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Of Course Low-Dose Multiple Vitamins Don`t Work: But High-Dose Antioxidants Do 01/24/14

The Dec 17, 2013 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (journal) contained several recently completed North American research studies, which showed that taking an every day, low-dose multiple vitamin and mineral supplement (e.g. Centrum Silver) did not provide any significant protection against cancer or heart disease in well nourished North American subjects, who had no signs of nutrient deficiencies. (1) These findings are not surprising because low-dose multiple vitamins have been shown to not contain high enoug...

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Organic Foods: Fewer Pesticides, But Similar Nutrient Density 09/05/12

Between 1997 and 2011, U.S. sales of organic foods increased from $3.6 billion to $24.4 billion. The perception is that organically grown produce has superior nutritional value and is not riddled with pesticides and herbicides. The study by C. Smith-Spangler et al, in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2012), showed that organic produce does not have higher levels of vitamins or minerals (with the exception of phosphorous) than produce grown in soils treated with synthetic fertilizers. However, organic produce was show...

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Middle Age Fitness Reduces Risk of Many Degenerative Health Problems 09/04/12

A study published in August 2012 showed that staying fit during middle age is associated with a decreased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease, during the next several years. Here we see another large study showing that physical activity likely represents an important determinant of healthy aging. The researchers merged data from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study with individuals' Medicare claims when they reached age 65 years or older. The study included...

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MD’s Still Not Providing Important Dietary Advice: Study Finds 08/30/12

An eye-opening publication by Kushner in 1995 highlighted the disturbing attitudes, practice behaviors, and obstacles to the delivery of nutrition counseling by family doctors in the US. The review article provided compelling evidence that nutrition and dietary counseling should be key components in the delivery of preventive health services by family doctors. Kushner recommended a multifaceted approach to change physicians' counseling practices to include detailed advice on nutritional modifications as applied to t...

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The Real Health Answer Is Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine 07/30/12

As many of you know I have an extensive background in the role of exercise physiology, nutrition, supplementation, manual therapy, and acupuncture in the prevention and management of common health problems. However, I also have the utmost respect for the role of many drugs and medical procedures and the diagnostic capabilities of modern medicine. Health management should not be a choice between alternative medicine OR conventional medicine, but rather should incorporate the best of both into an evidence-based integra...

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How High Blood Sugar Shortens Your Life: Part 4: How to keep your blood sugar in the ideal range for longevity 07/20/12

In the previous articles on this subject I discussed how high blood sugar increases risk for: Diabetes and its complications Heart disease Kidney disease (chronic renal failure) Macular degeneration and other retinopathies that cause vision loss Cancer Alzheimer’s disease (type 3 diabetes) There is no question that long-term blood sugar control is a key factor in longevity and remaining disease-free. The blood sugar level that ...

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