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Alternative Medicine News – January, 2012

Lots of health-related news this month. Here is a summary of some of the best stories. You will also find links to the original sources.

Girl Hooked on Chicken Nuggets Collapses

Talk about deserving a break!

This scary story out of the U.K. is about a 17-year old girl who eats almost nothing but chicken nuggets. Most of these come from everyone’s favorite clown-spokesman company, but she does mix it up with other brands from time to time.

The fact that this is far from a healthy diet was made clear when she collapsed from malnutrition. At 17, and living in a first world country, that has to get your attention. The story is here.

Olive Oil Relieves Pain

Salad and Mediterranean Diet fans will love this one.

Dr. Jonathan Wright highlights a study done at the Monell Chemical Center in Philadelphia. The study found that one compound in olive oil works just like ibuprofen for reliving pain.

The downside is that to get the same effect, you’d need to take way more olive oil that anyone normally does. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t at least some benefit. Regular consumption of fresh, extra virgin olive oil is likely to at least help reduce whole body inflammation. And since inflammation is a big health risk, it can only be a good thing.

You can see the details here.

Too Much Sitting is Killing Us

Step away from the computer! Oh, okay, read this article first…

The American Heart Association did a study that showed just one extra hour of watching TV daily increased the chance of dying from heart disease. And it wasn’t a small increase. It was 18% greater.

And if the total amount of TV watching is at least 4 hours a day, the odds are 80% higher than if someone watches 2 hours or less.

Find that hard to believe? You can see how they came up with this in the article on the Alliance for Natural Health website. The link is here.

Six Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

I first saw this syndicated article on the Life Extension website. It’s a quick and easy summary of pains and other symptoms that merit a closer look.

This is especially true for people who are over 50. The list is especially good because some of these symptoms are things you might be tempted to ignore otherwise.

It’s worth a look. You can see the list here.

You Can’t Fool Mother Nature For Long: Profiting from Sickcare

Charles Hugh Smith has some interesting things to say on the topic of healthcare. In fact, he refers to the mainstream medical system as “sickcare.”

In this article he points to the connections between modern medicine, fast-food and packaged food industries and the mainstream media complex. The connection? Profiting from illness. When illness pays big time, what’s the economic incentive to promote wellness?

My favorite quote? “In America, the implicit belief system promoted by marketing is that you can eat anything you want in whatever quantity you want, and if anything goes wrong with your body or mind, there is a pill or procedure to fix it.”

The article is well worth reading. You can find it here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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