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Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

By Michael Greger M.D.
April 16, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Remedies


Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause grew to prominence in the 1990’s when millions of women were sold hormones made from horse urine. The makers of Premarin (pregnant mare urine) promised HRT would prevent age-related diseases.

When the truth got out in 2002 that the opposite was true, that it actually increased risk of heart disease, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and invasive breast cancer, the number of prescriptions dropped and so did the rates of breast cancer.

Thanks to some high-profile celebrity endorsements, interest then switched to so-called “compounded bio-identical hormones,” from plant rather than equine sources, which were said to work the same without carrying the same risks. But what does the science say?

In the video Plant-Based Bioidentical Hormones, I note there have been several new reviews on the subject from the American College of OB/GYN’s, the Mayo Clinic and the editors-in-chief of the journal of the International Menopause Society. …read more of Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe? here

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12 Rules for Controlling Chronic Pain with Nutrition

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
March 18, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Remedies, Vegan


You have only to look at how extensive the pain-relieving products section is at your local pharmacy to know that pain is big business.

The problem is that pain medications are often not effective enough, and certainly not over the long-term.  Pain-relieving medications often have dangerous side effects, as well.

If you are among the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, there are better ways to control pain than taking a daily painkiller.

Nutrition plays a larger role in chronic pain than most people realize.  The documentary, “Fat, Sick and nearly Dead,” makes the case that switching to the plant-based, nutrient-dense diet will reduce inflammation and restore natural balance in the body. …read more of 12 Rules for Controlling Chronic Pain with Nutrition here

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Natural Flu Treatment Alternative

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
January 12, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Natural Alternatives, Natural Remedies

The governor of New York has declared a state health emergency, as the flu epidemic that has sickened more than 19,000 people in his state.

We are in the midst of one of the worst flu outbreaks in recent years.  Massachusetts General Hospital has already treated more confirmed flu cases than it did by this time during the swine flu “pandemic.”

You don’t need to check the Center for Disease Control’s national flu trend map to know that’s the case.

The typical flu symptoms are a fever of around 100°, chills, exhaustion, cough, chest congestion, sinus pressure, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

The typical flu also causes heaviness or pain behind the eyes.  A nasal swab can detect it, but this type of testing is not 100 percent accurate.

What is confusing for medical professionals and patients alike, is the fact that experts continue to encourage the flu shot, claiming it is well-matched to the circulating H3N2 strain of this flu virus, many patients getting the flu had received the flu vaccine. …read more of Natural Flu Treatment Alternative here

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How to Enhance Mineral Absorption

By Michael Greger M.D.
December 28, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Natural Alternatives, Vegan


Iron is a double-edged sword.

If we don’t absorb enough we risk anemia, but if we absorb too much we may be increasing our risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, infection, neurodegenerative disorders, and inflammatory conditions. Video: Risk Associated With Iron Supplements

Other conditions that have been associated with high iron intake include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and diabetes.

Because the human body has no mechanism to rid itself of excess iron, we evolved to tightly regulate its absorption. If our iron stores are low our intestines boost the absorption of iron and if our iron stores are topped off our intestines block the absorption of iron to maintain the sweet spot. …read more of How to Enhance Mineral Absorption here

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Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death

By Michael Greger M.D.
November 26, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetarian, Whole Grains

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.

They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?

Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”[1]

There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. …read more of Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death here

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