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Low Back Pain & Vitamin D

March 17, 2015
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A study entitled “Relationship between vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in postmenopausal women” looked at how chronic low back pain may associated with vitamin D deficiency. Researchers found that for older women, “Vitamin D deficiency was significantly more common in patients suffering from chronic LBP than in controls.” If you or...
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Essential Oils & Kid’s Respiratory Health

March 3, 2015
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A study from Russia looks at “the application of essential oils for the prevention of acute respiratory diseases and alleviation of clinical manifestations of rhinitis (stuffy, runny nose) was evaluated in a group of children aged 3-4 years.” Researchers found “that inhalation of a mixture of essential oils resulted in a 42.5% decrease of...
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Vitamin C for Skin Cancer?

February 19, 2015
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An interesting study for the journal Frontiers in Oncology looked at the possible benefit of vitamin C for skin cancer. Researchers concluded that “our results suggest a possible epigenetic signature (cellular traits) of pharmacological doses of ascorbate (vitamin C) in human melanoma (serious skin cancer) cells and support further pre-clinical and possibly even clinical...
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Low Vitamin D = Cardiovascular Disease

February 17, 2015
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In research terms you will ordinarily hear studies talk about an “association” between two events. As an example, several studies have shown an association between low vitamin D and cardiovascular disease. This generally means there isn’t yet enough research to say it is a cause. A recent review of the research has determined that...
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Essential Oils vs. Bacteria

February 12, 2015
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The use of essential oils for health is becoming more popular, particularly with the growing concern over resistant bacteria. One study has demonstrated a positive association between the use of Lavender oil and bronchial asthma in lab mice. Another study looked at “basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) essential oils against...
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Breastfeeding Encourages Healthy Diet

February 10, 2015
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An interesting study examined if any (partial) or exclusive breastfeeding as an infant had an impact of the eating habits of children when they turned six years old. The study found that “frequency of consumption of water, fruits, and vegetables was positively associated, and intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was inversely associated with any and...
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Children Eat as They Are Taught

February 3, 2015
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A study of children’s eating habits found that “31.9% of 6-year-old children consumed fruit less than once daily and 19.0% consumed vegetables less than once daily.” Upon further examination, researchers found that “children who consumed fruits and vegetables less than once daily during late infancy had increased odds (more than twice as likely) of...
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Lavender Oil for Bronchial Asthma

January 29, 2015
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A recent study “evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of Lvn (Lavender essential oil) on experimentally induced bronchial asthma” in mice. Researchers looked at the impact of the lavender oil on inflammation as well as inhibiting an increase in airway resistance. The study concluded that “Lvn inhibits allergic inflammation and mucous cell hyperplasia with suppression of...
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Poor Eating on Weekends

January 22, 2015
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A study of overweight adolescents aged 12-16 years looked at when they ate healthy and when they did not: “Overweight adolescent girls were more likely to eat fruit on weekdays than weekends as were boys. “Adolescents consumed more fruit at school than other meals. “Weekday dinner was the meal where girls were most likely to...
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Women take Vitamin E for ALS

January 1, 2015
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The ice bucket challenge has brought a lot of attention to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But what many people who participated aren’t aware of is an earlier study that “investigated whether vitamin E intake was associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).” The study found that for women “ALS...
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