common painkillers increase risk of heart failure

This huge study was conducted in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and the UK. It included 92,163 people who had been admitted to hospital for heart failure and matched them with 8,246,403 controls. The researchers wanted to see if there was an association between using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and being admitted to the hospital for heart failure. NSAIDs are very commonly used as painkillers and for fever. The study looked at 23 traditional NSAIDs and 4 of the newer COX 2 inhibitors. What they found is serious. . . .

almonds improve cholesterol in people with coronary artery disease

More than half of people with coronary artery disease have low levels of the heart healthy HDL cholesterol.

Several studies have shown that nuts are effective at improving cholesterol. Along with walnuts, almonds may be the most beneficial of all (Arch Intern Med 2010;170:821-27; J Am Coll Nutr 1992;11:126-30; J Am Coll Nutr 1998; 17:285-90; J Am Dietetic Association 2005;105:449-54). The authors of this study wanted to see if almonds were an effective way of specifically elevating HDL levels in 150 people who had both coronary artery disease and low HDL cholesterol. . . .

probiotics reduce wrinkles

Here’s an unexpected way to get rid of wrinkles. . . .

probiotics help depression and anxiety

In 2007, the first hint emerged that probiotics could affect not only physical health, but psychological health. A study arrived at the shocking conclusion that people with depression had significantly greater improvement in mood on a probiotic than on a placebo (Eur J Clin Nutr 2007;61:355-61).

In 2011, a study found that probiotics could significantly improve depression, anger and anxiety (Gut Microbes 2011;2:256-61). An earlier study had already hinted at the possibility that probiotics could help anxiety. A placebo-controlled study of people with chronic fatigue syndrome found that probiotics significantly reduced their anxiety scores (Gut Pathology 2009;1:6-10). So, is it true that probiotics that reside in the gastrointestinal tract can actually calm anxiety? . . .

early introduction of peanuts reduces risk of allergies

One theory about food allergies is that when you first introduce an allergenic food to an infant’s diet may affect the risk of whether your infant will develop the allergy. So, researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies of timing of the introduction of allergenic foods.

One of the most common modern food allergies is the allergy to peanuts. . . .

ashwagandha improves sperm concentration and motility in infertile men

In our book, Sex & Fertility: Natural Solutions, we describe the herb ashwgandha as a herb that “helps to restore sexual chi, or energy . . . . [that] is used for reduced levels of energy, including sexual energy, nervous tension, stress and anxiety.” We say that it is “especially useful for sexual problems that are related to nervous tension.” In the Ayurvedic tradition of healing, ashwagandha is used as an aphrodisiac.

Science has now added to the reproductive benefits of ashwagandha: it can improve sperm measures in infertile men. . . .

fenugreek helps physical and psychological symptoms of menopause

In the absence of any safe pharmaceutical treatment for menopause, the search for natural alternatives has taken on increasing importance for women. The best and most studied treatment for menopause is the herb black cohosh, and several other nutrients and herbs, like soy isolflavones, flax seeds and hops, have been proven to help. The newest addition to the menopause list is the herb fenugreek. . . .

berberine helps polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common problem for women of reproductive age. It affects 5-10% of the population, with as many as 5 million American women suffering from it.

Women with PCOS suffer from two of elevated male hormones, infrequent or lack of periods and enlarged ovaries with lots of small cysts. It is the most common cause of ovulatory infertility.

Insulin resistance is an important factor in PCOS, and the diabetes drug metformin is often used. Metformin, though, has many side effects. Berberine, naturally found in herbs like goldenseal and goldthread, is as good as drugs at controlling diabetes. A recent meta-analysis of controlled studies found that, for type 2 diabetes, berberine is more effective than placebo and as effective as drugs and that adding it to drugs is superior to drugs alone (J Ethnopharmacol 2015;161:69-81).

So, researchers in China tried giving berberine to 98 women with PCOS. . . . .

medical-approach-to-diabetes-ineffective

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world. 9.3% of Americans and 6.5% of Canadians suffer from diabetes: that’s 31 million people. There is a lot of agreement about the medical approach to diabetes. But does the approach work? . . . .

vitamin D helps gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is one of the most common problems of pregnancy. Several studies have shown that vitamin D is beneficial for diabetes. This study looked at whether the versatile vitamin is beneficial specifically for gestational diabetes. . . .

 

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