Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Natural Alternative To Viagra


Dr. Julian Whitaker in his newletter reported about a study with 40 men who were given a combination of 1.7 grams of L-arginine and 80-120 milligrams of Pycnogenol. The men experienced improved erectile functioning. So…if this is an issue for you or a loved one, you might want to experiment with this combination before you go the Viagra route.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What Surgeons Leave Inside


Dr. Julian Whitaker in his newsletter reported an amazing fact that every year, 1500 clamps, sponges and other tools used during surgery are accidentally left inside the patients. So…if you're going in for surgery, remind the surgeon to check his list three times. You don't want to start setting off metal detectors at airports.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

To Have Bypass Surgery Or Not To Have Bypass Surgery

An article in the November & December issue of AARP reported that bypass surgery may not be the best first option in most cases of coronary artery blockages. Dr. Graboys of Harvard Medical School suggests a three-step formula to determine whether you can follow a non surgical route first.

Here are the steps:

1. Do you have a good heart muscle? That can be determined by cardiac ultrasound.
2. Does the heart have a stable rhythm especially under stress? That can be determined by a treadmill stress test.
3. Is there an absence of pain or shortness of breath?

If there is no pain or shortness of breath coupled with a good heart muscle and a stable rhythm, then bypass surgery can actually make the situation worse. If you are going to choose not to have bypass surgery, then the doctors in the article recommend three things to do:

1. Take drugs to lower blood pressure, modify cholesterol and raise HDL levels.
2. Follow a Mediterranean-style diet.
3. Exercise

So…if your doctor doesn't know about these alternatives to recommending immediate bypass surgery, then make sure you get a second opinion from a doctor who is aware of them so you can make a really informed decision.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Men Can Increase Their Level Of Bone Density

Osteoporosis, which is loss of bone mass, is not just something that happens to women. A study was conducted at Rancho Bernardo California with 396 men aged 45-92 over a four year period. The researchers discovered that men with osteoporosis of the hip and spine had lower levels of zinc in their diet and showed lower concentrations of zinc in their blood than men who did not have the disease. So…if you're a guy, as you age, make sure you include 15 to 30 mg of zinc in your daily diet or by supplementation.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Depression and Vitamin D

In a study published in Nutrition Journal, researchers gave subjects who had a strong possibility of depression either 600 or 4,000 IUs of Vitamin D. They started taking the supplements in the summer and continued through the winter.

A year later, subjects taking both doses reduced their depression. The ones taking 4,000 IUs per day had the greatest response. By starting in the summer the subjects felt better when winter came. So…it's not too late to start taking your Vitamin D especially if you get winter depression.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Melatonin Another Way To Stop Migraines


Melatonin is another way to stop migraines from happening. In a study published in Neurology there were 32 participants taking 3 mg of melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime. After 3 months, 78 percent of the subjects reported the frequency of their migraines was cut in half. Also, the duration of the migraines was shortened in those still having them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

An Online Research Source

The AARP has partnered with the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health to create a Health Guide. You'll be able to browse through the world's largest medical library and tap into specific information about hundreds of diseases and conditions. You can also check out the latest in conventional and alternative treatments. Go to www.aarp.org/healthguide.