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A Safe and Effective Weight-Loss Aid?

Chitosan: A Safe and Effective Weight-Loss Aid? Joseph H. Muldoon Chitosan is a naturally occurring marine fiber derived from a common byproduct of shellfish processing. It is formed by partially deacetylating chitin, the repeating amino polysaccharide (N-acetyl glucosamine) units of the crustacean exoskeleton. [1] The net positive charge of the polar amino polymer groups of […]

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The importance of leptin in managing patients with dysglycemia & metabolic syndrome

The importance of leptin in managing patients with dysglycemia & metabolic syndrome Kevin K. Bodling Nearly one-fourth of all Americans age 20 or older are obese, meaning that they are 30 or more pounds over their ideal weight. Obesity is linked to five of the 10 leading causes of death in the US, including diabetes. […]

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Food sensitivity case report

Food sensitivity case report Betty Wedman-St Louis More and more patients are arriving with pre-determined “agendas.” BL was convinced she had food allergies after “reading several websites.” In November 1993, following a thorough nutrition history and three-day food diary review, BL was instructed on what testing options would be appropriate to determine which foods were […]

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Maitake Mushroom: a novel immune enhancer

Maitake Mushroom: a novel immune enhancer Harry Preuss Background Throughout much of the world, extracts derived from maitake and other mushrooms are considered to be frontline medical “drugs,” even though the scientific study of mushrooms has only begun during the last 20 years. (1-6) Some mushrooms are rich in minerals (potassium, calcium, and magnesium), various […]

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Water: essential for life

Water: essential for life Gregory W. Peterson Introduction Socrates is credited to have said, “Water brings life; life needs water.” How right he was. Every function of the body is dependent in some way upon water. Hormones, nutrients, brain and neurotransmitters all need water for the manufacture, transportation, and utilization of nutrients in every cell, […]

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Conservative management and prevention of diabetes mellitus

Conservative management and prevention of diabetes mellitus Frank E. Strehl Diabetes mellitus is a significant chronic health problem in the US as an estimated 18 million Americans are currently living with this disease–one that is primarily a preventable condition. Doctors of chiropractic are the ideal physicians to manage the vast majority of these patients since […]

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Facts about iodine and autoimmune thyroiditis

Facts about iodine and autoimmune thyroiditis Guy E. Abraham Since the 2006 publication by Tang, et al (1), reporting a positive association between iodization of salt in China and autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT), I have received a lot of calls and e-mails questioning the use of iodine in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis. Iodophobes were elated with […]

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a different point of view

A nutritional tragedy: a different point of view William Risley On October 27, 2003, one of my earlier patients will go on trial for financial fraud. I’ll call him Ron, to protect his identity. He has a $3 million Internal Revenue Service lien against his assets, a $2 million lien by the State of Arizona, […]