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Do you take vitamin D? It is one of the most potent health enhancing vitamins known, and I’ve written about it extensively. If you don’t, perhaps the findings of this study will persuade you to reconsider doing so. I am very happy to share this study with you, as it is very instructive as to how to prevent cancer with adequate vitamin D intake (and blood levels).



One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp.





Insomnia can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and more. This study finds that curing the insomnia reduces the inflammation and hopefully reduces disease. It also found the best way to cure lack of sleep is through the use of a common psychotherapy treatment—cognitive behavioral therapy.


New research determined that Curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric (Curcuma longa), may provide significant benefit in preventing telomere shortening and may actually promote elongation of telomeres.

Although telomeres shorten with each cell division, dividing cells express telomerase, a protein complex that synthesizes and elongates telomeres. Researchers sought to determine if Curcumin could increase telomerase expression and thereby help preserve telomere length. To test their hypothesis, they chose to look at its effects on telomerase expression in brain cells exposed to beta-amyloid, a primary source of oxidative damage and brain cell death linked to Alzheimer’s.


I believe one of the most significant and ongoing ignored aspects of medical treatment is our failure, as physicians and other health care professionals to help our patients manage stress. It is one of the leading risk factors and contributors to the development of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and many more.


I haven’t commented on The Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obama Care since it entered the political landscape. The primary reason is because I felt the focus of the discussion was being presented in a divisive way to the American people.

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