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2nd Hand Smoking Increases Heart Risk

July 1, 2014
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Parental smoking has been shown to have an adverse effect on the health of their children. A new study looks at how second-hand smoke impacts children’s “vascular age”, the “age” of the child’s arteries based upon their health. The study found that “having both parents smoke was associated with vascular age 3.3 years greater...
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Safer Pregnancy with Vitamin D

June 26, 2014
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Vitamin D has been shown to be very important for many physiological processes in our bodies. So much so that the findings of the latest study regarding pregnancy come as no surprise: “Normal plasma levels of Vitamin D3 are needed for physiological development of pregnancy, normal skeletal mineralization of the fetal skeleton and lactation....
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Over-the-Counter Heart Danger

June 24, 2014
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Most people pop aspirin and other over-the-counter pain relievers without a second thought. But mounting evidence suggests that there should be cause for concern. In a recent study, researchers found that “NSAID (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) use was associated with an increased risk of death or myocardial infarction (heart attack) by up to...
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Eating Habits Impact ADHD

June 19, 2014
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There are several studies that show an association between what a child eats and their risk of learning challenges, particularly attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The latest study confirmed what others studies have found that “a high intake of sweetened desserts, fried food, and salt is associated with more learning, attention, and behavioral problems, whereas...
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Vitamin D for Psoriasis

June 17, 2014
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Psoriasis is a skin disease that produces unsightly scaly red blotches. While there are several drugs that claim levels of effectiveness, many people prefer to avoid the related side effects. A recent pilot study found that “high-dose vitamin D3 therapy may be effective and safe for vitiligo (patches of skin that have lost their...
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Chiropractic Better for Low Back Pain

June 12, 2014
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At some point in our lives, everyone experiences low back pain that is generally of a mechanical nature. You bend over wrong, lift something or just wake up with it. The question is, what should you be doing for it? A study comparing “family physician-directed usual care” and “chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy” was conducted...
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Hospital Formulas Reduce Breast Feeding

June 10, 2014
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There is little argument that breast feeding is best for both mother and infant. Breast feeding reduces the potential for infections, diarrhea and obesity in babies. It also provides significant health benefits to moms including the reduction of postpartum bleeding and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive...
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Chiropractic for Sciatica

June 5, 2014
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Sciatica is a condition in which pain radiates from the lower back down one or both legs. This is generally caused by a problem in your lower back. While many people believe that sciatica requires surgery, a new study found that “sixty percent of patients with sciatica who had failed other medical management benefited...
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Autism from Vitamin D Deficiency

June 3, 2014
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Several studies are associating autism with a lack of sufficient vitamin D. Researchers note that “evidence is mounting that vitamin D deficiency is intimately involved in autism.” Others cite “a growing body of literature suggests that higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (vitamin D) concentrations, either in utero or in early life, may reduce the...
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Vitamin C for Chemotherapy Side Effects

May 29, 2014
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A case study looked at how vitamin C could increase the quality of life and reduce the fatigue for a patient undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Researchers found that when taking vitamin C on a regular basis, “dramatic decreases in fatigue and insomnia were observed, as well as increased cognitive functioning.” Vitamin C has...
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NSAIDs Adverse Events

May 27, 2014
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Many people take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) assuming they can take as many as they want without much fear of negative side effects. Aspirin, Motrin and Advil are all different types of NSAIDs that are taken without much concern for potential harm. Studies have shown that there are “gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal (kidney) complications...
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Sunshine Reduces Colorectal Cancer?

May 22, 2014
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An interesting study looked at the incidence of colorectal cancer based upon how far people lived form the equator. Researchers wanted to discover if a greater exposure to sunlight would reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. They found that “incidence of colon cancer was highest in countries distant from the equator.” As you spend...
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Vitamin D for Your Eyes

May 20, 2014
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Glaucoma is a disease that gradually reduces your eye’s ability to see. Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) causes you to lose your peripheral vision first as the disease progresses to a more advanced state. A ground-breaking study found an association with people who had low levels of Vitamin D and open-angle glaucoma. “The findings of this...
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