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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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Reducing Unnecessary Drugs

May 15, 2014
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Elderly people are more likely to be exposed to multiple prescriptions due to the nature of current medical care. As additional prescriptions are added, seniors face an increased risk of drug toxicity, negative side effects and even death. One study examined the changes in prescriptions for elderly patients between admission and exit in four...
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Vitamin E Slows Alzheimer Decline

May 13, 2014
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A recent study tested to see if Vitamin E will “slow progression of mild to moderate AD” in older patients. At the end of the five year study, researchers concluded that “among patients with mild to moderate AD (Alzheimer disease), 2000 IU/d of alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E) compared with placebo resulted in slower functional...
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Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain

May 8, 2014
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In additional to chiropractic care, an “individually designed” exercise program has also been shown to help relieve chronic low back pain (LBP). Researchers found that an “individually designed exercise therapy program for chronic LBP was associated to clinically significant functional improvement both on discharge and at 1 year. Only severe pain intensity predicted poor...
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Obesity Shortens Your Life

May 6, 2014
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While there are numerous health risks to being overweight, the net result can be a shorter lifespan. A recent study found “compared with normal-weight adults, obese adults had at least 20% significantly higher rate of dying of all-cause or CVD (cardiovascular disease). These rates advanced death by 3.7 years (grades II and III obesity)...
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Strawberries Reduce Cholesterol

May 1, 2014
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A group of healthy people were given 500 grams (about 18 ounces) of strawberries every day for 30 days. At the end of that time, numerous tests showed many benefits including “significantly reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides levels.” The authors concluded that “strawberries consumption improves plasma lipids profile, biomarkers of antioxidant...
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Vitamin D for Dysmenorrhea

April 29, 2014
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Dysmenorrhea (also known as menstrual cramps) can be very severe for some women. Some studies have begun to draw an association between a lack of vitamin D and dysmenorrhea. A recent study of young women looked at this association and found “a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and secondary hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands...
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Friends Keep You Healthy

April 24, 2014
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An interesting study looked at “Long-term illness (LTI) and psychosomatic complaints (PSC)” in children ages 2 – 17 and how these are impacted by leisure time activity. What they found is that “’Reading books’, ‘visiting friends’, ‘listening to music’ and ‘activity in organisations’ were related to an absence of PSC, LTI and well-being. ‘Surfing/blogging...
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Financial Interests Biases Research

April 22, 2014
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A recent study looked at how “a financial conflict of interest” could influence the results of a research study. The authors looked at the results of 17 “published systematic reviews (SRs) conducted in the field of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and weight gain or obesity.” Not surprisingly, over 80% of the reviews that were funded...
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