A Virus and Fibromyalgia

June 26th, 2010

A new study suggested that a viral infection may play a role in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromaylgia. The virus is XMRV, which stands for xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus. 95% of CFS patients harbored XMRV, and has also been found in fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalitis, and Gulf War syndrome. 10/23/09 Science.

Kudos to Dancing with the Stars

May 31st, 2010

It was a big pleasure participating on Season 10 of DWTS. A big congratulations is given to all staff and performers.

Injections for Knee Pain

May 31st, 2010

Knee injections with steroid offer better relief for up to four weeks after treatment, but hyaluronic acid injections work better long term, especially after eight weeks, according to Tufts University. We may see more evidence for a combined approach in the future.

Stretch to get Stronger.

May 22nd, 2010

People who stretch tripled their strength in strength training program, 3 times per week, based on a study from George Mason University.

Carvacrol lowers Inflammation.

May 22nd, 2010

The natural oil compound carvacrol lowers COX-2 enzymes by 40%, thereby reducing inflammation. Carvacrol is found in thyme, clove, fennel, eucalyptus, rose, and bergamot.

Beer helps build Bone.

May 22nd, 2010

Beer can be a rich source of silicon, a bone building nutrient that can help avoid osteoporosis. Best silicon was found in pale ale. This is according to the University of California at Davis.

Chocolate and Stroke.

May 22nd, 2010

There is a 22 percent decrease in the risk of stroke among people who ate chocolate once per week, compared with those without chocolate. This is according to St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto.

Benefits of Rye Bread.

May 21st, 2010

Rye bread has three times more fiber than white bread, plus more zinc, B vitamins and lignans, which reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Gingerol and Migraine.

May 21st, 2010

Gingerol is the active constituent of ginger, and may reduce nausea caused by motion sickness or pregnancy, and may also relieve migraine. Chemically, gingerol is a relative of capsaicin, and shows anti-oxidant activity.

Bromelain is an effective alternative to NSAID’s.

May 21st, 2010

Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme from pineapples that has been shown to be an effective alternative to non-steroidal antiinflammatory medications. In vitro research has shown that bromelain decreases migration of neutrophils to sites of acute inflammation, and in vivo bromelain has generated a 50-85% reduction in neutrophil migration. It is an anti-inflammatory agent, and so can be used for sports injury, trauma, arthritis, and other kinds of swelling. Its main uses are treatment of athletic injuries, digestive problems, phlebitis, sinusitis, and aiding healing after surgery. Studies have shown that bromelain can also be useful in the reduction of platelet clumping and blood clots in the bloodstream, especially in the arteries.