Chinese Prevent Strokes with Folate and Learn About MTHFR

Researchers in China recently released findings from a large study of 20,000 patients looking at whether folic acid (yes, the synthetic form) affected the stroke risk in those with high blood pressure. Several of the findings underscore the importance of the methylation cycle in cardiovascular health. Both individuals with MTHFR 677 mutations and those without should take notice of this study.

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. 

Three Little Pigs Wax Philosophical on Health

The story of the three little pigs (prior articles) continues as they wax philosophical and ask themselves “why does their health or their diets matter anyway?” You see they are good little Christian pigs who are looking forward to a new heaven and new earth, expecting that they will be renewed in a perfect pig body free of disease and a pig spirit free of sin.

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Obese Mice and Probiotics

A story about obese mice and probiotics

Sometimes, as one explores the world of functional and integrative medicine, one may stop and ask if the mainstream medical establishment is right.   Are we so desperate for healing and restoration that we will latch on to any theory or any promise?  Should we just treat symptoms and stop looking for root causes?