Alternative Medicine News – February 25, 2013

Bottom Line
Why Optimism Works

Optimists are often more successful in life. This success ranges from business to personal relationships. Pessimists, not so much. And optimists have more fun, too.

Now there’s scientific evidence that optimists are healthier and live longer.

The study was done at Harvard School of Public Health. In 2012 they found optimists had as much as 50% less risk of a first heart attack, stroke or other cardio event than pessimists.

That’s a huge difference. But if you are used to seeing the world through dark lenses, how do you make the change?

The article doesn’t mention it, but there is a form of acupuncture that can help. It’s called Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. It is a very ancient system that works to balance body, mind and spirit. Contact me if you want to learn more.

There are also some useful things you can do on your own. This Bottom Line article has some very useful ways you can make great changes in your outlook. Find the info here.

Life Extension
Grape Seed Extract Goes After Aggressive Cancer Cells

One of the more deadly cancers happens in the colon. Partly this is because it is often not diagnosed before becoming advanced.

And many of the treatments are harsh and not entirely effective.

Now research shows grape seed extract has a powerful effect against this kind of cancer. It seems to selectively target many types of cancer cells.

In this study, it suppressed even advanced, stage IV cancer cells. And it did it at a smaller concentration than it took for lower stages. Pretty impressive.

Keep in mind that this study was done on cultured cancer cells, not in humans. Still, if I were to receive such a diagnosis, I’d certainly consider adding grape seed extract to my treatment.

Life Extension has the report. You’ll find it here.

Green Med Info
13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has gotten a bad rap in years past. This came about around the time seed oil makers wanted to increase their market share.

But the oil from coconuts is extremely healthy. The bad rap was completely undeserved. Not all saturated fats are bad.

Fortunately, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil is making a comeback. And it’s a good thing, too. More recent research shows that its beneficial effects support good health in many ways. Here’s a list of some of them:

  • Fat-burning
  • Brain-Boosting
  • Clearing Head Lice
  • Healing Wounds
  • NSAID Alternative
  • Anti-Ulcer Activity
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Testosterone-Booster
  • Reducing Swollen Prostate
  • Improving Blood Lipids
  • Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption
  • Bone Health
  • Sunscreen

Quite a list, wouldn’t you say?

To get the details about these uses, I recommend this article on You can see it here.

One Cancer Risk You Can Avoid

No doubt you’ve heard that moderate drinking is good for your heart.

Turns out, not entirely true. Research shows that even one alcoholic drink per day can increase your chance of getting cancer.

So much for the “glass of wine a day” idea for supporting health. One of the researchers summed their finding nicely. Dr. Timothy Naimi said, “On the balance of all people who begin drinking, many more people are killed by alcohol than helped by it.”

And this wasn’t some fringe study. Boston University Medical Center was part of creating the study.

And it didn’t matter what type of drink was consumed. Standard servings of beer (12 ounces), wine (5 ounces), and hard liquor (1.5 ounces) all contain the same amount of alcohol.

I suspect that this effect comes from two things. First, alcohol turns into sugar in the body. Second, your body sees it as a poison. It has to detoxify the poison, which stresses your adrenals and liver.

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

Balance Point Blog
Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics, Works Quicker

Sometimes old remedies are best.

A study from Washington State University confirms and old natural remedy for infection. The study showed that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting common bacterial causes of food borne illness.

This confirms garlic’s use throughout history. Even in the Middle Ages it was used to fight infection. Russians refer to it as “Russian penicillin.”

And the study didn’t find it killing some obscure bacteria. It kills the most common bacterial cause of food-borne illness in the U.S.

This is a great article that gives you lots of details. I recommend you read it here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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