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Alternative Medicine News – September 22, 2014

Skeptics Guide to Meditation, Bad Calcium Supplement Recommendations, Bizarre Weight Loss Schemes, Who Uses Supplements, Traditional Chinese Medicine for Healing

Bottom Line
Skeptics Guide to Meditation

Many people are skeptical about the benefits of meditation.

Unfortunately, most skeptics don’t know the facts. It’s understandable since in the West we didn’t grow up with this in our lives. But there is more research being done all the time that shows how useful it is.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that it has to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as breathing.

The benefits? Try these:

  • Reduces inflammation.

  • Improves emotional resilience.

  • Increases oxygen efficiency.

  • Improves memory, concentration, problem solving.

  • Reduces blood pressure.

And that’s just the start. To learn more, see the linked page. It has links to 23 articles about meditation. I’ll bet at least one of these will fit your needs.

You can get the whole story here.

Green Med Info
Why Most Calcium Supplement Recommendations are DEAD WRONG

Calcium is good for you, right?

The answer is, it depends. On what? Here are some of the factors:

  • The source of the calcium. If you eat ground up shells, bones and limestone, your body doesn’t have the ability to process the calcium. Eat calcium from natural sources. Most calcium should come from your food. The most absorbable calcium, by the way, isn’t in milk.

  • Shoving in calcium supplements doesn’t guarantee stronger bones.

  • There are many more factors that go into strong bones than calcium. This includes weight-bearing exercise.

For an excellent review of this topic, see the Green Med Info article here.

Association for Natural Health
“Don’t Take Supplements, but Feel Free to Electrocute Your Stomach!”

The FDA says it’s a good idea to curb appetite by shocking your stomach.

At least that’s the idea behind an FDA supported new product. The device is implanted in the body and delivers shocks to simulate the feeling of fullness. The goal is ostensibly to help people with weight management.

But does it work? Even the FDA panel voting on approval didn’t think so. And they voted to approve it even though it has many awful side effects. Diarrhea, pain and nerve damage were among them.

Or how about the device that allows someone to empty their stomach contents directly into the toilet? Yep, 20 minutes after eating just turn a valve and pour out your stomach contents.

These obesity management techniques are bizarre to say the least.

Of course the obvious solution is making simple lifestyle changes. And supplements can give your body support for that process. But of course the FDA won’t be going out of their way to support these ideas.

Find out more here.

MSN Healthy Living
Who Uses Supplements

The Council for Responsible Nutrition wanted to know who uses supplements.

They surveyed over 2000 adults. The results were interesting. Here is a quick overview of the highest percentage of use:

  • 75% of U.S. adults over 55.

  • 73% of adults in the Western U.S.

  • 72% of U.S. adult women.

  • 72% of U.S. adults with incomes over $50,000.

  • 72% of U.S. adults with a college degree.

The infographic has a lot more information. You’ll see other lifestyle habits associated with supplement use. What types of supplements people take. Why peopel take them. See it all here.

Health Freedoms
Why to Consider Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Healing

TCM is an ancient form of healing from the Orient. It includes acupuncture, herbal medicine and various other disciplines.

Among the reasons to consider it, are the following:

  • Literally thousands of years of practical, clinical use have refined this system of medicine.

  • It focuses on the whole person. That means not only physical symptoms, but also mental and emotional sides of a person.

  • The system takes symptoms into account, but focuses on the deeper, underlying patterns of imbalance. That means it can correct problems that go deeper than just symptoms.

Learn more in the article you will find here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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