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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.”

January is National GLAUCOMA Awareness Month

Glaucoma most often refers to the vision loss caused by increased intraocular pressure (IOP) as a result of greater production than outflow of the fluid of the eye (the aqueous humor). The normal intraocular pressure is about 10 to 21 mm Hg. In chronic glaucoma, the intraocular pressure is usually mildly to moderately elevated (22 to 40 mm Hg). In acute glaucoma, the intraocular pressure is greater than 40 mm Hg. Acute glaucoma is a medical emergency, fortunately it is the rarest form of glaucoma.

Chronic open-angle type glaucoma is by far the most common form. It accounts for about 70-75% of the approximately 3 million people in the United States who have glaucoma.

In some cases glaucoma develops in people with normal IOP. Referred to as low-tension glaucoma or normotensive glaucoma (NTG), this form accounts for approximately 25 to 30 percent of all glaucoma cases in the United States. NTG is more common in women than in men and affects adults averaging 60 years old. A common risk factor for NTG is low blood pressure.

Since many patients with glaucoma have no symptoms, it is important that regular eye exams be included in their annual checkup after the age of sixty. Glaucoma is a serious condition that requires strict attention.

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For more information, please see the completely revised and updated 3rd edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Mind Your Ps and Qs

PQQ may be the perfect answer to preventing or reversing age-related mental decline.

kiwiPQQ (short for pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a vitamin-like compound found in plant foods that shows a wide range of benefits for brain function and energy production. Learn more about PQQ with the following Q&A.
What Exactly Does PQQ Do?

PQQ is an extremely potent antioxidant that is able to carry out the role of an antioxidant in the body more than 20,000 times—which is a rare thing. For example, other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are only able to accomplish this “cycling” process about four times.
Are There Any Food Sources of PQQ?

PQQ has been found in all plant foods analyzed to date. Particularly PPQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, and tofu. These foods contain 2–3 mcg of PQQ per 100 grams. Green tea provides about the same amount per 4-oz. serving. While these amounts appear to be sufficient in helping our cells carry out their basic functions, research indicates that boosting PQQ through supplementation can produce some amazing effects.

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