The Natural Path
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. . . .
More than half of people with coronary artery disease have low levels of the heart healthy HDL cholesterol.
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).
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.
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.
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. . . .
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.
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? . . . .
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. . . .