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A Practical Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion

By Hyla Cass, M.D. A little known, but potentially life-saving fact is that common medications deplete your body of a host of vital nutrients essential to your health. In this practical guide I’ll show you how to avoid drug-induced nutrient depletion and discuss options for replacing nutrient-robbing medications with natural supplements. >> Read Article

New Hope for Cataracts: NAC (N-Acetylcarnosine) Eye Drops

by Ward Dean, MD Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, accounting for about 42 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide (affecting about 17 million people). Twenty-eight thousand new cases are reported everyday. About 20 percent of all people over 60 have at least the beginning of a cataract in one or both eyes, and that figure rises >> Read Article

Brain-Calming Botanical Promotes Safer, Natural Deep Sleep Cycles

By Patton L. Whittington Not since the poet Epimenides stumbled into a cool, dark cave and fell asleep for 57 years, has sleep been such a precious commodity. Sleep experts nationwide report a sharp increase in bleary-eyed people seeking medical attention for poor sleep. "Something's happening out there," says Bethesda, Maryland pediatrician and>> Read Article

New Hope for Cataracts: NAC (N-Acetylcarnosine) Eye Drops

by Ward Dean, MD Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, accounting for about 42 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide (affecting about 17 million people). Twenty-eight thousand new cases are reported everyday. About 20 percent of all people over 60 have at least the beginning of a cataract in one or both eyes, and that figure rises >> Read Article

New Advances in Natural Prostate Support

By Lane Lenard, Ph.D. If you’re a man in your 40s or older who suffers with occasional urinary urgency, you’ve no doubt become increasingly aware of your prostate. And even if you haven’t personally experienced any prostate issues, you probably know other men who have. If you watch TV, especially sports broadcasts, it’s hard to miss all the drug>> Read Article

From the Front Lines: Modern Techniques, Ancient Medicines for Sleep, Digestion

By Amy M. Petrarca, MS, RN, L.Ac I know that acupuncture is quickly becoming mainstream, and that a growing number of people are willing and ready to try something new for their health-care needs if it’s effective. But I had no idea that convincing patients to put their trust into safe and proven herbal remedies would prove to be such a difficul>> Read Article

Anti-Aging and Anti-Viral Effects of "Herbal Youth" Compound

By Jim English In a study published in the Nov. 2008 Journal of Immunology, researchers shed light on the anti-viral and anti-aging benefits of Astragalus, a primary active ingredient in several advanced herbal formulas (Vital Cell, CardioPhase and OsteoPhase) and a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine. In the paper a team of researchers fro>> Read Article

Health Benefits of Reversing Age-Related Thickening of Blood

By John Steinke, L.Ac. Increased thickening of blood – or elevated blood viscosity – is a common age-related condition that contributes to a number of significant health problems. In addition to impairing circulation and nutrient exchange at the cellular level, when blood is too thick, cardiovascular function is stressed, placing an increased wor>> Read Article

Rejuvenating, Anti-Aging Benefits of Vital Cell Herbal Formula

Clinical Trial of Age-Related Health Problems in 150 Adults by Jim English Vital Cell® is an advanced herbal formula designed to counter a host of problems commonly associated with human aging. By supporting healthy microcirculation Vital Cell has been shown to enhance energy levels, reduce plasma viscosity, enhance microcirculation and reverse ca>> Read Article

Restoring Thymus Function for Enhanced Immune Response

The key to a healthy, functioning immune system rests with the thymus gland, a small organ lying just beneath the breastbone. The primary role of the thymus is to assist in the proliferation and differentiation of mature T-lymphocytes – cells that attack and kill viruses and bacteria. T-cells (Fig. 1) emerge from the bone marrow in an incomplete st>> Read Article

Dietary Fructose Causes Liver Damage in Animal Model

The role of dietary fructose in the development of obesity and fatty liver diseases remains controversial, with previous studies indicating that the problems resulted from fructose and a diet too high in calories. However, a new study conducted in an animal model at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center showed that fructose rapidly caused liver damag>> Read Article

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Are On Prescription Drugs

Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, their study found. Twenty percent of patients are on five or more prescription medications, according to the findings, published online in >> Read Article

Aspirin May Fight Cancer by Slowing DNA Damage

Aspirin is known to lower risk for some cancers, and a new study led by a UC San Francisco scientist points to a possible explanation, with the discovery that aspirin slows the accumulation of DNA mutations in abnormal cells in at least one pre-cancerous condition. "Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are commonly availa>> Read Article

Getting Enough Sleep Could Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Men who lose sleep during the work week may be able to lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by getting more hours of sleep, according to Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) research findings presented today at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The study by Peter Liu, MD, PhD, an LA BioMed l>> Read Article

Viagra: Performance, Side Effects and Safe Alternatives

By Jim English and Ward Dean, MD. On March 27, 1998, the FDA approved the drug Viagra (sildenafil citrate) as a treatment for male impotence. Aside from the recent gyrations in the stock market, little else has generated as much excitement as the response to the availability of this new drug designed to deal with the common but embarrassing male pr>> Read Article

Antiaging Health Benefits of Advanced Herbal "Essence Tonic" Formula

By Jim English Advanced essenced tonics are designed to counter a host of common discomforts associated with human aging. By restoring microcirculation, such herbal formulas have been shown to improve internal organ function and speed removal of toxic cellular metabolic waste products, such as lipofuscin, that have been implicated in a wide rang>> Read Article

Triphala

Modern Health Benefits of an Ancient Healing Compound By Jim English Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old healing tradition rooted in ancient Indian culture. This vast body of healing knowledge – sometimes referred to as the "Mother of All Healing" – has recently come to the attention of Western medical researchers seeking novel therapeutic compounds. Wh>> Read Article

Thymic Protein A

Restoring Thymic Function for Immune Support and Life Extension By Ward Dean, MD and Jim English The key to a healthy, functioning immune system rests largely with the thymus gland, a small organ lying just beneath the breast- bone (Fig. 1). Weighing less than half of an ounce at birth, by puberty, the thymus will grow to its maximum size of about>> Read Article

New Dietary Supplement Shows Dramatic Effects in Lowering Cholesterol, LDL, and Triglycerides

By Jim English According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 61 million Americans – 25 percent of the population – currently suffer from cardiovascular disease (CVD). The term cardiovascular disease covers a broad spectrum of disorders that include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease (heart attack and chest pain), stroke, birth defect>> Read Article

Breaking Research on the Health Benefits of Statins

By Jim English Statin compounds are potent cholesterol-lowering agents that are extremely effective at lowering LDL levels and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, after a decade of impressive clinical success, a growing body of research is revealing a number of unexpected health-enhancing and potentially life-extending benefits of stat>> Read Article

Statins Update: Part II

Potential Role for Increasing Bone Mass and Reducing Fractures in Elderly Disorders By Jim English After a drug has been approved for widespread clinical use to treat one condition, clinicians and patients often report that the drug also has surprising and unanticipated effects on other health conditions. Aspirin is a prime example of just such a d>> Read Article

Sleep Loss Linked to Increased Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Deep sleep, also called “slow-wave sleep,” is thought to be the most restorative sleep stage, but its significance for physical well-being has not been demonstrated. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center shows that loss of slow-wave sleep in healthy young adults significantly increases their risk of type 2>> Read Article

Sleep Apnea Thickens Blood Vessels, Increases Heart Disease Risk

Research Update   Obstructive sleep apnea, or periodic interruptions in breathing throughout the night, results in thickening of blood vessels and increased risk of several forms of heart and vascular disease. Obstructive sleep apnea is thought to affect one in every 50 women and one in every 25 men in the United States. Standard treatment inv>> Read Article

Skin Cancer and Nutritional Supplements

Growing Role for Supplements in Prevention of Skin Cancer By Jim English Night gazers across North America are occasionally treated to glimpse of the aurora borealis, with sightings coming in from as far south as the Mexico border. The appearance of northern lights at such southern latitudes usually coincides with a stupendous increase in the outpu>> Read Article

Saving Eli: One Family's Struggle with Autism

By Jim English Eli was born a healthy and vibrant baby, welcomed into the world and embraced by his overjoyed parents and two brothers in 1993. Three years later Eli's family sat in silence as a team of specialists announced that Eli was autistic. We'd known for some time that something was terribly wrong, but hearing the words and grasping their>> Read Article

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

By Jim English and Ward Dean, MD (Published May, 2003) The recent appearance of a new lethal infectious respiratory disease is naturally a cause for concern and apprehension. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is continuing its global spread as we prepare to send our newsletter off to the printer. To date, since emerging from an agricultural >> Read Article

Rosemary

Modern Remedy From Ancient Lore By Jim English History is rich with references to rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.), a small, perennial evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean. Egyptians and Greeks considered rosemary to be a sacred plant, associated with love, death, and remembrance. In Egypt rosemary was used to embalm the dead, and sprigs>> Read Article

Reversing Osteoporosis Reduces Fracture Risks in 78-Year-Old Patient

By Hyla Cass, MD Recently, one of my long-time patients, a 78-year-old woman named Jean, called to tell me that her Beverly Hills endocrinologist was astounded by improvements in her bone density, as revealed by a recent DEXA scan. Her previous scan, conducted in August 2005, had shown that Jean suffered significant bone loss in the femoral neck>> Read Article

Reversing Memory Loss and Lack of Concentration

By Hyla Cass, M.D. It’s happened to all of us: fuzzy thinking, daydreaming, inability to concentrate, a slow mind, and the struggle to connect names with faces or recall schedules and phone numbers. We often will turn to stimulants like sugar and coffee in a vain effort to jump-start our mind. Declining mental function, which ofte>> Read Article

Reversing Altered Metabolic Functions to Enhance Long-Term Weight Control

By Jim English According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 65 percent of all American adults are currently either obese or clinically overweight, and health experts are now predicting that obesity will soon surpass smoking as the single largest contributing factor to early death and loss of quality of life. (1) A report in the N>> Read Article

Resveratrol Mimics Caloric Restriction to Turn on “Longevity Genes”

By Jim English Caloric restriction has been shown to be one of the most effective means of slowing the pace of aging and extending lifespan. Studies show that severely reducing the food intake of laboratory mice can increase their lifespan to the human equivalent of 162 years. Other experiments demonstrate similar gains in maximum lifespan with fru>> Read Article

Lipid Lowering Effects of Red Yeast Rice Extract

Natural Supplement Lowers Elevated Serum Cholesterol Levels By Jim English Elevated serum cholesterol levels (hypercholesterolemia) are a recognized risk factor for developing Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), the leading cause of death in the United States. (1) Standard approaches for controlling hypercholesterolemia include dietary modifications,>> Read Article

(R)-Lipoic Acid

Unique 'Mitochondrial Antioxidant' Fights Premature Aging By Jim English Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a unique, vitamin-like antioxidant that can combat radiation sickness, repair damaged livers, treat diabetes and diabetes-related conditions (polyneuropathy) and protect against oxidative processes that promote premature aging and degenerative diseas>> Read Article

Controlling Inflammation with Proteolytic Enzymes

By Lane Lenard, PhD, Ward Dean, MD and Jim English Enzymes are the unsung heroes of the body – without them life would be impossible. It has been estimated that the human body contains at least 50,000 different enzymes that orchestrate the countless biochemical reactions that control all life functions. Enzymes also play an essential role in inflam>> Read Article

Treatment of Mild to Moderate Hypertension with Shark Cartilage and Cordyceps Sinensis

By Jim English High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most common forms of cardiovascular disease, afflicting an estimated 25 percent of North Americans. Hypertension is associated with atherosclerosis, hypertensive renal failure, stroke, congestive heart failure, and myocardial infarction. Although hypertension has been extensively studi>> Read Article

Preserving Memory and Enhancing Cognitive Performance

By Jim English The human brain is one of the most elegant and complex structures ever conceived. Comprising over ten billion neurons and supportive cells, no other organized structure – organic or silicon – can begin to match the sheer complexity and processing power of the human brain. It regulates virtually all life systems while simultane>> Read Article

Potassium Iodate and “Dirty Bombs”

Inexpensive Nutrient Offers Protection From Radiation   By Jim English On June 8, 2002, Westchester County, New York officials began to distribute potassium iodine tablets to thousands of residents living within a 10-mile radius of the nearby Indian Point nuclear power plant. (1) The pills, also known as “KI,” prevent the thyroid gland from ab>> Read Article

Poor Sleep Increases Blood Sugar Abnormalities, Risk of Diabetes

Research Update Growing research continues to implicate poor sleep habits with a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. And increasing risk for diabetes is not the only health problem associated with sleep duration – a growing number of studies are shedding light on similar relationships between sleep and obesity, cardiovascular disease, and ov>> Read Article

The Pheromone Revolution

Human Sexual Attractants and Beneficial Effects on Sex, Confidence and Health   By Jim English In the 1870s the noted French naturalist Jean-Henri Fabre noted that male moths were flying for miles around to visit a female moth caged in his lab. Fabre speculated that the female moth was emitting a chemical scent that was attracting the males. A>> Read Article

Unique Chinese Extract Relieves Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Jim English Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects connective tissues and joints. Also known as atrophic and chronic proliferative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is marked by the interaction of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mechanisms that lead to inflammation of synovial membranes and contributes to bon>> Read Article

Chronic Pancreatitis, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Paul Anacker, J.D. For the last six months I’ve taken part in a series of ongoing evaluation trials of new and pending herbal formulas. Before I share my thoughts on these formulas I think it would be helpful to begin with an overview of my recent health history. Onset of Acute Pancreatitis In August 1995, I was hospitalized with an extreme case of>> Read Article

Chemotherapy-Induced Osteoporosis

One of Dr. Mitch Fleisher’s patients is a 67-year old woman suffering from severe osteoporosis caused by chemotherapy treatments for her breast cancer. After only four months of taking a combination of two capsules of an advanced herbal bone support formula, and 2000 I.U. of Vitamin D-3 per day she achieved a remarkable 12% increase in bone density>> Read Article

Nutritional Support for Osteoporosis and Calcium Dysregulation

An advanced Chinese herbal formula – OsteoPhase® – has been shown to safely aid in rebuilding skeletal bone and resolving calcium overload. Preliminary clinical findings indicate that the formula regulates calcium to benefit conditions such as osteoporosis, hyperglycemia and other calcium-related disorders. In safety evaluation trials the formula w>> Read Article

Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Heart Condition

Two new research reports suggest a link between some bone-building drugs and irregular heart rhythms in a small number of women who use them. The problem is most pronounced with Reclast, a drug given through a once-a-year, 15-minute intravenous infusion. But researchers also focused on similar problems in women taking the leading osteoporosis pill,>> Read Article

Obesity and Carbohydrates Linked to Esophageal Cancer

Cases of esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) in the US have risen in recent decades from 300,000 cases in 1973 to 2.1 million in 2001 at age-adjusted rates. A new study shows that these rates in the US closely mirrored trends of increased carbohydrate intake and obesity from 1973-2001. A new study illustrates what may be a public heath concern as th>> Read Article

Obesity and Diabetes Double Risk of Heart Failure

Research Update   The twin epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes will continue to fuel an explosion in heart failure, already the world's most prevalent chronic cardiovascular disease. According to John McMurray, professor of cardiology at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, around onethird of patients with heart failure have evidence of diabet>> Read Article

The Positive Health Benefits of Negative Ions

By Jim English Air pollution is a serious, though often unrecognized health problem. Epidemiological studies consistently point to a direct link between urban air pollution – especially particulate pollution created by combustion powered vehicles and power generation plants – and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. (1) Long-term exposure to pa>> Read Article

Natural Solutions for Sleep Deprivation

By Hyla Cass, MD I’m seeing increasing numbers of  patients with sleep problems, ranging  from difficulty in falling asleep,  to being unable to sleep soundly  through the night. Rather than waking  up in the morning restored and rejuvenated,  they are dragging themselves out  of bed, facing another day feeling  drained and exhausted. (1) As >> Read Article

Advanced Heart Formula Protects Against Myocardial Damage, Ischemia

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death in the United States. Over 71 million Americans currently suffer from some form of heart disease, and one million people die every year despite access to an extensive array of modern drugs and surgical procedures. The situation in developing countries is much worse, as the high expense of adv>> Read Article

Memory Enhancement and Cognitive Function

By Jim English The human brain is the most elegant and complex structure ever devised. Comprising some ten billion neurons and supportive cells, no other organized structure – organic or silicon – can begin to match the sheer complexity and processing power of the human brain. It regulates virtually all life systems while simultaneously generating >> Read Article

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

Beneficial Effects on Energy, Atherosclerosis and Aging By Ward Dean, MD and Jim English Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique form of dietary fat that impart a wide range of positive health benefits. Nevertheless, the potential anti-aging properties of MCTs have been largely unrecognized by many life extension enthusiasts. Dietary f>> Read Article

Lipoic Acid

The 'Do-Everything' Antioxidant By Jim English Alpha-lipoic Acid is a vitamin-like antioxidant used in Europe to restore liver health, treat diabetes-related neuropathy and radiation sickness, and confer protective benefits against oxidative processes involved in degenerative diseases and premature aging. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), also called thioct>> Read Article

Lactobacillus GG

Breakthrough Probiotic Clinically Proven to Support Gastrointestinal Health By Jim English and Ward Dean, MD Over the past several years the relationship of the health of the intestinal tract to the overall health of the body has become increasingly appreciated. The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract is home to a vast and complex bacterial ecosy>> Read Article

Krebs’ Cycle Intermediates

Maximizing Your Body's Performance   By Ward Dean, MD and Jim English Production and management of sustainable biological energy resources is of vital concern for everyone. Disruptions in the normal production of mitochondrial energy can contribute to a wide range of metabolic disturbances and symptoms, including fatigue, immune system dys>> Read Article

Ipriflavone Bone Support Complex

Research-Proven Bone Builder By Jim English Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and accelerated deterioration of bone tissue. Affecting more than 28 million Americans and an even greater number of Europeans, the condition manifests itself primarily in the elderly and is more likely to occur in women than in me>> Read Article

An Interview with John Steinke: The Antiaging Benefits of Essence Herbs

Transcribed from Cary Nosler’s Wide World of Health show, broadcast April 4, 2010 Cary Nosler: Our guest today is John Steinke. John began his medical career as an acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in sports medicine. John’s primary practice involved trauma care and performance enhancement for top athletes, including players for the Oakland >> Read Article

Reversing Insulin Resistance to Reduce Type 2 Diabetes

While Regaining Control of Metabolism to Curb Carbohydrate Cravings, Control Weight A recent article in the New York Times reveals that 800,000 New Yorkers – more than one adult in every eight – have diabetes. New York health authorities admit that “diabetes is a bona fide epidemic” and, in fact, the only major disease in the city that is growing,>> Read Article

Four Steps to Reducing Insulin Levels

Metabolic Syndrome, a leading cause of weight gain and obesity, occurs when the body loses its ability to control insulin levels. Left untreated, glucose and insulin levels can become chronically elevated, resulting in obesity, diabetes and increasing the incidence of heart attack, strokes, cataracts and cancer. According to the Journal of the Amer>> Read Article

Vitamin C, Colds and Acute Induced Scurvy

By Jim English Vitamin C is one of the most widely used and highly valued vitamins in the world. Vitamin C became popular in 1970, when Linus Pauling published his groundbreaking work, "Vitamin C and the Common Cold." Vitamin C sales skyrocketed, with some impressive results, including a staggering 40% drop in the number of deaths attributed to >> Read Article

Nutritional Support for Relief from Colds and Flu

By Jim English The five-month period ranging from October through February is commonly referred to as cold and flu season, and for good reason. With the end of summer, as people transition from the fresh air of the outdoors to the closed confines of offices, classrooms and homes, their chances of catching a cold, flu or other human-transmitted infe>> Read Article

Clinical Update: Powerful Immune Defense Against Colds and Flu

By Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M. As a busy homeopathic family physician I see a large number of patients of all ages who have been exposed to and sickened by the many variations of viral influenza. In the past my patients have usually responded very nicely to a series of specific, acute homeopathic remedies uniquely suited to the in>> Read Article

Antibiotic-Resistant Super Bugs on Rise

Supporting Immune Response with Nutritional Supplements By Jim English and Ward Dean, MD Colds and flu are upper respiratory viral infections that are relatively harmless when compared to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant 'super bugs'. The long term effects of antibiotic overuse are beginning to hit home. And with the emergence of new and >> Read Article

Huperzine-A

Natural Club Moss Extract Shows Promise for Treating Alzheimer’s, Enhancing Memory and Alertness By Jim English Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a progressive degenerative disease that most commonly appears after the age of 50. Currently, Alzheimer’s afflicts approximately 40 percent of all individuals over the age of 85, for a total of 4 million pe>> Read Article

Healthy Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy

by Jim English and John Steinke, L.Ac For the past sixty years, doctors have prescribed hormones to help women cope with menopausal symptoms and prevent age-related disorders such as heart disease and osteoporosis. This routine practice came to an abrupt halt in 2002 after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cancelled one of the largest clin>> Read Article

Herbal Support for Speedy Recovery After Stroke, Heart Attack and Surgery

As Dr. Yan examined Cathy he noticed that, while she appeared alert, the right side of her face was completely paralyzed and she’d lost all ability to process language and express herself verbally (aphasia). Further examination revealed that Cathy’s paralysis continued down the right side of her body. Upper limb muscular force was nonexistent (grad>> Read Article

Heart Disease Still Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

From 1993 to 2003 cardiovascular disease death rates declined by 22.1 percent. Yet despite the drop in absolute numbers, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the U.S. Unfortunately, not many people realize how serious this issue is, according to a top U.S. research cardiologist. “We've done a good job of advertising to people that w>> Read Article

New Research Links H. Pylori Infection and Gastric Cancer

A Natural Approach to Reducing Gastritis, Ulcers and Stomach CancerBy Jim English and Ward Dean, MD Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a tiny bacterium that was completely unheard of twenty years ago. Today, H. pylori is known to afflict almost two-thirds of all humans, and is recognized as the most prevalent form of bacterial infection in the wor>> Read Article

Gastric Balance: Heartburn Not Always Caused by Excess Acid

by Jim English The human requirement for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients remains relatively constant throughout adult life. Unfortunately our ability to properly digest food and absorb vital nutrients declines with advancing age. Surprisingly, one of the most common age-related causes of impaired digestive function is the reduction of hyd>> Read Article

Galantamine: Preserving Memory and Cognitive Function

By Jim English One of the prospects facing otherwise healthy adults is the inexorable loss of memories and cognitive performance with advancing age. Aging baby boomers are becoming aware of age-related cognitive dysfunction, memory impairment and dementia. This growing problem is matched with an equally alarming increase in the number of adults >> Read Article

Improving the Food Pyramid

A Review of Proposed Improvements to the USDA Food Guide By Jim English In 1992 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced the first official Food Guide. The food guide – presented in the graphic form of a “pyramid” – was an early attempt to educate the public with a simplified list of dietary recommendations thought to improve health and r>> Read Article

Herbal Support Offers Multiple Benefits for Diabetics

Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M. As a board-certified family physician specializing in classical homeopathy, nutritional medicine and integrative clinical research, I am often called upon to evaluate promising new botanical agents for their potential – and actual – health benefits. Over the past year, I have had an opportunity to evalu>> Read Article

The Flaxseed Revolution

Jim English Flaxseed oil has long been recognized for its numerous health-promoting benefits. However, there are problems associated with the processing and storing of the flaxseed oil that can counteract many of its potential benefits. A major obstacle is that flaxseed oil (principally, alpha-linolenic acid) is highly unsaturated and readily ox>> Read Article

Chinese Herbs for Relief from Peri- and Postmenopausal Symptoms

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstruation and her reproductive lifespan. It usually occurs between the ages of 35 and 55. The hormonal changes that occur before and after the cessation of ovulation and menstruation are thought to reflect the aging process. Imbalances in the hormonal interplay between the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and the>> Read Article

Diabetes Drug Linked to Increased Risks of Cardiovascular Death

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with Type 2 diabetes, accounting for approximately 70% of all mortality in people with diabetes. People with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer heart disease or experience a stroke compared to their non-diabetic counterparts. Diabetics also tend to develop heart disease and have s>> Read Article

Herbal Formula Offers Safe, Gentle Alternative to Harsh Laxatives

More than 2,500 years ago Hippocrates noted that "the intestines tend to become sluggish with age.” This observation remains true today in the 21st century, with chronic constipation a common health problem, particularly as we grow older. According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic constipation affects 26 percent of men and 34 percent o>> Read Article

Cucurbita Pumpkin Rejuvenates ßeta Cells, Restores Insulin Production

An extract derived from pumpkin (Cucurbita ficifolia) may improve blood glucose levels in diabetics and exert antioxidant effects, according to a new study. If the research by scientists from the East China Normal University can be reproduced in humans, then consuming cucurbita pumpkin extract may promote regeneration of damaged pancreatic cells, b>> Read Article

Combining Herbal Formulas to Prevent Summer Colds and Flu and Reduce Arterial Inflammation

By John Steinke, L.Ac. Anyone who’s had their summer vacation ruined by a cold knows that infections can strike at any time of the year. Vacations often involve travel to new places and contact with new people, factors that dramatically increase exposure to new versions of viruses not recognized by the immune system. Air travel also raises risks of>> Read Article

The Collagen Connection

Linus Pauling's Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease By Jim English and Hyla Cass, MD Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, bones and teeth. Collagen also acts as a kind of intracellular "glue" that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, bones, and organs such as t>> Read Article

Nutritional Support for Colds and Flu

By Jim English Humans lived for millions of years without the benefit of modern pharmaceutical antibiotics. Pharmaceutical antibiotics were first introduced into medicine in the 1930's. Prior to that time, physicians and their patients relied primarily on antimicrobial substances like colloidal silver, antiseptics like alcohol and hydrogen peroxide>> Read Article

Immune Defense for Colds and Flu

By Mitchell A. Fleisher, MD, D.Ht Well, it appears that the current flu season is in full swing and it's going to be a whopper. U.S. health officials have warned of a new and virulent strain of adenovirus (cold virus) that has already resulted in the deaths of ten people across the United States, and put dozens more into hospitals. According to a U>> Read Article

Preparing for the Cold and Flu Season

Clinical Experience Treating Cough with ImmunoPhase, AllerPhase and BronchoPhase Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M As a busy homeopathic family physician, I see a lot of patients, of all ages, come down with many variations of viral influenza. Usually my patients respond well to a series of specific, acute homeopathic remedies uniquely s>> Read Article

Patient Successes with Advanced Herbal Circulatory Support Formula

By Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M As a family physician specializing in integrative complementary alternative medicine (CAM), I’m constantly seeking out scientifically-sound nutraceutical agents for the restoration, enhancement and maintenance of optimum health and well-being. It is especially exciting when I find a promising suppleme>> Read Article

Clinical Experiences with Unique TCM Prostate Support Formula

By Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M., Dc.A.B.C.T. ProstaPhase® is a unique, potent, TCM botanical formulation based on the ancient “essence tonic” tradition of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Essence tonics are formulas comprised of medicinal herbs in various combinations specifically designed to preserve physiological systems, and to mai>> Read Article

Modified Citrus Pectin

Inhibition of Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases By Jim English and Ward Dean, MD Pectin is a complex carbohydrate (polysaccharide) found in virtually all plants. Pectin helps to bind cells together and provides a structural framework for maintaining the shape and integrity of cell membranes. Recently, a modified form of citrus pectin derived from t>> Read Article

New Concerns Raised Over Cholesterol Drug

Merck and Schering-Plough, makers of Zetia, announced that the drug had failed to benefit patients in a two-year trial that ended in April 2006. In a press release, Merck and Schering said that not only did Zetia fail to slow the accumulation of fatty plaque in the arteries, it actually seemed to contribute to plaque formation — although by such a >> Read Article

Nutritional Support for Strong, Regular Heart Rhythm

By Jim English Sudden cardiac death, resulting from untreated rapid ventricular fibrillation, is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting about 400,000 people each year and claiming the lives of about 70 percent of them. Sudden cardiac death occurs most often in people who have had heart attacks (myocardial infarction) in the past>> Read Article

Case Histories of Positive Clinical Experiences with Herbal Heart Support Formula

By Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M As a holistic family physician specializing in integrative CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine), I am always pleased to discover an effective therapeutic formula that integrates the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with the best of modern nutritional science and quality control man>> Read Article

Candida Yeast Protection Program

Part 2: Freeing the Body From Candida and Preventing Recurrence By Jim English Part I of the Candida Yeast Protection Program covered the symptoms of yeast overgrowth that afflict close to 80 million Americans each year. In Part 2 we examine a five-phase treatment program designed to free the body of candida and prevent future recurrences. Phas>> Read Article

Candida Yeast Protection Program

By Jim English Yeasts – tiny fungi-like organisms found on plant leaves, flowers and in soil and saltwater – assist in the decomposition and recycling of plants and algae. Yeasts also play an important role in human culture and history – imagine a world devoid of beer, wine and bread. Commercially, yeasts produce alcoholic beverages by fermentin>> Read Article

Calming Stomach and Gastric Upset

By John Steinke, LAc The gastrointestinal tract has two primary nutritional functions. The stomach, or gastric region, starts the process of digestion, preparing food for assimilation in the small intestines. The intestines sort through the digested components so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream, or passed through the alimentary canal to>> Read Article

New Study Reveals Heart Risk from Calcium Supplements

Older women taking calcium supplements to maintain bone strength may be putting themselves at increased risk of heart attack, researchers in New Zealand report. The researchers cautioned that they do not consider their findings the definitive word on the subject, but said the higher heart attack risk they saw merits further study. “This effect coul>> Read Article

Calcium Dysregulation and Osteoporosis

Part 3 By John Steinke, LA.c. Part 1 of Calcium Dysregulation and Osteoporosis examined osteoporosis, the physiology of bone remodeling, and issues surrounding conventional treatments for osteoporosis. Part 1 also introduced the concept of restoring internal calcium regulation (homeostasis) using a purified biogenic marine material, nacre, to r>> Read Article

Calcium Dysregulation and Osteoporosis

Part 2 By Jim English Part 1 of Calcium Dysregulation and Osteoporosis addressed osteoporosis, a degenerative bone disorder responsible for over 1.5 million fractures annually in the United States. In addition to the physiology of bone remodeling, conventional treatments for osteoporosis, and health concerns surrounding calcium supplementation,>> Read Article

Calcium Dysregulation and Osteoporosis

Part 1 By Jim English Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States. An additional 34 million people with osteopenia (low bone mass) are at risk of developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis directly contributes to over 1.5 million fractures each year, and 50 percent of all women will ex>> Read Article

Calcium AEP: Membrane Integrity Factor Aids Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, Asthma and Osteoporosis

By Ward Dean, MD and Jim English In 1941, a unique form of calcium, Calcium 2-amino ethyl phosphoric acid (Ca-AEP or Ca-2AEP) was discovered by the eminent biochemist Erwin Chargaff. Chargaff found that Ca-AEP was a vital component in the structure of cell membranes. The significance of Chargaff’s work was largely ignored for the next two decades, >> Read Article

Butterbur as Effective as Zyrtec® in Controlling Allergic Rhinitis

Migraine-Reducing Herb Combats Hay Fever and Allergies By Jim English Allergic Rhinitis (also called hay fever or allergy) is an allergic condition marked by the inflammation of mucous membranes in the nose (from the Greek word, "rhin," meaning nose, and "itis," meaning inflammation). About 41 million Americans suffer from the symptoms of allergi>> Read Article

Butterbur Extract (Petasites Hybridus) Effective in Reducing Migraine Attacks

By Jim English It is estimated that 240 million people worldwide suffer 1.4 billion migraine attacks each year. Current therapeutic options are often not effective or are accompanied by troublesome side effects. New research reveals that an extract of the ancient medicinal plant, Petasites hybridus (butterbur), can reduce the frequency, duration an>> Read Article

Brittle Bones Benefit from Herbal Support

At the age of 67, Waltraud H. was bedridden with spinal fractures caused by an extreme case of osteoporosis. The year was 1998 and a DEXA bone scan of her left hip revealed that she only had 25% – just one-fourth – of the normal bone density of a typical woman of her age. To make matters worse, her T-score of -6.2 indicated that her bone density wa>> Read Article

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Health authorities around the globe continue to warn of a potential influenza pandemic that they fear the world is ill prepared to cope with. As communicable disease experts scrutinize daily reports for signs of an impending outbreak, public health specialists and drug manufacturers are working to develop vaccines, drugs, and strategies to quaranti>> Read Article

Nutritional Protocols to Protect and Extend Mental Function

Brain Survival Strategies By Ward Dean, MD and Jim English Across the globe, millions of people start the New Year by heading to the local gym. Some aim to lose those sagging excess pounds that seem to reappear after the holidays. Others hope to revitalize lagging energy levels, stave off the effects of advancing age, and reduce their risk of devel>> Read Article

Natural Bone-Building Synergy

By John Steinke, L.Ac Bone fractures are among the most serious of all musculo-skeletal injuries. In addition to broken bones such injuries usually involve deep trauma to adjacent soft tissues – muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. In twenty-plus years as an acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in sports medicine I’ve found>> Read Article

Beyond Ephedra: Bitter Orange (Citrus Aurantium)

By Jim English Oranges are among the most valued and highly consumed variety of fruit. Native to southeastern Asia, oranges were originally imported into Arabia in the 9th Century. By the 12th Century oranges were widely cultivated in Spain and exported throughout Europe. While the modern round orange is valued for its sweet tasting juice and pulp,>> Read Article

Beta 1,3-D Glucan Safely Enhances Immune Function

New Research By Jim English An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but results of a recent human clinical study suggest far better results may be obtained with a dietary supplement called Beta 1,3-D Glucan. Beta 1,3-D Glucan is a highly purified and patented carbohydrate extracted from the cell walls of Baker’s yeast. An independent study conduct>> Read Article

Avandia Shown to Interfere with Formation of New Bone

Concerns about the diabetes drug Avandia continue to mount in the wake of a recent study linking Avandia with accelerated bone loss and osteoporosis. In the report, published in the December 2007 issue of Nature Medicine, researchers from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California report that rosiglitazone (Avandia) has been shown to interfere with>> Read Article

L-Carnosine and Autism

Improving Language and Behavior in Children Diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Jim English L-Carnosine (Fig. 1) is a naturally occurring amino acid found in high concentrations in muscle, heart and brain tissues. L-Carnosine – not to be confused with the popular supplement, L-carnitine – is a highly effective anti-aging nutrien>> Read Article

Asthma Symptoms Linked to Elevated Allergen Levels in Home

Results from a new national survey demonstrate that elevated allergen levels in the home are associated with asthma symptoms in allergic individuals. The study suggests that asthmatics that have allergies may alleviate symptoms by reducing allergen exposures inside their homes. The work was carried out by researchers at the National Institute of En>> Read Article

Traditional Chinese Herbs for Arthritis

by Jim English Arthritis is a generic term for more than 100 different disorders, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia. Osteoarthritis, or wear-and-tear arthritis, is the most prevalent and disabling of all chronic conditions, affecting approximately 80 percent of all U.S. adults over 65. Osteoarthritis is a dege>> Read Article

Clinical Experiences with New, Advanced Herbal Joint Support Formula

Seven Complex Patient Histories Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M. Recently I have found a unique, potent,TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) botanical formulation to be remarkably effective for the support and amelioration of musculoskeletal disorders, including acute trauma to muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints, in the form of spra>> Read Article

Drug-free Alternatives for Arrhythmia

By Jim English The human heart is an organ of remarkable precision and reliability. Every minute this small pear shaped organ beats 72 times to completely recycle approximately five quarts of blood throughout the body. In an average lifetime the heart will steadily pound out more than 2.5 billion beats, a number most of us remain blissfully ignoran>> Read Article

Arginine and Select Phytonutrients Enhance Libido

A Natural Approach to Enhancing Sexual Libido and Performance By Jim English A normal sexual response in men and women begins in the presence of sexually oriented stimulation. When the mood is right, the body responds by releasing a cascade of chemicals that direct the flow of blood into the sexual organs. In women, this leads to engorgement and lu>> Read Article

Natural Anti-Viral Support for Coughs and Congestion

By Kate Wright Coughing is one of the most obvious and indisputable signs of human illness. In addition to being the main cause for patient visits to doctors, over a billion dollars are spent each year on over-the-counter (OTC) cough remedies in the US. With so many people crowding medical clinics and spending so much money seeking relief from this>> Read Article

Nutritional Support for Relief from Seasonal and Perennial Allergies

By Jim English All-natural AllerPhase® is a safe and highly effective herbal formula for rapid relief from seasonal and perennial allergy miseries. The unique proprietary blend of essence herbs quickly and safely relieves allergic symptoms caused by: Pollens from trees, grasses and weeds House dust from dust mite particles, mold spores, and pe>> Read Article

Relieving Allergy-Induced Migraines

Clinical Feedback Migraines affect more than 28 million people in the United States, hitting with symptoms that can include throbbing headache pain, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. We recently received a remarkable clinical report of a patient reporting relief from her migraine headaches from an advanced herbal allergy support >> Read Article

Natural Allergy Relief

By Jim English Allergies arise from an imbalance in the immune system that causes the body to overreact to normally harmless irritants (allergens). This abnormal process triggers an inflammatory response that leads to tissue swelling, redness, heat and pain, accompanied by exudation of fluids. In upper respiratory allergies, the eyes, sinuses, nose>> Read Article

Effort to Lower A1C Levels with Drugs Increases Death Rate in Diabetics

By Jim English While diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness and lower limb amputations not caused by accidents or trauma, the most serious threat facing diabetic patients is death from heart attack or stroke. Eighty percent of hospitalizations for patients with diabetes are for macrovascular disorders, such as coronary diseas>> Read Article

5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) vs. Prozac (SSRIs)

By Ward Dean, MD, James South, MA, and Jim English Neurotransmitters are specialized biochemicals that nerve cells use to 'talk' to each other. Serotonin is one of some ten major brain neurotransmitters. Deficiencies of serotonin in the brain have been linked to a number of disparate conditions, including: depression (especially the agitated, anxio>> Read Article

Bone Scans

Subject Two: Scan 2(d) (10/9/2004) Fig. 2d. Fourth bone density scan (Achilles Ultrasonometer) of subject 2 (female, age 57 years) six weeks months after last scan. For six weeks the subject had received a combination of a new, calcium balancing formula, in combination with two other formulas. The first consisted of a blend of minerals, including z>> Read Article

Bone Scans

Subject Two: Scan 2(c) (10/9/2004) Fig. 2c. Third bone density scan (Achilles Ultrasonometer) of subject 2 (female, age 57 years) nine months after second scan, and 11 months after last taking a new bone-support formula undergoing evaluation. Results indicated a continued increase in BMD between 2nd and 3rd scan, from 75% to 77% (yellow highlighted>> Read Article

Bone Scans

Subject Two: Scan 2(b) (6/14/2003) Fig. 2b. Second bone density scan (Achilles Ultrasonometer) of subject 2 (female, age 56 years) taken two months after completing 4 month safety evaluation period (6 months after first scan). Results indicated a significant increase in BMD, from 69% to 75% (yellow highlighted area).>> Read Article

Bone Scans

Subject Two: Scan 2(a) (1/12/2003) Fig. 2a. Intake bone density scan (Achilles Ultrasonometer) of subject 2 (female, age 56 years). Scan revealed the presence of mild osteopenia, with a BMD score of 69% (yellow highlighted area). Following this scan the subject volunteered to take part in a 4 month safety evaluation period. >> Read Article

Bone Scans

Subject One: Scan 1 (4/3/02 - 4/22/03) Fig. 1. Improvement in bone density a subject (female, age 59 years) taking a new calcium balancing formula. Subject volunteered for a 4 month safety evaluation period after a preliminary scan (DEXA) revealed the presence of mild osteopenia. Subject completed the safety evaluation period with no side effects o>> Read Article

SMART DRUGS: Do They Work?

   Transcript: Jim English on Nightline with Barbara Walters, January 17, 1992 This is ABC News Nightline. Substituting for Ted Koppel and reporting from New York, Barbara Walters. Barbara Walters: You could say that it all started with Ponce de Leon. The Spanish explorer came to Florida in 1513, searching for the "Fountain of Youth". Well, he neve>> Read Article

About Nutrition Review

About Nutrition Review Nutrition Review is a free online resource covering issues related to the therapeutic benefits of nutritional supplements and their potential role in preventing illness, enhancing health, improving quality of life and extending lifespan. Nutrition Review provides access to a growing library of published articles, supported>> Read Article

No Deaths from Vitamins - None at All in 27 Years!

Despite the constant stream of warnings in the media about the supposed dangers of vitamins and supplements, coupled with calls for increased regulatory oversight of the supplement industry, a recent analysis of The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) annual reports indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever fr>> Read Article

“Bad” LDL Cholesterol May Protect Against Cancer

There may be a link between low levels of “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol—that is, not enough of it—and increased cancer risk, according to new research. Scientists at Tufts University [2] looked at 201 cancer patients and 402 cancer-free patients. They found that cancer patients who never took cholesterol-lowering drugs on average >> Read Article

FDA Warns Statin Drugs Linked to Diabetes and Memory Loss

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who take statins to prevent heart disease, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has important new safety information on these cholesterol-lowering medications. According to the agency's website, the FDA has issued new labeling guidelines for statin drugs warning users that the medications can cause memor>> Read Article

Surprise: Antibiotics May Be Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic

Worse, their overuse may also increase our cancer risk. We’ve been telling you about the global threat of superbugs [1]. Much of it comes from handing out antibiotics like medicinal candy to humans or as dietary supplements to animals. Now there’s new evidence of the negative effect of antibiotics on our weight as well as a potentially devastati>> Read Article

Microflora Have Decisive Role With Autoimmune Illnesses, Some Good, Some Bad

When the right microorganisms are at work, immune cells involved in the development of autoimmune illnesses like psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and arthritis, can develop anti-inflammatory properties. Scientists at Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona, Switzerland, have now made this discove>> Read Article

Vitamin A Supplements Could Save 600,000 Children a Year

Children in low and middle income countries should be given vitamin A supplements to prevent death and illness, concludes a study published online in the British Medical Journal. The researchers argue that the effectiveness of vitamin A supplementation is now so well-established that further trials would be unethical, and they urge policymakers to>> Read Article

Pregnant Women in California Have Highest Levels of Potentially Toxic Flame Retardants (PBDEs) in World

A new study finds that pregnant women in Northern California have the highest PBDE flame retardant exposures reported to date among pregnant women worldwide. It also describes some of the first evidence from humans that certain flame retardants may interfere with thyroid hormone signaling during pregnancy, which is critical to fetal brain developme>> Read Article

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Nutrition Review is a free online resource devoted to the science of nutritional supplementation, with a special emphasis on applications for preventing disease, enhancing health and extending lifespan. Nutrition Review is produced by Jim English, a widely published nutritional-science author. Over the last 25 years Jim has written and edited thous>> Read Article