Posts Tagged ‘Circulation’

Herbal Confusion and Skepticism

August 4, 2010 Written by JP

When it comes to herbal medicine, doctors and patients often share similar reservations. Among them is a question about the utility of natural remedies in a real world setting. They frequently doubt that the positive results found in animal and in-vitro (“test tube”) experiments will hold true in human subjects. Another area of skepticism has to do with the breadth of activity that many dietary supplements claim to possess. For instance, how is it possible that an herbal extract can improve seemingly disparate health conditions? It might surprise you to know that I sympathize with both of these points of view, but only up to a point. When there’s evidence that some natural remedies do, in fact, benefit human beings and support a variety of systems in the body, that data needs to be reckoned with and acknowledged. Read more »


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Posted in Heart Health, Nutritional Supplements | 13 Comments & Updates

Coffee Pros and Cons

March 1, 2010 Written by JP

Many years ago I attended a health conference where Dr. Julian Whitaker was giving the key note presentation. He mentioned that he was a strong believer in choosing at least one healthy habit and practicing it every day. In his case, Dr. Whitaker mentioned eating an apple once daily without fail. His reason for doing so was more than the obvious “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” philosophy. The broader point he was trying to make is that engaging in healthy lifestyle choices and/or eating nutritious food works best if we do it religiously. Sometimes having a specific goal in mind can assist us in doing just that. Read more »


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Posted in Diabetes, Food and Drink, Heart Health | 20 Comments & Updates

Milk and Tea Controversy

December 29, 2009 Written by JP

When we go out with a group of friends, something kind of amusing often happens. During the course of the afternoon or evening, someone will pull me aside and bring up a health issue that they’ve read about or seen covered on the local news. “So what’s this I hear about coffee ‘curing’ diabetes?” “Is it okay to cook with extra virgin olive oil or should I just use it in salads?” “What’s the big deal about gluten?”. I love fielding these questions because it tests my knowledge and gives me a better idea of what kind of information is being spread over various media outlets. Read more »


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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Food and Drink, Heart Health | 22 Comments & Updates

Overweight News

November 2, 2009 Written by JP

There are some fairly obvious reasons why obesity is such a prevalent issue in the 21st century. Likewise, there are many predictable consequences that frequently befall those carrying around excess weight. However, there are also some modifiable risk factors that tend to fly under the mainstream media’s radar. It could be that these topics are just “too boring” or, perhaps, they’re deemed too specific for a mass audience. But the fact remains that being unaware of these threats can seriously endanger one’s health. Read more »


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Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Heart Health, Mental Health | 13 Comments & Updates

Natural Varicose Vein Care

August 21, 2009 Written by JP

There are several stages in the time line of any disease. Even before any symptoms are evident, there are physiological forces at work in the body that eventually bubble to the surface. Take varicose veins, for example. If you have a genetic predisposition for chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), you may not see the effects until well into adulthood. But that doesn’t mean that the forward march of this condition is inevitable and solely based on advancing age. If you understand the genetic blueprint that nature plans for you to follow, then you can proactively work to change that course. In the instance of CVI, this may be achieved by lifestyle modification and the selective use of nutritional supplements. Read more »


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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Nutritional Supplements, Women's Health | 3 Comments & Updates

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

A Natural Option for Urinary Incontinence

February 2, 2009 Written by JP

I found two new items today that made me feel quite hopeful. Anytime I find real evidence that a natural therapy can help manage a chronic health condition, it inspires hope in me, knowing that the alternative usually involves the use of long term medication or a surgical procedure of some sort. These two latter options carry a very real risk of unintended consequences (“side effects”). On the other hand, many natural options carry a very real possibility of “side benefits”. Read more »


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Poor Circulation: Diet & Lifestyle

January 17, 2009 Written by JP

Do you suffer from poor circulation? If you don’t, it’s almost certain that you know someone who does. Today I’m going to share some information about two natural approaches to improve the circulatory system. And the beautiful thing is that they’re completely free and won’t require you to take any pills. Read more »


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Posted in Heart Health | 4 Comments & Updates

Is Coffee Heart Healthy?

December 18, 2008 Written by JP

I was planning on writing a completely new blog today, but then I looked over my notes from yesterday’s blog and realized there was more valuable information to share. So today, I’m going to continue to dispel some common food myths. On the agenda for today is a notorious villain: coffee. Read more »


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Posted in Food and Drink, Heart Health | 7 Comments & Updates

Hot Cocoa Power

December 11, 2008 Written by JP

Let’s go back in time ten years. It’s 1998 and you and I are playing a guessing game. The topic is: What will be the hottest health food in the year 2008? I’m not sure what I would have guessed. But I’m fairly confident that neither of us would have guessed that food would be chocolate. Read more »


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Posted in Food and Drink | 10 Comments & Updates