Archive for June, 2009

The Truth About Garlic and Heart Health

June 11, 2009 Written by JP

Perhaps you’ve recently heard or read the news: Garlic doesn’t help support heart health. At least that’s what many conventional doctors and nutritionists maintain nowadays. I was thinking about it this afternoon and wondered how it could be that so many natural health experts and traditional healers could have been so wrong about garlic for so long. I think I’ve come up with an answer to that question. Or to state it more accurately, it appears that science has discovered a possible reason for the controversy about garlic and cardiovascular health.
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Posted in Food and Drink, Heart Health, Nutritional Supplements | 17 Comments & Updates

Coromega – Product Review

June 10, 2009 Written by JP

The health benefits associated with eating fish and taking fish oil supplements continue to build. In fact, the evidence supporting the use of omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish) has even spilled over into the pharmaceutical sector. GlaxoSmithKline, a major player in the prescriptive medication arena, now produces a fish oil product called Lovaza which can only be acquired by way of a physician’s prescription pad. But is it necessary to use a prescribed drug to get a high quality source of these health promoting lipids? I don’t think so.

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Light Therapy, Low Carb Diets and Coffee Updates

June 9, 2009 Written by JP

This site is all about providing information about safe(r) and viable alternatives to conventional treatments. Although I understand that some of the data presented here could be considered controversial, that’s not my intention. In fact, I try not to factor that in at all when writing these columns. My sincere intent is to allow for the scientific research to dictate which items I cover. I do, however, make a conscious effort to find material that is unlikely to get much attention from the “traditional medical establishment”. By presenting such data, I hope to assist readers in making a more informed decision as to how to best formulate a wellness program.
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Rosemary and Thyme for Brain Health

June 8, 2009 Written by JP

The next time you grill some rosemary chicken or make a pot of Boston clam chowder with thyme, keep in mind that these fragrant herbs may be doing a lot more for your health than simply stimulating your taste buds. Recent scientific research is providing evidence that Rosmarinus officinalis and Thymus vulgaris may in fact shield us from some of the common ills that affect both the body and mind. In conducting today’s research, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these unassuming and ubiquitous herbs show a great potential impact on brain health and function.
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Posted in Food and Drink, Mental Health, Recipes | 17 Comments & Updates

Vitus – Movie Review

June 7, 2009 Written by JP

Here’s an intriguing question. What’s it like to live the life of a child prodigy? How would being uncommonly brilliant shape the way you see the world? Would your life be filled with more love or simply the envy of others? This is an experience that most people will never understand. A Swiss film from 2006 called Vitus attempts to explore that very topic and more.

Vitus is the name of the young, title character in the film. At a very early age, his parents discover that he has an extremely refined intellect and a prodigious gift for both mathematics and playing the piano. From the moment of that realization, it shapes all of their lives for better and for worse.
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Cocoa, Coconut Oil, Coffee and Whey Protein

June 5, 2009 Written by JP

The best type of health information is easy to apply in a real world setting. Being informed is the foundation to wellness, but having the tools to enact what is learned is equally important. To that end, I’d like to offer a brief summary of products that help me to apply the principles that I often write about here. My selections are based on practicality, price and quality. I hope that sharing a glimpse into my personal daily routine will help you to find your own tools to make a healthy lifestyle easier to manage.
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Herbs and Prostate Cancer

June 4, 2009 Written by JP

Last week, I posted a column about the potential of a low-sugar diet in the management of prostate cancer (PC). Today I’d like to share some information about a polyherbal supplement that may be an excellent accompaniment for men who are at high risk for PC. The product in question is composed of many traditionally revered herbs and spices, such as ginger root, green tea, holy basil, oregano, rosemary, skullcap, turmeric and more. But what really sets this formula apart is the considerable amount of scientific study that has been devoted to it.

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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Men's Health, Nutritional Supplements | 12 Comments & Updates

The Luo Han Guo Stevia Experiment

June 3, 2009 Written by JP

A few months ago I wrote a column about a relatively obscure sweetener known as luo han guo. It was of interest to me because it’s a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that doesn’t appear to impact blood sugar levels and may even possess some health promoting properties. The real question in my mind was how luo han guo compared to another similar sweetener called stevia. To that end, I did some very basic blood sugar testing on myself in order to compare how luo han guo and stevia affected me.
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Olive Oil and Heart Health

June 2, 2009 Written by JP

One of the great obstacles in making dietary changes is the lack of assurance as to what the outcome will be. Will the effort expended to change translate into real world results? In certain instances scientific testing can help quantify objective improvements derived from lifestyle modification. Examples include regularly testing your blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol levels. But before even considering new health practices, most people would like to know the basis for making such a change.
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Posted in Food and Drink, Heart Health, Nutrition | 18 Comments & Updates

Ginger Root Power

June 1, 2009 Written by JP

It’s part of human nature to overlook the potential of very “ordinary” things and instead seek out more exotic solutions to problems in our lives. This is very often the case in the field of natural medicine. We’re far more likely to hear about a new “superfruit” from a remote location than to read about similarly impressive features found in items available at the local supermarket. I can think of no better example of this than in the case of Zingiber Officinale, otherwise known as ginger root.
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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Nutritional Supplements, Women's Health | 21 Comments & Updates