Saturday, January 26, 2008

Rhodiola Effective for Depression

New research published in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry suggests that Rhodiola could represent an effective natural agent in the treatment of depression. The antidepressant effects of Rhodiola are associated with a decrease of stress activated proteins. This suggests a different mechanism of action than conventional antidepressant drugs and could be a reason why Rhodiola is relatively free from side-effects.

Thyme and ivy leaf effectively treat acute bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is usually a viral and a self-limiting condition that typically does not require the use of antibiotics. First-line herbal therapies for bronchitis often include ivy leaf, thyme, and Pelargonium sidoides. A thyme-ivy combination known as Bronchipret is a well-established treatment for acute bronchitis and coughs in Europe. The link to this large clinical trial clearly demonstrates that the syrup safely and effectively reduces the incidence of cough and duration of illness in adults with acute bronchitis. Thyme's phamacologic activities secreolytic, expectorant, and bronchospasmolytic effects while ivy leaf is noted for its antispasmodic and expectorant actions. Health care practitioners note that these herbal ingredients are recommended in children as young as 4 years of age but are contraindicated in pregnant or lactating women.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Medical Cannabis

A NEW STUDY in the journal Neurology discusses how marijuana is an invaluable medicine in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain.

Marijuana May Fight Lung Tumors? From CBS news: "Cannabis may be bad for the lungs, but the active ingredient in marijuana may help combat lung cancer, new research suggests. In lab and mouse studies, the compound, known as THC, cut lung tumor growth in half and helped prevent the cancer from spreading, says Anju Preet, PhD, a Harvard University researcher in Boston who tested the chemical."

I found this very interesting: "More people are using the cannabis plant as modern basic and clinical science reaffirms and extends its medicinal uses. Concomitantly, concern and opposition to smoked medicine has occurred, in part due to the known carcinogenic consequences of smoking tobacco. Are these reactions justified? While chemically very similar, there are fundamental differences in the pharmacological properties between cannabis and tobacco smoke. Cannabis smoke contains cannabinoids whereas tobacco smoke contains nicotine. Available scientific data, that examines the carcinogenic properties of inhaling smoke and its biological consequences, suggests reasons why tobacco smoke, but not cannabis smoke, may result in lung cancer."

From the Harm Reduction--The Cannabis Paradox: "This article examines harm reduction from a novel perspective. Its central thesis is that harm reduction is not only a social concept, but also a biological one. More specifically, evolution does not make moral distinctions in the selection process, but utilizes a cannabis-based approach to harm reduction in order to promote survival of the fittest. Evidence will be provided from peer-reviewed scientific literature that supports the hypothesis that humans, and all animals, make and use internally produced cannabis-like products (endocannabinoids) as part of the evolutionary harm reduction program. More specifically, endocannabinoids homeostatically regulate all body systems (cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, excretory, immune, nervous, musculo-skeletal, reproductive). Therefore, the health of each individual is dependent on this system working appropriately."

US Hospitals Charge Uninsured More, Study Says

U.S. hospitals are charging uninsured patients about two-and-a-half times more than those with health insurance!

US Health System Rankings

The United States, which has the most expensive health system in the world, underperforms consistently relative to other countries.

What's in a flu shot?

Check out this funny video just in time for the cold and flu season!

Do you really need that spinal surgery?

Can you trust your doctor's recommendation to have surgery for an aching back? Make sure you have all the facts. Evidence says surgery does not fix the problem over the long term any better than time, physical therapy, and exercise.

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