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Acupuncture, Hypnosis and Infrared Light Work to Quit Smoking

submitted by: admin on 05/07/2015
A review of 14 studies was published in the American Journal of Medicine in May of 2012 showing that acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and infrared light therapy are effective in helpling quit smoking. Nonetheless, the authors recommended that people try drugs and behavioral therapy first. What are they thinking!! The non-drug approaches work better and are far less...

Asthma

submitted by: admin on 09/18/2013
  Dr. Len gives an overview of what asthma is and how it affects us. Triggers are reviewed and their mechanism of action are reviewed. The role of the intestinal tract and its microflora in causing immune reactions are explained. Treatment from both mainstream and CAM approaches are reviewed and leaky gut syndrome is explained.

Asthma Overview

submitted by: admin on 08/21/2016
  Dr. Len gives an overview of what asthma is and how it affects us. Triggers are reviewed and their mechanism of action are reviewed. The role of the intestinal tract and its microflora in causing immune reactions are explained. Treatment from both mainstream and CAM approaches are reviewed and leaky gut syndrome is explained.            

Cancer Prevention Strategies

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Lifestyle is the key to cancer prevention. Smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, exposure to toxins, stress, and lack of sleep are very important factors in causing cancer. Fast food is nutrient poor and calorie dense and are loaded with toxins. Detoxification is very important to keep immunity strong.    

Cholesterol Drug Combinations

submitted by: admin on 04/27/2017
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...

Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

submitted by: admin on 01/20/2014
An article published in the January 2014 issue of Health Affairs reported on cost effectiveness of PepsiCo's workplace wellness program and reported that it had no significant value when it came to financial benefit or for cutting absenteeism, quitting smoking, or reducing weight. They went on to state that regular screening for early detection of diseases...

Does Smoking Cause Weight Gain

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2014
Many people fear quitting smoking because they fear gaining weight. We've all seen this happen. But, does smoking cause weight gain?  To the surprise of many, smoking does cause weight gain. Quitting smoking also causes weight gain!  A study from BYU published in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Physiology documents...

Eating Fruits and Vegetables Linked to Longer Life

submitted by: admin on 04/27/2017
  A Swedish study published in July of 2013 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on 71,000 people aged 45-83 followed for 13 years showed that people who eat no fruit of vegetables die about 3 years sooner. People eating even one serving fruits and veggies lived 19 months longer.  People eating less fruit and veggies were more likely...

Emphysema Overview

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  This is an overview of what emphysema is and how we get it. Approaches to treatment are reviewed and steps to prevent the progression of disease offered.          

Fast Food Linked to Depression

submitted by: admin on 12/15/2014
A University of Grenada publication in Public Health Nutrition revealed that consumers of fast foods and baked sweets were 50% more likely to be depressed than those eating a healthy diet. These same people, however, were also likely to be single, less active physically, worked more than 45 hours a week, and smoked. A previous study showed a 42% increase in depression,...

Father's Obesity Affects Sperm DNA for Two Generations

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  An article published in FASEB Journal showed that obesity in fathers changed the DNA in their sperm so as to put future generations at risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes even if they consumed a healthy diet. This change developed whether or not the obese father had signs of type 2 diabetes or the metabolic syndrome. We've long known that...

H. Pylori: Good or Bad?

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
Infection with H pylori provides reliable protection against allergy-induced asthma by impairing the production of dendritic cells and triggering the accumulation of regulatory T-cells. Researchers published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that the dramatic increase in allergic diseases in industrialized countries is linked to the rapid disappearance...

How Important is Blood Sugar Control in Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 05/13/2014
Scientists at Tufts University School of Medicine claim that the primary goal of treatment in type 2 diabetes is no longer blood glucose control. They published this work in the February 2014 issue of the journal, American Family Physician. Doctors have been imprinted with the concept that control diabetes and you'll control its complications; while...

How to Prevent the Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease

submitted by: admin on 10/08/2013
  According to the European Society of Cardiology, 80-90% of all cardiovascular disease is preventable and up to 50% could be prevented by imposing population level changes through taxes and regulation of advertising. They recommend population-based interventions from local and national government aimed at unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and reducing...

Is Chantix Safe to Help Quit Smoking?

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Pfizer's drug, Chantix, has already been linked to psychiatric side effects, but now has been found to increase the risk of heart attack in people with a history of heart disease. The risk in the placebo group was 0.9% and in the group on Chantix the risk was 200% higher with a percentage of 2.0. 2.3% needed coronary bypass procedures compared to 0.9% in...

Job Burnout Predisposes to Heart Disease

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  Accprdomg to a study in Psychosomatic Medicine in March of 2013, Americans work longer hours, take fewer vacation days, and retire later than employees compared to other countries. This leads to job burnout, and it is related to premature coronary artery disease and heart attacks. The top 20% of the burnout scale had a 79% increase risk of coronary...

Most Cancers are Preventable Today

submitted by: admin on 07/06/2016
An article published in Science Translational Medicine in March of 2012 concluded that 1/3 of all cancers were caused by smoking and another 20% from being overweight or obese. However, diet, exercise, sleep, and exposure to environmental toxins likely account for another 30-40% of all cancers. Genetic factors are not that common. The American Cancer Society...

Prenatal Smoking Linked to Teenage Obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  An article published in the August issue of the 2012 Archives of General Psychiatry showed a link between prenatal smoking and an increased risk for teen obesity. As little as one cigarette a day during the second trimester led to this finding. Previous studies have shown that prenatal smoking is linked to low birth weight, miscarriage, increased fetal...

Preview, Emphysema

submitted by: admin on 04/27/2017
This is an overview of what emphysema is and how we get it. Approaches to treatment are reviewed and steps to prevent the progression of disease offered.

Quitting Smoking Before Surgery

submitted by: admin on 04/27/2017
We know smoking is unhealthy, but before surgery it is particularly problematic. Stopping before surgery makes a big difference in the risk for post operative pulmonary problems. The advantages are discussed.