Causes and Treatment of Autism: Vitamin D?

Is vitamin D a possible treatment for Autism? John Cannell, MD from the Vitamin D Council reports on a possible treatment effect of Vitamin D for Autism. First, a brief case report and then a more detailed exchange of emails between the mother and me (John Cannell). John is a…

Depression & Anxiety: MBCT Treatment Part 2

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is an innovative treatment program for relapse prevention of depression and the treatment of anxiety disorders. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) may be seen by patients more along the lines of adult education rather than a mental health intervention, thus helping to de-stigmatise depression and anxiety.…

Losing Weight? Copper in Your Diet Saves Your Bones

When people go on weight-loss diets, they often lose calcium from their bones. Copper helps to retain more calcium during the process of losing weight. Part of the overall efforts of researchers to help reduce obesity rates in the United States is to look carefully at the physiological changes that…

Raise HDL Cholesterol Levels With Exercise

Several studies, including the present, demonstrate that exercise raises HDL cholesterol levels. Some researchers suggest that the way to avoid a decline in HDL cholesterol levels that occurs with dieting is to combine diet with exercise. It has been shown that those who decrease their fat intake while dieting, but…

Dieting? Leptin Levels Affect Diet Response

When dieting and your leptin levels go down, you may find you are more hungry. Researchers found that during the first week of the weight-loss diet, volunteers’ leptin levels dropped by an average of 54 percent. This is accouding to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers in Davis, California, who are…

New Line Of Vitamins For Children With Autism

Market America announced that it is in the development and testing stages of a new line of nutraceutical products that will support the health of children with autism and related neurodevelopmental challenges. Specialized laboratory testing often demonstrates sub-optimal levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids in people with…

Type 2 Diabetes Among Hispanics and Resistance Training

Among Hispanics, type 2 diabetes prevalence is about double that of non-Hispanic whites. Hispanic men and women over 55 with an average 9-year history of type-2 diabetes were reported to gain significant benefits from exercise (resistance training) in a study by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research…

Depression & Anxiety Treatment With Innovative Therapy – Part 1

Depression and anxiety are amongst the commonest reasons for consultation in UK general practice. Participants with a history of depression who had depression or depression and anxiety were recruited from a single practice in Ayrshire, Scotland to take part in a study using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Mindfulness Based…

Why Trans Fats Are Bad

Higher levels of dietary trans fats have been linked to higher blood levels of small, unhealthy particles of LDL cholesterol. Trans fats (trans fatty acids) are formed during hydrogenation, the process by which oil is transformed from a liquid state to a more versatile, solid fat for use in thousands…

Gymnema – An Effective Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Studies show that Gymnema is a natural treatment for type 2 diabetes. Gymnema has also been shown to be an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes. Case reports and studies involving both humans and animals suggest that it may work in several ways to help control both type 1 diabetes…

Heart Disease May Be Reversible in Adults with Diabetes

Heart disease may be reversible in adults with type 2 diabetes. Aggressively lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels below current targets in adults with type 2 diabetes may help to prevent – and possibly reverse – hardening of the arteries, according to new research supported by the National Heart, Lung,…

Anxiety Disorders and Relaxation Training

Relaxation training is a common treatment for anxiety disorders, both as a stand-alone treatment for anxiety disorders or included in a more complex therapy. The prevalence of anxiety is approximately twice among women compared with men. Anxiety is common among healthy individuals and has been associated with numerous negative health…

Antioxidants in Chocolate & Heart Disease

Consumption of chocolate has been often thought to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease due to chocolate’s high levels of antioxidant flavonoids and stearic acid. In the American diet, fruits, vegetables, tea, wine and chocolate are major sources of antioxidants, which have been shown to have protective effects against coronary heart…

Folic Acid Deficiency – Causes and Health Consequences

Folic acid (folate) deficiency is an established risk factor for the development of certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, developmental defects (e.g. neural tube defects), and neurological or psychiatric disorders. Folic acid’s health benefits make it a key nutrient for optimising health. Folic acid (folate) is involved in homocysteine metabolism…

Benefits of (Curcumin) Turmeric Enhanced by Black Pepper

Laboratory and animal research has demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties of the spice turmeric and its constituent curcumin. Alzheimer’s Disease. Curcumin, extracted from turmeric, has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and to reduce beta-amyloid and plaque burden in lab studies. Beta-amyloid is a component of the…

Type 2 Diabetes Is Carbohydrate Intolerance

Prior to the discovery of medical treatments for diabetes, limiting carbohydrates was the predominant treatment recommendation to treat diabetes mellitus (type 2). Researchers at Duke University Medical Center argue that carbohydrate-restriction should be reincorporated into contemporary treatment studies for diabetes mellitus. In the early 20th century, before any medications were…

Soy Protein Lowers Cholesterol

Study shows a diet high in soy protein lowers cholesterol. Soy protein can be an important addition to a diet to lower cholesterol, according to new findings from a study conducted at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas. The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,…

Vitamin C Raises HDL Cholesterol Levels

Researchers wanted to see if extra vitamin C would or would not raise HDL cholesterol levels. The higher your HDL cholesterol, the less bad cholesterol you’ll have in your blood. Many doctors are now beginning to pay more attention to HDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol takes up excess cholesterol from cells…