Weakness and lack of mobility may result from vitamin D deficiency

As we reminded readers in a recent post–it’s winter in much of the world and special care should be taken to get your vitamin D, or ‘sunshine vitamin.’ Modern science has come to realize that this essential vitamin plays more roles in our health than even the medical field knew just a few years ago. Older […]

The Sunshine Vitamin is missing in modern lives and health

As a really bad winter sets in over much of the world, it’s time for a reminder of how important vitamin D, the “Sunshine Vitamin,’ is to our overall health. Vitamin D deficiency contributes to risk of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, autism and many other diseases and afflictions. According to […]

All ‘superfoods’ not THAT super

‘Superfood’ has become a mainstream label that we advocates of ‘food as medicine’ have ….perhaps, been guilty of just a wee bit of overusing. It is thought that the term originated with Popeye, back in the 1950s, when the cartoon character impressed us all with his chant, “I’m strong to the finish ’cause I eat my spinach, […]

Are we dying of loneliness?

According to an article entitled The Age of Loneliness, by George Monbiot in the British Guardian (www.theguardian.com), studies have shown that loneliness and isolation is as deadly as smoking and twice as deadly as obesity. In our age of advanced technology and ‘remote’ communications, severe loneliness has become an epidemic, says Monbiot, … particularly among young adults […]

Low vitamin D increases dementia risk in elderly

Older people’s skin is less efficient in converting sunlight into vitamin D, so many healthcare providers recommend a vitamin D supplement for all elderly patients. Other healthcare practitioners prefer to test the patient’s vitamin D levels, and only recommend supplementing if a deficiency is shown. The only problem with the second route is that no […]

A surgery that spreads cancer

Under its section, ‘Health Scare of the Week,’  The Week magazine reported on a common treatment for uterine cancer that may do more harm than good. New research has shown that performing hysterectomies using power morcellation—a surgical procedure that slices uterine tissue into pieces and then removes them through a small incision in the abdomen—carries […]

Health bits and pieces

Sugar overload in kids’ cereals Eating a bowl of kids’ cereal every day would add up to 10 pounds of sugar a year, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group of 1,500 cereals, including 181 marketed for children. EWG reported that children’s cereal contained an average of 40 percent more sugar per […]

Trade your chemical sunscreen for extra virgin coconut oil

You’ve probably heard a battle raging over the use of sunscreens. On one hand the government advocates making sure you’re all slathered up to prevent exposure from to the sun. On the other hand, many health proponents point out that sunscreens are loaded with toxic chemicals. And they also tell us a certain amount of […]

Quick Tip: Vitamin D can help you manage chronic pain

Vitamin D plays a role in managing musculoskeletal pain caused by spinal injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases. It’s common for people who live with chronic pain to have a vitamin D deficiency. If you suspect you may be deficient, it is easy to add vitamin D foods to your diet. You should also plan […]

Vitamin D levels improve cancer survival rates, according to new research

According to a new study reported in Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, cancer patients who have higher levels of vitamin D at the time they are first diagnosed tend to have better survival rates than patients who are vitamin D-deficient. The patients with higher vitamin D levels also remain in remission longer, according to the […]