Vitamin D is Particularly Important for Children

Research shows that many of us don’t get this critical vitamin from food or sunshine, and kids who are deficient in it have an increased risk of diabetes and asthma.

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Is Your Child Constipated? Try This Natural Solution

The National Institutes of Health reports that constipation in children is a common occurrence. While this condition is typically not life-threatening, it can certainly affect a child’s quality of life. Constipation is characterized by bowel movements that occur less...
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NAC Produces Significant Benefit in Reducing Irritability in Autistic Children

Background: Autism is a condition characterized by difficulties with social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests that usually become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism...
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Probiotics in the Treatment of Childhood Constipation

Background Constipation in children is a very common occurrence affecting roughly 10% of children. It is characterized by bowel movements occurring less frequently than usual or stools that tend to be hard, dry, and difficult and painful to pass. The following are...
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Vitamin D Reduces Ear Infections in Children

Introduction: A huge and growing amount of research has now shown that vitamin D deficiency is very common (at least 50% of the general population and 80% in infants). There is also similar research showing vitamin D supplementation may be the most cost effective...
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Fish Oils and the Teenage Brain

Introduction: The long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil supplements are critical to brain development and function throughout our lifetime. New research has found that EPA and DHA are especially important to the teenage brain. During...
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Fish Oils Improve Behavior Issues in Children 8-16 Years Old

Introduction: The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil supplements are absolutely critical to optimal brain…

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The Importance of Teaching Gratitude and Building Self-Esteem in Children (and Adults)

Introduction There is a very large body of recent scientific work showing that adults who are more grateful have higher levels of well-being, are…

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Fish Oils and the Teenage Brain

Introduction: The long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil supplements are critical to brain development and function…

Continue Reading

Vitamin D Reduces Ear Infections in Children

Introduction: A huge and growing amount of research has now shown that vitamin D deficiency is very common (at least 50% of the general population…

Continue Reading

Probiotics in the Treatment of Childhood Constipation

Background Constipation in children is a very common occurrence affecting roughly 10% of children. It is characterized by bowel movements…

Continue Reading

NAC Produces Significant Benefit in Reducing Irritability in Autistic Children

Background: Autism is a condition characterized by difficulties with social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and…

Continue Reading

Is Your Child Constipated? Try This Natural Solution

The National Institutes of Health reports that constipation in children is a common occurrence. While this condition is typically not…

Continue Reading

Vitamin D is Particularly Important for Children

The vitamin D studies just keep on coming. Previous research has linked the sunshine vitamin with bone health and enhanced immunity, along with…

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On the show I discussed the failure of conventional medicine to address the underlying issues in many health conditions offering little more than drugs as biochemical “band aids.”

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Garlic -- For Healthy Cholesterol and Immune Function

Garlic has been used throughout history virtually all over the world as a medicine. Its use predates written history. Sanskrit records document the use of garlic remedies to approximately 5,000 years ago, while the Chinese have been using it for at least 3,000 years.The Codex Ebers, an Egyptian medical papyrus dating to about 1,550 B.C., mentions garlic as an effective remedy for a variety of ailments, including high blood pressure, headache, bites, worms, and tumors. Hippocrates, Aristotle and Pliny cited numerous therapeutic uses for garlic. Stories, verse, and folklore (such as its alleged ability to ward off vampires) also give historical documentation to the healing power of garlic. Sir John Harrington in The Englishman's Doctor, written in 1609, summarized garlic's virtues and faults:

Garlic then have power to save from death
Bear with it though it maketh unsavory breath,
And scorn not garlic like some that think
It only maketh men wink and drink and stink.

Another favorite saying about garlic is “Eat garlic and gain your health, but lose your friends.” Fortunately, there are now commercial preparations that provide all of the health benefits of garlic without the social consequences.

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March is National Vision Awareness Month

Five key nutrients for preventing and treating cataracts and macular degeneration eyeball

Nutritional factors play a key role in the prevention and treatment of cataracts and macular degeneration. A diet high in richly colored fruits and vegetables—as well as targeted supplements—is associated with a lowered risk for both conditions.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Research shows that lutein and zeaxanthin supplements not only help protect against macular degeneration, but can also improve visual function in people with macular degeneration. Specifically, in patients with macular degeneration, 10–15 mg of lutein daily led to improvements, including glare recovery, contrast sensitivity, and visual acuity, as compared to a placebo group.

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For more information please refer to the corresponding chapter in the 3rd Edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

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