Losing weight without developing gallstones

Gallstones are estimated to affect 1 in 10 people in North America. Those who are obese have a higher likelihood of developing gallstones. Most at risk of gallstones as a result of obesity are Native Americans, the elderly, and Caucasian women in their forties who haven’t yet reached menopause. Gallstones are so named because theyContinue reading “Losing weight without developing gallstones”

Nutrition and Breast Cancer

Thanks to recent research in nutrition, dietary strategies are helping many more women survive breast cancer and go on to live long, healthy lives.  Often enough, evidence reveals these strategies may work by influencing inflammation, the immune system, and insulin responsiveness. However, there is no nutritional therapy that is yet “proven” to treat cancer directlyContinue reading “Nutrition and Breast Cancer”

Briefly on Detoxification Systems

Every day we are exposed to toxins, or xenobiotics, that are found in our food, water and environment. The body also makes toxins within itself. These all must be either stored such as in muscle or fat or they are  detoxified and eliminated via the feces or urine. The body’s main detoxification organ is theContinue reading “Briefly on Detoxification Systems”

62-yr-old Woman with Hypertention, Ventricular Hypertrophy and Congestive Heart Failure

One of the considerations with congestive heart failure is the need for fluid restriction and the patient will need to work her doctor to be able understand how much she should be getting daily. Sodium restriction is important for bringing down the blood pressure. In the case of this woman, I would employ a DASHContinue reading “62-yr-old Woman with Hypertention, Ventricular Hypertrophy and Congestive Heart Failure”

Gallstone Development

Gallstones develop in the gallbladder, a small organ that stores and releases the bile made by the liver. Bile is a dark green fluid containing bile salts and cholesterol. The gallbladder releases bile into the small intestine to assist in digesting fats more efficiently. However, if the bile is contains high concentrations of cholesterol, thenContinue reading “Gallstone Development”

Homocysteinemia and Pernicious anemia

Pernicious anemia, a megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency, is associated with hyperhomocysteinemia. Because B12 is needed for methionine synthase to methylate homocysteine to methionine, a deficiency causes an accumulation of both homocysteine and methylmalonic acid (1). When both are elevated, marking the pernicious anemia, it can lead to progressive demyelination and neurological deterioration. AContinue reading “Homocysteinemia and Pernicious anemia”

Before Taking a Statin, Read This

I thought this was an interesting article from Businessweek a couple of years ago and was blown away by the numbers showing that few people actually receive any benefit from statins. If you don’t read it, then here are a few tidbits from the article that I thought would give it to you in a nutshell: …forContinue reading “Before Taking a Statin, Read This”

Predicting a Heart Attack with CRP

Currently, the existing biomarkers for a cardiac event include B-type natriuretic peptide, tro-ponins and C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein is an acute-phase protein released in response to inflammation. Recently, the development of a high-sensitivity assay for CRP (hs-CRP) has been made available. The assay works because it can accurately reflect even low levels of CRP. ThereContinue reading “Predicting a Heart Attack with CRP”

How to Rid Yourself of Statin-induced Muscle Pain

When a patient is on a statin, nutritionists should advise that they don’t have to suffer from the side effects of statin-associated muscle pain (myalgia). Studies are showing that supplementation with two key compounds are useful for decreasing the pain. The first is ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10, coQ10) and the other is cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). StatinsContinue reading “How to Rid Yourself of Statin-induced Muscle Pain”

How a Patient May Avoid An Angioplasty

Angioplasty is a procedure performed by inserting a catheter with a deflated balloon into an affected artery, then inflated to open the artery. Sometimes a stent, or mesh tube, is left to keep it open. The procedure does come with some risk, in fact, having the potential of inducing a heart attack. If a patientContinue reading “How a Patient May Avoid An Angioplasty”