Blueberries Lower Blood Pressure

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently published the results of a study in post-menopausal women with early hypertension.  The study provided daily blueberry powder to half the women and after 8 weeks, those receiving the blueberry powder had a statistically significant decrease in blood pressure.  For systolic pressure (the top number) it was 7 mm of mercury lower and for the diastolic (bottom number) it was 5. 

Does Health Insurance Violate Your Conscience?

The Health Co-Op works with Samaritan’s Ministries to offer a conscience friendly alternative to health insurance.  As mandates and regulations increase the chance that your health insurance premium dollars go to procedures which you find objectionable, you should be aware of alternatives.  This LINK takes you to a recent newsletter from Health Co-Op describing how this alternative can not only save money,

Asthma And Genetics: MTHFR Included

A recent study led by Carole Ober, PhD, Blum-Riese professor and chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, found few clear links between gene mutations and asthma risk.  However, MTHFR was one of the three links that was discovered.  The International Business Times discusses the study HERE.

My comments are below:

Medical research is often both revealing and confusing.


The American College of Pediatricians serves as an alternative to the mainstream and more well known American Academy of Pediatrics.  They are far more conservative and attempt to provide a voice of reason in several areas affecting parents and their children’s pediatricians.  Recently they asked their membership to share the attached handout about encouraging families to spend time together around the meal time table. 

Principle Seven: Personalized Care

As should be evident by now, the principles underlying Sanctuary Medical Care and Consulting are not independent from one another, operating without interaction. The seventh principle is no different. It asserts the importance of approaching each patient as an individual. Patient care must be personalized in every way possible. Each person is a unique whole made by God.

Why Physical Health Matters

Why should we care about the bodies which convey our eternal souls about this world? Won’t they be renewed in heaven anyway? Aren’t we supposed to focus on the eternal things rather than worldly things?

Romans 8:29 could be used to argue that we are to focus our energies on spiritual transformation so that we can be made into the likeness of Christ as could other verses urging spiritual transformation.

Principles Five and Six: Integrative and Functional Medicine

The Christmas season was wonderful, full of joyous memories, but it is time to resume my explanations of the principles behind Sanctuary Medical Care and Consulting. I have discussed the Biblical principles which guide my day to day clinical activities, but will now turn to two principles of medicine which benefit my patients, Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine.