Month: 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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The Larger the Stool

The US Department of Agriculture reports that the top nine foods eaten by Americans are whole cow’s milk, 2% milk, processed American cheese, White bread, white flour, white rolls. Refined sugar, colas and ground beef. When you look at this list it becomes immediately obvious that fiber especially in the form of fruits and vegetables …

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The International Pandemic

During the final decade of the 20th Century there was a decline in rates of death from cardiovascular disease. However, despite these recent reductions in overall cardiovascular death rates, the overall incidence of acute myocardial infarction has not declined and has actually increased among women. This disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The …

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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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Say Neigh to Premarin

To produce Premarin, pregnant mares are hooked up to rubber urine-collection bags and tethered in stalls so small they cannot turn around or lay down comfortably. They are forced to stay in this position for six months, while their bodies are producing the most estrogen. They are also deprived of sufficient water, in order to …

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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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