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Alternative Medicine News – June, 2012

Here are some of the best recent Alternative Medicine stories. You can read the summary of the story and click through to read more on those that interest you.

HSI Online
Sleep Aid Drugs Are Dangerous

Sleep is a big issue. Aging, stress and modern life in general seem to conspire to keep us awake.

As a result, more people than ever take sleep aids. But they aren’t as safe as most people assume.

There are problems with both over-the-counter and prescription sleep drugs. But the Rx drugs are worse.

It’s not only that they have a strong tendency to create dependency. They also come with a deadly surprise.

The British Medical Journal published a study early this year. They tracked 10,500 people for hypnotic sleep aid use. Those who took between 18 and 132 doses in a year were 4 times more likely to die.

Think about it. 18 doses is less than 2 a month. And if people took less than that, they were still 3.5 times more likely to die.

To top it off, other studies show that these drugs give an average of only 11 more minutes sleep. What do you think? Is it worth the risk?

Health Sciences Institute has the story. You can read it here.

Harvard School of Public Health
Not All “Good” Cholesterol is Good

Heart health is tricky.

For years we’ve been told that it is a matter of “good” versus “bad” cholesterol. Of course Balance Point readers know better. It’s not that simple.

And now more details are emerging.

A new study by Harvard School of Public Health sheds light on this.

One small protein, called apoC-III is the culprit. When it covers the surface of an HDL (“good”) cholesterol molecule, the effect isn’t so good. In fact, this kind of HDL actually increases the chance of heart disease.

What’s so special about apoC-III? It creates inflammation. And you probably know that inflammation is deadly. In fact, people with the highest levels of HDL apoC-III had a 60% greater chance of death.

The Harvard School web site has the details here.

Balance Point Alternative Medicine Blog
Alternative Herbal Remedies For Pain Relief

Among all the uses for alternative herbal remedies, pain relief ranks right near the top.

Whether pain comes from injury, inflammation or tension, there’s an herb that will help. Obviously, you should rule out life-threatening causes of pain before you use herbal medicine.

Here is a list of 4 easy-to-find herbal pain remedies. Some of them might surprise you. And all of them have better safety records than prescription pain killers. Not to mention they’ve been used safely for hundreds of years or longer.

The link is here.

Bottom Line Health
Red Flag Symptoms to Watch Out For

Sometimes small symptoms point to big problems.

When it comes to your health, it’s always better to pay attention to details. If you can spot problems before they take hold, you can prevent bigger trouble later.

Here is an article from Bottom Line Health that talks about this. Some of the symptoms they discuss include:

  • Spooned Nails
  • Unexplained Itching
  • Yellow Eyelid Bumps
  • Thinning Hair
  • Recurring Lung Problems

You can learn what each of these could mean by clicking here.

Medicine World
Stop Brain Shrinkage With These Nutrients

What you eat affects your brain. Of course you knew that already, didn’t you?

But now we have more specifics. MedicineWorld.org recently published results from a new study. The study looked at vitamins and nutrients and how they affect brain health.

The results were interesting, but not surprising.

For example, they found that junk food shrinks your brain. Well, duh!

On the plus side, they narrowed down specific nutrients and their effects on the elderly. That’s a good group to test for brain health. The average age in the study was 87.

Predictably, fish oil was among the most favorable nutrients for brain health. And trans-fats made the brain worse.

What I like about this study is that is used blood samples. This helps avoid subjective bias from self-reporting.

The article is well worth reading. You can see the details here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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