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March 2007


Shocking Numbers

Last week while reading a medical journal I came across a statement that stopped me in my tracks. It read, “The US, which has less than five percent of the world’s population, accounts for 50% of pharmaceutical sales.” And it was only last night while watching Nightline that the head of the US general accounting …

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Sun's soup and its anti-cancerous effect

Sun Soup

This dietary-herbal supplement is centered around shiitake mushrooms and contains other mushrooms, soy, and Asian herbs. Alexander S. Sun, PhD, for whom this soup is named was a biochemist from UC Berkley who did research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Yale University. In 1984, Sun’s mother developed lung cancer, which had metastasized to the …

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DHEA Improves Bone Density

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that DHEA has no “physiologically relevant beneficial effects on body composition, physical performance, insulin sensitivity, or quality of life.” Yet past studies and new studies would indicate the opposite. One such study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology demonstrated that 50mg/day of DHEA …

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Is Soy Bad?

Although soy provides an inexpensive source of protein some researchers have voiced concern over its high levels of estrogenic isoflavones and its dampening effect on the thyroid. Raw mature soybeans, used to make tofu and soy milk, contain phytates that prevent mineral absorption and enzyme inhibitors that block the enzymes needed to digest protein. The …

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Too Much Soy?

Global soybean production has increased from 30 million tons in 1965 to 270 million tons in 2005, according to the Chicago Board of Trade. Soy is used in wide variety of foods including breakfast cereals, biscuits, cheeses, dairy desserts, gravies, noodles, soups, and sandwich spreads. Soy is also used to boost the protein content of …

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Physicians Tired Of Practicing Medicine

Whenever I go to medical conferences and talk with “conventional doctors” they seem to have nothing but complaints. So when I saw the results of one recent survey which showed that 60% of physicians surveyed have considered leaving medical practice, I was not surprised. What exactly are physicians complaining about? They complain about forms needing …

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Chondroitin Sulfate: How Effective Is It?

This past year there have been numerous newspaper articles published claiming that studies have show that certain nutritional supplements and vitamins are not beneficial and in some cases can be harmful in treating diseases. One such recent article reported that chondroitin sulfate was of no value in stopping the pain and progression of osteoarthritis. This …

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Value of Vinegar?

Periodically patients will ask what is my opinion of using vinegar medicinally. The purported benefits of vinegar consumption are many and go back as least as far as Hippocrates, who used it to disinfect wounds. Not surprisingly, the herbal industry has sold vinegar with claims that it is “fat flushing,” it removes “unwanted heavy metals,” …

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