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CDC calls for urgent action to combat rise of drug resistant pathogens.

m_137_copyThe Center for Disease Control predicts that over 2 million people every year will get infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria of which 23,000 will lead to death. A comprehensive analysis warns that antibiotic overuse is the main culprit thus advising people only to take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. The CDC believes increasing resistance is also due to antibiotic use in food and animals and cautions against those. The CDC reports an assessment of 18 bacteria- and antibiotic-related illnesses has been broken down into three categories: urgent, serious and concerning based on the pathogen’s clinical impact, transmissibility, current and projected incidence, and the availability of effective therapeutics. Addition of plant extracts have been shown to decrease antibiotic resistance. Have you ever suggested specific plants to reduce/prevent antibiotic resistance?

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Effects of red ginseng extract on sleep in healthy volunteers.

IMG_1237Researchers at Kwandong University studied the effects of red ginseng on sleep in 15 young healthy male volunteers. They discovered that red ginseng can reduce duration of wakefulness between sleep times, reduce lightest stage of non-REM and increase total sleep time. What are favorite recommendations to improve sleep?

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Ginseng poaching threatens survival of plant species.

DSC_5323finishThe United Plant Savers has ginseng listed as one of 20 endangered plants due to increasing illegal harvesting of American ginseng. This month starts the high-season for poaching and conservationists are worrying about the plant species survival. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Tennessee-North Carolina border is the largest protected ginseng habitat in America but with wild ginseng root fetching upward of $800 a pound, many poachers are overwhelming law enforcement and leaving the plant’s survival in doubt. It is believed that 90 percent of the exported ginseng is poached. Were you aware of this problem? Are you familiar with the work of the United Plants Savers? How mindful are you about recommending ginseng in your practice?

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Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from three prospective longitudinal cohort studies.

43__fruit_in_crate_with_loose_apples_rtgA recent study published in the British Medical Journal looked at  the diets of more than 187,000 people in the US. People eating three servings of fruit per week, particularly blueberries, apples and grapes had a reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes. The researchers believe this is because fruits contain high levels of anthocyanins, which have been shown to enhance glucose uptake in mice. However, when researchers looked at the effects of fruit juice consumption, they found a slightly increased risk of type-2 diabetes. The study recommended that replacing weekly fruit juice consumption with whole fruits could bring health benefit. What are your thoughts on this study? What do you recommend as part of a balanced and healthy diet?

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