Interest in the Ketogenic Diet Grows for Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes

January 16, 2018 Jennifer Abbasi Article Information JAMA. 2018;319(3):215-217. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20639 This summer, 25 overweight and obese adults participating in a tightly controlled feeding study will take up full-time residence for 3 months at a wooded lakefront center in Ashland, Massachusetts. However, before checking in at Framingham State University’s Warren Conference Center and Inn, they will have to lose 15%…

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Lifestyle Factors Affect Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk Regardless of Genetic Predisposition

December 27, 2017 Some people say they have high blood pressure because it is in their genes.  Well, there is new information published in the medical journal Circulation that says otherwise.  People with genetic predispositions for high blood pressure are actually able to reduce their blood pressure through lifestyle. TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Data from the UK Biobank study…

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Opioids now kill more people than breast cancer

By Nadia Kounang, CNN Updated 12:14 AM ET, Thu December 21, 2017 (CNN) More than 63,600 lives were lost to drug overdose in 2016, the most lethal year yet of the drug overdose epidemic, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of…

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Osteoarthritis could be prevented with good diet and exercise

Date: May 12, 2017 Source: University of Surrey Summary: Osteoarthritis can potentially be prevented with a good diet and regular exercise, a new expert review reports. Osteoarthritis can potentially be prevented with a good diet and regular exercise, a new expert review published in the Nature Reviews Rheumatology reports. During the expert review, researchers from the University…

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Yogurt, But Not Milk, May Lower Hip Fracture Risk

– Findings based on combination of high intake of fermented milk products and fruits, vegetables MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — High intake of fermented milk products, like yogurt, in combination with a high intake of fruits and vegetables, is associated with lower hip fracture rates in women, according to a study published online…

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Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs: An Overlooked Epidemic

 by Sandra G. Boodman December 13, 2017 Consider it America’s other prescription drug epidemic. For decades, experts have warned that older Americans are taking too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors, for dubious or unknown reasons. Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a…

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Diaphragmatic Breathing Reduces Belching and GERD Symptoms

An article in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology showed that diaphragmatic breathing training reduced belching frequency in 80% of the study participants, and significantly reduced symptoms of acid reflux. Written by David Rakel MD, FAAFP Diaphragmatic Breathing for Belching-Inducing GERD Many things that we use PPIs for should not be treated with acid suppression therapy. One of…

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Conquering Arthritis Naturally

Mark Hyman, M.D. interviews Susan Blum, M.D.  Both physicians practice Functional Medicine, and they have a very interesting discussion over their approach to helping their patients who suffer from arthritis.  If you suffer from arthritis, I recommend getting Dr. Blum’s book. Story Source

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Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain

A study published in September of 2017 wanted to see how orthotics with and without chiropractic treatment worked for chronic back pain compared with no treatment at all. They concluded that six weeks of prescription shoe orthotics significantly improved back pain compared with no treatment. The addition of chiropractic care led to higher improvements in…

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Supplemental Antioxidants Improve Visual Function in Non-Advanced Macular Degeneration

December 06, 2017 Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science TAKE-HOME MESSAGE This study was designed to assess the impact of the combination of supplemental macular carotenoids with co-antioxidants on visual function in 121 patients with AMD. Patients were randomized to receive zinc alone or the combination of 25 mg zinc and 10 mg meso-zeaxanthin. Letter contrast…

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