August 19, 2018
So many of us have experienced the pelvic discomfort, the high frequency of urgency to urinate, the burning sensation of unproductive urination. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) plague men and women, though the latter tends to suffer more often than the former. Over 90% of UTI diagnoses occur in females. The prevention and treatment of UTIs is imperative to spare the kidneys damage, balance the microbiome of the urinary tract, and lead normal lives free of pain..
February 8, 2016
Recent health reports regarding this new found Zika virus have created waves in the United States and Latin American countries. This flavivirus is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
September 6, 2017
Our thyroid gland is the butterfly-shaped endocrine gland found in the lower front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple, close to the windpipe. It plays a role in creating hormones that regulate bodily functions such as metabolism, body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. The thyroid hormones help in the utilization of energy in the body as well as in the proper functioning of the brain, heart, muscles, and other bodily organs. Our thyroid is under attack all the time because of our lifestyle, toxins in our environment, hormones in our foods, low level radiation, iodine deficiency, and more. Almost 30% of the patients in my clinic have some kind of a thyroid issue.
April 1, 2015.
Physical activity and exercise is one of the main foundations of health and well-being. Exercise is an essential way which can stimulate our vitality, strength, and natural healing mechanisms of body. Our culture seems to have love-hate relationship with exercise and sports. On one hand, spending on sporting events and sporting products are at it’s highest level; on the other hand, rates of obesity and metabolic diseases has been steadily increasing for decades.
June 5, 2013
The incidence of autism in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in every 88 children is considered to be on the autism spectrum. Perhaps more alarming than the fact that one in nearly every 90 children being on the scale, is the fact that diagnosis of autism has increased 50 fold in the last 40 years. Equally concerning is the fact that boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than girls.
October 2, 2014.
In the year 1665, Scientist Robert Hooke was the first person to use the microscope to look at organic tissue. He observed that the tissue was a grouping of small structures; each looked like they were walled off from their surrounding – sort of like the cells of a honeycomb. Hooke called these structures “cells”, a term that is still used to describe the single unit of living tissue. Nearly 350 years later, as our instruments have evolved into transmission electron microscope, our knowledge about the basis of life continues to grow. The discovery of DNA structure is one of the greatest accomplishments of the microscopic studies of the cells. This has developed the science of genomics; which is the study of genes and their effects on our body.
The body is an exquisite machine that calibrates all measures of health towards balance. One such measure of health is Blood sugar. The body is engaged in a constant game of see-saw between the hormone insulin and glucagon to help maintain blood sugar within normal limits. If the blood sugar becomes too low, it can cause loss of function of many organs, including the brain; if the blood sugar is too high, it can be poisonous to many organs, because it forms excess of glucose and ketones. For this reason, the dance of insulin and glucagon in the body is a requirement for survival. Pancreas is the central organ for helping to maintain blood sugar, because it is the source of the hormones insulin and glucagon. Insulin functions in the body to drive sugar into the cells, thus providing them energy and lowering concentration of blood sugar. Glucagon is released when the blood sugar is too low; it stimulates release of stored sugar from liver and muscles, as well as fat from adipose tissues. The opposing actions of these hormones maintain healthy blood sugar within a fairly narrow range. Injury to the pancreas or dysfunction of the insulin receptors can cause severe breakdown of the blood sugar management system of the body.
Jul 18, 2018
Menopause is the golden age for women. It is the time when the body has yet another transformation into a powerful state. It is a natural process that occurs in women around the age of 50, though it may occur as early as 40 years or as late as 60 years old. Many women ease into menopause, but many of our sisters struggle during the change. Preparing the body for the transition will ease the time feeling unwell and increase the time feeling beautiful.
August 5, 2013
The incidence of autism in the United States and Canada continues to increase at rates never before observed in recorded history. Diagnosis of autism and autism spectrum disorder conditions has increased nearly 50 fold over the last 40 years. While western medicine and research has seemingly stalled in respect to treatment or management of autism, Ayurvedic medicine has proven very effective in treating and assisting those with conditions identified as being on the autism spectrum.
September 29, 2017
A doctor’s bedside manner is key to the delivery of high-quality patient care. Patients are often fearful and anxious. It is the doctor’s job to calm their fears and offer hope. A physician’s manners and conduct are vital elements of patient care, a tradition that has been passed down from ancient shamans to the rise of modern medicine. Since the 4th century BC, the Greeks were very specific about physician bedside manners. Hippocrates expressed that a physician must be “confidential, very chaste, sober, not a winebibber, and he ought to be fastidious in everything… he should approach the patient with moderate steps… gazing calmly at the sick bed… ” (Silverman, 2012).
July 19, 2017
Antioxidants have vast benefits. Antioxidants are natural substances that fight against the action of free radicals. The human body naturally forms disease-causing free radicals, and the antioxidants counteract their damaging effects. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, has been associated with a lowered risk of cardiovascular and many other diseases.
June 30, 2014
Integrative Oncology is an emerging field of cancer-care that has been gaining momentum over the past decade. Supported by growing scientific evidence, clinicians are beginning to see benefits of natural approaches to cancer care with regards to improving quality of life, enhancing effectiveness of conventional therapy, as well as attaining and maintaining remission from cancer. In this article, we will highlight some of the therapies used at the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medical Clinic for adjunctive cancer care.
May 1, 2015
Roughly two years ago, Michael came to our office with the diagnosis of Glioblastoma multiforme—an aggressive and fatal brain cancer. He inspired us with his unwavering and courageous spirit throughout his battle with cancer. With standard treatments combined with natural treatments, he lived a longer, fuller life. He even embarked on a several-week vacation cruise for three months before his death. Glioblastoma is a fatal disease. Michael and his wife Tracy, who stood by his side, have inspired us to continue research to help other glioblastoma patients. Further case details will be discussed at the end of this article.
November 15, 2012
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S. It is the second most frequent cause of cancer death (41,000 deaths per year) 1. According to National Cancer institute, a woman’s lifetime risk of developing cancer is 1 in 8. In 2007, the latest year for which updated statistics are available, the U.S. incidence rate for female breast cancer was approximately 125 new cases diagnosed for every 100,000 women in the population and the mortality rate was approximately 23 deaths for every 100,000 women. The breast cancer death rate in the United States has been declining steadily since 1989-1990, when it peaked at a rate of 33 deaths for every 100,000 women. The fall in breast cancer deaths is mainly due to stopping of hormone replacement therapy in post-menopausal females.
February 9, 2017
Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects176 million women worldwide and 1 in 10 women in the US.
August 4, 2015
Cancer is the fastest growing disease in the United States. It is also the second leading cause of death in the U.S., only behind heart disease by a few thousand deaths.
January 11, 2016
The big news in the world of cancer treatments is the near-miraculous recovery of former President Jimmy Carter, who suffered from an advanced skin cancer, melanoma, that spread to his brain and lungs. President Carter was given a drug called Keytruda®, which activates the immune system. Keytruda®, and similar drugs approved in recent years, inhibits a signal that blocks immune cells from functioning at full capacity. Our bodies naturally produce drugs on demand and can cure almost any disease. But then, questions arise as to why so many of us are not able to receive the benefits of Mother Nature’s own pharmacy.
October 18, 2013
The term circadian rhythm refers to the synchronization of the biological/physiological clock of the individual to the natural rhythms of one’s environment. This synchronization is orchestrated by a central clock and several peripheral clocks. While the central clock found in the Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the central nervous system, peripheral clocks are located in various peripheral organs like liver, kidney, heart, GI tract, skin, adrenal, thyroid, sexual glands, etc.
January 6, 2013
We desire to look and feel younger. Anti-ageing is probably one of the oldest topics, and cultures from Egypt, China, and India, which have thousands of years of developments and contributions to anti-ageing therapies. Since the baby boomers are getting older, anti-ageing medicine have caught on like wild fire. News media, social media and magazines are full of anti-ageing advertisements and products. Are they really worth the trouble? Here I will reveal the centuries old Ayurvedic secrets of anti-aging and explore the latest science behind anti-aging therapies.
January 21, 2018
When the famous Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie, discovered that she carries a mutation of the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1, she had both of her breasts surgically removed to prevent the chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer. The BRCA mutation is not a death sentence, so bilateral mastectomy is unnecessary. Whenever public figures like Angelina Jolie perform an act like this, many people will look at them as their role model and will follow blindly into surgical procedure. When Angelina Jolie did this surgery, I was shocked and strongly felt it should not have been done. A new study is proving that she did make a wrong choice. The question becomes, do these defective BRCA genes affect breast cancer survival in reality? A study published in The Lancet Oncology found that young-onset breast cancer patients with inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have the same chances of survival as those without the mutations. Only 5% of breast cancer diagnoses are in females younger than age 40, and there is a high percentage of deaths in this age group. Many young female patients in this category carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations compared with those who get breast cancer at an older age (Capson, et al., 2018).
March 31, 2014
The world of prostate cancer research and treatment is abuzz with the “condemning” conclusions from a pair of recent articles that have emerged from Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).
March 28, 2018
Cell phones have certainly revolutionized the way we communicate with each other. Almost all adults have a cell phone device in their hands nowadays. There has been a growing concern about the effects of cell phone radiation on biological tissues like the brain and testes. Can men be compromising their reproductive health by using cell phones? (Agarwal & Durairajanayagam, 2015)
July 9, 2017
Summer is here, finally and is a perfect time to have fun together with the family! Children are off from schools. There are holidays. People are traveling and having a great time. However, summer comes with its positives and negative side effects. Yes, you can have a lot of fun, but you must learn how to take care of yourself in summer. Here are some tips for you on how to stay healthy during summer.
July 24, 2017
We are supposed to be walking barefoot on the mother earth. This is what animals and birds do. We all know that there is an electromagnetic field in the earth. When we are walking barefoot, we are touching the ground, and we are becoming electrically neutralized, as we do “earthing” of the electrical overcharge. Whenever we do any muscle contraction, the body becomes electrically charged, and we create more electrical static. This forms high potential. You might have seen that when you touch somebody, especially when you have a synthetic cloth on, there is a big spark. That electricity can be harmful for us. For example, people can get sore muscles from electricity.
August 15, 2014
Dr. Kent Brantly, the American doctor who got infected with Ebola released statement from his isolation bed from Emory University hospital,” I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease. One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places. When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.” Hats off to this hero, May God bless him.
September 22, 2017
You probably know that being overweight and obese can elevate the risk for type 2 diabetes. The types of specific foods you eat also affect your health. Did you know that eating meat increases your risk of becoming a type 2 diabetic? If you are a meat-lover, you need to see the latest research. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s ability to control blood glucose through insulin secretion weakens. This can be due to insulin resistance, which happens when insulin is unable to trigger glucose uptake by cells in the body. Sometimes in type 2 diabetes, the production of insulin in the pancreas declines. Recently, many studies have been published on an increased risk of type 2 (adult onset) diabetes related to meat.
June 1, 2016
In continuation of this series on “Swasthyavrit,” we are going to take a look at what the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has to offer for the other sense organs: eyes, ears, and nose.
December 2, 2015
Fasting, a common part of the human experience throughout the course of evolution, holds the key to optimal health. Not only does fasting play a role in cultural and religious traditions, it also aids in weight loss, neural protection, cancer defense and more.
May 30, 2014
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a considered a physical and mental disorder, that has no known cause in conventional medicine. It is characterized by chronic, widespread pain, sleep disturbances, and fatigue. Fibromyalgia (FM) has also been associated with cognitive problems that affect the memory, motor function, and decision making processes of the brain. Among psychological disorders, patients with fibromyalgia has high incidence of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of fibromyalgia tend to affect normal function of individuals; they can also lead to missing work, disability, and hospitalizations. Some common symptoms of Fibromyalgia are:
September 26, 2013
A recent study published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute has set off a fierce debate about the health benefits of fish oil supplements. The study, titled Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial, essentially reports there is a correlation between prostate cancer in consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, especially those found in fish oil. Reading the actual study, it appears this study may have been misrepresented and misreported by mainstream media. It is important to understand the actual claims reported in this study and provide research to cause any rational person to question the findings being promoted through this study.
February 1, 2015
Like every year, the CDC, FDA, and the makers of the flu vaccines invest a lot of money in marketing and educational campaigns with a goal to reach as many primary care physicians and consumers as possible to ensure that masses choose to take the flu vaccine for the season. For many years, CDC has maintained its position that flu vaccines are the frontline for prevention of influenza. These vaccines are to be taken as soon as they are available in October, before the onset on the next flu season. Children under the age 8 are required to get 2 doses – although, now children of 2-8 years old can use inhalant vaccine.
June 20, 2017
As humans we share our lives with 100 trillion organisms. Merely 10% or 10 trillion of the cells in human body are human. For each living cell, there are 10 living bacteria which help us carry out functions we could not execute without their assistance. The dictionary definition of a microbiome is “the microorganisms in a particular environment.” The vast assemblage of microbes or microorganisms that dwell an environment is known as the microbiome. You can decide who owns the body, you or your bacteria.
November 11, 2016
In continuation of this series on “Swasthyavrit,” we are going to take a look at what the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has to offer regarding maintaining healthy breasts.
July 2, 2016
In continuation of this series on “Swasthyavrit,” we are going to take a look at what the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has to offer for digestion and elimination.
March 8, 2016
Ayurveda, translating to “life knowledge,” provides wisdom for attaining and maintaining a balanced state of health. Its 5,000-year old wisdom relates health to the absence of disease. If we live a balanced lifestyle, we won’t be faced with disease and ill health. Ayurveda describes the concept of “Swasthyavrit,” translating to “Swasthya” or health, and “Vrit” or circle, to create the circle of health. Health is never static, as it is always impacted by our external and internal environments. We are always trying to maintain a healthy state of homeostasis for our body to function optimally. As such, we are starting a series of articles where we will discuss how to create the circle of health with Ayurvedic medicine, through the lens of latest research.
August 8, 2016
“Swasthyavrit: Circle of Health”
December 1, 2016
Charaka Samhita, the traditional text of Ayurveda states
April 4, 2016
In continuation of this series on “Swasthyavrit,” we are going to take a look at what the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has to offer for skin health.
October 3, 2016
In continuation of this series on “Swasthyavrit,” we are going to take a look at what the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has to offer regarding maintaining a healthy monthly cycle.
December 31, 2017
For almost half century, we have blamed dietary fats for creating heart disease. We then created statin drugs to block the production of fats. Meta-analysis of many studies shows that statins completely failed to deliver the results and rather created a slew of side effects which compensated quality of life.Atherosclerosis is the congestion and hardening of the arteries with particular types of fats. A recent study published in the Journal of Lipid Research in August 2017 issue explains that the lipids which clog the arteries, causing atherosclerosis, might not be derived from our food but instead bacteria in our mouth.
August 23, 2017
Ayurvedic medicine has become quite popular in the West. There are many Ayurvedic formulations available in the United States from South Asian markets, health food stores, Ayurvedic practitioners, and on the Internet (Saper, et al., 2004). Approximately 40% to 60% of the Ayurvedic products from India contain heavy metals. As an Ayurvedic physician, I know how critical it is to have high-quality products for the health of my patients. It is a matter of deep concern that many Ayurvedic supplements found in native India and around the world are contaminated with heavy metals.
July 6, 2015
Americans use up to $14 billion in cleaning products each year. Cleaning supplies, along with personal care products and pesticides, are the primary source of chemical exposure in American households. Use of these products affects indoor air quality and water quality of our immediate environment. Consequently, these chemicals have a detrimental effect on our health.
June 13, 2014
Our immune system provides several layers of protection for the body. Physical structures like the skin, mucous lining of the mouth, nose, stomach, intestines and colon provide protection from the outside onslaught. The next layer of protection is provided by mast cells that conduct surveillance of these structures of the body. Mast cells are one of the earliest components of the immune system to come in contact with threats or allergens.
November 31, 2014
Immune system is one of the most important indicators of vitality of an individual. The immune system represents the capacity of an individual to defend their health against physical, emotional, and environmental challenges. The vitality of an individual is represented through various indicators of health. Although very complicated, digestion, elimination, and energy are some of the simple examples to represent the efficiency of metabolic functions of the body; helping to harvest energy and nutrition from food, as well as elimination of toxic burden, keeping the body nourished and clean. In science of immunology, the immune system is divided into 2 major components: Innate immunity and Humoral immunity.
October 31, 2014
The word ‘courage’ in the English language is derived from the latin word ‘cor’, which means heart. In our culture, we use phrases like “it takes heart” to describe the courageous quality of achieving something extraordinary. The heart is also considered central to our emotional experiences of love, generosity, compassion and sympathy. We all know the blessing of “living in someone’s heart”,the generosity of someone’s “kind heart”, the healing power of a “compassionate heart”, the ease of living with an “open heart”. All of these expressions are for real, reach far beyond the activity of the physical heart, to an emotional and spiritual understanding of the heart. This is the mythical way our ancestors viewed the heart and its power on our lives.
May 19, 2018
Finding it difficult to fall or stay asleep despite having a chance to sleep is the definition of insomnia. Most people have experienced some sleep disturbance, whether it be one night where too many thoughts were swimming through the mind or over several weeks or months. During the transition to spring and then again to summer, many may find that sleep evades them more often or worse than during the winter.
October 1, 2015
Drug addiction has been recognized as a society-wide problem in United States since the 1970s; when we saw the beginning of the “War on Drugs.” In 1971, President Nixon declared drugs “Public enemy number one.” Since then, billions of dollars have been poured into the criminal justice system and research to gain ground on America’s problem with addiction.
September 2, 2014
The Vedic philosophy teaches us the idea of “Anna Brahma”, which means “Food as God”. This description is a symbolic statement made by the poetic ancestors of India. It symbolizes the importance of food to life – suggesting it is as essential as God is to life. For this reason, traditional Ayurvedic cooking methods were carefully developed to prepare the best quality and most non-toxic foods. When I see patients in the clinic, ninety-nine percent of them are cooking foods in a way that is toxic for them. If they are not cooking, they are eating processed foods that have a fair share of toxins as well. This pattern is not the fault of the individual; rather it is caused by misunderstanding and miseducation that persists culturally. Some examples are:
August 30, 2017
Each and every one of us poops. What does your poop say about you? Your poop, stool, feces, or bowel movement can teach a lot about the health of your whole body. The ancient Ayurvedic medicine and Greek physician and philosopher, Hippocrates, said that all disease begins in the gut. Your bowels are your body’s way of getting rid of wastes and toxins. Your bowels must be completely emptied, not just partially eliminated.
July 1, 2017
Mustard oil (known as “Sarso ka tel” in Hindi) is a traditional edible oil used in India for centuries. Mustard oil is used in Indian cooking for preparing pickles to dry vegetables to curries to fried foods. It is particularly common in the Bengali cooking as well as used for cooking in parts of Gujarat, Assam, Orissa, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, and other parts of India. In Indian kitchens, mustard oil is like the olive oil of India, the “king of all oils.”
January 15, 2013
Happy New Year and happy Makarskranti (Winter Solstice) to all of you, and with it, hopes for fresh starts and lasting changes. Makarskranti is Indian festival, which denotes the change in the Sun energy, days starts to be longer and energy of the planet changes. Starting the year with a blank canvas, millions of people set their New Year’s resolutions, with goals of exercising more, eating less, losing weight, or just getting back into shape. While we start out the year with the best of intentions, reality soon sets in; and with that reality comes the fact that 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail to be met. Before we look at why these resolutions fail, consider the following facts about New Year’s Resolutions:
May 23, 2018
There are so many skin care products on the market now, it can be overwhelming. The products claim various purposes, making it easy to have several lotions and creams on one’s vanity table. However, are all of these different kinds of products for lubricating and healing the skin necessary? Natural and simple products may be to the key to healthy and beautiful skin.
May 4, 2016
In continuation of this series on “Swasthyavrit,” we are going to take a look at what the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has to offer for oral health.
September 2, 2015
All living species, including humans, are equipped with full-spectrum pharmacies and we make medicine naturally on demand.
June 21, 2017
Pregnancy is a magnificent time period in any woman’s life. A pregnant female becomes the creator of a new life. Deficiency or excess of a number of nutrients can cause obstacles during pregnancy. We see in Indian movies and drama that a vampire mother-in-law gives papaya to her daughter-in-law and the daughter-in-law has a miscarriage. Does papaya cause abortion? Is it myth or reality? Let us look at the ancient belief and the science.
March 4, 2015
Diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s are formidable challenges for the aging population. The degeneration of the brain is another chapter in the textbook of modern chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, bowel disease, etc. These are result of our modern lifestyle, environmental exposures and risk factors. Advances in science are helping us to understand the mechanism of these diseases and we are gaining insights for prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. But, are we really looking at the whole picture or trying to find magic bullet, which never works? In this article we will discuss the burden of these neurodegenerative diseases and Ayurvedic strategies for prevention and treatment.
September 15, 2014
The Hippocratic Oath is taken by all medical students that graduate from Western medical schools as part of their initiation into the profession and as an affirmation of their responsibility to their patients. The original oath was penned by Greek physician, Hippocrates, in the 5th century BC. This ancient covenant is still used because it is the truth. In the modern scientific era, where the logic and practices of the past are questioned and easily dismissed as quack medicine, it is interesting that we depend on this oath to guide our modernized practice of medicine.
July 16, 2014
Sexuality can be a confusing subject. While, study of television programming found that in an average day, 70% of programs had sexual content; up to 48% of teenager are engaging in intercourse; sexuality among older adults is marginalized and even denied to some degree. Dr. Caroline Roberston describes that “the frenetic pre-occupation with sex in western culture is often completely unrelated to sexual needs but more an expression of a thirst for intimacy.” Ayurvedic medicine teaches us that sexuality and intimacy are natural and essential part of the individual’s life. Ayurveda looks at the entirety of the individual’s life carefully and clearly outlines phases of life as follows.
February 1, 2013
March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Citizens were concerned about radiation exposure, panic spread to North America. People were concerned about airborne radiation and contaminated seafood. Fears persisted that the Japanese nuclear contaminations would have lasting consequences for Americans. Today we will talk about what are the sources of radiation and what we should be doing to protect us from radiation. We all ignored the radiation sources around our daily lives, which are much more considerable than those from the Japan disasters. We are constantly exposed to radiation from TV sets, cell phones, microwaves, fluorescent lights, and even hair driers, and we rarely protect ourselves from this type of radiation.
January 7, 2016
With 2016 upon us, I look back on 2015 with countless moments of recognition and realization. I am realizing that I need to be present in the moment, which is easier said than done. What passed in 2015 cannot be reclaimed. A moment is a short time, passing in a fraction of a second, yet we are often stuck in the past or projecting the future.
January 1, 2015
The celebration of each New Year marks the opportunity to look ahead with a renewed sense of purpose and hope. The New Year celebration is one of the most widely observed holidays and is a cross-cultural celebration of the renewability of the human spirit. It is an affirmation of the faith that with the New Year, we can renew our effort to cultivate the good, true and beautiful parts of ourselves.
April 18, 2018
Winter, leaving behind its Kapha and Vata signatures, can leave skin feeling dull, heavy, dry. Many people may notice that as spring rolls around, the skin erupts and tries to releases winter accumulation. Don’t worry, there are many ways to reduce or avoid having these skin worries as the days grow longer, the temperature gets warmer, and the world renews itself.
September 14, 2017
A billion-dollar worth of statin drugs are sold annually as cholesterol-lowering medications. Statins work by inhibiting cholesterol-producing enzymes in the liver. Statin drugs like Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor are prescribed like candy in the United States. According to a 2011 report, more than 32 million Americans were on statin medications. Research indicates that 50% of the men ages 65-74 and almost 40% of the women above age 75 are put on a statin drug. A conventional physician will tell you that statins will lower your cholesterol as well as decrease the risk of heart attack. But is that true?
December 15, 2012
Statin drugs have been considered as medications to lower cholesterol levels in the clinic. An enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase is responsible for the production of cholesterol in liver and statins inhibit the enzyme and thus reduce the production of cholesterol in the body. As a result, statin medications are presently one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States and in the world. According to Bloomberg, the 2010 sales of the two top selling statin drugs, Lipitor and Crestor, were $16 billion in the USA alone and worldwide sales of all statins drugs are in the upper range of $300 billion. Statin drugs like Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravacol, Zocor and others do interfere with the enzyme reductase to inhibit cholesterol production which is normally produced by liver, cholesterol is also derived from dietary sources.
March 29, 2018
Artificial sweeteners are awfully popular! They taste sweet and have few or no calories whatsoever! You have a 12-ounce can of sugar-rich soda with 150 calories or a zero-calorie diet soda in front of you. What are you going to have? Of course, no soda is healthy on your daily dietary plan, but if you are a diet soda lover and are attracted to the zero-calorie label, be sure to read on!
January 4, 2017
Happy New Year! May this New Year bring health, wisdom and happiness! We have an appropriately great topic on sugar. Sugar is all around us, some of it is hidden and some of it is very obvious. In a society where we tend to put emphasis on doing what feels good, we often go without considering the implications. When it comes to sugar do not be fooled, it is very addictive and even a killer. Most of the sugars we consume today are highly concentrated; the only real sugar is Honey. All mass-produced sugars are not similar to what Mother Nature intended us to consume and we may not be genetically designed for it. Americans consume, on average, 160 pounds of sugar per year, making it about 17% of their daily caloric intake. This sugar is largely comprised of no nutritional value, and instead contains many harmful toxic compounds.
June 18, 2018
At long last, long warm days are upon us! For many, the return of summer is a time to show off more skin while for many others, it a time to hide the outer layer of the body from sun, humidity, embarrassing blemishes. Summer is a strange time for skin issues, but with some holistic and individualized skin care solutions, healthy skin can be attained.
August 9, 2017
Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old ancient tradition of India and the world’s oldest health care system. Ayurvedic medicine focuses on natural and preventative means of addressing the root causes of diseases. It restores the balance of the body. In Ayurvedic medicine, there is a specialized branch called Swasthavritta, which means science for maintenance of the whole health. Maintenance is obtained by creating a circle of health. In these olden Ayurvedic texts, vegadharan has been explained in by Swasthavritta. The word vega means natural urge and dharan refers to suppression. Vegadharan is suppression of natural urges. There are two types of natural urges: Dharniya, the one that is to be suppressed and adharniya, the one that is not to be suppressed. Hence, dharniya vegas are suppressible urges and adharniya vegas are non-suppressible urges.
January 10, 2018
The Japanese atomic bomb survivors from Nagasaki and Hiroshima were exposed to ionizing radiation. The Chernobyl nuclear accident also exposed many people to radiation due to the nuclear fallout. Even nuclear factory workers are exposed to radiation. What do these people exposed to radiation have in common? They are all at a much higher risk of leukemia!
July 14, 2017
Many people like to go on a travel adventure during summer time. Whether you are traveling to spend time with your family, enjoy a vacation, or go on a business tour, it is a challenge to maintain a healthy balance during this time period. Traveling is fun, but it comes with its pros and cons.
June 2, 2015
Fats and oils in our diet have been subject to a lot of controversy in the past 3 to 4 decades. Doctors, scientists and the media have warned people about the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and other diseases related to high consumption of dietary fats. However, the judgement on fats as “exclusively unhealthy” was too broad and often exaggerated.
April 30, 2014
Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD is a serious public health problem that is affecting over 10% of children and millions of adults in the United States. Nearly half the children with ADHD grow up to be adults with ADHD. This disease is characterized under mental disorders by the medical community, which attributes to its negative reputation among the general public. Children with ADHD can have difficulty performing well at schoolwork, making and keeping friends, and functioning in society. Among Adults, ADHD may lead to anti-social behavior, substance abuse, anxiety disorder, stuttering and other speech and language problems. After decades of study, the search for the cause of ADHD has come up to the new frontier of research, Epigenetics. But first, let us get to know what ADHD is...
July 31, 2017
Our liver is the largest internal organ in our body. It is the heaviest gland in the body, weighing about three pounds in an average adult. It is one miraculous organ. It has 50,000 to 100,000 small units of cells and over 500 functions. The primary function of the liver is to filter the blood arriving from the digestive tract before it passes through the rest of the body. The liver also secretes bile, which is required for the absorption of dietary fats. In addition to digestion, other vital functions of liver include: metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, processing of drugs and hormones, storage of certain vitamins and minerals, immune-control, and very important function, detoxification of chemicals.
August 19, 2018
So many of us have experienced the pelvic discomfort, the high frequency of urgency to urinate, the burning sensation of unproductive urination. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) plague men and women, though the latter tends to suffer more often than the former. Over 90% of UTI diagnoses occur in females. The prevention and treatment of UTIs is imperative to spare the kidneys damage, balance the microbiome of the urinary tract, and lead normal lives free of pain.
August 14, 2017
Most of us consume rice regularly in our diet. It is a major global staple food crop that is grown under flooded conditions. There is a rise in rice consumption among those who are vegetarians and vegans or are on a low-fat, gluten-free, or lactose-free diets. There is a significant concern about rice containing arsenic. Rice absorbs arsenic faster than many other plants and accumulates a high amount of arsenic of all the grain crops.
April 12, 2018
Are you aware that almost 100 million Americans and 1 billion people on our planet suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure! We know how serious of an issue hypertension is! It is a chief risk factor for strokes and heart attacks. Elevated blood pressure has recently been linked with a higher global burden of death. National data from 2011-2012 indicates that treatment of hypertension exceeded the Healthy People 2020 target goal, but the control of hypertension did not meet the goal of the Healthy People 2020 (Nwankwo, Yoon, Burt, & Gu, 2013). We must find a way to enhance the management of hypertension.