Health and Nutrition

August 30, 2006

Asthma is not a disease, but just a name given to various symptoms, says The Lancet

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

Originally published August 28 2006

(NewsTarget) The medical journal The Lancet is appealing to the medical community to stop using the term “asthma” as it misleads people to believe it is a disease rather than a group of symptoms with various origins and characteristics.

Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing and breathing difficulties, and it is generally accepted that attacks are brought on by inflamed airways, but the actual spark for the inflammation is not known, nor is the reason why some people contract asthma while others do not.


August 19, 2006

A little humor with the truth

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Vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia.

Filed under: General Health,Supplements,Vitamin D — Doc Joe @ 5:55 pm

Spine. 2003 Jan 15;28(2):177-9.

Vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia.

Al Faraj S, Al Mutairi K.

Department of Medicine, Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

STUDY DESIGN: Initial assessment involved 360 patients (90% women and 10% men) attending spinal and internal medicine clinics over a 6-year period who had experienced low back pain that had no obvious cause for more than 6 months. The patients ranged in age from 15 to 52 years. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the contribution of vitamin D deficiency as a cause for idiopathic chronic low back pain, to find a simple and sensitive test for screening patients with low back pain for vitamin D deficiency, and to determine the correlation between the vitamin deficiency and pain.

METHODS: A biochemical assay of serum calcium, phosphate, alkaline phosphatase, and 25-hydroxy vitamin D level was performed before and after treatment with vitamin D supplements.

RESULTS: Findings showed that 83% of the study patients (n = 299) had an abnormally low level of vitamin D before treatment with vitamin D supplements. After treatment, clinical improvement in symptoms was seen in all the groups that had a low level of vitamin D, and in 95% of all the patients (n = 341).

CONCLUSIONS: Vitamin D deficiency is a major contributor to chronic low back pain in areas where vitamin D deficiency is endemic. Screening for vitamin D deficiency and treatment with supplements should be mandatory in this setting. Measurement of serum 25-OH cholecalciferol is sensitive and specific for detection of vitamin D deficiency, and hence for presumed osteomalacia in patients with chronic low back pain.

Researchers in England discovered that patients with chronic pain have phenomenally low vitamin D levels

Filed under: Supplements — Doc Joe @ 5:54 pm


The authors added to the evidence that severe vitamin D deficiency is associated with chronic pain. They found that 88% of their patients with chronic pain had levels less than 10 ng/ml. If they treated their patients, they did not report it. However, Swiss researchers recently treated chronic pain patients with vitamin D and reported the pain “disappeared” within one to three months in most of their patients. This is the second open study that showed adequate doses of vitamin D dramatically improve chronic pain.
Ann Rheum Dis. 2005 Aug;64(8):1217-9.
BMJ. 2004 Jul 17;329(7458):156-7.
Spine. 2003 Jan 15;28(2):177-9.

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pain and Disability in Knee Osteoarthritis

Filed under: Arthritis,General Health,Supplements,Vitamin D — Doc Joe @ 5:53 pm

Jane Salodof MacNeil

Medscape Medical News 2004. © 2004 Medscape

Oct. 19, 2004 (San Antonio) — Results from a 30-month study of 221 elderly patients with osteoarthritis of the knee suggest that remedying a vitamin D deficiency can reduce disability and possibly pain as well.


Acute Neck Pain: Significant Relief, Satisfaction With Chiropractic Treatment

Filed under: General Health — Doc Joe @ 5:50 pm

Neck pain, whether chronic or acute, is nearly as prevalent in the American adult population as back pain; estimates show that up to two-thirds of all American adults will suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. While millions of chiropractic manipulations are performed in the United States each year for the treatment of neck pain, relatively little investigative research has been conducted regarding the treatment of neck pain with chiropractic manipulation, and even less research has been conducted on the use of chiropractic care to treat acute neck pain.


Fish oil supplements ease arthritis pain

Filed under: Arthritis,General Health,Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 5:49 pm


Nutritional supplements can help ease arthritis pain, according to The Lancet medical journal, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis can especially benefit from adding fish oil supplements to their diets.


August 2, 2006

Lifestyle lessens effect of obesity on heart risk

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Fri Aug 4, 2006 10:35 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For a given level of obesity, Inuit men and women living in Greenland are healthier than those who have migrated to Denmark, Danish researchers have found.

The stay-at-home Greenlanders are still living a relatively traditional lifestyle, and they had lower blood pressure, lower levels of the blood fat triacylglycerol, and less insulin resistance — an indicator of diabetes risk — according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“These findings indicate that lifestyle factors play a major role for observed differences in the levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease at a given level of obesity,” Dr. Marit E. Jorgensen of the National Institute of Public Health in Copenhagen and colleagues conclude.


Dietary changes may slow prostate cancer growth

Filed under: Cancer,General Health,Nutrition — Doc Joe @ 5:04 pm

Tue Aug 1, 2006 9:58 PM ET

By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Increasing the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in the diet appears to slow the progression of prostate cancer, according to the results of an animal study.

The so-called Western diet commonly consumed in the US contains mostly omega-6 fatty acids, derived from corn oil and other sources. Omega-3 fatty acids, by contrast, are abundant in cold-water fish, a food source missing in the diets of many Americans.

“Our study showed that altering the fatty acid ratio found in the typical Western diet to include more omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing the amount of omega-6 fatty acids reduced prostate cancer tumor growth rates and PSA levels in mice,” senior author Dr. William J. Aronson, from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, told Reuters Health.


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