News - Part 2

Newsletter May 2004

Natural Gardens Healthy Sleep Benefits Lifestyle for Better Sleep Dietary Supplements for Insomnia Ask Dr. J: Carnosine Benefits References In the Health News Diet and Disease Recipe of the Month: Three Bean Salad with Corn Natural Gardens Dear Friends, In the process of remodeling our new house in Florida, we also decided to overhaul the “garden,” which consisted only of grass and one old palm tree set in the middle of the lawn. St. Augustine grass, which is so common in Florida lawns, is extremely water hungry, coarse, and not…

Newsletter September 2003

Drugs and Grapefruit Mercury Toxicity Mercury Protection Asprin vs. Supplements Ask Dr. J: Lung Disease (COPD) References In the Health News Diet and Disease Recipe of the Month: Whole Wheat Cous Cous Drugs and Grapefruit Dear Friends, A recent article suggested that grapefruit sales are down in part because of physicians’ and patients’ concerns that grapefruit can interfere with the effect of some drugs, leading to side effects or excessive activity of those drugs. I should put quotes around the word “interfere” because it might just as well read “enhance.”…

Newsletter March 2003

Doctors “Just Say No”? Expensive Urine?? Supplements in Urine Ask Dr. J: Silymarin Ask Dr. J: Surgery Supplements In the Health News Diet and Disease Recipe of the Month: Curried Potatoes (with eggs) References Doctors “Just Say No”? Dear Friends, A recent Wall Street Journal article said some doctors were increasingly reluctant to recommend many drugs, both prescription and over the counter, based on their lack of benefit, potential risks, and fear of antibiotic resistance. They appear to be doing this in spite of patients’ desire to receive treatments that…

Newsletters February 2003

Drugs: Safe and Effective? Nutrition: Surgery and Healing Supplements for Recovery Vitamin A Safety Ask Dr. J: Vitamin C Forms In the Health News Diet and Disease Recipe of the Month: Cauliflower Millet Casserole References Drugs: Safe and Effective? Dear Friends, While I believe that modern pharmaceuticals have great value in treating disease when they are administered properly, I am also aware that properly administered medications are among the leading causes of death in the United States (they are far more damaging than illegal drugs, other than the societal harm…

Newsletters December 2002

USDA Against Organic Foods Natural Cancer Protection Cancer-Fighting Foods Supplements for Cancer Ask Dr. J: Gingivitis In the Health News Diet and Disease Recipe of the Month: Holiday Stuffed Pumpkin References USDA Against Organic Foods Dear Friends, The USDA recently implemented their widely publicized organic standards, after massive public comment, and extensive revision and acceptance of some of the suggestions made by the public and the organic food industry. The original plans were shameful in their allowance of sewage sludge fertilizer, irradiated foods, and genetically engineered products. If a producer…

Newsletter July 2002

Organic Foods for Health Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Aging ALC and Alpha-Lipoic Acid Schools Are Harming Children Ask Dr. J: PMS Anxiety In the Health News Diet and Disease Recipe of the Month: Hummos and Baba Gannouj References Organic Foods for Health Dear Friends, Organic foods are the fastest growing segment of the grocery market, and for good reasons. I recently read an article in Newsweek, called “What’s Killing the Frogs,” reporting that in the past 30 years 32 species of frogs have become extinct, and that 200 more are in decline,…

Newsletter April 2002

Letter from Dr. Janson: Prescription Drug Advertising Alternatives to Cholesterol Drugs Cholesterol: Other Treatment Options Octacosanol Beats Statins Reflux Esophagitis: Ask Dr. J In the Health News Recipe of the Month: Marinated Grilled Tofu References Letter from Dr. Janson: Prescription Drug Advertising Dear Friends, It is unusual for me to agree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but I have found one area of at least some common ground. I am referring to the television, magazine, and newspaper advertising of prescription drugs to the public, suggesting that they request…

Newsletter February 2002

Letter from Dr. Janson: Real and Imagined Risks L-Arginine for the Heart Exercise as Medicine Ask Dr. J. In the Health News Diet and Disease Recipe of the Month: Mushroom and Eggplant Skillet Sandwich References Real and Imagined Risks Dear Friends, I recently saw two news articles that made me think of the line “What’s wrong with this picture?” Each one was interesting in itself, but seeing them in the same week started me thinking. The first headline had to do with the presence of salmonella in processed meat. The…

Newsletter October 2001

Letter from Dr. Janson Heartburn or GERD Ask Dr. J In the Health News Recipe of the Month: Lentil-Lemon Soup References Letter from Dr. Janson Dear Friends, Although the focus on our personal health sometimes seems trivial and self-centered in the light of “larger” world events, it is important to remember that each of us is as important as the next, and taking care of ourselves is part of taking care of the entire world community. If we do our best to lead healthy, fulfilling, caring, enriching lives, we will…

Newsletter October 2000

Letter from Dr. Janson Prostate Health Prostate Problems Diet for Prostate Health Lifestyle and The Prostate Supplements for The Prostate St. John’s Wort and PMS In the Health News Recipe of the Month: Desserts You Can Live With References Letter from Dr. Janson Dear Friends, Although alternative medicine is increasingly in the atmosphere of medical institutions, the use of natural remedies still seems to disturb physicians when it is seen as a replacement for drug therapies. This tendency is seen in a recent medical article critical of using herbs for…