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What’s in your energy drink?


A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports more teens are regularly consuming energy drinks. The study discusses the common ingredients, benefits and dangers of many popular energy drinks consumed by adolescents. How often do you consume energy drinks? What are your thoughts about energy drinks and its safety? For additional information, please visit CNN. “Image courtesy of [Ambro]/”


Z Pro High Protein Supplement: Recall-Undeclared Soy and Milk.

The FDA issues a safety alert –ID-10067224 is being recalled due to non-disclosure of allergy information on individual packets. The supplement contains two major food allergens, soy and milk, that can cause reaction in individuals with severe sensitivity or allergy to these ingredients. Products shipped after January 24, 2013 contain the updated allergen disclosure on both the box and individual packets. Are you familiar with this product? What was the last supplement that FDA issued alert about that you use in your practice? For additional information, please visit FDA. “Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles]/”

Vegetarians decrease risk of heart disease by 32%.



A new cohort study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, evaluated the relationship between diet and heart health. In the study, 15,100 vegetarians and 29,400 people who consumed fish and meat were followed over a period of almost 12 years. Compared to non-vegetarians, vegetarians were found to have a 32% lower risk of ischemic heart disease.  In addition, vegetarians had a lower systolic blood pressure, lower BMI, and lower levels of non-HDL cholesterol concentration compared to non-vegetarians. What lifestyle modifications do you recommend in your practice? For more information, please visit the abstract in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Image courtesy of [Grant Coochrane]/”




National Tea Month – The Benefits of Tea

ID-100132249In honor of national tea month, U.S News reveals the naked truth about tea. A nutrition consultant, Bonnie Taub-Dix talks about health benefits and a variety of flavor found in teas – from lowering the risk of certain cancers, boosting immunity, improving blood flow, increase energy to improve bone strength. She also provides the reader with FDA warnings related to some herb teas.  How often do you recommend your patients teas instead of capsules or other liquid preparations?  How do you typically encourage patients to drink more teas? For additional information, please visit U.S News. “Image courtesy of [Dusky]/”

Headaches and Complementary Health Approaches

ID-100132296Many Americans today suffer from pain; one of the most common types of pain is headaches. Different complementary medicines are being studied to treat the different types of headaches. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) evaluated the different studies and its findings. The article suggests acupuncture, relaxation training, biofeedback, tai chi, cognitive-behavioral therapy, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 are the most useful complementary therapy. What complementary therapies for headaches do you suggest in your practice? For additional information, please visit NCCAM. “Image courtesy of [Dusky]/”

Faux pas! Food fraud on the rise.

ID-10090192A new study by the U.S Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) found 800 new accounts of food fraud. The USP describes food fraud in the study as “the fraudulent addition of non-authentic substances or removal or replacement of authentic substances without the purchaser’s knowledge for economic gain to the seller.”  The new study established the most frequently fraudulent products are milk, coffee, saffron, honey, and spices committed by manufactures. With food fraud on the rise, what are your thoughts and recommendations? For additional information, please visit CNN. “ Image courtesy of [Suwit Ritjaroon]/”

Some With Autism Diagnosis Can Overcome Symptoms, Study Finds.

A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has shown that some children diagnosis with autism may outgrow their symptoms. Researchers suggest that there is no way to predict which individuals diagnosed with autism will recover, but the new findings may change the understanding and treatment of autism. What are your thoughts about this study? What dietary and lifestyle changes do you currently recommend in the treatment of autism in your practice? For additional information, please visit NY Times.


Berry Habit May Help Women Avoid Heart Attacks


A new study published in the journal Circulation, evaluated the effects of anthocyanins (found in blueberries and strawberries) on the heart in younger women. The study found, that women who ate more than three servings of berries weekly had a lower risk of heart attacks compared to those who ate fewer servings. What foods and supplements do you recommend in your practice for cardiovascular disease prevention? How much time do you spend educating your patients about food? For additional Information, please visit WebMD. “Image Courtesy of [Brian Holm]/

Speaking More Than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer’s.


A study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience with research done by Brian Gold provides support that speaking more than one language may help protect against the cognitive losses caused by Alzheimer’s disease. What other recommendations do you provide to your patients to help support their cognitive functioning?

For additional information, please visit NPR. “Image Courtesy of [Renjith Krishnan]/

Vitamin D may not relieve arthritis pain.

sunshineeA new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at use of vitamin D  for osteoarthritis of the knee. 156 patients were randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or a daily dose of vitamin D (from 2000 to 8000IU).  The results of the study found there were no significant differences in knee pain or loss of cartilage among the two groups. With the new data conflicting with the previous findings, the beneficial effects of vitamin D still remain unclear.  What natural products do you generally recommend your patients for osteoarthritis of the knee?

For additional information, please visit Reuters. “Image courtesy of [Maggie Smith]/”