot occur or be permanent without it. If you are unaware that you have unresolved conflicts or if you are aware but do not know what to do about them, talk with us. We can help you to understand the importance of resolution, how to recognize your conflicts and what to do about them. If you need more proof that conflicts cause imbalance and illness then ask yourself the following question,
Body Dialoging


Over the past 40 years in the practice of medicine it has become clear to me that our body is very intelligent and often even wiser than we are selves are. In the Bible it says,
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment in which the entire body is placed under increased atmospheric pressure and the patient breathes 100% oxygen. This treatment is administered in a pressurized chamber which causes a 10 fold increase in plasma oxygen concentration with a resulting increase in oxygenation of the cells, organs and tissue of the body.

Typical capillary oxygen measurements in skin tissue is between 70-80 mm of Hg. In hyperbaric therapy oxygen measurements will rise to 1400 mm Hg under two atmospheres of pressure while breathing 100% oxygen. This hyperoxygenation allows tissues throughout the body, especially those tissues that might not heal at all, to heal rapidly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a diverse group of conditions. It may be the primary treatment for some conditions, or it may be used as part of a combined program involving antibiotics, other therapies and/or surgery.

The concept hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is simple. The air that we breathe contains 21% oxygen. Breathing 100% oxygen while an individual is at normal barometric pressure has limited benefits. However, by breathing pure oxygen in an increased pressure environment, we are able to deliver 3-4 times the amount of oxygen to those tissues with good blood circulation and as much as 100 times more to tissues with poor circulation (such as brain tissue damaged by stroke or head injury). This hyperbaric (above normal pressure) delivery of oxygen offers many unique therapeutic benefits that cannot be achieved by any other method.

In order to provide individuals with HBOT, a pressurized environment is required. The patient is placed within a spacious chamber, which is then pressurized to the level ordered by their physician. Each treatment takes approximately one hour and is closely supervised by our highly trained and experienced Hyperbaric Technologists.


What Conditions Are Effectively Treated With Hyperbaric Oxygen?

There are one hundred and ninety conditions that are effectively treated with HBOT. We have seen remarkable results in patients with the following health concerns:

●    Stroke and complications of stroke
●    Head and spinal cord injuries
●    Crush injuries
●    Poor circulation and vascular problems (often eliminating the need for amputation)
●    Diabetic wounds and peripheral vascular disease
●    Slow-healing wounds (noninfectious)
●    Multiple sclerosis
●    Chronic fatigue syndrome
●    Wound and skin infections including flesh eating bacterial infections and gangrene
●    Burns and complications of burns
●    Blood poisoning
●    Acute rheumatoid arthritis
●    Carbon monoxide poisoning
●    Lymes disease
●    Radiation necrosis and radiation cystitis and intestinal problems
●    Macular degeneration
●    Brown-recluse spider bites
●    Silicone implant rejection
●    Recovery from plastic surgery and skin grafts
●    Many other health concerns


What Are The Benefits Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen, when delivered to a patient in a hyperbaric chamber, greatly increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to the body. All of the benefits provided by this therapy are the result of this extra oxygen being carried within the bloodstream and diffusing into the tissues and fluids of the body. Under the increased oxygen pressure of HBOT, sufficient oxygen can be dissolved in plasma to meet all tissue oxygen requirements. This effect allows oxygen to be delivered to tissues that red blood cells can't reach and maintains tissue viability in compromised circulation conditions.
HBOT provides many health benefits including:

●    Increased oxygen delivery to
What is Chelation Therapy?


Chelation Therapy is the administration of a synthetic amino acid, EDTA, which binds heavy metals in the body. EDTA removes heavy metals such as iron, copper, lead which cause heavy metal poisoning and toxic symptoms, and calcium, which have been shown to be associated with the formation of plaque in the blood vessels. The formation of plaque causes heart attacks, strokes and vascular disease. By chelating these minerals out of the body, it softens and reduces the amount of plaque in the system. It also lessons hardening of the arteries and makes them more elastic, resulting in better circulation.

In the 1940's. People working in shipyards often developed heavy metal poisoning from large amounts of lead in the paints and buildings. The government developed the process of chelation to remove these heavy metals form the body. Incidentally it was discovered was that chelation also improved the conditions such as heart disease, angina and a number of other problems. This how it was discovered that chelation was useful in treating hardening of the arteries. To this day it's still approved by the FDA for removal of heavy metals.


What Conditions Is Chelation Therapy Used To Treat?

Individual with heart problems, vascular disease, diabetes who are at risk for heart attacks and strokes. Those who have already had a heart attack or stroke can also benefit from chelation. In addition individuals with family histories of heart disease or stroke may wish to use chelation as a preventative to avoid problems later.


Does Chelation Therapy Help Everyone?

Chelation doesn't help everyone, but 95% success rate is common. As with any medical treatment, results vary from person to person.


What is a typical treatment schedule?

The EDTA chelation is administered intravenously. It takes about 2 to 2
Alternative Medicine

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Standard Western

Allen Lawrence, M.D. and
The Preventive Medicine Clincs of the Desert


In 2007, after many years in solo practice, Dr. Lawrence  joined with Neal Rouzier, M.D. and the Preventive Medicine Clinics of the Desert (PMC) in Palm Springs California. Dr. Rouzier, is a Family Practitioner and Specialist in Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director of the Preventive Medicine Clinics of the Desert. Dr. Rouzier is also a nationally known expert in Natural Hormone Replacement, Hyperbaric Medicine and working with techniques such as chelation, vitamin immune drips, Plaquex and Hydrogen Peroxide and prevention.

The Preventive Medicine Clinics of the Desert is well known for the quality of their medical care and for their commitment to both standard western medicine and alternative therapies. Dr. Rouzier is highly acclaimed and well loved and appreciated by his patients.

Dr. Lawrence along with Dr. Rouzier approaches patient care by considering not only what medical program is best for their patients, but also on what type of care their patient’s desire. There is no stock approach to any person nor to any health problem. Each person is a unique individual and their return to health, their need for preventive treatments or a therapeutic care program, is based equally on what they need and what they want. They tell their patients, “As a physician we need to give our patients what is their best interest.” Care at PMC is a shared responsibility where the patient has an equal role in making all decisions.

With Dr. Lawrence’s long history and experience working with stress related illnesses, nutrition and healthy diets and healing. Dr. Lawrence has added a new dimension to PMC. For more than 20 years PMC doctors have worked with patients exposed to toxic substances, particularly heavy metals as well as patients with heart disease, elevated cholesterol, atherosclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, cancer, diabetes problems causing negative life altering problems for their patients. Through treatments such chelation, hyperbaric oxygen, and the prescription of appropriate supplements and medications, along with using exercise, positive thinking, positive energy and positive lifestyle changes they help their patients to regain their vitality and optimal health.

Dr. Lawrence often tells his patients, “I have believed that illness is not a deficiency of one or another medication or drug, nor is it simply, a problem of genetic. Each illness has its unique cause, and more often than not, poor health is due to a combination of reasons. Finding the specific cause or caused of your illness will allow us to help you heal your self fully and forever.”

Illness, Dr. Lawrence says, often they rotate around four basic factors: 1) Inadequate diet (what you eat and you do not eat, not ingesting certain essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that your body needs to function properly, or over eating harmful or negative nutrients), 2) Stress (physical, emotional and spiritual stress), 3) Toxic chemicals that get into your body from the environment (coming from the foods you eat, the liquids you drink, the air you breath, and the substances and products you use and are exposed to, on a daily basis), and 4) Lifestyle conflicts (recurring injuries, not doing the work you need to do, emotional distress, unresolved conflicts, lack of meaningful support systems).

While genetics may play a role in many illnesses, they often play a secondary role. For example, an individual may have a gene or complex of genes that increase his or her risk for becoming a diabetic, but he may not become a diabetic until these genes are triggered by a poor or inadequate diet, nutrient deficiencies, weight gain, lack of exercise, stress or heavy metals which activate these genes and cause the individual to become a diabetic. By understanding this and undoing the triggering factors which have activated the illness, we can undo the illness and return the person to optimal health and well-being.

Therapeutic Options Available at PMC
    

High Fiber Diet


If your doctor has placed you on a high fiber diet, or if you want to be on a high fiber diet then you will want to know what you can and should eat to maintain a high fiber diet. When eating out it is essential to know how to order and what to order in order to maintain a high fiber diet. The problem you will face is that most foods sold or prepared in restaurants are pre-processed and there is a preponderance of white flower and low fiber types of foods that are usually on the menu.


Soluble and Insoluble Fibers

Sources of dietary fiber are usually divided according to whether they are water-soluble or not. Both types of fiber are present in all plant foods, with varying degrees of each according to a plant plant’s characteristics. Insoluble fiber possesses water-attracting properties that help to increase bulk, soften stool and shorten transit time through the intestinal tract. Soluble fiber undergoes metabolic processing via fermentation, yielding end-products with broad, significant health effects. For example, plums (or prunes) have a thick skin covering a juicy pulp. The plum's skin is an example of an insoluble fiber source, whereas soluble fiber sources are inside the pulp. Other sources of insoluble fiber include whole wheat, wheat and corn bran, flax seed lignans and vegetables such as celery, green beans and potato skins.


Whole grains, seeds and nuts are now known to reduce risk of some of the world’s most prevalent diseases:

Obesity, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and numerous gastrointestinal disorders. In this last category are constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, and colon cancer--all disorders of the intestinal tract where fermentable fiber can provide healthful benefits.

Insufficient fiber in the diet can complicate defecation. Low-fiber feces are dehydrated and hardened, making them difficult to evacuate -- defining constipation and possibly leading to development of hemorrhoids.


What Exactly Is Dietary Fiber?

In June 2007, the British Nutrition Foundation issued a statement to define dietary fiber more concisely and list the potential health benefits established to date:

‘Dietary fiber’ has been used as a collective term for a complex mixture of substances with different chemical and physical properties which exert different types of physiological effects. The use of certain analytical methods to quantify ‘dietary fiber’ by nature of its indigestibility results in many other indigestible components being isolated along with the carbohydrate components of dietary fiber. These components include resistant starches and oligosaccharides along with other substances that exist within the plant cell structure and contribute to the material that passes through the digestive tract. Such components are likely to have physiological effects. Yet, some differentiation has to be made between these indigestible plant components and other partially digested material, such as protein, that appears in the large bowel. Thus, it is better to classify fiber as a group of compounds with different physiological characteristics, rather than to be constrained by defining it chemically.

1.    Improvements in gastrointestinal health
2.    Improvements in glucose tolerance and the insulin response
3.    Reduction of hyperlipidemia, hypertension and other coronary heart disease
        risk factors
4.    Reduction in the risk of developing some cancers
5.    Increased satiety and hence some degree of weight management


It is important to recognize that effects of fiber are dependent on the type of fiber in the diet. The beneficial effects of high fiber diets are the summation of the effects of each of the different types of fiber present in your diet. Hence the goal is to order foods with many different types of fiber, or maybe we should say ordering many different foods that are high in fiber. By doing this you increase the overall benefits of fiber, create a more varied and interesting diet and allow a broader selection of foods, tastes as well as nutrients from these foods.


Guidelines on Fiber Intake

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of 20-35 g/day for a healthy adult depending on calorie intake (e.g., a 2000 cal/8400 kJ diet should include 25g of fiber per day). The ADA's recommendation for children is that intake should equal age in years plus 5 g/day (e.g., a 4 year old should consume 9 g/day). No guidelines have yet been established for the elderly or very ill. Patients with current constipation, vomiting, and abdominal pain should see a physician. Certain bulking agents are not commonly recommended with the prescription of pain medications because the slow transit time mixed with larger stools may lead to severe constipation, pain, or obstruction.

Current recommendations from the United States National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, suggest that adults should consume 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day, but the average American's daily intake of dietary fiber is only 12-18 grams. The American Dietetic Association recommends consuming a variety of fiber-rich foods.


Soluble fiber is found in varying quantities in all plant foods, including:

•    Legumes (peas, soybeans, and other beans)
•    Oats, rye, chia, and barley
•    Some fruits and fruit juices (particularly prune juice, plums and berries)
•    Certain vegetables such as broccoli and carrots
•    Root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onions (skins of these
      vegetables are sources of  insoluble fiber)
•    Psyllium seed husk (a mucilage soluble fiber).


Legumes also typically contain shorter-chain carbohydrates indigestible by the human digestive tract but which may be metabolized by bacterial fermentation in the large intestine (colon), yielding short-chain fatty acids and gases (flatulence).


Sources of insoluble fiber include:

•    Whole grain foods
•    Bran
•    Nuts and seeds
•    Vegetables such as green beans, cauliflower, zucchini, and celery
•    the skins of some fruits, including tomatoes


The five most fiber-rich plant foods, according to the Micronutrient Center of the Linus Pauling Institute, are legumes (15-19 grams of fiber per US cup serving, including several types of beans, lentils and peas), wheat bran (17 grams per cup), prunes (12 grams), Asian pear (10 grams each) (3.6% by weight), and quinoa (9 grams).


Notes and interesting Facts regarding fiber and high fiber diets:

The soluble fiber in oats binds some of the cholesterol in your digestive tract. This cholesterol is "trapped" and some of it is removed from your body naturally. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn. In addition to soluble fiber, oats contain vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants, which help make oats healthy.

Remarkable among plant foods, the Amazonian palmberry, açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.), has been analyzed by two research groups reporting its content of dietary fiber is 25-44% of total mass in freeze-dried powder.

Rubus fruits such as raspberry (8 grams of fiber per serving) and blackberry (7.4 grams of fiber per serving) are exceptional sources of fiber.

Fiber sources improve absorption of minerals, especially calcium.

Soluble fibers yield the important short-chain fatty acids that affect blood glucose and lipid levels, improve the colonic environment and regulate immune responses.


Summary

When dining out make sure that you have at least 4 to 6 portions of vegetables, raw or steamed, soups can provide some fiber but generally cooked or especially overcooked vegetables have less valuable fiber and while they do not have to be avoided, the you should make sure that they do not represent the bulk of your fiber intake.

A salad before or after dinner, one or two vegetables with dinner and fruit for desert is an excellent way to get a good deal of fiber in your  diet. Portions should be between 4 to 6 ounces of cooked or steamed vegetables, a normal or large salad and one or more pieces of fruit daily.

 

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When my mom died a few years ago, my siblings and I were discussing the many ways life would be different without her.
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Active ImageRed Meat and Processed Meats Linked to Cancer

You may want to hold the bacon and skip the steak at your next meal. A new study find people who eat a lot of red and processed meats have greater risk of developing bowel and lung cancer. The research adds to the growing evidence that less red meat and processed meats is better for your health.

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Active ImageFindings stress the need to remove stigma from condition
 
One in four U.S. adults will experience incontinence at some point, a surprisingly high toll, and the condition is so embarrassing that many suffer silently, a government panel said Wednesday.

Women are most prone to incontinence, which is the inability to control urination or bowel movements. But everyone's risk rises as they get older. Being overweight and a couch potato adds to the risk.

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Active ImageFinding love, joy and peace of mind after a devastating loss

Like many single thirtysomethings, Elly Trickett had been through her share of dead-end relationships. So in February 2002, when Trickett, then 30, flew from New York City to Houston to meet David Monroe, a man she'd gotten to know through an online forum for public relations executives, she was hopeful but cautious.

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Active ImageExperts Attribute The Drop To Increased Use Of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

Americans may be too fat, but at least their cholesterol is low.

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average cholesterol level for U.S. adults is in the ideal range, the government reported Wednesday.

Results from a national survey, which includes blood tests, found the total cholesterol level dropped to 199. Doctors like patients to have total cholesterol readings of 200 or lower.

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Active ImageHarvard Researchers Discover Key to Balance While Pregnant

With all that growing weight up front, how is it that pregnant women don't lose their balance and topple over? Scientists think they've found the answer: There's are slight differences between women and men in one lower back vertebrae and a joint in the hip, which allow women to adjust their center of gravity.

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Active ImageHow Fit You Are May Help You Live Longer than How Fat You Are

A new report from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, looked at the associations between cardio respiratory fitness, body fat, and death in older women and men. 2,603 adults age 60 and older took part in the study. Researchers determined fitness levels using a treadmill exercise test, and body fat using body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and percent body fat. 450 participants died during an average follow-up of 12 years.

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Active ImageSuccess is proof that technique has potential to cure disease, experts say

U.S. scientists have the first evidence that those "reprogrammed stem cells" that made headlines last month really have the potential to treat disease: They used skin from the tails of sick mice to cure the rodents of sickle cell anemia.

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The cancer death rate for children in the United States has declined sharply
Active ImageEating Certain Fruits And Vegetables May Decrease Cancer Risk And Even Stop Its Growth

Certain fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of cancer and may even help stop cancer in its tracks, according to new research.

While there's not really an "anticancer diet," eating plenty of certain fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of getting cancer, researchers reported today at the American Association for Cancer Research's Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in Philadelphia.

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Active ImageDopamine, A Brain Chemical, May Play A Key Role In Learning From Mistakes

Learning from mistakes may be, in part, a matter of genetics. New research shows that a certain gene glitch may make it harder to learn from negative feedback. That gene glitch affects the number of receptors for the brain chemical dopamine.

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Active ImageResearchers Point to Degradation in Communication Pathways Between Brain's Different Regions

Forgot where you put your keys? Or your car?

If you are over 60, it may just be a normal part of aging, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday in a study that suggests brain structures deteriorate with age in otherwise healthy people.

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Active ImageCDC Reports That US Teen Births Are on the Rise for First Time Since 1991


The nation's teen birth rate has risen for the first time in 14 years, according to a new government report. The birth rate had been dropping since 1991. The decline had slowed in recent years, but government statisticians said Wednesday it jumped 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.

"It took us by surprise," said Stephanie Ventura of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a co-author of the report.

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Active ImageOverweight Kids More Likely to Experience Chronic Health Problems as Adults, Study Finds

Being overweight or obese as a child increases the risk of heart disease in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Children who are overweight are more likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease as adults compared with their skinnier counterparts, researchers from Denmark report in a study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Active ImageAfter waiting a month, Democratic leaders in Congress said on Friday they would formally send a bill expanding a popular children's health-care program to the White House despite a veto threat.

The bill would provide health insurance to about 10 million children in low-income families unable to afford private insurance but who earn too much to qualify for the federal Medicaid program for the poor. It would raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco taxes to pay for the aid.

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New Test Places the Rate Of Infection 50 Percent Higher

New government estimates of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year are 50 percent higher than previous calculations suggested, sources said yesterday.

For more than a decade, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged the number of new HIV infections each year at 40,000. They now believe it is between 55,000 and 60,000.

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Active ImageFinding may offer happy medium between embryonic and other adult cells

While the excitement continues to swirl around the recent breakthrough of converting skin cells to stem cells, other researchers are quietly pursuing a new type of stem cell discovered in menstrual blood.

These menstrual stem cells could offer several advantages. They come from a source that's easy to obtain from women, they could be used to treat patients without the fear of tissue rejection, and they avoid the ethical questions associated with embryonic stem cells.

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Remember biology class where you learned that children inherit one copy of a gene from mom and a second from dad? There's a twist: Some of those genes arrive switched off, so there is no backup if the other copy goes bad, making you more vulnerable to disorders from obesity to cancer.

Duke University scientists now have identified these "silenced genes," creating the first map of this unique group of about 200 genes believed to play a profound role in people's health.

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Active ImageWhat High-Sodium Foods Lurk in Your Cabinets?

Physicians recommend limiting your daily salt intake to below 2,300 milligrams -- that's about 1 teaspoon of salt a day.

Most Americans consume about twice that amount -- 2 teaspoons a day. According to the American Medical Association, halving Americans' salt intake could save 150,000 lives every year.

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Active ImageMedical Groups at Odds Over Proper Solution to Sodium Problems

Public health experts urged regulators Thursday to consider instituting tighter restrictions on salt content in processed and prepared foods, claiming that limiting sodium could save more than 150,000 lives annually.

The call for salt limits and beefed-up warning labels on packaging came during a U.S. Food and Drug Administration public hearing. And the public advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) was at the forefront of the charge.

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Active Image  Your Heartburn's
  Connected to Your
  Hip Bone

  Millions of individuals who suffer from heartburn look
  to acid-suppressing medications such as Prevacid, Prilosec
  and Nexium for relief.

But for many who require the drugs, going off them entails severe consequences.

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Active Image       Influenza Update

If you have already had the flu or have it now, you will be happy to know that as miserable as you might have felt or feel, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta is telling us that this year, so far, the flu and its problems have been extremely mild.

As a practicing physicians the line of persons with flu systems appears to be almost endless. According to the CDC there are at least 28 influenza viruses [10 influenza A (H1), one influenza A (H3), and 17 influenza B viruses] acting on us currently.

Unfortunately, the CDC says, "It is too early in the influenza season to determine which influenza viruses will predominate or how well the vaccine and circulating strains will match."


What Might You Expect?

What we are seeing in our offices are mildly sick individuals who are miserable. The most common symptoms are:

  • Fever (usually high but often low grade or even absent)
  • Muscle aches and headaches (mild to severe)
  • Fatigue and tiredness (often extreme but commonly mild to moderate problems)
  • Sore throat (sometimes mild and sometimes extremely painful)
  • Dry or productive cough (a major symptoms, mostly caused by post nasal drainage, see below)
  • Runny nose (more common in children than adults) and post nasal discharge in both adults and children.
  • Chills (not one of the more common symptoms)
  • A fair number of people are also experiencing stomach and intestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping or pain. Gastrointestinal symptoms appears to be occurring more commonly in children and less commonly in adults.

You don

Active Image  Breast Cancer Rates Fall Sharply

   The number of women diagnosed with breast cancerbreast cancer
    fell sharply in the United States in 2003 -- a decline researchers
  
 attributed to a parallel drop in the number of women taking
    hormone replacement therapy.

The analysis, presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, showed that, overall, breast cancer rates dropped by an unprecedented 7% from 2002 to 2003.

That means as many as 14,000 fewer women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 than in 2002, a year in which the American Cancer Society estimates there were 203,500 new cases, says researcher Donald Berry, PhD, a biostatistician at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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Active ImageIs Your Memory Normal?

Before you diagnose yourself with Alzheimer's disease, take heart: Experts say some memory lapses are actually normal.

They say that memory is the second thing to go as you get older. So what's the first? Umm, I forgot! And actually, by the time you reach the end of this story, you may remember only a fraction of it. Not to worry, you're not alone.

Experts say that mild memory loss is perfectly normal -- especially as we age. That's right, if you sometimes forget simple things, you're not necessarily developing Alzheimer's disease. There is a gang of people walking around just like you who occasionally misplace their keys, have that deer-in-headlights look as they search for their cars in parking lots, and can't recall the name of one new person they met at their last office party -- yes, the one from last night. And there's a reason for those character-themed floors coupled with the happy-go-lucky music in Disney amusement park parking garages.

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Active Image  Restaurant trans fat ban could shape
  consumer habits

   According to a recent report by the NPD Group, consumer awareness
   and concern about trans fat is not enough to motivate them to take action
   and eliminate the potentially harmful fat from their diets - especially at restaurants.

Indeed, the report reveals that out of the two thirds of consumers who are aware of trans fats, the majority believe that the foods they consumed at restaurants contained more of these than the foods they consumed at home.

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Active Image  Low-fat diets cut breast cancer
 
 recurrence, says study

   Cutting fat intake to 20 per cent of the daily total calories could
   reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by about 25 per cent,
   researchers from the US have reported.

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National Health Observances & Healthcare
Recognition Dates

During each month of the year we observe and honor certain health conditions and organizations.

During the month of January 2008 we will observe and honor the following organizations, click here. 

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   The same ingredient that helps red wines
   become better with age may help people
                                  live longer by protecting against heart disease.

A new study shows dry red wines high in tannins, such as those made in southwest France and in Italy, have a greater protective effect than less tannic wines produced in other parts of the world.

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Active Image  Mix-ups in the
  medicine cabinet

  Prescription drug labels need a makeover to
  help patients understand how to take drugs
  properly.

So say researchers, including Louisiana State University's Terry Davis, PhD, and Northwestern University's Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH.

They say nearly half the low-income patients they studied misinterpreted at least one instruction on five common prescription drug labels.

If patients misunderstand drug labels, they may take drugs incorrectly, which can be dangerous.

"It was surprising how prevalent mistakes were regardless of an individual's literacy level," Wolf says in a Northwestern University news release.

"Just being able to read the label doesn't mean you'll be able to interpret it," he says. "Why are we not phrasing things properly on bottles?"

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Active Image    PMS still a major health
  problem

    PMS? Who cares you ask? No body talks about PMS any more why
    should we care?

   While it seems we hear less about PMS from the media and on the 
    news today, we can assure you that it is neither dead, buried nor gone
    from the lives of women. Although PMS no longer seems to be in
the news, it is a reality that millions of women still face on a monthly basis. PMS, or  premenstrual syndrome, is a medical problem which of often mistreated or under treated. While more physicians recognize the term today and even accept it as a medical problem, this does not mean that we have made much of a headway in solving this problem. The usual way most physicians deal with women who suffer from PMS is to prescribe one or another of the many drugs or hormones already on the market to eliminate PMS symptoms.

The problem however, is that PMS is really the tip of a nutritional iceberg. It is a symptom of an underlying nutritional deficiency syndrom which is more and more prevalent in America and throughout the Western world. PMS, coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure all have a common basis. While each outwardly looks and acts differently they all have the common thread of having nutritional deficiencies at their root. In women, PMS is often a forerunner to many of these conditions. When discovered early and treated correctly, through dietary and lifestyle changes, PMS can be a life saver as it allow the woman to modify her diet so they nutritional deficiencies which are causing it are corrected and hence break the cycle which can lead to the more serious consequences listed above.

The culprit in PMS is not "bad" hormones, nor is it a deficiency or excess of brain chemicals, as it is often described by well meaning but unsophisticated physicians, nor even genetics or a deficiency of Prozac or other tranquilizers or diuretics. Rather it is a product of the Standard American Diet or SAD as we like to refer to it, which is a diet high in refined and processed foods, refined sugars, fat but deficient in many essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients necessary for our body work in the way it is supposed to work, healthfully. PMS, is one of the symptoms as well as long term consequences of eating a diet which is deficient in essential nutrients.

While PMS on it own is neither lethal nor dangerous, it can lead to years of misery, emotional conflict, marital and sexual problems. It has been the underlying problem in many failed marriages, divorces, lost jobs, failure in school, business and in a host of other relationship problems. PMS not only affects the woman, but her partner, her children, her family, her friends and her coworkers.

PMS not only affects adult women, but more and more teenaged girls. It often plays a significant role in early sexual acting out, unwanted pregnancies, runaway behavior, poor grades in school, suicidal acts and attempts and a host of other problems teen age girls with PMS may be faced with. Both teenage girls and adult women often face issues of reduced self confidence, poor self image, depression, extreme dieting, and other destructive acting out that seem to occur for no apparent reason.

If it were not enough to have to face all of this those women, mothers

Active Image  Why Do We Crave
  Unhealthy Foods?

     Ever wonder why we seem to crave most the food
     that's worst for us?
 Could it be that we literally can't
     resist it?

    That's what neuroscientist Ann Kelly has been studying for more than a decade in her lab at the University of Wisconsin, CBS News correspondent Trish Regan reports.

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Active Image  Exercise May Cut
  Fatigue In Patients

    Facing fatigue from an immune system disease such as lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), or rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?  

You're not alone. Fatigue is common with those conditions. But walking, biking, or other low-impact aerobic exercise may reduce your fatigue, Australian researchers report.

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Active Image   A Tempting Solution to Our
   Big Fat Weight Problem

 Much as you might feel otherwise, exercise is not a punishment for being fat. But to make activity a daily habit, American women need to stop thinking of it as cod liver oil.

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Active Image Depressed? Eat a
 Balanced Diet Topped 
 with Omega-3 Fatty
 Acids

Last week, we were able to consume the recommended 2 servings of fish a week. I had three, because I had to take care of the left-overs one time. Unwittingly, I was doing something to ease my black mood, possibly more than the piece of chocolate that served as my comfort food.

A new study published in the December 2006 issue of Nutrition & Dietetics has shown that the combination of a nutritious diet, daily fish oil supplements and/or three oily fish meals, like salmon, sardines or fresh tuna, a week can help alleviate depression symptoms. These findings come from a review of data in all existing literature related to dietary manipulation, according to the researchers.

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Active ImageOnions, garlic linked to lower cancer risks

People who flavor their diets with plenty of onions and garlic might have lower odds of several types of cancer, a new study suggests.

In an analysis of eight studies from Italy and Switzerland, researchers found that older adults with the highest onion and garlic intakes had the lowest risks of a number of cancers -- including colon, ovarian and throat cancers.

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Active Image  Tension headaches eased
  with acupunture, exercise


     Several types of nonpharmacologic treatment, including physical exercise, relaxation training, and acupuncture can provide long-lasting improvements for patients with chronic tension-type headaches, physical therapists in Sweden report.

Because the frequent use of pain medications can lead to chronic headaches, it is important that analgesics are discontinued as a first step in treating tension headaches, Dr. Elisabeth Soderberg and her associates report in the current issue of the Journal Cephalalgia.

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Active Image     Birth control credited 
  with drop in teen
  pregnancy

The dramatic declines in teenage pregnancy rates noted in the United States between 1995 and 2002 were largely due to improved contraceptive use, not to abstinence, a new study shows.

"The current emphasis of U.S. domestic and global policies, which stress abstinence-only sex education to the exclusion of accurate information on contraception, is misguided," warn doctors in a report just released online by the American Journal of Public Health.

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