For decades, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been recognized as a condition that is exactly as its name suggests: chronic (long-lasting) problem with fatigue (tiredness, lack of energy). It has been difficult for people with CFS to receive proper diagnosis and treatment, since the cause or causes are unknown, and there have been no lab tests or other objective studies to identify it with certainty.
One of the problems with studying natural medicine is that the whole scientific research model is set up to examine single drugs: give half of the test subjects the drug, give half a dummy pill (placebo), and compare the results to see if it’s effective. That’s fine for pharmaceuticals, with their emphasis on reductionism —
If you’re familiar with my articles, you know that I’m not one for conspiracy theories. Just the facts, ma’am — there’s plenty of science behind natural medicine. So when one of the most prestigious US medical journals publishes an article saying that the sugar industry literally paid to shape the way that we’ve thought about cardiovascular disease for the past half-century,
There has been a lot of research about the benefits of consuming omega-3 fats, primarily from fish or fish oil, for brain and heart health. Several studies in recent years have called those benefits into question, with some prominent scientists stating that people should stop taking fish oil supplements. However, two new studies published this year show that omega-3 fats should not be dismissed so lightly.
Ever read that little “Nutrition Facts” panel on the packaged foods you choose? I tend to spend too much time in the grocery store scrutinizing those, to pick out the healthiest choices. Over the years, those labels have changed to reflect our changing understanding of what’s good (and bad) in nutrition: the clarification of serving sizes,
Americans have been told for decades by dermatologists and public health experts to avoid the sun as much as possible, to decrease the risk of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. As usual with such “received wisdom,” however, the story may not be so clear-cut. Recent research has questioned the seemingly dogmatic connection between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular disease.
We all feel blue from time to time, but major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition that lasts for a long period of time. It’s a disease that people can’t just “get over” or “snap out of.” While antidepressant medications have been helpful for many people with MDD, they come with side effects of their own,
A hundred years ago, doctors might have called it “coryza.” Today, they speak of URI (upper respiratory infection) or viral rhinitis. You probably call it the common cold. Any way you label it, though, you’re in for five to ten days of sniffling, sore throat, and miserable fatigue.
Why “cold”? Before the dawn of our understanding of infectious organisms,
Influenza season is here – cough, fever, sore throat, and body aches. And the message is clear all around us: get your flu shot. It’s available at clinics, pharmacies, and even on-site at some workplaces. And the promise is that this will shield us against getting sick this winter. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend universal influenza vaccination.