Health and Nutrition

April 25, 2005

Landmark study shows acupuncture relieves arthritis pain

Filed under: Arthritis,General Health — Doc Joe @ 5:58 pm

DECEMBER 22, 2004 — A clinical trial of “sufficient size and duration” shows that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee and serves as an effective complement to standard care. The landmark study, undertaken by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), was published in the Dec. 21, 2004, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.


April 22, 2005

NSAIDs are they worth the risk?

Filed under: Arthritis,Uncategorized — Doc Joe @ 5:51 pm


ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 18) – With prescription drugs Vioxx and Bextra already pulled from the market, a study has raised disturbing questions about the heart safety of long-term use of over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve.

Smokers in Norway who took such drugs for at least six months had twice the risk of dying of a heart attack, stroke or other heart-related problem.


April 21, 2005

Olive oil can make hamburgers healthier

Filed under: Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 9:28 pm

By far the most popular American food is the hamburger. However, its also known to be one of our least healthy foods. It is very high in the inflamatory omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFA)
I often talk to patients about increasing their omega 3 essential fatty acid consumption. The most important omega 3 EFA is EPA (eicosapentaenoic acids). EPA is very anti-inflammatory. They are found primarily in fish and fish oils. However research shows that frying in olive oil increase the EPA content and improves the omega6/omega3 fatty acid ratio.


Heavy consumption of processed meats linked to increased risk for pancreatic cancer

Filed under: Cancer,Diet,General Health — Doc Joe @ 5:49 pm

Public release date: 20-Apr-2005

Contact: Warren R. Froelich


American Association for Cancer Research

Anaheim, Calif. – Heavy consumption of hot dogs, sausages and luncheon
meats, along with other forms of processed meat, was associated with
the greatest risk of pancreatic cancer in a large multiethnic study
reported today at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Association
for Cancer Research.

“The results suggest that carcinogenic substances related to meat
preparation, rather than their inherent fat or cholesterol content,
might be responsible for the association,” said Ute Nöthlings, DrPH,
MSE, the study’s lead investigator from the Cancer Research Center at
the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.


Study: Vitamin D Helps Fight Lung Cancer

Filed under: Cancer,Supplements,Vitamin D — Doc Joe @ 5:32 pm


Study: Vitamin D Helps Fight Lung Cancer
April 20, 2005 11:10 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Getting enough vitamin D may be a matter of life or death. A provocative new study suggests it plays an important role in surviving lung cancer.

People can get the nutrient from their food, vitamin pills or being out in the sunshine. Researchers found that the lung cancer patients with high intake who had surgery during the summer were more than twice as likely to be alive five years later than those with low levels who had operations in winter.

It is one of several recent studies to show the benefits of the “sunshine vitamin” against cancer.


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