Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Effects of bergamot essential oil on cardiovascular health

IMG_6402 A 100 healthy volunteers were involved in a study to evaluate theeffects associated with use of bergamot essential oil.The intent was to create conditions similar to those found in a spa setting. The volunteers’ heart rates and blood pressure readings were recorded for each 15 minutes while breathing the vaporized oil. Researchers found that heart rates and blood pressures dropped slightly for the first hour of the study. However, after 75 minutes, the trend reversed when heart rates and blood pressures began to climb.What are your favorite essential oils?  How often and for what conditions do you recommend them to your patients?

For more information, please read the article in WebMD

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Men with intra-abdominal fat are at a risk of osteoporosis

A new study evaluated35 young obese men with and a mean body mass indexof 36.5. Men were divided into two groups according to the location of fat in their bodies. Some of them have subcutaneous fat (fat spread out all over the body), while the other with visceral or intra-abdominal fat mainly. Researchers found thatthat the bones of the group with more visceral fat were nearly twice as weak as those with subcutaneous fat.How do you counsel your patients with increased intra-abdominal fat about increased risk of chronic diseases?

For more information, please read the article in Reuters

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Vitamin D Provides a New Hope for Cancer Patients

A new research on Vitamin D conducted at McGill University has shown promising effects on cancer. Vitamin D slows down cells progression from premalignant to malignant states, keeping their proliferation in check. Researchers found that the active form of Vitamin D halts both the synthesis and functioning effect of the protein cMYC. cMYC is responsible for cell division and is active at elevated levels in more than half of all cancers. What are you general recommendations to patients with history of cancer or active forms of cancer?

For more information, please read the article in MNT

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Risk of Diabetes Related to the Use of High Fructose Corn Syrup

A study published in the journal Global Health, compared the diabetes rate in 43 countries related to the average availability of high-fructose corn syrup. One half of the countries use high-fructose corn syrup in their food supply. Researchers found 20% higher rates of diabetes incountries using high fructose corn syrup, even after considering differences in body size, population, and wealth. Are your patients familiar with the majority of high fructose corn syrup sources in their food? How do you counsel them in terms of avoidance of HFCS?

For more information, please read the article in WebMD

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The beneficial effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids supplementation (n-3 PUFA)

In a cross-over placebo controlled study, including 40 healthy middle aged to elderly subjects, 3 g of fish oil n-3 PUFA daily was consumed during 5 week trial. The results have shown better performance in the Working Memory test compared with placebo (p < 0.05). Additionally, n-3 PUFA lowered plasma triacylglycerides (P < 0.05) and systolic blood pressure (p < 0.0001). What otherherbs/supplements do you currently recommend to improve cognitive performance?

For more information, please read the article in the Nutrition Journal. “Image courtesy of [winnond]/

Probiotics may prevent Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea

A meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, reports that probiotics may prevent Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD) in patients taking antibiotics.  Data was pooled from 20 randomized controlled clinical trials evaluating probiotics compared to placebo or no treatment and the occurrence of CDAD.  The results indicated that the occurrence of CDAD was decreased by 66% in those taking probiotics.  What questions have you received from patients about the use of probiotics? What other indications do you recommend probiotics for?

For more information, please read the article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Postpartum depression may be associated with low levels of omega 3

A review published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry reports that postpartum depression may be associated with low levels of omega 3.  Many women of childbearing age do not intake enough omega 3 and during pregnancy omega 3 levels are decreased even more as they are passed from the mother to the growing fetus.  Levels of omega 3 remain low for more than 6 weeks after the birth of a baby.  What dietary recommendations do you provide to your pregnant patients?

For more information, please read the article in Medical News Today.  “Image courtesy of [adamr]/”

Allergy development of children may be connected to triclosan exposure

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical component foundin toothpaste and other cosmetic products,could change the bacterial composition on the skin, in the mouth and the intestines which cancause an increased allergy risk. A recent study found 10-year-old children who had elevated levels of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and rhinitis also showed triclosan in their urine. What recommendations do you make regarding common hygienic products to parents of young children?

For more information, please see the article in Medical News Today.  “Image courtesy of [Sura Nualpradid]/

FDA receiving more reports of serious health problems with caffeinated energy drinks

The Food and Drug Administration confirmed that it has received 13 reports of death over the last 4 years possibly associated with the 5-Hour Energy drink. Since 2009, the drink has been mentioned in 90 reports filed to the FDA. Reports associated with other energy drinks have also been filed. According to Consumer Reports, each 2-ounce bottle of 5-Hour Energy contains 215mg of caffeine, while an eight-ounce cup of coffee contains about 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine. How often do you consume energy drinks? Will the increase in these serious reports decrease your use?

For more information, please see the article in New York Times.  “Image courtesy of [Victor Habbick]/

Transcendental Meditation May Lower Heart Risk

According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health,obese African-American patients with heart disease  who are assigned to practice Transcendental Meditation twice daily for nine years were 48 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke than the comparison group who took a conventional health education class. Meditation also lowered systolic blood pressure and decreased anger and stress levels.  How often do you recommend meditation to your patients with heart disease?

For more information, please see the article from WebMD.  “Image courtesy of [Ambro]/