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Are You Taking These Unnecessary Health Risks? Dr Mercola

1. Holding a Cell Phone to Your Ear

As the use of cell phones and other wireless technologies have exponentially exploded over the past couple of decades, concerns about the health effects of such technology have increased as well. Today, we’re at a point of no turning back, as cell phone subscriptions are now estimated at 5 billion globally—that’s the majority of people on the planet!

A growing body of researchers have spoken out against the technology, warning that it may have serious biological side effects, not the least of which is an increased risk of brain tumors. Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report admitting cell phones might indeed cause cancer, classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (Class 2B).i

The classification came in part in response to research showing wireless telephone use increases the risk for brain cancer.

An analysis from Sweden, published in Neurology & Neurophysiology,ii projected a very large increase in brain cancer incidence resulting from widespread mobile phone use beginning in approximately 15 years. The projections are based on well-established effects of this radiation on DNA. Specifically, that mobile phone use decreases the efficiency of the repair of mutated DNA and increases the rate of DNA mutations.

Earlier this year, Health Canada proposed adopting a precautionary principle approach and issued guidelines for limited cell phone use. Many other countries have already done so to some degree, including Russia, the UK, Israel, Belgium, Germany, India, Finland and France.

All the evidence points to the fact that current safety standards are completely inadequate. Our rapidly expanding wireless technologies must be properly evaluated, but on an individual level we simply cannot afford to wait. While some countries are beginning to invoke the precautionary principle, each and every individual can take it upon themselves to do the same, rather than wait for an official statement.

You can find my complete guidelines on how to limit your wireless exposure here.

2. Choosing a Shower Curtain Made Out of PVC

You know the smell that seeps out when you take a brand new plastic or vinyl shower curtain out of its package? That’s due to the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) it’s made out of. This is a significant source of exposure to chemicals known as phthalates, which are used as plasticizers in everything from vinyl flooring to detergents, hoses, raincoats, adhesives, air fresheners, and toys—and even in some soaps, shampoos, lotions and nail polish.

Phthalates are one of the groups of “gender-bending” chemicals causing males of all species to become more female. These chemicals have disrupted the endocrine systems of wildlife, causing testicular cancer, genital deformations, low sperm counts and infertility in a number of species, including polar bears, deer, whales and otters, just to name a few. Scientists believe phthalates are responsible for a similar pattern in humans as well, and they have been linked to:

Impaired ovulatory cycles and polycystic ovary disease (PCOS) “Decreased dysgenesis syndrome”: A syndrome involving cryptorchidism (undescended testicles), hypospadias (birth defect in which opening of urethra is on the underside of the penis instead of at the end), and oligospermia (low sperm count), and testicular cancer
Interference with sexual differentiation in utero Enlarged prostate glands
Disturbed lactation Numerous hormonal disruptions
Early or delayed puberty Breast cancer and uterine fibroids

 

Research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered high levels of phthalates in all 289 adult Americans tested, and the levels of some phthalates in women of childbearing age exceeded the government’s safe levels set to protect against birth defects, leading scientists to conclude phthalate exposures are “much higher and more common than previously suspected.”iii

This is why it makes sense to choose a fabric shower curtain (or install glass doors) in lieu of a vinyl one – as well as take these other precautions to reduce your phthalate exposure as much as possible. They are a bit more expensive but it would make sense to get a glass shower door installed to+ replace them. You can typically do this for under $500.

3. Microwaving in Plastic

Plastics contain a slew of hormone-mimicking, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, like bisphenol-A (BPA), which is linked to cancer, premature puberty, heart disease and more. Even under normal conditions, such as drinking out of a plastic bottle, they can leach into your food and beverages. But heating them accelerates the process, releasing a larger amount of the dangerous chemicals into whatever you’re warming up.

Remember just because it is BPA-free doesn’t mean it isn’t loaded with other gender bending BPA-like chemicals. GreenMedInfo wrote a nice recent review on this recently, revealing that many manufacturers the globe over have been switching to the equally toxic bisphenol known as Bisphenol S (BPS) in order to evade impending regulatory oversight, as well as to ride the “BPA-free” marketing gravy train by misleading the consumer into thinking their products are bisphenol free, which they are not.iv

Even BPA-free plastics leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals, so don’t let this label give you a false sense of security. Anytime you’re microwaving anything, use a glass or ceramic container (and don’t cover it in plastic wrap, either). Better yet, ditch your microwave entirely and use an oven or toaster oven when you need to reheat your food.

4. Flea and Tick Collars

Not only are flea and tick collars toxic to your pet, but did you know that you’re also exposed to the pesticides when you play with your dog or cat?

Children are particularly at risk, and may be exposed to pesticide residues at levels up to 1,000 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable levels, posing a risk of cancer and damage to the neurological system.v The residues can remain on your pets’ fur for weeks, posing an unacceptable risk, particularly when there are many natural options available.

5. Running Your Humidifier

What’s wrong with running a humidifier? Assuming it’s used occasionally and kept clean, not a thing. But many people are less than diligent about cleaning them out, and this paves the way for bacteria to develop. The moist, warm environment of a humidifier is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, which travel out of the unit via a “toxic mist” that you later breathe in.

Research has shown that breathing in dirty mist from humidifiers can lead to lung problems, including infection, and humidifier use is actually associated with an increased risk of developing asthma in children.vi Keep in mind, also, that too much moisture in your air increases the development of mold, which is a toxin you don’t want to be breathing in on a daily basis.

If you choose to use a humidifier, do so sparingly, making sure humidity levels do not get too high. A hygrometer, which you can find at most hardware stores, can measure the amount of moisture in your home’s air so you can adjust your humidifier use accordingly. Some humidifiers also have a hygrometer built in.

You’ll also need to make sure you clean it often, at least once every three days using hydrogen peroxide to remove any film or mineral deposits. The water in the reservoir should be changed daily, and be sure the area around it (tabletops, windows, carpeting, curtains, etc.) are kept dry.

Typically many people would actually benefit from running a dehumidifier in the summer to remove excess humidity especially in the basement where high humidity levels can cause mold to grow.

6. Antibacterial Soap and Fluoride Toothpaste

Beyond helping keep your immune system optimized, washing your hands is your number one protection against the acquisition and spread of infectious disease. But you do not need to use antimicrobial soap to get the job done. Studies have shown that people who use antibacterial soaps and cleansers develop a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms just as often as people who use regular soaps.vii

Part of the reason for this is because most of these symptoms are actually caused by viruses, which antibacterial soaps can’t kill.

But even for symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, which may be caused by bacteria, those who used regular soaps still had no greater risk than those who used antibacterial products. So, the rational conclusion is antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary for the purpose of washing away bacteria.

A 2007 systematic review published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases viii confirmed that antibacterial soap containing triclosan did not provide any additional benefit compared with a non-antibacterial soap. Triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial soap and even in some toothpastes, not only kills bacteria, it also has been shown to kill human cells ix and act as an endocrine disrupter. Contributing to the creation of hardier, more resistant bacterial strains.

Using these products also contributes to the creation of hardier, more resistant bacterial strains and, as if that wasn’t enough, when triclosan mixes with the chlorine in your tap water, chloroform is formed, which the EPA has classified as a probable human carcinogen.

So please, avoid using antibacterial soaps and other products containing these hazardous ingredients. They’re just harming you, the environment, and adding to a significant public health problem. They also cost more. Instead, just use a gentle, chemical-free soap and a natural, fluoride-free toothpaste. Local health food stores typically carry a variety of natural soaps and other toiletries that will do the trick without harsh chemicals.

7. X-Ray Airport Scanners

The European Commission has banned X-ray body scanners that use “backscatter” radiation technology from airports, “in order to not risk jeopardizing citizens’ health and safety” – but they are still in use in the United States. Backscatter X-ray scanners expose your body to ionizing radiation, which causes cumulative DNA damage that can lead to cancer. Because the scanners’ X-ray beams are concentrated on your skin, not distributed throughout the volume of your entire body, there is concern that the dose to your skin could be dangerously high.

A letter written by five professorsx revealed that there has not actually been any verifiable scientific testing of the safety of airport scanners — and that the levels of radiation being used are likely much higher than the public has been led to believe.

These scientists believe that the high-quality images produced cannot possibly be obtained with the low levels of radiation described, and that the actual level may be 45 times higher than what the manufacturer is claiming.

Personally, as a very frequent air traveler, I ALWAYS opt-out of the x-ray scanner. Thankfully, I recently received TSA Certified Pre status so I don’t have to take off my shoes, belt or computer out of my case and can go through the old scanner, but this is only when I fly American Airlines for now, but should transfer to other airlines in the future.

However, even if the radiation dose is minute (and that’s a big IF), I’m not willing to risk my health by exposing my entire body to any avoidable dose on a regular basis. If you’re exposed to other forms of radiation through CT scans, mammograms and other medical procedures — and you’re also exposed to radiation when you travel by air — your exposure could easily reach dangerous levels, and this is why it makes sense to avoid unnecessary radiation exposures as much as possible.

I also take 8 mg of astaxanthin every day, which is believed to radically limit damage from ionizing radiation.

8. Colon Cleansing

While the idea of cleaning out your intestines using a colonic or another method sounds on the surface like it might be a good idea, you actually need a good growth of bacteria in your gut to ease digestion and voiding of waste. If you eat a healthy diet, which includes plenty of raw and fermented vegetables, your colon should be very healthy, and will naturally self-clean.

The problem with colon cleanses is that the procedure itself can cause complications, including infection from bacteria that is introduced into the colon, or accidental punctures made during the procedure, which would require surgery to fix and can be very serious.

Instead, I highly recommend using fermented vegetables and other fermented foods, which are a rich source of beneficial bacteria, therapeutically to heal and restore health in your gut. Experts recommend eating about a quarter to half a cup (2 to 4 oz) of fermented vegetables or other cultured food, such as raw yoghurt, with one to three meals per day. I personally consume about 8 ounces nearly every day, as I believe they are one of the healthiest superfoods for your gut available.

I know many colon hydrotherapists would disagree with the position above and clearly some people benefit from this process, but I do think allowing your body to optimize the process is better than doing it artificially for most.

9. Ready-Made Canned Infant Formula – Especially Soy Infant Formula

Many well-intentioned moms unknowingly add to their baby’s toxic load by feeding them contaminated, chemical-laden infant formulas (in plastic bottles) during their first months of life. The pre-mixed liquid formulas are typically packaged in cans that are lined with BPA, and this is actually one of the foods most likely to be contaminated with this developmental toxin.

Some of the greatest concern surrounds early-life exposure to BPA, which can lead to chromosomal errors in the developing fetus, triggering spontaneous miscarriages and genetic damage. Exposure to only 0.23 parts per billion of BPA is enough to disrupt the effect of estrogen in your baby’s developing brain.

It’s also important to avoid giving your child soy infant formula, as the high concentrations of manganese it contains can lead to brain damage in infants and altered behaviors in adolescents. Researchers have found that soybean plants lift up manganese in the soil and concentrate it, so that its use in soy-based infant formula can result in as many as 200 times the level found in natural breast milk. Experts believe that such high concentrations could pose a threat to the immature metabolic systems of babies up to 6 months of age.

The other significant issue is the estrogen in soy. A soy-fed baby receives the equivalent of five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day! These babies’ isoflavone levels were found to be from 13,000 to 22,000 times higher than in non-soy fed infants.

One of the best gifts you can give your child is to start out their life with a sound nutritional foundation, and the best way to do this is by breastfeeding.

While any amount of breastfeeding is better than none at all, it is clearly to your advantage, and best for your baby’s health, to breastfeed exclusively — meaning no other food or water is supplemented — for at least the first 6 months. Then, at the age of 6 or 9 months, you can begin to supplement with solid foods (while still continuing to breastfeed as well). If for some reason you’re not able to breastfeed, or you have adopted your baby, your next best option is to make a healthy infant formula using raw milk. You can find homemade formula recipes here.

Health Care Reform Provisions To Be Implemented By Administration Regardless Of Supreme Court Ruling

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR 06/18/12 04:22 PM ET AP

 
 

Obama Administration

WASHINGTON — Covering all the bases ahead of a momentous Supreme Court ruling, the Obama administration plans to move ahead with major parts of the president’s health care law if its most controversial provision does not survive, according to veteran Democrats closely involved with the legislation.

Even if the requirement that nearly every U.S. resident have health insurance is declared unconstitutional, the remaining parts of the law would have far-reaching impact, putting coverage within reach of millions of uninsured people, laying new obligations on insurers and employers, and improving Medicare benefits even as payments to many service providers get scaled back.

The White House says President Barack Obama is confident the whole law will be upheld when the court issues its ruling in the next week or two, but officials will be ready for any outcome.

“We do believe it’s constitutional, and we … hope and expect that’s the decision the court will render,” senior adviser David Plouffe said Sunday on ABC. “We obviously will be prepared for whatever decision the court renders.” Administration officials have not wanted to discuss contingency plans to avoid creating the impression that the president is preparing for a high court rebuke.

Nevertheless, the Obama administration will move ahead to implement major elements of the law if the individual coverage requirement is struck down, two senior Democrats told The Associated Press. One is a leading Democrat familiar with the administration’s thinking, the other a high-level Capitol Hill staffer. The two Democrats spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid appearing to be out of step with the administration’s public stance.

Because the law’s main coverage expansion does not begin until 2014, there would be time to try to fix serious problems that losing the individual coverage requirement may cause for the health insurance industry.

Surviving parts of the law would “absolutely” move ahead, said the congressional official. A Congress mired in partisan trench warfare would be unable to repeal or amend what’s left of the law, allowing the administration to advance. Much of the money for covering the uninsured was already provided in the law itself.

“Legislatively we can’t do a thing, and we are going to move full speed ahead (with implementation),” the official said.

How the Supreme Court will decide is unclear. It may uphold the law, strike it down entirely or do something in between. Skeptical questioning by the court’s conservative justices during oral arguments this spring has fueled speculation that the court may invalidate the so-called individual mandate.

Immediate Resolution of Constipation in an Infant Following Chiropractic Care

Immediate Resolution of Constipation in an Infant Following Chiropractic Care:  A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature
   

Ian Kim Bio, Keith Hammond DC  Bio, Joel Alcantara DC Bio, Kelly Holt BSc (Chiro),  PDGipHSc  Bio   

 

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 61-65

 

Abstract

 


Objective: To describe the history, treatment, and the positive outcome of chiropractic care in an infant with constipation.


Clinical features: A 3-week-old boy was presented by his mother with complaints of constipation since birth. 


Intervention and outcome: The patient received chiropractic adjustments (Diversified Technique) to address subluxations at the atlas, thoracic spine, and sacrum. The patient’s mother reported an immediate, dramatic improvement in the patient’s bowel function following the first chiropractic adjustment. Consistent normal bowel function after each feeding was reported thereafter. 


Conclusion: This case report suggests that further research is required to better understand if chiropractic care may be beneficial for infants suffering from constipation.


Key words: Constipation, chiropractic, infant, pediatric, vertebral subluxation

Resolution of Neurological Symptoms Related to a Myelopathy after Receiving Chiropractic Care

Resolution of Neurological Symptoms Related to a Myelopathy after Receiving Chiropractic Care: A Case Report

 

Bethany Cooper DC Bio & Victor Cooper DC Bio
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ June 11, 2012 ~ Pages 60-64

 

Abstract


 
Objective: To present the chiropractic care of a patient with symptoms of myelopathy. 

 

Clinical Features: A 51 year old female presented with weakness/numbness of the left arm and hand with difficulty grasping and holding objects, weakness/numbness in the left leg and occasional right leg numbness. She had been dealing with these symptoms for approximately four months and was unsure of the cause. The day before presentation she had been push mowing her yard. The next morning the symptoms in her left arm had gotten worse and now she was having trouble ambulating. 

 

Invention and Outcome: High velocity, low amplitude, and contact specific adjustments using Gonstead protocol were utilized in the areas of vertebral subluxation. The patient also received functional rehabilitation. After twenty-four adjustments the patient’s grip strength improved, reflexes improved, the patient was able to ambulate without any problems and her balance improved.

 

Conclusion: The chiropractic care of an individual with neurological symptoms associated with myelopathy showed significant improvement within 5 months of care. It is postulated that the resolution of the patient’s symptoms are due to reduction in subluxations at several levels within the spinal column, however more research is warranted.


Key Words:Chiropractic, subluxation, myelopathy, numbness, weakness, grip strength, reflex

 

Natural Prescription Alternatives

 

By Pina LoGiudiceND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc
Co-Medical Directors of Inner Source Health inNew York

Added to Articles on Thu 06/07/2012

As anxiety, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, and sleep issues are on the rise, the number of prescriptions written to treat these problems are also sky-rocketing. In many cases, individual changes toward healthier foods and lifestyle, relaxation work, exercise and detoxification can often create healthy improvements in the body that may help a patient reduce or avoid the need for prescription medications.

 We will discuss a few supplements below which can be part of a good naturopathic plan to help your body heal itself. These can allow prescription dosages to be lowered, and possibly even become unnecessary.

 Please remember that it is always important and safest to talk to your prescribing doctor before stopping any medication, and to work with a naturopathic doctor or other holistic physician who is knowledgeable of using natural medicines with conventional drugs during this healing process.

 

Anti-Anxiety Alternative: Wu Wei Zi (Schizandra Berries)

 

Anti-anxiety drugs are among the most commonly prescribed drugs, with over 280 million prescriptions written annually. It has been shown that many of these are over-prescribed. In fact, research published in the April 2011 edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed about 25% of people who are given these dangerous medications do not have a proper diagnosis (1).

Other studies show that people who use anti-anxiety medication have a 36% increased mortality risk. That means persons using these drugs are almost 40% more likely to die than people who do not use them (2). While anti-anxiety medications can be lifesaving in urgent situations, in most cases, there are natural alternatives that can help while a person starts to work on the underlying causes of anxiety reactions in the body.

 From a naturopathic perspective, these are life stresses (and how we process these), poor sleep, and excess caffeine and sugar intake. Naturopathic nutrient and botanical supplements that can help include GABA, magnesium, lavender preparations and tryptophan.

 One favorite calming herb that we use in our clinic is an herbal tea called Wu Wei Zi. It’s a tea that’s been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. It’s made with dried Schizandra berries. In Chinese, “Wu Wei Zi” means “Five Flavored Herb” because the berry tastes sweet, sour, salty, bitter and acidic. It supports the function of the adrenal glands (the glands which release our stress hormones) and keeps them from over-stimulating (3), which can release adrenaline and cause feelings of anxiety (like palpitations, sweating, etc.). This botanical is one of our top 10 herbs. Not only is it beneficial for anxiety, it also helps fatigue. In that calming spirit, it will boost the immune system, aid in liver function, and improve mental performance and clarity.

 To take as a tea, purchase schizandra berries from your local health food store and steep them. For one serving, boil one cup water, then add one tablespoon of berries to the steeper, and drop into the boiling water. Reduce the heat to low and steep the berries for 15 minutes. To add more flavor, you can add lemon or honey, although most of our patients like the taste as it is. You can also buy prepared tea bags for about $7 a box.

 Drink this tea once or twice a day and you’ll feel calm and focused. It’s so mild and gentle, you can drink this regularly.

 

High Blood Pressure Alternative: Rose Hips

Another group of highly prescribed drugs is high blood pressure medication. Over 144 million of these prescriptions are filled every year. High blood pressure has multiple causes. Minerals are important to relax vessels; when these are low, blood pressure can go up. Inadequate sleep, and lack of exercise and movement can also play a role.

 We tell our patients to “meditate not medicate,” for the effects of stress on our bodies is a major contributing factor. When we are in a stress response, our vessels naturally tighten up.

 One natural supplement that can be a helpful part of getting blood pressure down is rose hip powder. Anti-hypertension drugs, commonly known as “water pills,” act by getting rid of more water and salt through the kidneys and urine. Rose hip powder can act as a natural diuretic, which means it helps get rid of excess fluids, too. Rose hips contain bioflavonoids, which can be protective for blood vessels, have plenty of vitamin C, and can support healthy nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide is needed in the vessels for a relaxation effect. A clinical study in obese individuals showed rose hips were able to significantly reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol (4). Rose hips are even shown to help with osteoarthritis (5). 

One good way to take rose hip powder is with some applesauce. Just add three-quarters to a full teaspoon to a serving of applesauce. We will often recommending mixing rose hip powder with other herbs like arjuna, which comes from the arjuna tree, a tree native toIndia. Arjuna can help dilate the blood vessels, which also helps the pressure come down and allows the heart to beat against less pressure, which keeps it healthy longer because it does not have to work as hard.

 Rose hips can be taken twice daily with food. You can take it along with the arjuna bark capsule at a dose of 100 mg twice a day.

 

Thyroid Disease Alternative: Bladderwrack

 Thyroid disease has skyrocketed in the past few years. While no one is sure of the reason, many experts suspect stress, environmental toxins, and increased body inflammation is responsible. More than 80 million prescriptions are given out every year for thyroid disease.

 One natural alternative to prescription drugs is called bladderwrack, also known as Fucus Vesiculous. Bladderwrack grows in both the northernAtlanticand Pacific oceans. It is nutrient–rich, and contains a fair amount of magnesium, potassium and micronutrients. Micronutrients are often not found in many other foods we normally eat.

 One nutrient it has is iodine. Iodine is an essential nutrient for the thyroid gland. Bladderwrack has been used in traditional natural medicine to help support the thyroid for years. This is considered helpful for those that have hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid. In truth, there needs to be studies to confirm this, but anecdotal reports suggest it can be effective.

 The best way to take this is in capsule form, and we suggest you take 600 mg twice a day. Have your blood checked, and look for underactive symptoms to improve (symptoms like constipation, feeling cold, dry hair, raised cholesterol, and slow thinking), as well your blood thyroid levels to normalize.

 Because bladderwrack is harvested in the ocean, you want make sure you check the labels to make sure it was harvested in clean water and is contaminant-free. People who have overstimulated thyroid conditions should not take bladderwrack.

 

Natural Sleep Alternative: Glycine

 In 2008, over 56 million sleep medications were prescribed in theUS, and most experts believe the stress from worldwide economic challenges have only increased these numbers. While these pills can help us fall and stay asleep, it is known that these medications do not allow the body to fall into the deep phases of sleep that allow for the best health benefits sleep can give us. It is also well known that all of these medications have a risk of dependence and withdrawal effects, which can make them hard to stop using.

 Most alarming, a large study of 30,000 people published in the February 2012 issue of the British Medical Journal found a 300% increase in death in people who took fewer than 18 sleeping pills a year (less than 2 a month). Higher doses were linked to a greater than 500% increase in death. The authors of this study concluded that these sleeping drugs “may have been associated with 320,000 to 507,000 excess deaths in theUSAalone.” (6)

 The stakes are high to find a sleep alternative. When working with patients, we find a good naturopathic sleep regimen includes getting to bed on time, dimming the lights and shutting down bright screens (cell phones, tablets, computers, etc..). Sometimes, certain foods like oatmeal or pumpkin seed powder can help (for more sleep foods, click here). Finally, many people need to look more into their emotions to help them process the thoughts that might be running through their heads, keeping them awake. We have excellent results in our clinic helping people sleep without drugs by working on these issues and using the right supplements.

 One supplement that can help this process is the amino acid glycine. It is a calming amino acid primarily found in protein-rich foods like meat, fish, dairy and beans. It collects in the pineal gland of the brain, the master gland that produces the sleep hormone melatonin (7). Glycine helps create positive changes in the brain wave patterns that are associated with deep non-REM sleep. Studies show that it promotes a deeper and faster sleep without causing the foggy morning hangover feeling associated with most drugs and some other natural sleep aids (8).

 Glycine is most commonly found in a capsule or powder form. You can take about 1500 mg nightly before bed for a good night’s sleep.

 

Conclusion

 If you are using one of these medications, or are considering a medication, we highly suggest you talk to a naturopathic doctor to help assess food, lifestyle, stressors, environmental toxicities, and other factors that may play a role in your condition.

 While medications can help in urgent situations, they often do not help fix the underlying cause of the problem. However, the proper naturopathic changes and supplemental support can help your body heal the problem naturally, instead of covering up symptoms. In most cases, you can often start with natural remedies if you are already on drugs, and then slowly decrease the use of medications as your body gets healthier. Be safe: Remember to work with your prescribing doctor first before stopping or changing any medications.

 

References

(1)  Pagura, et al. Antidepressant Use in the Absence of Common Mental Disorders in the General PopulationJ Clin Psychiatry 2011;72(4):494–501

(2) Bongiorno PB. Anti-anxiety Drugs: Worth Risking Your Life? Psychology Today July 2011. accessed on 05-28-12 at: http://www.innersourcehealth.com/news_published.aspx?EntryID=435

(3) Panossian AG et al. Effects of heavy physical exercise and adaptogens on nitric oxide content in human saliva. Phytomedicine. 1999 Mar;6(1):17-26.

(4) Andersson U et al. Effects of rose hip intake on risk markers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over investigation in obese persons. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2012) 66, 585–590.

(5) Winther K, Apel K, Thamsborg G. A powder made from seeds and shells of a rose-hip subspecies (Rosa canina) reduces symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Scand J Rheumatol 2005;34:302–308.

(6). Kripke DF, Langer RD, Kline LE. Hypnotics’ association with mortality or cancer: a matched cohort study. BMJ Open. 2012 Feb 27;2(1):e000850.

(7) Rededecker P et al. Evidence for microvescular storage and release of glycine in rodent pinealocytes. Neurosci Lett. 2011;299(1-2): 743-751

(8) Bannai M and Kawai N. New therapeutic strategy for amino acid medicine: glycine improves the quality of sleep. J Pharmacol Sci. 2012;118(2):145-8. Epub 2012 Jan 27.

 

Soda pop Alternatives

Healthy Soda Alternatives: Low Sugar Drinks For Hot Summer Days

Iced Tea

This iced treat is an easy way to control the terms of your tea: caffeinated varieties like black, green and white tea make nice, strong iced teas — but herbal options also abound for those of you who care to stay caffeine-free. Simply brew a strong tea — if you like your drinks sweet, add a hint of honey. Leave in the refrigerator until cool and then pour over ice. The tea also delivers a burst of polyphenols — an antioxidant found in tea tannins — that can help stave off some cancers and regulate cholesterol.  

Infused Water

Commercial brands deliver a calorie-free water with a hint of anything from cucumber to lemon to blueberry — but these sips are just as easy (and less expensive) to make at home. Simply cut up your favorite fruit or vegetable and leave in a pitcher of water for at least three hours, according to Martha Stewart’s recipe. You can also add herbs like mint or rosemary for an extra flavor punch.

Seltzer + Juice

NYU nutritionist and HuffPost Healthy Living contributor Lisa Young recommends adding a splash of juice to plain seltzer for a jazzed up treat. “It beats sugar in sodas!” she told The Huffington Post.

Kombucha

This fermented tea has gained popularity in recent years for its purported health benefits and while those remain controversial, there is no denying that the drink is low-calorie, low-sugar, low-caffeine and hydrating.

Iced Coffee

For those who get a kick from caffeine, flavored water just can’t beat a Diet Coke. That’s where iced coffee comes in: highly adaptable (add or skip the sugar! use dairy milk or a substitute like almond!), relatively inexpensive and with a strong, almost caramel-like flavor, a cold, eye-popping coffee can serve as a lower sugar alternative to your favorite soda. And research shows that coffee may have health benefits that extend well beyond weight management: helping to protect against several types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes and more.

Flavored Seltzer

Flavored seltzer can stave off cravings for the sweeter stuff. Although they are low-calorie and caffeine-free, they are full of flavors like raspberry, lemon-lime or black cherry and are just as refreshing.

Fresh Juice

Unlike bottled varieties, freshly juiced fruits and vegetables have no added sugar. By selecting the ingredients, you can also control sugar portions by tempering sweet fruits like mangoes, grapes and melons with low-sugar, high-fiber fare such as kale, celery and lettuce.