Posts Tagged ‘Vitamin D’

Mangosteen, Sleep and Vitamin D Updates

September 28, 2009 Written by JP

We all need reminders. There’s so much information to process these days that much of what we learn is often misplaced somewhere deep in the recesses of our minds. While scouring through my list of scientific resources, I was reminded of some previous topics that needed updating and perhaps more importantly, expanding. Many times I’ll focus on a specific function of a food, supplement or therapy. By revisiting these topics, I can paint a broader and more accurate picture of the full potential of these gifts that nature provides. Read more »


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Posted in Memory, Nutritional Supplements | 4 Comments & Updates

Sarcopenia

August 31, 2009 Written by JP

Physical strength isn’t just a characteristic of athleticism and youth. Rather, it’s something we rely on in order to live the type of lifestyle we choose. It’s not imperative that we look like bodybuilders on Muscle Beach or bikini models in a sports magazine. But, we all hope to have enough power in our muscles to take walks in the park, shop at a sprawling super market and to play catch with our grandchildren. Unfortunately, maintaining lean body mass as we age is not a given. For many, it requires actively railing against the course that nature has plotted. Read more »


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Posted in Men's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health | 28 Comments & Updates

Swine Flu Virus Update August 2009

August 14, 2009 Written by JP

News reports about the so called Novel H1N1 Swine Flu continue to roll in from around the world. On a daily basis, governmental agencies and medical specialists offer the best information they currently have about how to contain the spread of this pandemic. There’s no question that it’s important to keep up to date on the breaking news. But more and more, it appears that acting on a personal level is one the best options we have. I’m referring, specifically, to measures that we can each take to keep ourselves well. Staying healthy contributes to a grassroots effort to help minimize the impact of this virus. This is a way of applying the “think globally, act locally” philosophy to this worldwide health matter. Read more »


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Posted in Children's Health | 12 Comments & Updates

Vitamin D and Chronic Pain

July 27, 2009 Written by JP

Many people throughout the world suffer from chronic pain. The exact locations of the symptoms and the causes of the discomfort vary widely. Determining the origin of inflammatory processes can often be elusive. Therefore, doctors and patients alike generally turn to powerful medications to alleviate physical suffering. This is, of course, understandable and sometimes necessary. But there is new research that may offer an innovative tool in the fight against many pain related conditions. It turns out that the answer may lie in a simple blood test, some added sunshine and an inexpensive nutrient known as vitamin D. Read more »


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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Nutritional Supplements, Women's Health | 10 Comments & Updates

Breast Cancer Protection

July 1, 2009 Written by JP

I have a simple and completely immodest goal for today’s column: to help drastically reduce the number of breast cancer diagnoses in the years to come. It may not be realistic to expect that kind of impact from a health blog such as this. But I’m confident that implementing the research presented on this site and other scientifically based sources, you can influence the risk of developing this all too common disease. By taking proactive steps to protect yourself, you’ll then likely influence others in a positive way, including your doctors. This is how true health revolutions take foot. Inform yourself, lead by example, spread the word and defy the odds. Read more »


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Posted in Exercise, Nutrition, Women's Health | 27 Comments & Updates

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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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Heart Health, Nutritional Supplements | 11 Comments & Updates

Vitamin D Deficiency

March 11, 2009 Written by JP

A startling report was just presented at the 2009 American Heart Association’s Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. The implications of that presentation will hopefully have a widespread impact on the future health of teenagers in the USA and worldwide. Read more »


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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Diabetes, Nutritional Supplements | 14 Comments & Updates

Women’s Health Alternatives

January 27, 2009 Written by JP

Today I have two news items for the ladies (and all the men who love them). First I want to take on a condition that severely affects the quality of life for many women. After that, I’m going to provide new information about how women can help avoid an all too common killer. Read more »


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Posted in Alternative Therapies, Food and Drink, Women's Health | 9 Comments & Updates

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

Sunlight and Depression

December 30, 2008 Written by JP

Last week I reported on a study that found that spending time in nature could help focus attention and sharpen memory. Today’s blog discusses similar research. This time, however, a specific aspect of nature is in the spotlight: the Sun and it’s ability to help combat depression. Read more »


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Posted in Mental Health | 6 Comments & Updates