Alternative Medicine News – August 5, 2013

How Much Sun Is Too Much?

For years we’ve been told that sunshine causes cancer. And it is true that getting too much sun can hurt you in the long run.

But you actually need sun to be healthy. For example, it is the very best way to increase vitamin D in the body. And you may have also noticed that being in the sun just plain feels good.

So how much is enough? This HSI article gives you some good guidelines to follow. And if you will be out longer than normal, there is a link in the article that will show you which sunscreens are least harmful.

Definitely worth a look. The article is here.

Green Med Info
Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

You’ve read about turmeric before in Balance Point.

Turmeric is the name of a common Indian spice used in cooking. but it also has many medicinal benefits. How many? How about 14.

In this case there are 14 drugs that turmeric compares to favorably. Some of these include cholesterol drugs, antidepressants and anti-inflammatory drugs.

And there 11 more.

This is the best summary of turmeric’s qualities I’ve seen in one place. You’ll find it all here.

Bottom Line
Millions of Americans Die of Blood Clots

The key? Leg pain.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can be deadly. And there are specific situations where you can be more likely to have it.

This article talks about medications used for treating it. But of course there are natural alternatives. Turmeric and fish oil are two of the best.

The thing I liked most about the article is the practical suggestions about how to avoid this problem.

For more details on this, see the article here.

Waking Times
Toxic Ingredients In Soft Serve Ice Cream

It’s summer time and ice cream sounds so refreshing, doesn’t it?

But beware. If you aren’t careful, you will be getting much more than you pay for. And by more, I mean more toxic chemicals.

This article identifies some of the more common additives to soft serve. You might be surprised.

Bottom line is that if you eat ice cream, know everything that’s in it. The more natural the ingredient list, the less problems it can cause.

You’ll find the information here.

Bottom Line
Are You Getting Too Much Vitamin D?

Vitamin D has been in the news the past few years. The message is consistently that most people don’t have enough.

As a result, many people take large doses of this vitamin.

But what is the right amount? It depends. Even doctors haven’t got more than a general idea.

And there are possible complications to excess intake. For example, too much can cause calcium to be deposited in soft tissues. Hard arteries and kidney stones can result.

This article talks about a large study that looked for the sweet spot of what vitamin D levels should be. What they found was the ideal blood level is actually lower than many doctors think.

Learn more here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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