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Cholesterol Drug Combinations

submitted by: admin on 08/14/2017
How low should cholesterol be lowered? Vytorin is a drug that contains both Zocor and Zetia and lowers cholesterol very powerfully. Most cardiologists believed this is really beneficial because the risk for heart attack goes down substantially. However, when a study was done on this and looked at all cause mortality, it was probably slightly increased!  Cholesterol...

Stress, Anxiety, and PTSD Overview

submitted by: admin on 10/15/2016
Stress in the short term boosts our ability to cope with stress, but when it becomes longterm it creates major problems with our health. When we're stressed and don't have the tools to deal with it, we repress the situation but it remains in our uconscious unresolved. This can lead to PTSD. It is possible to identify and re-address these problems at a...

Lack of Sleep and Risk for Aggressive Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/30/2016
  Getting less than 6 hours a night of sleep is a risk factor in postmenopausal women with stage 1 or 2, estrogen positive, node negative breast cancer using the Oncotype DX tumor test. It measures the risk of tumor recurrence based on the expression of 21 oncogenes. Lack of sleep causes inflammation in the body that increases the risk for obesity,...

Are the Emotional Side Effects of Antidepressants Worse than the Disease?

submitted by: admin on 05/26/2015
In a study done on 1829 people on antidepressants from the University of Liverpool that was published in the February 2014 issue of the journal, Psychiatry Research, more than half of the participants reported psychological problems due to their medication! Thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties, and emotional numbness were far more common than appreciated.  The...

Osteoporosis Overview

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
  The definition, risk factors, causes, and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia are reviewed. The problems with bisphosphonates are reviewed and natural strategies for prevention and treatment discussed.          

Appetite Suppressants

submitted by: admin on 05/16/2015
Appetite suppressants not only don't work well but have serious safety issues. Lifestyle issues such as, stress, insufficient sleep, lack of exercise as well as endocrine issues are important.          

Antidepressants Increase Adverse Reactions in Surgical Patients

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2015
According to an article published in the April 2013 issue of the journal Internal Medicine, patients on SSRI antidepressants at the time of surgery have a 20% increased mortality, 9% increased risk for bleeding, and 22% increased risk for  readmission within a month of discharge from the hospital! This was based on a review of 530,000 surgical patients from...

America is Sleep Deprived

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
  Most Americans only get between 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night.  People really need 7 to 8 hours of sleep and teenagers need even more.  In a recent survey 95% of the people surveyed used some type of electronic device such as televisions, computers, or video game an hour before going to bed most nights during the week.  This can affect...

Adolescent Health Declines, Why?

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Teenagers are at a high risk for smoking, alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity because they are trying new things. Education in school on a living a healthy lifestyle is part of the answer. Obesity is another issue.              

About Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Inflammation as a cause of chronic diseases is described and defined.  The roles of cytokines and brown fat are explained.  A lifestyle that includes exercise, stress reduction, sleep, weight management, and a healthy diet is a powerful antidote. Cholesterol is a marker of inflammation, not the cause of it. Addendum: This is an excellent review...

What You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana

submitted by: admin on 04/18/2015
  A study of 19 patients in a convalescent hospital in Israel using medical marijuana showed that it is helpful  to improve appetite, ease pain, reduce tremors, improve mood, concentration, communication skills, and improve sleep. Permits for medical cannabis in Israel increased from 400 in 2009 to 11,000 now. Cannabis has been used for 2000...

Insomnia Linked to Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 04/12/2015
  Older adults with insomnia have an altered immune response to stress that increases levels of interlukin 6 up to 4 fold, which may increase the risk of illness and death. In this study that was published in February of 2012 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, there were 83 people with an average age of 61. Twenty seven percent were poor...

Exercise is Key for Good Sleep

submitted by: admin on 03/31/2015
  The National Sleep Foundation's 2013 Sleep in America poll showed that self-described exercisers report sleep that is twice as good as self-described non-exercisers; and that the more vigorous, the more beneficial. Although both groups slept the same amount, 6 hours and 51 minutes, the quality of sleep was vastly different. More than 2/3 of vigorous...

Why Antidepressants Don't Work

submitted by: admin on 03/01/2015
SSRI antidepressants, according to research published in the February issue of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, may increase serum levels of serotonin, but actually lower levels in the brain. This family of drugs blocks the re-uptake of serotonin by nerve tissue, which raises serum levels but actually lowers levels where we need them the most -- in...

Weight Health Assessment

submitted by: admin on 02/20/2015
  Dr. Saputo's Weight Health Assessment asks you questions about your appetite, how much you weigh, where you carry your weight, the role of stress, insomnia, and depression in your life, and what you are doing to control your weight. You will be referred to a myriad of audio and videos that will help you understand more about why you're overweight...

Insomnia Health Assessment

submitted by: admin on 02/20/2015
  A good night's sleep is absolutely essential for good health and most of us need between 7-8 hours every night. Lack of sleep leads to a state of inflammation and high levels of stress hormones, which lead to a wide range of diseases that include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, obesity and much more....

Weight Loss Takes More Than Will Power

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Weight loss takes much more than will power. There are many reasons why people become overweight that must be dealt with in order to lose and sustain weight loss. There are endocrine causes such as thyroid, adrenal, and ovarian causes as well as diet, exercise, PTSD, insomnia, environmental toxins, many drugs, and quitting smoking that are involved in weight...

Weight

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
How to Deal With Weight Issues Succsessfully Weight loss programs don't work! Today's weight management programs don't work over the long haul! Yet there is a $52 billion market that continues to convince overweight people that there is hope if they use the program or product offered by a particular company. This results in yo yo weight changes...

Sleep Gets Better with Age

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
According to a 150,000 person study the March issue of the journal, Sleep, aging does not seem to be related to poor sleep. Actually, sleep seemed to improve as people aged and people in their 80s had the fewest complaints! Health issues and depression were common problems in people with insomnia. Sleeping patterns are helpful in determining the cause for...

Sleep Loss Lowers Testosterone Levels

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Cutting back on sleep drastically lowers testosterone levels in young male adults. Less than five hours a night of sleep had significantly lower levels of testosterone than controls. After just one week of less than five hours a night of sleep resulted in a 10-15% decrease in testosterone levels. Low levels of testosterone lead to low energy, reduced libido,...