Welcome to the Archives for our older Nutritional articles. Please note that although these articles and abstracts discuss the relationship between nutritional status and disease, that this section of our website is not intended as a prescriptive recommendation for our readers.
The Cancer Prevention Diet
Cancer is a prominent killer of Americans--second only to heart disease--and responsible for more than a half million deaths yearly. The good news is that scientific validation for the protective power of food is accumulating. And empowering people to preserve their health through daily choices puts responsibility in patients' hands. There are more articles like this at the CANCER AND NUTRITION Page
Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals - Is the Science There?
A 1998 nationwide survey of 1,000 randomly selected consumers,
commissioned by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, D.C., found that 95 percent of Americans believe certain foods have health benefits that go beyond basic nutrition and may reduce the risk of disease, 92 percent believe they have control over their own health, and 78 percent can name a particular food or component and the health benefit associated with it. Broccoli, oranges and orange juice, carrots, fish and fish oil, garlic, green leafy vegetables, milk, and fiber were most often mentioned by consumers, in that order.
Effects of Coenzyme Q10 in Early Parkinson Disease:
Evidence of Slowing of the Functional Decline
Arch Neurol 2002 (Oct); 59 (10): 1541–1550
Shults, et al., present the findings of a clinical trial that demonstrates that patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease, given coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplementation for 16 months, showed significantly less impairment than placebo-treated patients. The efficacy of treatment was readily apparent by the eighth month, and the study showed that patients given the highest dose of CoQ10 had the best overall results. There are many more articles like this in the
Rickets is Back
Along with scurvy, pellagra and beri beri, rickets is usually assumed to be an extinct nutrient-deficiency disease. But rickets is back. Caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption, rickets causes improper bone mineralization in children. In 1998 and 1999, S.R. Kreiter, M.D., of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., studied 30 patients, ranging from 5 to 35 months old, with nutritional deficiency-induced rickets. All were African-American children who were breastfed for a year on average without taking supplemental vitamin D. Dark-skinned babies are at special risk because their skin makes less vitamin D from sunlight than light-colored skin. Kreiter determined that rickets has increased because more African-American mothers are breastfeeding, fewer babies are being given vitamin D supplements, and both mothers and babies are getting less sunlight than in the past.
Detoxification for the Body & Mind
Mary came to my practice complaining of weight gain, fatigue and severe bowel problems. She felt "toxic" and said, "Nothing in my body works right." She had gained 80 pounds over a five-year period. Her addictive and destructive eating patterns included sugary and fatty foods as well as starchy breads and pasta she believed were weight-loss foods. Chronic diarrhea forced her to the rest room after every meal. She also had a penchant for diet soft drinks: On a good day she drank eight cans, but her real quota was closer to 14. Her normal afternoon lows were relieved by a fresh can of diet cola. On many occasions she went home from her busy job as an engineer so exhausted she fell asleep by 6 p.m. More often than not, she'd wake in a few hours for a late meal.
The Diet-induced Proinflammatory State:
A Cause of Chronic Pain and Other Degenerative Diseases?
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002; 25 (2) Mar: 168-179 ~ FULL TEXT
We can no longer view different diseases as distinct biochemical entities. Nearly all degenerative diseases have the same underlying biochemical etiology, that is, a diet-induced proinflammatory state. Although specific diseases may require specific treatments, such as adjustments for hypomobile joints, Beta-blockers for hypertension, and chemotherapy for cancer, the treatment program must also include nutritional protocols to reduce the proinflammatory state.
Scientists Urge Better Research and Accreditation of Botanicals
Alternative medicine researchers meeting in Washington, D.C., Aug. 22-23, 2002 recommended independent certification and standardization of botanical products-by government or an independent organization-to ensure that consumers get what they pay for. The need for accreditation and closer scrutiny of botanical content "is very high, if not first" among recommendations issued by the scientists, said conference Co-chairman Eric Block of the State University of New York at Albany.
High Doses of Multiple Antioxidant Vitamins: Essential
Ingredients in Improving the Efficacy of
Standard Cancer Therapy
J Am Coll Nutr 1999 (Feb); 18 (1): 13–25
Numerous articles and several reviews have been published on the role of antioxidants, and diet and lifestyle modifications in cancer prevention. However, the potential role of these factors
in the management of human cancer has been largely ignored.
FDA Proposes Labeling and Manufacturing Standards
For All Dietary Supplements
March 7, 2003 The Food and Drug Administration today took action to help consumers get accurately labeled and unadulterated dietary supplements. The proposed rule would, for the first time,
establish standards to ensure that dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are not adulterated with contaminants or impurities, and are labeled to accurately to reflect the active ingredients and other ingredients in the product. You can also voice your support or opinions about this legislation at: Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
Beating Cancer With Nutrition
“I'm sorry, but you have cancer.” These words from a doctor introduce fear into the heart of any patient. The good news is that supportive nutrition therapy can significantly increase cancer patients' quality and length of life and improve their chances for a complete remission. Better yet, a healthy lifestyle that includes a wholesome diet, sufficient exercise, positive attitude and toxin avoidance can prevent up to 90 percent of cancers.
FTC Charges Marketers of Seasilver with Making False
and Deceptive Claims; FDA Seizes Seasilver Inventories
June 19, 2003 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced coordinated actions against two companies - both charged with promoting the dietary supplement "Seasilver" with unsubstantiated medical claims. The agencies' actions against Seasilver USA, Inc. and Americaloe, Inc. are designed to halt the fraudulent marketing of Seasilver and to seize the available inventory of the product. Today's actions are the latest part of Operation Cure.All, an on-going coordinated effort among the FTC, the FDA, Health Canada, Canada's Competition Bureau, and state Attorneys General to crack down on unscrupulous marketers who prey on consumers with serious illnesses.
Iron: Too Much of a Good Thing
Recent studies reveal that blood donors exhibit lower rates of many diseases and experience better than average health. Additionally, the centuries-old practice of bloodletting is being revived as a treatment for disorders such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's.1 Why would blood reduction improve health parameters? In part, because blood removal helps to control circulating iron levels.
Long Maligned Vitamins Now Have Doctors' Official Stamp of Approval
The vitamin wars are officially over. Record the date for posterity: June 19,
2002. That's when the American Medical Association published a radical new
recommendation - most Americans should be taking vitamins. This article is based on the release of the article
Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults, found just below.
Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults:
JAMA 2002 (Jun 19); 287 (23): 3127-3129
~ FULL TEXT
Reversing a long-standing anti-vitamin policy, the Journal of the American Medical Association just advised all adults to take at least one multivitamin pill each day.
It now appears that people who get enough vitamins may be able to prevent such common chronic illnesses as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis, according to Drs. Robert H. Fletcher and Kathleen M. Fairfield of Harvard University , who wrote the journal's new guidelines. The last time the journal prepared a comprehensive review of vitamins, about 20 years ago, it concluded that multivitamins were a waste of time and money. People could get all the nutrients they needed from their diet, it advised. Oh, the times they are 'a changing!
Eat Right and Take a Multivitamin
New England Journal of Medicine 1998 (Apr 9); 338 (15): 1060-1061
Since the mid-1970s, 25 percent of American adults have regularly consumed a multivitamin containing 400 µg of folic acid. The current evidence suggests that people who take such supplements and their children are healthier. This evidence raises the question of whether physicians and other health care professionals should recommend that all adults take a
Effect of Vitamin and Trace-element Supplementation
on Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Nutrition 2001 (Sep); 17 (9): 709–712
Cognitive functions improved after oral supplementation with modest amounts of vitamins and trace elements. This has considerable clinical and public health significance. We recommend that such a supplement be provided to all elderly subjects because it should significantly improve cognition and thus quality of life and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Such a nutritional approach may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Insulin Resistance: Lifestyle and Nutritional Interventions
Alternative Medicine Review 2000 (Apr); 5 (2): 109–132 ~ FULL TEXT
Insulin resistance appears to be a common feature and a possible contributing factor to several frequent health problems, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, polycystic ovary disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, certain hormone-sensitive cancers, and obesity. The role of nutritional and botanical substances in the management of insulin resistance requires further elaboration; however, available information suggests some substances are capable of positively influencing insulin resistance. Minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, chromium, and vanadium appear to have associations with insulin resistance or its management. Amino acids, including L-carnitine, taurine, and L-arginine, might also play a role in the reversal of insulin resistance.
Nutritional and Botanical Interventions
to Assist with the Adaptation to Stress
Alternative Medicine Review 1999 (Aug); 4 (4): 249–265 ~ FULL TEXT
Prolonged stress, whether a result of mental/emotional upset or due to physical factors such as malnutrition, surgery, chemical exposure, excessive exercise, sleep deprivation, or a host of other environmental causes, results in predictable systemic effects. The systemic effects of stress include increased levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, a decline in certain aspects of immune system function such as natural killer cell cytotoxicity or secretory-IgA levels, and a disruption of gastrointestinal microflora balance. These systemic changes might be a substantial contributor to many of the stress-associated declines in health. Based on human and animal research, it appears a variety of nutritional and botanical substances - such as adaptogenic herbs, specific vitamins including ascorbic acid, vitamins B1 and B6, the coenzyme forms of vitamin B5 (pantethine) and B12 (methylcobalamin), the amino acid tyrosine, and other nutrients such as lipoic acid, phosphatidylserine, and plant sterol/sterolin combinations - may allow individuals to sustain an adaptive response and minimize some of the systemic effects of stress.
Plant Sterols and Sterolins:
A Review of Their Immune-Modulating Properties
Alternative Medicine Review 1999 (Jun); 4 (3): 170–177 ~ FULL TEXT
Beta-sitosterol (BSS) and its glycoside (BSSG) are sterol molecules which are synthesized by plants. In animals, BSS and BSSG have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic, anti-pyretic, and immune-modulating activity. You also might enjoy this more
recent 2001 Monograph.
The Detoxification Enzyme Systems
Alternative Medicine Review 1998 (Jun); 3 (3): 187–198 ~ FULL TEXT
The human body is exposed to a wide array of xenobiotics in one's lifetime, from food components to environmental toxins to pharmaceuticals, and has developed complex enzymatic mechanisms to detoxify these substances. These mechanisms exhibit significant individual variability, and are affected by environment, lifestyle, and genetic influences. The scientific literature suggests an association between impaired detoxification and certain diseases, including cancer, Parkinson's disease, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue/immune dysfunction syndrome.
Sustain the Brain:
Supplements Which Support Brain Function
High on the aging populations' list of fears is losing one's mental faculties. Certain types of mental decline result from exposure to toxins and to both endogenous and exogenous oxidizing agents—all of which appear to contribute to brain inflammation, scarring and cognitive impairment.
Often when a woman becomes pregnant, or is trying to get pregnant, she develops a new perspective on her health. For most this means a new or renewed interest in nutrition and healthy food choices. Some women are afraid their diet is insufficient and worry it might affect their baby. Others simply want to do everything in their power to have an easy pregnancy and a normal infant. All are valid concerns. They are also opportunities for you to discuss the reasons to supplement, even for those already eating healthfully.
Dietary Exposures to Food Contaminants across the United States
Environmental Research 2000 (Oct); 84 (2):170-185
Food consumption is an important route of human exposure to pesticides and industrial pollutants. Average dietary exposures to 37 pollutants were calculated for the whole United States population and for children under age 12 years by combining contaminant data with food consumption data and summing across food types.
The Role of Hidden Food Allergy/Intolerance
in Chronic Disease
Alternative Medicine Review 1998 (Apr); 3 (2): 90-100 ~ FULL TEXT
A large body of medical literature has indicated that hidden food allergy is a frequent cause of a wide range of physical and mental conditions. Hidden allergies can be "unmasked" by means of an elimination diet, followed by individual food challenges. Although the concept of hidden food allergy remains controversial, the evidence strongly suggests that identification and avoidance of allergenic foods can relieve a number of common and difficult-to-treat medical problems.
DNA Damage From Micronutrient Deficiencies
Is Likely To Be a Major Cause of Cancer
Mutat Res 2001 (Apr 18); 475 (1-2): 7–20
Common micronutrient deficiencies are likely to damage DNA by the same mechanism as radiation and many chemicals, appear to be orders of magnitude more important, and should be compared for perspective. Remedying micronutrient deficiencies should lead to a major improvement in health and an increase in longevity at low cost.
Analytical Accuracy and Reliability of Commonly Used
Nutritional Supplements in Prostate Disease
J Urol 2002 (Jul); 168 (1): 150–154
Canadian researchers decided to "determine the analytical accuracy and reliability of commonly used nutritional supplements for prostate disease by comparing the amounts of active ingredients of several brands of vitamin E, vitamin D, selenium, lycopene and saw palmetto." What they found was that "commonly used nutritional supplements for prostate disease vary widely in measured dose. Saw palmetto demonstrated tremendous variability with some samples containing virtually no active ingredients." Buyers need to feel secure that their supplement supplier (I use Shaklee) are reputable, and deliver what the lable promises.
Scientific Basis for the Therapeutic Use of Withania
somnifera (Ashwagandha): A Review
Alternative Medicine Review 2000 (Aug); 5 (4): 334-346 ~ FULL TEXT
Studies indicate ashwagandha possesses anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antistress, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, hemopoetic, and rejuvenating properties. It also appears to exert a positive influence on the endocrine, cardiopulmonary, and central nervous systems. The mechanisms of action for these properties are not fully understood. Toxicity studies reveal that ashwagandha appears to be a safe compound.
Debunking the Placebo Effect
Any beneficial effect derived from natural remedies such as vitamins, minerals and herbs is often discounted as being nothing more than the consumer's belief that they will work. With an air of authority, skeptics claim that natural medicine is quackery, effective only because of the placebo effect.
In 1955, Henry K. Beecher, M.D., was the first to report on the so-called placebo effect. Beecher claimed that about 35 percent of the time, patients who took a pill containing no active ingredients experienced an improvement in their condition.
In 1997, researchers at the Institute for Applied Theory and Methodologies in Health Care, in Frieburg, Germany, decided to look into Beecher's theory. Reporting in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, they scrutinized the 15 different clinical studies cited by Beecher. Here is what they found.
The Perils of Processing
Are all the nutrients required to sustain life and health available in our foods and supplements? Despite food fortification, important nutrients may still be missing.
Children and the Caffeine Culture
Here is a two-part article on the increasing caffeine consumption by children and youths in the U.S. that appeared in the San Mateo County Times on October 26 and 28, 1998, and probably in other ANG Newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was written by Dr. Ron Eisenberg and Dr. Virgil Williams, staff physicians at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California, who apparently write other medical related columns for the newspaper group.
A Survey of Chiropractor's Use Of Nutrition In Private Practice
Journal of Chiropractic Humanities 2001
This Adobe Acrobat article (188 KB) reviews the responses of a cross-section of the profession (n=200) about their use of, and beliefs in the use of nutritional interventions in chiropractic practice.
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Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Monograph
Alternative Medicine Review 2000 (Aug); 5 (4): 372-375 ~ FULL TEXT
Green tea is produced from steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures, thereby inactivating the oxidizing enzymes and leaving the polyphenol content intact. The polyphenols found in tea are more commonly known as flavanols or catechins. Green tea polyphenols have demonstrated significant antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, thermogenic, probiotic, and antimicrobial properties in numerous human, animal, and in vitro studies.
Alternative Medicine Review 1998 (Aug); 3 (4): 302-305 ~ FULL TEXT
Bromelain has potent anti-inflammatory characteristics, and has been shown to decrease aggregation of blood platelets. It is an effective fibrinolytic agent in vitro and in vivo; however, its effect is more evident in purified fibrinogen solutions than in plasma.
Comparative Absorption of Calcium Sources and Calcium Citrate
Malate for the Prevention of Osteoporosis
Alternative Medicine Review 1999 (Apr); 4 (2): 74-85 ~ FULL TEXT
Meta-analyses of calcium and bone mass studies demonstrate supplementation of 500 to 1500 mg calcium daily improves bone mass in adolescents, young adults, older men, and postmenopausal women. Calcium citrate malate has high bioavailability and thus has been the subject of calcium studies in these populations.
The Diet-Induced Pro-Inflammatory State Series
David Seaman,DC, MS, DACBN
Part I: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies = Radiation Damage?
Part II: Give Your Patients a Nutritional Adjustment
Part III: Give Yourself a Nutritional Adjustment
Part IV: Fight the Flu with a Nutritional Adjustment
Part V: Do You Frequently Get Tired After a Meal? You Need a Nutritional Adjustment!
Part VI: Magnesium Deficiency, Inflammation and Nervous System Hyperexcitability