Vitamins Offer Hope for Alzheimer’s

cinamonStory at-a-glance

  • Alzheimer’s disease is currently at epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million  Americans—including one in eight people aged 65 and over—living with it. There is no known cure, and few truly effective treatments
  • Research suggests Continue reading

Gingko Biloba: A ‘Living Fossil’ With Life-Extending Properties

Muralginkgo2Photo credit: Ginkgo tree with therapod dinosaurs and several extinct birds from various periods within the Mesozoic era. (John Agnew)

Those interested in learning how to enhance their longevity may want to look to Gingko Biloba, Continue reading

Low Intake of B Linked to Depression

bbFeeling low? Get your B

When it comes to depression, the mainstream would rather have you wait until the symptoms are there before doing something about it. But what if you could help to prevent depression from affecting your life, simply by adding a couple of essential vitamins to your diet?

“B vitamins linked to depression risk in older adults.” Continue reading

The Trouble Seniors Face Today with Their Health

healthy seniorsToday I’ll finish off this three-part series on the troubles seniors face with nutrition. I’ll be covering what your primary needs are, how your nutrition needs change as you age, and where you can go for assistance.

Seniors have different nutritional needs than other people. Even if you’re in great shape, it’s still important Continue reading

90 Medical Treatments You Don’t Need

You know, they say there’s not much use for Latin any more. Some scholars even call it a “dead language.”

But a group of doctors is banding together to remind their colleagues of one old Latin phrase they should have learned on their first day of medical school.

Primum non nocere. It means, “First, do no harm.”

That’s the message behind a new set of guidelines issued by a health group that’s trying to put the kibosh on 90 medical tests and treatments that may do more harm than good. Continue reading

About Face

Q: About a week ago, one side of my mother’s face began to droop and she has had no control over it since. We initially thought she had a stroke, but her doctor diagnosed her with Bell’s palsy. He said it would go away on its own, but that it could take six months or longer for her to make a full recovery. Can you give us any suggestions for minimizing the effects of this disease in the meantime?

Dr. Wright: For those readers who aren’t familiar with it, Bell’s palsy is a weakening or paralysis of the muscles of the face and is due to trauma to the facial nerve. Because it usually affects Continue reading

Ten Natural Options for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Today, in my last look at multiple sclerosis (MS), I’ll reveal a wide swath of natural possibilities for treatment and prevention. These 10 potential remedies range from healthy fats to calcium to ginkgo.

1. Essential fats. Some experts believe that fatty acids, such as sunflower seed, evening primrose, and fish oils, Continue reading

Four Ways This Vitamin Helps Prevent Disease

Vitamin B12 is a critical nutrient that protects against several major health issues. It helps prevent heart disease, cancer, and birth defects, and helps alleviate depression. Let’s take a closer look.

1. Heart Disease Prevention

A high level of homocysteine is a big risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Continue reading

Using Hormones? What You Need to Know

More and more people are using bio-identical hormone therapy. Though this therapy conveys a wide range of benefits, it can also pose the risk of undesirable side effects. But you can make this therapy safer and more effective with an individualized approach: Understand how your body metabolizes hormones and boost their benefits with the right diet, lifestyle and supplements.

Hormonal Help

As you age, your hormonal profile changes. For instance, menopause depletes the essential female hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Research in Europe has demonstrated Continue reading

The Top Five Secret Sugar Substitutes

Refined sugar is used in just about every type of food you can imagine. It’s in baked goods, of course, but you’ll find it in breads, cereals, dairy products, drinks, and even sandwich meat. The reason white sugar is used so often and in such a diverse range of foods is that white sugar leaves you wanting more. It creates a sort of nutritional deficit in your body, triggering cravings — which is exactly what the companies that make these sugar-laden products are hoping for.

Why not do your body a favor and try some natural sweeteners instead? They can boost your natural health by adding not only a little bit of energy, but also some vitamins and minerals. Here are five natural sweeteners that you may not have considered when it comes time for a little sweetness in your diet. Continue reading