Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Every April 22, millions of people in nearly 200 countries celebrate Earth Day, and I’m one of them. Originating in 1970, Earth Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how we can make our Earth a better place. It’s a time to be mindful of your impact on the Earth and … Continue reading Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Meta-analysis Finds Standardized St. John’s Wort Extracts as Effective as Conventional Antidepressants

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) St. John's wort (SJW; Hypericum perforatum, Hypericaceae) aerial parts are a popular treatment for depression, and many countries in Europe prescribe SJW for that purpose. According to the authors, SJW has been well researched; however, the results are conflicting. The last large published meta-analysis was conducted in 2008, and … Continue reading Meta-analysis Finds Standardized St. John’s Wort Extracts as Effective as Conventional Antidepressants

Ginkgo Extract Is Safe in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Does Not Affect Tumor Response, but It May Increase Survival

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a type of liver cancer and is the third greatest cause of cancer-related death worldwide. When diagnosed in the advanced stage, it is associated with a poor prognosis and death after a median of 6 months if untreated. A common therapy is a sorafenib, which is an oral multikinase inhibitor that … Continue reading Ginkgo Extract Is Safe in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Does Not Affect Tumor Response, but It May Increase Survival

Food as Medicine: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus, Cucurbitaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat The watermelon is the largest edible fruit grown in the United States: an annual trailing plant with fruits that can grow from 5-50 pounds and vines that can reach up to 20’ in length. Each fruit forms from a yellow flower, and the spherical or ovoid fruit is typically … Continue reading Food as Medicine: Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus, Cucurbitaceae)

Doctors Should Discuss Herbal Medication Use with Heart Disease Patients

Physicians should be well-versed in the herbal medications heart disease patients may take to be able to effectively discuss their clinical implications, potential benefits, and side effects - despite a lack of scientific evidence to support their use, according to a review paper published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Herbal medications … Continue reading Doctors Should Discuss Herbal Medication Use with Heart Disease Patients

Living with A-fib: Tips and Outlook

Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as A-fib, is an irregular heartbeat. It can lead to the heart not pumping enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.With proper medical treatment, people with A-fib can lead a full, healthy life. There are also several changes that people can make to improve their quality of life and … Continue reading Living with A-fib: Tips and Outlook

A-fib and Exercise: Health Benefits and Risks

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat caused by faulty electrical signals in the upper chambers of the heart. In people with atrial fibrillation, the heart beats irregularly and often too quickly.Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) can result in the heart not pumping enough oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body, which may cause symptoms like heart … Continue reading A-fib and Exercise: Health Benefits and Risks

Atrial Fibrillation: Natural Treatments, Remedies, and Tips

The heart's upper chambers normally beat in a regular, coordinated rhythm with the heart's lower chambers. In atrial fibrillation, the heart's upper chambers can quiver out of rhythm. The result is an irregular heart rhythm that can cause symptoms, such as shortness of breath, weakness, and heart palpitations. The condition can also lead to blood … Continue reading Atrial Fibrillation: Natural Treatments, Remedies, and Tips

Simply Spicy: Exploration of Botanical and Culinary Medicine in Integrative Practice :: School of Medicine: Office of Education | The University of New Mexico

Source: Simply Spicy: Exploration of Botanical and Culinary Medicine in Integrative Practice :: School of Medicine: Office of Education | The University of New Mexico

Oral Allergy Syndrome: Foods, Symptoms, and Treatments

Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction that specifically affects the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. It is related to allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever.In oral allergy syndrome, the body cross-reacts to certain proteins in specific foods. These proteins are similar to the proteins found in the pollens that are associated with hay … Continue reading Oral Allergy Syndrome: Foods, Symptoms, and Treatments