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Both Tai Chi and physical therapy positively impact pain, function and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis – making Tai Chi a viable treatment alternative for people suffering with the degenerative disease, according to research presented recently at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


Vitamin D deficiency is linked to the increased risk of developing several chronic diseases, including heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. A new study determined the deficiency level associated with the increased risk of developing heart conditions.



Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with preventing the onset of depression, according to research. A large study of 15,093 people suggests depression could be linked with nutrient deficits.


Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) have serious side effects. Primarily, these drugs block the development of a critical anti-oxidant vitamin, CoQ10,that’s causes significant heart, liver, muscle and brain damage. A new study finds that statin use also impairs stem cell function, which helps in slowing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), but hinders other body processes. Because of these effects, the study supports weighing individual risk when considering statins as a preventive measure.



Our standard American diet (SAD), is linked to not only the development of several chronic physical diseases, but to higher levels of depression and anxiety. A new study reveals a diet known to prevent heart disease and cancer also helps when it comes to emotional health and well-being.


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