Good night….

Sleep has long been considered by naturopathic doctors to be a foundation of health.  We all know that we can be grumpy without adequate sleep, but there’s been an explosion of science in recent years that have linked poor quality sleep to everything from high blood pressure to chronic pain to obesity.  A recent article in The Seattle Times focused on the importance of maintaining a cool sleeping environment —

Would you like that turkey with or without antibiotics?

The huge national recall on ground turkey in the past couple of weeks has turned the spotlight on important issues of food safety.  Not only was this turkey contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella, but many of these bacteria were resistant to common antibiotics.  How did this come about?

It is common practice in the poultry industry to administer low levels of antibiotics to birds,

Cranberry or Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infection?

Bladder or urinary tract infection (UTI) is a problem that most women have experienced at some point in life.  For some women, UTIs recur on a regular basis.  Cranberry is an effective natural remedy at treating UTIs, and decreasing recurrence rates.  A recent Dutch study found that daily antibiotics for a year were more effective than cranberry at preventing UTIs —

More Muscle = Less Diabetes

Most of us know that extra body fat is not good for your health — it tends to lead to insulin resistance, the precursor to type 2 diabetes.  Researchers at UCLA have confirmed what I’ve been telling my patients for a long time:  more muscle mass improves insulin sensitivity.  This is protective against diabetes.

Higher potassium, lower sodium intake = longer life

A study published this month in Internal Medicine showed that those with the highest dietary potassium intake, coupled with the lowest sodium intake, had the lowest risk of dying from cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke).  With the opposite diet (high sodium, low potassium), there is a 46% increased chance of cardiovascular death.

What this means is that we not only should be cautious about our salt intake,

Navigating a Toxic World

In the 1967 classic movie, The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman’s character has just finished college and is seeking direction for his future career.  The unsolicited advice from a family friend?  “One word:  plastics.” 
Plastics certainly have become ubiquitous in the past forty years since those prophetic words.  Everything from water bottles to medical equipment to the cars we drive depends on them. 

Calling all docs and nurses…

And now, some blatant self-promotion!  🙂

I will be giving a presentation:
Chiropractic Interventions in the Management of Osteoarthritis

When:  Friday, July 15 at noon
Where:  Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, in the conference rooms by the cafeteria
Why:  For great information and a free category 1 CME credit (license renewal due by the end of this month!)

See you there!

Do this to reduce your risk of dying by 92%….

One myth that I like to dispel right away with my patients is the inevitability of getting a chronic disease because of family history.  “Well, my father had heart disease, and my grandmother, so I guess I’m doomed!”  Numerous studies in the past have taken a look at the relative contribution of genetics versus lifestyle in the development of chronic disease —

With health care, do you get what you pay for?

The U.S. spends more per capita on health care than any other country in the world, yet a recent study found that we trail many other countries in terms of life expectancy.  If life expectancy is a measure of population health, then what is our money buying?  It’s nice to have access to expensive, high-tech medicine like MRIs,

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