Alternative Medicine News – October 29, 2012

Life Extension Foundation
Spinach is a Nutritional Powerhouse

As it turns out, Popeye didn’t get his strength by accident.

Spinach is an amazing vegetable. The list of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants in it is impressive. There are significant levels of iron, calcium, vitamins C & A. It also contains vitamin K, which is good for bone health.

And it’s colorful, tasty and versatile. What could be better?

Of course like anything, there are a few downsides to using it. But once you know these, you can avoid any problems.

This short article has recipe ideas. It also lists the drawbacks as well as how and when to avoid them.

You can read the article here.
How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

No doubt about it… hospitals are dangerous places.

I first realized this when visiting my wife’s cousin. She’s a nurse in intensive care. The tipoff was that when she comes home from work, she goes into the house through the service porch. Before she goes any further, she takes off her work clothes and shoes and puts everything in the washing machine. Then she takes a thorough shower.

If someone who works there is that careful, it tells you something.

But the dangerous microbes found in hospitals aren’t the only problem. Any time you have powerful medications and invasive procedures, mistakes can happen.

It turns out that this is a big deal. In the U.S., surgeons operate on the wrong body part as often as 40 times a week. If medical errors were a disease, they’d be the sixth leading cause of death, just ahead of Alzheimer’s.

For a thorough insider view of this problem, I recommend you read this article. The Wall Street Journal has the details. You can read about it here.

Natural Society
Kids Get 7 Trillion Calories of Sugar from Cancer-Causing Beverages Each Year

Sodas and sugary drinks damage health. They do so in multiple ways, including contributing to cancer. In short, sugar feeds cancer.

But what is the favorite drink for kids? For many of them it is sugary beverages. Sodas, shakes, and even fruit juice is often sugar dense.

Dr. Stephen Gortmaker is the Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center. He presented statistics showing how much these drinks impact the health of children.

The Natural Society website gives the overview. It also has two links with more details at the end of the article. See it all here.

Life Extension Foundation
Psoriasis Sufferers: Keep an Eye on Blood Sugar!

Psoriasis is an outward symptom of bigger problems.

For example, people with psoriasis have increased risk of heart attack, stroke, arthritis and certain cancers.

Now new research shows that psoriasis sufferers also are more likely to get type 2 diabetes. And the more serious the skin condition, the greater the likelihood.

This research strengthens the idea that treating just a symptom can’t possibly work. The symptom is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost any symptom you can think of points to deeper health issues.

That’s why eating right, exercising and doing things to increase your quality of life are so important. It is also why a whole body approach to health problems is by far the best way to go.

Bottom Line Health gives you the scoop on the psoriasis situation. You can read about it here.

Natural Standard
Magnesium Intake Linked to Reduced Colon Cancer Risk

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for health.

It is part of at least 300 chemical reactions in the body. And it also is one of the nutrients most lacking in the modern diet.

This is a problem since many things deplete it. Stress, heavy exercise and eating processed foods all lower magnesium levels.

Now a new study is out that shows a strong relationship between magnesium intake and the risk of colorectal cancer. Yet another reason to make sure you are getting enough.

Natural Standard shares the research. The link is here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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