Thursday, December 8, 2016

What Can You Do About a Common Cold?

Some natural cold medicines work, and others, not so much. Here's all you need to know to beat cold symptoms naturally.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Deadly Complication of Measles More Common Than Previously Thought

A complication of measles that can kill children years after they have the infection is more common than researchers previously thought.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Different Way Of Looking at Heroin Addiction

Many people still look at heroin addiction as a moral issue. There are certainly moral and legal issues involved in addiction, but the underlying cause may be genetic--and knowing that cravings for more and more opiates are related to genetic variations in liver enzymes points to some ways of controlling them that doctors don't yet tell their patients about.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dry Needling for Acne Scars

If you have tried everything  for acne scars and there's no way you can pay the dermatologist for laser resurfacing, you should consider a technique called dry needling.

What's dry needling? It's basically a very light tattoo without the ink. It's not acupuncture, and it's not treatment with a steel roller, although it works on the same principle as roller treatments for acne scars.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Is Armour Thyroid for Hypothyroidism Natural?

Hillary Clinton recently revealed that she takes Armour Thyroid for hypothyroidism. Why wouldn't she take something more mainstream like Synthroid?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Shea Nut Butter Is Good for Your Skin. Could It Be Good for Your Joints, Too?

Shea nut butter has been popular for soothing dry skin and smoothing out wrinkles for generations. A recent study finds it may be helpful for joint pain, too.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's New in Holistic Healing of Prostate Cancer?

What’s new in the research about complementary treatments for prostate cancer?

·       There have been 17 clinical trials of various herbal formulas from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in treating advanced prostate cancer. There isn’t any one formula in TCM for prostate cancer, because it’s individualized for each patient who receives it. None of the formulas had serious side effects when administered by a physician trained in TCM. While none of the formulas turned out to be a cure, they extended life from 7 to 15 months in the most advanced cases. However, Qingyihuaji (QYHJ), a seven-herb Chinese medicine formula, was found to be useful in stopping invasion of prostate cancer into surrounding tissues in less advanced prostate cancer. This is a formula it’s best to get from a trained practitioner, not over the Internet.

·       Prostate inflammation tends to lead to prostate cancer. There isn’t a cold, hard answer from the scientific literature whether inflammation causes precancerous changes in the prostate or the other way around, but at least prostate inflammation is a sign that active surveillance of prostate changes is needed. This also suggests that the other things men do to reduce inflammation, from taking an aspiri a day to eating less trans- fat would also reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

·       Sexually transmitted prostate infections, on the other hand, weren’t found to be linked to later prostate cancer in a more recent study.
      There have been several studies of diet and prostate cancer:

·       A lifetime habit of eating salted or smoked fish increases the risk of eventually developing advanced prostate cancer, about 350 percent higher risk before age 50 and 500 percent higher risk after age 50.

·       Fat in the diet isn’t linked to risk of prostate cancer, although obesity is.

·       Dairy products don’t cause prostate cancer. However, high calcium levels without adequate magnesium play a role in the development of the disease. Another reason to take magnesium.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Arsenic as an Environmental Toxin: What Can You Do About It?

Millions of people around the world, and even in the United States, are being slowly poisoned by arsenic. Fortunately, there is a natural approach to neutralizing low-dose chronic arsenic exposure.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Perils of Moldy Pot

I'm not necessarily a big fan of medical cannabis. I believe that people should have the right to use it, and that sometimes it's better than the pharmaceutical alternatives. But marijuana isn't magical. If you are going to use it, use the "good stuff."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Organic for Cancer Treatment: Is Organic Food Essential for Beating Cancer?

Natural, organic, whole foods are the best choice for fighting cancer, but this is not an obvious conclusion from scientific research.

Can You Eat Meat on an Anti-Cancer Diet?

Can you really eat meat and recover from cancer? Assuming it's meat that has been prepared without excessive salt and has not been cooked on a charcoal grill, the general answer is yes. What is really important is not avoiding meat or eating meat, but achieving acid-alkaline balance. Some people just can't stop themselves from eating too much meat--but they can usually find a way at least to eat some alkalizing foods.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Does Marijuana Ease Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

Today I was asked the question whether medical cannabis would ease symptoms of bipolar disorder. I'll come right out and say "pot" almost certainly won't, but there is a strain of marijuana that might be helpful in managing the highs.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What I Think I Know About Natural Medicine for Brain Cancer

When I was writing the first edition of Healing without Medication I interacted with a doctor who had success in treating brain cancer in someone I knew (he lived another 15 years) with antioxidants. Several years before writing the second edition of this book I myself was diagnosed with a brain tumor that shrank about the same time I started taking the turmeric-derived antioxidant curcumin. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Benfotiamine for Neuropathy: The Supplement Diabetics Need But Haven't Heard About

There's probably no single supplement that more diabetics need than benfotiamine for neuropathy. Benfotiamine benefits are numerous, and benfotiamine side effects are minimal. Here's what diabetics need to know about this supercharged form of vitamin B1.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Building Up Muscle (But Not Losing Weight) with HIIT

High-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is all the rage with trainers and fitness fans. HIIT is great for your metabolism, but not so helpful for weight control.