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March 2003 Archives



Natural Health News

Slightly High Blood Pressure Is a Health Risk



High blood pressure is a serious health risk, leading to cardiovascular disease and shortened lifespan. In fact, even slightly elevated blood pressure is a health risk, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study followed 6,859 men and women for 10 years. Those whose blood pressure was at the higher end of the "normal" range were more likely to develop heart disease. For example, women with high-normal blood pressure...

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Ear Tubes in Your Kid's Ears?



Children with persistent ear infections and fluid in the ear often having draining tubes placed in their ears, based on concerns that ear problems may lead to long-term hearing, speech or behavioral impairments. A recent study showed there was no difference in impairment between kids who had ear tubes put in immediately vs. those who waited nine months. In other words, ear tubes are very questionable. Frankly, antibiotics and ear tubes aren't the answer...

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Can Acupuncture Stop Pain?



Acupuncture can stop acute pain, according to a study from National Yang-Ming Medical College in Taiwan. The patients studied had renal colic, a severely painful condition. If you've passed a kidney stone, you probably had renal colic. So you know how painful it can be. In the study, some patients were given Avafortan, a painkiller, while others had acupuncture. The acupuncture patients got pain relief in 2.8 minutes whereas the Avafortan patients had relief...

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Does Acupuncture Really Work?



Although the Chinese have been using acupuncture for over 3,000 years, there are still some who believe that its only benefit is the "placebo effect." A placebo effect occurs when a patient takes a sugar pill after being told it is a powerful pain killer, and then experiences less pain. So, is acupuncture simply a placebo treatment? Not according a recent study from the Department of Sport and Performance Medicine at the University of...

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Fibromyalgia



Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome with no known cause. Its primary symptom is severe muscle pain. Other symptoms may include fatigue, chest pain, low-grade fever, swollen lymph nodes, insomnia, frequent abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and depression. Women between 25-45 years of age are most affected. An estimated 3-6 million people have the disorder. Some clinicians regard fibromyalgia as a precursor to chronic fatigue syndrome. Fibromyalgia is a serious metabolic disorder for which there...

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Primary Care Physician Joins Our Healthcare Team



Paul Engelman, D.O., is a Doctor of Osteopathy. He is a fully licensed and board-certified primary care physician. His specialty is family healthcare. Osteopathy began as a medical specialty historically used for musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck pain, joint pain, sciatica, sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and some types of headache. However, today most modern osteopathic physicians practice general medicine (like a M.D.) and don't confine themselves to manipulative therapy of the...

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Use of Pain Killers Linked to High Blood Pressure



Women who take over-the-counter pain-relief medications like Motrin or Aleve for 22 days or more per month are 86% more likely to develop high blood pressure. Women who frequently take Tylenol are twice as likely to get hypertension. The link was discovered in a study of 80,000 women that was just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. If you or a loved one have pain from arthritis or other chronic inflammatory condition, and...

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Adults urged to take daily multivitamin



According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the Harvard Medical School have concluded that everyone, regardless of age or health status, should take a daily multivitamin. It's well known that the elderly and those who follow vegetarian or other restrictive diets face a significant risk of vitamin deficiency. However, the really interesting finding in this study was that even people who eat a normal diet may...

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