Is Vitamin D Good for the Heart or Not?

Based on much recent research linking low levels of vitamin D to increased risk of heart disease, this is something I measure in all of my older patients.  If low, supplementation is simple, cheap, and can effectively raise those levels back up.  This is especially important at this time of year, since the sun is not strong enough to produce any vitamin D from skin exposure at our latitude.

Natural Medicine Myth #2: Cinnamon

Starting with last week’s article about policosanol, I have been outlining five of the most common misperceptions I encounter in the field of natural medicine, and examine some more effective alternatives.

Myth #2:  Cinnamon controls blood sugar (or even “cures” diabetes).
T’ype 2 diabetes and “pre-diabetes” (insulin resistance) are on the rise in the U.S.,

Top 5 “Myths” in Natural Medicine

As a doctor of naturopathic medicine, I have years of experience and training to respect the vis medicatrix naturae, or healing power of nature.  This is foundational to our approach to health.  I also have a background in science, and know that it is important to examine natural methods of health care to see if they are valid and effective.