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100-Year-Olds Exercise Most Days

submitted by: admin on 04/21/2015
A new survey of boomers and centenarians showed that more than half of the 100 year olds exercised nearly every day through yoga, bike riding, jogging, muscle strengthening, and even active sports such as soccer and tennis. They also maintained their social relationships and sense of humor. They ate better than boomers and got more sleep. Both groups believed...

About Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Inflammation as a cause of chronic diseases is described and defined.  The roles of cytokines and brown fat are explained.  A lifestyle that includes exercise, stress reduction, sleep, weight management, and a healthy diet is a powerful antidote. Cholesterol is a marker of inflammation, not the cause of it. Addendum: This is an excellent review...

America is Sleep Deprived

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
  Most Americans only get between 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night.  People really need 7 to 8 hours of sleep and teenagers need even more.  In a recent survey 95% of the people surveyed used some type of electronic device such as televisions, computers, or video game an hour before going to bed most nights during the week.  This can affect...

Anti-Aging Smaging with Lani Simpson, DC

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
We live in a culture that deifies youth. The Premarin and Provera fiasco is revealed. The conflict interest of Big Pharma is revealed. Bioidentical hormones are overdone too. Natural progesterone during perimenopause, especially with low bone density. The role of lifestyle with diet, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, weight management is highlighted.            

Are MDs Sleep Deprived?

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2015
We all know that doctors in training are sleep deprived. Recent data shows that a lot of practicing MDs are also sleep deprived. Lack of sleep leads to medical errors and patient suffering and mortality. MDs in training are abused because of the fraternal nature of medical training and also because it saves millions of dollars for training programs to work MDs...

Babies Born to Abused Mothers Have More Morbidity and Mortality

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2017
The lifestyle of abused mothers is often not healthy for the child. The question of drug and alcohol use as well as poor diet, sleep, and stress all are factors leading to effects on the fetus. Their impact is discussed.

Can Essential Oils Help Lower Blood Pressure?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  According to an article in the December 2012 issue of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology short term (less than one hour) exposure to bergamot essential oil lowered blood pressure and heart rate by 2 mm of mercury systolic and heart rate by 1.7 beats per minute. This is minimal but significant. Prolonged exposure (more than one hour) led...

Cancer Treatment Options

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2015
  The treatment of cancer today is limited to mainstream therapies that include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. In some states like California it is a felony to use integrative CAM therapies. Often times patients have to travel to other states or countries to obtain the treatment they want. Living a healthy lifestyle is usually more powerful...

Cancer: Managing it with Lifestyle

submitted by: admin on 06/24/2016
Lifestyle is the most potent treatment we have for cancer. Exercise, weight control, and vitamin D levels may lower the risk for getting cancer and also prolong life. Increasing our "wellness buffer" is one of the best kept secrets in cancer prevention and treatment.              

Childhood Obesity

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki review the factors leading to childhood obesity such as diet, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, stress, too much TV, direct to consumer ads. The role of high fructose corn syrup and other sugars as well as fast foods are reviewed.        

Colds and Flu

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2017
Colds and influenza are different. Both are viral and are not helped by antibiotics but they are still often prescribed. Immunizations are controversial

Common Drugs Linked to Cognitive Decline

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Medications with anticholinergic activity, which include many drugs taken by older adults, cause cognitive impairment. Over the counter sleeping aids such as Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, and Unisom are especially problematic. Other drugs include Paxil, Detol, Demerol, and Elavil. Anticholinergics work by blocking the brain's neurotransmitter,...

Cruciferous Veggies Linked to Breast Cancer Survival

submitted by: admin on 06/26/2016
  Consuming cruciferous vetetables after a diagnosis of breast cancer was associated with improved survival in Chinese women, as reported in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study in April 2012. Nearly 5000 breast cancer survivors with stage 1-4 cancer were followed prospectively over three years. Comparing the highest quartile with the lowest with...

Do We Need Another Sleeping Pill?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
The FDA recently approved a drug called Intermezzo for use in the middle of the night wakening that is followed by difficulty returning to sleep. The drug is Ambien, but the dosage is much smaller and the indication is new. Here is another example of a drug company coming up with a novel treatment that treats the symptoms but not the cause. It also has potential...

Dreaming Heals Emotions

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  Stress chemicals such as nor-epinephrine shut down and the brain processes emotional experiences during REM sleep according to new research coming out of UC Berkeley that is published in the journal, Current Biology. During REM sleep memories are reactivated, put in a perspective, and connected and integrated, but in a state when stress neurochemicals...

Drugs that Worsen Memory in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  A report from the Montreal Geriatric University Institute in November of 2012 reviewed 68 trials on benzodiazepines, 12 on antihistamines, and 15 on tricyclic antidepressants and concluded that these families of drugs have a significant negative impact on memory and concentration in the elderly. The American Geriatrics Society proclaimed that these...

Exercise and Sleep

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
A study on 2600 people between the ages of 18-85 showed that if they exercise hard for at least 150 minutes a week that they sleep better and feel more alert during the daytime. The quality of their sleep is 65% better. Insomnia affects us all at some time in our life, but at any one time about 40% of Americans have difficulty sleeping. Other benefits arising...

Exercise is Key for Good Sleep

submitted by: admin on 03/31/2015
  The National Sleep Foundation's 2013 Sleep in America poll showed that self-described exercisers report sleep that is twice as good as self-described non-exercisers; and that the more vigorous, the more beneficial. Although both groups slept the same amount, 6 hours and 51 minutes, the quality of sleep was vastly different. More than 2/3 of vigorous...

Exercise Reduces the Effect of an Obesity Gene

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Physical exercise can change the DNA in certain genes that stimulate obesity and lessen their effects by about 30%. Epigenetics has a lot to do with how the DNA in our genes manifests itself. This challenges the widely held belief that what is in our DNA is not changeable...thank goodness that this is not true. We have found the same epigenetic...

Fever Reducing Medications Increase Mortality From Influenza

submitted by: admin on 04/02/2014
A study from McMaster University published in the March issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B showed that fever-reducing drugs that include aspirin, Tylenol, and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, could lead to thousands of more cases of influenza and more deaths because of it. They pointed out that ill people may give off more virus when fever is reduced....