Alternative Medicine News – January 14, 2013

Waking Times
The Whole Grain Assault On Health

Some people are convinced that grains are not the ideal foods for humans.

The reasons they cite include the relatively recent cultivation of grains for human use. And, of course quite a few people are gluten intolerant. Since gluten is a major part of most grains, this is a crucial factor.

And then there’s celiac disease. As you may know, that is a high level of reactivity to wheat. In particular, it is a molecule in wheat called gliadin.

But the problem may go further than that. Many people develop antibodies to gluten. Even if they don’t show symptoms, there is still a low-level, chronic stress on the body. This is often called “silent celiac disease.”

There is a lot more to this story. It includes the presence of toxins in grains. And if you think you can sprout grains to avoid these problems, think again. For some grain toxins sprouting actually concentrates them!

Waking Times has an excellent overview of the problems with grains. Check out the article here.

Green Med Info
One Hour of Light Therapy Reduces Depression

It turns out that sunshine can really light up your mood.

Most people have heard of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). That’s the depression that happens in less sunny times of the year.

Now, research shows that light therapy can improve depression any time of the year.

For details of how much light and how long people had to be exposed for relief, see the Green Med Info article. You can read about it here.

Mark's Daily Apple
Top 9 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic

If you are health conscious, you know that organic food is generally healthier.

But for many people, it is hard to justify the additional expense. That’s the reason for lists like this one that focus on the most important foods to get organically grown.

This is an especially good list. It includes meats as well as fruits and vegetables. That’s a good combo.

Obviously, if you can get most everything organic it is preferable. But if not, this list will really help you sort out what’s most important. See the list here.

Balance Point Blog
A Sure Way To Sabotage Your Weight Loss Goals

It’s the first of the year. Many of us use this time to re-focus on losing weight.

The common way to do this is to count calories. As it turns out, that’s a good way to sabotage your success.

Part of the reason is just common sense. Not all calories are created equal. The number of calories in a brownie have a totally different effect on your body than the same number in a steak.

And part of that difference is what your body does with the calories once they get into your system.

And there’s another aspect to the calorie conundrum. That’s the stress put on your body by eating calories from the wrong sources. This stress triggers weight gain.

Learn more about this topic on the 2 Days to Fitness web site. You’ll find the article here.

Green Med Info
This Nutrient Is Far More Important Than You Might Think

Many people are concerned about low calcium levels.

But calcium isn’t the only mineral you need to get in the right amounts. Another very important one is magnesium.

How important? Very.

For example, over 300 enzymes in the body need magnesium. These include enzymes that are part of creating energy.

There are 3,751 magnesium binding sites in the body. That’s a huge number. It points to how important this is for health.

I like this article because it lists some of the diseases that have a strong relationship to low magnesium levels. You might be surprised to see the list.

Get the details here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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