- 18 Jun 13Palm oil is the worlds most consumed vegetable oil, being a component of thousands of common products. A recently published human clinical trial in the journal Nutrition Journal shows positive preliminary results in the use of a leaf extract from the palm oil plant, Elaeis guineensis, in reducing elevated blood glucose levels.
- 18 Jun 13Attachment parenting is thought of by many as a new ‘fad’. Simply put, it is a parenting philosophy that encourages parents to form strong emotional bonds with their child early in life in order to foster social/emotional development and overall well-being. It involves the committed parents to respond to each of their child’s needs in a loving, gentle and non-confrontational manner; and though can be quite demanding at times research is showing it is definitely worth the effort.
- 18 Jun 13Data presented this past April at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research has sparked renewed interest in Selenium for prostate cancer prevention. Researchers analyzed data gathered from just over 2000 men in the 17.3 year follow up period for the Netherlands Cohort Study on diet and cancer; 898 of which were diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer during this time.
- 18 Jun 13Back pain is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. It often has a huge impact on quality of life, causing long term suffering and debility. Many cycle through various medications in the hopes of finding some relief, often with only temporary effects and a number of unwanted side-effects.
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disease. It is a devastating diagnosis with very few treatment options and no known cure to date so any research showing promise in treating this disease provides some semblance of hope for this group of individuals. A recent study published this past March looked at melatonin in the laboratory mouse model representing human familial ALS with the SOD1 mutation.(1) The study results indicate that melatonin was able to significantly delay disease onset, deterioration and mortality in the mice.(1) In addition to this, these researchers showed for the first time ever that disease progression in this group was associated with loss of melatonin and its receptor “melatonin receptor 1A”.18 Jun 13In February of this year the result of an exciting and global healthcare impacting study were reported in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. 7447 people who were considered at high risk for heart followed one of three plans; usual diet, Mediterranean diet pattern supplemented with olive oil, or Mediterranean diet pattern supplemented with nuts. During 4.8 years of follow-up, the Med diet plus olive oil group experienced 30% fewer cardiovascular events, and the Med diet plus nuts experienced 28% fewer cardiovascular events, compared to the usual diet group (1). The study was stopped early due to how incredible these results were! It was “unethical” not to offer counselling on Mediterranean dietary pattern to people in the usual diet group.18 Jun 13A quick, easy and often tasty choice, processed meat including sausage, bacon, deli meats and hot dogs are consumed on a regular basis in many households. Most people realize these are perhaps not the healthiest options but continue to consume them.A recent study might prompt some to rethink this choice. Published just this March in the BMC Medicine, scientists followed 500,000 Europeans across ten countries and found a significant link between those consuming processed meats and risk of premature death from cancer and heart disease.18 Jun 13Several recently published studies in the Journal Nature have brought to light a connection between salt consumption and autoimmune disease. An immune cell called T helper 17 (TH17) has been linked to a number of auto-immune/auto-inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and lupus.18 Jun 13It has received a lot of hype over the last six months or so as the latest and greatest weight loss aid. Unofficially being endorsed by Dr. Oz, it has flown off shelves in stores across the country.18 Jun 13Honey has been used for centuries as a natural home remedy for wound care such as cuts, scrapes and burns. Research over the years has confirmed its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to shorten healing time.