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May 2007

Change of Mind

The American Heart Association has changed their recommendations on the use of antibiotics prior to dental and medical procedures. Patients with mitral valve prolapse or regurgitation or rheumatic heart disease no longer need antibiotics prior to dental procedures. New research has found that endocarditis is more likely to occur from bacteremia due to routine activities …

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Herbal Risks for Boys

Lavender and tea tree oils found in soap, skin lotion, shampoos or styling products have been shown to cause enlarged breast tissue in boys aged 4, 7 and 10 years. On avoiding the products for 3 months, the symptoms subsided. Further experiments in laboratory setting demonstrated that the oils mimic the effects of estrogen. Terry …

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Specific Probiotics for Genitourinary Infections

Normal bacterial flora differs substantially in different parts of the body. Research done over the last two decades has shown that two particular strains of lactobacillus – Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri are especially beneficial for preventing and treating genitourinary infections when administered intravaginally. A more recent study found these same organism (1 capsules twice …

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Peppermint Oil and IBS

Most clinical trials have demonstrated that enteric-coated peppermint oil is modestly effective in reducing some of the common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In combination with caraway oil, it also shows promise in treating non-ulcer dyspepsia. Topical peppermint oil can also be helpful in treating tension headaches. The recommended dosage range is 0.2 to …

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Asprin Resistance Common

A recent study found that some people who take aspirin daily to ward off a stroke or MI build up a resistance so that the drug ceases to prevent platelet aggregation. They found when evaluating 2,700 patients that an amazing 25% were aspirin resistant, which left them vulnerable to severe disease. Terry Pfau, DO, HMD

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