Nutritional Supplements and Their Role in Promoting Successful Aging and Longevity

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More and more western medicine is acknowledging the importance and vital role that nutritional supplements contribute to health, successful aging and longevity.  While other cultures have focused on this for centuries. The western world has embraced five decades of fast, convenient, and processed foods and in turn consumes 70 % of  all prescription medications.  Obesity, diabetes, and numerous other health problems are commonplace  in North America.  The educated choices that we make today will give us more tomorrows, with quality of life.

Authors: Steven R. Gambert and Barbara Anne Gambert (Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, USA, and others)
Book Description:
Every day, people must make choices. Perhaps nothing is as important, however, as what people choose to eat or not eat. While hunger, whether it be a desire to have a feeling of well-being or purely due to habit, motivates many of our choices, nutrition plays an essential role in our health and how successful we will be in terms of our aging process. The term “nutritional supplements” is generally used to include vitamins, minerals, herbs, meal supplements, sports nutrition products, natural food supplements, and other related products. This monograph, while not an exhaustive compilation of all nutritional supplements available, is meant to guide any reader who is interested in adding quality of life to their remaining years, and perhaps even extending their life span. Whether it is a vitamin, mineral, macronutrient, super food or herb, we have attempted to present the data available (whether anecdotal, based on animal/cellular models, or well conducted scientific studies in humans), to help the reader make a wise choice as to what to include in their diet. This may include a specific food, an ingredient, or nutritional product depending on the person. Having a more successful aging process is up to each individual, and the authors hope this monograph will help to provide an individualized path to success! (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

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Consumers, Supplements, and Clinical Research

In the last decade the National Institutes of Health has devoted over $2 billion to studying complementary and alternative medicine.  This has included several major clinical trials on herbs, vitamins, and supplements.  When supplement research results report harm, the published studies appear to be more influential to consumers and their physicians than results reporting lack of efficacy.  When you take any supplement it should be based on both safety and whether or not it works (efficacy).

Vitamin E

This is especially true when we look at Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is typically purchased and consumed as a preventative supplement.  Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that was thought to reduce oxidative stress linked to cancer and heart disease. It was also the most common supplement recommended by physicians.  In 2005 the results were published  from a major vitamin E trial that showed participants who took >800 IU of Vitamin E per day had higher mortality (death) rates.  Later in 2005 data from two additional studies reported little or no effect of vitamin E in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. Sales of vitamin E decreased by 33 % the following year.  Investigators feel that when supplement research results report harm, the results influence consumers and their physicians more so than results reporting a lack of benefits or efficacy.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

These supplements gained popularity for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. This supplement is not purchased as a preventative but rather to address acute and chronic symptoms associated with stiffness and joint pain common to arthritis.  In 2006 the results were published from two federally funded studies. In these studies there were no serious adverse events. However the results showed that glucosamine alone and in combination with chondroitin did not improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis more than a placebo. In a secondary analysis the glucosamine/chondroitin combination was more beneficial than the placebo in a subgroup of participants with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis symptoms.  No physical harm has been associated with glucosamine and chondroitin. Consumer use of these supplements has not decreased despite the reported decrease in actual benefits. Consumers might be better  to consider supplements containing curcumin (pharmaceutical Turmeric) for inflammation and the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis pain.  

Saw Palmetto

The berries or fruit from saw palmetto is used to treat urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate. This supplement is purchased for the chronic symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. In 2006 the results of a large study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that while saw palmetto was well tolerated, it was no better than placebo in improving the symptoms of BPH or an enlarged prostate in the study participants.  Uniquely saw palmetto does contain beta-sitosterol which does show statistically significant benefits in clinical studies in improving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.  The big difference is that it would take about 200 capsules of saw palmetto to equal one capsule with 300 mg of beta-sitosterol.  The efficacy of beta-sitosterol when studied with enlarged prostate symptoms has been published in the British Journal of Urology, the Lancet, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  Despite the study results of saw palmetto annual sales of saw palmetto in the  US exceed $135 million annually.  Again consumers are better off choosing a natural prostate supplement that uses the ingredient beta-sitosterol.

The following resources are credited for the article above:

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Cancer Cells and Marijuana, Update US National Cancer Institute

Is-Marijuana-Prohibition-a-Suppression-of-The-Divine-Feminine-CannabisThe following article is not endorsed by Wellness in Health or any subsidiary but we do believe in truthful information and being educated.  Recently the National Cancer Institute of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) updated there website to include information regarding the medical benefits of Marijuana. We have incorporated a direct link to the National Cancer Institute site above that is underlined.  When we consider the purpose of legalizing a substance, that should be controlled, we should remember that when legalized it is controlled and hopefully the process would prevent dangerous adulteration and limit the access of that substance to those that would benefit medically. Legalization is a means to control and tax what is presently an out of control substance.  It has been argued that marijuana is a gateway drug.  Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. A 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences states: “In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation into the use of other illicit drugs, it is indeed a gateway drug. However, it does not appear to be a gateway drug to the extent that it is the cause or even that it is the most significant predictor of serious drug abuse; that is, care must be taken not to attribute cause to association.”  This is further discussed here: Is marijuana a gateway drug .


Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells, Admits US National Cancer Institute

States in the US may be one step closer to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, especially now that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has updated its website FAQs to include studies proving cannabis as a natural remedy for cancer.

As InfoWars reports, NCI updated its page to include various studies revealing how cannabis “may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow” while also protecting normal, healthy cells.

NCI stated:

“A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.”


The full list provided by the National Cancer Institute follows:

  • Cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
  • Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of delta -9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed itdamaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.These studies are considered by the NCI as preclinical. They were all done using animals. According to them, no clinical trials of cannabis use for the treatment of cancer in humans have been published.
  • Delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids stimulate appetite and can increase food intake.
  • Cannabinoid receptors have been studied in the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings throughout the body to understand their roles in pain relief.
  • Cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects that may play a role in pain relief.

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That’s not all, in April, the NIDA stated:

“Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that theseextracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

How can government agencies conclude the above and the FDA still classify marijuana as a “drug with no medicinal purposes”? Perhaps this video will enlighten you on the reasons why.

Despite the numerous, proven benefits of marijuana, the federal government aims to keep it illegal while the FDA approves expensive prescription drugs with more side effects and far less research. 

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Prostate Biopsy, MRI, PSA, and Prostate Cancer


In the 1980s a technique was developed in which tissues samples were taken systematically from the prostate in hopes of locating a tumor within the prostate gland. Typically men whose physicians discover elevations in PSA levels, a common blood test to screen for prostate cancer, trigger over 1 million prostate biopsies annually. Most biopsies performed are conventional biopsies otherwise known as blind biopsies. Men who undergo these biopsies dread them and for good reason. They are painful and 75 percent of the biopsies performed are negative for prostate cancer.  

Despite this many men with negative biopsies but elevated PSA levels may still harbor malignant tumors – tumors missed by these conventional biopsies. Most men who have a prostate biopsy will have additional biopsies. This is especially true as many men with negative biopsies but elevated PSA levels may still harbor malignant tumors – tumors missed by conventional blind biopsies.  

A study at Johns Hopkins in 2011 found a significant rise in serious complications post prostate biopsy requiring hospitalization. They found that this common outpatient procedure, used to diagnose prostate cancer, was associated with a 6.9 percent rate of hospitalization within 30 days of biopsy. This does not include complications that were treated in an emergency department or outpatient setting. In 33% of men undergoing prostate biopsy, side effects that men consider a “moderate or major problem” will be experienced, including pain, fever, bleeding, infection, and transient urinary difficulties. A rise in PSA (prostate-specific antigen) may not warrant immediate biopsy, especially because 20%-30% of men will drop back to a lower level simply by repeating the test.  

A PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test is still beneficial for you and your health care provider. Despite the fact that a majority of men with an elevated PSA do not in fact have prostate cancer, but may have other reasons for an elevated PSA such as prostatitis or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  

In August 30, 2011 an article entitled “Prostate Cancer: The Dreaded Prostate Biopsy and Alternatives” points out the alternatives to a traditional biopsy. It is now 2015. It is important to note that imaging of a tumor as discussed then never under staged a tumor but it actually makes it look worse than it is. Also in 2011 doctors at UCLA published a study on “Prostate cancer now detectable using imaging-guided biopsy”. This actually makes sense. If you are going to have a biopsy of your prostate there truly is no point in having a conventional blind biopsy of the prostate. The MRI options available today to detect prostate cancer with imaging make a conventional biopsy look Jurassic in comparison. If you suspect you have prostate cancer you should be asking your specialist health care provider about having an MRI before you consider a biopsy.

This article was originally published October 16, 2015 and has been adapted by the publishing author with appropriate links. The author is affiliated with Best Prostate ® a dietary supplement for prostate health.  If you have an enlarged prostate or are living with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate you may want to visit to learn about effective natural alternatives as compared to prescription medications.

Medicine Cabinet Makeover

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Integrative medicine is really gaining momentum and for good reason. It works. With any luck at all, pill popping will become a last resort rather than first line therapy for what ails us.

In our house we do not have antacids, ibuprofen, or antibacterial anything. We’ve been able to find natural replacements for all those things that not only work better, they’re considerably cheaper.

For us, our first line therapy is therapeutic grade essential oils. They’ve been around for thousands of years, and what I like best about them (besides the fact that they smell good) is they work quickly. Which is perfect for the instant gratification mentality that we’ve all become so used to.

Essential oils can be applied topically either neat (straight out of the bottle) or diluted in a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. It can also be misted into the air using a diffuser or taken internally (note: not all oils can be ingested). I like to add a few drops of lemon, wild orange or lime to my water throughout the day. And we have diffusers going in the office, living room and bedroom throughout the day.

Here are a few of my go-to essential oils for everyday maladies:

  • Peppermint – Great for sore muscles, stomach upset, headaches (like all oils, keep away from eyes), stiff shoulders, improves mental alertness, freshens breath and opens up sinuses and airways.
  • Lavender – Helpful for bruises, minor cuts and burns; its soothing aroma also has a calming affect and can help alleviate stress and tension.
  • Frankincense – Also known as liquid gold, it’s one of my favorites. This oil has anti-depressant properties, soothing for skin irritations, acne, wrinkles, cuts and has been known to reduce scarring.
  • Lemon – Has powerful antiseptic properties, improves circulation, antibacterial, useful for respiratory infections and inflammation, and like most of the citrus oils it improves and lifts the mood.

It’s important to note that not all essential oils are created equal. Unless it carries the label certified therapeutic, there’s a chance the oil may contain synthetic ingredients, contaminants or fillers. Our family uses doTERRA because they have gone the extra step and have all their oils third party tested for purity.

If you’d like to learn more about this inexpensive wellness solution, please feel free to contact me.

Be well,


Statin Prescriptions, Safety, Cholesterol Lowering Alternatives

Almost thirty years ago I launched one of the first cholesterol lowering statin drugs while working for a large pharmaceutical company.  Literally it was one of the first statin prescription products made available to physicians to prescribe for patients. First it is important to talk about what is a statin?  The class of this prescription medication is an ‘HMG-CoA reductase Inhibitor’.  HMG-CoA reductase is an enzyme in our body (in particular our liver) that is responsible for producing approximately 70 % of the total cholesterol in our bodies.  Therefore a statin prescription inhibits this enzyme from actively producing cholesterol. And hence, patients see a reduction in cholesterol.

It is important to tell you that if you are currently taking a statin prescription do not discontinue this medication without consulting you health care provider.  There is a very good reason for this and this is the fact that doing so could actually cause you to have a cardiovascular event.  A cardiovascular event can be defined as an event that may cause damage to the heart muscle.  One example would be a heart attack.

Where did the first statin come from?  This is a very important question.  Pharmaceutical companies all look for market potential when they pursue making a new product.  They look at how many people have the problem.  Obviously if a large number of people have the problem they can make billions of dollars if they can come up with a solution that they can patent. The key word here is patent or own exclusive rights.  Without a patent they would not bother because they could not get an insurance plan or you to pay hundreds of dollars per person every single month indefinitely until the patent expires (generally 7 years).   Only then if a generic is made available does the price come down. Now for the answer.  For thousands of years RED YEAST RICE was and is used as an herbal medicine to lower cholesterol in Asian countries.  Specifically it was discovered that a substance in RED YEAST RICE called monacolins was responsible for the reduction in cholesterol.  Since these monacolins were all natural a pharmaceutical company could not market them profitably unless they could obtain a patent.  Hence the creation of a semi-synthetic ‘monacolin K’ known as lovastatin was created and submitted to the FDA.  In 1987 the FDA approved lovastatin due to the fact that it was shown to lower cholesterol, just like red yeast rice.  The synthetic monacolin K was patented due to the fact that it was synthetically created.

In 2011 the FDA added a warning to the labels (package inserts) of the statin drugs.  This warning included an increased risk of myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, muscle injury, skeletal muscle tissue breakdown, tenderness, weakness, and unexplained fatigue.  It is alleged that these occur rarely.  The truth is that physicians do not report these problems each and every time when they are encountered.

The following patient is a female, 70 plus years of age, and diabetic alerts her family that she has muscle pain and swelling in her arms and legs.  She reports that she has difficulty walking and it is getting worse. wnhealthAs the days go by patient reports that she has increased swelling in her legs, arms, and hands.  In addition she complains about fatigue and that she can hardly get out of bed or a chair due to the pain.  The family realizes that the problem is serious her hands are so swollen that she cannot even grasp a fork or spoon.  She is immediately admitted into the local hospital.  Physicians seem perplexed they run blood work and obvious CPK (muscle enzyme) levels are elevated.  Yet they do not attribute it to the statin prescription.  She remains on the statin and the family is told that she will probably not make it.  Relatives are notified and they descend from all over the US.  Weeks of hospitalization and no improvement just tons of monitoring.  Finally it is decided that she should be transferred to physicians and a larger hospital in the Capital city.  The hospital she was in was smaller and served a community of 15,000 residents.  Upon transfer the first thing the physicians do is discontinue the statin medication.  By this time her three sisters have travelled from all over the United States to pay their respects.  Amazingly with prayer day by day she starts to improve.   We first noted that the swelling has started to go down in her arms and hands.  The above picture was taken after she started to recover.  At this point the patient has spent up to 6 weeks hospitalized.  Slowly but surely she was able to start grasping a utensil and then feed herself.  The hospital initiated physical therapy to get her to walk again. Finally after 2 to 3 months the patient was released and she was able to return home with her daughters to take care of her while she recovered.  Day by day she continued to improve. It is now over a year and the patient continues with physical therapy and needs assistance with her home.  She is able to feed herself and walk and she is finally able to drive again.  She continues to have difficulty with everyday chores and requires assistance.  Her life has been drastically impacted by her exposure to statins.   One of her physicians was overheard speaking to a fellow doctor that this was not the first patient to experience this on a statin. In addition the physician told the other one that she personally would never take a statin.  This was reported first hand by the youngest daughter.  This story is a true story and obviously it is still on my mind because this was and fortunately is my mother.

I look back and almost feel responsible because I recall my employer (pharmaceutical company) telling me that there were no safety concerns and that it was my job to tell doctors that this drug was safe and effective.

When I reviewed the legal proceedings surrounding red yeast rice you can see the obvious egg on the face of those protecting the pharmaceutical company interests. I put together the website  back in 2009 when many consumers when first alerted to it’s cholesterol lowering properties by ABC news.  On that site there are links to the news media stories and published clinical data surrounding red yeast rice.  In addition you will find information regarding why you should not stop taking your statin medication without consulting your doctor.

Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, MD.  I heard her speak at a national meeting for the Natural Products Association.  I learned that she had performed over 10,000 angioplasties and heart stents over the years.  In 1997 she was one of the founders of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.  I asked her about the statins and asked her about red yeast rice.  I also talked with her about my background coming from the pharmaceutical industry and the statins.  The thing Dr. Guarneri stressed about red yeast rice is getting a quality product manufactured by a reputable manufacturer.

 This is the Red Yeast Rice product that Dr. Guarneri recommends. It is manufactured by Designs for Health.

The following is the Red Yeast Rice product that I take personally.  HPF Cholestene which is manufactured by High Performance Formulas, LLC.

 My story is quite different from my mother’s.  When my physician wanted to start me on a statin he said that he knew that I would tell him why I would not be taking a statin.  And he was correct.  I quickly referenced the clinical data as published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, June 16, 2009, and the information from McGill University. “Patients Who Stop Statin Risk Death, Say Researchers.”   I told him that basically I did not want to be a poster child for one of those lawsuit commercials we see every evening on the television.   Of course he wasn’t real thrilled but said that I could return in 45 days for additional blood work to recheck my cholesterol.  Well I immediately started taking red yeast rice and watched my diet trying to avoid foods high in cholesterol.  Interesting enough after my blood results were returned there was no additional push to start a statin.

To learn more about Dr. Guarneri she has a book which is excellent.  It can be found here:

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Longevity and Preventing Future Illness with TCM Cookbook

The secret to longevity and a long life has always interested both men and women.  More importantly if you are going to live a long life you want to be healthy.  It is a known fact that fast food, and processed foods have a tremendous negative impact on the health of North Americans.  Maybe it’s time to use our hindsight – they say that it’s like a 20/20 vision or eye score compared to the unknown. Never before has our food supply been so adulterated both chemically and genetically in the name of shelf-life and corporate profits.  We have a society that is over medicated with expensive pharmaceuticals and a majority of individuals struggle with obesity.  Maybe it’s time to look at cultures where this is not the norm.  A good friend of mine Mr. Raphael Gamon has set out to teach us in his new cookbook the answer to mastering TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) while satisfying our “tastes great” mindset by infusing it with French Cuisine.


Cooking with Traditional Chinese medicine – a self-study book
Cooking with Traditional Chinese medicine – a self-study book


“Cooking with Traditional Chinese medicine – a self-study book”  - a TCM Cookbook to enhance your life.


 Celebrity chef Raphael Gamon’s world-first TCM cookbook is on the market! This fascinating, 164-page self-study reveals his trademark cooking by fusing two respected cultures: French Cuisine with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 Chef Raphael’s “Cooking with TCM” illustrates over 40 color graphics and hundreds of healthy, easy cooking methods. A simplified introduction, backed with modern scientific references, prepares everyone to understand 3000 years of collected wisdom and basic nutritional insights. This book is cleverly designed for anyone curious about medicinal power that can aid our well-being and promote longevity.

Chef Raphael’s “Cooking with Traditional Chinese medicine – a self-study book” – is available via

TCM chef Raphael teaches a captivating, interactive day-seminar for any Spa Hotel, Culinary Schools or to privately organized groups (individuals) about TCM and the basics of immune boosting menu preparations. This is the link that distinguishes a cook from a Spa chef and a perfect presentation to understand food interaction for anyone in need of coping with life changing experiences.

“I teach young and old, hobby chefs and health workers about the effects of the daily food we consume. How combinations of artificial and natural choices alter our digestive system. Our longevity depends on boosting our immune system and correcting how we eat. We are affected by today’s toxic reality and we must adapt to a better understanding when combining food we consume. We are what we eat”, says TCM chef Raphael.

Raphael Gamon was born in 1963 in cosmopolitan San Francisco. This determined multi-lingual Swiss Culinary Academy graduate was hired in 1985 by Palais Royal as the Private Chef to the Culture Minister, Jacques Lange, which kick-started his long list of dignitaries and celebrated clients such as kings, politicians and Hollywood celebrities like Cher, Madonna and Industry moguls who enjoy nutritionally-balanced meals crafted by TCM chef Raphael.

Based in Los Angeles, after studying TCM in Singapore where he opened the first French cuisine/TCM fusion restaurant – this much sought-after specialist consultant in world-wide resort kitchens – is the brains and creator of the first TCM study book for anyone interested in learning the simple applications that can prevent future illness. “If only First Lady Michelle Obama would give me 15 minutes of her time…”

Celebrity chef Raphael Gamon is contributing editor for CIRCLE magazine, QIND online and featured in TIME magazine, NATURA and many health-style articles.

To learn more about his upcoming seminars visit his webpage:

Natural Ways To Prevent The Flu

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It’s that time of year again.  Dare I say it?  Winter is coming!  And with it, the dreaded cold and flu season.  Isn’t it crazy that something as annoying as a cold or the flu gets its own season?  Being bedridden with either is not something I want to contemplate.  So at this time of year, I run through my list of tried and true natural options for prevention.

But before I get to that, I wanted to mention my thoughts as a holistic practitioner on the flu shot.  There are lots of studies available that will tell you the strains contained in the current year’s flu shot are from previous years’ viruses.  What that means is it’s probably ineffectual against fighting off what’s coming this year.  The flu virus mutates rather quickly so it’s hard for manufacturers to keep abreast of it.

The good news is, Mother Nature has us covered.  Here are some simple tips and home remedies that will keep you healthy and get you back on track.

  • One of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to wash your hands.  I read somewhere  that our hands touch our face over 100 times a day.  So you can see how easily germs are transferred. When washing your hands, due your due diligence.  Use lots of hot soapy water and be sure to wash long enough to wash away the germs.  How long?  Try washing to the tune of happy birthday.
  • Get eight or more hours of sleep each night.  Seems simple, but has amazing benefits.  Our bodies heal while we sleep, so getting enough rest is key to keeping illness at bay.
  • Try a homeopathic approach.  The remedy Arsenicum Album taken once a month will ward off colds and flu.  It can be taken in either dry dose (3 dry dissolved under the tongue) or in water (dissolve in water and take 1 teaspoon) once a month from October through April.  Oscillococcinum is another staple we keep in our house.  It relieves flu symptoms and shortens the duration of the illness.
  • Take a daily dose of Vitamin C throughout the season.  Five hundred milligrams a day if you’re feeling healthy or increase to 1000 milligrams if you start to feel a cold coming on.

If you’d like to learn more about how to stay  healthy naturally, please visit our website.  Be well.

Integrative Medicine and Prostate Health

The concept of integrative medicine is guided by the principle to use therapies that have some high-quality evidence to support them.  This would be inclusive of combining conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques. 

Advocates of integrative care say that it’s crucial to hold alternative therapies up to scientific scrutiny, rather than dismissing them outright, because doctors and patients alike need answers.

It is just as important to find out what doesn’t work as it does to find out what does.  A great example is where the researchers affiliated with UCSF completed a study that showed that saw palmetto did not improve benign prostate hyperplasia, a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.  The results were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This was and is important as more than 2 million men in the U.S. take saw palmetto as an alternative to prescriptions. 

Despite these findings many physicians in North America know very little about beta-sitosterol, a therapy that has shown benefit, and its use by physicians for over three decades throughout the rest of the world for the symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate.  A majority of physicians in North America rely almost exclusively on pharmacologic intervention as promoted by large pharmaceutical companies.  It’s easy for practitioners of western medicine to completely dismiss alternatives due to the sheer fact that training in the use of natural products is virtually almost non-existent in their training.  Afterall the big money and pressure is on from the giants in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Even I have to admit when I first heard about beta-sitosterol I dismissed it.  The primary reason was is that despite physicians receiving eight to ten medical journals per month delivered to their medical office or homes they rarely if ever read them cover to cover.  What they do read is often the result of the pharmaceutical industry drawing their attention to the latest study on this or that new pharmaceutical drug.   This can occur via peer to peer discusions again often influenced by pharmaceutical industry promotion. 

As western medicine has progressed the time for treating individual patients has decreased.  Physicians on average see twice as many patients due to managed care and benefit resource reimbursement management. This has decreased the time medical professionals have to actually learn about natural products that are published in the same medical journals that they are receiving.  A good example as in the case of ” beta-sitosterol ”  British Journal of Urology, Lancet, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. In addition to data made available through the NIH.GOV web site. 

The good news is that there are some organizations like the non-profit the International College of Integrative Medicine that actually exist and offer comprehensive education of physicians about the effectiveness of advanced medical care through advanced level trainings and conferences. The web site for this organization is  On this site you can search for a practitioner that is trained in integrative medicine.

The maker of Best Prostate®, IMS Supplements, Inc. has made a donation to the International College of Integrative Medicine to support their educational efforts.