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By ICIM Nashville speaker William Shaw, PhD:
Evidence that increased acetaminophen use in genetically vulnerable children appears to be a major cause of the epidemics of autism, attention deficit with hyperactivity and asthma
It appears that the marked increase in the rate of autism, asthma and attention deficit with hyperactivity throughout much of the world may be largely caused by the marked increase in the use of acetaminophen in genetically and/or metabolically susceptible children and the use of acetaminophen by pregnant women. Toxicity of acetaminophen may cause autism by overloading the defective sulfation pathway catalyzed by phenolsulfotransferase, which is deficient in autism, leading to overproduction of the toxic metabolite N-acetylp- benzoquinone imine.
By ICIM member Terry Chappell, MD:
Diabetic drugs cause cardiovascular disease?
In 2011, the FDA slammed restrictions on the diabetic drug rosiglitazone because it apparently increased the risk of vascular problems. Most diabetic complications are vascular. Other new diabetic drugs also had suspicious results. Now the FDA is saying there isn't enough evidence to say they are safe or dangerous.
Recommended by ICIM member Paul Jaconello, MD:
The secrets of sugar
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We've heard about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there has never been a warning about sugar on our food labels despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff is making more of us fat and sick.
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By ICIM member Elizabeth Vaughan, MD:
4 ways to survive the holidays and have a happy, healthy winter
It's the time of year for joy, cheer and good tidings. So, why are there so many people who feel sad, stressed and grumpy when December rolls around? There are a number of reasons why the start of winter is such a challenging time.
By ICIM member Dale Guyer, MD:
The relaxation mineral
Magnesium has been referred to as the relaxation mineral because of its ability to calm the user down. Magnesium is required for over 360 biochemical reactions in your body. If there is low magnesium intake then the body can not complete energy pathways required to feel your best. NIH states that greater than 65 percent of the population is deficient in this crucial mineral. Due to poor diet and over-farming that strips magnesium from the soil, virtually everyone requires magnesium supplementation for maximum vitality.
Caught ya! Ismail Badran MD, the student and resident representative to the ICIM Board sent us a picture of his new license plate:
A great idea for the Christmas of your favorite doc!
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By ICIM member Simon Yu, MD:
Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal pain syndrome associated with symptoms of stiffness, aching, disturbed sleep, depression, anxiety and fatigue. This chronic fatigue look-alike may share similar underlying traits with chronic fatigue, although with different symptoms that stem from individual genetic susceptibilities.
Healing with language: Because
When you are giving lifestyle suggestions, you will do well to remember that the word "because" has a powerful linguistic punch simply because it is common for people to respond to linguistic patterns almost as easily as to the logic — or lack of logic — of a statement.
Julian Whitaker: Our Facebook friend of the week
A pioneer of alternative medicine, Dr. Julian Whitaker is an expert on nutritional supplementation and has been offering guidance on natural therapies for more than 30 years.
The mindful stomach
Galveston Daily News via American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
The Okinawans are among the longest living people on earth with many living to over a hundred. They have a saying, hara no hachi bu — eat until your stomach is four-fifths full. This practice will contribute to good health. If you fill the other fifth, it will contribute to your doctor's income. In mindful eating, notice the signals our stomach is giving us as we think about eating, start to eat and finish. Ignoring these signals or misinterpreting them can lead to overeating, eating too fast or eating out of habit rather than when we are truly hungry.
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Classified ad from ICIM member John Parks Trowbridge, MD:
CEO, marketer and IV-oriented physicians
Dr. Trowbridge writes, "My current project is to set up three detoxification-oriented clinics: one in San Diego, one in Phoenix and one in the Seattle. Help me to find some people that I need to add to this project. I have immediate need for a marketer and IV-oriented physician for each location and, perhaps, a CEO for the entire project."
DNA testing: Do you have a right to test your own DNA? FDA says no
Alliance for Natural Health USA
There's a reason your government is whittling away at your healthcare options and driving costs out of control — and not a good one. America spends more than $2.6 trillion a year on healthcare. At the same time, government is tightening the regulatory reins on nutritional and natural methods to support health — an approach that isn't lowering healthcare spending but raising it.
Family medicine: Shedding microbes and spreading germs
How long do people with respiratory infections spread microbes? Family physicians warn people about spreading infection every day. A sneeze goes more than ten feet through the air, carrying microbes that may enter another person. A great site to review how to avoid the spread of germs is www.HenrytheHand.com, where Henry the Hand teaches infection control.
Potential health effects of toxic chemicals in feminine care products
Women's Voice for the Earth
Are you surprised to learn that feminine care products — tampons, pads, douche, wipes and sprays — can contain hazardous chemicals? Unregulated toxic chemicals in feminine care products may result in serious health problems such as increased risk of breast cancer, reproductive problems, asthma and allergic reactions. Chemicals of concern commonly used in feminine care products include carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors and allergens.
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