Alternative Medicine News – April 22, 2013

Green Med Info
Are the Government’s Dietary Guidelines Making Us Obese?

You’ve heard it practically your whole life. Eat less fat, more carbs.

This advice started in the 1970s when the whole cholesterol thing happened. Of course that was based on faulty information. So right from the start, these guidelines were flawed.

And there are major problems with the current recommendations as well. The biggest is that they ignore the science. And that tells you the recommendations are political, not rational.

But what has been the result of people following this approach?

Turns out, not so good.

Since then, there has been an alarming increase in chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes. In addition, obesity rates have shot up to 30%, and more than 70% of Americans are overweight.

To learn the details of why this is happening, and what you can do about it, see this article on Green Med Info. Find it here.

FMU
Has Your Doctor Recommended this “Life-Saving” Vitamin with Coumadin?

Coumadin is a blood thinner. It is often given to heart patients with the idea of stopping artery-clogging clots.

As far as that goes, it works. But there are definite side effects.

For example, it pulls calcium out of bones. The calcium then clogs arteries and heart valves. Hmmm… THAT seems counterproductive.

Bones are weaker and circulation is impaired.

However there is a vitamin that can moderate this tendency. It is natural vitamin K. And if you are or someone you love is on coumadin, the doctor should also be giving it.

Learn details of why this works and the form you need to use. Functional Medicine University has the report. You’ll find it here.

Get Green Living
Chemical Nation – Reducing Your Exposure to Chemical Toxins

70,000.

That’s the number of chemicals in commercial production today. That’s a lot.

But more shocking is the fact that most of these have not been tested for negative health consequences. Yikes!

This is especially scary because many of these are out in the environment. As a result, they are also in our food, water and air.

In addition, you probably use some of them in your own home. They show up in cleaning products, building materials and clothing.

For a good overview of this problem, I recommend this article on the Get Green Living web site. It also has practical steps you can take. See it here.

Harvard Health
Sleep & Obesity – Harvard

A good night’s sleep is one of the keys to good health. And research shows it also counts for maintaining a healthy weight.

People who get too little sleep have a higher risk of weight gain and obesity than people who get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

Are you burning the midnight oil? In 1998, 35 percent of American adults were getting 8 hours of sleep a night, and by 2005 that had dropped to 26 percent. .

This article briefly summarizes the latest findings on the link between sleep and obesity in children and adults. And it outlines a few ways that too little sleep could lead to too much weight.

But don’t take my word for it. The article is here.

Natural Society
Over 315 of 450 Tested Plastic Containers Leach Hormone-Like Compounds

You no doubt know about BPA. It’s the part of many plastics that disrupts healthy hormones.

And with increased awareness, companies are looking for alternatives. Sadly many of these are also toxic.

The difference? These alternatives are less well known. This means there is not so much uproar to remove them.

The best defense is to know how to read recycling symbols. This article gives an overview of the problem and also has a link to a page that shows how to read the recycling symbol on any plastic container.

Natural Society has the story. Read it here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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