Archive for May, 2009

The Hammer – Movie Review

May 31, 2009 Written by JP

One the benefits of watching a film on Cable TV is that if it’s horrible, you haven’t wasted any money or too much time and can always change the channel. That was my initial thought when watching the first couple of minutes of The Hammer. Luckily, I’m not a very impulsive film viewer. In fact, I’ve been known to watch even the worst films all the way to the bitter end just to see if they somehow manage to redeem themselves.
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The Prostate Cancer Diet

May 29, 2009 Written by JP

Prostate cancer (PC) is a significant health threat for every aging man. Approximately 90% of all prostate cancer cases are diagnosed after the age of 55. Since average life expectancy is rising, the number of cases of PC will also likely increase in the coming decades, unless we find ways to reduce “normal” PC risk. This is part one of a two part series about advancements in the field of natural prostate cancer protection. Part two will appear next week.
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Green Tea and Leukemia

May 28, 2009 Written by JP

Leukemia is a form of cancer that effects bone marrow, the soft tissue inside the bones that produces blood cells. People with leukemia manufacture large amounts of abnormal white blood cells (leukemia cells). These cells differ from standard white blood cells, which the body uses to combat infections. Leukemia cells overpopulate the marrow, and thereby limit the space in which normal blood cells would typically reside. These changes can lead to anemia, bleeding problems, increased risk of infection, pain and swelling in the lymph nodes and beyond, if the leukemia cells spread.
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Comfrey Ointment for Pain Relief

May 27, 2009 Written by JP

Occasional aches and pains are an expected part of life. But sometimes these discomforts take a while to heal. In the meantime, life goes on. Modern medicine has addressed this common problem by offering many over-the-counter pain remedies, which can be quite effective. The trouble is that even non-prescriptive medications may not be suitable for everyone. Fortunately, there is a scientifically validated, natural remedy that offers a safe and effective alternative to these drugs.
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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Bone and Joint Health | 23 Comments

Vitamin D and Lung Health

May 26, 2009 Written by JP

In the field of nutritional science, there is no hotter nutrient than Vitamin D. Scientists are steadfastly studying the effects of D on everything from arthritis to cardiovascular disease and even psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia. One area of particular interest is that of Vitamin D deficiency and pulmonary health. There is a desperate need to identify preventive measures and safe treatments for lung conditions because of the shockingly large number of people who are affected by them. It is estimated that approximately 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma alone, and that number is growing at a staggering pace.
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The Flying Scotsman – Movie Review

May 24, 2009 Written by JP

In my previous life, I was a motion picture screenwriter. One of the lessons I was taught was that the opening scenes of a script/film should either surprise or inspire wonder in the viewers. The idea is to hook the audience immediately and provoke a desire in them to see what will happen next. It’s like making a memorable first impression on a job interview or date.

The opening sequence in The Flying Scotsman follows a lone man carrying a bicycle through the woods. He’s not riding it. He’s not stopping to rest. He’s just holding it and moving further away from the road and deeper into the forest. Eventually, the man stops and pulls out a rope from a bag and tosses it in the air. The rope loops around a tree branch. It becomes apparent that this is an instrument of death. The intended victim is himself.
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Celiac Disease, Meditation and Ulcers Updates

Written by JP

New research has just emerged that warrants updates to three recent columns of mine. I intend to keep the information on this site as current as possible. In order to do so, I’ll regularly draw attention to breaking news that adds something important to previously discussed topics. I encourage you to check out the original posts, which I will link to, as well as the new material that’s being presented.
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Chewing Gum for Stress Relief

May 22, 2009 Written by JP

Chew on this: When you’re stressed out or feeling less than mentally focused, you may just want to pop a piece of gum into your mouth. Over the past few years several scientific studies have all pointed to a very real psychological benefit derived from simply masticating repeatedly. Read more »


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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Dental Health, Mental Health | 11 Comments

Chocolate Green SuperFood – Product Review

May 20, 2009 Written by JP

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be adding a new feature to HealthyFellow.com. Periodically, I will review natural products that may be useful in furthering your own health goals. My intent is to offer an unbiased, third-party assessment of the substance and functionality of a wide array of supplements and natural care items currently available at a health food store near you. Please note that neither myself nor anyone else affiliated with this website has a financial or any other relationship with the manufacturers of the products being reviewed. I buy these items myself and critique them solely on the basis of their merit. Read more »


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Posted in Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Product Reviews | 6 Comments

Weight Loss News

May 19, 2009 Written by JP

Over the past 8 months or so, I’ve lost just over 70 lbs. Many of the weight loss strategies I’ve employed were taken directly from medical studies I read about in scientific literature. Several recent trials exemplify the core principles that are helping me to reach my goal.
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Chromium, Depression and Food Cravings

May 18, 2009 Written by JP

A cornerstone of my personal philosophy is to never give up hope while striving for true wellness. This isn’t always easy to do because it sometimes takes a considerable amount of trial and error before the right natural option is found. This type of optimism and patience is even more difficult for those who suffer from depression and/or severe mood swings. That’s why I focus so intently on natural alternatives to improve mood. Without a healthy mind-set, a healthy lifestyle is much harder to maintain.
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The Alzheimer’s Project – Review

May 17, 2009 Written by JP

The Alzheimer’s Project is a four-part documentary series and multimedia presentation currently airing on the cable network, HBO. It’s also available online for free for those who are not Home Box Office subscribers. This landmark event is a collaboration between HBO Documentary Films, the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Alzheimer’s is the second most feared illness, after cancer”. Those words appear on the screen during the second segment of the Alzheimer’s Project. Watching the incredibly intimate footage captured by the filmmakers will help every viewer understand why that is. But that’s only a very small part of the overall objective. What we find here is an attempt to present this mysterious disease through the eyes of the patients, their caretakers and the physicians who are desperately searching for a cure.
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Wound Healing and Nutrition

May 15, 2009 Written by JP

At some point in of our lives, we’ll all be wounded in one way or another. It could be something minor, like a sprained ankle or something as serious as spinal cord injury. Even the after effects of elective surgery should be considered in any thorough discussion about wound recovery. But there is an aspect of healing that is rarely discussed in modern medicine – the role that one’s mental state and nutrition play in physical recovery.

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Resveratrol and Liver Health

May 14, 2009 Written by JP

Resveratrol is a phytochemical most commonly found in bilberries, blueberries, cocoa, cranberries, grapes (purple grape juice and red wine), peanuts and walnuts. Over the last few decades, it’s received a tremendous amount of attention in the research community. In fact, a recent search of the word “resveratrol” in the scientific literature returned over 2,700 citations. Experiments conducted in animal models have demonstrated a possible anti-aging effect and prolongation of lifespan in various test subjects, including fruit flies, worms, fish and mice. Laboratory studies also suggest an application for this polyphenol in supporting cardiovascular health and discouraging the growth of a variety of cancers. But there’s another powerful role that is emerging in the study of resveratrol – that of liver protector.
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Natural Remedies for Female and Male Hair Loss

May 13, 2009 Written by JP

Hair loss and thinning hair are common problems in both men and women. We’ve known for some time that male pattern baldness is largely due to genetics and a hormonal process that typically accompanies aging. But, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that approximately 30 million women in the USA are also dealing with some form of alopecia.

Currently, there are several conventional options for dealing with hair loss in both sexes. The choices range from over-the-counter topical treatments such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) to prescription medications like Finasteride (Propecia) and in some instances, surgical options and hair transplantation.
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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Men's Health, Women's Health | 15 Comments

The Macular Degeneration Diet

Written by JP

The most common form of vision loss associated with aging is called Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). But like many other symptoms related to aging and genetic expression, the risk of encountering AMD can be reduced by adjusting one’s diet.

Several recent studies paint a clear picture about which dietary choices increase and reduce the risk of AMD. The newly released information is all the more important because of the discovery of a link between AMD and dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. (1) Both conditions share common risk factors such as cardiovascular disease and stroke, cigarette smoking and high blood pressure.
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