Tag: integrative

Prebiotics, to Feed Your Good Bacteria

From yogurt to kombucha to supplements, probiotics appear to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, literally and figuratively. Probiotics are live bacteria and are believed to have properties that improve digestive health. Lactobacillus found in yogurt and other fermented foods is just one example. Though the National Center for

What’s Really in Your “Dietary Supplements”?

Surveys have shown that a large majority of Americans are confident in the “safety, quality and effectiveness” of products marketed as “dietary supplements” (a term derived from a 1994 law that questionably grouped drug-type herbal and botanical extracts with essential vitamins and minerals). So many were shocked at the recent

Knee Pain from Arthritis? Try Tai Chi

Could an ancient Chinese mind-body practice help with knee pain from osteoarthritis? A new Tufts study reports that tai chi produces benefits similar to physical therapy for osteoarthritis patients.

The study, led by Chenchen Wang, MD, a professor at Tufts’ School of Medicine, focused on osteoarthritis patients who reported significant pain.

10 Steps to Protect Yourself Against Colds and Flu

The warm glow of summer has barely faded, the leaves are only now starting to turn, and the first jack-o-lantern has yet to be carved. Surely it’s too soon to begin worrying about cold and flu season, isn’t it?

“The time to protect yourself is now—before the peak of the cold

Green Tea Extract Fails to Fight Fat or Boost Bones

Don’t count on green-tea pills to help you lose weight or keep your bones strong. A new clinical trial testing year-long supplementation of green-tea extract reports no difference between the pills and placebo in changes in body mass index, total fat mass or percentage of body fat, or bone-mineral density.

“While

How to Find a Good Doctor: Integrative Medicine Doctors Are Best

How to Find a Good Doctor: Integrative Medicine Doctors Are Best

Finding a good doctor near your home can be a daunting task – especially if you are looking for a physician who will support your own “natural medicine” beliefs of limited pharmaceuticals, treating the root cause, and using nutrition and other natural therapies as the first line of attack on

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Doctors believed many decades ago that vitamin D was good only for healthy bones and teeth, but research has since proven otherwise. Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] In fact, a recent study conducted by Boston University researchers

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