Alternative Medicine News, February, 2012

Lots of health-related news this month. Here is a summary of some of the best. You will also find links to the original sources.

Kitchen Table Medicine
The Fifteen Most Fabulous Herbal Sedatives

Many people who come to my practice report sleep problems. It is so common that you might call it a kind of epidemic.

Lack of sleep makes people desperate. They sometimes even take drugs to help them sleep. Sadly many of these over-the-counter and prescription pills have big side effects. And, you don’t want to rely on them long term.

Dr. Nicole Sundene of Kitchen Table Medicine has a great list of natural sedatives. In fact, there are 15 of them on this list. That’s a lot! Obviously you won’t want to try them all at once. But if you have sleep problems, this is a good place to start. You will find the list here.

Advanced Natural Medicine
The Great Corn Sugar Hoax

You’ve read other articles about the danger of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). For example this one, “High Fructose Corn Syrup Is About As Healthy As Heroin.”

Sales have gone down as people learn more. So what do the producers of this poison do? They petition to change the name. Yeah, that ought to make it healthier…

Assuming the FDA approves the request, the new name will be ‘corn sugar.’ So if you ever see it, just translate to HFCS.

But there is a new set of publicity pieces coming out ahead of the actual change. These argue that ‘sugar is sugar.’ Don’t fall for it.

This comes from the Advanced Natural Medicine website. You can read more about it here.

Green Med Info
GMOs and Organics Cannot Co-exist

There are many problems with GMO crops. highlights one of the most troublesome. It’s called “lateral gene transfer.” Simply put, that means the genetic properties of these foods can transfer into those eating them.

Why is this a problem? For starters, this is the way viruses infect us. For another, we don’t have any natural immunity to stop the transfer. And possibly the worst effect is that it can affect the genetics of fetuses and newborns.

The point of this article is that GMO crops can (and do) easily infect organic foods given the chance. And face it, since food is grown outside, the chances of wind-born GMO pollen infecting non-GMO crops is big.

Yet one more reason to 1) have a right to know when we are eating GMO foods, and 2) stop them from being spread far and wide. Read the details of this issue here.

Flax fiber suppresses appetite and food intake

Flax has many health benefits. Now there is one more you can add to the list – weight loss.

A recent study done in Denmark checked on people’s appetite after taking flax fiber. They did a subjective and objective test. From this they found that 2.5 grams of flax fiber was enough to reduce hunger.

Even better, the effect was the same with tablets as with powder. So if you want to gain the benefit, it’s easy to take a few tablets.

You can read more about the study on the Life Extension Foundation website here.

Environmental Working Group
Which Cities Have the Worst Water?

Most people in the U.S. think their tap water is safe. But is it?

As it turns out, there are more than 300 pollutants in U.S. tap water. The Environmental Working Group is doing a 3-year project to create the largest drinking water quality database in the world. They started this project in 2009, so it should be almost complete.

The project covers 48,000 communities in 45 states plus the District of Columbia. There’s a good chance your city is in the database.

Filtering your municipal water is a good idea in any case. But by checking this list, you will know exactly where your water stands. Hint: For those living in Nevada, we are ‘lucky’ enough to have 3 spots in the 10 lowest rated water utilities list.

Find out about your city’s water here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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