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Fiber and omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have at least modest antihypertensive benefits but research on flax seeds for this purpose have been conflicting. Flax seed constituents include fiber, an omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the peptide KCI-F1, and perhaps its most well-known component, the lignans. The purpose of this research was […]

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Simple respiratory infections include sinus infections and the common cold and up to about 80% of the time they are self-limiting. Up to 20% are complicated and lead to bronchitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, otitis, pharyngitis or bacterial sinusitis. Prevention of respiratory tract infections is a desired goal of course but often frequent hand washing, healthy […]

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Co-enzyme Q10 for Periodontal Health

Gingivitis (a reversible inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (a destructive non reversible condition resulting in loss of the connective tissue attachment of the tooth to the bone) are oral inflammatory infections. Periodontitis is thought to be caused by an immune response stimulated by plaque around the margins of the gingiva. One way that the […]

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Fall Prevention with Better Balance

Prevention of falling is one of the main ways of preventing fractures related to osteoporosis. And, it makes sense that exercise programs that support muscle strength and balance, would lower the risk for a fall in elderly individuals. Improving eyesight helps too. There have been randomized trials that have shown that an exercise program that […]

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There is a robust amount of published research, including major clinical trials, on the ability of the Mediterranean diet (MeDiet) to protect against cardiovascular disease —now, according to results from the PREDIMED trial, it might also prevent breast cancer. One can easily read the specifics of the MeDiet on the internet and some excellent books, […]

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What if I told you there was a natural therapy that boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, improves sleep, reduces stress, increases energy, increases focus, and speeds the recovery from surgery…..and, is free!!! I’m guessing you would say… “I definitely want some of that!” Turns out the healing power of nature is […]

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There have been only 2 randomized clinical trials addressing whether or not vitamin and mineral supplements are effective for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. One of these, the Physicians’ Health Study II did not find an association between the use of a multivitamin-mineral (MVM) supplement and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in either incidence or mortality after […]

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The most common perimenopause and menopause symptoms are vasomotor symptoms, aka hot flashes and/or night sweats. In addition to numerous perimenopause/menopause symptoms, postmenopausal women in particular, are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Plant compounds such as French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) are rich in proanthocyanidins and have […]

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In early July, 2014, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued guidelines challenging the need for a vaginal speculum and bimanual (internal) pelvic exam as an integral part of a routine well-woman office visit. The ACP reviewed the evidence and concluded that the routine pelvic examination is not useful in screening for malignancies other than […]

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Introduction: The relationship between the microbiota in the gut and the etiology (cause) of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is becoming increasingly clear. IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions, and more common in women. It is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain and variable types of other symptoms including episodic diarrhea and/or constipation, […]

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