Vitamin D isn’t just for bones. Many cell types have vitamin D receptors, and a new study from McGill University shows that vitamin D can act at the molecular level to inhibit cancer cell proliferation. This study looked at the effect of vitamin D on production of a protein called cMYC, which controls cell division. cMYC activity is especially high in cancer cells.
Archive for November, 2012
One purpose of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is to restore physiological motion to areas in which there is restriction or dysfunction. By restoring or improving function in the musculo-skeletal system, it is anticipated that all connected parts will benefit, whether these are other parts of the musculo-skeletal system or areas influenced via nerve or circulatory pathways.
Previous research has indicated that conditions such as cancer and stress go hand-in-hand as high stress levels can lead to poorer health outcomes in cancer patients. The Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine combined creative art therapy with a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for women with breast cancer and showed changes in brain activity associated with lower stress and anxiety after the eight-week program.
A randomized, controlled study involving 32 postmenopausal women found that both curcumin and aerobic exercise may equally improve vascular health during the aging process.
The evidence supporting the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids is strong, despite ‘less conclusive’ recent studies, says a new review from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
Mindfulness-and body-psychotherapy-based group treatment of chronic tinnitus: a randomized controlled pilot studyPosted November 30, 2012
Tinnitus, the perception of sound in absence of an external acoustic source, impairs the quality of life in 2% of the population. Since in most cases causal treatment is not possible, the majority of therapeutic attempts aim at developing and strengthening individual coping and habituation strategies. Therapeutic interventions that incorporate training in mindfulness meditation have become increasingly popular in the treatment of stress-related disorders.
Adding flaxseed to the diets of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) resulted in large drops in blood pressure (BP) of 10 mm Hg systolic (SBP) and 7 mm Hg diastolic (DBP) after six months, according to the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The significant findings were presented at the November American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions held in Los Angeles, CA
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS) is not for the faint of heart. It requires patience and dedication, not to mention time — up to three years. But for those suffering from asthma, food intolerance and allergy, developmental delays, depression or a spectrum of digestive disorders, it can be a miracle. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, creator of the diet, believes that all disease begins with a compromised gut and if the digestive tract is healed, so is health.
Not everyone has a taste for fish, even though it is a natural source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. And while a growing number of omega-3 enriched foods may net health benefits for people who resist the lure of salmon or sashimi, milk remains the product that has gotten away in what has become a billion-dollar health industry.
Believe it or not, cold and flu season is right around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time to prepare your immune system to defend you from infection.