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Archive for July, 2012:

Natural Mosquito and Insect Repellent Options

Blogger Elizabeth Yarnell wonders if her 1999 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is at all related to her long-term use of the insect repellent DEET. She recalls how she watched it eat through the hard plastic of her flashlight, and reminds us that the product has been linked to the development of neurologic problems. There are, however, effective DEET-free repellents, and … Read more.

Pain And Nausea In Cancer Patients Reduced By Touch Therapy

Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient form of touch therapy, has proved beneficial in reducing the pain and nausea experienced by cancer patients. A recent study presented at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Day, showed that 159 patients felt considerable improvement in their symptoms after the treatment. This therapy is offered free of charge to all cancer patients … Read more.

A “Fight MS with Food” Case Study

Elizabeth Yarnell, Director of the Fight MS with Food project, shares the story of a client who began to experience MS symptoms at 24 and was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 63. As the symptoms of fatigue, light-headedness, depression, balance, and coordination increased, the patient took the MRT blood test to examine her food sensitivities. She was … Read more.

What Helps Morning Sickness? Treatment for Nausea & Vomiting In Pregnancy

Whether morning sickness is caused by levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG or a deficiency of B vitamins, the 50% of women who experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy agree it’s a real problem. Morning sickness is not just an inconvenience; it can lead to preterm labor and other complications. Suggestions for relieving the condition include getting a diagnosis to … Read more.

Food Dyes and Children

Blogger Elizabeth Yarnell writes about how major American food companies (including Kellogg’s, General Mills, and Kraft) stopped using food dyes in their European products when Europe began requiring warning labels on items containing dyes. In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration convened a committee to look at the connection between food dyes and children’s behavioral problems. Yarnell notes that … Read more.

Researchers Recommend All Women Have First Trimester Thyroid Screening

A change in guidelines was recommended by a study presented at the recent Endo 2012 conference. Researchers discovered that even mild thyroid dysfunction doubled the possibility of low birth weight, miscarriage, and premature labor, and the risk of stillbirth was found to be seven times greater. Study author Jubbin Jagan Jacob, M.D. said, “Our conclusions are that all pregnant women … Read more.

Foxglove Therapy Explained

A University of Michigan Health System study on the herb foxglove has found that its active ingredient, digoxin, can help the body protect against hypertension and heart failure. According to researcher Benita Sjogren, Ph.D., “We tested several thousand known drugs and bioactive molecules…and have identified a novel mechanism for digoxin.” This ingredient was shown to generate RGS proteins, leading researchers … Read more.

Sleep More to Lose Weight

Research continues to support the theory that sleep deprivation can lead to obesity. A recent study at the University of California, Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, used MRI imaging to investigate the region of the brain responsible for making choices about the amount of food to consume and discovered that it is impacted by a lack of sleep. Blogger Elizabeth … Read more.