Diets Rich in Antioxidants May Reduce Stroke Risk

Noshing up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, tea and chocolate can slash the incidence of strokes in both healthy and high-risk women.

Green Tea Extract and L-Theanine Improve Mental Function

Background: L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea leaves, helps reduce stress, promote relaxation and improve the quality of sleep. L-theanine is found in tea leaves in low concentrations (less than 2 percent), which means that effective dosage levels (of 100 -...

New Study Shows Exercise Dramatically Increases Longevity

It is common sense that the better shape that you're in physically, the greater your odds of enjoying a healthier and longer life. For examples, most studies have shown that the risk of having a heart attack or stroke in an unfit individual is eight times greater than...

How to Slow Down Your Genetic Clock

There has been a great deal of study in recent years about what causes us to age, and whether it’s possible to slow down our genetic clock. For many years it was thought that cells were immortal if given an ideal environment. This long-held belief was discarded in the...

Fish Oil Increases Life Expectancy

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Another Study Shows the Importance of Fish Oils to Brain Health

Introduction The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil supplements are absolutely critical to optimal brain function. A new study from the prestigious Oxford University in the UK found that the levels of EPA+DHA “significantly...

PGX and the GLP-1 Connection

Achieving ideal body is not about dieting or food deprivation, it is all about eliminating excessive hunger, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and…

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Soy Shows Positive Effects in Women with a History of Breast Cancer

Women who have estrogen-sensitive breast cancer have often been advised to stay away from soy foods and soy isoflavone supplements. This…

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Another Study Confirms Cherries are Good for Gout

One of the most popular medicinal uses of cherries, cherry juice, and cherry extracts has been in the treatment and prevention of gout – a painful…

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Research Update on SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine)

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is an important physiologic agent that is involved in more than 40 biochemical reactions in the body. It functions…

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4 Supplements to Help Your Sleep

When you can’t sleep, the temptation to pop a sleeping pill is strong. But there’s a large body of research indicating that sleeping pills may…

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Get a grip on anxiety

If you think prescription medications are the only option for anxiety and panic attacks, you’ll be happy to know about these very effective natural…

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CoQ10 Supplementation Lowers Inflammatory Marker in Heart Disease Patients

Introduction In addition to the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (i.e., smoking, elevations in cholesterol, elevated blood pressure,…

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Prunes vs. Dried Apples – It’s a Tie!

Introduction According to the latest research, the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is fact, not just folklore. Researchers…

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Fish Oil Rich in DHA Improves Attention Deficit Disorder

Introduction Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect about 10 million children in the United States. A little more than half of…

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Sleeping Pill Use Dramatically Increases the Risk for Dementia

Introduction Sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs should be avoided. Because these drugs act in a powerful manner on brain chemistry, significant…

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Melatonin Aids in Discontinuation of Prescription Sleeping Pills

Introduction: As a reader of Fast Facts, I assume that you are familiar with some of the key points detailed in my free book to subscribers:…

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Five medicines in your medicine cabinet that do more harm than good

Dr. Murray joins Lisa, from Its Your Health Network  to talk about five medicines in your medicine cabinet that do more harm than good. You can…

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Phytosomes – Increase the absorption of herbal extracts!

Phytosomes are advanced forms of herbal products that are better absorbed, utilized, and as a result produce better results than conventional herbal…

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The Importance of Natural Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes

Introduction: The statistics on the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes are staggering as it is now estimated that one-half of all Americans…

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Reseveratrol Shown to Improve Blood Sugar Control in Type 2 Diabetes (But, Please Read the Fine Print)

Background Resveratrol is a plant compound similar to flavonoids. It is found in low levels in the skin of red grapes, red wine, cocoa powder,…

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If you don’t want to take a flu shot . . .

Introduction Despite the fact that the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) advocates a seasonal flu shot for everyone, the reality is that not…

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Magnesium Oxide Shown to be Well-Absorbed

Background InformationWhile calcium gets most of the attention, magnesium is just as much of a major essential mineral and may be a much more…

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What’s New with Natural Medicine?

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine just underwent its first revision in 15 years. In this broadcast of Five to Thrive Live, coauthor Michael…

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Can Chocolate Help You Lose Weight?

Background: Of all the foods available on planet Earth, perhaps the most magical (and interesting) is chocolate. This delectably seemingly…

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Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet Affects Gene Expression

Background: There is no question that dietary habits can affect your health and risk for disease via a number of mechanisms. What you may not know…

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Natural Products Association President’s Award 2012

Congratulations Mike on receiving the Natural Products Association President's Award this year!   Dr Murray's Acceptance…

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Probiotics Useful in Reducing Hayfever and Respiratory Allergies

Background: Airborne allergens, such as pollen, dander, and dust mites, can lead to hayfever and asthma symptoms. There is some evidence that…

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Solving The Healthcare Crisis

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Congratulations Dr. Murray!

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Tinnitus: Can Melatonin Stop the Ringing?

Background Tinnitus refers hearing a constant ringing, roaring, clicking or hissing sound. It is Millions of people in the U.S. have tinnitus.…

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Diuretic Do’s And Don’ts

Diuretics are primarily used for people who have high blood pressure or heart failure. Best-selling author and Wellness Times Editorial Advisor,…

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Oral Hyaluronic Exerts Unique Effects

Background Information: Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a glycosaminoglycan or GAG that acts as the intracellular cement or glue of connective tissue. As…

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Saw palmetto shows impressive results in 2 year study

Background: Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is palm tree native to Florida. Numerous double-blind studies have shown an extract of the berries to…

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Mulberry leaf supplementation lowers blood lipids

Background: The mulberry plant (Morus indica) is probably best known as food for silkworms, but it has also been highly regarded in traditional…

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Whey protein, but not soy protein supplementation promotes fat loss

Background: In short-term studies with subjective assessment of hunger and satiety, dietary protein has been shown to be more satiating than fat…

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Half of Americans Projected to Be Obese in 2030

Background: Currently it is estimated that 8 out of 10 adults over the age of 25 are overweight and about 38% of the adult population meet the…

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Ease Enlarged Prostate

The prostate is a single, doughnut-shaped gland about the size of a walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The prostate…

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Home Remedies to Heal Bronchitis

Bronchitis refers to an infection or irritation of the bronchi—the passageway from the windpipe (trachea) to the lungs. This illness is much more…

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Are You Riding The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster?

Blood sugar levels play an important role in how we feel and if we will be at risk of developing certain chronic and potentially deadly illnesses…

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Coenzyme Q10: The Body’s Spark Plug

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) the spark plug of the human body: Just as a car can’t run without that initial spark, the human body can’t get going without…

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Two Natural Ways to Reduce Blood Pressure

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Do You Want to Downsize Your Meal?

Studies show that calorie postings in fast-food restaurants do little to deter diners from overeating. Two university professors wondered what would…

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Many Headaches Are Drug-Induced

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Tinnitus: Natural Ways to End the Ringing

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Important New Treatment Guidelines for Sinus Infection

An expert panel of physicians representing a variety of organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American…

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Lower Your Blood Pressure with Purple Potatoes, Black Tea and Magnesium

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New Study Shows Many Restaurant Patrons Want Smaller Portions

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Research Shows a Revolutionary Fiber Can Reduce Hunger in Dieters

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If Dad’s Depressed, Kids Can Be Also

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Dr. Murray Recognized for Long-time Contributions to Natural Health

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Memory Loss May Begin Sooner Than We Think

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Green Tea May Boost Your Exercise Routine

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Broccoli, Squash, Apples and Other Produce Can Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

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Diets Rich in Antioxidants May Reduce Stroke Risk

New research shows that even if you have a history of cardiovascular disease, eating a diet loaded with antioxidants may substantially lower your…

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Can't Sleep? You May be Boosting Your Heart Attack Risk

Can’t Sleep? You May be Boosting Your Heart Attack Risk

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Omega-3s May Help Treat Depression, Osteoarthritis and Prostate Cancer

Omega-3s May Help Treat Depression, Osteoarthritis and Prostate Cancer

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Probiotics Aid in the Treatment of Childhood Constipation

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Coenzyme Q10 Can Relieve Dry Mouth

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PharmaGABA: Natural Support for Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia

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Dr. Murray’s Perspective on a Recent Study on Calcium and Heart Disease

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Probiotics in the Treatment of Childhood Constipation

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On the Dr Oz show


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.

What are the signs and symptoms of GLAUCOMA?

Since patients with the early stages of chronic glaucoma rarely have symptoms, it is important that regular eye exams be included in their annual checkup after the age of sixty. Chronic glaucoma can result in the gradual loss of peripheral vision resulting in tunnel vision.

Typical signs and symptoms of acute glaucoma include extreme pain, blurring of vision, reddened eyes, and a fixed and dilated pupil. Acute glaucoma is a medical emergency. If you are showing any signs of glaucoma, consult an ophthalmologist immediately. Unless adequately treated within twelve to forty-eight hours, an individual with acute glaucoma will become permanently blind within two to five days.

What causes GLAUCOMA?

The cause of glaucoma appears to be an abnormality in the composition of the supportive structures of the eye. Specifically, structural changes reflecting poor collagen integrity and function are the hallmark features of glaucoma. These changes lead to blockage in the flow of the aqueous humor and result in elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) readings.

What dietary factors are important in GLAUCOMA?

For chronic glaucoma, a generally healthful diet is recommended, with a focus on foods high in vitamin C and flavonoids, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, regular consumption of cold-water fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel, herring, and halibut) is also encouraged due to their high content of omega-3 fatty acids. Animal studies have shown that an increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can lower IOP.

Chronic glaucoma has been successfully treated by eliminating allergies. In one study, of the 113 patients exposed to a food or environmental allergen demonstrated an immediate rise in IOP of up to 20 mm, in addition to other typical allergic symptoms. To treat glaucoma by eliminating food allergens, follow the guidelines given in FOOD ALLERGIES.

What nutritional supplements should I take for GLAUCOMA?

Foundation Supplements. High potency multiple vitamin and mineral formula; Vitamin D3 2,000-5,000 IU/day; Fish oil, EPA+DHA 1,000 to 3,000 mg/day.

Vitamin C is necessary for proper collagen integrity. Vitamin C supplementation has been shown to lower IOP levels of glaucoma patients in many clinical studies. Although some people respond to as little as 2 grams per day, others may respond only to extremely high doses (35 grams per day). Abdominal discomfort is common when using high doses, but usually tapers off after three to four days. The ability of vitamin C to reduce the IOP lasts only as long as supplementation is continued.

Grapeseed extract contains flavonoids that enhance the effects of vitamin C and stabilize the collagen matrix. The citrus bioflavonoid rutin has also been demonstrated to lower IOP when used as an adjunct in patients who are unresponsive to glaucoma medications alone. Grapeseed extract is a better choice.

Magnesium supplementation lowers IOP in a fashion similar to that of popular drugs used in the treatment of glaucoma. Magnesium works just like the drugs by blocking the entry of calcium to produce relaxation of the arteries. In fact, magnesium has been referred to as “nature’s calcium-channel blocker.” Magnesium supplementation improves the peripheral circulation and seems to have a beneficial effect on the visual field in patients with glaucoma.

Ginkgo biloba extract shows promise in the treatment of glaucoma. In one study of patients with severe chronic glaucoma, although the improvements in IOP were mild, given the poor prognosis for these patients the results were deemed relevant. The recommended dosage of ginkgo extract (24% ginkgo flavonglycosides) is 160 to 240 mg daily.

How Do I Know if the Recommendations are Working?

Periodic re-examination by your physician to measure intraocular pressure is important. If the recommendations above are working there should be a gradual improvement in visual function and a normalization of IOP.

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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