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The following is a list of newsletters sent out by the Denver Naturopathic Clinic from approximately 2005 until present in reverse chronological order. The most recent newsletter are first, at the top of the list:

Our most recent newsletter:

New Blog Site: We are modernizing our web presence and have a new blog site and webpage

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Light at Night -2

March 13, 2017

A new study again confirms that exposure to artificial light at night increases risk of breast cancer.  Simply shutting the shades at night likely lowers risk of breast cancer (and probably prostate cancer as well).

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Vitamin D proving Futile a bit too often

March 13, 2017

Supplementation with vitamin D has yielded more disappointing results and it's starting to look like the biochemistry is more complex than everyone once thought.

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Why do we laugh?

December 26, 2017

Laughter dates further back in human evolution than we would have guessed, to long before we were human.

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Humor Update:  2016

Preparing for a lecture early next year I update my files on laughter and health.  Here's a short summary

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Chocolate and Hormesis

December 9, 2016

Two recent Harvard studies suggest that chocolate has a hormetic effect; at moderate doses it protects against heart failure, a benefit that vanishes at high doses.

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Colorado Weather:

November 18, 2016

Here in Colorado we are used to sudden changes in the weather.....

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First Frost:

November 13, 2016

Summer just doesn't seem ready to end this year.  One beautiful day after another, wating for the weather to turn cold here in Denver.

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Magnesium and hot flashes:

In several studies magnesium oxide reduced hot flashes in women taking adjunctive therapies for breast cancer.  In a new study, magnesium still worked well, but so did the placebo.  What do we do with this information?

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Periodontal disease and Alzheimer's disease

It seems that these two seemingly separate conditions are linked.  Looking back it looks like we should have figured this out sooner as often as not treatments that help one disease seem to help the other.

October 26, 2016

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Friendly Smiles?

Is it my imagination or has it gotten harder to get someone to say hello in public?

October 22, 2016

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The sound of water flowing through a beaver dam is oddly attractive.

September 27, 2016

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Longer night time fasting improves breast cancer outcomes

June 20, 2015

A fascinating paper from the University of California in San Diego suggests waiting longer between dinner and breakfast improves long term risk for breast cancer recurrence.

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Pomegranate inhibits 27-OH cholesterol production

June 16, 2016

This is really interesting.  Let me explain why.

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Minus 40

June 8, 2016

Perhaps this should have been sent out last winter when it was first written....

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Berberine improves IBS symptoms

April 25, 2016

A chemical extracted from several common medicinal herbs proves useful in treating irritable bowel syndrome.

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Who's Counting

March 10, 2016

The long held belief that bacteria in our bodies outnumber our cells has been called into question by a recent paper.

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Adolescent diet and breast cancer risk

March 5, 2016

A series of recent papers help inform the teen age diet to lower future risk of breast cancer. No bug surprise, it sounds pretty much like a Mediterranean Diet.

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Fish oil and Cisplatin

February 22, 2016

A series of papers cautions us against taking fish oil for a few days before and after infusions of platinum chemotherapy.  How valid is this idea? We review the literature:

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Honey for Hotflashes

February 14, 2016

A tablespoon of honey a day provided relief to women taking tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors in a recent clinical trial.

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Three Cardiac Studies:

January 14, 2016

What is the best diet for preventing further heart disease for people who have already had their first brush with mortality?

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NAC for Schizophrenia

December 26, 2015

NAC appears to benefit people wiht schizophrenia and oddly enough the longer they have been ill, the better it works.

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Christmas Lebkuchen: a recipe for gluten free honey sweetened traditional ginger spice cookies

December 24, 2015

You just have to put up with a bit of history first and then comes a great recipe.

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Ways to die in the US in 2015

December 20, 2015

A look at some statistics may help us keep a few things in perspective

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Chanukah 2016

December 14, 2015

Chanukah is over for this year, but the tase of homemade applesauce lingers in my mind.

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Fructose and Fat Kids

November 27, 2015

Nine days on a low fructose diet caused significant changes in blood markers of metabolic syndrome in obese kids.  So much change in so little time, caught us by surprise.

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Saffron Update:

November 7, 2015

Since we first wrote about saffron new research continues to support its use in depression, cancer and a range of other conditions.

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Life Spans:

Oct 26, 2015

Living with an aging dog has me contemplating the nature and science of lifespans.

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Mediterranean Diet, Olive oil and Breast Cancer Risk

September 19, 2015

Analysis of data from from the PREDIMED Trial, a large prospective clinical trial in Spain suggets a combination of Mediterranean diet and in particular, extra virgin olive oil substantially and significantly lowers risk of breast cancer.

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Air Filters: a necessity of modern life?

September 16, 2015

On impulse this morning I purchased a new air filter for the office. On second thought, looking at how much I've been reading and writing about the effects of fine particulate air pollution, it is surprisingly I didn't buy one sooner.  We arranged a 20% discount for any of you who want to buy one.  Come check our new purchase before deciding.

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Gay weddings and epigenetics

September 12, 2015

Current science suggests that sexual orientation is determeined in part by epigenetic changes in DNA function, what are called epigenetic changes.  Particular foods, ones often suggested as part of an anti-cancer diet, are selected because they target epigenetics.  could they have an impact on sexual orientation of future generations.  A newsletterthat will stir controversey.

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New Year's HoneyCake Recipe

September 7, 2015

Rosh Hashonah, The Jewish New Year is coming up soon so we've dug out the honey and olive oil cake recipe from a few years back and updated it a it.  Both the recipe and links to some recent articles in the Natural Medicine Journal on olive oil, nuts, and honey.

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Shifting Paradigms of Diet and Cancer

Septmber 5, 2015

Scientific opinions on how to eat to prevent cancer have changed repeatedly over the last half century.  Could the final verdict be in sight?  Probably not......

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SAMe may help reduce aromatase inhibitor arthralgia but at a risk:

September 3, 2015

While at first glance SAMe sounds like a supplement worth trying to ease the discomforts associated with Arimidex or Femara, a closer reading of the scientific literature suggests that this might be a risky idea.

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Ibrance (TM), the new drug on the market

August 23, 2015

The question whether or not this new drug prescribed for advanced breast cancer will be enhanced or hindered by berberine or curcumin is a good question.  The answer is open to debate

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Simple Diet Advice for Cancer Patients

August 17, 2015

Follow a Mediterranean diet, eat foods with an anti-cancer effect, eat less meat and curb your carbs.  It's really pretty simple and there's no need to get too complicated.

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Handwarmers and Platinum Chemotherapy

August 9, 2015

Here's one way to try and understand how chemotherapy helps kill cancer cells

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Does air pollution make women anxious?

July 8, 2015

A recent study ties levels of airborne fine particulate matter to risk of high anxiety.

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How Much Salt?

July 5, 2015

There's a lot that we can learn from watching the debate on salt, least of all what how much of it we should be eating.

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Sunlight Update 2015

The evidence that sunlight is good for our health continues to grow while our assumption that the benefits are due solely to vitamin D continues to fade. New information on sunlight producing nitric oxide in the skin raise questions whether the Mediterranean diet works better in sunny regions.

June 28, 2015

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Statins and Cancer: The penduluum swings again

June 28, 2015

Statins are now good for cancer patients.  Again.  They were bad just a few years, back, then good, then useless.  Here's the current status from the ASCO conference

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Guacamole and AML

June 23, 2015

Avocados have several surprising traits.  Helping absorb other nutrients is one.  Possibly treating AML is another.

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Fasting to Treat Cancer and a Recipe to gain weight when not fasting

June 28, 2015

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Berberine, AML and Stem Cell Transplants

June 21, 2015

While Berberine is useful in general against cancer, is helpful with a number of chemo drugs, and may limit spread of AML, it may interfere with stem cell transplants

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Light Exercise antidotes harm of a sedentary life:

June 11, 2015

A study published in mid-April is changing the way we think about exercise. Srinivasan Beddhu, from the University of Utah School of Medicine and colleagues analyzed data from 3,626 of the participants in the NHANES cohort whose activity had been tracked with accelerometers .....

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Niacinamide lowers risk of skin cancer

May 27, 2015

That's right, a bit of oral niacinamide may help.  But read the details

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Receptionist Update

May 25, 2015

Megan Chmelik will be heading off to naturopathic college this summer but we have a replacement already training.....

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Curcumn and periodontal disease:  a recipe for better gums

May 17, 2015

As research suggests a number of herbal extracts may improve gum health, this writer decided to try and experiment. 

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Carrot Juiceand Breast Cancer:  still better to say no!

April 23, 2015

Whether carrot juice is good or bad for women with breast cancer is still open for debate.  Better to come down on the safe side of the argument

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The Red Lady and the Paleo Diet

April 20, 2015

An archaeologic dig in northern Spain offers intriguing insight into ancient diets

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Junk food prevents heart disease!

April 13, 2015

Eating Bamba, Israel's favorite snack food, is associated with decreased risk of peanut allergy.  Eating peanuts is associated with lower risk of heart disease.  So feed kids Bamba!

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A Tragic Vacation:

March 24, 2015

My annual pilgrimage to British Columbia was marred by accident and tragedy and has left me again marveling at the healing benefits of laughter even as I still suffer through the depths of grief.

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Coffee and Cancer: 8 recent studies that suggest coffee lowers risk

Feb 20, 2015

The number of studies finding and association between higher coffee consumption and lower risk of cancer keeps increasing.  Here are 8 recent papers:

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Fingerprints and gluten sensitivity

Feb 19, 2015

Looking at changes in fingerprints may offer a clue to diagnosing gluten sensitivity reactions, the symptoms that sound like celiac disease but are not.

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Laughter may lessen radiation dermatitis

January 29, 2015

Two studies of interest on laughter have been published in the last few months....

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Chocolate Mushrooms

December 23, 2014

Cousin Ariella sent us a photo from Berlin of chocolates made to look like amanitia mushrooms.  What do these poisonous mushrooms have to do with Santa Claus?  Turns out one of our old newsletters answers this question.

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Jet Lag

December 7, 2014

A bit of close up experience with jet lag prompts a bit of late night (or is it early morning?) reading.

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Stand up for health

November 7, 2014

The benefits of reducing sedentary behavior may be greater than the benefits from exercise or at least that's what a recent paper on telomere length seems to suggest.

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Political Belief and the Human Biome

October 30, 2014

The onslaught of political advertising leading up to midterm elections has me thinking about how our microfloral populations may influence our political views

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New Obesity Statistics

October 22, 2014

Two things of note: first the newly released state by state obesity statistics still put Colorado as the leanest state but fast losing ground as our rate of obeisty has tripled in the last interval of time.  Second, an image online comparing Michalangelo's stue of David with a photoshopped version as if he were eating a modern American Diet.

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Grape Poisoning in Dogs

October 10, 2014

For peculiar but still unknown reasons grapes can act as a deadly poison in dogs.  Dogs are also incredibly sensitive to the sugar xylitol. 

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Don't Be Fooled: e-cigarettes are still dangeroou

October 5, 2014

Links to an article on e-cigarettes, also a link to the Five to Thrive website and a photo of Lise Alschuler surprising Dr. Schor with a plaque.

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Halcyon Hot Springs and the Benefit of Lithium

September 14, 2014

Nothing like a little avalanche and the resultant PTSD to make one appreciate the soothing effects of a bit of lithium

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Is Fried Food Bad for You????

It depends what kind of oil you fry it in

[an article in the Natural Medicine Journal]

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Honey Update

September 20, 2014

A quick review of significant research published on honey over the past year.

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The Paths We Choose

September 14, 2014

A recent trip to Canada triggers a rumination on route finding that has little to do with medicine

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Gone Fishing with Casting for Recovery

September 5, 2014

The mission of Casting for Recovery (CfR) is “… to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery and are free to participants.”

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More about potatoes:

August 14, 2014

A new study suggests that cold potatoes may offer protection against colon cancer in people who eat lots of red meat.  Is this enough to make them good for us?

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Back from the Conference!

August 11, 2014

Dr. Schor has just recently returned from the annual conference of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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On Writing and Reading

August 11, 2012

We are losing a set of fundamental skills that may be required to develop the brain structuresrequired to function in a complex social structure.  Ponderings on a summer's day.

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Coconut Oil and Etanercept:  New ideas for treating Alzheimer's disease:

An update on new, old and promising treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

July 27, 2014

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A Paradigm Shift in CVD:

An interesting article by Dr. Schor is in the current issue of  The Natural Medicine Journal..

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Bread Baking Day: What's the deal about gluten?

July 22, 2014

Celiac disease is rare so why are so many people afraid of gluten?

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Bumper Cherry Crop in Park Hill!

July 9, 2014

Despite the 2014 Mother's Day Snowstorm, it looks like a great year for cherries and an opportunity to take a moment an review new research.

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The Power of Words:

June 28, 2014

From profanities to Shakespeare, the words we utter shift our brain function in curious and sometimes peculiar ways. Ethic decisions vary with the language in which they are presented and French Canadians have a peculiar way of expressing profanities.

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Honey and Coffee: a cure for persistent coughs

June 15, 2014

Who would have thought that this ubiquitous combination if taken regularly would work better than steroids?  Well a RCT from Tehran suggests it does.  Let's try it next winter and see if it really helps

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The Smell of Cancer:  dogs can be trained to detect cancer

June 1, 2014

I've written about this in the past but thought it time to update the information.

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Ever Pup: a happier Poppy at the office

May 12, 2014

A nutritional supplement designed for dogs seems to be making our dog Poppy act younger and more exuberant so we've ordered a case of the stuff for the office.  Let it know if it works as well foryour dog.

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High protein diets and the effect on disease and mortality

April 14, 2014

High protein diets for middle-aged people are worse than smoking in terms of effect on cancer, heart disease and mortality.  whoops!

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Stains and Breast Cancer: an update

April 2, 2014

At this point it's hard to say if statins are good or bad for breast cancer patients, the data are so contradictory

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Potatoes: easy to forget that they are poisonous

March 24, 2013

Potatoes in particular green or sprouted potatoes have enough alkylglyerols in them to be poisonous.

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Another vitamin D meta-analysis: colon cancer and breast cancer survival

This seems to be the season for publication of these vitamin D papers.  One must wonder if they save them for the dark months of the year......
March 8, 2014

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Vitamin D and breast cancer survival: a meta-analysis of past studies

A newly published meta-analysis suggests having high levels of vitamin D may lower mortality rates by half. That’s enough to give one pause.

March 6, 2014

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Running improves breast cancer survival,

Perhaps more than just walking.  This may be a case where more is better....

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Chocolate and the Nobel Prize: 2014

Does eating loads of chocolate increase one's odds of winning a Nobel Prize?  Some top science journals debate the notion.

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Flax seeds lower blood pressure

A study published last December caught many of us by surprise.   The results suggest that daily consumption of flax seed will reduce elevated blood pressure significantly, more than any other dietary intervention so far tested.

January 14, 2014

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Bleach Baths:

Soaking in a tub of bleach relieves eczema and may prevent radiation dermatitis.  Who would have thought?

January 4, 2014

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Distracted Drivers

A study set for publication tomorrow details the risks brought on by driving while distracted, that is cell phone use in the car.

January 1, 2014

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Wassail:

December 2013

Wassail is both a noun and a verb; wassail has an interesting history and arguably some health benefits.  An updated version of our original article.

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Christmas Stollen, the traditional confection:

December 24, 2013

The history of Christmas stollen, a recipe and a rationale for still eating it.

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Dr. Schor, near Nakusp, BC, Winter 2014

 

Poppy seed stollen with my coffee.....

December 21, 2013

Musings on a new way to look at food combining.

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Soundscapes in City Park

December 16, 2013

Captivated by the sounds in City Park, this writer ruminates on the planned remodel of the park and what we might lose in the process.

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Introducing Solid Foods to Infants

December  5, 2013

We told parents the wrong thing for years.  Recent studies suggest that delaying foods to prevent allergies doesn't work.  It's better to bring solid food into the picture between four and six months of age, even the allergenic foods.

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Nut Consumption and Mortality:

December 1, 2013

The new study by Bao et al provided strong evidence in favor of eating nuts but apparently not strong enough for the authors to take a stand.

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Teachers as Role Models

November 15, 2013

Here's a sneaky study.  Teachers who modeled a particular behavior, in this case snacking on fruit, had a greater impact on their students eating habits than teachers who spent a school year lecturing their students about the health benefits of eating fruit.

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Fish Tacos and Daikon Pickles:

October 25, 2013

OK, so it's a cross between Mexican and Thai cuisine but it does make sense when one is concerned about cancer prevention.

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The Turkey, The Menorah and The Moon

October 15, 2013

This marks the 482nd anniversary of the week that never happened, that was made to dissappear by Papal decree.

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Glioblastoma and Cytomegalovirus

October 5, 2013

According to a recent study published in September in the NEJM, treating cytalomegalus infection with the drub Valganciclovir may almost double survival in patients with glioblastoma.  While it would be hard to pretend that this is a naturopathic treatment, this is certainly a treatment worth consideration by this patient population.

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Slytherin House Coleslaw

September 26, 2013

Might there be an instinctive mechanism that encourages us to eat coleslaw with the meals we do?  It's such a healthy combination with fish and chips or fried chicken.

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Non-specific effects of vaccines

September 18, 2013

New research suggests that some vaccines may have more far reaching effects than we usually give them credit for, both positive and negative effects.

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Citrus honey nut cake made with olive oil, a recipe with references

September 13, 2013

An adaptation of Mark Bittman's recipe that appreared in the New York Times, substituting honey for sugar and attempting to justify the ingredients with citations from PubMed.

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Heat Wave and Violence

September 7, 2013

Could our September heat wave and record breaking temperatures be linked to a recent upsruge in gang violvence?  A new study suggests there might be a stronger link than we would have guessed.

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Honey Research Update 2013

August 27, 2013

Every year at this time, we review new research on honey and medicine.  Here is this year's update

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Beta-Blockers, Stress and Cancer: 

August 22, 2013

Several recent studies help explain how stress encourages cancer cells to grow and spread.  The mechanism of how stress hormones stimulate Src kinase activity and how beta-blockers lower cancer risk is discussed to the point most of you will get bored and skip to the end.  The bottom line is that lowering stress helps fight cancer.

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Borscht and Doxorubicin

August 7, 2013

Beet juice may increase benefit form doxorubicin chemotherapy while at the same time protecting the heart.  Perhaps too good to be true but it won't hurt to try.....

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Beet Juice

April 2012

This isn't a new newsletter but it seems it was never posted, so here it is.

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Eating walnuts increases longevity

July 20th, 2013

Well technically as some of my readers will be quick to point out, a more accurate interpretation of the data would be to say, "eating walnuts is associated with a lower risk of dying" but since I figure if you don't die, you live longer, I'm sticking with my simpler title. 

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Odds and Ends:  Mostly about refrigerator lights

July 6, 2013

But also a link to the Michael Uzick PBS Food is Medicine Segment, a link to the GrowHaus and a plug for their tours

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Altitude Sickness:  things that might help.

June 29, 2013

Every half dozen years ago we read through the research on what might help altitude sickness and discover that the things we thought were useful aren't and then create a new list of things to try.

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Melatonin helps heal H. pylori infections

June 25, 2013

The hormone melatonin added to the standard drug treatments for H. pylori helps treat the infection with greater effectiveness and helps the stomach heal faster.

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Vegetable fats lower risk of death from prostate cancer

June 17, 2013

If the data in Erin Richman's new study prove true, relatively small dietary changes will change risk of dying from prostate cancer

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The Stepmother's habits:

My stepmother does something out of habit each morning  that I don't think I've ever noticed anyone else doing.  This leads to an interesting idea. [ aka the PREDIMED data on extra virgin olive oil and nuts and cogintive function]

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Fasting makes chemo work better

June 10, 2013

A review of the work of Valter Longo PhD suggests that fasting prior to cancer chemo therapy greatly lessens the side effects of therapy will very possibly making it more effective at eliminating cancer.

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Pot protects against bladder cancer and smart girls do more drugs

May 25, 2013

Pot smoking may increase for testicular cancer but it lowers risk of getting bladder cancer.  Go figure!  Several studies tell us that higher IQ in girls leads to higher drug use decades later when these same girls grow up.

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Berries improve glycemic profile

May 31, 2013

Eating berries along with bread or sugar, even thought they add sugar to the meal, actually improve glycemic profile according to a series of studies from Finland.

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Second hand smoke, spontaneous abortions and other related ruminations....

May 22, 2013

How much does second hand smoke raise the risk of miscarriage?  It is non an insignificant contributor but can we make the calculation?

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Statins and Breast Cancer

May 15, 2013

Several recent papers suggest taking statin drugs may go a long way at preventing breast cancer recurrence in women who have already been treated.  Could this be true?

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Tylenol Treats the Blues

May 14, 2013

Good old Tylenol turns out has a number of unexpected uses.  It seems to be useful in treating mental pain as well as physical pain.

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George Washington's Black Walnut Tree

On a recent dog walk I discovered that the Daughters of the American Revolution planted a grove of nut trees in Denver's City Park to commemorate George Washinton's 200th Birthday.

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Nuts and Olive Oil Lower CVD Risk

March 31, 2013

Estruch et al may not have proven the benefit of a Mediterranean diet but they certainly have data that should convince us to eat more nuts and olive oil.

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Preventing Foot Blisters

March 21, 2013

I think I have figured out how to reduce foot blisters.  Could this be true?

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Valentine's Day Chocolates

February 2013

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Choline and risk for prostate cancer

February 2013

Dietary choline intake is associated with risk for prostate cancer

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CT Scanners

Radiation exposure from CT scans increases risk of cancer.  Not all machines are equal.  Some machines are safer than others

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Apples, Honey and Advanced Glycation Products

January 18, 2013

A recent article in Cooks Illustrated has me wondering how exactly honey might do what it does.

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Marijuana increases risk of testicular cancer

January 15, 2013

A recent study brings some bad news to all those Colorado pot smokers celebrating the legalization of marijuana.

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Elephants and lions

December 15, 2012

Not seeing an elephant in the park, it must mean something

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Hypothyroidism and Breast Cancer

December 12, 2012

Up until now we have not understood why our patients with breast cancerso often also have hypothyroid disease.  Two possible explanations may make sense out of this and give us more direction regarding treatment.

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Flaxseed Oil and Herceptin:

December 4, 2012

Flaxseed oil, perhaps more than meal may be useful for women with Her-2 neu breast cancer undergoing treatment with Herceptin.

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Oral niacinamide improves actinic karatosis

November 26, 2012

The results of a recently published clinical trial suggest that taking niacinamidewill reduce actinic keratoses caused by sun damage. 

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Increasing carbon dioxide levels impair cognitive function

October 28, 2012

Perhaps there is a better explanation for why it seems so many people can't think straight, it may be increasing CO2 levels in our atmosphere.

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Aspirin lowers risk of death in men previously treated for prostate cancer

October 25, 2012

A recent study suggests that men treated with either x-ray or radiation for prostate cancer are much less likely to die of the cancer if they take aspirin regularly.  So much less likely to die that we should probably be telling all of them to take aspirin.

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Dried apples lower CVD risk

October 13, 2012

A study published last August reports that daily consumption of dried apples improves cholesterol numbers significantly lowering CVD risk.

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Estrogen Metabolite Ratios:  Time to question the theory

October 9, 2012

The idea that the ratio between 2-hydroxyestrone and 16-alpha-hydroxyestrone is predictive of hormone dependent cancer risk has not been supported by recent studies.  Perhaps it is time to rethink this idea?

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Zinc and the Common Cold

September 25, 2012

Does zinc really help?  Two studies give us the bottom line answers.

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Blueberry Season 2012

September 22, 1012

Looking at the recnet human studies using blueberries, it strikes me that many of them are done in parts of the world where blueberries are still exotic fruits. Why is that?

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Honey Update 2012

September 12, 2012

We've reached that time of year when tradition has it that I review new studies published about honey that have appeared in the last twelve months.  There are so many new papers this last year that I have to limit the number this year and only consider RCTs.

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Marcellina's Baskets

August 24, 2012

Our neighbor Marcellina is from Uganda and whenever she returns to Denver from her village she brings baskets to sell. Past fund raising efforts have gone to building schools, shipping used textbooks and buying computers. Her current goal is the most exciting to date.

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Lead and Gout

August 22, 2012

Even tiny amounts of lead in the blood increase risk of gout dramatically....

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TSH Circadian Variability

The standard test used to screen for hypothyroidism and evaluate treatment flucutates during the day and careful attention must be given to when the blood sample is drawn in order to evaluate test results.

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Ubiquinol treats male infertility

August 12, 2012

A new study suggests this new form of coenzyme Q-10 may be effective in treating male infertility. 

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Neanderthals used the same herbs we use today!

July 31, 2012

Spanish researchers scraped the teeth of Neanderthal remains were able to identify two medicinal herbs that we still use today.

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The Secret of Mediocre Tasting Tomatoes

July 30, 2012

A recent article published in Science explains the mistake plant breeders made that has left us to live with tomatoes that taste like a wet paper towel.

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Fool me once:

How low caloric sweeteners confuse the brain and prevent diets from working

July 2012

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John Kellas' Wolf

July 27, 2011

Our friend John Kellas forwarded this picture of a wolf this morning.  John is a wildlife warden in Banff National Park, Canada.  He is also the source of our "DEET-Free" moquito repellents.

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Waon Therapy: 

June 28, 2012

Far infrared sauna offer benefit in the treatment of CHF:  An update of an earlier article on sauna therapy and congestive heart failure finds new research  that continues to support use of sauna therapy in patients with heart disease.  Actually research supports a growing range of applications.

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A gathering of dragons

June 23, 2012

If a gathering of crows is called a 'murder', what do you call a gathering of dragonflies?

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Home for the Summer: 

June 1, 2012

Although this article starts out talking about our daughter Sophie, it is actually a review about bilingualism's effect at delaying onset of Alzheimer's disease.

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Spring Cleaning & Counting Pebbles

May 28, 2012 

A chance to get rid of my old filing cabinets has me rethinking how I rate potential therapies in cancer cotreatment. [Link

Almonds:

May 21, 2012

Eating almonds with breakfast, an easy way for diabretics to lower blood sugar. [Link]

More Good News about Chocolate:

Eating chocolate appears to lower BMI

[Link]

Missed Conversations:

Ruminations about the sounds of the natural world and how often we miss hearing them not to mention miss understanding them

[Link] 

Fried Foods and Heart Disease: the Spanish Paradox

Eating fried foods has no impact on heart disease risk, at least in Spain.  The explanation....

[Link

Erlotinib

March 25, 2012

The contents of this article are probably only relevant to a few dozen of you, so unless you have lung or pancreatic cancer, you have better things to do than read any further. Erlotinib is a chemotherapy drug used in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and advanced pancreatic cancer. It is sold in the United States under the brand name Tarceva®

[Link]

Saffron, Cancer and Depression:

February 2012

There is little about having cancer that warms the heart or that triggers glee.  On a list of stressful or depressing life experiences, cancer is near the top.  Thus we often find cancer patients are prescribed anti-depressant medications.  In certain cancers these medications may have drawbacks. 

[Link]

What's Good About Agave Syrup?

March 1, 2012

It turns out not much is.  Forget the hype, corn syrup is cheaper....

[Link]

American Institute of Cancer Research 

www.AICR.org

February 25, 2012

This website provides an excellent list of 'Foods that Fight Cancer'.

[Link]

Gone Skiing:

A blog published by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

[Link]

Fasting and Cancer: the work of Valter Longo

February 12, 2012

With the publication February 8 of Valter Longo’s most recent study on fasting and chemotherapy, we are close to the day when we tell our patients to fast during chemotherapy.  In earlier publications, Longo informed us that fasting reduced chemotherapy toxicity during treatment. 

[Link]

A New Year for Trees

January 17, 2012

February's full moon marks the Biblical New year for trees and provides an excuse to review recent resarch on both green space and forest walking. [Link]

 

Feverfew and Multiple Myeloma 

January 2012

Nothing about this is simple.  At review of why this common herb might prove useful for multiple myeloma.

[Link]

Dairy Meals on Chanukah: The story of Yehudit and thesupposed link between dairy and heart disease

December 27, 2011

This is the last night of Chanukah.  While the holiday is associated with deep fried food such as potato latkes and jelly doughnuts (and in our home chille rellenos) it is also custom to eat dairy foods as part of the holiday celebrations.  We do so in memory of the heroine Judith (Yehudit).  

[Link]

Texas Mistletoe Shortage

December 2011

A shortage of mistletoe threatens our holiday good cheer!

[link]

BiblioMutilation in Denver

December 15, 2011

The book thief who has been stealing books in Denver for his collection, but destroying them in the process has been finally caught.  The focus of his collection was Chinese medicine but any title related to alternative medicine was fair game.

[Link]

The SELECT Prostate Cancer Trial 

November 26, 2011 

A recent large clinical trial suggests vitamin E increases risk of prostate cancer.  What is going on here? 

[Link]

Pleorexic Patriots and Prussian Lithographers:  Thanksgiving 2011

November 25, 2011

Ruminations on the nature of consumption, gratitude and holiday history

[Link]

Multiple Myeloma:  AVOID Hyaluronic acid, NAG and Glucosamine

November 20, 2011

[Link]

Prune Diet Reverses Osteoporosis:

November 13, 2011

A new study confirms the benefit of eating prunes in reversing osteoporosis

[Link]

The yearly flu shot question

November 21, 2011 

Summary of clinical trials on natural flu treatments with attention as to which suppress disease symptoms and which inhibit viral infections

[Link]

Sniffing Saffron:

November 1, 2011

Sniffing saffron may be as effective as consuming it for the treatment of PMS.  The whole saffron flowers are as effective as the stigma in treating depression. 

[Link]

Clean Air versus Jobs

September 29, 2011

EPA hearings on air quality provoke the pessimistic question of whether insisting on cleaner air will cost our economy jobs in healthcare.

[Link]

2011 Honey Review: 

September 28, 2011

Brief summaries of the human clinical trials published during the prior 12 months. 

[Link]

Glucosamine Lowers Lung Cancer Risk!

September 19, 2011

Data from the VITAL study suggests taking glucosamine may lower risk of lung cancer, including in smokers.

[Link]

Chocolate and Bicyclists:

September 2011

Who doesn't like reading another study that says we should eat more chocolate?

[Link]

Aspirin and Breast Cancer 

September 5, 2011 

While the data is unclear how effective aspirin is at preventing breast cancer, the data are convincing enough that women with a history of breast cancer should probably take an aspirin each day.

[Link]

 

The Chemotherapy Shortage: Should we worry? 

August 25, 2011

Patients are not receiving standard of care chemotherapy protocol over the last few months because of shortages of the needed drugs.  Is this a problem?

[Link]

 

Berberine and radiation gastritis: 

August 10, 2011

A September 2010 study adds weight in support of the idea of using berberine during radiation treatment of abdominal cancer.

[Link]

Vitamin D and Lupus

August 8, 2011

Research is now solid enough that we should consider supplementation with vitamin D when treating lupus.

[Link]

Making yogurt got complicated:

there are so many strains of acidophilus each with its own  specific claimed benefits.

[Link]

 

The AKEA study:

the secret to longevity blue zone is not diet; you might say it has something to do with lifestyle.

[Link]

 

Fried Fish and Heart disease Risk: 

Fried fish is not the heart friendly food we may have once thought. Eating fish might be healthy but fried fish is so bad as to cancel out the benefit.

June 20, 2011

[Link]

Magnesium and Hotflashes

Summer 2011

Michael Murray's review in the Natural Medicine Journal of a recent report that oral magnesium relieves hotflashes.

[Link]

Restless Leg Syndrome and Melatonin

Summer 2011

Jacob Schor's literature review in the Natural Medicine Journal on Restless Leg Syndrome and melatonin

[Link]

Ricketts and cardiac arrest in and infant

June 28, 2011

A case report reviewed

[Link]

The Potato Chip Study:

June 28, 2011

Choices in foods consumed and their relationship to long term changes in body weight.  Potato chips are about as bad as it gets....

[Link]

No Free Lunch:

the free seminars selling natural thyroid treatments promise more than they can offer.

June 14, 2011

[Link]

A Thyroid Protocol

A draft of an article written for a popular website that promotes and sells vitamins.

June 14, 2011

[Link]

 

Bok Choy: Too much of a good thing?

A case report of a women who ended up in a coma from eating too much bok choy suggests  more frequent monitoring in patients trying to increase suforaphane intake.

June 12, 2011

[Link]

Asparagus and Cancer: an Urban Myth

June 7, 2011

The false belief that eating asparagus will cure cancer has goto end. 

[link]

 

Green Tea, L-theanine and Alzheimer's disease:

a rewiew of Park et al's April 2011 study.

April 15, 2011

[Link]

Sulforaphane and Myrosinase: 

May 8, 2011

cooked cruciferous vegetables may do little good unless the enzyme myrosinase is present to catalyze the reaction.

[Link]

Broccoli and COPD the Doctrine of Signatures revisited.

May 1, 2011

Recent work at Johns Hopkins strongly suggests that sulforaphane from broccoli may have beneft in treating COPD

[Link]

The Chocolate Eclair Diet and Prostate Cancer: 

The point isn't to eat all the eclairs you can, it's to reduce polyamine levels that appear to stimulate cancer cell growth. April 4, 2011 [This is actually from summer 2010 but I never posted it]

[Link]

 

Prunes, Constipation,

Evidence Based Medicine and how our dog Poppy got her name.

March 27, 2011

[Link]

 

Fecal Transplants:

As disgusting as this sounds, this technique holds promise for treating a range of conditions.

February 22, 2011

[Link]

 

N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC):

Good for colds, maybe for OCD, BUT REALLY bad for cancer patients to take

February 20, 2011

[Link]

 

Mycobacterium vaccae: eating dirt to be happier and smarter:

February 12, 2011

Exposure to this common bacteria has been shown to cause an odd mixture of benefits.

[Link]

 

The Multifaceted Role of Mast Cells in Cancer 

February 2011

Article in Natural Medicine Journal

http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?article=81

 

Atul Gawande and the Hot Spotters

[Link]

Link to full article:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_gawande

Iodine and Thyroid:

January 2011

Iodine's action is complicated too little or too much are both a problem

[Link]

 

Take Thyroid at Bedtime, not in the morning

January 2011

[Link]

 

Sesame Oil and Diabetes

[Link]

Tonight's Lunar Eclipse and Links to Past Holiday Newsletters

December 2010

[Link]

Chocolate and heart attack risk

December 2010 

[Link]

 

Fish, Chips and Chanukah, 2010 

November 5, 2010

There is no food more appropriate to serve for Chanukah than fish and chips..... 

[Link]

 

 

Whittling Words:  an early draft of a Brain Tumor Protocol: an artcle on supplements for treating brain cancer is longer than it should be so I've been slowly whittling it down to size.  Before the sentences stop making sense, I'll post it on the website:

September 26, 2010

[Link]

 

Scoring Adherence to a Mediterranean Style Diet:  Recent studies correlate scores of adherence to a Mediterranean diet with significan benefits in health and mortality.  This paper reviews these scoring methods and provides an example of work sheets that patients can use to self score their own adherence.

September 8, 2010

[Link]

 

Sesame Seeds may be a valuable adjunct in cancer treatment

August 6, 2010

[Link]

 

Spousal caretakers of partners with dementia as six times the risk of getting Alzheimer's themselves 

August 2, 2010

[Link]

 

Lignans and Breast Cancer Survival

July 20, 2010

A recent study suggests small amounts of lignan in the diet have a large impact on breast cancer survival

[Link]

Flax seed oil increases effect of low dose Herceptin

July 14 2010

A recent study on using HER2+ tumors in mice suggests flaxseed oil might be useful in increasing benefit.

[Link]

 

Raw broccoli doubles survival in bladder cancer

July 1, 2010

Li Tang's recent paper tells us that eating raw broccoli once a month may cut the risk of dying from bladder cancer by more than half.

[Link]

 

Alzheimer's Protocol Update

June 18, 2010

A new paper from UCLA researcher's Cole and Frautschy provides information that amends our prior treatment protocol:

[Link]

 

Lycopene and Cervical Cancer Risk 

June 6, 2010

A February paper suggests that those with higher than average blood levels of lycopene have a strikingly lower risk fo cervical cancer.

[Link]

 

Chicken Skins increase risk of prostate cancer recurrence and progression

May 15, 2010. 

A recent study gives us new information for treating men with prostate cancer.

[Link]

 

Vitamin D Cuts Risks During Pregnancy

May 3, 2010 

Clinical trial yields dosing information for pregnant women

[link]

Grape Juice and Cognitive Decline

April 29, 2010 

Grape juice in a placebo controlled double blind trial slowed cognitive decline.

[Link]

 

Chocolate and Nuts: Soon to be a new treatment for hypertension

April 20, 2010

Current science tells us that choclate lowers blood pressure; nuts mauy make it work even better.

[Link]

 

 

Protocol Change: Vitamin K-3, vitamin C and vitamin E succinate

April 2, 2010 

Vitamin E succinate enhances the benefit of the standard treatment used to trigger glutathione depletion and autoschizis in cancer cells.

[Link]

 

Beer and Bones:

March 2010

India Pale Ale may be a suitable treatment for osteoporosis

[Link]

 

Comparing Fruit Juices:

March 27, 2010

What kind of juice is best to drink?

[Link]

Vitamin D and the Flu: no longer a theory

March 1, 2010 

A new study should turn a hypothesis into accepted knowledge

[Link]

Is it mercury in fructose that explains why soda causes pancreatic cancer?

February 22, 2010

A recent pilot study found way too much mercury in fructose, and so readers have written to ask.  The short answer is no.  To read the long answer, go to: [Link]

Nothing Simple about Nuts

February 2010 

The explanation we give as to why nuts are good for you hardly does justice to the science.

[Link]

 

Soda doubles risk of Pancreatic Cancer

February 2010

As implausible as it may sound, it now seems that drinking a couple of soda pops a week almost doulbe the risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

[Link]

Fosamax needs a Break

February 2010

Bone experts now tell us patients should not take Fosamax for longer than 5 years without a break.

[Link]

Cowboys' and Lung Cancer January 2008

This is an old newsletter that I'd neglected to post when first written.

[Link]

 

Sleep Duration and risk of Breast or Prostate Cancer

Ground Hog's Day 2010

Sleeping less than 7 hours a night incresaes risk of hormone triggered cancers.

[Link]

 

Tamoxifen and CYP2D6: Why SSRIs and tamoxifen don't mix

January 2010

The drugs used to treat tamoxifen induced hotlashes are a big problem

[Link]

 

Mistletoe Review: Natural Medicine Journal

January 2010

Review of a paper on Iscador published in December 2009

[Link]

 

Christmas Stollen

Christmas, 2009

The Protestant Reformation and the unappetizing flavor of turnip oil bring us this historic treat, a fitting version of fruitcake. [link]

 

Why we don't trust big Pharma:

December 2009

A New York Times article prompts a retrospective

[Link]

Fruitcake Update: Synergy of Phytochemicals

December 8, 2009

One cannot bake fruit cakes withoureading the literature on synergistic action of phytochemicals against cancer can one?

[Link]

 

Saccharomyces boulardii and No-Knead Bread

December 1, 2009

It turns out one can make a decent loaf of bread using this increasingly popular probiotic yeast.  It may even be good for you.

[Link]

Chanukah Guacamole and Chili Rellenos

December 1, 2009

I'm updating our menu this year and instead of serving latkes am preparing to fry up chili rellenos

[Link]

 

Eucalyptus Oil for Cancer Patient

November 17, 2009

Topical or oral eucalyptus oil may act both as an immune stimulant and as an anti-inflammatory and should be considered during cancer chemotherapy.

[Link]

Estrogen to treat Breast Cancer

September 25, 2009

Turning our general assumptions upside down, a new study suggests that taking estrogen may be beneficial in treating some advanced breast cancers. 

[link]

Ants, Fungus and Sugar

October 5, 2009

A rare fungus that infects a rare ant that lives far away gives us insight to help explain a peculiar symptom.

[Link]

Nursing Home Report: Vitamin D protects residents from flu

September 2009

An annecdotal report forwarded by John Cannell MD suggesting that vitamin D protects against flu infection

[Link]

Charlie Chaplin, Atopic Dermatitis and and Allergies
September 26, 2009
I was watching a Charlie Chaplin movie the other morning when the alarm clock went off. Actually I was dreaming a Charlie Chaplin movie when the radio turned on and the classical music became the movie’s sound track. I woke slowly and recalled the dream clearly for most of the day

[Link]

Honey Update 2009

September 2009

Somehow summer is over already and we arrive at the season where we dip apples in honey and wish our family and friends a good year.

[link]

Vitamin D appears to protect care facility residents against the flu:

September 2009

[Link]

Flu Update; September 2009

September 15, 2009

Information on things that may prevent or reduce severity of flu infection

[Link]

Vitamin D Does decrease Aromatase Inhibitor Arthralgias

September 1, 2009

Earlier work suggested this might help, but a new study confirms the benefit.  The trick is high doses.

[Link]

 

Serotonin and Bone Health

September 2009

An article written for the Natural Medicine Journal's premier issue

[link]

 

Odds and Ends:

August 26, 2009

Tidbits on baking soda and asparagus and cancer, editorial positions and a surprizing award.

[Link]

Catching Fire:

August 25, 2009

The new theory that mankind has used fire to cook food for almost 2 million years must change the way we thinkg about diet.

[Link]

Melatonin and the Gut

August 15, 2009

A review on melatonin written for the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine.

[Link]

 

 

Nigella Sativa: Black Cumin Seed in the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

July 25, 2009

A traditional medicine gathers momentum for use in treating pancreatic cancer.

[Link]

 

Walking the Dog, Green Spaces and the Determinants of Health

July 21, 2009

Ruminations while walking the dog.....

[link]

2009 Curcumin update:

Which brand will work better?

There's only one way to find out.

[Link]

Vitamin D update, good for prostate etc.

June 21, 2009

[Links]

Zicam Warnings finally noticed

The government is finally paying attention to the dangers of Zicam.  The question, Why did it take so long to notice this?

[Link]

Spam is Cooking Our Planet

June 12, 2009

Powering the internet now takes as much energy as flying the world's airline fleets yet almost all of the email traffic is spam.  What a waste!

[Link]

Tamoxifen and SSRI antidepressants don't mix

June 6, 2009

Combining SSRIs with tamoxifen decrease cancer inhibiting benefit.

[Link]

Diet and Exercise for Breast Cancer Patients: What's New

May 19, 2009

In the last year research has turned what we thought upside down. Diet does nothing, exercise, everything.....

[Link]

Melatonin for the Gastrointestinal Tract

May 15, 2009

Melatonin may have great potential for treating GI ailments. This article reviews current research and makes suggestions for potential uses.

[Link]

Ginger for Reducing Nausea caused by Chemotherapy
May 15, 2009
A paper to be presented at this year's ASCO convention suggests that taking ginger extracts starting 3 days prior to chemotherapy may reduce nausea. This paper may shed light on what has long been a confusing issue.
[link]

A New Way to Talk About Antioxidants

May 13, 2009

When Alexander Bell invented the telephone in 1885 he created an enormous problem.  America was still segregated by social classes.  One did not talk to one’s betters, and there was no correct greeting to use in addressing an unknown person, potentially of a different class. 

[Link]

Determinants of Health
May 12, 2009
Reading the morning newspapers these last few days about President Obama’s breakthrough meeting with representatives from the healthcare industries has got me thinking. Not that this is wonderful turning point for the future of health care but about how our focus on healthcare access is misplaced.

[Link]

Swine Flu update

May 1, 2009

We returned from Washington, DC earlier this week and I promptly took ill.  A typical spring flu similar to the ones I’ve suffered through almost yearly for a decade. Yet given the current news about Swine Flu, I admit to being a little nervous about this illness. 

[link]

Esophageal Cancer Risk Factors:

April 15, 2009

People who flush red when drinking wine, who are selenium deficient or always drink their tea hot are at increased risk for esophageal cancer.....

[Link]

Altitude Sickness Update: 
April 12, 3009

We receive many emails and phone calls from people all over the world as a result of past newsletters posted on our website. I don’t know why but a single newsletter from 2004 on altitude sickness generates more interest than all the rest of them combined.

[Link]

Grape Seed Extract Relieves Hot Flashes

April 23, 2009

Although grape seed extract acts as an aromatase inhibitor it appears to reduce hot flashes.

[Link]

Soy and Tamoxifen do not mix

March 2009

Soy and tamoxifen do not mix!

[Link]

Dermatologist, Sunscreen and a Recipe for Skin Cancer Protection

March 17, 2009

I can think of no one I would rather have working over my naked body than my dermatologist. 

[Link]

Daylight Savings Time You wonder if they had an idea in mind?

Daylight Saving is upon us once again and it makes less sense than ever

[Link]

Kefir:

According to genetic data, Genghis Khan, the Mongolian conqueror, has more living descendents than any other man who has ever lived.   Geneticists have found that nearly 8 percent of the men living in the region of the former Mongol empire carry y-chromosomes that are nearly identical.

[Link]

Thomas Malthus and the Global Food Crisis 
February 15, 2009
Sometime in my distant past, my mother took over my sixth grade science project and forced me to pick a topic that was way over my head. Nevertheless, what I learned back then still colors the way I see the world to this day.

[Link]


Vitamin D Improve s Mood

January 2009

Stragiht from John Denver, "Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy....'

[Link]

 

Sweeter, Better Tasting Yogurt:

homemade lactose free yogurt is delicious!

January 13, 2009

Making lactose free yogurt at home is worth the modest effort required, the resulting yogurt tastes excellent and does not require extra sweeteners. 

[Link]

 

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: maybe not as good as they sound. 
January 13, 2009

Back in December, when each day was getting shorter and each night longer, I dragged a stepladder around our house and replaced all the burnt out light bulbs.  When we moved into our house eight years ago, we replaced many of the incandescent light bulbs with those fancy, low energy, long lasting, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).

[Link]

Here we come a Wassailing

January 3, 2008

There are three meanings to the the term wassail.  First, wassail is a winter time beverage, Second, wassail refers to going house to house caroling and receiving gifts and third,  wassail refers to the old, old tradition of singing to apple trees shortly after the winter solstice, wishing them good health.

[Link]

 

Melatonin and GERD: an unexpected treatment for reflux disease

December 27, 2008

Several interesting papers have been published that suggest melatonin may work to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.

[Link]

 

Infrared Sauna Part I

December 14, 2008

In the lasr few years sauna construction has changed dramatically; the new infrared sauan heaters promise to be cheaper to operate and more importantly better for treating a range of conditions.

[Link]

 

Flamingoes Don't Get Osteoporosis

December 1, 2008

A novel treatment for osteoporosis, standing on one foot like a flamingo gains more published support.

[Link]

Statins Don't Cause Cancer:  Cancer lowers LDL

November 26, 2008

The confusion over whether Statin Drugs cause cancer seems to have been settled.  The association between low LDL and increased risk for cancer is true whether someone takes lipid lowering drugs or not.

[link]

Daylight Savings Time: 

November 20, 2008

Recent publications suggest that switching to Daylight Savings Time increases the risk of heart attack and costs us more money for electricity.

[link]

Zicam Warning

November 2008

Our annual warning before cold and flu season commences that intranasal zinc may cause loss of smell

[link]

Robert Timberlake

NDNR November 2008

Our dear friend Robert Timberlake passed away earlier this year.  Thie article, a tribute, was published in the NDNR

[link]

Diabetes Chaos:

November 13, 2008

As incidence of diabetes increases in our country questions arise as to what the goal of treatment should really be.

[Link]

What Would Hiawatha Think?

November 5, 2008

Skip the title, this is a review of research on the benefit of exercise for cancer prevention and treatment

[link]

What's Truth Got to Do With it?

November 1, 2008

There is no need to avoid the specious argument in political advertising.  Voters pay little heed to false claims in making their decisions.  Science and political pursuasion.

[link]

 

Happiness and the Taste of Food

October 23, 2008

Taste perception appears to vary with mood.  Taste discrimination may become a tool for diagnosing depression.

[link]

Fasting and Chemotherapy

October 18, 2008

Though the researchers warn not to try this at home, many cancer patients are excited about the work published by Watler Longo at the University or Southern California earlier this year.

[link]

Aromatase Inhibitors and Arthritis

October 17, 2008

This class of drugs, now the standard of care for postmenopausal breast cancer come with unwanted side effects, chief among the is arthritis.

[Link]

Thyroid and Melanoma

October 3, 2008

Adjusting TSH may be a useful tool in treating melanoma

[link]

Cranberries and Warfarin Don't Mix!

September 27, 2008

Cranberries increase the effect of warfarin, an anticoagulant drug that requires careful control.

[Link to full Article]

Whoops: The Case of the Mistaken Cell Line

September 22, 2008

It turns out that the 'Breast Cancer' cells used by researcher for years are actually skin cancer cells. 

So much for evidence based modern medicine.

[link]

Board Meetings and Iced Tea Recipe:

September 20, 2008

Both Green tea and pomegranate juice have been shown to be protective against prostate cancer.  Why not mix them together?

[Link]

Thryoid Interference:  Coffee joins the list of things the interfer with thyroid hormone absorption

September 15, 2008

People who are hypothyroid are tired.  People who are tired drink coffee.  New data suggests that drinking coffee will interfere with thyroid hormone action and thus backfire, leaving the hypothyroid individual even tireder.

[Link to full Article]

Fire Pistons and Chaga Mushrooms

September 10, 2008

My attempt to distract my mind draming about fire pistons is brought back to more immediate concerns by a reference to chaga mushrooms.

[Link to full Article]

Vitamin D Versus Cholesterol

August 30, 2008

Raising vitaming D into the normal range lowers heart attack risk much more than lowering cholesterol.

[Link to full article]

Pomegranate Update

August 15, 2008

A review of recent publications about medical uses of pomegranate.

[Link to full Article]

Alzhiemer's Disease Update

August 1, 2008

Enough new data has been published in recent months that it is time to review it

[Link]

 

Prunes and Cancer: the Bad News

July 18, 2008

Though prunes might prevent or treat osteoporosis there is a theoretical concern about cancer that dampens our enthusiasm.....

[Link]

CoQfusion:
July 1, 2008
A patient came in recently with a long list of symptoms that had miraculously disappeared when he started taking Ubiquinol, a new form of Coenzyme Q-10 being sold.

[Link]

Prunes and Osteoporosis

July 4, 2008

Those fruits we used to call prunes but now call dried plums may soon be used to treat osteoporosis

[Link]

Barbecue and Cherries

June 26, 2008

This article was first written 3 or 4 years ago but we neglected to post this on the website so we are doing it now. 

[Link]

Medicine Woman and Oxytocin
June 23, 2008

A few weeks ago, while channel surfing in a motel room in Canada, my daughter Sophie and I chanced upon a show called Medicine Woman. The series follows Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, an engaging “27-year old Aboriginal woman and a rural family physician from British Columbia, Canada, as she travels across the world investigating the healing traditions of the indigenous people, rediscovering the knowledge of Mother Nature's medicine chest.”

[Link]

Curcumin Diabetes and Heart Failure

May 12, 2008

Recent Research suggests curcumin may play a role in treating diabetes and heart failure.

[Link]

Unipedal Standing for Osteoporosis

May 1, 2008

Standing on one foot regularly is an effective strategy for preventing falls and increasing bone strength to prevent hip fractures.

[Link]

Blue Light Suppresses Melatonin:

April 19, 2008

"The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”

Thoreau, Walden

[Link]

Achilles Tendon Ruptures Linked to Levaquin

April 2008

Goodness do I feel like a moron.  Here is the story.

[Link]

 

Vitamin D Links to Cannell article in Virology and Globe and Mail article

February 2008

Two articles were recently published that are of great interest.  The first is a follow up of Cannell et al and their 2007 paper linking vitamin D deficiency to winter outbreaks of influenza.

[link]

Light at Night:

February 2008

An Israeli Study used NASA satelite photos and corelated breast cancer rates to the light at night from towns observed from space.

[link]

 

Diet Malarkey: Alkaline and Ash Diets and Cancer

January 2008

Though they have a long history of clinical use, there is little evidence or reason to believe the reasoning behind the suggestions to follow alkaline diets to treat cancer.  Yet there is still good reason to follow them.

Link

 

FABNO: Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology

January 2008

Doctor Schor adds some new initials after his name and asks Dr Bloom for a raise

[link]

Brocoli Sprouts, Oncoplex and other BS

January 2008

Sulforaphane, the chemical found in curciferous vegetables is gaining attention as paper after paper is published suggesting it has benefit in preventing and treating cancer.

[link]

Real Preventive Medicine: Vitamin D and Breast

January 2008  NOTE: also published in the Park Hill News

Review of recent research on Vitamin D and cancer link that suggests daily doses may be very useful at reducing disease, especially in black women.

[link]

 

Alkaline and Acidic Ash Diets to treat Cancer

January 15, 2008

This is something of an ethical question. Do you let a pateint believe in an outdated theory with no scientific support just to encourage a better diet?  

[Link to full article]

 

Bisphenol-A and Harry Potter

January 5, 2008

The current debate on the safety of bisphenol-A a chemical found in many household products....

[Link to full article]

 

http://denvernaturopathic.com/images/recycle.jpgRecycle your computer 

November 2007

Denver Not-for-profite rebuilds, repair, or recycles used computers, donating computers to those in need.

[Link to full article]

Mushrooms cut breast cancer risk in menopausal women

November 5, 2007

A Korean study suggests eating mushrooms lowers breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

[Link to full article]

Metabolic Syndrome, Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer

November 1, 2007

If you are a fat guy with high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol, you had better spend plenty of time in the sun.  Low vitamin D levels will increse your risk of prostate cancer by a factor of 8.

[Link to full article]

Preventing Neuropathy during Chemotherapy

October 19, 2007

There are a few nutritional tricks to reduce nerve damage from chemotherapy.   Detailed and tedious revew follows.....

[Link to full article]

Taxol chemotherapy may be of little use to the majority of women with breast cancer.

October 11, 2007

Another news story is published that questions thevalue of another common chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer.

[link to full article]

Anthracycline cardiotoxicity and breast cancer: for most women may not be worth the risk

October 10, 2007

The most common chemotherapy drug to use with breast cancer is known to cause heart damage.  Co Q-10 may protect against this damage.  New information questions whether these drugs even provide benefit for the overwhelming majority of women who take it.

[Link to full article]

Curcumin and Alzheimer's Disease

October 5, 2007

The Indian spice turmeric and an extract made from it called curcumin may prove to be useful at preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease.

[Link to full article]

Synergy of Phytochemicals with a Fruitcake recipe

October 1, 2007

The more phytocehmicals mixed together the more effective they become

[Link to full article]

Melatonin and Breast Cancer

September 23, 2007

The hormone melatonin is well established as protective against breast cancer.   The primary avenues of action are reviewed.

[Link to full article]

Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Prevention

September 27, 2007

Adequate vitamin D lowers risk of developing colorectal cancer by half

[Link to full article]

Betacarotene and Cancer

September 20, 2007

The evidence that betacarotene may increase cancer risk in certain circumstances continue to grow.

[Link to full article]

Molecular targets of bioactive agents for treating cancer

September 20, 2007

The scientific understanding of the mechanics of food substances and their action has come a long way.....

[Link to full article]

 

Honey Update 2007

September 10, 2007

Colony Collapse Disorder Explained, almost, research update and a honey cake recipe

[Link to full article]

Russian Spam Betulinic Acid and Chaga Mushrooms

September 5, 2007

We have a reliable source for Chaga Mushrooms, a natural source for betulinic acid.

[Link to full article]

Cholesterol, Statins and the book, Overdosed America

August 30, 2007

The guidelines for cholesterol levels appear to be unfounded and not justified by currently published research

[link to full article]

Coffee and MI risk varies with genotype

August 25, 2005

That All men are created equal works for fledgling democracies but does not work for medical research any longer.  Genetic variations created different risks and benefits.

[Link to full article]

 

Hypothyroid disease and vitamin B-12 deficiency

Mid August 2007

There is a complex relationship between autoimmune thyroid disease, celiac disease and pernicious anemia.  Most people will remember this article because it contains 30 year old photos of Dr. Bloom in her air force uniform

[Link to full article]

 

Lung Cancer: The guerilla in the room

August 19, 2007

Imagine a line of 108 World Trade Towers collapsing like dominoes and you've visualized the yearly death toll from lung cancer in the United States.

[Link to full text]

Pancreatic Cancer: Epidemiology and Nutritional Treatment

August 13, 2007

Smoking cessation will do more to decrease pancreatic cancer incidence than any other single intervention we know of

[Link to full text]

The Real Reason to Buy Organic

July 28, 2007

The real reason to eat organic fruits and vegetables is not that they are less toxic but that in an odd way, they are actually more toxic. Bear with me as I explain this apparent sacrilege.

[Link to full text]

 

In Praise of Costco

July 27, 2007

I have just returned home from a shopping expedition to Costco feeling exuberantly joyous. Perhaps it was the extra scoop or two of coffee beans I miscounted into the coffee-grinder earlier this morning. More likely, the deeply buried genes that control my psyche still rejoice and celebrate any return from a successful hunting and gathering expedition into the wilderness.

[Link to full text]

  

Dietary Aromatase Inhibitors

July 11, 2007

Several foods inhibit aromatase enzyme in a manner similar to the prescription drugs commonly used to treat metastatic cancer.  These may provide an alternative to patients who cannot tolerate these drugs.

[Link to full text]

Epigenetics and cancer:

July 11, 2007

I sometimes begrudge how easily I devoted memory cells in my younger years to things which now prove to be of little use. Old phone numbers take up space that would be better devoted to new numbers or passwords.

[Link to full text]

 

Revigator: radiation hormesis and radioactive spring water at home

June 20, 2007

Subject: Historic review of Revigator and radiation cures

[Link to full article]

Canadian Cancer Societhy Advises 1,000 IU vitamin D a day to prevent Cancer

June 10, 2007

Subject: A recent prospective study suggests taking calcium and vitamin D profoundly reduces risk for women to get cancer.

[Link to full text]

 

Alkaline and Acidic Ash Diets to treat Cancer

January 15, 2008

This is something of an ethical question. Do you let a pateint believe in an outdated theory with no scientific support just to encourage a better diet?  

[Link to full article]

 

Bisphenol-A and Harry Potter

January 5, 2008

The current debate on the safety of bisphenol-A a chemical found in many household products....

[Link to full article]

 

Recycle your computer 

November 2007

Denver Not-for-profite rebuilds, repair, or recycles used computers, donating computers to those in need.

[Link to full article]

Mushrooms cut breast cancer risk in menopausal women

November 5, 2007

A Korean study suggests eating mushrooms lowers breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

[Link to full article]

Metabolic Syndrome, Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer

November 1, 2007

If you are a fat guy with high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol, you had better spend plenty of time in the sun.  Low vitamin D levels will increse your risk of prostate cancer by a factor of 8.

[Link to full article]

Preventing Neuropathy during Chemotherapy

October 19, 2007

There are a few nutritional tricks to reduce nerve damage from chemotherapy.   Detailed and tedious revew follows.....

[Link to full article]

Taxol chemotherapy may be of little use to the majority of women with breast cancer.

October 11, 2007

Another news story is published that questions thevalue of another common chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer.

[link to full article]

Anthracycline cardiotoxicity and breast cancer: for most women may not be worth the risk

October 10, 2007

The most common chemotherapy drug to use with breast cancer is known to cause heart damage.  Co Q-10 may protect against this damage.  New information questions whether these drugs even provide benefit for the overwhelming majority of women who take it.

[Link to full article]

Curcumin and Alzheimer's Disease

October 5, 2007

The Indian spice turmeric and an extract made from it called curcumin may prove to be useful at preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease.

[Link to full article]

Synergy of Phytochemicals with a Fruitcake recipe

October 1, 2007

The more phytocehmicals mixed together the more effective they become

[Link to full article]

Melatonin and Breast Cancer

September 23, 2007

The hormone melatonin is well established as protective against breast cancer.   The primary avenues of action are reviewed.

[Link to full article]

Vitamin D and Colorectal lCancer Prevention

September 27, 2007

Adequate vitamin D lowers risk of developing colorectal cancer by half

[Link to full article]

Betacarotene and Cancer

September 20, 2007

The evidence that betacarotene may increase cancer risk in certain circumstances continue to grow.

[Link to full article]

Molecular targets of bioactive agents for treating cancer

September 20, 2007

The scientific understanding of the mechanics of food substances and their action has come a long way.....

[Link to full article]

 

Honey Update 2007

September 10, 2007

Colony Collapse Disorder Explained, almost, research update and a honey cake recipe

[Link to full article]

Russian Spam Betulinic Acid and Chaga Mushrooms

September 5, 2007

We have a reliable source for Chaga Mushrooms, a natural source for betulinic acid.

[Link to full article]

Cholesterol, Statins and the book, Overdosed America

August 30, 2007

The guidelines for cholesterol levels appear to be unfounded and not justified by currently published research

[link to full article]

Coffee and MI risk varies with genotype

August 25, 2005

That All men are created equal works for fledgling democracies but does not work for medical research any longer.  Genetic variations created different risks and benefits.

[Link to full article]

 

Hypothyroid disease and vitamin B-12 deficiency

Mid August 2007

There is a complex relationship between autoimmune thyroid disease, celiac disease and pernicious anemia.  Most people will remember this article because it contains 30 year old photos of Dr. Bloom in her air force uniform

[Link to full article]

 

Lung Cancer: The guerilla in the room

August 19, 2007

Imagine a line of 108 World Trade Towers collapsing like dominoes and you've visualized the yearly death toll from lung cancer in the United States.

[Link to full text]

Pancreatic Cancer: Epidemiology and Nutritional Treatment

August 13, 2007

Smoking cessation will do more to decrease pancreatic cancer incidence than any other single intervention we know of

[Link to full text]

The Real Reason to Buy Organic

July 28, 2007

The real reason to eat organic fruits and vegetables is not that they are less toxic but that in an odd way, they are actually more toxic. Bear with me as I explain this apparent sacrilege.

[Link to full text]

 

In Praise of Costco

July 27, 2007

I have just returned home from a shopping expedition to Costco feeling exuberantly joyous. Perhaps it was the extra scoop or two of coffee beans I miscounted into the coffee-grinder earlier this morning. More likely, the deeply buried genes that control my psyche still rejoice and celebrate any return from a successful hunting and gathering expedition into the wilderness.

[Link to full text]

  

Dietary Aromatase Inhibitors

July 11, 2007

Several foods inhibit aromatase enzyme in a manner similar to the prescription drugs commonly used to treat metastatic cancer.  These may provide an alternative to patients who cannot tolerate these drugs.

[Link to full text]

Epigenetics and cancer:

July 11, 2007

I sometimes begrudge how easily I devoted memory cells in my younger years to things which now prove to be of little use. Old phone numbers take up space that would be better devoted to new numbers or passwords.

[Link to full text]

 

Revigator: radiation hormesis and radioactive spring water at home

June 20, 2007

Subject: Historic review of Revigator and radiation cures

[Link to full article]

Canadian Cancer Societhy Advises 1,000 IU vitamin D a day to prevent Cancer

June 10, 2007

Subject: A recent prospective study suggests taking calcium and vitamin D profoundly reduces risk for women to get cancer.

[Link to full text]

 

 

Artisan bread, fermented wheat germ, and Hungarian cancer treatment

May 25, 2007

Subject: AveMar, a Hungarian supplement to fight cancer is made from fermented wheat germ, something within the reach of the home baker.

[link to full article]

Black Cohosh, Hot flashes and Breast Cancer

May 15, 2007

Subject: Black cohosh extracts may not decrease hot flashes but they do appear to have a positive effect on cancer risk

[link to full article]

Sunscreen and Bug Repellents Don't Mix:

May 6, 2007

Subject: Sunscreens transport chemicals from the skin into the body, including DEET containing insect repellents

[link to full article]

Graham Crackers, Avemar, and Cancer Treatment

April 30, 2007

Subject: A product made of fermented wheat germ shows promise in treating cancer

A forgotten Fanatic:

Sylvester Graham is long forgotten. He was born in 1794 and, as an ordained Presbyterian minister, preached throughout his life on the benefits of vegetarianism, abstinence from alcohol and the value of whole wheat flour ....

[link to full article]

Honey Bees and Cellphones:

May 2, 2007

Subject: Recent unexplained decline in honeybees linked to cellphones by German researcher.

[link to full article]

Toxoplasma, Cats, Rats and personality

April 26, 2007

Subject: Chronic infection with Toxoplasma gondii may cause personality shifts to the degree that they change cultural behavior in areas of high incidence of infection.

[link to full article]

Sourdough Bread and Celiac Disease

April 5, 2007

It is Passover, the holiday in which we eat only unleavened bread and as a result I find myself thinking constantly about bread and bread.

The art of baking leavened breads dates back nearly 10,000 years to ancient Egypt . So also does the practice of brewing beer.

[link to full article]

 

Germ Theory versus Fertile Field

February 22, 2007

We still do not understand how flu spreads, whether it is the transferance of 'germs' through coughing, sneezing and contact or the older fertile field concept of a century ago.

[link to full article]

In Praise of Aspirin

February 10, 2007

Aspirin lowers risk of developing asthma while acetaminophen increases risk.

[link to full article]

Acid blocking drugs have unexpected side effects

February 5, 2007

Acid blocking medications increase risk of pneumonia, gastritis and osteoporosis

[link to full article]

 

Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Drugs:   Are they worth the risk?

January 6, 2006

Certain drugs used to treat auto-immune disease increask risk of cancer and serious infection.  Are they worth the risk?

[link for full article]

Essiac Tea: A word of caution

January 1, 2007

Essiac is one of the most common herbal preparations used by cancer patients.  New research suggests that it may be dangerous to use.

[link to full article]

Cranberries, pilgrims and a fruitcake recipe

December 28, 2006

There are a number of dead pilgrims who have probably been rolling in their graves this past month. These days we link the two holidays, thanksgiving and Christmas: the Christmas season began of course the day after Thanksgiving. People wait to put up decorations until after they carve the turkey.

[link to full article]

 

Culture Wars, Mistletoe, Kissing and Cancer

December 15, 2006

"Here we must mention the reverence felt for this plant by the Gauls. The Druids -- for thusly are their priests named - hold nothing more sacred than the mistletoe and the tree that bears it, as long as that tree be an oak...." Pliny the Elder

[Link to full article]

The buzz on flax seeds and breast cancer

November 30, 2006

Flax seeds, especially flax seeds ground into meal, are useful for preventing breast cancer and also useful in treating existing cancer. Yet twice in the last week, I have answered emails from patients with breast cancer inquiring if flax seeds were still ok to eat.

[link to full article]

Chanukah Latkes

December 1, 2006

The First Night of Chanukah comes on the Ides of December this year. That is according to the Roman calendar, which Julius Caesar bequeathed us. It was the Ides of March, which Caesar was warned to beware of in Shakespeare's play. This year's celebration will mark the 2,170th anniversary of the Maccabean rebellion when Judah and his brothers drove the Syrian armies of Antiochus from Israel . Looking back, this was a war between two cultures and a group of religious fanatics beat the super power of the day. 

[Link to full article]

 

Drink a toast to resveratrol

November 15, 2006

Our regular readers will recall resveratrol, the chemical extracted from grape skins. I first wrote about resveratrol in the late 1990's when the three studies came out suggesting resveratrol could convince cancer cells to commit suicide. I wrote about resveratrol again a few years later. Resveratrol has a synergistic effect when administered in combination with certain chemotherapy drugs, increasing their capacity to kill cancer cells.

[Link to full article]

Vitamin D and Influenza

November 5, 2006

The hallmark clue to vitamin D deficiency disease is an associated seasonal and latitudinal variability in incidence and morbidity. Multiple sclerosis, almost absent close to the equator increases in frequency the further from the equator one lives. Heart disease is worse in the dark winter months, blood pressure increasing as vitamin D stores in the body decrease.

[link to full article]

Viagra and Adriamycin

October 20, 2006

Viagra increases nitric oxide which in turn increases the tumor kill effect of Adriamycin.

[link to full article]

On lizard spit and pesto

October 9, 2006

As we await the season's first killing frost, I hurry to yank basil from our garden and grind it down to pesto. While doing so I cannot help but think about lizards, Gila Monsters to be exact. Gila Monsters and pesto are both part of the same story.

[Link to full article]

Xylitol Chewing Gum Kills Dogs

October 4, 2006

Xylitol sweetened gum can cause severe hypolygcemia and acute liver failure in dogs

[link to full article]

Cherry Juice busted by the FDA

September 28, 2006

Cherry juice may work as well as a drug at treating arthritis and gout.  The FDA had trouble with that and busted 29 orchard growers who sell cherry juice concentrates.

[Link to full article]

Honey Update

September 23, 2006

Research continues to suggest honey stimulates wound healing.

[Link to full article]

Sunscreen Backfires

September 19, 2006

New study calls into question benefit of using sunscreen

[link to full article]

Denver, Sunbathing, Vitamin D and Tuberculosis

September 10, 2006

Sunbathing was used in Denver Sanatoriums to treat tuberculosis. New research suggests it is still of use.

[Link to full article]

Juice protects against Alzheimer's Disease

September 6, 2006

Drinking a couple of glasses of juice each week lowers one's risk of getting Alzheimer's disease by 76%. At least that's the conclusion of the study published a few days back in the September issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

[Link to full article]

 

Prostate Cancer and Pomegranate Juice

August 29, 2006

Pomegranate juice triples PSA doubling time in trial of men with metastatic prostate cancer.  A study on the effect of regular consumption of pomegranate juice on advanced prostate cancer was published this July in Clinical Cancer Research. The results were very impressive.

[link to full article]

Zicam Caution

February 15, 2006 
Subject: Zicam, the over the counter remedy for cold symptoms, can cause loss of taste.
 [link to full article]

Taxol and Quercetin:

August 15, 2006

There is a warranted concern about combining the plant extract quercetin with the chemotherapy drug Taxol. This stems from a 2001 paper by Marone and colleagues working at the Catholic University in Rome which suggests that quercetin may interfere with Taxol's cancer killing effect  [link to full article]

Lavender makes for girly boys.

August 8, 2006

That's how that governor in California would sum up the recent news. Last June Clifford Bloch pediatric endocrinologist here in Denver reported that young boys grew breasts after using lavender shampoo

[link to full article]

Natural Mosquito repellents, West Nile Virus, Tumor Necrosis Factor and other related topics

July 7, 2006

A relative heat wave up here in Canada over the last few weeks has resulted in the thickest clouds of mosquitoes anyone can remember. [Link to full article]

Dead Jaw Syndrome, Fosamax, vitamin K-2 and osteoporsis

July 10, 2006

Subject: Fosamax linked to avascular necrosis of the jaw.  K-2 benefit substantiated by new research. [link to full article]

The Mpemba Effect and the Power of Prayer

Subject: The Mpemba effect is finally explained but explaining retroactive prayer may take awhile.  [Link to full article]

Acrylamides and French Fries:  the cause and maybe the cure for cancer.

June 21, 2006

Subject: Four years since the Swedes announced that acrylamides can be found in common foods. 

[link to full article] [also published in NDNR]

Autism: another piece in the puzzle

June 1, 2006

Subject: New evidence suggests that inability to detoxify heavy metals plays a role in autism.

About this time last year I sent out a newsletter reviewing recent developments in the understanding of autism. [link to full article]

Season and Survival: cancer survival depends on season of diagnosis and vitamin D intake

May 8, 2006

Subject: Vitamin D levels determine long term survival of cancer patients.

As cancer treatment becomes progressively more high tech and more expensive, it behooves us to not overlook the simple, inexpensive adjuncts to treatment that can improve outcomes....

[link to full article]

Prayer

April 19, 2006

Subject: Recent research on the power of prayer.

If you are easily offended when it comes to religious matters, delete this newsletter now.  Over the years and for various reasons, well meaning people tell me they will pray for me. What should I say to this generous offer?

[Link to full article]

 

Vitamin D and Co Q-10 in treating Congestive Heart Failure

April 21, 2006

Vitamin D research has taken a turn. For the last half dozen years research on vitamin D has focused on linking deficiency with development of morbidity. Links between low vitamin D status and a variety of disease have been demonstrated ranging from auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and multiple sclerosis to cancer. [link to full article]

Seasonal Variation in Diabetes Onset and Course of Disease

April 15, 2006

Subject:  March should be officially dedicated as Diabetes Month. People are more likely to get diagnosed with diabetes in March than any other time of the year and if you are diabetic you will have more problems with the disease in March than any other time of the year. [Link to full article]

Poppy Seeds, Michael Pollan and Hamantaschen Recipe

March 12, 2006

[link to full article]

Cancer Stinks

March 8, 2006

Subject: Dogs can smell cancer and may be trained to screen people.

The Joke:

A woman brings her poodle to the veterinarian. “Doctor,” she says, “I think Fido died in her sleep last night.”

  “Let's check it out,” says the vet and he carries out a Siamese cat followed by a Labrador retriever; both sniff at the inert form of Fido and wander away.

[link to full article] Published in Naturopathy Digest http://www.naturopathydigest.com/archives/2006/jun/schor.php

Denver, Sunbathing, Vitamin D and Tuberculosis

September 10, 2006

Sunbathing was used in Denver Sanatoriums to treat tuberculosis. New research suggests it is still of use.

[ Link to full article ]

Juice protects against Alzheimer's Disease

September 6, 2006

Drinking a couple of glasses of juice each week lowers one's risk of getting Alzheimer's disease by 76%. At least that's the conclusion of the study published a few days back in the September issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

[Link to full article ]

Prostate Cancer and Pomegranate Juice

August 29, 2006

Pomegranate juice triples PSA doubling time in trial of men with metastatic prostate cancer.  A study on the effect of regular consumption of pomegranate juice on advanced prostate cancer was published this July in Clinical Cancer Research. The results were very impressive.

[link to full article ]

Zicam Caution

February 15, 2006 
Subject: Zicam, the over the counter remedy for cold symptoms, can cause loss of taste.

[link to full article ]

Taxol and Quercetin:

August 15, 2006

There is a warranted concern about combining the plant extract quercetin with the chemotherapy drug Taxol. This stems from a 2001 paper by Marone and colleagues working at the Catholic University in Rome which suggests that quercetin may interfere with Taxol's cancer killing effect 

[link to full article ]

Lavender makes for girly boys.

August 8, 2004

That's how that governor in California would sum up the recent news. Last June Clifford Bloch pediatric endocrinologist here in Denver reported that young boys grew breasts after using lavender shampoo

[link to full article ]

Natural Mosquito repellents, West Nile Virus, Tumor Necrosis Factor and other related topics

July 7, 2006

A relative heat wave up here in Canada over the last few weeks has resulted in the thickest clouds of mosquitoes anyone can remember. [ Link to full article ]

Dead Jaw Syndrome, Fosamax, vitamin K-2 and osteoporsis

July 10, 2006

Subject: Fosamax linked to avascular necrosis of the jaw.  K-2 benefit substantiated by new research. [ link to full article ]

The Mpemba Effect and the Power of Prayer

Subject: The Mpemba effect is finally explained but explaining retroactive prayer may take awhile.  [ Link to full article ]

Acrylamides and French Fries:  the cause and maybe the cure for cancer.

June 21, 2006

Subject: Four years since the Swedes announced that acrylamides can be found in common foods.  [ link to full article ]

Autism: another piece in the puzzle

June 1, 2006

Subject: New evidence suggests that inability to detoxify heavy metals plays a role in autism.

About this time last year I sent out a newsletter reviewing recent developments in the understanding of autism. [ link to full article ]

Season and Survival: cancer survival depends on season of diagnosis and vitamin D intake

May 8, 2006

Subject: Vitamin D levels determine long term survival of cancer patients.

As cancer treatment becomes progressively more high tech and more expensive, it behooves us to not overlook the simple, inexpensive adjuncts to treatment that can improve outcomes....

[ link to full article ]

Prayer

April 19, 2006

Subject: Recent research on the power of prayer.

If you are easily offended when it comes to religious matters, delete this newsletter now.  Over the years and for various reasons, well meaning people tell me they will pray for me. What should I say to this generous offer? [ Link to full article ]

Vitamin D and Co Q-10 in treating Congestive Heart Failure

April 21, 2006

Vitamin D research has taken a turn. For the last half dozen years research on vitamin D has focused on linking deficiency with development of morbidity. Links between low vitamin D status and a variety of disease have been demonstrated ranging from auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and multiple sclerosis to cancer. [link to full article]

Poppy Seeds, Michael Pollan and Hamantaschen Recipe

March 12, 2006

[link to full article]

Cancer Stinks

March 8, 2006

Subject: Dogs can smell cancer and may be trained to screen people.

The Joke:

A woman brings her poodle to the veterinarian. “Doctor,” she says, “I think Fido died in her sleep last night.”

  “Let's check it out,” says the vet and he carries out a Siamese cat followed by a Labrador retriever; both sniff at the inert form of Fido and wander away.

[link to full article]

DNC News: The Calcium Studies, DUH!

February 24, 2006

Subject: It comes as no surprise that calcium is no miracle cure for osteoporosis.

With great fanfare the Women's Health Initiatives Study was released February 16, in the New England Journal of Medicine and prompted headlines such as the New York Times' which read, “Big Study Finds No Clear Benefit of Calcium Pills.” This seven year 18 million dollar study paid for by our federal government apparently was meant to prove that calcium with a little bit of vitamin D was the cure for osteoporosis. It turns out that it isn't. [link to full article]

 

Wrong about Fat

March 4, 2006

Subject: Link between fat consumption and breast cancer melts away 
For the last twenty years we preached that switching to a low fat diet was protective against breast cancer.  We were wrong.  A new study published in the February 6 issue of JAMA showed no significant benefit to women who lowered their fat intake.

http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/news/wrongaboutfat.html

 

Zicam  Caution 
February 15, 2006 
Subject:  Zicam, the over the counter remedy for cold symptoms, can cause loss of taste. 

Over the last few months a number of people have asked my opinion of Zicam, especially after I wrote about my favorite treatments for colds and flu.  I have always been a little hesitant to recommend Zicam simply because their label is so misleading.  Zicam claims to be a homeopathic preparation. Technically it may be homeopathic but it is a real stretch to see it so and that has always made me suspicious of the other claims made by the manufacturer. Recent revelations and law suits cast more suspicion on the product.

http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/news/zicam.html

 

Acetaminophen no longer looks so harmless

January 28, 2006

Subject: Acetaminophen is now the leading cause of acute liver failure. Accidental poisonings outnumber suicide attempts.

Acetaminophen has a reputation that it doesn't deserve. People think of it as the safe alternative to aspirin for relieving pain, fever and inflammation. They are wrong.

http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/news/acetaminophen.html

 

Chemotherapy, Antioxidants and ORAC Scores 
January 5, 2006 
Subject:
 The debate on whether antioxidants interfere with chemotherapy or promote its effect continues; perhaps we need a different way to see the question

[ link to full article ]

Santa Claus, Hallucinogenic mushrooms, birch trees and melanoma

December 8, 2005

Subject: Betulinic acid research is moving forward confirming its value in treating melanoma. Chaga mushrooms may be even more useful. Santa Claus trivia as well

[link to full article ]

Vitamin D lowers daily dose of Calcium needed.

December 5, 2005

Subject: Adequate doses of vitamin D lower the amount of calcium needed to maintain healthy bone.

Most women have low levels of vitamin D. With adequate vitamin D they absorb calcium better and don't need the large daily doses of calcium their doctors tell them to take. Two recent studies shed light on this situation.

[ link to full article ]

 

Information: Induction of Genetic Expression

December 5, 2005

Subject: Exposure to specific food and chemical structures during pregnancy and infancy sets genetic expression for life. Bisphenol exposure increases risk of diabetes. Time to throw out those Nalgene water bottles

[link to full article]

Milk thistle during chemotherapy

November 20, 2005

Subject: Milk thistle extracts may increase benefit of chemotherapy against cancer while decreasing side effects.

I frequently forget to tell patients about the benefits of milk thistle during chemotherapy. My only excuse is that it is hard to teach old dogs new tricks.

[Link to full Article]

Cardiomyopathy and Celiac Disease

November 18, 2005

Subject: Celiac disease has been linked to cardiomyopathy and avoidance of gluten in some cases may improve the condition.

Add heart problems to the growing list of diseases that may be associated with or caused by eating wheat by susceptible individuals.

[link to full article]

Herceptin and Evening Primrose Oil

November 4, 2005

Subject: A recent study suggests that evening primrose oil taken as a supplement may increase the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug herceptin used to treat breast cancer.

 [Link  to full article ]

 

Vitamin C, Cancer and Politics

October 29, 2005 

Subject: IV Vitamin C effective cancer treatment. DORA report suggests naturopathic licensure.

[link to full article]

Prostate cancer treatment enhanced by ultrasound.

October 12, 2005

Subject: Ultrasound treatment of prostate cancer increases effectiveness of quercetin.

It is well established that prostate cancer cells are sensitive to quercetin, a plant chemical found in onions, apples, wine and other plants.

[Link to full article]

Helicobacter pylori: Nobel prize awarded to discoverers

October 4, 2005

Subject: Links to information on Helicobacter and a review of natural treatments that may be helpful.  The Nobel Price in Medicine was awarded this week to the two doctors, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who discovered Helicobacter pylori and identified it as the cause of stomach ulcers.

[link to full article]

Honey as Medicine

September 28, 2005

Subject: Honey has many health benefits other than sweetness

“Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb”. Psalm xix. 10.

[Link to full article]

What's Wrong with Fructose?

September 22, 2005

Subject: letter to the editor.....

[Link to full article]

Pomegranates and Pregnancy

September 7, 2005

Subject: Pregnant women who drink pomegranate juice may prevent brain injury in their newborn infants in the event of oxygen deprivation. Pomegranate juice may also lessen the effects of high altitude exposure during pregnancy

[Link to full article]

Prostate Cancer, Vitamin D, and Aleve

September 2, 2005

Subject : Aleve triples effectiveness of Vitamin D against prostate cancer

[Link to full article]

Emu Oil: radiation burn treatment and possibly useful for joint pain

September 2, 2005

Subject:  Emu oil may be useful in treating radiation burns and joint pain that result from cancer therapy.

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Graviola and Parkinson's Disease

August 28, 2005
Subject: 
New study links the herb Graviola to Parkinson-like disease

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Vitamin D Update, Summer 2005

Subject: A short review of new research on Vitamin D

This is getting ridiculous. Vitamin D research is being published so quickly that it is hard to keep up. Recall from previous newsletters that in the last few years our entire perspective on the value of Vitamin D in human health has been turned upside down. We now know that a significant portion of our population is Vitamin D deficient and this predisposes us to cancer, heart disease, auto immune disease, including diabetes and MS, chronic pain and depression.

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Coffee Lowers Risk of Liver Cancer:

August 17, 2005

Subject: repeated studies suggest that the more coffee consumed the lower the risk for liver cancer.   This holds true for people at high risk for liver cancer such as people with alcoholic cirrhosis or hepatitis C.

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Why we don't sell Grapefruit seed extract:

July 21, 2005
Subject: 
Grapefruit seed extract may owe its antimicrobial action to toxic chemical additives. The widespread promotion and usage of grapefruit seed extract (GSE) within the health food industry and its promotion by practitioners of alternative medicine is a matter of concern to me.  We stopped selling it a number of years ago.  I want to explain why.

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Aspartame and Cancer 
July, 2005
Subject: A soon to be published study links Aspartame with certain cancers. 

A well done Italian study is about to be published in the July issue of the European Journal of Oncology which strongly suggests that Aspartame consumption increases risk for developing lymphoma and possibly other cancers.

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Ready-to-eat spinach in a bag may pose health risk 
July, 2005 
That ready to eat prewashed and bagged spinach may not be as healthy for you as you might think.

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Feverfew, Stem cells and the treatment of Cancer

June 29, 2005

Subject: Research on the common herb feverfew suggests it may play an important role in the treatment of Cancer.

Feverfew is the common name for the herb Tanacetum parthenium , a member of the Chrysanthemum family, often called bachelor buttons. Traditionally, as the name implies, it was used for lowering fevers

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Age of Menopause Varies with Season of Birth

June 1, 2005

Subject: The season in which one is born influences the age of menopause. At least this is what Italian researchers told us last month.

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Raspberries and Ellagic Acid: Synergistic potentiation of cancer therapies.

May 27, 2005

Subject: A review of research published in the last year on ellagic acid and cancer.

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Menu Planning: Building Bridges for Peace

May 5, 2005

Subject: an innovative approach to solving world conflict 

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What about Black Cohosh and Tamoxifen?

May 6, 2005

Subject: Black Cohosh Extracts increase benefit of tamoxifen therapy without increasing risk.

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Black Cohosh Changes Toxicity of Chemotherapy treatments:

May 5, 2005

Subject: Black Cohosh, commonly used to treat menopause symptoms can either increse or decrease the effect of common chemotherapy drugs.

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Glioblastoma; considerations for adjuvant treatments

April 30, 2005

Subject: a short review of nutritional supplements which have benefit in treating glioblastomas.

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Autism: unable to handle the world's chemicals

April 28, 2005

Subject: Autistic children start out genetically more vulnerable to oxidative damage and susceptible to environmental and toxic attack than healthy children.

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The Memory of Water

April 22, 3005

Subject: A new study on homeopathic dilutions by a former skeptic provides further evidence that we don't know everything and that homeopathic dilutions do have physiologic effect.

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Our Changing World

April 9, 2005

Subject:  Global warming in terms of wildlife changes and ecosystem destruction assessed by the Millennium Assessment

I've recently returned from my annual holiday ski-touring in Canada

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Eggs: go ahead and eat them….

April 2, 2005

Subject: Eggs have little effect on heart disease risk.

Ever since the Framingham studies linked cholesterol levels to heart disease, people have been afraid to eat foods containing cholesterol. There is no evidence to support this.

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Green tea contraindicated in pregnancy

April 2, 2005

Subject: The mechanism by which green tea protects against cancer by blocking folic acid metabolism makes it potentially dangerous during pregnancy.

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Meat: without it kids are small, weak and dumb

March 20, 2005

Subject: Research suggests that meat is essential in children's diets. Without it, children grow up smaller, less strong and less intelligent. Locally raised grassfed beef may provide a healthy alternative to store bought beef.

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Stroke, bone loss and competing theories

March 8, 2005

Subject: Newly published research forces me to revise yesterday's newsletter on bone loss after stroke

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Stroke, bone loss and vitamin D

March 7, 2005

There is a relationship between strokes, bone loss and vitamin D that is proving more complex than originally thought and which is just now starting to be explained.  Elderly people who have strokes are 2-4 times more likely to break a hip after the stroke.

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The Footbath Scam 
March 5, 2005
Subject:  Foot bath treatments that claim to pull toxins from the body are probably a scam.

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Coffee and Cancer: maybe good news

February 26, 2005

Subject: coffee may protect against liver and rectal cancer

Two recent studies about coffee and cancer will be filtering their way down into the news in the next few weeks. At first glance they sound like good news but this skeptical writer still has lingering questions.

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Park Hill News: The Race Question…..

February 20. 2005

For years various theories have been proposed to explain the greater frequency of many illnesses seen in African Americans. High blood pressure is probably the best example but there are many others. I've heard theories that range from the plausible to the bizarre, to what could be called racist.

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Natto

February 14, 2005

Subject: Rarely has a food sounded so good for one's health, yet sounded so unappealing to eat as natto.

I drove to Costco yesterday and turned in a 20 ounce container of shredded aged parmesan cheese. I'd noticed dark green clumps bonding the shreds together while sprinkling it on my dinner a few nights before.

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MS Update: Siblings, Epstein-Barr virus and other links.

February 7, 2005

Subject: MS risk is linked to lack of younger siblings and later exposure to EBV.

In the last few months several new bits of information have been added to our understanding of the development of multiple sclerosis. Perhaps we can use this knowledge to lower risk of development and possibly think of new methods of treatment.

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Hyaluronic Acid: Not with cancer, never with aromatase inhibitors.

February 5, 2005

Subject: Hyaluronic Acid, although promoted for many therapeutic uses, including counteracting side effects of aromatase inhibitors, may promote growth and spread of cancer cells and should not be used by cancer patients.

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Secondhand Smoke Revisited

January 28, 2005

Subject: A second look at the Montana study which linked secondhand smoke with heart attacks and a newer study which links second hand smoke with lowered cognitive skills.

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Red meat is strongly linked to cancer

Helen Pearson January, 2005

Diet experts urge move to poultry, fish and beans after results of long-term study.

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Cox-2 inhibitors

January 22, 2005

Subject: the Cox-2 gene plays a role in inflammation and cancer development. Natural extracts affect cancer and inflammation in a way which differs from prescription drugs.

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Tamoxifen and antidepressants, a poor combination.

 January 20, 2005

Subject: Tamoxifen works to prevent cancer reoccurrence by interfering with the cancer promoting action of estrogen. Antidepressants may lessen the benefit of this treatment. It may be possible to predict who will get the most benefit from use.

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Green Tea Absorption: Extracts are superior to home brewed tea

January 17, 2005

Subject: Green tea extracts are a preferable source of epigallocatechins than either brewed black or green tea.

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Light and Dark: Ruminations on Vitamin D and Melatonin

January 15, 2005

Subject: Suicide rates increase with increasing sunlight, while Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is worsened by decreasing light. Are changes in melatonin or Vitamin D production the mediating factor?

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Artemisia annua: an old treatment for malaria--- a new treatment for cancer      January 5, 2005

The seed catalog season has arrived. I've already circled a new plant to grow this spring. It's called Sweet Annie or Artemisia annua. This Artemisia is a member of the wormwood family and like many of the wormwoods has interesting medicinal properties.

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Vitamin D Summary:

December 5, 2004

Subject: Vitamin D deficiency is common and linked to a wide range of conditions. A short summary of conditions associated with deficiency, testing methods and doses.

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Chocolate Almond Torte

December 4, 2004
Subject: Wheat free chocolate almond torte recipe. 
I justify the expense of my Cuisinart food processor just so I can make this cake once a year. While it is in the oven I'll share the recipe with you.

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Vitamin D testing and dosing

November 22, 2004

Subject: Vitamin D is tested using a 25(OH)D serum measurement. Standard lab values are inadequate for assessing status. We are using the following values to interpret 25(OH)D test results:

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Honey Relieves Herpes Better than Acyclovir

November 21, 2004

Subject: Topical honey either as a salve or diluted with water is useful in treating a wide variety of skin conditions. A new study on treating herpes simplex with honey inspires me to cook up a salve.

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Strontium Update:

November 12, 2004

“In women with established osteoporosis there was a 41% reduction in vertebral fractures over 3 years' treatment; significant reductions were also seen after only 1 year of treatment. The beneficial effect was also seen for clinical vertebral fractures: over 3 years there was a significant reduction in new clinical vertebral; this reduction was also observed during the first year of treatment "

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Milk and Bone Density: no significan correlation between dairy consumption in women and bone density.

November 12, 2004

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DNC News: Vitamin D and Cancer

November 9, 2004

Subject:  Sunlight and vitamin D prevent cancer.  Supplementation may inhibit cancer cell growth.

There is a clear and long studied protective relationship between sunlight exposure and the development of cancer; this relationship was first published in 1941.

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Vitamin D and miscellaneous things

November 7, 2004

Subject: vitamin Low levels of vitamin D are linked with a variety of other conditions. Supplementation may be useful in treating depression, migraines, PCOS and musculoskeletal pain.

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Vitamin D and Diabetes:

November 4, 2004

Subject:  Vitamin D supplementation lowers the risk of developing Type I diabetes and may also help prevent and treat Type II diabetes.

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Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease

October 31, 2004

Subject: Low levels of Vitamin D may trigger cardiovascular disease, heart attack and high blood pressure. Supplementation may be therapeutic in treating these conditions.

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Chronobiology and Chemotherapy:

October 20, 2004

Subject: Administering cancer treatments according to circadian rhythms can increase chemotherapy effectiveness while decreasing toxicity .

In life, timing is everything.   There is a new buzzword in cancer therapy, Chronobiology.

Simply put, this means the study of clocklike stuff in living things....

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GABA: Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid

October 13, 2004

Subject: Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. It inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, calming nervous activity. As a supplement it is sold and promoted for these neurotransmitter effects as a natural tranquilizer.

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DNC NEWS: Flu Vaccine Alternatives

October 11, 2004

Subject: Alternative approaches to preventing the flu     

At this time of year I typically start fielding phone calls from patients asking if they should get a flu shot. This year is going to be different because of the vaccine shortage

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DNC: Chocolate is from Mars

October 10, 2004

Subject: The Mars company has developed a “healthy chocolate” which they are marketing through the internet. Today's Sunday New York Times has a feature article on the effort Mars is making. The article is pasted below.

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DNC News: Strontium Update and price drop

October 7, 2004

Subject: Good news about strontium: first, patients are reporting good results and second, the price has dropped by 50%.

We have just passed the one year anniversary from when we started using strontium to treat osteoporosis. We had a call this afternoon from our second patient who has been using it long enough that she has had a repeat Bone scan after starting it a year ago

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DNC News: Strontium: A New Treatment for Osteoporosis

October 7, 2004

Subject: Supplemental strontium prevents bone resorption and increases new bone deposition providing a possible treatment for osteoporosis

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is looking less and less attractive to women. First came the news that it did not protect against heart attacks

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Indirect ways to inhibit cancer spread

September 25, 2004

Subject: One way to slow cancer spread is to use supplements which affect connective tissue and decrease the ability of cancer cells to invade healthy tissue. A number of natural compounds typically used to strengthen connective tissue hinder cancer cells by inhibiting the enzymes cancer cells secrete to dissolve the extracellular matrix of connective tissue which normally blocks their migration.

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DNC NEWS: Alzheimer's Disease: walking and diet help prevent

September 22, 2004  

Subject: Regular walking and a Mediterranean Diet lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease.  Walking regularly at age 70 and beyond can help keep the mind sharp and ward off Alzheimer's disease, according to research suggesting that what is good for the heart is also good for the brain.

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Alzheimer's  Disease and Omega-3 Fatty Acids 
September 15, 2004 
Subject:  Recent research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fats from fish or nuts is protective against Alzheimer 's disease. 
A study came out in last week's issue of Neuron suggesting that omega-3 fats prevent memory loss in mice.    This is consistent with prior research which suggested that fish oil supplements might reduce the risk of Alzheimer's in people.

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Prozac and Teen Suicide 
September 15, 2004 
Subject: Drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been the mainstay of treatment for depression for more than a decade. But a number of them are now the focus of intense controversy, because of evidence linking them to suicidal impulses in children.

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Vitamin K-2 prevents liver cancer in Hepatitis C patients

September 2004

Subject: People living with Hepatitis C are at high risk for developing liver cancer. Vitamin K-2 lowers the risk.

People infected with Hepatitis C are more likely to develop liver cancer than other people. One recent study put their risk at 34.5 times that of uninfected people.

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Statin Drugs, Niacin, and Alzheimer 's disease  9/04

Subject: Both Vitamin B-3 and Statin drugs lower cholesterol. They may also prevent Alzheimer's Disease. Is there a connection?

An interesting article appeared in the August, 2004 issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry which suggests that vitamin B-3, that's niacin, may protect people against Alzheimer's Disease. The US researchers looked at the diets of almost 4,000 people aged 65 and over between 1993 and 2002.

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Tamoxifen: Cotreatment options:

Subject: Options to increase the effectiveness of Tamoxifen therapy.

The same question has come up in various versions recently; how does tamoxifen interact with the typical supplements we use in cancer cotreatment? Does the over riding estrogen receptor blockade of tamoxifen cancel out any inhibitory effect of herbal supplements? Is it still worth taking all these pills if I take tamoxifen?

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Celiac Disease Update:

  1. Recent research shows that celiac disease is associated with attention deficits and a growing list of neurological problems.
  2. New study shows that incidence of celiac disease may be closer to 1 in 80 people rather than 1 in 1500
  3. Oats, although they are gluten free, are still frequently a problem for individuals with celiac disease

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Chocolate:

Subject: Chocolate is a potent antioxidant

This morning's posting of a recipe for a raspberry chocolate nut torte has brewed up a few questions. Many people have grown so accustomed to the idea that anything that tastes good is bad for you that they reflexively assume that chocolate must be unhealthy. This can't be further from the truth.[Link to full article]

Thyroid tests:

Subject: The Normal Range used for interpreting thyroid tests misses many cases of hypothyroid disease.

Hypothyroid disease is a frequently missed diagnosis. The symptoms associated with full blown disease may not be present or be overlooked when the disease is in its early stages. Laboratory testing misses many people with the disease. The normal values used for interpreting TSH tests have changed [Link to Full Article]

 

Light and Dark exposure changes cancer risks  

September 2004

Subject: Constant illumination increases risk for certain cancers in mice

Our long term readers know that I have a specific interest in the effect of light and darkness on cancer development. Although most people are quick to blame a toxic environment for causing cancer, few consider light as a pollutant. Yet light is a pollutant which is having long term toxic effects on our health. [link to full article]

 

 

 

 

 

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