Alternative Medicine News – December 17, 2012

Balance Point Blog
The Best Exercise to Fight Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenals are your organs of survival. But when they are tired, they can’t do their job as well. Nothing works as it should

There are many symptoms of adrenal fatigue. They include tiredness, sleep problems, memory and focus problems and a host of other ills.

Adrenal fatigue happens over time with a variety of stresses. Emotional stress, job stress, injuries, illness, even lack of a sense of purpose in life can contribute. Early on, your adrenals can bounce back. But when stress is chronic, they get tired.

For people who want to recover from adrenal stress, exercise can be important. But the wrong exercise doesn’t help. In fact, it can make the problem worse.

The key is to do the right type and amount of exercise for the level of adrenal stress you are experiencing. That’s not always easy.

One of the experts on this is Dr. Michael Lam. He walks you through the process of how to exercise when your adrenals are tuckered out. You can get the details on Dr. Lam’s web site here.

Balance Point Blog
Calorie Restriction May Not Increase Lifespan

If you have spent time reading about anti-aging, you will have run across the idea that eating less equals living longer.

But now a study suggests that may not be true. For those of us who like to eat, that’s some good news.

The study reduced calories 30 percent. It was done over 23 years with a group of rhesus monkeys. In the end, those who ate less didn’t live any longer.

To be fair, there are other studies that claim to show some life extension with less food. However no studies have been done with humans. That means it is too early to assume the connection.

This article goes into some of the details about differences in studies. It was published on the NIH website. You can read more here.

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The “Voodoo” Cure For Insomnia

This is an article about using acupuncture for insomnia.

Aside from the awful “voodoo” reference, it is actually a decent summary of the research. And it matches the experience many of my patients have with acupuncture.

It is important to note that some of sleep improvement came as a side effect of treatment. In those cases poor sleep wasn’t the primary reason someone came in.

Also, these results came with very standardized treatments. When treatments are individualized, there is often a much better response. This happens because acupuncture helps rebalance the entire body. And when the body is balanced, many things improve.

You can read the article on the Bottom Line Health site. See it here.

Alliance For Natural Health
Die Early With Sleeping Pills

Sleep is one of the most healing things you can do.

But many people have trouble sleeping. The previous article talks about acupuncture as a way to deal with this.

Another common approach is to take sleeping pills. But they come with a potential cost to health.

Recent research shows taking sleeping pills increases the chance of early death. It also increases the chance of cancer. Those are some pretty heavy price tags for a night’s sleep.

For example, among people taking fewer than 18 pills a year, their risk of mortality was nearly 4 times higher.

And if those were the only problems, someone might think they would risk it. After all, death and cancer are a long way off.

Unfortunately, the other side effects and dangers of these drugs is a long list.

You can see all the details on the Alliance For Natural Health web site. You’ll find the article here.

Health Freedom Alliance
Oregano For Lung Health

I love it when common, everyday cooking herbs also support health.

An example of this is oregano. It has been used for centuries as a natural way to support lung health.

It does this in a few ways. For example, it reduces histamine, thus lowering sinus and lung congestion. It also lowers inflammation in the lungs. In addition is can sooth coughs.

That’s a lot of benefit from a common herb!

You can read the details of how oregano helps lung health on the Health Freedoms website. Find it here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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