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Choosing the Right Multivitamin
There are very few multivitamins that I fully endorse. Most of them can be immediately discounted based on poor forms of the contained nutients or additives that do not promote health. Some common offenders: 1. FD&C dyes. Commonly seen in the popular, over-the-counter once daily multis. 2....
Do We Really Know What Causes Heart Attacks?
Is everything we thought we "knew" about heart disease wrong? http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1104631 This study showed that: "Among patients with acute myocardial infarction without prior cardiovascular disease, in-hospital mortality was inversely related to the number of...
The Integrative Answer - Alzheimer’s Risk
In this blog feature, Dr. Gladd will highlight the approach of Integrative Medicine and the GladdMD philosophy by answering a medical question posed to conventional experts based on how he would address the concern. This week the question to the conventional doctor writing for the Journal...
Before you fill that script
Did you know that in a 5 year study, people who had their diabetes more aggressively managed with medication had a greater mortality? Wow. Yet all the system knows to do is to keep writing scripts and increasing doses. Sure your A1C is down, but so is your life expectancy. Time to get off...
Time to gear up for cold/flu season
This is the time of year I am frequently asked what to do about cold and flu symptoms. It is a good time to dust off the evidence and discuss what are good strategies. Certainly the age old time and rest are ideal but not often practical. The foundation should not be any surprise. Living a...
Approach to reflux
The stomach needs acid to facilitate the breakdown of food, but also to provide protection for the rest of the digestive system by destroying harmful bacteria/yeast/parasites that are swallowed. Taking a proton pump inhibitor (ie. Nexium, Prevacid) for a long-time robs the digestive system of this...
More calcium does not stregthen bones
A new study from the British Medical Journal in May 2011 shows us why we should stop looking at osteoporosis as a calcium thing. Over 60,000 women were followed for 19 years and their calcium intakes where assessed trying to determine the link between calcium intake and fracture prevention. There...
Food sensitivities? Don’t blame the food. Part 1
There certainly is a lot of attention now given to food sensitivity. The awareness is increasing: Labels in the grocery store, menus at restaurants, lists of restrictions for kids in schools and daycare. The focus is mainly on the message that certain foods are irritating the body and driving lots...
Natural seasonal allergy relief
I am going to start becoming more regular with the blog, I promise. I will write some new content, but also start linking some of my old stuff that currently lives at Discovery Health (the old PureHealthMD content). It's great stuff and I don't think it needs to be rewritten. Here are...
Proof that antibiotics have a significant downside
Good Bacteria Keep the Immune System Primed to Fight Having healthy levels of bacteria in the gut keep the immune system ready for a fight. 70% of the immune system resides in the gut, so when taking oral antibiotics a significant shift in protection can occur. This is leading to what we will...