Month: December 2007

A little fat during pregnancy is good!

Plump Moms

Fat is not all that bad and when it comes to pregnancy it is probably good. A study conducted by two universities in the US found that curvier women have smarter children. The reason being hip fat contains polyunsaturated fatty acids critical for the development of the fetus’s brain. Terry Pfau DO, HMD

Arnica For Osteoarthritis

In a study comparing the effectiveness of Arnica gel verses ibuprofen felt for osteoarthritis, more patients testing Arnica gel (64%) saw improvement than those testing ibuprofen gel (58.8%). This was a randomized, double-blind study in which the 204 participants had radiological studies that confirmed the presence of osteoarthritis. The conclusion of the 20 Swiss doctors …

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Migraines can be debilitating.

Relieve Migraines

It is important to identify what will trigger a persons migraine. Certain foods to which the person might be allergic to can be a trigger. One of the best way to determine which foods you are sensitive to is to avoid foods that have been linked to migraines for the length of time during which …

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The other side of salt.

The Other Side of Salt

TOver the years there has been quite a lot of publicity on the amount of salt that Americans consume and the health problems attributed to this high salt intake. However, there is another side to salt that is seldom mentioned. Dr. Jacques Loeb (1859-1924) proved through experiments that industrial-grade sea salt solution (at the same concentration …

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The Last Gift

Going to medical school was both challenging and exhilarating. Although I have many memories one particular one stands out clearly in my mind as though it happened yesterday. As freshmen medical students we were divided up alphabetically into groups of 4 and assigned to a specific table with a cadaver zipped up inside a body …

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No More Diabetes

As obesity increases in the US there seems to be a proportional increase in diabetes. As with many chronic diseases diet plays a central role in the causation of diabetes. When Frank who is in his late 50’s came in he had been on medication for diabetes, elevated cholesterol, fatigue and hypertension. He did not like …

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Death and Resurrection

The following amusing article appeared in JAMA 100 years ago. The author was poking fun at how newspapers will run stories like this whenever news becomes scarce and copy hard to get. “In the Chicago Record-Herald, Oct 1, 1907, appears a special telegram from Wheeling, W.Va., according to which Mrs. Fred Harzell was the young …

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