Western research is proving the mechanisms by which foods, supplements, and Chinese herbs regulate blood sugar
levels. Also, how they help prevent the progression of, and ameliorate/reverse the
complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes-namely neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy.
It is hopeful that combining Western
research with Chinese herbal theory can reduce oral diabetic drug dose, prevent
the need for more than one drug, or insulin-dependence. The ultimate goal being to nip pre-diabetes in the bud and decrease the
overall morbidity associated with the disease.
Chinese medicine addresses age-related
cognitive decline by harmonizing the mind, and safeguarding the Three Treasures
(jing qi, and shen). This is loosely equivalent to nourishing the nerves,
regulating hormones, supporting adrenal glands, and protecting genetic
endowments (jing). Food-as-medicine is self-care in these regards.
Glycineis an amino acid shown to benefit memory and
cognition by enhancing
transmission of chemical signals in the brain.
It is concentrated in animal gelatin
The vaccine issue has come full circle. Community, public, and world health organizations have done their job at the population health level to decrease the global incidence and prevalence of vaccine-preventible diseases- even eradicating some. It is now our job at the individual level. Meaning, even if only 1/ 100,000 children has an adverse reaction to a vaccine [the number needed to harm/ NNH];that one child is still that family's one-in-a-million!!
If vaccinating, delaying/ partially vaccinating or not vaccinating, also have a back-up plan for prevention & intervention.
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is the "good" cholesterol. HDL and triglycerides (TG) are most responsive to exercise. While TG level is an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), increasing your HDL level is like getting free brownie points. A HDL >40 mg/dl is desirable, but a HDL >60 mg/dL counts as a “negative” risk factor. Meaning it removes one CHD risk factor from the total count (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2003).
The ATP III Cholesterol Guideline recommendations for low HDL
Got vitamin D from sunshine and diet? If not, are you taking the proper dose of a vitamin D supplement?
are good questions to ask given the emerging role vitamin D potentially plays in
health maintenance, and disease prevention. This includes improving bone
mass density, enhancing immunity against respiratory infection; decreasing the
risk for diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease; preventing
bone spurs in osteoarthritis. Vitamin D is actually a hormone [cholecalciferol], but will be referred to as a vitamin throughout this article.