Several weeks ago I reported that autopsies of the brains of people diagnosed with dementia reveal damage to small arteries, which may cause tiny strokes and brain injury. Researchers also discovered that mice with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), when treated with vitamin C, showed that typical amyloid plaques associated with this disease disappeared! An
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Long ago, immigrants landed on our hostile shores. They had no shelter, food or medical care. They hacked down forests and tried to survive. Many didn't. They developed colds and sore backs. But they had more to do than swallow pills. Nor did they have social agencies to pamper them. Today, their offspring have become wimps, part of a drug-infested
There's a line in the classic musical, Showboat, that says..."it's summertime and the living is easy."
This week, would readers help me answer a perplexing question? Your answer could be helpful to millions of people. I'm sure that very few in Canada and the U.S. have not witnessed a friend or loved one develop Alzheimer's disease (AD). First, some of the facts about this crippling malady.
If I were a patient, what would I want to know about the risk of treatment? Since I’ve been one a few times, let me tell you what I worried about before past medical procedures. And will there ever be truly informed patients?
Leo Durocher, the fiery win-at-all-costs baseball player, and later manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, once remarked, "I never question the integrity of umpires. Their eyesight? Yes!" Durocher would have questioned their eyesight more if he had known they were suffering from aniseikonia - where the image in one eye is perceived as a difference in siz
Ask people what they know about vitamin C and some will reply it's good for preventing common colds. Maybe they'd add heart attack, if they've read my column. But ask the same question about K2 and most people will give you a blank stare. Now, Dr. Dennis Goodman, cardiologist and director of integrative medicine at New York University, says ignorin
You think constipation isn't important? If so, an article in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests you'd better think again. Annually, in the U.S., 700,000 people are seen in hospital emergency wards for this problem. Since 2006 there's been a shocking 42% increase in constipation, costing 1.6 billion dollars. So what's gone wrong, and
Stop tapping your pencil! my teacher called out. I didn't. And one day he walked up to my desk, threw me to the front of the class, then tossed me out of the classroom. Now, a study at the University of Missouri, shows that fidgeting has health benefits!
Woody Allen, when asked for his opinion about death, replied, “I don’t worry about dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Unfortunately, Allen will be there and so will the rest of us. This week, why I have a personal interest in the end of life. And what can we all do to provide the best of care to loved ones near death.
Every 37 seconds someone dies of a heart attack in North America. But there are several natural remedies to protect the health of our hearts. They’re all available in health food stores and are not associated with the complications of cholesterol-lowering and other prescription drugs. Remember, the first rule of medicine is to do no harm:
What would get more people walking? This activity offers tons of health benefits.
Recently in a column I confessed to buying the penny stock of Eastgate Biotech Corp.
How many of us would like to live like a hermit?
My initial reaction to this news was "It's too good to be true." But three researchers received the prestigious Nobel Prize for its discovery. Louise J. Ignarro, one of the prize winners, says, "There may be no disease process where this miracle molecule does not have a protective role."
Do famous people always receive superior medical care? If this were a Trivial Pursuit question, the answer would be a big “Yes.” After all, they’re famous and have the money to demand the best medical treatment. But has fame and fortune guaranteed that Clinton has been given the best advice to treat pneumonia? This week I encountered several surpri
Headlines fool a lot of people. In March, 1984 the cover of Time Magazine caught everyone’s attention. It read Cholesterol, Now the Bad News. It reported that cholesterol had been proven deadly and our diet should never be the same again. Researchers have since found little or no correlation between cholesterol in our food and our blood cholesterol
Doctors have stressed for years it’s vital to treat all cancers early to increase the chance of cure. But one rogue malignancy rarely obeys the rules.
A Czech proverb says, "A good man grows gray and a rascal bald." And Thomas Dekker wrote in "The Gull's Hornbook" in 1609, "How ugly is a bald pate! It looks like a face wanting a nose." Now, a Japanese report says that men with baldness should be less concerned about how it affects their looks. Rather, is the lack of hair associated with increased
What would it be like to be the highest paid athlete in the world, the toast of Boston, the winner of two Stanley Cups, the rich devil-may-care playboy? Then to find yourself broke, alcoholic, drug addicted and sleeping under bridges? In the space of 12 years this all happened to Derek “Turk” Sanderson.