Do you know which mineral is effective for preventing diarrhea in children?
Researchers are finding that atrial fibrillation and subsequent strokes related to the arrhythmia are on the rise as the population ages. Between 2003 to 2010 there were 3.2 million hospitalizations due to acute cerebrovascular accidents and 22% were related to atrial fib. The number of atrial-fibrillation-related strokes rose from 70,953 in 2003 to 100,276 in 2010 up to 25.3 % in women and 19.4% in men. We need more education about stroke prevention.
Proton pump inhibitors were prescribed to decrease the risk and development of esophageal cancers. A nationwide study in Denmark of almost 10,000 patients newly diagnosed with Barrett's esophageal showed that no cancer-protective effects from the proton pump inhibitors were found. Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors was associated with a significantly increased risk of adenocarcinoma and high grade dysplasias.
Are we swimming in the wrong direction by taking fish oils? Dr. Peter D'Adamo posted an interesting review about fish oils in his Generative Medicine group on Facebook. It caught my eye because I believe in good scientific discourse, skepticism and careful analysis of all kinds of medicine whether it is naturopathic or allopathic. The review clearly stated that "there could be no possible expectation of general patient benefit with prophylactic fish oil use."
What's the bottom line on being fat? Can we be healthy and fat? We need fat for brain function, to manufacture our sex hormones and to lose weight. I used to think that some of my overweight patients were healthy. They had great energy and showed no metabolic syndrome disease. We would joke that they were keeping some of their energy in reserves. Now that "fat and healthy" thinking is coming into question.
A coronary artery calcium score study revealed that metabolically healthy obese people have a higher prevalence of coronary calcification compared to metabolically healthy people with normal weight. A large meta-analysis showed an increased risk for death and cardiovascular events in metabolically healthy obese adults compared to normal-weight counterparts. Is healthy fat a myth?
Liver cancer is the third leading cause of death in the world. Each year 600,000 new cases are diagnosed with a survival rate of 3-5%. Drinking coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer in those with elevated risk. Coffee, not tea, was shown to reduce liver cancer risk in studies from Japan, Finland and Singapore.
It's been years since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in April 2010, but like the murky waters of the Mississippi, the effects of this disaster are still present today with a tremendous impact on human health.
We all followed the tortuous wake of the DeepWater Horizon spill that killed 11 and polluted the Gulf for 87 days.
The tea leaves have spoken. Green tea leaves have revealed new information about how green tea enhances thinking.
Have you checked your vitamin C levels today? Second Nature patients do. Vitamin C testing is covered by most insurances and we offer SpectraCell testing.
SpectraCell labs can test for vitamins and minerals within the cell.